Robert Austin Cram, age 88, of Chandler, AZ, formerly of Brooklyn, passed away peacefully on December 1, 2016, at his home with his daughter by his side.  Funeral Service:   11:00 a.m., Friday, December 9, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, with Fr. Corey Close officiating.  Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery.  Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 9, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. A memorial fund has been established. 

Robert (Bob) is survived by his children Dennis (Sally) Cram and Linda Cram; a grandchild Kellynne (Jeremy) Oxley; three great-grandchildren Oakley, Anistyn, and Layla Oxley; a sister-in-law Esther Deloof and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Marjorie, five siblings Raymond (Doris) Cram, LaVaughn (Phyllis/Pauline) Cram, Delmar (Ruth) Cram, Betty (Jim) Allgood and Francis (Bill) Wilcox and a grandson Robert Cram.

Robert (Bob) Cram was born at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City on March 19, 1928, the son of Lee Cram and Mary Ann (Mamie) Collum Cram.  He graduated from the Brooklyn High School in 1948.  He initially became employed with T.I.P. Rural Electric Cooperative as a Journeyman Lineman after his High School graduation and maintained his employment there until his retirement on his 62nd birthday.  Robert (Bob) was united in marriage to Marjorie L. Cram at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Brooklyn, Iowa on October 20, 1949.  Bob and Marj always considered themselves very blessed to be best friends and life partners for over 67 years of their lives.  Golfing and fishing with friends brought Bob great enjoyment in his life along with his membership to the International Cactus and Succulent Society (even while living in Iowa).  He loved vacationing with his family, taking his wife shopping (so he could visit with other men who were also waiting for their spouses), spoiling his children/grandchildren and enjoying the sunny winter seasons during his retirement years in Chandler, AZ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donald Slaymaker, age 85 of Marengo, passed away Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids.  Services:  11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church in Marengo, with Pastor Lisa Crow officiating.  Burial will be in the Koszta Cemetery, rural Marengo.  Family will receive friends at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 3, 2016, until service time.  A memorial fund has been established. 

Donald is survived by his wife Lovell; a daughter Lanette Martinson of Euless, Texas; two sons Steven (Lori) Slaymaker of Marengo and Jeffrey (Kim) Slaymaker of Belle Plaine; six grandchildren Jason Harrelson, Kaitlin Martinson, Rachel Slaymaker, Gretchen Slaymaker, Tyler Hartz and Zacary Slaymaker; and a brother Marvin.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and three brothers Dean, Melvin and Richard.

Donald was born August 3, 1931 in Kostza, the son of McClellan and Kathrine Hartz Slaymaker.  He graduated from Marengo High School in 1949.  He attended the Iowa Barber College and received his degree.  On September 24, 1961, Donald married Lovell Marie Starkweather at the First United Methodist Church in Marengo.  Donald was a barber for 66 years and worked at Amana Refrigeration for 25 years.  He enjoyed bird watching, racing and traveling.  He loved attending the grandchildren’s sporting activities. 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Herbert Carmichael, age 72, of Brooklyn, passed away at his home on Friday, November 25, 2016.  A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 p.m. with a visitation to follow until 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 4, 2016, at the Michael J. Manatt Community Center, Brooklyn, Iowa with Chaplain Dwayne Potter officiating.  Inurnment will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 2, 2016 at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery, Van Meter, Iowa.  A memorial fund has been established. 
                                                        
Rich is survived by his wife Robin; three sons Jacob (Melinda) Chandler of Grinnell, Charles (Hannah) Hutt of Brooklyn and Robert Julin of Iowa City; two daughters Hollie (Ben) Kahler of Cedar Falls and Jesica Miller-Julin (Kevin Doty) of Grinnell; two siblings Robert Carmichael of Brooklyn and Karen Karr of Roach, Missouri; ten grandchildren Mason Olivia, Sophie, Alexis, Teylor, Emma, Madison, Alaina, Aubree and Kattarina.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Brock Miller, a brother-in-law Gary Goodrich and a sister-in-law Jessie Carmichael. 

