Obituaries

Wineva ‘Eve’ Mahr

Wineva ‘Eve’ Mahr passed on September 21, 2023.  Eve was a loving wife and mother, a respected Deacon in the Episcopal church, and a 50 year member of Kappa Delta Phi civic sorority.  She graduated from Washington High School in Vinton with the class of 1963.She was preceded in death by her father, Gerald Pederson, and survived by her husband Steve,  children Derek and Sarah (Chris) Confessore, grandchildren Tessa and Zella, mother Wineva Pederson, and siblings Denny (Cheryl), Sally (Jim Autry), Steve (Carol) and Alan (Julie).

Jill Kay Nicholson

Jill Kay Nicholson3/16/81 - 9/21/23Jill closed her eyes on September 21st, 2023 surrounded by her family and friends and opened them to the glorious sight of her loving Father. She was a resident of Newport, Tennessee, and formally Marseilles, Illinois. She was born in Toledo, Iowa on March 16th, 1981. Her parents Roger and Kim Junge have always had tremendous pride and love for this beautiful, joy filled woman of faith.

Jerry Lee Usher

Jerry Lee Usher, 81, passed away at his residence Wednesday, September 20, 2023, following a brief illness. Private family services will be held. Van Steenhuyse-Teahen Funeral Home is caring for Jerry and his family.Jerry was born April 2, 1942, in Center Point, the son of Levitt “Ted” and Lola Mae (Johnson) Usher. He attended school in Center Point and Vinton.

Jackie Raye Schirmer Lewis

Jackie Raye Schirmer Lewis, 75, of Shellsburg, passed away September 14, 2023. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, October 14 from 5 to 8 p.m., at the American Legion Hall, 114 Main Street SW, Shellsburg.Memorials may be made in Jackie's name to her family.

Ted L. Goodell

“I must be dead, I read it in the paper” Ted L. Goodell, age 85, died Tuesday, September 19, 2023, at Compass Memorial Hospital in Marengo.A Celebration of Life will be held from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Saturday, September 23 at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel (212 E. 6th Street). Graveside services will take place following the celebration of life on Saturday, with full Navy Military Honors.

Letha La Vonne (Hepker) Sand

Letha La Vonne (Hepker) Sand, age 90, died Tuesday, September 19, 2023, at Virginia Gay Hospital in Vinton.Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM, Friday, September 22, 2023, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Urbana, with Father Jim Brokman as Celebrant.  Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery Urbana.  Visitation will be held from 9:00 AM until service time, Friday, also at the church in Urbana.

Theresa Lorraine Snitker

Theresa Lorraine Snitker, age 79, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 18, 2023, at Highland Ridge in Williamsburg with her family by her side.Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM, Thursday, September 21, 2023 at St. John Catholic Church in Blairstown, with Rev. Fr. Jacob Dunne as Celebrant.  Interment will be held at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Blairstown.

Phyllis Clare Davis

Surrounded by her loving family, Phyllis Clare Davis, 94, passed away Monday, September 18, 2023 at Virginia Gay Nursing & Rehab following a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 21 at Blessed Hope Church, Vinton, with Pastor David Condry officiating. Friends may visit with the family on Thursday at the church from 9:30 a.

Mineard F. “Smitty” Smith

Mineard F. “Smitty” Smith, age 81, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 12, 2023, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House in Hiawatha.Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM, Monday, September18, 2023, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Watkins, with Rev. Fr. Jacob Dunne as Celebrant. Visitation will be held from 4:00 until 7:00 PM Sunday, also at the church in Watkins.

Ronda Lee (Burkey) Walker

“Nene” Ronda Lee (Burkey) Walker, formerly of Vinton, died peacefully in her sleep on September 14, 2023 at the St. Lukes Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri. She passed peacefully while her family tackled unusually heavy and crazy traffic trying to get to her in time, however in true Ronda fashion, she slipped away quickly to save her family the additional pain of seeing her go.
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