Elkport-Garber- News


.Mary Kahrs + 20 stamps Elkader 1,000

Pat Reid Thein Clarence,Ia 500.00

Roy Thein ,Oklahoma City ,Ok 500.00

Patty Costigan, Dubuque 400.00

Helen Thein Family Dubuque 337.00

George Hansel -WI 200.00

Marge Costigan-Elkader 200.00

Debra Williams- Garnavillo 200.00

Burnell Smith- Dubuque 200.00

Kirjah Amantea -La Jolla,CA 200.00

Julie Akers Bernot, SD 150.00

Ilo Kuehl -Elkader 150.00

Eugene Hafner, MD 127.00

Ronnie& Naida Combs Garber 125.00

Interest for 5 months on 8,000

Joyce Kuehl - Edgewood 100.00

Ivanelle Wilke- Elkader 100.00

Ronnie Willie- Garber 100.00

Richard Hafner- Dubuque 100.00

Cheryl Rutledge- Cedar,Rapids 100.00

Bernice Wold + 10 stamps St.Olaf 100,00

Sandy Brown-Walford,IA 100.00

Lawson Waterman-Colesburg 100.00

Jean McBride,MO 100.00

Ellen Haley-Dubuque 100.00

Violet Morris.VA 100.00

Alice Boehm,TX 100.00

Verla Finke- Iowa City 100.00

Clyde Jennings Garber 100.00

Donna Holthaus Colesburg 100.00

Isle of Capri-Ia 100.00

Faye Hoffman -Colesburg 100.00

Isle of Capri gave twice 200.00

Terry Krieg-Dubuque 100.00

Mary Osborn -Greene ,Ia 100.00

Cleo Singleton,TX 100.00

Betty Kuhlman- Colesburg 100.00

Randel Schweikert- Scio,OR 100.00

Marion Benskin- Deridder,LA 100.00

Keith Knospe- Elkader 100.00

Karl Kolz- Cedar Rapids 100.00

Judy Koski- Marion 100.00

Regina Buls-Waterloo 100.00

Joleen Fassbinder-Guttenberg 100.00

Owen Franks-Oelwein 100.00

Connie Arnold- Des Moines,Ia 100.00

Harold Knoke- Elkader 100.00

Ruth Walsh- WI 100.00

Walter Copeland- AZ 50.00

Gary Schroeder -Garber 50.00

Harold Aulwes -Garber 50.00

Kristian Arnold-Indianola,IA 50.00

Ronald Borrett- Marion 50.00

Mabel Murphy- Dundee 50.00

Loyal Ortman- IL 50.00

Marilyn Billings-Avon Park,FL 50.00

Angeline Lindenberg-Elkader 50.00

Jean Zittergruen- Garber 50,00

Kyle Horstman- Cedar Rapids 50.00

Suzanne Lindquist -AZ 50.00

Adrianne Gronau- WA 50.00

Layton Chettinger OK 50.00

Dean Knospe-IL 50.00

Dennis Beck- Elkader 50.00

Margie Harbaugh-Edgewood 50.00

Keith Peuker-Edgewood 50.00

Vernon Peuker-Edgewood 50.00

Ralph Kuehl- Cedar Rapids 50.00

Shirley Lewin-Edgewood 50.00

Zala Baade-Elkader 50.00

Mae Leach- Co 50.00

Sharon Curran- Elkader 50.00

Shirley Fosse- Nashua,IA 50,00

Jeanne Amsden-Shellburg 50.00

Muriel Straus-Guttenberg 50.00

Sharon Straus-AR 50.00

Betty Deal- West Union 50.00

Gene Ruegnitz- Garber 50.00

Archie Hindal- Des Moines,IA 50.00

Caroline Willie -Colesburg 50.00

Lois Kay Kruger,FL 50.00

