Max Carl Fitz, age 76, of Brooklyn, passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at the Dennis & Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy, in Hiawatha.  Funeral Service:  11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 1, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, with Rev. Brent de Silva officiating. Visitation will be 9 to 11 a.m., Saturday, April 1, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn.  Burial will be in the Moline Memorial Cemetery, Moline, Illinois, at a later date.

Max is survived by a son Jesse Ray Fitz, of Newton; six siblings Marilyn (Damon) Hill, California, Judy (Carlos) Hernandez, of Brooklyn, Edward Holderman, of Garland, Texas, Terry Holderman, of Fort Worth, Texas, Cindy Miller, Palestine, Texas, and James Holderman, of Texline, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Bud and Helen Holderman.

Max Carl Fitz was born January 6, 1941, in Gary, Indiana, the son of Renville “Bud” and Helen Garrett Holderman.  He graduated from Rock Island High School, Rock Island, Illinois, in 1959.  He married Mary Wood in 1960, and later divorced.  Max served in the U.S. Army from 1963-1969, stationed in Vietnam.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time at the lake.

 

 

 

 

Clara May Lindsey Septer, age 90, died Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Heritage Specialty Care Center in Cedar Rapids. Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, March 29, 2017, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Rev. Jim Davis officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4 – 7 P.M. Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.

Clara is survived by her children, Marjorie Spicka (Charles) of Denver, CO, Sue Ludwick (Chris) of Port St. Lucie, FL,  Robert Lindsey (Carol) of Marengo, Martha Kiecksee (Paul) of Swisher, and Peggy Moomey of Williamsburg; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; and a sister Sylvia Layton (Bill) of Marion, AR. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, and a son Roger K. Lindsey in 2012.

Clara May Needham was born February 1, 1927 in Earle, AR, the daughter of Thomas and Birdie Lawhorn Needham.  She received her education in Earle AR and married John Robert Lindsey on May 2, 1941 in Wynn, AR.  John passed away, and several years later, Clara married Harold Septer. He passed away in 1991. 

Clara was employed in the housekeeping department for Holiday Inn at Little Amana for many years. She enjoyed listening to country music, and going for drives taking in the beautiful scenery. She also enjoyed eating out, especially Chinese food. Most of all, Clara enjoyed spending time with her family.

 

 

 

Robert John Evans, age 87, of Brooklyn, passed away, Monday, March 20, 2017, at the Brooklyn Community Estate.  Private graveside services will be held at a later date.  Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to the State of Iowa FFA Foundations in support of beginning farmers, the East Poweshiek Ambulance Service or a charity of the individual’s choice.  Kloster Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Robert is survived by his daughter Karen Rae (Frank) Soliday; two grandson’s Mike and Bart Soliday; two great grandsons Alex and Austin Soliday; and a daughter-in-law Kristine Soliday.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Glenna and his son Rob.

Robert Evans was born November 27, 1929, in Scott Township, Poweshiek County, the son of Earl L. and Alice M. Swindal Evans.  He attended South Side Elementary School and Brooklyn Grade School.  He graduated from Brooklyn High School in 1948.  Robert had a passion for flying and obtained his private pilot’s license at the age of 18.  He was united in marriage to Glenna Faye Keller on June 15, 1949, at the Madison Church of Christ, Brooklyn.  He moved to the current family, century farm south of Brooklyn in 1931 and resided at that farm home until December 2016, when he became a resident of Brooklyn Community Estate.  Robert was a lifetime farmer.  He also owned and operated Evans Construction for over 35 years, working on many major projects for the state and private industry.  He was the State Vice President for the FFA organization from 1949-1950 and continued to support many innovative farming techniques as well as assisting young beginning farmers throughout his life.  Robert volunteered for the East Poweshiek Ambulance service for many years. 

 

 

 

 

Shirley B. DeMonbrun, age 85, of Marengo, died Thursday, March 16, 2017.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 20, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo,  with Pastor Dan Andrews officiating.  Visitation:  Noon until service time, Monday, March 20, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established for Betty Rutherford, 680 Silk Oak Lane, Crystal Lake, IL 60014.

Shirley is survived by her children Susan (Norland) Hofer of Huron, South Dakota, Chris (Larry) Fullmer of Marengo, Iowa, Frank deMonbrun of Aurora, Colorado, Betty (Bob) Rutherford of Crystal Lake, Illinois and Edith (Victor) Quan of Belize City, Central America; twelve grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren; and two great great-grandchildren.  Also surviving is one brother William Marshall of Carthage, Illinois, and three sisters Esther Jingst of Sebring, Florida, Irene Houston, of Burlington, Iowa and Frances (Dale) Best of Woodland, California.  She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and a brother Charles.

