Overton Family Funeral Home, Traer


Our Obituaries

Evan S. Wilson

March 15, 1920 - October 15, 2012

Evan Stoakes Wilson was born March 15, 1920 in rural Traer, IA, to Peter L. and Beulah (Stoakes) Wilson. He attended country school near Traer, graduating from Traer High School in 1938. Evan continued his education at Iowa State University for four years. He moved to California for a time before returning back to help farm the family farm. On May 29, 1953 he was united in marriage to Joyce...
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Irma J. Weaver

August 24, 1917 - September 27, 2012

Irma Jeannette Weaver was born August 24, 1917 in Blain, Pennsylvania to David Harvey and Ida Ruth (Kline) Snyder. Her family moved to Waterloo where she attended school and graduated from West Waterloo High School. On December 16, 1936 she was united in marriage to Ted Weaver in Dixon, Illinois. They made their home on farms northeast of Dysart, northeast of Gladbrook before moving to Traer....
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Kent R Holst

November 30, 1938 - September 19, 2012

Kent R. Holst of Traer died Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at the age of 73 years. He was born November 30, 1938 in Waterloo, IA, son of Ray and Edna Lorenzen Holst. He graduated from Traer High School in the Class of 1956. He continued his education at Iowa State University in Ames. On June 6, 1959 he married Judy Wood at Traer Methodist Church. Kent and Judy then moved to southeast Utah where...
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Ralph E. Shinn

November 16, 1920 - September 18, 2012

Ralph Edward Shinn was born on a farm near Clio, IA, son of Jesse Logan and Eva Wright Shinn. He received his education in the Clio and Lineville area. He then entered the United States Marine Corp where he served his country during WWII in the South Pacific for two tours as a heavy equipment mechanic. Following his discharge he returned to Lineville and on February 7, 1946 he was united in...
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Evelyn C Justice

June 23, 1916 - September 6, 2012

Evelyn Clara Justice was born June 23, 1916 in Chicago, IL, daughter of Charles and Mary (Buhs) Christoffer. At the age of three she moved with her family to Berwyn, IL where she attended Christ Lutheran School and later graduated from Morton High School in Cicero, IL. She continued her education in Business College in Oak Park, IL. On September 5, 1953 she married Wayne Justice in New Orleans,...
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Bernice Staker Manfull

June 19, 1918 - August 11, 2012

Bernice Martha Manfull was born June 19, 1918, in Tama County ten miles west of Traer, IA near Gladbrook, IA, daughter of Herman and Dora Nessler Staker. She grew up on a farm between Gladbrook and Traer. She graduated from Dinsdale High School in 1936 and married Arthur Manfull, Jr., of Traer December 25, 1936. She and her husband farmed near Elberon and west of Buckingham until they moved into...
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Lyle "Bit" Duane Bitcon

September 24, 1933 - August 7, 2012

Lyle "Bit" Duane Bitcon was born September 24, 1933 at Greenfield, IA in Adair County, son of Rodney Carlyle and Bernice Leeper Bitcon. He received his education in Greenfield where he graduated from high school. He then continued his education for one year at Simpson College in Indianola where he played basketball. He then transferred to Iowa State Teachers College (know known as the University...
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Marvin Seda

May 11, 1928 - July 28, 2012

Marvin Franklin Rudolph Seda was born May 11, 1928 on his parents' farm south of Traer, IA to Edward and Mary Podhajsky Seda. He attended Stormy Point No. 5 and later graduated from Traer High School in 1945. After graduation he was employed by the Traer Creamery and later became assistant butter maker. In 1949 he joined the Ray Stolzenberg Band in Austin, MN as an accordion player. While...
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Pauline F Kober

April 17, 1925 - July 24, 2012

Pauline Faith Kober was born April 17, 1925 in rural Traer, Iowa, daughter of Frank and Millie Vogt-Safley. She received her education in the Traer schools where she graduated in 1943. She continued her education at Gates Business College and in 1944 began working the in office at Rath Packing Company in Waterloo until her retirement in 1984. She made her home in Waterloo and spent her weekends...
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Melvin C Hagge

May 7, 1913 - July 24, 2012

Melvin Charles Hagge was born May 7, 1913 in Crystal Township in Tama County, Iowa, son of Hanus and Agnes Paustian Hagge. Melvin was raised in Crystal and Perry Townships and received his education in rural schools through the 8th grade. On April 6, 1935 he married Katherine Dvorak at the Marshalltown Methodist Church. Melvin and Katherine made their home in the Traer and Geneseo area where...
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Phyllis M. Pecenka

November 11, 1922 - July 19, 2012

Phyllis Maxine Pecenka was born November 11, 1922 on the home farm southwest of Traer, IA, daughter of William and Maggie (Drinovsky) Kostlan. She received her education at Perry # 5 (Stormy Point) country school and graduated from Traer High School in 1940. On October 19, 1943 she was united in marriage to Gaylord Pecenka at the Congregational Church in Traer and they later divorced. Phyllis...
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Reverend Rick Dean Vesely

October 24, 1953 - July 17, 2012

Ricky "Rick" Dean Vesely was born October 24, 1953 in Waterloo, IA, son of Johnny and Marlys (Staker) Vesely. He received his education in Traer graduating from North Tama High School in 1972. He received his Associated Arts Degree from Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls and later his BA at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. He then began teaching at St. Mary's and St. John's...
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Elsie Helen Nessler

February 15, 1915 - June 10, 2012

Elsie Helen Nessler was born February 15, 1915 on a farm in Crystal Township in Tama, County, IA, daughter of Hanus and Agnes Paustian Hagge. She attended country school 7 miles south of her home. On August 17, 1935 she was married to Raymond Christopher Nessler in Cedar Rapids, IA. Elsie and Raymond made their home farming all their married life in the Traer area. After Raymond's death in...
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Joel Francis Meek

July 13, 1939 - May 19, 2012

Joel Francis Meek, 72, of Buckingham was born to Howard and Eunice (Glendy) Meek in rural Tama County on July 13, 1939. Joel and Janet Hagge were married at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Tama on March 23, 1958. He was employed as a production machine operator for John Deere for 31 years before retiring. Joel spent his free time enjoying the outdoors; hunting and fishing. He passed away at his...
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Hazel Marie Swanger

May 25, 1925 - May 14, 2012

Hazel M. Swanger was born May 25, 1925 at Waukon, IA. She received her education in the Waukon area and worked at the button factory and the hospital in Lansing, Iowa. On October 27, 1947 she married Stanley T. Swanger and they lived in Waterloo where she worked in the coffee shop at Super Value. In 1993 they moved to Traer where she continued to make her home after Stanley's death in 1996. On...
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Mary L Eggers

May 3, 1930 - May 12, 2012

Mary L. Eggers was born May 3, 1930 in Marshalltown, IA, daughter of Henry E and Vera P. (Johnson) Schultz. She received her education in Marshalltown where she graduated from high school in 1948. On June 24, 1948 she was united in marriage to Earl H. Eggers at the Peace United Church of Christ in Gladbrook. They made their home in Gladbrook all their married life where she continued to make...
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Dean M Mauderer

December 2, 1924 - May 2, 2012

Dean M. Mauderer was born December 2, 1924 in Dysart, IA, son of Henry and Amanda (Peterson) Mauderer. He received his education in country school near Dysart and later graduated from Traer High School. On January 7, 1945 he was drafted into the United States Army, serving in the South Pacific Theater and occupation of Japan. After his discharge he returned to the Traer area where he worked as a...
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Audrey M Lenaburg

March 12, 1923 - April 7, 2012

Audrey M. Lenaburg, 89, of Tucson, Arizona, formerly of Dysart and Traer, Iowa, died April 7, 2012 at Tucson Medical Center Hospital of pneumonia. Born March 12, 1923 in Dysart, Iowa, Audrey was the third of five children born to George F. and Malena C. (Buttenob) Lamprecht. In 1877 her grandparents, Villem and Christine (Wieben) Lamprecht of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, met and married...
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LaVerne "Ernie" Knoll

September 8, 1914 - March 27, 2012

LaVerne Evelyn Knoll was born September 8, 1914 in Grundy Center, Iowa to John and Laura (Smith) Nahrgang. She received her education in the schools of Waterloo, Iowa. She was joined in marriage to Gaylin (Bud) Knoll in 1942 and they made their home in Waterloo for five years. She and Bud then moved to State Center, Iowa in 1947 where they lived and worked for several years returning to Hudson...
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Mary Ann Howard

November 20, 1928 - March 24, 2012

Mary Ann Howard was born November 20, 1928 in Macon, MO, daughter of Free and Edith Henry. She received her education in the Tama and Toledo area and on March 8, 1947 she was united in marriage to Leighton "Buzzy" Howard. Mary Ann and Buzzy made their home in Traer, Rochester, MN, Gladbrook before returning to the Traer area. After Buzzy's death on January 22, 2003 she continued to live in Traer...
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Anna B. Svoboda

May 2, 1915 - March 17, 2012

Anna Blanche Svoboda was born May 2, 1915 in Otter Creek Township rural Toledo, IA, daughter of Frank and Emma (Kvidera) Hala. She received her education in country school in Otter Creek Township and then worked for area families in their homes. On November 21, 1938 she was united in marriage to Benedict "Ben" Svoboda at Holy Trinity Catholic Church rural Toledo. Anna and Ben made their home...
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Julia Mary Hlavacka

August 5, 1919 - March 7, 2012

Julia Mary Hlavacka was born August 5, 1919 near Clutier, IA, daughter of Joseph and Mary Sedlacek Docekal. She received her education in Dysart and on February 28, 1938 was united in marriage to Stanley Hlavacka at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA. Julia and Stanley made their home farming northeast of Clutier and in 1952 moved to a farm northeast of Traer. In 1976 they retired to Traer...
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Ralph LeFevre

January 19, 1917 - March 1, 2012

Ralph LeFevre was born January 19, 1917 in Perry Township, Tama County, Iowa: the son of Joseph and Ella (Snyder) LeFevre. He attended country schools. On August 28, 1940, Ralph was united in marriage to Loraine Wiese in Marshalltown, Iowa; she preceded him in death in April 2003. He farmed and was a truck driver for his own business. Later, Ralph worked for Waterloo Industries where he retired...
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Margaret A Kuhlenbeck

September 16, 1918 - February 29, 2012

Margaret Alice Kuhlenbeck was born September 16, 1918 in Burlington, IA daughter of Otto and Myrtle Murphy. She received her education in the Burlington schools and on December 2, 1936 was united in marriage to Clarence Kuhlenbeck. Margaret and Clarence "Dude" made their home farming near New London, IA until 1979 when they moved Traer to be closer to their daughter Shirley. After Dude's death...
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Dolores Baker

July 19, 1925 - February 28, 2012

Dolores Ann Baker was born July 19, 1925 in Chelsea, IA daughter of Jack and Caroline Musel Prusha. She received her education in Chelsea where she graduated from high school. She then worked as a telephone operator for a time and on July 5, 1947 was married to John Baker at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Chelsea. John and Dolores made their home in Chelsea until 1948 when they moved to Traer....
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Katherine Hagge

