Obituaries for Friday October 8th

Henrietta “Retta” Joan Johnson, 77, of Burnside, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at the Memorial Hospital in Carthage, Illinois surrounded by her significant other and children.

Henrietta was born February 21, 1944, in Burlington IA, the daughter of Henry and Loyce (Gracey) Thomson. She was a 1962 graduate of the final graduating class of Sperry, IA High School. She was united in marriage to Donald L. Johnson December 29, 1962, at Grace Methodist Church, in Burlington, IA. He preceded her in death on January 13, 1990.

One of Henrietta’s proudest achievements was when she and her husband, Donald, began their business together, Pilot Grove Welding, where she was currently serving as president and co-owner operating the business until her death with partner, Dale Snyder. She previously owned and operated a small Grocery Store in Burnside, had worked as a Meter Reader for the Western Illinois Electric Co-Op for many years and attended Carl Sandburg College taking various business courses.

Henrietta was a member of Burnside Methodist Church. She enjoyed cooking, reading, researching family genealogy, gardening, feeding and watching birds in her back yard, keeping up with the latest technology and feeling the comfort of her special dog “Baby”. One of Henrietta’s most favorite pastimes was visiting Antique stores near and far with Dale, which she often referred to as “junking” where she would find special treasures for herself and her loved ones. Henrietta enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially her beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren, teaching them about and giving each of them special memories of her very wide variety of animals on her farm.

Survivors include her significant other of several years: Clarence Dale Snyder; four children: Daniel (Ronda) Johnson of Burnside, Eric (Brandi) Johnson of Carthage, Illinois, Julie (Brent) Lance of Wentzville, Missouri and Sherri (Tom) Main of Carthage, Illinois; sixteen grandchildren: Alexsandra Gagnon, Travis, Amanda, Ethan (Karly) and Brady Johnson, Erin (Zane) Schmudlach, Kendra and Nicholas Johnson, Brent Lance Jr., Alexandra (Ryan) Brown, Sydney (Caleb) Fricano, Olivia and Brendan Lance, Carly Louden, Reece and McKenna Main and nine great-grandchildren; Nathaniel, Rosalie, Hunter, August, Jimmy, Caleb, Eloise, Tucker and James. Also surviving are five brothers, one sister and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband: Donald; one brother: Michael Thomson; one daughter-in-law: Shannon Johnson; one half brother: Henry Junior Thomson and two half sisters: Marion Maddox and Mildred Krieger.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 11, 2021 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Dallas City, IL with Mark Hanson officiating. Burial will follow at Pilot Grove Township Cemetery, near Burnside.

Friends may call after 12:00 noon, Sunday, October 10th at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Dallas City, IL where the family will receive friends from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m.

A memorial fund has been established for the Pilot Grove Township Cemetery. To leave a condolence for the family, please visit Henrietta’s obituary at

Michael S. “Mike” Jarvis, 80, of Burlington, IA and formerly of Mt. Pleasant and New London, passed away October 7, 2021 at Good Samaritan Hospice, Ottumwa, IA following complications related to open heart surgery.
Michael was born February 5, 1941 in Iowa City, IA, the son of Everett R. and Alice Shannon Jarvis. He was raised in Mt. Pleasant, IA graduating from Mt. Pleasant High School with the class of 1959. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from Drake University, Des Moines. During his college career, he attended two semesters on an around-the-world cruise aboard the University of the Seven Seas.
Michael enlisted in the US Army Intelligence Corp., serving a tour of duty in Vietnam. Following his discharge, he was employed as a cost control analyst and engineer at the IAAP, Middletown. He later worked as an engineer at Exide until his retirement.
On October 10, 1970 in Mt. Pleasant, IA, he was united in marriage to Rosalie Miller. Michael and Rosalie raised and showed registered Quarter Horses on their acreage west of New London. They divorced in 1995 but remained close. He later married Lisa Gerdes. They separated in 2008.
Michael enjoyed many pets (cats, dogs, and horses) through the years. He was an art and antique collector as well as a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Iowa Hawkeyes. He enjoyed world travel and often joked that he was in Vietnam several years before the US Army sent him there.
Michael is survived by his sons, Samuel P. Jarvis (Fiancée Aubrey), Ottumwa, IA and Jonathan E. Jarvis, Oskaloosa, as well as a sister, Sharon Tozer, Mt. Pleasant and a brother, Roger Maynard, Fort Collins, Colorado, his ex-wife and companion Rosalie Jarvis, New London, Lisa Jarvis (Dr. Jon Estrin), Fairfield, very good friends Joey Wardle and Valerie Traman, Burlington and his beloved cat, Gus.
Cremation has been accorded per his wishes. Lunning Funeral Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 15th at Lunning Chapel. Rev. Shane McCampbell will officiate. Inurnment with military rites by the Henry County Honor Guard will be in Forest Home Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, IA.
The family requests no flowers or plants. Donations may be made in his memory to the Des Moines County Humane Society.

