Category: Obituaries

Allen E. Blocker

Allen E. Blocker, 73, of La Porte City passed away Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo.
He was born on August 30, 1945 to Herman A.J. and Sylvia (Raymond) Blocker on a farm in rural La Porte City. Allen attended La Porte City School and was involved in the FFA. He served in the Marine Corps, discharged in 1964. Allen worked for Chamberlain’s Manufacturing in Waterloo, IA for 28 years. Following that he worked for the City of La Porte in the maintenance department until August 2018. Allen was united in marriage to Linda Hansen in May of 1988, she passed away in 2016.
He is survived by: two children, Tammy (Derek) Vopelak, Dysart, Iowa and Chad (Stephanie) Hansen, La Porte City; five grandchildren, Clayton and Coleton Vopelak, Allie and Eden Hansen, DJ Adams.
Preceded in death by: his wife, his parents, his siblings, Delbert, Gary, Billy Blocker and Bettye Wester.
Memorial service: 4 -7 pm Tuesday, November 13th at American Lutheran Church with burial at a later date in West View Cemetery, both in La Porte City.
Al enjoyed many years at the cabin by the Cedar River where family and friends would gather. He loved the outdoors which including fishing and teaching the grand kids how to fish also. Al liked helping out around his son-in-law’s farm. From driving tractors to moving cows, Al wanted to be in the middle of it.
Memorials may be directed to the family.

Phillip T. Winther

Phillip T. Winther, age 74, of La Porte City, died Friday, November 9, 2018 at Sunrise Hill Care Center in Traer from complications due to Parkinson’s disease.
He was born September 14, 1944 in Mason City, Iowa, the son of A.W. and Nellie Frey Winther Christensen.  Phillip graduated from Thornton (IA) High School with the class of 1963.  He then went on to Mason City Junior College to play baseball and attend classes, later transferring to the University of Iowa.  Phillip completed his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Coaching and Master’s degree in Guidance Counseling at the University of Northern Iowa.  He was united in marriage with Elizabeth A. Renner on November 19, 1966 in Clear Lake, Iowa.
Phillip worked as the K-12th grade Guidance Counselor and was a coach at La Porte City Schools, later Union Community Schools for 39 years, retiring in June 2008.  He was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in La Porte City where he taught high school Sunday school classes.  Phillip was a volunteer for the La Porte City Fire Department and Ambulance for 30 years; he was a member of the Hawkins Memorial Library Board and helped start the new library and also helped establish the Dollars for Scholars program at Union High School.
Phil’s love of his family, his students and sports’ teams, his dedication to serving his community and his strong faith in Christ, has left a legacy and model for his family, his students, and for all who knew, worked and cared for Phil. 
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth “Liz” Winther; two daughters, Lynne (Randy) Peters and Laurie (Robert) Driscol, all of La Porte City; five grandchildren, Brady, Maggie and Allie Driscol and Emma and Rhett Peters; and a brother, Don (Betty) Winther of Waterloo.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 501 Sycamore St. In La Porte City with private family burial in Westview Cemetery.  Public visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 13 and an hour prior to the services on Wednesday, all at St. Paul United Methodist Church.  La Porte City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be directed to St. Paul United Methodist Church, La Porte City Fire Rescue, Hawkins Memorial Library or Dollars for Scholars through Union Community Schools.
Condolences may be expressed at www.KearnsFuneralService.com

