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Tue
16
Apr

Cletus “John” Frink

Cletus “John” Frink
February 24, 1940-April 7, 2019

Cletus “John” Donnel Frink, 79, of Monona, Iowa died at his home in rural Monona, Iowa on Sunday, April 7, 2019.

Cletus was born February 24, 1940, to Adeline Elizabeth (Evans) and Herbert Donnel Frink. He was united in marriage with Linda Frink on July 22, 1969. Cletus earned his degree from Northeast Iowa Technical Institute in Diesel Mechanics in August 1989 and managed Drake Park Apartments in Des Moines from 1992 until 2001, at which time he retired to Kenny and Sandy’s Farm.

John ranched on and off for several years and was the true definition of a cowboy. He also drove semi for many years. John was a 4-H leader and also took a very active role with the Clayton County Fairgrounds. He was a man of few words but had a very strong presence.

Tue
16
Apr

Rosella Dugan

Rosella Dugan
May 1, 1936-April 4, 2019

Rosella Maye (Averill) Dugan, 82, Guttenberg, Iowa passed away April 4, 2019 at 6:57 am in the Guttenberg Care Center. She was born May 1, 1936 on a farm near Wadena Iowa to Shirley and Louise Averill and was the oldest of four children. She spent the first portion of her married life as a homemaker and assisting with farm chores. She then became a laborer at Ertl Toys in Dyersville, Iowa. She enjoyed spending time with family & friends and making puzzles & beaded bracelets.

She is preceded in death by her parents. Those left behind to cherish her memory are her children Leroy (Marsha) Dugan, Dennis (Cathy) Dugan, Lynn (Bernie) Jaster, Cindy (Arnie) Ingles, Duane (Shelly) Dugan, Mike (Connie) Dugan, Bill (Becky) Dugan; her brother Richard (Barbara) Averill and sisters Lou Ann Fox and Dianna Walker; 18 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Tue
16
Apr

Janine Schiller

Janine Schiller
September 26, 1929-April 12, 2019

Janine Schiller, 89, of Elkader, Iowa died Friday, April 12, 2019, at University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa. She was born September 26, 1929, to Ernest Roy and Mae (Gifford) Smith. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Macalester College in 1951.

While at Macalester she met Charles Schiller and on June 27th, 1956 they were married in Tokyo, Japan with their dear friend Raymond Stassen as Best Man. Upon returning to the States, Janine began a long career teaching English in the public schools and also received a Masters degree in English Literature. In 1967 Janine and Charles’ only child, Leslie Ann was born.

Tue
09
Apr

Robert Sage

Robert Sage
November 14, 1932-April 1, 2019

Robert Sage, 86, of Oelwein passed away on Monday April 1, 2019, at Allen Hospital in Waterloo. Visitation was held from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, April 5, 2019, at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Saturday April 6, 2019, at the Calvary Evangelistic Center in Independence. Interment was in Garden of Memories Cemetery at Waterloo. A memorial fund has been established.  For condolences, please visit www.geilenfeld fh.com.

Tue
09
Apr

Roy Robert Pady

Roy Robert Pady
July 29, 1923-March 17, 2019

Roy Robert Pady, 95, died March 17, 2019, at the Elkader Care Center.

Roy was born on July 29, 1923, to Arthur and Elizabeth Pady, in Washburn, WI. His growing up years were spent on his family’s dairy farm. He attended Progress Elementary School,  one-room country school, and graduated from Ondosigan High, a small country high school. He attended two years of college in River Falls, WI, but then returned to the farm to help out as World War II was going on. In 1945, Roy joined the Army, training at Ft. Lewis, Washington, before being send to Germany where he was stationed from 1946 through the ends of the war in 1948. On April 19, 1948, Roy married the love of his life, Kornelia (Connie) Nedecey-Ruszak, a beautiful Hungarian girl who was cashiering at the PX. Their marriage lasted 65 years until her passing in 2013.

Tue
02
Apr

Barbara Hummel

Barbara Hummel
February 6, 1954-March 19, 2019

Barbara Ann Hummel, 65, of Oelwein, passed away at Covenant Hospital in Waterloo on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, surrounded by her family.

