Miscellaneous Black Hawk County, Iowa Obituaries - 2000

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CEDAR FALLS -- Irene Louise Montz, 81, of Cedar Falls, died Sunday, April 23, at the Lutheran Home of natural causes.
She was born May 9, 1918, in Yetter, daughter of Alex and Marie Ditzel Glasnapp. She married James Ray Montz on April 17, 1939, in Ringsted. He died Feb. 23, 1989.
Mrs. Montz received a teaching certificate from Iowa State Teacher's College (University of Northern Iowa) and earned a bachelor's degree from Drake University, Des Moines. She taught in Whitten for a while and retired after 30 years of teaching in the Estherville School System in 1983. She and her husband also farmed in the Gruver-Whitten area.
Survived by: four sons, David of Cedar Falls, Eldon of Duncanville, Texas, James of Topsham, Maine, and Roger of Newton; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Raymond and Allen Glasnapp, both of Ringgsted.
Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, with burial in East Side Cemetery, both in Estherville. Friends may call for a hour before services Wednesday at the church. Richardson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials: may be directed to Endowment for Youth at the church in Estherville.

CEDAR FALLS -- Vivian D. Zimmermann, 79, of Washburn, formerly of Cedar Falls, died Saturday, April 22, at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home, Waterloo, of cancer.
She was born June 30, 1920, in Cedar Falls, daughter of Harold and Emma Jensen Lindberg. She married Ervin Jokumsen on Jan. 31, 1941, in Des Moines. He died Nov. 6, 1983. She married Horst Zimmermann April 15, 1989, in Cedar Falls.
Survived by: her husband; a son, Steve Jokumsen of Holland, Mich.; a daughter, Carol Schaefer of Waterloo; three stepsons, Horro Zimmermann of Onalaska, Wis., Ben Zimmermann of Hudson and Manfred Zimmermann of Pace, Fla.; five grandchildren, nine stepgrandchildren and five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Zella Brown of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Ruth Meyer of San Pedro, Calif.; a half brother, the Rev. Harold Johnson of Raytown, Kan.
Preceded in death by: a brother, Harvey Lindberg; and four sisters, Fern Bligh, Florence Lopez, Hazel Foster and Evelyn Dietmier.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, with burial in Fairview Cemetery, both in Cedar Falls. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home, Cedar Falls, and for an hour before services Tuesday at the church.
Memorials: may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice or Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

FORT ATKINSON -- Frank Karnik, 79, of Fort Atkinson, died Saturday, April 22, at home after a brief illness; survivors include four sons, Russel and Frank, both of Fort Atkinson, Larry of Cedar Rapids and Jim of Spillville; two daughters, Jane Karnik of Woodward and Betty Dornath of Rolfe; and two sisters, Viola Herold of Spillville and Mildred Brainard of Cedar Rapids; graveside services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. John's Cemetery, Fort Atkinson; friends may call from noon to 1:45 p.m. Wednesday at Chekal Funeral Home, Fort Atkinson.

ROWLEY -- Beryle J. "Pete" Hopkins, 93, of Rowley, died Saturday, April 22, at West Village Care Center, Independence, after a lengthy illness; survivors include his wife, Cora; five sons, Floyd of Waterloo, Charles of Indianapolis, Cyrus of Brandon, Delbert of Los Alimotos, Calif., and William of Cedar Rapids; two daughters, Louise Yoder of Rowley and Susan Bacon of Cumming; and 31 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson; he was preceded in death by his first wife, Mildred Louise in 1974; a son, Bruce; a grandson; six brothers; and a sister; services will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Presbyterian Church, Rowley, with burial in Rowley Cemetery; friends may call after 3 p.m. today at White Funeral Home, Independence; Mr. Hopkins retired from farming in 1971.