June 26, 1915 - February 18, 2012

Katherine Hagge was born June 26, 1915 in Iowa City, IA, daughter of Frank and Emma Pitka Dvorak. She received her education in various schools within Tama County. On April 6, 1935 she was united in marriage to Melvin Hagge at the Methodist Church in Marshalltown, Ia. Katherine and Melvin made their home farming all their married life and later retired to the Traer community. Katherine's death...
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David M. Meggers

July 13, 1957 - February 12, 2012

David Michael Meggers was born July 13, 1957, in Waterloo, IA son of Donald and Betty Kutin Meggers. He received his education in the Hudson schools and graduated from Hudson High School in the Class of 1975. He continued his education at Northwestern College in Orange City, IA and later at Hawkeye Tech in Waterloo where he studied Tool and Die. On May 19, 1979 he was united in marriage to Diane...
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Virginia R. West

April 13, 1922 - February 7, 2012

Virginia Ruth West was born April 13, 1922 at Moorhead, MN, daughter of Dwight and Ruth Engelbert Whitehead. At a young age she moved with her family to Belle Plaine, IA where she started school. The family then moved to Traer where she continued her education and graduated from Traer High School in 1939. On September 19, 1943 she was united in marriage to Arthur West in Los Angles, CA. Virginia...
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Duane Suess

July 17, 1960 - February 6, 2012

Duane Mark Suess, 51, of Traer and formally of Michigan, died Monday, February 6, 2012 following a battle with cancer. He was born July 17, 1960 in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, son of Melvin Joseph and Marie Rose (Rivard) Suess. He attended high school at Marine City High School and later attended college. On October 3, 2010 Duane married Patty Guzman in Taylor Park in Traer. Duane was self...
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Vivian Adele Schade

November 10, 1916 - February 5, 2012

Vivian Adele Schade 95, of Gladbrook died Sunday, February 5, 2012, at Westbrook Acres in Gladbrook. Vivian was born November 10, 1916on a farm east of Garwin, IA to J.H. and Adele (Borm) Luethje. She attended country school in Howard Township through the 8th grade, and then attended high school in Gladbrook, living with her Grandma and Grandpa Borm, and graduating in 1934. While in high school,...
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Barbara Ann Henson Bohnstengel

March 10, 1963 - January 24, 2012

Barbara Ann Henson Bohnstengel was born March 10, 1963 in Hartsell, Alabama, daughter of Roy Sr. and Jean Ward Henson. She grew up in the Waterloo area where she attended Central High School. On July 24, 2009 she was united in marriage to Melvin Bohnstengel at Traer, IA where they made their home. Barbara held various jobs over the years which include working in the pole-line construction/cable...
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Gary M. Rishel

January 16, 1955 - January 10, 2012

Gary M. Rishel was born January 16, 1955 in Marshalltown, IA, son of Kenneth Milton and Agnes "Lucille" DeShong Rishel. Gary received his education in Marshalltown where he graduated from Marshalltown High School in 1973. He then joined the United States Army and served his country in Vietnam. Following his discharge he returned to Marshalltown where he began working for Iowa Electric Light and...
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Orleene C. Mason

July 18, 1918 - December 22, 2011

Orleene Cordelia Mason, 93 of rural Traer, died December 22, 2011 at Sunrise Hill Care Center in Traer. She died peacefully surrounded by family due to complications with cancer. Orleene was born July 18, 1918 in rural Montour and was the daughter of Jessie and Nellie (Pugh) Dixon. She married James Mason December 24, 1938 and lived all her life in the rural Traer area. She fulfilled her...
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John "Jack" Bauch

April 22, 1929 - December 21, 2011

After a brief pulmonary illness, Jack died at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City on December 21, 2011, at the age of 82. John (Jack) Stuart Bauch, Jr. was born April 22, 1929, in Marshalltown, Iowa, the son of J. Stuart Bauch and Julia (Judy) (Dondore) Bauch. He graduated from Gladbrook High School in 1946. Jack received his B.A. degree from the University of Iowa in 1949 and...
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Arvella Janssen

February 13, 1918 - December 17, 2011

Arvella Elsie Prehn Janssen, 93, of Traer, was born on February 3, 1918 in Crystal Township, near Traer. She was the daughter of John and Kate Jacobs Prehn. Arvella attended country school in Crystal Township. She married Alvin Janssen on April 4, 1945 in Dysart and they moved to Traer in 1951. Alvin preceded Arvella in death in 1956. Arvella worked for Hinson Seat Cover Company in...
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Vivian Jesina

September 16, 1923 - December 9, 2011

Vivian Emma Jesina, 88, of Traer, was born on September 16, 1923 on the family farm outside Clutier. She was the daughter of Otto and Emma Linhart Smolik. Vivian attended the Oneida No. 5 country school east of Clutier through the eighth grade. On January 6, 1941, Vivian was united in marriage to Charley F. Jesina at the Immaculate Conception Church in Clutier and they farmed in the area all...
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Kathleen (Otting) Friedley

May 23, 1959 - November 14, 2011

Kathleen (Otting) Friedley was born May 23, 1959 in Waterloo, IA, daughter of Leon Richard and Joan (Trager) Otting. Kathy received her education in Traer and graduated from North Tama High School in the Class of 1977. She continued her education at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls where she received her degree in Business Administration. She worked for John Deere for over 7 years...
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Lillian Fern Brubaker

