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Dave Wise Funeral

September 17, 1958 – April 17, 2023

Please continue to pray for the family and friends of Dave Wise as they grieve his passing.


A visitation will be held at Murdoch Funeral Home on Sunday, April 23, 2-6pm.  Another visitation will be 9:30-11am at Cedar Hills on Monday morning, just prior to the 11am funeral service.  A luncheon will follow the service at Cedar Hills.  Directions to Cedar Hills


David “Dave” Wise, 64, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died unexpectedly Monday, April 17, 2023. A visitation will be held from 2 – 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, 2023, at The Legacy Center at Murdoch-Linwood in Cedar Rapids. A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 24, 2023, at Cedar Hills Community Church in Cedar Rapids, with an additional visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m. Inurnment will take place at a later date in Linwood Cemetery, Cedar Rapids. Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Cedar Rapids is assisting the family.

Dave was born September 17, 1958, in Cedar Rapids, the son of Manny and Dorothy (Amos) Wise. He graduated from Jefferson High School, Class of 1977, where he made All-State and All-American in baseball and football. Dave was inducted into the Jefferson High School Hall of Fame. He played baseball at Muscatine Community College, and later was awarded a full-ride scholarship to play baseball at the University of Wyoming. Dave also earned his degree in journalism from the University of Iowa. He worked as the manager of sales at EBSCO from 1990-2003, and later started the Kids Directory – now known as the Corridor Family Guide. Dave enjoyed golfing at courses in Cedar Rapids and Amana with his best friend, Jeff Fleck. Dave loved being surrounded by his family and friends. Above all else, he cherished being a grandpa to his wonderful grandchildren.

Survivors include his children, Jessica Wise of Cedar Rapids, Nicole Wise of Ames, Iowa, and Bob Wise of Marion, Iowa; grandchildren, Aubrey, Ava, Myra, Clare, and Sadie; brother, Randy (Brenda) Wise; nieces and nephews, Ryan, Chris, Michelle, and Matt; and significant other of many years, Debbie Erenberger of Walford, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Manny and Dorothy Wise.
Memorials may be directed to the family.

Nanci Iiams – Funeral Details

Please continue to pray for the family and friends of Nanci Iiams as they grieve her passing.

The visitation is Tuesday, March 14 from 5-7pm at Cedar Hills. And the funeral is Wednesday, March 15 at 10:30am, followed by a luncheon at the church.


Nanci Viola Iiams, 75, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, passed away surrounded by her loving family, Friday, March 10, 2023, at Hiawatha Care Center, Hiawatha, Iowa. Visitation: 5 – 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, 2023, at Cedar Hills Community Church, Cedar Rapids. Funeral Service: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at the church. Burial: Linwood Cemetery, Cedar Rapids. Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service is assisting the family with arrangements.

Nanci was born on November 22, 1947, in Des Moines, Iowa to Frank and Mary (VanHaaften) Johnson. She married Russell Wayne Iiams on May 9, 1964, in Peru, Iowa. The couple was married 44 years before Russell passed away in 2008. Nanci made custom draperies for 42 years. Faith, family, and friends were always very important to Nanci. She loved to entertain, and everyone was always welcome. She was a very active member of the Cedar Hills Community Church. Nanci will be missed by everyone who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her son, Terry (Teresa) Iiams; daughter, Stacy Iiams (Stephanie Robertson); son, Dustin Iiams; grandchildren, Jenifer (John) Christopherson, and Katie (Domingo) Vega, Megan Iiams, Joshua Iiams (Bailey Main), and Josh (Madi) Allen; great-grandchildren, Joslyn Christopherson, Jax Christopherson, Carson Vega, Reese Vega, and Aria Allen; sisters, Darlene (Gene) Miller, Joy Miller, and Rosemary (Kerry) McDaniel.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Iiams; beloved father and mother, Frank and Mary Johnson; and brother, Tom Johnson.

Nanci’s family would like to thank everyone at the Hiawatha Care Center and Milestones Adult Day Care for their compassionate care.

Memorials may be directed to her family.


Colene Brewer – Funeral Details

Colene Kay BrewerColene Brewer passed away on Tuesday, February 21. Please pray for her family in their time of grief.

