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James Sueppel

Feb 11, 1936 - Dec 06, 2023

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Iowa City, IA

James Francis Sueppel, 87, of Iowa City, IA, left this earthly life Monday, December 4, 2023, at The Bird House, Iowa City. A complete obituary will follow shortly.

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John Anthony Cardenzana

Jul 02, 1943 - Feb 19, 2024

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Iowa City, IA

John Anthony Cardenzana, 80, of Ottumwa died at 2:09 a.m. February 19, 2024 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City after a short illness. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his family.He was born in Albia, Iowa on July 2, 1943 to John and Mary (Toigo) Cardenzana. He married Christina Horn in 1970 and had two daughters, Andrea and Missy. He married Jane Gray Orman on January 14, 1995.John graduated from Albia High School in 1961 and William Penn University in 1970. He served for two years in Germany with the United States Army.He worked for the Iowa Department of Human Services as a social worker for 24 years before becoming a counselor for Family Solutions specializing in family and children’s services. He finished his career as a coordinator for the Family Treatment Court, 8th Judicial Court, retiring in 2010.John was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Ottumwa. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #888 and was a founding member of the Sloth Club.Baseball and fishing were his passions. He coached the Albia Royals in the Babe Ruth Baseball League for 18 years with his good friend Mike Freshwater and was a loyal, lifelong fan of the New York Yankees. He loved going fishing with his brothers and nephews on Table Rock Lake in Missouri and made several trips a year to spend time with them. John and Jane traveled extensively, including several trips to Italy to visit the family hometown and wintering in Florida upon retirement. He also loved to go hunting with his dog Elmo and his good friend Kirk Dailey. Most importantly, he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandkids.Surviving is his wife of 29 years, Jane; his two daughters Andrea (Patrick) Barnes of Council Bluffs, IA, and Missy (Loren) Sisler of Runnells, IA; step-daughter, Sarah (Matthew) Eakins of Batavia, IA; seven grandchildren, Emma (Brandon), Abby, Lily, Erika, Kyle, Grace, and Ryan; sister, Mary Jo Weber of Long Grove, IA; brothers, James (Sheryl) Cardenzana of Reeds Spring, MO and Stephen (Janet) Cardenzana of Rodger AR; along with seven nephews, a niece, and several grandnieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers David Cardenzana and the Rev. Philip Cardenzana, and his beloved dog, Elmo.His body has been cremated according to his wishes. Visitation with family will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 3rd at Reece Funeral Home.Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 4th at Reece Funeral Home with military honors conducted by O.B. Nelson Post #3 of the American Legion and Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars. Inurnment will be in the Ottumwa Cemetery.Memorials may be made to Heartland Humane Society.

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Sally Toshiko Pierce

Nov 06, 1924 - Feb 16, 2024

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Iowa City, IA

Sally Toshiko Pierce, 99, of Iowa City, IA, peacefully passed away on Friday, February 16, 2024 at her home. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Inurnment will be in the Daytona Memorial Park Cemetery in Daytona Beach, Florida.Sally was born Toshiko Saegusa on November 6, 1924, in Sendai, Japan to parents Hikoo and Yoshino Saegusa. As a young woman, she was an accomplished Kabuki dancer and had the honor of performing for the Emperor of Japan. Sally married Yukio Mikawa on January 2, 1950. They lived in Tokyo and moved to the US in 1957 with their daughter Kazi. They followed Yukio’s career as a research chemist, eventually settling in Columbus, Ohio. When she became an American citizen, she changed her first name from Toshiko to Sally. While in Columbus, Sally founded America’s first Sogetsu School of Ikebana (flower arranging). Sally was only 49 years old when Yukio died in 1974. After he died, Sally shifted her time and energy to ceramics. This ultimately led her to opening her own studio and store, Mikawa Clay Creations, when she moved to Daytona Beach in 1984. She met Lloyd F. Pierce on the golf course where she spent most of her days when she was not in the art studio. They were married from 1994 until Lloyd’s death in 2015. In 2019, when she was 95 years old, Sally moved to Iowa City to be near family.Sally had such a wonderful zest for living life to its fullest. She always threw herself into whatever she was engaged in and strove to be the best in the field. She was fiercely competitive yet always kind and generous. She had a way of bringing joy to everyone she met.She was an amazing cook who loved entertaining. She was an avid golfer way into her 80s – losing a $2 bet to her son-in-law caused her anguish. At age 90 she started painting in watercolor and within a few years managed to create almost 30 beautiful pieces. Sally enjoyed the arts in all forms. Being able to see performances at Hancher was a special treat. Mostly she loved being around her family. Living in the same town as her grandchildren and great grandchildren was her greatest joy.Sally is survived by her daughter Kazi Alward (Lee); three grandchildren, Alec Alward (Emy), Sarah Alward (Nicholas Johnson) and Erin Boese (Brian); six great grandchildren – Archer, Cameron, Spencer, Elanor, Reid, and Graham – all of Iowa City; two sisters, Shunko Watanabe of Sendai, Japan and Reiko Mimachi of Tokyo, Japan; and many extended family members.She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands Yukio and Lloyd, and three brothers.We are grateful for the kind support from the staff at Walden Place, Cornerstone Caregiving, and Essence of Life Hospice.Memorial donations may be directed to the Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity (https://www.iowavalleyhabitat.org) or The University of Iowa Glaucoma Research Fund (https://www.iowa-glaucoma.org).

