BIELEFELDT, MARCYEA W. 95, of Cedar Falls, died Monday, June 21, 2004, at the Western Home Communities Elizabeth E. Martin Health Center. Marcyea was born February 14, 1909 at Baxter, Iowa, the daughter of Cecil and Ethel (Seyforth) Weeks. She married Arthur J. Bielefeldt on June 3, 1931 at Baxter, Iowa. He preceded her in death on May 6, 1978. Marcyea graduated from Baxter High School and Iowa State Teachers College (UNI) in 1928 with a primary degree in teaching. She taught at Dunkerton Consolidated School.
She is survived by her son, William Weeks (Rose) Bielefeldt of Ames, Iowa; her two daughters, JoAnn (Irvin) Wagner of Norman, Oklahoma and Jean Lea Bielefeldt of Laurel, Maryland; six grandchildren, Brenda Wagner, Janet Wagner Gorton, Karen Wagner, April Bielefeldt, Angela Bielefeldt and Justin Nation, and four great-grandchildren, Joshua Calvin Gorton, Jason Arthur Gorton, Alianna Lee Nation and Cadence Marcyea Nation. Marcyea was preceded in death by her husband and parents.
Funeral services were 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 25, at the Western Home Chapel in Cedar Falls with burial at Roland Cemetery in Roland, Iowa.
BIGELOW, MAYE was born May 3, 1920 in Sumner, Iowa, the daughter of Felix and Etta (Messer) Morf. She married Clair R. Bigelow in 1937 at Sumner, Iowa. He preceded her in death in September of 1984. Maye died Wednesday, April 4, 2001 at the Cedar Falls Lutheran Home, at 80 years of age.
She is survived by her son, Dennis Bigelow and his wife Alma of Cedar Falls; a granddaughter, Kara Grubic and her husband Steve of Cedar Falls; five great-grandchildren, Kaelyn, Austyn, Fallyn, Camryn and Brenyn Grubic, and two sisters, Arlene Steege of Bella Vista, Arkansas and Lucille Zurbriggen of City By The Sea, Texas.
Maye was preceded in death by her husband and parents.
Funeral services were 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 7, 2001 at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls with burial at 1:30 p.m. in Floral Hills Cemetery in Oelwein. Memorials may be directed to the Cedar Falls Lutheran Home.
BIGELOW, LOIS T. (RICE) was born August 14, 1917 at Popejoy, Iowa the daughter of Harold Francis and Helen Lydia (Russ) Rice. She married Malcolm V. Bigelow February 5, 1937 in Waterloo, Iowa. Lois was a dental assistant for Dr. Russ Howard for nine years. She died Tuesday, July 10, 2001 at Sartori Memorial Hospital at the age of 83 years.
Survivors include her husband, Malcolm, of Cedar Falls; one son, Lawrence Bigelow of Jesup; one daughter, Janis Short, of Cedar Falls, eight grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren, and one brother, Carlton Harold Bigelow, of Iowa Falls, Iowa.
Lois was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Dr. Harold Rice, who preceded her in death on March 17, 2001.
Funeral services were 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2001 at First United Methodist Church in Cedar Falls with burial in Garden of Memories Cemetery in Waterloo. A memorial fund will be established.
BIGELOW, MALCOLM VINALL was born March 26, 1913 in Alden, Iowa the son of George Fay and Ethel Mathilda (Vinall) Bigelow. He married Lois Rice February 5, 1937 in Waterloo, Iowa. Lois preceded him in death on July 10, 2001. Malcolm was employed at Rath Packing Company in Waterloo for 30 years including many of those years as a Plant Supervisor. He was also employed at Holiday Inn for 15 years. Malcolm died Monday, January 14, 2002 at the Western Home Martin Center at the age of 88 years.