Ann E. Williams

Ann E. Williams, age 74, of La Porte City, died Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo.
She was born July 15, 1944 in Waterloo, the daughter of Clifford and Toots Elliott Niemeyer. Ann graduated from La Porte City High School with the Class of 1962. She was united in marriage with John Ensign Williams, Sr. on August 20, 1966 in Galena, Illinois. He preceded her in death on December 26, 2005.
Ann was a longtime daycare provider in La Porte City. She also had worked at Hinson Manufacturing in Waterloo for several years. Ann was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in La Porte City and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, where she was a past commander. She served as a foster parent for many years.
Survivors include three sons, Robert (Kathy) Williams of La Porte City, John Williams Jr. of Onawa, IA and David (Aida Betancourt) Williams of Richfield Springs, NY; two daughters, Shari Timm and Stacy Williams, both of La Porte City; seventeen grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and a sister, Mary Fratzke of La Porte City.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a sister, Peggy McIntosh and a brother-in-law, Bill Fratzke.
Private family graveside services have been held with burial in Westview Cemetery in La Porte City. A celebration of Ann’s life is being planned for spring 2019. La Porte City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be directed to the family or La Porte City Fire Rescue.
Condolences may be expressed at www.KearnsFuneralService.com

Rodney R. Hartman

Rodney R. Hartman, 64, of Waterloo, died Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at home.
He was born on December 8, 1953 in Cedar Falls, the son of Roger K. and Martha K. Johnston Hartman. He married Janice Neuenkirk on August 2, 1976 in Albion, Missouri (MO).
Rodney graduated from Waterloo West High School in 1972 and earned a degree in Electrical Engineering from Hawkeye Tech. He retired from John Deere in 2002 after 30 years of employment.
He was a faithful member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church, UAW Local 838 member, and assistant Boy Scout troop master for troop #116 in Waterloo. He also volunteered at Camp Ingawanis and helped build the chapel.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Samantha Reed of Macon, MO and April (Brian) Leadley of Waterloo; one son, Dale (Michelle) Hartman of Clarence, MO; eight grandchildren, Walter (Ashley) Reed, Alysha (Bryan) Kribble, Christopher Reed, Shonna, Elijah, and Emily Hartman, and Cassidy and Dakota Leadley; two great-grandchildren, Lilith and Carter; his father of Hudson; two brothers, Randy (Cindi) Hartman and Russell (Lynette) Hartman, both of La Porte City; and one sister, Rhonda (Chuck Geadelmann) Hartman of Edina, MN.
He was preceded in death by his mother; and grandparents.
Services will be held 10 AM Friday, November 2 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, with burial in Garden of Memories Cemetery, both in Waterloo.
Visitation will be held from 4-7 PM at Locke Funeral Home, Waterloo.
Memorials may be directed to the family.

Nancy M. Ceradsky

Nancy Ceradsky, 81, of Waterloo, died Sunday, October 21, at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home.
She was born January 19, 1937 in Waterloo, daughter of Paul and Ella Clark White. She married Elton Leon Davis Jr. on January 20, 1956, at First Lutheran Church in Waterloo. They were later divorced. She married Dwayne Ceradsky on July 7, 1973 at the Little Brown Church, Nashua.
Nancy received a degree in 1984 and became the office manager at Waterloo Boiler where she retired. She was a volunteer at Covenant Medical Center for 20 years and was a member of First Lutheran Church in Waterloo, St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Hudson, and Zion Lutheran Church in Waterloo. Nancy worked at Chamberlains and Carnation, both in Waterloo.
Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Kimberly (Scott) Anderson of Marshalltown and Lynette (Russell) Hartman of La Porte City; four grandchildren, Nathan Hartman, of Anchorage, Alaska, Jacob Hartman, Melissa (Lebon) Mulangaliro and Sarah Marsh; and two great grandchildren, Audrey Hartman and Jubilee Mulangaliro.
Preceding her in death were her parents; a daughter, Marla Davison; and a brother, Bob White.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway with burial in Garden of Memories Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
A note from Nancy’s family: The Union community openly accepted Nancy into their hearts with seemingly no second thought to her brain injury (1997) which hindered her speech and comprehension. Her grandson Nate played football at Union High School, where he graduated from in 2002. The cheerleaders at that time before each and every football game would come up into the stands and greet Nancy which meant so much to her. They accepted her as she was. This spirit of our community warmed our hearts and encouraged us as a family. We thank the community for their kindness and understanding over the years.

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