Category Archives: Milestones

Schildroth – Murphy

Schildroth-Murphy    Kari Schildroth of La Porte City and Lance Murphy of Waukon announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. They plan to exchange vows November 1, 2014 at Hickory Hills State Park in La Porte City. The couple resides together in North Liberty.
The bride-elect is the daughter of Ed and Wanda McFarland of La Porte City and the late John Schildroth of Reinbeck. She is a 2011 graduate of Allen College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and is currently employed as a Labor and Delivery Postpartum Nurse at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in Iowa City.
The groom-elect is the son of Brian and Sue Murphy of Waukon. He is a graduate of Kirkwood Community College with a degree in Architectural Technology and is currently employed as an Assistant Architect at Novak Design Group, PLC in Cedar Rapids.

Wilson – 25

Wilson_webMark and Penny Wilson of La Porte City will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with a family dinner and trip.
Mark Wilson and Penny Dunkelberger were married on September 30, 1989, at the St. Paul United Methodist Church in La Porte City.
Mark is employed at Viking Pump and Penny works at Covenant Medical Center.
They have one son, Mitchell.

Kirkwood Announces Summer Dean’s List

Kirkwood Community College has released its Dean’s List for the Summer 2014 semester. These students have achieved a 3.3 grade point average or higher after completing 12 or more credit hours with the college.
Kirkwood students from the area earning this distinction include the following:

Brandon: Dianna Conrad, Shiru Diao
Dysart: Alicia Vaughn
La Porte City: Alexander Snyder


Brown_BenteTogether with their parents, Ashley Brown and Nick Bente are pleased to announce their approaching marriage. An October wedding is planned in La Porte City.
Ashley is the daughter of Anthony and Sandy Brown. She graduated from West Delaware High School in 2009. She earned her RN/BSN from Allen College in 2013 and is currently a Charge Nurse at Edgewood Convalescent Home in Edgewood.
Nick is the son of Julie Bente (Jim Holt) of Wadena and Jeff and Lisa Bente of Strawberry Point. He is also a 2009 graduate of West Delaware High School. He earned his Associates degree from Hawkeye College in 2011 and is currently employed at Rockwell Collins in Manchester.
The couple will exchange vows on October 25.

Marian Kocher

Kocher4webMarian A. Kocher, 96, of Cedar Falls, formerly of La Porte City, died Monday, September 15, 2014 at North Crest Specialty Care in Waterloo.

She was born July 6, 1918 in Eldora, daughter of John M. and Anna (Weiner) Nissen.  She married Osce D. Myers in November 1937 in Eldora and they later divorced.  She married Eugene L. Kocher on June 23, 1945 in La Porte City.  He died August 17, 1984.

She attended Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri and was employed with the La Porte City State Bank for 26 years, retiring in 1980.

Marian is urvived by a daughter, Linda Johnson of Waterloo; two sons, John Myers of Waterloo and Kevin Kocher of Austin, TX; eleven grandchildren; three step grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and four step great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, William and Hugo Nissen; 1 sister, Lydia Strickler; and a son, Dale Myers.

Services will be held Saturday, September 20, 2014, at First United Methodist Church, Cedar Falls with burial in West View Cemetery in La Porte City.  Richardson Funeral Service, Cedar Falls, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be directed to the church.

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