Myrna R. Reese (1925-2006)
WATERLOO -- Myrna R. Reese, 81, of West Plains, Mo., formerly of Waterloo, died at home Sunday, April 16, of natural causes.
She was born Jan. 21, 1925, in Waterloo, daughter of Ora and Naomi Kibler Jackson. She married Arthur B. Reese on Aug. 23, 1944. He died in 1978.
Mrs. Reese was a 1943 graduate of Waterloo West High School.
Survivors include: a daughter, Judi (Jerry) Kikendall of Waterloo; three sons, Michael of Pamona, Mo., Steven (Sara) of Rogers, Ark., and Paul of Waterloo; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and a sister, Wilma (Tom) Cayton of Castlemaine, N.C.
Preceded in death by: a sister, Lottie Zeien.
Graveside services: 1:30 p.m. today at Garden of Memories Cemetery. Public visitation 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. today at Locke Funeral Home.
Lori L. Swomley (1959-2006)
HUDSON -- Lori L. Swomley, 46, of Fort Wright, Ky., formerly of Hudson, died at home Friday, April 14, of natural causes.
She was born May 27, 1959, in Waterloo, daughter of Kenneth and Georgianna Schley Witt. She married Dean Swomley on April 7, 1979, at Walnut Ridge Baptist Church in Waterloo.
Mrs. Swomley graduated from Hudson High School in 1977. She worked for Witt Photography until 1979, then for Ramled Enterprises Real Estate Management Co. from 1988 to 1992. In 1995 she began working for the Internal Revenue Service where she had various roles and responsibilities. She was a member of Four Seasons Baptist Church in Taylor Mill, Ky., and of Scott High School Booster Club.
Survivors include: Dean Swomley; two sons, Erik (Laura) of Independence, Ky., and Aaron of Fort Wright; a daughter, Miranda Swomley of Loveland, Ohio; her father of Waterloo; two brothers, Jeff (Carla) and Dave (Jarith) Witt, both of Hudson; four sisters, Luci (Jeff) Huegel of Marion, Lynn (Keith) Gaylor of Colorado Springs, Colo., Lani (John) Hill of La Porte City and Leslie (Steve) Pfiffner of Kansas City, Mo.; and her grandmother, Mildred Witt of Reinbeck.
Preceded in death by: her mother; and a sister, Lisa Witt.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday at Grace Baptist Church, Waterloo, with burial in Waterloo Memorial Park Cemetery. Public visitation 4 to 7 p.m. today at Locke Funeral Home, Waterloo.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Phyllis A. Olsen (1925-2006)
CEDAR FALLS -- Phyllis A. Olsen, 81, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Cedar Falls, died at home Wednesday, April 19.
She was born Sept. 27, 1925, in Gary, Ind., daughter of Howard Eugene and Mildred Marie Stoner Shepard. She married Merton J. Kramer in 1947 in Waterloo and they later divorced. She then married Kenneth C. Olsen on July 24, 1969, in Fort Collins, Colo. He died Oct. 4, 1988.
Mrs. Olsen had been employed by L'Atelier Art Gallery and then was executive director of Black Hawk County March of Dimes. She graduated from Waterloo West High School in 1943.
Survivors include: two daughters, Jody (Greg) Kramer Wieck of and Corby (Marty Cable) Kramer Palmer, all of Cedar Rapids; and six grandchildren, Chad Van Meter, Kadi Platt, Dana Palmer, Kara Platt, Chelsey Palmer and Brennon Palmer, all of Cedar Rapids.
Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Cedar Falls, with burial in Waterloo Memorial Park Cemetery. Public visitation 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Richardson Funeral Home.
Memorials: may be directed to the church.
Anna E. Galatas (1908-2006)
DIKE -- Anna E. Galatas, 97, of Dike, died Monday, April, 17, at Sartori Memorial Hospital, Cedar Falls.
She was born Aug. 25, 1908, near Dike, daughter of John and Anna Zapp Weber. She married Henry Galatas in 1947, in Kansas City, Mo. He preceded her in death in August 1974.
She graduated from Dike High School in 1928 and worked at Dizlers Cafe the last three years of high school. She later worked at Russell Lamson Hotel in Waterloo. Mrs. Galatas and her husband owned and operated the Barn Coffee Shop until 1962. She worked at UNI as a housekeeper at Bartlett Hall for 10 years until retiring at 65. After her husband's death she began working a few days a week for Helen and Ralph Immings at the Barn Cafe. She worked there 25 years.
Survived by: two stepdaughters, Connie Barbatschi of Lanoka Harbor, N.J., and Shirley Baker of Rockville, Md.; four grandchildren; a great-grandson; and a sister-in-law, Ruby Weber of Cedar Falls.
