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.

Tue
21
May

Celia Garrett

Celia D. Garrett, 79, of Lansing passed away Friday, May 17, 2019. Memorial services will be held Thursday, May 23 at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Lansing, with Fr. John Moser officiating. Inurnment will be in Gethsemane Cemetery, Lansing. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 22 at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon, where there will be a 3:30 p.m. scripture service, as well as for one hour before the service at the church Thursday.

Celia Darlene Garrett was born November 15, 1939 in Waukon, the daughter of Otto John and Selina Clarinda (Megorden) Sander. She grew up on the family farm and graduated from Waukon High School. November 23, 1957 she married Francis Jesse Garrett.

After a few years, Celia and Francis embarked on a 40-year entrepreneurship business in real estate and construction that is still a thriving family business today.

Wed
15
May

Carol Quam

Carol Leone Quam, age 76, of Decorah died peacefully May 14, 2019 surrounded by her family at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, May 18 at the St. Benedict Catholic Church in Decorah with Rev. Donald Hertges presiding. Burial was in the St. Benedict Cemetery.

Carol was born July 1, 1942, the daughter of Joseph and Adeline (Waller) McCormick, in Waukon. Carol attended and graduated from Decorah High School in 1960.

Carol was united in marriage to Carsten Quam at St. Benedict Catholic Church October 8, 1960. She was the proud mother of three children, Michael, Theresa and Brenda.

Carol worked at DECO Products for 49 years. She was a member of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church and was a member of the VFW Auxiliary. When she wasn’t working she enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Family was the most important thing to Carol.

Tue
14
May

Robert Wellendorf

A funeral mass for Robert John Wellendorf, 68, of Lansing, who passed away January 18, 2019, will be held Saturday, May 18 at 11:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church in Lansing with Father John Moser officiating.  Burial will be at Gethsemane Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour before services at the church.
 

Tue
14
May

Charles Vavra

Charlie A. Vavra, 88, of Harpers Ferry died Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Thornton Manor in Lansing. Memorial services and military honors will be held Saturday, May 18 at 11:30 a.m. at the Harpers Ferry Legion with a lunch to follow. Friends may greet the family from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at the Harpers Ferry Legion. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Harpers Ferry American Legion Post 722. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements.

Charles A. Vavra was born July 5, 1930 in Cedar Rapids, the son of Charles F. and Helen (Hellwig) Vavra. He graduated from Franklin High School in Cedar Rapids and was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving from 1951-1953 while stationed in South Carolina. As a teen, Charlie became a certified lifeguard and later used those skills in the Army at Myrtle Beach, accumulating 13 saves. In 1960, he married Barbara Owen in Cedar Rapids; they later divorced.

Tue
14
May

Iona Crawford

Iona Crawford, age 95, of Decorah died Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at the Barthell O.E.S. Home in Decorah. Funeral Services were held Monday, May 13 at the Glenwood Lutheran Church, rural Decorah with Rev. Stacey Nalean-Carlson presiding. Burial was in the Glenwood East Cemetery.

Iona Pamela Doris (Rocksvold) Crawford was born January 29, 1924 to Peter and Ida (Berg) Rocksvold on their home farm in Glenwood Township. She was baptized and confirmed at Glenwood Lutheran Church. Iona attended Rocksvold Country School and graduated from Decorah High School.

After graduation, Iona worked in the County Recorder’s office and attended Luther College. Then she moved to  St. Paul, MN where she worked as ‘Rosie the Riveter’ on the assembly line for B-24 bombers at Northwest Airlines.

Tue
14
May

Mary Atkinson

Mary E. Atkinson, age 70, of Waukon died Thursday, May 9 in her daughter’s home in Ossian after a long illness. Service and interment will be in the Mt. Horeb, WI area.

Mary moved from Blue Mounds, WI to be close to her granddaughter, Brettina (Scott) Gordon, and her great-granddaughter, Isabella, in 2015. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Don and Helen; her husband, Theodore; her daughter, Susan; her brother, Ken; and her nephew, Donald. She is survived by her son, Juan (Rolanda) Franklin; her daughter, Leanna Higgins, and her children, Angelica, Adam and Marcus; Susan’s children, Brettina Gordon and Joseph Baird; five step-children, Curt, Nick, Becky, Mona and Melissa; her brother, William (Carol); her sister, Dot (Andy); 14 other grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
 

Tue
14
May

Gary Enyart

Gary Donald Enyart passed away April 25, 2019 at his home in LaFayette, CO surrounded by his family. As he wished, his body was cremated and no services were held. Condolences may be sent to 762 Barberry Circle, LaFayette, CO 80062.

Gary was born June 6, 1945 to Russell and Helen Johnson Enyart. He attended school in Waukon and left school at age 17 and joined the Navy. He attained his GED while in the service. He served from 1962-1965, and served an additional two years in the reserves.

He and Susan Stendel were married January 29, 1966 at the Presbyterian Church in Waukon. Gary and Susan moved to Orange, CA, where Gary and Susan raised their family before moving to Colorado. Gary ran his radiator businesses until he retired. He was an avid golfer in his spare time, and he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and his dog, “Yawny.”

Tue
07
May

Gary Dundee

Gary Lee Dundee was born February 18, 1951 in Waukon to Eva (Walters) Dundee and Curtis Dundee. May 2, 2019, at the age of 68, Gary, while surrounded by his loving wife and three daughters, went home to his Father at Covenant Medical in Waterloo.

Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 7 at Schutte-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Postville. There will also be a one-hour visitation before Mass at the church Wednesday. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 8 at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Postville with Rev. Nils de Jesus Hernandez as the Celebrant. Interment with Military Rites will follow at Postville Cemetery, Postville.

Tue
07
May

Glenn Beckman

Glenn Beckman passed away from neuroendocrine cancer April 30, 2019, less than two weeks before his 85th birthday. A graveside service for Glenn will be held at noon Saturday, May 11 at Oakland Cemetery in Waukon.

Glenn was born in Brimson, MN May 12, 1934 and was raised by his parents, Ted and Irja Beckman. Glenn attended Two Harbors High School and the University of Minnesota, where he studied electrical engineering. He served in the Army before joining the Federal Aviation Agency, and he retired from the FAA in 1994 after serving 34 years. His FAA career included stints in Waterloo; Hibbing, MN; Fargo, ND; Green Bay, WI; Chicago, IL; and, for the last 16 years he was the Airway Facilities Sector Manager at the FAA in Minneapolis, MN.

Tue
07
May

Donald Smerud

Donald James Smerud, 88, of Waukon passed away Friday, May 3, 2019 at Northgate Care Center in Waukon. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 8 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Eitzen, MN. Rev. Todd Krueger will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Caledonia, MN. A visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 7 at Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, Caledonia, MN and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Wednesday at the church.

Donald was born February 27, 1931 in New Albin to Oscar and Clara (Wild) Smerud. He attended school in New Albin and then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps serving during the Korean War. February 14, 1956, he married Alys Heaney in Houston County, MN and she preceded him in death in 1988. Donald was employed as a Heavy Equipment Operator for Riehm Construction in Waukon. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

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