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Black Hawk County Obituaries


Ephraim Adams

Class of 1839 - Ephraim Adams. And. Theol. Sem., 1843. D.D. Iowa Coll. 1882. B. 5 Feb., 1818. Pastor. D. 30 Nov., 1907, Waterloo, Ia.

[Dartmouth College Necrology, 1907-1908, Hanover, N.H. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.]


Moses Willard Bartlett

Class of 1857 - Moses Willard Bartlett. A.M. Iowa Coll., 1869. B. 26 Feb., 1834, Bath, N.H. Prof. Lat. and Greek Lang. Western Coll., 1857-67; also Acting Pres., 1865-67. Teacher. D. 30 Nov., 1912, Waterloo, Ia.

[Dartmouth College Necrology, 1911-1912, Hanover, N.H. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.]


Jason William Bonnell

Jason William Bonnell, 22, of 2423 Delane Avenue, Waterloo, IA, died January 15, 2000, in Marietta, GA. He was born November 25, 1977, in Mansfield, Ohio, to Tom and Shari Pistole Bonnell and was employed by McLeod Cable Company of Cedar Rapids, IA. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, William "Billy" Pistole, and his great-grandfather, William C. Pistole, Sr.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Gerald and Shari Weiland of Waterloo; his father and stepmother, Tom and Deb Bonnell of Hampton, GA; a sister, Kristi Bonnell and nieces Sydney and Sierra of Bluffton, Ohio; stepsisters, Cami Weiland and Ginny Niedert, three nieces and a nephew of Waterloo; his maternal grandparents, Mary and Deke Deklyn of Mansfield, Ohio; his paternal grandparents, Jim and Helen Bonnell of Columbus Grove, Ohio; and his great-grandmother, Doris Pistole of Coralville, IA. Memorial services will be held Saturday, March 18, at 11 a.m. in the Church Lutheran Church at 234 Hackett Road, Waterloo, IA.

[Submitted by K. Torp]


"Little son of Mr. Ewitt Carpenter"

A little son of Mr. Ewitt Carpenter, who resides at Cedar Falls, Iowa, had some grains of corn in his mouth, a couple of weeks since, some of which he swallowed, but one, it appears, lodged in his windpipe. It gave him little inconvenience until last week, when, after a violent fit of coughing, he suddenly fell and expired. It is supposed that the kernel of corn, from warmth and moisture, had swollen, and released by the coughing, had dropped down and effectually closed the windpipe.

[Newspaper: Illinois State Democrat, Wed. May 30, 1860
Submitted By: Friend of Free Genealogy]


L. A. Cobb

Waterloo, Iowa, April 7. - Special Telegram - L. A. Cobb, a leader in the temperance cause in Iowa, and noted as a lecturer, died this morning at his home in this city.

[Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, IL), Monday, April 9, 1888, Transcribed by Barb Z.]


Charles R. D'Olive

Services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church, Waterloo, Iowa for Charles R. D'Olive.

Burial will follow in the Vine Street Hill Cemetery in Cincinnati, OH, with Dal-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home directions.

D'Olive, 78, was a native of Suggsville, AL. He graduated from Mississippi Mechanical and Agricultural College (now MS State) with a degree in electrical and mechanical engineering. He entered WW I as a pilot and was the last American to be named an ace--shooting down five enemy fokkers. He pursued a business career in electronics in Cedar Falls, Iowa. At the time of his retirement in 1971, D'Olive was serving as vice president of the Chamberling Manufacturing Corp. in Waterloo.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter Mrs. John F Mozen, Crosse Point Farm, MI; one son, Gene D'Olive, Burssels, Belguim; three sisters, Mrs Richard Davis and Miss Annie Louise D'Olive, both of Hattiesburg, MS and Mrs R E Price of Corinth MS and four grandchildren.

[Hattiesburg American, 21 Jul 1974, submitted by Gene Phillips]


John Hayden Durham

Funeral services for John Hayden Durham of Cedar Falls, who died at Iowa University Hospitals in Iowa City, August 17, 1977 of leukemia, were held from the Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home, Saturday morning, August 20 at 10 o'clock. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery at Cedar Falls.

