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Robert J. McDonnell - 94

1/2/1923 - 7/30/2017
Clinton, Iowa Robert J. McDonnell age 94 of Clinton, passed away Sunday, July 30, 2017 at The Alverno Health Care Facility. Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Thursday at the Pape Funeral Home. Visitation will be held 4 - 7 PM Wednesday at the Pape Funeral Home. Burial will be at St. Irenaeus Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be held. All friends and family are invited to a luncheon at the Tuscany Room (Rastrelli’s) following the burial. Casket bearers will be his grandsons, James McDonnell, Phil McDonnell, Matt Witt, Mike Wendell, Ryan McDonnell, Tarron Borgeson, Duncan Grinstead, and Wade Anderson. Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com. Robert was born on Jan. 2, 1923 in Clinton, the son of John and Mary (Dever) McDonnell. After serving our country in the US Army, he returned to Clinton, where he met, fell in love, and married Donna Jean Farrell on May 20, 1947 at St. Irenaeus Catholic Church in Clinton. They lived a short time in Clinton before moving to the Farrell Farm in Goose Lake where he farmed until retiring in 1986 and moving back to Clinton. Bob was devoted to his faith and family. As each new grandchild was born into the family, he always made a comment that each child was a miracle and blessing from God. He enjoyed fixing things and helping others. There was no project he wouldn’t tackle. He often, with his brothers, would work on projects for their nieces and nephews. Each brother had their specialty skill, but each of them was always “in charge.” His farm was recognized as a Century Farm in 1976. Shortly after retirement, his interest turned to golfing. He took the sport quite seriously and could be found perfecting his scores on a daily basis, sharing time at Canyon Creek, Buck’s Barn, and Cross Creek. He proudly accomplished two “holes-in-one.” He looked forward to golfing trips with Jack, Phil, Brad, and Mike. Bob enjoyed music and bingo activities at The Alverno, where everyone knew who “Bingo Bob” was. The family would like to thank The Alverno staff for their loving care, especially in his final days. Bob is survived by his children, Sharon (Ted) Witt of Clinton, Jack (Terri) McDonnell of Omaha, NE, Larry (Joni) McDonnell of Clinton, Diane (Brad) Wendell of Clinton, Ken (Connie) McDonnell of Fulton, IL, and Don (Lynn) McDonnell of Parkview, IA; 20 grandchildren, Stacy (Tarron) Borgeson, Matt Witt, Phil (Katie) McDonnell, Lauren McDonnell, James (Casey) McDonnell, Kati (Duncan) Grinstead, Michelle (Wade) Anderson, Mike (Emily) Wendell, Heather (Curt) Vredevoogd, Rachel McDonnell, Ryan McDonnell, Payton McDonnell, and Shay McDonnell; 9 great grandchildren, Lexi and Noah Grinstead, Zachary and Zoey McDonnell, Cole Borgeson, Caden and Colin Anderson, Aleister Vredevoogd, and Layla McDonnell; two sisters, Natalie Regan of Calamus and Rita Turner of Clinton; his sister-in-law’s, Mae O’Neil of Camanche, Gloria McDonnell and Norma McDonnell both of Clinton; and several nieces and nephews, including a special nephew, Dick (Beth) McDonnell of Verona, WI. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Donna, and brothers, Bernard, Paul, Gerald, Eugene, and Charlie.

Lori A. Driscoll - 56

4/30/1961 - 7/26/2017
Clinton, IA Lori Ann Driscoll passed away on July 26, 2017 at 12:06 p.m. after a seemingly endless battle with cancer. Lori’s beautiful feisty spirit has joined her husband, Tim, and her father, Daniel, who greeted her at the gates of heaven with a Miller Light in hand for her to enjoy on her tour through her new home. Lori’s incredibly strong heart and will were a testament to her tenacious spirit as she continually thumbed her nose at death and anyone that would make mention of her impending demise. Heaven has a new Angel and she requires over-sized wings so she can fly to the highest of heights. In following Lori’s wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. A gathering of family and friends will be from 1-2 PM Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Prince of Peace Parish. A Mass will be celebrated at 2 PM. Lori leaves three incredibly strong and brave young sons, Tyler, Ryan and Austin, who stood by her side trading wise cracks as they bonded as a family throughout her illness. They were, are and always will be “Driscoll Strong” and nothing will stand in the way of their love for each other and life. Tyler was the leader of Lori’s “Three Musketeers”. As the oldest he kept the other two rug rats in line and helped to shape the minds of the younger boys. In her final months Lori was able to proudly watch Ryan graduate from the University of Iowa and be pinned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army. Ryan was her strength and the bond they shared will forever guide him as he protects this great nation of ours. Her son, Austin, crystalized his mother’s spirit better than any of us could when he said, “She didn’t let her illness paralyze her from living her life.” In the spirit of this, Austin says he will carry on her incredible vitality and zest for life in everything he does. “I will make her proud,” he says. We say, mission accomplished, Shining Star, you already have. Lori also leaves three sisters (Terri, Patti and Julie), two brothers (Michael and David) and one brother-in-law (Michael Roggendorf) that she secretly loved the most! In her final days as the family joined together to celebrate her life she affectionately referred to the time they spent together as “weekend with the Weirdos!” Our Head Weirdo in Charge, our mother (DiAnn), stood tirelessly by her side as Lori valiantly fought her battle against cancer. Now one half of the Alverno’s “Thelma and Louise” has left us with the fondest of memories and our hearts filled with love for her. All us Weirdos send our beautiful sister and daughter so much love as she imparts on the greatest of all journeys. Lori’s inspirational spirit lives on in the hearts of her entire family and her dearest friends and each of us gives thanks for having another Angel over our shoulder protecting and guiding us. You are loved, Dear One. Go soar with the Angels!

