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Obituaries

Leslie Pedersen

Leslie “Les” A. Pedersen, 92, of West Branch, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at Crestview Nursing and Rehab Center in West Branch.
Funeral services were held Jan. 28 at the Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Branch. Burial was at Honey Grove Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the West Branch First Responders. Online condolences may be made to the family at hendersonbarkerfuneralhome.com.

Donald Donovan

Donald Donovan, 88, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at Windmill Manor following a brief illness. Funeral Services were held Jan. 28 at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City, with Father Thomas Doyle officiating. Burial was at St. Joseph Cemetery.
Don was born April 28, 1924, in Graham Township near Solon, the son of Raymond and Mary Lena Dewey Donovan. Don farmed with his father and brother on the family farm west of Iowa City. Following the death of his mother, Don lived at Chatham Oaks for 17 years, later moving to Windmill Manor. Don liked to fish, play bingo and do craftwork.

Rita Brooks

Rita Rose Brooks, 90, a longtime resident of Coralville, died suddenly Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at Mercy Iowa City.

Virgil Davis Jr.

Virgil E. Davis Jr., 61, of Washington, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. Funeral services were held Jan. 21 at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City, with military honors following.
Virgil E. Davis Jr. was born Dec. 16, 1951, in Fairfield, the son of Virgil E. Davis Sr. and Lorraine M. (Shalla) Davis. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. For many years Virgil worked as a subcontractor for floor furnishing stores as a floor covering specialist. He later worked as manager for AutoZone in Washington.

Frances Dubishar

Frances “Fran” L. Dubishar, 86, of Amana, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at the Solon Nursing and Rehab Skilled Center in Solon. Celebration of Life was Jan. 25 at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids, with the Rev. Mike Townsley presiding. Burial followed in Czech National Cemetery.

Rosalie Hinshaw

Rosalie Hinshaw, 76, of Marion, formerly of Newton, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at her home. A funeral service was held Jan. 24 at the Wallace Family Funeral Home in Newton. Burial was at Our Silent City Cemetery in Kellogg.

Cheryle Hootman

Cheryle R. Hootman, 66, of Cedar Rapids, died early Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at the Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy, Hiawatha. Celebration of Life was Jan. 25 at Papich-Kuba Funeral Home, Cedar Rapids.
Local survivors include her daughter Tamera (Bryan) Ballard of Ely.
Cheryle was born Nov. 18, 1946, in Cedar Rapids, and lived most of her life in Cedar Rapids and the surrounding area. She was a very good cook and loved to paint, especially nature scenes.
Memorial contributions may be given to the American Cancer Society.

Doris King

Doris Colbert King, 95, of Waterloo, formerly of North Liberty, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at the Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo. Funeral services were held Jan. 23 at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City with burial following at the Springfield Cemetery in What Cheer.
Memorial donations can be made in her memory to either Cedar Valley Hospice or Friendship Village of Waterloo.
Online condolences may be sent for her family through the web at www.gayandciha.com.

James Newman

James R. Newman, 87, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at Meadow View Care Center.
James was born March 25, 1925, in Marion, to Delbert and Caroline (Schmit) Newman. James graduated from Roosevelt High School and soon after went to work at Quaker Oats, where he eventually met Esther Meyer. They were married Oct. 1, 1950, in Cedar Rapids.
Services were held Jan. 25 at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories.
Local survivors include his son, Randy (Misty) Newman of Ely.
Please leave a message or tribute to the family on the web page, www.cedarmemorial.com under obituaries.

Ronnie Richmond

Ronnie “Ron” L. Richmond, 74, of Swisher, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 23, 1013, surrounded by his loving family. Ron wanted nothing more than to have his friends remember him with a party, held at the Swisher American Legion Hall on Jan. 26. Private graveside services will be held at a later date at Anderson Cemetery, Swisher.

William Rieniets

William Rieniets, 80, of North Liberty, passed away Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. A Celebration of Life service was held Jan. 21, with a visitation before at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home in Cedar Rapids.
William John Rieniets was born Feb. 20, 1932, to John and Martha Kruse Rieniets. Bill taught math and sciences at various high schools, including Mount Pleasant, Center Point and then finally Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids. He volunteered to film many of the sporting events at the schools

Deborah Thoe

Deborah K. Thoe, 59, formerly of Iowa City, presently living in rural Solon, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.
Funeral services were held Jan. 26 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Iowa City, with burial following at Memory Gardens Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made Deborah’s favorite causes, Table to Table in Iowa City or Smile Train in Washington D.C. Online condolences may be sent for her family through the web at www.gayandciha.com.