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Popular Oelwein Restaurant Destroyed By Fire

OELWEIN, Iowa (AP) – Investigators are trying to determine what caused a kitchen fire that spread quickly and destroyed a longtime restaurant in the northeast Iowa town of Oelwein. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports Luigi’s Restaurant and Lounge was destroyed Saturday. The restaurant had operated since 1959. The fire began around 3:15 p.m. Saturday while


Mae E. Hook – Manchester (formerly of Colesburg)

Mae E. Hook, 100, of Manchester, Iowa, (formerly of Colesburg) completed her journey on earth on Friday, November 11, 2016, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.  Mae was born the daughter of Gus and Lizzie (McDowell) Moser on August 12, 1916, at Garber, Iowa. On July 10, 1957, Mae was united in marriage to


Melvin Chambers – Manchester

Melvin Chambers, 73, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Friday, November 11, 2016, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids.  He was born on July 22, 1943, in Manchester, the son of William and Viola (Curler) Chambers.  Melvin was raised and educated in Manchester. Melvin was united in marriage to Betty Miller.  Two children were


Michael Carl “Mike” Breckenfelder – Dyersville

Michael Carl “Mike” Breckenfelder, 32, of Dyersville, Iowa, passed away on Friday, November 11, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, in Iowa City.  He was born on Sunday, June 10, 1984, in Manchester, to Kenneth Carl and Margaret Ann (Jones) Breckenfelder.  On July 29, 1984 he was baptized at First Lutheran Church


Beverly E. Jenk – Dyersville

Beverly E. Jenk, 84, of Dyersville, died peacefully at her home on Thursday, November 10, 2016. Visitation will be held 2 – 6 pm Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Monday from 9 – 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.


Milton Eugene Retz – Manchester

Milton Eugene Retz, 87, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, at the Regional Medical Center in Manchester.  He was born on April 13, 1929, in Manchester, the son of Lyle and Mildred (Traver) Retz.  Milton was raised and educated in the area, and graduated from Manchester High School.   On December


Martha Lou Palmer – Manchester

Martha Lou Palmer, 89, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 4, 2016, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.  She was born on May 4, 1927, in West Union, the daughter of Ralph and Lois (Cook) Humphry.   Martha was raised and educated in the area and graduated from West Union High School. 


Vera Holtz – Independence

Independence –  Vera A. Holtz, 90 years old, of Independence, Iowa, died on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, at ABCM Rehab. Center Independence – East Campus, in Independence.  She was born on January 2, 1926, in Elkhorn, Iowa, the daughter of Andrew Christian and Helga (Leistad) Lange.  On June 10, 1945, she and Elvin Fred Holtz


St. Olaf Woman Killed In I380 Crash

A St. Olaf woman has been identified as the victim killed in a fatal minivan vs. semi crash on Interstate 380 between the Center Point and Urbana exits Monday afternoon. The Iowa State patrol said a minivan driven by Sandra Schuety and a semi tractor trailer truck were northbound when Schuety went onto the right