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John McLure, 56

John R. McLure, 56, of Iowa City, passed away Wednesday, September 20th at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics surrounded by family. 

A memorial service to celebrate John’s Life will be held September 26th, 2017 at 7:00 pm at North Liberty First United Methodist Church. Visitation to greet family and friends will be at 5:00 pm at the church prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed toward the John R. McLure Memorial Fund.

John R. McLure was born March 31st, 1961 in Urbana, IL, the son of John William and Gail T. McLure. He was a graduate of Iowa City West High School class of '79. John attended the University of Iowa, taking a two-year break to go to Raleigh, North Carolina to work and study at NC State, then back to Iowa to get his BS in Elementary Education.

John was a Renaissance man who could, no matter the task, job, or problem, could figure out solutions. His glowing qualities of patience, intelligence and kindness were invaluable to those around him, but most especially his family.

On July 1st,1995 he was united in marriage to Kristine Lee Gerlits. Two years later they had their son, John Dorsey 'JD' McLure.

John was active in the city of University Heights as their videographer for 5 1/2 years, until his health started to decline. He was also an excellent guitarist who specialized in campfire songs, and had a great love for Bluegrass music. He played at many nursing homes in the area and he also lead music at the Lighthouse youth program in previous years at St Andrew Presbyterian Church.

John is survived by his wife, Kris; his son J.D. McLure of University Heights; his mother, Gail T. McLure of Iowa City; his brother David P. (Karin) McLure of Shrewsbury, MA; his nephews, Matt McLure (Christine Hosey) of Cambridge, MA and Henry (Minah) Gerlits of South Korea; his nieces Amanda McLure of Boston, MA and Bessie Struck of Sudbury, MA; his mother-in-law Janice Gerlits of Iowa City; and his brother-in-law Dave (Bobbi) Gerlits of Suffield, CT.

He was preceded in death by his father, John William McLure and father-in-law, D.W. "Bill" Gerlits.
Dr. William H. Olin Sr., 93

Dr. William H. Olin Sr., 93, died Monday, September 18th at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) following a sudden illness.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM Friday, September 22nd at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Barrie Tritle officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 7 PM at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City. A luncheon will follow the funeral. Family Committal Services will be at Oak Hill Cemetery, Coralville. Sunday parking ordinance will be in effect. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Iowa MOST (, Clubfoot Solutions (, First United Methodist Church (, and the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.

William is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Bertha Spitters Olin and their three sons, William H. Olin Jr. of North Liberty, IA, Paul (Mary Kathryn Schrock) Olin of Minneapolis, MN, and Jon E. (Amelia Garrido) Olin of Miami, FL; Grandchildren and children of Paul and Kathy, Paul Michael and Jennifer Nicole Bynes Olin, Thomas Scott Olin and Kathryn Kelly Olin; grandchildren and children of Jon and Amelia, Mariana Garrido Olin, Nicholas William Olin, and Lucas Henry Olin; great grandson (Paul and Jennifer) Marcus William Olin.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Dr. William H. "Bill" Olin was born March 7, 1924 in Menominee, Michigan. His family moved to Marinette, Wisconsin when he was 16. Dr. Olin graduated from Marinette High in 1942.

He received his DDS degree from Marquette University in 1947, then attended the University of Iowa where he completed a residency in Orthodontics and an MS and Certificate in Orthodontics in 1948. That same year Dr. Olin was appointed as an assistant professor at UIHC. Dr. Olin's thesis study of facial deformities among children at the Glenwood School for the mentally handicapped sparked his life-long interest in craniofacial anomalies. He founded the Division of Craniofacial Anomalies at UIHC, and over his 44-year career there achieved international acclaim for his expertise, especially in the treatment of facial deformities. Dr. Olin met his wife, Bertha, who was a registered nurse at UIHC. They were married in 1950 and their three children all attended the University of Iowa.

Over the years Dr. Olin has treated countless patients, written numerous scholarly articles, authored a pioneering textbook and contributed to many book chapters about cleft lip and palate and other facial deformities. He was invited to speak in countries across the globe including the US, Canada, Greece, Egypt, Spain, England, France, Denmark, Russia, Germany, Japan, China and in Latin America. Dr. Olin also served in the Korean War from 1952-54 as part of the US Army Medical Corps in Germany.

During his illustrious career Dr. Olin held many leadership positions in major professional organizations including as president of the Midwest Orthodontic Society, the Angle Orthodontic Society and the American Cleft Palate Association, and served on numerous local orthodontic and dental organizations, and the UI Dental College and Board in Control of Athletics.