Michelle Lynn Byars Richards, 55, of Danville, died Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM, Monday, October 11 at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant. Father Paul Connolly will officiate with burial to follow in St. Alphonsus Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Elliott Chapel, New London on Sunday, October 10 from noon until 6:00 PM, with the family receiving friends from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. Memorials may be made to H2O (Help to Others) and St. Alphonsus Religious Education. Condolences may be left at

William R. “Bill” Corzatt, age 79, of Stronghurst, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center in West Burlington, Iowa. He was born April 25, 1942 in LaHarpe, Illinois, the son of Keith and Winifred Anderson Corzatt. On August 7, 1960, he married Rebecca Denly. They later divorced.

Bill was a graduate of Media High School, Media, Illinois. He farmed and raised livestock for many years in Henderson county. For several years, he was instrumental in caring for his brother Ronnie, during his battle with muscular dystrophy. He loved gardening, and sharing his produce with neighbors and friends. He enjoyed buying, selling, rebuilding, and tinkering with all types of machinery. Earlier in life he enjoyed racing go-karts. He enjoyed making his daily rounds, exercise walking at the grocery store, and visiting his friends at several local businesses. He will be missed.

Survivors include one son; Robert (Cheryl) Corzatt of Oquawka, IL, one daughter; Cathy (Bobby) Mayfield of Winchester, TN, three grandchildren; Andrea Nixon, Amy Linss, and Adam Corzatt, six great grandchildren; Noah, Paige, Taylor, Trey, Colt, and Dakota, and one sister; Angela Myers of Stronghurst. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother; Ronald Corzatt.

Visitation will be from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m. Saturday, October 9, 2021 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Stronghurst. Cremation rites will follow visitation, and graveside services will be held at Raritan Cemetery, Raritan, Illinois, at a later date. Memorials have been established for the Stronghurst Ambulance Service and Oakwood Estates Assisted Living Center. Please visit Bill’s obituary at to sign the guest book and leave a condolence.

Mary J. Farren, 91, of Burlington, died Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at Klein Center.
Born April 17, 1930 in Burlington, she was the daughter of John and Ruth (Stack) Hynes. She married James M. Farren on June 29, 1957 in St. Patrick Catholic Church. She died August 19, 2008.
She was a graduate of St. Paul High School and attended the Burlington Business School.
Mary was the private secretary to the Editor of The Hawk Eye newspaper for 9 years. She was a member of Divine Mercy Parish and a former lifelong member of the Legion of Mary. She volunteered with the reading program at North Hill School for many years and enjoyed playing bridge. Mary was a die-hard Cubs fan!
Survivors include her two children, Tracy (Anthony Porter) Walding of Burlington and Terry (Dusty) Farren of Danville; four grandchildren, Ryan Walding, Ashley Walding, Sean Walding and Alexis (Drew) Sturgell; four great grandchildren, Emery, Liam, Jameson, Nash and three nephews Tim Westerbeck, James Morrissey and Jeff Morrissey.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one sister Ruthann Westerbeck and one nephew Mike Westerbeck.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Mrs. Farren will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 8th at St. Paul Catholic Church. The Rev. Father James Flattery will be the celebrant and the Rev. Father Mike Phillips will concelebrate. Interment will be held in Sacred Heart Cemetery.
The Rosary will be recited at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, October 7th at Lunning Chapel. Visitation with family will follow the Rosary until 7:00 p.m.
Memorials have been established for Birthright of Burlington and Southeast Iowa Hospice.
Online condolences may be made by visiting

