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.

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17
Aug

John Leschensky

John E. Leschensky, 86, of Waukon died Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Funeral services will be held Friday, August 26 at 11 a.m. at Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon, with Pastor Samantha Houser officiating. Burial will be at Lansing Ridge Cemetery, rural Lansing.

Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, August 25 at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Zion UCC Educational Trust Fund, Robey Memorial Library, Good Samaritan Society-Waukon, Veterans Memorial Hospital Foundation, or a charity of choice.

John Ernest Leschensky was born January 29, 1930 to Emil A. and Clarice (Dillenberg) Leschensky. John graduated from Waukon High School and received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon in 1951. From 1951-1953, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a First Lieutenant. He returned to Waukon in 1953 to join his father in business at Leschensky Insurance Agency.

Wed
17
Aug

Mildred Bechtel

Mildred Evelyn "Millie" Bechtel, 92, of Lansing passed away at Thornton Manor Nursing Center in Lansing Saturday, August 13, 2016 after a battle with Alzheimer's. Funeral Services were held Thursday, August 18 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Lansing, with Rev. Laura Gentry as the Officiant. Burial followed at Lansing Ridge Cemetery, rural Lansing.

Millie was born December 16, 1923, the daughter of Berger and Janette (Johnson) Olsen in Lansing. She was the oldest of nine children. Millie attended school in Lansing, but had to quit before graduating to help her mother take care of her siblings.

December 20, 1944, Millie married Harold Bechtel and together they built their home in Church. They had one daughter, Diana.

Tue
16
Aug

Jerry Brainard

Jerry Dean Brainard, age 59, of Red Wing, MN passed away at his home, surrounded by his family, Monday, August 15, 2016. A visitation was held Thursday, August 18 at Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson Mahn Chapel in Red Wing, MN. A private family service will be held at a later date.

Jerry grew up in Waukon and graduated from high school there in 1975. July 23, 1977, he married Luann Miller and they lived in the Waukon area, where they began to raise their family. He worked as a meat cutter for several years and in 1993, they moved to Hastings, MN, where he worked as a flooring installer and then as a mechanic for Northwest Airlines. After retiring, he and Luann moved to Red Wing, MN in 2003 and started Backwoods Framing and Engraving.

Jerry was an outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed his “toys” - his  Harley and his Mustang.

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15
Aug

Helen Kelleher

Helen Kelleher, 98, of Lansing died Monday, August 8, 2016 at Thornton Manor in Lansing. Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, August 16 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Lansing. Burial followed at Gethsemane Cemetery, Lansing.

Helen was born November 10, 1917 to Frank and Elizabeth (Strub) Plagge in Lansing. She graduated from Lansing High School in 1935. After high school, she taught country school for a few years.

Helen was united in marriage with Kern Kelleher in September of 1938 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Lansing. Four children were born to this union, Joan, Dorothy, Tim and Kathy. Helen was a homemaker most of her life. She was a lifetime member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Lansing, where she was a Sunday School Teacher, Eucharistic Minister, Lector and a member of the Rosary Society. Helen loved playing cards, bowling, golfing, and was an avid walker and a great seamstress.

Wed
10
Aug

James Hatlan

James Hatlan, 54, of Ferryville, WI died Tuesday, August 9, 2016. Funeral services were held Saturday, August 13 at the Vosseteig-Larson Funeral Home in Viroqua, WI. Pastor Jim Aniol officiated, with burial following in the West Prairie-Hauge Cemetery.

Jim was born February 14, 1962 to Archie and Evelyn (Lee) Hatlan. He was baptized and confirmed at the Hauge Lutheran Church. Jim graduated from Seneca High School in Wisconsin.

He was united in marriage to Tracy Brodhead and they had two kids and later divorced. After his divorce, Jim met Barb Czarnik and they spent 20 years together.

Wed
10
Aug

Jean Stahl

Jean Ann Stahl, 83, of Lansing died Saturday, August 6, 2016 at Thornton Manor, Lansing. Funeral Services were held Thursday, August 11 at United Methodist Church, Lansing, with Pastor Kevin Smith as the Officiant. Burial followed at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lansing.

Jean was born December 20, 1932 to Franklin and Violet (Thorpe) Middendorf in Lansing. She graduated from Lansing High School in 1950.

Jean was united in marriage with Everett Stahl February 18, 1955 at the Presbyterian Church in Lansing. Five children were born to this union, Pam, Tim, Mark, Doug and Tom. Jean stayed home to raise her children. She then did office work for Thompson and O’Malley Insurance and Kerndt Insurance. She retired to stay home and help watch her grandchildren.

Wed
10
Aug

Eugene Mahr

Eugene (Gene) Neil Mahr, age 89, of Lime Springs  died Friday, July 29, 2016 in Cresco. Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, August 1 at Notre Dame Parish, Cresco, with Father Dennis Cain officiating. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Cresco. The Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home of Cresco assisted the family.

Eugene was born November 1, 1926 in Spring Grove, MN to Walter and Mayme (Schwartzhoff) Mahr. He attended school and was raised on the farm near Dorchester.  There he met the love of his life, Juliet (Judy) Sollien, and they married July 21, 1947 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dorchester. To this union 11 children were born: Michael (Gwen) Mahr, Beverly (Dale) Alstat, Barbara (Bill Tieskotter) Mahr, John (Deby) Mahr, Thomas (Janet) Mahr, Neil (Janelle) Mahr, Gregory (Joyce) Mahr, Donna (Kelly) Thomas, Marlene (Pat) Ollendieck, Sharlene (Don) Hruska and Debra (Kirk) Novak.

Wed
10
Aug

Maxine Waldron Howell

Maxine Waldron Howell, age 84, of Fort Worth, TX died peacefully Thursday morning, July 28, 2016 surrounded by her children and grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, August 1 at St. Andrew Catholic Church with interment at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. Her memory may be honored with a gift to St. Andrew's Food Pantry Outreach.

Maxine Waldron was born November 3, 1931 in Waukon to James and Amanda Bodendorfer Waldron. She married Milo Howell February 26, 1952 and they moved to Fort Worth, TX in 1959.

Maxine and Milo were longtime members of St. Andrew Catholic Church. Maxine sang in the choir, and was a eucharistic minister and nursing home minister. She was happiest when feeding people at her table and she carried that ministry on with many years of service at the St. Andrew's food pantry. Anyone who met Maxine was instantly touched by her honest, straightforward, loving nature.

Wed
10
Aug

Nicholas Curran

Nicholas James Curran, age 39, of San Diego, CA died peacefully surrounded by family May 7, 2016 at the Kaiser Permanente Hospital in San Diego, CA. A celebration of life will be held Friday, August 26 at the Community Center in Lansing from 4-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 4 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Wexford Saturday, August 27 at 11 a.m. with burial in the church cemetery and dinner to follow in the parish hall.
 

Wed
10
Aug

Hazel Flynn

Hazel Ann Flynn, 74, of Lansing died Saturday, August 6, 2016 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. There will be a private family service at a later date. Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Lansing is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Hazel was born October 23, 1941 to Otto John and Verna (Cole) Schobert in Iowa City. She graduated from St. George High School in 1959.

Hazel was united in marriage with James Lyle Flynn November 9, 1963 in Waukon. Three children were born to this union, Mike, Deb and Jason. Hazel worked at the Button Factory in Lansing for over 40 years. She enjoyed watching country westerns and doing puzzle books.

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