Category Archives: Obituaries

Geraldine L. Allison, 80

Geraldine Allison, 80, formerly of the Lynnville and Newton areas, passed away Saturday morning, May 31, 2014, at Mayflower Health Care in Grinnell, under the care of Hospice. Private family services will be at a later date. The Pence~Reese Funeral Home in Newton has been entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Geraldine’s...
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William D. Sylvester, 84

William Donald Sylvester, 84, of Poughkeepsie, NY, went home to be with Jesus on May 26, 2014, surrounded by his family. He is survived by Bertha, his wife of more than 60 years; his four children, seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, brothers Walter Sylvester of Lynnville and Howard and Richard of California, sister Rosa of Cedar...
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Anna Newell, 79

Anna Belle Newell, 79, of Ottumwa and formerly of Oskaloosa, died May 8, 2014, at Hospice House of Wapello and Davis County in Ottumwa. She was born Apr. 15, 1935, in Oskaloosa to John and Violet Hooten Monroe. She married Carroll Newell in March 1952; they later divorced. Anna had retired from Pella Corp. and had also...
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Robert D. Vander Leest, 76

Robert D. Vander Leest, 76, of Grinnell, died Thursday, May 1, 2014, at Mayflower Health Care Center. Funeral services were held May 6 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Grinnell. Interment was at the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Trinity Lutheran Church. Bob was born on June 14, 1937, in Iowa City to...
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Reuben Van Hemert, 91

Reuben Van Hemert, 91, of Pella died Apr. 28, 2014, at the Comfort House in Pella. Funeral services were held May 3 at Third Reformed Church in Pella. Memorials have been designated for Hospice of Pella. Reuben Elmer Van Hemert was the son of Marce and Nellie Weyers Van Hemert. He and twin sister, Ruby, were...
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Sophia A. Swank, 94

Sophia Ann Swank, 94, of Knoxville and formerly of Sully, passed away Mon-day, Apr. 28, 2014, at the Comfort House of Pella. Funeral services were held Thursday, May 1, at Sully First Reformed Church. Burial was in the Sully Cemetery. Sophia Ann Swank, daughter of Andrew J. and Nellie Vos TerLouw, was born Oct. 26, 1919,...
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Larry G. Vande Voort, 71

Larry G. Vande Voort, 71, of Sully, passed away Monday, Apr. 28, 2014, at the Comfort House of Pella. Funeral services were held May 1 at Sully Christian Reformed Church. Burial was in Sully Cemetery. Larry Gene Vande Voort was born Nov. 13, l942, to Everett and Harriet (Dieleman) Vande Voort in Newton. He was the...
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