John Chambers Diane Dennis
Mary Jo Laschke
Chuck Martel Tim McDaniel
Jerry Moyers Mike Negas Crystall O'Dell
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Sandra (Sandy) Abel, 62, of Iowa City, passed away peacefully on January 28, 2022 at home with her loving family by her side.
Please join us in PINK for a celebration of life that will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 12, 2022 followed by an informal gathering until 4:00 p.m. at Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City.
Sandy was born on April 29, 1959 in Iowa City to Davey and Patricia (Peterson) Kupka. Following graduation from City High School in 1977, Sandy remained in Iowa City and worked for many local businesses throughout their tenure.
On April 13, 1985, Sandy married Mark Abel at the Danforth Chapel and to this union, two daughters were born.
Sandy had a positive effect on everyone she met. She overcame every obstacle with a smile and grace. She was carefree, gentle, light-hearted and a darn good time! Sandy frequently said that her greatest gift was becoming a Yaya. You could often find her singing in the kitchen about whatever she was making or enjoying a gin and tonic with her sister. Although an avid Hawkeye fan, Sandy wasn’t shy to share her feelings of frustration during a close game. And while shopping around town, she would often refer to stores as something other than their given name (Tarjay aka Target). Life was never to be taken too seriously when around Sandy, just have a laugh and a good time.
Sandy is survived by her beloved husband, Mark; daughters: Lauren (Matt) Rosazza and Madison (fiancé, Jake Miller) Abel; grandchildren: Abel, Elliott and Oliver Rosazza; sister, Deb (Ted) Pacha and brother, Greg (Leann) Kupka as well as several other extended family members. She was preceded in death by her parents and her in-laws: Dorothy and Lou Abel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Iowa City Hospice or to a memorial fund in her name that will go to her grandchildren (information to be provided at the serviced) and online condolences may be shared at www.lensingfuneral.com.
Dennis Albright, age 60, of rural Nichols, died suddenly of an apparent heart attack at his home on Tuesday, October 22, 2019.
Memorial services will be held at 3pm Monday, October 28, 2019, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City, where there will be a time of visitation from 1pm until service time on Monday. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made in Dennis’s memory to Eastern Iowa Honor Flight. To share a memory, thought or condolence with his family please visit the funeral home website @ www.gayandciha.com.
Dennis Eugene Albright was born March 23, 1959, in Webster City, Iowa the son of Darold and Marilyn (Niebuhr) Albright. For over 40 years Dennis worked with his father and sister in the family’s business, Graphic Printing and Designs. Dennis met his future wife, Carolyn Faber, in the 1980’s and they would spend the next 30+ years together. In 1994, they moved to a small acreage in Nichols and they happily settled into the small town country life. A special day for Dennis was when he accompanied his father on the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight to Washington DC in 2016.
His family includes his wife, Carolyn, his mother, Marilyn Albright, sister and her husband, Elizabeth & Paul Matel, niece, Rachel Matel, brother-in-law & wife, Ken & Vicky Faber, sister-in-law and husband Sue & Joel Steffens, and many aunts, uncles & cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Darold; sister, Denise Albright; and Carolyn’s parents, Frank & Lillian Faber.
Diana Lynn DeWalle, 63, of Riverside, IA passed away peacefully Tuesday March 1, 2022 with her husband Keith by her side while in the care of The Bird House Hospice – Hospice Home of Johnson County. She was a loving wife, sister, aunt, and friend. She was kind, positive, happy, social and caring. A Celebration of Life will be planned for a later date this year.
Diana was the second child of Jim and Joy (Hesseltine) McFall born October 21, 1958. She grew up in Iowa City and graduated from City High School, class of 1977. She received an Administrative Assistant Associates degree from Kirkwood Community College in 1978.
Diana and the love of her life Keith DeWalle were united in marriage for 42 years and made their home in Riverside, IA. Diana worked as a University of Iowa College of Law Secretary for the over 43 years. Diana and Keith enjoyed vacationing visiting family in Arkansas, fishing and dining out. She loved shopping, cooking, flowers and animals. Diana and Keith have enjoyed the companionship of many horses, dogs and cats through their life together.
