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Dr. David John Conwell

May 3, 1938 ~ April 18, 2019 (age 80)

Dr. David J. Conwell, 80, of Kalona, Iowa, passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by his loving family, on Thursday, April 18, 2019. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, April 25th, 2019 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 3000 12th Ave, Coralville, followed by a luncheon. Father Chuck Adam will officiate. Visitation will be Wednesday, April 24th, from 4-7 at the Peterseim Funeral Home, 201 B Ave., Kalona. A prayer service will be at 4:00 PM.  A private family burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in his memory for Kalona Food Pantry, Kalona Library, Kalona First Responders and St. Thomas More. On-line condolences may be directed to

David was born on May 3rd, 1938, in Iowa City, Iowa, the son of Dr. Raymond and Marie (Carrigg) Conwell. He attended City High, and graduated from the University of Iowa Dental College in 1963. He was a member of the Delta Sigma Delta Fraternity in college. Dr. Conwell married Mary Jane Hamer at the Immaculate Conception Church in Colfax Iowa on August 26th, 1961. He served in the U.S. Army at Fort Knox, Kentucky. In 1965, David purchased a dental practice in Kalona, Iowa, from Dr. Fred Erbe. Dr. Conwell ran his dentistry practice as Kalona Dental Associates, P.C., for 41 years. He was a member of the American Dental Association (ADA). He was a member of the Kalona Community Club and Rotary Club over many years and served as President of both clubs. He attended St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Coralville, Iowa. In his spare time, David pursued many interests. As an avid Apple & Macintosh fan, he was always buying the latest and greatest products and enjoyed teaching his family all about them. He shared a love of Peanut M & M’s with his granddaughter. He also did stained glass, ceramics, gardening, was a fervent reader of science fiction and an ardent Iowa Hawkeyes fan.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane, son Mark (Jen) Conwell of Marion, daughter Laura Conwell of Cedar Rapids, son Andy Conwell of Kalona, granddaughter Brittany (Adam) McKay of Walford, and 3 great-grandchildren; Chance, Elliana and Everly. He is also survived by siblings John Conwell of West Bend, WI., Joe Conwell of Chester, N.J and Mary Conwell, Marion, Ia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son Stephen and sister Alice Shank. Special Thanks to the following people and services for all the help they provided in caring for David; Kalona First Responders, Earl Swantz, Tina Burrows, the staff at Iowa City Hospice and Father Chuck Adam of St. Thomas More.

Donations may be made to:

Kalona Food Pantry
PO Box 470, Kalona, Iowa 52247,

Kalona Public Library
PO Box 1212, Kalona, Iowa 52247,
Tel: 319 656 3501

Kalona First Responders
104 6th Street, Kalona IA 52247
Tel: 1-319-656-3884
Web: http://www.cityof

St. Thomas More Catholic Church
3000 12th Avenue, Coralville IA 52241
Tel: 1-319-337-2173

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