Iowa offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs made his mark on Mount Vernon. Many in town made their mark on him, too. Wirfs and his mother, Sarah, took The Gazette on a tour of his hometown, revisiting scenes around what essentially is the one square mile where he grew up. This story is a little about what can hold you back. This is mostly about what moves you forward.

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Irene Hartzler


A Celebration of Life for Irene Hartzler, 93, of Marion, formerly of Kalona, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at the Peterseim Funeral Home in Kalona. Burial will follow in the Sharon Hill Cemetery in Kalona. Visitation will be held Wednesday morning from 9:30 a.m. until the service.
A memorial fund has been established for Breast Cancer Research.
Irene Hartzler died Friday, July 19, 2019, at Willow Gardens Care Center in Marion.
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