FORT ATKINSON -- Krista Marie Huinker, 16, of Fort Atkinson, died Friday, April 21, from injuries suffered in an automobile accident south of Calmar; survivors include her parents, Dean and Leann Huinker of Fort Atkinson; a brother, Ryan of Fort Atkinson; and her grandparents, Robert and Arlene Huinker and Leander Einck, all of Calmar, Rosalie Burger of Waterloo and Maurice Pentecost of Independence; she was preceded in death by a grandmother, Adella Einck; services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Seven Dolars, Catholic Church, Festina, with burial in the church cemetery; friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. today at French Funeral Home, Calmar.

ALLISON -- Barbara Ann Oltmann, 66, of Allison, died Saturday, April 22, at home of natural causes; survivors include her husband, James Roy; three sons, James of Grimes, Joel and Jon, both of Allison; a daughter, Mary Hall of Allison; and 10 grandchildren; she was preceded in death by a brother, James Williams; services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity Reformed Church, Allison, with burial in Allison Cemetery; friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. today at Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home, Allison; Mrs. Oltmann attended Ellsworth Community College, Iowa Falls, and was a schoolteacher in the fifth grade at Aplington School; she also was a bus driver for Allison Bristow School.

OELWEIN -- Florence Elizabeth Paulsen, 80, of Indianapolis, formerly of Oelwein and Van Horne, died Saturday, April 22, at Cambridge Care Center, Indianapolis, after a brief illness; survivors include three daughters, Sheila Baker of Pittesboro, Ind., Barbara Barr of Van Horne and Connie Redmond of Batesville, Ark.; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; a sister, Leone Johnson of Armstrong; and two brothers, Howard Blekfeld of Armstrong and Glen Neugent of Rolfe; she was preceded in death by three brothers, Ralph, Durwood and Tommy Blekfeld; and a sister, Violet Ross; services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Salem United Methodist Church, Van Horne, with burial in Salem Cemetery, rural Van Horne; friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Phillips Funeral Home, Keystone; a memorial fund has been established; Mrs. Paulsen graduated from Gates Business College, Waterloo, and had worked for the Waterloo Water Works.

CRESCO -- Frank A. Vlk, 85, of Cresco, died Saturday, April 22, at Regional Health Services Hospital, Cresco, of natural causes; survivors include two sisters, Carrie Jirik of Mahnomen, Minn., and Agnes Shileny of Cresco; he was preceded in death by three brothers, Henry, Joseph and John; and a sister, Mary Vlk; services will be noon Tuesday at St. Joseph's Worship Center, with burial in Calvary Cemetery, both in Cresco; friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Conway Funeral Home, Cresco, and for an hour before services Tuesday at the church; there will be a 5:30 p.m. Knights of Columbus rosary and a 7 p.m. Scripture service today at the funeral home.

CEDAR FALLS -- Joan Goodin, 75, of Cedar Falls, died Friday, April 21, at Allen Hospital, Waterloo, of natural causes; memorial services 11 a.m. Tuesday at Garden View Chapel, 232-2222, with inurnment in Garden of Memories, both in Waterloo; visitation 5 to 8 p.m. today and for an hour before services Tuesday at the funeral home; memorials to the family.

WATERLOO -- Robert Grubb, 72, of Waterloo, died Saturday, April 22, at the Covenant Medical Center Skilled Nursing Unit of natural causes; services 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, with burial in Garden of Memories; visitation 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Kearns, Huisman-Schumacher Chapel on Kimball, 233-3146, and for an hour before services Wednesday at the church; memorials to the roofing fund at the church.

CEDAR FALLS -- Kathryn I. Peterson, 83, of Cedar Falls, died Saturday, April 22, at Stone Hill Care Center, Dubuque, of natural causes; graveside inurnment services 11 a.m., May 13, at Greenwood Cemetery; no visitation; Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home, 266-7525, is in charge of arrangements.

EVANSDALE -- Jack E. Shinn, 83, of 226 Feldt Ave., died Sunday, April 23, at home of natural causes; services pending with Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway, Waterloo, 233-3393.

WATERLOO -- Wayne E. Fowler, 77, of Waterloo, died Friday, April 21, at home of cancer; memorial services 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 1530 Pleasant Valley Drive, Waterloo; no visitation, his body was cremated; Parrott & Wood Family Funeral Care 232-3235, is in charge of arrangements; memorials to the family.