Preceded in death by: two brothers, Chris and John Weber.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Dike United Methodist Church, with burial in Elmwood Cemetery, Dike. Public visitation for an hour before service Wednesday at the church. Dike Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials: may be directed to the church.
Condolences may be left at www.abelsfuneralhomes.com.
Margaret M. Vopelak (1910-2006)
DYSART -- Margaret Marie Vopelak, 96, of La Porte City, formerly of Dysart, died Tuesday, April 18, at La Porte City Nursing and Rehab Center after an extended illness.
She was born April 7, 1910, near Dysart, daughter of George and Anna Mengel Bunz. She married George Louis Vopelak Sr. March 6, 1941, at Peace United Church, Elkader. He preceded her in death in 1985.
She attended country school and graduated from Dysart High School in 1928. Mrs. Vopelak and her husband farmed in the Dysart area their whole married life.
She was a member of Peace United Church and the Women's Guild in Dysart.
Survived by: a son, George Jr. (Terri) of Dysart; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Anna Bunz of La Porte City.
Preceded in death by: her parents; her husband, George in 1985; four brothers Henry, George, John and Jerry; and a sister, Dora.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday at Overton Funeral Home, Dysart, with burial in the Dysart Cemetery. Public visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial fund: has been established.
Condolences may be left at www.overtonservice.com.
Rosemary A. Tegtmeier (1935-2006)
SHELL ROCK -- Rosemary A. Tegtmeier, 70, of Shell Rock, died Tuesday, April 18, at the Waverly Health Center.
She was born Aug. 28, 1935, in Waterloo, daughter of Harley O. and Alice Homan Parks. She married Duane V. Tegtmeier Sept. 5, 1953 in Cedar Rapids.
She was a graduate of Waterloo East High School.
Survived by: her husband; three sons, Allen (Debra) of Sedalia, Mo., David (Tami) of Cedar Rapids and John of Waterloo; two daughters, Susan (Edwin) Baethke and Diane Tegtmeier, both of Cedar Falls; two grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; two brothers, Jack (Charlotte) of Waterloo and James (LaVerne) of Chester, Va.; a half brother, Stanley Nerad of Golden, Colo.; and two sisters, Opal Hanna of Waterloo and Patricia (Richard) Shores of Missouri.
Preceded in death by: two brothers, David and Donald Parks; and a sister, Marian Hahn.
Memorial services: 10 a.m. Friday at Heritage United Methodist Church, Waverly. Public visitation for an hour before services Friday at the church. Kearns, Huisman-Schumacher Chapel on Kimball, Waterloo, is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be left at www.kearnsfuneralservice.com.
Dorothy E. Karsjens (1921-2006)
PARKERSBURG -- Dorothy Evelyn Karsjens, 84, of Parkersburg died Tuesday, April 18, at Grundy County Memorial Hospital, Grundy Center, from complications of cancer.
She was born Oct. 7, 1921, on a farm in rural Aplington, daughter of Harm and Emma Allspach Kramer Jr. She married Edward William Karsjens on June 28, 1939, at First Reformed Church Parsonage in Aplington. He died in 1969.
Mrs. Karsjens received her education at a country school near her home. She and her husband farmed southwest of Aplington for three years, and then near Stout. They moved to Sinclair in 1952. and she was a stay at home farm wife during this time. They moved to Parkersburg in January 1959. She later worked as a housekeeper at University of Northern Iowa and was a bookkeeper for Kenny Johnson and Kenny Luhring.
Survivors include: three daughters, Mary Ann (Don) Bergman and Alma (Greg) Raber, both of Parkersburg, and Yvonne (Bill) Keller of Dike; a son, Clarence (June) of Parkersburg; 11 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and three stepgreat-grandchildren; and a sister, Ruth Mennen of Cedar Falls.
Preceded in death by: a grandson.
Services: 10 a.m. Friday at Christian Reformed Church, with burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, both in Parkersburg. Public visitation 4 to 8 p.m. today at Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home, Parkersburg.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Randy Ballard (1958-2006)
WEST UNION -- Randy Ballard, 48, of West Union, died Monday, April 17, at Allen Hospital, Waterloo, of a heart attack.
He was born Feb. 6, 1958, in West Union, son of Allen and Grace Ballard. He was a 1976 graduate of Fayette High School; attended the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls; and graduated from Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, Johnston. He was on the West Union police force from 1981 to 1987 and the Clermont police force in 1988. He also owned Ballard Photography.
Preceded in death by; a sister.
Graveside services: 10 a.m. Saturday at West Union Cemetery. Public visitation 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Burnham-Wood Funeral Home, West Union.
GRANT PATRICK WHEELER was born April 28, 1967 in Horicon, Wisconsin the son of Ron and Judith (Freshwater) Wheeler. He graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 1985. Grant married Chistine Angell on October 24, 1992 in New Hampton, Iowa. He was employed as purchasing agent with Wheeler Auto Body in Waterloo. Grant died Friday, September 27, 2002 in Cedar Falls at the age of 35 years.
