TIPTON, Iowa - Verlee Florence Pace Bromell, 80, formerly of Tipton, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, at Simpson Memorial Home, West Liberty.
MUSCATINE, Iowa - Warren C. Longhurst, 84, Muscatine, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, at Lutheran Homes.
A funeral luncheon will be held at Gannon Hall following the committal service.
Memorials may be left to the St. Jude's Children's Hospital or the Shriner's Children's Hospital.
He was born Feb. 6, 1926, in Clinton, the son of George and Anna Schmeir Longhurst. He married Mary Lee Witteman Nov. 23, 1952, at the St. Mary Church in Muscatine.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran having served overseas during World War II.
He was a machine operator at Alcoa for more than 28 years.
He was a member of the Ss. Mary and Mathias Parish, Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, Alcoa Retirees Club, and was a lifetime member of the VFW.
He enjoyed woodworking, baking and traveling with a Winnebago Club. He always enjoyed visiting with friends.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Mary Lee Longhurst of Muscatine; three sons, George Longhurst and significant other, Suzanne Monroe of Muscatine, Anthony Longhurst and Sue Shoultz of Muscatine, and Christopher Longhurst; a daughter, Vidette Ostermeier and husband, Larry, of Minnesota; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Marie Longhurst; a son, Leo Longhurst; seven brothers, Robert, Thomas, Leonard, Russell, Raymond, Euston and Francis.
WILTON, Iowa - Dorothy V. Beinke, 102, Wilton, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, at Simpson Memorial Home in West Liberty.
The Rev. Patrick Slessor will officiate. Musical selections will be provided by organist Deb Mohr.
Memorials may be made to Wilton First Responders in her memory.
Serving as casketbearers will be her grandsons, Jeff Nelson, Dean Maurer, Greg Nelson, Allen Nelson, Neal Nelson, Mark Nelson, Mike Mullink, Tony Mullink and Brett Murdock.
She was born April 28, 1908, the daughter of John and Emma (Powers) Albaugh in Tipton.
She graduated from Tipton High School in 1929. She married Clarence R. Beinke Nov. 11, 1933, in Rock Island, Ill. He preceded her in death Oct. 23, 1987.
She enjoyed gardening and working in her yard.
She is survived and lovingly remembered by three daughters: Patricia Nelson and husband, Frank of Muscatine, Kay Busher of Wilton, and Jeanine Murdock and husband, Wesley of Wilton, 16 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a daughter, Fontelle Mullink; a brother, Alvin Albaugh; three sons-in-law, John Mullink, Bill Maurer and Ray Busher and a great-grandson, Benjamin Mullink.
WHITTIER, Calif. — William Dean “Bill” Lee, 78, Whittier, passed away Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, at Sunview Estates in Surprise, Ariz.
Pallbearers will be William Ward Lee, Jerry Timm, Marv Plank, Scott Prisbrey and Matt DeYoung.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix, Ariz., in his name.
Mr. Lee was born July 19, 1932, in Muscatine, Iowa, the son of William Ward and Mabel Marie (Fry) Lee.
He had retired from HON after many years of service. He was a member of the NRA and a lifetime member of The Good Sam Club. He enjoyed playing guitar, computers and boating.
He will be deeply missed by his children, Linda Niemi of Texas, Darrel Lee and wife, Diane of Colorado, Janice Lee of North Carolina, Deborah Lee of Arizona, and Karen Prisbrey and husband, Scott of Utah; three siblings, Wanda Salemink of Letts, Gary Lee and wife, Judy of Muscatine and Shirley Page of California; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, five stepgrandchildren, and 10 stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Dale and Lloyd; and a grandson, James Dean Lee in infancy.
MUSCATINE, Iowa - Norma Jean Stoneking, Muscatine, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.
Jeffrey S. Nichols - Garden Ridge Funeral & Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.
She was born in Muscatine, the daughter of Henry and Margaret G. Koepping Lichtenwald. She married John E. Stroneking. He preceded her in death.
