Category: Obituaries

Adeline H. “Addie” Craft

Adeline H. “Addie” Craft, age 100, of La Porte City, died Thursday, August 17, 2017 at  La Porte City Specialty Care.
She was born October 15, 1916 in Le Mars, Iowa the daughter of Nicholas and Margaret (Penne) Mertes.  Addie graduated from St. Joseph High School in Le Mars and was united in marriage with Leslie Craft on June 4, 1947 in Independence, Iowa.  He preceded her in death on September 9, 1979.
Addie and her husband farmed near La Porte City for many years, where she was a homemaker and raised their children.  She was one of the original employees of Colonial Manor Nursing Home when it first opened in La Porte City, where she worked for 16 years.  She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Rosary Society and St. Catherine’s Circle.  Addie was a committed and faithful volunteer at the La Porte City Nursing Home and Senior Center and she and her sister Rose delivered Meals on Wheels to local shut-ins for many years.  Addie also volunteered as a 4 H leader and enjoyed spending time with her Hobby Club. 
Survivors include her 6 children; Vickie Schoettmer of Newhall, IA, Donna Schoettmer of Newton, IA, Sharon (Donald) Wirth of Ames, IA, Toni Powers of Ankeny, IA, Dwight (Ed Wilson) Craft of Urbana, IA and Carol (Warren) Henkel of Vinton, IA; 13 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren.
Addie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a granddaughter, Michelle Powers; a brother, Matthew Mertes; a sister, Rosella Christian; and 2 sons-in-law, Rodney Powers and Jack O’Banion.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1021 Poplar St. in La Porte City with burial in West View Cemetery.  Public visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Monday at La Porte City Funeral Home, 606 E. Main St., (342-3131) with a rosary recited at 4:30 p.m. and a parish vigil service held at 7:00 p.m.  Public visitation will also be held after 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Church.
Memorials may be directed to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1021 Poplar St., La Porte City, IA 50651 or Heifer Project International, 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72202 Condolences can be expressed at

Mary Hindman

Mary Brownlie Hindman, 100, daughter of John and Ida Dougan Brownlie, was born December 6, 1916 in rural Winterset, Iowa.  She graduated from Winterset High School in 1934 (during the depression), borrowed $100 from her aunt to attend Business School in Peoria, IL and later Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL.  Mary died on August 8th surrounded by family in Cedar Rapids.  Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM on Monday, August 14, 2017 at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories.  Family will greet visitors an hour prior to the service, beginning at noon, at the Cedar Memorial Chapel Stateroom. Following the service there will be a cookie reception.  A private family burial will be at Fairfax Cemetery.
Mary had many memories of riding into Cedar Rapids with her aunt on a horse and buggy to deliver their eggs and cream to families.  On the way back she could sit on the step and drag her feet.  As a child, her family took a vacation to Yellowstone Park in a Model T.  The female family members slept in a tent and the males on the ground.  She also rode three on a motorcycle to Iowa City on old, old Highway 218. 
During WWII, she worked in the Engineering Department of a defense contractor (LaPlant-Chaute Manufacturing Company) where she met her future husband.  She also volunteered at St. Luke’s Hospital as a nurse’s aide due to the shortage of nurses.  On December 19, 1945, she and Albert C. Hindman were married in Cedar Rapids after he was discharged from the Army Air Corp.  He preceded her in death on April 30, 1975. 
After her husband graduated from Lincoln Chiropractic College in Indianapolis, they moved to La Porte City and her husband started his practice.  They raised their two daughters there. They made family vacations to Washington DC, New York City, Canada, the Lake of the Ozarks, the Southwest and various places around the Midwest.  In 2013 she moved to Cedar Rapids to be closer to her daughters. 
She is survived by two daughters, Mary Kathryn Hindman and Jeanne Hindman (Steve Hauser); two granddaughters, Muriah Mikolajczak all of Cedar Rapids; CaraLynne Livingston of Lincoln, NE; and many nieces and nephews.
Mary was preceded in death by two sisters, Martha Hauser of Winterset and Margaret Miller of Sun City, AZ and a brother, Robert Brownlie of Cottonwood, AZ and a son-in-law, Thomas A. Parks and Richard Livingston (father of granddaughter CaraLynne). 
Church was always an important part of Mary’s life.  She grew up in the United Presbyterian Church, where she attended Sunday school.  Mary’s parents were Sunday school teachers, with her father teaching for 50 years. Mary was also active in 4H.  Mary reported that her parents and her church youth leaders were very influential in her life. 
In La Porte City Mary was a long-time member of the Women’s Club and St Paul’s United Methodist Church.  Mary served on many church boards, including United Methodist Women, and taught Sunday school for 15 years.  She was a member of the Resident Advocacy Committee of the La Porte City Nursing and Rehab Manor.  She worked as a secretary for 23 years at the La Porte City Utilities. 
Mary enjoyed her family, especially her granddaughters, gardening, flowers (African Violets were a favorite), and the great outdoors.  She loved traveling and the time she spent in Arizona with her sister and assorted relatives was special.  She also kept her spunk, her positive attitude and great curiosity her entire life.  She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. 
Donations may be made to La Porte City Library, La Porte City FFA Museum, St Paul’s United Methodist Church in LaPorte City, Asbury United Methodist Church, or directed to the donor’s choice. 
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John M. McFarland

