Mar 12 2014

Cecilia M. Weepie

Cecilia Weepie picFairbank – Cecilia Mary Weepie age 102, passed away Monday, March 10, 2014 at West Village Care Center, Independence.

She was born September 18, 1911, the daughter of John and Mary (Weiser) Weepie. Cecilia was a lifetime member of Immaculate Conception Church and also graduated from Immaculate Conception High School both of Fairbank.

Survived by:  many cousins and friends.

Preceded in death by: her parents and her brothers, Willie and Paul.

Services: 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 14, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Fairbank, with burial in the church cemetery.  Public visitation from 4 to 7 p.m Thursday, March 13, at Woods Funeral Home, Fairbank, with a 4:30 p.m. rosary and a 7:00 pm Scripture Service.

Memorials may be directed to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.



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Mar 02 2014

Bradley Joseph Buzynski

Brad Buzynski pictureMaynard: Brad Buzynski passed away Friday, Febrary 28 at his home after a lengthy illness. He was born May 28, 1956 in Oelwein the son of Harold and Shirley (Neith) Buzynski. Brad married Susy Trebon on February 7, 1998 in Independence, IA

Brad attended Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Fairbank and later attended and graduated from Wapsie Valley Community Schools also in Fairbank. After graduating from school Brad worked at John Deere in Waterloo, he then woked for Woods’ Farms in Randalia, he then most recently worked at Iowa Ham which then became Tyson Foods until 2011. Brad enjoyed being with his family and friends, spending time outside, fishing, cooking and taking care of his yard.

Survived by: his wife; Susy, his children; Ashley and Tyler of Maynard, Kara Happel of Readlyn, Ryan and Troy of Waterloo, one granddaughter; Allie Happel of Readlyn. His mother; Shirley Buzynski of Fairbank, three sisters; Cindy (Roger) Myers of Fairbank, Kelly (Bruce) Milbrandt of Eagle Lake, MN and Kim Buzynski of Fairbank. Five brothers; Tom (Melaine), Mitch (Michelle), Scott (Amy) Buzynski all of Fairbank, Mark (Dawn) Buzynski of West Des Moines and Pete (Lori) Buzynski of Tuscon, AZ

Preceded by: his father; Harold, three sisters; Lynn, Lori and Debbie, one brother; Michael, one niece; Bethany Buzynski, his grandparents; Adam & Ceilia Buzynski and Henry & Niela Neith.

Services: Thursday, March 6 @ 10:30 am at Woods Funeral Home, Fairbank

Visitation: Wednesday, March 5 from 3-7 pm at the funeral home and for one hour before services, Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorials: to the family

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Jan 30 2014

Lyle B. Chase

Lyle Chase Photo 2Fairbank; Lyle Chase age 64 passed away Thursday January 30 at Unity Point (Allen)  Hospital in Waterloo IA.

He was born on August 23, 1949 in Fairbank the son of Frank and Amber (Deaton) Chase. Lyle graduated from Wapsie Valley High School in 1967. He served in the U.S. Army after graduation.

Lyle married Judy Poock on August 27, 1977 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Readlyn, IA. He was a lifelong carpenter and most recently enjoyed art work, working with different metals and also concrete.

Survived by; his wife Judy, two daughters; Michelle Chase of Waterloo and Miranda (Brandon) Konrardy of North Liberty, two grandsons; Carter and Chase Konrardy, three brothers; Paul Chase of Carthagena, OH and Dave (Pat) Chase of Fairbank and Tracy Chase of Independence, one sister; Carol (Gary) Nuss of Oelwein.

Preceded by; his parents and one brother; Earl Chase.

Services; Sunday, February 2, 2014 @ 4:00 pm at Woods Funeral Home, Fairbank, IA

Visitation; Sunday, February 2, from 2-4 pm at the funeral home.

Burial: at a later date 

Memorials may be directed to the family.

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Dec 30 2013

Phyllis A. Kuenstling

Phyllis A. Kuenstling picDunkerton: Phyllis A. Kuenstling  age 84 passed away on Monday December 30, 2013 at the Western Home in Cedar Falls IA

She was born August 1, 1929 in Primghar, Iowa the daughter of John and Beatrice Gately Hauptly.

Phyllis married Gerhard Kuenstling April 16, 1961 at St. John’s Lutheran Church near Dunkerton, he died June 28, 1985. Phyllis was a Registerd Nurse and worked in the OB Department at Allen Hospital for 17 years.

