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
13
Jul

Steven Thorsten

Steven John Thorsten of Lansing passed away peacefully at home Sunday, April 5, 2020 at the age of 68.  Services and burial will be held Saturday, July 24 at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church in Lansing with Rev. Sean Smith officiating.

Steven was born in Waukon December 12, 1951, the oldest child of John and Elinor (Luth) Thorsten. He grew up on the family farm just down the road from Churchtown and graduated from Kee High School in 1970. Steve was on the wrestling team and chosen for the All-State wrestling team in his junior year.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1972, serving three deployments on the USS Enterprise. While serving, he transferred from the Enterprise (CVN65) to the Naval Reactor Facility A1W Prototype in Idaho Falls, ID, receiving training as a nuclear propulsion plant operator. This training offered him the opportunity to work in the nuclear power field after being discharged from the Navy in 1978.

Tue
13
Jul

Katherine Plein

Katherine “Kathie” L. Plein, 43, of Waukon died Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at Gundersen Health Care System in La Crosse, WI. Funeral services were held Monday, July 12 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon with Fr. John Moser officiating. Burial was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Waukon. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon handled the arrangements.

Katherine Louise Plein was born March 4, 1978 in La Crosse, WI, the daughter of Francis “Frank” and Helen (Van Note) Plein. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon. Kathie attended St. Patrick Catholic School through the sixth grade and graduated from Waukon High School in 1996. She worked as a CNA at Northgate Care Center in Waukon.

Kathie was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and was involved with activities at TASC. She enjoyed doing crafts, decorating her home during the holidays, and spending time with her family. Kathie was an avid Chicago Cubs and Green Bay Packers fan.

Tue
13
Jul

Drew Gaunitz

Drew C. Gaunitz, 22, of Lansing died Sunday, July 4, 2021 in rural Lansing as a result of injuries sustained in a UTV accident. Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 13 at United Methodist Church in Lansing with Pastor Sedar Shako officiating.

Drew Cody Gaunitz was born February 25, 1999 in Waukon, the son of Randy James and Kristy Lea (Koenig) Gaunitz. He was baptized and confirmed at United Methodist Church in Lansing, attended Waterville Elementary School through sixth grade and graduated from Waukon High School in 2017. Drew helped on the family farm in Lafayette Township, rural Lansing, raising beef cows and growing crops; he also worked for Nathan Welch Excavating in Monona.

Tue
13
Jul

Dorothy Ryan

Dorothy A. Ryan, 90, of Lansing, formerly of Chicago, IL, died Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at Thornton Manor in Lansing. There are no services planned at this time. Burial of ashes will be in Gethsemane Cemetery in Lansing. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is assisting the family.

Memorials may be directed to Thornton Manor in Lansing. Condolences may be sent to Rita Pfiffner at 2024 Silver Creek Road, Waukon, IA 52172.

Dorothy Ann Ryan was born April 24, 1931 in Lansing, the daughter of Frank and Marie (Murphy) Ryan. She attended Immaculate Conception School and graduated from St. George High School in 1949, both in Lansing. After graduation, Dorothy worked at the Lansing button factory before moving to the Chicago, IL, area, where she was a bookkeeper for the Chicagoland Motel for 22 years.

Tue
13
Jul

Lois Duffy

Lois Ann Duffy, age 88, of Spring Grove, MN passed away peacefully at Gundersen Tweeten Nursing Home June 23, 2021. In accordance with Lois’s wishes, the family will hold a private memorial at a future date.

Born January 6, 1933 in New Albin to Edwin and Mary “Colletta” Meyer, Lois was the oldest of four children. She married John “Jack” Duffy, and the couple had 12 children. Lois was a devoted mother, and nothing was more important to her than family.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents; her sister and brother-in-law, Lorraine (Meyer) and Bill Davis; her brother-in-law, Ernie Loomis; and four of her children: John Duffy, Diane (Duffy) Brazel, Francis Duffy and Carol Duffy.

