Author Archives: Mike Johnson

Donald Jerome Hemmer – Independence

Funeral services for 88 year old Donald Jerome Hemmer of Independence will be held at 10:30am Saturday, March 15 at St. Johns Catholic Church in Independence. Visitation will be 4 to 7pm Friday, March 14 and from 8 to 10am Saturday at the Reiff Funeral Home and Crematory in independence.  A Rosary will be recited

Mary Jeanne Schramm – Dyersville

Mary Jeanne Schramm, 90, of Dyersville, Iowa died Monday, March 10, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque, Iowa. Friends may call from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa where a Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 11:30 a.m.  Rev. Mark Schramm S.V.D. will officiate.  Burial

Verla Harris – Hopkinton

Verla Harris of Hopkinton, age 90, died Thursday March 6, 2014 at the Jones Regional Medical Center, Anamosa following a sudden illness. Funeral services will be held 11:00 Monday morning, March 10, 2014 at the Hopkinton Community Church with interment in the Hopkinton Cemetery. Friends may call after 9:30 at the church. Pastors Jan Lamont

Paul Lumpa – Monticello

Paul Lumpa age 81, of Monticello, died Friday evening, March 7, 2014 at the Shady Rest Care Center, Cascade with his family by his side. Funeral services will be held 11:00 Thursday morning, March 13, 2014 at the First Presbyterian Church, with interment in the Oakwood Cemetery, Monticello with Military Honors. Friends may call from

Robert Downing – Independence

Independence –  Robert H. Downing, 81, years old, of Independence, Iowa, died on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo, Iowa.  He was born on August 27, 1932, in Black Hawk County, Iowa, the son of George Powell and Bernice Arlene (Schrader) Downing.  He attended the BlackHawkCounty and BuchananCounty country


Meth Lab to Blame for Anamosa House Fire

Authorities say a meth lab is to blame for a house fire in Anamosa Friday night. Firefighters from Anamosa and Monticello spent several hours battling the fire at 406 N. Sales Street. Anamosa Fire Chief Tim Shada said four nearby residences were evacuated as a precaution because of heavy smoke. The home is considered a


Electrical Fire Causes Minor Damage To Manchester Shop

Manchester firefighters were called to a fire at 18698 166th Avenue shortly after 9:30 Sunday morning. A fire had started in a shop owned by Jason Kluesner and was contained to the attic. Fire Chief Mike Ryan says the cause of the fire was electrical. Fire crews spent about two hours at the scene.

Norbert Goedken – Masonville

City or Town Heading:   Masonville   Name of Deceased:       Norbert Goedken   Age of Deceased:           85 Date & Place of Death: Saturday, March 8, 2014 at his rural farm home.   Services:               10:30 A.M. Tuesday, March 11, 2014 Place of Services: I.C. Catholic Church in Masonville Special Services:  7 PM Monday, Mar. 10 Scripture service

Betty Jane Garaghty – Elkader

Betty Jane Garaghty, 83, of Elkader, died, Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at University Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. She was born September 8, 1930, in Guttenberg, to Jack and Frances (Walter) Mahowald. Jane graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic High School in Guttenberg.   She was united in marriage to John Garaghty on April 17,


St. Mary’s School Hosting Annual Gala

St. Mary Catholic School in Manchester will hold their 7th Annual Gala this Saturday night. The event gets underway at 5 pm with a social hour and appetizers at St. Mary Parish Center in Manchester, followed by dinner and a live and silent auction. St. Mary’s Principal Vicki Palmer says tickets are still available. St

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