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April 7, 2010Betty J. Ponsetto
CENTERVILLE — Betty J. Ponsetto, 82, of Centerville, passed away Sunday,
April 4, 2010 at Mercy Medical Center in Centerville.
Betty was born in Browerville, Minn. to Robert and Fern (Valentine) Plotnik
on May 7, 1927. She received her education from Mystic High School in 1945.
Betty married Joe Ponsetto. She enjoyed working with ceramics, bowling and
time spent with her family and her dog.
Betty is survived by two step-children; Johnny L. Ponsetto (Lucy) of Newton,
Jackie Clark (Grant) of Davenport, four step-grandchildren, a sister, Jerry
Ann Taylor of East Peoria, Ill. and a niece. She was preceded in death by
her husband, Joseph L. Ponsetto, son Vance "Butch" Ponsetto and two
step-sons, Danny and Larry Ponsetto.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 8, at Jerome
Cemetery with the Rev. Kathy Franzenburg officiating. Memorials may be given
to the family which will be designated at a later date and can be mailed to
Thomas Funeral Home, 23548 Highway 5, P.O. Box 125, Centerville, IA 52544.
Condolences may be left at thomasfh.com. <http://www.thomasfh.com/>
April 7, 2010Mathew Hull
MYSTIC — Mathew Hull, 32, of Mystic, died Saturday April 3, 2010 at his
He was born Feb. 13, 1978 in Centerville the son of Gary and Barbara (Ellis)
Hull. Mathew graduated from Centerville High School in 1996 and later from
the Southeastern Community College LPN program located in Burlington. Mat
married Tricia Barnthouse in 1996 and to this union they had one daughter,
Sydney Leeann. He later married Katherine Kuster in 2005. Mat had been
employed at Honey Creek Lodge and was a member of the West Christian Church,
Mat loved music throughout his life and he learned to play the guitar at a
young age. He found joy in his experiences with music. Mat played trumpet in
the Centerville High School Band, as well as Jazz Band. He was a member of
the band “Jargon” with several high school friends and played numerous
events in the area. Mat’s greatest joy in life was his daughter Sydney and
the times they shared together.
He is survived by a daughter Sydney Leeann Hull of Albia; his parents Barb
and Gary Hull of Exline; a sister Rachael and her husband Chad Butler of
Centerville, a niece Emily Butler and nephew Wesley Butler of Centerville;
and a special friend Kim Gunter.
Mat was preceded in death by grandparents Ed and Darlene Ellis, Dick and
Mabel Hull; and Chuck and Betty Hushour.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 9 at Faith United
Methodist Church in Centerville with Pastor Gene Kubli officiating.
Friends may call all day Thursday with the family present from 6-8 p.m. at
the Lange Funeral Home in Centerville. Burial will be in the Oakland
Cemetery in Centerville. Memorials have been established to the family and
Mat’s daughter’s education fund and may be left at the Lange Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left at www.langefh.com. <http://www.langefh.com/> Lange
Funeral is caring for the Hull family at this time.
April 8, 2010Helen D. Kinnamon
CENTERVILLE — Helen Darlene (Conn) Kinnamon, born Sept. 20, 1930, passed
away Sunday, April 4, 2010. The life-long resident of Centerville and the
Evangelical Covenant Church peacefully passed away at home on Easter Sunday,
her family by her side.
In passing, she is reunited with her husband of 44 years, William Gene
her parents Annie Mae (Fisher) and Harold Dick Conn, her brothers Leonard
Conn, Lester Conn, Elton Conn and Ole Benjamin Conn, her sister, Georgianna
(Conn) Whaley, as well as her infant son, Christopher Kelly Kinnamon.
Immediate family celebrating her life are her son, Roger William Kinnamon of
Centerville; daughter, Deborah Ann Kinnamon and husband Zane Klein of
Harris, Mo.; daughter, Rebecca Sue Kinnamon and partner David Scot Winterton
and their son,
Dain Torger Winterton, of State Center; and daughter, Constance Kay
Fava and her husband, Robert Fava of West Des Moines.
Helen was educated in the Centerville Community Schools and Indian Hills
Community College. In addition to being a passionate and loving mom, she
worked at Sondra’s
Dress Shop, Kelly’s Dentistry and retired from Union Carbide/Viskase after
extensive years of service.
In her early years, Helen played basketball, shortstop for the championship
Belloma Fruit Company softball team and was an award-winning bowler.
