Obituaries Tuesday June 11th

Harold W. Reed, 77, of New London, died Sunday, June 09, 2013 at his home.  Arrangements are pending at Elliott Chapel, New London.

Ismael Perez, 30, of San Diego, CA, formerly of Burlington, died Sunday, June 9, 2013, as the result of an automobile accident in San Diego.  Arrangements are pending at the Thielen Funeral Home & Crematory.

Gerrie Enfield, 74, of Burlington, died at 7:25 AM Saturday, June 8, 2013, at the West Point Care Center in West Point.




Born January 9, 1939, in Wellman, IA, she was the daughter of Ivan Royce and Maude Leona Mattison Enfield.




Gerrie had worked at Central Avenue School and later at Burlington Medical Center in S.P.D. and was a residential aide at A.D.D.S.




She was a 1957 graduate of Wellman High School.




She attended Parkside First Baptist Church.  She enjoyed gardening, nature, wildlife, and birds.  She liked watching cooking shows, completing puzzles, crocheting, embroidery, and especially loved spending time with her family.




Survivors include four daughters, Kim (Robert W.) Moeller of Salem, and Theresa Short, Tammy Kuster, and Angie Short, all of Burlington;  four grandchildren, Christoper (Michelle) Kuster, Crystal Gerst, Amanda Moeller, and James Moeller; and one niece and one nephew.




She was preceded in death by her parents 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 7:00 PM Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at Thielen Funeral Home.




The Graveside Committal Service for Ms. Enfield will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at Wellman Cemetery in Wellman, IA with Pastor Moody Colorado of the Asbury United Methodist Church in Wellman officiating. 




In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.




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




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

Albert Frederic Heckenberg                              Age: 84


Resident of:  New London, Iowa,


Died: Thursday evening, June 6, 2013.


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


Survivors:  He is survived by two sons, Ronald Heckenberg of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa and David (Karen) Heckenberg of Beaverdale, Iowa; three grandchildren, Iowa, and Kisha (Travis) Manning of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Travis Heckenberg of Burlington, Iowa and Tracy Hotop of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; six great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Arthur Heckenberg of Burlington, Iowa; several nieces and nephews.




Funeral Services: No formal services are planned, cremation has been accorded.



Interment: Interment of ashes will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery, Burlington, Iowa at a later date.



Other arrangements: Condolences may be left at


Mrs. Lelia Grace Bennett, 93, of LaHarpe, IL passed away at 7:45 PMSaturday, June 8, 2013 at the MemorialHospital in Carthage, IL.

Lelia was born on November 29, 1919 the daughter of Leroy and Oakla Fern Fuller. She married Carl L. Bennett on October 13, 1940. He preceded her in death on May 17, 2001.

Lelia devoted her life to her family and friends. She was an avid reader, enjoyed handiwork and crossword puzzles. She loved baking pies and talking about her great-grandchildren.

Survivors include three children, Barbara Balbinot-Reitz of Burlington, IA, William (Mary) Bennett of LaHarpe, IL and Neil (Jeanne) Bennett of Iowa City, 1 sister, Norma Jean Rouse of Adair, IL, 7 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren and 6 step-great-grandchildren.

Lelia was preceded in death by her husband, parents and a brother, Berlen Fuller.

A Celebration of Lelia’s Life for family and friends will be held at 10:30AMThursday, June 13, 2013 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe with Rev. Jim Clayton officiating. Burial will be held in the WebsterCemetery, Webster, IL. No visitation is planned. A memorial fund has been established for the LaHarpe-Davier Health Care Center or the Terre Haute United Methodist Church Building Fund. Condolences may be left at

Robert M. Byers

Mr. Robert Byers, 89, of Dallas City, IL passed away at 5:15PMSunday, June 9, 2013 at the LaHarpe-Davier Health Care Center.

He was born in Lewis County, MO on October 29, 1923 the son of Zelno and Edna Marquette Byers. On August 29, 1942 he married Mary Jane Henry in Edina, MO, she survives.

He is survived by his wife, 2 children, Edna Faye (Jim) Pence of Dallas City, IL and Wendell Byers of Grandville, MI, 6 grandchildren, Rhonda Young, Todd Luttenegger, Sharon DeBaillie, Karen Lee, Dawn Haynes and Julie Coleman, 12 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren.

Mr. Byers was preceded in death by his parents, brother Cecil, who served overseas during WWII, one grandson, twin great-granddaughters and step-mother, Mabel Byers.

He was an active member of the Dallas City Lions Club, he was a charter member of the Dallas City Ducks Unlimited and later joined the Lomax Chapter. He was an avid outdoors man and lived for every summer of gardening. He was well known in the area as “Tomato Bob.” Bob worked for Ben Bows Coal Co., Standard Gas Station in DallasCity, Brecks Shampoo Co. in Ft.Maridon and 29 years at the Iowa Ordinance Plant.

Services will be held at 2:00PMWednesday, June 12, 2013 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in DallasCity with Rev. Jim Luder officiating. Burial will be held at CraneCemetery near Lomax, IL. Friends may call after 3:00PM Tuesday at the funeral home where the family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00PM. In lieu of flowers contributions will be used towards the purchase of a Headstone. Condolences may be left at


Ron Forsythe, 71, of Burlington, died at 7:40 pm Sunday, June 9, 2013, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington after a long battle with Emphysema and COPD.


Born February 17, 1942, in Donnellson, IA, he was the son of Raymond J. and Nina Evelyn Waite Forsythe. In June of 1961 he married Alphia Sisk in Montrose, IA. They later divorced. On November 24, 1979, he married Shirley Ann Branchini in Burlington.


Ron had worked at Iowa Army Ammunition Plant and most recently as a truck driver for Walmart for 12 years.  He retired in January 2012.


He was a member of SS. Mary and Patrick Catholic Church, West Burlington.  He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and liked traveling, woodworking, playing at the casinos, working outdoors, helping friends and family, and driving his Corvette.  He especially enjoyed playing with his grandchildren.


Survivors include his wife, Shirley; one son, Ron (Anne) Forsythe Jr. of Keokuk; two daughters, Pam (Warner) Kelso of Keokuk, and Angie (Vince) Pardall of Donnellson; two step-sons, Kevin Hartman of Des Moines, and Kurt Hartman of Brandenton, FL; one step-daughter, Kim Linneman of Brandenton, FL; 17 grandchildren, including Jason Hartman, who he helped raise; 15 great-grandchildren; one sister, Doris Morgan of Centerville, IA; and numerous nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, one sister, and one nephew.


Visitation will be from noon until 7:00 PM with the family to receive friends from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at  Thielen Funeral Home.


The Funeral Mass of the Resurrection for Mr. Forsythe will be 10:00 am Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at SS. Mary and Patrick Catholic Church, West Burlington with Rev. Father David G. Steinle as Celebrant and Rev. Father Marty Goetz as the Concelebrant.  Music will be provided by the Des Moines County Resurrection Choir.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, West Burlington.  A time of food and fellowship will be held in St. Mary’s Parish Center following the burial.


Memorials have been established for Great River Hospice House and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


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 Ron’s obituary at