Garth Edward Cooney, age 60 of Marengo, passed away Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House in Hiawatha.  Memorial Services:  2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Marengo, with Father David Wilkening officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery, Marengo.  There will be a luncheon and time to visit with the family at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church following the committal service at the cemetery.  A memorial fund has been established.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Garth is survived by his wife Della of Marengo; three children Chad (Kaylynn) Cooney of Madison, SD, Jason (Kayla) Cooney of Manchester and Sara (Tim) Campagna of Marion; six grandchildren Addison, Paislee, Nolan, and Sam Cooney and Leighton and Weston Campagna; five siblings Gary (Elaine) Cooney of Hudson, Mike (Jade) Cooney of Indianola, Frank (Debbie) Cooney of Solon, Tim (Janine) Cooney of Ottumwa and Jeannette Cooney of Johnston; a sister-in-law Kristen Cooney; his mother-in-law Sandy Brecht; and a brother-in-law Ron (Michelle) Brecht.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Emmett and his father-in-law Ron Brecht Sr. 

Garth Cooney was born February 7, 1957, in Iowa City, the son of Joe and Lois Hoyle Cooney.  He graduated from Iowa Valley High School in 1975.  He was united in marriage to Della Brecht on November 28, 1980 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Marengo.  Garth worked at Gerdau in Wilton, as a crane operator for 29 years.  He enjoyed all sports, especially golf, fantasy sports and the Iowa Hawkeyes.  Family was very important to Garth and he loved spending time with them all.  He also loved spending time with his two best buddies, his dogs Cooper and Baily. 

 

 

 

Linda G. Kriegel, age 83 of Grinnell, formerly of Brooklyn, Iowa, passed away at the Mayflower Health Center in Grinnell on January 20, 2018. 

Funeral Mass:  10:00 A.M. Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn with Fr. Corey Close officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Brooklyn.  Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Tuesday, January 23, 2018, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn with a Scripture Service at 7 P.M. Memorials may be contributed to Windsor Manor or Mayflower Home in Grinnell.

Linda is survived by her children, Laura (Bruce) Blankenfeld, Karen (Kenny) Thompson, Cheryl (Rick) Burnham all of Grinnell, Mark (Deb) of Brooklyn, Curtis (Angie) of Hartwick, Kevin of Hartwick, Mindy (Dave) Ward of Fort Collins, CO, and Ginny (Marty) Burkle of North Liberty; twenty-one grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Marcella Moyer of Grinnell and Carol Owens of Chariton.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Glen Joe in 2015; an infant son Stephen; an infant granddaughter, Jessica Kriegel; and four great-grandchildren, Dylan Graff, and Luke, Ivy, and Lainey Riedel, and a daughter-in-law Lisa Kriegel.

Linda Gae Guddendorf was born March 14, 1934 in Hayward, Wisconsin, the daughter of John Peter Guddendorf, Jr. and Hazel Irene Tinkle Guddendorf.  She attended the Malcom schools and married Glen Joseph Kriegel on November 19, 1954 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Brooklyn. The couple farmed in the area for many years. Linda was a loving wife and mother and “Queen of the Castle”. She spent time gardening and cooking, but also enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, reading and ceramics. Linda’s family was her pride and joy and she cherished every moment spent with them. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Brooklyn, and the Altar and Rosary Society.

 

 

 

Burton Behrens, age 95, of Marengo, passed away Saturday, January 13th at Rose Haven Nursing Home in Marengo, Iowa. There are no services scheduled at this time.

He was born on May 31, 1922, in Albert City, Iowa to Henry and Ester (Johnson) Behrens. He graduated from Sioux Rapids Consolidated School and enlisted in the Navy during WWII where he was an officer on the USS Liddle. After receiving numerous awards and commendations Burt decided to return to school and went on to graduate from Iowa State University with a degree in Agricultural Economics and a minor in Agronomy. Following college he married Evelyn Berninger in 1949. Together, they had two children. Burt’s career path took him to Liberia, West Africa where he served as an advisor for the International Assistance Corporation. He held similar positions throughout his career in Indonesia and Africa. He enjoyed traveling and learning the different cultures with his second wife Barbara Burt whom he married in 1969.

