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Peterseim Funeral Home
Wednesday April 24th, 2019
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St. Thomas More Catholic Church
Thursday April 25th, 2019

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Dr. David Conwell

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 https://www.peterseimfuneralhome.com/notices/DrDavid-Conwell.

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.

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Mary Jane and family,I want to express my sincere sympathy during this time of sorrow.I will never forget my excitement to be hired by you and Dr. C as a brand new dental hygiene graduate in 1974, That first job served as the beginning of a very rewarding 43 year career for meI commend you on your long and devoted care of him all these years. You were truly his angel. As a widow of 20 months now, I can say to you with true understanding that " grief should not be feared because it is a testament to love".I am so very sorry for your loss.

Kathy Patterson, Cedar Rapids, IA Apr 26 2019 12:00 AM