Our Obituaries

Lula Gorsch

October 23, 2014


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Judith Ann Sloan

May 7, 2014

Judith (Judy) Ann Sloan, 69, of Brooklyn and formerly of Cedar Rapids, passed away on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at Brooklyn Community Estates. A funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, May 12, 2014, at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Victor, with Rev Brian Shepley officiating. Interment will be at the Calvary Cemetery following the funeral services on Monday. Visitation will be...
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Catherine "Wolfie" Curran

October 15, 1950 - April 11, 2014

Catherine Curran, 63, of Victor passed away at Grinnell Regional Medical Center on Friday, April 11, 2014. A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at the Smith Funeral Home in Victor with pastor Jim Davis officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at the Smith Funeral Home. Family will be present from 6 - 8. ...
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Dora Jack

October 20, 1928 - March 20, 2014

Dora Jack, 85, of Victor passed away on Thursday, March 20, 2014, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Smith Funeral Home in Victor with Pastor Corby Johnson of the United Methodist Church in Hampton. (friend of the family) officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., with the family...
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Jack Bloomquist

March 15, 1938 - January 22, 2014

Jack Bloomquist, 75, of Ladora, passed away on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, after a lengthy illness with his family by his side at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 27, 2014, at the Smith Funeral Home in Victor, with Pastor Jim Davis officiating. A visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., with the family present from 4...
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Ross York

January 25, 1950 - January 14, 2014

Ross was born on January 25, 1950, in Belle Plaine, IA to Edwin Dale and Lois Robinson York. He was a graduate of HLV High School with the Class of 1968 and served with the U.S. Army in Germany during the Viet Nam War. On August 16, 1969, he was married to Betty Ann Koehn at St. John's Lutheran Church near Victor. The couple lived in Ladora and he worked for Prince Agri Products in ...
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Jean Mohr

May 28, 1919 - December 26, 2013

Jean Mohr was born in May of 1919, in a small house at North English, Iowa to the parents of Elmer and Ruby Roller Husted. She quietly slipped away to the other side in the early morning hours of December 26th at the Highland Ridge Care Center in Williamsburg. Mother's arrival came just six months after the Armistice was signed ending World War One. Her early education included Gritter school in...
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Rose Marie Larson Thorn Tanner

May 28, 1940 - December 23, 2013

Rose Tanner, 73, of Victor passed away after a courageous battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis at the Marengo Memorial Hospital with her family and friends at her side, on Monday, December 23, 2013. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., on Monday, December 30, 2013, at the Methodist Church in Marengo with Pastor Jim Davis officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Sunday,...
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Marilyn Carpenter

October 27, 1930 - December 6, 2013

Funeral services for Marilyn Carpenter, 83 year old long time Buffalo resident who passed away early Friday morning at the Amie Holt Care Center in Buffalo, will be held Tuesday, December 10th at 10:00 a.m. from the Harness Funeral Home Chapel in Buffalo with Pastor William Dunlap officiating. Visitation will be held from the funeral home chapel on Monday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on...
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Doris Salzbrenner

September 14, 1916 - November 22, 2013

Doris Salzbrenner, 97, of Victor, passed away on Friday, November 22, 2013, at Brooklyn Community Estate, Brooklyn, Iowa. Services will be held at 10:30 .a.m. on Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at the Victor Baptist Church, with Pastor Dan Andrews officiating. Visitation will be at the Smith Funeral Home in Victor on Monday, November 25, 2013, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with the family present...
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Harry Roberts

August 2, 1930 - October 5, 2013

Harry Laverne Roberts, 83, of Charlotte, died peacefully in his sleep on October 5, 2013. He is now with his Lord and Savior for eternity. Harry was born in Marengo, Iowa, on August 2, 1930, the son of John and Pearl (nee Aiken) Roberts. He married Josephine Ballard on June 15, 1952. They lived in Hartwick, Iowa, where he was custodian at the HLV school, the same school from which he graduated...
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William Baetsle

June 4, 1945 - September 19, 2013

William Baetsle Sr., 68, of Victor passed away on Thursday, September, 19, 2013, at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids. A funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m., on Monday, September 23, 2013, at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Victor, with Rev. Brian Shepley officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m., on Sunday, September 22, 2013, at the Smith Funeral Home in Victor....
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Marvin McGahuey

September 13, 2013

Marvin McGahuey, 88, passed away on Friday, September 13, 2013, at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids. Services will be held 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Victor. Interment with military rights will be held at the Leon Cemetery on Wednesday, September 18, 2013. Marvin was born on January 7, 1925, in Decatur, Iowa to Burt and Goldie Stout...
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Laverne Neitzel

February 7, 1928 - September 12, 2013

Laverne Neitzel, age 85, of Brooklyn, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 12, 2013, at his home. A celebration of his life will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 20, 2013, at St. James Lutheran Church in Victor. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 19, 2013, at the Smith Funeral Home in Victor. There will be reminiscing of farming...
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Judith Doty

March 15, 1934 - September 10, 2013

Judith Doty, 79, of Deep River, passed away on September 10, 2013, at Grinnell Regional Medical Center. A funeral service has been scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 13, at St. James's Lutheran Church in Victor. Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 12, at the Smith Funeral Home in Victor with the family present from 4:00 to 7:00 Thursday evening....
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Robert Michalek

