Obituaries

Obituaries are published in The Standard for a $45 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 $15 (additonal photos are also $15). 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.

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Dec

LaVon Renne

LaVon A. Renne, 92, passed away December 25, 2023 at Northgate Care Center in Waukon. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

LaVon was born April 14, 1931 in Postville and is the daughter of Leonard and Viola (Koehring) Opfer. She was united in marriage to Ralph Rueben Renne September 12, 1950 at the Bethlehem Church in rural Postville.

Survivors include her daughter Violet (Dave) Anderson of Postville, son Ronald (Tami) Renne of Postville and grandchildren Brett (Cindy) of Turney, MO, Cory (Lorena) Anderson of Postville, Jeremy (Laura) Renne of Postville, Nick Renne of Postville, Jamie (Jess) Parker of Prairie du Chien, WI and Ciarra (Matt) Heiderscheit of Chatfield, MN, 14 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great-grandchildren and her brother Virgil Opfer of Waukon.

Preceding her in death were her parents and her husband Ralph in 2004. 

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Dec

Michael Zeimet

Michael T. Zeimet, 71, of New Albin, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, November 27, 2023, at his home. A sharing time will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 6, at the New Albin Community Center. Friends may greet the family from 10 a.m. until time of services at the community center. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon, is handling arrangements.

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Dec

Charles Kolsrud

Charles “Chuck” Sever Kolsrud was born in Waukon, October 23, 1935. His parents were Harris and Lucille (Greiser) Kolsrud. His grandparents were Sever and Selma Kolsrud of Waterville and Charles and Emma Greiser of New Albin.

A memorial service for Chuck will be held Saturday, January 13, 2024, at Tanque Verde Lutheran Church (8625 E Tanque Verde Rd, Tucson, AZ 85749) at 1 p.m. A coffee reception will follow the service at the church. The inurnment will take place at the Old East Paint Creek Church Cemetery near Waterville in the late spring or summer. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Tucson Youth On Their Own (yoto.org) are appreciated.

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Dec

Leo Delaney

Leo James Delaney, 84, of Tomball, TX, formerly of Lansing, died Monday, December 18, 2023 at HCA Houston Healthcare in Tomball. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 27 at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Wexford Catholic Church in rural Lansing with Fr. Joseph Sevcik officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, December 26 at Thornburg - Grau Funeral Home in Lansing, where there will be a 6:30 p.m. scripture service, and will continue one hour before services at the church Wednesday.

Leo James Delaney was born July 12, 1939 at home in Lansing, the son of Patrick and Evelyn (Mullarkey) Delaney. He was baptized and confirmed at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Wexford, rural Lansing and graduated from Lansing High School in 1957. Following high school, he proudly served in the U.S. Air Force, eventually moving to Oklahoma, where he graduated from Oklahoma State Technical College with a drafting degree.

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Cynthia Foley

Cynthia Foley, 69, of Harpers Ferry died Sunday, December 17, 2023 at her home in Harpers Ferry. Memorial services will be held Wednesday, December 27 at 2:30 p.m. at Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon with Fr. John Moser officiating. A visitation will follow until 6 p.m.

Cynthia “Cindy” Sue Foley was born October 22, 1954 in La Crosse, WI, the daughter of Donald and Marcella (Buege) Althof. She was baptized at St. Mary’s in La Crosse and confirmed at St. Charles in Genoa, WI. Cindy attended St. Charles school and graduated from St. George High School in Lansing in 1972. Following high school, she attended WWTI in La Crosse.

Cindy met and married the love of her life, Mike Foley, August 24, 1974 at St. Charles in Genoa. The two were married for 49 years, through thick and thin. Throughout her life, Cindy was self-employed, eventually becoming the owner of Serendipity Cleaning.

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Cyril (Murf/Babe) Murphy

Cyril F. Murphy (Murf/Babe) was born in Waukon to Cyril V. and Irene (Jochum) Murphy January 27, 1931 and died in Edina, MN December 11, 2023. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 30 at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour before at St. Edward’s Catholic Church, 5800 West 94th Street, Bloomington, MN.