Janice Bahls- Guttenberg 50.00

Eunice Christopherson- Center,Point,Ia 50.00

Randy Williams- Bettendorf,Ia 50.00

Bill Zittergruen-Garber 50.00

Mary Pearson-Cedar Rapids 45.00

Grace Kuehl-Garber 40.00

Edith Thein-Janesville 40.00

Thor Fisko-Elkader 40.00

Shirley Nelson- Cedar Rapids 30.00

Helen Hoffman- Guttenberg 30.00

Fred Jenkins - Garber 30.00

Richard Franks- Oelwein 30.00

Ray Williams- Elkader 30.00

Bud Hyde- Edegwood 25.00

Bernita Brady-Cedar Rapids 25.00

Florence Billmeyer Elkport 25.00

Brenda Allman- Guttenberg 25.00

Emma Lou Gull-Garber 25.00

Jack Kirschbaum-Waterloo 25.00

Neil Matt - PA 25.00

Jane Siebrecht-Garnavillo 25.00

Catherine Thein AZ 25.00

Lyle Hageman VA 25.00

Joann Elmer- West Union 25.00

Kay Nagel-Elkader 25.00

Eugene Garlow- Elkport 2500

Irene Schroeder- Garber 25.00

Gerhald Hansel,WI 25.00

Elaine Hansel-Cedar Rapids 25.00

Gary Johanningmeier-Waukon.IA 25.00

Barbara Norton-Marion,Ia 25.00

Frank O'Connor- Dyersville 25.00

Joel Rutledge- Le Claire 25.00

Lylas Pensel-Earlville 25.00

.Paul Sabin- Cedar Rapids 20.00

Darla Zittergruen- Garber 20.00

Shirley Tuecke-Garnavillo 20.00

Lowell Willie-Garnavillo 20.00

Roger Sears- Garber 20.00

Lyle Schroeder- Garber 20.00

Delpha Bowman- Garber 20.00

Esther Kolz- Garber 20.00

Selma Zittergruen- Elkader 20.00

Gary Hansel-Garnavillo 20.00

Phyliss Salow- Earlville 20.00

Raymond Kuehl-Cedar Rapids 15.00

LaVera Schenke-Colesburg 15.00

David Kahrs-St Olaf 15.00

Judy Kielman-Clarksville,Ia 15.00

Gerry Williams-Elkport 10.00

Irene Gleason-Colesburg 10.00

Juanita Sabin- Manchester 10.00

Ruth Knospe.-Elkport 5.00

Donations from 2005 above. I know there will be more.I hope!!! WE made

10,710 . 137 have donated. Still around 40 names that haven't donated .

Memorials & donations 2004 & 2005

Irma Glawe Memorial 5.00 Mark Bowman in 04

Clyde Jennings Memorials 35.00 in 04 & 05

Rentschler Lloyd & Bernadine Memorials 300.00 in 04

Irene Gleason Memorials 140.00 - 6-23-05

Deb Kruger- Memorial Bernadine Rentschler 25.00 in 04

Isle of Capri -Helen Jennings got 200.00 &100.00 in 03 & 04

Caroline Willie 50.00 & 40.00 donations in 03 & 04

Again Mt Harmony wants to say thank you for your donation.

and hope no one was offended. It has been 8 months now.

Any questions call me or e-mail. chjenn1949@gmail.com

1 563 933 6445

Helen Jennings Treasurer


Money taken in for the Cemetery Stone & Bench started April 19, 2007.

You know what you donated and that is all that matters. Given in order of donation

