Obituaries and service notices in the Courier from today.
Dennis D. Kayser (1959-2019)
JESUP -- Dennis Dean Kayser, 59, of Jesup, died at home Thursday, April 11, of brain cancer.
He was born Sept. 10, 1959, in Independence, son of Anthony Joseph Kayser and Germain Catherine (Steils) Kayser. On April 3, 1982, he married Lisa Kay Schmitz at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Gilbertville.
He graduated from Jesup High School in 1977. Dennis worked in construction for a number of years until 1988 when he and Lisa opened their spray foam business, Arctic Seal. He was a member of St. Athanasius Catholic Church, Catholic Order of Foresters, and the Hook ‘n’ Liner Sportsman Club.
Survived by: his wife; three daughters, Kristi (Ryan) Bear of Summerville, S.C., Brittney (Jimmy) Hughes of Robins and Stacey (Jordan) Conrad of Jesup; four grandchildren, Laken Bear, Harper Bear, Hayden Hughes and Bryson Conrad; three brothers, Dan (Teresa) Kayser of Waterloo, Gary Kayser of Jesup and Kenny (Annette) Kayser of Denton, Texas; three sisters, Linda (Scott Morris) Kayser of Raymond, Karen (Rick) Kayser-Kemp of Tripoli and Sharon Kayser of Marion; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: his father, Anthony Kayser; his mother, Germain Decker; his stepfather, Charles “Chuck” Decker; and a brother-in-law, Darrell Schmitz.
Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 16, at St. Athanasius Catholic Church, Jesup, with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 15, at White Funeral Home, Jesup, where there will be a 4 p.m. rosary and 8 p.m. parish vigil service. Visitation will continue for an hour before services Monday at the church.
Memorials: will be directed to the church and Cedar Valley Hospice.
Condolences may be left at www.White-MtHope.com.
“Life is Good” - Dennis liked to be with his friends while hunting, ice fishing, and playing volleyball; he enjoyed watching his girls play sports; and he loved to be with his grandchildren.
Ramona June Leland
Ramona June Leland, 90, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in her adopted Lake Forest Place home in Lake Forest, Illinois.
Ramona devoted her life to her family and husband Judd, who passed last March, and is survived by Scott and Jane Leland and their son Isaac; Todd and Barbara Leland and their children Audrey, Julia and Henry.
Born in Waterloo, Iowa on February 22, 1929, Ramona grew up with her sister Wynona, and the aptly named “Moni & Noni” had a strong sister relationship that brought their families together often so their sons, Scott & Todd and Rusty & Rick, could play, laugh and learn during their childhood.
Ramona graduated from Waterloo East in 1947, married Judd on August 31, 1952, and they spent 66 memorable years together. Ramona joined Judd who was in the Army in Heidelberg, Germany, in 1956 where Scott was born, then Todd joined the family in 1959 in Waterloo. Moni tirelessly devoted her time to Judd and his career, and the boys as they participated in school, scouts and sports.
An active member of First Presbyterian Church in Waterloo, Iowa, Ramona became an elder of the church, was a committed leader in her PEO Sisterhood chapter devoted to the advancement of women, and an active participant in the Parents Teacher Association.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Geneva Foundation of Presbyterian Homes.
A reception in celebration of Ramona’s life will be held at Lake Forest Place at a future date to be announced by the family, to celebrate a woman who was regarded by all who met her as a true pleasure to be with and a treasure to know.
Info: Wenban Funeral Home (847) 234-0022 or www.wenbanfh.com
Forrest G. Mixdorf (1918-2019)
CEDAR FALLS — Forrest Glen Mixdorf, 100, of Cedar Falls, died Wednesday, April 10, at NewAldaya Lifescapes of natural causes.
He was born Sept. 19, 1918, on a farm south of Denver to Otto and Lena (Gielau) Mixdorf. He married Fern Rhea Barnard in 1945.
He graduated from Janesville High School in 1936. He served in the U.S. Army. Forrest worked as a mechanic for Tate Cadillac Olds until retirement. Forrest and Fern spent their winters in Orlando, Fla., for 25 years. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Survived by: a daughter, Nancy Mixdorf; a son, Glen Mixdorf; and a granddaughter, Stacey Conrad.