He is survived by his children, Susan Barkhurst, Steven (Janet) Behrens; step children; Babs (Courtney) Mitchell, Clara Hopkins, and Hardee (Bruce) Klitzman; along with many grandchildren. He will be honored by being laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Wayne “Dick” Wiebold, age 78, of Conroy, passed away Monday, January 15, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospital.  Funeral Service:  10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Conroy, with Pastor Thomas Ogilvie officiating.  Burial will be in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Conroy.  Visitation 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, January 19, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Conroy.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be contributed to the American Lung Association or the Trinity Lutheran Church in Conroy.

Richard is survived by his wife Evelyn Wiebold; his children Susan (Michael) Klier of Des Moines, Cathy (Tom) Peters of Conroy, Jim (Callie) Wiebold of Conroy and Angie (Eric) Broomfield of Pittsburg, IL; nine grandchildren Cassie (Matt) DeWitt, Jacob and Nick Klier, Luke and Emma Peters, Anna and Jillian Wiebold, and Evan and Ayden Broomfield.  He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers Ralph, Bob and Earl in infancy.

Richard “Dick” Wiebold was born October 18, 1939, in rural Williamsburg, the son of Arnold and Esther Schwarting Wiebold.  He graduated from Conroy High School in 1957.
Dick proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army Reserves from 1957 to 1965.  He was united in marriage to Evelyn Neumann on December 10, 1966 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo.  Dick started custom farming and hauling milk with his brother Bob.  Gary Hartz and Dick started their livestock hauling business, Hartz and Wiebold, and eventually Dick owned and operated it as Dick Wiebold Trucking.  Following the sale of this business, Dick worked for Holden Foundation Seeds until he retired.  He was a lifelong member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and he served on the L.I.S. School Board.   Dick was a proud resident of Conroy.   He enjoyed all Conroy activities with his friends, from pitching on the slow pitch softball team to mowing yards.  Dick enjoyed gardening, his flowers and trees, and feeding the squirrels and birds.  Hospitality was a high priority with Dick,  the door to their house was always open.  He never forgot a face, a place or a story.  Dick enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs and Iowa State Cyclones, playing cards and working on his daily sudoku. 

As a husband, father, grandfather and friend, Dick will forever be remembered and missed for his keen memory and knowledge, his honesty and loyalty, his strong faith and sense of humor, and his love of visiting and spending time with family and friends.

 

 

 

 

Phillip Emil Bral, age 66 of Marengo, passed away Monday, January 15, 2018.  Funeral services:  10:30 a.m., Friday, January 19, 2018 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Marengo, with Father David Wilkening officiating.  Burial will be at a later date.  Visitation:  5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, January 18, 2018 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be contributed to the 4H Fairview Zippers. 

Phillip is survived by his wife Freda; three children Tige (April) Bral of Victor, Michael (Faith) Owens of East Prairie, MO and Merrideth (Jason) Carden of Marengo; two brothers Bary (Tammy) Bral of Marengo and Randy (Denise) Bral of Homestead; 10 grandchildren; and a daughter-in-law Shari Bral of Ottumwa.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Slade, a grandson Jesse and a brother Roy. 

Phillip Emil Bral was born January 22, 1951 in Marengo, the son of Emil Bral and Darlene Walters Bral.  He graduated from Marengo High School where he was an All State Wrestler and homecoming king.  He received an associate’s degree from Kirkwood Community College.  Phillip married Michelle Kramer in 1973 and was blessed with two children.  He later married Freda Ditto on September 19, 2009 on the family farm.  Phillip worked at Amana Refrigeration for 25 years.  He was very passionate about farming the family farm where he raised horses and cattle.  He owned an International Farmall M tractor.  Phillip was a confident and self-reliant person.  If he could make something himself, he would.  He was a member of the NRA and also the 4H Fairview Zipper Club and loved to joke around with people. 

