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Jane Ann Katzureck Leysath

October 5, 1958 - September 19, 2012

Heaven received an angel Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at Mercy Medical Center. Jane was born in Des Moines to Richard and Colene Katzureck on October 5, 1958. Jane began working at Youth Emergency Services & Shelter (YESS) as a Business Operations Director in 1996 where she worked up until her passing. She was a great supporter, advocate and champion for YESS in everyway. She believed every...
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Belva Barnes

January 1, 1926 - September 18, 2012

She attended a country school between Woodward and Madrid, and then attended Ogden, Iowa high school. She married Everett Skoglund in 1944 and they had a daughter, Tammy and a son, Guy; both who passed away in infancy. They later divorced. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Marlin; niece, Cheryle Carrel; husbands, Everett Skoglund, Paul Metcalf, and Charles Barnes. Belva is...
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Glee Brown

February 4, 1948 - September 13, 2012

Glee was born the daughter of Hope and Thomas Smith on February 4, 1948 in Oildale, California. Glee moved to Iowa in 1978, eventually moving to Des Moines, where she worked as a Customer Care Supervisor for Dahl's Grocery Store until her passing. Glee was a loving woman, full of joy and compassion. Her friendliness and love for people shined the brightest while she worked with all of her...
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Terry L. McGowan

July 13, 1950 - August 29, 2012

Terry L. McGowan, 62, passed away on Wednesday, August 29, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, Iowa after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on July 13, 1950, in Alta, Iowa, the son of Delmar & Betty (Steward) McGowan. He graduated from Storm Lake High School with the Class of 1968, and then received his college education at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. Following his college...
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Theresa M. Clausi

November 27, 1923 - August 29, 2012

Theresa Clausi, 88, passed away Wednesday, August 29, 2012. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., August 31 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with burial to follow at Glendale Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Theresa will be remembered as a kind and generous person who enjoyed spending time with her family and sharing in their special...
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Rodney Whene

January 2, 1926 - August 28, 2012

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Rose E. Bronemann

September 8, 1958 - August 27, 2012

Rose is survived by her daughter, Chelsea Bronemann; granddaughters, Lia and Amara Dixon; parents, Don, Sr. and Beth Hyde; sister, Teresa (Jim) Sinclair, four brothers, Crist (Joyce) Hyde, Don, Jr. (Andrea) Hyde, Shawn (Lisa) Hyde and Jason (Kristy) Hyde; 18 nieces and nephews; 13 great nieces and nephews and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Scott...
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Zenithe Yates

October 25, 1920 - August 26, 2012

Zenithe Evelyn Yates passed away August 26, 2012 at the Madrid Home. She was born October 25, 1920, in Holstein, Iowa to Amos and Anna Hoeck. Zenithe's first profession was a country-school teacher. She married Chester (Chet) Yates on June 4, 1944 in Akron, Iowa. Zenithe worked outside the home at a small insurance company in Dallas Center and was a supervisor at a large insurance company in...
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William Durst

February 4, 1933 - August 24, 2012

Willm R. Durst, 79, Clive, IA passed away on Friday, August 24, 2012 at Rowley Memorial Masonic nursing home in Perry, IA. Bill was born February 4, 1933 in Danbury, IA, the son of Paul (Pilly) and Lola (Otto) Durst. Bill worked for the Social Security Administration for 30 years, and retired as District Manager in Des Moines. Bill and Margaret were united in marriage August 21, 1955 at...
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Helen Boylan

May 22, 1926 - August 23, 2012


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Amelia Ann Camacho

June 28, 1930 - August 19, 2012

Amelia Camacho, 82, passed away peacefully August 19, 2012. A Memorial Mass will be held Friday, August 24 at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in West Des Moines. A visitation will be held Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. with a Rosary at 7 at Brooks Funeral Care, 7975 University Blvd., Clive. Amelia was born June 28, 1930 in Valley Junction and graduated from Valley High School in 1949....
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Paul J. Koenig

December 2, 1960 - August 11, 2012

Paul served in the Marine Corps and was a reserve police officer in Rhome, TX. He was employed with AT&T as an account manager. He enjoyed cooking, photography and spending time with his family. Paul's memory will be cherished by his wife, Staci; children, Paul (Amanda) Koenig, Jr., Kayla Koenig, Shelby Koenig, Chandler Koenig; stepchildren, Brittani and Haleigh Smejkal; grandchildren,...
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Robert David Marquis

January 26, 1964 - August 10, 2012

Robert Marquis, 48, passed away Friday, August 10, 2012. A memorial visitation will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Brooks Funeral Care, 7975 University Blvd. in Clive. Robert was an electrician by trade and a member of IBEW Local 347. He is survived by his son, Robert "Bobby" Marquis, II; mother, Cinda Stevenson; father, Harry Marquis and extended family.
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Edwin W. Richardson

