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Obituaries and death notices from various sources.


Dr. Lawrence R. Newman

  Lawrence R. Newman, who served two terms as president of the National Association of the Deaf, has died in California at age 86.

Daughter Laureen Newman-Feldhorn told the Los Angeles Times he died Monday at his Riverside home from complications of emergency surgery and Parkinson's disease.

Newman taught at the California School for the Deaf in Riverside and was an outspoken advocate for deaf rights.

A story about Newman in the magazine Deaf Life said he was 5 when a chronic ear infection led to mastoiditis. During surgery, a doctor accidentally severed a nerve that left him deaf and caused the left side of his face to become motionless.

A memorial service for Newman is scheduled for Thursday, July 7, 2011, at Mount Sinai Memorial Park in Los Angeles.

Editor's Note:  He was a guest speaker during one of the IAD's conferenes. 


Arthur G. Nelson, Jr.

  Arthur G. Nelson, Jr., May 16, 1925 – Jul 4, 2011. Omaha, NE. Long-time active member in the Deaf Community. Preceded in death by father, Arthur G. Nelson Sr; mother, Gertrude DeGroot Nelson; brothers, Nels Nelson and Garrett Nelson; sister, Betty Priem. Survived by wife, Tami Richardson-Nelson; daughters: Kathy Huynh (Doc) of Omaha and Nancy Hanson of Elgin, Il; son, SPC Loy Nelson currently serving in Afghanistan; grandchildren: Jennifer Meyer (Corey), Eric Hanson, Brian Hanson; great-grandchildren: Langston Meyer, Holden Meyer, Townshend Meyer; many other family members and friends.

Private Graveside Service to be held at Valley, NE Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the family c/o the mortuary.

Mortuaries and Crematories
7805 West Center Road
Omaha, Nebraska 68124
(402) 391-3900

We wish to extend our sincerest sympathy to Tami Richardson-Nelson and his family.

Also thank Heafey-Heafey-Hoffman Dworak & Cutler for the information.


Dorothy K. Landsverk

  Dorothy K. Landsverk, 84, passed away Thursday, June 30, 2011 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at Ankeny Funeral Home, 1510 W. First St., Ankeny. Interment will be in Oralabor Cemetery.

Dorothy was born December 1, 1926 in Rockville, MO to Louis and Minna Meyer. She attended the Detroit Lutheran School For The Deaf until 8th grade, and graduated from Kansas School For The Deaf. She married Odis Landsverk in Aliceville, KS on January 23, 1954. They raised their two children in Ankeny.

Survivors include her husband, Odis Landsverk of Ankeny; son, Ivan (Bonnie) Landsverk of Ankeny; daughter, Sally Nickerson of Burnsville, MN; grandchildren, Chloe Landsverk and Michael Nickerson; and brothers, Herbert Meyer of Burlington, KS, and Louis Meyer of LeRoy, KS. She is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; and two sisters.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family.

Thanks to the Des Moines Register, July 3, 2011 for the information.


Betty Ann Hopkins

Betty Ann Hopkins, age 85, of Council Bluffs, passed away at her residence on Saturday, June 18, 2011.

She was born in Bentley, Iowa, to the late Donald and Margaret (Phillips) Price.  She was a houseparent at the Iowa School for the Deaf.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Francis Jean Price; and son, Scot Hopkins.

She is survived by 2 daughters, Margaret and Richard Schneider; Melissa Hopkins; son, Steve Hopkins all of Council Bluffs; 3 grandchildren, Jennifer and Dan DeBoer, of Alpha, Iowa, Brianne and Bryan Huffman, Heath and Sara Schneider, all of Council Bluffs; 2 great grandchildren, Brynna and Braylyn Huffman; several cherished friends.

No Visitation. Body has been cremated. Private family services.

Thanks to Shirley Hicks and the Council Bluffs Nonpareil, June 20, 2011 for the information.


Eveline Meester

Eveline Meester, passed away Thursday June 2, 2011. She was born September 19, 1923 in rural Otley, Iowa, the daughter of Jan and Jannetje Van Engelenburg, immigrants from the Netherlands. She started her education at the Otley school. After losing her hearing she attended the Iowa school for the Deaf, Council Bluffs, Iowa. When her father died, she moved with her mother and sister Helen to Pella, where she worked at the Pella Corporation. On June 19, 1951 she married Calvin Meester of rural Holland, Iowa, where they farmed. In July, 1952 their twin sons Richard and Raymond were born. Eveline kept busy caring for her family, and tending to the chickens and a large garden.

In 1969, Calvin and Eveline moved to Pella where Calvin worked for the Vermeer Corporation and Eveline worked as a housekeeper for Central College. Their sons remained on the farm to finish their high school education in Wellsburg, Iowa. In the early 90's they moved to Grundy Center, Iowa Calvin died in 1999. Eveline lived in Jewell and Story City, Iowa, before moving to Lincoln, in 2005. She was a member of the Iowa Association of the Deaf, and Heritage Presbyterian Church.

Survived by sons and daughters-in-law Richard and Cheryl Meester, Boone, Iowa, Raymond and Ramona Meester, Lincoln,; grandchildren and spouses, Jonathan and Heather Meester, Crystal, Minn., Shawn and Candice Feddern, Ankeny, Iowa and Gina Meester of Lincoln; four great grandchildren, Andrew, Audrey, and Elizabeth Meester and Micah Feddern. Preceded by parents, brother John Van Engelenburg, and sisters Helen Van Engelenburg and Hattie Hulleman.

Services: 1 p.m. Monday, June 6,  Heritage Presbyterian Church, 880 S. 35th Street, Lincoln. Officiating: Rev.Sarah Dickinson. Viewing: Sunday 9-9; with family, Sunday 6-8, Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home, 4040 A Street. Burial: 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, Rosehill Cemetery, Grundy Center, Iowa. Memorials: Heritage Presbyterian Church or Tabitha Hospice, in lieu of flowers. Arrangements by Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at

Thanks to Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home for the information.


Dr. Ross Maughan Weaver

  Dr. Ross Maughan Weaver, 89, passed away peacefully at home May 30, 2011, surrounded by family. He was born in Preston, Idaho, to Sylvan G. and Edna Harriet Maughan Weaver on April 4, 1922. Ross was the last of five children, Weston, Grant, Harriett and June.

Ross served during World War II in Africa and Europe and was among the first to liberate Dachau. He also served in the Korean War.

Ross and Marva were married in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on Aug. 25, 1947 (63 years). Before Marva's passing 10 months ago he was her caregiver, tirelessly serving her with great love.

Ross will be missed for his keen sense of humor, vast library of puns, poems and songs he had learned since the age of 3. He was a gifted writer and poet. Family favorites were the rhyming clues he wrote for his traditional Christmas and Easter treasure hunts and poetry for all occasions.

He was director of audiology at the Iowa School for the Deaf from 1952-59 and at the Utah State Training School in American Fork from 1963-92. He taught audiology at BYU from 1959-78. He also helped started the first deaf workshops at BYU as well as co-authoring a book on Sign Language.

Ross spent a lifetime singing and teaching his family harmony. Ross was also an avid barbershop singer until his death, singing with the Skyline Chorus and in quartets for over 40 years. Ross loved and served the LDS Church all of his life. His latest 15 years working in the Provo LDS Temple baptistery were his very favorite.

Ross is survived by his children, Gary (Colleen), Salem, Utah, Janine (Duane) Chase, Orem, Utah, Julie (Lee) Matheson, Lake Charles, La., Madeline Muir (Kelly McDermott), Bolinas, Calif, and their favorite "child," Polly the Parrot; as well as 18 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Ross was preceded in death by his wife, Marva, and their son, Wayne Muir Weaver.

The family wishes to give their deepest love and appreciation to Oak Hills 2nd Ward, the Skyline Chorus (especially Bart Buell), and all other friends and support systems that took such good care of him.

Services will be held Saturday, June 4, at 2 p.m. at the Oak Hills Stake Center, 865 E. Temple Drive, Provo, Utah. Viewings are Friday 6 to 8 p.m. at the same location and Saturday noon to 1:40 p.m. Flowers may be delivered to the chapel one hour prior to viewing.

Interment is noon Monday, June 6, at the Whitney Idaho Cemetery.

Thanks to Premier Funeral Services, Salt Lake City, UT for the information.


Lela Mae Howland 

Funeral services for Lela Mae Howland, age 83, of Verdigre, was held Tuesday May 24, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. at Christ Lutheran Churck in rural Creighton.  Rev. Terry Huber officiated with burial in the parish cemetery.

Arrangements were by Brockhaus Funeral Home in Creighton.

Lela Mae died Friday, May 20, 2011 at Alpine Village in Verdigre, Nebraska.

Lela Mae (Horstmann) Howland was born on October 28, 1927 to Fred and Hertha (Hinzmann) Horstmann at the family farm home north of Winnetoon. She was baptized on December 11, 1927 at Christ Lutheran Church in Bazile Mills, Nebraska. She was born deaf so when she was five years old, she went to the Omaha School for Deaf. She was confirmed on May 3, 1942 at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Omaha, Nebraska. Due to a car accident she was unable to finish high school so she began working at Epsom Litographing Co. in Omaha. On August 14, 1949, Lela Mae married Leo Strickland at Christ Lutheran Church in Bazile Mills. One daughter was born to them, Beth Ann. She later married Melvin Howland at Omaha, Nebraska. They lived on a farm at Adair, Iowa until Melvin’s death. She entered Alpine Village on November 12, 2003 and resided there until her death on May 20, 2011.

She leaves to mourn her daughter, Beth and husband Mike Garcia of Austin, Texas; two granddaughters, Tiffany and Mariah; three great grandchildren; two sister, Lois Cox and Cleone Smith both of Creighton, Nebraska; one brother, Roger of Omaha, Nebraska; a number of step children including Milo and Mary Howland of Madrid, Iowa and Cathy and Alden Porter of Des Moines, Iowa; and her extended family at Alpine Village in Verdigre, Nebraska.

She was preceded in death by both her husbands; parents; brothers, Loren, Norman and Lawrence in infancy.

Thanks to Brockhaus Funeral Home, Creighton, NE, for the information.


Barbara Sparks

  Funeral services for Barbara Sparks, 61 of Villisca, were held Monday at Wolfe Funeral Home with interment at Clarinda Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to a fund established in Barbara's name.

 Barbara was born Dec 16, 1949, east of New Market, Iowa to Cecil and Helen (Davison) Sparks. She entered into rest Wednesday morning, May 18, 2011, at Alegent Health in Corning at the age of 61.

