Obituaries

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Kate Michels

Kate Michels

 

 

Kate N. Michels, 15, of Maynard, Iowa died Sunday afternoon, August 22, 2021, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 27, 2021, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein with Fr. Ray Atwood officiating. Visitation will be from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, August 26, 2021, and from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Maynard. Interment will be at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Oelwein.

Online obituary is available at www.jamisonschmitzfuneralhome.com

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, social distancing and face masks are suggested at the visitation.  Face masks will be required at the funeral Mass.

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25
Aug

Donald Vagts

Donald Vagts

 

Donald Wayne “Andy” Vagts, 90, of West Union, Iowa, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, August 7, 2021.

Services will be held Saturday, August 28, at 11:00 a.m., at Redeemer Lutheran Church, West Union, with a visitation being held on Friday, August 27 at the church from 4-7 p.m.

Andy was born December 17, 1930, in Eldorado, Iowa to Lawrence and Mabel (Scheelhaase) Vagts. He attended a one-room school house in Eldorado until the 8th grade when he went on to graduate from North High School in West Union in 1948. After high school, he farmed with his father, Lawrence, and his uncle Ewald, and also worked for Melvin and Reynold Baumler in their logging and sawmill business, along with his brother Kenny. In 1951, he enlisted in the Air Force, where he served in Japan before being honorably discharged in December of 1954. After returning, he worked for Paul Benshoof at Treasure Acres in Blairsburg, Iowa, raising show hogs.

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25
Aug

Steven Hermen

Steven Hermen

 

 

Steven James Hermen, 68, of Elgin, Iowa died suddenly Saturday, August 14, 2021 at his home. Steve was born February 12, 1953 to James and Rose Ella (Chase) Hermen in Postville, Iowa.

Steven was united in marriage with Mary Landis on August 26, 1972 at Arlington Lutheran Church, Arlington, Iowa. Five children were born to this union, Jennifer, Brian, Bradley, Randy and Rodney. Steve worked for DX, Falb’s and hauled milk. He also drove semi for many years, including owning his own semi and working for Pattersons Trucking and Bushman Trucking. In the last few years, he was semi-retired while still working for Simple M Trucking in Monona, Iowa. Steve enjoyed camping, live music, mowing lawn and socializing with friends and family.

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25
Aug

Michael Lueder

Michael Lueder

 

 

Michael Carl Lueder, 68, of West Union, Iowa died, Sunday, August 15, 2021 at his home. Michael was born December 19, 1952 to John Carl and Jeanette Anna (Springer) Lueder in West Union, Iowa. He attended North Fayette School and graduated in 1971. Michael was soon drafted into the United States Army, serving his time at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. 

Michael was united in marriage with Diane Streif. To this union three children were born. They later divorced. Michael enjoyed spending time with his dog, listening to his 60’s jams, driving his truck, farming and visiting his granddaughters. Michael was known to give everyone his opinion, if they wanted it or not, he was never wrong.

Wed
25
Aug

Karolin Lehman

Karolin Lehman

 

Karolin Jeanette Lehman, 89, of West Union, Iowa, formerly of Elgin, died July 19, 2021. A Celebration of Life for Karolin will be held Saturday, September 4 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Elgin, IA. Visitation will be Friday, September 3 from 4:00- 7:00 p.m. at the church. Burial will follow at the Elgin Cemetery, Elgin, Iowa with Pastor Cody Cline as the Officiant. 

Wed
18
Aug

Arthur Eckheart

Arthur Eckheart

 

Arthur George “Art” Eckheart was blessed with his final wish to pass away peacefully in the house where he was born.  He joined his Lord and family in heaven on Saturday, August 14, 2021, at the age of 74 years.

Funeral Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 19, 2021, at St. John Lutheran Church, Arlington, with Pastor  Clark Baldwin officiating.

Visitation is from  3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home, Arlington, and for one hour before the service at the church on Thursday.   Interment will be at Reed Cemetery, rural Arlington, Iowa. Condolences may be mailed to: Art Eckheart Family, P.O. Box 614, Oelwein, Iowa 50662. Online obituary at www.jamisonschmitzfuneralhome.com  

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18
Aug

Lynn Kerker

Lynn Kerker

 

Lynn E. Kerker, age 97, of Dubuque, IA, formerly of East Dubquue, IL, passed away peacefully on August 10, 2021, surrounded by her family.  She was born in Millboro, South Dakota to Guy and Alice (Dick) Clover. Her family moved to Council Bluffs when she was a baby. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School. She married her first love, Earl J. Kerker, in Hiawatha, Kansas on November 23, 1946. Their first date was the day before he left for the Army, and they wrote letters for three years during the war.

Her first job was with Guarantee Mutual Life Co. in Omaha, where she was studying to be a Life Office Management Associate.

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18
Aug

Catherine "Cathy" Bemiss

Catherine "Cathy" Bemiss

 

 

Catherine “Cathy” Irene Bemiss, 75, of West Union, Iowa died Saturday, August 14, 2021 at Stoney Brook Village, West Union.

Visitation will be Thursday, August 19, 2021 from 4-7 p.m. at Burnham-Wood-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, West Union, Iowa with a one our visitation before services at the church on Friday.

Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 20, 2021 at Bethel Presbyterian Church, West Union, Iowa with Rev. Don Best as the Officiant.

Burial will follow at West Union Cemetery, West Union, Iowa.

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

 

 

Wed
18
Aug

Joy Eischeid

Joy Eischeid

 

Joy Eischeid (Garvin), 79, passed away peacefully due to complications of heart arrhythmia and heart failure at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids on August 9, 2021. When the Lord called her home, her hands were held by her three daughters and husband of over sixty years. 

Joy was born July 20, 1942 in Waterloo, Iowa, one of six children to parents Jack and Doris (Rowell) Garvin. She was baptized and confirmed at her lifelong church, Bethel Presbyterian. She graduated from North High School in 1960, where she twirled the baton as head majorette, boogied at sock hops, and represented her class at Homecoming all four years. She also met the love of her life, Mike Eischeid, living seven miles south in Fayette. Mike and Joy were married January 28, 1961 and their nearly sixty-one-year love affair would include three daughters - Jennifer, Julie and Kate. 

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18
Aug

Gary Fink

Gary Fink

 

 

Gary L. “Cuda” Fink, 60, of Maynard, Iowa died Wednesday evening, August 11, 2021, at his home after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis.

Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Monday, August 16, 2021, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Maynard with Rev. Dennis Frank officiating.

Visitation: 3:00 to 7:00 P.M. Sunday, August 15, 2021, at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Maynard and for one hour before the service at the church on Monday.

Interment: Long Grove Cemetery in Maynard.

Online obituary at www.jamisonschmitzfuneralhome.com

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