Guttenberg Press

Tue
24
Dec

Guttenberg hospital eyes affiliation with Finley

 

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Guttenberg Municipal Hospital

UnityPoint Health - Finley Hospital (Finley) and Guttenberg Municipal Hospital (GMH) announced Friday, Dec. 20, that they have agreed to enter into discussions to consider a future alignment in which UnityPoint Health would recognize GMH as an affiliate hospital under Finley Tri-states Health Group. 

As GMH is a municipal hospital, this process may take several months while it is reviewed by applicable governmental authorities. 

Tue
24
Dec

Local pastor to be featured on KFXB


LWFB Pastor Tyler Strickfaden will give a half-hour television interview followed by a half-hour message on KFXB’s weekly program, Coming Home. The program airs at 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 26. Mediacom viewers can tune in to channel 12, and others can view the episode on Youtube. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

 

By Molly Moser

Tyler Strickfaden never wanted to be a pastor. In fact, he says it was the last thing he wanted to do. 

“I don’t like standing in front of people. I’m very comfortable to be in the background,” he says. “In 2007, I felt the call to be a pastor from God. I didn’t want to do it, so I ran from it for a year.” Strickfaden says that year was one of the worst of his life. “I’ve never felt such a lack of peace.”

“The moment that I said okay, fine, I’ll do what you want me to do, it was like instantly, peace was restored,” says Strickfaden. “Ever since then, I’ve loved it.” 

Tue
24
Dec

Winterfest a unique experience for Clayton Ridge students


High school students dressed up for a formal dinner, served by faculty the day before school lets out for winter break. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

 

By Molly Moser

Clayton Ridge High School held their bi-annual Winterfest on Thursday, Dec. 19. The school gymnasium was transformed into an atmospheric dining room for the afternoon entertainment. Yards of white linen were draped from floor to ceiling, and snowflakes three-feet in diameter clung to the stage. 

Prior to the formal dinner, high school students watched an etiquette video made by TAG students. The video taught proper use of silverware, dinner table manners, and how to signal to wait staff when finished with a meal. Students also learned about appropriate dress and how to tie a tie. 

Faculty served dinner and dessert to the high school student body and special guests, including school board members and their spouses. Dinner began after a blessing sung by Steve Moser and recent Clayton Ridge graduates Jesse and Nicole Moser.

Wed
18
Dec

Anita R. Cowie

 

Anita Rose (Kenneally) Cowie died Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at the Guttenberg Care Center.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Elkader and burial followed at the church cemetery.

Leonard Funeral Home of  Elkader was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left with www.leonardfuneralhomes.com.

Wed
18
Dec

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.

Wed
18
Dec

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.

Wed
18
Dec

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.

Wed
18
Dec

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.

 

Wed
18
Dec

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. 

Wed
18
Dec

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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