August 31, 2013

Robert Michalek, 86, of Victor passed away on August 31, 2013, at Brooklyn Community Estates. A funeral mass will be held 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Victor, with Rev. Brian Shepley officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m. at the Smith Funeral Home in Victor. A rosary will be recited...
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Frances Jeanne Van Nevel

September 28, 1934 - August 17, 2013

Frances Jeanne Van Nevel, 78, of Victor passed away on Saturday, August 17, 2013, at Brooklyn Community Estates in Brooklyn. Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M., Thursday, August 22, 2013, at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Victor, with Rev. Brian Shepley officiating. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, from 2:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m., at the Smith Funeral Home in Victor. A...
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James Whitworth

August 28, 1923 - August 15, 2013

Jim was born on August 28, 1923, in Victor, Iowa to Thomas and Celeste McGuire Whitworth. He was raised in Victor and attended St. John's School graduating with the class of 1941. He continued his education in the ROTC program at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, and earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geology in 1945. Jim was employed in the Cedar Rapids area following his education...
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Robert "Bob" DeMeulenaere

June 29, 2013

Funeral services and a celebration of life for Robert C. DeMeulenaere, 87, of Victor, Iowa, will be held Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 10 a.m. at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Victor. The Funeral Mass will be concelebrated by Rev. Brian Shepley, Rev. Philip Ryan, and Rev. Michael Keating. Burial with military rites will take place in the Calvary Cemetery in Victor immediately following the funeral. ...
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Lorretta Michalek

September 27, 1934 - May 29, 2013

Lorretta I. Michalek, 78, of Victor, passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. A funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2013, at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Victor, with Rev. Brian Shepley officiating. Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 31, 2013, at the Smith Funeral Home in Victor with the...
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Marilyn E. Neuhaus

May 24, 1932 - May 23, 2013

Marilyn Neuhaus, 80, of Victor, Iowa passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2013, with her family by her side at Rose Haven Nursing Home in Marengo, Iowa. A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at St. John's Lutheran Church near Victor with Rev. Nicholas Huelsman, pastor of the church, officiating. Organist will be Marna Mohr. Casket Bearers will be her great nephews,...
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Ardis Bunn

January 21, 1930 - April 26, 2013

Ardis passed away Friday, April 26, 2013, at the Keystone Nursing Care Center in Keystone at the age of 83. A memorial and graveside service will be held at a later date. Ardis was born on January 21, 1930, in Denison, Iowa to Louis and Gladys Johnston Wright. She was raised and attended school in Belle Plaine. She was united in marriage to Noble Bunn on June 5, 1946 in Des Moines. The...
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Bernice Cronbaugh

July 10, 1922 - June 23, 2012

Bernice 89, of Brooklyn, Iowa died on Saturday, June 23, 2012, at St. Francis Manor in Grinnell. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 28, 2012, at St. James Lutheran Church in Victor with Pastor Michael Kolesar officiating. The family will be present one hour prior to the service to greet friends. Interment will be at Rector Cemetery in Chelsea following a luncheon at...
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Richard Dean Fontinel

July 1, 1924 - June 5, 2012

Richard "Dean" Fontinel, 87, of Victor, died on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at Rose Haven Nursing Home in Marengo. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 11, 2012, at the Smith Funeral Home in Victor with Rev. Jim Davis, pastor of the Victor New Covenant Parish officiating. The family will be present one hour prior to the service; inurnment will be at the Victor Memorial Cemetery. ...
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Lawrence Pidima

December 8, 1930 - May 18, 2012

Lawrence was born on December 8, 1930, to Edward Joseph and Mary Elizabeth Groff Pidima on the family farm near Guernsey, IA. He graduated from Guernsey Consolidated Schools with the class of 1948. During the Korean Conflict, he served with the United States Army and he spent eighteen months overseas as a platoon leader. He was decorated as a sharpshooter and won a marksmanship contest. In...
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Michael Mintle

February 23, 1950 - May 11, 2012

Michael David Mintle, 62, of Victor, died on Friday, May 11, 2012, at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 11:00 a.m., on Friday, May 18, 2012, at the St. James Lutheran Church in Victor. The family will receive relatives and friends one hour prior to the service. Mike was born on February 23, 1950, to Max Earl and Margery Wilhelmine Rutz Mintle...
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Lynn Neuhaus

January 30, 1960 - February 11, 2012

Lynn was born on January 30, 1960, in Marengo, Iowa to Herb and Wilma Burke Neuhaus. He was raised in Victor and graduated from HLV High School with the Class of 1978. Lynn participated in the school choir, band and musicals. He was also involved with Boy Scouts. He lived in Victor and was employed by Magna Companies in Victor, Williamsburg and Montezuma. Lynn was a member of St. James...
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Irene A. Slaymaker

March 3, 1931 - January 24, 2012

Memorials: In her name to the Guernsey United Methodist Church. Irene was born the daughter of Menzo and Agnes Pawlak Davis on March 3, 1931 near Millersburg, Iowa. She was raised on the family farm near Millersburg and attended country school near her home. She assisted her parents on the family farm following her education. She was united in marriage to Johnny E. Slaymaker on December 9...
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Luella K. Fruendt