After his retirement in 1992, Dr. Olin turned to philanthropic and charitable work with unending enthusiasm and dedication to many causes. His greatest passion was working with Operation Smile, Rotoplast and Iowa MOST (Miles of Smiles Team), all international volunteer medical missions that provide treatment for underprivileged patients with cleft lip and palate deformities in underdeveloped counties all over the world. He completed a total of 12 missions in Mexico, Colombia, Vietnam, El Salvador, the Philippines and Guatemala. Dr. Olin also supported Iowa City-based international organizations Ponseti International and Clubfoot Solutions, which are dedicated to the effective and responsible treatment of Clubfoot deformities worldwide. He was also a tireless advocate for the passage of a Helmet Law in Iowa to protect bicycle and motorcycle riders from traumatic head injuries by requiring cycle helmet use.

Dr. Olin was a dedicated community leader through his lifetime involvement in the Boy Scouts of America, the America Cancer Society's Hope Lodge, the Iowa City Rotary Club's Fire and Medical Supply Company -- which collects and ships medical equipment from the US to developing nations - Pathways adult daycare facilities, Hancher Auditorium, and the Iowa City youth/high school football mouth guard program (which he started), and many other organizations. Dr. Olin was also active in the local business community, serving on the Board of Directors of Hills Bank & Trust Company, including as its Chairman and Chairman Emeritus.

He was among the most steadfast of Iowa Hawkeye fans, missing only a handful of home football games since his very first game - and first date with his wife, Bertha -- in 1948. He loyally stood, clapped and sang out loud with the band's every playing of "On Iowa!" and the Iowa Hawkeye Fight Song.

Dr. Bill Olin was deeply kind, caring and generous, passionately dedicated to his family and community, and uniquely talented as a dental and medical professional. Though his professional accomplishments left lasting impacts, his role as a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather defined him. The time he spent with his sons and their families brought him the most joy and are his greatest legacy.

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Published in the Press-Citizen on Sept. 20, 2017



Dr. Frank Kohout

Dr. Frank Kohout, 78, died at his home in University Heights, Iowa, on Tuesday, November 22, 2016.

A celebration of his life will be announced later.

Frank was born in Euclid, Ohio on January 26, 1938 to Frank and Lucy Kohout. He attended The Ohio State University for two years. He played football during the early days of Woody Hayes and had the dubious distinction of being NFL great Jim Parker’s blocking dummy. After taking some time off, Frank transferred to and graduated from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1963 with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology. To further his studies, he moved to Case Western Reserve University and earned a Master’s degree in 1965 and a Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology in 1970. While studying at Case Western, Frank held various positions from research assistant to lecturer. He met and married Margaret “Margie” Fuller on August 18, 1962. Their first daughter, Linda, was born in late December 1965.

In 1969, Frank accepted a position at the University of Iowa in the Department of Sociology as a lecturer and became an associate professor upon successfully defending his dissertation. Frank, Margie, and Linda moved to Iowa City just prior to the birth of his second daughter, Susan, in October 1969. In September 1972 Frank was promoted to Assistant Professor. While part of the department, he hosted many prospective football recruits. Eventually, Frank served on the University of Iowa Board in Control of Athletics for several years and chaired from 1981-2. During his tenure, the Board hired Hayden Fry.

In 1973 Frank began his association with the health sciences with an appointment in the Department of Family Practice in the College of Medicine. He was Director of the Center for Research in Interpersonal Behavior from 1970 to 1980. Frank was highly sought after for his grant writing and research skills. He consulted in the areas of social psychology, research methodology and applied statistics, medical sociology and gerontology, consumer behavior, and the sociology of science and technology. His collaboration with faculty throughout the university resulted in numerous research publications.

Frank was author or co-author of 53 refereed papers. He was also the author of two books, 11 chapters in books, and 47 abstracts. In 1975 he co-authored three chapters in “Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS)” which has been a standard for statistical analysis.

In 1981 Frank accepted a position as an Associate Professor in the College of Dentistry. He was promoted to full professor in 1988. Frank taught statistics to the residents and graduate students using his textbook “Statistics for Social Sciences” which he first published in 1974. At the College of Dentistry Frank played a significant role on many successful grants to the National Institutes for Dental Research (NIDR). He coordinated the statistical core that was pivotal in getting the grants funded. Frank retired from the University of Iowa in 2000.

Outside the University, Frank was a member of the American Sociological Association, the Midwest Sociological Society, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. He was also a member of the American and International Association of Dental Research. Frank was a member of Rotary International for several years.

Frank was a very sociable person. He and Margie hosted football and basketball parties at their home in University Heights that were legendary for their excellent food, drinks, and hospitality. Frank was a wonderful raconteur and knowledgeable on many topics.

Frank was devastated when Margie died in 1999. They enjoyed travelling to Southern Italy and Greece together. Through these trips, he discovered a passion for studying ancient cultures leading to an unofficial association with the Classics Department at the University of Iowa. During one of his later archeological tours in Egypt and Greece, he met second wife, Nancy Barnes. The couple later divorced.