Those left to honor her memory include two brothers, Donnie of Muscatine and Gary of Arkansas; and four sisters, Sally Hearst, Alice (Lawrence) Winkel and Grace Fordham all of Muscatine and Fern Cassabaum of Columbus Junction.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four sisters and one brother.
COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa - Mary Louise Meeker, 83, Columbus Junction, died Wednesday Jan. 12, 2011, at Colonial Manor Care Center, Columbus Junction.
The Rev. Al Coffin will officiate.
Committal services for Robert and Mary Meeker will be in Columbus City Cemetery following the memorial service.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bob and Mary's grandchildren.
Following the committal service there will be a time of coffee, desserts and fellowship at the American Legion Hall in Columbus Junction.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Legion Auxiliary or the Columbus Junction United Methodist Church.
Arrangements are in the care of the Stacy-Lewis Home for Funeral and Cremation Services.
She was born June 27, 1927, in Washington, the daughter of Clarence Arthur and Nola Bell (Moothart) Johnson.
She married Robert H. Meeker May 29, 1949, in Washington.
She was a member of the Columbus Junction United Methodist Church and a 60 year member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
She worked as a secretary for the Columbus Community High School, the Dillon Law Office and the City of Columbus Junction.
She and her husband owned and Mary's Paint and Gift Shop in Columbus Junction.
She enjoyed gardening, tending her flower beds and playing with her cat, Cali, and especially, loved spending time with her family and grandchildren.
She will be dearly missed by her son, Steven R. Meeker and wife, Jodie of Mount Pleasant; a daughter, Nita S. Abbott and husband, Dennis of Conesville; five grandchildren, Stephanie Feickert and husband, Adrian, Brayton Meeker, Andy Abbott and wife, Dixie, Kris Abbott and wife, Shannon, Jennifer Buffington and husband, Bryon; three great-grandchildren, Ethan, Bryce and Cole Abbott.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bob Feb. 17, 2006; two brothers, Charles and Walter Johnson and an infant sister, Bettie Johnson.
STOCKTON, Iowa - Ruth M. Goodrich, 70, Stockton, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, at her home.
Mrs. Goodrich was born Dec. 27, 1940, the daughter of John and Emma (Hutchinson) Waack, in Stockton. She married Everett "Ben" Goodrich in 1959 in Cambridge, Ill.
She worked at Interstate 80 Truckstop, Walcott, in housekeeping.
She enjoyed jigsaw puzzels, walking at Wildcat Den, camping and planting flowers.
Inurnment will take place at a later date at Durant Cemetery.
She is survived and lovingly remembered by her husband, Everett "Ben" of Stockton; her sons, Roger Goodrich and wife, Sherry of Muscatine, Everett Goodrich and wife, Maurita of Wilton, Victor Goodrich and wife, Paula of Wilton, and David Goodrich of Florida; seven grandchildren and a great-grandson; and brothers and sisters.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two grandchildren and sisters and brothers.
WEST LIBERTY, Iowa - Gertrude E. Digney, 92, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011 at Simpson Memorial Home in West Liberty.
A memorial fund has been established.
She was born Sept. 15, 1918, in rural Muscatine, the daughter of Ernie and Minnie Albrecht Herlein. She married William Digney July 30, 1938, in Muscatine.
She did home cleaning and later worked at Louis Rich Foods as an office cleaner for 18 1/2 years. She was a member of the West Liberty United Methodist Church.
Her family was very important to her and she especially enjoyed having family dinners together.
Survivors include her children, Donna Dickey and husband, Joe of Palm Bay, Fla., Larry Digney and wife, Dianne of Walcott, Jerry Digney of Woodstock, Ill., Barbara Totemeier and husband, Max, of Columbus Junction; a daughter-in-law Linda Kaalberg and husband, Tom of West Liberty; siblings, Anna May Shield and husband, Richard of Atalissa, Ralph Herlein, Leo Herlein andwife, Ruth, Florence Swanson and husband, Kenneth, Edna Rexroth and husband, Bud, all of Muscatine, and Helen Mills of Cedar Town, Ga.; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, William Digney; a son, Ron Digney; sisters, Lillian Herlein, Ruth Fuller and Dorothy Morris and great-grandson Brandt Dickey.