Esther Mary Zweibohmer, 91, Ossian, Iowa, died Sunday, December 1, 2013, at Ossian Senior Hospice in Ossian, Iowa. She was born on July 16, 1922 to Daniel and Evelyn (Grabau) Murray in Bonair, Iowa. Esther graduated from Crestwood High School, Cresco, Iowa in 1939.
On November 21, 1940, Esther was united in marriage with Gregory Frederic “Greg” Zweibohmer Sr. at St. John Catholic Church in Independence, Iowa. Nine children were born to this union.
Esther worked in Waterloo as a waitress, where she met Greg. She then worked on the family farm raising her family for fifty years. Presently, she was the Grand Regent of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court #983 and served as the District Deputy for many years. Esther loved playing cards, quilting, reading, gardening and crocheting.
Esther is survived by seven of her children, Lois (Lee) Meinert of Ankeny, Louise (John) Heying of Calmar, James (Carol) Zweibohmer of Sherrill, Lawrence (Connie) Zweibohmer of Charlotte, North Carolina, Patricia Larson of Ionia, David (Sharol) Zweibohmer of Cresco and Norma Glass of Oelwein; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren and her sister, Rosetta Statelman of Evansdale.
Esther was preceded in death by her husband, Greg Zweibohmer Sr.; a son, Greg Zweibohmer Jr.; a daughter in infancy, Catherine Zweibohmer and a grandson, Bryan Meinert.
Visitation will be Tuesday, December 3, 2013 from 3 – 7 pm with a Catholic Daughters of the Americas Rosary at 3:00 pm and a Scripture Service at 5:00 pm at the Schmitz-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Ossian Iowa.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 am on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Ossian, Iowa with Monsignor Cletus Hawes as the Celebrant. There will also be a one hour visitation before Mass.
Interment will follow at the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Cemetery, Ossian, Iowa.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the De Sales School or the Ossian Ambulance Fund in Esther’s honor. Schmitz - Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Ossian, Iowa is helping the family with the arrangements.
Walter E. Kapuscinski, age 93, of rural Gotham and recently at Pine Valley Healthcare died on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at the Richland Hospital. He was born in Chicago on October 10, 1920 the son of Frank and Rose Kapuscinski. Walter was united in marriage with Elsie Pratali in Sterling, IL. They lived in Chicago until 1964, when they moved to a farm in Yuba. Elsie preceded him in death in 2001. He loved building miniature steam engines, reading, being outside enjoying nature, and watching the traffic.
Survivors include his children:
Linda Kapuscinski of Golden Living Center, Riverdale
Dale (Leo) Johnson of Wonewoc
Gloria (Ken) Dvorak of Cazenovia
Nancy (James) Good of Hillsboro
Cindy (Brian) Friske of Kendall
Leo (Fran) Johnson, III of Hillsboro
Ben (Erin) Dvorak of Reedsburg
Kelly (Randy) Rabuck of Reedsburg
Brian (Jessica) Dvorak of Hillsboro
Diana (Jim) Robinson of Baraboo
Joel (Annie) Good of Hillsboro
Richard (Meg) Good of Hillsboro
15 great grandchildren: Cassidy Evans, Brandon Tobey, Daniel Turner, Joshua Robinson, Alma Dvorak, Kenton Dvorak, Gabby Rabuck, Cylee Rae Friskie, Ellie Dvorak, Ashley Robinson, Monty Good, Nicholas Dvorak, James Good, Jonathan Dvorak, Sophia Rabuck
One great great grandchild: Ashton Lee Peterson
Walter was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, an infant son Gary, and his siblings: Helen, Andy, Martha, Sophia, Edmund, Frank and Stella.
Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at the PRATT MEMORIAL CHAPEL. Pastor Craig Peach will officiate. Burial will be in the Richland Center Cemetery where military graveside rites will be provided by the Cazenovia American Legion. Friends may call at the PRATT MEMORIAL CHAPEL on Saturday from 10:30 AM until service time at noon. The Pratt Funeral Service is assisting the family with arrangements.
Richard Blodgett, 85, of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin passed away on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at his home. He was born on November 11, 1928 to Harvey and Winifred (Bordner) Blodgett in Peoria, Illinois. Richard married the love of his life, JoAnn Willkomm, on August 20, 1955 in Rockford, Illinois. To this union three children were born.