Now 5 years later I will tell you the amount

RonnieWhite --Ga 250.00

Roger Bolsinger- Garber 200.00

Hermie Schroder donated his time to do the roofs. 10 hours. 200.00


LaVern Wiskus- Colesburg 100.00

Harold Knoke- Elkader 100.00

Patty Costigan- Dubuque 100.00

Reid "PAT"Thein -Clarence 100.00

Regina Buls-Waterloo 100.00

Eugene Hafner--MD 100.00

Shirley Plagman- Guttenberg 100.00

Verla Finke- Iowa City 100.00

Irene O'Connor- Cedar Rapids 75.00

Virginia Bailey- Cedar Rapids 100.00

Virginia Kuehl- Cedar Rapids 100.00

James Bolsinger- Greeley 75.00

Ronnie & NaidaCombs- Garber 50.00

Ilo Kuehl- Mo- 50.00

Verla Finke- Iowa City 50.00

Kay Kruger- FL 50.00

John & Mary Osborn- Greene 50.00

Ronald Kuehl- FL 50.00

Shirley Lewin- Edgewood 50.00

James O'Sullivan Tx. 50.00

Lyle Morley- Osage 50.00

Bernice Wold -St Olaf 50.00

Bernita Brady Cedar Rapids 50.00

Faye Grimm, Dundee,Ia 50.00

Clyde & Helen Jennings- Garber 50.00

Curtis Noack, Guttenberg 50.00

Roger Kriebs, Ia 45.00

Catherine Thein, AZ 30.00

Lylas Pensel, Earlville 30.00

Una Groth -Garber 30,00

Frayne & Joyce Horstman-Elkport memorial for Jackie Rutledge Meyer 25.00

Mary Pearson, Cedar Rapids 25.00

George Kriebs- IL 25.00

Edith Thein- Janesville 25.00

Joyce Thurn, Edgewood 25.00

Gene & Jean Ruegnitz- Garber 25.00

Gloria & Harold Aulwes- Garber 25.00

Mae Leach, CO. 1,000

Mae Leach CO. 25.00

Jean Zittergruen, Garber 25.00

Sharon Curran, Elkader 25.00

BarbaraNorton, Blairstown 25.00

SuzanneLindquist- AZ 25.00

Irene Shayer - Tama 25.00

Delpha Bowman- Garber 25.00

Aldean Kuehl- Elkader 25.00

Ivanelle Wilke, Elkader 20.00

Majorie Taylor ,Elkader 20.00

Adrianne Gronau ,WA 20.00

Jack Kirschbaum, Waterloo 20.00

Alice Boehm, Cedar Rapids 20.00

Sargent, Strawberry Point- 20.00

memorial for Jackie Rutledge


Randel Schweikert, OR 20.00

Gary Schroeder, Garber 20.00

Lyle Schroder Garber 20.00

Meredith Moser, Guttenberg 20.00

Gary Thein MO. 20.00

Shelia Tomkins- Guttenberg 15.00

Elaine Blanchard, Guttenberg 15.00

Jennings- Garber memorial for Melvina Chettinger 13.00

Zala Baade, Elkader 12.00

LaVera Schenke. Colesburg 10.00

Raymond Kuehl, Cedar Falls 5.00

62 donations 11 from Elkport-Garber Area.. This is for the stone bench, roof and the 50ft fence maybe if enough is left. Will come close. What is left over will go in the general fund.

Thanks to every one who donated to this good cause.

Money taken in in 2008 for Mt Harmony if not listed as a memorial it was a donation.

Randel & Nancy Schweikert Or. 25.00

Verla Finke Ia 50.00

Jaleen Fassbinder Ia 50.00

Memorial Martin Jaster from Jeff & Darcy Bolsinger 10.00

Memorial Martin Jaster from Family 400.00

Memorial Grace Kuehl from Donald Muller 25.00

Memorial Grace Kuehl from Clyde & Helen Jennings 10.00

Betty Kraus Kulper 100.00

Blackburn Family Association PA 500.00

Donations or memorials

Jan 28,2009

Faye Grimm, IA 25.00

Jean Zittergruen memorial for Selma Zittergruen 5.00

Jennings memorial for Selma Zittergruen 10.00

Selma Zittergruen memorial from Family 100.00

Marion Benskin 50.00

Mary Kahrs 100.00

Jean McBride 100.00

Lois Morarend 25.00

Randel Schweikert 25.00

Aldean Kuehl 25.00

Ronnie & Naida Combs 50.00

Anonymous 1,000.00

Meredith Borrett Moser 25.00

Patty Costigan 5,000


Donations or memorial 2010

Meredith Moser 25.00

Jean Zittergruen 10.00, Roger & LaVonne Latteyer Bush 10.00, Gary & Fern Latteyer Moser 10.00 memorial for Nelda Thein.

Clyde and Helen Jennings 10.00 memorial Edith Harbaugh Thein

These after I sent the letter to the papers

Randel Schweikert OR. 25.00

Aldean Kuehl 50.00

Shirley Plagman 50.00

Elizabeth Kulper 50.00

Bud & Mavis Hyde 25.00 Memorial for his mother

Richard Hafner 100.00

Lylas Sabin Pensel 25.00

Phyllis Sabin Salow 20.00

Kay Sabin Kruger 30.00

Clyde & Helen Jennings 25.00

Ronnie & Naida Combs 50.00

Jane Schneider Hansel from family 60.00

Zala Baade 20.00

Mary Kahrs 50.00

Ronald White Estate 200.00

Harold Knoke 162.00 memorial

Dennis Beck 100.00 donation

Craig Hansel CO. 300.00

Delpha Bowman 25.00

Julia Willman Memorial 10.00 from Joyce & Frayne Horstman 20.00 from the Willman Families

Delpha Bowman 10.00 memorial for Julia William

Julie Noggles Schad CA 30.00


Down to here for 2010 =1,437.00

Last year Combs donated 20.00 towards mole poison plus putting it out. Cemetery also got a box. They are putting it out again this year 2010.

