A compilation of obituaries and service notices in the Courier.
Service Notice: Ronald J. "Ron" Anderson
HUDSON -- Ronald J. "Ron" Anderson, 79, of Hudson, died Sunday, April 7, at the Deery Suites at Western Home Communities in Cedar Falls; 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 by the Iowa Army Honor Guard and the Waterloo and Evansdale AMVETS; visitation from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway, 233-3393; visitation also for an hour before services at the church on Friday; memorials directed to the family, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and Cedar Valley Hospice; condolences at www.hagartywaychoffgrarup.com.
Paul A. Foglesong
ELK RUN HEIGHTS — Paul A. Foglesong, 66, of Elk Run Heights, died Saturday, July 13, at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital following a lengthy illness.
He was born April 15, 1953, the son of Orville and Irene Lawrence Foglesong. He married Terrie McBride on Sept. 19, 1987, in Waterloo.
Paul was a 1971 graduate of Waterloo East High School. He worked for Lucas Asphalt and then worked for Lister Concrete for 28 years, retiring in 2015.
He was a Boy Scout and a board member for Celebration First Assembly of God.
Survived by: his parents, Orville Foglesong and Irene Piehl, both of Ottumwa; his wife; three sons, Cory (Heidi) of Waterloo and David and Bruce (Kelsey), both of Evansdale; six grandchildren, Spencer, Sabree, Sayge, Araceli, Maricela and Natalia; two half brothers, John and Jim Piehl, both of Ottumwa; and two stepsisters, Sandy (Dewayne) Jacobson of Waterloo and Susan Thode of Cedar Falls.
Preceded in death by: a half brother, Mark Piehl.
Memorial services: 11 a.m. Thursday, July 18, at Celebration First Assembly of God, with inurnment at a later date in the Garden of Memories Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time at the church. Kearns Funeral Service Kimball Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Online condolences may be left at www.kearnsfuneralservice.com.
Paul collected children’s farm equipment and Dickens’ era train sets.
WATERLOO — Darlene Yvonne Thein Levis, 81, died Sunday, July 14, at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital.
She was born Aug. 18, 1937, in Austin, Minn., daughter of John E. and Agnes Majerus Thein. She married Robert J. “Bob” Levis on Sept. 26, 1964, in Waterloo.
Darlene graduated from St. Mary’s School. She worked as a secretary at Rath Meat Packing Plant for 10 years, before becoming a homemaker.
Survived by: her husband; two daughters, Ann (Mike) Crawford and Carol Levis, both of Cedar Falls; two sons, William “Bill” Levis of Cedar Rapids and David Levis of Waterloo; three grandchildren, Andrew, Matthew and Brandon Crawford; a brother, Tom Thein of Waterloo; and two sisters, Pat Schmitt of Cedar Falls and Gladys (Ken) Kessler of Venice, Fla.
Preceded in death by: her parents; two brothers, Ron and Bill Thein; and two sisters, Donna Rogers and Judy Ovel.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, with burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on South Street and for an hour before services at the church Saturday. There will be a 4 p.m. rosary and a 7 p.m. vigil, both on Friday.
Memorials: may be made to Cedar Valley Hospice or to the family.
Online condolences may be left at www.hagartywaychoffgrarup.com.
Phillip J. "Pete" Smith Jr.
WATERLOO — Phillip J. “Pete” Smith Jr., 78, of Waterloo, died Sunday, July 14, at Pinnacle Specialty Care.
He was born Sept. 21, 1940, in Independence, the son of Phillip Sr. and Geraldine Mitchell Smith. He married Eileen Kurt. They later divorced. He then married Alice Picht on April 23, 1979, in Waterloo.
Pete was employed by John Deere for 29 years in the foundry, a stock chaser, and a truck driver before retiring in 1995. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a member of the UAW and AMVETS.
Survived by: his wife; three daughters, Lorna Anderson of Waterloo, Michelle (John) Osterhaus of Cedar Falls and Lisa Skhal of Waterloo; four grandchildren, Texianna, Courtney, Joshua and Rachel; and a great-granddaughter, Caliber.
Preceded in death by: his parents; and a brother, William Smith.
