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Our Obituaries

Sylvia F. Pence

December 22, 1921 - February 8, 2016

Sylvia F. Pence, 94, of rural Iowa City, died Monday, February 8, 2016 at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m., Thursday at the Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City where visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will take place at Memory Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Sylvia's memory may be made to the Sylvia...
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Robert "Rob" Dotzel

December 28, 1953 - February 7, 2016

The Rev. Robert D. Dotzel (Rob) of Iowa City, Iowa, died peacefully at his home on February 7, 2016, with his devoted wife at his side. Rob died after a valiant effort to defeat a virulent form of brain cancer, glioblastoma multiforme. He was 62 years of age. Rob was born on December 28, 1953, in Dubuque, Iowa, to Deneen and Mary Dotzel. A younger brother, Dennis, joined the family in 1959. He...
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Laurilyn D. "Lauri" Helmers

June 4, 1956 - February 6, 2016

Laurilyn D. "Lauri" Helmers, 59, of Coralville passed away Saturday, February 6, 2016 under the compassionate care of Mercy Hospice in Iowa City. Funeral services will be 5:30 pm, Saturday, February 13th at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church where a time of visitation will be held from 3:30-5:30 and again following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Lauri's name may be directed to Iowa...
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Gloma J. Rosenthal

February 14, 1930 - February 3, 2016

Gloma J. Rosenthal, 85, longtime resident of Iowa City, died suddenly Wednesday February 3, 2016, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC), Iowa City. Memorial services will be held at 11am Saturday, February 13, 2016, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Iowa City, where visitation will be from 9am Saturday until services. Online condolences may be sent at www.gayandciha.com. ...
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James J. Mezhir

June 28, 1973 - February 3, 2016

Dr. James J. Mezhir, Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery, passed away February 3, 2016 after a nearly two year battle with gastric cancer. James Mezhir was born June 28, 1973 in Niagara Falls, New York. He and his wife, Priya George Mezhir, have two young daughters, Malinee and Anjali. Dr. Mezhir's journey to becoming a physician is a...
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Nelda M. Kiracofe

February 22, 1932 - February 2, 2016

Nelda M. Kiracofe, 83, of rural North Liberty, died Tuesday, February 2, 2016. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Saturday, February 6th at the Oxford United Methodist Church with burial following at Babcock Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 4-6 p.m. at the church. Nelda M. Eden was born February 22, 1932, in Viola, Iowa; daughter of Russell and Mildred (Moyer) Eden. She attended...
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Andi L. Fowler

December 15, 1957 - February 1, 2016

Andi L. Fowler, 58, of Davenport died Monday, February 1, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Services celebrating Andi's life will be held at 5pm Thursday, February 4, 2016, at the Grandview Baptist Church @ 4316 N. Ripley Street, Davenport. This will be followed by a time as Andi said, "Eat, Drink and Be Merry" to be held at the Brix Bistro @ 425 15th....
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LeRoy G. Krogh

March 10, 1945 - January 29, 2016

LeRoy G. Krogh, 70, died Friday, January 29, 2016, at his home, just where he wanted to be. As per his wishes, cremation services have been provided through Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service with family caring, supporting and remembering him in their own ways at this time. Any memorial donations can be directed to Parkinson's Research in memory of Leroy. LeRoy Gunnar Krogh was born...
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Janice "Jan" Wenman

March 4, 1941 - January 29, 2016

Janice E. "Jan" Wenman, 74 longtime resident of Coralville died at her home Friday, January 29, 2016, surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be held at 11am Thursday, February 4, 2016, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City, with burial to follow at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Coralville. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Wednesday at the funeral home. In Lieu of...
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Barbara A Rogers

January 29, 1929 - January 27, 2016

Barbara A. Rogers, 86 of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Iowa City died Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. Memorial services will be held at 11am Monday, February 1, 2016, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City where there will be a visitation time from 10am until services. Following services a reception will be held at the funeral home prior to...
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Wanda Buck

June 2, 1932 - January 27, 2016

Wanda M. Buck, 83, of Iowa City and formerly of Maquoketa, died Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at Windmill Manor Care Center in Coralville. Private family services have been held with burial at Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Iowa City Hospice or Eastern Iowa Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Online condolences may be sent for her family through the...
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James W. "Jim" Prybil

November 10, 1947 - January 18, 2016

James W. Prybil, 68, of North Liberty, died at his home Monday, January 18, 2016. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am Friday, January 22, 2016, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City, with burial to follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery where military honors will be provided. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers a memorial...
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Ellen "Thelma" Aldeman

August 20, 1924 - January 18, 2016

Ellen "Thelma" Aldeman, 91, longtime resident of Iowa City, died peacefully Monday, January 18, 2016. Ellen was blessed to have the ability and good health to stay at home, up until days before her death. Ellen Thelma Jensen was born August 20, 1924 in West Branch, Iowa; daughter of Wilmer and Ella Jensen. She graduated from West Branch High School with the class of 1942 and attended...
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Virginia Means

