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Corriene E. Hanft, 83, Columbus Junction, died Monday, Oct. 30, 2006, at Washington County Hospital.

The Rev. John Monger will officiate. Casket bearers are her great-nieces and -nephews, Leslie Hanft, Andrew Hanft, Stephen Wilson, Stephanie Wilson, Andrea Wilson, Emily Wilson, Becky Bearbower and Mike Bearbower. Honorary casket bearers are Burdette Boulton, Ron Cutkomp and Roger Cutkomp. Burial will be at Columbus City Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Care Committee and the Women's Missionary Society of the United Presbyterian Church, Columbus Junction.

She was born June 19, 1923, in Columbus Junction, the daughter of Hilton and Jennie Boulton Hanft.

She was a lifelong resident of Columbus Junction. She spent her early years giving in-home health care. In later years, she worked at Colonial Manor and even in retirement she was very active, returning to help at Colonial Manor. She enjoyed visiting with residents and helping with Bingo and other activities. She looked forward to these lively games and this special time each week.

She was a life-long member of the United Presbyterian Church. She was a leader in the Care Committee of the church, a group that brought sunshine to the lives of many. She was also a member of the Women's Missionary Society. She was a longtime member of the Shellbark Club and rarely missed a meeting. She was dedicated to her family. She loved cooking and entertaining her family. She was famous for her noodle making skills and her apple dumplings. She also enjoyed making crafts and sewing and attending local garage sales was always fun for her.

Survivors include a sister, Lelia Wilson; a sister-in-law, Jean Jones; four nephews, David Wilson, Daniel Wilson, Samuel Hanft and Larry Hanft; and numerous great-nieces and -nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Lester Hanft.
MUSCATINE, Iowa - John 'Jack' R. Hanft, 79, of Muscatine, loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away on Sunday, May 18, 2008, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.

Memorial service will be at the Geo. M. Wittich-Lewis Home for Funeral and Cremation Services. The Rev. Paul Ostrem will officiate. Following the service a time of food and fellowship will be held at the Geo. M. Wittich-Lewis Community Room. Per his request, his body has been cremated.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Stewardship work in the lower Cedar Valley, an area where Jack had made many fond memories. Please send to The Nature Conservancy in Iowa, 303 Locust St., Suite 402, Des Moines, IA 50309.

Mr. Hanft was born on December 23, 1928, in Columbus Junction, the son of Hale Hardy and Gertrude Greene Hanft. On May 23, 1954, he married Dorothy Mae Beckman in Muscatine.

He graduated from Nichols High School and then proudly served in the United States Air Force from March 1, 1949 to Nov. 1, 1952, during the Korean Conflict.

He served as a scout master for Boy Scout Troop No.116. He was also a member of the American Legion No. 27 and Masonic Lodge No. 535 of Lone Tree.

He spent his early years as a farmer and later went into the construction business working for Brossert and Lucas and Hinman Construction. He retired from H.J. Heinz Company in 1991.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman who appreciated and enjoyed the outdoors. He took great pleasure in spending time with his children and grandchildren, teaching them to appreciate nature. He was often seen tending his large garden and whittling away in his workshop, where he crafted timeless pieces of furniture for family and friends. He enjoyed watching the St. Louis Cardinals and the Iowa Hawkeyes. He was always up for a game of cribbage and spades. He enjoyed reading and working with numbers. He also enjoyed the company of his numerous friends.

Those left to honor Jack’s memory are his wife, Dorothy of Muscatine; his children, Sandra K. Riggs and husband, Tom of Virginia, Jeffrey J. Hanft and his wife, Diane, of Michigan and Donald D. Hanft of Columbus Junction; seven grandchildren; one great-grandson; and two sisters, Kathleen (Williard) Salemink of West Branch and Barbara Jo (Vic) Mills of Nichols.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Mary Jane Kirkpatrick and Pauline Davies and two brothers, Max Hanft and Richard Hanft.

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