Linda Kathlynn Schuerer, age 68, of Amana, died Saturday, August 1, 2015 following a courageous battle with cancer.  Visitation will be 1 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, August 4, 2015, at Kloster funeral home in Marengo, Iowa.  Graveside memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at East Amana Cemetery, East Amana, with Elder Kristie Yoder and Peter Hoehnle presiding.  Memorials can be contributed to Essence of Life Hospice, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, or the University of Iowa for breast cancer research.

Linda is survived by her husband Ronald Schuerer of Amana; a son Rayme Schuerer (Michelle) of Amana; a daughter Jennifer Kaefring (Kevin) of Willliamsburg; three grandchildren Jesse and Macey Schuerer and Grant Kaefring; and a sister Luella Lear of Peachtree, Georgia; and many other relatives and friends. 

Linda was born November 26, 1946 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the daughter of Rudolph and Louise Blechschmidt.  She graduated from Amana High School in 1965.  She attended University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa.  She was united in marriage on January 7, 1972 to Ronald Schuerer.  They were blessed with two children, Rayme and Jennifer.  Linda was previously employed by Amana Refrigeration and Integrated DNA technologies.   She was happiest spending time with her children, grandchildren, family and friends.

The family would like to thank Essence of Life Hospice and staff at Colonial Manor for her care and support.  She was touched by the friendship, support and prayers she was shown by all during her illness.

 

 

 

 

 

Brian K. Moore, age 48 of Marengo, died Saturday, July 25, 2015 at his home, following a sudden illness.  Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Thursday, July 30, 2015, First Presbyterian Church, Marengo with Rev. Anni Mingin and Rev. Diane Vorhies officiating. Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Wednesday, July 29, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.

Brian is survived by his wife Gwen; his children, Robert and Darcy Moore, both of Marengo; his parents, Larry and Marjean Moore of Marengo; and a brother Alan Moore also of Marengo. Brian was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Brian Keith Moore was born June 30, 1967 in Marengo, Iowa, the son of Larry Robert Moore and Marjean Mary Matt Moore. He graduated from Iowa Valley High School in 1985. He and Gwen Anne Lane were married November 18, 1995 at the First Presbyterian Church in Marengo. Brian was employed with Kinzenbaw Earthmoving. He also worked at Kinze Manufacturing for a time. He was a member of the Prairie Tractor Pullers, and enjoyed spending time at the Iowa County Fair every year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Janice Kay Young, age 80 of Marengo, died Thursday evening, July 23, 2015 at her home. Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, July 28, 2015, First United Methodist Church, Marengo with Rev. Matt German officiating. Burial: Marengo Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Monday, July 27, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  A memorial fund has been established. 

She is survived by her husband Keith; a daughter Vicki (Don) Schafbuch of Marengo; two sons, Douglas (Andrea) Young, and Dennis (LeeAnn) Young, both of Platteville, CO; eight grandchildren, Travis (Allison) Schlabach, Shannon (Luke) Slockett, Tiffany (Jeff) Simonsen, Chad (Lindsey) Young, Brianne (Shaun) Roberts, Lindsay (Jake) Niebes, Brandon (Katie) Young, and Amanda Young; twelve great-grandchildren, Ashlea and Austin Schlabach, Brynlee and Bryar Slockett, Livia, Levi, and Myla Roberts, Jack and Hallie Niebes and Jordan, Jaylynn, and Madison Young.  Also surviving is a sister JoAnn (Ron) Dalton of Marengo.

Janice was preceded in death by her parents, a son Vance, a grandson Darin Schlabach, and a sister Joyce Walters.

Janice Kay Hartz was born April 5, 1935 in Ladora, Iowa, the daughter of Wilbur and Leona Kinzenbaw Hartz.  She graduated from the Marengo High School with the Class of 1953.  Janice and Keith Young were united in marriage on December 31, 1952 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She was a loving wife and mother, who managed her home and family, helped with the farm chores, assisted with the Keith Young and Sons Construction business, and Linn County Ready Mix.

Janice was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Marengo. She loved music and singing, spending over 30 years as a member of The Believers.  She had an extensive raccoon collection.  She also enjoyed tending her flower pots and flower beds, and planted the big planter in the park every year.   

