Dorothy B. Frey, 94, of rural Carthage, Ill., died at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, 2004, at Heartland Health Care Center in Paxton, Ill.
Born July 12, 1910, in rural Carthage, she was the daughter of E.M. and Julia Lane Harter. On July 29, 1933, she married Thomas R. Frey in Carthage. He died July 31, 1994.
A lifelong resident of rural Carthage, Mrs. Frey was a teacher for four years at East Union Grade School, southeast of Carthage. After raising her family, she taught at Union Douglas School, south of Carthage, for 11 years.
She attended Independence School and graduated from Carthage High School. She was a 1931 graduate of Carthage College and attended University of Iowa and Western Illinois University for additional course work. She was a member of Delvers Club, Jolly Housekeepers Club, First United Methodist Church and Triangle Sunday School Class. She enjoyed gardening and animals, especially her cats.
Survivors include three sons, Thomas Frey of Savoy, Ill., James R. Frey of Nashville, Tenn., and John D. Frey of Oakland, Ill.; four grandchildren; and five great–grandchildren.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and one sister.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday at Lamporte Funeral Home in Carthage, with family present from 5 to 7 p.m.
The funeral service for Mrs. Frey will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Lamporte Funeral Home, with the Rev. William Pyatt officiating. Burial will be in Moss Ridge Cemetery in Carthage.
Memorials have been established for Kibbe Hancock Heritage Museum and First United Methodist Church in Carthage.
Frank Edward "Ed" Heitmeier, 43, of Mount Union, died following an extended illness with ALS Lou Gehrig's Disease Friday, Dec. 3, 2004, at Henry County Health Center in Mount Pleasant.
Born March 10, 1961, in Burlington, he was the son of Willis Edwin and Eunice Baker Heitmeier. On Sept. 22, 2000, he married Letha A. Haynes in Iowa City.
Mr. Heitmeier worked at Harv's Auto Body in Iowa City.
He was a 1979 graduate of Mediapolis High School. He attended Southeastern Community College for two years, earning his auto body technology degree. He enjoyed cooking, cars and sports, including the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Chicago Bears and Cubs.
Survivors include his wife; two sons, Blake and Ross of Mount Pleasant; one daughter, Janelle Heitmeier of Burlington; two stepsons, Anthony and Cody Green of Solon; and three sisters, Janice Voss of Iowa City, Jeanne Hartman of San Jose, Calif., and Nancy Kamenoff of Denver, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. Monday at Hagele and Honts Funeral Home in Mediapolis, with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m.
The funeral service for Mr. Heitmeier will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hagele and Honts Funeral Home, with the Rev. Leonard Schantz officiating. Burial will be in Shinar Church Cemetery in Pleasant Grove.
A memorial has been established for Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Paul Gonzalez, 49, of Burlington, died at 6:50 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, 2004, at Great River Medical Center in West Burlington.
Born June 13, 1955, in Brownsville, Texas, he was the son of Alejandro C. and Augustina Mendoza Gonzalez.
Mr. Gonzalez worked 20 years as an evaluator inspector for Southeastern Community Action Weatherization Program. He then worked at the Drake Restaurant as a janitor for two years.
He enjoyed drawing, traveling, wood crafts, shooting pool and listening to the blues.
Survivors include his wife, Connie Bedenbender Gonzalez; two sons, Paul Gonzalez of Grove, Okla., and Jeff Birdsell of Jacksonville, Ill.; one daughter, Lee Keever of Burlington; 10 grandchildren; five brothers, Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. of Grove, Esteban Gonzalez, Juan Gonzalez and Castulo Gonzalez, all of Burlington, and David Gonzalez of Neosho, Mo.; four sisters, Rosa Hernandez and Mary Gonzalez, both of Burlington, Jolanda Gonzalez of Toledo, Ohio, and Juanita Roacha of Brownsville; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the time of service today at Prugh's Chapel. The body has been cremated.
The memorial service for Mr. Gonzalez will be at 2 p.m. today at Prugh's Chapel, with the Rev. Jerry Stouvenel officiating. Burial will be in Brownsville at a later date.
A memorial has been established.
Kermit K. Rohde, 80, of West Burlington, died at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, 2003, at his home.
Born Jan. 1, 1923, in West Burlington, he was the son of Carl and Ebba Lindstrom Rohde. On May 6, 1945, he married Jeanette Glenn in West Burlington.
Mr. Rohde worked for the CB&Q Railroad and retired as a tool and die foreman in the mechanical department at IAAP after 28 years.
He graduated from Burlington High School in 1940 and attended Burlington Junior College.
He was a veteran of the Army–Air Corps serving as a sergeant during World War II as a ground–based radar crew chief in the Aleutian Islands.
He was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church, where he was a long–time choir member and served on the church council.
He served two terms on the West Burlington School Board during the construction of the initial elementary building. He was an institutional representative for the West Burlington Boy Scouts Troop 6 and assisted in Little League baseball.
