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Katherine Birely - 88

4/11/1929 - 7/5/2017
Clinton, IA Katherine V. Birely, age 88 of Clinton, passed away Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at Mercy Living Center South in Clinton. Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 PM at the Pape Funeral Home on Saturday, July 8, 2017. Visitation will be from 11:00 AM until the service hour on Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery in Morrison, IL. Casket bearers will be Randy Gerlach, William Hayes, Sierra Rutledge, Jayven Hayes, Randy Kissee and David Ehrman. Honorary casket bearer will be Richard Kissee. Katherine was born on April 11, 1929 in Hoxie, AK, the daughter of William and Pearl (Hustell) Kissee. She attended schools in Portia, AK. Katherine married Robert Birely on July 10, 1953 in Morrison, IL. Robert passed away in 2007. She was a very active member of the Lutheran Church of Atonement where she was called “Gramma B” by all. Katherine was a homemaker took care of her husband and family. She enjoyed her flower garden and rose bushes and was an avid reader. Katherine is survived by her two daughters, Betty Kracht of Low Moor and Jackie (Randy) Gerlach of Morrison; six grandchildren, Tabitha, Marty Kay, Angela, Anna, William and Katie; two step-grandchildren, Amanda and Aaron; 18 great grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; three sisters, Ruth Whitmore of Walnut Ridge, AK, Alice (Lavelle) Anglin of Hoxie, AK, and Joan Ehrman of Mountain Home, AK and two brothers, Phil (Connie) Kissee of Walnut Ridge, AK and Robert (Sandy) Kissee of Nachusa, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Robert; a son Mark Birely; a great grandson, Devon Hayes; a sister Mearl and two brothers Neil and Jay Kissee. Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com.

Phyllis Luckritz - 88

11/13/1928 - 6/30/2017
Clinton, IA Phyllis Luckritz earned her wings as she passed away peacefully on Friday, June 30th, 2017 with her daughter, son, and sister by her side at the Alverno after dementia held her hostage for the past year. Visitation will be 4:00 to 8:00 on Wednesday, July 5th, at Pape Funeral Home. A celebration of Life service will be held Thursday, July 6th, at 10:30 at the funeral home with Reverend James Machen officiating. Burial will follow the service at Clinton Lawn Cemetery. Casket bearers will be her two grandsons, Ryan and Josh VanEvery, as well as her nephews Todd Dierks, Don Dierks, Jeff Dierks, and Michael Kroll. Phyllis was born at Jane Lamb Hospital in Clinton, Iowa on November 13, 1928, the first child of Stanley and Dorothy Hansen Dierks. She married Robert Luckritz on April 2nd, 1949 Phyllis was the best mom a kid could have ever asked for. She had the kindest smile and as the kids believed, eyes in the back of her head!! She loved her three children, Sandra, Larry and Gary. She always made time to ride bikes, roller skate, float down the Mighty Mississippi in inner tubes, water ski, snow ski, pack lunches to eat in the woods, and have lots of slumber parties. She was a brownie leader, a cub scout den mother, and, living on the Mississippi River, she saw that her children learned to swim. Phyllis was a very busy and energetic lady who did so many things during her life. She worked as an operator at the telephone company with her best friend, Gloria Maskel, and sister, Gwen, eventually working her way up to secretary to the wire chief. While her children were growing up, she was a stay at home mom. She made wedding cakes, panorama eggs, and spun sugar candy dishes, one of which made it to President Eisenhower in the White House. She worked for Bausch & Lomb grinding lenses for eyeglasses and she worked in the billing office at Lou Marges. In 1986, she and her sister, Gwen Miller, bought the Fashion Shoppe on Main Avenue and became proud business owners. Phyllis also became a clown with her sister and they were fondly known as Loony Balloony and Daffy Daisy. She was very excited when they were pictured on a postcard for Clinton, Iowa in their clown costumes and Joey Jalopy. She was a member of the Lyons Business and Professionals, Clinton Chamber of Commerce, WaTanYe, Mercy Auxilliary and a lifetime member of Midwest Pets For Life. Phyllis loved her grandsons, Ryan and Josh and spent so much quality time with them as they were growing up. She would take them on treasure hunts, hikes, picnics, and even came to celebrate their birthdays at Box Tree Farm when they lived in Launton, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. She also adored her great granddaughter, Rylee Anne. Phyllis loved travelling and was able to visit so many wonderful countries. She cruised to Alaska with her brothers and sister and she and Gwen cruised to the Bahamas. She was always adventurous and enjoyed excitement as she rode a zipline over the jungle,and swam with the dolphins and manta rays. She rode a camel and an elephant. She kissed the Blarney Stone in Ireland. She attended a medieval banquet at Warwick Castle in England, and she travelled to Europe numerous times. Phyllis was the best wife, mom, mother-in-law, aunt, grandma, great grandma and friend anyone could have asked for. She will be dearly remembered and missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her daughter, Sandra (Don) Bartels of Clinton, and her son, Gary (Mary) Luckritz of Tampa, Florida, Grandsons Ryan (Julie) VanEvery of Des Moines, Iowa, Josh (Kaprice) VanEvery of Waukee, Iowa, step grandchildren Dan (Sheralyn) Bartels of Clinton, Iowa, Steve Fye, Dave Fye, and Bill Fye, all of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Shelby (Richard) Peters of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Great Granddaughter Rylee Anne VanEvery of Des Moines, Iowa, her sister and best friend, Gwen (Merle) Miller, brothers, Bob Dierks, Herman (Sharon) Dierks, and Stan (Kay) Dierks, all of Clinton, Iowa, a special friend, Gloria Maskel of Davenport, Iowa, her beloved cat, Smokey who now resides at Prairie Hills as a resident cat in the Memory Unit, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, in 2005, her son, Larry, in 2005, her parents, her nephew, Brent Dierks, her brother-in-law, Wilfred (Brick) Kroll, her sister-in-law, Darline Dierks and her beloved pets, Gizmo and Annie. May the fun and games commence in Heaven when Loony Balloony pedals through the Pearly gates on her Joey Jalopy with balloon animals for all. Phyllis’ family would like to thank The Alverno, Prairie Hills, the nurses, staff, and residents who shared their lives with her these last few years. Also thank you to Dr. Barakat and Genesis Hospice for keeping her comfortable as she made the transition from here to Heaven. Each and every one of you played such an important role with your smiles, your visits, and the care and compassion you showed her. And thank you to Prairie Hills for allowing her beloved cat, Smokey to continue residing in the memory unit where he provides, love, companionship, and comfort to all. In lieu of flowers, and because of her love for her pets and all living creatures, memorial contributions can be made to Midwest Pets for Life.