August 25, 1927 - August 8, 2012


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Carolyn A. Hendrickson

May 10, 1934 - August 4, 2012

Carolyn Ann Hendrickson, 78, passed away on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at Iowa Lutheran Hospital with her family by her side. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 10 at Walnut Creek Community Church with burial to follow at Iowa Veterans Cemetery near Van Meter. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, August 9 at Brooks Funeral Care, 7975 University Blvd. in Clive. ...
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Gene Lyle Beach

February 23, 1941 - August 4, 2012

Mr. Beach was born on February 23, 1941 and passed away on Saturday, August 4, 2012. Mr. Beach was a resident of Marshalltown, Iowa.
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Duncan "Doug" MacIntyre

September 8, 1922 - August 1, 2012

Born in Canada, Duncan served in the Canadian Air Force and was employed with Massey Ferguson when he was transferred to the U.S. He retired from the State of IA and enjoyed hockey, golf and spending time with his family and friends. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He is survived by his daugther, Sheila and sister, Catherine. Duncan was preceded...
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Thomas P. Brown

January 19, 1948 - July 29, 2012

Tom Brown, 64, passed away Sunday, July 29, 2012. Per his wishes, he has been cremated and a memorial service with burial will take place at a later date in Chicago, IL. He is survived by his sisters, Patricia Brown Folger of Dubuque, Ann Brown Donnersberger of IL, M. Bernadette Brown Fallaw of IL and Virginia Brown Linting of CA as well as extended family. Tom will be greatly missed by all...
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Frances "Kika" M. Perez

May 12, 1919 - July 17, 2012

Frances Perez, 93, peacefully left this world on July 17, 2012 in the comfort of her home surrounded by her family and friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m., Friday, July 20 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial to follow at Resthaven Cemetery. The family will greet friends Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sacred Heart Parish Center with a Rosary service at 7 p.m. ...
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Richard Blacksmith

July 10, 1969 - July 16, 2012

July 10th 1969 - July 16th, 2012 Graveside services will be held on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 1:00pm at Sunset Memorial Gardens. He was preceded in death by grandfather, Earnest Gothard; grandmother, Mary McKee; and mother, Sharon Blacksmith. He is survived by his children, Joshua and Brittney Blacksmith; grandmother, Catherine Gothard; father, Stephen Blacksmith; uncle, Ernest Gothard; sisters...
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Elsie Margaret Courrier

March 7, 1911 - July 15, 2012

Elsie died Sunday, July 15, 2012. A Celebration of Her Life will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, July 19 at Brooks Funeral Care in Clive, where her family will greet friends beginning at 10. Elsie Margaret Courrier, daughter of Arthur and Hattie (Ponte) Stevens, was born March 7, 1911 in Centerville, Iowa, the oldest of eight children. She was a graduate of East High School, and retired from the...
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Mabel Joan Walker

June 12, 1933 - July 12, 2012

Joan was an animal lover who enjoyed nature and gardening. She is survived by her daughters, Denise (Stan) Procyk, Jennifer Walker, and Annette Barr; grandchildren, Jessica (Bill) Hughes, Stephen (Kate) Procyk, Shannon Barr, Cameron Barr, and Brandon Barr; great-grandchildren, Grace and Eva Procyk; and sisters, Barbara Reese, June Stuart, and Lois Johnson. She was preceded in death by her parents...
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Harriet Miller

December 4, 1923 - July 11, 2012

Harriet M. Miller, 89, passed away on July 11, 2012. Harriet was a resident of Manor Care Health Care Center and was originally from Waterloo, Iowa. She was born in Waterloo on December 4, 1923 to Dr. Harry and Leta Olmsted. She attended school in Waterloo and graduated from East High School in Waterloo. She then took classes at Gates Business College. She married Willard "Bill" Miller on...
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Max W. Allender

September 19, 1934 - July 9, 2012

Max Allender, 77, passed away on July 9, 2012. Per his requests, no services are planned. Max was a manager at Iowa Workforce and retired after 34 years. He enjoyed fishing, car racing, music, photography and spending time with family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Dorothy Allender. Max will be greatly missed by his wife of 45 years, Maralynn and son, Craig...
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Linda J. Davis

July 27, 1940 - July 7, 2012

Linda is survived by her mother, Vera Eakins, husband, Robert M. Davis; children, Steven (Stephanie) Davis, David Howarth, Lori (Randy) Avis, Debra (Tom) Bustad, Lesa Davis, and Michael Howarth; grandchildren, Brandi Hemann, Christopher Howarth, Michael Prettyman and Samantha Bustad; great-grandchildren, Nate and Grace Hemann; and siblings, Betty (Duane) Chance, Charlotte (Ron) Brommell and Larry...
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Geraldyne B. Turner

