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Archive - 2014

November 12th

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service Nov. 23 at St. Mary

SOLON– Solon’s combined Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service will be held Sunday, Nov. 23, at St. Mary Catholic Church, with a 5 p.m. soup dinner and a 6 p.m. service. The service will be led by Father Tim Sheedy and will feature the combined choirs of Solon United Methodist, St. Mary and Our Lord’s churches. Come join and give thanks.

Thanksgiving meal at Our Lord’s Church

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will be serving a free Thanksgiving meal Thursday, Nov. 27. All are welcome. Reservations are not required but would be helpful. The meal will be served at noon at the church, 131 N. Market St., Solon. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane and Anna at 319-841-2243 (a local call from Solon) with questions or reservations.

Iowa wrestlers ranked No. 1 in preseason poll

Could this be the year the Hawkeyes break out with an NCAA championship?
It’s been four years since Iowa stood on top of the college wrestling world.
Brent Metcalf (149) and Jay Borschel (174) plus redshirt freshman Matt McDonough (125) each won titles that year.
The Hawks have nine wrestlers ranked in the top 10 according to Intermat.
It starts at 125 with Thomas Gilman ranked fourth.
Thomas was 16-3 last year but gave way to Cory Clark, who moved up to 133.
Thomas is more of a technical wrestler while Cory reminds me of Tony Ramos, who won the title last year at 133.

Hawkeye women open strong

I know Iowa’s 119-57 win last Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena was against St. Ambrose, an NAIA school, but there are a lot of good things to like about the victory.
I was a little surprised when Whitney Jennings started in place of Melissa Dixon, but Lisa Bluder, Iowa’s head coach, said Melissa was injured early on and is just starting to get back on track.
Melissa came off the bench and had 19 points in 19 minutes including five 3-pointers.
I really liked what the four freshmen brought to the game.

Nightmare on Elm (Gopher) Street

Hawk Talk

One of the many things I have wondered about in sports is how does a team, that’s made of the same players, look so good one week and then look like somebody else the next?
That’s what happened Saturday at Gopherland as the Hawkeyes got smoked by Minnesota, 51-14.
The week before, the headlines in the Gazette read “A NEAR PERFECT EFFORT” in Iowa’s 48-7 win over Indiana.
This week the headline read “A whipping up north.”
After the Indiana win, there were hardly any negative messages on almost all of the Hawkeye message boards.

Charmion Petsche

Charmion Petsche, 88, of Urbana, formerly of Fayette, passed to her eternal reward in heaven to join her baby daughter, Mary Ann, on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, at Virginia Gay Hospital in Vinton, Iowa.
Charmion was born May 27, 1926, in Strawberry Point, the fourth of 13 children born to Jack and Daisy (Farmer) Kellogg. She graduated from Garnavillo High School in May 1946. Charmion married Arthur Petsche at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Garnavillo on Aug. 13, 1946. They had 14 children. Arthur died Feb. 22, 1995.

Ralph Ward Johnson

Ralph Ward Johnson, 97, passed peacefully into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior on Nov. 4, 2014, after a long illness at Oaknoll Retirement Residence in Iowa City. Celebration of life services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014 at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Iowa City. The family will greet friends following the service.

David F. Herzog

David F. Herzog, 62, of Iowa City, passed away suddenly at his home Friday, Nov. 7, 2014.
A funeral service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City, with Reverend Barie Tritle officiating. Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 14, from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the David Herzog Memorial Fund for his grandchildren.

Dale D. Grifith

Dale D. Griffith, 88, of Cedar Rapids, died Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, at the Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy, Hiawatha.
Services took place Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Cedar Memorial Funeral Home with the Rev. Dave Higdon officiating. Entombment with military rites was at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
Survivors include his daughter, Deanna (Mike) Kroemer of Blairstown; sons, Jack (Barb) of Sheridan, Wyoming, Gary (Nancy) of Solon and Scott of Cedar Rapids. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Kenneth Lee Cook

Kenneth Lee Cook, 86, of Cedar Rapids, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, at home surrounded by his family.
Funeral service was held Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories. Visitation was held prior to the service at the chapel. Interment was at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
Ken was born Nov. 5, 1928, in Lisbon to Benjamin and Ethel Cook. He was married to Neva Thomas on March 17, 1946, in Cedar Rapids. Ken worked over 30 years for Coe College before retiring in 1993.