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Year in Review Part 2

December 29, 2013
Laura Beard , Reinbeck Courier

May 24, 2013

Headlines-USPS letter carriers food drive was a success. They collected approximately 826 lbs. of items. Lincoln Savings Bank donates to the American Heart Association. Steve Tscherter, Erik Skovgard, Mike Schick, Rick Saak and Dana Uhlenhopp each took a pie to the face.

Celebrations-Barbara L. Smith receives her 10 year service award. Melissa Strawhun, daughter of Dennis & Lori Beard Strawhun, graduated from OU in Norman, Okla. Grundy Center High School earns $750 FFA chapter challenge.

Obituary-Harold J. Smith, Sacramento, Calif. died May 4 in Calif.

May 31, 2013

Headlines-Cork Peterson named to Iowa State Construction Engineering Hall of Fame on April 26 at the Construction Engineering of America, Iowa State Student Chapter Spring Banquet. Abels-French-Hand Funeral Home receives award of Excellence at State Convention held May 14-16 in Ames.

Celebrations-Katelyn Knaack & Andrew Raska will be married July 20 at the United Methodist Church in Gladbrook. Jennifer Smith from Gladbrook was named to Buena Vista University's Graduate & Professional Studies Dean's List for terms three and four.

Obituaries-Donald D. Dirks, 89, Reinbeck, died May 21 at Parkview Manor. Kathryn Ellenberger, 100, Reinbeck, passed away May 19 at Parkview Manor. Margaret (Green) Sanville, 90, Galveston, Texas died May 6 at University of Texas Medical Branch Hospital in Galveston, Texas.

June 7, 2013

Headlines-G-R hires new superintendent Shawn Holloway who is currently principal at Manson Northwest Webster. Relay For Life Event will be held on Friday, June 14.

Celebrations-Katie See-Mennenga graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Doctorate in Audiology on May 10, 2013. Shelby Yates as been selected by the American Legion Auxiliary to represent Reinbeck at the annual Girl's State June 16-22.

Obituaries-Herold Foxworthy, 83, Aplington, formerly of Dike, died May 24 at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo.

June 14, 2013

Headlines-G-R staff was honored with a year end breakfast on June 3. Retirees were also recognized-Kayla Reese, Barb Schwarck, Vicki Roberts, Darrell Paustian and Candi Smith. Forty-three G-R 7th & 8th grade students, parents and staff left for Washington D.C. They returned home on June 5th. Rev. Bruce Boyce celebrates 25 years in the ministry. He has served St. John's Lutheran Church in Reinbeck for 12 1/2 years. On May 4 the senior class loaded a charter bus for St. Louis for several days.

Celebrations-Elaine Ehlers will celebrate her 90th birthday with her family on June 19th. Sonya Beichley & Joshua Rouser will be married July 20 at Pilgrim Heights Camp & Retreat, rural Montour. Reinbeck native Sarah Draffen will be performing in the upcoming production of Oklahoma at the Oster Regent Theatre. Shawn Weber receives his 15 year service award with Grundy County. National Nursing Assistants' week is June 13-20.

Obituaries-Virginia Barnes 83, Reinbeck, passed away June 8 at Covenant Medical Center. Marian Bicket Philp, 80, Des Moines, formerly of Reinbeck, passed away on June 8 at the Life Center in Des Moines.

June 21, 2013

Headlines-Construction to begin on new assisted living facility at Parkview Manor. Erin Twente is the new pool manager at the Reinbeck Aquatic Center. The Annual Touch of Life golfers met at Fox Ridge in Dike. Twenty-one teams supported the Grundy Co. Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Celebrations-Mr. & Mrs. Mark Schildroth will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a family dinner and a family trip to Jamaica. Allysen White has been awarded the annual Ethan Hungerford scholarship.

Obituary-Margaret Koch, 99, Reinbeck, died June 13 at Parkview Manor.

June 28, 2013

Headlines-G-R student Sadie Walton to attend University of Iowa creative writing & cultural exchange program. Carrie Sager receives her 5 year service award.

Obituaries-Susan A. Wyatt, 65, Hudson, passed away June 19 at Covenant Medical Center. Hazel M. Robinson, 92, Golden, Colo., formerly of Reinbeck, died June 1 in Colo. Leonard Brumbaugh, 77, Reinbeck, died June 24 at Allen Hospital.