January 14, 1924 - July 1, 2012

Geraldyne Burke Turner, daughter of George and Kathryn (McAuliffe) Burke, was born January 14, 1924 in Brooklyn, New York. She passed away Sunday, July 1, 2012 at the Iowa Jewish Life Center. A Celebration of Geraldyne's Life will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, July 5 at Brooks Funeral Care in Clive, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Burial with Navy Funeral Honors will be at Laurel Hill Cemetery...
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Harlan Southwick

January 12, 1928 - July 1, 2012

Harlan Wayne Southwick, 84, passed away July 1, 2012. He was born January 12, 1928 to Earl and Elsie Southwick in Kinglsey, Iowa. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He is survived by his wife, Virginia; children, Mark (Kathryn) Southwick, Charles (Laurie) Southwick, Kay (Ken) Holden, and Ann Southwick; 4 grandsons; brothers, Donald and Verl Southwick; and sister, Hazel James.He is...
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James "Jim" Titus

November 5, 1935 - June 26, 2012

Jim retired from a career in the US Army and returned to Des Moines to be near family. He will be remembered for his love of family and for his animals. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Irmgard; sisters, Martha Rockwell Jackson and Linda Whalley Jones, both of McGregor and Jane (Ron) Rumph of Earlham. He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Rockwell. Memorials may be directed to...
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Rex W. Weitzell

January 7, 1927 - June 22, 2012

Rex W. Weitzell, 85, of West Des Moines entered into eternal life June 22, 2012 after a long illness. Brooks Funeral Care in Clive is entrusted with caring for Rex and his family. Rex was owner of an advertising agency in the Des Moines area for over 50 years. He served his country as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during WWII. Rex was an avid outdoorsman and conservationist. A horseman all of...
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Jerald Edward Hickey

January 5, 1931 - June 18, 2012

Visitation will be at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Parish Center at 1627 Grand Avenue on June 20th from 5 to 7 p.m. with Rosary to follow. Funeral Mass will be held on June 21st at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment will be at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines. Memorial contributions may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Sacred Heart Catholic Church or the...
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Irene O. Lacey

April 9, 1921 - June 17, 2012

Irene, 91, longtime resident at Luther Park Senior Apartments, died June 17, 2012. Her funeral will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, at Brooks South Town Chapel at Sunset Memorial Gardens, 7601 Fleur Drive. Irene's family will greet friends from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home. Irene O. Lacey, daughter of Emmett and Beulah (Abbott) Galvin, was born April 9, 1921 in Melcher, Iowa. She began...
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Isabella Anna Maria Savino Braune

July 18, 1914 - June 13, 2012

Isabella Anna Maria Savino Braune died on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at Wesley Acres in Des Moines at age 97. Visitation will be at Brooks Funeral Care on Friday, June 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. with a Rosary Service at 7:30 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 16th at Sacred Heart Church in West Des Moines. She will be laid to rest in a private interment at Resthaven...
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Mark Heithoff

February 3, 1956 - June 11, 2012

Growing up in Des Moines, Mark graduated from Valley High School and attended the University of Iowa. His passions included music, motorcycles, and the Iowa Hawkeyes.
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Dean Franklin Faust

June 13, 1917 - June 7, 2012

Dean Franklin Faust died on June 7, 2012 in Des Moines. He was born June 13, 1917 in St. Charles, Iowa. Dean served in the Army Air Forces (AAF) during WW II where he was stationed in Italy. He worked many years at Hoxie Wholesale and ran his own food wholesale company in Creston, IA before retiring to Beaver Lake in Rogers, AR to pursue his love of fishing. He loved spending time with his...
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Irene K. Noyes

September 18, 1925 - June 7, 2012

Irene was employed with Bridgestone Firestone and was a Gold Star Mother. Survivors include her son, Michael (Betty) Nehring; grandchildren, Todd (Mary) Hanrahan and Amy (Osmin) Calderon; great-grandchildren, Dylan Kingery, Kinsey Hanrahan, Kyer Hanrahan and Nicolas Calderon and brother, Bernard Hickey of FL. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence "Sam" Noyes and her son, Larry J....
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Dameon Parker

September 16, 1980 - May 25, 2012

"When you die your headstone has your date of birth and the date you died, but the dash in the middle is the most important." 09/16/80 - 05/25/12. Dameon, 31, peacefully passed in Olympia, WA on Friday. He carried a wisdom most never achieve in a lifetime. He will be forever cherished by those he leaves behind and loved by his family; father and mother, Carl and Danette, brother Derek, sister...
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Geraldine "Gerry" Perdock

