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Alumni Obituaries

  • 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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  • Michael (Shane) St. Clair

     

    Michael (Shane) St. Clair, 48, of Shawnee, Kan., passed away Dec. 18, 2014.

    Shane St. Clair was born March 16, 1968, in Fairfield, Iowa, to Sandra and Richard St. Clair of Montrose, Iowa. St. Clair earned his registered nurse degree in 1991 from the University of Iowa College of Nursing in Iowa City.

    While a nursing student, Shane met a fellow nursing student, Kathy Schuver, of Granville, Iowa. They married on Sept. 5, 1992, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Granville.

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  • Kathy St. Clair

     

    Kathy St. Clair, 45, of Shawnee, passed away Aug. 19, 2014, at Saint Luke's Hospice House in Kansas City following a 13-year battle with breast cancer.

    St. Clair was born Oct. 11, 1968, in Orange City, Iowa, to Walter and Geraldine Schuver of Granville, Iowa. She was raised on the family farm there, the youngest of five children. A lifelong Catholic, Kathy earned her registered nurse degree in 1991 from the University of Iowa School of Nursing in Iowa City. While a nursing student, Kathy met a fellow nursing student, Shane St. Clair, of Argyle, Iowa. They married on September 5, 1992 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Granville.

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  • Carol G. Proctor

     

    Carol G Proctor, 88, formerly of Valparaiso, Indiana, passed away October 23, 2014, at St. Camillus, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, from complications of Alzheimer's Disease. A native of Adams County, Iowa, and a graduate of the University of Iowa School of Nursing, Carol married Lester T. Proctor, Jr., August 13, 1949. They lived in Des Moines, Iowa, Shorewood, Wisconsin, and Valparaiso.

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  • Mary C. "Cathy" Clanton

     

    Mary C. "Cathy" Clanton, 63, of Coralville, died early Friday morning in a fire at her home from accidental smoke inhalation.

    Mary Catherine Clanton, daughter of Logan and Sarah Clanton was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa, March 23, 1951.

    Cathy graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor's Degree in nursing. She worked in the University Hospital until retiring from the Dermatology Clinic October 2, 2014. Cathy's work as an R.N. was extremely meaningful to her.

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  • Ann Elizabeth Baker

     

    Ann Elizabeth Baker, 88, of Cedar Falls, died Monday, September 22, 2014 at Western Home Communities Windhaven Assisted Living Center.  

    Ann was born April 16, 1926, in Alexander, Iowa, the daughter of Clarence Payn & Anna Ferne (Shinabarger) Phillips.  She married Leo Baker June 26, 1949 in Muscatine, Iowa. He preceded her in death September 11, 2008. Ann graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in nursing and volunteered in many organizations, mostly health related agencies such as, Goodwill Industries, Adult Care, Inc., Family Service League, United Way, and Easter Seal Society. 

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  • Patsy Prue Sorensen

     

    Patsy Prue Sorensen, daughter of Edward Robert and Nell Lois (Prue) Ohnmacht, was born June 24, 1932 in Nebraska City, Nebraska. She passed away October 4, 2014 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. She was 82 years old

    Patsy was born and raised in Nebraska City, Nebraska until the age of eight.  Then her family moved to rural Essex, Iowa.  She graduated from Essex High School with the class of 1950.  After graduation she attended and graduated from the University of Iowa School of Nursing in 1953.  After graduation she worked for the University of Iowa Hospitals.

    Patsy was united in marriage to Lloyd Vincent Sorensen on November 29, 1956 in Iowa City, Iowa.  They later moved to Essex where Lloyd farmed and Patsy was closer to her family.  Patsy spent her life taking care of others, working as a nurse at Clarinda Mental Health Institute, Goldenrod Care Center, Garden View Care Center and Elm Heights Care Center. 

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  • Mary M. Pugh

     

    Mary M Pugh, formerly of Iowa City, died at her home in Claremont, California on September 11, 2014. A Mass of Christian Burial was held September 20th at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Claremont with burial at Oak Park Cemetery.

    Mary was born on the family farm west of North English, Iowa on April 6, 1918. She was the third of six children of William Mabel (Feldeverd) Wagner. Educated in a one-room elementary school, she eventually graduated from Vinton High School at the age of 16. She enrolled in the College of Nursing at the University of Iowa. Graduating in 1938, she became registered in the practice of nursing the same year.

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  • Mary Ann Colloton

     

    Mary Ann (Hagglund) Colloton passed away on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 in the company of her loving family at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

    Mary Ann was born on June 6, 1935 in Bloomington, Illinois, to Elmer E. and Mary A. (Steinbach) Hagglund. The family later moved to Ottawa, Illinois, where Mary Ann graduated from Marquette High School as valedictorian of her class. Thereafter, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Iowa College of Nursing in 1957.

    After completing her formal collegiate education, she joined the nursing staff of the University Hospitals on the Internal Medicine service. On October 8, 1960, she married John W. Colloton at St. Thomas More Church in Iowa City. Upon the birth of their children in the mid‑1960s, Mary Ann refocused her life to become a dedicated full‑time spouse and mother. Because their three children were highly active in extracurricular activities, Mary Ann became involved as an organizer and supporter of their many endeavors, including the Iowa City Boys Choir, and swimming, baseball, basketball and softball teams in Iowa City and at West High School in Iowa City.

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