John Hayden was born July 30, 1926 at Melcher to Lloyd Hayden and Hazel Johnson Durham. He attended Knoxville schools and upon graduation in 1944 joined the Navy ROTC. He graduated from University of Iowa in 1949 with a degree in art and music. He taught at the Corwith, Wesley and Janesville, Iowa schools.

On June 13, 1954 he was united in marriage to Dolores Miller at Schleswig, Iowa. Survivors include his wife, Dolores; his mother and step-father, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Heaberlin of Knoxville; two daughters, Cynthia Durham of Iowa City and Laurel Durham at home; two sisters, Mrs. Amos Jones (Ruth) of Knoxville and Mrs. Jules Holmes (Lucile) of Colorado Springs, Colo. He was preceded in death by his father in 1928 and one infant son.

[Newspaper Unknown, Published Aug. 21, 1977, submitted by Laurel Durham]


John J. Foutch

Joins The Dead

Over Fifty Years In Bremer County
Died This Morning at Home of Son in Waterloo

John James Foutch, affected by the ailments of old age, died in this city at 2:30 o'clock at the home of his son, Hiram, 848 Riehl street.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday morning at 10 o'clock, the services being brief and in charge of the Rev. H. G. Beeman. The funeral party will go overland to Denver, the old home of the family, and there further services will be conducted and interment made. The remains will lie beside the wife, who died at Denver 10 years ago.

Mr. Foutch was a native of Illinois, having been born in that state in 1833. He came to Iowa when 18 years of age and first located on a farm a short distance north of Denver. When he approached his home in the wilderness that early day he crossed the Cedar river at a point where Waterloo was established later. Until two years ago Mr. Foutch resided in or near Denver, with a short intermission, when he came to this city to make his home with his son.

There are four children surviving. They are Mrs. William Stark at St. Marie, Mont.; William J. and Hiram and Mrs. Henry Heiner of this city. Two children are dead.

He was a member of the Free Methodist church and a member of the Masonic order at Janesville, Ia. Mr. Foutch was a man highly respected and in his day and time served an important part in the development of the section of Iowa in which he was a pioneer.

[Waterloo Evening Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Published June 22, 1911]
Submitted by Cathy Danielson


Fox Family

Grip Proves, Fatal To Three

Cedar Falls - Grip proved fatal to three members of the family of Mrs. Amy Fox herewithin thirty-six hours and the fourth of the family is seriously ill with the same ailment.

Mrs. Fox, 95 years old, died first; twenty hours later her daughter, Mary, 65 years old,died, and Elma, another daughter, died nine hours after Mary's death.

A private funeral for all three was held and all were buried in the same grave.

[Kellogg Enterprise, Published January 21, 1916]
Submitted by Cathy Danielson


Mrs. George Fritz

The death of Mrs. George Fritz occurred last Saturday evening (November 12, 1938) about 9:45 in the Presbyterian hospital in Waterloo and was unexpected by her family and friends. On September 23, Mrs. Fritz was taken to the hospital to recover from a fractured bone, sustained in a fall at her home here. She apparently was recovering from the injury and plans had been made to bring her home from the hospital this week. Saturday evening she suffered a heart attack and passed away after a few minutes illness.

Sarah J. Lambert was born October 4, 1850 on a farm in Illinois (Carroll County, Illinois). She grew to womanhood in her native state and was married to George Fritz on March 12, 1874 at Mount Carroll, Illinois. After six years they moved to Iowa and located on a farm in Bruce Township, south of town, where the son, Charles E. Fritz, and family now live. After eighteen years of hard work, Mr. and Mrs. Fritz decided to retire and accordingly they purchased a home in La Porte City and moved to town in 1898. Mr. Fritz died on May 25, 1930 and since that time Mrs. Fritz has continued to maintain her home but in later years has gone with her daughter, whose home in Balaton, Minn. during the winter.

Surviving are two children, Charles E. Fritz, La Porte City; Mrs. Birt Kerstetter, Balaton, Minn.; two grandchildren, Roy Fritz, who lives on a farm west of town, and Miss Edna Fritz at home.

