Irene Joyce, 81, died February 23rd, 2004 at the home of her daughter, Christain Joyce and friend Linda Sockriter. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, February 26 at Brooks Funeral Care – University Chapel, with a private burial at Resthaven Cemetery.
Irene was born in Brooklyn, NY on December 14, 1922. She married James Joyce on August 12, 1942. They moved their family to Iowa in 1968, where Irene has lived for the past 36 years.
Irene will be missed by her seven children, Tom Joyce, Patricia Johnson, Donald Joyce, Christain Joyce, Kenneth Joyce, Karen Welch, and Debbie Starbeck, 13 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, 3 sisters, and 2 brothers. Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Hospice.
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Dr. James A. Braswell, Jr.
Memorial services will be held 11 a.m., Thursday at Norwalk United Methodist Church for Dr. Braswell who died of cancer August 9, 2004. Family will greet friends following the service at the church.
Dr. Braswell retired form Firestone after 43 years of service including Production Manager here in Des Moines. Following retirement, Jim returned to school, where he received his doctorate in education and was recognized as the oldest Doctorate graduate in Memphis State University history.
Jim will be missed by his wife of 64 years, Louise; his son, Jim and wife Jane; and 2 grandsons, Zachary and Austin.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Norwalk United Methodist Church or Kavanagh House on Grand.
Joseph E. Fisher
Joseph (Joe) Fisher, 52, of Des Moines, passed away Friday, July 23, 2004 of a heart attack. A memorial service will be held 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, July 27, 2004 at Brooks Funeral Care 7975 University Blvd. Internment will be at a later date at Glendale Cemetery. Joe is survived by his three sons, Richard, Matthew and Christopher Fisher; his three daughters Crystal Kooker, Amanda Kooker and Paige Hebert; his three grandchildren, his three brothers Bill, Paul and Roy Fisher and his three sisters, Candy Jeffries, Karen Elick and Jamie Bridges. He was preceded in death by his daughter Andrea Fisher and his parents Ervin Fisher and JoAnna Daly Smith. Joe will also be missed by many other loving relatives and friends.
Jeff “JC” Chambers
Jeff Chambers, 47, died Friday, February 20, 2004 at his home, following a courageous battle with cancer. A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, February 23 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Urbandale. It was Jeff’s wish to have his body donated to Des Moines Universiy.
Jeff is survived by his wife, Julie; daughters, Kate and Emily of Urbandale; son, Henry Cowlin of Cedar Falls; parents, Charles “Ray” and Genelle Chambers of Urbandale; sisters, Laura (Paul) LeFleur of Charlotte, NC and Lisa (Bill) Leise of St Louis, MO; brothers, Steve (Cathie) Chambers of Des Moines and Dan (Jodi) Chambers of Waukee; nieces and nephews, Lauren, Kristine, Jennifer, Eric, Matt, and Andrew. He is also survived by his in-laws, Dick and Helen Masimore of Des Moines; sister-in-law, Melissa (Dick) Irvine of Traverse City, MI; brothers-in-law, Rick (Carol) Masimore of Topeka, KS, Steve (Audrey) Masimore of Nisswa, MN, Chris (Julie) Masimore of Urbandale; nieces and nephews, Rick, Craig, Bryan, Brandi, Stephanie, Alli, Erin, Drew, Christopher, Paige, Tessa, Joshua, and Kenna.
Jeff worked at Iowa Dental Supply for 18 years and Patterson Dental for six years. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, playing softball, gardening, St. Louis Cardinals baseball, listening to music and ball games on the radio and being outside.
In lieu of flowers, his family asks that you write down your memories of Jeff to be shared by his children and future generations. Memorial contributions may be made to Aldersgate United Methodist Church or Hospice of Central Iowa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Sunday, February 22 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Urbandale.
Janice A Barber
Janice A Barber (Scott), passed away peacefully Sunday, January 18th, of complications from breast cancer. Visitation will be held at Brooks Funeral Care - Tonini Chapel from 2 pm to 7 pm Thursday with a rosary to follow. Services will be Friday at 10 am at St. Anthony's Catholic Church.
