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Obituaries

Leonard Ivan Zalesky

Leonard Ivan Zalesky, 85, of Shueyville, passed away peacefully at St. Luke’s Hospice Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. Funeral Mass was held on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at St. Ludmila’s Catholic Church with Father Dennis Juhl presiding. Burial followed at the Shueyville Cemetery.
Leonard was born Aug. 10, 1928, in rural Swisher, the son of Joseph and Hattie (Bys) Zalesky. Leonard served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He married the love of his life, Doris McDonnell on June 11, 1957 in Coggon. He worked for many years as a plumber for Swisher Plumbing.

Shay Zeller

Shay Pauly Zeller, 28, of Marion, died suddenly, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Des Moines. Funeral Mass was held Nov. 7 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Marion. Private Family inurnment was at Springville Cemetery, Springville.
Survivors include his parents, Ted and Theresa of Solon; his siblings, Evan and Kate Zeller; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Mary Jane Armstrong

Mary Jane Armstrong, 80, of Mechanicsville, died suddenly on Oct. 28, 2013, at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, with her daughters by her side. She was the daughter of John William and Marie Evelyn (Kinnan) Frederick, born Nov. 13, 1933, in Cedar Bluff. Janie, as she was known, graduated from Tipton High School in 1950 and fell in love with Grant H. Armstrong. They were united in marriage in Boston, Mass., on Aug. 16, 1952. They made their home in Mechanicsville where they raised their five children. Janie was more than a stay at home mom.

Arthur R. “Art” Gorsh

Arthur R. “Art” Gorsh, 92, of Iowa City, died at home Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at 1:30 a.m.

Donald Marner

Donald W. Marner, 91, longtime resident of Iowa City, died Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at the Mercy Iowa City Hospice Unit. He chose to stop antibiotics and procedures and end his life on his own terms. A celebration of Don’s Life is planned for Friday, Nov. 8, at 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Iowa City. (Sunday parking will be available only on Jefferson Street). The family will greet friend’s Thursday, Nov. 7, from 4 until 7 p.m. at Lensing Funeral Service in Iowa City. Inurnment will be in the Rose Garden at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Iowa City.

Larry Slay

Larry L. Slay, 77, North Liberty, passed on Oct. 29, 2013, after a tenacious and admirable battle against leukemia. Larry was happily retired after 35 years with HLM Architects. A celebration of life was held on Nov. 3 at Lensing’s Oak Hill in Coralville.
Larry was born on Oct. 19, 1936, in Oskaloosa, the son of Paul and Marie (Krile) Slay. He married Mary L. Blackwell on Feb. 4, 1956, and together, Larry and Mary had four wonderful children. Larry was a loving and devoted husband and father who was always deeply involved with his family. He will be missed as a friend, husband and father.

Brian D Storck

Brian D Storck, 59, passed away Oct. 10, 2013, at the Presbyterian Hospital Hospice Center in Matthews, N.C., following a brief struggle with cancer.
Brian is survived by his mother, Bonnie Storck of Moose Lake, Minn., and two brothers, Bill (Romayne) Storck of Moose Lake, Minn. and Bob Storck of Solon. Also surviving are four nephews, Todd (Ginny) Storck of Mequon, Wis.; Thane (Carol) Storck of Cedarburg Wis., Scott Storck of Solon, and Brad Storck of North Liberty. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert, and several aunts and uncles.

Diane Burch

Diane Roberson Burch of Solon died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. She was born in New Hampton, the daughter of Harvey and Elouise Roberson. She graduated from New Hampton High School and Iowa State University with a major in agricultural journalism.

Dolores Kopaitich

Dolores M. Kopaitich, 81, of Swisher died at her home on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, after a long illness. Services and visitation were held Oct. 21 at the Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories. Burial was at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.
Survivors include her husband Tony, her children Linda (Ernie) Bena, Larry (Carol) Gabrielson, Robin Zach and Gina Kopaitich; brothers Joseph (Pat) Rizzio, David (Sandy) Rizzio and Daniel Rizzio; 13 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, three great, great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

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.