Rich was born September 1, 1944, in Brooklyn, the son of Kenneth And Ruth Davidson Carmichael.  He graduated from BGM in 1962.  Following graduation, he attended the University of Iowa and graduated on February 4, 1967, with a B.S.  He served in the Air Force ROTC Program and received his private pilot’s license.  Rich entered the Air Force and attended the pilot training program at Vance AFB, OK.  Operational assignments included; Clark AB, Philippine Islands; Ubon AB, Thailand during the Vietnam War flying combat missions over Cambodia, Laos, South and North Vietnam; Luke AFB, Arizona as an Instructor Pilot in the F-4 Phantom all-weather supersonic fighter aircraft.  After over eight years in the Air Force, Rich began farming with his father southwest of Brooklyn in the Bear Creek Township.  He served as the president of the Poweshiek Water Association board of directors for 7 ½ years from the beginning of the association into the early phases of construction.  He married Robin Chandler July 7, 2007, at the Grace United Methodist church in Brooklyn. Rich was a member of the Brooklyn Ruritans staying active in community affairs.  He enjoyed vacationing with his family, especially camping and campfires.  He loved deer hunting with his wife and playing sequence with Karen and Gary.  Rich enjoyed his time taking care of his farm and spending countless hours with family. 

 

 

 

 

Marjorie Louise Hall Cram, age 88 of Chandler, AZ, formerly of Brooklyn, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 21, 2016, at her home with her husband and daughter at her side.  Graveside service:  11:00 A.M. Wednesday, November 30, 2016, Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery, Brooklyn, with Rev. Brian Chitwood officiating. The family will greet friends prior to the service from 10-11 A.M. on Wednesday, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. A memorial fund has been established.

Marjorie is survived by her husband Robert; children Dennis (Sally) and Linda; a grandchild Kellynne (Jeremy); great-grandchildren Oakley, Anistyn and Layla; a sister Esther; along with many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers Edward and Freeman; a sister Vera; a grandson Robert Edward. 

Marjorie Hall was born on January 7, 1928, in the rural Brooklyn area, the daughter of Clarence Andrew and Mabel Melinda Hall.  She graduated from Brooklyn High School in 1946.  Marjorie was united in marriage to Robert A. Cram at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Brooklyn, Iowa on October 20, 1949.  They always considered themselves very blessed to be best friends and life partners for over 67 years of their lives.  Born to this union were two children, a son Dennis of Tipton, Iowa and a daughter Linda of Chandler, AZ.  While teaching full time, Marjorie gradually completed her college degree at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa in 1968.  She was a teacher at the Brooklyn-Guernsey-Malcom district school system for over 37 years of her life.  This included seven years of teaching in rural schools within the district, which she had fond memories of.  After retiring at 62 years of age, she continued to substitute teach in the Chandler Unified school district from 1990 until her health declined.  She fully retired four years ago, at the age of 84.

Marjorie lived and enjoyed a very positive, active life shopping, swimming, traveling with family, spoiling her children and grandchildren, and enjoying the great winter seasons during her retirement years in Chandler, AZ.

 

 

 

 

Howard Frimml, age 95, of Marengo, passed away peacefully at the Marengo Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, November 22, 2016.  Funeral Service:  10:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with Fr. David Wilkening officiating.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Marengo.  Visitation:  4 to 7 p.m., Monday, November 28, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with a Scripture Service at 7 p.m.  A memorial fund has been established. 

Howard is survived by two sons Dennis (Debra Strasser) of South Amana and Steven of Nampa, Idaho; a daughter Cynthia Schmidt of Ankeny; five grandchildren Kimberly (Corey) Roberts of Williamsburg, Amber (Jason) Augustine of Ankeny, Richard Frimml of Caldwell, Idaho, Erica (Brian) VanThournout of Hartwick and Branden (Rachelle) Strasser of Williamsburg; and 13 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Phyllis in 2004, three brothers George, Lawrence and Martin, a sister Marcella Kimm and a grandson Shon Houdek.

Howard Bernard Frimml was born February 3, 1921, in rural Marengo, the son of George and Eva Beckler Frimml.  Howard married Phyllis Hunzelman January 15, 1942.  Together they farmed in the South Amana area for 47 years.  He raised colts in his younger days.  He loved riding his mules, coon hunting with his dogs and deer hunting.  Most of all, Howard loved his family. He looked forward to the outings and car rides with his children, and especially spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren

Howard was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Marengo and the Ladora Saddle Club. 

