Read through the obituaries published in today's edition of the The Courier.
Service Notice: Roger E. Heise
CEDAR FALLS -- Roger Ernest Heise, 82, of Cedar Falls, formerly of Clarksville, died at home Thursday, March 8; services 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at First United Methodist Church in Cedar Falls, with private burial at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Clarksville; visitation for an hour before services at the church; Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home, 266-7525, is in charge of arrangements; memorials directed to the Boy Scouts Camp Ingawanis Adventure Base or First United Methodist Church.
Dorothy L. Perry (1924-2018)
LA PORTE CITY -- Dorothy L. Perry, 93, of La Porte City, died at home Monday, March 19.
Dorothy was born April 23, 1924, in St. Hilaire, Minn., daughter of Ellis Howard and Lena L. (Hitt) Stephens. She married Floyd L. Perry on June 3, 1947, in Waterloo. He preceded her in death Feb. 18, 2005.
Dorothy graduated from high school in La Porte City. She was a homemaker. She also was a member of St. Paul's Presbyterian Church in Washburn, the church women's group, Farm Bureau Women and Black Hawk County Extension.
Survived by: two sons, Donald (Julie) Perry of Waterloo and John (Kim) Perry of La Porte City; two daughters, Linda (Larry) Griffee of Evansdale and Betty Kies of Vinton; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and her dog, Sam.
Preceded in death by: her parents; five brothers, Gerald, Delford, Stanley, Robert and Joe Stephens; and three sisters, Neva Nielsen, Mary Timmerman and Ethel in infancy.
Services: 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 23, at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church in Washburn, with burial at West View Cemetery in La Porte City. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, at Kearns Funeral Service, Waterloo.
Memorials: may be directed to the family
Condolences may be left at www.KearnsFuneralService.com.
Dorothy loved the family farm, the animals, gardening, cooking and most of all -- her family. She had a zest for life and went skydiving at age 80.
Verna Mae Dengler (1918-2018)
CEDAR FALLS -- Verna Mae Dengler, 99, of Cedar Falls, died at home Monday, March 19.
She was born Sept. 11, 1918, in La Porte City, the daughter of Glenn and Margaret Smith Foss. She married Howard Dengler on Jan. 27, 1940, in Waterloo. He died Dec. 27, 1984.
Verna Mae graduated from East High School and then attended Gates Business College. She was a sales representative for Avon for 57 years and was a member of the Avon President's Club. She and her husband were charter members of Blessed Sacrament Church.
Survived by: two daughters, Pam Dengler of Cedar Falls, and Judy Dengler of Palm Desert, Calif.; a son, Jim Dengler of Waterloo; seven grandchildren and many great- and great-great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: a son, Tom Dengler; three brothers, Elwin, Glenn and Harold Foss; a sister, Eileen Purdy; and a daughter-in-law, Artie Dengler.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 23, at Blessed Sacrament Church, with entombment at Mount Olivet Cemetery to follow. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway, where there will be a 4 p.m. rosary and 7 p.m. vigil and will continue for an hour before the service at the church.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at: www.hagartywaychoffgrarup.com.
Verna Mae’s first love was her family. She loved a good card game, going to the casino to play the penny slots and winning. She loved Avon and her friends stopping by to enjoy a fresh pot of coffee and cookies out of the oven. She will be missed.
Amber D. Everman (1984-2018)
WATERLOO -- Amber Dawn Everman, 33, of Waterloo, died Friday, March 16, at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics from injuries sustained in a house fire.
She was born April 11, 1984, in Waterloo, daughter of John Everman and Brenda Minikus. She had been in a relationship with Darius Burkett-Thurmond since 2002.
She graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 2002. She attended Hawkeye Community College to study animal science to become a veterinary assistant and also attended Kaplan University to study business. Amber worked at the Jesup Veterinary Clinic.
