Obituaries

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Tue
25
Sep

Rachel Hoth

Rachel Hoth
December 8, 1920 to September 16, 2018

Rachel M. Hoth, 97, died Sunday, September 16, 2018, at the Guttenberg Care Center. She was born December 8, 1920, the daughter of Lloyd and Mathilde (Mueller) Brownson in rural National, Iowa. Rachel grew up on the family farm that was homesteaded by her great-grandfather in 1849. In 2007, she received a plaque from the State of Iowa that the farm has been in the same family for over 160 years.

Tue
18
Sep

James Patrick “J.P.” Kellogg

James Kellogg
January 23, 1929 to September 15, 2018

James Patrick “J.P.” Kellogg, Sr., 89, of Strawberry Point, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, September 15, 2018, at the Strawberry Point Lutheran Home. He was born on January 23, 1929, in Strawberry Point, the sixth of 12 children born to Jack and Daisy (Farmer) Kellogg. J.P. graduated from Central Elkader High School in 1947. After high school, he served honorably in the U.S. Army.

On September 15, 1951, J.P. was united in marriage to Patricia Resor at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Elkader. Five children were born to this union. J.P. was a lifelong resident of Clayton County. He worked as a television sales and service man for many years. Later in life, he worked at the Elkader Golf Course.

Tue
18
Sep

Ivan Hardt

Ivan hardt
June 6, 1932 to August 30, 2018

Ivan Ewald Hardt, 86, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa died Thursday, August 30th, 2018, at St. Luke’s Hospital. A service will be held at a later date at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids with interment at Garnavillo Cemetery
Survivors include his beloved wife, Doris; sons, Evan Hardt of Des Moines, and Brett(Julie) Hardt, Buffalo, MN; grandchildren, Aaron Shupert of Cedar Rapids, Bryce (Ashley) Hardt, Aviano Italy, Erik(Ashley) Hardt Grimes and Tristan Hardt, Buffalo, MN; nephew, Bob (Vickie) Hardt; niece Susan (Clarence) Pund; and great-grandchildren, Eiler Hardt, Grimes ,and Autumn and Eli Hardt, Aviano, Italy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marie and Ewald Hardt; his brothers, Harold Hardt and Aaron Hardt; and daughter, Monica Hardt.
Ivan was born June 6thh, 1932 in St. Olaf, Iowa.  He married his wife Doris on June 24th, 1954

Tue
11
Sep

Ivan Hardt

June 6, 1932 to August 30, 2018

Ivan Ewald Hardt, 86, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa died Thursday, August 30th, 2018, at St. Luke’s Hospital. A service will be held at a later date at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids with interment at Garnavillo Cemetery
Survivors include his beloved wife, Doris; sons, Evan Hardt of Des Moines, and Brett(Julie) Hardt, Buffalo, MN; grandchildren, Aaron Shupert of Cedar Rapids, Bryce (Ashley) Hardt, Aviano Italy, Erik(Ashley) Hardt Grimes and Tristan Hardt, Buffalo, MN; nephew, Bob (Vickie) Hardt; niece Susan (Clarence) Pund; and great-grandchildren, Eiler Hardt, Grimes ,and Autumn and Eli Hardt, Aviano, Italy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marie and Ewald Hardt; his brothers, Harold Hardt and Aaron Hardt; and daughter, Monica Hardt.
Ivan was born June 6th, 1932 in St. Olaf, Iowa.  He married his wife Doris on June 24th, 1954

Tue
11
Sep

Ruth Goings

Ruth Goings
October 5, 1946 to September 2, 2018

Ruth Goings, 71, of Elkader, Iowa died Sunday, September 2, 2018, in the arms of her family. She was born October 5, 1946, in Charles City to Harry and Helen (Hinmon) Trepton. She grew up in Nashua, Iowa, in a loving family consisting of her parents, grandparents, sister, Mary Ellen, and brother, David. She graduated from Nashua Community High School in 1965.
In 1966, she married her high school sweetheart, Ken Goings. Ruth and Ken moved to Elkader in the winter of 1970, where Ken got a teaching job at Central Community School. They loved the community so much that they made it their permanent home. Ken and Ruth’s four children were their greatest joy and delight. All their life’s accomplishments pale in comparison to the importance that they placed on the raising of their children.

Tue
21
Aug

Douglas Kuehl

Doug Kuehl
February 5, 1966 to August 13, 2018

Dr. Douglas Roland Kuehl, age 52 of Borcay, Philippines, died August 13, 2018 at Cebu, Philippines in a drowning accident.

