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.

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Shirley Hermsen

Shirley Ann Hermsen, 79, of La Porte, IN passed away Monday, January 2, 2017. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday, January 7 at St. Peter Catholic Church, La Porte, IN, with Reverend Ian Williams officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Waukon.

Shirley was born April 19, 1937 in Waukon to William J. and Cornelia (Ryan) Hancock. November 29, 1958, in Waukon, she married Jude E. Hermsen, who survives.

Shirley was employed by the La Porte YMCA for 37 years, much of that time as Executive Director or Associate Executive Director and in semi-retirement as Development Director and Director of the Horizon Endowment. She developed the first Child Care Resource and Referral Service in La Porte County and was a past chairperson of the La Porte County Educare Committee and a member of several state and local YMCA and Child Care committees.

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Marjorie Haar

Marjorie J. Haar, 84, of Oelwein, known to many as “Ma Haar,” died Friday afternoon, January 6, 2017 at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo. Funeral Service was held Tuesday, January 10 at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Oelwein with Chaplain Michal Schemmel officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Oelwein.

Marjorie Jean Irons was born June 10, 1932 in New Albin, the daughter of Ernest Charles and Ruth (Thompson) Irons. She graduated from Lansing High School in the Class of 1951.
Marjorie married Virgil Martin Haar February 27, 1954 in Waukon, and they were later divorced. Marjorie moved her family to Oelwein in 1963. She was a waitress and cook at Luigi’s, a cook at the White Spot, and a waitress and cook at Sunnyside Lanes and at the Friendly Tap. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, Women’s Relief Corps and Golden Circle. Marjorie enjoyed playing bingo, embroidery and playing cards.

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Stanley Larson

Stanley “Stan” Larson, 68, of Lansing died Friday, January 6, 2017 at his home in Lansing. Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, January 13 at Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Lansing. There will be a visitation from 1:30-2 p.m. at the funeral home Friday before the services.

Rev. Steve Oden will be the Officiant. Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Lansing is helping the family with the arrangements.
 

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Peter Rethwisch

Peter Rethwisch, 83, of Lansing died Sunday, January 8, 2017 at Central Iowa Healthcare, Marshalltown. Arrangements are pending with Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Lansing.
 

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Phyllis Welch

Phyllis M. Welch, 84, of Waukon died Monday, January 9, 2017 at her home in Waukon. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 12 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon with Fr. Mark Osterhaus officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary's Lycurgus Cemetery, rural Waukon. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, January 11 at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon, where there will be a 3:45 p.m. scripture service.

A full obituary will appear in the January 18 edition of The Standard. You can subscribe to The Standard's print edition or e-edition by clicking here.

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Jan

Leland Wenig

Leland Edwin Wenig, age 86, of Berlin, WI died peacefully Thursday, December 29, 2016 at ThedaCare Medical Center-Berlin. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 4 at 11 a.m. at Grace English Lutheran Church in Berlin, WI, with the Rev. Scott T. Piper officiating. Interment with Military Honors will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Berlin, WI. Friends and relatives may call Wednesday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services.

Lee was born December 31, 1929 in Waukon, the son of Edwin and Grace Bulman Wenig. Lee was a 1948 graduate of Waukon High School and served his country in the U.S. Army, Korean Conflict from 1951-1953. May 28, 1955, he was united in marriage to Jean Rice in Caledonia, MN.

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Dennis Ruen

Dennis Ruen, age 63, of Decorah died Sunday, December 25, 2016 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN after suffering a stroke in his home. No formal service was held.

Dennis was born in Decorah December 27, 1952 along with his twin sister, Donna. He grew up on a farm in the Glenwood Township. When he was a child, he and his sister enjoyed racing homemade wooden race cars down the hill and played “cowboys and indians.” He learned his trade of carpentry from his father.

In high school, he had a propensity for the arts. After graduating from Decorah High School in 1971, he worked at a car wash and then at Camcar before starting his own construction company. He married Janeen Nelson in 1979, and they had four daughters, which were his pride and joy.

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Dorothy Kistler

Dorothy Ruth Kistler, age 93, of Scottsdale, AZ passed away December 19, 2016. A Prayer Service was held at St. Daniel the Prophet Catholic Church, Scottsdale, AZ Thursday, December 29 followed immediately by a Funeral Mass and interment thereafter at St. Francis Cemetery in Phoenix, AZ.

Dorothy was born October 29, 1923 to Norman Sadler and Dora Margaret (Stone) in Janesville, WI. She married Charles Kistler October 30, 1942 in La Crosse, WI. In 1953 they moved to Waukon, where they lived until retiring to Scottsdale, AZ  in the early 1980s.

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Joseph Teff

Joseph “Joe” C. Teff, 81, of Dorchester died Sunday, January 1, 2017 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Memorial services will be held Thursday, January 5 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dorchester with Fr. Mark Osterhaus officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery. Friends may call one hour before services Thursday at the church. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements.

Joseph "Joe" Carlton Teff was born November 24, 1935 in Spring Grove, MN, the son of Carlton and Bernadette (Klug) Teff. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary's Catholic Church and attended Bergen Country School in rural Dorchester. Joe worked for area farmers before he started farming with his brother, Tom.

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Ben Richardson

December 28, 2016, Ben Richardson died unexpectedly in his home in Iowa City. He was 31 years old and formerly of Harpers Ferry. A visitation will be held Saturday, January 7 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at St. Ann's - St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Harpers Ferry. A scripture service will follow at 2 p.m. with Fr. John Moser officiating. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements.

Ben was born April 30, 1985 in Monticello, MN to Nancy and Jim Richardson. He was Nancy’s first son and Jim’s second. He joined his sisters, Sasha and Kelly, and his brother, Chris, upon his arrival into this world.

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