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Luther Williams

Aug 27, 1933 - Nov 21, 2023

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Cedar Rapids, IA

"Luther Clark Williams, 90, of Springville, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, November 21, 2023, at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In agreement with his wishes, cremation has taken place. Services will be held at 5 p. m. on Friday, December 8, 2023, at Viola United Methodist Church, located at 211 Center Street in Viola, Iowa. A private committal service will take place at a later date. Luther was born on August 27, 1933, in Micola, Missouri, the son of Luther Henry and Sarah "Sally" Laf...Read More

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Leonard Edward Benda

Aug 19, 1936 - Feb 20, 2024

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Cedar Rapids, IA

Leonard Edward Benda, 87, of Cedar Rapids, passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at Living Center West in Cedar Rapids under the care of Mercy Hospice. Funeral Services will be held Monday, February 26, 2024 at 10:30 AM at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama. Interment will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Tama. Visitation will be held Monday, February 26, 2024 prior to the service from 9:30-10:30 AM at the funeral home.Leonard was born on August 19, 1936, in Montour, Iowa, the son of Charles and Mary (Balvin) Benda.He attended school in Montour, Iowa until eighth grade and graduated from Hollywood High School in Los Angeles, CA.Leonard was a machinist with McDonnell-Douglas for over twenty-five years, working in the Los Angeles, California area. He came back to Iowa a few times a year to visit. He was always handy fixing things which included his rental properties. In his spare time, he enjoyed playing cards, following sports and time with his family. When he came back to Iowa to live, he enjoyed going out to lunch with his niece, Linda, and nephews, Merlin and Ron. He also enjoyed visiting his surviving brother Ernie the past few years. Survivors include his brother, Ernie (Diana) Benda of Davenport; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.Preceding him in death were his parents; seven brothers, Adolph (Violet), Milo (Mildred), Ludwig (Alma), Emil (Inga), Vitus (Dorothy), Joseph (Marian), and Lester Benda; two sisters, Vera (Devon) Smith and Leota (Leo) Lamparek.Memorials may be directed to the family.

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James "Jim" Schlesselman

Oct 31, 1951 - Feb 18, 2024

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Cedar Rapids, IA

Services are pending with Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre in Cedar Rapids.To send a flower arrangement or to plant trees in memory of James "Jim" Schlesselman, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.

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Kevin Michael Pieper

Oct 03, 1956 - Feb 17, 2024

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Cedar Rapids, IA

Kevin Michael Pieper, 67, of Cedar Rapids, died after a long illness on Saturday, February 17, 2024 at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy. Services: 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Van Horne by Rev. Jacob Dunne. Burial: Holy Cross Cemetery, Keystone. Friends may visit with the family at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Kevin is survived by his brother, Dan Pieper of Cedar Rapids; niece, Ashley Pieper of Tiffin; nephew, Austin Pieper of Cedar Rapids; and two great nieces and one great nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Richard Pieper; and sister in law, Judy Pieper. Kevin was born on October 3, 1956 the son of George and Genevieve Schulte Pieper in Vinton. He graduated from Benton Community High School in 1975. Kevin worked as a small engine mechanic. Kevin enjoyed working on the family farm and was a talented small engine mechanic, specifically working on motorcycles. Instead of flowers, memorial may be directed to the family.

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Kelli Hudson

Nov 30, 1978 - Feb 09, 2024

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Cedar Rapids, IA

Kelli Hudson, 45, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, passed away on February 9, 2024. Memorial services are pending.

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Jeffrey Joel Fisher

Oct 25, 1950 - Feb 07, 2024

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Cedar Rapids, IA

Jeffrey “Jeff” Joel Fisher, 73, of Mt. Auburn, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at Harmony Cedar Rapids. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, La Porte City, with Father Anthony Nketiah as Celebrant. Friends may visit with family from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 20, at Van Steenhuyse-Teahen Funeral Home, Vinton. Burial will be in Westview Cemetery, La Porte City. Jeff was born October 25, 1950, in Waverly, the son of Virgil and Loraine (Fangman) Fisher. He attended the Iowa School for the Deaf, graduating in 1968. On June 12, 1992, Jeff was united in marriage to Lisa Swenka in Vinton. To this union, they were gifted two children. The couple later divorced. He was employed as a journeyman electrician, retiring in 2017. Jeff’s curious and wondering nature led him to a life of traveling, sketching, playing poker, and collecting old vehicles, tractors and model cars. He will be remembered for his humor, creativity, innovations, art, and for being a dedicated father. Left to cherish Jeff’s memory are his daughter, Zora (Patrick) Cicciarelli; son, Henry Fisher; sisters: Deb (Dick) Koontz and Jeni (Sherwin) Meier; and brothers: Nick Fisher, Doug (Donna) Fisher, Terry (Jeanie) Fisher, and Tim (Joe Clark) Fisher; brother-in-law, Dick Even; uncle, Lester (Beverly) Fisher; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Cheryl Even; sister-in-law, Charlotta Toth-Fisher; aunts: Linda Heaton and Carol Briggs; uncle, Larry Fangman; nieces and nephews: Missy Smith, Sara Fisher, Clinton Koontz, Kelli Koontz, and Wade Even; and cousin, Bill Fangman. A memorial fund has been established. Jeff’s family would like to extend a special thank you to IBEW 288, Harmony Nursing Home, and St. Luke’s and Mercy Medical Center, both of Cedar Rapids. Online condolences for Jeff’s family may be left at www.teahenfuneralhome.com.

