Obituaries Monday July 14th

Dorothy Ann Bergren, age 85 of Mediapolis, died Saturday July 12, 2014 at the Great River Hospice House. The daughter of George and Fannie (Delzell) Mehaffy, she was born December 25, 1928 at Mediapolis. On June 13, 1953 she married Marcus Bergren at Kahoka, Missouri; he died October 19, 2008. She was a graduate of the Mediapolis High School. She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Mediapolis, and in earlier years enjoyed bowling. She was a devoted Mother, caring for her three boys with muscular dystrophy.

Survivors include: one daughter, Christine Laue of Burlington; two sons, Marcus Bergren, Jr. of Georgetown, Texas; Michael Bergren of Mediapolis; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren; one sister, Mary Helen Petersen of Letts; one brother George Mehaffy, Jr. of Mediapolis;

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and four sons, Steven, Kenneth, Jeffry and Robert.

A graveside service will be held Tuesday July 15, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Kossuth Cemetery, with Rev. Jeff Kodis officiating. There will be no visitation. A memorial has been established for Immanuel Lutheran Church. Hagele and Honts Funeral Home of Mediapolis is in charge of the arrangements.


Robert Lee Lincoln, age 88, formerly of Oakville, died Thursday afternoon, July 10, 2014, at the Prairie Ridge Care and Rehab in Mediapolis. He was born on February 27, 1926, the son of Roscoe and Edith Wright Lincoln. Robert married Marcia Patterson.

He had worked at Oakville Feed and Grain as a mill worker. Robert enjoyed camping, fishing, his mules, and football.

His family includes three children, Donovan & Georgina Lincoln of Oakville, Shane & Dawn Lincoln of Wapello, and Tiffany & Andrew Carhoff of Mediapolis; ten grandchildren; two step grandchildren; and one great granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his foster parents, Frank and Amy Gibbie; a sister; and a brother.

The family will meet friends from 3:00 to 5:00 PM on Friday, July 18, 2014, at the Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home in Wapello followed by a celebration and meal at the Oakville Community Building.

Cremation will follow the visitation.

Condolences may be sent and viewed at


Mrs. Earlene Mueller, 81, of LaHarpe, IL passed away at 2:30a.m. Saturday, June 28, 2014 at the LaHarpe-Davier Health Care Center, LaHarpe.

She was born March 6, 1933 in Galesburg, IL the daughter of Earl and Dehlia Huddleson Haynes. She first married Paul E. Yocum. She then married Thomas B. Mueller.

Earlene worked at the LaHarpe Hospital as a nurses aid for 17 years. She then worked at Dr. B.I. Mueller’s office for 22 years. Earlene was of the Protestant faith.

She is survived by one son, David Yocum of Dallas City, IL, two daughters, Bonnie J. Yocum of LaHarpe and Cathy (Randy) Hensley of LaHarpe, one step-son, Steven (Melissa) Mueller of Byron, MN, two grandsons, one granddaughter and three step-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Anna Bell Olomon and Velma Hunt.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM Saturday, July 26, 2014 at the Burnside Christian Church with Mark Nichols officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the LaHarpe Carnegie Public Library. Banks & Funeral Home in LaHarpe is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left at


Ralph Sherman, 76, of Sperry, died at 5:12 PM Thursday, July 10, 2014, at his home.


Born September 29, 1937, in Monmouth, IL, he was the son of Ralph and Isabelle Billups Sherman. On January 8, 1961, he married Wilma Deanne “Dee” at West Hill Methodist Church in Burlington.


Ralph worked for Sunshine Dairy from 1963 until 1974 as a delivery driver. He then went to work for J.I. Case Co. as a welder until his retirement in May of 1992. After retirement he went to work as a welder for GBE in Mediapolis.


He was a graduate of Media High School


He served in the National Guard.


He was baptized at West Hill Methodist Church. He was a member of UAW Local 807 and National Riffle Association. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, gardening, story telling, and taking care of the birds and his dogs, Sadie and Maggie.


Survivors include his wife, Dee three daughters, Lori (Les) Jannings of Burlington, Connie (Mike) Carter of West Burlington, IA, and Becky (Shawn) Hay New London; six grandchildren, Justin Hill, Alyssa Jannings, Maren Jannings, Jake Carter, Ashly Strausbaugh, Chey Hay; and two great-grandchildren, Arian Jannings, and Eva Walter; one brother, Archie (Carol) Sherman of Oneida, IL; and several nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents, one infant daughter, Debbie Sherman, and two brothers, Jim and Roger Sherman.


Visitation will be from 12:00 PM until 8:00 PM with the family to receive friends from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM Monday, July 14, 2014, at Thielen Funeral Home. Cremation will be entrusted to the care of Thielen Crematory following the visitation.


A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.


Memorials have been established for Great River Hospice and Great River Klein Center.


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 Ralph’s obituary at


Erma Louise Shaw, 90, of West Burlington, died at 8:06 PM Thursday, July 10, 2014, at the Great River Klein Center in West Burlington.


Born November 26, 1923, in Stronghurst, IL, she was the daughter of Emil and Rosa Cox Peterson. On May 30, 1953, she married Richard Shaw at Coldbrook Church in Monmouth, IL. He died in February of 2009.


Erma was a beautician and ran her own beauty salon.


She was a 1941 graduate of Stronghurst High School.


She loved traveling and gambling.


Survivors include two step-daughters, Patty (Rusty) Simpson and Sandy Huff both of Oquawka, IL; niece, Karen Jacobs of Biggsville, IL; three grandchildren, Jeff Simpson of Florida and Angie Peterson and Cindy Fedler both of Oquawka, IL; and several other nieces and nephews.


Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, and one sister, Lillian Jacobs.


Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Thielen Crematory.


There will be no visitation or services.


A memorial has been established for Klein Center.