Gary F. Nixon - 75

10/27/1941 - 6/29/2017
Clinton, Iowa Gary F. Nixon, age 75, of Clinton, passed away Thursday, June 29, 2017 at his home. A Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 A.M. on Monday, July 3, 2017 at Prince of Peace Parish. Visitation will be from 3:00 to 6:00 P.M. Sunday at the Pape Funeral Home. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Gary was born in Clinton on October 27, 1941, the son of Ervin and Virginia (Young) Nixon. He graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1960 and attended the University of Iowa. He served with the U.S. Navy in the Gulf of Tonkin during the Vietnam War. Gary met Colleen Murphy while singing in the choir at St. Mary’s Church and married her on June 1, 1984 at St. Mary’s. Gary had been a meat cutter at several different grocery stores. He was later employed for over 20 years at E.I. DuPont. He was a member of Prince of Peace Church and the Knights of Columbus. Gary enjoyed chatting with old friends over good coffee. He was an avid newspaper reader and appreciated all types of music. He liked taking neighborhood walks with the family dog, Sunshine, and following the Clinton Lumberkings. Gary is survived by his wife Colleen; a daughter, Bridget (fiancé Steve Konrady) Nixon of Des Moines; two sisters, Juleen Barrows of Camanche and Therese (Roger) Shaw of Clinton; a brother, Michael (Sydney) Nixon of Clinton and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Kathleen Armstrong. Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com.

Robert E. Null - 84

10/22/1932 - 6/25/2017
Camanche, Iowa Robert E. Null age 84 of Camanche, passed away Sunday June 25, 2017 at The Alverno Health Care Facility. Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Thursday at the Pape Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Wednesday 4 – 7 PM at Community Congregational Church UCC, next door to the Pape Funeral Home. Burial will be at Clinton Lawn Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com. Robert was born on Oct. 22, 1932 in Camanche, IA, the son of Marvin J. “Jack” and Grace (Wiebers) Null. He was a veteran of the US Navy. He married Georgia Kaufman Linder on July 13, 1963 in Camanche. He owned and operated Robert Null Trucking and Excavating for over 40 years. Robert enjoyed working with a lot of his local contractors. Robert is survived by his wife, Georgia Null of Camanche; his son, Andrew (Kathleen) Linder of Clinton; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren; four sisters, Delores Greve of Clinton, Louella Rose, Pamela Norris, and Jackie (Tim) Sachemaier all of Camanche; his sister-in-law, Laura Null of Camanche; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, Michael and Ricky, two daughters, Pamela and Debra, a brother, Donald, and a brother-in-law, Courtland Greve.

