Obituaries for Friday January 10th

David Arthur Mapel, 79, of Danville, died Tuesday, January 7, 2020. He was born January 2, 1941 in Burlington to LaMar and Lois Gretchen Wagner Mapel. On August 7, 1970 he married Frances Ann Rump in Danville; they later divorced.
He was a graduate of Danville High School and a member of 4-H. Right out of high school he joined the Air Force for four years, serving one tour of duty in Vietnam. Mr. Mapel was a lifelong farmer in the Danville area. In his early years, he was a member of the Jaycees, serving as Vice President and was a member of the Danville United Methodist Church.
He enjoyed Old Threshers, fishing, watching the St. Louis Cardinals, gardening, birds and wildlife, reading the newspaper, practical jokes, old cars, and especially enjoyed Sunday afternoon drives and country living.
He is survived by one daughter, Gretchen (Chris) Gorham of Los Angeles, California; his sister, Martha Jane Jurrema of Coralville; four nieces; and his ex-wife of Burlington. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Richard Mapel.
The memorial service for Mr. Mapel will be 2:00 Monday, January 13th at Elliott Chapel, New London with Pastor Jacob Yochum officiating. Visitation will begin at 9:00 AM with the family receiving friends beginning at 1:00 until the time of the service. Inurnment will follow at Jaggar Cemetery with military rites. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established. Online condolences may be left at

Joan V. Dameron, 86 of Burlington, died at 2:40 a.m. Tuesday, January 7, 2020, at Great River Medical Center.
Born November 21, 1933 in Burlington, IA, she was the daughter of Harry and Marie (Stewart) Granaman. She married Richard Dale Dameron on November 13, 1953 in Kahoka, MO.
Joan worked as a homemaker, at IRC, I.A.A.P., and Selby’s Chicken Factory.
Her pastimes included feeding the birds, gardening, puzzles, and watching the Chicago Cubs with Richard. She loved her Boston Terriers, which were all named JoJo, and her stuffed animals.
Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Richard; three sons, Michael Mellinger, Marvin (Cindy) Dameron, and Kevin (Linda) Dameron Sr., all of Burlington; five grandchildren, Jeremy Dameron, Jodi Dameron, Summer Coleman, Kevin Dameron Jr., and Angela Lowary; numerous great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Leon and Leonard Granaman; and one sister, Lois Sutcliffe.
The funeral service for Mrs. Dameron will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, January 10th at Lunning Chapel. Rev. Dean Graber will officiate. Interment will be in Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to service.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for the Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Iowa Chapter.

Rita Jeanne (Hierstein) Hull, age 94, formerly of Nauvoo, Illinois and Plymouth, Michigan, passed away January 5, 2020 in Kalamazoo, Michigan at Upjohn Care and Rehabilitation Center. She was born May 19, 1925 in Ft. Madison, Iowa, the youngest of six children born to Henry and Genevieve (Moffit) Hierstein. In 1943, Rita graduated from Catholic Central High School in Ft. Madison. She married Robert Lee Hull on December 27, 1947 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Nauvoo. He preceded her in death on May 22, 1980.
Rita spent her childhood and early adulthood in Iowa, where she had worked at Sheaffer Pen Company in Ft. Madison and Iowa Business Forms in Iowa City. She and Robert later moved to Madison, Wisconsin, where she worked for the Student Book Store. Rita and Robert eventually settled in Plymouth, Michigan where they lovingly raised their family of six children. While living in Plymouth, the family were members of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Parish where she was the President of the Rosary Altar Society. After her husband’s death, she moved to Nauvoo, Illinois and enjoyed over thirty very happy years surrounded by a multitude of extended family and lifelong friends. During that time, she worked as a library aide at the Nauvoo Public Library for 10 years. She was a member of the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, the Catholic Women’s Club, Co-chairperson of the Sts. Peter and Paul funeral guild, and a member of the Hancock County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), and the Nauvoo Senior Singers. She moved to Michigan in 2015 to be closer to family in her final years.
Besides her husband, Rita was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Lawrence, Henry, and James, two sisters, Marian Hopp and Margaret Koenig, and a foster sister, Dorothy (Fernetti) Bruegger. Rita is survived by three sons, Thomas (Michaela Zuber) Hull of Eugene, Oregon, John (Dianne) Hull of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Tim (Sheri) Hull of Grass Lake, Michigan and three daughters, Linda (Larry) Rybicki of Mendon, Michigan, Lois Hull of Chula Vista, California, and Mary (Tim) Lynn of Tampa, Florida, 16 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.
Rita devoted much of her life to raising her family. She enjoyed working crossword puzzles, was an avid reader and traveled the world to visit her children. Rita will be remembered for her ever-present kindness, strength, determination, and fabulous sense of humor.
A visitation will be held in Michigan on Wednesday, January 8, from 5 PM to 8 PM at Eickhoff Funeral Home ( in Mendon, Michigan. A second visitation take place on Friday, January 10, in Nauvoo, Illinois at Schmitz – Banks, and Beals Funeral Home ( from 5 PM to 8 PM, with a rosary at 7:30 PM. A funeral Mass will take place at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Nauvoo at 10:00 AM Saturday, January 11, 2020, followed by interment in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Sts. Peter and Paul School in Nauvoo, Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan, or the Upjohn Heritage Employee Recognition Fund.
The world changes year to year, our lives from day to day, but the love and memory of you will never pass away. May you be held in the arms of God and dance with the angels.