July 31, 1926 - January 17, 2016

Virginia Means, 89, of Coralville, died Sunday, January 17, 2016, at Oaknoll Retirement Residence. Memorial services will be held at 11 am, Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the First United Methodist Church in Iowa City, with burial to take place at a later date at Oakland Cemetery. Memorial donations can be given in her memory to Iowa City Hospice, the New Horizons Band, or First United...
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Michael G. Myer

November 26, 1943 - January 16, 2016

Michael G. Myer, 72 of Coralville, died Saturday, January 16, 2016, at Mercy Hospital under the compassionate care of the Hospice unit following a year long battle with cancer. Memorial services will be held at 11 am Thursday, January 21, 2016, at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Iowa City, where a reception will follow. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Wednesday at Gay & Ciha...
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David S. Moyer

July 12, 1927 - January 15, 2016

David S. Moyer, 88 longtime resident of the Iowa City area died Friday, January 15, 2016, at the Iowa City Rehab and Health Center. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 pm Tuesday, January 19, 2016, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City, with burial to follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Monday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers a...
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Clarence C. Hightshoe

December 26, 1920 - January 9, 2016

Clarence Cecil Hightshoe, 95, longtime resident of Iowa City, died Saturday, January 9, 2016 at Briarwood Care Center in Iowa City. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, January 16, 2016 at Zion Lutheran Church (310 N. Johnson Street, Iowa City). Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. The funeral service will begin at 11 am. A luncheon will follow the service. Burial will be at Memory Gardens...
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Nohemi Guerrero

October 30, 1979 - January 8, 2016

Nohemi Guerrero, 36, of Coralville, passed away Friday, January 8, 2016 surrounded by her family. Memorial mass will be held noon Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in West Liberty with inurnment following at the West Liberty Cemetery. Nohemi's family includes her husband, Julio; daughter, Julissa; son, Lorenzo Perez; mother, Alma Ramirez of Iowa City; father, Noel Avalos (wife, Juana...
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Betty Walker-Posey

January 6, 1964 - January 7, 2016

Betty Walker-Posey, 52, of Iowa City died Thursday, January 7, 2016 at her home. Funeral Services will be held 1 p.m. Friday, January 15th at the Gay & Ciha Funeral Service in Iowa City. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery. A time of visitation will be held Thursday, from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Betty Walker was born January 6, 1964, in Gary, Indiana. She was the daughter of...
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Joyce Krause

April 1, 1928 - January 7, 2016

Joyce E. Krause, 87, of Iowa City, died Thursday, January 7, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Memorial Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 16, 2016, at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Iowa City. Online condolences may be sent for her family through the funeral home website at www.gayandciha.com. Joyce Elaine Sterling was born April 1, 1928, in Algona,...
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David Kingsley Crombie

May 11, 1945 - January 5, 2016

David Kingsley Crombie, 70, passed away suddenly of a stroke on January 5, 2016, in Washington DC. He was born May 11, 1945, the son of David MacDonald Crombie and Eleanor Louise Brown. He is survived by a half sister, Margaret (Margalea) Warner of Coralville, IA and a foster son, Brad Kennerly of Virginia. Services were previously held.
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Barbara L. Elliott

July 1, 1923 - January 5, 2016

Barbara Lee Elliott, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Tuesday, January 5, 2016, in Iowa City. She was born July 1, 1923 in Monticello, Illinois to the late Jonah and Mabel Conard. Barbara grew up in the middle of a large and active farm family in Central Illinois during the Depression. Her parents sacrificed so that every one...
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Leland W. Sims, Sr.

February 23, 1912 - January 4, 2016

Leland W. Sims Sr., 103, of Iowa City, died Monday, January 4, 2016, at his residence. Private family services will be held. Check back soon for a complete obituary.
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Donald R. "Don" Lovetinsky

October 4, 1922 - January 4, 2016

Donald R. Lovetinsky, 93, of Iowa City, formerly of West Liberty, passed away Monday, January 4, 2016. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Thursday at the Gay & Ciha Funeral Service in Iowa City where visitation will be held Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. Burial with military honors will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorials in Don's name can be made to the West Liberty American Legion Post 509. ...
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Jennifer E. Park

August 30, 1979 - January 2, 2016

Jennifer Elizabeth Park (Hosch), formally of Nora Springs, IA, and current resident of Cedar Rapids, IA, took her place in heaven on January 2nd 2016. Jennifer made her mark on the world on August 30th 1979, born the first daughter of Scott Allen Park of Cedar Rapids IA and Patricia Ann Robuck (Baldwin) Osage, Ia. Jennifer spent her early school years at Nora Springs-Rock Falls Community...
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Margaret M. Huber

