Obituaries Friday January 23rd

Alma D. Crabbe, 76, of Dallas City, IL passed away at 1:20 AM Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at her home.  

She was born February 21, 1938 in Quincy, IL the daughter of Denver and Cecilia Vanderboom Liggett. On August 29, 1959 she married Gene P. Crabbe in Quincy.  

Alma worked as a cook at the Catholic School in Quincy from the late 1960’s until 1978. From 1986 until retiring in 1998 Alma worked as the Food Supervisor for the Illinois Prison System in Danville, IL. Continue Reading

Obituaries Thursday January 22nd

Kevin Hugh Walters, 50, of Prairie View, Texas and formerly of Wayland, died suddenly Tuesday, January 20, 2015 in Bedford, Texas.  

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:30 PM, Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the Wayland Mennonite Church where Mr. Walters was a member.  Pastor Wayne Heffner will officiate.  According to Mr. Walters wishes, the body has been cremated and inurnment will be held at a later date.  There will be no visitation.  In lieu of flowers, the Kevin Hugh Walters Memorial has been established.  

Walter Robert “Bob” Foss, 82 years, of Fort Madison, Iowa died at 6:22 pm Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at the Fort Madison Community Hospital, Fort Madison, Iowa.    He was born June 6, 1932, at Hartford, Connecticut, the only child of son of Walter W. and Roxcy (Peabody) Foss.  On September 25, 1954, he married Carol Schroeder at Buffalo, New York.  They were married 60 years.  She survives.  

Bob lived in Connecticut before moving to Fort Madison in 2010.  He loved music and was a professional musician who played the violin, bass, and mandolin in orchestras while in Hartford Connecticut.  He also worked as a tool maker and an inspector.  He and his wife, Carol, owned and operated Tri-Town Travel for 20 years.  He was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving during the Korean War.  He was a Catholic and a member of Holy Family Parish and the Knights of Columbus.  He was a member of the BPOE Elks Club, where he served as Past Exalted Ruler in Connecticut.  He was a member of the Lions Club while in Connecticut.  

He is survived by his wife, Carol Foss, of Fort Madison, Iowa; four daughters: Jennifer (Steve) Cordova, of California; Kathryn (Michael) Brown, of Connecticut; Peg (Heather Fairchild) Foss, of New Hampshire; Sarah (David) Bonazza, of California; two sons, Jeffrey (Sheila) Foss, of Connecticut and Christopher (Ellen) Foss, of Ohio; 14 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents. Continue Reading

Obituaries Wednesday January 21st

William Henry Smith, 88, of Burlington, died at 1:15 PM Monday, January 19, 2015, at the Great River Medical Center in West Burlington.  

Born February 24, 1926, in Tule River, CA, he was the son of Henry Turner and Bertha Iona Burk Smith. On July 26, 1997, he married Leah Mae Gladman in Grand Junction, CO.  She died June 4, 2010.  

He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving during the WWII from July 21, 1944 until June 29, 1946.  He held the rank of Sergeant, served in the training batallion 59th anti aircraft placement stationed at Ft. Bliss, TX.  He was the chief of sections on the gun crew.  He received the good conduct medal- rifleman (expert), Campaign medal and the World War II victory medal. Continue Reading

Obituaries Tuesday January 20th

Jack Albert Knotts Jr., 81, of Burlington, died at 5:14 PM Saturday, January 17, 2015, at his home.  

Born July 14, 1933, in Burlington, he was the son of Jack Albert and Nina Marie Swanson Knotts. On July 1, 1955, he married Audrey Joann Dirth in Burlington. She died October 29, 2014.  

Jack served for the United States Navy during the Korean War from 1950 until 1954. Continue Reading

Obituaries Monday January 19th

Juanita Leonor Lance, age 88, formerly of Aledo, Illinois, died Thursday, January 15, 2015, at the Wapello Nursing & Rehab Center in Wapello.  She was born on August 21, 1926 in Omaha, Nebraska, the daughter of Lino and Susan Odessa Root Castillo.  The family moved to Kansas City, Missouri where she grew up attending Switzer Elementary School and Switzer Junior High School.  In June of 1944, she graduated from Manual High & Vocational School.  While in school she worked nights and weekends as a long distance operator for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company.  She later was employed as a receptionist for Western Newspaper Union.  

It was there she met Granville Arnold Lance and they were married on March 31, 1953 in Kansas City.  They moved to Joy, Illinois until he passed away in 1982.  She then moved to Vashti Village in Aledo.  

She had been active in 4H and enjoyed sewing, playing bingo and the lottery and gambling.  She was an original member of the Eliza Unit of the American Legion Auxiliary and had served as its president many times.  She also volunteered at the VA Hospital in Iowa City.  

Her family includes two daughters, Karen Kronfeldt of Wapello and Sharon & Joe Wood of Muscatine; a son, Steven Lance of Waterloo, Illinois; four grandchildren, Donny Kronfeldt, Jared Wood, Colleen Lance, and Brian Lance; and a great grandson, Taten Kronfeldt.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and a son-in-law, Chuck Kronfeldt.  She was one of eleven children in her family.  

