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Tue
31
Jul

Noraline Lamborn

Noraline Lamborn
February 26, 1923 to July 28, 2018

Noraline Milda Lydia Lamborn, age 95, of Monona, passed away July 28, 2018, at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon, Iowa, following a brief illness. Noraline M. L. Borcherding was born February 26, 1923, in Osterdock, Iowa, the daughter of Gustav and Mabel (Lundt) Borcherding. She was baptized at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Guttenberg on April 29, 1923, confirmed at Highland Lutheran Church in Elkader on December 18, 1938, and attended rural Clayton County Schools. Following her schooling, she worked as a housekeeper for rural area families. She also worked at the Battery Factory in Dubuque, Iowa before marrying Lloyd V. Lamborn.

Tue
24
Jul

John Miehe

John Edward Miehe
May 18, 1929 to July 16, 2018

John Edward Miehe, 89, of Elkader, died Monday, July 16, 2018, at Central Community Hospital in Elkader, Iowa.

John was born May 18, 1929, at Mercy Hospital, Oelwein, Iowa to parents Elmer J. and Marie M. (Kelleher) Miehe. He graduated from St. Joseph’s School, Elkader, Iowa, in 1948.
John entered the US Army on January 15, 1951, serving in Korea and Japan. He was honorably discharged on January 15, 1953.
On February 14, 1953, John married Vernelda L. Fehlhafer at St. Joseph’s Church in Elkader.

Upon returning from his military service, he joined his father in the family John Deere business for 31 years until the business was sold. In May 1977, he started a new business, Elkader Diesel & Electric. The business was sold in 1988, at which time John retired.

Tue
17
Jul

Clark J. Pahlas

Clark Pahlas
June 4, 1929 to July 10, 2018

Clark J. Pahlas, age 89, of Ripon, WI, came to the end of his journey on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at Barrett House in Ripon.
Born on June 4, 1929, Clark was raised in Elkader, IA by his loving parents Julius and Clara Pahlas. He liked to share many fond memories of growing up in this small rural town. Upon graduating from high school, Clark spent four years in the Navy. He then married his high school sweetheart, Grace Crider. Together they moved to Yankton, SD where Clark attended Yankton College. He went on to earn a Masters of History and a Masters of Education from the University of South Dakota in Vermilion. Next stop was Rochester, MN where Clark became the Director of the Olmsted County Historical Society. The next challenge he took on was becoming the General Manager of Palmer Method Handwriting in Chicago, IL.

Tue
17
Jul

Bradley Bergan

Brad Bergan
April 11, 1964 to July 3, 2018

Bradley Francis Bergan, 54, of rural Volga, passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2018. Brad was born April 11, 1964, in Elkader to Thomas Joseph “Joe” and Phyllis Marilyn (Walz) Bergan.

Tue
17
Jul

Miya Isabella Erickson

Miya Isabella Erickson
December 29, 2003 to July 8, 2018

Miya Isabella Erickson, 14, daughter of Michael and Caroline Erickson and Amy and Walt Zehr was called home to her heavenly father on Sunday, July 8th, 2018.
Miya was born on December 29, 2003, in West Union, Iowa.  She was baptized into St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on February 1, 2004, and received her first holy communion on April 22, 2012. Miya was an incoming freshman and had attended Central Community Schools. She was active in both concert band and pep band where she played the flute and piccolo and was selected for Honor Band. Miya also participated in track, enjoyed gymnastics, was a member of the supreme honor roll and was football manager. She attended many Central sporting events supporting her brothers and cousins.  

Tue
03
Jul

Christine Lerch

Christine Lerch
August 29, 1964 to June 22, 2018

Christine Ladawn Lerch, 53, of Cedar Rapids, passed away Friday, June 22, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. Through it all, she kept her faith, positive attitude, and always put her family and friends first. A visitation will be held from 3-7 p.m. Sunday, July 8, 2018, at New City Church, 5335 Midway Drive NW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52405. A memorial service will be held there at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 9.
Christine was born August 29, 1964, the daughter of Donald and Donna (Ellis) Winn, in Tuscan, AZ. She graduated from Prairie High School in 1982, where she played softball and basketball. She continued to serve on her class reunion committee throughout the years. On May 2, 1992, she was married to Lonny Lerch in Cedar Rapids. Christine worked as a logistics manager for West Side Transport in Cedar Rapids. She was a member of New City Church in Cedar Rapids where she spent a great deal of her time volunteering.

Tue
03
Jul

Benjamin Zuercher

Benjamin Zuercher
August 31, 1932 to June 23, 2018

Benjamin Franklin Zuercher, 85, of Garber, IA, died Saturday, June 23, 2018, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital. He was born on August 31, 1932, in Arlington, the son of Louis Sr. and Gladys Zuercher.
Ben received his education from the country schools and later from the Fayette public school. On April 21, 1954, Ben was united in marriage Mildred Rose Althoff at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg. For many years, Ben farmed and drove truck in the construction industry. He was a long-time member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Garber until it closed and since has been a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Elkader. Ben enjoyed volunteering at George Meier Heritage Museum all the way up to this year. He also enjoyed fishing, gathering and shelling nuts, telling stories and jokes and spending time with family and friends. 

Tue
03
Jul

Edna Grace Thiese

Edna Grace
March 18, 1917 to June 23, 2018

Edna Grace Thiese, 101, passed away June 23, 2018 at Elkader Care Center, due to natural causes.
Edna was born March 18, 1917, near Independence, IA, the middle one of three daughters to Clarence and Lela Zimpfer. During her childhood, she moved to Oelwein, Volga, Garber, and Elkader with her parents, wherever her father could find employment, helping with farming.
Edna Zimpfer attended and graduated from the Elkader School. She attended Junior College in Elkader after winning a one year scholarship. She earned her teaching certificate after completing two years at Junior College. She found employment teaching in a country school in rural Elkader, near the home of Dorothy and Herman Thiese. She met their son, Oliver, while she was a boarder at the Thiese home. Oliver proved to be a real gentleman in helping Edna load firewood into the schoolhouse’s wood stove on cold winter mornings. He also assisted in repairing books.

Tue
03
Jul

Leslie “Les” Klink

Les Klink
August 11, 1926 to June 22, 2018

Leslie C. Klink, 91, of Elkader, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, June 22, 2018 in Elkader. A celebration of life was held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 28, 2018, at Peace United Church of Christ, Elkader, with Rev. Jon Haack officiating. The family greeted friends from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at Peace United Church of Christ, and also one hour prior to the service at the church.

Tue
26
Jun

Mary Ellen Cavanaugh

Mary Ellen Cavanaugh
Mary Ellen Cavanaugh September 3, 1930 to June 16, 2018

After almost nine decades of happy stewardship, Mary Ellen Cavanagh died Saturday, June 16, 2018, at her home in Lansing, Iowa. 

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