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Services for Sharon Lentzkow, 85, of Lisbon and formerly Independence, are Thursday, Oct. 7 at 11 AM at St. James Episcopal Church in Independence. Burial at Mt. Hope Cemetery, also in Independence. Visitation is Thursday beginning at 10 AM at the church. White Funeral Home of Independence is in charges of arrangements.

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Services for Hazel Schweiger, 89, of Eden Prairie, Minn., and formerly of New Hampton, are Friday, Oct. 8 at 1:30 PM at Jerico Lutheran Church. Burial at Jerico Lutheran Church Cemetery. Friends may greet the family Friday one hour prior to services at the church. Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home in New Hampton has been entrusted with the services.

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Services for Beryl Biekert, 65, of Nashua, are Thursday, Oct. 7 at Republic Community Church in rural Ionia. Burial following services at Horton Cemetery in Horton. Friends may greet the family Wednesday from 4 PM to 8 PM at Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home - Olson Chapel in Nashua and Thursday one hour before services at the church.

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Dawn Gansen, 65, of Elma, died Saturday, Oct. 2. Arrangements are being made with Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma.

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Private family services for Darlene Leas, 95, of Waukon, are Thursday, Oct. 7. Burial at Evergreen Cemetery, rural Waukon. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is handling the arrangements.

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A Mass of Christian Burial for Valeria Herold, 101, of Fort Atkinson, will be held Friday, Oct. 8 at 11 AM at St. John's Catholic Church in Fort Atkinson. Burial at the church cemetery. Visitation is Friday from 9 AM until the start of services at the church. Schluter-Balik Funeral Home in Fort Atkinson is in charge of arrangements.

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A Celebration of Life for Kevin Ledtje, 72, of Denver, will be held Monday, Oct. 4 at 10 AM at the Waverly Area Veterans Post in Waverly. The family will greet friends Monday one hour prior to the Celebration of Life. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly is in charge of arrangements.

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Services for Shirley Ludeking, 84, of Decorah, are Saturday, Oct. 9 at 11 AM at First Lutheran Church in Decorah. Burial in Phelps Cemetery, also in Decorah. Visitation is Saturday from 10 AM until the start of services at the church. Schluter-Balik Funeral Home in Decorah is in charge of arrangements.

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A Mass of Christian Burial for Delores Weigel, 98, of New Hampton, will be held Monday, Oct. 4 at 10:30 AM at Holy Family Parish in New Hampton. Burial at Calvary Cemetery in New Hampton following the funeral mass. Visitation is Monday one hour prior to the start of the funeral mass at the church. Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton is handling the arrangements.

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Services for Robert Recker, 66, formerly of Green River, Wy., are Saturday, Oct. 9 at 10:30 AM at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma. Burial immediately following the services. Visitation is Friday from 4 PM to 7 PM at the funeral home.

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Services for Kenneth Strong, 85, of Elgin, are Friday, Oct. 8 at 2 PM at Illyria Community Church in Elgin. Burial with military rites at the church cemetery following the services. Visitation is Thursday from 4 PM to 7 PM and Friday one hour before services at the church. Leonard-Grau Funeral Home in Elma is assisting the family.

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Services for Edwin Buls, 92, of Denver, are Monday, Oct. 4 at 10 AM at St. John's United Church of Christ - Siegel, rural Waverly. Burial at the church cemetery. Visitation is Monday one hour prior to the services at the church. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Denver is assisting the family.

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Services for Connie Rau, 67, of Oelwein, are Monday, Oct. 4 at 10:30 AM at Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Oelwein. Burial at Strawberry Point Cemetery in Strawberry Point. Visitation is Monday one hour prior to the start of services at the funeral home.

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Paul Kuehl, 48, of Hudson and formerly of Elkader, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. A public visitation will be held Wednesday, Oct. 6 from 3 PM to 7 PM at Nazareth Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls. A private inurnment will be place at a late date on the South Farm, rural Elkader. Leonard-Grau Funeral Home in Elkader is in charge of arrangements.

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