Obituaries

Obituaries are published in The Standard for a $40 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 15.5") will also incur an additional charge of $11/column inch for the content measuring longer than our 15.5-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
28
Nov

Linda Smerud

Linda Ann Smerud, 72, died November 8, 2023 at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse, WI. No services are being planned at this time.

Linda was born in La Crosse, WI to Donald and Delores Brumm May 28,1951. She grew up near Eitzen, MN and graduated from Caledonia High School in 1969. Linda then went on to get her LPN in Winona, MN.

Linda married Carver Smerud November 12, 1971. They then moved to San Diego, CA where she served as a Navy wife. Linda was a private, but caring woman who focused on her loved ones. She and her family eventually settled in New Albin, where she lived until her death.

Linda is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Carver; her daughter, Stacy (Chad) Serres; her brother, Gerald Brumm of New Albin; her aunt, Gladys Tegtmier of Caledonia, MN; her brothers-in-law and sister-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

Tue
28
Nov

Karen Hermann

Karen Hermann of State Center, age 70, passed November 21, 2023 at State Center Specialty Care. Per her wishes, no formal services will be held. Memorials may be directed to cancer research and/or the Animal Rescue League.

Karen (VanHorn) Hermann was born June 15, 1953 in Waukon to parents Bill and Delores VanHorn. After graduating from Waukon High School, Karen attended college for fashion merchandising.

March 22, 1980, she married Joe Hermann. Karen and Joe went on to own the West Marshall Hardware store in State Center. For the next 19 years she worked at the Drake University Law School, where she ran the law library book store. Karen enjoyed outdoor activities such as gardening and spending time with her pets.

She is survived by her husband, Joe Hermann; her brothers, Neal (Nancy) VanHorn of Wadena and Kevin (Chris) VanHorn of Spillville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Fri
24
Nov

Betty Jennings

Betty J. Jennings, 94, of Chippewa Falls, WI passed away peacefully Monday, November 20, 2023 at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in Chippewa Falls with family by her side. Funeral Mass was held Monday, November 27 at Notre Dame Catholic Church, Chippewa Falls, WI with Fr. Jesse Burish officiating. Interment was in Forest Hill Cemetery, Chippewa Falls.

For those unable to attend, the service was recorded and is available to view at https://www.pedersonvolker.com/obituaries/betty-jennings. In Lieu of flowers, please plant a tree or perennial in your yard or another place of significance to you, in remembrance of Betty, as she so enjoyed planting, tending and viewing her own flower gardens. Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services, Chippewa Falls served the family.  Please share your memories and condolences online at pedersonvolker.com.

Fri
24
Nov

Laurel Gulla

Laurel M. Gulla, 54, of Waukon passed away peacefully surrounded by family Tuesday, November 21, 2023 at WinnMed in Decorah. Memorial services were held Friday, November 24 at Martin - Grau Funeral Home in Waukon with Fr. John Moser officiating. In memoriam, Laurel wishes for you to give back to the nature she loved so much; plant a tree or grow a garden. Laurel would want us to appreciate the simpler things in life.

Laurel Mary Galanda Gulla was born May 2, 1969 near Pittsburgh, PA, the daughter of Joe and Mary Alyce (Winkler) Galanda. Laurel began her education at John F. Kennedy Catholic Elementary School in Washington, PA. She then moved on to attend Trinity High School, also in Washington, graduating in 1987. After high school, Laurel attended Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in education in 1991.

Tue
21
Nov

Rita Schulte

Rita Catherine Schulte, 94, of Dorchester passed away Thursday, November 16, 2023 at her home in Dorchester. Funeral services will be held Friday, November 24 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dorchester with Fr. John Moser officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery. Friends may offer condolences prior to the funeral mass from 9:30-11 a.m. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements.

Rita was born September 21, 1929 to John and Mary (Burke) McCormick in Hanover, rural Waukon. She grew up in Hanover and was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hanover. She attended and graduated from St. Patrick’s Catholic School in Waukon in 1947. After graduation, Rita worked as a telephone operator at Northwestern Bell Phone Company in Waukon until 1949.

Tue
21
Nov

Lucas Palmer

Lucas Gerald Palmer, age 39, passed away October 26, 2023 at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital, La Crosse WI. He was an organ donor.

The public is invited to a “Celebration of Life” for Luke Saturday, November 25 from 1-5 p.m. at the home of his mother. His ashes will be interred at the Odd Fellows Cemetery near Rossville in the family lot.

Lucas was born November 25, 1983 to Gloria Moose and Scott Palmer in Iowa City. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Waukon. He graduated from Waukon High School in 2002. He was married to Heather Tribbit and later divorced after having two children.

Lucas worked many places, including Agriprocessors with his stepfather Kerry, Capco Products with his grandfather Allan, and several positions milking and farming; his favorite being at Buddenburg Farms where he would take care of his “babies,” the calves.

Sat
18
Nov

Nicky O'Neill

Nicky A. O’Neill, 67, of Waukon died Saturday, October 28, 2023 at Northgate Care Center in Waukon. Memorial services will be held in the spring of 2024. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is handling the arrangements.

Nicholette Ann O’Neill was born 67 years ago, a sweet little Down’s Syndrome baby, to parents Eleanor and Leo O’Neill of Harpers Ferry. Nicky lived with her parents and two older brothers, Dan and Greg, on what was known then as the “Hart” farm on the Mississippi River just north of Harpers. In 1959, when Nicky was three years old, she moved with her family to the “Joyce” farm on the bluff overlooking the Hart farm.

Nicky overcame a lot of adversity in her life, which started out with her having to be fed from an eyedropper to get her started.

Sat
18
Nov

Lillian "Lil" Greiner

Lillian Louise Greiner, 94, of Independence passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, November 15, 2023. Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 21 at St. John Catholic Church, Independence. Burial immediately followed at St. John Catholic Cemetery, Independence.

Visitation also began with the recitation of the Rosary Monday, November 20 at White Funeral Home, Independence, where public visitation continued and a parish vigil service was held. Visitation was also held for an hour before services Tuesday at the funeral home.

Lillian was born October 1, 1929 in New Vienna, the second of ten children born to Herman and Marie (Foxen) Schwers. Upon graduating eighth grade she continued working on the home farm and for others in the farming community.

Fri
17
Nov

Gisela Hartley

Gisela Emma Hartley, 81, of Eitzen, MN passed away peacefully in her home November 6, 2023 and was welcomed into the presence of God. A visitation will be held at the Fredrickson Funeral Home in Caledonia, MN Friday, November 24 from 3-5 p.m. with a time of memory sharing at 4:30 p.m.

Gisela’s funeral will be held Saturday, November 25 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church, rural New Albin. A light lunch at the church will follow the service and interment. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church, 2574 Church Road, New Albin, Iowa 52160.

Fri
17
Nov

Doris Meyer

Doris Meyer of Waukon died Monday, November 13, 2023 at her home. A celebration of life will be held at a later date with burial at the Dorchester Methodist Cemetery. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements.

Doris Ann Meyer was born June 24, 1930 to George and Vienna (Wiitala) Shefelbine in Waukon. She grew up in Dorchester where she attended Dorchester school through the eighth grade, and graduated from Waukon High School in 1948. Following high school, Doris continued her education, receiving her nursing degree from Finley Hospital School of Nursing in Dubuque.

Doris met Norbert Meyer and the two were wed October 20, 1951 at St. John’s Methodist Church in Dorchester. From this marriage, Doris and Norbert raised three children: Larry, Laina and Kenneth.

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