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
02
Aug

Maggie DeWalle

Maggie F. DeWalle, 73, of Waukon died Friday, July 31, 2020 at her home. Private family memorial services will be held at Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon with Pastor Steve Campbell officiating. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, August 4 at the funeral home. In consideration of concerns regarding COVID-19, social distancing and wearing of masks is encouraged. Condolences may be sent to Dewey DeWalle at 116 Fifth Avenue SW, Waukon, IA 52172.

Margaret “Maggie” Faye DeWalle was born March 17, 1947 in Salix, the daughter of Gerald and Elizabeth (Barton) Johannsen. She was baptized at Salix Community Church, attended Salix Elementary School, graduated from Westwood High School in 1965, and attended Mercy Hospital School of Radiology. After college, she worked as an x-ray technician at Floyd County Medical Center in Charles City for a short time before moving to Waukon.

Sat
01
Aug

Donald Schwartzhoff

Donald E. Schwartzhoff, 83, of Waukon, formerly of Dorchester, died Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, WI. A private family funeral service was held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dorchester with Fr. John Moser officiating. Burial with military honors was at the church cemetery Tuesday, August 4. Condolences may be sent to Chris Schwartzhoff at 521 South State Street, Prairie du Chien, WI 53821.

Donald Emmett Schwartzhoff was born March 30, 1937 to Emmett and Lillian (Doubek) Schwartzhoff. He attended Washington Country School through the eighth grade. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1956 and was stationed in Germany for two years.

In 1954, Don was introduced to the love of his life, Shirley Ann Link, by his uncle and aunt, Tom and Mary Ann Doubek. Don and Shirley were married August 9, 1958 in Caledonia, MN, and to this union eight children were born (not all at once!).

Thu
30
Jul

Edna Wyninger

Edna Marie Wyninger, 68, of Lansing died Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at her home after a long battle with cancer. A private family Mass was held with Fr. Sean Smith as the celebrant. Inurnment will be held at a later date. The family asks that donations be sent to Crossing Rivers Hospice in Prairie du Chien, WI.

Edna was born July 4, 1952 to Gordon and Zola (Wiedner) Belden in Manchester. Edna was baptized in Elkader and graduated from East High School in Waterloo in 1970.

Edna was united in marriage with William (Bill) Wyninger January 29, 1971 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Evansdale. They had four children from this union, Amy, Cary, Megan and Eric.

Tue
28
Jul

LaVonne Young

LaVonne Winnefred Young, age 96, of Waukon died Friday, July 24, 2020 at Northgate Care Center in Waukon. Private graveside services were held in the Locust Cemetery, north of Decorah near Highlandville. Mengis Funeral Home of Mabel, MN assisted with arrangements.

LaVonne was born July 5, 1924 in Fremont Township, Winneshiek County, Iowa, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Entsminger) Safford.  She was baptized at about age 13 in the Mississippi River near Guttenberg and confirmed at St. John’s  Lutheran Church in Locust. She attended rural schools and then the Decorah High School.
February 14, 1942 she married Jesse Young at the Lutheran Parsonage in Cresco. Together they raised their four children, Robert, Emma, Phillip and Willet, on the family farm.

Tue
28
Jul

James Hammell

James (Jim) Anthony Hammell, 87, of Caledonia, MN passed away peacefully Monday, July 20, 2020 at Gundersen Tweeten Care Center in Spring Grove, MN from complications of stage 4 lung cancer. Due to restrictions implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic, the family held a private Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Caledonia, MN. Burial with  military rites was in St. Joseph’s  Cemetery, New Albin. A celebration of his life will be planned later.

Jim was born November 7, 1932 at home on the Sand Cove in rural New Albin to George and Elizabeth (Wall) Hammell, the youngest of nine children. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Era from 1954 to 1956 in the 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Tue
28
Jul

Donald “Pete” Fink

Donald “Pete” Fink, age 78, peacefully passed away among his family July 20, 2020 at 7:50 a.m. at his New Albin residence. A Celebration of Life will be held August 1 at the New Albin Community Center. There will be an Open House from 1-3:30 p.m. with a service at 3:30 p.m. followed by a luncheon.

