Obituaries

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Memorial service set for May 25

 

Memorial service set for May 25

Karen K. Sensor, 65, died Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at her home in Harlingen, Texas, after an eight-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

A memorial service will be held at Randalia United Methodist Church at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 25.

Karen Kae Sensor, the daughter of Lois Bierschenk and Harry Scoles, was born Aug. 28, 1947.

Raised in Nashua, she graduated from high school in 1965.  During her high school years she played the flute in the band and sang solos at The Little Brown Church in the Vale.  

Karen graduated from Hamilton Business College and the University of Northern Iowa. 

She and Donn Sensor were united in marriage on May 24, 1969, at First Congregational Church in Nashua.  The couple had two children.  

Karen was an elementary teacher in Cedar Falls and more recently a teacher of children with behavior disabilities in Clinton.  She retired in 2001.  

Wed
24
Apr

Wei Kong Chang, M.D., 70, of Sumner

 

Wei Kong Chang, M.D., 70, of Sumner died Sunday, April 21, 2013, at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 25, at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner.

Visitation is 4-7 p.m.  today (Wednesday) at St. John Lutheran Church and for one hour preceding services at the church on Thursday. 

Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner is assisting Dr. Chang’s family.

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24
Apr

Celebration of Life held for Del Hummel

 

Celebration of Life held for Del Hummel

 

A Celebration of Life for Delbert E. Hummel, 78, of West Union was held Tuesday, April 23, at Burnham-Wood Funeral Home in West Union.

Burnham-Wood & S.K. Rogers Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Del’s death occurred Friday, April 19, 2013, at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo.

Delbert Elton “Del” Hummel was born Nov. 20, 1934, to Elton and Marion (Clark) Hummel in Aurora. 

After his graduation from Arlington High School in 1953, he continued his education, earning a degree from DeVry Institute of Technology in a home study program.

Del proudly served in the United States National Guard for six years. 

On March 3, 1960, he was wed to Ursula Rohrig at United Methodist Church in Fairbank.

Del worked as a television and electronics technician for West Union Appliance for 20 years and at Wayne & Del's Electronics in West Union for 20 years.

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24
Apr

Services held at UMC for Bev Crowe

 

Services held at UMC for Bev Crowe

Funeral services for Beverly B. “Bev” Crowe, 91, of West Union were held Friday, April 19, at United Methodist Church in West Union with the Rev. Scott Keele Kober officiating.

Interment will be in the West Union Cemetery.

Burnham-Wood & S.K. Rogers Funeral Home of West Union was in charge of arrangements.

Bev died Wednesday, April 10, 2013, in Minnesota, where she had been receiving care since her husband Sid's death in January.

Beverly Bess (Kutschat) Crowe was born March 5, 1922, in Oelwein to Arthur and Lucille Marie (Bivens) Kutschat. 

After her graduation from West Union, High School in 1939, she continued her education at Upper Iowa University, where she pursued pre-med training, followed by one year at Kahler School of Nursing.

Beverly was united in marriage with John Sidney "Sid" Crowe Jr. on Aug. 6, 1941, in Kahoka, Mo., during Sid's active military duty. 

Wed
17
Apr

Graveside services for Robert A. Klemp

 

Graveside services today in Oelwein

Graveside services for Robert A. Klemp, 83, of Fredericksburg will be held at 1:30 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Woodlawn Cemetery in Oelwein.

An open house in Robert’s memory will be held at 3 p.m. (after the graveside service) at Here’s 2 U in Fredericksburg.

Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein is handling the arrangements.

Robert died of natural causes on Sunday, April 14, 2013, at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo.

Robert Arthur Klemp, son of Arthur and Elsie (Sall) Klemp, was born Feb. 21, 1930, on the family farm near Readlyn. 

He graduated from Reisch Auction School in 1951 and was a member of the National Belgian Horse Association. 

Robert was a retired farmer, auctioneer and horseman.

On April 11 1953, he married Beverly Ehlers; she preceded him in death. 

On Nov. 22, 1986, he married Mary Sassmann.

Wed
17
Apr

The Union’s longtime ‘Between the Lines’ columnist dies

 

The Union’s longtime ‘Between the Lines’ columnist dies 

Jannes S. Westerfield, 96, of San Jose, Calif., formerly of West Union, died peacefully April 2, 2013, in her home in San Jose.

No services are planned, in keeping with Jannes’ wishes.

Margaret Jannes (Savery) Westerfield was born June 5, 1916, in Atlantic to Clarence and Olive (Pellett) Savery.  She grew up in Atlantic and attended Atlantic High School.  

Jannes graduated summa cum laude from the University of Iowa, where she earned a BA degree in English with a minor in drama. 

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17
Apr

Crowe services set for Friday

 

Crowe services set for Friday

Beverly Bess Crowe, 90, of West Union died Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at Sunrise Assisted Living in Golden Valley, Minn. 

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 19, at United Methodist Church in West Union with the Rev. Scott Keele Kober officiating.

Burial will follow in West Union Cemetery. 

Burnham-Wood & S.K. Rogers Funeral Home of West Union is in charge of the arrangements.

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10
Apr

Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in Fayette

 

Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in Fayette

A Mass of Christian Burial for Susan M. Fagle, 50, of Fayette was celebrated by the Rev. James P. Brokman on Saturday, April 6, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Fayette.

Interment was in St. John Catholic Cemetery in Independence.

Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home, Oelwein, was in charge of arrangements.

Susan’s death occurred Tuesday evening, April 2, 2013, at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo.

Susan Marie Fagle, daughter of Delores Ann (Reed) Fagle Thom and the late Dwaine John Fagle, was born July 25, 1962, in Independence.

Susie attended the Antes Center Vocational School in West Union and graduated from West Central High School.  

She worked at the Stanley Vocational Center and later at Goodwill.  Later, Susie attended Davis Adult Care Center in Independence.  

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10
Apr

Funeral Mass celebrated for Joyce Smith

 

Funeral Mass celebrated for Joyce Smith

Joyce E. Smith, 91, of Fayette died Monday, April 1, 2013, at Maple Crest Manor in Fayette.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated Friday, April 5, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Fayette with the Rev. James Brokman officiating.  

Interment was in the church cemetery. 

Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Fayette handled the arrangements. 

Joyce Elizabeth (Stichler) Smith was born in Dubuque County on May 20, 1921, to George C. and Vera (Scott) Stichler. 

At age 10 she moved to West Union, where she attended school and graduated in 1938. One year of nurses’ college and two years of work followed. 

Joyce’s marriage to Donald A. Smith in May 1941 was blessed with four children.

From 1947 until her death, she resided in Fayette. Joyce loved living in Fayette and the close proximity to friends and church. She loved the outdoors, her home, and spending time with her family. 

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10
Apr

Jannes Westerfield dies April 2

 

Jannes Westerfield dies April 2

Word has been received of the death of former West Union resident Jannes Westerfield. She died Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in Aptos, Calif., near the home of her eldest daughter, Sara.

Jan was the author of The Union’s “Between the Lines” weekly column for many years. Her late husband, Dick, was the longtime editor/publisher of The Union. He died Sept. 2, 2012.

A full obituary for Jannes Westerfield will be published when it becomes available. 

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