We Are Now on Facebook!

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Friends of St. Bridget’s Church is now on Facebook!  Make sure you visit the page and give it a like.  Then invite your friends and family to like the page as well.  This will be a great way for our community to stay in touch from all over the country.  We hope you will share photos and memories that you have of St. Bridget’s.

We Remember Tom E. Wall


Tom E. Wall, 55, a tall man who cast a long shadow on the community, entered his eternal home Thursday, May 26th.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Wed., June 1 at St. Bernadette’s Catholic Church, West Branch, with a visitation at the church beginning at 9:30 a.m. Co-celebrants will be Father Greg Steckel and Father Dennis Martin. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m., Tues., May 31 at West Branch High School, where a Vigil Service will be held at 8 p.m. Family committal services will be held at St. Bridget’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family would prefer donations to the Iowa 4-H Foundation, 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.

Tom was born July 25, 1960 in Iowa City, the son of John and Mary Ellen Martin Wall. He was a 1978 graduate of West Branch High School and received his bachelor’s degree in farm operations from Iowa State University. Tom married Anita Renee Cave on June 27, 1987 at St. Bridget’s Church.

Tom was a big man with an even bigger heart. He offered his time and his talents by giving back to the community he loved. He was a loving husband, an awesome father, a caring son, brother and a friend who always gave a hand when needed.

In the last three years, Tom was recognized as an Iowa Master Farmer, an Iowa Master Pork Producer and received the Gary Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award. He was a board member of the Mississippi Valley Farm Business, Iowa Farm Business and the Johnson County Fair Associations. He flipped many a pork burger at local events as part of the Johnson County Pork Producers and was also a member of both the Iowa Corn Growers and district advisory committee of the Iowa Soybean Association. In addition to farming the Wall’s Century Farm, he was a DEKALB seed salesman for the past 28 years.

A Graham Champions 4-H leader for the past 34 years, Tom helped many youth gain leadership and life skills. He taught catechism at St. Bernadette’s Catholic Church in West Branch, Iowa.

Tom would have encouraged all to consider organ donation as he will help at least 75 people, according to The Iowa Donor Network.

Tom is survived by his loving wife Anita and their three children, Rachel Wall of North Liberty, Greg Wall (Kate Sims) of Iowa City, and Sarah Wall (Brandon Reinberg) of Gladbrook; his parents, John and Mary Ellen; his sister, Mary (Steve) Howard of Gainesville, Fla.; his in-laws, Pauline and Darvin Cave of South English; brothers and sisters-in-law, Steve (Lori) Cave, Mike (Mary Beth) Cave, Jeff Cave, Kevin (LuAnn) Cave, Murray Cave (Kathy McDonald), Kristi (Rex) Sheetz, Shelly (Bill) Flynn and Melinda (Dan) Watson; numerous nieces, nephews , extended family and his beloved border collie, Bella.

Tom was preceded in death by his sister, Margaret Ann.

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

Memorial Day 2016

Monday, May 30, 2016
The church will be open from 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM.
Mass will begin at 9:00 AM.

Memorial Day mass will be offered by Fr. Dennis Martin for our Veterans and deceased loved ones.  We also pray for our family members and friends, near and far, who are ill.  We ask for God’s blessing on them, their family and caregivers.

Mass again will be held in the Cemetery.  Bring your lawn chairs.  It will be inside if it rains.

Afterwards, we will have a short program during which we will honor all of our loved ones and Veterans.  We will conclude with patriotic songs; by the Kasper girls (Phyllis Jacobsen & Jane Jones).

Refreshments and cookies will be served.  We appreciate all the snacks & treats delivered with care for our celebrations such as this.

Christmas 2015

Joy filled the church again at a lovely Christmas party held Sunday, December 6, 2015.  Traditional Christmas carols were sung by the Dvorsky family (Mike, Karen, and daughter Sara Dvorsky) which were enjoyed by all.  Afterwards, delicious homemade treats prepared with care were delectable.

Fellowship allowed everyone time to wish one another a blessed Christmas and New Year.  Decorations, the vintage barn nativity stable & a real tree adorned the church.  Santa even made a visit!  Our thanks to the Handley family who donated the lovely tree in memory of their mother Blanch.