Obits for Dec. 30th

Name: Paul Daniel “Dan” Hoschek Resident of: Burlington, Iowa

Died: Friday morning, December 27, 2013

Where: University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa

Survivors: Dan is survived by his wife Joyce of Burlington who recently celebrated 13 years together. One daughter, Shelby Hoschek of New London, Iowa and one son Nathan Hoschek also of New London, Iowa. Two step-daughters, Wendy (Kasey) Rider of Danville, IA and Megan Doyle of Burlington, Iowa. Two step-sons, Derrick (Jaleesa) Doyle of Danville, IA and Curtis (Candi) Doyle also of Danville, IA. Grandchildren and step-grandchildren. Gannon, Baylee, Macy, Wyatt, Ayden, Mykael, Kamey, Kinley, Donntasia and Valicea. Two sisters, Becky (Charles) Kneedy of Macomb, IL and Kris (Jack) Smith of Galesburg, IL. Four special nieces, Lisa, Robyn, Beth & Jennifer. Several cousins. One Aunt and Uncle of California.

A Celebration of Life Service: will be held in Prugh’s Chapel Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Dean Graber will officiate. Interment.

Interment: will be at a later date

Other arrangements: The family will receive friends Sunday evening at Prugh’s from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. A memorial has been established in his name. Condolences may be sent at



Kathleen Anne Gleason Biggiam, 54, of Wataga, IL, formerly of LaHarpe, IL passed away peacefully at her home on December 25, 2013. She was the youngest of three children born to the late Glenn Gleason and Mary Anne Gill Gleason Ruth on May 29, 1959. Kate married Harold Biggiam on October 2, 1987, they later divorced.
Kate received her education from LaHarpe Community Schools, graduating from high school in 1977. Her education continued at Carl Sandburg College, Galesburg, IL, graduating with a degree in nursing in 1979. She enjoyed a thirty year career as a medical secretary at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Galesburg.
A lifelong member of the Union Church of LaHarpe, she sang with “The Followers” group for many years. Kate was vivacious, energetic and always caring and concerned for others. She loved dancing, planning fun activities and was a big sports fan. At the top of her enjoyment list were her travels to Hawaii, Las Vegas and Florida.
Surviving her is daughter Lindsey (Jason) and granddaughter Alexis Kristine Huston all of Victoria, IL, former husband Hal of Galesburg, mother Mary Anne Ruth and her friend, Waleri’ Neumann of Ft. Myers, FL, brother, Dr. Martin “Marty” Charles (Julie) Gleason, nephew, Scott, and niece, Emily all of Farfield, IA. Additional nieces and nephews are Nicole Anne (Ball) Coyle and children, Tatum, Trevor and Tanner of East Peoria, Shawn Ball of San Diego, CA, Joshua (Jen) Ball and children, Alanna and Cole of Washington State, family of Kate’s sister, Linda Kay (Gleason) Ball who passed away September 3, 2005. Kate’s father, Glenn LaVerne Gleason was deaceased in 2010.
Graveside services will be held at 1:00p.m. Sunday, January 5, 2014 at the LaHarpe Cemetery. Following the service, all are invited to the Union Church at 107 N. Center St., LaHarpe, for coffee, a tribute in pictures of Kate’s life, and meeting with the family. In lieu of flowers, a “Memorial to Kate” may be sent to Banks & Beals Funeral Home, P.O. Box 503, LaHarpe, IL 61450. Condolences may be sent to Lindsay Biggiam, 406 W. Main, Victoria, IL 61485. Condolences may be left at

Joyce Evelyn Burbridge,76, of Burlington, went to be with The Lord Saturday morning, December 28, 2013, at her home.

Born December 10, 1937, in Galena, MO, she was the daughter of Claude and Opal Evans King. On June 6, 1958, she married Jereld Dean Burbridge in Crane, MO.

Joyce was a homemaker and a substitute lunch server at Blackhawk Elementary School for four years.

She graduated from Galena High School and Draughon Business College in Springfield, MO.  

