Obituaries for Saturday December 5th

Thelma Rose Huber Lair, 96, of Danville, died Thursday, December 3, 2020 at New London Specialty Care. She was born February 18, 1924 on the family farm near Ft. Atkinson, Iowa to Xeno and Mildred Riehle Huber.
On December 7, 1946, she married Calvin Otis Lair in Burlington. He died April 2, 2018.
She was a 1943 graduate of Ft. Atkinson High School and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in West Burlington. She moved to Burlington in 1943 where she lived with her sister and worked at Cresco Drug. After she met and married Calvin, she was a homemaker and also worked at Sylvania in Burlington, the Glove Factory in New London and IAAP in Middletown. She enjoyed rock hunting and was a jack of all trades, even roofing the house all by herself in 1973. She loved taking walks with the grandchildren to the back creek and was a fun grandma to play with; she was a truly kind and loving person.
Survivors include two sons, Ronald (Mary) and Jeffrey (Ana), both of New London; two daughters, Cathy (Joe) Lair-Hensick of Ashland, Oregon and Christine (Jim) Troutman of Danville; 23 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Grace Pavlovic, Ruth Pavlovic, and Helen (Eddie) Langreck all of Ft. Atkinson;
one brother, Jim Huber of Wisconsin; nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son Donald; daughter Constance Warth; two daughters-in-law, Dawn Lair and Carol Lair; two great-granddaughters, Shaelynn and Adalyn; twin great-grandsons, Bradley and Christopher; three brothers, Jr., Robert and Richard Huber; and three sisters, Marie Stafford, Cauletta Amelring and Rose Stammeyer.
Visitation will be Sunday, December 6, from 12:00 – 5:00 PM at Elliott Chapel; the family will not be present. Burial will be at 1:00 PM, Monday at Long Creek Cemetery, rural Danville with Father Paul Connolly officiating. Please follow social distancing guidelines and masks will be required. A memorial has been established for Danville Fire Department. Online condolences may be left at

Joyce E. Hicks, age 85, of Stronghurst, Illinois, passed away Wednesday December 2, 2020 at Oak Lane Nursing & Rehab in Stronghurst. She was born April 4, 1935 in London Mills, Illinois, the daughter of Andrew and Nelda Ulm Norris. On March 23, 1986, she married Gary Lee Hicks in Burlington, Iowa.

Joyce was employed for twenty five years at Antennacraft Corporation in West Burlington, IA. She enjoyed spending time with her friends and family, especially her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, four children, Debbie (Mark) Lumbeck of Oquawka, IL, Marty (Joni) Lant of Northfield, MN, Marcia (Mark) Seitz of Lake Havisu, AZ, Greg Hicks of Houston, TX, seven grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Gene Norris.

No services are planned at this time. Banks & Beals Funeral Home of Stronghurst is assisting the family. Please visit to sign the guest book and leave a condolence.

Sandra Sue Mehaffy Richard of New London, IA formerly Grayslake, IL passed away on December 3, 2020 at New London Specialty Care.
Sandra was born on June 29, 1940, in Burlington, IA; the daughter of Robert Branham and Gertrude Lovey (Lyons) Mehaffy. She married Morris “Gregg” Richard on October 21, 1960 in Danville, IA. He died July 2, 2005.
She was a member of the 1958 graduating class of Danville High School, Danville, IA where she played basketball, softball, and the saxophone in the band. She went on to work for IRC in Burlington where she met her loving husband. She loved sports, music and dancing and especially loved watching her grandkids play sports and listening to them play in their respective bands. Not to mention a diehard Iowa Hawkeye, Chicago Cubs and Bulls fan.
She just wasn’t a mom to her three girls but to many more. Being a part of her tribe, you knew she always had a warm meal, a place for you to stay, an ear to listen and advice that was valued.
Sandra is survived by her daughters Cynthia (Dale) Gray, West Allis, WI; Lori (Bob) Ness, Grayslake, IL; and Renee (Tim) Kemnetz, Peyton, CO; proud grandmother of Amanda (Jeremy) Wegner, Katelyn (Patrick) Addy, Cody Gray, Matthew (Becca) Kemnetz, Cally Hayes, Andrew Kemnetz and Isabella Hayes; and great-grandchildren Ashlynn Wegner, Abigail Wegner, Lydia Wegner, James Wegner and Rachel Addy; loving sister of Meredith Mehaffy; fond sister-in-law of Marcia (the late Bill) Dunbar; dear aunt, and great-aunt to many. She was known as Nanny to them. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, her sister Gloria Jean (Wilbur) Lucas, her brothers Jack (Wanda) Mehaffy, and Rodney (Darlene) Mehaffy. Sandra loved and was loved by all who knew her, and she will be missed dearly.
According to her wishes, her body has been cremated and burial beside her beloved husband Gregg will be held at a later date in Long Creek Cemetery. Due to the Covid health crisis, a Celebration of her life will hopefully be held in the Spring. Online condolences may be left at

David Singleton, 71, of Wapello, IA, passed away on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at his home. A celebration of life will be held at a later date with burial in Mallory Cemetery. Memorials have been established for the Wapello Fire and Rescue and the Wapello VFW. Sympathy notes may be left for the family at
David Gale Singleton was born on November 18, 1949, the son of Gale and Lois (Milligan) Singleton. David was a 1967 graduate of Wapello High School and then went to work for a little time at the Iowa Ammunition Plant in West Burlington. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy aboard the USS Kitty Hawk, during the Vietnam War. On July 7, 1973, he was united in marriage to Michelle West in Wapello. David worked for Rath Packing for 10 years and retired in 2004 from Grain Processing Corporation. He was a former member of the Wapello Jaycees. David enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, mushroom hunting, going to crappie tournaments with Mike and his younger days he enjoyed going to the demolition derbies.
David will be missed by his wife, Michelle; children, Shad (Angela) Singleton of Mora, Minnesota, Sara (Mike) Maddux of Wapello and Seth (Teilsen) Singleton of Wapello; grandchildren, Schae, Wyatt, Tate, Landry, Owen and Teagan and one sister, Sharon (Don) Wood of Wapello.
David will be preceded in death by parents and one brother, Mike Singleton.

