Classmate Janet Kauzlarich passed away after a long struggle with a chronic illness. Her obituary at Hamilton’s Funeral Home:
Janet Kauzlarich, 59, passed away Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Bright Kavanagh House.
Janet was born on May 12, 1955, the daughter of Charles and Carmen (Fazio) Kauzlarich in Des Moines. She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1973. Janet was an administrative assistant at Gilcrest Jewett Lumber Co. for 31 years. She enjoyed baking and bowling. Janet was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church
Janet is survived by her siblings, Phillip (Connie) Kauzlarich and Carmen (Tony) Kauzlarich-Cataldo; her nieces and many great nieces and great nephews; her dog, Charlie; longtime friend, Mike Liddy; a host of extended family and beloved friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Charles “Chuck” Kauzlarich.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 9, 2014 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 15 Indianola Road followed by burial at Glendale Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday with a Prayer Service at 7 p.m. at Hamilton’s Southtown Funeral Home, 5400 SW 9th Street.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the family for Janet’s “Go Fund Me” account to cover her medical expenses. Gofundme.com/fhj7co.
**Please note the construction on SW 9th Street, there is still access to the funeral home from Kenyon off of SW 14th St. and SW 9th Street coming from the north. There is additional parking available in the north grassy lots off of Kenyon. We apologize for the inconvenience.
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HARTHORNE, Terri Suzanne Hayman
July 16, 1955 – February 1, 2010
Terri Suzanne Harthorne, age 54, of St. Charles MO passed away February 1, 2010. Terri was born to Phillip Hayman II and Marilyn Joann Weber Griggs on July 16, 1955. Loving mother of three daughters Samira Lynn Harthorne of St. Charles, Candice Rae Harthorne of Indianapolis IN and Eleece Rochelle Harthorne of St. Charles MO. Dear sister of Phillip Hayman III of Providence RI and Lissanne Hayman of O’Fallon IL. Dear Grandmother of 4, Kendall Harthorne, Trezmon Hall, Aaron Thompson, and Jaslyn Hall.
From the Des Moines Register:
Larry Lee Peterson, Jr., 58, passed away on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. A Memorial Gathering will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 2, 2014 at McLaren’s Chapel in West Des Moines with private family inurnment at Oakwood Cemetery in Pleasant Hill.
Larry was born June 15, 1955 in Des Moines, IA. He was a route salesman for Earthgrains Baking Company. Larry was a U.S. Army Veteran and a member of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association. He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan, loved fishing, reading, and vacationing with his family. Larry also enjoyed traveling on his motorcycle, and visited 40 states and Canada.
Larry is survived by his wife of 40 years, Nancy Peterson of Pleasant Hill; daughters, Dahn Hepler of Austin, MN and Leigh (David) Bellville of Pleasantville; eight grandchildren, Destiny, Cory, Alex, Journey, Victoria, Kristina, Jamie and Shelby; two great-grandchildren, Jace and Elijah; mother, Rowena (Dennis) Hutchinson of Lucas; sister, Mary (David) Martens of Nashville, TN; half-sister, Sheril Wahlert of Des Moines and half-brother, Gary Frakes of Des Moines. He was preceded in death by his father, Larry Lee Peterson, Sr.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Children’s Cancer Connection. – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/desmoinesregister/obituary.aspx?n=larry-lee-peterson&pid=170887306&fhid=11274#sthash.TrWQ1kcJ.dpuf
Rich Cross has been diagnosed with lung cancer and will start radiation therapy Monday. He may not be up for phone calls but cards would be nice to support him with his struggle. Please send them to his home address at 304 7th Street, WDMIA 50265-4515. That’s his pix up above from the last reunion, lurking outside Baratta’s.
Rich has helped with the class reunions since our golden tassels were still swinging from our maroon mortarboards, back when we were young and invincible. While a couple crews running the reunion came and went, Rich has stayed with it all along, mostly handling the money and acting as moral ballast in the tempestuous sea of class reunions. If you liked the reunions, why don’t you dash a note off to him? It would be a great comfort to him to know your thoughts and prayers are with him.
Joseph D. Marturello, father of classmate Bill Marturello, passed away last Saturday:
Joseph Daniel Marturello, age 84, of West Des Moines, passed away at Mercy Hospice in Johnston on Saturday, December 21, 2013. Joe was born on November 25, 1929 to Frank and Lyndall Marturello in Des Moines. He married Thelma Hamil on November 13, 1948.