Diana enjoyed life and spending time with her family celebrating special occasions. She hosted many family birthday parties, and enjoyed decorating for the holidays and celebrating with family and friends.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband, A. Keith DeWalle; mother-in-law Mavis DeWalle of Sherwood, AR; sister Debra McFall-Wallerich (Jeff Wallerich) of Iowa City, IA and brother Jeff McFall of Rochester, MN.; nieces Shana and Cheri McFall and nephew Kyle McFall all of Iowa City; and many friends including colleagues at the College of Law.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of The Bird House – Hospice Home of Johnson County for the compassionate care they provided to Diana.
Jim (JT) Feeney, age 60 of West Liberty & Iowa City, died of a probable cardiac event on September 8, 2018.
Jim was born on July 1, 1958 at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City to parents, Barb (Boyle) & Dick Feeney. Jim grew up on Ronalds Street where he loved playing with his siblings and neighbors as well as attending the summer playgrounds at North Market and Happy Hollow Parks. He attended Horace Mann Elementary, Central & Southeast Jr. high schools and graduated from City High School in 1977.
He worked for Things, Things & Things and more recently at The University of Iowa for nearly 30 years; and most recently working in Housing & Dining at Hillcrest Dormitory as Store Keeper 2. His co-workers will remember his friendly greetings and his commitment to provide service to others.
Jim met the love of his life, Denise Anderson, in 1995 and they were married on April 21, 2002. The couple have also lived at one time in Coralville & Keota with many cats in their lives.
Jim will be remembered for his friendly smile and charismatic personality. His family and friends will remember his generosity to others. Years ago, Jim adopted the DO IT NOW motto and used it in his daily life as a hard-working person at work and at home.
Survivors include his wife, Denise Anderson of West Liberty; mother, Barb Feeney of Iowa City; brothers, Rick Feeney (Amy) of Cedar Rapids & John (Angela Murphy) Feeney of Coralville; sister, Sue Feeney (Doug Russell) of Iowa City;
nieces, Cybil (Sleichter) Miller (Matt) of Coralville & Mindy Sleichter of Iowa City;
nephews, Kyle Sleichter & Kevin Feeney, both of Cedar Rapids; brothers-in-law, Alan Anderson & Dennis Anderson of Marshalltown and sister-in-law, Linda (Christopher) Kondrath of Oak Park, Il.
Departed family includes Jim’s Father, Dick Feeney, niece, Liz Sleichter & in-laws, Lois & Gerald Anderson.
Instead of flowers and plants, donations may be made to the Jim Feeney Memorial Fund.
Friends & family are invited to a Remembrance Gathering on Saturday, September 15, 2018, from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, 605 Kirkwood Ave in Iowa City. A private burial service will be held at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.
The clock of time is wound but once.
And no man has the power To tell just when the
hands will stop, at late or early hour.
To lose one’s wealth is sad indeed,
To lose one’s health is more,
To lose one’s soul
is such a loss
No man can restore.
The present only is our own,
Live, love, toil with a will,
Place no faith in “tomorrow”
For the clock may then
He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest.
-W. H. Auden
Jeffrey W. Hale, 51, of Cedar Rapids, died Wed. January 5, 2011. Services at 3 pm Sunday in Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories. Pastor Heather Hayes will officiate. Friends may call at the chapel after 2 PM on Sunday.
Jeff was born June 12, 1959 in Iowa City, Iowa, to Robert and Dee (Meyer) Hale. He grew up in Iowa City and was a member of Iowa City High class of 1977. He attended the University of Iowa and was a member of the Hawkeye Marching Band and the Air Force ROTC. He entered the USAF as a commissioned officer in 1982 and proudly served his country until his retirement in 2003, attaining the rank of Major. He traveled the world with the Air Force, having assignments as far away as the Philippines and Germany, and stateside in Colorado, South Dakota, Ohio and New Mexico. He married Kristin (Stack) Hale, July 20, 1985 in Iowa City. His pride and joy, his two children, were born while stationed in Germany. After his retirement from the USAF, he returned to Iowa. He was involved with Boy Scouts and was a volunteer at Linn-Mar show choir events.
Survivors include his parents, his wife, Kristin (Kris); children Katharine (Katie) and Patrick all of Cedar Rapids; his brother, Scott (Kelli) of Iowa City; in-laws Pat Stack & Bob George of Fort Collins, CO, Phil Stack & Anne Kelty of Aiken, SC; brothers-in-law Kyle Stack (Leah) of Fort Collins, CO, Mark Basler of Chelmsford, MA, nephews Nathan and Andy; “Mom Two” Marilyn Burich and “sisters” Melanie Seeber and Missy Schintler.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents and his sister in law, Kim Basler.
