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Obituaries

John Zoller

John Zoller, 66, died Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids following a brief illness. Funeral services were held Dec. 16 at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello with pastor Paul Wood officiating. Interment was in the Bowens Prairie Cemetery rural Monticello. Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left at goettschonline.com. Surviving are son Michael (Jen) Zoller, Olin, and daughter Jennifer Zoller, North Liberty; grandchildren, Ethan and Audrey; a sister Sarah Zoller and a brother Geoffrey Zoller both of Cascade.

Maybell Benning

Maybell L. Benning, 93, of Cedar Rapids, died in her home Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. Services will be held Dec. 18 at Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories with inurnment at the Cedar Memorial Park mausoleum.

Fred Bruegge

Fred W. Bruegge, 74, of Washington, died Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at his residence after being seriously ill for the past sixteen months.
Celebration of life services were held Dec. 10 at the Jones & Eden Funeral Home with Pastor Harald Gruber officiating. Interment was at the Elm Grove Cemetery in Washington. Memorials have been established for Washington County Hospice or the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent for Fred’s family through the web at www.jonesfh.com.

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.