Jan was born to Jay and Maxine Scott in Winterset, IA, April 17, 1940, before moving to Des Moines where she resided. She worked at Qwest Communications and retired after 30 years as a true asset to her company. She held a special place in her heart for her four grandchildren and spoiled them terribly. They were the light in her eyes and of her life. She also had many, many friends that she loved and was loved in return.
Jan was preceded in death by her grandchild Paige Davis. Jan is survived by her six children Patrick, Melissa, Angela, Stacey, Kristin, Amanda whom with great pride and joy she successfully raised to be loving, caring adults, and her four grandchildren, Alex, Sara, Katrina, and Whitney; her sister Kay Cunningham, brother John Scott, and twin brother Jerry Scott. She is also survived by her father in law, Alex Barber, who loved her as is own daughter.
She will be missed very much.
Contributions may be made to the Susan B Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Fund.
John N. Johnston
John died April 23 at Kavanugh House on Grand in West Des Moines.
He was born and spent most of his life in the WDM area.
John retired from the DM Register where he worked as a sales manager in the advertising department.
John served his country in the Army Air Corp during WWII. He will be missed by his wife of 48 years Elizabeth, 4 children, Joni Cox of Austin TX, Jeffrey of Raleigh NC, Jeremy of Maple Grove MN, Judi Hergert of Des Moines IA, 9 grandchildren, one great granddaughter and a sister Carol Watters of Clive IA.
Amemorial gathering will be held Monday at 11 AM at University Chapel.
Memorials suggested to Hospice of Central Iowa
John Ashby, 61, died Friday, March 5, 2004 at Kavanagh House on 56th Street. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 9 at Eastwood Church of the Bible (2940 E Ovid Ave). Interment will follow the service at Highland Memory Gardens.
John was born in Iowa City to Howard and Margaret Ashby on May 14, 1942. He went to school in Prairie City and served in the Army Reserves. John worked for the State of Iowa at the Hoover Building and served as a security guard for Camp Dodge and PerMar.
John will be missed by his daughters, Kittylyn (Olin) Robinson and Kristylyn (Brian) Terry of Des Moines; sons, Mikeal John (Roberta) Ashby of Guthrie Center, Rick (Christal) Ashby of Des Moines, and Charles Ashby; 20 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He will also be missed by his brother, Larry Ashby of Tulsa, OK and sisters, Helen (Duane) Harris and Janice (Bill) Hebron of Des Moines.
Visitation for John will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, March 8 at Brooks Funeral Care – Tonini Chapel. Memorial donations are suggested to Hospice Kavanagh House on 56th Street.
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Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Brooks Funeral Care University Chapel, with visitation two hours prior to the service.
Janice worked for the L.A. Unified School District. She loved to fish and spend time with her grandchildren.
Janice will be missed by her husband of 37 years, John; son, Brad; daughters, Stacey (Scott) and Kathy; stepson, Kenneth; ten grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sisters, Louise Schafer, Alta DeBoer and Kelly Ramar; and brothers, Glen and Dennis Palmer. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Myron; and great-grandson Gabriel Hobt.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Leukemia Foundation.
Joseph Paul Lohr, 76, died May 8, 2004. He was a US Army Veteran of WWII and owned Joe's TV Service. He was a loving father and husband who enjoyed fishing and gardening.
Joseph will be missed by his wife of 46 years, Joan; daughters, Jackie (Roger) Gruwell and Judy (Pat) O'Conner; grandchildren, Dale, Susan and Preston Gruwell, Tyler and Josef O'Conner and Christina Lee; and three great-grandchildren, Cassidy, Blake and Hayleigh Dowell.
Following Joe's wishes, private family services will be held.
John “Jack” P. Mahedy, 75, died April 11, 2004. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 14, 2004 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Waukee, with burial at Waukee Cemetery.
