Obituaries

Obituaries are published in The Standard for a $40 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 15.5") will also incur an additional charge of $11/column inch for the content measuring longer than our 15.5-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
23
Jan

John Conway

John T. Conway, 73, of DeForest, WI lost his battle with cancer January 19, 2023 and passed peacefully in his home surrounded by family. A visitation will be held for John from 5-8 p.m. Friday, January 27 at Ryan Funeral Home, 6924 Lake Road in DeForest, WI. Another visitation will be held from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, January 28 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 648 Main Street in Lansing.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the church at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, January 28. Burial, with military honors, will follow the service at Gethsemane Cemetery in Lansing. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in John’s name to the DeForest American Legion Post 348.

John was born September 29, 1949 to Peter and Veronica (Ferring) Conway in Waukon. John graduated in 1967 from St. George High School in Lansing. He began his working career at age 14 and became an (Iowa State awarded) Grit Sunday Newspaper salesman.

Mon
23
Jan

Lynn Bjerke

Lynn Ordell Bjerke, 68, of West Union, formerly of Waukon, died January 19, 2023 at Gundersen Palmer Hospital surrounded by his family, after suffering a stroke. The family has decided to not hold a funeral service. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Lynn was born April 9, 1954 to Ordell and Virginia (Grotegut) Bjerke. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon and graduated from Waukon High School in 1972. After attending Calmar Community College and earning a certificate in masonry construction, he transitioned to farming.

Fri
20
Jan

Linda Handke

Linda J. Handke, 64, of La Crosse, WI, formerly of Waukon, died Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at her sister’s home in La Crosse. Funeral services were Tuesday, January 24 at Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon with Pastor Duane Smith officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon.

Linda Jo Handke was born April 15, 1958 in Waukon, the daughter of Harry and Deve (Fish) Ford. She was baptized and confirmed at First Presbyterian Church in Waukon and graduated from Waukon High School in 1976. In 1983, Linda received her LPN license from NIACC and worked at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon, and then for six years at the nursing home in Harmony, MN.

From 1982 until 2002, Linda was married to Kevin McCormick. She then married Mike Handke in 2004 before divorcing in 2014.

Fri
20
Jan

Arlene Jacobson

Arlene G. Jacobson, 92, of Lansing, formerly of New Albin, died Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at Thornton Manor in Lansing. Graveside services were held Tuesday, January 24 at St. Peter’s Cemetery in New Albin with Pastor Dick Wohlgemuth officiating. Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home in Lansing handled the arrangements.

Arlene Grace Jacobson was born June 8, 1930 in Wisconsin to Franz and Alida (Johnson) Seidel. October 30, 1951, she married Victor Jacobson and they raised four children together.

She is survived by her three daughters: Nancy (Bob) Featherston of Prairie du Chien, WI and their children: Kenny, Jim, Amanda and Amy and their families; Vicki (Jim) Baures of Lansing and their children: Angel and Jim and their families; and Patty Miller of Caledonia, MN and her children: Terry, Duane, Heidi and Patrick and their families; along with one brother, Franklin Seidel; a daughter-in-law, Joan Betthauser, and her son Brandon; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Thu
19
Jan

Robert Heimer

Robert F. Heimer, age 87, passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus January 19, 2023 at Northgate Care Center in Waukon. A celebration of life will be planned at a later date.

Robert was born July 13, 1935 in Stacyville, the son of Marvin and Agatha Heimer. He attended St. Augustine High School in Austin, MN, where he met Shirley A. Hobbs. They wed June 5, 1954. Through this union, he was blessed with having seven children: Cheryl (Steve) Kiesau of Champaign, IL, Scott Heimer of Gillette, WY, Lynette Corkery of Muscatine, Susan (Dean) Burroughs of Waukon, Mary (Joel) Anderson of Waukon, the late Martin (Dawn) Heimer of LaCrescent, MN and Catherine (Jim) Gelo of Postville.

Thu
19
Jan

Ronald Ashbacher

Ronald Wayne Ashbacher, age 76, formerly of Waukon, went home to be with the Lord Monday, December 5, 2022. Interment service will be in Waukon at a later date.

Ron was born May 15, 1946 in the French Creek area of rural Waukon, the son of Harold and Louise (Scharping) Ashbacher. He attended elementary school and graduated from Waukon High School in 1964.

He farmed with his father, Harold, until attending college at University of Iowa. He was drafted and served in the U.S. Army in Viet Nam. He graduated from Washburn University in Topeka while working  for  Goodyear Tire company in Topeka, KS.

In retirement, Ron lived in northwest Arkansas and later in St. Louis, MO. Ron loved fishing and water skiing, and was a nationally ranked Bridge card player.

Thu
19
Jan

Sylvia Huffman

Sylvia Mae Huffman, 89, of Denver, formerly of Waterloo, went to be with the Lord the morning of Tuesday, January 17, 2023. Funeral services were held Saturday, January 21 at Waterloo First United Methodist Church with Rev. Hojin Shin officiating. Sylvia was laid to rest at the Waterloo Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed in Sylvia’s name to her family which will be later designated to the church or Unity Point Hospice Care of Waterloo. For further information or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.hagartywaychoffgrarup.com. Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service West Ridgeway location in Waterloo is caring for Sylvia and her family.

Thu
12
Jan

Diane Moose

Diane M. Moose, 77, of Waukon died Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at Northgate Care Center in Waukon. Funeral services were held Saturday, January 14 at Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon with Rev. Cathy Jurgens officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon handled arrangements.

Diane Marie Moose was born July 16, 1945 in Waukon, the daughter of Gerald E. and Inez E. (Bechtel) Kurth. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon, where she was a lifelong member and later joined the ladies circles. Diane attended Maple Dale country school in Franklin Township and graduated from Waukon High School.

Tue
10
Jan

Deloris Winters

Deloris Lorraine Winters passed away December 30, 2022. There will be a celebration of her life held in one of the many outdoor locations she enjoyed, Mt. Hosmer in Lansing, May 6 at 1 p.m. We will gather with stories, snacks, games and laughter, like she would have wanted.

Deloris was born December 10, 1945 in Correctionville, the youngest of 11 children from Goldie and Fred Waugh. Her childhood stories always included the farm and her family. She spent her lifetime being a loving mother and homemaker and held various jobs ranging from housekeeping to heavy equipment operator.

One of Deloris’ favorite past times was traveling throughout the U.S. and Canada with her husband, Gary, and family. Her favorite destinations were the mountains. Family was very important to her and at every gathering her infectious smile and details to entertainment were evident. Deloris never turned down playing cards, board games, or a good glass of wine.

Fri
06
Jan

Carlton Christianson

Carlton H. Christianson, 84, of Waukon died Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at Northgate Care Center in Waukon. Memorial services were held Monday, January 9 at Old East Paint Creek Lutheran Church in rural Waterville with Pastor Ken Kimball officiating and burial at the church cemetery. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon handled arrangements.

Carlton Horace Christianson was born October 20, 1938 in Waterville, the youngest child of Ingvold and Isabelle (Hanson) Christianson. He became a confirmed member of Old East Paint Creek Lutheran Church in rural Waterville and remained so throughout his life. In 1957, he graduated from Waterville High School.

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