Obituaries Thursday December 5th

Patrick A. Duffy, age 70 of Morning Sun, died Tuesday December 3, 2013 at the MorningSunCareCenter.  The son of Carl and Nina (Nichols) Duffy, he was born September 11, 1943 at Muscatine.  He was a graduate of the MorningSunHigh School.  He served for two years during the View Nam War in the US Army.  He was an iron worker and retired from Hawkeye Group in Mediapolis.  He was a member of the NRA and the Morning Sun American Legion, Hayes –Scott Post. Survivors include:  one sister Patricia Hamann of Morning Sun; one brother Lyle Duffy of Sedona, AZ; two nephews,
He was preceded in death by his parents and one niece.  
Cremation has been accorded and there will be no visitation or services and this time.  Inurnment will be at a later date at the ElmwoodCemetery in Morning Sun.  A memorial has been established for the Morning Sun Food Pantry.  
Hagele and Honts Funeral Home in Morning Sun is assisting the family with arrangments. Mr. Edward L. Gebhardt, 87, of LaHarpe, IL passed away at 9:35 AMTuesday, December 3, 2013 at his home. Continue Reading

Obituaries Wednesday December 4th

Bonnie Louise Schnedler,79, Burlington Died Monday 12/2 at The Great River Hospice House
She is survived by her husband, Henry Schnedler
Sons: William Staats Jr. of Oakville, Lonnie Staats of Mount Pleasant and Barry Staats of Sperry
Daughters: Pamela Jones of Wadley, AL, Deborah Scheitlin of Burlington & Brenda Staats of Salem
Step Daughter – Barbara (Joe) Parish of Ankeny, IA
Step Daughter – Susan (Doug) Downer of Blue Grass, IA
Step Daughter – Ruth (William) Warden of Owensville, MO
23 Grandchildren    3    Step Great Grandchildren
Brother    Alfred “AI” Schwartz    Wapello, IA
Half Sister – Shirley Russell of Beaumont, CA
Step Sister – Odell Spragg of Davenport, IA
Step Sister – Edith Burton of Stone Mountain, GA
Step Sister – Lucille Lindsey of Marrero, LA
The family will receive friends from 6-8PM Thursday 12/5 at Lunning Chapel
The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 6th, at Lunning Chapel
Burial in the Aspen Grove Cemetery Continue Reading

Obituaries Tuesday December 3rd

Bernice V.  Schwenker Age 83    of    Burlington
Died Sunday 12/1/13 at the Great River Medical Center West Burlington
Husband: Robert L Schwenker WestBurlington
Son    Kenneth Schwenker Burlington, IA
Son    Dan (Debbie) Schwenker    Burlington, IA
Son    Greg (Brenda) Schwenker    West Burlington, IA
Daughter    Brenda Carson    West Burlington    IA
Daughter    Sherry (Tony) Ashby    West Burlington    IA
7    Grandchildren    4    Great-Grandchildren
2    Step Great Grandchildren
Family will receive friends 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 4th, at Lunning Chapel
Funeral Service will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, December 5th, at Lunning Chapel
Burial in the Aspen Grove Cemetery


John Milton Genck, 84, of Donnellson, IA, passed away on Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 11:10 p.m. at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.  He was born on January 15, 1929 in Fort Madison, IA to John T. & Tempy B. Hawkins Genck.  He married Dolores H. Sheppard on April 30, 1949 in Fort Madison, IA.  He was a conductor for the Santa Fe Railroad for 36 years and later worked at the Fort Madison Daily Democrat for 20 years.  He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and was a member of Izaak Walton, the Model T of America Club & ILIAMO Model T Ford Club.  He enjoyed collecting junk, antiques and tinkering.        John is survived by: his wife: Dolores Genck of Donnellson, IA; 1-daughter: Karen (Ben) Anderson of Donnellson, IA; 1-son: Stephen (Jo) Genck of Donnellson, IA; 6-grandchildren; 18-great grandchildren; 4-great great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by: his parents, 5-brothers & 2-sisters.        Per his wishes, his body has been cremated by King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory.  Friends may call after 2:00 p.m. on Monday, December 2, 2013 with the family to receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday evening at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory.  A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 with Rev. Dean Graber officiating at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory.  Burial will be held in OaklandCemetery with military rites performed by the Fort Madison Veterans Honor Guard.  A memorial has been established for Make-A-Wish Foundation or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.  Online condolences to John’s family may be left at the King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory website: Linnea Marie Lemon, 93 of Burlington, Iowa died Wednesday November 27th at the Great River Klein Center, West Burlington. Continue Reading

