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Obituaries

Mary Alice Connell

Mary Alice Connell, 81, of Solon, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at the Solon Nursing Care Center. Services were held Monday, March 3, at the Solon United Methodist Church. Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery. Mary was born April 11, 1932, in rural Lisbon, the daughter of John and Helen (Bohr) Light. She married William J. Connell on Aug. 18, 1951, in Cheyenne, Wyo. She was a member of the Solon United Methodist Church, Solon American Legion Auxiliary. Mary worked at Bishop’s Cafeteria, United Fire & Casualty Co., Solon Implement, Iowa Implement and Lee’s Ag Clinic.

Michael Corso

Michael H. Corso, 71, of North Liberty died Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at the University of Iowa Hospitals.
A memorial service was held Feb. 27 at the Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City. Memorials in Mike’s name may be made to the Michael Corso Memorial Fund.

Debra Downes

Debra A. Downes, 58, of rural Oxford, died Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at her home after a lengthy illness. Mass of Christian Burial was held Feb. 28 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Cosgrove. The Rev. Edmond Dunn officiated. Burial was in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Cosgrove.
The family requests that instead of flowers and plants, memorials be directed to the Debra A. Downes Memorial Fund.

Lida Sigg

Lida Mary Sigg, 94, of Solon, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at the Solon Care Center. Iowa Cremation is handling the arrangements.

Evelyn Brecht

Evelyn H. Brecht, 98, of Marengo and Norway, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at her home. Funeral services were Feb. 22 at the Norway United Methodist Church, Norway, with Pastor Rose Marie Calderon Khan officiating. Burial was in St. Patrick and St. Paul Cemetery, Watkins. A memorial fund has been established.

Donna Ditch

Donna Jean Ditch, 76, of Cedar Rapids, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at St. Lukes Living Center West. Services were held Feb. 19 at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids, with the Rev. Dr. Ritva Williams presiding. Burial was in Cedar Memorial Cemetery.
Donna was born Aug. 30, 1937, at home in Mead, Colo., the daughter of Conrad and Ernestine ‘Anna’ (Schlagel) Snyder. She married Delbert Ditch on June 12, 1960, in Olds.

Helen Kuhl

Helen Irene Kuhl, 79, of Williamsburg, formerly of Manilla and Cedar Rapids, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at the Highland Ridge, Williamsburg.
A memorial service celebrating Helen’s life will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories with the Rev. Daniel Krueger officiating. Inurnment will be in Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 until 11 a.m. that Saturday at the Chapel.

Donald Latta

Donald “Dutch” Latta, 84, of Riverside, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at Lantern Park Nursing Home in Coralville. Mass of the Resurrection was on Feb 18 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Riverside. The Rev. David Brownfield officiated. Full military rites were provided by the Riverside V.F.W. Post 6414. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established at the funeral home in memory of Dutch. Online condolences for the Latta family may be sent to www.lewisfuneralhomes.com.

Vicki Lenoch

Vicki A. Lenoch of Boyds, Md., formerly of Coralville, died at her son’s home on Jan. 20, 2014. Vicki was born in Iowa City the daughter of LeRoy and May Ann (Sibley) Lenoch. She is survived by her children Nathan (Kelly) Van Orden, Kristen (Justin) Van Orden Ross, Alexia Van Orden and four grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings Dan of North Liberty, Steve (Geralyn) of Coralville, Doug (Mary) of Coralville, Jeanne (Bob) Stubbs of Downey, Jay (Marlene) of North Liberty, and Cindy (Garry) Gleason of Iowa City. A local memorial is planned for a later date.

Lou Ann Martinson

Lou Ann Martinson, 59, of Williamsburg, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City, following a long courageous battle with cancer. Memorial Service was held Feb. 20 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Williamsburg, with the Rev. Richard Meyer officiating. Inurnment will be at East York Cemetery at a later date. A memorial fund has been established.

Clara Schoderbek

Clara Leitzinger Schoderbek, 78, of Solon, died Jan. 23, 2014, from complications of cancer. A memorial service was held Feb. 22 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Solon.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Clara’s name with American Bird Conservancy, P.O. Box 249, The Plains, VA, 20198-2237; or www.abcbirds.org.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.broshchapel.com.

Mary Velky

Mary Elizabeth Velky, 78, of Solon, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House. Services were Feb. 17 at Brosh Chapel in Solon, with burial following in Sulek Cemetery near Shueyville.