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.

Tue
25
Oct

John Gruber

John Gruber, 64, of La Crosse, WI died Sunday, October 16, 2016 at his home in La Crosse, WI. Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, October 21 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Lansing. Inurnment followed at Gethsemane Cemetery, Lansing.

John Henry Gruber was born July 24, 1952 to Erwin and Cecelia (Wagner) Gruber in La Crosse, WI. Upon his mother’s death the 25th of July, he went to live at the home of his aunt and uncle, Agatha and John P. Spinner, as one of their own.

He grew up in a little town in Iowa with the Misssissippi River only a stone’s throw from his home and the mighty bluffs of Mt. Hosmer in his backyard. John enjoyed the small town atmosphere. He loved climbing “Little Hill,” going to the local caves, hiking around Mt. Hosmer, playing ball in the bridge yard, duck hunting, pheasant hunting, having a paper route and going to the show on a dime.

Tue
25
Oct

Craig Freilinger

Craig K. Freilinger, 55, of Decorah died Sunday, October 16, 2016 at his home. Prayer services will be held Friday, October 28 at 1 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon, with Greg Hamm officiating. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of prayer services Friday at the funeral home.

Craig Karl Freilinger was born July 18, 1961 in Iowa City, the son of Cleo Jones. He received his GED and attended NICC in Calmar for carburation repair. Craig delivered the Prairie du Chien Shopping News, Des Moines Register, and senior meals in the Decorah and Cresco area for many years. He also did some logging and drove truck. Craig was active with the Red Cross and Big Brothers Association. He enjoyed working on small engines and electronics. Craig loved animals and took in several stray dogs and cats.

Tue
25
Oct

Evelyn Welper

Evelyn V. Welper, 81, of Waukon died Thursday, October 20, 2016 at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, WI. Memorial services were held Monday, October 24 at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon, with Rev. Lynn G. Groe officiating.

Evelyn Virginia Welper was born July 12, 1935 to James F. and Helen Marie (Kelly) McCormick in Harpers Ferry. She graduated from Waukon High School in Waukon. May 1, 1954, Evelyn married Donald LaVern Welper at St. Pius Catholic Church at Cherry Mound in rural Harpers Ferry. In 1955 they moved to a farm near Churchtown, where they did general farming. Don and Evelyn retired and moved to Waukon in 2003.

Tue
25
Oct

Hazel Schlitter

Hazel I. Schlitter, 95, of Waukon died Sunday, October 23, 2016 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Funeral services will be held Friday, October 28 at 11 a.m. at St. Pius Cherry Mound Catholic Church in rural Harpers Ferry, with Fr. John Moser officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, October 27 at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon.

Hazel Irene Schlitter was born June 26, 1921 in rural Waterville, the daughter of Clyde and Eva (Molitor) Young. She graduated from Waterville High School in 1939. January 28, 1942, she married Howard William Schlitter in Kahoka, MO. Hazel and Howard farmed near Monona and on Irish Ridge until settling on Hazel's family's home farm near Waterville in 1954.

Tue
25
Oct

Leo Long

Leo Long, 93, of Burlington died at 1:15 a.m. Friday, October 21, 2016 at Burlington Care Center. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, October 28 at Lunning Chapel in Burlington, with Pastor JudyAnn Morse officiating.  The Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard will conduct Military Rites. Interment will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday at IOOF Cemetery, Bloomfield.

Friends may call from 2-7 p.m. Thursday, October 27 at Lunning Chapel in Burlington, where the family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for the Dave Roever Foundation.

Born in 1923 in Wapello County, he was the son of George and Elsie Long. In 1944 he married Helen Hawkins in Davis County.  She preceded him in death in 1979.

Leo was a World War II Army veteran serving in the Pacific Theatre at the rank of tech sergeant. He served from 1943 until 1946.

Tue
25
Oct

Avis Smith

Memorial Services for Avis Jean Smith will be held this Saturday, October 29 at McGregor Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m. She passed away in the late evening May 10, 2016 at Thornton Manor in Lansing with her two sons, Jack and Charlie Smith, by her side.

Avis Smith was born October 10, 1946 in Clay, WV. She enjoyed visiting family and friends, and volunteering at the Lansing and McGregor nursing homes. She donated money to ASPCA and loved her cats.

Tue
25
Oct

Sylvia Macauley

Sylvia I. Macauley, 81, of Waukon died Sunday, October 23, 2016 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 29 at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Waukon, with Pastor Grant VanderVelden officiating. Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the church before services.

Martin Funeral Home of Waukon is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.martinfunerals.com.

Wed
19
Oct

Karen Reck

Karen Faye Reck, 74, of Cedar Rapids passed away suddenly with her loving family surrounding her Friday, October 14, 2016. A visitation will be held Tuesday, October 18 from 5-7 p.m. at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel Stateroom in Cedar Rapids. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 19 at 3 p.m. at the Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories in Cedar Rapids.

Karen was born February 11, 1942 to Richard and Martha (Thoresen) Kruger in Waukon. She married Jerold D. Reck May 31, 1980 in Marion. Karen worked as a Para teacher for College Community School for many years and she was the owner of Silk Florals by Karen.  In her spare time when she wasn’t with her children, foster children and grandchildren, she spent her time doing different crafts.

Wed
19
Oct

Mary Bustamante

Mary A. Bustamante, 55, of Waukon died Friday, October 14, 2016 at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, WI. Friends may greet the family at a visitation time Saturday, October 29 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Monona Community Center in Monona. Martin Funeral Home of Waukon is assisting the family.

Mary Ann Bustamante was born April 8, 1961 in McGregor, the daughter of Joyce Harry and Eugene Cahoon. She attended Garnavillo schools. Mary worked for a time at Wapsie Produce in Decorah. An animal lover, Mary was always surrounded by pets and currently had five dogs and three birds she cared for. She also collected figurines and looked for wolf and Native American figures. Mary enjoyed playing cards and board games and loved spending time with family.

Wed
19
Oct

John Gruber

John Gruber, 64, of La Crosse, WI died Sunday, October 16, 2016 at his home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, October 21 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Lansing. There will be a visitation from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday before Mass at the church. Inurnment will follow at Gethsemane Cemetery, Lansing.

Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Lansing is helping the family with the arrangements.
 

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