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Julia Primrose

Nov 28, 1921 - Nov 28, 2023

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Cedar Rapids, IA

Julia Thomsen Ary Primrose, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, passed onto heaven on Tuesday, November 21, 2023, at the age of 102 years old. Julia is now peacefully at rest, buried next to Ezra in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The family will gather to remember and celebrate her life, privately at a later date. Our Family offer thanks and love to everyone that shared in Julia's long life and please leave any remembrances for the family in the response section. Julia was born on July 12, 1921, on a farm near Mo...Read More

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Barbara Joan Lucas Greene

Mar 31, 1938 - Feb 27, 2024

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Cedar Rapids, IA

Barbara Joan Lucas Greene, age 85, of Marion, Iowa and formerly of Illinois passed away at 1:18 p.m. Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Barbara Joan Lucas Greene was born March 31, 1938 in Schuyler County, Illinois to Margaret L. Abbott Lucas and Theodore D. Lucas of Mt. Sterling, Illinois. They preceded her in death. Barbara was also preceded in death by her husband Wilbur L. Rigg, 1 son Michael S. Rigg and 1 brother Robert E. Lucas. She was married in 1955 to Wilbur L. Rigg and he preceded her in death in 1959 due to accidental death. She married Robert B. Harris in 1961, and married Walter Ben Greene in 1994. They both preceded her in death. Her surviving children are Jeffrey L. Rigg of Mt. Sterling, Illinois, Laura J. Thomas of Astoria, Illinois, Theodore D. Rigg (Lois) of Temple, Texas, Dierdre L. Harris of Dunfermline , Illinois and Nancy Harris of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Her stepson Anthony A. Greene of Peoria, Illinois. Two brothers John A. Lucas (Ellen) of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and George Lucas (Helen) of Rushville, Illinois. One sister Dorothy K. Lambert of Hartford City, Indiana also survives along with several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Barbara was employed by the Illinois Department of Public Health for 10 years as a microfilming operator. She was also employed by the State of Illinois Department of Mental Health and Disabilities in Springfield, Illinois and the State of Illinois Department of Human Services in Peoria, Illinois. From 1988, she proudly worked as a registered nurse until retiring in 2004. Barbara was a graduate of Springfield Adult Education Center through Brown County High School in 1967. She then attended Spoon River College and was the recipient of the Marguarita Award given by the Altrusa Club at her LPN graduation. She was also a graduate of St. Francis Medical Center School of Nursing in Peoria, Illinois in 1985 and then attended Illinois Central College in East Peoria, Illinois. With her deep love of God, it was so appropriate that she passed away immediately after saying The Lord’s Prayer with her daughter Nancy. We think this was God’s way of letting us know she’s in Heaven! Cremation has been accorded and burial of the cremated remains will be in the Hersman Cemetery and a private family remembrance celebration will be held at a later date. Condolences for the family may be left on line at hendrickerfuneralhome.com. The Hendricker Funeral Home in Mt. Sterling is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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Barbara Joan Lucas Greene

Mar 31, 1938 - Feb 27, 2024

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Cedar Rapids, IA

Barbara Joan Lucas Greene, age 85, of Marion, Iowa and formerly of Illinois passed away at 1:18 p.m. Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Barbara Joan Lucas Greene was born March 31, 1938 in Schuyler County, Illinois to Margaret L. Abbott Lucas and Theodore D. Lucas of Mt. Sterling, Illinois. They preceded her in death. Barbara was also preceded in death by her husband Wilbur L. Rigg, 1 son Michael S. Rigg and 1 brother Robert E. Lucas. She was married in 1955 to Wilbur L. Rigg and he preceded her in death in 1959 due to accidental death. She married Robert B. Harris in 1961, and married Walter Ben Greene in 1994. They both preceded her in death. Her surviving children are Jeffrey L. Rigg of Mt. Sterling, Illinois, Laura J. Thomas of Astoria, Illinois, Theodore D. Rigg (Lois) of Temple, Texas, Dierdre L. Harris of Dunfermline , Illinois and Nancy Harris of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Her stepson Anthony A. Greene of Peoria, Illinois. Two brothers John A. Lucas (Ellen) of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and George Lucas (Helen) of Rushville, Illinois. One sister Dorothy K. Lambert of Hartford City, Indiana also survives along with several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Barbara was employed by the Illinois Department of Public Health for 10 years as a microfilming operator. She was also employed by the State of Illinois Department of Mental Health and Disabilities in Springfield, Illinois and the State of Illinois Department of Human Services in Peoria, Illinois. From 1988, she proudly worked as a registered nurse until retiring in 2004. Barbara was a graduate of Springfield Adult Education Center through Brown County High School in 1967. She then attended Spoon River College and was the recipient of the Marguarita Award given by the Altrusa Club at her LPN graduation. She was also a graduate of St. Francis Medical Center School of Nursing in Peoria, Illinois in 1985 and then attended Illinois Central College in East Peoria, Illinois. With her deep love of God, it was so appropriate that she passed away immediately after saying The Lord’s Prayer with her daughter Nancy. We think this was God’s way of letting us know she’s in Heaven! Cremation has been accorded and burial of the cremated remains will be in the Hersman Cemetery and a private family remembrance celebration will be held at a later date. Condolences for the family may be left on line at hendrickerfuneralhome.com. The Hendricker Funeral Home in Mt. Sterling is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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Mary Kathryn McGrath

