Obituaries Tuesday December 3rd

Bernice V.  Schwenker Age 83    of    Burlington
Died Sunday 12/1/13 at the Great River Medical Center West Burlington
Husband: Robert L Schwenker WestBurlington
Son    Kenneth Schwenker Burlington, IA
Son    Dan (Debbie) Schwenker    Burlington, IA
Son    Greg (Brenda) Schwenker    West Burlington, IA
Daughter    Brenda Carson    West Burlington    IA
Daughter    Sherry (Tony) Ashby    West Burlington    IA
7    Grandchildren    4    Great-Grandchildren
2    Step Great Grandchildren
Family will receive friends 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 4th, at Lunning Chapel
Funeral Service will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, December 5th, at Lunning Chapel
Burial in the Aspen Grove Cemetery


John Milton Genck, 84, of Donnellson, IA, passed away on Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 11:10 p.m. at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.  He was born on January 15, 1929 in Fort Madison, IA to John T. & Tempy B. Hawkins Genck.  He married Dolores H. Sheppard on April 30, 1949 in Fort Madison, IA.  He was a conductor for the Santa Fe Railroad for 36 years and later worked at the Fort Madison Daily Democrat for 20 years.  He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and was a member of Izaak Walton, the Model T of America Club & ILIAMO Model T Ford Club.  He enjoyed collecting junk, antiques and tinkering.

       John is survived by: his wife: Dolores Genck of Donnellson, IA; 1-daughter: Karen (Ben) Anderson of Donnellson, IA; 1-son: Stephen (Jo) Genck of Donnellson, IA; 6-grandchildren; 18-great grandchildren; 4-great great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by: his parents, 5-brothers & 2-sisters.

       Per his wishes, his body has been cremated by King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory.  Friends may call after 2:00 p.m. on Monday, December 2, 2013 with the family to receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday evening at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory.  A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 with Rev. Dean Graber officiating at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory.  Burial will be held in OaklandCemetery with military rites performed by the Fort Madison Veterans Honor Guard.  A memorial has been established for Make-A-Wish Foundation or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.  Online condolences to John’s family may be left at the King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory website:

Linnea Marie Lemon, 93 of Burlington, Iowa died Wednesday November 27th at the Great River Klein Center, West Burlington.

Survivors:  She is survived by one daughter, Nancy (Lee) Siperly of Hinesville, Georgia; four sons, Philip (Fran) Lemon of Sarasota, Florida, David (Sherry) Lemon of Greenback, Tennessee, Robert (Marilyn) Lemon of Burlington, Iowa and Steven (Sue) Lemon of Dubuque, Iowa; 16 grandchildren, Sheri, Holly, Tammy, Nanette, Tim, Jennifer, Jill, Doug, Dan, Brian, Amy, Craig, Paul, Joe, Dan and Rachel; 23 great-grandchildren, Garret, Jason, Ashley, Austin, Alex, Gabrielle, Rebecca, Andy, Erin, Jenna, Corey, Luke, Julie, Jack, Elijah, Elvis, Alberi, Penelope, Samantha, Michael, Owen, Amelia and James; and special friend, Kathy Drafahl.   


Memorial Service:Linnea Marie Lemon will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at New Hope Community Church, Burlington, Iowa. Pastor Myron Crockett will officiate.


Interment: Interment of ashes will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery.


Other arrangements:     The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established for Golden Oldies, Des Moines County Historical Society and New Hope Community Church. Condolences may be left at

Leo Marvin Pohren, 87, of Burlington, died at Great River Medical Center, West Burlington, Iowa, on Thursday evening, November 28, 2013.


Born on July 15, 1926 in Omaha, Nebraska, he was the son of Leo A. and Ebba E. Edmark Pohren. He married Maxine Charlotte McChesney on November 13, 1954 at St. Paul Catholic Church, Burlington, Iowa. She died May 8, 2004.


Marv served his country in the Army Air Force during World War II. He attended Iowa State University. Marv was an electrical contractor, owning and operating Pohren Electric. He served on the Notre Dame Foundation for 24 years. He was a member of the Des Moines County Conservation Board, National Electrical Contractors Association, Rotary Club for 25 years, St. Paul Catholic Church Parish Council, Knights of Columbus, and was a former President of the Burlington Golf Club. He was a member of SS. Paul & John Paul Catholic Church.

He is survived by one son, Randy (Cindy) Pohren of Austin, Texas; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents and one brother, Gayland Pohren.


The Funeral Mass for Leo Marvin Pohren will be held on Friday, December 6 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church, Burlington, Iowa. Celebrant will be Fr. Hai Dinh.


Special music will be provided by the Des Moines County Resurrection Choir. Interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Burlington, Iowa.


A rosary will be held on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. time at Prugh’s Chapel with the family receiving friends from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. 


A memorial has been established for the Burlington Notre Dame Foundation. Condolences may be left at



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