2011 Memorials

James Lee Gammon

A memorial fund has been established for James Lee Gammon (June 30, 1941 - March 12, 2011) by his family to be used to help people with breathing issues.  Mr. Gammon spent hundreds of hours in the hospital as a child with asthma and continued to fight this battle throughout his lifetime.  We are honored to be a part of his legacy in the continued fight against lung disease and chronic issues. 
Memorials can be made online (click on Donate Today) or mailed to Jennie Edmundson Hospital Foundation, 933 East Pierce Street, Council Bluffs, IA  51503.

James Gammon, “The Wizard of Bonds”, died last weekend from complications associated with his heart. According to Smith’s Research and Grading, “He is one of the most important figures in municipal finance during the past 50 years. His record speaks for itself: Mr. Gammon was simply one of the best buyers in the business — ever.”

Mr. Gammon was born and raised in Council Bluffs, IA.  He attended Thomas Jefferson High School, and graduated from University of Nebraska in Omaha.  Growing up, Mr. Gammon loved politics, history, debating and in college was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity.  In his later years, he loved taking care of his yard, going to Broadway shows, reading science fiction books and collecting Steuben glass.
Mr. Gammon always worked hard, often 12 hour days.  He worked for General Electric Investment Corporation for 20 years and nine years as Senior Vice-President and Senior Portfolio Manager at Loews/CNA Holdings, Inc.  He then became president of Lebenthal Asset Management.  Mr. Gammon consistently posted Number 1 total returns for one-year, three-year and five-year investments, according to Lipper Analytics.  He was a past member of the Municipal Analysts Group of New York and the National Federation of Municipal Analysts (NFMA).  The NFMA awarded him its Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993.

Mr. Gammon was an inspiration to many people.  His generosity was well known.  Importantly, he never asked for thanks or praise for the kind deeds that he did.  His thanks was knowing that he helped someone.  He rejoiced in the successes of others.  Mr. Gammon donated often to Council Bluffs’ Broadway Christian Church and Jennie Edmundson Hospital, as well as other worthy causes.  He often helped people get jobs and mentored young people in general.

James L. Gammon is survived by his wife of 45 years, Frances (Fairfield, CT), and his son Matthew (Orlando, FL).  His mother Hazel, sister Ruth, and Ruth’s husband Ron live in Council Bluffs, IA.  His niece and nephews, Christopher Massey, Deborah and Nadeem Ahmad, William McIver, and Scott Musgrove, live in North Richland Hills, TX.

Eileen Carson

Eileen Carlson, age 82, of Council Bluffs, passed away March 31, 2011 at Fox Run Assisted Living Community. Eileen was born on March 13, 1929 in Brock, NE to Wilber and Gladys (Yont) Maclay who preceded her in death.

She is also preceded in death by her brother John Maclay and her aunt Helen Yont.

Eileen is survived by her children Mike Cronin and wife Nancy, Larry Carlson and wife Pam, Sue Diercks and husband Kenny; brothers Bob Maclay and wife Mitz, Jim Maclay and wife Janis; sister Molly Hosic; grandchildren Brianne McGinty and husband Chris, Alicia Diercks, Brandon Carlson, Drew Carlson, Jenna Carlson, Jennifer Nymann; great-grandchild Maverick McGinty; nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with a memorial service at 7:00 p.m. at Maher-Livingston Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Jennie Edmundson Hospital Volunteer Services.
Memorials can be made online (click on Donate Today) or mailed to Jennie Edmundson Hospital Foundation, 933 East Pierce Street, Council Bluffs, IA  51503. 

Marguerite Powell

Marguerite Powell, age 83, passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at the Amelia House in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  She was  born January 18, 1928 in St. John's New Foundland to Harvey and Pearl Sparks Russell.  She worked in the secretarial field for Tinley Law Firm, Mutual of Omaha for 15 years and at Jennie Edmundson for 8 years.  Marguerite was a regular Council Bluffs Library patron. 

Marguerite is preceded in death by her parents; husband Clifford Powell on November 1, 1986; and brother Ralph Russell. 

She leaves to mourn her son Bruce and his wife Naomi of Omaha, Neb,; daughter Denise Belt of Pensacola, Fla.; 9 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren; sister Jean Hansen and her husband Chuck of Council Bluffs; brother Harvey Russell of Toronto, Canada. 

Visitation will be held Friday from 10:00am to 11:00am, followed by funeral service at 11:00am at Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park Chapel.  Intement at Memorial Park Cemetery followed by fellowship at the Amerlia House.  Memorials are suggested to Council Bluffs Library and Jennie Edmundson Hospital.
Memorials can be made online (click on Donate Today) or mailed to Jennie Edmundson Hospital Foundation, 933 East Pierce Street, Council Bluffs, IA  51503. 

Dorothy Lucille Hough

Dorothy Lucille Hough, age 81, of Council Bluffs, passed away October 31, 2011 at Regency Rehabilitation Center.  Dorothy was born April 4, 1930 in McClelland, IA to Henry and Mary (Burhenne) Hiller.  Dorothy married Clem Hough on March 18, 1948 and Clem and Dorothy lived in the McClelland and Underwood areas all their lives.  During the 1960s, Dorothy worked for Underwood School systems in food services.  In 1971, she began working at Jennie Edmundson Hospital as a cook and shift supervisor, retiring in 1994.
In addition to her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Clement Hough; brothers John Hiller and Henry (Bud) Hiller, Jr.

She is survived by her son Randy Hough and wife Lisa, daughter Ellen Ross and husband Mark; grandchildren Sarah Ross-Lazarov and husband Tsvet, Amy Ross and husband Jim Foley, and Kyle Hough.

Private graveside services were held Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. at Grange Cemetery.   
In lieu of flowers, memorials are to be directed to The Jennie Edmundson Breast Health Center(click on Donate Today) ; c/o Jennie Edmundson Foundation, 933 E. Pierce St., Council Bluffs, IA 51503.
Norman M. Smith, age 85, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, November 16, 2011, at Risen Son Christian Village.

Norman Smith

Norman was born on September 17, 1926, in Oakland, Iowa, to the late Max and Martha (Johnson) Smith. After graduation Norman served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He married Helen McIntosh on May 14, 1950. He worked as Distribution Director for Safeway Stores for 30 years, retiring on August 12, 1992. He was a member of First Christian Church and VFM Post #737.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother; and 2 sisters.  He is survived by his wife, Helen, of Council Bluffs; daughter, Teri and Greg Wilson-Spencer, of Council Bluffs; 2 sons, Larry and DeAnne Smith, of Des Moines, Iowa, Charles and Julie Smith, of Council Bluffs; 7 grandchildren, Andrew and Lori Wilson, of Honey Creek, Iowa, Bridgette Smith, Molly Smith and Shanon Smith, all of Council Bluffs; Zachary Smith, Rebekah Smith and Mikalah Smith, all of Des Moines; 3 great grandchildren, Isadora Wilson, of Honey Creek, Rilee and Breana Kindred, of Council Bluffs.