Ronnie and Naida Combs straighten up one of the old stones John and Mary Pilkington really looks nice.

We spent a couple hours by hand using levers, bars, blocks,

shovels........got sand from the bottom. We used a long log chain and wrapped

around mid-way up the stone, then that thing, can't think of the name right now

that winches and had it hooked onto the back up the pick to hold it from coming

on over. It was tilted so badly to the south and a little to the east. We then

(moslty Ron (while I prayed) blocked and pryed a little bit at a time. Here

underneath it all were 2 large rocks running east & west about 1 foot deep

by 2 feet by 3 feet long & wide. The southern most rock had worked out from

under the base so we had to dig around it, get it out of there and dig some more

down to another base rock below it, then put it back under there and move it

north so it would be under the monument again. Then added some more smaller

rocks to even it up more. It was a much bigger job than I thought it would be

but it's better now than it was except Ron went a little more to the north at

the top because he thinks it will settle and shift with winter freezing and

thawing so it should come back a little to the south and end up being about

straight up and down in time. At least it's better than it was and don't think

it's going to fall on anyone now as it was in danger of doing just that


The workers Oct 6, 2010 were Lyle and Gary Schroeder, Joyce and Frayne Horstman, Jean Zittergruen, Ben and Joann Durley from Dubuque, Clyde and Helen Jennings. Ronnie and Naida Combs. Thanks so much for the help.

Donations & memorials for 2011

LaVonne & Roger Bush for Lester Hansel 10.00

Clark & Lareen Gull 20.00 for Lester Hansel

Memorials for LaVonne (Peg) Schroeder Frayne & Joyce Horstman 10.00, Gene & Jean Ruegnitz 5.00, Roger & Lavonne Bush 10.00, Dixie William 20.00 , CraigPritchard & Tami Bolsinger 20.00, Havery Bolsinger & Heidi Meyer 25.00, Clark & Lareen Gull 15.00, By Peg's family from other memorials 200.00

Dennis Beck Elkader,Ia for Harold Knoke 50.00

Lawson Waterman Colesburg, Ia 100.00

Julie Noggles Schad CA 50.00

Randel Schweikert Or. 20.00

Bud & Mavis Hyde in memory of his mother Gertrude 25.00

Ronnie & Naida Combs 50.00

Levern & Virginia Boehm Schmidt 100.00

Elizabeth Kulper 50.00

Lester Hansel memorial 113.33 from family

Mary Kahrs 100.00

To here Aug 7,2011 830.33 if added right

LaVonne & Roger Bush for Jim Bolsinger 10.00

Iola & Elmer Kuehl's daughters donated back to the cemetery 2 lots and Helen sold them to Kenneth & Velma Kuehl for 405 dollars which 5 dollars goes to the state of Iowa. Leaving us 400.00 with 100 going into perpetual care fund. Leaving us 300.00 for general fund. I have written them a thank you note. One of the many things I do for Mt Harmony.

Lawson Waterman 50.00 donation for his wife and folks.

Bernice Wold 100.00 for Lester and Bernice Thein, Nelda & Wilbur Willie and all other Thein's that are buried there.

Mary Thein Pearson 50.00 for her folks Lester & Bernice Thein You do a wonderful job. And Congratulations on the KCRG Award.

Some people are so nice. Thanks to all of you. Helen Jennings

Jan 2012 donations

Helen Jennings 500.00 dollars from 9 Who Care Award.

Clark & Lareen Gull Jr 15.00 for Joyce W Smith.

Randal Schweikert of OR 50.00 for all the Schweikert relatives buried at Mt Harmony. Look what he has donated.

Laverne & Virgina Boehm Schmidt 150.00 for her folks.

