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Year in Review 2013

Part one

December 22, 2013
Laura Beard , Reinbeck Courier

Jan. 4, 2013

Celebrations-John "Jack" Mommer received his 5 year service award for serving on the Veterans Affairs Commission.

Mark Jungling received his 15 year service award. Mark is the custodian and head of maintenance at the courthouse.

Air Force Airman Cody Mattson graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

Obituaries-Wilma Buchanan, 89, passed away Dec. 29 at the Northern Mahaska Nursing & Rehab Center in Oskaloosa.

Helga Stirler, 98, Reinbeck, passed away Dec. 31 at Parkview Manor.

David Tansey, 77, Waterloo, died Dec. 30 at Ravenwood Care Center in Waterloo.

Jan. 11, 2013

Headlines-Gov. Branstad shoots buck and will hang it in his office in Des Moines.

Clutier plane crash victim, Max Morrison, 63, Traer, died.

Mediacom offers $60,000 in scholarships to high school students.

Celebrations-Ben Siebel & Angela Gethman will be married on June 1 at Peace United Church of Christ in Gladbrook.

Sarah J. Schneider and Brian Feist announce wedding plans for Feb. 2 in Des Moines at St. John's Lutheran Church.

Merlin Adair will celebrate his 97th birthday on Sunday Jan. 14 with a family pizza party and card shower.

Obituaries-Eleanor Koch, 92, Reinbeck, passed away Dec. 31 at her home.

Robert L. Thede, 87, Reinbeck, died Jan. 1 at Allen Hospital.

Annabelle R. Ward, 90, Reinbeck, died Jan. 6 at Parkview Manor.

Paul Webrand, 87, formerly of Reinbeck, died Jan. 1 in Brandenton, Fla.

William "Bill" Bunz, 83, Reinbeck, passed away Jan. 2 at Allen Hospital.

Jan. 18, 2013

Headlines-Big second half gets Rebels a 57-30 victory over AGWSR.

Nurse anesthetist, J. Craig Vana, MSN, CRNA, ARNP is a certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at the Grundy Co. Hospital.

Celebrations-Mr. & Mrs. Brandon Tessau are parents of a son born Dec. 13.

Mark Schildroth, District #4 Supervisor receives his 10 year service award.

Kirby Schmidt, County Attorney, receives his 10 year service award.

No obituaries.

January 25, 2013

Headlines-Waterloo Community Playhouse is putting on the production of Noises Off. Andrew Bouska, a local Reinbecker, is a member of the cast.

Grundy Co, Memorial Hospital Foundation announces seven healthcare scholarship opportunities. The recipients are: Nicole Onnen, Kylee Button, Trista Metz, Andrew Ruskusky, Jessica Thompsn, Cambray Penning and Toni Nederhoff.

Curtis Hook receives his 5 year service award in the Secondary Road Dept.

Obituaries-Norman R. Arends, 71, Dike, died Jan. 15 at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo.

Tracy L. Dinsdale, 45, passed away Jan. 21 at Country View in Waterloo.

Duane Hamann 71, Gladbrook, died Jan. 16 at his home.

Rev. Merle Strohbehn, died Dec. 28.

Roger W. Strohbehn, 80, Cedar Rapids, died at the Hospice House of Mercy on Jan. 18.

February 1, 2013

Headlines-Reinbeck Elementary School hits its 100th day of school. The day was filled with a lot of activities regarding the number 100.

William Halbach received his service award for his work on the Landfill Commission.

No celebrations or obituaries this week.

February 8, 2013

Headlines-G-R choir at the NICL Conference 2013 Vocal Festival on Jan. 21 held at Union High School.

Rising Sun Karate Club holds promotion for their students.

Postal service to cut Saturday mail beginning in August.

No celebrations or obituaries this week.

February 15, 2013

Headlines-Iowa Artists Annual Area 7 Art Show will be held on Sat. March 23 at the Denver Public Library. The show is open to all artists in Area 7.

