Obituaries

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Fri
20
Nov

Duane P. Dittmer

Duane Perry Dittmer died peacefully at the age of 81 on Nov. 6, 2020, during a brief hospitalization in West Palm Beach, Fla.

 

Fri
20
Nov

Petrene A. Kelleher Poss

Petrene Ann Kelleher Poss, of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., formerly of Elkader, died peacefully at home on Nov. 17, 2020. She was 84 and the cause was a recurrence of throat cancer. 

 

Fri
20
Nov

Linda Lou Moeller

Linda Lou Moeller, Luana, died Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, at Elkader Care Center, Elkader. She was born June 30, 1952 to Eldo and Mildred (Fette) Meyer in Oelwein. She graduated high school with the MFL class of 1970. 

 

Wed
18
Nov

Marlin W. Dettman

Marlin Walter Dettman, 62, of McGregor, died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, following a long and courageous battle with cancer with his family by his side. Marlin was born Feb. 4, 1958, to Norbert and Mildred (Nuehring) Dettman in Postville. In 1967, Marlin, along with his parents and grandparents, moved from the farm to Luana. He graduated from MFL High School with the class of 1975.  

 

Fri
13
Nov

Gerald L. Perrinjaquet

Gerald Louis Perrinjaquet, 94, of Edgewood, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Nov. 12, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home. Known affectionately as “Perry,” Gerald was born on Aug. 12, 1926, in Edgewood, the only child of Louie and Glennie (Porter) Perrinjaquet. A life-long resident of Edgewood, Gerald graduated from Edgewood High School in 1943 and served his country honorably in WWII for the U.S. Army, where he was stationed in Japan. From the time he was a small boy working with his father to owning the business until his retirement, he dedicated his working career to building and growing the, now fourth generation, Edgewood Feed Mill. Gerald was a committed businessman and community contributor. 

Fri
13
Nov

Betty C. Rentschler

Betty Carol Rentschler, 82, of St. Olaf, died Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020.      

Survivors include her husband, Curtis; five children, Rick (Beth) Rentschler of St. Olaf, Cindie (Lonny) Kuehl of Garnavillo, Brenda (Troy) Haberichter of Bagley, Wis., Julie (Steven) Fette of Coggon and Roxanne (Terry) Puelz of Garnavillo; 13 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren; one brother, Carl (Dottie) Syverson of El Monte, Calif.; and one sister, Connie (Ervin) Jones of Swisher. She was preceded in death by her parents and son, Randy Rentschler.    

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Thu
05
Nov

LaVonne A. "Bonnie" Meyer

LaVonne “Bonnie” Adell Meyer, 88, of Giard, died Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, at Gundersen Hospital in La Crosse, Wis. Bonnie was born Dec. 28, 1931, to Kenneth and Alberta (Huff) Cahoon on the family farm, rural McGregor. She attended the country school at Smokey Hollow near Effigy Mounds, then the school in Marquette and graduated from Monona High School in 1950.

Wed
04
Nov

Kenneth E. Kramer

Kenneth Edwin Kramer, 96, Manchester (formerly of Strawberry Point), passed away Oct. 28, 2020, surrounded by his children—Bruce Alan (and Sarah Ruth), Jan Kenneth and Karla Mary Grauberger—at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.

Wed
04
Nov

Lavon Martins

Lavon Martins, 92, of Postville, died Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, at Good Samaritan Society in Waukon. Lavon was born Sept. 4, 1928, to Larry and Bessie (Segrist) Ewing in Franklin Township. She was baptized on April 17, 1938, and confirmed on Oct. 2, 1955. She attended Forest Mills Country School and graduated from Waukon High School.

Lavon was united in marriage with Virgil Walter Martins on Feb. 13, 1955, at Community Presbyterian Church in Postville. Lavon worked at Douglas Drug Store and was a farm wife. She enjoyed dancing, playing cards, having coffee with her sister, Lola, going to sales and doing ceramics. 

Surviving Lavon are many family members on both the Ewing and Martins side. She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil; her parents, Larry and Bessie Ewing; and one sister, Lola Mork.

Thu
29
Oct

Kay M. Troester

Kay Melinda Troester, 71, of Elkader, died Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, surrounded by her family due to complications from cancer. She was born on April 21, 1949, in rural Edgewood, to Kenneth and Maxine (Otterbeck) Weyant.  

On April 20, 1968, Kay was united in marriage to Richard Troester of Elkader. For over 40 years, they farmed together and raised registered Guernsey cattle. After retiring and moving to town, Kay enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, traveling to Virginia, going to her grandchildren’s ball games, watching the Iowa Hawkeyes and tending to her flowers.

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