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Archive - Jan 3, 2012

Date

William Lumpa

William J. Lumpa, 79, died Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.
Funeral services were held Dec. 28 at the Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Branch. Burial was in the West Branch Cemetery.
William Joseph Lumpa was born May 25, 1932, in Johnson County, the son of John and Hilda Niemeyer Lumpa. On Feb. 13, 1955, he was united in marriage to Janet Mickelson in Iowa City. Bill had been employed with Foster Trucking for 22 years and West Branch Farm Supply, where he managed the Oasis Elevator for 14 years.

Ralph Karlan

Ralph C. Karlan, 85, of Cedar Rapids, died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha after a short illness. Funeral Mass was held Jan. 3 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, where there were also military rites. The Rev. Phil Thompson officiated. Inurnment was at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
Ralph was born Oct. 10, 1926, in Cedar Rapids, the son of Ralph and Juanita (Beatty) Karlan. He married Mary Ellen Reindl on Oct. 16, 1948, in Manly. Ralph worked in quality control at Rockwell and retired from there in 1991 after 38 years of service.

Thomas Burns

Thomas “Tom” Burns, 94, of Cosgrove, died at Lantern Park Care Center, Coralville, Monday, Dec. 26, 2011. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Dec. 29 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Cosgrove with Father Thomas Doyle officiating. Burial was at St. Peter’s Cemetery.

Food For Thought

Aside from the obvious and noble such as world peace and food for the hungry, what would you wish for if a genii were to grant you a wish? Assume, for the moment, that there is only one limit on this wish. Cost is no concern, your genii obtains things by magic and money doesn’t enter into it. Neither does the impossible. You can have time travel if you want it, or everlasting beauty. You don’t have to consider the rest of the world either; you can own Switzerland and banish anybody you don’t want there, or you can have Disneyland all for yourself and your friends for the entire summer.