Category Archives: Milestones

Bearbower – Judd


Chelsea Ann Bearbower of Jesup and Jonathan William Judd of La Porte City will be united in marriage on Saturday, June 13, 2015, at First Presbyterian Church in Jesup.
Parents of the couple are Don and Sue Bearbower of Jesup and Bill and Mary Ann Judd of La Porte City.
Chelsea graduated from Jesup High School with the Class of 2011 and Upper Iowa University in 2014 with a B.A. in Elementary Education. Jonathan graduated from Union High School in La Porte City with the Class of 2011 and the University of Northern Iowa in 2015 with a B.A. in Family Services.
The couple will make their home in rural Rowley.

Arlene Mae Schlotfelt


Arlene Mae (Lassen) Schlotfelt, 86, of Cedar Rapids died Saturday, May 23, 2015 at her home following a short illness. Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Teahen Funeral Home by Chaplain Joe Kane, with burial at 2:30 PM at Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton. Friends may visit with the family after 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Arlene is survived by her son Bryan (Elizabeth Cwik) of Cedar Rapids; daughter Janeen (Mike) Schultz of Fairbault, MN; five grandchildren John (Gina), Ben, Caitlin, Derek and Daniel (Priscilla) and brother Merlin (Gerene) Lassen of Dysart.

She is preceded in death by her husband Roger, parents and sister Lois Klink.

Arlene was born on September 16, 1928 in Benton County the daughter of Severt and Margaret Gill Lassen. She married Roger Schlotfelt on April 19, 1950 in LaPorte City. She worked at the Teamsters Credit Union for 30 years before retiring in 1991.

Arlene loved to quilt and was a strong musician and piano player.

Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Mercy.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Hoyt – 70


Oren and Gwen Hoyt will be celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary with a card shower.
Oren Hoyt and Gwen Fehl were married May 26, 1945, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Racine, Wisconsin.
Oren is a WWII Veteran. He also worked at Titus Mfg. in Waterloo and retired from La Porte City Waste Treatment Management. Mrs. Hoyt is a homemaker.
The couple have three children: Marilyn (Elmer) Meyer of Dysart, Jim (Pat) Hoyt of Johnston, IA, and David Hoyt of Asheville, N.C. They have six grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren and one great great grandson.
Cards can be sent to PO Box 175, La Porte City, IA 50651.

Beth A. Keegan



Beth Ann Keegan, 54, of Waterloo, formerly of La Porte City, died peacefully, Monday, May 11, 2015 at Unity Point Heath Allen Hospital from complications of breast cancer.  She was born March 11, 1961 in Davenport the daughter of John and Clarice (Reiter) Keegan.  She was a 1979 graduate of La Porte City High School.

She was working as an Executive Administrator for EPA Midwest in Waterloo for the last 23 years.

She is survived by two brothers, Daniel (Susan) Keegan of Gilbert, AZ, Kenneth (Cheryl) Keegan of Davenport; two sisters, Jan (Cliff) Pint of Brandon, Kathy Keegan Schares of Atlantic; eleven nieces and nephews, Jessica (Nathan) Longwisch, Joslyn (Jordan) Truax, Kim Nielsen, Lee Schares, Aaron (Deena) Schares, Rebecca (Andrew) Oldridge, Nathan (Poppy) Keegan, Matthew (Erin) Keegan, Brittany Keegan, Mitchell (Kya) Keegan, Kendall Keegan and fourteen great nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents and one brother-in-law, Kent Miller.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 15, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with inurnment in the West View Cemetery.  Family will receive friends one hour before the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

“Our Loss is Heaven’s Gain”

La Porte City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements 319-342-3131.  Online condolences may be left at



Mary Nelson – 90


Lord Almighty, Mary will be 90!  May 11, 2015

Mary’s family would like to honor her with a card shower. Cards may be sent to: Mary Nelson, 411 W. Main St.,  La Porte City, IA 50651