The body was brought to the Barnhart & Johannsen funeral home and later was taken to the late residence where service was held Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock. Rev. Gaide, pastor of the M. E. Church, officiated and Mrs. F. E. Lehman sang appropriate selections. The casket bearers were J. B. Kerstetter, Simon Kerstetter, J. M. Weltzin, J. W. Kober, John Bolte and C. A. Fultz. Interment was made in the family lot in West View Cemetery.

[Submitted by Alice Horner]


Helena Halverson

A Death in Iowa from Leprosy.

Special to the St. Louis Globe-Democrat.

Waterloo, Iowa, Aug. 3 – Dr. C. Reitermann of Legrande yesterday notified the State Board of Health that Helena Halverson, the leper patient of that place, died on Wednesday. This case of the dread disease has attracted considerable attention, and Dr. Reitermann’s report contains very valuable information.

Helena Halverson, nee Patterson, was born near St. Avenger, Norway, and was twenty-nine years old. There was no history of the disease in the family for several generations and no history of exposure or contagion. One of leprosy’s freaks is to skip several generations and then appear again. The woman came to Iowa from Norway in June, 1886, married in April of the same year and had no children. Her husband says she first complained of illness about the 1st of September, 1885. A Norwegian lady friend, however, claims that Mrs. Halverson admitted ill-health two or three years before leaving Norway; that she complained of pains of erratic character in her chest, shoulders and arms, and had been very nervous and hysterical much of the time for the last year. The patient was sure she would die.

The nature of the disease was very obscure until about June 5th. Later the disease developed rapidly, until she died Wednesday. This is the second case of leprosy in this State. Both came from the same province in Norway.

[San Francisco Bulletin, Published August 9, 1888 – Transcribed by TK=AFOFG]


Carl C. Jacobsen

Pocahontas, AR--Services for Carl C. Jacobsen, 61, of 4041 Crossway Drive, Apt. 105, Waterloo, Iowa, were at 11 a.m., Dec 19 (1983) at Locke Funeral Home, with burial in Garden of Memories Cemetery there. There were flag folding ceremonies by Becker-Chapman Post 138 of the American Legion.

Mr. Jacobsen died of cancer Dec. 15 (1983) in the Hospice Unit of Schoitz Medical Center there.

He was born Oct. 16, 1922 in Reinbeck, Iowa, a son of Lars and Johanne Jepsen Jacobsen. He married Gertrude Schwickerath Jan. 17, 1948 at Kirksville, Mo.

He served in the Navy during World War II, and was employed by Waterloo Industries for 29 years, the last ten at the company's plant in Pocahontas. He retired in January of this year.

Survivors include his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Connie Sluder of Walnut Ridge, (AR) and Joyce Jacobsen of Pocahontas; three sons, Michael Jacobsen of Waterloo, Carl "Rusty" Jacobsen, Jr. of McKinney, Texas, and Joseph Jacobsen of Pocahontas; two sisters, Marion Sulentic of Sumner, Iowa and Marguarite Zelsdorf of Waterloo; and four grandchildren.

[Pocahontas (AR) Star Herald, Dec. 29, 1983; submitted by Freda Roberts]


Mrs. Earl Kern

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at St. John’s Lutheran church in Riplinger for Mrs. Earl Kern who died at the age of 70 years at her home in the town of Colby. Rev. B. F. Matter officiated at the services after which the body was taken to Waterloo, Iowa, where burial rites were conducted.

Pall bearers were Carl Domer, Leo Domer, Bernard Neuman, Henry Kuesel, Arthur Kuester and Riley Neuman.

Amelia Bender was born on May 10, 1891, at Waterloo, Iowa, and received her education at Mound Vernon, Iowa. She married Earl Kern at Waterloo on May 15, 1907. They came to the town of Colby 10 years ago and engaged in farming.

Surviving are her husband; three children, Clarence Kern of Independence, Ore., Mrs. Edgar Philips of Jessup, Iowa, and Mrs. [one line missing] Iowa; nine grand children; 16 great grand children; one great, great grand child; two brothers.

