Obituaries for Wednesday December 30th

Jereldene Muenzenmaier, 92, of Dallas City, Illinois, passed away at 3:44 a.m. Thursday, December 28, 2020 at the Fort Madison Community Hospital.

Jereldene was born on March 15, 1928 near Bucklin, Missouri the daughter of Charlie and Trella (Carriker) Neff. On September 13, 1986 she married Frank Muenzenmaier. He preceded her in death on December 11, 2015.

Jereldene enjoyed watching birds, dogs and cats. She also enjoyed tending to her flowers and doing crafts, especially painting.

Survivors include three chldren, Rebecca Murphy of Dallas City, Jeff (Cindy) Manning of West Point, Iowa and Gary (Teresa) Manning of Fort Madison, Iowa; nine grandchildren, John Rhondes III, Angela Rhodes, Jessica Pietz, Samantha Morris, James Imthurn, Garrett Grelk, Lauren Grelk, Brandon Manning and Joseph Manning; 17 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. Also surviving is one sister Violet (Wes) Brown of San Antonio, Texas.

In addition to her husband, Frank, also preceding her in death are two sisters, Leona and Bonnie and one brother, Charles.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 2, 2021 at Harris Cemetery, near Dallas City. No visitation is planned.

Banks & Beals Funeral Home of Dallas City is assisting the family. A memorial fund has been established for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. To sign the guestbook or leave a condolence please visit Jereldene’s obituary at

Clarissa Bernadine Schulte, 90, of Scottsdale, Arizona, formerly of Burlington, Iowa died Sunday, December 27, 2020 in Scottsdale.

Born December 23, 1930 she was the daughter of Henry and Marie Schulte.

Clarissa graduated from St. Paul’s High School in Burlington. She served as Vice President of Rauscher Pierce Refsnes, Inc. in Scottsdale for 23 years until her retirement in 1996.

She was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Her kind, generous, and loving soul will be dearly missed and long remembered.

She is survived by two sisters; SS Jean M. Schulte of Chicago, Illinois and Mary Ann O’Donnell of Davenport, Iowa and several loving nieces and nephews and their children.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Helene M. Schulte and Eleanor M. Gehringer and one brother Peter A. Schulte.

The Funeral Mass for Miss Schulte will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 2nd at St. Mary Catholic Church, Dodgeville. The Rev. Father James Flattery will be the celebrant. Interment will be held in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Dodgeville. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Friday, January 1st at Lunning Chapel where the family will receive friends.

Memorials are suggested to the Burlington Notre Dame Foundation or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospitals.

May the light of her remarkable spirit inspire others to spread kindness and joy.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

William “Bill” E. Munson, 50 of Burlington died at 1:11 p.m. Thursday, December 24, 2020 at his home after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis.

Born September 5, 1970 in Burlington, IA, he was the son of Michael and Lynette (Koss) Munson. He married Martha Helton August 17, 1990 in Burlington.

Bill worked for General Electric as a zinc plate operator for 13 years. He had a love for paintball and motorcycles.

Survivors include his wife, Martha of Burlington; children Samantha, Dakota and Billie Munson; brother Bob (Laura) Munson; nephews David (Stacie) Munson and Michael (Angel) Munson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Lynette (Koss) Munson and maternal grandparents, Martin and Leola Koss.

According to his wishes, Bill’s body will be donated to University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine for scientific purposes to aid in MS research.

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Monty Hicks, 62, of Iowa City, IA, died, Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Born July 17, 1958 in Burlington, IA, he was the son of Thomas James Hicks and Phyllis Jean Meyers.

Monty spent his years working in carpentry, roofing, and construction.

Survivors include one son, Joshua Hicks; two grandchildren; and two brothers, Joel (Terry) Hicks and Tom (Lynette) Hicks.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Justin Hicks; and one brother, Jerry Hicks.

Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Lunning Chapel.

Patience Mary Prugh Spire Schram, 79, of Louisville, CO, formerly of Burlington, died at 6:22 PM Wednesday, December 16, 2020, at Balfour Cherrywood Village in Louisville.