WATERLOO -- Gilbert R. Kent, 71, of 1642 Locke Ave., died Sunday, April 23, at Allen Hospital of cancer; services 2 p.m. Wednesday at Grace Brethren Church, with burial in Garden of Memories; visitation 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway, 233-3393, with a 7 p.m. public Masonic service; visitation also for an hour before services Wednesday at the church.

WATERLOO -- Adam James Oberbroeckling, 2-year-old son of Dan and Carol Oberbroeckling of Carmel, Ind., formerly of Waterloo, died Sunday, April 23, at Covenant Medical Center of respiratory failure; services 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Edward's Catholic Church, with burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery; visitation 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway, 233-3393, with a 7 p.m. vigil service; memorials to Blessed Sacrament Chapel of our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Carmel, Ind.

LA PORTE CITY -- Mabel M. Rosauer, 84, formerly of La Porte City, Dysart and Hampton, died Saturday, April 22, at the Sunrise Hill Care Center, Traer, of natural causes; services 1 p.m. Wednesday at American Lutheran Church, Porte City, with burial in the Garden of Memories Cemetery, Waterloo; visitation 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Huisman Funeral Home, La Porte City, 342-3131, and for an hour before services Wednesday at the church; memorials to the church.

INDEPENDENCE -- Mylon L. Pippenger, 78, of Independence, died Sunday, April 23, at Covenant Medical Center, Waterloo, after a brief illness; services pending with White Funeral Home, Independence, (319) 334-2595.

TOLEDO -- Dorothy Smith, 82, of Toledo, died Sunday, April 23, at Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines, after a lengthy illness; services pending with Henderson-Overton Funeral Home, Toledo, (319) 472-2223.

IOWA FALLS -- Alma Doud, 90, of Iowa Falls, died Saturday, April 22, at Ellsworth Municipal Hospital, Iowa Falls, of natural causes; services 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church, with burial in Union Cemetery, both in Iowa Falls; visitation 5 to 8 p.m. today at Surls Funeral Home, Iowa Falls, (515) 648-9554.

INDEPENDENCE -- Opal L. Kolp, 90, of Independence, died Sunday, April 23, at East Towne Care Center, Independence, after a brief illness; services 11 a.m. Tuesday at White Funeral Home, Independence, (319) 334-2595; visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

TRIPOLI -- Leone Decker, 89, of Tripoli, died today, April 24, at Allen Hospital, Waterloo, of natural causes; services pending with Rettig Funeral Home, Tripoli, (319) 882-4285.

IONIA -- Catherine M. Miller, 69, of Ionia, died Saturday, April 22, at Mercy Medical Center, New Hampton, of natural causes; private family services were today at Larkin-Martin-Hugeback Funeral Home, New Hampton, (515) 394-4334, with burial in St. Boniface Cemetery, Ionia.

CHARLES CITY -- Morris W. Thelen, 79, of Charles City, died Saturday, April 22, at the Ninth Street Chautauqua Guest Home, Charles City, of natural causes; services pending with Hauser Funeral Home, Charles City, (515) 228-2323.

DYSART -- Fred R. Belthuis, 86, of Dysart, died Sunday, April 23, at home of natural causes; services planned for Wednesday morning at Kearns, Huisman-Schumacher Chapel on Kimball, Waterloo, 233-3146.

WATERLOO -- Gilbert Ralph Kent, 71, of Waterloo, died Saturday, April 22, at Allen Hospital of cancer.
He was born July 30, 1928, in Manchester, son of Bernard C. and Marjorie "Haby" McGonegal Kent. He married Berniece Evelyn Stanford on Aug. 3, 1946.
Mr. Kent was employed by the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad, retiring in 1989. After retirement he worked for a while for Corporate Express. He was past Worshipful Master of Waterloo Lodge 105 and past Worthy Patron of Waterloo Chapter 128 of the Order of Eastern Star. He was awarded the State of Iowa Certificate of Valor in 1946 for saving the lives of two children from drowning in the Cedar River.
Survived by: his wife; two sons, Tom of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Greg of Waterloo; two daughters, Karen Sullivan and Marcia Jacobs, both of Waterloo; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and a brother, Kenneth of Cedar Falls.
Preceded in death by: a son, Richard; a granddaughter; and four brothers, Robert, Richard, James and Herold.
Services: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Grace Brethren Church, with burial in Garden of Memories. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on Ridgeway Avenue, with a 7 p.m. public Masonic service.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.

