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Obituaries

Kenneth Karsten

Kenneth William Karsten, 85, went peacefully to be with his Lord, his family at his side, on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. Funeral Services were held Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Grace Lutheran Church in Blairstown with Rev. David Remfer officiating. Interment was held at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Blairstown.

Janice Moss

Janice R. “Jan” Moss, 91, a longtime resident of the Iowa City area, died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at Gay and Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service. There was a time of visitation following the services. Private interment services were held at Memory Gardens Cemetery on Monday, Feb. 23.

Kathryn Rummells

Kathryn Wolrab Rummells , 96, formerly of Olin and Mount Vernon, passed away Feb. 18, 2015, at the Anamosa Care Center. There was not a visitation or funeral service per Kathryn’s choice. Burial will be at a later date at the Olin Cemetery.
Survivors include daughters: Janice (Robert) Majors of Mount Vernon, Karlene (Alan) Groth of Olin, and Sharen McCormick of Anamosa and son Ronald Shebetka (Donna Eckrich) of North Liberty. Also surviving are many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Melville Webster

Melville L. “Mel” Webster, 77, of Iowa City walked off into the sunset on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015.
Melville Louis Webster was born May 16, 1937, in Chicago, Ill., the son of Millard and Myrtle Webster. Following graduation from Dixon Illinois High School he served in the United States Air Force. On June 24, 1961, he married Joyce Lee Wolfe in Milwaukee, Wis. He attended Milwaukee School of Engineering where he graduated with a degree in Engineering. The couple moved to Iowa City with their family in 1986 where Mel worked for Lear Corp. for many years before his retirement.

Mary Brecht

Mary A. Brecht, 102, of Cedar Rapids, died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy. Funeral Mass was Wednesday, Feb. 25, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon, with Father Tim Sheedy presiding. The burial followed in St. Mary Cemetery. Visitation was Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Brosh Chapel in Solon.
Mary was born Feb. 2, 1913, the daughter of Thomas F. and Johanna (Dwyer) Kelly. She married Floyd Brecht on Aug. 4, 1934, in Ottumwa.

Dorothy H. Brown

Dorothy H. Brown, 89, longtime resident of Iowa City, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Solon Nursing Care Center.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City with visitation from 4-7 p.m., Wednesday. Burial will be at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Memorials in Dorothy’s name can be made to Iowa City Hospice. Online condolences can be sent to her family at www.gayandciha.com.

Mary Rigdon

Mary K. Rigdon, 74, of Fairbank, died Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids. 
Mary was born on Jan. 9, 1941, near Lamont, the daughter of F.D. ”Bill” and Hazel (Anderson) Brown. She was raised on the Brown family farm, near Dunkerton, and was a 1958 graduate of the Dunkerton High School. On Sept. 29, 1962, she was married to Russell Henry Rigdon II in Waterloo. The couple later divorced. She was co-owner of Bright Way Window Cleaning Company and later worked in the Dietary Department of the Buchanan County Health Center in Independence. 

Jerry Westen

Jerry Dean Westen, 53, of Solon, passed away on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Celebration of Life services were held Wednesday, Feb. 18, at Brosh Chapel in Solon. Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery where full military rites were conducted. Visitation was from Tuesday, Feb. 17, at Brosh Chapel in Solon.

Raymond Cambridge

Raymond E. Cambridge, 83, of North Liberty, passed away at home, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, with his family at his side.
Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 13, at the Gay and Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City with a visitation Thursday, Feb. 12, at the funeral home. Burial took place at Oakland Cemetery in Solon.

Elizabeth Graf

Elizabeth A. “Annie” Graf, 59, of Marengo, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in her home, surrounded by family. A memorial service took place Friday, Feb. 13, at First United Methodist Church in Marengo, officiated by Pastor Matt German. Annie was born Dec. 22, 1955, in St. Louis, Mo., to William Spencer and Elizabeth Mylissia (Henley) Russell. She graduated from Williamsburg Junior-Senior High School in 1974. On Oct. 11, 1985, Annie was united in marriage to Kenneth Graf in Iowa City. Annie was a homemaker for most of her life. She had previously worked at Solar Homes, Aramark and Target.

Virgil Michel

Virgil W. Michel, 97, lifetime Johnson County farmer, died peacefully Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, on his farm, the place he loved.
Visitation was on Sunday, Feb. 15, at the St. Mary’s Auditorium in Oxford and the burial followed at the Oak Hill Cemetery near Tiffin.

Ruby Potter

Ruby I. Potter, 75, of Oxford, died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.
Funeral services took place Wednesday, Feb. 11, at the Oxford United Methodist Church. Visitation was Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the church.
Ruby Irene Smith was born April 13, 1939, in Iowa City, daughter of Lewis and Marie (Stockman) Smith. She graduated from Tiffin High School in 1957 and married Carson Potter on March 16, 1959. She worked for many years as a supervisor with the Visiting Nurses Association. She was a longtime member of the Oxford United Methodist Church.