by Brathjen on June 26, 2013

Thomas Lower, 89

Funeral Mass for Thomas “Leonard” Lower, 89, Williamsburg, was held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 20, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Williamsburg. He died Sunday, June 16, 2013, at the English Valley Care Center, North English.

The Rev. Joseph Roost officiated at the service and also served as organist.

Burial was in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Parnell. Pall bearers were Tom Lower, Lucas Lower, Nathan Lower, Trent Lower, Tim Lower, Phillip Trimpe, Rodney Trimpe, Randy Dermody, Jason Reynolds and Troy Lower. Honorary pall bearers were Arthur and Marietta Dermody, David and Lela Jennings, Ed and Kathleen Crall, C.D. and Carol Ann Huffman, Gene and Jill Jordan and Bob Pallardy.

A general memorial fund has been established.

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

Thomas Lower was born Dec. 14, 1923, near Williamsburg, the son of George and Kathryn (Callan) Lower. He attended Parnell School.

He married Rita Mary Malloy July 28, 1941, in Kahoka, Mo. The couple had 12 children. She died in 1988.

He married Rozella Reinert Feb. 24, 1990, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Parnell.

He was a lifelong farmer. He truly enjoyed raising his cattle and attending livestock sales.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and had served on the board of directors for the Parnell School.

Lower is survived by his wife, Rose, Williamsburg; eight children, George and Mary Lower, Chesterfield, Mo.; John and Deb Lower, Williamsburg; Jeanne and William Reynolds, Las Vegas, Nev.; Raymond and Jana Lower, Williamsburg; Mary and Larry Dermody, Parnell; Maureen and Matt Trimpe, Williamsburg; Jim and Cindy Lower, Parnell, and Margie and Chuck Harwood, Phoenix, Ariz.; one step-son, Steve and Darlene Reinert, Davenport; one step-daughter, Pam Reinert, Saginaw, Mich.; 24 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his first wife; his parents; two sons, Francis and Patrick; two daughters, Shirley and Joann Marie; one brother, Joseph Lower; one sister, Veda Hanson; one daughter-in-law, Diane Lower, and a son-in-law, Russ Mobley.

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Dorothy Hertel, 92

Funeral service for Dorothy F. Hertel, 92, South Amana, was held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 24, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, rural Homestead. She died Thursday, June 20, 2013, at Colonial Manor, Amana.

The Rev. Terry Small officiated at the service.

Burial was in the South Amana Cemetery.

A memorial fund has been established.

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

Dorothy Frances Hertel was born Jan. 7, 1921, in Guthrie, Okla., the daughter of Benjamin and Gertrude Haley Fowler. She attended school in Guthrie.

She married Edgar Hertel Oct. 19, 1938, in Kirksville, Mo. She traveled with her husband to various states.

She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Homestead. She especially enjoyed putting complicated puzzles together and reading. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Hertel is survived by her children, Harold and Jeanne Hertel, South Amana, and Helen and Lial Selzer, Homestead; three grandchildren, Scott Selzer, Neil and Rebecca Selzer and Tim and Erica Hertel; five great-grandchildren, Gabriel Selzer, Adrian Selzer, Carter, Dalton and Peyton Hertel.

She was preceded in death by her husband, in 1981; her parents; three brothers, Ralph, Barry and James Fowler, and three sisters, Hazel Belvins, Gladys Baugh and Mabel Clark.

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Harold Lehn, 77

Funeral Mass for Harold J. Lehn, 77, Parnell, was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 24, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Williamsburg. He died Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at the University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City.

The Rev. Joseph Roost officiated at the service. Vocalists were Bill and Rita McDonald. Lector was Jim Possehl. Servers were Cavin and Vic Malloy. Eucharistic minister was Bob Thurman.

Burial was in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Williamsburg. Pall bearers were Pat Spratt, Grant Petree, Ryan Jones, Tom Spratt, Matt Donohoe and Steve Ahrens. Honorary pall bearers were Jack and Marilyn Johnson, Larry and Carlene Petree, Harold and Carol Kuddes, Howard Huedepohl, Bud South, Randy Bral and John Lower.

Memorials may be made to the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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

Harold Joseph Lehn was born Dec. 30, 1935, in Holbrook, the son of Edward and Verona (Schell) Lehn. He graduated from Parnell High School and served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1957.