 Barbara attended the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs and was tutored by Lois Rusk for one year. She was a life member of the VFW Auxiliary Post 8998 in Villisca. She helped the auxiliary with their Children’s Christmas Store and with bingo. She also served as their Historian.

 Barbara lived with her parents, Cecil and Helen, helping Helen with the yard work and keeping the kitchen tidy. She also lived at home with her sister Margaret until her health failed. In June of 2010 she became a resident of the Villisca Good Samaritan Home.

 Barbara loved to go shopping for clothes, going out to eat, and traveling with her family. She was taken care of by her special care giver and sister, Margaret.

 She was preceded in death by her parents, Cecil and Helen Sparks.

 She is survived by siblings: Margaret Gay and husband Clayton of Villisca, IA, Joan Schafer and husband Darrel of Atlantic, IA, Betty Cooper of Ravenwood, MO, Cheryl Rea, Hutto, TX, Wayne Sparks and wife Kim of Redwood City, CA, daughter Tina Sparks of Council Bluffs, IA; aunts and uncles Raymond Thurman of Clarinda, IA, Doreen Drennen of Braddyville, IA, Leland Sparks, San Francisco, CA, Oliver Sparks, Redwood City, CA, Jerry Benton and wife Janey of Benton, KY, and Linda Williams and husband Marty of Clarinda, IA; nieces, nephews and some very special friends. Wolfe Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Lawrence (Forestal, Ph.D.

  Dr. Lawrence (Larry) Harold Forestal, 71, passed away on May 11, 2011 after a sudden illness. He was born and raised in Asbury Park, New Jersey on June 18, 1939. He attended the New Jersey School for the Deaf.

Larry was a well-respected leader, having served as President of the National Association of the Deaf, President and board member of the American Sign Language Teachers Association, President of the Illinois Association of the Deaf, as well as leading and serving on numerous professional and civic committees. In recognition of his leadership contributions, he received the Knights of Flying Fingers award from the National Association of the Deaf.

Dr. Forestal had a long and distinguished career as an educator and administrator. Most recently, he was Lecturer/Coordinator of the American Sign Language and Deaf Studies program at San Diego State University in California. Prior to that, he was a professor of American Sign Language at several colleges and universities, among them, Mesa Community College, University of Wisconsin, Arizona State University, University of Utah, Frederick Community College, Suffolk Community College and State University of New York. He also was a high school Social Studies teacher (Nebraska School for the Deaf), a Curriculum Specialist and school Principal. He published Attitudes of American Deaf Leaders toward Sign Language Interpreters, as well as articles related to history, leadership, American Sign Language and interpreting.

Larry received his BA from Gallaudet University in History, MA from Gallaudet University in Education of the Deaf and Ph.D. from New York University in Deafness Rehabilitation.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Geraldine Francini; his children, Kara Rudden (John), Darla, Sean (Megan), and Colin; step-daughter, Natalie Murphy (Keith); grandchildren, Lana, George, Alex, Ashley, and Caitlin; step-grandchildren, Steven, Montana, Kassidy, Delaney, Alannah, Taylor, and Johna; and great grandchild Vasilios. He was predeceased by his sister, Mary Ann Darnell; survived by his sister, Edna Olsen (Gary); and nieces and nephews. Larry was deeply loved and will be missed by all whose lives he touched.

Larry will be remembered for his love of history, his keen interest in genealogical research, his passion for the New York Yankees, and for his calm and genteel manner. He was an avid reader and would often share historical facts and stories. Abraham Lincoln was one of his inspirations. And he loved the beach. In fact, one of his last comments was that he wanted to walk on the beach with his wife, Gerry. May he rest in peace on an eternal, idyllic beach.

Memorial services will be held in the fall in New Jersey and Arizona. Donations in Larry’s memory can be made to the National Association of the Deaf, the American Cancer Society, or Father Thomas Coughlin–Dominican Missionaries of the Deaf Apostolate

Thanks to the DeafTime for this information.


Albert Richard Homer

  Albert R. Homer, 66, of Sioux City passed away Friday, April 29, 2011, at his residence in Sioux City, Iowa,  following a brief illness.

Memorial services was held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel, with Elder Tom Callendar officiating. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m.

Albert was born Aug. 30, 1944, in Sioux City, the son of John and Thelma (Titus) Homer. He graduated from the Iowa School for the Deaf in 1964.

Albert married Julie Powers on May 7, 1983, in Sioux City. He worked for John Morrell for 20 years and Finzen Piggery Inc. for 10 years.

Albert loved to fish and spend time on his boat. He enjoyed camping and bowling, but most of all playing cards with his family. He was a member of the Sioux City Deaf Club and the Jehovah's Witness Congregation.

Survivors include his wife, Julie; a son, Charles and his wife, Heidi Olson and grandson, Zander Olson of Sioux City; sisters, Nicholene Muecke of Hinton, Iowa, Julie Martin of Sioux City, Linda Heldenbrand of Sioux City; a brother, John and his wife, Delores Homer of Ames, Iowa; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, JoAnn and Jack Powers of Council Bluffs, Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Alice; a niece, Barb Martin; his grandparents, Frank and Nicholene Titus and Albert and Emma Wedlock; a nephew, Earl Eichmann; and a brother-in-law, Clarence Muecke.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Thanks to the Sioux City Journal for this information.


James P. "Jimmy" Hale

  James P. "Jimmy" Hale passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

He came to the world on November 24, 1943.  He attended the Iowa School for the deaf, Council Bluffs, IA, and graduated from the program in 1963.

There was a service for him at his church, Cornerstone Fellowship Church, Sheandoah, IA at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4, 2011.  Interment immediately following the service in Rose Hill cemetery, Shenandoal, IA.

Memorials are suggested to the Cornerstone Fellowship Church, 1212 Peppertree Dr.,Shenandoah, IA  51601.



Evelyn Sherbondy

   Evelyn Sherbondy will celebrate her 93rd birthday May 12, 2011, with Jesus and all of her friends in Heavens Gate Ballroom.

Evelyn was born in Weston, Iowa, to a pair of loving Danes, named Henry and Ellen Larson. The one room school in Hazel Dell Township couldn't finish her hunger for learning; so she pursued her education at Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln and capped off studies at Dana College and UNO. She could tickle the ivories off a piano and helped entertain soldiers around the Florida area during World War II. She later married the most loving and faithful man in the world, Phillip Lee Sherbondy. She wooed audiences around Council Bluffs with the Iowa School for the Deaf's traveling musical ensemble. She was a founding member of Salem United Methodist Church, a member of the Gideons International Womens Auxiliary, Ruth Circle and Trailblazers.

Her tribe includes children (and their spouses), Edwin Rhode (deceased), David (Dianne) Rhode, Jo Ellen (Jim) Kill, John (Kip) Sherbondy, Kathee Sherbondy, Andrea (Daniel) Reasoner. Evelyn has 16 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

Family and friends will remember Evelyn's antics and loving nature Thursday, April 21, from 6 until 8 p.m., at Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park Chapel. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Good Friday morning at Salem Methodist Church from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., followed by feasting. Burial, after the lunch at Saint Paul's Boomer Township Cemetery. Memorials may be designated to Gideon's International or to the Salem Methodist Music Department.

Thanks to the Council Bluffs Nonpareil, 4/12/11


Floyd  Delbert Neely 

  Floyd Delbert Neely, 84, of Pittsburg, KS, formerly of Evansdale, IA, died Thursday, April 7, 2011 at the Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg. He was born August 1, 1926 in Roswell, NM, the son of James Lee and Ida Frances (Mooney) Neely. On December 18, 1946 he was united in marriage to Betty Ruth Schwake; 32 years later she preceded him in death on September 19, 1979. He then married Roberta Moore on June 28, 1980; she preceded him in death August 31, 2006. Floyd was a Prosthetic Technician for 28 years working for Dale Clark Prosthetics now called Clark and Associates Prosthetics and Orthotics in the Waterloo office. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church for the Deaf in Waterloo. He was also a member of the Cedarloo Deaf Club. Survivors include a son, Delbert (Connie) Neely, of Elk Run Heights, IA; a daughter, Susan (Michael) McCabe, of Pittsburg, KS; six step-children: Rick Moore, LuAnn Jackson, Kim Jackson, John Nichols, Ron Nichols, and Missy Nichols; two brothers, Louis Neely, of Albuquerque, NM, and John Neely, of Roswell, NM; a sister, Wanda Engledorf, of Roswell, NM; four grandchildren, 13 step-grandchildren, and six great- grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers: Thomas, Jake, and Bill Neely; and a sister, Rachel Guest. Memorial services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, April 16, 2011 at Christ Lutheran Church in Waterloo with Rev. Mark Anderson and Pastor Stephen Stout officiating. Inurnment of his cremains will be at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Waterloo.


Melvin Herman Jurgen Kuehnhold 

  Melvin Herman Jurgen Kuehnhold was born October 10, 1930, the son of Adolph and Ella Jepsen Kuehnhold. He died Thursday, March 10, 2011, at his home in Denison, Iowa, at the age of eighty.

Melvin was born in Charter Oak, Iowa. He received his education in Hanover #4 and Schleswig Community Schools until the 9th grade. He joined the Navy in November 1950, serving aboard the USS President Jackson and the USS General Mann, until his honorable discharge in November1955. He finished his high school education in 1955 at McKinley Continuation High School in Berkeley, California, completing three years' worth of high school in only 13 months. Melvin obtained his Associate's degree in Accounting from Cabrillo College in Aptos, California, in 1960. He later earned his Bachelor's degree from Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, Iowa, in 1979, while working full-time at the Iowa School for the Deaf (ISD) in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

On March 31, 1972, he was united in marriage to Mary Carey in Carson City, Nevada. The couple enjoyed camping in California and Iowa, and trips to Mazatlan, Mexico, and Teton Village, Wyoming.

His adventurous spirit included various handyman and accounting office jobs in California with his longest employment being Business Manager at ISD for over 13 years. Amongst his busy schedule of work and college, he also found time to obtain a pilot's license. He retired from ISD in 1988. After a short-lived retirement, he then went to work as the Utilities Warehouse Purchasing Agent for the City of Fremont in Fremont, Nebraska, for five years, taking advantage of an offer of early retirement. His other work included driving school bus, semi, and charter bus for various companies. His latest adventures took him to auctions and he became "hooked" on them.

