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.

Tue
12
Jan

Dean Bechtel

Dean L. Bechtel, 73, of rural Monona died Saturday, January 9, 2021 at Gundersen Medical Center in La Crosse, WI. Memorial services with military honors will be held Friday, January 15 at 1:30 p.m. at Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon with Rev. Cathy Jurgens officiation. Visitation will be from 12 p.m. until the time of services Friday at the church. In consideration of concerns regarding COVID-19, social distancing and wearing of masks is required. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements.

A full obituary will appear in the January 20 edition of The Standard. You can subscribe to The Standard's print edition or e-edition by clicking here.

Wed
06
Jan

Delores Jean Kroack

Delores Jean Kroack, 76, of Waukon died Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Funeral services were held Saturday, January 9 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon with Fr. John Moser, Fr. Joseph Schneider and Rev. Msgr. Ed Lechtenberg officiating. Burial was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Waukon.

Memorials may be made to St. Patrick School, Veterans Memorial Hospital or Good Samaritan Center, all in Waukon. Cards may be sent to Joe Kroack at 503 Third Street SW, Waukon, IA 52172. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements.

Delores Jean Kroack was born April 16, 1944 in Monona, the daughter of George and Marjorie (Molitor) Topel. She attended Figgie Country School in rural Allamakee County and graduated from MFL High School in 1962.

Tue
05
Jan

Darwin Ellis

Darwin Ellis, 92, of Postville died Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at Good Samaritan Society in Postville. Private family services will be held a later date.

Darwin Gene, the son of Clifford “Kip” and Dorothy (Schlitter) Ellis, was born February 21, 1928 in Postville. He was baptized April 12, 1936 at the United Brethren Church and confirmed November 29, 1953 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Darwin attended Postville Schools. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in January of 1946 and served until December of 1948.

October 15, 1950, Darwin was united in marriage with Marilyn Backhaus of Postville at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. Their marriage lasted 69 years. Darwin and Marilyn worked for Marilyn’s parents’ family farm until 1961, they then moved to Postville to start an appliance and electrical service business.

Tue
05
Jan

Lori Tallman Knutson

Lori Donelle Knutson, 60, of Viroqua, WI passed away unexpectedly December 24, 2020. A visitation was held Sunday, January 3, 2021 at the Coulee Region Cremation Group Gathering Place in Onalaska, WI. Mail memorials to Heather Medd at 1606 Caroline Street, La Crosse, WI 54603.

Lori was born November 2, 1960 to Donald and Doris (Ingvalson) Pothast in Waukon. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Waukon. She married Ron Tallman in August of 1980 in La Crosse, WI, and they later divorced. She then married Jeff Knutson in Onalaska, WI, and they later divorced.

Lori’s happiness was found by serving all of the people that were in her life. She had a unique and special bond with each and every person she knew, and all she wanted was to spread joy into everyone’s life.

Tue
05
Jan

Maureen Becker

Maureen A. Becker, 85, of Waukon passed away peacefully at her home Friday, January 1, 2021. Graveside services will be held Wednesday, January 6 at 11 a.m. at Oakland Cemetery in Waukon with Pastor Keith Selberg officiating. In consideration of concerns regarding COVID-19, social distancing and wearing of masks is required.

The service will also be live streamed on Martin-Grau Funeral Home’s Facebook page. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements. Condolences may be sent to Neil Becker at 704 Makee Drive NE, Waukon, IA 52172.

Maureen Ann Becker was born June 4, 1935 in Waukon, the daughter of Ora and Viola (Moe) Smith. She was baptized at First Presbyterian Church, confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church, and received education at Waukon Elementary and High School. Over her lifetime, Maureen worked at Cote Theaters, Waukon Newspapers and the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office. She was also an active member at Zion United Church of Christ.