 

 

 

Corey Jay Yardley age 26 of Victor, formerly of Marengo, died Monday, July 20, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Funeral Service: 10:00 A.M. Thursday, July 23, 2015, Iowa Valley High School Auditorium, Marengo, Iowa, with Rev. Matt German officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be contributed to the Special Olympics or the Marengo Recreation Commission in Corey’s honor.

Corey is survived by his mother and step-father, Wendy and Jamie Claeys of Victor; his brothers, Cullen Yardley of Victor, and Trent Claeys (Samantha Voy) of Cedar Rapids; his sister, Kaela Claeys of Altoona; his grandparents, Ron and Audrey Yardley of Marengo, Ron and Sherry Dietze of Marengo, and David Claeys (Linda Kuba) of Victor.  He was preceded in death by his father, Chad Dietze, his uncle Tracy Dietze and his grandmother Linda Claeys.

Corey Jay Yardley was born September 18, 1988 in Cedar Rapids, the son of Chad Dietze and Wendy Yardley. He graduated from Iowa Valley High School with the Class of 2007 and attended Kirkwood Community College for 2 years.  Corey enjoyed working with special needs people.  He was a talented retail salesman. He was a coach and umpire for the MRC program in Marengo, and had a passion for the Special Olympics.  He was an avid Cubs, Hawkeyes and Bulls fan.

 

 

 

Billy Jo “Ole” Olson, age 66 of Marengo, died Friday, July 17, 2015, at the Marengo Memorial Hospital.  Visitation: 4 to 8 P.M., Friday, July 24, 2015, at the Marengo American Legion Hall.  Inurnment will be at the Marengo Cemetery at a later date. 

Billy Jo is survived by a son Clint of Marengo; a daughter, Jamie Hawker of Ladora; and a brother Randy Olson of Marengo.  He is preceded in death by his longtime companion, Julie, and his parents.

Billy Jo was born September 22, 1948, in Marengo, Iowa, the son of Bill Olson and Harlene Patterson Olson.  He graduated from the Iowa Valley School District.  He worked as an end loader operator at Manatt’s in Grinnell.  Previously, he worked at Marengo Ready Mix and L& J Fabrication for 10 years.  Billy Jo enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing poker and video games.  He liked to restore old classic cars, work in his vegetable and flower gardens and being with his friends and family. 

 

 

 

Jerry L. Johnson, age 55 of Brooklyn, died Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at his home following an extended illness.  Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Saturday, July 18, 2015, Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn with Rev. Brent de Silva and Rev. Jerry Avise-Rouse officiating. Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery. Visitation: 5 to 7 P.M. Friday, July 17, 2015 at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. A memorial fund has been established.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Danette; his children, Robert (Krystal) of Brooklyn, Danielle Haines (James) of Brooklyn, Becky Johnson of Brooklyn, and Jerrun of Ankeny; and 12 grandchildren, Kaitlin, Jacob, Angel, Zanielle, Izaak, Jessica, Anna, Damien, Samuel, Elias, Daniel and Ash. Also surviving are his father, Vern (Mary) Johnson of Hampton; his mother Bernadine Vance Johnson of Altoona; and three sisters, Wanda Tiedt of West Union, Patty Steubert of Olatha, KS, and Lisa Johnson of Des Moines. 

He was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Riley and Abraham, his father and mother-in-law Clarence and Anna Schwab, and brothers-in-law, Tim Kingkade, Keevin Johnson, and Edward Crosby.

Jerry LeRoy Johnson was born September 25, 1959 in Charles City, Iowa, the son of Vern and Bernadine Vance Johnson. He received his education in the Allison Bristol schools and attended Lincoln Technical Institute in Des Moines where he received his degree in Automotive-Diesel Truck Technology. Jerry married Danette Kay Schwab on June 2, 1978 at the New Hope United Methodist Church in Dumont.  He was employed as a farm hand and also as a driver for Manatts, Inc. for 26 seasons.  Jerry liked to remodel and build houses, refinish furniture, and work on cars.  He enjoyed camping, Ford Mustangs, John Deere, and Tres, his St. Bernard. Jerry was a loving father and husband and cherished the time he could spend with his family. He also was a wonderful foster Dad to many. 

He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Brooklyn and the Poweshiek Masonic Lodge #174.