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13
Jul

Joanne Heffern

Joanne Heffern, 86, of Cedar Rapids passed away Thursday, July 8, 2021 at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. Funeral Mass was held Tuesday, July 13 at St. Matthew Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids with Father Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial followed at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Waukon.

Please find the funeral service livestream link on Joan’s Tribute Wall and share your support and memories with her family at www.stewartbaxter.com under Obituaries.

Survivors include her children, Michael (Allison) Heffern, Debbie Ernst (Tom Heifner) and Denise (Lee) Votroubek, all of Cedar Rapids, and Kelly (Matthew) Peters of Plano, TX; seven grandchildren, Stacy Ernst, Lance (Maggie) Votroubek, Sarah (James) Ernst Ware, Kyle (Laura) Votroubek, Graham (Soumya) Heffern, Nathan (Beth) Votroubek and Anna Heffern; and nine great-grandchildren.

Wed
07
Jul

Martin Hess

Martin Hess, 94, of Peru, IL passed away July 5, 2021 at Heritage Health in Mendota, IL. Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, July 12 at Immaculate Conception Church in Lansing with Rev. Sean Smith officiating. Burial was in the Gethsemane Cemetery in Lansing. Thornburg Grau Funeral Home in Lansing assisted the family with arrangements in Iowa.

Martin was born October 24, 1926 in Waukon to Pius and Elsie (Doehler) Hess. He helped his father on the family farm in his early years. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force and then U.S. Army from 1945-1946. During his time in the service, he supported the Occupation of Japan after the end of WWII.

He married Mary Wadznack November 30, 1968. She passed away in 1969. He had a special friend, Marie Coulter, for over 50 years.

Tue
06
Jul

Calvin Tjaden

Calvin R. Tjaden, 78, of Cedar Rapids died Friday, July 2, 2021 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Iowa Cremation is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include two sons, Todd (Rio), and Scott and his significant other, Maria, all of Cedar Rapids; two brothers, William (Nancy) of Jewell and Dave (Carol) of Waterloo; and two step-sons, Jenuz Rojas of Florida and Jairuz Rojas of Texas. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Amber Simmons, and Jasmine and Michaela Tjaden; and several great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Cal was born July 27, 1942 in Elizabeth, IL, the son of William and Pearl (Gisselbracht) Tjaden. Cal was a limo driver for Diamond Limousine in the Cedar Rapids area for several years and proudly served in the Army overseas.

Tue
06
Jul

Linda Gordon

Linda L. Gordon, age 73, of Carlton, MN passed away Sunday, June 27, 2021 at Augustana Health Care in Moose Lake, MN. Linda requests that no formal service take place, and her wishes are to be remembered as you knew her.

Linda was born October 11, 1947 in Waukon, the daughter of Carl and Anna (Munz) Peterson. Linda grew up on a farm just south of Lansing. She loved horses her entire life and never saw a reason to learn to ride a bike. Linda was an accomplished vocalist and sang on a Des Moines radio station at the tender age of five. She graduated Kee High School in 1965 and worked at Lansing Company.

In 1967, Linda married her high school sweetheart, William Gordon, and followed him to his naval assignment in Norfolk, VA. After Bill’s naval service, they returned home.

Tue
06
Jul

Eugene Burroughs

Eugene (Gene) Francis Burroughs, age 78, of Dorchester passed away June 30, 2021 at home surrounded by his family. Memorial service will be held Friday, July 9 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dorchester. Visitation will be held one hour before services with the memorial service following at 11 a.m.

Gene was born September 16, 1942 to Garland and Elizabeth (Becker) Burroughs. He attended country school near Lansing and graduated from St. George High School in 1960. He served in the Navy for two years.

He married Kathy Karles of Caledonia, MN in 1966, and to this union three children were born. They later divorced. Gene worked at Caterpillar Tractor in Rockford, IL as a welder. He moved back to Lansing after a motorcycle accident in 1973, and he worked several different jobs in the area. Gene married Patty Blake in 2002 and retired from welding at DH Satellite in Prairie du Chien, WI in 2006.

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