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Harland G. Grunder Jr.

Harland G. Grunder Jr., 77, of Clayton, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital.

A celebration of life was held Friday, Dec. 27, at the Garnavillo Community Center.

Harland was born on Aug. 16, 1941, in Muscatine, the son of Harland Sr. and Anita (Hartman) Grunder.

Wed
26
Dec

Herbert Simons

Herbert Simons, 81, of Colesburg, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, at Guttenberg Municipal Hospital in Guttenberg. 

Visitation was Wednesday, Dec. 19, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg.

Interment was at Brown Cemetery, Colesburg.

Wed
26
Dec

Swimming pool progress update


The concrete pour for the new swimming pool floor is complete. An unseasonably mild November and December has provided Portzen Construction Inc. the perfect weather conditions for completing this portion of the project. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

The Guttenberg municipal swimming pool project is well underway and close to budget and schedule. 

A recent visit to the construction site and a meeting with Portzen Construction Superintendent Brian Vize provided an update on the project. 

Wed
26
Dec

Choir director Marlene McLane - a dedicated musician


The St. Mary's carolers dropped in to former choir director Marlene McLane's home to surprise her with a cheerful holiday performance. From left are Lois and Harry Bries, Carla Bolsinger, Diane Bieber, Marge Elsinger, Carol and John Hartmann, Wendy Shea and director Gina Dahlstrom-Osburn. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Let music touch your soul. This statement hung on the wall as a decorative embellishment in the comfortable living room of newly-retired choir director Marlene McLane of Guttenberg. 

Visiting with McLane at her kitchen table, surrounded by sparkling holiday cheer, she emotionally described her beloved experience as St. Mary's choir director. 

Wed
19
Dec

Trinity Chrismon tree tells the story of the Christian faith


From left, June Zhiss and Norma Thiese work on new Chrismons that will decorate a tree at Trinity Lutheran Church this holiday season. Each ornament has a symbolic meaning for Christians. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Shelia Tomkins

History tells us that Christmas trees came into general popularity in Europe many centuries ago, when Christians adapted the pagan custom of decorating winter festivals with evergreens. It is speculated that Martin Luther was the first person to bring a tree into the house as part of  Christmas observances. In the 1800s, trees were mainly decorated with edible decorations.

Wed
19
Dec

Christmas memories of the young at heart


Residents from the Guttenberg Care Center and Eagle Ridge Assisted Living enjoyed a lively conversation sharing Christmas memories. Front from left are Rosella Dugan, Arletta Hankes and Don Wirkler; back row, John Youngblut, Gladys Georgeson and Donna Bodensteiner. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

A group of residents at the Guttenberg Care Center and Eagle Ridge Assisted Living recently gathered together for an impromptu conversation recalling Christmas memories.

Wed
19
Dec

Council okays library position, acts on food truck ordinance

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council at its regular monthly meeting on  Monday, Dec. 10, approved a full-time director's position for the library, moved forward on the mobile food vendor ordinance, and took the first step in an ordinance that would address unsightly properties.

Wed
19
Dec

Wilma J. Troester

Wilma J. Troester, 84, of River Falls, Wis. and formerly of Prairie du Chien, Wis. and Garnavillo, passed away Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, at the Gundersen Health System in LaCrosse, Wis.

Visitation will be Friday, Dec. 21, from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the Garrity Funeral Home, Prairie du Chien. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, conducted by Pastor Bruce Hanson.

Wed
19
Dec

Karen V. Gates

Karen Vera Gates, 62, of Guttenberg, died Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City.

Visitation was Friday, Dec. 14, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Garnavillo.

A private family Inurnment will be at a later date. 

Wed
12
Dec

Carol R. Elsinger

Carol Rose Elsinger, 82, of Rickardsville, passed away Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at Hawkeye Care Center, surrounded by her family. 

Visitation was Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Dubuque,

Funeral services were Wednesday, Dec. 12, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rickardsville, conducted by Fr. Noah Diehm.

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