Category Archives: Milestones

Union Middle School Honor Roll – 2014-2015 Second Quarter

6th Grade
Adam Ahrendsen, Marcus Albertsen, Ellie Behrens, Dallas Blackburn, Daniel Caruso-Winslow, Dolores Cicio, Kolten Crawford, Emma Deaton, Allie Driscol, Tyson Fleshner, Mackenzie Griswold, Jordan Haas, Landon Haas, Elijah Harkness, Grace Harrigan, Brooklyn Harvey, Alyssa Hatch, Tristen Heth, Jacob Hill, Brady Hilmer, Grace Johnson, Hunter Kies, Audrey Kline, Natalie Kotouc, Gavin Moore, Sterling Mullen, Kylea Neuendorf, Nicholas North, Madelon Rathe, Sarah Roberts, Rylee Sash, Cade Shepard, Ella Smith, Layton Smutz, Breanna Soard, Olivia Swackhammer, Cybil Timm, Belle Weber, Breanna Weltzin, Elliana Wilson, Sophia Winkelpleck

7th Grade
Grace Asmussen, Hailey Bathen, Madeline Bonner, Jonathan Bronner, Logan Brown, Kaylin Brustkern, Curtis Brustkern Jr., Jasmyn Bush, Emma Carlson, Noah Damro, Trevor Davis, Cheyenne Driscol, Jadelyn Elliott, Madison Frush, Samantha Glenn, Kianna Gloede, Brayden Grosse, Gracie Hall, Emma Harris, Rachel Hellman, Lane Hennings, Jasmine Hickok, Jordan Holman, Carlie Hoppe, Madison Jantzen, Leah Kaufman, Grace Keegan, Rachel Kline, Kayla Lambe, Lake LeBahn, Gavyn Maulsby, Carlie McNeal, Elizabeth Moore, Molly Niebergall, Tessa Pearson, Rhett Peters, Kerstin Peterson, Henry Powers, Teagan Prouse, Kendall Putz, Riley Rosauer, Aubrey Schmitz, Emma Sebetka, Emma Shirk, Olivia Steffens, Natalie Tecklenburg, Jack Thomsen, Lauren Wagner, Lexi Wagner, Piper Wiedenhoff, Jadyn Wiest, Lillie Wrobel

8th Grade
Lane Albertsen, Emma Alpers, Carter Asmussen, Ben Behrens, Kaylie Bowers, Allie Carty, Megan Carty, Kegan Clapp, Kody Crawford, Kendra DeHart, Madison DeWitt, Benjamin Dvorak, Scarlett Ellsworth, Caleb Frost, Hannah Gates, Joseph Gloede, Levi Gray, Kyle Gross, Tori Hadachek, Mackenna Hatch, Nolan Havran, Chloe Heitmann, Karson Hennings, Alanna Hines, Mary Jenkins, Jayden Jolley, Hunter Klima, Jacob Lowe, Hannah Michael, Emily Miehe, Gavin Miller, Sam Ollendieck, Bryce Parker, Benjamin Rempe, Kayla Robb, Tyler Rottinghaus, Valerie Ryan, Olivia Sash, Zeke Seuser, Anna Smith, Trey Smutz, Clayton Sparks, Carter Spore, Jenna Steinlage, Hunter Stwalley, Josh Ternus, Holly Wandschneider, Nolan Wandschneider, Rashwan Williams, Aidan Wilson

Area Students Earn Dean’s List Honors

The following area students have been named to the Fall 2014 Dean’s List at Mount Mercy University. Students with a semester grade point average (GPA) of 3.60 or better:
Brandon: Katie Cox, Nursing AP; Sandra Lemert, Nursing AP
Dysart: Sarah Ternus, Nursing; Rachel Vaughn, Nursing
La Porte City: Catherine Wigg, Hum Res Mgmt

Upper Iowa University announces the Dean’s List for the Fall semester 2014. To be honored, a student must have earned a minimum 3.50 GPA:
La Porte City: David Griswold, Tabitha Stwalley
Waterloo: Beau Gibbons, Carmen Lappe

Rachel Babinat of La Porte City was named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2014 semester at High Point University in North Carolina. Dean’s List students are those who have attained a 3.5 or higher GPA.
Rachel is the daughter of John and Nadine Babinat.