Survived by: two sons; Ken (Deanne) Kuenstling and Kevin Kuenstling both of Dunkerton, 12 grandchildren; Mary (Dennis) Snead of Ft. Stockton, TX, Bill (Pam) Faust of Oceanside, CA, Brian (Susie) Moulds of Dunkerton, Niki Moulds of Dunkerton, Dustin (Angie) Moulds of Readlyn, Danny (Andrea) Moulds of Cedar Falls, Kyle (Whitney) Kuenstling of Cedar Rapids, Keith Kuenstling of Dunkerton,Bethany (TJ Anderson) Kuentsling of Dunkerton, Devin (Kym Kruse) Kuenstling of Dunkerton, Shelby Kuenstling of Dunkerton and Kory Kuenstling of Dunkerton, 10 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

Preceded by: her parents, her husband and 2 brothers; Dale and Carroll Hauptly, a half-brother; Lester Gately, a half-sister; Reba Steffens and 2 step-daughters; Karen Faust and Karla Moulds.

Services: Saturday, January 4, 2014 @ 10:30 am at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Bennington Township.

Visitation: Friday, January 3 from 3-7 pm at Woods Funeral Home and for one hour before services at the church.

Memorials: may be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church

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Dec 10 2013


Sherry WeberFairbank- Sherry Ann Weber, of Fairbank, died Monday, December 9, 2013.

She was born December 17, 1969 at Waterloo, Iowa daughter of Aloysius John and Patricia Ann (Cavanaugh) Duffy.  She graduated from Wapsie Valley High School in 1988.

She married Francis Weber on June 5, 1999 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Fairbank.

Survived by: her husband Francis, one son: Joshua, one daughter: Alexis and one step-daughter: Alyssa.  Two brothers: Pat (Sherry) Duffy of Erie, IL, Galen (Bonnie) Duffy of Littleton.  Two sisters: Colleen (Darold) Matthias of Sumner and Kathy Volker of Fairbank along with several nieces and nephews.

Preceded by: her parents, and grandparents, one brother: Dennis Duffy and a niece Carrie Matthias.

Services: at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, December 13, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Fairbank, with burial in the Church Cemetery.  Public visitation from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday with a Parish Rosary at 4:00 p.m. all at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to the family

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Oct 08 2013


George Schares picDUNKERTON-George Louis Schares of  Dunkerton, died Monday, October 7.

He was born on November 6, 1945 at Waterloo, son of Norbert and Leona Meier Schares.

He married Marlene Miller and was later divorced. Married Sandra Bagg and they later divorced.

He retired in 1996 from John Deere and Company after 3o years of employment.

Survived by: two daughters: Lisa (Stan) Talaska of Janesville and LeAnn (Mark) Kelly of Hudson.  Five grandchildren: Nicole Talaska (Adam), Blake Talaska, Grant Kelly, Wyatt Kelly and Mac Kelly.  One great grandson, Bentley Cosby.  Four brothers: Mike (Amanda) Schares, Jeff (Deb) Schares, Andy (Donna) Schares and Bill Schares  of Dunkerton.  Eight sisters: Pat (Jim) Ehr of Independence, Joann (Bill) Weber, Dorothy (Dennis) Adamson, and Marge (Rich) Grady  of Dunkerton. Marilyn Steggall and Carol (Lauren) Brandt of Fairbank. Joyce Rubalcaba of Stockton, CA. and Jeanette (Kevin) Steffen of Waterloo.

Preceeded in death by: his parents, one son, Edward Schares, one brother; Tom Schares and one brother in-law, Ronnie Steggall.

Services: at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 12, at St. Francis Catholic Church, Barclay, with burial in the church cemetery.  Public visitation on Friday, October 11 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home with a scripture service at 7:00 p.m.

Memorials may be directed to the family.


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Sep 21 2013

Susan S. Miller

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Fairbank: Susan Miller age 53 passed away at her home on Friday September 20 of natural causes.

She was born on June 1, 1960 in Waterloo the daughter of Melvin & Elsie Habenicht Miller. Susan graduated from Oelwein High School in 1978. After high school she worked at Rath Packing until it closed and Bertch Cabinetry she also worked at various other places until she was forced to retire due to health reasons.

Survived by: her daughter Tiffany Miller of Ames, one brother; Mike Miller of Fairbank, two sisters; Marlene (John) Higgins of Waterloo and Patty Clement of Charles City along with several nieces and nephews.

Preceded by: her parents, two brothers; Gary Jones and Tim MIller and a nephew Edward Schares.

Services: Tuesday, September 20 @ 10:30 am at Woods Funeral Home

Visitation: Monday, September 19 from 4-7 pm with a 4:00 pm rosary.

Burial: at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Fairbank

Memorials: to be directed to her daughter Tiffany.

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Sep 17 2013

Roy “Dean’ Schoonover

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Fairbank:Dean Schoonover age 64 passed away Monday, September 16, 2013 at the V.A. Medical Center in Iowa City of natural causes.

He was born on July 7, 1949 in Savanna, IL the son of Robert & Shirley(Gravaat) Schoonover. Dean graduated from East High School in Waterloo, IA, he was  then in the U.S. Navy for 2 years. Dean married Linda Tovar on June 22, 1968 and they were later divorced. On December 24, 1998 Dean married Janet Mills. He worked for the Chicago Central Railroad retiring in 1996 for health reasons.

