Obituaries Thursday October 24th

Darlene Angell Bentler, 81 years, of Houghton, Iowa died at 12:21 pmWednesday, October 23, 2013 at the Great River Hospice House, West Burlington, Iowa.  She was born January 1, 1932 at Hamilton, Illinois, a daughter of George Edward and Ina Isabel (Smith) Angell, Sr.  On August 7, 1951, she married Gervase W. Bentler in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Fort Madison, Iowa.  They had eight children.  They divorced after 28 years.  

Her family moved to Fort Madison, Iowa, where she was raised.  Before she married, she worked at Interstate Wholesale Lumber Company, in FortMadison. After staying home to raise her family, she later went to work at St. John’s Rectory, in Houghton, Iowa for 20 years.  She was a member of St. Continue Reading

Obituaries Wednesday October 23rd

Mr. Jerry L. Gentry, 69, of Dallas City, IL passed away at 10:43AMMonday, October 21, 2013 at the FortMadisonCommunityHospital. He was born on May 30, 1944 in California. He is the son of Homer Leon and Frildo Chewning Ikerd. On March 6, 1965 he married Anna “Maisie” Benda in DallasCity. She preceded him in death on July 6, 2011. Continue Reading

Obituaries Tuesday October 22nd

Charlotte Ann Jackson, age 48, of Wapello, died Sunday evening, October 20, 2013, at the Great River Medical Center in West Burlington.  The daughter of David Wagner and Beverly Brown, she was born on April 29, 1965 in Iowa City.  She married Stephen Jackson. She worked for a couple years as an aide helper at the Lutheran Homes in Muscatine.  She was a homemaker. Her family includes a daughter, Samantha Blake of Muscatine; a granddaughter, Shealynn; her mother and step-father, Beverly & Bert Finley of Wapello; her father, David Wagner of Muscatine; her ex-husband, Stephen Jackson of Burlington; two brothers, Rick Brown of Wapello and James Wagner, Sr. of Muscatine; and two sisters, Rita Sparrow of Winfield and Tina Wagner of Tacoma, Washington.  She was preceded in death by her grandparents. A graveside service will be held at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at the Edwards Cemetery in Oakville with Rev. Darryl Erickson officiating. There will be a private gathering and viewing without a visitation. Continue Reading

Obituaries Monday October 21st

Betty Jo Rowe, age 82, of Grandview, died Saturday, October 19, 2013, at the Mercy Hospice, Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.  The daughter of Glen and Ellen Dunphy Beik, she was born on July 10, 1931 near Letts.  She married Lawrence ‘Babe’ Rowe on February 26, 1950 in Grandview. Betty Jo attended the Letts school through part of second grade and then completed and graduated from Grandview High School in 1948.  She was a homemaker and had worked at several part time jobs throughout her lifetime. She was a member of the Grandview Community Bible Church, the Grandview Women’s Club, and the Amicus Club of Grandview.  She enjoyed knitting, reading, cooking, baking, and collecting spoons. Her family includes her husband, Babe; two daughters, Nancy & Earl ‘Mac’ McGill of Letts and Becky & Herb Eutsler of Cotter; three sons, Larry & Kim Rowe of Hagerstown, Maryland, Denny & Kris Rowe of Muscatine, and Tony & Carrie Rowe of Virginia Beach, Virginia; twelve grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren; a sister, Marie Murray of Columbus Junction; and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Mildred Bieri; a brother, Harlan Beik; and two great grandsons, Derek and William. The funeral ceremony for Betty Jo Rowe will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at the Grandview Community Bible Church with Rev. Darryl Erickson officiating.  Burial will follow at the Grandview Cemetery. Continue Reading

