Vicki Sue Bahr, age 43 of Swisher died Thursday, May 21, 2015 at her home.  Funeral Services; 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, May 27, 2015, Clover Ridge United Methodist Church, Walford, with Rev. Mike Townsley officiating. Burial will be in Hala Cemetery, rural Walford.  Visitation: after 9:30 A.M. Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at the church. Memorials may be contributed to Camp Courageous in her name. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is in charge of arrangements.

Vicki is survived by her mother Grace “Pat” Bahr of Swisher; two brothers, Ricky Bahr (Karen) of Marengo, and Kevin Bahr (Sherri Gillick) of Swisher; along with nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. She was preceded in death by her father Orville and a brother Randy, as well as grandparents, Dale and Irene Bahr.

Vicki Sue Bahr was born March 14, 1972 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the daughter of Orville Dale and Grace Koch Bahr. She received her education in the Prairie Schools (College Community) graduating in 1993.  Vicki worked for 12 years at Goodwill as a clerk. She liked to sing, dance, color, go camping and watch movies. She loved many different foods but was especially fond of KFC at Sunday family dinners. Vicki looked forward to and cherished time spent with family.

Vicki was a member of the Clover Ridge United Methodist Church, Walford.

 

 

 

 

 

Thor William Curtis Osterholt, age 19 of Chelsea, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015 in a motor vehicle accident. Memorial Services 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, May 27, 2015, New Beginnings Church, Brooklyn with Pastor Joshua Jerard officiating. The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 P.M. Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn.  A memorial fund has been established.

Thor is survived by his parents, Ron and Liza Osterholt of Chelsea; a brother, Joseph H. Carter III (Aryana) of Marshalltown, a half sister Janice Bishop; paternal aunts and uncles, Linda Kuiken (Les), Diann Pelelo (Mike), Pam Eliason (Steve), Tina Holbrook (Gene), Mary Weaver (Denny), Paul Osterholt (Paul Amundson), Ann Meis (Mark),  and Chris Wilkinson; Maternal aunts and uncles, Charles Bishop (Clair), Jeanne Bishop, and Annette Bishop; many cousins and a special family friend, Eugene Miller.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Roger and Elizabeth Osterholt, and Charles and Loretta Bishop, and an uncle Jim Osterholt.

Thor was born January 14, 1996 in Sioux City, Iowa, the son or Ronald and Lizabeth Bishop Osterholt. Following his years of home schooling he received his GED from South Tama High School, and was employed at the Subway and Pilot Center outside of Brooklyn.  He enjoyed board and video games, cooking, baking and gardening. He especially enjoyed riding his motorcycle, long walks with his dog, and visiting with his neighbors. He was always willing to give a helping hand. Thor also was an avid reader of books, and he donated many books and movies to the Chelsea Library. He was a member of the New Beginnings Church, Brooklyn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leonard K. Dietrich, age 89 of Williamsburg, Iowa, formerly of Ladora, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Mercy Hospital, Iowa City. Funeral Service: 10:00 A.M. Saturday, May 23, 2015, Trinity United Church of Christ, rural Marengo, with Pastor Tim Miller officiating.  Burial will be in Zion Cemetery, rural Ladora.  Visitation hours are from 4 to 7 P.M. Friday, May 22, 2015 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  Memorials may be contributed to the Iowa City Hospice.

Leonard will be deeply missed by his wife of 68 years, Thelma; three daughters, Lonnett Dietrich Blakley (Frank) of Riverside, Ica Shaull (Kenneth) of North Liberty, and Ellen Stevenson (Kurt) of Tiffin; two grandchildren, Nathan Shaull (Katie) of Bertram, and Matthew Shaull (Kimberly) of Hiawatha; and a great-grandchild Keagan Shaull. He is also survived by a brother Donald Dietrich of Marengo, and many additional family and friends. Leonard was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Richard and Gary, and a sister Margery Stockstell. He will be missed, and was a blessing to all who knew him.

Leonard Kenneth Dietrich was born July 14, 1925 on the family farm in Lincoln Township, Iowa County, Iowa. He was the son of Edward August Albert Dietrich and Mary Orpha Calvert Dietrich.  Leonard received his education in the Iowa County schools and served for a time in the U.S. Army Air Force. Leonard was united in marriage to Thelma Marie Punke on September 10, 1946 in rural Marengo. The couple took over the task of running the family farm in Lincoln Township, which they worked for 60 years. Leonard became an award-winning sales associate with Archer Oil for several years. He had a great talent for creating tools and other items which filled a wide variety of needs on the farm. In 2006, Leonard and Thelma retired from the farm and moved to Williamsburg. Leonard was a lifetime member of Trinity United Church of Christ.

The truest philosophy of Leonard and Thelma and their family can be found on a large wooden plaque made by a family friend: “There are no strangers here…Only friends we haven’t met.”

 

 

 

 

Dean Evan “Dino” Neitzel, age 64 of Brooklyn, Iowa, died Sunday, May 17, 2015 at his home. Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Friday, May 22, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn with Rev. Henry Goetz officiating. Burial will be in the Highland Cemetery, What Cheer, Iowa, with military honors. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Thursday, May 21, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. A memorial fund has been established.

Dean is survived by his children, son, Roy Neitzel (Tammy),  daughter, Jennifer Neitzel (Kevin Robertson) and  two grandchildren, Brylee and Davian Thompson, all of Delta; his mother Evelyn Neitzel of Grinnell; a sister Julie Neitzel of Grinnell, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, and two brothers, Dick and Steve.

Dean was born December 25, 1950 in Grinnell, Iowa, the son of Marlin and Evelyn Lane Neitzel.  He graduated from Grinnell High School in 1970 and served in the U.S. Marine Corps.  Dean and Roma Matteson were united in marriage on January 26, 1983 in Brooklyn, Iowa. Although the couple later divorced, they remained friends.  Dean was employed with Donaldson’s in Grinnell making mufflers, and then with Manatt’s for over 35 years, driving a dump truck. 

He enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, and mushroom hunting. He liked to watch the St. Louis Rams, and NASCAR, and spend some time gambling at the casinos.  He especially enjoyed the many family get-togethers and barbeques on the holidays.

 

 

 

 

Gilbert Roemig, age 91 of Middle Amana, died Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at Colonial Manor of Amana. Funeral Service: 10:00 A.M. Saturday, May 16, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, with Pastor Larry Dollmeyer officiating. Burial will be in the West Amana Cemetery, with military honors conducted by the Marengo American Legion Post #76 and U.S. Army Honor Guard. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Friday, May 15, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. Memorials may be contributed to Essence of Life Hospice or Colonial Manor of Amana.

Gilbert is survived by a brother Theodore “Junior” (Jane) of St. Louis, MO, a sister-in-law, Sandra Ludovissy (Curt) of Amana,  a nephew, Jason Ludovissy (Jewel) of Amana and their daughter Gisele, and two nieces, Linda McAlister and Teri Smith of Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mary Lou, and a brother Ralph and his wife Pauline.

Gilbert Roemig was born December 26, 1923 in Middle Amana, Iowa, the son of Theodore and Frieda Kraus Roemig. He received his education in the Amana schools and entered the U.S. Army, serving from 1945 to 1948, stationed in Germany and Italy. His employment over the years spanned with Kraus Equipment, the Amana Woolen Mill, and mostly as a custodian for the Amana Schools.

Gilbert and Mary Lou Ehrmann were married on May 30, 1981 at the New Apostolic Church in Cedar Rapids. The couple made their home in Middle Amana. Mary Lou passed away April 8, 2011. Gilbert was a member of the American Legion Post #76, and the New Apostolic Church in Cedar Rapids.

 

 

 

Charles (Chub) Henry Kleinmeyer, age 87 of Williamsburg, died Thursday, May 7, 2015.  Memorial Service 11:00a.m., Monday, May 11, 2015 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Williamsburg, Iowa with Rev. Thomas Ogilvie officiating.  Visitation from 10 to 11 a.m., Monday, May 11, 2015 at the church.  Inurnment will be at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery with military honors.  Memorials may be contributed to St. Paul Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy, son Michael (Claudia) Kleinmeyer, his sister, Ruth (Dwight) Gahring, two grandsons, Blake (Ann) Kleinmeyer, Jared (Lea) Kleinmeyer, a granddaughter Sheridan Penney (Chris), and 8 great grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by a daughter Carol, his parents, and two sisters, Flora (Eddie) Stohlmann and Maxine (Henry) Wardenburg.