 

 

 

 

William “Bill” Parson, age 73, of Marengo, died Sunday, November 13, 2016 at St. Luke’s Unity Point, Cedar Rapids. Funeral Services: 10:00 A.M. Friday, November 18, 2016, First United Methodist Church, Marengo with Rev. Lisa Crow officiating.  Burial: Koszta Cemetery, rural Marengo. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Thursday, November 17, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.

William “Wild Bill” Parson, was born April 5, 1943 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He attended school at Iowa Valley High School. He was united into marriage to Patricia VanDee on August 10, 1963 at St. Bridget'’s Catholic Church in Victor, Iowa. In Bill’s early years he worked at Amana Farms and prepared graves for the Amana Society. He also worked at Wilson Foods/Farmstead, all while raising livestock and farming full-time. Bill enjoyed fishing and hunting, especially bear hunting. He also enjoyed BBQ’s with family and friends, Rolle Bolle, gardening, tractor pulls at Koszta, parties at the river bottom and we cannot forget those slots at Meskwaki! Most of all, Bill enjoyed spending time with his girls and their families.

Bill is survived by his children, Sheila (Tim) Kelly of Parnell; Brenda (Mark) Duffy of Belle Plaine; Vickie (Dennis) Traut of Marengo; Lisa (Bill) Schmuecker of Blairstown; Diane (Will) Smith of Marengo and Christine (Tony) Snook of Marengo; grandchildren Jeff Parson, Sarah Duffy, Jamie Duffy, Ryan Duffy, Tyler Kelly, Levi Snook, Rachel Kelly, Emily Smith, Anna Smith, Taylor Snook, Elizabeth Smith and Cole Snook; great-grandchildren Liam, Cedar, Greyson, Willow and Orion; sisters Betty Graesser and Mary Conway, many life-long friends and a dear and loving friend, Janice Hinkel.

He was preceded into death by his wife, Patricia Parson; brother, Sam Parson; sister, Rose Blount and parents Wes and Elizabeth Parson.

“It’s not only about who you are while you are here, it’s who you leave behind.”

 

 

 

 

Mary Ann Fels, age 87 of Amana, passed away November 10, 2016.  Funeral Service:  10:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at the Middle Amana Church with Elder Jon Childers officiating.  Burial will be in the Amana Cemetery.  Visitation:  4 to 7 p.m., Monday, November 14, 2016, at the Middle Amana Church.  Memorials may be contributed to the Amana Community Church.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with the arrangements. 

Mary Ann is survived by three children Margo (John) Jarosz of Fairfax, Paula (Leonard) Welsh of Swisher and Jason (Holly) Fels of Geneva, Illinois; grandchildren Ben (Amanda) Welsh, Erin (Brent) Platner, Zachary (Jenna Bujalski) and Jessica (Robert Brodarick) Jarosz, Braden, Jack and Kaitlyn Fels.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband George in 1985, and a sister Betty Lou Griess.

Mary Ann Haas was born June 6, 1929, in Amana, the daughter of John and Louise Oehl Haas.  She graduated from the Amana Schools in 1947.  On October 23, 1948, she was united in marriage to George Fels in Amana.  She worked at the Ox Yoke Inn and at the Amana Society Woolen Mill salesroom.  Mary Ann was a lifelong member of the Amana Community Church.  In 1975, she started and led a monthly service for residents at Colonial Manor.  She was active in many community clubs and led Campfire Girls.  She was the first person to bring change to the Amana Church weddings by wearing a white dress and having a big wedding.  Mary Ann enjoyed reading, playing bridge, gardening and volunteering.  She loved traveling and meeting new people but more than anything, Mary Ann loved Amana.  She loved having her family and friends near, making her home a home.  She was accepting of everyone and stayed positive when people needed a place to feel secure, and at peace, often just by her presence.   Mary Ann was always full of love and laughter. 

 

 

 

 

Max R. Herrmann, age 84 of Ladora, died Thursday, November 10, 2016 at the Belle Plaine Nursing Home.  Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, November 16, 2016, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Rev. Jim Davis officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery, with military honors.  Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at Kloster Funeral Home in Marengo.  A memorial fund has been established. 

