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Florian Franzen

Florian Franzen

Florian Francis Franzen, 84, of Hawkeye, Iowa died Sunday, May 2, 2021 at Maple Crest Manor in Fayette, Iowa. He was born December 22, 1936 to Michael and Clara (Schmitt) Franzen in St. Lucas, Iowa. Florian proudly joined and served in the United States Air-Force. While stationed at Alconbury, London, Florian met Patricia Carter. They were united in marriage and to this union five children were born.

Throughout the years Florian farmed. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, roller skating and playing euchre. Florian was a member of the Legion Auxiliary #312 in Hawkeye, Iowa and the Knights of Columbus.

Surviving Florian are his wife, Patricia Franzen; sons, Keith Franzen, Mark Franzen, John Franzen and Paul Franzen; eleven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one brother, Laverne (Rosemary) Franzen.

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Edward Stepan

Edward Stepan

Edward Louis Stepan, 85, of West Union, Iowa died Thursday, April 22, 2021 at Maple Crest Manor in Fayette, Iowa. Edward was born October 12, 1935 to John and Lillian (Pecinovsky) in Spillville, Iowa.

 

On October 24, 1955, Edward was united in marriage with Mary Ann Folkers.  Edward worked his most of his life farming, and was seventy when he retired.

 

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Roxie Swenka

Roxie Swenka

 

Roxie Ann (Mizner) Swenka of Rolla, Missouri passed away on Monday, May 4, 2021 at the age of 86. She was born on September 4, 1934 in Charles City, Iowa to the late Oscar and Maude (Selix) Mizner. 

Roxie was born and raised in Iowa where she would meet her beloved husband of sixty-six years, James Swenka while they were in grade school. She and James were married on December 28, 1954; this union was blessed with three children.

 Roxie and James moved to Rolla in 1979 and they joined the Anutt United Methodist Church. She was the treasurer for the church during most of that time. She and James volunteered for nearly two years helping to renovate the Anutt Young Community Center. In her spare time, Roxie enjoyed raising sheep, tending to her flower garden, and taking care of her family and dog. Roxie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend who will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

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Larry Barker

Larry Barker

 

Larry Thomas Barker, 60, of Postville, Iowa died Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at his home in Postville, Iowa. Larry was born December 19, 1960 to Thomas and Donna (Thompson) Barker in West Union, Iowa. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in West Union, Iowa. Larry graduated from North Fayette High School in 1979. He worked for Gage and Gage Plumbing & Heating of West Union during high school and after college.   He attended University of Dubuque and then the University of Northern Iowa for one year.  He worked for Modcomp Homes of Independence before starting with Bemiss Distributing.  Larry was starting his thirty-eighth year working for Bemiss Distributing as a route driver, salesman and Tap Specialist.

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Roger Hummel

Roger Hummel

 

Roger Hummel, 60, of Hazleton passed away Friday April 23, 2021at MercyOne Medical Center in Waterloo.  A Celebration of Life will be held from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday May 16, 2021 at the Geilenfeld-Buehner Funeral Home in Oelwein.  A memorial fund has been established.  For condolences, please visit www.geilenfeldfh.com.

Due to state and federal guidelines on gatherings regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing is required.  Those in attendance are required to wear a mask.

Roger Duane Hummel was born July 31, 1960 in Oelwein to parents Duane and Eleanor (Rohrig) Hummel.  He graduated from West Central High School in Maynard with the class of 1979.  He was united in marriage with Tammy Strosahl and they later divorced.

In 1990, he was united in marriage with Diane Bonjour and they later divorced.

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Marilyn Miller

Marilyn Miller

 

 

Marilyn Miller, 89, of West Union, Iowa died May 5, 2021 at the Good Samaritan in West Union, Iowa. Marilyn was born at home in St. Anthony, Iowa, the daughter of John and Maquerite Easton.

She received her education from St. Anthony School and graduated there. Following graduation, she worked in various jobs in Waterloo and West Union area. She enjoyed time with her grandkids, reading and loved to bake.

Marilyn belonged to the Holy Name Catholic Church, West Union and was married to Donald over 60 years.

Marilyn is survived by her children: Jerry and Rhonda Miller, West Union; Rick (Jodi) Miller, Vinton, Iowa; Bill and Kim Miller, Waucoma, Iowa. There were many nieces, nephews and grand kids.

Preceding Marilyn in death was her husband, Donald, her parents, Brother Bob and in-laws, William and Frances Miller.

Her family will miss Marilyn. There will be a private service held later. 

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Clarian Gunderson

Clarian Gunderson

 

Clarian Thelma (Thompson) Gunderson, 91, of Postville, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at Stoney Brook Village in West Union. Clarian was born March 13, 1930 in rural Clermont to Henry T. and Anna Marie (Lubke) Thompson. She was baptized at West Clermont Lutheran Church on July 20, 1930 which marked the beginning of her strong relationship with God. This continued with her confirmation at the Frankville Presbyterian church in 1945. 

Clarian attended rural schools in Allamakee and Winneshiek counties and graduated from Postville High School in 1947. After graduating, she worked as a secretary at the Postville Community School and was later employed at the Postville State Bank. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Dean Gunderson on August 12, 1951 at Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Postville, Iowa. Together they raised five children. 

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Walter Sellers

Walter Sellers

 

Walter Sellers, 97, of Oelwein passed away Sunday April 25, 2021 at MercyOne Medical Center in Oelwein.  Visitation was held from 10:00-11:30 a.m. on Friday April 30, 2021 at the Geilenfeld-Buehner Funeral Home in Oelwein.  Interment followed at Grandview Cemetery in Fayette with Pastor Michael Jager officiating.  The American Legion of Fayette Honor Guard provided military honors.  For condolences, please visit www.geilenfeldfh.com.

 Due to state and federal guidelines on gatherings regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing is required.  Those in attendance are required to wear a mask.

Walter was born on October 5, 1923 in What Cheer, Iowa, the son of Addison and Mary (Nicholson) Sellers.  He grew up in Southern Iowa for a short time then moved to Waterloo and then to the Fayette area.  On December 3, 1943 he was united in marriage to Anna Mae Fauser in Oelwein, Iowa.  

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Randy Osmundson

Randy Osmundson

 

Randy Ray Osmundson passed away unexpectedly on April 15, 2021.

A private service is being held in his memory at a later date.

Randy was born, raised and lived most of his life in West Union, IA. He grew up a farm boy with parents, Loren and LaVonne, and siblings Michael, Karen, Kris, Lonnie, Gary and Melodee.

One of his favorite quotes was a plaque owned by Ronald Reagan that said “It CAN be done.” He not only loved this quote, he lived it. Along side dedicated and loyal employees and friends, what started as a small farming operation grew to the prominent agricultural entity, Northern Ag Service. His business successes, while admirable, came second to his faith. He could often be found reading his Bible or catching up on the latest Chuck Swindoll. He was known for his master negotiating skills, his sense of humor and adventure, his story telling ability, and his intellectual brilliance.

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Frances Ede

Frances Ede

 

Frances Martha Ede, 98, of Westgate and formerly of Waterloo, died Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at the Hillcrest Home in Sumner.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 30, 2021, at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Westgate, Iowa with Rev. Herbert Mueller, III officiating. Burial was held at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Waterloo. Visitation preceded the funeral service at the church starting at 12:30 p.m. on Friday. 

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