July 29, 1922 - January 1, 2016

Margaret Mary Huber, 93 of Solon, died January 1, 2016, at the Solon Care Center. A private family gathering will take place at a later date, with burial at the St. Joseph Cemetery in Farley, Iowa. Online condolences may be sent for her family through the funeral home website @ www.gayandciha.com. Margaret was born July 29, 1922, in Cascade, Iowa the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Meyer...
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Gerald A. Walkup

June 12, 1924 - December 29, 2015

Gerald A. Walkup, 91 of Coralville, died Tuesday, December 29, 2015. Funeral services will be held at 11am Monday, January 4, 2015, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City where visitation will be one hour prior to the services on Monday. Burial with military honors will be held at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent for his family through the funeral...
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Edward A. Frees

February 13, 1938 - December 28, 2015

Edward A. Frees, 77, of Coralville, died Monday December 28, 2015 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Iowa City. Edward Andrew Frees was born February 13, 1938, in Oxford, Iowa; son of Marvin and Pearl (Anderson) Frees. He served an enlistment in the United States Navy and returned to the Coralville/Iowa City area. He worked construction and was also a talented mechanic and when not...
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George L Gay

August 24, 1924 - December 27, 2015

George L. Gay, 91 lifelong resident of Iowa City and longtime businessman died Sunday, December 27, 2015, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. Funeral services will be held at 11 am Thursday, December 31, 2015, at the First Christian Church in Coralville, with graveside services at the Oakland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Wednesday at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service where a...
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Virgil L. Miller

September 26, 1947 - December 25, 2015

Virgil Lee Miller, 68, of Solon, passed away peacefully with his family at his side, December 25, 2015 at the VA Medical Center in Iowa City, IA. Graveside services with military honors will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, December 29th at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Iowa City. Memorials in Virgil's name may be directed to the Veterans Liberty Center, 2116-18 S. Riverside Dr., Iowa City, IA 52246...
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Fred M. Piper Jr.

June 14, 1930 - December 23, 2015

Fred M. Piper, Jr., 85, longtime resident of Iowa City, passed away comfortably Wednesday, December 23, 2015, at home. A gathering for family and friends will be held from 4 pm to 6:30 pm Tuesday, December 29th. at the Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City, with a memorial service to begin at 6:30pm. Private family graveside service will take place at Oakhill Cemetery in...
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Joan J. Pallett

June 28, 1937 - December 21, 2015

Joan J. Pallett, 78, of North Liberty, died Monday, December 21, 2015. In accordance with Joan's wishes, she has been cremated. A memorial service for Joan will take place 6 p.m., Thursday, March 24th at the Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City. A time of visitation and reception will follow the service. Joan Joyce Wensorra was born June 28, 1937, in Clinton, Iowa;...
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Megan D. Vance

November 23, 1986 - December 18, 2015

On December 18, 2015, Megan Diane Vance, at the age of 29, lost a long courageous battle with stage 4 metastatic melanoma. Megan was born November 23, 1986 in Jefferson, Iowa, the daughter of Craig Hanson and LuAnn Berger. She attended and graduated from Sigourney High School. She then went on to earn a Level 3 Paraeducator degree from Kirkwood Community College. Megan was united in...
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Ciro Poblete

June 17, 1962 - December 13, 2015

Ciro Poblete, 53, of Iowa City, died Sunday, December 13, 2015, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Memorial services will be held at 4pm Saturday, December 19, 2015, at the Church of the Nazarene in Iowa City.
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Jerod Coleman , Sr.

June 30, 1956 - December 10, 2015

Jerod Coleman Sr., 59, of North Liberty died Thursday, December 10, 2015. Services are pending at this time.
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Mervyn C. "Merv" Wacker

March 20, 1930 - December 9, 2015

Mervyn C. "Merv" Wacker, 85, died Wednesday, December 9, 2015, having gone home to be reunited with his bride, Helen; whom died earlier this year after nearly 60 years of marriage. A time celebrating Merv's life will be held from 3 to 6 pm Saturday, December 12, 2015, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service. Private interment services will be held at Memory Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of...
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Virginia Anne Myers

May 8, 1927 - December 7, 2015

Virginia Anne Myers, 88, of Solon, Iowa passed away at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics on Monday, December 7, 2015 after a short illness. A celebration of Virginia's life will take place at a later date. Virginia was born May 8, 1927 in Greencastle, Indiana the daughter of Everett and Bessie McKann Myers. Shortly thereafter she moved to the Cleveland, Ohio area where her father...
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Junior W. Courtney

July 3, 1924 - December 6, 2015

Junior W. Courtney, 91, of Iowa City, died Sunday, December 6, 2015. Funeral services will be held at 1pm Thursday, December 10, 2015, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service, with burial to follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be after 11am until services on Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Junior's memory. Online...
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Walter E. Portwood

May 21, 1928 - December 6, 2015

Walter E. Portwood, 87, died suddenly Sunday, December 6, 2015, at his rural Oxford home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am Friday, December 11, 2015, at the Oxford United Methodist Church, with burial to follow at the Oxford Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Thursday at the church in Oxford. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Walt's memory to the First...
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James "Bill" W. Osborne

