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Establishing a memorial for a loved one is a meaningful and lasting gift that will express the depth of your feelings and support Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital's mission of providing the highest quality healthcare with compassionate and personal care. Upon receipt of your donation, the Foundation will send a message acknowledging the memorial gift to the family member, friend, or other contact person that you designate. Memorial gifts may be designated to a particular hospital fund such as the Cancer Center, Medi-Bus Transportation or to one of our greatest needs.
Brendan C. Hartman
Brendan Calvin Hartman, 21, of Council Bluffs, a child of God, passed away on
Feb. 16, 2019. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Saint John Lutheran Church in Council Bluffs. Interment to follow at a later date. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home in Council Bluffs.
Brendan was born in Council Bluffs, on Oct. 21, 1997, the son of Scott and Ann Hartman. Brendan graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs in 2016 and was attending University of Northern Iowa. After a battle with depression, Brendan took his own life, leaving family, friends, and the community in deep grief.
In spite of his life being short, Brendan gave purpose and meaning to the world through his kindness, his love, and his deep compassion. Brendan was instrumental in developing a Kids Against Cancer team with his peers for Relay for Life. This team raised over $40,000 in three years. He did this in honor of his mom, Ann, who preceded him in death in 2012.
Brendan was a member of Saint John Lutheran Church and was highly active in the church growing up, including serving locally and around the United States on mission trips. Brendan was always eager to accomplish meaningful work with and for people. In high school, Brendan played football and basketball and ran on the cross country and track teams. He was also part of the robotics team and represented his school at the national DECA competition after having won the district competition. He served on the student council, was named to the honor roll and the National Honor Society, and was an AP Scholar and speech student. Brendan and his sister, Hayley, enjoyed traveling together and growing up through the years. He will be deeply missed by his entire family.
Brendan is survived by his parents, Scott and Susan Hartman; siblings, Hayley Hartman, Blake, Aaron, Tara, and Will Sadr; and grandparents, Cal and Diane Hartman, Larry and Mary Spragle, and Jerry and Mary Westling.
Memorials will be directed to Saint John Lutheran Church, Children's Square or Jennie Edmundson Foundation.
The blessing Brendan received regularly at church still holds true: Brendan, you are a blessed and beloved child of God.
Robert Ludwick, age 62, passed away September 20, 2018. Robbie was born January 20, 1956 in Omaha, Neb. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson in 1975 and joined the Marine Corp. On October 12th he married Vickie.
Robbie is survived by his wife of 42 years, Vickie; son, Alex; daughter, Wendy Smith (Jake); his precious grandsons, Leven and Novah; and his "fur babies", Mouse and Missy.
Celebration of Robbie's life will be Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at 7 p.m., at Riverside Community of Christ, 2828 Ave G, Council Bluffs, with Pastor Tim Arnold. Memorials to Spirit of Courage.
Dorothy Jane Scherle
Dorothy Jane Scherle, age 93, passed quietly on July 26th, 2018.
Preceded in death by parents, Frank and Verne (Capel) Goldapp; husband, former Congressman Wm. J. Scherle; daughter in law, Janet “Muntzie” Scherle. Survived by sons, Wm. D. (Joan) and John Scherle; granddaughters Megan, Mary, Rachel, Elizabeth and Rebecca; grandson W.D.; and nine great grandchildren.
She was a strong, independent woman and as a child her pure light hair earned her the nickname “Blondie.” Jane grew up playing in her grandfather’s greenhouses in Co. Bluffs and she was proud of her degrees from the University of Iowa and Baylor University. Jane loved nature, especially her cats and flowers, and enjoyed working with cattle while living on the farm. She had a keen sense of the rhythm of life and loved adventure, was a tireless worker on the campaign trail and was a gracious and welcoming host to thousands of SW Iowa constituents who visited Washington DC each year. A certified medical technician, she continued her love of medicine and healing through volunteer work with the Jennie Edmundson Hospital Foundation, supporting animal humane shelters and adopting any stray cat that may happen to show up at her door.
Per her wishes, no funeral service will be held and a memorial to celebrate her life will be held at a later date. Memorials suggested to the Midlands Humane Society of Council Bluffs, or Jennie Edmundson Hospital Foundation.
Peace and comfort to those who loved her and mourn her passing.
Bonna M. Brooks was called home to her heavenly father on July 12, 2018. She was born in Dow City, Iowa on April 24, 1930 to the late Andrew and Ruby (Keairnes) Anderson. Bonna worked for the Council Bluffs Community School District for 23 years and then logged more than nine thousand hours as a volunteer at Jennie Edmundson Hospital. She held membership in the WCA – Women’s Christian Association and Community of Christ Church.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband; grandson, Adam Weed; 2 brothers and 1 sister.
