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Obituaries

Rachel Hodina

Rachel Marcella Cleppe Hodina, 93, of Ely, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, at the Solon Nursing Care Center. Celebration of Life services took place on Monday, Jan. 5, at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids. Burial followed at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Tama.

Lawrence Kopecky

Lawrence J. Kopecky, 79, of Greeley, Colo., and formerly of Monticello, died Tuesday, Dec 23, 2014, at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colo.
Friends called Friday, Jan. 2, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a parish rosary was recited.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 3, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello with inurnment in the church cemetery. Military honors were accorded by the Monticello Drill Team and the US Navy Honors Detail. Reverend Paul Baldwin officiated.

Joseph Kremer

Joseph R. Kremer, 64, of Cedar Rapids, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, at his home. Visitation was held on Thursday, Jan. 1, at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was held on Friday, Jan. 2, with a visitation, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Rev. Christopher Podhajsky presiding. Burial was held at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery with military rites.

Mary Krob

Mary Ruth Krob, 94, of Bradenton, Fla., formerly of Walker, passed away on Dec. 29, 2014. Services were held on Friday, Jan. 2, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Bradenton. A memorial service will be held in Walker, at a later date with a committal service at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Walker.

Richard Lindenmayer

Richard L. Lindenmayer, age 91, of Marengo, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at the Marengo Memorial Hospital. Graveside memorial service took place Friday, Jan. 2, at the Marengo Cemetery with Rev. Andrew Gray officiating. Military honors were conducted by the Marengo American Legion Post 76 and the U.S. Navy Honor Guard. Following the service the family received friends at the Kloster Funeral Home in Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.

Gary Clark Rogers

Clark Rogers, 65, of Solon, formerly of Mount Vernon, died Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, at the Solon Nursing Care Center. Visitation was held Saturday, Jan. 3, at Brosh Chapel in Solon with a memorial service and a reception following. Private family inurnment will be at a later date.

Steven Schaefer

Steven J. Schaefer, 62, of Solon, passed away peacefully at home Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. 
According to his wishes no services are planned at this time. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Steven J. Schaefer Memorial Fund.

Thomas Simonsen

Thomas R. Simonsen, 71, of Martelle, died on Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014, at his home. Visitation took place on Monday, Dec. 29, at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home. Graveside services were held on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2014, at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
Thomas Ray Simonsen was born on Jan. 14, 1942, in Cedar Rapids to Ingeman and Doris Coker Simonsen. He enjoyed John Deere collectibles, stock car racing, collecting toys and going to classic toy shows.

Paul Slezak

Paul “Paulie” Ben Slezak Jr., 69, of Ely, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy. Celebration of Life services took place 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids. Burial followed in Rogers Grove Cemetery near Ely.

Linda Cox

Linda A. Cox, 92, of Oxford, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, at Windmill Manor, Coralville. Funeral Mass took place Monday, Dec. 29, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Oxford, with Fr. Edmond Dunn officiating. Burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Oxford. A memorial fund has been established. Linda is survived by her six children, Janice McCalley (Mark) of Oxford, Ronald Cox (Colleen) of Oxford, Gerald Cox (Sandra) of Tiffin, Karen Meek (Duane) of Conroy, Nancy Kinney (Tim) of Oxford and Michael Cox (Jeanette) of Oxford; 11 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Betty Meyer

Betty Mae Caldwell Meyer, 91, of Mount Vernon, passed away at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids on Dec. 11, 2014. Memorial services were held at the Mount Vernon United Methodist Church on Wednesday, Dec. 17. A private family interment will be held at Campbell Cemetery.

Roy Olson

Roy A. Olson, 89, Oxford area farmer, died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 28, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City. A memorial fund has been established in Roy’s memory. Online condolences may be sent for his family through the web at www.gayandciha.com.