Melvin was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary in January 2011; one daughter, Deanna; one son, Daniel; two brothers: Wayne and Don. He is survived by one son, Rev. Paul and his wife, Louisa; one daughter, Druecilla; seven grandchildren: Kara, Jason, Christi, Alaina, Briana, Tina, and Robert; four great-grandchildren: Jeffrey, Kenlynn; Kenyon and Keira; one brother, Vernon and his wife, Donna Mae; one sister, Betty; two sisters-in-law: JoAnn and Gloria; other relatives and friends.

Memorial services were held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, March 19, 2011, at the United Presbyterian Church in Denison, Iowa. Rev. Ken officiated the service and graveside rites held at the Morgan Cemetery in Schleswig, Iowa. Organist Marilynn Jepsen provided the message in music. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Kenlynn Greenlaw, Briana Lamphear, Alaina Lamphear, Robert Greenlaw, Jason Schooling, Kenyon Mason, Jeffery Smith, Keira Mason, Christi Coats, Tina Mason, and Kara Niles. Military honors and pallbearers were the American Legion Post #8 of Denison. The family invited everyone to return to the church for fellowship and lunch served by the Presbyterian Women. The Huebner Funeral Home in Denison was in charge of arrangements.

Published in Denison Bulletin/Review, March 24, 2011


John R. "Jack" Rinehart


  John R. "Jack" Rinehart, age 77, of Council Bluffs, passed away on Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at Mercy Hospital.

 He was born in Grand Island, Neb., to the late Rollin and Marguerite (Nowak) Rinehart. John graduated from the Iowa School for the Deaf in 1954.  John worked as an Upholsterer for Master-craft Furniture for 39 years. John married Laura Smith on June 8, 1957. He was a member of Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Omaha; Council Bluffs Silent Club and National Association of the Deaf.

John was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Misty Tamayo; brother, Donald; and sister, Jeanette Rinehart.

He is survived by his wife, Laura Rinehart, of Council Bluffs; daughter, Jeanette Hough; son, Joseph Rinehart, both of LaVista, Neb.; 2 grandchildren, Randy and Jennifer Hough Jr. and Shannon Hough, both of Council Bluffs; 2 great grandchildren, Trinity Meyer and Misty Davidson; sisters, Shirley Allen; Mary Ellen and James Dallman, all of Kentucky; brothers, Robert Rinehart, of Davenport, Iowa, Steven and Marilyn Rinehart, of Bettendorf, Iowa; nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Memorial Service on Monday, March 21, 2011, at 11 a.m., at the Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park Chapel. Body has been cremated. Family will direct memorials.


Gertrude Ellen Hendricks

   Gertrude Ellen Hendricks, 85, passed away on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at a Cresco Iowa Nursing Home.

Gertrude Ellen (nee Smith) Hendricks was born March 17, 1925 on her parent’s farm in Canoe Township, rural Decorah, IA, the daughter of Horace S. and Ella M. (Korsen) Smith.  She graduated from the Iowa School for the Deaf in 1944.

Gertrude was united in marriage to John A. Hendricks on September 1, 1946 at Decorah Lutheran Church in Decorah. This union was blessed with three sons: Horace (Ace), Jeff, and Jerry.  She, a widow, eventually married to Lawrence Buchholz.

She was a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church for the Deaf, the Laides Aid Society of the Church and the Iowa Association of the Deaf.

Memorial Services was held 11 a.m. Saturday, April 9, 2011 at McLaren's Chapel in West Des Moines.

Gertrude is survived by her two sons, Horace and Jeff Hendricks and several grandchildren and her husband Lawrence and his five children and families. Memorials may be directed to the Lutheran Church for the Deaf.


Sister Mary Helen Seivert OSF 

  Sister Mary Helen Seivert, OSF, age 79, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Thursday, March 10, 2011, in Dubuque. She was born March 16, 1931, in Ashton, Iowa, to Jacob and Helen (Menn) Seivert. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis in 1950. Sister ministered as a teacher in the Iowa cities of Keota, Cascade, Webster City, Earlville, Alton, and Pocahontas and with the hearing impaired in Council Bluffs.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Paul; and her sisters, Sister Joyce and Betty Mae.

Sister is survived by her brothers, Edwin (Doris) and Thomas (Kathryn); her sisters, Susan (Vern) Thomsen, Theresa (David) Schumacher, and Ida (Robert) Peltier; her sister-in-law, Joyce; her brother-in-law, Douglas Brower; nieces, nephews and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared 59 years of her life.

Visitation was held from 4 to 7 p.m., on Sunday, March 13, 2011, with Wake Service at 7 p.m., in the Mount St. Francis Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial was done on Monday, March 14, 2011, at 1 p.m., in the Mount St. Francis Chapel. Memorials may be given to the Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque, Iowa



James David Jones

Jones, James David 86, of West St. Paul, passed away March 6, 2011. James was born on November 28, 1924, in Terre Haute, IN. Preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Frances and sister, Ann Lucille Jones. Survived by loving wife of 60 years, Eldora; children, Ann (Geoff) Whisler, Leslie (Nancy), David, Stephen (Pat) and Charles (Janice) and 14 grandchildren. Memorial preferred to Deaf Community Health Workers, 444 Lafayette Rd. N St. Paul, MN 55155-3814. Memorial Service: Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior all at Woodbury Lutheran Church, 7380 Afton Rd, Woodbury. Washburn-McReavy Davies Chapel 612-377-2203

James was a well-known coordinator of the hearing impaired program at the Technical-Vocational Institute of St. Paul, Minnesota.   Many Iowa students took courses at the TVI (Now St. Paul Institutes) and they loved him. 


Rick Wyant

Rick Wyant, 46, died on February 2, 2011, at home in Council Bluffs, Iowa, of apparent heart problem.

Rick Alan Wyant was born February 6, 1964, in Sioux City, Iowa, son of Ronald and Joyce Ann (Jacobsen) Wyant. He graduated West High School at Sioux City and Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs with a Culinary Arts Degree. Rick was Food Service Manager and assistant football coach at Iowa School for the Deaf until about a year ago. He was an avid sports fan, including the Detroit Lions, fishing, and excelled in dart competition.

Survivors are parents, Ronald and Joyce Ann Wyant, of Sioux City; his sister and husband, Wendy Wyant-Skramm and Yngve Skramm, of Norway; many friends; and his pet dog, Kassie.

Services 1:30 p.m., Thursday, February 10, 2011, at Porter Funeral Home, Inwood, Iowa. Burial at Richland Cemetery, Inwood.




  Ruth Neujahr Falk, age 101,  passed away on Monday, January 24, 2011.

Ruth was born on April 16, 1909 in Gresham, NE, the last of seven children of Amanda (Kath) and Albert Neujahr. Her early childhood was joyfully spent on the family farm until 1916 when she and her brother Hans enrolled at the Nebraska School for the Deaf in Omaha. After graduating from NSD in 1927 she began a 17 year career with Bemis Bag Company where she made many long-lasting friendships. She married Charles Falk, a teacher at NSD, on December 24, 1938. Charles tragically died in 1959. Shortly thereafter NSD came calling and Ruth accepted a position of house mother and supervisor of young students until she retired in 1975. In 1976 Ruth was instrumental in the establishment of Deaf Seniors of Omaha where she was an active leader for many years. She was a devoted member of Bethlehem Deaf Lutheran Church since 1923. Ruth was especially fond of dogs and her last one, Sparky, alerted Ruth and enabled her to safely escape her burning apartment building with just the clothes she was wearing. A great cook, with a green thumb and a strong desire to talk politics, she also loved to tease and joke. Ruth is survived by nieces Ruth Pallmeyer, St Paul. MN., Betty Pohland, Paducah, KY, Edith Burgdorf, St. Louis, MO and nephews Bruce Neujahr, Moraga, CA and Walter Schrieber, St Louis, MO. She was preceded in death by nephews Walter and Gerald Garrod and Robert Neujahr. A unique personality, she will missed by her family, friends and admirers.

Memorials may be sent to Bethlehem Deaf Lutheran Church, Omaha Assn of the Deaf, NSD Alumni Assn Museum, or Hillcrest Hospice Care.


Visitation:  Friday January 28; 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Westlawn-Hillcrest Funeral Home, 5701 West Center St., Omaha, NE

Memorial Service:  Saturday, January 29; 11:AM

Westlawn-Hillcrest Funeral Home, 5701 West Center St., Omaha, NE

Interment:  Saturday, January 29, 9:30 AM

Forest Lawn Cemetery, 7909 McKinley Road, Omaha, NE




  Darlene Augusta (Darrah) Acuna, age 81, of Johnston, Iowa, died at Mercy Hospice at 12:10 a.m. Monday, Jaunuary 10, 2011.

She was born in Waterloo, Iowa to Juanita B. (Schmitz) and Louis Darrah on October 28, 1929.  She attended Iowa School for the Deaf and graduated in 1947.  She also attended Gallaudet College (now Gallaudet University), Washington, D.C..  She graduated in 1952.  She became a teacher of the deaf at Arizona School for the Deaf, Tucson.  She had been married and later divorced. 

Surviors include a son, Ronald Acuna of Jonston and several siblings.

There was no services but her remains have been cremated.



  Marian L. Ellerbeck, age 88, passed away Saturday, December 18, 2010, at Homestead Nursing Home in Lincoln, Neb.

 She was born September 4, 1922, in Neola, Iowa. She graduated from Beebeetown High School and Omaha University. She was a lifetime member of Gaudette College in New York, and taught the deaf for many years at Iowa School for the Deaf and Prescott School in Lincoln. She and her husband resided in Mesa, Ariz., for 25 years and moved to Lincoln in 2006.

Marian is preceded in death by her son, Lenny; and parents, Lloyd and Mae Thomas.

She is survived by her husband, Merele, of 68 years; her son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Kathie Ellerbeck, of Lincoln, Neb.; grandchildren, Mike and Nancy Ellerbeck, of Chandler, Ariz., Mark and Robin Ellerbeck, of Schleswig, Iowa; Jane and Mark Donnelly, of Spring Lake, Mich., Shelly and Josh Kaufman, of Omaha, Neb.; great-grandchildren, Michael, Jacob, Bailey and Megan Ellerbeck, Alex, Emma and Isabel Donnelly; and daughters-in-law, Linda Ellerbeck and Mary Ellerbeck; many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial service will be held 1 p.m., Monday, December 27, 2010, at the Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park Chapel with visitation one hour prior. Burial of cremains will be at Ridgewood Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Research.

Thanks to the Council Bluffs Nonpareil, December 25, 2010




Clifford “Cliff” D. Rieper, Jr. age 82, passed away December 3, 2010 at Mercy Hospital. 

Cliff was born April 13, 1928 in Sioux City, Iowa to the late Clifford and Gertrude Rieper, Sr. 

