Author: Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home

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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Janice Kay “Jan” Franks

VINTON – Janice Kay “Jan” Franks, 71, died Thursday, August 10, 2017, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids from complications of surgery. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 14, 2017, at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home in Vinton with Pastor Matt Hantz officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton. Jan was born December 4, 1945, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the daughter of Alvin and Helen Marie Srajhans Divoky. She graduated from Solon High School in 1964.  On May 18, 1996,...

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Duane E. Belknap

VINTON – Duane Edwin Belknap, 85, died Saturday, August 5, 2017, at West Ridge Care Center in Cedar Rapids following a short illness. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home in Vinton with Pastor Mike Ferguson officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 8, at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Wednesday.  Interment with military rites will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton. Duane was born April 30, 1932, in Tipton, Iowa, the son of Ralph Leroy and Elma Bucknell Belknap. He...

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Colleen Janko

Shellsburg—Colleen Marie (Melcher) Janko, age 49, passed away Friday, July 14, 2017. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Vinton with Father Ardel Barta as celebrant.  Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home, Vinton, and after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church.  Burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Shellsburg.  A memorial Mass will also be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 22 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Monona. Colleen Marie Melcher was born May 23, 1968 in Prairie du Chien, WI,...

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Curtiss P. Dart

VINTON – Curtiss Phillip Dart, 57, died at his home in Vinton on Friday, July 7, 2017, following a courageous battle with ALS. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Curtiss was born December 21, 1959, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Phillip Leroy and Jean Lois Barnts Dart. He graduated from Linn-Mar High School in Marion in 1978. Curtiss proudly served his country as a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps. Curtiss was united in marriage with Lorie M. Wille Curfman on April 7, 1991. He was an area supervisor for Cedar...

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Ethel V. Milbrath Moen

VINTON – Ethel Vivian Milbrath Moen, 95, died Sunday, May 21, 2017, at the Vinton Lutheran Home. The family will greet friends and relatives from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 25, 2017, at Bethany Lutheran Church, 307 3rd St. NE, Elkader, followed by the funeral service at 1 p.m. with Pastor Susan Friedrich officiating. Committal will be held at the Elkader/Eastside Cemetery. Ethel was born January 16, 1922, in Winneshiek County to the late Herbert and Mabel (Gunderson) Milbrath, the third of six children. She was baptized January 26, 1922, and confirmed June 14, 1936, in the Lutheran...

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Alvin H. Witt

DYSART – Alvin H. Witt, 93, died Monday, May 15, 2017, at Keystone Nursing Care Center in Keystone, Iowa. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 18, 2017, at Zion Lutheran Church in Dysart with Rev. James Radatz officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home in Vinton and one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Private family interment will be in Maplewood Cemetery, Vinton. Alvin was born September 29, 1923, in Benton County, Iowa, the son of Henry John and Emma Selken Witt....

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Ella Frances Peters

INDEPENDENCE – Ella Frances Peters, 96, of Independence, formerly of Vinton, died Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at Prairie Hills Assisted Living in Independence. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 4, 2017, at Wesley United Methodist Church in Vinton with Rev. Sue Thomas officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home in Vinton and one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton. Frances was born June 15, 1920, in Grinnell, Iowa, the daughter of Fred C. and Julia...

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Katelyn Elizabeth Long

VINTON – Katelyn Elizabeth Long, 21, went to be with her Lord Friday, April 7, 2017, at Virginia Gay Hospital in Vinton due to complications of a long illness. Private family services will be held at a later date. Katelyn was born at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, on January 9, 1996, the daughter of Michael W. Long and Jaime Lynn Gihring. She attended Vinton-Shellsburg schools. Katelyn was a member of the Baptist church. She loved music, butterflies and balloons. Although she was blind, she picked up on noises, particularly deep voices. Her beautiful smile will be...

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