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"Nicky" Menke

Sep 14, 0100 - Sep 13, 2023

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Ossian, IA

Norma "Nicky" (Nicholson) Menke, daughter of the late Cyrus Rodney Nicholson and Elizabeth (Plagman) Nicholson, was born on July 3, 1923, in rural Ossian, Iowa and passed away at the age of 100 on Wednesday, September 13, 2023, in Roseville, California. Predeceased by her loving husband of 55 years, Robert Menke. Nicky is also preceded in death by her brother, Rodney Nicholson, Jr. , and sisters, Jean Maack and Helen Kniech. From an early age, Nicky was an adventurous trailblazer. After completi...Read More

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William Joseph Huinker, Jr.

Apr 29, 1931 - Jan 24, 2024

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Ossian, IA

William “Bill” Joseph Huinker, Jr. of Postville, Iowa died Wednesday, January 24, 2024 at Ossian Senior Hospice, Ossian, Iowa. He was born on April 29, 1931, in Seneca, Wisconsin to William J. and Ida Anna (Einck) Huinker. At the age of 10 months, he moved with his family to the Ossian/Festina area, where he spent his younger years. He graduated eighth grade from St. Francis de Sales School. Since his father died the year before, he then stayed home and farmed the rented farm. On April 28, 1958, he was united in marriage to Phyllis Burbach at SS. Philip and James Catholic Church in St. James, Nebraska. To this union nine children were born. They spent 5 years farming at Ossian and in 1962 they bought a farm in Postville and moved there in 1963. Bill’s life was his Faith, Family and Farming. He was an active member of St. Bridget’s Catholic Church. A member of the Postville Co-Op, J.C.’s and Pleasant Valley Sports Club. In 1965, he was named Outstanding Young Farmer and through the years he received many other farming awards. He enjoyed playing softball, dancing, bowling and golf. He spent many, many hours on the bleachers watching his children and grandchildren play sports, and then from his recliner and iPad, keeping track of his younger grandchildren and great grandchildren. Surviving Bill is his wife, Phyllis of nearly 66 years; his children, William T. Huinker III, Jeffrey (Judy) Huinker, Brian Huinker, Lori (Gary) Wollner, Lisa (David) Hughes, Jon (Emily) Huinker, Doug (Mary) Huinker; grandchildren, Kristin (Carl) Dewese, Katelyn (Matt) Penissi, Sarah Huinker, Hannah Huinker, Nikki (Curt) Kallal, Brandi (Nolan) Pattee, Kendal (Michelle) Huinker, Jessica (Sean) Graddy, Breana (Joey) Saba, Hallie (Kevin) Houts, Molly (Will Gress) Wollner, Luke (Madison) Hughes, Blake (Keegan Cassady) Hughes, Makenna Hughes, Gabe Huinker, Maddie Huinker, Cooper Huinker and Brooke Huinker; great-grandchildren, Charlie, Dylan, Aidan, Avery, Dakota, Sadi, Dalton, Dawson, Stevi, Vincent, Garrett, Lander, Roland, Bodi, Eloise, Thea and Wyndham. Also survived by sister, JoAnn Wenthold; brother, Tom (Joyce) Huinker; brother-in-law, Alex Reicks and many nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his children, Lynn Marie and a baby boy; his parents; brothers, Ralph, Donald, Charles (Edna); sisters, Alice (Neal) Reicks, Lillian (Adrian) Hageman, Catherine (Iraneaus) Moellers, Grace (Eugene) Reicks, Luella Reicks, Eunice (Darrel) Bushman; brother-in-law, Francis Wenthold; in-laws: James Burbach, Kenny Burbach, Elaine and Don Hochstein, Alice and Clovis Wienandt. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Bill’s honor may be sent to St Croix Hospice, Postville Ambulance or St Bridget Catholic Church. Visitation will be Sunday, January 28, 2024 from 4-7 pm at St. Bridget Catholic Church, Postville, Iowa and one hour before Mass at the church on Monday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 am Monday, January 29, 2024 at St. Bridget Catholic Church, Postville, Iowa with Rev. Martin Coolidge as the Celebrant. Inurnment at Postville Cemetery, Postville, Iowa will be at a later date. Schutte-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Postville, Iowa is helping the family with the arrangements.

