Obituaries Tuesday May 28th

Miriam Carleen Hackman Heusel, 92, of Mt. Pleasant, died Friday, May 24, 2013 at Sunrise Terrace, Winfield, Iowa.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, May 31, at First United Methodist Church, Mt. Pleasant.  Pastor Herbert Shafer will officiate.  According to her wishes, she has been cremated and  private family inurnment will be in Forest Home Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant.  Mrs. Heusel requested that memorials be directed to Iowa Huntington Disease Research.

Elliott Chapel, New London is in charge of arrangements.

Patsy Rose White Stratton, age 82, passed away on May 25, 2013, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.


She was born on August 15, 1930, in Henry County, IA to Lyle White and Dorothy Billings White.  Patsy was raised by her mom and step-father Ernest Wellington.  Patsy grew up in New London.  She worked for the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant.


Patsy married Glen Hummell in 1950.  They later divorced. Patsy married Charles Stratton in 1970 in Oquawka, IL.  He died in 1994.  Patsy enjoyed her flower gardens, camping, puzzles, crafts, and activities with her grandchildren. She collected coffee mugs and rabbits.


Patsy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Charles, her brother, Paul White, her sister, Margaret Mettenburg, and an infant daughter, Charlotte.


Patsy is survived by her son, Jack (Darcey) Hummell of Mt. Pleasant, her daughter, Carolyn (Tom) Seibert, of Burlington, and  her son, Rodney (Karen) Hummell of Burlington; two step-daughters, Barbara (Larry) Ruschill of Ankeny, IA, and Carol Ann (Daniel II) Tackleson of Wanette, OK; sister-in-law and best friend, Donna White of Columbia, MO; and good friend, Velma Hummell; Patsy’s grandchildren, Machelle Lowe, Nicole (Michael) Willson, Matthew Lowe, Holly (John) Merson, Kim Conrad, Jeff (Amber) Hummell, Mandi West, Jamie, Doug Ruschill, Kevin Ruschill, Daniel Tackleson III; great-grandchildren, Kendra Seibert, Elizabeth Seibert, Kady Seibert, Shelby Woodall, Colton Woodall, Spencer Oetken, Everett Willson, Kaylyn Willson, MacieAnn Merson and Jenna Hummell and several step great-grandchildren. Patsy had several special children in her life: Tiffany Hummell, Gracie, Ava, Sydney, Libby, Liam, and Kayla.  And many special nieces and nephews.


Visitation with the family to receive friends will be from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Thielen Funeral Home.


The funeral service for Patsy will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Thielen Funeral Home with Pastor JudyAnn Morse officiating.  Burial will be in Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery.  A time of food and fellowship will be held in the community room at Thielen Funeral Home following the burial.


In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established for the Klein Center bingo fund and Great River Hospice House.

Denise Florence Pearson                                Age: 52


Resident of:  Burlington, Iowa


Died:on Thursday morning, May 23, 2013


Where: at Great River Medical Center, West Burlington, Iowa,


Survivors:  She is survived by her husband, Jamie L. Pearson of Burlington, Iowa; her mother, Velma M. Smith of Burlington, Iowa; her father, Leroy M. (Sheila) Smith Sr. of Fairfield, Iowa; one sister, Charity L. Smith of Fairfield, Iowa; two brothers, Marty K. Smith of Alexandria, Virginia and Jeffrey L. Smith of Chicago, Illinois; one niece of Stacia R. Smith of West Burlington, Iowa; one nephew, Jordan L. Smith of Burlington, Iowa; several aunts, uncles and cousins.



Memorial Services:for Denise Florence Pearson will be held on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Union Baptist Church, Full Gospel Fellowship, Burlington, Iowa. Pastor Lawrence Manson and Freddie Starling will officiate.


Interment: Interment of ashes will be at a later date.


Other arrangements: A time of food and fellowship will follow the service at the church. A memorial has been established in memory of Denise Pearson.