Max is survived by his son Eric and wife Melissa of Marengo; three grandchildren, Joseph, Anna and Ellie Herrmann; and a special friend Elaine Behounek of Marengo.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

Max Rudolph Herrmann was born October 15, 1932 in Ladora, Iowa, the son of Adolf and Elisabeth Scheidt Herrmann. He graduated from the Ladora High School with the Class of 1951. Max served in the U.S. Army from 1953 – 54, serving in Korea. He and Mary Hartwig were married in 1961. The couple later divorced. Max was a farmer and electrician by profession.  He was a lifetime member and commander of the Ladora American Legion Post 621, a member of the Marengo Legion Post #76, the NRA, and the Iowa Long Rifle.  Max enjoyed collecting old gas engines and farm toys.

 

 

 

 

Eugene Thomas Plotz, age 85 of Oxford, formerly of Williamsburg, passed away Tuesday, November 8th, 2016, following an extended illness.  Funeral Service:  10:30 a.m., Saturday, November 12, 2016, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Williamsburg, with Rev. Thomas Ogilvie officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Williamsburg, with military honors.  Visitation:  4 to 7 p.m., Friday, November 11, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  A memorial fund has been established.

Eugene is survived by his wife Iola Grauer Plotz; a son Kenneth Plotz of Williamsburg; a daughter Susan (Scott) Yung of Cedar Rapids; five grandchildren Kelley (Jeremy) Reierson, Barry (Ashlee) Plotz, Shelley Plotz (Jason Geltz), Tammy (Richard) Oftedahl, Carrie (Eric) Mercer; 15 great-grandchildren Kylie, Kaley, Kelby, Jeremy Reierson, Braden and Braylee Plotz, Trenton, Allie, Preston, Lillie Geltz, Jaden Pfannebecker, Peyton and Melisa Spreeman, Gaige and Easton Mercer; a step-son Dennis (Barb) Grauer; a step-daughter Sue Ellen Grauer; four step-grandchildren, Anna (Chris) Boals, Aaren Grauer, Tyler Grauer, and Cara Grauer; a step-great grandson Caleb Boals; a sister Mary Ellen (Max) Warren; a brother Ralph (Linda) Plotz; and two sisters-in-law Joyce Plotz and Judie Rosenbalm.  He was preceded in death by his first wife Selma Wardenburg Plotz, his parents, and three brothers Ronald, Richard, and Bernard Plotz.

Eugene Plotz was born March 26, 1931, in Washington Township, rural Marengo, to Charlie and Gertie Kimm Plotz.  He received his education in the Iowa County schools.  Eugene proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army from 1952-1954, stationed overseas in Korea.  He married Selma Amanda Esther Wardenburg on April 21, 1956, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Williamsburg.  Together they had two children, Kenneth and Susan.  Selma passed away in 2003.  Eugene later married Iola Grauer at St. Paul Lutheran Church. 

Eugene retired from Amana Refrigeration after 42 ½ years.  He continued working at Colony Point for 14 years.  He happily spent many nights and weekends helping his relatives with their farming operations. He was an active member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church.  Eugene enjoyed helping his grandchildren deliver the Cedar Rapids Gazette for eight years. He loved listening to and dancing to Barefoot Becky and playing cards.  He especially enjoyed visiting with family members and reminiscing about the family history.

 

 

 

Laurene M. “Reenie” Fiser, age 67, passed away Tuesday, November 8, 2016.  Funeral Services:  10:30 a.m., Friday, November 11, 2016, at First United Methodist Church, Marengo, with Barb Furman officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery.  Visitation:  4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, November 10, 2016, at First United Methodist Church, Marengo.  A memorial fund has been established.

Reenie is survived by her husband Larry; two children Travis (Jackie) Fiser of Grundy, Virginia and Deena (Darrin) Folkerts of Dike; five grandchildren Clair Folkerts, Gabe Fiser, Joe Folkerts, Alexa Fiser and Natalie Folkerts; and a brother Larry (Patty) Kimm of Alabama.  She was preceded in death by her father Dean Kimm. 

