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
09
Jun

Joseph Peterson

Joseph B. Peterson, 77, of Harpers Ferry passed away May 26, 2020 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. A private graveside service will be held at the Wyoming Cemetery in Wyoming, IA. A Celebration of Joseph’s Life will be held at a later date. Dawson Funeral Services of Wyoming is caring for the family.

Joseph Burton was born May 11, 1943 in Anamosa to Henry and Leila (Kaufman) Petersen. He graduated from Wyoming High School in 1966 and attended barbers school. After barber school Joseph served in the United States Air Force. Joseph worked for Wilson’s Foods and went on to work at Stickles as a Foreman. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Cedar Rapids Moose Lodge and the American Legion Post #722. He enjoyed golfing and fishing.

Tue
02
Jun

James “Doc” Lau

James Clark “Doc” Lau, 81, of Dubuque passed away May 25, 2020 at Dubuque Specialty Care. Private family graveside service will be at Paint Rock Cemetery, Harpers Ferry. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque is assisting the family.

James was born September 13, 1938 to Gordon and Opal (Phelps) Lau, where he grew up on the family farm in Waterville. He married Mary Martelle November 28, 1959 at St. Anne’s Church, Harpers Ferry.

He worked for the Dubuque Packing Company for many years and at the Mines of Spain until retirement. He was an Assistant Scout Master for Key West Troop 69 with his three sons. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hiking and fishing, and he also enjoyed playing euchre and spending time with his family.

Tue
02
Jun

Jane Schneider

Jane M. Schneider, 85, of Waukon died Monday, May 25, 2020 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Graveside services were held Friday, May 29 at Oakland Cemetery in Waukon and were also live streamed on Martin Funeral Home’s Facebook page. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements. Condolences may be sent to Linda Winkie at 1622 Ninth Street SW, Waukon, IA 52172.

Jane Mary Schneider was born February 1, 1935 in Waukon, the daughter of Paul and Mary (Becker) Hansmeier. A lifelong member of Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon, she was baptized, confirmed in 1948, married there, and active in women’s fellowship. Jane graduated from Waukon High School in 1952.

December 20, 1958, Jane married Paul James Schneider. She was an integral part of the family dairy farm south of Waukon. She also operated the Schneider Furniture and Gift Shop.

Tue
02
Jun

Judy Hartong

Judy A. Hartong, 79, of Lansing died Tuesday, May 26, 2020 after a brief illness at Thornton Manor Nursing Center in Lansing. A private family graveside service will be held at Lansing Ridge Cemetery, rural Lansing. A celebration of life service for friends and family will be held at a future date. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements. Condolences may be sent to Scott Hartong at 1062 Hwy. 9, Waukon, IA 52172.

Judith Alyce (Dee) Hartong was born November 24, 1940 in Lansing, the daughter of Cletus and MayBelle (Layer) Dee. Judy was a member of the Evangelical United Brethren Church, later known as Lansing United Methodist Church, where she served early in her young adult life as a Sunday school teacher with her mom, MayBelle Dee, and also attended Women’s Circle group meetings. In her late adult life, she served in the ministry of preparing and serving food for local church gatherings.

Tue
02
Jun

Irene Steele

Irene M. Steele, 98, of Waukon died Sunday, May 24, 2020 at her home. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 6 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon with Fr. Mark Osterhaus officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Waukon. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services Saturday at the church.

Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements. Condolences may be sent to Vicki Vick at 2460 State Highway 9, Decorah, IA 52101.

Irene Marie Steele was born December 6, 1921 in Post Township, rural Postville to Dr. Austin and Johanna “Anna” (Tarrant) Folsom. When Irene was in fifth grade, her family moved to Waukon, and in 1940, she graduated from Waukon High School.

September 10, 1940, Irene married Ralph “Philly” Steele and they raised nine children. Once all the kids had started school, Irene went to work for Montgomery Ward’s, Philly’s Meat Market and Impro, all in Waukon. At age 76, she retired.

Tue
02
Jun

Everleigh Smith

Everleigh Aurora Smith, infant daughter of Grant Coleton Smith and Alexandra Gabriel Koch Smith, gained her angel wings Wednesday, May 27, 2020 in Searcy, AR. A visitation will be held Saturday, June 20 from 12 noon until 2 p.m. at Powell Funeral Home Chapel located in Searcy, AR. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. Due to the most recent COVID-19 directive, attendance at the memorial service is strictly limited to 75 people and face coverings must be worn at all times by those in attendance.

Those left to cherish her memory include her parents, Grant and Ally Smith; her grandparents, Matthew and April Smith, and Mary Pegg; her great-grandparents, Gary and Jamie Southard, and Katherine Hanchett; her great-great-grandparents, Faye and Dewey Sloan; her aunts and uncles, Kyler Smith, Alissa Smith, J.J. Koch, Edward Dehli and Isabella Filichak; and her godparents, Colton Heidelberg and Patrice Reitmeyer.

Tue
02
Jun

Francis “Frank” Beisker

Francis “Frank” Beisker of Dorchester passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2020. He was born October 21, 1947. Memorial services will be held at a later date.
 

Wed
27
May

Constance “Connie” Snitker

Constance S. Snitker of Waterloo died Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at Allen Hospital in Waterloo at the age of 68. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a private family burial will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lansing. Memorials may be sent to the American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674.

Connie was born February 9, 1952 to Wayne Snitker and Florence (Weipert) Olsen of Lansing. Raised in Allamakee County, she was the first of three children. Connie graduated from Waukon High School in 1970. After graduation Connie moved to Monterey, CA where she worked for Paul Kagan Associates.

Connie’s only child is Jason Allan Snitker. Condolences may be sent to him at 101 Boardwalk, #610, Atlantic City, NJ  08401.
 

Wed
27
May

Judith Iseli

Judith Laurayne (Olson) Iseli, 78, of Waukon died Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at Gundersen Hospital in La Crosse, WI. A private family visitation was held. A public graveside service was held Tuesday, May 26 at Lansing Ridge Cemetery, Lansing with Rev. Sedar Wembomyama as the officiant.

Judith was born May 23, 1941 to Evelyn and Hulda (Kerstein) Olson in La Crosse, WI. She was united in marriage with Robert F. Iseli February 1, 1959 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Lansing. Three children were born to this union, Evelyn, Gary and Wanda.

Judith spent 29 years at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon working in the Dietary Department. In her younger years Judith liked to Square Dance. She loved spending time with her family, playing cards, Scrabble, Chinese checkers and Speed. Judith loved her trips to the casinos, traveling and fishing. She enjoyed making many quilts and afghans and countless cakes for special family occasions.

Wed
27
May

Lora Frana

Lora Marie McCormick Frana, 58, of Luck, WI died peacefully at her home Thursday, May 14, 2020. Due to COVID-19 precautions, private, immediate-family graveside services will be held Saturday, May 30 at St. Mary’s Hanover Cemetery in rural Waukon with Fr. Mark Osterhaus officiating.

Lora was born May 24, 1961 in Waukon, daughter of James and Theresa (Schwartzhoff) McCormick. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary’s Hanover Catholic Church in rural Waukon. She graduated from Waukon High School in 1979 and attended Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar. She graduated from NICC and became a Registered Nurse (RN).

July 27, 1985, Lora married Ron Frana at St. Mary’s Hanover Catholic Church. She worked as an RN in St. Paul, MN for many years. In 2017 she moved to Luck, WI to be closer to her children and grandsons and started her own cleaning business.

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