He married Erlene Chrisman April 11, 1959, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Holbrook. The couple lived and farmed in the Holbrook area.

He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Holbrook, and St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Williamsburg. He was a lifelong farmer and a NC+ seed salesman for many years. In his younger years he enjoyed participating in horse shows and tractor pulls. He enjoyed camping and music. He took pride in his vehicles and farm equipment and even waxed his tractors. His home, yard and the land he worked were always well kept and attended to.

Lehn is survived by his children, Deb and Bob Thurman, Waterloo; Bob Lehn, Parnell; Julie Lehn, Phoenix, Ariz., and Amy Lehn, Williamsburg; seven grandchildren, Nicholas Schropp, Jerry Thurman, Ashley Lehn, Leah Schropp, Ryan Thurman, Ethan Lehn and Cole Lehn, and four sisters, Norma Fischer, Tell City, Ind.; Marietta Dermody, Williamsburg; Dorothy Reader, Mt. Home, Ark., and Alice Tritle, Cedar Rapids.

He was preceded in death by his wife, in 2011; his parents; one granddaughter, Christina Thurman, and two sisters, Helen Petree and Viola Werner.

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Lloyd Pilkington, 85

Funeral Mass for Lloyd A. Pilkington, 85, North English, was held at 1 p.m. Monday, June 24, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, North English. He died Thursday, June 20, 2013, at Mercy Hospice House.

The Rev. Joseph Roost officiated at the service.

Burial was in the Armah Cemetery, rural North English.

Memorials may be made for Dollars for Scholars and Mercy Hospice.

Powell Funeral Home, North English, was in charge of arrangements. Messages and tributes may be left at

Lloyd A. Pilkington was born June 14, 1928, near What Cheer, the son of Carl and Cedella Middleton Pilkington. He graduated from Thornburg High School in 1947. He farmed and lived at his grandfather’s farm for 11 years and since then, had lived at his current residence north of North English.

He married Frances Van Dee April 7, 1948, at Immaculate Conception Church, Armah. In addition to farming, he worked at Carder Roller Mills for four years and at Amana Refrigeration for eight years.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Farm Bureau since 1950 and was an avid Cubs and Iowa fan. He had a great love for attending his family’s activities and ball games.

Pilkington is survived by his wife, Frances, North English; two sons, Gary and Betsy Pilkington, North English, and Randy and Patrice Pilkington, Waterloo; one daughter, Ronda and Dave Heck, Marengo; seven grandchildren, Anne and Brad Montana, John Pilkington, Mary Pilkington, Hayley and Cory Yearian, Sonya and Danny Maas, Wesley and Sarah Pilkington and Abigail Pilkington, and six great-grandchildren, Bryce, Jenna, Jordyn, Colton and Dakota Yearian and Leighton Maas.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Norma Hedge.

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John Mulvhill, 85

John F. Mulvihill III, 85, Williamsburg, died Monday, June 10, 2013, at the Iowa City VA Hospital, surrounded by his wife and their six children.

A reception was held Sunday, June 16, at the American Legion Hall, Marshalltown.

Memorials may be made to the Williamsburg Public Library or the American Lung Association.

The Cremation Society of Iowa was in charge of arrangements.

John Francis Mulvihill III was born Sept. 15, 1927, in Welton, the son of Edna (Hill) and John Mulivhill. He grew up and attended schools in Oskaloosa.

He served in the Navy and then began working for the M&Stl/Chicago Northwestern Railroad in 1947. He was employed as a brakeman/conductor for 42 years.

He married Delores Andeway, daughter of Lester and Imogene Andeway, at St. Mary’s Church, Oskaloosa, June 22, 1950.

He enjoyed golf, cards, reading, fishing and watching or listening to St. Louis Cardinals baseball. His stories, quick wit and wry observations were appreciated by family and friends.

Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family, who are thankful for his long life.

Mulvihill is survived by his six children, Virginia Mulvihill and Larry Rodl, Davenport; Mary and Mike Patterson, Cedar Rapids; John and Kathryn Mulvihill IV, New Glarus, Wis.; Kathleen and Mark Splittgerber, Des Moines; Teresa Mulvihill, St. Louis, Mo., and Timothy and Kelly Mulvihill, Greenwood, Ark.; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, and one sister, Dorothy Hinmon, Marshalltown.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother.

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