Obituaries Thursday January 8th

Myrtle Mae Bartenhagen Schlutz, age 95, lifelong resident of Grandview, died Tuesday morning, January 6, 2015, at the Wapello Nursing & Rehab Center in Wapello.  The daughter of Guy Henry and Mabel Buster Hardman, she was born on December 7, 1919, in rural Grandview.  She married Walder Bartenhagen on October 4, 1939 in Sigourney.  He preceded her in death on November 1, 1969.  Myrtle married Dale Schlutz on January 2, 1971 in Grandview and he preceded her in death on March 4, 1993.  

She graduated from Grandview High School in 1937 and attended AIB in Davenport.  She was a homemaker and a seamstress and an active member of the Grandview Community Bible Church, serving as the church treasurer for 32 years, the AWANA secretary for 23 years, a Sunday school teacher, the Grandview Women’s Missionary, and the church choir.  She was also a member of the Lucky 13 Club and the Grandview Federated Club and had served as the Grandview City Clerk.  

Her family includes a son, Carl & Evelyn Bartenhagen of Omaha, Nebraska; two daughters, Elaine & Neil Wiele of West Liberty and Joan Woods of Wapello; five grandchildren, Michael & Lisa Bartenhagen, Katherine & Dave Merkley, Angela & Alan Feldman, Chad & Jennifer Grouwinkel, and Corey & Sarah Everts; two step grandchildren, Kevin Schlutz & Linda and Lynn & Howard Hagen; twelve great grandchildren; five step great grandchildren; and six great great grandchildren.  

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Walder and Dale; a daughter, Suzanne Everts; a great granddaughter, Melissa; and two sisters, Bernice Snyder and Hilda Young.  

The funeral ceremony for Myrtle Schlutz will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, January 10, 2015, at the Grandview Community Bible Church with Rev. Darryl Erickson and Pastor Rich Kolmus officiating.  Burial will follow at the Grandview Cemetery. Continue Reading

Obituaries Wednesday January 7th

David T. ‘Dave’ McCulley, age 81, of Toolesboro, rural Wapello, died Monday, January 5, 2015 at the Wapello Nursing & Rehab Center in Wapello.  He was born December 22, 1933 near Grandview.  Dave was next to the youngest of seven boys and the son of Glen R. and Ruth Cockerill McCulley.  He attended Indian Creek Country School in Louisa County through eighth grade and graduated from Columbus Junction High School in 1951.  In 1954 he joined the US Army.  He served in Germany and was discharged in May of 1956.  

On August 11, 1956, he was united in marriage to Beverly J. Anderson at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.  They started married life farming with his father until 1962 when they moved to Oakville.  For 37 years he managed the feed mill at Oakville Feed & Grain, through fire and high water.  It is now Tri Oak Foods.  

Dave was a long time member of the Oakville United Methodist Church, served on the Oakville Town Council, and for many years as treasurer of Boy Scout Troop #57.  

He became an accomplished wood carver, and later enjoyed his greenhouse.  

With his wife they traveled all 48 states and Canada, many more than once, until Parkinson’s made traveling impossible. Continue Reading

Obituaries Monday January 5th

Doris A. “Pee Wee” St. Clair, 86, of Cedar Rapids, IA, formerly of LaHarpe, IL passed away at 2:29 PM Saturday, January 3, 2015 at the St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. She was born on June 6, 1928 in LaHarpe, the daughter of Jesse “Bob” and Lela McMeins Steepleton. On March 29, 1947 she married Ray S. “Tuffy” St. Continue Reading

Obituaries Tuesday December 30th

Angela Marie Lopez died Friday, December 26, 2014 at her home in Burlington.  She was born June 24, 1968 in Fort Madison, Iowa the daughter of Joseph A. and Sandra K. Albright Lopez Sr.

She was a homemaker.  Angela enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren, watching Nascar racing especially Jeff Gordon.  She enjoyed camping and fishing at the Skunk River and the Y Camp.  She was a Harley Davidson Motorcycle enthusiast.   Angela liked to talk with friends on the phone and she loved roses. She is survived by her mother and step father, Sandra and Louis “Butch” Fisher of Burlington. Her father Joseph A. Lopez Sr.  Three daughters, Amanda Vandel, Amber Sue Vandel and Alicia Nicole (Matt) Siefken all of Burlington.  Three brothers, Joseph Lopez of Heinzville, Georgia, Jeff (Brandie)Nelson of Burlington and John Estes of Anamosa, Iowa.  Nine grandchildren, Brennan, Rachel, DaShawn, Justine, Sophia, Lydia, Kaylee, Hallie and Jalen. Angela was preceded in death by one infant brother, Christopher. Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at the First Church of the Nazarene.  Pastor Terry Vance will officiate.  The family will receive friends at the church on Tuesday one hour prior to the Service.  Following the service a light meal will be served in the Edge at the church.  Following a private family gathering at Prugh’s cremation has been entrusted to our loving care.  A memorial has been established in memory of Angela Lopez. Continue Reading

