Thomas J. “Tom” Kriegel, age 62 of Brooklyn, Iowa, died Monday, April 14, 2014 at Brooklyn Community Estate, Brooklyn.  Funeral Mass: 10:00 A.M. Monday, April 21, 2014, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn with Fr. Brian Shepley officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Brooklyn. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Sunday, April 20, 2014 at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn with a Scripture Service at 7 P.M. A memorial fund has been established.

He is survived by his siblings, Francis (Marilyn) Kriegel of Victor, Joanne (Gary) Phillips of Marshalltown, Jane (Mike) Glasford of Crooks, SD, Raphael (Diane) Kriegel of Montezuma, Theresa (Tom) Goeke of Pueblo West, CO, Elizabeth (Charles) Cretin of Eldora, Vincent Kriegel of Crooks, SD, Margaret Carlton (Darrell Beason) of Brooklyn, IA, David (Chelle) Kriegel of Laurel, Dorothy (Nathan) Allen of Winterset, Ted (Tammy) Kriegel of Brooklyn, and Agnes (James) Crabtree of Brooklyn; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William John and Catherine Roberta Pfiffner Kriegel, two nephews, Lloyd and Walter Kriegel, and a great-niece Ashley Phillips.

Thomas Joseph Kriegel was born April 21, 1951 in Grinnell, Iowa, the fifth of thirteen children born to William and Catherine Pfiffner Kriegel. He attended the Scott #1 country school for kindergarten and went on to graduate from BGM High School with the Class of 1970. Tom worked for Farmhand Ag Equipment in Grinnell from 1972 – 1987, and for Amana Refrigeration for several years, retiring from there.  He spent his spare time farming with his brothers, Francis and Ray. Tom was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Brooklyn. He also was an active member of 4-H and FFA.

Tom’s favorite pastimes were walking the dogs, Kringle and Komet, hiking at Diamond Lake, and going downtown to eat at the Classic Deli.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and watching the Chicago Cubs.

 

 

 

Garygene R. Scalf, age 70 of Marengo, Iowa, died Sunday, April 13, 2014 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, in Iowa City. A memorial gathering for his friends and family will be held at a later date. Kloster Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Garygene is survived by his father Eugene Scalf of Prescott, AZ, two brothers, Dennis of Stigler, OK,  and Randy of the Philippines; four sisters, Sharronne Vincent and Kandyce Scalf, both of Deer Island, OR, Kathleen Lyons (Stan) of Brentwood, CA, and Tami Worley of Beaverton, OR. He was preceded in death by his mother.

Garygene Rudolf Scalf was born October 4, 1943 in Hermiston, OR, the son of Eugene Vincent Scalf and Ruth Hienley Scalf. He attended the Oregon schools. Garygene had been employed as a bus boy at a local restaurant, worked for the Amana Lumberyard, and at REC in Conroy. He enjoyed bowling, and traveling, and also liked to dance.

 

 

 

 

Walter H. Kraft, age 82, of West Amana, died Friday morning, April 11, 2014 at his home. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM Monday, April 14, 2014 at Kloster Funeral Home in Marengo. Rev. Travis Borkosky will officiate. A memorial fund has been established.

He is survived by his wife Erika of  West Amana; two sons Tom and Rudy Kraft both of West Amana; a daughter Heidy Edwards (Ted) of Amana; a grandchild Sandy Sutherby (Dan) of Walford; and a brother Werner Kraft of Heilbrohn, Germany. He was preceded in death by his parents  and a sister-in-law Elizabeth Kraft.

Walter Horst Kraft was born in Weiler, Germany on January 17, 1932, the son of Christopher Kraft and Louise Miller Kraft. He received his education in Germany and then attended trade school. He and Erika Lieber were united in marriage on September 1, 1955 in Toronto, Canada. Walter was a beautiful furniture builder, and also a contractor for many years.

Walter especially enjoyed photography and traveling to different countries.

 

 

 

 

Walter A. Stanerson, age 89, of Conroy, Iowa, died Friday, March 21, 2014 at Rose Haven Nursing Home, Marengo, following a lengthy illness.  Memorial Service: 1:00 P.M. Saturday, April 12, 2014, First Lutheran Church, Conroy with Rev. Don K. Dovre officiating. Inurnment will be in the First Lutheran Cemetery with military honors. The family will receive friends after 11:00 A.M. Saturday, April 12, at the church. A memorial fund has been established. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Walter is survived by his daughters, Denise Jones (Terry) of Omaha, NE, Cheryl Boyer (Robert) of West Bend, WI, and Vicki Cave (Don) of Omaha; six grandchildren, Aaron Jones (Melissa Moehring), Kali Jones, Hannah Boyer, Matthew Boyer, Justin Cave and Maggie Cave; and a great-granddaughter, Hadley Mae Jones. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mae on April 10, 2001, two brothers, Ed and Art and two sisters, Helen Overbaugh and Ethel Hartz.

Walter Alex Stanerson was born August 23, 1924 in Conroy, Iowa, the son of Staner Stanerson and Helen Mae Groesbeck Stanerson.  He attended the Hilton Consolidated School in Conroy and graduated with the Class of 1943. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force for 18 months. Walter and Mae Helen Ollis were united in marriage on August 12, 1952 in Calcutta, Ohio.  The couple made their home and raised their family in Conroy where Walt co-owned and operated Stanerson Garage and Oil for many years.

Walt enjoyed woodworking and stained glass work in his free time. He also liked music, and was an avid Cubs fan. He was a lifetime member of First Lutheran Church in Conroy.

 

 

 

 

Murlen Philip Vogt, age 100, of Williamsburg, Iowa, formerly of Homestead, Iowa, was called home to the Lord,  Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Highland Ridge Care Center in Williamsburg, following a short illness.  Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, April 9, 2014, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo with Rev. Andrew Gray officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at the church. Memorials may be contributed to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo, The Lutheran Hour, or the charity of the donor’s choice. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is in charge of arrangements.

Murlen is survived by his children, Ronald Vogt (Rosella) of Homestead, and Donna Blythe (Daryl) of Williamsburg; a daughter-in-law, Lorraine Vogt of Tiffin; ten grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, Mark Vogt of Homestead, Kerri Vogt of Wheatridge, CO, Keith Vogt (Sandy) and daughter Evangeline Vogt of Cedar Rapids; Becky Esser (Darin) of Cedar Rapids; Christine Fluegel (Jeff) and family Ashley and Logan Fluegel of Janesville, WI; Jon Vogt of Tiffin, Dr. Jeff Blythe (Darcy) and family Paige Fooshee (Garrett) of Derby KS, and Nolan and Clayton Blythe of Orange City; Curt Blythe (Mary) of Williamsburg  and family Trenton Blythe (Molly) of Oak Park, IL, Holden Blythe (Kelly), Austin Blythe (Kiley Ritchie) and Corbin Blythe of Williamsburg; Matt Blythe (Robin) and family Garrett and Gage Blythe of Williamsburg; and Stacey Cremeens (Aron) and family Tyler Cremeens, Dillon Blythe, Cole Cremeens, and Carlee Cremeens of Williamsburg;  and a brother-in-law, Vernon Sandersfeld (Esther) of Homestead.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Gertrude in 2011, a son Lowell Vogt in 2002, and a brother Eldon Vogt.

Murlen Philip Vogt was born March 14, 1914 in Homestead, Iowa, the son of Philip Joeseph Vogt and Katherine Kohler Kuch Vogt.  He attended the Homestead schools and graduated from Marengo High School in 1932. He was united in marriage to Gertrude Gesina Sandersfeld on November 28, 1940 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Homestead. Murlen was born, raised, and farmed the same land his entire life. This farm is now a designated Century Farm. He also worked for the Homestead Feed Mill, and did land measuring for ASC.

Murlen was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Marengo, where he held several offices. He was on the building committee for the education building and the new church. He was a dartball member, and a member of the men’s club. He also was a member of Farm Bureau.  Murlen was loyal to the Iowa Hawkeyes, and was also an avid Cubs fan. He especially enjoyed his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and attending all the family and school activities, even his own recently celebrated “100th Birthday Party”.