Charles (Chub) Henry Kleinmeyer, was born January 1, 1928 in Marengo, Iowa, the son of Martin and Lizzie Sandersfeld Kleinmeyer.  Chub attended Lutheran Interparish School in Williamsburg.  He served in the U.S. Army from March 1946 to August 1947.  On May 22, 1949, Chub was united in marriage to Dorothy Marie Healey in Marengo, Iowa.  He lived most of his life in Williamsburg, Iowa.   When he was 16, he went to work for Yoder and Swartzendruber at the Ford garage.  He worked here until he went to service and then back to the Ford garage upon returning home from service.  In 1972, Charles purchases the Sinclair station in Williamsburg.  Then in 1979 Chub went to the Williamsburg Public school as bus mechanic and later as Transportation Director until he retired in June 1990.  Chub helped build the first golf course in Williamsburg, Sport Hill, and served on the board of directors.  He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. He was a former member of the commercial club, Williamsburg Fire Department and Lions Club.  Chub enjoyed golfing and doing the crossword puzzles reading and spending time with his family.

 

 

Bryant Keith “BK” Westfall, age 35 of Brooklyn, formerly of North English, died early Sunday morning, May 3, 2015, in a motor vehicle accident. Memorial Service: 1:00 P.M. Thursday, May 7, 2015, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Rev. Anni Mingin officiating. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 P.M. Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at the funeral home. Private Family Inurnment services will be at a later date.  A memorial fund has been established.

He is survived by two daughters, Karyssa and Addysyn Westfall of Millersburg; a son, Brodie Westfall of Marengo; his mother, Marilyn (Danny) Mouchka of Victor; a brother Holdon Westfall of Parnell; a sister, Sadie Mae Westfall of Cedar Rapids; his grandparents, Verlyn and Mary Zuber of Marengo, Larry Westfall of Sunrise Beach, MO, and Dilly and Mariann Fay of Victor; his step-mother Shelly Westfall of South English; cousins, Taylor (Beth) Baird, Ben (Amy) Baird, Cody Westfall, Bailey Westfall and Chad (Ashlea) Cronbaugh; along with many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews; and close friends, AmyJo and Jason.

He was preceded in death by his father Larry “Pokey” Westfall, grandparents Patricia Westfall, and Curly and Connie Storck, and a cousin Caleb Cronbaugh.

Bryant Keith Westfall was born April 4, 1980 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Larry and Marilyn Zuber Westfall.  He attended Marengo, and HLV schools and graduated from English Valley High School. BK was self-employed, owning and operating Westfall Construction. He enjoyed snowmobiling, four-wheeling, grilling, gardening, and working in his yard. But he reserved plenty of quality time to spend with his children, and he cherished every moment spent with them.

 

 

 

Nadine M. Shaull, age 99 of Marengo, formerly of Ladora, died Sunday, May 3, 2015 at Rose Haven Nursing Home, Marengo. Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Friday, May 8, 2015, at the Ladora United Methodist Church, Ladora.  Burial will be in Genoa Bluff Cemetery, rural Ladora. Visitation: 5 to 7 P.M. Thursday, May 7, 2015 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.

Nadine is survived by her son Carrol “Shorty” Shaull and wife Shirley of Ladora, seven grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, 18 great-great grandchildren, 5 step-great-grandchildren and 9 step-great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Leland in 1975, a daughter Beverly Shaull-Davis, one grandchild and one great-grandchild, a sister, Thelma Foster and a brother Merne Shaull.

Nadine Marie Shaull was born October 10, 1915, in Ladora, Iowa, the daughter of Joseph and Mildred Wright Shaull.  She graduated from the Ladora High School in 1932 and was united in marriage to Leland A. Shaull on September 8, 1934 at the Ladora Methodist Church. The couple had two children, Carrol and Beverly. Nadine worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 40 years, as a clerk in Marengo and as Postmaster of the Ladora Post Office.  She loved to bowl in earlier years, and also enjoyed crafts and jigsaw puzzles. She was a member of the Ladora United Methodist Church.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Rose Haven and the Hospice staff for all the wonderful care and compassion shown to Nadine during her stay at the nursing home.

 

 

 

Marvin S. Klein, age 87 of Brooklyn, Iowa, died Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center, Grinnell.  Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Saturday, May 2, 2015, Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn, with Rev. John Dodds officiating.  Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery with military honors. Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 1, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn.  Memorials may be contributed to the East Poweshiek Ambulance Service, Grace United Methodist Church, or the Malcom VFW Post 733.

Marvin is survived by his wife Carol; his children, Darrell (Nancy) of Brooklyn, David (Sue) of Bowie, MD, Terraleen Stern (Bill) of Indianola, and Mike (Julie) of Brooklyn; ten grandchildren, Cassandra Hilton (Brannon), Lesli Kramer (Joe), Brett Stern, Alicia Klein, Matt Klein (Lisa), James Klein (Alicia), Trent Klein (Kari), Crystal Klein, Kristen Klein, and Curtis Klein; and nine great-grandchildren. Also surviving are sibling, Doris Shaffer of Reinbeck, Ivan Klein of Montezuma, and Eileen Maxwell of Jacksonville, IL. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, Christopher Klein, a sister Marjorie Youkey, and two brothers, Ronald and Christian “Gene” Klein.

Marvin Share Klein was born June 29, 1927 in Ladora, Iowa, the son of Christian and Effie Share Klein.  He graduated from Ladora High School and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.  He married Carol Hall on October 5, 1951 at the Madison Church of Christ, rural Brooklyn. The couple farmed for many years in Poweshiek and Mahaska Counties. He was a member of the Malcom VFW and Grace United Methodist Church.

 

 

Charles E. Alford, age 63, of Marengo, died Thursday, April 23, 2015 at the Marengo Memorial Hospital. Funeral Service: 11:00 A.M. Monday, April 27, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Pastor Eddie Thomas officiating. Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery. Visitation: 2 to 5 P.M. Sunday, April 26, 2015, at the funeral home. A memorial fund has been established.

Charles is survived by his wife, Janice; four children, Jeannie Varela (Alfonso) of Marengo, Shirley Arends (Robert) of Marengo, Theresa Alford of Minneapolis, MN, and Charles Alford (Angel) of Marengo; sixteen grandchildren, Robert Ritter (Becca), Joshua Ritter, Melanie Ritter, Michelle Huston, Christopher Rose, Nickole Ritter, Destiney Huston, Sarah Rose, Samantha Rose, Charles Alford, Jr., Andrea Huston, Natalie Huston, Zoe Alford, Myia Alford, Gia Alford, Ricardo Malagon; and eleven great-grandchildren: Landyn Varela, Lachlan Ritter, Aydan Varela, Channing Alford, Jason Ritter, Brylee Stidham, Jaxon Aubrecht, Presliegh Moyer, Destinee Ritter, Cameron Brenneman, and David Ritter.

Also surviving are his siblings, Jimmalee Todd (Brenda) of Des Moines, Donnie Alford (Chris) of Des Moines, Shirley Stepp (Vernon) of Kentucky, Lillie Alford of Kentucky, and Ronnie Alford of Des Moines. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Brandy, two brothers, Jerry and Earl, and a sister Betty.

Charles Everett Alford was born February 20, 1952 in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Arthur and Nanny Stepp Alford. He and Janice Duncan Alford were married for 43 years. Charles was employed as a roofer and a handyman of various trades. He enjoyed cookouts with the family, camping, fishing, motorcycles, classic cars, and beer time.

 

 

 

Georgia K. Geiger, age 73 of West Amana, died Friday, April 17, 2015 at her home, following a sudden illness.  Per her wishes, her body was donated to medical research. Memorial Service: 7 P.M. Friday, April 24, 2015, Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1007 Rider Street, Iowa City, with Pastor Dale Morrison officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting with arrangements.

Georgia is survived by a son Kurt S. Geiger of the Philippines; a daughter Liese Vanderbroek of Ames; and a half-sister, Dolores LaGrange (Robert) of Amana. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband Charles.

Georgia Karen Schoenfelder was born September 8, 1941 in Amana, Iowa, the daughter of George and Elizabeth Ertzinger Schoenfelder.  She graduated from Amana High School, and married Charles J. Geiger on November 30, 1964 in Omaha, Nebraska. The couple resided in West Amana, and were active in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and Muscatine 7th Day Adventist Churches. Charles passed away in 2013.

 

 

 

 

Dorothy “Dot” Kathryn Provin, age 63 of Grinnell, formerly of Brooklyn, died Sunday, April 19, 2015 at Grinnell Regional Medical Center.  Funeral services:  Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, with Rev. John Reynolds, Jr. officiating.  Visitation:  Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery.  A memorial fund has been established. 


Dorothy is survived by her children;  Scott (Wendi) Provin of Roosevelt, UT, Amy (Shane) Brown of Grinnell, and twins Alishia (Brandon) Tuttle of Malcom and Tony (Bree Johnson) Provin of Cedar Rapids; a brother Ben (Patty) Mowrey of Fort Collins, CO; a sister Char Seiler of San Antonio, TX; six grandchildren; Asia, Madison, Marshall, Carter, Camden and Kalor; and a sister like friend Connie Coleman of Malcom.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a grandson Mason, and two brothers, Jim and Dick. 