Frank was immensely proud of his daughters Linda and Susan. Susan lived in Chicago for 20 years and recently returned to Iowa City to help Frank whose health was deteriorating. Linda currently lives in Austin, Texas. Frank will be missed by his daughters and other family members including his sister Joan Tiernan and brother John Kohout of the Cleveland, Ohio area and Margie’s sister and brother-in-law, Ginny and Bob Istnick, of Frankfort, Michigan.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the University of Iowa Classics Department.

(Photo: Mike Granse-USA TODAY Sports)

Mark Emmert, Des Moines Register Columnist's lead sentence on 11/20/16:

"CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The wind was blowing so hard Saturday that it would have been cited for speeding in University Heights."

Read entire story: Analysis: Iowa Turns to Winning November Formula


Prairie Lights May 7, 2016 - 3:00 pm

University Heights artist Jennifer Black Reinhardt will present Yaks Yak, a delightful new book she has illustrated, by Linda Sue Park.  Learn about the art of illustration as she shares a powerpoint presentation of her illustrative process. In this funny and informative new children’s book,  Reinhardt’s illustrations depict an entertaining survey of animals whose names are also verbs in scenes where yaks yak, slugs slug, rams ram, and crows crow.

Jennifer Black Reinhardt  received a degree in Illustration from Carnegie Mellon University. She has worked in advertising, and has had her artwork featured on calendars, humor books, needlepoint kits, collector plates, and a Louie Award winning line of greeting cards.  She is the illustrator of several books for children including The Inventor’s Secret; What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford  by Suzanne Slade, Rabbi Benjamin’s Buttons by Alice B. McGinty, and The Adventures of a South Pole Pig written by Chris Kurtz.

She lives in town with her family and a big, white poodle.

Betty Stevens
Betty Jean Stevens passed away peacefully in her sleep on March 18th at her home in University Heights.

She was for many years an employee of the University of Iowa in the Office of the President, serving both Presidents Howard Bowen and Willard Boyd.

She later completed a JD at the University of Iowa College of Law. She earned a reputation on campus as a rapid solver of New York Times crossword puzzles, earning the respect of the aforementioned University Presidents who learned to just wait until she completed that morning's puzzle before bothering her with any interruptions. An avid duplicate bridge player she bid and made several slams and grand slams, one as recently as last week.

She leaves behind a grieving son, George Craig Stevens of Charleston, SC and a very good friend and bridge partner Bayard Bosserman of Iowa City.

An informal visitation will be held at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service on Wednesday the 23rd from 10 am until noon. A memorial celebration for Betty will be part of the regularly scheduled performance of the Burlington Street Bluegrass Band at The Mill (120 East Burlington Street) on Wednesday evening the 23rd starting at 7 pm.

Local family shares talents at church in Cuba

Iowa City Press Citizen Dick Hakes, Taking Liberties

Calling themselves “The Braverman Brigade,” some of the children and grandchildren of long-time Iowa City community leader June Braverman recently boosted cultural ties to Cuba in their own special way. Eight members of the family plus a friend returned last month after spending two weeks in this Caribbean nation where a thaw in icy relations with the neighboring U.S. seems underway.

Most of the first week saw this group assisting the staff and congregation of Bethania Evangelical Church on the outskirts of Santa Clara near the geographical heart of Cuba as part of the special “religious” visa granted to them.
“Each of us had assignments appropriate to our talents,” said June, who at 82 has been a tireless volunteer coordinator in local music and theater circles in the Iowa City area for many decades.  For her part, she and granddaughter Emily Braverman gave piano lessons to children at the Cuban church, plus June worked with the church choir.

Her grandson David Braverman, an Iowa City organic farmer, was assisted by grandsons Alex Alder and William Braverman in planting a churchyard garden with organic seeds from Iowa. They made some garden tools from scraps of metal and wood to get the job done. William also provided games for the children.
Son-in-law Dan Alder of Haiti and his son, Nat, held a video workshop that allowed youths from the congregation to make a documentary about their community. His wife, June’s daughter Robyn Braverman, served as a facilitator and translator for the project.

Family friend Joan McMillan of North Liberty shared her expertise with the church’s substance abuse counselor and met with a troubled family.
June said the entire troupe pitched in to help cook and serve a memorable Christmas Eve dinner to the congregation. It included huge pans of pork, cooked outside in a barrel by Pastor Pedro Valdez.

“He roasted the pork outside for what seemed like days,” June said. “They have no stove, so their rice and beans — the staple fare — are cooked in pressure cookers on hot plates wherever there is a plug-in that works.”
Grocery shortages made meals a challenge.
"There were few fresh veggies so we had many menu changes,” June said. “Apparently the hotels and cafes are allowed to shop first and wipe out the scant supplies. Not even a package of napkins was available to us.”
June said her group treasured the church experience and were showered with affection by the Cuban congregation.
Making such a trip was on her bucket list.
“I have always wanted to do a trip with my grandkids before I was too old to get beyond Coralville,” said June in typically candid fashion.

Isabelle Robles Poem takes first place in International Youth Food Culture Contest.

