May 2019

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Charles Frieden

Charles Frieden

 

 

Charles LeRoy Frieden, 71, of Elgin, Iowa, passed away May 8, 2019, at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Chuck was born February 7, 1948, in West Union, Iowa, to Floyd and Coranel (Rothlisberger) Frieden. He was the third of their five children, and the first to be born in a hospital.

Chuck loved growing up with David, Dianne, Jessie and JoNell in the stone house along State Highway 56. A crucial part of growing up was being an active member of the Illyria Community Church.

Chuck began working on their Fayette County farm from a young age. He described Floyd as his best friend and greatest teacher in showing him how to be a thoughtful steward of their land.

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One last sermon

 

After 47 years in Baptist ministry, 45 as a full-time pastor, First Baptist Church Pastor Lee Boleyn will retire in June. He has enjoyed leading the church he grew up in, which he took over in 2002 after 22 years of service as an Air Force Chaplain. 

 

One last sermon

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Pastor Lee Boleyn has given a lot of sermons during his 47 years in the Baptist ministry. 

This May, he’ll be preparing his final sermon as he retires from the church he grew up in - First Baptist Church in Elgin. 

Born to the late Raymond and Lois Boleyn of Elgin in 1949, Boleyn felt a calling to serve God from an early age. It was his time growing up in First Baptist Church, the same church his wife, Diane, attended every Sunday, that helped define that calling. However, that calling took a back seat for a short while. 

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Clermont Depot Restoration

 

Mary and Steve Follett (front, l-r) have been instrumental in restoring the Clermont Depot with help from Rod Marlatt (back) and the Clermont Historical Society. The Depot will have an open house on Monday, May 27, following Memorial Day services in Clermont.  Chris DeBack photo

 

Clermont Depot restoration

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

For over a century, the Clermont Depot along Highway 18 has stood as a welcome sign to the many people that travel to and through Clermont everyday. 

From its time as a working train depot until it was closed in 1958 to today, for many it is the first thing they see to let them know they have arrived in Clermont. Two of those people were Mary and Steve Follett of Minneapolis, Minn.

“We would come down here to visit family with the kids and every time we would come down the hill our kids knew we were in Clermont when they saw the train depot, park, and church,” Mary Follett said. “It is like a welcome sign for Clermont, and something my family always admired as there aren’t very many train depots still around.” 

As the Folletts watched the depot continue to deteriorate over the years, a passion for saving it began to well up inside. One day Mary, finally fed up with watching it rot away, decided to write a letter to Viafield, who owned the depot at the time, asking for their help in saving it. 

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Roger Conner

Roger Conner

 

 

 

Roger D. Conner, 61, of Fayette, passed away Friday, May 3, 2019, at Maple Crest Manor in Fayette. His loving family surrounded him.

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Get ready to play at the Volga River Recreation Area!

 

The Friends of the Volga River Recreation Area recently purchased and installed two new playground sets at the Volga River Recreation Area. The organization was started 10 years ago, and one of its first goals was to fundraise the money to buy these two playground sets, which are located at the campground by the lake and the equestrian campground. Rick Trotter and Brad Pleggenkuhle and among the members of the Friends group that helped make this possible. Chris DeBack photos

 

Get ready to play at the Volga River Recreation Area!

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

People camping at the Volga River Recreation Area this summer will have two new playground sets to enjoy.

Friends of the Volga River Recreation Area purchased two identical playground sets with funds it raised over the last five years. One of the sets is located in the campground up by Volga Lake while the other is located at the equestrian campground.

The playground sets feature a slide, swings, benches and a climbing feature. With the help of approximately 15 volunteers, including Eric Boehm bringing his skid-loader, the playgrounds were installed on Friday-Saturday, May 10-11. 

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William Shafar Jr.

William Shafar Jr.

 

 

 

Birth Date: October 29, 1968

Date of Death: May 11, 2019

 

It is with lots of love that I say I will miss my brother William Shafar. He had an amazing last night on earth that included bowling with friends, and of course it included singing one of his favorite songs at karaoke. – “Every rose has its thorn.” He had an overflowing amount of love for those he called friends and had an amazing way of accepting people for who they are, even when they did not do the same. We always ended every text conversation, phone call, or visit with LMB – so one last time I say to you brother – “I will Love You, Miss you, Bye.”

Love Cindi         Adv

 
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Lavanna Frey

Lavanna Frey

 

 

 

On Friday, May 31, 2019, 11 a.m. a celebration of Life will be held at the Redeemer Lutheran Church, 407 West Bradford St, West Union, IA. On Saturday, June 1, at 10:30 a.m. a Celebration of life will be held at the Harvest Baptist Church, 614 2nd Ave S., Fort Dodge. IA 50501.

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Dennis Schaller

Dennis Schaller

 

 

Dennis Ray Schaller, 59, of Spring Grove, Minnesota passed away on February 26, 2019 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Dennis was born on September 24, 1959 in West Union, Iowa to David and Arleta (Jellings) Schaller. He attended school in West Union, graduating from North High School in 1978. He received his degree from Northeast Iowa Community College, Calmar, IA in the Industrial Electrician program, and started his career at Midland Tile in Redfield, Iowa. In 1990, he began working for Northern Engraving in Spring Grove, Minnesota where he worked as an electrician and, maintenance foreman until the time of his death.

In 1990, Dennis was married to Brenda Knutson. They resided in Decorah, Iowa. To this marriage, two sons were born, Casey John and Zachary Stephen. They later divorced.

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Linus Menne

Linus Menne

 

 

Linus Donald Menne, 72, of West Union, Iowa died Friday, May 12, 2019 at the Good Samaritan Home after a long illness. Linus was born on October 5, 1946 in Ossian, Iowa to Bernard and Irene (Wieling) Menne. Linus graduated from St Francis De Sales School in Ossian, Iowa in 1964. He attended University of LaCrosse for several years. As a teenager, he worked part-time for a milk hauler who collected the milk from farmers, lifting cans of milk onto a truck. After graduation, he had a milk route with Nordness Creamery resulting in extended knowledge of the area farmers and where they lived. 

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NFV girls 2nd at UIC; Ellis advances at Regionals

 

The NFV golf team finished sixth at the Regional Golf Tournament Monday, May 13 in Jesup. Golfing for the TigerHawks were (l-r) Taylor Ellis (who qualified for the Regional final Monday, May 20, as an individual), Lexi West, Sam Wenthold, coach Robin Madole, Mariah Wettleson, Emma Plegenkuhle, and Rayne Everitt. (submitted photo)

 

NFV girls 2nd at UIC; Ellis advances at Regionals

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The NFV girl’s golf team finished second Tuesday (May 7) and seventh at the Regional Tournament Monday (May 13) in Jesup.

The regional was full of good teams as the Tiger Hawks slipped to seventh.

“I was a little disappointed, but the girls actually scored higher than I thought they would,” commented head coach Robin Madole. “It was probably the toughest Regional in Class 2A and only two could advance. The greens were lighting fast, which gave some of the girls fits.”

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