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Obituaries

Merle Kelley Sr.

Merle L. Kelley Sr., 69, of Cedar Rapids, went to be with Our Lord and Savior on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. Services were held Oct. 2 at Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cedar Rapids, by the Rev. Mark Thomas. Burial was Oct. 2 at Wapello Cemetery, Wapello.

Elizabeth Picone

Elizabeth “Sis” Picone, 90, of North Liberty, passed away Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, at the Solon Care Center. No services will be held at this time.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Visiting Nurse Association of Iowa City, Solon Care Center or The American Cancer Society.
Sis was born Sept. 23, 1923, in Oakland, Md., to Frank and Jenny Ponnozzi. She was a graduate of Curtis High School in Staten Island, N.Y. On June 6, 1944, Sis married Frank Picone in Staten Island. Sis was a homemaker.

Richard Worrell

Richard “Dick” Worrell, 79, of Cedar Rapids, passed peacefully Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, at Grinnell Regional Hospital in Grinnell. Funeral Mass was Oct. 7 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids. The Rev. David Beckman and the Rev. Gerald Condon officiated. Burial was in Czech National Cemetery.

Grace Bronner

Grace M. Bronner, 85, of Decorah, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in Decorah. Memorial Services were held Sept. 28 at the Congregational Church in Cresco.
Among survivors is a daughter, Cindy Bronner of Solon.

John Engledow

John W. Engledow, 89, of Swisher, passed away Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. A memorial service celebrating John’s life was held Sept. 26 at the Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories with longtime friend, Bill Wright officiating.
Survivors include his sons, Pete (Tamara) of Mount Vernon and Scott (Christine) of Swisher. Also surviving are three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and two sisters.

Albert French

Albert L. “Bob” French, 83, formerly of Coggon, died Sun., July 21, 2013, at Spokane Hospice House, Spokane, Wash., following an extended illness.
Albert Leroy was born June 7, 1930, in Kellerton, to Leo and Dorothy (Treichler) French. He graduated from the Coggon High School, class of 1948, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1949. He attended Cornell College and transferred to the University of Iowa, graduating in 1954. He spent much of his life in Colorado, where he loved the outdoors.

Lucille Meskimen

Lucille Loretta (Dellamuth) Meskimen, 85, of Shueyville, died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at her home from complications with Alzheimer’s disease and other health problems. Graveside services were Sept. 27 at Sulek Cemetery near the family farm in Shueyville.
Lucille was born Sept. 19, 1928, in Marengo, the daughter of Mervin and Elise (Rotter) Dellamuth. She married Regis Victor Meskimen on April 15, 1947, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids. They had nine children. Lucille was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

Edna Fitzsimmons

Edna Swick Fitzsimmons, 80, of Cedar Rapids, joined her mother Bessie and grandson Adam in heaven, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids, after a courageous battle with scleroderma. Services were held Sept. 18 at Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Cedar Rapids, by Deacon LaVerne Flagel. Burial was in Linwood Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.

Keri Kulish

Keri Lee Kulish, 29, of Toddville, passed away peacefully in her sleep Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. Funeral Mass was Sept. 21 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids. Burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.
Survivors include her parents, John and Kim Kulish of Toddville; brother, Keith Kulish; her aunts and uncles, Carol Ries of Phoenix, Ariz., Juli and Chris Reed of Everett, Wash., Terri Crissinger of Mesa, Ariz., Steve and Chris Troendle of Swisher and Traci and Kevin Freeburg of Omaha, Neb.

Geraldine Ann Richelieu Mahoney

Geraldine Ann Richelieu Mahoney, 84, resident of Tempe, Ariz. died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at Desert Banner Hospital in Mesa, Ariz. Born Aug. 6, 1929, in Omaha, Neb. to Lillian and Howard Richelieu, Jerry was the eldest of three children. A graduate from Creighton University, she was one of only few women accepted into the business college. She married Richard Mahoney in 1953 in Omaha, Neb. They had seven children and lived in many Iowa towns before settling in Des Moines for 15 years.

Susan Porazil-Herman

Susan Elizabeth Porazil-Herman, 77, of Cedar Rapids, passed away Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Creighton University Medical Center, Omaha, Neb., from complications of an auto accident. Services were held Sept. 18 at St. Ludmila Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids. The family greeted friends Sept. 17 at Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Cedar Rapids. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.

Eugene Reynolds

Eugene “Gene” W. Reynolds, 72, of Hills, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at Mercy Hospice in Iowa City. A memorial service was held September 17 at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City.
Memorial contributions can be made to Mercy Hospice (Mercy Foundation) or American Diabetes Association.
Online condolences can be sent to his family through the web at www.gayandciha.com.