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
09
Oct

Herbert Schmidt

Herbert “Herb” A. Schmidt, 89, of rural Waterville died Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at his home. Funeral services were held Saturday, October 6 at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon with Pastor Gary Hatcher officiating. Burial with military graveside rites was held in Sixteen Cemetery, rural Monona.

Herbert “Herb” Allen Schmidt was born April 6, 1929 in rural Garnavillo, the son of Herbert W. and Elnora (Jahnke) Schmidt. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Garnavillo. When he was three years old, Herb’s family moved from Garnavillo to a house overlooking the Yellow River in Linton Township, rural Waterville, where he has lived ever since; later, this would be the house he and his wife, Katherine, would raise their family in while farming.

Tue
09
Oct

Clara Ebner

Clara E. Ebner, 91, of rural Lansing died Thursday, October 4, 2018 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, November 10 from 2-4 p.m. at the Farm Bureau building in Waukon. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is assisting the family. A full obituary will be printed at a later date.
 

Tue
02
Oct

Arla Halverson

Arla Halverson, age 88, of Decorah died Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at her home in Decorah. Services were held Sunday, September 16 at Decorah Lutheran Church, Decorah with Rev. Brenda Crossfield officiating.

Arla Alvina (Johnson) Halverson was born September 6, 1930, the daughter of Julian “Jack” and Beatrice (Hillestad) Johnson in Decorah. She graduated from Decorah High School and later attended college in Cedar Falls for teaching.

In 1952 Arla married Neale Downing at the Glenwood Lutheran Church outside of Decorah and together they had three children. She taught at country schools in Glenwood Township for a few years before moving to the Chicago area in 1958. In 1975 she married Dale Halverson in LaGrange, IL. Arla worked at Lyons Township High School as a special education teacher until retiring in the mid-90s.

Tue
02
Oct

Les Livingood

Les Livingood, 83, of Harpers Ferry died Thursday, September 27, 2018 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Memorial services will be held Friday, October 5 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Waukon with Rev. Duane Smith officiating. Friends may greet the family at the fellowship lunch following the service. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is assisting the family.

Leslie Lynn Livingood was born March 14, 1935 at his parents’ home in Waukon, the son of Lynn and Daisy (Thornton) Livingood. He attended country school and married JoAnn Swenson. Throughout his life, Les worked a variety of jobs. He started as a milk hauler, then worked for a construction company, and also worked for Allamakee County as a road grader. For many years, he and JoAnn owned and operated Livingood’s Supper Club in Frankville, which is best remembered for its beer battered fish. Les also did a lot of real estate developing.

Tue
02
Oct

Bertilla Barthel

Bertilla “Bert” B. Barthel, 89, of Waukon died Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Memorial services will be held Monday, October 8 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon. A private burial will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of services Monday, October 8 at the church.

Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is assisting the family. Memorials can be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church or the Good Samaritan Center, both in Waukon.

Bertilla “Bert” Beatrice Barthel was born November 20, 1928 in Paynesville, MN, the daughter of Nick and Julia (Yaeger) Lutgen. She grew up in the Paynesville area and, after she finished school, worked as a telephone operator.

Tue
02
Oct

Alvina Sickels

Alvina H. Sickels, 92, of Waukon died Friday, September 28, 2018 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Funeral services were Thursday, October 4 at Waterville Lutheran Church in Waterville with Pastor Tim Rupert officiating. Burial was at Waterville Lutheran Cemetery.

Alvina Harriet Sickels was born June 29, 1926 at home in Waterville, the daughter of Otto Cornelius and Martha Elizabeth (Asleson) Nelson. She was baptized and confirmed at Waterville Lutheran Church and attended Waterville school.

September 17, 1944, Alvina married Arthur Andrew Sickels at Waterville Lutheran Church. The couple farmed for a few years in Waukon Junction until they were flooded out too many times. In addition to raising her five children, Alvina also babysat for a few families in the area. Alvina worked for Capco Products in Volney for 13 years and cleaned houses for several years after that.

Tue
25
Sep

Mary Ellen McMillan

Mary Ellen McMillan, 91, of Waukon died Friday, September 21, 2018 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Funeral services will be held Monday, October 1 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon with Fr. Mark Osterhaus and Rev. Msgr. Ed Lechtenberg officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Waukon.

Friends may call from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, September 30 at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon, where there will be a 1:45 p.m. scripture service.

Mary Ellen McMillan was born June 15, 1927 in Waukon, the daughter of Frank and Cora (Donavan) Gavin. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Patrick Catholic Church and attended St. Patrick Catholic School, both in Waukon. November 22, 1947, she married Roger McMillan at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Mary Ellen was very particular and had a routine on how she did the housekeeping and other day-to-day chores.

Tue
25
Sep

Bruce Strong

Bruce K. Strong, 62, passed away August 21, 2018 in Duluth, MN. Bruce was born November 5, 1955 in Waukon, the son of Norbert and Loretta (Stahl) Strong of Lansing. He was a military veteran, serving in both Navy-Krypto Intelligence and Army Reserves.

Bruce was the owner and operator of Strong’s American Karate from 1998 to 2014, teaching classes throughout the tri-state area in Lansing, Waukon and Decorah in Iowa, Caledonia, Spring Grove, Rushford and La Crescent in Minnesota,  as well as De Soto and Prairie du Chien in Wisconsin.

Bruce is survived by his son, Josh (Alicia) Strong, and his granddaughter, Ariana Strong, all of Rice Lake, WI; his sister, Debbie (Neal) Steiber of Lansing; his brother, Richard (Bonnie) Strong of Blue Grass; and his sister, Laurie (Dan) Gavin of Royce City, TX.

Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, October 11 at nutMegs in Lansing from 5-7 p.m.

 

Wed
19
Sep

Courtney Kane

Courtney Anne Kane, 27, of Brighton, CO passed away very unexpectedly September 2, 2018. Courtney was born with a congenital heart defect. Her untimely death is believed to be a catastrophic cardiac event due to complications of her condition.

A viewing was held Monday, September 10 at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Northglenn, CO with services immediately following.  A celebration of her life followed.

Courtney is survived by her parents, Michael and Anastasia-Ann (Hancock); her sister, Ashleigh (Bryan) Parry; her brother, Brayden Kane; her fiancé, Marvin Miller III; two very special nieces, Ellaine and Lillian Parry, whom Courtney loved dearly; her grandparents, Lucy Kane and William and Carol Hancock; along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Courtney was preceded in death by her grandfather, Ronald Robert Kane.

Wed
19
Sep

Patricia Gage

Patricia Anna Gage, 83, of Lansing passed peacefully at Thornton Manor in Lansing September 9, 2018. A celebration of life will be held September 29 from 1-5 p.m. at Milty’s in Lansing.

Patricia was born December 11, 1934 in Winona, MN to Lambert and Margaret (Johnson) Dzwonkowski.

She is survived by her children: Tom (Sue), Roxanne Smerud, John, Edward, Timothy and Greg Gage; her siblings: Shirley Ciseweski of Minnesota City, MN, Judith Frisch of Altura, MN, Janine (Jim) Stiles of Winona, MN and Richard (Kathy) Bell of Homer, MN; her grandchildren: Nicole, Mitchell, April, Leisha Jo, Gerad, Justin, Logan, Nick, Cody, Brenden, Brooke, Ellicha and Riley; and an ever-growing number of great- and great-great-grandchildren.

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