Category Archives: Obituaries

Maxine J. Jurgens

  Maxine Johanna Jurgens, 96, of Kansas City, Missouri, formerly of La Porte City, died Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at her home. She was born December 5, 1920 in rural Benton County the daughter of Daniel and Mattie (Hunter) Brennan. She graduated from La Porte City High School. She married Marvin Henry Jurgens August 16, 1939 in Kirksville, Missouri; he preceded her in death on July 11, 1989.
Maxine worked in the school cafeteria in Kansas City for many years, retiring in 1982. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and St. James Lutheran Church, also in Kansas City, Missouri.
She is survived by two sons, John and Richard (Judy) Jurgens both of Kanas City; four grandchildren, Leann (Chris) Walker, Curtis (Kim) Jurgens, Sara (Jerry) Grubb all of Kansas City, and Amy (Corey) Hutcherson of Grain Valley, Missouri and nine great grandchildren, Eric, Jace, Gage, Sloane, Emma, Adelaide, Alex, Logan and Alaina.
Preceding her death are her parents; her husband; three brothers, Donald, Frances, and Dean Brennan; three sisters, Patricia Brennan, Kathryn Burrows and Agnes Mahood and a daughter-in-law, Barbara Jurgens.
Graveside services will be held 2 PM Friday, September 23, 2016 at the West View Cemetery in La Porte City.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
Online condolences may be left at

James Richard “Rich” Harrill

  James Richard “Rich” Harrill, 91, of La Porte City, died Monday, September 12, 2016 at Sunrise Hill Care Center in Traer. He was born October 31, 1924 in Lebanon, MO the son of John and Mabel (Hafley) Harrill. He was a 1942 graduate of Hamburg High School. He married Regina Hilton, they were later divorced. James was united in marriage to Ellen Kitzmiller on February 9, 1970 in Dixon, IL.
James worked for H&W Trucking, retiring in 1986. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was a member of the La Porte City American Legion U.S.S. San Diego Post #207.
He is survived by his wife, Ellen of La Porte City; six sons, Jim (Kristi) Harrill of La Porte City, Mitch and Todd Harrill of Boone, Rick (Karen) Harrill of Pella, Brian (Jackie) Harrill of Evansdale, Michael Beason of Phoenix, AZ; three daughters, Vicki Pecenka of Boone, Vicki (Chris) Earney of La Porte City, Sherri (Tom) Blume of Tripoli; 17 grandchildren; several great grandchildren and one brother, Bob (Ila Green) Harrill of Omaha, NE
Preceding him in death are his parents; one son, Steven Harrill; one grandson, Caleb Harrill; three sisters, Helen Manrose, Carolyn Burrows, Flossie Harrill and one brother, John Harrill.
Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 16, 2016 at Heartland Community Church with burial in the West View Cemetery both in La Porte City. Military Rites will be conducted by the La Porte City American Legion U.S.S. San Diego Post #207. Visitation will be held Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at Heartland Community Church (705 Bishop Ave. La Porte City, IA) and also one hour before the service at the church.

Memorials: may be directed to Heartland Community Church (705 Bishop Ave. La Porte City, Iowa 50651)

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

Kathleen H. Foss

  Kathleen H. Foss, 92, of La Porte City, formerly of Buckingham died Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at La Porte City Specialty Care.
She was born June 19, 1924 in Buckingham, daughter of Henry and Anna Johannsen Peters. She married Harold “Hank” Foss on February 20, 1946 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waterloo. He died September 7, 2011.
Kathleen served on the Extension Council for four years, Home Economics Committee for 10 years and the YWCA Board. She was on the Black Hawk Grundy Mental Health Board for six years and the Music Parents Board for the Dysart-Geneseo School.
Kathleen was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas and the St. Elizabeth Rosary Society. She was a volunteer at Covenant Medical Center and the Grout Museum and a 4-H leader.
Survivors include three sons, Kevin and Chris (Deb) of LaPorte City and Jeff of Fort Dodge; two daughters, Diane (Joel) Hall of Oelwein and Amy (Mike) Knupp of Dysart; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Eleanor Conner of Waterloo and two sisters-in-law, Verna Mae Dengler and Novie Foss.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Eagle Center with burial in the church cemetery. Public visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway where there will be a 4 p.m. Rosary. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.
Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established at a later date.
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Zelda Studebaker


Zelda Studebaker, 61, of Jesup, Iowa, passed away on September 12, 2016. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 17th, 2016, at the First Presbyterian Church in Reinbeck, Iowa, at 11:00 a.m. The family will be receiving attendees at the church from 10 AM until the hour of service. Memorial contributions can be made to the family to be designated at a later date. For questions, please visit:, or call: 319-345-2622. French Hand Funeral Home is caring for Zelda and her family.
Zelda Kaye Ladd was born to Charles and Arlene (House) Ladd on August 12th, 1955, in Grundy Center, Iowa. She was raised and educated in the area, graduating from La Porte City High School with the class of 1974. Following her primary education, she would later attend classes at La James in Waterloo, Iowa. On August 18th, 1973, Zelda and Rick Studebaker were united in marriage in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Together the two would make their home in La Porte City, Iowa, to raise their family. They would later relocate to a dairy farm in Independence, Iowa. They would later divorce. Rick would pass away in 2013. Zelda was an employee of Covenant Hospital, working in the housekeeping department, until her retirement in 2007. She loved spending time with her family and friends, collecting music boxes, rooster decorations and playing games on Facebook.
Left to cherish her memory are her children; Charlie Studebaker, Jeremy (Jessie) Studebaker, Mindy Cooper, Grandchildren; Felicia, Amanda, Deion, Brett and Carter Studebaker, Miranda Stiggers, Siblings; Ercell (Randy) Witzel, Zatha (George) Brubaker, special friend; Jeffrey Whisenhunt and many nieces and nephews.
In death, she rejoins her parents; Charles and Arlene (House) Ladd, ex-husband; Rick Studebaker, brothers; Wayne, Bill, Charles, Doug and Harry Ladd, sisters; Enez Rush, Norma Scott, Wanda Studyvin.

Joanne M. Schrader

  Joanne Marie Schrader (nee Kubik) age 77, of St. Charles, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, September 6, 2016 after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer. Born in Black Hawk County, Iowa, Joanne graduated from Hudson High School, Hudson, Iowa. She also graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BS and MS in Education. Joanne taught Foods & Life Sciences for 23 years at Geneva High School in Geneva, Illinois. She retired in 2003.
Joanne’s passions were her family and working with children. She had many interests including cooking, gardening, wildlife and crafts. Joanne will be missed by many.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years Warren and three children; Linda (JC) Gilroy of Lawrence, KS., Gregory (Nicole) Schrader of Lakeland, FL. and Laura (the late Wade) Muranyi of Aurora, IL. Five grandchildren; Daniel and Kirsten Gilroy, Hannah (Joshua) Schrader Corlew, Jonathan and Christina Schrader. A sister Barbara Forbes of Springfield, MO.
Joanne was preceded in death by her parents Amos and Marjorie (nee Hanus) Kubik of Hudson, Iowa.
A private celebration of life was held. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. For more information please contact the Yurs Funeral Home of Geneva 630-232-7337 or to leave an online remembrance, please visit


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