 

 

 

 

Garth C. Bigbee, 82, Marengo, died Friday, April 4, 2014, at the Marengo Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 10, First Presbyterian Church, Marengo, with visitation from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery. Memorials may be made by those who wish to First Presbyterian Church, Marengo Memorial Hospital Foundation, Iowa Valley School District Foundation, or the charity of donor’s choice.


Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Jane; their children: G. Gregory (Verla) Bigbee, Pella; Ann (Charles Scott) Bigbee, Marengo; Janice (Bill) Bigbee-Hansen, Renton, WA; Jennifer (Ray) Storck, Scottsdale, AZ; and Jenny (David Weenink) Cals, AFS exchange student from The Netherlands; grandchildren: Morgan and Dakota Bigbee, Pella; Catherine Scott, New York City, NY; Jessica Scott, Des Moines; Will and Sam Bigbee-Hansen, Renton; Rebecca Storck, Pullman, WA; and Ryan Storck, Scottsdale; step-grandchildren: Dustyn (Molly) Menninga, Des Moines; LaCosta (Jeremy) Van Dyk, Pella; and Heather (Gary) Vander Heiden, Knoxville; and also Thomas and Louise Weenink, Amsterdam; great-grandchildren: Zarah, Ariana, Madyson, Alexander and Josiah Van Dyk, Pella; and Gage, Brady, Kjersten, and Jace Vander Heiden, Knoxville. Also surviving are a brother-in-law, Dan (Sue) Steele, Westby, WI, and a sister-in-law, Bernice Steele, Spirit Lake.


Garth was preceded in death by his parents, Lon Bigbee (1984) and Erma Bigbee (1999); his parents-in-law, Richard and Catherine Steele; brother-in-law, Thomas Steele, and sister-in-law, Jane Steele.


Garth Charles Bigbee was born Aug. 1, 1931, in Williamsburg, the son of Lon Charles and Erma Lorene Eckert Bigbee.  He attended Marengo schools, graduating from Marengo High School in 1949. Garth received a B.S. Degree in Animal Husbandry in 1953 from Iowa State College, Ames. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.  Garth Bigbee and Jane Ann Steele were married June 28, 1953, at Memorial Presbyterian Church, Cherokee. 

Garth served in the U.S. Air Force from 1953 to 1956. He was co-pilot on a KC-97 aerial tanker refueling B-47 bombers in mid-air. Following training at bases in Malden, MO, Enid, OK, San Antonio, Texas, and West Palm Beach, FL., he was stationed at Smokey Hill AFB, Salina, KS, a SAC (Strategic Air Command) base, with duty also in England and Newfoundland.  Following his discharge from the Air Force, Garth returned home and worked with his parents on Gar-Lon Farms, raising Black Angus cattle from 1956-1970. In 1959 he received the Cedar Rapids Jaycees Outstanding Young Farmer of the Year. He belonged to the Beef Producers and Cedar Valley Farm Business Association, working for the latter for several years.


In 1970 Garth went into the insurance business specializing in farm estate planning. He earned CLU (Chartered Life Underwriters) and ChFC (Chartered Financial Consultants) professional designations. With four others the partnership RBOZ was formed; they established Insurance Service Corporation of Iowa in Cedar Rapids where he worked until retirement.

Garth was an active fifty-year member of First Presbyterian Church, Marengo, where he was currently serving on its session and on which he had previously served several terms and also as a past president of the congregation. He was a member of the Hymn Bells choir. He was a member of Marengo American Legion Post #76, Iowa County Historical Society, and was a former member and past president of Marengo Rotary Club.

Garth enjoyed spending time with his family, working with his dog, fishing, hunting birds and mushrooms.

 

 

 

Rachel E. Gerard, age 87, of Marengo, Iowa, died April 2, 2014 at the Marengo Memorial Hospital, in Marengo. Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Monday, April 7, 2014, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo with Rev. Andrew Gray officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery. Visitation; 4 to 7 P.M. Sunday, April 6, 2014, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.

Rachel is survived by her son, Russell “Al” (Linda) of Marengo; four daughters, Sherry Kouba (Jon Dale) of Central City, Debbie Saunders (Rex) of Marengo, Becky Wiebold of Marengo, and Kris Gerard of Marengo; ten grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.

Rachel was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Russell Dean Gerard on October 24, 1982, two brothers, Noel and Carroll Siems, two sisters, Mildred Siems and Wilma Landuyt; and two grandsons, Blake Saunders and Spencer Kouba.

Rachel Elizabeth Siems was born on April 19, 1926 in Blairstown, Iowa, the daughter of Fred and Elizabeth Hofmaster Siems. She attended the Benton County schools and married Russell Dean Gerard on November 18, 1949. Rachel provided childcare for the families of the Marengo area for many years. She had a great love for her family, and cherished the time she spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She also enjoyed gardening, and her flowers. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Marengo.

 

 

 

Lorence W. Ackermann, age 57, of Amana, Iowa, chose to end his life of suffering,  and begin his new life in heaven on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at his home.  Funeral Services: 11:00 A.M. Saturday, March 29, 2014, Amana Community Church, Amana, with Elder Jon Childers officiating.  Burial will be in the Amana Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Friday, March 28, 2014 at the Amana Church in Amana. A memorial fund has been established.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is in charge of arrangements.

Lorence is survived by his son Matt Ackermann (Whitney Alberhasky) of Homestead; two daughters, Elizabeth Draeger (Eric) of Marion, and Kristin Ackermann (Josh Cuno) of Homestead, a granddaughter, Jasmin Rose; his parents, William and Dorothy Ackermann of Amana; two sisters Sandy Fetzer (Jerry) of Marion and Deb Weisskopf (Phil) of Oxford; two nieces Andrea Dorn (Jeremy) and Callista Weisskopf; and three nephews, Patrick Fetzer, Zachary Fetzer and Josh Weisskopf.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and two nieces, Heather and Micah Weisskopf.

Lorence William Ackermann was born October 10, 1956 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of William Ackermann and Dorothy Lorenc Ackermann. He graduated from the Amana High School in 1975, and attended Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. Lorence married Lori Childers on September 30, 1978 in Amana. The couple later divorced.  Lorence started his working career with Hertel 66 in Homestead. He then was employed at Kraus Manufacturing in Walford. Later he worked at Sullivan Graphics in Marengo and lastly he was employed with Amana Furniture in Amana.  In his youth Lorence was a member of the Boy Scouts.

 

 

 

 

Mikel R. Roggentien, age 61 of Marengo, Iowa, passed away Sunday, March 23, 2014 at his home, after a long valiant battle with cancer. Private family services will be held at a later date. The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 P.M. Thursday, March 27, 2014 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. Memorials may be contributed to the Marengo Memorial Hospital Foundation, 300 W. May St., P.O. Box 228, Marengo, IA 52301.

Mike is survived by his wife of 42 years, Barbara; his son Robert and wife Lindsey, of Chicago, IL; three daughters, Tascha Naber and husband Kirk, of Overland Park, KS, Traci Nandi and husband Partha, of New York City, NY; and Christina Roggentien of West Des Moines, IA; three grandchildren, Lauren and Cameron Naber, Jayden Nandi, and a granddaughter to be born in April. Also surviving are his mother, Ann Roggentien of Williamsburg, IA, and sister Suzette Roggentien of Gladstone, MO. He was preceded in death by his father Robert “Bob” G. Roggentien in 1977.

Mikel Robert Roggentien was born May 23, 1952 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Robert G. and Ann M. Shramek Roggentien.  He graduated from Iowa Valley High School with the Class of 1971 and married Barbara Bral on May 1, 1971 in Webster City, Iowa. The couple made Marengo their home and raised four children there. For the past 27 years, Mike was the owner and operator of Roggentien Salvage in Marengo, a family-owned business for 78 years.  Mike loved his work, friends, and family. He mostly enjoyed the annual family vacation to Marco Island, Florida.

