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James Barthell

James Forrest Barthell Sr. was born May 2, 1935 to Billie Long (Mann) and Charles Grant Barthell, Sr. in Fort Worth, TX. He passed away Sunday, April 17, 2022 in Duncan, OK at the age of 86.

As an appropriate caution, Jim has requested that there be no Witness to The Resurrection service or other memorial gathering of friends and family in his honor. He has asked for prayers for Sally and the family.

Memorial gifts may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Duncan, OK or to BOYS TOWN, by mail at P.O. Box 8000, Boys Town, NE 68010 or online at

Jim grew up in southern California and in rural northeast Iowa, where he attended a one-room, all-grades country school. He finished his public education years graduating from Burbank High School in southern California in 1953.


James Rossi

James F. Rossi, age 95, of Lansing passed away November 28, 2021. There will be a memorial for Jim at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Lansing May 14 at 10:30 a.m. A light lunch will follow. Please come and share your memories of Jim. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church or the local Veteran Legion in Jim’s honor.

He is survived by his son, Anthony (Julie) Rossi of Lannon, WI; his daughter, Michele (Rossi) Juul of Two Rivers, WI; his grandchildren, Ryan, Michael, Gia, Guy and Nathan; and six great-grandchildren.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Delores (Lind) Rossi; and three children, Dennis, Denise and Deanna.

Jim was active in his church. Before COVID-19 hit, he would usher every week at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Lansing. You could also find Jim sitting in his garage making birdhouses.


Meryle Honn

Meryle S. Honn, 89, of Waukon died Friday, April 29, 2022 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, WI. Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 3 at Salem United Church of Christ in rural Waukon with Pastor Sue Klimstra officiating. Burial with military honors was in the church cemetery.

Meryle Swenson Honn was born December 30, 1932 in rural Allamakee County near Forest Mills, the son of Roy Louis and Pearl Ann (Swenson) Honn. He attended rural country schools in Allamakee County and graduated from Waukon High School in 1952. Meryle served in the United States Air Force from 1952 until 1956 during the Korean War, where he did bomb demolition; after the war, he was involved in testing of atomic bombs.


Sherri Onsager

Sherri A. Onsager, 54, of Waterville died Saturday, April 23, 2022 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Memorial services were held Thursday, April 28 at 1 p.m. at Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon with Pastor Ken Kimball officiating. Burial of ashes will be held at a later date.

Sherri Ann Onsager was born May 2, 1967 in Elkader, the daughter of Ronald and Sanda (Berg) Torson. She graduated from Kee High School in Lansing in 1985 and attended NICC in Calmar, receiving her certification as a certified medical aide. October 26, 1985, she married Arnie Onsager at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Waukon.

Sherri enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She also enjoyed raising horses and horseback riding, reading, working in the garden, canning, playing cards and board games, and camping.


Jane Miene

Jane C. Miene, 75, of Waukon died Saturday, April 23, 2022 at her home. Memorial services will be held Wednesday, April 27 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Waukon with Pastor Duane Smith officiating. Burial of ashes will be in Zalmona Presbyterian Church Cemetery in rural Waukon.

Friends may greet the family from 10 a.m. until the time of services Wednesday at the church. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements.

Jane Carol Miene was born September 17, 1946 in Postville, the daughter of Elmer and Eunice (Kruger) Shafer. She was a lifelong member of Zalmona Presbyterian Church in rural Waukon, where she was baptized, confirmed and married; she also attended First Baptist Church more recently.


Janet Bray

Janet J. Bray, 89, of Waukon, formerly of Brownsville, MN, died Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at Northgate Care Center in Waukon. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 29 at 1 p.m. at Center Baptist Church in rural Lansing with Pastor Matthew Majewski officiating and with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 12 p.m. until the time of services Friday at the church. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements.

Janet Joan Bray was born March 25, 1933 on her parents’ farm in rural Waterville, the daughter of Charles John and Evelyn Harriet (Johnson) Anderson. After graduating from Waukon High School (where she was the Homecoming queen), she worked as a telephone operator. In 1952, Janet married her high school sweetheart, Myron Bray, at Center Baptist Church in rural Lansing.


Greg Lonning

Greg Lonning, 60, went to his Heavenly home March 8, 2022, surrounded by his loving wife and children. He had suffered an unexpected brain aneurysm at his home in New Jersey.

A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, April 23 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon with Fr. John Moser officiating. A visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the church. The Mass will be streamed on the Martin-Grau Funeral Home Facebook page.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Luther College Regents Center in Decorah Sunday, April 24 at 1 p.m. There will also be a New Jersey memorial, with details to come later.


Bonnie Mussatti

Bonnie A. Mussatti, 82, of La Crosse, WI passed away peacefully Thursday, April 8, 2022. A Celebration of Bonnie’s Life will be held later in the year.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to ASPCA at 888-661-ASPCA or ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. An online guestbook can be found at

She was born in Milwaukee, WI to Lawrence and Mildred Oswald. December 7, 1957, she married John A. Mussatti. Bonnie was a hard worker, employed at Curtis Industries in Milwaukee, WI for many years as the Human Resources Director.

Later moving to DeSoto, WI, on top of Lawrence Ridge, she embarked on a life as a National Owner/Operating trucker with her husband, John Mussatti, traveling the U.S. After retiring from trucking, she worked at Northern Engraving in Lansing until her final retirement, after which she provided caregiving to her family.


Duane Calvert

Duane Weston Calvert, affectionately known as “Coach”, 88, of Apache Junction, AZ peacefully passed away March 7, 2022 at a Queen Creek, AZ hospital surrounded by his family. Duane donated his body to science. Services to celebrate his life will be held later this year.

Duane was born December 1, 1933 in Sioux City to Earl and Helen Calvert. He attended East High School in Sioux City and graduated from Westmar College in LeMars. He then served in the U.S. Army.

He married Julia Annette Ullrich in Salix December 28, 1957. They were blessed with seven children.


Larry Whittle

Larry Whittle, 74, of rural Decorah died Thursday, March 17, 2022 at his home. Memorial services will be held Monday, May 2 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon with Fr. John Moser officiating. Burial will be held at a later date at St. Benedict’s Cemetery in Decorah.

Friends may greet the family from 3-6 p.m. Sunday, May 1 at Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon, where there will be a 2:30 p.m. scripture service.

Lawrence Paul Whittle was born September 17, 1947 in Dubuque, the son of Virgil and Claire (Heatley) Whittle. He graduated from St. George High School in Lansing in 1965 and then worked on the family farm and bought his first pick-up. Larry started hauling cattle to area sales barns, attending local livestock auctions, and was a livestock buyer for many years; he loved taking care of his cattle.


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