Preceded in death by: his wife; and a grandson, Jeffrey.
Services: No services are planned at this time. Burial will be in Garden of Memories. Parrott & Wood Chapel of Memories, an Overton Family Service, Waterloo, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials: may be directed to NewAldaya Lifescapes, 7511 University Ave., Cedar Falls 50613.
Condolences may be left at www.parrottandwood.com.
Forrest devoted his life to caring for his wife and family. He enjoyed fishing, woodwork and gardening. The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the caring staff at NewAldaya Lifescapes and St. Croix Hospice.
Rose Klunder (1944-2019)
GREENE -- Rose Marie Klunder, 74, of Greene, died Thursday, April 11, at MercyOne Waterloo Medical Center.
She was born on April 17, 1944, in Charles City, Floyd County, daughter of Harry and Dorothy (Parker) Merfeld. She married Richard William Klunder on June 2, 1962, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Roseville. He preceded her in death in 2011.
Rose graduated from Rockford High School in 1962. She became a homemaker and a mother, then worked at First State Bank of Greene; she worked as a teller for many years and then was promoted to manager. In 1996 Lincoln Savings Bank took over First State Bank. Rose remained working with LSB until her retirement in 2006.
She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and a member of St. Isidore Circle and made her talents available where needed.
Survived by: two daughters, Kelly (Rafael) Morales of Dike and Kara (Jim) Trotter of Aledo, Texas; three sons, Brook (Krisine) Klunder of Cedar Falls, Cameron (Nancy) Klunder of Albany, Ga., and Darin (Shelley) Klunder of Evensdale; 15 grandchildren, Ashley and Kelsey Morales, Noah (fiancee Beca Wardell) Klunder, Owen, Sara and Vada Klunder, Brandon (AC) Klunder, Whittney Hodge, Cody (Bri) Klunder, Brayden Klunder, Colton (Gina) Card, Jake, Dora and Lucy Trotter; a great-granddaughter on the way; three sisters, Sharon (Marlyn) Wunsch, Bonnie (Jim) Knapp and Nettie (Ron) Ascher, all of Greene; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Preceded in death by: her husband; a brother-in-law, Jim Meek; and her parents.
Services: 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 15, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Greene, with burial at the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today, April 14, at Retz Funeral Home, with a 7 p.m. Scripture service. Visitation will continue for an hour before services at the church on Monday.
Memorials: may be directed to the Rose Klunder Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 219, Greene 50636.
Condolences may be left at www.retzfh.com.
Rose liked to work puzzles, did crocheting, worked on her collections, and never missed an auction. She especially treasured the time spent with her children and grandchildren. Rose was very excited to have her first great- granddaughter on the way.
Lillian Fedler (Fee)
In loving memory of our Grandma Lil. You were a wonderful grandmother who we looked up to.
Your visits were business first and then the fun began. You are in our hearts forever.
Grandchildren, Haley Ashwood, two sons Martin (10), Emmanuel (7), MN and Stephanie Fee, CA.
Corrinne (Schneider) Fenelon Brody, 78, of Waterloo, passed away on March 14, 2019, after a brave fight against cancer.
She was born in Mason City, Iowa on January 21, 1941, the daughter of Louis and Mary (Dankbar) Schneider.
She lived in Waterloo for most of her adult life. She retired from Hawkeye Community College in 2001, where she was employed as a financial aid official, and she was previously employed in other public service positions for the City, County and State.
Following her retirement in 2001, she volunteered for several years for organizations in Waterloo and Cedar Falls, including at the AARP Tax Service, Waterloo Art Center, and the Cedar Falls Arts and Waterloo Community Theaters.
She married Joe Brody on June 4th, 2011.
She is survived by her daughter Becky Fenelon; her stepchildren Stacey Brody, Sterling (Jacque) Brody, Stewart (Pam) Brody, Spencer Brody, and Stephen Brody; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Catherine (Larry) Weir of Deerfield, Illinois, and her brother Carl Schneider of Manly, Iowa .
