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.

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02
Jan

Chad V. Johnson

Chad V. Johnson, 47, of Waukon died Tuesday, December 31, 2019, at Northgate Care Center in Waukon. Funeral services were held Saturday, January 4, at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon with Pastor Grant VanderVelden officiating. A private burial was held at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon.

Chad Victor Johnson was born May 8, 1972, to Larry and Sharon (Marti) Johnson. As a young boy, Chad was blonde haired, brown faced, spirited, and reckless. Chad was intelligent, quick-witted, and his laugh was infectious. He also had a great sense of humor and was not afraid to share it.

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02
Jan

Wayne Ruroden

Wayne A. Ruroden, 73, of Waukon, died Friday, December 27, 2019, in rural Waukon. A private family gathering will be held at a later date to celebrate Wayne’s life. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is assisting the family with arrangements.

Wayne Allen Ruroden was born November 2, 1946, in West Union, the son of Emory and Ula (Howard) Ruroden. He was baptized and confirmed at Bethel Presbyterian Church in West Union and attended West Union country schools and West Union High School. Wayne worked for George Schatz, traveling the horse racing circuit and living in various places throughout the United States including Boston, upstate New York, Nashville, and Louisville. He trained and groomed horses until 1985 when he returned to Clermont, where he worked for area farmers. In 1989, he moved to Waukon, and worked for Reel Core as a machine operator, worked as a night watchman for Northern Engraving, and also worked for several area farmers.

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31
Dec

Randall "Randy" Huffey

Randall G. Huffey, 65, of Waterville, died Tuesday, December 31, 2019, at his home. A visitation time to greet the family was held Sunday, January 5, 2020, at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon. A memorial celebration of his life was held following the visitation time with Pastor Laura Gentry officiating.

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31
Dec

Mary Lou Poli

Mary Lou Poli passed away December 29, 2019.  Mary was born February 28, 1936 to Patricia (Blake) Brynes and Francis Byrnes in Waukon, Iowa.  She graduated from Saint Patrick High School in Waukon, Iowa and completed her college associates degree from Normandale College in Bloomington, MN. 

Mary and her four siblings were raised by their loving parents on a farm in beautiful Hanover, Iowa. Mary is survived by her children: Richard, Michael, Donna (David), Linda (Peter), David (Stacy), Darin (Jayne), 10 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, brother William (Fran), brother Charles (Ann), brother Francis (Mary), sister Jeanne (Don), and other family, and friends. Mary is preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Armand Poli.

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30
Dec

John Christopher “Chris” Sickinger

Jon Christopher “Chris” Sickinger of Colorado Springs, CO and Lansing completed his journey down the river of life at the age of 56 years and 10 months Monday, December 16, 2019. In accordance with Chris’ wishes, there will be no visitation or services.

The family requests that memorials be made to any youth parks and recreation program, or to the Friends of Pool 9 (P. O. Box 455, Lansing, IA 52151), a conservation organization which advocates for Pool 9 on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge.

He was born February 16, 1963 on the Marine Corps Base of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Instead of going directly home from the hospital, Chris was introduced first to the Atlantic Ocean. This experience apparently instilled in him a great love of water, and being an Aquarius also supported this love.

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30
Dec

Jodi Toedter

Jodi L. Toedter, 54, of rural New Albin died Monday, December 16, 2019 at her home. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, January 4, 2020 from 1-5 p.m. at the New Albin Community Center. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements.

Jodi Lynn Toedter was born November 8, 1965 in La Crosse, WI, the daughter of Russell and Gladys (Snow) Burfield. Jodi grew up in the Perkins Valley area of Money Creek, MN, and her family raised and showed horses. She graduated from high school in Houston, MN, and after receiving her bachelor’s degree in social work from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota in Winona, Jodi worked as a social worker for Fillmore County DAC in Preston, MN and also for Houston County, MN.

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30
Dec

Silvia Sires

Silvia M. (Pagitz) Sires passed away at Northgate Care Center in Waukon Sunday, December 22, 2019. She was born January 11, 1929 in Yugoslavia in south central Europe. During the war as a young child, she fled to Salzburg, Austria.

As a young lady she worked in a department store. She met an American soldier in 1950, fell in love and married Sardius Sires February 7, 1952. They had one daughter, Valerie, who was born July 20, 1953 and passed away November 13, 1976.

Silvia was a beautiful painter, made some of her own clothes and loved to cook. She moved to Waukon in 2001 from Newport, OR after her husband passed away in 2001. She lost her brother, Hansi, in 2011.

She is survived by a sister, Gertrude, of London, England and many nieces and nephews.
 

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29
Dec

Norma Svendson

Norma E. Svendson, 97, of Waukon died Thursday, December 26, 2019 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Funeral services were held Monday, December 30 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Waukon with Pastor Bryan Robertson officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon handled arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to St. John’s Lutheran Church or to Veterans Memorial Hospital, both in Waukon.

Norma Elaine (Wurtzel) Svendson was born in Center Township, rural Waterville June 28, 1922 to Herman and Inga (Pladsen) Wurtzel. She was baptized at Old East Paint Creek Lutheran Church in rural Waterville July 23, 1922. She attended Dalby (Center #7) rural school until the family moved to Waukon in March of 1934, where she attended Waukon public schools from sixth grade until graduating from Waukon High School in 1940.

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24
Dec

William “Bill” Gruber

William E. “Bill” Gruber of Marion passed away December 21, 2019 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, surrounded by his family. The family will greet friends from 4-6:30 p.m. Thursday, December 26 at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, December 27 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marion, officiated by Father Dennis Juhl. Burial will take place at Oak Shade Cemetery with military honors provided by the Marion American Legion Post # 298 and the Iowa National Guard.

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24
Dec

Cecilia “Ann” Collins

Cecelia “Ann” Collins, age 78, died Sunday, December 15, 2019 at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah after a brief illness. A celebration of Ann’s life was held Friday, December 20 at Wellington Place, Decorah with Rev. Melissa Bills presiding. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Galena, IL.

Ann was born in Dubuque June 19, 1941 to Elmer and “Dolly” (Elizabeth Wellendorf) Collins. If you ever met Ann, she would not forget you. She was a friend to everyone and always had a compliment to share. She had a special talent of remembering names and birthdays of every person she met. She loved calling in birthdays to 100.5 and was a wonderful joy to be around. Ann will be missed greatly by all who knew her.

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