Obituaries Thursday June 13th



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Mary Louise Boddeker, 83, formerly of Nauvoo, Illinois, died at Rose Bush Gardens on Tuesday evening, June 11, 2013.


Born on April 5, 1930 in Ft. Madison, Iowa, she was the daughter of Delmer W. and Marie C. Siegrist Boddeker. She grew up in the Niota, Illinois, area and graduated from Nauvoo High School. Mary was a secretary at Murray Iron Works for a number of years. She enjoyed traveling, card playing and cooking. She was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Nauvoo, Illinois.


She is survived by nieces, nephews, many close friends and care giver Myrna (Josh) Saldeen.


She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Bob Boddeker and two sisters, Anna Woods and Beverly Boddeker.


The Funeral Mass for Mary Louise Boddeker will be held on Friday, June 14, 2013

at 10:00 a.m. at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Nauvoo, Illinois. Celebrant will be Fr. Thomas Szydlik. Interment will be in Nauvoo Cemetery, Nauvoo, Illinois.


The family will receive friends a half- hour prior to the service. A memorial has been established for HCI Care Services of Southeast Iowa. Condolences may be left at

Ruby Lavina Cross, 94, of Burlington, died at 2:47 AM Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at the Burlington Care Center in Burlington.


Born January 3, 1919, in Cranston, IA, she was the daughter of Tom and Luella Atherton Fry. On May 20, 1936, she married Norbert Randall Cross in Rock Island, IL. He died June 16, 1997.


Ruby was a homemaker.  She was a bus driver for the Burlington School District for 12 years.


She was a 1936 graduate of Wapello High School. Upon graduation, Mrs. Cross helped her husband farm from 1936 to 1950.  They then moved to Middletown, where they continued to raise their 13 children.


She was as member of the Middletown Presbyterian Church, the Garden Club, and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Auxiliary.  She was known for her exceptional spelling, having won the Spelling Bee of her school in 1932.  Ruby also enjoyed cooking, crafts and playing cards.


Survivors include four sons, Denny (Phyllis) Cross of Danville, Burton (Rita) Cross of Chariton, IA, Paul (Marcia) Cross of Mount Pleasant, and Jack (Joyce) Cross of Middletown; five daughters, Nancy (Glenn) Burkett of Burlington, Reva (Jim) Davis of Sperry, Becky (Steve) Cutts of Peoria, IL, Lora Cross of San Clemente, CA, and Terri (Dick) Gordy of Danville; 31 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.


Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, eight siblings, four sons, Raymond, Milton, Gale, and Wayne, two grandsons, one granddaughter, and one great-grandson.


Visitation will be from noon until 2:30 PM Sunday, June 16, 2013 at Thielen Funeral Home.  There will be no family visitation.


The Graveside Committal Service for Mrs. Cross will be 10:00 AM Monday, June 17, 2013, at Middletown Cemetery with Ted Horn officiating. All friends and family are invited to attend a Celebration of Life for Ruby at the Eagles Club at noon.


Memorials have been established for the Middletown Cemetery Association and the Middletown Butterfly Garden.

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.


Born September 3, 1982, in Enseneda, Mexico, he was the son of Arturo Perez and Maria Chavez.  He was raised by his step-father, Juan Reyes.


Ismael had been working as a Human Resources Specialist for the Department of Defense.


He was a 2001 graduate of West Burlington High School. He had received his bachelor’s degree in graphic design and associate’s degree in video editing from the Art Institute.


He was a U.S. Marines Veteran, serving for eight years.


He was a wonderful artist and graphic designer.  He was a skilled painter, drawer, and sketch artist.  He had wrestled and played soccer in high school.


Survivors include his step-father and mother, Juan and Maria Reyes of Burlington; two brothers, Arturo Perez of West Burlington, and Juan Antonio Reyes, at home; one sister, Jennifer Marie Reyes, at home; his grandmother, Petra Pacheco of Baja California, Mexico; one nephew on the way; many aunts and uncles, including, Francisco Perez, Guadalupe Pulido, Margarita McPheron, Graciela Perez, Domingo Chavez, and Maria Dolorez; and many cousins.


He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Jose Perez.


Visitation with the family to receive friends will be from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at Thielen Funeral Home.


The funeral service for Mr. Perez will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at Thielen Funeral Home with Pastor Sam Fratt officiating.  Burial will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery.  Full military honors will be rendered by the Hamilton-Walters Marine Corp League #616


A memorial has been established.