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February 19th

Spartans aiming for state tournament

Solon heading for showdown with Keokuk (?) Thursday

SOLON– It’s one down, two to go for the Solon varsity boys basketball team.
The Spartans eliminated Washington from the playoff picture Monday night, 58-40, setting up a Thursday meeting with either Fairfield or Keokuk at Washington for the District 10 championship in Class 3A.
The winners of District 9 and District 10 will meet Monday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. in Substate 5 for a chance to go to the state basketball tournament in Des Moines.
Solon blew the game open, but it didn’t happen until the second half.

Big Ten champs

While I was talking about the Hawkeyes’ new football recruits last week, the Iowa wrestlers finished the Big Ten season undefeated, the men’s basketball team picked up a couple of wins and the women’s basketball team is in a big time slump.

Iowa wrestling

When the Hawkeyes knocked off Nebraska, 31-7, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday, Feb. 10, they also won the Big Ten duals title.
Two days before, the Hawks took down Illinois, 25-12, but Matt McDonough lost his first match of the year.

Big Ten champs

While I was talking about the Hawkeyes’ new football recruits last week, the Iowa wrestlers finished the Big Ten season undefeated, the men’s basketball team picked up a couple of wins and the women’s basketball team is in a big time slump.

Iowa wrestling
When the Hawkeyes knocked off Nebraska, 31-7, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday, Feb. 10, they also won the Big Ten duals title.
Two days before, the Hawks took down Illinois, 25-12, but Matt McDonough lost his first match of the year.

Ruth Agne

Ruth Marie (Ferrie) Agne, 87, of Tipton, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. Funeral services were held Feb. 13 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Tipton, with Father David Hitch officiating. Burial was at the Tipton Masonic Cemetery.
Ruth was born July 28, 1925, in Cresco, the daughter of Raphael and Naomi (Cummings) Ferrie. She graduated from Cresco High School, took the civil service exam and accepted a job at the Cedar County Courthouse in Tipton. There she met Carl Reed Agne, whom she married on Feb. 5, 1947, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids.

Leonard Chmelicek

Leonard Chmelicek, 89, of Cedar Rapids, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at Linn Manor Care Center in Marion from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Per Leonard’s wishes, there will be no services.
Leonard was born July 26, 1923, at home in Cedar Rapids and was delivered by his parents, Emil and Anna (Cerveny) Chmelicek. He attended McKinley High School until a teacher told him he might as well quit. He grew up during the Great Depression, and at age 18, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was discharged in 1951. He married Lucille Tomkins on April 5, 1946, in Iowa City.

Richard Cornelius

Richard M. “Rich” Cornelius, 65, of Monticello, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at his home. A celebration of Richard’s life was held Feb. 18 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial was at Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa.

Richard Milo Cornelius was born April 17, 1947, in Clinton, to Milo Fred and Flossie Louise (Peterson) Cornelius. He grew up in Andrew and was a 1965 graduate of Andrew High School.
In 1966, Rich began a career in the grocery business. He was a produce manager for several companies for 47 years, retiring in 2011.

Max Fayram

Max Ray Fayram, 93, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids following a brief illness. Services were held Feb. 16 at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Anamosa with Pastor Mark Buck officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery in Anamosa.
Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left at www.goettschonline.com.
Local survivors include Drew (Lindsay) Fayram of North Liberty.

Brandon Leffert

Brandon Paul Leffert, 26, of Central City, passed at home on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, of a courageous battle with brain cancer. A celebration of life will be held in the spring.
Local survivors include Kris (Bryce Ruroden) Nelson of Ely.
Brandon was born May 4, 1986, in Bakersfield, Calif., the son of Michael and Roxanne (Nelson) Leffert. He graduated from Marion High School in 2005, and then attended Kirkwood Community College. Most recently, he was proud to work for Heinz Quality Chef Foods in Cedar Rapids.

Russell Weisert

Russell “Rusty” Weisert, 90, of Mount Auburn, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at Virginia Gay Hospital from cancer. Private graveside services were held at Evergreen Cemetery with military rites conducted by the American Legion.
“Rusty” was born Feb. 8, 1923, in Mount Auburn, to Clifford and Ethel (Geltz) Weisert and graduated from Lincoln High School in Vinton. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He was a member of Emil H. Dutler American Legion Post #177 of Mount Auburn.

Walkin'

Aunt Izzy’s table

What I remember most about Aunt Izzy, my mother’s twin sister, is eating dinner at her table.
Our family, the city slickers from Chicago, would visit her family, the farm folk, at least twice a year. Izzy had seven children with husband Ray, and Mom and Dad added five to make an even dozen. Not that there’d be 12 kids at a meal. By the time the younger ones arrived, the older ones had moved out, but there might be eight or more sitting knee to knee, stomachs growling. Somehow she managed to fit us all in and make everyone feel welcome to eat to their heart’s content.