Survived by: her husband; her parents, John (Martha Platt) Everman of Cedar Falls and Brenda (Brian Holman) Minikus; her mother-in-law, Yvonnea Weatherly of Cedar Falls; two daughters, Aaliyah Everman and Ramiyah Everman; a stepson, Zakkia Shorter; four sisters, Alyssa Everman and Candis Holman Wolff, both of Waterloo, Kayla Holman of Cedar Falls, and Tuasha Fleming of Waterloo; and three brothers, Josh Ehrenhard of Glenwood, Greg Burkett and Sam Platt, both of Waterloo.
Preceded in death by: two children, Amari Burkett and Ava Everman; her grandparents, Earl and Gloria Minikus and Lloyd Holman; two uncles, Jerry Kimber and Marvin Minikus; and two aunts, Earlene Howard and Angela Minikus.
Services: 10 a.m. Friday, March 23, at Nazareth Evangelical Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls, with burial in Garden Memories, Waterloo. Visitation 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at the church. Parrott & Wood Chapel of Memories, an Overton Family Service, is assisting the family.
Memorials in lieu of flowers: may be directed to the family to help with their many upcoming expenses.
She enjoyed horror movies and loved scary books. In 2010, Amber and Darius were able to realize their dream when they started breeding American Bullies. Above all else, Amber loved Darius, their children and their “furry” children.
Amari Burkett (2008-2018) and Ava Everman (2012-2018)
WATERLOO -- Amari Myon Burkett, 9, and Ava ShaNeigh Everman, 5, of Waterloo, died Thursday, March 15, as the result of injuries sustained in a house fire.
Amari was born Sept. 28, 2008, and Ava was born Aug. 13, 2012, in Waterloo, children of Amber Everman and Darius Burkett-Thurmond.
Amari was a third-grader at Orchard Hill Elementary in Cedar Falls, where Ava was a kindergartner.
Survived by: their mother, who died the next day; their father; grandparents, John (Martha Platt) Everman of Cedar Falls and Brenda (Brian Holman) Minikus; grandmother, Yvonnea Weatherly of Cedar Falls; sisters, Aaliyah Everman and Ramiyah Everman; a half brother, Zakkia Shorter; aunts, Alyssa Everman of Waterloo, Candis Holman Wolff of Waterloo, Kayla Holman of Cedar Falls and Tuasha Fleming of Waterloo; and uncles, Josh Ehrenhard of Glenwood, Greg Burkett and Sam Platt of Waterloo.
Preceded in death by: great-grandparents, Earl and Gloria Minikus and Lloyd Holman.
Services: 10 a.m. Friday, March 23, at Nazareth Evangelical Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls, with burial at Garden of Memories Cemetery, Waterloo. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at the church. Parrott and Wood Chapel of Memories, an Overton Family Service, is assisting the family.
Memorials in lieu of flowers: memorials may be directed to the family to help with their many upcoming expenses.
Amari was an active 9-year-old who enjoyed riding his bike, playing in the dirt and being in the pool. Amari loved to play with his sisters, friends and cousins. He also loved Nerf guns. Amari looked up to his father and wanted to be a construction worker when he grew up.
Ava was a diva tomboy! She had a huge personality packed into her tiny little body. She loved her older sisters. She would fight with Amari, but they were the very best of friends. Ava loved My Little Pony and "Frozen." She was sweet and curious and beautiful inside and out.
Artie M. Colvin (1927-2018)
CEDAR FALLS -- Artie M. Colvin, 90, of Cedar Falls, died Monday, March 19, at the Sunrise Hill Care Center in Traer.
She was born Dec. 23, 1927, in Black Hawk County, daughter of Henry “Hank” and Anna (Minikus) Morris. She married Warren L. Colvin on Aug. 17, 1946, in Cedar Falls. He preceded her in death Jan. 19, 1994.
She graduated from Cedar Falls High School and was a homemaker throughout her adult life. She was a member of First Christian Church in Cedar Falls.
Survived by: two sons, Warren (Bev) Colvin Jr. of Dysart and Dan (Sue) Colvin of Surprise, Ariz.; a daughter, Sandy (Dennis) Siems of Chetek, Wis.; 12 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, James (Jean) Morris of Bristow.