 

 

 

Delbert Duane Rankin, (Ladora, IA) 64, died Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at his home.  Delbert was born August 31, 1949 in Peshastin, WA.  He graduated from Peshastin-Dryden High School in 1967.  He attended Oregon Bible College in Oregon, IL,  where he met his wife Nancy.  He graduated with a degree in Theology in 1971.  Delbert and Nancy Foster were married November 9, 1968.  They raised three daughters, Karah, Chondra, and Tascha on a rural acreage near Ladora, IA.  In 2011, he retired from the Iowa Valley Schools after 40 years of service.  Delbert pastored at Churches of God, Faith of Abraham for 45 years, but ministered his entire life.  Delbert enjoyed reading, writing, playing trumpet in the Civil War Band, attending sporting events and concerts at the Iowa Valley Schools, spending time with friends and family, collecting all things eagle, and most of all sharing his love of the scriptures with everyone with whom he came into contact.  He loved to research and wrote a weekly eministry that was sent to over 200 hundred people and was translated by others and shared in several languages.  Delbert loved to travel all over the country.  He was planning a third trip to the Philippines to help spread the gospel.  Delbert truly cared for people.  Everybody who knew Delbert loved him.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Foster Rankin of Ladora, IA; his daughters, Karah Rankin of Ladora, Chondra Rankin of North Liberty, Tascha (James) Hauber of Ames; four grandchildren, Kenneth Dykes-Rankin, and David, Daniel, and Megan Hauber; six siblings, Ronald Rankin of Cashmere, WA, Nola (Sheridan) Payne of Wenatchee, WA, Phyllis (William) Wachtel of Wenatchee, WA, Arlen (Sharon) Rankin of Wenatchee, WA, Darrell (Loretta) Rankin of Erie, CO, and Russell (Myrna) Rankin of Clear Lake, MN; mother-in-law, Margaret Foster of Rochelle, IL; sisters-in-law Jean (Jim) Rencontre of Ironwood, MI, Mary (Dan) Peterson of Coeur d’ Alene, ID, Kathy Foster of Sycamore, IL, Susan (Dennis) Brown of Allen, TX, Elisabeth (Ray) Mulli of Brooklyn Park, MN, Judy Foster of Citrus Heights, CA, and Sarah (Kenny) Cronin of Belle Plaine, IA; and brothers-in-law Sam (Kathy) Foster of Cashmere, WA, and Dan (Jennifer) Foster of Rochelle, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Forrest Rankin and Evelyn Blanche Ridley Rankin; father-in-law Raymond Foster; sister-in-law Virginia Rankin; and brother-in-law David Foster.

Visitation for Delbert will be held at Kloster Funeral Home in Marengo, IA on Monday, March 24, 3:00-7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be located at the First Presbyterian Church in Marengo on Tuesday, March 25 at 10:00 a.m. followed by graveside interment at the Koszta Cemetery and a luncheon at the Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to Archival Preservation of Church Literature or the Iowa State Conference in care of Nancy Rankin, 1462 155th Street, Ladora, Iowa 52251.

Delbert is now resting peacefully, awaiting the return of Jesus Christ, to reside in the earthly Kingdom of God (I Corinthians 15:51-52; Matthew 5:5).

 

 

 

 

Lyle F. Bauman, Jr., age 58 of Brooklyn, Iowa, died Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at his home. Funeral Services: 10:30 Friday, March 21, 2014, Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn, with Rev. John Dodds officiating.  Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery. Visitation: 3-7 P.M. Thursday, March 20, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. A memorial fund has been established.

Lyle is survived by his wife, Kim; his son Wyatt Bauman (Kalissa) of Brooklyn, and daughter Allison Bauman of Mount Vernon; his siblings, Beverly McCammant (Dale Sr.) of Malcom, Virginia White of Winnsboro, LA, Sharon Linderwell (Bill) of Guttenburg, Roger Bauman of Grinnell and Patricia Massengale (Larry) of Montezuma; and many additional family members, “adopted kids”, friends and co-workers. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his father-in-law Kenneth R. Brannian, brother-in-law Jack White, and sister-in-law Dianna Bauman.

Lyle Franklin Bauman, Jr. was born February 12, 1956 in Grinnell, Iowa, the youngest of six children born to Lyle and Ileen Ward Bauman.  He attended the Malcom schools and graduated from BGM High School in Brooklyn with the Class of 1975. His early jobs were with Lyle’s Market, Maschmann Mobil, Dekalb and Grinnell College.  Lyle married Kim Elaine Brannian on March 15, 1980 at Grace United Methodist Church in Brooklyn. To this union two children were born, Wyatt and Allison.  The couple moved to Spencer, Iowa where they both worked at Del’s Garden Center.  They returned to Brooklyn and operated the Brooklyn 80 Standard. This led to the couple operating the Brooklyn 80 Amoco and Restaurant for many years. Other business ventures included Malcom Mobil and Bear Creek Wholesale. Lyle loved meeting and serving his many customers and was grateful for his many wonderful employees.  In 1998, Lyle began his career as a student dining room supervisor at Grinnell College.  He enjoyed being a part of the Grinnell College family and thoroughly loved working with the students.  He was twice selected as “honorary graduate” and was honored with “Lyle’s Pub”.

Lyle was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Brooklyn, YAMS Sunday school class, Corinthian Lodge #174, and Bear Creek Whitetails.  He was a past member of the Brooklyn Ruritans, Brooklyn Fire Department and had been an EMT with East Poweshiek County Ambulance Service.  He also was a former member of Jaycees and a Boy Scout leader.

Lyle had many interests, including following his children’s many activities during their school years and college.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, farming and carpentry.  He followed BGM High School, Grinnell College, and Cornell College sporting events and activities. He loved life and felt he had been truly blessed with a great life.  He believed everyone should be an active participant in life, family and community.

 

 

 

Shirley Jean Miller, age 83 of Brooklyn, died peacefully, March 15, 2014 at Highland Ridge Care Center in Williamsburg, Iowa, following a long illness.  Funeral Service: 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, March 18, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, with Pastor Gary Van Heukelom officiating. Interment: Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery. Visitation: Tuesday, March 18, 9:00 A.M. until service time at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, Shirley requested memorials to be contributed to the Brooklyn Ambulance Service to "pay it forward" for all the times the staff helped her when she needed them.

Shirley is survived by her children, George Hauersperger of Marengo, Ed Miller of Marengo, and Audrey Roberts (Tom) of Marengo; five grandchildren, Amy Miller of Marengo, Alyssa Miller of Marengo, Kyle Miller (Nicole) of Lisbon, Matthew Miller, and Rachel Miller, both of Marengo; three great-grandchildren: Corey, Reed and Layla; and a brother Don Arnold of Waterloo, IA

She was preceded in death by her parents Edward and Helene Chance Arnold, her beloved husband Bruce Miller in 1994, three brothers, Charles Arnold, Raymond Arnold and Dayle Arnold; and two sisters, Alene Moyer and Wanda Jenkins.

Shirley Jean Arnold was born June 22, 1930 in Toledo, Iowa, the daughter of Edward and Helene Chance Arnold.  She attended the Toledo schools and married Gerald Hauersperger on September 23, 1946 at St. Patrick’s Rectory in Tama, Iowa. To this union, one child, George was born.  The couple later divorced. Shirley later married Bruce Miller, the love of her life, on March 29, 1952 in Oskaloosa, Iowa. To this union, two children, Edward and Audrey were born. Shirley was a wife, mother, and homemaker. She also worked as a nurse and bookkeeper. She was a caring and helpful person, who cared deeply for her family.  Her devotion to those she loved was remarkable.  She enjoyed the ability to solve crossword puzzles, and was a great cook, although she didn’t think so.  Family and friends always remembered the get-togethers and the feast of food, along with great conversations. She was loved and will be missed by many.

 

 

 

Synthia Jean Osborne, age 57, of Brooklyn, Iowa, passed away Thursday, March 6, 2014 at Midwestern Regional Medical Center in Zion, IL. Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, March 12, 2014, Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn, with Rev. John Dodds officiating. Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. A memorial fund has been established.

Syndi is survived by her husband Terry Osborne; three sisters, Susan Thompson of Willow River, MN, Sherry Bixby (Bill) of Eden Prairie, MN, and Sally Sadler (Mike) of Eagle Grove, IA; her father-in-law, Dick Osborne of Brooklyn; a sister-in-law, Barb Hall (Cory) of Grinnell; and nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and her mother-in-law, Betty Osborne.