Funeral Arrangements

Saturday, March 4 at Cedar Hills Community Church  |  map  |
  • 9:15a-10:45a Visitation
  • 11:00a Service
  • Luncheon to follow in the Gathering Space at Cedar Hills
*If you would like to join the Hospitality Team in helping in the kitchen or providing bars/cookies or a salad, contact Jennifer in the church office. 319-396-6608 or Email


Colene Kay Brewer, 84, of Cedar Rapids died Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at Unity Point St. Luke’s Hospital. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at Cedar Hills Community Church. Friends may visit with the family after 9 a.m. on Saturday at the church.  Burial will be in Oak Shade Cemetery, Marion.  Teahen Funeral Home is caring for Colene and her family.

Colene is survived by two sons, Michael E. Van Dee of Williamsburg and Marc A. (Julie) Van Dee of Marengo; seven grandchildren, Cody (Maliah) Van Dee of Ely, Kala (Kody) Miller of Webster, Samuel Van Dee of Cedar Rapids, and Joshua, William, Madaline and Zachary Van Dee all of Parnell; two great-grandchildren, Tucker and McKinley; two step-daughters, Debbie (Roman) Routhe of Cedar Rapids and their daughters, McKenzie (Brady) Anderson of Fort Meyers, FL and Katie Routhe of Cedar Rapids, and Christine (Randy) Kray of Lisbon and their sons, Michal (Sammy) Kray of Mount Vernon and their children, Theo and Liam, Marshall (Nichole) Kray of Marion; sisters, Patricia Ritchie, Cindy Van Dee and Diane (Bill) Glenn; and brother, Dennis (Carman) Van Dee.

Colene was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and brothers, Kenneth and Ronald Van Dee.

Colene was born on February 16, 1939 on the family farm in Iowa County near Millersburg and was the first child of Charles and Marjorie Van Dee.  She attended a country elementary school and graduated in 1957 from English Valley High School, where she was active in music and cheer leading.  Colene attended Ottumwa Heights College and received her Teacher Certification in Elementary Education. She began her first teaching position at the BGM Elementary School. Colene then obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Drake University, Des Moines while teaching.

Colene married Ronald Brewer in Cedar Rapids and after retirement they purchased a Class A Motor home, and began going south in the winter.  She and Ronald loved camping in the summer with family and friends. Colene will be missed.

Memorials may be directed to Cedar Hills Community Church in memory of Colene Brewer.

Crissie Rozendaal Visitation & Funeral


Please continue to pray for the Rozendaal family as they grieve the loss of Crissie.

The funeral will be at Cedar Hills on Thursday, August 18 at 11am with a luncheon to follow.  Visitation Wednesday evening  4:30-6:30pm, also at Cedar Hills.  MAP


There is an area to leave condolences on the Iowa Cremation website. Please let the family know you’re thinking of them!


Crissie was a loving wife, mother, daughter, and friend. She is the daughter of Arie and Wilma Spoelstra of Pella Iowa. She was born July 13, 1960. She put up a good fight against cancer for 13 years. She never let it rule her life.

Crissie is the wife to Dennis Rozendaal and the mother of Emily (Nick) McKeag and Jacob Rozendaal. Sister to Marlys Hoksbergen, and Royce (Sharon) Spoelstra.  Sister-in-law to Dale (Jana) Rozendaal, Marla (Eugene) Sjaardema, Rodney (Dana) Rozendaal, Ross (Kara) Rozendaal.

She enjoyed reading, serving her community, visiting with family and friends, and serving the church. She was an elder at Cedar Hills Community Church.

Visitation will be at Cedar Hills Community Church in Cedar Rapids from 4:30pm to 6:30pm on Wednesday August 17, 2022. The memorial service will be held at Cedar Hills Community Church at 11am Thursday August 18, 2022.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Crissie’s name to the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at UIHC.
Thank you to the hospice nursing staff for their care and support. They do a great job at a difficult time.

Mal Gould Funeral

Mal Gould Funeral

Funeral & Visitation

The visitation and funeral for Mal Gould will be Friday, Sept. 17.  The visitation will be at 3:30pm, with the funeral starting at 4:30pm.  The service will also be broadcast on Facebook on our live stream page: starting just a few minutes prior to the service.

The family is asking for face masks to be required of all in attendance.


Malverin “Mal” Gould, 81, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, passed away peacefully at the Heritage Specialty Care Center on Monday, August 30, 2021.

Mal was born March 19, 1940, in Ottawa, Kansas to Glenn and Osa Gould. He was a proud Air Force veteran and served from 1958-1962, where he was a B-47 Bomber Jet engine tester.