Survived by; his wife Janet, five sons; Shad Schoonover of Evansville, IN, John Trimble of Independence, Andy (Roxanne) Trimble of LaPorte City, Richard (Kris) Trimble of Aplington and Philip (Lani) Trimble of Shell Rock, six daughters; Shannon (Steve) Miller of Princeton, IN, Shawna (Ben) Buckley of Waterloo, Bonnie (Chris) Chazotte of Asheville, NC, Charlotte (Jack) Teetsel of Cadillac, MI, LaDonna (Jeremy) Langstraat of Pleasantville, IA and Kayleen Trimble of Fairbank, 24 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, two sisters; Linda (Dean) Bishop of  Waterloo and Marsha (Lee) Heidt of Cedar Rapids.

Preceded by; his parents Robert & Shirley Schoonover and a son Shane Schoonover.

Services; Friday, September 20, 2013 at 11:00 am at Woods Funeral Home.

Visitation: Thursday, September 19 from 4-7 pm and for one hour before services at the funeral home.

Memorials: may be directed to the family.

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Aug 25 2013

Wayne Henry Siggelkow

Wayne Siggelkow pic.Fairbank; Wayne Henry Siggelkow age 84, passed away Saturday, August 24, 2013. He was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather. Wayne was a successful farmer, an avid hunter, trapper, fisherman and conservationist.

He resided on the Wapsie Circle S Ranch near Fairbank, Iowa all of his life, where he built his home featuring a room with a view of the prarie sunsets. Born January 12, 1929 to Emory and Mabel (Niebuhr) Siggelkow. He served in the Army Ready Reserve (active status) during the Korean War from 1951-1953 and transferred to the Army Reserve (rifle division) until 1957. Wayne married Arnola Wendland on June 26, 1955, and raised three daughters.

In addition to crops, his farming operation included hogs and cattle. Wayne introduced Scotch Highland cattle to Iowa and for many years maintained the largest fold in the midwest. One of his many passions was hunting, including expeditions to Alaska, Canada and the Western states during which he bagged a moose, caribou and a Kodiak bear with his antique muzzleloader. He was a great conservationist and steward of the land. He shared his love of wildlife and fishing with his eleven grandchildren. Wayne enjoyed traveling, visiting all 50 states and several foreign countries.

Wayne was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, the Fairbank Historical Society, the American Legion, the Iowa 4-H Foundation and several agricultural, conservation and wildlife organizations. He enjoyed playing cards and hosting Fourth of July celebrations for family and friends.

Wayne is survived by his wife of 58 years, Arnola; daughters Carol (Steven) Risting, Indianapolis, IN; Jane (Jeffrey) Stautz, Indianapolis, IN and Mary Beth (Ravi) Alagar, Pittsburgh, PA; and eleven grandchildren; Jonathan and Jennnifer Risting; Amy, Andrew and Alan (AJ) Stautz; Saraswati, Rajan, Krishnan, Indra, Jaya, and Balaji Alagar; sisters Bernice Branon, Lucedale, MS and Norma Ivey, Willis, TX; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held on Friday, August 30 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Fairbank, Iowa with burial in the Fairbank Cemetery with military rites conducted by Fortsch Duffy Post 552 of Fairbank. Visitation will be on Thursday, August 29 from 4-7 p.m. at Woods Funeral Home in Fairbank, Iowa and for 1 hour before services at the church.

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Jul 27 2013


James Goeller picture 2FAIRBANK- James W. Goeller of Fairbank, passed away Thursday, July 25, at Allen Memorial Hospital, Waterloo.

He was born September 29, 1946 in Waterloo, Iowa the son of Herbert and Dorthy (Lentz) Goeller.

Jim graduated from Wapsie Valley Community School in 1965 and Upper IOwa University in 1970.  He taught science and social studes and coached at West Branch Community Schools for four years.  He worked at Smitty’s Tire and Appliance, Cedar Falls for many years.  He then worked at Cedar Falls Schools as bus mechanic and bus driver.  He moved on to Oelwein Community Schools as transporation director, retiring in 2009.  Most recently, he drove school bus for Wapsie Valley Community Schools.

Survived by: his wife, Bonnie, one daughter, Kay of Des Moines.  Three sons, Robert (Nancy) of Fairbank, Gary (Sara) of Oelwein and John of Fairbank.  5 grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: his parents, a brother Douglas and a grandson, Michael.

Services: at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 30th at St Peters Lutheran Church, Oran, Iowa, with burial in the Fairbank Cemetery.  Public visitation on Monday, July 29 at the funeral home from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. with Masonic Rites at 7:00 p.m. Also one hour befores services at the church.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

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