Iowa State University undergraduates have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the 2014 fall semester Dean’s List. Area students included are:
Buckingham: Dylan McLaughlin, Pre-Business; Tessa Reiter, Elementary Education
Dysart: Erin Heckroth, Economics; Kristen Lowe,
Ag & Life Sciences Exp; Drake Mossman, Software Engineering
Gilbertville: Alexxis Bennett, Kinesiology; Andrew Mangrich, Kinesiology
La Porte City: Lauren Barz, Nutritional Science; Adria Bechthold, Child, Adult, & Family Serv; Savannah Downing, Physics; Josh Frush, Industrial Tech; Natalie Hanson, Biological Systems Engineering, Chase Kruckemeyer, Advertising, Emily Samuelson, Ag & Life Sciences Ed, Katelyn Samuelson, Animal Science, Grace Sparks, Child, Adult, &Family Serv

Dean’s List Honors for Area Students

The following area students have been named to the Fall 2014 Dean’s List at Mount Mercy University. Students with a semester grade point average (GPA) of 3.60 or better:
Brandon: Katie Cox, Nursing AP, Sandra Lemert, Nursing AP
Dysart: Sarah Ternus, Nursing, Rachel Vaughn, Nursing
La Porte City: Catherine Wigg, Hum Res Mgmt

Upper Iowa University announces the Dean’s List for the Fall semester 2014. To be honored, a student must have earned a minimum 3.50 GPA:
La Porte City: David Griswold, Tabitha Stwalley
Waterloo: Beua Gibbons, Carmen Lappe

Rachel Babinat of La Porte City was named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2014 semester at High Point University in North Carolina. Dean’s List students are those who have attained a 3.5 or higher GPA.
Rachel is the daughter of John and Nadine Babinat.

Curtis D. “Curt” Wellman

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Curtis D. “Curt” Wellman, age 78, of La Porte City, died Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo.

He weighed only 3 lbs when born at home, in rural Black Hawk County, Iowa, during a blizzard on February 9, 1936, son of Arthur C. and Elsie (Harting) Wellman. Curt attended the former Jubilee School and then graduated from La Porte City High School in 1954 and served in the US Army from 1955-1957 and received several accolades. He was united in marriage with Leona Steffens in 1959 and they later divorced. Julie Simons has been his life partner for the last 16 years.
After returning from the Army, Curt started farming with his father and his brother Ray. Curt was President and owner of Wellman Farms Inc. for many years, which was a large grain and livestock farm with interests across several counties. He was co-owner of W & W Livestock Enterprises, Inc., a hog farm and buying station and was most recently president and owner of W & W Farms Inc. His love for cattle and the farm continued throughout his life. Due to the death of a business partner and friend, he became sole owner of Estep Motors in La Porte City and operated the business from 1981-1986. Following the sale of the dealership he worked for a large grain elevator and agricultural dealership. He then worked at Cardinal Motors in Vinton and was a sales representative at Witham Auto in La Porte City for over 10 years. Curt was a man of high integrity and was loved dearly by his family, friends and community. He will be sincerely missed by all.

Survivors include his 5 children, Greg (Becky) Wellman, Lanell (Darryl) Maser and Kim (Danny) Reiter, all of La Porte City, Jodi Moré of Houston, TX and Rod (Karla) Nielsen of Brandon; 15 grandchildren, Jason (Libby), and Ethan (Megan) Wellman, Cassandra and Alexandria Sturtz, Mikayla Allen, Dillan and Zach Maser, Nick (Brooke), Brock (Jessica), and Cheyne Reiter, Chase and Brock Kruckemeyer, Julian Moré, Cayden and Riley Nielsen; 2 great grandchildren, Cael and Peyton Reiter and another great grand baby Wellman on the way; a brother, Rayfield (Jean) Wellman of Traer, IA; Julie’s 3 children, Krystal (Kerry) Hines of La Porte City, Kori (Lance) Hulin of Jesup and Kari (Robert) Thompson of Waterloo; 8 grandchildren, Alanna, Gabriel, Joshua and Theodore Hines; Tiffany and Matt Hulin and Blake and Ryley Thompson.

Curt was preceded in death by his parents and his former wife, Leona.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Zion Lutheran Church – Jubilee, rural La Porte City with burial in the church cemetery. Full Military Honors will be accorded by USS San Diego American Legion Post #207 of La Porte City. Public visitation will be held from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 27 at La Porte City Funeral Home and an hour prior to the services on Wednesday at the church.

Memorials may be directed to the family or Zion Lutheran Church – Jubilee Memorial Fund, 12007 Jubilee Road, La Porte City, Iowa 50651.
Condolences can be expressed at www.KearnsFuneralService.com

James Kullmer – 80

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The family of James Kullmer of La Porte City would like the community to share in the celebration of Jim’s 80th birthday on January 23, with a card shower including any special memories, pictures or stories that you may have. Send them to 108 Pleasant Dr., La Porte City, IA 50651.
Jim was born on January 23, 1935, to Keith and Mildred (Weaver) Kullmer in Traer. He arrived during a snowstorm on his mother’s birthday and was placed wrapped up on the open oven door to keep him warm. He grew up in Traer and Geneseo before the family moved to La Porte City. He met and married Gretchen Thedens of Jesup in May of 1955. They have lived in the La Porte City area and farmed until his retirement.
Their children are Sheri and Jeff Lesh of La Porte City and James and Traci Kullmer of Blairstown. Also two sons, Dave and Kris are deceased. They have six granddaughters and 15 great-grandchildren.