Major Hale proudly served his country during time of conflict, may he now find peace and be at rest.
Jeff was a good man, husband, father, and Air Force officer. A patriot. I appreciate the sacrifice he and his family made in the service of our country. Rest in peace Jeff, you made a difference in this world.
Mary Elizabeth Sixt-Jackson, 62, of Iowa City, died on March 10, 2021 surrounded by her children.
Mary was born February 23, 1959 in Iowa City, Iowa to Marty and Shirley (Smith) Sixt, who lovingly raised her along with her five siblings on the family farm on Rapid Creek Road. The farm, and adjacent quarry, are where their sibling shenanigans blossomed and some of their most memorable years were spent with friends and family on the property. From cardboard boat races to pig roasts, bonfires, fishing, floating, skinny dipping, camping, and many family celebrations and milestones, the farm always held an important place in Mary’s life. In 1977, Mary, a standout swimmer and main-hall-motorcycle-riding prankster, graduated from City High School in Iowa City.
Mary began her career in California before moving to Arizona and then back to Iowa City in 1986 where she earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa. Being a mother to her three children, Maxine, Denver and Celia, brought her so much joy (and many headaches). She raised her three strong, independent children in Iowa City while starting and owning multiple businesses and finally working as a Project Manager at Pearson for 16 years.
Always the life of the party, Mary was a gregarious, strong, loving, generous person who made friends wherever she went. She would give someone the shirt off her back, or her last nickel, if they were in need - and did, many times over. Mary’s home was always open and welcoming, often with an extra place set at the table just in case a friend or family member stopped by around dinner time.
At 53, Mary was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. This diagnosis proved to be the largest challenge she faced in her life, ultimately forcing her to retire and sell her home as daily activities such as walking, typing, driving, and even breathing and speaking became more and more difficult. Through all of it, she never lost her optimism, while her fiercely independent (and stubborn) nature propelled her to keep doing the things she loved for as long as she could. She continued to gather with her longtime group of friends for “First Fridays”, participated in RAGBRAI on her tricycle with her brother Jerry, hunted morel mushrooms with her sisters Rosemary and Martha, gardened, crafted, and enjoyed many holiday traditions with her extended family.
Family was the most important part of Mary’s life, they supported her from day one of her diagnosis and helped her to maintain her independence for as long as possible. Mary took a special interest in each of her children, always accepting each one as they were and encouraging them to become the best versions of themselves. For that, and so much more, she will be deeply missed.
Mary is survived by her three children Maxine Jackson of Portland, ME, Denver Jackson of Little Rock, AR, and Celia Jackson of Seattle, WA; her mother Shirley Sixt Smalley of Houston, TX; four siblings, Jerry (Janice) Nepon-Sixt of Tampa, FL, Karen (Joe) Guth of Portland, OR, Rosemary (Mike) Roelf of Iowa City, IA, and Martha (Bob) Sixt Kirby of Iowa City, IA; her aunt Marcia Munz of Iowa City, IA, uncle Roger Smith of Fruita, CO, aunt Barbara Justice of Issaquah, WA and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father Marty Sixt; brother Tom Sixt and stepfather Allan Smalley.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a celebration of life will be held at a later date. If you would like to be included in future celebration communications, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Parkinson’s Foundation (https://www.parkinson.org/) or The Michael J. Fox Foundation (https://www.michaeljfox.org/)
Memories of Mary and online condolences may be shared with the family at www.lensingfuneral.com, where the date, time and details for the celebration of life will also be posted.
Tad Michael Johnston, age 62, passed on September 17, 2021. He was born in Iowa City on April 3, 1959 to Judy (Hills) and Joseph Johnston. A graduate of City High, he went to Pilots school where he earned a pilot’s license. He was a computer trouble-shooter for the City of Iowa City and Pearsons computer-based testing center. At age 30, he enlisted in the Army and after being stationed in Germany, he served in Desert Storm. Re-enlisting for another 4 years in 1992, he closed out his duty at Ft. Sill, OK as Novell Network Administrator at the rank of SSG (signal support system specialist and software analyst and combat veteran (1990-1996) He was awarded: Army commendation medal; Army achievement medal; Army good conduct medal; National defense service medal; Kuwait liberation medal; Southwest Asia service medal with 3 bronze service star and accorded expert marksmanship status. Tad married Tami Poggenpohl in September 1982 and later divorced. He is survived by Tami, sons Joe, Jim and Justin, mother Judy, and step-mother Amanda Potterfield; siblings Tyler (Angie), Tim, Tricia (John) Lacey and Harris Johnston. And grandchildren, Michael, Kaitlyn, Gage and George. He was pre-deceased by son John, grandson Jaxston, and father, Joseph Johnston. Tad was a natural mechanic. He loved to tinker; be it cars, trucks or motorcycles. He felt especially rewarded when overhauling motorcycles with grandson Gage. While Tad suffered serious health issues which occurred during Desert Storm, he remained upbeat and was in a good place….thoroughly enjoying time with family and friends. There will be a visitation from 11-1 p.m. on September 30th at Gay-Ciha funeral home, followed by gravesite military honors in Tiffin. We welcome you to share your memories of Tad at the visitation, or leave your condolences online at www.gayandciha.com. Donations in Tad’s memory can be made to the VFW.
Mary Jo daughter of William & Marilyn Laschke. Married Dace Knaack in Davenport, Ia. Later partnered with Brian Teigland for the last 15 yrs. Mary worked for The President Riverboat Casino and later as a Manager for the Goodwill Stores. She was also a merchandiser for Acosta, and worked for the U.S. census Bureau. No services per her request. Mary Jo is survived by her mother of Iowa City, sisters Holle, Ruth (Dennis Woods) Susie (Gilbert Phelps), 3 nieces, 1 nephew and her cat Dale.
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Diane Landry, 60, passed away September 16, 2019 at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana surrounded by family and friends. Diane was born in Tipton, Iowa, the daughter of Roland and Shirley Thomson.
After graduating from City High School in Iowa City, she attended the University of Iowa Nursing Program. Upon graduation, she worked as a trauma nurse for a short period with Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, then transitioned to a position with the Iowa Methodist Medical Center. She completed her career with Iowa Methodist as a nurse and educator upon the arrival of her daughter Abigail in 2006.
She was a wonderful mother and friend. She was an excellent teacher, mentor and helped heal many as her time as a nurse. She was a faithful servant of God, whose teachings guided every aspect of her life. She loved to spend time with her friends and family near and far. She has a special place in her heart for her children.
She is preceded in death by her parents and sister, Wendy Thomson. She is survived by son, Benjamin and daughter, Abigail.
A visitation will be held on Monday September 23, 2019 at Valley Church, 4343 Fuller Rd. in West Des Moines, Iowa from 8:30AM-10:30AM with a service to follow at 10:30AM. Burial will follow at Red Oak Cemetery in Tipton, Iowa at 3:30 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. Online condolences may be expressed at www.caldwellparrish.com
Julie Whitebook Malmin, 36, of 3203 Lakeside Manor, died Sunday morning, August 27, 1995, in her home. Services: 10:30am Tuesday, Agudas Achim Congregation, by Rabbi Jeffrey R. Portman. Burial: Agudas Achim Cemetery, Iowa City. Arrangements are with the George L. Gay Funeral Home. Survivors include a daughter, Lindsey Gardiner, and a son, Kyle Gardiner, both of North Liberty; her parents, Maynard and Janet Whitebook of Marco Island, Fla., formerly of Iowa City; a sister, Terry Grobstein and husband Gene of Montgomery, N.Y.; a brother, Jeffrey and wife Sarah of Cedar Rapids; a sister, Joan Hackbarth and husband Daniel of Marion; and several nieces and nephews. Julie was born Nov. 6, 1958, in Iowa City, the daughter of Maynard and Janet Ohsman Whitebook. She graduated from Iowa City High School in 1977. Following Graduation she continued to make her home in Iowa City. The family requests no flowers. Memorials may be made to the Pediatric Organ Transplant Program c/o University Hospitals.
Tracy Taylor McBurney passed away Saturday, May 14, 2016 surrounded by her family after a fierce and brave battle with brain cancer. She was cared for by those who knew and loved her, with Iowa City Hospice a valuable resource. Many friends provided support and care throughout her illness.
Teresa (Tracy) Kathleen Taylor was born to Frank and Elizabeth (Palmer) Taylor on September 13, 1958 at University Hospital in Iowa City. She attended Iowa City schools, graduating from Iowa City High School in 1977. While at City High, she played basketball, softball, and was an all-state player in volleyball and track and field.
Tracy graduated from the University of Iowa in elementary education in 1981. While pursuing her studies at Iowa, she was a two sport athlete - lettering in both volleyball and softball while maintaining a high academic standard graduating with honors. She enjoyed a long career in education, beginning in Janesville, Iowa before returning to Iowa City. She taught 5th and 6th grade at Horace Mann Elementary for many years before pursuing a second career in the Extended Learning Program at Penn, Garner, and Van Allen Elementary Schools. She loved teaching.
Tracy married Mark McBurney in 1991, and they recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They have four children and eleven grandchildren. She loved her family, her friends, her students, teaching, and life. She enjoyed hiking, biking, reading, and traveling. Go Hawks and Go Cubbies. She had a strong sense of right and the courage to act upon it.
Tracy is survived by her husband Mark McBurney, and her sister Christine Taylor (Jerry Swails) both of Iowa City. Tracy and Mark have four children: Alan (Angie) and their children Zoe, Rylie, Caylie, Morgan, Erica, Nate, and Alexis of Humboldt; Elizabeth (Ryan Daly) and their children McKenzie, Addalie, Nolan, and Eli of Ft. Madison; Taylor (fiancée Madison Meardon) of Iowa City; and Elise (Patrick Dey) of Iowa City. She is also survived by aunt and uncle Dorothy and Herb Hartzler of Iowa City; uncle Gene Morse of Spokane, Washington; several cousins; and countless friends. She was preceded in death by her beloved parents "Moose and Poose"; her grandparents; and several aunt and uncles.
Tracy was a member of the United Congregational Church of Christ in Iowa City. Visitation will be at the Lensing Funeral Home (Iowa City) Friday, May 20, 2016 from 5:00-8:00pm. Celebration of her life will take place at the Church on Saturday, May 21 at 10:00am. A time of fellowship will follow the service before the burial at Memory Gardens.
Tracy's family would like to thank the doctors and nurses both at Mercy Iowa City and UIHC for their excellent care during her illness. Tracy and her family especially want to thank Dr. Monga at UIHC for his skill and compassion. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the UHIC Holden Cancer Center; Mercy Hospital Foundation; Iowa City Hospice; or the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/press-citizen/obituary.aspx?pid=180005555#sthash.6tOyfm25.dpuf
Jill McDonald, 52, of Oxnard, died on Monday, March 12, 2012, in a car accident.
She was born in Moline, Ill., July 4, 1959. Jill has been a full-time resident of Oxnard for the past seven years. Jill attended First Presbyterian Church in Oxnard. She was a graduate of Iowa State with a B.A. degree. While in college she was president of the Pi Beta Phi sorority at Iowa State. Jill worked in the U.S. and internationally as an executive editor in publishing for many different companies, too many to mention here; but her last job was working with Executive Clips Spirit of America in Oxnard.
Jill is survived by her daughter, Hailey and her significant other (boyfriend) Mike Warns of Oxnard; her father, Duane Thompson, and her sister, Toni, who live in Iowa City, Iowa.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Brian McDonald of Ventura, and her mom, Sue Thompson of Iowa City.
Jill loved sailing on Mike's sailboat and was often aboard on races. She traveled to Mexico with Mike and Hailey and enjoyed life to the max. Jill enjoyed walking her dog (Buck) and her favorite cat was named Tom. Jill's favorite place to visit was Leech Lake in Minnesota where her father had a cabin on the lake, where she enjoyed fishing.
Jill and her family lived in the Colony by Oxnard Beach where she met and had many friends locally. Jill's love was her daughter, Hailey, who meant the whole world to her. Hailey will be looked after by Mike and reside in Oxnard.
Service will be held on Saturday, March 24, at the Reardon Funeral Home on A Street in Oxnard. There will be a viewing starting at 1 p.m., and service at 3 p.m. A reception will follow the 3 p.m. service and will be at the Colony Clubhouse in Oxnard.
In lieu of flowers, please forward contributions to: The Hailey College Fund/J. Michael Warns ESQ Trustee, P.O. Box 6448, Oxnard, CA 93031. Jill was entrusted to family owned and operated Reardon Funeral Home, 511 North A Street, Oxnard. To pay tribute to Jill's life visit: reardonfh.com.
Denise Lynn Morton (née Henry) of Coal Valley, IL, passed away at the age of 57 on Friday, October 28, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospitals. Denise had been diagnosed with a blood disorder called Polycythemia-Vera almost 20 years ago and was successful in keeping it under control through clean eating and keeping fit with daily workouts. In mid-September of this year, it progressed into Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Denise sought treatment first at a facility in Arizona, but after developing a respiratory complication, she opted to move to the UI Hospitals to be treated closer to family.
Denise was born in Cedar Falls, Iowa on April 6, 1959 and moved to Iowa City when she was 4. She graduated from the University of Iowa in 1982 with a degree in Piano Performance. Denise and Ron met in the Hawkeye Marching Band and were married on July 11, 1981. Being very active regionally as a piano teacher and oboist, she performed in the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra for 19 years, the last 10 as Principal Oboe, and as Second Oboe of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra for 22 years. Being with family was always a priority, and hosting large family gatherings was something she thoroughly enjoyed doing. In addition, Denise loved maintaining and sitting by her large flower garden and pond, always enjoying the outdoors.
Denise is survived by her husband, Ron Morton of Coal Valley, IL; her four children, Zack Morton of Davenport, IA, Drew (Shivhan) Morton of Iowa City, IA, Caitlin (Billy) Tesch of Oswego, IL, and Monica Morton of Coal Valley, IL; her mother Gloria Henry of Indianola, IA; her sister Marsha Deane of Oviedo, FL; and her brother Martin Henry of Lakewood, CO. She was preceded in death by her father, Harvey and brother, Darrell.
A celebration of Denise's life will be held on November 20, 2016 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the University Club in downtown Moline, IL. All are welcome to join and share memories of Denise with family and friends. To share a memory, thought or condolence please go to the funeral home website @ www.gayandciha.com.
Jerry C. Moyers, age 52 of Iowa City died Friday, January 7, 2011, at his home.
There will be a time of visitation from 4 to 6 pm Wednesday, January 12th. at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service, with a simple service to conclude the evening at 6pm. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made in his memory to Johnson County Mental Health Agency. Online condolences may be sent for his family through the web @
Jerry Clifton Moyers was born May 21, 1958, in Iowa City the son of John C. “Kippy” Moyers and Lola J. (Bymer) Moyers. He attended Iowa City Schools, graduating from City High School in 1977. For the past 30 years Jerry has struggled with mental illness, his family and many good people have made it so that Jerry could live on his on. He was a kind and gentle man. He had a quick sense of humor which he shared so that we could all laugh together or to joke around with his nieces. He had an amazing memory and the ability to recall the good things in life. He was always young at heart.
His family includes brothers, John and Jim Moyers of Iowa City; and Jeff Moyers of Las Vegas, NV; his sister, Mary Moyers and her husband, Perry Miller of Iowa City; two nieces, Amanda Ware (Kyle) and Sara Miller; and one great-niece, Alanya Ware.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Kippy and Lola Moyers.
Michael J. Negus, 54, of Castle Rock, CO, formerly of Iowa City, ended his life on Wednesday, September 11th. Funeral Services to celebrate Michael's life will be held at 11 am, Thursday, September 19th at First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Sam Massey officiating. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 7pm at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to First Presbyterian Church or Friends of the Animal Center. Michael was born September 2, 1959 in Iowa City, the son of Lewis and Lorna Anderson Negus. He was a 1977 graduate of City High School and received his bachelor's degree from UNI. Michael received his master's degree in sports medicine from Texas Tech. He had lived in the Denver area for many years. Michael loved to camp, fish, garden, and spend time with his beloved Siberian huskies, Ditka and Ozzie. He is survived by his wife Victoria; his daughter Taylor and son Donnie; his mother Lorna of Iowa City; his siblings, Marc (Shirl) Negus of Vail, AZ, Ted Negus of Ft. Lauderdale, Laurie (Tom) Kriz of Grand Marais, MN, and Gordy Negus of Forestell, MO; his aunts Loretta Patterson, Beverly Negus Moffitt and Marie Anderson; and nieces and nephews Jeff, Jeremy, Tim, Sam, Brett, Andy, Palmer, Zoey, Campbell, Phoebe and Jorie; and numerous extended family and friends. He will be greatly missed but he has found peace. Michael was preceded in death by his father, Lewis and his grandparents, Joseph and Opal Negus and Marguerite Anderson. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/press-citizen/obituary.aspx?pid=173973441#sthash.v6UrYUx4.dpuf
Our cherished wife, mother and sister, Diane Louise Ngatuvai (Kautz), 62, was welcomed home by our Heavenly Father on Tuesday, Jan. 25 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her beautiful smile, light and warmth will be missed by all.
Diane was born on April 3, 1959 to Charles and Louise Kautz in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. From a young age, Diane loved getting lost in a good book and adored her cat, Tuffy. When she wasn't reading, you could find her listening to Donny Osmond on cassette while she raced around town in her blue '66 VW Beetle with her friends. She was part of the pep squad and had fun cheering at sporting events. After graduating from Iowa City High School in 1977, she went on to study for a semester at Iowa State University where she made a decision that would shape the rest of her life for good.
While in college she was introduced to two missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by a roommate. As she says, "I was hooked!" She loved to tell how she read half the Book of Mormon the first night she received it and went to ask the bishop the next week if she could serve a mission. She was baptized and a year later served a mission in Rapid City, South Dakota. Her mission was a sacred and joyful experience. She enjoyed sharing mission stories and memories that she considered anchors to her testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Diane was a woman of deep and abiding faith who emulated the love of the Savior in everything she did. She truly was an instrument in His hands, cheerfully serving as the local president in every women's auxiliary for the Church, making lasting impacts on hundreds for decades. It gave her an opportunity to teach and be taught while continually striving to become closer to the Savior.
After her mission, in 1983, Diane moved to Salt Lake City where she would eventually meet her husband, Laponi. They were both young, returned missionaries who had left their families and homes, Diane from Iowa, and Laponi from Tonga, to venture out into the world. We've often said, as their children, that Diane and Laponi gave us the best of both worlds in regard to culture, tradition, and most importantly, their shared love of the gospel of Jesus Christ. They were sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple on May 19, 1984, beginning a forever family.
Diane was a devoted mother, raising four boys she cherished, Sione (Spouse: Sarah, Children: Samea, Noah, Elijah), Spencer (Spouse: Raven, Children: Nathan, Noelle), Stephen and Tomasi. Being a mother was one of Diane's greatest joys and accomplishments in life. As her children, we never grew tired of hearing her musings and each had an individual and special relationship with her that we will hold dear, forever. She was an incredible mother, caring, supportive, kind and hilarious. We will miss her deeply. Diane truly was a mother to all. She radiated kindness and compassion and people were drawn to her light. Her sons quickly recognized that when friends wanted to come over, it was usually to come spend time with Diane as she was always the life of the party. She was known to many as a shoulder you could cry on and a listening ear ready to comfort and support.
She ended her 45-year career as an Administrative Assistant in April of 2021. Diane had the honor of working with multiple Governors of Utah, mentoring some of Utah's brightest youth, and working with world-renowned doctors and administrators at the John A. Moran Eye Center. Though for her, it was never where she worked, but who she worked with. She considered her "Lunch Bunch" as sacred sisters who have literally saved her life. As her family, we are forever grateful for their kindness and compassion towards her. After retiring, Diane spent her time with her grandchildren, her greatest treasures in this world.
Diane was passionate about music. She enjoyed singing in the Mormon Youth Symphony and Chorus and dreamt of one day being in the Tabernacle Choir. She played the piano beautifully like her mother. She would play for hours on Sundays, filling her home with delightful music. She hoped to pass on her love of reading by gifting and reading books with her grandchildren every chance she could. "Grandma Dee" was also the person to call and recount their silliest of stories. She was witty and smart and loved to laugh often. Diane was the epitome of a gracious person. Her penmanship was perfect and her words even more. Her light and spirit will be missed greatly and we long for the day to be with her again.
Diane was predeceased by her parents, Charles and Louise Kautz. She is survived by her brothers Stephen (Marie), Jeffrey (Anne), and Leslie (Janice) Kautz; her husband: Laponi; Sons: Sione (Sarah), Spencer (Raven), Stephen and Tomasi Ngatuvai.
Funeral services will be held as follows:
Sunday, January 30 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Liberty 3rd Ward Chapel
1621 South 1100 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84105
Private Family Viewing:
Monday, January 31 from 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Liberty 3rd Ward Chapel
1621 South 1100 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84105
Celebration of Life Service:
Monday, January 31 at 11:00 a.m.
