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Archive - 2012

January 9th

Darlene Bursovsky

Darlene D. Bursovsky, 84, of RidgeView Assisted Living, Cedar Rapids, formerly of Marion, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha, on Friday, Dec. 30, 2011. Services were held Jan. 2 at Murdoch Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Marion, by Pastor Don McGarvey. Burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.
Local survivors include William (Belinda) Bursovsky of Swisher.
Darlene was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and her brother, Harold Heddinger.

Forest Bart

Forest Bart, 85, of Antigo, Wis., died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011 at Eastview Medical and Rehabilitation Center, Antigo, Wis.
A funeral service was held on Saturday, Dec. 31, at Peace Lutheran Church, Antigo, Wis. with Rev. Scott Kruse officiating. Burial was at the Elmwood Cemetery there, with military rites.
He was born on Sept. 11, 1926 in Neva, Wis. a son of Albert and Matilda (Rusch) Bartz. He married Dorothy Cernoch on April 15, 1950 at St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Deerbrook, Wis. 


Local survivors include a daughter, Pamela (Bryan) Zehrt, Solon.

Randy Bahr

Randy Alan Bahr, 44, of Swisher, died Monday, Jan. 2, 2012. Funeral service was held Friday, Jan. 6, at Clover Ridge United Methodist Church, Walford, with the Rev. Mike Townsley officiating. Burial was in Hala Cemetery, rural Walford.
Memorials are designated for an educational trust fund for his children.

Esther Auld

Esther Rose Trasak Bartachek Auld passed away Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, at Rose Haven Nursing Home, Marengo, following a long illness. Funeral service was held at the Hrabak Funeral Home in Belle Plaine on Jan. 7 with burial in National Cemetery, Vining.

Hawk Talk

Eighty-four straight matches without losing is not too bad.
The Hawkeye wrestling team did that, and to lose to Oklahoma State last Saturday night, 17-16, was interesting.
The Cowboys held the record at 84 straight and now Iowa is tied with them.
Four years in a row without a loss… good job Hawkeyes!
Iowa had five wins, State had five and the score was tied 16-16 at the end of the meet, but the Cowboys won on criteria, scoring more match points (54-51).
Watching Tony Ramos knock off defending National Champion Jordan Oliver at 133 was worth the price of admission.

Food For Thought

There's some sort of magic up there in the stratosphere and beyond. Something mysterious yet familiar. A perfectly logical piece of nature that defies human understanding. We have lived all our lives with stars, yet we know only a smidgen more about them than the ancient Egyptians or the Druids did.

Walkin'

Dad reports that he is enjoying the adult-sized tricycle my brothers and I chipped in and bought him this year for Christmas.
We were a little worried he might not like it because it was new, not used. In their late 80s, my parents are of the generation raised in the economic landslide of the Great Depression and graduated into adulthood with a call to service as war broke out across the world. These events made a lasting impression on them. As a result they are very frugal and service-minded, and we were scared Dad might reject the present as being too extravagant.

January 8th

Habitat for Humanity offers energy efficiency retrofit

IOWA CITY– Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity will audit and retrofit up to 60 homes to improve energy efficiency in Cedar, Iowa, and Johnson counties over the next two years. The local non-profit agency will receive $74,000 in funding from the Department of Energy’s Weatherization Innovation Pilot Program and will seek matching contributions from community organizations, private foundations, individual donors and volunteers.

Emily Vanourny

Emily Vanourny, 98, of Fairfax, died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, at Heritage Nursing and Rehab Center in Cedar Rapids. Services were held Jan. 6 at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids. Burial was in Blain Cemetery, Swisher.
Emily Raim was born June 14, 1913, in Swisher, the daughter of Lewis and Frances (Drahos) Raim. She was united in marriage to Allan Vanourny on July 10, 1940. Together they partnered in farming in the Walford area for many years, retiring to Fairfax in 1979.
Local survivors include a nephew, Kenneth (Marcella) Raim of North Liberty.

Myrtis Upah

Myrtis Ann Upah, 82, formerly of Cedar Rapids and Chelsea, died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, in her home from cancer. Services were held Jan. 7 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Chelsea by Deacon Joe Behounek. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Local survivors include Andrea (Larry) Shaevitz of Swisher.
Her greatest joy was spending time with family and friends. She was an avid quilter and accomplished needlework artist.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.hrabakfuneralhome.com under obituaries.