She was preceded in death by her husband Joe Brody on December 31, 2016; by her parents Louis and Mary Schneider; her brothers Cletus and Clement; and her infant sister Colleen.
She enjoyed reading, coloring, figuring out electronic devices, watching historical documentaries, and enjoying time with family and friends. She had a zest for life and learning, and always carried with her a sense of humor in her toolbox.
Services will be held on April 27, 2019, at 11 am, at the Central Christian Church, 3475 Kimball Ave., Waterloo, Iowa, with burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Manly at later date.
Service Notice: Randy Albrecht
NASHUA -- Randall Albrecht, 60, of Nashua, died at home Thursday, April 11; services 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 15, at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, Waverly, 352-1187, with burial at Warren Evangelical Cemetery, rural Waverly; visitation from 3 to 5 p.m. today, April 14, at the funeral home; memorials directed to the Albrecht family for a later designation; condolences left at www.kaisercorson.com.
Genevieve Clara (Eilers) Venenga passed away on April 11, 2019.
She was born on December 21, 1923, to Joe and Pearl Eilers in rural Wellsburg later moving to Dike, Iowa.
Genny attended and graduated from Dike High School. She later married Elgin Ray Venenga on March 2, 1944. They had two children; Gale (Dixie) Venenga and Karen (Kirk) Weichers. They were blessed with six grandchildren, two step grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, and six step great grandchildren.
Genny is survived by two sisters; Adele Pruin and Joyce Van Deest. She was preceded in death by her husband, two sisters Gladys Bowers and June Rhoads, and two brothers Marlyn Eilers and Kenny Eilers.
Funeral Services will be held Monday, April 15, at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Grundy Center at 2:00 PM. There will be no visitation.
Service Notice: Marie E. Speer
DUNKERTON -- Marie E. Speed Speer, 76, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Dunkerton, died Monday, Feb. 18, at UnityPoint-St. Luke's Hospice in Cedar Rapids; Celebration of Life open house from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Dunkerton Community Hall in Dunkerton; the family welcomes friends to come and share memories; Reiff Funeral Home, Independence, (319) 334-2501, is assisting the family; condolence left at www.reifffamilycenter.com.
Ronald J. "Ron" Anderson (1940-2019)
HUDSON — Ronald J. “Ron” Anderson, 79, of Hudson, died Sunday, April 7, at the Deery Suites at Western Home Communities in Cedar Falls.
He was born March 11, 1940, in LaPorte City, son of Estle and Agnes Marshall Anderson. He married Clare Nichting on May 18, 1968, in Houghton.
Mr. Anderson was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served with the Army Security Agency in Europe. He went on to work for NASA on the Apollo Space Program. After returning to Iowa, he became involved in banking for many years and was a co-owner of Cedar Knoll Mobile Home Park, retiring in 2001.
Survived by: his wife; two sons, James (Adriane) of Potsdam, Germany, and Ryan of Sacramento, Calif.; two granddaughters, Alex and Ingrid Anderson; three sisters, Evelyn (John) Wright of Waukee, Carolyn Hackett of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Cathey (Jack) Petersen of Waukee; and two sisters-in-law, Joan Hunold of Montrose and Marlene Nichting of Burlington.
Preceded in death by: his parents; a brother, Richard; three brothers-in-law, Harold Nichting, Harold Hunold and Alfonse Bentler; and two sisters-in-law, Mary Anderson and Barbara Bentler.
Memorial services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 19, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, with inurnment in Mount Olivet Cemetery, both in Waterloo. Full military rites will be conducted by the Iowa Army Honor Guard and the Waterloo and Evansdale AMVETS. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway. Visitation will continue for one hour before services at the church on Friday.
Memorials: may be directed to the family, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and Cedar Valley Hospice.
Condolences may be left at www.hagartywaychoffgrarup.com.
Ronald enjoyed traveling with his wife and sons, to many countries, here in the United States and many far off islands.