January 17, 1928 - December 5, 2015

James William (Bill) Osborne, age 87, passed away on Saturday December 5, 2015 at the Lantern Park Care Center in Coralville. Visitation will be Friday December 11 from 4 – 7 PM, with a memorial service Saturday December 12 at 11 AM, both to be held at the Coralville United Methodist Church. Bill was born on January 17, 1928 in Pana, Illinois, the son of Ruby (Ireland) and Fred Osborne. ...
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Carol E. Lach

April 23, 1929 - December 5, 2015

Carol Elizabeth Lach, 86, died Saturday December 5th 2015, at Oaknoll Retirement Community in the Health Center. Carol was born on April 23, 1929 to Christmas and Mary Lucille Evans and was raised in Milwaukee, WI. She graduated from Milwaukee State Teachers College and taught First Grade at Emerson School in Madison, WI while pursuing a Masters Degree at the Univ. of Wisconsin. During that...
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Fe Oracion

October 6, 1939 - December 4, 2015

Fe (Tubig) Oracion, 76, formerly of Miami, FL, passed away Friday, December 4, 2015 in Iowa City, Iowa. Funeral Mass will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 12th at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Coralville, IA. Visitation will be Friday from 4-7 p.m. at the Gay & Ciha Funeral Service in Iowa City with a vigil and rosary service beginning at 6:30 p.m. Fe Tubig was born October 6,...
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Bonnie Bleeker

December 4, 2015

Bonnie J. Bleeker, 88 of Iowa City died Friday, December 4, 2015, at Briarwood Health Care Center. Memorial services will be held at 10am Wednesday, December 9, 2015, at the Newman Center in Iowa City where Sunday parking ordinance will be in effect for parking around the church. There will be a time of light refreshments and visitation following the services. In lieu of flowers memorial...
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Maynard F. Poggenpohl

March 3, 1927 - December 3, 2015

Maynard F. Poggenpohl, 88, of North Liberty, died Thursday, December 3, 2015, at his home surrounded by his family. A time of visitation will be held from 4 to 7pm Tuesday, December 8th. at Gay & Ciha Funeral Home where Military Honors will be provided at the conclusion of the visitation. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in his memory. Online condolences may be left...
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Robert M.Z. Nodel

December 2, 2015

Robert M. Z. Nodel, 36 of Iowa City died Wednesday, December 2, 2015. A gathering for family and friends will be held from 5 to 7 pm Wednesday, December 9th. at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City. His family includes his three children, Kaylee, Logan and Savanna.
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Opal Ruth Cerven

August 29, 1911 - December 2, 2015

Opal Ruth Cerven, 104, of Iowa City, passed away, Wednesday, December 2, 2015. Graveside services will be held in the spring at the Mamre Cemetery in Stanton, Iowa. Opal is lovingly remembered by her daughters, Mary Kay Branch (Charles) of Camano Island, WA and Betty DeLeon (Renato) of Iowa City; granddaughter, Cara DeLeon (Joe Hobson) of Minneapolis, MN and great-grandson, Jasper DeLeon...
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Helen Gordon

January 25, 1936 - November 29, 2015

Helen Jean Gordon, 79, a lifelong resident of Iowa City, died Sunday, November 29, 2015 at her daughter, Mary Beth Gordon Kokjohn's home in Clinton, surrounded by her loving family. Funeral Services will be at 6 p.m., Thursday, December 3, 2015 at Gay & Ciha Funeral Home, Iowa City with Rev. Dr. Barrie Tritle officiating. Visitation will be after 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial...
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Richard Ballard, Jr.

October 29, 1946 - November 25, 2015

Richard Ballard, 69, of Coralville, passed away on November 25, 2015 from complications of pneumonia. His family includes his wife, Cindy; sons, Will and his wife, Ashley and their children, Ellie and Liam, and Erik and his wife, Kelli and their son, Rohan. They would like to invite you to a Celebration of Richard's Life on Friday, December 4th from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the Terry Trueblood...
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Leah L. Houg

January 22, 1969 - November 25, 2015

Leah L. Houg, 46, of North Liberty, passed away Wednesday, November 25, 2015. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, November 29th at the Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City, where a gathering for family and friends will follow until 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Leah's name can be made to the American Cancer Society. Leah Lynn Kinard was born...
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Gloria A. Marchman

December 29, 1939 - November 25, 2015

Gloria Anne Marchman died November 25, 2015 at her home in Iowa City. She was born on December 29, 1939 in New Orleans, LA and grew up in Huntsville, Texas, with her parents, James Hansford Smith and Mary Elizabeth Acker Smith, and sisters, Judy and Peggy. After graduating from high school in Huntsville, Gloria attended college in Houston and obtained her BSN degree. She married Douglas N....
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Lauren Griffith Johnson