Condolences may be left at

Mr. Nathan Reed Hendricks, 96, of Dallas City, IL currently residing at LaHarpe-DavierHealthCenter in LaHarpe, IL passed away at 10:40PMSunday, May 26, 2013.

He was born November 28, 1916 in Simpson County, KY the son of William N. and Willie May Felts Hendricks. He married Mildred Wildrick in DallasCity on March 17, 1940. She preceded him in death on December 23, 2009.

He is survived by a daughter, Penny (Kent) Robertson and 2 granddaughters, Mattie and Caitlin Robertson of DallasCity.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, 1 brother, Lewis “Whitey” Hendricks, 1 sister, Bernice Tutwiler and 1 son, Marvin Hendricks.

Nate graduated from DallasCityHigh School in 1934. Nate was a 50-year member of the Burnside, IL Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, a 50-year member of the LaHarpe Masonic Lodge #195, and received his 32nd degree from the Quincy consistory and the First Christian Church in DallasCity.

Nate had been self-employed in DallasCity since the 1930’s. He had a mechanical and inventive mind as he was always thinking of something new he could make. He began business in DallasCity operating the Mobil filling station with his brother, Whitey. He also operated the Allis Chalmers parts and service during this period. In 1951, he erected a building close to his residence to begin a small engine repair and machine shop and later that building was home to a factory to make beekeeping supplies for Dadant and Sons, Inc. During his lifetime, Nate developed a throw-away lawn mower blade, designed a cabin cruiser, invented a jet-propelled engine for canoes and john boats, a smoke ejector for fire departments, constructed a field tiling machine, manufactured metal candle molds for hobbyists, and made many advancements in the design of stainless steel beekeeping equipment. His wife, Mildred “Tommy” served as his bookkeeper and assistant through all of Nate’s endeavors.

He was elected to the DallasCity council for a four-year term and then served the next eight years as mayor of DallasCity and also served as a volunteer fireman for many years. He loved Big Band music and played in a small orchestra when he was in high school.

Nate loved his hometown of DallasCity and treasured it as his home. He had many dear friends and family. He loved to travel and still reminisced about the many places he visited in this country and from a trip to Europe in 1981.

The family will meet with friends Thursday from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Dallas City where Masonic Rites will be held 1:00 PM, followed by funeral services with Rev. Jim Luder officiating. Burial will be held at HarrisCemetery, near DallasCity. A memorial fund has been established for the 1st Christian Church of DallasCity, LaHarpe-DavierHealthCareCenter or the Lomax Ambulance Service. Condolences may be left at

Rodney Wayne Kershner, 52, of Lomax, IL passed away Saturday, May 25, 2013 at his daughters home in McNabb, IL.

He was born on December 20, 1960 in Fort Madison, IA the son of Paul and Gloria McMahon Kershner. On September 8, 1984 he married Carol Webb.

Rodney was a 1979 DallasCityHigh School graduate. He was well known for raising Pit Bull Terriers. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Carol of McNabb, IL, parents Paul and Gloria Kershner of Lomax, IL, 1 daughter, Melissa Powers of McNabb, IL, 2 grandsons, Gabriel and Gavin Kershner, 1 brother, Bradley Kershner of Lomax and 1 sister, Sheryl Almaguer of Monmouth, IL.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and 1 brother, Todd Kershner.

Services will be held at 10:00a.m.Friday, May 31, 2013 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in DallasCity with Rev. John Bremer officiating. Burial will be held at CraneCemetery at a later date. A memorial fund has been established.

Gerald Cooper, 80, of Sperry, died at 11:27 AM Monday, May 27, 2013, at his home.  Arrangements are pending at the Thielen Funeral Home & Crematory.

Patricia Ruth Wolfarth, 82, of West Burlington, formerly of Macomb, IL, died at 10:14 AM Sunday, May 26, 2013, at the Great River Klein Center in West Burlington.  Arrangements are pending at the Thielen Funeral Home & Crematory.