West High Junior and U-Heights resident, Isabelle Robles' poem "With a Dollop of Sour Cream recently won the writing category of the International Youth Food Culture Contest. Read more about it from the Iowa City Press Citizen. Isabell is the daughter of Stacia McGrath and step-daughter of Brennan McGrath.

photo credit: Holly Hines/Iowa City Press Citizen

Dollop of Sour Cream
By Isabelle Robles

While in Arizona, grandma tries to teach me
how to master making tortillas.
Every one I make is awkward and confused,
stuck between shapes,
and overdone in all the wrong places.
“It’s okay mija,” she says.
“You’re not used to this.”

During roll call in Iowa the substitute’s
furrowed brows,
wide eyes on my last name.
Thank god middle names aren’t required.
Natividad doesn’t really
roll off a rigid tongue.

I’m chorizo with a dollop of sour cream.

While dad perfectly draws out his r’s on “cerdo” and
laughs with the butcher
there I stand,
arms intertwined behind my back,
trying to catch words from their
rapid, joyful conversation
I can’t understand.


During Spanish class a girl and my teacher laugh.
“Oh, it’s a Mexican thing,” the girl says.
“You wouldn’t get it.”
Does she not know in Arizona I’m surrounded by a
mob of Robleses and I’m the
only one that’s
not a “Mexican thing?”

I’m chorizo with a dollop of sour cream.

What the girl doesn’t know is that
I am as Mexican as her,
even with my blonde hair, green eyes and fair skin.
Bet you a hundred pesos my dad and I
could whip up a mean pozole
that could rival hers any day
and win.

What no one knows is that green chiles taste delicious in
scrambled eggs with a pack of
warm tortillas on the side,
and there’s
nothing wrong
with a little bit of
sour cream in your chorizo.

Because I am chorizo with a dollop of sour cream.

Phyllis Harper-Bardach, 87, died on Thursday, September 24, 2015. 

Funeral Services will be held at 10 AM, Tuesday, September 29th at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City, with Father Steven Witt officiating. Visitation will be held Monday from 5-7 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Elder Services or Iowa City Hospice.

Phyllis Harper-Bardach was born on January 3, 1928 in Staten Island, NY, the daughter of Leland and Estelle Freeman. After graduation from high school, Phyllis enrolled at Howard University in Washington DC and majored in Spanish. At Howard, Phyllis met Bill Harper who was a medical student. They were married in 1948 after their graduation and moved to Bill's hometown of Keokuk, Iowa.

Phyllis' early professional life was focused on a pedagogy that included parents' participation. During those years, Phyllis lectured on Parent Education in Guidance and Counseling at the Summer Institute for Parents of Pre-school Deaf Children in Illinois. When Freeman entered secondary school at the Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville, Illinois, Phyllis supervised the Parent-Pupil Tutor Program there and gained national recognition for the article, "A Visible Speech Aid" in the Volta Review.

Shortly after the death of her husband in 1975, Phyllis decided to further her education and moved to Iowa City and entered the PhD program at the University of Iowa and in 1980 she received her doctorate in Educational Administration through the College of Education. At the University of Iowa, Phyllis served as a lecturer, supervisor of student teachers, teacher and consultant until her retirement in 1990. In Iowa City, Phyllis met and married Dr. Janusz Bardach in 1981.

Survivors include, three children, Bill (Donna) Harper of Berkeley, CA, Freeman (Dorian Dorado) Harper of Iowa City, Phyllis (Dr. Michael) Finch of Phoenix, AZ; four grandchildren Stephen Harper, Michael Finch, Veronica Finch, and Allen Finch; her stepchild Ewa (Hani Elkadi) Bardach of Iowa City; step granddaughter Nina Elkadi of Iowa City; sister Pauline Cheesman of Staten Island, NY; Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive her.

She was preceded in death by her first husband Dr. William Harper and second husband, Dr. Janusz Bardach.

A complete obituary and online condolences are at

Robert D. Cremer Jr., 81, died Wednesday at UIHC surrounded by family.

Funeral Services will be held at 3 PM Friday, September 18, at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City, with Rev. William Lovin officiating. Visitation will be after 2 PM Friday. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity or the charity of the donor's choice.

Robert was born September 3, 1934, in Reading, PA, the son of Robert, Sr., and Teresa (Vozella) Cremer. He was a graduate of the West Reading, PA, high school. Robert was also a 1956 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and received his master's degree in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. On June 27, 1959, Robert married Florence Horn.

Robert was a colonel in the US Army Corps of Engineers and served two tours of duty in Vietnam as well as tours in Korea, Germany, and England. He retired in 1982. Following retirement he was Director of Facilities (1982-95) at the University of Florida in Gainesville, and Facilities Director (1997-1999) at West Virginia University, in Morgantown. Robert and Florence moved to Iowa City in 2002.

His memberships include Iowa City Noon Rotary and volunteering for Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity and Meals on Wheels. He was a gifted builder and craftsman.

