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Obituaries

Frank Becicka Jr.

Frank “Buzz” Becicka Jr., 76, of Cedar Rapids, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, surrounded by his family. Celebration of Life gathering was held Dec. 27 at The Avacentre at Brosh Chapel. Private family inurnment will be in Czech National Cemetery.

Mick Bertelli

Mick Lane Bertelli, 55, of Solon, died Dec. 26, 2012, at Mercy Iowa City. Services were held Dec. 30 at Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Cedar Rapids.
Survivors include his wife, Robin Bertelli of Solon; daughter, Courtney (Chris) Ressler of Shueyville; grandchildren, Harper Lane and Jacob Hayes Ressler; four brothers, Monty, Marty (Kathy), Murry and Mark (Lisa) Bertelli; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Curt and Sue Kieffer of West Branch; a sister-in-law, Wendy Bertelli of Hiawatha; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Phyllis Harrison

Phyllis M. Harrison, 82, of Dysart, formerly of rural Garrison, died Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at Sunnycrest Nursing Center in Dysart. Services were held Dec. 31 at the United Methodist Church in Dysart. Burial was at the Dysart Cemetery.
Local survivors include Peggy (Jeff) Anderson of Solon.

Ruth A. Heinsius

Ruth A. Heinsius, 79, of Marion, died Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at her home. As per Ruth’s wishes there will be no services. A private family inurnment will be at a later date.

Arling Langhurst

Arling K. Langhurst, 92, of North Liberty, passed away Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, in his home with his family at his side. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Arling was born July 25, 1920, in Cedar Rapids, to Fred and Eva (Chalupsky) Langhurst.
Survivors include his sons, Gary (Marilyn), Val (June) and Matt (Gail); and daughter, Connie (Gary) Tisl; grandchildren, Paul, Kristi, Regina, Andrea, Jay, Vanessa, Zowi, Max and Allison; and many great-grandchildren.

Terry Meder

Terry Lynn Meder, 65, died peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, after a valiant fight with cancer, surrounded by his family at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Funeral services were held Dec. 29 at Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Branch. Burial was at Memory Gardens Cemetery, Iowa City.

Joseph Pettit

Joseph Dewayne Pettit, 69, of rural Iowa City, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012.
Memorial services were held Dec. 27 at the American Legion Post #17 in Iowa City; Military honors were provided. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made in Joseph’s memory to Iowa City Hospice, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, or Operation Once in a Lifetime at P.O. Box 797052, Dallas, TX 75379 or on the web at onceinalifetime.com. Online condolences may be sent to his family through the web at www.gayandciha.com.

William Sibley

William “Bill” Sibley, 60, of North Liberty, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. The funeral service was at Oak Hill Funeral Home in Coralville.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.

Vernon Smith

Vernon E. Smith, 81, of Solon, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at Mercy Iowa City. Funeral Mass was held Dec. 24 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon. Burial was at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, with full military honors provided by the Solon American Legion.

Ronald Baldwin

Dr. Ronald F. Baldwin, 88, of Vinton, died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at his home in Vinton. Private family services were held Dec. 13 with interment in Maplewood Cemetery, Vinton.
Ron was born March 2, 1935, in Charles City, the son of Fred M. and Irene L. White Baldwin. Ron served in the United States Army from 1957 until 1960, in the Army Security Agency. He was employed by Vinton Community Schools as an educator for more than 30 years, retiring in 1996. He also taught at Marble Rock School and Williamsburg Community Schools.

Daniel Besler

Daniel J. Besler, of Milpitas, Calif., passed away at his home in Milpitas on Dec. 2, 2012, surrounded by family and loved ones.
Dan was born in Dubuque, on Oct. 5, 1950, a twin to brother Dick, son of Margene (Reiff) and Urban J. Besler of Hopkinton. He grew up in rural Hopkinton, graduated from Western Dubuque High School, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1971. He spent much of his adult life at sea and living on land in California. In 1989, Dan met the love of his life, Trina Villicana and they married in 1991. After 21 years of service, Dan retired from the Navy in 1992.

Edwin ‘Ted’ Choate Jr.

Edwin James “Ted” Choate Jr. of LeClaire, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Rock Island, Ill.
Ted was born on Sept. 12, 1932, in Chicago, to Edwin J. and Ruth (Sharky) Choate. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in pharmacy. He worked as a pharmacist for over 50 years and was president of Mays Drug Inc.
Earlier in life he served in the United States Navy, stationed in Cuba, where he met his wife of over 57 years, Lois Rose Pin.
Ted and Lois were members of Our Lady of the River Catholic Church in LeClaire.