November 22, 1932 - November 22, 2015

Lauren G. Johnson died Sunday, November 22, 2015, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City under the compassionate care of Iowa City Hospice and Mercy Hospice. A public visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 1st, followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. with a reception and continued fellowship following the services all at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service. Private interment services...
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Mary C. "Chris" O'Brien

June 20, 1957 - November 20, 2015

Mary Christine "Chris" O'Brien, 58, died November 20, 2015. Chris was born June 20, 1957, in Iowa City; daughter of Stephen "Ralph" and Wanda (Haney) O'Brien. She graduated from City High School in Iowa City and Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa and was employed at Pearson Vue. Her family includes her sisters, Lyn Maske (Bob) of Iowa City, Kathie Crow (Bill) of Iowa City, Vicki O'Brien...
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Alberta L. "Bert" Harding

June 12, 1928 - November 18, 2015

Alberta L. "Bert" Harding, 87, of Lone Tree, died Wednesday, November 18, 2015, at the Pioneer Place in Lone Tree. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, November 21, 2015, at the First Christian Church in Coralville, where visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Friday. Burial at the Lone Tree Cemetery will follow a reception that will be held at the church following the funeral...
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Bernice A. Zabloudil

November 27, 1920 - November 17, 2015

Bernice A. Zabloudil, 94 formerly of Iowa City, Ainsworth and Cedar Rapids died Tuesday, November 17, 2015, at the Solon Care Center. Funeral services will be held at 2pm Friday, November 20, 2015, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service with burial to follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12 noon until services on Friday at the funeral home. A memorial fund has been...
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Jeanne A. Stiles

November 3, 1945 - November 16, 2015

Jeanne A. Stiles, 70, of Coralville, passed away Monday, November 16, 2015 at Lantern Park Specialty Care. A gathering for family and friends to remember and celebrate Jeanne's life will take place Friday, December 4th from 4-6 p.m. at the Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City, with a memorial service beginning at 6 p.m. Memorials in her memory may be directed to Iowa City...
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Violet G. Salisbury

July 24, 1917 - November 10, 2015

Violet G. "Vi" Salisbury, 98, formerly of rural Riverside, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, November 10, 2015. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Friday, November 13th at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City with burial following at North Scott Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials in Vi's name can be made to the Violet Salisbury...
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Floyd K. Vesely

April 22, 1919 - November 9, 2015

Floyd K. Vesely, 96,longtime resident of Iowa City,died Monday, November 9, 2015, at Briarwood Health Care Center in Iowa City. Graveside Services will be held at 2pm Thursday, November 12, 2015, at Memory Gardens Cemetery, with military honors provided. Following the services everyone is welcome for a time of light refreshments and fellowship at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service. A...
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Phyllis J. Zinkula

January 16, 1927 - November 7, 2015

Phyllis J. Zinkula, 88 longtime resident of Iowa City died Saturday, November 7, 2015, in her home surrounded by her family with the support of Iowa City Hospice. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 pm Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service with burial to follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:00 noon until services on Tuesday at the...
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Rosella M. Hudachek

May 10, 1929 - November 6, 2015

Rosella M. Hudachek, 86, of Iowa City, passed away November 6, 2015, at Mercy Hospital Hospice in Iowa City. Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m., Sunday, November 15th at the Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City with burial following at Lone Tree Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 2-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials in Rosella's name may be made to the...
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Josephine "Jo" H. Fulton

May 8, 1923 - November 3, 2015

Josephine H. "Jo" Fulton, 92, lifetime resident of this area, died Tuesday, November 3, 2015, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City following a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be held at 10am Friday, November 6, 2015, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, with burial to follow at the Downey Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Thursday at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service. In lieu...
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Janice E. Koehler-Wise

November 5, 1947 - November 2, 2015

Janice E. Koehler-Wise, 67 of rural Kalona, died Monday, November 2, 2015, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Graveside services will be held at 2pm Sunday, November 8, 2015, at Oakland Cemetery in Iowa City. Online condolences can be shared and a more complete obituary found on the website of the funeral home @ www.gayandciha.com. Janice Elizabeth Miller was born November 5,...
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Sherman O. Files

September 21, 1928 - November 1, 2015

Sherman O. Files, 87, longtime Tiffin resident, passed away Sunday, November 1, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospitals. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Thursday, November 5th at Grace United Methodist Church in Tiffin with burial following at Oakhill Cemetery. A time of visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m., Wednesday at the church. Memorials in Sherman's name can be made to the...
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Billy L. Davis

March 30, 1926 - October 31, 2015

Billy L. Davis, 89, of Parnell, passed away Saturday, October 31, 2015, at the Solon Care Center. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday at the Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City where visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service. Burial with military honors will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Memorials in Billy's name may be made to Iowa City Hospice. ...
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Steven P. Williams

May 6, 1954 - October 28, 2015

Steven Pryce Williams, 61 of Iowa City went to be with his Lord Jesus on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, after a valiant fight with brain cancer, with his wife by his side every step of the way. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am Saturday, October 31, 2015, at the River Community Church in Iowa City, with burial at Oakland Cemetery in Iowa City. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Friday...
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Helen G. Looper

