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Linn County Obituaries



  • Contributed by, KulaLacat@aol.com
    Sun July 27 1974
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    Katherine Barker
    Katherine Kuenzel Barker, 81, formerly of Cedar Rapids, died Friday at her home in Beaumont, Texas. She was born Aug. 28, 1892, in Arkansas, and was married to Raymond P. Barker. Mrs. Barker was a retired vocational nurse.
    Surviving are her husband, and a daughter, Mrs. Kathryn Silverberg of Beaumont, Texas.
    Graveside services: Monday at 9 a.m. at Oak Hilll Cemetery conducted by the Rev. Allan Page. Friends may call at the Beatty-Beurle chapel after 7 p.m. Sunday.


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    July 22 1974 Mon
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    John B. Secrest
    John B. (Jack) Secrest, 84, formerly of Cedar Rapids, died Thursday in the Veterans home at Hot Springs, S.D.
    Mr. Secrest had been employed as a railroad mail handler until his retirement in 1964.
    He was married to Helen McArdle in Phoenix in 1967.
    Surviving in addition to his wife is a daughter, Marjorie Secrest, Santa Barbara, Calif.; and a brother Virgil of West Branch.
    Services were held Saturday in Hot Springs, S.D. with burial in the veterans cemetery there.


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    Mon July 22 1974
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    Margaret O'Connor
    Margaret Jane O'Connor, 77, of 1136 Weare avenue NE, widow of Harley O'Connor, died Sunday following a long illness. Born Sept 7, 1896, in Toddville, she had been a resident of the Cedar Rapids area nearly all her life.
    Survivors include a brother, Harry Quinby, Cedar Rapids, and a sister, Carrie Wathon, Fort Madison.
    Services: Turner chapel east at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday by Dr. Wayne Hensley of First Christian church. Burial: Cedar Memorial. Friends may call at Turner's east.


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    July 22 1974 Mon.
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    Wayne F. Ballard
    Wayne F. Ballard, 62, of 1027 Sixteenth street NE, died Saturday following a brief illness. Born Aug. 14, 1911, in Sioux City, he was married to Ann Fuchser Aug 21, 1958, in Lexington, Ky.
    He had been a resident of Sioux City before coming to Cedar Rapids in 1955, and was a real estate salesman for Condon Real Estate, Inc. before his illness. He was a member of the Baptist church. Crescent Masonic lodge and El Kahir Shrine.
    Surviving in addition to his wife, Ann, are two daughters, Jane Nelson, Fountain Valley, Calif., and Joyce Bachert, Kansas City; a son, James, Fountain Valley, Calif.; two stepsons, Dick Pearson, Salt Lake City, and John Pearson, Woodland Hills, Calif.; his father, Etna Ballard, Sioux City; 11 grandchildren; two brothers, Earl, Nevada, Mo. and Clyde, Parker, Ariz.; and a sister Hazel Fraeur, Sioux City.
    Services: Turner chapel east at 3 p.m. Tuesday by the Rev. John D. Green of Toddville Free Methodist church. Masonic services will be conducted by Crescent lodge AF & AM. All Master Masons are asked to meet at Turner chapel east at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday. Burial: Cedar Memorial. Friends may call at Turner's east until 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. The casket will not be open after the service.


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    Mon July 22 1974
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    Anna Y. Earley
    Anna Yvonne Earley, 87, Minneapolis, died Sunday after a long illness.
    She was born Sept. 27, 1887, in Pennsylvania and moved to Minnesota about 30 years ago.
    She is survived by a son, Joseph, Cedar Rapids; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
    Services: 9:30 aa.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick's Catholic church by the Rev. Martin T. Laughlin. Burial: Mt. Calvary. Friends may call at the Teahen funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday.


