Obituaries and service notices published in the Courier today.
Service Notice: Ronald E. Kratchmer
WAVERLY -- Ronald E. Kratchmer, 84, of Waverly, died Sunday, Sept. 8, at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital in Waterloo; visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, Waverly, 352-1187; cremation will follow the visitation with inurnment at a later date in Harlington Cemetery in Waverly; memorials may be directed to the family for a later designation; condolences at www.kaisercorson.com.
Cheryl Mae Joy
Cheryl Joy, 72, of Waterloo, died Wednesday, August 28 at Hospice Home from small cell lung cancer.
She was born November 26, 1946 in Waterloo, daughter of Benjamin and Dorothy Dawson Beasley.
For most of her life, she was employed in the janitorial industry. Often working two jobs. She retired from Friendship Village.
Survivors include a daughter, Roxanne (Michael) Balvanz of Cedar Falls; grandchildren, Brittney Joy of Waterloo, Alexis, Finneran, Sage, and Iley Balvanz of Cedar Falls.
Preceded in death by her parents, a stepfather, Richard “Dick” Scheel, a brother, Marvin “Dean” Beasley, and an infant daughter, Kimberlee Sue Eighmey.
No services were held following cremation.
Cheryl loved her family and spending time with her grandchildren. She also, just recently became a new fur-grandma to a special little white puppy named Benny, that would light up her final days. Along with her two “babies”, kitties, Nikki, and Cyrus.
Memorials may be directed to Hospice House.
Steven J. Seelhammer
CEDAR FALLS – Steven J. Seelhammer, 57, of Cedar Falls, died at home Monday, Sept. 9.
He was born Sept. 12, 1961, in New Hampton, son of Robert and Harriet (Adams) Seelhammer.
He graduated from New Hampton High School in 1979 and earned his BA in physical education from the University of Northern Iowa in 1984. He taught two years in Illinois, then was a teacher and coach for 28 years in Rosenberg, Texas. He retired from teaching in 2014 and became a coach and para educator at Peet Junior High in Cedar Falls. Currently, he was the athletic director and a coach at St. Patrick Catholic School in Cedar Falls.
Survived by: two brothers, Jack (Jane) Seelhammer of North Washington and Rick (Susan) Seelhammer of Waterloo; two sisters, Linda (Gary) Steven of New Hampton and Brenda (Shawn) Bartz of Cedar Falls; six nieces and nephews, Robb (Jenn) Steven, Matt (Siri) Steven, Amanda (James) Uhlenhake, Andrew Seelhammer, Trevor and Austin Bartz; eight great-nieces and nephews; his stepfather, Joe CaPaul of Waunakee, Wis.; and three stepsiblings, Christy (Ron) Barman and Joe (Debbie) CaPaul, both of Waunakee, and Cathy (Dave) Tutton of Palmyra, Wis.
Preceded in death by: his parents; and a stepbrother, Dan CaPaul.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Cedar Falls. Visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at Richardson Funeral Service, where there will be a 4 p.m. rosary. Visitation also for one hour before services at the church. Burial will in St. Mary’s in North Washington.
Memorials: may be directed to St. Patrick Catholic School athletic programs.
Condolences may be left at www.richardsonfuneralser vice.com.
John Kates of West Des Moines lost his battle with cancer September 6th, 2019.
Please see full obituary at www.desmoinescremation.com.
Wilma A. Blosch
WATERLOO — Wilma A. Blosch, 75, of Waterloo, formerly of Purcel, Okla., died Friday, Sept. 6, at MercyOne Waterloo Medical Center.
She was born April 4, 1944, in Waterloo, daughter of William and Alice West Bunce. She married Harry D. Blosch on Sept. 14, 1968, in Evansdale; he died Dec. 9, 2007.
Survived by: two sons, Harry J. (Kameo) Blosch of Perry and Scott (Jan) Blosch of Tuttle, Okla.; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and a sister, Leona Herman of Evansdale.
Preceded in death by: her parents; her husband; two sisters, Viola “Vi” Zingg and Iola Greathouse; and a brother, Arthur “Bud” Shannon.
Graveside services: were at 10 a.m. today, Sept. 10 at Garden of Memories Cemetery. Garden View Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Raymond S. Diekman
CEDAR FALLS — Raymond S. Diekman, 93, of Cedar Falls, died Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home of Waterloo.
He was born Jan. 26, 1926, son of Harm and Effie (Nederhoff) Diekman. He married Evelyn Ann Cordes on April 8, 1945, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Parkersburg.
Ray attended schools in Parkersburg. Ray and Evelyn made their home in Cedar Falls where he built homes, then worked for Viking Pump first as a machinist then in research and development. He retired from Viking in 1988 and returned full time to being a farmer.
