Obituaries for Tuesday May 5th

Lorena Louise Kivlahan, 81, of Burlington, died at 10:40 PM Sunday, May 3, 2020, at her home.

Born March 16, 1939, in Detroit, MI, she was the daughter of Paul William and Laura Louise Gaedke Hillebrand. On October 27, 1962, she married James Jerome Kivlahan M.D. at St. Norbert Church in Inkster, MI. He preceded her in death on September 3, 2017.

Lorena worked as a registered nurse at her husband’s medical office for 43 years. She retired in 2013.

She graduated from St. Mary’s Academy, Monroe, Michigan in 1957. She graduated with a nursing degree from Providence School of Nursing, Detroit, MI in 1960.

She was a member of SS. John and Paul Catholic Church. She was also a member of D.A.R. Mayflower Society 17th Century Colonial Women, Questers and Red Hat Society. She enjoyed traveling, having visited 68 countries, reading, mostly history books, playing mahjong and bridge on Monday at the Senior Center and bridge marathons.

Survivors include five daughters, Lori “Laura” Kivlahan of Fort Madison, Margaret (Tom) Herman of La Habra, CA, Jane Best of Eden Prairie, MN, Kathy (David) Suarez of Burlington, and Annie (Marcus) Powell of New London; eleven grandchildren; three sisters, Kitty Winke of Fort Madison, Jane Hillebrand of Flint, MI, and Mary Margaret Hillebrand of Southfield, MI; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and son-in-law, Joe Best..

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

The Private Graveside Committal Service for Mrs. Kivlahan will be held on Saturday at Sacred Heart Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established for the Des Moines County Humane Society and Divine Mercy Parish.

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

Violet Elsie Glasgow, 98, of Burlington, died at 4:45 PM Thursday, April 30, 2020, at the OakView Nursing Home and Rehabilitation in Burlington.

Born July 9, 1921, in Council Bluffs, IA, she was the daughter of Ralph and Elsie Mae Danielson DeGuerre. On May 14, 1943, she married Robert Madsen. They later divorced. Years later, she married Robert L. Glasgow in Galesburg, IL on November 6, 1952. He died July 11, 2003.

She graduated from Burlington High School and The Burlington School of Business. During World War II, she worked for the Des Moines County Draft Board #2. Elsie worked as a secretary at the Iowa Ordnance Plant and later retired from District Court and the State of Iowa.

Over the years, she was active in Democratic Politics including being a staffer for the Democratic Congressman. She was a long-time member of the West Burlington United Methodist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Robert (Joan) Madsen of Minneapolis, MN, and Michael (Kathy) Glasgow of Marcellus, MI; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother, Don (Ruth) DeGuerre of Chesterfield, MO and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband Robert, she is preceded in death by Robert Madsen, and an infant daughter, Susan Kay Madsen.

Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Prugh Crematory.

The Graveside Committal Service for Mrs. Glasgow will be held at a later date.

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

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

The graveside committal service and inurnment for Patricia Kay Pugh, 66, will be 1:00 PM Monday at Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery. Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home is in care of the arrangements.

Darla Jo Newberry, 78, of Dallas City, Illinois, passed away at 12:55 a.m. Monday, May 4, 2020 at the Danville Care Center, Danville, Iowa.
Darla was born on September 14, 1941 in Dallas City the daughter of Don and Joan (Curtis) Hancock. On June 10, 1961 she married Jerald W. “Jerry” Newberry in Dallas City. He survives.

Darla was a 1959 graduate of the Dallas City High School. She worked as a teller and bookkeeper at the Bank of Dallas City for 34 years. She served on the Dallas City Celebration Committee and enjoyed working in her yard and flower gardens.

Survivors include her husband, Jerry; one son, Andy (Joyce) Newberry of Dallas City; one daughter, Deanne (Rob Bohn) Hutson of Indianapolis, Indiana; six grandchildren; one great-grandson; one sister, Sharon Sutton of Dallas City and two half-sisters, Terry Poston of Alton, Illinois and Jeri Williams of St. Louis, Missouri.

Darla was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Michael Newberry.

Cremation has been entrusted to Banks & Beals Funeral Homes.

No services are planned. Burial will be held at a later date. A memorial fund has been established for the Dallas City Celebration Committee. Contributions may be mailed to Darla Newberry Memorial Fund, c/o Banks & Beals Funeral Home, P.O. Box 70, Dallas City, Illinois 62330.