Dorothy Kathryn was born October 17, 1951 in Grinnell, Iowa, the daughter of Donald and Margaret “Roberta” Harris Mowrey.  She received her education in the Brooklyn Schools.  She was a cook at Dickies Restaurant in Malcom and later cleaned several homes until her retirement.

 

 

 

Helen Marie Doud Ferguson, age 90, of North English, formerly Marengo, died Thursday, April 16, 2015 at the English Valley Care Center.  Currently there are no services scheduled.  Inurnment will be at Friend’s Cemetery, Oskaloosa, at a later date. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting with arrangements. 

Helen Marie Doud, was born December 4, 1924 in Muscatine, Iowa.  She was a dispatcher for the Oskaloosa Police Department for 5 years and also worked at Schantz Furniture Store in Amana as a bookkeeper.  She married Jerry Ferguson on June 24, 1978 at the Christian Church, in Oskaloosa, Iowa.  She was a member of the Christian Church in Oskaloosa, the Royal Neighbors and the U of I Club.  She enjoyed U of I sports, reading and crossword puzzles. 

She is survived by several nieces and nephews and a brother-in-law Darrell Ferguson of Des Moines.  She was preceded in death by her first husband Glenn Doud, and second husband Jerry on June 13, 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

Kenneth C. “Bud” Smith, age 84, died Monday, April 13, 2015 at the Montezuma Nursing and Rehab Center. Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Saturday, April 18, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Rev. Matt German officiating. Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Friday, April 17, 2015 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.

He is survived by his children, LuAnn Lacy of Kansas, David Smith (and the late Diane Smith) of New Sharon, Kenneth E. Smith of Montezuma, Roger Smith (Linda) of Mount Vernon, Mark Smith of Iowa City, and Kimberly Morris of Cedar Rapids; ten grandchildren, Randy Lacy of Kansas, Brett Lacy of Kansas, Rod Lacy (Kathy) of Kansas, Amy VanManen (Lonnie) of Sully, Chad Lacy (Beth) of Kansas, Paul Smith (Trina) of Georgia, Justin Smith (Carrie Thompson) of Montezuma, Brooke Noland (Chuck) of Louisiana, Josie Meineke and Johnnie Morris; and 18 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Kevin Smith, five sisters, Donna, Glenda, Helen, Betty and Dorothy, and four brothers, Tillman, Doug, Irvin, and Dennis.

Kenneth Cody Smith was born September 6, 1930 in Iowa City, Iowa, the son of David and Alice Parvin Smith. He received his education in the country school near High Amana. In his earlier years, Bud counted cattle and fixed fences on horseback for the Amana Society. He was employed over the years as an iron worker with Iowa Steel, making car accessories at Sheller Globe, and a greeter at Walmart in Cedar Rapids.

Kenneth and Nevada Pearl Smith were united in marriage, and to this union a daughter and four sons were born. The couple later divorced. He and Carol Miller were married and a son was born to this union.

Kenneth enjoyed playing checkers, yodeling, fishing, and hunting, and never missed a local garage sale.  He had a sweet tooth and liked Pepsi, Hershey bars, and vanilla ice cream. He also enjoyed going for rides with his family and friends. He was a wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

 

 

Joseph W. “Smuggy” Matthess, age 66 of Marengo, died Sunday, April 12, 2015 at the Belle Plaine Nursing and Rehab Center. Funeral Service: 10:00 A.M. Thursday, April 16, 2015, at the Marengo American Legion Hall, Marengo with Fr. Bob Striegel officiating. Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery with military honors. Visitation: 2 to 7 P.M. Wednesday, April 15, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for final expenses.

He is survived by his wife Irene; his children, Becky, Shelly, Jenny, Theresa, Chris, J.R., and Jaime; 22 grandchildren, Matthew, Alysha, Logan, Lizzy, Tony, Nicole, Joseph III, Jordan, J.D., Levi, Lea, Jazzy, Chandler, Rayce, Owen, Blayze, Brynnlee, Jakob, Davon, Zander, Darion, and King; 8 great-grandchildren; and his siblings, Betty, Mary, Barry, Lonnie, Paul (Linda), Don (Mary), and Ron (Tara). He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Joe Jr., sisters Pat Isaacs, and Debra Mikels, a brother Mike, and a stillborn granddaughter, Lydia.

Joseph William Matthess was born August 28, 1948 in Iowa City, Iowa, the son of Maynard Orville Matthess and Dorothy Cecilia Cox Matthess.  He received his education in the Oxford and Iowa City schools. Smuggy proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1965 -1970, with three tours of duty in Vietnam. He married Irene Christine Rider on June 4, 1983 in Marengo.

Smuggy was an over-the road-truck driver for 35 years until his health prevented him from continuing.  He then owned and operated JCI Car Care in Ladora, and for a time owned “Smuggy’s Café” in Stanwood. He enjoyed going dancing, stock car racing and old cars. Smuggy was happiest when he was doing for others. He liked to organize and run benefit auctions for many worthy causes, and was great at playing “Santa Claus”.

He was a 52-year member of the American Legion, currently a member of the Oxford post, and held the position of mayor of Ladora for 4 ½ years.

 

 

Retha Rae Rhoads, age 77 of Brooklyn, died Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Brooklyn Community Estate, Brooklyn.  Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, April 15, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, with Rev. Dorothy Banzhaf officiating.  Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Tuesday, April 14, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn.  A memorial fund has been established

Retha is survived by her sons, Steve (Melia) of Brooklyn, and Bruce (Debora) of Chelsea; seven grandchildren, Callie Rhoads of Brooklyn, Clint Rhoads (Mindy) of Brooklyn, Carly Rhoads of Ottumwa, Cliff Rhoads (Joey) of Brooklyn,  Danny Mai (Larisha) of Newton, Kaycee Rhoads of Grinnell, and Jaymee Rhoads of Brooklyn; 11 great-grandchildren, Layne, Beckett, Caleb, Colette, Maddox, Jaxson, Braxton, Gerrick, Sabrie, Jadeth and Alyssa; a brother-in-law, Tommy Rhoads; and three sisters-in-law, Ruth Clark, Linda Rhoads and Joyce Rhoads.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband James in 2010, a sister Mary Sexton, and a great-grandson, Silas in infancy.

Retha Rae Seams was born July 6th, 1937 in rural Mahaska County, the daughter of Sebastian Seams and Ruth Werner Seams. Her father Bess was a coal miner and small farmer. She was always outside with her father helping with chores including gathering and selling eggs and helping pick corn by hand. Retha learned the value of hard work and a sense of family at a young age. A big treat as a child was listening to a Chicago Cubs game after which her father would remove the battery from the radio until the next game. She looked forward to family trips to town on Saturday evenings.

Retha was married to James Franklin Rhoads on December 10th, 1957. She worked full time as a telephone operator to help support the family while Jim attended William Penn College to earn a teaching degree. In addition to her duties as a wife and mother she was almost always employed outside the home as a school cook, store clerk and teachers aide. Retha always raised a large garden to can and freeze food.

Family was Retha's life and her main hobby. Having grandkids spend the night was very special for her and Jim. She loved to cook for her family and her fried chicken was a favorite of all. Retha was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.


 

 

George P. Mittelbach, age 93 of Amana, died Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Colonial Manor of Amana. Funeral Services: 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, April 14, 2015, Middle Amana Community Church, Middle Amana, with Elder Elly Hoehnle officiating. Burial will be in the Amana Cemetery with military honors. Visitation: 4 – 7 P.M. Monday, April 13, 2015 at the Middle Amana Church. Memorials may be contributed to the Amana Church Society or Essence of Life Hospice. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

George Philipp Mittelbach was born July 14, 1921 in West Amana, Iowa, son of Philipp and Clara (Leichsenring) Mittelbach. He received his education in the West Amana grade school and graduated from Marengo High School in 1939. He attended the University of Iowa from 1940-1942, before enlisting in the Navy as an aviation cadet. He attended Navy preflight school in Iowa City and graduated as a commissioned officer from the Naval Air Navigation School at Oklahoma in 1945. He served as an aviation navigation instructor until 1946, receiving an honorable discharge. While on leave from the Navy, he married Dorothy Marie Leichsenring on December 14, 1944 at the home of her parents, John and Magdalena Leichsenring in Amana.

After military service, George worked at Amana Refrigeration for several years before becoming a tool designer at Allis-Chalmers in Cedar Rapids, where he was employed for 10 years. In 1959, he went to work for P&H Harnischfeger Corporation in Cedar Rapids and retired as a manager of manufacturing in 1982 after 24 years with the company. George served on the board of directors of the Amana Society and was a life-long member of the Amana Church, teaching Sunday school for many years. He was also a member of the Amana Heritage Society and served as a museum guide after his retirement.
George enjoyed playing golf with his friends at the Marengo golf club, hunting with his son and two grandsons, and he especially enjoyed his early morning walks around Amana. He was an accomplished artist and produced many oil paintings of Amana scenes. Above all, he was devoted to his family and cherished the times he spent with them.

