Obituaries

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Gervase Henry Hanken

Gervase Henry Hanken

 

 

Gervase Henry Hanken, 76, of Ossian, Iowa died Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at Ossian Senior Hospice, Ossian, Iowa. Gervase was born on June 7, 1940 on the family farm near Ossian, Iowa to John and Agnes (Timp) Hanken. Gervase attended St. Francis de Sales Elementary School and graduated from St. Francis de Sales High School in 1958.

 

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29
Jun

Tina Brown

Tina Brown

 

 

Tina Marie Brown, 45, of West Union, passed away on Friday, June 24, 2016 at Palmer Lutheran Health Center in West Union.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Thursday, June 30, 2016, with prayer service at 6:00pm, at Burnham-Wood and S.K. Rogers Funeral Home in West Union.

Tina Brown was born on April 14, 1971 to Jerry and Lillian (Culbertson) Brown in Beloit, WI.

She graduated from North Fayette High School in 1989 and later received her associates degree from Iowa Lakes Community College in 2008, in the Administrative Assistant Program.

She was most recently employed at Engelbrecht Farms and Winery in Fredericksburg.

Tina loved spending time with her kids, family and friends, looking for her next adventure. She liked stained glass, riding motorcycles, collecting/looking for rocks and collecting turtle memorabilia.

Wed
29
Jun

Carla Rear

Carla Rear

 

 

Carla A. Rear, 79, of Clermont, Iowa died peacefully on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Allen Hospital in Waterloo surrounded by her loving husband and family.

She was born October 28, 1936 in Union Township of Fayette County, daughter of Arthur and Alberta (Berns) Matt.

She graduated from Clermont High School in 1955 and Pitzies Beauty School in Waterloo.

Carla married Dennis Rear on September 11, 1956, at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Clermont, Iowa. 

She was owner-operator of Carla's Beauty Shop for 37 years. Carla and Dennis retired in 1994.

Wed
29
Jun

Doris Bruess

Doris Bruess

 

 

Doris M. Bruess, age 87 of Germantown, WI formerly of Lawler, IA died Saturday June 18, 2016, at Ellen's Home Assisted Living Facility in Germantown, WI.

She moved to Milwaukee 2 years ago and lived with Debbie and Dennis Prickett until a stroke in late March.

A Memorial Service will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 2, 2016, at Hugeback - Johnson Funeral Home in New Hampton with Rev. Nick March presiding.

Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Waucoma.  

Online condolences for Doris’ family may be left at hugebackfuneralhome.com.

Doris Mae Bruess was born August 3, 1928, in Waucoma, IA, the daughter of Frank and Margaret (Dunn) Tomasek.

Wed
22
Jun

Phyllis Dotzenrod Lewis

Phyllis Dotzenrod Lewis

 

 

 

     Phyllis Dotzenrod Lewis, age 92, of Ossian, IA, died on Thursday, June 16, 2016, at the Ossian Senior Hospice in Ossian, IA.

Wed
22
Jun

Eleanora Franzen

Eleanora Franzen

 

 

 

     Eleanora Franzen, age 91, of Ossian, IA, died on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at the Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah, IA.

Wed
22
Jun

Alvin Gross

Alvin Gross

 

 

Alvin J. Gross, 93, of Eldorado, Iowa died Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at Maple Crest Manor, Fayette, Iowa.

Alvin John, the son of Justice Frederick “Fritz” and Elsie (Schatz) Gross, was born May 29, 1923 at the West Union Hospital (now the Fayette County Historical Society).

Alvin was baptized June 24, 1923 and confirmed May 16, 1937 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Eldorado.

He enjoyed growing up on the farm and attending country school in Eldorado. After finishing eighth grade and completing one year of high school in West Union, he helped his father on the family farm and frequently helped out neighboring farmers for a dollar a day.  As a young man he worked as a farm hand for Reuben Koester, a cream hauler for Leonard Pape, and a sawmill worker for Reynold Baumler.

Wed
22
Jun

Shirley Mittan

Shirley Mittan

 

 

Shirley Mae Mittan, 74, of Cedar Rapids, died Monday, June 13, 2016 at her home.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Teahen Funeral Home is serving the family.

Shirley is survived by her sons, Fred (Kathy) Mittan of West Union, Ed (Kris) Mittan of Cedar Rapids, Richard (Melanie) Mittan of North Carolina; daughters, Deb (T.J. Struchen) Mullen of Cedar Rapids, and Candy Struchen of Cedar Rapids; 19 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; brother Bob Bemer; twin sister Sharon (Bob) and sister Pat Matson.

She is preceded in death by her parents, brother Al Bemer, and sister Myra.

Shirley was born on September 6, 1941 in Covington, the daughter of Louis and Almyra Fulton Bemer and graduated from Palo High School. 

She loved flowers, the Iowa Hawkeyes, and adored spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Wed
15
Jun

Nona Torson

Nona Torson

 

 

Nona A. Torson, 89, of Elgin Iowa died Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She was born August 3, 1926 to William Young and Anna M. (Gruver) Kerr at home in rural Elgin, Iowa. Nona was baptized and confirmed at Illyria Church, rural Elgin, Iowa. She attended District #3 Country School and graduated from West Union High School in 1943.

Wed
15
Jun

Thomas Woods

Thomas Woods

 

 

Thomas James Woods, 57, of  Randalia, Iowa passed away at his home on Thursday, June 9, 2016.

Visitation will be from 4-7 Pm on Thursday, June 16, at the Geilenfeld Funeral home in Oelwein.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM on Friday June 17, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein.

Inurnment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery. 

A Memorial fund has been established.

For condolences please visit www.geilenfeldfh.com.

Tommy was born on September 5, 1958 in Oelwein, the son of Thomas and Carolyn Woods.

He grew up in Oelwein and graduated from Oelwein High School in 1977.

He was married to Terri Neunsinger in December of 1978. Together, they had two daughters, Courtney and Rachel. They were later divorced.

  On June 1, 2002 he was united in marriage to Joyce Downs at West Union, Ia. Joyce passed away on September 15, 2015.

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