Read through the obituaries published in today's edition of the The Courier.
George W. "Butch" Bogatin (1942-2018)
CEDAR FALLS — Butch Bogatin, 75, formerly of Cedar Falls, and Brandon, Fla., died March 3 in Corvallis, Ore., of a heart attack.
He was born Aug. 13, 1942, in Milwaukee, son of Ruth and George Bogatin. He married Carol Ann Simkowski on Sept. 5, 1964. She died Sept. 25, 1990. He later married Joy Louise Stow.
Butch attended Brookfield High School in Milwaukee. He served as a computer program manager at KWWL for many years before spending his final 12 years at J.S. Latta’s Co. He was an active member in Boy Scouts of America as Troop Leader assisting many scouts in achieving the Eagle Scout ranking, including his sons Michael and Kevin.
Survived by: his wife, Joy; children, Michael Bogatin of Kona, Hawaii, Kevin (Cameo) Bogatin of Philomath, Ore., and Brian (Maja) Bogatin of Portland, Ore.; grandchildren, Caitlin and Christopher Bogatin of Tampa, Fla., Hannah and Eli Bogatin of Philomath, and Payton Bogatin of Portland; Joy’s family, children Terri (Steve Shennett) of DeLand, Fla., Robin (Paul) McGee of Altoona, Bryan (Renee) Stow of Lakeland, Fla., grandchildren Cody Shennett of DeLand, Hollie Nygaard of Savannah, Ga., Chance Kruse and Chloe Kruse of Altoona, Adam and Joni Stow of Lakeland, and great-grandchildren Bradley Shennett of DeLand, Olivia Stow of Lakeland and Enzo and Sophie Kruse of Altoona.
Preceded in death by: his parents; a brother, Lee Bogatin; and his wife, Carol.
Celebration of Life: 11 a.m. Saturday, May 26, at Greenwood Cemetery, Cedar Falls, in the North section, with a reception to follow from noon to 2 p.m. at Comfort Suites, 7402 Nordic Drive.
Condolences can be left on www.facebook.com/Kevin.Bogatin. The Bogatin Family is grateful for the condolences, but declines flowers and donations.
Butch was the ultimate Green Bay Packer fan. He was full of life! He wore his heart on his sleeve and shared his views with passion. He was a great dad, grandpa, husband, friend, neighbor and Christian with the heart of gold … make that Green & Gold! Go Pack Go!
Henry A. Hilston (1926-2018)
WATERLOO — Henry A. Hilston, 92, of Waterloo, formerly of Madison and Streetsboro, both in Ohio, died Saturday, May 19, at Covenant Medical Center.
He was born Jan. 2, 1926, in Fairport Harbor, Ohio, son of Gus and Jenny (Nurkka) Hilston. He married Glenna Stephens on Oct. 21, 1951, in Randolph, Ohio; she preceded him in death Dec. 30, 2012.
He graduated from Harding High School and received a BS in agriculture from Ohio University. Henry farmed, then worked as a rural letter carrier for the USPS in Richfield, Ohio, retiring in 1987. He served in the Marines during World War II. He volunteered for Meals on Wheels and attended the Senior Citizen Center.
Survived by: a son, Keith Hilston (Susan Lucy) of Richmond, Va.; a daughter, Judith “Judy” Allison of Waterloo; four grandchildren, Charles “Chad” (Kayla) Allison III, Cody Allison, Chisum (Amber) Allison and Cheyenne Allison (Jerad Johnson); four great-grandchildren, Kamdyn Pool, Alina Allison, Charlie Allison and Gabe Johnson.
Preceded in death by: his parents; his spouse; a brother, Hubert Hilston; and two sisters, Mildred Coffman and Florence Covert.
Private family Celebration of Life: will be held at a later date.
Condolences may be left at www.LockeFuneralHome.com.
Forest O. Loonan (1917-2018)
CEDAR FALLS — Forest O. Loonan, 101, of Cedar Falls, died Saturday, May 19, at Thalman Square of Western Home Communities.
He was born March 9, 1917, in Hudson, son of Clifford and Lola Pullin Loonan. He married Ruth Weiland on Oct. 3, 1948, in Britt. She died May 31, 1997.
He graduated from Hudson High School in 1934. Forest worked at Mead Container for 43 years, retiring in 1981 as superintendent. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European, African and Middle Eastern theaters.