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Frederick Allen Ruzicka, Sr.

Mar 20, 1940 - Feb 15, 2024

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Cedar Rapids, IA

Frederick Allen Ruzicka, Sr., 83, was born into eternal life on Thursday, February 15, 2024 at Heritage Specialty Care in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was born March 20, 1940 in Cedar Rapids to Myrtle Violet (Langton) and Joseph Anthony Ruzicka I, the 4th of six children and was baptized at Saint Wenceslaus Catholic Church that same year. After attending school through eighth grade, Fred initially worked as a baker’s helper and delivery person for Sramek’s Bakery. In 1963 he was hired fulltime at Wilson’s Meat Packing Plant (later called Farmstead) where his father, brother, Pep (Joe Junior) and uncles, Matthew Ruzicka and Melvin and Willie Langton were also employed. Fred worked at Wilson’s for over 28 years. Fred first married Rosemary May Beaty, the daughter of Phoebe Irene (Franks) and Marion Beaty on July 24, 1960 in Clinton, Iowa. To their union were born three sons and a daughter. Fred and Rosemary lived on an acreage raising chickens, geese, ducks, hogs, a Holstein cow and later a Guernsey that provided cream, butter and cottage cheese to use and sell. Fred used his work skills to butcher chickens, hogs and geese for meat. Fred’s second marriage was to Patricia Ann (Wirth) Shurtz, daughter of Edna Marie (Peterson) and James Merrell Wirth, on Saturday, February 17, 1973 in Cedar Rapids. Patty had one son and two sons were born to Fred and Patty’s union. Fred had a longtime affection for the Ford Mustang and had owned at least three models in his lifetime earning him the nickname “Mustang Fred”. He enjoyed his children and grandchildren immensely and would often be invited to join them on trips around the country. Some of his favorites included his Caribbean cruise, Las Vegas and South Dakota trips which he talked about often. He especially enjoyed spending mornings with his friends at Hy-Vee and sharing his latest jokes. Fred had a wonderful sense of humor and would light up any room he was in. With this humor and his need to entertain, he might just hold the record for the most time in Facebook jail. He was a simple man who enjoyed his flowers and the serenity he experienced while fishing. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Rosemary Jibben, who died less than two months ago, all of his siblings: Francis, Joseph, Richard, Kenneth and Rose Marie Ruzicka and a grandson, Austin Ruzicka. Survivors include his children: Alan (Diana) Ruzicka, New Market, Alabama; Guy (Tina) Ruzicka, Cedar Rapids; Darren (Lisa) Ruzicka, Palo, Iowa; Julie DeMaria, Wantagh, New York; Lyle (Melissa) Ruzicka; Kirk (Dorothy) Ruzicka, and a stepson, Jeffrey (Dee) Shurtz, Cedar Rapids; eighteen grandchildren, thirteen great-grand- children and Fred’s second wife, Patricia Kniffen, Cedar Rapids. Visitation will take place from 5 to 8 P.M., Friday, February 23rd at Papich-Kuba Funeral Home East, 1228 2nd Street S.E. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, February 24th at Saint Wenceslaus Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Saint John’s Catholic Cemetery. To send a flower arrangement or to plant trees in memory of , please .