June 26, 1914 - November 2, 2011

Lillian Fern Brubaker 97, of Traer died Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at the Grundy County Memorial Hospital in Grundy Center, IA. She was born June 26, 1914 at Camp, Arkansas, daughter of Lewis and Olive Conrad Reeves. She married Rupert Brubaker on February 10, 1932, at Tranquility Presbyterian Church, rural Traer. He died June 25, 1996. She and Rupert farmed in Grant Township for many years....
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Albert Preston McKee, MD

August 30, 1913 - October 12, 2011

Albert Preston McKee, MD Age 98 of Sunrise Hill Care Center, Traer, Iowa died October 12, 2011. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, May, his son Max and granddaughter Alison. He is survived by four sons: Preston, John, Rex and Scott, as well as 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Born on a farm east of Brandon, Iowa, he graduated from Drake University in 1936. He originally...
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Kathryn L Schaefer

July 25, 1949 - October 8, 2011

Kathryn L. Schaefer was born July 25, 1949 at Aberdeen, SD daughter of Joseph and Elvie Peterson Otto. She received her education in Claremont, SD schools and later moved to the Traer area. On August 31, 1981 she was married to James Schaefer at Claremont. Jim and Kathy made their home in the Traer area where she worked for the Towne House Restaurant, Windup Lounge and Axon's which she later...
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Alma Louise Dinsdale

November 29, 1916 - September 30, 2011

Alma Louise Dinsdale was born November 29, 1916 in Morganfield, KY, daughter of Chester and Nell Markham Kanipe. She started school in Morganfield and at the age of 10 moved with her family to Traer, IA where she graduated from Traer High School. On January 16, 1935 she was united in marriage to Thomas LeRoy Dinsdale and they made their home on one of the Dinsdale family farms until 1940 when...
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Evelyn G Noe

October 27, 1918 - September 24, 2011

Evelyn Gail Noe was born October 27, 1918 on a farm in rural Dysart, IA, daughter of Frank and Agnes Toni Chudlic Kosnar. She started her schooling in the Dysart and Traer schools then moved with her family to Grand Junction, CO where she graduated from Fruitvale High School. She continued her education at Ross Business College in Grand Junction, CO and then worked at Farmers Savings Bank in...
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Eleanor B Steffeny

April 15, 1920 - September 21, 2011

Eleanor Bernice Steffeny was born April 15, 1920 on a farm east of Traer, IA, daughter of George P. and Emma M. Bohnstengel Schmidt. She attended Traer Schools graduating in the Class of 1940. Eleanor worked as a secretary at the school and also Naylor's Grocery. On July 29, 1942 she was united in marriage to Donald D. Steffeny at the First Methodist Church in Waterloo. Don and Eleanor began...
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Richard "Dick" Peterson

February 27, 1938 - September 8, 2011

Richard (Dick) James Peterson(Pete), 73, of Traer, Iowa, passed away Thursday, September 8, 2011 at Sherman Home, Hospice of The Valley, in Phoenix, Arizona. A celebration of Life, will be held Thursday, September 15, 2011 at Oakleaf Country Club in Reinbeck, Iowa from 5pm to 8pm. Richard was born on February 27, 1938 in Woodbine, Iowa, the son of Fred and Helen Peterson. He attended and...
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Roland E. Mitchell

December 18, 1918 - September 2, 2011

Roland E. Mitchell was born at the farm home in Geneseo Township, Buckingham, Iowa: the son of Claude and Sara (Burr) Mitchell on December 18, 1918. He attended and graduated from Geneseo High School in the spring of 1936. Roland worked for three years on the farm and started to attend Iowa State Teachers College in the fall of 1939. In the summer of 1941, he took a government sponsored flying...
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Helen J. Kern

September 2, 1929 - August 29, 2011

Helen Lucille Kern was born September 2, 1929 on the family farm in Blackhawk County near Voorhies, IA, daughter of Robert N. and Mildred M. Stevens Jackson. She received her education in Lincoln Township Country School # 8 and later graduated from Dinsdale High School in May of 1947. On June 17, 1947 she was united in marriage to Marvin G. Kern at the Congregational Church in Reinbeck, IA. ...
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Thomas F Dinsdale

February 18, 1937 - August 25, 2011

Thomas Frederick Dinsdale was born February 18, 1937 on the family farm north of Traer, IA in Tama County, son of Floyd Fleming and Mae Emelia Koster Dinsdale. Tom received his education in the Dinsdale School where he graduated with the Class of 1955. He then began farming and was a member of the Army National Guard where he worked as an airplane mechanic. For the past 17 years Tom has worked...
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Harry Stanley Eggers

February 11, 1956 - August 22, 2011

Harry Stanley Eggers was born February 11, 1956 at Fort Sill, OK, son of Earl and Mary (Schultz) Eggers. He was raised in Gladbrook, Iowa where he received his education. On January 28, 1978 he was united in marriage to Martha Ann Bakke at the Elim Lutheran Church in Marshalltown. Harry and Martha made their home in Texas, Gladbrook, Toledo, IA and Marshalltown where he worked as an...
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Donald Dean McConnell

August 1, 1937 - July 13, 2011

Donald Dean McConnell, 73, of rural Unionville, Iowa, was born August 1, 1937 in Traer, Iowa; the son of Dean and Maurine (Dobson) McConnell. He graduated from North Tama High School with the class of 1955. Donald served honorably in the United States Marine Corps. He was employed at John Deere Waterloo Engine Works for 40 years before retiring in 1997. Donald was most proud of his three sons...
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Ronald G. Jacobs

