Mary A. Martin, 75
CEDAR FALLS — Mary A. Martin, 75, of Cedar Falls, died Oct. 21, 2007, at her home of cancer, surrounded by her family.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at United Methodist Church in Garwin, with burial in Rose Hill Cemetery in Marshalltown. Public visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Richardson Funeral Home in Cedar Falls, with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. Visitation will also be from 11:30 a.m. until service time Thursday at the church. Memorials may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice or Black Hawk Chapter of the Cancer Society. Condolences may be left at www.richardsonfuneralservice.com
She was born Jan. 5, 1932, in Jewell, Iowa, the daughter of Jens C. and Sylvia L. (Bentson) Christensen. She married D. Dwayne Martin on May 20, 1950, in Nashua, Iowa. He died May 5, 1998. Mrs. Martin worked in banking in Garwin and Marshalltown, and later was employed with the Tama County Extension Service, retiring after 15 years. She had also farmed in Garwin with her husband.
Survivors include four daughters, Mary (Daryl) Meisner of Rifle Colo., Donna (John) Walker of Dubuque, Peggy (Thomas) Holdiman of Janesville and Diana (Michael) Rohach of Garwin; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Carol (Babe) Carstens of Portland, Ore.
She is preceded in death by a brother, Stanley Christensen; and two sisters, Marjorie Teig and Janet LaFratte.
Dale F. Borton, 69
ALBION — Dale F. Borton, 69 of Albion, entered into eternal life Oct. 22, 2007, at Southridge Nursing & Rehabilitation Center while under the care of their staff, his family and Iowa River Hospice.
A graveside memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Marshalltown. Cremation rites have preceded the service and no public visitation is planned. There will be a luncheon and celebration of his life in the fellowship hall at First Presbyterian Church in Albion following the graveside service and burial.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Albion Municipal Library & Heritage Center. Pursel-Davis Funeral Home & Crematory is caring for Dale and his family. Condolences may be sent to his family at www.purseldavis.com
Dale was born on Sept. 15, 1938, in Marshall County, Iowa, the son of Cleo and Merle (Smith) Borton. He grew up in the area of his birth and attended public school in Zearing. As a young man, Dale served our country in the United States Army.
On Dec. 6, 1963, he was united in marriage to Janice M. McDonald in Marshalltown. Dale had been employed in the stockroom at Fisher Controls and retired after 33 years.
He was a member of U.A.W. Local #893 and a former member of the Albion Volunteer Fire Department. Dale recently received the 2007 Volunteer of the Year Award from the Albion City Council for his contribution and involvement in the renovation and remodeling of the Albion Library and the Albion Community Center. In addition to being a loving husband, father and grandfather, Dale and his wife provided their love and parenting skills as foster parents.
He will be missed by his wife of 43 years, Janice of Albion; daughters, Lynne Borton of Albion and Kim Mercer of Albion; a son, Timothy D. (Cressant) Borton of Haverhill; two brothers, Clarence Borton and Marion (Nancy) Borton, all of Marshalltown; three grandchildren, Austin, Matthew and Ethan; and several nieces and nephews.
In eternal life, Dale has been reunited with his parents; and his brother, Marvin.
Alice J. Blair, 71
ELDORA — Alice J. Blair, 71, of Eldora, died Oct. 20, 2007, at her home, with her family at her side, following an extended illness.
Per her wishes, Alice was cremated. A memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Iowa River Conservation Club (Steamboat Boathouse) in Steamboat Rock.
Memorials maybe directed in Alice’s name to Hospice of Hampton or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The Cremation Society of Eastern-Central-Western Iowa is assisting with the arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the Blair family at www.iowacremation.com under Obituaries.
Alice Jean Vestal was born July 14, 1936, in Marshall County, Iowa, the daughter of Floyd and Cyntha (Berk) Vestal.
She married Kenneth Blair on May 1, 1954, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Kenneth preceded Alice in death on June 6, 1996.
Alice spent her days volunteering for many organizations including S.H.I.P.P., Hawkeye Valley Area Agency, O.I.L., Pioneer Cemetery and The Chapel Church, where she served as secretary.
Survivors include her four sons, Jim Blair of Hubbard, Tom (Suzann) Blair of Jewel, Dan (Angela) Blair of Alden and Randy “Joe” Blair of McClelland; one brother, Donald Vestal of Alden; 14 grandchildren; 16-plus great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Kenneth Blair; three brothers, Earl, Marvin and Floyd Jr.; and one sister Lula Jane.