Services: Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway, where at 4 p.m. full military rites will be performed by the Waterloo AMVETS Post 19, Evansdale AMVETS Post 31 and the U.S. Marine Corps Honor Guard. There will be a 7 p.m. time of sharing. Burial will occur 12:30 p.m. Monday, July 22, at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Adel.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at: www.hagartywaychoffgrarup.com.
He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be missed dearly.
Louis H. Parker
APLINGTON — Louis Harold Parker, 92, of Aplington, died Saturday, July 13, at UnityPoint Health–Allen Hospital in Waterloo of kidney failure and complications of pneumonia.
He was born July 5, 1927, in Alden, son of Fred Charles and Nellie Mae (Shephard) Parker. On June 24, 1950, he married Martha Edna Charlotte Hartkopp at the church parsonage in Iowa Falls. She preceded him in death Aug. 19, 2017.
He graduated from Alden High School in 1945 and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1946 to 1947. He then farmed with his father, raised hogs, fed cattle and milked cows. Louis was recalled into the U.S. Air Force and served during the Korean War from 1951 to 1952. After leaving the Air Force, Louis farmed several farms, including the Carney farm and the Rabe farm near Alden. In 1967, Louis and Martha moved to a farm in Radcliffe and also bought a farm north of Aplington. In 1970, the couple moved to their Aplington farm and raised dairy cattle until December 1971. Louis also worked at Brandt Elevator in Aplington and Kesley, and he helped at Martha’s Café.
He was a member of Aplington Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Aplington. He was a member of Aplington AMVETS and the Masons.
Survived by: four children, Steven (Jayne) Parker of Lithia, Fla., Deb (Bob) Forman of Anacortes, Wash., Darla Abbas (Steve Gates) of Hilton Head Island, S.C., and Barbara (Andrew) Kindler of Bern, Switzerland; eight grandchildren, Travis (Natasha) Parker, Maggie (Daniel) Goodwin, and Hayden (Kiki) Parker, Betsy (Adam Kephart) Forman, Glynna Borwig, Denielle (Bret) Badker, Mandy (Will) McCord and Cass Peters; a grandson-in-law, Matt (Jordyn) Johnston; 12 great-grandchildren, Devin, Lauren, Carver, Kale, Haley, Jack, Sadie, Morgan, George, Olivia, Kal and Tori.
Preceded in death by: his wife; a granddaughter, Lillian Peters; his parents; and his brothers, Johnnie, Glen and Ray.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 19, at the Aplington Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Aplington, with burial in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Austinville. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at the Redman-Schwartz Funeral Chapel in Aplington.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.redman-schwartz.com.
Louis enjoyed sitting in the back pew of the church and entertaining all the children. Louis enjoyed raising popcorn, sweet corn and all kinds of vegetables. He liked birdwatching and feeding the farm cats. Louis’ greatest joy was attending his children’s events and traveling to visit family.
Kathleen “Kathy” Winburn
CEDAR FALLS – Kathleen “Kathy” Winburn, 81, of Cedar Falls died Sunday, July 14, at the Western Home Communities-Deery Suites.
She was born March 29, 1938, in Omaha, Neb., daughter of Mark Patrick and Lillian Louise (Polzin) McAleer. She married John Winburn on Nov. 21, 1959, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Waterloo.
She graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1956 and Mercy School of Nursing in 1959. She was employed as a registered nurse with St. Francis Hospital, then Dr. Penley’s office and finally People’s Clinic, all in Waterloo. She was also a licensed Realtor with Century 21 and a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Cedar Falls.
Survived by: her husband; a son, Kevin (Lisa) Winburn of Brandon; a daughter, Laura (Dan) Krejchi of Waukee; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren; a brother, Mark (Faye) McAleer of Evansville, Ind.; and a sister-in-law, Lynda McAleer of Waterloo.
Preceded in death by: two brothers, William and Patrick McAleer; and a grandson, Jon Winburn.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 18, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, with burial in Greenwood Cemetery, both in Cedar Falls. Visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at Richardson Funeral Service, where there will be a 7 p.m. vigil. Visitation also for one hour before the service at the church.
Memorials: may be directed to Alzheimer’s Association.
Condolences may be left at www.richardsonfuneralservice.com.
Service Notice: Phyllis M. Holt
INDEPENDENCE -- Phyllis M. Holt, 95, of Independence, died on Saturday, July 13, at ABCM Rehab. Center of Independence-West Campus in Independence; services 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 17, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Winthrop, with burial in the church cemetery; visitation after 9 a.m. on Wednesday at the parish hall in Winthrop; condolences at www.White-MtHope.com.