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    Wed May 15 1991
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    Wilbert H. "Whip" Bielow, 69, of 6035 Crestridge Ave. SW, died Monday evening in St. Luk's Hospital after a long illness.
    Services: 10 a.m. Thursday, Trinity Lutheran Church with military rites by American Legion Hanford Post 5. Burial: Garrison Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Turner Chapel West and after 9 a.m. Thursday at the church.
    Survivors include his wife, Pauline; a stepdaughter, Debra Sanders and a stepson, Steven Struck, both of Cedar Rapids, and a sister, Phylis Neighbors of Palatine, Ill.
    Also surviving are four stepgrandchildren, two nieces, Martha Neighbors of Palatine, Ill., and Ann Zook of Naperville, Ill.and a nephew, Steven Neighbors of Rapid City, S.D.
    Born Feb. 23, 1922, near Charter Oak to Walter and Martha Mueller Bielow, he married Pauline Ahl Struck on March 6, 1965, in Cedar Rapids. Mr. Bielow served in the Army during World War Ii and was employed by Rockwell-Collins for 24 years. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where he was active in Fellowship Club..


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    Wed May 15 1991
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    Wilma A. Mareda, 77, of 1030 Third Ave. SE, died Tuesday in Heritage Acres Care Center following a short illness.
    Services: 11 a.m. Friday, St Wenceslaus Catholic Church. Burial: St. John's Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Kuba Funeral Home East where a rosary will be recited at 4 p.m. and a wake service held at 7 p.m. Thursday.
    Surviving is a sister, Georgiane Yska of Waterloo. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.
    A lifelong Cedar Rapids resident, she was born there on Jan. 10, 1914, and married Jerry Mareda there on Nov. 22, 1945. he died in 1969. She was a retired 39-yuear employee of Russell's Guides Inc. She was a member of the St. Wenceslaus Church rosary Society and choir, Russell's Retirees Club. Wester Fraternal Life Association Cedar Rapids Lodge 262 Federation of Czech Groups, Civil War Roundtable and Linn County Historical Museum Association, serving as past board member and secretary.


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    Wed Oct 26 1977
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    Sharon Lynn Sillf, 11, died Saturday in Rantoul, Ill. of cancer.
    Born April 27, 1966, in Cedar Rapids, she is the daughter of Larry R Stillf, 1501 First Ave. Marion, and Judy Sillf of Rantoul. She attended school in Cedar Rapids and Marion prior to moving to Rantoul two years ago.
    Surviving in addition to her parents are a sister, Shirley Innman, Wateseka ill., and brothers, Eugene, Larry, Tim and Tom all of Rantoul.
    Services were held Monday in Hoopeston, Ill. Correction next day
    Sills, Sharon Lynn-- Services were held Monday in Hoopeston, Ill. She was a former Marion resident. The family name was incorrectly spelled in Wednesday's Gazette. Cause of death, which was listed as cancer by the funeral home, is still unknown.


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    Wed Oct 26 1977
    Marie Arnett, 82, a lifelong resident of the Center Point community, died Tuesday in a Cedar Rapids hospital.
    Born Nov 22, 1894, at Center Point, she was married to Lawrence D. Arnett Dec. 22, 1912, at Center Point. Mrs. Arnett was a member of the First Christian Church.
    Surviving are three sons, Charles Arnett, Ormond Beach, Fla.; Dale Arnett, Cedar Rapids, and Robert Arnett, Whittier, Calif.; eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
    Services: 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the First Christian Church at Center Point by the Rev. Joe Jones. Burial: Center Point Cemetery. Friends may call at the Murdoch Chapel in Center Point after 2 p.m. Friday.


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    Wed Oct 26 1977
    IIva W. Heartwell, 310 Fifth Ave. SE, wife of the late Carl Heartwell and a Cedar Rapids resident the last two years, died Tuesday in a local hospital.
    Born in Hoxie, Kan., Mrs. Heartwell made her home in Salina, Kan., before moving to Cedar Rapids. She was a member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, and the Mother Church in Boston, Mass.
    Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Robert N. Donaldson, Cedar Rapids; a sister, Mrs. Paul W. Galloway, Phoenix, Ariz, and three grandchildren.
    There was a cremation committal at Turner Crematory.


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    Thurs Oct 27 1977
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    Edwin Lesinger Frish, 83, of 5020 Lincoln Heights Drive SE, a lifelong resident of the Cedar Rapids area, died Wednesday at his home.
    Born Nov. 17 1893, in Linn county, he was married to Esther Wilder June 22, 1921, in Cedar Rapids. Mr. Frish was a veteran of World War I and had farmed and worked at Iowa Electric Welding prior to his retirement. He was a member of Hanford Post of the American Legion.
    Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter Mrs. Earl Catheart, Cedar Rapids; a son, Dr. Dean E. Frish, Mount Pleasant, and four grandchildren.
    Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Turner Chapel East by the Rev. Earl A. Huebner of Calvin-Sinclair Presbyterian church. Burial: Cambell Cemetery with military services by Hanford Post of the American Legion. Friends may call at Turner Chapel East.


