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Mary Jean Langel

 

Mary Jean Langel, 88, a resident of the Good Samaritan Center, Davenport, formerly of Milan, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at the center.

Visitation was before services at the church.

Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 14, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Rock Island.

Arrangements were handled by Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island, Ill.

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Roberta J. Chrystal

 

Roberta J. Chrystal, 87, a long-term resident of eastern Iowa, died on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, in Alpharetta, Ga.

Visitation was Wednesday, Dec. 11,  at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home, Cedar Rapids.

Funeral services were Thursday, Dec. 12, at Golden Congregational UCC Church in Ryan.

Roberta was born on Jan. 2, 1926, near Ryan.  She was a grade/high school teacher in Nemaha, Garnavillo and Ryan Public School systems. Her life was devoted to her family, church and community service.

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Dr. A.A. Frommelt

 

Dr. A.A. "Bud" Frommelt, 85, of DeWitt, died Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 4, 2013, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque.

Visitation was Sunday, Dec. 8, at Schultz Funeral Home, DeWitt.

Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 9, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, DeWitt.

Burial and military rites were at the church cemetery. Pallbearers were the grandchildren.

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Daniel L. Melsha

 

Daniel Lee Melsha, 53, of Cedar Rapids, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, in St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids. 

 

Visitation was Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories, Cedar Rapids.

 

Funeral services were Thursday, Dec. 19, at Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories, Cedar Rapids.

 

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Handmade gifts warm many heads and hearts


Mary Mueller stays in the giving spirit year-round. “If there’s a charity in this town that wants booties for babies, I have about 50 pairs to give,” she says. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

 

By Molly Moser

“People don’t realize that it does feel really good to give,” says Mary Mueller, who is one of many Guttenberg residents sharing kindness with others this Christmas. “I’m not talking about buying stuff from a store and wrapping it up.”

Mueller is a talented crafter – knitting, crocheting, felting, and embroidery; growing and painting designer gourds, making herbal sugars and teas, and the list goes on. She brightened the holidays for many this year by donating numerous hats and scarves to Senior Santa, a drive that accepts gifts for senior citizens in Guttenberg. 

“If you have the means, whatever your talent is, use it to give back to somebody,” she encourages. 

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Questions raised about GMH/Finley relationship

 

In recent weeks, concerned members of the community have approached The Press with questions regarding the business activities of Guttenberg Municipal Hospital. The Press also received an extensive, thoughtfully composed ‘Letter to the Editor’ expressing concerns about the lack of information provided to the public on the topic of GMH entering into a purchase agreement with Finley Hospital. The letter was left unsigned, and according to Press policy could not be printed anonymously. 

When approached, Hospital Marketing Director Leigh Ann Judge declined to comment but promised a press release for the Dec. 25 issue. 

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Stravers speaks about new book, The Raptors of Iowa


During his presentation at the Guttenberg Public Library, Jon Stravers, raptor researcher and author, recounted tales of tree climbing and wading through waist-deep water. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

 

By Molly Moser

“I could tell a lot of stories,” said author, raptor researcher, and musician Jon Stravers during a presentation at Guttenberg Public Library on Thursday, Dec. 12. Stravers is co-author of the recently published book The Raptors of Iowa, which includes illustrations by painter James F. Landenberger. 

Stravers has dedicated 35 years of his life to researching raptors, and is considered an expert on the red-shouldered hawk and the cerulean warbler. “That’s part of why I ended up writing a book, because my life has revolved around the nesting of raptors and the migrating of raptors,” Stravers told a captive audience of over a dozen on Thursday evening. 

After numerous rewrites and decades of struggle over a highly detailed, coffee-table style volume, Stravers was asked to use a different style of writing. “They wanted stories, which took a week and a half to write,” he laughed. 

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Dr. Nathan Shaw to join Cornerstone Family Practice next summer


Nathan Shaw, M.D., has signed a contract to join the local medical practice. (Photo submitted)

 

Dr. Nathan Shaw, M.D. has signed a contract to join Cornerstone Family Practice as a partner of Dr. Merrick, Dr. Smith, Dr. Hoffmann, and Dr. Sadler.  

Dr. Shaw is a graduate of the University of Iowa Medical School and will be completing his residency through the Genesis Quad Cities Family Medicine Residency program this spring.  Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Shaw will be Board eligible in Family Practice and will be able to treat patients of all ages.  Dr. Shaw’s residency training includes obstetrics and Dr. Shaw intends to contribute and support the Hospital's existing Obstetrics Program. 

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The tradition continues

 

The Clayton Ridge Drill Team once again brought home trophies from the Iowa State Dance/Drill Team Competition at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines this past weekend, earning second place in the Small School Prop Division and third place in the Small School Military Division.  Front from left are Grace Noack, Emily Glawe, Lindsey Hawkins, Elly Schroeder, Katie Fassbinder, Molly Errthum and Blake Freeland; middle row,  Kara Winch, Christine Eulberg, Abby Von Handorf, Taylor Roehlk, Anna Kahle, Leighton Aulwes and Hannah Anderegg; back row,  Coach Sharon Keehner, Calista Harbaugh, Jada Schroeder, Hailey Peterson, Noelle Hines, Sydney Hines, Kelly Hawkins, Nicole Wahls, Sierra Smith, Taylor Weidner and Coach Julie Rastetter. See story inside. (Photo submitted)

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Guttenberg's North Pole extension


In the fashion of a real-life elf from the North Pole, Jim Eglseder repaired and rebuilt four of the six trucks he donated to Shepherd of the Hills for their Christmas gift collection. This is the second year he has donated gifts from his own hands. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

 

By Molly Moser

On Monday, Dec. 2, Jim Eglseder arrived at the office of The Press with an armful of Tonka Trucks. Like many, he offered the toys as a donation to Shepherd of the Hills Clothing Center and Crisis Fund, which is collecting Christmas gifts for children. But Eglseder’s donations are one-of-a-kind. They’re toys he’s brought back to life with his own two hands.

About three years ago, Eglseder began fixing broken or rusted Tonka Trucks. He and his wife, Kathy, just happened to stop at a garage sale in Communia, where he picked up two toy trucks, thinking he’d try to fix them. “From then on, whenever I got to a garage sale or flea market I’d look for them,” he says.

For that first dump truck, Egl-seder made a wooden piece to replace a missing part. Since then, he has replaced dozens of sets of wheels and windshields, mixing and matching from his tub of spare parts. He frequents toy shows, where he can pick up Tonka toys either for refurbishment or for parts. 

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