Visitation with family on Sunday, from 4:00 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home. Funeral Service on Monday, at 11 a.m., at the funeral home with Reverend Jerry Hopkins, officiating. Burial Hazel Dell Cemetery with Military Honors by VFW Post #737. Memorials to the JEMH Foundation

2012 Memorials

Beverly D. Stangl

Beverly D. Stangl, age 48, of Neola, Iowa, passed away March 13, 2012. 
Bev was born January 21, 1964 in Council Bluffs to the late Eldron J. "Sam" and Jane F. (Renner) Stangl.  She graduated from St. Albert High School in 1982 and from Mount Marty College in Cedar Rapids in 1986, earning a degree in nursing.  After graduating, Bev worked in Wyoming for two years.  She returned to Neola and began a 24 year nursing career at Jennie Edmundson Memorial Hospital.  Bev was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Neola.

She is survived by her sister, Donna (Tom) Raygor of Council Bluffs; brothers, Tony Stangl ofSan Fernando, California and Mark ( Dolores) Stangl of Neola; 8 nieces and nephews, 7 great nieces and nephews all whom Bev adored; 3 aunts and numerous cousins.

Memorials are suggested to Jennie Edmundson Hospital or St. Patrick's Catholic Church.  Wake Service, Thursday, 6:00 p.m. followed by visitation with the family until 8:00 p.m. at St. patrick's Catholic Church, Neola.  Funeral Mass, Friday, 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church with Rev. Raphael Masabakhwa, pastor as the celebrant.  Interment St. Patrick's Cemetery.

Hazel Harriet Gammon

Hazel Harriet Gammon, age 95, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, passed away at her home on Friday April 6, 2012.
Hazel was born July 5, 1916 in Council Bluffs to Sidney and Ruth Robinson Harle and graduate from Thomas Jefferson High School.  She worked for the American Cancer Society as their Executive Secretary for 21+ years and was a member of Broadway Christian Church.

Hazel was a longtime volunteer at Jennie Edmundson Hospital where she received the Spirit of Courage Lifetime Achievement Award.  Hazel volunteered over 18,000 hours at Jennie Edmundson in various capacities, including their Auxiliary.  Hazel was instrumental in the design and creation of the Cancer Information Center housed in the JEMH Family Resource Center and also volunteered in the Oncology Waiting Area.

Other memberships include PEOP Chapter LP, and Zonta Women’s Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Willard Gammon, who passed away in 1987; and son, Jim Gammon, who passed away in 2011.

Survivors include daughter, Ruth Z. Gammon and Ron Boothe, of Council Bluffs; daughter-in-law, Frances Gammon, of Fairfield, Connecticut; grandchildren, Deborah Ahmad and Nadeem, of North Richland Hills, Texas, Matthew Gammon, of Florida, and Christopher Massey, of North Richland Hills, Texas; great-grandchildren, William McIver and Scot Ahmad.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 10th from 6:00 to 8 p.m. with funeral services Wednesday, April 11th at 11:00 a.m., all at Cutler-O’Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park Chapel.  Pastor Jann Osborn, Officiant.  Interment will be at Cedar Lawn Cemetery, followed by a light luncheon at Broadway Christian Church.  In lieu of flowers and cards, family has suggested memorials to Jennie Edmundson Foundation and Broadway Christian Church.

Frances L. Young

Frances L. Young age 95, passed away Monday April 23,2012 at Jennie Edmundson Hospital. Frances was born, December 11, 1916 in Council Bluffs to Ben and Kate Alsip White. Frances worked in the Accounting  Department at the John Day Company in Omaha before her retirement. She has been a member of Dodge Christian Church since 1935, and was very involved with her church activities, including their Friendship Club, and  Bible Study Group. Frances’s hobbies were her volunteering and continued support to Jennie Edmundson Hospital and their Auxiliary. She volunteered over 14, 679 hours at Jennie Edmundson in various roles, such as M and M Clown, Sparky the Fire Dog, and also  served at the Jennie House.

Frances received the Jennie Edmundson Volunteer of the YearAward, and spent her whole life giving to others, especially the needy. She bought countless snow suits and lunch tickets for the needy and her charity work continued at Dodge Christian where she supported their Scholarship Fund, sending kids to youth camp. A member of the Red Hat Society and former Queen of her chapter. Frances is preceded in death by her parents, husband of 63 years Robert C. Young, son in law, Willard Lamb, one sister and three brothers. Survivors include three daughters, Marilyn Jo Drake and husband Harold Grosskopf of Council Bluffs, Janet Lamb of Omaha, and Carolyn Greunke and husband Luther of Arlington, NE; 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 7 great great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family Thursday  6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m., at Cutler-O’Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park Chapel. Funeral service Friday 10:00a.m., at Dodge Christian Church. Pastor Chris Williamson, officiant. Interment Cedar Lawn Cemetery, followed by a luncheon back at Dodge ChristianChurch. Family has suggested memorials to Dodge Christian Church and their Scholarship Fund.

Kristin Kay Lippke

Kristin Kay Lippke, age 44, passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at Jennie Edmundson Hospital.  Kristin was born in Omaha, Neb., on March 9, 1968, to Harold J. “Hal” and Carolyn Mischler Lippke.  Kris graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School where served as the first president of the Astra Club, and from the University of Iowa in 1990, Majoring in Psychology.

Kris was preceded in death by her dad, Harold “Hal” Lippke on May 25, 2005.  Survivors include her mother, Carolyn’ sister, Pat Olsen and husband, Roger, all of Council Bluffs; brother, Richard Lippke and wife, Andrea, of Bloomington, Ind,; nephews, Aiden and Emil; nieces, Amanda Scheel and Jenna West; 2 great nephews, Jaxson and Evan; and great niece, Megan.

Visitation with the family Friday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Cutler-O’Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park Chapel. Funeral services Saturday, 2 p.m., at Broadway Methodist Church.  Reverend Chris St. Clair, officiant. Interment in Cedar Lawn Cemetery followed by a luncheon back at Broadway Methodist Church.  Family has suggested memorials to the Kristin K. Lippke Scholarship Fund, Broadway Methodist Church and Jennie Edmundson Hospital.

Ruby (Kyle) Bomgaars

Ruby (Kyle) Bomgaars, daughter of Verna and Knut Kyle, passed away quietly at Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on May 24, 2012.

Ruby was born on February 25, 1932, in Rock Rapids, Iowa. She received her education in Rock Rapids, graduating from Rock Rapids High School in 1950. After high school, Ruby went to work as a telephone operator for North western Bell. She continued to work for Northwestern Bell/USWest for over 30 years.
Ruby met the love of her life, Arv Bomgaars, at the Roof Garden Ballroom in Arnolds Park, Iowa. They were married on May 27th, 1951, and enjoyed over 40 years of marriage. During their life together, Ruby and Arv raised four children: Steve, Scott, Sandra and Stacey. As a couple, Ruby and Arv enjoyed golfing, Hawkeye games, traveling, time with their children and the company of their seven grandchildren.
Shortly after Arv's death, Ruby relocated to Council Bluffs from Cedar Falls, Iowa. Her retirement years were spent volunteering at elementary schools in Council Bluffs, spending time with her children and grandchildren, playing Bridge, attending Red Hat outings, rooting for the Iowa Hawkeye football team and talking endlessly on the telephone with her family and friends! In addition, she always looked forward to escaping the cold Iowa winters by spending a few weeks with her sister, Joan and brother-in-law, Harvey, in sunny Arizona.

