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.

Wed
08
Nov

John O'Hara

John Roger O’Hara, 84, passed away at his home in Decorah Sunday, October 29, 2017. Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, November 2 at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Decorah with Rev. Phillip Gibbs officiating. Interment was at St. Benedict’s Cemetery, Decorah.

John was born September 23, 1933, the son of Joseph and Catherine (Ryan) O’Hara, in rural Allamakee County. He graduated from St Patrick’s Catholic School in Waukon in 1952. John married Kathleen Ryan May 14, 1960 and to this union five children were born. The couple later divorced.

John always wanted to be a farmer and to that end he worked for various farmers until he was given the opportunity to operate his own farm in the Frankville area. In 1968, John realized his dream and bought a farm in Glenwood Township. On this farm he raised dairy cows, hogs and horses as well as the crops to feed them. For a number of years he was also a Funk’s seed corn dealer.

Tue
31
Oct

Joann Welch

Joann E. Welch, 84, of Waukon passed away peacefully with her family by her side Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Mass of Christian burial was held Monday, October 30 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon with Fr. Mark Osterhaus officiating. Burial was at St. Mary's Lycurgus Cemetery, rural Waukon. Memorials can be made to the St. Patrick School in Waukon or to the REACH suicide prevention organization (c/o NEI Behavioral Health Center, PO Box 349, Decorah, IA 52101).

Joann “Josie” Elizabeth Welch was born March 23, 1933 in Postville, the daughter of Louis and Gertrude (Harris) Hangartner. She was baptized and confirmed at Postville Presbyterian Church and attended Postville High School. After her schooling, she helped her parents operate the Volney cheese factory.

Fri
27
Oct

Marlene Moline

Marlene L. Moline, 80, of Lansing died Sunday, October 22, 2017 in Little America, WY. Funeral services were held Monday, October 30 at Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon with Pastor Samantha Houser officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon.

Marlene Lorraine Moline was born April 26, 1937 in Marshalltown. She was the daughter of Frank and Mildred (Beach) McGrath. Marlene graduated from Marshalltown High School and the University of Iowa, where she received her degree in education, spending one of her summer terms studying in Guadalajara, Mexico. She taught English and Spanish in Colfax, Lansing and Waukon schools.

Fri
27
Oct

Gaylord Schoh

Gaylord H. Schoh, 85, of Waukon died Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Funeral services were held Saturday, October 28 at Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon, with Pastor Samantha Houser officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon.

Gaylord Henry Schoh was born August 13, 1932 at the home of his aunt in Eitzen, MN; he was the son of Earl and Lillie (Staggemeier) Schoh of Dorchester. He attended school in Dorchester through the eighth grade and would walk two miles each day to get to school. There were three boys in his class and when they had finished their work, the teacher would let them go fishing in the creek near school or go horseback riding at a nearby farm.

Wed
25
Oct

Leona O'Regan

Leona M. O'Regan, 83, of Waukon died Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 28 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon with Fr. Mark Osterhaus officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary's Hanover Cemetery, rural Waukon. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Friday, October 27 at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon, with a Rosary/Scripture service at 2:30 p.m.

Leona Mary O’Regan was born September 26, 1934 on the rural St. Lucas farm of her parents, Leo and Clara (Panos) Franzen. She graduated from St. Luke’s High School in St. Lucas as valedictorian of her class in 1952 and went on to receive LPN training at St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Rochester, MN.

Wed
25
Oct

John Tangen

John G. Tangen, 76, of Dorchester died Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Funeral services were held Monday, October 23 at Big Canoe Lutheran Church with Pastor Kurt Bockoven officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery, both in rural Decorah.

John Gary Tangen was born September 15, 1941 in Waukon, the son of John Elder and Myrtle Aletta (Gavle) Tangen. He was baptized and confirmed at Big Canoe Lutheran Church in rural Decorah. John attended Hanover Country School and Waukon High School.

April 22, 1961, he married JoAnn Phyllis Johnson at Forest Mills United Methodist Church in rural Postville. They farmed together in Hanover Township in rural Waukon. John also worked at Iowa Turkey Products in Postville and in the meat department at Quillin's in Waukon.

Wed
25
Oct

Patricia Duwe

Patricia C. Duwe, age 67, of Marion died Thursday, October 19, 2017 at St. Luke’s Hospice in-patient unit of complications due to cancer of the liver. Visitation will be held at Murdoch Funeral Home, 3855 Katz Drive in Marion Friday, November 3 from 4-7 p.m. The family will also greet friends Saturday, November 4 for one hour prior to the service which will begin at 11 a.m. at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 3500 29th Avenue in Marion. Lunch will be served after the service in the fellowship hall.   Burial will take place later in the day at Guttenberg City Cemetery.

Patricia Catherine Duwe was born January 29, 1950 in La Crosse, WI, the daughter of James and Juanita (Jack) Strub. She grew up in Lansing, where she graduated from Kee High School with the Class of 1968. After graduation, she attended business college in Cedar Rapids.

Wed
25
Oct

Belva Becker

Belva Alicia (Hosch) Becker, 89, of New Albin died October 18, 2017 at Thornton Manor Nursing Home in Lansing. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, October 20 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, New Albin with Rev. John Moser as the Celebrant. Inurnment followed at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, New Albin.

Belva was born February 18, 1928 to Peter and Inez (Woods) Hosch. She grew up in New Albin and was a graduate of New Albin High School in 1946.

Belva married Henry “Hank” Becker April 8, 1947 and they raised two children in New Albin. She worked at New Albin Savings Bank for many years. She was known throughout the area as a fine seamstress and sewed clothing for herself and doll clothes for her grandchildren. She crocheted many afghans and hundreds of kitchen towels. She was most proud of the 97 beautiful quilts she created over the years, each hand quilted with perfect stitching. Her family will also remember her homemade bread and famous caramel rolls.

Fri
20
Oct

Elaine Ryan

Elaine Ryan, 88, formerly of Lansing, passed away peacefully October 16, 2017 in Alexandria, MN. Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, October 21 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Lansing with Rev. John Moser as the Celebrant. Burial followed at Gethsemane Cemetery, Lansing.

Elaine was born December 8, 1928 to Ken and Elaine Green and lived most of her life in Lansing. Elaine had many talents and interests. She loved to paint, bake, sew, read, travel, write and learn. Her adventurous spirit took her backpacking solo through Europe several times, always traveling by train and lodging in youth hostels. When she was 80, she rode an elephant in South Africa. She loved the mountains of Colorado and could often be found standing at the peak of Mt. Evans in shorts and a wool sweater. She loved family. She will be dearly missed.

Tue
17
Oct

Mary Lou Meyer

Mary Lou Meyer, 89, of West Union died Thursday, October 12, 2017 at her home in West Union. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Holy Name Catholic Church in West Union, with Rev. Don Komboh and Rev. Dale Rausch as the celebrants. Interment will be held in the West Union Cemetery following the burial mass.

Mary Lou, the daughter of Otto and Alice (Hayes) Kubitz, was born July 16, 1928 in Houston County, MN. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph Catholic Church in New Albin and graduated from New Albin High School in 1945.

Mary Lou was united in marriage with Ferris Meyer October 30, 1947. Ten children were born to this union. In addition to raising her kids, Mary Lou worked at the Humphrey Café and Traeger’s Jack and Jill in West Union. She worked at the registration desk for Palmer Lutheran Clinic and, after her retirement, in medical records at Palmer for 29 years.

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