Synthia Jean Thompson was born September 9, 1956 in Mason City, Iowa, the daughter of Harland and Betty Gehler Thompson.  She graduated from Mason City Newman High School in 1974 and received a bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Clarke College in Dubuque. Syndi continued her education with graduate work in theology with Asbury Seminary and St. Paul’s School of Theology in Kansas City. She married Terry Osborne on June 23, 1979 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mason City, Iowa. The couple made their home in Brooklyn, Iowa.

Syndi held several employment positions throughout her life. She was an elementary teacher at St. John’s Grade School in Bancroft from 1978-79 and a special education teacher at BGM Schools from 79-80. She worked as a medical office assistant- receptionist for many years in the Grinnell area. She was an associate pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Brooklyn, a cook at Brooklyn Community Estate and most recently was employed at Brownell’s in Montezuma.  Syndi was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Brooklyn. She enjoyed crafts and scrapbooking. She had an adventurous spirit and enjoyed para-sailing and sky diving. But most of all she cherished the time she spent with her family and friends.

Syndi never met a cat that she didn’t like and never was there a cat that didn’t like her.

 

 

 

Thomas L. Crosby, age 74 of Williamsburg, Iowa, died peacefully Thursday, March 6, 2014 at his home.  Memorial Service: 10:30 A.M. Monday, March 10, 2014, St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Iowa City with Fr. Gary Beckman officiating. Military Honors will be conducted at the church following the service.  Inurnment will be at Calvary Cemetery, Marengo. The family will receive friends from 2 to 5 P.M. Sunday, March 9, 2014 at the church in Iowa City, with a Vigil Service at 2:00 P.M. conducted by Fr. Mike Phillips, and a KC Rosary recited at 5 P.M. Memorials may be contributed to the Pro-life organization of the donor’s choice or Essence of Hospice, Amana. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

He is survived  by his wife Anita; seven children, Timothy Crosby (Rennie) of Austin, TX, Matthew Crosby (Carrie) of Riverside, IA, Benjamin Crosby (Suzi) of Poulsbo, WA, Erin Ferragut (Nelson) of Stevensville, MI, Andrew Crosby of New Orleans, Christopher Crosby of Williamsburg, and Elizabeth Crosby of Iowa City; thirteen grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and three siblings, Jim Crosby (Virginia) of Kansas City, MO, Doug Crosby (Carole) of Peosta, IA, and Marta Murphy (Joe) of Boston, MA. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Thomas Leo Crosby was born July 12, 1939 in Marshalltown, Iowa, the son of James Harold Crosby and Anna Belle Wheelock Crosby. He graduated from Marshalltown High School in 1957 and received his Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Iowa, Iowa City.  Tom married Ellen Anita Giles on November 3 1962 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Marshalltown. He served in the U.S. Navy for 6 years, stationed in San Diego and Seattle.

Tom was employed with Boeing from 1966 - 68, then went to work for Amana Refrigeration from 1968 - 2000. He worked with several veteran service organizations and most recently was the director of the Iowa County Veterans Service. He sang with the Believers for many years and also the St. Wenceslaus Choir. Thomas was a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Iowa City, the Knights of Columbus, National Association of County Veterans Service Officers, the American Legion and numerous other veteran organizations.

Tom and Anita shared their love with countless foster children over the years. They were instrumental in reuniting Vietnamese refugee families whose children were in Tom and Anita’s care through the unaccompanied minors program.

 

 

 

 

 

Brenda Lee McCammant, age 52, of Ladora, Iowa, died Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.  Funeral Service: 11:00 A.M. Monday, March 10, 2014, First United Methodist Church, Marengo with Rev. Matt German officiating.  Inurnment will be in the Ladora Cemetery at a later date. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Sunday, March 9, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.

Brenda is survived by her husband Michael; five children, Melissa of Marengo, Carrie of Ladora, Jodi of Coralville, and Laura and Seth of Ladora; and three grandchildren, Katrina, Keagen and Jayla Engelbart. Also surviving are two brothers, Rick Dietze (Katy) and Reggie Dietze (Linda) all of Victor; and three sisters, Judy Damerval (Jerri), Kathy Hartz (Maury), and Becky Schmuecker (Dean) all of Marengo; a sister-in-law, Linda Dietze of Marengo, and nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother Leslie “Red” Dietze.

Brenda Lee Dietze was born January 16, 1962 in Marengo, Iowa, the daughter of Paul and Gladys Lutz Dietze.  She attended the HLV schools and married Michael McCammant on February 12, 1979 in Williamsburg, Iowa. Brenda worked as a waitress at Middle America Restaurant in Williamsburg for several years.  She then was employed by Aramark at the cafeteria at Whirlpool for 7 years, and most recently as a counselor with Systems Unlimited in Williamsburg.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who enjoyed many activities with her family and friends.  She loved to go camping, and fishing. She enjoyed gardening and garage sales. She was a loyal Iowa Hawkeye fan, and she had a soft spot for horses, and “her” convertible. She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by her family and all who knew her. 

 

 

 

 

Roger Clark Johnston, age 66 of Marengo, Iowa, died Sunday, March 2, 2014 at his home.  Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Thursday, March 6, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Rev. Dean Sires officiating. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. Inurnment will be at a later date.

Clark is survived by his son Fletcher Clark Johnston of Dallas, TX; a grandson, Fletcher Clark Johnston II; and siblings, V. Diane Sires (Dean) of Ringgold, GA, W. Kelly Johnston (Cindy) of Odessa, MO, and Becky Moore (Monte) of Oskaloosa; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Roger Clark Johnston was born August 15, 1947 in Oskaloosa, Iowa, the son of Clark and Helen Norwood Johnston.  He graduated from Oskaloosa High School in 1965, and received his BA in English from William Penn University, Oskaloosa in 1969. Clark taught at Mingo High School from 1971-72. He returned to school and received his master’s degree in Vocational Rehab Counseling from the University of Iowa in 1974.  He relocated to Marengo and taught English at the Iowa Valley Schools from 1974 until his retirement in 2006. Clark was married to Sandra Fletcher on June 4, 1971 in Grinnell, Iowa.  To this union a son Fletcher was born. The couple later divorced.

He was an avid Harley Davidson fan and enjoyed judging at the annual Antique Bike Show in Davenport every year.  He was a loyal Iowa Hawkeye fan, as well as a St. Louis Cardinals fan. He was especially devoted to his nine Shih Tzu dogs.

 

 

 

Mary E. Volz, age 95 of Amana, Iowa, died Sunday, March 2, 2014 at Colonial Manor of Amana following a short illness.  Funeral Services: 10:00 A.M. Friday, March 7, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Rev. Matt German officiating.  Burial will be in Lenox Cemetery, rural Amana. Visitation: 5 to 8 P.M. Thursday, March 6, 2014 at the funeral home. A memorial fund has been established.

Mary is survived by her daughter Donna Smith and husband Greg of Amana; three grandchildren, Stacey Takes (John) of Cascade, Marti DeLay (John) of Chicago, and Keith Smith (Sarah) of Collegeville, PA; and six great-grandchildren, Riley and Robyn Takes, and Kyle, Kaitlyn, Jeremiah, and Anna Smith. Also surviving are a sister Mildred Koenig of Walker, two brothers Ivan Kahler of Williamsburg and Donald Kahler of Oceanside, CA, and two sisters-in-law, Esther Kahler of Portland, OR, and Marguerite Kahler of Marengo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Walter in 2003, and four brothers, Everett, Floyd and Howard, and Leo in infancy.

Mary Elizabeth Kahler was born December 26, 1918 in rural Oxford, Iowa the daughter of Louis and Stella DeGood Kahler. She attended the rural Iowa County Schools, and married Walter Volz on February 24, 1948 at the First United Methodist Church in Marengo.  The couple farmed for many years in Iowa County.  In earlier years Mary attended New Jerusalem Church, rural Norway.

 

 

 

 

Leona R. Anderson, age 91 of Amana, formerly of East Amana, Iowa, died Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. Funeral Services: 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, March 5, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Elder Peter Hoehnle officiating.  Burial will be in the East Amana Cemetery.  Visitation will be after 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at the funeral home, prior to the service.

