Category Archives: Milestones

Katelyn Damro Earns Education Degree

The University of Wisconsin (UW)-Stevens Point conferred degrees during the university’s winter commencement ceremonies on December 19, 2015. Katelyn Damro of Dysart was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Child Education and Elem Education, Cum Laude.

Sandra Kay Linde-Ellis


Sandra Kay Linde-Ellis, 66, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016.
Sandra was born October 26, 1949 in Los Angeles, Calif., daughter of Myron Robert and Charlotte Jeannette Newton Linde. She worked for the 3M Corporation for over 30 years in the Human Resources Dept. in several different states, including California, Minnesota, Utah and New Jersey. Sandra enjoyed traveling and going on cruises. She loved growing beautiful flower gardens, watching Dancing With The Stars and line dancing, even teaching line dancing at times. Sandra was co-founder of the Fort Worth Chapter of Honor Flights, assisting veterans to visit World War II and military memorials in Washington, D.C. She was active with the Senior Center in Weatherford and was raised as a Methodist in La Porte City, Iowa. Sandra and her husband, James, loved Corvettes. They owned several over the years and attended many Corvette Rallies. Sandra was the family matriarch, making sure that the family stayed close. She photographed flowers and made birthday and anniversary cards for her loved ones as a way of keeping in touch. Sandra was very special and will be missed by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband of 13 years, James Ellis.
Survivors include a brother, Rod Linde and wife, Kate, of Weatherford, Texas; many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews; and many other loving friends.
Funeral Services were held Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 in White’s Chapel of Memories, Weatherford, Texas.
A funeral service will be held in La Porte City at 2 PM on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, with interment at West View Cemetery. Prior to the service, visitation will be held from noon to 2 PM at the church.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations may be made in Sandra’s memory to Honor Flight of Iowa.

Iva Dell Bader


Iva Dell Bader, age 89, of La Porte City, died Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at La Porte City Specialty Care.
She was born October 29, 1926 in Waterloo, the daughter of Herman and Myrtle McClure Noltensmeier. Iva Dell graduated from Waterloo West High School. She was united in marriage with Paul John Bader on November 3, 1946 at First Methodist Church in Waterloo. He preceded her in death on November 16, 2014.
After high school graduation, Iva Dell worked in the personnel department in Rath Packing Co., where she met her future husband Paul. Following their marriage, the couple farmed near Dysart and Eagle Center for many years. After she raised her family, Iva Dell began a second career in the human resources department at Waterloo Industries. She and Paul loved to dance, enjoyed traveling and spent many happy years “snow-birding” with friends in Pharr, Texas. Iva Dell was talented at playing cards including 500 and bridge and she was fond of gardening and flowers.
Survivors include four sons, Boyd (deceased wife Pamela Curphy Bader) of Des Moines, his daughter, Kindra Lee (Ryan) Gipple of Chandler, AZ and her children, Camden Gipple, Maycn Gipple and deceased children, Brandon and Zachary Gipple, and his son, Cayd Paul (Cindy) Bader of Bloomfield, CO. and his children, Ashton and Nolan Bader, his daughter Ryann Kay Henry of Peoria, AZ and her son Jonah Henry, and his daughter, Teahl Ann Bader of West Des Moines, IA and her daughter Eve Bader; son Clark (Patty) Bader of Sussex, WI and their children, Michelle Patrice Bader of Minneapolis and Emily Suzanne Bader of Sussex; son Dodd (Mary) Bader of Denver, CO; daughter Kyle (Jim) Jensson of La Porte City and their children, David Jensson of Waterloo and Melana Rae Jensson of Pleasant Hill, IA; and son Blaine (Sherri) Bader of Eldora and their children, Luke Parker Bader and Caitlin Kimberlee Bader of Eldora; two brothers-in-law, Dick Schuman of Decorah and Don (Minnie) Bader of Reno, NV.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters, Lois Hannan and Vivian Craft and a brother, Maurice Noltensmeier.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 8, 2016 at St Paul United Methodist Church, 501 Sycamore Street in La Porte City with burial in Westview Cemetery. Public visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to the services on Monday at the Church. La Porte City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Paul United Methodist Church, 501 Sycamore St., La Porte City, IA 50651.
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Northern Iowa Announces Fall Graduates, Dean’s List

Fall 2015 graduates of the University of Northern Iowa from the surrounding are:
Brandon: Kassandra Petersen, BA, Management: Business Admin
Buckingham: Valerie Yeltman, BA, Interactive Digital Studies
Dysart: Kari Lambe, BA, Criminology
La Porte City: Blake Clark, BA, Biology
Mount Auburn: Danielle Hutton, BA, Communication Disorders, with High Honors

Fall 2015 Dean’s List honorees are:
Brandon: Alisha Thompson, Nicole Van De Walle
Buckingham: Taylor Broshar, Valerie Yeltman
Dysart: Sarah Freeland, Savannah Jensen, Abigail Ollendieck, Taylor Raub
Gilbertville: Melissa Ament, Mitchell Lamos, Jody Schares
La Porte City: Samantha Barz, Jessica Bohnstengel, Haley Dietrick, Sara Jesse, Jess Larison, Michael Riesberg-Timmer, Danielle Wandschneider
Mount Auburn: Danielle Hutton

Area Students Earn Dean’s List Honors

The following students have been named to the Dean’s List at their respective schools:
Iowa State University
(3.5+ GPA, minimum of 12 credit hours)
Brandon: Evan Ridenhour, Bethany Weltzin
Buckingham: Aubree Beenken, Grant Mullen, Tessa Reiter
Dysart: Noah Garwood, Cara Hach, Brandon Hill, Joe Kvidera, Kristen Lowe, Drake Mossman, Jon Roettger
Garrison: Anthony Zeien
Gilbertville: Alexxis Bennett
La Porte City: Adria Bechthold, Natalie Hanson, Gabriel Klein, Caleb Larison, Austin Lee, Emily Samuelson, Grace Sparks, Katelyn Ternus, Jamie Wandschneider

Mount Mercy University
(GPA of 3.6+)
Brandon: Katie Cox
Dysart: Sarah Ternus, Rachel Vaughn
Garrison: Kayla Taylor

Upper Iowa University
(3.5+ GPA)
La Porte City Tabitha Stwalley

Kirkwood Community College
(3.3+ GPA, minimum of 12 credit hours)
Brandon: Leah Close, Dianna Conrad, Leneasa Power
Gilbertville: Brandi Even, Morgan Frost, Skyler Woods
La Porte City: Bailey Heerkes

Wartburg College
(3.5+ GPA, minimum of 5 credit hours)
La Porte City: Alex Barz, Leah Jungling, Kamryn Kronschnabel, Austin Pauling and Amber Rottinghaus
Dysart: Katie Hilmer
Gilbertville: Mitchell Stover

Des Moines Area Community College – President’s List
(4.0 GPA)
La Porte City: Natisha Robb