He attended Iowa School for the Deaf and graduated in 1948. Cliff was preceded in death by his sons: Tony Rieper and Jeff Odell, and sister-in-law: Betty Rieper. 

Cliff is survived by his wife of 30 years Janet Rieper, daughters: Anne Arrendordo and Ann Odell, sons: Kent, Mark, Todd, and Gary Rieper, and Ron Odell, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, brother Gerald Rieper, and a host of nieces, nephew, family and friends.

Funeral service washeld 11am; Tuesday, December 7,2010, at the Maher-Livingston Funeral Home, Council Bluffs, IA.   Interment to follow at Garner Township Cemetery.

Thanks to the Council Bluffs Nonpareil, 12/5/10




  Roger C. Kenney, 59, son of Howard & Marvel (Van Gundy)Kenney, was born June 5, 1951 in Jefferson, Iowa. He passed away Sunday, November 28, 2010 at the Dallas County Hospital in Perry, Iowa, from Liver Amyloidosis. Roger attended school at Bagley Consolidated School. He graduated from the Iowa School of the Deaf in Council Bluffs. He then went on to college at the University of Gallaudet in Washington D.C. for 1 year, he then graduated from Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs in 1974, and later Des Moines Area Community College in 1996. He has lived in Des Moines, Ankeny, Perry, and since August of 2010, at the Lakeside Village in Panora. He worked for the Housing and Urban Development in the 1980's. In 1995, he began working at the USDA office in Urbandale, retiring after 21 years, in July of 2010. In 1998, Roger received the Easter Seals Award. He was a member of the Bagley United Methodist Church, former member of the Des Moines Ski Club in the 1970's, and was a member of Team Deaf for RAGBRAI. Roger is survived by his brothers; Ed (Mary) Kenney of Jamaica, Ivan (Delores) Kenney of Bagley, and Dr. Kurt (Sharron) Kenney, D.V.M. of Brandon, Vermont, eight nieces & nephews; Jennifer, Matt, Patrick, Holly, Heidi, Phoenix, Stephen, and Rainer. He is also survived by 10 great nieces & nephews and many aunts & uncles. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Services was held at Twigg Funeral Home, Panora, Iowa, on Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 at 10:30 AM.  Burial was held on Thursday, December 2nd at Richlan Township Cemetery, rural Bagley, IA after the services.

Thanks to the Twigg Funeral Home for the information.




LaVerne K. Morrison age 85, of Rock Island, Illinois, formerly of Centerville, Iowa, died Saturday, October 16, 2010 at his home in Rock Island, Illinois. He was born the son of Harry and Catherine (Gott) Morrison on May 5, 1925 in Centerville, Iowa. LaVerne graduated from the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

LaVerne worked for the United Postal Service in Chicago, Illinois.

He is preceded in death by: his parents; sisters, Lois Beach, Irene Morrison, and Elsie Thomasson; brothers, Wilber Morrison, Robert Morrison, and Wayne Morrison.

LaVerne is survived by: brother, Raymond Morrison of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and a sister, Adeline Click of California, and several neices and nephews.

Graveside services WAS held on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 1:00 pm at Sharon Chapel Cemetery in Centerville, Iowa with Pastor Kristopher Wattelet officiating. Visitation was held Wednesday, October 20, 2010 from 10:00 am until time of service at the Schmidt Family Funeral Home in Centerville, Iowa.




  Suddenly and unexpectedly, the Lord called Jim to rest on his heavenly mountain.

Jim was born in Douds, Iowa on June 14, 1932. He graduated from the Iowa School for the Deaf in 1952. He lived in the Council Bluffs  area most of life and moved to the Denver, Colo., area in 1992. He worked in a mattress factory for 17 years and was a printer for 27 years, and for fun he worked at the Colorado Rockies Concessions for 13 years. He loved his family and friends, traveling, sports and the mountains. He was a ray of sunshine to everyone who knew him and had a great sense of humor. He was dearly loved and will be sorely missed.

He was preceded in death by daughter, Maria; son, Paul; parents, Ernest and Sunbeam Strunk; 5 brothers, Darrell, Kam, Norlan, Phil and Neal.

Survived by his wife, Cathy; daughter, Suzan (Kurt) Pauley, of Farragut, Iowa; 5 grandchildren, Matthew, Heath (Jennifer), Aubrey, DJ "David James" and Lucas; 5 great grandchildren, Dylan, Logan, Hayden, Madelyn, and Balynda; sisters, Betty Beaman and Catherine (Pete) Angstrom; brother, Richard (Joyce) Strunk.

Memorial service was held at 1 p.m., Friday, October 8, 2010, at the First Assembly of God Church, 3320 Harry Langdon Blvd, Council Bluffs.

In lieu of flowers the family respectfully request monetary contributions to the family that will be donated to cancer and deaf charities in memory of Jim and his family.

You can send a card to the address:  Cathy Strunk, 13040A Grant Circle West, Thornton, CO 80241.

Thanks to the Council Bluffs Nonpareil, 10/3/10



  Evelyn Pearl (Heistand) Avis, 92, formerly of Woodbine, Treynor and Council Bluffs, died on Thursday, September 16, 2010, at Eastern Star Masonic Home in Boone, Iowa.


On November 11, 1936, Evelyn married Lewis B. Avis in Dunlap, Iowa. The couple farmed near Moorhead and then moved to a farm near Woodbine. They retired from farming and moved to Treynor. Lewis died on August 13, 1956. She worked as a cook at Treynor Community Schools and then as a bookkeeper for Farm Service for five years. Evelyn then returned to cooking at the Iowa School for the Deaf. Evelyn retired from this school in 1978. On August 10, 1985, Evelyn married George Lane at the Christian Church in Woodbine. The couple made their home in Woodbine. George died on August 5, 1995.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Lewis Avis and George Lane; two sons, Roger Avis in 2001 and Harvey Avis in 2003; five brothers, Leonard, Lawrence, Cloyce, Arnold and Robert Heistand; and sister, Hazel Chambers.

She is survived by her three daughters, Carole and her husband, Ron Heck, of Perry, Iowa, Marlene Rodenburg, of Underwood, Iowa, Shirley Husz, of Norwalk, Iowa; two sons, Alan Avis and his wife, Karen, of Boone, Iowa, Merle Avis and his wife, Mary, of Red Oak, Iowa; 26 grandchildren; 37 great grandchildren; 7 great great grandchildren; many other relatives and friends.

Funeral service was held at 2 p.m., Sunday, September 19, 2010, at the Fouts Funeral Home in Woodbine, Iowa.




  Ruby Marie Oelberg, 84, of Charles City, formerly of Mason City, died peacefully on Tuesday, September 7, 2010, at the Chautauqua Guest Home in Charles City.
A funeral service for Ruby was held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, September 11, 2010, at the Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 North 4th Street, Clear Lake with Reverend Dennis Konkel officiating. Burial was held in the Clear Lake Cemetery.

Ruby Marie (Christian) Oelberg was born on February 16, 1926, in Mason City, the daughter of Thomas and Anna (Schmidt) Christian. Ruby attended Iowa School for the deaf and graduated in 1944. She was united in marriage to Chris J. Oelberg of Clear Lake on February 23, 1946, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Mason City. Ruby was employed at the Mason City Tent and Awning, Katz Cleaner, and Marshall & Swift Cleaners as a press operator until her retirement.
Ruby was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church for the Deaf in Des Moines, and was an active member of the Mascia Deaf Club Inc. in Mason City and served as former president, secretary and treasurer, and as a delegate of the Roundtable Conference and member of the Iowa Association of the Deaf in Des Moines.

Ruby enjoyed reading, doing needlework, and was also very active socially in the deaf club. Ruby was very devoted to her family and loved entertaining and being a hostess to many family members and friends.

Left to cherish her memory is her two daughters, Wanda McAllister of Kimberling City, MO, and Becky (Jeff) Elzinga of Kennewick, WA; her son, Randy Jay (Lisa) Oelberg of Charles City; nine grandchildren, three great grandchildren; as well as many other extended family members and friends.

Ruby was preceded in death by her parents, husband Chris, brother Wayne Christian and her sister, Karen Hotchkiss.

Thanks to the Globe Gazette, Sept. 9, 2010 for the information.

The Iowa Association of the Deaf wishes its sincerest sympathy to her family.




  Donna Sue (Hatchett) Norton, 51, of Garwin died, Monday, Sept. 6, 2010 at the Iowa River Hospice House in Marshalltown.
Memorial services was held Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010 at 2 p.m. in Atlantic, at the Assembly of God Church, 1913 East 22nd Street. Memorial may be directed to Iowa River Hospice in Marshalltown. For Condolences please visit Mitchell Family Funeral Home is caring for Donna and her family.

Donna Sue (Hatchett) Norton, the daughter of Ralph Hatchett Jr. (deceased) and Robert and Mary Abild, was born March 23, 1959, at Itazuke Air Force Base in Fukoka, Japan. Donna returned stateside when she was 6 weeks old to Neosho, Mo., where she resided until 1970. She resided in Kansas City, Mo., until 1975. At that time, she moved with her mother and sister to Atlantic. She graduated from Atlantic High School in 1977.

Donna's passion was her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed traveling, crafting, reading and being with her many friends who were deaf. Donna spent many hours outside enjoying nature and fishing with her husband, Steve.

Surviving Donna are her husband Steve Norton of Garwin; her daughter Sheena (Jeff) Parks and their children Lena, Abby and Jocie of Garwin; her son Mike Bringmann and his children Damon and Ava of Gilman; step-children; Ryan (Kimberly) Norton of Omaha, Chanel (Chad) Hill and their children Lexie and Lacie of Platsmith, Arkansas and Mandy (Jeff) Vogel of Germany, her parents Robert and Mary Abild of Atlantic; her sister Barbara (Dan) Gold; and step-siblings: Greg (Kathy) Abild, Russ (Jan) Winship, Cindy Schlake, John (Diane) Abild, Robin Mills, Ronda (Tim) Wilkinsen and Janet Christensen. She is also survived by her uncle Don (Jean) Grimsley and aunt Sue (Wes) Green; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceding Donna in death were her father Ralph Hatchett Jr.; grandparents Reverend Fred and Velma Grimsley, Neosho, Missouri and Ralph and Berna Lee Hatchett; and cousin Lois Grimsley.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Donna's good friend of 33 years, Deby Britt of Georgia. They would also like to thank the staff and nurses of Iowa River Hospice in Marshalltown for the homelike atmosphere and wonderful care provided to Donna during her final days.

