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.

Sun
16
Feb

Margaret Halverson

Margaret E. Halverson, 87, of Waukon died Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at Good Samaritan Society in Waukon. Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 18 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Waukon with Pastor Bryan Robertson officiating. Burial was at Mt. Sterling Lutheran Cemetery, Mt. Sterling, WI.

Margaret Elaine Halverson was born July 1, 1932 on the family farm in rural Gays Mills, WI, the youngest daughter of Martin and Elsie (Helgeson) Iverson. She was baptized July 31, 1932 and confirmed May 19, 1946 at Mt. Sterling Lutheran Church and graduated from Gays Mills High School in 1950.

April 8, 1952, she married Harold Paul Halverson at Mt. Sterling Lutheran Church, which was also Harold’s 20th birthday. Harold was a cheesemaker so they moved around to several different towns including German Valley, IL and Wadena before settling in Waukon in 1976. Margaret was a devoted wife, loving mother, cherished grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.

Fri
14
Feb

Elizabeth "Libby" Withers

A celebration of life for Elizabeth “Libby” Withers was held Sunday, February 16 at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon. Rev. Grant VanderVelden officiated the service. The family is requesting donations to Veterans Memorial Hospital Foundation, First Presbyterian Church and Good Samaritan Center, all in Waukon.

Elizabeth Inglis (Hale) Withers passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Thursday, February 13, 2020 at Veterans Memorial Hospital, Waukon. She was 83 years old. Libby was born June 6, 1936 in Waukon to Eloise (Inglis) Hale and Nathan C. Hale.

Libby was educated in Waukon Public Schools and graduated from high school in 1954. She then attended Colorado University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 1958. It was here that she met her future husband, Bill, who was also at the university pursuing his medical degree. They were set up on a blind date and had been married almost 62 years at the time of her death.

Fri
14
Feb

Dorothy Seybert

Dorothy I. Seybert, 91, of Waukon died Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 18 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon with Fr. Mark Osterhaus officiating. Burial was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Waukon.

Dorothy Irene Seybert was born March 19, 1928 in Wadena, the daughter of William and Alice (Barth) Nydegger. In 1946, she graduated from Volga City High School in Clayton County. Dorothy married Robert “Chick” Joseph Seybert June 26, 1950 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Elkader. The couple lived in various towns in northeast Iowa before moving to Waukon in 1954.

Thu
13
Feb

Denise Ward

Denise Marie Ward, 50, of Waukon died peacefully of a heart attack Monday, February 10, 2020 at her home. Memorial services were held Saturday, February 15 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon with Fr. Mark Osterhaus officiating. Burial was at St. Mary’s Hanover Cemetery in rural Waukon.

Denise Marie Ward was born December 4, 1969 in Waukon, the daughter of Gary and Ramona (Schwartzhoff) Ward. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary’s Hanover Catholic Church in rural Waukon. Denise graduated from Waukon High School in 1988 and attended Capri Cosmetology School in Waterloo. She lived in Cedar Falls, where she worked for Razor’s Edge. Denise moved back to Waukon and worked for her parents at GP’s City Club for several years.

Tue
11
Feb

Leo Gansen, Jr.

Leo J. Gansen, Jr., 61, of Epworth, passed away February 2, 2020 at Unity Point Health Trinity in Bettendorf. Mass of Christian burial was held Friday, February 7 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Placid with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Burial was held in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Epworth.

Leo was born February 27, 1958 in Dubuque, the son of Leo J. and Shirley (Jaeger) Gansen, Sr. He was a 1976 graduate of Western Dubuque High School.

October 20, 1979 he was united into marriage to Wendy Thias-Miller at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Epworth. He worked at the Anamosa State Penitentiary in Anamosa for 26 years.

