A compilation of all of the obituaries in the Courier today.
Rebecca K. Smith
Rebecca Smith left on her own terms on 08-14-2019 after a short illness.
So how did this start?
Becky was 92, so it started long ago. She was the daughter of Fred and Marie Herron.
She graduated from high school and married Charles “Chuck” Smith, the captain of the West High baseball team. She did like a man in a uniform as she sent him off to war in a uniform in 1944.
Now, for the good stuff:
Told jokes that made even the strongest bladder leak a bit.
Voracious reader with a propensity for historical fiction.
She did a bunch more stuff but the cost of this is getting out of hand so suffice it to say she was loved by her friends and family.
Survived by her husband Chuck of Waterloo, son Steve of Iowa City, and daughter Teresa who finally found a home in LA.
Per request there is no service planned. She has donated her small but strong body to medical science and she did have her hair done shortly before her death.
Becky’s chosen memorials as follows:
Cedar Valley Hospice
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah
After an amazing, miraculous and inspiring journey through life, Richard A. Friedemann peacefully passed away at home surrounded by his loving family. His 92 years began in Krakow, Poland as the 2nd child of Leon Friedmann & Lilla Friedmann (Frischer). After a short idyllic childhood in a home filled with love, good food and art, the Nazis invaded Poland and tore their lives apart forever. Initially, Richard and his mother fled to Lvov, while his father and brother Zygmunt were called up by the Polish Army reserve. After a short stay in Lvov, the Soviets invaded from the east. Richard and his mother Lilla fled back to Krakow. They were re-united with the rest of the family with Poland now under Nazi rule. The family was denounced by a traitorous neighbor, the gestapo arrived and the family was forced from their home with only a few items. They fled to a nearby village located near Krakow. In the village they were hidden by a widowed Christian woman (Mrs. Adela Pilch). Unfortunately, the Nazi’s einsatzgruppen began investigating the village. Not wanting to endanger the Pilch family, the Friedmann’s traveled back to Krakow, where the family was forced to separate. Lilla was denounced and was murdered in a notorious prison in Krakow. Leon and Richard were swept up and imprisoned in Plaszow Concentration Camp. Richard’s brother Zygmunt came to Plaszow after being caught spying for the British. Richard’s father was murdered in Plaszow camp. The night after his murder, Richard and Zygmunt pulled their father’s body from the cart destined for the mass grave, crawled under an internal wire and buried their father in a hand-dug grave. After Plaszow, Richard and Zygmunt began a hellish journey through Auschwitz-Birkenau, Dachau, Kaufering-Landsburg, Augsburg, and the underground Messerschmitt-werke facility. Surviving numerous brushes with death, Richard and his brother were forced on a death march from one of the sub-camps in April of 1945. The march was designed to kill prisoners through exertion. Those that survived the march were led to a clearing in the woods near Klimach, where they were to be murdered. A U.S. bomber squadron flying over the area spotted the execution field, popped smoke and alerted a nearby tank destroyer unit of the situation. The U.S. unit (part of the Rainbow Division) rolled up on the site and saved the survivors of the concentration camp from execution. After liberation Richard joined the Polish Guard, hoping to return to his beloved Poland. Unfortunately, the communists had already infiltrated and taken control of Poland. The Polish Guard unit was put on a train that was ostensibly going to Poland; however, the train was diverted and it became apparent to some on the train that Russia was the real destination. Richard and a small group of others jumped from the train. Those that remained on the train were most likely executed by the NKVD. Upon his return to the U.S. base, Richard was offered transport to the U.S.A., which he accepted.
Shortly after his arrival, he joined the U.S. ARMY and served honorably during the period of the Korean Conflict in Battery C, 169th AAA BN. After the war, he began his schooling and worked a number of jobs. One particular job had him working as a cook in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. During his first summer of work there, he met his future wife Katharine Oliver. During his second summer in Old Orchard Beach, he proposed and was married to his beloved wife Katharine in 1954. He continued his schooling at the University of Rhode Island and received his BA in 1956. In the same year his first child, Karen was born. He later earned his master’s degree in Social Work from Simmons College in June of 1958. In 1960, his son Mark was born. Shortly after Mark’s birth the family moved from New England to Iowa and Richard began his professional career as a pyschiatric social worker. During his professional life, Richard assisted so many people it is difficult to count. He saved numerous people from suicide and counseled scores of people with serious mental, physical and emotional problems. He was very involved in the civil rights movement and in a catholic charity at St. Edwards in Waterloo, Iowa that was focused on renovating homes for impoverished families. He wrote a number of papers including a definitive group therapy program for single-mothers on welfare. He was active in the community sponsoring art exhibits and taking part in the foreign exchange program, hosting several different foreign students. He was an avid collector of art and loved traditional Polish folk music and modern music, especially Pink Floyd and the Doors. His charitable works are too numerous to count. During his years of work in Waterloo, he would travel to Vinton, Iowa on Mondays after work to counsel patients in the hospital for little or no pay. He adored his family, making up stories to tell his children at bedtime, including “Jonathan the Brave” and “Peppi the Pirate”. Richard exposed his family to art, culture and travel, taking them on numerous vacations including trips to almost every single state in the Union.