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Curtis Allen Dunlap

Nov 30, 1951 - Feb 18, 2024

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Iowa City, IA

Curtis Dunlap,72, of Manchester and formerly of Hopkinton, died Sunday morning, February 18, 2024, at University Hospital, Iowa City following a battle with cancer. A private family graveside will be held at a later date. Goettsch Funeral Home has taken Curtis and his family into their care. Thoughts, Memories and Condolences may be left at www.goettschonline.com. Surviving is his wife, Linda, 3 children, Joseph (Michelle) and 4 grandchildren, Matthew, Madison, Cyndi, Eloise and Flannagan, Johnathan and granddaughter Sidney, Sean Dunlap, 3 sisters, Vivian Thompson, Wanda (David) Klaren, Wendy Dunlap. He was preceded by his parents, 9 siblings, Sandra Dunlap, Ruth Anne Bacon, Kevin, Anthony, Kenneth, Richard, Clyde, Terry, and Craig Dunlap.Curtis Allen Dunlap was born November 30, 1951, at the Willett Maternity Hospital, Manchester. He was the son of Clyde and Mary Maude Cornell, Dunlap. Curtis graduated from the Maquoketa Valley schools in 1970. He attended Harbor College in Los Angeles for 2 years. Curtis married Linda Berry at Peace Lutheran Church, Ryan, Iowa on June 8, 1973. The couple lived in California where Curtis worked in the construction business placing granite on commercial buildings. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Curtis Allen Dunlap, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store. Memorial Donation

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Tessa Michelle Smith

Sep 18, 2002 - Feb 17, 2024

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Iowa City, IA

Tessa Michelle Smith, 21 years old, was called into the arms of the Lord on Saturday, February 17, at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, in Iowa City, Iowa.Tessa was born at Allen Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa, on September 18, 2002. She is the daughter of William “Bill” and Stephanie Smith of New Hartford, Iowa. She attended Dike-New Hartford Schools, graduating in 2021. She spent some of her free time helping at the Martin Memorial Library in New Hartford where she created a display of her monthly book recommendations. She was an avid reader and if she wasn’t able to find the book she wanted in any of the public libraries, she would buy it, read it, and donate it to one of the local libraries for others to enjoy. This brought her great happiness. Tessa was passionate about sharing the love of reading with everyone and talking about her favorite books and authors with others. She even created her own internet group called “A Bookaholic’s Review by Tessa” so she could share this love.Tessa loved spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed coordinating lunch dates, movie dates, and shopping dates. She cherished her special time with her mom and made sure their week was full of activities that she designed. Tessa loved weekly lunch with her grandparents, special game days with her grandma and great aunt, gator rides with dad to meet the neighbors at the pond, playing board games as a family, rooting for the Detroit Lions, and spending time with her special dog, Hydra and cat, Badger. Tessa’s strength was unwavering and her inspiration to others was endless.Left to cherish her memory are her parents, a brother, Tanner, and a sister Avery Smith, both of New Hartford. Grandparents Randy and Linda Bjerke of Waterloo, Grandma Michele “Mikki” Smith of Waterloo, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins who absolutely adored her.She was preceded in death by her brother, Tate William Smith, Grandfather William “Willie” Smith and a cousin, Emma Smith.Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 23, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Parkersburg, with burial at Oak Hill Cemetery, New Hartford. Public visitation from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, February 22, at the church. Visitation also one hour prior to the Mass Friday at the church. Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on South Street, Waterloo, is in charge of arrangements.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the A-T Children’s Project or to the family.