Marilyn Mae Jackson, 77, of LaHarpe, Illinois, passed away Monday, October 4, 2021 at Bickford of Macomb, Illinois.
Marilyn was born September 21, 1944 in LaHarpe the daughter of Lowell K. and Maxine (Ailes) Clover. In 1964, she married Duane McDowell. They later divorced. On February 14, 1987, she married Roger Jackson in LaHarpe.
She was a 1962 graduate of the LaHarpe High School. Following high school she attended Business School in Burlington, Iowa. Marilyn worked at JI Case in Burlington for a short time before becoming a stay at home mother and helping on the farm. She helped care for her father and later worked, for over 20 years, at the LaHarpe-Davier Health Care Center, along with selling Mary Kay. She served on the LaHarpe City Council.
Mrs. Jackson attended the LaHarpe Union Church. She was a member of Sisters In Christ, Happy Helpers Group and Late Bloomers Garden Club. She enjoyed spending time with her family.
Survivors include her husband: Roger; three children: Jeff (Tracy) McDowell of LaHarpe, Phillip (Donna) McDowell of Elvaston, Illinois and Alison (Tyler) DeSotel of Carthage, Illinois; two step-children: Gary Jackson of San Antonio, Texas and Lori (Derrick Lander) Jackson of Cherry Valley, Illinois; ten grandchildren: Cade McDowell, Holly Mae (Gedney) Mosher, Austin, Summer and Mason McDowell, Marie, Kate, Nora DeSotel, Dylan (Jasmine) Hauck and Savannah Jackson; one grandson-in-law: Matt Paulsen and six great-grandchildren. Also surviving are three siblings: Sherry (Gary) Butler, Jeanette (Jim) Ford both of LaHarpe and Steven (Denita) Clover of Dallas City.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents and one granddaughter: Alexis Paulsen.
The funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM Friday, October 8, 2021 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe with Rev. Bruce Goettsche officiating. Burial will follow in the LaHarpe Cemetery.
Friends may call after 2:00 p.m. Thursday, October 7th a Banks & Beals, where the family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m.
A memorial fund has been established for the LaHarpe Union Church or Traditions Health. To leave a condolence for the family, please visit Marilyn’s obituary at

Renate E. “Renee” McDonald, 81 of Mediapolis, died 9:20 a.m. Monday, October 4, 2021 at her home.
Born October 22, 1939 in Frankfurt, West Germany, she was the daughter of Arnold and Anna Klemm.
Renee worked at Schaefer Pen until they closed. She was a member of Harmony Bible Church. She enjoyed crocheting blankets, sewing and her cat “Cali”. She loved her family dearly.
Survivors include two daughters, Amy (Jan McPherson) Williams of Mediapolis and Connie Webb of Davenport; step-daughter, Cindy (Brent) Stevens; six grandchildren, Tabitha (J.R.), Robert (Tarah), Christina (Tony), Gloria, Sarah (Shane), Jessica (Dusty); twelve great-grandchildren; sister, Sigrid Klemm of Germany; niece, Bettina and nephews, Oliver and Andreas.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one son David, one grandson Delbert Partington III, and one brother.
The funeral service for Renee will be 6:00 p.m. Friday, October 8th at Lunning Chapel. Pastor JudyAnn Morse will officiate. Visitation will be 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Cremation will be accorded following the service.
Condolences may be left for the family at

William Lee Matthews passed away on September 28, 2021, at the Colonial Manor in Columbus Junction, Iowa. He was 91. Services will be Saturday, October 16, 2021, at the Wapello United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. followed by burial services with Military Honors at the Wapello Cemetery. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Bill Matthews as born July 25, 1930, near Kingston, in Des Moines County, Iowa, the son of William Hiram Matthews and Mary Eldred (Faris) Matthews.

He grew up in Louisa County and graduated from Wapello High School in 1948. He then graduated from Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant in 1952, and was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Bill entered military service in 1952 serving with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, obtaining the lofty rank of Corporal. Bill graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1959, and joined the Hicklin Law Firm in Wapello.

William Matthews and Patricia Ann Williams were united in marriage on September 8, 1957. They were married for 60 years. She preceded him in death on October 15, 2017. Bill is survived by his son, David (Rebecca) Matthews, Wapello, Iowa; daughter, Elizabeth Ann Matthews, West Chester, Pennsylvania; and son, Robert Matthews, Kirksville, Missouri; six grandchildren, Danielle Buckley, Wilmington, Delaware; Alex Matthews, Wapello, Iowa; Andrew (Gesell) Buckley, Cramerton, N.C.; Lindsey (Chris) Giffrow, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Christopher Buckley, Charlotte, N.C.; and, Courtney Matthews, Waverly, Iowa; one great­ grandchild, Patrick Buckley, Cramerton, N.C.; and his three brothers, Bob of Wapello; and Gene and Evan, both of lowa City.

Besides his wife Pat, Bill was preceded in death by his parents, and four sisters-in-law, Joan, Insook, and Marilyn Matthews, and Joanne Schwob.

Bill resided in the same house in Wapello for 61 years, and walked to work everyday until he retired from the practice of law at age 85. He was a 50 year member of the Iowa Bar Association, a founding member of Indian Hills Golf & Country Club, now Heritage Oaks, a Thirty Second Degree Mason, and a member of Wapello Lodge No. 5 AF & AM, the American Legion, and the Wapello United Methodist Church.

Bill and Pat were devoted Iowa Hawkeye Football fans and season ticket holders for over 50 years. They rarely missed a home football game, even during the dark years of 17 straight non­ winning seasons, being rewarded with a trip to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena in 1982.

