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Burnetta F. Irvine


Burnetta F. Irvine, 84, of Cedar Falls, formerly of Buckingham, died Thursday, July 23, 2020, at the Western Home Thuesen Cottage. She was born July 10, 1936 to Charles E. and Winnie B. (Lunger) Worthen in Vinton. Burnetta graduated from Vinton High School in 1954. She married William “Willie” Irvine on May 22, 1955 at Vinton Presbyterian Church. After marriage, they made their home on the Irvine family farm in rural Buckingham for 46 years.

She is survived by a son, Tom (Jo) Irvine, of Buckingham; two daughters, Kathy (Don) Rasmusson of Cedar Falls and Connie (Harold) Crandall of Clinton; a daughter-in-law, Valerie Irvine, of Cedar Rapids; her grandchildren, Jeremy (Brandy) Crandall, Jenn Kraus, Jeffrey (EmmaLee) Crandall, John (Macayla) Rasmusson, Megan (Mitch) McAlister, Trisha (Austin) Gould; 13 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Burnetta was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Willie Irvine; her son, Mike Irvine; a grandson, Nick Irvine; a sister-in law, Mary Irvine; her parents, Charles E. and Winnie B. (Lunger Good) Worthen, and several brothers, sisters, and half-siblings.

Services will be private. Burial will be at Buckingham Cemetery near Traer. Memorials may be directed to the Western Home Thuesen Cottage or UnityPoint Hospice. Online condolences may be left at

Willie and Burnetta enjoyed square dancing, playing cards, and traveling. They took many cruises together, seeing places like Alaska, The Panama Canal, and New Zealand/Australia. They retired to Waterloo in 2001, later moving to the Western Home Communities in 2011. Burnetta was an avid reader, enjoyed puzzle books, cooking and baking, and water aerobics.

The family would like to thank the Western Home Communities Thuesen Cottage and UnityPoint Hospice for the love and care they provided Burnetta.

Eugene W. Buhr

Eugene W. “Gene” Buhr, 73, of Winthrop, Iowa died Tuesday afternoon, July 14, 2020 in Independence, Iowa. Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Monday, July 27, 2020 at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home, Oelwein. Visitation: 3:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Sunday and for one hour before the service on Monday at the funeral home. Interment: Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, rural Oelwein. Memorials and cards may be directed to the Buhr Family at 2421 Buffalo Creek Blvd., Winthrop, Iowa 50682. Online obituary at

Joan “Jo” M. Powelka


Joan “Jo” Marie Powelka, 67, of Janesville, passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at her home following a long, courageous battle with cancer.

Jo was born July 22, 1952, in Waverly, Iowa, the daughter of Paul and Henerena (Henrichs) Strauser. She was baptized and confirmed in Clarksville, Iowa. She graduated from Waverly-Shell Rock High School in 1970 and then attended Kirkwood Community College where she studied floral design. On October 14, 1972, she was united in marriage to Michael Powelka in Clarksville. To this union three children were born, Mike, Matt and Missy. Joan continued her schooling at Hawkeye Community College, first attaining her LPN and then her RN. She worked at Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community and then began at Allen Hospital in 1999. Jo used her special skills as a nurse in the mental health department, often comforting patients with her calming spirit. She retired in November of 2018.

Jo loved outdoor activities, most notably gardening, swimming and fishing in Minnesota. Spending time with her grandchildren was her greatest joy.

Jo is survived by her husband Michael “Mike” of Janesville, two sons; Mike (Tonia) Powelka of Cedar Rapids, Matt (Jenny) Powelka of Fort Collins, Colorado, and one daughter; Missy (Brendan) Getz of Marion, Iowa, six grandsons; Hudson and Lincoln Powelka, Jackson and Quinton Powelka, Landry and Linden Getz, two brothers; Daniel (Diana) Strauser, David Strauser, two sisters; Mary (Glen) Rocca and Jean (Mike) Osborn. She is preceded in death by her parents.

There will be no formal services at this time. Per her wishes, Jo has been cremated. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family. On-line condolences may be left at

Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly is in charge of arrangements. 319-352-1187.

Stacy M. Nitcher


Stacy Marie Nitcher, age 50, of Parkersburg, died Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at the Cedar Valley Hospice House, in Waterloo, after a long courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 27, 2020, at the First Reformed Church in Aplington with burial in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Parkersburg.

