Obituaries for Friday November 1st

Mr. Donald C. Siegrist, 84, of rural Niota, Illinois died Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at his home.
He was born April 20, 1935 in rural Hancock County, Illinois, the son of Albert Carl and Mildred Elizabeth Logan Siegrist. On June 30, 1957 he married Celia Mattox. They later divorced.
Following graduation from the Dallas City High School, he served in the US Army. Don farmed for over 60 years near Niota. He was a former member of the Fort Madison Moose Lodge and Eagles. He enjoyed spending time with his dog, Ricky.
Surviving are six sons, Clayton Siegrist of Niota, Mike (Nancy) Siegrist of Racine, Wisconsin, Pat (Sally) Siegrist of Fort Madison, Tim (Margaret) Siegrist of Pueblo, Colorado, Cory Siegrist of Sparta, Wisconsin and Ryan Siegrist of Fort Madison; one sister, Katy (Don) Helling of Mt. Hamill, IA; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild and one on the way.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Darrell and Albert Siegrist and his parents.
Services will be held Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 at 10:30am at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Dallas City with Pastor Mark Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Appanoose Cemetery, Niota, IL. Friends may call after 1:00pm Sunday at Banks & Beals where the family will meet with friends from 3:00 until 5:00pm. To leave a condolence please visit Don’s obituary at

Michael Leslie Prehm, 64, of Danville, died Thursday, October 29, 2019 at Savannah Heights, Mt. Pleasant.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, November 4, at Elliott Chapel, New London. Pastor Randy Gearhart will officiate. Burial will be in Long Creek Cemetery. Visitation will begin at noon on Sunday, November 3, at the Chapel with the family greeting friends from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. A memorial has been established.

Rev. Mark Philip Schowalter, 62, of West Burlington, Iowa, however by heart a devout Wisconsin man, died Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at Great River Medical Center in West Burlington.
Born December 13, 1956 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota he was the son of Rev. George H. and Joyce M. (Rintelmann) Schowalter. His early years were spent in Fountain City, Wisconsin and later graduated from North High School in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He continued his education and graduated from Lakeland University (formerly Lakeland College).
Mark was diagnosed with Diabetes at the age of seven, and lost his sight due to the disease in 1979. Since his youth, Mark dreamed of becoming a Pastor. Determined to fulfill his dream he graduated from United Theological Seminary and was ordained at Pilgram United Church of Christ in Grafton, Wisconsin in 1984.
During his seminary days he served as youth director. His first pastoral assignment call was to Nekoosa, Wisconsin. He accepted a call to St. Paul United Church of Christ in West Burlington, Iowa. It was there that he met and married his love, Sue Hockett Royer. Mark and Sue were married on May 29, 1993 at the church. Together they celebrated over 26 years of marriage.
During much of his life Mark was involved in the ministries of the United Church program “Outdoor Ministries”, first as a pastor and later as a director. He offered pastoral leadership to many churches in Iowa and Wisconsin. Most recently again at St. Paul United Church of Christ in West Burlington.
Even through losing a leg due to his diabetes, Mark never saw himself as handicapped, but more as handiCAPABLE. He wrote and published a book “From Eagle to Chicken and Back” and most recently a Christmas musical “Angel Inc. ~ The Reason for the Season” which is in the works for this coming Christmas season. He loved writing and blogging, more recently his “From the Wilderness” that was sent out to email participants and daily on his Facebook page.
Even though blind, Mark could still play the piano, trumpet and guitar in addition to being a wonderful singer. “Music plus Ministry equals Mark”.
Sailing, Sailing, Sailing, it was his passion, his love and his solace, be it on Moon Lake, Green Lake, Lake Michigan and/or Lake Superior and let’s not forget his beloved Green Bay Packers.
Mark is survived by his loving wife, nurse and caretaker, Sue Schowalter of West Burlington; three sons, Jason (Brittany) Royer, Bret (Katie Howell) Royer and Boone (Heather) Royer all of West Burlington; six grandchildren, Aurora, Belle, Piercen, Aiden, MacGyver and Remy; his parents, Rev. George and Joyce Schowalter of West Bend, WI; two sisters, LouAnn (Dan) Parsons of Greenfield, WI and Karen (Gabe) Pehler of Fountain City, WI; two brothers, John (Tina) Schowalter of Alma, WI and Joel (Jill) Schowalter of Grafton, WI; several nieces and nephews; and last, but certainly not least, his beloved constant companion, Rosie, his Doberman.
The Celebration of Life for Pastor Mark will be 3:00 p.m. Saturday, November 2nd at Lunning Chapel. His longtime friend and colleague Glenn Svetnicka will officiate. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until the time of celebration where the family will receive friends. A private family inurnment will be held at a later date in Wisconsin.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for Moon Beach Camp, St. Germain, Wisconsin.
According to his wishes, cremation has been accorded and entrusted to the care of his friends at Lunning Chapel.
Online condolences may be sent by viewing Mark’s obituary at

