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Obituaries

Junior Ray Phelps

Junior Ray Phelps, 85, died peacefully Friday, September 24, 2021, at the Sunnycrest Nursing Center in Dysart, Iowa.Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 1, 2021, at Van Steenhuyse-Teahen Funeral Home in Vinton with Rev. Matt Hantz officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will follow at the Mt.

Judy Ann (Meyer) Pieper

Judy Ann (Meyer) Pieper, age 68, passed away on Friday, September 24, 2021, at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City after a courageous battle with cancer and with her loving family at her side.A memorial visitation will be held from 3:00 until 6:00 PM on the 29th day of September 2021 at Phillips Funeral Home in Keystone.
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Edward (Ed) Rudnick

Edward (Ed) Rudnick, age 57, left this Earthly life to be with The Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, September 23, 2021, following a short illness.Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, September 30, 2021, at Philips Funeral Home Chapel (212 E. 6th Street) in Vinton. His life will be honored with a luncheon and Celebration of Life following services at Riverside Park in Vinton.

Helen Evelyn Dixon

Helen Evelyn Dixon, 83, of Belle Plaine, IA passed away September 24, 2021 at her home.Helen was born October 13, 1937 to Huran and Aida (Pritchett) Bray in Missouri. She attended school in Missouri before moving with her family to Iowa where she met Lawrence Richard Dixon. After the couple married in 1958, they moved around Tama and Benton County. Settling in Belle Plaine, following retirement.

Lorraine Julia Musel

Lorraine Julia Musel, 95, of Chelsea, Iowa passed away Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at Keystone Care Center, Keystone, IA.Lorraine was born November 16, 1925 to Charles and Julia (Kozik) Kalina on the family farm in Irving, IA. She graduated from Belle Plaine High School. Following school, she worked as a bookkeeper for Anthony's clothing store in Belle Plaine.

Gerald 'Jerry' Allen Schlemmer

Gerald "Jerry" Allen Schlemmer, 42, of Urbana, died on Saturday, September 18, 2021. Celebration of Life gathering will be from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 3, at the Five River Carpenter JATC, 350 Waconia Ct. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404. Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre in Cedar Rapids is assisting the family.Jerry was born June 30, 1979, in Cedar Rapids, the son of Earnest and Linda (Bouzek) Schlemmer Jr.

George L. Vopelak Jr.

George L. Vopelak Jr, 78, of La Porte City, passed away on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. A visitation will be held on Saturday, September 25, 2021, 9:00-10:15am, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Vinton. A funeral service will immediately follow with military rites conducted by Dysart American Legion Post #335. The use of facemasks is recommended at the church.

Donna Relf

Donna Relf, age 78, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at her rural Shellsburg home, surrounded by her loving family.Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, September 25, 2021 at Oak Grove Christian Church in Shellsburg with Rev. Matt Magee officiating.  Interment will be held at the Garrison Cemetery.  Visitation will be held at the church from 4:00 until 7:00 PM Friday.

Evelyn Asta (Sorensen) Petersen

Evelyn Asta (Sorensen) Petersen, age 93, passed away on Sunday, August 1st, 2021, at the Keystone Nursing Care Center.Memorial services will be held at 10:30 AM, Saturday, September 25, 2021 at Blairstown Presbyterian Church in Blairstown. Private family graveside services will be held at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Blairstown. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Benton Community Scholarship Foundation.

Hazel Abernathey Peters

Hazel Abernathey Peters, age 105, died peacefully on Sunday, September 19, 2021 at Living Center West in Cedar Rapids.Graveside services will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, September 24, 2021 at Evergreen Cemetery in Vinton.Hazel was born on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1915 in Vinton, the daughter of Clarence and Orpha (Evans) Sanborn.  On December 2, 1929, she was united in marriage to Guy Abernathey in Marengo.
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