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Obituaries

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.

Michael Corso

Michael H. Corso, 71, of North Liberty died Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at the University of Iowa Hospitals.
A memorial service was held Feb. 27 at the Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City. Memorials in Mike’s name may be made to the Michael Corso Memorial Fund.

Debra Downes

Debra A. Downes, 58, of rural Oxford, died Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at her home after a lengthy illness. Mass of Christian Burial was held Feb. 28 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Cosgrove. The Rev. Edmond Dunn officiated. Burial was in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Cosgrove.
The family requests that instead of flowers and plants, memorials be directed to the Debra A. Downes Memorial Fund.

Lida Sigg

Lida Mary Sigg, 94, of Solon, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at the Solon Care Center. Iowa Cremation is handling the arrangements.

Evelyn Brecht

Evelyn H. Brecht, 98, of Marengo and Norway, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at her home. Funeral services were Feb. 22 at the Norway United Methodist Church, Norway, with Pastor Rose Marie Calderon Khan officiating. Burial was in St. Patrick and St. Paul Cemetery, Watkins. A memorial fund has been established.

Donna Ditch

Donna Jean Ditch, 76, of Cedar Rapids, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at St. Lukes Living Center West. Services were held Feb. 19 at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids, with the Rev. Dr. Ritva Williams presiding. Burial was in Cedar Memorial Cemetery.
Donna was born Aug. 30, 1937, at home in Mead, Colo., the daughter of Conrad and Ernestine ‘Anna’ (Schlagel) Snyder. She married Delbert Ditch on June 12, 1960, in Olds.

Helen Kuhl

Helen Irene Kuhl, 79, of Williamsburg, formerly of Manilla and Cedar Rapids, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at the Highland Ridge, Williamsburg.
A memorial service celebrating Helen’s life will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories with the Rev. Daniel Krueger officiating. Inurnment will be in Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 until 11 a.m. that Saturday at the Chapel.