Ruby was preceded in death by her husband, Arv Bomgaars; her parents, Knut and Verna Kyle; and her brothers, Loran Kyle and Howard 'Bud' Kyle.

She is survived by her children, Steve (Marti) Bomgaars, of Spencer, Iowa, Scott (Lisa) Bomgaars, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Sandra Bomgaars, of Des Moines, Iowa, and Stacey (Mark) Lang, of McHenry, Ill.; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; 1 sister, Joan (Harvey) Schmidt; several nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Private Celebration of Life service will be held on Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park Chapel. Ruby will be laid to rest in the Spencer, Iowa Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Jennie Edmundson Hospital Foundation or St. Jude's Children Hospital

Michael Edward Boltin

Michael Edward Boltin, age 66, of Omaha, NE passed away August 21, 2012 in Bellevue, NE.
Michael was born in Omaha, NE on May 16, 1946 to Raymond and Mary Boltin.  His career as a Chef included working for the Hilton Hotel, Union Pacific Railroad and coming to Jennie Edmundson Memorial Hospital in August 2001.

His love for life was reflected in many ways; Mike was compassionate about his work and would make the events, projects, and daily work schedules fun, and easy to want to be involved in.  His smile and positive attitude was contagious as he was friends to all and made people feel very special.  Mike and his wife Kathy enjoyed antique shopping, traveling, and working in the yard, watching movies and most of all playing with his grandson.  He was an avid fan and collector of the Lone Ranger and railroad memorabilia.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Mary Boltin; brother John Boltin.  He is survived by his wife, Kathy; son Kris (Kate) Boltin; daughter, Korrine Boltin; grandson Sean Boltin; brothers, James (Kathy) and Gerald (Marie); numerous nieces and nephews.

Darlene Dahl

Darlene Dahl, 87 years, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, died on September 15, 2012.

Born the day after Christmas in 1924, the youngest of five children of Louie and Elizabeth Schmidt of rural Treynor, Iowa, Darlene was gifted with multiple talents that promised a fairytale future, surpassing most people's fantasies. Following graduation from Treynor High School in 1943, Darlene became a registered nurse from Jennie Edmundson Hospital's nursing school in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and practiced for Dr. George Klok for six years.

In 1947, she married Fred Dahl of Council Bluffs, who later whisked her away to Tucson, Ariz., where Fred received his degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona in 1955. Thus began a whirlwind life of world travel as a constant companion to Fred, who rose quickly to hold seven vice-presidencies at Bechtel Corporation, becoming its top negotiator in the sale and development of nuclear power plants worldwide. In those travels, Darlene became well-known to royalty and world leaders-from Italy, France, Spain and points east to Thailand, India, the Philippines and points west-as the beautiful, bright, "belle of the ball" at official banquets and formal gatherings.

Having developed a keen eye with a rifle and a capacity for physical labor as a child on the farm, Darlene was also a charismatic partner to Fred on exotic hunting and deep-sea fishing trips with clients. One of Darlene's proudest memories was the announcement by Bechtel's president, George Schultz-who was about to be named President Ronald Reagan's Secretary of State-that he was appointing Fred as manager of Bechtel's Washington, D.C., office to consult with Congress and the White House on nuclear energy policy. To officially welcome Fred, George Schultz hosted a private banquet at Washington's most prestigious private club, with 150 congressmen attending. "The numerous White House dinners were spectacular," Darlene recalled. At several of them, her dinner partner was the ambassador of Egypt, who became yet another of the legions captivated by Darlene's charm. At one event, overhearing someone congratulate Darlene for being the club golfing champion, the ambassador offered to send his own plane to bring Darlene to Egypt for the privilege of playing a round or two with her. Darlene, flattered but too busy to accept, mused, "I should have gone. It was probably a solid-gold plane."

Darlene's one million miles of air travel with Fred on many of his trips earned her acquaintances with such eminentos as the CEO of Fiat ("Georgio was his name," she said), who, while in conference with Fred, had his secretary pick up Darlene in his Lamborghini and chauffeur her on a shopping spree anywhere she chose to go in Milan; and every December, Darlene and Fred had to go to Spain and spend Christmas with the Spaniards where, every time, Count Orsi insisted on being Darlene's dinner partner. "In a restaurant in Thailand," she added, "we were seated beside King Hussein and Queen Noor of Jordan."

As an international hostess or guest, Darlene's elegance, ebullience, eternal youth, wit and playful candor melted the hearts of togated dignitaries and the toughest of hunters and fishermen alike, because Darlene was no stranger to either lifestyle, nor any in between. They all sensed her intellectual alacrity that transcended social graces, including her status as a bridge champion who could not be dethroned (even after suffering two strokes) and facile master of crossword puzzles.

Darlene was preceded in death by sisters, Dora Shaw and Sabina Altrock; brother, Hans Schmidt, all of Treynor, Iowa.

She leaves husband, Fred; sister, Ethel Guttau, also of Treynor; nine nieces and nephews; many grandnephews and grandnieces, as well as numerous great grandnephews and great grandnieces.
Memorial Service Wednesday, 1 p.m., Cutler-O'Neill Bayliss Park Chapel, Chaplain Michael York officiating. Memorials to Jennie Edmundson Memorial Hospital. 

Michala Marie Haynie Wunderlich

Michala Marie Haynie Wunderlich, age 35, passed away on Monday, October 29, 2012, at the Kingwood Medical Center near Houston, Texas.

Michala was born in Omaha, Neb., on December 7, 1976, to Michael and Teresa Tilley Haynie. She graduated from St. Albert High School in 1995, earned her Bachelor’s from Huron University, Huron South Dakota in 1999 and Masters Degree, Colorado Technical University 2000. Michala was a Fifth grade Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher at Coulson Tough Elementary School, The Woodlands, Texas.
Michala was united in marriage to Brent Wunderlich on July 24, 2010, at the Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. Michala’s interests included Soccer, the Dave Matthews Band, traveling and spending time with her family, especially spoiling her nieces and nephews, and her vacations each year at Lake of the Ozarks. 

Michala loved life and lived it to the fullest. She had many wonderful friends and provided them anything they needed, even if they didn’t ask. She found her calling in April 2011 when she decided to change careers and become a teacher.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, William and Marilyn Tilley and Ann Haynie; aunt Connie Kelly.

