Category Archives: Obituaries

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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Matthew D. Lentzkow


Matthew David Lentzkow, 36, of Newton died on Saturday, November 1, 2014, in rural Jasper County. He was an organ donor so that others may receive the gift of life.
Matt, the son of Gary and Pam (Weltzin) Lentzkow, was born on March 9, 1978, in Cedar Falls. He attended school in Colfax and graduated from Union High School in La Porte City in 1996. Matt was a bull rider in the rodeo in both high school and as a professional. After high school, Matt served his country in the U.S. Navy. In 2007-2008, Matt attended Faith Bible College in Ankeny and completed mission trips to Mexico and Romania.
Matt was a self employed welder and landscaper. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Colfax. Matt enjoyed playing guitar, hunting and fishing. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeye Wrestling fan.
Those left to honor Matt’s memory are his father, Gary Lentzkow of Newton; mother, Pam (Bud) Jones of Waterloo; sisters, Mandy (Brian) Longacre of Newton and Breanna Jones of Waterloo; step-siblings, Shannon (Roxanne) Jones of Denver, IA and Lisa (Mike) Allen of Winthrop; nieces and nephews, Gage and Kamden Vander Schel, Josie and Priscilla Jones, and Analiesa, Cauis, and Kennon Allen; his paternal grandmother, Arlene Wilson; maternal grandmother, Donna Weltzin; and friend, Bethany Peterson of Chicago.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Franklin Weltzin; step-grandfather, George Jones; and brother-in-law, Justin Vander Schel.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, November 7, at the Heartland Community Church in LaPorte City, Iowa with a visitation one hour prior to the service.  The family will also greet friends from 6-8 P.M., Thursday, November 6, at the First Baptist Church in Colfax. Memorials in Matt’s name to be donated to the missions he worked with may be left at either church or at the Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory in Newton.

Betty J. Johannsen


Betty J. Johannsen, age 81, of La Porte City, died Saturday, November 1, 2014, at theLa Porte City Nursing and Rehab Center.
She was born November 9, 1932, in rural Black Hawk County, the daughter of Aloysius John “A.J.” and Julia Helen (Becker) Oberhauser. Betty graduated from La Porte City High School with the Class of 1950. She was united in marriage with Donald M. “Rosey” Johannsen on April 11, 1951, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in La Porte City. He preceded her in death on August 7, 2011.
Betty was the head cook at La Porte City Elementary School for nearly 30 years, retiring in 1992. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sacred Heart Choir, the Birthday Club, American Legion Auxiliary, LPC Garden Club and an honorary member of the La Porte City Women’s Club.
Betty enjoyed and excelled at knitting and crocheting. She made and donated many afghans for fund raising events in La Porte City. She loved music and played the accordion and the organ. Betty volunteered at the La Porte City Nursing Home and La Porte City Senior Center for many years and enjoyed entertaining everyone by playing the organ. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Survivors include a son, Kent (Mary) Johannsen of La Porte City; three daughters, Susan Robinson of Washington, D.C., Becci Reedus of Coralville, IA and Lisa Johannsen of Rochester Hills, MI; nine grandchildren; six great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter; her twin brother, Bernard (Mary Lou) Oberhauser of La Porte City and a sister, Helen Schweer of Grimes, IA.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two daughters, Dana Suzanne Johannsen and Kathleen Suzanne Johannsen; a sister, Lillian Taylor and two brothers, Henry and Donald Oberhauser.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, November 6, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in La Porte City with burial in West View Cemetery.  Public visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday at La Porte City Funeral Home where there will be a rosary recited at 5:30 p.m. and a Parish scripture service at 7:00 p.m.  Friends may also call an hour prior to the services on Thursday at the church.
Memorials may be directed to her family.
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