George is survived by his son, Gary Mittelbach and wife Katherine Gross of Richland, MI; grandsons John Mittelbach of Venice, CA, and Mark Mittelbach of Kalamazoo, MI.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Dorothy (Leichsenring) Mittelbach, and a sister Lucille Langlas.

The family wishes to extend special thanks to the nurses and staff of Colonial Manor of Amana and Essence of Life Hospice, for their kind and compassionate care.

 

 

 

Josephine E. Mullen, age 77 of Davenport, Iowa, formerly of Marengo, died Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at her home. Graveside Memorial Service: 11:00 A.M. Monday, April 13, 2015, Marengo Cemetery with Rev. Matt German officiating.  The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 P.M. Sunday, April 12, 2015 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.

She is survived by her sons, Allen Mullen of Davenport, and Cris Mullen of Cedar Rapids; a daughter Josie Mullen of Marengo; and two grandchildren, Nicholas and Parker Schulze. She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother Richard Hartley.

Josephine Elizabeth Mullen was born December 19, 1937 in Ottumwa, Iowa, the daughter of Donald and Lucille Wade Mullen.  She graduated from Ottumwa High School and was employed as a secretary at Amana Refrigeration for many years.

 

 

 

 

Isabel M. Waterbeck, age 85 of Grinnell, Iowa, formerly of Hartwick, died Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Grinnell Regional Medical Center, Grinnell.  Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Saturday, April 11, 2015, Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn with Rev. John Dodds officiating.  Burial: Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Friday, April 10, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. A memorial fund has been established. 

She is survived by two sons, Gary J. Waterbeck (Donna) of Shellsburg and Terry L. Waterbeck (Judy) of Maple Grove, MN; two daughters, Susan Kay Locke (Jeff) of Urbandale, and Joy Cummings (Marty) of Malcom; five grandchildren, Angela Ruley (Darold) of Springville, Jennifer Melgaard (Tom) of Surprise, AZ, Nicholas Waterbeck of Phoenix, AZ, Dustin Cummings (Katie) of Malcom, and Courtney Michalek (Curtis) of Malcom; eight great-grandchildren, Logan, Brenton, and Dalton Blackford and Austin Ruley,  Cadence, Brody, and Dylan Cummings, and Rowyn Michalek; and a great-great granddaughter, Lauren Blackford.

She was preceded in death by her parents Byron Keller and Ruth Hendrickson Keller Belland, her husband John in 2009, her stepfather Tom Belland, two sisters, Arlene Scott and Louise Kuntz, and a brother Harold Keller.

Isabel Mae Keller was born September 14, 1929 in Brooklyn, Iowa, the daughter of Byron and Ruth Hendrickson Keller.  She graduated in 1947 from Brooklyn High School, and attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, receiving her teaching certificate. She married John Edward Waterbeck on May 21, 1950 at Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn. The couple farmed and Isabel also taught in the local one-room school house. She enjoyed reading, gardening, cooking and traveling. She especially enjoyed attending her children and grandchildren’s activities. Isabel was a member of Beta Sigma Phi,  Farm Bureau and Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn.

 

 

 

 

Leona Mae Tuttle, age 92 of Grinnell, formerly of Carnforth, Iowa, died Friday, April 3, 2015 at St. Francis Manor, Grinnell, Iowa.  Funeral Service: 11:00 A.M. Monday, April 6, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn with Rev. John Dodds officiating.  Burial will be in Ivy Hill Cemetery, Malcom, Iowa. The family will receive friends on Monday from 10:00 – 11:00 AM at the funeral home. A memorial fund has been established. 

Leona is survived by a brother Harold (Paula) Tuttle of Sheldon, IA and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Lyman, Andrew Jr., and Joseph Tuttle; two sisters, Mabel Tuttle Spading and H. Lucille Tuttle Todd; and two nephews Kenneth Hodgson, and Randall Tuttle.

Leona was born April 22, 1922 on a farm near Malcom, Iowa, the daughter of A. Orris and E. Viola Erickson Tuttle.  She lived most of her life in Poweshiek County and attended the Poweshiek County country schools. Following her graduation, Leona worked several years as a housekeeper and also doing childcare.  Leona started working at Amana Refrigeration in 1954.  She retired in 1982, following a work injury. Leona enjoyed crafts, gardening and her flowers.  She loved to travel to new places with her parents and her sister Mabel during her vacation time. Following a heart attack, Leona moved to an apartment in Grinnell and then went to St. Francis Manor in October 2009.  She was previously a member of the South 9th Street Methodist Church of Des Moines, Iowa.

Leona’s family wish to thank the staff and residents at St. Francis Manor for the friendship and care that was extended to Leona during her stay as a resident and at the time of her death.

 

 

 

 

C. Gene Klein, age 85 of Brooklyn, died Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at his home. Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Saturday, April 4, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn with Rev. John Dodds officiating.  Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery with military honors. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Friday, April 3, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. A memorial fund has been established.

Gene is survived by his children, Connie Brown of Brooklyn, Alan Klein (Mary) of Ladora, Kevin Klein (Barb) of Urbandale and Kristina Loschen (Rick) of Brooklyn; his grandchildren, Shannon Garringer of Brooklyn, Will Brown of Ames, Carrie Steinmetz (Matt) of Victor, Jennifer Boyer (Matt) of Pasco, WA, Dustin Klein of Des Moines, Kelsey Klein of Urbandale, Aaron Anderson of Des Moines, Amber Anderson of Colorado, Sarissa Riedel of Brooklyn, Scott Riedel (Emily) of Hartwick, Christian Loschen of Brooklyn, and Camdon Loschen of Brooklyn; great-grandchildren, Taelyn and Haeley Garringer, John and Brian Steinmetz, Kymber and Kamden Boyer, Rayne and Canyon Kelso and Lilly Riedel. Also surviving are siblings, Marvin (Carol) Klein of Brooklyn, Ivan (Donna) Klein of Montezuma, Doris Schaffer of Reinbeck, and Eileen (Richard) Maxwell of Jacksonville, IL. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Theresa, a sister Margie Youkey, a brother Ronald, and a grandson Tim Brown.

Christian Gene Klein was born June 11, 1929 in Luzerne, Iowa, the son of Christian Klein and Effie Share Klein.  He graduated from Ladora High School and married Theresa Marie Roth on December 25, 1951.  He served in the U.S. Army stationed in Korea. Upon his return to the states, Gene farmed and worked at the Brooklyn Creamery, and the Sinclair Gas Station, which he later purchased. He also worked at Amana Refrigeration, retiring from there in the late 1980’s. He enjoyed tinkering in his shop, fishing and camping, and Sunday suppers with his girls. He enjoyed caring for a small garden, and raising roses.  He also collected eagles.

Gene was a member of the Brooklyn 80 Coffee Club and the American Legion Post 294.

 

 

 

Thomas Dean Peska, age 54 of Marengo, Iowa, died Sunday, March 29, 2015 at his home.  Funeral services:  10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 2, 2015 at St. John’s Lutheran Church Marengo, with Rev. Andrew Gray officiating.  Burial:  Marengo Cemetery.  Visitation:  4-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  A memorial fund has been established.

Tom is survived by his daughter Dominque Peska Howell (Holly) of Fresno, CA; two grandchildren:  Holli and Hailey Howell; his mother Evelyn Peska of Marengo; his brothers:  Bill (Deb) of Delta, and Scott (Jessica) of Belle Plaine; three sisters:  Lorene Peska (Dave Miller) of Marengo, Joann Sebetka of Cedar Rapids, Mary (Tim) Moore of Fairfax and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his father Dale, a brother Steve, and maternal and paternal grandparents, and a nephew Jeremiah Shaull. 

Tom was born July 5, 1960 in Marengo, Iowa, the son of Dale and Evelyn May Bearbower Peska.  He graduated from Iowa Valley High School with the class of 1979.  Following graduation, he resided in the Fresno, CA area until 2001 when he returned to Iowa.  Over the years he was employed at Wendler’s Construction, Hahn’s Construction, Van Dee Bins, Vertis and Phat Daddy’s.  He enjoyed fishing, junking, spending time with friends, watching television, and listening to tapes.  He also enjoyed watching the eagles every season. 

 

 

 

Max R. Rider, age 63, of Marengo, Iowa, died suddenly Saturday, March 28, 2015, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids. Private Graveside Services will be held at Circle Grove Cemetery, Troy Mills, Iowa, with Pastor Charles Clark officiating. There will be no visitation. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, JoAnn; a daughter, Tracee Ann Dembinski (Jeff) of St. Mary’s, Iowa; a grandson Logan Ballard of St. Mary’s; a brother Rex Rider (Sue) of Marengo and a sister Irene Matthess (Joe) of Marengo. He was preceded in death by his parents Cecil and Ella Auen Rider, and a son Robert John in 1971.