Ilene Ann Bernhardt
DIKE — Ilene Ann Bernhardt, 86, of Dike, died Friday, July 12, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City following a brief illness.
She was born Aug. 14, 1932, in Decorah, daughter of Alfred and Inez Strom Halvorson. She married James “Jim” Bernhardt on Sept. 19, 1953, in Decorah.
Ilene graduated from high school in Decorah. The couple raised their family in Decorah, Grinnell, Carroll, Harlan, Ida Grove, and in 1961, they moved to Dike. Ilene was a homemaker, and in 1971 she became a bank teller at Iowa Savings Bank in Dike, retiring in 1996. She also volunteered at the Dike school cafeteria for many years.
She was a member of St. Gabriel Catholic Church, where she belonged to the Women’s Circle.
Survived by: her children, Jan (Bill) Duffy of Cedar Rapids, Joyce (Larry) Willms of Dike, Steve (Rhonda) Bernhardt of Shellsburg, and Mary Bernhardt of Waterloo; four grandchildren, Kevin (Laura) Willms, Jenny (Drew) Pederson, Brett Bernhardt and Noah (Gina) Shonka; four great-grandchildren, Matthew, Katherine and Caroline Willms, and Gage Shonka; a twin sister, Ila (Ken) Wangsness of Allison; a stepsister, Lorna Neil of Waterloo; two brothers-in-law, Rich Bernhardt of Lititz, Penn., and Don (Norma) Bernhardt of O’Fallon, Mo.; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: her parents; her husband, Jim; and a brother, Hans Halvorson.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, rural Reinbeck, with burial in Elmwood Cemetery, Dike. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at Abels Funeral & Cremation Service-Dike Chapel.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
She enjoyed baking, dinners with family and friends, and the color purple. Her family jokes she was a Cubs fan, but only by marriage. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be terribly missed by her many family and special friends she leaves behind.
Steven F. Pilcher
INDEPENDENCE – Steven F. Pilcher, 62, of Independence, died Friday, July 12, at the Cedar Valley Hospice House in Waterloo after a long battle with cancer.
He was born April 20, 1957, in Oelwein, son of Floyd “Jack” E. and Mary A. (Gorman) Pilcher. He married Vicki L. Dillavou on May 3, 1986, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Independence.
Steve lived in rural Otterville, attended Country School No.6. and graduated from Jefferson High School in Independence in 1975. He was a resident treatment tech at the Mental Health Institute in Independence for over 20 years. He received an associate’s degree in LAN management from Kirkwood Community College. He worked for Workforce Development in Cedar Rapids and Waterloo as a workforce advisor/information technology, until his retirement in 2012. Steve volunteered often and belonged to the Independence Garden Club, Buchanan County Democrats, and Buchanan County Indivisible.
Survived by: his wife, Vicki L. Pilcher of Independence; a daughter, Erin (Andrew) Reiff of Delhi; a granddaughter, Tara Reiff; two brothers, Charles Pilcher of Gails Ferry, Conn., and James Pilcher of Chandler, Ariz.; three sisters, Barbara (James) Anderson of Waterloo, Joyce (John Troy) Brown of Wilmington, Del., and Rita (Dale) Walters of Taftville, Conn.; four sisters-in-law, Eloise Dillavou of Independence, Renee (Richard) Keese and Cindy Tucker, all of Waterloo, and Martha Pilcher (Jan Wigert) of Half Moon Bay, Calif.; a brother-in-law, Ed (Marnetta) Dillavou of Evansdale; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: his parents, Floyd “Jack” and Mary Pilcher; a brother, Don Pilcher; and two sisters-in-law, Karen Pilcher and Ruth Pilcher.
Memorial service: 11 a.m. Thursday, July 18, at Hope Wesleyan Church, Independence. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at Reiff Family Center, Independence.
Memorials: in lieu of flowers, may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice, 801 1st St. E, Independence 50644; Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, 200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City 52242; or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Condolences may be left at www.reifffamilycenter.com.
Steve was known to be a caring man and would often spend time helping others. He enjoyed nature and spent time kayaking, fishing, hiking, bird watching and gardening. He also liked to keep his hands busy by doing home improvement projects and repairing computers and other devices.