Thanks to the Atlantic News Telegraph, Septembr 8, 2010 for the information.



  Mildred L. Taylor, 73, passed away on Saturday, August 21, 2010 at her home in Des Moines. Funeral services was held on 1 p.m. Wednesday at McLaren's Chapel with burial at Resthaven Cemetery.

Mildred was born January 8, 1937 in Des Moines, Iowa. She worked at Norwest Bank for 12 years as a Data Entry Specialist. Mildred was a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church for the Deaf, President of Ladies Aide and the Des Moines Silent Club. She loved bowling, sewing, cross stitching, her grandchildren and teasing her family and friends.

Mildred is survived by her husband of 54 years Roger Taylor of Des Moines; daughters, Mary (Roger) Eenhuis of Denver, CO, Susan (Steven) MacDonald of North Liberty and Deanna Stanley of Des Moines; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brothers, Donald Houseman of Fort Worth, TX, Clifton Houseman, Jr. of Amarillo, TX, Ronald Houseman of Tampa, FL, Kenneth Houseman and Larry Houseman both of Des Moines and sisters, Irene Whitaker of Cooksville, TN, Katherine Tripp, Delores Lundy and Colleen Foggia all of Des Moines.

Mildred was preceded in death by her father, Clifton Houseman; mother, Mildred Willey; step-father, Melvin Willey; granddaughter, Tara Kay Seubert; grandson, Steve Frank Seubert; brother, Jimmy Houseman and sister, Helen Daniels.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Taylor House Hospice or Calvary Lutheran Church for the Deaf.

Thanks to the Des Moines Register, 8/23/10, for the information.




John Wilbur Sawhill, 90, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Wednesday, July 28, 2010, of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and COPD diseases. Funeral services was held 2 p.m. Monday at McLaren's Chapel with burial at Resthaven Cemetery, West Des Moines.

Wilbur was the youngest of five children born at the family farm in Madison County, Iowa, to parents John Clarke and Flora Belle (Ledlie) Sawhill, on August 27, 1919. His ancestors were influential in the establishment of the city of Winterset, Iowa. Wilbur's family moved to the Highland Park area of Des Moines so that he could attend Smouse School while his father worked the family farm during the week. Wilbur also worked on the farm during the summer months and other times as needed. He enjoyed being involved in 4H, showing cattle at the Iowa State Fair as a teenager. Wilbur was captain of the boy's golf team at the old North High School, despite his hearing loss. He graduated in 1938. After completing a two year program at Capitol City Commercial College in Des Moines, he went on to work for Wood Brothers of Des Moines, which later became a farm division of the Ford Motor Company. He retired from Ford when the Des Moines branch was moved to Detroit, Michigan. Wilbur later worked for the U.S. Post Office in their Des Moines Bulk Mail Center. He was the first deaf person to be hired there shortly after they opened in 1976 and retired in 1986.

Wilbur was a very active, well-respected and loved member of the deaf community locally and nationally. He was a treasurer and member for many years of Calvary Deaf Lutheran Church, Iowa Association for the Deaf, National Federation Society of the Deaf; along with being a member of the hall of fame in the United States Deaf Golf Association and Midwest Deaf Golf Association which he served and enthusiastically supported.

Wilbur was well known as an excellent basketball player for Capitol City Commercial College and the Des Moines Silent Club, winning several championship tourneys nationally. While playing basketball for North High School, he once went up against Bob Feller, who went on later to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. Wilbur enjoyed other sports as well, such as bowling; but the game of golf was his life long passion. He reluctantly gave up playing golf only one month before his passing. He was a loyal and avid fan of the Chicago Cubs and the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, as well as many college and high school sport teams and events in the state of Iowa. He could recall detailed accounts of scores, players and statistics from years gone by at will. Wilbur especially loved to watch his daughters and grandchildren follow his passion for athletics, and attended their many games and tournaments over the years. He never started his day without reading the Des Moines Register, particularly his beloved sports page. He would complete the Sudoku puzzle section everyday. Wilbur was truly gifted with a love and skill for numbers.

John Wilbur was a wonderful and loving husband, brother, father, grandfather, cheerful and faithful friend. He will be deeply missed by his three daughters, Donna (Denny) Rosenberger of Winterset, Debbie (Anthony) Mendoza of West Des Moines and Doreen (Dick) Moore of Beltsville, Maryland; grandchildren, Troy Gordon, Joshua, John and Jacob Mendoza, Mindy, Sean, Shanna, and Megan Moore; one great grandson, Maddox Mendoza; two sisters, Eleanor Sawhill of Des Moines and Mabel Sawhill of Silver Springs, Maryland; nephews and nieces as well. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Ruth; brother, Harold Sawhill and sister, Iola Fuller.

Memorial contributions may be made out to the Midwest Deaf Golf Association.
Thanks to McLarens Resthaven Chapel and Mortuary, West Des Moines, Iowa for the infomation.




Perry Lee Bullard, 66, of Apache Junction passed away Sunday July 11, 2010 in Apache Junction. He was born Oct. 24, 1943 in Corvallis, OR to Richard & Gertrude (Smithson) Bullard. He attended Iowa School for the Deaf and graduated there in 1962.  Perry is survived by his loving wife of 33 years Regina; two sisters: Roxie Fischer & Cindy Bullard; a brother: Dennis (Linda) Bullard and several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be held on Friday, July 16, 2010 at 10:00 am at Mountain View Lutheran Church, 2122 S. Goldfield Road, Apache Junction, AZ 85219. He will lie in state in church from 9:00 am till of the hour of service at 10:00. Local arrangements were entrusted to Mariposa Gardens Funeral Care, Mesa, AZ (480)830-4422.

Thanks to The Arizona Republic, July 15, 2010.



  Loren T. “Jr” Simpson, 85, of Camanche died Sunday, July 4, 2010 at Eagle Point Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Clinton. Funeral services was held 10:30am Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at the Clinton Church of Christ. Private burial was held in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Loren Thomas Simpson was born on April 10, 1925 in Norwood, IL, the son of Thomas Moore and Florence Alma (Bates) Simpson. He attended from Iowa School for the Deaf, Council Bluffs. He married Emmaline Williams on August 12, 1946 in Clinton.

He was employed with Clinton Foods for 32 years until his retirement in 1981. He was later employed with Big River Packaging.

He was a member of the Clinton Church of Christ for many years. He was a Deacon at the church, and also founded their Deaf Ministries program which is still in effect today.

Loren was a very loving father and grandfather. He enjoyed camping, fishing, woodworking, and gardening.

He is survived by his wife Emma of Camanche; 6 children: Linda (Bernie) Klinedinst of Three Oaks, MI, Robert (Kathy) Simpson of Morrison, IL, Donna (Mark) Potter of Preston,  IA, Lori (Jerry) Gravert of Camanche, David (Kerri) Simpson of Carrolton, TX, and Sandra (Paul) Roy of Clinton; 15 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Hilton Simpson, and two sisters, Rosella Madsen and Paulina Hollister.

Thanks to the Camanche Chapel Snell-Zoring Funera Homes and Crematory, Clinton, Iowa for the informatin.

Thanks to the Camanche Chapel Snell-Zoring Funera Homes and Crematory, Clinton, Iowa for the informatin.



Janice Wilson, 71, of Indianapolis, Indiana, passed away on June 26, 2010. She was born January 26, 1939 in San Francisco, CA, to Walter and Ruth Sperring. Janice graduated from Berkley, CA School for the Deaf and attended Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. She was employed with the Postal Service in Cedar Rapids, IA, for 23 years. A memorial service will be held at Peace Lutheran Church for the Deaf, 6404 E. 46th St., Indianapolis, on Monday, July 5, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. Janice is survived by her loving husband of 24 years, Norman Wilson; two sons, Mark W. Van Manen, and wife Lena, of Indianapolis, and Dr. James W. Van Manen, of Chicago, IL; brother, Gene Sperring, and wife Cathie; and sister, Linda Ransom, of Sonoma, CA; eight grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Peace Lutheran Church for the Deaf, in memory of Janice Wilson. Arrangements entrusted to Shirley Brothers Washington Memorial Chapel.

Service: Monday, July 5, 2010, 7:00 p.m., Peace Lutheran Church for the Deaf, 6404 East 46th Street, Indianapolis.



 Kathleen L. Becker, 73, of Cottonwood, Arizona, died June 17, 2010. She was born September 17, 1936 in Parkersburg, West Virginia. The daughter of Solomon Brent Exline and Bonna M. Leep.

She attended the West Virginia School for the Deaf, Romney, and went to get her teaching degree. She worked at the Nebraska School for the Deaf as a houseparent of many boys and girls.

Mrs. Becker was a member of Beulah Hill Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed traveling, arts and crafts and family gatherings.

Kathy will be dearly missed by her family and many friends.

Her husband, Bruce O. Becker, preceded her in death.  Her husband was Dean of Boys at the Nebraska School for the Deaf until 1984.  He then became a vocational liasion office for the Nebraska Department of Vocational Rehabilitation.   They eventually moved to Cottonwood in late 1990's.

She leaves her sisters, Charlotte Ann Rowe (Blair J. ) of Belpre, Ohio, Anna Eileen Morgan Beeson (Robert) of Elizabeth, West Virginia, Shirley Elizabeth Johnson (Clayton) of Reedsville, Ohio and Linda Lou Strong (Russell) of Elizabeth, West Vitginia.

No local memorial service are planned.

An online guestbook is availabale at

Thanks to Westcott Funeral Home for the information.



  Gerald J. Froehle, 79, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, June 16, 2010, due to complications of a stroke.

Visitation is Saturday June 19, 2010, from 1 to 3 p.m., with a service following from 3 to 4 p.m. at Ankeny Funeral Home. Cremation will follow with a private burial service for the family.

Born July 11, 1930, in Bancroft, Iowa, he graduated from the Iowa School for the Deaf in 1948, then married Eleanor Adams, living in Des Moines, and then moving to Ankeny to raise three sons and three daughters.

Gerald retired from Armstrong as a tire builder after 41 years. He enjoyed many activities including bowling, darts, poker, and volunteering in the deaf community. Gerald was a member of the Deaf Club and served as Secretary for many years. He was quick to laugh and had a wonderful sense of humor. Gerald was proud to be an organ donor.

This gentle, sweet man will be missed by his wife, Eleanor of 57 years, children: Tom (Kathy Shuett), Edward (Peg), June, Gary, Nancy (Paul) Wissink and Margie (Rick) Knoll, grandchildren: Kim (Roger), Tracy (Blaine), Dustin (Tammy), Karamee (Josh), Kayla (Joseph), Tim, Mary, Sara, Kris, Jenna, Lindsay, Jackie (Brad), Carly, eight great- grandchildren and a brother, Bob (Jan).

