Obituaries

Thu
04
May

Frances Graham

Frances Graham

 

 

Frances Ruth (Hill) Graham, age 95, of Johnston, formerly of West Union and Hawkeye, passed away on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at Bishop Drumm Care Center.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 10, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Fayette County Historical Center in West Union. 

The memorial service will be held at Hawkeye United Methodist Church on Thursday, May 11 at 10 a.m. 

Frances was born to Lacy D. and Ruth J. (Henderson) Hill on Dec. 14, 1921 at their home in rural Coggon, IA.

She was a graduate of Coggon High School, then Iowa State College (Ames, IA) in 1943 with a degree in Homemaking. 

Frances taught at Kalona High School, Kalona, IA for two years, then at West Union High School in West Union, IA for three years.

Wed
26
Apr

Leona Bullerman

Leona Bullerman

 

 

     Leona Bullerman, age 90, of Calmar, Iowa, died peacefully, with her family by her side on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at the Ossian Senior Hospice.

Wed
26
Apr

Paul Bass

Paul Baas

 

 

Paul Douglas Bass, 48, formerly of Mt Pleasant, Iowa, died on Sunday April 9, 2017.  Born on September 8, 1968 to Robert and Nancy (Voshell) Bass in West Union, Iowa. Graduate of Waterloo West High School and attended Hawkeye Tech Community College in Waterloo, Iowa.  He loved photography, enjoyed creative drawing and leatherworking.  Paul was always willing to help others when asked.

Paul was preceded in death by his father and great-nephew, Robert John Paul O’Dell.  He is survived by his mother, 3 sisters and a brother: Becky O’Dell (Darryl Woltzen) of West Union, IA; Deb (Scott) Schlatter of Lincoln, NE; Chris (Matt) White of Pella, IA, and Doug (Kristi) Bass of Sumner, IA. Paul is also survived by 3 nephews and 5 nieces: Cory (Becca) O’Dell Rozline and Ronnie O’Dell; Stephanie and Jacob Schlatter; Logan, Madeline and Olivia White; and Melissa Bass.

Wed
19
Apr

Frederick Waalk

Frederick Waalk

 

 

            Frederick Waalk, 92, of Jacksonville, Florida passed away peacefully in his sleep Sunday, April 2, 2017 at Baptist Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.  A visitation will be on Friday, April 21, 2017 from 5 to 8 pm at Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories Stateroom.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 3 pm at Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories and entombment at Cedar Memorial Mausoleum. 

Fred was born on October 29, 1924, the son of Guy and Mabel (Reidel) Waalk.  He proudly served his country in WWII aboard the submarine the U.S.S. Cod and on the U.S.S. Proteus.  “Poppy Fred” loved being busy and helping with any project.  He enjoyed old westerns, telling stories of his war service and his youth.  He was a loving father, uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.

Wed
19
Apr

Cora Koons

Cora Koons

 

 

Cora Lou Koons, 85, of Elkader, died Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at Stoney Brook Village, West Union, Iowa. She was born May 7, 1931, at Fayette, to Dale and Willa (Sperry) Owen.  Cora Lou was united in marriage to Julian A. Koons on July 29, 1951. Three children were born to this union.

Following their marriage, she worked at Binks Grocery Store for two and a half years. When the family started, she stayed home and babysat, took in washings and ironing, and even took in roomers for a while. Once the children were all in school, Cora Lou started working in the kitchen at Central Community School, where she stayed for 24 years, retiring in 1991. Julian and Cora Lou enjoyed camping with friends and were able to go more following their retirement.

Wed
19
Apr

Lawrence Hurd

Lawrence Hurd

 

 

Lawrence Hurd, 87, of Westgate, Iowa died at his home on Wednesday morning, April 12, 2017 with his family at his side.

 

Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Westgate with Rev. Herbert C. Mueller, III officiating.

Visitation:  4:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Monday at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Maynard and for one hour before the service at the church on Tuesday.