Raymond P. Hagarty (1943-2019)
JESUP -- Raymond Patrick Hagarty, 75, of Jesup, died Sunday, April 7, at Havasu Regional Medical Center in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
He was born Dec. 28, 1943, in Charles City, son of Patrick and Marjorie Hagarty. On Aug. 16, 1974, he married Arline Louise Cook.
Ray graduated from Columbus High School in 1962 and served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He later graduated from Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis.
Ray was a member of both Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Lake Havasu City, as well as St. Athanasius Catholic Church in Jesup. He was active with the Havasu 4 Wheelers social organization in Arizona and the Pump Scheer American Legion Post 342 in Jesup.
Survived by: his wife; three children, Wendy Hagarty of Denver, Dawn (Kyle) Radue of Long Beach, Calif., and Ryan (Shelia) Hagarty of Solon; five granddaughters, Chelsea Frost, Lexus Frost, Aurora Christner, Briar Rose Christner and Irelynd Hagarty; a great-granddaughter, Scarlett Flynn; and 12 siblings, Donna (Svend) Lash-Andersen, Tim (Sheri), Veronica (Lee) Mangrich, Dennis, Greg (Diana), Sheila Lehman, Kevin (Kristy), Maureen (Rod) Drexler, Marcia (Tony) Bedard, Steve (Diane), Brian (Diane) and Michelle (Bill) Noonan.
Preceded in death by: his parents; and a brother, Terry Hagarty.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 15, at St. Athanasius Catholic Church, Jesup, with burial at the church cemetery, with military rites conducted by Pump-Scheer American Legion Post 342 of Jesup. Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. today, April 14, at White Funeral Home, Jesup, where there will be a 2 p.m. parish rosary and a 6 p.m. parish vigil service. Visitation will continue for an hour before services on Monday at the church.
Memorials: may be directed to St. Athanasius Catholic Schools and Camp Courageous.
Condolences may be left at www.White-MtHope.com.
Ray was truly a "jack of all trades and master of all," as there was nothing he couldn't fix. He was an avid fisherman who loved spending time in Minnesota, fishing with his family. He also enjoyed tinkering at his shop, reading, finding a good garage sale and wintering at Lake Havasu City.
George A. Allen Jr.
George Allen passed away April 3, 2019, at the Iowa Veterans home in Marshalltown of Alzheimers. He was surrounded by family and passed peacefully in his sleep.
George was born on Feb 14, 1943, in Los Angeles, CA, to George and Margaret Allen. He served in the Navy and Army for 33 years and was a Vietnam Veteran. He worked for Bell Telephone for 31 years.
Survived by: wife Marsha; four children, Paul Allen, Marti (Dave) DeWitt, Jorji (Sean) McGrane and Abby Allen; grandchildren Miranda, Ryan, Dylan, Callum, and Keira; and great-grandchildren MaeAnna and Aria.
He is preceded in death by his parents George Sr. and Margaret Allen, sister Dorothy, and brothers Leland, Glen, Jerry, and Edward.
A celebration of life service will be held in June at Prince of Peace Church in Evansdale.
Ruth A. Matthews (1944-2019)
FAIRBANK — Ruth Ann Matthews, 74, of Fairbank, died Thursday, April 11.
She was born July 17, 1944, in Waterloo, daughter of Robert and Ida Mae (Ohl) Tabor. On Nov. 17, 1964, she married Gary E. Matthews at the Methodist Parsonage in Fairbank.
Survived by: her husband; a son, Robert (Patricia) Matthews of Hazleton; two daughters, Lori (Scott) Jergens of Fairbank and Sherrie (Timothy) Trumblee of Dolliver; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren with another on the way; and two brothers, Robert Tabor Jr. of Cedar Falls and Rex (Patsy) Tabor of Mullbery, Ark.
Preceded in death by: her parents; a grandson, Michael Trumblee; a great-granddaughter, Kimberly McClaren, two brothers, Larry Tabor and Gary Stern; and a sister, Sally Fintel.
Services: 10 a.m. Monday, April 15, at Woods Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today, April 14, at Woods Funeral Home, with burial in Fairbank Cemetery.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Condolences can be left at www.woodsfuneralhome.net.