Jan 23, 1955 - Feb 23, 2024

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Cedar Rapids, IA

Mary Kathryn “Mary Kay” McGrath, 69, passed away at home with her family by her side on February 23, 2024. A private funeral mass was held at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church. A Celebration of Mary Kay’s life will be held at Ashton Hill Farms on Saturday, March 23rd from 2 to 6pm. Please wear colorful clothing. Mary Kay is survived by her husband, Pat; children, Lindsay McGrath-Vasquez (John), Gavin McGrath (Audrey), and Jaymie McGrath-Hobson (Anthony); grandchildren, Franklin, Briggs, Hattie, Hayes, Macy, Watts, Sayer, Grace, Colton, Samantha, and Parker; siblings, Tom (Betty) Novak, Janet (Tom) Kleopfer, Jim (Sue) Novak, Dennis Novak, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews whom she loved dearly. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Eileen Novak, brother, and sister-in-law Mike and Mary Novak, along with many loved ones. Mary Kay was born on January 23rd, 1955, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She spent time growing up in Albia, Iowa, living in “the big house” then returned to Cedar Rapids in 7th grade. She graduated from Jefferson High School in 1973, where she immersed herself in the arts through musicals and being a part of Westside Delegation. As a natural leader and businesswoman, she pursued the big city life, exploring her love for fashion in Chicago, and then decided to return to Cedar Rapids to help the people she loved most. In 1981, she bought a car from Pat, where she tried to negotiate cruise control in exchange for a date, and the rest is history. They got married in 1982 and had their three wonderful children and now eleven grandchildren. Mary Kay dedicated these years to being a huge support system for Pat, her family, and the community. She spent countless hours leading fundraisers, volunteering, and bringing people together for a cause. You could always find her in the stands or bleachers of her family and friends events being everyone's number one supporter. Mary Kay had a goal of getting her college degree and would accomplish anything she set her mind to. While juggling supporting the family business and being a mom to three very active children, she went on to get her associate degree from Kirkwood and completed her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Coe College in 2007. Mary Kay was deeply rooted in this city and her Czech heritage, and the Czech Village had a special place in her heart. While serving on the board of the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library, she purchased eight different properties with her business, Novak Investments, in Czech Village in 2018 with a goal to bring it back to life fueled by memories of her childhood with her family when her Dad owned the Full Service Gas Station Novak’s Texaco just up the road. Mary Kay's passion for Czech Village never waned as she brought her dream of Sweeties and Sweet Mercantile, an old-fashioned soda fountain shop and candy store, to life. Through it all she continued to work on new projects, Novak Plaza and the Round House, which will carry on her legacy. There was nothing more that Mary Kay loved than her family. She was the best Bebe (grandma), Auntie Kay, Sister, and Friend, showing us love and being everyone's biggest cheerleaders until the day she passed. The legacy and impact she has made on this community, her family, and friends will live on forever. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to “MK’s Angel Fund” at Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust where it will be distributed to people and organizations in need.