Shirley Marshall Felgar was born December 12, 1931, in Keokuk, Iowa, the daughter of Frank and Helen VanAusdall Felgar.  She accepted the Lord on August 26, 1943.  She graduated from Hamilton High School, Hamilton, Illinois, in 1949 and later from Calvary Bible College in Kansas City, Missouri.  Shirley was united in marriage to Donald DeMonbrun on August 11, 1951, in Elviston, Illiinois.  She taught many teacher training classes, bible studies and she held Good News Clubs in her home.  Shirley was a wonderful wife and mother, and especially loved to crochet. 

 

 

 

 

 

Ronald Dean Dietze, age 71, of Marengo, passed away Sunday, March 5, 2017, at the Marengo Memorial Hospital.  Funeral Service:  10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 9, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church, Marengo, with Rev. Diane Vorhies officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery.  Visitation:  4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  A memorial fund has been established. 

Ron is survived by his wife Sherry, of Marengo; three children Angela (Brad) Allison, of Kinross, Danny Dietze, of Marengo and Chris (Tanya) Sparrowgrove, of Ladora; three siblings Kay (Levi) Williams, of Williamsburg, Jim (Jane) Dietze of Williamsburg and Carol (Chet) Ballard, of North English; seven grandchildren Annie (Zac) Schott, Alicia Weber (Matt Brower), Evan and Casey Dietze, Hannah, Abby and Wyatt Sparrowgrove; and six great-grandchildren Bentley, Forrest, Bella, Mallory, Bryce and Maci.  He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons Chad and Tracy Dietze, a grandson Corey Yardley and a brother Gerald Dietze.

Ronald Dietze was born August 23, 1945, in Iowa City, the son of Dean and Louine Schwab Dietze.  He attended Williamsburg High School.  Ron was united in marriage to Sherry Kaye Klein Dietze, on October 26, 1972 in Marengo.  He had worked at Iowa City Metro Pavers, working alongside his dad and brothers, Marengo Ready Mix, and Young’s Iowa County Ready Mix, until starting his own trucking business with his family, R.D. Dietze and Sons.  Ron enjoyed fishing, cabin life, boating, trail riding with four wheelers and side by sides, fishing trips with his friends, and spending time with his Chow, “Buddy”. 

 

 

 

 

Joyce “Elaine” Miner Gould, age 83 of Cedar Rapids, died Sunday, March 5, 2017 at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha, IA after a long illness.  Memorial Service: 11:00 A.M. Saturday, March 11, 2017, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Rev. Jim Davis officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in Koszta Cemetery.  The family will receive friends after 9:30 A.M. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be contributed to the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy.

Elaine is survived by a son, Benjamin (Cindy) of Appleton WI ; two daughters, Becky (Mike) Hite of Gresham, OR and Christine Carol Gould of Crooks, SD; six grandchildren, Lindsay Gould of Cleveland, OH, Stephanie (Jon) Weiss of Mbeya, Tanzania, Ashley (Shannon) Scott of Columbus, OH, Jeremiah (Katie)  Gould San Diego, CA, Jessica Hite of Huber Heights, OH and Kelly Hite of Portland, OR; eleven great-grandchildren, Savannah, David, Sophia and Isiah Weiss, Carson Scott, William and Wyatt Gould, Calvin and Jackson Hite, Ada Dawson and Kennedy Murray.  Elaine also helped care for and mentor Norma Gould’s children, Amy (Tony) Tomash and Lori Gould. Elaine is also survived by four sisters, Sharon (Larry) Lebeda, Sally Wenger, Patsy Irons and Lyn (John) Nebel and two brothers: Jeff (Claudia) Miner and Buck (Heidi) Miner and many nieces and nephews, including Dennis Gould and Ted (Lisa) Gould and their children.

She was preceded in death by her parents,  and her husband Carol “Kelly” Gould on September 15, 2016.

Elaine Miner Gould was born June 30, 1933, at Belle Plaine, Iowa. She was the daughter of Lloyd Miner and Velma Buswell Miner.  She attended the Honey Creek No. 5 School and graduated from Belle Plaine High School. Elaine and Carol Gould were married Dec 15, 1952. Elaine farmed with her husband and worked at a grocery store and for Bob Nance, Dean Landfear (Voice of Iowa) and the Vinton School for the Blind.  Later she went into the Methodist Church as a Christian Educator.  She attended many classes and seminars over the years, first becoming a Lay Pastor with the Waverly Methodist Church.  She went on to serve with the First United Methodist Church in Marion, Christ Community Church in Marion on two different occasions, the First Methodist Church in Ottumwa, and then as a circuit preacher for churches in Victor, Guernsey-Malcom, Ohio, Koszta and Williamsburg.

