Category Archives: Obituaries

Earlene E. Rosauer


Earlene Elizabeth Rosauer, age 98, of Dubuque and formerly of La Porte City, died Saturday, February 6, 2016, at Assisi Village in Dubuque.
She was born on August 29, 1917, in Grundy County, the daughter of Earl and Elizabeth (Quinn) Diamond. Earlene attended school in Reinbeck and Eagle Center. She taught in a one room rural school for five years before marrying Donald J. Rosauer on September 30, 1941, at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Church in Eagle Center.
She and Donald had four children and made their living by farming in the Dysart and La Porte City areas. They enjoyed 63 years of marriage until Donald’s death in 2005. In 2010, Earlene moved from La Porte City to Dubuque to live near her daughter, most recently residing at Assisi Village in Dubuque.
Earlene will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother and also for her extraordinary integrity, generosity, kindness and faith in God and the Catholic Church.
Survivors include a son, Mark (Rita) Rosauer of Le Claire, IA; two daughters, Janis (Tim) Cox of Blue Springs, MO, and Joan (Bob) Lentz of Dubuque, and a daughter-in-law, Gail Rosauer of Fort Collins, CO; nine grandchildren and their spouses; two step grandchildren and their spouses and nine great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Robert Rosauer, who died in September 2015; a sister, Evelyn Seery; and brother, Kenneth Diamond.
A Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM Thursday, February 11, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in La Porte City with burial in St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Eagle Center. Public visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Thursday at the Church. La Porte City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be directed to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in La Porte City, in care of 1102 Walnut St., Traer, IA 50676.
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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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Gwen Hoyt


Gwen Hoyt, 93, of La Porte City, died Monday, January 18, 2016, at La Porte City Specialty Care of natural causes. She was born August 15, 1922, in Mt. Auburn the daughter of Lawrence H. and Ramona (Jenks) Fehl. Her mother died in a tragic fire when she was a few weeks old. She was raised by her paternal grandparents until school aged then her father brought her to Racine, WI where she attended school.
Gwen married Oren C. Hoyt on May 26, 1945, in Racine, WI.
She farmed with her husband and also worked as a clerk in several stores downtown La Porte City. She and her husband were Charter Members of La Porte City American Lutheran Church where she was very active in WELCA and the Church Choir. She was a 4-H Club Leader, bowled in the Church and Women’s League and was active in Card Club. She and her husband wintered in Texas for 21 years.
She is survived by two sons, Jim (Pat) Hoyt of Des Moines, David Hoyt of Asheville, NC; one daughter, Marilyn (Elmer) Meyer of Dysart; six grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; one great-great grandson and one brother, Kenneth (Mary Ann) Fehl of Racine, WI.
Preceding her in death were her parents and step mother, Astrid Hansen Fehl.
Memorial services will be held May 25, 2016, at the American Lutheran Church in La Porte City. Family will receive friends one hour before the service at the church. Inurnment will be held at a later date in the West View Cemetery.
Memorials: may be directed to the American Lutheran Church (801 Monroe St. La Porte City, IA 50651).
La Porte City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

William F. “Bill” Bobzien


William F. “Bill” Bobzien, 85 of Palo and formerly of LaPorte City and Van Horne died Thursday, January 14, 2016 at home in Palo surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM, Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, LaPorte City with Father Ray Atwood as Celebrant.  The family will greet friends from 9 AM until service time at the church on Tuesday.  Military rites will be conducted by the Geo. G. Luckey American Legion Post #57 of Vinton and Iowa Military Funeral Honors.  Interment will take place in the spring at Westview Cemetery, LaPorte City.  Memorials may be directed to Mercy Hospice in Hiawatha.  Phillips Funeral Home in Vinton is in charge of arrangements.

Bill was born November 27, 1930 at his family home in Van Horne to Gilbert and Fern (Pegump) Bobzien.  He graduated from Van Horne High School and enlisted in the United States Army.  Bill was Honorably Discharged from his service to his nation in March of 1960.  He was united in marriage to Barbara Bower in August of 1955, in Vinton, Iowa and they later divorced.  In 1972 he was united in marriage to Barbara (Holub) Dawes, they were married for many years and later divorced.  On June 27, 1992 Bill was united in marriage to Carole Ann Brown Wellner, she preceded him in death on August 11, 2014.

Bill worked for many year as a welder at Hawk-built in Vinton until it closed; he later worked for Kinze Manufacturing and Tyson Foods in Arkansas.  He was a lifelong volunteer firefighter and longtime member of Geo. G. Luckey American Legion Post #57 in Vinton.  Bill was also a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in LaPorte City, the LaPorte City Lion’s Club and the Moose Lodge in Washburn.  He greatly enjoyed going dancing with his wife, Carole Ann.

He is survived by his children:  Michael Bobzien and Philip Bobzien both of Cedar Rapids; Tim (Renee McDonald) Bobzien of Vinton; Diana (Larry) Severin of Faribault, Minnesota and Suzan (Mike Boatman) Graveman of Palo; his grandchildren:  Amber (Dan Meyer) Graveman, Andrea (Eric) Petersen, Kiley Schmitt, Anabelle Boatman, Justin Severin, Allison (Mitch Luckow) Severin and Jordan and Jennifer Bobzien; his great grandchildren, Daphne and Delaney Luckow, Olivia Graveman and Tiffany and Rachel Petersen.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; a still-born sister and his three wives.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Hospice of Mercy, Chaplain Joe Kane; hospice nurses, Rebecca and Lisa and Sister Annette at St. Elizabeth’s in Hiawatha.

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