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Obituaries

Harry Seelman

Harry Seelman, 92, of Oxford died Friday, April 11, 2014, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated April 14 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Cosgrove. The National Catholic Society of Foresters recited a rosary prior to the Mass. Father Edmond Dunn and Father Stephen Ebel officiated. Burial was at the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Harry Seelman Memorial Fund.

Lynnel Thomas

Lynnel Kay Thomas, 44, of North Liberty, passed away on Sunday, April 13, at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics following a short battle with cancer, surrounded by her family. Funeral services were held April 17 at Lensing Funeral Home in Iowa City. Burial was at the Lone Tree Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to The American Cancer Society or to The Alzheimer’s Association.

Donal Gordon

Donal R. “Don” Gordon, 71, of North Liberty, died Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at the Lantern Park Nursing and Rehab Center in Coralville surrounded by his family.
Funeral services were held April 14 at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Don’s memory to Iowa City Hospice. Online condolences may be sent to his family at www.gayandciha.com.

Lorena Gray

Lorena Gray, 92, died Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at the Mechanicsville Care Center. Funeral Services were held April 12 at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa. Interment was in the Lisbon Cemetery. Pastor Barb Krueger officiated. Thoughts, Memories and Condolences may be left at www.goettschonline.com. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.

Amanda Hook

Amanda passed away surrounded by her family on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at her grandparents’ home in Williamsburg after a four-year courageous battle with cancer at the age of 32 years. Amanda Lea Hook, was born Dec. 26, 1981, in Maryville, Ill., the daughter of Thomas and Denise (Huedepohl) Hook. She was baptized at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Williamsburg. Celebration of Life Service was held on April 11 at Powell Funeral Home, Williamsburg. The Rev. Carl Cloeter officiated. Burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Williamsburg.

Darrell Ophaug

Darrell Phillip Ophaug, 76, of Marion, went home to be with the Lord April 8, 2014, after a brief illness. Funeral Service was held April 14 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Marion. Burial was at Cedar Memorial Cemetery in Cedar Rapids.
Darrell is survived by his wife of 53 years, Norma; daughters, Gwen (Dale) Fangman of North Liberty, and Kari (Todd) Duncan of Cedar Rapids; five grandchildren; one brother Francis (Grace), his sister-in-law Annette, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Ruth, and brother Roger.

Harry Seelman

Harry Seelman, 92, of Oxford died Friday, April 11, 2014, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on April 14 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Cosgrove. Father Edmond Dunn and Father Stephen Ebel officiated. Burial was at the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Harry Seelman Memorial Fund.

James Shaddox

James Douglas “J.D.” Shaddox, 70, of Cedar Rapids, died Sunday, April 6, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center. Celebration of Life services were held, April 10 at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids. A private family inurnment will be at a later date.
J.D. was born Dec. 5, 1943, in Harrison, Ark., the son of Marion Douglas and Edith (Spencer) Shaddox. He married Carolyn Horn on Aug. 2, 1961, in Fort Madison. He was self-employed since 1970, and was the owner and operator of U-Haul on 16th Avenue SW since 2001. He was a member and Past Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge and the Moose Club.

Bette Turnipseed

Bette Jean Turnipseed, 87, of Washington, died Sunday, April 6, 2014, at the United Presbyterian Home following a decline in health.
Celebration of life services were held April 10 at the United Methodist Church in Washington with Pastor Jim Stiles officiating. Interment was at the Elm Grove Cemetery in Washington. Memorials have been established for the United Methodist Church, the United Presbyterian Home or Hospice of Washington County. Online condolences may be sent for Bette’s family through the web at www.jonesfh.com.

Murlen Vogt

Murlen Philip Vogt, 100, of Williamsburg, formerly of Homestead, was called home to the Lord, Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Highland Ridge Care Center in Williamsburg, following a short illness. Funeral Service was April 9, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo with the Rev. Andrew Gray officiating. Burial was in the Marengo Cemetery. Memorials may be contributed to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo, The Lutheran Hour, or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Janet Bennett

Janet “Jan” Kay Bennett, 74, died peacefully in her son’s and her and husband Ty’s former home March 29, 2014, from a courageous battle with cancer. Celebration of Jan’s life was April 2 at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids, with burial following in Anderson Cemetery in Swisher.
Jan was born Dec. 7, 1939, in West Branch, the daughter of Francis W. and Clarice (Countryman) Cihla. She was united in marriage to Ty Bennett on July 6, 1958. She worked for Moore Business Forms for over 23 years, until her retirement in 2003. Jan was a member of Swisher American Legion Auxiliary.

Ralph Berstler

Ralph E. Berstler, 85, passed away on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at his home in Cedar Rapids. Service with military honors was held April 1 at the Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories.
Survivors include his children: sons Thomas (Debra) of Valley Center Calif., Richard (Sheri) of Fairfax, Robert (Janan) of Solon; daughter Jill Berstler of New Hampton; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; brother Delmar (Luella) of Cedar Rapids; his special friend OraLee Hollingsworth and many nieces and nephews.