Doris J. Pope, 95, of Burnside, Illinois, passed away at 1:40 p.m. Monday, February 20, 2023 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois.
Doris Jean Hodous was born January 8, 1928, in Chicago, IL, daughter of Joe and Ann Langer Hodous. She was raised in the Chicago area, where she met her husband, W. Mack Pope, at an Army Detachment Center for soldiers in World War II. They were married September 28, 1946, and moved to the family farm north of Adrian, IL, where they lived and worked the rest of their lives. Mack passed away in 2003.
Doris was proud to be a farm wife. She helped run the family business, managed a household with love and grace, and mastered gardening and preserving produce. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother and an excellent cook and seamstress. She was known for the delicious and ample meals she served for family, farmhands and guests. Everyone was welcome at her table.
Doris was involved in many community activities. She was a member of the Colusa United Methodist Church until it closed and then attended Appanoose Faith Presbyterian Church, Niota, IL. She was a 4-H leader and supporter; a member of Eastern Star, and was active in the Hancock County Farm Bureau, serving as chairman of the women’s committee.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and her daughter-in-law, Debbie Pope.
She is survived by one son: Terry (Gayle) Pope, Burnside, IL; four grandchildren: Hannah (Shawn) Whitaker, Burnside; Lydia (Todd) Ahrens, Hannibal, MO; Rebecca (Mike) Sommer, Bloomington, IL, and Micah (Johanna) Pope, Champaign, IL; two step granddaughters: Amy (Tyler) Olsen-Highness, St. Paul, MN, and Danielle (Dan) Jennings, Columbia, MO; 12 great grandchildren; a sister: Betty (Fred) Lake, Palm Harbor, FL; a niece and two nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Banks & Beals Funeral Home, Dallas City, at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 5, 2023, with Pastor Dave Poland presiding. Visitation will precede the service from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. She will be buried at Byler Cemetery, rural Colusa, in a private family service.
Memorials may be given to Hancock County 4-H Foundation, Memorial Hospital Foundation or the Hancock County Farm Bureau Foundation. To leave a condolence for the family, please visit Mrs. Pope’s obituary at banksandbeals.com.
Mary Virginia “Ginny” Moss Burrus, 93, passed away on February 21, 2023 at RidgeView Assisted Living in Burlington, with her daughters by her side.
Ginny was born on July 6, 1929 in Hunnewell, Missouri to Ruth and Everett Moss, the second of six children. She attended Monroe City High School, Class of 1947, where she excelled in music, basketball and cheerleading. After graduation, she moved to Burlington where she worked as a telephone operator at Northwestern Bell. She met David Burrus while on a blind date in 1948, and they married on August 5, 1951. He preceded her in death on December 16, 1994.
Ginny served as head of the Communication Department with the regional office of the American Red Cross from 1952 to 1954, then as hostess for Welcome Wagon from 1955 to 1957. The 50’s were an eventful time for Ginny as she gave birth to her three daughters, Alicia Ruth, Alexandra and Anita Christina. She loved to say to anyone who would listen that raising her children was her greatest accomplishment.
In 1967, she became a salesperson for Sun Life Insurance of Canada, one of Iowa’s few female life insurance sales representatives. In 1970, she moved on to Allied Van Lines, where she became one of three certified female moving consultants within the company at that time. She continued in this position until 1980, when she joined her husband David at the Burrus Company.
Politics were very important to Ginny, and she was a staunch Republican. She made an unsuccessful bid for Iowa State Senate in 1984. However, she did catch the attention of U.S. Representative Jim Leach and was hired to work in his First District office in Burlington. When the districts were redrawn, she moved to Iowa City and continued to work for Congressman Leach until she retired in 2001. Jim Leach stood before the U.S. Congress commending Ginny and her work for the people of the First District of Iowa.
Ginny loved to sing and had a beautiful voice. She sang in Bel Canto Chorale and the choir of First Congregational Church, where she was a member. As a greeter on the Delta Queen, she would sing “In Dear Old Burlington” for the riverboat tourists. She also once had a solo performance at Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City.
Ginny belonged to many organizations, including Burlington Area Arts Council, where she was a founding member, Civic Music, Burlington Fine Arts League and Burlington Golf Club. She loved cooking, golfing, playing bridge and entertaining. Among the many parties she and David hosted, their annual Christmas Eve Open House became a great tradition.
She is survived by her daughters, Alicia Burrus (James Holschuh) of Englewood, Colorado and Alexandra Burrus (Douglas Abel) of Burlington; grandchildren, Kehr (Mallory) Schulz of Houston, Texas and Hannah (Jacob) Weaver of Austin, Texas; great grandchildren, Calla Weaver, Samuel Weaver and Milo Schulz; son-in-law, Christopher Schulz of Corpus Christi, Texas; brothers, William Moss and Porter Moss of Hunnewell, Missouri; and seven nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband, Ginny was preceded in death by her daughter Anita Schulz, her parents, a brother, Philip Moss, two sisters, Ruth Anne Corwin and Melissa McEwen, and nephew, Jason Corwin.
Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM Monday, February 27, 2023 at Prugh Funeral Service, 3940 Division Street.
The funeral service for Mrs. Burrus will be 10:00 AM Monday, February 27, 2023, at Prugh Funeral Service, 3940 Division Street with Pastor Jim Francisco officiating. Burial will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery.
Memorials have been established for the First Congregational Church and the Burlington Civic Music Association.
The family wishes to thank the dedicated caregivers at RidgeView Assisted Living.
Prugh Funeral Service is in care of the arrangements.
Wilma JoAnn Anderson, 77, of Mediapolis, passed away on Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at Genesis East Campus in Davenport. Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2023 from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Snyder & Hollenbaugh Funeral & Cremation Services of Mediapolis. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. on Monday, February 27, 2023 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Dodgeville. Burial will follow in Kossuth Cemetery. A memorial has been established for St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Dodgeville. Online condolences may be left at www.sandhfuneralservice.com.
Wilma JoAnn Vantiger was born on October 20, 1945 in Fort Madison, Iowa, the daughter of Ben and Angela (Fedler) Vantiger. Wilma attended grade school in Yarmouth and graduated from Mediapolis High School in 1963. On August 1, 1964, she was united in marriage to Larry Anderson at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Burlington. Wilma worked at the Burlington Hawkeye, Ann’s Flowers and most recently was a Pharmacy Tech at Heritage Family Pharmacy retiring in November of 2022 after 27 years of service. Wilma was a member of St. Mary’s Church of Dodgeville serving on various committees and singing in the choir. She also was a member of Kings Daughters and the Mediapolis Community Theatre where she served on the board and participated in many of the productions. Wilma enjoyed sewing, canning, gardening, shopping, singing and was very crafty. She was an avid fan of Iowa Hawkeye football and basketball.
Wilma will be deeply missed by her husband, Larry of Mediapolis; children, Paul (Julie) Anderson of Mediapolis, Terri (Barry) Dowell of Stronghurst and Brian (Heather) Anderson of Mediapolis; grandchildren, Nick (Sydney) Anderson, Caleb (Jamie) Dowell, Abigail Dowell and Kyra Anderson; two great-grandchildren, Eden Anderson and Georgia Dowell; brother, James Vantiger of Mount Union; sisters-in-law, Freida Vantiger and Anita Vanitger, both of Mount Union; sister-in-law, Bonnie (Ron) Fromm of Mediapolis and several nieces and nephews.
Wilma was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Robert and Fred Vantiger; sisters-in-law, Georgianna Vantiger and Marge Fromm.