Category: Milestones

James L. “Jim” Robertson

James L. “Jim” Robertson, 82, of La Porte City, died Sunday, March 3, 2019 at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home. He was born July 2, 1936 in Waterloo the son of L.J. and Marion Lingard Robertson. He married Sally Moore on August 16, 1958 in Glidden; they were later divorced. He married Jeanene Steinquist on March 18, 1989 in Cedar Falls.
Jim was a 1954 graduate of La Porte City High School. He attended the University of Northern Iowa, then known as Iowa State Teachers College. In June of 1959 he graduated from the University of Iowa with a law degree and was admitted to the bar a week later. Along the way, he participated in study programs at the University of Denver, Ashridge College (a private college 30 miles outside of London), Oxford and the University of Vienna. L.J. Robertson, Jim’s father, opened his law office in 1932 in La Porte City, his home town. Jim joined him in his practice in 1959, and their partnership continued until 1986 when L.J. passed away. Jim then practiced alone until his retirement in December of 2015.
Jim was asked to join the Board of Directors of the La Porte City Telephone Co. in 1964 as a director, officer and attorney. This began his long association with the telecommunication industry. He continued as President of La Porte City Telephone Co. until December 31, 2018.
He became a licensed private pilot in 1968 and flew his own plane until 2003. He also became a certified scuba diver in 1972, and in 1981 received a Charter Recommendation to charter any boat up to 45 feet.
He and his wife enjoyed traveling extensively in the U.S. and around the world. His love of gardening, which he inherited from his grandmother, continued through the years. He even built his own small green house. Jim also enjoyed fireworks and started the annual Festival of Trails fireworks display. He was a member and served as vice-president of the Iowa Pyrotechnic Association.
He was a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, American Lutheran Church in La Porte City and the Masonic Lodge.
But most of all, he enjoyed spending time with this family.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanene of La Porte City; one daughter, Susan L. (Klint Kramer) Robertson of La Porte City; two stepsons, Curt (Janet) Steinquist of Waukesha, Wisconsin, David (Gayle) Steinquist of Winona, Minnesota; one stepdaughter, Shelly (Duane) Gates of Rowley; ten grandchildren, Dallas Powell, Damon Powell, Sarah (Brandon) Dietz, Pedar (Angie) Steinquist, Adam (Nikki Woodward) Steinquist, Drew (Stephanie Rybold) Steinquist, Ben Steinquist, Madison (Jay Schmit) Gates, Alec Gates and Wyett Kramer and one great grandchild on the way.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 7, 2019 at the American Lutheran Church with burial in the West View Cemetery, both in La Porte City. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at La Porte City Funeral Home and also one hour before the service at the church.
Memorials may be directed to the American Lutheran Church, 801 Monroe St., La Porte City, Iowa 50651 or the Cedar Valley Hospice, 2101 Kimball Ave # 401, Waterloo, IA 50702.
La Porte City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements 319-342-3131. Online condolences may be left at www.kearnsfuneralservice.com.