Robert is survived by his loving wife, Florence; by their three sons and two grandchildren, Jim (Anne) Cremer of Iowa City and their children Laura and Paul, Daniel Cremer (Laura Grill) of Tampa, FL, and Eric (Ellen) Cremer of Alexandria, VA; and by two brothers, Frank (Frances) Cremer of El Paso, TX, and James (Melva) Cremer of Cape May, NJ. He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family expresses their appreciation to the doctors, nurses, technicians, and other staff of the Outpatient Dialysis Clinic at UIHC for their many years of caring service. 

Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Dr. Michael Flaum was a panel member on Iowa Public Radio's "River to River" on September 9th. Click on the link for the IPR web stream.

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Jerelyn "Jeri" Felske Irvine, 59

Jerelyn "Jeri" Felske Irvine died peacefully Friday, July 10th at Mercy Hospice in Iowa City.

A funeral service to celebrate Jeri's life will be Monday, July 13th at 6 PM at Zion Lutheran Church with Rev. Mark Pries officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 4 to 6PM at the Church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the University of Iowa Children's Hospital or the charity of the donor's choice.

Jeri was born January 14, 1956 in Davenport, the daughter of R.E. (Joe) Felske and Shirley Meyer. She was educated in Bettendorf schools, graduated from High School in 1974 and received her bachelor's degree in journalism at the University of Iowa in 1983. While in Bettendorf Jeri played basketball and was a tot lot teacher. Jeri loved high school class reunions and helped in their planning. Jeri owned and operated " Jiminy Cricket" preschool in St. James Church in Bettendorf.

Jeri survived three kidney transplants: 1974-1979-1980. The last of which worked until she died. Thirty five years on July 10th.

After graduating from the University of Iowa, Jeri worked at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for 32 years: Department of Surgery, EMSLRC , Red Coats and the marketing department , where she was associated with the hospital's Noon News publication.

She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church.

Jeri was a huge Hawkeye fan, living close to Kinnick Stadium and UIHC. Jeri loved her dog Nancy, who passed away recently. Jeri loved people and always ran into a familiar face when out around town.

She was a soccer mom for her son Johnny and has been especially proud of his accomplishments on the piano, etc. She loved being active in PTO when Johnny was growing up.

Jeri is survived by her son John Irvine IV "Johnny"; her mother Shirley Felske of Sun City, AZ; her brother and sister-in-law, Kenny and Julie (Schiltz) of Highlands Ranch, CO; niece, Kara Felskeand nephew Tyler Felske; her former spouse, John Irvine III; and god-daughter, Anne Marie Parker of Cedar Rapids; and many friends.

Jeri was preceded in death by father.

May you always know peace, love, light and laughter! Thank you

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Irene Bowers, Long Time U-Heights Resident

Irene Emma (Waters) Bowers passed away peacefully in her sleep May 30, 2015.

Irene, lifelong resident of the Iowa City area, was born June 9, 1922, to Wilber W. and Emma J. (Rummells) Waters. She was born and raised on a 100 acre farm in rural Iowa City. Irene and her family felt it was important to share with the community, so they donated the cradle Herbert Hoover was rocked in as a baby to the Hoover National Historic Site. The cradle is displayed in the cottage where Hoover was born.

Irene met Robert E. (Bob) Bowers, her husband of 53 years, in 10th grade at a bonfire at U-High. They were married November 27, 1946. Bob (with his father's help) built their home in Coralville. In 1961, Bob and Irene had a home built in University Heights. Irene was fortunate to be able to live in this same house until this month when she had to move to Lantern Park in Coralville. Even at Lantern Park, she kept active until just a few days before her death.

Irene's entire life was devoted to the field of education and recreation. She attended a one room school before transferring to University Elementary/High School for 4th-12th grades. She received BS and MA (+30) degrees in physical education from the University of Iowa.

Irene was hired in 1944 by the ICCSD. She was the only physical education specialist, so she taught in all of the elementary schools. She was co-author of the district's first elementary PE curriculum guide and was co-founder of the current Elementary Track and Field Days. Irene retired in 2002, at the age of 80, after 50 years of teaching elementary physical education in the ICCSD! No other person in the district had taught for that long. She taught thousands of students, more than any teacher in the district ever has or probably ever will. The number of students who have received Irene's guidance is truly amazing! Irene mentored many student teachers. She was the inspiration for her daughter, who taught physical education for 37 ½ years, and for her son, who has spent his career in social work.

Irene belonged to many organizations in the education field. She was a charter member of the Coralville American Legion Auxiliary and the Coralville Methodist church.

Since retiring in 2002, Irene has volunteered at the ICCSD Elementary Track and Field Days, Special Olympics, the University of Iowa, and at the Senior Center. She was secretary of the Johnson County Historic Preservation Commission for a number of years. She spent almost every day at the Senior Center for the past 13 years, enjoying bid euchre, line dancing, and her favorite activity: playing pool.

