Obituaries for Tuesday November 8th

Evelyn Jean Garmoe, 92, of New London, died Monday, November 7, 2022 at New London Specialty Care. She was born August 31, 1930 in Burlington, Iowa to Clarence John and Dora Phyllis Harper Weigert. She was a graduate of New London High School and a member of the New London United Methodist Church.
Evelyn spent 67 years working for the New London Journal, beginning at age 16 and later becoming office manager and editor retiring in 2015. She loved visiting with the townspeople and writing the news for the paper.
She enjoyed watching football, being with her grandkids and family, talking with friends, playing bingo, collecting elephants, and loved her cat Patches.
Survivors include her daughter Debbie Titus of Burlington; grandchildren Tara (Andy) Sterba of Riverside and Tony Titus of Maple Park, Illinois; and great-grandchildren Cecelia and Alex Sterba and Gianna Titus. Her parents and brother Richard preceded her in death.
The funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, November 12, 2022 at Elliott Chapel, New London. Visitation will begin at noon with the family receiving friends beginning at 1:00 until the time of the service. Burial will follow at Burge Cemetery, New London. A memorial has been established for New London Fire and Rescue. Online condolences may be left at

Michael D. Walters, 37, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022 at his home in Burlington, Iowa. Known to many as “Big Mike”, a loving, fun, and playful guy who had a heart of gold even bigger than he was. He loved basketball, adored kids, and even more than sports, loved coaching and pouring into young lives. He was always there to lend a hand to anyone in need and spent every day giving love to his family, friends, and others. He had an incredible ability to make people feel seen, heard, and accepted. His kindness, generosity, and free spirit will continue to live on in our hearts and memories forever.

Mike is survived by father, Jeffrey S. Walters (Nannette); mother, Dedra L. Jones (Norris); sister, Melissa M. Taylor (Christopher); brother, Nathan S. Walters (Dee); and 6 stepbrothers; 1 stepsister; 11 nephews and 3 nieces.

Visitation will be from noon until 7:00 PM with the family to receive friends from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM Thursday, November 10, 2022 at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home.

All of those he loved and touched deeply, please join us to celebrate his life at 10:00 AM on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home (3940 Division St. Burlington, IA). A photo tribute can be viewed and condolences can be sent to the family by visiting Mike’s obituary at

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for the PAW Animal Shelter in Fort Madison.

“The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude.” – Thornton Wilder

Joan Hilber Foley, 95, of Burlington, died Tuesday, August 30, 2022, at the Bickford Cottage in Burlington.

Born June 28, 1927, in Shelbyville, MO, she was the daughter of William Milford and Maude Howerton Hilber. On September 14, 1947, she married Milton Keith Foley in Quincy, IL. He died on June 6, 2019.

Joan was a homemaker and did secretarial work at Benner Tea Co. and Yetter Oil Co.

She was a very active member of Parkside Baptist Church. She was a member of P.E.O. Chapter HU, Des Moines County Historical Society, Friends of the Library, Civic Music, Kings Daughters, Burlington Hospital Auxiliary, Iowa Study Club, Prospect Hill PTA, Room Mother, and a Sunday School Teacher. She was always proud to be a farm girl.

Survivors include two daughters, Sue (Dwight) Foley Mulch of Burlington, Kate (Christian) Foley-Beining of Healdsburg, CA; one son, Mark (Michelle) Foley of Grimes, IA; nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband of 72 years, she was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Jerry Hilber.

Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Prugh Crematory.

The celebration of life for Joan will be from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM Monday November 14, 2022 at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home with a memorial service to follow. A time of food and fellowship will be held in the community room at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established for the Capitol Theater Foundation and the Des Moines County Historical Society.

Prugh Funeral Service is in care of the arrangements.

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

Marion Edwin York passed away on November 3rd at age 89 in his home in Burlington Iowa with family by his side. He was known as Pat to his family, Ed to his friends, and Mr. York to his many students. Ed passed quickly and thankfully did not suffer; he died of complications related to his heart and lungs, and while the past few months were not easy for him, this summer he was still riding his Big Bear, driving his new riding mower, and yelling at speeding cars on Gnahn street.

Mr. York was best known for his many years as a biology teacher at Burlington Highschool. He developed advanced laboratory methods for inspiring students to think independently, and the words “fetal pig” will spark mixed memories for many. He understood his teenage students, offering them matches when they snuck out for a smoke and helping graduates hold a 12-kegger party on the Back 40 one year. He received his Master’s Degree in Education at Atlanta University, where he felt honored to be in a class of predominantly African American students. He also served in the Army and observed one of the first US fax transmissions in the testing of this new communication technology.

