September 2019

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#Landon Strong

Landon Hageman’s most recent procedure (Aug. 22) was just one of many that the 2-year-old has undergone so far in his young life. Hageman has experienced health issues since he was born, but was only recently diagnosed with congenital central lymphatic absence of the pelvis/abdomen. The case is the only one known in the world by Mayo Clinic, one of the world’s largest hospitals. (submitted photo)

 

#Landon Strong

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Muhammad Ali, Chuck Liddell, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Georges St. Pierre – they are all known as some of the best fighters to grace the earth. While they are certainly some of the best to ever step foot in a ring or octagon, allow me to introduce you to one fighter who perhaps has more fight than all of them combined – young Landon Hageman of rural West Union.

From the moment Landon, now 2-years-old, first came into this world, he has faced an up hill battle. After battling health issues throughout his entire life, Hageman was finally diagnosed with a series of conditions, including congenital central lymphatic absence of the pelvis/abdomen, congenital lymphedema, pulmonary lymphangiectasia, intestinal lymphangiectasie, protein losing entropathym and several others. The combination of conditions is so rare, that Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., has never heard of such a case.

“It is all just as scary as it sounds,” explained Landon’s mother, Liz (Koester). “There is no where for lymph fluid to go and nothing is regulating his lymphatics in the center of his body. Mayo reached out to Boston and CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) as they found Landon to be an interesting case. One thing that I’ve been told is that you don’t want to become an interesting case at Mayo.”

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Wanda White

Wanda White

 

Wanda White, 73, of Palo, Iowa, died Wednesday, August 28, 2019, under hospice care at The Bird House in Iowa City, Iowa, following a ten-year battle with cancer. A Vigil Service will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, September 27, 2019, at Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cedar Rapids. Visitation will follow from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, September 27, 2019, at the funeral home. Funeral Mass will take place at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 28, 2019, at St. Jude Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids. Private family entombment will take place at a later date at Linwood Cemetery Mausoleum, Cedar Rapids.Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cedar Rapids, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Clermont holds eight historic landmarks

Nestled within the valley along the Turkey River and surrounded by stunning northeast Iowa hills, Clermont earned its unique nickname from the bricks that were made from the area’s native clay in the local brickyard many years ago. Many of Clermont’s homes and businesses are made from these impressive bricks, thus Clermont’s nickname, “Brick City.” 

 

Clermont holds eight historic landmarks

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Known as the “Brick City,” Clermont remains one of northeast Iowa’s most historic towns.  Established in 1856, and first incorporated as a town on August 16, 1875, the picturesque northeast Iowa town boasts a rich and remarkable history.  

Nestled within the valley along the Turkey River, surrounded by the extraordinary hills of northeast Iowa, Clermont earned its unique nickname from the bricks that were made from the area’s native clay in the local brickyard for well over 75 years.  

Many of the homes and businesses throughout the picturesque Fayette County town were made from these impressive bricks, creating a literal city made of bricks as nearly every building along the town’s main street boasts a brick facade.

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Ice age fossil discovered along the Turkey

Known for their ridges, this mammoth tooth measures at almost exactly 14 inches long.  The biggest wooly mammoth tooth discovered to date measures at 15 inches.  (Megan Molseed photo) 

 

Ice age fossil discovered along the Turkey

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

It was just like any normal day for Elgin native Jeff Miller as he set off floating on the water, looking for interesting finds.

“I was just kayaking on the river, looking for fossils and agates,” Miller said sort of nonchalantly as he sat at the bank of the Turkey River preparing his fishing pole.  “I am always looking around for something, mostly agates.” 

While there were no agates for the outdoor enthusiast to find that day, what he did discover is something beyond anything he could have imagined.

“I glanced over and I saw all the lines and ridges,” he said.  “I got closer to it, thinking it looked like a rib cage or something.” 

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Abigail Whitford

Abigail Whitford

 

Abigail Rose Whitford, 10, of Bellevue, NE, was pronounced dead on Thurs, August 22, 2019 of severe brain trauma after being struck by a car in a crosswalk. 

