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Obituaries

Betty Crouse

Betty L. Crouse, 78, of Cedar Rapids, lost her battle with ALS on Dec 7, 2013, and passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family.
Betty graduated from Oelwein High School in June 1953 and married Lyle Crouse in August 1953. Lyle and Betty resided and raised their family in Cedar Rapids.
Betty relocated to Houston, Texas, in 1980 and returned home in 2012.

Lila Flansburg

Lila R. Flansburg, 89, longtime resident of Tiffin, died Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at Windmill Manor in Coralville.
Funeral services were held Dec. 14 at Grace United Methodist Church in Tiffin with burial following at Oakhill Cemetery. Memorials in Lila’s name can be made to Grace United Methodist Church.

John T. Hall

John T. Hall, 62, formerly of Iowa City, passed away on Nov. 21, 2013. He worked for Growmark and Southern States from 1970 until 2013.
John is survived by his wife of 43 years, Terry; son, Tom (Jenny, grandsons Brady and Jordan) of Nixa, Mo.; daughter, Wendy (Jason, granddaughter Corissa) Gavin of North Liberty.
A time of fellowship celebrating John’s life will be held on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in North Liberty, from 2 until 4 p.m.

Lois Harris

Lois Verneil Harris, 81, of Cedar Rapids died Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at her home. Services were Dec. 14 at the Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories. Burial was at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.

Marianne Hoyt

Marianne J. Hoyt, 70, of Springville, died Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at St. Luke’s Hospital. Memorial Service was held on Dec. 16 at Murdoch Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Marion. Inurnment will be at a later date at Springville Cemetery.

Mary Grace Krotz

Mary Grace Krotz, 88, of Solon, passed away on Dec. 13, 2013, at her home surrounded by her family. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Solon.
A memorial fund to Iowa City Hospice has been established. On-line condolences may be sent to her family at www.broshchapel.com.

Lois Macken

Lois Mae Martin Macken, 84, of Iowa City and formerly of Ames, died Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, while a patient at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. Funeral services were Dec. 16 at First Baptist Church in Ames with burial following at Rose Hill Cemetery in Manson.
Lois was born on March 22, 1929, on the family farm near Fort Dodge; the daughter of Clarence and Wilda King Martin. Lois graduated from Fort Dodge High School in 1947 and married Robert R. Macken on Dec. 22, 1946, in Fort Dodge. She worked at Hach Companies in Ames until her retirement in 1986. She was a member of First Baptist Church.

Mary Lou Sterba

Mary Lou Sterba, 67, of West Branch, died Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at Crestview Nursing and Rehab Center from complications of ALS.
 Funeral Services were held Dec. 11 where the Rev. Ed Fitzpatrick officiated. Burial followed at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Iowa City. Instead of flowers, memorials can be directed to the Mary Lou Sterba Memorial Fund.

Joan Baker

Joan Baker, 83, of Cedar Rapids, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at the Meth-Wick Community following an extended illness. Funeral Service was held on Dec. 6 at River of Life Worship Center. Interment will be at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
Joan Baker was born Oct. 3, 1930, in Festina, the daughter of Clem and Bertha (Miller) Gardner. She was united in marriage to Larry Baker on April 18, 1973, in Illinois. The three things that were most important to Joan were her family, her faith, and living life to its fullest. She will be greatly missed.

Richard Brown

Richard (Dick) Brown of Iowa City died peacefully on the morning of Dec. 3, 2013. Memorial Services were held Dec. 6 at First Presbyterian Church, Iowa City, with the Rev. Sam Massey officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to First Presbyterian Church or to Iowa City Hospice.

John Hall

John Thomas Hall, 62, of Dacula, Ga., passed away on Nov. 21, 2013, surrounded by loving family and friends. He was born in Portage, Wis., on Feb. 21, 1951. He worked in feed manufacturing at Growmark and Southern States from 1970 until 2013.
John is survived by his wife of 43 years, Terry Amrhein Hall; son, Tom (Jenny and grandsons Brady and Jordan) Hall of Nixa, Mo.; daughter, Wendy (Jason and granddaughter Corissa) Gavin of North Liberty; mother Paula Hall of Dover, Ark.; sister Vicki (Doug) Hall of Hector, Ark.; brother Tim (Laura) Hall of Red Oak, Texas.

John Howell

John E. Howell, 69, of Hazleton, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids.
John was born on Nov. 19, 1944, in Meadville, Pa. the son of Grover C. and Mary Alice (Clark) Howell. He was raised in the Meadville area and later moved to Lisbon, living in the area until moving to the Independence/Hazleton area in 1997. John was employed as a Communication Engineer, with the CCE Company in Cedar Rapids, prior to his retirement.
On Aug. 29, 1988, John and the former Linda L. Goldsworth were united in marriage in Memphis, Mo.