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.

Mon
18
Nov

John Urell

John T. Urell, 89, of Waterville died Thursday, November 14, 2019 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 19 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon with Fr. Mark Osterhaus officiating. Burial was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Waukon.

John Thomas Urell was born September 23, 1930 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.

May 2, 1950, he married Lela Dougherty at St. Patrick Catholic Church. John farmed on the family farm until 1968. He then went to work for Christianson Brothers and United, building bridges in Iowa, Nebraska and Arkansas. John returned to farming in the Waterville area when he retired in 1996.

Fri
15
Nov

Raymond Burke

Raymond J. Burke, 89, of Waukon died Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at Northgate Care Center in Waukon. Funeral services were held Monday, November 18 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon with Fr. Mark Osterhaus officiating. Burial with military honors was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Waukon. Memorials may be directed to St. Patrick School, Veterans Memorial Hospital, or a charity of choice.

Raymond Joseph Burke was born April 23, 1930 at the Hall Maternity Hospital in Waukon to Thomas and Lucille (Kingsley) Burke. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Hanover. Ray attended Bear Creek Rural School in the New Galena area of rural Dorchester and graduated from St. Patrick High School in Waukon in 1948.

Fri
15
Nov

Richard H. Marti

Richard H. Marti, 79, of rural Waukon died Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at his home. Funeral services were held Saturday, November 16 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Waukon, with Pastor Bryan Robertson officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon.

Richard Henry Marti was born February 12, 1940 at a downtown doctor’s office in Waukon. His parents were Albert Herman and Ellen Luella (Christianson) Marti. Richard was baptized and confirmed at Waterville Lutheran Church and attended Jefferson #7 rural school. Like their father, Richard and his twin brother, Robert, were farmers through and through and worked right into the family farming operation which included dairy, beef cattle, hogs and crops.

Wed
13
Nov

William "Owen" Kirk

William “Owen” Kirk, 86, passed peacefully Tuesday, November 12, 2019 in the family home in Lansing surrounded by family. A Memorial Service was held at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Lansing Sunday, November 17 with military honors. Inurnment will be at a later date.

Owen was born February 1, 1933 in Stockton, CA and moved to Wisconsin in 1945.  He later moved to Sparta, WI where he married Dorothy Ann Yahnke May 21, 1960. The couple eventually moved to Lansing where he designed and built their family home.

Tue
12
Nov

Marilyn Zezulka

Marilyn J. Zezulka, 78, of New Albin died Sunday, November 10, 2019 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN. Friends greeted the family Thursday, November 14 at the New Albin Community Center. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon assisted the family with arrangements.

Marilyn Jean Zezulka was born November 21, 1940 in Colesburg, the daughter of Donald James and Eleanor (Cole) Hyde. She attended country school and graduated from Elkader High School in 1958. Marilyn attended Upper Iowa University in Fayette and received her teaching certificate in 1960.

Mon
11
Nov

Brent Johnson

Brent D. Johnson, 30, of Waukon died Friday, November 8, 2019 at his home in rural Waukon. Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 14 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon with Fr. Mark Osterhaus officiating. Burial will be at St. John the Baptist West Ridge Cemetery in rural Waukon. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, November 13 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon, where there will be a 3:30 p.m. scripture service. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is handling the arrangements.

Brent Douglas Johnson was born February 8, 1989 in Decorah, the son of Clint and Dacia (Meyer) Johnson. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon and graduated from Waukon High School in 2007. June 18, 2011, he married Caitlin Mellick at St. Patrick Catholic Church.

Thu
07
Nov

Shirley Aure

Shirley M. Aure, 78, of Waukon died Sunday, November 3, 2019 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon, where she has been a resident for many years. Funeral services were held Friday, November 8 at Old West Paint Creek Lutheran Church in rural Waukon with Pastor Ken Kimball officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Shirley Marie Aure was born January 25, 1941 in Waukon, the daughter of Helen Aure, and was baptized and confirmed at Old West Paint Creek Lutheran Church in rural Waukon. Shirley attended Fan Country School and graduated from Waukon High School in 1960.

She worked as a waitress at the Model Cafe and the Soda Grill, both in Waukon. Shirley received her CNA license and worked at the Good Samaritan Center in Waukon for several years. She also worked at TASC in Waukon. Shirley was a resident at Makee Manor before moving to the Good Samaritan Center.

Thu
07
Nov

Duane Bruening

Duane Kenneth Bruening died peacefully at Barthell O.E.S Home in Decorah November 3 2019, at the age of 90. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, November 8 at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Decorah with Rev. Donald Hertges and Rev. Msgr. Edward Lechtenberg officiating. Burial was in St. Benedict Catholic Cemetery in Decorah with Military Honors.

Duane was born September 15, 1929 in Shenandoah to Leo and Theresa (Baumler) Bruening. The family traveled and lived in several states before settling in Decorah. Duane graduated from Decorah High School in 1947 and went on to Iowa State University to study Electrical Engineering; after a year he transferred to Loras College to study Accounting & Economics, graduating in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Tue
05
Nov

Helen Maust

Helen May (Gillespie) Maust, age 92, of New Albin died October 25, 2019. Celebration of Life Services will be held Saturday, November 9 at the New Albin Community Center from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. with officiant Dick Wohlgemuth. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lansing.

Helen was born November 18, 1927 in Northboro to Charles and Eva (Van Fosson) Gillespie, and she graduated from Northboro High School. She married Robert “Bud” Maust January 14, 1950 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, and God blessed them with 65 years of marriage.

Helen worked as a secretary at several places in Omaha, NE, and she managed apartments and worked at the button factory in Lansing. She also enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom with her family. She was active in women’s fellowship and served as secretary for the V.F.W. Auxiliary for several years, being an Auxiliary member since 1963.

Mon
04
Nov

Norma Barr

Norma C. Barr, 95, of Waukon passed away Thursday, October 31, 2019 at the Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 5 at Old East Paint Creek Lutheran Church in rural Waterville. Burial was in the church cemetery.

With the assistance of her grandmothers, Norma Christine Barr was born on the family farm near Waterville July 4, 1924 to Olvin and Esther (Gronlid) Sorenson. She attended elementary school in Waterville and later Waterville High School, where she played alto saxophone in the band and was a member of the girls’ six-player basketball team that vied for a state championship. After graduating in 1942, she attended a nursing program in Iowa City for a year before returning to northeast Iowa, where she worked for the Ration Board in Waukon during World War II.

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