Category: Obituaries

Selma “Lanell” McMahan

Selma “Lanell” McMahan died April 11, 2017 in Waterloo.
She was born August 7, 1933 in Borger, Texas to Sally and E.R. Howe, one of seven children. She is survived by three siblings, Frankie, Bobby and Susie.
She married Bobby McMahan on June 26, 1961. They have one daughter, Donna Steffen, of La Porte City; three grandchildren: Cynthia Venables, Robert Venables and Jessica Jesse; and six great grandchildren: Kimberly, Madyson, Gavin, Kade, Drew and Robert.
A private graveside service will be held at a later date at West View Cemetery, La Porte City.
Memorials in her honor may be sent to the Cedar Bend Humane Society, 1166 W. Airline Highway, Waterloo IA 50703.
Granny will be greatly missed.

Pauline A. Schminke

 Pauline Anna Catherine (Herman) Mohr Schminke, 96 of Waterloo and formerly of Vinton died Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo.  Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM, Monday, April 3, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vinton with Rev. Stephen K. Preus officiating.  Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton.  Visitation will be from 9 – 11 AM on Monday also at the church.  Memorials will be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church in Vinton and American Lutheran Church in La Porte City.  Phillips Funeral Home in Vinton is in charge of arrangements.
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Charlotte D. Lambert

Charlotte Darlene Lambert, 78 of Marion died Thursday, March 30, 2017 at Willow Gardens. Graveside service at 1:00 PM on Friday March 31, 2017 at the Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery. Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter Stacey (Michael) Koo of Phoenix, Arizona; a son Randall of Marion and a sister Geraldine (Robert) Blazek of Marion. She is also survived by three grandchildren Noah, Abram, Jesse, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son Kevin and three brothers Richard, Gerald and Steven Turner.
Charlotte was born on February 10, 1939 in La Porte City, the daughter of William Sherman and Charlotte Cole Turner. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.
Charlotte enjoyed shopping, going to the casino and was an excellent cook and baker. Homemade pies were her specialty. She also had a flair for decorating. Her greatest joy however was the time spent with her beloved family. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Memorial donations may be given to the American Cancer Society in Charlotte’s name. Please leave a message or tribute to the Lambert family at under Obituaries.

Marie Clara Siebel

Marie Clara Siebel, 91, of Waterloo, died Friday, March 17, at Ravenwood Nursing and Rehab Center.
She was born Sept. 3, 1925 in Bowdle, South Dakota, daughter of Robert and Anna Wagner Wirtz. She married John A. Siebel on June 23, 1943 in Raymond. He died Oct. 25, 1994.
Marie retired from retail in 1980, having worked at Eagle Center Tap, K-Mart, Jean Nicole, Sam’s Club and Hy-Vee.
She was very involved at St. Mary’s of Mt. Carmel as Past President of the Rosary Society, Guild Leader and volunteer for funeral dinners and celebrations held at the church. Marie was also a die-hard Cub fan and supporter of Don Bosco.
She is survived by a son, Gary (Diana) Siebel of Waterloo; daughters Dianne (Terry) Reiter and Julie (Don) Trebon, all of Waterloo; Linda (Rick) Rhoads and Marlene (Don) Loveless, all of La Porte City; Charlene (Mike) Wambold of North Platte, Nebraska; and Deb (Tom) Hesse of Tracy, Minnesota; 20 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren and one on the way; a great-great-grandchild and three step-great-great-grandchildren.
Marie was preceded in death by her husband; a great-grandson, Ethan Cole; 10 siblings.
Services will be 10:30 AM on Saturday, March 25 at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery, Eagle Center. Public visitation will be from 4 until 8 PM Friday at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on South Street, where there will be a 4 PM rosary and a 7 PM vigil. Visitation will continue for one hour before services at the church on Saturday.
Memorials may be directed to Bosco Systems.
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William “Bill” E. Ehlers

William “Bill” E. Ehlers, 88, of La Porte City, died at La Porte City Specialty Care, on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 of complications of pneumonia.
Bill was born on January 11, 1929 in Tama County, Iowa, son of Clarence H. and Lillian Amelia (Nissen) Ehlers.
He graduated from Dike High School in 1947.
Bill married Romaine Margaret Hjulsager on Oct. 10, 1953 in Cedar Falls; she preceded him in death on November 20, 2010.
He was the manager of the La Porte City Fertilizer Plant, before retiring in 1993.
Bill was a member of American Lutheran Church in La Porte City and the La Porte City American Legion.
He is survived by: a daughter, Diane (Scott) McIntosh of La Porte City; a son, Ron (Deb) Ehlers of La Porte City; two sisters: Norma Sass of Gladbrook and Beverly Becker of Gilbertville; six grandchildren: Jayson (Laurissa) Ehlers, Chris Ehlers, Shawn Mehlert, Jennifer (Pat) Ambrose, Shane Ehlers, and Amanda Ehlers; and six great-grandchildren: Nathan, Gage, Tucker, Alyson, Micah, and Conor.
Bill was preceded in death by: his parents; his wife, Romaine; a sister, Virginia Davis; three brothers: Clarence, Jr., Donald, and Paul Ehlers; and one great‑granddaughter, Natalie Diane.
Visitation: 4:00‑7:00 p.m. Monday, March 20, 2017 at La Porte City Funeral Home. Private family services at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sing Me to Heaven Foundation or Cedar Valley Honor Flight.
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