Margaret A. Stewart, 98
Graveside services for Margaret A. Stewart, 98, were held Wednesday morning at Riverside Cemetery, with Rev. Harlan Nuss officiating.
Groups in attendance were Iowa River Hospice.
Estel-Perrin-Avey Funeral Home was entrusted with caring for Margaret and her family.
Bernice Allbee, 92
ELDORA — Bernice Allbee, 92, of Eldora, died Oct. 22, 2007, at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo.
Services are pending at Creps-Abels Funeral Home in Eldora.
Muriel Finch, 80
MONTEZUMA — Muriel Frey Finch, 80, of Lake Ponderosa in Montezuma, died Oct. 22, 2007, at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines.
Funeral services celebrating her life will be 1 p.m. Friday at Mitchell Family Funeral Home in Marshalltown. There will be a time of fellowship and refreshments immediately following the services. Burial rites will be 10 a.m. Friday at Pleasant View Cemetery at Aplington. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. For condolences, visit www.mitchellfh.com Mitchell Family Funeral Home in Marshalltown is caring for Muriel and her family.
Born Muriel Frey on March 17, 1927, in Austinville, Iowa, she was the daughter and only child of Harry W. and Johanna (Dekker) Frey. She graduated from Aplington High School. She entered nurse’s training at the Deaconess Hospital in Marshalltown as a Nurse Cadet, receiving her RN degree. Mrs. Finch was married to Roger Finch and to this union two sons were born. Muriel was a devoted nurse and health professional who retired in 1990 from the State of Iowa Board of Inspections and Appeals as a nursing home inspector for facilities that provided services and housing for mentally challenged individuals. At this profession, she received the Employee of the Year Award. Before this time, she worked at a home in Johnston for mentally and physically challenged children and youth, the Iowa Veterans Home and the Woodward State Hospital in Woodward.
She was an active member of First United Presbyterian Church in Montezuma and the leader of the women’s bible study group, the Ponderosa Lake Association and enjoyed boating and the water, playing cards, her friends, family and family get-togethers at the Lake on the 4th of July and Labor Day.
Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Steve (Lorna) Finch of Marshalltown and Doug (Mary) Finch of Pound, Wis.; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
In death she has rejoined her parents.
Earl L. Nielsen, 93
Memorial services for Earl L. Nielsen, 93, were held Wednesday afternoon at First United Church of Christ, with Rev. Kim Wilson officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery.
Pursel-Davis Funeral Home & Crematory was entrusted with caring for Earl and his family.
Wilma Gray, 82
GLADBROOK — Wilma Gray, 82, of Gladbrook, died Oct. 21, 2007, at Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center.
Services are pending at Mitchell Family Funeral Home, where friends may call for further information.
Wilbert J. Meinhart, 86
TRAER — Wilbert J. Meinhart, 86, of Traer, formerly of Hudson, died Oct. 23, 2007, at Sunrise Hill Terrace in Traer.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul Catholic Church in Traer. Burial will be at Blessing Cemetery in rural Hudson. Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Overton Funeral Home in Traer, with a rosary at 5 p.m. and a scripture service at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
He is survived by his wife Lillian of Traer; two children, Myron (Angie) Meinhart of Hudson and Kathy (John) Weber of Dysart; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
H. Donn Johnson, 75
WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. — H. Donn Johnson, 75, of Colorado, formerly of Marshalltown, died Oct. 22, 2007, at his home.
Funeral services will be 6 p.m. Friday at Crown Hill Funeral Home, 29th and Wadsworth Blvd., Wheat Ridge, Colo. Memorial donations may be sent to Agape Hospice, 6041 S. Syracuse Way #220, Greenwood Village, CO 80111.
He is survived by his wife, Dee Johnson; children Greg Johnson, Brian (Jennifer) Johnson, Bruce Johnson, Kathy (Lance) Fontinel, Jim (Debbie) Glidewell, Hal Glidewell and Jon (Marnie) Lovetto; 20 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
John R. Carithers, 80
WAPELLO — John Richard ‘Dick’ Carithers, 80, of rural Wapello, died Oct. 22, 2007, at his home.
The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at United Methodist Church in Oakville, with Rev. Scott Smith and Pastor Fred Bickhart officiating. Burial will follow at Wapello Cemetery in Wapello, with military rites by the Wapello VFW Glenn Allen Post 5166. Friends may call from noon to 8 p.m. Friday at Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home in Wapello, where the family will meet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. A memorial fund has been established for the benefit of United Methodist Church in Oakville and the First Responders in Wapello, Oakville and Morning Sun.