 

 

 

 

 

Iris May Schafbuch Cooney, age 85, of Williamsburg, passed away on Friday, March 3, 2017, at Highland Ridge Nursing Home, Williamsburg.  Private family services will be held at a later date.  Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Marengo.  A memorial fund has been established.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Iris is survived by a son Don (Vicki) Schafbuch of Marengo; and three daughters, Catherine Uthoff-Schnabel of Blue Grass; Christy (Blake) Steinford of Marengo, and LuAnn (Steve) Allar of Fairfax; nine (9) grandchildren, Travis (Allison) Schlabach, Shannon (Luke) Slockett, Tiffany (Jeff) Simonsen, Bradley (Stephanie) Uthoff, Jill Uthoff, Alex Uthoff, Brook (Cody) Roberts, Cami Steinford, and Katy (Mike) Norman; eleven great-grandchildren, Ashlea and Austin Schlabach, Brynlee and Bryar Slockett, Simonsen twins on the way; Aksel Uthoff; Preston and Bryer Uthoff; and Hayden and Lane Norman.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, Ray Schafbuch and James Cooney; brothers Kenneth, Orrin, and Edward and sisters, Helen Thorman and Joyce Unglenk; and a grandson Darin Schlabach.

Iris May Gleason was born March 28, 1931, in Marengo, the daughter of John Henry and Anna Louis Eichorn Gleason.  She graduated from Marengo High School in 1950. Iris married Ray L. Schafbuch on November 17, 1951 in Marengo.  She later married James R. Cooney on January 10,1976, in San Diego, CA.  Iris was a beautician at the Cardinal Salon in Marengo for several years and thereafter an apartment manager in San Diego from 1976-2001.  Following her retirement in 2001, she returned to Marengo to be near her children and grandchildren.  Her hobbies included birdwatching, needlepoint making each of her grandchildren baby quilts; reading and most of all enjoyed her grandchildren, great grandchildren and her grand dogs ... she certainly loved all the dog visits.

The family would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt thank you to the staff at the Highland Ridge Nursing Home and Essence of Life Hospice for the care of Iris.

 

 

 

 

Eric M. “Moose” McDonald , age 49, of Brooklyn, passed away Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospital.  Memorial Services will be at 7:00 p.m., Monday, March 6, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, with Father Corey Close officiating.  Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at Ivy Hill Cemetery, Malcom.  Family will receive friends from 3 to 7 p.m., Monday, March 6, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn.  A memorial fund has been established.

Eric is survived by two sons Rob (Melissa) McDonald, of Brooklyn and Jason (Heather) Gire, of Cedar Rapids; and four grandchildren Adelyn and Laine McDonald and Kolton and Kameron Gire; four siblings Michael (DeeDee) McDonald, of Malcom, Phyllis (Terry) Morris, of Malcom, LeeAnn (Mark Innis) McDonald, of Grinnell and Mary (Alan) Klein, of Ladora; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents Mary in 2010 and Fred in 2016, two sisters JoEllen and LuAnn McDonald in infancy.

Eric Mathew McDonald was born May 14, 1967, in Marengo, the son of Fredrick and Mary Bayzn McDonald.  He graduated from BGM in 1985.  Eric and his cousin Lee Hilligas were the first wrestlers from BGM to qualify and place at the state wrestling tournament.   He attended Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids.  He married Janet Daigle on September 21, 1993, and the couple later divorced.  Moose was employed as a press operator at Victor and Kinze Manufacturing.  He also worked at Martin Marietta quarry, alongside his son Rob.  He enjoyed watching NASCAR racing on t.v., baking, especially pies, lemon meringue pie was his favorite.   Moose loved mushroom hunting, hunting and fishing, the Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Cubs, and was an Iowa State fan.  He could debate about anything with people.   He especially loved attending and watching his nieces, nephews and his grandchildren’s sports and school events.  Moose will be greatly missed by many. 

 

 

 

Marvin M. Miller age 78 of Marengo, passed away, Monday, February 27, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City.   Memorial Services: 11:00 A.M. Saturday, March 4, 2017, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Rev. Anni Mingin officiating. Military Honors and a Masonic Service will be conducted at the funeral home. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 P.M. Friday, March 3, 2017 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.

He is survived by his wife Carol; a son Jim Miller of Davenport and his sons Noah and Brady; a daughter Maurine Miller and her son Harris; his brother, Maynard Miller and wife Mary of Arkansas, a sister Minerva Williams of Arizona and a half-brother Fred Miller, Jr. of Marengo. He was preceded in death by his parents, a nephew Fred Williams, and a brother-in-law, Harold “Bob” Williams.