WATERLOO -- Louis William Kuriger, 95, of 811 Reber Ave., died Monday, April 17, in Norman, Okla., of natural causes.
He was born Dec. 2, 1904, in Muscatine, son of Henry Frank and Lucy Rohrbach Kuriger. He married Margaret Aloisia Stefan on June 25, 1931, in Waterloo. She died Dec. 10, 1999.
Mr. Kuriger had been employed by Chamberlain Manufacturing Co. and then was a machinist for Construction Machinery Co., retiring in 1969. He was also a charter member of St. Edward Catholic Church and did janitorial work at the church and the school after his retirement.
Survived by: a son, Dr. William L. Kuriger of Norman; three daughters, Mary E. "Betsy" Bronson and Cecelia Deich, both of Waterloo, and Dorothy Wrage of Hudson; 20 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild; two brothers, Bernard of Monticello and Alfred of Savannah, Ga.; and a sister, Roseline Schwendinger of Monticello.
Preceded in death by: a grandson; five brothers, Ralph, Karl, Clarence, Norbert and Lawrence; and three sisters, Mildred Barry, Helen Kuriger and Genevieve Miller.
Services: were 11 a.m. today at St. Edward Catholic Church, with entombment in Mount Olivet Mausoleum. Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on South Street was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials: may be directed to the church or to St. Vincent de Paul.

CEDAR FALLS -- Kathryn I. Peterson, 83, of Cedar Falls, died Saturday, April 22, at Stone Hill Care Center, Dubuque, of natural causes.
She was born July 11, 1916, in Waterloo, daughter of Willard and Kathrine Noonan Gowans. She married Richard Peterson on Oct. 12, 1950, in Cedar Falls. He died in 1979.
Mrs. Peterson was a graduate of Mercy School of Nursing, Dubuque and was director of nursing at the Cedar Falls Western Home for five years.
Survived by: two sons, Paul R. of Mason City and Tim W. of Topeka, Kan.; two grandchildren; and three sisters, Mildred, Genevieve and Sister Marilyn Gowans, all of Dubuque.
Graveside inurnment services: will be directed by the family at 11 a.m. May 13 at Greenwood Cemetery. There will be no visitation; her body was cremated. Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial fund: will be established.

WATERLOO -- Fred R. Belthuis, 86, of Dysart, formerly of Waterloo, died Sunday, April 23, at home of natural causes.
He was born Dec. 10, 1913, in Stout, son of George and Amanda Conklin Belthuis. He married Mildred Marie Schallenberger on June 4, 1937, in Waterloo.
Mr. Belthuis was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was employed in the pickle cellar at Rath Packing Co. for 30 years, retiring in 1975.
Survived by: his wife; three sons, Neil L of Glendale, Ariz., Albert R. of Cedar Falls and John S. of Waterloo; a daughter, Becky J. Walters of Dysart; and eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: a son, Gerald; four brothers, George, Albert, Roy and Austin; and an infant sister.
Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Kearns, Huisman-Schumacher Chapel on Kimball, with burial in Garden of Memories. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today and for an hour before services Wednesday at the chapel.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.

WATERLOO -- Adam James Oberbroeckling, 2, of Carmel, Ind., formerly of Waterloo, died Sunday, April 23, at Covenant Medical Center of respiratory failure.
He was born March 3, 1998, in Indianapolis, Ind., son of Daniel J. and Carol B. Nelson Oberbroeckling.
Survived by: his parents of Carmel; two sisters, Amy and Erica, both at home; paternal grandparents, Bob and Lois Oberbroeckling of Waterloo; and maternal grandparents, the Rev. Benard and Evelyn Nelson of Fremont, Neb.
Services: 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Edward's Catholic Church, with burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway, where there will be a 7 p.m. vigil service.
Memorial services: Tuesday, May 2, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Carmel.
Memorials: may be directed to Blessed Sacrament Chapel of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Carmel, Ind.

