What to do when death occurs…

Holding Hands

Don’t know what to do first? Let us help. When a death occurs, emotions often override clear thought. In an effort to assist you, we have provided a list of some of the important information needed when making the arrangements. You will find it helpful to review this information prior to meeting with one of […]

Funeral & Cremation

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The funeral gives us permission to grieve and help us appreciate the connections our loved one had established with others.  Funeral visitations provide a chance to talk and share stories and memories.  We gather with family and friends and say, “This life was important, this life touched mine.” Planning a funeral can be a stressful […]

Why choose Gay & Ciha?

Loving couple

What does it mean to be uniquely caring? It’s more than a job. It’s more than another funeral. It really is every family. That person who died is a life. To me we should remember the life of that individual in a unique way. We pride ourselves about thinking every service is unique and those […]

Current Funeral Services

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Sylvia F. Pence

Sylvia F. Pence, 94, of rural Iowa City, died Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m., Thursday at the Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City where visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday. Online condolences can be shared with her family at http://hosting-3320.tributes.com/obituary/show/Sylvia-F.-Pence-103278198

Reverend Robert “Rob” Dotzel

Reverend Robert “Rob” Dotzel, 62, of Iowa City, died at his home surrounded by his family on Sunday, February 7, 2016.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am, Friday, February 12, 2016, at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Iowa City. (Sunday parking ordinance will be in effect for streets around the church). Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Thursday at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Rob’s memory to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.  Online condolences can be shared with his family at http://hosting-3320.tributes.com/obituary/show/Robert-Rob-Dotzel-103277548

Laurilyn D. “Lauri” Helmers

Laurilyn D. “Lauri” Helmers, 59, of Coralville passed away Saturday, February 6, 2016 under the compassionate care of Mercy Hospice in Iowa City.  Funeral services will be 5:30 pm, Saturday, February 13th at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church where a time of visitation will be held from 3:30 -5:30 and again following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Lauri’s name may be directed to Iowa City Hospice or Mercy Hospital Hospice. Online condolences can be shared with her family at http://hosting-3320.tributes.com/obituary/show/Laurilyn-D.-Lauri-Helmers-103277404

Gloma J. Rosenthal

Gloma J. Rosenthal, 85 longtime resident of Iowa City died Thursday, February 3, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.  Memorial services will be held at 11am Saturday, February 13, 2016, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Iowa City, where visitation will be from 9am Saturday until services. Online condolences may be sent for her family through the web @ http://hosting-3320.tributes.com/obituary/show/Gloma-J-Rosenthal-103269373

Joan J. Pallett

Joan J. Pallett, 78, of North Liberty, died Monday, December 21, 2015.  In accordance with Joan’s wishes, she has been cremated. A memorial service for Joan will take place 6 p.m., Thursday, March 24th at the Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City.  Online condolences may be directed to her family and friends at http://hosting-3320.tributes.com/obituary/show/Joan-J.-Pallett-103122880

Virginia Means

Virginia Means, 89 of Iowa City died Sunday, January 17, 2016, at Oaknoll Retirement Residence.  Memorial services will be held at 11 am, Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the First United Methodist Church in Iowa City, with burial to take place at a later date at Oakland Cemetery. Memorial donations can be given in her memory to Iowa City Hospice, the New Horizons Band, or First United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent for her family through the funeral home website @ http://hosting-3320.tributes.com/obituary/show/Virginia-Means-103210180


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Funeral Services that are Uniquely Caring

Glad You Asked

  • Iowa City Cremation Service

    One cemetery space. Room for two people?

    Question: We have only one cemetery space available, but two of us wish to be buried there. What can we do?   Answer: Many cemeteries allow more than once person’s cremated remains to be buried on a single cemetery space. Some also allow for those cremated remains to be buried in the space with a […]

  • Clothing for Cremation Iowa City funeral

    Why clothing for a cremation?

    Question: My friend’s father recently died, he wanted to be cremated at the time of his death. The funeral director asked his family for clothing, why would they need clothing?   Answer: Often times, family will see their loved ones before the cremation process takes place, out of respect we encourage families to bring clothing […]

  • notifying social security

    Who notifies Social Security, after a death?

    Question: After a death, who takes care of notifying Social Security, the Veterans Administration, insurance companies, the attorney, etc.? Answer: One of the many services that we provide to families is to assist them in the filing and notification process for the business affairs of the deceased. Although this may seem overwhelming to the family, […]

  • Iowa City Funeral Pre-planning

    Funeral pre-planning?

    Question:  I’m confused. Do you help families with pre-planning? Answer:  Yes, we do. In fact one of our funeral directors will sit down with families when they want to talk about their wishes, explaining the many options and facts about funeral services for the future. Please feel free to call 319-338-1132 or stop in to […]

  • Iowa City Catholic church funeral

    Catholic church forbids cremation?

    Question:  Does the Catholic Church forbid cremation at the time of a death? Answer: No it does not. In years past, as it was throughout this country, the practice of cremation was not generally regarded as a choice at the time of a death. In our society today this has changed, along with the many […]

  • What to do with prescription glasses

    What can we do with old glasses?

    Question: After my mother died, we had all her pairs of old glasses she had worn throughout her lifetime. What can we do with them now? Answer: Many families allow us to donate these glasses to the Iowa Lions Eye Bank, who in turn give them to those in need of glasses in our country […]

  • Glad You Asked: Can women be casket bearers? (Iowa City Funeral Home)

    Can women be casket bearers?

    Yes, women can be. Grandchildren can be. Anyone you designate can be a casket bearer. What’s cool is it involves the family. Even though it’s very difficult emotionally for people to carry their grandpa or their father, or whomever, to the grave it’s also something they can do that nobody else can do for them. […]

  • Glad you asked a funeral director - funeral procession

    Funeral Procession

    When I see a funeral procession coming down the road, while I’m driving, should I pull over to the side of the road? Yes, out of respect for the person who has died and also for their family, pull over. It means a lot to them to know that the community cares enough to stop […]

  • We don't solicit funeral arrangements at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremations

    No Soliciting

    Why am I receiving postcards in the mail and solicitations to make funeral arrangements from funeral homes that I am not familiar with? Some funeral homes have prearranged funeral counselors on staff. It is their job to go out and contact people through mail, telephone or in person and solicit future business. Some funeral homes […]

  • Iowa City Funeral Home - Gay & Ciha - Funeral Rescheduled due to weather

    Rescheduled funeral

    Question: Has it ever happened that you’ve had to reschedule a funeral due to weather? In light of today’s snow storm everyone thinks of school getting cancelled and I wondered if it ever affected planned funerals. Answer: I have. Five times in my 32 years as a licensed funeral director. It has to be really, […]

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