Obituaries for Tuesday August 1st

Dr. Bradley “Brad” Weyers, 68, of Sperry, died Sunday, July 30, 2023 at Southeast Iowa Hospice House.
Born May 31, 1955 in Oskaloosa, IA he is the son of Harry and Norma Jean VerDught Weyers.
He graduated from Pella High School and from Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, IL in 1981. He practiced optometry in Burlington for 40 years. In 1994 he opened Great River Eye Care where he practiced until he retired in October of 2022.
Brad married Becky Jo Engbers on August 27, 1977 in Pella, IA. He was a member of Cornerstone Community Bible Church of Mediapolis, IA.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening.
Survivors include his wife, Becky of Sperry; daughter Joann (Elias) Gutierrez of San Antonio, TX; son Benjamin (Brenda) Weyers of Amana, IA; four grandchildren Nevaeh and Eva Gutierrez and Brylee and Bronson Weyers; mother Norma of Pella, IA; sister Jeana (Paul) Schuring of Pella, IA.
He was preceded in death by his father, Harry.
The celebration of life for Brad will be 11:00 AM Saturday, August 5, 2023 at the Cornerstone Community Bible Church of Mediapolis with Pastor Jeff King officiating. There will be a luncheon at the church fellowship hall following the service.
Per his wishes, cremation has been accorded and entrusted to the care of Lunning Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for the Cornerstone Community Bible Church building project.

Kimberly Jo Coleman, 60, of Burlington, died Sunday, July 30, 2023, at Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center in West Burlington, Iowa.
Born December 10, 1962, in Burlington, she was the daughter of Joseph Howard Coleman and Judy (Inghram) Newberry and Diane Goble Coleman.
She was a 1980 graduate of Burlington High School and was Valedictorian of her class.
She married Jeffrey Chalupa October 3, 1982, they later divorced. She then married John Parcel on June 24, 1989. They later divorced.
Kimm was a manager in sales for Tupperware. In addition, she worked for Sears Portrait Studio as manager and owned and operated her own photography studio. She worked for Hope Haven and Shearers Foods and was an author, with four books published.
She was dedicated to her family and loved being a “Grammy”. She felt laughter was language, and enjoyed nothing more than sitting listening to her children talk and laugh with one another. She could make literally anything and loved crafting and taking yearly trips with her brother Joe and Nancy. Christmas was her utmost favorite holiday and she celebrated all year long and she loved music and writing songs.
She is survived by her children, Adam (Ani) Chalupa, Nicholas Chalupa, and Jessica Parcel all of Burlington, Jennifer Parcel of Crystal River, Florida and Jonathan (Sarah) Parcel and Erin (Jason) Bradley both of Burlington; six grandchildren; Xander (Emma) Chalupa, Jenna Chalupa, Natalie Parcel, Nolan Waters, Auggie Waters and Jaxon Stratton; her mother Judy Newberry of Johnstown, Colorado; step-mother Diane Coleman of Burlington; siblings, Joe Coleman, Jeoffrey Coleman and John Coleman all of Burlington and Cindy Baldwin of Johnstown, Colorado; nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father Joe Coleman, her brother James “Jim” Coleman and her step-father, Harry Newberry.
The memorial funeral service for Kimm will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 4th at Lunning Chapel. Rev. Shane McCampbell will officiate. Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, August 3rd at Lunning Chapel, where the family will receive friends.
A celebration of life will follow the funeral service at the Burlington Gym.
A memorial has been established for the Special Olympics – Midwest Magic.

Diane Roseria Pilkington, 64, of Niota, Illinois passed away at 11:38 a.m. Saturday, July 29, 2023 at her home.

Diane was born December 9, 1958 in Fort Madison, Iowa, the daughter of Louis and Donna (Russell) Pilkington.

Survivors include four children: JI (Elaine) Ramatowski of Fort Madison, Dustin (Luisa) Ramatowski of Enterprise, Alabama, Willie Boyer of Niota and Adelle (Jeff) Todd of Niota; 16 grandchildren: Hailey, Zoe, Benjamin, Naomi, Alicia Ramatowski, Derrick Goldsby Ashanti’s Chatman, Gabriel Ramatowski and Jade Ramatowski, Annabelle Boyer, Ayden Kelly, Karissa Trout, Ithan Schmidt and Aleeya, Izabella and Gunner Todd and one great-grandson: James Poe VI. Also surviving are two sisters: Angie (Adrien) Robinson of Cornelius, North Carolina and Linda (Jim) Wilson of Nauvoo and four brothers: Leland (Debi) Pilkington of Henryetta, Oklahoma, Roger Pilkington of Niota, Rick (Kris) Pilkington of Carthage, Illinois and David (Kim) Pilkington of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother: Kenny Pilkington.

