Obituaries

Obituaries are published in The Standard for a $45 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 $15 (additonal photos are also $15). 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.

Sun
18
Feb

Michael Snitker

Michael J. Snitker, 64, went to be with Jesus, his Lord and Savior, Thursday, February 15, 2024 at his home in Waukon. Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 20 at the Waukon Banquet Center with Pastor Lynn Furrow and Pastor Micah Roraff of Adoration Church in La Crosse, WI, officiating. Burial will be at St. John The Baptist-West Ridge Cemetery, rural Waukon.

Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon handled arrangements. Memorials can be directed to Veterans Memorial Hospital, Crossing Rivers Hospice, or Missionary Ventures International.

Wed
14
Feb

Roland Genz

Roland A. Genz, 91, of Harpers Ferry died Sunday, February 11, 2024, at his home. Funeral services were held Saturday, February 17 at Martin - Grau Funeral Home in Waukon with Pastor Kim Gates officiating. Burial with military honors was at Sixteen Cemetery, rural Monona.

Roland Alfred Genz was born December 21, 1932, in Postville, the son of Herbert and Carrie (Schlitter) Genz. He grew up in Allamakee County and attended school through eighth grade. When Roland was nine years old, his family moved to the Quad Cities.

From 1951-55, Roland served in the U.S. Navy as an aircraft mechanic. October 11, 1952, he married Ilene Marie Shoemaker in Camanche. After being honorably discharged, Roland moved to Clinton and worked various jobs: as a garbage man, pouring concrete, and working in a scrapyard. He then worked for Farmall in Rock Island, IL, before going to John Deere in the early 1970s, at which point he and the family moved to Le Claire.

Tue
13
Feb

Karen Weber

Karen D. Weber, 64, of New Albin died Sunday, February 11, 2024, at her home. Funeral services were held Friday, February 16 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in New Albin with Fr. Joseph Sevcik officiating.

Karen Diane Weber was born February 26, 1959, in Waukon, the daughter of Thomas and Jean (Phillips) O’Hare. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary’s Hanover Catholic Church in rural Waukon. Karen attended Waukon schools, later receiving her GED from NICC in Calmar.

September 4, 1976, she married Randy Weber at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon. They farmed with his parents and later on their own in the Gruber Ridge area, rural Lansing, milking cows and raising crops.

Tue
13
Feb

Phyllis Verdon

Phyllis Jean Verdon, age 81, of Lansing passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family Saturday, February 10, 2024 after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.

A visitation and service is being planned for Saturday, February 24 at the Lansing United Methodist Church in Lansing. The service will take place at 11 a.m. with visitation prior. A luncheon will follow the service.

Funeral arrangements are being made through Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home of Lansing. Memorials can be directed to the family and will be split between the charitable organizations that Phyllis was passionate about.

Phyllis Jean was born December 23, 1942 to parents John F. and Marguerite D. (nee Gibbs) Beck at home in Lansing. She was the third child in a family of five.

Fri
09
Feb

Judy Byrnes

Judy L. Byrnes, 78, of Waukon died Tuesday, February 6, 2024 at her home. Funeral services were held Monday, February 12 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon with Fr. John Moser officiating. Burial was at St. Mary’s Hanover Cemetery in rural Waukon. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to St Patrick School or Veterans Memorial Hospital, both in Waukon.

Judy Luvern Byrnes was born April 17, 1945 in Spring Grove, MN, one of 12 children born to Emmett and Lillian (Doubek) Schwartzhoff. In 1963, she graduated from Waukon High School. November 9, 1963, she married Dennis James Byrnes and together they raised seven children.

Tue
06
Feb

Gary Russell

Gary H. Russell, 79, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Waukon, passed away January 20, 2024. A private family gathering will be held at a later date.
 

Tue
06
Feb

John Morgan

John P. Morgan, 102, passed away unexpectedly February 2, 2024. He was the son of Francis B. Morgan and Anna (Bakewell)Morgan. Condolences may be sent to: Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, 7405 Mullan Road, Missoula, MT 59808.
 

Fri
02
Feb

Dwight Bacon

Dwight David Bacon, 69, of Decorah passed away Thursday, January 25, 2024 at his home surrounded by his family. Funeral Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 17 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Postville with Rev. Lynn Noel as the officiant. Inurnment will be held at a later date in the Postville Cemetery, Postville.

A Visitation will be held from 3-7 p.m. Friday, February 16 at St. Paul Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall in Postville. There will also be a one-hour visitation before services at the church Saturday.

Dwight was born August 5, 1954 to Allan Lloyd and Beverly Jean (Nelson) Bacon in Postville. He was baptized and confirmed at the Luana Methodist Church. Dwight graduated from Postville High School with the class of 1972 and proudly joined the United States Navy. He served from 1972 to 1975.

Thu
01
Feb

Wilhelmine "Willi" Finkral

Wilhelmine Rose (Walleser) Finkral, 94, of Lansing peacefully passed away surrounded by her family January 26, 2024. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 9, with visitation one hour prior at Immaculate Conception Church in Lansing. A luncheon will follow the services at T.J. Hunters.

Born December 2, 1929 in Manitoba, Canada, Wilhelmine, fondly known as “Willi,” was the daughter of John and Anna Walleser. She grew up on a small dairy farm near Lansing, one of 12 children. Willi received her education at Immaculate Conception High School in Lansing before attending Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, where she earned a degree and teaching certificate. She dedicated almost 40 years to teaching at Sioux City public and parochial schools, before retiring.

Wed
31
Jan

Mary Lou Blaschke

Mary Lou Blaschke, 82, of Sumner died Saturday evening, January 27, 2024 at Copper Creek Senior Living in West Union. Funeral services were held Saturday, February 3 at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner with Rev. Tracy Hinkel officiating. Burial followed at Union Mound Cemetery in Sumner.

Memorials may be made in Mary Lou’s name to St. John Lutheran Church or SEMS, both in Sumner. Becker & Son Funeral Home in Sumner assisted Mary Lou’s family. Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com.

Mary Lou, daughter of Louie and Nellie (Biermann) Wedemeier, was born March 22, 1941 at the family’s home, rural Tripoli. She was baptized April 20, 1941 at St. Peter’s Evangelical and Reformed (now Faith United Church of Christ) in Tripoli and confirmed April 3, 1955 at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner. Mary Lou received her education in the Sumner Schools and graduated from Sumner High School in 1958.

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