Obituaries and service notices in the Courier.
William E. Lux (1925-2019)
MANCHESTER — William Edward Lux, 93, of Delhi, formerly of Hopkinton and Manchester, died at home Friday, Feb. 8, of cancer.
He was born Oct. 17, 1925, in Hopkinton, son of Russell Ellsworth and Jean Jewell (Kirkwood) Lux. He graduated in 1943 from Hopkinton High School and enrolled at Cornell College in Mount Vernon. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943-1946. He married Rosemary A. Craven on June 15, 1947, in South Bend, Ind. She died in 2010. He married Marcheta Roberta (Furman) Cooey on June 16, 2012. He received his bachelor’s degree in poultry husbandry from Iowa State University. He and his brother, Robert, owned and operated Lux Leghorn Land Farms.
Survived by: his wife, Marcheta Cooey Lux of Delhi; a brother, Robert Kirkwood (Gloria) Lux of Scottsdale, Ariz.; two sons, James William (Annette Andrews-Lux) Lux of Clinton, Wash., and David Andrew (Cindy) Lux of Cedar Falls; a daughter, Julia Kay (Craig) Thompson of Strawberry Point; a daughter-in-law, Patrice Lux of Louisville, Ky.; a stepson, Ralph (Donna) Cooey of Longmont, Colo.; a stepdaughter, Deborah (Tracy) Knake of Delhi; a stepdaughter-in-law, Barb Cooey (Danny) Shaffer of Potosi, Wis.; 13 grandchildren, Chris Lux, Christina Lux, Joshua (Trisha) Lux, Matthew (Claire) Thompson, Jared (Leah) Thompson, Mark (Carrie) Thompson, Anna (Sam) Danforth, Jonathan Thompson, Caleb (Susan) Lux, Christian Thompson, Nathan Lux, Shannon Lux, and Ashlyn Lux; 10 stepgrandchildren, Jim (Linda) Pingel, Jody Cooey, Ryan (Monica) Cooey, Justin (Cali) Thole, Kamin Loney, Candace (Dave) Meredith, Tyler (Katie) Cooey, Breana (Carson) Ray, Miranda (Adam) Kracke, and Austin (Kathleen Galloway) Knake.
Services: 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at the United Methodist Church in Manchester, with burial with military funeral honors at 2 p.m. Monday at Hopkinton Cemetery, Hopkinton. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today, Feb. 10, at the church and for an hour before services.
Condolences may left at www.leonard-mullerfh.com.
Herbert Ludwig (1918-2019)
WATERLOO — Herbert Francis Ludwig, 101, of Waterloo, died Friday, Feb. 8.
He was born Jan. 10, 1918, in Oyens, son of Mike and Mary (Mae Kestel) Ludwig. He married Agnes Ryan of Le Mars on April 29, 1943. Herbert graduated from high school at St. Mary’s in Remsen in 1935 and Western College in Le Mars in 1941. Following college he moved to Waterloo and worked at Rath Packing Co. He joined the U.S. Navy in January 1943. He spent three years in the Pacific during World War II mostly on the Destroyer USS Grayson and was discharged from the Navy as a lieutenant in December 1945. He then returned to Rath’s until the spring of 1945 when he started farming south of Waterloo on Hess Road. He and Agnes retired from farming and moved to Friendship Village in May 2001.
Herbert was also the chairman of the board for the new church at St. Mary’s of Mount Carmel in Eagle Center from 1974-1976 and in 1963 was a leadership member from Eagle Center for the addition to Don Bosco High School.
Survivors: four daughters, Anne (Leslie) Ludwig of San Francisco, Calif., Leah (Robert) Ladley of Eustis, Fla., Lois (Robert) Snyder of Green Bay, Wis., and Jane (Mark) Martin of Sioux Falls, S.D.; a daughter-in-law, Linda Ludwig of Waterloo; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: his wife; a son, Steven Ludwig; a daughter, Elizabeth Ludwig; four brothers, Joseph, Alphonse, Norman, and Clarence Ludwig; and a sister, Esther Tentinger.
Services: 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at St. Edward Catholic Church with burial in St. Mary of Mount Carmel Cemetery, Eagle Center. Full military rites will be conducted by Gilbertville American Legion Nugent Demuth Post 714, assisted by the Naval Honor Guard. Visitation is 3 to 7 p.m. today at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on South Street, where there will be a 3 p.m. rosary and 6 p.m. vigil service. Visitation is also for an hour prior to services at the church.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Edward Catholic Church or the Pavilion at Friendship Village on Park Lane in Waterloo.
