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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