Bonna is survived by her husband of 60 years, Dick Brooks; children, Deb Lorence (Don); John “Rollie” Weed (Jane), Kim Parker (Terry), Sandy Whittington (Curt); Lori Hiller (Rex); grandchildren, Sarah Barnes (Nolan), Marc Lorence (Lauren), Sean Weed (Karissa), Chris Weed, Brooks Parker (Trisha), Scott Parker (Casey), Todd Parker (Rachel), Emily Little (Michael), Erin Whittington (Jordan), Chad Hiller (Heather), Katie Moran (Shawn); 19 precious great grandchildren; sisters, Wanda Kauffman (Don), Betty Nuzum, Peggy Roberts (Dave); sister-in-law, Peggy Anderson; nieces and nephews.
Funeral service is 1:00p.m. on Tuesday at the Hoy-Kilnoski Funeral Home. Visitation will be during the hour prior to the service. Interment is in Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Jennie Edmundson Volunteer Services or the Council Bluffs Public Library.
Lydia Rose Campbell
Lydia Rose Campbell, age 31, a life-long resident of Council Bluffs, passed away June 3, 2018 at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha.
Lydia was born January 14, 1987 to Marianne (Gronstal) and Don Campbell. She graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in 2005 and IWCC in 2008. Lydia worked at McDonalds (Mall of the Bluffs) for many years. She enjoyed being a Teen Volunteer at Jennie Edmundson Hospital, donating 864 hours during her high school years. Lydia was currently an employee at Jennie Edmundson. She loved working there along with her “Jennie Edmundson Family”.
Lydia was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Phillip D. Gronstal, Glen T. Campbell and Jack Faulkner; grandmothers, Agnes T. Campbell and Doris F. Campbell.
She is survived by her parents, Don B. Campbell and Marianne Campbell both of Council Bluffs; siblings, Eimile Campbell of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Bess Campbell, Liam Campbell both of Portland, Oregon; grandmothers, Rosemary Gronstal Faulkner of Council Bluffs, and Shirley Harrison of Sioux Falls, S.D.; many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Betty Reeves Jensen
Betty Reeves Jensen, age 91, passed away December 3, 2017, at Bethany Lutheran Home.
Betty was born April 3, 1926, in Council Bluffs to James and Ellen Reeves and graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1944. She was united in marriage to Leslie Jensen on February 1, 1947 in Omaha, Nebraska. Betty worked for Jennie Edmundson Hospital for over 23 years as a secretary and receptionist and served on the Jennie Edmundson Auxiliary. She was also a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church.
She is proceeded in death by her parents, husband, Leslie in 1998, sons, Matthew and Gary Jensen, and grandson Jason Jensen.
Survivors include daughter, Linda Zimmerman and husband Tom, daughter-in-law, Tammy Jensen all Council Bluffs, 8 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and 3 great great-grandchildren.
Alfred H. Tiedemann, age 82, of Council Bluffs, passed away October 16, 2017 at his home after a courageous battle with lung cancer.
Alfred was born August 12, 1935, in Treynor, Iowa, to the late Adolf and Albertine (Brandt) Tiedemann. He married Sharon L. Phillips on April 19, 1959. They were blessed with daughter, Roxanne. Alfred was a long-time concrete paver and finisher for Henry Sudbeck Construction Co. in Millard, Neb., retiring in 1997. He proudly served his country in the National Guard.
In addition to his parents, Alfred was preceded in death by his brothers, Adolf, Arthur and Albert; sisters, Irene Clark, Alvena Sorenson and Ann Triano.
Alfred is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sharon L. Tiedemann; daughter, Roxanne (Dave) Montgomery all of Council Bluffs; 3 grandchildren, Mike Montgomery, Jen (Joe) Wilson, Dylan Montgomery; 1 great-granddaughter, Sydney Wilson; nieces and nephews.
Norman William Kruse
Norman Kruse, 94 of Glenwood, IA, passed away June 30, 2017 at Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, IA. Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 3, 2017 at St. John Lutheran Church in Mineola, IA. Burial will be in the Mineola Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday, July 2, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Loess Hills Funeral Home in Glenwood.
Memorials: In Norman's name to St. John Lutheran Church or Jennie Edmundson Foundation.
Norman William Kruse, one of two sons of Friedrich Wilhelm and Johanna Carolina (Loof) Kruse, was born on February 13, 1923 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He graduated from the Glenwood High School in 1941. Following school, he worked at the bomber plant in Bellevue, Nebraska and worked for the railroad, all while he helped out on the farm. Norman farmed until his retirement.
Norman and Vernita Mae Johnson were united in marriage on December 31, 1943 at the Presbyterian Church in Glenwood, Iowa. They made their home on the farm and were blessed with four sons, Judd, Gary, Gregg, and Todd.
Norman was a faithful member of St. John Lutheran Church in Mineola, Iowa. He enjoyed spending time with his wife, family, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Norman will be truly missed by those who knew and loved him.
Norman passed away on June 30, 2017 at the Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, at the age of 94 years, 4 months, and 17 days. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Robert Kruse and wife Marvel; and two grandsons.
