Obituaries

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11
Mar

Tim Brugman

Tim Brugman

 

Timothy J. Brugman, 60, of West Union, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Monday, March 2, 2020, at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital in West Union.  Per his wishes, cremated rites will be observed.  A private memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.  

He was born on June 15, 1959 in Spencer, Iowa the son of Keith and Janice (Smith) Brugman.  Tim was united in marriage to Roxane Molokken on July 8, 1978 in Ossian, Iowa.   Tim was employed by the Fayette County Hwy. Department for 42 years.  He enjoyed reading, cheering on the Hawkeyes, and golfing.  He loved spending time with family and friends especially going fishing with his son, Christopher, and listening and attending his daughter, Brittany’s music concerts.

Wed
04
Mar

Linda (Martin) Lau

Linda (Martin) Lau

 

Linda Marie (Martin) Lau, 47, passed away February 16, 2020 at her home in Oelwein.

Linda was born on May 8,1972 in West Union, Iowa. She grew up in West Union where she attended North Fayette School and later Northeast Community College, where she received a degree in Accounting.

Linda married Jeff Lau in August 1998, they later divorced.

Linda loved spending time with family and friends. Her three grandchildren were the light of her life.

Linda is survived by her, daughter Angel Martin (Travis Davis) from Cedar Rapids, IA, her mother Thressa Connor of Maynard, IA, her father Adrian (Bernie) Martin of Hawkeye, IA, two brothers, Dan Michael of Spring, TX and Bud (Andrea) Leader of Graham, NC, one step sister Shiona Vatsa of Bijnor, India, three grandchildren, Alexis Davis, Jasmine Davis, and Damon Davis, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Wed
04
Mar

Gwendolyn Joy James

Gwendolyn Joy James

 

 

 

Gwendolyn Joy James, 98, from Clermont, IA died peacefully at Good Samaritan Center, West Union on February 19, 2020. Joy was born August 21, 1921, in rural Weldon Iowa to Rufus Earl and Bessie Irene (Rosenberger) Slaymaker. She attended rural schools in Clarke County and graduated from Murray High School in 1938.

Joy moved to Des Moines during World War II and worked at the Des Moines ordnance plant making ammunition. Following the war she worked at Dean Studio and Pioneer Hybrid Company, both in Des Moines. 

Joy and Ross Eldon James were married August 29, 1946. They were parents to two daughters, Diane and Sharon.

Wed
04
Mar

Leona Croatt

Leona Croatt

 

     A mass of Christian  burial was held at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in St. Lucas, Iowa at 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 28, 2020 for Leona Croatt.  Rev. Aaron Junge officiated. Interment was at St. Luke’s Catholic Cemetery. Schluter–Balik Funeral Home, Decorah, Iowa is helping the family with arrangements.

Leona Croatt, age 99, of St. Lucas, IA, died on Friday, February 21, 2020 at Aase Haugen Senior Services in Decorah, IA

Wed
04
Mar

Lorna Bernau

Lorna Bernau

 

 

Lorna Bonita Bernau, 89, of West Union, Iowa died February 28, 2020 at Stoney Brook Village, West Union, Iowa.

She was born December 14, 1930 to Milton and Agnes (Hegland) Eide at home in Castalia. Lorna graduated from West Union High School in 1948 and attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, Iowa for two years.

Lorna was united in marriage with Albert “Cuddy” Bernau on April 9, 1955 at the Little Brown Church, Nashua, Iowa. Together they raised four children, Marcia, Cindy, Bruce and Nancy.

Lorna was a teacher, homemaker and along with her husband operated Cuddy’s Boot Hill Supper Club for twenty-five years. She was an active member of the Bethel Presbyterian Church Morning Circle, the Presbyterian Women’s Group and was on Diaconate. Lorna loved playing bridge and golfing with friends.

Wed
26
Feb

Robert Schultz

Robert Schultz

 

Robert August Schultz was born August 17, 1924, in Postville, Iowa. He died at Unity Point Health, Allen Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa at the age of 95 years old. He was the younger of two children born to Lawrence and Lucille Schultz.  

Robert graduated from Luana Consolidated High School in Luana, Iowa in 1941 and started a farming career just outside of Luana.

On September 15, 1946, Robert married Hilda Elizabeth “Betty” Strauch in the Methodist Church in Elgin, Iowa. Robert and Betty made their home on a farm north of Luana for 60 years. They were lifetime residents of Luana, Iowa.

On May 27, 1948, a daughter, Susan Kay, was born. Another daughter, Deborah Jane, was born on April 7, 1950. Deborah Jane succumbed to leukemia after a three-year illness in 1957. On October 2, 1956, a son, David Lawrence was born.  

Wed
26
Feb

Sylvia Loftsgard

Sylvia Loftsgard

 

 

Sylvia Victoria Loftsgard, 88, of Postville, Iowa died Monday, February 17, 2020 at Good Samaritan Society in Postville, Iowa.  Sylvia was born July 12, 1931 to Victor and Jennie (Wolfs) Guyer at home in rural West Union. She taught at Riverside, rural Clermont for a year.

Sylvia was united in marriage with Orven Loftsgard on June 7, 1951 at West Clermont Lutheran Church. Five children were born to this union. Together with her husband, Sylvia helped on the farm and raised the children. Her faith was very important to her. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, baking, playing piano and accordion. Sylvia was a great cook and loved to teach the grandchildren to sing. She was active in Gideons.

Wed
26
Feb

Darrell Austin

Darrell Austin

 

 Darrell Austin, 81,  of West Union passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

A visitation and lunch will be held on Saturday, March 14, from  11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church in West Union.

 
Wed
26
Feb

Bradley Tempel

  Bradley Tempel

 

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, March 7, from 1-3 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in West Union for Bradley Joe Tempel, 57, of West Union.

 Bradley died on February 15. He was the son of Ron and Deloris Tempel and was a 1981 graduate of North High School.

Wed
26
Feb

Eleanor Maas

Eleanor Maas

 

 Eleanor “Ellie” Theresa Maas, 78, of Lamont, Iowa entered into her eternal rest on Monday, February 17, 2020 at Allen Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa.

     Memorial Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 21, 2020 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Strawberry Point with Rev. John Haugen officiating. 

Visitration was held from 4 until 7:30 p.m.  on Thursday and for one hour before the service on Friday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Strawberry Point.

Parish Scripture Service:  7:30 P.M. on Thursday at the church.

Final Resting Place: St. Albert Cemetery, Lamont, Iowa.

     The Fawcett-Schmitz Funeral Homes of Winthrop is assisting the family with arrangements. Online at www.fawcettsfuneralhome.com under obituaries. 

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