Obituaries for Thursday February 13th

Marshal “Pete” F. Peterson, 81, of Burlington, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, surrounded by his family. Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 17, 2020 at Snyder & Hollenbaugh Funeral & Cremation Services of Wapello, formerly the Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home. Burial will be in Wapello Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service on Monday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established for the Partners for Conservation Foundation – Des Moines County in Marshal’s name. Sympathy notes may be left for the family at

Marshal F. Peterson was born on April 7, 1938 in Oakville, Iowa, the son of Arthur L. and Blanche H. (Youngman) Peterson. Marshal was a graduate of Burlington High School. On July 25, 1959, he was united in marriage to Donna Joan Stewart in Burlington. Marshal worked for J.I. Case Company as a machinist, retiring in 1992. After retirement he worked for the City of Burlington as a groundkeeper for Perkins Park. Marshal was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Burlington. He enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting and most of all spending time with his family.

Marshal will be deeply missed by his wife, Donna; son, Jeff (Annette) Peterson of Burlington; grandchildren, Sarah (Joe) O’Brien, Joel (Samantha) Peterson and Kyle (Rachel) Peterson; great-grandchildren, Tyler O’Brien, Emily O’Brien, Nora Peterson and Parker Peterson; son-in-law, Gene Russell of Coralville; sister, Arlene McCannon of Burlington and several nieces and nephews.

Marshal was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Denise Russell; brothers, LeRoy Peterson and Richard Peterson and sisters, Viola Key and Marie Carter.

Terry Mack Grady, 77, of Burlington, died Sunday, February 9, 2020 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.
Born June 15, 1942 in Galesburg, Illinois he was the son of Oral and Vera (Yeager) Grady. He married Carol Briggs on November 23, 1996 in Galesburg.
Terry worked for Maytag Co. for 42 years until his retirement. He was an avid Chicago Bears and Chicago White Sox fan. He enjoyed chatting on the CB and was a jokester, always joking around. He was a caring, loving, generous man who would give anyone the shirt off of his back.
Survivors include his wife Carol Grady of Burlington; seven children, Lorrie Lensley of Galesburg, Monte Grady of Wisconsin, Dal Grady and Darren Grady of Galesburg, Alan Grady of Knoxville, Amber Grady of Monmouth and Breanna Grady of Burlington; three step-children, Jim Briggs and Mary Cassell of Galesburg and Anna Payne of Enid, Oklahoma; 10 grandchildren; 9 step-grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers.
There will be no formal funeral services for Mr. Grady. According to his wishes, cremation has been entrusted to the care of Lunning Chapel.

Martha Marie Hancock, 87, of Burlington, died at 7:44 PM Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at the Great River Klein Center in West Burlington.

Born November 18, 1932, in Gladstone, IL, she was the daughter of Harvey Walker and Veda Elnora Headley Jones.On May 14, 1952 she married Howard Nixon, he preceded her in death. On April 21, 1957, she married Donald Hancock in Mediapolis.

Martha was a homemaker, librarian, and health aide.

After attending three high schools she graduated as the Valedictorian from Mediapolis High School in 1951.

She loved her family. She enjoyed sewing, Elvis Presley, sweets, cardinals and doing jigsaw puzzles.

Survivors include husband; three sons, Stephen Nixon of Mediapolis, David (Sylvia) Hancock of Oldsmar, FL, James (Shirley) Hancock of New London; one daughter, Diana (Alan) Wolkenhauer of League City, TX; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three sisters, Elnora Reynolds of Burlington, Carol McCulley of Mount Pleasant, and Barbara Ruth of West Burlington; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins..

She was preceded in death by her first husband Howard Nixon, four brothers, Eugene, Thomas, George, Bruce, and one infant sister.

Visitation will be from 12:00 PM until 7:00 PM with the family to receive friends from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM Monday, February 17, 2020 at Prugh-Thielen Funeral Home.

The funeral service for Martha will be 1:00 PM Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home with Pastor Larry Dodds officiating. Burial will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established for the Des Moines County Humane Society.

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

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

Charlotte Ann (Denz) Fisher, 88, fought a courageous battle with cancer that ended on February 6, 2020.