Brian Hanson, pianist and comedian will be in concert on Sunday, Feb. 17 at the First Presbyterian Church in Reinbeck.

Celebrations-Allen Bohnstegel & Ashley Jessick will be married on March 16 in Elkhorn, Neb.

No obituaries this week.

February 22, 2013

Headlines-Trunck's Country Foods top recipient for 2012 is the United Methodist Church.

Rebels rally to beat the Cougars 69-62 and will now face No. 6 North Tama in the district finals.

Celebrations-Austin Steichen & Emily Oettchen will be married on May 11 at Peace United Church of Christ in Gladbrook.

Obituaries-Bernard H. Kruger, 93, Holland, died Feb. 19 at the Grundy Care Center.

Gwendolyn Norman, 94, formerly of Clemons, Iowa, currently a resident at Oakview Nursing Home in Conrad, died Feb. 16.

March 1, 2013

Headlines-Grundy Co. Heritage Museum to feature George Drouillard on March 10. Volunteers are needed to lead local Alzheimer's support group.

Celebrations-Keisha Smith & Ryan Lockhart will be married June 15 at the First United Methodist Church in Cedar Falls.

Don Rhoades celebrates his 95th birthday.

Obituaries-Philip "Phil" Colbert, 53, Waterloo, died Feb. 20 at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo.

March 8, 2013

Headlines-Alli Volkens will be forever recognized as one of the greatest players in Emporia State University history after her jersey was retired to the rafters of White Auditorium on Feb. 23.

Hansen family of Hudson receives Good Farm Neighbor Award for their farm fresh dairy.

Grundy Co. Memorial Hospital gala was a success with 170 community members present.

Amanda Wical, Grundy Center, has been recognized nationally by the American Angus Association for having two registered Angus cows in the 2013 Pathfinder Report.

Celebrations-JoAnn Hulme celebrates 80th birthday on March 14.

Obituaries-Jake Beenken, 85, passed away at his home on March 5.

Donald Lee Harmsen, 84, died Feb.. 24 at Allen Hospital.

Lois A. Vorba, 86, died March 1 at University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City.

March 15, 2013

Headlines-Kindergarten welcome is scheduled for April 4-5.

Edith Willer memorial nursing scholarship is established.

Freedom from Smoking Clinic is offering an 8-week class on smoking cessation at the Grundy Memorial Hospital.

G-R hosted three events in the Special Olympics.

Celebrations-Jeanette Adair celebrate her 96th birthday with a card shower on March 21.

Army Pvt. Travis Baruth graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

March 22, 2013

Headlines-Reinbeck Daycare will hold a fundraiser on March 23 at Oakleaf Country Club.

American Cancer Society celebrates 100th birthday.

Celebrations-Jane Holmes and Chadrick Allen were married Aug 11, 2012 in Des Moines.

No Obituaries this week.

March 29, 2013

Headlines-Monsanto presented a check of $2,500 to the G-R district nominated by Joel & Barb Ehrig to direct the donation to a nonprofit organization in their county that they felt strengthened their community. Also Monsanto presented a check of $2,500 to the Reinbeck Fire Dept nominated by Joel & Barb Ehrig.

Pete Meyers, junior at G-R School, has been selected to be among the 500 attendees at West Point's Summer Leader's Experience June 1-7 and also the U.S. Naval Academy summer seminar June 15-20.

Grundy Co. Hospital celebrates March as National professional social work month. The hospital also celebrates national doctors' day on March 30.

Celebrations-Lori Byers receives award for 15 years of service at Grundy Co. courthouse.

Obituaries-Lavina Rohach, 86, Reinbeck, died March 18 at Parkview Manor.

April 5, 2013

Headlines-G-R National Honor Society holds induction on March 26. Thirteen new students joined thirteen current members. Grundy Co. Memorial Hospital names Beth Johannns as 100 Great Iowa Nurses Award Winner for 2013. Grundy Co. Memorial Hospital donates 50 bags of food to local food pantries.