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    Virginia R. Hotz
    Virginia R. Hotz, 68, of 160 22nd St., and a resident of Marion for 24 years, died at her home at 10 p.m. Monday. Feb. I, following a long illness.
    The daughter of John P. and Hendricka Klein, she was born on Sept. 5, 1913, at Manchester. She was married to Raymond Hotz on Dec. 19, 1957. Mrs. Hotz was formerly employed at the Marion Laundry, and at Ole's Ham and Egger. She was a member of the Methodist church.
    Surviving are her husband; two sons, John Johnson of Grants, N.M., and Jim Miller of Toddville; two daughters, Mrs. Ernest (Judy) Rife of Marion, and Mrs. Harvey (Janet) Aldridge of Patterson; four stepsons, Robert Hotz of Cedar Rapids, Richard Hotz of Troy Mills, Larry Hotz of Mt. Vernon, and Chuck Hotz of Agonia, Calif.; 35 grandchildren; and 35 great-grandchildren.
    She was preceded in death by one daughter, Kathy Miller; three granddaughters, a sister Bethel Cole; and two brothers, Walter Loehr and Ray Morris.
    Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at the Murdoch Chapel at Marion, conducted by the Rev. Dick Watkins of the First United methodist Church of Marion. Interment was in Green Cemetery at Morley. A memorial fund has been established.


  • Contributed by, KulaLacat@aol.com
    Mon July 21 1986
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    Helen J. Nation 79, of 1424 Seventh Ave. SE, died Saturday evening in Mercy Hospital following a short illness.
    Born April 7, 1907, at North English, she married Zern Nation on Oct. 20, 1932, at Rock Island, Ill. She had been employed by Borden Ice Cream Co. for over 21 yeaars prior to retirement, and was a member of St. James United Methodist Church.
    Surviving is her husband.
    Services: 1:00 p.m. Tuesday., Turner Chapel West by the Rev. Cloyd Bishop of St. James United Methodist Church. Burial: Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call at the chapel from 2 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to service time Tuesday. Memorials may be made to St. James United Methodist Church memorial Fund, 1430 Ellis Blvd. NW. Cedar Rapids, 52405.


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    Tues July 22 1986
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    Donald E. Trcka, 56, of 255 12th St SW. died Sunday in University Hospitals.
    A lifelong Cedar Rapids resident, he was born July 7, 1930, and married Joyce McCammant on June 20, 1960. She died in 1981
    Mr. Trcka is survived by two sons, Brad Karras aand Rick Trcka, both of LaJolla, Calif.; and a brother, William of Cedar Rapids.
    There will be no service or visitation. Arrangements by Cedar Memorial Funeral Home.


  • Contributed by, KulaLacat@aol.com
    Wed July 23 1986
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    Arthur J. Ernster, 73, of 845 Westview Dr. Marion, died Tuesday in St. Luke's Hospital, Cedar Rapids, of complications following a stroke in April.
    He was born Dec. 8, 1912, at Clinton, and married Wilma Loyd there Oct. 30, 1946. Mr. Ernster served in the Navy during World War Ii A meat cutter for 50 yeaars, he was employed by Eagle Supermarkets before retiring in 1978.
    He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Marion, American Legion Post No 298 and Meat Cutter's Union Local 431.
    Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Dale of Bellevue, Neb., and Kevin of Cedar Rapids; one brother, Louie, Clinton; four sisters, Marie Ernster, Sara Marie Holliday, Collette Daehler and Bernadine Dalrymple, all of Clinton; and five grandchildren.
    Services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Marion, by the Rev. John McClean. Burial: 2 p.m. Thursday, St. Irenaeus Cemetery, Clinton. Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. today at Murdoch Chapel, Marion, where a Scripture service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m.