Violet Mae Fleshner

Violet Mae Fleshner, age 88, of Dysart died Sunday, March 3, 2019 at her home.
She was born January 4, 1931 in Oxford Junction, Iowa, the daughter of Walter and Helen (Wray) Shedeck. Violet was a graduate of Lost Nation High School. She was united in marriage with James Hanna, Sr. and three children were born to this union. She later married Larry H. Fleshner on February 2, 1985 in Waterloo.
Violet was a lifelong farm wife and mother. She actively participated in all aspects of the family farm assisting her husband, son and grandson. She was a member of Prairie Lakes Church in Cedar Falls.
Survivors include her husband Larry Fleshner of Dysart; son, Jim and (Suzanne) Hanna of La Porte City and grandson Jason and (Holly) Hanna, and their children, Emerson and Kepler of Hingham, MA; son, Lynn and (Tina) Hanna of La Porte City and granddaughter Jessica and (Micah) Wilson, and their children, Eli and Zane of Canyon City, OR and grandson Nicolas and (McKaila) Hanna, and their children, Violet and Greyson of La Porte City; daughter, Krista and (Mike) Mangrich of La Porte City and granddaughter Kortney Brustkern of La Porte City; step-daughter, Laura Fleshner of Waterloo; two sisters, Eileen (John) Wosoba of Punta Gorda, FL and Teresa (Jack) Sides, of Granbury, TX and a sister-in-law, Mary Joy Shedeck of Oxford Junction.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother DeWayne Shedeck, two sisters, Delores Ruchotzke and Marlene Ruchotzke, and a step-daughter Connie Zientek.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 8, 2019 at Prairie Lakes Church, 1907 Viking Road in Cedar Falls with burial in Westview Cemetery in La Porte City. Public visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 7 at La Porte City Funeral Home, 606 E. Main St. in La Porte City and after 10 a.m. Friday at Prairie Lakes church.
Memorials may be directed to Prairie Lakes Church, 1907 Viking Rd., Cedar Falls, IA 50613 or Cedar Valley Hospice, PO Box 2880, Waterloo, IA 50704.
Condolences may be expressed at www.KearnsFuneralService.com

Patricia Kline

Patricia Kline, 85, of La Porte City, died Monday, February 18, 2019 at La Porte City Specialty Care. She was born on June 27, 1933 in Birmingham, Alabama, the daughter of John and Rachel (Durham) Mobley.
She married David Kline on February 14, 1959 in Louisville Kentucky, he preceded her in death on October 2, 2008.
Patricia graduated from the University of Kentucky. She was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority. She worked as a homemaker. Patricia enjoyed being a member of several card clubs in La Porte City. She loved to spend time with her family and hosted many family gatherings over the years.
Patricia is survived by: four children, Diana Kline of Kansas City, Missouri, Carolyn (Joe) Martin of Bettendorf, Katherine (Brian) Schmitz of Waterloo, and David (Stefanie) Kline of La Porte City; five grandchildren, Anne, and Sam Martin, Rachel, Audrey, and Andrew Kline.
She was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband; and a sister Dorothy Mobley.
Visitation will be held from 4:30 – 6:30 PM on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at the La Porte City Funeral Home, a Service of Remembrance will be held at 6:30 PM.
Burial will be at a later date in West View Cemetery in La Porte City.
Memorials may be directed to the family.

Making the Grade – February 20, 2019

University of Iowa
Fall Semester 2018 Dean’s List:
La Porte City: Austin Kiler, Cade Rahlf, Dante Benjegerdes, Wesley Hanson, Emma Peters
Kirkwood Community College
Fall Semester 2018 Graduates:
Dysart: Jared Rice
La Porte City: Susan DeVries. Megan Kirby

Gladys Peters

Gladys Mae Peters, 92, of La Porte City, died Friday, February 15, 2019 at La Porte City Specialty Care. She was born December 15, 1926 in Iowa, the daughter of Charles and Mildred Dostal Chalupsky.
 
She married Ralph C. Peters on August 28, 1946 in Nashua; he preceded her in death on November 11, 2007.
 
Gladys attended Iowa State Teacher College (UNI). She was a school teacher; swimming, diving and synchronized swimming instructor, coach and judge; and also worked for Rath Packing Company.
 
Gladys was a longtime UNI Alumni supporter, a member of numerous golf and card clubs and took great pleasure in spending time in the sunshine while grooming her yard.
 
She is survived by three daughters, Cheryl (James) Robb of La Porte City, Janan (David) Bader of Las Vegas, NV, Karene (Kevin) Potter of Delafield, WI; six grandchildren, Dolph (Rania) Robb of Bondurant, Natisha (Josh) Frush of Waukee, Brock (Monica) Potter of St. Michael, MN, Seth Robb of Des Moines, Chase (Lauren) Potter of Minneapolis. MN, Trey (Victoria Medina) Potter of Waukesha, WI; nine great grandchildren and one sister, Marcella Hach of Dysart.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
 
There will be no services or visitation.
 
Memorials may be directed to the family.

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