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Obituaries

Ruby Potter

Ruby I. Potter, 75, of Oxford, died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.
Funeral services took place Wednesday, Feb. 11, at the Oxford United Methodist Church. Visitation was Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the church.
Ruby Irene Smith was born April 13, 1939, in Iowa City, daughter of Lewis and Marie (Stockman) Smith. She graduated from Tiffin High School in 1957 and married Carson Potter on March 16, 1959. She worked for many years as a supervisor with the Visiting Nurses Association. She was a longtime member of the Oxford United Methodist Church.

Jeanette Vredenburgh

Jeanette Vredenburgh, 91, of Solon, formerly of Peoria and Chicago, passed away Feb. 8, 2015. 
Family service was at Parkview Cemetery in Peoria on Friday, Feb. 13.

Alvin “Tiny” Westlake

Alvin “Tiny” L. Westlake, 86, of Lone Tree, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at Simpson Memorial Home in West Liberty. Funeral services took place on Monday, Feb. 16, at Gay and Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service
in Iowa City, visitation was Sunday, Feb. 17.
Alvin L. Westlake was born June 15, 1928, in Letts, the son of Earl Alvin Westlake and Delta (Mink) Westlake. During the Korean conflict, Tiny served in the United States Army. In 1955, he married the love of his life, Martha Hungerford, in Keswick. The couple made their home in Lone Tree.

Jay Phillips

ay M. Phillips, 49, Iowa City, died suddenly Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, at Mercy Hospital.
Funeral Services were held Thursday, Feb. 5, at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service in Iowa City with Rev. Diane Townsley officiating. Burial with military honors followed at Oak Hill Cemetery in Coralville. Visitation was held Wednesday, Feb. 4, at the funeral home.

Linda Smith

Linda Marie Goss Smith, 66, died on Dec. 8, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla.

Travis Wallace

Travis A. Wallace, 33, of Tipton, died Feb. 3, 2015, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Visitation for Travis was Sunday, Feb. 8, at Fry Funeral Home in Tipton. Travis’ funeral was Monday, Feb. 9, at the funeral home. Burial and graveside services followed at Tipton Masonic Cemetery. A luncheon in Travis’ honor took place at the Tipton VFW immediately after burial. Travis was born Aug. 19, 1981, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, the son of William F. Wallace III and Margaret S. Thomas. Travis grew up and was educated in Tipton.

Bradford Yoder

A graveside service for Bradford C Yoder, 65, of North Liberty, was held Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at the Sharon Hill Cemetery in Kalona. Visitation was held Friday, Feb. 6, at the Peterseim Funeral Home in Kalona.  Brad Yoder died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.  Bradford C Yoder was born Aug. 27, 1949, in Kalona, the son of Weldon “Red” and Pauline (Moomey) Yoder. He graduated from Mid Prairie High School and served in the United States Navy.

JoAnn Dolezal

JoAnn Dolezal, 68, passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at Mercy Hospital surrounded by her loving family. 
A funeral service to celebrate JoAnn’s life was held Saturday, Jan. 31, at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service in Iowa City with Father Ed Fitzpatrick officiating. Burial was at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Joyce Harney

Joyce K. Harney, 70, of Iowa City, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at home surrounded by her family.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Thursday, Jan. 29, at St. Mary’s Church in Iowa City with Father John Spiegel officiating. Visitation was Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service in Iowa City with a vigil service at 7:30 p.m. A rosary was recited by the Catholic Daughters of Americas. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery in Iowa City.

David Stastny

Cedar Rapids, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, at St. Luke’s Hospital from a courageous battle with lung disease. Funeral Mass took place Monday, Jan. 26, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Hiawatha. Burial followed at Campbell Cemetery. Visitation was Sunday, Jan. 25, at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids, where there was a 5 p.m. Celebration of Life Service. 

Shirley Wiggs

Shirley Ann Wiggs, 79, of Oxford died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Memorial Services were held Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Lensing Oak Hill Funeral Service in Coralville. Burial will be at a later date at Oak Hill Cemetery in Tiffin.

Robert Cihla

Robert Lawrence Cihla Sr., 69, of Cedar Rapids, died Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House. Celebration of Life services took place Friday, Jan. 23, at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids. Burial followed in Cedar Memorial Cemetery where full military rites were conducted by the Swisher American Legion.
Robert was born May 17, 1945, in Iowa City, the son of John and Myrtle (Derby) Cihla. He graduated from Jefferson High School in 1964. Bob served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict from 1965 to 1967.