 

 

 

 

 

Betty Lou Ranshaw, age 88 of Marengo, passed away Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Compass Memorial Hospital.  A Celebration of Life Service will be held on June 24, 2018 in North Liberty.  Location and times will be announced later.  Burial will be in the Ridgewood Cemetery in North Liberty.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Betty is survived by her husband Robert of Marengo; five children Timothy M. (Heide) of Denver, CO, Robert K. (Rosalie) of Denver, CO, Kathleen A. Ranshaw (Karen Jameson) of North Liberty, Deborah M. Ranshaw of Tiffin and David L. Ranshaw of Marengo; five grandchildren Jenny (Brad) Griswold, Ian (Laurie) Ranshaw, Travis Fowler, Davis Garritano, Zach (Kelsey) Ranshaw; six great-grandchildren Emily and Billy Griswold, Addison and Abigail Ranshaw, and Jennifer Lawrence and Gage Fowler; two brothers Quinn (Norma) McBride, of Huxley, Ian McBride of CA; two sisters Joy (Jon) Gage of Franklin, WI and Kristin McBride of Willow Springs, MO.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Ralph W. McBride.

Betty Lou McBride was born February 28, 1929 in Liberty, NE the daughter of Ralph and Marie Winchell McBride.  She graduated from University High School in Iowa City in 1947.  She married Robert Ranshaw on June 24, 1947.  She worked as a nurses’ aide, at Lantern Park Nursing Home, Coralville, a job she thoroughly enjoyed.

In her youth, Betty was very active in 4-H. She actively participated in her church, including choir. She was a member of the Whip-Poor-Will Women’s Club in North Liberty.  She enjoyed arranging flowers, gardening and collecting music cd’s.  Most of her time was spent with her family, keeping up with her friends, and tending to all of the cats on the farm. 

 

 

 

 

Carole Jean Jacobi Kahler, age 82 of Jacksonville, TX, formerly of Marengo, passed away Friday, December 29, 2017 in Tyler, TX. A Committal Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with burial in Calvary Cemetery following. There will be a visitation from 10 – 11 AM prior to service. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is in charge of local arrangements.

Carole Jean Jacobi was born February 9, 1935 in Marengo, Iowa to Carroll and Rita (Flanagan) Jacobi.  She was preceded in death by her parents, grandson Andy Denning, and sister Janice Jacobi.  Carole grew up in Marengo, IA.  Carole, and future husband Wendell, graduated from Marengo High School in 1953.  Carole attended The American Institute of Business in Des Moines, IA prior to her marriage to Wendell on October 23, 1954.  Having developed an interest in painting and pottery, Carole earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at Arlington.  Due to Mr. Kahler’s military career, the family resided in numerous places around the country finally, after retirement, locating to Jacksonville, TX.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 63 years Wendell Kahler of Jacksonville; sons Joe Kahler of Georgetown, Jeff Kahler and wife Christine Sheehy of Queens Creek, AZ, Kurt Kahler of Jacksonville; a daughter Lori McGuire and husband Jerry of Waxahachie; and a sister Clare Carns and husband Jack of Galesburg, Ill.  She is also survived by 5 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

 

Arrangements in Texas--

The Holy Rosary recitation for Carole Kahler is scheduled at 11 o’clock in the morning, Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Jacksonville followed by a Mass of Christian burial.  Visitation will begin on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at 10 o’clock in the morning also at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church. 

 

 

 

Patricia Ann McFatridge, age 60 of Grinnell, passed away in her home, Wednesday, December 27, 2017. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, December 31, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, with Rev. Josh Gerard officiating. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m to 1 p.m., Sunday, December 31, 2017 at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. Burial will be at a later date in Rector Cemetery, rural Chelsea, Iowa.  A memorial fund has been established. 

