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Marcellus Ranzenberger

Marcellus Ranzenberger, age 77, of Spring Grove, MN, formerly of Mabel, MN and Dorchester, died Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at GundersenTweeten Care Center in Spring Grove, MN. Funeral Service was held Monday, November 27 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Eitzen, MN with Rev. Todd Krueger officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. The Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel, MN assisted the family with arrangements.

Marcellus was born January 6, 1937 in Waukon to Arthur and Jarla (Selnes) Ranzenberger. He graduated from Spring Grove High School and served in the United States Army. He married Mary Ann Rasmussen and they lived and farmed in the Dorchester area until moving to Mabel, MN. Mary Ann died October 1, 2014.

He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Eitzen, MN and enjoyed traveling with Mary Ann to Arizona for the winter months in their camper. Marcellus is survived by nieces and nephews.


Ruth Rea

Ruth Charlene (Stirn) Rea, 91, of Lansing passed away November 24, 2017 at Thornton Manor in Lansing. Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, November 28 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Lansing with Rev. John Moser as the Celebrant. Burial followed at Gethsemane Cemetery, Lansing.

Ruth Stirn was born September 19, 1926 at home on the farm in Lansing to George Stirn and Catherine (Wendler) Stirn. She graduated from the Waterloo School of Beauty in 1947 and opened a beauty shop in Lansing.

Ruth Stirn was married to William Rea October 24, 1950 in Lansing. They farmed for over 50 years near Churchtown. Ruth was a CNA at Thornton Manor for 18 years. She was also a 4-H leader, a volunteer with the church and an election official. Ruth liked to make quilts for the grandkids, crocheting and embroidery, and was also an avid card player in several card clubs. She enjoyed many family celebrations, traveling and spending time with her growing family.


Phyllis Snitker

Phyllis L. Snitker, 85, of Rossville died Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Funeral services were held Monday, November 27 at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon, with Pastor Tim Rupert officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon.

Phyllis LaVonne Snitker was born December 18, 1931 in the Hickory Creek area of rural Monona, the daughter of Henry and Iva (Ames) Snitker. She attended Rossville Country School, Waukon High School and later received her GED.

February 18, 1948, she married Leonard Junior Snitker at the First Presbyterian Parsonage in Waukon. They farmed together on a farm a quarter of a mile west of Rossville. Phyllis also worked at Northern Engraving in Waukon for 39-1/2 years, until it closed in 2008.


Shirleen "Sam" Rosendahl

Shirleen "Sam" A. Rosendahl, 66, of Waukon went home to be with our Lord Tuesday, November 21, 2017 after a brief battle with cancer; she passed away at home surrounded by her family. Funeral services were held Monday, November 27 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Waukon with Pastor Bill Odermann officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon.

Shirleen “Sam” Ann Fritz Moe Rosendahl was born April 9, 1951 in Marshalltown, the daughter of Leo and Ida (Johnson) Fritz of Cresco. She was baptized and confirmed at the Notre Dame Catholic Parish and in 1969 graduated from Notre Dame High School in Cresco.


Mary Blake

Mary E. Blake, 97, of Waukon died Sunday, November 19, 2017 at her home. Funeral services were held Saturday, November 25 at St. Mary's Catholic Church Hanover in rural Waukon with Rev. Jerry Blake officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the Mary Blake Memorial, 1972 State Highway 76 N, Waukon, IA 52172.

Mary E. Hammell was born February 16, 1920 on the family farm on the Sand Cove in rural New Albin, the daughter of Cornelius “Con” and Mary T. (Wall) Hammell. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in New Albin and graduated from high school in Lansing. She completed teacher training in La Crosse, WI and taught in rural Allamakee County schools for several years.


Abigail Osterholm

Abigail "Abbie" Osterholm, 86, of Waukon passed away Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 22 at 11:30 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 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, November 21 at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon, where there will be a 3:30 p.m. rosary and a 5:30 p.m. VFW Auxiliary Service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Good Samaritan Center or Veterans Memorial Hospital, both in Waukon.


Patrick Sandry

Patrick Allen Sandry, 49, of Lansing passed away Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at Mayo Healthcare in La Crosse, WI after a short, courageous battle with cancer. Funeral Services were held Monday, November 20 at the United Methodist Church in Lansing. Pastor Sedar Wembonyama and Pastor Tom Mattson were the officiants. Interment was held in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Lansing following the funeral.

Patrick Allen Sandry was born August 25, 1968 in Waukon to Robert Sr. and Marian (Halverson) Sandry. Pat graduated from Kee High School in 1986. Pat’s first job was working in California as a carpenter with Dennis Palmer. After that he had worked for Northern Engraving, Viking Insulation and Culligan.

He was presently working for Cabela’s in Prairie du Chien, WI as second shift Lead in the Distribution Center for 10 years.


Ernest "Ernie" Luster

Ernest Joseph “Ernie” Luster, 87, of Lansing died Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at Gundersen Health Systems, La Crosse, WI. Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, November 18 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Lansing. The Rev. John Moser was the celebrant. Burial followed the service in Gethsemane Cemetery in Lansing with military honors.

Ernie was born March 4, 1930 in Harpers Ferry to John and Loella (Schellsmidt) Luster. Ernie graduated from Harpers Ferry High School with the Class of 1948.

Following high school, Ernie worked for the Milwaukee Railroad for a time. He served his country honorably during the Korean War from 1951-1953. Following his time in the military, he helped build the IGA in Lansing. Ernie worked for the United States Postal Service for many years and was the Postmaster in Marquette until his retirement in 1995.


Ida Mae (Welsh) Gonsalves

Ida Mae (Welsh) Gonsalves, 80, of San Jose, CA entered into eternal rest November 10, 2017 at DawnView Care Home in San Jose, CA, surrounded by her family, after a long battle with Alzheimer's. A Funeral Mass took place at St. Julie Billiart Catholic Church in San Jose, CA Saturday, November 18. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to

Ida was born February 25, 1937 in Waukon, the 13th child of Mary and Patsy Welsh. Eleven children survived childbirth, and three are still living: Mary Lou Cota, Lloyd (Betty) Welsh and Bernard Welsh. She is also survived by her husband of 56 years, Bob Gonsalves; three daughters, Lisa (Mark) Hanson, Lori (Shawn) Kimball and Kristi (Jeff) McCabe; nine grandchildren; 67 nieces and nephews; and countless grand-nieces and grand-nephews.


Margaret Lorraine Cummings Kolsrud

Margaret Lorraine Cummings Kolsrud, 89, of Waukon died Monday, November 13, 2017 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Funeral services were held Saturday, November 18 at East Paint Creek Synod Lutheran Church, with Rev. Ronald Pederson officiating. Burial was at East Paint Creek Synod Cemetery, both in rural Waterville.

Margaret Lorraine Knudtson Cummings Kolsrud was born July 23, 1928 in rural Waterville, the daughter of Herbert Carl and Luella Selma Mildred (Schmieden) Knudtson. She was baptized and confirmed at East Paint Creek Synod Lutheran Church, where she remained a lifelong member, and she graduated from Waterville High School.


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