Category: Milestones

Sherman O. Smalling

Sherman O. “Sherm” Smalling, 76, of La Porte City, died Friday, February 17, 2017 at Covenant Medical Center. He was born November 30, 1940 in Waterloo the son of Sherman Paul and Ida (Whitehead) Smalling. He was a graduate of La Porte City High School.
Sherman lived his entire life on the family farm in La Porte City, and with the help of family and caregivers was able to spend his last years living at home.
He is survived by two brothers, Marlin (Mary) of Zion Crossroads, VA, Duane of West Fargo, ND; two nephews, Scott Smalling of La Porte City, Chris Smalling of Folsom, CA and one niece, Courtney Bernsen of Charlottesville, VA.
Preceding him in death were his parents.
Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 4, 2017 at La Porte City Funeral Home with burial in the West View Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday at La Porte City Funeral Home and also one hour before the service.
Memorials may be directed to La Porte City Historical & Ag Museum, 408 Main St, La Porte City, IA 50651.
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Lee Roland Sturtz

Lee Roland Sturtz, age 96, of La Porte City, died Thursday, February 16, 2017, at UnityPoint Allen Hospital in Waterloo.
He was born January 6, 1921, on the family farm six miles south of La Porte City, the son of Arthur and Alice (Van Fleet) Sturtz. Lee was united in marriage with Hila Betty Robson on June 7, 1943, in Independence, Iowa. She preceded him in death on May 22, 1999.
Lee began his career at Rath Packing Co. in Waterloo and also farmed near Alburnett, Iowa. While working at Rath, he was inducted into the US Army and served for nearly four years in San Diego and the Pacific theater of operation. Lee later worked the family farm near Brandon. He also was employed by Steinbeck Trucking Co. in Brandon. He was a lifetime member of Brandon United Methodist Church and farming was his passion.
Survivors include his five children, Karen (Ronnie) Wilson of La Porte City, Terry (Julianne) Sturtz of Wickenburg, AZ, Steven (Elaine) Sturtz of Cedar Falls, Lee Jr. (Dawnye) Sturtz of Brandon, and Kimberly (Kimm) Pennell of La Porte City; eleven grandchildren, five step grandchildren; many great grandchildren and step great grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Joyce Sturtz of Wisconsin.
Lee was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Hila; two sisters, Sandra Platt and Marilyn Fay Sturtz in infancy and three brothers, Donald, Allen, and Harold Sturtz.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at Brandon United Methodist Church, 507 Main Street in Brandon. Burial will be in the Brandon Cemetery with Full Military Honors accorded by USS San Diego American Legion Post 207 of La Porte City. Public visitation will be held from 4-7 PM Tuesday, February 21 at La Porte City Funeral Home and an hour prior to the services on Wednesday at the church.
Memorials may be directed to Brandon United Methodist Church, PO Box 125, Brandon, IA 52210.
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Making the Grade – February 15, 2017

The following are students were named to the University of Iowa fall 2016 Dean’s List:
La Porte City: Dante Benjegerdes, Brian Dunkelberger
In addition, Brian Dunkelberger received a BA in Political Science at the close of the fall 2016 semester.
Kirkwood Community College has released its Dean’s List for the Fall 2016 semester. Kirkwood student from the area earning this distinction is Dana Wigg of La Porte City.

Eleanor J. Appleton

Eleanor J. Appleton, age 90, of La Porte City, died Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo.
She was born July 19, 1926 in La Porte City, the daughter of Samuel and Mary (Martin) Fleisher. Eleanor was a graduate of La Porte City High School. She was united in marriage with Martin G. Appleton on July 28, 1947 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. He preceded her in death in 1975.
Eleanor worked as a cook at the La Porte City Nursing Home for many years until her retirement. She was a charter member of the American Lutheran Church in La Porte City, a member of the La Porte City VFW Auxiliary and volunteered at the La Porte City Community Center. Eleanor was an excellent cook and she enjoyed dancing and playing cards.
Survivors include three sons, Jerry (Jan) Appleton of Fairfax, Marty (Jan) Appleton of Marion, and Scott (Lisa) Appleton of La Porte City; two daughters, Penny (Butch) Dodd of La Porte City and Deb (Tom) Heffernen of Jesup; a daughter-in-law, Deb Weber of Dunkerton; 7 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sons, Kent and Allen; and her brothers and sisters.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 17, 2017 at the American Lutheran Church, 801 Monroe St., in La Porte City with private family inurnment at West View Cemetery. The family will greet friends after 10 a.m. Friday at the church. La Porte City Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Memorials may be directed to the American Lutheran Church, 801 Monroe St., La Porte City, IA 50651 or La Porte City Fire Department, 202 E. Main St., La Porte City, IA 50651.
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Union Middle School 2016-17 Second Quarter Honor Roll

6th Grade
Asher Beermann, Rylee Berry, Joseph Bistline, Kaitlyn Brustkern, Matthew Carlson, Amy Caughron, Kilee Dengler, Magdaline Erdahl, Joren Fisher, Elizabeth Friestad, Aubrey Gates, Taylor Hedeman, Theodore Hines, Tobias Hopkins, Ty Lorenzen, Conner Prestemon, Kerrigan Satterlee, Chase Taylor, Miya Uchiyama-Hansen, Devin Vaughn
7th Grade
David Adams Jr., Hailey Armstrong, Joshua Bechthold, Grant Behrens, Elizabeth Borton, Grant Brehm, Landon Brustkern, Jack Carlson, Meagan Clapp, Kaylyn Davis, Mary Deaton, Haven Ellsworth, Bailey Foulk, Timothy Freeland, Jocelyn Gates, Nate Gibson, Kyle Hennings, Sadie Hennings, Alana Higgins, Elle Hookham, Emma Jenkins, Gabriel Jesse, Chloe Juhl, Cora Klein, Dominique Marvin, Codey Merchant, Sarah Michael, Nolan Miehe, Michael Niebergall, Isabella Olson, Zachary Opperman, Daniel Petersen, Seth Petersen, Kylee Peterson, Tristen Prouse, Ellie Rathe, Gracelynne Rathe, Laura Rempe, Christian Ryan, Josef Schmitz, Zian Seuser, Jackson Slater, Corey Smith, Haylee Sparks, Carlie Spore, Samual Spratt, Alexandra Weber, Josie Werner, Hunter Worthen
8th Grade
Adam Ahrendsen, Marcus Albertsen, Ellie Behrens, Dallas Blackburn, Cameron Bruess, Daniel Caruso-Winslow, Dolores Cicio, Kolten Crawford, Emma Deaton, Allie Driscol, Tyson Fleshner, Sunshine Gray, Jordan Haas, Grace Harrigan, Tristen Heth, Jacob Hill, Grace Johnson, Lincoln Mehlert, Sterling Mullen, Kylea Neuendorf, Nicholas North, Madelon Rathe, Aleah Reisinger, Sarah Roberts, Rylee Sash, Cade Shepard, Ella Smith, Grace Walker, Belle Weber, Breanna Weltzin, Savannah Williams, Sophia Winkelpleck


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