Ralph R. Higgins

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Ralph Higgins pic #1Fairbank: Ralph Higgins age 82 passed away Saturday, June 13, 2015 at Arlington Place , Oelwein, IA due to complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Ralph was born April 17, 1933 in Independence, IA the son of Ralph and Martha (Reed) Higgins and step-father Leo Kane. He graduated from Fairbank High School and then went to Barber School, he later joined the Navy and served from 1952-1956. Ralph married Donna Kane on July 29, 1957 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Fairbank. Ralph was employed at John Deere for 27 years and retired in 1993.

Survived by: his wife; Donna, two sons; Brian (Mary) of Fairbank and Terry (Denise) of Oelwein, two daughters; Tammy (Keith) Curley and Sherry (Denny) Annis both of Fairbank, 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren and a step-sister; Janice (Pete) Houska of Sac City, IA

Preceded by; his parents, one brother; William Higgins, his step-dad; Leo Kane a son; Brad “Willy” Higgins and two grandsons; Corey Annis and Dylan Welsh.

Services: 10:30 am on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Fairbank.

Visitation: 4:00-7:00 pm on Tuesday, June 16 at Woods Funeral Home, with a 4:00 pm Parish Rosary.

Burial: Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery with Military Rites conducted by Fairbank American Legion Fortsch-Duffy Post 552.

Memorials: may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice or to the family.


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Dominic J. Napoli

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Dominic Napoli pic.Lacrosse, WI: Dominic Joseph Napoli age 100 passed away on June 2, 2015 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Lacrosse. Dominic was born April 4, 1915 in Oelwein, IA the son of John and Theresa (Parrotta) Napoli, he attended and graduated from Sacred Heart School in Oelwein. Dominic married Mildred Cosselman May 3, 1941 in Oelwein, his entire life was spent in the vicinity of Oelwein and Oran where he and Mildred lived for 68 years with the exception of a short period of time in Alaska. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Oran, he held various offices and did much work for the church. Dominic worked for the Chicago Great Western and the Chicago Northwestern Railroads for 39 years. He was also a member of the I.A.M.A. and M.A.R.V.E.

Survived by: his wife Mildred of 74 years, two sons; David (Nancy) Napoli and Dennis (Rose) Napoli, four grandchildren; Dina Golightly, Nathan (Laura) Napoli, Nikole (Rick) Hauser and Joey (David) Best, three great-grandchildren; Cassidy Golightly, Sophia Napoli and Nicholas Best.

Preceded by: his parents, two sisters; Mary Greco and Rose Sparano and three brothers; Pete, Leo and Charles Napoli.

Services: 11:00am on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at the United Methodist Church in Fairbank, IA.

Visitation: 9:00-11:00 am Saturday, June 6 at the United Methodist Church in Fairbank.

Burial: Floral Hills Cemetery, Hazleton, IA.

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