February 11, 1911 - October 26, 2015

Helen G. Looper, 104, of Iowa City, passed away Monday, October 26, 2015, at Oaknoll Retirement Residence, where she had resided for nearly 30 years. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday, November 4th in the recreation room at Oaknoll Retirement Residence. Memorials in Helen's name may be directed to the Iowa City First United Methodist Church. Helen was born February 2,...
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Avery Marilyn Flick

September 23, 2013 - October 24, 2015

Avery Flick, age 2, daughter of Heidi and Justin Flick of North Liberty, died at her home Saturday, October 24, 2015, following 13 months of battling cancer. Funeral services will be held at 7pm Friday, October 30, 2015, at St. Mark's Faith & Life Center at 8300 C Avenue NE, Marion, Iowa. There will be a time of visitation from 4 pm until services on Friday at the church. In lieu of flowers...
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Lafayette W. "Pete" Knapp

July 19, 1925 - October 24, 2015

Lafayette Whitmore "Pete" Knapp, JR, age 90, died October 24, 2015. Memorial services will be 1:00 P.M., Thursday, October 29, 2015, at the Congregational United Church of Christ, Iowa City with visitation at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service from 4-6:00 pm. Wednesday, October 28, 2015. L.W. "Pete" Knapp was born in Erin, NY, July 19, 1925, son of L.W. "Fay" and Jennie (Prince)...
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Robert McFarland

January 6, 1925 - October 19, 2015

Dr. Robert A. "Bob" McFarland, 90 of Iowa City, formerly of Marshalltown, and Estes Park, CO died Monday, October 19, 2015 at Briarwood Care Center in Iowa City. Memorial services will be held at 11am Thursday, October 22, 2015, at the First Presbyterian Church in Iowa City, with internment in the church's columbarium. Visitation will be at 10am Thursday until service time at the church. ...
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Jane E. Kelso

March 4, 1941 - October 15, 2015

Jane Ellen Kelso, mother first, lover of life, independent and fierce, died peacefully on Thursday, October 15, 2015. Jane was a farm girl from Lone Tree, Iowa born on March 4, 1941 at Mercy Hospital to William Kelso and Nila Bacon Galloway. After a short stint in Clovis, New Mexico, she spent the remainder of her life in Iowa City making many friends and creating lots of memories. Jane...
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Lila Marie Fern

October 14, 2015

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our sweet daughter Lila Marie Fern. Lila who died during birth on Wednesday, October 14th, 2015, is sister to Anthony, Zachary, Emory and Liana Fern and daughter to Doug and Natalie Fern of Iowa City. A memorial service will be held on October 24th, 2015 at 10 a.m. at Parkview Church in Iowa City. Online condolences may be sent for Lila's...
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Robert W. Summers

July 28, 1938 - October 14, 2015

Dr. Robert W. Summers, 77, Professor Emeritus Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa passed away Wednesday, October 14, 2015, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Memorial services will be held at 10:00 am Friday, October 23, 2015, at the First Mennonite Church in Iowa City. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Thursday, October 22nd, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and...
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John D. Morgan, D.D.S.

March 9, 1947 - October 13, 2015

John D. Morgan, D.D.S, 68, of Cedar Rapids, died Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at St. Luke's Hospital. A memorial service will be held 10:30 Saturday, October 17th at First Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids where a visitation will be held Friday from 5-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials in John's name may be directed to the Mayo Clinic, Dept. of Development to be used toward Amyloidosis...
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DeShawn C. Daves

August 16, 1966 - October 11, 2015

DeShawn C. Daves, 49, longtime time resident of the Coralville/Iowa City, area died suddenly, Sunday, October 11, 2015, at her home from natural causes. Funeral services will be held 10 am Friday, October 30, 2015 at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City, with burial at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Online...
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Don F. Beard

July 19, 1943 - October 4, 2015

Don F. Beard, 72, lifetime resident of Iowa City died Sunday, October 4, 2015, at Mercy Hospital under the compassionate care of the Hospice. He went to be reunited with his Lord Jesus, his parents, Donald M. & Florence M. (Schmidt) Beard; his grandparents, Fred and Nellie Beard, and Frederick and Anna Schmidt. Don was born July 19, 1943, here in Iowa City, attended Iowa City schools...
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Neil W. Ayer

May 20, 1947 - October 3, 2015

Neil W. Ayer, 68, of Iowa City, died Saturday, October 3, 2015 at his home under hospice care. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, October 10th at the Iowa City Church of the Nazarene with a time of visitation beginning at 10:30. Please direct all floral and memorial contributions directly to the church (1035 Wade St). A luncheon will be held at the church immediately...
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Paul G. Farnsworth