WATERLOO -- Robert "Buck" Grubb, 72, of Waterloo, died Saturday, April 22, at the Covenant Medical Center Skilled Nursing Unit after a lengthy illness.
He was born Oct. 8, 1927, in Princeton, Ind., son of Victor and Eunice McConnell Grubb. He married Jeananne Cromer on Sept. 23, 1951, in Philadelphia.
Mr. Grubb was a truck driver for Takin Brothers Moving and Storage, and Burch & Lehman Transfer for 30 years, retiring in 1987. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War.
Survived by: his wife; two sons, Gerry and David, both of Des Moines; a daughter, Chris Swacker of Waterloo; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Jeanne Livingston of Clear Lake and Pat Rounds of Manchester.
Preceded in death by: two grandchildren; two sisters, Garnet Gregory and Joann Weber; and an infant brother.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, with burial in Garden of Memories. Military rites will be conducted by Becker-Chapman American Legion Post 138 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1629. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Kearns, Huisman-Schumacher Chapel on Kimball, and for an hour before services Wednesday at the church.
Memorials: may be directed to the roofing fund at the church.

NDEPENDENCE -- Clarence F. Jacobsen, 89, of Independence, died Sunday, April 23, at Peoples Memorial Hospital, Independence, following a brief illness; survivors include a son, Wayne of San Jose, Calif.; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Viola Kennett and Elise Knaak, both of Vinton; he was preceded in death by his wife, Lola, in 1999; a son, Warren; a brother, Merle; and four sisters, Rita Raymond, Luella Biram, Esther Lieb and Pearl Butts; services will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Reiff Funeral Home, Independence, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Shellsburg; friends may call from 10 a.m. until services Wednesday at the funeral home.

TOLEDO -- Dorothy F. Smith, 82, of Toledo, died Sunday, April 23, at Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines, of a heart ailment; survivors include a son, Stanley of Angleton, Texas; a daughter, Colleen Brommel of Des Moines; six grandchildren and a great-grandchild; a brother, Roy Eugene Obee of Burns, Kan.; and a sister, Ruth E. Ott of Gypsum, Kan.; she was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse, on May 10, 1988; and two brothers; graveside services will be 1 p.m. Thursday in Woodlawn Cemetery, Toledo; there will be no visitation; Henderson-Overton Funeral Home, Toledo, is in charge of arrangements; a memorial fund has been established; Mrs. Smith retired as head seamstress at the Iowa Juvenile Home, Toledo.

DECORAH -- Dale A. "Gramps" Leibold, 46, of Decorah, died Sunday, April 23, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse, Wis., of cancer; survivors include his mother, Marlis Zwiebohmer of Decorah; two brothers, Bruce of Decorah and Richard of Onalaska, Wis.; and two sisters, Diane Leibold of Geneva and Mabel Foster of Austin, Minn.; services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Lutheran Church, Decorah, with burial and military rites in Lutheran Cemetery; friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Fjelstul Funeral Home, Decorah, with a 6:30 p.m. Veterans of Foreign Wars memorial service; visitation also for an hour before services Wednesday at the church.

CONRAD -- Charlotte A. Demmon, 68, of Ottumwa, formerly of Conrad, died Sunday, April 23, of cardiac arrest; survivors include two sons, James R. of Ottumwa and Wesley L. of Dewitt; a daughter, Jennifer J. Lucas of Des Moines; five grandchildren; and a brother, Robert N. Coulter of Conrad; she was preceded in death by a sister; services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Conrad United Methodist Church, with burial in Conrad Cemetery; friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. today at Johnston Funeral Home, Conrad, with family present from 6 to 8 p.m.; a memorial fund is being established; Mrs. Demmon was a patient relations coordinator at Marshalltown Medical and Surgical Center.