May 5, 1920 - November 18, 2011

Memorials: St. John's Lutheran Church, 2656 CC Avenue, Victor, Iowa 52347 Luella was born on Wednesday, May 5, 1920 in Victor, Iowa to Henry and Stella (Roshek) Meyer. She graduated from Guernsey High School in 1939. She then worked at the Brown Caf' in Ladora. She was united in marriage to Otto Fruendt on December 15, 1940 in Victor. The couple lived on the same farm for fifty-three years...
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David A. Rhinehart

February 6, 1920 - October 4, 2011

David Arthur Rhinehart was born on February 6, 1920, near Tiffin, Iowa. His parents were Lester and Adelaide (Edwards) Rhinehart. He graduated from Victor High School in 1938. Following his education, he managed a portable movie business for a short time. He was united in marriage to Gayle Benton on March 5, 1940 in Lancaster, Missouri. He worked with his dad at a trucking business hauling...
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Wendall Raymond Gwin

August 25, 1934 - September 17, 2011

Wendall Raymond Gwin was born on August 25, 1934, at the family home near Guernsey to Arnold and Marie Mullen Gwin. He was raised in the Guernsey and Deep River areas and graduated from Deep River High School in 1952. Bud married Ruth Meyer, his high school sweetheart, on September 5, 1954 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Victor. They made their home in Cedar Rapids until he was drafted in the...
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Charlotte Elizabeth Pirkl

March 14, 1923 - April 4, 2011

Charlotte was born on March 14, 1923, on the family farm near Keswick, Iowa to John and Charlotte Wagner O'Rourke. She attended rural school and graduated with the Class of 1941 from Keswick High School. She attended a beauty school in Ottumwa following high school. On January 23, 1942, she was married to Charles Edward Pirkl in Williamsburg, Iowa. The couple operated a grain and dairy farm...
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Wilma Jean Neuhaus

August 19, 1926 - February 13, 2011

Wilma was born on August 19, 1926, in Guernsey, Iowa to William and Caroline Keller Burke. She was raised in Guernsey and graduated with the Class of 1944 from Guernsey High School. On January 6, 1946, she was married to Herbert Neuhaus at St. John's Lutheran Church near Victor. The couple made their home in Victor and she was a homemaker and mother of four children. She was also a...
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Maribeth E. De Neve

September 4, 1941 - December 25, 2010

Maribeth was born on September 4, 1941, in Ottumwa, Iowa to Francis and Mary Rowland Crow. She was raised in Victor and graduated from St. John's Catholic School. She also received a business degree from AIB in Des Moines. Following her education she worked as a bookkeeper for the Cedar Rapids Pump and Sully Company. On March 3, 1962, she was married to Richard DeNeve at St. Bridget's...
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Lois Marie Shine

October 24, 1924 - October 8, 2010

Lois was born on October 24, 1924, near Deep River, Iowa to George and Martha 'Jenny' McWilliams. She was raised in the Deep River area and graduated from Deep River High School. On Easter Sunday, April 5, 1942, she was married to Wilbur G. Shine in Memphis, Missouri. The couple operated a grain and livestock farm south of Victor until 1976 when they moved to Victor. She worked in the...
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Jo Ann Miller

July 15, 1933 - September 14, 2010

Memorials: Jo Ann Miller Memorial Fund sent in care of the Smith Funeral Home, PO BOX 485, Victor, Iowa 52347. Jo Ann was born on July 15, 1933 in Grinnell, Iowa to John and Mildred Keefe Wentland. She was raised near Hartwick, Iowa and she graduated from Hartwick High School in 1951. She then attended American Institute of Business College in Des Moines, Iowa. She was united in marriage to...
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Merlin L. Weisskopf

May 21, 1936 - June 16, 2010

Memorials: Merlin L. Weisskopf Memorial Fund, PO Box 485, Victor, Iowa 52347. Merlin was born the son of William and Perah McClenathan Weisskopf on May 21, 1936 near Victor, Iowa. He was raised on the family farm near Victor and he graduated from Victor High School with the class of 1954. He was united in marriage to Donna Nail on June 12, 1954. The couple farmed southeast of Victor until...
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Jeff D. McAdam

July 1, 1963 - May 29, 2010

Memorials: Jeffrey D. McAdam Memorial Fund, PO BOX 485, Victor, Iowa 52347. Jeff was born the son of Donald and Rose Bahr McAdam on July 1, 1963 in Marengo, Iowa. He was raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado and he graduated from Wasson High School in Colorado Springs with the class of 1981. Following his education, Jeff moved to Victor, Iowa. He has worked as an over-the-road truck driver,...
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Merle Robert Smith

April 8, 1939 - May 12, 2010

Merle was born on April 8, 1939, near Victor, Iowa to William and Elsie Weisskopf Smith. He attended Victor schools and graduated with the Class of 1957 from Victor High School. On June 26, 1960, he was married to Connie Johnson at St. James Lutheran Church in Victor. The couple owned and operated a grain and livestock farm southeast of Victor. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran...
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Antonia A. Gavriloaia

January 24, 1918 - April 18, 2010

Antonia 'Toni' Gavriloaia, age 92, of Victor, passed on into eternal rest on April 18, 2010 at her home in Victor with her at her family at her bedside. In accordance with her wishes, her body was cremated and her remains will be retained by her family until the passing of her husband, Vasile, when their remains will be interred together at that time at Victor Memorial Cemetery. ...
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Mary L. DeMeulenaere