Michael J. Nixon - 72

6/24/1945 - 7/26/2017
Clinton, IA Michael J. Nixon, age 72, of Clinton, passed away Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at the Alverno Health Care Facility following a 10 month battle with gastric cancer. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 10:00 to 11:30AM on Friday, August 4, 2017 at Prince of Peace parish. Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 AM with burial at a later date. Mike was born in Clinton, IA on June 24, 1945, the son of Ervin and Virginia (Young) Nixon. He graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1964 and from Northeast Missouri State University in 1969 with a BS Degree in Education. While at St. Mary’s, Mike was featured in Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd for his football talents. On August 27, 1988, at St. Mary’s Church in Clinton, Mike married Syd Howe, who he met in college. He taught physical education at St. Patrick’s and St. Mary’s grade schools and St. Mary’s High School for 6 years. Mike was responsible for developing and coordinating the first physical education program for the two grade schools and also for establishing a girls’ extra- curricular sports program, grades 5-8, which was instrumental in the creation of a city wide program for girls. He coached all girls’ high school sports in addition to assisting in boys’ football and track. Mike was later employed as a manager at Pizza Hut and assistant manager at Happy Joes and Famous Recipe. He also worked at Hawkeye Chemical for 10 years and retired after 5 years with Mercy Hospital. Mike was a member of Prince of Peace parish and the Eagles Club. He was an avid Notre Dame fan making an annual trip to South Bend with his buddies to watch a game. Traveling, trains, music, having coffee, socializing with friends and seeing former students were activities he enjoyed. Mike is survived by his wife Syd; two sisters, Juleen Barrows of Camanche and Therese (Roger) Shaw of Clinton; a brother-in-law Don (Beverly) Armstrong of Fulton, IL, sisters-in-law, Colleen Nixon of Clinton, Tracey (Chuck) Mohns of West Des Moines, IA and Lindsay (Brad) Willcox of West Des Moines, IA; his mother-in-law, Ruth Howe of West Des Moines, IA and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Gary Nixon and a sister, Kay Armstrong. The family would like to send a special thank you to staff at the Alverno and Hospice Compassus, especially his niece and hospice nurse, Deb Vilmont. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Prince of Peace Sports Programs in Mike’s name.

Paul N. Conway - 72

8/21/1944 - 7/24/2017
Clinton, Iowa Paul N. Conway age 72 of Clinton, passed away Monday July 24, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL. A Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at Prince of Peace Parish. Cremation rites will be accorded following the Mass with the burial at a later date. The Pape Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com Paul was born on August 21, 1944 in Dublin, Ireland, the son of John and Maeve (Mulhall) Conway. He married Cheryl Miller on August 31, 1974 in Clinton. Paul worked as a welder and pipefitter for Local Union #25 for over 33 years. He was a member of Prince of Peace Parish and enjoyed golfing at Fulton Country Club, playing bridge, and showing his Irish Wolfhound Dogs. Paul is survived by his wife, Cheryl Conway of Clinton; two brothers, James and Barry (Brenda) Conway both of Ireland; his sister, Eillish (Tom) Sheridan of Ireland. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, John.