November 16, 1933 - July 6, 2011

Ronald G. Jacobs was born November 16, 1933 near Traer, Iowa: the son of Leonard and Luella Schmidt Jacobs. He graduated from Dinsdale High School with the class of 1951. Ronald served in the United States Army. He was united in marriage to Delores D. McConnell on February 4, 1962 in Preston, Minnesota. He was employed at John Deere for 30 years, retiring in 1995. Ronald enjoyed sudoko and...
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Florence Blohm

April 29, 1917 - June 28, 2011

Florence Blohm was born April 29, 1917 in rural Traer, Iowa Tama County, daughter of Freemont and Elva Snow Anderson. She received her education in the Traer and Dinsdale Schools and then worked for area families in their homes. On May 21, 1938 she was united in marriage to Harry Blohm in Reinbeck, Iowa. Harry and Florence made their home farming near Reinbeck for 17 years. They then moved west...
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Glen A. Thompson

March 26, 1927 - June 23, 2011

Glen Arthur Thompson was born March 26, 1927 in rural route Traer to Alexander and Mary Lavina (Hall) Thompson. He attended country school and later received his GED. He served in the United States Navy during WWII and Korea and after his discharge he worked as a carpenter. He married Marian Sebetka on June 24, 1952 and they made their home all their married life on the family farm south of...
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Marilyn Thoms

December 4, 1932 - June 22, 2011

Marilyn Ann Thoms was born December 4, 1932 at Gladbrook, IA, daughter of Edward and Emma Chesick Claussen. She received her education in country school and later Gladbrook High School. She then worked on the farm and on June 4, 1954 she was united in marriage to Harry Thoms at the Amity Presbyterian Church. Harry and Marilyn made their home in La Porte City for a time before returning to make...
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Evelyn L Bern

September 18, 1919 - May 21, 2011

Evelyn L. Bern was born September 18, 1919 in rural Tama County, IA to Frank and Mary Patava Chizek. She received her education in rural schools in Tama County and on September 1, 1943 she was united in marriage to Marvin Bern at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA. Evelyn and Marvin made their home farming all their married life near Gladbrook, Lincoln and Traer. In later years Evelyn moved...
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Nancy Kay Renzo

June 23, 1940 - April 23, 2011

Nancy Kay Renzo of Traer was born June 23, 1940 in Waterloo, IA. She was adopted and raised by her maternal grandparents C.O. “Red” and Elsie Kate Orvis Wildhagen. Nancy received her education in Waterloo and graduated from West High School. She then attended Allen School of Nursing and later received her LPN Degree. She married Richard Renzo on October 24, 1959 in Waterloo. Nancy worked in...
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Mark Samuel Fraser

March 13, 1963 - April 15, 2011

Mark Samuel Fraser (48) of Marion, Iowa, passed away from an extended illness on April 15, 2011. Born in Trenton, New Jersey on March 13th 1963, Mark Fraser grew up in Southern New Jersey, where he spent much of his life. As an adult, Mark enjoyed a long business career and was fortunate enough to travel frequently and live in numerous places throughout the country. He met his loving wife Kristy...
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Vlasta Brestan

November 30, 1911 - March 28, 2011

Vlasta A Brestan was born November 30, 1911 in Clarkson, Nebraska the daughter of Edward and Frances Brestan Kutin. At the age of four after the death of her mother she went to live in Prague, Oklahoma with her grandparents Vaclav and Marie Brestan. Vlasta took her name of her grandparents who raised her and later cared for them until their death. She then made her home with her uncle Frank...
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Shirley A Aswegan

November 29, 1932 - March 28, 2011

Shirley Ann Aswegan was born November 29, 1932 on a farm near Gladbrook, IA, daughter of Peter and Clara Paustian Schlicht. She received her education in Gladbrook and graduated from high school in 1950. On January 21, 1951 she was united in marriage to Glenn Aswegan at the Evangelical Parsonage in Gladbrook. Shirley and Glenn made their home in the Beaman, Conrad and Van Horne area and for the...
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Diane L Mauderer

May 26, 1958 - March 20, 2011

Diane Lynn Mauderer was born May 26, 1958 in Waterloo, IA, the daughter of Dean and Corrine (Hulme) Mauderer. She received her education in Traer and graduated from North Tama School in the Class of 1977. Diane enjoyed spending time with her family, her cats, crocheting, quilting and other craft work. Her death came on Sunday, March 20, 2011 at the Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo at the age...
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Dorothy A Vanicek

February 25, 1912 - March 12, 2011

Dorothy Alice Vanicek died peacefully in her sleep on early Saturday morning, March 12, 2011, surrounded by her four children at the Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo. Dorothy was born in Traer, IA on February 25, 1912, to Frank and Anna (Seda) Slatinka. She was the youngest of the Slatinka children (Frank Jr., Mary, Carrie and Annie). Among her memories of her early years were doing...
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Lucille M Deke

October 28, 1909 - March 5, 2011

Lucille M. Deke was born October 28, 1909 at Tripoli, IA daughter of Henry C. and Louise Harmening Vogt. She received her education at Tripoli and then moved with her family to Waverly, IA where she graduated from Waverly High School in 1928. On May 16, 1929 she was united in marriage to H.E. Deke in Waverly and in October of that year they moved to Traer where H.E. started his automobile...
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Pauline R Halverson

June 10, 1920 - March 4, 2011

Pauline Rae Halverson was born June 10, 1920 in Geneseo Township in rural Buckingham, IA, daughter of Carl and Florence Speer Stouffer. She attended Consolidated School for 6 years, 2 years in Buckingham and graduated from Geneseo High School in 1937. She continued her education at Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls graduating with a 2 year teaching degree majoring in Elementary...
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Fred Louis Hushak

