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Obituaries

Amanda Hook

Amanda passed away surrounded by her family on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at her grandparents’ home in Williamsburg after a four-year courageous battle with cancer at the age of 32 years. Amanda Lea Hook, was born Dec. 26, 1981, in Maryville, Ill., the daughter of Thomas and Denise (Huedepohl) Hook. She was baptized at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Williamsburg. Celebration of Life Service was held on April 11 at Powell Funeral Home, Williamsburg. The Rev. Carl Cloeter officiated. Burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Williamsburg.

Darrell Ophaug

Darrell Phillip Ophaug, 76, of Marion, went home to be with the Lord April 8, 2014, after a brief illness. Funeral Service was held April 14 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Marion. Burial was at Cedar Memorial Cemetery in Cedar Rapids.
Darrell is survived by his wife of 53 years, Norma; daughters, Gwen (Dale) Fangman of North Liberty, and Kari (Todd) Duncan of Cedar Rapids; five grandchildren; one brother Francis (Grace), his sister-in-law Annette, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Ruth, and brother Roger.

Harry Seelman

Harry Seelman, 92, of Oxford died Friday, April 11, 2014, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on April 14 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Cosgrove. Father Edmond Dunn and Father Stephen Ebel officiated. Burial was at the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Harry Seelman Memorial Fund.

James Shaddox

James Douglas “J.D.” Shaddox, 70, of Cedar Rapids, died Sunday, April 6, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center. Celebration of Life services were held, April 10 at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids. A private family inurnment will be at a later date.
J.D. was born Dec. 5, 1943, in Harrison, Ark., the son of Marion Douglas and Edith (Spencer) Shaddox. He married Carolyn Horn on Aug. 2, 1961, in Fort Madison. He was self-employed since 1970, and was the owner and operator of U-Haul on 16th Avenue SW since 2001. He was a member and Past Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge and the Moose Club.

Bette Turnipseed

Bette Jean Turnipseed, 87, of Washington, died Sunday, April 6, 2014, at the United Presbyterian Home following a decline in health.
Celebration of life services were held April 10 at the United Methodist Church in Washington with Pastor Jim Stiles officiating. Interment was at the Elm Grove Cemetery in Washington. Memorials have been established for the United Methodist Church, the United Presbyterian Home or Hospice of Washington County. Online condolences may be sent for Bette’s family through the web at www.jonesfh.com.

Murlen Vogt

Murlen Philip Vogt, 100, of Williamsburg, formerly of Homestead, was called home to the Lord, Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Highland Ridge Care Center in Williamsburg, following a short illness. Funeral Service was April 9, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo with the Rev. Andrew Gray officiating. Burial was in the Marengo Cemetery. Memorials may be contributed to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo, The Lutheran Hour, or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Janet Bennett

Janet “Jan” Kay Bennett, 74, died peacefully in her son’s and her and husband Ty’s former home March 29, 2014, from a courageous battle with cancer. Celebration of Jan’s life was April 2 at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids, with burial following in Anderson Cemetery in Swisher.
Jan was born Dec. 7, 1939, in West Branch, the daughter of Francis W. and Clarice (Countryman) Cihla. She was united in marriage to Ty Bennett on July 6, 1958. She worked for Moore Business Forms for over 23 years, until her retirement in 2003. Jan was a member of Swisher American Legion Auxiliary.

Ralph Berstler

Ralph E. Berstler, 85, passed away on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at his home in Cedar Rapids. Service with military honors was held April 1 at the Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories.
Survivors include his children: sons Thomas (Debra) of Valley Center Calif., Richard (Sheri) of Fairfax, Robert (Janan) of Solon; daughter Jill Berstler of New Hampton; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; brother Delmar (Luella) of Cedar Rapids; his special friend OraLee Hollingsworth and many nieces and nephews. 

Lou Ann Goldie

Lou Ann Goldie, 58, of Hiawatha died at her home on Monday, March 24, 2014. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Lou Ann is survived by her mother and stepfather, Lois and Jack Frisk of Cedar Rapids, a brother, Randy Fields, Boston, Mass., stepbrother, Bart Frisk and wife Melanie, Shueyville, and a very dear friend, Tony Christopherson.
She was preceded in death by her father, Keith Collier, a sister, Terry Kester and a half-brother, William Collier.

Nancy Krotz

Nancy Lee (Vlasek) Krotz, 70, of Cedar Rapids, died on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at the Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy, Hiawatha. Funeral Mass was April 5 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids, by the Rev. Christopher Podhajksy. Burial was at St. John’s Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.
Survivors include her husband, Marvin; son, Jeff (Amy) Krotz of Homestead; daughters, Jennifer (Dan) Kucera and Jodie (Craig) Charipar, both of Cedar Rapids; brother, James (Karen) Vlasek of Ely; and four grandsons.

Gary Moel

Gary Gene Moel, 64, passed away after a brief illness on Monday, March 31, 2014, at Iowa City Mercy Hospice surrounded by his family. Services were April 4 at Brosh Chapel in Solon. Private family burial followed at Cedar Memorial Cemetery, where full military rites were conducted by the North Liberty American Legion, Post 1976.

Jack Smith

Jack D. Smith, 79, of Cedar Rapids, died Sunday, March 30, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospital. Funeral Services were April 5 at the Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories. A private family burial with military honors will be held.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Jack’s name may be directed to the Smith family.