Laurene Marie Kimm, was born November 1, 1949, in Cedar Rapids Iowa.  She graduated from Iowa Valley High School in 1967.  She was united in marriage to Larry Fiser, May 25, 1968, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Marengo.  In Reenie’s earlier years, she waitressed at Bill Zubers, worked at Pioneer Seed Corn, and for the local ABC stores in Marengo and Belle Plaine.  She later worked at the Cedar Rapids Post Office as a letter carrier for 19 years until she retired.  Reenie enjoyed mushroom hunting, snow skiing, cooking, and being outdoors.  She especially enjoyed her grandchildren and friends.

 

 

Darlene Evelyn (Schropp) Byrn, age 78, of Conroy, passed away Monday, November 7, 2016.  Funeral service:  10:30 a.m., Friday, November 11, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, Iowa, with Rev. James Parks officiating.  Burial:  Oxford Cemetery, Oxford, Iowa.  Visitation:  3 to 7 p.m., Thursday, November 10, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established. 

Darlene is survived by her husband Francis of 56 years; a daughter Mary (Andy) Adams of Conroy; a son Rick (Dianne) Byrn of Williamsburg; four grandchildren Bonnie (Chris) Tibai of Michigan, Bradley (Lacey) Ivy II of Chelsea, Marcus (Brenda) Adams of Kansas City,  Kansas and Danielle Byrn of Williamsburg; two great-grandchildren Misty Adams of Conroy and Lilly Adams of Michigan; four step great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; four sisters Beverly, Carol Ann, Peggy and Marilyn; and four brothers Eugene, Tom, Jim and John.  She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers Ronnie and Donnie; a sister Mary Lou; and an infant daughter Rhonda Sue.

Darlene Schropp was born August 25, 1938, in Oxford, the daughter of Clarence and Margaret Klein Schropp.  She graduated from the Oxford High School in 1958.  Darlene married Francis Byrn on September 10, 1960, in Alburnett.  She was employed at Owens Brush and Proctor and Gamble in Iowa City, and later was a cook at the Ox Yoke Inn, in Amana, for 21 years.  She enjoyed baking, cooking, cross-stitch and puzzle books.  Most of all, Darlene loved spending time with her family.


 

 

 

Floyd W. “Bill” Hollopeter, age 83, died Saturday, November 5, 2016 in Belle Plaine.  Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, November 9, 2016, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, with Rev. Cindi McKee officiating.  Burial will be in the Ohio Cemetery, rural Ladora, with military honors.  Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.

Floyd is survived by his children, David Hollopeter of Ladora; Rick Hollopeter of Ladora, Kevin Hollopeter (Dee) of Cedar Rapids, and Marlyce Folkmann (Daren) of Marengo; three grandchildren, Angela Schnebbe (Joshua) of Victor, Doug Folkmann (Lisa) of Ladora and Micheal Folkmann of Marengo; and a great-grandchild, Mallory Jo Folkmann of Ladora.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mardean, four brothers, Lawrence, Charles, Dean and Frank, and sisters Hazel, Mary and Betty.

Floyd William Hollopeter was born April 1, 1933 in Ladora, Iowa, the son of Charles Oscar and Laura Ida Slaymaker Hollopeter. He graduated from Ladora High School in 1951 and served in the U.S. Army from 1954 -56. Floyd and Mardean Mae Hupfeld were married August 28, 1959. The couple farmed for many years in the Ladora area.

Floyd was a man who loved his profession. The farm was his favorite pastime.   He also enjoyed cutting wood, and making things for his family and friends.

 

 

Mary L. Doty, age 95, formerly of Brooklyn, Iowa, passed away Friday, October 28, 2016, in Geneva, IL.  Memorial Service:  10:30 a.m., Saturday, November 19, 2016, at the Grace United Methodist Church in Brooklyn, with Rev. Brent de Silva officiating.  Burial will be at Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Grace United Methodist Church, the BGM Education Fund, the Brooklyn Public Library, or to the donor’s choice. Kloster Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Mary is survived by her immediate family of three daughters, Connie Hodson of Elburn, IL, Marilyn McKee (Scott) of North Oaks, MN, and Fae Hughes (Kevin) of Shelton, WA; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a brother, Richard Hensley of Arizona.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Rolland, 7 siblings, and a granddaughter.

Mary was born on August 22, 1921, in Central City, Nebraska, the daughter of Joseph and Jessie Breckon Hensley.  After high school graduation, she attended Nebraska Central College and taught in Nebraska rural schools for 3 years.  She then moved to Iowa City to join her brother, Ramon, and subsequently went to Brooklyn to teach elementary school.  There she met and married Rolland Doty on June 3, 1945.  The couple was married for 51 years.  She later returned to teaching in the BGM schools and completed her Bachelor of Education degree at William Penn College. 