Tue
11
Feb

Jodi Hammel

Jodi Ann Hammel, age 43, of Waukon passed away suddenly at her home Monday, February 3, 2020. Services will be held Friday, February 14 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon, with visitation starting at 10:30 a.m., Mass at 11:30 a.m. and a luncheon to follow in the church basement. Jodi will be laid to rest at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Waukon with her grandparents.

Jodi was born April 17, 1976 and graduated from Decorah High School in 1994. She had worked at TASC in Waukon for 25 years. Jodi was a very loving person and her favorite thing in the world was hugs. Jodi will be missed by all whose lives she touched.

Jodi is survived by her twin brother, Jake; her mother, Margaret (Hammel) Ward; her stepfather, Steve Ward; many nieces and nephews; and one great-nephew.
 

Tue
11
Feb

Dennis Ward

Dennis Leo Ward of Buena Park, CA passed away February 4, 2020 at the age of 72. Services will be held Monday, February 24 at Renaker-Klockgether Mortuary, 7651 Commonwealth Avenue, Buena Park CA 90621, with viewing from 9-10 a.m. and a service following. Graveside service with military honors presented by The United States Navy will be held at 1:45 p.m. at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Boulevard, Riverside, CA.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Connie Ward; his children: Brian Silva, Jayson Ward, Justin Ward, Keith Ward, Tanya Suarez, Shaleen Gomez, Cherise Ward, Sabrina Ward and Shanda Ward; 21 grandchildren; his siblings: Robert Ward, Tom Ward, Jerry Ward, Scott Ward, Pat Ward, Carole Gehrig, Mary Schulte, Lorna Halvorson, Julie Quandahl and Nancy Weis.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Rita Ward; his sister, Diana Ward; and two brothers, Kevin Ward and Kenneth Ward.

Thu
06
Feb

Irene Stock

Irene D. Stock, 89, of Waukon died Monday, February 3, 2020 at Northgate Care Center in Waukon. Memorial services were held Saturday, February 8 at the Waukon Banquet Center with Pastor Ronald Pederson officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon.

Irene Dorothea Stock was born July 14, 1930 in Caledonia, MN, the daughter of George and Elsie (Schroeder) Meyer. She was baptized July 21, 1930 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Caledonia by Rev. R. Jeske. Her sponsors were her maternal grandmother, Mrs. Werner Schroeder, and Mrs. Alfred Beneke. She was confirmed in the Lutheran faith at St. John’s June 25, 1944 by Rev. R. Jeske and Rev. K.A. Gurgel.

She attended Houston County District No. 44 School through eighth grade and graduated from Caledonia High School May 28, 1948. From 1951-58, she worked for C.B. Kurz Dental Office in Caledonia as a dental assistant and office manager.

Tue
04
Feb

John Lewis

John Charles Lewis, 72, of Waterville died January 20, 2020 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. He recently suffered a heart attack and had bi-pass surgery at Mayo Clinic Hospital, St. Mary’s Campus in Rochester, MN.

John has lived for the past 20 years on a farm in Waterville where he cared for his horses, restored the land and welcomed guests to his Amish Country Granary guest house. Previously, John had a wood flooring business in the area.

A memorial for John will be held on his farm in May. Details will be provided at a later date.
 

Tue
04
Feb

Robert Shulka

Robert “Opa” R. Shulka, 79, of rural Lansing passed away peacefully Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, WI. No services or burial will be held. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is assisting the family. Memorials can be made to the VFW in Waukon.

Robert “Opa” Raymond Shulka was born June 29, 1940 to Raymond and Florence (McCarthy) Shulka in Prairie du Chien, WI. In high school, Robert joined the ROTC and then formally enlisted in the Army in 1959, retiring after 20 years of service. Robert was stationed in Germany and Okinawa, Japan for a time and also served in Vietnam.

February 9, 1962, he married Sieglinde Buhles in Germany and they had three children. After retiring in 1979, they moved to the Waukon and Lansing areas and Opa spent his remaining years helping to raise his grandchildren, who were his number-one priority.

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