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Obituaries

Leon McNeil

Leon Frank “Mac” McNeil, 76, of Ainsworth, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at the M.L. McCreedy Home after a lengthy illness.
Celebration of life services were held Jan. 11 at the Ainsworth Community Church with Pastor Jason Collier officiating. Interment will be at the Oregon Township Cemetery in Ainsworth at a later date. A memorial has been established for Hospice of Washington County or Marr Park. Online condolences may sent for Leon’s family at www.jonesfh.com.

George Hill

George “Bill” E. Hill Jr., 88, of Hiawatha died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospital. Services were Jan. 14 at the Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories. Burial with military rites at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.

Bernice Logan

Bernice Jean Logan, 82, of Washington, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at the United Presbyterian Home following a lengthy illness.
Celebration of life services were held Jan. 14 at the United Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Bob Wollenberg officiating. Interment was at the Elm Grove Cemetery in Washington.
Memorials have been established for the United Presbyterian Church. Online condolences may be sent for Bernice’s family through the web at www.jonesfh.com.

Leota Novotny

Leota Mae Novotny, 81, of Cedar Rapids, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospital. Leota’s Celebration of Life gathering was on Jan. 11 at the Avacentre at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids. A private family inurnment will be at a later date in Czech National Cemetery.
Leota was born Jan. 9, 1932, in Garrison, the daughter of Harry and Viola (Banse) Flickinger. She attended Garrison High School. Leota was united in marriage to Raymond Novotny on Sept. 11, 1950, in Solon. They raised four children Linda, Teresa, David and Lora. They were later divorced.

Joseph Shannahan

Joseph J. Shannahan, 90, of Williamsburg, died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family. Funeral Mass was held, Jan. 10 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Williamsburg, with Father Joseph Roost officiating. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Williamsburg with military honors. Memorials may be contributed to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Francis Sheely

Francis John Sheely, 88, of Cedar Rapids, died early Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center.
Funeral Mass was celebrated on Jan. 11 at Saint Ludmila Catholic Church by Father Dennis Juhl. Burial was at Saint John’s Cemetery.

Danny Stickney

Danny Lee Stickney, 63, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Marion, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Jan. 3, 2014. Services were held Jan. 8 at the First Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids, with military honors conducted by American Legion Post #298 of Marion. Private family inurnment at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery will be held at a later date.

Marvin Wilslef

Marvin D. Wilslef, 80, of Oxford Junction, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids.
Remembrance services were held on Jan. 12 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Oxford Junction.
Marvin D. Wilslef was born Aug. 14, 1933, to Melvin and Jean (Jaynes) Wilslef in Preston. He was united in marriage to Linda Haptonstall in September 1974 in Anamosa. They later divorced.
He was a mechanic for many years. He was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Oxford Junction and American Legion Wapsie Post # 473. He was also a volunteer firefighter.

Michael Andrle

Michael Andrew Andrle, 61, of Des Moines (formerly of Ely) passed away on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, following many weeks of hospice care at home. The family wishes to thank the caregivers who helped Michael remain at home. It was Michael’s wish that his body be deeded to the medical program at the University of Iowa upon his death.
Michael’s family greeted friends at a visitation to celebrate his life on Jan. 9 at the Avacentre at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids. A private gathering will be held with family and friends in Des Moines at a later date.

Kenneth Atwater

Kenneth James Atwater, 63, of Manchester, passed away on Dec. 27, 2013, surrounded by his family at his home.
Funeral Mass was held Dec. 30 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Masonville. Visitation was December 29, with a Scripture Service at the Bohnenkamp-Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Manchester. Burial was in the Silver Creek Cemetery, Robinson.
Kenneth was born on May 24, 1950, in Cedar Rapids to Harold and Inez (Zenisek) Atwater. He graduated from Center Point High School in 1968. On Nov. 13, 1974, he was united in marriage to Patricia Ann McDowell in Masonville.

Velda Brainard

Velda Brainard, 94, died at her home in North English on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. Memorial Services were held on Jan. 5 at the Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Service in North English. Chaplin Mike Patterson officiated. Burial was in the North English Cemetery. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the North English Community Center or first responders. Messages and tributes may be left at www.powellfuneralhomes.com under obituaries.

Gertrude Coleman

Gertrude “Gert” Coleman, 69, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at her home.
Funeral services were held Jan. 3 at the Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Branch. A memorial fund has been established. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hendersonbarkerfuneralhome.com.
Gertrude was born Aug. 5, 1944, in Muscatine, the daughter of James and Gertrude Cozad. She was united in marriage to Arnold Coleman Sr. For 23 years she had been employed at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics working in several departments, most recently the eye clinic.