Marvin Milton Miller was born March 9, 1938 in Kalona, Iowa, the son of Fred J. Miller and Nona Brenneman Miller. He graduated from the Parnell High School and enlisted in the U.S. Navy,Serving for 4 years, stationed in San Diego and Japan. He and Carol Brown were married October 2, 1960 in Iowa City. When he returned to the Marengo area, Marv was a loan officer with the Oxford Bank, then worked as an accountant with Van Winkle -Jacob Engineering and lastly with Walmart in the outdoor/gardening department.

Marv was an active member of the Marengo community. He served on the Marengo Hospital Board and was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church, the Marengo Masonic Lodge and El Kahir Shrine, and a proud member of the Marengo Legion Post 76. He enjoyed assisting Carol with organizing the July 3rd Parade for many years. He liked to play cribbage and golf, and make grape wine and Rivel Soup (a German soup).  He also spent time doing macramé and crocheting. He especially enjoyed attending the childrens’ events, and was their biggest cheerleader. He had a wonderful sense of humor, playing jokes on folks and having a good time. 

The family would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt thank you to the staff at the Rosehaven Nursing Home and Marengo Memorial Hospital for the care of Marvin.

 


 

 

John D. Cannon, 66, passed away Monday, February 27, 2017, at his home in Brooklyn, Iowa. Services: 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 3, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, Iowa, with Rev. John Reynolds officiating. Family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 2, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, Iowa. A memorial fund has been established.

John is survived by his son John Ryan (Dana) Cannon, of Newton; a grandson Ethan Simmons; three sisters Mary (Mike) Cataldo, of Chaska, MN, Rita (Kent) Sauer, of Marion and Teresa (Phil) Kriegel, of Brooklyn; three brothers Joe (Pat) Cannon of Oceanside, CA, Jim (Donna) Cannon, of Sioux Falls, SD, and Tom Cannon of Urbana, Iowa; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

John David Cannon was born August 2, 1950, in Grinnell, Iowa, the son of Francis and Marjorie Ryan Cannon. The family moved to Atlantic while he was in grade school. He graduated from Atlantic High School in 1968. Following graduation, John joined the U.S. Army National Guard. While living in Atlantic he did surveying for the State of Iowa also doing other construction jobs. In 1983 he returned to Brooklyn joining his father at their family plumbing business, C&R Plumbing. He was employed at Victor Manufacturing for several years. John enjoyed being a father and grandfather. Loved ones always enjoyed the humorous memories he created at family gatherings. He loved kids and was a kid magnet. He enjoyed dancing but his favorite pastime was golf.


 

 

George Heller, 86, passed away suddenly Monday, February 20, 2017 at his home.  Funeral Services:  3:00 P.M., Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the First Presbyterian Church, Marengo, Iowa, with Pastor Anni Mingin officiating.  Burial will be in the Koszta Cemetery, Koszta, Iowa. Visitation:  2 to 3 P.M., Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the First Presbyterian Church, Marengo.  A memorial fund has been established.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Vava (Solbrig) Heller; brother, Frank Heller; daughters, Jaleen (Heller) Denison and Keena (Heller) Brown and her husband, Randy Brown, and son, Dion Heller and his wife, Michele Heller; grandchildren, Kendra (Brown)Lazear and her husband, Blake Lazear, and great granddaughter Jayden Lazear, Athea (Eberhardt) King and her husband, David King, Karissa Brown, Emma (Walker) Daniels and her husband, Jacob Daniels, and Aubrey Brown.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd Heller and Emma (Dusil) Heller, and siblings Ernest, Lloyd Jr., Mary, Elvin, Wesley, Alice (Heller) Morton, her husband Albert Morton, and sister-in-law, Zelma Heller.

George was born and raised on a farm in rural Ladora.  After attending country school, George graduated from Iowa Valley High School in 1948 and attended Parsons College. He married his high school sweetheart, Vava, and settled in Marengo. Among his jobs as a welder and an insurance salesman, George also owned his own boat and motor business and “VJ Shoes and Sport” on Marengo’s town square. Later in life, he was sought out for his sales abilities, managing and working in a variety of retail stores at Tanger Outlets and Coral Ridge Mall.

George was an avid outdoorsman traveling across the country to hunt wild game; he and his family shared many camping and boating adventures. He taught his family a love and respect for wildlife and the many pets that were lucky enough to have shared his home. In the 1960’s he formed a water skiing club where they performed pyramids and tricks on skis. He loved watching and partaking in all sports, especially watching his grandchildren play soccer.  He was also well known for his sense of humor and pulling epic pranks; the stories are still spreading joy and laughter.  He will be greatly missed by his family and countless friends.

 

 

 

Carolyn Mae Whaley, age 82, of Brooklyn, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2017, at Brooklyn Community Estates.  Private family services will be at a later date. Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn is assisting the family with final arrangements.