Burial prayer services and full military honors will be held Sunday, December 31 at 2 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at 648 Main Street, Lansing. Final interment will be at Gethsemane Cemetery, 1928 Main Street, Lansing. Lunch will be served after both the funeral and burial services.

Cyril was raised in Lansing with two older brothers, Robert and Daniel, and two younger sisters, Mary and Rosanne. He graduated from Immaculate Conception elementary and high schools, where he played basketball and baseball. It was playing these two sports where he made lifelong friends.

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Byron Steiber

Our beloved husband, father, and grandfather Byron Robert Steiber, age 73, of Iowa Falls passed away surrounded by family Tuesday, December 12, 2023 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN. In honoring his life, his family requests to carry forward Byron’s positivity and caring spirit by doing an unsolicited act of kindness for someone in his name.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations given in honor of Byron will be left to the family’s discretion. To share a special memory or condolence, please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com.

Born in Waukon to Frederick and Marjorie Jean (Maust) Steiber, Byron’s journey was grounded in the values cultivated on the Steiber family farm in Lansing.

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Donald Johnson

Donald W. Johnson, 90, of Lansing died Tuesday, December 19, 2023 at Thornton Manor in Lansing. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 27 at 2 p.m. at Thornburg - Grau Funeral Home in Lansing with Pastor Laura Gentry officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lansing. Friends may greet the family from 1 p.m. until time of services Wednesday at the funeral home.

Donald William Johnson was born July 29, 1933 in Lansing, the son of Hjalmer and Irene (Slindee) Johnson. He attended Eastern Allamakee Schools in Lansing and served in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955. March 21, 1956, he married Marie Lou Ellefson at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Lansing.

He worked as a gas station attendant, at the John Deere Shop, and for Eastern Allamakee Schools, where he was a janitor, bus driver and a bus mechanic. Don and Marie moved to Oelwein in 2007, before moving to Waukon in 2011. In 2018, he moved back to Lansing to Thornton Manor.

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Ruth Quandahl

Ruth Louise Quandahl, age 97, of Mineola, TX passed away Tuesday, December 12, 2023 in Plano, TX. Services were held December 18 at Beatty Funeral Home in Mineola, TX and gravesite services at Salem United Church of Christ in Waukon were held December 21.

Ruth was born December 4, 1926 in Waukon to Fred and Bertha Becker and raised on the family farm. July 26, 1948, she married Marcellus Quandahl. Beginning their life together in Spring Grove, MN, they later moved to Quincy, IL where they raised their sons while they had a used car lot and a cafe. The family then moved to Mineola, TX.

Ruth enjoyed cooking for her family and growing flowers in her yard including her favorite Hollyhocks. She was an active member in her church and her faith was very dear to her. She enjoyed exchanging letters with friends and family back home in Waukon.

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Dec

MaryEllen Politowitz

MaryEllen Politowitz, age 83, of Waukon, formerly of Gays Mills, WI, died in her home December 7, 2023. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

MaryEllen was born August 21, 1940 to William and Eleanor Pettit. She attended school in Gays Mills, WI. October 1959, she married Marlin White, Sr. of Winterset and they had four children: Marlin Jr., Victor, Karen and Linda. Marlin Sr. died in 1966.

Later, MaryEllen married Edward Politowitz, Sr. of St. Joseph, MO. They had Edward Jr. and Sharon. Edward Sr. died in 1980. MaryEllen raised her children in the Gays Mills, WI area. In 1988 MaryEllen’s granddaughter, Tammy, came to live with her. Shortly after, they moved to Waukon.

MaryEllen is survived by her children: Victor White (Christine) of Rossville, Karen White of Kittredge, CO, Linda Paradine (Ronald) of McGregor and Edward Politowitz, Jr. (DeDe) of Cresco; 11 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

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