Obituaries articles

John R. Donnelly – Independence

John R. Donnelly, 95 years old, of Independence, Iowa, died on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at Lexington Estates in Independence. He was born on November 17, 1920, in Westburg Township of Buchanan County, Iowa, the son of Andrew Bernard and Johanna (McGrath) Donnelly. He graduated from high school in Independence with the Class of 1940

Doug Ehrler – Manchester

Doug Ehrler, 61, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Monday, May 30, 2016, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester. He was born on October 16, 1954, in Manchester, the son of Don and Joyce (Joslyn) Ehrler. He was raised in the Manchester area and graduated from West Delaware High School in 1973. On November

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Helen M. Ryan – Manchester

Helen M. Ryan, 95, of Manchester, Iowa, died Saturday, May 28, 2016. Visitation will be from 3:00 -8:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at Bohnenkamp – Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Manchester, with a 3:00 p.m. Scripture Service.  A Funeral Mass will be held 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at St. Mary’s

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Sandy K. Hoffman – Delhi

Sandy K. Hoffman, 63, of Delhi, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, May 29, 2016, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.  She was born on April 27, 1953, in Anamosa, the daughter of Allen and Reva (Taylor) Hoffman.  Sandy was a 1971 graduate of Wyoming High School. Sandy worked as a C.N.A. at the Penn

Irene Mathilda Swenka – Greeley

Funeral mass for 89 year old Irene Mathilda Swenka of Greeley will be at 10:30am on Monday, May 30th at St. Marks Catholic Church in Edgewood. Visitation will be held from 4:00 until 7:00pm on Sunday, May 29th at the Leonard Muller Funeral Home in Edgewood, where there will be a 3:30pm scripture service. Visitation

Ron LeClere – Hopkinton

Ron LeClere age 72, of Hopkinton, died Monday May 23, 2016 at Mercy Hospital Cedar Rapids following an extended illness. Funeral services will be held 11:00 Friday morning, May 27, 2016 at the Hopkinton Community Church. Pastor Jan Lamont will officiate at the services. Friends may call from 4 until 7 Thursday at the Goettsch

Donald H. Toale – Independence

Donald H. Toale, 60, of Independence, Iowa died Monday, May 23, 2016 at the Buchanan County Health Center, Independence of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Don was born on January 11, 1956 in Independence, Iowa the son of Francis M. and Clara R. (DePape) Toale. He was a 1974 graduate of St. John’s Catholic

Freida K. Loesche – Petersburg

Freida K. Loesche, 63, of Petersburg, died Saturday, May 21, 2016, at St. Luke’s Unity Point Hospital, Cedar Rapids, following a short illness. Visitation will be held from 3 -8 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 5


Norene H. Ronnebaum – Independence

Norene H. Ronnebaum of Independence, Iowa, passed away peacefully at Unity Point Health-Allen Hospital on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Norene was born on October 16, 1917, to Joseph and Helena Engelken Buessing on a farm near Baileyville, Kansas. Norene married Leonard Ronnebaum on May 9, 1946, after he returned from the WW II war effort.

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Gordon Schmidt – Manchester

Gordon P. Schmidt, 80, of Manchester,  Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester. He was born on September 5, 1935, in Earlville, the son of Paul and Elda (Becker) Schmidt.  He was baptized on October 6, 1935 and confirmed April 10, 1949 at First Lutheran Church.  Gordon