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Obituaries

Loren Wilfred Ewoldt, 92

Loren Wilfred Ewoldt, 92, died Friday January 13th, 2023, at Sunrise Hill Care Center in Traer. Loren was born on October 30, 1930, on the family farm southeast of Traer. He was the first of four boys born to Elmer H. Ewoldt and Mildred M. (Jacobsen) Ewoldt. He attended country school ...

Amy Brooke Speirs, 41

Amy Brooke Speirs, 41, died Friday, January 6, 2023, after a long and courageous battle with diabetes. Amy is survived by her daughter, Avery Weisinger, of Hudson; parents, Russell and Sharon Speirs; sister, Sara (Neil) O’Brien; nieces, Liberty and Ella O’Brien; grandmother, Violet ...

Cynthia “Cindy” Marie Bandfield, 61

Cynthia “Cindy” Marie Bandfield, 61, of Dinsdale, passed away on January 5, 2023, at UnityPoint Health/Allen Hospital. She was born August 16, 1961, in Cedar Falls, daughter of Charlie and Mary (Stripe) Mathes. Cindy attended Cedar Falls High School. On August 14, 1981, she was united ...

Paul Andrew Upah, 85

Paul Andrew Upah, 85, of Marshalltown and formerly of Tama, passed away December 27, 2022, at Iowa River Hospice Home in Marshalltown. A Memorial Visitation was held Saturday, December 31, 2022, from 9-10 AM at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tama with a Memorial Mass following at 10:00 AM at ...

Lois Mardene Stueck, 90

Lois Mardene Stueck, of Dysart, passed away December 28, 2022, at Woodlands Creek Memory Care Unit, Clive, IA, at the age of 90. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 4 at Zion Lutheran Church, Dysart, with Pastor Matthew Muters officiating. Visitation will be held at ...

Michael Smentek, 80

Michael Smentek, 80, of Traer, died on December 22nd, 2022, peacefully at home surrounded by family. He was born in Chicago on July 22nd, 1942, to Mabel and Joseph Smentek, the third of four siblings. He was raised in Chicago where he attended Roosevelt High School. On October 12th, 1963, he ...

Warren Wagner

Warren Wagner was born February 9, 1943, in Vinton, Iowa; the son of Albert and Margaret (Boelsche) Wagner. He attended school in Dysart. After high school, he entered the United States Air Force and worked as a mechanic. Warren married Mary Womack on May 17, 1980, at the Dysart United ...

Gerene Gaye Lassen

Gerene Gaye Lassen was born on October 16, 1935, in Toledo, the daughter of Edward and Matie (Harmsen) Chizek. She graduated from Traer High School. On April 12, 1955, Gerene was united in marriage to Merlin Lassen at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Waterloo. She was a stay-at-home mom and a ...

Joyce Harriett Paulsen

Joyce Harriett Paulsen was born November 29, 1930, in South Dakota, the daughter of Bill and Ida (Paulson) Krause. She went to college in LeMars, Iowa, where she received her teaching degree. Joyce furthered her education at the University of Northern Iowa. She then taught kindergarten for 35 ...

Deborah “Debbie” Jean Hayes Hurst, 66

Deborah “Debbie” Jean Hayes Hurst, 66, of Waterloo, died Tuesday, December 7, 2022, of cancer, while a patient at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital in Waterloo. She was born on July 2, 1956, the daughter of Carroll and Virginia Staebler Hayes. Debbie graduated from Dysart Geneseo High ...