MUSCATINE, Iowa - Edward W. Molis, 90, passed away on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at Lutheran Homes.
Memorial Service will be held at a later date. The Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences: www.wittichfuneralhome.com. Memorials may be made to the memory care unit at Lutheran Homes in Edwards's name.
Edward was born on February 3, 1929, in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Lawrence and Louise Warner Molis. He married Marcia Janet Wagner on June 12, 1955. She preceded him in death in 1984.
He graduated from Muscatine High School in 1947. He graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point in Long Island, New York, in 1951, with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Edward worked at Bendix in Davenport and later retired from the Rock Island Arsenal. He had a personal and professional interest in aeronautics and space programs, including several patents, one being an altimeter in an Apollo Lunar space module. Edward was a veteran who traveled the world serving in the United States Navy.
Edward was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinal fan and he has a brick outside Busch Stadium. He loved to garden, he had a green thumb and could make anything grow.
Those left to honor his memory include his daughters, Barbara Nielsen (Richard), of Muscatine, Beth Caufield (Joe Cormeny), of Cedar Rapids; and Ann McCarthy (Jim), of West Des Moines; grandchildren, Edward Nielsen (Amanda), and their children Andrew and Daniel, of Muscatine; Mary Nielsen, of Muscatine; Andrea (Rob Schmidt) and their family, of Wilton, Erin (Mike Cline) and their family, of West Liberty, and Nic Nielsen and his family, of Muscatine; and brother, Bill Molis (Lynn), of Madison, Wisconsin.
NORTHBROOK -- Dolores Rebecca Mann, nee Stone, of Northbrook, Illinois, was born April 19, 1915, in Brandon, Iowa, to Arthur Horace and Maree (nee Petersen) Stone.
She passed away November 21, 2019.
Beloved wife of the late GW “Wally” Mann; loving mother of Michael Arthur (Allison) Mann of New Cuyama, Calif., Barbara Maree (Jeffrey) Kaden of Bloomington, Ind., Henry Albert (Rita) Mann of Muscatine, Iowa, and Clifford Anthony Mann (Pearl Patarozzi) of Lockport, Ill.; cherished grandmother of Gregory Mann, Michael (Joe) Mann (deceased), Julie Mann, Suzanne Mann, Mary Ellen Handley, James Mann, Tammy Nowling, Cynthia Mann, William Mann, Kenneth (David) Merideth, Brenda Mann, Stacy Mann, Rebecca Rodriguez, Tara Mann and Amanda Tuetken; proud great-grandmother of 18 and great-great-grandmother of 3; dear sister of the late Leola Duncan.
Mrs. Mann was Postmaster at Ardon, Iowa, from 1948 to 1954. She taught at Garfield School in Muscatine from 1954 to 1959, before moving to Springfield, Ill., where she taught for two years. In 1961, she moved to Northbrook, Ill. She taught grade school at Rugen School and Hoffman School in Glenview for many years. Dolores and her husband were founding parishioners of St. Catherine Laboure Parish in Glenview.
Services will be held at a later date in Iowa. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Covenant Village Benevolent Fund, 2625 Techny Road, Northbrook, IL 60062.
NICHOLS - Gary Dean Terry, Jr., aka Deano, of Nichols, Iowa, passed from this world on November 22, 2019. Born to Gary Terry Sr. and Dorothy Volkl Sturmer on November 19, 1970, in Iowa City, Iowa. Deano was a joyful gift filled with wit and a smile that brightened anyone in his presence.
He LOVED fishing, the outdoors, his dogs, and riding 4-wheelers with a beer in his hand. His life was a traveled road and his family and friends will miss his bonfires, his fried fish, and his laughter. His proudest accomplishment was the beautiful woodworking job he did in his mother's log home; the expert craftsmanship and detail was a work of love for the craft.
Deano is survived by his parents and numerous loving family members. His passing leaves a hole in their hearts. Private cremation services are planned.