John was born in Des Moines and had lived in Waukee since 1963. He was employed as a Machinist with Delavan retiring in 2002. He served in the US Army in Korea and liked to go fishing and to read.
John will be missed by his daughter, Melissa Goodwin-Bell and husband, Rodger Bell of Waukee; special daughter, Carmela Kellar of Des Moines; granddaughters, Erin and Emma; four brothers, Bill Mahedy and wife, Mary of Des Moines, Dan Mahedy and wife, JoAnn of Saydel, David Mahedy and wife, Deana of West Des Moines; three sisters, Margret Nelson and husband, Russ of Des Moines, Marilyn Aldrich and husband, Stewart of Waukee and Sharon Rodish of West Des Moines. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and his son-in-law.
Visitation will be today, April 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Brooks Funeral Care – University Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts will be used according to the wishes of the family.
Juana Ortiz Renteria, 94, died February 28, 2004. Funeral services will be held March 3 at Brooks Funeral Care – University Chapel, with burial at Glendale Cemetery. She was born July 24, 1909 in Mexico and lived most of her life in Des Moines. She was a member of the Guadalupe Chapel.
Juana is survived by three sons, Ralph, John and Robert Renteria; two daughters, Rosie Castellano and Dolores Campos; 23 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Pat Martinez; and two brothers, Auggie and John Ortiz, all of Des Moines. She is also survived by another sister, Frances Garza of Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roberto and sons, Raymond, Rudy and Antonio Renteria.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Central Iowa.
Jane Ann Morrow, 64, died March 7, 2004 of a heart attack. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 11 at the United Methodist Church in Van Meter, with burial at the Van Meter Cemetery.
Jane was born in Ames and lived in West Des Moines before moving to Van Meter 13 years ago. She retired in 2001 as a secretary for Roto-Rooter and was a member of the United Methodist Church in Van Meter. Jane was an avid ISU fan and sports enthusiast and enjoyed family activities and singing in her church choir.
Jane will be missed by her loving companion, John Taylor; a son, Ric (Michelle) Morrow of Sebring, FL; daughters, Deb (Mike) Kelly of Springfield, IL and Lori (John) Kuhn of Marion; and grandchildren, Brian, David and Jacob Kuhn, Michael Taylor and Crystal Guinn; four step-grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lowell and Ruth Carver and brother, L. Craig Carver.
Visitation will take place form 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 10 at Brooks Funeral Care University Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the Van Meter Emergency Medical Services or her church.
John (Jack) William Schlemmer, 81, died Tuesday, March 2, 2004 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center of a heart attack. Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, March 5th at West Des Moines Christian Church, 4501 George Mills Civic Parkway. Family will greet friends at the church from 3:30 p.m. until the time of the service Friday.
Jack was born in Council Bluffs, IA. He moved to West Des Moines in 1960 to work for Brenton Bank. He retired from Bank of America (formerly Plaza Bank) in 1986. Jack was a very active member of the West Des Moines Christian Church, past president of the Downtown Lions Club, and volunteered at the Blood Center of Central Iowa. He served his country in the US Navy during WWII.
Jack will be missed by his wife of 60 years, Joann; 2 sons, David (Anne-Marie) of Maitland, FL and Don of Des Moines; 2 daughters, Nancy (Bob) Goldhammer of Clive and Debby (Frank) Gresh of Edmund, OK; 4 grandchildren; 5 step grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; 2 step great grandchildren; a brother, Conrad; and a sister, Ruth Marshall, both of Council Bluffs, IA.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Jack’s church or the Blood Center of Central Iowa.
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Kenneth E. Crispin
Kenneth E. Crispin, 44, was called home to be with his beloved Lord January 26, 2004. Funeral services will be held 11 am Friday, January 30, at Valley Junction Church of God. Visitation will take place 4-8 pm Thursday at the church.
Kenny will be missed by his wife, Rita; his son, Cory; his daughters, Rose and Rachelle; his brother, Chris; and his sister, Cindy Tonelli.
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