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Obituaries

Tanner DeWayne Wymer

Tanner DeWayne Wymer, 17 of Solon, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in a tragic drowning accident on the Coralville Reservoir. Celebration of life services were held Saturday, Jan. 9, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon, with Pastor Scott Keele Kober of Solon United Methodist Church presiding.
Visitation was Friday, Jan. 8, at St. Mary Catholic Church. A private family inurnment will be held at a later date. Brosh Chapel in Solon is handling Tanner’s arrangements.

Jeffrey S. Astor

Jeffrey Scott Astor, 56, of North Liberty, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, after a long and courageous battle with Leukemia. He passed peacefully at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas surrounded by loved ones. Jeff was born to James and Laura Astor on Dec. 12, 1959. He was the youngest of five siblings: Donna Birkicht and friend; Cary Rhoads, of Cedar Rapids; Carol Murphy and her husband Steve, of Georgetown, Texas; Dennis Astor and friend Bev Davis, of Cedar Rapids; and Janis McMann and her husband Larry, of Cedar Rapids.

Linda Hansel

Linda Hansel, 53, died Friday, Dec. 25, 2015, at UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids, following a battle with COPD. A celebration of life was held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, in the Lawrence Room at the Lawrence Community Center in Anamosa. Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa, has been entrusted with Linda’s arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.

Tanner D. Wymer

Tanner DeWayne Wymer, 17, of Solon, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in a tragic drowning accident on the Coralville Reservoir. Celebration of life services were held Saturday, Jan. 9, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, located at 1749 Racine Avenue NE. Visitation was from 3-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. 
Tanner was born April 19, 1998 in Iowa City, the son of Brad and Marcy (Gage) Wymer. He was a senior at Solon High School planning to graduate in May. Tanner was an outstanding student and active in football, wrestling and track and field. 

Leona Haub

Leona Haub, 89, of Solon, passed away peacefully Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, at the Solon Nursing Care Center. As per Leona’s wishes, a private family service will be held at a later date. Brosh Chapel in Solon is handling arrangements.
Leona Jeanette Nekvinda was born Oct. 15, 1926, in Olivia, Minn. Her family moved to Fort Dodge and later to Dayton where her family owned and operated a restaurant. Leona married Robert Haub of Dayton on Feb. 10, 1951. Leona worked for Grandview Care Center in Dayton for 20 years.

Jane Elaine Fencl

Jane Elaine Fencl, 66, of Solon, passed away on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, at the Mechanicsville Nursing and Rehab Center. Celebration of life services were Tuesday, Dec. 22, at Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre in Solon. Visitation was Monday, Dec. 21, at Brosh Chapel. Inurnment was in Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery near Solon.

Frank James Upah

Frank James Upah, 91, of Cedar Rapids, died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, at Northbrook Manor Care Center. Services were held Friday, Dec. 18, at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids. Burial was held in Rogers Grove Cemetery near Ely. Visitation was one hour before the Friday services at Brosh Chapel.

Bert Louis (Louie) Brannaman

Bert Louis “Louie” Brannaman of Davis, Calif., passed away peacefully on Nov. 21, 2015. He was 95 years old. Louie was born in Sutliff on March 3, 1920. After high school, Louie attended the University of Iowa. Upon graduation, Louie moved to California where he started working for the University of California (UC) Riverside in agronomy. In 1963, Louie transferred to the UC Davis campus, where he was a lab technician in the agronomy department. Louie worked for 35 years for the University of California.

Jean LeClair Pavelka

Jean LeClair Pavelka, 91, of Martelle, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. Funeral Mass was Saturday, Dec. 5, at St. Mary Catholic Church, in Solon. Burial followed at St. Mary Cemetery. Visitation was Friday, Dec. 4, at Brosh Chapel, in Solon.

Paula Annette Sufficool

Paula Sufficool, North Liberty, passed away on Nov. 28, 2015, after a short battle with gastric adenocarcinoma. She was born in Cedar Rapids on March 9, 1948, to James and Doris (Williams) Sufficool. She was a graduate of Bellevue High School and Iowa State University.
Paula was a Histotechnologist at the VA Medical Center in Iowa City, retiring in 2010. She was a member of Iowa Society of Histotechnology, National Society for Histotechnology and Pilgrim Chapter of Daughters of American Revolution.

Eldon F. Hosek

Eldon F. Hosek, 89, of Cedar Rapids, died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center from a brief illness. Services were held Saturday, Nov. 14, at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids, with burial in Anderson Cemetery near Swisher.

Patrick Michael Murphy

Patrick Michael Murphy, 73, of Shueyville, passed away on Nov. 9, 2015, in his home. Funeral Mass was held Friday, Nov. 13, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon, with Fr. Tim Sheedy presiding.
Burial was in Shueyville Cemetery. Visitation was Thursday, Nov. 12, at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids, where there was a 7 p.m. vigil.