Don't Just Go to Church, Be Church!




 Father John Haugen



 HI! I am Fr. John Haugen and am happy as pastor to the faith communities of Saint Patrick, St. Mark, St. Joseph, St. Mary and Sacred Heart, to welcome you!  I was born and raised in Waterloo Iowa, the oldest of seven children. My parents John and Cy, are retired in Cedar Falls. In college I studied music education and philosophy. I went to seminary at The Saint Paul Seminary, (St. Paul, MN), and was ordained in 1984, afterwards having the opportunity to attend Creighton University, earning a Masters in Spiritual Direction and Retreat work.  I have spent twenty-three years in education and administration (high school and college), and have served on several Archdiocesan Committees including Worship, Board of Education and Church Design and Renovation Commission. This is indeed an exciting time in the Church as Christ calls us to ever deeper discipleship and participation in His body, the Church. 

 Janine Berns

Faith Formation Program Manager, St. Joseph


My name is Janine Berns. I am the Program Manager for Saint Joseph’s Religious Education Program.  My family and I have been members of Saint Joseph since 2010.   I have been married to my husband, Travis, for 13 years.  We have been blessed with three children. In 1997, I received an Associate degree in Agribusiness from Southwest Technical College in Fennimore, Wisconsin.  Then, in 2006, I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Platteville in Platteville, Wisconsin.  I am extremely grateful to be able to help with the religious education of our youth and have found continuous growth in my own faith.

 Theresa Breitbach

Music Coordinator, St. Mary





Jane Christiansen

Music Coordinator, St. Mark


 Hi! I’m Jane Christiansen. I moved to the Edgewood area in 1994 with my husband, Dr. Scot Christiansen, and have been playing the organ for Mass ever since.  Our oldest son, Carl, has moved to Iowa City and John is a graduate student at ISU. I currently am a substitute teacher after many years of teaching high school science.

Jennifer Ciesielski

Secretary/Bookkeeper, Sacred Heart




 Anne Franta

Music Coordinator, St. Joseph



Marsha Hauser

Pastoral Associate & RCIA Coordinator, St. Mark


Hi! My name is Marsha Hauser.  I’ve been a member of St. Mark Parish for 30 years. My husband Dr. Mark Hauser is a partner at the Edgewood Veterinary Clinic. We are the parents of four adult children and the grandparents of four boys.  I worked as the teacher librarian for the Ed-Co CSD for 20 years, was a high school English teacher for seven years, and Edgewood’s economic development coordinator for three years.   I currently serve St. Mark and St. Patrick parishes as pastoral associate and RCIA coordinator.


 Jerry Hilton

Secretary/Bookkeeper, St. Mary

563-933-6166 (office)

563-933-4249 (cell)




 Cheryl Holtz

Secretary/Bookkeeper, St. Mark



Hi! My name is Cheryl Holtz. I am the secretary/bookkeeper for St. Mark and St. Patrick parishes and have worked for the church for 5 ½ years.  Prior to working here at the church, I worked for Wal-Mart in Manchester.   I have been married to my husband Don for 38 years.  We have three sons and nine grandchildren, who entertain me and keep me busy. I like to read, crochet, and spend time with my family.


 John Holtz

Maintenance, St. Mark

Hi! My name is John Holtz; I’m a custodian at St. Mark Parish.  I’ve been married to my wife, Jan, for 41 years.  I grew up in the Strawberry Point area and farmed on the family farm for several years.  For many years, I was a truck driver, retiring from that profession in the fall of 2015, when I started at St. Mark.  I love gardening, so each summer I plant a large garden, sharing my produce with friends and neighbors.  I always like to try something new, so this year I planted black tomatoes.  It’s still too early to tell if they are a success or not.


Lori Keppler

CRE, St. Mary


 Hi, my name is Lori Keppler and this Faith Formation coordination is all new to me, but I have a great team to work with and we are having a great time sharing our faith. I have taught Faith Formation in some form or fashion for over 20 years.

My husband Paul and I have been married for 28 years and have three adult children and three grandchildren. Empty nesting seems to be working for us because we are busier than we have ever been. 

