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
16
Jan

Rev. Lynn Groe

Rev. Lynn G. Groe, 71, of Waukon died suddenly Sunday, January 14, 2018 while vacationing in Zephyrhills, FL. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 19 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Waukon with Bishop Steven Ullestad and Pastor Bill Odermann officiating. Burial will be at Sion Lutheran Church Cemetery, Lake Mills.
Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Thursday, January 18 at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon. In lieu of flowers or memorial objects, the family requests memorials be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Survivors include his wife, Linda, of Waukon, and his children, Karna (Shawn) Schroeder of Cedar Falls and Bradley (Darla) Groe of Lowell, AR.
Online condolences may be left at www.martinfunerals.com.

Sun
14
Jan

Dakota "Toad" Ness

Dakota “Toad” C. Ness, 22, of Waukon died Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at his home. Funeral services were held Monday, January 15 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon with Fr. Mark Osterhaus and Pastor Ken Kimball officiating. Burial was at Old West Paint Creek Cemetery, rural Waukon. Memorials can be made to Kenleigh Ness, c/o Farmers and Merchants Bank, P.O. Box 9, Waukon, IA 52172.

Dakota “Toad” Christen Ness was born August 2, 1995 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon to Scott and Karen (Fink) Ness. He made their family complete when he joined his big brothers, Dan and Dylan. Dakota was baptized and confirmed at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon and was also active at Old West Paint Creek Lutheran Church in rural Waukon. He attended Waterville Elementary and in 2014 he graduated from Waukon High School.

Fri
12
Jan

Gerald Hager

Gerald "Jerry" Gayle Hager, 85, died Thursday, January 4, 2018 at his home near Castalia. Funeral Services with Military Honors were held Saturday, January 13 at Zion Lutheran Church, Castalia with Rev. Alan Wicks as the Officiant. Interment was at Bloomfield Cemetery, Castalia.

Jerry was born May 3, 1932 at the Postville Hospital, the son of Elmer and Marjorie (Kobriger) Hager. He was baptized October 31, 1932 at the Frankville Community Presbyterian Church. August 18, 1946, Rev. LaVerne Meinecke confirmed him at Zion Lutheran Church. He attended first through fifth grades at Frankville School, and transferred to Castalia in sixth grade when his family moved there. He graduated from Postville High School with the Class of 1950.

Tue
09
Jan

Kathryn Hinkel

Kathryn Anne Hinkel, 91, died Friday, December 29, 2017 at the Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Visitation was held Thursday, January 4 at Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home, McGregor. Burial will be held at a later date.

Kathryn was born December 23, 1926 in Marquette to Sylvester and Leona Tayek. Leona passed away when Kathryn was a child and Kathryn was then raised by her Aunt Mae Connell. She received her education in Marquette, graduating from Marquette High School.

January 25, 1946, she was united in marriage with Richard Hinkel at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, McGregor. Kathryn worked as a Nurse’s Aide at the Beaumont Nursing Home in Prairie du Chien, WI. She then worked at the Marquette Café and later worked at Casey’s in Marquette.

Kathryn enjoyed bingo, playing cards, taking trips to Colorado to visit family and pulling pranks on friends. She spent her last years loved and well cared for by the nurses and staff at The Good Samaritan Center in Waukon.

Tue
09
Jan

Bernice Poesch

Bernice Poesch, age 87, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at Arlington Place in Oelwein January 5, 2018. There will be a Celebration of Life at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, 116 East Military Road, Postville Saturday, February 24 with visitation at 11 a.m. and Memorial Service at 12 p.m.

Bernice was born February 15, 1930. She was raised in Postville, graduated from Postville High School in 1947 and taught at West Grove Country School for two years. In December 1948, Bernice married Leslie Poesch. They lived in Postville, and in 1976 remodeled and moved to the family farm house in which she was raised. Leslie passed away in 1983, and in April 1986 Bernice married Lester Friederich and lived in Luana.

