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
23
Sep

William Kocian

William “Bill” Joseph Kocian, Sr., age 58, of Waukon passed away Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, WI. He spent his last moments surrounded by his family and loved ones. Family and friends remembered Bill Sunday, September 20 at the Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah.
Bill was born March 18, 1957 to Anna M. (Malec) and Rudolph L. Kocian in Pittsburgh, PA. He grew up a Pirates and Steelers fan, often times skipping school for opening day. Riding mini-bike and playing street hockey were some of his favorite activities.

Wed
23
Sep

Norma "Jean" Higdon

Norma “Jean” Higdon, age 82, formerly of Spirit Lake, passed away peacefully September 15, 2015 at Thornton Manor, Lansing. Memorial services were held Thursday, September 17 at Turner Jenness Funeral Home in Spirit Lake. Burial followed at Lakeview Cemetery.
Jean Higdon, the daughter of Elsie (Larson) and Archie Rouse, was born January 10, 1933 in Laurens. She graduated from Spirit Lake High School in 1952.
In 1955, Jean was united in marriage to Pat Delaney, and they were later divorced. In June of 1978 she married the love of her life, Lawrence Higdon, and they were united until the time of his passing in 2014. Jean lived in California, Lakefield, MN, Lake Park and Dugger, IN before moving back to Waukon in 2014.

Wed
16
Sep

Virginia Kruger

Virginia C. Kruger, age 95, of Harpers Ferry passed away Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at Thornton Manor in Lansing. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, September 19 at St. Gabriel’s Church of the Holy Family Parish in Prairie du Chein, WI, with Rev. James Weighner officiating. Entombment was at St. Adalbert’s Garden Mausoleum in Milwaukee, WI.
Virginia was born October 25, 1919 in Sparta, WI, the daughter of William and Frances (Schaller) Ziegler.  She married Fred Cassel in 1939, who later preceded her in death in 1996. She worked as an assembler for Deltrol Electronics in Milwaukee, WI. She later married Merlin Kruger October 28, 2000.
Virginia was an active member of the Eagles Club and enjoyed gambling and playing cards. She enjoyed time with friends and family and always had a joke.

Wed
16
Sep

JoAnn Scherf

JoAnn Alice Scherf, 70, of Harpers Ferry died Monday, September 7, 2015 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Funeral Services were held Friday, September 11 at St. John Lutheran Church, Farmersburg, with Rev. Harold McMillin as the Officiant. Burial followed at the Garnavillo Cemetery, Garnavillo.
JoAnn was born December 6, 1944 to Arthur and Lucille (Bruns) Wagner in Farmersburg. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Farmersburg. JoAnn graduated high school from MFL in 1963.
JoAnn was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart, Lloyd Scherf, December 21, 1963 at St. John Lutheran Church in Farmersburg. Five children were born to this union. They lived in St. Olaf from 1967 until 1987, then moved to Harpers Ferry and owned and operated J & L One Stop for five years and The Harbor House for 12 years.

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16
Sep

Shirley Manning

Shirley Lavonne (Lund) Manning, 72, passed away at her home in Postville Monday, September 7, 2015. Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, September 11 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Lansing, with Rev. John Moser as the Celebrant. Burial followed at Gethsemane Cemetery, Lansing.
Shirley was born October 28, 1942 in Iowa City, the only child of Matthias and Jesse (Geno) Lund. She graduated from Lansing High School.
Shirley married Gerald F. (Jerry) Manning at Immaculate Conception, Lansing June 29, 1968. Shirley and Jerry lived in the Lansing area for the majority of their married life. Shirley worked at McGregor Speaker Factory, Lansing Company Button Factory and they operated Jer & Shirl’s Tap in the 1970s as well as the River Lanes Tavern and Bowling Alley in Lansing until 1999. Jerry passed away December 24, 1999.