She was born on February 6, 1954, at the Oelwein Hospital to Wayne and Janet (Shaw) Hummel. Barbara was raised and educated in the Volga area. She graduated in 1972 from Central Community High School in Elkader.
After high school, Barbara worked at the HiWay Café in Strawberry Point. On April 29, 1979, she gave birth to her only child, Brian Hummel. Together they lived in rural Volga, and Barb worked at ATWOOD in West Union for 25 years. In her later life, she retired to the Oelwein area.

Barbara was a member of the Lutheran Church in Volga. She enjoyed sewing and reading books in her free time, but most of all she loved spoiling her grandchildren, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great niece, who she adored dearly.

Tue
02
Apr

Berniece Johnson

Berniece Johnson
October 16, 1923-March 25, 2019

Berniece Irene Wilhelmina (Glawe) Johnson, 95, of Elkader passed away Monday, March 25, 2019, at the Elkader Care Center. She was the daughter of Herman and Louisa (Polkow) Glawe, born on October 16, 1923, in Boardman Township in rural Elkader, Iowa. She was born and raised in Clayton County.

She was united in marriage to Orville N.T. Johnson on September 4th, 1941. Besides raising 10 children and farming with her husband, she used her love of cooking to establish two restaurants, which she owned and operated, first in Monona and then Elkader. The Cedar Rapids Gazette ranked Johnson’s Restaurant in Elkader as one of the 10 best restaurants in Eastern Iowa. In 2004, she sold it to two of her sons, and continued to help out until she was 92-years-old.

Tue
02
Apr

Kenneth Nading

Kenneth Nading
August 6, 1925-March 28, 2019

Kenneth R. (“Kenny”) Nading, 93, of rural Elkader, died Thursday, March 28, 2019 at the Strawberry Point Lutheran Home. He was born in Littleport, IA, on August 6, 1925, to Merritt and Martha (Reick) Nading. Kenneth graduated from Littleport High School in 1943, at the age of 17. A few months later, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was stationed in Oakland California and Mare Island where he served as a Pharmacist Mate Second Class. Following his Honorable Discharge on August 5, 1946, he started working for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company, where he worked as a lineman. He then married Celia Robbins. They had six children. The couple later divorced.

In 1968, he married Marjorie Gentz. The couple lived in Mederville. Marjorie passed away in 2010. In 2013 he moved into the Swales Assisted Living apartments in Strawberry Point. When his health began to fail, he moved into the Strawberry Point Lutheran Home where he remained.   

Tue
02
Apr

Jerry Spykerman

Jerry Spykerman
November 1, 1942-March 24, 2019

Jerry John Spykerman, 76, Elgin, Iowa, passed away Sunday, March 24, 2019, at Prairie View Nursing Home in Sanborn, Iowa, following a short illness. A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m. at the Highland Lutheran Church, Elkader, Iowa on April 8, 2019.  

Jerry was born November 1, 1942 in Hull, Iowa, to Garret and Mable (Schlicht) Spykerman. He graduated from Sanborn High School in 1961 and in 1974 received his degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from Iowa State University. He served in the Army National Guard from 1964-970. He spent his life in Iowa, living in Sanborn, Storm Lake, Humboldt, Ames, Muscatine, Elkader and Elgin. He worked for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for 34 years as a fisheries biologist, retiring in 2004. His last duty station was at Big Spring Hatchery, Elkader,.

Tue
02
Apr

Ray Williams

Ray Williams
February 21, 1939-March 27, 2019

Ray Alfred Williams, 80 of Elkader, died March 27th, 2019, at the Elkader Care Center after a two-week stay. He was born February 21, 1939, to Floyd and Bertha (Willie) Williams.  

He was united in marriage to Shirley Ann Handke on December 12, 1959. Four children were born to this union. Together they made their home near Motor Mill where they farmed for many years. Ray also served in the Army before he enjoyed a lifelong career working at John Deere until his retirement. Ray loved to spend his days fishing, coon hunting, and cooking maple syrup.  He also enjoyed bluegrass festivals and traveling to National Parks to see the mountains. Above all he valued spending time in the outdoors surrounded by his family.

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