Obituaries Thursday January 16th

Cornelia “Connie” Moorman, age 93, peacefully passed away on Jan. 7, 2014 at Bickford ALF, Burlington, IA.


Born 6/27/1920, she was the daughter of Clarence (Doc) & Hettie Rider Johnson. Connie was raised on a farm near Belfast, Iowa, coming to Burlington to attend business college.  She was an athlete and horsewoman in her youth and loved all animals, especially horses & dogs throughout her life.


She was married for 59 years to Orlo Moorman who predeceased her in 1999. Connie and Orlo were well known business people & personalities in Burlington, having owned The North Hill Tap and The Hub/Towne House in downtown Burlington from 1947-2000.  In his history of Burlington, Dan Bied described Connie as “beautiful as any Hollywood starlet”. They were well known for introducing pizza to Burlington.  The Pizza was based on a “secret” recipe that captured generations of Burlington families.


After Orlo’s death, Connie kept the business going.  She was a keen business woman, with enormous energy, strong work ethic, immense loyalty, and a heart of gold. A familiar figure in her dark glasses and convertible, Connie believed in small business and downtown Burlington.  She had a million dollar personality and always smelled of Chantilly, her favorite fragrance.  Connie enjoyed travel, loved the Western states and especially a memorable road trip to Alaska with her niece Esi.


She was predeceased by her beloved parents, her sister, Fern J. Burke  (Mrs. B.) of Burlington and her brother CE (Bud) Johnson of Donnelson.


She is survived by her devoted nieces and nephew: Nancy Burke Gilmartin,  Joanne Johnson, Helen Burke Stueck, Jane Johnson , Janet Burke Schmid, Esi Burke, Bobby Burke and Bea Burke.


Connie spent her final years at Bickford ALF in Burlington, and the family would like to thank them for the attentive care she received. Additional thanks are to her niece Esi Burke, who was dedicated to her care.


Funeral Services are entrusted to Prughs and will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Prugh’s Chapel. Pastor Jerry Rigdon will officiate. Interment will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Wednesday evening from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. at Prugh’s Chapel. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to Des Moines County Humane Society or Burlington Notre Dame Foundation. Condolences may be left at

Bernice Mae Gorman Cronk, 96, of Burlington, Iowa, died at Blair House, Burlington, Iowa, on Tuesday afternoon, January 14, 2014.


Born on November 18, 1917 in Fairfield, Iowa, she was the daughter of Russell Arch and Irene Teeter Gorman. She married Edmund F. “Bud” Cronk on
February 6, 1940 in Burlington, Iowa. He died on July 23, 1997.


Bernice was a registered nurse and worked at Burlington Medical Center and the Klein Unit for 40 years.  During that time she was named Employee of the Year one year.


She enjoyed life to the fullest and being with her family and friends.  She enjoyed walking, riding her bike and being outside.  She volunteered at numerous places including helping at various nursing homes and helping with patient meals and activities.  She volunteered in the surgical waiting room at the hospital.  She was active in many areas at First Presbyterian Church, where she was a member for over 70 years, helping with Sunday school, youth group, women’s group, just to name a few.  She loved people and especially enjoyed her grandchildren and great grandchildren.


She was a member of the Jane Delano Club, Shining Star, and Kings Daughters.


She is survived by one daughter, Norma Poland of Quincy, Illinois; three grandsons, David (Denise) Poland of Quincy, IL, Michael (Lisa) Poland of Minnetonka, MN, and Gregory (Kimberly) Poland of Joshua Tree, CA; three great-grandsons, Benjamin Poland of Quincy, IL, Matthew Poland of Fort Collins, CO, and Dylan Thomas of Minnetonka, MN; one great-granddaughter, Alex Thomas of Minnetonka, MN; as well as several nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her husband, “Bud”; sister, Ferne Rollins; brother, Leonard Gorman; son-in-law, Charles Poland.


Funeral services for Bernice Mae Gorman Cronk will be held on Saturday, January 18th, 2014 at Prugh’s Funeral Chapel, Burlington, Iowa, at 10:00 am. Rev. Deb Kinney will officiate. A luncheon at First Presbyterian Church will immediately follow the service. Interment will follow the luncheon at Aspen Grove Cemetery, Burlington, Iowa.


The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 9:00 am to 10:00 am in Prugh’s Chapel. Friends may call from 8:00 a.m. Thursday morning until the time of service. A memorial has been established at First Presbyterian Church Youth Program. Condolences may be left at

Kenneth Loyd Brown, 79, of Burlington, Iowa, died at Great River Medical Center, West Burlington, Iowa, on Wednesday, January 15, 2014.


Born on December 29, 1934 in Ft.Madison, Iowa, he was the son of Marvin B. and Madeline G. White Brown. He married Leona Mae Miller on August 7, 1965 in Burlington, Iowa.


Kenneth served in the U.S. Navy and saw action in the Korean War. He was custodian and equipment manager at Burlington High School for many years. He worked production at Dial Corporation where he retired. He was a life member of both the DAV and VFW. He was of the Protestant faith.


He is survived by his wife, Leona Brown; two adopted sons, Brian D. Knopp and Wayne E. Knopp, both of Burlington, Iowa; one daughter, Michelle R. (Dave) Darmer of Abingdon, Illinois; six grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and one brother, Myron “Butch” Hooten of Vinton, Louisiana.


He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Kendra Brown; one step-son, Robert Knopp; and one sister, Pat Stout.


Funeral services for Kenneth Loyd Brown will be held on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Prugh’s Chapel. Chaplain Randy Gearhart will officiate. Military rites will be presented by the Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard. Interment will be in Burlngton Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday afternoon from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. in Prugh’s Chapel.A memorial has been established in the name of Ken Brown for Bracewell Stadium Rennovation. Condolences may be left at



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