by Brathjen on September 18, 2012

Erla Jones, 92

Memorial services for Erla M. Jones, 92, Williamsburg, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at First Presbyterian Church, Williamsburg. She died peacefully Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, at Mercy Hospice, Iowa City, following a brief illness.

The Rev. Kip Murphy will officiate at the service.

Inurnment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Williamsburg.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at the church.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Williamsburg, or the Williamsburg Public Library.

Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

Erla May Jones was born in rural Lanesboro, the daughter of Earl E. and Lucile Ransom Enochson. She attended a one-room country schoolhouse.

After graduating from Williamsburg High School in 1937, she began working at Security Savings Bank, Williamsburg.

She married Harry David Jones Nov. 24, 1943, while he was home on leave. She left the bank to raise her children, returning when they were all in school. She retired from the bank in 1982 as an assistant cashier.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Williamsburg; Presbyterian Women’s Association and the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a lifelong flower gardener. She was an avid reader and crossword puzzler.

Up until three weeks before her death, she still proudly lived at home, gardening and driving herself to the library. She was also an accomplished craftsperson who sewed, upholstered and was skilled in many forms of needlecraft, making many treasured quilts.

Jones is survived by her children, Jeri Jones and Thomas Lemons, Bettendorf; Kenneth and Marsha Jones, Williamsburg; Gregory Jones, Iowa City, and Evan Jones and Deborah Hufford, Mequon, Wis.; three grandchildren, Jennifer and Dan Rutan, Roseville, Calif.; Christopher and Nicole Jones, San Francisco, Calif., and Sophia Jones, Washington, D.C., and two great-grandchildren, Madeline and Caden Rutan, Roseville.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; two brothers, Donald and Keith Enochson, and two sisters-in-law, Dorothy and Joan Enochson.

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Helen Hamberg, 95

Celebration of life service for Helen M. Hamberg, 95, Williamsburg, was held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at the Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Williamsburg. She died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, at the English Valley Care Center, North English.

The Rev. John Tunnicliff officiated at the service. Musical selections included “I Can Only Imagine,” “Amazing Grace” and “In The Garden.”

Burial was at 3 p.m. in Maple Grove Cemetery, Cantril. Casket bearers were Jay Paradies, Craig Schwarting, Stacey Levell, Christopher Paradies, Matt Owen, Dexter Hillier, Bill Byrn, David Paradies, Jeremi Lown and Dave Mort. Honorary casket bearers were Robert Hamberg, Steve Gander, Lloyd Schropp, James Riess and Duane Martinson.

A general memorial fund has been established.

Messages and tributes may be left at

Helen Maxine Hamberg was born July 10, 1917, in Stringtown, the daughter of Benjamin Franklin Harrison and Alice Grace (Campbell) Cortum. She attended school at Troy and Pulaski.

She was a telephone operator for the Pulaski Telephone Company for many years.

She married Edgar Burton Hamberg Nov. 8, 1945, in Bloomfield. They made their home in Cantril, Vincent, Van Horne, East Amana and Conroy. Following her husband’s death in 1990, she moved to Williamsburg.

She was a member of the Cantril Auxiliary. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and most of all, her family.

Hamberg is survived by five children, Evelyn and Fred Paradies, Wichita, Kan.; Alice and Fred Lombard, Des Moines, and Karen White, Frank Hamberg and Linda and Allen Schwarting, all Williamsburg; eight grandchildren, Jay and Betsy Paradies, Patti and Dave Mort, Penny Paradies, Melody and Dexter Hillier, Stacy and Melissa Levell, Sabrina and Matt Owen, Samantha and Jeremi Lown and Craig Schwarting and Tawnia Knapp; one grand-daughter-in-law, Kathy Paradies; 13 great-grandchildren, David and Stephanie Paradies, Rachel Byrn, Christopher Paradies, Dannyelle Hillier, Leah, Owen, Keyden and Kailor Lown, Autumn Burroughs, Brittany, Ryan, Savannah and Sierra Levell; six great-great-grandchildren and one sister, Marian Claman, Cantril.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; one grandson, Bob Paradies; one son-in-law, Butch White Jr.; three sisters, Leona, Catherine and Marilyn, and one brother, Leland Cortum.

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William Young, 93

Funeral services for William A. Young, 93, South Amana, were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Middle Amana Community Church. He died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at Colonial Manor of Amana.

Church elder Tony Berger officiated at the service.

Burial with military honors was in the South Amana Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Amana Church Society or Essence of Life Hospice.

Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

William Alfred Young was born May 23, 1919, in South Amana, the son of George and Helene Bopp Young. He graduated from Amana High School in 1938 and went to work for the Amana Farms. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theatre.

He married Helen Dietrich May 3, 1947,  in Cedar Rapids. He was employed by Homestead Implement as a mechanic in the 1950s. In 1959, he went to work for Amana Refrigeration as a press operator, retiring from there in 1986.

He was a member of the Amana Church Society, the Marengo American Legion and the Amana Young Men’s Bureau.

Young is survived by three sons, Clyde, Amana; David and Patricia, Joice, and Laverne, South Amana; two grandsons, Robert and Sara Young, Cedar Rapids, and Kurtis and Alexis Young, New York,  N.Y., and three great-grandchildren, Madison, Kenzie and William, and one sister, Emily Oehl, Amana.