Carolyn is survived by her children Susan (Doug) Ott, of Williamsburg, Teresa (Rodney) Tuttle, of Brooklyn and Sandra Langdon, of Wellman; eight grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren; a great-great grandchild; a step-grandson, and three step-great grandchildren. Also surviving are a sister Janis McNall of Colorado and a nephew, Kenneth Johnson of Colorado. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jack Whaley, a step-daughter Debbie Globik and a sister, JoAnn Allen. 

Carolyn Roberts was born June 14, 1934, in Malvern, Arkansas, the daughter of Louis and Marrtis McCool Roberts.  She received her education in Denver, Colorado.  She moved to the Brooklyn area in 2004 to be closer to her family.  Carolyn liked reading, growing plants, and eating M & M’s. She also loved animals. She especially enjoyed time spent with her family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Judith (Judy) A. Berger, age 83, of South Amana, Iowa, died Friday, February 17, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.  Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, February 20, 2017, at the Middle Amana Church in Middle Amana, Iowa, with Elder Emilie Hoppe officiating.  Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday, February 19, 2017, at the Middle Amana Church in Middle Amana, Iowa.  Burial will follow the funeral service in the South Amana Cemetery. 

Judy was born January 27, 1934, near Central City in rural Linn County, the daughter of Ralph and Alice (Price) Akers.  She was the oldest of four children.  She attended Prairie Chapel Country School through grade 2, when the family moved to a farm near Troy Mills, Iowa, where she completed high school in 1952.  She attended Iowa State Teachers College (now the University of Northern Iowa) and obtained her teaching certificate in 1954.  While at the Iowa State Teachers College, she met her future husband, George Berger.  Judy taught elementary school three years in Parkersburg, Iowa, and two years in Amana, Iowa.  She substitute taught periodically for many years.  She also taught Sunday School for over 30 years.

Judy was a devoted mother and wife and a friend to all.   She and her husband were very active for many years in the production of hand-woven rugs.  They also maintained a large garden and she was an excellent cook.  Judy had a large extended family and she was the anchor and family historian for those families.  Judy loved to cook, can, bake and tend to her garden.

Those left to honor her life include her husband of 59 years, George Berger; her children Jeffrey (Geri McMahon) Berger of West Des Moines, Jennifer (Nathan) Wrage of Gladbrook, and Jeremy (Andrea) Berger of Chicago, Illinois; her grandchildren Jessica (Andy) Schroeder, Jenna (Leo Anderson) Berger, Angela (Maruf) Ablaberdiev, Tyler Wrage, Noah Berger and Gabriel Berger; her siblings Ron (Brenda Daniel) Akers, Dianne (Robert) Graham, and Don (Pat) Akers; sister-in-law Katie Berger; and many nieces and nephews.

Judy is preceded in death by her parents, Ralph Akers and Alice Price Akers; her husband’s parents, Henry and Elise (Leichsenring) Berger; her brother-in-law Ray Berger; and her sisters-in-law Beverly and Annette Akers.

 

 

 

 

Rose Marie Leonhardt, age 92, of Amana, passed away on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at Colonial Manor of Amana.  Funeral service: 10:00 A.M., Monday, February 13, 2017, at the Middle Amana Community Church, with Elder Kristie Yoder officiating.  Burial will be in the Middle Amana Cemetery.  Visitation:  Monday after 9 a.m., at the Middle Amana Church.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made out to the charity of the donor’s choice, in Rose’s name.

Rose is survived by her nephews Mark (Tami) Leonhardt, Larry (Wilma) Rettig, Douglas (Janet) Leonhardt and David Leonhardt; nieces Rosemary (David) Houser and Ellen Leonhardt; and numerous great nieces and nephews, as well as a host of friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers Harry and Elmer, a sister Lina and a niece Bonnie Rettig Hertel.

Rose Leonhardt was born on September 22, 1924, in Middle Amana, the daughter of Ferdinand and Minnie Reihmann Leonhardt.  She graduated from Middle Amana High School and later attended the Cedar Rapids School of Business.  She was employed as an executive secretary with Vigor-Tone Products and Amana Refrigeration.  She was a member of the Amana Arts Guild and Amana Heritage Society.  Rose enjoyed playing golf, doing word and picture puzzles, and she was an avid Canasta card game player.  She loved her family dearly, especially her nieces and nephews.  Rose was a dear friend to many. 

 

 

 

 

 

Virgil A. Head, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, born November 19, 1950, son of Merle and June Corrick Head, died Monday, February 6, 2017. 

No services will be held.  Family invites you to share memories of Virgil from 1-4 on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Marengo. 