Bernard J. Wagemester - 78

12/14/1938 - 6/24/2017
Clinton, IA Bernard J. Wagemester age 78 of rural Clinton, passed away Saturday June 24, 2017 at Mercy Living Center North. Funeral Mass will be held 10:30 AM Thursday June 29th at Prince of Peace Parish. Visitation will be held 4-7 PM Wednesday June 28th at Pape Funeral Home. Burial will be at St. Boniface Cemetery. The Pape Funeral Home is assisting the family. Casket bearers will be Justin Diehl, David Frett, Steve Frett, Jesse Johnson, Corey Sweely and Ryan Walker. Honorary pall bearers will be Clayton and Carson Sweely and Kaleb Johnson. Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com. Bernard was born on December 14, 1938 in Clinton, the son of Joseph and Clara (Boehmer) Wagemester. He attended Hampshire #3 County School. He married Janis Paulsen on September 9, 1959 in Clinton, Iowa. They lived in Cheyenne, Wyoming while he served in the U.S. Air Force as head cook. Bernard and Janis created many wonderful memories traveling and site seeing out West during this time. Bernard spent the remainder of his life engaged in farming. He had a deep passion for the farm, a remarkable work ethic and just plain loved to farm. Of all the work he enjoyed feeding cattle the most. He loved to share the farm experience and teach anyone willing to learn and work about the farm. He was a kind hearted, patient man who gave more than he received. He also enjoyed polka dancing at local dance halls, vacationing in Florida to visit his brother in law, family functions and cooking. He was very sociable and enjoyed long visits with many friends. He was a member of Prince of Peace Parish and Prognosticators. Those left to honor Bernard’s memory include his wife Janis of 57 years. Three sisters; Bernice Mootz of DeWitt, Viola(Paul) Frett of Maquoketa, and Joanne (Jim) Diehl of Elizabeth, IL. Two brothers; Ed (Ardith) Wagemester of DeWitt and Robert (Donna) Wagemester of Clinton; 15 nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; three sisters Lucille Wagemester, Mary Frett and Rosemary Wagemester and a brother-in-law Emil Mootz. Memorials may be given to the Prince of Peace Hall Building Fund.

Eugene L. Stevenson - 76

4/22/1941 - 6/24/2017
Clinton, IA Eugene L. “Gene” Stevenson age 76 of Clinton, passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center North in Clinton following a long battle with cancer. In following his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 11:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at the Pape Funeral Home. A memorial service will begin at 1:00 P.M. with a luncheon to follow at Prince of Peace Parish. A private burial will be at a later date. Gene was born in Clinton on April 22, 1941, the son of Robert L. and Dorothy (Dunn) Stevenson. He graduated from Clinton High School and attended Clinton Community College. He served with the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1964, stationed in Germany. Gene married Barbara Vilmont on June 30, 1978 in Sacred Heart Church, Clinton. He was employed at E. I. DuPont for 32 years. He was a member of the Eagle’s Club. Gene was an avid reader, historian, and proud grandfather. He enjoyed fishing and following the Cubs and Hawkeyes. Gene is survived by his wife Barbara; two daughters, Kathryn (John) TeRonde and beloved granddaughter Julia and Sara Stevenson both of Denver, CO; a son, Michael D. Stevenson of Denver; a brother, Robert Stevenson of Camanche and brothers and sisters-in-laws and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a special grandfather, Eugene Dunn. The family expresses their gratitude to Dr. Aggarwal, his care team at Medical Associates, and Carrie Schultheis. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his honor to the Friends of the Clinton Public Library.

Amy J. Dierks - 87

3/6/1930 - 6/21/2017
Clinton, Iowa Amy J. Dierks age 87 of Clinton, passed away Wednesday June 21, 2017 at her home. Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Monday, June 26th at Ascension Lutheran Church in Goose Lake. Visitation will be held Sunday 2 – 5 PM at the Pape Funeral Home and Monday 9:30 AM until the service hour at the church. Burial will be at Clinton Lawn Cemetery. Casket bearers will be her grandchildren. Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com. Amy was born on March 6, 1930 in Clinton, the daughter of Harry and Emily “Dode” (Gordon) McKenrick. She graduated from Clinton High School in 1948. Amy married Robert Dierks on Sept. 23, 1951 in Clinton; he died in 2003. She worked as a private duty Registered Nurse for many years and finished her career as a nurse at the former Wyndcrest Nursing Home, Clinton, where she retired. Amy was a member of Ascension Lutheran Church. She enjoyed spending time with her family, playing bingo, an avid reader, and going to the casino. Amy is survived by her five children, Becky (Wayne) Gluesing of Clinton, Jeffrey Dierks of Clinton, Dr. Elizabeth (J. Spencer) Craig of Paris, TN, Maurice “Moe” (Linda) Dierks of Davenport, and Roberta Peltier of Iowa City; 15 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren; her sister, Yvonne Simpson of Batavia, IL; a brother, Sam McKenrick of Clinton; four nieces and a nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Dorothy M. Freund - 90

