Obituaries and service notices in today's paper.
Elfrieda M. Devine (1921-2018)
CEDAR FALLS — Elfrieda M. Devine, 97, of Cedar Falls, formerly of Garwin, died Saturday, May 12, at the Western Home Communities-Martin Center.
She was born April 24, 1921, in Mason City, daughter of Carl and Frieda (Boettcher) Lehman. She married Clarence L. Devine on Aug. 12, 1944, in Muskogee, Okla. He died in November 2001.
She graduated from Algona High School in 1939 and Iowa State Teachers College in 1944. She taught in several schools in Iowa prior to starting her family.
Survived by: a son, Brian (Kathy) Devine of Cedar Falls; her grandchildren, Maggie (Brandon) Winterton of Gaeta, Italy, and Mickey Devine of Cedar Falls; and a great-grandson, Oliver Winterton of Gaeta.
Memorial services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 18, at the Western Home Communities Chapel. Family will greet friends one hour before services in the chapel.
Memorial contributions: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.richardsonfuneralservice.com.
Berniece "Bee" Haun (1929-2018)
DUNKERTON — Berniece “Bee” Haun, 88, of Marion, formerly of Dunkerton, died Sunday, May 13, of dementia.
She was born Oct. 16, 1929, in Chickasaw County, daughter of August and Sophie (Spear) Zell. On June 21, 1947, she married Charlie Haun at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Fairbank.
She attended school in Waterloo. Besides being a homemaker, Bee led a detasseling crew for 16 years and helped at the church whenever needed. She also was a Scout leader, volunteered at Mercy Hospital and at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion in Mount Pleasant.
Survived by: three daughters, Darlene Farrell of Whittier, Marlene (Ray) Bussey of Roscoe, Ill., and Lois (Steve) Snyder of Marion; a son, Russell Haun of Rockton, Ill.; 12 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Jerry Johnson of Clinton, Ill.
Preceded in death by: her parents; her husband; a brother, Harold Zell; a daughter, Sharon Bergeron; and two grandchildren, Jonathan Jarmon at infancy and Gabe Haun.
Services: 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Woods Funeral Home, Fairbank, with burial in Grove Hill Cemetery in rural Bremer County. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 18, at the funeral home.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.woodsfuneralhome.net.
Bee enjoyed playing cribbage, sewing and baking. She loved flowers, collecting spoons and traveling. She traveled to every state in the continental United States by car except for Alaska and she did fly to Hawaii. But most of all, Bee loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them.
William L. "Billy" Bell (1936-2018)
CEDAR FALLS — William “Billy” LeRoy Bell, 82, of Nashua, formerly of Cedar Falls, died Monday, May 14, at Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo.
He was born April 22, 1936, in Iowa City, son of Eldred and Grace (Steward) Bell. On April 13, 1963, he married Angie Snyder in Cedar Falls. They later divorced. On June 18, 2005, he married Julie Lange Ostrem in Cedar Falls.
He graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 1954 and later served in the U.S. Army. He was employed with the Cedar Falls Fire Department for 30 years, retiring in 1991 as assistant fire chief. He was a member of the Cedar Falls AMVETS Post No. 49, serving as past commander and later chaplain on both the local and state levels
Survived by: his wife; two daughters, Marija-Lisa (Eric) Musselman of Cedar Rapids, and Manette Anderson of Cedar Falls; a stepdaughter, Melissa (Don) Collins of Cedar Rapids; five grandchildren, Ryan Musselman of Richmond, Va., Aliya and Erin Musselman of Cedar Rapids, Tyler Anderson of Britt, and Kyle Collins of Cedar Rapids; and a sister, Dolores “Dee” Voorhees of Cedar Falls.
Preceded in death by: a sister, Maralee (Max) Lowcock; and three grandchildren, Tanner, Macy and Morgan Anderson.
Services: 11 a.m. Friday, May 18, at Richardson Funeral Service in Cedar Falls. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at Richardson Funeral Service. Private family burial with honors provided by the Cedar Falls AMVETS Post 49 and Iowa Army National Guard at Hillside Cemetery, Cedar Falls.
Memorials: may be directed to the family to be designated at a later date.
Condolences may be left at www.richardsonfuneralservice.com.
Katharine M. Ridenour (1920-2018)
WATERLOO — Katharine M. Ridenour, 97, of Papillion, Neb., formerly of Waterloo, died Wednesday, May 9, at the Cottages at Hillcrest Country Estates in Papillion.