Preceded in death by: a sister, Alice Reints; a grandson, Joshua Colvin; and a great-grandson, Warren Van Wie.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 24, at First Christian Church in Cedar Falls, with burial in Garden of Memories in Waterloo. Visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 23, at Richardson Funeral Service, Cedar Falls.
Condolences may be left at www.richardsonfuneralservice.com.
Teresa M. Theel (1963-2018)
NEW HARTFORD -- Teresa Mischelle Theel, 55, of rural New Hartford, died at home Monday, March 19.
She was born Jan. 3, 1963, in St. Joseph, Mo. She was the daughter of Roger and Janet (Christian) Grovo.
Teresa graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 1981. She then attended DeVry Institute in Texas. Teresa was employed by the Permit Service in Texas for three years following her education, and after moving back to Iowa she worked for Richway Industries, Iowa Laser Tech and the softball complex. She was currently working at John Deere Manufacturing in Waterloo. She was in fellowship at the Stout Gospel Hall in Stout.
Survived by: three daughters, Tabitha (Rex) Swygman of Allison, Heather (Dusty) Brown of Janesville and Jenifer (Terry) Adams of Cedar Falls; seven grandchildren, Owen, Evan and Kane Swygman, Wyatt and Emmit Brown and Lukas and Madilyn Adams; her parents; three brothers, Alan (Tami) Grovo of South Carolina, Shawn (Delise) Grovo of Cleveland, Texas, and Troy Grovo of Waterloo; a sister, Wendy (Chuck) Delegardelle of Jesup; and a special friend, Mike DeGroote of New Hartford and his children, Tony and Tasha DeGroote.
Memorial services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 23, at Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home, with burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, both in Parkersburg. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at the funeral home.
Memorials: may be directed to the Cancer Center in Waterloo or Unity Point Hospice.
Condolences may be left at www.redman-schwartz.com.
She enjoyed reading, doing puzzles, flower gardening and taking in nature’s beauty. She was known to stay up all night on game night with her children and their friends. Teresa especially loved time spent with her grandchildren. Even though Teresa gave birth to only three daughters she was considered mother by many.
Service Notice: Francis A. Lybbert
CRESCO -- Francis Arthur Lybbert, 80, of Cresco, died Sunday, March 18, at Evans Memorial Home, Cresco; services 11 a.m. Friday, March 23, at First Lutheran Church, with burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery, both in Cresco; visitation 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at Lindstrom Funeral Home, Cresco, (563) 547-2323, and for one hour before services at the church.
Service Notice: Patricia Ann Werning
WATERLOO -- Patricia Ann Werning, 82, of Waterloo, died Sunday, March 18, at Ravenwood Specialty Care; services 11 a.m. Thursday, March 22, at Grace Fellowship Church, with burial in Waterloo Memorial Park Cemetery; visitation from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway, 233-3393, and at the church for an hour before services Thursday; condolences left with www.hagartywaychoffgrarup.com.
Service Notice: Vivian Rieck
WAVERLY -- Vivian Pauline Rieck, 88, of Waverly and formerly of Janesville, Iowa, died Sunday, March 18. Services are 10 a.m. Thursday, March 22, at Messiah Lutheran Church in Janesville with burial in Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens, Cedar Falls. Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, Waverly, and also for an hour prior to the service at the church; memorials to Cedar Valley Hospice or Messiah Lutheran Church. Online condolences at www.kaisercorson.com.
Dorothy I. Frye (1921-2018)
WATERLOO — Dorothy I. Frye, 96, of Waterloo, died Sunday, March 11, at Friendship Village Pavilion.
She was born March 18, 1921, in Rodman, daughter of Clyd and Verie Gray Airhart. She married Harvey Frye on March 29, 1941, at the United Methodist Church in Cameron, Mo. He preceded her in death May 2, 2013.
Dorothy graduated from Mercy School of Nursing in Fort Dodge. She worked as a registered nurse for more than 40 years at Waterloo hospitals. She also worked for several local doctors, in first aid at Rath Packing Co. and taught at Allen School of Nursing. She continued her career at Boswell Hospital in Sun City, Ariz., retiring in 1986.
