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Catherine Riess, 98

Memorial services for Catherine I. Riess, 98, Blacksburg, Va., will be held at 10:30 a.m. July 10 at Powell Funeral Home, North English. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. She passed away peacefully at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Dean and Jan, Monday night, May 31, 2010.

She had been in hospice care since last December. She was blessed to have had very little pain and was fully aware of her surroundings to the end. She faced her situation with amazing grace, strength and dignity. Her only worry was that she would be a bother to others.

Memorials may be made to the Blacksburg United Methodist Church Haiti Project (24060) or the Dollars for Scholars Scholarship Fund at English Valleys High School (52316).

Catherine Irma Riess was born Nov. 14, 1911, the daughter of Charles and Mary Calvin, in North English. She graduated from North English High School in 1930, along with Layton Riess, whom she married in 1938.

The couple were both victims of the Great Depression and thus learned very well the principles of hard work and dedication. She briefly attended Iowa State Teachers College and taught in country schools (Boltz and Hawkeye-Dayton) for eight years.

After her marriage, the couple farmed in the North English area, starting as tenants and finally owning their own farm until retiring in 1977.

Her husband died in 1994 and she moved to Blacksburg in 1999, maintaining an independent residence until last December.

All through her life, she had a circle of devotted friends, which was shown through messages of tribute and love, especially on her 50th anniversary and in the last six months.

Her love and guidance will remain with us always.

Riess will be sorely missed by her immediate family, Dean and Jan Riess; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Deanne and Jay Lucas; granddaughter Paula Sherwood, and great-grandchildren, Sarah and Rachel Lucas and Reese and Gabriel Sherwood; one sister, Grace Walla, Calgary, Alberta, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, John and Larry Calvin, and two sisters, Donna Osweiler and Myrna McHale.

Marie Ruedy, 98

Funeral services for Marie L. Ruedy, 98, Middle Amana, were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 26, at the Middle Amana Community Church. She died Tuesday, June 22, 2010, at Colonial Manor of Amana following a brief illness.

Church elder Mike Shoup officiated at the service.

Burial was in the Middle Amana Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Amana Church Society or the Amana Heritage Society.

Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at, under obituaries.

Marie Louise Ruedy was born Aug. 27, 1911, in Middle Amana, the daughter of Carl and Elise Young Hergert. She attended Amana schools and worked in the communal kitchens until the change in 1932.

She married Fred C. Ruedy Nov. 23, 1935, in Middle Amana. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, as well as an accomplished cook and gardener.

She was a lifetime member of the Amana Church Society and the Amana Heritage Society. She was instrumental in the founding of the Communal Kitchen Museum in Middle Amana.

Ruedy is survived by her children and their spouses, George and Shirley, Cedar Rapids; Fred and June, Naples, Fla.; Ralph and Shirley, Staunton, Va., and Barbara and Ray Jorgensen, Waterloo; six grandchildren and their spouses, Todd and Patty Ruedy, Lakeville, Minn.; Mark and Margie Ruedy, Bettendorf; Anne Marie and Bill Stephens, Brooklyn; Carolyn Ruedy, Middle Amana; Elizabeth Ruedy-Townes and Miles Townes, Arlington, Va., and Daniel Ruedy, Fairfax, and five great-grandchildren, Adam, Grant and Grace Ruedy and Ella and Jack Stephens.

She was preceded in death by her husband, in 1976; her parents; one brother, Carl Hergert, and one sister, Helen Hoehnle.

Edwin Eckert, 85

Memorial Mass for Edwin J. Eckert, 85, Peoria, Ill., formerly of Marengo, was held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 26, at St. Jude Church. He died Friday, June 18, 2010, at Proctor Hospital Emergency Room.

The Rev. Patrick Henehan officiated at the service.

Wright and Salmon Mortuary, Peoria, was in charge of arrangements. Tributes and condolences may be left at

Memorials may be made to Fraxa Research Foundation, 45 Pleasant St., Newbury Port, Mass. 01950 or

Edwin J. Eckert was born July 15, 1924, in Marengo, the son of Carl LeRoy and Sarah Ellen Humphrey Eckert.

He was a World War II Army Air Corp. veteran P47 pilot with the 527th Fighter Squadron, serving in the European Theatre of Operations. He was a managing engineer at Caterpillar, Inc.

He married Eleanor Madro Jan. 20, 1990, in South Bend, Ind.

He was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church and the Society of Automotive Engineers (S.A.E.). He was a member of Navioneers and past president of the Midwest chapter. He played the trumpet in the Air Force Band, loved to fly his airplane and was an avid reader.

Eckert is survived by three daughters and their husbands, Therese and John Heiser, Peoria; Colleen Meyer, Brighton, Mich., and Karen and Dave Peterson, Brimfield; six grandchildren, Beth, Sarah, David, Rebekah, Danny and Kasey; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Verabeth Bricker, Victor, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Darlene Sayers; one nephew, Chris Bricker, and the mother of his daughters, Helen Pfingsten Eckert.

Justin Myers, 48

A memorial gathering for Justin Myers, 48, Sigourney, was held the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, June 26 and 27, at 800 South Main St., Sigourney. He died June 20, 2010, at his home.

The online guest book may be signed at

Interment rites will be handled privately.

Justin Lee Myers was born July 18, 1961, in Oskaloosa, the son of Frank and Carol Van Helten Myers. He was raised in the South English area.

He married Kimberly Dugger Dec. 16, 1978, in What Cheer. He worked as a maintenance supervior for the Keokuk County Conservation Board and most recently for Sigourney Tractor and Implement.

He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, road trips, camping and building most anything with his children and grandchildren.

He had a great sense of humor and always tried to make people laugh. Even during his terminal illness, it was important to Justin to teach his children as much as he could. He will be remembered as a great father and caring husband.

Myers is survived by his wife; one son, Geoffrey Myers, and one daughter, Sonya Myers, both Sigourney; six brothers and their wives Rodney Myers, Jerry and Kim Myers and Terry Myers, all Oskaloosa; Bronson and Angela Myers and James and Patricia Myers, all Sigourney, and Curtis and Mary Myers, Knoxville; three sisters and their husbands, Deborah and Randy Dewitt, New Sharon; Marla Myers, Oskaloosa, and Stacy Myers and husband Matt Sabin, Sigourney, and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Merrill and Cleo Myers, and his father.

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