CRESCO -- Marie V. "Dolly" Erickson, 88, of Cresco, died Sunday, April 23, at the Cresco Care Center of natural causes; survivors include two sons, Loel of Rochester, Minn., and Wayne of Cresco; a daughter, Shirley Stender of Rochester; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Isabelle Chevalier of Johnston; she was preceded in death by her husband, Russell, on Nov. 20, 1989; a great-grandson; five brothers, Miles, Thomas, Lawrence, Richard and John Henry; and a sister, Ellen Gossman; services will be noon Wednesday at Assumption Worship Center, with burial in Calvary Cemetery, both in Cresco; friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Conway Funeral Home, Cresco, where there will be a 7 p.m. Scripture service; visitation also for an hour before services Wednesday at the church.

IWAVERLY -- Edward Bunger Jr., 77, of Waverly, died Monday, April 24, at home after a lengthy illness; survivors include his wife, Estel; two brothers, Ray of Storm Lake and Burton of Cudahy, Wis.; and a sister, Florence Strom of Traverse City, Mich.; he was preceded in death by four brothers, Milton, Bill, Kenneth and Larry; services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Waverly, with burial in the church cemetery; graveside military rites will be conducted by AMVETS Post 79; friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, Waverly, and for an hour before services Thursday at the church; memorials may be directed to the charity of donor's choice; Mr. Bunger was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in the South Pacific Theater, in Guam and Okinawa; he also served with the occupational troops in Peiping, China; he graduated from Wartburg College in 1951 and worked as an office manager for the company that built the air base in Waverly; in 1951 he began employment with Mid Continent Petroleum Co. (now Sun Co.), Waterloo, where he worked for more than 31 years, the last 13 in St. Louis, Mo., retiring in 1983; he was a national charter member of the AMVETS and past commander of AMVETS Post 79 of Waverly.

CHARLES CITY -- Morris W. Thelen, 79, of Charles City, died Saturday, April 22, at the Ninth Street Chautauqua Guest Home, Charles City, of natural causes; he is survived by a brother, Charles Williard "Til" of Fort Worth, Texas; he was preceded in death by five brothers, Eldon, Jim, Almon "Ski," Ward and Dale; memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hauser Funeral Home, with burial in Riverside Cemetery, both in Charles City; graveside flag presentation will be conducted by Charles City Ceremonial Unit; friends may call for an hour before services Wednesday at the funeral home; memorials may be directed to Hospice of North Iowa, Charles City site; Mr. Thelen served in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II; he was a supervisor in the engineering department at Oliver and White Farm Equipment Corp., retiring in 1985.

NDEPENDENCE -- Opal L. Kolp, 90, of Independence, died Sunday, April 23, at East Towne Care Center, Independence, after a brief illness; survivors include a daughter, Darlene Lorenz of Independence; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Neva Hoffner of Clarence; services were 11 a.m. today at White Funeral Home, with burial in Mount Hope Cemetery, both in Independence.

WATERLOO -- Janet E. Leckness, 62, of 1410 Dunkerton Road, died Monday, April 24, at Covenant Medical Center of cancer; services pending with Locke Funeral Home, 233-6138.

DUNKERTON -- Thomas B. Gray, 56, of 1003 Jolene Drive, died Monday, April 24, at Covenant Medical Center, Waterloo, of cancer; services 10:30 a.m. Thursday at First Reformed Church, Evansdale, with burial in Garden of Memories, Waterloo; visitation 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway, Waterloo, 233-3393.

WATERLOO -- Sandra Blankenship, 42, of Tacoma, Wash., formerly of Waterloo, died Saturday, April 22, of natural causes; memorial services 1 p.m. Wednesday at Waterloo Memorial Park Cemetery chapel; no visitation, her body was cremated; memorials to the family; information courtesy of Kearns, Huisman-Schumacher Chapel-downtown, 234-5779.

WATERLOO -- Ida Wilke, 88, of California, formerly of Waterloo and Cedar Falls, died Thursday, Dec. 16, in La Mesa, Calif., of natural causes; memorial services 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Nazareth Lutheran Church, Cedar Fall; memorials to the church or to Christian Crusaders.