He was an obsessive stamp collector, amassing a huge collection of covers and stamps. So much so, that he was forced to open a business selling stamps and covers at stamps shows around the country where he accumulated more stamps, but more importantly many life-long friends. Richard’s past history remained a mystery to his children until 1996, when his legal efforts to win back his home in Poland finally succeeded. During that year, he took his son Mark to Poland to reclaim his home and while there, revealed the terrible history of his early life. In addition to his past history, Richard also introduced Mark to a number of old and new Polish friends and Polish culture itself. His life was kept secret from his children out of fear that history might repeat itself. Part of that secret included his Jewish heritage. His children were born and raised catholic as Richard had a strangely significant interaction during his time in the concentration camps. During his time in Auschwitz-Birkenau, he was in an isolation cell when a voice from the adjoining cell gave him words of encouragement and faith. Richard found this event odd and it formed a lasting memory. Later in Dachau while in a similar cell, a voice spoke up from the next cell over. It was the same words of encouragement. Richard was astonished and asked who it was that was speaking to him and if this person had been in Auschwitz. It was a catholic priest, who had miraculously been the one in Auschwitz as well. His name was Father Harte and this strange encounter formulated Richard’s conversion to Catholicism. Richard and his loving wife Kay moved from Iowa to Florida in 1984, living in the Jacksonville area until 2016. He was a member of the Polish-American club there and treasured his time dancing, drinking and conversing with his fellow Poles. He was a true patriot to America and to Poland. In 2016 he moved to Tallahassee to live with his son Mark, as his beloved wife was ill and her care was becoming difficult. Richard, Mark and Karen returned to Poland in 2018 for the publication of Richard’s book (in Polish) “One of Many” and to continue the long hard work of restoring the family home. Lucid, witty and brilliant to the end, he spoke so lovingly of his wife of 65 years, proudly saying, “Look at my beautiful wife”. She is beautiful and now we’re also looking at the beautiful life you lived.
Proceeded in death by Leon, his father, Lilla, his mother, Zygmunt, his brother and his extended family in Poland. Also proceeded in death by Dorothy Oliver, Jean Turner, Perry Turner and John Conroy. He loved them all.
Survived by his wonderful wife Kay, his daughter Karen, his son Mark, his daughter-in-law Chitnuchar, 2 grandchildren, Jessica and Shane and 4 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Janet Conroy, the awesome Conroy clan and the three wonderful Turner sister’s. His love for you all is immense.
Services for this humble and incredible man will be held on Saturday, August 31st at 1:30 pm at the MeadowWood Memorial Park, 700 Timberlane Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32312.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alzheimer Project in Tallahassee, Florida.
Caleb M. Holman
WATERLOO – Caleb M. Holman, 30, of Waterloo, formerly of Waverly, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, at home.
He was born March 2, 1989, in Waterloo, son of Ronnie D. and Judy M. Frickson Holman. Caleb graduated from Waterloo East High School in 2007. He worked for the Waterloo Community School District for 11 years.
Survivors: his father, Ronnie (Barb) Holman of La Porte City; his mother, Judy Holman-Rinnels of Waverly; a brother, Corey (Karrie) Holman of La Porte City; a stepsister, Nicole Rinnels of Denver; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Preceded in death by: his maternal grandparents, Caroline and Richard Frickson; and paternal grandparents, Alice and Charles Holman Jr.
Celebration of Life Memorial Service: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at Locke Funeral Home, Waterloo. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Locke Funeral Home, Waterloo.
Memorials: to the family.
He enjoyed BMX bikes, dirt bikes, motocross, and skateboarding. He liked tinkering in his garage. He rode with Team AlcoHawk in RAGBRAI for several years. He also did Jingle Cross for a few years.