Survivors include his wife, Christine, of Cedar Falls; two sons, Luke and McAllister, both at home; His father and stepmother, Ron & Jan Wheeler, of Cedar Falls; his mother and stepfather, Judith Freshwater and Kim Buenneke, of Cedar Falls; one brother, Todd Wheeler (Lauren Bramble) of Des Moines; and three sisters, Elizabeth Wheeler (Lisa Bergin) of St. Paul, Minnesota, Rebecca Wheeler (Robert Vajagich) of South Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Mandy (Jamie) Veraecke of Denver, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Wayne & Ruth Wheeler and his maternal grandparents, Glen & Belle Freshwater.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 1, 2002 at Orchard Hill Church with burial in Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home and for an hour before service time at the church on Tuesday. Memorials may be directed to the family or to the Grant Wheeler Memorial Fund at any Wells Fargo Bank.
Professor Emeritus Roy Chung, 73, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, died Friday, September 27th from stomach cancer, at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa. He was born April 6, 1929 in Jamaica, the son of James and Ivy (Acquie) Chong. Roy was a lieutenant in the British Cadet Corps in Jamaica and later immigrated to the United States. He married Beatrice Cruz on October 8, 1959 in Madison, Wisconsin. Roy received his B.S. and M.A. in Geography from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he was a graduate assistant. He was a professor in the Geography Department at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls for 42 years and was a professor in the Geography and Social Sciences Departments at the University of Guam for 3 years. Roy spent several summers at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He was a member of the American Association of Geographers and the United Faculty at the Univ. of Northern Iowa.
Roy is survived by his wife, Beatrice, of Cedar Falls; two daughters, Kerisa (Bruce) Baedke of Clive, Iowa and Deanne Chung (Bradley Olson) of Chicago, Illinois; three sons, David (Janice) Chung of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Brian (Rebekah) Chung of Clive, Iowa and James Chung of Cedar Falls, Iowa, and eleven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Ivilyn Dee Chung and a brother, Leslie James.
Visitation will be 5—8:00 p.m. Saturday, October 5th at Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home, Cedar Falls, where a 7:00 p.m. rosary and memorial service will be conducted. Memorials may be directed to the Cancer Treatment Center, 200 E. Ridgeway Ave., Waterloo, IA. 50702.
THELMA I. PATTERSON STEVENS was born January 6, 1925 in Aredale, Iowa, the daughter of William and Emma (Ubben) Patterson. She married John D. Stevens on September 28, 1946 in Aredale. He preceded her in death on October 31, 1993. Thelma worked in the laundry department at Parkview Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and Ravenwood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, both in Waterloo, Iowa. She died Thursday, December 5, 2002 at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo, at 77 years of age.
Thelma is survived by her son, Mike (Angela) Stevens of Waterloo; three grandchildren, Lynette Opperman and Stephanie Stevens, both of Waterloo and Eric Schumacher of Cedar Falls, Iowa; two great-grandchildren, Brittany and Tyler Opperman; tow brothers, Victor Patterson of Los Angeles, California and Lavern (Evelyn) Patterson of Cedar Falls, and a twin sister, Velma Patterson of Waterloo.
She was preceded in death by her husband and parents, and a daughter, Carol Schumacher.
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Monday, December 9, 2002, at Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home in Cedar Falls, with burial at Waterloo Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 2 - 5:00 p.m. Sunday and 9:00 a.m. until service time on Monday at the funeral home. A memorial fund will be established.
AASBERG, CLETA L. was born June 23, 1933 near Clearfield, Iowa, the daughter of Francis Monroe and Margaret Beryl (Plants) Brown. She married Svend Aasberg on February 23, 1963 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Cleta died Thursday, January 24, 2002, at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo, Iowa, at 68 years of age.
She is survived by her husband, Svend of Hudson, Iowa; her children, Ken Buenzow and his wife Anne of Slidell, Louisiana, Bob Buenzow and his wife Julie of Hamilton, Illinois, Bill Aasberg of Kalona, Iowa and Kristena Aasberg-Potratz and her husband Chad of Cedar Falls; four grandchildren, Michael Buenzow, Jackie Williams, Chris Williams and Mitchell Buenzow; two great-grandchildren, Stephen and Mercedes Bennett; a brother, Francis Eugene Brown of Trenton, Ohio and a sister, Patricia Herbsleb of Cedar Falls.
Cleta was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Reldon O. Brown in infancy and Russell Dean Brown, and a sister, Norma Olive Buck.
Funeral services were 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 28, 2002 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church with burial at Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens, both in Cedar Falls. Memorials may be directed to the church.