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Mary Lou (Schmitz) Uhlenhake

Feb 12, 1934 - Jan 07, 2024

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Ossian, IA

Mary Lou (Schmitz) Uhlenhake, 89, of Ossian, Iowa, died Sunday, January 7, 2024, at the Ossian Senior Hospice in Ossian. Mary Louise Schmitz was born February 12, 1934, in Postville, Iowa, the daughter of Philip Allen and Marguerite Louise (Lansing) Schmitz. Mary Lou’s mother died when she was two months old, and she was raised by her Grandma Mabel (Allen) and Grandpa Frank Schmitz until she was eleven years old. She then moved to town to live with Philip and Florence Schmitz and her siblings: Kenny, Karl and Karen. Mary Lou received her education at de Sales Catholic School in Ossian, graduating with the class of 1952. While in high school she excelled with the saxophone in music and was an outstanding guard in basketball. Ivan Uhlenhake caught Mary Lou’s attention, with a whistle and a twinkle in his eye, the first time she wore a poodle skirt to school. She continued her education at Mt. Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, for a period of time, until she was called home to care for her Grandma Mabel. Mary Lou then worked at the Northwestern Bell Telephone Office in Decorah. Mary Lou was united in marriage to Ivan William Uhlenhake on September 1, 1954, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church by the late Rev. E.J. Frost. They moved to the Uhlenhake family farm, three miles southeast of Ossian, in March of 1956, where they raised their family of seven children, whom she was always very proud of. Mary Lou was a hardworking farm wife, who was always busy cooking, sewing, doing chores, mowing lawn, and planting a huge garden to feed her growing family. She was well known for her homemade apple pie and banana bread. Anyone who stopped at her home never left unfed, her gift of love. Mary Lou enjoyed listening to music, dancing, traveling with Ivan and their children, playing bingo, playing cards in the Crazy Eight Card Club, reminiscing, embroidery, cross stitch, sending comical greeting cards to family and friends and using the Grandpad to communicate, to play games and to view family photos. Mary Lou was a lifelong member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church and was past president of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court #983. She was past president of the Rosary Society and oversaw the creation of the DeSales Cookbook. Mary Lou was a member of The ARC (People of Intellectual and Developmental Challenges) and had volunteered with Special Olympics. She was past president of the Winneshiek County Porkettes and was a member of the Ossian Crown Club. Mary Lou also quilted at the Ossian Senior Hospice, making quilts that were donated to the missions, families in need and the veterans. Mary Lou poured her heart into any project she was involved with. She was so proud of her Schmitz heritage, her hometown of Ossian and was a strong advocate for supporting the local businesses. Her passion, generosity, and spirit to support her church and local community will be missed. Mary Lou is survived by her 7 Children: Kurt (JoAnn) Uhlenhake of Ossian, Karla Uhlenhake of Racine, Wisconsin, Layne Uhlenhake of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, Laurie (Tim) Thompson of Calmar, Jay (Margaret) Uhlenhake of Lawler, Jeff Uhlenhake of Ossian & Aric Uhlenhake of Decorah; 9 Grandchildren: Jennifer (Nick) Briscoe, Justin Lyon, Jessica (August) Ley, Stacey (Ryan) Christian, Kelli (Reece) Miller, Blake (Niki) Uhlenhake, Danielle (Marty) Kuhlmann, Jared Uhlenhake & Kisara Thompson; 15 Great Grandchildren: 2 Sisters-In-Law: Jane Schmitz & Sharon Schmitz; Many Nieces & Nephews & Cousins. Mary Lou was preceded in death by her beloved husband: Ivan on January 1, 1999; mother: Marguerite; father: Philip (Florence) Schmitz; 2 brothers: Kenneth Schmitz & Karl Schmitz, Sr.; sister: Karen (Jack) Hemesath; sister-in-law: Esther Stewart (Raphael Moeller and Glen Stewart). Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 A.M. Friday, January 12, 2024, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Ossian, Iowa, with Rev. Henry P. Huber officiating. Visitation: 3:00 to 7:00 P.M. Thursday and from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. Friday at the Schmitz-Grau Funeral Home in Ossian. C.D.A. Rosary at 3:00 P.M. and a Parish Scripture Service at 7:00 P.M. both on Thursday at the funeral home. Interment: St. Francis de Sales Catholic Cemetery, Ossian, Iowa. Online obituary at Paul Schmitz, nephew, with the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Oelwein is assisting the family.

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Anita Marie Tieskoetter

Died : Dec 25, 2023

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Ossian, IA

Anita “Niddy” Marie Tieskoetter, 95 of Ossian, Iowa passed away on Monday, December 25, 2023 at Ossian Senior Hospice in Ossian, Iowa. Services are pending with Schmitz-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Ossian, Iowa.

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Linda November

Died : Nov 16, 2023

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Ossian, IA

Linda Sebastian, 80 of Postville, Iowa passed away Thursday, November 16, 2023 at Ossian Senior Hospice in Ossian, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Tuesday, November 21, 2023 at Schutte-Grau Funeral Home in Postville, Iowa. There will also be a one hour visitation before services at the funeral home on Wednesday. Funeral Service will be at 11:00 am on Wednesday, November 22, 2023 at Schutte-Grau Funeral Home in Postville, Iowa with Pastor Karla Johnson as the officiant. Burial will follow in the Postville Cemetery in Postville, Iowa. Schutte-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting the family with services.

