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Obituaries

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.

Joseph Kremer

Joseph R. Kremer, 64, of Cedar Rapids, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, at his home. Visitation was held on Thursday, Jan. 1, at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was held on Friday, Jan. 2, with a visitation, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Rev. Christopher Podhajsky presiding. Burial was held at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery with military rites.

Mary Krob

Mary Ruth Krob, 94, of Bradenton, Fla., formerly of Walker, passed away on Dec. 29, 2014. Services were held on Friday, Jan. 2, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Bradenton. A memorial service will be held in Walker, at a later date with a committal service at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Walker.

Richard Lindenmayer

Richard L. Lindenmayer, age 91, of Marengo, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at the Marengo Memorial Hospital. Graveside memorial service took place Friday, Jan. 2, at the Marengo Cemetery with Rev. Andrew Gray officiating. Military honors were conducted by the Marengo American Legion Post 76 and the U.S. Navy Honor Guard. Following the service the family received friends at the Kloster Funeral Home in Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.

Gary Clark Rogers

Clark Rogers, 65, of Solon, formerly of Mount Vernon, died Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, at the Solon Nursing Care Center. Visitation was held Saturday, Jan. 3, at Brosh Chapel in Solon with a memorial service and a reception following. Private family inurnment will be at a later date.