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January 9th, 2012

Unhappy start to New Year

TIFFIN— Matt Haas’ Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers opened the new year with a pair of losses on the home hardwood. The Creek girls fell 56-45 Tuesday, Jan. 3, to Independence, and took a non-conference loss on Thursday, Jan. 5, losing 57-42 at the hands of the West Branch Bears.

Creek is rising in Tiffin

TIFFIN— After a dismal 0-6 record as a start to the 2011-2012 season, Steve Ottoson’s Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clipper boys appear to be on a roll. The squad ended 2011 with a home win against Mid Prairie and carried that momentum into the new year with a pair of back-to-back wins.
The Creek boys pounded Independence on the road Tuesday, Jan. 3, and returned home for a visit from the West Branch Bears on Thursday, Jan. 5. CCA took the 59-47 non-conference win.
“It’s a good win against a very good team,” Coach Ottoson said, basking in the afterglow of victory.

January 8th

Theodore Rittenmeyer

Theodore “Ted” Rittenmeyer, 83, of 1095 Silvercrest Circle, Iowa City, died Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at the Briarwood Health Care Center in Iowa City after a courageous battle with dementia.
Funeral services were held Jan. 6 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Iowa City, with burial following at St. Joseph Cemetery in Iowa City.
Ted was born on July 24, 1928, in Iowa City “Goosetown,” the son of Albert P. and Bess L. (Fitch) Rittenmeyer. He graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic School in 1947. Ted was joined in wedlock to Marjory M. Crock on December 22, 1948. She preceded him in death.

Myrtis Upah

Myrtis Ann Upah, 82, formerly of Cedar Rapids and Chelsea, died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, in her home from cancer. Services were held Jan. 7 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Chelsea by Deacon Joe Behounek. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Local survivors include Andrea (Larry) Shaevitz of Swisher.
Her greatest joy was spending time with family and friends. She was an avid quilter and accomplished needlework artist.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.hrabakfuneralhome.com under obituaries.

Emily Vanourny

Emily Vanourny, 98, of Fairfax, died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, at Heritage Nursing and Rehab Center in Cedar Rapids. Services were held Jan. 6 at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids. Burial was in Blain Cemetery, Swisher.
Emily Raim was born June 14, 1913, in Swisher, the daughter of Lewis and Frances (Drahos) Raim. She was united in marriage to Allan Vanourny on July 10, 1940. Together they partnered in farming in the Walford area for many years, retiring to Fairfax in 1979.
Local survivors include a nephew, Kenneth (Marcella) Raim of North Liberty.

Habitat for Humanity offers energy efficiency retrofit

IOWA CITY– Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity will audit and retrofit up to 60 homes to improve energy efficiency in Cedar, Iowa, and Johnson counties over the next two years. The local non-profit agency will receive $74,000 in funding from the Department of Energy’s Weatherization Innovation Pilot Program and will seek matching contributions from community organizations, private foundations, individual donors and volunteers.

January 2nd

Food For Thought

Aside from the obvious and noble such as world peace and food for the hungry, what would you wish for if a genii were to grant you a wish? Assume, for the moment, that there is only one limit on this wish. Cost is no concern, your genii obtains things by magic and money doesn’t enter into it. Neither does the impossible. You can have time travel if you want it, or everlasting beauty. You don’t have to consider the rest of the world either; you can own Switzerland and banish anybody you don’t want there, or you can have Disneyland all for yourself and your friends for the entire summer.

Thomas Burns

Thomas “Tom” Burns, 94, of Cosgrove, died at Lantern Park Care Center, Coralville, Monday, Dec. 26, 2011. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Dec. 29 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Cosgrove with Father Thomas Doyle officiating. Burial was at St. Peter’s Cemetery.

Ralph Karlan

Ralph C. Karlan, 85, of Cedar Rapids, died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha after a short illness. Funeral Mass was held Jan. 3 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, where there were also military rites. The Rev. Phil Thompson officiated. Inurnment was at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
Ralph was born Oct. 10, 1926, in Cedar Rapids, the son of Ralph and Juanita (Beatty) Karlan. He married Mary Ellen Reindl on Oct. 16, 1948, in Manly. Ralph worked in quality control at Rockwell and retired from there in 1991 after 38 years of service.

William Lumpa

William J. Lumpa, 79, died Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.
Funeral services were held Dec. 28 at the Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Branch. Burial was in the West Branch Cemetery.
William Joseph Lumpa was born May 25, 1932, in Johnson County, the son of John and Hilda Niemeyer Lumpa. On Feb. 13, 1955, he was united in marriage to Janet Mickelson in Iowa City. Bill had been employed with Foster Trucking for 22 years and West Branch Farm Supply, where he managed the Oasis Elevator for 14 years.