Visitation will be 4:00 7:00 p.m. on Sunday at First Reformed Church in Aplington, and one hour before services at the church.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home in Parkersburg is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be left at

Marian R. Haaf


WATERLOO – Marian Rose Haaf, 92, of Waterloo, died Monday, July 20, at her daughter’s home in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

She was born January 31, 1928 in Garner, daughter of Leonard and Caroline (Rayhons) Prohaska. She married Henry Charles (Chuck) Haaf on November 8, 1949 in Duncan, Iowa. He died October 20, 1995.

Marian graduated from Garner High School. She worked in credit unions and in a number of administrative roles in Waterloo businesses culminating in her retirement from Members Mutual Oil Company in 1992.

Marian was a beloved member of her Catholic community. She was involved in Catholic Daughters, Resurrection Choir and volunteered as a funeral planner for Saint Edward’s Church, helping families with funeral preparations at their time of loss. She was a long-time lector and communion minister. As a Befriender, Marian delivered communion and homilies to local hospitals, nursing homes and people unable to attend church services. Marian’s strength was in building relationships: she welcomed all as family. Marian’s greatest gift was to meet total strangers and treat them as old friends who walked away sharing her gift of love. Such a full life lived with a tremendous impact on her family and community ... so many lives made better by Marian and such a close family because of her.

Mom’s other passions included working in her yard to create a beautiful perennial surrounding that brought joy to herself and family and friends. There were fresh tomatoes and green beans in summer.

Survivors include: Laurie (Dan) Dimond of Maplewood, Minnesota; Linda Haaf-Hobson of Royal Oaks, California; Sherry Haaf (Betty Edwards) of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Nicholas Haaf of Dallas, Texas; Peg A (Steve) Schmidt of Denver, Iowa and Ted (Becky) Haaf of Shoreview, Minnesota; twelve grandchildren (Stephanie, Sarah, Caroline, Erin, Megan, Kristen, Tanasha, Melissa, Weston, Landon and Matt) and ten great grandchildren; two brothers, Arnold (Thelma) Prohaska of Clear Lake, Iowa and Robert (Doris) Prohaska of Garner, Iowa; and two sisters-in-law, Marlene (Kenny) Prohaska of Garner and Marlene (Raymond) Prohaska of Ames. She is preceded in death by: her parents: Leonard and Caroline; two sons: Daniel (Mary) Haaf of Iowa City, and David Haaf; and three brothers: Raymond and Kenny Prohaska and infant brother Leonard Prohaska.

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, July 28, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church, which may be viewed via St. Edward’s YouTube channel, Entombment will be in the Mt. Olivet Mausoleum. Public visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 27, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service, 400 South Street, Waterloo, Iowa 50701. The rosary will be at 4 pm with visitation after and a vigil service at 7 p.m. There is a limit of 50 people at one time at Hagarty Waychoff Grarup and social distancing and masks will be required during the visitation.

Memorials may be directed to: St. Edward’s Catholic Church or Columbus High School of Waterloo Iowa.

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Virgil M. Lindaman

Virgil Merle Lindaman, age 96, of Parkersburg, died Friday, July 24, 2020, at Unity Point Health in Waterloo, of natural causes.

Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at the Bethel Lutheran Church with burial in the Oak Hill Cemetery, both in Parkersburg.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday at Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home, and one hour before services at the church.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home in Parkersburg is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be left at

Joann L. Benda


WATERLOO—Joann L. Benda, 76, of Waterloo died Wednesday July 22 at home of natural causes. She was born January 2, 1944 in Cedar Falls, daughter of Thomas and Mary Schaffenburg Stokes. She married Robert “Daniel” Jones June 9, 1962 in Cedar Falls, they later divorced and remained good friends. Joann later married Cecil Trout in Waterloo; he died December 1, 1996. She later married Marvin Benda in Cedar Falls.

Joann attended Columbus High School. She was employed as a home health aide/housekeeper through her entire adult life.

Survivors include: her husband, Marvin; three sons, Donald (Tami) Jones of Cedar Falls, Michael (Gloria) Jones of Waterloo, Darren (Brenda) Jones of Waterloo; a daughter, Katherine (Timothy) Hildebrand of Georgia; three step-children, Mark (Serena) Benda of Marshalltown, Donnie (Glynis) Benda of Marshalltown, Billy (Aurelia) Benda of Malcom; eleven grandchildren, Zachary, Courtney, Elizabeth, Sarah, David, Justin, Matthew, Derek, Katelyn, Quinton, Logan, six great-grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren; and a sister, Carol “Jody” (Roger) Fox of Des Moines.

Preceded by: husband, Robert “Daniel” Jones, husband, Cecil Trout, a step-son, Benjamin Benda, a brother, James Stokes and a sister, Diana Helgeson.