Service Notice: Kathleen A. Meyer
WAVERLY -- Kathleen Ann Meyer, 70, of Waverly, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, at Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community; private family graveside services were Saturday, Aug. 24, at Garden of Memories in Waterloo; condolences left at www.kaisercorson.com; Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, Denver, (319) 984-5379, is assisting the family.
Mae June Rappold
SUMNER — Mae J. Rappold, 95, of Sumner, died Friday, Aug. 23, at Hillcrest Home, Sumner.
She was born May 28, 1924, in Sumner, daughter of Martin and Anna (Krug) Westendorf. She graduated from Sumner High School. On Nov. 16, 1947, she married Eugene Rappold at St. John Lutheran Church.
Mae worked as a telephone operator prior to owning and operating the Sumner Locker, with her husband. Mae was a lifetime member of St. John Lutheran Church, where she was very active as a Bible school teacher, Sunday school teacher, and treasurer of the Ladies’ Circle. She was involved with the Sumner Women’s Club and participated in a Square Dance Club for 30 years.
Survivors: two daughters, Jeanine (Lloyd) Johnson of Tucson, Ariz., and LuAnn (Steve) Schumacher of Tucson, Ariz.; four grandchildren, Joshua (Lauren) Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colo., Angela (Ryan) Minnig of Englewood, Colo., Jennifer (Nick) Rienstra of Tucson, Ariz., and Bradley (Katie) Schumacher of San Francisco, Calif.; six great-grandchildren, Andrea and Justin Johnson, Catherine and William Minnig, and Nathan and Ella Rienstra; and a nephew, Wayne (Cheryl) Wenthe of Hawkeye.
Preceded in death by: her parents; her husband on Feb. 5, 2018; and a brother, Loyd.
Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner; burial in the church cemetery. Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home, Sumner, and for one hour preceding services at the church.
Memorials: the family for later designation.
Online condolences at www.beckermilnesrettig.com.
Gene and Mae were honored as Grand Marshals of the Sumner Days parade in 1998, and would later be recognized as the Honeymoon couple in 2010. The couple were blessed with 70 years of marriage. Mae enjoyed oil painting, sewing, gardening, playing golf and playing cards.
Service Notice: Patricia M. Sparks
LA PORTE CITY -- Patricia M. Sparks, 90, of La Porte City, died Thursday, Aug. 22, at La Porte City Specialty Care; services 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at St. Paul United Methodist Church, with burial in West View Cemetery, both in La Porte City; visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at La Porte City Funeral Home, 342-3131, and an hour before services at the church; memorials directed to St. Paul United Methodist Church, 501 Sycamore St., La Porte City 50651. Condolences may be expressed at www.KearnsFuneralService.com.
WATERLOO —- Eleanor Gallacher, 83, of Harpers Ferry, formerly of Waterloo, died Friday, Aug. 23, at Veterans Memorial Hospital Emergency Room, Waukon.
She was born April 28, 1936, in Girvan, Scotland, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth O’Brien Coltart. She married Alexander Collin Gallacher Oct. 31, 1954, in Girvan, Scotland. He died Jan. 10, 2014.
Eleanor was an accountant and a homemaker.
Survivors: two sons, Alex R. (Marli) of Bailey, Colo., and Dan (Kara) of Readlyn; a daughter, AnnMarie (Tom) Williams of Waterloo; five grandchildren, Bree (Mike Garcia) Gallacher, Alex Williams, Kaelan Gallacher, Dakota East and J.J. Gallacher; two great-grandsons, Aidan and Issac Garcia.
Preceded in death by: a sister, Patricia Coltart.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church with burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery, both in Waterloo. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway, and continue for one hour before services at the church.
Memorials: to Blessed Sacrament Church or St. Ann-St. Joseph Church, Harpers Ferry.
Online condolences at www.hagartywaychoffgrarup.com.
Donald "Duke" LeRoy Huisman
PARKERSBURG — Donald “Duke” LeRoy Huisman, 87, of Parkersburg, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, at Parker Place in Parkersburg of natural causes.
He was born March 21, 1932, in Parkersburg, son of William T. and Tena (Getting) Huisman. On June 18, 1951, he married Corrine Cole at Calvary Baptist Church in Parkersburg. She died Feb. 27, 2006.
Don graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1951. He and his wife lived in Parkersburg their entire marriage. He had worked at Clay Equipment in Cedar Falls for 16 years and worked part-time for the city of Parkersburg as a police officer for five years. In 1973, Don was appointed full-time as a Parkersburg police officer, serving the community for 26 years and retiring as sergeant in 1994.