Survived by: three daughters, Kathleen (Jerry) Hankner of Waverly, Joanne (Lori Kluber) Loonan of Cedar Falls and Julia Loonan of Waterloo; a son, Martin Loonan of Waterloo; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: three brothers, Carroll, Everett and Gordon Loonan.
Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, at Locke Funeral Home in Waterloo. Private family burial will take place at a later date.
Memorials in lieu of flowers: may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice or a pet charity of choice.
Condolences may be left at www.LockeFuneralHome.com.
Mary Lou Larson (1932-2018)
INDEPENDENCE — Mary Lou Larson, 86, of Independence, formerly of Waterloo, died Tuesday, May 8, at the Buchanan County Health Center.
She was born Feb. 23, 1932, in Hill City, Minn., daughter of Thomas and Frances Beran.
Survived by: her sons, Robert Larson of Colbert, Wash., Dennis (Kerri) Larson of Jesup and Larry (Karlyn) Larson of Iowa City; a daughter, Barb (Bob) Spiller of Colorado Springs; grandchildren, Brady (Brooke) Larson, Trevor Larson, Chelsey Larson and Nikki Ebright; and great-grandchildren, Jackie and Cameron.
Preceded in death by: her husband, Carl Larson; and her parents.
Services: Per Mary’s wishes, no services will be held.
Condolences may be left at www.iowacremation.com.
Mary will be missed by her family and friends.
Ruth A. Ransom (1925-2018)
WATERLOO — Ruth Alta Ransom, 92, of Waterloo, died Wednesday, May 16, at NorthCrest Specialty Care Center.
She was born Oct. 22, 1925, in Marathon, daughter of Frederick and Alta Runyan Schuler. She married Duane Ransom on Aug. 10, 1945, in Waterloo; he preceded her in death April 3, 1975.
Ruth was employed as a custodian for the Waterloo Community Schools for 13 years, retiring in 1990. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Waterloo.
Survived by: a daughter, Kathy (John) Schultz of Altamonte Springs, Fla.; two sons, David (Lori) Ransom of Gainesville, Va., and Daniel (Lori) Ransom of Ocean Springs, Miss.; five grandchildren, Angela (Will) Zeman and Karla (Chris) Kail, Katey Ransom and Nicholas Ransom, and Matthew (Crystal) Ransom; four great-grandchildren, Madison Kail and Christopher Kail III, Logan Ransom and Patience Ransom.
Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 22, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 21, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on South Street, where there will be a 4 p.m. rosary. Visitation also one hour before services Tuesday at the church.
Memorials: may be directed to Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Condolences may be left at www.hagartywaychoffgrarup.com.
Valeria J. Bloch (1935-2018)
WATERLOO — Valeria Joyce Bloch, 82, of Waterloo, died Monday, May 14, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
She was born Sept. 30, 1935, at the family home in rural Fayette County, daughter of Leslie and Esther (Fink) McLaury. She married Donald Albert Bloch on June 2, 1957, in Fairbank. He preceded her in death Feb. 9, 2013.
She was a graduate of Fairbank High School and attended Gates Business College in Waterloo. Valeria was employed at Rath Packing Co. as a stenographer and later at Waterloo Community Schools for many years, retiring as an administrative secretary. She was a member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waterloo
Survived by: two sons, David Bloch of Polk City and Darren (Kathleen) Bloch of Ames; two daughters, Diane (Steven) Buck of Waterloo and Vikki Jo (Eric) Bixby of Allison; 11 grandchildren, Daniel Bloch, Izzak Bloch, Hannah Bloch, Alex Buck (fiancée Meghan Olausen), Reece (Emily) Buck, Cale Buck, Tyler Bixby (fiancée Grace McLaughlin), Holly Bixby, Madyson Bixby, Zach Kupitz and Kelsey Kupitz; and a brother, Eldon (Virginia “Ginny”) McLaury of Fitchburg, Wis.
Preceded in death by: her parents; her husband; and a daughter-in-law, Katherine Bloch.
Services: 10 a.m. Monday, May 21, at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Waterloo, with burial in Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens in Cedar Falls. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today, May 20, at Kearns Funeral Service Kimball Chapel, Waterloo, and for an hour before services Monday at the church.
Memorials: may be directed to the family to be used to benefit church functions and organizations.
Condolences may be expressed at www.KearnsFuneralService.com.
