Mildred Armstrong Kalish

Mildred Armstrong Kalish, 101, Author of Little Heathens Mildred (Millie) Armstrong Kalish, the author of Little Heathens, passed away on May 24th, 2023, two months after her 101st birthday. Born on St Patrick’s Day in 1922 in Garrison, IA, Millie was raised on a small family farm during the Great Depression. Her childhood experiences laid the foundation for her deep connection to the land and fostered a profound appreciation for self-sufficiency and community.

Steve Schallau

Steve Schallau, age 79, died Wednesday, May 31, 2023, following a long and courageous battle with cancer.Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM, Monday, June 5, 2023, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Van Horne, with Rev. Craig Steimel and Rev. Jim Miller, as Concelebrants.  Burial will follow in the Keystone Cemetery with graveside military rites.

Daniel “Danny” Lee O’Connell

Daniel “Danny” Lee O’Connell, 89, of Cedar Rapids, died Tuesday, May 30, 2023, from natural causes. Funeral Mass: 10 a.m. Saturday, June 10 at St. John XXIII Catholic Church by Rev. Richmond Dzekoe. Burial: St. Joseph Cemetery. A vigil service and rosary will be held on Friday, June 9 at 4 p.m. at Teahen Funeral Home. Those not attending the vigil or rosary may visit with the family from 4:45 p.

Patricia Ann Dorsey Risdal

Patricia Ann Dorsey Risdal, 94, entered her heavenly home peacefully on Sunday, May 28 at Methodist West Hospital in West Des Moines Iowa. Woodlands Creek Community in Clive was Patricia’s home for the past twelve years, where she made many friends. Funeral service will be held Friday, June 2, at 10:00 am at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Urbandale.

Leila L. Gaffney

Leila L. Gaffney, 88, of Independence, IA, formerly of Vinton, IA went home to be with her Lord on May 29, 2023.Leila was born on May 26, 1935, in Waterloo, IA the daughter of Vincen and Opal (Bender) Hoskins. She was united in marriage to P. LaVern Gaffney on January 19, 1958, at the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Independence, IA. From this union were four children; Phillip Eugene, Cynthia, Brenda, and Elvira “Shelley.

Robert “Bob” L. Eckmeier

Surrounded by his loving family, Robert “Bob” L. Eckmeier, 81, died at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Iowa City, on Monday, May 29, 2023. Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 3 at the Mt. Auburn United Methodist Church, Mt. Auburn, with Pastor Luke Evans as officiant. Visitation will be 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the church.

Bonnitta (Bonnie) J. Johnston

Bonnitta (Bonnie) J. Johnston, 79, passed away on February 16, 2023, at St.  Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids. A Memorial Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 3:00 Saturday, June 3rd, at Phillips Funeral Home (212 E 6th St –Vinton) followed by an internment service at Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton.     Bonnie was born December 16, 1943, in Vinton, where she lived during her childhood.

Richard Charles “Dick” Hare

Richard Charles “Dick” Hare, 83, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 25, 2023 at the Hiawatha Care Center.A memorial visitation will be held on Friday, June 2, 2023, from 3:00 until 5:00 PM at the Phillips Funeral Home Chapel (212 E. 6th Street) in Vinton.  Memorial services will be held at 6:00 PM, Friday, also at the funeral home, with Deacon Bill Hare officiating.

Harlan Dean Cronbaugh

Harlan Dean Cronbaugh, 83, of Cedar Rapids, IA (formerly of Belle Plaine, IA) passed away May 25, 2023 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids.Harlan was born June 27, 1939 to Harley and Edith (Slaymaker) Cronbaugh in Belle Plaine. Growing up on the family farm, he attended country school until 8th grade and graduated from Belle Plaine High School. Following school, he worked at Amana Refrigeration before his career as a Petroleum Department Manager at Farmer’s 4-County Co-op.

Sandra L. Briden

Sandra L. Briden, 73, of Waterloo, Iowa, passed away at home on May 26, 2023. She was born August 15, 1949, in Waterloo, to Marion and Dorathy Hamm Briden. Sandi graduated from West High School in 1967 and earned a B.S. degree from U.N.I. in 1978.She was employed by various insurance companies as a multi-line insurance agent for over 25 years. After taking a year off, she took over management of the Waterloo Community Playhouse Rental Shop, retiring in 2017.
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