Daphine M. Rourke

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Daphine Rourke pic.Fairbank; Daphine Mary Rourke age 88 passed away Tuesday, July 22 at the Buchanan County Health Center, Independence, IA.

Daphine was born on July 1, 1926 in  Fairbank the daughter of Walter and Lona (Chase) Kerns. She attended school at Immaculate Conception School and graduated in 1944.

Daphine married Clement Rourke June 10, 1947 in Fairbank at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Besides raising a family Daphine worked for many years at Hinson Manufacturing in Waterloo until it closed. Later in life she worked at Little Island Childcare Center in Fairbank, first as a daycare provider and then as a cook.

Survived by; one daughter; Jeanne Rourke of Waterloo, three sons; Mike (Viv) Rourke, Mark (Diane) Rourke and Steve (Michelle) Rourke all of Fairbank, eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, one sister; Dorothy (Duane) Ford of Oelwein and three sisters-in-law; Ruth Kerns and Joan Rourke of Fairbank and Verna Kerns of Westgate.

Preceded by; her parents, her husband, four brothers; Harold, John, Robert and Duane Kerns and two sisters; Wilma Yeager and Catherine Weber.

Services; Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 10:30 am at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Fairbank.

Visitation; Friday July 25 from 4-7 pm at Woods Funeral Home

Rosary and Scripture; Parish Rosary at 4:00 pm and Scripture Service at 7:00 pm on Friday at the funeral home.

Burial; Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Fairbank

Memorials; may be directed to the family

Library Book Memorials; will be available at the funeral home.

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Donna G. Tagtow PIC 3FAIRBANK-Donna G. Tagtow age 83 of rural Fairbank, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at the Western Home, Martin Health Center, Cedar Falls, Iowa.

She was born February 17, 1931, daughter of Helmuth J and Clara H. (Brickman) Westendorf in Fayette County, Oran, Iowa.

She married Lawrence Tagtow on February 27, 1949 at the Grove Hill Lutheran Church, Bremer County, Iowa. Donna and Larry dedicated their lives to farming near Oran and Fairbank. Donna remained on the farm after Larry’s death in 1987 and continued farming operations with her son Mike until October 2010.

Survived by: one daughter, Sherry Benak of Waterloo, Iowa.  Three sons, Mike (Sandy) Tagtow of Fairbank, Iowa, Greg (Jolene) Tagtow of Waterloo, Iowa and Kelly (Angie) Tagtow of Elkhart, Iowa.  Seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  one sister, Irene Diercks of Dixon, two sisters-in-law, Lorena Westendorf of Waverly, Iowa and Esther Westendorf of Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Preceeded by: her parents, her husband, Lawrence.  Four brothers, Ervin, Edwin, Lavern and Kenneth Westendorf.  One sister, Esther Westendorf.

Services: at 10:30 a.m on Monday, July 14th at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Oran, Iowa, with burial in St. Peter’s Church Cemetery, Franklin Township.

Visitation: on Sunday July 13th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Woods Funeral Home and an hour before services at the church on Monday.

Memorials are to be directed to the family


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