Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - August 16, 2003, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Isabelle F. Elston, 97, of
Northbrook Manor, died there Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003, following a short illness. Graveside services: ll a.m. today, Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery, Chapel Garden section, by the Rev. Lloyd Brockmeyer of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.
Survivors include a sister, Gladys Frederick of Cedar Rapids; a nephew, Robert (Susan) Frederick of Marion; and two nieces, JoAnn (Richard) Rebil-lard of Chandler, Ariz., and Jeanne Nemec of Cedar Rapids.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Raymond; a brother, George H. Nemec; a nephew, George J. Nemec; and a sister, Marjorie Moeller.
She was born Aug. 8, 1906, in Cedar Rapids, to John and Emma Sykora Nemec, and was married to Raymond Elston on Oct. 17, 1939, in Cedar Rapids. He preceded her in death in 1981.
She formerly was a buyer for Craemer’s Department Store and had worked at Merchants National Bank. She was active at the Witwer Senior Citizens Center, where she enjoyed playing cards with her many friends.
Arrangements are with the Cedar Memorial Funeral Home.
Doris D. Fleck: Services, 3 p.m. today, Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories, by the Rev. Dr. William Jamison. Burial: Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call after 2:30 p.m. today at the chapel. Please, no flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Lepha Hendrickson, 89, of
6420 Council St. NE, died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2003, in Mercy Medical Center following an extended illness. Services: IO a.m. Monday, St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, by the Rev. Gerald Condon. Burial: Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Stewart Funeral Home, where a rosary will be held at 4:30 p.m.
Survivors include a John of Cedar Rapids.
Lepha was born June 14, 1914, in Groton, S.D., the daughter of Barclay and Louise Dusterhoff Embree. She married Carl Hendrickson on Sept. 6, 1937. He died Nov. 16, 1991. She was a member of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church.
Mildred L. Schnack, 87,
died Friday, Aug. 15, 2003, in Higley Manson Care Center, Cedar Rapids. Services: 2 p.m. Monday, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Clinton. Friends may call between 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday at Schultz Funeral Home, De Witt, and after I p.m. Monday at the church. Burial: Clinton Lawn Cemetery.
She was born Feb. 17,
1916, in Grand Mound, to William and Augusta Meints Rusch. Mildred taught in the rural Turner School that was east of De Witt and also the De Witt Public School.
On Jan. 21, 1947, she was united in marriage to Marvin C. Schnack at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Clinton. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
Mildred was a 50-year member of Order of Eastern Star. She was active in the PTA and school activities. Education was a top priority.
In 1980, she enjoyed a family trip to Germany and also traveled to the western part of the United States. She enjoyed reading, sewing, writing plays, stories and family activities. She managed the family farms and enjoyed family history.
Survivors include her children, Marilyn K. Schnack of Cedar Rapids, Doris and Tom McCarthy of Rosemount, Minn., Dean and Sandy Schnack of Cedar Rapids and David and Janice Schnack of Liberty, Mo.; a sister, Anita Anderson of De Witt; six grandchildren; and two greatgrandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin.
Online condolences may be left at www.schultzfuneral homes.com
CEDAR RAPIDS — Isabelle F. Elston, Doris D. Reek, Lepha Hendrickson, Mildred L. Schnack, Shauna Lee Sharp, Richard "Dick” Stanek, Marie Elizabeth Swift CENTER POINT — John W. Busenbark
CORALVILLE — Sarah Nicole Nessler
EDGEWOOD — Betty L. (Lewin) Thein
HARTWICK — Merlyn Lee Mcllrath HIGH AMANA — Herbert G. Hays IOWA CITY — Mary E. Engelhard!, Marie Lucille Svatos LISBON — Lee "Mr. Lee” Rhoads LOWDEN — Robert C. Wiedenhoff MANCHESTER — Ted H. Sands MONTICELLO — Leona M. Madeson
OTTER CREEK — Genevieve F. Bassler
VICTOR — Mary Margaret Punke Woodrum Rowcliffe WELLMAN — Jennifer Osman WILLIAMSBURG — Annabella Holden Maas
Shauna Lee Sharp: Services, IO a.m. Monday, New Covenant Bible Church, Cedar Rapids, by the Rev. Mr. Dan Hoeger and the Rev. Gary Hoobler. Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cedar Rapids. Burial: Linwood Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.
