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Alumni Obituaries

  • Jean Torgerson


    Jean E. Torgerson, 82, of Minnetonka, MN, formerly of Mason City, passed away on Thursday, August 27, 2020 at the Glenn Minnetonka.

    Jean was born July 2, 1938 in Albert Lea, MN, the daughter of Harold and Rose (Hove) Johnson. She graduated from Northwood High School and the University of Iowa College of Nursing. Jean married Jerry Torgerson September 3, 1960 in Northwood. They resided in Iowa City and Belmond before moving to Mason City in 1967. Jean was employed at Mercy Medical Center North Iowa for 30 years.

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  • Jacqueline Ann McCollum


    Jacqueline Ann (Kessler) McCollum, age 82, passed away peacefully June 24, 2020, due to kidney and congestive heart failure. She was born May 6, 1938, in Yankton, South Dakota to Dr. Wendell and Geneva Kessler. She married her high school sweetheart and love Robert L. McCollum on May 21, 1960. They just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

    Jackie graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.S. in Nursing, following in her mother’s and father’s medical professions. Her father was the local doctor in Springfield, South Dakota and her mother was a nurse. Jackie worked as a school nurse, public health nurse, and on a special project on diabetes.

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  • Norma J. McNay


    Norma Jean (Muegge) McNay passed away peacefully in her home on Saturday, January 11, 2020. She was born August 21, 1937 in Dover, MO, the daughter of Walter and Oneta (Shires) Muegge.

    On June 30, 1956, Norma and Conrad McNay were united in marriage at Immanuel Baptist Church in Quincy. They celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary last year.

    Norma attended Quincy Schools and graduated from high school in 1955. She then attended the University of Iowa in Iowa City and graduated in 1959 with honors and was awarded her BSN. She began her career as a nurse at Blessing Hospital in 1959 and worked as an RN and also taught at Blessing-Rieman School of Nursing. On December 13, 2019 Norma was given an honorary Masters of Nursing degree for her 55 years of service to the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

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  • Sheila Lyne


    Former UI College of Nursing Professor Sister Sheila Lyne, 83, died of natural causes March 10, 2020.

    Lyne was born on Chicago’s South Side. She got a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1960 and a master’s degree in psychiatric nursing in 1965 from St. Xavier University in Chicago. She taught psychiatric nursing at the University of Iowa in the late 1960s. 

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  • Roberta Bowdish


    Roberta Joyce Bowdish, 72, of Des Moines, Iowa, died on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at the Taylor Hospice House in Des Moines. She was born on April 2, 1947, in Cedar Rapids, the daughter of Bruce and Mary (Harbison) Bowdish. She was raised in Northeast Iowa, and graduated from Elkader High School in 1965.

    Joyce was educated as a diploma nurse at West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park, Illinois, and completed a bachelor of nursing degree at the University of Iowa and a master of nursing and certificate as a geriatric nurse practitioner at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. She was licensed as both an adult nurse practitioner and geriatric nurse practitioner by the Arizona Board of Nursing and was certified as a gerontological nurse practice by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

    Joyce practiced in a variety of nursing positions over the years, starting as a staff nurse in the Veterans Administration and University of Iowa Hospitals. She worked for 10 years in a variety of roles in a Visiting Nurse Association in Iowa. She also taught BSN students at the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire for two years and MSN students seeking a geriatric nurse practitioner role for three years at the University of Arizona. For four years, Joyce served as the geriatric specialist in the Iowa Department of Public Health. 

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  • Sally Feeney


    Sally Patricia (Seeker) Feeney died peacefully at home with family on July 12, 2019. She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas Joseph Feeney. Parents, William F. & Helen F. Seeker, sisters Mary Ann Seeker and Helen (Seeker) Burlbaw.

    Sally lived a full life. She was born in Jefferson City, Missouri, and intermittently resided in St. Louis where she received both her diploma in nursing her Master of Science in Nursing. She also received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Iowa in 1955. Her journey eventually continued to Eau Claire Wisconsin where she raised her five children.

    Sally was a professor at the University Eau Claire, WI teaching psychiatric nursing until deciding upon her next adventure. Moving to Nova Scotia where she resided for the next 26 years in Morden as well as becoming a Canadian Citizen. She retired as a clinical Psychiatric Specialist at Berwick Mental Health Services.

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  • Helen Byington


    Helen Beneke Byington, 93, of Iowa City, died peacefully November 21, 2019 at Oaknoll Health Center.

    A memorial service to celebrate Helen's life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her name to Camp Courageous Monticello, Oaknoll Foundation or St. Andrews Presbyterian Church.

    Helen was born June 22, 1926 in Cedar Falls, Iowa the daughter of Herman and Ethyl Wilson Beneke. She graduated from Estherville High School in Estherville, IA before serving as a Cadet Nurse for the Cadet Nurse Corps. She later graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in nursing. She married William Moss Byington on April 28, 1948 in Iowa City.

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  • Lydia Saggau Goode


    Lydia Ann Saggau Goode passed away December 28, 2018 in San Pedro, California, following a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis. She was the youngest of three children born to Bernie and Angie Saggau in Denison, Iowa. Lydia attended Denison High School and the University of Iowa, graduating in 1957 from the College of Nursing. While at Iowa she met her future husband, John Goode, in the clinic of the School of Dentistry. They were married on November 14, 1958 and recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

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  • Mike Wood


    Michael Kenneth Wood, age 70, of Sioux City, died Friday, August 23, 2019, from complications during his battle with cancer.

    Mike was born July 21, 1949, in Long Beach, CA, to Dale and Sarah (Agnew) Wood. His early life was spent traveling as his father was in the military, ending up in Marysville, CA. He married Lorraine Staley and two children were born of that union; Shelly and David Wood. They later divorced and he married Barb Day in 1991.

    He graduated from Burbank High School, CA, and attended Morningside College, Sioux City, IA, joining the Air Force in 1969-1973. He attended the University of Iowa College of Nursing, obtaining a Bachelors of Nursing (BSN) in 1976. While attending nursing school, Mike worked in Iowa City in the Pediatric Unit until he moved to Sioux City where he worked at Unity Point in the Orthopedic Unit for 35 years.

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  • Judy Collins


    Judith Anne Collins passed away on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 in Davenport.

    Judy was born February 1, 1943 in Waterloo, Iowa, the daughter of Elizabeth (Stevenson) and Eugene Collins. After graduating from West Waterloo High School in 1961, she began her nursing career at the University of Iowa School of Nursing. While at Iowa she was a member of Chi Omega sorority, Angel Flight, Sigma Theta Tau nursing honorary, and played in the Scottish Highlanders. After becoming an RN she married Charles Honnold, MD, and moved to Portland, Oregon. She later moved with her husband and two sons to Muscatine, Iowa where she served as member and president of the Muscatine Board of Education and became active in the local Democratic Party. She later moved to Davenport to continue her career and care for her parents.

    Judy demonstrated excellence through her lifelong contribution to the field of nursing and her effect on the history of health care in Iowa. With persistence, wisdom, and foresight she mentored nurses, encouraging them to advocate for their patients and their profession to the fullest extent of their licensure.

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