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19
Feb

William (Bill) Burke

William (Bill) Burke

William (Bill) R. Burke 78, of Elkader Iowa, went to be with his Lord on February 9th, 2019, after a courageous battle with Lewy Body Dementia.

Tue
19
Feb

Eugene Shea

Eugene Shea
October 21, 1942 to January 23, 2019

Eugene L. Shea, 76, of Waverly, Iowa, passed away January 23, 2019, at Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community in Waverly from multiple myeloma.

Gene was born October 21, 1942, in Volga, Iowa, the son of Cornelia (Srstka) and James Shea. He was baptized and confirmed at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Volga, and graduated from Volga High School in 1960. On August 19, 1961, Gene was united in marriage to Mary Ellen Smith at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Gene worked for Volga Creamery, Maquoketa Valley Creamery in Arlington, and then Carnation in Waverly until his retirement in 1998. Gene was also the former owner and operator of Waverly Cycle and Supply, an Indian motorcycle dealership.

Wed
13
Feb

Patricia Shea

Patricia Shea
January 24, 1932 to February 2, 2019

Patricia Ann Shea, 87, of Volga, died Saturday, February 2, 2019, in her home. She was surrounded by her family.  Patty was born January 24, 1932, in Volga, Iowa, to Charles and Mary Josephine (Neylan) Bennington.

 She attended country school until 8th grade and then attended Volga High School. On November 22, 1949, Patty was united in marriage to Joseph (Jim) Shea and seven children were born to this union.

 Patty loved to bake for her family and friends and found true joy in sharing her sweets with those who visited. Her homemade cinnamon rolls, ice cream, angel food cake and cream puffs were longtime favorites of many, but in the recent past the homemade ice cream sandwiches had become the new favorite among young and old alike. She took the greatest joy in having people open her freezer door and reach into the bucket for an ice cream sandwich they knew she would have waiting there.

Wed
13
Feb

Catherine Kuhse

Catherine Kuhse
September 15, 1935 to February 1, 2019

Catherine A. (Weber) Kuhse, 83, of Elkader, passed away Friday, February 1, 2019, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque. She was born September 15, 1935, in Dubuque to Bernard and Mildred (Hefel) Weber.

She was united in marriage to Francis W. Kuhse on February 8, 1958, in Dubuque.

The couple made their home in Elkader and were blessed with three sons.

Kay was a homemaker and did enjoy cooking. She had a passion for reading, loved spending time with family and enjoyed gardening. She was always happy. She loved to cook – however, she shared her first chocolate pie baking experience—using salt instead of sugar—we cannot print Francie’s response! They were however, a very happy couple!

Wed
13
Feb

Norbert Butikofer

Norbert Butikofer
June 30, 1939 to February 2, 2019

Norbert Lee Butikofer was born on June 30, 1939, to Walter and Lydia (Dennler) Butikofer on a farm west of Elkader, Iowa. He was baptized in Christ and later confirmed his faith at St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Elgin.

Norbert attended country school until 8th grade and then Central High School in Elkader where he was involved in track and FFA. He was also a member of Worthwhile 4-H Club. In 1957, he graduated from high school and enlisted in the U.S. Army. He stayed in the States for basic training and then was sent to Italy where he worked as a telephone installer/repairman. By the end of his time in the Army, Norbert had achieved the rank of Specialist-4th Class.

Tue
29
Jan

Arlene Thurn

Arlene Thurn
March 26, 1919-January 21, 2019

Arleen Mae Thurn, 99, of Littleport passed away on Monday, January 21st, 2019, at the Elkader Care Center. Arleen was born March 26, 1919, in rural St. Olaf, Iowa, to Lloyd and Lucy (Schmidt) Nelson. She was baptized on June 8, 1919, at the parental home and was confirmed at the Norway Church on August 20, 1933, by Rev. Strandjord.

Arleen married Harlan James Thurn on March 4 in Galena, Illinois. They farmed in the Littleport area for a number of years. They raised five children. Arleen worked for the Elkader school system as a cook and later for the Elkader Wire Plant for 18 years.

She was an active member of Hope Lutheran Church in Littleport and donated the land for relocating this church after the flood of 1999. She loved to cook making everyone’s favorite dishes and always had the coffee pot on for any visitors.

Tue
29
Jan

Robert Dennler

Robert Dennler
February 15, 1931-January 18, 2019

Robert William Dennler (Bob), 87, of Elkader, died Friday, January 18, 2019, at the Elkader Care Center. He was surrounded by family and friends. Bob was born February 15, 1931, in Volga, Iowa, to Elmer and Amanda (Mueller) Dennler. Bob attended country school until 8th grade. He served in the US Army as a medic from 1953 to 1954. During that time he was stationed in France and Germany.

On November 10, 1956, Bob was united in marriage to Jane Neylan. Five children were born to this union. He and Jane, along with their children, farmed outside of Elkader until 2003. During this time and their retirement they enjoyed playing cards, visiting the boat, and sharing in their grandchildren’s various activities. In 2014, Bob and Jane moved to the assisted living in Elkader where they enjoyed having visitors and getting to know the staff. Bob served as a Boardman Township trustee for over 30 years.

Wed
23
Jan

Adeline Meier

Adeline Meier
January 5, 1931-January 12, 2019

Adeline Meier, 88, of Clermont, Iowa, died Saturday, January 12, 2019, at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital, West Union, Iowa. Adeline was born January 5, 1931, to Arthur and Reta (Nace) Wilken in Strawberry Point, Iowa. She graduated from Strawberry Point High School in 1949 and went to work at Union Bank and Trust in Strawberry Point. While working there Adeline met Lloyd Meier, who worked at Security State Bank in Guttenberg, Iowa.

Wed
23
Jan

Cyrenus Elsinger

Cyrenus Elsinger
March 7, 1930-January 10, 2019

Cyrenus W Elsinger, age 88, of Guttenberg, IA, died Thursday, January 10, 2019, at Guttenberg Care Center in Guttenberg, Cyrenus was born March 7, 1930, to Andrew and Irene (Miller) Elsinger in Guttenberg, the oldest of eight children.

Wed
23
Jan

Gary Helgerson

Gary Helgerson
August 28, 1946-January 15, 2019

Gary Herman Helgerson, 72, of Elkader, died Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at Patty Elwood Center, Country Winds Manor in Cresco following a brief illness due to dementia. He was born August 28, 1946, in West Union, to Herman and Marian (Schatz) Helgerson.

Gary graduated from Valley High School in 1964. He went on to UNI at Cedar Falls, where he earned his Industrial Arts Education degree, graduating in 1968. Later he attended Central Missouri State where he earned his Master’s Degree in 1970.  Gary went on to teach Industrial Arts and Drivers Ed at Tripoli and Denver, Iowa, for 10 years, before moving to Elkader to become a State Farm Insurance Agent, a position held for 39 years until he retired in 2017.

He married Kae Jeanne Thompson. Three sons were born to this union. They later divorced.

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