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Obituaries Friday January 30th

Patricia Ann ‘Pat’ Parsons, age 86, of Wapello, died at her home Wednesday morning, January 28, 2015. The daughter of Clair and Hazel Stone Clark, she was born on March 15, 1928 at Columbus Junction.  She married Jack Parsons on August 23, 1947 at Columbus Junction.  He preceded her in death on July 28, 2005.  

She graduated from Columbus Community High School in 1946.  Patricia was an outstanding partner in the farming operation with Jack.  She participated in all phases of the operation.  Pat was the first woman in Iowa to get a Chemical Applicators license.  She traveled with Jack to Russia when he helped get a long term grain agreement negotiated.  Pat belonged to the Iowa Corn Growers Association and the National Corn Growers Association.  She was a 50+ year member of the Order of Eastern Star and was a member of the Farm Bureau.  

She is survived by her daughter, Diane & Ed Vineyard of Wapello; two sons, Diane’s twin brother, Dave & Marla Parsons of Wapello and Gary & Bev Parsons of Wapello; seven grandchildren, Tanya Patzner, Elizabeth Vineyard, Valeria Vineyard, Trent Parsons, Kristen Svalstad, Todd Parsons, and Troy Parsons; thirteen great grandchildren; a sister, Mary Smith of Burlington; a special friend, Bob Gabeline and his family; and her special pets and companions, Pork Chop and Tabby.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jack; and three brothers, Bob, Keith, and Loren Clark.  

The funeral ceremony for Pat Parsons will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at the Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home in Wapello.  Burial will follow at the Mallory Cemetery, rural Wapello. Continue Reading →

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Obituaries Thursday January 29th

Dorothy R. Grant, 91, of Burlington, died at 3:50 PM, Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.  

Born May 30, 1923, in Argentina, KS, she was the daughter of Eliseo and Ignacia Rodriguez Murguia.  On October 12, 1951, she married William T. Collins in Burlington.  They later divorced.  On July 7, 1973, she married Robert E. Grant in Burlington. He died January 1, 2008.  

Dorothy had worked at Van’s Lunch Box, J.S. Schramm Co., Riley Bros. Paint Co., and Credit Bureau of Burlington. Continue Reading →

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Obituaries Wednesday January 28th

Dorothy R. Grant, 91, of Burlington, died at 3:50 PM Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.  Arrangements are pending at the Thielen Funeral Home & Crematory.  

Robert Edward LaVeine, 88, of West Burlington, died at 2:18 AM Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.  

Born April 6, 1926, in Burlington, he was the son of Edward A. and Esther M. Heuer LaVeine. On December 20, 1955, he married Iona L. Tee in Monmouth, IL.  

Bob grew up working with his family at The LaVeine Dairy and later in their Mobile Home manufacturing business.  He owned and operated Bob LaVeine Trailer Sales, a mobile home and RV dealership in West Burlington. Continue Reading →

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Obituaries Tuesday January 27th

August John Lachman, 105, Burlington died Thursday 1/22/15 at Blair House Nursing and Rehab in Burlington. He is survived by nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held at 10AM Wednesday 1/28 at Lunning Chapel with burial in the Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery.  

Mary Beth Anderson, 67, of New London, died suddenly Sunday, January 25, 2015 at her daughter’s home in Johnston, Iowa. The Celebration of Life for Mrs. Anderson will be held at 10:30 AM, Friday, January 30, 2015 at Elliott Chapel, New London.  Pastor Rod Cooper will officiate.  According to her wishes, her body has been cremated.  Visitation will be held at the Chapel after noon on Thursday, January 29, with the family greeting friends from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.  A memorial has been established to the American Heart Association. Continue Reading →

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Obituaries Monday January 26th

Mary Beth Anderson, 67, of New London, died Sunday January 25th at her daughter’s home in Johnston.  Arrangements are pending at Elliott Chapel, New London.  

Bernice Catherine Mathys, 86, of West Burlington, died at 9:05 AM Sunday, January 25, 2015, at the Great River Klein Center in West Burlington.  

Born February 5, 1928, in Burlington, she was the daughter of Benjamin and Edith E. Glasgow Miller. On August 22, 1946, she married Ralph Oscar Mathys in Keokuk, IA. He died December 30, 2014. Continue Reading →

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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