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Obituaries

Kenneth West

Kenneth West, 72, of Middleburg, Florida, formerly of North Liberty, died at his home April 7, 2014, after a short illness. Kenneth chose to donate his body to science and the remains were cremated. The ashes will be laid to rest at Oakland Cemetery, Solon, with private graveside services, Saturday, July 26, at 1:30 p.m. A celebration of his life will be a time of food and fellowship for family and friends at the public meeting room of the Solon Public Library after 2 p.m.

Carolyn Beard

Carolyn K. (Fencl) Beard, 49, of Gays Mills, Wisconsin, formerly of Solon, died Monday, July 7, 2014, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Memorial Services were held Friday, July 11, at First Presbyterian Church, near Ely.
Carolyn was born Oct. 22, 1964, in Cedar Rapids, the daughter of Joseph A. and Bonnie (Harris) Fencl. She graduated from Solon High School in 1983, and later attended Upper Iowa, studying art. Carolyn married Tedd Beard on April 12, 1985. Carolyn enjoyed sewing, gardening, drawing and spending time with her children and family.

Mary Jo Fitzpatrick

Mary Jo Fitzpatrick, 66, North Liberty, crossed over peacefully at her home, Monday, July 7, 2014, after spending the day with her loving family. Before she passed, she commented that the cancer was gone and her dad was with her. Her passing came seven years to the day following his.
A Parish Vigil Service was held July 10 at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service. Memorial contributions in her honor can be made to Miracles in Motion of Swisher, or Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Johnson County and may be sent to PO Box 167, Iowa City, IA 52244.

Brett Jacobs

Brett Jacobs, 33, Monticello, died Monday, July 7, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids, Iowa following a brief illness.
Funeral services were held on July 11 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in rural Monticello with interment in the Oakwood Cemetery. The Rev. Reed Stockman officiated. Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left atwww.goettschonline.com. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.

Dorothy Meyer

Dorothy A. Meyer, 79, of New Vienna died Thursday, July 10, 2014, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, July 12. The Rev. Dennis Quint officiated.
Dorothy was born Nov. 29, 1934, in Dyersville, the daughter of Charles and Regina (Wilhelm) Wolf. She married Alvin Meyer on May 29, 1954, in Dyersville, where they resided until 1966, when they moved to New Vienna.

Elizabeth “Betty” Isabel Skalsky

Elizabeth “Betty” Isabel Skalsky, 87, of rural Ely, passed away Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. Her body was cremated and private family burial services were held at Rogers Grove Cemetery near Ely on Saturday.
Betty was born on Aug. 13, 1926, a daughter of Thear and Alice Low. She graduated from nurses training and was employed for many years by Dr. Dunn in Cedar Rapids. She was married to Eugene Skalsky on Aug. 7, 1949. They made their home on the Skalsky family farm near Ely. She enjoyed cooking and baking.

Robert J. Stallman

Robert J. Stallman, Jr., 48, of Amana, died on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, after living with kidney disease for 32 years.
Robert was born on Nov. 18, 1965, in Cedar Rapids the son of Robert J., Sr. and Josephine (McNamara) Stallman. He graduated from Norway High School and Kirkwood Community College. Rob worked in farming and agriculture throughout his life. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #11492 and a fourth degree member of Msgr. Sampson Assembly #3179 in Cedar Rapids.

W.J. “Bill” Zenishek

W.J. “Bill” Zenishek, 92, of Solon, left this world on July 11, 2014, to join his Lord in heaven. Funeral Services were held on July 15 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Solon. Burial was at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery with military rites provided by the Solon American Legion.

Charlene ‘Char’ Canney

Charlene “Char” M. Canney, 64, passed away Thursday, July 3, 2014, at her home surrounded by her loving family. The family feels Char was guided home by her mother, Lou, who was born on July 3.


Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, July 8, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church with Father Gary Beckman officiating. Visitation was Monday, July 7, at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City, where a Parish Vigil Service was held. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Reach For Your Potential, Iowa City Hospice and Camp Courageous.


Henrietta Klouda

Henrietta Hekl Klouda, 100, died Thursday, July 3, 2014, at Living Center East, Cedar Rapids. 
Services were held Monday, July 7, at Morgan Funeral Choices in Mount Vernon. 

Surviving Henrietta are two daughters: Irene (and Bill) Novak and Jean Zach, both of Ely; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 22 great-great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; nine step-great-great-grandchildren; and five step-great-great-great-grandchildren. 


Roger Mason

Roger Eugene Mason, 82, a resident of Living Center West, Cedar Rapids, formerly of Swisher, died Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospital hospice unit, Cedar Rapids. Private services will be in September in Waltham Cemetery. Brosh Chapel, Cedar Rapids is assisting the family.

James Paul Meyer

James Paul Meyer, 68, of Solon passed away on Thursday, July 3, 2014, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Funeral Mass was Wednesday, July 9, at St. Mary Catholic Church. Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery where full military rites were conducted by the Solon American Legion. Visitation was Tuesday, July 8, at the church, with a 4 p.m. parish vigil. Brosh Chapel in Solon is in charge of arrangements.