Category Archives: Obituaries

Bertha Robb Miller

  Bertha Florence Robb Miller, 96, died Sunday, July 17, 2016, at La Porte City Specialty Care.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at Mt. Auburn United Methodist Church with Pastor Mike Ferguson officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home in Vinton. Interment will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Mt. Auburn, Iowa.
Bertha was born May 2, 1920, in Arlington, Iowa, the daughter of James and Genoa Jumper Briddle.
On May 4, 1941, Bertha was united in marriage with Carroll J. Robb in Lancaster, Missouri. He preceded her in death in September of 1982. She married Carl D. “Bud” Miller on June 1, 1991, in Mt. Auburn. He preceded her in death in 2005.
Bertha worked at the canning factory in Vinton and as a cook for La Porte City schools. She was also a nurses’ aide in Vinton and at Schoitz Hospital in Waterloo.
Bertha was a member of the Mt. Auburn United Methodist Church, Rebekah Lodge and the Mt. Auburn American Legion Auxiliary. She loved horses, traveling, reading and playing Bingo. Her greatest joy in life was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bertha is survived by four sons: Jim (Sherry) and John (Joleen) Robb of La Porte City; Kevin (Janet) Robb of Delhi; and Kendall (Kammy) Robb of Vinton; one brother, Charles (Darlene) Briddle of Oran; 13 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; and one brother, Paul Briddle.
Memorials may be directed to the Mt. Auburn United Methodist Church.
Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home of Vinton is caring for Bertha and her family. Condolences may be left at

Nancy A. Hospodarsky

  Nancy Ann Hospodarsky, age 65, of Washington, Utah and formerly of La Porte City, passed away Monday, July 11, 2016 in St. George, Utah.
She was born July 23, 1950, in Waterloo, the daughter of Edwin and Ruth Haskin Hospodarsky, the third of five children. Nancy grew up on the family farm where she enjoyed all the animals, especially the dog and cats.
Nancy graduated from the University of Iowa. When her parents left the farm they moved to Iowa City, until after Edwin passed away. Then she and her mother moved to Creighton, Nebraska and lived there until 1999, when they moved to Washington, Utah. She resided there until her death.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Judy.
Survivors include three brothers, Donald (Teri) Hospodarsky of Washington, UT, Ralph (Cheryl) Hospodarsky of Indianapolis, IN and James (Cindy) Hospodarsky of Conyers, GA.
A funeral service wes held July 13, 2016 in Washington, Utah. Additional funeral services were held Saturday, July 16, 2016 at La Porte City Funeral Home, with interment in West View Cemetery, also in La Porte City.
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JoAnn Coller

  JoAnn Coller, age 80, of La Porte City, died Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at La Porte City Specialty Care.
She was born November 13, 1935 in New Hampton, the daughter of John and Sylvia McGee Blanchard. JoAnn graduated from New Hampton High School with the Class of 1954. She was united in marriage with Donald E. Coller on October 27, 1957 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua.
JoAnn moved to Waterloo shortly after graduation and worked as a secretary at Rath Packing Co. for more than 10 years. She and Don farmed for many years north of La Porte City. She loved to sew and enjoyed making clothes. JoAnn liked to be outside and always had a large garden. She was a wonderful cook.
Survivors include her husband, Donald of La Porte City; two daughters, Mabel (Bruce) Rempe of La Porte City and Sylvia (Brian) Otten of Terrebonne, OR; seven grandchildren, Brady, Ben and Laura Rempe and Evan, JoAnna, Jacob and Ezekiel Otten; and two nephews, Jim (Sharon) Coller of Center Point, and Frank (Jeanine) Coller of Bettendorf.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Bonnie and Joe Coller and a niece, Joan Morris.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 15, 2016 at La Porte City Funeral Home with burial in West View Cemetery. Public visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday and an hour prior to the service on Friday at the Funeral Home.
Memorials may be directed to the Iowa Chapter of the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, PO Box 507, Waukee, IA 50263.
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Hazel M. Bronner

  Hazel M. Bronner, age 89 of Cresco died Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at Linn Haven Rehab and Healthcare in New Hampton, Iowa.
Hazel Mae Bronner was born May 3, 1927 in Howard County to Arnold F. and Minnie L. (Michaelson) lhns. She married William C. Bronner on October 17, 1942 in Cresco. They farmed in Howard County for 20 years, moving to Winneshiek County in 1966. Hazel enjoyed flower gardening and maintained a large vegetable garden from which she canned produce. She also enjoyed visiting with family and friends and day trips to see the countryside and stop and visit a casino.
Hazel is survived by five sons: Kenneth, Ronald, Eugene and Raymond, all of Cresco and Richard of La Porte City and numerous grand and great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, William in 1990; two brothers: Arnold Jr. and Delbert; two sisters: Louise McCunniff and Gladys Terbeest; two half-brothers: Francis and LaVern lhns and a half-sister, Juanita lhns.
Services were held July 9, 2106 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Cresco with burial at Oak Lawn Cemetery, also in Cresco.

Virginia May Abernathey

  Virginia May Abernathey, 97, of Waterloo, formerly of Evansdale and Traer, died Saturday, July 2, at Ravenwood Nursing and Rehab Center.
She was born December 21, 1918 in Dysart, daughter of Willie and Metha Christiansen Jurgens. She married James Patrick Abernathey on March 1, 1941 in Dysart. He died August 7, 2014.
Virginia and her husband farmed for 30 years. Following that she did housekeeping.
Survivors include a son, James “Jim” (Geraldine) Abernathey of Waterloo; a daughter, Nancy Mahood of Elberon; seven grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and one on the way, 4 great-great grandsons; and two sisters, Isabelle Schuck of Elberon and Caroline Rock of Maiden Rock, Wisconsin.
Preceded in death by four sisters: Dorothy, Mildred, Viola and Mabel.
Services were held Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at the American Lutheran Church, La Porte City with burial in Oneida Cemetery, Clutier.
Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway was in charge of arrangements.
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