Patricia is survived by the love of her life, Ron Faidley; her daughter Jessica (Tom) Gibson of Brooklyn; four siblings Bob (Sandy) McFatridge of Marion, Linda Bracy of Brooklyn, Richard McFatridge of St. Ann, IL, and Sharon (Tim) Siebels of Cedar Rapids; four grandchildren Lilly (Nate) Gibson and Nicole (Max) Tuttle, Bailey (Caleb) and Kaitlin Gibson.  She is preceded in death by her parents, one sister Terri Clark and a brother-in-law David Bracy. 

Patricia Ann McFatridge was born January 21, 1957, the daughter of R. D. and Virginia Hilligas McFatridge.  She received her education in the Chelsea Schools.  Patricia had a heart of gold for helping others.  She had a fascination with semis.  Patricia loved the clubhouse where she stayed associating with people.  She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and having family get togethers.  She enjoyed listening to classic rock and country music. 

 

 

 

 

Blake D. Steinford, age 67 of Marengo, passed away from complications after surgery on Thursday, December 28, 2017 in Davenport, Iowa.  The family will be receiving friends from 4 to 7 P.M. Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. Private family burial will be at a later date. There will be no formal funeral service.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Iowa County Peace Officer Association, 960 Franklyn Ave., Marengo, Iowa. 

He is survived by his wife Christy; his mother Lorraine Steinford of Vinton; two daughters, Brook Roberts (Cody) of Victor, and Cami Steinford of Marengo; a sister Lori Hill (Jim) of Mount Auburn, and a brother Kirk Steinford (Penny) of Vinton. He was preceded in death by his father, Duane.

Blake Duane Steinford was born April 3, 1950 in Vinton, Iowa, the son of Duane Marvin and Lorraine Struve Steinford.  He attended Washington High School graduating in 1968. Blake graduated from the Law Enforcement Academy in 1973. He and Christy Lee Schafbuch were married on November 23, 1974 at the Williamsburg Methodist Church. Blake served with the U.S. Army Reserves for 6 years.  He was employed with the Benton County Sheriff Department in 1971.  In 1973, he started with the Iowa County Sheriff Department for 32 years. 

Blake enjoyed socializing at Hello Gorgeous Hair Salon, trips to Canada fishing, working part-time at the Iowa County Court House, and gossiping at Roggentien Salvage.  He had a huge heart for everyone and their well-being.  He loved his family and spending time with them. 

 

 

 

 

 

Sheri Lou Olson, age 57 of Marengo, passed away Monday, December 18, 2017 at her home after a brief illness.  Funeral services:  3:00 p.m., Thursday, December 21, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church, Marengo, with Pastor Anni Thorn officiating.  Burial will be in the First Lutheran Cemetery, Conroy, at a later date.  Visitation:  Following the funeral service, there will be a visitation from 4 to 6 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church, Marengo.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be contributed to the Safe Haven of Iowa County or the Marengo Library.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Sheri is survived by her mother Else (Wayne) Krakow, of Marengo; her siblings Lance Olson of Marengo, Holly (Duane) Disterhoft of Marengo, Linette Lacina of Marengo, Josie Olson of Oxford, Jim (Bev) Krakow of Marengo, and Suzy (Wade) Roth of Marengo; and 11 nieces and nephews; and nine great nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her father Bob; her grandparents Louis and Renee Olson, and Gustav and Ernestine Radtke.

Sheri Olson was born May 10, 1960, in Marengo, Iowa, the daughter of Bob and Else Radtke Olson.  She graduated from Iowa Valley High School in 1978.  She worked as a waitress and also at Amana Refrigeration for many years.  Sheri enjoyed reading, baking and cooking and especially loved spending time with her family and friends.

 

 

 

 

 

Mildred Mae Koenig, age 94 of Marengo, passed away Saturday, December 16, 2017 at the Oldorf Hospice House of  Mercy, in Hiawatha.  Funeral Service:  1:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church, Marengo with Rev. Lisa Crow officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery.  Visitation:  4-7 p.m., Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  Memorials may be contributed to Oldorf Hospice House of  Mercy in Hiawatha. 

