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George Pickett

George D. Pickett, 92, passed away at his home in Waukon March 28, 2022. Memorial services will be held Friday, April 8 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Waukon with Pastor Bryan Robertson officiating. Services will be live-streamed on the Martin-Grau Funeral Home Facebook page.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 7 at St. John’s Fellowship Hall and also one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be at a future date at the Minnesota State Veteran’s Cemetery in Preston, MN. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is assisting the family. The family asks that no flowers be given; memorials can be made to The Allamakee Music Boosters (P.O. Box 215, Waukon, IA 52172), Robey Memorial Library in Waukon, or your favorite charity.


Karen Hermeier

Karen J. Hermeier, 76, of Waterloo, formerly of Waukon, died Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at her home with her husband by her side. Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 5 at Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon with Pastor Duane Smith officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon.

Karen Jean Hermeier was born April 15, 1945 in Waukon, the daughter of Lloyd and Neva (Deal) Bechtel. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion United Church of Christ, attended Jefferson #7 grade school, and graduated from Waukon High School in 1962. After high school, Karen received additional education for office work and went to Washington, D.C. to work for the Navy Department.

In May of 1964, Karen returned to Waukon and married Terry Hermeier, who was on leave from the U.S. Army. The couple then went to Fort Huachuca, AZ for two years, where she worked for the Army Department.


Ryan Helgerson

Ryan Thomas Jon Helgerson was born the son of Kae Jeanne Helgerson and Gary Helgerson January 1, 1990, being the first child to be born in northeast Iowa that year. Ryan died March 18, 2022 in Eagle River, AK. Funeral Services were held Wednesday, March 30 at Norway Lutheran Church, rural St. Olaf with Rev. Marshall Hahn officiating. Inurnment was at Norway Lutheran Cemetery, rural St. Olaf.

Ryan was quite a surprise for his family, being 16 years younger than his oldest brother, Erik, and 13 years younger than his brother, Joel. He was baptized at Bethany Lutheran Church in Elkader and Confirmed at Norway Lutheran Church in St. Olaf. Ryan graduated from Central High School in Elkader in 2008.


Hazel Kolsrud

Hazel Alida Kolsrud, age 95, passed away March 28, 2022 at the Haywood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Waynesville, NC. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, April 9 at 1 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 785 Paragon Parkway, Clyde, NC. The family requests that masks are optional due to COVID-19 guidelines. A private graveside service will be held later in the spring in Waukon.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Our Savior Lutheran Church (785 Paragon Parkway, Clyde, NC 28721); Four Seasons Hospice (571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731); or Givens Great Laurels (80 Candler Street, Waynesville, NC 28786).


Margaret "Marg" Hogan

Margaret “Marg” Mary Hogan, 92, of Lansing died Thursday, March 24, 2022 at Thornton Manor in Lansing. Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, March 29 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Lansing with Rev. Sean Smith as the celebrant. Burial followed at Gethsemane Cemetery in Lansing.

Memorials may be given in Marg’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association and Thornton Manor in Lansing.

Margaret Mary was born April 27, 1929 to Eugene and Dorothy (Thornton) Brennan in the Wexford area. She graduated with the Class of 1947 from Immaculate Conception Catholic High School and furthered her education with a BA in Business and Education at Clarke College, graduating in 1951.


Patricia Bruns

Patricia A. Bruns, 66, of Waukon died Monday, March 21, 2022 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, WI. Memorial services will be held Friday, April 1 at 11 a.m. at Martin - Grau Funeral Home in Waukon with Pastor Ken Kimball officiating. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home Friday.

Patricia Ann Bruns was born June 2, 1955 in Waukon, the daughter of Herbert Theodore and Helen Verna (Johnson) Bruns. She attended school in Lansing and Waukon. Patricia had many challenges in her life due to a disability that stemmed from having spinal meningitis before her first birthday, which she spent in the hospital in Rochester, MN. This left her with paralysis on her right side and mental challenges.


Allan "Tommy" Palmer

Allan E. “Tommy” Palmer, 90, of rural Monona died Friday, March 25, 2022 at Elkader Care Center. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 29 at Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon with Pastor Steve Oden officiating. Burial with military honors was at IOOF Cemetery, Rossville.

Allan “Tommy” Eugene Palmer was born August 26, 1931 in rural Waterville, Allamakee County, the son of Everett and Laura (Flage) Palmer. He was baptized July 4, 1948 and graduated from Waterville High School in 1950.

Allan then entered into the U.S. Air Force in June of 1950, serving for four years. He attended aeronautics school at Hunter AFB in Savannah, GA and Amarillo, TX; Allan was a crew chief on a B47 bomber in Africa and at Lockbourne AFB in Columbus, OH. After being discharged, Allan enrolled at the University of Tulsa in the Spartan School of Aeronautics and worked for American Airlines as a crew chief, flying all around the country as a mechanic troubleshooting airplanes.


Robert Lewey

Robert L. Lewey, 91, of Sumner died Tuesday evening, March 22, 2022 at Community Memorial Hospital in Sumner. Funeral services for both Bob Lewey (Judy Lewey’s husband) and Neva Nerge (Judy Lewey’s mother who passed away Thursday evening, March 24) were held Tuesday, March 29 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sumner with Rev. Tanner Post officiating. Burial was at Lutheran Cemetery of Sumner Township, rural Sumner. Memorials may be made to the family for later designation.

Becker & Son Funeral Home in Sumner assisted the family. Online condolences may be left at


Marlene Dismore

Marlene Dismore, age 81, of Cassville, MO passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at Roaring River Health and Rehabilitation in Cassville, MO. A Celebration of Life will be held from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11, 2022 at Brandon Area Community Center in Brandon. Cremation arrangements are under direction of Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville, MO.

Marlene was born March 9, 1941 in Sibley, the daughter of Earl and Marie (Norman) Lauber. October 24, 1959 in Cedar Falls, she was united in marriage to Manford “Butch” Dismore, who survives. Also surviving are two sons, Tony Dismore and his wife Brenda of Rio Rancho, NM and Daniel “Doc” Dismore and his wife Shelley of Vinton; one daughter, Angela Wygle and her husband Lonnie of Cedar Rapids; 10 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents and one brother, Vern Lauber.


Greg Lonning

Greg Lonning, 60, went to his Heavenly home March 8, 2022, surrounded by his loving wife and children. He had suffered an unexpected brain aneurysm at his home in New Jersey. A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, April 23 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon with Fr. John Moser officiating. A visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the church. The Mass will be streamed on the Martin-Grau Funeral Home Facebook page.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Luther College Regents Center in Decorah Sunday, April 24 at 1 p.m. There will also be a New Jersey memorial, with details to come later.

Gregory Charles Lonning was born March 15, 1961 in Waukon to Charles “Chuck” and Karen (Simon) Lonning. Greg grew up in Waukon, and was baptized and confirmed at St. Patrick Catholic Church. The oldest of five boys, he was an awesome big brother and son. Greg loved sports, friends, being outdoors, and was a faithful altar boy.


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