The family wishes to thank the staff and nurses at Iowa Lutheran Hospital for their devotion and care of our husband, father, grandfather and great- grandfather. In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to the family.

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine...

Thanks to the Des Moines Register, June 18, 2010



  Nov. 4, 1935-June 4, 2010

Peachie loved the Lord Jesus with all her heart and is joyfully sitting at His feet eternally. Peachie attended the Kansas State School for the Deaf and raised her family in Council Bluffs. She was an excellent seamstress and was employed at the Boeing Co. in Seattle, Wash., for 10 years. Peachie also lived in Olathe, Kan., and San Marcos, Texas.

Preceded in death by daughter, Maria; son, Paul, and parents, Leonard G. and Mildred (Keeler) McNee.

Survivors include daughter, Suzan (Kurt) Pauley of Farragut, Iowa; grandchildren, Matthew, Heath, Aubrey, DJ and Lucas; great grandchildren, Dustin, Dylan, Logan, Hayden, Madelyn and Balynda; brothers, Richard (Donna) of Mesa, Ariz., Roger (Lynn) of Joplin, Mo., Leonard Rodney (Linda) of Great Falls, Mont.; ex-husband, James Strunk, of Thornton, Colo.

Memorial service was held Saturday, June 12, 2010, at 11 a.m., First Assembly of God, 3320 Harry Langdon Blvd., Council Bluffs.

In lieu of flowers, monetary collections will be donated to Deaf Missions and Hospice with Heart in Peachie's honor.

Thanks to the Council Bluffs Nonpareil, 6/6/10



    George Michael Surber, 61, of Augusta, WV passed away on Monday May 31, 2010 at Heartland of Keyser.

Born on July 5, 1948 in Ottumwa, Iowa, he was the son of the late Rex Henry and Helen Osa (Curtis) Surber.  He attended Iowa School for the Deaf.  He graduated from ISD in 1967 and Gallaudet in 1976.

He worked as a house parent and coach for the WV School for the Deaf.

Surviving is his wife Mary Beth (Thompson) Surber, 2 daughters, Erin Surber Riggleman, Danielle Surber Richardson of Romney, 1 brother, Rex Surber Jr. of Iowa and 3 grandsons.

Memorial services was held on Saturday June 5, 2010 at 2:00 P.M. in the McKee Funeral Home Chapel, Augusta, WV.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National M. S. Foundation.

All arrangements were being handled by McKee Funeral Home, Augusta, WV.

Thanks to Dr. Ronald Sutcliffe for the information.

Also thanks to Susan Whitt for the pictures.



 HERZOG, ADOLPH DUNCAN, age 90, May 21, 2010 of Taylor, Michigan. Beloved husband of Catherine (Wessel) Herzog. Loving father of Yvonne Maddock (Robert), Thomas Herzog (Mary Ellen) and Robert Herzog (Linda). Dear grandfather of Christopher (Suzanne), Mark (Katie), Andrea and Catherine Herzog and great grandfather of Mark Herzog. Brother of Camille Battise. Funeral Monday, May 24, 2010 at 11am at funeral home (Price Funeral Home, Troy, Michigan). Interment Cadillac Memorial Gardens East Cemetery, Clinton Township. Memorials to Redeemer Lutheran Church-Birmingham. Share memories with the online register book at

Adolph attended and graduated from the Iowa School for the Deaf in 1943.  He attended Gallaudet University, Washington, DC, two years (1943-1945).  He was a member of the Detroit Club of the Deaf.




  Ruth Jeannette Sawhill, 88, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on Friday, May 7, 2010 of Alzheimer's disease. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at McLaren's Chapel with burial at Resthaven Cemetery.

Ruth was born on a farm in Colfax, Iowa on February 8, 1922 to Louis and Mabel Herbold. She was a devoted wife, life-long homemaker, and loving mother of three daughters whom she raised in Des Moines. Ruth loved animals, especially dogs and birds, gardening and planting flowers in the spring.

Ruth is survived by her husband of 57 years, John Wilbur Sawhill; children Donna (Denny) Rosenberger of Winterset, IA, Debbie (Anthony) Mendoza of West Des Moines and Doreen (Dick) Moore of Beltsville, Maryland; grandchildren, Troy Gordon, Joshua, John and Jacob Mendoza, Mindy, Sean, Shanna and Megan Moore; one great-grandson, Maddox Mendoza; sister, Mae (Gail) Hanson of Marion, IA; sister-in-laws, Eva Herbold of Portland, Oregon, M. Eleanor Sawhill of Des Moines and Mabel Sawhill of Maryland; and nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Max Herbold.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at McLaren's Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to Iowa Health Home Care/Hospice or to the Animal Rescue League. The family wishes to express gratitude to Iowa Health Home Care and Hospice.

Thanks to the Des Moines Register, May 9, 2010




  Marguerite L. Leister, 87, of Waterloo, died Thursday, May 6, at Rolling Green Nursing Home, Nevada, Iowa.

She was born June 17, 1922, in West Lima, Wis., daughter of Ervin and Rosa Bean Howard. She married Vernell Leister on Feb. 11, 1943, in Rapid City, S.D. He preceded her in death on Sept. 15, 1995.

Survived by: a daughter, Dee (Larry) Zobel of Waterloo; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: a brother, Richard Howard.

Services: 3:30 p.m. Monday, May 10, 2010, at Garden View Chapel, with burial in Garden of Memories Cemetery. Memorials: may be directed to the family.

Thanks to Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, May 9, 2010



    Earl "Dean" Kruger, 83, of Sioux City passed away Friday, April 23, 2010, at a local hospital.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Meyer Brothers Morningside Chapel, 6200 Morningside Ave., with Pastor Matthew Nix officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, with the family present 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

Dean was born July 15, 1926, in Lake Park, Iowa, the son of Albert G. and Bess Kruger. He attended the South Dakota School for the Deaf in Sioux Falls, and the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs.

On Nov. 24, 1950, Dean married Agnes Faber in Doon, Iowa. Dean worked as a carpenter for National Woodworks and Klinger Construction until retirement. He enjoyed fishing, was an avid bowler and a huge baseball fan. Dean held offices in both the Iowa Association of the Deaf and the Siouxland Association of the Deaf. He was a member of the Carpenters Union and a member of Calvary Lutheran Church for the Deaf.

Survivors include his wife, Agnes of Sioux City; two daughters, Sally and husband, Charles Gambell of Sergeant Bluff, and Linda and husband, John Larsen of Cedar Falls, Iowa; four grandchildren, Eric and wife, Jen Larsen of Lino Lakes, Minn., Ryan and wife, Rachael Larsen of Maple Grove, Minn., Nikki and husband, Jeff Opsal of Clive, Iowa, and Katie and husband, Blake DeRouchey of Ankeny, Iowa; and three great-grandchildren, Reed Opsal, Samuel Dean Larsen and Sophia Grace Larsen.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert G. and Bess Kruger.

The family would like to express gratitude to Dr. Bacon and the staff at Mercy Medical Center for their compassionate care.  

Thanks to the Sioux City Journal, April 25, 2010



    BERSCHEID, Yvonne M., Oct 28, 1939 – Apr 13, 2010.

Yvonne attended the Iowa School for the Deaf.  She moved to Missouri and attended the Missouri School for the Deaf for one year and transferred to the Nebraska School for the Deaf on September 8, 1957.  She graduated from the school on June 7, 1961.

Preceded in death by parents, Arthur and Margaret Berscheid. Survived by siblings and spouses: Regina and Ray Dailey, Duane and Arlene Berscheid, Charlotte Thompson, Bernice and Bud Orr, David Berscheid, Mary Bayless, Stephen and Jeannie Berscheid, Bill and Pat Berscheid, Jacquelyn Wickham, Roberta and Rick McFarland, Gerldine and Rick Whitmarsh, Ardyce and Russell Bewley; numerous nieces and nephews.

SERVICES Friday, April 16, 1pm, Heafley-Heafley West Center Chapel, Omaha, NE. Interment, St. John Cemetery, Omaha.



Rosemarie Fresh, an Illinois School for the Deaf product, entered Eternal Life Thursday, March 11, 2010, at the age of 84 years. She was married to William (Bill) Fresh (Class of 1945, Iowa School for the Deaf).  Her husband passed away some time ago.  Loving mother of Cheryl Snyder. Dear grandmother of Erinn Ames, Justin Snyder, Billy Collies and Peter Collies. Further survived by other relatives and friends. A celebration of Rosemarie's life was held on Friday, March 19, 2010, from 1 PM until time of Service at 3 PM, at Wisconsin Memorial Park - Chapel of the Chimes (13235 West Capitol Drive, Brookfield, Wisconsin).



  Roland S. Thompson, 74, of Davenport, Iowa, died on Thursday evening, March 11, 2010, at his home in Davenport, Iowa.

A celebration of his life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, March 20, 2010, from the Carson & Son Funeral And Cremation Services in Maquoketa, Iowa.  Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, March 19, 2010, from the Carson & Son Funeral And Cremation Services in Maquoketa, Iowa.  Burial will be at the Elmwood Cemetery, DeWitt, Iowa.

Roland Samuel Thompson was born on February 26, 1936 in Clinton, Iowa, to Samuel M. and LaVerna R. (Christiansen) Thompson.  He graduated from the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in 1957.  He married Pearl Tharp on April 2, 1960.

Roland was a journeyman printer and linotype setter.  Through the years he had worked for the DeWitt Observer, Peoria Journal Star, Cedar Rapids Gazette, and lastly for Peco Industries in Davenport.

Roland was a member of the Iowa Association of the Deaf.  He loved trains, airplanes and automobiles, going to the airport and traveling . He also enjoyed horseracing and spending time at the track. 

Roland is survived by children, Bill (Felicia) Thompson of Wilmington, DE, Rick Thompson of Davenport, IA, Pam (Allen) Gilbraith of Davenport, IA, Duane Thompson of Davenport, IA and Jon (Missi) Thompson of Davenport, IA; 8 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren; a brother, Merlyn (Pat) Thompson of Davenport, IA; and sisters, Donna Lacey of Maquoketa, IA, Carol (Roger) Heilig of DeWitt, IA and Myrna (Reed) Wisely of Calamus, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Roland S. Thompson memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left at



  Libby C. (Kaplan) passed away on March 4, 2010, at age of 75 years old in Omaha, Nebraska.  She came to the earth on December 7, 1934.  She was a graduate of the Iowa School for the Deaf in 1957.   