Richard graduated from Havanna High School in 1946. He worked as laborer and then went to serve his nation in the Army during the Korean War. This past May he proudly went on the Badger Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. After his service in the Army, Richard worked for over twenty-nine years at the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, retiring in 1991. Richard and JoAnn spent many happy summers along the Mississippi River in Bagley, Wisconsin and winters in Green Valley, Arizona. He was an avid reader that enjoyed puzzles of all types. Richard also enjoyed fishing, golfing, camping, travelling and playing cards. He was the best card player in the family and was known to play two games of cribbage a day.
Richard is survived by his wife, JoAnn of Prairie du Chien; three children, Becky Peura (special friend, Dennis Lynch), Ron (Louise) Blodgett and Cindy Gilbertson (special friend, Marty Miller) all of Stoughton, Wisconsin; six beloved grandchildren; one great-granddaughter and his much loved dog, Dixie. He is further survived by brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, close friends and wonderful neighbors.
A private family service will take place at a later date.
Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin is helping the family with arrangements.
Culver Allen Johnson
Culver Allen Johnson, 72 of Blue River died December 2, 2013 at the Richland Center Hospital after a long illness. Culver was born and raised near Richland Center, Wisconsin and graduated from Richland Center High School in 1959. He entered military service in 1963 in the United States Army, served at Fort Lewis, Washington, and was honorably discharged in 1965. Culver resided for many years in Kenosha, Wisconsin and was employed by American Motors and the City of Kenosha. He retired in 1999 and relocated to Blue River, Wisconsin where he lived until his passing. He was active in the American Legion, 40 et 8, the Lions Club, and the boards of the Town of Blue River, and the Five Points Lutheran Church. As an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, river and lake fishing, and motorcycling.
Culver was preceded in death by his parents, Gilman and Ruby Johnson, his brother, Dennis Johnson, and his sister Sonja Mason.
Culver is survived by; One daughter, Kim Hovenga of Mesa, Arizona, one grandson, Hunter, and one granddaughter, Tyger of Summerville, South Carolina. Five brothers; Dallas (Judy Johnson) of Richland Center, Charlie (Sandi) Johnson of Blue River, Dean (Becky) Johnson of Sauk City, Kevin (Debbie) Johnson of Sun City, Arizona, and Carl (Judy) Johnson of Midland, Georgia; Two sisters: Rita (Bill) Olson of Soldiers Grove, and Renee Wenger of Dodgeville, sister-in-law: Linda Johnson of San Luis Obispo, California; two aunts and an uncle, Mabel Sherry of Viroqua, Leonard and Odessa Johnson of Moscow, Idaho, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the Five Points Lutheran Church with Pastor Larry Engel officiating. Burial will follow in the Five Points Cemetery with military rites being provided by the Blue River American Legion Post 449 and the 40et8. Friends may call at the Pratt Memorial Chapel on Friday, December 6, 2013 from 4:00 PM-7:00PM and again on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at the Five Points Lutheran Church from 10:00 AM until the time of the service at 11:00 AM. The family suggests memorial in Culver’s name be directed to the Five Points Lutheran Church. The Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service is assisting the family with their arrangements. Online condolences can be made at prattfuneralservice.com.
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.
Anita A. Gilster
Anita A. Gilster, 75, of Waukon, IA, died Monday, December 2, 2013, at Northgate Care Center in Waukon. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 7th, at 11:00 AM at St. John's Lutheran Church in Waukon, with Rev. Lynn G. Groe officiating. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery, Castalia, IA. Friends may call one hour before services at the church on Saturday. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is assisting the family with arrangements.
Anita Ann Gilster was born on March 30, 1938, on the rural Monona, IA, farm of her parents Earl and Grace (Welzel) Gilster. She was baptized at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Monona, and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Postville, IA. Anita attended school in Castalia, IA, and graduated from Postville High School in 1958. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, where she was active in the ladies circles, helped with Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. Anita enjoyed watching sports on television, especially baseball, and liked playing cards, listening to music, embroidering, and taking bus trips. She loved being with friends and family and attending community events.
Survivors include a brother Donald (Darlene) Gilster of Postville, IA; a sister-in-law Mary Gilster of Omaha, NE; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, and a brother Louis Gilster.
Casketbearers are Robert and Cheryl Luenberger, Randy and Mavis Holthaus, Wayne Gilster, Danny and Theresa Gilster, and Dawn Gilster.