Anita Ferguson, 94, of Burlington, died Sunday, January 5, 2020.

She was born October 26, 1925 in San Bernardino, CA to Alfanso and Maria Serna. On January 30, 1971, she married Harold D. Ferguson, who survives.

She was one of twelve brothers and sisters. She is preceded in death by 2 sons. She is survived by three daughters, 12 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

She loved to cross stitch, visit her cousins, and travel; her favorite trips being driving to Alaska.

Anita was a Sunday School teacher in her young adult life and later worked at Van de Camps Bakeries as a retail clerk.

According to her wishes, her body has been cremated and there will be no services.

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

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

Monti Lee Shinkle, 58, of New London, died Sunday, January 5, 2020. He was born May 12, 1961, in Creston, Iowa to Donald Gail and Wynnette Hurd Shinkle. He married Carol Birky; they divorced. He then married Aleta McAfee; they divorced.
Monti was a graduate of Kelly Walsh High School in Caspar, Wyoming. He was a police officer in Kahoka, MO., and police chief in Canton, MO, and most recently was a Lieutenant of security at Iowa Army Ammunition Plant in Middletown.
He enjoyed cooking, gardening, trips to Caspar, and time with his grandchildren, especially lawnmower rides with “Little Moon” and “Sweet Pea”.
Survivors include his children; Kala Anderson of Waukee, Luke (Jaime) Griffis of Sperry, Cheyenne (Jason) Stow of Felton, Delaware, Caitlyn Griffis of Keokuk, Tyler (Mackenzie) Shinkle of New London, and Kyle (Jordyn) Shinkle of Kahoka, MO.; twelve grandchildren; siblings; Danny Shinkle, Donnette Loy, and Donnel Shinkle; and nieces and nephews.
According to his wishes his body will be cremated with no formal services. Memorials can be sent to Elliott Chapel, Box 123, New London.
Full obituary may be viewed at

Luella E. Moore, 79, of New London, died peacefully January 2, 2020 at the University of Iowa Hospital following a long illness. She was born July 25, 1940 in rural Danville to Leslie and Florence Whaley Swailes. On August 1, 1981, she married Randall Moore at the New London Christian Church. He died June 5, 2019.
Luella was a 1958 graduate of New London High School. She worked at many different jobs over the course of her life, but the most important and loved job to her was raising her family. She enjoyed spending as much time at possible with all of them, especially her grandchildren. The most treasured times were holidays when children and grandchildren would all gather at the family home, eat way too much wonderful food and treats, then spend the evening playing cards or games. She was always available to family, neighbors, and friends whenever anyone needed a helping hand, a ride to the doctor or grocery store, a hand crocheted hat and mittens for winter or a hot homemade meal. She will be greatly missed by all of them and her memory will be a blessing to all who knew her.
She is survived by her children; Tina (Leon) Gurevitch of Hayward, CA., Mark Horn of Tucson, AZ., and Lorie (Robert) Simota of Grove City, MN.; grandchildren; David Hunter, Kelsi Kingery and Jordan Kingery; sister, Darlene (James) Hanson; brother, Elvin (Marty) Swailes; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Donald Baldwin, sister Delores and great-granddaughter, Preslee.
The funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Elliott Chapel, with Ms. Carrie Duncan officiating. Inurnment will follow the service at Oquawka Cemetery, Oquawka, Illinois. Donations in memory of Luella may be sent to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 161 N. Clark, Suite 3550, Chicago, Illinois, 60601; or
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Jean L. Howell, 72, of Burlington, died at 10:08 PM Sunday, January 5, 2020, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.

Born May 27, 1947, in Burlington, IA, she was the daughter of John Keith and Jean B. Gustafson Champagne. On May 4, 1968, she married John William Howell in Burlington, IA. He preceded her in death on January 28, 2016.

She graduated from Burlington High School in 1966.

Jean worked in insurance services for Cady Insurance and Two Rivers as the office manager for 41 years.

She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church. She enjoyed singing, skiing, boating, and playing dominoes and card games with her family.

Survivors include her two children, Joseph W. (Kim) Howell of Burlington, James W. (Heather) Howell of West Burlington; four grandchildren, Jacob, Dalton, Braden and Trevor Howell; one brother, John K. (Doris) Champagne of Burlington; two sisters, Sue A. (Chris) Beatty of Kansas City, MO and Patty A. Champagne of Kansas City, MO; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Christie Champagne.

Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Prugh Crematory.

There will be no visitation or services.

A memorial has been established for the Great River Hospice House.

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

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