Obituaries articles


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


Phyllis J. Glines – Independence

Independence –  Phyllis J. Glines, 81 years old, of Independence, Iowa, died on Thursday, November 10, 2016, at the Buchanan County Health Center in Independence.  She was born on August 29, 1935, in Fresno, California, the daughter of Emery and Mae Brower.  She attended school in California and then moved with her family to Oklahoma. 


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


Eric S. Smith – Manchester

Eric Silas Smith, 72, of Manchester died Friday, November 4, 2016 from injuries suffered from a vehicle accident north of Manchester near his home in Dutchtown on his way to work.  Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at Bohnenkamp – Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, with visitation Tuesday, November 8,


Arla Ketelsen – Manchester

Arla Ruth Ketelsen, 99, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, November 6, 2016, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home in Edgewood Iowa. She was born on March 3, 1917, the daughter of Emil and Amanda (Ketelsen) Paulsen.  Arla was raised in rural Clinton County, Iowa, and attended rural country school.   On February 10, 1937,


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


Leona Pohlman – Manchester

     Leona M. Pohlman, 96, of Manchester, died Tuesday, November 1, 2016. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, November 5, 2016, at Bohnenkamp – Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, with visitation Friday, November 4, 2016, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., and one hour prior to service on Saturday. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery,