Maple Shade, N.J. — Kathryn I. Saxton (nee Wister), 95, of Maple Shade, N.J., and formerly of Muscatine dies Jan. 1, 2011.
Kathryn worked at Thatcher Plastics in Muscatine for more than 30 years.
She is survived by her grandchildren, Deborah Lawyer, Kathleen Waters and Norma Thiel, as well as eight great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald, and her daughter, Connie Taylor, and a grandson, John Taylor.
ROME, Ga. — Pearl W. Allen, 90, of Rome, Ga., and formerly of Muscatine passed away on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010, at her residence.
Pearl W. Garrett was born in Centre, Ala., on May 12, 1920, daughter of the Walter James Garrett and the Callie (Crider) Garrett.
Pearl worked for a number of years in Plastic Manu-facturing. She lived many years in Muscatine prior to moving to Rome in 2004.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dale E. Allen, on Sept. 25, 1995.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews.
DAVENPORT, Iowa — Edwin W. Marolf, 77, of Davenport, died on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011 at Manor Care Health Services in Davenport.
Edwin was born Nov. 17, 1933 to John and Lena (Weiss) Marolf in Cedar County.
He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He later served four years in the U.S. Air Force.
He retired from the Rock Island Arsenal where he had worked for 22 years.
He is survived by his sisters, Margaret Marolf of Muscatine, and June Welton of Huntington Beach, Calif.; nephews, James Welton, Jeff (and Debra) Welton and John (and Kerry) Welton and their sons, Nathan and Carter.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Ernest Marolf, and his brother-in-law, Paul Welton.
Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society in his memory.
WEST LIBERTY, Iowa - Ted Richardson, 80, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at the Simpson Memorial Home, West Liberty.
Mr. Richardson was born Aug. 1, 1930, in Columbus Junction, the son of Clayton and Ellen Selsser Richardson. He served in the U.S. Army for two years during the Korean Conflict.
He married Kathleen Jarrett on June 21, 1953, at the Cedar Valley United Methodist Church.
He owned and operated Richardson's Plumbing for more than 40 years in West Liberty.
He was an avid bowler and enjoyed giving fruit baskets to his many customers around Christmas time.
He was dedicated to his work and customers.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen of West Liberty; sons, Daryl Richardson of Atalissa and Larry Richardson and wife, Leanna of Muscatine; three granddaughters, Heather, Peggy and Nicole; two stepgrandchildren; six great-grandchildren and five stepgreat-grandchildren; two sisters, Barb Bland and husband, Ken of Wilton and Lea Hartman and husband, Kenneth of Wapello.
He is preceded in death by his parents; a son, 1agranddaughter, abrother and four sisters.
LONE TREE, Iowa - Shirley Ann Rayner, 75, Lone Tree, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at her home in Lone Tree, surrounded by her family.
Casketbearers will be Keith Hotz, Chris Westfall, Ross Rayner, Dirk Brinkmeyer, Chris Scott and Doug Scott.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Iowa City Hospice in memory of Shirley.
She was born July 11, 1935, in Iowa City, the daughter of Halvor and Mildred (Weibley) Scott.
She graduated from Iowa City, City High School and then attended Iowa Wesleyan College, and graduated from the University of Iowa receiving her teaching degree.
She was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority.
She taught at a country school on Newport Road before teaching at Grant Elementary in Muscatine, retiring in 1995. She married Keith Rayner June 21, 1959, in Iowa City. They lived in Iowa City for two years before moving to the family farm, where they have lived ever since.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Iowa City.
She and her husband loved to travel. They visited Europe many times. She loved to shop, entertain, feed and watch the birds, walk and ride her bike. One of her favorite places was Grand Cayman.
She will be deeply missed by her husband, Keith of Lone Tree; her children, Lisa Ann Ebanks of Grand Cayman and Kara Louise Schares and husband, Bill of North Liberty; a grandchild, Taura Ebanks of Grand Cayman; a brother, Dr. William Scott and wife, Winnie of Iowa City, and a sister, Susan Scott of Clinton.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
BRIGHAM CITY, Utah - Adele Katherine Schmidt, 85, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, at Pioneer Care Center in Brigham City, Utah following a stroke.
Services will be held Jan. 6 at the Box Elder Stake Center. Music and tributes will be by the family. Burial will be beside her sister at the Brigham City Cemetery.
Mrs. Schmidt was born May 14, 1925, the daughter of Sophie Arizona Watson and Archie Isaac Foster, in Illinois City, Ill.
She graduated from Muscatine High School, in Muscatine, Iowa.
She worked many years as a secretary, being personal secretary to the president of General Electric and Columbia Tool in Chico Heights, Ill.
She was married to Duane Elwyn Schmidt from Aug. 26, 1944-Dec. 1, 1944. He died following an accident while serving in the Army Air Corp. She later married W. Proffitt and was again widowed. Her marriage to J. Reddick ended in divorce.
She joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as secretary and historian in the Relief Society for many years. She and her sister, Betty worked for years gathering and compiling family history.
She had lived in Brigham City for the past 17 years.
Surviving are her children, Diane Schmidt Johnson and husband, Ronald of Brigham City, and Walter Proffitt of Park Forest, Ill.; grandchildren, Aaron Duane Johnson, Carrie Kathryn Marshall and husband, Richard, Elizabeth Gray Vanderhoof and husband, Jacob, Joanna Louise Walden and husband, Adam, Kathryn Lee Proffitt and Kimberly Proffitt; great-grandchildren, Lex, Jett and Ezra Johnson, Sophie Arizona and Berit Marshall, Garrick and Skyler Vanderhoof.
She is preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Robert, Betty Jane and Richard.
MUSCATINE, Iowa - Peggy L. Jespersen, 48, Muscatine, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, at Trinity Hospital, Muscatine.
The Rev. Dennis Hakes of Walnut Park Baptist Church will officiate the service. Casketbearers will be Eric Jespersen, Mark Milligan, Steve Brouse, Mitch Kunzman, and Kody Marrival.
Mrs. Jesperson was born July 23, 1962, in Iowa City, the daughter of Leonard Nelson and Bonnie Jean Carlton Matthies. She graduated from high school in Centerville, Iowa.
She married Randall S. Jespersen Dec. 13, 1980, in Albia.
She had worked for Hy-Vee, the day-care program at Muscatine Community Y, and the Good Earth Restaurant.
She was a volunteer member of UNOS - Organ Procurement Program, and the Iowa Donor Network.
She enjoyed shopping, cooking and playing with her grandchildren.
Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Randall S. Jespersen of Muscatine; a son, Eric E. Jespersen of Muscatine; a daughter, Maranda L. Schroeder of Muscatine; two grandchildren, Megan Nicole Phillips and Jack William Schroeder; four brothers, Leonard Nelson Matthies Jr. and wife, Joby, of Casey, Leonard Allen Matthies and wife, Kim of Smithville, Mo., Leonard Nelson Matthies III of Des Moines, and Tony Matthies of Des Moines; three sisters, Debra I. Wissler and husband, Ernest of Fremont, Lori Milligan and husband, Mark, of Fremont, and Julie Brouse and husband, Steve of Crookston, Minn.; a special nephew, Kody Marrival.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
CORALVILLE, Iowa - Violet Louise Trana, 83, Coralville, formerly of Wilton, and Quincy, Ill., died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.
Jeff Thayer and Alan Pappendorf will conduct the service.
Memorials may be made to Lantern Park Nursing Home, Coralville, in her memory.
She was born Jan. 8, 1927, the daughter of Edward and Esther (Anderson) Parson in Stacey, Minn. She married Hollis McDonald in 1946. He preceded her in death in 1952. She later married Donovan G. Trana in 1953. He preceded her in death March 1, 1979.
She graduated from North Branch High School in North Branch, Minn., in 1945.
She was a member of Friends Fellowship, a non-denominational Christian Church. She was a avid letter writer, enjoyed bird watching and observing nature.
She is survived and lovingly remembered by her daughters, Diane Majors of Wilton, and Janet Neese of Quincy, Ill.; a son, Donovan Trana and wife, LeAnn of Coralville, 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; a sister, Bernice Jacobson of Isanti, Minn.; brothers, Lee Parson and wife, Helen of Isanti, Minn., and Oliver Parson and wife, Marge of Fredricksburg, Va.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; a sister, Edith Droel and brothers, Virgil and Harold Parson.
Iowa - Earl "Bob" Jehle, 81, Durant, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, at his home.
The Rev. Gaylor Nelson will officiate. Musical selections will be provided by organist Sue Voss.
Serving as casketbearers will be Craig Elvert, Jim Merten, Doug Phillips and Rick White. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Raymond "Bud" Havel, Drake Jehle and Payton Dieckmann.
Mr. Jehle was born Jan. 1, 1930, the son of Earl and Elsie (Hora) Jehle in Iowa City. He married Donna J. Phillips Jan. 22, 1951, in Iowa City.
He graduated from West Liberty High School in 1948 and later attended St. Ambrose College, Davenport. He proudly served his country in the United States Army and in the Army reserves for 15 years.
He was the manager of the Farmer's Coop Elevator Co., in Stockton, for 25 years, retiring in 1986. He later worked with Ron Alpen Ford in Durant, Wapello and West Liberty.
Previously, he had worked at the West Liberty Creamery. For the last 10 years, he was known as the 80-year-old carryout at Fairway Food Store, Muscatine.
He was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Durant, where he served on the Church Council. He was a former member of the Durant School Board and a former Explorer Scout leader. He loved fishing and spending summers at the cabin on the Cedar River. He was an avid sports fan, especially the Hawkeyes and the Bears. Above all, he loved his family and his canine companion Zoey and enjoyed spending time with them.
He is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife Donna of Durant; his daughter, Sue Alpen of Eldridge, his sons, Steve Jehle and wife, Janis of Cedar Falls, and Scott Jehle and wife, Darcie of Durant; five grandchildren, Nicole Ward and husband, Brad of Eldridge; Chelsea and Elsa Jehle of Cedar Falls, and Drake and Kennedy Jehle of Durant; three great-grandchildren, Payton Dieckmann, Lexi and Parker Ward of Eldridge, and a sister, Shirley Williams and husband, Billy of Altoona.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
MUSCATINE, Iowa - Tove E. Kelly, 55, Muscatine, died peacfully Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, Lutheran Homes.
She was born Jan. 13, 1955, in Muscatine.
She enjoyed spending time with friends and family.
Per her wishes, her body was donated to science. There will be no visitation or funeral.