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Obituaries

John Herbert Pitz

-John Herbert Pitz, 89, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 12, 2022, surrounded by family.A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 18, 2022, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Vinton with Father Jim Brokman as celebrant. Interment will be held at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery in LaMotte with Father David Ambrosy as celebrant.

Virgil Steve Kozik

Virgil Steve Kozik, 90, of Belle Plaine, IA passed away February 13, 2022 at Belle Plaine Specialty Care.Virgil was born October 25, 1931 to Stephen J and Theresa (Tracy Posekany) Kozik at the family home in rural Benton County, Iowa. He graduated from Belle Plaine High School, class of 1950. Following school, he continued to work alongside his family on the farm.
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Corriene Kay Kos

Corriene Kay Kos, 80, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa passed away February 11, 2022 at Oldorf Hospice House in Hiawatha.  Per Corriene’s request there will be no services.  Corriene Kay Long was born March 27, 1941 In Vinton, Iowa, the daughter of Carlos and Dorothy (Coots) Long.  She was a 1959 Cedar Rapids Washington High graduate.  On September 7, 1968 she was united in marriage to Lawrence Kos in Cedar Rapids.

Wayne Moore

Wayne Moore, age 78, passed away on Wednesday, February 9, 2022, at his home in Vinton following a sudden illness. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, February 14, 2022 at St. Mary Cemetery, rural Urbana.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Geo. G. Luckey American Legion Post #57; P.O. Box 264, Vinton, IA 52349.

Rebecca Jo Mikesell

Rebecca Jo Mikesell, 74, of Cedar Rapids, IA passed away peacefully at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House on February 10th, 2022.Per Becky's request there will be no visitation or services.  Becky wants everyone to remember her during the good times of her life and all the love she had for all.Becky was born to Orval and Velma Blough on September 16th, 1947 in Vinton, Ia.
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Jeanette Schmitz

Jeanette Schmitz, 99, of Urbana, passed away peacefully in her sleep Wednesday, February 9, 2022, at her rural Urbana home.Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Urbana.  Visitation will also be held at the church on Tuesday from 10:00-11:00 a.m.  Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery, Urbana.

Kathy Jo Krezek Larson

Kathy Jo (Krezek) Larson, age 69, passed away early Friday, February 4, 2022 at the Keystone Nursing Care Center. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorials can be sent to Safe Haven of Iowa County. Kathy was born on March 9, 1952 in Waterloo, the daughter of Edward and Ellen (Havran) Krezek. She graduated from North Tama High School.

Ruth Ann Stratton

Ruth Ann Stratton, 78, of Belle Plaine, Iowa, passed away Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022, at St. Luke's Medical Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.Ruth Ann was born Jan. 19, 1944, to Chester Ed and Eleanor (Brooks) Holderman in Dayton, Ohio. She attended Westerville High School, Westerville, Ohio. Following school, she worked as a nanny until she married Richard Stratton on Aug.
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Robert C. “Bob” Beyer

Robert C. “Bob” Beyer of Vinton formerly of Garrison was a caring Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, and friend who suddenly passed at the age of 90 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. Bob was born October 25th, 1931, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids to Robert B. and Elton Shaw Beyer. On January 19th, 1952, he was united in marriage to Alice “Bonnie” Dake Beyer at the Methodist Church in Vinton.

Dean Edward Schminke

Dean Edward Schminke, 74, father, grandfather and husband of 49 ½ years, passed away with family by his side on February 6, 2022.Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 11, 2022 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Vinton. Visitation will also be held at the church on Thursday, February 10, 2022 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Full military rites will follow the funeral service with burial in Evergreen Cemetery.
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