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Obituaries

Judy Semler

Judy A. Semler, 55, died Thursday, March 21, 2013, at Mercy Iowa City following a sudden illness. Funeral services were held March 25 at Zion Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Mark Pries officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the Judy Semler Memorial Fund has been established.
Judy was born June 21, 1957, in Iowa City, the daughter of Keith and Luella (Jensen) Fuhrmeister. She attended Olin High School. On July 19, 1980, Judy married Benny Semler in Iowa City. She had been employed at Sheller-Globe. For many years Judy has been a Mary Kay Cosmetics representative.

Shirley Harder

Shirley Maye (Andresen) Harder, 73, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Keystone, died Friday, March 22, 2013, at her home following a sudden illness. Funeral services were held March 26 at Christ United Methodist Church in Belle Plaine, with Pastor Steve Hubbell officiating. Interment was in Keystone Cemetery.
A memorial fund has been established.
Shirley was born Aug. 4, 1939, in Keystone, to LeRoy and Elvera Lena (Luze) Andresen. She enjoyed watching birds and spending time with her family. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Elizabeth Ham

Elizabeth “Betty” A. Ham, 89, of Coralville, died peacefully Thursday, March 21, 2013, at the Solon Care Center. Funeral services were held March 26 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Solon, with Father James Vrba officiating. Burial followed at Oak Hill Cemetery in Coralville.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Betty Ham Memorial Fund.

Gladys Chalupka

Gladys Elizabeth Chalupka, 79, of Solon, died Thursday, March 21, 2013, at Mercy Iowa City. Funeral services were held March 25 at Brosh Chapel in Solon. Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery.

Raymond Buchmayer

Raymond “Booky” Buchmayer, 85, of Solon, died Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Mercy Iowa City. Funeral services were held March 29 at Brosh Chapel in Solon. Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery with full military rites provided by the Solon American Legion, Stinocher Post #460. Raymond was the first born of Otto and Agnes (Kriel) Buchmayer on Sept. 4, 1927, in Solon. He graduated from Solon High School and attended Cornell College for three years. He then attended and graduated from bricklayer trade school. He married Elaine Schindler on Jan. 17, 1953. She died Dec. 31, 1996.

Gertrude “Trudy” Winebrenner

Gertrude “Trudy” Winebrenner, 99, passed away peacefully Monday, March 18, 2013, in the comfort of her North Liberty home with her family by her side. Private family services were held. Committal services were March 22 at Burge Cemetery in New London.
Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.lensingfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Iowa City Hospice, www.iowacityhospice.org/donate.

Wilma Vanourney

Wilma L. Vanourney, 75, died Monday, March 18, 2013, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. Funeral services were held March 22 at the Oxford United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Diane Townsley presiding. Burial was in Blaine Cemetery near Swisher.

Ronald Schott

Ronald Lee Schott, 68, formerly of Sigourney, passed away March 2, 2013, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics after a courageous battle with leukemia.
Ron was born June 29, 1944, in Scott County to Raymond Schott and Eva Sizemore-Schott. Ron was a graduate of Mount Vernon High School and married Betty Horras-McPherson in January 1968. They separated many years later. Ron owned and operated R.L. Schott Implements for over 20 years in Sigourney.
Local survivors include his sons, Aaron (Sharon) Schott and Adam Schott and his partner, Mallory Schaffer, all of North Liberty.

Delbert Nicklaus

Delbert August Nicklaus, 78, of Iowa City, died Sunday, March 17, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his family. Funeral services were held March 23 at the First Presbyterian Church in Iowa City.

Bridget J. (Gerholdt) Maher

Bridget J. (Gerholdt) Maher, 45, of Solon, died Friday, March 22, 2013, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Solon. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery in Solon. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Brosh Chapel. 100 S. Cedar St, Solon.

Ronald Schott

Ronald Lee Schott, 68, formerly of Sigourney, passed away March 2, 2013, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics after a courageous battle with leukemia.
Ron was born June 29, 1944, in Scott County to Raymond Schott and Eva Sizemore-Schott. Ron was a graduate of Mount Vernon High School and married Betty Horras-McPherson in January 1968. They separated many years later. Ron owned and operated R.L. Schott Implements for over 20 years in Sigourney.
Local survivors include his sons, Aaron (Sharon) Schott and Adam Schott and his partner, Mallory Schaffer, all of North Liberty.

Ozella (Stastny) Hoffman

Ozella Jane (Stastny) Hoffman, 90, of Cedar Rapids, died Sunday, March 10, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids. Funeral services were held March 13 at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids. Burial followed at Rogers Grove Cemetery, Ely.
Ozella was born Feb. 25, 1923, in Ely, to Joseph and Laura (Neiderhiser) Stastny. She graduated from Ely High School in 1942 and Cedar Rapids Business College in 1943. She married Paul Hoffman in 1953 at St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids. Ozella worked at Collins Radio Co. for 17 years and part-time at Manpower Inc.