Survivors include one son, Lawrence Bigelow and his wife Kathy of Jesup; one daughter, Janis Short of Cedar Falls; one daughter-in-law, Mary Bigelow of Solon, Iowa; eight grandchildren, and eighteen great-grandchildren.
Malcolm was preceded in death by her parents, his wife, one son, Dr. Harold “Buzz” Bigelow, who preceded him in death on March 17, 2001, and his sister, Priscilla Williams.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 17, 2002 at First United Methodist Church with burial in Garden of Memories Cemetery in Waterloo, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to Sartori Memorial Hospital Foundation % of the Home Health Department.
BILLINGS, PEARLE F., was born September 23, 1905, in Peru, Iowa, the daughter of John and Emma (Gonseth) Jones. She married Platt Billings on May 19, 1927 in Rock Island, Illinois. He preceded her in death on March 8, 1993. Pearle attended Iowa State Teachers College (UNI). She was a teacher in Nora Springs, Iowa and a bookkeeper with Wolverton Printing Company in Cedar Falls for over forty years. Pearle died Thursday, January 4, 2001, at the Cedar Falls Lutheran Home, at 95 years of age.
She is survived by her son, John R. Billings of Helena, Montana, six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Pearle was preceded in death by her husband and parents; four brothers, Edwin, William, Lloyd and Arthur Jones, and two sisters, Elsie Cochrane and Goldie Kuster.
Funeral services were 1:30 p.m. Monday, January 8, 2001, at the Cedar Falls Lutheran Home Chapel, with burial at Hillside Cemetery in Cedar Falls. Memorials may be directed to the Lutheran Home and Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls.
BILLMAN, CHARLES H. was born July 16, 1921 in Grundy County, Iowa, the son of Tony and Ethel (Klontz) Billman. He married Edna Fletcher on December 8, 1944 at Grundy Center, Iowa. She preceded him in death on September 11, 1988. Charles served with the U. S. Army in the European Theatre of Operations during WW II. He was employed by the University of Northern Iowa for 40 years, retiring as the Grounds Manager in 1985. Charles died Sunday, April 1, 2001, at his home in Cedar Falls, at 79 years of age.
He is survived by his two sons, Craig Billman of Beeville, Texas and Monte Billman of O’Fallon, Missouri; his daughter, Sandra Niederhauser of Austin, Texas; eleven grandchildren, Christopher, Robert and Michael Niederhauser, Chase, Christy, Chad and Jonathan Billman, Aaron and Elizabeth Coffin, and Brett and Amy Billman; nine great-grandchildren; three brothers, Harland Billman of Reinbeck, Iowa, Herbert Billman of Clarion, Iowa and Wayne Billman of Waterloo, Iowa, and a sister, Arlene Jones of Waterloo.
Charles was preceded in death by his wife and parents, and one infant daughter, Sue Lynn Billman.
Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 5, 2001, at Valley View Baptist Church, with burial at Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens, both in Cedar Falls. Memorials may be directed to the church.
BIRD, ARCHIE DEAN was born October 27, 1924 in Van Buren Township, Iowa the son of Grover C. and Emma A. (Rowe) Bird. He married Patricia Brown October 26, 1946 at Sigourney, Iowa. She preceded him in death on February 21, 1994. Archie served in the U. S. Navy during WWII. He was employed as a machinist at Viking Pump Company for many years. Archie died Tuesday, January 15, 2002 at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo at the age of 77 years.
Survivors include three sons, Michael D. Bird of Oxnard, California, David E. Bird and Gary L. Bird, both of Waterloo, two daughters, SuEllen Nicol and Linda Stover, both of Cedar Falls, an adopted grandson, Jeremy J. Bird of Cedar Falls, 14 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, and three sisters, Ruby Ryder of Sigourney, Lillian Kibbee of Cedar Falls, and Opal McIntyre of Waterloo.
Archie was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, two brothers, Ward and Forrest Bird, and one sister, Elva Eden.