Ruth Ann enjoyed creative arts, baking and being a fashionaire with all of her different purses that she picked up along the way. But most of all she was a dedicated wife, homemaker and a loving mother and grandmother.
Gary L. Sevey
Gary was born at Allen Memorial Hospital on Feb. 13, 1962.
He graduated from Central High School in 1980. He then enrolled at Ellsworth Junior College majoring in business administration & related courses. After graduating from Ellsworth he was offered a position with the Fastenal Company in Bloomington, IN., which he accepted.
Gary was preceded in death by his mother Lynn Gordish Sevey, his older brother Robert, & his younger brother Michael.
Gary is survived by his father Dewayne, Dewaynes partner Shirley Charles McCrea, both of Loveland, CO., & one aunt, Linda Sevey of Mora, MN.
Cause of death was heart failure. Locke Funeral Home in Waterloo is taking care of Gary’s burial in the Garden of Memories cemetery.
Robert Gray (1926-2019)
WATERLOO — Robert Gray, 92, of Waterloo, died Thursday, April 11, at Sunrise Care Center, Traer.
He was born Dec. 11, 1926, in Brandon, the son of Arthur Lee and Sophia Irene Bauer Gray. He married Roberta Weber on June 14, 1948, in Raymond.
Robert served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was employed at Rath Packing Co. for 34 years.
Survived by: his wife; a daughter, Connie (Joel) Cizek of Waterloo; three grandchildren, Angela (John) DeKoster, Charles (Carry) Cizek and Michael Cizek, all of Waterloo; six great-grandchildren, Katelyn, Caleb, Christopher, Madison, Caly and Charlie; and a great-great grandchild.
Preceded in death by: his parents; a daughter, Dawn in infancy; a brother, Ralph Gray; and a sister in infancy.
Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on South Street, where there will be a 5 p.m. Knights of Columbus rosary and 7 p.m. vigil service. Visitation also for an hour before services Wednesday at the church.
Memorials: may be directed to the church.
Online condolences may be left at www.hagartywaychoffgrarup.com.
Edgar Johnston (1926-2019)
WATERLOO — Edgar Alpheus Johnston, 92, of Inverness, Fla., died Monday, Jan. 28, at Vitas Healthcare Hospice Unit in Lecanto, Fla.
He was born on April 11, 1926, in Bonnots Mill, Mo., to Charles and Anna Marie (Vossen) Johnston. He married LaVerne Autenreith; she preceded him in death on Dec. 3, 1992. He then married Ruby Jane Norris; she preceded him in death on Jan. 13, 2017.
Edgar served in the U.S. Navy during World War II until 1946. He was a foundry worker at the John Deere Tractor Works in Waterloo for 32 years.
He was one of the first members of Falls Avenue Wesleyan Church in Waterloo and helped build the church building. He was also a fourth-grade Sunday School teacher for many years. He was a member of the Hernando Church of the Nazarene in Hernando, Fla.
Survived by: his son, Lorin (Sherry) Johnston of Sarasota, Fla.; a daughter, Alverna (Larry) Magee of Waterloo; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a brother, Wayne Johnston of Peculiar, Mo.; and two sisters, Mildred Baatz of Traverse City, Mich., and Dorothy Desmond of Jefferson City, Mo.
Preceded in death by: his first wife, LaVerne; second wife, Ruby Jane; a son, Terry Joe Johnston; a brother, Lincoln Johnston; and a sister, Loraine Ashton.
Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, at Kearns Funeral Service, Kimball Chapel, with burial at Garden of Memories Cemetery. Visitation will be for an hour before services at Kearns.
Memorials in lieu of flowers: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.kearnsfuneralservice.com.
He was a resident of Citrus County, FL for over 30 years after relocating from Waterloo. He collected and sold hubcaps. Edgar was generous, loving and loyal to God, his family, church family and friends. Telling and hearing jokes were a high priority. He was a good example to his family.
Service notice: Dianna L. Stoner
INDEPENDENCE -- Dianna L. Stoner, 67, of Independence, died on Friday, April 12, at Mercy One Waterloo; services 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17, at White Funeral Home, Independence; visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16; condolences left at www.White-MtHope.com.