Paul R. Schindel - 73

6/10/1944 - 7/21/2017
Clinton, Iowa Paul R. Schindel age 73 of Clinton, passed away Friday July 21, 2017 at Big Meadows Nursing Home in Savanna, IL. Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday July 26th at the Pape Funeral Home, Clinton. Visitation will be held Wednesday 10:00 AM until the service hour at the funeral home. Following the service, cremation rites will be accorded. Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com Paul was born on June 10, 1944 in Chicago, IL, the son of Paul J. and Vilma (Zombolo) Schindel. He married Linda DeLoe on Dec. 30, 1994 in Kenosha, WI. He owned and operated Nightmoves Furniture Store in Round Lake Beach, IL for over 30 years. He was a member of the Michigan Snowmobile Association and the Gold Wing Road Riders Association. He enjoyed snowmobiling, boating, and motorcycles. Paul is survived by his wife, Linda Schindel of Clinton; a son, Gary (Kym) Schindel of Trevor, WI; a daughter, Cathy Schindel of Bristol, WI; two step-children, Jason (Alison Krebs) Boekeloo of Davenport and Rebecca (Mike) Keller of Danville, IA; seven grandchildren, Christina, Morgan, Ivy, Brittany, Haley, Tori, and Taylor; his sister, Linda Gussarson of Burlington, WI; an uncle, Leo Zombolo and a nephew, Robert Gurican. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Roy.

Janis R. Wagemester - 78

11/3/1938 - 7/11/2017
Clinton, Iowa Janis R. Wagemester age 78 of rural Clinton, passed away Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Mercy Living Center North. Funeral Mass will be held 10:30 A.M. Monday, July 17th at Prince of Peace Parish. Visitation will be held 2-5 P.M. Sunday, July 16th at Pape Funeral Home. Burial will be at St. Boniface Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Jacob Diehl, Justin Diehl, Glen Frett, Jason Frett, Steve Frett, and Steve Paulsen. Honorary pallbearers will be Clayton and Carson Sweely and Kaleb Johnson. Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Janis’s obituary at www.papefh.com Janis was born November 3, 1938 in Maquoketa to Harvey and Marie (Andersen) Paulsen. She graduated from Preston High School with the class of 1956. Janis married Bernard J. Wagemester on September 9, 1959 at St. Boniface Church in Clinton. He preceded her in death on June 24, 2017. Janis and her husband farmed their entire lives. She was a homemaker and had also been employed by Van Allen and Co. Department Store and Lou Marges Clothing. Janis enjoyed collecting dolls, Lowell Davis and Hummel figurines. She loved flowers and maintained beautiful annual and perennial gardens. She adored her dogs over the years, especially Blondie and Buddy, treating them like children. Together Janis and Bernard enjoyed polka dancing, site seeing out West while Bernard was in the Air Force and vacationing in Florida to visit her brother. She was a member of Prince of Peace Parish. Janis was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and two brothers, Gene and Eldon Paulsen. She is survived by many brother and sister- in-laws and nieces and nephews. Memorials may be given to the Prince of Peace Hall Building Fund.

Billy G. Hensley - 81

7/29/1935 - 7/11/2017
Clinton, Iowa Billy G. Hensley (Dean) age 81 of Clinton, passed away Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center North. Visitation will be from 3-7PM on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at River Church (823 S. 3rd St.) in Clinton. Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Thursday, July 20th at the church. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Camanche. Pallbearers will be Eric Hensley, Damon Dann, Mitchell Dann, Blaise Aadland, Brian Powell, Alex Cronk and Honorary as Andrew and Kevin Grass. Billy was born in Stuart, KY on July 29, 1935, the son of Gay Farmer Thacker and Edward A. Hensley. He grew up and attended schools in Pikeville, KY. Billy married Bernice Lewis on October 18, 1954 in New Burn, NC. He worked for Allied Steel for 17 years in Clinton, in addition to working part time jobs to support his family. He moved his family to Texas from 1979-1988 and worked for Bethlehem Steel as a ship fitter and worked coastal jobs at various ship yards. He moved back to Clinton in 1988, where he worked with SWS (Superior Waveguide Services) which was owned by his late son, Ricky. Billy is known for owning and operating Hensley Disposal; which continues to operate under the direction of his two sons. His love for his family and friends was very important to him. He always said to his wife, she’s number 1 and every child they had together became his number 1 as well. He always said “Love is forever” and “It is a pleasure, privilege and honor to have such a loving family”. He adored and was very proud of his entire family. Billy enjoyed attending River Church and he was President of Clinton Community Action Congress. Billy was very patriotic and an avid blood donor over 30 years. He enjoyed horseshoes, watching The Price is Right, boxing (Muhammad Ali), Kentucky basketball, Iowa Hawkeye Football, singing, yodeling, playing the guitar, harmonica and spending time with his dogs Missy and Rosie. Billy was very giving to others in need; he would drop everything and rush to their aide. Billy would often say “Be kind to everyone because you never know how much your kindness will affect others”. No words can describe how wonderful a person Billy was. Billy is survived by seven children, Sharon (Leo Vaske) Dann-Vaske of Camanche, Shelia Hensley Louineau of Clinton, Sandra (Steve) Grass of Buna, TX, Don (Joan) Hensley of Clinton, Ronald (Theresa Best) Hensley of Clinton, Robert Hensley of Clinton and Danny Hensley of Vidor, TX, a daughter in law Christine Hensley of Clinton; 18 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; a half-brother Paul Welch of Fort Wayne, IN; a half-sister Barbara Hensley McNulty of Fort Wayne, IN; a sister-in-law Eva Payne of Mottsville, NC, many nieces and nephews, and a best friend Sally. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Bernice in 2007; a son Ricky in 2005; twins Billy and Carolyn in infancy; a brother Freeman and a half-brother James Smith. Pape Funeral Home is assisting the family with the services and online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family to assist with funeral expenses.

