Margaret V. Staack

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Oran: Margaret Veronica Staack age 87 of Oran , died Thursday March 23, 2017 at Tripoli Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of natural causes.

She was born July 22, 1929 in rural Fairbank the daughter of William and Blanche (Shannon) Kane. She married LaVern Staack on October 4, 1952 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Independence. He died September 10, 2003. Margaret is survived by two daughters; Kathy Staack (Lon her significant other) of Cedar Rapids and Diane (Scott) Danner of Tripoli; five grandsons; Travis (Marcia) Greco of Ankeny, Gabe (Shannon) Greco of Huxley, Tony (Jessica) Greco of Des Moines, Jared Danner of Ames and Logan Danner of Tripoli along with eight great-grandchildren; Sophia, Grady, Reed, Owen, Zander, Autumn, Brenna and Paris. She is also survived by a sister and brother-in-law; Helen and Merlyn Cummings of Santa Barbara, CA. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one brother Joe Kane, three sisters; Agnes Kane in infancy, Genevieve Gritton and Kathryn Reith.

Margaret worked for 34 years as a custodian for Wapsie Valley Community Schools. She and Lavern farmed for many years in the Oran area. She loved working in the field and always kept informed on farm markets. She also enjoyed politics and kept up on current events. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She kept her sense of humor to the end. Margaret had a strong faith in god and was comforted by him during her hardships.

Services: 10:30 am Tuesday March 28, 2017 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Fairbank.

Visitation: 5:00-7:00 pm Monday, March 27, 2017 at Woods Funeral Home, Fairbank.

Parish Rosary: 4:45 pm Monday, March 27 at the Funeral Home.

Burial: Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Fairbank.

Memorials may be directed to the family

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Duane H. Meyer

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Fairbank: Duane H. Meyer age 87 of Fairbank and formerly of Readlyn, died Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Unity Point Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo.

He was born July 5, 1929 in rural Readlyn, the son of Edwin and Hilda (Schweer) Meyer. He graduated from Readlyn High School. While stationed in Alaska, he served in the U.S. Army as a Corporal during the Korean War from 1951-1953 in the 196th RTC. He married Laraine M. Rettig on April, 17, 1955 at Faith United Church of Christ, Tripoli.

He was employed at Farmer’s Coop in Readlyn for three years and then  worked at John Deere Tractor Works for 28 years until retirement. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Fairbank. He was also a member of the VFW Post 5661 in Readlyn and the American Legion Post 552 in Fairbank. Duane and his wife Laraine lived in Fairbank for 34 years.

Survived by: his wife, three Daughters; Crystal Gienau of Cedar Falls, Pamela (Jack) Ryan of Debary, FL and Julie (Jerome) Torgerson of Decorah, 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: his parents, his step-father; Herman Hesse, two brothers; Victor and Norbert and four step-sisters; Florence, Letha, Lena and Lila.

Services:  10:30 AM Thursday, March 23, 2017 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Fairbank.

Visitation:  4:00-7:00 PM Wednesday, March 22 at Woods Funeral Home and for one hour before services at the church on Thursday.

Burial: Fairbank Cemetery with Military Rites conducted by VFW Post 5661 of Readlyn and American Legion Post 552 of Fairbank.

Memorials: to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Fairbank.

Duane was an avid Fisherman. He enjoyed traveling, bird watching and loved to garden.


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James Alfred Wierck

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Des Moines;  James A. Wierck, 63 years old of Des Moines died at his home on February 27.  He was born on April 20, 1954 in Oelwein, Iowa.  he is the son of William Alfred and June (Teachout) Wierck.

He married Shirley Kisner at Sacred Heart Church in Oelwein on October 28, 1972.

He is survived by; his wife Shirley. His children; Tina Lyon, Jennifer Wierck, Andy Wierck, Lara Wierck, Amanda Clark and Jesse Wierck.  Grandchildren: Jack and Maya Lyon, Jada Wierck, Addy, Coda and Warren Wierck, Jacob Wierck, Alexa and DJ Clark and Atlee Wierck.  Also two brothers: Robert Wierck and Dennis Wierck. Jim was preceded in death by his parents along with one brother and sister-in-law Rick and Donna Wierck.

Services: 10:30 am Monday, March 6, at the Woods Funeral Home.  Visitation on Sunday, March 5 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Bernice Anna Babinat

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Fairbank: Bernice Anna (Federspiel) Babinat  died on February 26, 2017 at Affinity House in Waterloo, Iowa.  She was born on September 5, 1926 the daughter of Louis and Magdalen (Funfsinn) Federspiel.  Bernice went to school in Gilbertsville thru the eight grade.  She married Melvin A. Babinat on September 28, 1948.

She is survived by her ten children; Michael (Debra) Babinat of Cedar Falls, Barbara (Dale) Wille of Waterloo, Judy (David) Kolbeck of Waterloo, Yvonne (Edward) Smith of Marion, Ronald (Lori) Babinat of Waterloo, James (Sally) Babinat of Big Bend, WI, Eugene (Tammy) Babinat of Silsbee, TX, Jane (Fred) Weber of Jesup, Helen (Alan) Heitz of Aurora and Kenneth (Tracy) Babinat, Rocklin, CA.  Eighteen grandchildren, three step grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, three step great grandchildren and one sister, Jeanette Klinoff of Jasper, TX.

Preceded by: her parents, her husband, Melvin, granddaughter, Jennifer Babinat and three siblings; Sister Irene Federspiel, JoAnne Wierck and Loren Federspiel.

Services: Saturday  March 4 at 10:30 a.m. at Immaculatc Conception Catholic Church in Fairbank.  Visitiation on Friday from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m at the funeral home, with rosary at 3:00 and Scripture at 7:00 . Also and hour before service visitation at the funeral home.  Burial in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery



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