Category Archives: Obituaries

Roberta M. “Bert” Marshall


Roberta M. “Bert” Marshall, age 87, of La Porte City, died Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Mallard Point Retirement Community in Cedar Falls.

Bert was born June 2, 1927 in St. Paul, Minnesota, the daughter of Walter M. and Ethel E. Greenquist Berryhill.  She was united in marriage with Edward “Red” Marshall on June 3, 1950 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in La Porte City.  She was employed by John Deere & Co. and Traveler’s Insurance prior to raising her family of five children.

Bert was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in La Porte City where she served as a sacristan for many years, and was a Eucharistic minister and lector.  She was a charter member of VFW Post 3983 Ladies Auxiliary and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.  Bert volunteered at the La Porte City Senior Center and the La Porte City Schools.  She served as the first girl’s little league softball coach at the school.  Bert loved being outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and gardening.  Most of all, she treasured time spent with her family.

Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Edward; 2 sons, Larry (Debbie) Marshall of Davenport, IA., and Tim (Jill) Marshall of Blue Grass, IA, and 3 daughters, Ramona “Moni” (Harvey) Hodges of Jansen, NE., Theresa (Mark) Jenkins of Floyd, IA and Joan (Jeff) Havel of Grinnell, IA; 14 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and 2 brothers, Donald and Walter “Oscar” Berryhill, Jr.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in La Porte City with burial in West View Cemetery in La Porte City.  Public visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in La Porte City where there will be a rosary recited at 6:30 p.m.  Friends may also call after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church.  La Porte City Funeral Home (342-3131) is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Unity Point Hospice, 1825 Logan Avenue, Waterloo, IA 50703 or Hawkins Memorial Public Library, 308 Main St., La Porte City, IA 50651

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Marjorie R. Baird

Marjorie R. Baird, 96, passsed away Friday, November 14, 2014, at the Villa Mesa Care Center in Upland, California.
She was born June 23, 1918, in La Porte City. Marjorie is the daughter of Eugene A. Calkins and Effie M. Beck. They were later divorced and Marjorie, at the age of five, went to live with her grandparents, Hartman and Alice Kaiser until she graduated from La Porte City High School in 1937. In May 1937, she was married to Marion D. Baird in Nashua.
She lived in La Porte City until Marion passed away in 1960. She then moved to West Covina, CA, where she owned the Plaza Beauty Salon for eleven years. She then moved to Rancho Cucamonga.
Survivors include her daughter, Betty (LeRoy) Lafler of Desert Hot Springs, CA.
She leaves seven grandchildren, two step grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, six great great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents, husband Marion, two daughters Judie Ann Myers and Karen Sue Lamos and a brother, Roger Calkins.
A family service will be held at a later date.

RoseMary Niemeyer-Hartsook


RoseMary Niemeyer-Hartsook, 70, of La Porte City, died Friday, November 21, 2014 at her home.  She was born May 16, 1944 in Brooklyn, NY the second child of Francis and Madeline (Romano) Santinello.  She was a 1965 graduate of Kings County Hospital Center School of Nursing in New York and received her MSN from the College of St. Francis in Joliet, IL.  She married John Niemeyer at the Naval Shipyard in Brooklyn, NY on December 4, 1965. He preceded her in death in 2006.  She was united in marriage to Tim Hartsook, D.D.S., on March 31, 2011 in La Porte City.

In 1965 Rose worked in the psychiatric and ICU units at Kings County, before moving to Iowa in late 1965.  She worked at Allen Hospital, where she assisted in opening the first ICU in the area.  Later, she joined the La Porte City Nursing and Rehab Center, where she was Director of Nursing for 33 years, retiring in 2011.

Rose will be remembered by hundreds of people for whom she directed care for their family members in La Porte City, essentially being on-call, 24-7 for 33 years.  She also pursued interests in gardening, flowers, photography, science reading, and was renowned for her expertise in quilting.  Most importantly, she enjoyed the years rearing three daughters and two grandchildren, guiding them in their many activities.

Survived by: her husband, Tim Hartsook of La Porte City; three daughters, Erin (Darby) Wittenburg of Readlyn, Robin Niemeyer of Brooklyn, NY, Kristin (Matt) Brooks of Cedar Rapids; two grandchildren, Dayten and Dallas Wittenburg of Readlyn; two brothers, Joseph (Eileen Walsh) Santinello of New York, John (Linda) Santinello of New York; three sisters, Catherine Santinello of New York, Dorothea “Dottie” (Arthur) Accardo of Bowie, Maryland, Madeline (Myron III) Baldwin of Wethersfield, Connecticut and one brother in-law, Rick Niemeyer of Pittsburg, California.