*** Note: Her day of death is from the Wisconsin Death Index, 1959-1997.

[Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 7 Sept. 1961; transcribed by Marla Zwakman]


Birt Kerstetter

Funeral services for Birt Kerstetter, 81, of Saint Petersburg, Florida were held this Thursday afternoon at two o'clock at the Johannsen Funeral home in La Porte City. Rev. D. R. Corrick of the Methodist church officiated and C. R. Burt, accompanied by Mrs. Burt, sang "The Old Rugged Cross," and "The Lord's Prayer." Six nephews served as casket bearers. There were Philip Norman of Princetown, Wisconsin, Frank Patava and Emery Simon of Waterloo and Merle Kerstetter, Roy Fritz and Robert Goudy of La Porte City. Burial was made in the West View Cemetery.

Mr. Kerstetter's death occurred at 6:30 a.m. Sunday in a sanitarium in St. Petersburg, where he had been a patient for one month. He had been in poor health for several years and in a failing condition for the last six months. Death was attributed to arteriosclerosis and diabetes.

Birt Kerstetter was born March 3, 1872 on a farm in Black Hawk County, west of La Porte City. He was the oldest of six children born to John and Belle (Black) Kerstetter. When a small child he moved with his parents to a farm south of La Porte City in Bruce Township, Benton County, where he grew to manhood.

On March 27, 1900 he was united in marriage to Della M. Fritz of La Porte City and they farmed in Bruce Township until moving to Elgin, Minnesota in 1905. Twelve years later they moved to Balaton, Minnesota and in 1940 to St. Petersburg, Florida. Mr. Kerstetter was a lumber yard manager. He retired in 1938. He was a member of the Masonic lodge of Elgin and was affiliated with the Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife and two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Kuhn of Frederick, South Dakota and Mrs. Elizabeth Folsum of Long Beach, California. One brother, John Kerstetter, died April 11, 1953. One other brother and one sister also preceded him in death.

[Progress Review of La Porte City, Iowa, Published 1953, submitted by Alice Horner]


John B. Kerstetter

John B. Kerstetter, 73, life long resident of La Porte City and vicinity, succumbed to death at Crawford W. Long Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia Saturday, April 11, 1953. Death terminated a two weeks' long illness from uremic poisoning. Mr. Kerstetter had been in poor health for several years, but had been improved during the winter. He became suddenly ill aboard the train March 28 while he and his wife were enroute home from a winter in St. Petersburg, Florida, and had to be taken off at Atlanta.

John B, Kerstetter, son of John and Belle (Black) Kerstetter, was born July 22, 1879 on a farm southwest of La Porte City, where he grew to manhood.

In March of 1901 he was united in marriage with Lena Witt of La Porte City and they established a home on a farm in Bruce Township, Benton County. They retired from farming in 1913 and moved to the residence on Locust Street, where they lived until his death, with the exception of spending his winters in Florida since 1914.

His wife Lena preceded him in death in October of 1936. On January 21, 1939 he married Evelyn Death of Jesup. She preceded him in death in October of 1949. His marriage to Anna Weltzin occurred at Peru, Illinois July 17, 1951.

Survivors are his wife Anna; two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Kuhn of Frederick, South Dakota, and Mrs. Elizabeth Folsom of Long Beach, California; one brother, Birt Kerstetter of St. Petersburg, Florida; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Dorothy Pikul of Peru, Illinois and Mrs. George Dunkelberger of La Porte City; one stepson, Melvin Eckenfeled of Oakland, California and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister.

The body arrived in La Porte City Monday morning and was taken to the Johannsen Funeral home where funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock by Rev. T. E. Schroeder of the American Lutheran Church. Clifford Burr, accompanied by Mrs. Burr, sang "The Old Rugged Cross," and "The Lord's Prayer." Casket bearers were Roy Bristow of Waterloo and Ralph Dunkelberger, Archie Dunkelberger, Glenn Koepke, Glenn Palmer, and Duane Feller. Burial was made in West View Cemetery.

