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Obituaries

Michael Andrle

Michael Andrew Andrle, 61, of Des Moines (formerly of Ely) passed away on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, following many weeks of hospice care at home. The family wishes to thank the caregivers who helped Michael remain at home. It was Michael’s wish that his body be deeded to the medical program at the University of Iowa upon his death.
Michael’s family greeted friends at a visitation to celebrate his life on Jan. 9 at the Avacentre at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids. A private gathering will be held with family and friends in Des Moines at a later date.

Kenneth Atwater

Kenneth James Atwater, 63, of Manchester, passed away on Dec. 27, 2013, surrounded by his family at his home.
Funeral Mass was held Dec. 30 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Masonville. Visitation was December 29, with a Scripture Service at the Bohnenkamp-Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Manchester. Burial was in the Silver Creek Cemetery, Robinson.
Kenneth was born on May 24, 1950, in Cedar Rapids to Harold and Inez (Zenisek) Atwater. He graduated from Center Point High School in 1968. On Nov. 13, 1974, he was united in marriage to Patricia Ann McDowell in Masonville.

Velda Brainard

Velda Brainard, 94, died at her home in North English on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. Memorial Services were held on Jan. 5 at the Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Service in North English. Chaplin Mike Patterson officiated. Burial was in the North English Cemetery. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the North English Community Center or first responders. Messages and tributes may be left at www.powellfuneralhomes.com under obituaries.

Gertrude Coleman

Gertrude “Gert” Coleman, 69, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at her home.
Funeral services were held Jan. 3 at the Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Branch. A memorial fund has been established. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hendersonbarkerfuneralhome.com.
Gertrude was born Aug. 5, 1944, in Muscatine, the daughter of James and Gertrude Cozad. She was united in marriage to Arnold Coleman Sr. For 23 years she had been employed at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics working in several departments, most recently the eye clinic.

Daniel Dauber

Daniel E. Dauber, 52, died Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.
Private family services were held on Dec. 30. A memorial fund has been established. Online condolences may be made to the family at hendersonbarkerfuneralhome.com.
Dan was born Nov. 10, 1961, in Iowa City, the son of Donald Dauber and Patricia Birkett. He graduated from West Branch High School in 1980. He was united in marriage to Laurie Kofoed on Aug. 11, 1984, in West Branch. Dan and Laurie owned and operated General Pest Control in Iowa City. He was a member of the West Branch United Methodist Church.

James Davis

James Eugene Davis, MD, 53, of North Liberty, died Jan. 2, 2014 of a brain tumor. He was at home surrounded by family.
Services were held at the Newman Catholic Student Center in Iowa City. The celebrant was Father Ed Fitzpatrick. A Memorial Mass and cremation entombment will be in Indianapolis, Ind., at a later date.

Colette Harrison

Colette E. Haefner Harrison, 58, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at Rochester Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minn. following an extended illness. Funeral Services were held Jan. 3 at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel in Vinton, with Pastor Dorothy Banzhaf officiating. Private committal services were held at Buckingham Cemetery near Traer.

Janice Morland

Janice E. (Norman) Morland, 70, of North Liberty, passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 30, 2013, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She was just beginning yet another exciting chapter in her life when she was taken from us. Per her wishes, she will be cremated.

Bernice Prokop

Bernice A. Prokop, 86, of Cedar Rapids, was united again with her loving husband Wes and her Savior on Dec. 27, 2013. She was a loving wife, mother, grandma and friend to those she crossed paths with. She dedicated her life to giving selflessly to the needs of those around her. Funeral service were held on Jan, 6 at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories with Pastor Larry Sohn officiating. Interment was in Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.

William Schipper Jr.

William “Bill” Schipper Jr., formerly of Delhi, currently of Walker, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. Memorial Mass was held Dec. 29 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Delhi, by Father John Kramer. Military honors were conducted by the Delhi American Legion. Private burial will be at a later date.

LaVern Stephenson

LaVern Norma Erickson Stephenson passed away on Dec. 29, 2013, at Windmill Manor in Coralville. Funeral Service was held Jan. 2 at the Presbyterian Church in Springville by the Rev. Dr. Karen Downey Beals. Burial was at Springville Cemetery.

Neil Stratton

Neil “Nico” Christopher Stratton, 51, died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at home following a sudden illness.
He was born on Dec. 23, 1961. Although he called Iowa home his entire life, Neil loved traveling all across the Midwest exploring its rich history.
Neil was an adventurer. Storm chasing and prospecting for gold out West were among his exciting pursuits. He was an avid outdoorsman, passionate about snowmobiling and riding his ATV.
A nature and animal lover, he was ardently devoted to the pets he had throughout his life.