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Thomas Jon Kramer

Aug 18, 1944 - Feb 29, 2024

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Cedar Rapids, IA

Thomas Jon Kramer, 80, of Lisbon, Iowa passed away February 29, 2024, at County House Residence in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A memorial visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 7, at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home. Tom was born on August 18, 1944, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Bernice and Frank Kramer. Tom grew up around the Cedar River and started working at a very young age on the docks. He was hard working man that could fix just about anything and took pride in keeping his K5 Blazer in mint condition and restoring a 1950 Ford pickup truck. Tom spent his entire career working at Penford. Tom found the love of his life and best friend Pam, in 1980. They later moved to Lisbon, Iowa where they married and built their dream home complete with a stocked pond, plenty of woodlands and beautiful countryside views. Tom enjoyed hunting and as well as traveling and camping with Pam to National Parks. He was always ready to lend a helping hand or teach you a life lesson. Tom loved a good margarita and watching all the Iowa Hawkeye sports teams. Thomas is survived by his daughters, Angie (Scott) Lagerquist of Cedar Rapids, and Kara (Joe) Vaughan of Ashburn, VA; grandchildren, Ron Young and Erin (Matt) Morris of Cedar Rapids, Cooper Vaughan and Chloe Vaughan of Ashburn, Virginia; great grandchild, Lincoln Morris of Cedar Rapids; brothers, Terry (Barbara) Kramer and Jan (Stephanee) Kramer of Cedar Rapids, and many nieces and nephews. Stepchildren include Heather (Dallas) Sickels of Independence, Iowa and Eric (Joni) Jones of Oak Ridge, Missouri; step grandchildren, Cody Koranda, Bradley Sickels, Riley Sickels, Coleton Grimes, Keegan Jones, Eden Losch, Haylie Jones, and Kylie Jones. He was preceded in death by his wife, Pam Kramer, parents; and brother, Glenn Medhus. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Trees Forever or a favorite charity.

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Gary Lee Dundee, Sr.

Apr 30, 1947 - Feb 27, 2024

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Cedar Rapids, IA

Gary Lee Dundee, Sr., Age 76, of Cedar Rapids, passed away at his home on Tuesday, February 27, 2024. A visitation will be held at the Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home on Saturday, March 2, 2024, from 10 AM until service time at 12 PM. Interment to follow at the Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery-Garden of the Cross. Gary was born on April 30, 1947, in Postville, IA. He was the son of the late Alfred and Miranda (Olson) Dundee. On February 18, 1967, Gary married Alice Cook in Mt. Vernon, IA. Gary loved to fish. He worked for over 30 years as a plumber with the Local 125. Gary served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He was a devoted family man. Every day since his retirement he would have coffee with his parents, which he continued after their passing with having coffee and “chewing the fat” conversations with his brother, Loren. He was a great representative of his entire family. Those left to cherish Gary’s memory are his wife of 57 years, Alice Dundee, of Cedar Rapids; his children, Gary (Violet Kelly) Dundee of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Andrew Dundee, of Cedar Rapids; his grandchildren, Morgan (Cameron) Traut, Jake (Emma Lindley) Dundee, Natalie Kelly, and Nathan Kelly, all of Cedar Rapids, IA; his siblings, Loren Dundee and Lou Ann (Yang No Huh) Dundee, of Cedar Rapids, IA; his brothers-in-law, Dennis Cook of Guttenberg, IA, and Jim (Teri) Cook of Cedar Rapids, IA; his aunt, Clarice Kubasa, and several nieces, nephews, family, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Cedar Valley Humane Society.

