Obituaries Wednesday May 29th



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Marjorie Mae Timmerman, 91, of Sperry, Iowa, died at Great River Hospice House, West Burlington, Iowa on Monday afternoon, May 27, 2013.


Born on February 26, 1922 in LeClaire, Iowa, she was the daughter of John S. and Amanda A. Seibel Hoffstetter. She married David O. Timmerman on August 4, 1956 in Iowa City, Iowa. He died on March 3, 1995.


Marjorie was a homemaker. Marjorie worked at Maytag Company in Newton, Iowa, for 15 years and Oscar Mayer in Davenport, Iowa, for 15 years.  She was a member of Masonic (Eastern Star) Trinity Chapter 541.She loved to garden, solve crossword puzzles, cook and take care of her family. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Mediapolis, Iowa.


She is survived by two sons, John R. (Becky) Townsend of Pleasant View, Utah and David O. Timmerman Jr. of Sperry, Iowa; one daughter, Lynn A. (Paul) Eckhart of Gladstone, Illinois; two granddaughters, Adrien A. Townsend of Ivans, Utah and Kristina L. Walljasper of Morning Sun, Iowa; one grandson, Heath D. (Amy) Timmerman of Sperry, Iowa; two great-grandchildren, Kelsey and Blake Timmerman; two sisters, Genevieve Valentine and Violet Smith, both of Bettendorf, Iowa; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.


She was preceded in death by her husband, David; three brothers, William, John and James; two sisters, Katherine Hasseler and Leona Biederwell; one grandson, Jared John; and two granddaughters, Maren Kjerstine and Andrea Townsend.


Funeral services for Marjorie Mae Timmerman will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. at Prugh’s Chapel, Burlington, Iowa. Pastor Jerleen Schlesser will officiate. Interment will be in Edwards Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. in Prugh’s Chapel. A memorial has been established for Great River Hospice House.

Condolences may be left at

Gerald Keith Cooper, 80, of Sperry, died at 11:27 AM Monday, May 27, 2013, at his home.


Born September 15, 1932, in Matherville, IL, he was the son of Ira and Bertha Schnedler Cooper. On June 16, 1984, he married Charline Maxine Musgrove in Burlington. She died March 18, 2013.  He was previously married to Mary Cooper.  They divorced.


Mr. Cooper retired from G.E.  He had also worked for Grupe Nursery, and Campbell Chain Company, and also did construction and carpenter work. After retirement he worked for Nauvoo Coulsa Elevator and had many special projects.


He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving during the Korean War.


He was a man of many talents.  He was a member of V.F.W.  He enjoyed their cabin on the river, boating, fishing troutlines, restoring his ’83 Jeep.  He was a NASCAR, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Tony Stewart fan.  He never met a stranger, always had a smile, and could talk to everyone.  His life was his wife, children, grandchildren, family, and friends.  He loved his dog, Tinkerbell, and cat, Tigger.


Survivors include two sons, Big Jerry Cooper and Jerry Lee Cooper, both of Burlington; three daughters, Debbie (Joe Kniffen) Almendinger of Burlington, Cathy (Larry) Brown of Sperry, and Connie (Roger) Maddox of Burlington; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Roy Cooper of Monmouth, IL, and Ronnie (Elaine) Cooper of Kahoka, MO; two sisters, Jean Smith of Burlington, and Connie (Wayne) McCollom of West Burlington; and several nieces and nephews.


Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Edward, one grandson, James Keith, three sisters, and two brothers.


Visitation will be from 8:00 AM until 7:00 PM with the family to receive friends from 5:00 PM until 7:30 PM Thursday, May 30, 2013 at Thielen Funeral Home.


The funeral service for Mr. Cooper will be 10:00 AM Friday, May 31, 2013, at Thielen Funeral Home with Rev. Wally Reynolds officiating.  Burial will be in Burlington Memorial Park 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.


A memorial has been established for Great River Hospice.


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


A photo tribute can be viewed and condolences can be sent to the family by visiting Gerald’s obituary at

Patricia Ruth Wolfarth, 82, of West Burlington, formerly of Macomb and Peoria, died at 10:14 am Sunday, May 26, 2013, at the Great River Klein Center in West Burlington.


Born March 23, 1931, in Peoria, IL, she was the daughter of Harold H. and Flora  Birdsall Grigsby. She was raised by her step-mother, Ruth Hootman Grigsby.  On September 8, 1950, she married Teddy Richard Wolfarth in Peoria, IL. He died April 6, 2000.


Pat was a homemaker.


She was of the Presbyterian faith.  An avid golfer, Pat had scored three holes-in one. She also enjoyed bowling and sewing, often sewing clothes for square dancing for her and her husband, Teddy.  While living in Scotland she showed Dandy Dinmont Terriers and had won several awards, including Best in Breed.


Survivors include two daughters, Sandra “Scotti” (David) Pitman of Illinois, and Cheryl Ann “Cherry” Wolfarth of Houston, TX; and several nieces and nephews.


Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents.


There will be no visitation


The Graveside Committal Service for Mrs. Wolfarth will be 11:00 am Friday, June 14, 2013, at Swan Lake Memory Gardens with Chaplain David Plooster officiating.


In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for Heifer International, 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72202.


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


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