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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 →

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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 →

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Obituaries Tuesday October 8th

Bryan H. Lewis, 86, of West Burlington, Iowa, died at Great River Klein Center, West Burlington, Iowa, on Sunday afternoon, October 6, 2013.     
Born on September 5, 1927 in Quincy, Illinois, he was the son of Bryan S. and Fosta Hawkins Lewis. He married Lois Martin in 1949 they later divorced. He married Betty Harris Shellabarger on June 6, 1972 in Burlington, Iowa. She died on February 21, 2012. Continue Reading →

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Obituaries Friday October 4th

Evelyn Theresa Wells, 90, former resident of Burlington, died in Onalaska, Wisconsin on Wednesday, October 2, 2013.     
Born on November 1, 1922 in Galesburg, Illinois, she was the daughter of Carl H. and Emily T. Fillman Berges. She married Robert Wells in Houston, Texas. He died on January 10, 2008. She was previously married to Richard E. Youngman, Burlington, Iowa and Albert Blocklinger, Moline, Illinois, both deceased. Continue Reading →

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Obituaries Tuesday October 1st

Julia Ann Jones, 84, of West Burlington, Iowa, died at Great River Klein Center, West Burlington, Iowa, on Saturday, September 28, 2013.  
Julia was born on July 8, 1929 in Memphis, Missouri. Her parents were Jewel H. and Susanna H. Mendenhall Robinson and step-father, Byron Harl.  
Julia was first married to Elmer Smith. Prior to their divorce, Julia and Elmer were parents of three girls and one boy. Continue Reading →

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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