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
30
Nov

Mary Lou Potempa

Mary Lou Potempa, 71, of Las Vegas, NV, formerly of Waukon, died April 9, 2018 at Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas, NV. Joint graveside services for her and her husband, Bob, will be held Wednesday, December 1 at 11 a.m. at Oakland Cemetery in Waukon with Pastor Bryan Robertson officiating.

Martin – Grau Funeral Home in Waukon assisted the family with local arrangements.

Mary Lou Potempa was born May 3, 1946, the daughter of Emmett and Jenette (Leyse) Burgess in Waukon. She attended nursing training in Cedar Rapids, and she then moved to Denver, CO, where she worked as a registered nurse (RN) at Colorado General Hospital. Mary continued in the medical field when she and Bob moved to Las Vegas, NV, where she served as a unit secretary at University Medical Center (UMC) of Southern Nevada.

She married Robert Potempa December 14, 1974. Mary was a person who reached out with love to everyone she knew. She is preceded in death by her parents.

Tue
30
Nov

Robert Potempa

Robert J. Potempa, 75, of Las Vegas, NV, died Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas, NV. He was reunited with Mary, his wife of over 40 years. Joint graveside services for him and Mary will be held Wednesday, December 1 at 11 a.m. at Oakland Cemetery in Waukon with Pastor Bryan Robertson officiating. Martin – Grau Funeral Home in Waukon assisted the family with local arrangements.

Robert J. Potempa was born April 10, 1946, the son of Bruno F. and Julia (Karas) Potempa on the south side of Chicago, IL. He attended St. Turibius Elementary School and De LaSalle High School. He married Mary Lou Burgess December 14, 1974.

Bob’s career in sales took him to Denver, CO and Las Vegas, NV, where he and his wife, Mary, lived for 30 years after he retired. Bob enjoyed traveling, attending church and playing golf.

Tue
30
Nov

James Rossi

James “Jim” F. Rossi, 95, of Lansing died Sunday, November 28, 2021 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse, WI. Funeral services will be held at a later date at Immaculate Conception Church, 648 Main Street, Lansing.

Online condolences may be made at www.blaschkeschneider.com.
 

Wed
24
Nov

Wayne Duvel

Wayne W. Duvel, age 86, of Richland Center, WI passed away Monday, November 22, 2021 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, WI. Upon Wayne’s wishes no formal funeral services will be held. No flowers are requested. Memorials can be made to Lakeland University Building Fund, Sheboygan, WI.

He was born in Waukon May 29, 1935, the son of Wesley and Ellen (Vangen) Duvel. June 18, 1960, he married Mary Jane Dhein. Wayne graduated from Lakeland College and earned his Masters in Education at UW-Superior. He worked for 35 years at Racine Unified School District and three years previous in Algoma, WI.

Tue
23
Nov

Margaret Ferring

Margaret Kathleen Thorsten-Luth-Ferring, 93, of Lansing died peacefully in her sleep after spending her final days surrounded by her beloved daughters Monday, November 22, 2021 at Thornton Manor in Lansing. Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, November 27 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Lansing with Father Sean Smith as the Concelebrant. Burial followed at Gethsemane Cemetery, Lansing.

Margaret entered the world June 17, 1928 in Lansing, born to James and Helena (Weber) Thorsten. She was the middle child of five children that included older siblings John Thorsten and Mary Thorsten-Levendoski, and younger siblings James Thorsten and Elizabeth Thorsten-Hawes. Margaret graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in 1946.

Tue
23
Nov

Joe Cunningham

Joseph “Joe” L. Cunningham, 75, of Waukon passed away Saturday, November 20, 2021 at Good Samaritan Society in Waukon after suffering a stroke while camping in Michigan. Funeral services will be held Friday, December 10 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon with Fr. John Moser officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Waukon.

Friends may greet the family from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, December 9 at Martin - Grau Funeral Home in Waukon, where there will be a 3:30 p.m. scripture service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Patrick Church, St. Patrick School, or to the Waukon City Park for landscaping the pergola and stream that Joe helped build and for benches along the five bridges trail. Checks can be made out to Waukon City Parks and mailed to the Waukon Wellness Center at 1220 3rd Ave. NW #101, Waukon, IA 52172.

Tue
23
Nov

Marilyn Stock

Marilyn A. Stock, age 89, of Arden Hills, MN died November 12, 2021. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, December 11 at New Life Presbyterian Church, located at 965 Larpenteur Avenue, St. Paul, MN. Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m., followed by the memorial service from 2-3 p.m. The service will also be live streamed at New Life Presbyterian Church’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband, William; her son, Donald; and her parents, Jessie and Edwin Johnson. She is survived by her sons, Dan (Kim) and Jim (Julie); her grandchildren, Jordan, Brad and Sara; her great-grandson, Julian; her sister, Carol Johnson; her brother, Earle Johnson; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends.

Tue
23
Nov

Kolby Martin

Kolby R. Martin, age 31, of Waukon died Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Visitation will be held Monday, November 29 from 4-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 5 p.m. at Freedom Bank in Waukon.

Kolby was born August 15, 1990, the son of Brian and Teresa (Pratt) Martin. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion United Church of Christ and graduated from Waukon High School in 2008. You could always hear Kolby coming down the street in his truck! He loved kids and they would flock over to his house just to hang out with him after school and eat freeze pops. He enjoyed spending time outdoors hunting, fishing, riding his dirt bike, snowmobiling and cutting wood for his friends at the campground.

Tue
23
Nov

Elizabeth Hart

Elizabeth E. Hart, 88, of Waukon died Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at Northgate Care Center in Waukon. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 27 at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon, with Fr. John Moser officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Waukon.

Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Friday, November 26 at Martin - Grau Funeral Home in Waukon, where there will be a scripture service held at 6:30 p.m. Memorials may be made in Elizabeth’s name to St. Patrick Catholic School in Waukon.

Elizabeth Ellen Ryan was born December 13, 1932 in Waukon, the daughter of John and Mary (O’Brien) Ryan. She was baptized and confirmed at St Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon, where she remained a lifelong member. Elizabeth graduated from St. Patrick Catholic High School and went on to earn her nursing degree from St. Francis Nursing School in La Crosse, WI.

Fri
19
Nov

Philip Dehli

Philip H. Dehli, 84, of rural Harpers Ferry died Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at his home. Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 23 at East Paint Creek Lutheran Synod Church in rural Waterville with Pastor Ken Kimball officiating and burial with military honors in the church cemetery. The service was also live streamed on Martin-Grau Funeral Home’s Facebook page.

Philip Herman Dehli was born March 24, 1937 in Sioux Falls, SD, the son of Palmer and Palma (Unseth) Dehli. He was baptized and confirmed at the East Paint Creek Lutheran Synod Church in rural Waterville where he was a lifelong member; Phil attended country school and graduated from Waterville in 1956. Phil served in the U.S. Army, stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO and Ft. Collins, CO; he was granted an early discharge as his father had health problems and needed help running the farm.

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