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Alumni Obituaries

  • Lucile Mae Roberts


    Lucile Mae Roberts, Colonel retired, 94, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Sunday, January 24, 2016 at Highlands Health & Rehab in Bella Vista, Arkansas.  She was born on May 7, 1921 in Independence, Iowa to Thomas R. Roberts and Mrs. Bertha B. (Beal) Roberts.

    She graduated as valedictorian of her class at the Decorah, Iowa High School. Lucile attended Luther College, Decorah, Iowa for 2 years then transferred to the University of Iowa, School of Nursing in Iowa City, Iowa where she received her baccalaureate degree. Based upon her student academic records and her performance in the clinical education phase of this program, which were outstanding, she was admitted to membership in Sigma Theta Tau Honorary Nursing Sorority.

    Seventeen years later, she earned her Master’s Degree in Nursing Education at the University of Minnesota. She served 30 years of active duty in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps during World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam War.

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  • Janet M. Connolly


    Janet M. Connolly, Colonel, USAF (Retired), a dear friend to all she met, passed away on December 30, 2015. To know her was to love her, and her passing leaves those of us remaining to celebrate her life.

    Janny was born on August 12, 1933 in Cresco, Iowa, to William (Irish) and Frances (Tatty) Barth Connolly. She attended Cresco schools, graduating from Cresco High School in 1951. In 1955, she graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree and that September she started her nursing career as a school nurse in Galesburg, IL. In November 1957 she joined the U.S. Air Force, initially working as an obstetrical nurse before enrolling in the USAF School of Anesthesia in San Antonio, TX.

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  • Jean C. Prescott


    Jean C. Prescott 79, formerly of Twin Lakes, passed away Tuesday, August 11, 2015, at Sunny Knoll Care Centre. Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, Aug. 14, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Rockwell City, with Rev. B.J. Ukena and Rev. James Davis officiating.

    Jean graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Iowa College of Nursing College in 1958.

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  • Wendy Clagett Kochevar


    Wendy Clagett Kochevar died July 8, 2015, in Cincinnati, Ohio, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

    Wendy was born Nov. 8, 1955, in Mason City, Iowa, the daughter of Roger and Lavonne (Aves) Clagett. She was baptized and confirmed in Bethany Lutheran Church in Kensett.

    Wendy attended St. Ansgar Schools where she was very active in the music department earning honors as a clarinet player in the Iowa All-State Band and other honor bands. She was also an excellent pianist and used her talents to accompany the high school choir and numerous small group soloists and ensembles.

    Following her graduation from St. Ansgar High School in 1973 she attended the University of Iowa College of Nursing and graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1977.

    She began working for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, eventually becoming a Neonatal ICU nurse and the first head nurse of the Neonatal Transport Team at the UI. She then moved to Rochester, Minnesota, and began working in the Pediatric ICU at Mayo Clinic.

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  • Elizabeth Jean Thomson


    Elizabeth Jean Thomson, age 64, died peacefully in her Jefferson, Iowa, home in the early morning hours of July 14, 2015. She was born on October 4th, 1950, near Waukon, Iowa, to Lester "Bill" and Ann Laurayne (Guider) Thomson. On June 12, 1983, Elizabeth married James William Hanson. They lived in Coralville, Iowa for many years, where their beloved daughter Jennifer was born, and they helped raise James' children Catherine, John, and David.

    Elizabeth had an extraordinary and rewarding career that took her from being a nurse specializing in labor and delivery; to becoming a genetic counselor, eventually founding an international group for nurses in genetics; to two decades as a program director for the National Human Genome Research Institute's Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications Research Division.

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  • Jan Connell Squire


    Janann (Jan) L. Squire, age 85, passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 in Travis County, Texas. She grew up in Dubuque, Iowa, and graduated from the University of Iowa School of Nursing, where she met her husband, Tom. They lived many years in Des Moines, Iowa.

    After her husband's death, Jan spent much of her time with family and friends in California and Texas. Jan loved keeping in touch with many longtime friends and neighbors, spending time with family, traveling, keeping up with news and events, golf, and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes.

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  • Joyce Kron-Chalupa


    Joyce Ann Kron-Chalupa, 55, died Wednesday, April 22 at her home following a 12-year battle with cancer.

    Joyce was born January 12, 1960 in Iowa City, Iowa, the daughter of Elmo and Virginia (Lenz) Kron. She graduated from Highland High School, from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and from the University of Dubuque with a Master’s Degree. On September 6, 1986, she was united in marriage to Alan Chalupa at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Riverside. Joyce worked as a nurse and later as education coordinator at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Iowa City for 35 years. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Master Gardeners of Washington County. Joyce enjoyed gardening, stamping, cooking, photography and horses.

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  • Anne Fischer Snell


    Anne Fischer Snell was born April 2, 1933, in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, to Herman and Elizabeth Fischer.  The family moved to Meservey, Iowa, in 1936.  Anne graduated from Meservey High School and then earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the State University of Iowa.

    In 1955, while working at University Hospitals, Anne met Bruce, a law student, who she married in 1956. During their 59 years of marriage, their interesting diverse activities included attending many musicals in Des Moines and years of season tickets to the Iowa Hawkeye football games. Travel included visiting all of the 50 United States, six countries in South America, 18 countries in Europe, eight provinces in Canada, five Caribbean Islands, Morocco in Africa, the Bahamas and Mexico. 

    During her 37 years of employment, Anne worked in two hospitals as a clinical nurse, taught in two Schools of Nursing, was a school nurse in two schools, a public health nurse, and a public health nurse consultant for 15 counties.

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  • Carmelita Solis Pope


    Carmelita S. Pope, "Lita," of Gary, Indiana, transitioned February 23, 2015.

    Born Carmelita Solis Burgos in Malabon, Philippines, she settled in East Chicago after earning a degree in Nursing from St. Catherine's General Hospital School of Nursing in Quezon City, Philippines. Served 40 years as a RN at St. Catherine's Hospital, and did quality assurance for Quality Home Health Care in Schererville.

    Married 45 years to loving husband, Sylvester Pope, she is the dedicated mother of daughter, Melita Marie (Rari) Mitchell and grandmother of London & Tristan Mitchell.

    The family has established the Carmelita S. Pope Caring Heart Fund Scholarship at the University of Iowa, College of Nursing. In lieu of flowers, donate to University of Iowa, Carmelita S. Pope Fund, University of Iowa Foundation, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, Iowa, 52244.

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  • Margaret Ann Strabala


    Margaret Ann Strabala, 66, died suddenly Sunday, January 4th at home.

    Margaret was born August 21, 1948 in Emmetsburg, the daughter of Marvin and Mary Carpenter Wright. She attended Mount Mercy College and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Iowa. On November 28, 1970, Margaret married Victor R. Strabala at St. Matthew’s Church in Cedar Rapids.

    Margaret loved nursing. She was a gifted caregiver, especially talented at assisting people with medical care in their homes. She worked for local health care agencies such as Home Safe and VNA. Margaret was a nurse at the VA for 20 years, where she lovingly cared for veterans and later at Pleasantview Home, where she was recognized by the University of Iowa College of Nursing as mentor to younger nurses. She was certified in home health care and geriatric nursing.

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