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Mary Jane Buhr

Jan 18, 1947 - Feb 28, 2024

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Cedar Rapids, IA

Mary Jane Buhr, 77, of Garrison, passed away Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids, following an extended illness. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 4, 2024, at St. Mark Lutheran Church, Garrison, with Pastor Adam Baumann officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, March 3, at Van Steenhuyse-Teahen Funeral Home, Vinton, and one hour prior to service at the church on Monday. Burial will be in the Garrison Cemetery. Mary was born January 18, 1947, in Vinton, the daughter of Donald and Hazel (Rose) Whitson. She was a graduate of Washington High School, Vinton. On February 12, 1966, she married the love of her life, John Buhr, at St. Mark Lutheran Church, Garrison. The two farmed in the rural Garrison area until her death. John and Mary lived, laughed, and loved together on their family farm. Out of the union, three daughters were born: Susie, Stacie, and Stephanie. Mary loved her family and was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a high-spirited and fun-loving person. She was always quick to make a joke and loved to make those around her laugh as well. She had a sharp wit and enjoyed silly teasing and good times. Mary also enjoyed writing, especially poems in a birthday card. Those that were lucky enough to get one always got a good chuckle when they read it. Mary’s grandsons were her pride and joy. The time that each of them got to spend with her was precious not only to them, but to her as well. They filled her heart with love right to the brim and she was so proud of all of them. She enjoyed spending time with close family as well as the extended family. She hosted Thanksgiving every year and was always pleased with the joy she saw on everyone’s faces around the table. She always wanted to make people feel happy and feel welcome in her home. Mary enjoyed playing cards and was a ruthless pepper player. To be her partner meant winning at the end of the game with a quick upset. She was sly and never revealed her hand until the very end. She also enjoyed reading. Throughout her life you could find her with a book. She read all genres and took something out of every piece she read. Later in life, John and Mary enjoyed going for rides in their 1952 Chevy. They would explore the countryside both near and far; sometimes ending up further than expected from home. They loved this time together. Whether they were lost or found, they were just happy to be with each other. Mary was a good and faithful servant of the Lord, and an active member of St. Mark Lutheran Church. In the past, she taught Sunday school, bible school and Midweek classes. She loved her church family and the Lord. Mary will be missed by her loving husband, John; daughters: Susie (Alan) Henkle, Stacie Buhr, and Stephanie (Michael) Van’t Sant; grandsons: Kyle (Emily), and Eric Henkle, Benjamin Buhr, and Ken and Carter Van’t Sant; siblings: David (Diana) Whitson, and Kathryn (James) Flaugh; sisters-in-law: Doreen (Daryl) Forbes, and Marleen (Michael) Grimm; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mary was preceded in death by her parents; in-laws, Heinz and Marianne Buhr; brother-in-law, Lyle Klingman; sisters-in-law: Karon Klingman, and Linda McClusky; niece, Jennifer Whitson; and nephew, Daniel Flaugh. A memorial fund has been established. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.teahenfuneralhome.com.

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Marlly Gerritsen

Aug 06, 1930 - Feb 20, 2024

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Cedar Rapids, IA

Marlly Gerritsen, 93, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Spencer, passed away peacefully in the Hiawatha Care Center in Cedar Rapids. Marlly was born on August 6th, 1930 in their farm house near Orange City. She was the daughter of Jake and Hattie DeHaan. She grew up on the farm and attended country school. Her mother sadly passed away when she was just 15 years old. She graduated from high school and on March 9th, 1951 she married Al Gerritsen in Orange City. They moved to Spencer two years later and raised three children together. They were one of the first members of Hope Reformed Church in Spencer. They were devoted to their church and had many close friends there. When Marlly moved to Cedar Rapids in 2012, she attended church with her daughter and husband at the Cedar Hills Reformed Church. She lived with Laura and Stew for 5 years before moving to Hiawatha Care Center. Most important to Marlly was her husband Al and her family. She was the most caring, loving mother and grandmother. Marlly is survived by her loving children: son, Rad Gerritsen of Spencer; daughter, Laura (Stew) Gehrls of Cedar Rapids and son in law, Dave Steinbeck of Spencer; six grandchildren: Chris (Caroline) Gehrls of Hiawatha, Jennifer (Tom) Willoughby of Urbandale, Chad (Whitney) Gehrls of Marion, Amy (Eric) Forrette of Sioux Rapids, Nick Gerritsen of St. Joseph, MN and Derek Gerritsen of Spencer. She was also blessed with 10 great grandchildren. She was especially touched when one of her great granddaughters was named Hattie after her mother and a few years later another great granddaughter was named Marlly after her. Marlly was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Al; daughter, Paula Uecker; brother and sister in law, Alwin and Phyllis DeHaan as well as her nephew, William (Billy) DeHaan. Marlly will be remembered as a quiet, loving soul. Words cannot describe our sorrow, our love and respect for our mom and grandma. She always considered her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren her greatest gifts. She is loved beyond words and will be dearly missed now and forever.

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Albert Johnson

Jan 19, 1960 - Feb 25, 2024

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Cedar Rapids, IA

Albert Johnson, 64, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, passed away on February 25, 2024. Memorial services are pending.

