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Obituaries

Helen Evelyn Dixon

Helen Evelyn Dixon, 83, of Belle Plaine, IA passed away September 24, 2021 at her home.Helen was born October 13, 1937 to Huran and Aida (Pritchett) Bray in Missouri. She attended school in Missouri before moving with her family to Iowa where she met Lawrence Richard Dixon. After the couple married in 1958, they moved around Tama and Benton County. Settling in Belle Plaine, following retirement.

Lorraine Julia Musel

Lorraine Julia Musel, 95, of Chelsea, Iowa passed away Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at Keystone Care Center, Keystone, IA.Lorraine was born November 16, 1925 to Charles and Julia (Kozik) Kalina on the family farm in Irving, IA. She graduated from Belle Plaine High School. Following school, she worked as a bookkeeper for Anthony's clothing store in Belle Plaine.
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Gerald 'Jerry' Allen Schlemmer

Gerald "Jerry" Allen Schlemmer, 42, of Urbana, died on Saturday, September 18, 2021. Celebration of Life gathering will be from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 3, at the Five River Carpenter JATC, 350 Waconia Ct. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404. Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre in Cedar Rapids is assisting the family.Jerry was born June 30, 1979, in Cedar Rapids, the son of Earnest and Linda (Bouzek) Schlemmer Jr.

George L. Vopelak Jr.

George L. Vopelak Jr, 78, of La Porte City, passed away on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. A visitation will be held on Saturday, September 25, 2021, 9:00-10:15am, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Vinton. A funeral service will immediately follow with military rites conducted by Dysart American Legion Post #335. The use of facemasks is recommended at the church.

Donna Relf

Donna Relf, age 78, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at her rural Shellsburg home, surrounded by her loving family.Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, September 25, 2021 at Oak Grove Christian Church in Shellsburg with Rev. Matt Magee officiating.  Interment will be held at the Garrison Cemetery.  Visitation will be held at the church from 4:00 until 7:00 PM Friday.

Evelyn Asta (Sorensen) Petersen

Evelyn Asta (Sorensen) Petersen, age 93, passed away on Sunday, August 1st, 2021, at the Keystone Nursing Care Center.Memorial services will be held at 10:30 AM, Saturday, September 25, 2021 at Blairstown Presbyterian Church in Blairstown. Private family graveside services will be held at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Blairstown. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Benton Community Scholarship Foundation.

Hazel Abernathey Peters

Hazel Abernathey Peters, age 105, died peacefully on Sunday, September 19, 2021 at Living Center West in Cedar Rapids.Graveside services will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, September 24, 2021 at Evergreen Cemetery in Vinton.Hazel was born on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1915 in Vinton, the daughter of Clarence and Orpha (Evans) Sanborn.  On December 2, 1929, she was united in marriage to Guy Abernathey in Marengo.

Benjamin David Sutton

Benjamin David Sutton, 43, passed away Sunday, September 19, 2021, following an automobile accident.Visitation will be held Wednesday, September 22, 2021 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Van Steenhuyse-Teahen Funeral Home, Vinton. Services will be private. Per Ben's wishes, the casket will be closed.Ben was born October 12, 1977 in Vinton, the son of David and Jill Bliss Sutton.

Anna "Jane" Jenkins

Anna "Jane" Jenkins, of Shellsburg, Iowa, passed away Sept. 17, 2021, at the age of 88 following a short illness. Private family services are to be held at a later date.Jane was born Aug. 27, 1933. in St. Marys, Pa., the daughter of Ernest Meisel and Catherine (Nusbaum) Meisel.Early in her youth her family moved to Erie, Pa. After completing her schooling, she worked for Marx Toy company.

Elnora Nadine Ritze

Elnora Nadine Ritze, 95, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, formerly of Center Point, Iowa, died Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17, at the Center Point Cemetery. Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Center Point is assisting the family.Elnora was born Sept. 16, 1925, in Vinton, Iowa, the daughter of Thomas "Lynn" and Lola (Wheeler) Burrell.
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