She is survived by her son Ron and wife Mary Anne of Cedar Rapids; two grandchildren, Jeff Anderson (Julie) of Cedar Rapids, and Jennifer Floyd (Greg) of Kinston, NC; and two great grandsons, Everett and Anderson Floyd of Kinston.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Christopher in 1999, a granddaughter, Julie, three sisters, Edna Lippman, Viola Unkel and Louise Neumann, and six brothers, Henry, William, Ernest, Herbert, Walter, and Norman Bahndorf.

Leona Ruth Bahndorf was born December 16, 1922 in East Amana, Iowa, the daughter of Carl and Frances Vanous Bahndorf. She received her education in the Amana schools and married Christopher Anderson on February 19, 1941 in Marengo, Iowa. Besides being a wife, and mother, Leona worked for many years at Amana Refrigeration on the assembly line. In later years Leona enjoyed watching her daily soap operas and game shows and doing the circle-a-word books. She especially enjoyed getting pictures of her great-grandsons and visiting with them on the webcam.

The family thanks the caring nurses and doctors in the ICU at Mercy Medical Center, for the attention and care given to Leona.

 

 

 

Norene V. Danskin, age 95 of Marengo, Iowa, died Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at the Marengo Memorial Hospital. Funeral Service: 2:00 P.M. Friday, February 28, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Rev. Jim Davis officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 1:00 P.M. until service time, at the funeral home.

Norene is survived by her nephew, Dr. Robert Blaine and wife Diana and their children of La Habra, CA; numerous cousins, including Betty Mouchka of Marengo and Mission, TX; and special friends and neighbors, Mike and Pam Johnson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Kenneth R. Danskin in 1992, and a brother Edwin Blaine in 1995.

Norene Virginia Blaine was born August 5, 1918 in Sumner Township, Iowa County, Iowa, the daughter of Jack and Emma Mitchell Blaine. She attended the rural Iowa County schools. Norene and Kenneth R.  Danskin were married on December 20, 1938 in Tipton, Iowa. They were lifelong farmers southwest of Marengo. Following Kenneth’s death, Norene moved into Marengo where she has resided since 1996.

Norene enjoyed her many flower and vegetable gardens, and sharing fond memories of her brother and the simpler times. She especially enjoyed her Saturday evening ritual of listening to her favorite music of the Lawrence Welk Show.

 

 

 

Lloyd E. Edler, age 92 of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died Monday, February 24, 2014 at Heritage Nursing and Rehab Center in Cedar Rapids. Memorial Service: 11:00 A.M. Friday, February 28, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Pastor Dan Sanford officiating. The family will receive friends from 9-11 A.M. on Friday at the funeral home. Military Honors will be conducted by the Iowa National Honors Guard. Inurnment will be at a later date in Oakdale Cemetery, Davenport. 

He is survived by a son James of Pensacola, FL; a daughter Kim of Cedar Rapids; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Mildred in 1995, a daughter Doris in infancy, and a son Richard.

Lloyd Earl Edler was born March 6, 1921 in Fairfield, Iowa, the son of Peter and Nellie Edler.  He attended the Fairfield area schools and served in the U.S. Army from 1942 - 1946. Lloyd married Mildred Berniece Forgie on December 27, 1941 in Kahoka, MO. The couple resided in the Amana area for several years. He was employed as a carpenter in the construction trade. Due to failing health, Lloyd had lived at Heritage Nursing and Rehab Center in Cedar Rapids for the last several years.

 

 

 

 

Evelyn H. Brecht, age 98 of Marengo and Norway, Iowa, died Sunday February 16, 2014 at her home. Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Saturday February 22, 2014, at the Norway United Methodist Church, Norway, Iowa with Pastor Rose Marie Calderon Khan officiating. Burial will be in St. Patrick and St. Paul Cemetery, Watkins. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Friday, February 21, 2014 at the Norway United Methodist Church in Norway. A memorial fund has been established. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by four children, Carol Hooper of Grants Pass, OR, Donna Divishek (Jon) of Solon, Jim Brecht (Linda) of Marengo, and Dennis Brecht of Marengo; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Also surviving are her siblings, Herb Snell, Jack Snell and MaryLou Selzer, three sisters-in-law, Dorothy Snell and Shirley Snell, and Lorraine Snell, and many nieces and nephews.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers, and three sisters, her husband Melvin “Red” Brecht, and a daughter in infancy.

Evelyn Hattie Snell Svoboda Brecht was born in rural Fairfax, Iowa on September 25, 1915, the daughter of Charles and Mary Vanous Snell.  She was one of 13 children that grew up on the farm in rural Fairfax.  She graduated from Walford Consolidated School in 1935. Her first wedding was April 8, 1942, when she married Frances “Frank” Svoboda.  He sailed to Italy in September 1942 and was killed in action on January 15, 1944.  Evelyn moved to Cedar Rapids and began working at Colonial Baking Company until she married Melvin “Red” Brecht. They were married April 26, 1945 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Rectory in Watkins, Iowa. They were blessed with five children. Evelyn and Melvin farmed the family century farm until Melvin’s death on August 22, 1974, at which time their two sons, Jim and Dennis took over the farming operations. 

Evelyn enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, reading, quilting and working on the family genealogy.  She was an active member of the Norway Methodist Church. She enjoyed being with her family and attending all the family reunions and events during her lifetime.  She will be remembered as a strong and active woman and will be missed by her family and friends.

 

 

 

 

Clifford “Skip” Parvin, age 69 of Homestead, Iowa, died Monday, February 17, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Funeral Service: 7 P.M. Thursday, February 20, 2014, Meadow Hill Christian Fellowship Church, Homestead, Iowa, with Rev. Diane Buswell officiating. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Thursday at the church prior to the service. Burial: 1:00 P.M. Friday, February 21, 2014, Brooks Cemetery, Brooks, Iowa.  A memorial fund has been established. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Jean; two sons, Randy Parvin (Kendi) of Monona, WI, and Kevin Parvin (Kristi) of Homestead; four grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter. Also surviving are a brother Edward Parvin (Rita) of Muscatine; and two sisters, Karen Von Lienen (Ron) of Marengo, and Susan Spidle (Duane) of Peyton, CO. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Clifford Paul “Skip” Parvin was born June 30, 1944 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Frank and Elizabeth Rettig Parvin. He attended the Amana High School and later received his GED.  Skip served in the U.S. Army for 3 years, during the Korean Conflict. He was employed for the Amana Farms for several years. He went to work for Oehl Plumbing in Amana, then managed the Amana Society Plumbing and Heating from 1986-2005, retiring at that time.  He and Jean Peterson Hill were married on August 21, 1992 in Williamsburg, Iowa.  They made their home in West Amana. He was a member of Meadow Hill Christian Fellowship Church in Homestead.

 

 

 

 

 

Annabelle L. Klenk, age 78 of Brooklyn, Iowa, died Monday, February 17, 2014 at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center, Grinnell, Iowa.  Funeral Services: 10:00 A.M. Friday, February 21, 2014, Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn with Rev. John Dodds officiating.  Burial will be in Rector Cemetery, rural Chelsea, Iowa.  Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Thursday, February 20, 2014 at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be contributed to Grace United Methodist Church, or the BGM Citizens Scholarship Fund.

She is survived by her daughters, Susan Klenk-Morgan (Scott) of Eagle Lake, MN, and Marcia Owens (Greg) of Glenview, IL ; five grandchildren, Garrigan and Simon Morgan of Eagle Lake, and Emma, Madison and Chase Owens of Glenview; and a brother Ron Kajer (Linda) of Toledo. Also surviving are three sisters-in-law, Dorothy Kajer, Marlene Crabtree, and Lillian Ryan.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lilburn Wayne Klenk in 1996, two brothers, Fred and Alfred Kajer, a sister Debbie in infancy, and two brothers-in-law, Hillis Klenk and Jim Ryan.

Annabelle Louise Kajer was born November 23, 1935 in Toledo, Iowa, the daughter of Fred and Beulah Hand Kajer.  She graduated from Toledo High School in 1953. She attended nursing school in Marshalltown, and went to work as a registered nurse at the Grinnell Hospital.  Annabelle married Lilburn Klenk on September 30, 1956 in Toledo, Iowa. The couple farmed their entire lives.  Annabelle was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed volunteering for her church and community, and socializing with her friends. She loved country music and being outside mowing the lawn and working in her garden.  She was a member of Farm Bureau and Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn where she taught Sunday School for 29 years. She especially loved being with her children and grandchildren, and looked forward to the time she spent with them.

 

 

 

Lou Ann Martinson, age 59, of Williamsburg, Iowa, died Sunday, February 16, 2014 at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City, following a long courageous battle with cancer.  Memorial Service: 10:30 A.M. Thursday, February 20, 2014, Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Williamsburg with Rev. Richard Meyer officiating.  Inurnment will be at East York Cemetery at a later date. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 P.M. Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at the church. A memorial fund has been established. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.  

Lou Ann is survived by her four sons, Shawn Martinson (Amanda Finnegan) of Williamsburg, Corey Martinson of Williamsburg, Nick Martinson (Stephanie) of Ely, and Vince Martinson (Niki) of Williamsburg; five grandchildren, Alexis Martinson, Connor Finnegan, Clayton Martinson, William Martinson, and KayLynn Martinson; her parents, George and Rita Stahl of Williamsburg; two brothers, Gary Stahl (Judy) of Williamsburg and Stuart Stahl (Pam) of Ankeny; and five sisters, Marsha White of Williamsburg, Sheri Wetjen (Garth) of Williamsburg, Barb Grauer (Dennis) of Oxford, Lori Beemer (Tom) of Iowa City, and Michelle Sims (Doug) of Marengo.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents and a grandchild.

Lou Ann Stahl was born April 15, 1954 in Williamsburg, Iowa, the daughter of George and Rita Costello Stahl.  She attended the Williamsburg schools and graduated from Williamsburg High School with the Class of 1972. Lou Ann married Duane Martinson on May 25, 1974 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, in Homestead, Iowa. To this union four sons were born, Shawn, Corey, Nick and Vince. The couple later divorced.  Lou Ann worked for many years with the family at the Raider Drive In. She was a lunch lady at the Williamsburg High School for a short time.  She also worked at several businesses in Williamsburg. Most recently she was employed as a medical receptionist with Mercy Family Practice in Williamsburg.  Lou Ann was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, and the Bell Choir. She also belonged to the Williamsburg VFW Auxiliary.

Lou Ann enjoyed reading, knitting, and the trips to Riverside with her friends.   She loved gardening, and growing flowers and plants. She was very family-oriented and cherished every moment she spent with her grandchildren.

 

 

Landon L. Seye, age 22 of Victor and Brooklyn, died Saturday, February 8, 2014 at his home.  Funeral Services: 10:00 A.M. Thursday, February 13, 2014, St. Bridget’s Catholic Church, Victor with Fr. Brian Shepley officiating.  Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery. Visitation: 3 to 8 P.M. Wednesday, February 12, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. A memorial fund has been established.

He is survived by his father Stephen Seye of Ladora; his mother Sheryal Bailey (Troy) of Des Moines; his sister Lindsey Vander Wiel (Eric) of Grinnell, and his brother, Logan Seye (Katherine) of Clutier; a nephew Kane Seye of Clutier; and paternal grandparents, Bob and Pat Seye of Ladora.  

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Don and Jeannette Lender, and a cousin Taralyn Taylor. 

Landon Lender Seye was born June 20, 1991 in Marshalltown, Iowa, the son of Steve and Sheryal Seye. He graduated from BGM High School with the Class of 2010, and attended Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa. He was employed with John Deere in Ottumwa. 

Landon was a free-spirited kid who loved helping people and making them laugh.  He enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing, and the outdoors. He also enjoyed attending the local fairs.

 

 

 

Harry E. Simpson, age 68 of Brooklyn, Iowa died Friday, February 7, 2014 at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center, Grinnell. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at the New Beginnings Church, Brooklyn, with Pastor Justin Wetering officiating.  The family will receive friends from 3 to 7 P.M. Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. A memorial fund has been established. 

Harry is survived by his wife  Kathy Simpson; four daughters, Machelle Simpson (Mike Lovell) of Clive, Crystal Orndorff (Philip) of Carlisle, Jodi Simpson of Brooklyn, and April Austin (Nathan) of Sweeny, TX; fourteen grandchildren, Daniel Fisher, Patricia Peterson (Scott), Thomas Baldwin, Ashely Baldwin, Josh Lovell, Corwyn Lovell, Alicia Orndorff, Whitney Orndorff, Alexis Thompson, Lilly Austin, Jayden Austin, Carissa Austin, Jonathan Austin and Jackson Austin; and a great-grandchild, Logan Peterson. Also surviving is a brother Walter Simpson (Bonnie).

Harry was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Larry Simpson, and a sister Sandy McFarland.

Harry Eugene Simpson was born July 5, 1945 in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of Harry Simpson and Nina Putney Marinus. He was raised by Nina and Henry Wayne Marinus and attended the Des Moines area schools and Altoona High School, graduating in 1964. He served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years, from 1964-1968. He was employed as a spray painter with Farmhand in Grinnell. Harry married Kathy Clark on August 2, 1975 in Runnells, Iowa. The couple resided in Brooklyn. He was a member of the Brooklyn American Legion Post # 294. Harry enjoyed woodworking in his free time.  He also enjoyed singing on the radio as a child, and walking his dog “Peanut”.

 

 

 

Marlene C. Gorsch, age 85 of Marengo, Iowa, died Thursday, February 6, 2014 at Rose Haven Nursing Home, Marengo. Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Monday, February 10, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Rev.  Matt German officiating.  Burial will be in the Koszta Cemetery, rural Marengo. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Sunday, February 9, 2014 at the funeral home. A memorial fund has been established.

She is survived by her sons, Carroll Jr. “Skip” (Harry Soppe) of Marengo, Terry of Hubbard and Denny (Rose) of Chelsea; nine grandchildren, Trevor Gorsch (Sarah), Tara Jo Gorsch (Alex DeVries), Kori Gorsch Beck, Kelly Gorsch Jenney (Justin), Kasie Gorsch (Cyle Bowers), Dustin Gorsch (Megan), Dylan Gorsch-Soppe, Taylor Gorsch, and Alicia Gorsch-Soppe; eleven great-grandchildren, Autumn Gorsch, Hunter Gorsch, Jared Jenney, Kaleb Gorsch, Wyatt Beck, Madison Jenney, Megan Gorsch, Skylar Beck, Chase Bowers, Raelyn Gorsch, and Nicole Jenney; a sister in law, Bernice Bauler of Waterloo, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Carroll Sr. in 2012, and three brothers, Elmer Bauler in infancy, Joseph “Doty” Bauler and Wilmer “Mick” Bauler and wife Dorothy.

Marlene Catherine Bauler was born September 17, 1928 in Waterloo, Iowa, the daughter of Walter and Anna Weber Bauler.  She graduated from St. Mary’s of Mount Carmel, Eagle Center, Iowa, with the Class of 1946, and married Carroll Gorsch on January 6, 1951 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Newhall, Iowa.  The couple farmed in Iowa County for many years. She also worked at the Koszta Store, now “Boone’s”.  Marlene was a member of the Happy Homemakers, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Marengo, and the Marengo Bowling League.  She enjoyed baking and cooking, but loved to play bingo, bowl, and play pepper with her family and friends.  She also worked the Gazette puzzle page on a daily basis.

 

 

 

 

Gene Cronbaugh, age 81 of Belle Plaine, died Sunday, February 2, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids. Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Friday, February 7, 2014 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, with Rev. Diane Miller officiating. Burial: Koszta Cemetery with Military Honors by Victor American Legion Post 54. Visitation: 3 to 7 P.M. Thursday, February 6, 2014, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.

He is survived by his wife Joan; his children, Randy Cronbaugh (Ethel) of Belle Plaine, Pam Noyes (John) of Marengo, and Rodney Cronbaugh (Tina Campbell) of Belle Plaine; five grandchildren Troy, Crystal, Lisa, and Ryan Cronbaugh, and Katie Kinzenbaw (Darrin); two great-grandchildren Blayze and Brynnlee Cronbaugh; a sister-in-law Janet Vincent (Clark) and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Larry Cronbaugh and wife Helen, a nephew Scott Cronbaugh, and two brothers-in-law, William Benishek and wife Juanita, and James Lake.