She was the daughter of Frank L. Denz Sr. and Anna Gertrude (Woodcock) Denz of Burlington, Iowa.

Charlotte is survived by her two children, Jim A. Fisher of Silverdale, Washington, Reba (Steve) J. Leonard of Plano, Texas, her sister Anna “Rosie” Buckingham of Fairfield, Iowa, her brother Frank L. Denz Jr. of Escondido, California, four grandchildren, one great grandson, numerous nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and nephews, as well as a great grand niece and nephew.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Gail D. Fisher of Burlington, Iowa, a brother, Arthur Denz Sr. of Hemet, California, her nephew Arthur Denz Jr., of Hemet, California, and a granddaughter, Alicia (Faulk) Wallace of Silverdale, Washington.

Born and raised in Burlington, Iowa, she graduated Burlington High School in the Class of 1949. She attended Burlington Junior College to earn her teaching credentials.

She married Gail Deo Fisher of Stanhope, Iowa on February 4, 1961. They resided in Fairfield, Iowa for a short time before moving to Burlington to raise their family. Charlotte did not remarry following Gail’s death in 1980.

She worked part time as a grocery store clerk during school and taught elementary school for a short time after college. She would go on to work at Burlington Farm Machinery as an office manager. During her 20 year career with Burlington Farm, she would be promoted to co-manager of the dealership before retiring to care for her father. During her semi-retirement, Charlotte assisted in tax preparations for a local CPA, and finally, she earned her insurance agent license, assisting in the office at Capps Insurance Agency until her full retirement.

Charlotte’s greatest love was spending time with her family. Large holiday gatherings were planned in great detail, and the entire family looked forward to her lovingly prepared feasts that included a cherry pie made with cherries from her own cherry tree. Her nephew Ron always got the pit, and it became part of the ritual of family gatherings to watch with anticipation as Ron ate his pie to see if the pit showed up on cue. It was a peculiar badge of pride, her ability to conjure the pit in Ron’s piece of pie, no matter who selected the piece given to him. She worked tirelessly to ensure everyone could enjoy the day eating, laughing, and ultimately napping. She was a working Mom, but kept a warm household, and cooked dinner every night for her family. A family meal at the table was expected, and she always provided a hearty menu. She took up cake decorating in her retirement and made many beautiful birthday and wedding cakes for friends and family. She really enjoyed making others happy.

She was known for her beautiful smile, which she flashed quickly and often. Her health care providers often commented that she was their favorite patient because she always had a big smile for them. She loved jokes and puns and laughed with abandon at the ones she found particularly clever. She kept her mind active by doing word search puzzles every day. She loved them. In her last months, she completed over 1,000 word search puzzles. It’s just what she loved.

She was a woman of strong and steadfast faith, and she loved her faith family as much as her actual family. She attended Riverside Baptist (originally Grace Baptist) Church for over 40 years, continually serving as the pianist every Sunday and Wednesday. Nothing gave her more peace than to sit and play the old standard hymns on her piano. Even after she was no longer able to play for her church, she would play at home and sing along with enthusiasm and joy. Charlotte also taught Sunday School throughout most of her tenure as a church member. She looked forward to pot-luck dinners with a special happiness, eager to prepare large pans of potatoes, vegetables and her beautiful cakes.

Charlotte eventually moved to Plano, Texas in 2002 to live with her daughter, Reba, and family, and it was in Plano that she passed quietly. Burlington was always home in her mind. Even after nearly 20 years, we knew the phrase “back home” meant Burlington, and “down here” meant the place she was grateful to be but could never replace the home where she grew up and lived her wonderful life.

She will be dearly missed by all the family and friends who knew her.

A funeral service will be held at Prugh Funeral Chapel 317 N 4th St. Burlington, IA at 10:00 a.m., February 22, 2020. Burial will be at Aspen Grove Cemetery in Burlington, Iowa immediately following the funeral service. A reception with luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Fellowship Hall of Riverside Baptist Church at 313 Emmett Street, Burlington, Iowa.

