Obituaries Monday February 17th

Louise M. Kindig, 70, of Burlington, died at 10:24 AM Friday, February 14, 2014, at her home.


Born June 13, 1943, in Greenport Long Island, NY, she was the daughter of Russell and Louise Smith Goodwin. In 1961 she married Jack Kindig, Sr. in Burlington.  He preceded her in death.


Louise was a homemaker.


She enjoyed attending the farmer’s market downtown Burlington and doing landscape in her flower beds.  Her greatest enjoyment was her family.


Survivors include two sons, Tom Kindig of Burlington, and Jack (Kelly) Kindig Jr.of Oquawka, IL; one daughter, Sharon Kay Kindig of OR; three brothers, Jimmy Goodwin of Cutchogue, NY, Johnny Goodwin of Cutchogue, NY, and Russell Goodwin of VA; two sisters, Judy Goodwin of North Port, FL, and Diana Mortensen of Sag Harbor, NY; five grandchildren, Derek Kindig, Dylan Kindig, Nicole Kindig, Katie Boyd, and Zach Boyd; one great-grandson, Brady McConahay; and several nieces and nephews.  


Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, and one grandson, Jacob “Jake” Boyd.  


As per Louise’s request her body was deeded to the University of Iowa Anatomy Department.  Private family burial will be held in Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery at a later date.  


A memorial has been established.  


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


Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting Louise’s obituary at

Kathleen R. “Kay” Garnant, 93, of Burlington, died at 6:20 PM Monday, January 13, 2014, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.


Born June 20, 1920, in Burlington, she was the daughter of Frank and Anna Marie Orth Brust. On August 15, 1942, she married John K. Garnant at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Burlington. He died April 21, 2005


Kathleen was a homemaker and worked two years for Benner Tea Company.


She graduated in 1936 from St. Patrick’s Catholic High School.


She was a member of SS. Mary and Patrick Catholic Church. She loved reading, golfing, crossword puzzles, playing cards and spending time with her family. 


Survivors include son-in-law, Wayne Johnson of Burlington, six grandchildren, Joni (Mitch) Smith of Cumming, GA, Kimberly (Carlos) Capdevila of Burlington, Amy (Grant) Bonta of Belleville, IL, Jeff (Morgan) Johnson of Overland Park, KS, Ricky (Kelly) Johnson of Marion, IA, and Randy (Paulette) Johnson of Burlington; 16 great grandchildren, Jami (Shaun), Lindsey, Nicholas, Kelsey, Brayden, Blake, Ethan, Courtney (Morgan), Kyla, Payton, Elle, Nicole, Ryan, Carter, Chandler, Camden and five great-great-grandchildren, Ryan, Chloe, Logan, Caden, and Raylin.


She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband John, one daughter, Judy Johnson, two granddaughters, Alejandra Capdevila and Kristal Smith, one brother Russ, and three sisters, Genevieve, Ethel and Dorothy.


Grandma, or “GG” as some of her grandchildren affectionately called her, was a spiritual and spirited lady.  Up every day before dawn to pray the rosary, and yet so full of life into her 90’s.  She cherished family get-togethers, always asking “Can I wear my jeans to this?”  Grandma never wanted to miss out on family time, and at one recent family gathering was held up horizontally by her grandkids for a picture with them.  She loved to sit at her kitchen table and have visitors stop by to chat and have a drink with her.  She enjoyed her last Christmas this year with her family at her son-in-law’s house, a gift that no one will ever forget.  Social and loving until the end, she will be missed dearly by all who knew her. 


Special thanks to her Granddaughter Kim, who spent countless hours helping with Grandma and her care in recent months.  Her grandson Randy and wife Paulette also provided many visiting hours full of great comfort in Kay’s final days.  The family would like to recognize the staff at Burlington Care Center, where Kay spent several weeks, for their care and attention.  Many thanks also go out to the wonderful nurses and staff at Great River Hospice House, who made Kay’s last days peaceful and comfortable.


Cremation has been entrusted to Thielen Crematory.


Visitation will be from 8:00 AM until 7:00 PM with the family to receive friends from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM Thursday, February 20, 2014 at Thielen Funeral Home.


The Memorial Mass of the Resurrection for Mrs. Garnant will be 10:00 AM, Friday, February 21, 2014 at SS. Mary and Patrick Catholic Church, West Burlington with Rev. David Steinle as the Celebrant.  Music will be provided by the Des Moines County Resurrection Choir.  Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery.  The family invites everyone to join them at Big Muddy’s following the burial.


Memorials have been established for St. Vincent dePaul, SS. Mary and Patrick Catholic Church, and Burlington Care Center BINGO fund.


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 Kay’s obituary at

Darla Marlene Johnson, 63, of Fairfield, died Saturday, February 15, 2014, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City.

Funeral services for Mrs. Johnson will be held at 10:30 AM, Thursday, February 20, 2014 at Elliott Chapel, New London.  Pastor Staci Grau will officiate.  Burial will be in PrairieGroveCemetery, West Burlington.  Visitation will begin after noon on Wednesday, February 19 at the Chapel with family greeting friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.  Memorials have been established to The American Diabetes Association, Prairie Grove School Restoration Project, and FirstLutheranChurch in Fairfield.

Agnes Marie ‘‘Jimmie’’ Murphy of Ft. Madison passed away February 15, 2014 at her home. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wed., Feb. 19, at Holy Family Parish, SacredHeartChurch, Ft.Madison. Burial will be in SacredHeartCemetery, Ft.Madison. Visitation will begin after 1:00 p.m.Tues. Feb. 18, 2014 at the Barr Memorial Chapel. A rosary will be recited at 6:00 p.m. with the family receiving friends until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Jimmie was born September 2, 1922 in St. Louis, MO. After attending FontbonneCollege, she joined the United States Coast Guard Women’s Reserve (SPARS) and was honorably discharged. She married Dr. Robert E. Murphy in 1946 and moved to FortMadison in 1955. Mrs. Murphy has been a member of Sacred Heart (Holy Family) Parish since 1955 and of Chapter CA National T.T.T. Society for 51 years. Jimmie and her husband belonged to the Fort Madison Saddle Club and served as co-chairs of the Aquinas High School Annual Fund Raiser.

Jimmie is survived by three daughters: Michele Murphy and Kit Krogmeier of Ames, Iowa and Joni Stevens (Kent, deceased) of Fort Madison, Iowa; six grandchildren: James Krogmeier (Rebecca Schultz) of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, Kate McWaters (Phil) of Loveland, Ohio, Robert Murphy Krogmeier and Lisa Bickelhaupt (Nick) of Ames, Iowa, Audra Stevens (fiance Warner Delashmutt) of Galesburg, Illinois and Andrew Stevens (fiancee Joanna Millard) of Fairfield, Iowa; and six great grandchildren: Grant, Julia, and Gavin McWaters, Mason Krogmeier, and Stella and Carter Bickelhaupt. She was preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, Robert E. Murphy, M.D.

Those considering an expression of sympathy, in lieu of flowers, may direct memorials to Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, The University of Iowa Foundation, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, IA 52244-4550, or to Lee County Health Department Hospice, 2218 Avenue H, Fort Madison, IA 52627. Online condolences may be directed to