Mary enjoyed her teaching career of over 20 years, as well as gardening, sewing, and reading.  She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church for over 70 years.  Mary was also a long-time member of Emanon & River Road Clubs, and a 4-H leader.  After her retirement, she and Rolland traveled to all fifty states and to several countries to explore farming practices abroad, and wintered in Mesa, AZ.


 

 

Harold J. Reihman, age 87 of Richmond, Indiana, died Tuesday, October 25, 2016 in Richmond. Graveside Service: 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, November 2, 2016, South Amana Cemetery, South Amana, Iowa with Elder Kristie Yoder officiating.  There will be no visitation. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, Iowa is assisting with local arrangements.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Friends Fellowship Community Endowment Fund, 2030 Chester Boulevard, Richmond, IN 47374.

Survivors include his children, Dana (Eileen Cravens, M.D.) Reihman, M.D. of Richmond, Sheryl (Dave) Schrock of Cohasset, Minnesota, and David W. (Melanie) Reihman of Cincinnati, Ohio; eight grandchildren, Katie Reihman of Los Angeles, California, Anne Reihman of Durham, North Carolina, Stephanie Reihman of Phoenix, Arizona, Somer, Emiko, and Hanako Schrock, all of Cohasset, Minnesota, and Nick (Erin) Reihman and Carli (Jay Johnson) Reihman, all of Cincinnati, Ohio; great-grandchildren, Aiden and Makenzie Johnson; a sister, Cornelia Hess of Waterloo, Iowa; and nephews Richard Hergert, Lynn Hess, and Darrell Hess . He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Shirley H. Reihman, a sister, Emmy Hergert, and a nephew Don Hess.

Harold Reihman was born in Amana, Iowa, on November 22, 1928, to Jacob and Helen Reihman. He was a graduate of Amana High School. Harold graduated from Iowa State with a degree in engineering. He served two years in the U.S. Air Force with the Strategic Air Command. Harold worked at Amana Refrigeration in Iowa until 1968, when he moved to Connersville, Indiana, for a management position with Philco, which became Philco Ford, which became Visteon. He was plant manager at Visteon for many years, where he was well thought of by all who worked there for his strategy of 'management by walking around'. Harold walked the plant floor every morning, interacting with the employees. Harold and Shirley were prominent and active members of the Connersville community for many years.

 

 

 

Anita Maxine Felling, 77, of Marengo died October 19, 2016, following a long illness.  A memorial service will be held at Trinity United Church of Christ, rural Marengo, on Monday, October 24 at 11:00 AM with Rev. Tim Miller officiating. Visitation will be 10-11:00 A.M., Monday at the church.  In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite animal shelter in her name.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Anita was born March 13, 1939, in Union, Illinois, the daughter of P. Lawrence Keener and Juanita Maxine Wheeler Keener.  She graduated from Monticello High School, Monticello, Iowa with the Class of 1957.  She received her nursing degree from Coe College and St. Luke’s, in Cedar Rapids. On August 21, 1960, Anita married Dwight Felling and together they had four children.  She worked at the Marengo Memorial Hospital for the majority of her nursing career and was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, rural Marengo. 

Anita was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Patricia Stoneking and Mary Keener, and grandchildren Christina Felling and Colby Taylor.  She is survived by her husband, Dwight, of 56 years and her children, Denise (Scott) Fowler of Marengo; Ruth (James) Taylor of Boise, ID; Esther (Martin) Jenke of Hamburg, Germany; and Roger (Lynettia) Felling of Marengo; a sister, Janice (Carl) Rieniets of Monticello; and a brother, Ronald Keener of Austin, Texas.  She is also survived by nieces and nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

 

Donna Mae Henning, age 81, of Hartwick, passed away Friday, October 14, 2016.  Funeral Services will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 19, 2016, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn, with Father Corey Close officiating.  Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Brooklyn.  Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn.  A memorial fund has been established.

