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Obituaries

Dorothy Brugman

Dorothy Brugman, 87, passed away Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, at the Lantern Park Care Center in Coralville.
Funeral mass was held Dec. 27 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Coralville with the Rev. Walter Helms officiating. Burial was in the St. Mary’s Cemetery, Nichols. Memorials may be made to Mercy Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hendersonbarkerfuneralhome.com.

Paul Cahill

Paul J. Cahill, 80, of Coralville, died peacefully Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, at home surrounded by his family. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Dec. 27 at St. Patrick’s Church with the Very Rev. Rudolph Juarez officiating. Burial with military honors followed at St. Joseph Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Iowa City Hospice or St. Patrick’s Church.

Virginia Huneke

Virginia M. Huneke, 86, of Solon, formerly of Underwood and Council Bluffs, passed away Dec. 22, 2013, at the Solon Care Center. Funeral service was held Dec. 28 at St. John’s United Church of Christ with the Rev. Dr. Tony Paff officiating. Interment was in Ridgewood Cemetery.
Virginia was born Sept. 28, 1927, in Alhambra, Calif., to the late Earl and Marjorie (Suttie) Hickox. She graduated from Omaha Benson High School in 1944 and married Fred Huneke in 1948. Virginia worked as an assistant to the registrar at IWCC for 13 years. She was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ.

Margaret McLaughlin

Margaret Ellen Cheney McLaughlin, 78, died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at the Hiawatha Care Center. Funeral Mass was held Dec. 28 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marion. Burial was at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Cedar Rapids.

David Schulze

David Edward Schulze, 87, of Cedar Rapids died Dec. 19, 2013, at his home after a short illness. Entombment was at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery in Cedar Rapids.
Survivors include his children, Janet (Michael) Evans of Cedar Rapids; Luanne (Brian) Carter of Swisher; Gary Schulze (Belinda) of Arizona; John Schulze and Bob Schulze both of Cedar Rapids and four grandchildren, Chad, Rachel, Kelsey and Cody. He was preceded in death wife, Peggy.

Pearl Scranton

Pearl M. Scranton, 92, of Cedar Rapids, passed away at home Dec. 23, 2013, surrounded by her family. Services were held Dec. 30 at Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service by the Rev. Brad Sherman. Burial was Dec. 30 at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens, Marshalltown.
Survivors include her sons, Kent (Mary) Scranton of Solon and Kelly (Connie) Scranton of Rochester, Minn.; eleven grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Shareen Melvin; brother, Joe (Bea) Arnold; and many nieces and nephews.

John Soukup

John J. Soukup, 60, of North Liberty passed away Dec. 21, 2013 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at 3 p.m., with a Celebration of Life gathering beginning at 1 p.m. at Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to The Alzheimer’s Association.

Scott Strabala

Scott Alan Strabala, 63, of Lone Tree and formerly of Ft. Madison died Christmas morning 2013 at Pioneer Park in Lone Tree. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Dec. 28 at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Riverside with the Rev. David Brownfield officiating. Burial was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Scott Strabala Memorial Fund c/o P.O. Box 167, Iowa City, IA 52244.

Shirley Blackford

Shirley Blackford, 62, of Anamosa and formerly of Marion, died peacefully Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 at her home, surrounded by her family. A time of remembrance and celebration of Shirley’s life was held Dec. 22 at Sally’s On Broadway in Springville. Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left at goettschonline.com.

Thomas Henry

Thomas Patrick Henry, 52, of Cedar Rapids, passed away Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. Memorial services were held Dec. 19 at First Assembly of God Church in Cedar Rapids, with pastor Larry Sohn presiding.
Thomas was born June 10, 1961, the son of Robert and Evelyn (Bledsoe) Henry in East Los Angeles, Calif. On June 1, 2011, he married Melynda (Edmonson) Henry in Reno, Nev. He was a member of the First Assembly of God Church and loved spending time with Melynda and his family. He was a wonderful, selfless and giving person.

Irma Herring

Irma R. Herring, 69, of Iowa City, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at Iowa City Care and Rehab Center.
Irma Rose Herring was born June 30, 1944, in Johnson County, daughter of Paul E. and Hazel A. (Miller) Herring. She graduated from Oxford High School and attended the Iowa City Commercial College. She was a professional secretary and worked most of her life for the University of Iowa, retiring in 2008.

Pamela Hobbs

Pamela Jean Hobbs, 60, of North Liberty, died peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, in her home with her family by her side. A memorial service was held on Dec. 16 in the Hagele and Honts Funeral Home, Mediapolis. Private burial followed in the Kossuth Cemetery. Online condolences and photographs may be shared at www.fryfuneralhome.com. A general memorial fund has been established in her memory.