Obituaries Saturday October 19th

Lloyd Schmeiser, 92, of rural Burlington, Iowa, passed away at home on Thursday evening, October 17, 2013.     
Born on January 1, 1921 in Benton Township, Des Moines County, Iowa, he was the son of Benjamin and Mary Taeger Schmeiser. He was one of nine children which included: Mildred Moore, Ethel Dixon, Edyth Bresch, Paul, Loren, Allen, Myron and George Schmeiser.  
He married Dorothy Mae Clark on November 14, 1942 at the First United Methodist Church, Burlington, Iowa, by Rev. John W. Poole. They had five children: Ivan, Jean, Joan, Kathleen and Ann. Continue Reading

Obituaries Thursday October 17th

Dena Irena Woods, 97, of Burlington, Iowa, died at Great River Hospice House, West Burlington, Iowa on Wednesday afternoon, October 16, 2013.     
Born on December 14, 1915 in Brashear, Missouri, she was the daughter of Elza S. and Eva D. Reynolds Cooper. She married Virgil Thomas on February 23, 1933 in Kirksville, Missouri.      
Dena was a homemaker and worked at several factories in the area. She enjoyed hobbies, crafts and family. Continue Reading

Obituaries Monday October 14th

Emma Elizabeth Ritchey, 15, of New London died Saturday, October 12, 2013 in an accident east of New London.  Arrangements are pending at Elliott Chapel, New London. Patricia A. Wiegard, 84, of Burlington, died at 7:01 PM Friday, October 11, 2013, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.  

Born April 25, 1929, in Burlington, she was the daughter of Chester and Marie Hahn Mosena. On June 22, 1946, she married Philip Zotz in Burlington. He died October 28, 1960. Continue Reading

Obituaries Friday October 11th

Sharon Kay Ives, 74, of Burlington, Iowa, died at Morning Sun Care Center, Morning Sun, Iowa, on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.     
Born on May 29, 1939 in Burlington, Iowa, she was the daughter of Virgil “Mike” and Elizabeth Huston Watkins. Sharon met Ralph D. Ives in 1976 and after a long courtship they married on December 19, 1985 in Burlington, Iowa.     
Sharon was a great homemaker who put her heart into preparing for family gatherings. She was an animal lover, always concerned about their well being and care. Continue Reading

Obituaries Thursday October 10th

Betty A. Hutchcroft, age 89, of Mediapolis, died Tuesday evening, October 8, 2013, at the GreatRiver Hospice House in West Burlington.  The daughter of PearlI. and Ola A. Beck Gabeline, she was born on October 14, 1923 in Yarmouth.  She married Charles ‘Chuck’ Hutchcroft on July 29, 1945 in Mediapolis.  
Betty graduated from YarmouthHigh School in 1941 and attended BurlingtonJunior College.  She was a homemaker and enjoyed helping on the farm.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the UMW and church circles, American Legion Auxiliary, Sunshine Club, TTT, and King’s Daughters all of Mediapolis.  
Betty was an excellent cook and she enjoyed sewing, crocheting, and gardening.  She will always be remembered for her devotion to her family, especially to her grandchildren and great grandchildren and all of their activities.  
Her family includes her husband, Chuck; a daughter, Lynn & Bill Carlson of Burlington; two sons, Tom & Maureen Hutchcroft of Keokuk and Tim & Deb Hutchcroft of Mediapolis; four grandchildren, Curt Carlson, Angie & Matt Shriver, Kristin & Lance Eland, and Krystal & Ryan McLain; and nine great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Ellen Hutchcroft; and three sisters, Bernice Yohe, Ethel Mary Walker, and Elizabeth as a child. Continue Reading

Obituaries Wednesday October 9th

Helen Burdette Roach, 96, of Burlington, Iowa, died at Great River Hospice House, West Burlington, Iowa, on Tuesday morning, October 8, 2013.     
Born on January 10, 1917 in New London, Missouri, she was the daughter of Herbert T. and Laura King Birditt. She married Willie Roach on June 23, 1940 in Burlington, Iowa. He died on February 12, 1990.     
Helen worked at the IAAP for ten years, Des Moines County Home for nine years and Schramm’s for nineteen years. Continue Reading