Doug was born February 5, 1966, in Prarie du Chien, WI to Verna Marie (Lantz) Kuehl and Richard Roland Kuehl. Doug was a 1984 graduate of Central Community High School. After graduation, Doug enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where he earned the rank of corporal.
After serving his country, Doug enrolled at Palmer College of Chiropractic where he earned a doctor of chiropractic degree with honors. He moved to Henderson, NV and built a successful chiropractic practice there.
Doug enjoyed spending time on Lake Mead wake boarding and snow skiing in Park City, Utah and riding ATVs in the desert.

In 1997, Doug married DeAnna Kope, They were married for seven years.

Tue
14
Aug

Mary Jane Grove

Jane Grove
May 7, 1937 to August 7, 2018

Mary Jane Grove, 81, of Elkader, died Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Jane was born May 7, 1937, the daughter of Dr. Edwin C. and Cecelia (McGuire) O’Connor in New Hampton, Iowa. She attended school in New Hampton and graduated in 1955. While in high school, she accompanied large groups and individuals in vocal music. She received her B.S.N. from the College of St. Teresa, Winona, MN. She taught Nursing and Nursing Education at Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar for 12 years. She retired in 1983.

On August 19, 1961, Jane was married to Donald Grove in New Hampton, Iowa. Jane was a member of P.E.O.  She also enjoyed playing bridge and cribbage. Jane always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. She was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening. She enjoyed watching the Iowa Hawkeyes play football, basketball and wrestling. Her greatest love of all was her grandchildren, the light of her life. Jane and Don were faithful members of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Elkader.

Tue
14
Aug

Kathryn “Kay” Schilling

Kay Schilling
June 24, 1944 to August 6, 2018

Kathryn N. Schilling, 74, of Colesburg passed away Monday, August 6, 2018, at her home after a courageous battle with cancer.

Visitation was held from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, August 9, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. A private family Memorial Service will be held. Burial will be in the St. Patrick Cemetery in Colesburg.
Kay was born June 24, 1944, in Elkader, the daughter of Azel and Norma (Warner) Pratt.  She graduated from Central High School in Elkader. She married John Schilling on November 21, 1963, in Elkader. Together they farmed near Colesburg. When they retired, Kathryn worked at Products Unlimited in Guttenburg.

Kay enjoyed her grandchildren, gardening and her flower beds, reading, and driving around with John. She also enjoyed her morning coffee group and visiting with family and friends. She enjoyed baking cookies for her grandkids as the cookie jar was never empty.

Tue
07
Aug

Sheldon Olson

Sheldon Olson
February 22, 1938 to July 30, 2018

Sheldon Olson (80) of Marion died Monday July 30, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City. Services were held at 11 a.m. Monday August 6, 2018, at Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories by the Rev. Linda Livingston. There was a visitation Sunday evening at Cedar Memorial Funeral Home from 5-7 p.m.

Surviving is his son, Bradley (LeeAnn) Olson of Walford his granddaughters Ashley Olson of Cedar Rapids and Tasha (Logan) Schmidt and future great-granddaughter of Cedar Rapids; two sisters, Helen Wagner of St. Olaf, Iowa; Donna (Ron) Foels of Elkader, Iowa; one brother, Paul (Gloria) Olson of Elkader, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.  
He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years Betty, his parents, four sisters and one brother.

Tue
31
Jul

Linda Lerch Vitek

Linda Lerch Vitek
June 16, 1949 to July 17, 2018

Linda Sue Lerch Vitek, 69, passed away Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at the Elkader Care Center. She was born June 16, 1949, in Oelwein, to Lawrence and Erma (Stannard) Lerch. She completed grades K-12 at Oran and Elkader Schools, graduating with the Central Class of 1967. Following graduation, she went to St. Luke’s School of Nursing, graduating in 1970. She worked 3- plus years at St. Luke’s on 3 West and 5 Central, and later at Gastroenterologists, P.C. She was a very sweet, caring, loving person and her personality certainly helped her be an awesome nurse.

She married John Bateman and to this union, son Mike Bateman, was born. The couple later divorced. Linda met Gary Vitek and was married on May 6, 1978, and to this union, son Joe Vitek was born. She had much pride and love for her family, especially her three granddaughters. She enjoyed many a conversation with her special friends and classmates over the years.

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