CEDAR FALLS -- Irene Louise Montz, 81, of Cedar Falls, died Sunday, April 23, at the Lutheran Home of natural causes; services 11 a.m. Wednesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, with burial in East Side Cemetery, both in Estherville; visitation an hour before services Wednesday at the church; Richardson Funeral Home, 266-3525, is in charge of arrangements; memorials to Endowment for Youth at the church in Estherville.

LA PORTE CITY -- Vivian M. Weber, 74, of 7030 Rickard Road, died Monday, April 24, at Allen Hospital, Waterloo, of an apparent heart attack; services 10:30 a.m. Friday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, with burial in St. Mary's Cemetery, both in Gilbertville; visitation from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on South Street, Waterloo, 234-6274, where there will be a 3 p.m. senior citizens rosary and a 7 p.m. vigil service; visitation also for an hour before services Friday at the church; memorials to the church or to Don Bosco High School.

ALTA VISTA -- Cyril Reicks, 71, of Alta Vista, died Saturday, April 22, at Finley Hospital, Dubuque, from injuries suffered in an automobile accident; services 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Bernard's Catholic Church, with burial in Mount Calvary Cemetery, both in Alta Vista; visitation 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Conway Funeral Home, Elma, (515) 393-2461, where there will be a 4 p.m. Knights of Columbus rosary and a 7 p.m. Scripture service; visitation also for an hour before services Thursday at the church.

NEW HAMPTON -- Frank Rochford, 94, of Des Moines, formerly of New Hampton, died Monday, April 24, at Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines, of natural causes; services 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery; visitation Wednesday at Larkin-Martin-Hugeback Funeral Home, New Hampton, (515) 394-4334.

VINTON -- Betty Keefer, 76, of Vinton, died Monday, April 24, at Sunnycrest Nursing Home, Dysart, after a brief illness; services pending with Overton-Van Steenhuyse Funeral Home, Vinton, (319) 472-2223.

READLYN -- Martha A. Nolte, 80, of Readlyn, died today, April 25, at Waverly Municipal Hospital of cancer; graveside services 10 a.m. Thursday at Harlington Cemetery, Waverly, followed by an 11 a.m. memorial service at Zion Lutheran Church, Readlyn; visitation noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, Waverly, (319) 352-1187; memorials to the family.

ALTA VISTA --Vera Hueneke, 91, of Escondido, Calif., formerly of Alta Vista, died Wednesday, April 19, at Palomar Continuing Care Center, Escondido, of natural causes; memorial services 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Zion Lutheran Church, with inurnment in Union Cemetery, both in Alta Vista; Conway Funeral Home, Elma, (515) 393-2461, is in charge of arrangements.

EVANSDALE -- Jack E. Shinn, 83, of 226 Feldt Avenue, Evansdale, died Sunday, April 23, at his home of leukemia.
He was born September 3, 1916, in Mason City, son of Edward and Clara Ryan Shinn. He married Helen M. Roggemann September 8, 1936, in Mason City.
He was employed with McCoy Truck Lines and Briggs Transportation as a truck driver for 41 years, retiring in 1976.
Survivors include his wife; seven grandchildren, Richard and Laura Means of Redmond, Utah, Ronald and Samantha Means of Redmond, Utah, Vicki and Louis Perret of Leesburg, Virginia, Joshua and Gillian Lederman of Davenport, David and Amy Lederman of Waterloo, Jacob Lederman of Des Moines and Daniel Lederman of Council Bluffs; 12 great-grandchildren; and a stepbrother, Deloss Baker of Mason City.
He is preceded in death by three daughters, Clara Mae in infancy, Jacqueline Means in 1992 and Barbara Lederman in 1998; two brothers, Jim and Steven Shinn; a stepbrother, Dwight Baker; and a sister, Evelyn in infancy.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Park Cemetery in Nora Springs. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway, where there will be a 7 p.m. prayer service.
Memorials may be made to Cedar Valley Hospice.


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