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2012 Memorials

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  • 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, 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 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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.