Celebrations-Angela Ohrt and Chris Snyder are planning June 1st wedding in Iowa City. Tech Sgt. Daniel Hayek has been assigned to the 353 Special Operations Squadron, Okinawa, Japan.

Obituaries-Eleanor M. Dahms, 94, Reinbeck, passed away March 30 at Parkview Manor.

Norman D. Thede, 78, Clarkdale, Ark. died April 1.

April 12, 2013

Headlines-Vintage Music Festival was held on April 7 at the Reinbeck Memorial Bldg.

Zach & Ryan Schuman of Crooks, S.D. finished their high school wrestling season and both were named all conference 1st team for the Big Sioux conference.

14th annual Cedar Valley Hospice Quilt-a-thon was held March 23 at the Dike Legion Hall.

Obituaries-Marlys L. Siemens, 87, Grundy Center, died April 5 at Allen Hospital.

Roger W. Strohbehn, 80, Cedar Rapids, died Jan. 18 at the Hospice House of Mercy in Cedar Rapids.

April 19, 2013

Headlines-Jason & Marci Willey spent time at the Reinbeck Elementary School bringing books and stories alive with Jason's bass guitar.

Chuck Grassley hosts Iowa corn growers at the State Capitol.

Celebrations-LaVonne H. Richter will celebrate her 90th birthday on April 28.

LaVonne Frampton will celebrate her 90th birthday on April 28 with an open house at the Memorial Building. She was born April 30, 1923.

Beth Sindt, Reinbeck, receives President's Award for outstanding contributions to Hawkeye Community College.

Obituaries-Frank A. Boyce, 93, Cedar Falls, passed away April 11 at Sartori Hospital in Cedar Falls.

Ralph "Pat" Knaack, 96, Reinbeck, died April 9 at the Grundy Co. Hospital long-term care unit.

April 26, 2013

Headlines-A night of magic and enchantment at the 2013 G-R prom is held in Lincoln on Saturday night April 27.

Grundy Co. Memorial Hospital celebrates national medical laboratory professionals week April 22-26. The hospital also celebrates national volunteer appreciation week.

No obituaries this week.

May 3, 2013

Headlines-Andy McQuillen receives 2013 Masonic Teacher of the Year Award.

G-R Supt. Tim Kuehl resigns effective June 30, 2013.

Celebrations-G-R student, Alexandra Holbach, junior, is inducted into Kappa Delta Pi honor society at Wartburg College, Waverly.

Obituary-Joseph Bernard Heithoff, 73, Des Moines, died March 5, 2013 of lung cancer in Des Moines.

May 10, 2013

Headlines-Jay Beichley, 2008 graduate of G-R, will graduate on May 3 from North Central University in Minneapolis, Minn. with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. He received the Elementary Education Student of the Year Award on April 23.

Sandi Hulst, Gladbrook, is in a contest to meet speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno who also has EIB.

Obituary-Anna Wieben, 91, Reinbeck, passed away on May 4, 2013 at Parkview Manor in Reinbeck.

May 17, 2013

Headlines-Madison Corwin, Reinbeck, was recognized by Governor Terry Brandstad & Lt. Governor Kimberly Reynolds for outstanding academic achievement on April 28. Madison is also honored as KWWL's "Best of the Class."

G-R students hold fundraiser for Noah Ohrt who is fighting Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare cancer. Another benefit will be held on May 18.

Grundy Memorial Hospital names new President and CEO Brian Kellar. He will begin his new position in early June.

Celebrations-Jennifer Paul & Christopher Rudebeck announce their upcoming marriage in June.

Grundy Memorial Hospital celebrates nursing home week May 12-18.

Obituary-Audrey Fay Schneider,84, Reinbeck, died May 12 at Covenant Medical Center.



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