He is survived by his wife Sherri Young Head, of Cedar Falls; daughter Kelli (Dustin) Yates, of Waterloo; son Ryan Head and granddaughter Adeline Head of Burnsville, MN; and special dogs Wrigley, Poochie and Jessie.

Virgil was a member of the NRA.    “Red 4-door Ford F250 (not for sale)”.

In lieu of flowers and cement, cards may be directed to the family in care of Kloster Funeral Home, 298 W. Washington St., Marengo, Iowa.  

 

 

 

 

Danielle Jeanne Celarier, age 22 of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, now rests safely in the arms of Jesus.  She died Saturday, February 4, 2017. Danielle was born on April 17, 1994 in Frederick, Maryland, but she spent most of her life in Cedar Rapids. 

Funeral Services will be at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at Harvest Baptist Church, Williamsburg, Iowa with Pastor Tim Waldron officiating.  Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Williamsburg. Visitation will be from 9-11 A.M. Wednesday at the church prior to the service. A memorial fund has been established.

Danielle was a kind, thoughtful, loyal daughter, sister, and friend who, with her whole heart, possessed a desire to serve others.  She had a passion for music, literature, and art. Her thirst for knowledge and God-given abilities were reflected in the beauty she created with her violin, her written words, and her artwork. Her infectious laughter and quirky humor were a source of great joy. Danielle possessed a true warrior spirit. Through diligence and perseverance, she earned her 3rd degree black belt. She loved attending taekwondo tournaments and teaching the martial arts skills to others. She was a fighter, who stood strong and firmly for her beliefs always determined to do what was right. But most importantly, Danielle had a loving, personal relationship with her Savior.


“…Thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.  I cried
 unto the Lord with my voice, and He heard me.. Salvation belongeth unto the Lord:
Thy blessing is upon Thy people.” Psalm 3:3-4, 8

Her family feels truly blessed to have shared her life and to have been loved by her. Danielle was a true testimony of God’s love. She will be dearly missed by her parents, Steven and Carol Jones Celarier, and her brother David Celarier, all of Cedar Rapids.  She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Dorothy Celarier of Hoffman Estates, Illinois and grandfather, Leighton Jones of Williamsburg, Iowa.

 

 

 

William Robert “Bill” Lippincott, age 86, passed away Friday, February 3, 2017.
Graveside Service: 3:00 P.M. Tuesday, February 7, 2017, Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery, Brooklyn, with Rev. John Reynolds, Jr. officiating.  There will be no visitation. Kloster Funeral Home of Brooklyn is in charge of arrangements.

Bill was born February 3, 1931 in Grinnell, Iowa the son of James and Mabel Orr Lippincott.  He graduated from Brooklyn High School in 1949 and served in the U.S. Army from 1952 - 1954.  Upon his discharge from the service, Bill returned to Iowa and was employed with Grinnell College and Grinnell Telecommunications. He also spent time building bridges.

Bill enjoyed reading, playing Ping Pong and Croquet, and attending car races.  He was a member of the Brooklyn American Legion Post 294.

 

 

 

 

 

Larry Mark Schafer, age 73 of Marengo, died Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.  Memorial Service: 11:00 A.M. Monday, January 30, 2017, Meadow Hill Christian Church, Homestead, Iowa with Rev. Carol Travers officiating. Military Honors will be performed at the church. Family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m., prior to the service.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established to help defray funeral costs. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Larry is survived by his children, Todd of Oskaloosa, Erika Pride (Greg) of Webster City, Doug of Killeen, TX, Heidi Burggraaf (Eric) of Gilman, and Ben of Blairstown; twelve grandchildren, Mariah, Kiah, Jami and Jordon Pride, Logan, Corbin, Benton, and Evelyn Burggraaf, Brayden Simon, Kylie Schafer and Landon Schafer; and his siblings, Janet Hittle of Mesa, AZ, Myrna Holcomb (Dennis) of San Tan Valley, AZ, and Doreen Flowers of Mesa, AZ. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Ronald Schafer.

Larry Mark Schafer was born February 3, 1943 in Batavia, Iowa, the son of Lester and Juanita Davis Schafer.  He graduated from Ottumwa High School in 1961 and then attended Culver-Stockton College in Canton, MO.  Larry enlisted in the U.S. Army and was on active duty in Germany and Fort Bragg, NC from 1964-67. He continued his service to his country with the Army Reserves until 1970.  He returned home to Iowa and raised his family. Larry was employed Farmstead Foods, and when they closed their doors he attended Kirkwood College for re-training.  He then was employed with Stoney Creek Manufacturing in Blairstown.  Larry was an animal lover and enjoyed his horses, dogs and rabbits.  

