Author: Phillips Funeral Home

Christopher “Fer” Railsback

FAIRFAX:     Christopher “Fer” Railsback, 30, died July 15, 2017 at his residence. A Memorial Service will be held at 7 PM, Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel, 212 E. 6th St. in Vinton with Pastor Bob Gaston officiating. Friends may register at the funeral home from 4 PM until service time.   Private Committal Services will be held. Christopher was born January 16, 1987 in Cedar Rapids to Steve and Ronda (Buchtela) Railsback. He was employed as an installer at Carpets Plus in Cedar Rapids and loved to play pool. He is survived by his fiancée,...

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Ronald Lee “Ron” Brehm

Shellsburg: Ronald Lee “Ron” Brehm, 78, died Thursday, July 13, 2017 at his residence following a courageous battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church in Shellsburg with Rev. Mark Leckband officiating. Interment will be held at Spencer Grove Cemetery near Urbana. Friends may call at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel, 212 E. 6h St. in Vinton from 4 to 8 PM on Tuesday. Ronald was born at home in Garrison on December 19, 1938 to Louis and Elsie (Strellner) Brehm and his family later moved to Shellsburg...

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Rose Vesely Sass

SHELLSBURG:     Rose Vesely Sass, 93, died Sunday, July 9, 2017 at Northbrook Manor in Cedar Rapids. Funeral Services will be 10:30 AM, Thursday, July 13, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church in Shellsburg with Rev Mark Leckband officiating.  Interment will be held at Oakwood Cemetery in Shellsburg.  Visitation will also be held at the church from 4 to 7 PM. On Wednesday.  The family request no flowers, a Memorial Fund has been established. Rose was born March 25, 1924 at Elberon to Joseph and Antonia (Kohoutek) Vesely. On December 8, 1946 she was united in marriage to Elmer W. Sass...

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Shannon M McDowell

BLAIRSTOWN:  Shannon M. McDowell, 42, of Hopatcong, New Jersey, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 7, 2017, at Morristown Medical Center.  She was born on August 11, 1974, in Marengo, Iowa, to Carole (Whitehead) Jensen and Bruce McDowell. After graduating from Benton Community High School (class of 1992) in Van Horne, IA, Shannon moved to Summit, NJ, to work as a nanny for a family she knew from IA.  Over the next several years, she continued to work as a nanny for many different families.  One child with autism under Shannon’s care touched her heart and inspired her to earn a degree in Special Education.  Shannon graduated from Kean University in 2005 and became a Special Education Teacher at Warren Hills Regional High School in Washington, NJ, where she worked for the past 12 years. Her life’s work was nurturing autistic and special needs children.  During the brief time of her illness, she tremendously missed the kids from her classroom and continued to send them special gifts. Shannon’s interests included traveling with her husband, Steve, spoiling her nieces and nephews, occasional trips to casinos, reading, shopping, baking, and cooking.  She was an avid fan of Willie Nelson and Blues Traveler, and attended several concerts with Steve.  Shannon started the Warren Hills Chapter of Best Buddies International, which is a wonderful mentor program for special needs children.  She was also...

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Marita Anne Irmiter

Marita Anne Irmiter, 67, died Sunday, June 25, 2017 in Pearland, Texas.  Memorial services were held in Texas. She was born in 1949 to Dr. Willard and Pearl Irmiter.  She graduated from Benton Community High School and received her law degree from the University of Iowa.  Marita was a practicing attorney for many years in the Pearland area specializing in adoptions. Marita is survived by loving and devoted husband, Ron Lauve; mother, Pearl Irmiter; daughter, Vienda Velasquez; sister, Marcene Maas; nephew Aaron Maas; niece Andrea Krambeer.  She is preceded in death by her father, Dr. Willard Irmiter. In lieu...

