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 Marilyn Kronick ("Nicky")

 

Nicky was born July 9, 1936, in Spencer Iowa to Erna and Harry Kronick. They later moved to Cedar Falls, Iowa, where she attended school through high school.   She earned awards as a talented actress in school plays and was also a promising student of the piano through jr. high.

 

While still at Cedar Falls High School, she had her own weekly by-line at the Daily Record titled “Kronick’s Chronicles.”  She was a writer even then and always had a great sense of humor.  Her sense of humor got her through her final days when after losing 40 pounds, she told her friend that she was going to write a book titled “The Cancer Diet”.

 

She was a person of many talents.  After attending the University of Iowa, she moved to San Diego.  During her years spent there, she became the only woman art director of San Diego Magazine.  She won many awards for her ads and single handedly won over big corporations that had large staffs and high budgets, such as C & H Sugar. She later added “Associate Publisher,” to her magazine titles.  She was later pursued to work for Sea World where she did all their graphics and advertising.

 

She was a loving aunt to five nieces.  However, unknown to the rest of the family, she breathed a sigh of relief when the last one graduated from High School.  She had accepted responsibility to care for them should anything happen to their parents and was much relieved to be free of that responsibility.

 

Everyone that knew Nicky knew of her love of dogs. One time when one of her nieces was painting her house, one of her dogs bit her.  When Nicky was called to the scene, she picked up the dog, cradled him in her arms and said, “Poor Bubbu” The niece with the bite was left on her own.  One of the big reasons for choosing to move to Costa Rica was her dogs.  They would have been kenneled for months if she chose Hawaii.

 

When she was about nine, and still called Marilyn, she shocked her mother and sister when she appeared on a horse, standing there with it’s head poking over the porch railing. Where they came from was a mystery. She was showing them what she wanted for Christmas. She never forgot her disappointment at getting a doll instead.

 

As her sister, and probably the one knowing Nicky the longest, I will say I’ve never known Nicky to hurt anyone.  She had a great sense of humor. She was sincere, and lived her life with integrity.  She was creative, resilient and a loving person to her family and many friends. She always seemed to want to give more than she received and so lived her life until the end of this earthly experience.

 

It is with great respect and love that I acknowledge her life.  My life has been enriched by association, her sister, Coni  Her friends concur.
 
This was written by Coni,Nicky's sister.


 

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Donna J. Heisterkamp McGuire (1936-2007)

 
CEDAR FALLS — Donna Jean Heisterkamp McGuire, 71, of Gladwin, Mich., formerly of Cedar Falls, died Tuesday, July 17, at the University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor, Mich.

She was born May 21, 1936, in Granger, Minn., daughter of Paul and Addrie Sturchler Heisterkamp. She married James G. McGuire on May 25, 1974.

She graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 1954. She was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Des Moines in 1959.

Survived by: her husband; two sons, Daniel (Ingrid) Sult of Phoenix and Jonathan (Donna) McGuire of Beaverton, Mich.; four daughters, Michelle Sult of Long Island, N.Y., Melinda (James) Norman of Beaverton and Leah McGuire and Hannah McGuire, both of Gladwin; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Virginia (Robert) Lund and Geraldine Barritt, both of Cedar Falls; a sister-in-law, Marie Heisterkamp of Cedar Falls; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: her parents; and a brother, Dwayne.

Memorial services: 3 p.m. today at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Gladwin, officiated by Joel McGuire, a stepson.

She is remembered for her beautiful smile and hearty laugh; her love of God, family, friends, nature, art and cooking. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

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Marvin D. Gram 

FORT PIERCE, Fla. –- Marvin D. Gram, 70, of Fort Pierce, Fla., formerly of Cedar Falls, died Monday, April 23, at home following a short battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held at Fairview Cemetery, 12th and Division streets, Cedar Falls, at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29. Fellowship gathering will follow at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 715 College St., Cedar Falls, Marvin is survived by his wife, Norma; children, Lynn, Mitchell and Spencer; four grandchildren; and his brother, Harold. Memorials to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls.

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Gary A. Hilbert (1935-2006)

WAVERLY — Gary Allen Hilbert, 70, of Waverly, died June 29, at Covenant Medical Center, Waterloo, from complications of a stroke.