Mildred is survived by her two children Allen (Julie) Koenig of Marengo and Marilyn (Jim) Freeze of Walker; eight grandchildren; nineteen great grandchildren; one great-great grandson; one brother Donald Kahler of Brooklyn; and also a son-n-law Larry Wandling of Atlanta, Georgia.  She is preceded in by her parents; husband Fred in 2006; a daughter Vivian Wandling; a sister Mary Volz; and four brothers Everett, Floyd, Ivan and Howard.

Mildred Mae Kahler, was born July 6, 1923 in rural Oxford, the daughter of Lou and Stella DeGood Kahler.  She graduated from Marengo High School.  She was united in marriage to Frederick Koenig on September 29, 1940 at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, in Cedar Rapids.  Mildred helped her husband, Fred, farm Northwest of Marengo and also helped run the family business.  She enjoyed baking and cooking, reading stories to her grandchildren and polka dancing with her husband.  Mildred was very devoted to her family with all their needs and loved them all very much. 

A special thank you to the staff at Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy for all of the exceptional care they gave Mildred.

 

 

 

 

 

Marietta Bendorf Moershel died in her 97th year on December 13, 2017 at the Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Middle Amana, Iowa. Except for a brief period living on Army bases in the 1940’s with her husband, Carl, Marietta was a life-long resident of the Amana Colonies and a devoted member of the Amana Church. She was born and raised in High Amana, the oldest of five children of Henry and Susanna (Wendler) Bendorf. She often spoke fondly of the loving, caring little community that surrounded her in those early years.

She married her high school sweetheart, Carl Moershel, in 1941 and moved to his family home in Homestead where she lived until 1994 when she moved into Lakeview Village in Middle Amana. They had two daughters, Marianne and Rebecca. Marietta suffered a great loss in her early 30’s when Carl passed away suddenly due to complications arising from lingering effects of the malaria he contracted while serving overseas in WWII. Though she always keenly felt this loss, she led a very active work and volunteer life and provided a warm, nurturing, and engaging home for her girls and later for visiting grandchildren.

In her early work years, Marietta held several secretarial positions including working for aeronautical pioneer, Dr. Alexander Lippisch. In the 1960’s, she went back to complete her BA studies at the University of Iowa and became a German and social studies teacher at Amana High School, a position she held until she retired in 1982. It was her favorite job. She enjoyed teaching and the interaction with students, and sustained friendships with many of them until she passed away.

During her life, Marietta did volunteer work with Bluebirds/Campfire Girls (group leader), YWCA (state board), Homestead Welfare Club (one of the co-editors of the original Amana Cookbook), women’s investment club, Amana Heritage Society (founding board member), school projects including co-editing the 50th Amana School Reunion book; and many translation projects for the Amana Church and individuals who heard she was the go-to person for German translations. In her 80’s, she volunteered for a number of years with Essence of Life Hospice.

Marietta was an avid knitter, needlepointer, reader, double-crostic puzzle solver, gardener, traveller, bridge player, sports viewer – particularly tennis and the Iowa Hawkeyes, stargazer, and take-no-prisoners board game player.
Marietta is survived by her daughters Marianne (Bruce Woodrow) and Rebecca (Larry Gordon); grandchildren Erich Fox (Rae), Matthew Fox, and Ellie Gordon-Moershel; great-grandchildren Xavier Fox and Leonard Fossat; brother Henry Allen Bendorf (Kathy) and sister-in-law Madeline Bendorf; and caring nieces and nephews and their families whose visits and support she treasured, Scott and Ursula Williams, Sally Williams, John and Martha Bendorf, Carl and Linda Bendorf, Angela and Warner Jamison.

She is predeceased by her husband Carl, sister Elizabeth Williams (Lloyd), brothers William and Marvin Bendorf (Emaline), sister-in-law Amber Bendorf, niece Nancy Williams Cook and nephews Brian Bendorf and Morgan Williams.
Viewing will be held on Tuesday , December 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Middle Amana Church. Funeral service will be on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 10:00 am. Following the service, internment will be at the Homestead cemetery.
Her daughters wish to thank the staff of Essence of Life Hospice, Colonial Manor, Lakeview Village, and Dr. Richard Pope for the care and support they provided Marietta in her later years.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Amana Church Society or the Amana Heritage Society both in Amana, IA 52203. 