Preceded in death by husband Lawrence. Survived by son Emil; brother David (Patty) Hlas; good friend Arlene Fisher; other family and friends.

FUNERAL SERVICE 10am Monday at St. Therese of the Child Jesus, 1462 Ogden St., Omaha, Nebraska.   Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery, Omaha, Nebraska.



Joseph "Lyle" Steggall, 74, of Cedar Rapids, died Monday, February 22, 2010, at his home. Graveside Service: 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 26, 2010, at Linwood Cemetery. Arrangements by Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cedar Rapids.

Survivors include two brothers, Thomas (Sandra) Dupler of Cedar Rapids and Roger (Caryle) Steggall of Cedar Rapids; a half-sister, Margaret Dumas of Cedar Rapids; an aunt, Pat Hanson of Cedar Rapids; and a cousin, Larry (Cheryle) Steggall of Cedar Rapids, who became a very close friend, confidant and interpreter in the middle years.

Joseph was born January 5, 1936, the son of Joseph E. and Vera A. (Ellison) Steggall in Cedar Rapids.  He attended the Iowa School for the Deaf and graduated from there in 1956.   Joseph worked at Standard Blue Print and Crest Microfilm.



  LeAnn Jeannette Deck, 48, died Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at the Kavanagh House Hospice on 56th St., Des Moines, surrounded by her loved ones.  She loved spending time with her special friends, Scott and Lynn Markham and family and Larry and Bev Reeves. LeAnn also dearly loved her aunt Margie Anderson.  She will never be forgotten.

LeAnn is survived by her parents, James and Sally Russell and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date.



    Neil Allen Young Bear (Ne Na Ke Bi A) age 27, of Tama, died Monday, January 25, 2010 at the Iowa River Hospice Home in Marshalltown.  A Traditional Graveside Service was held on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 2:00 PM at Meskwaki Cemetery on the Meskwaki Settlement in rural Tama with Homer Bear Jr. as speaker.  A traditional wake was held Tuesday evening at the Bear Clan Ceremonial Building on the Meskwaki Settlement in rural Tama.

Neil was born on September 28, 1982, in Denver, CO, the son of Craig Young Bear Sr. and the late Judy Brown of Wind River, Wyoming. He spent most of his life in Tama. Neil attended the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs, IA, where he was active in football, basketball, track and student council throughout his high school years. He was Vice President and Homecoming King for the Class of 2001. His favorite things to do were traveling, playing pool and spending time with friends and family.

Neil was preceded in death by his mother, Judy Brown and a sister, Leila Young Bear.  He is survived by his father, Craig Sr. of Tama; his brothers, Lowell, Stevie and Craig Jr. all of Tama; two sisters, Leah and Toni both of Tama; and a special friend, Amanda Humlicek.



  Melva Mae Olson age 84, of Richfield, Minnesota.

She grew up on a farm in Iowa and went to school for the deaf in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Melva loved painting, sewing and her grandchildren.

Survived by her beloved husband of 56 years, Marvin; daughters and their husbands, Sandy (Randy) Malkow, Linda (Jim) Munson and Nancy (Chuck Lundby) Olson; grandchildren, Sarah (Jason) Josephs, Christine (Zak) Simons, Jeff (special friend, Rachel) Malkow, Erin Malkow, Stephanie (special friend, Tom) Lundby and Robert Lundby.

Service Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 11:00 am at Bread of Life Deaf Lutheran Church, 2901 38th Ave. S. Interment Dawn Valley Memorial Park. Visitation one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Bread of Life Deaf Church. Morris Nilsen Chapel 612-869-3226.



  James H. Vance, 55, of Keosauqua, passed away Jan. 6, 2010, at Van Buren County Hospital in Keosauqua.

He was born Oct. 15, 1954, in Bloomfield to Wyatt and Betty Andrews Vance. James spent his early years in Milton, attended Iowa Schools for the Deaf in Council Bluffs and Glenwood, returned to his home in Milton for a time and had lived at Center Village Care Center in rural Keosauqua for the past 20 years. He had worked at Tenco workshops in Ottumwa and Fairfield and the Van Buren County Recycling Center, Keosauqua.

James was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Milton and was a faithful participant in the annual Van Buren County Crop Walk.

He was a devoted son, brother, uncle and friend.Surviving are his mother and stepfather, Betty and Sam Kreider of Fairfield; three sisters, Rebecca McDanel (David) of Ottumwa, Patricia Kleiboeker (Mark) of Kansas City, Mo., and Sheila Vance (Tim Griem) of Hopkinton; three nephews, Matthew, Abram and Eli McDanel; three nieces, Mahala and Annie McDanel and Andrea Abernethy; a great-nephew, Price McDanel; other relatives, his Center Village family and friends. His father preceded him in death.

Funeral services was held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Pedrick Funeral Home in Keosauqua; Rev. Elsa Lawry officiating. Burial was in Sunnyside Cemetery in Milton. Memorials to Center Village Care Center activity fund may be left at the funeral home or mailed to the family at 209 S. Gate Circle, Apt. B, Fairfield, Iowa 52556.



  James Lee Lewis, 52, of Davenport, died Monday, January 4, 2010, in Davenport. Per his request, cremation rites were accorded. The Runge Mortuary is assisting his family with arrangements.

James was born March 26, 1957, in Ames, Iowa, the son of William and Florence (Rasmussen) Lewis.

He enjoyed chatting on the computer, was a member of the Professional Association of Scuba Divers and an active member of the deaf community in Davenport.

Those left to honor his memory include his siblings, David Lewis, Davenport, Pat Barnett, Davenport, Susan Lewis, Clinton, Iowa, and Larry Lewis, Davenport; two additional brothers; eight nieces and nephews, 16 great nieces and nephews, and one great-great-nephew; and his beloved cats, Crier and Red Boy. His parents, nephew, John Barnett, and a cat, Leo preceded him in death.



Hoevet, Arnold, age 68, passed away December 20, 2009 in an Omaha hospital after a long illness. 

He was born May 19, 1941.  He attended the Nebraska School for the Deaf and graduated there in 1961.  He married to Linda Witte, an Iowa School for the Deaf product.  They have three sons and two daughters.  They made their home in LaVista, NE.

Survived by wife Linda; mother, Martha Hoevet; children, Owen (Sharon) Hoevet, Blue Springs, MO, Neal (Tammi) Hoevet, Council Bluffs, IA, Ethel (Gregory) Littleton, Honolulu, HI, Sam (Jennifer) Hoevet, Denver, CO, Susan (Edward) Hubbert, Sandia Park, NM; grandchildren Jaykob, Clara, and Gracen Hoevet; brothers Edward and Anthony Hoevet; sisters Johanna Cass, Jean Lewin and Norine Munoz; many other relatives and friends.

The funeral services was held on Wednesday, December 23rd at 10am at the Kahler-Dolce Mortuary, Papillion, NE.  Interment Cedar Dale Cemetery, Papillion, NE.



  Maurine M. McManamy, age 93, of Council Bluffs, passed away November 28, 2009 at Longview Nursing Home in Missouri Valley.

She was born March 6, 1916 in Neola, Iowa to the late John and Rachel (Shea) Fitzsimmons. She graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1934 and from U.N.O. in 1972. On June 26, 1937, Maurine married C.W. McManamy. To this union four children were born, Karen, Kathleen, Kristie and Kirk. Maurine was a rural school teacher for 6 years and taught at Iowa School for the Deaf for 34 years. She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church; St. Ann's Altar and Rosary Society; Professional Home Economics Teachers Association; Alpha Master Beta Sigma Phi Sorority; past-president of Women's Farm Bureau; former volunteer at Mercy Hospital, Council Bluffs Public Library and Hoover Elementary School.

Maurine was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, C.W. "Mac" McManamy in 1999; daughter, Karen Larsen in 2004; son, Kirk McManamy in 2006; sisters, Linnus Cox, Margaret Sigler and Eleanor Olsen.

She is survived by her daughters, Kathy (Dan) Wolford of Council Bluffs, Kristie (Leo) Hatcher of Leander, Texas; 14 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren; son-in-law, Art Larsen of Underwood, Iowa; nieces and nephews.

Wake service, Wednesday, 6 p.m. followed by a visitation until 8 p.m. at Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial, Thursday, 10 a.m. in St. Peter's Church. Rev. Chuck Kottas, Pastor was the celebrant. Interment St. Columbanus Cemetery, Weston, Iowa with a lunch following in St. Peter's Social Hall. Memorials are suggested to McClelland, Iowa Veterans Monument Committee, 310 5th St., McClelland, Iowa 51548 or the Iowa School for the Deaf Museum, 1600 Hwy 275, Council Bluffs, Iowa, 51503.



  Miss Nellie Langstraat, age 91, formerly of Newkirk and Des Moines, passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2009, at the Prairie View Nursing Home in Sanborn.

There was a funeral service on Tuesday, November 24, at 1:30pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City. The Rev. David Powers officiated. Interment followed at the Newkirk Cemetery.

Nellie was born on November 10, 1918, in rural Sheldon, the daughter of Henry P. and Anna Marie (Scholten) Langstraat. She was baptized in the Newkirk Reformed Church on January 17, 1919. She was raised on the family farm north of Newkirk, where she attended a country school and the church's Sunday school. Later, she moved to Sheldon with her parents.

As a deaf woman, she moved to Des Moines to attend a rehabilitation training center. During her first year there, she met Geraldine Armel, who was also deaf. They started a friendship which lasted the rest of their lives.

On April 12, 1956, Nellie became employed at the Lindfelt Glove Factory in Des Moines, which later changed to the Champion Glove Factory. She sewed many types of gloves, but specialized in stitching batters' gloves. She retired on November 1, 1983, after 27 years of service.

She also became a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church for the Deaf in Des Moines, where she faithfully worshipped. She enjoyed playing card games, such as Flinch and Hearts, with other church members and her brothers and sisters. She also liked sewing and making crafts.

Due to declining health, Nell and “Geri” moved to the Prairie View Manor in Sanborn in October of this year. They transferred to the nursing home there in November.

Survivors include a sister, Anna Rensink, of Sheldon; a brother, Herman Langstraat, of Orange City; a sister-in-law, Alice Langstraat, of Orange City; several nephews and nieces, and her dear friend, Geraldine.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother and his wife, Peter and Tracie Langstraat; a brother-in-law, Bernie (Anna) Rensink; two sisters-in-law, Grace and Winifred (Herman) Langstraat; two sisters and their husbands, Johanna and Lawrence Den Hartog and Harriet and Elmer Zorgdrager; and a brother, Lester “Ted” (Alice) Langstraat.