November 12, 1916 - February 10, 2010

Memorials: Mary L. DeMeulenaere Memorial Fund to benefit organizations of the family's choice. Mary was born the daughter of James Patrick Martin and Frances Kory Borucki on November 12, 1916 in rural Victor, IA. She was raised on the family farm near Victor and she graduated in 1935 from St. John's Catholic School in Victor. She was united in marriage to Lawrence A. DeMeulenaere at 6:00 a.m...
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Joanne Carol Glotfelty

July 26, 1936 - February 9, 2010

Joanne Carol Webb was born July 26, 1936, in Batavia, the daughter of Russell and Sarah (Griggs) Webb. She graduated from Batavia High School in 1954. Joanne married Vern H. Glotfelty of Fairfield on April 3, 1954. They lived in rural Fairfield before moving to Marengo in 1959. They moved to rural Victor in 1967 before moving into town in 1972. She was employed at the Marengo Hospital for 13...
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Lois Marie DeDecker

July 17, 1924 - February 7, 2010

Lois M. DeDecker, 85, of Victor and formerly of Ladora, died February 7, 2010, at Brookhaven Nursing Home in Brooklyn. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 12, at the Smith Funeral Home in Victor with the Rev. Jim Davis, pastor of the Victor United Methodist Church. Organist will be Verabeth Bricker. Pallbearers will be Ernie and Eric Meyer, Duane, David, and Dan...
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Frank Hollopeter

February 9, 1931 - January 9, 2010

Frank was born on February 9, 1931, on the family farm near Ladora, Iowa to Charles and Laura Slaymaker Hollopeter. He attended rural school and graduated from Ladora High School with the Class of 1950. From 1952 to 1954 he served with the United States Army in Korea. On September 6, 1952, he was married to Dolores Bowman in Victor. The couple farmed in the Victor area and later moved into...
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Arlene Mary Baethke

June 7, 1925 - December 2, 2009

Arlene was born on June 7, 1925, in Protivin, Iowa to George and Abbie Voves Kostka. She was raised on the family acreage and attended the Rudolphium School in Protivin. On October 26, 1943, she was married to Harold Baethke in Cresco, Iowa. The family operated a grain and livestock farm near Victor for many years. She was a homemaker and mother of three children. She also worked in...
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Marvin D. Read

May 20, 1928 - November 6, 2009

Memorials: Victor United Methodist Church or Grinnell Regional Medical Center. Marvin Donegan Read was born the son of Roy and Freda Donegan Read on May 20, 1928 in Brooklyn, Iowa. He was raised on the family farm near Brooklyn and he attended country schools and Brooklyn High School. On December 3, 1949 he was united in marriage to Perah E. Weisskopf at the Victor Immanuel Church south of...
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Phyllis Joan Jack

November 19, 1931 - October 14, 2009

Phyllis Jack, 77, of Victor, died October 14, 2009, at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center. A graveside service and burial are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 16, at Victor Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Susan Sanning, Grinnell Regional Hospice Chaplain, officiating, with assistance from Brian D. Jack and Joel Rozendaal. Pallbearers will be Brent Jack, Brian M. Jack, Scott Stowell,...
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Wilbur A. Rusk

December 20, 1926 - September 26, 2009

Memorials: Wilbur A. Rusk Memorial Fund, c/o Smith Funeral Home, PO BOX 485, Victor, Iowa 52347. Wilbur Albertus Rusk was born the son of Elmer and Merle Henry Rusk on December 20, 1926 in Belle Plaine, Iowa. He was raised in Belle Plaine and he graduated from Belle Plaine High School with the class of 1944. He honorably served his country in the United States Army during World War II. He...
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Helen R. Calvert

February 6, 1920 - September 24, 2009

Memorials: Helen R. Calvert Memorial Fund and sent in care of the Smith Funeral Home, PO BOX 485, Victor, Iowa 52347. Helen was born the daughter of Bernard L. Secor and Hannah R. Killian Secor on February 6, 1920 in Millersburg, Iowa. She was raised in Millersburg and graduated with the Millersburg High School class of 1938. Following her education, she worked at the North English...
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Dean R. Woodrum

March 11, 1928 - September 24, 2009

Memorials: St. Bridget Catholic Church and will be used to help purchase the automatic door openers at the church. Dean Robert Woodrum was born the son of Earl Willis Woodrum and Mary Margaret Punke Woodrum on March 11, 1928 in Victor, Iowa. He was raised in Victor and Ladora and he graduated from Ladora High School with the class of 1947. He later attended Kirkwood Community College in Cedar...
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Lance Lyle Crane

October 4, 1954 - August 7, 2009

Lance Crane, 54, of Victor died August 7, 2009, at Rosehaven Nursing Home in Marengo. A private family burial will be held Tuesday, August 11, at Hillside Cemetery in State Center with Rev. Michael Kolesar, pastor of St. James Lutheran Church in Victor, officiating. Visitation with the family present will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 Monday evening at St. James Lutheran Church in Victor. ...
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Cheribel Schmidt