Interment: Long Grove Cemetery, Maynard, Iowa.

A Memorial Fund has been established for St. Peter Lutheran Church, Westgate Fire Department and the Westgate Public Library.

Online obituary at www.jamisonschmitzfuneralhome.com

 

Wed
19
Apr

Ernest Pfister

Ernest "Junior" Pfister

 

 

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Ernest “Junior” Pfister, 91, of Oelwein, Iowa died on Tuesday afternoon, April 11, 2017 at Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo.

Funeral Service:  10:00 A.M. Saturday, April 15, 2017 at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home, Oelwein, with Pastor Duane Olsen officiating.

Interment: Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, rural Oelwein, Iowa with military graveside honors by the Ross Reid American Legion Post #9 Honor Guard and V.F.W. Post 1725 both of Oelwein.

A Memorial Fund has been established for the Oelwein Health Care Center and Oelwein American Legion Ross Reid Post #9.

Online obituary at www.jamisonschmitzfuneralhome.com.

Ernest Junior Pfister was born on Nov. 24, 1925 in rural Elgin, Iowa, the son of Ernest and Martha (Scheel) Pfister, Sr.  

Wed
19
Apr

Darlene Ingersoll

Darlene Ingersoll

 

 

Darlene M. Ingersoll, 88, of Fayette, Iowa, died Thursday morning, April 13, 2017 at Maple Crest Manor in Fayette.

Funeral Service: 2:00 P.M. Saturday, April 15, 2017 at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Maynard.

Interment: Grandview Cemetery, Fayette.

A Memorial Fund has been established in her name.

Online obituary at www.jamisonschmitzfuneralhome.com.

Darlene Margaret Vandersee was born Oct. 4, 1928 at Randalia, Iowa the daughter of Alfred and Dorothy (Miner) Vandersee. 

She graduated from Randalia High School.  

On Sept. 4, 1949, she was united in marriage to Neil Henry Ingersoll at Waverly, Iowa.  

Over the years Darlene was employed at Raths, Northwestern Bell, Sumner High School and retired from Maple Crest Manor as a Nursing Assistant and Food Service Supervisor. 

Wed
19
Apr

Jerry Hutchens

 

Jerry L. Hutchens, 82, of Kalispell, Mont., formerly of West Union, passed away Monday, April 10, 2017.

A Celebration of Life was held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, at Conrad Cemetery in Kalispell with the Rev. Stan Rog of Risen Christ Catholic Church officiating.

Jerry was the son of O.C. and Ruby (Clemens) Hutchens.

He graduated from West Union High School in 1952.

He served in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1956.

Jerry worked 17 years for Kleen Maid Bread Co. and later for West Union Auto.

He is survived by his daughter, Deborah Ann (Gary) Amdahl, and a grandson, Morgan, all of Kalispell; and a sister, Ann Hutchens of West Union.

Preceding Jerry in death were his parents; a grandson, Dustin Amdahl; Barbara Hutchens and Gladys Hutchens.

Buffalo Hill Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

Condolences may be sent to Deb Amdahl, 1740 Haven Court, Kalispell, MT 59901.

Wed
19
Apr

Kathy Schmelzer Sowder

Kathy Schmelzer Sowder

 

 

Kathryn Marie Sowder, 62, of Vadnais Heights, Minn., formerly of West Union, died Saturday, April 8, 2017. 

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 22, in The New Life Evangelical Lutheran Church, 180 West County Road F., Vadnais Heights, Minn. 

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Honsa Family Funeral Home, 2460 East County Road E., White Bear Lake, Minn., and for one hour prior to the service at church. 

Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park, Minneapolis, Minn.

She was preceded in death by her father, James Schmelzer, and her brother, Edward Schmelzer. 

She is survived by her husband, David Sowder; her son, Eric (Becky) Sowder; grandchildren Maddy and Lucy; her mother, Virginia Schmelzer of West Union; siblings Teresa Koch and Mary Schmelzer.

 

 

 

 

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