Obituaries for Monday June 11th

Erma Elaine Licko, age 95, of Mediapolis, died Friday morning, June 8, 2018, at the Prairie Ridge Care & Rehab in Mediapolis. The daughter of Floyd and Gertrude Jones Breder, she was born on March 29, 1923 in Burlington. Erma married Steve Licko on September 6, 1942 in Mediapolis. He preceded her in death on March 10, 2003.

Erma graduated from Mediapolis High School in 1940. She attended Augustana College for two years, where she sang in the Augustana Choir. She enjoyed and was an active farm wife with Steve and later in life she took nursing and worked as an LPN in Burlington.

She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church and the choir director, the First United Presbyterian Church where she was active with the Young at Heart Group, and more recently the Cornerstone Community Church all of Mediapolis. She was also a member of the Kings Daughters and had worked with the 4H program in early years. She was a vocalist for several years for weddings and then later for funerals. Erma was a big Cubs fan and enjoyed a lot of sports. She also had enjoyed several winters in Tucson.

Erma and Steve had a family of four sons, Robert Licko & Carol Robertson of Ft. Collins, Colorado, David & Elaine Licko of Denver, Colorado, Tim & Candace Licko of Mediapolis, Mick (deceased) & Judy Licko of Mediapolis; nine grandchildren; nineteen great grandchildren; and a great great grandson. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Steve; a son, Mick; and two brothers, Howard and Paul Breder.

The funeral ceremony for Erma Licko will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at the Cornerstone Community Church in Mediapolis with Pastor Jeff King officiating. Burial will follow at the Kossuth Cemetery, Mediapolis.

Friends may call from 3:00 to 7:00 PM on Tuesday at the Hagele and Honts Funeral Home in Mediapolis where the family will meet friends from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

Memorial gifts will benefit the Mediapolis Public Library and the Mediapolis Community Theatre.

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The memorial service for Wendell Culp will be 10:00 AM Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home with Pastor Elizabeth Bell officiating and full military honors rendered by the Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard. Inurnment will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery at a later date.

Emily Brooks Roane of Burlington, IA, age 69, died December 26, 2017, at the Great River Klein Center in West Burlington.

Emily was born in Evanston, IL to parents Josephine and Kearney Roane. She graduated from Evanston Township High School and received her BA in education from Eastern Illinois University. She married Harry Dandelles in 1968 (div. 1981) and raised two children, Sarah and Stefan. She married Keith Schulz in 1985.

She taught at Nichols Middle School and then was an administrator at Presbyterian Homes, both in Evanston, while her children were young. After she and Keith married, she embarked on the vocation that was her true calling. She earned her Master’s Degree in social work at Loyola University of Chicago. Upon graduation, she worked as a clinical social worker in Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s psychiatric unit and earned her certificate in family therapy from the Family Institute.

After she and Keith moved to Burlington in 1994, Emily began her own clinical practice for individual and family therapy with a downtown Burlington office. She loved her work. Emily and Keith also maintained a Chicago residence, allowing her to stay connected with old friends, her twin sister, children, and grandchildren, while completing the coursework for a Ph.D at the Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago. Sadly, her disease, a rare and early onset form of dementia called primary progressive aphasia (PPA) forced her retirement in 2012. She is remembered in the community as a source of great comfort and guidance by friends, family, and clients alike.

Throughout her life, Emily was active in each church of which she was a member, including most recently Burlington’s Zion United Church of Christ. She was ever engaged with social hour, youth activities, and Bible study groups. She was strong in her faith and beliefs, and a supporter of equality and justice.

She enjoyed traveling worldwide (and visited five continents), listening to music of all kinds, and sharing experiences with her closest family and friends, who were very important to her.

Survivors include her husband Keith; her twin sister Katherine Roane; her dear friend Pam Johnson of Winthrop Harbor, IL; brother Wilson and sister-in-law Sue Roane of Waupaca, WI; and brother Daniel Roane of Northfield, IL; daughter Sarah Dandelles of Chicago, IL; son Stefan Dandelles and daughter-in-law Dina Dandelles and their three children of Evanston, IL; stepson Keith Schulz Jr and daughter-in-law Viet Ha and their two children of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; stepdaughter Christine Donnelly and her two children of Des Peres, MO; and numerous beloved cousins, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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

The Graveside Committal Service for Emily will be 3:00 PM Saturday, June 16, 2018, at Aspen Grove Cemetery with Reverend Brice Hughes officiating. Those wishing to attend the service will meet at the Corse Street gate prior to the service for a procession to the gravesite. A time of food and fellowship will be held at the Burlington Golf Club following the service.

Emily participated in research at Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center. For more information about PPA and dementia, please visit:

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration, Radnor Station Building 2, Suite 320, 290 King of Prussia Road, Radnor, PA 19087.

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

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