Obituaries Monday September 23rd



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Carolyn Ross Latty Stebbins of Burlington died Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Great River Hospice House, West Burlington, Iowa.  She was born January 1, 1940 at Burlington, Iowa the daughter of John Penny and Helen Gregson Coe Latty. On February 11, 1978 she married James Henry Stebbins in Burlington.

Mrs. Stebbins attended grade school at Latty School and was a 1957 graduate of Sperry High School, attended Parsons College in  Fairfield, Iowa for 1 ½ years and was a 1959 graduate of Burlington Junior College and a 1963 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Nursing in Iowa City.  After graduation she worked at the University Hospital in Iowa City, taught in the School of Nursing at Burlington Medical Center and was Director of Admissions at BMC for 13 years.

She was a member of Delta Zeta Sorority at Parsons College where she lived in the Sorority House.  In her younger years she was a member of First Congregational Church of Burlington where she was a member of Congregators and served several terms as a Deaconess on the Diaconate Board.  She was a 25 plus year member of the What-So-Ever- Circle of Kings Daughters.  She was a past Worthy Matron of White Star Chapter of Eastern Star in Mediapolis and later was a member of the E.C. Blackmar Chapter of Eastern Star in Burlington.  During her years in Eastern Star she held several offices including Worthy Matron and also was a District Instructor in Iowa.  Mrs. Stebbins enjoyed traveling and was a lover flowers and working in her many flower beds.

Survivors include her husband, four daughters: Deborah (Mike) Pintar of Burlington, Linda (Robert) Hoover and Susan (Jeff) Haines both of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Carol (Steve) Hildreth of Hastings, Minnesota.  One son James (Judy) Stebbins of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.  One brother, John (Pat) Latty of Burlington; 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  One niece and one nephew.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one grandson Jacob Haines.

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 1100 a.m. in St. Luke’s United Church of Christ.  Pastor Mark Schowalter will officiate. Interment will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery.  Friends may call at Prugh’s Chapel on Monday from noon until 8:00 p.m.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at St. Luke’s United Church of Christ. Following the committal service there will be a luncheon in the church fellowship hall.

Memorials have been established for St. Luke’s United Church of Christ and Great River Hospice.  Condolences may be sent to

Charles W. Forrester, 82, of rural Stronghurst, IL passed away Friday, September 20, 2013 at his home.

He was born November 2, 1930 in Hopper, IL the son of James Walter and Blanche Elizabeth Waterman Forrester. He married Gale Earhart on January 29, 1951 in Kansas City, KS.

Charles served in the Navy. He workd at Leopold Company in Burlington and later worked at the IAAP retiring as a supervisor in 1986. He was a member of the former WalnutStreetBaptistChurch in Burlington. Charles enjoyed gardening, woodworking, painting, playing piano and raising a few farm animals.

Survivors include his wife, 2 daughters, Debra (Bob) Schumaker of Cambridge, IL and Pauline Greywolf of Idaho, 7 sons, Charles Steven (Peggy) Forrester of Quincy, IL, William Merle Forrester of St. Louis, MO, Mark Alan Forrester of Iowa City, IA, Jeffery Dean Forrester of Galesburg, IL, Robert T. (Melanie) Forrester, Marshalltown, IA, Earl Walter (Jodi) Forrester of Monmouth, IL and Casey Aaron Forrester of Stronghurst, IL, 1 daughter-in-law, Sharon Forrester of Caledonia, MN, 25 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. 1 brother, Phillip Melvin Forrester of Burlington and 1 sister, Lena Ashby of Burlington

He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother, Donald Forrester, 1 sister, Sadie Harwood and 1 daughter-in-law, Michele Forrester.

Services will be held at 2:00PMMonday, September 23, 2013 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Stronghurst with Steve Minkler officiating. Burial will be held in the OlenaCemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 1:00PM until time of service. A memorial fund has been established for the Shiloh Christian Children’s Home. Condolences may be left at