Category: Obituaries

Arlene Wilson

Arlene Wilson, 100, of La Porte City, died Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at UnityPoint Health Allen Hospital. She was born May 27, 1917 in Mt. Auburn the daughter of Henry and Nellie (Wilson) Sheffler. Arlene was a graduate of Mt. Auburn High School. She married Woodrow D. Wilson on February 3, 1937 in Mt. Auburn; he preceded her in death on January 10, 1950.
She is survived by three sons, Richard (Judy) Wilson of Minnetonka, Minnesota, Ronnie (Karen) Wilson of La Porte City, Gary Lentzkow of Newton; two daughters, Jean Drenoske of Portland, Oregon, Linda “Cookie” Brown of La Porte City; 12 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband; one grandson; four brothers and one sister.
A memorial service will be held Monday, June 5, 2017 at Heartland Community Church in La Porte City.  A private family burial will be held prior to the service in the West View Cemetery. 
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Heartland Community Church “KidCity” 705 Bishop Ave. La Porte City, Iowa 50651.
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Ruth L. Dunn

Ruth Lucille Dunn, 98, passed away Friday, May 5, 2017 in Granbury, Texas.
She was born March 2, 1919 in Little Port, Iowa to Homer and Vina White Davis. She married Eugene Dunn on July 4, 1948 in Missouri. They were married for 65 years. He passed away in 2013. They lived in Iowa until 1953 and she worked at Rath Packing Co. They moved to California where she was a cook at Hawthorne High School until 1979 when they retired to La Porte City. They moved to Granbury, TX in 1998 and did a lot of traveling, took many fishing trips during their lifetime with friends and fished from her daughter Judy’s dock for crappie. She enjoyed playing cards, bingo, doing lunch/shopping and was a very good cook.
Surviving her are daughter, Judy (Leroy) Larson of Granbury; brother, Roger Davis of Encinitas, CA; daughter-in-law, Sherryl Jacobsen of Evansdale; grandchildren, Tammi Delony (Owen McNett), Tara (Robert) Leach, Nachelle (Brian) Trepp, Bryan (Cheri) Larson, Rick Larson, Angela Huntley, Jennifer Wroe and Jerry R. Jacobsen (Sabrina Martin); 14 great grandchildren; 12 great great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Fannie Mae Lindquist of Sioux Falls, SD; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Preceding her in death are her husband Eugene; son, Jerry Jacobsen, granddaughter, Tina Peters; brothers and sisters, Jerome Davis, Eileen Bartels, Junior Davis and Mary Melver; sisters-in-law, June Dunn and Opal Brown; and brother-in-law, Jay Dunn.
Memorial services will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at La Porte City Funeral Home with inurnment in the West View Cemetery. Family will receive friends one hour before the service at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
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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.


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