He enjoyed golf, bowling, building model planes, cars and ships.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Dan Rohde of Muscatine; a daughter, Beth Peterson of Iowa City; and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.
Visitation will be after 12 p.m. Tuesday at Lunning Chapel, where the family will receive friends between 6:30 and 8 p.m.
The funeral for Mr. Rohde will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Messiah Lutheran Church with the Rev. Donald Hoornstra officiating. Interment will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery.
Memorials have been established for Hope Haven Development Center and Messiah Lutheran Church.
Joseph P. Mertens, 54, of Fort Madison died at 12:40 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, 2005, at Fort Madison Community Hospital in Fort Madison.
Born Dec. 4, 1950, in Fort Madison, he was the son of Joseph H. and Lucille A. Winke Mertens. On July 11, 1988, he married Kay Moore in Florida.
Mr. Mertens was a self–employed investor.
He was a 1969 graduate of Aquinas High School. He was of the Catholic faith. He served with the Army during the Vietnam War and was an honorary guard for former president Richard Nixon.
Survivors include his wife; one son, Robert Moore of Donnellson; two daughters, Kara Moore of Illinois and Niki Mertens of Fort Madison; and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
There will be no family visitation.
The graveside service for Mr. Mertens will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Oakland Cemetery in Fort Madison, with the Rev. Christopher David officiating. Military services will be performed by the Fort Madison Veterans Honor Guard at the cemetery. Burial will follow.
A memorial has been established for the Lee County Conservation Commission.
King–Lynk Funeral Home in Fort Madison is in charge of arrangements.
Ichabod Purnell, 20, of Burlington, died at 9:03 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2004, at Great River Medical Center in West Burlington.
Born March 9, 1984, in Wynne, Ark., he was the son of Harvey Lee and Dovie Jean Willform Purnell.
Mr. Purnell worked in construction.
He attended 12 years of school. He enjoyed playing football and basketball, as well as fishing. He was a member of Whole Truth Gospel Church of Holiness.
Survivors include one son, Dontavius Damar Purnell of Burlington; his fiancé, Sasha Fawn Patterson of Burlington; his mother of Burlington; his father of California; five brothers, Jehu Purnell, Thaddeus Purnell, Absalom Purnell, Bartholomis Manning and Kanis Lee Purnell, all of Burlington; one sister, Dovie Jean Manning of Burlington; maternal grandmother, Erma Isom of Burlington; maternal grandfather, Ossie Lee Willform Sr. of Jonesboro, Ark.; paternal grandmother, Vivian Purnell of Wynne; paternal grandfather, Joseph Owens of South Bend, Ind.; and aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his great–grandparents.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Burlington.
The funeral service for Mr. Purnell will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Erma Isom officiating. Burial will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery.
A memorial has been established.
Prugh Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
The memorial service for Mrs. Liz Spraker will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at Elliott Chapel, New London. Rev. Sue Tomlinson will officiate. Inurnment will be held in Burge Cemetery, New London. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday and the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Memorials have been established to the New London Presbyterian Church and Hospice of Mercy in Cedar Rapids.
Entrusted to Elliott Chapel's Care New London
Thomas "Tom" A. Metcalf
The graveside funeral service and interment for Mr. Thomas "Tom" A. Metcalf, 66, who died Thursday, October 14, 2004, will be Monday, October 18th, at 10:30 AM in Loper Cemetery, rural Sperry. The Rev. Dr. Frank Beaty will officiate. Friends may call from noon until 7:00 PM today in Lunning Chapel. The family will not be present. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for the Mediapolis Ambulance Service.
Pauline B. Daly
The funeral service for Ms. Pauline B. Daly, 90, who died Friday, October 15, 2004, is pending at Lunning Chapel.
Lorena K. Knutson
The funeral service for Mrs. Lorena Kay Knutson, 81, who died Saturday, October 16, 2004, is pending at Lunning Chapel.
Zachery A. Liles, 19, of Wayland, died as the result of an auto accident Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2004, at Mount Pleasant.
Born Nov. 22, 1984, in Mount Pleasant, he was the son of David and Lisa Goff Liles.
Mr. Liles was a 2004 graduate of Waco High School. He attended the Open Bible Church in Winfield, was active in the Youth Group in Wayland and was a supervisor at Wayland Youth Center.
Survivors include his parents of Wayland; one brother, Joshua of Olds; his maternal grandparents, Wendell and Ruth Wallingford of Mount Pleasant; and his paternal grandparents, Hallet and Wilna Liles of Washington.
Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at Honts Funeral Home in Winfield. There will be no family visitation.
The funeral for Mr. Liles will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Open Bible Church in Winfield, with the Rev. Greg Carr officiating. Burial will be in Winfield–Scott County Cemetery.
Memorials have been established for his church and the Wayland Youth Center.