Author: Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home

Hazel M. Merchant

VINTON – Hazel Marie Merchant, 95, died Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at Virginia Gay Hospital in Vinton due to complications of a fall. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Vinton with Father Ardel Barta as Celebrant. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Monday, November 20, at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home in Vinton and one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. Interment will be in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Vinton. Hazel was born August 20, 1922, in Watkins, Iowa, the daughter...

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Jerome Milton “Jerry” Bickel

VINTON – Jerome M. “Jerry” Bickel, 88, died Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at Windsor Manor in Vinton. A Celebration of Life service will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at Vinton Presbyterian Church with Rev. Jessica Crane-Munoz officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 14, at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home in Vinton. Committal services will be held at Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton, at a later date. Jerry was born October 8, 1929, in Columbus, Wisconsin, the only child of Dr. Milton William and Esther Gramzow Bickel. He was raised in Reeseville, Wisconsin, and...

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Dawn Ellen Greenwood

VINTON – Dawn Ellen Greenwood, 62, died Sunday, November 5, 2017, at her home in Vinton following a brief illness. Memorial visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, November 10, 2017, at Revolution Church in Vinton. A Celebration of Life Service will begin at 11 a.m. with Pastor David Condry officiating. Per Dawn’s wishes, her body has been cremated. Dawn was born April 26, 1955, in Spencer, Iowa, the daughter of Wayne and Helen P. Gommels Thompson. She graduated from the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School in Vinton, Iowa. On March 3, 1973, Dawn was...

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Zelda Bower

***DUE TO STRUCTURAL ISSUES IN THE SANCTUARY AT PRAIRIE CREEK CHRISTIAN CHURCH, THE FUNERAL SERVICE HAS BEEN MOVED TO THE FUNERAL HOME. THE LUNCHEON WILL REMAIN AT THE CHURCH.*** VINTON – Zelda Helen Marie Bower, 78, died Thursday, October 26, 2017, at her home in Vinton due to complications of Parkinson’s disease. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, November 2, 2017, at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home in Vinton with Rev. Kurt Brubaker officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 1, at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Thursday....

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Martin Lundvall

VINTON – Martin L. Lundvall, 91, died Monday, October 2, 2017, at ManorCare Health Services in Waterloo following a long illness. Per his wishes, Martin’s body has been cremated. Memorial visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, November 4, 2017, at Zion Lutheran Church – Jubilee in rural La Porte City, Iowa. A memorial service will immediately follow at 11 a.m. at the church. Martin was born April 26, 1926, in Boxholm, Iowa, the son of Martin John and Hilma Engberg Lundvall. He graduated from Boxholm High School in 1944 and went on to Iowa State...

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Richard L. Inger

ROBINS – Richard Lee “Rich” Inger, 78, died Sunday, October 1, 2017, at his home in Robins following a long illness. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home in Vinton. Per Rich’s wishes, there will be no formal service. Inurnment will be in the Garrison Cemetery at a later date. Rich was born July 13, 1939, in Harpers Ferry, Iowa, the son of Roy and Bertha Genevieve “Gen” Hawkins Inger. He attended school in Marion. On October 22, 1986, Rich was united in marriage with Bonnie Jean Pennell...

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Lenny D. Geiger

VINTON – Lenny Dean Geiger, 59, died Saturday, September 30, 2017, due to a motorcycle accident outside Urbana. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 6, 2017, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vinton with Rev. Stephen Preus officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, October 5, at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home in Vinton and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton. A Celebration of Lenny’s Life will be held 6 p.m. Friday, October 6, 2017, at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Vinton. Lenny...

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Dianne Donels Schmidt

VINTON – Dianne Donels Schmidt, 87, died Monday, September 25, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City due to complications of a stroke. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 30, 2017, at Wesley United Methodist Church in Vinton with Rev. Sue Thomas officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton. Dianne was born August 12, 1930, at Virginia Gay Hospital in Vinton, the daughter of Clare and Alice Portzline Donels. She was baptized by Bishop Raymond Grant....

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Keith D. Abernathy

VINTON – Keith D. Abernathy, 80, died Saturday, September 16, 2017, at Virginia Gay Hospital in Vinton following a sudden illness. Per Keith’s wishes, his body will be cremated and no formal services will be held. Keith is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joan Abernathy, of Vinton; one son, Larry (Ann) Abernathy of Vinton; one daughter, Terrie (Dale) Snapp of Vinton; one brother, Don Abernathy of Victor; two sisters, Carol Hackney of Gifford and Lorraine (Lyle, Jr.) Marter of Tucson, AZ; four grandchildren: Michael (fiancé Kara Penning) Snapp of Cedar Rapids; Jason (Jenny) Abernathy of Cedar Rapids; Melissa (Joe) Adams of Marion; and Jaime Abernathy of Cedar Rapids; three great-grandchildren: Lily and Emma Abernathy and Hadley Adams; and his dog, Brutus. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Roger Abernathy; and sister, Marilyn Takes. Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association. Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home of Vinton is caring for Keith and his family. Condolences may be left at...

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Marian A. Brecht

Newhall—Marian A. Brecht, 91, passed away  Friday, September 1, 2017 at West Ridge Care Center in Cedar Rapids.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 7 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Newhall with Fr. Craig Steimel as celebrant.  Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the church and for an hour before Mass on Thursday.  Burial in St. Patricks and St. Pauls Cemetery, Watkins. Marian was born February 19, 1926 near Garrison to Arthur and Bertha Sturtz Dill.  She attended school in Vinton, graduating from Lincoln High School in 1944.  Marian received her...

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Nadine M. Krug

MT. AUBURN – Nadine M. Krug, 94, of Mt. Auburn, died Friday, September 1, 2017, at Virginia Gay Nursing and Rehab in Vinton. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at Mt. Auburn United Methodist Church with Pastor Mike Ferguson officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, September 4, at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home in Vinton and also one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. Interment will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Mt. Auburn. Nadine was born January 1, 1923, near Traer in Tama County, Iowa, the daughter...

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Ann Marie Kerkman

VINTON – Ann Marie Kerkman, 68, died Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at Virginia Gay Hospital in Vinton following a courageous battle with cancer. A Celebration of Ann’s Life will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 25, 2017, at Blessed Hope with Rev. Matt Hantz officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, August 24, at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home in Vinton, and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton. Ann was born August 4, 1949, in Vinton, Iowa, the daughter of Hans William and Mary Adelaide...

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