Valeria was an avid quilter who loved to sew with her quilting sisters at church. She liked to cook for her family and was one of the famous “Grace Pie Ladies” known for her homemade pies. Valeria was a dedicated wife and mother who treasured time spent with her family.
Robert L. Muller (1946-2018)
TRIPOLI — Robert Leon Muller, 72, of Tripoli, formerly of Cedar Falls, died Thursday, May 17, at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital in Waterloo.
He was born March 1, 1946, in Cedar Falls, son of Fred and Lorraine (Claussen) Muller. He married Linda Sisson on March 26, 1966, in Cedar Falls. They later divorced.
He graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 1964 and served as a helicopter mechanic in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Robert was a semi driver for 35 years, retiring in 2009. He was a member of the American Legion.
Survived by: two daughters, Jennie (Tim) Andersen of Waterloo and Victoria (Richard) Walsh of Tripoli; six grandchildren, Russell Hamilton, Amber Weber and Lillian Andersen, and Matthew, Catherine and Lance Walsh; two great-grandchildren, Hunter and Tyler Walsh; a brother, James (Mary) Muller of Minneapolis; and two sisters, Carol Mitchell of Cedar Rapids and Brenda (Dave) Johnson of Phoenix.
Preceded in death by: his parents; and a brother-in-law, Larry Mitchell.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 22, at Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home, with burial in Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens, both in Cedar Falls. Military honors will be conducted by Cedar Falls AMVETS Post 49. Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, May 21, and for one hour before services Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.DahlFuneralHome.com.
Luella M. Hora (1918-2018)
TRAER — Luella Marie “Lolly” Hora, 100, of Traer, formerly of Clutier, died Wednesday, May 16, at Sunrise Hill Care Center, Traer.
She was born April 9, 1918, on the family farm near Clutier, daughter of Elmer and Hilda (Knoop) Hora.
She graduated from Clutier High School in 1936. Lolly received her three-month teaching certificate in 1938. She continued going to summer school until she received a bachelor’s degree in history from Coe College in 1971. Lolly taught all grades at Oneida No. 9 Country School for three years and then was a junior high teacher in Clutier until retiring in the early 1980s. She then was the librarian for two years.
She was a member of the Clutier Community Church where she played the organ for more than 80 years, and was head of the Bible School and Sunday School. Lolly was the grand marshall of the Clutier Bicentennial Celebration.
Survived by: two nieces, Susan Schultz of Stillwater, Minn., and Cynthia Hamann of Owings Mills, Md.; a nephew, Tim Hamann of Waterloo; and many other family.
Preceded in death by: her parents; and a sister, Lois Linville.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 21, at Clutier Community Church, with burial in Oneida Cemetery, rural Clutier. Visitation will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church. Overton Funeral Home, Traer, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials: may be directed to Clutier Community Church.
Condolences may be left at www.overtonservice.com
She enjoyed nature, painting, arts and crafts, reading and accompanying on the piano for funerals, choirs, parties and school contests. The last four years, Lolly has lived at Sunrise Hill Care Center in Traer where she recently celebrated her 100th birthday with family, friends and Barefoot Becky.
Rose Burroughs (1925-2017)
WAVERLY — Rose Marie Carmela Burroughs, 92, of the Shell Rock Healthcare Center, formerly of Waverly, died Saturday, May 19, of natural causes.
She was born May 26, 1925, in Fall River, Mass., daughter of Antonio and Lillian (Ziroli) DeBonis. She married Wendell L. Burroughs on June 9, 1951, at the Quarry Methodist Church in Fall River. He died May 24, 2013.
Rose graduated from the B.M.C. Durfee High School in Fall River and also attended Allen Business School. She moved to Iowa in 1950 and worked at the Spiegel Catalog Desk in Waterloo. Rose also spent a few years working at the Cedar Book Store. She joined her husband in his pastorates as he served churches in Buck Creek, Algona and Waverly from 1966-1972. She retired from the Waverly Child Care and Preschool as assistant director in 1987. She also taught classes and was the music teacher. She also volunteered at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Waverly where she was a first-grade Book Buddy and worked with the preschool children.
Rose was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Cedar Falls, but most recently attended Heritage United Methodist Church in Waverly.