He was preceded in death by his wife, in 2009; his parents and one brother, Gerald, in 2005.

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Margaret Wallace, 90

Margaret “Jeanne” Wallace, 90, Kalona, died Sept. 15, 2012, at the Pleasantview Home, Kalona. She had recently developed more health issues.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Inurnment will be in the Elm Grove Cemetery, Washington.

A memorial has been established for Essence of Life Hospice.

Yoder-Powell Funeral Home, Kalona, is in charge of arrangements. Messages may be sent to the family at

Margaret Jeanne Wallace was born June 17, 1922, in Washington, the daughter of Rodney and Florence (Gesling) Davis. She grew up in Washington and graduated from Washington High School in 1940.

She married Keith Norton Dec. 10, 1941, and they had three children, Stephen, Kathleen and Claudia.

They were members of the United Methodist Church, Washington.

Her husband died in 1963.

She married Robert Wallace, Williamsburg, Oct. 4, 1964. They had one daughter, Robin.

Margaret never met a stranger, loved all people and was known for her positive outlook on life. She loved to travel and in her later years, moved and lived in Fort Collins, Colo., and Mesa, Ariz. She was a member of the Elks Club and worked for the Republican Party. She moved back to Kalona in 2009 to be near her daughter.

Wallace is survived by three daughters, Kathleen and Craig Shellady, Kalona; Claudie and Mike Kleinmeyer, Williamsburg, and Robin and Jeff Strayer, Columbus, Ohio; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by both husbands; her parents; one sister, Gayle Gates, and one son, Stephen.

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Marjorie Gingerich, 85

Mass of Christian burial for Marjorie J. Gingerich, 85, Williamsburg, formerly of Parnell, was held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Williamsburg. She died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, at Mercy Hospital, Iowa City.

The Rev. Joseph Roost officiated at the service.

Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Holbrook.

Memorials may be made for St. Michael’s Cemetery, Holbrook.

Peterseim Funeral Home, Kalona, was in charge of arrangements.

Marjorie Jean Gingerich was born July 30, 1927, in Iowa City, the daughter of Francis W. Sr. and Bertha Ann (Bauer) Sueppel. She graduated from St. Patrick’s High School and Mercy Nursing School in 1948.

She married Wayne “Beaner” Gingerich April 21, 1955, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Iowa City.

She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Holbrook; St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Williamsburg; the Altar and Rosary Society of St. Mary’s; the National Order of Forresters and the Mercy Nurse’s Alumni Association.

She enjoyed cross stitch, word puzzles and Hawkeye football. She especially enjoyed her grandchildren, who were her pride and joy.

Gingerich is survived by four children, Debra and Jerry Crouch, New London; Michael Gingerich, Riverside; Susan and Terry Jones, Williamsburg, and Mark and Lyn Gingerich, Mt. Zion, Ill.; one daughter-in-law, Angie (Rodney) Gingerich-Steckly, Kalona; eight grandchildren, Joseph and Joshua Crouch, Paige and Nate Jones, Benjamin Gingerich, Molly, Noah and Oliva Gingerich; one sister, Doris Gerot, Iowa City, and one brother, Robert and Laurine Sueppel, Marion.

She was preceded in death by her husband, in 2002; one son, Scott, in 2007; one brother, Francis “Bud” Sueppel Jr. and one sister, Mary Fulmer.

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Leo Smith, 75

Funeral Mass for Leo M. Smith Sr., 75, Williamsburg, was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Williamsburg. He died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, at home.

The Rev. Joseph Roost officiated at the service. Vocalists were Shelby Smith and Courtney Phillips.

Burial was in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery with military honors by Iburg-Poulson VFW Post 8797, Williamsburg. Casket  bearers were Larry Smith, Leo Smith, Mike Smith, Lucas Smith, Charles Smith and David Jennings.

Memorials may be made to the Williamsburg High School Athletic Department or the Iowa County 4-H Scholarship Fund.

Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Williamsburg, was in charge of arrangements. Messages and tributes may be left at

Leo Michael Smith Sr. was born Dec. 13, 1936, in Johnson County, the son of Lewis and Marie (Stockman) Smith. He graduated from Tiffin High School in 1955. In 1956, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served overseas for two years. He also served as an Army Reserve for four years, being discharged in 1961.

He married Anna Marie Hahn Nov. 26, 1960. They were blessed with five children, Michael, Carolyn, Lawrence, Leo Jr. and Debra. They later divorced.

He farmed in the Holbrook area for 45 years. In addition to farming, he was an ag mechanic and a truck driver. In later years, he delivered auto parts in Iowa City, retiring in 2011.

He enjoyed puzzles, bowling, playing cards, hunting, fishing, going on vacation with family and attending all of his children’s and grandchildren’s activities.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and Farm Bureau.

Smith is survived by five children, Michael and Julie Smith, North English; Carolyn Crew, Williamsburg; Lawrence “Larry” and Tammy Smith, Conroy; Leo Jr. and Sherri Smith, Williamsburg, and Debra and Mike Rogers, Laquey, Mo.; 18 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Hubert and Shirley Smith, Coventry, R.I., and Dean and Sylvia Smith, Oxford; two sisters, Arlene and Art Miller and Ruby and Carson Potter, all Oxford.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Harry Smith, and one sister, Barbara Smith.


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