Max Robert Rider was born June 5, 1951 in Independence, Iowa, the son Cecil Calvin Rider and Ella Auen Rider.  He graduated from Iowa Valley High School with the Class of 1969 and married JoAnn Marie Smith on January 29, 1971 in Marengo. In 1975 Max went to work with Amana Refrigeration, working there for 40 years. He enjoyed collecting and restoring old cars, carpentry, and racing. Ultimately he was a family man and cherished the time he spent with the family that he loved.

 

 

 

Dorothy Lucille Krakow, age 88, of Marengo, died Friday, March 27, 2015 at Rose Haven Nursing Home, Marengo.  Funeral Service: 2:00 P.M. Monday, March 30, 2015, 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, March 29, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society, the Marengo Memorial Hospital, or the American Heart Association.

Dorothy is survived by her brothers:  Lyle Kurth (Carol) of Robins and William Kurth (Doris) of Marengo; brothers-in-law:  Clarence Krakow (Kathy) of Belle Plaine, and Wayne Krakow (Else) of Marengo; sisters-in-law:  Lillie Schmutz of Muscatine and Sylvia Kurth of Grand Terrance, CA, as well as many nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband George Krakow on December 6, 2014, and her siblings, Orlin Kurth, Naomi Krakow, Robert Kurth and Maxine Slaymaker. 

Dorothy Lucille Kurth , was born December 21, 1926 in Marengo, Iowa, the daughter of Verna William and Florence Emma Kanke Kurth.  She graduated from Marengo High School in May 1946 and attended Coe College for 3 years, while teaching in the Iowa County country schools.   She was united in marriage to George Andrew Krakow on August 3, 1963 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Marengo.  Dorothy was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo where she was active in Ladies Aid.  She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.    She was employed at HLV Schools and at Iowa Valley Schools as an ‘English as a second language’ instructor. She enjoyed reading, collecting salt and pepper shakers, working with and helping handicapped individuals, calling bingo at Rose Haven, and visiting with the residents. 

 

 

 

 

Harold W. Schuerer, age 88, of East Amana went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 27, 2015.  Celebration of Life Services:  10:00 a.m. Monday, March 30, 2015 at the Amana Community Church, Main Amana, Iowa with Elder Tony Berger officiating.  Burial will be at the East Amana Cemetery, with military honors.  Visitation:  4 to 7 p.m., Sunday, March 29, 2015 at the Amana Community Church, Main Amana.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be contributed to the Amana Church Society or Essence of Life Hospice.  Arrangements are with Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, Iowa.

Harold William Schuerer was born July 20, 1926 in East Amana, Iowa, the son of Walter and Magdalena Oehl Schuerer.  Harold grew up the Amanas where his family operated the Amana Meat Shop for the Amana Society. Following high school Harold served his country honorably in World War II as a cook in the U.S. Navy submarine corps. Upon his return from service, he joined his brother George, also a World War II veteran, in management of the Amana Meat Shop for more than 30 years. Brother Walt, came home from World War II to take over operation of the Colony Inn.  The three brothers loved the hospitality business and the friends from all over who were their patrons.  Harold was fond of saying "Treat everyone like the preacher and you'll never run out of friends".

Harold and Helen Kraus were married June 3, 1950 at Middle Amana, Iowa.  In 1982, at the age of 58, Harold, with the support and tireless contribution of his wife and business partners Helen and family, started the Barn Restaurant in Amana. A new stage and extension of his love for welcoming visitors to Amana. He was very fond of his co-workers at the Barn.

A wonderful cook who loved to prepare specialty dishes, Harold was a great guy to invite to a picnic or tailgate. And even if not invited if you bought the pot roast from Harold you had to expect that he came with it.  Harold had many hobbies including pheasant hunting, dog training, horses and even motocross. But it was not so much the sport itself that he loved. Rather it was the people he met and friends he so easily made. Quick to make you smile but very aware that on occasion empathy was the more appropriate greeting and best counsel.

While Harold loved his work and hobbies his advice to anyone who would listen was to balance work, family and faith never letting work or hobbies crowd out family or faith. He had a rare capacity to enjoy life abundantly and be content in all circumstances.

Harold is survived by his wife of 65 years, Helen Kraus Schuerer, their son Neal Schuerer, of Colorado Springs and daughter Carol Zuber of Amana. Neal's wife Melissa and their children Henry and Greta who married Aaron Cummings and provided three great grandchildren Gabriel, Mitchell and Jacob. Carol's husband Brad Zuber and their children Maria and Harry.  Harold is also survived by a brother Walter, sisters in law Florence Zuber Schuerer and Lucille Schaefer Kraus and several nieces and nephews plus many who called him “Uncle Harold”, an honorary title he cherished. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother George.

Harold has gone home to be with the Lord. And if you knew him at all you know he would say that " I never had it so good."

The family wishes to thank the staff at Colonial Manor and Essence of Life Hospice for the excellent care given to Harold during his stay.

I wish you sunshine on your path, and storms to season your journey.
I wish you peace-in the world in which you lived and in the smallest
corner of the heart where truth is kept.
I wish you faith-to help define your living and your life.
More I cannot wish you-except perhaps love-to make all the rest worthwhile.

 

 

 

 

Opal Pearl Roller, age 96, of Marengo, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at Rose Haven Nursing Home, Marengo. Funeral Service: 1:00 P.M. Saturday, March 28, 2015, at Kloster Funeral Home, in Marengo, with Rev. Matt German officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery. Visitation: 12:00 – 1:00 P.M. Saturday, at the funeral home. Memorials may be contributed to First United Methodist Church, Marengo in her name.

Opal is survived by two sisters, Dorothy Honstein and Anna McIlrath, both of Laguna Beach, CA; a daughter-in-law, Shirley Share of Cedar Rapids; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and several great-great grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, a daughter Audrey Ensor, two sons, Donald Share and Robert Roller, a grandson Brian Keith Ensor, and siblings, Clara Fiser, Charles Fowler, Jr., and Clyde Fowler.

Opal Pearl Fowler was born December 8, 1918 in Ozark, Arkansas, the daughter of Charles Fowler, Sr. and Beulah Reynolds Fowler.  She received her education in the Marengo schools. She was united in marriage to Ralph Share, and the couple had one son Donald G. Share. She later married Francis Eugene Roller, and they had two children, Robert Roller and Audrey Roller Ensor.  Opal enjoyed gardening, flowers, and sewing. 

 

 

 

 

Naomi L. Krakow, age 91 of Marengo, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at the Marengo Memorial Hospital.  Memorial Service: 10:30 A.M. Saturday, March 28, 2015, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo with Rev. Andrew Gray officiating.  Inurnment will be in the Marengo Cemetery. Visitation: 9:30 – 10:30 A.M. Saturday, at the church. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Naomi is survived by a daughter, Kathy Jo Kurth (Michael Denison) of Marengo; two grandchildren, Stephanie Weida and Michael Weida; four great-grandchildren, Angel Jansen, Hayden Weida, Braiden Weida and Liberty Hamilton. Also surviving are two brothers, William (Doris) Kurth of Marengo, and Lyle (Carol) Kurth of Robins; a sister Dorothy Krakow of Marengo; brothers-in-law, Wayne (Else) Krakow of Marengo, and Clarence (Kathy) Krakow of Belle Plaine; and a sister-in-law, Lillie Schmutz of Muscatine.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Elmer in 2014, and siblings, Orlin Kurth, Robert Kurth, and Maxine Slaymaker.

Naomi Laverna Kurth was born November 10, 1923 in Marengo, Iowa, the daughter of Verna William Kurth and Florence Emma Kanke Kurth.  She received her education in the Marengo schools and married Elmer Ernest Krakow on September 6, 1958 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo. Besides being a wife and mother, Naomi worked in the elementary school kitchen for 14 years. She also was a seed sorter at Pioneer Seeds for many years.  She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Marengo, the Ladies Aid, and the Marengo Legion Auxiliary.  She enjoyed playing bingo, doing crosswords, church activities, knitting and sewing.  She especially cherished the time she spent with her grandchildren.

 

 

 

M. Teresa Albert, age 89 of Marengo, died Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Rose Haven Nursing Home, Marengo. Funeral Mass: 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, 2015, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Marengo. Burial: Calvary Cemetery, Marengo. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Monday, March 23 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with a Scripture Service at 7 p.m. Memorials may be contributed to the Rose Haven Activity Fund in her name.

She is survived by her children, Michele Patterson (Jack) of Marengo, Michael Albert (Becky) of Atkins, and Mitchell Robinson (Bruce) of Belle Plaine; seven grandchildren, Stacy (Jim) Rump of Cedar Rapids, Brad (Tamara) Patterson of Marengo, Tori (Jeremy) Wild of Atkins, Chad (Ashley) Albert of Cedar Rapids, Tyson Albert of Des Moines, Trena (Reece) Dodd of Belle Plaine, and Randy Robinson of Belle Plaine; eleven great-grandchildren, Maddie Rump of Cedar Rapids, Isabel and Gavin Patterson of Marengo, Parker, Kaiden, Gabby and Quinn Wild of Atkins, Shaylee, Macy, and Brock Dodd of Belle Plaine, and Maddux Albert of Cedar Rapids. Also surviving are her siblings, Margaret Pope of Victor, John (Gerry) McGarry of Victor, Dorothy (Ralph) Nogal of Bellingham, WA, and Genevieve Davis of Williamsburg.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Varo in 1998, and two brothers, James and Edward McGarry.