Upon his return from the Air Force, Mal married his former wife Joan Spitzer, and together they had their son Jon and daughter Kelly. Mal then worked at Moore Business Forms until 1975, when he started his own print shop called Kalona Graphic.

In 1979 Mal met the love of his life and future wife, Lila. They were joined in marriage on January 5, 1980. Together Mal and Lila loved traveling and spent many years moving around the U.S., making homes in Florida, New Mexico, Michigan, and many other states.

In their later years, Mal and Lila settled in Iowa where Mal spent 12 years working at Hy-Vee Drugstore. Mal loved chatting with his coworkers and customers, and they all became a second family to him.

Besides his time at Hy-Vee, Mal loved woodworking and carving, taking care of his backyard birds, and reading books. He was a loyal Chicago Cubs fan and a proud member of Cedar Hills Community Church.

Mal is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Lila; his son, Jon (Brenda) Gould and his daughter, Kelly (Michelle) Gould; stepsons Gary (Rita) Yoder, Randy Yoder, and Larry Yoder; his brother Jim Gould; as well as 13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and many cousins.

Mal was preceded in death by his parents and mother-in-law Ada Mitchell; four brothers-in-law, Dellis Schrock, Leroy Schrock, Percy   Austin, and Bill Cannon; and his daughter-in-law Julie Yoder.

Mal’s final resting place will be in the Serenity Gardens at Cedar Memorial. The family would like to thank the wonderful nurses and doctors at Mercy Hospital as well as the staff at Heritage.

Steve Carolan Funeral Details

Please continue to pray for the family of Rick and Leah Carolan as they grieve the passing of Rick’s dad, Steve.  The visitation is Sunday, March 7, 2-5pm at Murdoch Funeral Home in Marion. The funeral service is Monday, March 8 at 10am at Cedar Hills Community Church. The service will also be live on our Facebook page.  WATCH ONLINE

Obituary for Stephen “Steve” C. Carolan

Stephen “Steve” C. Carolan, 81, of Toddville, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at his home in Toddville surrounded by his family. Family will greet friends from 2 – 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 7, 2021, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion, Iowa. A Funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 8, 2021, at Cedar Hills Community Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, conducted by Reverend Tim Ferry. The service will be livestreamed at Private family burial will take place at Dunkard Cemetery in Midway. All guests are respectfully requested to wear a face mask and practice social distancing.

Steve was born on November 15, 1939, in Decorah, Iowa, the son of Richard and Bridget (Nolan) Carolan. On August 8, 1959, at Immaculate Conception Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he was united in marriage to Marilyn Teed. Steve was employed at Collins Radio/Rockwell in the plating shop and later doing deliveries in the 80’s until retiring in 1996. He was a little league coach when his children were young and also enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, watching sports, going to the races, and going to the casino. Steve loved socializing and enjoyed time having coffee at Panera and Happy Chef. Of all the things he spent his time doing, spending time with his grandchildren was his biggest joy. Steve’s cherished moments always included a child on his lap.

Steve is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife, Marilyn Carolan; eight children, Joseph Carolan of Center Point, Iowa, Craig (Tammy) Carolan of Ely, Iowa, Phil (Sherry) Carolan of Center Point, Anne (Tim) Cook of Hiawatha, Iowa, Amy (Stacy) Miller of Cedar Rapids, Rick (Leah) Carolan of Cedar Rapids, Sean (Brenda) Carolan of Robins, Iowa, and Ben (Jill) Carolan of Robins; 22 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter-in-law, Tammy Carolan; brothers and sister, Paul, Katherine, Emmett, Jerry, and Eugene; and granddaughter, Britney.

Ann Harris Memorial Service

The memorial service for Ann Harris is Saturday, Jan. 23 at 10:30am at Cedar Hills Community Church.

A visitation will be held prior to the service 9:30-10:15am. Please keep the Harris family in your prayers as they continue to grieve the passing of Ann Harris.  Ann was the sister of Mark Espe and Mary Landhuis.


