Category: Obituaries

Janice C. (Miller) Wallis

Janice Carol (Miller) Wallis died on Thursday, December 7, 2017 after a short illness. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, December 15, 1:00 p.m. at the College Heights Christian Church Chapel in Joplin, MO.
Janice was born on August 22, 1943, to Everett E. and Leona Mae (Clark) Miller. She graduated high school in Brandon, Iowa, in 1961. Janice attended Minnesota Bible College for two years. On October 10, 1964, Janice married Owen Wallis. To this union two children were born: Todd (Sherry) of Moberly, MO, and Wendy Berliew of Webb City, MO.
Owen and Janice spent the early years of their marriage in Vinton, Iowa. They later farmed near Mount Auburn, Iowa, for 20 years. Janice also worked at Mt. Auburn Bank as a teller. Owen and Janice relocated to Joplin in 1997, and Janice started working as a receptionist at Ozark Christian College. She retired from OCC after 20 years of service in June.
Janice gave her life to Christ at an early age, and her faith was very important to her. Not only did she attend Bible college, but she encouraged her children to do the same. Janice was an active member of the LaPorte City Church of Christ in LaPorte City, Iowa and then College Heights Christian Church in Joplin. Janice was a prayer warrior, and if you had the pleasure of staying in her home, you could witness Janice reading her Bible each night.
Being a wife, mother and grandmother brought much joy to Janice. Until she became sick, she would get on the floor to play with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed baking with them. Janice was a letter writer, and enjoyed keeping in touch with her friends and family, especially her grandson while he was deployed overseas. Every spring, Owen and Janice returned to Iowa to hunt for mushrooms and spend time with family and former neighbors.
Janice was preceeded in death by her parents and one brother, Roger Bourne.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, her children, and six grandchildren: Tucker Cooper of Port Hueneme, CA; Tori Cooper of Joplin; Tacy Cooper and Ava Berliew of Webb City; Hayley and Nathan Wallis of Moberly, MO. She is also survived by one brother Darwin (Brenda) Miller of Dandridge, TN, brother-in-law Willard (Karen) Wallis of Joplin, and sisters-in-law Joyce (Dick) Kenney of Vinton, IA, and JoAnne Wallis of New Haven, CT, and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to College Heights Christian Church and Ozark Christian College both in Joplin or Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly, MO.

Toby J. Edmondson

Toby Joseph Edmondson, 67, of La Porte City, died Friday, December 1, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City.
He was born Sept 12, 1950, son of Eileen and George Edmondson.
He is survived by his wife, Jane; a son, Toby (Jennifer) Edmondson Jr. of Evansdale; a daughter, Stacie (Justin) Conrad of Waterloo; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandsons; and a brother, Mike.
Preceding him in death were his parents; and a sister, Elizabeth.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Per Toby’s request there will be no service. Condolences may be sent to 1028 Fox Ave., Evansdale, IA 50707
Toby was a kind man, who often put others first. His love for his family was deep from within.

Maxine J. Benda

Maxine J. Benda, age 99, of La Porte City, died Thursday, November 23, 2017 at La Porte City Specialty Care.
She was born April 12, 1918 in La Porte City, the daughter of Porter and Bessie (Huber) Shaner. Maxine graduated from La Porte City High School with the Class of 1933. She was united in marriage with Edward J. Benda on January 11, 1939 in Cresco, Iowa. He preceded her in death on April 12, 1983.
Maxine was a lifelong homemaker. She also worked for a time at the La Porte City canning factory, Rockwood Motel and the poultry plant in Vinton. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church and enjoyed playing in bowling league, growing flowers in her garden and spending time with animals. Maxine loved to play cards and bingo.
Survivors include 2 sons, Ken (Pat) Benda and Dale (Toni) Benda, all of La Porte City; 4 grandchildren, Christina (Brian) Jesse, Kevin (Marlene) Benda, Pam (Dave) Steinick and James (Suzanne) Benda; 6 great grandchildren, Mitchell, Morgan, Emily, Lucas, Julia Rose and Gabriel; and a sister, Lois (Willard) Jesse of La Porte City.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son James Benda who died on April 1, 1967; her husband Edward; and 3 brothers, Lowell, Delbert “Clare” and Robert Shaner.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 501 Sycamore St. in La Porte City, with private family inurnment at a later date in Westview Cemetery. Public visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Monday, November 27 at La Porte City Funeral Home and an hour prior to the services on Tuesday at the church.
Memorials may be directed to St. Paul United Methodist Church, 501 Sycamore St., La Porte City, IA 50651 or La Porte City Specialty Care, 1100 Highway 218 N., La Porte City, Iowa 50651.
Condolences can be expressed at

Neva C. Witmer

Neva C. (Dexter) Witmer, 86, of La Porte City, formerly of Cedar Rapids, died Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, following a brief illness.
She was born April 1, 1931 the daughter of Ray and Clara Dexter. She married Jack Witmer on June 18, 1955.
Neva was actively involved with DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) serving in many positions throughout the years. She was a member of Christ Church Presbyterian in Cedar Rapids, where she served in numerous roles including teaching Sunday School, singing in the choir and serving as President of the church’s Presbyterian Women.  
She is survived by her husband, Jack of La Porte City and one son Mark (Bev) Witmer of Vinton. 
She is preceded in death by her parents; a son Steven and one brother Everett.
Memorials may be directed to the family where a memorial fund has been established.
Services will be held Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Christ Church Presbyterian, 2000 1st Ave NW in Cedar Rapids with burial in the West View Cemetery, La Porte City.
La Porte City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements 319-342-3131.  Online condolences may be left at

Vincent James “Vince” Ambrosy

Vincent James “Vince” Ambrosy, 84, of La Porte City, died Monday, October 23, at home.
He was born May 21, 1933, in Waterloo, son of Joseph and Emily Schmit Ambrosy.  He married Dianne Bauler on November 27, 1965, in Eagle Center. Vince graduated from Eagle Center High School.  He was a veteran of the U. S. Army, serving from 1953 to 1955.  Vince farmed in the La Porte City area all his life.
Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Jeanne (Ross) Hillsman of West Des Moines and Renee (Dave) Brobst of Prattville, Alabama; seven grandchildren, Cameron, Luke, Shane, and Quinn Hillsman of West Des Moines and Haley, Ryan, and Jason Brobst of Prattville, Alabama; two brothers, Galen Ambrosy of Cedar Falls and Mike Ambrosy of Waterloo; two sisters, Mary Jo (Don) Pint of Cedar Falls and Joann Smith of La Porte City; and in-laws, Alice Werner of La Porte City, Lori and  Roy Bauler of Tripoli, and Nancy and Glen Bauler of Waterloo; and a brother-in-law, Ed Threm of Florida.
Vince was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mary; a brother, Richard; a brother-in-law, Caryl Werner; and two sisters-in-law, Sheryl Threm and Kate Ambrosy. 
Services will be 10:00 AM Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, La Porte City, with burial in St. Mary’s of Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Eagle Center, where full military rites will be conducted by American Legion Post 207, La Porte City and the Iowa Army Honor Guard. 
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 PM Friday at the church, where there will be a 4 PM rosary.  Visitation will continue at the church for an hour before services on Saturday.
Memorials may be directed to the family. Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway, Waterloo, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left with
Vince enjoyed building furniture in his shop.  He was also an avid card player.


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