Helen enjoyed her humor very much, music of all types, reading her Bible
and praying for others’ needs. Shewas an avid Bluegrass music fan, and won
awards for her harmonica playing, which is a talent she acquired in
elementary school and continued
during her daysplaying in the high school harmonica band.
She enjoyed crocheting, fishing, playing cards and bingo, playing Wii
bowling with her grandson, Dain, aswell as visiting the slots at Iowa
casinos. She was a life-long active
member of the Appanoose County Democrats. She and her husband Bill also
shared many experiences throughout their lives united together as devoted
husband and wife, and as Mom and Dad.
She so loved her immediate family and her extended family.
Especially cherished are memories of trips to the Smokey Mountains, Mount
Rushmore, Badlands, New Orleans, the Ozarks, a St. Louis Cards baseball
game, family reunions, camping at Lake Rathbun and Lake Wapello and “movie
Helen’s family has been comforted by staff at Mercy Hospice and also through
stories of her shared by family and friends in recent weeks. Thank you for
telling us your memories of our wonderful mother and grandmother; it was a
true gift to see her through your eyes.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 10 at Lange Funeral
Home in Centerville with Pastor Alan Cooper officiating. Friends may call
all day Friday with the family present from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Burial will follow in the Oakland
Cemetery in Centerville. A memorial has been established to the Salvation
Army or charity of your choice in her name and may be left at the Lange
Funeral Home. Condolences may be left online at
Funeral Home is taking
care of the Kinnamon family at this time.
April 9, 2010Kenneth Hinton
MORAVIA — Kenneth Hinton, 85, of Moravia died Wednesday, April 7 at Mercy
Hospital in Des Moines.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 10 at
the First Christian Church in Albia. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday
at the Lange Funeral Home in Moravia. A memorial has been established to the
Moravia First Responders or Cure Search (Childrens’ Cancer Research
Foundation) and may be left at the Lange Funeral Home in Moravia.
Condolences may be left at www.langefh.com. <http://www.langefh.com/>
April 11, 2010Mabel Phillips
CENTERVILLE — Mabel Phillips, 99, of Centerville, passed away Monday, Jan.
18, 2010 at Mercy Medical Center in Centerville.
Mabel was born April 30, 1910, the daughter of Hiram and Hallie (West) Clark
in Hawkins Valley in Cincinnati. She attended a private catholic school. In
1933 Mabel received Instructions, Baptism and First Communion from Father
Murphy at the old St. Mary’s Church. She graduated from Badger Academy of
Cosmetology and Mount Sini School of Nursing in Milwaukee, Wis. On Dec. 27,
1947 Mabel was united in marriage to Jack Phillips. He preceded her in death
on March 2, 1993. Mabel had a special love and remembrance of her second
Mother, Stella Pearl (Robinson) Clark. Mabel loved the outdoors and all
Mabel is survived by three nieces, Rowena Spurgeon of Des Moines, Roberta
Wheeler of Centerville and Patty McDanel of Moravia; two nephews, Ernie
Clark of Centerville and Bill Clark of Exline.
Mabel was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; parents, Hiram and Hallie;
second Mother, Stella; and three brothers, Ross, Robert and Walter Clark.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21 at the Lange
Funeral Home in Centerville with Pastor Gary Reeves officiating.
Burial will follow at the Hanes Cemetery in Centerville. A visitation will
be held Wednesday at the funeral home with family present from 6-8 p.m. A
memorial has been established to the Evangelical Covenant Church and may be
left at or mailed to the Lange Funeral Home, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville,
Iowa 52544. Condolences may be left online
April 11, 2010 Allen C. Morlan
MOULTON — Allen C. Morlan, 69, of Moulton, died on Friday, Jan. 15, 2010 at
Davis County Hospital in Bloomfield. He was born the son of Curtis and Mary
(Dennis) Morlan on Feb. 28, 1940 in Gorin, Mo. He graduated from the Moulton
Community Schools in 1958.
On May 6, 1966 Allen was united in marriage to Phyllis Brinegar in Moulton.