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Vivian November

Died : Nov 13, 2023

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Ossian, IA

Vivian Catherine Hemesath, 89 Omaha, Nebraska formerly of Ossian, Iowa passed away Monday, November 13, 2023. A Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Friday, November 17, 2023 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Ossian, Iowa. There will also be a one hour visitation before mass at the church on Saturday. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 am on Saturday, November 18, 2023 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Ossian, Iowa with Rev. Henry Huber as the Celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Cemetery in Ossian, Iowa. Schmitz-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Ossian, Iowa is assisting the family with services.

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Laura November

Died : Nov 01, 2023

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Ossian, IA

Laura Meta Ella Lenth, 99 of Postville, Iowa passed away Wednesday, November 1, 2023 at Ossian Senior Hospice in Ossian, Iowa. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am with a one hour visitation prior to services on Monday, November 6, 2023 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Postville, Iowa with Rev. Lynn Noel as the officiant. Burial will follow at Postville Cemetery in Postville, Iowa. Schutte-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Postville, Iowa is assistant will services.

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Rodney September

Mar 05, 1933 - Sep 26, 2023

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Ossian, IA

Rodney Dale Guyer, 90 of Clermont, Iowa passed away Tuesday, September 26, 2023 at Ossian Senior Hospice in Ossian, Iowa. Rodney was born March 5, 1933 to Aubrey C. and Mable (Christensen) Guyer East of West Union, Iowa. He was baptized and confirmed at West Clermont Lutheran Church in Clermont, Iowa. Rodney graduated from West Union High School in 1952 and served in the United States Army from 1955 to 1957. On February 15, 1958, Rodney was united in marriage with Doris T. Knutsen. Four sons were born to this union. Rodney was a lifelong member of the West Clermont Lutheran Church and served on the church council. He enjoyed golfing, woodworking and using his sawmill. Rodney made a lot of things for his children and grandchildren, mostly furniture. He started many conversation off by "I don't want to brag. . . . . ". Rodney was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Surviving Rodney are his wife of sixty-five years, Doris Guyer of Clermont, Iowa; sons, Steven Guyer of Altoona, Iowa, David (Karen) Guyer of Dyersville, Iowa, Jordan (Patti) Guyer of Cresco, Iowa and Monte (Mary) Guyer of Clermont, Iowa; grandchildren, Skyler Guyer, Shaun (Hollie) Guyer, Lindsey (John) Kelly, Thomas Guyer, Chelsea (Craig) Ohloff, Zachary Guyer, Megan (Cody) Carolan, Noah Guyer, Mitch (Jenn) Guyer, Dustin (Sami) Guyer, Patrick (Jess) Thomsen, Alex (Brylie) Thomsen, Casey (Denise) Guyer, Keith Henkle, Tanner (Leslie) Guyer and Adelle (Johnny) Henkle; twelve great grandchildren; siblings, John (Ellen) Guyer, Kay Behnken, Wanita Pape, Becky (Bob) Keehner, Rachel (Gary) Woodson, Cindy (Dale) Bilden, Steve Drewes, Leslie (Vivian) Kleppe, and Marilyn Knutsen; and many nieces and nephews Preceding Rodney in death are his parents, Aubrey and Mable Guyer; siblings, Sig and Patty Hoffland, Doug and Violet Guyer, Carl and Angie Andrews, Ethan Guyer, Arabella Kleppe, Olivia Drewes, Gary Guyer, Betty and Paul Benjegerdes, Al Behnken and Harry Pape; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Knut and Amanda Knutsen; daughter-in-law, Becky Guyer; granddaughter, Kylie Guyer; great-grandchildren, Braeden, Summer and Adaline Guyer; brothers-in-law, Kenny Knutsen and Walter Knutsen at West Clermont Lutheran Church in Clermont, Iowa with Vicar Mike Erickson as the officiant. Inurnment will follow at God's Acre's in Clermont, Iowa. Schutte-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Clermont, Iowa is assisting the family with services.

