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Archive - 2012

December 25th

Lady Spartans win fifth in a row

SOLON– Rylee Smith shot only two free throws against Central DeWitt.
They came with five seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, and the Lady Spartans needed them to break a 37-37 tie.
Smith sank them both. They were the second and third point scored by Solon in the fourth quarter of a game which the Lady Spartans controlled in the first half, and almost let slip away in the second.
Solon’s girls defeated Central DeWitt, 39-37, last week at home, then traveled to Manchester Friday for a 53-35 thumping over West Delaware.

December 24th

Christmas wishes

Hunter Jones, 7, told Santa she wants a parrot and a trampoline for Christmas. She was visiting jolly old St. Nick at Bridge Community Bank in Solon.

December 19th

Kathleen M. Wright

Kathleen M. Wright, 50, of Swisher, passed away Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics due to injuries sustained from a car accident on Oct. 4.
Funeral Mass was held Dec. 12 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Hiawatha, with Father Mark Ressler and Deacon Dennis Mulherin officiating. Burial followed at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
Kathleen Marie Wright was born on March 1, 1962, to Caroll and JoAnn (Murphy) Clauson in Cedar Rapids. She was united in marriage to Bruce David Wright on June 3, 1989, in Cedar Rapids.

Jan Hieber

Jan Louise (Berry) Hieber, 71, of rural Iowa City, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at the Solon Care Center.
Funeral services were held Dec. 19 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Iowa City with burial and grave dedication at Oakland Cemetery, Solon.
Online condolences can be sent to her family through the web at www.gayandciha.com.

Marjeane Lynne Easley

Marjeane Lynne Easley was born on July 16, 1954, in Jacksonville, N.C., the daughter of Margaret Kunkel and Eugene Kunkel.  She passed from this life on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, in Payson, Ariz., having reached the age of 58.
A prayer service for the family will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, at the Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Branch. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made to the family at hendersonbarkerfuneralhome.com.

Elmer Grissel Jr.

Elmer Grissel Jr., 91, of Cedar Rapids, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at Living Center West, Cedar Rapids. Private services were held at Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Cedar Rapids. Burial was at Rogers Grove Cemetery.
He was almost a lifelong member of Trinity United Methodist Church.
Local survivors include his son Timothy (Gayle) Grissel of Solon.

Edwin ‘Ted’ Choate Jr.

Edwin James “Ted” Choate Jr. of LeClaire, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Rock Island, Ill.
Ted was born on Sept. 12, 1932, in Chicago, to Edwin J. and Ruth (Sharky) Choate. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in pharmacy. He worked as a pharmacist for over 50 years and was president of Mays Drug Inc.
Earlier in life he served in the United States Navy, stationed in Cuba, where he met his wife of over 57 years, Lois Rose Pin.
Ted and Lois were members of Our Lady of the River Catholic Church in LeClaire.

Daniel Besler

Daniel J. Besler, of Milpitas, Calif., passed away at his home in Milpitas on Dec. 2, 2012, surrounded by family and loved ones.
Dan was born in Dubuque, on Oct. 5, 1950, a twin to brother Dick, son of Margene (Reiff) and Urban J. Besler of Hopkinton. He grew up in rural Hopkinton, graduated from Western Dubuque High School, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1971. He spent much of his adult life at sea and living on land in California. In 1989, Dan met the love of his life, Trina Villicana and they married in 1991. After 21 years of service, Dan retired from the Navy in 1992.

Ronald Baldwin

Dr. Ronald F. Baldwin, 88, of Vinton, died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at his home in Vinton. Private family services were held Dec. 13 with interment in Maplewood Cemetery, Vinton.
Ron was born March 2, 1935, in Charles City, the son of Fred M. and Irene L. White Baldwin. Ron served in the United States Army from 1957 until 1960, in the Army Security Agency. He was employed by Vinton Community Schools as an educator for more than 30 years, retiring in 1996. He also taught at Marble Rock School and Williamsburg Community Schools.

The smell of fear

Writing about our recent addition of five chickens to the Fleck household has caused me to reminisce about my spouse and her animals.