Irene is survived by her daughter Cherie (Marvin) Nicola of Coralville, son Michael (Karin) Bowers of North Liberty; grandchildren Jason Bowers (fiancée Sharon Connett), Brian (Shanthi) Nicola, Jason (Melissa) Bland, Christopher Bland, Lindsay Bland, and Alison (Bill) Hershberger; great-grandchildren Lasya Nicola, Madelyn and Caiden Bland, and Warren Hershberger; sister-in-law Ruth Waters; brother-in-law Edward (Rose Ann) Bowers; and six nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one sister, and two brothers.

Irene's family would like to thank the staff at Lantern Park Nursing & Rehab Center, Iowa City Hospice, and Mercy Hospital for their kind and supportive care of Irene.

Irene enjoyed a long and full life in a community she loved. Her family was always impressed with her active lifestyle and independent nature.

In keeping with Irene's wishes, a private family service will be held. She will be buried next to her husband in Oak Hill Cemetery. Land for the cemetery was donated to the City of Coralville by the Bowers family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Irene's memory to Iowa City Hospice or to a charity of the donor's choice . Online condolences may be sent to her family through the web at where additional bio info is also available.

Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service is caring for Irene's family and her services.

Tillie Bruell, U-Heights Resident

Tillie Bruell, 95, of Iowa City, Iowa, formerly of Austin, Texas, died peacefully at her home on Wednesday May 27, 2015.

Daughter of the late Franz and Käthe Dienst, Tillie was born in western Germany along the French-German border. After World War II, she met and married Jan Herbert Bruell, a Polish refugee. Their daughter, Sue, was born in Heidelberg. In late 1949, the three immigrated by refugee ship to Boston where Edwin, Jan's elder brother, welcomed them to America. For Jan and Tillie, their voyage to freedom was akin to arriving in the "Promised Land." Jan eventually became a psychology professor, finishing his career at the University of Texas at Austin. Tillie's passing was preceded by the 1997 loss of Jan, the love of her life.

Tillie and Jan were devoted parents and together championed tolerance and humanitarian causes. She cherished life, especially with Jan, and they enjoyed many summers together in Estes Park, Colorado. She will be remembered as a warm, compassionate lady who believed in the goodness of humanity. Even in death, Tillie is helping others as she has gifted her earthly remains to the University of Iowa Deeded Body Program, her final selfless act.

Surviving Tillie are three children: Sue Bruell of Iowa City, Iowa; Peter Bruell, of Houston, Texas; and Steve Bruell of Hopkins, Minnesota; along with her niece Monica Belew of Leoma, TN. Her dear friends, Margaret Stange, Ken and Marybeth Slonneger, and Bob and Rita Foley, of Iowa City, also remember her. All will miss her generous, loving spirit and look forward to the day when they will be reunited with her in heaven.

Her parents, her sister, Annemarie Schilling, her brothers-in-law, Ernest and Edwin Bruell, and her dear friend, Ann Ruby of Austin, Texas, preceded her in death. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Iowa City Hospice. No public services will be held. Family committal services will be held in Austin, Texas at a later date.

Gay and Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service is caring for Tillie's final wishes.

Stacey Cyphert, U-Heights Resident

Stacey Todd Cyphert, 56, died peacefully Saturday, March 28, 2015, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in the company of his loving wife. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 1, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 4330 St. Patrick Dr., Iowa City, with the Very Rev. Rudolph Juarez officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Family committal services will be at Clarendon Hills Cemetery in Darien, Ill. Arrangements are with Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service.

Stacey was born March 14, 1959, in Torrance, Calif., the son of Frederick Ralph (Ted) and Lois (Grosz) Cyphert. The family moved to Worthington, Ohio, where Stacey spent his youth, except for a six-year intermission in Charlottesville, Va. After graduating from Worthington High School in 1977, Stacey went on to earn his Bachelor of Science degree (1981) and Master of Health Administration (1983) from Ohio State University.

Following completion of a fellowship at Duke University Medical Center (1983-1984) and working at the University of Cincinnati Hospital (1984-1986), Stacey enrolled at the University of Iowa and earned a doctorate in health management and policy in 1990. While a graduate student there he met the love of his life, Rosemary Wilmoth. They were married July 25, 1992, in Peoria, Ill.

The majority of Stacey's career was spent at the University of Iowa, where he held various positions, the last being assisant vice president for health policy. There he benefitted from several helpful mentors and was fortunate to work with colleagues he greatly respected.

Stacey also was honored in his career to have the opportunity to serve in leadership positions at the local, state and national levels, including chair of the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce, chair of the State of Iowa's Medical Assistance Advisory Council, as a deputy on the Iowa Business Council, and as chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges government relations.

Travel, which Stacey greatly enjoyed, was part of his job, but also something that he and Rosemary enjoyed doing. As a result, he was blessed to have developed many friendships across the country.