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"Nicky" Menke

Sep 14, 0100 - Sep 13, 2023

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Ossian, IA

Norma "Nicky" (Nicholson) Menke, daughter of the late Cyrus Rodney Nicholson and Elizabeth (Plagman) Nicholson, was born on July 3, 1923, in rural Ossian, Iowa and passed away at the age of 100 on Wednesday, September 13, 2023, in Roseville, California. Predeceased by her loving husband of 55 years, Robert Menke. Nicky is also preceded in death by her brother, Rodney Nicholson, Jr. , and sisters, Jean Maack and Helen Kniech. From an early age, Nicky was an adventurous trailblazer. After completing business school in Mobile, Alabama, she applied for a position in Honolulu after Pearl Harbor. There she excelled as the hospital administrator at Kapiolani Hospital. It was in Hawaii that Nicky met the love of her life, Robert. Rob was stationed at nearby Tripler Army Medical Center. They were both invited to a hospital party. . . a party she almost didn't attend! Rob and Nicky married soon after and were inseparable in life. Robert and Nicky returned to the Mainland and started their family: Babette (Robert) Breisacher, Bruce (Cathy) Menke, and Cynthia Bampton. Nicky and Rob made a life together in Long Beach, California where they raised their children. Later in life, Rob's daughter, Cindie (James) Braun came into their lives. They were blessed with grandchildren: Jessica Haynes, Ryan Haynes, Lisa McGlone, Ryan Menke, Chad Braun, and Lindsay Ensign. Rob and Nicky later moved to Banning, California where they enjoyed the remainder of their retirement years together. After Rob's death, Nicky moved to Roseville, where she enjoyed many family get togethers, and especially loved being called GiGi. Her great-grandchildren, Owen, Grayson, and Autumn, continuously warmed her heart and were a delight to her in her golden years. Nicky is also survived by her cousins, nephews, nieces and friends. Nicky lived for basketball. A life-long Lakers fan, she knew the stats for almost every player. After moving to the Sacramento area, to everyone's surprise, she started cheering for the Kings. This love of basketball stemmed from her own athletic abilities in her youth as a member of an all-girls basketball team that went to the Iowa State Championship. Nicky is remembered for her sharp wit, independent spirit, impressive intellect, and deep love of her family. She will be dearly missed. The family would like to express our thanks and gratitude for the wonderful help and care given by the staff at The Terraces of Roseville, Dr. Aziz, Dr. Chang and Sutter Hospice.

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Norma Menke

Sep 14, 0100 - Sep 13, 2023

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Ossian, IA

Norma "Nicky" (Nicholson) Menke, daughter of the late Cyrus Rodney Nicholson and Elizabeth (Plagman) Nicholson, was born on July 3, 1923, in rural Ossian, Iowa and passed away at the age of 100 on Wednesday, September 13, 2023, in Roseville, California. Predeceased by her loving husband of 55 years, Robert Menke. Nicky is also preceded in death by her brother, Rodney Nicholson, Jr. , and sisters, Jean Maack and Helen Kniech. From an early age, Nicky was an adventurous trailblazer. After completing business school in Mobile, Alabama, she applied for a position in Honolulu after Pearl Harbor. There she excelled as the hospital administrator at Kapiolani Hospital. It was in Hawaii that Nicky met the love of her life, Robert. Rob was stationed at nearby Tripler Army Medical Center. They were both invited to a hospital party. . . a party she almost didn't attend! Rob and Nicky married soon after and were inseparable in life. Robert and Nicky returned to the Mainland and started their family: Babette (Robert) Breisacher, Bruce (Cathy) Menke, and Cynthia Bampton. Nicky and Rob made a life together in Long Beach, California where they raised their children. Later in life, Rob's daughter, Cindie (James) Braun came into their lives. They were blessed with grandchildren: Jessica Haynes, Ryan Haynes, Lisa McGlone, Ryan Menke, Chad Braun, and Lindsay Ensign. Rob and Nicky later moved to Banning, California where they enjoyed the remainder of their retirement years together. After Rob's death, Nicky moved to Roseville, where she enjoyed many family get togethers, and especially loved being called GiGi. Her great-grandchildren, Owen, Grayson, and Autumn, continuously warmed her heart and were a delight to her in her golden years. Nicky is also survived by her cousins, nephews, nieces and friends. Nicky lived for basketball. A life-long Lakers fan, she knew the stats for almost every player. After moving to the Sacramento area, to everyone's surprise, she started cheering for the Kings. This love of basketball stemmed from her own athletic abilities in her youth as a member of an all-girls basketball team that went to the Iowa State Championship. Nicky is remembered for her sharp wit, independent spirit, impressive intellect, and deep love of her family. She will be dearly missed. The family would like to express our thanks and gratitude for the wonderful help and care given by the staff at The Terraces of Roseville, Dr. Aziz, Dr. Chang and Sutter Hospice.

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Rochelle September

Died : Sep 09, 2023

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Ossian, IA

Rochelle Annette Cook, 86 of Postville, Iowa passed away Saturday, September 9, 2023 at Ossian Senior Hospice in Ossian, Iowa. No services will be held. Schutte-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Postville, Iowa is assisting the family with arrangements.

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