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Obituaries

Eileen Beranek

Eileen Marie Beranek, 91, passed away peacefully on Nov. 6, 2013, at the Solon Nursing Care Center. Funeral services were held on Nov. 12 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon. Burial followed in St. Mary Cemetery.

Cyrus Van Deusen

Cyrus “Cy” Angelo Van Deusen, 56, of Marion, died on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at St. Luke’s Hospital following a short illness. Services were held on Nov. 4 at Teahen Funeral Home by the Rev. Jeremy Higgins. Burial was at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Blairstown.

Mary Gerleman

Mary Kay Gerleman, 93, of Cedar Rapids, died Nov. 3, 2013, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy. Funeral Mass was on Nov. 8 at All Saints Catholic Church by the Rev. John Flaherty. Burial followed at Holy Trinity Cemetery in Harper.

Betty Hamilton

Betty J. Hamilton, 74, of Fairfax, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy, in Hiawatha. Services were Nov. 6 at Blessed John XXIII in Cedar Rapids, by Deacon Dick Manning. Private family burial was at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Fairfax.
Survivors include her children, step daughter, Kim Dains of Marengo, Suzette (John) Pontius of Lawrenceville, Ga., Scott Hamilton of Stanwood, Mark (Diana) Hamilton of Solon, Brad (Beth) Hamilton of Fairfax and Tad (Stephanie ) Hamilton of Fairfax; 22 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

Leonard Ivan Zalesky

Leonard Ivan Zalesky, 85, of Shueyville, passed away peacefully at St. Luke’s Hospice Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. Funeral Mass was held on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at St. Ludmila’s Catholic Church with Father Dennis Juhl presiding. Burial followed at the Shueyville Cemetery.
Leonard was born Aug. 10, 1928, in rural Swisher, the son of Joseph and Hattie (Bys) Zalesky. Leonard served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He married the love of his life, Doris McDonnell on June 11, 1957 in Coggon. He worked for many years as a plumber for Swisher Plumbing.

Shay Zeller

Shay Pauly Zeller, 28, of Marion, died suddenly, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Des Moines. Funeral Mass was held Nov. 7 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Marion. Private Family inurnment was at Springville Cemetery, Springville.
Survivors include his parents, Ted and Theresa of Solon; his siblings, Evan and Kate Zeller; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Mary Jane Armstrong

Mary Jane Armstrong, 80, of Mechanicsville, died suddenly on Oct. 28, 2013, at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, with her daughters by her side. She was the daughter of John William and Marie Evelyn (Kinnan) Frederick, born Nov. 13, 1933, in Cedar Bluff. Janie, as she was known, graduated from Tipton High School in 1950 and fell in love with Grant H. Armstrong. They were united in marriage in Boston, Mass., on Aug. 16, 1952. They made their home in Mechanicsville where they raised their five children. Janie was more than a stay at home mom.

Arthur R. “Art” Gorsh

Arthur R. “Art” Gorsh, 92, of Iowa City, died at home Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at 1:30 a.m.

Donald Marner

Donald W. Marner, 91, longtime resident of Iowa City, died Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at the Mercy Iowa City Hospice Unit. He chose to stop antibiotics and procedures and end his life on his own terms. A celebration of Don’s Life is planned for Friday, Nov. 8, at 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Iowa City. (Sunday parking will be available only on Jefferson Street). The family will greet friend’s Thursday, Nov. 7, from 4 until 7 p.m. at Lensing Funeral Service in Iowa City. Inurnment will be in the Rose Garden at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Iowa City.

Larry Slay

Larry L. Slay, 77, North Liberty, passed on Oct. 29, 2013, after a tenacious and admirable battle against leukemia. Larry was happily retired after 35 years with HLM Architects. A celebration of life was held on Nov. 3 at Lensing’s Oak Hill in Coralville.
Larry was born on Oct. 19, 1936, in Oskaloosa, the son of Paul and Marie (Krile) Slay. He married Mary L. Blackwell on Feb. 4, 1956, and together, Larry and Mary had four wonderful children. Larry was a loving and devoted husband and father who was always deeply involved with his family. He will be missed as a friend, husband and father.

Brian D Storck

Brian D Storck, 59, passed away Oct. 10, 2013, at the Presbyterian Hospital Hospice Center in Matthews, N.C., following a brief struggle with cancer.
Brian is survived by his mother, Bonnie Storck of Moose Lake, Minn., and two brothers, Bill (Romayne) Storck of Moose Lake, Minn. and Bob Storck of Solon. Also surviving are four nephews, Todd (Ginny) Storck of Mequon, Wis.; Thane (Carol) Storck of Cedarburg Wis., Scott Storck of Solon, and Brad Storck of North Liberty. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert, and several aunts and uncles.

Diane Burch

Diane Roberson Burch of Solon died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. She was born in New Hampton, the daughter of Harvey and Elouise Roberson. She graduated from New Hampton High School and Iowa State University with a major in agricultural journalism.