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.

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07
Jan

WillaDean Kaeser

WillaDean Ann (Lamphier) Kaeser, age 81 of Decorah,  formerly of Waukon, died Thursday, January 1, 2015 at the Aase Haugen Nursing Home in Decorah following an extended illness.

Wed
07
Jan

Eric Smith

Eric S. Smith, 55, of Waukon (formerly of Postville), passed away Sunday, December 28, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Society in Waukon. Eric Steven, the son of Leslie and Jessie (Schultz) Smith, was born March 19, 1959 in Postville. He graduated from MFL High School in 1977. Eric farmed with his brother on the family farm near Luana and worked as a farm hand for several area farmers. He then worked as a welder for Guttenberg Industries in Guttenberg and Bituma in Marquette. He retired from Bituma when his health started to decline.
Eric enjoyed fishing, hunting, cooking and he loved to spend time with his family.    
Eric is survived by his two sons, Cory Smith of Decorah and Joshua (Alicia Hirth) Smith of Waukon; and his cousin, Nola (Norbert) Palmer of Waukon.     
Eric was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie and Jessie Smith; three brothers, Leighton, Richard and John Smith; and one sister, Kathleen Smith.

Wed
07
Jan

Dorothy Slifka

Dorothy F. Slifka, 95, of Waukon, died Monday, December 29, 2014, at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Funeral services were held Sunday, January 4 at 1 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon with Deacon Mike Ward officiating. Burial was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Waukon.
Dorothy Frances Slifka was born January 27, 1919 in Cresco to Samuel and Ida (Bergman) Kratz. She was raised on her family’s farm in Howard County and received her education in a country school. Dorothy married the love of her life, Clarence W. Slifka May 26, 1939 at Assumption Catholic Church in Cresco. Dorothy and Clarence farmed in Cresco until they moved to Waukon in 1960. They owned and operated Slifka Café where Dorothy prepared and cooked fresh donuts every morning for 15 years. After closing the café, she continued as a cook at local diners and performed cleaning duties for a local business.

Mon
05
Jan

Gertrud Larick

Gertrude A. Larick, 87, of Decatur, AL, formerly of Waukon, died Thursday, January 1, 2015 at Decatur General Hospital in Decatur, AL. Funeral services were  held Tuesday, January 6 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon with Fr. Jim Dubert officiating. Burial was at Wexford Cemetery, Lansing. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements.

Mon
05
Jan

Loretta Sorum

Loretta M. Sorum, 90, of Waukon, formerly of Decorah, passed away peacefully Friday, January 2, 2015 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon, where she was a resident for several years. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 7 at 11 a.m. at Glenwood Lutheran Church with Pastor Stacey Nalean-Carlson officiating. Burial will be at Glenwood East Cemetery, rural Decorah. Friends may call one hour before services at the church. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements. Family requests memorials be given to St. Jude's Hospital, Good Samaritan Home or Glenwood Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund.

Mon
29
Dec

Richard Winke

Richard L. “Butch” Winke, 80, of Waukon, died Saturday, December 27, 2014 at his home in rural Waukon. Memorial services will be held Friday, January 2 at 11 a.m. at Zalmona Presbyterian Church in rural Waukon with Pastor Tom Buresh officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Zalmona Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-5 p.m. Thursday at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon.

Mon
29
Dec

Greg Rosendahl

Greg “Rosie” Rosendahl, 61, of Waukon, lost his battle with cancer Sunday, December 28, 2014 at his home. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 3 at 11 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Waukon with Rev. Lynn G. Groe officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Waterloo Ridge Cemetery, Dorchester. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon.

Mon
29
Dec

Gerald Myers

Gerald K. Myers, 71, of Waukon, died Saturday, December 27, 2014 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN. A sharing time was held Saturday, January 3 at 2 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon.

Mon
29
Dec

Donald “Jim” Hyde

Donald “Jim” J. Hyde, 76, of New Albin, formerly of Dubuque, died Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, WI. Graveside services will be held Wednesday, December 31 at 11 a.m. at the Edgewood City Cemetery, Edgewood. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is handling the arrangements.

Mon
29
Dec

Mike Lechnir

Mike Lechnir passed unexpectedly at his home and long time family farm December 20, 2014. He was born in Luana. He was 76 and is survived by a son, one grandson and two granddaughters. There will be a gathering January 3 at his home.

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