August 8, 1925 - May 23, 2012

Geraldine "Gerry" Perdock, 86, passed away on May 23, 2012. A memorial service will be held at the West Des Moines United Methodist Church, 720 Grand Avenue, West Des Moines, IA on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Inurnment will take place at Iowa Veterans Cemetery at a later date. Geraldine Whittier Relf was born August 8, 1925 in Decorah, IA to Robert and Lillian (Rudy) Relf. She...
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Irene Fisher

August 16, 1924 - May 21, 2012

Irene was born August 16, 1924 in Clarksville, Iowa. She is survived by her husband, John "Jack"; son, John (Donna) of Ankeny; daughters, Janice (Don) Walker of Des Moines, Betty (Joe) Daniels of Parker, CO, and Becky (Rick) Jarvis of Indianola; sisters, Lelia Norton of Clarksville, and Viola Kearbey of Ankeny; 8 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandchild.
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Daniel Kranovich

June 1, 1921 - May 10, 2012


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Carl Fredrick Tyler

September 15, 1943 - May 9, 2012

Carl Fredrick Tyler 68, died peacefully at home Wednesday May 9th after a courageous battle with cancer. A "Celebration of Carl's Life" will be May 20th at Thomas Place 560 SE Brick Dr. Waukee, Iowa from 3:00 -6:00 pm. Carl was born September 15, 1943 in Ottawa, Il. to John Carter Tyler and Marjorie Ann Kelly. Carl attended Roosevelt High Mpls. MN and college at the University Wis./Milw and...
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Theresa Webber

May 11, 1925 - May 6, 2012


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Donald DeGroote

February 4, 1933 - May 3, 2012

He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He is remembered as a superb athlete, having an early career as a professional baseball player, and excelled in any sport in which he participated. He was very intelligent and a talented artist. Surviving Donald are his children, Melanie Coon, Melisse (Brian) Leopold, Melinda (Steve) Fontanini, Cammy Hayes, Miles DeGroote, Tracy ...
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Mary Grace Oler

January 19, 1929 - April 30, 2012

Mary Grace (Shultz) Oler, dedicated daughter, wife, mother, and educator, passed away on April 30, 2012. Mary was born January 19, 1929, to Jennie and John Shultz, in Creston, Iowa, later joking that she caused the great crash of '29. Mary graduated from Indianola High School in 1947. She attended Iowa State Teachers College (before it was renamed UNI) and graduated in 1949. She taught for a...
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Alice L. Andrew

March 30, 1934 - April 30, 2012

On April 30, 2012 our loving Mother, Sister, Aunt, Grandma and Great Grandma Alice Andrew (Milligan) passed away peacefully at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines. Alice had been battling an infection, which turned into thrush. It became difficult to swallow and fearing malnutrition, her family took her to the E.R. on Sunday April 21st. Upon admission it was discovered that her liver enzymes...
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Shawn W. Hampton

August 29, 1968 - April 28, 2012

Shawn William Hampton, 43, lost his fight with cancer on Saturday, April 28, 2012. Shawn is survived by his parents, Denny and Janet; three brothers and their wives, Jason, Dick (Mary) and Rod (Judy); and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, an uncle, an aunt and his two cousins, Travis and Fredrick. Memorials may be directed to the...
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Randall J. Gliem

January 22, 1958 - April 27, 2012

Randy, 54, passed away at home. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 5 at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 3510 72nd Street in Urbandale, where the family will greet friends following the service with coffeetime. Randall Joseph Gliem, son of Virgil and Margaret (Terrace) Gliem, was born January 22, 1958 in Fort Dodge. He was a graduate of Jefferson High School. Randy worked...
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Mary Ann Nelson

November 10, 1928 - April 18, 2012

Mary, 83, formerly of Sioux City, worked for Sears for 30 years, and after her retirement, she worked for the 1990 Census where she learned to operate a computer. Mary was an active member of Our Saviour Lutheran Church from her baptism until the closure of the church. She lived in Sioux City until 2009 when she moved to West Des Moines. Mary was very personable and loved talking with people....
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Nancy M. Williams

August 14, 1950 - April 11, 2012

Nancy M. Williams 61, died on April 11, 2012 due to complications associated with lung cancer. She was born on August 14, 1950 in Urbana, Illinois. She graduated from Urbana High School, Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois and Golden Gate University Law School in San Francisco, California. She practiced law in San Francisco a few years and quit the practice of law to join her...
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Dale Richard Dodd

October 19, 1931 - April 9, 2012

Dale, or as some of us knew him, Dick, enjoyed fishing and watching Lake Tanycomo roll on by and change color. He had many good friends who shared his love of the lake and the fish he caught there.
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Jamie Allard