Ilene A. Hausler
Editor's note - This is a reposting of a previously published obituary. Wauzeka, WI
Ilene A. Hausler, age 80, of rural Wauzeka passed away on Saturday November 23, 2013 at the Boscobel Area Health Care in Boscobel. She was born on October 29, 1933 in Mason City Iowa. The daughter of Wayne and Helen (Lundgren) Schollian. She married Fred Hausler on September 17, 1955 at the Congregational Church in Lancaster Wisconsin. She is survived by her husband Fred Hausler of Wauzeka. Three sons: Kurt Hausler of Janesville, Thomas (Nancy) Hausler of Eldora Iowa, Philip (Ione) Hausler of Stevens Point. One daughter Trish (Scott) Bruegmann of Steuben. Five grandchildren: Ann Marie Cooley (Cory), Matthew Bruegmann (Courtney), Kiel Hausler, Brett Hausler, Katelyn Bruegmann. Two great-granddaughters: Jaelynn and Iralynn Bruegmann. A close family friend Phyllis Fish of Boscobel. She preceded in death by her parents, a brother Richard Schollian, and a great-grandson Brevin Cooley.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday December 14, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Boscobel. Pastor Charles Koester officiating. Burial of the cremains will be at a later date in the Bagley Cemetery in Bagley Wisconsin. No visitation. In lieu of flowers memorials can be given to Sugar Creek Bible Camp, or St. John's Lutheran Church restoration fund. The Kendall Funeral Service in Boscobel is assisting the family. On line condolence can be sent to www.kendallfuneralsevice.com
Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Venhuizen, 92, of Muscoda died Friday, November 29, 2013 at the University Hospital in Madison as the result of an automobile accident.
She was born May 15, 1921 in Mora, Minnesota the daughter of John B and Christine (Wilkens) Vandermyde. On November 14, 1942 Betty married Fred ‘Fritz’ Venhuizen in Minneapolis. Betty and Fritz farmed together for many years in Illinois and Wisconsin. Betty enjoyed the outdoors especially bird watching, gardening, and watching the flowers grow. She was a member of the Blue River Valley Church and was devoted in her Bible readings. Betty loved every moment she was able to spend with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Betty is survived by three sons: Roger (Gail) Venhuizen of Muscoda, David (Barbara) Venhuizen of Austin, Texas, Steven (Jeannine) Venhuizen of Polo, Illinois; Five granddaughters: Jennifer, Jodi, Jeanna, Erica, Katrina; Seven great-grandchildren; Brother and sisters: John W (Darlene) Vandermyde of Minneapolis, Janice (Bob) DeVries of Fridley, Minnesota, Mary (Ollie) Fredricks of Anoka, Minnesota; Brothers-in-law: Don St. Germain of Maple Wood, Minnesota, DuWayne Vos of Mount Carroll, Illinois, John Hamstra of Sterling, Illinois; Sisters-in-law: Marjorie Venhuizen, Phyllis Venhuizen of Morrison, Illinois; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and dear friends.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, husband Fritz, son Ronald, two sisters Sharon St. Germain and Christine Vos.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the Blue River Valley Church with Pastor Paul Fries officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the Blue River Valley Church on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 from 9:00 AM until the time of the service at 11:00 AM. The family has established a memorial in Betty’s name for the Missions. The Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service is assisting the family with their arrangements. Online condolences can be made at prattfuneralservice.com
Rita I. Staum
Rita I. Staum, 87, of Richland Center died on Saturday, December 7, 2013.
Funeral Services will be held at noon on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at the PRATT MEMORIAL CHAPEL. Pastor Bill Busch will officiate and burial will be in the Richland Center Cemetery. Friends may call at the Pratt Memorial Chapel on Thursday from 10:00 AM until service time at noon. The Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service is assisting the Staum family. Online condolences may be made at prattfuneralservice.com
Rosalyn Delores Krambeer
Rosalyn Delores Krambeer, 92, of Postville, Iowa passed away Thursday, December 5, 2013 following a long illness at Garden View Senior Community, Monona, Iowa. She was born on September 15, 1921 to Richard J. and Frieda (Buckman) McNally in Chickasaw County, Lawler, Iowa. Rosalyn was baptized at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Monona by Rev. A. Daugs and was confirmed by Rev. Kumph at St. John Lutheran Church, Luana. She attended rural Gooding School in Clayton County and Luana High School for two years.
On January 17, 1940, Rosalyn was united in marriage with Elmer Krambeer at St. John Lutheran Church in Luana. Six children were born to this union. The couple engaged in farming in Grand Meadow Township on the farm where Elmer was born. In 1975 they retired to Postville, Iowa. In 1964, Rosalyn completed her High School education through University of Nebraska and in 1970 she then attended the School of Nursing and Area 1 in Calmar where she first received her LPN and later her RN Associate Degree, specializing in Coronary Care, Emergency Medical Technician and CPR Instructor Training. Rosalyn was employed at Postville Good Samaritan Center, Postville Hospital for many years and nine years at Waukon Hospital. After retiring from nursing, Rosalyn operated a bed and breakfast from her home for ten years.