June 21, 1915 - February 24, 2011

Fred Louis Hushak was born June 21, 1915 on the family farm near Clutier, IA son of Fred and Emma Wacha Hushak. Fred was educated in country schools and later Clutier High School where he graduated in 1932. He then began farming with his father and on August 25, 1938 he was united in marriage to Adaline Caslavka at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Clutier. Fred and Adaline made their...
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Ethel M Vogeler

August 19, 1926 - February 21, 2011

Ethel Marge Vogeler, 84, of Traer, was born on August 19, 1926 in Faulkton, SD. She was the daughter of Matthew and Sigrid Anderson Kelly. Ethel attended school in Faulkton and then taught country school. While on a trip from Aberdeen, SD to Faulkton she met Mel Vogeler and they were married on July 10, 1945 in San Diego, CA. Ethel and Mel made their home on a farm in the Traer area and...
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Melvin C. Vogeler

February 8, 1920 - February 10, 2011

Melvin Christian “Mel” Vogeler, 91, of Traer, was born on February 8, 1920 in Faulkton, SD. He was the son of John and Erma Border Vogeler. Mel attended school in the Faulkton area and entered the Marine Corps during World War II. While on leave he met Ethel Kelly on a trip from Aberdeen, SD to Faulkton. Mel and Ethel were married on July 10, 1945 in San Diego, CA. Mel was a farmer...
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H. Irene Halupnik

February 18, 1919 - February 7, 2011

Henrietta Irene Halupnik was born at Traer, IA on February 18, 1919 to Henry and Elsie (Prigge) Dengler. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Dysart, IA. The family farm was located 2 miles west of Dysart and she graduated from Dysart High School in 1937. She worked in the Traer business district for several years before her marriage to Edward Halupnik in 1940. They lived on...
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Victor V Kutin

September 7, 1927 - January 9, 2011

Victor V. Kutin was born September 7, 1927 in Traer, IA, second son of Charles and Esther (Svoboda) Kutin. He graduated from Traer High School in 1945, then servicing his country for two years in the Merchant Marines as a cook. He married Darlene Kucera in 1949 in Traer, IA, and had three children. Victor was employed as a carpenter by Stan Dedic and worked part time for the Chicago Rock...
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Richard A Mask

June 16, 1949 - December 26, 2010

Richard A Mask was born June 16, 1949 at Waterloo, IA, son of Ralph and Bertha Foley Mask. He received his education in Dysart and graduated from Dysart Geneseo High School with the Class of 1967. He made his home throughout the years in Iowa, Wyoming, Texas and South America working in sales and the construction field as a heavy equipment operator. For the past 5 years he has made his home in...
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Carol Ann Zimple

September 15, 1963 - December 20, 2010

Carol Ann Zimple was born September 15, 1963 in Waterloo, IA, daughter of Dean Allen and Alice Mae Kupka Zimple. Carol received her education in Traer and graduated from North Tama High School in the Class of 1981. She continued her education at a culinary college in Cedar Falls and later worked as a Certified Nursing Aid and cook at Bickford Cottage in Marshalltown. In 2009 she moved to Traer...
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Martha Maxine Kubik

November 7, 1919 - December 18, 2010

Martha M. Axler Kubik was born on November 7, 1919, the daughter of Vince and Julia (Salasek) Axler, near Traer. She passed away on December 18, 2010 at the Mercy Hospice House in Cedar Rapids having attained the age of over 91 years. Martha lived on a farm along with four sisters and one brother. Everyone had their own chores to do. Martha learned many lessons on the farm from canning to...
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A.H. " Junior Cooper

January 7, 1918 - December 17, 2010

Albert Henry Junior Cooper (A.H. Junior) was born January 7, 1918 on a farm east of Gladbrook to Roy and Valeria Meyer Cooper. At the age of 9, the Cooper family moved to the Whannel farm west of Traer, where Junior attended Wilson Country School. In 1937 the Cooper family purchased a farm 7 miles west of Traer. Junior attended Traer High School and graduated with the Class of 1936. He continued...
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Franklin A Lundak

September 26, 1934 - December 8, 2010

Franklin Arthur Lundak was born in Vining, IA September 26, 1934, to Arthur and Louise (Podhajsky) Lundak. Frank's life and career centered around music, and that love of music started at the age of 10 when he received his first accordion. In 1951, at the age of 16, he began playing for various dance bands that traveled throughout the Midwest. He graduated from Traer High School in 1953, and in...
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Mamie Dorothy Kucera

May 15, 1915 - November 25, 2010

Mamie D. Kucera was born May 15, 1915 at home in rural Toledo, IA daughter of Joe W and Mary A Kvidera Nachazel. She received her education at Carroll # 3 country school. On November 22, 1938 she was united in marriage to Frank J. Kucera at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in rural Clutier, IA. Frank and Mamie made their home all their married life on the home farm. In free moments she enjoyed...
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Edwin Kladivo

March 30, 1931 - November 17, 2010

Edwin James Kladivo was born March 30, 1931 to Frank P. and Irene B. (Benedict) Kladivo in Clutier, Iowa. He attended Perry #5 (Stormy Point) School and later Traer School High School where he graduated with his class in 1949. In 1952 he entered the U.S. Army Infantry in the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in 1954. He married Kay Donnelly on June 30, 1956. Ed drove truck and then...
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Julia "Jill" Bauch