Funeral services were 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 19, 2002 at the Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home & Cremation service with burial in Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens. Full military rites were conducted by Cedar Falls AMVETS Post #49.
BISBEY, DR. GERALD DUANE , 77, of Cedar Falls, died at home on Thursday, July 8, 2004. Gerald was born July 28, 1926 in Waterloo, Iowa, the son of George H. and Amelia (Rohrssen) Bisbey. He married Lola M. Silver on August 12, 1950 at Waterloo. Gerald graduated from Waterloo East High School in 1944 and served with the US Army Air Corps during WW II. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in Math and Physics and received his Masters degree in Educational Statistics from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Gerald received his PhD. in Educational Statistics from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. He began teaching math and physics at Cedar Falls High School in 1950 and taught at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls for four years. He came to the University of Northern Iowa in 1964, serving as Director of Institutional Research and also Educational Measurement Statistics, retiring in 1992. Gerald was a member of Nazareth Lutheran Church and the Cedar Falls Kiwanis Club.
Survivors include his wife, Lola, of Cedar Falls; a daughter, Joan Christine (Jim) Martin of Marion, Iowa; two sons, James Allen (Kathryn) Bisbey of Ankeny, Iowa and John Louis (Dori) Bisbey of Rockledge, Florida; and two grandchildren, Rebecca Jane Baych and David Andrew Baych, both of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Gerald was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, James Everett Bisbey.
Funeral services were 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 13, 2004, at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls. Memorials may be directed to Nazareth Lutheran Church Choir, Christian Crusaders, Cedar Falls Kiwanis Club, Salvation Army, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (4 Church St. Cocoa, FL) or Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity.
BLAKE, GEORGE S., 67, of Waterloo, Iowa and formerly of Oelwein, died of natural causes on Thursday, November 27, 2003, at his home at Country View Care Center. He was born January 31, 1936, in Duluth, Minnesota, the son of Percival and Clara (Wheeler) Blake. George married Helen Neal on October 19, 1957 in Independence, Iowa. They were later divorced. He was a 1953 graduate of Stanley High School in Stanley, Iowa and was a farmer for several years near Oelwein.
George is survived by his two daughters, Cynthia Ann Blake of Bradenton, Florida and Karla Jean Alverez of West Palm Beach, Florida; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild; a brother, Robert (Janice) Blake of Evansdale, Iowa, and two sisters, Mary (Ed) Reed of Cedar Falls, Iowa and Evelyn Kerns of Waterloo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Gerald and Tom Blake, and two sisters, Irma Blake and Bernadine B. Finical.
Graveside committal services were 1:00 p.m. Monday, December 1, 2003, at Woodlawn Cemetery in Oelwein. A memorial fund will be established.
BLANSHAN, JOEL "JOE" W. 53, of Cedar Falls, died at home on Thursday, January 1, 2004. He was born May 30, 1950 in Jefferson, Iowa, the son of Willis and Alice (Bakken) Blanshan. He married Jackie Gannon on May 12, 1979 in Grand Junction, Iowa. Joe was a graduate of East Greene High School and a 1974 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa. He owned and operated Joe Blanshan Construction Company in Cedar Falls, Iowa for 23 years. Joe was a former member of the St. Patrick Catholic Church Parish Council. He was involved with Boy Scouts Troop 370 and was a member of Pheasants Forever. .
He is survived by his wife, Jackie, of Cedar Falls and his children, Mitch, Tim and Jill, all of Cedar Falls; his parents, Willis and Alice Blanshan, of Grand Junction, Iowa; three brothers, Ron (Ellen) Blanshan of Moline, Illinois, Tom Blanshan of Overland Park, Kansas and Kevin (Dee) Blanshan of Waterloo, Iowa, and a sister, Marcia Blanshan of Ankeny, Iowa.
Funeral services were 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 5, 2004 at Saint Patrick Catholic Church in Cedar Falls with interment in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be directed to Saint Patrick Catholic Church.
