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Alumni Obituaries

  • Carol Chittenden


    Anchorage resident Carol A. Chittenden, 77 years of age, quietly passed away at her Anchorage home in the early morning of December 2, 2018.

    Carol was born on April 1, 1941 at Lake City, Iowa to Clarence and Mary Woolridge of Correctionville, Iowa, Carol earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. This was a five-year program to graduate nurse instructors.

    Carol worked as a State Certified RN in California and Alaska until her husband was assigned by the state to work on Prince of Wales Island. On Prince of Wales Island she worked, pro bono, as a trauma nurse in handling the numerous emergencies that would occur in the area of Craig, Alaska. She did this for 5 years until her husband was transferred to Anchorage. After the move to Anchorage, she changed hats and followed her heart to teach young people and taught in a private Christian school for 31 years.

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  • Dolores Boeke


    Dolores “Toni” Boeke, age 93, of Hubbard, IA, passed away on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at Hubbard Care Center. 

    Dolores Anita (Martin) “Toni” Boeke was born on October 12, 1925 in the family home in Fort Atkinson, Iowa. She was one of five children born to John and Agnes (Winter) Martin. She grew up on the family farm west of Fort Atkinson, Iowa.

    She received her education at the St. John’s Parochial School through the 8th grade and graduated from the Fort Atkinson High School. She enrolled in the Nursing Cadet Program at the University of Iowa in Iowa City and graduated as registered nurse in 1948.

    While working in the hospital wards, she met Jack Boeke who also worked at the UI Hospitals and Clinics. She and Jack began to date and on February 11, 1950 they were united in marriage at St Thomas Moore Catholic Church in Iowa City, Iowa.

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  • Mary Louise Wittak Wildenberg


    Mary Louise Wittak Wildenberg, West Branch, IA passed away on Wednesday, October 31, 2018. 

    She loved her family and was an advocate for children, mental illness and the disabled. She was 75. 

    Born to Clarence and Hilda (Schmatz) Wittak in Manitowoc, Wis., she and J. Patrick Wildenberg were married for 51 years. She loved time with family, let others know she cared, and always kept her sense of humor. 

    She was an alumna of Lincoln High School (Manitowoc), the University of Wisconsin Madison, and the University of Iowa College of Nursing. A Navy nurse and college lecturer, she was most proud of her work helping preschoolers as a Head Start nurse until her car crash in 1992. She loved people who were different from her, their cultures and food. But she did not love cottage cheese in any cuisine. 

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  • Mary Ann Mueller


    Surrounded by family, Mary Ann Mueller passed peacefully Monday, September 10, 2018.

    Mary Ann was an avid bowler, golfer, bingo player and lover of dance and music. She was a fan of the St. Louis Blues and the St. Louis Cardinals. She enjoyed these activities while spending time with family and friends, and for woman who never drove was always on the go.

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  • Ruth Titus


    Ruth Beed Titus, 100, went to be with the Lord Jesus Christ on July 24, 2018 with her family by her side. 

    Ruth was born on March 8, 1918 in Hampton, Iowa. Ruth's father passed when she was only 9 so she was definitely a handful for her mother. Ruth played the clarinet for various bands and symphonies and also played in the orchestra for silent movies. Ruth went to nursing school at the University of Iowa in Iowa City where she received her RN degree. She was forced to retire in 1971 after a fall at the V.A. Ruth's passion was to travel with the Loners on Wheels pulling her travel trailer and spending time with her Dalmatians and friends. Ruth also enjoyed being a member of the Red Hat Ladies and going out having luncheons with her friends.

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  • Eva Reeck


    Eva Eleanor Reeck, 95, died April 28, 2018, at her home in Kalispell, MT. 

    Born June 22, 1922, to Dick and Verna Voetberg, Eva married Leland K. Reeck (M.D. University of Iowa) in 1944 in Iowa City, Iowa. Eva graduated from the University of Iowa School of Nursing in 1945.

    She is survived by a brother Robert (Thelma) Voetberg, Ames, Iowa;  sons, Dirk(Kathy) Reeck, Arizona, Leland (Joyce) Reeck, Arizona, daughters, Beth (Leo) Hasse, Montana, Helen (Peter) Allegre, Kansas, Emma (Ty) Easton, Oregon, Christina (Dennis) Gartland, Oregon. Eva was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Reeck, and a young daughter Dawn Reeck, age 2.

  • Janice A. "Jan" Denehy


    Janice Ann Denehy, 74, of Iowa City, died Friday, April 20, 2018, at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics from complications following a heart attack.

    Jan was born February 28, 1944, in Chicago, Illinois, to Jack and Ruth (Ruppenthal) Cessford and grew up with three siblings: Cheryl, John, and Joan. She attended college at Andrews University in Michigan and earned her nursing degree at Loma Linda University in California, She married her husband, Jerry, during his training in dental school. After moving to Iowa City in 1968, she completed her MA in the Nursing of Children, followed by her PhD in Educational Psychology at the University of Iowa. She retired as an Associate Professor after teaching in the College of Nursing for thirty-four years. Following retirement, she served as the executive editor of the Journal of School Nursing for fourteen years, during which time she wrote over fifty editorials.

    Jan’s nursing research was varied though her primary focus involved the classification and identification of nursing taxonomy. Her research projects resulted in scholarly production of twenty articles, six books, and fifteen book chapters. She was in demand as a speaker at state, national, and international nursing meetings. Jan received numerous honors throughout her professional career including awards in writing and teaching at both the university and national level.

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  • Jane Harp


    Jane A. Harp, 60, of Iowa City, died Saturday, March 10, 2018 at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. 

    Jane had been working at UIHC since 1979 and held various roles including nursing assistant, LPN, RN, supervisor, advanced practice nurse, and nurse practice leader in ICU, PACU, and most recently the NCEC. She graduated with a BSN from University of Iowa in 1979 and a MA in Nursing in 1991.

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  • Ruth Roberts


    Ruth Roberts, the Master of the Roses, passed away peacefully at her home in the memory care facility at Sunrise Assisted Living Center in Boulder Monday, February 12, 2018 at age 90.

    Ruth was born in Okmulgee, OK on November 13, 1927 to Edward and Evelyn Opfell. The dustbowl and depression era necessitated their move to the family-owned farm on the Iowa River near Iowa City, IA. It was there where Ruth developed her lifelong love of gardening while helping her mother tend to their large vegetable and fruit garden. While attending high school in the midst of WWII, she was awarded first place by the 4H Club for her Victory Garden. Ruth graduated from the University of Iowa (UI) School of Nursing in 1949. She met Morris O. "Shorty" Roberts while at UI and married in June of 1949. Sons Jeff and Barry were born in Iowa and the family subsequently migrated west to Granby, CO. 

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  • Dianne L. Naumann


    Dianne L. Naumann, 74, of La Crosse passed away Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at her home after a six-year battle with lymphoma and leukemia.

    She was born in Sacramento, Calif., Sept. 26, 1943, to Richard and Colleen (Kralik) Lewis, but grew up in Iowa. On May 26, 1984, Dianne married Dennis Naumann.

    Dianne graduated from the University of Iowa College of Nursing with a BSN in nursing in 1965. She worked at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Ill., for 21 years. She enjoyed playing tennis, playing the piano, and traveling with Dennis. She was an active member of English Lutheran Church and was a member of the La Crosse Area Synod Middle East Subcommittee.

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