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.

Wed
27
Nov

James "Tony" Urell

James “Tony” A. Urell, 78, of Waukon died Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at his home in rural Waukon. Funeral services were held Monday, December 2 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon with Fr. Mark Osterhaus officiating. Burial was at St. John the Baptist West Ridge Cemetery in rural Waukon.

James “Tony” Anthony Urell was born September 11, 1941 in Waukon, the son of Thomas and Ethel (Drew) Urell. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Patrick Catholic Church and attended St. Patrick Catholic School, both in Waukon. October 14, 1961, he married Kathryn “Kate” Waters at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in New Albin. Tony worked for Holland Brothers and then for JB Holland, both in Decorah, from 1967 until he retired in 2003; he operated machinery and was a mechanic. He also farmed the family farm in the Patterson Creek area, raising beef cattle and crops.

Wed
27
Nov

Betty Steiber

Betty Steiber, 93, of Lansing died Monday, November 25, 2019 at Thornton Manor, Lansing. Funeral Service was held Monday, December 2 at United Methodist Church, Lansing. Burial followed at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lansing.

Betty was born September 10, 1926 to Dewey and Lula (Brockmeyer) Gramlich. She graduated from Lansing High School in 1943. Following school, she worked at the Lansing Button Factory for three years.

Betty was united in marriage with Bernard Steiber June 8, 1946 at the E.U.B. Church in Lansing. After a honeymoon to Chicago, IL,  they farmed together for 55 years. She was a stay-at-home mom but was always busy with caring for the children, helping with things on the farm and raising a big garden, including strawberry and raspberry patches, which she loved to share with family, neighbors and friends.

Tue
26
Nov

Dorene Larson

Dorene Dorothy Larson, 81, of McGregor died Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at MercyOne Hospital in Dubuque. Funeral Service was held Tuesday, November 26 at Living Faith United Methodist Parish, Giard. Burial followed at Giard Cemetery, Giard.

Dorene was born April 5, 1938 to Frederick and Florence (Meier) Becker on the family farm in McGregor. She attended Giard Country School and graduated from Monona High School. Dorene worked for REC in Postville before she was united in marriage with Harry Larson November 22, 1963 at Giard United Methodist Church in Giard. They moved to California while Harry served in the Navy. While in California, their first son was born.

In 1965, they moved back to Iowa where Harry and Dorene had three additional children. Dorene enjoyed being a farm wife and homemaker, and enjoyed cooking, baking and helping in the fields. She sold Tupperware and worked as a cook for the Mar-Mac Schools.

Tue
26
Nov

Doris Cunningham

Doris M. Cunningham, 92, of Waukon died Monday, November 25, 2019 at Northgate Care Center in Waukon. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 30 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon with Fr. Mark Osterhaus officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Waukon. Friends may call one hour before services at the church Saturday. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is handling the arrangements.

Doris Marie Cunningham was born April 26, 1927 in Glen Haven, WI, the daughter of Peter and Elizabeth (Schier) Blum. She graduated from Bloomington High School in Bloomington, WI and attended cosmetology school in Dubuque. Doris worked as a beautician in Prairie du Chien, WI.

Tue
26
Nov

Wayne Aldrich

Wayne D. Aldrich, 70, of Cedar Rapids died Saturday, November 23, 2019 at his home. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 30 at Calvary Baptist Church in Cedar Rapids. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service. Private burial will take place at a later date at Center Baptist Church Cemetery, rural Lansing.

Wayne was born November 23, 1949 in Waukon, the son of Hillard Harold and Amy Marie (MacDougall) Aldrich. He graduated from Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids. Wayne worked at St. Luke’s Hospital for 43 years until his retirement in 2013. He was active at Calvary Baptist Church and loved the Lord.

Wayne enjoyed the Linn County Nature Center, C.R. Milestones and was a Cedar Rapids Kernels fan. Wayne followed the weather closely. He loved music, playing the piano and accordion, and enjoyed spending time with family.

Tue
26
Nov

Richard “Dick” Prestemon

Richard “Dick” Prestemon, 86, of Waukon died Sunday, November 24, 2019 at Keystone Care Center in Keystone. Services are pending with Martin Funeral Home in Waukon.
 

Tue
19
Nov

Nyla DeSotel

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, Nyla Ann DeSotel, age 87, November 4, 2019. A gravesite memorial is planned for Spring of 2020 near Luana, where her ashes will be interred and her marker unveiled. Date and time will be given when details have been finalized.

Nyla was born August 17, 1932 in Monona to Emil and Irene DeSotel. She graduated from Monona High School in 1949.

Nyla worked as a “lunch lady” at Waukon High School. She then attended Calmar Technical School where she received her Nursing Certificate as an LPN in 1971. She worked for physicians and for Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. She moved to Baton Rouge, LA in 1991 and worked as an LPN for Dr. Gidden. She retired in 2000 and returned to Waukon.

Nyla enjoyed painting, knitting, crocheting, gardening, and was a very avid reader.

Tue
19
Nov

Ricke Starkey

Ricke S. Starkey, 68, of Waukon died Saturday, November 16, 2019 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Memorial services will be held Saturday, November 23 at 2 p.m. at Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in rural Postville with Karla Johnson officiating. Friends may greet the family one hour before the services Saturday at the church and also after the services during a lunch in the church basement. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements.

Ricke Stan Starkey was born October 9, 1951 in Postville, the son of Norman and Beulah (Bray) Starkey. He was baptized at Evangelical United Brethren Church in Postville and graduated from Monona High School in Monona. November 19, 1972, he married Kathleen Hinman at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Waukon. Ricke worked for Iowa Turkey Products in Postville for several years, Cabela’s in Prairie du Chien, WI, and then went to work at Agriprocessors in Postville before he retired.

Tue
19
Nov

Carole Sickles

Carole Sickles of Lansing passed away peacefully in her home November 12, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Carole is survived by her husband, Floyd, Sr. (Ray), of 64 years. Together they raised seven children: Debra (Gary) Grotegut of Waukon, Floyd, Jr. (Bob) of Lansing, Jim (Christina) of Lansing, Becky (Jerry) Christianson of Postville, David of San Francisco, CA, Mark (Barb) Sickles of Sheldon and Karen (Delbert) Wilkens of Postville; 20 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Carole was preceded in death by her parents; her brother; her sisters; her great-grandson, Leavy; and her granddaughters, Crystal and Chelsea.
 

Tue
19
Nov

James Maloney

Born in Columbus, OH November 26, 1929, James Thomas Maloney was raised in Waukon, moved frequently through his adult years, then resided in Texas during his later years until his death October 2, 2019.

James graduated from Loras College, Dubuque in 1952 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. After serving in the Air Force in Korea, he went on to earn a second Bachelor’s degree in Hospital Administration from the University of Iowa in 1954.  James was a gifted administrator, becoming in 1960 the youngest hospital administrator in the United States, heading the Princeton Clinic, which at the time was among the largest in the country.

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