Obituaries Monday April 22nd

Carol J. Gillette, 72, of Danville, died Sunday, April 21, 2013 at the Danville Care Center.  Arrangements are pending at Elliott Chapel, New London.

Steve Heald, 69, of Burlington, died at 5:07 PM Saturday, April 20, 2013, at the Great River Medical Center in West Burlington.


 Born January 5, 1944, in Burlington, he was the son of Leslie and Ruby Elliot Heald. On February 29, 1988, he married Janet E. Hollingsworth in Keosauqua.


 Steve owned and operated Steve Heald’s Auto Repair.


He was a graduate of Burlington High School in 1961.


He served in the U.S. National Guard.



He was of the Methodist faith. He was an avid vegetable gardener. He also enjoyed birds, hunting, fishing, especially for catfish.


 Survivors include wife, Janet; two daughters, Debbie (Chris) Murrison of Moline, and Shannon Peters of Walcott, IA; one son, Scott Peters of Cedar Rapids; two granddaughters; two brothers, Stan Heald of Danville and Jim Heald of Iowa; one sister, Virginia Pierce of Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.


 He was preceded in death by his parents and step-mother, Jeannette Heald.


Cremation has been entrusted to Thielen Crematory.


There will be no visitation or services.


Thielen Funeral Home & Crematory is in care of the arrangements.


Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting Steve’s obituary at



Alfred Ralph Oetken, 91, of Burlington, died at 12:30 PM Friday, April 19, 2013, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.


Born June 28, 1921, in Des Moines County, he was the son of August H. and Dora Bartusch Oetken. On February 13, 1955, he married Joanne Elizabeth Doebele in Burlington.


Alfred was the warehouse supervisor at Merchants Wholesale Company for 35 years.  He retired in 1988.  He then worked for Great River Medical Center for 15 years delivering Meals on Wheels.


He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving during the World War II from October 15, 1942 until October 30, 1945.  He had received a drivers badge with drivers bar, a Silver Star and five Bronze Stars.  He received the Thank You America award from the French Government in 2001 for his service in the Normandy invasion.


He was a member of the American Legion Post 52 and the VFW Post 10102, the Teamsters and attended Zion United Church of Christ.  


Survivors include his wife, Joanne; two daughters, Dee Dee (Dennis) Glancy, and Nancy (Ted) Gutman, both of Burlington; four grandchildren, Ashlee (Luke) Barnes, Holly (Ryan) Luttenegger, Teddy Gutman and Benjamin Glancy; one great-grandchild, Lydia Jo Barnes; one brother, Robert (Maxine) Oetken of Danville; one sister, Frances M. Oetken of Burlington; and 14 nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Herbert Oetken and Raymond Oetken, and one sister, Helen Oetken.


Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM with the family to receive friends from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM Sunday, April 21, 2013 at Thielen Funeral Home.


The funeral service for Mr. Oetken will be 10:00 AM Monday, April 22, 2013, at Thielen Funeral Home with Chaplain Randy Gearhart officiating.  Burial will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery.  Full military honors will be rendered by the Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard.  A time of food and fellowship will be held in the community room at Thielen Funeral Home following the burial.


Memorials have been established for the American Red Cross, Great River Hospice and Hope Haven.