She was a member of Hawkeye Church of Burlington where she was a former Sunday school teacher.  She enjoyed cooking, canning, baking, and sewing. She also enjoyed traveling especially to Hawaii and visiting her homestead in the Missouri Ozarks.  Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her family.

Survivors include her husband, Jereld; one daughter, Janelle (Mark) Talley of Burlington; two sons, Jeffrey (Young) Burbridge of Muscatine, IA, and Jonathan (Janet) Burbridge of Robins, IA; seven grandchildren, Joseph Burbridge, Austin Burbridge, Drake Talley, Joshua Burbridge, Carissa Talley, Jonathan Burbridge, and Rachel Burbridge: and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Jerry King.  

Visitation will be from 9:30 AM until 11:00 AM Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at Thielen Funeral Home where the family will receive friends.

The funeral service for Mrs. Burbridge will be 11:00 AM Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at Thielen Funeral Home with Jonathan and Jeffrey Burbridge and Mark Talley officiating.   A time of food and fellowship will be held in the community room at Thielen Funeral Home following the service.  Cremation will be entrusted to the care of Thielen Crematory following the service.

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

A memorial has been established for Hawkeye Church of Burlington. 

A photo tribute can be viewed and condolences can be sent to the family by visiting Joyce’s obituary at



Elizabeth A. “Betty” Chock, 83, of Fort Madison, IA, passed away on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 4:40 p.m. at The Madison.  She was born on June 8, 1930 in Fort Madison, IA to Reuben & Charlotte Wiggenjost Buecker.  She married Richard P. Chock on October 14, 1950 in Fort Madison, IA.  He preceded her in death on October 30, 2012.  She worked at the Sheaffer Pen Company for 44 years and was a member of Ss. Mary & Joseph Church, Holy Family Parish.  She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary #1805, RSVP, Fort Madison Community Hospital Auxiliary and was the past president of the Catholic Ladies Auxiliary.

       Betty is survived by: 1-sister: Elaine (Don) Sporkman of West Point, IA; 1-niece & 1-nephew.  She was preceded in death by: her parents, husband & 1-infant brother: Reuben Buecker, Jr.

       Friends may call after 2:00 p.m. on Monday, December 30, 2013 with the family to receive friends from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. with a rosary to be recited at 6:30 p.m. on Monday evening at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory.  The funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at Ss. Mary & Joseph Church, Holy Family Parish with Rev. David Wilkening officiating.  Burial will be held in GethsemaneCemetery.  A memorial has been established for Holy Trinity Catholic Schools or for masses.  Online condolences to Betty’s family may be left at the King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory website:



Thelma E. Crist       April 14, 1916December 24, 2013

Thelma Estella Brown Crist 97, of Morning Sun, Iowa died on Thursday, December 26, 2013 at the MorningSunCareCenter.

Mrs. Crist was born on April 14, 1916 in Yarmouth, IA.She was the daughter of Benton J. Brown and Susie Melvina Peckham Brown. Mrs. Crist graduated from YarmouthHigh School in 1934 and married Charles Weldon Crist in October of 1934. 

The community of Morning Sun, IA was home to Mrs. Crist throughout her adult life.  She was an employee of Nichol’s Produce before becoming secretary/bookkeeper at the Morning Sun Grain Company. She worked as an employee of the Minnis’ family until her retirement from the grain company in 1984.

Mrs. Crist was,among other things, a dedicated employee; member of the Morning Sun Methodist Church and the TT Club.During her younger years she loved to garden, dance, shopflea markets, collect teapotsand was an avid card player. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and was fiercely loyal to her family.  


She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, C. Weldon(Weldy)Crist, a brother Carl Brown and her only child, Janice Lee Crist Johnson.  She is survived by her grandchildren; Wayne Johnson of West Burlington, IA, Scott and Julia Johnson of West Des Moines, IA, Cristy and Michael Schmidt of Burlington, IA, Jay and Mindy Johnson of West Burlington, IA, 5 great grandchildren; Nathan Schmidt, Jackie Johnson, Ross Johnson, Graham Johnson, Jamie Johnson, a brother-in-law,Verle Crist of Cibolo TX, a sister-in-law Betty Crist of Burlington, IA, a niece Carol (Jim)Fruehling of St. Paul MN,and 6 nephewsDale (Jane)Brown of Denver, CO, Randy Crist of Bastrop, TX, Barry Crist (Suzanne), McQueeney, TX, Raymond Crist of Bastrop, TX, Doug (Cindy) Crist of Burlington, IA and Chuck (Elizabeth) Crist of Austin, TX.

