Obituaries

Wed
15
Feb

Kilian Bodensteiner

Kilian Bodensteiner

 

 

Kilian P. Bodensteiner of St. Lucas, Iowa, age 84, died peacefully at his home on Feb. 7, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church (307 East Main St.) in St. Lucas, IA with Rev. Joseph Hauer and Rev. Kyle Digmann celebrating the Mass. The pall was placed by Kilian’s wife Elaine and his children. Lectors were grandchildren Cara Howe and Zac Reicks. Offertory gifts were presented by Elizabeth Bodensteiner, Emily Ungerer, and Darci (Jirak) Woods. Music was provided by Bob Huinker and the church congregation.

Interment was in St. Luke’s Church Cemetery with his 12 grandsons serving as pallbearers: Ben and Zac Reicks; Clayton and Joey Jirak; Jesse, Shane, and Noah Eichenberger; Adam and Jacob Ungerer; Nick, Ryan, and Alex Bodensteiner.

Wed
15
Feb

Kilian Bodensteiner

Kilian Bodensteiner

 

 

Kilian P. Bodensteiner of St. Lucas, Iowa, age 84, died peacefully at his home on Feb. 7, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church (307 East Main St.) in St. Lucas, IA with Rev. Joseph Hauer and Rev. Kyle Digmann celebrating the Mass. The pall was placed by Kilian’s wife Elaine and his children. Lectors were grandchildren Cara Howe and Zac Reicks. Offertory gifts were presented by Elizabeth Bodensteiner, Emily Ungerer, and Darci (Jirak) Woods. Music was provided by Bob Huinker and the church congregation.

Interment was in St. Luke’s Church Cemetery with his 12 grandsons serving as pallbearers: Ben and Zac Reicks; Clayton and Joey Jirak; Jesse, Shane, and Noah Eichenberger; Adam and Jacob Ungerer; Nick, Ryan, and Alex Bodensteiner.

Wed
15
Feb

Anita Parsons

Anita Parsons

 

 

Anita (Steffens) Parsons, 95, of Eldorado, formerly of Henderson, Nev.) died Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at Good Samaritan Society – West Union.

Services were held Tuesday, Feb. 14, in Eldorado.

See next week’s Union for a complete obituary.

Wed
08
Feb

Marie Frana

Marie Frana

 

 

 

     Marie Frana, age 98, of Decorah, IA, passed away on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at Wellington Place Nursing Home in Decorah, IA.

Wed
08
Feb

Kent Beiner

Kent Beiner

 

 

Kent D. Beiner, 60, of Dike, Iowa graduated to eternal life on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at the Cedar Valley Hospice House in Waterloo, Iowa. 

Kent Dee Beiner, son of William and Dixie Trees Beiner, was born to this life on November 3, 1956 in Cresco, Iowa. 

He would say his greatest achievement was raising his beautiful daughter, Brandy Anne Beiner Schott. 

Kent married the love of his life, Ruth Moore, on May 9, 2004. 

He worked for John Deere Inc. for nearly 35 years before retiring in March of 2014. 

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) took away his employment and many of his favorite activities. It eventually took his life but while he lived with the disease, he did so with amazing grace and dignity.

Wed
08
Feb

Kenneth Lauer

Kenneth Lauer

 

 

Kenneth Harold Lauer, 84, of Cedar Rapids, was called home Thursday, February 2, 2017 following a short stay at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids surrounded by his loving family.

His funeral service was held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids.

A celebration of his life took place from 5:00 - 8:00 PM Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 at Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories Stateroom.

He will be laid to rest at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.

Ken was born to Harold and Evelyn Lauer in their home in Eldorado, Iowa on February 4, 1932.

He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Patricia Graessle, on June 5, 1955. Their union was blessed with two sons, Scott and Brian.

Ken’s happiest moments were times spent with the family he treasured so much.

Ken retired in 2007 after 40 years at Kirkwood Community College as a Financial Aid Officer.

Wed
08
Feb

John Nelson

John Nelson

 

 

John William Nelson, 75 of Elkader, Iowa passed away Thursday, February 2, 2017 at the Elkader Hospital.

Leonard-Grau Funeral Home is handling cremation arrangements.

Interment will occur at a later date. 

John William Nelson was born on March 1, 1941, to Millard Nelson, Sr. and Myrtle (Moon) Nelson in Clermont. 

He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at West Clermont Lutheran Church.

During high school John made his mark as an athlete in both football and basketball, and as a thespian active on the speech team and in plays. He served as president of his junior class and was a member of National Honor Society. John graduated from Valley High School, Elgin, in 1959. 

Wed
01
Feb

Shirley Ann Brainard

Shirley Ann Brainard

 

 

Shirley Ann Brainard, 87, of Postville, Iowa died Monday, January 23, 2017 at the Good Samaritan Society, Postville, Iowa. Shirley Ann was born on April 28, 1929 to Nanfred Johannes and Sylvia Jeanette (Forde) Sand. She attended Ossian Schools and graduated in 1947. After graduation Shirley took summer classes at Luther College. She was a substitute teacher at a country school the fall of 1947 and worked at Northern Engraving in Waukon, Iowa from 1971 until her retirement in 1994.

Wed
01
Feb

Urban Moser

Urban Moser

 

 

Urban J. Moser, 84, of Oelwein, Iowa, died on Monday evening, January 23, 2017 at Mercy Hospital of Franciscan Sisters in Oelwein.

Mass of Christian Burial:  10:30 A.M. Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Oelwein with Rev. Wayne J. Droessler, Deacon Jim Patera & Deacon Rick Lynch officiating.

 

Visitation:  3:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Friday and from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M. on Saturday at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Oelwein.

Rosary Service:  4:00 P.M. on Friday at the funeral home.

Parish Scripture Service:  6:30 P.M. on Friday at the funeral home.

Interment:  Woodlawn Cemetery, Oelwein, Iowa with a Military Graveside Service.

A Memorial Fund has been established.

Online obituary at www.jamisonschmitzfuneralhome.com

   

Wed
01
Feb

Phyllis Ruroden

Phyllis Ruroden

 

 

Phyllis Marian Ruroden, 86, of West Union, Iowa died Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at Maple Crest Manor, Fayette, Iowa.

Phyllis Marian was born on July 24, 1930 to Elmer and Gladys (Burg) Pinney in Elgin, Iowa.

She graduated from Elgin High School and earned her teaching certificate from Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa.

Phyllis was united in marriage with Dale Ruroden on July 20, 1951.

She was a lifelong member of Bethel Presbyterian Church and belonged to the local quilting group.

After retirement she enjoyed volunteer work, reading to the children at West Union Elementary School.

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