Don was a member of the Hope Reformed Church in Parkersburg.
Survived by: a son, Rick Huisman of Gladbrook; two daughters, Elaine (Gary) Froiland of Stewartville, Minn., and Shelley (Martin) Teig of Rockaway Beach, Mo.; eight grandchildren, Jennifer (Jeremiah) Henrichs, Jodi Shimp, Kelly (Dave) Hellman, Joshua (Leah) Froiland, Jessica Froiland, Amanda Teig, Adreane (Michael) Culotta and Caleb (Kalynne) Teig; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Delbert “Stub” Huisman of Parkersburg; and a sister-in-law, Vivian Huisman of Centerville.
Preceded in death by: his wife; a son, Floyd Huisman on Nov. 5, 1979; his parents; two sisters, one in infancy, and Laverne (Fred) Everts; a brother, Alvin Huisman; and a sister-in-law, Inez Huisman.
Services: 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at the Hope Reformed Church, with burial at the Oak Hill Cemetery, both in Parkersburg. Visitation will be for an hour before services Monday at the church. Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home in Parkersburg is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Online condolences may be left at www.redman-schwartz.com.
Don enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and a good game of chess or cribbage. He liked to watch sporting events and cheered on the Cubs and Hawkeyes. In more recent years he enjoyed the company of his dog, Daisy. He loved his family and was always there for them.
Eileen L. Dvorak
WATERLOO — Eileen L. Dvorak, 80, of Waterloo, died Thursday, Aug. 22, at NorthCrest Specialty Care.
She was born Aug. 24, 1938, in Cresco, daughter of Lester E. and Eleanor Van Dan Acker Ferrie. She married Eugene F. Dvorak on Sept. 21, 1957, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waterloo.
Eileen graduated from OLVA in Oelwein. She was a homemaker and volunteered with Allen Hospital and the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. She also was a volunteer with the Salvation Army for more than 20 years, and was named Volunteer of the Year.
Survivors: her husband; two sons, Ronald (Tammy) and Thomas (Lynn), both of Waterloo; three daughters, Debra Schake of Waterloo, Katherine Dvorak of Voorhies, and Ann Smith of Evansdale; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren and a brother, Robert (Sue) Ferrie of Plainfield.
Preceded in death by: two brothers, Thomas and Gary Ferrie; and two sisters, Lois Walitshek and Donna Landis.
Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway with burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at the funeral home, where there will be a 4 p.m. rosary and a 7 p.m. vigil service. Visitation will continue for an hour before services.
Memorials: to the family.
Online condolences at www.hagartywaychoffgrarup.com.
WAVERLY — John Kalainoff, 101, of Waverly, died Thursday, Aug. 22, at Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community, Waverly.
He was born July 20, 1918, in Logan County, N.D., son of Nicolai “Nick” and Tatiana “Anna” (Grekoff) Kalainoff. On Oct. 4, 1941, he married Madeline Wilson at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waterloo. She preceded him in death in 1999.
John graduated from Plainfield High School. He and his wife farmed for six years at Jamestown, N.D., then farmed in the Clarksville and Alta Vista communities from 1953 until retirement in 1989. In retirement, they lived in Denver. After his wife’s death, John continued to live in Denver until becoming a resident at Bartels in 2016.
Survived by: two daughters, Karen (Jim) Crigler of Arizona and Patricia (Bill) Buss of Denver; a son, Robert (Rhonda) Kalainoff of Clarksville; eight grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: his parents; his wife; three sisters, Minnie, Doris and Ethel; and three brothers, George, Matt and James.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at St. Mary Catholic Church, with burial at Willow Lawn Cemetery in Plainfield. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly, where there will be a 7 p.m. Scripture service. Visitation will also be for an hour before services at the church.
Memorials in lieu of flowers: to St. Mary Catholic Church or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Online condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com.
John loved to farm and was an avid conservationist. During his farming years he was active within the NFO (National Farming Organization). In his free time, he enjoyed flying airplanes and especially enjoyed time spent with his family.
Ryan P. Keegan
LA PORTE CITY — Ryan Patrick Keegan, 43, of La Porte City, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, at MercyOne Medical Center Waterloo as a result of injuries sustained in an accident.
He was born Nov. 16, 1975, in Waterloo, son of Richard “Dick” and Constance “Connie” Schmit Keegan. He was a 1994 graduate of Union High School in La Porte City and attended Hawkeye Community College for agriculture technology.
