Obituaries

Obituaries are published in The Standard for a $30 fee and can be brought to the office at 15 First Street NW in Waukon, mailed to PO Box 286, Waukon IA 52172, or e-mailed to news@waukonstandard.com. Photos may be included for an additional charge of $10 (additonal photos are also $10). Obituaries of excessive length (longer than our single-column length of 20") will also incur an additional charge of $9/column inch for the content measuring longer than our 20-inch column length. Obituaries that include “Thank You” messages within them will also incur an additional charge for the “Thank You” portion of the submitted obituary. For further assistance, please call 563-568-3431.

Fri
22
Sep

Joel Sires

Joel R. Sires, 75, of New Albin, died Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at his home in New Albin. Funeral services will be held Monday, September 25 at 11 a.m. at the New Albin Community Center with Pastor Sedar Wembonyama officiating. Burial with military honors will be at the New Albin City Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3-6 p.m. Sunday, September 24 at the New Albin Community Center. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements.

A full obituary will appear in the October 4 edition of The Standard. You can subscribe to The Standard's print edition or e-edition by clicking here.

Thu
21
Sep

Brian Zimmerman

Brian Dee Zimmerman, 61, of Hiawatha passed away at home Tuesday, September 19, 2017 following a short battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 23 at Christ Episcopal Church in Cedar Rapids. Burial will take place immediately following the funeral services at Buffalo Cemetery in Hiawatha. A visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Friday, September 22 at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion.
Brian was born October 23, 1955 in Waukon to Walter (Wally) and Sally (Sharp) Zimmerman. He graduated from Waukon Senior High School in 1973.

A full obituary will appear in the October 4 edition of The Standard. You can subscribe to The Standard's print edition or e-edition by clicking here.

Wed
20
Sep

Richard Weber, Jr.

Richard Joseph Weber, Jr. died Thursday, September 7, 2017 in rural Allamakee County following a farming accident. A private graveside service will be held at Mays Prairie Cemetery, rural Lansing. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, September 22 at Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Lansing.

A full obituary will appear in the September 27 edition of The Standard. You can subscribe to The Standard's print edition or e-edition by clicking here.

Wed
20
Sep

Kenneth Johnson

Kenneth A. Johnson, 77, of Newhall died Monday, September 11, 2017 at Dennis & Donna Hospice House in Hiawatha following a courageous battle with cancer. To honor his wishes, Kenneth was cremated. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, September 15 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Norway with Father Joseph Butz, C.S.S.R. and Father Robert Butz as Co-Celebrants. Interment was held at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Norway with Graveside Military Rites.

Kenneth was born in Waukon April 20, 1940 to Earl and Norma (Halvorson) Johnson and attended Waukon Public Schools. He then earned an AAS degree in Electronic Engineering at Area 10 Community College in Cedar Rapids.

Kenneth served his nation in the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1962 and was a member of the John Ward McGranahan American Legion Post #167 of Newhall. April 20, 1963, he was united in marriage to Donna Butz at Norway.

Wed
20
Sep

Bonnie Rissman

Bonnie J. Rissman, 88, of Waukon died Friday, September 15, 2017 at Northgate Care Center in Waukon. Memorial services were held Monday, September 18 at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon with Pastor Grant VanderVelden officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon.

Bonnadine June Rissman was born June 7, 1929 in Waterville, the daughter of John Arthur and Esther Alvina (Larson) Pederson. She was raised by her uncle and aunt, Henry Emil and Esabella Marie (Larson) Kosbau. Bonnie was baptized at Waterville Lutheran Church and confirmed at Zion Reformed Church in Waukon. She attended Waukon High School and later received her G.E.D.

Tue
12
Sep

Jeanette O'Hara

Jeanette “Jenny” O’Hara, age 88, of Decorah died Thursday morning, August 31, 2017 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, WI. Funeral Services were held Tuesday, September 5 at Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah with Rev. Stacey Nalean-Carlson officiating. Burial was in Lutheran Cemetery.

Sylvia Jeanette was born March 15, 1929, the daughter of Ernest and Esther (Egge) Anderson at home on her Grandpa Egge’s farm. She was baptized April 7, 1929 and confirmed October 29, 1942. She received her education in both Iowa and Minnesota schools and graduated from Decorah High School with the Class of 1946. She received her LPN from the Chicago School of Nursing.

Jenny married Selmer Larson June 14, 1947 at First Lutheran Church. They became the parents of six children.

Tue
12
Sep

Philip Haefner

Philip James Haefner, 83, of Lansing died Sunday, September 3, 2017 of natural causes associated with a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease at his home, with his loving wife and one of his daughters by his side. Graveside services with military honors were held September 7 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lansing.

Philip was born August 7, 1934 in Marshalltown, the son of John W. and Amy Florence (nee Gilson) Haefner. He attended Marshalltown High School and graduated from Iowa State University in Ames in 1956 with a major in Civil Engineering, and was a certified Civil Engineer/Professional Land Surveyor.  He participated in the ROTC program in college and started working for Chicago Bridge and Iron immediately after college while he waited for his orders. During this time, he worked in Louisiana and in Gallup, NM.

Tue
12
Sep

Dianne (Straate) Blankenship

Dianne K. (Straate) Blankenship, 66, of La Crosse, WI, formerly of Waukon, died peacefully with her family by her side Monday, September 4, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, WI. Memorial services were held Friday, September 8 at Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon, with Pastor Samantha Houser officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon.

Dianne Kay (Straate) Blankenship was born September 28, 1950 to Herbert Fredrick and Marian Bernice (Hesse) Straate in Waukon. She grew up on the family farm and graduated from high school in 1968. She loved her childhood years and family life, and often talked about the virtues and joys of growing up in a rural environment. From her parents she developed a strong work ethic and self-discipline.

Tue
12
Sep

Paulette Bonwell

Paulette Bonwell, 74, of Lansing passed away Saturday, September 9, 2017 at the Thornton Manor Nursing Center in Lansing. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 14 at the Nashua United Methodist Church in Nashua with Pastor John Tunnicliff officiating. Burial will be at Sunnyside Memory Gardens in rural Charles City. Visitation will be at Hauser Funeral Home in Charles City Wednesday, September 13 from 5-8 p.m. and will continue one hour prior to the service Thursday at the church.

Paulette Kae (Rausch) Bonwell, the daughter of Paul and Evelyn (Miller) Rausch, was born December 28, 1942 in Charles City. She attended school in Nashua and was united in marriage to Lynn Bonwell August 26, 1960 at the Nashua United Methodist Church. The couple made their home in Nashua, where they raised their family.

Tue
12
Sep

Janice Kurth

Janice Elaine (Grahlman) Kurth, 77, of Waukon died Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at the Gundersen Hospital in La Crosse, WI. In accordance with Janice's wishes, there will be no formal services. A Celebration of Life is being planned for Sunday, September 17 from 2-4 p.m. at the Farm Bureau building in Waukon, located at 14 First Avenue NE. Lunch will be provided.

Janice was born in Sumner to Clayton and Emerald (Sires) Grahlman. She attended New Albin and Waukon schools. Janice was united in marriage to Walter Kurth, Jr. September 15, 1956 at the First Presbyterian Church in Waukon and together they raised two children on the family farm south of Waukon.

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