I'm looking forward to continuing to develop my faith and I hope to encourage others to do the same. 


Jody Kerns

DRE, St. Mark


Hi! My name is Jody Kerns and I have been the Director of Faith Formation at Mark’s for 19 years. My husband Jim and I were born and raised in this community and have been blessed to be raising our six children here! I love working with the amazing students and families of our parish and community.  I look forward to continuing to grow relationships and friends through my work in our parish.


 Sister Carla Popes

Pastoral Associate, St. Mary


 Hi! I am Sr. Carla Popes, PBVM. I am a Dubuque Presentation Sister. I have taught in Catholic Schools, served parishes as Director of Faith Formation and the Archdiocesan Office of Catechetical Services as Director of Lay Formation and Office of Special Needs in the Archdiocese of Dubuque for 19 years. I served as Vocation Director for the Presentation Sisters several years before coming to the winding roads of northeast Iowa. Since 2010, I have ministered in various capacities within the three linked parishes of St. Mary Strawberry Point, St. Joseph Elkader and Sacred Heart Volga.  Presently I serve St. Mary Parish as Pastoral Associate and also am engaged with Faith Formation. I am simply delighted to be part of our new Emmaus Pastorate and honored to meet and work with so many faith filled people. Yes, it is truly about connecting and building relationships.  Every day, I thank God for this most wonderful gift. In addition to working with the families, I enjoy tending to my big garden in the spring and summer, and sharing the produce and canned goods with others.  I pray daily to be as courageous in serving the needs of God’s people as my community foundress Nano Nagle. 

 Jan Tschirgi

Maintenance, St. Mark

Hi! My name is Jan Tschirgi; I’m a custodian at St. Mark Parish and have been working here for 18 years and have lived in Edgewood for 20 years.  Besides work at St. Mark, I also drive school bus for the West Delaware School District.  I’m quite mechanically minded so I can fix a lot of things.  I have four children and seven grandchildren.  Three of my four kids work for a branch of the government—federal, state, and county, including my son Mike who is sheriff of Clayton County.


 Joyce Whelan

Bulletin Editor, Emmaus Pastorate


Hi! My name is Joyce Whelan.  I live in Dubuque, where I worked at Loras College for 49 ½ years, retiring May 29, 2015.  While at Loras, I met and became friends with Father John.  After I retired from Loras, Father decided he could keep me busy so I come to Edgewood a couple of days a week to work in the office, doing the bulletin and covering for Cheryl when she’s off, to name a few jobs.  I have one brother Terry.


 Janie Wiley

Secretary, St. Joseph


Hello, I am Janie Wiley, secretary for St. Joseph’s Parish, Elkader, Iowa.

I share my life with my husband, John Wiley - 13 years. John and I have a blended family of eight adult children (and their spouses), fifteen incredible grandchildren, and one precious great-granddaughter. I am a southerner by heart and by birth as I was born in South Florida-resided 40 years; Atlanta Georgia –  resided 10+ years.

God truly had it in his plan to relocate me to Littleport, Iowa in 2000. He continued to work in my Christian life as he brought me into the Catholic faith in 2001, for which I am truly thankful.

In the fall of 2010 God once again took me by the hand and led me to St. Joseph parish where I joined the team of staff as parish secretary. And for that and all of his many blessings which he has given to me, I give him thanks and praise.



 Linda Williams

Sacramental Coordinator, St. Mark

Hi! My name is Linda Williams and I have been a member of St. Mark Parish all my life.  My husband Al and I have two daughters and five grandchildren.  We greatly enjoy spending as much time as we can with our family.  I recently retired from cosmetology and am enjoying every day of it.  I am a sacristan and wedding coordinator for the church.


 Deanne Wulfekuhle

DRE, St. Patrick


Hi! I’m Deanne Wulfekuhle.  I live in New Vienna with my husband, Rick, of 34 years. We have four children and four grandchildren. I’ve taught in and been the Director of Religious Education at St. Patrick’s for the last 13 years and have been a parishioner there for over 30 years.  In addition to my position with the religious education program, I also teach at Drexler Middle School in Farley.