He worked for several years in the Gas Department for the city of Moulton
and later would work over 26 years for the Farmers Mutual Phone Company as a
He is preceded in death by: his parents; and brothers, Wendal and Fairel
Allen is survived by: his wife, Phyllis Morlan of Moulton; a son, Greg
Morlan of Cedar Rapids; brothers, Mike Morlan of Moberly, Mo. and Ron Morlan
of Wever; and sisters, Estle Ann Sawvell of Dubuque and Rose Mary Morlan of
Memorial services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Schmidt Family Funeral
Home in Moulton with the Rev. Reg Higginbottom officiating. Burial will be
at a later date in the Sunset View Cemetery north of Moulton. Visitation was
on Monday, Jan. 18 from 2-7 p.m. at the Schmidt Family Funeral Home in
Moulton. The family will be present from 10 a.m. till the time of services
at the funeral home today.
A memorial has been set to the First Responders of Moulton and can be left
at the funeral home. The Schmidt Family Funeral Home of Moulton is caring
for the Morlan family at this time and condolences can be sent at:
April 12, 2010 Robert Samuel Brinegar
MOULTON — Robert Samuel Brinegar, 86, of Moulton, died Friday, April 9, 2010
at his home near Moulton. He was born the son of Claude P. and Wilma (Carr)
Brinegar on Nov. 13, 1923 near Udell. He graduated from the Moulton
Community Schools in 1941.
Robert was united in marriage to Wilma Kirby on June 28, 1944 in Udell. He
farmed for over 75 years on the same farm west of Moulton. He enjoyed
looking at new farm equipment and seeing what was available for the next
season. Later, he and his wife would take up dancing, and would go anywhere
for a dance. He was a member of the Fairview Church of the Brethren near
He was preceded in death by: his parents; son, Tommie Brinegar; brothers,
Earl Brinegar and Neal Brinegar; sisters, Felcia Eby and Freda Brinegar;
great-grandchildren, Zachary Brinegar and Noah Stockton; and a son-in-law,
Robert is survived by: his wife, Wilma Brinegar of Moulton; son, Larry
Brinegar of Moulton; daughters, Phyllis Morlan of Moulton and Shirley
Schlotter and her husband, Bob of Kansas City, Mo.; daughter-in-law, Deanna
Brinegar of Moulton; six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 13 at 11 a.m. at the Schmidt
Family Funeral Home in Moulton with the Rev. Reg Higginbottom officiating.
Burial will follow at the Sunset View Cemetery north of Moulton. Visitation
will be held today, April 12, 2010 from 1-8 p.m. at the Schmidt Family
Funeral Home in Moulton with the family present from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral
Memorials can be made to Hospice of Central Iowa and can be left at the
funeral home. The Schmidt Family Funeral Home of Moulton is caring for
Robert and his family and condolences can be sent at:
POLLACK, Mo. — Fred Schnelle, 60, of Pollock, Mo., passed away suddenly at
the Sullivan County Memorial Hospital on Friday, April 9, 2010.
William Frederick Schnelle was born in Unionville, Mo. on Aug. 27, 1949, the
son of William A. and Mary Elizabeth (Lester) Schnelle. He graduated from
Unionville High School in 1967 and then attended the University of Missouri
in Columbia, where he graduated in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science degree in
Agricultural Education. On Aug. 16, 1969 he married Ruth Quigley and to this
union two sons were born: Christopher and Brannon. Fred continued to farm
and later married Cherie Felton on Sept. 7, 1991.
After college Fred was a farm manager for a private farming operation in
Brookfield, Mo., but then moved to Putnam County where he owned and operated
the family farm. He raised row crops as well as beef cattle, hogs and sheep.
He taught Vocational Agriculture at Putnam County High School in 1978 and
Fred was an outstanding citizen in his community. He was a longtime member
of the Jackson Township Board in Putnam County as well as longtime sexton of
the Plainview Cemetery. He was a staunch Republican who loved history and
loved his country. Fred had an outgoing and gregarious personality.
Fred cared deeply about his family and numerous friends. His greatest joy
was spending time with his grandkids on the farm. Fred was an avid gun
collector who liked to fish and read. He was an active blood donor and upon
his death, was a transplant donor.
Fred is survived by his parents, and his wife, Cherie. Two sons also
survive: Chris Schnelle and his wife Christina of Ewing, Mo. and Brannon
Schnelle of Atlanta, Ga. Three step-daughters also survive: Janette Parker
and her husband Rich of Centerville; Mindi Tieden and her husband Doug of
Moravia; and Christy Cavin and her husband Richard of Promise City. Twelve
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren also survive as well as a
brother, Carl Schnelle and his wife Juanita of Camden Point, Mo. Many
nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
Services for Fred Schnelle were at Playle and Jones Family Funeral Home in
Unionville, Mo., on Monday, April 12 with visitation on Sunday, April 11.