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Ryta L. Piper

Feb 05, 1932 - Feb 17, 2024

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Iowa City, IA

Ryta L. Piper, 92, longtime resident of Iowa City, passed away Saturday, February 17, 2024. A gathering for family and friends will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City, with a memorial service to begin at 5:30 p.m. Private family graveside service will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Coralville. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Ryta’s memory. Ryta L. Shelton was born February 5, 1932, in Mosheim, Tennessee; daughter of Cloyce and Mary (McAmis) Shelton. On April 9, 1950, she married Fred M. Piper in Corydon, Iowa. Ryta was a loving, caring mother whose children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren meant the world to her. She was a fabulous cook, and her family has very fond memories of meals she prepared for them throughout the years. In her free time, Ryta loved to play bingo. She also spent time tending to her flowers, which always brought her joy. Her family includes her daughter, Pam (Glenn) Hinkhouse of West Branch; sons, Steven Piper of Port Orchard, WA, and Gary (Paula) Piper of Iowa City; daughter-in-law, Brenda Piper of Iowa City; 6 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, as well as extended family members. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Fred, by her son, Gregory Piper, and by her siblings, Hilda Jones and Darrell Shelton.

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Mary Rita Hebl

Sep 04, 1955 - Feb 16, 2024

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Iowa City, IA

Mary Rita Hebl, 68, died peacefully on Friday, February 16, at UIHC.Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:30 PM, Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at St. Joseph’s Church in Hills. Visitation will be from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM at the Church. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Iowa City.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Friends of the Animal Shelter Foundation or Camp CourageousMary Rita was born September 4, 1955, in Iowa City, the daughter of Elmer and Mary Catherine Kasper Hebl. Mary Rita attended the Nelson Center and the University of Iowa Pine School. Mary was the youngest of ten children and was a lifelong resident of Johnson County.She was a loving daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend.Mary loved music, dancing, the Iowa State Fair, and horses. Saturday nights were reserved for Lawrence Welk. She was happy to see people and was always quick with a giggle.Mary Rita is survived by her siblings, Ann Marie Draker of Hills, Doris (Robert) Swartzendruber of Iowa City, Lawrence “Larry” (Wendy) Hebl of Kalona, George (Jeanette) Hebl of Solon, and Michael “Mike” (Barbara) Hebl of Amana; sister-in-law, Sharon “Sherry” Hebl of West Branch; forty-three nieces and nephews, and extended family.Mary Rita was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, William, Bernard, Maynard, and Elmer “Ron,” and six nieces and nephews.Online condolences may be sent to www.lensingfuneral.com

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Donald Ray Coonrod

May 21, 1964 - Feb 12, 2024

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Iowa City, IA

"Donald Ray Coonrod “Coony”, 59, of Springville, Iowa, passed away on Monday, February 12, 2024, at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2024, at Murdoch Funeral Home \u0026amp; Cremation Service in Marion, Iowa, with a visitation one hour prior. Burial will follow at the Springville Cemetery. Reception at Sally’s On Broadway in Springville to follow. Coony was born on May 21, 1964, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Donald and Barbara (Soukup) Coonrod. He was a 1982 graduate of Springville High School. He had a passion for farming and mechanics. He also had two grandchildren that were his pride and joy. Coony will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Coony is survived and lovingly remembered by his son, Drake (Cheyenne) Coonrod; wife, Shelly Rabik; grandchildren, Stetson and Everleigh; mother, Barb Coonrod; and brother, Mike (Jan) Coonrod. He was preceded in death by his father. Memorials in Coony’s memory may be directed to the family. Please share a memory of Coony at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries."