Mary Teresa McGarry was born May 21, 1925 in Victor, Iowa, the daughter of James T. McGarry and Dorothy Peiffer McGarry. She graduated from St. John’s High School in Victor with the Class of 1943. Teresa married Varo Wayland Albert on February 20, 1946 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Victor.  Besides being a wife and mother, Teresa was employed with Amana Refrigeration for 22 years, retiring in 1989. She had also worked at Krauss Furniture, was a waitress for many years, and had served as the Ladora city clerk.

Teresa was a member of the Marengo Legion Auxiliary, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and the Altar and Rosary Guild. She was a former member of the Cedar Rapids Moose Lodge, and several union affiliations. She collected cardinals, enjoyed playing cards, fishing and camping. She liked to attend sporting events, and go dancing with Varo. She especially enjoyed the many family events and spending time with her loved ones.

 

 

 

 

Henry Joseph Schaier, Jr. age 63, of Marengo, died Thursday, March 19, 2015 at the Marengo Memorial Hospital in Marengo. Memorial Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 23, 2015, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo with Rev. Andrew Gray officiating.  Inurnment will be in the Marengo Cemetery with military honors. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 P.M. Sunday, March 22, 2015 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. Memorials may be contributed to the Wounded Warrior Project in his name.

Joe is survived by his wife Krystal; his sons, Nicholas and wife Katie of Iowa City, and Christopher and wife Anne Willey of Albuquerque, NM. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Henry Joseph Schaier, Jr. was born September 17, 1951 in Agana, Guam, the son of Henry Joseph and Mildred Riedel Schaier. He attended various schools over the years because his father was a member of the United States Air Force. Joe graduated from Novato High School in California with the Class of 1969. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1976, traveling to Texas, the Philippines and Maryland. There he met Krystal Voigtman and the couple were married on January 6, 1984 at Annapolis, MD.  Following the births of his two sons, the family moved to Hawaii and Colorado, where Joe eventually retired from the military and relocated to Iowa in 1996. Joe was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Joint Service Achievement Medal.

Joe was employed at Amana Refrigeration as a quality analyst. He was active with the American Legion Post 76, and the Marengo Golf Club. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo.  He also was an avid bowler. Joe and his sons spent many hours together involved with Boy Scout activities. He was a wonderful father and husband and will be greatly missed by all who loved him.

 

 

 

 

 

Christine L. Ballard, age 20 of Watkins, died, Thursday, March 12, 2015 in a motor vehicle accident. Funeral Mass: 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, March 17, 2015, St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Watkins, with Fr. Craig Steimel officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Marengo. Visitation will be at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, where a Rosary will be recited at 3:30 P.M. Monday, March 16, 2015 and visitation will follow until 8 P.M. A memorial fund has been established.

Christine is survived by her parents, Bill and Lori Ballard of Marengo; her brothers, Scott Ballard (Jessi) of Watkins, and Jeffrey (Shelby) of Vinton; her grandmothers, Mildred Ballard of Marengo and Eileen Klenk of Amana; two nephews, Troy and Trevor Ballard, and a niece Alyce Ballard; along with several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her brother Nicholas in infancy, and her grandfathers, LeRoy Ballard, Sr. and Donald Klenk.

Christine Louise Ballard was born August 28, 1994 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the daughter of Bill Ballard and Lori Klenk Ballard.  She graduated from Benton Community High School with the Class of 2012. She had been employed with DJ’s C Store in Norway, and most recently was a CNA, employed with Colonial Manor of Amana. Christine had been active in 4-H and FFA. She enjoyed showing her rabbits, goats and chickens at the fairs. She attended the Old Threshers’ Reunion in Mount Pleasant where she loved helping her Dad and her brother Scott show gas engines.  It was her greatest joy to be “auntie” to Troy, Trevor and Alyce, and she will always be “Daddy’s Little Girl”. She especially liked to spend time with her best friends.

 

 

 

 

Marguerite A. Kahler, age 92 of Marengo, Iowa died Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at Rose Haven Nursing Home in Marengo, following a lengthy illness.  Funeral services are 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 13, 2015, at First United Methodist Church, Marengo, Iowa, with Rev. Matt German officiating.  Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Williamsburg, Iowa.  Visitation 4-7 p.m. Thursday, March 12, 2015 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, Iowa.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established. 

Marguerite is survived by her four children; Iona (Dale) Collingwood, and Steven, both of Marengo, Lonnie (Norrine) Kahler of Ely, and Marjean (Ron) Traut of Garrison; ten grandchildren; Lori (Dave) Shepard of Marengo, Mike (Angie) Timm of Blairstown, Jeff (Tami) Timm of Atkins, Kari (Tim) McCaw of Marengo, Dennis (Vickie) Traut of Marengo, Doug (Jody) Traut of Atkins, Stacy (Curt) Lowe of Swisher, Kelly Norman of Rock Island, Illinois, J.R. Kahler of Ladora, and Jaime Cronbaugh of Marengo; twenty-three great-grandchildren, Sara (Tom) Lucas, Travis Timm, Tyler and Katie Shepard, Taylor, David, Ben and Sam Randall, Josh, Jesi and Jeni Timm; Abby Timm-Haworth, Emma McCaw, Cameron, Daxton and Drew Traut, Riley, Dawson and Sydney Lowe, Kaitlin Norman, Rayce Kahler, Blaze and Brynlee Cronbaugh; three great-great grandchildren, Kaleb, Gracie, and Megan Lucas.

Surviving also are two sisters; Deloris Miller, Geneso, IL, and Elaine (Larry) Means, Greenfield; two brothers Eugene Blount, Victor and Wayne Blount, Amana and two sisters-in-law Mildred Koenig of Walker,and Esther Kahler of Portland, OR, a brother-in-law Donald Kahler of Oceanside, CA and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Floyd in 1991, a brother, Edwin and four sisters Geneva, Maxine, Ruth, and Dorothy, and a grandson Brian Floyd Kahler.

Marguerite Alena Blount was born October 1, 1922 in Williamsburg, IA, the daughter of Alfred and Grace Blount.  She attended school in Iowa County and married Floyd Kahler on March 11, 1942 in Lancaster, MO.  She and Floyd loved to dance, play cards, camp and fish.  Marguerite worked at the Amana Bakery and Amana Refrigeration for many years.  She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 27 years.  Later in life, she loved being with her family, playing cards, gardening, crocheting and doing puzzles.

How fitting that Marguerite was reunited in heaven with her husband, Floyd on his birthday!  Thank you to the staff at Rose Haven Nursing Home for the exceptional care for mom for the past three years.

 

 

 

William C. “Bill” Meade, age 92 of Williamsburg, Iowa, died Friday, March 6, 2015 at Highland Ridge Care Center, Williamsburg.  Funeral Mass: 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, March 10, 2015, St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Williamsburg with Fr. Joseph Roost officiating.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery with military honors conducted by the VFW Post 8797 and the U.S. Navy Honor Guard. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Monday, March 9, 2015, St. Mary’s Parish Hall, with a Scripture Service at 4 P.M. A memorial fund has been established. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

William is survived by his children, Connie Frohling (Kurt) of Raymore, MO, Jean Wardenburg (Kevin) of Williamsburg, and Tom Meade (Sandy) of DeWitt; six grandchildren, Andrew Frohling (Krista Rose), Nicole Eastman (Travis), Kyle Meade, John Wardenburg, Josh Wardenburg, and Rachel Meade; and a great-granddaughter, Lila Rose Frohling. Also surviving are his siblings, Wayne Meade of Holbrook, and Marge Sauter of Williamsburg; and sisters-in-law Shirley Meade of Holbrook, and Marlene Meade of Williamsburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Doloris in 2012, his siblings, Geraldine Meade, John Meade, Anne Cypra, Vernon Meade, Helen Meade, and Don Meade; brothers-in-law, Paul Sauter and Claude Cypra, and a sister-in law, Aileen Meade.

William Clement Meade was born December 1, 1922 in Holbrook, Iowa, the son of William Thomas Meade and Margaret Ruth Meade. He attended the Holbrook and Parnell schools. Bill enlisted in the U.S Navy, serving during World War II from August 1942 to December 1945 stationed in the Pacific Theatre.  He returned home and was united in marriage to Doloris Ann Fee on February 18, 1950 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids.  The couple farmed in the Holbrook and Parnell area, before moving to Williamsburg in 1969. Bill also was a custodian at the University of Iowa, worked as a salesman for Mormans Feed and was a real estate agent for Iowa Land Realty. 