Rosalyn was an active member of St. John Lutheran Church in Luana since her confirmation, serving on different committees, church council, taught Sunday school for many years, singing in the choir, assisting where needed and enjoyed the adult Bible classes after church. She also enjoyed cooking sewing, quilting, decorative painting, crafts, working in her flower gardens, antiques and participating in activities at Garden View. Rosalyn enjoyed life.
Rosalyn is survived by her five sons, Edward (Margaret) Krambeer of Postville, David (Phyllis) Krambeer of Sparta, Wisconsin, Michael (Barb) Krambeer of Postville, Kevin (Chris) Krambeer of North Richland Hills, Texas and Jeffrey (special friend, Edith) Krambeer of Postville; a daughter, Danna Milbourn of Panora, Iowa; eighteen grandchildren; forty-three great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren as well as many other relatives and friends .
Rosalyn was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer; a granddaughter, Brenda Krambeer; her mother and step-father; a brother Richard McNally; a sister, Margaret Sebastian; a step-sister, Marie Lenth; a sister-in-law, her grandmother and uncles who raised her; two step-brothers and a step-niece.
In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made in Rosalyn’s honor to St. John Lutheran Church in Luana, Clayton County Food Shelf or Clayton County Crisis Fund.
Visitation will be Monday, December 9, 2013 from 4-7 pm at the Schutte-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Postville, Iowa and one hour before services at the church on Tuesday.
Funeral Services will be at 10:30 am on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at St. John Lutheran Church, Luana, Iowa with Rev. Harold McMillin as the Officiant.
Interment will follow at Postville Cemetery, Postville, Iowa.
Schutte-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Postville, Iowa is helping the family with the arrangements.
John W. Brazell
John W. Brazell, 90, of Harpers Ferry, IA, died Sunday, December 8, 2013, at Thornton Manor in Lansing, IA. Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 12th, at 11:30 AM at St. Ann's - St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Harpers Ferry, with Fr. John Moser officiating. Burial will be at St. Joseph's Paint Rock Cemetery, in Harpers Ferry. Friends may call from 10:30 AM until the time of service Thursday at the church. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon, IA, is handling the arrangements.
John William Brazell was born August 3, 1923, in Harpers Ferry, IA, the son of Leo and Mabel (Markwardt) Brazell. He was baptized and confirmed at St Ann's Catholic Church in Harpers Ferry. John graduated from Harpers Ferry High School in 1941. He farmed his entire life in the Harpers Ferry area.
Survivors include his brother Harold (Monnie) Brazell of Cedar Rapids, IA; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers: Maurice and Norbert Brazell.
Casketbearers are Kevin, Brian, Mark, and Steve Brazell, Tom Green, and Dick Saddler.
Kenneth N. Marti
Kenneth N. Marti, 87, of Waukon, IA, died Monday, December 2, 2013, at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 4th, at 11:00 AM at Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon, with Pastor Samantha Houser officiating. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon. Friends may call from 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM Tuesday at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon.
Kenneth Norvil Marti was born on September 1, 1926 on the rural Waukon, IA, farm of his parents, Philip and Inga (Sorum) Marti. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion United Church of Christ, where he remained a life-long member, and attended Jefferson #7 rural school. Following school he traveled and worked his way through many of the western states on a trip with his brother Herman; taking odd jobs as they came along. He returned to Iowa and worked at Quaker Oats in Cedar Rapids for a short time before coming back to Allamakee County and starting farming. In 1948 he married Joyce Russell. They were later divorced. On September 12, 1970 he married Penny Kellison at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA. In 1969 Kenny started doing carpentry work. He began with industrial projects through the carpenters union in Waterloo, IA, working for major retailers and even helping to put the roof on the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, IA. He later did residential carpentry closer to home. His last working years were spent helping his brother Gordon on the home farm.
Kenny loved working on the farm and was very handy with repairing the equipment and keeping all the machinery running. He liked fixing things around the house and had a soft spot for feeding the birds and squirrels. He enjoyed reading about frontier history, stories about the old west, old time country music, and attending family gatherings.