Diane was raised and educated in the Nauvoo area. In her earlier years, she lived in Chicago, where she managed a Pella Windows & Doors, she later moved to Texas, where she owned and operated a roofing company. Diane returned to the Niota area to raise her family. She was a selfless and giving person who went out of her way to ensure family and friends were well cared for. She enjoyed painting, writing music, gardening and spending time with friends and family.

Cremation has been entrusted to Schmitz-Banks & Beals Funeral Home.

A visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 5, 2023 at Schmitz-Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Nauvoo.

A time of remembrance will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday following the visitation.

Inurnment will be held at later date in Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery in Nauvoo.

A memorial fund has been established in her memory. Contributions may be made to the Diane R. Pilkington Memorial Fund. To leave an online condolence for the family, please visit Diane’s obituary at

Evelyn Orton, 80, of Danville, died Friday, July 28, 2023, at Danville Care Center in Danville, Iowa.
Born January 30, 1943, in Fort Madison, Iowa, she was the daughter of William and Irene (Knoch) Brennan. She was a 1961 graduate of Fort Madison High School.
She married Earl Edward Orton on March 3, 1962. He preceded her in death on February 22, 2013.
Evelyn worked for Sylvania, K-Mart and more recently as a home health aide and homemaker.
She enjoyed gardening, canning, sewing and reading and loved her family and friends.
She is survived by her two children; Kevin Orton of Burlington and Diane (Russ) Dorsey of Indianola; one grandchild; three brothers, Glenn (Gloria) Brennan of Council Bluffs, Iowa, David (Ethea) Brennan of Edwards, Missouri and Gary Brennan of Osawatomie, Kansas.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Bryan Orton, two brothers and one sister.
Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 1st at Lunning Chapel where the family will receive friends. The funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 2nd at Lunning Chapel. Pastor Ron Jewett will officiate. Interment will be in Long Creek Cemetery, rural Danville.
A memorial has been established for Flint Hills Church of the Nazarene.
Online condolences may be made by visiting

Marjorie Ann Streeter, 86, of Burlington, died on Saturday, July 29, 2023. Born on January 27, 1937, in Burlington, Iowa, she was the daughter of John and Ruth Zaugg Hodel. She married Edward Streeter on September 24, 1976 in Monmouth, Illinois. Marge retired from Klein Manufacturing. She was a member of the Burlington Apostolic Christian Church.
Survivors include Edward’s children, Virginia (Mike) Pyle of West Burlington, IA, Edward F. Streeter of North Liberty, IA, Yvonne (Karl) Judd of Montrose, IA, daughter-in-law Cindy (Tom) Myers of Memphis, MO; sisters Dorothy Rinkenberger of Spring, TX, and Judy (Bill) Gerst of Mediapolis, IA, brother-in-law John (Melinda) Streeter of Morrison, CO, and sisters-in-law Yvonne Gallagher of La Jolla, CA, and Carol Streeter of Colorado. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Marge was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, five brothers-in-law, three nephews, and one niece.
Friends may call after 12:00 p.m. Thursday, August 3 and the family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. at Lunning Chapel. The family will also receive friends from 9:45-10:15 a.m. with the funeral service to follow at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 4, at the Burlington Apostolic Christian Church. Ministers of the church will officiate. Interment will be in Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery. A memorial has been established for Burlington Apostolic Christian Church.

James Walter Harmer, 82, died July 19, 2023 after a lengthy illness.

Born April 18, 1941 in Burlington, Iowa he was the son of Daisy and Robert Harmer. He married Lucinda Heater and together they had two daughters, Renee and Glenna. They later divorced. James then met the love of his life, Doyce and they joined in marriage.

He was a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force for four years, supervisor in the testing department of the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant and later worked in the automobile business for 35 years in roles ranging from service manager to president and general manager. He retired from Ron Smith Buick in Merced, CA after working as a sales consultant for 19 years.

