Valerie Lynn Barnes, 52, died Wednesday, October 17th at Briarwood Care Center of complications from multiple sclerosis.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11am, Monday, October 22nd at St. Wenceslaus Church with Father Robert Striegel officiating. The family will greet friends after 10:30am at the Church, and a time of fellowship will follow Mass. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Briarwood Care Center.
Valerie was born March 28, 1960 in Fairfield, Iowa, the daughter of Benjamin and Patricia Richardson Barnes. She attended West High School and graduated from Metro High School in Cedar Rapids. Valerie was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 19. She moved to San Francisco where she attended college and worked at the Great American Music Hall. Valerie returned to Iowa City in 1987 and had been employed at UIHC, ACT and the Goodwill Store.
Valerie lived her life to the fullest and accepted people for who they are. She was an accomplished pianist, seamstress and had a deep and abiding faith.
Survivors include her mother, Patricia Peyton of Iowa City and two brothers, Ben (Robyn) Barnes of Houston and Paul (Bridgette) Barnes of Coto de Caza, CA;nieces, nephews and numerous friends, especially those at Briarwood Care Center.She was preceded in death by her father and brothers Bill and Michael.
Online condolences may be sent to www.lensingfuneral.com
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Briarwood Care Center.
The family will greet friends after 10:30am at the Church, and a time of fellowship will follow Mass.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11am, Monday, October 22nd at St. Wenceslaus Church with Father Robert Striegel officiating.
Sheila LaRae Harman, 48, of Cedar Rapids finished her earthly race and entered into abundant life on April 5, 2008. She loved the life she lived and continues to inspire countless others to do the same.
She is survived by her children Sydney, Bond and Tory; husband Tork; parents, Fred and Karen Allen of Oviedo, FL; her siblings, Eric Wayne Allen of St. Petersburg, FL, Brenda John Dreessen of Oviedo, FL, Sandy Dan Justin of Logan, UT; sister by choice, Cathy Dahm; "adopted" children, Aminata Cham of Gambia, Africa and Grant Schnobrich of Cedar Rapids; numerous brothers and sister-in-laws; nieces and nephews; dog Zoey; and a community of friends throughout the world.
She was born November 27, 1959 in Washington, Iowa. She graduated in 1978 from West High School in Iowa City and from Iowa State University in 1982 with a degree in elementary education. Tork and Sheila were married June 23, 1984. Sheila earned her masters degree in getting things done. She was a teacher in every sense of the word – not only advocating for others, but giving them tools to thrive on their own. She loved photography, growing flowers and her big ideas – notably Gems of Hope, Inc. "Gems" is a community-supported organization founded by Shelia, Beth Hammell and Cindy Sale which brings hope to cancer patients and their families.
Sheila spent the past 3 ½ years fighting cancer; but more importantly, living out her faith, serving and loving others, sowing seeds into the community, and living the life out of her days. She was a beloved member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, friend to thousands and advocate for all.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials may be made to Gems of Hope, P.O. Box 11264, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52410, and that you visit www.CancerReallySucks.org.
David C. "Dave" Homewood 57, of Iowa City, passed away Sunday, January 8,2017 at the Mercy Hospital Hospice Care Unit in Iowa City.
A Funeral Mass will be held Thursday at 10:00 am at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Iowa City. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service in Iowa City. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Wenceslaus Church, Iowa City Hospice or Mercy Hospice Care Unit.
Dave was born October 24, 1959 in Iowa City, the son of Dave & Barbara (Dean) Homewood. He graduated from Iowa City West High School in 1978. Dave owned his own business, Homewood Electric with his brother Mike, retiring in 2015.
Dave was a dedicated member of St. Wenceslaus Church and devoted time through volunteer work.
When Dave was not hard at work he enjoyed a great game of golf, an annual fishing trip to Wisconsin, visits to Rhode Island and was a beer enthusiast. Dave began brewing beer in 1994 with his longtime friend and classmate Lon Liebergen. They entered their beers in local competitions and the hobby lead him to several beer festivals around the Midwest.
Dave had a memory like no one else. He could recite the entire roster of the 1966 and 1967 Green Bay Packers, and likely the roster from any other season as well. As an avid Packer fan, Dave had a Green Bay Packer helmet for a mailbox and an entire room devoted to the green and yellow sports team. His Packer room was a shrine that saw not only endless sports games (including the notorious Iowa Hawkeyes Football victory over Michigan State for his 50th birthday) with friends and family but also many fish fries, birthday parties, and endless weekends of card playing. He took several trips to Lambeau field, including one with his mother Barbara for a special tour of the stadium.
Dave was never too busy to help a fellow friend or family member and would always meet you with a positive attitude, infectious smile and laughter. Dave knew a song about every situation and wouldn't hesitate to loudly burst into song no matter where he was.