Stacey was an avid tennis player growing up. He also enjoyed playing league volleyball for many years. In addition, Stacey satisfied his quest for adventure through caving and his creative side through photography.

Although the results did not provide what Stacey hoped for, he was grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in a clinical trial and provide feedback that, combined with other participants, may someday lead to a cure for additional types of cancer.

Stacey would like to extend a special thanks to Jean Robillard, John Colloton, Samuel Levey and Ken Kates for their mentorship and friendship over the years. A special thanks to Father Rudolph Juarez for his friendship and spiritual guidance.

The Cyphert family is appreciative of the compassion and care provided by the faculty and staff of the University of Iowa Clifton Digestive Disease Center, the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, University Hospitals Palliative Care, Iowa City Hospice and St. Patrick's Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorial donations be directed to these organizations.

Survivors include his loving wife, Rosemary; his mother, Lois Cyphert; his sister, Holly (Jon) Thornsbury and their children, Caleb and Rebekah; aunt, Audrey Farah; uncle, Floyd (Jean) Grosz; sisters-in-law, Marie (Steve) Wolff and Patricia Wilmoth (Brian Bong); brother-in-law, Kevin (Mary) Wilmoth and their children, Cassidy and Connor; and his beloved schnauzers, Magic and Zorro.

Stacey was preceded in death by his father; and his grandparents, Ralph and Bessanna (Nail) Cyphert and Henry Floyd and Jane (Iseman) Grosz.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Greg Prickman Plans for Shakespeare Festival in 2016

U-Heights' Greg Prickman, Head of Special Collections & University Archives, is preparing for a copy of Shakespeare's First Folio to arrive next year. The UI will be the only stop in Iowa for this original copy of the first publication of Shakespeare's works, published in 1623. To read more check out Iowa City Press Citizen.

UI planning four-week Shakespeare Festival for 2016


Kai Trepka Qualifies for National Debate Tournament

West High student and U-Heights resident Kai Trepka qualified for this summer's national debate tournament in Dallas, TX in policy debate. Trepka is pictured back row, center, along with other West qualifiers.


U-Heights Billmeyer Named to UI Presidential Search Committee

from the Iowa City Press Citizen

The president and president pro tem of the Iowa state Board of Regents will be among the 21 members of the committee charged with evaluating candidates to replace Sally Mason as president of the University of Iowa.

On Wednesday, the regents' office released the full list of names of those who will serve on the UI Presidential Search and Screen Committee. The committee, which will be chaired by UI Vice President for Medical Affairs Jean Robillard, will include Regents President Bruce Rastetter, Regents President Pro Tem Katie Mulholland and Regent Milt Dakovich.

In addition to Robillard, the nine faculty members on the committee are: Sarah Gardial, dean of the UI Tippie College of Business; UI Faculty Senate President Alexandra Thomas; UI Vice President Christina Bohannan; and UI professors Meenakshi Gigi Durham, Lena Hill, Dorothy Johnson, Aliasger Salem and Larry Weber.

The student members are Patrick Bartoski, president of the UI Student Government, and Alyssa Billmeyer, president of the UI Graduate and Professional Student Government.

The committee also includes Catherine Zaharis and Jerre Stead of the UI Foundation, Jeff Courter and Peter Jeffries of the UI Alumni Association, and Chuck Wieland, president of the UI Staff Council.

The two regent-appointed members of the public are Mary Kramer and Larry Beaty.

The three non-voting, ex-officio members of the committee are: Robert Donley, the regents' executive director; Diana Gonzalez, the regents' chief academic officer; and Peter Matthes, UI's interim chief of staff and vice president for external relations.

Additional information about the public nominations for the search committee is available on the Regents' website,

Mason announced last month that she plans to retire as president at the end of July. She will continue to be employed as a UI faculty member at 60 percent of her presidential salary.

Long time U-Heights resident Doroty Schottelius, passed away January27th . Besides numerous other accomplishments she was a University Heights City Councilor. This obituary ran in the Iowa City Press Citizen.


Dorothy Schottelius, 87

Dr. Dorothy A. Schottelius died Tuesday, January27, 2015, at Oaknoll Retirement Residence where she has resided for the past three years.

Dorothy was born in Lohrville, Iowa the youngest of nine children born to Lawson David and Lillie Mary (Tilley) Dickey. She grew up on a farm in the area and attended country school before going to the Lake City Schools, where she excelled and read everything she could put her hands on. Her college education started at the State University of Iowa and culminated with a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of North Carolina.

Shortly before graduating from Iowa, she was introduced to Dr. Byron Schottelius. They were married four weeks later, a marriage which lasted over forty years until Byron's death in the late 1980's.

Dorothy's professional experiences were many, working in Nuclear Medicine, the Department of Physiology, and the Department of Neurology at the University of Iowa. She wrote or co-authored many publications for Neurology Journals as was as several revisions of the Textbook of Physiology which Byron had written.

