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Obituaries

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.

Donald Saxton

Donald H. “Don” Saxton, 75, lifelong resident and former mayor of Oxford, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics following a sudden illness.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oxford. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Don’s memory to Oxford First Responders or Systems Unlimited in Iowa City. Online condolences may be sent for his family through the web @www.gayandciha.com.

Mary Ann Schipper

Mary Ann Kathryn Schipper, 75, of Delhi, formerly of Cedar Rapids, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at Rock Ridge Care Center in Shellsburg following a courageous battle with ovarian cancer.

Mary Smith

Mary E. Wolfe Smith, 85, of Mount Vernon passed away on Dec. 17, 2014. Services took place Dec. 22 at the First Presbyterian Church, Mount Vernon. Burial took place in Mount Vernon Memorial Cemetery.

Beverly Weber

Beverly Maxine Weber, 85, of Mechanicsville, died on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at Mechanicsville Nursing & Rehab. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Dec. 23, at the Mechanicsville United Methodist Church by Pastor Barbara Krueger. Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mechanicsville.

Evelyn Berends

Evelyn Ruth (Guetzko) Berends, 92, Mount Vernon, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at Hallmark Care Center in Mount Vernon. Services took place Friday, Dec. 19, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Mount Vernon. Burial was at Lisbon Cemetery.
Evelyn was born Aug. 22, 1922, near Hopkinton, to Gus and Jennie (Kurth) Guetzko. She graduated from Delhi High School in 1939 and attended her 75th graduation reunion this summer. She married Lewis E. Berends on Oct. 24, 1946. They farmed near Edgewood, Strawberry Point and Manchester before moving to Mount Vernon in 1956.

Logan Grant

Logan David Grant, 14, son of David and Annette Grant, brother of Ryan, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospital. Funeral Mass was Dec. 15, at St. Ludmila Catholic Church. Burial followed in Czech National Cemetery.