Ann Marie (Espe) Harris, 63, of Cedar Rapids, IA died from complications of COVID-19 pneumonia on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids. Ann’s daughter, Sarah, and sister, Mary, were able to be with Ann as she passed peacefully and comfortably. Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Ann was born November 14, 1957, the oldest daughter of Arnold and Irene (Kruse) Espe. She graduated from Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School (‘76) and went on to complete her bachelors of arts degree in Sociology at the University of Northern Iowa (‘80). Later, Ann continued her studies and completed a bachelor’s of arts degree in Social Work at Mt. Mercy University (‘06). During her 35 year career in social services, Ann worked with disabled adults as a direct care provider and case manager.

Ann had a deep passion for and knowledge of living history interpretation, historical costumes, and preserving Iowa’s history. Ann was especially proud of her 22 years of volunteer work at Ushers Ferry Historic Village which included developing programs like the Prairie Girl Primer and the Oak Hill Cemetery Tour.

Ann’s parents instilled in her a strong sense of civic duty and pride in service to others. She served as a candy striper as a young adult, her uniform is now proudly on display at St. Luke’s hospital, and found many ways to engage in the community throughout her life as a volunteer, blood donor, and as a member of her local chapter of P.E.O.

Ann’s personal faith in God was an important part of her life from her childhood spent at First Baptist (Marion, Iowa) to her time in the faith community at Cedar Hills Community Church. Ann left to her grandchildren a last note that encouraged them to “Look for where God leads your heart and He will never let you down. Make a difference for Good”.

Survivors include her two children; Sarah (Josh) Wilson and Kyle (Taira) Harris; three grandchildren; Calvin Wilson, Kester Wilson, and Tamsyn Harris; a brother, Mark (Cindy) Espe; a sister, Mary (Kent) Landhuis, a niece Casey (Nathan) Cooper and nephew Ryan Espe; and extended family. She was preceded in death by her parents; Arnold and Irene (Kruse) Espe.

Services for Ann will be held on Saturday, January 23rd, at Cedar Hills Community Church in Cedar Rapids at 10:30.  There will also be a live feed on the Facebook page of Cedar Hills Community Church.  Prior to the service there will be a visitation from 9:30 -10:15. A private burial will occur at a later date.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff of Unity Point St. Luke’s Hospital MICU and their tireless efforts every day to care for Ann. You gave us an invaluable gift of comfort and peace.

Memorials may be directed to Brucemore the Association for Living History, Farm, and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM), and the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center.

Ray Vander Wiel Funeral

photoFUNERAL LIVE ON FACEBOOK – Friday, Dec. 11 at 10:30am

Please pray for the family of Ray Vander Wiel as they continue grieve his passing.

Funeral services for Raymond Vander Wiel , 82, of Cedar Rapids will be held on Friday, December 11, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. at Cedar Hills Community Church in Cedar Rapids with a live feed on the Facebook page of Cedar Hills Community Church. A private burial will occur at a later date. Memorials may be directed to Noah’s Ark Preschool in Cedar Rapids.

Raymond was born on February 26, 1938, to Gerrit and Anna (Stam) Vander Wiel at home on the family’s farm in Prairie City, Iowa. He started school in a small country school near Vandalia, Iowa. The family moved to Pella, Iowa, and Ray attended Pella Christian Elementary School and Pella Christian High School, graduating in 1956. Ray attended Calvin College for his BA in education and earned his Master’s degree from Michigan State University.

He was married to Arlene Van Gorp of Pella on August 6, 1958. The couple were devoted parents and grandparents and enjoyed camping, puzzles & games, spending time with good friends, and being with family. Together, they spent countless hours creating a fun and creative learning environment at Noah’s Ark Preschool. Arlene died on March 25, 2002.

Ray worked for Cedar Rapids Schools as a teacher and administrator, then as an administrator with AEA 10 until he retired in 2003.

Ray enjoyed creating and building all sorts of gadgets, inventions, and practical things in his shop. He enjoyed activities as a family, including camping, trips, and church. He took pleasure in supporting and attending his kids and grandkids events. Most of all, Ray loved sleeping.

Ray’s faith was always an important part of his life. He was a member of Cedar Hills Community church for over 50 years, serving in numerous leadership roles. He remained active as a leader, teacher, and encourager.

Ray was married to Shirley Rasmussen on April 3, 2003, in Cedar Rapids. In retirement, they enjoyed traveling and camping in their RV, visiting friends, family, and several national parks across the country. More recently, they loved the company of their two shih tzu pups, as well as their home at the Stoney Point Meadows community.

Ray was preceded in death by his wife Arlene, his father Gerrit, and mother Anna, his brothers Gerald, Frank and Henry, and his sister Ruthie.

