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Obituaries

Joyce Harney

Joyce K. Harney, 70, of Iowa City, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at home surrounded by her family.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Thursday, Jan. 29, at St. Mary’s Church in Iowa City with Father John Spiegel officiating. Visitation was Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service in Iowa City with a vigil service at 7:30 p.m. A rosary was recited by the Catholic Daughters of Americas. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery in Iowa City.

David Stastny

Cedar Rapids, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, at St. Luke’s Hospital from a courageous battle with lung disease. Funeral Mass took place Monday, Jan. 26, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Hiawatha. Burial followed at Campbell Cemetery. Visitation was Sunday, Jan. 25, at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids, where there was a 5 p.m. Celebration of Life Service. 

Shirley Wiggs

Shirley Ann Wiggs, 79, of Oxford died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Memorial Services were held Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Lensing Oak Hill Funeral Service in Coralville. Burial will be at a later date at Oak Hill Cemetery in Tiffin.

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.