Out of town relatives who came for the funeral service were Mrs. Elizabeth Folsom, Long Beach, California; Phillip Normand and two children, Princeton, Wisconsin; Joe Norman, Little Rock, Arkansas; Clifford Witt, Lenox, California; Mrs. Peter Witt, Minot, North Dakota; Mr. and Mrs. Emory Simon, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Patava, Mrs. Jack Woods and Susan Jane Graham, Waterloo; Mrs. Royal Hazlitt, Wavery; Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Witt and Jerry, Wapello; Mr. and Mrs. Ed Pikul, Mrs. Alvin Peterson and Mrs. Henry Soedler, Peru, Illinois; Jerry Fredrickson, William Fredrickson, and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Fredrickson, Boone; and Mr. and Mrs. Louis Kuhlman, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Pringwald and Mr. and Mrs. Louis Navon, Boughton.

[Submitted by Alice Horner]


Simon Kerstetter

Simon Kerstetter, 67, retired Benton County farmer residing in La Porte City, Iowa, died at 10:45 a.m. Thursday, April 12, 1945 in St. Francis Hospital (Waterloo, Iowa) on hour and five minutes after a head-on crash between an automobile which he was driving and a grain truck driven by Joe Myers, 18, Route 1, Waterloo, seven miles south of Waterloo on Highway 218, near Washburn. Myers was uninjured. The accident occurred when the grain truck, traveling north and Kerstetter's 1940 Ford passenger car going south, came into collision near Duke's filling station. Kerstetter was taken by ambulance to the hospital where he died shortly after arrival.

Born on January 2, 1878 in Black Hawk County, son of John and Belle (Black) Kerstetter, he moved to Benton County with his parents at the age of three weeks. He married Susan Elwell March 19, 1902 in La Porte City. The couple made their home in Benton, where he farmed until last year, when he retired and moved to La Porte City. He attended the Methodist Church at La Porte City.

He was preceded in death by his wife June 12, 1938. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Emory Simon, Black Hawk Road, and Mrs. Frank Patava, 507 Bratnober Street; one son, Merle Kerstetter, at home; three sisters, Mrs. Roy Folsom, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Mrs. Susan Norman, Ames, Iowa; and Mrs. Margaret Kuhn, Frederick, South Dakota; one brother, Birt Kerstetter, Saint Petersburg, Florida; besides John, and three grandchildren.

The body is at the Barnhart & Johansen funeral home in La Porte City.

[ Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Black Hawk Co., Iowa, Published April 1945]
Submitted by Alice Horner


Fred T. Meyers

Waterloo, Iowa--Fred T. Meyers fell from an Illinois Central freight train and was horribly mangled. He was 26 years old.

[The Minneapolis Journal, Published August 24, 1903, submitted by Dawn Minard]


Sarah (Bennett) McLennan

Sarah B. McLennan of La Porte City Dies

La Porte City, IA. – Mrs. Sarah Bennett McLennan, 86, died at Christie convalescent home in Cedar Falls Friday of old age and complications. She was born Mar. 20, 1861 in Stark County, Illinois; daughter of Amos and Hannah Bennett.

She was married to John D. McLennan in 1886. They lived in Illinois until 1912 when they came to Black Hawk county. They farmed until the death of Mr. McLennan in 1927.

Mrs. McLennan came to LA Porte City in 1938. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Roy Hackett, Cedar Falls and Mrs. Edith Morris, Brandon; four grandchildren.

[Mount Pleasant News, The (Mount Pleasant, Iowa), published March 28, 1947, submitted by Nancy Piper]


Robert D. White

Services for Robert D. White, 42, of 1008 Leavitt St., Apt. 7, will be 1 PM Friday at Chapel of Memories West with burial in Garden of Memories Cemetery. Mr. White died early Wednesday at Allen Memorial Hospital of congestive heart failure. He was born Dec. 26, 1939, at Plains, Texas. He married JoAnn Schulmeister Oct. 22, 1976, at Galena, IL. He had been employed at John Deere and later at the Waterloo Theater.

Survivors include his wife; his mother, Mrs. O'Lena White of Denver, CO; two sons, Randy of 800 Riehl St. and Kelly at home; two daughters, Mrs. Dale Gerstenkorn of 657 W. Parker St. and Alison at home; and two grandchildren. Friends may call at the funeral home until service time.

(Waterloo Courier, Thursday, September 9, 1982)
Submitted by Kathie Marynik


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