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Obituaries

Nadine Speer

N. Nadine Speer, 90, of Marion died Friday June 13, 2014, at Northbrook Manor. Services were held June 17 at Sharon United Methodist Church. The Rev. Hyeunmee Kang officiated. Burial was at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.

Robert Vavra

Robert Dean Vavra, 66, of Roseville, Minnesota, passed away unexpectedly June 6, 2014.
A son of Arnold and Agnes (Kriz) Vavra, he was raised in Ely and graduated from Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids, Michigan State University and the University of Minnesota. Robert was a longtime employee of Unisys.
He was patient, charitable and loved.
Surviving are his wife, Betty; sons, Matt (Sarah) and Nick; grandsons, Gabe and Max; brothers, Tom and Bill (Marian); nieces, Andrea (Mak) and Christy; and many friends and family worldwide.

Robert Wiederin

Robert “Bob” W. Wiederin, 77, of Cedar Rapids, died Thursday, June 12, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospital following a lengthy illness. Services were held June 17, at St. Jude Catholic Church by the Rev. Mark Reasoner. Burial: St. Joseph Cemetery.

Marjorie Young

Marjorie Burge Young died June 14, 2014, at Cottage Grove Place in Cedar Rapids. A memorial service was held June 20, at the Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories.
Born in 1925, Marge lived in Eastern Iowa all her life. She is survived by a daughter, Julanne Young (John) Sawyers; son John Burge (Connie) Young; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Marge graduated from nursing school at The University of Iowa and worked as an RN for many years, finishing her career as head nurse in Mercy Hospital’s ER. She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and PEO.

Donald L. Brannaman

Donald L. Brannaman, 89, of Solon, died Sunday, June 15, 2014, at his home. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, June 19, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon, with burial to follow in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery with military rites provided by the Solon American Legion. Visitation was Wednesday at the church where a vigil service was held at 4 p.m. Brosh Chapel Solon is assisting the family.
Don was born on Oct. 31, 1924, in Cedar County to Bert and Lizzie (Kadera) Brannaman. He married Rita Randall on May 11, 1948, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Solon.

Esther Buterbaugh

Esther L. Buterbaugh, 100, Dallas Center, died on June 3, 2014. Services were held at the Dallas Center Church of the Brethren on June 9. Burial followed at the Brethren Cemetery, Dallas Center.

Sharon Clark

Sharon Marie Clark, 71, of Lisbon, died Saturday, June 7, 2014, with her family by her side, at St. Luke’s Unity Point Hospice, Cedar Rapids. Funeral services were June 12 at Morgan Funeral Choices, Mount Vernon. Private family burial was at Mount Vernon Memorial Cemetery.
Surviving Sharon are her husband Howard; a son Dan (Tina) of Sutliff; a daughter Carol Gasper of Lisbon and her daughters: Emily and Lindsey; and a sister Jean Lipcamon of Solon. Preceding Sharon in death were her parents.

Richard Gent

Richard D. “Dick” Gent, 74, of Tiffin, died Saturday, May 24, 2014, at Mercy Hospice in Iowa City. Mass of Christian Burial was May 29 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Cosgrove. The Rev. Edmond Dunn officiated. Burial followed in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Iowa City Hospice, The Iowa SIDS Foundation or St. Peter’s Cemetery (for cemetery care).

Doris Holub

Doris N. Holub, 88, of Cedar Rapids, died Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center following a short illness. Memorial Mass was June 12 at St. Ludmila Catholic Church by the Rev. Dennis Juhl. Inurnment was at Czech National Cemetery.

James Meyer

James Lee “Jim” Meyer, 70, of North Liberty, previously of rural Hills, passed away in his home, on Thursday, May 22, 2014. Graveside services were held on May 27 at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Iowa City. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made in Jim’s Memory to Sharon Center United Methodist Church or NAMI of Johnson County. Online condolences may be sent to his family through the web at www.gayandciha.com.

Delores Tomash

Dolores I. Tomash, 87, of Swisher, died peacefully in her home on Saturday, June 7, 2014. Celebration of Life services were held June 12 at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids, with burial following in Anderson Cemetery in Swisher.

Beverly Vaverka

Beverly Ann Vaverka, 80 of Brooklyn, died Friday, June 6, 2014, at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center, Grinnell. Funeral Services were held June 9 at the Haven Community Church, Haven, with Pastor Charles Johnson officiating. Burial was at Haven Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established.
Beverly is survived by her sons, Joe (Mary) of Pella, Jeff (Brenda) of Newton, and Jon (Stef) of Brooklyn; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two sisters, Linda Corns of Omaha, Nebraska, and Ruth Coleman (Don) of North Liberty.