Obituaries

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Gary Halva

Gary Halva

 

Gary L. Halva, 75, of West Union, Iowa died Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at Mayo Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. He was born September 29, 1945 to Rudy and Dortha (Garlick) Halva. Gary graduated from Vinton High School in 1963 and went on to earn his BA in Elementary Education and his Master’s in Elementary Counseling from the University of Northern Iowa.

On June 8, 1968, Gary was united in marriage with Karen Gulick in Vinton, Iowa. Throughout the years, Gary was a 5th and 6th grade science teacher at North Tama, worked as an Elementary Counselor at Benton Community Schools, and retired in 2007 after 29 years as a consultant with Keystone AEA.

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May

Janette Murrell

Janette Murrell

 

Janette R Murrell, age 85 passed away on May 17, 2021 in Melbourne FL. Janette was born May 28, 1935 in Perry, IA to Harry T Hoagland and Hilda M (Appenzeller) Hoagland. She attended Perry schools graduating in 1953, and then attended the American Institute of Business in Des Moines IA. She married high school sweetheart Robert Murrell on April 18, 1954. The couple moved to Ames, IA where she worked for WOI Radio and Iowa State University while Robert attended school. In 1957 they moved to Elkader, IA where Robert taught high school vocational agriculture. 

Jan was active in church and community functions and worked as secretary for the Clayton County Extension service. She later lived in Grundy Center, IA, Chatfield, MN, West Union, IA and Clarence, IA. The couple then retired to Lead Hill, AR in 1996, ultimately moving to Melbourne, FL in 2015. 

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26
May

Mary Glass

Mary Glass

 

Mary Jean Glass, 85, of Naples, Florida and formerly of Oelwein, Iowa died Saturday evening, May 8, 2021 at Memory Care of Naples in Naples.

Funeral Service: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 27, 2021 at Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein with Rev. Josh Schunk officiating.

Visitation: 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Oelwein and for one hour before the service at the church on Thursday.

Interment: Hope Cemetery, rural Maynard, Iowa.

Memorials may be directed in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association of East Central Iowa Chapter, 317 7th Avenue SE #402, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401. Online obituary at www.jamisonschmitzfuneralhome.com

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19
May

Susan Schmit

Susan Schmit

Susan Lynn (Schrage) Schmit, 59, of West Union, Iowa went home to Jesus Monday, May 17, 2021at Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, Wisconsin due to medical complications alongside cancer, which she fiercely battled for the last year. She was born April 12, 1962 to Darwin and Barbara (Negan) Schrage in West Union, Iowa. Susan graduated from North High School, West Union in 1980, followed by Hawkeye Technical Institute, Waterloo in the dental assisting program.

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May

Clarian Gunderson

Clarian Gunderson

 

Clarian Thelma (Thompson) Gunderson, 91, of Postville, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at Stoney Brook Village in West Union. Clarian was born March 13, 1930 in rural Clermont to Henry T. and Anna Marie (Lubke) Thompson. She was baptized at West Clermont Lutheran Church on July 20, 1930 which marked the beginning of her strong relationship with God. This continued with her confirmation at the Frankville Presbyterian church in 1945. 

Clarian attended rural schools in Allamakee and Winneshiek counties and graduated from Postville High School in 1947. After graduating, she worked as a secretary at the Postville Community School and was later employed at the Postville State Bank. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Dean Gunderson on August 12, 1951 at Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Postville, Iowa. Together they raised five children. 

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19
May

David Broughton

David Broughton

 

 David M. Broughton, 67, of Battle Mountain, Nevada, formerly of West Union, Iowa, died unexpectedly at his home on February 22, 2021.

 David was born March 5, 1953, the son of M. W. “Bill” and Virginia (Madson) Broughton in West Union, Iowa.

 He attended North Fayette High School, graduating in 1971. Following graduation, he moved to Battle Mountain, Nevada, where he worked for the Bureau of Land Management, an auto parts business and in the mining industry as an equipment operator before his employment at Sierra Pacific Power Company. He retired in 2001.

 David married Elizabeth Lynn Murphy on May 29, 1982 and was blessed with one daughter, Michelle. They later divorced.

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May

Wayne Havenstrite

Wayne Havenstrite

 

 

Wayne Earl Havenstrite, 83, of West Union, Iowa died Thursday, May 13, 2021 at his home in West Union, Iowa. He was born May 14, 1938 to Earl and Irene (Jacobs) Havenstrite on a farm east of Clermont, Iowa. Wayne graduated from Valley High School. After graduation, Wayne served in the United States Army.

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19
May

Neil Kuennen

Neil Kuennen

 

Neil Leo Kuennen, age 86, of Waucoma, Iowa passed away Saturday, May 8, 2021 at home after a short illness. A Celebration of Life gathering was held Thursday, May 13, 4-7 p.m. at the Waucoma Event Center.  

Neil was born August 5, 1934 in St. Lucas, Ia.  He graduated from the 8th grade at St. Luke’s Parochial School in St. Lucas and then worked on the family farm.  On June 3, 1957at the St. Wenceslaus Church in Spillville , he married Irma Tupy.  For the next 20 years the couple owned and operated Neil’s Tavern and Cafe in Waucoma. Through the years he also worked at White Farm, several construction companies, and drove semi for Marinus Mihm Trucking, auctioneering, Schmitt Fertilizer, and metal scrapping, he was also a volunteer fire fighter for 10 years. 

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12
May

Marilyn Breitsprecher

Marilyn Breitsprecher

 

Marilyn Ruth Breitsprecher, 75, of Ossian, Iowa died on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at her home in Ossian. Marilyn Ruth was born May 18, 1945 to Daniel and Dorothy (Kneeskern) Russett in Decorah, Iowa. She graduated from South Winn High School in 1963.

On June 27, 1964, Marilyn was united in marriage with her high school sweetheart, Gary Breitsprecher. Five children were born to this union. 

Marilyn kept herself busy through the years working side by side on the farm with Gary and sharing her  love of music with many people.  Marilyn taught piano lessons for over 40 years to as many as 30-40 kids per week.  She was also the director of the Ossian Community Singers and loved the time spent with them.  Marilyn enjoyed many Sundays playing the organ at Zion Lutheran Church in Castalia as well as teaching the children the Bible.

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12
May

Neil Kuennen

 

Neil Kuennen

 

Neil Leo Kuennen, age 86, of Waucoma, Iowa passed away Saturday, May 8, 2021.

A celebration of Life gathering will be Thursday, May 13, 4-7 p.m. at the Waucoma Event Center.

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