Obituaries Wednesday November 27th

Herman M. Maass Age 75    of West Burlington
Died    Monday 11/25/13    Great River Medical Center    West Burlington
Son    Gregory Maass    West Burlington, lA
Daughter    Shelly Stout    Burlington    IA
1    Grandchild
Friends may call    Noon until 6 p.m. Monday, December 2nd, at Lunning Chapel
Family will receive friends    4 – 6 p.m. Monday, December 2nd, at Lunning Chapel
Funeral Service    6 p.m. Monday, December 2nd, at Lunning Chapel
Burial Will Be    Prairie Grove Zion Cemetery at a later date


Vivian Corine Manka, 94, of FortMadison passed away November 25, 2013 at The Kensington.  She was born on February 2, 1919 in Fort Madison, IA to Robert & Ruth Miller Breen.  She married Robert Manka, Sr. on February 17, 1939 at Sacred Heart Rectory in FortMadison.  He preceded her in death on May 1, 2004. Vivian began working at W. A. Sheaffer Pen Co. after graduating from high school at the age of 17, working there for over 25 years.  She also designed windows at Kresge’s, P. M. Place, and Woolworth’s and also managed the men’s department at TG&Y. She enjoyed volunteering and was very active as Chairman of the Board for the King’s Daughter’s Home in Fort Madison, was a Camp Fire Girl troop leader for 10 years, a member of the Daughter’s of the American Revolution, and up until recently gave a lot of time and support to Friends of the Library.  She and Bob loved golf, ballroom dancing and square dancing and she was able to continue square dancing until about one year ago. Survivors include two daughters, Jacqueline (William) Kurtt of Ahwahnee, CA, and Beverly (Gregg) Brockman of Fort Madison; two sons, Robert (Marta) Manka and Michael (Candace) Manka both of Fort Madison; 11 grandchildren, Brian (Denise) Kurtt of Melissa, TX, Bruce (Brenda) Kurtt of Fresno, CA, Bridget (Keith) DeJong, Montclair, CA, Sean (Gina) Manka, Castle Rock, CO, Kelly (Dan) Crooks, Fenton, MO, Ryan (Krystal) Manka, Cedar Rapids, IA, Samantha Manka and Alex Manka, both of Fort Madison, Nathan (Jodi) Brockman, Ames, IA, and Corinn (Jason) Hardy, Great Lakes, IL.  There are also 21 great grandchildren, Angela Shamblin, Melissa, TX, Katherine, Jack, & Caroline Kurtt, Fresno, CA, Willa DeJong, Montclair, CA, Kenzie & Kylie Carpenter, Castle Rock, CO, Sarah, Anna, Josiah, Lydia, Leah, Laura Beth, and Norah Crooks of Fenton, MO, Linkin Manka, Cedar Rapids, IA, Max, Emma, Zoe, and Zach Brockman of Ames, IA, and Carter and Addison Hardy of Great Lakes, IL.  She is also survived by two sisters, Marjorie Davis and Betty Sallen.  She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two brothers, William & Gordon Breen and two sisters, Ruth Breen and Joanne Tweedy. 

       The family will receive friends from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 30, 2013 with the funeral service to immediately follow at 10:30 a.m. all at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory with Rev. Mike McHugh officiating.  Burial will be held in SacredHeartCemetery.  A memorial has been established in Vivian’s memory and contributions may be left at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory.  Online condolences and a video tribute of Vivian’s life may be viewed at the King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory website: Continue Reading

Obituaries Tuesday November 26th

Jim Bell, 92, of Burlington, died at 1:10 PM Sunday, November 24, 2013, at his home.  

Born May 26, 1921, in Stoutsville, MO, he was the son of Herman William and Vivian R. Redman Bell. On February 26, 1945, he married Mildred Ethel Hart in Monroe City, MO.  

Throughout his life, Jim had worked at the parking ramp at Burlington Medical Center, the Des Moines Register as a distributer, Deery Brothers as a driver, at a bank in Quincy, at the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant, Bock’s Flower Shop, as a truck driver, and at Campbell Chain Co.  He had retired from General Electric after 20 years. Continue Reading

Obituaries Monday November 25th

Garry Thomas, 56, of Burlington, died at 11:33 AM Sunday, November 24, 2013, at his home.  Arrangements are pending at the Thielen Funeral Home & Crematory. The funeral service for Mrs. Marian Anderson, 94, of New London, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 27th  at Elliott Chapel, New London.  Pastor James Roth will officiate with interment being held in BurgeCemetery, rural New London.  Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday and the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.  In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established for the New London Nursing and RehabCenter. Father John Whalen, 70, of Burlington, died at Great River Hospice House, West Burlington, Iowa, on Sunday, November 24, 2013.     
Born on March 27, 1943 in Burlington, Iowa, he was the son of Joseph P. and Marcella A. Whalen. Continue Reading

Obituaries Friday November 22nd

Irene Campbell, 88, of Burlington, died at 2:23 AM Thursday, November 21, 2013, at the Burlington Care Center in Burlington.  

