Category: Obituaries

Mariellyn Runyan

Mariellyn Runyan, age 95, of La Porte City, died Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at La Porte City Specialty Care.
She was born March 5, 1923 in Cedar Rapids, the daughter of Harold O. and Frances W. (Black) Thune. Mariellyn graduated from Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School and earned a Bachelor’s degree from Upper Iowa University. She was united in marriage with Donald L. Runyan on March 1, 1944 in La Porte City. He preceded her in death on February 25, 2003.
Mariellyn taught mathematics, Spanish and computer sciences at La Porte City High School for 30 years. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in La Porte City. Mariellyn and Don enjoyed many summers of retirement with family and friends fishing at Lake Ida, Minnesota.
Survivors include a son, David (Sue) Runyan of Cresco; four daughters, Judy (Duane) Robinson of Earlville, Sharon (Jud) Anton of Jesup, Marleen (Tim) Darnell of Le Claire and Debra (Donald) Huck of Jesup; 16 grandchildren; 37 great grandchildren and one more on the way; a brother, Tom (Gloria) Thune of Cedar Rapids; a sister-in-law, Janet Thune of Scottsdale, AZ and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ted and Dorothy Runyan of Ft. Collins, CO.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a granddaughter, Laura S. Kayser; a sister, Betty Joy Atchison and a brother, Robert Thune.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 14, 2019 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 501 Sycamore Street in La Porte City, with burial in West View Cemetery. Public visitation will be held from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Sunday, January 13, 2019 at La Porte City Funeral Home, 606 E. Main St., La Porte City and an hour prior to the services on Monday at the Church.
Memorials may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice, PO Box 2880, Waterloo, IA 50703; Union Schools Dollars for Scholars, 200 Adams St., La Porte City, IA 50651 or St. Paul United Methodist Church, 501 Sycamore St., La Porte City, IA 50651.
Condolences may be expressed at www.KearnsFuneralService.com

Phyllis Claire Foster

Phyllis Claire Foster, 92, of La Porte City died on December 31, 2018 at La Porte City Specialty Care.
She was born on May 12, 1926 in La Porte City, the daughter of Shannon Luvern and Marian Ester Kline Davis. Phyllis graduated from La Porte City High School in 1944.
She married Donald E. Foster on October 5, 1946 in La Porte City; he preceded her in death on May 18, 2006.
Phyllis was a homemaker and had also worked for LPC Veterinary Clinic and as a grocery store clerk. She was a member of the La Porte City Country Club and was an avid golfer. She also loved to fish and took many fishing trips to Minnesota and Canada.
Survivors include a son, Claire (Joan) Foster of La Porte City; a daughter, Barbara (Kenneth) Wittmayer of Cedar Falls; eight grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; two sisters, Leslie (Leonard) Mullinex of Mt. Auburn and Ruth (Chad) Howrey of Pinetop, AZ.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; a daughter, Diane Runyan; and siblings, Joann Grove, Mary Weich, Sharon Timson, and Shannon “Pudge” Davis.
“She did it her way.”
Memorials may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice: 2101 Kimball Ave # 401, Waterloo, IA 50702.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date, with burial in Westview Cemetery, La Porte City.
Online condolences may be left at www.kearnsfuneralservice.com