October 23, 1930 - October 7, 2010

On Thursday, October 7, 2010 Julia “Jill” Bauch journeyed home to God’s house for a reunion with her parents, J. Stuart and Julia C. (Dondore) Bauch. She was born October 28, 1930 at Marshalltown, Iowa and attended school in Gladbrook. Jill made her home with her parents near Gladbrook and in 1983 moved to Waterloo and lived at the Paige Group Home. She is survived by her brothers John...
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Marjorie Magnussen

May 1, 1923 - October 4, 2010

Marjorie A Magnussen was born May 1, 1923 at Dinsdale, IA, the daughter of Felix and Luella Reuman Nissen. Marjorie received education in Dinsdale and the Traer schools where she graduated. On June 1, 1941 she was united in marriage to Dale M. Magnussen at Traer. Dale and Marge made their home for a short time in Mason City before returning to Traer. Over the years Marge worked as a bookkeeper...
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Mayme G. Jacobi

April 10, 1935 - September 8, 2010

Mayme was born April 10, 1935 at Traer, Iowa, to Ludwig and Mildred Roubinek Seda and grew up on the family farm south of Traer. She attended country grade-school and graduated from Traer High School in 1953. After one year at Iowa State University she continued her education at Mt. Mercy College in Cedar Rapids where she received her RN degree with honors as the most outstanding clinician. On...
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Loretta Busch

November 16, 1922 - August 29, 2010

Loretta Lorraine Busch was born November 16, 1922 on a farm in rural Tama County the daughter of Alfred and Amanda Ohrt Hoeppner. She received her education in country schools and later attended Dinsdale and Garwin High Schools. On November 22, 1939 she was united in marriage to Loren Busch in Kirksville, MO. Loren and Loretta made their home farming all their married life, first in the Gladbrook...
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Gretchen Dahms

November 10, 1919 - August 19, 2010

Gretchen Viola Dahms was born November 10, 1919 inGarwin, Iowa, the daughter of Andrew and Lillie Eggers Jensen. She was raised in rural Garwin where she attended Rock Valley # 8 country school. On June 6, 1940 she was united in marriage to Albert Dahms in Waterloo, IA. Gretchen and Albert made their home in Garwin for 52 years and after Albert’s death on April 26, 1999 she continued to make...
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Darla Dinsdale

August 2, 1956 - August 19, 2010

Darla Diann Dinsdale was born August 2, 1956 in Waterloo, Iowa to James and LaNell (Lewis) Dinsdale. She attended River Hill School in Waterloo and then made her home at the G & G Group Home in Garnavillo, Iowa for the past 14 years. Darla worked at the G & G Work Center in Guttenburg. Her death came on Thursday, August 19, 2010 at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo at the age of 54...
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Coy E. Shinn

September 17, 1926 - August 12, 2010

Coy Ermalee Shinn was born September 17, 1926 in Lineville, Iowa to Virgil and Elfleeta (Osborn) Bright. She attended Lineville School and graduated with her class in 1932. She continued her education at AIB in Des Moines. On February 7, 1946 she was united in marriage to Ralph Shinn in Lineville. They made their home in the Lineville, Buckingham later moving to Traer. Coy was employed at...
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Clifford L Hauschildt

September 9, 1919 - August 6, 2010

Clifford L. Hauschildt, 90 of Traer, IA, entered into eternal life Friday evening, August 6, 2010 at Sunrise Hill Care Center in Traer while under the care of their staff, his family, and the Hospice Compassus. Clifford was born in Gladbrook, IA September 9, 1919 son of August and Katie (Paustian) Hauschildt. He received his education in country school, graduating form Gladbrook High School...
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Jarold Lee Lister

January 31, 1927 - July 15, 2010

Jarold Lee Lister was born January 31, 1927 at Plano, IA, the son of Emory and Maud McGavern Lister. He received his education at Plano and graduated from Promise City, IA High School in 1945. Following high school he entered the United States Army and served his country until his discharge in 1947. On August 24, 1947 he was united in marriage to Aileen Scott at the Plano Christian Church. He...
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Ann L. Brackett

September 7, 1930 - July 12, 2010

Ann Lea Brackett was born September 7, 1930 in Oklahoma City, OK, the daughter of Otto and Fannie Brown Flowers. At an early age she moved with her family to Houston, MO where she attended school and graduated in 1947. On January 14, 1950 she was united in marriage to Max Brackett in Houston. They moved to Des Moines, IA later moving to make their home in Traer. After raising her family Ann was...
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Elsie E. Popelka

June 27, 1926 - June 30, 2010

Elsie Emily Popelka was born June 27, 1926 in Chelsea, Iowa to Frank and Mary (Zavodsky) Kolosh. She attended and graduated from Toledo High School. On January 3, 1946 she was united in marriage to Frank Popelka at the home of her parents. They made their home on a farm west of Clutier all their married life and Elsie continued to live on the farm after Frank’s death in 1994. For a short...
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Nicholas William Irvine

September 29, 1994 - June 25, 2010

Nicholas William Irvine was born September 29, 1994 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin to Tom Irvine and Cindy Weber. Nick was a straight A. student at Vermillion High School in Vermillion, SD. An essential member of the High School Debate Team, he loved the competitions, winning several medals. One of his great passions was reading. Nick spent many hours reading books from philosophy to history to...
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Cecil "Razzy" Rasmussen

January 21, 1921 - June 8, 2010

Cecil “Razzy” Rasmussen was born January 21, 1921 in Dike, Iowa: the son of S. Everett and Edna (Hiple) Rasmussen. He was united in marriage to Ruth Redfearn on December 1, 1945 in Hudson, Iowa. He served in the United States Army during World War II and was a member of the American Legion in Traer. Cecil had been employed at Rosemond as a Mechanic in Hudson, worked for 28 years at AWE Gas...
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Christopher Douglas Camp