 

 

 

 

 

Keith Elliot Brannian, age 97, of Brooklyn, passed away on Monday, January 16, 2017, at the Brooklyn Community Estate.  Funeral service:  11:00 a.m., Friday, January 20, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn.  Burial will be in the Harmony Cemetery, rural Brooklyn.  Visitation:  10 to 11:00 A.M., Friday, January 20, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn.

Keith is survived by his children Terry Ann Brannian (Dean Smith), Rochelle Lynne Brannian, Allen Ross (Mary) Brannian and Sam Brannian (Ramona McGurk); a granddaughter Riley; two step-grandchildren Krystal and Kenny Hoth; four step great-grandchildren Jacob Sanders, Alexander, Christian and Brenden Hoth; a brother Donald Brannian; sister-in-law Esther (Mrs. Ken Brannian); and many relative and friends including Philip Ryan, and Floyd and Jeanne Doty.  He was preceded in death by his wife Gloria in 2002, his parents, and a brother Kenneth Brannian. 

Keith Brannian was born September 2, 1919, in Lincoln Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa, the son of Elsie Elliott and Ross Brannian.  He was graduated from the Brooklyn High School as valedictorian in 1937.  Following graduation, he decided to forego his scholarship and began farming along with his father, until 1942.  Keith joined the U.S. Army in August 1942-1946.  He was united in marriage to Gloria Bealler in Younkers, New York, on September 6, 1947.  He then continued farming with his family until buying and moving to “Agony Acres” in March 1950. 

Keith’s greatest joys were foremost his family, then farming, followed by reading, music and travel.  The writings and works of the following are among the favorites:  Thomas Jefferson, George Washington Carver, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, and Gene Kelly.  Several quotations from special people in Keith’s life included:

Father Ross Brannian: “Look the other man in the eye and treat him as you wish to be treated”.

Samuel Bealler (father-in-law):  “I have never met a man who I couldn’t talk to and learn something from him”.

Veterinarian Dr. Sylvester Millgate: “Take your little portion of this earth to use and cherish and leave it better than you found it”.

 

 

 

Leo R. Bell, age 82 of Marengo, passed away, Monday, January 16, 2017 at the Marengo Memorial Hospital, from complications of diabetes and Pancreatic Cancer.  Visitation will be from 4 to 7 P.M. Thursday, January 19, 2017, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. Private Burial will be Friday, January 20, 2017. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be contributed to the Marengo Fire Department or the Marengo Memorial Hospital.   

Leo is survived by his wife of 28 years, Paula; a daughter Kristyn Bell (Joe Bolkcom); a step-son, Jim (Bev) Krakow, step daughter Suzy (Wade) Roth; step grandchildren, Megan (Joe) Trimble, Molli Krakow, Steven Slechta and Jayson Krakow; and two step great-grandsons, Austin and Riley Trimble. Leo loved dogs and owned many in his life. The last one, Sophie his pet Peekapoo, also survives him.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife Karen.

Leo Ray Bell was born November 4, 1934 in Marengo, Iowa, the son of Ralph and Gladys Brecht Bell.  He graduated from the Marengo High School with the Class of 1953.  Leo attended Wartburg College for a year, and then enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving from 1955-1957. He returned home and was employed with Simmons Motor Company as a parts manager. When the company closed their doors, Leo went to work for the City of Marengo with the Streets Department, retiring in 2003. 

Leo and Karen Rathjen married in 1959.  They were blessed with a daughter Kristyn. The couple later divorced.  Leo and Paula Krakow were married in 1988.  Leo spent 29 years on the Marengo Fire Department, 13 of those as Fire Chief. He spent his spare time painting houses.  His hobbies included hunting and fishing. He enjoyed motorcycles and also camping. He and Paula had many happy memories around the campfire.  Leo was an avid Hawkeye, Cubs and Chicago Bears fan. He also enjoyed doing the puzzles in the Gazette. Leo will be dearly missed by his family and friends. He had a kind and gentle nature which made him easy to love.

The family would like to thank the staff of Essence of Life Hospice and the Marengo Memorial Hospital for their excellent end of life care of Leo and his family.

 

 

 

Walter F. Schuerer, age 96, of Amana, passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at his home.  Funeral service:  10:00 a.m., Monday, January 16, 2017, at the Middle Amana Community Church, Middle Amana with elder Harold Pitz officiating.  Burial will be in the Amana Cemetery with military honors.  Visitation:  4 to 7 p.m., Sunday, January 15, 2017 at the Middle Amana Church, Middle Amana.  Memorials can be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Walter is survived by his three children Ronald Schuerer of East Amana, Gerald (Fay) Schuerer of Amana and Madeline Schulte of Amana; three grandchildren Rayme Schuerer (Michelle) of Amana, Jennifer Kaefring (Kevin) of Willliamsburg and Rob Schuerer (Alissa) of Shueyville; four great-grandchildren; and his beloved pets and champion, Dixieland Luke, and his Brittanies Kyla, Josie and Pearl.  A very special thanks to Tanya Collentine and doctor Maryann Nelson for their exceptional care.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Florence in 2014, two brothers George and Harold, a son-in-law Keith “Skeeter” Schulte, a daughter-in-law Linda Schuerer, a brother-in-law John Rettig, and a sister-in-law Doris Rettig.