She was born Sept. 7, 1920, in Arlington, daughter of Herman and Johanna (Meisgeier) Kruempel. She married Mark William Ridenour on Aug. 25, 1946, in Arlington. He died March 25, 2006.
She graduated from Arlington High School in 1938. Katharine worked at a grocery store in Manchester until moving to Waterloo. There, she tended the soda fountains and lunch counter at the SunMart. When it became Adam’s Grocery she worked in the meat and bakery departments into her 70s. She was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church where she baked cookies for the Community Meals Program.
Survived by: a daughter, Vivian (Robert) Keckler of Omaha; two grandchildren, Kimberly (Thomas) Nelson of Roy, Wash., and Chad (Cindy) Keckler of Lincoln, Neb.; four great-grandchildren, Collin (Kelsey) Nelson, Kodi (Sawyer Lobdell) Nelson, Lauren Keckler and Alexis Keckler; and a great-great-grandchild, Kasen Lobdell.
Preceded in death by: her parents; her husband; four brothers, Carl, Walter, Robert and Harold Kruempel; and a sister, Rosalind Engel.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at Kearns Funeral Service Kimball Chapel, with burial in Garden of Memories Cemetery. Visitation will be for one hour before services at the funeral home.
Memorials in lieu of flowers: may be directed to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Condolences may be left at www.KearnsFuneralService.com.
Romaine R. Schwem (1937-2018)
WATERLOO — Romaine R. Schwem, 80, died Sunday, May 13 at Covenant Medical Center.
He was born July 15, 1937, in Fredericksburg Township, son of Loraine and Elnora Niemeyer Schwem. He married Shirley J. Malloy on March 4, 1957, in Waterloo. She died Sept. 23, 2002.
Romaine worked at Rath Packing Co. for 29 years while also working at Quick Delivery & Transfer. He later worked at McGregors Furniture as a warehouse foreman, while also caring for his wife who suffered with Parkinson’s disease. He retired in 2010.
Survived by: two daughters, Teresa (David) Murray and Marla Newman, both of Waterloo; two grandchildren, Shane (Kristi Thomas) Murray and Blaire (Daniel) Lund; a great-granddaughter, Pieper Thomas-Murray; two brothers, Jerry (Lucy) Schwem of Gays Mills, Wis., and Steven Schwem of Viroqua, Wis.; and two sisters, Myrna Costa of Waterloo and Marlene (Steve) Knapp of Westgate.
Preceded in death by: his wife; an infant son, Jonathan; a sister, Margaret DeLong; and two brothers, Dennis and Mark Schwem.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 18, at St. Ansgar Lutheran Church, with burial in Garden of Memories Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on South Street and will continue for an hour preceding services at the church Friday.
Memorials: may be directed to Parkinson's research and the American Cancer Society.
Romaine was a caregiver for his wife, family and anyone who needed a helping hand. He also took time for himself by regularly working out at Covenant, reading mystery novels and playing games and cards with his family.
Viola B. Finnegan (1931-2018)
INDEPENDENCE — Viola B. Finnegan, 87, of Independence, died Tuesday, May 15, at Lexington Estates Care Center in Independence.
She was born April 4, 1931, daughter of Carl C. and Hallie (Huffman) Smith. On Nov. 4, 1950, she married Jerry A. Finnegan at the St. Boniface Catholic Church in Ionia.
She was a 1949 graduate of Nashua High School, Nashua. Viola and her husband started the Finnegan Auto Parts Corp., and Viola later opened the Little Red Schoolhouse, both in Independence. She spent several years serving on the Parish Council at St. John’s Catholic Church in Independence, and was a member in the Sew & Sews.
Survived by: her children, Michael (Sue) Finnegan of Clear Lake, Mary (Scott Holmes) Finnegan of Hudson, Wis., James (Joan) Finnegan of Independence, and Theresa Finnegan of Shakopee, Minn.; her grandchildren, Christopher, Patrick, Nick, Tom, Katie, and Jackie Finnegan, Grady and Casey Finnegan-Holmes; a sister, Edna Carroll of Pueblo, Colo.; and many nieces and nephews.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 18, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Independence, with burial in St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery in Ionia. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory in Independence, with a 7 p.m. parish vigil service.
Condolences may be left at www.reifffuneralhome.com.
Viola was a talented artist, spending countless hours quilting and painting. She enjoyed all the arts and crafts she did throughout the years, but her family was where her heart was. She took an active role in her grandchildren’s lives, teaching them art, baking and sewing.