Bill enjoyed his family, church, Friday afternoon “Lawyers” golf, Friday night bridge club, and the occasional Johnnie Walker.

Roberta Amenell, 82, of Burlington, died at 11:01 PM Monday, October 4, 2021 at her home surrounded by family.

Born March 4, 1939, in Burlington, she was the daughter of Joseph Francis and Bernice Catherine Krabbe Hauser. On January 4, 1964, she married Jerry Lee Amenell at St. John’s Catholic Church in Burlington. He passed on May 14, 2006.

She graduated from Burlington High School in 1958. She attended Southeastern Community College in West Burlington

Roberta was a stewardess on Ozark Airlines prior to marrying Jerry. Later she worked as a Mason-Hanger employee on a line, eventually working her way up. She then worked at IAAP as a Contract Administrator, retiring after 35 years.

She was of Catholic faith and was a member of Divine Mercy Parish where she attended services at St. John’s Catholic Church. She was the treasurer of the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry. Roberta enjoyed fishing, playing cards and especially spending time with her family.

Survivors include her daughter, Shayla M. (Carl) Blackburn of Niota, IL; sons, Bradley J. Amenell of Burlington and Dustin (Jody) Amenell of Pleasant Hill, IA; six grandchildren, Michael D. Amenell, Ashley Amenell, Brandon J. Bolander, Brooke C.J. Amenell, Paige L. Granzow, Patrick J. Amenell; nine great-grandchildren; her sister, Mary Hauser (Franklin) Lewis; and 10 nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers.

Visitation will be from 12:00 PM until 5:00 PM with the family to receive friends following a 3:00 PM Rosary service until 5:00 PM Sunday, October 10, 2021, at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home.

The Funeral Mass of the Resurrection for Mrs. Amenell will be 10:30 AM Monday, October 11, 2021, at Divine Mercy Parish-St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with Rev. James Flattery as the Celebrant. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry.

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 Roberta’s obituary at

Jack Patton, 65, of Burlington, died at 11:20 PM Sunday, October 3, 2021.

Born October 30, 1955, in Burlington, he was the son of Dennis and Viola Mae Dodge Patton. On December 14, 1996, he married Evelyn Lucille Buckley in Middletown.

Jack worked for McCabe’s Tree Service for many years.

He enjoyed camping, fishing, working on cars and spending time with his nephew. He was known as a handyman and liked to make spoon rings and wind chimes out of silver.

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn of Dexter, NY; sons, Gayle Edward (Laura) Stoneking of Florida and James Franklin (Becky) Burnett of New York; daughters, Katrina Marie (Mike) Hammer of Des Moines, Jamie Jean Burnett of Oklahoma, Gayla Louise (Faron) Payne of Oklahoma, Melissa Dawn Agnew of New York, and Ashley Myers of Mediapolis; sisters, Bonnie (Ed) Hartman of Burlington, Sandra (Bruce) Hardy of Colorado Springs, CO, and Marjorie Bell of Burlington; brothers, Robert and Jerry Patton both of Burlington; 28 grandchildren; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Steven, and two sisters, Nancy and Susan.

Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Prugh Crematory.

There will be no visitation or services. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Prugh Funeral Service is in care of the arrangements.

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

Megan Ann Koss, 39, of Burlington, died at 2:40 PM Monday, October 4, 2021, at the Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center in West Burlington.

Born April 12, 1982, in Burlington, IA, she was the daughter of Lyle and Ginny Smith Koss.

She graduated from Burlington High School, then went to Western Illinois University and received her Bachelors of Arts.

Megan loved Jesus and attending church. She had a bachelor of arts, and enjoyed teaching art to everyone. She also enjoyed quilting and wood burning as hobbies and getting ideas from Facebook and Pintrest. She greatly loved her niece and nephews being with them. She loved babysitting children. She was like a bubble, happy, and giggling with her favorite saying being ” I know right?”. She was crazy about Care Bears and her nickname was “Pie Bear”

Survivors include her father, Lyle (Ranee) Koss of Burlington; her mother, Ginny (Kim Moore) Koss of Burlington; her brother, Steve (Sarah) Koss of Oneida, IL; twin sister, Molly (Nick) Carruthers of Brownstown, IL; her sister, Heidi Swenson of New London; her niece and three nephews, Whintney Koss, William Koss, Korbin Swenson, Parker Carruthers; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was proceeded in death by her grandparents and one aunt Lynnette Miller

Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Prugh Crematory.

The family has requested that all who attend wear a face covering or mask for the services.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM Saturday, October 9, 2021 at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home.

The memorial service for Miss Koss will be 2:00 PM Saturday, October 9, 2021, at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home .

A memorial has been established for her expenses.

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 Megan’s obituary at