Michala is survived by her husband, Brent, of Woodlands Texas; parents, Michael and Teresa Haynie, of Council Bluffs; brother, Ryan Haynie and wife, Heather and their children, Jace, Brody and Griffinn, all of Gretna, Neb.; grandfather, Keith Haynie; father and mother-in-law, Daniel and Margaret Wunderlich, of Terre Haute, Ind.; sister and brother-in-law, Erikah and Shane Fox, of Louisville, Ky., and their children, Eryn and John; brother-in-law, Aaron Wunderlich, of Plano, Texas; sister-in-law, Adriane Wunderlich, of Kingsville, Texas; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends.

Visitation with the family Friday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Cutler-O’Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, 10 a.m., Corpus Christi (Queen of the Apostles) Church, 3304 4th Ave. Father David Fleming, celebrant. Michala will be laid to rest at Cedar Lawn Cemetery. Luncheon will follow at Queen of Apostles. Memorials will be directed by the family.

2013 Memorials

Michelle F. “Miki” Leu

Michelle F. “Miki” Leu, age 66, passed away December 29, 2013 at Methodist Jennie Edmundson following a lengthy illness.

She was born on December 30, 1946 in Des Moines, the daughter of the late Harry and Gwendolyn Osborn. She graduated from high school in Cedar Rapids and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in textiles and clothing management from Iowa State University in Ames.

She is survived by her husband, Jon Leu; daughter, Stephanie Gerig of Woodburn, Ind; grandchildren, Tyler, Brooke and Paige Gerig of Woodburn, Ind; brother, Harry Osborn (Sherryl).

Memorial service will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 9th at the Hoy-Kilnoski Funeral Home. A luncheon will follow the service in the community room at Hoy-Kilnoski.

Memorials are suggested to S.O.L.A.S. or the Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital Foundation.  

Norma Louise Thallas

Norma Louise Thallas age 87, Council Bluffs, passed away Saturday May 4th 2013 after a long and courageous battle with Pancreatic Cancer at her beloved Jennie Edmundson Hospital. Norma was born July 23rd 1925 on the family farm in Audubon County to William H. Sr. and Vera (Rutherford) Boust and attended country school and later graduating from Audubon High School in 1943. Norma entered Jennie Edmundson School of Nursing under the Cadet Nurse Corp in 1944, graduating in 1947. Norma worked at  Jennie Edmundson as a Registered Nurse for 40 years, retiring September 1, 1990.

She married George G. Thallas on November 15, 1946. Norma’s memberships include, Epworth United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Dorcas Circle, Women’s Christian Association, Jennie Edmundson Alumni, Auxiliary and longtime volunteer. Her total dedication to Jennie Edmundson Hospital spanned over 68 years of her life. She also was a Red Cross Volunteer and Blood Donor (25 gallons) and a member of Order of Eastern Star #25 Harmony Chapter, and Wacky Women’s Club. 

Norma is preceded in death by her parents, husband George in 1986, infant daughter Rebbeca in 1950, grandchildren Jayne R. Jensen 1983, Wayne R. Jensen III in 2005, brother William H. Boust Jr.  Survivors include daughters, Shon R. (Larry) Hubbard, Yvette  D. Swank, son Greg W. (Judi) Thallas all Council Bluffs, 5 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, sister Ellen Opsal, Cedar Falls, Iowa, nieces, nephews, BFF Mary Janicek and Norma’s  beloved dog Murray.

Visitation with the family Monday 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Cutler-O’Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park Chapel. Funeral services Tuesday 12 Noon at Epworth United Methodist Church. Pastor Dan Grauer, Officiant. Interment Branson Cemetery followed by a luncheon back at Epworth. Norma has requested in lieu of flowers, memorials to Epworth Methodist, Jennie Edmundson Auxiliary and American Cancer Society.

Kathleen K. Jordan

Kathleen K. Jordan, age 52, of Tabor, Iowa, passed away on April 22, 2013, in Council Bluffs after recurring bouts of cancer.

Kathy was born March 7, 1961, in Beatrice, Neb., to William C. and Phyllis M. (Young) Jordan.
Kathy is survived by husband, Andy Griffin, of Tabor; sister, Judy (Jordan) Sekera, of Fort Wayne, Ind.; brother and sister-in-law, Steven and Kathy Jordan, of Council Bluffs; sisters and brothers-in-law, Vicki and Tom Wooster, of Sidney, Iowa and Debbie and Tom Tobinson, of Hamburg, Iowa; mother, phyllis Jordan, of Council Bluffs; father and step-mom, William and Beverly Jordan, of Sidney; nieces and nephews; many friends including dearest friends, Sandy and Earl Karas, of Warrensburg, Mo.

Funeral Services will be Friday, April 26, 2013, at 11 a.m., at Kahler-Dolce Mortuary.  Visitation Friday from 10 a.m. until service time.  Donation to Anatomical Board following the services.  In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Tree of Memories, c/o Kahler-Dolce Mortuary or Spirit of Courage-Jennie Edmundson Hospital Foundation, Council Bluffs.

Julie Ann Nickolisen

Julie Ann Nickolisen, age 47 of Council Bluffs passed away April 12, 2013 at Hospice with Heart’s Hospice House in Glenwood.  She was born in Council Bluffs on August 24, 1965.

She graduated from Carson-Macedonia High School and then earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Iowa State University and then a Master’s Degree from Creighton University.  Julie had worked for Boy’s Town for the past 20 years as a manager in education training.  Julie was also a recipient of the Spirit of Courage in 2012.

Julie is preceded in death by her father-in-law, Bernard Nickolisen.

Julie is survived by her husband, Keith Nickolisen to whom she’s been married for 25 years; son, Tyler Nickolisen; sisters and brothers-in-law, Rhonda and Tom Kupke, Jill and Bobby Dean Huckaby; brother and sister-in-law, Steven and Kathy Brumley; brothers-in-law and their wives, Brad and Cheri Nickolisen, Chad and Jewel Nickolisen; sister-in-law and her husband, Chris and Rich Timm; niece, Chloe Nickolisen; nephew, Jack Nickolisen; mother-in-law, Phyllis Nickolisen; a host of other family and friends.
Visitation is Sunday 6:30-8PM at the Hoy-Kilnoski Funeral Home.  Memorial service is Monday 3PM at the funeral home followed by a reception in the community room at Hoy-Kilnoski.  Memorials are suggested to Hospice with Heart’s Hospice House in Glenwood or the Spirit of Courage.

Kenneth P. Petersen

Kenneth P. Petersen, age 89, of Council Bluffs, passed away March 16, 2013 at his home after a long battle with COPD. Ken was born January 10, 1924 in Council Bluffs to the late Elmer N. and Rose Marie (Miller) Petersen. He graduated Abraham Lincoln High School in 1942 and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII.