Lee E. Avery, 91, of Media, Illinois, passed away Wednesday October 30, 2019 in a traffic accident, near Stronghurst, Illinois. He was born September 14, 1928, near Raritan, Illinois, the son of Joe and Nellie Wolford Avery. On December 4, 1948, he married Frances “Lottie” Rettig in Thermopolis, Wyoming. She preceded him in death on May 5, 2005.

Mr. Avery was a graduate of Stronghurst High School. He first worked for Santa Fe Railroad, and later was a ironworker for the Rock Island Local until his retirement. He served on the M.S.T. Fire Department, and the Media Village Board for many years. He enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting, and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

Survivors include two daughters, Connie (Darrell) Kraft of LaHarpe, IL, Dianna (Mike) Duncan of Media, IL, two sons, Neal (Patti) Avery of Media, Sheldon (Diane) Avery of Glenburn, ND, eight grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren, twelve great great grandchildren, and one sister, Shirley (Kendall) Furniss of Media. He was preceded in death by his wife, one sister, Helen Hobby, and five brothers, Eldon, Donald, Kenneth, Charles, and Larry Avery.

No Visitation is planned. A graveside service will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 5, 2019 in the Carman Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given to the M.S.T. Fire Department of Media, Illinois. Please visit to sign the guest book and leave a condolence.

John William Shallenberger, 80, of LaHarpe, Illinois passed away at 7:35 p.m. Thursday, October 31, 2019 at his home.
John was born on July 29, 1939 in Gladestone, Illinois the son of Wayne and Gladys Miller Shallenberger. On February 8, 1958 he married Betty Lee Kurtz in LaHarpe. Betty preceded him in death on July 7, 2002.
Mr. Shallenberger worked in construction. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Survivors include two children, John Lee Shallenberger and Jana Finley both of LaHarpe; six grandchildren, including Michelle Welch, who was raised by her grandparents. Also surviving, six great-grandchildren; one brother; Tom Shallenberger of Snellville, Georgia and one sister, Barb Lung of Monmouth, Illinois.
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents and three children in infancy.
A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, November 4, 2019 at LaHarpe Cemetery with Rev. Bruce Goettsche officiating. There will be no formal visitation, but friends may call from noon until 6:00 p.m. Sunday at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established for MDH Hospice. To leave a condolence please visit John’s obituary at

Theresa Rose Marshall, 81, of Mediapolis, died Monday, October 28, 2019, at her home. She peacefully joined her husband, Clarence.

Born April 5, 1938, in Quincy, IL, she was the daughter of Joseph Aloysius and Helen Catherine Treaster Bastean. Of their ten children she was the last to arrive and the last to leave. On May 5, 1956, she married the love of her life, Clarence Lewis Marshall in Wapello. He passed December 13, 2013.

She left home to attend Beauty School in Burlington but never cut hair professionally. She chose instead to work in the factories where she could make more money and have benefits. With no accounting education she kept excellent books for Clarence’s small businesses.

Theresa and Clarence loved nothing more than their family. They enjoyed their grandkids and following their interests and attending their performances ranging from racing to theater. They spent many summers taking them on vacations. Their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren have been their source of pride.

Theresa enjoyed NASCAR, gardening, Halloween, game shows, playing video games, feeding the squirrels and chatting over coffee at her kitchen table.

Survivors include her children, Kathy (Dick) Howard of Sperry and Larry Marshall of Mediapolis; five grandchildren, Daniel Marshall, Andrew Howard, Kelsey Howard, Marcus Marshall and Emma Marshall; five great-grandchildren, Lacey and Lucas Quinn, Mason and Camden Marshall and Ella Quinn.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, four sisters, and beloved daughter-in-law, Teresa Marshall.

There will be no services held for Theresa. Her body has been donated to the Deeded Body Program at the University of Iowa. Upon the return of her ashes, her family intends to spread them in a meaningful way.

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

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