Obituaries Monday September 30th

Maribeth Essex, 77, of Stronghurst, IL died at 10:28 AM Sunday, September 29, 2013, at the  Great River Medical Center in West Burlington.  

Born May 9, 1936, in Oquawka, IL, she was the daughter of Clifford S. and Nannie Hightower Essex.  

Maribeth worked at Warren Achievement Sheltered Workshop in Monmouth, the Hub Restaurant and did baby sitting.  

She was a graduate of G&O High School.  She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge. Continue Reading

Obituaries Friday September 27th

Neil Allen, age 83, or rural Morning Sun, died Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at the GreatRiverMedicalCenter in West Burlington.  The son of Noel and Elta Garvey Allen, he was born on July 18, 1930 in Roseville, Ohio.  He married Jill Ellen Henry on June 18, 1955 in Kearney, Nebraska.  
Jerry graduated from RosevilleHigh School in Ohio.  He attended ValparaisoCollege in Indiana.  He served in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict.  He worked for GE as a Quality Control Engineer.  
He was a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge in Lynchburg, Virginia and a member of the Mediapolis Lions Club.  He enjoyed woodcarving, especially creating miniature clocks, doing crosswords, and computer activities.  
His family includes his wife, Jill; a son, Charles Allen of Morning Sun; two daughters, Jane & Tom Cranston of Coralville and Nancy & Owen Ryder of Quebec, Canada; four grandchildren, Jessica & Jason Clark, Robert ‘RJ’ Hergert, Eric Pershing, and Carter Pershing; four great grandchildren, Sierra Rose, Christopher, Lea, and Ashley; a sister, Susan Horn of Georgia; a sister-in-law, Helen Allen of Brazil, Indiana; and an extended family including Luke & Anne-Mie Van Zandvliet of Belgium, Cory Dergance & Jason Darnell of Peru, Illinois, Bradley Murphy of Hephzibah, Georgia, Ann & Homer Keith of Cambridge, Ohio, and Rusty Johnson of Texas.  He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Noel; and two half-sisters, Dorothy Darnell and Jean Read.  
The family will meet friends on Sunday, September 29, 2013, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the Hagele and Honts Funeral Home in Mediapolis.  The funeral ceremony will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, September 30, 2013, at the Hagele and Honts Funeral Home with Rev. Jerleen Schlesser officiating.  Cremation will follow the services and burial will take place at a later date in Kearney, Nebraska. Continue Reading

Obituaries Wednesday September 25th

Luellen Mae ‘Lu’ Richenberger, age 53, of Morning Sun, died Monday, September 23, 2013, at her home.  The daughter of Robert and Lura Tucker McDonald, she was born on December 22, 1959 in Burlington.  She married Ron Richenberger on October 3, 1981 in Morning Sun.  
Lu graduated from Burlington High School in 1978.  She was an activity director and CNA at the Morning Sun Care Center and had worked in construction for Wilson Concrete and more recently at Grimm Bros. in Wapello.  
She enjoyed painting, crocheting, crafting, and Cruise Night.  Lu was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church in Morning Sun, had served on the Morning Sun Volunteer Fire Department and was an EMT with the Morning Sun Community Ambulance Service.  She had coached Little League Softball with her daughters.  
Her family includes her husband, Ron; three daughters, Katie McDonald & Caleb Smith of Mt. Continue Reading

Obituaries Tuesday September 24th

Troy Alan Fenton    Age 38    of    Burlington
Died    Friday 9/20 at his home
Survivors: Wife: Janet Fenton    Burlington
Father – John Fenton (Rose Crane) of Centerville, IAMother – Sue (Robert) Smith of Mediapolis
Children Son    Matt Fenton & Tyler Vahle    Burlington
Daughter    Tammy (Chris Tapscott) Fenton    Burlington
Daughter    Brittany Vahle    Burlington
Sister    Lori (Mike) Thie    Burlington
Brother    Dean (Michelle) Fenton    Burlington
Brother    Jon Fenton    Burlington
Half Brother – Chad Fenton of Centerville, IA
Half Brother – Andy Fenton of Centerville, IA
Family will receive friends    5 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 24th, at Lunning Chapel
Celebration of Life    8 p.m. Tuesday, September 24th, at Lunning Chapel

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Obituaries Monday September 23rd

Carolyn Ross Latty Stebbins of Burlington died Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Great River Hospice House, West Burlington, Iowa.  She was born January 1, 1940 at Burlington, Iowa the daughter of John Penny and Helen Gregson Coe Latty. On February 11, 1978 she married James Henry Stebbins in Burlington. Mrs. Stebbins attended grade school at Latty School and was a 1957 graduate of Sperry High School, attended Parsons College in  Fairfield, Iowa for 1 ½ years and was a 1959 graduate of Burlington Junior College and a 1963 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Nursing in Iowa City.  After graduation she worked at the University Hospital in Iowa City, taught in the School of Nursing at Burlington Medical Center and was Director of Admissions at BMC for 13 years. She was a member of Delta Zeta Sorority at Parsons College where she lived in the Sorority House.  In her younger years she was a member of First Congregational Church of Burlington where she was a member of Congregators and served several terms as a Deaconess on the Diaconate Board.  She was a 25 plus year member of the What-So-Ever- Circle of Kings Daughters.  She was a past Worthy Matron of White Star Chapter of Eastern Star in Mediapolis and later was a member of the E.C. Blackmar Chapter of Eastern Star in Burlington.  During her years in Eastern Star she held several offices including Worthy Matron and also was a District Instructor in Iowa.  Mrs. Stebbins enjoyed traveling and was a lover flowers and working in her many flower beds. Survivors include her husband, four daughters: Deborah (Mike) Pintar of Burlington, Linda (Robert) Hoover and Susan (Jeff) Haines both of Mt. Continue Reading

Obituaries Thursday September 19th

Linda F. Norton,71, Burlington died Sunday 9/15 at St. Lukes Methodist Hospital, Cedar Rapids

She is survived by her husband:Donald of  Burlington

Son                                  Tony Ray Norton                of Phoenix, AZ

Daughters                        Tami Norton & Lin Weyrick  of Burlington       
4                Grandchildren                 4         Great-Grandchildren 
The family will receive friends              5 – 7 p.m. Thursday, September 19th, at Lunning Chapel
Funeral Service                              10:30 a.m. Friday, September 20th, at Lunning Chapel. Burial in the Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery. Michael Lee Beard, 59, of Burlington, died at 6:50 PM Tuesday, September 17, 2013, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.  

