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Archive - 2014

March 19th

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.

March 18th

Why North Liberty needs 1105

As a North Liberty resident, I find it easy to feel insulated from big city problems. I don’t think my neighbors are hungry. I don’t worry that they are abused, unable to pay their bills, or struggling with mental illness
Local statistics shatter those illusions:

March 12th

Time is now to sign up for CCA youth football

TIFFIN– For those who missed the Clear Creek Amana Youth Football Program registration for incoming fifth and sixth grade students for the 2014-2015 school year, there is still an opportunity to sign up by emailing your name and address to Bev at the email below and an application will be mailed to you.

West, CCA boys compete at Demon indoor

West’s 4x800 takes second, Murray fourth in 1600-meter

IOWA CITY– The boys indoor track season opened last Thursday, March 6, with the Demon indoor meet hosted by Washington (Iowa) High School at the University of Iowa’s Recreation Center. The non-points earning exhibition match gave the men a chance to compete while snow still covered the ground.

Clipper girls ready to run

TIFFIN– Jane Astor probably isn’t a fan of Punxsutawney Phil, the infamous groundhog who’s prognostication of a prolonged winter seemed to be coming true.
Astor, the head coach of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls’ track and field team, and her athletes are itching to get out on the track.
After all, it is rather difficult to run the hurdles in UGGs®.