Obituaries

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Tue
04
Oct

Raymond A. Stassen

Raymond Stassen, 92, was born in St. Paul, Minn., the third and youngest son of William R. Stassen and Martha Glewwe Stassen. After a stint in the U. S. Navy, he earned degrees in speech pathology and audiology from the University of Minnesota. During the 30 years of his professional life, he served as the director of clinical audiology programs at teaching hospitals in Minneapolis, New York City and Newark, N.J. Upon retirement, he moved to Elkader, attracted by its small-town charm and the prospect of being neighbors of his treasured friends, the Schiller-Pollock family.

Tue
04
Oct

Jeanine E. Rodas

Jeanine Eileen Rodas, 91, of Elkader, passed away Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, at the Elkader Care Center. She was born Sept. 13, 1931, in Edgewood, to Donald and Clara (Shaw) Rhines. Jeanine graduated from Edgewood High School.

 

Tue
04
Oct

Henry C. Plagman

Henry Christopher Plagman, 71, of Guttenberg, died Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at Guttenberg Care Center. 

 

Tue
04
Oct

Curtis G. Rentschler

Curtis George Rentschler, 86, of St. Olaf, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022. Curt was born on Aug. 6, 1936, to George and Loretta Rentschler. He was united in marriage to Betty Syverson on Oct. 2, 1955, and they were happily married for 65 years when Betty passed. 

 

Fri
30
Sep

Robert 'Bob' Rodenberg

Robert “Bob” Rodenberg, age 66, of Garnavillo, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022.  He was born on March 15, 1956, in Guttenberg, the son of LeVerl and Ilo (Nuehring) Rodenberg.

 

Tue
27
Sep

Mary P. "Pat" Grady

Mary Patricia Grady of Waterloo, formerly of the McGregor/Monona area, died peacefully on Monday, Sept. 19, at Ravenwood Specialty Center in Waterloo. Pat, as she wanted to be called, was born Jan. 28, 1951, to Raymond and Frances (Ambrose) Grady. She grew up on the farm, always tagging along after her dad. She graduated from MarMac High School in 1969. Pat was a proud veteran, having served eight years in the U.S. Army as a medical lab technician. She was honored to receive her Quilt of Valor. She treasured it immensely. Pat also worked several years delivering mail in Clayton County. 

Tue
27
Sep

Elmer L. Schuety

Elmer L. Schuety, 85, of rural St. Olaf, passed away on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, at UnityPoint St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids following a short illness. He was born on Feb. 26, 1937, to Emil and Hilda (Lahrs) Schuety on the family farm near St. Olaf.

 

Tue
27
Sep

Kim R. Shearer

Kim Reuel Shearer, 70, of Elkader, passed away Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. A memorial visitation will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8, with a celebration of life service beginning at 3 p.m., at Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories, Cedar Rapids.

 

Thu
22
Sep

Alan E. Philbrook

Alan Edward Philbrook, 59, of Gunder, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital in West Union, after a battle with cancer. He was born on Oct. 14, 1962, in Quincy, Ill., the son of Herbert and Mildred (Moser) Philbrook. Alan was raised and educated in Guttenberg and was a 1981 graduate of Guttenberg High School. 

 

Tue
13
Sep

Ila Mae Mueller

Ila Mae Mueller, 85, of Monona, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, at Great River Care Center in McGregor. Mae was born on Feb. 18, 1937. She was the youngest of four children born to Esther (Bahls) and Elmer Hoth. She was raised on a farm and had many memorable experiences of country life as a child. She attended Hanover Country School and Garnavillo Public School. 

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