Norman is survived by his beloved wife of 73 years, Vernita Kruse of Glenwood; sons, Judd Kruse and wife Anne of Corydon, IA, Gary Kruse and wife Lori of Glenwood, Gregg Kruse and wife Diane of Gladstone, MO, and Todd Kruse and wife Amy of Papillion, NE; 18 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; and 1 great-great granddaughter; other relatives and many friends.
William "Bill" VanBibber
William A. "Bill" VanBibber, age 73, of Council Bluffs, passed away at his home on July 3, 2017.
He was born in Omaha, Neb., on September 24, 1943, to the late Edgar and Roma (Klenk) VanBibber. Bill retired from Redfield Printing in 2009.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Paul VanBibber.
Bill is survived by his wife of 51 years, Lynn VanBibber; children, Cheri McLaughlin, Kim Boyle (Paul), Susie Baier (John); brother, Dan VanBibber (Suzy); 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Visitation is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Wednesday, at the Hoy-Kilnoski Funeral Home. Memorial service is 10 a.m., on Thursday, at the funeral home. Inurnment is in the Garner Township Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Methodist Jennie Edmundson
William "Bill" Fajen
William "Bill" Fajen, 65, of rural Carson, IA passed away at his home on June 23, 2017.
Funeral service is at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at the Loess Hills Funeral Home in Carson. Burial in the Wheeler Grove Cemetery. Visitation is on Monday, June 26, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home in Carson.
Memorials: Jennie Edmundson Spirit of Courage
William Robert Fajen was born in Council Bluffs, IA on January 29, 1952, one of five children born to Frederick and Arline (Kroenke) Fajen. He attended Carson-Macedonia Community School and graduated in 1970. Following graduation he began his career in farm fencing while helping his father on the family farm west of Carson. In 1986, he moved his family to the farm to continue in his father's footsteps while growing the fencing business. Bill worked with several partners until 2003 when Bill and son James joined together to create Fajen Fence Construction. Over his 45 years of fencing he built approximately 1800 miles of fence across Southwest Iowa.
On September 17, 1972 he married Carol Sue Spohn at the United Methodist Church in Carson. The couple was blessed with three children, Robert, Bethany, and James. Bill enjoyed riding horses, camping with his family, fishing, deer hunting, and most importantly being a loving husband, father, and grandpa.
Bill passed away at his home at the age of 65 years, 4 months, 24 days. He was preceded in death by his parents. Bill is survived by his wife, Carol of Carson, IA; children, Robert Fajen of Oakland, IA, Bethany (Matthew) Barnes of Waxahachie, TX, and James (Jamie) Fajen of Henderson, IA; grandchildren, Jolie, Joshua, Tyler, Barrett, Ryan, Hailey, and Marshall; siblings, Larry (Jan) Fajen of Elk Horn, IA, Linda (Don) Perdue of Carson, IA, Wilma (Tom) Laughlin of Red Oak, IA, and Mary Lou (John) Copenhaver of Oakland, IA; other
Jimmie H. Matzen, age 83, of Council Bluffs, passed away January 14, 2017.
He was born in Macon County, Missouri, on July 23, 1933, to the late James H. and Claudia H. (Rothwell) Matzen. Jimmie proudly served his country in the United States Army and retired from the Union Pacific Railroad after 40 years of service. He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his 2 brothers, Jack and Tom Matzen.
Jimmie is survived by his wife of 59 years, Marjorie Matzen; son, Douglas Matzen; granddaughter, Michelle Savick and her husband, Nick; special great-grandchildren, Gavin “Buddy” and Madison Savick; brother, William Matzen and his wife, Frances.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m., on Wednesday, at the Hoy-Kilnoski Funeral Home. Funeral service is 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, at the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Interment is in Cedar Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Trinity Episcopal Cathedral or the Jennie Edmundson Foundation.
Dallas G. Johnson, age 78, of Council Bluffs, passed away on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at Select Specialty Hospital in Omaha.
Dallas was born on November 2, 1938 in Rapid City, South Dakota to Howard and Jessie (Roethler) Johnson. He graduated from Brandon High School in 1957 where he was an All-State football player. Dallas was united in marriage to Kay Schulze on May 5th, 1962. Purchased in 1985, Dallas was the owner of Dallas Johnson Greenhouses in Council Bluffs, IA. Dallas loved his family, his business and playing golf.
He is survived by his wife, Kay; son, Todd Johnson (Kymm); daughter, Shannon Willadsen (Kent), all of Council Bluffs; eleven grandchildren and one great grandchild; brother, Russell Johnson (Susan) of Red Oak, IA; sister, Maxine Woods (Marty) of Glenwood, IA; brother-in-law, George Schulze (Marlene); numerous nieces, nephews, friends and family dog, Molly.
He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Shawn T. Peters-Sorenson; and sister, Connie.