Jim was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars as well as a member of the Optimist Club, Coin Club and local Neighborhood Watch. He enjoyed photography, traveling overseas and exploring California and the national parks, Yosemite, staying in touch with his high school classmates and cooking and was known for his rib dinners.

Jim is survived by his wife of 45 years, Doyce and his six children, Renee (Damion) Piper, Glenna Nordstrom, Vicky Pebsworth, Rex Pebsworth, Terri Pebsworth and Paula (Keith Riggle) Pebsworth; nine grandchildren, Daniel, Alex, Sierra, Brooke, Sam, Megan, Madison, Abigail and Bryce; four great grandchildren, Brienna, Quinn, Jaxon and Holly. He is also survived by his sisters Maryann (Larry) Werner and Geraldine Peavy, and many nieces and nephews including special niece Kay (Tim) Evans.

He was preceded in death by his sister Dorothy Fehseke and brothers Roland and Robert Hahn and former wife Lucinda Heater.

Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM Thursday, August 3, 2023 at Prugh Funeral Service, 3940 Division Street. Full military honors will be rendered by the Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard following the visitation.

The Graveside Committal Service for Mr. Harmer will be 11:30 AM Thursday, August 3, 2023, at Aspen Grove Cemetery. A time of food and fellowship will be held in the community room at Prugh Funeral Service following the burial. A memorial gathering will be held in Merced, California at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, his family is requesting donations be to the New Beginnings for Merced County Animals.

Prugh Funeral Service is in care of arrangements.

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

Leanna L. Leffel, 81, of Burlington, died Friday, July 28th at Arbor Court in Mount Pleasant, Iowa.
Born November 21, 1941 in Union, Iowa, she was the daughter of Richard and Inez (Mitchell) Wolford. She married Gary Leffel on August 16, 1960 in Burlington.
Leanna was a homemaker. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and family.
She is survived by her husband, Gary Leffel of Burlington, Iowa; three sons, Mitchell Leffel of Eureka, California, Richard Leffel of San Diego, California and Michael Leffel of Stagecoach, Nevada; three grandsons, Derek Leffel, Mitchell Leffel and Isaac Leffel; four great grandchildren; one sister Linda Vandeman of Ashland, Nebraska and one brother Darwin Wolford of Burlington.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
According to her wishes, cremation has been entrusted to the care of Lunning Chapel. Burial will be held at a later date in Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery.

Joseph E. “Joe” Deal, 82, of Burlington, died unexpectedly Saturday, July 15, 2023, in Panama City, Panama.
Born August 1, 1940, in Spring Valley, Illinois, he was the son of Sanford and Alice (Glover) Deal. After graduating from DePue Illinois High School, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Elmhurst College.
He served in the Army during the Vietnam War.
Joe married Sandra Holtman on February 12, 1966, in Ursa, Illinois.
Prior to purchasing Central Duplicating, which he owned and operated for 22 years, Joe worked for the AB Dick Company in Chicago and resided in Lombard, Illinois. He currently was serving as president of the MFS Insurance Company board. In addition, Joe served on the governing board of the Mayflower Community an affiliation of the United Church of Christ, as well as served on the United Church of Christ Conference Board. Joe also received his NCAA official certification for swimming.
He was a member of Zion United Church of Christ and served on the consistory and sang in the church choir.
Joe was very sociable and loved to talk with and visit people. He did not know a stranger, he loved to tease and joke around, and had an infectious smile that would light up a room.
He is survived by his wife Sandra Deal of Burlington; three daughters, Diane (Scott) Casady of Waukee, Iowa, Julie Deal of Portland, Oregon and Andrea (Tony) Lallis of Troy, Missouri; three granddaughters, Ainsley Drinkall, Finley Casady, Zoey Lallis; two grandsons, Jamison Lallis and Bailey Lallis; one brother John (Sharon) Deal; three sister-in-laws Wilna Johnston, Jeanette Werner and Sylvia (Ralph) Baxter as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three siblings, Mary Jean Carstons, Warren Johnston and Robert Johnston.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Monday, August 7th at Lunning Chapel, where the family will receive friends. A memorial funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 8th at Zion United Church of Christ. Rev. Carolyn Blair & Rev. Dr. Floyd Blair will officiate. A private family burial will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery.
A memorial has been established for Zion United Church of Christ.
Online condolences may be made by visiting