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Obituaries

Linda Hoefer

Linda Mae Hoefer, 73, a resident of Northbrook Manor Care, formerly of Cedar Rapids, died Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at St. Luke’s Hospital following a brief illness. Private family services were held Aug. 19. Interment was in Czech National Cemetery.
Survivors include her daughter, Lisa (Alan) Hoefer Kalell of Colorado Springs, Colo.; her grandchildren, Jordan and Lindsey; her brother, Ray (Susie) Vecerka of Cedar Rapids; her brothers-in-law, Charles Hoefer, Cedar Rapids, and Art and Karen Hoefer, Swisher; and many nieces and nephews.

Robert “Bob” C. Slaymaker

Robert “Bob” C. Slaymaker, 75, died peacefully Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics surrounded by his family.
Funeral services will be held Aug. 23 at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service with Father John Spiegel officiating. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery, Solon. In lieu of flowers friends may contribute to the Bob Slaymaker Memorial Fund or the charity of their choice.

Madeline Sperry

Madeline Marie Sperry, 91, of Cedar Rapids, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, at MeadowView Memory Care Village, Cedar Raids. Services were held Aug. 26 at Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cedar Rapids, conducted by the Rev. William B. Harnish. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Williamsburg.

Dora L. Stochl

Dora L. Stochl, 96 of Solon, died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at the Solon Nursing Care Center. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Brosh Chapel in Solon, with burial to follow in Oakland Cemetery. Visitation was Tuesday at Brosh Chapel.
Dora was born July 27, 1917, in Marengo, the daughter of George and Mary Schultz. Dora married Frank Stochl on Oct. 3, 1951, in Marengo.
Dora is survived by her daughter Linda (Ed) Walters and grandson Travis.
She was preceded in death by her husband Frank, her parents, twin brothers Ervin and Everett, and her sister Vera Grimm.

John Baird

John Michael “Mike” Baird was born Sept. 6, 1943, in Fort Worth, Texas to John and Mary Baird. He succumbed to leukemia Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013.
To say Mike lived an adventurous life might be an understatement. He was a military veteran, a small-business owner (Modular Furniture Services of Rock Island, Ill.) and a Harley rider, a passion he shared with his much-lived daughter, Amy.
His raw sense of humor and blatant honesty instantly drew you to him– or pushed you away. You were lucky if you chose the former. Mike will be remembered for his generosity and his unwavering loyalty.

Keith Cope

Keith A. Cope, 86, of Marion, died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, at Jones County Regional Medical Center, Anamosa. Funeral Service was held Aug. 13 at Murdoch Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Marion. Burial was in Friends Cemetery, Whittier.
Survivors include his son, Michael Cope of Springville; daughter, Kelly Parker of California; three grandchildren, Adela Cope of Iowa city, Ariel Cope of North Liberty and Calvin Cope of Cedar Rapids; brother, Curt (Winifred) Cope of Springville; and many other loving family members.

Florence Fuhrmeister

Florence M. Fuhrmeister, 97, formerly of rural North Liberty, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, after a lengthy illness at Lantern Park Nursing and Rehab Center in Coralville. Memorial services were held Aug. 14 at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City. Family graveside services were at Ridgewood Cemetery in North Liberty.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Florence Fuhrmeister Memorial Fund.
Online condolences and a complete obituary can be found at www.gayandciha.com.

George Hoffner

George C. Hoffner, 98, of Clarence, died Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, at the Clarence Nursing Home. Services were held Aug. 16 at Chapman Funeral Home in Clarence, with the Rev. David Mears officiating. Burial was in Clarence Cemetery, with military honors.
Survivors include daughters, Nancy (Clarence) Parker of Richardson, Texas and Carol Cherryholmes of North Liberty; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a half sister, Dorothy Heinke of Cedar Rapids.
Full obituary may be seen and online condolences sent to www.chapmanfh.com.

Kelly Liddell and Troy Liddell

The families and friends of Kelly and Troy Liddell have once again come together; this time under the most tragic circumstances following an accident that took their lives away from all of us Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013. These same families and friends have rallied, supported, cried, laughed and will go on because of the beautiful lives of Kelly and Troy.
Visitation and services were held Aug. 18 at Parkview Evangelical Church in Iowa City. Kelly and Troy touched many lives.

Dwight Marine

On Wednesday, July 24, 2013, Dwight H. Marine died at his home in Amherst, Mass. after a two-year struggle with cancer.
Dwight Howard Marine was born Oct. 6, 1955, in Iowa City to Mabel Elizabeth Coxon Marine and the late Leroy Donald Marine. He graduated from Lone Tree Community High School; Kirkwood Community College; and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dwight worked for the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority for over a quarter of a century and his final position was that of supervisor.

Dean Rodgers

Dean Charles Rodgers died Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, at his home near Wellman at the age of 68 years.
He is survived by his wife, Jan; two children, Steven Duane (Colleen) Rodgers and Dena Diane (Cameron) Davis, all of Wellman; nine grandchildren, Everett, Hazel, Henry, Wendell, Oliver and a baby Rodgers, due in January, Caleb, Cole and Sidney Davis; a sister, Vernene (Gary) Lenz of Glyndon, Md.; and four brothers, Blaine (Gayle) Rodgers of Denver, Colo., Wayne (Marylou) Rodgers of Mount Pleasant, Richard (Mwansa) Rodgers of Tiffin and Allen Rodgers of Winfield.

Erwin Steffen

Erwin G. Steffen, 63, of Dyersville, died Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, at his home in Dyersville surrounded by his family. Services were held Aug. 16 at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, with the Rev. Dennis Quint officiating. Burial was in St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville.