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.

Mon
29
Apr

Mary Jo Wolcott

Mary Jo Wolcott, 72, of Harpers Ferry passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at the home she and Jim built themselves in rural Harpers Ferry, which she dearly loved along with being surrounded by wildlife. Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 30 at St. Ann’s - St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Harpers Ferry with Fr. Joseph Sevcik officiating. Burial was at Wexford Cemetery in rural Lansing.

Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon handled arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Ann’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, the Wexford Catholic Church, or the Harpers Ferry Rescue Squad.

Mary Jo (Valley) Wolcott was born December 26, 1951, to Joseph and Marian (Davies) Valley. She attended grade school in Harpers Ferry, 7th-8th grade in Waterville, and graduated from St. George High School in Lansing. During her senior year, she met Jim Wolcott and they began dating.

Tue
23
Apr

Captain Walter Verdon

Captain Walter Allen Verdon, Ph.D., age 85, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, February 21, 2024, at Hospice of Dayton, Inc. in Dayton, OH. A memorial service to celebrate Walter’s life will be held at Lansing United Methodist Church, 490 Center Street, Lansing May 11, 2024. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. CT. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the veterans’ charity of your choice.

Walter was born Saturday, May 14, 1938, to Harold Edward and Grace Estell (née Larson) Verdon in Stevens Point, WI. He lived a life characterized by dedication, intellect, and service. He will be remembered for his distinguished career as a Professor of Economics and his service as an officer in the United States Navy and United States Navy Reserves. Walter’s courage and commitment were exemplified during his service aboard the U.S.S. Nobel during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Tue
23
Apr

Dianne Wolfe

Dianne M. Wolfe, 84, of Waukon died Saturday, April 20, 2024, at her daughter’s house in North Liberty. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 27 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon with Fr. John Moser officiating. Burial was at St. Joseph’s Paint Rock Cemetery, Harpers Ferry.

Dianne Marie Wolfe was born in Minnesota October 4, 1939, the daughter of Firmin and Margaret (Heim) Erding. The family later moved to rural Harpers Ferry. Dianne was very proud of having grown up in Ion, attending Linton 2 and 4 Country School. She liked to mention she was the top student in her class through the 7th grade (sometimes failing to include she was the only student in her class through the 7th grade).

Tue
23
Apr

Rebecca "Beckie" Fink

Rebecca “Beckie” Fink, 52 of Waterloo died Tuesday, April 16, 2024, at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home. Celebration of Life will be at 10:30 a.m. this Saturday, April 27 at Locke at Tower Park, located at 4140 Kimball Avenue in Waterloo. Memorials may be directed to Haley Garner, 2501 Lafayette Street, Waterloo, IA 50703. Condolences may be sent to www.lockefuneralservices.com.

She was born August 28, 1971, in Shawano, WI, the daughter of John W. and Judith A. Kearney Fink. Beckie graduated from Kee High School. Continuing her education, she earned her diploma for a medical office specialist from AIC in August of 1990 and was earning a degree in medical billing and coding from Herzing.

She married Glenn Bearbower, and they later divorced. Beckie worked at Country View until she moved to New Albin in 2005. Afterwards she held different positions in Wisconsin and the Cedar Valley after returning to Waterloo.

Tue
23
Apr

Craig Stange

Craig A. Stange, 64, of Waukon lost his battle with cancer Friday, April 19, 2024, at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, WI. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Cody Stange at 501 Floyd Street, Sanborn, IA, 51248 for a memorial that will be set up at a later date to benefit an outdoor enthusiast. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements.

Craig “Gravy” Alan Stange was born August 3, 1959, in Marion, the son of Marlin and Rita (Ethridge) Stange. He graduated from Davenport West High School in 1978. May 9, 1986, he married Debra Blair in Walcott. The couple moved to Georgia and to this marriage, they were blessed with a son, Cody. The two later divorced.

Craig found his home in northeast Iowa. He spent his life working in the construction industry and worked in maintenance at Cabela’s in Prairie du Chien, WI, for 19 years. Craig was hardworking with an unmatched work ethic.

Tue
23
Apr

Christopher Ahles

Chris "Digger" J. Ahles, 47, of New Albin, IA, died Friday, April 19, 2024, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, WI. Memorial services will be held Friday, April 26th, at 11:00 AM at Christ Community Evangelical Free Church in New Albin with Pastor Tommy Case officiating. Friends may greet the family from 9:00 AM until the time of services on Friday at the church. Lunch will follow at the New Albin Community Center. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements.

Mon
22
Apr

Lisa Everson

Lisa Everson made the world’s best mashed potatoes.

Yes, she accomplished many other things but the quality of her potatoes (fondly known as “he he” potatoes) cannot be overstated - seriously. Unfortunately, if you’ve never had “he he” potatoes, you’ve sadly missed out because April 6, 2024 Lisa Joan Everson passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family.

A private family ceremony was held for Lisa Saturday, April 13. A Celebration of Life for all family and friends to attend will be held on her birthday, July 7, 2024, at 11 a.m., at Blackhawk Park near De Soto, WI.

Fri
19
Apr

Kathy Cox

Kathy Ann Cox, age 74, of Waukon passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. According to Kathy’s wishes, a cremation will take place and a graveside service will be held in the summer of 2024 at Postville Cemetery, Postville.

Kathy was born April 30, 1949 in Postville to Allard and Jacqueline (Lane) Nyberg. She graduated from Postville High School. Kathy married Robert Hartman and they had two sons, Dustin and Troy. They later divorced. She loved to laugh, spend time with family and socialize. Kathy also loved animals, playing bingo and cards, reading, and having her nails and hair done weekly.

Kathy is survived by her children, Dustin (Diane) Hartman and Troy (Lucy) Hartman; a grandson, Chad Seiberling; and a great-grandson, Chase Seiberling; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Tue
16
Apr

Sandra "Sandi" Reinke

Sandra “Sandi” Lou Reinke, 74, of New Albin died Friday evening, April 12, 2024 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon surrounded by her loving family. Funeral services will be held to honor Sandi’s life at St. John’s UCC Church (Wheatland Church) in rural New Albin Thursday, April 18 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Allen Hanson officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday evening, April 17 from 4-8 p.m. at the New Albin Community Center and from 10 a.m. until the time of service Thursday at the church.

Tue
16
Apr

Chester Schlake

Chester Schlake, 85, of Waukon died Saturday, April 13, 2024, at Northgate Care Center in Waukon. A private family celebration of life will be held on Chester’s 86th birthday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Waukon with Pastor Bryan Robertson officiating. A private burial will be at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements.

Chester Schlake was born June 23, 1938, weighing only three pounds, at his parents’ home near Waterville, the son of Victor John and Viola Mae (Noack) Schlake. He was baptized and confirmed at Waterville Lutheran Church. In 1957, Chester graduated from Waterville High School. Chester taught Sunday school at Waterville Lutheran, which shared a pastor with Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Lansing; the two churches had joint Sunday school outings and get-togethers.

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