He married Audra Jean Schmitz on Aug. 29, 1998, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in La Porte City. Ryan worked at P&K Midwest in Keystone as a service technician and owned and operated Ryan’s Repair Inc. in La Porte City.
Survivors: his wife; two daughters, Alexa Jean and Alivia Katherine, both at home; a son, Jace Ryan at home; his parents of La Porte City; three brothers, Kevin (Michelle), Keith (Darcy),and Neal (Katy), all of La Porte City; three sisters, Denise (Todd) Clark of La Porte City, Leta (Dan) Schmit of Jesup, and Angi (Todd) Fischels of La Porte City; father- and mother-in-law, Dan (Donna) Schmitz of La Porte City; a brother-in-law, Lance Schmitz of Grand Junction, Colo.; and two sisters-in-law, Annette (Ryan) Franzen of Grand Junction, Colo., and Alicia Schmitz of La Porte City; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: paternal grandparents, Robert (Kathryn) Keegan; maternal grandparents, John (Sally) Schmit; and a nephew, James Keegan.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial in the West View Cemetery, both in La Porte City. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1021 Poplar St. La Porte City, and one hour before the service. La Porte City Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements, 342-3131.
Memorials: to the family, where a memorial fund will be established.
Online condolences at www.kearnsfuneralservice.com.
Roberta 'Bert' Rockwood
WAVERLY — Roberta “Bert” Edna Rockwood, 88, of Waverly, formerly of Janesville, died Friday, Aug. 23, at Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community, Waverly.
She was born Dec. 11, 1930, in Denver, daughter of Robert and Edna (Lamprecht) Schmidt. She was raised in Janesville by her mother and stepfather, Charles Koepke. She graduated from Janesville High School. On Aug. 5, 1950, she married Donald Rockwood at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Waverly. She worked for National Tobacco in Waterloo and Henke Manufacturing in Janesville, retiring in 1975. Don passed away in 2010 and Bert continued to live in Janesville for a year before becoming a resident at Linden Place in Waverly.
Bert was a charter member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Janesville.
Survivors: two daughters, Brenda (Rand) Watson of The Villages, Fla., and Julie (Mark) Burkhardt of Cedar Falls; four grandchildren, Sarah (Jason Sable) Burkhardt of Mineral Point, Wis., Holle (Chris) Maricle of Dewitt, Greg Watson of Fort Dodge, and Gretchen Watson of Des Moines; and four great-grandchildren, Rory, Soren and Beckham Maricle and Finn Burkhardt Sable.
Preceded in death by: her husband; parents; stepfather, Charles Koepke; in-laws, George and Josephine Rockwood; two sisters, Ruth Stumpf and Gladys Southworth; two stepbrothers, Casper (Cap) Koepke and William Koepke; and a stepsister, Leona Bowles.
Services: Private graveside services will be held in Oakland Cemetery in Janesville. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly is in charge of arrangements, 352-1187.
Memorials: to the family.
Online condolences at www.kaisercorson.comm.
She loved to play cards and was proud of her extensive (104 piece) collection of Hummel figurines. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Service Notice -- Kaye Anne Rindels
WATERLOO -- Kaye Anne Rindels, 51, of Waterloo, formerly of Bristow, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, at MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center; services 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at Sietsema Vogel Funeral Home, Dumont, (641) 857-3303, with burial at Oak Hill Cemetery, rural Bristow; visitation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at the funeral home; condolences left at www.sietsemavogelfuneralhomes.com.
Marlys M. Sage
DUNKERTON — Marlys Marjorie Speer Sage, 95, of Madison, Wis., formerly of Dunkerton, died Aug. 3 at Oakwood Village University Woods-Covenant Oaks in Madison.
She was born April 23, 1924, at her parents’ home in Geneseo to Rodney S. Speer and Helen (Merritt) Speer. She married Harlan R. Sage on Aug. 15, 1943, at Mount Hope Methodist Church of rural Bennington Township. He preceded her in death.
She graduated from Dunkerton High School. Marlys earned a degree from Gates Business College in Waterloo in secretarial skills. Shortly after their marriage, Marlys and her husband moved to Washington D.C., where Harlan was stationed with the U.S. Navy. While in Washington Marlys was employed as a secretary at the Naval Research Station. With the end of World War II the couple returned to Dunkerton and began farming. Several years later they began the small business of Dunkerton Appliance where Marlys did the bookkeeping. In the late ‘50s Harlan took a job with Burroughs Corp. and the couple made several moves around the country. They retired to Lake City, Minn., then moved to Keokuk and back to Madison.
