Category Archives: Milestones

Drew Vera Pipho


Bob and Lindsay Pipho are proud to announce the arrival of their daughter, Drew Vera.

Drew was born February 10, 2015 at 8:37 PM at Covenant Medical Center. She weighed in at 8 lbs., 10.5 ounces and was 20½ inches long. She was welcomed home by her big sister Paige and big brother Dane.

Grandparents are Greg and Donna Pipho of La Porte City, and Randy and Deb Albertsen of Dysart.

Great-Grandparents are Bob and Lorraine Pipho of Sumner.

Donna A. Minard


Donna Ann Minard, 55, of Waterloo died Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at Covenant Medical Center. She was born March 23, 1960, in Sumner, the daughter of Daryl and Theresa (Halfman) Minard.
She worked as a dishwasher at Steamboat Gardens and also Goodwill Industries.
She is survived by her mother, Theresa Minard of Gilbertville; three brothers, Alan (Lety) of San Diego, CA, Brian (Michelle) of Chesapeake, VA, Steve (Vickee) of Pearland, TX; four sisters, Carol (Rick) Weisert of La Porte City, Janet (Gary) Thiele of La Porte City, Karen (Dan) Ostrem of Stratford, IA, Teri (Tim) Davison of La Porte City; many nieces and nephews; a special friend Don; and her cat, Timmy.
Preceding her in death were her father and twin brothers, Darwin and Duane in infancy.
Services will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Kearns Funeral Service. Public Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Inurnment will be held 1:00 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2015 at the Waterloo Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
Kearns Funeral Service is in charge of arrangement 319-233-3146. Online condolences may be left at

Sam Weich – 50


Happy 50th Birthday Sam Weich! Come help Sam celebrate Friday, March 27th 7 pm at LPC Golf Club. His birthday is March 31.

Ella B. Pettengill


Ella Belle Pettengill, 81, of Beaconsfield, formerly of La Porte City, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 16, 2015, at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr. She was born July 19, 1933, in Davis City, Iowa, the daughter of Jesse James and Roberta (Dunbar) Burrell. She married LeMar F. Pettengill on June 20, 1949, in Knoxville; he preceded her in death on February 26, 2012.
Ella and LeMar owned and operated LeMar’s Welding & Repair for over 40 years, retiring in 1996. After their retirement they moved to Beaconsfield. She enjoyed traveling and spending winters in Florida with LeMar, spending time with her family and her dog Spike, her flowers and going to lunch with Connie.
She is survived by four sons: Chris (Bridget) of Goodyear, AZ, Galen (Bobbie) & Raymond all of La Porte City, Ron of Logansport, IN; two daughters, Connie (Mike) Neessen of Beaconsfield, Sis (Rob) Leeper of Eunice, NM; ten grandchildren; nine great grandchildren and one sister, Jenny Gray of Evansdale.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband; three brothers, Ovid, Jim and Francis Burrell and her dog Spike.
A private family graveside inurnment will be held in the West View Cemetery in La Porte City.
Memorials may be sent to the family at 1617 Washington St. Beaconsfield, Iowa 50074.
La Porte City Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

Melvin Robert Pollock


Melvin Robert Pollock, 85, died March 11, 2015. He was born May 27, 1929 in Mt. Auburn, Iowa, son of Hiram Arthur and Dorothy Margaritte Wiegand Pollock. He attended several Cedar Township rural schools and the Mt. Auburn School, Benton County, IA. He graduated from Lincoln High School in Vinton, IA. He enlisted in the Navy and served in the Far East during the Korean War.

He married Ila Mae Brandt in Vinton, IA, Feb 10, 1956. She preceded him in death in 1992. He married Catherene C. Friedly, in Jesup, IA, August 10, 1996.
He is survived by his wife, Catherene Friedly-Pollock, Evansdale, IA, one daughter, Patricia (Brian) Pollock-Moulds, Marion, IA, two granddaughters, Jennifer (LB) Hurley, Curlew, IA, Amanda (Jeff) Kistner, Hiawatha, IA, Kathyrn Jones, Marion, IA, three step daughters, Carie Hansen, Edina, MN, Kristine Brandt, Cedar Rapids, IA, Jeanie (Terry) Fisher, St. Charles, MN, two stepsons, James Whitford, Fayetteville, AR, Don (Sandy) Brandt, Loomis, CA, step-granddaughters, Debbie (Byron) Bailey, Kelly (Dale) Jensen, Morgan Friedly, Candi Fisher, step-grandsons, Lonnie Whitford, Scott Brandt, Eric Brandt, Jason (Chris) Cline, Wes (Val) Friedly, Travis (Amy) Fisher, Chris (Stephanie) Fisher, and Chad (Stephanie) Fisher, as well as many step-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are brothers, Roy (Carilyn) Pollock, Cedar Rapids, IA, Gene (Maxine) Pollock, Kailau, HI, sisters, Marilyn Oliver, Cedar Rapids, IA, Beverly Ohm, Center Point, IA, and sister-in-law, Laura Pollock, Walker, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hiram and Dorothy Pollock-Sallee, his stepfather, Earnest Sallee, stillborn infant twin children, one brother, Lowell Pollock, two brothers-in-law, Wendell Oliver and Jerry Ohm, two step-daughters, Linda Cline and Deb Friedly, and one stepdaughter-in-law, Patsy Brandt.
He was employed by Rockwell International-Collins Avionics for 37 years, retiring in 1990.

Funeral arrangements with Memorial service at La Porte City Funeral Home. Military rites will be administered by Emil H. Dutler Post 177 of Mt. Auburn, IA, during a private family inurnment at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Research at Mayo Clinic, Rochester.