March 23, 1928 - May 31, 2009

Cheribel was born on March 23, 1928, in Marengo, Iowa to Cecil and Dolly Stucker Dillin. She was raised in Marengo and graduated from Marengo High School with the Class of 1946. On November 26, 1950, she was married to Harold Schmidt in Marengo. The couple operated a grain and livestock farm southeast of Victor. She was a homemaker and 4-H leader. Cheribel was a member of St. John's...
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Allen Lloyd Hall

December 10, 1947 - May 30, 2009

Allen L. Hall, 61, of Victor died May 30, 2009, at Marengo Memorial Hospital. Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 8:00 Wednesday at the Smith Funeral Home in Victor and where the family will be present from 3:00 to 8:00 Wednesday evening. A Rosary will follow at 8:00 at the funeral home. A private family memorial service will be held Thursday morning at the Smith Funeral Home with Rev....
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Bernadine T. Van Otegham

September 22, 1922 - May 10, 2009

Bernadine T. Van Otegham, age 86, of Victor, died Sunday, May 10, 2009, at Greenwood Manor in Iowa City, Iowa. A funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 14, 2009, at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Victor with Rev. Brian Shepley presiding. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Victor. Visitation will be held on Wednesday at the Smith Funeral Home in Victor from 12 p.m. '...
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Tommy Joe Rhinehart

May 6, 1950 - April 13, 2009

Tommie Joe Rhinehart, 58, of Victor, died April 13, 2009, at his home of a heart attack. A private family graveside service and burial will be held Wednesday, April 22, at the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery, Brooklyn, Iowa with Pastor Jim Davis of the Victor United Methodist Church officiating. Visitation with the family present will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 Tuesday afternoon at the Smith...
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Regina Ellen DeMeulenaere

October 31, 1929 - April 13, 2009

Funeral services for Regina Ellen Keating DeMeulenaere will be held Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 10 a.m. at St. Bridget's Catholic Church in Victor, Iowa. The funeral mass will be concelebrated by St. Bridget's pastor, Rev. Brian Shepley, Rev. Philip Ryan, and her nephew, Rev. Michael Keating. Visitation is scheduled Wednesday at Smith Funeral Home in Victor from noon to 8 p.m., including a rosary...
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Valerie Lynn Schafbuch

October 11, 1967 - April 7, 2009

Valerie was born on October 11, 1967, in Malcom, Iowa to James and Carmen Cummings Kriegel. She was raised on the family farm and attended Brooklyn schools. She graduated from BGM High School with the Class of 1986. Following her education she worked for Montezuma Manufacturing Company. On August 17, 1991, she was married to Bradley Schafbuch in Brooklyn. The couple lived near Victor and...
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Gregory James DeBrower

October 30, 1966 - March 21, 2009

Greg was born on October 30, 1966, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Frank and Elizabeth DeMeulenaere De Brower. He was raised in Marion, Iowa and graduated from Linn-Mar High School with the Class of 1985. On July 27, 1990, he was married to Cindy Wentland in Victor. The couple made their home in Victor and were the parents of four children. He had worked for Firestone Tire Company in Cedar...
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Loanna Bloethe

December 11, 1922 - March 14, 2009

Loanna Bloethe was born December 11, 1922 in her parents' farmhouse in rural Perry, Iowa, the daughter of John and Anna (Appenzeller) Schnoor. She grew up on the farm during the Great Depression, learning the joys of work and self-sufficiency at an early age. Following graduation from Perry High School in 1939, Loanna attended the University of Iowa, majoring in food science and clothing and...
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Gloria H. Barb

December 28, 1917 - February 23, 2009

Gloria was born the daughter of Ralph Albert, Sr. and Flossie Klotz Albert on December 28, 1917, in Ladora, Iowa. She was raised in Ladora and graduated from Ladora High School with the Class of 1935. In her younger years she worked as a waitress both in Iowa and South Dakota. Later she worked in retail and also owned and operated various businesses including the Ladora Sundry Store. Gloria...
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Mary A. McDonald

October 25, 1903 - November 15, 2008

Mary was born October 25, 1903, the daughter of Michael and Mary (Sheda) Wentland near Hartwick, Iowa. She married John W. McDonald on February 12, 1929, at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Victor. They lived and farmed near Victor. John died December 27, 1949. In 1950, Mary moved to Victor. She was a lifetime member of the Altar and Rosary Society of St. Bridget Catholic Church. Mary is...
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Hazel Gladys LeBeau

March 23, 1914 - November 4, 2008

Hazel was born on March 23, 1914, on the family farm near Brooklyn, Iowa to James and Gertrude Kenyon Keller. She was raised on the farm, attended country school and graduated with the Class of 1933 from Brooklyn High School. She remained on the family farm and assisted with household chores and raising her siblings. On January 30, 1953, she was united in marriage to Roy Mercer LeBeau at...
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Linda Dianne Claeys

December 1949 - November 2008

Linda Dianne Claeys, 58, of Victor, died November 1, 2008, at her home of cancer. Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 4, at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Victor with the Rev. Brian Shepley officiating. Marilyn Kroegel will be organist. Pallbearers will be Dan and Diane Stowell, Roger and Sharon Hopwood, and Joel and Kathy Goettsch. Honorary bearers will be her...
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Marvin Floyd Edwards

May 4, 1952 - October 5, 2008

Marvin was born on May 4, 1952, in Moberly, Missouri to Harold and Maxine Alden Edwards. The family lived in southern Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas before moving to the Victor area. He graduated from HLV High School with the Class of 1970. From 1972 to 1975, he served with the United States Air Force. On December 21, 1974, he was married to Jeanie May LeBeau at the Madison Church of Christ. ...
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Harry P. Healey, Sr.

