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Obituaries

Roger L. Thompson

Roger L. Thompson, 58, of Ely, died Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. Memorial services will be held Thursday, Nov. 17, at Hope United Church of Christ in Hiawatha. Visitation was Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Brosh Chapel & The Avacentre in Solon.
Survivors include two daughters, Alyssa and Amanda Thompson, and a son, Adam, all of Ely; his mother, Nadine of Cedar Rapids; three brothers, Mark (Doni) of Ely, Scott of Cedar Rapids and Bill (Becky) of Marion; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father.

Ruth Olivia Dolezal

Ruth Olivia Dolezal, 86, died peacefully Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, at Briarwood Care Center.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Grace United Methodist Church, Tiffin, with Rev. Josh Swaim officiating. Visitation was Tuesday at Lensing Oak Hill Funeral Service, Coralville. Burial was at Ridgewood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the church or to Friends of the Briarwood Care Center.

Vera “Pauline” Lynch

Vera “Pauline” Lynch, 89, of Solon, passed away peacefully Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, at Solon Assisted Living Village.
Funeral Services were held Monday, Nov. 7, at Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City. Burial was held at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. A visitation was held Sunday, Nov. 6, at the funeral home, with a luncheon following the committal. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.

Thomas D. Carson

Thomas D. Carson, 59, of Humboldt, passed away Oct. 13, 2016, at Humboldt County Memorial Hospital. A visitation will be held on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 4-7 p.m. at the Mason-Lindhart Funeral Home in Humboldt. A funeral service will be held Friday, Oct. 28, at 4 p.m. at Faith United Methodist Church in Humboldt, Reverend Christy Ehrle officiating.

Andrea Jean Durm

Andrea Jean Durm, 50, died surrounded by loved ones on Oct. 13, 2016.
Daughter of Harold and Phyllis Fiala, Andrea was born May 15, 1966, and grew up on the family farm in Solon. She was married to Troy Durm on Nov. 2, 2015, in their home in Lynchburg, Tennessee.
Andrea graduated from Solon High School in 1984 and attended Capri College. She was later employed as a respiratory therapist at Lincoln Medical Center in Fayetteville, Tennessee. She was passionate about her work and worked with many people she always called friends.

Jane Elizabeth (Reyhons) Schmidt

Jane Elizabeth (Reyhons) Schmidt, 61, Coralville, is now dancing with the angels and singing “Hallelujah” on the corner of Praise Avenue in Heaven with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, family and friends who have gone on before her. Her death on Oct. 14, 2016, was due to complications of diabetes.

Dorothy J. ““Dottie”” Ballantyne

Dorothy J. “Dottie” Ballantyne, 80, of Solon, died Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, at the Solon Nursing Care Center of kidney failure. Private family services were held at Oakland Cemetery in Solon. Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre in Solon is handling “Dottie’s” arrangements. Dottie was born May 6, 1936, in Pontiac, Michigan, the daughter of Lyle and Laura Reid. She graduated in 1954 from Van Nuys High School in California. She attended Graceland College in Lamoni, where she met her future husband, Jim Ballantyne. They married on Aug. 27, 1955, in Lamoni.

Anton “Tony” Zacek

Anton “Tony” Zacek, 78, of Solon, died Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, at the Solon Nursing Care Center. Celebration of life services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at First Presbyterian Church near Ely, with Reverend Dr. Julie Schuett presiding. Full military rites will be conducted following services at the church. Inurnment will be at a later date in First Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre in Cedar Rapids, located at 2121 Bowling St. SW. A full obituary will be available for Tony at www.broshchapel.com.

Kathleen Anne Lynch

Kathleen Anne Lynch, 65, of Iowa City, passed away peacefully Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, at Mercy Hospice.
Funeral Services were held Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service with Rev. Mark Pries officiating. Visitation was Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial was at St. Stanislaus Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kathy Lynch Memorial Fund.

Marieta Ruth Graf

Marieta Ruth (Kreger) Graf, 94, of Olin, died on Sept. 20, 2016, at the Solon Nursing Care Center in Solon. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 11 a.m., at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Olin with Pastor Cindy McKinzie officiating. Burial of ashes follows at the Olin Cemetery. A luncheon will be held at the church after the burial. Visitation will be held from 9-11 a.m. at the church.

Harriett J. Grantham Dean

Harriett J. Grantham Dean, 94, of Coralville, passed away in her home, surrounded by her family Sept. 3, 2016.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at the Gay & Ciha Funeral Service. Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Wesley House or the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Online condolences may be shared with her family at www.gayandciha.com.

Carolyn V. Stahmer

Carolyn Verlee Stahmer, 73, loving wife and mother, passed away Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, at Iowa City Mercy Hospice. Carolyn was born on April 18, 1943, in Iowa City to Harry and Gertrude (Westlake) Swanson of Lone Tree. Carolyn married Harlan Stahmer on Sept. 8, 1962.