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Ronald D. Denny

May 15, 1940 - Feb 25, 2024

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Cedar Rapids, IA

Services are pending with Brosh Chapel and the Avacentre in Cedar RapidsTo send a flower arrangement or to plant trees in memory of Ronald D. Denny, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.

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Paul R. Phelan

Jul 30, 1929 - Feb 25, 2024

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Cedar Rapids, IA

Paul R. Phelan, 94, died peacefully, on Sunday, February 25th, 2024. He was surrounded by his family, in his room at Grand Living, where he had been happily living. Paul, was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, business owner and active community member. He leaves behind a legacy of great faith, love, compassion, and dedication to his family and community. A life long resident of Cedar Rapids, Paul was born to Raymond and Amanda (Lattner) Phelan on July 30th,1929. Paul was predeceased by his wife, Betty, and two sisters, Marceil Phelan Kennedy and Ann Phelan Melnick. Paul graduated from Franklin high school in 1947, attended Loras College, while also working for the Chicago Railroad and the Tree Department for Cedar Rapids Iowa Illinois Gas and Electric. On June 17,1950, he married Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Schwinn at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids, IA. Paul and Betty enjoyed 62 grand and glorious years together and were blessed with six children. Steve (Jenifer) Phelan, Tom (deceased) Kathy Phelan, Mary Beth (Bob) Helgens, Mike (Jeannine) Phelan and twins Peter (deceased) and Paul (Kathy) Phelan. Also surviving Paul are 14 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. While married, Paul began work at Cedar Rapids Paint, a business owned by his father-in-law. When Charles Schwinn retired, Paul took over the business and added framing and wallpaper services. Years later, “The Design Studio” was added which included home furnishings. A commercial furniture department soon followed, along with a women’s clothing boutique, run by his wife, Betty. When the business changed locations in 1984, the company name was changed to Phelan’s Interiors. Paul retired from Phelan’s in 2000. Paul and Betty suffered every parent’s nightmare when they lost their 20-year-old son, Peter on Feb 7th, 1981. After losing Peter, Betty and Paul considered it their ministry to reach out to parents who suffered the loss of a child. They offered their time and their faith to help others in whatever way they could. Paul endured the loss of another son, Tom, when he had a fatal heart attack on October 16, 2018. Paul enjoyed serving on the boards of the Cedar Rapids Symphony, the Cedar Rapids Art Association, MethWick Community, was a member of Rotary and worked as a mentor with SCORE; advising young entrepreneurs on business start-ups. Paul was a charter member of the local Cedar Rapids Christian Businessmen’s Club, which hosted the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast for many years. For close to 30 years, he enjoyed hosting a weekly bible study at his store. A long time member of St. Matthew Catholic Church, Paul regularly attended daily mass, was trained as a Befriender and served as a Eucharistic Minister. One of Pauls greatest gifts, was the fact that he had healing hands, and shared many rubs and massages with family and friends. During family gatherings, there was always a fight as to who would get to sit by dad. For many years, he would visit friends, who were infirm and confined to bed, to share his sacred and healing massages. Most recently, during his stay at Grand Living, in gratitude, he would offer back rubs to any of the staff who enjoyed them. When asked how he would like to be remembered, Paul responded, “I love my God - I had a marvelous marriage and terrific family whom I love very very much. I am extremely proud of each of my children”. To honor Paul’s memory and to celebrate his life, a visitation will be held on Friday, March 1, 2024, at Cedar Memorial Chapel Stateroom, from 4;00-6:00PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at 1:00PM at All Saints Catholic Church, 720 29th Street SE, Cedar Rapids, IA. Following the service, Paul will be laid to rest at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where his cremains will be joined to his wife, Betty’s grave. Words are inadequate at expressing our gratitude to Anna Schmall, and her team of very loving and caring staff in the memory care unit at Grand Living. They have gone above and beyond in their love and care for Paul. Hospice of Mercy also provided Paul and this family with much comfort and exceptional care in Paul’s final days. Dad, you lived your life as a disciple of Christ. You were a devoted husband who adored his wife and a very caring father who wanted only the best for his family. We are grateful for the love you so generously shared and the many lessons you taught us. We have been blessed to call you, “Dad”. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to, St. Matthew Church or the Peter Phelan Memorial Scholarship at Creighton University. 2500 California Plaza Omaha, NE 68102.

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