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Obituaries

Robert Cihla

Robert Lawrence Cihla Sr., 69, of Cedar Rapids, died Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House. Celebration of Life services took place Friday, Jan. 23, at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids. Burial followed in Cedar Memorial Cemetery where full military rites were conducted by the Swisher American Legion.
Robert was born May 17, 1945, in Iowa City, the son of John and Myrtle (Derby) Cihla. He graduated from Jefferson High School in 1964. Bob served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict from 1965 to 1967.

Lucille Folkmann

Lucille Esther Folkmann was born June 14, 1924, in Iowa County, the daughter of Fred and Hattie (Tschopp) Hopp. She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Conroy. After graduating she began working at Collins Radio. Lucille was united in marriage to Harold Henry Folkmann on Oct. 8, 1944, in Conroy. Following his discharge from the U.S. Navy, the couple farmed until moving to Conroy in 1960. They both worked for the Williamsburg Community School for approximately 25 years.

Mary Kramer

Mary J. Kramer, 93, longtime Coralville resident, died peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, at Windmill Manor Care Center.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 23, at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Iowa City. Burial followed at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Coralville.

Alan Lage

Alan Lage, beloved father, companion and loyal friend to so many, passed away Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015.
Alan was born March 28, 1945, to Leon and Melissa (Stauffer) Lage in Marshalltown. Leon was killed in battle in France the day after Alan was born. Melissa later married a Navy man, John Frasher.

Richard Taylor

Richard (Dick) A. Taylor, 75, of Cedar Rapids, passed away Friday, Jan. 16, 2015.
Born March 2, 1939, to Alan and Nellie (Yates) Taylor in Rock Island, Ill., he grew up in Springville, later moving to Cedar Rapids where he met and married Judy Krapfl. They later divorced. 
He worked at Midland Forge for many years, then decided to go truck driving. He drove for Matson Trucking and then Max Company until his retirement. 

Louis Tresnak

Louis James Tresnak, 71, of Iowa City, formerly of Cedar Rapids, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Iowa City after a long illness. Funeral Mass was Saturday at Saint Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids, officiated by Father Christopher Podhajsky. Burial took place at Saint John’s Cemetery.

Retiring or withdrawing?

Food for Thought

The number of Christmas cards, and those “Christmas Letters,” has dwindled over the past few years. Probably because of the ease of communicating via e-mail. Or maybe people think twice about sending Christmas cards to everyone they know because of the constantly rising cost of the cards themselves and the stamps to send them on their way. A few years ago, I cut down my Christmas mailing list considerably because I was in touch with most of my life-long friends through our class newsletter. And I don’t think it makes sense to send cards to people I see frequently.

Barbara Berry

Barbara Joyce Berry, 84 of Ely, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at Living Center West. Services were held Friday, Jan. 1, at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids, with Reverend Julie Schuett presiding. Burial took place at First Presbyterian Church Cemetery near Ely.

Louis Fordice

Louis Hubert Fordice, 86 of Solon, died Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at Hallmark Care Center in Mount Vernon. Celebration of Life Services took place at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at Brosh Chapel in Solon. Visitation preceded the service from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday at Brosh Chapel.  

Genevieve Krell

Genevieve (Gen) Elizabeth Krell, 96, of Iowa City, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, at Solon Nursing Care Center.
Gen was born on Mar. 21, 1918, the daughter of Jacob and Jane (Bradley) Kuebrich. She was the youngest of six children and grew up on a farm near Cosgrove and attended Cosgrove School through the eighth grade. The family moved to Davenport Street in Iowa City in 1931, and she graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1936.
Gen met Earl Edward Krell, Jr., and they were married in September 1939. Earl passed away in 1968.

Thomas McAreavy

Thomas James McAreavy, 80, of Williamsburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, after a hard-fought battle with melanoma.
Memorial Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 19, at St. Mary’s Church in Oxford with Father Edmond Dunn officiating. Military honors by the Oxford American Legion followed the service. Tom has deeded his body to the University of Iowa Department of Anatomy. Memorials may be directed to the Thomas James McAreavy Memorial Fund.

Lewis Mottinger

Lewis Cecil Mottinger Jr., 86, of Solon, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, at the Solon Nursing Care Center. Celebration of Life services took place Saturday, Jan. 17, at Brosh Chapel. Burial followed in Oak Shade Cemetery in Marion, where full military rites were conducted.