Preceded in death by: her parents; her first husband, John Niemeyer and a stillborn son.

Memorial Mass: will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with inurnment in the West View Cemetery at a later date.  Family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. at La Porte City Funeral Home, with a Rosary Service held at 4:30 p.m.  Family will also receive friends one hour before the service at the church.

Memorials: may be directed to La Porte City Nursing and Rehab Center  –  Recreation Department.

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

Paul J. Bader


Paul John Bader, 89, of La Porte City, died Sunday, November 16, 2014, at Covenant Medical Center due to injuries suffered in an automobile accident. He was born May 22, 1925, in Benton County, the son of John George and Anna Barbara (Cherveny) Bader. He was a 1943 graduate of La Porte City High School. He married Iva Dell Noltensmeier on November 3, 1946, at the First Methodist Church in Waterloo.
Paul was a long time farmer near Eagle Center and owned and operated Bader Realtors in Waterloo. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and enjoyed the reputation of being a good boxer. Later Paul served on a “crash boat” near Saipan, Mariana Islands. Paul and Iva Dell loved to dance and they enjoyed traveling at home and abroad. They particularly enjoyed “snow birding” with friends in Pharr, Texas for many years. Paul also served on the La Porte City School Board.
He is survived by his wife, Iva Dell of La Porte City; four sons, Boyd of Des Moines, Clark (Patty) of Sussex, WI, Dodd (Mary) of Denver, CO, Blaine (Sherri) of Eldora; one daughter Kyle (Jim) Jensson of La Porte City; ten grandchildren, Kindra Lee (Ryan) Gipple of Chandler, AZ, Cayd Paul (Cindy) Bader of Bloomfield, CO, Ryann Kay (Charles) Henry of Peoria, AZ, Teahl Ann Bader of Windsor Heights, Michelle Patrice Bader and Emily Suzanne Bader of Sussex, WI, David James Jensson of Holland, Melana Rae Jensson of Pleasant Hill, Luke Parker Bader and Caitlin Kimberlee Bader of Eldora; six great grandchildren, Camden Gipple, Maycn Gipple, Jonah Henry, Ashton, Nolan and Eve Bader; one sister, Beverly (Dick) Schuman of Decorah and a brother, Don (Minnie) Bader of Reno, NV.
Preceding him in death were his parents; one daughter-in-law Pamela (Curphy) Bader; an infant granddaughter; two great grandsons, Brandon and Zachary Gipple; a brother, Curtis Bader and a sister, Belva Ackerman.
A memorial service was held November 20, 2014, at St. Paul United Methodist Church in La Porte City.
Memorials may be directed to the La Porte City Lion’s Club.
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Margaret E. Purdy


Margaret Eileen Purdy, 97, of La Porte City, died Saturday, November 8, 2014, at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home following a lengthy illness. She was born July 4, 1917, in rural La Porte City the daughter of Glen R. and Margaret A. (Smith) Foss. She married Nicholas A. Schmitz on November 6, 1940; he preceded her in death on August 1, 1944. She married Merville W. Purdy on May 22, 1948, he preceded her in death on April 6, 1986.

Margaret worked for various factories including Gator Machines, Micro Switch and Waterloo Industries. She retired December 1, 1979 from Waterloo Industries as the first woman retiree. After retirement she worked at Casey’s General Store in La Porte City. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary.
She is survived by two daughters, Linda (Stan) Schneider of Cedar Falls, Eileen Buck of La Porte City; five sons, Glen of Waterloo, Nicholas (Linda) of Waterloo, Robert (Rosie) of Washburn, William (Cora) of Algoma, WI, Merville (Vicki) of Forestville, WI; 26 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; one sister, Verna Mae Dengler of Cedar Falls; sisters-in-law, Millie Foss of Cedar Falls, Kathleen Foss of La Porte City, Novie Foss of La Porte City and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents; three brothers, Elwin, Glen and Harold Foss, son-in-law, Lee Buck and two nephews, Robert Foss and Thomas Dengler.
Memorials may be directed to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in La Porte City or the Cedar Valley Hospice Home.
Margaret enjoyed being with all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved watching the birds and listening to music, especially Lawrence Welk and polka music.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held November 11, 2014, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial in the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Gilbertville.
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