Joe is survived by wife, Thelma, of West Des Moines; three children, Joe (Theresa) Marturello, West Des Moines, Bill (Kelly) Marturello, Chandler, AZ. and Peggy (Jeff) Heuer, Johnston; grandchildren, Danielle Marturello, Tucson, AZ., Kelli (Fred) Nixon, Des Moines and Kyle Heuer, Pleasant Hill; great-granddaughter (and newest love of his life) 22 month old, Leila Jo Nixon; sisters, Maxine Tyler and Donna Baker, both of Des Moines and Kay Strayer, Boise, ID.; brother, Frank Marturello, Boise, ID.; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents; brother, John Marturello; niece Jane Grim; nephew, Michael Baker; newborn sister, Mary and two infant siblings.
Joe attended Lincoln High School. He began his career at Solar Industries for a few years, and then worked 28 years as a welder at John Deere in Ankeny, retiring in 1987. Joe spent most of his retirement years playing golf with his close friends at A.H. Blank Golf Course in Des Moines. He accomplished three holes in one while doing so. As a very kind and generous man, Joe was so mechanically inclined that he could and did help all relatives and friends build and fix everything at anytime his help was needed. He was very proud of his children, grandchildren and great-granddaughter and enjoyed all of their school performances, sporting events and everything else they were involved in. He enjoyed the many years of coaching his two sons at the South Des Moines Little League and took great pride in how well they did. Family time spent together was a great joy for him and he will be missed dearly.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 26, 2013 at Hamilton’s Southtown Funeral Home, 5400 SW 9th Street. A private family burial will take place at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Per Joe’s wishes, his body has been cremated.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Mercy Hospice of Johnston.
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Classmate Mike Steven has passed away. From the Des Moines Register:
Michael L. StevenDes Moines
Michael L. Steven, 58, passed away peacefully December 6, 2013. He was born March 16, 1955 in Des Moines to Pete and Flora (Fisher) Steven.
Mike was a life-long resident of Des Moines. He was employed for many years by the State of Iowa as a Graphic Artist. He was a member of the Umpire Association of Des Moines and was a basketball referee. He was an avid sports fan – and loved Sunday night football! Mike took pleasure in coaching his girls and watching them play sports. He was a talented artist who loved his family, friends and loyal companions, Blitz and Havok. Mike will be greatly missed by all.
Mike is survived by his daughters, Maribeth (Benn) Stockton and Michelle Steven; father, Pete Steven; four nieces; one great niece; one great nephew; and many other loving relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Flora and step-mother, Nancy.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at Hamilton’s Funeral Home, 605 Lyon Street. A private family burial will take place at Sunset Memorial Garden Cemetery. Family will greet friends on Wednesday at the funeral home from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Mike’s family.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.Published in Des Moines Register from Dec. 9 to Dec. 11, 2013
Morris Blunck, father of classmate Mark Blunck, has passed away.
From the Des Moines Register:
Morris Blunck, of Des Moines, passed away on Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Kavanagh House in Des Moines, surrounded by his loving family. Morris was born on January 5, 1932 in Des Moines to Lena (Scott) and Cecil Blunck.Morris retired after many years of dedicated service from Armstrong Pirelli Tire. Morris enjoyed going to Prarie Meadows and taking in the horse races. He especially loved spending time with his great-grandchildren and picking them up from school.Those left behind to celebrate Morris’ life are his loving wife, Connie; his sons, Douglas, Dan and Mark Blunck; grandson, Joe (Andrea) Blunck; two great-grandchildren, Makayla and Drew Blunck; brother, Darrel (Pat) Blunck; and other loving family and friends.Per his wishes, Morris has been cremated and the family will hold a private celebration to honor his life.
You can send condolences to Mark at electionday2020 -at- hotmail -dot-com or through mail at 286 Lenox Avenue #604 in Oakland over in California 94610-4609.
I felt the need to get in touch with my countercultural side a few years ago, so I thought I might go on down to Max Yasgur’s farm in Woodstock, maybe join a rock and roll band. Get back to the land and set my soul free. Because, you know, we are stardust, we are golden, we are billion year old carbon and we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden. That’s what I was thinking.
Well, I didn’t find a rock and roll band but the flower children have a drum circle every Sunday afternoon in a little park on the main drag in Woodstock so, what the hell, I joined in and drummed my heart out. For a couple hours, we beamed some seriously peaceful vibes to the planet. I can’t help but think we steered the human race in a more harmonious direction.
You know, we should have a drum circle at the reunion. It could do us a world of good.