Jack J. Reid , 70, of Galesburg, died at 1:01 AM Monday, February 10, 2020, at the OSF Richard Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

Born June 22, 1949, in Burlington, IA, he was the son of Jack John and Marguerite Helen Powell Reid.

Jack worked as an electronic technician for Office Machine Consultants of Rock Island.

He was a 1967 graduate of Burlington High School.

Jack was a sports fan and enjoyed watching Iowa Hawkeyes football, St. Louis Cardinals baseball and Green Bay Packers football. He played baseball from little league through High School as well as the American Legion Team. He also enjoyed duck hunting and fishing on the Mississippi River.

Survivors include his special friends, Jerry (Pamela) Williams and Randy Benson, two aunts, several cousins, and many other friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Linda Reid, and beloved Labrador, Sam.

Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Prugh Crematory.

The Graveside service for Jack will be 10:00 AM Saturday, February 22, at Aspen Grove Cemetery with Chaplain Randy Gearhart officiating.

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

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

Dr. Timothy James Bockenstedt, 67, of Burlington, died at 2:45 AM Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at his home.

Born April 14, 1952, in Dubuque, IA, he was the son of Arnold Charles and Esther Marcella Steffen Bockenstedt. On June 28, 1980, he married Kristi Lee Blaylock in Dyersville, IA.

He graduated from Western Dubuque High School in 1970. He graduated from Loras College in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science. He then attended the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and graduated in 1978 with his D.D.S. He completed his certificate in Periodontics at the University of Iowa, College of Dentistry in 1980.

Dr. Bockenstedt owned and operated a periodontal practice in Burlington for 35 years and had a satellite office in Ottumwa.
He was a lifetime member of the American Academy of Periodontology, Midwest Society of Periodontology and the Iowa Dental Association where he served as a trustee representing the Southeast Iowa district. He was a past president of the Southeast Iowa District and the Des Moines County Dental Societies.

Tim was of the Catholic faith. He enjoyed landscaping, gardening, playing golf, reading historical and non-fiction books and interacting with his dental patients. He was an avid Hawkeye fan who enjoyed spending Saturdays in the fall at Kinnick Stadium with his children and friends. His most cherished roles in life were those of husband, father and most recently “Grandpa” to Emmett.

Survivors include his wife, Kristi of Burlington; two sons, Kyle Bockenstedt of Kansas City, MO and Patrick (Jessica) Bockenstedt of Columbus, OH; one grandchild, Emmett Michael Bockenstedt of Columbus, OH; five sisters, Dianne (Ken) Heying of Sioux City, IA, Virginia (Dennis) Skelton of Green Valley, AZ, Joan Bockenstedt of Omaha, NE, Cathy (Dave) Mix of Cedar Falls, IA, and June (Gerry) Mello of Middleton, WI; seven brothers, Ronald (Jan) Bockenstedt of Waterloo, IA, Daniel Bockenstedt of Dyersville, IA, Allen Bockenstedt of Dyersville, IA, Terry (Gloria) Bockenstedt of Dyersville, IA, Arnold (Sandy) Bockenstedt, Jr. of Delhi, IA, Carl (Leslie) Bockenstedt of Springville, Utah and Scott Bockenstedt of Willard, NC; one brother-in-law, Randy (Barbara) Blaylock of Sigourney, IA; one sister-in-law, Kathi Blaylock of Leawood, KS; his mother-in-law, Irene Blaylock of South English, IA and 46 nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law Joel Huth, nephew Christopher Skelton and father-in-law Leon Blaylock.

Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Prugh Crematory.

Visitation will be from noon until 7:00 PM with the family to receive family and friends at 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM Friday, March 6, 2020 at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home.

The Celebration of Life for Dr. Bockenstedt will be 11:00 AM Saturday, March 7, 2020, at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home with Mr. Jeff Walters officiating. A time of food and fellowship will be held at the Burlington Golf Club following the service for family and friends. Burial in Church of the Brethren Cemetery, near South English, IA, will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for the Dr. Timothy J. Bockenstedt Memorial Scholarship Fund to be used for a Burlington High School graduate attending the University of Iowa.

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

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