Fri
05
Jan

Eleanor Thorstenson

Eleanor A. Thorstenson, 90, of Waukon died Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Funeral services were held Saturday, January 6 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Waukon, with Pastor Bill Odermann officiating. Burial was at Old West Paint Creek Cemetery, rural Waukon.

Eleanor Althea Thorstenson was born April 20, 1927 on the rural Waukon farm of her parents, Arnold B. and Irene Althea (Engrav) Bakkum. She was baptized and confirmed at the Old West Paint Creek Lutheran Church. Eleanor attended the Center Township “Bakkum” rural school through the eighth grade and graduated from Waukon High School with the Class of 1945.

March 5, 1948 she married Otto Milton Thorstenson at the Old West Paint Creek Church. Together they farmed in Paint Creek Township for many years. Eleanor was very active in the milking operation and all other aspects of the farm; she truly enjoyed the farming life.

Mon
01
Jan

Francis Martin

Francis A. Martin, 89, of Waukon died Saturday, December 30, 2017 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 5 at 1 p.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon with Fr. Mark Osterhaus officiating. Burial with military rites will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Waukon. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until time of service at the church Friday. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Patrick School or the Waukon Good Samaritan Center.

Mon
01
Jan

David Olson

David “Oly” L. Olson, 64, of Harpers Ferry died Saturday, December 30, 2017 at his home. Memorial services will be held Thursday, January 4 at 11 a.m. at Old East Paint Creek Lutheran Church in rural Waterville with Pastor Ken Kimball officiating. Private family burial will be held at a later date in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, January 3 at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon.

David Lloyd Olson was born August 29, 1953 in Waukon, the son of Lloyd and Ruby (Uren) Olson. He was baptized and confirmed at Old East Paint Creek Lutheran Church in rural Waterville. He graduated from Waukon High School in 1971 and attended tech school in Des Moines.

August 7, 1976 he married Veronica Hill at Old East Paint Creek Lutheran Church. Dave worked at Jim's DX and for Cooney's Construction, both in Waukon, before he went to work for J.B. Holland Construction in Decorah, where he was a diesel mechanic and equipment operator for over 25 years.

Wed
27
Dec

Vernon Shogren

Vernon E. Shogren, 82, of Waukon died Sunday, December 24, 2017 at his home. Funeral services were held Saturday, December 30 at First Baptist Church in Waukon with Pastor Duane Smith officiating. Burial with military honors was at Center Baptist Cemetery, rural Lansing.

Vernon Earl Shogren was born July 2, 1935 at home on the family farm in Lansing, the son of Clarence and Lillian (Johnson) Shogren. He was baptized at Village Creek Baptist Church in rural Lansing. Vernon attended Center #3 grade school and in 1953 graduated from Waukon High School.

After graduating, he moved to North Dakota to farm with his uncle until enlisting in the Navy in 1955, serving two years. Following his honorable discharge, Vernon returned to the home farm in Lansing, raising Black Angus cattle and corn. He also sold seed corn for DeKalb and was on the Farm Service Board. In addition, he was president of Farm Bureau from 1968-1970.

Tue
26
Dec

Donna Radloff

Donna Mae Radloff, age 95, passed away peacefully at home in Alexandria, MN under the care of Knute Nelson Hospice Saturday, December 16, 2017. A Celebration of Life and a private burial will take place at a later date.

Donna Mae Radloff was born August 9, 1922, the daughter of Donald and Lillian (Vogt) Oleke, in Farmersburg. She was confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Farmersburg in 1936.

After high school Donna married Homer Moritz. They were blessed with three children, David, Paul and Mary. Homer passed away in 1950. Donna later married Charles Dohrer; this union was blessed with one daughter, Kathrine. In 1963 Chuck passed away. Ten years later she married James (Bud) Courtney, who passed away four years later. February 2, 1979, Donna married school classmate Ken Radloff. They were married 37 years until his passing in August 2016.

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