October 18, 1922 - October 2, 2015

Paul G. Farnsworth, 92, of Iowa City, passed away Friday, October 2, 2015 at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. A visitation will be held Tuesday, October 6th from 11a.m.-1p.m. at the Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City where a funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery where military honors will be provided. Memorials in Paul's memory can be...
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Paul G. Anderson

March 24, 1922 - October 1, 2015

Paul G. Anderson, 93 former Professor of Music at the University of Iowa for many years died Thursday, October 1, 2015 at Oaknoll Retirement Community. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 am Monday, October 5, 2015, at the Oakland Cemetery in Iowa City where Military Honors will be provided. Paul was born March 24, 1922, in Des Moines, Iowa the son of Paul I. and Eva Matthews...
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Norma Lorraine Wells

November 18, 1928 - September 26, 2015

Norma L. Wells, 86 of Iowa City passed away peacefully, Saturday, September 26, 2015. Graveside services will be held at 1pm Tuesday, September 29th at Memory Gardens Cemetery, followed by Memorial Services at 2 pm at Zion Lutheran Church with the Reverend Mark Pries officiating. A memorial fund has been established in her memory. Online condolences and memories may be shared with her family...
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Randall A. "Bucky" Sotzen

March 30, 1965 - September 25, 2015

Randall A. "Bucky" Sotzen, 50, of Lone Tree, died unexpectedly Friday, September 25, 2015. A time of visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m., Thursday, October 1st at the Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City. Memorials in Bucky's name may be made to the Randall Sotzen Memorial Fund and will be directed to his son, Levi. Memories and online condolences can be shared with his...
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Jacqueline "Jackie" Sue Lehmkuhl

December 9, 1939 - September 23, 2015

Jacqueline S. Lehmkuhl, 75, formerly of Clinton, passed away Wednesday, September 23, 2015. No public services will be held. Memorials in Jacqueline's name can be directed to her family and made to the Jacqueline Lehmkuhl Memorial Fund. Her family includes her sons, Terry Lehmkuhl of Coralville and Matt Lehmkuhl of Mechanicsville; daughter, Kimberly Cook of Iowa City; five grandchildren,...
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Alice Martin

January 25, 1924 - September 23, 2015

Alice Theodosia Martin of Williamsburg Iowa, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, passed away on September 23rd in her daughter's home in Iowa City. Her passing is deeply mourned by her children Robert Martin (Leslie Martin), Deborah Myers (Mark Myers), and James Martin (Theresa Messlein), by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and most especially by Kenneth, her...
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Marian Jo Wright

January 7, 1952 - September 22, 2015

Marian J. Wright, 63, passed away Sept. 22, 2015. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, September 26, 2015, at the New Life Community Church in Coralville. Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service is caring for Marian and her family.
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Evelyn M. Whetstine

December 10, 1935 - September 22, 2015

Evelyn Mae Whetstine, 79, of Iowa City, IA died September 22, 2015. She is survived by her four children and their spouses; Cheryl and Craig Manary of Iowa City, Ron and Nancy Whetstine of North Liberty, Deb and Tracy Klein of Solon, and Terri Whetstine of Iowa City. Seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Whetstine, her parents and...
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Mildred Walters

October 31, 1930 - September 22, 2015

Mildred A. Walters, 84, of rural Tiffin, passed away at home surrounded by her family Tuesday evening, September 22, 2015. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City with burial to follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery. A time of visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials can...
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Janice Maier

September 25, 1934 - September 22, 2015

Janice M. Maier, 80, of Iowa City died peacefully on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, at the home of her daughter. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 28, 2015, at St. Thomas More Catholic church in Coralville, with burial to follow at the St. Joseph Cemetery in Iowa City. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service. In lieu of...
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Ned L. Allen

May 3, 1933 - September 22, 2015

Ned L. Allen, 82, lifelong Tiffin area farmer, died Tuesday, September 22, 2015, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City of pancreatic cancer. Friends can gather with family from 4 to 7 pm Thursday, September 24, 2015, at Gay & Ciha Funeral Home in Iowa City. He asked for a private family burial at Oak Hill Cemetery in Tiffin, which will take place later. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be...
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Bernadine M. Knight

December 28, 1918 - September 19, 2015

Bernadine M. "Bernie" Knight, 96, of Iowa City, passed away Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. A gathering celebrating Bernie's life will be held from 2:30-4 p.m., Thursday, September 24th at Melrose Meadows, (350 Dublin Drive) in Iowa City. Memories and online condolences can be shared with her family at www.gayandciha.com. Bernadine Mary Horras was born December 28, 1918, in Ollie, Iowa; daughter...
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Siglinde Anna Emilie Gaupp

June 21, 1934 - September 14, 2015

Siglinde Anna Emilie Bernt Gaupp passed away Monday September 14, 2015 within Hospice care in Mercy Hospital Iowa City, Iowa. Siglinde Bernt was born June 21, 1934 on a farm outside Marschau in the Sudetenland area of Germany, to Alfons and Fredericka (Ritt) Bernt. She was the oldest of three children (Reingard & Volker). Siglinde survived the world wide depression, World War II, Russian...
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Alfred F. Scheetz

