Author Archives: Mike Johnson

Sue Ellen Gentz – Manchester,

Sue Ellen Gentz, 75, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away Saturday, April 8, 2017, at her home, with her family by her side.  Visitation: 3:00 – 8:00 p.m., Thursday April 13, 2017, at Bohnenkamp – Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Manchester and one hour prior to the service at the Gospel Hall on Friday.  Funeral

Clarence M. Bitterman – Independence

Independence –  Clarence M. Bitterman, 82 years old, of Independence, Iowa, died on Thursday, April 6, 2017. He was born on September 12, 1934, in Cerro Gordo County near Nora Springs, Iowa, the son of Fred LeRoy and Gladys Lucille (Palmer) Bitterman.  He graduated from high school in Hazleton, Iowa, with the Class of 1952. 

Charlene A. Gafford – Hazleton

Hazleton –  Charlene A. Gafford, 50 years old, of Hazleton, Iowa, died at her home on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.  She was born on August 23, 1966, in Sacramento, California, the daughter of Charles Melvin and Jane Ann (Metzger) Bowser.  She attended school in Ohio.  Before becoming disabled, she was a telemarketer fund raiser for

Neil F. “Schnitz” Hirtz – New Hampshire

Neil F. “Schnitz” Hirtz, 67, of Litchfield, New Hampshire passed away Monday, March 27, 2017, at 7:20 am, in Manchester, New Hampshire after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer.   A Celebration of Life Service was held at 10 am, Friday, April 14, 2017, at the St. Francis Cemetery Chapel in Dyersville.  Rev. Dennis

Lee E. Voelker – Marion

Lee E. Voelker, 77, of Marion died Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at Dennis & Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha, Iowa, following a lengthy illness.  Visitation:  1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 9, 2017, at  Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion, Iowa, where a parish vigil service begins at

Central Voters Approve Bond Issue

The Central Community School District voters have approved their latest attempt to make improvements to the school. Clayton County Auditor Jennifer Garms announced the unofficial results of voting on the Central bond issue with 736 “yes” votes and 446 “no” votes. That’s a margin of just over 62 percent. A Super-majority of 60 percent was