MUSCATINE — Steven Hostetler, 71, of Muscatine, passed away on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at Lutheran Living. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at the Snyder and Hollenbaugh Funeral and Cremation Services of Muscatine. Visitation will be Wednesday, February 12, 2020, from 3 – 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be left to Mennonite Central Committee, Relay for Life or Hesston College in Kansas in memory of Steven. Sympathy notes may be left for the family at www.sandhfuneralservice.com.
Steven Kelley Hostetler was born on March 29, 1948, in Plain City, Ohio, the son of Abe and Mary (Gingerich) Hostetler. Steven was united in marriage to Colette Nafziger on June 7, 1980, in Minneapolis, Minn. The couple later divorced. Steven received his Education Specialist degree from James Madison University Harrisonburg, Va., and was a School Psychologist for the Mississippi Bend AEA in Iowa. He worked with families to provide the best educational experience for their children. He was a part of the Mennonite Central Committee PAX program serving in Mexico from 1968-1970. Steven was a longtime member of First Mennonite Church of Iowa City and associated with the Congregational United Church of Christ of Iowa City. He was a member of the Association of School Psychologists.
Steven was involved in music and drama in high school and college. He enjoyed being a member of a men's quartet in college. His greatest pleasure in life was sitting and telling stories with friends.
Steven is survived by his children; Jessica (Justin Roth) Hostetler of Harrisonburg, Va., and Jordan Hostetler of Des Moines; grandson, Tobin; and brother, John (Rose) Hostetler of Plain City, Ohio.
Steven was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Cheryl Ann; and a brother-in-infancy, Michael.
Betty Lorraine (Crow) Maisenbach, the daughter of Howard Wilson Crow and Alvina Minnie (Massey) Crow, was born on January 11, 1927, in Muscatine. Iowa. She received her education in Muscatine graduating from Muscatine High School in 1944.
Betty was baptized and confirmed on February 11, 1939, and was currently a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Mesa, Arizona.
Betty married Morris Peter Maisenbach on August 28, 1947. Three children were born out of their union: Melodie, Peter and Kevin. In 1959, after living in Columbus Junction, Bennett and Tipton, Iowa, they moved to Rock Island, Illinois.
Through the years Betty served as a teacher's aide, worked for Al Boyles Realty in Rock Island, sang in many church choirs, volunteered in many churches and served as a leader in the Steven Ministries program. She was involved with Girl Scouts and with the Parent Teacher Association. She also enjoyed cooking and eating Chinese food and participating in her Pegasus Investment Club.
In retirement, Betty and Peter spent their summers in Rock Island and their winters in Green Valley, Arizona. Most recently, Betty lived at Emerald Grove Assisted Living in Mesa, Arizona. It was here that she died on January 23, 2020, at the age of 93.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Richard Crow; and a sister, DeAun Goss.
Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Melodie Ullman and her husband, Joe, of Mesa Arizona; her sons, Peter and his wife, Diane of Spencer, Iowa, and Kevin of Green Valley Arizona; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.
A committal will take place in Rock Island, Illinois, at a later date.
Memorials can be made to St. Luke Lutheran Church, 807 N Stapley Dr, Mesa, Arizona 85203.
MUSCATINE — Malinda “Linda” M. Paintin, 74, of Muscatine, Iowa, passed away Monday, January 27, 2020, at Pearl Valley Rehab in Muscatine. Malinda was born in Davenport, Iowa, on February 19, 1945, to Henry and Wilma (Campbell) Gruemmer.
Linda graduated from Wilton High School in 1964 and from the Davenport Barber College.
She was a barber for 30 years. Linda was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Wilton.
Linda is survived by her children, Molly Cantrell-Kraig, Tyler Paintin and Mitchell Paintin; five grandchildren; and siblings, Patsy Mullican, Bruce Gruemmer and Joe Gruemmer.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Bebe Stotler; and brother, Hank Gruemmer.
Online condolences may be left at www.bentleyfuneralhome.com A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 19, 2020, in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Wilton.
MUSCATINE — Ruth Pauline Janowski, 27, passed away on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at the University of Iowa Hospitals, peacefully surrounded by numerous family and friends.
A Celebration of Ruth's Life will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 8, 2020, at the Rendezvous Banquet Facility, 3127 Lucas St., Muscatine. Ruth's final wishes to be cremated were facilitated by the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home of Muscatine. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial gifts to the Muscatine Humane Society in Ruth's name. Online condolences: www.wittichfuneralhome.com.
Ruth was born February 16, 1992, in Muscatine, the daughter of Bernie and Sheila Jones Blaskowski. She married Ben Janowski on July 18, 2015, in Muscatine.
Ruth graduated from Muscatine Community College in 2013. She worked at Pizza Ranch in Muscatine, where she loved her job.
She loved animals, especially her cats, fish, and bearded dragon. Ruth loved shopping for fish and dreaming of the day she could talk her husband, Ben, into getting a dog. She enjoyed flowers, nature, and the outdoors. Ruth liked superheroes (she had a secret crush on Captain America) and cheesy 60's Science Fiction ("Star Trek"). She loved attending music concerts with Ben. Ruth loved exploring different craft beer breweries with Ben and their friends. She had an infectious smile that would light up any room. Ruth cared deeply about every person that she knew, selflessly giving of herself at any time. Her final act of organ donation was a reflection of her loving, caring nature.
Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Ben, of Muscatine; her parents, Bernie and Sheila Blaskowski, of Fruitland; six siblings, Bernard Blaskowski (Kelsie) and their children, Nevaeh and Avery, of Fort Riley, Kansas, Faith Lane (Jake) and their child, Enoch, of West Liberty, Christiana Tomkins (James) of Muscatine, George Blaskowski of West Liberty, Letha Blaskowski of West Liberty and Tikvah Blaskowski of Fruitland; in-laws, Brad and Jackie Janowski, of Minneapolis, Minnesota; sister-in-law, Jennifer Crumly, of Cedar Falls; brother-in-law, Nicolas Janowski, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and many dear friends and co-workers.
