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.

Tue
16
Oct

Murvel Barness

Murvel D. Barness, 75, of Waukon passed away peacefully in his home Thursday, October 11, 2018. Memorial services with military honors were held Monday, October 15 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Waukon with Pastor Wayne Ellingson officiating.

Murvel Duane Barness was born June 23, 1943 in Decorah, the son of John and Gladys (Kleppe) Barness. He attended Ossian Public Schools and was baptized and confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church in Ossian. Murvel enlisted in the United States Army at the age of 18 and proudly served his country from 1962-1970.

He attended basic training at Fort Carson, CO and was later stationed in Korea, Japan, Fort Sill, OK and Fort Hood, TX. He earned the rank of Staff Sergeant and was a veteran of the Vietnam War.

Tue
16
Oct

Joyce Brennan

Joyce Margaret Brennan, 88, of Lansing died peacefully Sunday, October 7, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in La Crosse, WI. Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, October 11 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Lansing with Rev. John Moser as the Celebrant. Burial followed at Gethsemane Cemetery, Lansing.

Joyce was born July 6, 1930 in Churchtown, rural Allamakee County. She was the daughter of Archibald and Jennie (Peterson) Uren. She graduated from Lansing High School in 1948 and earned a teaching degree from Luther College, Decorah. She married Daniel J. Brennan November 19, 1952 at Sacred Heart Church, Waterloo.

Tue
16
Oct

Maxine Johnson

Maxine Leah Johnson, 80, of New Hampton died Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at her home in New Hampton. Funeral Services were held Sunday, October 14 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Monona with Rev. Erika Kielstrup as the Officiant. Burial followed at Monona Cemetery, Monona.

Maxine was born June 24, 1938 to Donald and Marcella (Sabbann) Tayek in Linton Township, Allamakee County. She graduated from Monona High School in 1956 and earned her degree from Upper Iowa University. Maxine was united in marriage with John Johnson. Three children were born to this union. They later divorced. Throughout the years, Maxine was a special education teacher in Farmersburg, secretary for Dr. Pfeiffer in McGregor and also worked at Community Action for many years. She was also the first woman tour guide at Spook Cave.

Tue
16
Oct

Barbara Bigelow-Mitchell

Barbara Lynn Bigelow-Mitchell, 74, passed away Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Prairie Meadows Senior Living Center in Kasson, MN. The memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 18 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 Eighth Avenue NW in Kasson, MN with Reverend Nirmala Reinschmidt officiating. Inurnment will be at Claremont Street Cemetery in Claremont, MN.

Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, October 17 at Czaplewski Family Funeral Home and Crematory, 801 Seventh Street SE in Kasson, MN and one  hour before the service at the church Thursday.

Barbara was born May 18, 1944 in Owatonna, MN to Wayne and Wilma (Munson) Bigelow. She graduated from Claremont High School and worked briefly at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN.  She married and spent most of her life in New Albin and returned to Kasson, MN in 2014 to be near her siblings.

Tue
16
Oct

Mary Johnson

Mary Alice (Grady) Johnson, age 71, of Brooklyn Center, MN passed away peacefully October 12, 2018. Memorial service will be held Friday, October 19 at 6 p.m. with visitation one hour prior, all at Washburn-McReavy Coon Rapids Chapel, 1827 Coon Rapids Boulevard NW in Coon Rapids, MN. Memorials made to the family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas; her parents, Cyril and Catherine Grady; her siblings, Jean Lerch and Donald Grady; and her brother-in-law, James Johnson. She is survived by her children, David (Tammy), Brian and Tracy (Jeremy) Smith; her grandchildren, Blake and Olivia Johnson; her siblings, Shirley (Gary) Ambrose, Charles Grady and Terrance (Elaine) Grady; her sisters-in-law, Michelle Grady and Charlene Grady; her brothers-in-law, Daniel (Sue) Johnson and John (Sharon) Johnson; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
 

Tue
16
Oct

James Richardson

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Celebration of Life for James Richardson of Harpers Ferry originally scheduled for October 20 has been canceled. James had passed away July 17, 2018. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.
 

Tue
09
Oct

Robert “Bob” Heffern

Bob J. Heffern, 86, of Waukon died Sunday, October 7, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 11 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon with Fr. Mark Osterhaus officiating. Burial with military honors will be at St. Joseph’s Paint Rock Cemetery, Harpers Ferry.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday, October 10 at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon, where there will be a 2:45 p.m. scripture service. In lieu of flowers the family would like all donations to go to the Waukon Wellness Center or Crossing Rivers Health Hospice.

Robert John Heffern was born June 30, 1932 in La Crosse, WI, the son of John and Anna (Kelly) Heffern. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph’s at Paint Rock Catholic Church near Harpers Ferry and graduated from Waterville High School. Bob served in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955, during the Korean War.

Tue
09
Oct

Joyce Brennan

Joyce Margaret Brennan, 88, of Lansing died peacefully Sunday, October 7, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in La Crosse, WI. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 11 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Lansing with Rev. John Moser as the Celebrant. Burial will follow at Gethsemane Cemetery, Lansing.

Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. with a 3:30 p.m. Rosary and a 4 p.m. Scripture Service Wednesday, October 10 at Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Lansing. There will also be a one-hour visitation before Mass at the church Thursday.

A full obituary will be printed in next week’s issue of The Standard.
 

Tue
09
Oct

Bruce Strong

Bruce K. Strong, 62, passed away August 21, 2018 in Duluth, MN. Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, October 11 at nutMegs in Lansing from 5-7 p.m.
 

Tue
09
Oct

Harrison “Dick” Brown

Harrison John “Dick” Brown passed away peacefully September 25, 2018 surrounded by friends and family at the Patty Elwood Center in Cresco after his long battle with Alzheimer’s and dementia. A private memorial service will be held locally at a later date.

Born January 3, 1935 in Hinsdale, IL, Harrison was the youngest of two children. After graduating from Downers Grove High School, Harrison joined the Air Force during the Korean War and was stationed at the Pentagon working with computers. After being honorably discharged, he went on to graduate from Colorado University’s Business School before continuing on to Depaul University Law School.

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