Ken married Doris Nelson on July 4, 1948 in Council Bluffs. He retired from Enron, Inc. in 1984 after a 28 year career. Ken was a giant among men. He spent his life in service to our country, as a husband, a father and later as a volunteer. Ken was recognized at the Iowa State Fair last year as Iowan for the Day.  His many activities included: Legislative Chairman and volunteer for Jennie Edmundson Hospital; board member of IHA and helped create many educational programs for all the hospitals and volunteers in Iowa; board member of Wings of Hope Cancer Center; AEA13, American Cancer Society Iowa Advisory Council and Commissioner for the Iowa State Department of Aging.  Ken has been involved in the Pottawattamie County Tobacco Coalition, UPRR Museum, Chanticleer Theatre, Bluffs Art Council, Kiwanis, Rotary Club, Toastmasters, IWCC-VIP, American Red Cross, American Legion Post #2 and his church, Our Savior’s Lutheran. He received the honor to represent Council Bluffs as ambassador for the Relay for Life nationwide event, held in Washington, D.C. in 2006. Ken was a dedicated and active volunteer for the Council Bluffs Community School District. He was on the Board of Education for nearly 20 years and facilitated a Youth Leadership Academy for 7th and 8th grade students.

In addition to his parents, Ken was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Petersen and 2 infant children. Ken is survived by three daughters, Roseanne (Bruce) Bates, Davenport, IA., Suzanne (Jay) Robinson, Omaha, NE., Joanne (Allan) Hull, Papillion, NE., 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandson.

Celebration of Life Service, Saturday, 11:00 a.m. at Cutler-O’Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park Chapel. A lunch will immediately follow at Tish’s Restaurant. Visitation with the family one hour prior to the service. Memorials are suggested to Wings of Hope or Jennie Edmundson Hospital Foundation.

Ila M. Leach

Ila M. Leach, age 89, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, passed away March 19, 2013, at Jennie Edmundson Hospital.

Ila was born October 24, 1923, in Shelton, Neb., to the late Jay and Emma (Oglevie) Shultz.  She attended Ansley, Nebraska High School.  Ila moved to Council Bluffs in 1958 and managed the sewing department of Sears & Roebuck for 28 years, retiring in 1985.

In addition to her parents, Ila was preceded in death by her sisters, Alma Price, Donna Parkinson; and brothers, Francis “Pat”, Alvie “Bud” and Dickie Shultz.

Ila is survived by her sons, F.A. “Pat” (Penny) Leach, of Omaha, Neb., Edd (Donna) Leach, of Council Bluffs; 6 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family Friday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Cutler-O’Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park Chapel.

Funeral services Saturday, 11:00 a.m., at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Jennie Edmundson Hospital Foundation.

Heather A. Roberts

Heather A. Roberts, age, 41, of Council Bluffs, passed away January 30th, 2013 in Des Moines, Iowa.
She was born June 29, 1971, in Davenport, Iowa. Heather has resided in Blair, Neb., Omaha, Neb. and Council Bluffs. Heather was a member of Ne Herp.org, which is concerned with snakes, reptiles and amphibians and work to learn about these creatures' needs and sometimes trade, sell or rescue them from people who cannot continue to care for them. Heather excelled in all her studies and served her practicum in Albany, N.Y., at Stony Brook College and various hospitals in that area and worked in labor and delivery and became an M.S.N. in midwifery in 2000. Heather was also first chair oboist when attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Heather was preceded in death by her grandmother, Helen M. Shearer.

She is survived by her daughters, Katelyn Hinojosa, of Bellevue, Neb., Izabella Genoways, of Scottsbluff, Neb.; step daughter, Brittany Stephens, of Council Bluffs; parents, de Wolff and Salli roberts, of Blair, Neb.; brother, Ryan Roberts of Blair, Neb.; grandchildren, Kamari Hinojosa and Sophia Hinojosa; and special friend, Blaise Stephens.

Memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 7, 2012, at Sievers-Sprick Funeral Home, Fort Caljoun, Neb. Private Burial will be held. Memorials may be sent to Jennie Edmundson Breast Health Center in Council Bluffs.

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John Albert Okerbloom

John Albert Okerbloom, M.D., age 62, Council Bluffs, passed away October 27, 2014, at Risen Son Christian Village in Council Bluffs. 

John was born, September 1, 1952, in Tribune, Kansas, to Albert W. and June R. (Bloedel) Okerbloom, and graduated from Fremont Mills High School where he was Valedictorian in 1970. John attended Simpson College for one year and transferred to Drake University where he graduated in 1974. He was accepted into Medical School at the University of Iowa, graduating in 1978. He did internal medicine residency in Des Moines from 1978-1981. Oncology fellowship in Des Moines from 1981-1982 then to UNMC from 1982-1983. John started Heartland Oncology and Hematology in Council Bluffs in 1983 and retired in 2014. He was united in marriage to Barbara Lynne Malcom, who grew up with John from 5th grade until graduating. They were married on August 18, 1973, and to this union, sons John Nathan and Neal Scott were born. 

John is preceded in death by his parents, Albert & June. 

Survivors include his wife, Barbara; sons, Nathan and Tina, Neal and Jami, all of Council Bluffs, 7 grandchildren, Dylan, Adrian, Andrew, Owen, Lilly, Sam and Erica; sister, Dorothy Hollinger and husband Ben of Tabor, Iowa. John will be remembered for his love of reading, crossword puzzles, traveling with family, the Iowa Hawkeyes, snowmobiling, his patients and most of all his family and grandchildren. Barb and John are members of St. John’s United Church of Christ.

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Lucy Beall Graeme

Lucy Beall Graeme, age 91, passed away November 10, 2015.  She was born May 27, 1924.
Member, First Congregational Church in Council Bluffs; PEO Chapter IQ Past President, Chapter LR charter member and Past President, Chapter MF charter and current member and Past President; member VNA Board of Directors, twice serving as President; board member of Council Bluffs Library Foundation; served on the New Library Building Committee; served with the General’s Ladies of the General Dodge House; belonged to garden clubs and was an active bowler until the age of 89; gave numerous slide shows of travels throughout China, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.

Preceded in death by parents, Donald B. and Florence K. Stoufer; brothers, William K. Stoufer and Richard K. Stoufer.  Survived by husband, Richard B. “Dick” Graeme; son, William Scott Graeme (Tamara); daughter, Alice Margaret Rohrssen (Craig); grandchildren, Megan K. Rohrssen (Benjamin Harrison) and Charles O. Rohrssen; many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Friday, 6pm to 8pm at Cutler O’Neill Chapel.  Services Saturday, 10am, First Congregational Church, 611 1st Avenue in Council Bluffs; officiant, Pastor Jim Goodenberger and eulogist, Rev. Dr. Anthony Paff.  Private Interment, Fairview Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to Jennie Edmundson Hospital Foundation, Council Bluffs Library Foundation, First Congregational Church, or charity of your choice.

Margaret L. Knott 

Margaret L. Knott, age 90, of Council Bluffs passed away at her home on July 21, 2015.  She was born in Council Bluffs on May 10, 1925 to the late George L. and Mabel L. (O’Brien) Sluyter. Margaret graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School with the class of 1944 with a 4.0 grade point average. During her high school experience, she first dated Jim Knott, the man she would later marry.