Rest in peace, Deano, and know that you were truly, truly loved. Online condolences may be left at www.iowacremation.com.
MUSCATINE - Sharon Pugh, 80, passed away on Sunday, November 24, 2019, at Sunnybrook.
Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 30, 2019, at Zion Lutheran Church. Reverend Steve Cauley will officiate. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 4 until 7 p.m. on Friday, November 29, 2019, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church. Online condolences: www.wittichfuneralhome.com.
Sharon was born on December 9, 1938, in Muscatine. She married Robert G. Pugh on September 14, 1958, in Muscatine.
Sharon was the loving mother of six children and also worked as a teacher's aide in the public school system. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, former member of Hospital Auxiliary, and enjoyed Bible study group.
She enjoyed quilting, playing cards and bridge, traveling, and holiday gatherings with family.
Those left to honor her memory include her six children, Cathy Bermel and husband, Mike, of Muscatine, Steven Pugh and wife, Bylinda, of Oxford, Mississippi, Mike Pugh of Davenport, Carol Anson and husband, Jim, of Vero Beach, Florida, Ron Pugh and wife, Yee, of San Ramon, California, and Rich Pugh and girlfriend, Sara, of Bettendorf; eight grandchildren, Chad Bermel, Samantha Griffin and husband, Toby, Christina Pugh, Sara Anson, Rebecca Anson, Emery Pugh, Marcia Humphreys and husband, Kevin, and Chasity Champion and husband, Trent; eight great-grandchildren, Michael D. Bermel, Leah Griffin, Lani Griffin, Colten Griffin, Travis Lyles, Hunter Champion and wife, Alli, Cody Champion and wife, Grace, and Peyton Champion; three great- great-grandchildren, Ella Griffin, Easton Hance, and Sebastian Stanton; and two siblings, Bill Gray of San Francisco, California, and Nancy Welton of Glendale, Arizona.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Robert.
MUSCATINE - Shirley Birkhofer, 83, passed away on Sunday, November 24, 2019, at Trinity Rock Island Hospital.
Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, at St. Mathias Church. Reverend Troy Richmond will officiate. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Pallbearers will be George Calvelage, Brad Rowe, Greg Luken, Jerry Mathias, Bill Stickrod, Mike McGlothlen, Kevin Birkhofer, and Steve Calvelage. Honorary bearers will be Nick Birkhofer, Garry Birkhofer, Michael McGlothlen, and Scott Schaapveld. A time of food and fellowship will be at Gannon Hall following the burial.
Visitation will be held from 4 until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 26, 2019, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. A rosary prayer service will start the visitation at 4 p.m. Memorials may be made to the family, in care of Linda Jones. Online condolences: www.wittichfuneralhome.com.
Shirley was born on October 26, 1936, in Tipton, Iowa, the daughter of Jerry C. and Alice B. Baker Mathias. She married Gerald W. Birkhofer on November 24, 1957, at St. Mathias Church. He preceded her in death on August 3, 1981.
She was a member of St. Mathias Church and Catholic Daughters of America. Shirley worked at both Jupiter and Spurgeon Stores in Muscatine as a bookkeeper.
She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandma. She did everything she could for her grandchildren. She loved spending time with her family.
Shirley is survived by her only daughter, Linda Sue Jones and husband, Randy, of Muscatine; three grandchildren, Bradley Gerald Rowe and wife, Amanda, and their children, Madisyn, Kylie and Deegan, Ashley Crumly and husband, Gary, and their children, Riley and Carter Kaufman, and Michaela Jones and her fiancé, Becca Harden; step-grandchildren, Michelle Jones and Christopher Jones and wife, Connie; two sisters, Mary Schaapveld, and Kathy McGlothlen and husband, Mike; one brother, Jerry Mathias; brother-in-law, Ralph Birkhofer and wife, Lois; sister-in-law, Beatrice Calvelage; and many nieces and nephews that she loved very much.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gerald; her infant sister, Emma; brother-in-law, Larry Schaapveld; sister-in-law, Violette Birkhofer; brothers-in-law, Donald Calvelage and Robert Birkhofer; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Howard and Betty Birkhofer, and Melvin and Mary Birkhofer.
