Obituaries for Friday 12/20

Ramah Ruth Robb, 95, of Burlington, IA died at 7:55 AM Saturday, December 14, 2019, at the Columbine Commons Assisted Living in Windsor, CO.

Born September 15, 1924, in Novinger, MO, she was the daughter of Perry J. and Gertie Opal Burchett Truitt. On August 28, 1947, she married Harold R. Robb in Kirksville, MO. He died July 21, 2006.

Ramah was a 1943 graduate of Novinger High School and she earned a B.A. in Education from Kirksville State Teachers College (Truman University) in 1950.

Ramah was an elementary and middle school teacher in the Burlington school system for many years. Her initial years of teaching in Burlington began at Sunnyside and then Perkins Elementary Schools. Eventually she moved to Apollo Middle School where she completed her teaching career. Ramah loved teaching and took great pride in her students’ achievements.

She was a long time member of Parkside Baptist Church where she participated in various activities through the years. Ramah also enjoyed gardening, antiquing, and traveling.

Survivors include her three daughters, Suzanne (Larry) Pullen of Fort Collins, CO, Mary Jane (Alan) Castle of Broomfield, CO, and Jackie (Jeff) Brooks of Kirkland, WA; seven grandchildren, Shelly Kirk, Brandi Kopach, Matthew Castle, Andrew Castle, Shawna Brooks, Perry Brooks, and Cameron Brooks; five great-grandchildren, Evan Toth, Jackson Kopach, Lexi Toth, Jordan Nelson, Vega Sjogren-Castle, and Ruby Castle; one sister, Ruby Truitt Riley of Overland Park, KS; and several nieces and a nephew.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Perry Richard Robb.

There will be no visitation and the arrangements regarding her memorial service and burial are yet to be determined.

A memorial has been established for Parkside Baptist Church and Pathways Hospice.

Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home is in care of the arrangements.

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

Pauline Virginia Vandenberg, 94, of Burlington, died at 8:38 PM Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at her home in Burlington. She is now with her life-long sweetheart of 68 years to continue their journey together.

Born August 26, 1925, in Salem, IA, she was the daughter of Perry Elmer and Ruth Mae Garmoe Gill. On June 12, 1945, she married John Raymond Vandenburg in Keosauqua, IA. He passed on June 17, 2013.

Pauline worked at Schaffer Pen Co. in the 1940’s. Pauline and Raymond worked together in Henry and Des Moines County Homes for 30 years. Then she worked for Montgomery Wards and later for Randy Kinney at his convenience store until she retired.

She graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1943.

She was of the Methodist faith and was a member of Big Mound Methodist Church. She was a lifetime member of the VFW auxiliary and Eastern Star in Keosauqua, IA. She enjoyed bowling and won many tournaments. She liked watching NBA and Iowa Hawkeye basketball. In her younger years, she won several dance contests. Spending time with family was Pauline’s favorite thing to do. She enjoyed keeping up with the family, always asking how everyone’s day was going. She was particularly fond of seeing her grandkids in their Halloween costumes each year.

Survivors include one daughter, Becky (Jerry) Grinstead of Burlington; six grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

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

Cremation has been entrusted to the care of the Prugh Crematory.

The Memorial Service for Mrs. Vandenberg will be 1:00 PM Friday, December 27, 2019 at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home.

Memorials have been established for Great River Hospice and The American Cancer Association.

Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home is in care of the arrangements.

Doris Mae Garrels, 91, of Danville, died Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at Great River Medical Center, West Burlington.
The funeral service for Mrs. Garrels will be Saturday at 2:00 PM at Elliott Chapel, New London with Rev. David Mixon officiating. Friends may call beginning at 9:00 AM with the family present from noon until the 2:00 service. Burial will follow at Long Creek Cemetery, rural Danville.
Memorials have been established for Long Creek United Methodist Church; Southeast Iowa Renal Dialysis; and The Danville Station Anne Frank Museum. Online condolences may be left at

Donna Jane (Hagerla) Hazell, 80, of Burlington, died Tuesday evening, December 17, 2019 at Great River Hospice House, West Burlington.
Born February 10, 1939 in Burlington, IA, she was the daughter of Rolland John and Ruth Mae (Callaway) Hagerla.
She graduated from Burlington High School and went on to attend the Burlington Business College.
Donna was a bookkeeper for Hagerla’s Market for 27 years. She volunteered at the Burlington Women’s Shelter, St. Paul United Church of Christ, and various other volunteer work. She enjoyed traveling and taking the backroads.
She was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ.
Survivors include her children, Jim (June) Hazell of Arvada, CO, Michelle Hazell, Lisa (Reid) Hazell both of Burlington, and Robert (Jill) Hazell of Liberty, MO; three grandchildren; a sister, Margean Elliott and a brother, Mark Hagerla, both of Burlington; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and a son, Michael Hazell.
Visitation will be 9:30-11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 21st at Lunning Chapel. The memorial service will follow with Ned Fry officiating. A private family inurnment will be held at Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery.
According to her wishes, cremation has been entrusted to Lunning Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for the Burlington Women’s Shelter.

James “Jim” Cloke, 83, of Burlington died Sunday, December 15, 2019 at Great River Medical Center in West Burlington.
Born August 16, 1936 in Wapello County, Iowa he was the son of Lester Leonard and Mary Elizabeth (Cubbage) Cloke. He met Leilani Margaret Samuelson in the town square of Fairfield, Iowa and they were married on September 10, 1961 in Fairfield.
He served in the Air Force in England, Italy and Germany. Jim worked for Iowa Malleable in Fairfield from 1962-1979 in addition to farming his 40 acres in Birmingham, Iowa. He retired after 15 years from the City of Burlington.
He was of the Christian faith.
Jim was a hard worker. He enjoyed drinking coffee at Hy-Vee and visiting with people. He was a tomato grower and enjoyed gardening. In his younger years he helped his father on the farm and had two horses Rowdy and Buke. He, along with the two horses operated a one bottom plow.
Survivors include his wife Leilani Margaret Cloke of Burlington; two sons, David (Christy) Cloke of Quincy, Illinois and Leonard (Tracy) Cloke of Burlington; three grandchildren, Hilary (James) Moeller of Burlington, Brittany Cloke of Shawnee, Kansas and Austin Cloke of Lafayette, Colorado; four brothers, George Cloke of Brewton, Alabama, Ruben Cloke of Burlington, William Cloke of Burlington and Raymond Cloke of Burlington; four sisters, Irma Patterson of Bethany, Oklahoma, Rose Saben of Burlington, Helen Walker of Mission, Texas and Margaret Nelson of Gardendale, Alabama and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Robert and one sister Mary Evelyn.
The funeral service for Mr. Cloke will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, December 20th at Lunning Chapel. The Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard will conduct military rites. Pastor Clay Baker will officiate. Interment will be held in Aspen Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 19th at Lunning Chapel where the family will receive friends.
A memorial has been established for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Online condolences may be left by visiting