Michael L. “Mike” Schmitz

Michael L. “Mike” Schmitz, 74, of La Porte City, died Tuesday, December 25, 2018 at UnityPoint Health Allen Hospital from complications of a stroke. He was born October 25, 1944 in Waterloo the son of Louis W. and Berniece E. Delagardelle Schmitz.
Mike married Carolyn Lewis on September 18, 1965 at Immaculate Conception Church in Gilbertville.
He worked as a large equipment operator at John Deere Co. for 17 years and owned and operated La Porte Performance Specialties.
Mike is survived by his wife, Carolyn of La Porte City; one son, Chris (Julie) Schmitz of La Porte City; one daughter, Carrie (Shane) Neil of La Porte City; five grandchildren, Dylan Schmitz, Nicole (Mitchell) Dierks, Jordan Schmitz, Paige (Tucker) Johnson, Vince Neil; one great grandson, Karsen Neil; four brothers, Pete (Linda) Schmitz of La Porte City, Pat (Paulette) Schmitz of Delaware, Arkansas, Joe Schmitz of Gilbertville, Robert Schmitz of Brooklyn and two sisters, Margaret (Charlie) Falk of Naples, Florida, Mary Sue (John) Murray of Osage.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A Celebration of Life Service was held December 31, 2018, with inurnment to be held at a later date in the Maplewood Cemetery in Vinton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family, where a memorial fund will be established.
Mike loved working in the shop, watching westerns, and spending time with his grandchildren and great grandson. He was a lifelong drag racer, winning multiple championships in many classes and longtime member of the Ozark Mountain Super Shifters.
Online condolences may be left at www.kearnsfuneralservice.com.

Gayle Hanlon

Gayle Hanlon, age 95, of Cedar Falls and formerly of La Porte City, died Tuesday, December 25, 2018 at Ravenwood Specialty Care in Waterloo.
She was born June 18, 1923 in rural Cresco, Iowa, the daughter of Joseph and Nora (Greenslade) McCabe. Gayle graduated from Cresco High School with the Class of 1941. She was united in marriage with Paul J. Hanlon on December 26, 1942 in rural Cresco. He preceded her in death on April 18, 1999.
Gayle taught country schools near Cresco for 2 years and then worked for La Porte City Schools for 19 years in the hot lunch program. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in La Porte City. Gayle loved spending time with her family and always enjoyed a good card game.
Survivors include three sons, Terry (Ruth) Hanlon of Port Charlotte, FL., Francis (Sen) Hanlon of Waterloo and Garen Hanlon of the Philippines; three daughters, Carol (Dave) Tjaden of Waterloo, Dolores (Mark) Taute of Cedar Falls and Lani (Mark) Kullberg of Bedford, TX; 13 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law, Janice McCabe of Eagan, MN and Joyce Hanlon of Harmony, MN.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three sisters, Bertina Swain, Luella Kasten and Nellie Kelly and four brothers, Richard, Leonard, Joseph and Clifford McCabe.
Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated on December 29, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with burial in West View Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to Sacred Heart Catholic Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be expressed at www.KearnsFuneralService.com

Earlene J. McBride

Earlene J. McBride, age 83, of La Porte City, died Monday, December 10, 2018 at La Porte City Specialty Care.
She was born July 1, 1935, in Waterloo, the daughter of Clifford and Eva (Goddard) McBride. Earlene graduated from La Porte City High School with the Class of 1953 and attended Gates Business College in Waterloo.
Earlene worked at Perpetual Savings and Loan for 35 years as secretary to the President and four years as a Vice President. Following her retirement, she did seasonal work for Pioneer Seed Corn. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in La Porte City.
Earlene lived on a farm while growing up and loved her pet cats. She even had a collection of cat figurines, one from each state. She enjoyed spending time in her vegetable and flower gardens and taking care of her lawn. Earlene loved being outdoors and was an avid bicycle rider, she rode her bike daily for eight years. On her 70th birthday, Earlene rode 70 miles. She liked to take vacations out west, hiking in the mountains and visiting the national parks, many times in the company of her nieces.
Survivors include four nieces, Ellen Pursell of Citrus Heights, CA, Lurene (Jeff) Swalve of Estherville, IA, Marla Hanna of La Porte City and June (Mike) Arbuckle of Georgetown, IL; a great-niece, Katy Pursell; a great-nephew Jesse Pursell; and a sister-in-law, Peggy McBride of La Porte City.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Junior McBride; a sister-in-law, Oma Jean McBride and nephews-in-law Rick Pursell, Jim Turpin and James Hanna, Sr.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 15 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 501 Sycamore Street in La Porte City with burial in Westview Cemetery. Public visitation will be held one hour prior to the services on Saturday at the church. La Porte City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be directed to Friends of the Shelter, 211 W 4th St, Vinton, IA 52349.
Condolences may be expressed at www.KearnsFuneralService.com

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