John Mathias McFarland, 77, of Vinton, formerly of La Porte City and Brandon, died Tuesday, August 8, 2017, in the Ed & Joan Hemphill Hospice Unit at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids.
A Celebration of John’s Life will be held from 4 7 PM Monday, August 14, 2017, at the American Legion in Vinton. Please dress casually.
John was born June 25, 1940, in Iowa City, the son of Harvey and Pearl Marshall McFarland. He graduated from La Porte City High School.
John proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1963 until 1965. He was a truck driver for Empire Gas and also worked for the City of Brandon. He was a fireman for the Brandon Fire Department for 29 years and served as Fire Chief. He was also employed by Brandon Electric Motors. He retired in 1998.
John enjoyed spending time on the farm with his brother, Bill. He also enjoyed showing horses and playing cards.
John is survived by two sons: David (Brenda) McFarland of Waterloo and Robert (Sara) McFarland of Ely; two daughters: Angie McFarland of Brandon and Kayleen LaPointe of Creston; five brothers: Cliff (Nancy) McFarland of La Porte City; Dennis (Marie) McFarland of Brandon; Darryl (Lorraine) McFarland of La Porte City; and Jim (Deb) Jungling and Bill (Deb) Jungling, both of La Porte City; two sisters: Carla Kennedy of La Porte City and Sue (Tim) Kelly of Waterloo; and four grandchildren: Abby Brown, Zachary LaPointe, Kaitlyn Maneely and Casen McFarland.
He was preceded in death by his parents. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Brandon Fire Department or Unity Point Health
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Marlin L. Clark

Marlin L. Clark, age 69, of Sumner, and formerly of La Porte City, died Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at UnityPoint Allen Hospital in Waterloo.
He was born March 9, 1948 in Waterloo, the son of Luverne and Ida (Ora) Clark.  Marlin graduated from Wapsi Valley High School, Fairbank and he was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Marlin worked for Pries Aluminum in Waterloo for many years. He enjoyed being outdoors fishing and liked to watch western movies.
Survivors include a daughter, Theresa (Doug) Stearns of Dunkerton; two sons, Jeremy (Brandee) Clark of Waverly and Michael Clark of Dewar; four grandchildren and three step great grandchildren; his twin brother, Marvin (Sue) Clark of Unionville, MO; three sisters, Linda Wester of Virginia Beach, Susan Weatherford of Alabama, and Denise Staker of La Porte City; three half-brothers, Gary Clark of La Porte City, Dale Clark of Missouri and Roger Verch of Oelwein.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 4, 2017 at La Porte City Funeral Home, 606 E. Main St. in La Porte City.  Private family inurnment will take place at a later date in West View Cemetery in La Porte City with Full Military Honors. Public visitation will be held from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Friday at the Funeral Home.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
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Mary Lou Oberhauser

Mary Lou Oberhauser, age 80, of La Porte City, died Monday, July 31, 2017 at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo.
She was born May 8, 1937 in Pittsburgh, PA, the daughter of Bernard and Anna (Fabina) Erb.  Mary Lou was a graduate of Allegheny (PA) High School. She was united in marriage to Bernard Oberhauser on November 10, 1956 at Most Holy Name Church in Pittsburgh, PA.
Mary Lou and Bernard were dairy farmers for many years near La Porte City. She also worked for UNI Concessions for 15 years. Mary Lou was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and St. Catherine’s Circle. She loved to go on long walks with Bernard and was fond of a good joke. 
Survivors include her husband, Bernard of La Porte City; a daughter, Linda (Dennis) Weidemann of La Porte City; two sons, Steven Oberhauser of Eagan, MN and Ted (Robyn) Oberhauser of La Porte City and two grandchildren, Illian and Arden Oberhauser.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Theodore and Bernard Erb.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 3, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1021 Poplar Street in La Porte City with burial in West View Cemetery.  Public visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at the Church; where a vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Visitation will also be held an hour prior to the services on Thursday at the Church.  
La Porte City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be directed to Catholic Charities, 1229 Mt. Loretta Ave., Dubuque, IA 52003.
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