Eugene Forest Cronbaugh was born May 26, 1932 on his family’s farm near Koszta, Iowa to Laurence and Wilma Gorsch Cronbaugh. He received his education in the Iowa County schools and attended Marengo High School. He served in the United States Army for two years.  Gene married Joan Benishek on March 19, 1955 at the Methodist Church in Belle Plaine. He was a life long farmer in Iowa County. He was a member of the Victor American Legion Post 54 and the Farm Bureau. Gene enjoyed hunting, fishing, and mushroom hunting. He was a Chicago Cubs fan, along with cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Iowa State Cyclones.

 

 

 

 

Melvin O. Warnke, age 78 of Norway, Iowa, died Friday, January 31, 2014 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Thursday, February 6, 2014, Trinity Lutheran Church, Walford with Rev. Travis Borkosky officiating. Burial with Military Honors: Floral Hills Cemetery, rural Oelwein. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Walford. Memorials may be contributed to Trinity Lutheran Church, Walford for new altar dressings. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife Shirley; his children, Renae Landon (Rick) of Idaho Falls, ID, Michele Warnke of Des Moines, and Galen Warnke of Zumbrota, MN; grandsons, Ryan Jackson of Idaho and Bruce Warnke of Mazeppa, MN; granddaughters, Kara Toler of Blackfoot, ID and Ashley Warnke of Goodhue, MN; three great-grandchildren, Wyatt Kern, Kaylee and Kylie Toler, and one soon to be born.

Also surviving are three sisters, Dorothy Bowers of Hawkeye, Ruby Westpfahl of Oelwein, and Verdis Fedeler (John) of Sumner; a brother Vernon Warnke (Linda) of Oelwein; stepsons, James Schwake (Christine) of Altoona, Jay Schwake (Andrea) of Solon and Jarret Schwake (Wendy) of Waukesha, WI; a stepdaughter, JaNan O’Brian (Robert) of Ames; step-granddaughters, Fallyn and Lauran Schwake, and step-grandsons, Karch, Benjamin, Adam and Austin Schwake. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Grace, two brothers-in-law Archie Bowers and Oliver Westpfahl, and a sister in infancy.

Melvin Otto Warnke was born October 6, 1935 near Sumner, Iowa, the son of Herman and Lydia Zummach Warnke.  He received his education in the country schools near Ionia and Sumner, Iowa.  In 1954 he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean Conflict.  He was stationed in Tokyo, Japan, and discharged in 1957.  He returned to Sumner and began working for H.J. Schult Elevator.  On June 18, 1961, he married Karen Cox in Charles City. The couple relocated to Rochester MN where he was employed at A.Y. McDonald Mfg. Firm.  To this union three children were born. The couple later divorced.  He and his children returned to Oelwein, Iowa in 1968, and he and his brother-in-law, Oliver Westpfahl began W & W Trucking. From 1974-1986 he worked for Overland Express.  He sold his interest in W & W Trucking and in July of 1986 he started driving for Wal-Mart until his retirement in January 2006.  Following 6 months of retirement, he returned to work part-time for Truck Country in Cedar Rapids.  He again retired in 2011. All total, Melvin drove for 39 years and he belonged to the 3 million-mile club for Walmart. On April 8, 1989, Melvin married Shirley Ann Schwake at Gloria De Lutheran Church in Iowa City.  The couple made their home in Norway.  

Melvin enjoyed woodworking, playing cards and going to the Casinos.  He loved to watch his grandsons; Karch, Adam and Austin play baseball and football.  He was always ready to play tea party with Lauran. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Walford, and the Norway American Legion Post #234. He was a past member of the Sumner American Legion.

 

 

 

 

Glorene Faye Klever, age 84 of Marengo, died Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at Rose Haven Nursing Home, Marengo. Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Saturday, January 25, 2014, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo. Burial will be in the Victor Cemetery, Victor, Iowa.  Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Friday, January 24, 2014 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be contributed to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo, or Essence of Life Hospice.

Glorene is survived by her daughters, Gloria Leazer (Steve) of Wilton, Gayle McCulley (Kenny) of Barnes City, and Glenda Campbell (Chuck) of Marengo; seven grandchildren, Sara Ayres(Marley) of Byron, MN, Laura Jones (Jared) of Wilton, Mandy Dye (Chad) of New Sharon, Bronson McCulley (Amy) of Sigourney, Cara Jack (Neal) of Victor, Melanie Kempf (Kris) of Victor, and Derek Campbell (friend Bonnie) of Pinehurst, ID; and 15 great-grandchildren, Caprice Dye, Kennedy Dye, Mason Dye, Kayla Jack, Hailey Jack, McKenzie Kempf, Alycen Kempf, Lily Schmidt, Bo Schmidt, Abyl McCulley, Emerie McCulley, Hunter Jones, Elizabeth Jones, Liam Ayres, and Beckham Ayres. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sons Paul and Gary in infancy, her husbands, George D. Weiss and Lloyd Klever, a sister Darlene Wagner, and brothers Melvin and Harold Nowotny.

Glorene Faye Nowotny was born January 8, 1930 in rural Victor, Iowa, the daughter of Edward and Lena Berscheid Nowotny. She graduated from Victor High School in 1947 as valedictorian of her class. She married George D. Weiss on October 31, 1948. To this union three daughters and two sons were born. The couple lived on a farm east of Deep River, later moving to Victor to the house that George built. Glorene loved flowers and had a huge flower garden. George passed away September 21, 1994.  Glorene married Lloyd Klever on June 15, 1996 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. The couple resided in Marengo. He passed away June 5, 2007.

Glorene was an avid Hawkeye fan. She traveled to the bowl games and in later years enjoyed the Iowa girls’ basketball games, holding season tickets for several years. She enjoyed bingo, bowling, travel and playing cards. She especially enjoyed attending her grandchildrens’ sporting events.  She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo, and the Ladies Aid. She also belonged to the Marengo American Legion Auxiliary, and was a former member of the Victor American Legion Auxiliary.

 

 

 

 

Dale H. Noyes, age 90 of Marengo, Iowa, formerly of rural Victor, died Friday, January 17, 2014 at Rose Haven Nursing Home, Marengo. Funeral Services: 10:00 A.M. Monday, January 20, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, with Rev. Diane Miller and Brother Doug Dauenbaugh officiating.  Burial will be in the Koszta Cemetery, rural Marengo with military honors. Visitation: 2 to 5 P.M. Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. Memorials may be contributed to the Iowa County Historical Society or Lake Iowa Nature Center.

Dale is survived by his wife Shirley; two sons, Dale Jr. (Mary Jo) of Pekin, IL, and John (Pam) of Marengo; four granddaughters, Stephanie (Michael) Davis of Crestwood, KY, Jennifer (Greg) Larimore of LaGrange, KY, Lorna (Dave) Wilt of Peoria Heights, IL, and Carla Inman of Belle Plaine; and eleven great-grandchildren. Also surviving are three stepsons, Dan, Richard and Gary Bazyn. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Jane, a grandson Charles Noyes, the son of John and Rosemary, and a sister Netha Meyer.

Dale Henry Noyes was born January 21, 1923 in rural Victor, Iowa, the son of Henry and Gladys Croft Noyes. He lived with his parents on the farm settled by his great-grandfather Mason Ingraham. He graduated from Marengo High School with the Class of 1941. Dale married Jane Furlong on March 10, 1943 at the Methodist Parsonage in Ladora. To this union two sons were born, Dale Jr. and John. She passed away in 1994. He married Shirley Gensley Bazyn on January 20, 1996. The couple lived on the family farm until May 2012, when they moved to Marengo.

Dale served in the U.S. Marine Corp from June 1944 to March 1946. He served in the Pacific Theatre, and was wounded during the Battle of Iwo Jima, and received the Purple Heart and other service medals. Upon his discharge Dale returned to Iowa County and farmed until his retirement in 1985. He also worked for Simmons Motor Company in Marengo, in the Parts Department for many years.