Bill was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Williamsburg, a past member of the Knights of Columbus, and a member of VFW Post 8797. He and Doloris were Hawkeye fans and attended many Hawkeye games. He enjoyed spending time on the golf course, and also liked to play cards. He was especially fond of the grandchildren and always attended their many activities.

 

 

 

 

Sarah F. Roggentien, age 87 of Marengo, formerly of Williamsburg, died Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids. The family will receive friends from 12:00 noon until 1:00 P.M. Friday, March 6, 2015 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo where Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 P.M. with Minister Wayne Walling officiating. Burial will follow at Zion Cemetery, rural Williamsburg. A memorial fund has been established.

Sarah is survived by her children, Mark James Roggentien of Chandler, AZ, Jed L Roggentien of Columbus, NE, and Kimberly Sue Jack (Bruce) of Hartwick, IA; ten grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a sister Elizabeth Carpenter of Colorado.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Gerald in 1988, and a sister, Vera Skomp.

Sarah Frances was born October 24, 1927 in Lyons, Indiana, the daughter of Charles Lex Mears and Bessie Mae Waggoner Mears. She received her education in the Lyons schools. Sarah and Gerald Lewis Roggentien were united in marriage on August 2, 1948 in Marengo, Iowa. The couple raised their family in the Williamsburg community, where Sarah was a mother and homemaker, along with working with the school lunch program for many years.  She volunteered for Meals on Wheels, worked at Sock’s Galore, and the Hanesbrands store for 20 years, retiring at age 85. Sarah enjoyed crocheting, and was a loyal Indiana Hoosiers fan.  Her family was so very important to her and she cherished every moment spent with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Sarah was a member of the Church of Christ in Iowa City. Sarah had resided in Marengo for the last 18 months, to be closer to her daughter.

 

 

 

 

Maxine L. Elmore, age 71 of Marengo, died Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at her home, under the care of Unity Point Hospice. There will be no services at this time. Inurnment will be at a later date. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

She is survived by her husband Robert Elmore, and a brother Clarence McKee of Oskaloosa. She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Allen and Lester.

Maxine Louise McKee was born March 30, 1943 in Oskaloosa, Iowa, the daughter of Albert C. McKee and Betty M. Smith McKee.  She attended the Oskaloosa schools, and later received her GED. Maxine was united in marriage to Robert James Elmore on November 9, 1992 at Heartland Mall Chapel in Oskaloosa. The couple have resided in Marengo since 1996. When in good health, Maxine was a very bubbly person with a magnetic personality.

 

 

 

Donna Lea Van Lancker, age 78 of Marengo, formerly of Victor, died Monday, February 23, 2015 at Rose Haven Nursing Home, Marengo. Memorial Service: 11:00 A.M. Friday, February 27, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Rev. Matt German officiating.  Inurnment will be in Victor Memorial Cemetery at a later date. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 P.M. Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. Memorials may be contributed to the Iowa County Historical Society, Safe Haven of Iowa County, or the Marengo Senior Dining Program.

Donna is survived by her daughter Debra Kay Davidson and husband Tom of Marengo; a brother Gary Foster of Mission, TX; an aunt, Nadine Shaull of Marengo; a nephew, Timothy Foster (Cookie) of Galesburg, IL ; a niece Tracee Van Arkel (Dave) of Malcom; two grandnephews, two grandnieces and a great-grandnephew.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister, Marilyn Kay Foster in 1951.

Donna Lea was born May 22, 1936 in rural Victor, Iowa, the daughter of Rex Palmer and Thelma Elizabeth Shaull Foster. She received her early education in the country schools and graduated from Victor High School in 1954.  Donna married Vernon Edward Van Lancker on October 5, 1955 at the Victor United Methodist Church. The couple later divorced. 

Donna enjoyed listening to the music of the 50’s, and the old time country music.  She was an avid Hawkeye fan, especially the Mens’ and Women’s Basketball, and Football. She enjoyed bowling, watching television, and playing Skip Bo and euchre. She was creative, and many of her nativity sets were gifted to family and friends. Donna liked to watch and feed the birds outside her apartment window. She took great interest in her family and close friends and cherished each and every moment with them. She also loved animals, and Abby, her Yorkie, was a constant companion for years.

 

 

 

Robert Edwin Carter, age 67 of Montezuma, formerly of Brooklyn, died Monday February 23, 2015 at Diamond Life Health Care in Montezuma. Graveside Memorial Services will be held in the spring at Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery, Brooklyn, Iowa. Memorials in Robert's name may be sent to Kloster Funeral Home, PO Box 341, Brooklyn, Iowa 52211.

Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn is assisting the family with arrangements.

Robert leaves behind a brother Richard Carter and wife Sandra of Toledo, a sister Norma Taghon and husband John of Tennessee, and four nieces and nephews, Debbie Burroughs of Tennessee, LeAnn Carter-Rhoads of Brooklyn, Chris VanHamme (Paul) of Tama and Matthew Carter of Muscatine, along with several great nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his mother Ollie and father William.

Robert Edwin Carter was born April 15, 1947 in Grinnell, Iowa, the son of William Delmar Carter and Olive Elizabeth Ackley Carter. He received his education in the Brooklyn Schools. Robert never married. He worked with his father on the family farm for many years.  He liked to relax by watching western movies and shows on television.  He enjoyed collecting and fixing up antique tractors. He followed NASCAR and was a fan of Dale Earnhardt, Sr.

 

 

 

Gerald H. Hudepohl, age 68 of Marengo, died Thursday, February 12, 2015 at his home.  Memorial Service: 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Marengo, with Rev. Andrew Gray officiating.  Inurnment will be at a later date at First Lutheran Cemetery, Conroy, Iowa.  The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m., Monday, February 16, 2015, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, Iowa.  A memorial fund has been established. 

Gerald Harold Hudepohl was born December 20, 1946, in Williamsburg, Iowa, the son of Harold and Blanche Bahr Hudepohl.  He attended Lutheran Interparish School in Williamsburg, and graduated from Williamsburg High School in 1964.  He married Lori Enochson on September 30, 1972, in Marengo, Iowa.  Gerald was employed by the Iowa County Secondary Road Department for 25 years.  He was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes and St. Louis Cardinals fan. He especially enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s activities.  He also collected and restored antique Oliver tractors.

Gerald is survived by his wife Lori; his children Brad (Tina) of Denver, CO, Jason (Michelle) of Marengo, Jarad (Joy Mohr) of Marengo, and Kandyce Smolik (Russ) of Marengo, Iowa; his grandchildren, Brayden, Kamy and Averee Hudepohl, Colton and Brody Hudepohl, and Claire and Hannah Smolik, all of Marengo.  Also surviving are his siblings Don (Sharon) of Williamsburg, Barb Pope (Tom) Millersburg and Gary of Williamsburg. He was preceded in death by his parents. 

 

 

 

 

Raymond F. DePauw, age 87, of Brooklyn, died February 9, 2015, in a motor vehicle accident. Funeral Mass: 10:00 A.M. Monday, February 16, 2015, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn, with Fr. Brian Shepley officiating.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Brooklyn, with military honors. Visitation: 3 to 6:30 P.M. Sunday, February 15, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn with a Scripture Service at 6:30 P.M. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be contributed to the East Poweshiek Ambulance Service, Calvary Cemetery, Brooklyn or the charity of the donor’s choice.  

Raymond Frederick DePauw was born April 22, 1927 in rural Poweshiek County, the son of Edmond and Blanche Hendricks DePauw. He attended the Poweshiek County rural schools and graduated from Brooklyn High School with the Class of 1945.  He served in the U.S. Army. Raymond married Norma Roth on February 14, 1950 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Brooklyn. To this union four children were born, Mike, Devran, Kathy and Bethany. Norma passed away on March 3, 1989. Raymond and Mary Coleman Cline were married on December 1, 1990 in Iowa City.

In his early years, Raymond worked at the Phillips 66 station, and with the Poweshiek County Road Department, retiring as a foreman in 1989. During this time Raymond ran his own company, DePauw Construction, designing and building ponds and terraces for several years.

He was a member of Brooklyn American Legion Post 294, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, was on the board of Calvary Cemetery, and was a weather spotter for KCRG. In his free time, Raymond enjoyed woodworking and having coffee with his many friends. He was very proud of his Belgium heritage.

Raymond is survived by his wife Mary; a son, Mike (Pauline) of Malcom, a daughter Kathy Gilliland of Cedar Rapids, three grandchildren, Joshua (Migdalia) Gilliland of Hiawatha, Mariah Gilliland of Cedar Rapids, and Laura (Josh) Nelson of Knoxville; great-grandchildren, Samuel and Santiago Gilliland, and Andrea, Freddie, and Nichole Nelson; a son-in-law Bruce Hamilton of Coggon; a brother Wally DePauw of Marion; a sister Donna Henning of Hartwick; and a sister-in-law Erma DePauw of Grinnell. Also surviving are step-children, Mary Jo (John) Upah of Brooklyn, Daniel (Barb) Cline of Colorado, Donald (Sharon) Cline of Texas, Virginia (Wayne) Arens of Brooklyn, Beth (Russ) VanRenterghem of Oskaloosa, and Ken (Jennifer) Cline of Brooklyn; along with numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Norma, two daughters, Devran DePauw, and Bethany Hamilton, and two brothers, Chuck and Marvin.