Having always wanted to be a nurse, she entered the U.S Cadet Nurses Training Corps. at Nebraska Methodist Hospital in Omaha. She graduated from there in 1948 with the highest grade point average of her class. Margaret was chosen as Miss Methodist in 1947 by the instructors and staff. She also was chosen to model the new student nurses uniforms. Margaret’s first nursing position was on the floor as an R.N. at Methodist Hospital. It was while she was finishing school that she and James Knott were married December 23, 1947 in a semi-secret ceremony after gaining permission as it was prohibited for nurse trainees to be married at that time.

Margaret and Jim owned and operated the Pleasant Home for Convalescents and lived there as well. Margaret worked around the clock providing complete and total care for the patients. Many of their family holiday functions were even held there because of her commitment to those patients. This commitment included caring for their children. After eight years of being solely committed to the facility and patients, the couple had their first opportunity to socialize and travel. So while pregnant with their third child, they finally took a “honeymoon”.

Margaret was known for being very candid, honest and putting others first. She was deeply involved in the community. She and Dr. Knott loved to dance and made lifelong friendships with people they’d met. She was active in the Newcomers Club and was a past president. Some of her other memberships include: the United Fund, March of Dimes, The Pott-Mills County and State Medical Societies Auxiliary, Xi Beta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Social Sorority and became President of the Sorority City Council. She was on the Visiting Nurses Association Board and the Pottawattamie County Landlord Association to name a few. After helping establish the General’s Ladies in 1972, she served as its president for the first three years. Margaret chaired the Dodge House Cook Book that was published in 1976. She’d served on both the board of directors and the board of trustees. In total, she had more than 28 years of devoted service to the General Dodge House. Another organization that she served was the Council Bluffs Senior Center. She and her husband have co-chaired a number of fundraisers. She was also been inducted into the Thomas Jefferson High School Hall of Fame.

Margaret was not only involved in organizations within the community but in her husbands practice as well, working there fourteen years. After Dr. Knott was medically retired, she closed his practice in July of 1993. Together in July of 1994 they purchased the Westwood Apartments. Their business was JAMA Management, LLC. Margaret was responsible for the general management that included sales, bookkeeping, advertising and collecting. They sold the apartments in 2011 and that brought her retirement at age 86.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sisters, Jeanette Crom and Charlotte Schroeder; great grandson, Carter Kelly.

Margaret is survived by her husband of 67 years, James L. Knott M.D; sons, James R. Knott D.D.S and his wife Stella, David Knott, Paul Knott and his wife Katheryn; sister and brother-in-law, Virginia and David Velasco; 8 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 30, 2015 at the Hoy-Kilnoski Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to the foundation of either Jennie Edmundson Hospital or Mercy Hospital, the Dodge House, The Senior Center or charity of your choice.

Karen Ann Stein 

Karen Ann Stein, September 19, 1942 – July 7, 2015, age 72, died peacefully surrounded by family and friends at Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, IA. Karen was born in Parkston, S.D., the daughter of Paul and Mary Thury. She attended grade school as well as high school in Parkston. She received a diploma from St. Catherine’s School of nursing in 1963, then received a Bachelors degree from Creighton University in Omaha, and a Masters of Art in Health Services Administration from the College of St. Francis.  Karen was employed at Methodist Jennie Edmundson hospital for 40 years, first as a nurse, and then as Senior Vice President of Patient Services for 30 years before retiring in 2008. Karen worked part time after retirement as an Employee Health nurse.  She was a member of Sigma Theta Tau and was nominated as Iowa Nurse Executive of the Year. She served as president of the Iowa Organization of Nurse Leaders and as a member of the Goodwill Board of Directors and Iowa Donor Network Board. She was a member of St. Columbanus Catholic Church in Weston, IA. Karen was an avid cook and insisted birthday cakes be made from scratch! She enjoyed traveling, playing bridge, and was very fashion oriented.

She loved spending time with her grandkids which included time in Okoboji and occasionally spoiling them.  Karen is survived by daughter Cristy Daniel and husband Nick; son-in-law James Nigro; beloved grandchildren: Alex, Noah, Aaron Daniel and Sophia, Giancarlo, Giovanni, and Luca Nigro; three sisters: Betty Fergen, Ethan, of S.D., Joan Fideler, of Tucson, Ariz., Jean Severin, of Omaha, Neb.; two brothers: Rev. Gerald Thury, Dimock, of S.D., Clarence Thury, Parkston, of S.D.; former husband Ralph Schaefer; many nieces and nephews; “adopted” family member Kim Hansen. Preceded in death by husband William P. Stein; daughter Carla Jean Nigro; parents Paul and Mary (Polreis) Thury; seven brothers: William, Louis, James, Leonard, Donald, Joel, and Fred Thury; one sister: Dolores Eisenbraun.  VISITATION will be at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Council Bluffs, IA. Family will receive friends on Thursday, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., with Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL will be Friday at 11:00 a.m., at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, with Fr. Raphael Masabakhwa, officiating.  INURNMENT will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Council Bluffs, IA. In lieu of flowers, memorials will be directed to Karen’s favorite charities. 

Kathleen V. Jay 

Kathleen V. Jay, age 99, passed away June 24, 2015, at Jennie Edmundson Hospital. Kathleen was born September 21, 1915, in Chelsea, Iowa to Frank Jay and Ollie (Upah) Jay and moved to Council Bluffs at the age oftwo. She retired from Jennie Edmundson Hospital in 1980 after 46 years of employment as Business Office manager. Kathleen is a life member of Women Christian Association, 50 year member of Harmony Chapter #25 of O>E>S., past member of Iowa Branch of Ostomy Visitation program. Former member of Business and Professional Women Club and Credit Women Breakfast Club and New Horizons Presbyterian Church. She is preceded in death by her parents, sister Grace Jennings, brothers Leon Sr., and Larry Jay, nephews Donald and Leon (Skip) Jay, and niece Donna Jay Wilson. Survivors include her nieces,  Kay Ann Jay, Glenna Gallagher and husband Tim, nephew Frank Jay, great nieces and nephews, and great- great nieces and nephews. Visitation Saturday 10:00 am to 11:00 am followed by funeral services at 11:00 am all at Cutler-O’Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park Chapel. Interment Cedar Lawn Cemetery with a luncheon to follow at the Walnut Hill Reception Center. Memorials to Jennie Edmundson and New Horizons Presbyterian Church.

Thelma Linehan Herrington

Thelma Linehan Herrington age 83, Council Bluffs, passed away April 16, 2015. Thelma was born in Council Bluffs on November 11, 1931 to Elmer “Pat” and Edith (Lane) Colwell and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School. Thelma worked for JC Penney in the Human Resources and Training and later at Council Bluffs Savings Bank and Firstar Bank also in Human Resources. She was an avid reader and is preceded in death by her parents, husbands Tom Linehan in 1971 and Bill Herrington in 1982, siblings, sisters Pat (Bud) Siebert, Marilyn (William) Tilley, Charlotte (Chuck) Wells, and Marge Showers, brother Sonny Colwell. Survivors include Thelma’s daughters Kathleen (Steve) Tisher, Laurie Linehan Kruse, all Council Bluffs,  son Mike (Marilyn) Linehan of Oceanside, CA; grandchildren, Sarah, Tarah and Marcus, great-grandchildren Sydney, Zachary, Tanner, Paxton, Logan, Ally, Baily and Carly, brother in law LeRoy Showers, Council Bluffs, nieces and nephews. Visitation Sunday 12noon to 2:00pm, at Cutler-O’Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial Monday 10:30am, followed by a luncheon all at Corpus Christi-Queen of Apostles Church. Private family interment. Memorials to Council Bluffs Library and Jennie Edmundson Foundation.