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Rosemarie Baumgartner, age 80, of West Burlington, IA, died at 11:53 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 2020 at Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.
Born May 31, 1939 in Saarbrucken, Germany, she was the daughter of Matthias Phillipp and Wilhelmina Karoline (Tausend) Kraemer. She married Byron Nelson Baumgartner September 1, 1959 in Saarbrucken, Germany.
She was a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Rosemarie spent her years as a homemaker and she enjoyed traveling.
Survivors include four children, Michael Baumgartner of Schaumburg, IL; John Baumgartner of Streamwood, IL; Jean Baumgartner of West Burlington, IA; and Terri Baumgartner of Tiffin, IA.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one sister, Ingrid Grossman.
A private family service will be held on Monday, May 4, at Aspen Grove Cemetery in Burlington, IA with Roger Ammon officiating. Due to state and federal guidance on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family will not be having a public memorial at this time.

Mr. Ernest T. Gerst, 87, of Rural Burlington, died at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, April 30, 2020 at Klein Center of GRMC in West Burlington.
Born June 1, 1932 in Burlington, IA, he was the son of Julius and Sarah (Knapp) Gerst. He married Shirley Lou Wills December 12, 1951. She died February 27, 1960. He married Emma Marlene Johns Nelson June 11, 1966 in Macomb, IL. She died April 4, 2018
Ernest was a lifelong farmer enjoying all aspects of farming and worked for 30 years as a setup man at Champion Spark Plug until he retired in 1987.
He was a member of St. John United Church of Christ.
Ernest was inducted into the Des Moines Democratic Party Hall of Fame. He belonged to the Local 1237 UAW and American Percheron Association.
Survivors include nine children, Mona Shaw of Burlington, Jacky (Dan) Wistrom of rural Sperry, Mark Shaw of Argentina, South America, Sandra (Steve) Wasson of rural Burlington, Jackie Smith of Ridgecrest CA, Sharon (Tony) Malone of Burlington, Edward (Sandra) Gerst of rural Burlington, April Schulties of West Burlington and Colin (Amanda) Gerst of rural Danville; 21 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two wives, Shirley and Marlene; one son Eric Shaw; 6 brothers; 4 sisters.
Private family Service will be Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at Lunning Chapel. Internment will be at Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery. Friends may call from Noon-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at Lunning Chapel to allow for social distancing family will not be present.
Memorials have been established for Stony Hollow Hideaway of the Klein Center and Mediapolis Ambulance Service.

Linda Carolyn Uchida, 79, of Dallas City, Illinois, passed away Saturday, May 2, 2020 at LaHarpe Davier Health Care Center.

Linda was born on March 4, 1941 in Burlington, Iowa, the daughter of George and Virginia (Gracey) Kaminski. She married Victor Uchida in 1971.

She was a 1959 graduate of Dallas City Community High School where she was a cheerleader. Following high school, she moved to Chicago where she graduated from the Tabulation Institute of Chicago. She later moved to Oklahoma and eventually settled in Studio City, CA where she worked as the office administrator of South Valley Radiology. Following her retirement, she lived in Las Vegas before returning home to Dallas City.

Linda was a passionate and fiercely independent person. She made friends easily and kept them for a lifetime. She had a razor-sharp wit and laughed easily. She especially loved a double entendre. Linda was extremely generous, wrote terrific letters, never forgot a birthday, and was the best gift-giver. She loved traveling, having visited Hawaii and the Caribbean. She took cruises and toured Egypt and the castles of Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. She rubbed elbows with celebrities (including friend, Lee Majors.) Linda lived an exciting life full of travels, adventures, husbands, and friends but her heart always remained in Dallas City. She had a special fondness for our castles.

Survivors include one brother, Gary (Yvonne) Kaminski; one sister, Jan Kaminski; one nephew, Jamie (Tami) Kaminski; one niece, Kristin Kaminski; two great-nieces, Kayla and Katie Kaminski; one great-nephew, Cooper Kaminski, and one very special aunt, Shirley Gracey, all of Dallas City, Illinois.

Linda was preceded in death by her husband; parents; one son, Mark Bjornsen; and her beloved dogs Georgie Girl and Cheetah Uchida.

A private inurnment will be held in the Harris Cemetery, Dallas City. Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Dallas City is assisting the family.

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