A graveside service for cremation burial at the Rock Island National Cemetery will take place at a later date. Continue Reading

Obituaries Friday January 16th

Clara Adeline Gillen Zoeller, 92, of Des Moines, formerly of Burlington, died at 7:17 PM Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at the Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines.  

Clara was born on December 20, 1922 in Kingman, Kansas, the youngest daughter of Andrew Gillen and Elizabeth (Osner) Gillen.  After graduation from high school in Kingman, Clara graduated in 1945 from the St. Joseph School of Nursing in Wichita, Kansas.  Upon graduation she became a member of the Army Nurse Cadet program.  When Clara returned to Kingman, she worked as the County Health Nurse until she married Francis. O. Zoeller on June 1, 1946.  Together they had four children; Barbara Zoeller (Richard Streit) of Dubuque, IA, Donna (Rex) Mundt of Ankeny, IA, Kevin Zoeller of Chicago, IL, and Mike Zoeller of Dekalb, IL; six grandchildren, Matthew Mundt (Monica) of Burlington, Noelle Mundt of Des Moines, IA, Lisa Benton of Rhode Island, Jeffrey Streit of Dubuque, IA, Lindsay Zoeller of Chicago, IL, and Stephanie Zoeller of Chicago, IL.  Clara also has three great-grandchildren, Brian and Kelsey Mundt of Burlington, and Jacob Mundt of Des Moines; one sister-in-law, Lenora Zoeller of Kingman, KS, and numerous nieces and nephews.  

During the time Clara raised her young family, she did private duty nursing and volunteer work.  Later, Clara resumed her professional career as a Community Health nursing instructor at the Burlington Hospital School of Nursing until the school’s closure.  Clara continued in her nurse educator role as a consultant to many of the greater Burlington area long-term care facilities and the American Red Cross until her retirement.  She loved learning and teaching.  Once retired, Clara continued to be involved in the Burlington community serving in several leadership roles for community non-profit organizations and St. Continue Reading

Obituaries Thursday January 15th

Edward Joseph Kobs, 91, of Burlington, Iowa, died at Great River Medical Center, West Burlington, Iowa on Wednesday, January 14, 2015.  

Born on February 19, 1923 in Burlington, Iowa, he was the son of Edward B. and Marie E. Leiderman Kobs. He married Grace Evelyn May on August 6, 1945 in Burlington, Iowa. She died on November 26, 1983.  

Edward was in maintenance at Murray Iron Works over 20 years and then worked at IAAP for 5 years. Continue Reading

Obituaries Wednesday January 14th

Danny Lee Sands, age 64 of Mediapolis, died unexpectedly at his home Monday January 12, 2015.  The son of Dick and Barbara (Schneider) Sands, he was born October 5, 1950 at Burlington.  On July 19, 1968 he married Jamie Griffith in Morning Sun.  He graduated from Morning Sun High School in 1968.  He lettered in 5 sports in high school.  He attended SCC in Burlington for two years and graduated from NEMSU with a Bachelor of Education degree in 1972.  He was a pitcher for SCC and NEMSU during college.  Danny retired in 2010 from Muscatine power and water.  He worked as an electrician for many local contractors. He was a member of the Mediapolis United Methodist Church, where he was active in the worship team, the choir, and the hospitality committee.  He was a board member of the Mediapolis Community Theatre.  He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.  He also looked forward to Card night with his buddies.  His travels always included stops at Goodwill and thrift shops along the way.  He loved a good bargain.  

Survivors include:  his wife, Jamie; his Mother Barbara; one son Jeff Sands and  friend Mikki and her children Colby and Cami Whitaker; one daughter, Wendee and Jason Chase and grandchildren Emma and Ryan Chase; three sisters, Betsy and Fran Davis, Carla and Dan Weber, and Judy Sands.  

He was preceded in death by his Father and grandparents.  

Cremation has been accorded. Continue Reading

Obituaries Tuesday January 13th

Joy E. Smith, 85, West Burlington, died on Thursday January 8th at the Great River Medical Center Klein Center. She is survived by a son, Larry of Burlington and a daughter, Connie Smith of Hendersonville, TN, 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held at 10AM Wed 1/14 at Lunning Chapel with burial in the Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 5-7PM Tue 1/13 at Lunnings.  

Norval Thomas “Tom” Alderson died Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Blair House, Burlington, Iowa. Continue Reading

Obituaries Monday January 12th

Kay Ann Thacker, 70, of Burlington, died at 10:50 PM Saturday, January 10, 2015, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.  

Born December 25, 1944, in Dallas City, IL, she was the daughter of Virgil Emery and Hazel Dell Booher Poulter. She married Terry Q. Newberry on January 19, 1962. On June 12, 1981, she married Clyde Edwin Thacker in Burlington. He died on October 7, 2007. Continue Reading