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Mary Main

Mary Main, 89, of Walker, died peacefully Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at Living Center West, Cedar Rapids. Services were held on March 15 at Zion Presbyterian Church, Coggon. Burial was at Coggon Cemetery, Coggon.
Survivors include her son, Terry (Julie) Main of Muscatine; sister, Alice Quint of Marshalltown; and grandchildren, Leslie (Chuy) Cardoza of Grimes, Michael Main of Urbandale, Molly Main (Travis Heuton) of North Liberty, and Megan Main (Nick Filipi) of Ames.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clifford “Lee” Main; granddaughter, Andrea Main; and sister, Emma Bacon.

Magdalen B. “Mag” Kasper

Magdalen B. “Mag” Kasper, 89, of Morse, died peacefully with her family at her side on Friday, March 14, 2014, at Solon Nursing Care Center.
Visitation was Tuesday at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service in Iowa City. Mass of Christian Burial was Wednesday, March 19, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon, with Father James Vrba officiating.
Burial followed at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Iowa City.
Memorials may be directed to The Morse Community Club, St. Mary Church in Solon or The Mercy Foundation– The Legacy Award for Outstanding Nursing Care.

Dennis Jones

Dennis D. Jones , 68, of Solon, died unexpectedly Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, at his home. Family, friends and musicians gathered at the Mill in Iowa City on March 15 for a memorial and jam session. Burial with military honors was held at Oakland Cemetery in Iowa City on March 15. Dennis Dale Jones was born on Feb. 9, 1946, to Iola P. Carpenter Jones and James “Dale” Jones in Spirit Lake. He received his education in Milford, graduating from Milford High School in 1964. While in school, Dennis played in the band, was on the wrestling team and ran track. Dennis attended the University of Iowa.

Wayne Holub

Wayne Joseph Holub, 67, of Coggon, died peacefully, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy, following an extended illness. Funeral Mass was held March 15 at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, Central City. A vigil service was held March 14 at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Central City. Burial was at St. Joseph Cemetery, Prairieburg. Please sign the online guest book for Wayne at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries.

Kathryn Grabin

Kathryn Gunnette Grabin, 94, passed peacefully away on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at Lantern Park Nursing and Rehab Center, Coralville, due to complications of congestive heart failure. Funeral services were held March 12, at Lensing Funeral Home in Iowa City. Burial was at the Grabin Cemetery north of Oxford.

Robert (Bob) Ernst

Robert (Bob) Ernst, 78, of Solon, died Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. Private family services will take place. Burial will be at Cedar Memorial in Cedar Rapids. There will be no visitation.
Bob is survived by his wife of 55 years, Delores (Fritze); their five children, Sue (Corey) Schoenfelder of Newhall, Julie (Mark) Divoky of Solon, Jim (Kim) Ernst of Newhall, Tonia (Brett) Cox of Iowa City and Bobbi Ernst (Chuck Williams) of North Liberty; 14 grandchildren and six great-children.  Bob is also survived by his brother, James (Linn) of Shady Side, Md.

Gary Dimmitt

Gary Lee Dimmitt, 65, of Solon, formerly of Pittsfield, Ill. passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at his home after fighting a courageous battle with multiple myeloma bone cancer.
Gary was born Nov. 24, 1948, in Pittsfield, Ill., son of Daniel “Dannie” and Marjorie “Marge” (Kolberer) Dimmitt. After graduating Pittsfield High School in 1967, Gary attended college in Louisville, Ky. He then went on to work for Motorola in Quincy, Ill. In 1975, Gary was recruited to work for Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids. Gary was employed by Rockwell Collins for 38 years as a project manager.

Kismet, karma and clues

Walkin'

Three potholders mysteriously disappeared while Sabra was in the hospital recovering from a stroke. The one and only clue that bears on the case is that over the same time period and in very much the same area of the kitchen I broke three wine glasses.

Paying forward; paying back

Food for Thought

Not long ago, anchorwoman Diane Sawyer described a program in a small southern town where people of all ages can “pay forward” with three hours of their services and later receive three hours of free help from someone else. This sounds like a sort of barter system similar to one that operated in the Iowa City area 15 or 20-some years ago.