Survived by: her children, Brian (Jane) Sage of Angle Inlet, Minn., Greg (Judie) Sage of Nelson, Wis., Sharon (Colin) Godding of Madison, Wis., Joel (Mary Beth) Sage of Dover, Ark., and Kim (Dan) Bemis of Monroeville, Ohio; 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; her sister, Harriet (Speer) Wheeler; and her brother, Robert (Judy) Speer.
Preceded in death by: her parents; her husband; her daughter, Becky (Sage) Olmsted; her son-in-law, William Olmsted; her brother, Darrell Speer; her sister, Phyllis (Speer) Grady; two brothers-in-law, Loren Grady and Henry Wheeler; her brother, Oliver Speer; and her sister-in-law, Marie (Speed) Speer.
Luncheon gathering in memory of Marlys: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 21 at 5604 Schenk Road, Waterloo.
Memorials: may be directed to Agrace HospiceCare Inc. or Oakwood Foundation-University Woods Grounds Fund, both in Madison.
She also enjoyed gardening, cooking, reading, needlecrafts, stained glass, and playing cards. Marlys especially enjoyed times gathered with family and the many friends she acquired in the various places she lived.
WAVERLY — Sharon Kay Keeling, 73, of Waverly, died Aug. 10 at Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community, Waverly.
She was born April 1, 1946, in Nashua, daughter of Ernest and Ella (Fisher) Cagley. She married Gene Lee Keeling at the Little Brown Church in Nashua on May 22, 1964. He preceded her in death.
Sharon attended school in Nashua. She worked at the Sheffield Inn as manager and at housekeeping jobs including GMT before it turned into TDS Automation.
Survived by: a son, Thomas Keeling of Waverly; two daughters, Sheila (Jim) Jones of Waterloo and Sheri (John) Sturm of Belmond; seven grandchildren, John, Emily and Donnica Keeling, Kayla and Zach Sturm, and Jacob and Alex Jones; a great-granddaughter, Caroline Odem; a brother, Rolland (Marlys) Cagley of Nashua; and a sister, Patricia Dietz of Charles City.
Preceded in death by: her husband; her parents; a sister, Phyllis Thompson; and a brother, Glenn Cagley.
Celebration of Life: from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at Sharon’s home, 215 Second Ave. SE, Waverly. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly is assisting the family with arrangements.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Online condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com.
Sharon liked to go on vacation with her husband to Custer National Park in South Dakota. Her favorite was when they went to Canada. She liked to play cards with family and friends, bird watching, and watching television. What gave Sharon the most joy was spending time with her family.
WATERLOO — Georgia J. Rossin, 86, of Waterloo, died Thursday, Aug. 22, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City.
She was born July 1, 1933, in Winona, Minn., daughter of George and Thelma (Thompson) Todd. She married Hubert L. Rossin on June 18, 1950, in Minnesota City, Minn.; he died Sept. 1, 2013.
Georgia attended school in Wiscoy Valley, Minn. She was a member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church for more than 50 years.
Survived by: seven children, Susan (Tom) Kane of Byron, Minn., Sherry (Jim) Rodemeyer and Michael (Jenny) Rossin, both of Waterloo, Sandra (Brad) McMahon of Jefferson City, Mo., Todd Rossin of Waterloo, Mark (Melissa) Rossin of Stafford, Va., and Shelly Strickler of Waterloo; 17 grandchildren, Summer, Chantel, Abe, Ben, Sarah, Amber, Adam, Noah, Tessa, Samuel, Leslie, Paul, Nick, Ashley, Hannah, Jade and Libbie; 26 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; two brothers, Gerald Todd of Fountain City, Wis., and Donald Todd of Trempealeau, Wis.; and two sisters, Lois Muson of Trempealeau and Carol Muller of Winona.
Preceded in death by: her parents; her husband; two brothers, Kenneth Todd and Richard Todd; and a sister in infancy, Patty.
Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church of Waterloo, with burial at Garden of Memories Cemetery. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at Kearns Funeral Service, Kimball Chapel.
Memorials in lieu of flowers: to the family; a memorial fund will be established
Online condolences may be left at www.kearnsfuneralservice.com.
Georgia’s unwavering faith in Christ was shown through her grace and love for others, raising generations of children both her own and those she welcomed into her life. She had a special gift of always reaching out; to family and to those in need.