Donna is survived by her two children Linda (Leslie) Ollinger of Grinnell and Donald (Beth) Henning of Chelsea; five grandchildren Issac (Alanna) Olllinger, Kathleen (Heston) Ollinger Clark, Nathanael (Stephanie) Ackerman, Jennette (Jaremy) Douglas and Edmond Henning; seven great grandchildren Estella Ollinger, Amelia Ollinger, Naomi Clark, Philip Ackerman, Jacob Ackerman, Izabella Douglas and Jaxson Douglas; a brother Wallace DePauw; and a sister-in-law Mary DePauw.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Robert; a granddaughter Erin Ollinger; a great-granddaughter Faith Douglas; and three brothers Charles, Raymond and Marvin DePauw.

Donna Mae DePauw was born December 19, 1934 in Brooklyn, the daughter of Edmond and Blanche Hendricks DePauw.  After receiving her education, she married Robert Henning on January 12, 1955 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn.  Their entire married life, they farmed in the Hartwick area.  After Bob’s passing, she continued to farm alongside her son, Don.  She was a member of St. Patrick’s Altar and Rosary.  She enjoyed reading, cooking and baking, visiting on the phone with friends and family.  She loved to attend the grandchildren’s events and spending time with the family. 

 

 

 

 

 

Fritz M. Milner, age 74 of Brooklyn, died Thursday, October 13, 2016 at his home. Memorial Services: 1:00 P.M. Monday, October 17, 2016 at the Kent Church, rural Brooklyn, with Rev. Larry Petersen officiating.  Inurnment: Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 P.M. Sunday, October 16, 2016 at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn.  A memorial fund has been established.

Fritz is survived by his wife, Helen Patricia; three children, Mike (Diana) of Brooklyn, Michelle Milner of Grinnell, and Jeff (Cammie) of Grinnell; 12 grandchildren, Mandy (John) Mackowiak of Castle Pines, CO, Brittany Rae (Mike) Cimprich of Cedar Rapids, Michaela Milner of Cedar Rapids, Lane and Brittany Amber Milner of Grinnell, Brenden (Teresa) Thompson of Grinnell, Levi (Haley Paige) Thompson of Grinnell, Toshia and Christian Williams of Brooklyn, Danielle Milner (Dylan Weinhold) of Ollie, TJ (Don Vanderkrol) and Drew (Dawn) Milner of Dysart; 14 great-grandchildren, Cloey Watkins, Brayton and Finley Cimprich, Garrett and Brielle Kriegel, Kaiden Weinhold, Ryder  and Autymn Scott, Ty and Owen Thompson, Ezra and Zane Milner and John and Isabella Mackowiak.  Also surviving is a sister Paula (Larry) Derochie of Sioux City and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Susie Milner, a granddaughter Stephanie Milner and a great grandson Nicolas Milner.

Frederick “Fritz” was born May 13, 1942 in Sioux City, Iowa, the son of LaVerne and Lucile Schmitt Milner.  He attended Sioux City elementary and high school. Fritz and Helen Patricia Fowler were united in marriage in Vermillian, SD on August 19, 1961.  Fritz was owner and operator of the Star Inn Truck Plaza, Brooklyn, and also was employed at Manatts, Inc.  He was an extraordinary chef and enjoyed cooking for people.  He also created wonderful ice sculptures. Fishing, hunting and boating were favorite pastimes. He was a #1 Nebraska Cornhusker fan and loved the Saturday football parties. He cherished his wonderful family, children, grand and great grandchildren and looked forward to every minute he could spend with them.

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Joseph Schmuecker, age 56 of Watkins, passed away Wednesday, October 12, 2016, at his home.  Funeral Services will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, October 15, 2016, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Watkins, with Father Ray Atwood  officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Patrick’s St. Paul Cemetery, Watkins.  Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, October 14, 2016, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Watkins.  A memorial fund has been established. 

Mike is survived by his wife Susanne of Watkins; two children Jareth (Alyssa) of Watkins and Cassandra Schmuecker of Watkins; a granddaughter Elliette Schmuecker; a sister Michelle (Duane) Koopman of Newhall; and a brother Mark Schmuecker of Cherokee.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Michael Schmuecker was born December 31, 1959, the son of Melvin and Joann May Schmuecker.  He graduated from Norway High School in 1978.  He was united in marriage to Susanne Karen Bischof on June 27, 1987, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Watkins.  Michael worked at Farmstead in Cedar Rapids and later at Williamsburg Manufacturing.  Mike was assistant coach for the Watkins Mudhens Little League team.He enjoyed bowling, golfing, fishing in his boat, NASCAR and camping.  He loved his two cats Precious and Pumpkin. 

