Kifer, Krista Lin 1979-1994
BRAGER, KIFER, BIES, FELDERMAN
Posted By: Mary Durr (email)
Date: 12/18/2009 at 19:44:31
Krista Lin Kifer, daughter of Darrell and Carol (Brager) Kifer, was born January 17, 1979 at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. She died Friday, December 9, 1994 as the result of an automobile accident in rural Postville. She was 15 years old.
Krista was baptized March 4, 1979 at Bethany Lutheran Church, Elkader, and confirmed April 24, 1994 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Monona. Krista was a member of a bowling team and the Luther League at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Monona.
Survivors include her parents, Darrell and Carol of Monona; one brother, Jeff of Monona; paternal grandparents, Paul and Fern Bies of Andrew, Iowa, John and Betty Kifer of Dubuque, Iowa; maternal grandparents, Gertrude Brager of Mt. Horeb, Wisc., Bill and Janet Brager of Port Charlotte, Florida; great grandmother, Lucille Felderman of Bellevue, Iowa; aunts and uncles, Lynn Kifer of Zwingle, Iowa, Dave and Sher Sunby of Schofield, Wisc., Dennis and Jackie Brager of Mt. Horeb, Wisc., Glen Felderman of Camanche, Iowa and cousins, James, Emily and Adam Brager. She is also survived by a special friend, Matt, and many other friends.
Memorial services were held Monday, December 12, 1994 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Monona. Pastor Terry Hudson officiated. Organist was Mrs. Judy Walter. A duet was performed by Mary Zittergruen and Diane Fisk. Pall bearers were Denny Eberhardt, Dean Franzen, Jim Langhus, Leon Meyer, Ron Sass and Jim Walter. Schultz's Funeral Home of Monona was in charge of services. Burial was in the Monona City Cemetery.
Three Monona Teens Killed By Train Friday Night Enroute to Dance at Postville School
The dense fog Friday night helped cause the accident that killed three Monona teens who were on their way to a dance at Postville High School. The accident occurred at approximately 11:30 p.m. when their car struck the 68th car of a 91 car freight train.
According to the Iowa State Patrol, Derek Steva, 17, the driver and Jamie Brainard, 16, and Krista Kifer, 15, were about two miles northeast of Postville on Hardin Drive (an Allamakee County gravel road that runs past the Good Samaritan Center) when they crashed into the eastbound Soo Line train. The authorities speculated that the teens, all students at MFL-MarMac High School, probably never saw the train.
The car exploded into flames upon impact and the occupants were killed instantly.
There was no evidence as to the speed of the car but it was estimated that the train was traveling about 25 miles per hour.
A spokesman said that because the impact occurred so far back in the train, it was not detected until the train reached Marquette some 18 miles later.
This tragedy was the third fatal accident in two years at the same location. Along with the fog, this crossing is also obscured by a hill for oncoming westbound traffic. There are crossing arms at the location, but no lights.
Allamakee County Supervisors, along with residents of the area, have worked for years to improve the safety of the crossing. They will continue their battle to protect motorists from this blind crossing.
Postville Herald-Leader newspaper clippings from my mother's obituary collection.
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