  • Contributed by, KulaLacat@aol.com
    Fri Feb 24 1989
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    Mary Ann Miner, 70, of Lisbon, formerly of Cedar Rapids, died Wednesday in St Luke's Hospital at Cedar Rapids, following a brief illness.
    Born July 14, 1918, at Cedar Rapids, she married Edward Miner here Oct. 18, 1947. He died in 1988. Mrs. Miner was a school teacher for the Middle School at Mount Vernon, retiring in 1979. She was a 1969 graduate of Kirkwood Occupational Therapy, earned an associate's degree from Kirkwood Community College and a bachelor's degree from Mount Mercy College in 1974.
    Survivors include a son, Paul Schwiebert of Cedar Rapids; a sister Yvonne Prince of San Diego; a brother Robert Gouldin of Cedar Rapids; and two grandchildren.
    There will be no services. Inurnment: Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Lisbon Mount Vernon Ambulance Association , City Hall, Mount Vernon 52314. Arrangements by Cedar Memorial Funeral home.


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    Fri Feb 24 1989
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    Bessie Siegel, 95, of Boynton Beach, Fla., formerly of Cedar Rapids, died Tuesday in Boulevard Manor Nursing Center at Boynton Beach.
    Born Feb. 15, 1894, in Russia, she married Joseph Siegel Dec. 15, 1912. He died in 1971. Mrs. Siegel was a member of Temple Judah at Cedar Rapids, Sons of Jacob at Waterloo, Shalom Chapter of Hadassah, Temple Emeth at Delray Beach Fla., Sisterhoood of Congregation Anahel Emuna and president for 12 years of Yiddish Speaking Poalez Zion -Now Pioneer Women of Minneapolis.
    Survivors include two sons, Leonard of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Oscar of Cedar Rapidss; a daughter Gertrude Cohen of Delray Beach, Fla.; a brother Joseph Annexton, of Minneapolis; a sister, Fanny Barnett of Washington, D.C.; nine grandchildren and eight great-greandchildren.
    Services: 1 p.m. Sunday, Turner Chapel East, by Rabbi Jeffrey Portman of Iowa City. Burial: Eben Israel Cemetery. Friends may call after noon Sunday in the chapel.


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    Fri 24 Feb 1989
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    Lumir W. Samek, 76, of 1705 Blake Blvd. SE, died Wenesday in Mercy Medical Center following a brief illness.
    Born July 24, 1912, at Johnson County, he was a longtime resident of Linn and Johnson counties. Mr. Samek worked for Hutchinson Ice Cream and was a self-employed bookkeeper. he was a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic church.
    Survivors include two sisters, Martha White of Cedar Rapids and Emma Novak of Ely.
    Services: 2 p.m. Saturday, St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, by the Rev. Clarence Frana. burial: St. John's Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Brosh Chapel, where a Scripture service will be held at 7 tonight. A memorial fund has been established.


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    Fri Feb 24 1989
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    Mayme A. Thompson, 94, a resident of the Iowa City Care Center, formerly of Cedar Rapids, died Wednesday in the care center following a long illness.
    Born Jan. 11, 1895, at Rowan, she married W. Earle Thompson June 14, 1921, at Syracuse, N.Y. he died in 1961. Mrs. Thompson taught school for many years, including at Lincoln Elementary, Cedar Rapids. She was a member of Westminster Presbytarian Church and King's Daughters.
    Survivors include a daughter, Marilyn Weart of Dallas, Texas, a son, Duane of Iowa City; two sisters, Anne Schlampp of Ackley and Lynette Baker of Salt Lake City, Utah; five granchildren and four great-grandchildren.
    Services: 1 p.m. today, Turner Chapel East, by the Rev. John Woods. Burial: Shellsburg Cemetery. Friends may call after noon today in the chapel. Memorial donation may be made to American Heart Association, 375, Collins Rd. NE, Suite 106, Cedar Rapids 52402.


