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Obituaries

Edward Feuss

Edward Feuss, 82, of Mount Vernon, died Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Living Center East in Cedar Rapids. The family greeted friends Oct. 14 in Mount Vernon. Graveside services, with military honors followed at the Lisbon Cemetery.

Richard “Rooster” Achenbach

Richard “Rooster” Achenbach, 60, of Cedar Rapids passed away on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. Services were held Oct. 15 at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories. Burial was at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery with military honors.

Jeffrey Dickinson

Jeffrey Paul Dickinson, 56, of Brighton, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, from injuries after a farm accident.
He was born April 14, 1957, in Fairfield to Ralph “Dubs” and Kathryn (Chuck) Dickinson. Jeff lived his entire life in Brighton and graduated from Washington High School in 1975. He married Paula Shaffer on Jan. 8, 1977; they were later divorced. He married Sue Murphey on Nov. 15, 1997; they were later divorced. Jeff was a member of Sts. Joseph & Cabrini Church in East Pleasant Plain.

Anna Fordice

Anna Kay (Mathias) Fordice, 79, of Solon, died Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, at her home. Memorial services were held Oct. 9 at Brosh Chapel in Solon. Inurnment was at the Shueyville Cemetery.
Kay was born Aug. 24, 1934, in New Hampton, to Gilbert “Mike” and Aileen (Mitchell) Mathias. She married Louis Fordice in Oct. 16, 1953, in Shueyville. Kay worked as a clerk for the Johnson County assessor before retiring in 1996.

Carol Foster

Carol Jean Foster, 66, of Solon, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. Per Carol’s wishes, a private family memorial service will be held. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.lensingfuneral.com.

Esther Larimer

Esther Louise (Wolfe) Larimer, 84, of Sun City, Ariz., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. A celebration of life will take place at a later date.
Survivors include her daughters, Rebecca (Ted) Grenis of Ely and Sherrie (Kevin) Northway of Springville; son, Rollin Larimer of Urbana; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister Betty Rutherford of Marion; brother-in-law, Tony Nuttall of New Mexico; three nephews and two nieces.

Ruth Lerdal

Ruth Margaret (Meyer) Lerdal, 99, died peacefully and surrounded by family at her home in Bickford Cottage on Oct. 3, 2013.
A funeral service was held Oct. 10 at the Renwick United Methodist Church in Renwick. Memorial contributions may be made to the Iowa City Hospice, the Renwick Public Library, a charity of choice or a donation to someone in need in Ruth’s honor.

Mary Oldfather

Mary Lehman Williams Oldfather, 94, of Manchester, died Oct. 4, 2013. She was born Dec. 27, 1918, to James Williams and Amelia Lehman. She was the eldest of three children with her brother, Robert C. Williams, and sister, Margaret Williams Loghey. After graduating from Fairbank High School, Mary went on to Upper Iowa University, graduating with a teaching degree in music. She taught her entire life.

John Shimon

John C. Shimon, 75, longtime resident of Iowa City, died Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, at Mercy Iowa City. A celebration of John’s life was held October 12 at the Iowa City VFW, Post 3949.
Memorials in John’s name can be made to the Iowa City Animal Shelter.

Diane Bys

Diane Marie Bys, 58, of Shueyville, passed away surrounded by her family on Oct. 1, 2013, from angiosarcoma. Celebration of Life services were held Oct. 5 at Brosh Chapel.
Diane was the first-born child to Richard and Mildred (Pospisil) Kuda, on March 27, 1955, in Cedar Rapids. Diane married James Bys on Aug. 28, 1970, in Cedar Rapids. They made their home in Shueyville with their daughter, Terri, and son, Matthew.

Anna Kay (Mathias) Fordice

Anna Kay (Mathias) Fordice, 79, of Solon, died Sunday Oct. 6, 2013, at her home. Memorial services will be held at noon Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Brosh Chapel- Solon, located at 100 S. Cedar St. Visitation will be from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday at Brosh Chapel. Inurnment will be in Shueyville Cemetery.
Kay was born on Aug. 24, 1934, in New Hampton to Gilbert “Mike” and Aileen (Mitchell) Mathias. She married Louis Fordice on Oct. 16, 1953, in Shueyville. Kay worked as a clerk for the Johnson County Assessor before retiring in 1996.

Rita Gassmann

Rita M. Gassmann, 90, of Dyersville, died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville. Services were held Oct. 2 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Noah Diehm officiated.
Rita was born Feb. 16, 1923, in Petersburg, the daughter of Alphonse and Susan (Grawe) Kerkhoff. She married Arnold Joseph Gassmann on Nov. 12, 1946, in Petersburg. Together they raised seven children. He preceded her in death in 1974. She later married Clarence Gassmann on April 28, 1995, and he also preceded her in death in 1996.