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Terry Jessen

Terry Jessen, 84, died peacefully in his home, surrounded by his family on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021.A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, St. Mary Catholic Church in Vinton, Iowa. Visitation will be held at the church before Mass, from noon to1:30 p.m. with a Rosary at 1:30 p.m.Terrence Alan Jessen was born onNov. 3, 1937, in Manchester, Iowa.


William "Bill" Cummings, 89, died peacefully Tuesday, December 7, 2021.  Services pending.  Van Steenhuyse-Teahen Funeral Home, Vinton.  
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Rodney Lee Albertsen

Rodney Lee Albertsen, 41, passed away Saturday, December 4, 2021, at Mercy One in Waterloo, following a work accident. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 11, 2021 at St. Paul United Methodist Church in La Porte City. Visitation will be held at the church from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, December 10. Interment will be in Mt.

Janet Mae Hodges

Janet Mae Hodges, age 91, of Atlantic, IA, passed away on Friday, December 3, 2021, at the Heritage House in Atlantic, IA.On October 15, 1930, Janet was born in Oklahoma City, OK. The family moved to Sterling, IL, and settled in Vinton, IA, where Janet grew up and graduated from high school in 1948. She attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls and initially obtained a two-year teaching degree in 1950.

Jonathan Robert Gihring

Jonathan Robert Gihring, 44, of Garrison, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, at MercyOne Hospital, Waterloo, Iowa.Per his wishes, he has been cremated. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.Survivors include his children, Breann Gihring and Samuel Gihring, both at home; father, Robert "Bob" Gihring of Garrison; siblings, Rodney (Martha) Gihring of Des Moines, Shawn Gihring of Garrison, Jamie Gihring of Garrison and Susie Gihring of Virginia; also surviving are many aunts, uncles and cousins.
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James “Jim” E. Blomme

James “Jim” E. Blomme, 66, of Belle Plaine, IA passed away Friday, December 3, 2021 at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids, IA.James was born April 12, 1955 to Vernon and Mary Ellen (Collum) Blomme in Newport, Rhode Island while his father was serving in the U.S. Navy. Upon honorable discharge, the family moved home to Belle Plaine, where Jim was raised and enjoyed wrestling for Belle Plaine High School until he graduated in 1974.

Richard "Dick" Raymond Baker

Richard "Dick" Raymond Baker was born on Feb. 24, 1941, in Vinton, the son of Raymond and Joy (Latting) Baker. Dick graduated from Dysart High School in 1959. On Oct. 9, 1960, he was united in marriage to Nancy Waller. The couple made their home in Traer and Cedar Rapids before settling in Dysart.Dick worked at Rockwell Collins, Waller's Phillip 66 gas station, and the Farmer's Coop Telephone Co.

Dorothy Nadine (Close) Schrader

Dorothy Nadine (Close) Schrader, age 86, died peacefully at Virginia Gay Nursing and Rehab in Vinton on Friday, December 3, 2021. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM, Thursday, December 9, 2021, at the Phillips Funeral Home Chapel (212 E. 6th Street) in Vinton.  Interment will be held at Bear Creek Cemetery, rural Vinton.  Visitation will be held from 4:00 until 7:00 PM, Wednesday, at the funeral home.


Kevin K. Wright, 71, of Rocky Mount, N.C., passed away Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, in his home surrounded by his loving family. No services will be held in accordance with Kevin's wishes.Kevin was born May 28, 1950, in Cedar Rapids to Russell and DeLores Wright and grew up on the family farm outside of Van Horne. He graduated from Benton Community High School in 1968.

Gary L. Reiss.

Gary L. Reiss., 73, of Washburn, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at Mercy One in Waterloo.Memorial services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, December 7, 2021, at the Phillips Funeral Home Chapel (212 E. 6th Street) with Pastor Matt Magee officiating.  Interment with graveside military rites will be held at the Mt Auburn Cemetery.
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