Dr. Duane Warden

Dr. Duane D. Warden, age 90, passed away of natural causes on December 15, 2015, in his home in Dallas, Texas.

Duane Warden was born on April 18, 1925, in Grant City, Missouri, to Fay and Helen Warden. He was raised on the family farm and attended Central Missouri State University. Inspired by the example of the country doctor in Grant City, he entered an accelerated program for a medical degree at Washington University in Saint Louis. This is where he met his first wife, Shirley Wiegand. He completed his residency and served two years in the Army at Little Rock, Arkansas and Fort Eustis, Virginia. In 1955 he began his medical practice with Dr. Robert Collins in Council Bluffs. Over his thirty-five year medical career, he delivered more than 6,500 babies. In 1990, he retired from his medical practice to focus full-time on breeding Angus cattle. As a pioneer in this area, he tested his bulls for feed efficiency and sold top bulls as early as 1972. In 1997 his wife, Shirley, passed on. He married his second wife, Carol Spetman, in 2002. In 2012 he sold his herd and retired a second time and moved to Dallas, Texas, where his cowboy hats and boots fit in well. He lived there with his daughter, Susan and son-in-law, Les Porter, until his passing.
He is survived by his second wife, Carol Spetman, who is residing at Hanson House in Council Bluffs; his children, Jon Warden, of Fort Collins, Colo., Susan Warden, of Dallas, Craig Warden, of Los Angeles, Calif.;  his four grandchildren; and  his sister, Marilyn Hass, of Chesterfield, Missouri.

Cremation is being performed in Dallas. A memorial service will be held in the spring of 2016 for family and friends in Council Bluffs. In lieu of flowers, make donations in Duane's name to the Methodist Hospital Foundation , the Angus Foundation or the charity of your choice.

Duane Warden delivered more “bundles of joy” to parents in the Council Bluffs area than anyone except Santa. If you were one of those parents, you may remember his kindness and professional care. If you were one of those bundles, you probably don’t remember his gentle touch welcoming you to this world. If you were among his friends, you remember his love of wine, cooking and Aberdeen Angus cattle. If you were one of his children, you remember his generosity and farm-bred work ethic. Now, all we have are our memories, but they are enough.

2016 Memorials

Beverly Schnepel

Beverly L. Schnepel, age 85, of Treynor, Iowa passed away December 19, 2016, at Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital. 

She was born September 27, 1931, to the late Erwin and Iva (Enewold) Reinert. Beverly graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School with the class of 1949. She married Eldon Schnepel on June 24, 1953, and together they farmed and raised their four children, Douglas, Dannie, Karen and Sharon. Beverly was an active member of Zion Congregational Church in Treynor.  Beverly was also very involved in 4-H and Iowa Farm Bureau. In 2011, she was inducted into the Westfair Hall of Fame.  

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Eldon Schnepel; and her brother, Roger Reinert.  

Beverly is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Douglas and JulieAnn Schnepel, Dannie and Carol Schnepel; daughters, Karen Schnepel and Sharon Wilson; sister-in-law, Wanda Reinert; 10 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a host of other family and friends. Memorials are suggested to Zion Congregational Church or Jennie Edmundson Spirit of Courage.

Joan Marie Youngs

Joan Marie Youngs, age 90, of Council Bluffs, passed away November 10, 2016 at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha. 

Joan was born in Waterloo, Iowa on December 26, 1925 to the late Everett and Hazel (Retz) Zwanziger. She graduated from Boone, Iowa High School. She entered the Jennie Edmundson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing under the Cadet Nurse Corps, and graduated February of 1948.

Joan married Vernon Charles Youngs on February 12, 1949 at Saint John Lutheran Church. They were together 59 years before his passing in 2008. Joan worked as a registered nurse at Jennie Edmundson Hospital until her retirement in 1985. While at Jennie, she developed the hospital Employee Health & Infection Control programs, as well as being active on the American Red Cross, American Cancer and American Heart committees. She was past PTA, active in Saint John’s Lutheran Church teaching Sunday School and Bible School when her children were young. She served on the Altar Guild and was a member of the Women of the ECLA. Joan was a member of the JEMH Nurses Alumni. Because of her devotion to the JEMH, she enjoyed volunteering for the Auxiliary and was a life-time member of the WCA. She was also a member of the #25 Harmony Chapter (OES). 

Joan and Vernon were active as snowbirds in Destin, FL, their winter home for over 20 years. The past two years, she enjoyed living at Harmony Court. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Vernon; and sister, Peggy Stafford.

Survivors include her children: daughter, Jo Kathryn; sons, Charles (Arthea) and Richard (Susan); grandchildren, Jolene Johnston Hernandez (Allan) of Pittsburgh, PA, Sarah Johnston Enochs (Tom) of Burgettstown, PA, Noah Youngs, Zeb Youngs (Shelly), Tony Bonacci (Melanie), Angie Kilton (Kraig), Tina Dice (Zach); 13 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Verne H. Welch, Jr.

Verne H Welch, Jr.Jennie Edmundson Foundation Board Chairman, Verne H. Welch Jr., 79, passed away Saturday, August 13, at his home in Council Bluffs. Verne contributed his extensive energy and leadership skills to our Board for over a decade.

He was a driving force behind starting the Spirit of Courage which funds charitable care for Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital Cancer Center patients. This event has grown into one of the leading fundraising events in Council Bluffs and raised nearly $1.5 million since its inception in 2003.
We are most grateful to Verne for his contributions to our Foundation Board and to the Council Bluffs community. We appreciate the continued support of his family who have requested memorials to the Jennie Edmundson Foundation in lieu of flowers. Make Memorial Gift

Kenneth Thornton

Kenneth E. Thornton, age 84, of Council Bluffs passed away February 15, 2016 at Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital. 

He was born in Billings, Montana on May 19, 1931 to the late Eric and Marie (Schonberg) Thornton. Kenneth graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School with the class of 1949 and then served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He graduated from the University of Omaha with a degree in education. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Barbara Lainson; step-father, Dale Herndon.

Kenneth is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mianna Thornton; sons, Eric Thornton and his wife Krista, Kent Thornton; grandchildren, Sean Thornton, Kelsey Vincent and her husband Brian; great-grandchild, Knox Vincent; brother-in-law, Fred Lainson.