July 5, 2013

Headlines-Parkview Manor has ground breaking ceremony on June 27 for new assisted living facility. Gladbrook-Reinbeck high school student body holds Noah Ohrt Neon 5k and 1m Family Fun Walk on June 21.

No celebrations or obituaries for this week.

July 12, 2013

Gary Mauer receives his 20 year service award for County Engineer. Cindy Haefner received her 25 year service award for her work in the Grundy County Sheriff's Department. Nancy Olson received a Certificate of Appreciation for her work on the County Memorial Hospital Board of Commissioners.

Celebrations-Ashley Brumbaugh and Ryan Reeves announce wedding plans for October 11 in the Dominican Republic.

No obituaries this week.

July 19, 2013

Headlines-Brent Bovy started working at the Reinbeck Pharmacy beginning of 2013 and has now taken over the business from the late Phil Colbert.

Brady Billerbeck and Trevor Trunck are egg toss winners two years in a row. Dan Robertson received a Certificate of Appreciation for his work on the Grundy Co. Hospital Board. Randy Thoren received his 10 year service award for serving on the Veterans Affairs Commission. Brenda Davis receives Governor's Volunteer Award. Paige VanDyk from South Tama and Jacob Smoldt were both named Players of the Year by the Iowa High School Golf Coaches Association.

Celebrations-Merlin & Jeanette Adair will celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary on July 26 with a card shower and a family dinner. Jean Wittgreve will celebrate her 90th birthday on July 28. Hailey Danker and Chris Finn will be married on August 20 at St. Edwards Catholic Church in Waterloo. Class of 1944 held their 69th class reunion on June 8. Class of 1973 had their 40th reunion on the July 4th weekend with an evening of fun at Allen Hansen's home and a dinner at the Legion Room

Obituary-A memorial service for Russell Roberts will be held at the New Life Assembly on Sat. July 20.

July 26, 2013

Headlines-Reappraisal program to begin July 30 with a door-to-door inspection of all properties in Grundy County. The annual Dollars for Scholars Run 5K & 2 mile Walk was held on July 6th sponsored by many generous businesses. Grundy County Operation Threshold holds school supplies drive.

Celebrations-Dr. Bryndee Boheman has achieved the status of Dr. of Physical Therapy. Angela Ohrt & Christopher Snyder were married June 1 at the Newman Catholic Center in Iowa City. Class of 1946 held their 67th class reunion on July 13 at the Morris Inn Steak House.

Obituary-Bernice Jones, 82, Reinbeck, died July 21 at Parkview Manor Nursing Home In Reinbeck.

August 2, 2013

Headlines-Drivers license renewal system is now available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Winner of the Walk challenge is Lisa Swanson held on July 6. Keith Sash of Gladbrook was named Iowan of the Day at the Iowa State Fair.

No obituaries or celebrations in this week.

August 9, 2013

Headlines-Iowa Golf Coaches Association has named G-R Jacob Smoldt Class 1A Player of the Year.

Celebrations-Ashley Freeseman & Shane Oltman were married June 1 at the United Church of Christ Church in Reinbeck. Mr. & Mrs. Marlin Siefken celebrate their 58th wedding anniversary on August 7.

No obituaries in this week.

August 16, 2013

Headlines-Jeffrey Mayes, agricultural educator at G-R has been selected as the 2013 Iowa winner of the Outstanding Young Member award given by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. Rick Lockhart gets a hole-in-one at Oakleaf Country Club on Men's night on Aug. 7. Grundy County Fair Queen was Shelbi Nederhoff of Wellsburg. Hospital school supplies drive provides items for Operation Threshold. G-R Middle School students visit Senator Grassley while in Washington D.C. They were on an educational trip in June. Class of 1949 holds their 64th class reunion on July 27 at Jack & Arnie's Steakhouse. Linda & Mike Rickert won Best of Show in the Doll House division at the Iowa State Fair.

No obituaries in this week.

August 23, 2013

Headlines-Artists announced for second annual Reinbeck Art Festival which will be held Sept. 28. Grundy Co. Memorial Hospital offers 100 day weight loss challenge class. Kristi Barnett, GCMH social worker is the presenter at the Grundy Area Cardiac Support Group to be held on Sept. 9. Fire destroyed the home of the Ambrose family at 202 West St. owned by Lon Larsen.