Born April 22, 1954, in Keokuk, IA, he was the son of Lester and Mary Maxine Toops Beard Shaffer. Continue Reading

Obituaries Tuesday September 17th

Dale Eugene Anderson, 91 years, of McDonald, Tennessee and formerly of Fort Madison, Iowa died at 1:10 amSaturday, September 14, 2013 at the Life Care of Collegedale, Tennessee.  He was born June 28, 1922 at New London, Iowa, a son of Earl and June (Mathews) Anderson.  He first married Lois Eichholz.  They later divorced.  On October 8, 1983, he married Joye Bess Gresham Counts at Fort Madison, Iowa.  She preceded him in death July 23, 2004. 


He worked for True Temper for 12 years, then at the Crandon Paper Mill for 27 years.  He was a member of the Moose Lodge and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Montrose.  He loved to pitch horseshoes, fish, sing, dance, and play musical instruments.  

He is survived by three children: Charlotte Anderson, of McDonald, Tennessee; Roger (wife Kathy) Anderson, of Fort Madison, Iowa; and Vicky Van Winkle, of Fort Madison, Iowa; one stepson, Mark (wife Liz) Counts, of Fort Madison, Iowa; nine grandchildren; two step grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and one sister, Mazie Englehart, of Minnesota.  He is preceded in death by his parents, wife and three sisters.  

Visitation will be from 6:00 – 7:00 pmTuesday, September 17, 2013 at the Barr Memorial Chapel, FortMadison with a Christian Wake Service at 7:00 pm Tuesday evening.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 amWednesday, September 18, 2013 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, FortMadison.  Burial will be at the OaklandCemetery, Fort Madison, Iowa.  A memorial has been established, contributions may be made at the Barr Memorial Chapel, FortMadison.  Online condolences to the Anderson Family may be made from . 

Edlef P. Boysen, age 93, passed away Sunday, September 15, at his home in Mediapolis, Iowa.  Edlef was born August 12, 1920, at home in rural Morning Sun, the son of Thede and Marie (Hinrichsen) Boysen.  He married Maxine Kerr of Columbus Jct., Iowa, on March 3, 1940. Edlef graduated from Wapello High School in the class of 1938. Continue Reading

Obituaries Thursday June 13th

Mary Louise Boddeker, 83, formerly of Nauvoo, Illinois, died at Rose Bush Gardens on Tuesday evening, June 11, 2013.     
Born on April 5, 1930 in Ft. Madison, Iowa, she was the daughter of Delmer W. and Marie C. Siegrist Boddeker. She grew up in the Niota, Illinois, area and graduated from Nauvoo High School. Mary was a secretary at Murray Iron Works for a number of years. Continue Reading

Obituaries Wednesday June 12th

Terry Lee Staats    Age 49    of Mount Pleasant’
Died    Monday 6/10/13    at    Great River Medical Center,    West Burlington
Wife:    Toni Staats    Mount Pleasant    IA
Parents Father and Step Mother – William “Bill” (Jean) Staats of Burlington, IA
Mother and Step Father – Bonnie (Henry) Schnedler of Burlington, IA
Father and Mother-in-Law – Thomas and Kathy Watts of Burlington, IA
Jacob Ryan Staats Burlington
Kyle David Mitchell Washington
Trevor Staats Mount Pleasant
Daughter    Kaylan Lee Mitchell    Mount Pleasant    IA
3    Grandchildren
Sister    Deb (Lonnie) Scheitlin    Burlington, IA
Sister    Pam (William) Jones    Wadley, AL
Sister    Brenda (Rob Schadt) Staats    Salem, IA
Sister    Kim (Jeff) Nehring    New London, IA
Brother    William Staats, Jr.    Oakville, IA
Brother    Randy (Carol) Thompkin    Grandview, IA
Brother    Lonnie (Suzanne) Staats    Mount Pleasant, IA
Brother    Barry (Julie) Staats    Sperry, IA
Brother    Kenneth (Shelley) Agnew    Mediapolis, IA
Brother    Josh (Megan) Agnew    New London, IA
Visitation Noon until 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13th, at Lunning Chapel
The family will receive friends 5 – 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13th, at Lunning Chapel
Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 14th, at Lunning Chapel.  

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Obituaries Tuesday June 11th

Harold W. Reed, 77, of New London, died Sunday, June 09, 2013 at his home.  Arrangements are pending at Elliott Chapel, New London. Ismael Perez, 30, of San Diego, CA, formerly of Burlington, died Sunday, June 9, 2013, as the result of an automobile accident in San Diego.  Arrangements are pending at the Thielen Funeral Home & Crematory. Gerrie Enfield, 74, of Burlington, died at 7:25 AM Saturday, June 8, 2013, at the West Point Care Center in West Point.  



Born January 9, 1939, in Wellman, IA, she was the daughter of Ivan Royce and Maude Leona Mattison Enfield. Continue Reading