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Obituaries

Mary Reddick

Mary Graf Reddick, 96, a lifelong resident of Iowa City, died Monday, Jan. 12, 2015.
Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City. Burial took place following services in the Old Section of Saint Joseph Cemetery in Iowa City. Memorial donations can be made in her memory to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Iowa City.

Off to Australia

Walkin'

Of the 10 deadliest snakes in the world, five make their home in Australia.
The Death Adder, despite its most ominous of names, comes in at only number nine. Able to strike and strike again in a little over a 10th of a second, its bite can cause death in as little as six hours if not treated. Then there’s the tiger snake at number six, which can kill in just 30 minutes. At number four is the Taipan, injecting venom capable of killing 12,000 guinea pigs (my source doesn’t list how many tourists).

Catherine Alton

Catherine Alton, 100, of Rancho Murieta, Calif., passed away peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, surrounded by her loved ones.
Catherine Andrle was born Sept. 21, 1914, in North Liberty. In 1932, she married her childhood sweetheart, the late John Thomas Alton. In 1941, the two boldly moved out to California, where Catherine worked in a war plant. Catherine then devoted her life to her family. 

Milver Klouda

Milver (Mike) M. Klouda, 88, of Cedar Rapids, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids.
Private family graveside services with military rites will be held at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery in Cedar Rapids. Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann; daughters, Linda (Jake) Jacoby and Beverly French; brother, Ernie (Jan) Klouda; and sister-in-laws, Bonnie Klouda and Madelyn Klouda. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Lester and Marvin.

James Leiser

James E. “Big Jim” Leiser, 79, of Iowa City, died unexpectedly, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nev.
Jim was born July 25, 1935, in Sumner, the son of Joseph and Beverly (House) Leiser. His family moved to Cedar Rapids where he graduated from Wilson High School. On Aug. 23, 1953, he was united in marriage to Janet M. Dumond. The couple lived in Cedar Rapids until moving to Iowa City in 1966. For the past 15 years, Jim and Janet wintered in Arizona.

Gary Meade

Gary Eugene Meade, 64, of North Liberty, found peace in his heart and calmness in his mind Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, in the loving presence of his family. If you were to summarize the essence of Gary Eugene Meade in a few words: Good Ol’ Cowboy.
Some would say Gary was born 100 years too late. His good friend and mentor Ruth, a Holocaust survivor, said he was born on the wrong planet. But in spite of this, and in spite of his lifelong battle with mental illness, Gary was still able to accomplish great and wonderful things in his life.

Joan Meyer

Funeral services for Joan Elizabeth Meyer, 77, formerly of Greene, took place Monday, Jan. 5, at the United Methodist Church in Greene. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, also in Greene. Visitation and prayer service was Sunday, Jan. 4, at Retz Funeral Home.
Joan Elizabeth Crooks was born Sept. 19, 1937, in rural Greene, the daughter of Samuel Leo and Alice (Menken) Crooks and passed away Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, at the Windmill Manor in Coralville.

Gladys Moore

Gladys I. Moore died peacefully in her sleep on Jan. 2, 2015. She was born Sept. 5, 1914, in Audubon. Her parents were Ralph C. Lacy and Katherine Petersen. They were farmers. Gladys graduated from Audubon High School in 1933 and completed training for a teacher’s certificate. As a young woman she cared for her grandparents. When married, she cared for her uncle, Dave Abrams, and father-in-law, Nate S. Moore, both of Iowa City. Also in Iowa City, she worked part-time at various restaurants. The rest of her adult life she cared for her family.

Reed M. Morgan

Reed M. Morgan, 37, of North Liberty, died Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, following his battle with cancer.
A memorial service was held Friday, Jan. 9, at the First Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids followed by a visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the “Reed Morgan Memorial Trust,” c/o Ryan Braun, 2411 W. Winnemac Avenue, Chicago, Ill. 60625.

Maris Snider

Maris Evelyn Snider peacefully went to the light Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, to meet her Lord surrounded by caregivers, friends, and her son, Bob. Being the independent loving person she was, she directed her care as she transitioned from this life to the next in paradise.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 8, at Gay & Ciha Funeral Home with the Reverend Harold Schutte officiating. Visitation took place prior to the services at the funeral home. Inurnment followed at Memory Gardens Mausoleum.

Rachel Hodina

Rachel Marcella Cleppe Hodina, 93, of Ely, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, at the Solon Nursing Care Center. Celebration of Life services took place on Monday, Jan. 5, at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids. Burial followed at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Tama.

Lawrence Kopecky

Lawrence J. Kopecky, 79, of Greeley, Colo., and formerly of Monticello, died Tuesday, Dec 23, 2014, at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colo.
Friends called Friday, Jan. 2, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a parish rosary was recited.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 3, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello with inurnment in the church cemetery. Military honors were accorded by the Monticello Drill Team and the US Navy Honors Detail. Reverend Paul Baldwin officiated.