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Behrens, Eileen Ardath (Frederick) - Waverly  
Eileen Ardath Behrens, 78, of Waverly, died Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo. Eileen was born on March 7, 1938, in Oelwein, the daughter of Ernest Albert Frederick and Leona Marie (Zummak) Miehe. She was raised in Maynard, where she was baptized in April of 1938, confirmed in 1952, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, and graduated from the Maynard High School in 1956. Eileen then attended Wartburg College in Waverly graduating in 1960, with her Bachelor of Science in Education Degree and later Drake University, Masters of Science in Education majoring in Special Education, graduating in 1974. On June 5, 1960, Eileen was united in marriage to Marvin Edward Dale Behrens at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Maynard and to this union four children were born, Jean Marie, Linda Sue, Mark Alan, and Susan Joyce. She started her teaching career in 1959, at Colesburg, Iowa, where she taught for one year then for one year at Schuler, Alberta, Canada. In 1966, she began her special education career in Winterset. She continued her special education career teaching in Treynor, Glenwood State Hospital School, Council Bluffs Public Schools, and AEA 7 at Waverly-Shell Rock and Nashua-Plainfield, retiring in 2003. Eileen was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Waverly, where she was active in Rebecca Circle, acting as chairman for several years; American Legion Auxiliary Unit 176 of Waverly, where she served as Third District president; Big Four Retired School Personnel Association; and West Central Senior Citizen Club in Maynard. Eileen enjoyed serving others, baking, sewing, and playing 500, however, what she enjoyed most was her family, especially her grandchildren. In February of this year Eileen's love of family encouraged her to take her first airplane ride, traveling to visit family in Seattle, Washington. Eileen's memory is honored by: her husband, Marvin, of Waverly; four children, Jean (Robert) Turner, of Ankeny, Linda (Steve) Kenny, of Anamosa, Mark (Leah) Behrens, of Council Bluffs, and Susan (Chad) Hunter, of Keller, Texas; eight grandchildren, Daniel, Sarah, Nicholas, Rachel, Alexander, Samuel, Austin, and Emma; a step-brother, Leon (Judy) Gruetzmacher; a step-sister, Jean (Jim) Lipscomb; and a step-sister-in-law, Doris Gruetzmacher. She was preceded in death by her parents and a step-brother, Bruce Gruetzmacher. Visitation will be held on Friday, June 24, at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly, where family will greet friends from 5 to 8 p.m., with Waverly American Legion Unit 176 giving honors at 7 p.m. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the service at Redeemer Lutheran Church. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Waverly with the Rev. Nancy Larson officiating. Burial at Long Grove Cemetery in Maynard will follow the luncheon at the church. Memorials may be directed to Christian Crusaders, Bremwood, American Legion Auxiliary, or donor's choice and online condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com.
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Published in Waverly Democrat on June 23, 2016
Eick, Sharon Kay (Leistikow) - Tripoli  
Sharon Kay Eick, 74, of Tripoli, died on June 22, 2016, in Waterloo with her loving husband at her side. Sharon was born Aug. 28, 1941, the daughter of Emil and Myrtle "Peg" (Enloe) Leistikow in Waterloo. She grew up on a farm near Readlyn and was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church. She graduated in 1959 from Readlyn High School and attended Wartburg College. On Sept. 25, 1960, Sharon was united in marriage to Eugene Ray Eick at Zion Lutheran and to this union five children were born. Sharon and Eugene lived and farmed near Frederika. Sharon worked at Bantam for a couple of years, was a 4-H club leader, judged at the Bremer County Fair, and served in numerous women's church groups. She enjoyed playing cards, traveling, fishing, and flower gardening. Most important of all, she cherished time spent with friends and family, especially her grandchildren and their activities. Their home, and also property by the Cedar River, were gathering places for many family reunions. Sharon is survived by her husband, Eugene; four children Terry (Kelly) Eick, of Plainfield, Tammy (Anthony) Hegel, of Federal Way, Wash., Tracey Eick, of Novi, Mich., and Tina (Dana Richardson) Eick, of West Des Moines; seven grandchildren: Nathan and Natalie Eick, Ryan Hegel, Jared and Rachel Casaccia, and Katie and Emmy Richardson; siblings Ronnie (Judy) Leistikow, David (Elisabeth) Leistikow, Becky (John) Leverington, Bev (Ron) Herman; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, infant sister Shirley, and infant son Todd. Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 26 at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly from 3 to 6 p.m. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 27, 2016, at St. John Western Douglas Lutheran Church in rural Plainfield. Memorials may be directed to St. John Western Douglas or Bremer County 4-H. Online condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly is assisting the family.
