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.

Fri
04
Sep

Jean Ann Mason

Jean Ann Mason, 90, of Waukon died Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Memorial services were held Saturday, September 5 at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Waukon, with Pastor Kim Gates officiating. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon.
Jean Ann Mason was born November 9, 1924 in Waukon, the daughter of Otto “Colby” P. and Edith Mae (Clark) Gleisner. Jean Ann graduated as Salutatorian in 1942 from Waukon High School. January 1, 1945, she married Keith W. Mason in Waukon on a -20 degree wintry day. Along with raising five children, Jean Ann worked at the East Elementary school as a librarian and also at the Iowa State Extension Office as a secretary.
She was a member of St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Waukon and volunteered at the Allamakee County Food Shelf. Jean Ann loved baking and making pies with the other church ladies. She also enjoyed weaving, gardening, and spending time with her family.

Wed
02
Sep

Gerald "Jerry" Sivesind

Gerald “Jerry” Duane Sivesind passed away Monday, August 17, 2015 in his hometown of Waukon at the age of 71.
Jerry was born February 21, 1944 to Josephine and Harold Sivesind. After serving in the Navy, he relocated to Bakersfield, CA with his wife, Mary. He spent over 30 years at the Bakersfield Californian newspaper, working his way up from the mail room to Production Manager. He helped care for countless children as a foster parent and still found time to coach baseball and soccer along the way.
Occasionally, he could be found, as he would call it, “resting his eyes.” But it wouldn’t be long until he had to be up cooking, cleaning, shopping or dragging the kids around to the seemingly never-ending list of activities.

Wed
02
Sep

Kenneth Fish

Kenneth “Fishe” R. Fish, Sr., 72, of Harpers Ferry died peacefully Monday, August 24, 2015 at his home from cancer, surrounded by his family and friends. Memorial services were held Thursday, August 27 at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon with Deacon Pat Malanaphy, Chaplin with Crossing Rivers Health, officiating. Burial with military graveside rites conducted by the American Legion Post 305 took place at Smithfield Cemetery, rural Monona.
Kenneth Raymond Fish, Sr. was born October 5, 1942 in Moline, IL, the son of Raymond L. and Norma (Ziel) Fish. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1961, where he did his basic training at Camp Peldton, CA and mechanical training for helicopters in Memphis, TN. Ken was stationed in Santa Anna, CA before serving in Vietnam for 13 months with the 365th Squadron as a crew chief. He returned to the United States, where Ken was stationed in Cherry Point, NC.

Wed
02
Sep

Elizabeth Oelberg

Elizabeth Kepler Oelberg, 85, of Virginia Beach, VA, formerly of Hyattsville, MD, died Tuesday, August 25, 2015. Services were held at the Lynnhaven United Methodist Church in Virginia Beach, VA Saturday, August 29.
Born in Waukon, 'Lib' was the daughter of John and Lucille Eaton Kepler. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Robert Oelberg, who was born and raised in rural Luana. She was also preceded in death by her brother, John Kepler.
After graduating from Waukon High School, she attended Waukon Junior College briefly before being recruited to work for the FBI in Washington, DC. She and George married in 1951 in Washington, DC. Lib went to work for the Washington Hospital Center in 1966. Starting as a hospital nursing school house-mother, she rose to the position of director of the hospital visitor's residence until her retirement in 1996. Lib is remembered as being generous of spirit, warm and welcoming to all she met.

Wed
02
Sep

Virginia Thomson

Virginia L. Thomson, 86, of Waukon died Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Memorial services will be held Saturday, November 14 at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Waukon, with Pastor Grant VanderVelden officiating. Private family burial will be held at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to PEO Women's Scholarship Fund via PEO Chapter EK c/o Caroll Schreiber, Treasurer, 1942 French Creek Road, Lansing, IA 52151.
Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements for the family. Online condolences may be left at www.martinfunerals.com.
 

Wed
02
Sep

John Smerud

John Francis ‘Chick’ Smerud, 90, of New Albin passed away peacefully in his sleep at Thorton Manor in Lansing August 29, 2015. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in New Albin Wednesday, September 9, with visitation from 9:30 a.m. until services begin at 11 a.m. The Rev. Fr. John Moser will officiate. Inurnment will be in the St. Joseph Cemetery.
John was born to Oscar and Clara (Wilde) Smerud and raised on a farm outside of New Albin. He was one of 11 children that included Sara, Edmund, Rosemary, Evangeline, Margaretta, Rita, George, Donald, Alfred and Clara-Louise. John attended country school and New Albin High School. It was at a friend’s gathering that he met a young woman named Rita Lyons. They married November 29, 1947.

Wed
02
Sep

Robert "Bud" Maust

Robert “Bud” Maust of New Albin died August 15, 2015 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, WI. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 5 at St. Peter’s Church, New Albin with Rev. William Reese officiating. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Friday, September 4 at the New Albin Community Center as well as one hour before services. Burial will be at Oakhill Cemetery, Lansing, with military rites by the Lansing VFW Post 5981.
 

Wed
02
Sep

Yvonne Sexton

Yvonne Sexton, age 96, of rural Ridgeway died Saturday, August 22, 2015 at the New Hampton Nursing and Rehab Center in New Hampton. Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, August 29 at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church, Bluffton, with Rev. Mark Osterhaus officiating. Interment was in St. Bridget’s Catholic Cemetery, Bluffton.
Yvonne Marie (McMorrow) Sexton was born April 25, 1919, the daughter of William and Bridget (Rea) McMorrow, in rural Waukon. She attended country schools in rural Allamakee County and graduated from Waukon High School in 1937. Yvonne married Francis Sexton October 27, 1947 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, West Ridge in rural Waukon.  To this union seven children were born.
Yvonne was a member of St. Bridget's Catholic Church in rural Bluffton. She enjoyed baking, gardening, raising chickens, and especially spending time with her family.

Wed
02
Sep

Mabel Stahl

Mabel Stahl, 69, of Lansing died Monday, August 10, 2015 at Gundersen Hospital in La Crosse, WI. There will be a celebration of life at a later date.
Mabel Stahl was born in Waukon October 27, 1945. She was the daughter of Charles and Geraldine Rouster. She attended school in Lansing and was a graduate of Kee High School.
She married Allen Stahl and lived and raised her family in Lansing. She worked as a secretary, florist/clerk, and she was City Librarian at Meehan Memorial Public Library in Lansing. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.  She enjoyed spending her time with family, quilting, crocheting, crafts, canning, horseback riding and card club.

Mon
31
Aug

Virginia "Ginny" Halverson

Virginia M. “Ginny” Halverson, 88, of Waukon passed away Thursday, August 27, 2015 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Celebration of Life Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 2 at the Bethlehem Presbyterian Church, rural Postville, with Rev. Tom Buresh as the officiant. Visitation will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, September 2 at the Bethlehem Presbyterian Church, rural Postville. Inurnment will be held in Oakland Cemetery, Waukon.
Virginia Maxine, the daughter of Alfred and Nellie (Livingood)  Winter, was born September 9, 1926 on a farm in Ludlow Township, rural Postville. She attended country school and Waukon High School for one year before graduating from Postville High School in 1944. Virginia was united in marriage with Lynn Halverson June 2, 1944 at Zion Reform Church in Waukon. To this union 14 children, seven daughters and seven sons, were born.

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