Born August 8, 1925, in Fort Madison, she was the daughter of George William and Goldie M. Hoskins Boyd. On September 12, 1953, she married Kenneth J. Campbell in Fort Madison.  

Irene worked as a hairdresser.  

She was a graduate of Fort Madison High School and attended Burlington Beauty Academy for one year. Continue Reading

Obituaries Tuesday November 19th

Adolphus “Doss” David Massner    Age 85    of    Mediapolis
Died Saturday 11/16 at Genesis Medical Center Davenport
He is survived by his wife Bertha Massner    Mediapolis    IA
Sons David, Derek & Doran Massner all of Mediapolis
Daughters Mara (Curtis) Orr of Mediapolis, Dana (A.J.) Kuisle of Sperry & Megan Massner of Mediapolis
17 Grandchildren    1    Great-Grandchild
Sister    Dorothy (Richard) Taeger    Burlington, IA
Brother    Eric (Norma) Massner    Mediapolis, IA
Brother    Virgil (Barbara) Massner    Mediapolis, IA
Brother    Lloyd (Mary) Massner    Mediapolis, IA
Brother    Harold (Annette) Massner    Burlington, IA
Brother    Dale (Evelyn) Massner    Burlington, IA
Brother    Allen (Rosemary) Messner    Maywood, MO
The Family will receive friends    4 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 19th, at Lunning Chapel and 9 – 9:45 a.m. Wednesda’
November 20th at the Oakville-Mediapolis Apostolic Christian Church in Mediapolis
10 am. Wednesday, November 20th, at the Oakville-Mediapolis Apostolic Christiar
Church in Mediapolis
Burial Will Be    Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery, Oakville.  

Helen Francis Prickett, 99, of Salem, died Sunday, November 17, 2013 at PleasantManorCareCenter, Mt.Pleasant. The funeral service for Mrs. Prickett will be held at 1:00 PM, Thursday, November 21, 2013 at Elliott Chapel, New London.  Pastor Jared Haley will officiate.  Burial will be in BurgeCemetery, New London.  Visitation will begin after noon on Wednesday, November 20, with the family receiving friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.  Memorials have been established to SalemFriendsChurch, Relay For Life, and the Pleasant Manor Activity Fund. Mrs. Maxine M. Carper, 89, of Dallas City, IL passed away at 2:45 PMSaturday, November 16, 2013 at the LaHarpe-Davier Health Care Center, LaHarpe, IL. Continue Reading

Obituaries Friday November 15th

Donald R. Norton Jr. Age 70    of    Burlington died    Saturday 11/9/13 at Wapello Nursing & Rehab. Survivors:
Son            Tony Ray Norton    Phoenix, AZ
Daughter    Lin D. Weyrick    Burlington    IA
Daughter    Tami Norton    Burlington    IA
4    Grandchildren    4    Great-Grandchildren
Patricia Hart  of Lomax
Donna Runyon of California
Marge Lox of Burlington
The family will receive friends Monday November 18 from 5-7 PM at Lunning Chapel with Military Rites at 7 PM
Graveside Memorial Funeral Service and lnurnment 11AM Saturday November 23 in Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery. Continue Reading

Obituaries Thursday November 14th

Charles F. Norton    Age 87    of    Burlington
Died Saturday Nov. 9th at his home
He is survived by 3 daughters:
Rachel (Ray) Allen    Hannibal    MO
Mary Ellen McMillan    Burlington    IA
Kathryn Hoskins    Hannibal    MO
2 sisters: Opal Beenblossom of Washington, IA & Pearl Moser of Burlington
2 brothers: Clarence of Burlington & Melvin of Salt Lake City, UT
14 Grandchildren    Several Great-Great Grandchildren
Family will receive friends    One hour prior to the time of service at Lunning Chapel
Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 16th, at Lunning Chapel
Burial in the Loper Cemetery, Rural Sperry.  

Jerome “Jerry” Eland, 75, of Burlington, died at 6:29 PM Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at the Great River Medical Center in West Burlington.  

Born June 9, 1938, in Burlington, he was the son of Oscar Elbridge and Blanche McCready Eland. On May 5, 1961, he married Pat L. Evans in Spokane, WA. Continue Reading