 

 

 

 

Kenneth Raymond Alexander, age 79 of Brooklyn, died at Brooklyn Community Estate on Friday, February 6, 2015.  Funeral Service:  11:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, Iowa, with Rev.  John Dodds officiating.  Burial:  Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery.  Visitation: 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, prior to the service.  A memorial fund has been established. 

Kenneth is survived by his wife Joan; his children Dixie Holland (John Frahm) of Brooklyn, Dolores Reynolds of Brooklyn, Kenneth Alexander Jr. (Sara) of Brooklyn, and Cindy VanRenterghem (Mike) of Brooklyn; ten grandchildren, Jeremy Holland (Aimee) of Brooklyn, Travis Alexander of Chicago, Nicole Reynolds of Brooklyn, Jesse VanRenterghem of Brooklyn, Nathan Alexander of Malcom, Tara Kramer (Chris) of Brooklyn, Colton Alexander of Iowa City, Cheyanne Packer (Ben) of Tama, Dalton Alexander of Brooklyn, and Emma Alexander of Brooklyn; and eight great-grandchildren, Kayleigh Holland of Brooklyn, Gaige Holland of Brooklyn, Kylee Holland of Brooklyn, Dillon Reynolds of Brooklyn, Domonic Kramer of Brooklyn, Gracie Kramer of Brooklyn, Abigail Spalding of Cedar Rapids, and Amarah Alexander of Grinnell. Also surviving are a brother Earl Alexander of Dubuque, and sisters Alice Heims of Lansing and Elanor Riley of Lamont.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul Alexander in 1975, Mabel Alexander in 1974, a daughter Phyllis Alexander in 2008, and his siblings Charles Alexander in 1975, and June Ronnfeldt in 1984.

Kenneth Alexander was born February 15, 1935 in Waukon, Iowa, the son of Paul and Mabel Bolsinger Alexander.  He attended the Allamakee County schools.  He married Joan Bennett on May 28, 1954 in Caledonia, MN.  He worked for Pete Minneart Construction as a bulldozer operator, and was a dirt foreman at Manatt's of Brooklyn for 33 years, retiring from there.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, wood working and welding. 

 

 

 

 

 

Dale Robert Doty, age 63 of Brooklyn, Iowa, died Friday, January 30, 2015 at Brooklyn Community Estate, Brooklyn. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 P.M. Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. Private Family Memorial Services will be held at another time. A memorial fund has been established.

Dale is survived by two sons, Stephen (Sandi) of Shellsburg and Kevin (Jesica Miller-Julin) of Grinnell; and seven grandchildren, Alison, Colton, Shane, Maria, and Cora Doty of Shellsburg, and Teylor and Emma Doty of Grinnell. Also surviving are his siblings, Ross Doty of Brooklyn, Vivian King of Grinnell, Gladys Palmer of Cedar Rapids, Marvin (Mary) Doty of Grinnell, Joan Foster of Cedar Rapids, Lucille (Richard) King of Warr Acres, OK, and Kay Dieterich of Brooklyn, and many nieces and nephews.   He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Abel and Daryl Doty.

Dale Robert Doty was born August 22, 1951 in Grinnell, Iowa, the son of Glenn Ross Doty and Pearl Lucille Jewell Doty.  He received his education in the BGM schools. Dale worked at several jobs and in several places, including Miracle Playground Equipment, during his lifetime.  He was a wonderful grandfather and spent much of his time with the grandchildren, and being involved in their lives. He liked John Wayne, fishing, mowing, playing board games and woodworking. He will be missed by his family and friends. 

 

 

 

HAROLD RAYMOND “Pee Wee” MOHR, age 92 of Brooklyn, died Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center, Grinnell, Iowa. Memorial Service: 1:00 P.M. Monday, February 2, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn with Rev. John Reynolds, Jr. officiating. Inurnment will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery with military honors. The family will receive friends on Monday, February 2, from 12:00 noon until service time at the funeral home. Memorials may be contributed to the American Legion or the First Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his son Charles (Teresa)  of Spencer; his daughter Patty Flander of What Cheer; six grandchildren, Brian (Tiffany) Mohr, Mark (Michelle) Mohr, Michael (Alicia) Mohr, DeAnn McGinnis, Neal (Kristin) Flander and Eric (Michelle) Flander;  twelve great-grandchildren, Chloe Mohr, Alyssa Simpson, Emerson Mohr, Aubrey Mohr, Ashlyn Mohr, Autumn Mohr, Maddex Mohr, Jacob McGinnis, Nathan McGinnis, Beau Flander, Ben Flander and Brodey Flander; a great-great-grandchild, Carson Mears; a brother Howard Mohr of Williamsburg; and a nephew Bobby Mohr.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife Maxine in 2007, a son-in-law John Flander, a sister-in-law Jean Mohr, a niece Janie Mohr, and a nephew Tom Mohr.

Harold Raymond Mohr was born January 2, 1923 on the family farm in Poweshiek County, near Victor, Iowa, the son of Everett and Mary Paeper Mohr. He attended the Guernsey school and then completed his education in Victor. Harold helped his father in the trucking business.  He and Maxine Fern Bolen were married on January 23, 1943 at the Presbyterian parsonage in Brooklyn. He then entered the U.S. Navy, serving 3 years during World War II. Upon his return, Harold and his wife Maxine operated the Mohr’s Café, in downtown Brooklyn.  He later was employed at the post office, worked at the Poweshiek County Shop, and drove a tank wagon for Poweshiek Jasper Farm Services for 30 years.  He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 294, and was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn. Being a very patriotic person, Harold displayed the American flag at all times.

Harold’s greatest joy was his family.  He enjoyed attending all the activities of his children and grandchildren, including the high school and college events. He liked to play cards and golf. He also enjoyed watching dirt track racing, especially when his grandson Eric was competing. Harold lived his life to the fullest. He never knew a stranger, and had no difficulty making conversation and joking with his family and many friends. He was the “Coolest Grandpa Ever!”

 

 

 

Maxine Pearl Vercande, age 93 of Brooklyn, Iowa died Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Brooklyn Community Estate. Funeral Mass: 10:00 A.M. Saturday, January 31, 2015, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn, with Fr. Brian Shepley officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Brooklyn. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Friday, January 30, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. Memorials may be contributed to P.A.L.S. (Poweshiek Animal League Shelter).

Maxine is survived by her sons, Dennis, and Ronald (Javerne), both of Brooklyn; grandchildren, Jessi Patterson (Dallas) of Willard, MO, Diana Lindquist of Gilbertville, Jenni Vercande of Cedar Rapids, and Dustin Vercande (Erin) of Decorah; six great-grandchildren: Kegan Patterson, Sydni Patterson, Jake Lindquist, Sawyer Vercande, Cashton Vercande, and Jacques Robinson. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Lawrence in 2008, three brothers, Harold, Frank and Albert, and a sister Lois Gross.

Maxine Pearl Kann was born October 17, 1921 in Brooklyn, Iowa, the daughter of William and Maud Robey Kann.  She graduated from Brooklyn High School in 1938, and worked at Neff’s Café for several years. Maxine and Lawrence “Pat” Vercande were wed on February 18, 1946 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Brooklyn.  The couple farmed southeast of Brooklyn for many years. Maxine also was a Home Interiors representative. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Brooklyn, and the Neighbor Betterment Club.  She loved her pets, the cats, dogs and fish, and especially exotic birds. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and was interested in all their activities.

 

 

 

 

Teresa Albert James Martens
Kenneth Alexander Joseph Matthess
Charles Alford William Meade
  George Mittelbach
Christine Ballard Harold Mohr
John Barrick, Sr. Josephine Mullen
Merita Brecht  
   
Robert Carter Thomas Peska
Ferne Cline Dorothy Provin
Joshua Cuno  
  Retha Rhoads
Raymond DePauw Max Rider
Dale Doty Opal Roller
Maxine Elmore Sarah Roggentien
Helen Doud-Ferguson Henry Joseph Schaier
Georgia Geiger Harold Schuerer
  Robert Scoville
Gerald Huedepohl Nadine Shaull
  Kenneth C. Smith
Marguerite Kahler Louise Stambaugh
C. Gene Klein  
Marvin Klein Leona Mae Tuttle
Charles Kleinmeyer  
Dorothy Krakow Lois VanErsvelde
Naomi Krakow Donna VanLancker
  Maxine Vercande
  Isabel Waterbeck
  Bryant Westfall

 

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