August 12, 1959 - April 7, 2012

Jamie Neil Allard age 52, of Des Moines, Iowa passed away April 7th, 2012 at Bright Kavanagh House. Jamie was a 1977 graduate of Dowling High School and graduated from Southern Missouri State in 1982. Most recently Jamie pursued his love of cooking and graduated from DMACC Culinary Arts Program. Jamie was a well-respected member of the Construction industry and most recently was employed with...
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Maxine Hamblen

October 24, 1924 - April 7, 2012

Maxine lived in Clarke County until 1942 when she moved with her family to Blockton, Iowa in Taylor County. She graduated from Blockton High School in 1943 and came to Des Moines soon after. She worked in a restaurant, The Des Moines Ordinance Plant and a toy factory before going to work for State Finance in 1945. She worked the same job until 1986 under the names of State Finance, Dial Finance,...
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Lisa Scovel

July 15, 1963 - March 31, 2012

She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Tom Scovel; daughter, Jessica (Justin) Dykstra; son, Tommy Scovel; sisters, Julie (George) Alexander and Debbie (Bob) Causey both of Florida; two grandsons; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, mother and brother.
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Katherine "Katie" Moore

January 16, 1980 - March 24, 2012

Katie, 32, passed away March 24. A Celebration of Her Life will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, at Brooks Funeral Care, 7975 University Blvd. in Clive. Katie is survived by her children: Elliann, Jack and Caelee; her parents, Kathy and John Czikalla and Jon Befort; her siblings: Jonathon Befort, Christopher (Gabrielle) Befort, Laura (Ryan) Mackey, Alison (James) Vandermark, SSG Joseph Czikalla,...
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Kenneth Myer

August 14, 1958 - March 19, 2012

Kenny was lovingly cared for at New Hope Village in Carroll since 1985 where he will be greatly missed. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Janice. He is survived by his sisters: Sherryl Reeves and husband Gerald, Christine Goodrich and husband Lee, Marlene Allen and husband Bill; brother, Denny Myer and companion Jan; nieces, Lisa, Jenny, Sara, Amy, Jolene and Jaime; nephews,...
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Mary M. Bray Kennedy

November 30, 1937 - March 16, 2012

Mary M. Bray Kennedy, 74, formerly of Mitchellville, died Friday, March 16, 2012 at Bishop Drumm Care Center in Johnston. Mary is survived by four daughters, Mary Pat Lanning of Smithville, MO, Elizabeth Kennedy of Mitchellville, IA, Margaret Brower of Bellevue, WA, and Kati Kennedy of Glastonbury, CT, and grandchildren John and Sarah Lanning, Michael, Lauren, and Madeline Hessel, Anastasia and...
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John E. Timberlake

June 28, 1920 - March 7, 2012

John was born in Hico, West Virginia and graduated from Oak Hill high school. He served during World War II as a Navy radar technician. He retired from KCCI – TV after 35 years and was a member of Waukee Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Thelma J. Timberlake, and a son, Charles R. Timberlake of Des Moines. He was preceded in death by two sisters and a brother. Memorials...
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Barbara R. Rief

December 13, 1936 - February 25, 2012

Surrounded by her husband, children and grandchildren, Barbara R. Rief, 75, passed away Saturday, February 25, 2012 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston after an extended illness. A Memorial Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 29 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in West Des Moines. The family will greet friends at 9 a.m. until the service at the church. Barbara was born December 13, 1936 in...
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Maxine M. Miller

March 15, 1931 - February 24, 2012

Maxine passed away February 24, 2012 at Mercy Hospice. Maxine loved her Lord and Saviour as well as her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed knitting and crocheting. Maxine will be greatly missed by her six children; sixteen grandchildren; three great-grandchildren with two on the way. She was preceded in death by her husband. ...
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Michael DePhillips

January 27, 1925 - February 22, 2012

To know Mike DePhillips was to love him. Family and friends who gathered to be near Mike in his final struggle always recalled his magnetic personality, his warmth and his great sense of humor. He always had a nice word to say to you and always blessed you with a smile or an encouraging word. His attitude of giving and grace lives on in his family. He will be always revered as the Patriarch and...
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Vitus Gerken

November 8, 1921 - February 19, 2012

Vitus Francis Gerken, 90, passed away peaceful of natural causes February 19, 2012. A mass of Christian burial will be held Friday, February 24th 10am at St Theresa of the Child Jesus Catholic Church with burial at Glendale Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Brooks Funeral Care, 7975 University Blvd, Clive on Thursday from 5 to 7 pm with a 7pm Rosary Service. Vitus was born on November 8,...
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Suqing Liu

November 30, 1918 - February 8, 2012


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Pamela Gooch

September 25, 1942 - February 3, 2012

Pam was born September 25, 1942 in Minneapolis. She grew up in Iowa and graduated from Pleasantville high school. She worked for Ruan in Des Moines for 26 years. Pamela loved to read, cook and spend time with her grandkids. She is survived by her children, Terrie (Brian) Nebel and Mike Steinmetz; grandchildren, Lance, Ryan, Max, Justin, and Audrianna; siblings, Karen Brown of Cal., Sharon Hiatt...
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Charles Pedersen