No celebrations or obituaries in this week.

August 30, 2013

Headlines-Kassie Nelson named outstanding secondary art educator by Art Educators of Iowa. Kassi will be honored on Oct. 12 in Cedar Rapids. UNI art student and G-R graduate, Sarah Etringer, painted a picture for the Reinbeck Library sharing her love of reading. Memorial Building holds grand re-opening on August 23. Three generations of Masons-Lon Larsen, Ash Larsen and Iner Larsen were honored on Aug. 21 when Ash became a Master Mason.

Celebrations-Francis Babinat will celebrate his 90th birthday on Sept. 2. Mr. & Mrs. Richard Ohrt will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on Sept. 2. Ashley Jessick & Allen Bohnstengel were married on March 26 in Elkhorn Neb.

Obituary-Dale E. Brandt, 80, Reinbeck, died August 23 at Covenant Medical Center.

September 6, 2013

Headlines-Three candidates are running for seats on the Reinbeck School Board. Rod Brockett, Josh Hemann and Doug Rowe. Ken and Nadene VanHauen of Grundy Center were inducted into the 2013 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during the Iowa State Fair on August 18. Dysart prepares for its 9th annual Iowa wine tasting fall festival on Sept. 28.

Celebrations-Class of 1953 holds their 60th class reunion on Aug. 24 at Jack-n-Arnies Steakhouse.

No obituaries this week.

September 13, 2013

Headlines-G-R 2013 Homecoming Court with Shelby Yates, Sadie Walton, Lauren Gauthier, Taylor Weida and Britney Keller as queen candidates and Chase Clark, Tanner Greiner, Pete Meyers, Wyatt Swanson and Joey Linder as king candidates. Volksmarch coming to Reinbeck on Sept. 28. A one vehicle accident occurred on Sept. 1 on Hwy 20 west of Dike. Michelle Busse was transported to Covenant Medial Center and her passenger, Steve Armstead, Clinton, was transported to Covenant Medical Center and then transferred to U. of iowa Hospital. Drive through flu shot clinic will be held on Sept. 20 at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Grundy Center.

Celebrations-Kinsey Belz and Benjamin Dinsdale were married March 23 at Prairie Lakes Church in Cedar Falls.

No obituaries this week.

Sept. 20. 2013

Headlines-Local artist, Charles Freitag will be featured at Reinbeck Art Festival. Two local athletes, Jill Schildroth & Emily Stoakes, are on volleyball squad at Central College.

Celebrations-Mr. & Mrs. Charles Bru celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married Sept. 21, 1953 in Marshalltown. Mr. & Mrs. David Hite celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family dinner.

Obituary-Wilma A. Dall, 92, passed away on Sept. 22 at the Long-Term Care Unit at the Grundy Hospital.

Sept. 27, 2013

Celebrations-Kimberly M. Hansen & Shawn M. Stickley announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. Amber Huntley & David Bohnstengel will be married on Oct. 12 at Heartland Vineyard Church in Cedar Falls.

No obituaries this week.

October 4, 2013

Headlines-Pam Anderson became the new official postmaster on Sept. 21.

Pam began her postal career in Jan. 2004. Linda Vogel, ARNP has joined the Grundy Memorial Hospital as an inpatient specialist, known as a hospitalist.

Obituaries-Francis J. Babinat, 90, Reinbeck, passed away Sept. 27 at the Long Term Care Unit at the Grundy Hospital. Ray Lockhart, 91, Reinbeck, died Sept. 27 at Covenant Medical Center.

October 11, 2013

Headlines-Andrew Lorelli joins Rickert & Wessel Law Office. Fire Prevention Week is observed Oct 6-12.

No celebrations.

Obituary-Helen Garvey, 94, of West Orange, N.J. died Sept. 8 at Parkview Manor.

October 18, 2013

Headlines-The 94th annual Battle of the Bell with the Rebels winning 42-0. Reinbeck has a new city administrator, Eric Weinkoetz effective Sept. 27. Grundy Co. Memorial Hospital Chief Financial Officer, Lisa Zinkula accepted an award for being one of the country's Top 20 Most Recommended Critical Access Hospital.

Celebrations-Kenneth Plaehn will celebrate his 90th birthday on Sunday, Oct. 20 with a birthday party.

Continued next week.

 
 

 

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