Obituaries

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20
Jan

Michael Heller

Michael Heller

Michael Frank Heller, 63, of Clermont, Iowa died Saturday, January 9, 2021 at UW Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. Michael was born on October 2, 1957 to Elmer and Nancy (Pape) Heller. He graduated from Waterloo West High in 1976.

Mike moved to Clermont and married the love of his life, Mary Schott on April 30, 1977. 

Wed
20
Jan

Gary Bostrom

Gary Bostrom

 

Gary Fraser Bostrom, 85 of West Union, Iowa passed away on Friday, January 8, 2021 in the town he loved, surrounded by his family who adored him. Gary was an outstanding husband, father, grandfather, friend, business-owner, citizen and Iowa Hawkeye fan. One would be hard-pressed to find a better all-around good guy. 

Wed
20
Jan

Robert Bartels

Robert Bartels

 

Robert Bartels passed away peacefully on Sunday January 3, 2021. He was born in Randalia on June 1, 1924, baptized at Hope Lutheran church Westgate, Iowa and confirmed at Richfield church in Richfield, Iowa.  

Bob attended School Center Number 5 in Randalia, Iowa and graduated high school in Alpha, Iowa.  Except for a brief period when he lived and worked in Waterloo, Bob spent his whole life in Fayette county Iowa.  

During the time he worked at John Deere in Waterloo, he married Eileen Potratz and they briefly lived in Waterloo before making their permanent home in Westgate, Iowa.  Bob and Eileen married at St. Peter Lutheran in Westgate.  Both were longtime members of St. Peter where Bob served as a deacon, church treasurer, and chair of the finance committee.  

Wed
20
Jan

Sharlene Rose

Sharlene Rose

 

 

Sharlene Rose, 84 of Ossian, Iowa died Friday, January 8, 2021 in Oak Creek, Wisconsin after a short illness (non-Covid).  She was born August 13, 1936 to Peter and Martha (Sands) Bushman in Fredericksburg, Iowa. Sharlene graduated from De Sales High School in Ossian, Iowa.

On July 20, 1956, Sharlene was united in marriage with Bernard Wesley Rose at Westside Chapel in Fort Hood, Texas. Besides being an amazing homemaker, when the appropriate time arose Sharlene worked outside the home starting as a cook at De Sales Grade School. She also worked at Graphics in Calmar.  Most will remember her for the treasures she crocheted and knitted as well as her daily walks. She enjoyed spending time with her family and would often travel with them on adventures to see new places

Wed
13
Jan

Fern Kleppe

Fern Kleppe

 

Fern Elizabeth Kleppe, 93, of Elgin, Iowa, died Saturday, January 2, 2021, at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran

Hospital in West Union. She was born March 5, 1927, to Jacob and Ida (Schneider) Friederich Sr. in

Clayton County, Iowa. The family moved to a farm west of Elgin where Fern grew up. She attended

Wander Country School, rural Clermont, through 8th grade. She was baptized and confirmed as an adult

at First Lutheran Church, rural West Union.

 

On July 25, 1946, Fern was united in marriage with Leslie B. Kleppe in Preston, Minnesota. Fern was a

dedicated and caring housewife and farmer. Fern and Leslie operated a dairy farm for many years. Fern

raised the calves from birth, with a special touch. Fern cared for various cats over the years, spoiling her

favorites, Midnight and Lily. She enjoyed being outdoors, gardening, baking, refinishing furniture,

Wed
13
Jan

Marie Swale

Marie Swale

 

Marie Aue Swale, 96, passed away January 3, 2021. 

She was born October 15, 1924 in Washington D.C. to the late Charles and Dorothy Aue. 

She came to Sarasota County in 2014 from West Union, Iowa. 

She had been a member of the United Methodist Church there and also the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary. 

Marie had an amazing talent for drawing, loved to bowl setting numerous records and she had a love for auto racing.

Left to cherish her memory are her son, Thomas Swale and his wife Stephanie of Sarasota; daughter, daughter-in-law, Janis Swale of West Union, Iowa; and grandson, Ryan Swale of Jesup, Iowa. 

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her first husband, Julius Jones; second husband, Robert Swale; son, David Swale; and daughter, Judith Jones Vint; and a granddaughter, Wendy Marie Swale.

Interment will be at a family cemetery in Iowa. 

Wed
13
Jan

August Bindert

August Bindert

 

August “Augie” D. Bindert, 84, of Hawkeye, died Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at Maple Crest Manor in Fayette.

Visitation was held from 1  to 4 p.m., Saturday, January 9, 2021 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawkeye. Inurnment will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the family for later designation. Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Hawkeye is assisting Auggie’s family. Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com

August Delmar, son of Fred “Fritz” and Hildegard (Plamp) Bindert was born October 4,1936, in Stickney, South Dakota. He was baptized in the Lutheran Faith in South Dakota and later confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawkeye. Augie received his education in the rural Hawkeye Country Schools and graduated from Hawkeye High School in 1954. 

Wed
13
Jan

John Hoblit

John Hoblit

 

John A Hoblit of West Union died January 1, 2021 at Copper Creek Senior Living Home in West Union. He was born to Ida and Charles Hoblit December 12, 1940, on a farm near Rock Falls, Iowa. He attended school at Rock Falls High School, graduating in 1958.

After graduation from High School, John served in the United States Army from February 1, 1961 to February 1, 1964. He was in France and achieved the rank of Specialist Fifth class.

He attended the University of Iowa and graduated with an accounting and management degree. While attending college, he married Linda Byl of Mason City, Iowa. Upon graduating from the University of Iowa, John secured a position with Interstate Power Company. He worked for them at Mason City, Dubuque, Oelwein and West Union, Iowa, retiring as a manager in 1995 while at West Union, Iowa.

Wed
06
Jan

Edward Bohr Jr.

Edward Bohr Jr.

 

Edward “Ed” Henry Bohr Jr., 83, of Ossian, Iowa died Thursday, December 24, 2020. Ed was born July 10, 1937 to Edward Sr. and Hildegard (Becker) Bohr in Ossian, Iowa. He graduated from St. Francis de Sales High School in Ossian, Iowa. Ed joined and served in the United States Navy from 1956 to 1960.

 

Ed was united in marriage with Jeanette Moen in 1963. Five sons were born to this union. Ed worked construction his entire life, the last 23 years for Gee Grading of Cedar Rapids, Iowa as a Finish Blade Operator. He joined the International Union of Operating Engineers in 1978 and has been a proud member ever since.  Ed retired at age 62 and pursued his passion of working with horses.  Ed always said “Life is good, but better with a horse”. 

 

Wed
06
Jan

Gordon Solheim

Gordon Solheim

 

Gordon Richard Solheim, 91, of Platte, SD passed away Thursday, December 31, 2020 at Platte Health Center Avera. A Prayer Service for family was held at their home in Platte, A Celebration of Life in Platte to be announced. Memorial Services will be held at a later date at Bethany Lutheran Church in Ossian, Iowa with a Committal Service at Bethany Lutheran Church Cemetery. Mount Funeral Home of Platte is assisting with arrangements.

Gordon Richard Solheim was born on June 14, 1929 to Knut and Clara (Thorbjornson) Solheim on the family farm in Castalia, IA where he was also baptized. He was confirmed in 1943 and attended High School. On September 9, 1950 Gordy was united in marriage to Jeanive Halverson at Bethel Lutheran Church in Grand Forks, ND. He continued his education at Lutheran Brethren Bible College in Fergus Falls, MN, graduating in 1955 and going on to complete Seminary in 1957.  

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