WEST LIBERTY - Marcella Jean Gow, 95, passed away Saturday, November 23, 2019, at the Simpson Memorial Home in West Liberty.
A celebration of life will be held in the spring. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hendersonbarkerfuneral home.com. The Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Liberty is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made in her memory to the Simpson Memorial Home in West Liberty.
Marcella was born February 17, 1924, in Ames, Iowa, the daughter of John T. and Ferne Foster Blair. She was a graduate of West Liberty High School in 1941. On June 22, 1944, Marcella was united in marriage to Lawrence B. Gow.
She had been employed with Sears, served as a secretary to Roy J. Carver in Muscatine and Farmland Industries. Marcella enjoyed square dancing, quilting and painting landscape scenes.
She is survived by two children, Tom (Janis) Gow of Greer, South Carolina, and Cyndi (Pete) Spinden of Columbia, Tennessee. Also survived by brother, Marvin Blair of West Liberty. She had five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Larry Gow; brother, Jack Blair; daughter, Laurie Gow; son, Tim Gow; and grandson Eric Gow.
MUSCATINE - D. Jane Hudson, 77, of Muscatine passed away on Thursday, November 21, 2019, in Mount Pleasant. A Tree Planting Ceremony will be held next summer at Discovery Park. Private inurnment will be held in Muscatine Memorial Park Cemetery. Snyder & Hollenbaugh Funeral & Cremation Services is caring for Jane's family and the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Muscatine Community College for Women in Business or to Discovery Park where Jane took many long walks.
Jane Watson was born on November 27, 1941, in Hillsboro, Iowa, the daughter of Mandel R. and Dorothy (Almond) Watson. Jane was a graduate of Iowa Wesleyan College and the University of Iowa. She taught business administration classes at Muscatine Community College from 1984 until her retirement in May of 2004. She was a master gardener and a member of NEA and ISCA.
Jane will be deeply missed by her sisters, Joanne Taeger and husband, Ervin, of Stockport and Joyce Holley and husband, Jay, of Burlington.
MOSCOW, Iowa — Donald R. Jackson, 91, of Moscow, Iowa, passed away Friday, November 22, 2019, at the Wilton Retirement Community, Wilton, Iowa. Private family visitation and services will be held. Interment will be held in Hastings, Nebraska, at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Stead Family Children's Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa, at donate.givetoiowa.org in his memory. Online condolences may be left at www.bentleyfuneralhome.com
Don was born in Hastings, Nebraska, on June 1, 1928, to Lloyd and Martha May (Lau) Jackson. He graduated from Hastings High School and the rest of his formal education was in Nebraska. Don married Lois L. Clark on December 27, 1949, in Hastings, Nebraska. She preceded him in death on January 22, 2007.
Don worked for J.M. McDonald Company, Bowen Explosives and retired from Wendling Quarries on December 1, 2001, after 39 years of service. He was a 65-year member of Masonic Lodge #61, Lexington, Nebraska, and a member of KAABA Shrine for 50 years. Don enjoyed fishing, hunting, sprint car racing and Nebraska and Hawkeye football. Above all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Don is survived by his daughter Kerri (Jim) Swiniuch and their children: Christian and Faith Swiniuch of Tucson, Arizona, and his son David (Diane) Jackson of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, and their children: Rusty Brown and Stacie Brown, son-in-law Taylor Heidenheim of Tucson, Arizona, and seven great-grandchildren. He also survived by his special lady friend Evelyn Hinkhouse of Atalissa, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Lois, daughter Deborah Heidenheim, granddaughter Jennifer and dear companion Joyce Shuger.