He is survived by his wife Shirley Vander Wiel; his sisters Anna Mae Vander Wiel and Marjorie Keur; his children: Brenda, Scott (Linda), Kurt (Kara), and Russ Vander Wiel, and Dean, Diane (Tom), and David (Holly) Rasmussen; his grandchildren: Deanna (Nick) and Alexandra Lines; Janelle (Casey) Kinman, Jonathan (Amanda), Micah, and Gerrit Vander Wiel; Logan (Lauren), Caleb (Claire) and Ethan (Delaney) Vander Wiel; and Taylor, Garrett, and Elena Rasmussen; and his great-grandchildren: Evelyn and Asher Kinman and Juniper Vander Wiel.

Ken LeClere Funeral

Ken LeClere

We are saddened by the passing of our friend and Cedar Hills family member Ken LeClere.  Services will be at 11am Saturday morning on August 8.  A visitation will be held just prior to the funeral at 10:30.  There will be no luncheon following the funeral.


Kenneth A. LeClere, 66, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, at his home. A church service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at Cedar Hills Community Church with a visitation 30 minutes before. All guests are respectfully requested to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Because of COVID-19, there will be no luncheon reception following the Celebration of Life.

If you are unable to attend the service, it will be livestreamed on the Cedar Hills Community Church Facebook page.

Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Cedar Rapids is assisting the family with arrangements. Kenneth was born Jan. 20, 1954, in Cedar Rapids, the son of Mary “Dolores” and Casper “Cap” LeClere. He was united in marriage to Nancy Golembiewski on April 28, 1979. Kenneth worked for Kenworth of Cedar Rapids for almost 30 years, where his coworkers would say, “If Ken can’t fix it, it’s not fixable.” He was a member of Cedar Hills Community Church. Kenneth enjoyed being part of a team that worked at church and around the community. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding his bike on the trails. Survivors include his wife, Nancy LeClere of Cedar Rapids; children, Brian LeClere (Katy Merritt) of Mount Vernon, Iowa, and Laura LeClere of Cedar Rapids; and grandchildren, Walter and Greyson, whom he loved tremendously. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cap and Dolores.

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Gage Underwood Funeral

Gage Underwood

The funeral service for Gage Underwood is Tuesday, June 30 at 11am here at Cedar Hills.  Visitation is Monday night 4-8pm at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home (4200 1st Ave N.E.), and Tuesday, 9:30-11am at the church just prior to the funeral.  Please continue to pray for this family as they grieve the loss of their son, brother, and friend.

Obituary (from

Gage Bryant Underwood, 18 of Palo, Iowa passed away on Friday, March 27, 2020 at his home.  Visitation will be held on Monday, June 29th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home.  A limited number of people will be allowed in the funeral home at one time. Please plan to wait your turn outside and be respectful of social distancing guidelines.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 30th   at Cedar Hills Community Church: 6455 E Avenue NW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52405.  The family will greet friends from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at the church. A mask is encouraged due to social distancing guidelines. Burial will follow at Linwood Cemetery in Cedar Rapids.

Gage was born October 15, 2001 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa the beloved son of Jason Underwood and Heather Underwood.  Gage was a senior at Kennedy High School.  He was active on the football and basketball teams.  Gage worked at Safelite Auto Glass in Cedar Rapids. He enjoyed playing videos games, computers (he always wore his earbuds) and spending time with his favorite pet companion his dog, Louie.  But Gage’s true passion was all the great times spent with his friends and family.  He was compassionate, friendly, giving, a jokester, hard worker and had a heart of gold.  He will forever be remembered as a wonderful son, brother, grandson, nephew, and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Those left to honor Gage include his father, Jason Underwood (fiancé Kelly) of Palo, IA; mother, Heather Underwood of Cedar Rapids, IA; two sisters, Kayla and Alexis Underwood; step-siblings, Lexi, Logan and Luke Levendusky of Palo, IA; grandparents, Galen (Marlene) Underwood of Cedar Rapids, IA; grandfather, Joe Seng of Cedar Rapids, IA; special companion his dog, Louie; numerous loving aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family members, friends, classmates, and neighbors.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Carol Seng and two aunts, Marlaine Underwood and Nicole Seng.

Gage was taken from us much too soon, but his spirit, quest for adventure, and love for life will be with us always.

Memorials may be directed to the family.