Survived by: two daughters, Mary (Jeff) Cook of Kansas City, Mo., and Christine (Brad) Larson of Lubbock, Texas; three grandchildren, Ryan (Jennifer) McAdam of San Mateo, Calif., Erin (Patrick) Collins of Charleston, Ill., and Scott (Marla) Larson of Lubbock; two great-grandsons, Cade and Reid Larson; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Preceded in death by: her husband; her parents; and a brother, Joseph Debonis.
Celebration of life services: 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 22, at Heritage United Methodist Church, with burial in Harlington Cemetery, both in Waverly. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until services Tuesday at the church. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Memorials in lieu of flowers: may be directed to the Salvation Army, Waverly Pet Rescue and Hope Ministries.
Condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com.
Rose always had a big hug for everyone. She enjoyed baking cookies, especially at Christmas when she prepared trays for friends and family. Anyone who visited or worked at Grandma Rose’s house took home a plate full of cookies.
Service Notice: Lillian M. Barron
CEDAR FALLS -- Lillian M. Barron, 94, of Cedar Falls, formerly of Waterloo, died Thursday, May 17, at NewAldaya Lifescapes; services are pending with Garden View Chapel, Waterloo, 232-2222.
Ruth Hook (1920-2018)
APLINGTON — Ruth Hook, 97, of Aplington, died Monday, May 14, at the Western Home Communities, Thuesen Cottage, Cedar Falls.
She was born Aug. 8, 1920, in Butler County, near Allison, daughter of Jans and Gertrude (Bohlen) Miller. On April 5, 1939, she married Ben Hook at the parsonage of the First Reformed Church in Aplington. He preceded her in death on Dec. 28, 1997.
Ruth attended rural country Fairview School near Bristow. She and her husband farmed in the Parkersburg and Aplington areas and owned and operated the Kesley Hardware Store in Kesley from 1953-89. In 1980 they built their retirement home in Aplington, adjacent to the golf course, and she and Ben served as foster parents.
Ruth was a past member of the Kesley Presbyterian Church, where she taught vacation Bible school and Sunday school. She and Ben joined the Aplington Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Aplington in 1980.
Survived by: six children, Brenda (Gary) Folkers of Waterloo, Tammy (Gary) Koppedryer of Marion, Marcia (Arlan) Schaap of Dike, Rhonda (Gary) Mart of Carroll, Leland “Jan” (Connie) Hook of Fall Creek, Wis., and Kim Lambertz of Elkhart; a son-in-law, John Hennig of Waterloo; 19 grandchildren, Lane, Stacy and Bryan Folkers; Ryan, Matthew and Nathan Hennig; Monica Pierce, Marnae Wright and Aric Schaap; Chris Mart and Alecia Loeffelholz; Marissa Hook and Josie Hook; Ben Koppedryer and Jenna Conway; and Emily and Morgan Lambertz; 18 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; a sister, Lila Borneman of Dumont; and two sisters-in-law, Jean Miller of Aplington and Doris Haan of Shell Rock.
Preceded in death by: her husband; a daughter, Patricia Hennig; her parents; three sisters, Henrietta Meinders, Jennie Bohn and Lela True; and three brothers, Herman, Joe and Rueben Miller.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, at Aplington Evangelical Presbyterian Church, with burial in the Pleasant View Cemetery, both in Aplington. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, at Redman-Schwartz Funeral Chapel in Aplington and for an hour before services at the church.
Memorials: may be directed to Aplington Parkersburg Dollars for Scholars.
Condolences may be left at www.redman-schwartz.com.
Ruth told fond tales of life with her parents, three brothers and four sisters farming in Iowa. She enjoyed league bowling, card playing with family and friends, gardening, bird watching, especially the cardinals, and traveling with her husband. Her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandson were the heart of her life.
Service Notice: Dr. Eddie Sage
CEDAR FALLS -- Dr. Eddie E. Sage, 91, of Cedar Falls, formerly of Arizona, died Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, at NewAldaya Lifescapes; memorial services 1 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at Mount Hope United Methodist Church, Waterloo, followed by a reception at the church; memorials directed to the church.
Donna Jean Schmitt (1935-2018)
The Schmitt family is celebrating the reunion of Donna and Bill Schmitt. Donna joined Bill early Thursday afternoon on May 10th after being apart from her best friend, partner and husband for the past 12 years.