Donald G. Babinat, 51
TRAER — Donald G. Babinat, 51, of Traer, died Oct. 20, 2007, at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul Catholic Church in Traer, with Fr. Jerry Blake officiating. Burial will be 3 p.m. Wednesday at Green Center Cemetery in Morley, with Rev. Jeremy Tew officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Overton Funeral Home in Traer, with a scripture service at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the family.
Don is survived by his mother Audrey; wife Ronda of Traer; two sons, David of Marshalltown and Adam of Traer; three daughters, Stephanie Lopez and Lara Babinat of Marshalltown, Michelle of Traer; three brothers, William (Sandy) Babinat of Clutier, Glenn of Cedar Rapids and Bernard (Maria) of Sugar Land, Texas; two sisters, Geralyn (Jaimey) Shilling of Mitchellville and Florence (Daryl) Hanus of Traer ;and one grandchild, Angelina Lopez.
Wilma Gray, 82
GLADBROOK — Wilma Gray, 82, of Gladbrook, died Oct. 21, 2007 at Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center.
Graveside funeral services celebrating her life will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at Mitchell Family Funeral Home from 11 a.m. until service time. A time of fellowship and refreshments will follow interment rites at the hospitality room of the funeral home. For condolences, visit www.mitchellfh.com Mitchell Family Funeral Home is caring for Wilma and her family.
Born Wilma Dressen on Jan. 28, 1925, in Decatur, Ill., she was the daughter of William and Ora Marie (Smith) Dressen. She graduated with Marshalltown High School’s Class of 1944. On Aug. 21, 1946, in Keokuk, Iowa, she was united in marriage to Robert Gray. They made their home in Keokuk, Montour for a short time and Marshalltown, until his death in September 1991. She moved to Gladbrook to be near her family and then moved to Westbrook Acres five years ago.
She enjoyed her family, camping with her husband, cooking and quilting.
Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Linda (Larry) Kunc of Gladbrook and Marilyn (Donald) Mooney of Gladbrook; three granddaughters and one grandson, Michelle (Brad) Wilson of Melbourne, Amy (Dan) Mooney-Geels of Gladbrook, Lori Mason of Marshalltown and Larry (Tracy) Eastman Jr. of Ames; five great-grandchildren, Brittany, Jami, Abbie, Joseph and Tyler; and her only brother, William Dressen in Utah.
In death she has rejoined her husband Robert; son Robert Jr.; her parents; and sisters, Mary West and Betty Carkhuff.
Myah R. Dailey, infant
Myah Rae Dailey, infant, died Oct. 10, 2007, in Iowa City.
Graveside memorial services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens, with Pastor James Perry officiating. Mitchell Family Funeral Home is caring for Myah and her family.
Left to mourn her loss are her parents, Emmanule Dailey and Randi Adkins of Marshalltown; grandparents, Theresa Jean Dailey of Liscomb and Deb (Herbie) Wilson of Marshalltown; great-grandparents, Pat Adkins of Marshalltown, Roger and Sonja Kasal of Toledo, and Herb and Judy Wilson of Marshalltown.
Anna Gross, 101
STATE CENTER — Anna Gross, 101, of State Center, died Oct. 22 , 2007, at State Center Nursing & Rehab Center.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church in State Center. Burial will be at Hillside Cemetery in State Center. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at Mitchell Family Funeral Home West Marshall Chapel in State Center.
Vernon L. Wansley, 92
Funeral services for Vernon L. “Red” Wansley, 92, were held Monday morning at First United Methodist Church in Marshalltown, with Rev. Dale Batcheler officiating. Interment was in Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.
Casket bearers were Doug Boyd, Neal Rinehart, Mike Mason, Jay Bestmann, Mark Rohde and Tim Rohde.
Honorary bearers were Larry Anson, Mike Donavan, Kennis Zmolek, Bill Bestmann, Verle Hunt, John Wheeler, Tom Oliver, Dana Bressler, Stan Stout, Dr. Carl Lester, Dr. Larry Goodman and the Iowa Veterans Home Staff, Malloy Fourth Floor South.
Groups in attendance were from Eldora Community Club, Ducks Unlimited, Quarterback Club, Elmwood Country Club, Izaak Walton League, Community Concert Association, Burly Bobcats, Elks, VFW, American Legion, NRA and the Fisher 25 Year Club.
Pursel-Davis Funeral Home & Crematory was in charge of his arrangements.
Margaret S. Stewart
Margaret S. Stewart died Oct. 21, 2007, at Grandview Heights Nursing Home in Marshalltown.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Estel-Perrin-Avey Funeral Home. To send condolences, visit www.purseldavis.com
Margaret will be missed by her daughter Jeannie (Bob) Underhill; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.