The Ottumwa Courier

Obituaries

April 19, 2013

Cecilia Knowles

MELROSE — Cecilia Clare “CK” Knowles, 80, of Melrose, died April 18, 2013, at her home.

CK was born April 9,1933, to Francis and Ann (Smith) Heffron in Georgetown. She married Patrick Knowles on May 2, 1953, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Georgetown. She enjoyed being a wife, mother, grandmother and raising her family. CK and Pat were blessed with five children, Mary Jo, Terry, Mark, Julie and Helen.

A graduate of Georgetown High School, class of 1951, CK attended Ottumwa Heights College. She worked for Farm Bureau and Chicago Rivet & Machine Company. CK was a lifetime member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Melrose and also St. Patrick’s Altar and Rosary Society. She was a Monroe County Hospital board member, 4-H leader and member of the Irish Green Hat Society.

CK had a love for nature, birds, flowers and trees, which she expressed through her artistic gift of painting on canvas, rocks, saws or anything her friends requested. She enjoyed taking bus tours and vacations with friends and family. She also enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren at plays, music concerts, sporting events and holidays. Over the years, CK was involved in many community events.

CK is survived by a daughter, Mary Jo (Mike) Zern of Burlington, their children, Jeremy and Ryan (Lori) Zern, and grandchildren, Xavier and Kalea; son, Terry (Debi) Knowles of Waukee, and their children, Kevin and Keith; son, Mark (Renee) Knowles of Albia; daughter, Julie (Pat) Kearney of Chariton and their children, Shawn and Amber; and daughter, Helen (Bernard) Kurimski of Lovilia and their children, Heather (Sean) Balzer, Ryan (Kylee) Kurimski and Aaron. She is also survived by two brothers, Joe and Bob Heffron; and a sister, Helen (Heffron) McDermott.

CK was preceded in death by her parents, Francis and Ann; and husband, Patrick.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Melrose with Fr. Patrick Lumsden and Fr. Michael E. Volkmer, C.PP.S. officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Melrose.

Text Only
Obituaries
  • 0417 OTT obit Ruth Smith photo -T -L -M Ruth Smith BLOOMFIELD — Ruth Ailene Smith, 85, of rural Bloomfield, passed away April 14, 2014, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. She was born May 28, 1928, in Moulton to Ward and Etha Hurd Daniels. She graduated from Moulton High S

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0417 OTT obit Billie Wright photo -T -L -M Billie Wright BLOOMFIELD — Billie L. Wright, 88, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Bloomfield, died April 14, 2014, at Colonial Manor in Amana. She was born on May 26, 1925, to Frank and Lucia Zabilka Douglas in Oskaloosa. She graduated from Oskaloosa High School in Ma

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Margaret Preston ALBIA — Margaret Preston, 66, of St Joseph, Mo., formerly of Albia, died April 16, 2014, at Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Tharp Funeral Home in Albia; Father Michael E. Volk

    April 16, 2014

  • Clifford Tippitt BLOOMFIELD — Clifford Gerald Tippitt, 60, of Cantril, died April 15, 2014, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Bloomfield Mennonite Church; Minister Daryl Toews officiat

    April 16, 2014

  • Kim Kiefer NEW SHARON — Kim Kiefer, 51, of New Sharon, died on April 12, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Bates Funeral Chapel in Oskaloosa; Rev. Case Van Kempen officiating. As was Kim’s wish, her body will be cremated following

    April 15, 2014

  • 0416 OTT obit James Rysdam photo -T -L -M James Rysdam DRAKESVILLE — James Byron Rysdam, 81, of Drakesville, died April 14, 2014, at the Hospice House in Ottumwa with family at his bedside. He was born March 6, 1933, near Floris to Frank A. and Edith Fetrow Rysdam. He married his high school sweetheart,

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mary Ann McReynolds RICHLAND -- Mary Ann McReynolds, 79, of Richland, died April 12, 2014. A celebration of life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Friends Church in Richland; Pastors Tim Hadley, Mike Emehiser and Danny Cary officiating. Burial will be in Ri

    April 15, 2014

  • Mick Winblade OTTUMWA -- Michael L. "Mick" Winblade, 69, of 18 Kingsley Drive, died at 10:50 p.m. April 13, 2014, at Ottumwa Regional Health Center. He was born May 16, 1944, in Ottumwa to Howard and Mildred Engstrom Winblade. He married Janice Thies on January 17

    April 14, 2014

  • 0415 OTT obit Dannie Quigley photo -T -M Dannie Quigley OTTUMWA — Dannie L. Quigley, 72, of 227 Skyline Drive, died at 9:21 p.m. April 11, 2014, at Pella Regional Health Center. He was born April 29, 1941, in Ottumwa to Dillan E. and Marian J. Ward Quigley. He married Joy Lynne Mallonee on December 27, 1

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0415 OTT obit Lloyd Balmer photo -T -L -M Lloyd Balmer KEOSAUQUA — Lloyd C. Balmer, 75, of rural Keosauqua, died at 7:10 p.m. April 11, 2014, at home. He was born Dec. 19, 1938, near Memphis, Mo., to Harry and Flossie Kittle Balmer and married Carolyn McClaran June 10, 1964, at Lancaster, Mo. Lloyd gradu

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

Obituaries
Record
Facebook
AP National