William “Bill” Noel Mathers, 93, of New London, died Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at New London Specialty Care. He was born September 26, 1927 in New London to Carl Edward and Ethel Glenn Daniels Mathers. On July 15, 1950, he married Vera Joan Crabill in New London; she died August 19, 2017.
Bill was a 1945 graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School and attended Iowa Wesleyan College. In his early years, he attended New London United Methodist Church, then later, New London Christian Church. He served two years with the weather service in the Air Force following WWII. After his stint in the service, he worked as a plumber with his father; then at McKesson and Robbins before owning and operating Mathers Variety in New London with his wife. He enjoyed joking with people, auto racing, snowmobiling, and especially loved all of his dogs.
Besides his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Paul “Wayne” Mathers. Survivors include Joan’s brothers and sisters families.
According to his wishes, his body has been cremated and inurnment of his and his beloved wife’s cremains will be held at a later date at Burge Cemetery, New London. Due to the Covid-19 health crisis, there will be no services at this time. Memorials may be directed to New London Specialty Care. Online condolences may be left at

Patsy Huddle, 87, of Wapello, passed away on Monday, November 30, 2020 at Wapello Specialty Care. Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 5, 2020 at Snyder & Hollenbaugh Funeral & Cremation Services of Wapello. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Friday December 4, 2020 at the funeral home. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Saturday prior to the service. For everyone’s safety, mask will be required and social distancing will be enforced. A memorial has been established in Patsy’s name. Online condolences may be left for the family at
Patsy Ann Hamilton was born on June 7, 1933 in Burlington, Iowa the daughter of Cecil and Myrtle (Baird) Hamilton. Patsy’s family grew up in the Morning Sun area, but when Patsy was a young girl she went to live in Wapello with her grandparents, Charles and Virginia Hamilton who raised her until her graduation from Wapello High School in 1950. On November 26, 1950, Patsy was united in marriage to Donald Burl Huddle in Wapello. He preceded her in death on June 16, 1990. Patsy was a lifelong cook; beginning her career at Jack Hamilton’s Clubhouse in Morning Sun and Washington before becoming the owner, along with her husband Don, of the Tomahawk Restaurant in Wapello. In her later years Patsy always enjoyed cooking out of her home for others and all who would visit her daily for “coffee.” She was an avid reader, loved all sports, especially her beloved Chicago Cubs, and was always interested in what others were doing, especially her grandchildren.
Patsy will be missed by her sons, Leslie (Rita) Huddle of Lafayette, Indiana, Roger (Debbie) Huddle of Wapello and Brian (Beth Holcomb) Huddle of Pella; grandchildren, Whitney (Tony) Hollenbaugh, Mitch (Robyn) Huddle, Andrew (Brittany) Huddle, Paul (Liz Russell) Huddle, Adam (Kassi) Huddle, Thomas (Erielle Espina) Huddle, Koert (Erica) Huddle, Alyssa (James) Stoner, Katelin (Micheal) Brees and Kelly Huddle (Sam) Wiseman; great-grandchildren, Cal, Taylor, Pete, Zoey, Brayden, Emma, Hunter, Calvin, Bennett, Genevieve, Maddox, Kaia, Lexi and Christopher; sisters, Janet Hall of Morning Sun and Judi (Paul) Delzell of Fulton, Illinois; sister-in-law, Carol Huddle and many nieces and nephews.
Patsy was preceded in death by her parents; husband; grandparents; one sister, Cora Maxine Stotlar and two brothers, Jack and Lonnie Hamilton.

Edith Reighard, 82, of Burlington, died at 10:15 PM Saturday, November 28, 2020, at the OakView Nursing Home and Rehabilitation in Burlington.

Born August 6, 1938, in Fairfield, IA, she was the daughter of Edwin Earl and Elsie Evelyn Everett Middleton. She married Kenneth Larry Reighard. They later divorced. She married Ed Mohnike. They later divorced.

She graduated from Fairfield High School.

Edith worked at Exide for 22 years.

She loved her family and grandchildren. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, going to the casino with her friend Bev, Sterzing’s Potato Chips, and her favorite drink, diet coke.

Survivors include one son, Kory Reighard of Burlington; one daughter, Karla Andries of Burlington; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one sister, Betty Ann Wright of Birmingham, IA; and her best friend Bev.

Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by her son, Kent, one brother, Donald, and one sister, Ruth Hintz.

Visitation will be from noon until 5:00 PM with the family to receive friends from 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM Sunday, December 6, 2020 at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home. Due to Governor Reynolds mandate regarding funeral gatherings, attendees are requested to pull under the front awning and stay in their vehicles until ushered inside.

A memorial has been established in her memory.

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

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

Elden R. Weak, 61. of Burlington died Sunday, November 29, 2020 at Great River Medical Center.
Born June 25, 1959 in Iowa City, Iowa he was the son of James and Bessie Weak. He married Rhonda Beck on February 27, 1979 in Burlington.
Elden is survived by his wife Rhonda Weak and two sons all of Burlington; sister Corinne Powell; brothers Larry Weak and Mark Weak; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. According to his wishes, cremation has been entrusted to the care of Lunning Chapel.