Obituaries

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Apr

Debra Dessel

Debra Dessel

 

 

Debra A. "Deb" Dessel, 65, of West Union, Iowa died Saturday, March 31, 2108, at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital, West Union, Iowa.

Deb was born Nov. 8, 1952, to George “Mick” and Lillian “Lil” (Halverson) Schroyer in Mason City, Iowa. 

She graduated from North High School in 1970, attended Coe College for four years, and earned her teaching degree from Upper Iowa University.

Deb was united in marriage with John Dessel on May 12, 1978, at Holy Name Catholic Church in West Union, Iowa. One daughter was born to this union. 

Deb worked as a third-grade teacher at West Union Elementary School until her retirement. In 1993 she was awarded the Iowa Conservation Teacher of the Year. 

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11
Apr

Dale McFarlane

Dale McFarlane

 

 

Dale McFarlane, 68, of Waucoma, IA, died Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at Freeport Memorial Hospital, Freeport, Ill.
 

A Celebration of Life was held Monday, April 9, 2018 at the Waucoma Event Center. 

Private family interment will be held at a later date.
 

  Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home in Waucoma was entrusted with arrangements.  

Online condolences for Dale's family may be left at hugebackfuneralhome.com.
 

Dale Duane McFarlane was born Jan. 30, 1950 in Oelwein, Iowa, the son of Clyde and Thelma (Landsgaard) McFarlane. 

He attended rural country school and graduated from North High School in West Union in 1968.

He met Judy Phillips, his future wife, at Matters Ballroom outside of Decorah in 1969 at a dance. They were introduced to each other through a mutual friend.
 

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11
Apr

Gaynal Anderson

Gaynal Anderson

 

 

Gaynal May (Ramage) Anderson began her life on July 21, 1925 in Pleasant City, Ohio, a little village nestled among the Appalachian hills and coal mines of southeastern Ohio.  Her parents were Bill and May Ramage. Her father was a coal miner, and as a child she lived among the mines and miners.

On Oct. 15, 1934, Gay and her sister, Laura, were in school when the mine whistle blew loud and long. There had been an accident in one of the mines. They were soon told their father had been injured in the mine where he worked. He died a week later of his injuries. 

These were also the years of the Great Depression, of hardship and troubled times. 

Gay attended schools in Ohio and worked wherever she could find a job.  

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11
Apr

Janet Keefe

Janet Keefe

 

 

Janet Marie (Weston) Batterson Keefe, 69, of West Union, passed away April 4, 2018 at Gundersen Palmer Hospital, West Union, Iowa. 

She was born March 6, 1949 in Volga, Iowa to Dale Franklin and Minnie Marie (Hill) Weston.  

Janet attended school in Elkader, Valley High School, and Starmont High School where she graduated May 25, 1967.  

She married Dale LaVern Batterson July 27, 1968 at Arlington Methodist Church, Arlington, Iowa and made their home in rural Elgin, Iowa. To this union four sons were born, Adam Lyle, Dan Wade, Jed Owen, and Drew Alan.  

Janet and Dale were married 25 years until he passed away Oct. 4, 1993.  

After Dale’s passing she met Wallace (Wally) Friedly.  They were together for 15 years until he passed away May 12, 2012.  

At one of the many dances she attended she met her husband, Gary. They were married June 3, 2017.  

Wed
04
Apr

Debra Dessel

Debra Dessel

 

 

Debra A. "Deb" Dessel, 65, of West Union, Iowa died Saturday, March 31, 2018, at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital in West Union, Iowa.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5, 2018, at Holy Name Parish Hall, West Union, with a brief Service of Remembrance at 4 p.m.

Inurnment will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Palmer Memorial Foundation, West Union Recreation Foundation or Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation.

Burnham-Wood-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, West Union, is helping the family with the arrangements.

Wed
04
Apr

Dale McFarlane

Dale McFarlane

 

 

Dale McFarlane, 68, of Waucoma died Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at Freeport Memorial Hospital in Freeport, Ill.

Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 9, at the Waucoma Event Center in Waucoma.  

A Celebration of Life will be held there at 6:30 p.m. that evening. 

Private family interment will be held at a later date.

Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home of Waucoma is entrusted with arrangements.  

Wed
04
Apr

Michael Farrell

Michael Farrell

 

 

Michael John Farrell, age 68, of Waucoma, IA died Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at his home.

A Celebration of Life will be held 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5, 2018 at the Waucoma Event Center with Rev. Kyle Digmann celebrating the service. 

Private family interment will be held at a later date.

Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at the Waucoma Event Center.  

Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home in Waucoma is entrusted with arrangements.  

Online condolences for Michael's family may be left at hugebackfuneralhome.com.

Michael John Farrell was born Dec. 12, 1949 in New Hampton, IA, the son of Lyle and Wanda (Weber) Farrell.

He graduated from Turkey Valley High School in 1968.

He married Linda Reisner on Sept. 9, 1972; to this union two sons were born.

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04
Apr

Matt Andera

Matt Andera

 

 

Matt Andera, age 92, of rural Calmar, IA died on Monday, March 26, 2018 at the Ossian Senior Hospice in Ossian, IA.

Wed
28
Mar

Elbert Westpfahl

Elbert Westpfahl

 

 

Elbert “Bert” Westpfahl, 83, of Hiawatha died after a courageous battle with lung cancer, surrounded by his family on Saturday, March 17, 2018. 

Funeral Mass: 10 a.m. on Friday, March 23, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, celebrated by the Rev. Phil Thompson. 

Burial: 2 p.m. on Friday, March 23, at God’s Acres Cemetery in Clermont, Iowa.

Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Survivors include his wife, Joyce; his children, Kathy (Marc) Ferguson and Tom (Kathy) Westpfahl; his grandson, Jason; great-grandson, Gage; his siblings, Richard Westpfahl, Lorraine Miller, Ruth Amundson, Betty Freeman, and a large extended family.

Bert was preceded in death by his parents, siblings and in-laws.

Bert was born July 14, 1934, in Clermont, Iowa, the son of Carl and Grace Westpfahl. 

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28
Mar

Marilyn Medberry

Marilyn Medberry

 

 

Marilyn Louise (Roepke) Medberry was born on April 17, 1942 in Littleton, Iowa to Rudolph and Edna (Weitnauer) Roepke. 

At two years old the family moved to Hazleton, Iowa and Marilyn graduated from Hazleton High School in 1960. 

In her youth she enjoyed ice skating and playing with her 11 siblings. 

The summer before her senior year of high school was spent as a nurse's aide, which she really enjoyed. She decided to be a nurse and spent three months at nurse's training and as a scrub nurse at Oelwein's Mercy Hospital in1961.

In 1964 Marilyn married and later divorced Dulane Schoen and gave birth to Michael Todd and April Zoe in California. 

Marilyn married Robert Eugene "Gene" Medberry on March 24, 1974 and Amy Gene was born in 1975. Gene then adopted Mike and April in 1976. Gene's daughters Roberta and Connie visited on the weekends and a blended family was born. 

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