Iowa County Obituaries: Dec. 15, 2011

by Brathjen on December 15, 2011

Amney Pope, 39

Funeral services for Amney A. Pope, 39, North English, were held at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, near Williamsburg. She died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, at Mercy Hospital, Iowa City, after a short battle with cancer.
The Rev. Paul Nus officiated at the service.
Burial was in Piersol Cemetery, near North English.
Memorials may be made for Trinity Lutheran Church, Millersburg, and Bethany Christian Services.
Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Service, North English, was in charge of arrangements. Messages and tributes may be left at www.powellfuneralhomes.com.
Amney Ann Pope was born Sept. 9, 1972, in Sigourney, the daughter of Joe’d and Karen Brockshus Axmear. She attended English Valleys  schools in North English, where she participated in softball, basketball, track and cross-country. She was also a member of the National Honor Society and various other high school activities.
She graduated from Luther College as a registered nurse. She worked as a student nurse at Concordia Language Villages in the Spanish camp in Bemidji, Minn. Upon graduation, she worked as a nurse at University Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa Donor Network and lastly, as a hospice nurse at Hospice of Compassion.
She touched many people’s lives, both professionally and personally. She will be remembered as a devoted mother, the family photographer and a caregiver.
She married Lynn Pope and joined him on their farm in rural North English in July of 1995. Their daughter Lauren joined the family in 2003.
She returned to work for a short time as a transplant nurse at the University of Iowa. Most recently, she joined her husband in the farm operation.
She was a devoted and active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Millersburg, where she was an organist and taught Sunday school and vacation Bible school.
Pope is survived by her husband, Lynn; one daughter, Lauren, at home; her parents, Joe’d and Karen Axmear, South English; brothers and their wives, Will and Elaine and family, Nevada, Iowa, and Jesse and Annie and family, North English; one sister, Ellen, Fairbanks, Alaska; her grandmother, Luella Brockshus; her mother-in-law, Marlene Pope, and numerous uncles, aunts and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Maurice and Jean Axmear; her maternal grandfather, Alfred Brockshus; one brother, Chad, in infancy, and her father-in-law, Charles Pope.

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Harold Robinson, 94

Funeral services for Harold E. Robinson, 94, Williamsburg, were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Williamsburg. He died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, at Highland Ridge Nursing Home, Williamsburg.
The Rev. Carl Cloeter officiated at the service.
Burial was in the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery with military honors.
A memorial fund has been established.
Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.klosterfuneralhome.com.
Harold Earl Robinson was born Jan. 15, 1917, in Jackson, Mich., the son of Earl and Florence Gerard Robinson. He attended the Iowa County schools in the Victor area and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942, serving until 1946.
He married Elsie Pfisterer Aug. 8, 1943, at Grace Lutheran Church, Blairstown. The couple farmed in the Blairstown area. In 1947, he was employed by the Leo Kelly Company in Marengo. In 1950, he went to work at Amana Refrigeration, where he was employed until 1957, when he worked for three years as a mechanic for his brother. From 1960 to 1986, he was employed by the Iowa Department of Transportation. He also served as custodian of St. Paul Lutheran Church for many years.
He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and the VFW.
Robinson is survived by his wife, Elsie; one daughter and her husband, Juanita and Gene Roland, Waterloo; five grandchildren and their spouses, Tonja and Bill Ludwig, Waterloo; Dan and Jeri Roland, Grinnell; Jenni and Paul Gault, Kalamazoo, Mich.; Karri and Jeff Brown, Kenosha, Wis., and Nate Durr and fiancee Sierra, Marengo; nine great-grandchildren, Jason and Kaden Ludwig, Lucas, Kennedy and Briar Roland, Robbie and Rhia Durr, Raven Gault and Lincoln Durr; his siblings and their spouses, Avis Reed, Cedar Rapids;  Loyal and Jeanette Robinson, Cedar Rapids; Carol Robinson, Santa Barbara, Calif.; Marilyn Baudler, Des Moines, and Cloyd and Shirlene Robinson, Cedar Rapids.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Patricia Durr; four brothers, Glen, Gene, Merl and Gary, and two sisters, Lucille Brandt and Eunice Nerison.

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Shirley Schwarting, 85

Celebration of life service for Shirley J. Schwarting, 85, Williamsburg, formerly of Conroy, was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Conroy. She died Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, at the University of Iowa Hospitals, Iowa City, following a sudden illness.
The Rev. Gary Sears officiated at the service. Organist was Shirley Madoerin.
Burial was in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Conroy. Casket bearers were Jason Von Ahsen, Chad Schwarting, Bryce Schwarting, Dale Zuber, John Schwarting and Brien Scandridge. Honorary casket bearers were Kyle Ott, Eric Ott, T.J. Von Ahsen and Ashlee Von Ahsen.
A memorial fund has been established for Trinity Lutheran Church.
Powell Funeral Home, Williamsburg, was in charge of arrangements. Messages and tributes may be left at www.powellfuneralhomes.com.
Shirley June Schwarting was born June 23, 1926, in Conroy, the daughter of John R. and Florence Olson Leahy. She graduated from Hilton Consolidated High School, Conroy.
She married Harold Adolph Martin Schwarting April 30, 1945, at the Little Brown Church, Nashua. They were married for 61 years.
She grew up in Conroy and moved to a farm near Williamsburg after her marriage. In 1970, the couple moved back to Conroy. She was a supervisor at REA, Conroy, in charge of the severe and profound for over 33 years. She retired at age 77.
She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Conroy, where she served on the altar committee for many years. She volunteered, called bingo and enjoyed everyone at Highland Ridge.
She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, her friends and Iowa Hawkeye sports.
Schwarting is survived by her children and their spouses, Gary and Janice Schwarting, Ankeny; Donna and Bruce Lundeen, East Moline, Ill., and Rick and Barbara Schwarting, Atkins; six grandchildren and their spouses, Ashley and Joel Ott, Ankeny; Tamra and Roger Swartzendruber, St. Louis, Mo.; Jason and Erin Von Ahsen, West Branch; Nichole Schwarting, Atkins; Chad Schwarting, Cedar Rapids, and Bryce Schwarting, Atkins; four great-grandchildren, Kyle Ott, Eric Ott, T.J. Von Ahsen and Ashlee Von Ahsen; one sister, Faye Roberts, and one brother, Bob Leahy, both Cedar Rapids.
She was preceded in death by her husband, in 2006; her parents; two brothers, Carroll Leahy and Dean Leahy, and four sisters, Cleone Sandersfeld, Marjorie Zuber, Ethel Roberts and Vera Brockshus.