Survivors include his wife Penny of Waukon; 4 children: Rose (Don) Manning of Lansing, IA, Susan (Jim) O’Neill and Cindy (Reggie) Curtin, both of Waukon, and Danny (Pauline) Marti of La Crosse, WI; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; 2 brothers: Gordon of Luana, IA and Grant of Dubuque, IA; and a sister-in-law Sylvia Marti of Marion, IA. He is preceded in death by his parents; a son David; a grandson Brandon; 7 brothers: Herman, Alton, Victor, Marvin, Lester, Wilbur, and an infant brother; and a sister Alice Marti.
Casketbearers are his grandchildren: Zeb, Shay, and Austin Curtin, Juston and John Marti, Teresa Yeoman, Shannon Marti, Laurie Kieth, Lisa Snitker, Lacy Lloyd, Jane Hansen, and DeKote' Curtin.
Margaret Mae Nimbar
Prairie du Chien, WI
Margaret Mae Nimbar age 90 formerly of Prairie du Chien passed away Saturday November 30, 2013 at the Benedictine Manor in LaCrosse, WI. She was born May 13, 1923 in Butler SD, the daughter of Alvro and Vella (Parrot) Klebe. Her family later relocated to Aberdeen SD where she was a graduate of Aberdeen Central High School in 1942. She married Mervin E. Nimbar on January 16, 1946 in Aberdeen, SD. She served as “Pink Lady” at St. Luke’s Hospital of Aberdeen, SD. She later worked for the Army Civilian Corps as a “WOW” Women Ordinance Worker and from 1944 to 1946 for the Milwaukee Road Railroad.
She lived in Mobridge, SD until moving back to Aberdeen, SD in 1954 where she was an active Boy and Girl Scout leader. In 1966 they moved their family to Elgin, IL where she also worked for the Milwaukee Road, McGraw Edison and Toastmasters Corp.
They moved to Prairie du Chien, WI in 1998 and later on to assisted living in La Crosse, WI in 2010.
As a devout Catholic, she belonged to Sacred Heart Church of Aberdeen, SD, St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Elgin, IL and St. John’s Catholic Church while living in Prairie du Chien.
She is survived by her husband of 67 years Mervin, daughter; Linda (John) Noga of Clayton, IA and their children, Jason (Jessica) Noga and their daughter of Deerfield, IL, Jaime (Adam) Archie and their daughter Margaret of Conroe, TX, son; Stephen (Patricia) Nimbar of Wauzeka, WI, sister; Lorraine Wuollet of St Louis Park, MN brother-in-law; Merle Nimbar of Everette, WA along with many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Dorothy her brother and sister-in-law; Robert and Emma Klebe and two nieces.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 11:00 AM at St. John’s Church of the Holy Family Parish with Rev. James Weighner officiating. Interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery both in Prairie du Chien. Friends may call at the church on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 from 10:00 AM until the time of services with a rosary at 10:30 AM. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund is being established in Margaret Mae’s name. The Garrity Funeral Home of Prairie du Chien is assisting the family. www.garrityfuneralhome.com
Curtis Duane Thornton
Curtis Duane Thornton, 74, of Postville, Iowa died Monday, December 2, 2013 at his home in Postville. He was born April 19, 1939 to Vern and Blanche (Rush) Thornton in rural Postville, Iowa. He attended Postville High School.
Curtis joined the United States Army on April 17, 1956 as a member of Company B 1st Brigade 28th US Infantry and was honorably discharged on April 9, 1959. On September 15, 1962, Curtis was united in marriage with Cheryl Snitker at the Community Presbyterian Church in Postville. Two daughters were born to this union.
Curtis worked at Hall Roberts in Postville for many years. He enjoyed camping, traveling and spending time with his family.
Curtis is survived by his wife, Cheryl Thornton of Postville; a daughter, Brenda Kerr of Good Year, Arizona; two grandchildren, Cameron Kerr of Buckeye, Arizona and Mariah Kerr of Good Year, Arizona; a brother, Lloyd Thornton of Castalia; a brother-in-law, Cleone (Kathy) Snitker of Postville and a sister-in-law, Loretta Backhaus of Postville.
Curtis was preceded in death by a daughter, Connie Thornton; his parents; a brother, Leo Thornton; a sister-in-law, Marian Thornton; a brother-in-law, Jack Backhaus and a niece, Terri McKee.
Visitation will be Friday, December 6, 2013 from 3 – 7 pm at Schutte-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Postville, Iowa.
Memorial Services will be at 7:00 pm on Friday, December 6, 2013 at Schutte-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Postville, Iowa.
Inurnment will be at Postville Cemetery, Postville, Iowa with Military Rites.
Schutte-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Postville, Iowa is helping the family with the arrangements. Condolences may be left with: www.graufuneralhomes.com