Online condolences at www.hagartywaychoffgrarup.com
Jeraldine 'Jeri' Brenning (1946-2019)
WATERLOO – Jeraldine L. “Jeri” Brenning, 72, of Waterloo, died Friday, Feb. 8, at MercyOne Waterloo Medical Center.
She was born Nov. 25, 1946, in Waterloo, daughter of John R. Sr. and Lorene Embrey Proctor. She graduated from Waterloo East High School in 1965 and from Pitzies Cosmetology school in 1966. Jeri married William Leonard “Bill” Brenning; they later divorced. She then married Bob Wehmeyer; they later divorced. She met Bill Ruder in 2009 and they were engaged in October 2018.
She was a cosmetologist for several years; she also worked at Home Shopping Network for several years. Jeri was a para-educator in the Waterloo Community School District for 10 years. She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and Wednesday Night Ladies Club.
Survivors: a son, Troy Brenning of Ankeny; a daughter, Traci (Sean) Hewitt of Waterloo; four grandchildren, Hunter and Sydney Brenning of Ankeny, Jacob Hewitt of Columbia‚ Mo., and Hannah Hewitt of Waterloo; a brother, John “Butch” (Jeannie) Proctor of Elk Run Heights; and her fiancé, Bill Ruder of Waterloo.
Preceded in death by: her parents.
Celebration of Life Gathering: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13. at Lighthouse Lounge, Waterloo. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, with a 6 p.m. time of sharing at Locke Funeral Home.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials to MercyOne Waterloo Cancer Treatment Center.
Online condolences at www.lockefuneralhome.com.
Jeri loved music and dancing. Her grandchildren were her life, and she loved supporting them in all their activities. Shopping was a favorite pastime, especially with a coupon! She was a social butterfly and loved adding friends to her network. Time spent with her family and friends was always cherished.
Tanis L. Diedrichs (1939-2019)
CEDAR FALLS — Tanis Lee Diedrichs, 79, of Cedar Falls, died Monday, Feb. 4, at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital in Waterloo.
She was born April 16, 1939, in Sterling, Neb., daughter of Alvin and Letitia (Barnell) Wolff. She married Robert Diedrichs on June 12, 1957, in Sterling.
Tanis graduated from Sterling High School in 1956 and taught for a year at Saunders Creek school, District 11. She attended the University of Nebraska, UCLA, Santa Monica City College, and graduated in 1968 with a degree in history from the University of Northern Iowa. She was a member of Nazareth Lutheran Church, American Association of University Women, United Sisters chapter of Networking Together Inc., and Black Hawk Gem and Mineral Society.
Survived by: her husband; a daughter, Judy (Patrick Van Nice) Diedrichs of Des Moines; a son, John of Cedar Falls; two grandchildren, Gemma and Andrew Van Nice; three sisters, Sandra Wolff of Lincoln, Neb., Charlene Nebel of Houston and JoAnn (Dennis) Trout of Lincoln; and two brothers, Robert (Denise) Wolff of Sterling and John (Joyce) Wolff of Lincoln.
Preceded in death by: her parents; a sister, Mary Jane; and a brother-in-law, Don Nebel.
Services: 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at Nazareth Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls. Visitation is 2 to 4 p.m. today, Feb. 10, at Richardson Funeral Service and for one hour before services at the church.
Memorials: may be directed to Friends of Sabeel, North America or The Salvation Army.
Condolences may be left at www.richardsonfuneralservice.com.
Tanis actively supported human rights and was a founding member of “Iowans for a Free Palestine.” She loved her family, was a devoted mother, and enjoyed her grandchildren.
Service Notice: James L. "Fuzz" O’Brien
GREENE -- James Leonard "Fuzz" O’Brien, 69, of Greene, died Thursday, Feb. 7, at Floyd County Medical Center in Charles City; services are pending at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St., Greene, (641) 823-4457; condolences at www.retzfh.com.
Evelyn Faye Brecunier (1929-2019)
CEDAR FALLS — Evelyn Faye Brecunier, 89, of Cedar Falls, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City.
She was born Oct. 17, 1929, in Grundy County, daughter of Herman and Jenny (Harrenstein) Boike. She married Robert I. Brecunier on Nov. 26, 1948, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. He died Aug. 6, 2018.