Bud & Mavis Hyde for Gertrude Hyde his mother 25.00

Phyllis Peterson 150.00 Albuquerque, N.M

Gerald & Irene Lundt Shayer 150.00 from Tama, Ia

Jay & Joann Kolker for George Kriebs Memorial 50.00

Ronnie & Naida Combs for the mole poison for 2012 and putting it out.Their donation for the year.

Clyde and Helen Jennings paid 25.00 for information to get Cornelius Baxter a Civil War Veteran stone.

200.00 dollars from Gene Ruegnitz and Clyde and Helen Jennings.

Jeffrey H Mitchell from CA. 50.00

Robert Fenchel 15.00 from KY

Julie Noggle Schad & Robert Schad Ca 75.00

Lawson Waterman Colesburg 50.00 for family.

Lole Kulper 10.00 memorial from Clyde & Helen Jennings

Lole Kupler 10.00 memorial from Ilo Moser

Lole Kupler 40.00 memorial from Darcy & Louise Bush, Anita ,Tish & Roz Bond

Jane & Lester Hansel 20.00 from Kenny & Diane Greve Christmas Memorial.

For the year 2013

Mae Wathen Leach Estate 2,000 for her folks Fred and Alma.

Burnell Smith 1,000 donation for his folks Carter & Hildegard plus other family members.

Gene & Jean Ruegnitz 500.00 donation

Debra Thein 100.00 for husband Gary Thein donation

Frayne & Joyce Horstman 25.00 for Lavern Sargent

Ronnie & Naida Combs 100.00 Julie & Robert Schad CA. 75.00

Bud & Mavis Hyde 25.00

Phyliss Peterson N M 300.00

Lester Hansel Estate 30.89

Donations 2014

Lawson Waterman 50.00

Aldean Kuehl 350.00 for John Kuehl & wife

Bud Hyde 25.00 for his mother

Clyde & Helen Jennings 15.00 for Jennings Family

Mary V Kahrs Revocable Trust 15,000.00 Perpetual Care fund only.

LaVonne Bush 10.00 for Glen Gleason

Arlyn & Lavonne Herzog 10.00 for Curtis Noack

Mark & Barb Meyer 20.00 for Curtis Noack

Kelly Mendez for her father Curtis Noack 100.00

Clyde& Helen Jennings 10.00 for Esther & Paul Kolz

Karl Kolz 100.00 for his folks Esther & Paul Kolz

Lawson Waterson 50.00 for his wife Annie


Lester & Jane Hansel Estate 16.98

LaVerne & Shirley Plagman Estate 35.46

Bolsinger Reunion 50.00 for Bill Bolsinger

Bud Hyde 25.00 for his mother Gertrude Hansel Hyde

Thank you so much for all your


Florine Billmeyer memorial money 136.00

Clyde Jennings memorial money was 1,000 

Dennis  Beck Elkader donation 150.00

Rozann & Anita Bond Memorial

 for Betty Kulper 20.00

Joyce & Frayne Horstman 10.00 for Roger Sear

Sharon and Elmer Radbaugh 20.00 fo Roger Sear 

I thank all you folks for this money.

I have been taking donations and memorials since 2005 when I sent out emails & letters to family.. We have laid to rest at Mt Harmony 60 people since 2oo4. May they rest in peace in a beautiful cemetery. What I don't understand is why some people are so generous and others don't understand who takes care of the cemetery or give a hoot how it is done. The same people should not have to donate all the time to keep it going.. This is your loved ones last home and it takes money to keep it going. You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink.


Gary Schroeder,Julie Moody and Lawson Waterman put on the flags for Mt Harmony Cemetery . Ronnie & Nadia Combs have been working on the moles for 3 years now.
Mt Harmony received a 305.00 memorial for Peg Schroeder. Harold Knoke memorial 312.00 .This is what really helps our small cemeteries. I made a mistake when putting in the paper. Jean Zittergruen had the treasure's book checking it over. Sorry about that.

Again I say THANK YOU THANK YOU and God Bless those who haven't ever donated any thing .Wonder what your folks would say??????????? That is life .


I want to tell you you are not hurting me by not donating to a cemetery only your loved ones who are buried there. Think about it. Whether it be Mt Harmony or another cemetery.


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