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    Fri 31 Aug 1984
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    Willard E. Light, 81, a lifelong Lisbon-area resident, died early Thursday at his home following a long illness.
    Born Aug. 25, 1903, on a farm south of Lisbon, he married Clara Novak on Oct. 4, 1933.
    Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Doris Miller of Dubuque, a son, Dale of Lisbon; a brother, John of Lisbon; and seven grandchildren.
    Services : 10 a.m. Saturday at Lisbon United Methodist Church. Burial: Mount Vernon Ceretery. Friends may call after 3 p.m. today at Morgan Funeral Home, Lisbon, where Masonic services will be conducted at 7:30 tonight. In lieu of flowers, friends may make a memorial contribution to the Lisbon United Methodist Church.


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    Fri Aug 31 1984
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    Alvin N Hollingsworth, 75, an Onamia, Minn., resident for 18 years, formerly of Cedar Rapids died Wednesday in Onamia following a long illness.
    He was born May 16, 1909, at Olin, and married Vera Fifield on June 13, 1945, at Cedar Rapids. She preceded him in death. He was employed by Collins Radio until retirement and was a member of the Onamia United Methodist Church.
    He is survived by several nieces and nephews.
    Sevices: 1 p.m. Saturday at Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories by the Rev. Robert Dennert of Trinity United Methodist Church. Burial: Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call at Cedar Memorial funeral Home after 4 p.m. today and at the chapel after 9 a.m. Saturday. A memorial fund has been established at the United Methodist Church, Onamia, Minn. 56359.


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    Fri Aug. 31 1984
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    Alice Ruth Thomas Nelson, 78, of Utica, Mich., a former resident of Cedar Rapids, died Thursday in a Rochester, Mich, hospital.
    She was born Sept. 21, 1905, at Clarksville, Iowa. She and her husband, the late Harold V. Nelson, resided in Cedar Rapids before moving to Michigan in the 1960s. He died in 1977.
    Surviving are two daughters, Ruth Erickson of Utica, Mich, and Paulline Lenatz of White Pine, Mich.; a sister, Mary Fahl of Cedar Rapids; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
    Services and burial will be Saturday at Little Girls' Point, Mich. Arrangements by Nyberg-Miller-Paulson Mortuary, Ironwood Mich.


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    Thur Oct 27 1977
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    James E. Hoffman, 47, of 2200 Johnson Ave. NW, a lifelong Cedar Rapids resident, died Wednesday in an Iowa City hospital following a long illness.
    Born Dec. 31, 1929, in Cedar Rapids, he was married to Patti Klassen Aug, 18, 1955, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids. Mr. Hoffman was an insurance salesman.
    Surviving in addition to his wife are six sons, Mark, San Clemente, Calif.; Mathew, Mission Viejo Calif.; Gary, U.S. navy, Guam; Christopher, Jeffery and Hal, all at home; two daughters, Nancy, Marion, and Lisa, at home; his mother, Mrs. Teresa Hoffman, Cedar Rapids, four brothers, John, Bill and Tom, all of Cedar Rapids, and Donald of Los Angeles, Calif.; and one sister, Mrs. Arthur Svoboda, Cedar Rapids.
    Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Matthew"s Catholic Church by the Revs. Richard Ament, St. John's Church in Waterloo; A.A. Sodawasser, James Duster and Ronald Friedell. Burial: St. Johseph's Cemetery Stark Settlement. A Prayer Service will be held Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Teahen Funeral Home where friends may call after 1 p.m. Friday. A memorial has been established for the Assoiciation of Retarded Children.


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    Thur. oct 27 1977 no other info Frank A. Oberer, 81, of 1503 Maplewood Drive NE, died Wednesday evening in a a local hospital following a long illness. Born June 3, 1896, in Peoria, Ill., he had been a Cedar Rapids resident the last 67 years. He was one of three who survived the May 22, 1919, Douglas Starch Works, explosion that killed 43 persons. He had been employed as a machinist at Iowa Elictric Light and Power Co. until his retirement in 1963. Mr. Oberer was a World War I Navy veteran. He was a member of St. Matthew's Catholic Church, American Legion Hanford Post 5, and the International Brotherhood of Operating Engineers 275. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Donald J. (Gloria) Canney, Cedar RApids; one sister, Mrs. James Cave, Peoria, Ill; and three grandsons. Services: Saturday noon in St. Matthew's Church by the Rev. Ronald G. Friedell. Burial: Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call at the Stewart Funeral Home Friday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. where Father Friedell will conduct the Christian Wake Service at 7 p.m
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