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Obituaries

Donna L. Wagner

Donna L. Wagner, 66, of Iowa City passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014. A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Donna’s life was held Wednesday, Dec. 3, at Lensing Funeral Home in Iowa City. Burial will be held at a later date at St. Joseph Cemetery in Iowa City. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Iowa City Hospice, St. Mary’s Parish in Oxford, or to The Friends of The Animal Center Foundation in honor of her beloved dog Lily.

Diane Evans

Diane Evans, 52, of Robins, passed away surrounded by her family after a long courageous battle with cancer at her home on Nov. 21, 2014. Services took place Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marion by Rev. David O’Connor. Burial was at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

John Lee Hammond

John Lee Hammond, 82, of North Liberty, formerly of Nashua, died Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, at the Windmill Manor Care Facility in Coralville.
Funeral services were held Tuesday Dec. 2, at the United Methodist Church, Nashua, with Pastor Alfredo Agtarap presiding. Interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are with Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home-Olson Chapel, in Nashua.

Gertrude Janssen

Gertrude Janssen, 94, a longtime resident of Tiffin, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.

Kristin (Ness) Schwickerath

Kristin (Ness) Schwickerath, 33, of North Liberty, passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. A funeral service to celebrate Kristin’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 650 240th Street NE in North Liberty. Burial will follow at Ridgewood Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, Dec. 5, from 3-7 p.m. at Lensing Funeral Home, 605 Kirkwood Ave. in Iowa City where a prayer service and a rosary will follow. Visitation will also be held at the church on Saturday morning from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Peter Sorensen

Peter “Larry” Sorensen, 66, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, at home following a lengthy illness.
Memorial services were held Wednesday, Nov. 26, at Lensing’s Oak Hill, Coralville, with Father Edmond Dunn officiating. Burial with Military Honors was at 4 p.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery, Tiffin. 
A memorial fund has been established.
Larry was born March 5, 1948, in Iowa City, the son of Peter and Dorothy (Kutcher) Sorensen. He was a graduate of Oxford High School. Larry served in the United States Army in Vietnam. On Oct. 17, 1980, Larry married Sharon McCoy Adams in North Liberty.

Vernon J. Zach

Vernon J. Zach, 91, of Swisher, died peacefully in his home on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. Services were held Monday, Dec. 1, at First Presbyterian Church near Ely. Private family burial was in Dupont Cemetery near Swisher.
Vernon was born April 3, 1923, on the family farm near Swisher, the son of Joseph and Ella (Bistricky) Zach. He married Martha Dvorak on Oct. 3, 1945, at First Presbyterian Church near Ely. Vernon and Martha farmed near Swisher. Vernon enjoyed hunting, fishing, outdoor activities, playing cards, traveling to Arizona and Texas as well as spending time his family.

Susan G. Borus

Susan G. Borus, 54, of North Liberty, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, at her home, following a courageous battle with cancer. A Memorial Service to celebrate Susan’s life was held on Saturday, Nov. 22, at Lensing Funeral Home in Iowa City. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Lensing Funeral Home.

Verna “Bunnie” Kline

Verna “Bunnie” Kline, 88, of Solon, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. Graveside services were Saturday, Nov. 22, at Sunnyside Memory Gardens in Charles City. Brosh Chapel in Solon is assisting the family.

Clifford John Kramer

Clifford John Kramer, 79, passed away suddenly on Nov. 21, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Funeral Mass was held Wednesday, Nov. 26, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon with burial to follow in Oakland Cemetery. Full military rites will be conducted by the Solon American Legion. Visitation was Tuesday at Brosh Chapel in Solon.

Mary Ellen Novak

Mary Ellen Novak, 89, of Cedar Rapids, died Nov. 20, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids. Services took place Tuesday, Nov. 25, at St. Jude’s Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids, conducted by Father Mark Reasoner. Burial was at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Cedar Rapids. 

Lawrence “Larry” C. See

Lawrence “Larry” C. See, 69, formerly of the Iowa City area, died Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown.
Funeral services were held Friday, Nov. 21, at Gay and Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service. Burial with Military Honors was held at the Oakland Cemetery in Solon. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Larry’s memory.