Dale was very active in his community.  He served on the Iowa County Board of Supervisors, and the Board of the Iowa County Park, south of Ladora. He was a trustee for Honey Creek Township, a member of the Victor American Legion, and was active with the Iowa County Historical Society. He was an original member of the Iowa County Conservation Board and was a promoter of the new Lake Iowa Nature Center. Having lived in Iowa County his whole life, Dale knew most people in the area.  He had a quick wit and a wonderful sense of humor. Playing cards was a favorite pastime. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping, and he and Shirley were members of the Good Sam Camping Club. He also was a member of the Koszta United Methodist Church.

 

 

 

Kaitlyn Mae “Katybug” Mumm, age 4, of Williamsburg, died Friday, January 10, 2014 in a motor vehicle accident. Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, January 22, 2014, First United Methodist Church, Marengo. Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery. Visitation: 2 to 7 P.M. Tuesday, January 21, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with the family present from 5 to 7 P.M. A memorial fund has been established.

Kaitlyn is survived by her parents, Mathew and Brandi Mumm; paternal grandparents, Russell Mumm of Ladora and Nancy Lindenmayer (Jay) of Brooklyn; maternal grandparents, Ken and Colleen Langreck of Marengo; great-grandmother Ruth Langreck of Cresco; uncles, Dustin Langreck (Kathy) of Blairstown, Shannon Langreck (Sara) of Williamsburg, and Joshua (Rhonda) Mumm of Brooklyn; aunt Brooke Langreck of Amana; and cousins Tabitha, Cole and Dodge Mumm.  She was preceded in death by her maternal great-grandfather and paternal great grandparents.

Kaitlyn Mae was born March 26, 2009, in Grinnell, Iowa, the daughter of Mathew and Brandi Langreck Mumm.  She was attending preschool which was a highlight of her day. Kaitlyn was a bubbly girl, who loved to play “dress-up”, “Mommy”, and help “cook” at home. She enjoyed being a helper at school and was always making new friends.  She loved to ride ATV’s with her mom and dad and her grandpas.  And she cuddled daily with her pet puppies, Misty and Marlo.

 

 

 

Harold Kephart, age 79, of South Amana died Monday January 13, 2014 at his home. Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Thursday January 16, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Conroy with Rev. Gary Sears officiating. Burial: Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Conroy with military honors. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Wednesday January 15, 2014 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, Essence of Life Hospice, or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Harold is survived by his wife Annie; his children Robert (Molly) Kephart of South Amana, and Richard (Meri) Kephart of Lithia, FL; four grandchildren Willa and Edgar Kephart of South Amana and Max and Enric Kephart of Lithia, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Helen-Lois Garringer and a nephew Vonnie Garringer.

Harold Wayne Kephart was born September 18, 1934 in Conroy, Iowa to Robert Lee and Helen Olive Bell Kephart. He attended the Conroy Schools. He married Anna Marie Baumgartner on April 21, 1961 at the Amana Community Church, Amana, Iowa. Harold served for six years in the United States Army, stationed in Korea and Alaska. He was employed at Quaker Oats for 33 years. Harold was a life long member with the American Legion Post #76 in Marengo and a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Conroy. He loved the Yankees and professional wrestling. The western channel on television was a great comfort in later years.

 

 

 

 

Welma Frances Dietrich, age 95 of Marengo, died Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at her home following a brief illness.  Funeral Service: 10:00 A.M. Saturday, January 11, 2014, Trinity United Church of Christ, rural Marengo with Rev. Grant Speece officiating.  Burial will be in the Ladora Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Friday, January 10, 2014 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. Memorials may be contributed to Trinity UCC Memorial Fund.

Frances is survived by her husband of 71 years, Donald; two sons, Keith A. Dietrich (Gloria) of Mission, TX, and Gene E. Dietrich (Jill) of Marengo; five grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, 6 great -grandchildren, 10 step-great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Also surviving is a sister Dorothy Clevenger Johnson of Urbandale.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a half-sister, Beatrice Clevenger McDonald.

Welma Frances Clevenger was born September 21, 1918 in Ladora, Iowa, the daughter of Wilmer and Adella Randolph Clevenger.  She attended the Ladora schools and went on to graduate from Iowa State Teachers College with a teaching degree.   She taught school in Lincoln #6 Country School. Frances married Donald E. Dietrich on April 18, 1942 in Bethany, MO.  She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, along with being an excellent homemaker, cook, gardener and seamstress. In her free time she liked to embroidery and cross stitch.   Frances was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, rural Marengo.

 

 

 

 

Harold E. Eckman, age 87, of Amana, died Monday evening, January 6, 2014 at his home at Lake View Village in Amana. There will be no services at this time. Memorials may be contributed to Safe Haven of Iowa County in his memory. Kloster Funeral Home Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

He is survived by his son David Eckman and wife Marina of Amana; a grandson Greg Eckman of Amana; three great-grandchildren Melanie and Nichole Eckman, and Talli Krueger; and three great- great- grandchildren Aubrey, Kaylee, and Arya. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Lucille, and a brother Richard.

Harold E. Eckman was born in Marshalltown, Iowa on November 11, 1926 the son of Realand Eckman and Eleanor Waddell Eckman. Following his education in the Marshalltown schools, Harold enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving during the Korean Conflict. He and Lucille Krauss were united in marriage and made their home in Cedar Rapids. Harold was employed for many years as a maintenance supervisor at the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids. He retired in 1988. The couple lived in Amana for the last 27 years.  

Harold enjoyed motorcycle riding, and was an avid airplane fan. He enjoyed flying and overhauled and flew a bi-plane. He was a member of the Masons and Shriners, and the Experimental Aircraft Association in earlier years. In his free time, Harold liked to garden, and work with stained glass, making Tiffany style lamps.

 

 

 

 

Joseph J. Shannahan, age 90 of Williamsburg, died Sunday, January 5, 2014 at his home, surrounded by his family. Funeral Mass: 10:30 A.M. Friday, January 10, 2014, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Williamsburg with Fr. Joseph Roost officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Williamsburg with military honors. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Thursday, January 9, 2014, St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Williamsburg. There will be a VFW Service at 7 P.M.  Memorials may be contributed to the charity of the donor’s choice. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his daughters, Sandy Weldon (Jim) of Oxford, Marcy Wardenburg (Kent) of Williamsburg, and Julie Corman (Dan) of Broomfield, CO; eight grandchildren, Aimee Weldon Pitlick (Gary) of Oxford, Allison Donovan (Shawn) of North Liberty, Andy Weldon of Oxford, Tony Wardenburg (Kristi) of Roxborough, CO, Kelly Vesey (Chris) of West Des Moines, Shannan Corman (Stephanie) of Northglenn, CO, Ryan Corman of Durango, CO, and Ashandra Corman of Broomfield, CO; fifteen great grandchildren, Katie, Kyle, Tess, and Taylor Pitlick, Addison and Jack Weldon, Regan and Finn Donovan, Brody, Rosie Lu, Dezi, and Macy  Wardenburg, Gavin and Landon Vesey, and Madison Corman. Also surviving is a sister-in-law, Ruth Shannahan of Williamsburg.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife “Katie” in 2011, a daughter Teri Shannahan, and a granddaughter Tara Wardenburg, three brothers, Newman (Dorothy Jean), Eugene, and James Shannahan, and three sisters, Mary Agnes Shannahan, Marguerite Shannahan, and Dorothy (Frank) Matern.

Joseph James Shannahan was born February 15, 1923 in Williamsburg, Iowa, the son of Thomas and Regina Gallagher Shannahan. He graduated from Williamsburg High School with the Class of 1941, and served in the U.S. Army for 3 years, stationed in the South Pacific.  Joe returned home and married Kathryn Gallagher on May 10, 1949 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  He owned and operated Joe’s Tavern in Williamsburg for 22 years, and also was a rural mail carrier for 28 years. 

Joe served with the Williamsburg Fire Department for 25 years, serving as chief for four years. Joe was a lifetime member of the Iburg-Poulson VFW Post 8797, and the American Legion. He belonged to the 503rd PRTC (attending annual reunions) and the N.A.R.F.E., and the Rural Letter Carriers Association.  He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Williamsburg.

Joe was an avid sports fan, and especially enjoyed attending his grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s events.  He also enjoyed the Iowa Hawkeyes and “The Fighting Irish” of Notre Dame.

 

 

 

 

 

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   

 

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