 

 

 

 

 

William T. Burlage, age 83 of Middle Amana, died Thursday, October 6, 2016 at Parkview Manor, Wellman. Funeral Mass: 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, October 11, 2016, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Marengo with Fr. David Wilkening officiating.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Marengo with military honors. Visitation: 3 to 6 P.M. Monday, October 10, 2016, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with a Scripture Service at 5:30 P.M. A memorial fund has been established.

William is survived by his children, Mitchell of Burnsville MN, Mark (Cindy) of Kinross, Mike (Renetta) of Nichols, Ann Petersen (Mark) of Hartley, Greg (Lisa) of Bemidji, MN, and Jeff of Nevada; thirteen grandchildren, Delaney Burlage of Burnsville, MN, Paul (Amber) Burlage of Arlington, Matthew Burlage of Kinross, Sara and Luke Burlage of Nichols, Peyton and Reece Petersen of Hartley, Austin and Mason Burlage of Randolph, MN, and Elyse, Elizabeth, Elexis and Jackson Burlage of Nevada; his siblings, Grace Tallman of Davenport, John (Doris) Burlage of Monticello, Robert (Marilyn) Burlage of Monticello, Richard Burlage of Brooklyn, NY,  Helen Hignite of Clarksville, AR, and Don (Marcia) Burlage of Tipton, IN.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Jeanne in 2012, a granddaughter Gracie Burlage, and brothers-in-law, Richard Tallman and Floyd Hignite.

William Theodore Burlage was born June 5, 1933 in Monticello, Iowa, the son of Lawrence and Frances Kurt Burlage.  He graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Cascade with the Class of 1951.  William served in the U.S. Air Force for 2 years, and married Jeanne O’Brien on September 7, 1959 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Parnell, Iowa.  The couple farmed near Coggon for 32 years, and moved to Middle Amana in 1992.  He drove semi for several years, with the CB handle of “Corn cob”. William was a lifelong member of the Coggon and Cascade American Legions. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Marengo. He loved to hear jokes and visit with people. William was a loyal St. Louis Cardinals fan.

 

 

 

 

 

John A. Kloster, age 64 of Marengo, died Friday, September 9, 2016 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids, IA. Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, September 14, 2016, Trinity Lutheran Church, Walford, with Rev. Travis Borkosky officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 3 to 7 P.M. Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. In lieu of flowers or “cement”, please consider making a donation to a charity of your choice. 

John is survived by his wife, Beth; a son, Thomas “TJ” (Amber Parizek) of Marengo; a daughter, Angela (Emmanuel) Garza of San Antonio, TX; grandchildren, Zion, Landyn, and Larkin; a sister LaBonnie Temple of Zanesville, OH; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and a son Jeffrey Kloster in January 2016. 

John Arthur Kloster was born July 9, 1952 in Forest City, Iowa, the son of Arthur and Thelma Fjelstad Kloster. He graduated from Lake Mills High School in 1970, and attended Upper Iowa College in Fayette, graduating from Indiana College of Mortuary Science in 1974. He served his apprenticeship with Giles-Elliott Funeral Home in Fort Madison and Burlington. John married Elizabeth L. Klenske on April 30, 1977 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Waukon. He was employed at several eastern Iowa funeral homes, lastly purchasing Hoover -Valentine Funeral Home in Marengo in 1993. His son TJ joined him in 2007 and in 2008, John purchased Nevenhoven Funeral Home in Brooklyn. He and TJ have run both locations since.

John was a past member of Kiwanis and the Marengo Hospital Board. He presently serves on the Marengo Housing Board, the Marengo Cemetery Board and is a member of the Masonic Lodges #174, #46 and #10. He is a member of the Iowa Funeral Directors Association and is District 2 Governor.

John was fully devoted to his profession and serving the families of the area during their time of need.  He did find time to escape on his motorcycle, trike, or on his latest toy “the Slingshot”, with a destination of “Valhalla” in Sunrise Beach, MO.

 

 

 

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