May 26, 1928 - February 2, 2012

Charles enjoyed woodworking, camping, traveling to all major league baseball parks in the U.S. and traveling abroad. He was an active elder in his church and firmly believed the reason we were put here on this earth was to "help your brother lighten his load". He was always willing to help someone at the drop of a hat. Charles was a true believer in that if you could read, you could do anything.
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Kenneth Wittry

March 25, 1942 - February 2, 2012

Kenneth James Wittry, 69, died unexpectedly of a heart ailment on Feb. 2, 2012. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, February 6, at 11 a.m. at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in West Des Moines. Visitation will be from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday with a Rosary to be recited at 4:30 p.m. at the Brooks Funeral Care Chapel at 7975 University Blvd in Clive. Ken was born in...
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George Clark

August 29, 1929 - January 29, 2012

George Junior Clark, 82, passed from this life on January 29, 2012 at the Kavanagh Hospice Home on 56th Street in Des Moines. A Celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 10 am, at the Unity Church of Des Moines, 414 31st St. Burial of cremated remains will be held privately at the Sunset Memorial Gardens in Des Moines. George was born to George & Ethel Clark in...
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Felix Mattiussi

August 20, 1921 - January 28, 2012

Felix "Phil" Mattiussi, 90, of Des Moines passed away peacefully at home on January 28, 2012. Felix was born on August 20, 1921 as the eldest son of six to Evaristo and Albina Mattiussi. Phil served his country in the United States Marine Corps in World War II from 1939 to 1945. Phil was known to most of his friends for his jokes, dancing the polka and bowling. He was a member of The American...
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Janet Andreano

October 19, 1953 - January 26, 2012

Janet was married October 19, 1999 in Las Vegas to Charles Andreano. She went to Grandview College and Mayo Clinic to achieve her goal to be a Surgical RN at Des Moines General Hospital, and then worked at Mercy Hospital. She enjoyed taking care of her salt water fish and her beloved poodles, Louie and Beni. She is survived by her mother and father, Josephine and Ernest Mitchell; two brothers,...
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Kathleen L. Lint

August 15, 1921 - January 26, 2012

Kathleen is survived by her sister, Lois M. (Roy) Ortlip; nieces, Carolyn Rutan of Ft. Worth, TX and Becy McNamara of West Des Moines, great-niece, Nicole Rutan of West Des Moines; two great-great nieces and one nephew. She was born and raised in Polk City and retired from Western Union. She resided in WA, MN, and MO before making her home in West Des Moines. She was preceded in death by her...
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Norman Jurgens

February 26, 1925 - January 26, 2012

Norman was the only child of Albert and Helen Jurgens and grew up in "Snusville", a neighborhood on the east side. He attended East High School, graduating in 1942. While finishing college he married Grace Rovene Noah, whom he had known since first grade. They had a long, happy marriage of 60 years which produced four children: sons Ric and Ken, daughters Cindy and Kris. He was an intelligent,...
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Betty Ann Andersen

August 15, 1923 - January 24, 2012

Betty was born in Fort Dodge in 1923 and passed away Jan. 24, 2012. She retired from Orchard Place as a cook. She was a very loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is survived by daughters, Connie Kay, Patty Anderson, and Billy Duff; two son-in-laws, Darrell and Dave; grandchildren, Doris, Albert, Margaret Ann, Joe, Alexis, and Zack; and five great-grandchildren. She will be...
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Kenneth Jurgens

October 25, 1950 - January 23, 2012

Kenneth David Jurgens was born on October 25, 1950 in Des Moines, Iowa, where he lived his entire life. Ken grew up in the Highland and Oak Park neighborhoods, attending Oak Park Elementary, Harding Junior High and North High schools, graduating in 1968. A private family service is planned.
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Michelina Schossow

November 27, 1966 - January 18, 2012

Michelina E. Schossow, 45, passed away on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at the Methodist Medical Center ER. A memorial gathering will be held in her honor on Saturday, January 21st from 3 to 5 pm at the Brooks Funeral Care Chapel, 7975 University Blvd in Clive. She is survived by her daughter, Alivia Hobbs of Des Moines, a son, Shane Hobbs and a step-son, Conor Hobbs both of Colorado, her...
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Sharon K. Hunziker

June 12, 1937 - January 15, 2012

Sharon is survived by Lisa Hunziker and Wes (Denise) Hunziker; 9 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; sisters, Patricia Graves, Mary Jane Pigott and Therese Drey as well as many nieces and nephews. Memorials may be directed to St. Thomas More Center or to Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Church. Sharon will be remembered as a loving person who was generous with her time and enjoyed reading,...
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Helen M. Biegger