Walter Schuerer was born August 28, 1920, in Amana, the son of Walter and Magdalena Oehl Schuerer.  He graduated from the Amana Schools in 1938.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1943-1946, during the Battle of the Bulge, receiving his bronze star medal.  Walter was united in marriage to Florence Rettig on January 30, 1946, in Davenport, Iowa.  In his earlier years, he worked at the East Amana Farm, the Amana Meat Shop, the Colony Inn from 1946-1990, and later joining the Brick Haus Restaurant from 1990-2010.  In 1963, he started Cedar Lane Farm, where he raised Angus cattle, German Shorthair Pointers, Brittany Spaniels, and horses.  He was a member of the American Legion Post 234, Amana Heritage Society, Amana Society, Amana Church, and the Iowa Restaurant Association.  Walter loved driving and looking at the country side and farms, driving through the Amana Villages and reminiscing and explaining their history, hunting and his daily feedings of his Koi in his fish pond.  Walter enjoyed being around people, and was well recognized throughout the world as being a great ambassador for the Amana Colonies.  He especially loved his trips with Florence to Japan, Germany, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Africa, Brazil and Italy. 

 

 

 

 

 

Anna V. Olson, age 88, formerly of Hartwick, passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at Premier Estates of Toledo.  Funeral Mass: 1:00 P.M. Saturday, January 14, 2017, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn with Fr. Corey Close officiating.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Brooklyn. Visitation: 10:00 AM – 12:00 noon, Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. A rosary recital will be held at 11:30 a.m. Memorials may be contributed to the University of Pennsylvania Hospital for F.O.P. Research.

Anna is survived by her children, David (Julie) of Decorah, Janice (Dennis) Kelly of Morton, IL, Thomas (Marilyn) of Cedar Rapids, Douglas of Des Moines, Jim (Mary) of Burlington, LeRoy (LouAnna) of Toledo, Margaret (Curtis) McWilliams of Victor and Randy (Paula) of West Des Moines; nineteen grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law Paul Schember of Florida, and numerous nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Howard in 2002, a grandson Tyler, sisters, twins Marie Posusta and Julia Waterbeck, and Agnes at 2 years old, and brothers, Joe and George Vavroch, and Francis who died at birth.

Anna Vlasta Vavroch was born August 18, 1928 in rural Chelsea, the daughter of Charles and Anna Hayek Vavroch.  She graduated from Tama High School and received her teaching degree from the Iowa State Teachers College, Cedar Falls. Anna and Howard Olson were married on August 20, 1949 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Tama. Anna devoted her life to caring for her husband and children, and later worked at the Hartwick State Bank.

Anna was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed summer vacations with her husband and children. She loved to go dancing with Howard, spend time in her garden, and play cards and BINGO with their friends.  She especially loved the time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Anna was a member of the Ladies Red Hat Club in Victor, and the Altar and Rosary Guild of St. Bridget’s in Victor as well as St. Pat’s in Brooklyn.

 

 

 

Ronnie Lee Binney, age 63, of Amana, died Monday, January 2, 2017, at Manor Care in Cedar Rapids.  Funeral Services:  10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 7, 2017, at the Middle Amana Church, Middle Amana, with Elder Alan Trumpold officiating.  Burial will be in the Amana Cemetery, with military honors.  Visitation:  4 to 6 p.m., Friday, January 6, 2017, at the Middle Amana Church.  A memorial fund has been established.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Ronnie is survived by a son Elijah; two daughters Elizabeth (Adam) Olson and Crystal Binney; and four grandchildren Canan, Ava, Emily and Andrew.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Sharron and two brothers.                                        

Ronnie Binney was born June 5, 1953, in South Bend, Indiana, the son of Richard Binney and Jessie Craig Binney. He grew up in Fishlake, Indiana.  After graduating high school, he enlisted in the Army and later married Joanna Hemphill.  Together, they lived in Kentucky and owned and operated their computer fixing business.  The couple later divorced.   Ronnie liked to fix and tinker with various items, grilling, and reading the Bible. He spent much of his quiet time writing poetry in which he won an award in 2014.  He also enjoyed singing bluegrass and gospel music.

 

 

 

 

   
   
   
   
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