Richard “Dick” Stanek,
73, of 3807 First Ave. SW, died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003, in University Hospitals, Iowa City, following a short illness. Funeral Mass: IO a.m. Monday, St. Jude Catholic Church, by the Rev. Richard Ament. Burial: St. Joseph Cemetery, with military services. Friends may call from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday and from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Monday at Teahen Funeral Home, where a vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday.
Survivors include his wife,
Ann; two sons,
Stanek and Rick (Diane)
Stanek, both of Cedar Rapids; a daughter,
Filipovich of Minneapolis, Minn.; and a grandson, Skye.
His parents and a brother, Harold Stanek, preceded him in death.
He was born July 23, 1930, in Cedar Rapids, to Oldrich and Mary Michalec Stanek. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War with the 49th Bomber Wing. He married Ann Fox on Sept. 25, 1954, in Osage. After serving in the Air Force, he was the owner and operator of Dick Stanek Lathing. From 1967 to 1985, he and Ann owned and operated Dairy Queen No. 2 in Cedar Rapids. At the time of his death, he was a starter at Jones Golf Course.
He was a member of the American Legion Hanford Post 5, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 788 and the Elks Club. He was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church.
Hanford Post 5 will conduct military services.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
He was a loving, devoted husband, dad and grandpa. Dick enjoyed swimming, woodworking, was an avid fisherman and sports fan and a loyal Hawkeye fan.
Marie Elizabeth Swift,
IOO, of Story City, formerly of Cedar Rapids, died Friday, Aug. 15, 2003, in Bethany Manor, Story City, from congestive heart failure. Services: IO a.m. Monday, Bethany Manor Chapel, Story City, by Father Terry Rasmussen and Chaplain Sandy Anenson. Burial: 3 p.m. Monday, St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Greeley, by Father Dennis Miller. Friends may call after 9 a.m. Monday at the chapel. Arrangements are by Soder-strum-Larson Funeral Home, Story City.
Survivors include a daughter, Karen Burk of Story City.
Betty L. (Lewin) Thein:
Services, I p.m. today, Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories, Cedar Rapids, by the Rev. Fran Griffeth. Inurnment: Cedar Memorial Mausoleum. Friends may call after 12:30 p.m. today at the chapel. Memorials may be made to the Northeast Iowa Farm & Antique Associa-tion/Plagman Barn Association of Garber.
Mary E. Engelhardt, 93,
formerly of 204 Fairchild St., died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003, in the Solon Nursing Care Center. Arrangements are pending at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Services, Iowa City.
Marie Lucille Svatos, 73,
of 3402 Rochester Ave., died Friday, Aug. 15, 2003, in her home surrounded by her loving family. Services: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, by the Rev. Michael Phillips. Burial: St. Joseph Cemetery, Iowa City. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service, Iowa City, where a parish vigil service will be held at 7:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Marie’s memory to Iowa City Hospice.
Online condolences may be sent for Marie’s family through the Web at www. gay andciha. com
Marie was born Feb. 4, 1930, in Iowa City, the daughter of Louie John and Minnie Le Chrisa Price Villhauer. She was a lifelong resident of Johnson County, living in and around Tiffin, Oxford and Iowa City. She was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” E. Svatos on April 12, 1950, at St. Wenceslaus Church, Iowa City.