July 11, 1924 - October 2, 2008

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Lucille Healey of Victor; his children, James Healey of Liscomb, IA, Patricia Healey of Williamsburg, IA, Carol Vaughn of Leesburg, FL, Steven Healey of Oxford, IA, Harry Healey, Jr. of Victor, and Edward Healey of Victor; 10 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; and his sisters, Margaret Pope of Millersburg, IA, Doris Oldaker of Monticello, IA. He...
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Kris P. Bricker

March 5, 1960 - September 2008

Kris Patrick Bricker was born the son of Dean and Verabeth Eckert Bricker on March 5, 1960, in Marengo, Iowa. He was raised on the family farm near Victor and was educated at the Conroy Developmental Center in Conroy, Iowa. Kris was a member of the St. Bridget Catholic Church in Victor. He had a wonderful sense of humor and had keen powers of observation. Kris was the central command of...
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Arthur Frank Timm

September 19, 1914 - July 26, 2008

Arthur Timm, 93, of Victor died July 26, 2008, at Grinnell Regional Medical Center. Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, at St. John's Lutheran Church, rural Victor with the Rev. David McCain officiating. Organist will be Marna Mohr. Pallbearers will be Greg DeBrower, Michael Vest, Seth York, Brian Mathes, Gary Lee Timm, and Jennifer Timm. Honorary bearers will...
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Bruce P. Feller

September 6, 1919 - February 2, 2008

Bruce was born in Victor on September 6, 1919 to Christopher (Christy) and Bernadine (Berna) Beeh Feller. He graduated from St. John's High School in Victor in 1937, then attended St. Ambrose College in Davenport. Bruce served in the Army during WWII. He was trained for the invasion of Japan and would have been in the first wave of the invasion. He was on a troop ship on the way to Japan when...
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Blanche Peterson

June 4, 1909 - January 20, 2008

Blanche was born on June 4, 1909, in Hartford Township, Iowa County, Iowa to Henry and Rosa Bair Smith. She was raised in Victor and graduated from Victor High School in 1927. She also attended the University of Commerce in Des Moines. On August 13, 1937, she was married to Peter N. Peterson in South Dakota. The couple lived in Victor and she worked as a legal secretary and homemaker. ...
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Christopher A. Roberts

August 18, 1988 - January 20, 2008

Christopher was born the son of Terry and Wendy Jurgemeyer Roberts on August 18, 1988, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was raised in Victor and graduated with the HLV High School class of 2007. Following his education he was employed at Victor Manufacturing and was a materials handler. Christopher had a way of painting a better picture on most things in life. He was a positive and confident person...
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Mildred M. Claeys

December 9, 1912 - January 18, 2008

Mim was born on December 9, 1912, near Cascade, Iowa to John and Eva Klinkner Cavanaugh. She was raised on the family farm and later moved into Cascade. She graduated from St. Martin's High School with the class of 1930. She was united in marriage to Charles J. Claeys on April 24, 1934, at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade. The couple lived in Victor and she was a homemaker and...
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Alice J. Wenzel

November 15, 1935 - October 19, 2007

She was born November 15, 1935 in Bach, Michigan to Louis and Nora Meyer. She married Norbert H. Wenzel July 15, 1956. The couple then moved to Iowa where they would spend the next 49 years together. Alice worked as a waitress at Colony Village from 1972 to 1986. She worked as a department manager at Sernettes. She also worked with her husband as a teacher's aide. Before she retired she worked...
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Phyllis Jean Hansen

November 2, 1922 - September 12, 2007

Phyllis was born on November 2, 1922, near Victor, Iowa to Floyd and Wilma Benton Fiser . She was raised in the Brooklyn area and graduated from Brooklyn High School. On February 7, 1944, she was married to Freddie C. Hansen at Denison, Iowa. The couple lived in Victor, where she was a mother of eight children and a homemaker. She enjoyed reading books and baking pies for family, church...
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Gayle M. Rhinehart

May 12, 1921 - August 22, 2007

Gayle Rhinehart, age 86, passed away on August 22, 2007, at the Marengo Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 25, at the Smith Funeral Home in Victor. Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, at the Smith Funeral Home and where the family will be present from 5:00 to 7:00 Friday evening. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions...
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Wilbur Shine

October 14, 1920 - July 19, 2007

Wilbur was born on October 14, 1920, on the family farm south of Victor, Iowa to Guy and Lena Walton Shine. He was raised on the family farm, attended rural school and graduated from Victor High School with the Class of 1938. On Easter Sunday, April 5, 1942, he was married to Lois Marie Yeo in Memphis, Missouri. The couple farmed south of Victor until 1976 when they moved into Victor. He...
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Herbert Lyle Neuhaus

October 9, 1925 - May 31, 2007

Herbert L. Neuhaus 81, of Victor, Iowa died on Thursday, May 31, 2007, at Grinnell Regional Medical Center. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 4, 2007, at St. James Lutheran Church in Victor with Rev. Thomas Shumaker officiating. Organist will be Pam Cronbaugh and vocalists will be Teri and Barbara Neuhaus. A private family burial will take place at a later date. ...
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Herbert Lyle Neuhaus