The son of William Work and Dorothy Evans Carithers, he was born Sept. 16, 1927, in Burlington. He grew up on a farm south of Morning Sun where he saw God’s creation through the planting and the harvest and through his parents’ faith established his own relationship. He graduated from Morning Sun High School in 1946 and served in the US Army of post WW II in Japan. On July 18, 1953, he married Sue Ann Wykert in Oakville at Methodist Episcopal Church. He was of the protestant faith.He was employed by Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. in retail stores in Kewanee, Ill., as well as Oskaloosa, Waterloo, Marshalltown and Burlington in Iowa. Two highlights of his career were getting a ride in the Goodyear Blimp and working in his fleet trucks at the World Expo Plow in the Amanas. He retired in 1989 after 38 years of service.
Dick loved helping his father on the family farm and the picnicking, fishing, hunting and camping time spent with his family. He had an appreciation for music and listening to big band music. He helped teach Sunday School in Marshalltown and Wapello. Dick spent 10 years helping maintain Camp Juliette Girl Scout Camp in Marshalltown. He also helped in Cub Scouts. He was an usher and taped church services for shut-ins. Dick never met a stranger and his friendly smile warmed the hearts of many.
He is survived his wife, Sue; a daughter Christy (Ron) Hall of St. Louis, Mo.; three sons, Bill (Mary) Carithers of Dike, David Carithers of Oakville and John (Michelle) Carithers of Edgewood; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Dr. Robert (Jeanine) Carithers of Ames; and a sister, Florence Ann Dorman of Morning Sun.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew.
Ragan Roush, 63
LONGMONT, Colo. — Ragan Roush, 63, of Longmont, Colo. formerly of Marshalltown, died Sept. 26, 2007, of lung cancer.
Cards may be sent to Dorothy Roush, 1207 W. Second Ave., Apt. 14C, Indianola, IA 50125.
Ragan is the son of Dorothy Roush and the late Herbert Roush, former Marshalltown residents. Ragan graduated from Marshalltown High School in 1962.
John E. Tigges, 89
John E. Tigges, 89, of Melbourne, entered into eternal life Oct. 23, 2007, under the care of Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center, Iowa River Hospice and his loving family.
Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at First Congregational Church in Marshalltown, with Pastor Greg Ellcey officiating. A private burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Marshalltown prior to the service. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Estel-Perrin-Avey Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to his family by visiting the funeral home’s Web site at www.purseldavis.com Memorial contributions may be made to Iowa River Hospice and First Congregational Church.
Born in Van Cleve, Iowa, on March 21, 1918. John was the son of Louis and Ethel Maude (Turnbull) Tigges. He was united in marriage to Beth Schnathorst on June 8, 1940, in the Little Brown Church. John farmed all of his life. He enjoyed feeding and caring for cattle.
After retirement at age 65, he began to golf. John also enjoyed bowling, fast pitch softball, cards and pool. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan, 50-year plus member of the Full Moon Lodge in Melbourne, lifetime member of the Van Cleve Church of Christ until it closed in 1995, and a current member of First Congregational Church.
He will be missed by his wife of 67 years, Beth, of Melbourne; children, Jerry of Melbourne, and Sue Fox and Barb Dietz of Phoenix, Ariz.; two grandchildren, Dean (Tammy) Fox and Jill (Michael Jacobson) Fox; five great-grandchildren, Mattie Fox, Ella Fox, John Fox, Peter Jacobson and Grace Jacobson; Ron Fox; a sister, Helen (Earl) Tigges-Goecke of State Center; and a brother, James (Betty) Tigges.
In eternal life, John has been reunited with his parents; three sisters, Eleanor Crabtree, Margaret Nusbaum and Effie Balvin.
John E. Tigges, 89
MELBOURNE — Funeral services for John E. Tigges, 89, were held Friday morning at First Congregational Church with Rev. Greg Ellcey officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Memorial Gardens preceding the service.
Honorary bearers were Jerry Tigges, Ron Fox, Dean Fox, Michael Jacobson, John Fox and Peter Jacobson.
Groups in attendance represented 50 Years Young, Iowa River Hospice, First Congregational Church, Masonic Full Moon Lodge of Melbourne and Lincoln Valley Golf Club.
Estel-Perrin-Avey Funeral Home was entrusted with caring for John and his family.
Jean A. Tigges, 87
Jean A. TIgges, 87, of The Embers Community in Marshalltown, died Oct. 29, 2007, at Grandview Heights Care Center in Marshalltown.
Funeral services are pending at Pursel-Davis Funeral Home & Crematory.