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Alumni Obituaries

  • Veronica Brighton


    Veronica “Ronnie” Brighton was born in Iowa Falls, Iowa, in January, 1948, to Harold and Bernice Brighton. There was a blizzard raging in Iowa on the day of her birth and her parents were unable to get their car to start, so a neighbor gave them a ride to the hospital. She has never liked winter since.

    Ronnie grew up in Williams, Iowa, and received a very good primary & secondary education from the public schools in Williams and Blairsburg, Iowa. She became a strong proponent of excellent public schools. She attended Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Des Moines and became a registered nurse in 1969. She practiced nursing in the Des Moines area in critical care at Mercy, Methodist & Broadlawns hospitals for several years, then returned to school at the University of Iowa for her BSN. After that Ronnie switched her focus to psychiatric / mental health nursing and received a master’s degree in 1977 in that specialty. She practiced psychiatric nursing in some capacity since that time and considered it the “best kept secret in nursing”, and a specialty she tried very hard to get other nurses to pursue. 

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  • Jean Brown


    Jean Livingstone Brown, 95, of Cedar Rapids and Brevard, N.C., passed away peacefully at UnityPoint St. Luke's Hospital on Monday, April 8, 2019. 

    Jean was born Dec. 29, 1923, in Jones County, Iowa, the oldest child of Robert C. Livingstone and Evelyn Sutliff Livingstone. She graduated from Anamosa High School and entered the University of Iowa, where she earned a master's degree in nursing. On June 23, 1945, she married her loving husband, Robert Bruce Brown, at the Anamosa Methodist Church. The young couple followed Bruce's career as a chemical engineer to establish life together in Brevard, N.C. Jean used her nurse's training working as a volunteer, providing community and medical support to families of need in the mountains of Transylvania County. It was through this work she and Bruce came to develop a loving lifelong relationship with a family of a mom and dad and their 10 children. 

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  • Beverly Gallatin


    Beverly J. “Bev” Gallatin, 72, of Mahomet, Ill., formerly of Peoria, Ill., and Waterloo, died Monday, Feb. 4, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis after a brief illness.

    She was born Nov. 20, 1946, in Story City, to Emery J. and Betty J. Hanson Tegland. She married Howard P. Gallatin on June 8, 1968, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ellsworth.

    She graduated from South Hamilton High School in 1965, received her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Iowa in 1969 and her master’s in education from Illinois State University in 2000. Bev was an ICU nurse and cardiac education nurse at St. Francis and Proctor Hospitals in Peoria; diabetic education nurse at Allen Memorial Hospital and finished her career teaching nursing at Hawkeye Community College.

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  • 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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