Obituaries

Obituaries are published in The Standard for a $30 fee and can be brought to the office at 15 First Street NW in Waukon, mailed to PO Box 286, Waukon IA 52172, or e-mailed to news@waukonstandard.com. Photos may be included for an additional charge of $10 (additonal photos are also $10). Obituaries of excessive length (longer than our single-column length of 20") will also incur an additional charge of $9/column inch for the content measuring longer than our 20-inch column length. Obituaries that include “Thank You” messages within them will also incur an additional charge for the “Thank You” portion of the submitted obituary. For further assistance, please call 563-568-3431.

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10
Dec

Patricia Wild

Patricia “Patti” Wild, 75, of Lansing died Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, WI. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, December 6 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Lansing. Inurnment was at Gethsemane Cemetery.

Patricia Lou, the daughter of Milton George and Genevieve (Guider) Wild, was born September 11, 1944 in Waukon. She graduated from St. George High School in Lansing and earned her dietary certification later in life.

Patti owned and operated the Riv Aire in Lansing for many years, she worked for Meals on Wheels in Lansing, and was the Dietary Manager at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon for 16 years.

Tue
10
Dec

Carolyn Hunstad

Carolyn Eileen (Mullins) Hunstad, 82, of Waukon, formerly of various locations throughout the Twin Cities, MN, died Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at Good Samaritan Society in Waukon. Memorial services will be held Friday, January 3, 2020 at 1 p.m. at Christ Presbyterian Church in Edina, MN. Friends may greet the family one hour before and then following services at the church. The burial services for both Carolyn and her husband, Donald, will be with immediate family at a later date at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston, MN. Memorials will be donated to: Nickel Open Fund.

Carolyn Eileen Mullins was born December 2, 1937 in Robinson, IL, the daughter of Vernon and Faye Mullins. She graduated from Washburn High School in South Minneapolis, MN. Carolyn then attended The Minneapolis Business College where she met her husband, Donald J. Hunstad. November 10, 1956, Carolyn married Don at Lake Harriet Christian Church in Minneapolis, MN.

Tue
10
Dec

Jean Meiners

Jean A. Meiners, 54, of New Albin passed away Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, WI. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, December 14 from 1-5 p.m. at the New Albin Community Center. A private burial will be held at St. John’s UCC in rural New Albin.

Jean Ann Meiners was born August 22, 1965 in La Crosse, WI to Ronald and Joyce (Staggemeier) Vonderohe. She graduated Waukon High School in 1983 and received an Associates Degree at Northeast Iowa Community College.

Tue
10
Dec

John Keenan

John Thomas Keenan, 77, of Lansing passed away unexpectedly at the home of his daughter in Manassas, VA November 30, 2019. A celebration of life will be held at T.J. Hunter’s on Main Street in Lansing Sunday, December 15 at 1 p.m.

Born October 21, 1942, the second child and eldest son of Walter and Margaretta (Smerud) Keenan, he grew up near Dorchester and attended English Bench country school. In 1956, the family moved to Lansing where his father operated the Ford garage, and where he graduated from St. George High School in 1960. From 1961 to 1965, he proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force in the Air Rescue Squadron. John was a skilled mechanic, a body man who loved restoring old cars, pick-ups and Ford Broncos, an excellent welder and a long haul truck driver. He loved watching NASCAR races and had, like his father before him, a great love for all things automotive.

Mon
09
Dec

Leon "Lee" Hansmeier

Leon “Lee” A. Hansmeier, 75, of Waukon died Sunday, December 8, 2019 at his home. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, December 14 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon with visitation from 12-3:30 p.m., followed by a prayer service, time for sharing memories of Lee, a luncheon, and music with karaoke following. Burial will take place at a later date in Oakland Cemetery in Waukon. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is handling the arrangements for the family.

Leon “Lee” Alfred Hansmeier was born April 4, 1944 in Waukon, the son of Alfred “Red” and Bernice (Zieman) Hansmeier. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Patrick Catholic Church and graduated from St. Patrick High School in 1962 in Waukon. January 2, 1965, he married Sue (Peterson) Hansmeier and the couple made their home in Waukon.

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Dec

Caryl Leiran

Caryl Ann Leiran, 73, of Frankville passed away peacefully Thursday, December 5, 2019 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN. Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 10 at Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon with Karla Johnson officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery in Waukon.

Caryl Ann Kostman Leiran was born December 21, 1945 to Paul and Dora (Cooper) Kostman of Postville. She attended Ludlow #7 school and graduated from Postville High School. Growing up, Caryl worked hard on the family farm, tending the garden and occasionally snake and squirrel hunting with her brothers.

July 26, 1964, Caryl married her high school sweetheart, Gary Leiran, at Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon. They started their life together in Waukon and lived in a few other locations, including Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Hartford, CT, Ridgeway, Decorah, and currently in rural Frankville.

Tue
03
Dec

Phyllis Kubitz

Phyllis M. Lawson Kubitz, 92, died November 27, 2019 at the Good Samaritan Society in Waukon after a brief illness. A private family service will be held at a later date. Iowa Cremation is handling arrangements for the family.

Phyllis Martha Gast was born December 9, 1926 to Walter and Hettie (Baker) Gast. Phyllis’s mother, Hettie, died when Phyllis was a young girl. Subsequently, she was raised on the farm by her father, Walter, and an uncle.

This remarkable woman was educated in the local schools, graduating from Waterville High School in 1943 and Waukon Junior College in 1945. She held a myriad of jobs throughout her life - serving as a rural teacher, working in Rochester, MN at the famed Michaels Restaurant before they realized she was too young to be employed, McGregor Electronics, a cook at the Waterville School, and eventually a mother and homemaker.

Tue
03
Dec

Richard “Dick” Prestemon

Richard “Dick” Gordon Prestemon, 86, of Waukon died Sunday, November 24, 2019 at Keystone Care Center in Keystone. Funeral services will be held Monday, December 9 at 11 a.m. at Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon with Pastor Shari Prestemon officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon. Friends may call from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, December 8 at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon.

Richard “Dick” Gordon Prestemon was born July 13, 1933 in Waukon, the son of Arthur and Grace (Sherman) Prestemon. In 1950, Dick graduated from Waukon High School and later went on to receive degrees from Iowa State University and the University of Wisconsin.

Tue
03
Dec

Margaret Krambeer

Margaret Krambeer, age 69, of rural Decorah died Friday, November 15, 2019 at Good Samaritan Society - Waukon. Funeral Services were held Wednesday, November 20 at Glenwood Lutheran Church, Decorah with Rev. Stacey Nalean-Carlson officiating. Interment was at Glenwood East Cemetery.

Margaret Mina (Gramlich) Krambeer was born February 7, 1950, the daughter of Daniel Emil and Ella Mae (Pratt) Gramlich at the Waukon General Hospital. She was baptized and confirmed at First Presbyterian Church in Waukon. Margaret attended elementary school in Waukon and graduated from Waukon High School. After graduation, she worked various babysitting jobs.

Mon
02
Dec

Rae Beardmore

Rae J. Beardmore, 93, of Waukon died Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 5 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church in rural New Albin with Pastor Paul Burgess officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, December 4 at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon. Online condolences may be left at www.martinfunerals.com.

Rae Joan Holthusen Beardmore was born in Wahpeton, ND September 17, 1926, the daughter of Harriet Gene (Glasgow) and George William Holthusen. She graduated from Wahpeton High School in 1944 where she was a lifeguard at the local swimming pool, a girl scout, a member of a USO support group, and participated in the band. Rae liked music and the band was a logical choice as her father was a member of a WWI service band with John Philip Sousa.

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