Obituaries Tuesday May 13th

Jessie Evelyn Parmeter,94,of Burlington died Sat 5/10 at the Great River Medical Center West Burlington
Son Robert “Bob” (Pat) Parmeter Burlington, IA
Son Dennis (Mary) Parmeter Burlington, IA
3 Grandchildren
Friends may call Noon until 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 13th, at Lunning Chapel
Family will receive friends 6 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 13th, at Lunning Chapel
Funeral Service 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 14th, at Lunning Chapel
Burial Will Be Aspen Grove Cemetery


Delmer Hartman Johnston, age 86 of Morning Sun, died Monday May 12, 2014 at the Wapello Nursing and Rehab Center. The son of Archie L. and Augusta W.R. Hartman Johnston, he was born May 25, 1927 at Taylor Ridge, Illinois. On July 3, 1945 he married Patricia Walsh at Long Beach, CA.; she died July 15, 2004. He worked as a welder for Pipemaster/Hawkeye Group. He also worked at Caterpillar Corp. in Burlington. He was self employed as a handyman. He served in the US Navy during W.W. II and Korea as a shipfitter 1st class. He was a former Morning Sun Lions member, city council man, special deputy for the Louisa county Sheriffs dept., and was a member of the Morning Sun American Legion, Master Gardeners and Eagles Club member.
Survivors include: three daughters; Rosemary Schneider of Winfield; Frances VandenBoom of Burlington; Tamara Reyes of Wapello; three sons: Daniel Johnston of Roseville, Illinois; Douglas Johnston of Burlington; James Johnston of Wapello; 17 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren; one brother, Dallas Johnston of Donna, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one brother, one sister, and one granddaughter.

Cremation has been accorded.
A memorial service will be Sunday May 18, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Yarmouth, with Pastor Jeff Duffy and Mr. Chad Schneider officiating. Interment will be in the Elmwood Cemetery at Morning Sun at a later date. Memorials have been established for the Morning Sun American Legion and Great River Hospice.

Hagele and Honts Funeral Home in Morning Sun is assisting the family with arrangements.


Michael Russell Matson, age 36, of Wapello, died Sunday, May 11, 2014 at Wapello. The son of Michael and Debby Breeden Matson, he was born on March 28, 1978 in Burlington.

Michael graduated from Mediapolis High School in 1997. He was employed with Grimm Brothers Plastics in Wapello for 15 years.

He enjoyed fishing, puzzles, spending time with his twin daughters, and his family.

His survivors include his parents, Michael and Debby Matson of Wapello; his twin 7 year old daughters, Andrea and Ashley Matson of Wapello; a brother, T.J. Matson of Mediapolis; grandparents, William Russell Matson of Zanesville, Ohio, Beverly June Breeden Matson of Cambridge, Ohio, James and Iris Breeden of Massillon, Ohio; 3 aunts, Debbie K. Matson and Sue Matson both of Zanesville, Ohio and Amy Mohler of Cambridge, Ohio; and special friends, Sonny and Bobby Stromer of Wapello.

He was preceded in death by a grandmother, Marlene Matson; a step-grandfather, Dick Matson; an uncle, Joseph N. Breeden; and great grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Watkins, Willard and Lena Breeden, Jessie and Elsie Matson, and Edith and Eldon Roberts.

Cremation has been the chosen.

The family will meet friends from 6:00 to 7:00 PM on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at the Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home in Wapello. The funeral ceremony will be held at 7:00 PM on Wednesday following the visitation.

A memorial fund has been established for the benefit of his daughters.

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Mary Ann Alderson, 83, of Burlington, Iowa, died at Trinity West Medical Center, Rock Island, Illinois, on Sunday morning, May 11, 2014.

Born on January 19, 1931 in Burlington, Iowa, she was the daughter of Walter and Mary Marie Long Bock. She married Norval Thomas Alderson on September 13, 1975 in Burlington, Iowa.

Mary Ann was a homemaker. She loved to work outside in her yard and tending to her flowers which made it a pleasurable yard to view and enjoy. She loved the St. Louis Cardinals, NFL Football and feeding birds. She was a collector of Ducks Unlimited and cherished the time she spent with her husband. She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her husband, Norval; two step-daughters, Deb (Tom) Gubba of Burlington, Iowa, and Patti (Ron) Davidson of Alliance, Ohio; six step-grandchildren; ten step-great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Norma Bock of Burlington, Iowa; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Richard Bock; one sister, Gloria Wheeler; and one step-son, Mike Alderson.

Graveside Committal Services for Mary Ann Alderson will be held on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Aspen Grove Cemetery, Burlington, Iowa. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Sunnyside St. entrance to the cemetery prior to the service. Pastor Dean Graber will officiate. No formal visitation is planned. Friends may call on Wednesday from noon until 7:00 p.m. Condolences may be left at