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Sandra Phelps

Mar 06, 1945 - Nov 16, 2023

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Cedar Rapids, IA

"Sandra Phelps, 78, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family, Thursday, November 16, 2023, at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids. Visitation: 4 - 7 p. m. Monday, November 20, 2023, at Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home \u0026amp; Cremation Service, Cedar Rapids. Funeral Service: 10 a. m. Tuesday, November 21, 2023, at the funeral home. Burial: Linwood Cemetery, Cedar Rapids. A livestream of the funeral service may be accessed on the funeral home website tribute page for ...Read More

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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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David W. Oliphant

Nov 07, 1949 - Feb 15, 2024

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Cedar Rapids, IA

"David W. Oliphant, 74, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, passed away Thursday, February 15, 2024, at Heritage Specialty Care, Cedar Rapids. David’s greatest pride in life was his sons and his joy came from his family, extended family, pets, and friends. On that note, his family will host a gathering of family and friends to celebrate and remember David’s life from 4 – 7 p.m. March 3, 2024, Leonardo’s, 2228 16th Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids. Entombment will be held at the Linwood Cemetery mausoleum in Cedar Rapids. Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home \u0026amp; Cremation Service, Cedar Rapids assisted the family. David was born November 7, 1949, in Cedar Rapids, the son of Wayne and Mildred (Goughner) Oliphant. He graduated from Jefferson High School and the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa. On July 21, 1979, David was united in marriage to Donna Muenzenmeyer in Richland, Iowa. David was a dedicated teacher at the Mt. Vernon Community School District for 40 years. He retired in 2010. Survivors include his wife, Donna Oliphant, and sons, Matthew Oliphant of Cedar Rapids, and William Oliphant of Osceola, Wisconsin. David was preceded in death by his parents, nephew, Mark Muenzenmeyer, and brothers-in-law, Gene, and Don Muenzenmeyer. In lieu of flowers, to honor David’s life, please consider a memorial donation to Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School or Osceola High School, Osceola, Wisconsin."

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Marilyn Rose Zieser

Dec 12, 1950 - Feb 13, 2024

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Cedar Rapids, IA

"Marilyn Rose Zieser, 73, of Ryan, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at St. Lukes Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, February 18, 2024, at Bohnenkamp-Murdoch Funeral Home \u0026amp; Cremation Service, Manchester. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 19, 2024, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Ryan, with an additional visitation one hour prior to mass. Reverend Gabriel Anderson will officiate. Private family burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery, Ryan. Marilyn was born on December 12, 1950, in Manchester, Iowa, the daughter of Harold and Marcella (Singsank) Steffen. She graduated from West Delaware High School in 1969. Marilyn married Philip Zieser on April 15, 1972, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Ryan; four children were born to this union. She worked at Ertl’s in Dyersville, D\u0026amp;D Convenience Store, helped at the school and ran an in-home daycare for many years. Marilyn was a lifelong member of the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Ryan where she was a Treasurer for the Care and Concerns Committee for more than 10 years. Her faith was very important to her. She was also a member of the Ryan American Legion Auxiliary. Marilyn was a hard worker who enjoyed baking delicious goodies, tending to her garden and canning what she harvested. She was a very kind and caring person who always took time to listen. She loved spending time with friends and family, especially her grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved her. Marilyn is survived by her children, Shawn (Holly) Zieser of Masonville, Iowa, Tony (Mary) Zieser of Ryan, Kate (Russ) Rahe of Dyersville, Iowa, Brian ( Mandy) Zieser of Anamosa; eight grandchildren, Taylor (Drew) Cole, Kaleb Zieser, Hunter Zieser and fiancée Hannah Husted , Garrett Zieser, Connor Rahe, Eva Rahe, Addison Zieser, Lillian Zieser: siblings, Carl (Marilee) Steffen of Ryan, Marcia Gager of Walker, Iowa, Dan ( Barb) Steffen of Farley, Mary (Steve) Sweet of New Richmond, Wisconsin, Margie (Bruce) Schneider and Greg (Mary) Steffen both of Manchester; along with many nieces, nephews and loving relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Philip Zieser; parents, Harold and Marcella Steffen; brother and sister-in-law, Gary (Jean) Steffen; brother-in-law, Rolly Gager; mother and father-in-law, Joseph and Martha Zieser and brothers and sisters-in-laws, Louie (Marge) Zieser, Kathleen (Jerry) Callan, Sister Josita Zieser, Howard (Martha) Zieser and Jim Zieser. Memorials in Marilyn’s memory may be directed to the family. Please share a memory of Marilyn at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries."

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Shirley Jennings

Sep 29, 1929 - Feb 11, 2024

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Cedar Rapids, IA

"Shirley Jennings, 94, of the Meth-Wick Community in Cedar Rapids, died Sunday, February 11, 2024, at the Woodlands of the Meth-Wick Community in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A memorial service will be at 9:00 AM Monday, February 26, 2024, at First Presbyterian Church, Marion performed by Jim Langley. Visitation will follow for an hour. Her body has been donated to the College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. She grew up in Columbus, Nebraska. She graduated from Hastings College, Hastings, Nebraska. She earned a Master of Arts degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, California. As a minister’ wife, she taught Sunday Church School classes and conducted Bible studies in church women’s groups. She was ordained as a deacon, served as a deacon at First Presbyterian Church, Marion. Shirley wrote two books of children’s talks which were published and wrote abstracts of Christian education articles, “Notes of Interest to Church Educators,” which were published quarterly in Church Teachers magazine. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Marion, Iowa. Surviving are her two sons, Steven (Kelley) Jennings, Texas and David (Kim) Jennings, Iowa, six grandchildren, Angela (Claudiu) Toma, Eric Jennings, Zoe Jennings, Quinn Jennings, Michelle (Austin) Katt, and Ryan (Heather) Jennings, and three great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, a brother, and a sister. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to First Presbyterian Church of Marion, Iowa or the Meth-Wick Community of Cedar Rapids, Iowa."

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