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Obituaries

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.

Quinn P. Houlahan

Quinn Patrick Houlahan, 22, of rural Solon, died Tuesday, May 2, 2017.
A time celebrating Quinn’s life was held Sunday, May 7, at the Celebration Farm, 4996 Robin Woods Ln. NE in Iowa City. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Quinn’s memory to honor his life for years to come. To share a thought, memory or condolence go to the funeral home website, www.gayandciha.com. Gay and Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service is caring for Quinn’s family and his arrangements.

Dick Tomkins

Dick Tomkins, 69, of Ely, passed away following years of declining health, Saturday, April 15, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids. A graveside service was held Wednesday, April 19, at Czech National Cemetery, Cedar Rapids. Arrangements with Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cedar Rapids.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley; children, Richard Tomkins, Jr. (Karen) and John Tomkins (Herminia); stepsons, Donnie and Michael Scholl; grandchildren, Brandon, Johnna and Bryan; and siblings, Bill Tomkins and Mary Jordan (David).

Peter “Pete” A. Rudish Jr.

Peter “Pete” A. Rudish Jr., 67, of Mount Vernon, passed away Friday, April 28, 2017, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. The family greeted friends May 3 at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion. Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 4, at First Assembly of God, Cedar Rapids, conducted by Reverend Rick Gail and Reverend Brad Singleton. The family will greet friends one hour prior to service at the church. Burial will be at a later date.

Joan Tullberg

Joan C. Tullberg, 85, of Maryville, Mo., passed away on Sunday, April 9, 2017, at Mercy
Hospital, in Council Bluffs, with her family at her side.
Tullberg was born on March 23, 1932, in Galesburg, Ill. 
Her parents were Clarence Alvin and Ruth Elizabeth (Hale) Ekstrand. They preceded her in death. She
was also preceded by her grandson Mark Tullberg and her son-in-law Patrick
Mahany.
Tullberg graduated from the DeWitt High School class of 1950 and then graduated from the Moline Public
Hospital School of Nursing. Her first job was at Sartori Memorial Hospital in Cedar Falls.

Mary Wood

Mary Jean (Sparks) Wood, 90, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 13, 2017, at Pioneer Park, in Lone Tree. A funeral service was held on Tuesday, April 18, at Lensing Funeral Service in Iowa City. Visitation was held before the service. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery, in Iowa City. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans Charity or to the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.