Obituaries for Monday October 28th

Karen Elizabeth Bangert, 80, of Burlington, IA died Thursday, October 24, 2019 at Great River Hospice House in West Burlington, IA.
She was born on October 6, 1939, in Keokuk, IA the daughter of Leonard and Elizabeth Klepfer Reeder. Karen graduated from Keokuk High School with the Class of 1958.
On September 18, 1960 she was united in marriage to Richard Bangert in Keokuk, IA and they celebrated fifty-eight years of life together. He preceded her in death on March 24, 2019.
Along with her husband Richard, they owned and operated Bangert Computer Systems, in Burlington.
She was very active in the community and enjoyed socializing with others. She had been a member of the P.E.O., quilting club, bridge club, Questers and the garden club. She loved to garden and received her Master Gardener’s certification. She and her husband had several large “pick-your-own” strawberry patches in Burlington and the surrounding area for fifteen years. Karen was a skilled seamstress and made beautiful quilts that her family will treasure. One of her favorite pastimes was playing bridge. She enjoyed collecting dolls and glassware among other things. She loved to travel and over the years many memorable trips were taken, including train rides to the west and spring breaks with the family. Karen was very close to her family and cherished the time she spent with them.
She is survived by three children, Kurt (Theresa) Bangert of Kansas City, MO, Kathleen (Brett) Hodson of St. Louis, MO and Kevin Bangert of Burlington, IA, five grandchildren, Justine, Reid, and Virginia Bangert and Izabel and Hugh Hodson, one brother, Paul (Sarah) Reeder of Cincinnati, OH and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church, 421 Washington St. in Burlington with Reverend Melisa Bracht-Wagner officiating. Burial will be in the Aspen Grove Cemetery in Burlington.
Visitation for family and friends will be held prior to the service from 10-11 a.m., Tuesday at the church.
Memorials may be made to the ALS Association and may be mailed to the Vigen Memorial Home, 1328 Concert St., Keokuk, IA 52632.
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Vigen Memorial Home in Keokuk, IA is assisting the family with arrangements.

Wayne T. Hartzell, 87, of Burlington died Friday, October 25, 2019 at the Great River Klein Center in West Burlington.
Born August 17, 1932 in Dewey County, Oklahoma he was the son of Roy V. and Irene (Krober) Hartzell. He married Naomi Odell on September 23, 1960 in Burlington, Iowa. She died May 10, 2011.
Wayne was a former pastor with the Free Methodist Church in Oklahoma. He worked as a material handler for C & E for 33 years until his retirement in 1995.
He was a 1951 graduate of Mutual High School in Mutual, Oklahoma, Central College in McPherson, Kansas and Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois.
He was a member of the Woodmen of the World, United Steel Workers, and Burlington Baptist Church.
He enjoyed carpentry, knitting latch hook rugs and word search puzzles.
Survivors include his two children, Lavada Hartzell and Levi Hartzell both of Burlington; two sisters Bonnie Hartzell of Midwest City, Oklahoma and Joyce (Lael) Simpson of Fort Worth, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Naomi, two brothers and one sister.
The funeral service for Mr. Hartzell will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 30th at Burlington Baptist Church. Pastor Kendall Adams will officiate. Interment will be in Blakeway Cemetery, rural Middletown. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 29th at Lunning Chapel where the family will receive friends.
Memorials have been established for the Alzheimer’s Association and Hope Haven.
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