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Obituaries

Randy Lee Wheeler Sr.

Randy Lee Wheeler Sr., 63, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at his home in Vinton.A celebration of Randy’s life will be held from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM, Saturday, December 18, 2021 at the Phillips Funeral Home Chapel (212 E. 6th Street) in Vinton.  Memorials may be directed to the family.Randy was born June 18, 1958, in Waterloo, to Charles and Ruby (Lint) Wheeler.

Mary Kathryn (Martin) Oberreuter

Mary Kathryn (Martin) Oberreuter, age 56, died unexpectedly at her rural Marengo home on her birthday, Wednesday, December 8, 2021,  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM, Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Blairstown, with Rev. Craig Steimel as Celebrant.   Visitation will be held from 4:00 until 7:00 PM, Monday, at the Church.
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Thomas Johansen

Thomas Johansen, 83, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, with his sweetheart by his side. A celebration of Tom's life will be Saturday, Dec. 11, at the United Methodist Church in Van Horne, Iowa. Visitation will be from10 to 11 a.m. with service at 11:30 a.m. Steve and Perry Banse will officiate.Tom was born at home July 22, 1938, to John and Ellen (Olson) Johansen.

Terry Jessen

Terry Jessen, 84, died peacefully in his home, surrounded by his family on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021.A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, St. Mary Catholic Church in Vinton, Iowa. Visitation will be held at the church before Mass, from noon to1:30 p.m. with a Rosary at 1:30 p.m.Terrence Alan Jessen was born onNov. 3, 1937, in Manchester, Iowa.

WILLIAM "BILL" CUMMNGS

William "Bill" Cummings, 89, died peacefully Tuesday, December 7, 2021.  Services pending.  Van Steenhuyse-Teahen Funeral Home, Vinton.  
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Rodney Lee Albertsen

Rodney Lee Albertsen, 41, passed away Saturday, December 4, 2021, at Mercy One in Waterloo, following a work accident. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 11, 2021 at St. Paul United Methodist Church in La Porte City. Visitation will be held at the church from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, December 10. Interment will be in Mt.

Janet Mae Hodges

Janet Mae Hodges, age 91, of Atlantic, IA, passed away on Friday, December 3, 2021, at the Heritage House in Atlantic, IA.On October 15, 1930, Janet was born in Oklahoma City, OK. The family moved to Sterling, IL, and settled in Vinton, IA, where Janet grew up and graduated from high school in 1948. She attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls and initially obtained a two-year teaching degree in 1950.

Jonathan Robert Gihring

Jonathan Robert Gihring, 44, of Garrison, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, at MercyOne Hospital, Waterloo, Iowa.Per his wishes, he has been cremated. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.Survivors include his children, Breann Gihring and Samuel Gihring, both at home; father, Robert "Bob" Gihring of Garrison; siblings, Rodney (Martha) Gihring of Des Moines, Shawn Gihring of Garrison, Jamie Gihring of Garrison and Susie Gihring of Virginia; also surviving are many aunts, uncles and cousins.

James “Jim” E. Blomme

James “Jim” E. Blomme, 66, of Belle Plaine, IA passed away Friday, December 3, 2021 at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids, IA.James was born April 12, 1955 to Vernon and Mary Ellen (Collum) Blomme in Newport, Rhode Island while his father was serving in the U.S. Navy. Upon honorable discharge, the family moved home to Belle Plaine, where Jim was raised and enjoyed wrestling for Belle Plaine High School until he graduated in 1974.

Richard "Dick" Raymond Baker

Richard "Dick" Raymond Baker was born on Feb. 24, 1941, in Vinton, the son of Raymond and Joy (Latting) Baker. Dick graduated from Dysart High School in 1959. On Oct. 9, 1960, he was united in marriage to Nancy Waller. The couple made their home in Traer and Cedar Rapids before settling in Dysart.Dick worked at Rockwell Collins, Waller's Phillip 66 gas station, and the Farmer's Coop Telephone Co.
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