April 7, 1918 - January 8, 2012


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Louise Running

June 15, 1925 - January 5, 2012

Louise was a warm and loving person, a past member of Grandview Lutheran Church, where she loved teaching Bible stories to Sunday and Bible School children. She belonged to the Stitch and Bitch Club in Johnston with her friends; and for ten years, volunteered at the Urbandale Library. Louise was always busy and creative. At the drop of a hat, she would make cookies for the entire neighborhood....
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Patricia J. Meyer

January 6, 1935 - January 4, 2012

Patricia J. Meyer, 76, a former Lincoln, Nebraska resident of 40+ years, died Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at Bishop Drumm in Johnston, IA. The mass will be at 9:30am at the Bishop Drumm Chapel on Friday, Jan 13th. Interment service to follow at 11:00am at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery near Van Meter. Pat was born in Lincoln, Nebraska to Joseph and Amanda (Hermsen) O'Grady; the first of three...
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John F. Evans

May 10, 1924 - January 2, 2012

John, 87, passed away January 2, 2012, on the date of John and Jeanne's 67th wedding anniversary. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m., Friday, at St. Anthony Catholic Church with burial to follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. John's family will greet friends from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, at Brooks South Town Chapel, 7601 Fleur Drive. John F. Evans was born on May 10, 1924 in Philadelphia, PA...
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Estel Betts

December 2, 1928 - January 1, 2012

Estel Vernon Betts, 83, passed away January 1, 2012 at the Veterans Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. Estel graduated from Coon Rapids High School and then enlisted in the US Army where he proudly served for two years. Estel worked as a truck driver for Garst & Thomas in Coon Rapids, Iowa and then as a mechanic for several meat packing companies before he finally retired from the Des Moines...
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Vicky Riemenschneider

May 2, 1926 - January 1, 2012

Vicky was born on May 2, 1926 in Carroll, Iowa to Bertha and Homer Price. She received her teaching degree from Drake University and went on to teach elementary school in the Boone and Marshaltown areas. She enjoyed her years working with children and was a great lover of animals.
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Scott Wheeler

February 25, 1958 - January 1, 2012

Scott Alan Wheeler, 53, passed away at Broadlawns Medical Center on January 1, 2012, surrounded by his family. Scott is survived by his mother Avanell Baker, step-mother, Karen Wheeler; sisters, Sandra (John) Lloyd and Nancy (Kent) Rounds; nephews, Eric (Jennnie) Rounds, Jason (Jill) Rounds and neice Angela (Matt) Fuoss, and six great nephews and nieces. A memorial service will be held at Union...
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Dorothy L. Iverson

May 19, 1924 - December 30, 2011

Dorothy loved life and collecting everything from dolls to thimbles to Christmas trees and more, enjoying the socialization of the clubs associated with her treasures and bringing smiles as she shared.
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Robert Anglin

November 27, 1960 - December 28, 2011


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George E. Niles

February 11, 1920 - December 24, 2011

George, 91, passed away December 24 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. A memorial service will be 1 p.m., Friday, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 3424 Forest Avenue in Des Moines, with burial to follow at Glendale Cemetery. George's family will receive friends beginning at noon. George was born and raised in Des Moines, and was a longtime West Des Moines resident. He attended Roosevelt High...
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Esther Marie Miskimins

March 19, 1924 - December 21, 2011

Esther, 87, loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed away December 21 at Altoona Nursing and Rehab. Her family will greet friends beginning at 9 a.m., Tuesday, at Brooks Funeral Care, 7975 University Blvd. in Clive, with a memorial service at 10. Esther worked as a secretary for many years for the Des Moines Public Schools, at Woodrow Wilson Junior High and Lincoln High School. Esther...
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Pauline Rushing

January 9, 1924 - December 17, 2011

Pauline Joy (Born) Rushing was born January 9, 1924, to Nicholas J. and Helen Alberta Born in Valley Junction, Iowa. Pauline was the fourth child in a family of seven girls. She was a WWII Navy Veteran, a retiree of InterState Assurance Company, a graduate of Kingsway Bible College with a BA in theology, and a longtime member of Kingsway Cathedral. She enjoyed reading, quilting, fishing and many...
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Marilyn B. Jacobson

July 29, 1931 - December 13, 2011

Marilyn Jacobson, 80, passed away December 13, 2011. Marilyn is survived by her children, Kristyn (Greg) Marean, Claudia (Ernest) Gandy, Kraig (Sue) Jacobson and Kent (Debra) Jacobson; grandchildren, Jeramy, Nick and Josh Marean, Jason and Jonathan Gandy, Austin Jacobson and Brandon Bingham; great-grandchildren, Halie and Morgan Marean, Jackson and Madison Gandy and William Bingham and brother,...
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James "Jim" Staudenmaier