Dave is survived by his wife, Heidi Wolf; his children, Travis (Estrella) Homewood of North Liberty, Mark Homewood, Alexa (Patrick) Homewood-Weldon and Makensey Homewood all of Iowa City; Mother, Barbara Homewood of Iowa City; three siblings, Carol (Jim) Matthews Of Oshkosh, WI, Janet Homewood and Michael (Julie) Homewood all of Iowa City; three grandchildren, Ana, Madeline and Victoria; former wife, Sandra Hoefer of Iowa City; lifelong friend, Lon Liebergen and his family, all of West Branch.
Dave was preceded in death by his father, Dave.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.lensingfuneral.com
Douglas L. Kron, 54, of Hills died Sunday, May 18 at home following a brief illness. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10am, Thursday, May 22nd at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Hills. Burial will be at St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Wednesday at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City.
Eric Larson was born on June 13th, 1960, to Paul and LaVerne Larson in Cresco Iowa. While he was the quietest of their three children, he was born with perfect pitch, along with the ability to memorize every aspect of a song to later replicate, play and rearrange. He fell in love with the magic of music early on, studying the masters – both classical and contemporary. The possibilities of the medium seemed endless to Eric.
Growing up in Iowa City, it was just a given that once through primary school, the University of Iowa would naturally follow. There, he majored in Music and was soon playing his euphonium in the University of Iowa marching band, highlighted by helping cheer on his beloved Hawkeyes during the 1982 Rose Bowl. He also soloed during a Bruckner Symphony with U of I Symphony Orchestra.
After graduation, he pursued teaching positions without success. Held back by his introverted demeanor and reluctance to promote his abilities as a musician or teacher, Eric ultimately chose to follow a different path. He found employment in food services, specifically delivery.
This change of course didn't dampen his desire to create and play his music, nor did it slow him down from wanting to share his gift with others. The time spent driving between deliveries afforded Eric the opportunity to work on his music in his mind. He could hear a new song on the radio during his shift. Then once he got home, he’d pick up his trusty Fender Stratocaster and faithfully replicated what he'd just heard – even put a new spin on it – like he'd been practicing it for months.
He was by no means limited to other musician’s creations. Throughout his life, Eric composed and arranged music behind the scenes for the University of Iowa marching band – music that has been played in stadiums and broadcasted around the world.
He also collaborated with his college professor, Robert Yeats, in starting "Tuba Christmas (Holiday Tubas)". From its inception, Eric arranged and composed music for the now annual event, even playing along with his own euphonium in what has become one of the centerpieces of the holiday celebration in Iowa City. Performances are shown on television news broadcasts and available online to reach those living outside of Eastern Iowa.
Although Eric never landed that teaching job he so coveted, he never lost sight of his mission to help others and make the world a cheerier, happier place through his gift. He never asked for compensation for his works and he never copyrighted them, saying that the satisfaction of others enjoying his creations was more than enough for him.
Last week, Eric heroically faced the biggest challenge of his life. Due to complications from two damaged heart valves, Eric died on Thursday, June 29th, 2017, in the hospital of the University that he so loved.
Even though he’s gone, Eric’s compositions and arrangements will live on, continuing to teach students and charm listeners alike. Just as they have over the past 40 years.
When Eric wasn’t involved with his music or working and the weather was warm and sunny, he could often be found tinkering with and driving his MGB Roadster with the top down.
Surviving are his parents, LaVerne Larson and Paul Larson, sisters Janet Larson (John Moes) and Kristen Larson, and her two children.
The family and friends visitation was 10:00 to 11:00 AM on Friday, July 7th, 2017 at Lindstrom Funeral Home, 119 2nd Ave SW, Cresco, IA 52136 with the funeral to immediately follow at 11:00 AM.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM on Friday, July 7th, 2017 at Lindstrom Funeral Home, 119 2nd Ave SW, Cresco, IA 52136, with Pastor Leo Combs-Lay officiating. Burial will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery in Cresco.
In lieu of flowers, a contribution can be made to one of the following: the University of Iowa Tuba/Euphonium Studio, UI Carver College of Medicine or Toys for Tots.
Dan J. McCurdy, 55, of Fort Dodge, passed away on Friday, October 10, 2014 at his home.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 14th, at 10:30 a.m. at Corpus Christi Church with Msgr. Kevin McCoy officiating the Mass of Christian Burial. There will be a visitation Monday, October 13th, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Laufersweiler-Sievers funeral home.
Dan is survived by his parents, Harold and Rosemary (Korte) McCurdy of Fort Dodge; his siblings, Dr. Sheryl McCurdy (Dr. Greg Maddox) of Houston, TX; Terry McCurdy (Terry Emma) of Geneva, IL; Karen (Scott) Kirchner of Charlotte, NC; and Mary Kay (Alan) Savitz of Allentown, PA; 11 nieces and nephews.
Daniel John McCurdy was born May 28, 1959 in Fort Dodge. He attended St. Edmonds and later graduated from West High School in Iowa City. Dan then graduated from Iowa Central Community College with a degree in Electronics. For over 25 years Dan was employed with Schumacher Elevator, based out of Denver, Iowa, as longtime repairman. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.
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