Patience was born, alongside her twin brother Burton, on August 1, 1941 in Burlington, IA. She was the daughter of Robert Burton and Marjorie “Margie” Mary Coulter Prugh.

“Pashie”, as she was known to family and friends, grew up in Burlington, IA where she was active in her school and community. She graduated from Burlington High School in 1959. She then attended Stephens College in Columbia, MO where she was active in the student paper and modeling. She later attended the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO .

In 1962, Patience moved to Washington, D.C. to “seek her fortune”, as she would often tell the story. She loved Washington, with its politics, people, excitement, and opportunity. In May of 1966, she married Richard “Dick” Spire. Together they had two children, Hardy and Honor. He preceded her in death.

Patience began her career as a women’s wear buyer for Woodward & Lothrop and later worked for the Institute for Defense Analyses. She worked at American University Law School while Dick attended school there. Her favorite time in her career was working for a military contractor in Maryland, alongside several high ranking retired military officers. Patience also worked for a travel agency that led her on many adventures, the highlights being trips to Haiti and Morocco.

In 1996, Patience moved back to her hometown of Burlington where she was active in the community working for Downtown Partners and spent time with family. Upon her return to Burlington, she took great pride in the restoration of her 1880 Italianate home on North Hill. She also reconnected with an old friend from college, Bill Schram. They were married in November 1998, but later divorced. Patience retired in 2006 and moved to Boulder, CO to be closer to her daughter and family.

Patience had many interests and passions. She loved the Indy 500 and attended the race for many years, a tradition passed down from her father. Whether it was the race she loved, or the frequent sightings of Paul Newman that kept her coming back, her family will never know. Patience loved current events and politics, ice cream with chocolate sauce, Sterzing’s Potato Chips, and white wine. She also adored cats and anything with fur.

Survivors include her son, Richard Harding “Hardy” (Tami) Spire II of Kensington, MD; daughter, Honor Coulter Spire (Douglas) Engle of Boulder, CO; grandsons, Charles Burton Engle, Christopher Lee Engle, and Richard Lee Spire III; granddaughter, Margaret Elizabeth Spire; twin-brother, Robert Burton (Joanne) Prugh, Jr. of Burlington; niece, Lindsay (John) Fruehling of Burlington; great-nephew, Coulter Fruehling; and great-nieces, Hannah and Ava Fruehling.

Besides her first husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, and one niece, Molly Kurstin Prugh.

Due to concerns related to COVID-19, services at this time will be private. A public Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Burial will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made, in remembrance of Patience, to TRU Community Care Hospice at 2594 Trailridge Drive East, Lafayette, CO 80026 or or the Alzheimer’s Association at Alzheimer’s Association, National Processing Center, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011 or

Prugh Funeral Service is in care of the arrangements.

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

Frank Alexander Staley, 81, of New London, died Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at Henry County Health Center Emergency Department.

To say that Frank was a character is an understatement.

According to his wishes, his body has been cremated and inurnment will be held at a later date in Burge Cemetery, New London. Due to the Covid health crisis, a celebration of Frank’s life will be held at a later date. Memorials have been established for the KAABA Shriners and the New London Rescue Unit.

Elliott Chapel, New London is in charge of arrangements.

Thomas Scott Craig, 26, of Burlington died Monday, December 28, 2020 at his home.

Born August 23, 1994 in Burlington, he was the son of Thomas Craig and Karol Carlson.

Thomas was a 2015 graduate of Burlington High School. He was baptized at First United Church of Christ in Burlington.
Thomas loved trains! He was a jokester and loved to sit outside and watch the cars go by. He was a happy guy and enjoyed being on his computer. He loved everything about Christmas and Santa. Thomas was a Boy Scout and had a lot of fun building his pine box derby train with his dad.

He is survived by his parents; Karol (Mike) Carlson and Scott (Brandi) Craig both of Burlington; his siblings, Anna Craig, Hunter Craig and Kaden Craig all of Burlington; his paternal grandparents Carl and Dorothy Craig of Burlington and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents George and Georgia Waste.

A private family gathering will be held. There will be no formal funeral service at this time.

A memorial has been established for his family.

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