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Obituaries

Eleanor Vavriek

Eleanor Vavricek, 95, of Center Point, died Friday, May 2, 2014, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha. Celebration of Life services were Monday, May 5, 2014, at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids, with the Rev. Sheri Andersen presiding. Burial was in Czech National Cemetery.

Patricia Allard

Patricia E. Allard, 80, of Ely, died Sunday, April 20, 2014, at her home. Services were April 24 at Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cedar Rapids. Burial was at Cedar Memorial, Cedar Rapids.

Don G. Ellis

Don G. Ellis, 80, of Cedar Rapids, passed away peacefully in his home on Saturday, April 19, 2014. A private family graveside service will take place next to his Ellis Century Farm.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Mary Lou; children: Don C. (Valerie) Ellis of Solon, Gary (Denise) Ellis and Judy (Blaine) Worley of Cedar Rapids; eight grandchildren: Ryan (Heather) Ellis and Haley Ellis, Brett (Mandy) Ellis, Brittany (Rick) Kron, and Tyler Ellis, and Brock, Chad, and Dane Worley; three great-grandchildren: Lydia, Lana, Owen, and one on the way in June.

Jack Hicks

Jack Keith Hicks, 90, of Marion, passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014, after a brief illness. Memorial Service was April 23 at Marion Christian Church, Marion by Pastor Peter Mitchell. Private inurnment will be held at Brooklyn Cemetery at a later date.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Norma; children, Laurie (Ron) Butler of Swisher, Steve (Deb) Hicks of Cedar Rapids, and Jo Ellyn Hook of Cedar Rapids; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and an infant daughter.

Bronwen M. Jones

Bronwen M. Jones, 66, died Sunday, April 20, 2014, at her home in North Liberty.
Family funeral services were held April 24 at the Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Branch.
Bronwen was born Oct. 9, 1947, in Wausau, Wis., the daughter of James and Verna (Nevinski) Jones. She was a graduate of Wausau High School in the Class of 1965, she later received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and had continued her education working on her master’s degree.

Clarence Schmitt

“Curly” Orville Schmitt, 87, of Manchester, died on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home. He was born on June 9, 1926, in Waterloo, the son of Orville and Harriet (Hansen) Schmitt. Clarence was raised and educated in Dewar.

Louise H. Schropp

Louise H. Schropp, 82, longtime Oxford area resident, died peacefully surrounded by the family that she loved on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday, April 23, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oxford with Father Edmond Dunn officiating. Burial followed at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established.
Louise was born Oct. 16, 1931, in Iowa City, the daughter of Francis and Margaret (Duffy) Kinney. She was a graduate of Oxford High School. On Aug. 4, 1953, Louise married Kenneth “Fritz” Schropp at St. Mary’s Church in Oxford.

Viola Stanek

Viola Alice Stanek, 92, of Beggs, died Thursday, March 27, 2014, in Tulsa, Okla.
She was born May 30, 1921, in Tama to the late Edward and Barbara (Prusha) Suchanek. Viola taught school in various area one-room school houses as a young woman. Later, she helped with the farm near Keystone. She raised her family and spent most of her life in Iowa before moving to Oklahoma in 2007. Viola was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Belle Plaine.

Ronald Weber

Ronald Henry Weber, 54, of Raymond, died of cancer on Monday, April 21, 2014, at his home. Funeral Services were April 24 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Waterloo, with burial at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Raymond.

Hoa Blood

Hoa T. Blood, 68, of Cedar Rapids died Thursday, April 17, 2014, after a brief illness. Per Hoa’s request there was a private family memorial services held at the Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories. Inurnment was in Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
Survivors are two sons Russell Jr. (Stephanie) of Walford and Christofer (Wendy) of Ely; a daughter Michelle (Rex) Jones of Marion her mother Lien Thi Nguyen of Cedar Rapids; three brothers and two sisters. She is also survived by eight grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, husband and two brothers.

Daniel Borash

Daniel “Dan” Borash, 65, of Iowa City died in his home, Saturday, April 12, 2014, surrounded by his family and friends.
A memorial service was held April 16 at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Services in Iowa City. Burial followed additional services at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Gene Collins

Gene M. Collins, 89, of Marion, previously of Cedar Rapids, died Thursday, April 10, 2014, at his residence.
A memorial service was held April 16 at Hope United Church of Christ in Hiawatha officiated by Pastors Mary Beth Hartenstein and Glenn Hunt. Inurnment with military honors was at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorial donations in Gene’s name may be directed to Hope United Church of Christ or Meals on Wheels.