Tue
05
Jan

Robert Oden

Robert “Bob” M. Oden, 88, of Waukon died peacefully in his sleep Sunday, December 27, 2020 at his home. Memorial services were held Monday, January 11 at Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon with Pastor Steve Oden officiating. Inurnment was at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon. Condolences may be sent to Steve and Robin Oden at 309 First Street NW, Waukon, IA 52172.

Robert “Bob” Miles Oden was born November 28, 1932 at St. Ann’s Hospital in Chicago, IL, the son of John Selby and Agnes Muirhead Jack (Duff) Oden. In 1951, he graduated from Theodore Roosevelt Senior High in Des Moines. He then attended Drake University for one year. While young, Bob had a myriad of interests including but not limited to: bronc riding in rodeos, modeling, competitive diving, and drumming for a band.

Tue
05
Jan

Violet Beneke

Violet M. Beneke, 93, of New Albin passed away surrounded by family Sunday, January 3, 2021 at Northgate Care Center in Waukon. Private family funeral services will be held at Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, Caledonia, MN. Burial will be in St Peter’s Cemetery in New Albin.  Date of services are pending at this time. Pastor Dick Wohlgemuth of St. Peter’s Church will be the officiant.

Violet was born January 31, 1927 to George and Martha (Rudnick) Solberg in Caledonia, MN. She married Alvin G. Beneke September 18, 1945. Together they farmed and raised their family on the farm on Pool Hill in rural New Albin.

Violet was an active member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in New Albin. She enjoyed working outdoors with her yearly large garden and yard to tend. She loved baking her special caramel rolls and bread for her family. When Violet moved to assisted living in 2017, she continued to bake bread, sending the delicious aroma throughout the facility.

Tue
05
Jan

Thomas Boots

After a brave and long fight against cancer, Thomas L. Boots, 54, of Harpers Ferry passed away peacefully at 7 a.m. Sunday, January 3, 2021 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Graveside services will be held Wednesday, January 6 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.

A celebration of life will then be held from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, January 6 at the Portside Bar and Supper Club in Harpers Ferry. In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated for the American Legion Post #722, 118 North Fourth Street, Harpers Ferry, IA 52146. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is assisting the family.

Thomas Lee Boots was born February 9, 1966 to Kenneth and Carmelita (Cahill) Boots. Though Tom did live in La Crosse, WI for a short period of his life, and was born in Dubuque, he was a lifelong resident of Harpers Ferry and loved the “Mississippi River Rat” life.

Tue
29
Dec

Rose Lensing

Rose E. Lensing, 85, of Waukon died Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Funeral services were held Monday, December 28 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon with Fr. John Moser officiating. Burial was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Waukon.

Cards may be sent to Denis Lensing at P.O. Box 235 Postville, IA 52162. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon handled arrangements.

Rose Elizabeth Lensing was born July 16, 1935 in Festina, the oldest daughter of Edward and Anna (Boeding) Lensing. She attended country school and received her GED. Rose worked hard on the farm and also worked several different jobs in the Waukon area. She became a resident of Northgate Care Center March 28, 2011. Rose was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and enjoyed gardening.

Survivors include several cousins. She is preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Blanche Lensing.

Tue
29
Dec

Russell Roe

Russell “Rusty” D. Roe, 52, of Waterville died Friday, December 25, 2020 at his home after a lengthy battle with cancer. Private family graveside services will be held at a later date in Old West Paint Creek Cemetery, rural Waukon.

Condolences may be sent to Greg and Suzanne Gilbertson at 12 Seventh Avenue NE, Waukon, IA 52172. Memorials may be directed to the Waterville Ambulance Service. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is handling the arrangements for the family.

Russell David Roe was born December 28, 1967, in Waukon, the son of Allen and Suzanne (Troendle) Roe. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon and attended Waukon schools, later receiving his GED.

Rusty served in the U.S. Army from 1985 to 1987. He worked as a mentor for young adults at Wyalusing Academy and TASC for several years. Rusty also worked as a meat cutter for Quillin’s in Waukon.

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