Obituaries Friday March 29th

Karlene Kay Lange                                                                 Age 73                              of          Burlington died Tuesday 3/26 at University Hospitals in Iowa City

Survivors: Step Mother – Bonnie Earls

Sons: Todd (Diana) Lange, Stronghurst &  Kyle Lange

Daughter                        Holly Bridgham                               Voluntown               CT

Brothers: Dan Earls, Robert (Debbie) Crear, Lyle Crear & Dean Crear

Sisters: Cindy (Steve) Rohrer , Penny (Randy) Weigandt,  Marcia (Dale) Johnson,  Sylvia Eppley, Eleanor (Larry) Johnson

7        Grandchildren

2             Great-Grandchildren

Family will receive friends One hour prior to the time of service.

Funeral Service Monday, April 1st, at Lunning Chapel
Burial in the South Cemetery, Basco, IL at a later date

Donna Mae McCoy, 74, of Burlington, formerly of Fort Madison, died at 9:30 am Thursday, March 28, 2013, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.


Born December 17, 1938, in Saint Peter, MN, she was the daughter of Lloyd and Viola Strand Crowell. At the age of six, Donna’s father died and she was raised by her stepfather, Robert Stahl. She had been married to Gary Gould and Marvin McCoy.

Donna taught school for one year in a one room school house in North Dakota.  Later in life, she had managed Madison Apartments in Fort Madison for 20 years.

 She graduated from high school in Riverdale, ND, and then from college in Minot, ND.


She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and the Eagle’s Club in Fort Madison.  Her hobbies included fishing and gambling.  She also enjoyed laying in the sun and, most certainly, her family.


Survivors include two daughters, Michelle “Shelly” D. (David Schwarm) McCoy of Burlington, and Debbie (Randy) Ough of Fort Madison; one son, Douglas Gould of Glenwood, IA; three granddaughters and one grandson; three great-grandchildren; three sisters, Bonnie ( late James) Olson of Waitsburg, WA, Jackie (Dan) Yoder of State College, PA, and Robbie (Ron) Brandenburg of Burlington; and several nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Marvin McCoy, Jr.


Cremation has been entrusted to Thielen Crematory.


There will be no visitation.  A celebration of Donna’s life will be held at a later date.

A memorial has been established for Great River Hospice.


Thielen Funeral Home & Crematory is in care of the arrangements.


Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting Donna’s obituary at


Ethel Beryl Brown, age 91, formerly of Burlington, died Tuesday March 26, 2013 at Prairie Ridge Care Center in Mediapolis.  The daughter of Charles and Eva (Bailey) Walker, she was born April 16, 1921.  On December 25, 1940 she married Lester Brown at Mediapolis.  She worked at Winegard in Burlington before her retirement.  She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Burlington.


Survivors include:  three daughters, Jan Banks of Nebo, NC; Brenda Beluzzi of San Antonio, Texas; Beth Leavel of Port Richey, Fla; one son, Kenny Brown of Inman, SC; 15 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren;


She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two sisters.


The funeral service will Saturday March 30, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the Hagele and Honts Funeral Home in Mediapolis, with Rev. Trevor Davis officiating.  Interment will be in the Sharon Reformed Presbyterian Church Cemetery, rural Morning Sun.


Friends may call on Friday from 2-8:00 p.m. at the Hagele and Honts Funeral Home in Mediapolis, where the family will meet with friends from 6-8:00 p.m.  A memorial has been established for Grace United Methodist Church.


Mr. Gerald “Jerry” Gross, 69, of Lomax, IL passed way at 5:58PMTuesday, March 26, 2013 at his home.

Jerry was born in Tekoa, Washington on March 31, 1943 the son of Joseph and Matilda Homitton Gross. On September 26, 1964 he married Colleen Holt at Knotts Berry Farm in Anaheim, CA. She preceded him in death on June 29, 2012.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1961 until 1964. Jerry then worked as a heavy equipment operator for many years, retiring from the LaFarge Company in Colorado. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and gold mining. He was very active with the Toys For Tots and the Hamilton-Walters Marine Corps League.

He is survived by his two daughters, Sherry Thomatos of Gladstone, IL and Brenda (Terry) Bielser of Stronghurst, IL, 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Gross was preceded in death by his wife, parents and 2 sisters.

A celebration of life will be held at the LomaxSeniorCenter, Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 2:00PM. A memorial fund has been established for the Henderson County Health Department Hospice or the Toys For Tots. Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe is assisting with arrangements. Condolences may be left at


Virginia L. Philbrick, 98 of Pahrump, Nevada, formerly of Stronghurst, Illinois died Sunday March 24, 2013 in Pahrump. She was born November 8, 1914 in Monmouth, Illinois,the daughter of Frank William and Ethel June Thomas Westerfield. She married Jack Philbrick in 1950. He preceded her in death in 1990.

Mrs. Philbrick lived most of her married life in Stronghurst. She had been employed at FormFit in Monmouth, Illinois, and later worked for a time at OakLaneNursing & RehabCenter in Stronghurst. She was a member of the Stronghurst Christian Church. She enjoyed crafts of all kinds, and loved to play cards. She loved traveling with her husband and toured many states across the country, even up to Alaska and Hawaii. Her beloved dog, “Snookie” was a constant companion for many years. She was a kind, gentle spirit, who would never say a cross word to or about anyone.

Survivors include one daughter- Diane Strader of Pahrump, NV., one grandson- Gareth Strader, one brother- Byron Westerfield of Decatur, IL., and one sister – Barbara Ganshaw of Chicago, IL.

No immediate services or visitation are planned at this time. Burial will be in the StronghurstCemetery at a later date. Banks & Beals Funeral Home of Stronghurst assisting the family. Condolences may be left at


Margaret M. Anderson, 89, of Burlington, died at 8:40 AM Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at the Prairie Ridge Care & Rehabilitation in Mediapolis.


Born February 5, 1924, in Burlington, she was the daughter of Edward William and Mary Margaret Koenig Pohren. On October 20, 1951, she married Wayne H. Anderson in Burlington. He died March 10, 2012.


Margaret was a secretary and had retired from Gerdes Sparrow Realtors.


She was a graduate of St. Paul’s High School.


She was a U.S. Navy Veteran, serving as a radioman intercepting code during World War II from February 26, 1944 until February 16, 1946.


She was a member of SS. John & Paul Catholic Church. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.  She liked dogs, and enjoyed flower gardening, crossword puzzles, and especially just being with her family.


Survivors include two daughters, Laurie (Dave) Trautner and Sarah (Russell) Dirks, both of Burlington; one son, Michael Anderson of Phoenix, AZ; one grandson, Christopher (Daysi) Ross of Joliet, IL; one granddaughter, Cahayne Ross of Peoria, IL; two sisters, Wilma Lewis of Havana, IL, and Patricia DeVilbiss of Roseville, CA; and several nieces and nephews.


Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, and two brothers.


Visitation will be from 8:00 AM until 7:00 PM with the family to receive friends from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM Monday, April 1, 2013, at Thielen Funeral Home.


The Funeral Mass of the Resurrection for Mrs. Anderson will be 10:00 AM Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with Rev. Father Bruce A. DeRammelaere as the Celebrant.  Music will be provided by the Des Moines County Resurrection Choir.  Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery.  Full military honors will be rendered by the Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard.  A time of food and fellowship will be held in St. John’s cafeteria following burial.


A memorial has been established.


A photo tribute can be viewed and condolences can be sent to the family by visiting Margaret’s obituary at