November 7, 1972 - May 31, 2010


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Wendell Howard

August 8, 1921 - May 31, 2010

Wendell Laverne Howard was born August 8, 1921 near Shelby, Iowa, son of Abram Alvin and Nova Kern Howard. As a young boy he moved with his family to the Traer area where he received his education. He then started farming. On August 2, 1942 he united in marriage to Pauline Paxton at the Methodist Parsonage in Traer, Iowa followed by a honeymoon to Denver, CO. Wendell and Pauline made their...
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Patty Lea Lewis

May 19, 1937 - May 27, 2010

Patty Lea Lewis was born May 19, 1937 in Iowa City, Iowa, the daughter of Frank and Alice Briggs Tanner. Patty moved with her family to the Traer area where she attended school. On January 18, 1965 she was united in marriage to Donn Lewis at Grand Forks, ND Patty and Donn made their home in various communities and for the past 35 years have been residents of the Traer community. During that time...
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Charlie Kahler

January 31, 1954 - May 3, 2010

LaVern Charles Kahler, Jr.”Charlie” was born January 31, 1954 to LaVern and Shirley (Maust) Kahler in Waterloo. He attended North Tama School and graduated with his class in 1972. On June 9, 1973 he married Dorothy Buresh at St. Wenceslaus Church in Clutier. Charlie and Dorothy lived on a farm south of Traer all their married life. Charlie was a self employed farmer and worked as a...
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H. Fred Bovey

May 29, 1926 - April 21, 2010

H. “Fred” Bovey was born in Columbus, OH on May 29, 1926 to Wesley E. and Agnes (Wilson) Bovey. At an early age he moved with his family to the Traer area where he attended school and graduated from high school. He entered the U.S. Navy and served as a Seabee during WWII and served in the Pacific Theatre. After his discharged from the Navy he returned to Traer and worked as a truck driver...
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William "Bill" Bohnsack

May 10, 1929 - April 14, 2010

William “Bill” Roland Bohnsack was born May 10, 1929 in Traer, Iowa to Roland and Iris (Wilson) Bohnsack. He attended Traer School graduating with his class in 1946. On July 18, 1960 in was united in marriage to Betty Halsch in Austin, Minnesota. Bill lived in Cedar Rapids where he worked as a mechanic and then moved back to Traer where he owned the Skelly Gas Station and worked for...
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Margaret Anderson

December 2, 1915 - March 25, 2010

Margaret F.L. Anderson died Thursday, March 25th after several years with Alzheimers disease and terminating with death resulting from effects of stomach/intestinal flu. Margaret was born to Agnes (Nechanicky) and Joseph Vorba on December 2, 1915. She was raised on a farm in Tama County near Traer, Iowa and attained grades 1 through 12 education in country schools and Traer High School. She...
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Kim Pecenka

October 6, 1953 - March 11, 2010

Private family services will be held at the Overton Funeral Home in Traer with military graveside honors at the Buckingham Cemetery in Traer, Iowa Kim Leroy Pecenka was born October 6, 1953, in Waterloo, IA, the son of Gaylord and Phyllis Kostlan Pecenka. He was raised on a farm 4 miles southwest of Traer and attended North Tama School where he graduated with the class of 1971. He continued...
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Jean Staker

January 1, 1922 - March 11, 2010

Jean Charlotte Staker was born January 1, 1922 in rural Traer, IA, the daughter of Robert Andrew and Fannye Gladys Hayden Henry. She received her education in the Traer schools where she graduated in 1940. She then worked for two years at Dean’s dry goods store in Traer. On January 31, 1942 she was united in marriage to Burdell Staker at the Presbyterian Church in Traer. Burdell and Jean made...
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Laverna Caslavka

August 8, 1922 - March 10, 2010

Laverna Josephine Caslavka was born August 8, 1922 near Watkins, IA, the daughter of Theodore and Rosetta Arp Schmidt. After attending Catholic school in Norway, IA, she went to work at Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids. On June 27, 1944 she was united in marriage to Vincent G. Caslavka at St. Patrick’s Church in Watkins, IA. Vincent and Laverna made their home farming northeast of Clutier all...
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Bernard Novak

August 19, 1927 - March 2, 2010

Bernard Raymond Novak was born August 19, 1927 in Chelsea, IA the son of Joseph and Mary Matula Novak. After the death of his parents, a brother and a sister in a car train accident in 1941 in Clutier. He was raised by Leo and Agnes Pusteoska. He received his elementary education at Howard # 1 thru 8th grade and graduated from Toledo High School in 1945. After his schooling he entered the...
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George A Dedic

April 22, 1922 - March 1, 2010

George Albert Dedic was born April 22, 1922 in Traer, Iowa to Joseph and Marie (Pavlicek) Dedic Sr. He attended school in Traer and graduated with his class in 1940. In January of 1942 he entered the U. S. Navy where he traveled all over the world. He was stationed in several places, some of which included Morocco, North Africa, Philadelphia, PA, Norfolk, VA and Chicago, Ill. While serving in...
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Nadine J Wait

March 26, 1919 - February 27, 2010

Nadine Jeanette Wait was born March 26, 1919 in rural Lincoln, IA, the daughter of William Christopher and Anna Reuman Rodimaker. Nadine attended school in Dinsdale where she graduated in 1936. She was married to Walter Wait in 1937 and they farmed for many years in the Traer and Dinsdale communities. Nadine was a homemaker and also worked at the Reinbeck Nursing Home and Sunrise Hill Care Center...
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