She retired from Burge Hall cafeteria in February 2003 after many years of employment. Marie loved spending time with her family, gardening, cooking, canning, making cookies, candy, pies and noodles. In her free time she enjoyed adding to her Cardinal collection, playing any kind of card games, computer games and even an occasional trip to play the one-armed bandits on the boat.
Survivors include her husband, Bob Svatos of Iowa City; two sons and daughters-in-law, Rick and Gayle Svatos of Coralville and Tim and Becky Svatos of Iowa City; a daughter and son-in-law, Maggie and Tom Curry of Muscatine; her grandsons, Chad Curry and Brian Curry of Muscatine, Austin Svatos of Iowa City; granddaughters and grandson-in-law, Callie (Curry) and Will Valet of Tipton, Amanda Svatos and Elaine Svatos of Iowa City, Pamela Svatos and Megh-anne Svatos of Coralville; a great-granddaughter, Isabelle Elise Valet of Tipton; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Howard and Mary Villhauer of Iowa City and Donnie and Marcia Villhauer of Atalissa; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Gretchen and Raymond Hess of Iowa City, Letha Hein of Iowa City and Joan Hummer of Oxford; and a special friend, Heidi Bennett.
She was preceded in death by her parents; Five brothers, Carl, Leo, David, Louie and Herman Villhauer; three sisters, Anna LaChrista (Mrs. Kenneth) Shockley, Henrietta Villhauer and Louise (Mrs. Edward) Huffman; a daughter, Pamela Suzanne Svatos; and a great-grandson, Elijah Howard Valet.
Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service of Iowa City is caring for Marie’s family and her services.
Sarah Nicole Nessler, 19,
died Friday morning, Aug. 15, 2003, as the result of an auto accident in Keokuk County. Arrangements are pending at Peterseim Funeral Home, Kalona.
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John W. Busenbark, 87, a
resident of Higley Mansion Care Center, Cedar Rapids, died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2003, in the care center following a long illness. Services: IO a.m. Monday, Murdoch Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Center Point, by the Rev. John Caughron. Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial: Center Point Cemetery.
Survivors in- _
elude his wife,
Erma; a son,
(Wilma) Busenbark of Shellsburg; a daughter, Susan (Roy) Cole of Cedar Rapids; a sister, Betty (Dick) Riley of Des Moines; four grandchildren; a stepgranddaughter; six great-grandchildren; Five step-great-grandchildren; two nephews; and three nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister and a stepgranddaughter.
John was born in Whittier on Sept. 28, 1915, the son of Merle and Nora Burns Busenbark. He graduated from the old Cedar Rapids Washington High School in 1933. On Aug. ll, 1940, he married Erma Glenna Street at the Methodist Church in Center Point. John and Erma celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on Monday.
John was a truck salesman in the Cedar Rapids area and received several awards for his outstanding sales achievements during his career. He served as a former councilman and mayor of Center Point. John was a 50-year member of Mount Hermon Lodge No. 263 AF&AM and the Cedar Rapids Consistory, and also a member of the Methodist Church in Center Point.
After his retirement, he and Erma spent time Fishing on the Mississippi River and winters in Florida. John always had a smile for everyone and enjoyed being with friends and family, especially playing cards.
John will be greatly missed by his family, which he was so very proud of.
John and his family greatly appreciated the care that was given by the Higley Mansion staff and St. Luke’s Hospice staff.
Memorials may be made in John’s memory to St. Luke’s Hospice or Center Point United Methodist Church.
Please sign the online guest book for John at www. murdochfuneralhome.com under “Obituaries.”
Ted H. Sands, 56, of Bettendorf, formerly of Manchester, died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2003, in Trinity Medical Center, Rock Island, III., after a sudden illness. Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Manchester, by the Rev. Dennis Miller. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Bohnen-kamp-Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Manchester, with a Scripture service at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call one hour before services Monday at the church. Burial: St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.
Survivors include his children, Scott Sands of Bettendorf, Shawn Sands of Hammond, Wis., and Stacy Stands of Bettendorf; and a sister, Barbara Mead of Manchester.