Survived by: a daughter, Kathye Bedard of Waterloo; a grandson, Jeffrey Bedard of Johnson City, Tenn.; a granddaughter, Jennifer (Tim) Mauro of West Des Moines; six great-grandchildren, Taylor, Madalyn, Justin, Olivia, Jake and Sophia: a sister, Ramona Lenhart of Minneapolis; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: her parents; and six sisters and brothers, Ray, Bob, Eva, Billie, Cly Dean and George.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 23, at Kimball Avenue United Methodist Church, with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at Locke Funeral Home.
Memorials: may be made to Kimball Avenue United Methodist Church or Cedar Valley Hospice.
Condolences may be left at www.LockeFuneralHome.com.
She will be remembered for her sweet, kind heart and her love for making beautiful flowers grow. She loved her family and shared a life with Harvey for more than 72 years. They left beautiful memories, and their love for each other touched all who knew them.
Stanley K. Ochsner (1940-2018)
CEDAR FALLS — Stanley K. Ochsner, 77, of Cedar Falls, died Sunday, March 18, at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo.
He was born Nov. 24, 1940, in Sutton, Neb., son of Marlin and Eileen (Salmen) Ochsner. He married Linda King on July 24, 1966 in Lincoln, Neb.
Stanley graduated from the University of Nebraska in agricultural engineering with bachelor and master of science degrees. He worked for John Deere at the Product Engineering Center for most of his professional career, retiring in 1993. He was a member of Cedar Heights Community Presbyterian Church in Cedar Falls.
Survived by: his wife, Linda of Cedar Falls; three sons, Scott (Beth) Ochsner and Darrin Ochsner, both of Cedar Rapids, and Chad Ochsner of Milaca, Minn.; three grandchildren, Katherine, Anne and Luke Ochsner; two brothers, Jim (Cathy) Ochsner of Ogallala, Neb., and Jon (Lori) Ochsner of Fort Mill, S.C.; his sister-in-law, Beverly Ochsner of Sutten, Neb.; and his nieces and nephew, Teresa (Jason) White, Doug (Kellie) Ochsner and Amy (Dan) Baumert.
Preceded in death by: his parents; and a brother, Ronald Ochsner.
Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, March 22, at Cedar Heights Community Presbyterian Church, with inurnment at a later date in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home and for one hour before services.
Memorials: may be directed to the church or Cedar Valley Hospice.
Condolences may be left at www.DahlFuneralHome.com.
Stanley loved his family, fishing and friends. He was a quiet, humble and generous servant of God. His family was the light of his life.
Hilda C. Schmit (1923-2018)
GILBERTVILLE — Hilda C. Schmit, 94, of Gilbertville, died at home Sunday, March 18, of natural causes.
She was born May 19, 1923, in Raymond, daughter of John and Susan Welter Lutgen. She married Louis M. Schmit on June 28, 1949, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Gilbertville. He died July 3, 1987.
Hilda was employed with Hinson Manufacturing during World War II and then with Friendship Village for 40 years.
Survived by: two sons, Dennis J. (Barb) of Atlanta and Scott L. (Dawna) of Gilbertville; three daughters, Mary J. Borwig of Waterloo, and Becky S. (Bill) Woodyard and Lois A. (Peter) Weber, both of Evansdale; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and one on the way; a brother, Casper “Butch” Lutgen of La Porte City; and two sisters, Rita Weber of Gilbertville and Theresa Delagardelle of Cedar Falls.
Preceded in death by: two grandchildren in infancy, Megan and Zachary Schmit; five brothers, Paul, Joseph and Gene Lutgen and two in infancy; and four sisters, Leona “Lee” Rapalee, Donna Mae Frost, Anna Mae Schmit and Mary Phillips.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 22, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Gilbertville, with inurnment in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visitation will be for an hour before services at the church.
Memorials: may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Cedar Valley Hospice or Shriners Children’s Hospital.
Condolences may be left at www.hagartywaychoffgrarup.com.