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Published in Waverly Democrat on June 25, 2016
Hemingson, Delores Mae (Serfoss) - Waverly  
Delores Mae Hemingson, 80, of Waverly, passed away on Wednesday, June 17, 2016, at her residence at Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community. Delores was born on Nov. 20, 1935, in Waverly, daughter of Fred and Meta (Schellhorn) Serfoss. She grew up in Waverly and was confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church where she continued to be a member until the time of her death. She married Carroll (Chub) Hemingson on March 23, 1954. They later divorced. Throughout her lifetime she had many different jobs but the one she loved the most was being a mother. She enjoyed games, crafting, and painting. Delores was a resident of Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community for the past three years and was very involved in many activities. She is survived by her two sons, Jeff and (Paula) Hemingson, of Waverly, and Greg and (Jill) Hemingson, of Friendswood, Texas; and her five grandchildren, Katelyn (Elliot) Engh, Danielle, Tyler, Michael and Christopher Hemingson; and her two brothers, Merrell (Bonnie) Serfoss and Orvel Serfoss. She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Meta Serfoss. Memorials may be directed to Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community. There will be a memorial service at Bartels Home Chapel on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. The Chapel is located off of the Green Entrance on 20th Street NW in Waverly.
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Published in Waverly Democrat on June 21, 2016
Huisman, David Wayne - Waverly  
David Wayne Huisman, 61, of Waverly, died Saturday, June 4, 2016, at Clarksville Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Clarksville. Dave has been cremated and memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly, with the Rev. Jon Barthalow officiating. Memorials may be directed to Dave's family and online condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com.
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Published in Waverly Democrat on June 21, 2016
Lloyd, Norma J. - Waverly  
Norma J. Lloyd, 90, of Waverly, passed away on June 16, 2016, at the Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community in Waverly. Funeral Services are pending at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly.
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Published in Waverly Democrat on June 21, 2016
Luck, Dr. Donald Dean "Don" - Adams  
Dr. Donald "Don" Dean Luck, 65, of Adams, Tenn., passed away on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. Don was born on June 2, 1951, in Waverly, to the late Ralph Luck and Dorothy Magnuson Luck. Don was a Professor of Education at Austin Peay State University. He was a member of Madison Street United Methodist Church. Don is survived by his wife of 46 years, Linda Luck; two brothers, Ron (Mattie) Luck and Larry (Beverly) Luck; and sister, Janice (Ray) Becthold. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be APSU College of Education and New Beginnings SS Class. There will also be a visitation on Monday, June 27, 2016 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly, with a Celebration of Life Service to be held on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Catherine Orth officiating. Burial will take place at Horton Cemetery in Horton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lambert Education Scholarship Fund at APSU, 601 College St., Clarksville, TN 37044, or the Madison Street United Methodist Church for local mission projects, 319 Madison St., Clarksville, TN 37041. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly is assisting the family with local arrangements. Online condolences for Don's family may be left at www.kaisercorson.com.
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Published in Waverly Democrat on June 25, 2016
Pothast, Donald D. - Waukon  
Donald D. Pothast, 86, of Waukon, died Friday, June 17, 2016, at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Funeral services were held Monday, June 20, at 11 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Waukon, with the Rev. Lynn G. Groe officiating. Burial with military graveside rites will be at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon. Friends called from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Good Samaritan Center, Veterans Memorial Hospital, and St. John's Lutheran Church, all in Waukon. Donald Duane Pothast was born March 7, 1930, in Waverly, the son of Arthur Julius and Meta Bertha (Benning) Pothast. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Waverly. In 1948, Don graduated from Waverly High School, where he played football and basketball. Don received his B.A. in business education and social studies from Iowa State Teachers College (now the University of Northern Iowa) in 1952. Then in September of that year, he enlisted in the United States Army and assigned to the 265th Field Artillery Battalion, 81st Field Artillery Group. He served in Germany and in September 1954, was honorably discharged as a corporal. Don taught school in Paulina for two years before returning to Northeast Iowa. While attending a dance at Matter's Ballroom in Decorah, Don met Doris Geneva (Ingvalson) Kittelson and wooed her with the line, "I suppose you don't want to dance." The couple married on April 26, 1957, at Zion Lutheran Church in West Union and resided in Waukon. Don received his master's degree in business education and school administration from the University of Iowa in 1960. He taught business education at Waukon schools, where he was known as DECA Don, until retiring in 1991. Don also held many jobs during the summers. In the 1960s, he was the director of the parks and rec baseball team for boys; he also whitewashed barns and held the position of county weed commissioner. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Waukon, where he served on the council, was president of the congregation, and taught Sunday school. An avid sports lover, Don enjoyed golf, playing fast pitch softball, and watching college sports. He loved following his children's and grandchildren's school activities and was a fan of the Chicago White Sox and Iowa Hawkeyes. Don loved flowers and gardening, especially his lilies; he was very knowledgeable about horticulture and always made sure to tell his kids to water his plants if he was unable. Don enjoyed vacationing at his timeshare in Okoboji visiting his old family farm in Waverly, and bird watching. He liked visiting the Good Samaritan Center in Waukon and reading the Waukon paper to the "old folks," and enjoyed going out to coffee and to eat. Don is survived by his children: Lynn (Roger) Ellefson, of Waterville, Pam (Larry) Dundee, of Waukon, and Lori Knutson, of La Crosse, Wis.; son-in-law Larry Nolting, of Cedar Rapids; 12 grandchildren: Kim (Mitch) Johnk, Nikki (Jason) Sullivan, Ross (Vanessa) Ellefson, Kristin (Tim Connelly) Ellfeson, Stacy (Eric) Wyninger, Christie (Jake) Poppe, Joshua (Misty Hatfield) Tallman, Heather Medd, Amanda, Josiah (Linda Sykes), and Seth Tallman, and David Knutson; 15 great-grandchildren; three step great-grandchildren; a brother Merlin Pothast, of Shell Rock; stepsister Janet (Don) McClain, of Iowa City; a dear cousin; and many very special nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Doris in 2009; a daughter Doreen Nolting; a brother Henry (Beverly) Pothast; three sisters: Ardith (Harold) Roberts, Ruth (Elmer) Arns, and infant Mildred; a stillborn baby sibling; stepmother Reba Pothast; grandson-in-law Josh Medd; and sister-in-law Henrietta Pothast. Honorary casketbearers are Ron Brandt, Rupert Caballero, Randy Erion, Rich Gaard, Wayne Sawyer, Jerry Siegrist, and Bud Strike. Casketbearers are Ross Ellefson, Austin Johnk, David Knutson, Logan, Brady, and Kaden Sullivan, Josh, Josiah, and Seth Tallman, Riley Wyninger, and Jackson Poppe. Online condolences may be left at www.martinfunerals.com.
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Published in Waverly Democrat on June 21, 2016
Seehase, Geraldine "Gerry" (Boedecker) - Waterloo  
Geraldine Seehase, 92, of Waterloo, and formerly of Waverly, died on Thursday, June 16, 2016, at UnityPoint Allen Hospital in Waterloo. Gerry was born on Nov. 8, 1923, in Dubuque, the daughter of Laura (Degelau) and Edward Boedecker. She grew up in the Westgate area, and graduated from Sumner High School. On July 8, 1946, Gerry, was united in marriage to Raymond Seehase at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Westgate. The couple farmed the Seehase farm until ill health required Raymond to retire in 1992, and they moved to Waverly. Raymond passed away on July 25, 1995. On June 16, 2012, Gerry was united in marriage to Donald Pearce at St. John's Lutheran – Buck Creek, rural Sumner. The couple made their home in Waterloo. Gerry is survived by her husband, Donald; son, Roger (Bonnie) Seehase, of Emily, Minn.; daughter, Eldred "Elly" (Jim) Fink, of Vinton; three grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; four step-daughters, Linda (Gordy) Ceaglske, of Tamarack, Minn., Sharon (Wayne) Vickery, of Waterloo, Connie (Pete) Kemp, of Amboy, Ill., and Diana (Jim) Myers, of Waterloo; two step-sons, Dan (Peggy) Pearce, of Altoona, and Duane (Tamara) Pearce, of Cedar Falls; 48 step-grandchildren; 23 step-great-grandchildren; five step-great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Donna (Don) Larson; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Raymond; and brother, Allan Boedecker. Funeral services to celebrate Gerry's life were at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 20, 2016, at St. John Lutheran Church – Buck Creek, rural Sumner, with the Rev. Joel Becker officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation was on Sunday, June 19, 2016, from 4 to 6 am at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly, and for one hour prior to the service on Monday at the church. Memorials may be directed to St. John Lutheran Church – Buck Creek, or Allen Hospice. Online condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com. Kaiser Corson Funeral Home in Waverly is assisting the family.
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Published in Waverly Democrat on June 21, 2016
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