Merlyn Lee Mcllrath, 61,
of Roland, died of injuries suffered in an auto accident on Interstate 35 in Warren County on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003. Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Story City, by Pastor Stephen Anenson. Burial: Roland Cemetery, Roland. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Chet Ryan Mortuary, Nevada.
Merlyn was born Feb. 20,
1942, in Hartwick, to Floyd and Adeline Schild Mcllrath. He was a graduate of Keystone High School. Merlyn married Judy A. Hennings on Nov. 16, 1963, in Dysart. He was a crane operator for Crane Rental and Rigging of Grimes. He enjoyed fishing, sports, woodworking and being with family. Merlyn and Judy moved from Missouri to Story County in 1985.
Survivors include his wife, Judy; two sons, Patrick Mcllrath of Balltown and Christopher Mcllrath of Story City; four daughters, Deena Davis of State Center, Leanne Haferbier of Roland, Sarah Kuhn of Polk City and Kari Karl of Oklahoma City, Okla.; Five grandchildren; his father, Floyd Mcllrath of Keystone; and a sister, Karen Raub of Dysart.
Merlyn was preceded in death by his mother in 1997.
A memorial fund has been established.
Herbert G. Hays, 89, died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003, in Colonial Manor Care Center, Middle Amana, following a brief illness. Services: IO a.m. Monday, Middle Amana Community Church, by Elder Tony Berger. Burial: High Amana Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the church. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be contributed to the Colonial Manor Health and Welfare Foundation, the Amana Community Library or the Nature Conservancy in Iowa.
Survivors include four children, Suzanne Kieffer and husband Daniel of Evansville, Ind., Sarah Hendrickson and husband Erie of High Amana, John and wife Teresa of Franklin, Tenn., and Rebecca Hays and husband Glen Cox of North Liberty; seven grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and a brother, Joe Hays and wife Kay of Swansboro, N.C.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Kathryn, on Aug. 9, 1998; a sister, Mary Elizabeth Siegal; and his beloved golden retriever, Indy.
Herbert Guy Hays was born Dec. 22, 1913, in Chicago, the son of Guy and Laura Kaiser Hays. The family moved to Indianapolis, Ind., where he graduated from Shortridge High School. He attended Purdue University, graduating in 1935 with a degree in mechanical engineering.
He married Kathryn Riley on July 22, 1938. He began his engineering career in Columbus, Ohio, worked for a few years in Chicago, and then returned with his family to Columbus, where he designed airplanes for the Army during World War II at Curtis Wright Field.
He was employed by Lenox and Armstrong Furnace Companies in Columbus and American Standard in Elyria, Ohio. The family moved to Amana in 1969, when he joined Amana Refrigeration Inc. At the time of his retirement in 1984 he was design engineer for heating and commercial products. After his retirement he served as an independent industry consultant until 1989. During his career he had numerous patents, including the design and application of the Amana HTM Heat Transfer Module.
Mr. Hays was actively involved in community service all his life and was a strong and vocal supporter of education. He enjoyed playing tennis and sailing with his family. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, Amana Arts Guild, Amana Heritage Society, Homestead Welfare Club and was a founding member of the Amana Community Development Foundation.
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Leona M. Madeson, 91,
died Thursday evening, Aug. 14, 2003, in the Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center following an extended illness. Graveside services: IO a.m. Monday, Riverside Cemetery, Anamosa. Friends may call after 9 a.m. Monday at Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello.
There are no immediate survivors.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a daughter, two brothers and two sisters.
Leona M. McCullough was born Feb. 21, 1912, in Anamosa. She was the daughter of Homer and Lou Miner McCullough. Leona attended school in Anamosa and later graduated from high school in Cedar Rapids. She married Albert Madeson on Feb. 17, 1951. Albert preceded her in death nine years later on Feb. 17, 1960.
