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December 27, 2012

Ethel Bregar

Knoxville —  

Ethel Alzina Bregar, age 67, of Knoxville, formerly of Bussey, died on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.  She was born on Oct. 22, 1945, in Albia to Earl and Helen (Kellogg) Yates. 

Ethel married Ronald Joe Bregar on Feb. 16, 1963, in the Bussey United Methodist Church.  They were blessed with six children: Judy, Jackie, Jamie, Rick, Jody, and Jenny.  Her world revolved around her family.  She especially enjoyed babysitting her grandchildren. 

She is survived by her husband, Joe, of Knoxville, children, Judy (Steve) Routh of Knoxville, Jackie Fee-Porter (Bill) of Des Moines, Jami Bregar of Des Moines, Rick Bregar of Des Moines, Jody (Fred) Evans of Richmond, Ohio, Jenny (Kelly) Bonnett of Bussey, 18 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and she was waiting for three more to arrive.  She is also survived by siblings, Evelyn Rockwell of Des Moines, Bonnie Jones of Ottumwa, Beverly Bosteder of Des Moines, Richard Yates of Chicago, and mother-in-law, Nellie Bregar of Bussey.   She is preceded in death by her parents, siblings, Buck Yates, Art Yates, Don Yates, Ray Yates, Chuck Yates, Betty Nabity, Bertha McCombs, father-in-law, Albert Bregar, and son-in-law, Roger Fee.

Funeral Services were held Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at Sinnott Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Lovilia with Jeff Comstock officiating. Ethel was cremated following funeral services. 

Memorials may be directed to Bussey Fire and Rescue. Online condolences may be left at

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