“Nanny”, as Mrs. Crist was known toher family, was blessed with a supportive and caring circle of friends in her community of Morning Sun.  Janet Hall was Nanny’s special care provider and an outstanding friend to her during her residency in the MorningSunCareCenter. 

A visitation, with family members, will be held Saturday, January 4, 2014from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the MethodistChurch in Morning Sun, IA.  There will be no calling hours at the funeral home. The funeral services for Thelma E. Crist will be held Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at the UnitedMethodistChurch in Morning Sun, IA.  Interment will follow at the ConesvilleCemetery in Conesville, IA.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the MorningSunMethodistChurch or the MorningSunCommunity Center.

Hagele and Honts Funeral Home in Morning Sun is in charge of the arrangements.



Marilyn Jean White, 86, of LaHarpe, IL passed away Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 12:43 AM at the LaHarpe-Davier Health Care Center.
She was born March 5, 1927 in LaHarpe, the daughter of Bryan and Garnett Bainter Johnson. On January 26, 1973 she married James J. White of LaHarpe. He preceded her in death on October 31, 2000.
Marilyn graduated from LaHarpe High School in 1945. She spent the majority of her career working at Advance Ross in Burlington, IA and Alexander Lumber Co. in Stronghurst, IL. Marilyn was a member of the Old Bedford Church in rural Blandinsville, IL for many years. After moving to LaHarpe, she and her husband attended the LaHarpe United Methodist Church where she enjoyed singing in the church choir. Marilyn and Jim loved to traveland spent many winters in Mission, TX after their retirement. They also were able to enjoy trips with friends and family exploring many points of of interest in several states around America.
Survivors include one son, Donald (Hope) Wilcox of Richland, MO , two step-daughters, Kathy Stevens (Tres Lennep) of Ocean Springs, MS and Tammy Rupp (John) of Quincy, IL, 5 grandchildren, Rosanna Wilcox, Susanna Johnson, Donald Vincent Wilcox, Gong Ju Wilcox and Marilyn Marie Wilcox, 4 step-grandchildren, James Stevens, Josh Stevens, Blake Rupp and Bryce Rupp, 2 foster-grandchildren, Tom Howard and Cindy Rossiter and 1 sister, Bonnie Chapin of LaHarpe along with several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
Services will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, January 3, 2014 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe with Rev. Jim Clayton officiating. Burial will be in the LaHarpe cemetery. There will be no formal visitation, but family and friends are welcome to stop at the funeral home anytime between 3:00 and 8:00 PM Thursday. A memorial fund has been established for the LaHarpe United Methodist Church.Condolences may be left at

Helen Jane Smutzer Brown Stockwell, 72, of Fort Madison, IA, passed away on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 8:15 p.m. at FortMadisonCommunityHospital.  She was born on May 19, 1941 in Fort Madison, IA, the daughter of Woodrow W. & Martha E. Carter Brown.  She married Larry G. Stockwell on July 9, 1966 at the Santa FeUnitedMethodistChurch in FortMadison.  He survives.  She worked in the Hy-Vee Deli and as the head housekeeper at the Iowan Motor Lodge.  She was an active member and deacon of the Union Presbyterian Church.  Her greatest passion and gift in life was that as a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.  Helen had an incredibly sweet disposition and infectious laugh.  She also had a quiet strength and faced her increasing health problems without complaint, appreciating her time with those around her.  She enjoyed family gatherings, a good cup of tea, her flowers, music, especially Elvis and church music and Christmas, including Christmas shopping, which she was able to enjoy with family this year.