She attended Trumble Park Elementary in Papillon and loved reading, art and math. She delighted in simple moments, made friends easily and was becoming a mature young lady while being unapologetically herself. Her kindness and spark will live on because Abby donated her organs.

Abby was welcomed to her heavenly home by great-grandparents Harold "Jake" and Leola Baker; Mildred Reinig; Floyd and Faye Neal; Floyd, Jewel, and Clara Whitford; and great-uncles Bob Gaeta and Wendell Whitford.

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Gary Beermann

Gary Beermann

 

Gary C. Beermann, 84, of Marcus, IA, went to be with his Savior on August 24, 2019.

The Funeral Service and luncheon for Gary will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 11a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church in Marcus.  A Celebration of Life and luncheon will be held the following day, Sunday, September 8, 2019, at noon at the West Union, Iowa, Fairgrounds.  A time for sharing memories will be provided in both services. Online condolences can be expressed at www.meyerbroschapels.com.  Arrangements are under the direction of Nelson-Berger Northside Chapel.

Gary was born on April 27, 1935, the oldest son of Del and Edna (Halverson) Beermann, and spent his childhood in West Union, IA.   He graduated from West Union High School and continued at Iowa State in engineering. 

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LaVerne Nims

LaVerne Nims

 

Memorial Services for for LaVerne LeRoy Nims of Clermont, Iowa will be held Wednesday, September 4, 2019 from 4-8 p.m. at the West Clermont Lutheran Church Fellowship room in Clermont, IA. LaVerne passed away on August 25, 2019.  

LaVerne was born on March 15, 1942 to Frank and Olga Nims.  He married Connie Schlee on December 6, 1975, and later divorced. Vern graduated from Valley High School in 1960. He was a very good athlete in his High School days. In 1958, his junior year, Vern was a member of the undefeated football team.

In 1964, Vern was drafted into the army.  He was stationed at Fort Leonard in Wood, Missouri. Vern was assigned to Company D 2D Battalion 2D Regiment and later served in the Vietnam War.

Following discharge, Vern went into farming with his parents and in later years with his brother. Vern loved to bowl on his league with his friends.  He enjoyed raising watermelon and sweet corn.

 

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Michael Willie

Michael Willie

 

Micheal Lee Willie, age 61, passed away peacefully at his home in Cresco, Iowa on Saturday, August 31, 2019, surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with lung cancer. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Fayette, Iowa on Wednesday, September 3, 2019 with visitation from 9:30 until service time. Burial will be in the Grandview cemetery in Fayette, Iowa. 

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Gary Langreck

Gary Langreck

 

Gary Langreck, age 55 of St. Lucas, IA passed away on Sunday, September 1, 2019 at his home in St. Lucas from a heart condition. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 6, 2019 at St. Luke’s Catholic church in St. Lucas, IA.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at the St. Luke’s Catholic Church and 9:30 a.m. at the church Friday morning.

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NFV cross country opens season

The NFV girls started its cross country season Tuesday, Aug. 25, in Edgewood. Here the varsity girls set out on the long 3.1-mile journey. The varsity girls are (l-r) Brynn Gamm, Lexi Steffens Rachael Bushman (behind Steffens), Ava Schupbach, Gina Gibson and Taylor Ney. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

NFV Cross country opens season

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

NFV opened the 2019 cross country season Tuesday, Aug. 27, with the Ed-Co invitational in Edgewood.

Thursday, Aug. 29, the TigerHawks competed at the Early Bird Invitational in Charles City.

The meet at Edgewood began with a bright sun, but a lone black cloud blew over the course as the JV boy’s were about 1.5 miles along in their race. Thunder and heavy rain forced the cancellation of the race.

However, the cloud passed by Edgewood in a relative hurry and the varsity races were able to take place. 

The boy’s finished fourth in the eight-team field; there were also two other schools without enough runners for a full team. South Winn, Jesup and Starmont were the three schools ahead of NFV.

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