Obituaries Tuesday May 12th

William John Witte, Burlington resident died Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Great River Klein Center, West Burlington, Iowa.  He was born July 28, 1936 in Burlington, Iowa the son of William Andrew and Hazel Weinrich Witte.  Bill married Rosemary Elaine Senn June 12, 1965 in Burlington, Iowa. He worked in Accounting at Witte Drug in Burlington and later established and ran Bill’s Country Store on Jefferson which became Natures Corner. Bill was a member of SS John & Paul Catholic Church, New Crystal Lake Club, Carthage Lake Club, BPOE #84, Eagles Club, Burlington Golf Club and Ducks Unlimited.  He enjoyed golfing, duck hunting, yard work and taking walks. He also enjoyed dancing, playing cards and traveling.  Bill especially enjoyed being with his grandchildren and watching their sports events.  He shared many stories about the Witte family history.  Bill was an advocate of Aldo Leopold environmental ethics. Continue Reading

Obituaries Monday May 11th

Helen Brink Bishop

The memorial service for Mrs. Helen Brink Bishop, 95, of Monroe, Georgia and formerly New London, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Elliott Chapel, New London.  Pastor Jim Roth will officiate.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service and a memorial has been established for the New London United Methodist Church and Dover Museum.  Elliott Chapel, New London is in charge of arrangements.  

Myrtle Marie Gott, age  99 of Wapello, died Friday May 8, 2015 at the Wapello Nursing and Care Center.  The daughter of Bert and Bertha (Ashby) Robertson, she was born October 18, 1915 in Louisa County.  She was married to William Gott and they later divorced.  Myrtle worked  for a short time as a nurse aide at Oakdale, Iowa.  She was a farm wife and took pride in her home and yard. She spent a lot of time making afghans and crochet items for her family.  

Survivors include:  one son, James and Ruby Gott of Wapello; one granddaughter Connie and Bill Pierce; two great granddaughters Sandie and Walter McDowell and Bridget Pierce; two great grandsons Noah Garr and Zack McDowell; one sister, Mary Lee Nelson of Silvis, Illinois; one brother, Richard Robertson of Washington, Iowa;  She was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers and four sisters.  

The funeral service will be Monday May 11, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home in Wapello, with Pastor Dan Doolin  officiating.  Interment will follow at the Wapello Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 1-2:00 p.m  prior to the service.  A general memorial has been established in her name. Continue Reading

Obituaries Thursday May 7th

Beth Ann Wilson, 56, of Burlington, died Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at her home.  

Born March 12, 1959, in Burlington, she was the daughter of Paul Marvin and Barbara Louise Schulte Kaltefleiter. She married Bill Evans in May 1982.  They later divorced.  On September 21, 1991, she married William Wesley Wilson in Burlington. He died September 17, 2007.  

Beth worked with plants at various garden centers, she was a bartender at Big Muddy’s, and was a cook at Catfish Bend Casino. Continue Reading

Obituaries Wednesday May 6th

Ruby Jean Brown, 69, of Burlington, Iowa died Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at Great River Medical Center, West Burlington, Iowa.  She was born January 30, 1946 in Memphis, Tennessee, the daughter of Charlie and Millie Belcher Mitchell.  She married Eugene Brown March 8, 1980 in Burlington, Iowa. Ruby was a homemaker; she lived in Sikeston, Missouri as a child.  She served as an usher in her church. She loved to cook and help others. Ruby is survived by her husband, Eugene; two brothers Charles (Talethia) Mitchell and John (Mary) Mitchell both of Burlington, Iowa; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Barbara White. Continue Reading

Obituaries Tuesday May 5th

Yupha Lewis, 95, New London died Saturday 5/2 at her home.  She is survived by her neice, Beverly Strickland of New London. Graveside Funeral Service and Interment will be held Wednesday 5/6 in the Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell.  The family will receive friends from 5-6 PM Tuesday 5/5 at Lunning Chapel. Continue Reading

Obituaries Monday May 4th

Margaret Elaine Hansen, 73, of Burlington, Iowa, died at University of Iowa Hospitals, in Iowa City, Iowa on Sunday, April 26, 2015.  

Margaret fashioned a beautiful life with a foundation of faith, family, friendships and service.  Her life journey was made with a sense of fun and adventure and always, with an abiding love for those she cared for.  

Born on September 24, 1941 in Des Moines, Iowa, she was the daughter of John Laverl & Mildred Ruth Walker Dooley. She married Robert Lowell Hansen on May 1, 1965 in Burlington, Iowa.  

Margaret was employed at the Burlington Hawk Eye newspaper for 24 years and the March of Dimes for 5 years.  After she retired she worked part time for the Community Foundation of Des Moines County.  She previously worked for Make Today Count. Continue Reading

Obitiuaries Friday May 1st

Marcella “Sally” M. Duffield, 91, West Burlington died Thursday 4/30 at Blair House Nursing and Rehab. She is survived by 2 sons, David Zeller of Burlington and James Zeller of Bolingbrook, IL., 2 daughters, Margaret Godden of San Diego, CA and Donna Fryrear of Tucson, AZ, 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Memorial Services will be held at 11 AM Saturday May 9th in Lunning Chapel with burial in the Aspen Grove Cemetery.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the time of service.  

Teresa J. Neally, 56, of Fort Madison, died at 4:18 am Thursday, April 30, 2015, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.  Arrangements are pending at the Thielen Funeral Home & Crematory. Continue Reading

Obituaries Thursday April 30th

Mervin R. Klees, 86, of Burlington, died at 6:00 PM Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at the Oak Lane Nursing and Rehab in Stronghurst.  

Born March 13, 1929, in Waukon, IA he was the son of Ralph Henry and Marie Isabelle Mitchell Klees. On January 22, 1955, he married Carole M. Osweiler in Farmington, IA.  

In his youth he worked on the Levi Miller farm south of Burlington. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in February of 1951. Continue Reading

Obituaries Tuesday April 28th

Wanita Louise Leathers, Burlington died Sunday April 26, 2015 at the Great River Hospice House. Survivors:  Her husband Juan Rodriquez

Three grandchildren: Sequoiha Guzman, Avery Horton& Raven Ralston

Her Mother Yvonne Leathers of Burlington

Two brothers Roy (Deandra) Patterson of New London

James (Lisa) leathers of Danville

Two Sisters: Revonne (Scott) Butler of Gladstone

Holly (Lanning) King of Hannibal,Mo

Funeral Services: Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 11:00 in Prugh’s Chapel

Interment: .  Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery 

Other arrangements:      The Family will receive friends on Wednesday evening in Prugh’s Chapel from 5:00 until 6:30 p.m. Continue Reading