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.

Fri
25
Feb

Elaine Martin

Elaine J. Martin, 80, of Waukon died Thursday, February 24, 2022 at her daughter’s home in Stoddard, WI. A celebration of life was held Sunday, February 27 at Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon.

Elaine Jean Martin was born March 1, 1941 in Harpers Ferry, the daughter of Herbert and Norma (Adam) Easley. She attended Harpers Ferry High School, where she played basketball, clarinet and piano.

November 29, 1958, Elaine married Wayne Martin at Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon. They made their home and raised their children in Waukon; she had her own loom and for several decades made rugs for people, including the runners at the Old Courthouse/Allamakee County Historical Society.

For 23 years, Elaine worked for The Waukon Standard newspaper, setting up the ads and classifieds. She then went to work at Elliott Jewelers part-time before becoming a full-time grandma.

Thu
24
Feb

Nancy Huffey

Nancy J. Huffey, 66, of Boscobel, WI, formerly of Waterville, died Tuesday, February 22, 2022 under the loving care of her sister and niece along with Hospice home care in Viroqua, WI. Memorial services were held Saturday, February 26 at Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon. Burial will be held at a later date in Old East Paint Creek Cemetery, rural Waterville. Donations will be forwarded in Nancy’s name to the Gundersen Medical Foundation for the education of colorectal cancer screening.

Nancy Jean Huffey was born August 31, 1955 in Waukon, the daughter of George and Jean (Boess) Huffey. She was baptized and confirmed at Old East Paint Creek Lutheran Church in rural Waterville.

Nancy graduated from Waukon High School in 1973, where she played on the first girls softball and basketball teams and set records on the track team. She also attended NIACC in Mason City, where she played softball and basketball, and later attended Western Technical College in La Crosse, WI.

Tue
22
Feb

Mary Easton

Mary “Genice” Easton, 66, of Waukon passed away Friday, February 18, 2022 at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN from complications with Anti-Phospholipid Syndrome. Visitation will be held from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, February 27 at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway in Waterloo with a memorial service at 2 p.m.

Mary was born December 15, 1955 in Lake City to James and Mary (Kalous) Nelsen. Mary and Cletus Althoff II married April 30, 2016.

Mary graduated from Lohrville High School in 1974. She studied nursing at Hawkeye Community College and graduated with her LPN. She was employed at Mercy Medical and retired from Life Serve Waterloo.

Tue
15
Feb

Donna Smith

Donna Mary Smith, 83, of Endicott, NY passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones February 3, 2022 after a brief battle with cancer. A Funeral Mass was celebrated February 8 at Church of the Holy Family, 3600 Phyllis Street, Endwell, NY. Entombment was in Riverhurst Cemetery, Endicott, NY.

Please consider donations to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier and designate that the funds go to Mother Teresa’s Food Pantry in Endicott, NY. Donations may be mailed to 388 Upper Oakwood Avenue, Elmira, NY 14903 or made on the website www.foodbankst.org.

Donna was predeceased by her loving husband, James W. Smith; her son, Jeffery J. Smith; her parents, Firmin and Margaret Erding; her brother, Charles Erding; and her brother-in-law, John Wolfe.

Tue
15
Feb

Norbert Palmer

Norbert James Palmer, 90, of Waukon died Saturday, February 12, 2022 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Friends may greet the family from 4-7 p.m. Friday, February 18 in the Fellowship Hall at First Presbyterian Church in Waukon.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, February 19 at 11:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Waukon with Pastor Grant VanderVelden officiating. A full obituary will be in a future edition of The Standard.
 

Thu
10
Feb

Cindy (Welch) McDowell

Cindy Sue (Welch) McDowell, 72, of rural De Soto, WI passed away peacefully Tuesday, February 8, 2022. A private family service will be held.

Cindy was born January 15, 1950, the oldest of seven children born to Ralph and Joann (Hangartner) Welch. Cindy graduated from St. Patrick High School in Waukon with the Class of 1968.

She married Ron McDowell September 12, 1970. Soon after, they moved to the ridge outside of Red Mound, WI, where they raised two beautiful daughters.

Cindy was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. She will always be remembered for her love of family, famous goulash, beautiful flowers, her jukebox dance moves, and her great love of the Green Bay Packers.

Thu
10
Feb

Diana (Pratt) Buffam

Diana L. (Pratt) Buffam, 89, of Cheyenne, WY passed away February 5, 2022. A memorial service was held Tuesday, February 15 at Lakeview Chapel at Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home in Cheyenne, WY. Please make donations in Diana’s name to Davis Hospice Center in Cheyenne, WY.

Cremation is under the care of Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home and condolences may be offered at schradercares.com.

Diana was born January 28, 1933 in Waukon to Peter and Avis (Leudeking) Pratt. She married Lorne Buffam August 17, 1956 in Waukon. Diana worked for many years as an Administrative Assistant for Sigma Chi Fraternity.

Diana loved to travel and had many opportunities when she moved from Iowa to Chicago, IL, then to Arizona, followed by Boston, MA, and finally, Cheyenne, WY. She was fascinated by politics, which was part of the reason she came to live in Cheyenne, WY. Diana loved to watch romantic and thriller movies. She loved all of her pets.

Thu
10
Feb

Thomas Dorn

Thomas “Tom” Alfred Dorn, 87, passed away into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at his home in Weatherford, TX. Visitation will take place from 6-8 p.m. with the Rosary at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 16 in White’s Chapel of Memories, 130 Houston Avenue in Weatherford, TX.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, February 17 at Saint Stephen Catholic Church, 1802 Bethel Road in Weatherford, TX. Interment will follow at 2:15 p.m. at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway in Dallas, TX.

Tom was born August 17, 1934 in Milwaukee, WI, the son of Arthur and Emma Polenski Dorn. He began his career with the Davidson family where he proudly drafted the Buddy Seat for Harley-Davidson. He went on to serve his country as a Construction Draftsman in the Army Corps of Engineers, where he served on the team that did testing on the atomic bomb.

Tue
08
Feb

Julie Connor

Julie A. Connor, 62, of Waukon passed away Saturday, February 5, 2022 with her family by her side. A Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, February 15 from 4-7 p.m. at Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon. There will be no formal memorial service held at this time. The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date.

Julie Ann Connor was born December 20, 1959 in Caledonia, MN to Donald and Marguerite “Marge” (Schroeder) Rommes. Julie graduated from Caledonia High School in 1978 and later attended Luther College in Decorah, where she obtained her teaching degree. Julie taught for 23 years, teaching many different grades in both the Allamakee and Eastern Allamakee School Districts.

Mon
07
Feb

Jennifer Sletten

Jennifer L. Sletten, 42, of Waukon died suddenly Friday, February 4, 2022 in Cresco. A celebration of life will be held Monday, February 14 from 4-6:30 p.m. at Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon, with a remembrance service that includes a time of sharing starting at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to bring a memory of Jennifer to share.

Jennifer Lynn Sletten was born December 12, 1979 in Iowa City, the daughter of Dale and Cris (Bjerteness) Snow. She grew up in Ridgeway and graduated from Crestwood High School in Cresco in 1998. Jennifer later received her associate’s degree in criminal justice from NICC.

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