Obituaries Wednesday December 6th

Margaret (Stein) Steinle, 95, formerly of Burlington, peacefully went home to Our Lord on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at the Kahl Home for the Aged in Davenport, IA, where she had been a resident for three years. Born March 21, 1922, in Burlington, she was the daughter of Herbert and Pearl (Allen) Stein. On June 26, 1948, she married David H. Steinle. He was deceased on August 28, 2007. They were married 59 years. Mrs. Steinle graduated from Burlington High School and the University of Iowa. She majored in Home Economics and taught for several years at Horace Mann and Oak Street Schools. She was a homemaker.Margaret was a member of Divine Mercy Parish and served as Altar & Rosary President of St. Paul’s Church. She served on the school board at St. Paul’s School, was president of the PTA and founded the hot lunch program for the school. Mrs. Steinle was an avid tennis player, past president of the Burlington Fine Arts Association, a member of TTT, a member of the former Mercy Hospital Board of Directors, and served as a volunteer for many local church and civic events.
Survivors include one son, David Steinle of Wilton, IA; one daughter, Ann (James) Payne of Davenport; four grandchildren, Mary Beth Payne of Davenport; John (Ingrid) and Robert Payne of Chicago, and Tom Payne of Kansas City; a cousin, Ted Stein of Middletown, CT; two great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a twin sister, Mary Riepe.
Visitation will be from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM Saturday, December 9, 2017, at Divine Mercy Parish-St. Paul’s Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, December 9, 2017, at 2 PM at Divine Mercy Parish, St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Burlington, with the Rev. David Steinle as celebrant and the Very Rev. Marty Goetz as co-celebrant. Music will be provided by the Des Moines County Resurrection Choir. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service. A luncheon will be served immediately following at the Burlington Golf Club. Private family burial will take place at Sacred Heart Cemetery following the luncheon.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:15 AM on December 11, 2017, at the Kahl Home for the Aged, 6701 Jersey Ridge Road in Davenport.
A memorial has been established for the Burlington Catholic Schools, c/o Business Office, 702 S. Roosevelt Ave., Burlington, IA 52601.
Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home is in care of the arrangements.

Patricia Ann Sonnenberg, 78, of Burlington, died at 3:42 AM Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at the Prairie Ridge Care & Rehabilitation in Mediapolis.

Born January 23, 1939, in Pond Creek, TX, she was the daughter of Lloyd Joseph and Hazel Darr Childress.

She worked for Santos Catering doing private catering for country clubs in Palm Springs, CA.

She grew up in the Baptist faith. She enjoyed gardening, shopping, and making photo collages. She also enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and watching “Wheel of Fortune”.

Survivors include five daughters, Alesia Bentler of Burlington; Tricia Bessac of Hilo, HI; Robin (Chris) Welsh of Lahaina, HI; Gayle Shufeldt of Lahaina, HI; and Kay Watson of Dallas, TX; 8 grandchildren: Jonathan Wood, Brooklyn Bentler, Mathew Kratz, Rachel Larkin, Audrey Larkin, Brittany Kruck, Janae Kruck, and Mikaela Bessac; and three great-grandchildren: Kallie Bentler, Taven Draper, and Kyla Kaiulani Kaauamo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters, and one brother.

Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Prugh~Thielen Crematory.

A memorial service will be held in Hawaii at a later date.

Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home is in care of the arrangements.

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

John Lee Storch, 79, of West Burlington died at 6:39 p.m., Monday, December 4, 2017 at Great River Medical Center Emergency Room.
Born November 21, 1938 in Three Rivers, Texas, he was the son of Rinehart Herman and Clara Pauline (Buster) Storch. He married Mary L. Wagaman on November 23, 1966 in Stronghurst, IL.
Mr. Storch graduated from Buda High School in Texas and served in the U.S. Army. He was employed as a production worker at Champion Spark Plugs/Federal Mogul until 2001, when he retired after thirty one years of service. He attended West Burlington Christian Church and was a member of the Burlington Eagles. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, attending local sporting events, Nascar and high performance vehicles.
Survivors include his wife, Mary; three daughters, Tammy Storch of Washington, IA, Tonja (Brad) Ellerbroek of Burlington, and Teressa Storch-Mims of West Palm Beach, FL; one son Rod (Lori) Storch of Spring Branch, TX; nine grandchildren and 19 ½ great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Herman.
The memorial service for Mr. Storch will be 3:00 p.m., Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Lunning Chapel with Mr. Ned Fry officiating. The Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard will conduct military rites. Family will receive friends one hour prior to service. Cremation has been accorded.
Memorials have been established for the Burlington Area Alzheimer’s Association and the West Burlington Athletic Boosters.

Mr. William E. “Bill” Olson, 55, of rural Burlington died Sunday, December 3, 2017 at Great River Medical Center.

Born November 27, 1962 in Maddock, ND, he was the son of Dennis and Shirley (Aabrekke) Olson. As a teenager he met Patricia A. “Patty” Olson at Bethel Baptist Church, Park River, ND where they were later married on June 8, 1985.

Bill was employed as a supervisor at Case New Holland in Burlington for the last six years. He worked in management at Menards for twenty-five years prior. Bill graduated from Edinburg, ND High School and earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Mayville State University in 1986.

He was a devoted member of Burlington Baptist Church where he enjoyed being an Awana leader and Trustee. He loved the outdoors and spending time working the land. He spent his free time hunting, fishing and working on a good project. He was known as someone that could do it all and always wanted to lend a helping hand. Above all else, he was a devoted husband, father, and follower of Christ.

Survivors include his wife Patty; one daughter, Jessica (Andrew Schupick) Olson of Mission, KS; one son, Alexander Olson of Burlington; his parents, Dennis and Shirley Olson of Edinburg, ND; five brothers, Dennis (Amanda) Olson Jr. of Billings, MT, John Olson, David (DeeDee) Olson, Timothy (Caroline) Olson, and Daniel (Tammy) Olson all of Edinburg, ND; one sister, Debbie (Bob) Sollom of Raleigh, NC; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; brother, Carl, and beloved mother-in-law, Virginia Gillespie.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, December 7, 2017 at Lunning Chapel. The funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 8, 2017 at Burlington Baptist Church. Rev. Kendall Adams will officiate. Interment will be in Edinburg, ND at a later date.

Mary L. Park, 91, of Burlington, died 12:05 a.m. Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at Great River Medical Center.
Born December 26, 1925 in Burlington, she was the daughter of Clarence W. and Stella (Kludy) Schmidt Sr. She married Kenneth Park on September 3, 1950 in Burlington; he died July 29, 1994.
Mary served as Secretary for the Burlington School District for over 20 years. She previously worked for Burlington Trucking, I.O.P (now I.A.A.P) and Winegard Co. She was a graduate of Mediapolis High School and was a member of the First United Methodist Church, P.E.O. and the Burlington Women’s Club.
She enjoyed golfing and playing bridge. She was an avid bowler and loved to travel.
Survivors include two sons; Kirk (Kathy) Park of Wyoming, IA and Dennis (Jennie) Park of Cedar Rapids, IA; five grandchildren, Matthew Park, Taylor Park, Kris Park, Kara Park and Kelli (Daniel) Schaaf; two great grandchildren, Danika and Alyssa Park and one brother Clarence Schmidt Jr. of Milwaukee, WI.
She was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters, Betty, Edna and Genny.
The funeral service for Mrs. Park will be 12:00 p.m. Friday, December 8th at Lunning Chapel. The Rev. David Bracht-Wagner will officiate. Interment will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service.
Memorials have been established for Great River Hospice, First United Methodist Church, Blair House or Great River Friends.