Obituaries Friday October 4th

Evelyn Theresa Wells, 90, former resident of Burlington, died in Onalaska, Wisconsin on Wednesday, October 2, 2013.


Born on November 1, 1922 in Galesburg, Illinois, she was the daughter of Carl H. and Emily T. Fillman Berges. She married Robert Wells in Houston, Texas. He died on January 10, 2008. She was previously married to Richard E. Youngman, Burlington, Iowa and Albert Blocklinger, Moline, Illinois, both deceased.


Evelyn was a secretary and worked Witte Drug Store, the Burlington Hawkeye, the Franciscan & Rock Island General Hospital and retired from the Rock Island Arsenal. She played clarinet in the Burlington Municipal Band. She was of the Presbyterian Faith.


She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Ann (Veryl) Kroon of Waukee, Iowa and Peggy Louise (Tom) Knobloch of Holmen, Wisconsin; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one brother, Herman Berges of LaPorte, Texas and one step-daughter, Becky (Michael) Rice, Houston, Texas.


She was preceded in death by her husbands, parents, one brother and four sisters.


Graveside committal services for Evelyn Theresa Wells will be held on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Aspen Grove Cemetery. No formal visitation is planned. Condolences may be left at

Audrey Bernice Hartman-Walker, 87, of Burlington, died at 3:52 AM Thursday, October 3, 2013, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.


Born October 4, 1925, in Hopper, IL, she was the daughter of Jesse and LaVerna Whitaker Hartman. On September 26, 1946, she married Loren Harry Walker in Burlington.  He died March 12, 2000.


Audrey along with her husband, Loren were owners of Coast to Coast TV Service.  


She was a 1942 graduate of Burlington High School.


She was a lifelong member of St. Luke’s United Church of Christ.  She was also a member of the Des Moines County Saddle Club, Circle Square B square dancing club, Southeastern Community College Blackhawk Booster Club, and Ladies of the Moose.  She enjoyed quilting, baking, attending all Southeastern Blackhawk basketball games and in her earlier years bowling.


Survivors include two sons, Terry (Kandy) Walker of Burlington, and Dale A.Walker of Cleburne, TX; one daughter, Lorraine (E. Dennis) Jones of Harvest, AL; four grandchildren, Misty C. Cadotte, Jessica L. Walker, Ryan L. Walker, and Alen L. Walker, three great-grandchildren, Caitlin L. Callahan, MaKayla R. Callahan, and Jayah L. Kent, one brother, Kenny Hartman, and several nieces and nephews.  


Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters.  


Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM with the family to receive friends from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM Sunday, October 6, 2013 at Thielen Funeral Home.


The funeral service for Mrs. Walker will be 10:00 AM Monday, October 7, 2013, at Thielen Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Schowalter officiating.  Burial will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery.  A time of food and fellowship will be held in the community room at Thielen Funeral Home following the burial.


Memorials have been established for the Loren H. Walker Scholarship Foundation and St. Luke’s United Church of Christ.  


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 Audrey’s obituary at

family on Monday evening, September 30, 2013.


Born on December 1, 1927 in Abingdon, Illinois, she was the daughter of Clarence E. and Mary E. Winchell Griffith. She married Stephen Matthew Hoschek on November 5, 1945 in Burlington, Iowa.


Leona worked at the Atomic Energy Division of IAAP for 20 years. She was a realtor for 25 years until her retirement in 2007. Her professional realtor career began with Wolfe Real Estate and continued through their merger with Coldwell Banker Great River Real Estate. As a realtor, she was a member of the Burlington Board of Realtors, the Iowa Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. Following retirement she spent her life enjoying family, friends and travel. One of her most memorable and enjoyable trips was a journey to the Holy Land. Leona also volunteered at the Great River Medical Center reception desk. She was a member of the Legion of Mary, St. Paul Catholic Church and the Firefighters Auxiliary.

She is survived by four sons, Michael Carl (Kathleen) Hoschek of Davenport, Iowa, Thomas M. (Mary) Hoschek, Timothy E. (Sue Frice) Hoschek and Scott (Kristine) Hoschek, all of Burlington, Iowa; one daughter, Sue Ellen (Craig) Spear of Burlington, Iowa; 12 grandchildren, Jessica, Adam, Andrea, Tammy, Emilee, Dean, Melissa, Megan, Kelsie, Keaton, Derek and Amie; 14 great-grandchildren, Ronan, Mia, Blaise, Brennon, Taylor, Logan, Garrett, Brooklynne, Lukas, Kamden, Kohen, Sutton, Hayden and Grant; and Josie her yellow grand-dog.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen; her parents, Clarence and Mary Griffith; one brother, Richard Griffith; and one sister, Edith Andrews.

The Funeral Mass for Leona Lee Hoschek will be held on Monday, October 7, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church, Burlington, Iowa. Con-celebrants will be Fr. Hai Dinh and Fr. Bruce DeRammelaere. Special music will be provided by the Des Moines County Resurrection Choir. Interment will be at Aspen Grove Cemetery.


A Rosary will be recited on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. at Prugh’s Chapel with a Christian Wake Service to be held at 6:00 p.m. The family will then receive friends until 8:00 p.m.


Memorials have been established for St. Vincent dePaul Food Pantry, Burlington Public Library and the Burlington Fire Department “Ambulance Advancement Fund”. Condolences may be left at


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