 

 

 

 

Dorothy Irene Imhoff, age 97 of Marengo, passed away Thursday, December 14, 2017.  Funeral Services:  11:00 a.m., Monday, December 18, 2017, at First United Methodist Church, Marengo, with Rev. Lisa Crow officiating.  Burial will be in the Cedar Memorial Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.  Visitation:  4-7 p.m., Sunday, December 17, 2017 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  A memorial fund has been established. 

Dorothy is survived by her 11 children Irene Larimer, of Belle Plaine, Doris Jacobs, of Marion, Robert (Jan) Imhoff of Atlantic, Harriet (Mark) Kensler of Marengo, Herman (Patricia) Imhoff, of Marengo, Richard (Jackie) Imhoff of Cedar Rapids, Jerry (Patsy) Imhoff of Marengo, Julie (Rod) Fisher of Belle Plaine, Tom (Linda) Imhoff, of Sweet Water, Tennessee, Bonnie Oxley of Cedar Rapids and Dennis (Cindy) Imhoff of Marengo; and several Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, Great-Great Grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Antone H. Imhoff; two sons Antone Eugene and David; two grandsons Timothy Imhoff and Billy Larimer; two great granddaughters Eldora Mae and Alyssa Raelyn Imhoff; a special niece Loretta Roseman; two brothers John and Andon Beard; two sisters Emma Beard-Sparrowgrove and Minnie Beard-Sparrowgrove; two half brothers George and Leonard Hinkle; and a son-in-law Russell Jacobs.

Dorothy Irene Beard was born October 24, 1920, the daughter of Jacob and Anna Hankammer Beard.  She received her education in the country schools around North English.  Dorothy was united in marriage to Antone Imhoff on December 24, 1936 in Marengo.  She enjoyed gardening and canning, making comforters, embroidering, and going on Sunday afternoon drives.   In her later years, she liked to play dominos and color.  Dorothy loved all of her family dearly and also enjoyed caring for them. 

A special thank you to all the girls at River Valley Dialysis for all of the care Dorothy received. 

 

 

 

 

Darlene Bral, 94, of Marengo, peacefully passed away on Monday, December 4th, 2017, surrounded by her family.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, December 7, 2017, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Marengo, with Father Wilkening officiating.  Inurnment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Marengo.  Memorials may be contributed to the Fairview Zippers 4-H Club, Compass Memorial Hospital or Meals On Wheels in Iowa County.  Kloster Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Darlene is survived by her sons, Phillip (Freda) Bral, Randy (Denise) Bral, Bary (Tammy) Bral, a brother-in-law, LeRoy Bral, her grandchildren, Brent (Christine) Bral, Tige (April) Bral, Shari Bral, Merrideth (Jason) Carden, Tony (Meghan) Bral, Bryan (Marissa) Bral, Randi Bral, Chasstidy (Anthony) Davidson, and several great grandchildren and relatives.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Emil Bral; her son, Roy Bral; a grandson, Slade Bral; an infant great grandson, Jesse Bral; her six siblings, Lina Bigbee, Baunetta Watson, Iris Peek Siske, Ervin Walters and Clarice and Farel in infancy; and a sister-in-law, Marion Gorsch.

Darlene Bral was born on July 29, 1923 in McKune, Kansas, the daughter of Lina and George Walters. She graduated from Cherokee High School in Cherokee, Kansas in May 1941.  She lived in Kansas before moving to Iowa in 1942.  She married Emil Bral on February 12th, 1945 in Marengo, Iowa. Together they raised their four loving sons on the family farm, south of Marengo.

Darlene was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and aunt. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her family.  She was a member of the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Marengo, Iowa. She was involved in 4-H with the Fairview Zippers Club. She loved working with children. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

The family would like to thank Compass Memorial and Essence of Life Hospice for the care their mother received.

 

 

 

 

 

   
   
   
   
   
   

 

 

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