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Archive - 2014

December 3rd

Heartbreak and disappointment

When I looked at the schedule and the returning players the Iowa Hawkeye football team had coming back this season, I thought there was a good chance the Hawks could win nine or 10 games.
If they would have scored three more points against Wisconsin or one more in regulation against Nebraska they would have... but they didn’t and with the 37-34 overtime loss to Nebraska Friday at Kinnick Stadium, the Hawkeyes fell to 7-5.
That’s really disappointing.
When Iowa was up 24-7 with 8:45 left in the third quarter I thought there was no way the Cornhuskers come back.

Peter Sorensen

Peter “Larry” Sorensen, 66, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, at home following a lengthy illness.
Memorial services were held Wednesday, Nov. 26, at Lensing’s Oak Hill, Coralville, with Father Edmond Dunn officiating. Burial with Military Honors was at 4 p.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery, Tiffin. 
A memorial fund has been established.
Larry was born March 5, 1948, in Iowa City, the son of Peter and Dorothy (Kutcher) Sorensen. He was a graduate of Oxford High School. Larry served in the United States Army in Vietnam. On Oct. 17, 1980, Larry married Sharon McCoy Adams in North Liberty.

Kristin (Ness) Schwickerath

Kristin (Ness) Schwickerath, 33, of North Liberty, passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. A funeral service to celebrate Kristin’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 650 240th Street NE in North Liberty. Burial will follow at Ridgewood Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, Dec. 5, from 3-7 p.m. at Lensing Funeral Home, 605 Kirkwood Ave. in Iowa City where a prayer service and a rosary will follow. Visitation will also be held at the church on Saturday morning from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Gertrude Janssen

Gertrude Janssen, 94, a longtime resident of Tiffin, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.

John Lee Hammond

John Lee Hammond, 82, of North Liberty, formerly of Nashua, died Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, at the Windmill Manor Care Facility in Coralville.
Funeral services were held Tuesday Dec. 2, at the United Methodist Church, Nashua, with Pastor Alfredo Agtarap presiding. Interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are with Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home-Olson Chapel, in Nashua.

Diane Evans

Diane Evans, 52, of Robins, passed away surrounded by her family after a long courageous battle with cancer at her home on Nov. 21, 2014. Services took place Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marion by Rev. David O’Connor. Burial was at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Yellow string, green stamps

One of the benefits of Dad working at Marshall Field’s, the upscale department store based in Chicago, was the string.
It was used by the package delivery drivers, my father’s job for 50 years, to secure items returned by customers. Field’s had a very liberal, no-questions-asked return policy, and would even send a deliveryman out to pick up the package, tie it with string if needed, and return it to the store.

Frost on the windows

There’s one thing about winters from the past that I realize I’ve missed for a good many years. That’s those ferny, ostrich-feather plumes of frost on the windows. It seems that, when I was a child, the kitchen windows in our house were etched with frost nearly all winter. Frost on the inside of the windows where we could scratch it off with our fingernails to peer out, watching for Dad to get home for supper.

November 26th

Six letter winners to lead Trojans, Women of Troy in bowling

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The Iowa City West High bowling program will be led by six returning letter winners as they take to the lanes for the 2014-15 season. Mike Mellecker coaches both teams and with eight years under his belt has amassed a 29-68 record with the boys, and a 44-66 showing with the girls.

West High ready for battle on the mat

Experience solidifies West High wrestling for upcoming season

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The 2013-14 season was stellar in many ways for the Iowa City West High Trojan wrestlers, with five state meet qualifiers, a 23-7 dual meet record and a 12-1 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) record. In addition, the Trojans were fifth in the state dual meet and placed seventh overall in the State Individual Wrestling Meet.