Category Archives: Obituaries

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.

Condolences may be left at

Mildred J. “Millie” Webber

Webber_MildredMildred J. “Millie” Webber, 82, of Independence, formerly of La Porte City, died Friday, September 5, 2014 at Unity Point Allen Hospital.  She was born October 16, 1931 in New Hampton the daughter of Victor and Rose Gebel Schwickerath.  She was a graduate of North Washington High School.  She married Robert “Bob” Webber on April 12, 1950 in Alta Vista, Iowa; he preceded her in death on October 28, 2009.

Millie worked as a Custodian for La Porte City High School for 25 years, retiring in July of 1994.  She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, St. Ann’s Circle and was a former hospital volunteer at Covenant Medical Center for many years.

Survived by: one son, Tim (Deanna) Webber of Iowa City; three daughters, Deb (Lonnie) Phillips of Muscatine, Patty Keegan of Davenport, Mary Beth (Brian) Brinkema of Independence; a daughter-in-law, Ann Webber of Urbandale; six grandchildren, Jeff (Teresa) Phillips, Mitch (Kya) Keegan, Kendall (Keegan Payne) Keegan, Cassie and Emma Webber and Blake Brinkema; three great granddaughters, Brynnley, Brielle and Brecklyn Keegan; a brother, Clair (Tina) Schwickerath of Maryland; two sisters, Arlene Heying of New Hampton, Doris (Sylvester) Mrachek of Cresco and a sister-in law, Marlene Schwickerath of Charles City.

Preceded in death by: her parents; her husband; two children, Steve and Rebecca; two brothers, Earl and LaVern Schwickerath and a sister, Ellen Wiest.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial in the West View Cemetery, both in La Porte City.  Public Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at La Porte City Funeral Home, where there will be a 4:00 p.m. Rosary Service.  Visitation will also be held one hour before the service at the church.

Memorials: may be directed to Union Community School District or to the family.

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

Frances A. Burrows

Burrows_Frances_webFrances Arlene Burrows, 97, of La Porte City, died Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at La Porte City Nursing and Rehab Center. She was born December 14, 1916, on the Struve farm in Benton County the daughter of Ralph and Dorothy Hains Struve. She was a 1934 graduate of Mt. Auburn High School. She married Glenn J. Burrows on August 7, 1935, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. He preceded her in death on June 25, 2010.
She and her husband farmed most of their lives, purchasing their own farm near Brandon in 1956. They were dedicated conservation farmers. Through their conservation work, she was president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Soil and Water Conservation of 8 states, was Secretary of Conservation and elected Women of the Year over the 8 states in 1986. In 1976 the retired and purchased 10 acres and made a lake where they built their home where the resided until they moved to La Porte City in 1999.
She is survived by two daughters, Sharon Burrows of Stone City and Marilyn Spores of Tallahassee, FL; a granddaughter, Kerry (Dan) Solomon of Cedar Rapids and a grandson, Jamison Spores of Urbandale.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband; a daughter, Glenda Burrows; two sisters, Lois Miller, Donna Becker and a brother, Roger Struve, Sr.

Services: will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 6, 2014 at St. Paul United Methodist Church with burial in the West View Cemetery, both in La Porte City.  Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Memorials may be directed to the Cedar Valley Hospice.

Nickolina “Nicki” Clark

Clark_Nicki_webNickolina “Nicki” Clark 85, of Marion, formerly of La Porte City, died August 30, 2014, at Village Ridge Assisted Living in Marion.
Nicki was born February 3, 1929, in Coleman, MI, the daughter of Henry and Norine (Murphy) Burch. She married Herb Clark on May 15, 1948, in Pontiac, MI. Nicki had worked for Borge Jessen, Veterinarian and belonged to St. Ann’s Rosary at Sacred Heart Church. She enjoyed bowling, playing Scrabble and cards, biking and spending time with grandchildren.
Nicki is survived by her husband Herb of Marion; son Tim (Denise) Clark of Johnston; daughter Pamela Clark of Coggon; six grandchildren: Matthew (Rachel) Clark, Emily Clark, Robert (Ruth) Hojka, Eric Hojka, Laura (Andrew) Wenger-Rommann, Lisa (Roy) Foster; 11 great-grandchildren; one brother, Michael Burch of Houston, TX; three sisters, Agnes Richer of Pontiac, MI; Elizabeth Galatis of Plantation, FL and Patricia Keesling of Pontiac, MI.
She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant son; six brothers: Jesse, Danny, John “Jack”, Donald, William, and Charles Burch; four sisters Pamela in infancy, Catheryn Villeneuve, Evelyn Yarber, Dorothy McMahon-Galatis.

Services: 11:00 a.m. Thursday September 4, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,  La Porte City. Inurnment will be in West View Cemetery, La Porte City.

Visitation: 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the La Porte City Funeral Home, 606 Main Street with a scripture service at 5:p.m.

Memorials may be directed to Sacred Heart Church, La Porte City.

Ronald “Ron” N. Bader

Bader_Ron_webRonald Ned “Ron” Bader, 63, of La Porte City, died Saturday, Aug. 30, at Cedar Valley Hospice Home, Waterloo, of colon cancer.
He was born Sept. 12, 1950, in Waterloo, son of Ned and Dolores Olson Bader. He married Barbara J. Campbell on Nov. 7, 1987, in Council Bluffs.
Ron graduated from La Porte City High School in 1968 and attended Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls and the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. He worked for Control-O-Fax, Versatile Farm Equipment and Case IH prior to farming. He was a member of the American Lutheran Church and the La Porte City Lions Club.
Survived by: his wife; a son, Bo Bader of la Porte City; a daughter, Breann Bader of La Porte City; his mother, of La Porte City; and a brother, David (Janan) of Las Vegas.
Preceded in death by: his father; and a brother, Chris.
Services: 10:30 AM Wednesday, Sept. 3rd at American Lutheran Church, with burial in West View Cemetery, both in La Porte City.
Memorials: may be directed to the American Lutheran Church or to the family for a memorial fund to be established.
Condolences can be expressed at
Ron was an avid sports fan. He had a huge heart and will be greatly missed. He fought and never gave up. The family would like to say thank you for all the love and support