Obituaries

Wed
08
Sep

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith

 

Thomas (Tom) Eugene Smith, 64, of Fayette Iowa, passed away suddenly Monday, August 23, 2021 at Gundersen Medical Center in Lacrosse Wisconsin.

Tom was born to Richard and Marjorie Smith on November 6, 1956 in Cresco, Iowa. 

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Marjorie. 

Tom is survived by his wife, Diana Lee Smith of Fayette, Iowa; brothers, Steve Smith (Karolyn) of Osage, Iowa ; Maury Smith (Dana) of Denver, Colorado; sister, Cindy Durscher (Steve Pleggenkuhle) of West Union, Iowa; stepson, Andrew Richardson (Alison Votava) of Jordan Minnesota; stepdaughter, Amber Richardson (Luke Rothering) of Harmony Minnesota; step-grandsons, Micah, Bronson, Calvin, Emmett, Cameron and Corbin; and step-granddaughters, Luciana, Violet, Abigail, Brenna, and Delaynie. 

Tom enjoyed camping, sports, and spending time with his dog, Charlie. He specifically had great love for the Steelers. 

Wed
08
Sep

Gladys Nelson

Gladys Nelson

 

 

Gladys Harriet Nelson, 92, of West Union, Iowa passed away on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at Stoney Brook Village in West Union, Iowa. Gladys “Khaki”, daughter of Harry L. and Helen (Ostlie) Yauslin was born April 14, 1929 in Fayette County, near Clermont, Iowa. She was baptized into the Lutheran Faith at West Clermont Lutheran Church, Clermont, Iowa and confirmed at West Clermont Lutheran Church. Khaki attended Riverside Country School through the eighth grade and graduated from Clermont High School. She studied one semester at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

Wed
08
Sep

Lana (Griebenow) Hespen

Lana (Griebenow) Hespen

 

Lana M. Hespen, 71 of Syracuse, NE passed away on Thursday, August 26, 2021, at the Syracuse Hospital. She was born on June 13, 1950, to Richard & Esther (Paulson) Griebenow in Clermont, IA. In 1968 she graduated from Valley High School in Clermont.  Lana went to cosmetology school and worked for some years in that line of work.

Lana married Rodney Hespen on May 25, 1991, in Syracuse. She worked at Nashua Paper Products in Omaha for 36 years.

Lana liked to travel and got to visit her nephew, Christian, and his family in Norway.  Her first birthday was celebrated in Los Angeles, California while the family was visited her aunt and uncle there.  Her favorite trips when she was younger were to visit her aunt and uncle in Yakima, WA and their son Billy.

Wed
08
Sep

Francis Kuennen

Francis Kuennen

 

Francis “Frank” Earl Kuennen, 69, of Solon, passed away on Monday, August 30, 2021 at St. Luke’s Hospital.   Visitation was held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, September 3, 2021, at Veritas Church, located at 700 Forevergreen Road, Tiffin, 52340. Celebration of Life services were held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 4, 2021, at Veritas Church.  Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre in Solon are in charge of arrangements.

Wed
08
Sep

LeRoy Hammond

LeRoy Hammond

 

LeRoy Hammond, 87, of Fayette, IA died Wednesday, September 1, 2021. Bohnenkamp-Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Manchester is in charge of the arrangements.

Wed
01
Sep

Kathryn Uhlenhake

Kathryn Uhlenhake

 

Kathryn Uhlenhake, 97, died Saturday, August 28, 2021.

Schluter-Balik Funeral Home, Decorah, IA is in charge of the arrangements. 

Wed
01
Sep

Lana Hespen

Lana Hespen

 

Lana M. Hespen, 71 of Syracuse, passed away on August 26, 2021. She was born on June 13, 1950, to Richard

& Esther (Paulson) Griebenow in Clermont, IA.

  Lana married Rodney Hespen on May 25, 1991, in Syracuse. She worked at Nashua Paper Products in Omaha for 36 years. 

She is survived by her Husband: Rodney Hespen; Brother: Dennis (Rose) Griebenow; Nephew: Christian (Siv) Griebenow; Great Nephews: William & Richard Griebenow; Brother-in-law & Sister-in-law: Jerry (Judy) Hespen; as well as many special friends, coworkers. 

  She was preceded in death by her Parents: Richard & Esther Griebenow; Brother: Paul Louis Griebenow; Parents-in-law: John & Lois Hespen and Brother-in-law: Roger Hespen.

  Memorial Services will be held Wednesday, September 1 at 5:00 p.m.., with a visitation from 1-5 p.m. all at the funeral home in Syracuse. 

  Memorials are suggested to the Nebraska Humane Society.

Wed
01
Sep

Service notice for Gladys Nelson

Service notice for Gladys Nelson

 

Gladys Harriet Nelson, 92, of West Union, Iowa died Saturday, August 28, 2021 at Stoney Brook in West Union, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 4, 2021 at West Clermont Lutheran Church in Clermont, Iowa.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 4, 2021 at West Clermont Lutheran Church in Clermont, Iowa with Rev. Mike Erickson as the officiant.

Interment will follow at God’s Acres Cemetery in Clermont, Iowa.

Burnham-Wood-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of West Union, Iowa is assisting the family with arrangements

Wed
01
Sep

Celebration of Life for Mary Fritz

Celebration of Life for Mary Fritz

 

A Celebration of Life service will be held for Mary Fritz at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 11, 2021, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 701 Iowa Ave., Decorah, IA 52101. Masks will be required indoors. Lunch will be served after the service. Interment will follow in the afternoon at the Hawkeye, Iowa Cemetery.

Mary Catharine Fritz (Belschner), age 89, of Decorah, IA (formerly of Hawkeye, IA) died on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at the Barthell Eastern Star Home in Decorah.

Wed
25
Aug

Catherine Bemiss

Catherine Bemiss

 

Catherine “Cathy” Irene Bemiss, 75, of West Union, Iowa died Saturday, August 14, 2021 at Stoney Brook Village, West Union. She was born January 11, 1946 to James Calvin and Marjorie Lou (Martin) Renwick in Sumner, Iowa. Cathy was baptized in Alpha, confirmed and married at Zion Lutheran Church. She graduated from North High School, West Union in 1964. Upon graduation, she worked at Northwestern Bell and then transferred to the Norfolk, Nebraska office. She returned to West Union and ran a preschool for several years.

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