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Archive - 2014

January 1st

Charlotte Boren

Charlotte “Jean” Boren, 80, of Iowa City died Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, at Mercy Hospital under the compassionate care of the Hospice unit, surrounded by her family.
Funeral services were held Dec. 28 at the Church of the Nazarene in Iowa City. Burial was at the Anderson Cemetery near Swisher. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in her memory. Online condolences may be sent for her family through the web at www.gayandciha.com.

Kaylynn Bollel

Kaylynn M. Bollei, 14, of Marion passed away on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, in the loving arms of her mother and father, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinic. Service was on Dec. 27 at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories. Burial was at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
Kaylynn Marie Bollei was born on June 18, 1999, to Lonnie and Connie Wilson Bollei in Iowa City. She was a freshman at Linn-Mar High School and participated in volleyball and choir there. Kaylynn was an amazing artist and especially enjoyed drawing. She was a pet lover and her dream was to become a veterinarian.

Emma Anderson

Emma Anderson, 94, a resident of Manor Care died there on Tuesday Dec. 24, 2013, after a long illness. Services were Dec. 28 at the Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories. Burial at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, John (Joyce) of Cedar Rapids and James (Janann) of Swisher. She is also survived by six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, a daughter Diane Gardenmann, a sister Libby Dostal, and a brother Tony Kudrna.

Home for the holidays

Walkin'

No Fleck family gathering is complete without a game of cards. Back in the day the adults played Spades, Hearts, Canasta, Rummy, Tripoli and the old standard, Pinochle. Children were gradually brought into the pastime. If someone had to go to the restroom it was a great honor to be deemed old enough to play a hand. By the time I was 10, I could hold my own in all the games mentioned and more.
This holiday I made it home and we played “The Six Card Game.”

The cure for writer’s block is to write

Food for Thought

“Writer’s block,” he groaned. “I just can’t finish that article. The words won’t come.”
I say baloney. There’s no such thing as writer’s block. It’s just a myth invented by some writer who didn’t bother to organize his thoughts before he picked up his pen.
“Poor man,” they sympathized. And he was granted another week, month, year to finish what had started out as a good idea that then got lost while he stumbled around trying to figure out where the good idea had been heading, and how he was going to get some isolated flashes organized into cohesive form.