Obituaries

Obituaries are published in The Standard for a $40 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 15.5") will also incur an additional charge of $11/column inch for the content measuring longer than our 15.5-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.

Tue
28
Jun

Steve Gelo

Steve M. Gelo, 44, of Waukon died Sunday, June 26, 2022 at his home in rural Waukon. Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 30 at 11 a.m. at Martin - Grau Funeral Home in Waukon, with Tom Hollmann officiating. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until time of services Thursday at the funeral home.

A full obituary will appear in the July 6 edition of The Standard. You can subscribe to The Standard's print edition or e-edition by clicking here.

Tue
28
Jun

Melvin Larson

Melvin W. Larson, 79, of Waukon passed away peacefully with his children by his side Saturday, June 25, 2022 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, WI. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Martin – Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is handling the arrangements.

A full obituary will appear in the July 6 edition of The Standard. You can subscribe to The Standard's print edition or e-edition by clicking here.

Tue
28
Jun

Steve Gelo

Steve M. Gelo, 44, of Waukon died Sunday, June 26, 2022 at his home in rural Waukon. Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 30 at 11 a.m. at Martin - Grau Funeral Home in Waukon, with Tom Hollmann officiating. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until time of services Thursday at the funeral home.
 

Sun
26
Jun

Kathleen Meyer

Kathleen Diane Meyer, age 77, of Dorchester passed away June 24, 2022 at her home surrounded by family. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, June 28 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Dorchester. Father John Moser officiated and burial followed at St. Luke’s Cemetery, Eitzen, MN.

Kathleen was born June 11, 1945 in Caledonia, MN to Lawrence and Lorraine (Klinski) Deufel. She graduated from Loretto High School in 1963 and from St. Mary’s School of Practical Nursing in 1965. Kathleen married John A. Meyer August 9, 1969. She worked at the Spring Valley Hospital and the Caledonia Care and Rehabilitation Nursing Home before she retired.

Fri
24
Jun

Karen Bresnahan

Karen S. Bresnahan, 54, of Dorchester died Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, WI. Memorial services were held Monday, June 27 at St. Mary’s Hanover Catholic Church, rural Waukon with Fr. John Moser officiating. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon handled arrangements.

Karen Sue Bresnahan was born February 27, 1968 in Waukon, the daughter of Dennis and Suzanne (Teff) Bresnahan. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary’s Hanover Catholic Church and graduated from Waukon High School in 1986. Karen worked at Northern Engraving until it closed and then helped her parents on their farm in rural Dorchester.

Fri
24
Jun

William "Bill" Sweeney

William P. “Bill” Sweeney of Key West, IA passed away June 21, 2022. A Funeral Mass was held Saturday, June 25 at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Father Rodney Allers officiating. Burial followed in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road in Dubuque, assisted the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, a Bill Sweeney memorial fund has been established.

Bill was born May 15, 1934 in Waukon to Peter and Edith Sweeney. He grew up working and taking care of the family farm. May 11, 1963, he married Betty Jean in McGregor.

From farm work, construction, working for the County, and being a volunteer firefighter for Key West, Bill never seemed to stop moving. Even after his official retirement, you could still find him helping out local farmers and construction companies. Once he finally did slow down a little, Bill had “his routine.”

Fri
24
Jun

Darlene Dickman

Darlene Dickman, age 86, of Decorah died Saturday, June 18, 2022 at Wellington Place in Decorah. Funeral Services were held Tuesday, June 21 at Salem United Church of Christ, Waukon with Rev. Sue Klimstra presiding. Burial was in the Salem Cemetery.

Darlene Mae (Stuckman) Dickman was born December 12, 1935, the daughter of George and Alta (Winkie) Stuckman in Waukon. She attended Ludlow #5 grade school and graduated from Waukon High School in 1954.

Darlene married Norman Dickman June 2, 1955. They spent 63 years of marriage on the family farm before Norman’s passing in 2019.  In 1970, she graduated from the Area 1 Community College Nursing Program. She would go on to work at Winneshiek County Hospital for 24 years and later for Gundersen Clinic for two years.

Tue
21
Jun

Scott Spinner

Scott Theodore Spinner died May 6, 2022 peacefully in his home of natural causes. Scott will be cremated and laid to rest in his family burial plot at Cherry Mound Cemetery, Harpers Ferry. Memorial services will be held Saturday, July 2 at 8:30 a.m. at Cherry Mound Cemetery. Following the services, doughnuts and coffee will be served at the Waterville Community Center.

Scott was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore Peter Spinner and Helen Frances Spinner (née Bogue).

Mon
20
Jun

Mary Ghelf

Mary Lynn (Harding) Ghelf, age 60, loving mother of three and adoring wife to husband Kirk, passed away peacefully at home in De Soto, WI surrounded by family Friday, June 17, 2022 after a courageous battle with uterine cancer. A visitation will be held Wednesday, June 22 from 1-4 p.m. at the De Soto Lutheran Church, where a prayer service will be held at 3:45 p.m. led by Rev. Lori Kleppe. Burial will follow in the Walnut Mound Cemetery, Retreat, WI. A Celebration of Mary’ s Life will be held at a future date, which will be announced.

Mary was born September 24, 1961 in La Crosse, WI to Vernon “Brady” and Marie (Dybvig) Harding. She graduated from De Soto High School in 1979 and attended college through WTC. Mary married her husband, Kirk, in 1986 and became an excellent farm wife. Mary was employed by G. Heileman Brewing Co., Coulee Children’s Center and worked the majority of her career at Gundersen Health System.

Fri
17
Jun

JoAnn O'Hara

JoAnn Marie O’Hara, 86, of Castalia passed away peacefully surrounded by her children Saturday, June 11, 2022 at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital in West Union. Funeral Service were held Friday, June 17 at Zion Lutheran Church in Castalia. Burial followed at Pleasant View Cemetery in Castalia.

JoAnn was born September 2, 1935 to Edwin and Anna (Stee) Engelhardt in Castalia. She graduated from Postville High School in 1953.

JoAnn was united in marriage to Leo O’Hara June 19, 1953 in Decorah. Seven children were born to this union, including Michael, Lynn, Scott, Mark, Traci, Lisa and David.

JoAnn began her working career as a cashier at the Castalia grocery store. During her years as a stay-at-home mom, while her kids were in school, she was an at-home babysitter. JoAnn then furthered her career by working throughout her life as a server and bartender at many food and local gathering establishments in northeast Iowa.

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