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Obituaries

Ethel J. Canady

Ethel J. (Joan) Canady of Solon died peacefully surrounded by family Sunday, July 23, 2017, at Briarwood Care Facility in Iowa City. She was 86.
Canady was born July 25, 1930, in Red Oak, the seventh child of Edward Grant and Ethel Ann Boan.
​After high school, Canady graduated Nebraska Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Omaha as a registered nurse. During her training, she secretly married Dr. George Canady on July 1, 1949, in Hiawatha, Kan., before his deployment in the U.S. Navy to Korea. During that time, nurses in training were not allowed to be married.

David Kvapil

David Kvapil Jr., 68, of Overland Park, Kan., passed away from complications of cancer on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. He was born on Sept, 1, 1948, in Cedar Rapids, the son of David and Maxine Kvapil. He graduated from Prairie High School and attended Iowa State University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering. He was married to the former Linda Zahridnik. They moved to Lincoln, Neb., in the late 1970s after David accepted a job in risk management at Bryan Memorial Hospital.

Michaelyn B. (McKenzie) Miller

Michaelyn B. Miller (McKenzie), 66, passed away on July 24, 2017. She died in the Hospice Care Unit at Mercy Hospital of Iowa City surrounded by her family. Known as the owner of “Cakes by Michaelyn,” she was more frequently and lovingly referenced as “The Cake Lady” throughout Eastern Iowa. She spread joy and love throughout the community with her rainbow cakes and generosity.

Linda Lee Landuyt

Linda Lee Landuyt, 71, of Ely, died unexpectedly Friday, July 21, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. Celebration of Life services were held Wednesday, July 26, at Brosh Chapel and the Avacentre in Cedar Rapids. Burial followed at Rogers Grove Cemetery near Ely. Friends visited with the family Tuesday, July 25, at Brosh Chapel.

Katie J. (Carmody) Yanacheak

Katie J. (Carmody) Yanacheak, 37, of Coralville, passed away peacefully at her parent’s home on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, following a sudden, intense battle with cancer.
A Funeral Mass was held Saturday, July 15, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon with Father Tim Sheedy officiating. Visitation was held one hour prior to the Mass and host a Celebration of Life visitation was hosted at the family’s home in Solon, 101 S. Chabal Street. Burial followed Saturday afternoon at Avon Cemetery in Des Moines.

In lieu of flowers and plants, the family kindly requests memorials be directed to

Wilbur “Bill” Matthes

Wilbur “Bill” Matthes, 80, of Solon, passed away Saturday, July 15, 2017, at Mercy Hospice surrounded by family.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday, July 19, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon with Father Tim Sheedy officiating and military rites following the service. Visitation was Tuesday, July 18, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon where a rosary was recited. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Camp Courageous.

Ruth Gwendolyn Koehn

Ruth Gwendolyn Koehn, 78, of Mount Vernon, passed away Saturday, July 1, 2017, at her home surrounded by her family. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 6, at Brosh Chapel & The Avacentre in Cedar Rapids, located at 2121 Bowling St. SW. Burial will be in Campbell Cemetery in Bertram. Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, at Brosh Chapel & The Avacentre in Cedar Rapids.

Tom McDonald

Tom McDonald, 78, passed away June 28, 2017, peacefully due to complications from Picks Dementia at the Solon Retirement Village in Solon.

George Carl Bortz

George Carl Bortz, 96, of Solon, died Friday, June 16, 2017, at the Solon Nursing Care Center. Celebration of Life Services were held Tuesday, June 20, at Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre in Solon. Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery in Solon. Visitation was Monday, June 19, at Brosh Chapel in Solon.

Merry TePoel

Merry TePoel, 71, of Solon, died Thursday, June 15, 2017, at her home.
Celebration of Life Services were held Monday, June 19, at Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre, in Solon. Burial followed at Oakland Cemetery. Visitation was from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, June 18, at Brosh Chapel, in Solon.

James E. “Harry” Manary

James E. “Harry” Manary, 89, died peacefully Friday, June 9, at Mercy Hospice surrounded by his family.
Funeral service was held Tuesday, June 13, at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City, with Rev. Randy Harker officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery. A time of fellowship was held at The Kirkwood Room (next to the funeral home). In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Mercy Foundation for the Mercy Hospice.
James was born Feb. 19, 1928, the son of Chester and Nellie (Woods) Manary. James married Carol Grecian on Jan. 5, 1949, in Wapello.

Ralph “Bud” Leo Donovan

Bud Donovan, 88, died peacefully at his home in Solon on Sunday, May 14, 2017, following an extended illness.
Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 18, at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City. Burial with military honors will be at the Morse Cemetery. Visitation was Wednesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.
Bud was born Aug. 26, 1928, at Elmira, Graham Township, in rural Johnson County, son of Roain Elizabeth (Foraker) and Edward Leo Donovan.