2/22/1927 - 6/21/2017
Dickson, TN Dorothy M. Freund, age 90 of Burns, Tennessee, formerly of Clinton, passed away Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at NHC, Dickson, TN. A Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at Immaculate Conception Church, Fulton, IL. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, June 27th at the Pape Funeral Home, Clinton. Burial will be in St. Irenaeus Calvary Cemetery. Born in Clinton, Iowa Mrs. Freund was the daughter of the late Fredrick and Vivian Peek Hurlburt. Dorothy married Omer S. Freund on November 20, 1947. Omer passed away on April 7, 2012. She was a homemaker and a member of the Catholic Church. Survivors include her son, Stephen Freund and his wife, Susana, Burns, TN; her daughter, Bernadette Clausen and her husband, Robert, Russellville, KY; grandchildren, Jamie Pieper, Jennifer Conard, Vanessa Pickart, Jessica Stewart, and Christopher Freund; great-grandchildren, Garrett Conard, Noah Conard, Caroline Pickart, Alex Pickart, Everett Stewart, Harper Stewart, Dalton Stewart, Hudson Stewart, and Penelope Freund. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Roberta Anne McDonnell - 90

5/11/1927 - 6/20/2017
Clinton, Iowa Roberta Anne McDonnell, age 90 of Clinton, passed away Tuesday June 20, 2017 in Clinton. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 AM Friday June 23rd at Prince of Peace Parish, Clinton. Visitation will be held Thursday 5 – 7 PM, with a rosary recited at 7:00 PM at the Pape Funeral Home, Clinton. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Clinton. Memorials may be directed to the St. Paul Center in Steubenville, OH. Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com Roberta was born on May 11, 1927 in Omaha, NE, the daughter of William and Anna (Abel) Reilly. She graduated from Bethlehem Academy in Faribault, MN. She received her registered nursing degree in Jamestown, North Dakota. On May 17, 1950, Roberta married Donal J. McDonnell in Clinton and they were married 36 years until Don passed away in 1986. Roberta worked at Jane Lamb Hospital (Clinton) in obstetrics for a number of years before raising their son and daughter and returned to work for more than 10 years after her son went off to college. Roberta is survived by her son, Stephen McDonnell of Colleyville, TX; her grandson Mark McDonnell of Austin, TX and his wife Sang and their children (her great grandchildren) Benjamin, Katherine, Charlotte and Josephine; and granddaughter Suzanne McDonnell of New Orleans, LA. She was preceded in death by her husband Donal McDonnell, her daughter Marcia McDonnell and her parents William and Anna Reilly. Memorials may be directed to the St. Paul Center in Steubenville, OH.

Kenneth D. Peters - 86

8/7/1930 - 6/17/2017
Bettendorf, IA, formerly of Clinton Kenneth D. Peters age 86 of Bettendorf, formerly of Clinton, passed away Saturday June 17, 2017 at the Bettendorf Health Care Center. Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM at the Church of the Open Door in Clinton. Visitation will be held Saturday 10:00 AM until the service hour at the church. Cremation rites have been accorded. The Pape Funeral Home, Clinton is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com. Kenneth was born on Aug. 7, 1930 in Clinton, IA, the son of Hans and Rosie (Kohrt) Peters. He served in the US Navy from 1951-1954. He married Beverly Proud on July 24, 1951 in Clinton, she died in 2015. Kenneth worked for Allied Steel, EI DuPont, Lawler Carpet, and Mercy Hospital. He was a member of the Church of the Open Door. Kenneth is survived by two sons, Michael K. (Tracee) Peters and Michael P. Peters both of Davenport, IA; a grandson, Seth Peters; three sisters, Arlene Eberle of Muscatine, IA, Rosemary (Ron) Thompson of Miles, IA, and June (Thomas) Hardersen of Clinton; his sister-in-law, Marlene (Edward) King of Cedar Rapids, IA; and two brothers-in-law, Robert (Sonia) Housenga of Clinton and James (Linda) Proud of Clinton. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Beverly, and a brother, Dean.

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