She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents.
MUSCATINE — Me Pravin Patel, 70-year-old man, of Muscatine, Iowa, suddenly passed away on January 23 in Hawaii. He leaves a wife and two children. The funeral will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on February 6 at Snyder & Hollenbaugh Funeral & Cremation Services, 2907 Mulberry Ave., Muscatine.
MUSCATINE — Leesa Lorraine McCleary, 61, passed away on January 25 at her home surrounded by family and friends after a 16-month battle with cancer. Her faith being a very important part of her life, it brought her great comfort and peace knowing that this wasn't the end.
Leesa was born, the youngest of four, on April 28, 1958, in Muscatine, Iowa, to Harold and Shirley (Bigham) Bridges. She graduated from Muscatine High School in 1976 and went on to graduate as part of the first class of nursing students at Scott Community College. She married Tim McCleary on August 13, 1978; they were married for 41 years and shared a lifetime of love and memories.
Leesa worked as an LPN for most of her adult life. She particularly cherished her years working for Dr. Jabbari and remained close with her fellow nurses from the office until the day she died.
Being a grandmother was Leesa's highest calling. Her only hobbies were loving her grandchildren, spoiling her grandchildren, and spending time with her grandchildren. Nothing brought her more joy during her 61 years of life.
Left to honor Leesa's memory are her husband, Tim; her children, Shannon (Ryan) Stout and Chad (Kathleen) McCleary; her grandchildren, Natalie, Joseph, Isabel, Cameron and Allison; her brothers, Gregory (Louise) Bridges and Michael (Saney) Bridges; and close friends, Joy and Tab Blake and Annetta and Leo Elgatian. She also had a special motherly relationship with Todd Greenwald and Jason Spangler.
She was preceded in death by her father, mother, and sister, Nancy.
A Celebration of Life will be held on February 15 from 1-4 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall at Spring Valley Bible Camp, 2858 180th St. Muscatine, Iowa.
WAPELLO - Marilyn Kemp, 83, of Wapello passed away on February 3, 2020, at Washington County Hospital. A celebration of life with sandwiches and lots of desserts will be held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 8, at the Wapello United Methodist Church. Private burial will be in Grandview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established for the Wapello Ambulance and Wapello United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sandhfuneralservice.com. The Snyder and Hollenbaugh Funeral Home of Wapello is caring for Marilyn's arrangements..
Marilyn Murray was born on September 8, 1936, in Des Moines County, the daughter of Samuel and Emma (Saip) Murray. Marilyn was a graduate of Grandview High School. On October 8, 1955, she was united in marriage to Leonard Kemp in Grandview. In her earlier years, Marilyn worked at Pierce Furniture, Earnest Insurance and as a speech therapist. After her marriage she assisted her husband, Leonard, in the farming operation. She was a member of the Wapello United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and Red Hats. Marilyn attended study group, coffee club, Journey and various other social groups. She enjoyed going to the casino, playing cards and golfing. Her greatest love was spending time with her family.
Marilyn will be deeply missed by her children, Denise (Rick) Oldham who resided in their RV, Denny (Marla Norem) Kemp of Ankeny and Dana (Craig) Bonnichsen of Grandview; grandchildren, Kelly (Andrew) Lawler, Kari (Aaron) Foutch, Beau Bonnichsen and Bailie Bonnichsen; step-grandchildren, Curtis Oldham, Sean Oldham, Stephanie Phillips, Matt VanCannon and Sara Norem; 18 great-grandchildren; special friend, Bob Walker; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Lucille Wykert; and brother, Bob Murray.
COLUMBUS JUNCTION — Felipe Osvaldo Dirzo, 36, of Columbus Junction passed away on Thursday, January 30, 2020, due to an automobile accident near Des Moines. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 8, 2020, at SS. Mary and Mathias Catholic Church. Following the service, a time of food and fellowship will be held at Gannon Hall. Inurnment will be held at Muscatine Memorial Park Cemetery on Saturday at 4 p.m. Visitation for Felipe will be Friday, February 7, 2020, from 4-7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. Rosary at the Snyder and Hollenbaugh Funeral and Cremation Services of Muscatine. A memorial fund has been established at the funeral home in memory of Felipe. Sympathy notes may be left for the family at www.sandhfuneralservice.com.
Felipe Osvaldo Dirzo was born on April 14, 1983, in Zacatepec, Morelos, Mexico, the son of Felipe De Jesus Dirzo and Guillermina Dirzo Ramirez. He was a 2002 graduate of Columbus Community School and received his Associate's Degree in Applied Science from Muscatine Community College. Felipe was united in marriage to Cody Chyenne Lynn Maxson in 2007 and later divorced. Felipe worked for Musco Lighting in Oskaloosa as a Lighting Tech. He attended SS. Mary and Mathias Catholic Church in Muscatine and enjoyed rebuilding and restoring his cars, especially his 1969 Chevelle, traveling for his job, music, the outdoors, watching documentaries and spending time with his family and children.
Felipe will be deeply missed by his parents, Felipe and Guillermina Dirzo of Columbus Junction; his children, Jaiden Felipe Dirzo and Amerie Chyenne Dirzo of Muscatine; siblings, Jose De Jesus (Maricela) Dirzo of Mexico, Gabriela (Matthew) Anson of Columbus Junction and Omar Dirzo of Columbus Junction; and maternal grandmother, Guillermina Esudillo Campos.
Felipe was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents and maternal grandfather.