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
09
Jun

Dennis Whalen

Dennis R. Whalen, 55, of Vinton died Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. Graveside services will be held Thursday, June 11 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Lycurgus Cemetery in rural Waukon, with Fr. Mark Osterhaus officiating, and will also be live streamed on Martin Funeral Home’s Facebook page.

Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements. Condolences may be sent to Joe Whalen at 112 South Main, P.O. Box 66, Crawfordsville, IA, 52621.

Dennis Raymond Whalen was born October 17, 1964 in Waukon, the son of Donald and Bernadette (Larkin) Whalen. He was baptized at St. Mary’s Lycurgus Catholic Church in rural Lansing. Dennis lived in the Iowa City, Cedar Rapids and Vinton area for several years. When he entered a room his mischievous smile would melt your heart.

Dennis loved spending time with his family, big home cooked meals, back rubs, baseball caps, sunglasses, and going for car rides. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan.

Tue
09
Jun

Mary Cook

Mary “Edna” Wilson Cook passed away Friday, May 22 at the Good Samaritan Society Nursing Home in Waukon after a brief illness. Graveside services will be held June 21 at 2 p.m. at the Elkader Cemetery.

Edna was born and raised in Georgetown, SC July 5, 1927 to parents Covington and Rosa Lee (Lambert) Wilson. She met and married Faye A. Cook of Elkader, who was serving in the military there during WWII.

She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend who always had cookies, coffee and a warm welcome. The staff, nurses and caretakers at Good Samaritan Society loved her smiles, wit and “southern charm”.

Tue
09
Jun

Jean Lydon

Jean M. Lydon, 80, of Waukon died Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at Chandler Regional Medical Center in Chandler, AZ. Graveside services at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Waukon are pending. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements. Condolences may be sent to Mary A. Meyer at 1232 Joseph Lane, Waukon, IA 52172.

Jean Marie Lydon was born October 2, 1939 in Cresco, the daughter of Clarence and Dorothy (Kratz) Slifka. Jean graduated from Notre Dame High School in Cresco in 1957. May 31, 1958, she married her high school sweetheart, Thomas Edward Lydon, at Assumption Catholic Church in Cresco. In 1959, they moved to Waukon, where they opened Lydon Electric Service and raised their family.

Jean was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and sang in the church choir. She worked as a short-order cook in local restaurants and worked in the produce department at Quillin’s. In 1996, Jean and Tom built their dream home and motor shop, where many happy memories were shared.

Tue
09
Jun

Joseph Peterson

Joseph B. Peterson, 77, of Harpers Ferry passed away May 26, 2020 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. A private graveside service will be held at the Wyoming Cemetery in Wyoming, IA. A Celebration of Joseph’s Life will be held at a later date. Dawson Funeral Services of Wyoming is caring for the family.

Joseph Burton was born May 11, 1943 in Anamosa to Henry and Leila (Kaufman) Petersen. He graduated from Wyoming High School in 1966 and attended barbers school. After barber school Joseph served in the United States Air Force. Joseph worked for Wilson’s Foods and went on to work at Stickles as a Foreman. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Cedar Rapids Moose Lodge and the American Legion Post #722. He enjoyed golfing and fishing.

Tue
02
Jun

James “Doc” Lau

James Clark “Doc” Lau, 81, of Dubuque passed away May 25, 2020 at Dubuque Specialty Care. Private family graveside service will be at Paint Rock Cemetery, Harpers Ferry. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque is assisting the family.

James was born September 13, 1938 to Gordon and Opal (Phelps) Lau, where he grew up on the family farm in Waterville. He married Mary Martelle November 28, 1959 at St. Anne’s Church, Harpers Ferry.

He worked for the Dubuque Packing Company for many years and at the Mines of Spain until retirement. He was an Assistant Scout Master for Key West Troop 69 with his three sons. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hiking and fishing, and he also enjoyed playing euchre and spending time with his family.

Tue
02
Jun

Jane Schneider

Jane M. Schneider, 85, of Waukon died Monday, May 25, 2020 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Graveside services were held Friday, May 29 at Oakland Cemetery in Waukon and were also live streamed on Martin Funeral Home’s Facebook page. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements. Condolences may be sent to Linda Winkie at 1622 Ninth Street SW, Waukon, IA 52172.

Jane Mary Schneider was born February 1, 1935 in Waukon, the daughter of Paul and Mary (Becker) Hansmeier. A lifelong member of Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon, she was baptized, confirmed in 1948, married there, and active in women’s fellowship. Jane graduated from Waukon High School in 1952.

December 20, 1958, Jane married Paul James Schneider. She was an integral part of the family dairy farm south of Waukon. She also operated the Schneider Furniture and Gift Shop.

Tue
02
Jun

Judy Hartong

Judy A. Hartong, 79, of Lansing died Tuesday, May 26, 2020 after a brief illness at Thornton Manor Nursing Center in Lansing. A private family graveside service will be held at Lansing Ridge Cemetery, rural Lansing. A celebration of life service for friends and family will be held at a future date. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements. Condolences may be sent to Scott Hartong at 1062 Hwy. 9, Waukon, IA 52172.

Judith Alyce (Dee) Hartong was born November 24, 1940 in Lansing, the daughter of Cletus and MayBelle (Layer) Dee. Judy was a member of the Evangelical United Brethren Church, later known as Lansing United Methodist Church, where she served early in her young adult life as a Sunday school teacher with her mom, MayBelle Dee, and also attended Women’s Circle group meetings. In her late adult life, she served in the ministry of preparing and serving food for local church gatherings.

Tue
02
Jun

Irene Steele

Irene M. Steele, 98, of Waukon died Sunday, May 24, 2020 at her home. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 6 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon with Fr. Mark Osterhaus officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Waukon. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services Saturday at the church.

Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements. Condolences may be sent to Vicki Vick at 2460 State Highway 9, Decorah, IA 52101.

Irene Marie Steele was born December 6, 1921 in Post Township, rural Postville to Dr. Austin and Johanna “Anna” (Tarrant) Folsom. When Irene was in fifth grade, her family moved to Waukon, and in 1940, she graduated from Waukon High School.

September 10, 1940, Irene married Ralph “Philly” Steele and they raised nine children. Once all the kids had started school, Irene went to work for Montgomery Ward’s, Philly’s Meat Market and Impro, all in Waukon. At age 76, she retired.

Tue
02
Jun

Everleigh Smith

Everleigh Aurora Smith, infant daughter of Grant Coleton Smith and Alexandra Gabriel Koch Smith, gained her angel wings Wednesday, May 27, 2020 in Searcy, AR. A visitation will be held Saturday, June 20 from 12 noon until 2 p.m. at Powell Funeral Home Chapel located in Searcy, AR. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. Due to the most recent COVID-19 directive, attendance at the memorial service is strictly limited to 75 people and face coverings must be worn at all times by those in attendance.

Those left to cherish her memory include her parents, Grant and Ally Smith; her grandparents, Matthew and April Smith, and Mary Pegg; her great-grandparents, Gary and Jamie Southard, and Katherine Hanchett; her great-great-grandparents, Faye and Dewey Sloan; her aunts and uncles, Kyler Smith, Alissa Smith, J.J. Koch, Edward Dehli and Isabella Filichak; and her godparents, Colton Heidelberg and Patrice Reitmeyer.

Tue
02
Jun

Francis “Frank” Beisker

Francis “Frank” Beisker of Dorchester passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2020. He was born October 21, 1947. Memorial services will be held at a later date.
 

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