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Obituaries
Charlie Kress, 84
January 12th, 2017
Charlie Kress, of Marion, Iowa, passed away in the early morning of Saturday, January 7, 2017, at the age of 84. A visitation will be held at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service at 3855 Katz Drive in Marion on Thursday, January 12, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m. A memorial service will be the following day, January 13, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church at 1298 7th Avenue in Marion, followed by a luncheon. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the Memorial Service at the church. Following the luncheon, a short Graveside Service will be held at 1:30 p.m. at Oak Shade Cemetery at 789 2nd Avenue, Marion. All events are open to his many friends, colleagues, and family.

James C. Chapman, 82
January 12th, 2017
James C. "Jim" Chapman, 82, of Marion, passed away Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, at Linn Manor Care Center, Marion. Memorial Service was 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at First Baptist Church-Church of the Brethren, Cedar Rapids conducted by Reverend Jerry Bertleson. The family greeted friends one hour prior to the service. Private Family Burial was at Oak Shade Cemetery, Marion. Arrangements by Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion.

Marian Peters, 95
January 12th, 2017
Marian Katherine Peters, 95, of Nebraska, formerly of Marion, died November 30, 2016, in Papillion, Nebraska. In agreement with her wishes, cremation has taken place. Celebration of Marian's Life will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, at the Cedar Rapids Marriott Hotel, 1200 Collins Road NE, Cedar Rapids. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1790 14th Street, Marion, conducted by Father David O'Connor. Burial will take place at Oak Shade Cemetery, Marion. Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service is assisting the family with arrangements.

Giving to those in need
by Report submitted · January 5th, 2017
During the season of Advent, Preschool through 8th grade students and staff at St. Joseph Catholic School brought in items to donate to Catherine McCauley Center. Student Council representatives delivered the items on December 22, 2016. The amount of items totaled more than 30 boxes full from food items, to toiletries, to baby goods. Pictured are (front row) Elizabeth Schmitt and Isabella Albright; (second row) Student Council Moderator Stephanie Washburn, Josh Barish, Spencer Speral, and Principal Casey Kettmann.

Philip Klinge, 55
by Report submitted · January 5th, 2017
Philip Klinge, 55, of Tripoli, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids. Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion. Service was at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 23, 2016, at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids, conducted by Rev. Zach Johnson. The family also greeted friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was at Cedar Memorial Park, Cedar Rapids.

Alice Nosbish, 95
by Report submitted · December 16th, 2016
Alice Miller Nosbish, 95, of Cedar Rapids, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, at the Woodlands in the Meth-Wick Community, Cedar Rapids. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Marion, conducted by Pastor Lloyd Brockmeyer. The family greeted friends from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. prior to the funeral service. Internment will take place at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.

Arlene Thome, 83
by Report submitted · December 16th, 2016
Arlene Marie Thome, 83, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Waterloo, died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, at Cottage Grove Place in Cedar Rapids.

Christa Nelson chosen for Marion Leadership in Action
by Report submitted · December 16th, 2016
Marketing & Communication Strategies, Inc., (MCS), a full-service marketing, public relations, graphic and web design agency located in Cedar Rapids, is proud to announce that Christa Nelson, was chosen for the Marion Leadership in Action (MLIA) class of 2016-17. Nelson is one of fifteen community and business members who want to strengthen their leadership skills and put them to use in the community of Marion.

College news
by Report submitted · December 16th, 2016
Upper Iowa University
Upper Iowa University has announced its June 2016 graduates. Among the honored students were:

Mary Ann Skelley, 84
by Report submitted · December 16th, 2016
Mary Ann Skelley, 84, of Marion, passed away Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, surrounded by her family. A private Celebration of Life will be held in the spring. Arrangements by Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services, Marion.

Mary Frances (Kimm) Kach, 67
by Report submitted · December 16th, 2016
Mary Frances (Kimm) Kach, 67, of Spring Hill, Florida, formerly of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, passed away on Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, at Oak Hill Hospital, Brooksville, Florida. Memorial Services will be held at a later date.

Eleanor Mae Chambers, 91
December 2nd, 2016
Eleanor Mae Chambers, known to many of her friends as Connie, died peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, Nov. 22, from complications of Alzheimer's. She was just three months shy of her 92nd birthday. While the family and friends she left behind will miss her terribly, she is enjoying a Heavenly reunion with her husband, John; beloved son, John Edward (Eddie); grandson, Mark Simmons; her mother and father, Zeffie Mae and Shurad Weldon; her brothers Henry, Albert (and Jane), and Douglas (and Naomi) Weldon; and many other relatives and friends.

Lewis William Turner, 91
December 2nd, 2016
Lewis William Turner, 91, of Anamosa, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, at Pinicon Place in Anamosa. Burial is at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Arrangements by Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion.

Blessed with 60 years of marriage
by Report Submitted · November 22nd, 2016
On Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, Jim and Sylvia Malake, of Marion, celebrate 60 blessed years together. The Malakes would like their family and friends to joyously join with them at a light lunch and open house on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, at Lowe Park, 10th St., Marion, IA, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ida Mary Spratt Shannon, 102
November 22nd, 2016
Ida Mary Spratt Shannon, 102, of Marion, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, at Willow Gardens Care Center, Marion. Visitation was 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion. Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, conducted by Father David O'Connor. Burial took place at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.
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