Obituaries Monday December 29th

Marjorie Smith, 94, passed away peacefully in her Fort Collins home December 22, 2014.  Born in Oakville, Iowa February 2, 1920 to Samuel and Susanna (Goss) Wykert, Marjorie was the youngest of six children.  Ethyl, John, Pearl, Ernest and Howard all preceded her in death.  On May 31, 1941 she was united in marriage to De Los Russell Smith. After De Los returned from serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, they made their home in Oakville and later in Burlington, Iowa where they raised their only daughter, Margaret. Margaret married Robert (Rob) Cieslicki in 1980, and they owned and operated Sunchase Tours Inc. in Fort Collins for 25 years.  In 1999, Marjorie and De Los relocated to be close to them.  De Los passed away in January 2001. Marjorie graduated from Columbus Junction High School in Columbus Junction, Iowa and received her teaching certificate from Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  She began her teaching career in a one-room school house close to the family farm near Oakville.  Later she worked as a teacher’s aide and office assistant at Sunnyside Elementary School in Burlington for twenty two years before retiring at age 72. She is survived by their loving daughter, Margaret and her husband Rob, sisters-in law Joan Smith Rice (John) and Jean Smith Nelson (the late Joseph), twelve nieces and nephews and their families. Continue Reading

Obituaries Tuesday December 23rd

Sharon Elizabeth Burns, age 46, of Oakville, died Monday evening, December 22, 2014, at her home.  The daughter of William Duane and Barbara E. Chinlund Gerst, she was born on July 7, 1968 in Burlington.  She married Michael ‘Mike’ Burns on September 21, 2002 in Oakville.  

Sharon graduated from Wapello High School in 1986 and attended business college in the Quad Cities.  She worked as a cook for several restaurants in the Quad Cities and later at Gusto’s, her family restaurant, in Oakville and then others in Oakville.  In recent years she worked at S & J Tube in Wapello.  

She enjoyed cooking, playing pool, and fishing.  She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Oakville.  

Her family includes her husband, Mike; a daughter, Rachel at home; her mother, Barbara Gerst of Oakville; her grandmother, Verlee Gerst of Wapello; two brothers, Bill Gerst of Oakville and Robert ‘Bob’ Gerst of Mediapolis; and several nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her father, Duane.  

The funeral ceremony for Sharon Burns will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, December 29. Continue Reading

Obituaries Monday December 22nd

Rikki Allan Powell, 62, of Burlington, died at the Florida Hospital, Orlando, Florida, on Thursday, December 18, 2014.  

Born on January 3, 1952 in Burlington, Iowa, he was the son of Chester and Barbara Jean Miller Powell. He was raised by his grandparents, Henry Clay and Minnie Bell Miller.  He married Pamela Pfadenhauer on February 11, 1978 in Burlington, Iowa.  

Rikki was a graduate of Southeastern Community College where he was a member of the college golf team. He worked as custodian for Edward Stone School and also worked at Pepsi Cola Bottling Company and Montgomery Wards for 29 years, mainly in the electronics department. Continue Reading

Obituaries Friday December 19th

Robert Dean Cortelyou, 73, of Urbana, IL, formerly of LaHarpe, IL passed away Monday, December 15, 2014 at his home. Services will be held at 10:00 AM Monday, December 22, 2014 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe with Pastor Shawn Cortelyou officiating. Burial will be in the LaHarpe Cemetery. The family will meet with friends Sunday, December 21st from 3:00 until 5:00 PM at the funeral home. Condolences may be left at Continue Reading

Obituaries Thursday December 18th

Ms. Ruby Annabelle Bavery, 83, of LaHarpe, IL passed way at 1:15 PM Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at the hospice house in West Burlington, IA. She was born on September 29, 1931, the daughter of Floyd and Charlotte Bolton Bavery. She attended school in Basco, IL and was a 1949 graduate of the Warsaw High School. She then entered St. Francis School of Nursing in Macomb, IL, graduating in 1952. Continue Reading

Obituaries Wednesday December 17th

Jerry Allen Kaufman, 79, of Burlington, died at 12:45 PM Monday, December 15, 2014, at the Galesburg Cottage Hospital.  

Born January 26, 1935, in Randolph County, MO, he was the son of Joseph and Georgie Herrin Kaufman. In March of 1985, he married Martha Fetters in Macon, MO.  

Jerry worked for Associated Electric Cooperative, as a manager and draftsman for numerous power plants, and owned Katy Station in Columbia, MO.  

He was a 1953 graduate of Moberly High School. Continue Reading