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Obituaries

John Soukup

John J. Soukup, 60, of North Liberty passed away Dec. 21, 2013 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at 3 p.m., with a Celebration of Life gathering beginning at 1 p.m. at Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to The Alzheimer’s Association.

Scott Strabala

Scott Alan Strabala, 63, of Lone Tree and formerly of Ft. Madison died Christmas morning 2013 at Pioneer Park in Lone Tree. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Dec. 28 at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Riverside with the Rev. David Brownfield officiating. Burial was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Scott Strabala Memorial Fund c/o P.O. Box 167, Iowa City, IA 52244.

Shirley Blackford

Shirley Blackford, 62, of Anamosa and formerly of Marion, died peacefully Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 at her home, surrounded by her family. A time of remembrance and celebration of Shirley’s life was held Dec. 22 at Sally’s On Broadway in Springville. Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left at goettschonline.com.

Thomas Henry

Thomas Patrick Henry, 52, of Cedar Rapids, passed away Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. Memorial services were held Dec. 19 at First Assembly of God Church in Cedar Rapids, with pastor Larry Sohn presiding.
Thomas was born June 10, 1961, the son of Robert and Evelyn (Bledsoe) Henry in East Los Angeles, Calif. On June 1, 2011, he married Melynda (Edmonson) Henry in Reno, Nev. He was a member of the First Assembly of God Church and loved spending time with Melynda and his family. He was a wonderful, selfless and giving person.

Irma Herring

Irma R. Herring, 69, of Iowa City, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at Iowa City Care and Rehab Center.
Irma Rose Herring was born June 30, 1944, in Johnson County, daughter of Paul E. and Hazel A. (Miller) Herring. She graduated from Oxford High School and attended the Iowa City Commercial College. She was a professional secretary and worked most of her life for the University of Iowa, retiring in 2008.

Pamela Hobbs

Pamela Jean Hobbs, 60, of North Liberty, died peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, in her home with her family by her side. A memorial service was held on Dec. 16 in the Hagele and Honts Funeral Home, Mediapolis. Private burial followed in the Kossuth Cemetery. Online condolences and photographs may be shared at www.fryfuneralhome.com. A general memorial fund has been established in her memory.

John Zoller

John Zoller, 66, died Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids following a brief illness. Funeral services were held Dec. 16 at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello with pastor Paul Wood officiating. Interment was in the Bowens Prairie Cemetery rural Monticello. Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left at goettschonline.com. Surviving are son Michael (Jen) Zoller, Olin, and daughter Jennifer Zoller, North Liberty; grandchildren, Ethan and Audrey; a sister Sarah Zoller and a brother Geoffrey Zoller both of Cascade.

Maybell Benning

Maybell L. Benning, 93, of Cedar Rapids, died in her home Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. Services will be held Dec. 18 at Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories with inurnment at the Cedar Memorial Park mausoleum.

Fred Bruegge

Fred W. Bruegge, 74, of Washington, died Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at his residence after being seriously ill for the past sixteen months.
Celebration of life services were held Dec. 10 at the Jones & Eden Funeral Home with Pastor Harald Gruber officiating. Interment was at the Elm Grove Cemetery in Washington. Memorials have been established for Washington County Hospice or the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent for Fred’s family through the web at www.jonesfh.com.

Betty Crouse

Betty L. Crouse, 78, of Cedar Rapids, lost her battle with ALS on Dec 7, 2013, and passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family.
Betty graduated from Oelwein High School in June 1953 and married Lyle Crouse in August 1953. Lyle and Betty resided and raised their family in Cedar Rapids.
Betty relocated to Houston, Texas, in 1980 and returned home in 2012.

Lila Flansburg

Lila R. Flansburg, 89, longtime resident of Tiffin, died Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at Windmill Manor in Coralville.
Funeral services were held Dec. 14 at Grace United Methodist Church in Tiffin with burial following at Oakhill Cemetery. Memorials in Lila’s name can be made to Grace United Methodist Church.

John T. Hall

John T. Hall, 62, formerly of Iowa City, passed away on Nov. 21, 2013. He worked for Growmark and Southern States from 1970 until 2013.
John is survived by his wife of 43 years, Terry; son, Tom (Jenny, grandsons Brady and Jordan) of Nixa, Mo.; daughter, Wendy (Jason, granddaughter Corissa) Gavin of North Liberty.
A time of fellowship celebrating John’s life will be held on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in North Liberty, from 2 until 4 p.m.