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Olga Drahozal

Olga M. (Sindelar) Drahozal, 85, of Cedar Rapids, and recently of the Solon Nursing Care Center, Solon, died Monday, June 17, 2013, at the care center from complications of Parkinson’s disease. Funeral Mass was held June 21 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church by Father Christopher Podhajsky. Burial was in Czech National Cemetery. The Czech Heritage Singers honored Olga with song at the funeral home.

Susan Miller

Susan Anne Miller, 68, longtime resident of North Liberty died peacefully Saturday, June 15, 2013 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Funeral Services were held June 20 at Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service, Iowa City, with the Rev. Jeff Tackaberry officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Ridgewood Cemetery in North Liberty. A memorial fund has been established in Susan’s name.

Cynthia Pfeiffer

Cynthia Anne Pfeiffer, 61, died Saturday, June 15, 2013, in Washington.
A memorial mass was held June 29 at St. James Catholic Church in Washington. A prayer service was held Friday evening at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.beattyfh.com.
Cindy was born on Sept. 17, 1951, in Cedar Rapids, to Glenn and Mary Louise (Kiffe) Selzer. She grew up in Fairfax.
Cindy was united in marriage to Donald Pfeiffer in 1973 in Fairfax. They moved to Washington in 1981.

Raphael Francis Pisarik

Raphael Francis Pisarik, 92, a lifetime resident of rural Mount Vernon, died Sunday, June 23, 2013, a short time after suffering a major stroke. Rosary and Prayer service will be Wednesday, June 26, at 3 p.m. with visitation to follow until 8 p.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Mount Vernon. Funeral Mass will be Thursday, June 27, at 10 a.m. at St. John’s with graveside services following at Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery, rural Solon.

Rev. Russell Donald Proffitt

The Rev. Russell Proffitt, 80, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Lisbon, died Friday, June 14, 2013, at The Woodlands, The Meth-Wick Community, Cedar Rapids. A memorial service for Russ was held June 26 at First Presbyterian Church of Mount Vernon, by the Rev. Lori Wunder. His body was donated to the deeded body program at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Earl Dee Miller

Earl Dee Miller, 70, of North Liberty, died Friday June 21, 2013, at home surrounded by his family. Celebration of Life was held on June 24 at the Shueyville United Methodist Church Family Life Center.

Food for Thought

Going bananas

I’ve been helping my friend Lois Muehl put together a book of poetry she’s written over the past few years. This isn’t her first book, or even her first book of poetry, as she’s been writing for most of her ninety-three years, having sold her first effort at age eight. A retired professor of rhetoric at the University of Iowa, she has published scholarly works, magazine articles, light verse, children’s stories, travel pieces– you name it. You’ve probably chuckled over some of her short witticisms that, over the years, appeared in The Readers’ Digest and other publications.