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Alma Helmer

Alma J. Helmer, 99, formerly of Ely, died peacefully Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at Mercy Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial was Sept. 22 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father John Spiegel officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Mercy Hospital Foundation, Camp Courageous or the National Czech Association. Online condolences may be sent to www.lensingfuneral.com.

Evelyn Griffin

Evelyn C. Griffin, 87, of Marion, formerly of Williamsburg, died Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, at The Villages Assisted Living in Marion. Private Graveside Services were held Sept. 15, with the Rev. Sonda Kirsteatter officiating. Memorials may be contributed to Olivet Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids.

Kelly Bender

Kelly S. Bender, 43, of North Liberty, died peacefully Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, surrounded by her family at Mercy Hospice.
A Funeral Service to celebrate Kelly’s life was held Sept. 23 at Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Iowa City Hospice or to Mercy Hospital Foundation for Mercy Hospice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.lensingfuneral.com.

Lucille Brown

Lucille E. Brown, 80, of Ladora, died Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. Funeral Services were held Sept. 16 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with George Grothman officiating. Burial will be in Ohio Cemetery, Ladora. A memorial fund has been established.

Mary Armbrecht

Mary Patricia (Patt) Armbrecht, 74, of Cedar Rapids went to walk with the Lord on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. Services were held Sept. 18 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church by the Rev. Christopher Podhajsky.
Mary is survived by her son Jeff of Cedar Rapids; a daughter Crystal (Larrvy) Greiner of Swisher; her grandchildren Ken Hare, Nathan Greiner, and Shelby Armbrecht; and a sister Joi Webb of Cedar Rapids.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her two brothers Bill and Larry Gaskill.

Honeymoons past

Walkin'

“My wife and I spent the first night of our honeymoon at the Golden Door,” the old man at the end of bar told us. We were on the 10th day of our two-week bike trip, sipping a beer and chatting up the locals at the Wind Up Lounge in Traer, population 1,703.

The Food Wars: Honey, we’re not Italian

Food for Thought

For some reason, even though neither of us had a single drop of Italian blood in our veins, we have always eaten a lot of pasta and other Italian foods. The differences we had over that part of our food preferences seem to have been founded in his belief that all Italian foods should involve tomato sauce in some form or other.
My mother’s one and only Italian recipe produced a very basic spaghetti and meatballs, in a simple tomato sauce spiced up with onions, garlic, salt, pepper and (horror of horrors) chili powder.