October 9, 1925 - May 31, 2007

Herbert was born on October 9, 1925, in Victor, Iowa to Fred and Florence Messer Neuhaus. He was raised in Victor and graduated from Victor High School. He served with the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II. On January 6, 1946, he was married to Wilma Burke at St. John's Lutheran Church near Victor. The couple lived in Lincoln, Iowa and later moved to Victor. He worked for the Amana...
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Burdette Jack

February 13, 1924 - May 15, 2007

Robert Burdette Jack was born the son of George and Naomi Grier Jack near Deep River, Iowa on February 13, 1924. He received his education at the Guernsey High School and graduated with the class of 1941. Burdette served his country during World War II in the Army 10th Mountain Division in Italy. He received the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantry award. He was honorably...
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Jean Gensley

October 17, 1935 - May 8, 2007

Jean Gensley, wife of Ray Gensley passed away May 8, 2007, after a battle with cancer. Jean was born October 17, 1935 to Louis and Alice Aiken Michalek in Victor, Iowa. She graduated from St. Johns High School. She was united in marriage to Ray Gensley August 21, 1954. Jean's life was devoted to her family who include: daughter Amy (Steve) Huedepohl, grandson Jason Weisskopf (deceased...
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Dorothy Mae Blount

July 17, 1927 - February 23, 2007

Dorothy was born on July 17, 1927, in Wellman, Iowa to Wilbur and Neva Kolsick Cray. She attended public school in North English and graduated from high school in Edinburg, Texas in 1945. On June 1, 1947, she was married to Eugene Blount in Marshalltown, Iowa. The couple lived in North English and Ladora before moving to Victor. She was a mother and homemaker for most of her life but...
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Donald E. Tuttle

September 2, 1957 - January 28, 2007

Donald was born the son of Richard and Dorothy Hofer Tuttle, Sr. on September 2, 1957, in Grinnell, Iowa. He was raised on the family farm west of Victor, Iowa and received his education at HLV schools. Donald was a self-employed entrepreneur who strived to make each and everything he did better. He was an outdoorsman and enjoyed trap-shooting, riding his Harley-Davidson with his son, and...
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Margaret Mary Kathleen Tolbert

March 18, 1924 - January 28, 2007

Margaret was born on March 18, 1924, in Warren Township near Victor, Iowa to John and Marie Ueltzen Walton. She was raised in Victor and graduated from Victor High School. She was married to John Bulten and the couple lived in Cedar Falls. Following the couple's divorce she moved to Victor. She worked in the food service in the HLV School System and at the former Maid Rite in Victor. On...
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Gregory Paul Roberts

October 20, 1962 - January 26, 2007

Gregory Paul Roberts, 44, of Victor, died January 26, 2007. Private family funeral service will be held Tuesday morning at the Smith Funeral Home in Victor with the Rev. Brian Shepley, pastor of St. Bridget Catholic Church, officiating. Organist will be Verabeth Bricker. Pallbearers will be Chris Bloethe, Dan Mouchka, Gary Neitzel, Ed Van Lancker, Johnny Van Renterghem and Jeff Weisskopf. ...
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Doris E. Trout

March 11, 1934 - January 5, 2007

Doris E. Trout, 72, of Victor, died on Friday, January 5, 2007, at her home. A private family service will be at the Victor Memorial Cemetery with the Smith Funeral Home of Victor handling arrangements. She was born on March 11, 1934, in Keokuk, Iowa, to Arthur and Florence (Johnson) Heston. She was raised in the Keokuk area and attended the rural Galland Country School. She later...
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Robert L. Tolbert

June 2, 1922 - January 5, 2007

Robert was born on June 2, 1922, in Seymour, Iowa, to Benjamin and Anna Young Tolbert. He was raised in Seymour and graduated from Seymour High School in 1940. During World War II he served with the U.S. Army. Following the war he worked throughout the United States with the Signal Gang for the Rock Island Railroad. In 1955 he moved to Victor, Iowa and served as a signal maintainer for the...
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Keith Ward

August 4, 1930 - January 3, 2007

Keith was born the son of Marvin and Violet Wignall Ward in Knoxville, Iowa on August 4, 1930. He was raised on the family farm near Tracy, Iowa and graduated with the Tracy High School class of 1948. He then attended radio school in Omaha, Nebraska. Keith was united in marriage to Dolores JoAnn Shipp on March 12, 1952, at the First Christian Church in Oskaloosa, Iowa. To this union was...
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Hilda Fredaricke Bott Pawlak

January 2, 1911 - December 28, 2006

Hilda Fredaricke Bott Pawlek, 95, of Victor, passed away Thursday, December 28, 2006, at Brookhaven Nursing Home in Brooklyn where she had lived for nearly 3 years. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 30, at St. James Lutheran Church in Victor with the Rev. Alan Hafner officiating. Organist will be Pam Cronbaugh. Pallbearers will be Justin, Mike, Phil and Zac Bott,...
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Dorothy Marie Claeys

April 13, 1924 - December 3, 2006

Dorothy was born on April 13, 1924, near Brooklyn, Iowa, to Remi and Mary LaKose Wauters. She was raised on the family farm near Brooklyn and attended rural school. Dorothy enjoyed her grandchildren and family reunions, gardening, needlework, fishing, making noodles, angel food cake and clown dolls. On January 2, 1945, she was married to August Claeys in Brooklyn, Iowa. The couple farmed...
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Howard L. Robinson

