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Obituaries

George Leon Meyer

George Leon Meyer, 89, of Solon, died Friday, March 14, 2014 at home, surrounded by his loving family. Services were held Tuesday, March 18, at the Solon United Methodist Church. Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery. Visitation was Monday at Brosh Chapel in Solon.

Mary Ryan

Mary Ryan, a resident of Emerson Point in Iowa City passed away March 10, 2014, at Windmill Manor Skilled Nursing Facility. A celebration of her life will be held in Kansas at a later date.

Phillip Travis

hillip D. Travis, 33, of North Liberty, passed away on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at UIHC. A memorial service was held on March 13 at Calvary Church in Muscatine with Pastor Dan Schoepf officiating. An inurnment service was held at Blue Grass Cemetery on March 13. A memorial fund has been established at the funeral home for North Liberty Community Pantry in Phillip’s name. Sympathy notes may be left for the family at www.lewisfuneralhomes.com.

Donna Willey

Donna Willey, 94, of Marion, died Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Living Center East, Cedar Rapids. Funeral Services were held March 11 at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Marion, by the Rev. Howard Chapman. Burial was at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.
Donna is survived by two sons, Gary (Sandy) Willey of Solon, and Dennis (Marlene) Willey of Cedar Rapids; five grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and eight step-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin, who passed March 28, 1982.

Lura Winterowd

Lura Janette Winterowd, 88, of Cedar Rapids died peacefully Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Living Center West. Services were held March 7, at Teahen Funeral Home by the Rev. C.W. Slaton of the Cowboy Church. Burial was at Cedar Memorial Cemetery.

Wayne Horak

Wayne Lloyd Horak, 64, of Ely, formerly of Alburnett, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. A Celebration of Life will be March 15 at American Legion Hall in Central City. Burial will take place at a later date.
Survivors include his children, Spencer and Tracy; brothers, Craig (Danielle) Horak, Dale (Paula) Horak and Ron (Karl) Horak; sister, Barbara (Darald) Schultz; two grandchildren, Taylor Ann and Cole; and best friend Digger.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Ardis Horak.
Wayne was an avid gardener and outdoorsman. He will be missed by many.

Julia Miltner

ulia A. Dean Miltner, 96, longtime Lake Macbride and Melrose Meadows resident, died peacefully Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Lantern Park Care Center. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated March 7 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Iowa City, with Father John Spiegel officiating. Burial was at St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Iowa City Hospice or Mayor’s Youth Empowerment Program.

Lida Sigg

Lida Mary (Slemmons) Sigg, 94, left this earth on her next journey on Feb. 22, 2014, after several months of declining health.
Lida Slemmons was born June 16, 1919, in rural Johnson County where she attended country schools, then University High School. She worked her way through college, graduating from the University of Iowa with a bachelor of arts degree in 1943. The Slemmons family lived and worked on farms in the Scott Township area, Cou Falls, and at businesses in Iowa City. Her work ethic, developed during the 1930s Depression, would prevail during her whole life.

Genevieve Skotowski

Genevieve Skotowski, 87, died March 4, 2014, at the Solon Nursing Care Center. A funeral mass was held Wednesday, March 12, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, Rockford, Ill. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery in Rockford.
Genevieve was born Sept. 22, 1926, in Poland, the daughter of Valeria and Edward Marcinkowski. She married Stanley Skotowski on Oct. 12, 1947, in Hanover, Germany. Both Stanley and Genevieve had been prisoners of war in Germany during World War II. They moved to Rockford, Ill., in 1950 and became U.S. citizens on April 11, 1956.

Betty Wright

Elizabeth “Betty” Rose Wright, 54, of Tipton, passed away at her home in the presence of her loving family, on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. Funeral services were held at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tipton on March 5. Betty was laid to rest at the Tipton Masonic Cemetery. Memorials may be made in Betty’s honor to Hospice Compassus, Cedar County Public Health or Women of St. Mary’s. Online condolences may be shared at www.fryfuneralhome.com.

Burnita Young

Burnita D. Young, 98, of Solon died Thursday, March 6, 2014, at the Solon Care Center. Services were held on March 10 at the Solon United Methodist Church. The Rev. Scott Kober officiated. Burial was at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mary Alice Connell

Mary Alice Connell, 81, of Solon, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at the Solon Nursing Care Center. Services were held Monday, March 3, at the Solon United Methodist Church. Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery. Mary was born April 11, 1932, in rural Lisbon, the daughter of John and Helen (Bohr) Light. She married William J. Connell on Aug. 18, 1951, in Cheyenne, Wyo. She was a member of the Solon United Methodist Church, Solon American Legion Auxiliary. Mary worked at Bishop’s Cafeteria, United Fire & Casualty Co., Solon Implement, Iowa Implement and Lee’s Ag Clinic.