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Obituaries
Bruce Miller, 69
by Report submitted · November 22nd, 2017
Bruce Kenneth Miller, 69, of Marion, passed away Friday, November 17, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family. The family greeted friends from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, November 20, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion. Funeral Services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Marion.

Donald Heald, 91
by Report submitted · November 22nd, 2017
Donald R. Heald, 91, formerly of Marion, passed away November 13, 2017, at St. Luke's Living Center West in Cedar Rapids. A memorial service was held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at First Presbyterian Church in Marion, where family greeted friends at 9:30. A private family committal service will take place at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.

Gordon "Gordy" Gott, 88
by Report submitted · November 22nd, 2017
Gordon "Gordy" Gott, 88, of Marion, Iowa, passed away Monday, November 13, 2017, at St. Luke's Hospice Unit, Cedar Rapids. A gathering for family and friends to celebrate and honor his life was held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, in Marion.

Jacqueline Smith Taylor, 89
by Report submitted · November 22nd, 2017
Jacqueline M. Smith Taylor, 89, of Marion, entered her heavenly home on Sunday, November 12, 2017, at Unity Point Hospital in Cedar Rapids. Visitation was from noon - 2:00 p.m. Monday, November 20, 2017, at First Baptist Church in Marion. Funeral Service: 2:00 p.m. at the church by Rev. Dr. Jerry Springston. Arrangements by Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion.

Harry J. Stomp Jr, 73
by Report submitted · November 9th, 2017
Harry J. Stomp Jr, 73, of Marion, died Sunday, November 5, 2017, at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. A celebration of his life will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at the home of Adam and Ana Stomp.

Jamy Schmidt, 42
by Report submitted · November 9th, 2017
Jamy Schmidt, 42, of Marion, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, November 5, 2017, from an accidental electrocution at his home. The family will greet friends from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 10, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Marion. Funeral Mass will follow at 10:30 a.m. at the church conducted by Father David O'Connor. Private family burial will take place at Springville Cemetery, Springville. Arrangements by Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion.

Joyce Serbousek, 89
by Report submitted · November 9th, 2017
Joyce Eleanor Serbousek, 89, of Marion, passed away Saturday, November 4, 2017, at her home. In agreement with her wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be no services held. A private family committal will take place at a later date. Arrangements by Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion.

Mary Grimm, 79
by Report submitted · November 9th, 2017
Mary Louise Grimm, 79, of Marion, passed away on November 1, 2017, at the Emery Place Assisted Living & Memory Care in Robins, Iowa. Her husband, Keith Grimm, preceded her in death in 2011. A Celebration of Keith and Mary's Life was held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home. Private family graveside services were held at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.

Cornelius "Van" Van Berkum, 92
by Report submitted · November 2nd, 2017
Cornelius Antonius "Van" Van Berkum, 92, of Marion, Iowa, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. A Parish Vigil Service was at 4 p.m. on Monday, October 30, 2017, followed by visitation until 7 p.m. at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Marion. Funeral Mass was at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marion by Father David O'Connor. Burial took place at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Cedar Rapids.

Lorraine Hass, 109
by Report submitted · November 2nd, 2017
Lorraine G. Hass, 109, of Cedar Rapids, passed away October 26, 2017, at Cottage Grove. Per Lorraine's wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no services. Arrangements by Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion.
Lorraine Hass was born March 8, 1908, in Knoxville, Iowa, the daughter of Byrde and Carl Gamble. After graduating from high school, she attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, for two years and then went to the University of Nebraska where she was a member of Delta Gamma sorority. She was the Junior-Senior prom queen in her senior year. After graduation she taught high school English in Scribner, Nebraska, for more than four years.
She married Albert (Abe) V. Hass of Chariton, Iowa, and they lived there for 62 years while raising their family. In Chariton, she was a member of two bridge clubs, one of the founders of the Chariton Book Club and the hospital auxiliary. However, her main focus became Southgate which is a low-income housing facility that she helped become a reality. She served as a member of the Board there for more than 30 years.
Lorraine and her husband were the parents of Albert Curtis (Judie) Hass and Patricia Gay Hass (Jim Mathews). She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and her sister Virginia. She was the last living member of those generations of her family but is survived by her children; grandchildren, Ann, Amy and Andy; as well as seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
During her life, Lorraine enjoyed knitting, reading and counted cross stitching. During her later years, she became very frustrated when her fingers would not work to accomplish these things anymore, and her diminishing eyesight limited her reading. She then turned to a Kindle and audiobooks to continue her reading interests. She learned to use a computer at age 91 and enjoyed reading and writing emails as well as keeping track of various family members on Facebook.
She and Abe traveled several times with friends to Europe and Asia. They purchased a condominium in Dillon, Colorado, and enjoyed many visits there both winter and summer for more than 30 years. Her children and grandchildren all became skiers and while she enjoyed watching them, she never ventured out to try the sport. She took great pleasure in her family and nothing pleased her more than to have all of them come to visit "Granny."
Please share a memory of Lorraine at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries.

Pamela Ampulski, 64
by Report submitted · November 2nd, 2017
Pamela Easton Ampulski, 64, of Marion, passed away Monday, October 23, 2017, at Bickford Cottage, Marion. The family greeted friends from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, October 27, 2017 at Faith Lutheran Church in Marion. Celebration of Life was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at the church, conducted by Pastor John Albertson. Inurnment will be at a later date at Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa. Arrangements by Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion.

Shirley Pike, 68
by Report submitted · November 2nd, 2017
Shirley Jean Pike, 68, of Marion, Iowa, died October 28, 2017, at her home following a courageous battle against the blood cancer multiple myeloma. She was born August 2, 1949, in Ottumwa, Iowa, the daughter of Harold Dewey Pike and Marguerite Cleone Pike Berntsen.

Charles "Chip" Dickerson, 48
by Report submitted · October 26th, 2017
Charles "Chip" Dickerson, 48, passed away on October 16, 2017, in Cedar Rapids. Visitation was from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 19, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion and one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorial Services was at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 20, 2017, at First United Methodist Church in Marion by Rev. Mike Morgan.

Erma Lam, 89
by Report submitted · October 26th, 2017
Erma I. Lam, 89, of Springville, passed away Monday, October 16, 2017, at Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy. A Memorial Service was held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 21, 2017, at Whittier Quaker Meeting House, Whittier. Arrangements by Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion.

Kenneth Enneking, 80
by Report submitted · October 26th, 2017
Kenneth Joseph Enneking, 80, of Marion, passed away on October 19, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. A Parish Vigil Service began at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 22, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion. The family greeted friends following the Vigil Service until 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral Mass was at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, October 23, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marion by Father David O'Connor. Graveside Service took place at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Cedar Rapids, with military honors.
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