Memorials may be directed to the family. A private family service and graveside is planned. Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on South Street is handling arrangements. Online condolences can be left at

Maxine K. Bright


Maxine Katherine Bright, 87, of Cedar Falls passed away at Western Home Community’s Martin Suites on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. She was born February 28, 1933, in Arlington, Iowa, daughter of Richard “Raymond” and Anna (Theesfeld) Astor. Maxine graduated from Arlington High School with the Class of 1951 and her first job was in Washington DC with the FBI. On December 26, 1952, she was united in marriage to William “Bill” Bright at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Arlington. They moved to Cedar Falls where Maxine worked for Cedar Falls Utilities, eventually becoming Manager of Marketing and Information Services before retiring in October of 1996 with 30 years of service.

Maxine was preceded in death by her parents; and 9 siblings: Eleanor Rice, Ellen Longnecker, William Astor, James Harry Astor, Mary Laverne Lawson, Dorothy Fliehler, Walter Astor, Marvin Astor and Irene Astor (in infancy). She is survived by her husband of nearly 68 years, Bill of Cedar Falls; her son, Michael Bright of Whitehall, MI; 2 daughters, Cheryl (Kim) Skibsted of Urbandale, Iowa and Kelley (Perry) Larsen of Bellingham, WA; 2 grandchildren, Vaughn and Ava Larsen; 1 brother, Dr. Gary (Joanne) Astor of Fort Dodge; and a sister-in-law, Sonya Astor of Cedar Rapids.

Maxine’s funeral service will be held at 10:30 am on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at Nazareth Evangelical Lutheran Church with visitation prior to services from 9:30-10:15 am. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery of Cedar Falls. Attendees are asked to bring and wear a mask and practice social distancing. Memorials may be directed to Christian Crusaders or Cedar Valley Hospice and condolences may be left at

After retiring, Maxine and Bill enjoyed travel including visits to Australia, Tasmania, China, Thailand, Alaska and Maui. They also wintered in Arizona for many years. Maxine was an active member at Nazareth Lutheran Church while her health allowed and a member of the Altrusa Club since 2000.

Eugene A Bentley


Eugene Archie “Gene” Bentley, 91 of Evansdale died July 20, 2020 at NorthCrest Specialty Care, Waterloo of natural causes. He was born April 22, 1929, the son of James Bentley and Mary Nelson.

He attended East High School and joined the Army serving from 1952-1954 during the Korean War where he was a cook. He worked at Rath Packing Co. for 35 years before retiring. Gene married Betty Dalton in 1950. They later divorced in 1969. They had two children, Mark Bentley and Michelle Sherwood. Eugene met Faith Niedert in 1992. They enjoyed Bingo, camping, fishing, flea markets, auctions, spending time with family and friends.

Gene is survived by Faith; children, Mark Bentley and Michelle Sherwood; three grandchildren, Trisha (Jeff), Lisa (Chris), and Crystal (Charlie); and twelve great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother Ernie Bentley; and one great grandson, Brenan.

A family directed service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

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Keith A. Young


WATERLOO – Keith A. Young, 70, of Cedar Falls, died Monday, July 20, at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home.

He was born September 2, 1949, in Waterloo, the son of Keith and Donna (Rose) Young. He married Theresa “Teri” Saul December 31, 1981, in Caledonia, Minn.

Keith graduated from West High School in 1967, and received his B.S. in Computer Science in 1988. He was employed by UNI for 18 years as the Manager—Systems Programming.

Survived by: his wife, Teri of Cedar Falls; two sons, Keith “Tony” (Cyndi) Young of Waterloo and Matthew Young of Waterloo; a daughter Morgan (Zack Strub) Young of Ames; four grandsons, Zander and Zach Young and Silas and Reece Strub; his father, Keith Young of Waterloo; two brothers, Don (Melinda) Young of Cedar Falls and Bob (Christine) Young of Lino Lakes, Minn.; a sister, Diane (Brian) Hunnicutt of Green Bay Wisc.; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: his mother, Donna Young; brother, Ken Young; a nephew, Christopher Hunnicutt, and a sister-in-law Sherri Westphal.

A private immediate family memorial service will be at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway. A public visitation will be from 4-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

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Keith will be remembered for his unique sense of humor and always having a Pepsi nearby. He enjoyed James Bond marathons, watching NASCAR with his wife, or helping his family and friends with home improvement needs. He had a fascination for trains, and even hopped aboard one and rode all the way to Vinton. He shared that love with his grandkids, sitting on the floor building tracks with them. Keith always wore jeans and a T-shirt. We encourage visitors to wear jeans or casual dress.