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Raymond Steele, 60

Funeral services for Raymond T. Steele, 60, Marengo, were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at First United Methodist Church, Marengo. He died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, at his home.
The Rev. Katie Dawson officiated at the service. Military honors were conducted at the church by Marengo American Legion Post 76.
A memorial fund has been established.
Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.klosterfuneralhome.com.
Raymond Theodore Steele was born Oct. 27, 1951, in Ottumwa, the son of Francis Hubert and Alice P. Woodward Steele. He attended Cardinal of Eldon schools. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1969 to 1973, stationed on the USS Saratoga in the Philippines during the Vietnam Conflict.
He married Dorita Lisondra Aug. 8, 1973, in Ottumwa. The couple later divorced.
He married Marsha Armstrong in 1981. She died in 1994.
He was a mechanic and worked for various area businesses. He enjoyed fishing, bowling, hunting and gambling. He was a “gear head” and liked tinkering with mechanical items. Most of all, he enjoyed the time he spent with his family and friends.
Steele is survived by his children and their spouses, Jim and Val Starkweather, Marengo; Sandy and Kelly Lorenz, Marengo; Sandra and Tim Ruhd, Cedar Rapids; Sharon and Edward Steele, West Des Moines; Shelly Steele-Smith and husband Duane, Marengo, and Stacy and Brian Barker, Cedar Rapids; 16 grandchildren, Taylor and wife Skylar, Paige and fiance Tim, Daniel, Christopher, Samantha, Nicole, Kayla, Skye, Paulina, Jackie, Savannah, Davis, Robert, Dawson, Dane and Miles; two great-grandchildren, Jack and Brayden, and his siblings and their spouses, Arthur and Linda Steele, Eldon; MaryAlice and Jerry Bickford, Selma; Judy Findlay, Marengo; Becky Howard, Fairfield; Faye and Larry Boyd, Pleasant Plaine, and Joyce and Frank Mills, Fairfield.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Jack, and a nephew, Timothy Steele.

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Marvin Keller, 88

Funeral services for Marvin E. Keller, 88, Grinnell, were held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Grinnell. He died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, at the Grinnell Care Center.
Deacon Joe Behounek officiated at the service. Music was provided by Marilyn Kriegel, organist, and Anna Upah, vocalist. Military honors were provided by the Grinnell Veterans Ceremonial Unit.
Burial was at the Victor Memorial Cemetery.
A memorial fund has been established.
Smith Funeral Home, Grinnell, was in charge of arrangements.
Marvin E. Keller was born Thursday, March 29, 1923, near Deep River, the son of Alex and Rosa Ranfeld Keller. He attended rural school near the family farm and assisted his family with farm work during the Great Depression. He also mastered the Hawaiian guitar and gave lessons to young people in the area.
He enlisted in the United States Army May 16, 1945, and served as a postal clerk in Germany following the war. He was awarded the Army of Occupation Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Medal, the Victory Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and was honorably discharged Nov. 6, 1946.
He married Mary Ann Sevcik June 28, 1948, near Clutier. The couple farmed near Victor and later moved to a farm near Ladora. He farmed part-time over the next 40 years and attended the Universal Trade School in Omaha.
Following his education, he was an automobile mechanic and worked for the Leo Kelly Company in Marengo. He also completed a degree in bookkeeping at Hamilton Business College, Cedar Rapids, and worked in the bookkeeping department at Sindt Implement Company, Keystone.
Prior to his retirement, he was a salesman for Mike Horak Chevrolet, Toledo, and worked at F.D. Potts, Marengo. The couple moved to Grinnell in 2000.
He was an honorary member of the Knights of Columbus in Grinnell and Marengo. While living in Ladora, he was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and the Kiwanis Club. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Grinnell, and was a 56-year member of the American Legion. Following his retirement, he enjoyed entertaining residents of nursing homes with his Hawaiian guitar.
He enjoyed traveling and visiting relatives in Germany and the Czech Republic. He was interested in family genealogy and compiled history for the Ranfeld and Keller families. He also enjoyed sharing photos from his travels at family reunions.
Keller is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Keller, Grinnell; his children and their spouses, Dwight and Kathy Keller, Leawood, Kan.; Terrie and Wayne Schafbuch, Victor; Betty and Bernie Waterbeck, Garwin; Dean Keller, Grinnell; Norman and Renee Keller, Cedar Rapids, and Janice and Jim Burnham, Williamsburg; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Keith M. Keller, and one sister, LaVaun Edwards.

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