Survived by: his wife; two children, Dolores (Arlin) Zevenbergen of Waterloo and Larry Diekman of Washburn; six grandchildren, Matt (Angie) Baish, Tony (Liz) Baish, Melissa McNamara, Jeremie Diekman, Jody (Terry) Zevenbergen and Kelly (Karen) Zevenbergen; 16 great-grandchildren, Aaron, Christopher, Kaylee, Anna, Lauren, Mallory, Jacob, Ashlynn, Jonah, Nicole, Zachary, Samantha, Mackenzie, Jill, Rachel and Kacey; 10 great-great grandchildren; and his siblings, Clarence (Erma) Diekman of Parkersburg, Marianne (Dennis) Kieweit of Grundy Center and Harvey (Terry) Diekman of Seattle.
Preceded in death by: his parents; and a grandson, Terry Zevenbergen.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at St. John Lutheran Church of Cedar Falls, with an hour of visitation prior to the service. Burial will be in Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens of Cedar Falls.
Memorials: may be directed to St. John Lutheran Church of Cedar Falls or Samaritan’s Purse at https:/www.samaritanspurse.org/our-ministryonate-online.
Condolences may be left at www.dahlfuneralhome.com.
Ray and Evelyn enjoyed a variety of music along with dancing. Ray enjoyed visiting with anyone he met. He was incredibly skilled and enjoyed buying salvage vehicles to restore and woodworking. Ray loved animals and working with his Angus and Normandy cattle. Most of all, Ray loved Evelyn and his family.
Eugene "Gene" Stauffacher
CEDAR FALLS – Eugene “Gene” Stauffacher, 70, of Cedar Falls died Sunday, Sept. 8, at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo.
He was born Sept. 5, 1949, in Ames, son of George R. Stauffacher Jr. and Marlene R. (Johnson) Stauffacher. He married Bernice (Weers) Robinett on Sept. 11, 1978, in Independence.
Eugene graduated from Cedar Falls High School and served in the U.S. Army. He was a truck driver with Elliot Brothers in Dysart for over 20 years, retiring in 2009; and a lifetime member of Cedar Falls AMVETS Post 49.
Survived by: his wife of Cedar Falls; a daughter, Christine Niedert of Cedar Falls; a son, Thomas (Jill) Robinett of Cedar Rapids; seven grandchildren, Tanner Peters, Derick Niedert, Shaleen (Dakota) Figi, Daniel Robinett, Nick Lange, Waverly Robinett and Sophia Lange; a brother, Roger (Sue) Stauffacher of Burlington; two sisters, Vicky (Stan) Gorsh of Henderson, Nev., and Peggy (Craig) Jamerson of Arizona; and a son-in-law, Jesse Jones of Evansdale.
Preceded in death by: his parents; a daughter, Julie Jones; and a son-in-law, Brian Niedert.
Visitation: Family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Richardson Funeral Service, with graveside services following at 2:15 p.m. at Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens, both in Cedar Falls. Military honors conducted by the Cedar Falls AMVETS Post 49 Honor Guard and the Iowa Army National Guard.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.richardsonfuneralservice.com.
Service Notice: Sharon A. Jones
SUMNER -- Sharon Ann Jones, 72, of Sumner, died Saturday, Sept. 7, at Community Memorial Hospital in Sumner; memorial services 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sumner; visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 and for one hour before services Saturday, both at church; memorials be made in Sharon's name to SEMS; Becker-Milnes Funeral Home, Sumner, (563) 578-3451; condolences at www.beckermilnesrettig.com.
Lois R. Lorenz
TRAER – Lois Rose Lorenz, 95, of Ames, formerly of Traer, died Saturday, Sept. 7, at Green Hills Health Care in Ames.
She was born June 8, 1924, on a farm in rural Gladbrook, to Harry and Esther (Bruene) Seydel. She married Lyle Lorenz. He preceded her in death in 1976.
She graduated from Gladbrook High School in 1941. She attended Iowa State University and AIB in Des Moines. Lois worked in the office of Rath Packing Co for over two years before her marriage. Lois and her husband farmed near Lincoln, Traer and Reinbeck for 32 years. Lois was a 50 plus year member of Amity Church, Order of the Eastern Star and AAA Auto Club. After retirement, she delivered floral arrangements for several years for Mitchell’s Flower Basket and C & C Flowers in Reinbeck.
Survived by: three daughters, Linda Johnson of Ames, Lisa (Mike) Thompson of Traer and Lori (Ron) Huebner of Newburgh, Ind.; a granddaughter, Catlin Thompson of Waterloo; a sister, Phyllis Smith of Ames; a nephew, Brian (Fazia) Smith of Miami Beach, Fla.; and several cousins and friends.
Preceded in death by: her parents; her husband; three sisters, Marjorie Frey, Joyce Seydel and Barbara Seydel; two brother-in-laws, Kenneth Frey and Gerry Smith; and a son-in law, Larry Johnson.
