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.

Mon
27
Feb

Ellen Thiele

Ellen L. Thiele, 91, of Waukon died Friday, February 24, 2017 at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah. Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 28 at First Presbyterian Church in Waukon with Pastor Grant VanderVelden officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon.

Ellen Lorine Thiele was born January 17, 1926 in Cresco, the daughter of Barton and Gertrude (Soum) Warner. She graduated from Cresco High School in 1943, and graduated from Grinnell College in Grinnell in 1947 with a major in music education. After college, Ellen moved to Waukon and taught music for one year.

September 3, 1948, she married Chester George Thiele at First Congregational Church in Cresco. She then worked as a Special Education aide at the Waukon elementary school.

Fri
24
Feb

Ramona Everman

Ramona Clinda Everman, 87, of Postville died Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at the Ossian Senior Hospice in Ossian. Funeral Services were held Tuesday, February 28 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Postville with Rev. Lynn Noel as the Officiant. Burial was at Postville Cemetery, Postville.

Ramona was born March 11, 1929 in the Postville Hospital, where she was also baptized by Rev. Finck and confirmed by Rev. Ludwig.    Ramona’s biological parents were Hall and Clinda (Gericke) Meyer. Ramona was brought into a loving home and was raised by Leo and Mabel (Meyer) Heins when her biological mother died after childbirth.

Ramona attended grade school and graduated from Postville High School. She was very active in vocal music and band, winning many honors at music contests. In her later years, she continued piano at Luther College and taught piano lessons for more than 40 years.

Thu
23
Feb

Donald Leppert

Donald D. Leppert, 90, of Lansing died Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at Thornton Manor in Lansing. Funeral services were held Monday, February 27 at United Methodist Church in Lansing with Pastor Kevin Smith officiating. Burial was at Mays Prairie Cemetery, rural Lansing.

Donald Dewey Leppert was born September 28, 1926 in Waukon, the son of Dewey and Florence (Bechtel) Leppert. He was baptized and confirmed at Lansing Ridge Presbyterian Church in Church. Don attended French Creek country school in rural Lansing and graduated from Lansing High School in 1945. He worked in North Dakota for a couple of years during the wheat and potato harvest before moving back to the Lansing area to farm with his father and brother, Kenneth.

Wed
22
Feb

Violet Stehr

Violet I. Stehr, 85, of Lansing passed away at Good Shepherd Hospice House of Manhattan, KS Friday, February 17, 2017. A memorial service was held Saturday, February 25 at St. Peter’s Christian Community Church in New Albin with Rev. William J. Reese officiating. A private graveside service was held in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

Violet Iva Zillig was born December 5, 1931 to Peter and Nellie Zillig. Violet was married to Kermit Paul Stehr October 28, 1956 at the Church of Christ in Viroqua, WI. The couple made their home in Lansing.

Wed
22
Feb

Christopher Larson

Christopher “Chris/Teddy” Larson, age 48, of Blue Mounds Township, WI died unexpectedly Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at UW Hospital in Madison, WI. Memorial service was held Saturday, February 18 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Mount Horeb, WI with Pastor Jared Parmley officiating. Inurnment will be at Mount Horeb Union Cemetery at a later date.

Christopher was born April 2, 1968 at La Crosse, WI to LaVerne and Jean A. (Kahl) Larson. He was united in marriage to Kasha Lea Krueger February 20, 2009 in Las Vegas, NV. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Mount Horeb, WI.

Survivors include his wife, Kasha; their children, Jamiah “JJ” and Iyanna; his dad, LaVerne Larson of Tomahawk, WI; his mother- and father-in-law, Terri and Glenn Krueger of Waukon; his in-laws, Kari (Bill Stoffel) Krueger and family of Campbellsport, WI and Kris (Sarah) Krueger and family of Waukon; and other relatives and friends. His mother, Jean Ann Larson, preceded him in death.
 

Wed
22
Feb

Evelyn Folkers

Evelyn Folkers, age 105, died February 12, 2017 at Good Samaritan Society, Waukon. Funeral services will be held at a later date.

Evelyn was born September 27, 1911 at Dows, the daughter of Carl and Kristine Nielson Hanson. She married Clyde Pierce September 27, 1932, and he died in June of 1983. She then married John Folkers May 23, 1986, and he died October 2, 2014, also at the age of 105.

Evelyn worked as a bookkeeper for CA Morris Cadillac and Olds, later Tate Cadillac and Olds, in Waterloo for 21 years. She was a member of Trinity American Lutheran Church in Waterloo.

Wed
22
Feb

Mona Shelton

Mona I. Shelton, age 76, of Waukon passed away Saturday, February 18, 2017. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, February 25 at the United Methodist Church in Lansing. A fellowship meal will begin at noon with visitation beginning at 1 p.m. and interment to follow at Oakland Cemetery in Waukon.

Mona was born January 30, 1941 in Lansing. Her parents were Donald and Irene Steiber of Lansing. She attended Lansing schools and worked at Norplex in Postville for many years. She loved her water garden, flowers, hummingbirds and playing with her grandkids.

Mona is survived by her husband, Ray Shelton; three children: Rick Shelton of La Crosse, WI, Ginny (Bob) Schlitter of Waterville and Ron (Kim) Shelton of Waukon; one step-son, Dennis (Rhonda) Shelton; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a brother, Kenny (Judy) Steiber of Lansing; and a sister, Sharon Decker of Waukon.

Wed
22
Feb

Phyllis Peterson-Salim

Phyllis Maxine Peterson-Salim passed Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 12:45 p.m. PST in San Jose, CA.  There will be a memorial in Waukon for her later in the year. For details, please contact Jeff Schon at 563-794-1353.

Phyllis was born in Waukon April 13, 1928 to Ben Peterson (d. 1974) and Violet Echard-Peterson (d. 1984). After graduating from Waukon High School in 1945 she moved to Des Moines to work at Fort Des Moines.  There she met a medical student, Donald Salim (d. 1980), and they were married in 1956. Moving back to his home state of Michigan, they had a son, John Randall (Randy) Salim, in 1966. She is survived by Randy and her two granddaughters, Thara (b. 1998) and Leela (b. 2002) who live in Los Altos Hills, CA.

Wed
22
Feb

Rose Smith

Rose Marie Smith, age 93, of rural Postville died peacefully at home February 12, 2017. A private family graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, February 24 at the Postville Cemetery, Postville followed by a Celebration of Life Memorial at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church, Postville. All are invited to the memorial service at 3 p.m. Refreshments will be offered.

Rose was born March 13, 1923 to Harold and Claire Brewer of Postville. She was raised on their family farm, graduated from Postville High School and briefly taught in country school. She was married to Keith Smith June 15, 1944 and lived on their farm for the rest of her life.

Sun
19
Feb

Eula Thies

Eula B. Thies, 102, of Waukon died Friday, February 17, 2017 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 21 at First Presbyterian Church in Waukon with Pastor Grant VanderVelden officiating. Burial was at Phelps Cemetery, Decorah.

Eula Bessie Nagel Thies was born December 28, 1914 in rural Luana, the daughter of William and Nellie (Fish) Roffman. She attended country schools and December 6, 1930, Eula married Ralph Nagel. The couple lived on Ralph’s parents’ farm near Luana.

Eula was a hard-working woman, never one to sit around. Besides helping care for Ralph’s 12 siblings and raising her two children, Eula milked cows, fed pigs, cooked and helped with all other aspects of farm life. She and Ralph then rented a farm in the rural Postville/Waukon area before settling on a farm near Decorah.

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