Leona made her home in San Leandro, Calif. She was employed at J.C. Penney there for 35 years. Following the death of her daughter, Josephine Bates, in December 1999, Leona moved to Monticello.
IN MEMORY OF
Lee “Mr. Lee” Rhoads,
102, of Lisbon, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003, in his home after a brief illness. Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday, First Federated Church of Lisbon, by the Rev. James Roberts and Roger Davis. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Morgan Funeral and Cremation Choices, Mount Vernon Chapel. Burial: Lisbon Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters,
Martin of Lisbon, Susie (Roger) Davis of Wausau,
Wis., and Elva Lee Powers of Cedar Rapids; IO grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Preceding Lee in death was a son. Glen Elwood Rhoads, who died in 1949; a brother, Elwood; and his wife, Sara, who died Feb. 5, 1998.
Lee was born March 15, 1901, in a log cabin south of Mechanicsville, the son of Samuel and Ida Cook Rhoads. He attended country schools in Mechanicsville, high school in Alburnett and graduated from the dairy short course at South Dakota State in Brookings, S.D., in 1927.
He married Sara Dougherty on July 30, 1930, in Watertown, S.D. He and his family lived in Watertown, Fargo, N.D., and Leon before moving to Lisbon in 1946.
Lee always said his favorite job was working as a butter maker, which he did for a number of years. He farmed east of Lisbon before moving to town, where he worked as a custodian at the Lisbon Elementary School. With his wife Sara, they operated Mockingbird Hill Antiques in Lisbon for many years.
He was a member of the First Federated Church of Lisbon and served as a member of the Lisbon Library Board. Lee was a lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge, entering as an apprentice July 9, 1928, and received his third degree Aug. 23, 1928, at the Kampeska
Lodge No. 13, AF&AM, Watertown.
Lee learned from his grandfather the expertise for growing and nurturing fruits, vegetables and flowers. Lee’s beautiful roses, acres of strawberries, and apple orchard were a tribute to his grandfather Cook. “Mr. Lee” Finally retired at the age of 96 from his many endeavors, and took two walks daily on west Main Street until the age of 102.
As an avid reader, he instilled in his family the love of reading and books. He leaves a legacy of patience, kindness, values, integrity and a good work ethic. His steadfast faith and commitment to the word of God will always be an example for his family and friends.
Memorials in Lee’s honor may be made to the Lisbon Library, 101 E. Main St., or to the First Federated Church, 115 N. Walnut, both of Lisbon, IA 52253.
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Jennifer Osman, 34, died Friday, Aug. 15, 2003, in University Hospitals, Iowa City. Arrangements are pending at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service, Iowa City.
Missing that special smile, even more, on this your 38th birthday.
Robert C. Wiedenhoff,
71, died Friday, Aug. 15, 2003, in the Clarence Nursing Home from complications of multiple myeloma. Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday, Zion United Church of Christ, Lowden, by the Rev. David Mears. Burial: Van Horn Cemetery, Lowden, with military rites. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Chapman Funeral Home, Clarence.
Robert was born May 17,
1932, in Massillon, to Charles and Buelah Becker Wiedenhoff. Bob graduated from Lowden High School in 1951 and served in the Field artillery during the Korean War from 1952 to 1954. He married Marlene Freese on Nov. 27, 1954, in Lowden. Bob farmed his entire life.
Survivors include his wife, Marlene; three sons, David and wife Marla of Olin, Douglas and wife Cindy of Oxford Junction and Michael and wife Car-en of Garrison; two daughters, Diane (Ken) Kuhlman of Marion and Connie Wiedenhoff of Clarence; grandsons Bradley and wife Alethea, Ryan, Quen-ten, Cavan and Alexander Wiedenhoff, Nathan Johnson and Lucas Wagner; granddaughters Laurie, Shanie and Piper Wiedenhoff and Hilary Johnson; and a brother, Clifford of Elkader.
He was preceded in death by his parents.