Pastor Michael Davis conducted the service. The congregation sang “Amazing
Grace” and “Jesus Loves Me” and “Farther Along” was played as a recorded
number. Many family members shared special tributes to Fred during the
service. Casket bearers were Azron Schnelle, Nathan Schnelle, Rich Parker,
Richard Cavin, Doug Tieden, Duane Hines and Colton Smaniotto. Honorary
bearers were Larry Don Sell, Aaron Schnelle, Michael Tieden, Makoa Kaleponi
and Brandon Cavin. Interment was in the Plainview Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the Plainview Cemetery and may be entrusted with
Playle and Jones Family Funeral Home, 709 S. 27th St., Unionville, Mo.,
April 14, 2010 Earl 'Richard' Dwyer
MORAVIA — Earl "Richard" Dwyer, 79, of Moravia, died Monday, April 12, 2010
at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines.
He was born the son of Earl and Sylvia (Pearson) Dwyer on Aug. 12, 1930 in
Orient. He graduated from the Richland Township Country School near Orient.
In 1952, Richard served his country in the U.S. Army Artillery Branch where
he was awarded a National Defense Service Medal during the Korean Conflict
and was later honorably discharged in 1954. On June 17, 1952 he was united
in marriage to Marilyn Haines in Fontanelle. Richard began his career
working for Coca Cola and later for Purolator Company from 1961 until 1974
when he began working for White Farms in Charles City. Then in 1980, Richard
became the operations manager for Vanmark Company in Creston until he
retired in 1993. He was a 50 year member of the Antiquity Lodge of Moravia;
a member of the VFW Post No. 1797 in Creston; member of Iconium Methodist
Church and the Appanoose Country Club. One of Richard's passions was his
love for the "Iowa Hawkeyes." Richard was also a past member of the Rathbun
He was preceded in death by: his parents; three sisters, Vinice Buckner,
Delvian Stuva and Dolores Webster; and a grandson, Richard E. Shimer.
Richard is survived by: his wife, Marilyn Dwyer of Moravia; two daughters,
Karla Dwyer of Kirksville, Mo. and Karyn and her husband, Charles Shimer of
Council Bluffs; brother-in-law Dan and his wife, Elaine Haines of Creston;
granddaughter, Kaitlyn Shimer of Council Bluffs; and several nieces and
Memorial services will be held on Thursday, April 15 at 10 a.m. at the
Schmidt Family Funeral Home in Centerville with the Rev. Jerry Morrison
officiating. Burial of ashes will be held at a later date in Greenfield
Cemetery in Greenfield. Visitation will be held today from 1-8 p.m. at the
Schmidt Family Funeral Home in Centerville with the family present from 6-8
Memorials can be made to the Iconium United Methodist Church or Masonic
Lodge of Moravia and can be left at the funeral home. The Schmidt Family
Funeral Home of Centerville is caring for Richard and his family at this
time and condolences can be sent at:
Mary 'Sissy' Abbott
CENTERVILLE — Mary “Sissy” Abbott, 49, of Centerville, died Wednesday, April
14, 2010 at her home.
She was born June 27, 1966 the daughter of Ernest and Mary (Ballanger)
Henderson in Centerville. She attended the Centerville schools. She was
united in marriage to Carl Abbott Sept. 14, 1998 in Centerville. She loved
to paint fuzzy posters, playing pool and sewing.
She is survived by her husband Carl of Centerville, two children, Gene
(Kelly) Stansberry of Centerville and daughter Michelle Stansberry at home,
her mother Mary Henderson of Centerville, five brothers and sisters Ernest
Henderson of Seymour, Dennis (Mary) Henderson of Allerton, Teresa (David)
Macumber of Queen City, Mo., Mike (Tanya) Henderson of Centerville, Mark
(Heidi) Henderson of Queen City, Mo.; two step-children Penni (Jodi) Crane
of Centerville and Neil (Adrian) Cooksey of Centerville. She was preceded
in death by her father.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 16 at the Lange
Funeral Home, Centerville with Pastor Ken Mehrhoff officiating. Friends may
call Thursday from 2-8 p.m. with the family present from 6-8 p.m. at the
Lange Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Exline Cemetery, Exline. A
memorial has been established to the family and may be left at the funeral
home. Condolences may be left at www.langefh.com.
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