June 6, 1930 - October 27, 2006

Howard was born the son of Milton and Sarah McRoberts Robinson on June 10, 1930 on the family farm near Masonville, Iowa. He was raised on the family farm and attended rural schools near his home. He graduated from Coggon High School with the class of 1949. Howard served his country in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War, where he served as a cook. He was honorably...
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Paul Refer

June 5, 1957 - October 14, 2006

Paul Refer, 49, of Victor, died October 14, 2006, at his home of natural causes. A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 20, at the Victor United Methodist Church with Pastor Jim Davis officiating. Organist will be Colleen Van Zee. Burial will be in Victor Memorial Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Victor United Methodist Church. The son of...
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Jessie Edna Tharp

December 3, 1907 - July 29, 2006

Jessie Edna Tharp, 98, of Victor, died July 29, 2006, at Rosehaven Nursing Home in Marengo. A graveside service and burial will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 1, 2006, at Highland Cemetery, in Mystic, Iowa with the Rev. Joan Ervin, pastor of the United Methodist Church in Cincinnati, Iowa, officiating. The daughter of Marshall Earl and Myrtle Gilgrass Mickey, she was born December 3,...
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Carl F. Stiefel

June 13, 1914 - July 12, 2006

Carl was born the son of Otto and Lydia Wallentine Stiefel on June 13, 1914, in Burlington, Iowa. He was raised in Burlington and graduated from Burlington High School in 1932. He attended Burlington Junior College, Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, and Chicago Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. He also attended Oberlin Graduate School of Theology, Harvard Divinity School, the...
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Sarah L. Michalek

May 11, 1923 - July 9, 2006

Sarah was born the daughter of Frank and Anna Wherry Benesh on May 11, 1923, near Guernsey, Iowa. She was raised on the family farm near Guernsey and educated at Guernsey schools. ' She was married to Donald R. Michalek on June 7, 1941, at the Immaculate Conception Church in Kirksville, Missouri. To this union were born their children, David, Daniel, Diana, Douglas and Susan. The couple...
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Gladys A. Burkhart

December 28, 1912 - June 21, 2006

Gladys was born the daughter of Preston and Ella Ebert Hartz on December 28, 1912, neat Blairstown, Iowa. She was baptized in infancy at St. Martins Church near Marengo, Iowa, and was confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church in Blairstown on May 9, 1926. She was raised in Blairstown and graduated from Blairstown High School with the class of 1930. She was married to Ross Burkhart on August 25,...
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Marilyn Murphy

September 20, 1928 - May 19, 2006

Marily was born on September 2, 1928, the daughter of Wright and Carrie "Pearl" Henry Chittenden in Victor, Iowa. She attended and graduated from Victor High School. She was a homemaker and worked at Fontinel Produce. Eventually, she took a position at the Texas Technical Institute as an assistant librarian. Marilyn was a member of the New Covenant United Methodist Church in Victor, the...
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A. Joan Iburg

February 25, 1940 - May 17, 2006

The daughter of Joseph and Alice Mae Dohrn Safken, Joan was born February 25, 1940, in Grinnell. She was baptized August 27, 1942, at the Congregational Church in Victor and later confirmed June 3, 1962, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Hiawatha. She was a 1958 graduate of Victor High School. On April 1, 1962, Joan was united in marriage to Everett Iburg, at the Zion Lutheran Church. The...
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Mary L. Gryp

November 27, 1917 - April 11, 2006

Mary L. Gryp, age 88, of Victor, died Tuesday, April 11, 2006, at Brookhaven Nursing Home in Brooklyn. A funeral mass will be held 10 a.m., Monday, April 17, 2006, at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Victor with Rev. Brian Shepley officiating. Pallbearers are her grandsons, Jeff Gryp, Joel Gryp, Todd Gryp, Tony Gryp, Wes Gryp and Dennis Wentland. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Victor...
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Frank Thys

April 27, 1913 - March 25, 2006

Frank Thys, age 92, of Victor, died Saturday, March 25, 2006, at his home. A funeral mass will be held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 28, 2006, at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Victor with Rev. Brian J. Shepley officiating. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Victor. Friends may call at the Smith Funeral Home in Victor beginning at 12 noon on Monday with the family present to greet...
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Marjorie I. Rhinehart

March 10, 1920 - March 6, 2006

Marjorie Rhinehart, age 85, of Victor and formerly of Hartwick, died Monday, March 6, 2006, at her home. A funeral service will be held 10 a.m., Saturday, March 11, 2006, at the Smith Funeral Home in Victor with Rev. Stephen J. Bibb officiating. Interment will be at Brooklyn Cemetery in Brooklyn. Friends may call at the Smith Funeral Home at 12 noon on Friday with the family present to...
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Orville Eugene Henry

August 28, 1920 - February 24, 2006

He was born on August 28, 1920, in Ladora, Iowa, to William and Elva Hart Henry. He was raised in Ladora and graduated from Ladora High School with the Class of 1938. During World War II he served with the U.S. Army. Orville was married to Jean Meredith on September 18, 1943, in Temple, Texas. The couple lived in Ladora and he was associated with his family in the Henry Brothers Trucking...
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