Liberty 3rd Ward Chapel
1621 South 1100 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84105
Graveside service and burial to immediately follow at Larkin Sunset Lawn, 2350 E. 1300 S. Salt Lake City, Utah 84108.
Carla Ann Voynovich Nordstrom, 45, of 9429 Macon Road passed away peacefully at home with family members by her side on Friday, Oct. 15th, 2004. She was a loving wife, mother, daughter, cousin and friend to all who knew her.
She was born on May 19th, 1959 in Carroll Iowa, attended City High School in Iowa City and was a graduate of the University of Iowa with a degree in Marketing. Having started her professional career in Purchasing and Real Estate she later dedicated her life to raising her two children. She spent many hours volunteering at her children’s school, caring for her animals and tending her flowers and plants. She was an avid reader and a very creative cook. Carla attended Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Raleigh and even during her declining health she never gave up or let go of her firm belief in the power of prayer.
Carla was preceded in death by her father Dan Voynovich of South Bend, IN.
Carla leaves to cherish her memory, her devoted husband of 18 years, Bill Nordstrom; two daughters, Brianna and Emily and her mother Kathleen Voynovich of Iowa City, Iowa.
I spent many a happy hour in 'study hall' at Southeast Jr. High with Carla, Bill Peak and Pat McAdaragh, playing 'Screw Your Neighbor' aka 'Uno'. Don't think we spent any time studying. My condolences to her family, she was a good friend for a short time, and I have many fond memories of her from those years.
Robin L. Smolek, 15-year old daughter of Rex and Kay Staton Smolek, died at University Hospital in Iowa City. Born Nov. 24, 1958 in Lafayette, Ind., she moved with her family to Munster, Ind. in 1961 and to Iowa City in 1969. She was a sophomore at City High School. Surviving are her parents; 2 sisters, Michelle and Sandra, a brother Chad, all at home; her grandmothers, Mrs. Lucille Staton, Kimmell, and Mrs. Marjorie Peffer, Ligonier; great-grandparents, Mrs. Velma Herron and Mrs. Agnes Stansberry of Churubusco. Memorial services Friday at Kimmell Methodist Church. Burial, Sparta Cemetery.
Lori Ann Weitzell of Iowa City passed away at home on November 8, 2019 after a courageous battle with a long illness.
She is survived by her loving husband Kirk, her adoring daughters Erin Weitzell Petersen (Amos), Emily Weitzell, grandson Cecil and sister Debbie Chelf, all of Iowa City. Lori is also survived by many sisters and brothers-in-law and several nieces and nephews.
Lori was preceded in death by her parents, Dorothy and Edwin Dlouhy, also of Iowa City.
A celebration of Lori's life will be held on Thursday, November 14th at 12:00 noon at The Fraternal Order of Eagles, 225 Highway 1, Iowa City, Iowa 52246.
Lori was loved by many and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Kevin Michael Westfall, 55, of Excelsior, Minnesota and formerly of Iowa City passed away at home on June 11, 2013, following a long illness.
A Gathering for family and friends will be held Monday, June 24th from 3 to 6 pm at The Kirkwood Room, 515 Kirkwood Avenue, Iowa City. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Iowa City Hospice. Arrangements are with Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service.
A memorial service will be held June 22, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Hopkins, Minnesota.
Kevin was born on May 21, 1958 in Iowa City to Norma and Raymond Westfall. He attended City High School and moved to Minneapolis in 1977 where he worked for Ferguson Plumbing Supply in Plymouth for many years.
Kevin was a very proud and loving father; he loved the outdoors, sports and had a passion for music. Kevin loved to boat on Lake Minnetonka.
Kevin is survived by his mother and step-father Norma and Tom Abbott of Iowa City; his son Dean Michael of Red Wing, MN; his brother Craig (Tami) Westfall of Iowa City; his step-brother Todd Abbott of Cedar Rapids; and his significant other Cindy Uran of Excelsior, MN; nieces Tiffany (David) Tafolla and Renee Westfall; nephew Ian (Sami) Westfall; and grand nieces Alyssa Westfall and Bailey Westfall.
He was preceded in death by his brother Robert Dean and grandparents Emil and Frances Reyhons, Florence Abbott and his father.
Online condolences may be directed to www.lensingfuneral.com.