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
23
Mar

Duane Smith

Duane Michael Smith, 34, of Cedar Rapids passed away unexpectedly at his home Wednesday, March 17, 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a private Funeral Mass will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marion. A private committal service will be held at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Springbrook. Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Marion is assisting the family.

Duane was born September 8, 1986 in eastern Iowa, the son of Sean and Sara (Eppley) Smith. He was a 2005 graduate of Marion High School. Duane worked for several years in the food service industry. He loved spending time with his friends, playing basketball and video games. Duane also loved animals, especially his cats and dogs. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Thu
18
Mar

Verna Samb

Verna M. Samb, 98, of Waukon died Monday, March 15, 2021 at her home. Funeral services were held Friday, March 19 at Old East Paint Creek Lutheran Church with Pastor Ken Kimball officiating and burial in the church cemetery in rural Waterville.

Verna Marcella Samb was born March 6, 1923 on the rural Waterville farm of her parents, Carl and Thorine (Anderson) Christianson. She was baptized and confirmed at Old East Paint Creek Lutheran Church in rural Waterville. Verna attended Dalby country school in Center Township, graduated from Waterville High School in 1940 and attended Waterloo School of Beauty in Waterloo along with her sister, Lillian. They moved back to Waukon and worked for Carl Halverson’s Mariposa Beauty and Barber Shop at the corner of Spring Avenue and East Main Street.

Tue
16
Mar

Mabel Sires

Mabel Sires, 90, of Mabel, MN, formerly of Spring Grove, MN, died Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at Green Lea Senior Living in Mabel, MN. Private graveside service will be in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Spring Grove, MN. The Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel, MN is assisting with arrangements.

Mabel Marie (Dougherty) Sires came into this world May 28, 1930, a gift for all of us, but first to her parents, Johnnie and Anna (Hawes) Dougherty. She took on the role of caregiver early in her youth as she lost her mother at a young age and helped her dad greatly with her brothers and sisters as the second oldest daughter in the family. Mabel loved being a mom and grandma and spent many years taking care of others as a home health aide.

Tue
16
Mar

Delores Needham Fee

Delores Marie Needham Fee was born October 5, 1938 in Waukon to Leo and Ethel (Burckart) Needham. She passed away March 4, 2021 at the hospital in Newton, KS. A memorial service will be held at a later date in the Waukon area.

Delores “Dee” Fee grew up in the Monona area most of her life. She married Clarence “Pete” Fee August 8, 1958 in Waukegan, IL. Two sons were born into this marriage, Craig and Brian. The marriage ended in 1978.

Dee continued to live around the Waukon and Lansing area where she worked many different types of jobs. She retired from Cabela’s in 2016 after 17-plus years.

Dee loved the outdoors. She could be found horseback riding, hunting, camping, fishing, looking for ginseng, feeding her birds, making s’mores or grilling a juicy steak. She also loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Tue
16
Mar

Ann Haney

Ann J. Haney, 80, of Waukon died Friday, March 12, 2021 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Private family graveside services will be held at Iowa River Cemetery in rural Dorchester with Pastor Bryan Robertson officiating. Cards and condolences may be sent to Karen Henning at 1646 Valdres Road, Decorah, IA 52101. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements.

Ann Jeanette Haney was born December 10, 1940 in Wisconsin to Arnold Orlando and Olga Marie (Galstad) Lunde. When she was nine years old, they moved to Spring Grove, MN where she also attended school. December 20, 1958, Ann married Reginald “Skip” Fillmore Haney at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove. The couple raised their family in the rural areas of Decorah and Waukon.

Tue
09
Mar

Pamela Haney

Pamela K. Haney, 52, of McGregor passed away peacefully February 24, 2021 after a long illness. The family will have a private service in the spring at Big Canoe Lutheran Church, Decorah.

Pamela Kay Haney was born September 15, 1968 to Reginald and Ann (Lunde) Haney. She graduated from Kee High School in Lansing. Pam worked in Lansing and McGregor and also in the east as a nanny. She was an amazing artist, loved nature and was the kindest person.

She was preceded in death by her father, Reginald Haney, along with all of her grandparents and many aunts and uncles. Survivors include her mother, Ann; her brothers and sisters, Regina (Kevin) Ashbacher, Steve Haney, Dave Haney, Brian Haney and Karen (Lynn) Henning; her nieces and nephews, Taylor and Tanner Haney, Gary, Scott and Brett Gibbs, and Khloe Henning; and her longtime friend and partner in life, Ronald “Shawn” Kleinow; along with great-nieces and great-nephews.

Tue
09
Mar

Kenneth Wendel

Kenneth Storla Wendel, 91, of Postville, our dearest husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully with his family by his side Friday, February 26, 2021. Funeral services were held privately at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Postville, with interment immediately following at Postville Cemetery.

Kenny was born  November 8, 1929 to Earl G. and Olga S. (Storla) Wendel on the family farm just south of Churchtown. In 1934 the family moved to a farm north of Waterville. Kenny graduated from Waterville High School in 1948. He also began working on the farm with his father, learning to farm and milk cows.

September 16, 1950, he was united in marriage to Marcella A. Cowell at the Volney Methodist Church. Kenneth and Marcella moved to a farm in the Postville area in 1963. Kenneth’s parents also moved at that time and his father continued to assist with work on the farm.

Tue
09
Mar

Pamela Norton

Pamela A. Norton, age 71, of Windsor, WI passed away peacefully Friday, March 5, 2021. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon Friday, March 12 at St. Olaf Catholic Church, 623 Jefferson Street in DeForest, WI, with Fr. Kumud Nayak presiding. A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass Friday at the church. Burial will be at St. Olaf Catholic Cemetery, also in DeForest, WI.

Pam was born May 16, 1949 near Waterville to Joseph and Eunice (Gavin) Norton. She graduated from St. Patrick’s High School in Waukon in 1967. Pam worked at Colonial Manor Nursing Home for 20 years and retired from St. Mary’s Care Center as an office manager in 2011.

She was a devout Catholic and faithful member of St. Olaf Catholic Church.

Mon
08
Mar

Janet Snitker

Janet L. Snitker, 83, of Waukon died Friday, March 5, 2021 at Good Samaritan Society in Waukon. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 9 at Salem United Church of Christ with Pastor Sue Klimstra officiating, and burial was in the church cemetery in rural Waukon. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is handling the arrangements.

Janet Lucille Snitker was born July 27, 1937 in Waukon, the daughter of Herbert Palmer and Clara (Olson) Larsen. She was baptized and confirmed at Old West Paint Creek Lutheran Church, attended Jefferson #1 country school in rural Waukon and graduated from Waukon High School in 1955.

Tue
02
Mar

Robert Kolsrud

Robert H. Kolsrud, 90, of Waukon died Sunday, February 28, 2021 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 6 at Old West Paint Creek Lutheran Church in rural Waukon with Pastor Ken Kimball officiating. Burial with military honors was in the church cemetery.

Robert Howard Kolsrud was born January 15, 1931 in Waukon, the son of Helmer and Emma (Busness) Kolsrud. Robert grew up on a farm outside of Waterville. He was baptized and confirmed at East Paint Creek Synod Lutheran Church in rural Waterville and attended Waterville schools.

Growing up as an only child, Robert enjoyed horseback riding, fishing and hunting with his dog, Blue. His mom endured some health issues which imprisoned her to a nursing home when Robert was nine years old. Robert had a cream route with the Waterville Creamery at age 16 and also used a hand plow to plow gardens for others as a side job.

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