Obituaries for Monday May 15th

Diana Lynn Smith “Nannies”, 68, of Fort Madison, died Thursday, May 11, 2023, at the Southeast Iowa Regional Hospice House in West Burlington surrounded by her family.

Born December 29, 1954, in Burlington, she was the daughter of Lawrence Raymond and Patricia Ann Pitzer Rice. On May 26, 1978, she married Randall Dean Smith in Burlington, IA. He passed on January 9, 2023.

Diana was a teaching associate for James Madison Middle School and Edward Stone Middle School. She worked at Head Start prior to that.

Diana loved playing cards with her family, spending time with family, especially with her grandchildren, and she loved to go camping at the cabin. She also enjoyed Sister Night with her sisters and traveling with them to Ohio and Texas whenever she could.

Survivors include her two daughters, Stephanie (Mathew) Kinneer of Burlington and Shayna (Jesse) Smith of Fort Madison; seven grandchildren, Malena (Tobin), and Claytin Kinneer, Randall, Laila, Harper, and Amelio Smith; three brothers, Mike Rice of Danville, Kevin Rice of West Burlington, and Darrin (Mindy) Rice of West Burlington; five sisters, Laura (David) Smith of Bedford, TX, Connie Rice of Burlington, LeAnna (Gary) Wagler of Burlington, Rhonda (Alan) Murphy of Burlington, and Stacy (William) Sturdivant of Burlington; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband of 44 years, she was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Darryl and Larry Rice.

Visitation will be from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at Prugh Funeral Service, 3940 Division Street.

The Celebration of Life for Mrs. Smith will follow the visitation, Wednesday May 17, 2023, Doris’ Tavern.

Memorials have been established for Southeast Iowa Regional Hospice and St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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 Diana’s obituary at

Donald W. Mathews, 73, of rural Danville, went home to be with the Lord May 4th, 2023, at the Southeast Iowa Regional Health Center Hospice house.

Born June 19th, 1949, Donald was the son of Ralph E. and Vera I. Stevenson Mathews. Don was a graduate of Danville High School class of 1967. He also attended Burlington Junior College and Iowa State University. Don held those school relationships in very high regard throughout his life. From a young age Donald was deeply rooted in the Danville community. He helped on his parents’ farm and eventually took over management when his father passed. Recently the farm has been transferred to its fifth generation. Don was a founding member of the Des Moines County Corn Growers and the Danville Jaycees. Along the way he has been a member on the boards of the Des Moines County Pork Producers, the Des Moines County Farm Bureau, the Danville Mutual Telephone Company and Jaggar Cemetery. Don started No-till farming in 1979 and spent the rest of his life promoting the benefits of progressive farming. Conservation and providing for the next generation were always his top priority. Don started at the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant during the farm crisis and ended up staying for 25 years.

Hobbies largely took over after Don retired. He was a member of both 3 Rivers and Big Creek tractor clubs. He participated with numerous tractorcades and rides of all sizes across Eastern Iowa. Don was an avid presenter at Midwest Old Threshers, cherishing his participation in the parades and daily cavalcade of power. He was very much anticipating the 2023 reunion as Allis Chalmers is the featured tractor. Don was a near constant presence at Danville High School events and was especially devoted to boys and girls basketball. He took great pleasure in sharing his knowledge with the FFA chapter at school and had been a 4-H member himself. Most importantly Don delighted in the connections and friends he made everywhere he went.

Above all, Don loved his family. Don and Cindy were married in August of 1982 and together they raised Cora (Steve) Beltramea of Fairfield, Jessica (Justin) Boecker of Danville, and David (Alaina) Mathews of Danville. Don and Cindy have four grandchildren. Don always had his camera in hand, which has yielded a stockpile of memories to be shared for generations to come. He could fix just about anything, was a constant support and had patience as wide as the day is long. His vast knowledge, tight hugs and thumbs up are already greatly missed.

A joyous celebration of life for Don Mathews is planned for May 26th (5/26/23) from 3-6 pm at Elliott Chapel in New London, family will receive friends throughout. This date was picked specifically as no other seems more appropriate for one who so loved his Danville, Iowa (52623) community. The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Hadden and Danielle at Family Medicine, the ALS clinic at the University of Iowa, and the amazingly kind SEIRMC Hospice staff, especially his nurse Dawn.

Memorials have been established at some of Don’s favorite places: Danville Station, the FFA chapter or athletic department at school, and Jaggar Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at

Susan K. Phillips, 80, of Burlington, died Friday, November 11, 2022, at the Klein Center in West Burlington. The celebration of life for Susan will be 10:00 AM Saturday, May 20, 2023, at Zion United Church of Christ with Reverend Carolyn Blair officiating. A reception will follow the service at Zion United Church of Christ. Prugh Funeral Service is in care of the arrangements.

Steven Donohoe, 68, of Burlington, died Friday, May 12, 2023, at home.

Born January 2, 1955, in Lawrence, MA, he was the son of James Francis and Dorothy Anita Gayron Donohoe.

Steven loved to go camping.

Survivors include his sister, Debra (Shawn) Ste Marie of Burlington; brother, Jamie (Melinda) Donohoe of Canton, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Gary, Patrick and Brian Donohoe.

Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Prugh Crematory.

There will be no visitation or services.

Prugh Funeral Service is in care of the arrangements.

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

Edward A. Mohnike, 79, of Burlington, died Thursday, May 11, 2023, at the Southeast Iowa Regional Hospice House in West Burlington surrounded by his family.

Born May 18, 1943, in Burlington, he was the son of Arthur Edward and Cleola Hall Mohnike. On May 1, 1999, he married Pennie Jo Hardinger in New London, IA.

Ed worked at Exide Company for 30 years until his retirement.

He loved to go fishing, camping, and loved fixing things. Ed was a member of The New London Country Club. He dearly loved to spend time with his family.

Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Pennie Jo Mohnike of Burlington; son, Eddie Wasson of Burlington; step-son, Gene Polhans of Savanna, IL; two step-daughters, Kim Polhans of Monmouth, IL and Karla Andies of Burlington; 24 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; brother Ben (Val) Mohnike of Roseville, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; one daughter; one step-son; one brother; and two sisters.

The memorial service for Mr. Mohnike will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at Parkside First Baptist Church with Pastor Bill Price officiating. A time of food and fellowship will be held at Parkside First Baptist Church following the service.

Memorials have been established for Parkside Baptist Church and the New London Country Club.

Prugh Funeral Service is in care of the arrangements.

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