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Hazel Grotegut

Hazel was interviewed by her daughter: Connie Sabbann Hazel Grotegut (born Hazel Telford) has lived in Decorah all of her 90 years with the exception…

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Alfred Ludeking

Alfred was interviewed by his daughter, Heidi & two granddaughters, Kate & Andie Alfred Ludeking was born in 1933 and raised in Waukon, Iowa. He…

Viola Linderbaum

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Viola Linderbaum

Interviewed by daughter Dianne Ameling Viola Linderbaum turned 89 in April of 2022. She presently lives at the Ossian Senior Hospice nursing home. She lived on…

Norma Wangsness

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Norma Wangsness

Norma Wangsness (center) lives a life of love and art and a little red lipstick Interviewed by daughter Le Bahr Norma Wangsness was born in…

Probituary: Marv Klocke

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Probituary: Marv Klocke

Marv Klocke shares business and desert island sense Interviewed by Marla Klocke • Originally published in the Winter 2012-13 Inspire(d) Marv Klocke shares his memories…

Probituary: Bob Usgaard

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Probituary: Bob Usgaard

Interview by Dan Bellrichard (pictured here on the left) • Originally published in the Winter 2011-12 Inspire(d) “Bob’s Standard Services” in Decorah was a landmark since…

Probituary: Duane Bruening

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Probituary: Duane Bruening

Interviewed by daughter Elizabeth Breuning – Cowie. Originally published in the Feb/March 2010 issue of Inspire(d) Magzine. Duane Bruening, husband of Eileen, father of eight, Grandfather…

Probituary: Joyce Cote

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Probituary: Joyce Cote

Interviewed by Benji Nichols (Orginally published in the April/May 2010 Inspire(d)) Joyce Cote – Approached life with laughter, curiosity, and an eternal love for ‘the water.’…

Thelma Reetz

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Thelma Reetz

Thelma Reetz was one of the many progressive leaders that were involved in getting services for people with intellectual disabilities started in Waukon, Iowa in…

Sylvester Carolan

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Sylvester Carolan

HAPPY BIRTHDAY (6/20/16) TO SYLVESTER! Interview by Joanie Rollins (daughter of Sylvester) and Benji Nichols. Sylvester Carolan, age 105, claims his faith, his family, a…

MARY HENRY

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MARY HENRY

Interview and foreword by Karen Kerndt I met Mary Henry in 1988 when I started working with Winneshiek County Public Health. She has been a…

Virginia Zotalis

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Virginia Zotalis

Interviewed by daughter-in-law Lynne Zotalis. It’s so interesting how things come around. I will have two new grandchildren by spring.  Their great grandma, Virginia, will…

Agnes Forde

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Agnes Forde

What’s the best advice anyone ever gave you? Just be myself. How about the worst? When they took my car keys away.  I had already…

Sandy Osler

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Sandy Osler

Interviewed by Eric Paulson, Hometown Taxi driver, who says Sandy is the most inspiring person he has ever met. What’s the best advice anyone ever…

Dee Kuhlman

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Dee Kuhlman

Dee Kuhlman, aged “it’s nobody’s business” but her own, loves to cook (and fancy at that), is incredibly organized, and has a wonderfully loving and…

Phyllis (Johnson) Leseth

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Phyllis (Johnson) Leseth

“My Mother always said I was one of the first babies born at the old hospital,” says Phyllis Leseth from the heart of her historic home on Rural Avenue in Decorah. Speaking with her, it is apparent that this charming woman has more stories than one can imagine. At 92, Phyllis speaks eloquently about her experiences being among the first group of women to attend Luther College (class of ’39) and of being one of the first females to work on the Luther Newspaper & News Bureau.

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