       Helen is survived by: her husband: Larry Stockwell of Fort Madison, IA; her devoted children: Shawn (Jan) Stockwell and Carrie Stockwell both of Fort Madison, IA; 6-grandchildren: Deonna Sheets, Randi Brooks, Aimee Chadwick, Abigail Stockwell, Dion & Larry Keasling; 2-great grandchildren: Bradley Chadwick & Aubry Perkins; 3-sisters: LaVivian Prough of Kirksville, MO, Joyce Pranger & Eva Penrod both of Fort Madison, IA; 1-brother: Jack (Pat) Smutzer of Fort Madison, IA; 1-half sister: Joanne Messmer of Fort Madison, IA; 1-brother in law: LaVern Prough of Fort Madison, IA and many loving nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by: her parents, 1-son in infancy: Larry Dion Stockwell; 1-brother: Harold Brown and 1-sister: Ruth Prough.

       Friends may call after 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 with the family to receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory.  The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 2, 2014 at the Union Presbyterian Church with Revs. Mark Binder and Preston Smith officiating.  Burial will be held in OaklandCemetery.  A memorial has been established for Union Presbyterian Church or Southeast Iowa Renal Dialysis.  Online condolences and a video tribute of Helen’s life may be viewed at the King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory website:



Kenneth ‘Pete’ W. Peterson, age 81, of Mediapolis, died Saturday evening, December 28, 2013, at the Prairie Ridge Care & Rehab in Mediapolis.  The son of Paul V. and Carol McKee Peterson, he was born on June 2, 1932 in Burlington.  He married Sherry Turner on July 6, 1952 in Burlington.  She preceded him in death on June 3, 2011.

He graduated from Huron High School in 1950.  He also attended several trade schools and the SEC Electrical program.  He joined the National Guard in Burlington in 1949 and was called into active service during the Korean War in September of 1953.  He served in Korea for a year.

Pete was a retired electrician, leaving JI Case in 1992 after 17 years.  Previous to that he had spent 17 years at US Gypsum and worked for Turner Electric.  In September of 1992 he started Peterson Electric doing small electrical jobs and repairing small appliances and lighting fixtures.  He loved to go fishing in Canada.  He worked in Little League and Pony League for many years, serving as president for 2 years.  He received an appreciation plaque from the Mediapolis school in 1977 for work on the new football field lighting.  He was a member of the Daniel Matson American Legion Post and the UAW 875 in Burlington.

His family includes three children, Debra (Jeff) Thompson of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Kevin ‘Buzz’ (Lisa) Peterson of Mediapolis, and Kenna (George) Pitts of Tampa, Florida; three grandchildren, Angie (Mike) Yopp of Lake Wales, Florida, David Thompson of Palm Beach, Florida, and Kelsey (Tyler) Shaffer of Troy, Missouri;  four great grandchildren, Meagan, Allyson, and Kendall Yopp, and Kyan Thompson; five step grandchildren, Tyler and Dylan Pitts, Amanda, Alissa, and John Mathiasmeier; and a brother, Gary (Sue) Peterson of Omaha, Nebraska.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sherry; and a daughter, Karen Kay in an accidental death in 1960.

The funeral ceremony for Kenneth Peterson will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, January 2, 2014, at the Hagele and Honts Funeral Home in Mediapolis.  John Steiner will officiate.  Burial with military rites will follow at the Kossuth Cemetery.

The family will meet friends from 4:00 to 6:00 PM on Wednesday, January 1, 2014, at the Hagele and Honts Funeral Home in Mediapolis.

A Memorial Fund has been established for the benefit of the Mediapolis Athletic Boosters Club.



Janice Lynn Curley-McCoy, 57 of Burlington passed away 12/24/13 at Great River Hospice House.

Survivors: Joe (Sami) Curley of Burlington(son), Brent McCoy of Burlington, IA  (son), Cody McCoy of Burlington (daughter), 4 grandchildren, Barb (Bob) Drew (sister), Mary Daedlow (sister), Steven Curley (brother).

Family will receive friends For one hour prior to the time of service on Tuesday.

Funeral Service is  10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 31st, at Lunning Chapel

Burial in Aspen Grove Cemetery