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Viola Clara Tschirgi

Apr 22, 1936 - Feb 11, 2024

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Iowa City, IA

"Viola Clara Tschirgi, 87, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Sunday, February 11, 2024, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. The family will greet friends from 4 - 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 15, 2024, at Murdoch Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Marion. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 16, 2024, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Catholic Church in Hiawatha with an additional visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Inurnment will take place at a later date at St. Joseph Cemetery in Elkader, Iowa. Viola was born on April 22, 1936, in Guttenberg, Iowa, the daughter of Aloysius and Sylveria (Harter) Goedken. She was a graduate of Lamont High School in Lamont, Iowa. In 1957, she was united in marriage to Karl Albert Tschirgi at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lamont. He died in July of 2000. Viola was a loving mother to three daughters, Patti, Barb, and Jean. She truly enjoyed being involved in her daughter’s lives. She was a leader and heavily involved in Brownies, Girl Scouts, and 4-H with her three girls. She taught her daughters to sew, cook, and other life skills. She also enjoyed, cards, knitting, crocheting, reading, making crafts for St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (Elkader) crafters group, socializing with her many friends, and especially seeing her grandkids and great grandkids. Those left to cherish her memory are her three children, Patti (Dave) Sampson, Barb (Doug) Miller, Jean (Randy) Erb, all of Cedar Rapids; six grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren; sister, Rose Marie Wolf of Marion; brother, Joe (Paulette) Goedken; brother-in-law, Earl McDermott of Cascade, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews. Viola was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Karl Tschirgi; siblings, Florian (Darlene) Goedken, Wilma (Herb) Burkle, Lavern Goedken (Mary McDermott), Mary Ann (Joe) Wichman; and brothers-in-law, Lynn Wolf, Verdeen, Jan, and Clair Tschirgi. The family would like to give a special thank you to Stoney Point Meadows Memory Care for all the wonderful care and support they gave to mom. Please share a memory of Viola at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries."

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Nicole C. Nash-Bontrager

Apr 13, 1987 - Feb 16, 2024

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Iowa City, IA

TIFFIN, IOWA - Nicole C. Nash-Bontrager, 36, of Tiffin, IA, died at 4:49 a.m., Friday, February 16, 2024 at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. Cremation will be accorded and a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 24, 2024 at Saint John Paul II Parish in Kewanee, IL. The celebrant will be Fr. Chris Haake. A visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, February 23 at Rux Funeral Home, 507 S. Chestnut Street, Kewanee, IL. Inurnment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the Quad City Animal Welfare Center where she got her rescue Khloe or to the family for a memorial to be established. Nicole was born April 13, 1987, in Watertown NY, the daughter of Wayne and Roxanne (Christian) Nash. She married David C. Bontrager on September 24, 2022, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Colona, IL. He survives as well as her parents, Wayne and Roxanne Nash of Rock Island, her sister, Anna (Joshua) Pepping of Colona, her niece and goddaughter, Adelaide Pepping, her aunt, Cheryl Kerr of Kewanee, her uncles, Steve Christian of Geneseo and Greg (Laurie) Christian of East Moline, several cousins and her dog Riley. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, John and Martha Christian, her paternal grandmother, Mary Chumbley, her uncle Richard Kerr, her cousin Steve Christian and her faithful companion, Khloe. Nicole graduated from Rock Island High School in 2005, the University of Illinois in 2009 and from St. Louis University in 2011. She had worked as a speech-language pathologist for Grant Wood AEA based in Cedar Rapids, IA. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Iowa City. She was an avid Fighting Illini Fan, an avid Chicago Cub and Bear Fan and a “losing team fan” of various sport teams. She recently became a Caitlin Clark fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes basketball team. She was an exceptional and patient counselor working with children with autism and special needs and she deeply loved her family and her niece and godchild, Adelaide. To to the family or in memory of Nicole C. Nash-Bontrager, please

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Janet C. Simon

Died : Feb 17, 2024

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Iowa City, IA

West Liberty, Iowa Janet C. Simon, 88, passed away Saturday, February 17, 2024 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Visitation will be held 11:00 to 2:00 P.M. Thursday, February 22, 2024 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in West Liberty with funeral mass to be held immediately following at 2:00 P.M. A complete obituary will be provided soon.

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