Visitation is 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday February 16, 2016 at the Hoy-Kilnoski Funeral Home. Memorial service is 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday February 17, 2016 at Saint John Lutheran Church – 633 Willow Avenue in Council Bluffs. Memorials are suggested to Saint John Lutheran Church or the Jennie Edmundson Foundation.


Wylle "Billie" Evelyn Knott

Wylle “Billie” Evelyn Knott, age 90, passed away on February 20,2016, at the VA Hospital in Omaha, Neb.
She was born in Linden, North Carolina to the late John and Mary Margaret (Porter) Wood on October 30, 1925. She was the youngest daughter in a family of eight girls and three boys and she was the last surviving member. Billie was proud of her southern upbringing as well as being able to serve her country. She volunteered as a hostess at the USO at Bort Bragg, N.C. , and cooked breakfast at the YMCA for those in the military prior to taking nurses training at Highsmith Hospital in Fayetteville. Billie worked at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Fayetteville as an Army Cadet Corps nurse while in Inactive Reserves, she was called to active duty during the Korean War and assigned to the hospital at Camp Atterbury in Indiana where soldiers injured in Korea were brought to receive medical care. Billie served as a lieutenant in the Army as a nurse when she met her husband, Dr. Norman Knott, at Port Knox, Kentucky where they were both stationed. Norman was serving as an Army Captain and a dentist. They were married in Kentucky in 1956. Once out of the service, the couple moved to Norman’s hometown of Council Bluffs. Norman practiced dentistry for 41 years in Council Bluffs until his retirement in 1998.

Billie enjoyed her years as a volunteer, serving at Jennie Edmundson Hospital for 38 years, the local Red Cross for over 20 years and the Union Pacific Museum in the old Carnegie Library. She founded the Ministry for Mentally Handicapped over 25 years ago. Norman and Billie were married for 52 years before Norman’s death on January 16, 2009.

Billie is survived by her children, Cindy Seaman, Mary Ann Knott and Norman Knott Jr., all of Council Bluffs; grandchildren, Andrew Seaman (Sarah, of Omaha, Lauren Seaman and fiancé Clint Weedle, of Indianapolis and Matthew Seaman; great grandchildren, Micah and Ezra Seaman.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m., on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, at the Hoy-Kilnoski Funeral Home. Funeral Service Thursday, February 25, 2016, at 10:30 a.m., also at the funeral home with a reception to follow the service. Interment, Cedar Lawn Cemetery, with military honors by American Legion Post #2.

Memorials are suggested to VODEC, EQ School of Hair design, union Pacific Museum, Jennie Edmundson Hospital, all of Council Bluffs and the VA Hospital of Omaha. Clifton D. "rink" Holly, age 72, passed away June 8, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family.

Robert M. "Bob" Williams

Robert M. "Bob" Williams, age 88 years, of Council Bluffs, formerly of rural Crescent, Iowa, passed away March 4, 2016.

He was born December 22, 1927, near Loveland, Iowa, to the late Vern and Ina (Carr) Williams. He attended a one-room school (Crescent Township #1) for eight years, and graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1945. Bob married Lucille Jansen in 1948 and they had three sons, Roger, Randy and Ron. All of them have built homes on the family farm. Bob farmed in Crescent Township since 1948. In 1971, he got into real estate doing sales and appraisals, which he did for more than 30 years before retiring in 2001. Bob volunteered on many political campaigns from local to national. He served as President of the Iowa Farm and Land Brokers Association and served many years on the Chamber Ag. Committee. He served 10 years on the Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors, 17 years on the Crescent School Board and 7 years as Board President. He was a 4-H leader for many years, president of the Crescent Baseball Club, Council Bluffs High Noon Optimist Club, a member of the Tangier Shrine Motor A Patrol and also volunteered at Jennie Edmundson Hospital.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Donald. Bob is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lucille; sons, Roger (Peggy), Randy (Johnny Lynn) and Ron (Vicki); grandchildren, Rachael Jones (Buddy), Beth Christensen (curt), Regan Williams (friend Derek), Matt Williams (Ayn) and Jason Wanning; 9 great grandchildren and many other family and friends.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Hoy-Kilnoski Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to East Side Christian Church or the Center.

Clifton "Rink" Holly

Clifton D. “Rink” Holly, age 72, passed away June 8, 2016, at his home surrounded by his family.
Clifton was born December 4, 1943, to the late Clifton and Madeline (Franz) Holly and graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School with the class of 1963. He was united in marriage to Susan K. Beddow on June 20, 1964, and together have spent the last 51 years together. They were blessed with son, James and daughter, Kimberly. Rink worked for Clark Brothers Trucking for 32 years and was a member of Salem United Methodist Church, and was the 2009 recipient of the Jennie Edmundson Spirit of Courage Award. He was also a longtime volunteer at the Henry Doorly Zoo, Meals on Wheels, and Jennie Edmundson Memorial Hospital.

Clifton is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Joyce Brown and her husband John; and brother-in-law, Fred Seipold.

He leaves behind his wife, Susan; son, James C. Holly and wife Carla of Houston, TX; daughter, Kimberly Blair and husband Tom of Naperville, IL; grandchildren, Emily and Christopher Blair, Caeden, Ashlyn, Gage, and Harper Holly; sisters, Norma Seipold of Omaha, Kay Harvey and Phil of Glenwood, IA; brother, Eugene Holly and Pam; sister-in-law, Julie Smith and Dick Olsen, all of Council Bluffs; brother-in-law, Joel Beddow and Bonnie of Atkinson, NE; nieces and nephews.

Lucille Rose Brandriff

Lucille Rose Brandriff, 95, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, died peacefully on July 28, 2016.

Lucille Rose Brandriff was born September 19, 1920 in Modale, Iowa to the late Gladys and Nicholas (Johnson) John. She was the oldest of 11 children. Lucille graduated from Modale High School in 1936. She was part of the “Rosie the Riveter” work force that helped the United States secure victory in World War II. Lucille worked at the B17 aircraft plant in Burbank, California during the war effort.

In 1945, Lucille married John “Jack” Brandriff, her high school sweetheart. Jack and Lucille were married for 60 years. After WWII, Lucille and Jack worked in the grocery store business for a short time. Ultimately, Lucille landed a job with People’s Natural Gas in Council Bluffs and stayed there for over 35 years. She served as a customer liaison, traveling Southwest Iowa educating the public on the joys of “cooking with gas”. Upon retirement, Lucille went on to volunteer at Iowa Western Community College and Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs for several years. Lucille lived a long and productive life and, in the words of Frank Sinatra, “she did it her way”.

Lucille is survived by several brothers and sisters; Harold “Hardy” John of Council Bluffs, Edward “Don” and Donnabell John of Harlan, IA, Phyllis Hardesty of Las Vegas, NV, Margaret (Leo) Hough of Des Moines, IA, and Marjorie (Charles) Adair of Mondamin, IA; several nieces, nephews and many beloved friends.

Lucille was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Brandriff; sisters, Helen House and Alice Earwood, as well as brothers, Lloyd ‘Shorty” John, Gerald “Tony” John and Robert “Bobby” John.