November 9, 1939 - December 11, 2011

Jim is survived by his wife, Susan Staudenmaier and children, Amy Ridgway, Brian Staudenmaier and Chad Staudenmaier and their families.
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Maurice "Maury" Glenn

December 21, 1931 - December 10, 2011

Maurice (Maury) Leo Glenn Born: December 21, 1931 Deceased: December 10, 2011 Maurice married Hazel on February 11, 1956 They were married just short of 56 years. Maurice and Hazel had a loving and devoted marriage. Maurice cared for and loved Hazel until his last breath. Together they had eleven children. Maurice's family was his whole life. He was an excellent father. He taught...
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Sandra Seibert

January 21, 1941 - December 9, 2011

Sandra, 70, passed peacefully at home on December 9, 2011. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be designated to HCI Care Services.
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Susan Aldrich

April 3, 1934 - December 9, 2011

Susan B. Aldrich, 77, passed away Friday, December 9, 2011, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. She died peacefully, surrounded by her family, after suffering a heart attack. Susan was born in Centerville, Iowa, on April 3, 1934, to C.L. and Lucile Bruckshaw. She is survived by her husband Jerry of Des Moines, children Lisa (Brad) Brissey of Dubuque and John Eric (Susan)...
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Jack La Mar

December 8, 2011

Jack Irwin La Mar, 78, passed away at the Veterans Hospital on December 8, 2011. A memorial service will be held Monday, December 12 at 1:00 p.m. at Merle Hay Funeral Home, 4400 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines.
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Jack Robert Saffell, Sr.

April 28, 1943 - December 6, 2011

Jack was born April 28, 1943 in West Des Moines, and spent most of his adult life on the West Coast. He joined the Army and served his country during the Vietnam War as a member of the Americal Division. He loved Back To The 50s car shows, travel and cross-country skiing. He liked taking long walks with his dogs, Wilson and Woody. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, and spending...
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Dennis Clemens

July 2, 1957 - December 3, 2011

Dennis Wayne Clemens passed into Heaven on Saturday, December 3, 2011. He was born July 2, 1957 to Gordon and Theresa Clemens in Des Moines. He graduated from East High School. He was preceded in death by his father, Gordon Clemens. He is survived by his three sons: Joshua (Jennifer) of Grimes, Zachary (Kristin) of St. Louis, MO, and Nathan of Des Moines; two grandchildren, Hali'a and Caelen...
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Shirley Ann (Kimberling) Thomson

March 3, 1936 - November 25, 2011

Shirley Thomson, 75, passed away Friday, November 25, 2011 in Rochester, MN. Her funeral will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, at Valley Church in West Des Moines. Shirley's family will greet friends beginning at 9 a.m. the morning of service. Burial will follow at Red Oak Cemetery near Tipton. Shirley Ann Thomson, daughter of Claude and Beulah (Kaufman) Kimberling, was born March 3, 1936 in Cedar...
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John Doyle

November 22, 2011

John Doyle, 88, passed away on November 22, 2011.
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Muriel Bivens

November 20, 2011

Muriel Bivens, 93, passed away on November 20, 2011.
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Donald J. Fisher

September 9, 1939 - November 20, 2011

Donald Fisher, 72, passed away at his home on Sunday, November 20, 2011. A memorial service will be held, Wednesday, November 23 at 10:30 a.m. at Windsor Presbyterian Church, 6301 University Avenue, Windsor Heights. A memorial visitation will be held Tuesday night at Brooks Funeral Care at 7975 University Blvd in Clive from 4 to 8 p.m. Donald was born September 9, 1939 to Donald and Ruth...
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Frances Yancy

June 30, 1916 - November 16, 2011

Frances A. (Atzenhoefer) Yancy, 95, passed away November 16, 2011 at Perry Lutheran Home in Perry, Iowa. Frances was born June 30, 1916 in Triumph, MN. After marrying Lester M. Yancy, she moved to Des Moines where she lived for 60 years and was a long-time member of Our Saviour Lutheran Church. She was a homemaker for her family and enjoyed cooking, polka dancing, playing cards and fishing. She...
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Barbara Henninger

November 11, 2011

Barbara Henninger, 67, passed away on November 11, 2011.
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Robert E Beavers

May 10, 1924 - November 10, 2011

Bob, 87, passed away on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at Kavanagh House on 56th Street. His funeral will be 10 a.m., Tuesday, November 15 at Covenant Presbyterian Church in West Des Moines with burial to follow at Resthaven Cemetery. Bob's family will greet friends beginning at 5 p.m., Monday, November 14 at Brooks Funeral Care, 7975 University Blvd. in Clive. There will be a Masonic service at...
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