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
25
Aug

John Coddington

John D. Coddington, 11, of Montello, WI passed away Friday, August 21, 2020. Celebration of John’s Life Service was held Saturday, August 29 at the Montello High School football stadium. Interment followed for family at Moundville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider GoFundMe page which has been set up to honor John’s love of reading. Please search John Coddington, “Read On.”

Online condolences may be made at www.grassefs.com. Grasse Funeral Service in Pardeeville, WI is serving the family.

The birth of John Douglas Coddington to Doug and Hannah Coddington October 10, 2008 was much celebrated as a gracious gift of God by family, dear friends, and co-workers in Williams Bay, WI. He was known early on for his infectious smile, flair and style - rain boots for any occasion, and his love for bike riding and digging.

Tue
25
Aug

Monte Dundee

Monte Ray Dundee, 68, of Postville died Monday, August 17, 2020 at his home in Postville. A Private Family Graveside Service was held. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, September 12 from 2-6 p.m. at the Postville Fairgrounds in Postville.

Monte was born February 21, 1952 to Curtis Arthur and Eva Louise (Walters) Dundee in Waukon. He was baptized April 6, 1952 at Rossville Presbyterian Church and confirmed at Community Presbyterian Church in Postville. Monte graduated from Postville High School in 1970. After graduation he joined the Marine Corps, serving from 1970 to 1976 and in the Vietnam War.

Tue
18
Aug

Walter N. Johnson

Walter N. Johnson, 82, of Waukon died Monday, August 17, 2020 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Family funeral services were held Saturday, August 22 at Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon with Pastor Ken Kimball officiating. Burial was at Lansing Ridge Cemetery, rural Lansing. Condolences may be sent to Kristy Bollman at 147 Cross Street, Waterville, IA 52170.

Walter Norbert Johnson was born April 28, 1938 in rural Churchtown, the son of Norris and Esther (Iseli) Johnson. He attended Lycurgus country school and graduated from Waukon High School in 1957. After graduating from high school, he worked at the milk plant in Cresco for two years.

Tue
18
Aug

Patricia Keenan

Patricia Marie (Smith) Keenan, 71, of Lansing passed away peacefully in her home August 10, 2020. Due to restrictions implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic, a private family graveside service was held at Gethsemane Cemetery in Lansing.

Patty was born January 27, 1949 at Waukon to Robert “Bud” and Irene (Hirth) Smith. She graduated from St. George High School in 1967 and was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Lansing. She married John T. Keenan September 11, 1971 and they lived in Lansing all their lives together.

She worked for Northern Engraving Corp. in a supervisory position for many years. After the plant closed, Patty kept busy caring for her family, maintaining her immaculate house and a yard where every flower was perfect and no weed dared invade. She walked her dog, Sophie, in all weather. She could be seen taking Sophie for drives every day for many years.

Tue
18
Aug

Geneva Renk

Geneva Marie (Meiners) Renk, 93, of Sun City, AZ peacefully slipped away to the arms of her Lord and Savior August 3, 2020 at the American Dream Retirement Home in Phoenix, AZ, where she resided the past two months.

Due to the COVID-19 mandates and health concerns, the family looks forward to a celebration of Geneva’s life with friends at a later date in Iowa and Arizona. Services and interment will be held at St. John’s United Church of Christ at New Albin once the family’s final plans have been settled during this difficult pandemic and it is safer for public gatherings.

Geneva was born June 26, 1927 to Paul and Whilemine Meiners, grew up in Eitzen, MN, graduated from high school in Caledonia, MN, and June 5, 1946 she married Roy H. Renk of New Albin. Geneva was a farm homemaker, cake decorator, 4-H leader and worked at Northern Engraving in Lansing in the office as a scheduling clerk.

Tue
18
Aug

James Zezulka

In loving memory of our father, grandfather, brother and uncle, James Earl Zezulka, who was born January 18, 1951 and died March 15, 2020. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Eitzen Community Center in Eitzen, MN Sunday, August 30 from 1-4 p.m.

James is survived by his daughters, Sandy Zezulka Ochoa and Stacy Berger Skattebo; and one granddaughter, Shilah, all of Mason City. He is also survived by six sisters: Diana (Tom) Deeney, Bonita (John E.) Meyer, Gail (Ron) Curtin, Amy (Ferdi) Garcia, Carmen (John Farley) McCormick and Angela Zezulka; three brothers: Arnold (Shirley) Zezulka, John Zezulka and Earl, Jr. (Heather) Zezulka; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Dorothy (Russell) and Earl Zezulka, Sr.; and a brother, Edward Zezulka.
 

Tue
18
Aug

James “Gus” Sires

James “Gus” Sires, 73, of Onalaska, WI passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife and children August 6, 2020. Due to restrictions in regard to COVID-19, services will not be held at this time.

He was born in La Crosse, WI December 12, 1946 to Lillian and Alvin Sires. He and his wife, Linda, enjoyed 49 years of marriage. For additional information, visit www.couleecremation.com.
 

Fri
14
Aug

Maxine Elsheimer

Maxine S. Elsheimer, 83, of Waukon died Monday, August 10, 2020 at Northgate Care Center in Waukon. Graveside services were held Monday, August 17 at Oakland Cemetery in Waukon with Pastor Grant VanderVelden officiating. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon handled the arrangements.

Maxine Sue Elsheimer was born July 1, 1937 in Waukon, the daughter of Arlynn and Ann (Ennullat) Elsheimer. She graduated from Waukon High School in 1955 and went to college for a few years. Maxine was the only child, but was never spoiled. She was very close to her mother, father, stepfather, and three of her female cousins.

Max was very intelligent and did very well in high school. When she was in high school, Max was very popular and had many close friends in both high school and college. Max had many friends on both coasts and continued to keep in touch with them throughout the years.

Fri
14
Aug

Ellen Kirkestue

Ellen Lorraine Kirkestue, 84, of Postville died Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at her home in Postville. A Private Memorial Service followed a Monday, August 17 visitation. Inurnment was at Postville Cemetery, Postville.

Ellen was born August 17, 1935 to Arthur Ernest and Emma (Wermuth) Warnke in Cresco. She was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cresco. Ellen graduated from Cresco High School in 1953.

Ellen was united in marriage with Edwin Clifford Kirkestue August 17, 1953 at First Lutheran Church in Decorah. They lived for years north of Postville on the farm, then moved to a property located on Frankville Road. Ellen loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed being a farm wife and working with her flowers, planting in general and watching things grow. Ellen was a wonderful cook and she adored her little dog, Misty.

Thu
13
Aug

Becky Gelo

Becky Jo Gelo, 54, of Waukon died Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, WI following a long illness. Private family graveside services will be held at Oakland Cemetery in Waukon with Pastor Tom Hollmann officiating. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is handling the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to Gary or Gloria Gelo at 787 Cooks Road, Waukon, IA 52172.

Becky Jo Gelo was born January 13, 1966 in Waukon, the daughter of Gary and Gloria (Heins) Gelo. She graduated from Waukon High School in 1984 and graduated from Hamilton Business College in Mason City in 1986. Becky married Tim Card and they later divorced. She worked most of her professional career at the Principal Financial Group in Des Moines before moving back to Waukon, where Becky worked for several area businesses.

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