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16
Sep

John "Jack" Mangrich

John "Jack" Phillip Mangrich, 75, of Lansing died Friday, September 4, 2015 at his home in Lansing. Private family services will be held at a later date.
Jack was born November 7, 1939 to Anthony "Tony" and Regina "Jean" (Meisch) Mangrich in Gilbertville. He graduated from Don Bosco High School in Gilbertville.
Jack was united in marriage to Joleen Sadler January 30, 1961. They later divorced.  He was united in marriage to Sandy Peters April 19, 1989.   He worked for John Deere in Waterloo, and after 27 years of service he retired. He enjoyed longbow shooting, wood crafting, hunting, fishing and going to the Prairie du Chien Rendezvous.  In his younger years, he also enjoyed canoeing. He was a charter member of the Raymond, Iowa Bow Hunters Club.

Wed
16
Sep

Audrey and Boyd Groezinger

A celebration of life will be held for Audrey and Boyd Groezinger at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 19 at Zion United Church in Waukon with Pastor Samantha Houser officiating. Inurnment will be at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon.
Audrey was born March 3, 1922 and passed away December 9, 2013. Boyd was born January 27, 1921 and passed away July 10, 2015.
They married September 19, 1945. This year would have been their 70th wedding anniversary.
They are survived by their children, David Groezinger and Carol (Bob) Christianson; their grandchildren, Lauryn, Brock, Kelly (Greg) and Heather (Mike); five great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Betty DeBuhr; and their nephews, Jerry (Karen) and Dennis (Linda) DeBuhr.
They were preceded in death by their son, Philip; and Audrey’s brother, Victor DeBuhr.
 

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16
Sep

Robert "Bud" Maust

Robert B. “Bud” Maust, Jr. passed away August 15, 2015 at Gundersen Lutheran Health System in La Crosse, WI. Services were held Saturday, September 5 at St. Peter’s Church in New Albin with Rev. William Reese officiating. Burial was held at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lansing with military rites by the Lansing VFW Post 5981.
Robert was born in Sanborn to Robert B. Maust, Sr. and Freda (Graves) Maust July 12, 1926. He attended a country school on Gruber Ridge near Lansing. He enlisted in the U.S. Army from 1945-1946 and received a medical discharge from injuries he suffered while stationed in Okinawa during World War II. He married Helen Gillespie January 14, 1950 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. The Lord blessed them with 65 years of marriage.

Fri
11
Sep

Mary Troendle

Mary Jo Ann Duffy Troendle, 77, of Marion, formerly of Waukon, died Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at her home in Marion after a long illness. Memorial services were held Monday, September 14 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon, with Rev. Msgr. Cletus Hawes and Deacon Mike Ward officiating. Burial was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Waukon.
Mary Jo Ann Duffy Troendle was born July 1, 1938 in Waukon, the daughter of James and Rita (Lannon) Duffy. She graduated from St. Patrick High School in Waukon and attended the Mercy Hospital School of Radiologic Technology in Cedar Rapids.
June 4, 1960, Jo Ann married Paul G. Troendle at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon. The couple was married for 25 years and raised their five children in Cedar Rapids. Jo Ann received her real estate license and then her brokerage license before becoming the owner of Troendle Realty in Cedar Rapids. Jo Ann later retired in Marion.

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11
Sep

Dolores Spiegler

Dolores M. Spiegler, 86, of Waukon died Thursday, September 10, 2015 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Funeral services were held Monday, September 14 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Waukon, with Rev. Lynn G. Groe officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon.
Dolores May Zupke Spiegler was born May 9, 1929 in rural Sumner, the daughter of Edward and Mable (Timm) Zupke. She was baptized at St. Paul's Richfield Lutheran Church in rural Sumner. She and her family moved to Milwaukee, WI while her father attended barber school. They lived in Eastman, WI for a short time before moving to Waukon in 1934.
Dolores was confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church in Waukon and graduated from Waukon High School in 1946. After graduation she went to La Crosse, WI and worked as a nurse's aide at the Lutheran Hospital until 1948. She then returned to Waukon and worked for Dr. R.H. Wheat as a dental assistant. Dolores worked there before she was married and after.

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