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Ashley Erin Bersing

Apr 03, 1984 - Feb 13, 2024

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Cedar Rapids, IA

"Ashley Erin Bersing, 39, of Marion, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The family will greet friends from 1 - 2 p.m. on Friday, February 23, 2024, at Murdoch Funeral Home \u0026amp; Cremation Service in Marion, where a Celebration of Life will follow at 2 p.m. Certified Celebrant, Amy Hart, will officiate. Ashley was born on April 3, 1984, in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Gregory and Kimberly (Fecht) Johnson. She was a 2002 graduate of East Lyme (CT) High School and went on to attend Kaplan University in Cedar Rapids, earning her nursing degree. On May 8, 2010, Ashley was united in marriage to Sean Bersing in Westbrook, Connecticut. They later divorced but remained close friends and coparents. At the time of her death, Ashley was working as a nurse at the Iowa Medical Classification Center in Coralville, Iowa. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Ashley is survived and lovingly remembered by her four children, Gavin and Sky Monty, and Logan and Oliver Bersing, all of Marion; former husband and beloved friend, Sean Bersing of Marion; mother, Kim Johnson of Cedar Rapids; father, Greg Johnson of Cedar Rapids; maternal grandmother, Sharon Peters of Cedar Rapids; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather; paternal grandparents; and uncle, Scott Fecht. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Ashley’s memory may be directed to the family in care of Murdoch Funeral Home \u0026amp; Cremation Service, 3855 Katz Drive, Marion, Iowa 52302. Please share a memory of Ashley at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries."

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Joseph Terrell Montgomery Sr.

Mar 10, 1950 - Feb 16, 2024

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Cedar Rapids, IA

"Joseph Terrell Montgomery Sr., 73, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died Friday, February 16, 2024. Arrangements are pending with Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home \u0026amp; Cremation Service in Cedar Rapids."

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Lura Mae Usher

Jul 25, 1934 - Feb 15, 2024

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Cedar Rapids, IA

"Lura Mae Usher, 89, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died Thursday, February 15, 2024, peacefully at her home. A visitation will be held from 4 - 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home \u0026amp; Cremation Service in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Lura was born July 25, 1934, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the daughter of Horace and Helen (Thompkins) Gates. She was the oldest of a family of ten children growing up. Lura graduated from McKinley High School. Lura was united in marriage to Leon Berle Usher on June 6, 1953, in Anamosa, Iowa. She worked briefly for the Cedar Rapids Gazette and PennySaver. Lura loved doing special projects and fishing with her husband, Leon. She adored all of her grandchildren and loved playing all kinds of games with them. She was a great wife and mother as well, devoting lots of time cooking and providing for their needs and wants. Survivors include her daughters, Janet Huff of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Helen (Bob) Ibsen of Lowden, Iowa; grandchildren, David (Heather) Huff of Lignum, Virginia, Dana (Andrew) Freymark of Marion, Iowa, Brian (Eric) Ibsen Johnson of Goffstown, New Hampshire, and John (Liz) Ibsen of Lowden, Iowa; great-grandchildren, Austin (Mariann) Huff of Grottoes, Virginia, Kaitlyn Huff of Lignum, Virginia, Nolan Freymark of Knoxville, Iowa, Ashlee Freymark of Marion, Iowa, Jacob Freymark of Marion, Iowa, Connor Ibsen of Lowden, Iowa, and Corinn Ibsen of Lowden, Iowa; and great-great-grandson, Riley Huff of Grottoes, Virginia. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Berle Usher; mother, Helen Margaret (Thompkins) Gates; father, Horace Sanford Gates II; sister, Mary Louise Clark; and brothers, Horace Sanford Gates III and Donald Lewis Gates. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Mercy Hospice or Milestones In Marion."

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Fae Edwards

Aug 29, 1936 - Feb 16, 2024

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Cedar Rapids, IA

"Fae Edwards, 87, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died Friday, February 16, 2024. A graveside service will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at Linwood Cemetery in Cedar Rapids, with Pastor Bonnie Koeppen officiating. A Celebration of Life will immediately follow until 11:00 a.m. at the Legacy Center at Murdoch-Linwood. Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home \u0026amp; Cremation Service in Cedar Rapids is assisting the family. Fae was born August 29, 1936, in Bertram, Iowa, the daughter of David and Bessie (Comp) Sparks. She graduated from Mt. Vernon High School, Class of 1954. Fae was united in marriage to Lawrence Owen Edwards on August 30, 1958, in Hannibal, Missouri. She worked for Iowa Power and Light and later transitioned into the role of a devoted stay-at-home mother. Fae returned to the workforce as bookkeeper for the Cedar Rapids Community School District, where she dedicated 28 years before retiring. She enjoyed playing cards and traveling in her retirement years. Above all else, Fae cherished time spent with her family. Survivors include her children, Earl Van (Rhonda) Edwards of Cedar Rapids, Kay Cox of Independence, Missouri, and David (Val) Edwards of Madison, Wisconsin; five grandchildren, Eric (Theresa) Edwards, Scott (Stephanie) Edwards, Sara (Philip) Nicolaus, Tyler (Erin) Cox, and Andrew Cox; nine great-grandchildren; and brother, David (Shirley) Sparks of Ankeny, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents, David and Bessie Sparks; husband, Lawrence Edwards; sisters, Lavonne Lewig, Mary Wood, Dorothy Wood, and Ora Fare; and son-in-law, Tim Cox. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Stoney Point Meadows and Mercy Hospice for their loving care of Fae."

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