Due to COVID-19, face masks are optional and social distancing will be observed. If you are not feeling well, the family requests prayers only. Memorials may be made to the family at P.O. Box 155, New Albin, IA 52160.

Donald “Pete” Fink was born October 27, 1941 in New Albin to Freeman and Velma (Smith) Fink. He was baptized and confirmed in New Albin Grace United Methodist Church in New Albin. Pete graduated from New Albin High School.

September 8, 1962 he married Bernice Nelson at Caledonia Methodist Church. To this union two children were born, Jody (Kerry) Becker of Highland, IL and Lori (Ron) McCormick of New Albin.

Tue
28
Jul

Joana Pladsen

Joana M. Pladsen, 80, of Waukon died Friday, July 24, 2020 at Northgate Care Center in Waukon. There are no services planned at this time. Martin-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Services is handling the arrangements. Memorials may be directed to Veterans Memorial Hospital, Northgate Care Center, or to a nature fund of your choice. Condolences may be sent to Mary Pladsen at 1059 Jefferson Road, Waukon, IA 52172.

Joana Marie Pladsen was born October, 30, 1939 near New Albin, the daughter of Joseph and Margaret (Waters) Pladsen. She and her family moved to a farm south of Waukon, where she lived the rest of her life. She went to Jefferson #4 school and graduated from Waukon High School in 1958. Joana farmed with her father, her brother, John, and most recently with her nephew, Jim. She worked with her father’s sawmill, drove tractors, and cared for the cattle, chickens and cats.

Mon
27
Jul

Marcella "Marcie" Opfer

Marcella “Marcie” E. Opfer, 101, of Waukon died Saturday, July 25, 2020 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Graveside services were held Tuesday, July 28 at Zalmona Cemetery in rural Waukon with Pastor Tim Rupert officiating. Memorial services may be held at a later date.

Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be sent to Sheryl Prestemon at 24 Eighth Avenue NW, Waukon, IA 52172. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Good Samaritan Society in Waukon, Zalmona Presbyterian Church or Zalmona Cemetery.

Marcella E. Opfer was born June 9, 1919 in Decorah, the daughter of John and Anna (Lotvedt) Moen. She was baptized and confirmed at Washington Prairie Lutheran Church in rural Decorah, attended rural country schools in the Decorah area, and graduated from Decorah High School in 1937.

Tue
21
Jul

Gerald Plagge

Gerald “Jerry” Plagge, 70, of Cataract, WI, formerly of New Albin, passed away Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at his home. A celebration of life will be held from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Sunday, July 26 at the Community Center in New Albin. Burial with military honors will follow at the City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family has set up a Go Fund Me Page in honor of Jerry, with 100% of all donations to be given to the Wounded Warrior Project. Please donate at https://gf.me/u/yfwuck or send memorials directly to Jeremiah Plagge, 710 Oak Park Circle, Marion, IA 52302.

Tue
21
Jul

Phyllis Rolfs

Phyllis Ann Rolfs, 90, of Red Wing, MN died Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at her home. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 23 at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston, MN.

Phyllis was born March 8, 1930 in Waukon to Frank and Evelyn (Bresnahan) Spiegler. She graduated from Waukon High School in 1949.

May 16, 1950 she married Donald Rolfs at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dorchester. They made their home in Waterloo and Cedar Falls where Phyllis worked for Rath Packing Company for five years and was a homemaker. In 1986, they moved to Osage, MN where they lived on Straight Lake. In March of 1993 they moved to Red Wing, MN.

Phyllis enjoyed embroidery, collecting dishes and caring for her home. She loved to travel and cook for her family.

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