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Archive - 2014

January 16th

Leota Novotny

Leota Mae Novotny, 81, of Cedar Rapids, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospital. Leota’s Celebration of Life gathering was on Jan. 11 at the Avacentre at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids. A private family inurnment will be at a later date in Czech National Cemetery.
Leota was born Jan. 9, 1932, in Garrison, the daughter of Harry and Viola (Banse) Flickinger. She attended Garrison High School. Leota was united in marriage to Raymond Novotny on Sept. 11, 1950, in Solon. They raised four children Linda, Teresa, David and Lora. They were later divorced.

Bernice Logan

Bernice Jean Logan, 82, of Washington, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at the United Presbyterian Home following a lengthy illness.
Celebration of life services were held Jan. 14 at the United Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Bob Wollenberg officiating. Interment was at the Elm Grove Cemetery in Washington.
Memorials have been established for the United Presbyterian Church. Online condolences may be sent for Bernice’s family through the web at www.jonesfh.com.

George Hill

George “Bill” E. Hill Jr., 88, of Hiawatha died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospital. Services were Jan. 14 at the Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories. Burial with military rites at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.

Leon McNeil

Leon Frank “Mac” McNeil, 76, of Ainsworth, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at the M.L. McCreedy Home after a lengthy illness.
Celebration of life services were held Jan. 11 at the Ainsworth Community Church with Pastor Jason Collier officiating. Interment will be at the Oregon Township Cemetery in Ainsworth at a later date. A memorial has been established for Hospice of Washington County or Marr Park. Online condolences may sent for Leon’s family at www.jonesfh.com.

Jay Hardymon

Jan. 9, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids.
A funeral service celebrating Jay’s life was held Jan. 13 at the Immanuel Baptist Church, Cedar Rapids, with the Rev. Dan Wiersema officiating. Private family burial was in Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce; daughters, Laura (Brad) Klaes of North Liberty and Shelly (Robert Jr.) Thompson of Cedar Rapids; five grandchildren; sisters Glenda (George) Giles of Stone Mountain, Ga., Anne (Frank) Farris of Louisville, Ky., Katherine Inglis of Indianapolis, Ind.; Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Eunice Goodrich

Eunice Alberta Long Goodrich, 88, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Mount Vernon, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at Manor Care Health Services, Cedar Rapids. The service in honor of Eunice was held Jan. 11 at Morgan Funeral Choices, Mount Vernon. Burial was at Mount Vernon Memorial Cemetery.

Elizabeth Buckley

Elizabeth “Betty” Weaver Buckley, 93, of Cedar Rapids, died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids.
A gathering time for family and friends was held Jan. 9, at Keystone Place located in Cedar Rapids to remember and share Betty’s life. Her wishes of cremation were honored.

Geraldine Broulik

Geraldine Emma Broulik, 84, of Mount Vernon, died Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at her home. Funeral Mass was held Jan. 10 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Mount Vernon. Burial followed at St. John’s Cemetery, Lisbon.
Geraldine was born in rural Solon, the daughter of Joseph and Sophia (Konecny) Hajek. She married Leonard Broulik on Jan. 3, 1953, in Ely. She and Leonard lived and raised their family on the farm south of Mount Vernon. She was a member of the Jolly Workers Ladies Club and St. John’s the Baptist Catholic Church.

Pugsley, one killer bike

bikin'

I’ve been riding my new Pugsley bicycle during this recent cold wave.
Maybe you’ve seen the distinctive bike: it’s the one with the super fat, four-inch tires. Made by Surly, it’s the all-terrain, monster truck assassin assault vehicle of the pedal set. I got mine at my favorite local shop, Sugar Bottom Bikes.

Cold winter memories

Food for Thought

Last month’s unusually cold weather reminded me of a winter in the early 1940s when I was in first or second grade. We lived only about five or six blocks from school and we always walked there and back, twice a day, as we went home for lunch. Our school system didn’t have a hot lunch program then, though a few kids brought sack lunches, especially in the winter time. At our house, the noon meal was the main meal of the day and Mother wanted to make sure we got a good, hot meal, so we always ate at home.