Memorial services: noon Saturday, Sept. 14, at Amity Presbyterian Church, rural Reinbeck, preceded by visitation from 10 a.m. to noon. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Gladbrook.
Memorials: may be directed to the family in care of Lisa.
Condolences may be directed to www.grandonfuneralandcremationcare.com
She enjoyed flowers, gardening, clipping recipes, cooking and visiting with family and friends.
Service Notice: Harry N. Henry
WEST UNION -- Harry Norman Henry, 80, of West Union, died Friday, July 26, at Community Memorial Hospital in Sumner; Celebration of Life and gathering 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at West Union Fire Department, West Union; Burnham-Wood-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of West Union, (563) 539-2170.
Mark F. Brinkman
JANESVILLE — Mark F. Brinkman, 74, of Janesville and formerly of Allison, died Friday, Sept. 6, at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital, Waterloo.
He was born Sept. 29, 1944, in Charles City, son of Gesina Christina (Eilers) and Chris J. Brinkmam. He graduated from Allison High School in 1962. Mark then entered the U.S. Air Force where he served until his honorable discharge in 1966. On Aug. 5, 1967, Mark married Linda L. Lantz at Methodist Church in Greene.
Mark started work at John Deere in 1966, retiring in June of 2004. Prior to retiring, Mark was proud of his final project with Deere where he traveled to Toronto, Canada, as a consultant in the design of the robotic cab weld line. Mark also worked as the YWCA Camp Ranger and then the caretaker at the Girl Scouts camp, both near Janesville.
He was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Janesville and served on the Janesville City Council for many years.
Survivors: his wife; three children, Michelle Lehr of Janesville,, Kris Brinkman of Waverly, and Sara (Brad Johnson) Mullinix of Hazleton; four grandchildren, Shelby, Dawson, Lillian and Jameson; and a brother, Darrel (Janell) Brinkman of Hampton.
Preceded in death by: his parents; stepfather, Bill Schneiderman; and a grandson, Taylor Lehr.
Memorial Services: Per his wishes, Mark’s body has been cremated. A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Messiah Lutheran Church, Janesville. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, Waverly, is assisting the family, 352-1187.
Memorials: to the family for later designation.
Online condolences at www.kaisercorson.com.
He enjoyed fishing and H.O. model trains. But most of all, Mark loved time with his grandkids and family time, especially at the lake.
WATERLOO — Jane Ester Marie Martin, 77, of Waterloo, died Friday, Sept. 6, at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital.
She was born Sept. 15, 1941, in Waterloo, daughter of Harry and Gladys (Faust) Hinz. She graduated from Hudson High School in 1960. Jane worked as a telephone operator for Bell Telephone Co., for Rath Packing, and at John Deere for 27 years, retiring in 1999.
She married John Martin on Nov. 30, 1991, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. She was a member of Whitetails Unlimited and Ducks Unlimited.
Survivors: two daughters, Robyn Rager of Waterloo and Charla (Matt) Byram of Waverly; four grandchildren, Chelsie Byram, Trevor Byram, Tim (Lia) Byram, and Zachary Duran; a great-granddaughter, Lanae; two sisters, Marcy (Ken) Kristensen of Hudson and Rose (Chuck) Demuth of Waterloo; and a brother, Harold Hinz of Denver.
Preceded in death by: her parents; her husband; three brothers, Jerry, Dale, and Richard Hinz; and her dog, Lucy.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Parrott & Wood Chapel of Memories, Waterloo, with burial in Garden of Memories Cemetery. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the funeral home.
Memorials: to the family or UnityPoint Hospice.
Online condolences at www.parrottandwood.com.
She enjoyed fishing, gardening, dirt-track racing, watching pool league, and spending time with her family. She also took great pride in tending to her neighbors.
CEDAR FALLS – Mary Hall, 91, of Cedar Falls, died Friday, Sept. 6, at UnityPoint-Allen Hospital.
She was born to Peter and Martha Surly on March 28, 1928. She married Dale Martin Hall on June 3, 1947.
Mary worked for Chamberlain Manufacturing Facility in Waterloo. In retirement, she was active with her church and enjoyed celebrating her Norwegian heritage, including active involvement with The Sons of Norway.
Survived by: a daughter, Linda Goings of Cedar Rapids, two grandchildren, Matt Goings of Milwaukee and Jen Goings of Marion; and a daughter-in-law, Diane Czapla Hall of Indianola and her two children.
Preceded in death by: her parents; three brothers, Glen, Ray and Clifford; her husband; and a son, Mark.
Services: 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Waterloo. Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the church. Parrott & Wood Chapel of Memories, Waterloo, is assisting the family.
Memorials: may be directed to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.
Condolences may be left at www.parrottandwood.com.