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Obituaries

Bernard Milder

Bernard J. “Red” Milder, 90, of Iowa City, died at his home on Tuesday, March 5, 2013.
Mass of Christian Burial was March 8 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Iowa City. The Very Reverend Rudolph Juarez officiated. Burial followed at St. Joseph Cemetery in Iowa City.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Iowa City Hospice, American Cancer Society for Breast Cancer or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Larry Hayes

Larry Warren Hayes, 67, of Keokuk, formerly of Ely, died Sunday, March 3, 2013. Private family services will be held at a later date. Burial was at Croton Cemetery in Croton.
Survivors include his son, Marcus Hayes; his mother, Betty McPherson-Hayes; Stephen Hayes and Todd Hayes; sisters, Susan Hayes and Beverly Hayes; daughter-in-law, Jenny Hayes; and grandsons, Cian and Lochlann Hayes.
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Shelly Hayes; his father, James Leroy Hayes Sr.; and stepfather, Cecil Hayes.

Dorothy Vesely

Dorothy M. Vesely, 76, of Iowa City, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at her home.

Glenn Swenka

Glenn A. Swenka, 52, of Oxford, passed away Feb. 25, 2013, at UIHC from complications following a courageous battle with a long-term illness. Private family inurnment will be held at a later date. Following a March 2 visitation in Solon, there was a celebration of life in memory of Glenn at the Dawg House in Oxford.
Glenn was born Aug. 24, 1960, the son of Edward and Mary B. (Klima) Swenka. He was raised on the family farm in Oxford, and graduated from Clear Creek Community High School in 1978.

Karen Lowman

Karen E. Lowman, 68, of North Liberty, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City.
A service celebrating Karen’s life was held March 2 at the First United Church of North Liberty. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Karen’s name can be made to the NICU Gift Fund, UI Foundation, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, IA 52240, to continue to support the many children she shared her love with. Online condolences can be sent to their family through the web at www.gayandciha.com.

Marilyn Brown

Marilyn Brown of Iowa City passed peacefully from this earth Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at her home. Memorial services were held March 2 at First Presbyterian Church in Iowa City, with the Rev. Sam Massey officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to First Presbyterian Church or Iowa City Hospice.

Maryan Steichen

Maryan Rose Steichen “Grandma,” 86, of Cedar Rapids, passed away peacefully in her home on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, surrounded by her loved ones. Funeral Mass was held Feb. 20 at St. Ludmila’s Catholic Church with burial following in St. Johns Catholic Cemetery.
Maryan was born Oct. 8, 1926, in Granville, the daughter of John Peter and Catherine (Nichel) Schwebach. She married Arthur Steichen on May 8, 1946, in Granville. Maryan and her family attended St. Ludmila’s Catholic Church, raising 10 children. She worked Mercy Home Health Care for over 15 years.

Wanda Shaffer

Wanda Louise (Leigh) Shaffer, 91, of Cedar Rapids, died Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids. Services were held Feb. 20 at Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Cedar Rapids, conducted by Pastor Del Bear. Burial was in Linwood Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.
Local Survivors include her grandchild Brandon (Chelsea) Hess of Ely.

Veronica Power

Veronica “Bonnie” Power, 83, of Iowa City, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at her daughter’s home in Phoenix, Ariz. after a brief struggle with cancer.
Mass of Christian Burial was Feb. 23 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Iowa City, with the Very Reverend Rudolph Juarez officiating. Burial followed at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to St. Patrick’s Church or Hospice of the Valley (Phoenix).

Daisy Chipman

Daisy E. Chipman, 93, died peacefully Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, in Port Charlotte, Fla. following a brief illness.
Funeral Services celebrating Daisy’s life were held Feb. 25 at Lensing’s Oak Hill in Coralville. Burial was at Ridgewood Cemetery in North Liberty. In lieu of flowers, the Daisy Chipman Memorial Fund has been established.
Daisy was born March 30, 1919, in Iowa City, the daughter of Harry and Neta (Southwick) Grout. She was a graduate of Sharon Center High School and attended the University of Iowa. On Aug. 23, 1940, Daisy married Carroll Chipman in Independence.

Russell Weisert

Russell “Rusty” Weisert, 90, of Mount Auburn, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at Virginia Gay Hospital from cancer. Private graveside services were held at Evergreen Cemetery with military rites conducted by the American Legion.
“Rusty” was born Feb. 8, 1923, in Mount Auburn, to Clifford and Ethel (Geltz) Weisert and graduated from Lincoln High School in Vinton. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He was a member of Emil H. Dutler American Legion Post #177 of Mount Auburn.

Brandon Leffert

Brandon Paul Leffert, 26, of Central City, passed at home on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, of a courageous battle with brain cancer. A celebration of life will be held in the spring.
Local survivors include Kris (Bryce Ruroden) Nelson of Ely.
Brandon was born May 4, 1986, in Bakersfield, Calif., the son of Michael and Roxanne (Nelson) Leffert. He graduated from Marion High School in 2005, and then attended Kirkwood Community College. Most recently, he was proud to work for Heinz Quality Chef Foods in Cedar Rapids.