She was a homemaker; had an independent postal route; and managed the office at Car-vets Sales and Service in Waterloo, which she owned with her husband, until they retired in 1994.
Survived by: four sons, Larry of Cedar Falls, Douglas of Waterloo, Bret of Frederika, and Stuart (Angie) of Dunkerton; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Norman (Greta) Boike of Waterloo.
Preceded in death by: two brothers, Roger and Russell Boike; and two sisters, Carol McGrane and Betty Graybill.
Services: 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at Richardson Funeral Service with burial in Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens, both in Cedar Falls. Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. today, Feb. 10, at the funeral home and for one hour before the service.
Condolences may be left at www.richardsonfunealservice.com.
Evelyn was an amazing cook. Whether you were good or bad you always got dessert. She always put family first before her own needs; was on top of her game, doing crosswords, Sudoku, and the ultimate champion at “Wheel of Fortune.” She taught us so much and will live on in all of us.
Service Notice: Theodore A. Ross
WATERLOO -- Theodore Allen Ross, 26, of Waterloo, formerly of Hudson, died at home Thursday, Feb. 7; services 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Parrott & Wood Chapel of Memories, an Overton Family Service, 232-3235, preceded by visitation from 1 to 3 p.m.; memorials may be directed to the family; condolences at www.parrottandwood.com.
Ruth Paige (1931-2019)
REINBECK — Ruth Selma Paige, 87, of Reinbeck, died Feb. 2 at Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo.
She was born May 17, 1931, in Aplington, daughter of Rudolph and Harmka (Mohlendorp) Lancelle. She married Lawrence A. Paige on June 15, 1950, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua.
Ruth graduated from Aplington High School in 1948. She worked as a lunch lady for the Reinbeck Community Schools for many years.
Survived by: her children, Vicky (Steve) Arends of Cedar Falls, Barb (Rick) Storjohann of Norwalk, Jeff (Kai) Paige of Grand Island, Neb., Mike (Renee) Paige of Waterloo, Matt (Karla) Paige of Bondurant, and Tony (Amy) Paige of Yukon, Okla.; 22 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
Preceded in death by: her parents, husband, infant son Scott, four sisters, and three brothers.
Services: a private inurnment ceremony will be held at a later date. Abels Funeral And Cremation Service, French-Hand Chapel, is assisting the family.
Memorials: may be directed to the G-R Comm School District, with “Lunch Acct-Ruth” in the memo line, to 300 Cedar St., Reinbeck 50669.
Condolences may be made at www.abelsfuneralhomes.com.
Ruth’s time was most enjoyed spending it with her family and friends. She was a die-hard Cubs fan and enjoyed reading in her spare time.
John C. Brown
Key Largo, Florida
John Camery Brown passed away on January 22, 2019 after a short illness. He lived in the Florida Keys for the last 40 years.
He was born on Sept. 25, 1934 in Cedar Falls, Iowa, graduated from the University of Northern Iowa and later was on the art faculty at UNI as a painting instructor. He will be fondly remembered by many students and faculty. During the 60’s and 70’s John exhibited and won recognition and awards throughout Iowa, including first prizes at various art exhibits and museums: the Des Moines Art Center, McNeider Gallery in Mason City, the Waterloo Art Center and Luther College.
Opening a new chapter of his life, John moved to Colorado and set out on other adventures. He married his sweetheart, Pam (Quegg), traveled the West in their VW van, sailed down the Mississippi and moved to Florida. From then on they were always together.
John was passionate about art—especially abstract painting—and spent the next 40 years making more art. He had an inquisitive mind and creative spirit, leading him to other pursuits including jewelry making and the making of his beloved hand-made teddy bears.
Although his life’s love was art, John and Pam shared a love of play including snorkeling, basketball, tennis, and eating at his favorite Keys’ restaurants. Their home and garden gave them great joy. He lived mindfully and savored each moment with passion. He is fondly remembered for his big smile and booming cheerful voice.
John is survived by his wife Pam Brown of Key Largo, a son David Brown of Anchorage, Alaska, a daughter Camery (Randy) Juhl and a grandson Nicholas (Kendall) Juhl of Fletcher, North Carolina. He is also survived by his brother Donald (Allie) Brown, a nephew Alex (Erin) Brown of Portland, Oregon, and two brothers-in-law David (Elizabeth) Quegg of Iowa City, Iowa and Bruce Quegg and a nephew, William (Tammy) Quegg of Cedar Falls, Iowa.
A private celebration and scattering of ashes at John’s favorite spot in Yellow River Forest in NE Iowa will be held in June with friends and family.
Memorial donations may be made in John C. Brown’s name for the care of his favorite elephants Peggy and Mabel to Zoo Miami Foundation, 12400 SW 152nd St. Miami FL 33177. Memorials may also be sent online at www.donate.zoomiami.org (attn. John C. Brown)
Condolences and memories may be sent to Pam at email@example.com
Jeffrey Dean Marvin
Jeffrey Dean Marvin, 59, passed away after a sudden illness on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.
Jeffrey was born July 16, 1959, in West Union, Iowa to Robert and Mary Kay (Swenson) Marvin. He graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 1977 and attended Iowa State University.
Jeff’s family was important to him. He loved people and made friends easily. He remained a fan of Iowa State athletics and enjoyed attending the Downtown Farmers’ Market. Jeff was a member of the Masons and Shriners. He appreciated and was drawn to Native American culture and collected many items of significance. He was loving and sentimental and saved memorabilia from important moments in his life.
Jeff is survived by his parents, Robert and Mary Kay Marvin; sister, Elizabeth (Mark) Ball; brother, John (Paula) Marvin; aunt, Judy Woods; uncle, Dick Marvin; special friend, Susan Gavlock; and other extended family and loving friends.
Jeff has been cremated. A graveside service will be held near his birthday in July at Grandview Cemetery in Fayette, Iowa.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to NAMI of Iowa, 511 E 6th St., Ste. B, Des Moines, IA 50309 or NAMI of Black Hawk County, Allen Hospital, 1825 Logan Avenue, Waterloo, IA 50703. A special thank you to the Pact Team at Eyerly Ball for their diligent support of Jeff.
Condolences may be expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.
Service Notice: Beverly J. Gallatin
WATERLOO -- Beverly J. Gallatin, 72, of Mahomet, Ill., formerly of Waterloo, died Monday, Feb. 4, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis; services 11 a.m. Feb. 18, at Nazareth Evangelical Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls, with burial at 2:30 p.m. in Homewood Cemetery, Ellsworth; visitation 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 17, at Locke Funeral Home, Waterloo, 233-6138, and for an hour before services at the church; condolences at www.LockeFuneralHome.com.
Rhonda Groninga (1954-2019)
WELLSBURG — Rhonda Groninga, 64, of Wellsburg, died Friday, Feb. 8, at Grundy County Memorial Hospital.
She was born March 13, 1954, in Eldora, daughter of Claus and Frances (Nederhoff) Primus. She graduated from Wellsburg High School in 1972. She married Randy Groninga on July 18, 1973, at First Christian Reformed Church.
Survivors: her husband; a daughter, Natalie (Chris) Osore; a granddaughter, Mya; a brother, Rollin (Bern) Primus; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: her parents; and her father-in-law, Virgil Groninga.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at First Christian Reformed Church in rural Wellsburg with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Abels Funeral and Cremation Service, Doyen-Chapel in Wellsburg is assisting the family.
Memorials: to the family.
Online condolences at www.abelsfunealhomes.com.
Rhonda was known for her love for kids by coaching, bus driving, attending Iowa State Cyclone games with her family, watching Mya’s activities and watching her grow.
Margaret Caley (1928-2019)
WATERLOO — Margaret Caley, 90, of Waterloo, died Thursday, Feb. 7, at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital, Waterloo.
She was born Nov. 17, 1928, in New Hartford, daughter of Clifford and Grace (Carolus) North. Margaret married Stanley Hermansen and they were later divorced. She married William Caley and they were later divorced. Margaret attended school in New Hartford. She received her LPN degree and worked at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo for many years.
After retirement, Margaret worked at Products Unlimited in Guttenberg, and later for Cabela’s in Prairie du Chien, Wis.
Survivors: a daughter, Kathi Heide of Waterloo; a son, Chuck Hermansen of Seattle, Wash.; two grandchildren, Dustin and Matthew Heide; a brother, Robert (Jeanna) North of Cedar Falls; two sisters, Winifred Gilbert of Waterloo and Sharon (Don) Feckers of New Hartford; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: her parents; a daughter, Debra Hermansen, and a sister, Carol Nelson.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at Fredsville Lutheran Church, rural Cedar Falls. Visitation is 2 to 5 p.m. today, and one hour before services Monday, at the church.
Memorials: to the family.
Online condolences at www.DahlFuneralHome.com.