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Joyce (Franzenburg) Vargason

KEYSTONE:   Joyce (Franzenburg) Vargason, age 89, passed peacefully on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, after a long and wonderful life.      Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM, Saturday, July 8, 2017 at St. John Lutheran Church in Newhall with Rev. Steven Rempfer officiating.  Interment will be held at the Keystone Cemetery.  Friends may call from 4 until 7 PM Friday also at the church.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.      Joyce was born on July 18, 1927 in rural Keystone, the daughter of Herman and Lena (Wiese) Franzenburg and graduated from Keystone High School...

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Robert E. “Gene” Thurman

VINTON:     Robert E. “Gene” Thurman, 76, died Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM, Monday, July 10, 2017 at the Vinton Presbyterian Church with Rev. Jessica Crane-Munoz officiating.  Interment will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Vinton.  Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 PM, Sunday at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel, 212 E. 6th St, in Vinton where rites will be conducted by Vinton Masonic Lodge No. 62 AF & AM.  Friends may also register at the church one hour prior to service time on Monday....

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Derrol W. Armstrong

ATKINS:  Derrol W. Armstrong, 88 died Friday, June 30, 2017 at the Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha.  A Celebration of Life will be held at the Atkins City Park Pavilion, 320 – 2nd Avenue, Atkins from 6 – 8 PM on Monday, July 10, 2017.  Private family committal services will be held at Raetz Cemetery near Atkins. Derrol was born December 29, 1928 in Atkins to Louis and Velma  Armstrong.  He was united in marriage to Louise (Tumilty) on August 23, 1954 in Shellsburg.  Derrol was a lifelong farmer in Benton County and was well known for his...

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Zola Charlene (Sanders) Cerny

Zola Sanders Cerny, 95, of Sunnyvale, Calif., formerly of Vinton, died Friday, June 23, 2017. A brief memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 27, at Phillips Family Center, 605 Second Ave., Vinton, with the Rev. Phil Borleske officiating. The family will greet friends from 10:30 a.m. until service time. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Zola was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Lucille Cantonwine Sanders; her special friend and companion, Bernard “Barney” Price; and Pat Neahaus Flaherty, who started rooming with her in Cedar Rapids in 1942. Surviving are first cousins, Cheryl...

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Leone Seboldt

VAN HORNE:  Leone Grace (Miller) Seboldt, 92 died June 22, 2017 at the Vinton Lutheran Home following a sudden illness.  Funeral Services will be held at 10 AM, Monday, June 26, 2017 at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Van Horne with Rev. David Rempfer officiating.  Visitation will be in the church Fellowship Hall from 3 – 6 PM on Sunday.  Interment will be in St. John Lutheran Cemetery, rural Newhall.  A Memorial Fund has been established.  Phillips Funeral Home in Vinton is in charge of arrangements. Leone Grace Miller was born November 29, 1924 to Philip and Emelia (Buettner)...

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Dorothy M. Morris

SHELLSBURG:     Dorothy Morris, 90, died June 18, 2017 at West Ridge Care Center in Cedar Rapids, following an extended illness. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM, Friday, June 23, 2017 at Oak Grove Church near Shellsburg with Pastor Bill Holley and Dave Upah officiating.  Interment will be held at Shiloh Cemetery in Hiawatha.  Visitation will be held at Phillips Funeral Home in Vinton, 212 E. 6th St. from 4 to 7 PM on Thursday.  A memorial fund has been established. Dorothy was born April 15, 1927 at State Center to Arthur and Bertha (Probst) Ficken. On June...

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Loren Wayne Stiegelmeyer

Cedar Rapids:    Loren Wayne Stiegelmeyer, 57, formerly of Vinton, died Thursday, June 15, 2017, at his residence following a sudden illness. Loren was born Feb. 28, 1960, in Vinton to Howard and Ellen Stiegelmeyer. He was a graphic designer and employed by ESP 3. In his leisure, he enjoyed wood and pumpkin carving, biking and music. He was a member of the Cedar Valley Wood Carvers Club. Loren also loved hanging out with friends. He is survived by his children, Kelsey Stiegelmeyer of Galva, Ill., and Drew Stiegelmeyer of Cedar Rapids; and his mother, Ellen Stiegelmeyer of Cedar...

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