He was less known for his conceptual futuristic thinking, but this was important to him, and he predicted trends that came true 20 to 30 years later. In the 1980’s he developed a new type of diesel engine oil filtration system and tested it on hundreds of Iowa school buses, proving that the oil never had to be changed and engine performance improved over time. He won best paper at the 1983 Society of Automotive Engineering conference. This summer he was trying to make his case to the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture for farming ideas that he believed would be needed as global climate change progresses.

Ed was very proud of his wife Jean and his kids Dave, Denise and Pam and their spouses Robin, Jay and Dave. He frequently mentioned how much he was looking forward to seeing Jean again, who passed in 2015. He also missed his brother Dan and sister Peg who passed in recent years along with his mother Dorothy and father Owen years ago. He has 4 grandchildren Cary, Grant, Mandy, and Blake, and 6 great grandchildren Austin, Haily, Shannon, Maya, Jace and Mayla who called him Big Poppa, and an extended family who he enjoyed living across the street from for many years. Our family loved him dearly even when he was grouchy or ranting about the world today. We will especially remember him for his love of giant sunflowers and all the good times fishing, boating, gardening and building bonfires. We love you Dad, Grandpa, and Big Poppa.

A memorial has been established for the “Marion Edwin York Memorial”, where funds will be awarded annually to outstanding students. Checks or flowers can be sent to the Prugh Funeral Service, 3940 Division Street, Burlington IA 52601.

Marion was laid to rest in Edwards Cemetery.

Prugh Funeral Service is in care of the arrangements.

Betty D. McLaughlin, 94, of Mediapolis, died Thursday, November 3, 2022, at her home.
Born August 21, 1928, in Burlington, Iowa, she was the daughter of Cletus and Margaret (Ruff) Beckman. She married John McLaughlin on June 3, 1950. He died February 1, 1989.
Betty was a homemaker. She was of the Christian faith. She loved helping and spending time with her grandchildren. She was dedicated to learning God’s Word daily.
She is survived by her children; Rick (Sandra) McLaughlin of Mediapolis, Dave McLaughlin of Mount Pleasant, Brent (Nancy) McLaughlin of Mediapolis, Annette (Vince) Mahan of Greenville, Texas, Luann (Fred) Nelson and Denise (Doug) Roelfs both of Mediapolis; 15 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; two brothers, Donald (Mary Lee) Beckman and Clifford Beckman; sister-in-law Betty Beckman all of Burlington and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers and two sisters.
The memorial funeral service for Mrs. McLaughlin will be 3:00 p.m. Friday, November 11th at Lunning Chapel. The Rev. Father Gary Beckman will officiate. The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until the time of services. A private family inurnment will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Dodgeville.
According to her wishes, cremation has been accorded and entrusted to Lunning Chapel.
Memorials have been established for the Southeast Iowa Regional Hospice House or to the Operation Grace World Missions Fund PO Box 19508, Houston TX 77224-9508.
Online condolences may be made by visiting

Sandra J. Mumm, 73, of Burlington, died Thursday, November 3, 2022, at the Southeast Iowa Regional Hospice House in West Burlington.
Born March 4, 1949, in Burlington, Iowa, she was the daughter of Carroll Manley and Marjorie (Samuelson) Manley Breuer. She was a 1967 graduate of Burlington High School.
She married David Mumm on May 8, 1976, in Burlington. Sandy was self-employed for over 25 years.
She attended Harmony Bible Church and was a member of the Des Moines County Historical Society. She loved researching genealogy and was very active in coordinating and attending her class reunions. She enjoyed visiting with her dear friends Bonnie, Connie, Barb and Linda and her classmates.
She is survived by her husband, David Mumm of Burlington; two sons, Brian (Sarah) Mumm of Burlington and Derek Mumm of Cedar Falls, Iowa; one daughter, Shawna Mumm of Loveland, Colorado; six granddaughters, Carissa, Hayle, Whitney, Alyssa, Emily and Abbigail; three great granddaughters, Gracelynn, Ava and Paislee; one sister, Theresa “Tami” Dirth of Austin, Texas; two nieces, Miranda and Carol Ann and two nephews, Adam and Ryan.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother Randy Manley.
The memorial funeral service for Sandy will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, November 10th at Lunning Chapel. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 9th at Lunning Chapel where the family will receive friends. Inurnment will be held at Aspen Grove Cemetery.
A memorial has been established for the Southeast Iowa Regional Hospice House.
According to her wishes, cremation has been accorded and entrusted to the care of Lunning Chapel.
Online condolences may be made by visiting

Teresa A. Wurtzel, 79, of Danville, died Thursday, November 3, 2022 at Wheatland Manor, Wheatland, Iowa.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 – 12:00 Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at Elliott Chapel, New London,

with a light luncheon immediately following. A private family inurnment will be held at Long Creek Cemetery,

rural Danville. A full obituary may be viewed at