He was born Dec. 7, 1935, in Cherokee, son of Walter and Frances Blake Hilbert. On June 9, 1956, he married Darlene Austin, and they later divorced. On July 27, 1990, he married Trina McCool, and they later divorced.

Mr. Hilbert graduated from the Cedar Falls High School in 1954, then attended Gates Business College, Waterloo. He worked at Chamberlain’s Manufacturing Co. as a supervisor from the mid-1960s until retiring in 1992.

Survivors include: two sons, Barney (Jean) of Waverly and Jeff (Kim) of Cedar Falls; a daughter, Emily Hilbert of Waverly; a stepdaughter, Amanda McCool of Florida; four stepgrandchildren and two stepgreat-grandchildren; a brother, Walter of Davenport; and three sisters, Margaret “Gretchen” (Terry) Stukenberg of Cedar Falls, Eleanor Hilbert of Waverly and Jane Hilbert (Melinda Murphy) of Waverly.

Preceded in death by: a sister-in-law, Joyce Hilbert.

Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday at  St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Waverly, with burial in Greenwood Cemetery, Cedar Falls. Public visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, Waverly, with a 7 p.m. public Scripture service.

Memorials: may be directed to the family for a fund to be established at a later date.

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                                 Clark D. Natzke (1936-2005)

CEDAR FALLS — Clark David Natzke, 68, of Black River, Mich., formerly of Cedar Falls, died at home Monday, April 4. 2005

He was born April 26, 1936, in Cedar Falls, son of Roland and Mae Natzke. He married Cathrine Schlenker.

Mr. Natzke served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War as a fire control technician aboard the submarine USS Pomadon, the SS 486. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa, and his graduate degree from Michigan State University. He taught and designed programs in electrical engineering technology at Jackson Community College, Kirtland Community College and Battle Creek Community College, for a total of 30 years.

Survivors include: his wife; four daughters, Cheryl Natzke of Haslett, Mich., Melissa (Bruce) Natzke-Barlow of Portage, Mich., Laura Wright of Jackson, Mich., and Lezley Fritz of Fremont, Ohio; a son, Jeffry (Connie) of Howell, Mich.; six grandsons; a sister, Carol Kaletha of Michigan City, Ind.; and a brother, Kirk of Waterloo.

Memorial services: 3 p.m. April 16 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Harrisville, Mich., where friends may call for an hour before. Gilles Funeral Home, Lincoln, Mich., is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials: may be directed to the church, 201 N. Second St., Harrisville, MI 48740.

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JEAN ANN CUNNINGHAM Baumgartner, 68, of rural Waverly and formerly of Cedar Falls died of cancer Wednesday, December 29, 2004 at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo. Jean was born October 26, 1936 at Dundee, Iowa the daughter of Harold & Elsie (Smith) Baumgartner. She married Melvin Cunningham September 16, 1956 at St. John Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls.

Survivors include her husband, Melvin of rural Waverly; one son, Dr. Dan (Debra) Cunningham of Montgomery, Alabama; one daughter, Sue (Rich) Burk of Casper, Wyoming; four grandchildren, Kelly & Katie Cunningham and James & Mikey Burk; her mother, Elsie (Baumgartner) Stamp of Cedar Falls; and one brother, Gary (Joan) Baumgartner of Cedar Falls. Jean was preceded in death by her father.

Jean Ann had the gentle and creative soul of an artist and was a member of the Federated Flower Art Club.  She was a talented painter, and her works were showcased around the area. She loved birds and flowers, and created award-winning floral designs and beautiful gardens around her beloved home in the trees by the river.  Jean Ann loved Christmas year-round, and rarely passed a Christmas shop without a trip inside.  Jean Ann loved her family above all. She was a loving and devoted wife, friend, and partner to her husband, and a mother who gave her heart to her children, leaving them her legacy of love.  She built fairy houses with her granddaughters, constructed Play-Doh machines with her grandsons, and enjoyed snuggling on the couch with all of them to read “The Night Before Christmas”.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 3, 2005 at St. John Lutheran Church with burial in Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home and for one hour before service time at the church on Monday. Memorials may be directed to American Cancer Society.


 

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From: "Edward L. Seufferlein"  

For those of you who helped donate for the flowers and Memorial for Jean Ann:
Enough monies were contributed that it paid for the flowers and also a $155 memorial.
As per family instructions I sent it off this AM on behalf of the Cedar Falls Class of 1954..   

