Obituaries

Wed
18
Aug

Donald Vagts

Donald Vagts

 

 

Donald Wayne ‘Andy’ Vagts, 90, of West Union, died Saturday, August 7, 2021. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church, West Union. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday, August 27, 2021, at the church.

 
Wed
18
Aug

Dixie (Traeger) Hennig

Dixie (Traeger) Hennig

 

Dixie L. (Traeger) Hennig, 85, of Fayette died Thursday, August 12, 2021, at Corridor Crossing Place in Cedar Rapids.

Visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Memorial service at 10:30 Thursday, August 19, 2021, at the First United Methodist Church in Fayette with Rev. Mike Jager officiating. Inurnment will follow at Grandview Cemetery in Fayette. Food and fellowship will follow the committal service on Thursday at the Church. The family invites all to join them during that time. Becker & Son Funeral Home in Fayette is assisting Dixie’s family. Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com.

Wed
18
Aug

Clarion Johnson

Clarion Johnson

 

 

Clarion Everett Johnson, 78, of Eldorado, Iowa died Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at Good Samaritan Society in West Union, Iowa. Clarion was born May 25, 1943, son of Henry and Charlotte Johnson. He attended school at Dover #2 and Dover #3 country schools. He also attended high school at West Union until 1961. Clarion did odd jobs for farmers and worked at Goodwill. He received his GED in 1987. Clarion was a good artist and displayed his pencil drawings at the Fayette County Fair.

Clarion lived in the Eldorado area most of his life until he sold his house and moved to West Union into an apartment. He was a resident of the Good Samaritan Home in West Union for almost ten years.

Preceding Clarion in death were his parents, Henry and Charlotte John; and one brother, David Johnson.

A private family inurnment will be held at a later date.

Wed
11
Aug

Memorial service for David Frieden

Memorial service for David Frieden

 

David Floyd Frieden of Swisher, IA, formerly of Elgin, 80, died July 16, 2021. A shared service for David and his brother-in-law, Edward Havens, will be held at Illyria Church in Elgin, IA on August 14, 2021.

Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. with service following at 11:00 a.m. Please wear a mask. The service will be live-streamed at https://facebook.com/IllyriaChurch

 
Wed
11
Aug

Susan Nusz

Susan Nusz

 

Susan Nusz, age 78, of Ames, IA died on Thursday, August 5, 2021 at Northridge Village following an heroic three-year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. A visitation was held in Ames, Iowa on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at the Stevens Funeral Home in Ames, Iowa from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.  A Memorial service will be held at 11:00 am at the same location.  A Catholic Funeral Mass will be held at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Okeene, OK at 11:00 a.m. on August 14, 2021.  Visitation was held from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Church basement prior to mass.  Susan was laid to rest next to her husband Lawayne immediately following the service, at Peaceful Cemetery in Hitchcock, OK. 

Wed
11
Aug

Randy Lauer

Randy Lauer

 

 

Randy Allen Lauer, 66, of West Union, was called home by our heavenly father on Sunday, August 8, 2021. He was born January 3, 1955 in West Union to Leslie and Frances (Wolfs) Lauer. He was baptized at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, West Union, and confirmed at St. Peter Lutheran, Eldorado. Randy graduated from North High School with the class of 1973. After graduation he began farming and working for his dad running heavy equipment.

Randy was united in marriage to Connie Upton on March 15, 1975. One son was born to this union. He was a charter member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, West Union.

Randy loved his family, especially  his grandchildren. He enjoyed spending time with his grandsons going to sales and teaching his granddaughter how to drive the uni loader and tractor. He also enjoyed spending time with his dog, Ted.

Wed
11
Aug

Arleta Stensland

Arleta Stensland

 

 

Arleta Ann (Kleppe) Stensland, 88, of West Union died Saturday, July 31, 2021 at Stoney Brook in West Union, Iowa. She was born in West Union, Iowa on December 29, 1932 to Elmer John and Henrietta Martha (Paulson) Kleppe. They lived on a farm about ten miles northeast of West Union until 1945, when a move to West Union was made.

Arleta attended Dover #7 country school until this move. After graduation from high school in West Union, she entered the Kahler School of Nursing in Rochester, Minnesota, finishing in 1954. Her career took her from Rochester to California back to Rochester. In 1980, Arleta gave up nursing to stay with her mother in West Union, until her death in February of 1981. In 1983, Arleta was united in marriage with Floyd Arlie Stensland and they lived on Floyd’s home farm west of Eldorado, Iowa. She thoroughly enjoyed country living. 

Wed
04
Aug

Monte Martin

Monte Martin

 

Monte Martin age 69, of Ossian, Iowa died on Friday, July 23, 2021 at Gunderson Health Systems in La Crosse, WI. 

Mass of Christian Burial was held 11 a.m., Friday, July 30, 3031 at the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Ossian, IA. Interment was in the St. Francis de Sales Cemetery, Ossian, IA. Arrangements were by Schulter-Balik Funeral Home.

      Monte Edward Martin was born December 4, 1951 in Iowa City, Iowa. He grew up in Calmar, where he would graduate from South Winneshiek High School in 1970. Following high school, Monte went to Area 1 in Calmar to become an electrician. 

Wed
04
Aug

Velma and Eugene Moorhead

Velma and Eugene Moorhead

 

A joint memorial service for Velma (Thorson) and Eugene Moorhead will be held at East Clermont Lutheran Church on Saturday, August 7, at 1:30 p.m.

Velma (1930-2020) was raised in Clermont, and was a long-time resident of Arizona. She was married at East Clermont Lutheran Church in 1952 to Eugene Moorhead (1926-2001). 

They are survived by 3 children, 4 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild.

Velma was the daughter of  Alphie and Myrtle Thorson, and sister to Eugene Thorson and Minerva Bacon (all deceased), and Charles Thorson of Clermont.

Gene and Velma were also preceded in death by an infant son.

A luncheon and time of visitation will follow the service at the church.

Wed
28
Jul

Lucille Holthaus

Lucille Holthaus

 

Lucille Bertha Holthaus, 95, of Ossian, Iowa died Thursday, July 22, 2021, at the Ossian Senior Hospice in Ossian, Iowa. Lucille was born on January 20, 1926, on the family farm near Festina, Iowa, to Joseph and Edwina (Lechtenberg) Thuente. Following her schooling, Lucille worked for a brief time at the New Hampton Hospital.

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