Through the years, Dorothy enjoyed world travel with Byron as well as attending Iowa Football games and Hancher events.

Surviving Dorothy are several great nieces and nephews in addition to her many dear friends in the community.

Respecting Dorothy's wishes, no public services will be held; she will be interred next to her husband at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be directed to Hancher Auditorium c/o The University of Iowa Foundation. Online condolences may be shared through the web @ Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service is caring for Dorothy's arrangements. - See more at: Dorothy Schottelius

Time for Iowans to help give declining monarchs a boost

This guest editorial appeared in the Iowa City Press Citizen

The start of the new year, the recent cold snap, and school cancellations have the potential to overshadow a small but significant story in the news cycle. In late December, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the monarch butterfly, whose populations have reached all-time lows with a 90 percent decline in number, may qualify for protection under the Endangered Species Act. The Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct a year-long status review of the monarch.

The monarch butterfly has captured the attention of adults and children alike. Monarchs are known for their orange and black markings and their multi-generational flight to their overwintering grounds in central Mexico. Elementary school students quickly recognize monarchs, in part because many classrooms use the monarch to illustrate the insect life cycle. The monarch has been the focus of one of the earliest citizen science projects, in which volunteers tag monarchs in the fall so they could be tracked during their migration to their overwintering grounds.

A main reason for the decline in monarchs in Iowa can be traced to the loss of habitat, specifically, the habitat provided by the tallgrass prairie. Before the opening of the Iowa Territory, 85 percent of the state was covered with tallgrass prairie, an ecosystem of tall grasses and flowering forbs, including several species of milkweed. Monarch butterflies lay eggs on milkweed, and the larva feed from milkweed exclusively, especially the oval leaves of common milkweed. When the milkweed disappears, so does the monarch.

The initial loss of Iowa’s prairie habitat, and milkweed, came from sodbusters who converted the prairie to fertile farmland, a process that has left less than 1 percent of the original tallgrass prairie. The development of herbicide resistant crops in the mid-1990s allowed for increased application of the herbicide glyphosate, better known by its commercial name Roundup. Milkweed is among its victims. Increasing commodity prices also factor into habitat loss, as row crops have expanded toward the fence line, reducing buffer zones where native plants once could avoid the plow and the spray.

One silver lining to this story is that there are straightforward solutions to the habitat loss that impacts the monarch. Landowners can create monarch way stations by planting monarch-friendly species, including the necessary milkweeds, and native flowering plants for nectar. Two milkweed species, common milkweed and butterfly milkweed, are well-suited to residential flower gardens and produce flowers that belie the “weed” in their name. Almost any grassy patch, whether in a home yard or school yard, can be converted to support the native plants for a monarch way station.

As spring approaches, milkweed seeds and plants can be found in local nurseries. Plants grown from seeds collected on prairie remnants can be purchased from specialty nurseries, such as Ion Exchange in Decorah. Monarch Watch, a research program based at the University of Kansas, provides information on monarch habitat and offers free milkweed plants to schools and nonprofit organizations. More locally, the Tallgrass Prairie Center at the University of Northern Iowa supports research and education on native plant species, including the milkweeds critical for the monarch.

Despite my less than green thumb, I have found it easy to raise several native plants, including milkweed varieties, in my yard, in a corner that I think of as my piece of tallgrass prairie. Although we don’t have the diversity of a true prairie, I’ve seen changes in the visitors to my yard as the plants matured. In the fall, goldfinches eat from the seed heads of several flowers. In the warmer months, native pollinating insects visit. And, this past summer, my family and I had the joy of watching the monarch caterpillars on our common milkweed.

Shaun Vecera is a University Heights resident.


Katie Ryken Receives Fulbright Award

This story originally appeared on Iowa Now

Eight University of Iowa students and alumni have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants to conduct research, undertake creative projects, or serve as English teaching assistants abroad in 2014-15.

Ryken, of Iowa City, Iowa, is an M.D. candidate in the Carver College of Medicine. With her Fulbright Study/Research Grant, Ryken will travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina to study and assist patients with traumatic wartime injuries at the University of Sarajevo Clinical Center Department of Orthopedics. She will also work with the Bosnia-Herzegovina Medical Student Association to provide free medical care to rural villages surrounding Sarajevo, as well as volunteer with the two local NGOs to provide free gynecological exams and screenings for victims of wartime violence.

U-Heights' Greg Prickman was the featured speaker for the Opening of the Iowa City Public Library's Civil War 150 Exhibit on Thursday, April 25th at 7:00 PM Meeting Room A
Read about U-Heights artist Jennifer Black Reinhardt's recent work. Illustrative in Iowa City
U-Heights Resident Brent Metcalf wins Silver Medal in international competition in Russia.


U-Heights Resident Eleanor Marshall is published in the Yale Daily News: Full of Wide Open Spaces Real Estate mentions U-Heights:

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