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Obituaries

Mildred Campion

Mildred A. “Millie” Campion, 86, longtime resident of this area died Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at the Lantern Park Nursing and Rehab Center in Coralville.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 31, at Gay and Ciha Funeral and Cremation Services in Iowa City, followed by burial at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Visitation was Monday, March 20, at the funeral home.

Loren Siems

Loren Fredrick Siems, 75, of Fairfax, died Friday, March 20, 2015, at St. Luke’s Hospital. Services took place Friday, March 27, at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids, followed by burial in Shueyville Cemetery. Visitation was Thursday, March 26, at Brosh Chapel. 

Mildred Smith

Mildred Ann Smith, 76, of Port Isabel, Texas, passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2015, in Harlingen, Texas. 
“Milly” was born in Parkston, S.D. on March 22, 1938. She was born in her home to Albert and Matilda (Werning) Juhnke. Milly married Curt Smith on April 6, 1958, in Clayton, S.D., and they were married for 57 years. She attended the University of South Dakota for two years and then went on to Pierre, S.D. to nursing school. Milly was recognized as a Special House Mother at Sigma Phi Epsalon House and Beta Chapter at Iowa State University. 

Robert Woodburn

Robert L. “Bob” Woodburn, life-long resident of Iowa City, died Friday, March 20, 2015, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. 
A Masonic service was held Sunday, March 29, at the Masonic Temple in Iowa City. Visitation was held Monday, March 30, at First Presbyterian Church in Iowa City with a memorial service directly following.

Lucile Yanecek

Lucille E. Yanecek, 85, of Cedar Rapids, quietly passed away Tuesday March 24, 2015, at the Woodlands nursing facility within the Meth-Wick community. There will be no services or visitation. Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. 

James Cirese

James Dale Cirese, 68, of Solon, died Monday, March 16, 2015, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. A Celebration of Life gathering was held on Wednesday, March 25, at Brosh Chapel in Solon. A Memorial Mass was held on Thursday, March 26, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon. Military rites were conducted following the Mass. A private family interment will be at a later date. 

Ilene Downey

Ilene M. Downey, 86, of Cedar Rapids, passed away Monday, March 16, 2015, at Northbrook Manor. Per her wishes, no local services will be held. Inurnment will be at a later date in Springfield, Mo.
Ilene was born April 12, 1928, in Newry, Minn., the daughter of Clarence and Elzina Moreland. She graduated from Fort Dodge High School in 1946. She married John Herman on July 30, 1948. They later divorced. They had three children. On Feb. 28, 1975, she married William “Bob” Downey and they lived in Des Moines.

Shari Friis

Shari Friis, from West Branch, 45, died on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, surrounded by loved ones after a courageous battle with cancer. Although she didn’t want to leave her children she knew God was calling her name. Shari was diagnosed with non-smoker lung cancer on Jan. 25, 2013.
A celebration of life was held on Saturday, March 21, at Bethany Lutheran Church in West Branch. Visitation was Friday, March 20, at the Henderson-Barker Home in West Branch.

Michael Henry

Michael Alan Henry, 38, of rural Solon, formerly of Cedar Rapids, died Sunday afternoon, March 15, 2015, while playing disc golf with friends near Lake Macbride.
Funeral services took place Friday, March 20, at Papich-Kuba Funeral Home East in Cedar Rapids, with Rev. Randy Kasch officiating. Burial followed at Czech National Cemetery.
Mike is survived by his wife, Jocy; two sons, Hudson Griffen Henry, 2 1/2 years old and Harrison Tyler Henry, four months old, and two brothers, Timothy (Julia) Henry and Doug (Janet) Henry, both of Cedar Rapids.

Milo Kofron

Milo B. Kofron, 91, of Cedar Rapids, died late Monday evening, March 16, 2015, at Heritage Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral Mass took place Saturday, March 21, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church officiated by Father Christopher Podhajsky. Burial was at St. John’s Cemetery. Friends called Friday, March 20, at Papich-Kuba Funeral Home East in Cedar Rapids.

Randy Lafrenz

Randy L. Lafrenz, 58, of Bennett, died Monday, March 16, 2015, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Memorial services were held on Friday, March 20, at the Peace Church of Christ United in Bennett. Visitation was held on Thursday, March 19, at Fry Funeral Home in Tipton. Burial will be held at a later date in Inland Cemetery in Bennett.

Linda McAdam

Linda L. McAdam, 67, of rural Tiffin, died Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Cedar Rapids.
Funeral services were held Friday, March 20, at Gay and Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City, followed by burial at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Visitation was Thursday, March 19, at the funeral home. Linda was an animal lover throughout her life and always had a soft spot for her “furry kids.”