Category Archives: Milestones

Katelyn and Joe Ternus


Katelyn Samuelson and Joe Ternus were married May 29, 2015, at Immaculate Conception Church in Gilbertville. A reception and dance followed at the Henderson Event Center in Independence.
Parents of the couple are Bart and Amy Samuelson of La Porte City and Greg and Lynne Ternus of Dysart.
Maid of Honor was Emily Samuelson, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Katelyn Damro, friend of the bride and Sarah Ternus, sister of the groom.
The Best Man was Josh Ternus, brother of the groom. Groomsmen were Bob Mangrich, friend of the couple and Wyatt Samuelson, brother of the bride.
Seating guests were Stephanie Mangrich, friend of the couple and Jay Petersen, friend of the groom.
The bride is a graduate of lowa State University and is attending the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University.
The groom is a graduate of Iowa State University and is a control engineer at Marshalltown Company.
They reside in Nevada, Iowa.

Award of Excellence Presented to Hager Insurance Agency

Hager Insurance Agency, Inc. of La Porte City was recently presented with an Award of Excellence from Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company of Grinnell, Iowa. This award recognizes twenty years of outstanding achievement in the insurance profession and superior performance for Grinnell Mutual.
This year, Hager Insurance Agency also received a letter from Governor Brandstad congratulating the agency on 25 years of business in Iowa.

Donald Edward Kramer


Donald Edward Kramer, 64, of La Porte City, died Friday, Aug. 21, at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home, Waterloo.

He was born Feb. 23, 1951, in Independence, son of Henry and Deloris Kramer.

On March 11, 1971, he married the love of his life Joy Linn Sterling.

Donald graduated in 1970 from Mayo High School, Rochester, Minn. and was a U.S. Army veteran. He was employed in various machining and industrial careers before retiring for medical reasons in 2007.

He is survived by his wife, Joy; sons Christopher of La Porte City and his children, Kayla of Waterloo and Tatum and Ryan Kramer of New York; son Kasey (Emily) of Waterloo; daughter Dawn (Jason) Burns and their children, Adrean, Isaiah, Elijah, Zoe, Zach and Zeke of Waterloo; two great-grandchildren, Ayvah and Joseph; two sisters, Rita (Bud) Murphy of Ozark, Mo., and Linda (Bob) Wood of Rochester, Minn.; and three brothers, Kenny of Jesup, Richard of Rochester, MN and David (Susan) of Coralville.

Donald was preceded in death by three infants and his parents.

A Celebration of Life service and meal in remembrance of Donald will be held at 1 PM in the City Park shelter house in La Porte City on Saturday, September 5th. Friends and family are invited to bring a dish to share.

Condolences may be sent to the family of Donald Kramer, 207 8th Street, La Porte City, Iowa 50651.

LaVonne E. Sheffler


LaVonne E. Sheffler, age 90, of La Porte City, died Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at La Porte City Nursing and Rehab Center.
She was born November 26, 1924 in Clinton, Iowa, the daughter of George and Mildred Clancey Bradstream. LaVonne graduated from Mt. Auburn High School.
She was united in marriage with Roger Sheffler on August 21, 1943 in Dubuque, IA. He preceded her in death in April, 2008.
LaVonne worked as a secretary in the scheduling department at Rath Packing Co. in Waterloo and at the ASCS Office in Waterloo. She was a member of the American Lutheran Church in La Porte City and enjoyed playing cards and dancing.
Survivors include three sons, James (Sue) Sheffler of Seattle, WA; Gary (Sherry) Sheffler of La Porte City and Randy (Bev) Sheffler of Blakesburg, IA; seven grandchildren, Chris (Jane) Sheffler of Drexel Hill, PA; Kenny (Jenny) Sheffler of Bellevue, WA; Shawn (Amanda) Sheffler, of La Porte City; Josh Sheffler, of Charlotte, NC; Jason Sheffler, of Little Rock, AR; Michele (Mike) Schmuecker of Mt. Auburn; Jamie Kotouc of La Porte City; 12 great grandchildren and a brother, George J. Bradstream II of Rapid City, SD.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a granddaughter, Courtney Sheffler.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at the American Lutheran Church in La Porte City with burial in Westview Cemetery. Public visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Monday, September 7, 2015 at La Porte City Funeral Home and an hour prior to the services on Tuesday at the Church.
Memorials may be directed to the American Lutheran Church, 806 Monroe Street, La Porte City, IA 50651.
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75 Years of Service: Dean Mullen, Greg Slick Retire

Dean Mullen and Greg Slick will celebrate their retirement from John Deere at a joint reception held in their honor from 4-8 PM on Friday, August 28 at UAW Local 838, 2615 Washington Street in Waterloo. The pair have amassed a combined 75 years of service to the company; Greg with 40 years, Dean with 35. The public is invited to come and celebrate the occasion with Dean, Greg and their families.
Please, no gifts.