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Obituaries

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.

Mary Reddick

Mary Graf Reddick, 96, a lifelong resident of Iowa City, died Monday, Jan. 12, 2015.
Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City. Burial took place following services in the Old Section of Saint Joseph Cemetery in Iowa City. Memorial donations can be made in her memory to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Iowa City.

Off to Australia

Walkin'

Of the 10 deadliest snakes in the world, five make their home in Australia.
The Death Adder, despite its most ominous of names, comes in at only number nine. Able to strike and strike again in a little over a 10th of a second, its bite can cause death in as little as six hours if not treated. Then there’s the tiger snake at number six, which can kill in just 30 minutes. At number four is the Taipan, injecting venom capable of killing 12,000 guinea pigs (my source doesn’t list how many tourists).

Catherine Alton

Catherine Alton, 100, of Rancho Murieta, Calif., passed away peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, surrounded by her loved ones.
Catherine Andrle was born Sept. 21, 1914, in North Liberty. In 1932, she married her childhood sweetheart, the late John Thomas Alton. In 1941, the two boldly moved out to California, where Catherine worked in a war plant. Catherine then devoted her life to her family. 

Milver Klouda

Milver (Mike) M. Klouda, 88, of Cedar Rapids, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids.
Private family graveside services with military rites will be held at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery in Cedar Rapids. Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann; daughters, Linda (Jake) Jacoby and Beverly French; brother, Ernie (Jan) Klouda; and sister-in-laws, Bonnie Klouda and Madelyn Klouda. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Lester and Marvin.

James Leiser

James E. “Big Jim” Leiser, 79, of Iowa City, died unexpectedly, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nev.
Jim was born July 25, 1935, in Sumner, the son of Joseph and Beverly (House) Leiser. His family moved to Cedar Rapids where he graduated from Wilson High School. On Aug. 23, 1953, he was united in marriage to Janet M. Dumond. The couple lived in Cedar Rapids until moving to Iowa City in 1966. For the past 15 years, Jim and Janet wintered in Arizona.

Gary Meade

Gary Eugene Meade, 64, of North Liberty, found peace in his heart and calmness in his mind Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, in the loving presence of his family. If you were to summarize the essence of Gary Eugene Meade in a few words: Good Ol’ Cowboy.
Some would say Gary was born 100 years too late. His good friend and mentor Ruth, a Holocaust survivor, said he was born on the wrong planet. But in spite of this, and in spite of his lifelong battle with mental illness, Gary was still able to accomplish great and wonderful things in his life.

Joan Meyer

Funeral services for Joan Elizabeth Meyer, 77, formerly of Greene, took place Monday, Jan. 5, at the United Methodist Church in Greene. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, also in Greene. Visitation and prayer service was Sunday, Jan. 4, at Retz Funeral Home.
Joan Elizabeth Crooks was born Sept. 19, 1937, in rural Greene, the daughter of Samuel Leo and Alice (Menken) Crooks and passed away Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, at the Windmill Manor in Coralville.