The American Cancer Society will send a card to Jean Ann's husband stating this.

The above Thank You note I received last week on behalf of the class for the flowers.
 
 I thank you that helped in this.    Ed

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Hans C. "Junior" Larsen

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CEDAR FALLS- Hans C. "Junior" Larsen, 66, of Dike,formerly of Cedar Falls, died Monday,Aug. 6, at Covenant Medical Center, Waterloo, of natural causes.
He was born July 20,1935,  in Cedar Falls, son of Hans C. and Helena Gerike Larsen Sr. He married Adeline L. Bruns on Aug. 10,1963, in Britt.
Mr. Larsen was employed as an inspector at Viking Pump Co.,retiring in 1999.
Survived by: his wife; a daughter, Brenda
Richardson of Highland, Ind.; a son, Bret of Dike; two grandchildren; and a sister, Rosie Jacobsen of Rockwell City.

Preceded in death by: two sisters, Hertha Brown and Ruth Simerson.
Services: 10:30a.m. Thursday at Fredsville Lutheran Church, rural Cedar Falls, with burial in the church cemetery.Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesdayat Richardson Funeral Home, Cedar Falls, with family present from 5to 8p.m. Visitation also for an hour before services Thursday at the church.

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Joan Voorhees

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Below is a complete list of the the 1954 class members that have pased away.

Jean Ann Baumgartner,  Marvin Gram     Bud Nichols 
 Bruce Billings            Don Hansen     Terry Parks
 Don Bisbey           Bill Hayes           Marion Reese           
 Charlene Buehler                  Donna Heisterkamp             

 Donald Rekers     Laura Corwin        Junior Larsen 

Larry Salmon    William Corwin  Helen Maulthauf     
Dale Sharon   Gordon Cranston     Mary Lee Melcher    
Ted Smock       Roberta Davis           Melvin Melcher    
Mark Van Slyke    Donna Debuhr        Clark Natzke    
Joan Voorhees   Donna Ellerman        Merlin Nelson    
Joan Wagner    Richard Gard               Doug Miller    
Stan Whitmore   Marilyn Kronick         James Ilax

Classmates that are still alive as of Nov 2010.
(as far as I am aware of)

Agis Aperans     

Janis Aperans

Paul Barnes

Loris Barry

 Dennis Beebee 

Bill BellKathryn Bergfalk

Donna Bernard

Joyce Besh

John Bintz

Don Bisbey

Marilyn Boleyn

Robert Bowman

Norman Carbiener

 Elene Carlson

Carol Ceilley

Dennis Christensen

Ronnie Christensen

Jean Cutler

June Cutler Dick Davis

Priscilla DeBlauwe

Beverly Decker

Don Denkinger

Georgia Dixon

John Dungan

Dick Eades

Phyllis Eastman

Darlene Echerman

Sharon Ericksen

Mary Jane Flaskerud

Phyllis Glaspie

Gerald Glidewell

Gerald Guralnik

Mike Ryan Haan

 Viola Handrup

Maralyn Hankner

Marylln  Hansen

Diane Harrington

Gary Hilbert

Jerry Hobson

Jerry Hummel

Judy  Johnson

Patty Johnson

Silvia Johnson

Vivian Johnson

Dan Jordan

Ruth Klemz

Carla Knoll

Shirley Lamfers

Paul Lamm

Sydney Layton

Janet Lynch

Donald Matthias

Doug McInroy

Ruth Mehmen

Sonia Melichar

Jerry Mooers

Walter Moore

Norma Munson

Betty Lou Nelson

Anna Nielsen

Judy Nordly

Dick Olmstead

Roland Peterson

Lois Phillips

Mary Ann  Ploog

Jean Porter

Sharron Porter

Delores Prochaska

Don Rekers

Margarie Riggs

Meri Jo Robinson

Duane Rogers

Pat Ryan

Mary Salisbury

Annettamae Saul

Bonnie Schatzberg

Charlene Seaver

Ed Seufferlein

Peg Severson

Sanra Sheerer

Carol Shepard

Carolyn Smidt

John Smith

Ted Smock

Marlene Steffensmeir

Gary Stokes

Clayton Thomas

Jerry Thompson

Roger Thompson

Louis Thoms

John Thompson

Virginia Van Sant

George Wagner

Anna May Westphal

Ilah Belle Wheat

Bob Wise