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Charles "Charlie" Quaas, 70
by Report submitted · April 20th, 2017
Charles "Charlie" Quaas, 70, of Alburnett, passed away Friday, April 14, 2017, at St. Lukes Hospital. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion.

June M. Mead, 91
by Report submitted · April 20th, 2017
June M. Mead, 91, of Marion, left this earth to be with her Lord on April 12, 2017, at Winslow House Care Center. In honoring her wishes there will be no visitations. A private family memorial service will take place at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion, with Pastor John Albertson presiding. Inurnment will take place at Riverside Cemetery, Anamosa.

Ronald Lethem, 90
by Report submitted · April 20th, 2017
Ronald Allen Lethem was born to Faye Marie (Gifford) and Walter Roy Lethem, Sr. on October 27, 1926, in Walnut, Iowa. He was the fifth of six children. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to Maryville, Missouri. There, he graduated from high school and attended college. In 1946 Ron entered the Army Signal Corps and served as a basic training TS (Battlefield Field Communications) Instructor. After being honorably discharged, he entered the retail business and spent the next 25 years managing and supervising department stores in Iowa and Wisconsin for the C.R. Anthony Company.

Sally M. Dundee, 82
by Report submitted · April 20th, 2017
Mildred "Sally" Marie (Carrel), Stalkfleet, Young, Keller, Curtis, Dundee, 82, of Marion, passed away Friday April 14, 2017, at Willow Garden Care Center, Marion. The family greet friends from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, and will from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion. Funeral Service following at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial at Ridgewood Cemetery, North Liberty.

Vida Marie Vesey Engel, 89
by Report Submitted · April 20th, 2017
Vida Marie Engel, 89, of Marion, passed away Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at her home. Visitation was from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 16, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion. Funeral Service was at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 17, 2017, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Marion, officiated by Reverend Gregory R. Williamson. The family greeted friends one hour prior to service at the church. Graveside service followed at 2:30 p.m. at Pine View Cemetery, Delaware, Iowa.

Armella Dana, 68
by Report submitted · April 13th, 2017
Armella Dana, 68, of Marion, passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Friends may greet family from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 28, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Marion, conducted by Reverend Dr. Howard Chapman and Reverend Elizabeth Hilkerbaum.

Lee Voelker, 77
by Report submitted · April 13th, 2017
Lee E. Voelker, 77, of Marion died Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at Dennis & Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha, Iowa, following a lengthy illness. Visitation was from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 9, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion, Iowa, where a parish vigil service began at 1 p.m. Funeral Mass was at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 10, 2017, at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, by Father Steve Garner. Burial took place at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Cedar Rapids.

Marion Home School teams, individuals perform well at State
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · April 13th, 2017
All three of Marion Home School's mock trial teams qualified for the State competition and performed well.

Mitchell Bluml performs with Wartburg Choir at National ACDA conference
by Report submitted · April 13th, 2017
Mitchell Bluml, of Marion, was one of 79 Wartburg College students to perform with the Wartburg Choir at the National American Choral Directors Association conference in Minneapolis, on March 10 and 11.

F & M Bank announces Advisory Board changes
April 6th, 2017
F & M Bank is proud to announce the following individuals have been appointed to the Cedar Rapids Advisory Board: Ellen Miller O.D., Miller Family Eyecare Center; Dan Callahan, Budget of Cedar Rapids; and Kurt Packingham, Acro Manufacturing (not pictured). These members will be joining the current board members: Randy Nazette of Nazette, Marner, Nathanson & Shea, LLP; Tim Carstensen of Ottsen Oil Co.; Jason Gillihan, Woodharbor Design Showroom; and Paula Wickham, Think Safe, Inc.

Jeffrey Hansel, 52
by Report Submitted · April 6th, 2017
Jeffrey Todd Hansel, 52, of Marion, passed away on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, due to a long illness. A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 1, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion. The family greeted friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Alice Wendland, 92
by Report submitted · March 30th, 2017
Alice Wendland, age 92, of Nora Springs, formerly of Fredericksburg, IA, passed away Thursday, March 23, 2017, at the Nora Springs Care Center.

Dion "Don" O'Loughlin, 80
by Report submitted · March 30th, 2017
Dion "Don" O'Loughlin, 80, of Marion, passed away Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at his home. Funeral Services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at Peace Christian Reformed Church, 6600 C Avenue NE in Cedar Rapids, conducted by Reverend Gary Brouwers. The family greeted friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial took place at Oak Shade Cemetery in Marion. Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion, assisted the family with arrangements.

John Bunting, 86
by Report submitted · March 30th, 2017
John Wesley Bunting, 86, of Marion, died Friday, March 24, 2017. Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, March 27, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion. Funeral Service was at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marion, conducted by Reverend David O'Connor. Burial took place at Oak Shade Cemetery in Marion with military honors.

Kay Blinks, 79
by Report submitted · March 30th, 2017
Kay Arlene Blinks, 79, of Marion, passed away Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at Unity Point Hospice Unit at St. Luke's Hospital, Cedar Rapids. Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 24, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Marion. Funeral Service was at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at the funeral home.
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