Memorials may be directed to the Calvary Lutheran Church for the Deaf.



  Pauline V. Hanawalt, 87, of  Maxwell, Iowa passed away at the Rolling Green Village in Nevada, Iowa on Thursday morning, November 5, 2009.

Pauline was born on December 9, 1921 in Boone, Iowa, the daughter of Ira D. and Mabel (Samuelson) Allen. On October 18, 1941 she married Ralph E. Hanawalt, Jr. in Princeton, Missouri.

Pauline was a homemaker while living in Colfax. In 1968, the couple moved to a farm near Stratford, Iowa where they made their home for 27 years. After her husband’s death in 1995, she moved to Jewell, Iowa and then to Maxwell.

Pauline was a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church for the Deaf in Des Moines, Iowa and the Fraternity for the Deaf. Pauline attended the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Pauline was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her son, Paul D. Hanawalt; her sister, Bernadine Van Meter.Pauline is survived by her daughter, Marsha A. Hamburger of Maxwell, Iowa; her two grandchildren, Marie Carroll and husband David of Hampton, Iowa and Maurice Wilson of Maxwell, Iowa; her great- granddaughter, Briana Carroll of Hampton, Iowa; her sister-in-law, Betty Hanawalt of Newton, Iowa; nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at the Calvary Lutheran Church for the Deaf, 3909 East 42nd Street in Des Moines. Pastor Dennis Konkel will officiate. Visitation will be held Tuesday, at the church from 10 a.m. to the time of service at 11 a.m.

A private family burial will be in the Linwood Park Cemetery in Boone.Memorials may be given to the family, to be used at their discretion.

Online condolences may be made to 

Walter ~ Schroeder Funeral Home at Fifth & Story Streets in Boone is in charge of the arrangements.



  Connie Kay Noble, the daughter of Claude William and Betty Caren (Nielsen) Klarstrom, was born May 23, 1941 in Hartley, Iowa. She received her education at Iowa School For The Deaf, where she graduated in 1960. Connie was a member of the Girl Scouts and the Pep Club during her years in school.

Connie married Richard Noble on July 8, 1967 at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Spencer. They lived in Davenport, Iowa, until moving to Spencer, Iowa in 1971, where they continued to live, until the time of her death. She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Spencer. Connie also had a passion for embroidery and needlepoint throughout her early years.

Mrs. Noble passed away at the Spencer Hospital on Monday, November 2, 2009 at the age of 68. She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant daughter, Linda.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Richard of Spencer; one daughter, Patricia (Patty) and her husband, Todd Brigham of Spencer; four grandchildren: Samantha, Tyler, Cody and Jacob of Spencer; one sister, Janice and her husband, Dean Alexander of Springdale, Arkansas; other relatives and friends

Funeral services was held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, November 6, 2009 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Spencer.   Interment:  Lone Tree Cemetery, Everly, Iowa.




  Cora Mary "Corky" Fee, 85, of La Porte City, died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, at Bright Kavanagh Hospice House in Des Moines. She was born Nov. 28, 1923, in Aribba, Colo., the daughter of Daniel and Ethel Palmer Poorman. She graduated high school from the Iowa School for the Deaf in 1942. She married Glenn David Fee on Sept. 26, 1942, in Vinton; he preceded her in death on Oct. 1, 1989.

Corky worked at produce companies in Vinton and Newhall, Iowa. She moved with her family to Sioux City in 1955, then to Waterloo in 1956. There she was a Girl Scout Leader for eight years. The family moved to Urbandale in 1965. She went to work for Jensen Elementary School and taught midweek Bible classes at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.  After a move to La Porte City in 1977, Corky began working for Schoitz Memorial Hospital, retiring in 1987.  She was a member of the American Lutheran Church in La Porte City and was the "Card Lady" for many years.

She is survived by her two daughters, Linda (Jim) Bagenstos of La Porte City and Glenda (Mike) Eick of Ankeny; four grandchildren, Cynthia (Steve) Haas, Nicole (Ross) Schuchart, Daniel (Julie) Sutherland and Melissa Eick; two stepgrandchildren; six great-grandchildren, Aaron, Veronica, Landon and Jordan Haas and London and Eden Schuchart; four stepgreat-grandchildren; a brother, Carey Poorman of Cedar Rapids; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and two brothers, Oda and Carl Poorman.

Services was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, at the American Lutheran Church, with burial in the West View Cemetery, both in La Porte City.



  Richard A. Tynan, Sr., 61, of Rockford, died Thursday, October 8, 2009, at the Floyd County Medical Center in Charles City.

Pastor David Werges of the Saint John Evangelical Lutheran Church officiated. Burial was held in Riverside Cemetery, Charles City.

Richard Allan Tynan, Sr. was born July 1, 1948, at Charles City, the son of Leo and Barbara (Nelson) Tynan. He graduated from the Council Bluff School for the deaf. On December 15, 1973, he was united in marriage to Diane McDonald in Cedar Rapids. Richard was employed at Allied Construction for over 30 years. After retirement he worked part-time on the night shift at Wal-Mart. He was a member of the Iowa Deaf Club and the Saint John Evangelical Lutheran Church. His interests included side jobs, fishing, hunting, camping, fixing things, and spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Living family members include his two children, Richard Tynan, Jr. of Mason City and Racheal (Jeremiah) Ferch of New Hampton; seven grandchildren, Mercedes and Lexus Tynan, Cole, Chelsea, Justice, J.J. and Jesup Ferch; special friend, Patty Mathis of Waukon; many cousins, including Denny Tynan; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by parents; wife; and infant sister.



  Michael "Micky" Palm, age 60, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, formerly of Macedonia, Iowa and Carson, Iowa, died September 9, 2009, at Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs.

Survivors include a son, Brian Palm; and grandchildren, Brian Palm and Tasha Palm; brothers, Larry South and wife, Gloria and Jerri South, all of Council Bluffs, and Stanley Palm and wife, Peggy, of Kent, Wash.; sisters, Peggy Gebert and husband, Fred, of Marysville, Calif., and Dixie Schmidt and husband, Roger, of Fairmont, Neb.; foster parents, Donna Devilbiss, of Cumberland, Iowa and Kenneth Love, of Carson.

Funeral services 2 p.m., Monday, September 14, 2009, at Hertz Funeral Home in Carson with burial in the Carson Cemetery.



  Ruth E. Rose Kuehne, 73, of Ennis, Texas, passed away Tuesday, September 8, 2009. 

Ruth was born August 26, 1936, in Boone, Iowa, the daughter of Roy and Elaine Rose.  She and her brother, Junior, attended Iowa School for the Deaf.  Ruth left from ISD in 1954.  She married to Leonard Kuehne, a Montana School for the Deaf product, in 1956.  They have five children, 18 grand children and 3 or 4 great-grandchildren.

Thanks to Betty Rose for the updated picture of Ruth Kuehne



Bernita O. Heacock, 84, passed away Wednesday, August 12 at her home surrounded by her family at Des Moines, Iowa.

She was born December 1, 1924 in Zearing, Iowa. Bernita was a homemaker. She loved being with her family. She enjoyed reading the Bible. 

Bernita is survived by her children, Rodney Deal (Brenda) of Norman, OK, James McMains (Lorrie) of Two Harbors, MN, Sue Robinson of Verndale, MN, and MaryAnn Smith (Alan) of Elkhart, IA; 21 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren; her sister, Helen Burns. She was preceded in death by her two brothers, Dale and Donald.

Services were held on Saturday, August 15, at Heritage Assembly of God Church, 5051 NE 5th Street.  Memorial contributions are suggested to her family in loving memory of Bernita. 

Bernita's family would like to thank Iowa Hospice for the excellent care they gave to her during her illness



  Nancy Kuhn, age 44, died Saturday, August 8, 2009 at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, following an extended illness.  Burial was in CalvaryCemetery, Brooklyn.  

She is survived by her husband Donald, Jr.; 3 stepsons, Duane Kuhn of Omaha, Donald Kuhn III (Sheila) of Omaha and Daryl Kuhn (Holly) of Ft. Collins, CO; 8 grandchildren, Duane Jr, Colten, Owen, Mackenize, Aaron, Braylon, Linkon and Madilynn; her parents, Paul and Betty Cline of Brooklyn; 7 brothers, Duane (Julie) of Anamosa, Gary (Cathy) of Malcom, Roger (Natalie) of Grinnell, Kevin (Laura) of Guernsey, Brian (Julie) of Montezuma, Eric (Kathy) of Malcom and Russell (Angie) of Guernsey; 3 sisters, Carmen Weaver (Ron) of Grinnell, Gwen Meier (Jeff) of Marengo and Sharon Dixon (Bill) of Cedar Rapids; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her grandparents. 

Nancy Joan Cline was born October 3, 1964 in Grinnell, Iowa, the daughter of Paul and Betty Groves Cline. She attended the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs, graduating in 1983. Nancy was employed at Victor Plastics for 12 years. She married Don Kuhn on September 15, 2000 at Brooklyn. She enjoyed camping, fishing, computers, cooking, sewing and jigsaw puzzles. She lovingly cared for her cats and dogs, and she also enjoyed dancing and spending time with her friends. She especially loved her step children and grandchildren. Nancy was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn.






Alan D. Pierce, Sr., 53, of Rapid City, SD, died Friday, August 7, 2009 at Sturgis Regional Hospital. Survivors include his wife, Charell Hart-Pierce, Rapid City, three daughters. Mandy Selby, Denise Gnagy, both of Rapid City and Amanda Pierce, Des Moines, IA, three sons, A.J. Pierce, Des Moines, IA, Steven Gnagy, Rapid City and Guy Gnagy, Baltimore, MD and two Grandchildren.  

Funeral Services were  held on Saturday, August 15, 2009 at Zion Lutheran Church in Rapid City with Pastor Nix officiating. Alan was cremated following the service. A memorial has been established to help defray expenses.




  James P. DeVaney (Dec 5, 1935 - Aug 7, 2009) of Omaha, passed away at the Meadowbrook Rehab Hospital in Gardner, Kansas. He graduated from Nebraska School for the Deaf in 1956. He worked at the N.S.D. as Dean of Boys for many years. He was actively involved in the Deaf Community. He was preceded in death by his parents, Patricia and James, Sr.  

VISITATION was at 1pm Tuesday, August 11. MEMORIAL SERVICES followed at 2pm at John A. Gentleman