Donna was born May 13, 1935, in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Johanna and Rush Laird. Donna enjoyed a wonderful childhood and a successful career at Schlitz Brewing Company and Deere and Company prior to her marriage to Bill and transition to the role of being our Mom . . . a role she absolutely cherished. Donna and Bill modeled an amazing work ethic, fueled a sense of passion and instilled confidence in each of the six children that survive them; Cindy of St. Louis, MO, Carol of Cedar Rapids, IA, Bill (Suzy) of Suwanee, GA, Bob of Albuquerque, NM, Dan (Jennifer) of Naples, FL, Dru (Debbie) of St Louis, MO, seventeen grandchildren, one great grandchild, dozens of nieces, nephews and cousins and her friends at the Western Home Community. Donna is also survived by her brother Jim who is the family historian and currently resides in Waupun, Wisconsin with his wife Harriet. Donna was preceded in death by her sisters Ruth Kemps and Marion Steinbeck.
Bill and Donna lived an amazing life, accomplished much and impacted many as they humbly navigated our great land. They will be remembered as strong, confident, intelligent, committed, loving and caring souls that mastered the art of simple and always pursued happiness. Donna has been cremated and the extended family and local community will gather for a celebration of their life later this summer in Cuba City, Wisconsin. Donna and Bill’s ashes will be reunited and then released on the fields of the family farm of Donna’s niece and her husband Joann and Mike McNett.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that you pause, smile, laugh and give a hug to those in your life that you love . . . Bill and Donna will absolutely appreciate watching you embrace life and enjoy these simple pleasures.
Service Notice: Mary Ann Andera
LAWLER -- Mary Ann Andera, 83, of rural Lawler, died Tuesday, May 15, in Waterloo; services: 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 21, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Protivin; visitation 2 to 5 p.m. today, May 20, at Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home, Protivin, (563) 569-8363.
Service Notice: Lyle Wendland
CHARLES CITY -- Lyle F. Wendland, 70, of Charles City, died Thursday, May 17, at the Mitchell County Regional Health Center in Osage; services 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 22, at the Gospel Lighthouse Church, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery, both in Floyd; visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 21, at Hauser Funeral Home, Charles City, (641) 228-2323, and for one hour before services Tuesday at the church; condolences at www.hauserfh.com.
Service Notice: Norma M. Heiser
WAVERLY -- Norma M. Heiser, 99, of Waverly, died Wednesday, May 16, at the Clarksville Skilled Nursing and Rehab in Clarksville; services 11 a.m. Monday, May 21, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, with private burial of cremains in Harlington Cemetery, both in Waverly; visitation will be for an hour before services Monday at the church; memorials may be directed to the family for later designation; Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, Waverly, 352-1187.
Terry G. Tanner
Terry Glenn Tanner, 83, of Naples, FL passed away on May 15, 2018 in the presence of his loving children at Avow Hospice. He was born July 8, 1934 in Rock Island, IL. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Terry served from June 1954 until June 1956 at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune located in Jacksonville, NC. After serving, he attended St. Ambrose College in Davenport, IA. In 1959, Terry partnered with his father, Glenn, as owner-operators of McDonald’s Restaurants opening their first store on University Avenue in Waterloo, IA with four additional locations to follow in Waterloo and Cedar Falls, IA. In 2016, Terry celebrated 60 years of marriage to Beatrice “Betty” Louise Werthman. They married in 1956 at St. Francis Xavier Chapel, at USMC Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, NC. In addition to his wife, Betty, Terry was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn Albert Tanner and Nicollet Marie Ciccomoscolo; step parents, Gladys Tanner and William Edward Shield; and son, Michael Terry Tanner. He is survived by his sisters, Rosemary (Luiz) Schild-Montez of Rock Island, IL and Stephanie (Charlie) Schild Wise of Milan, IL; children, Linda (Tim) Tanner-Bevard of Naples, FL, Alan (Alice) Tanner of Waterloo, IA, Kevin Tanner of Delhi, IA, Gregory (Lupita) Tanner of San Diego, CA, and Stephanie (Mark) Hill of Clinton Township, MI; thirteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. A private memorial will be held at a future date. Terry’s ashes will be spread in the Gulf of Mexico to honor his love for boating and all things outdoors. “When there are no more words left to say; know that you were loved.” Donations in Terry’s memory may be made to Humane Society of Naples, 2038 Tamiami Trail N, Naples, FL 34102 or https://hsnaples.org. For online condolences visit www.FullerNaples.com.