BLOCK, IRVIN was born July 2, 1923 at Aplington, Iowa, the son of Isaac and Annie (Peters) Block. He was raised by John and Cora Harken following the death of his parents. Irvin married Darlene L. Mehmen on August 22, 1948 at Cedar Falls, Iowa. He served with U. S. Army during WW II and worked for Viking Pump Company in Cedar Falls for 41 years, retiring in 1988. Irvin was a volunteer rural fireman for the Cedar Falls Fire Department for 15 years. He died Sunday, June 22, 2003, at the Windsor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Cedar Falls, at 79 years of age.
Irvin is survived by his wife, Darlene, of Cedar Falls; a son, Craig John Block of Cedar Falls; a daughter, Rita (Dave) Messerly of Finchford, Iowa; five grandchildren, Balinda Block of Colorado Springs, Colorado, April Block of Des Moines, Iowa, Stephany (Kevin) Kleinheksel of Waterloo, Iowa, Josh Messerly of Ames, Iowa and Isaiah Messerly of Finchford; and two great-grandchildren, Kelsey and Jordyn Kleinheksel.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Clark Kent Block and a brother, Wallace Block.
Funeral services were 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, at First United Methodist Church, with burial at Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens, both in Cedar Falls. A memorial fund will be established.
BOEHMKE, ANN N. (Dockwell) was born October 1, 1912 in Stout, Iowa the daughter of Nick and Elsie (Petersen) Dockwell. She married Clifford Willson June 29, 1935 and he died in 1943. She married Robert Reed February 1, 1947 in Waterloo and Robert died February 15, 1974. She married Lynold Boehmke December 29, 1977 in Waterloo. Ann was past Secretary and Treasurer of the Cedar Valley Polka Club. She died Friday, July 5, 2002 at the Elizabeth E. Martin Health Center of the Western Home Communities at the age of 89 years.
Survivors include her husband, Lynold of Cedar Falls, one daughter, Marjorie (Duane) Getty of Richardson, Texas; one stepson, Duane (Sylvia) Boehmke of Denver, Iowa; three grandchildren, Diane Stone, Kristine Getty, and Janet Monk; six great grandchildren, nine step grandchildren, ten step great grandchildren, and two sisters, Emma Jensen of Cedar Falls and Betty Bergmann of Clinton, Iowa. Ann was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, two stepsons, Fred & Ray Boehmke, and four step sisters, Ethel Nelson, Helen Uschkrat, Vendla Webrand, and Laura Bode.
Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2002 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Waterloo with burial in Riverside Cemetery in Shell Rock. Memorials may be directed to the church, the American Cancer Society, or the Alzheimer’s Association.
BOIKE, E. JOYCE was born November 18, 1916 in Homer, Wisconsin the daughter of Franklin and Ethel Reid Burris. She married Harmon Robert Boike May 31, 1937 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Joyce received a teaching certificate from Iowa State Teacher’s College then helped her husband farm in Grundy County for all of their working lives. She was past Noble Grand of the Dike Rebecca lodge and was a lifelong member of Dike United Methodist Church. Joyce died Tuesday, June 27, 2000 at the Western Home Martin Center in Cedar Falls, Iowa at the age of 83 years.
Survivors include one son, James, of Dike; three daughters, Marilyn Harris, of Omaha, Nebraska, and Judith Mohling and Dorothy Heine, both of Cedar Falls; twelve grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren; a half brother, Bob Burris of Mason City, Iowa; and two half sisters, Peg Prohaska of Cedar Rapids and Ruth Ann Hermans of Apollo Beach, Florida.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, husband; one son, Curtis; a grandson, Greg Harris; a half brother, Franklin Burris and a half sister, Rose Marie Waters.
Services were 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 30, 2000 at the United Methodist Church in Dike, Iowa with burial in Elmwood Cemetery also in Dike. A Memorial fund will be established.