Obituary: John P. Wall

We are saddened to share the news of the passing of John Wall. He was one of the founding members of the Friends of St. Bridget’s Church. We are keeping his family in our thoughts and prayers.

Obituary

John P. Wall, 87, peacefully entered his eternal home Sunday, Jan. 3 after a long battle with escalating health issues.

The family will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m., Friday, January 9, 2021 at St. Bernadette’s Catholic Church, West Branch. Co-celebrants will be Father Guillermo Treviño Jr., and Father Dennis Martin. Friends may view the Mass on the St. Bernadette’s Facebook page. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m., Thurs., Jan. 7 at St. Bernadette’s Catholic Church. All guests attending the visitation are required to wear a face mask and abide by social distancing guidelines. Family committal services will be held at St. Bridget’s Cemetery at noon Friday. In lieu of flowers the family would prefer donations to the Johnson County 4-H Endowment Fund, Friends of St. Bridget’s, the West Branch or Solon Fire Departments. Memorials may be sent to the family in care of Box 167, Iowa City, Iowa 52244.

John was born March 19, 1933 in Iowa City, Iowa, the youngest child of John and Mary Leonard Wall. He was a 1951 graduate of City High School. John was a life-long farmer. John served in the US Army from 1953-55, John enjoyed his entire life living on Morse Road on the family farm that he worked with his brother, Larry, and then son, Tom. The land was designated a Century Farm in 2016. John married the love of his life, Mary Ellen Martin, on August 25, 1959 at St. Patrick’s Church in Fairfax, Iowa.

Seasons and projects are never ending on a farm, but John carved out time to help the community, pork industry and farm business. He was involved in the Pork Producers at the county, state and national levels. John was part of the National Livestock and Meat Board, serving as the Pork Industry Group chairman. A 4-H leader for the Graham Champions club, he and Mary Ellen were 2003 inductees into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. John was part of the Johnson County Fair Association. He served on the US Bank board of directors from 1989-2005. John was recognized as an Iowa Master Farmer and an Iowa Master Pork Producer. He was active in establishing Friends of St. Bridget’s to support the church site that his great-grandparents played a part in starting in 1859.

He was an avid sports fan and was a long time season ticket holder for Iowa Hawkeye football and basketball games. John enjoyed being a part of the Iowa Quarterback Club. Those eyes that watched many a Hawkeye victory were donated to Iowa Lions Eye Bank to hopefully help another person.

John is survived by his loving wife Mary Ellen and their daughter, Mary (Steve) of Gainesville, Fla., his daughter-in-law Anita and three grandchildren, Rachel (Jim) Sweeney of Alden, Greg Wall (Hayley) of Iowa City, and Sarah (Brandon) Reinberg of Gladbrook; his beloved great-grandchildren Charlee and Chance Wall and Ruby, Lane and Brooks Reinberg; cherished in-laws and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

John was preceded in death by his son, Tom and daughter, Margaret Ann; brother Larry, sisters Mary Sheda, Jean Howell and Laurena Lehman; parents John and Mary Wall.

Arrangements and online condolences may be sent to http://www.lensingfuneral.com

2020 Memorial Day Event Canceled

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation we have decided to cancel our annual Memorial Day mass and gathering event for 2020. This is being done in the interest of safety for everyone that typically attends this annual event. We hope to still host our annual Christmas party in December and continue our Memorial Day tradition in 2021.

We hope everyone’s family and friends are healthy and safe. We thank you for your continued support and donations that allow the historic St. Bridget’s Church to remain for generations to come. Find out how you can support St. Bridget’s and make a donation today (CLICK HERE).

St. Bridget’s Annual Christmas Party

St. Bridget’s Annual Christmas Party

Sunday, December 1, 2019
12:00 PM – Church opens
1:00 PM – Program begins

Entertainment will be provided by Mary Grace Elson and Shyla Mahacek.
Santa will make an appearance.  Refreshments for all.  Bring the family and join us for this wonderful Christmas tradition at St. Bridget’s Church.

Meeting Notice: Annual Board Meeting

You are invited to attend the annual board meeting on Wednesday, June 5 at 7:00 PM (at St. Bridget’s). The house rental was a good, steady source of income. Now that it is gone, we need to decide what we are going to do with that property. We need your ideas and help!

BREAKING NEWS

The old rectory house next to the church caught fire today and appears to be a total loss. No one was home when the fire started. No one was hurt but the family living in the house lost everything.  Some damage to church. More updates to follow.