Cynthia S. Poblete - 68

8/27/1948 - 7/9/2017
Clinton, IA Cynthis S. Poblete, age 68 of Clinton, passed away Sunday, July 9, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center North. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. Friday, July 14, 2017 at the Pape Funeral Home. A private family service will be held on Saturday at the funeral home. Following the service cremation rites will be accorded with burial at a later date in Oakland Cemetery. Cynthia was born in Clinton on August 27, 1948, the daughter of Walter and Ruth (Faur) Holm. She graduated from Clinton High School. Cynthia married Jorge Poblete on December 29, 1979 in Clinton. She had been employed at Kopp’s Market, PFC and later for over 18 years at Swiss Colony. Cynthia enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, going to the casino and baking. She was an Elvis fan and collected cows. Cynthia is survived by her husband Jorge; five children, Lee (Lori) Ray of El Paso, TX, Cynthia Sue Ray Van Horn of Fulton, Stacy Ray of Clinton, Casey Ray (Tim Keister) of Clinton and Cristina (Michael) Maylee of Camanche; ten grandchildren, Mallory, Stephen, Kyle, Alex, Michael, Kassidy, Bailey, Jared, Lila and Benjamin; two sisters, Patti (Ralph) Landorf of Hinckley, IL and Lori (Bruce) Joens of Clinton; a sister-pin-law, Deanna Holm of Clinton and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; a granddaughter, Hattie Ruth; two brothers, Bob and Wally and a sister, Bonnie.

Mary M. Burnett - 73

2/13/1944 - 7/8/2017
Clinton, IA Mary M. Burnett age 73 of Clinton passed away Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center North. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, July13, 2017 at the Pape Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. Wednesday, July 12th at the funeral home. Burial will be in Clinton Lawn Cemetery. Mary was born in Clinton on February 13, 1944, the daughter of Alva and Mary (Huling) Burnett, Sr. She attended Clinton Schools. Mary had been employed at Swift and Company, G.E. in Morrison and later at International Paper for 25 years. She was a member of the Church of the Open Door and Pathways. Mary was a fan of Elvis and Marilyn Monroe. She enjoyed gardening, fishing and her pets. Mary is survived by three children; John (Penny) Richmond of Fulton, Mark Richmond of Clinton and Sandra Hagen of Clinton; four grandchildren, Matt, Andrew, Tamara and Amanda; 11 great grandchildren and two nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Gene, Alva, Jr, Warren and Donald in infancy and a nephew.

Katherine Birely - 88

4/11/1929 - 7/5/2017
Clinton, IA Katherine V. Birely, age 88 of Clinton, passed away Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at Mercy Living Center South in Clinton. Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 PM at the Pape Funeral Home on Saturday, July 8, 2017. Visitation will be from 11:00 AM until the service hour on Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery in Morrison, IL. Casket bearers will be Randy Gerlach, William Hayes, Sierra Rutledge, Jayven Hayes, Randy Kissee and David Ehrman. Honorary casket bearer will be Richard Kissee. Katherine was born on April 11, 1929 in Hoxie, AK, the daughter of William and Pearl (Hustell) Kissee. She attended schools in Portia, AK. Katherine married Robert Birely on July 10, 1953 in Morrison, IL. Robert passed away in 2007. She was a very active member of the Lutheran Church of Atonement where she was called “Gramma B” by all. Katherine was a homemaker took care of her husband and family. She enjoyed her flower garden and rose bushes and was an avid reader. Katherine is survived by her two daughters, Betty Kracht of Low Moor and Jackie (Randy) Gerlach of Morrison; six grandchildren, Tabitha, Marty Kay, Angela, Anna, William and Katie; two step-grandchildren, Amanda and Aaron; 18 great grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; three sisters, Ruth Whitmore of Walnut Ridge, AK, Alice (Lavelle) Anglin of Hoxie, AK, and Joan Ehrman of Mountain Home, AK and two brothers, Phil (Connie) Kissee of Walnut Ridge, AK and Robert (Sandy) Kissee of Nachusa, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Robert; a son Mark Birely; a great grandson, Devon Hayes; a sister Mearl and two brothers Neil and Jay Kissee. Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com.

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