August 30, 1929 - September 14, 2015

Alfred F. Scheetz, 86, of rural Oxford, Died Monday, September 14, 2015, at his home surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Friday, September 25, 2015, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Oxford, where visitation will be held from 4 to 7 pm Thursday. Following visitation will be a Vigil Service and a Parish Rosary beginning at 7pm. Burial will be at the Mt. Calvary...
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John P. Rogers

June 18, 1937 - September 13, 2015

John P. Rogers, 78, of Iowa City, died Sunday, September 13, 2015, at Lantern Park Nursing and Rehab Center in Coralville. No services are being planned. Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service is caring for his arrangements.
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Robert W. "Bob" Fitch

July 25, 1922 - September 13, 2015

Robert Wiseman Fitch, formerly of Dickinson, Texas, died peacefully September 13, 2015, at Parkview Manor in Wellman. He was 93. Bob spent most of his life in and around Houston. He was a Corporal in the Army Air Force during WWII, serving as a radio operator at both the King Ranch in Texas and in Italy. Serving his country gave him many good stories, which he loved to tell – and retell,...
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James Wilbur "Weir" Baskerville

June 6, 1915 - September 12, 2015

James Wilbur (Weir) Baskerville, 100, died September 12 at Bickford Cottage in Iowa City. Weir farmed until his retirement in 1980. He moved to Iowa City in 2007 to be near his daughters. He was preceded in death by his wife, Iris; parents, 2 siblings and his son-in-law, Richard Montross. Weir is survived by his daughters, Barbara Montross and Jill Baskerville of Iowa City. His...
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Arden Svoboda, Sr.

September 8, 1928 - September 12, 2015

Arden E. Svoboda Sr., 87, longtime resident of Coralville, died at his home surrounded by his family Saturday, September 12, 2015. Burial services with military honors will be held at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Coralville on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 2pm, followed by a gathering for family and friends to remember and share their Arden stories at the Moose Lodge in Iowa City from 4 to 7pm. ...
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William "Gabe" Gabriel Reed

September 1, 2015

William "Gabe" Gabriel Reed, infant son of Lindsey (Payton) and Brock Reed of Solon was welcomed into the hands of Jesus before his birth on Tuesday, September 1, 2015. A memorial service for family and friends will be held at 10:30 am Thursday, September 10th at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City. Graveside services will be held later that day at 3:30pm at the Mt. Olivet...
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Loyce Larsen

July 30, 1926 - September 1, 2015

Loyce J. Larsen, 89, longtime resident of the Iowa City, area died Tuesday, September 1, 2015, at the Iowa City Nursing and Rehab Center. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, September 5, 2015 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Iowa City with burial to follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. until services on Saturday at the Church. A memorial...
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Edward N. "Ed" Wilson

April 12, 1937 - August 31, 2015

Edward N. Wilson, 78, longtime former Iowa City Insurance Agent, died Monday, August 31, 2015, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. A gathering time celebrating Ed's life will be held from 4 to 7pm Wednesday, September 23, 2015, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service. Memorial donations can be made to the Parkinson's Foundation of Eastern Iowa. Online condolences may be sent for his family...
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John A. Petsche

March 7, 1955 - August 30, 2015

John Petsche, 60, of Iowa City died Sunday, Aug. 30th, 2015. A celebration of his life will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, September 5th at the Iowa City American Legion Post 17. John was born March 7, 1955, in Guttenberg, Iowa; the 7th son of Arthur and Charmion (Kellogg) Petsche. He graduated from Fayette High School in 1973; Upper Iowa University (BA in History and Political Science)...
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Gertrude "Trudy" Riley

December 2, 1916 - August 30, 2015

Gertrude Newcomb Venable "Trudy" Riley, 98, of Iowa City died Sunday, August 30, 2015, under the compassionate care of the hospice staff at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, September 4 at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Iowa City. Visitation will be at 12:30 p.m. Burial will be at Memory Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations...
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Howard H. Searl

February 12, 1948 - August 30, 2015

Howard H. Searl, 67, of Coralville, died Sunday, August 30, 2015, in the Mercy Hospital Hospice Unit in Iowa City. Howard had lost his final battle. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Wednesday, September 2, 2015, at the Memory Gardens Mausoleum, with military honors provided. Online condolences may be sent for his family through the web @ www.gayandciha.com. Howard Harrison Searl...
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Christopher A. "Chris" Pierce

February 17, 1948 - August 29, 2015

Christopher A. "Chris" Pierce, 67 of North Liberty died Saturday, August 29, 2015, at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday, September 2, 2015, at Faith Baptist Church in Iowa City, where visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Tuesday. Military Honors will be provided at the conclusion of the visitation at 7pm on Tuesday at the church. In lieu of...
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