 

 

 

Eldon C. Pretz, age 87 of Cedar Rapids, died Monday evening, July 13, 2015 at his home following a sudden illness.  Funeral Service: 10:00 A.M. Saturday, July 18, 2015, Trinity Lutheran Church, Conroy, Iowa with Rev. Gary Sears officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery.  Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Friday, July 17, 2015 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.

Eldon is survived by his wife Lyn; a son Larry of Boone; a daughter Karen King of Ely; two grandchildren, Jacob Pretz of Boone, and Shana Haag of Milton, GA; two great-grandchildren, Max and Kingston Haag; two step-daughters, Trisha Thurston and Melody Ewald; and a step-granddaughter, Harper Thurston. A sister Marlene Miller of Marengo also survives. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Loren, and two sisters, Darlene Hacker and Betty Morsted.

Eldon Clarence Pretz was born May 17, 1928 in rural Marengo, Iowa the son of Edwin and Martha Teggatz Pretz. He graduated from Marengo High School. Eldon was the owner and operator of Eldon Pretz Pipe Organ Service for over 50 years.  He also worked at the Wilson Packing Company for 32 years. Eldon married Arlene D. Bernards on September 3, 1949. The couple later divorced.  He and Lyn Veloso were married on October 5, 1999 in Crookston, Nebraska.

Eldon was a pilot and enjoyed flying in his free time.  He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Conroy.

 

 

 

 

Sibyl G. Ryan, age 96 of Marengo, died Monday July 13, 2015 at Rose Haven Nursing Home, Marengo. Funeral Mass: 10:30 A.M. Friday, July 17, 2015, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Marengo, with Fr. Joseph Roost officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Marengo. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Thursday, July 16, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo where there will be a Scripture Service at 7 P.M.

Sibyl is survived by three sons, Thomas (Theresa) of Marengo, Bart (Alicia) of Iowa City, and Don (Kandi) of Marengo; a daughter, Leanne Cronbaugh (Don Max) of Belle Plaine; grandchildren, Jennifer Fencl (Blair) of Cedar Rapids, Matthew Ryan (Julie) of Marengo, Calli Walker (Nick) of St. Charles, IL, Abby Kasper (Jesse) of Belle Plaine, Ben Cronbaugh (Amanda Folkmann) of Ames, Elisa Ryan of Marengo and Gregory Ryan of Marengo; and great-grandchildren, Luke, Grace and Hannah Ryan, Mariah and Kaleb Fencl, Camrynn Walker and Reese Kasper, and step great-grandchildren, Max and Colette Franks. Also surviving is a half-brother Kenneth Arnesen (Christine) of Wheaton, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband Jim in 2006.

Sibyl Georgeanna Arnesen was born February 14, 1919 in Chicago, Illinois
the daughter of George Thomas and Anna Simpson Arnesen. She graduated from Hyde Park High School in 1936, and attended the Chicago Business College. She taught for a time at the college and later worked at Continental Bank in Chicago.

Sibyl was united in marriage to James Adrian Ryan on August 26, 1944 in Chicago, IL. While Jim was serving his country, Sibyl worked at the Bank of America in Los Angeles. Upon his return to the states, the couple moved to Marengo where they farmed, and raised their family. She was a loving wife and mother, who kept busy with the children’s many activities, and community involvement. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Marengo, the Altar and Rosary, the American Legion Auxiliary, PTA, and NFO. When the children were older Sibyl went to work at the Big G grocery store in Marengo. She enjoyed interacting with the people who came through. Sibyl also enjoyed her involvement with Leanne’s School of Dance, especially the recitals. Sibyl and Jim enjoyed traveling, and the family visited many sites in the U.S. and Canada. They traveled to Mexico, Guatemala, and Hawaii, and their trip to Ireland was her favorite. She loved to spend time with her many friends. Most of all, Sibyl cherished her family and was so proud of their many accomplishments and choices in life.

 

 

 

 

William Leslie Lockhart, age 73, of Amana, Iowa, died at St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids, on Monday, July 13, 2015.  Graveside services and burial will be at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, July 15, 2015, Dupont Cemetery, Johnson County, Iowa. The family will receive friends from 1:00 - 1:30 PM Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.

William was born April 22, 1942, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Thomas Lockhart and Mamie Neimerck Lockhart.  He received his education in the Cedar Rapids school district.  William worked for the City of Cedar Rapids Street Department for over 30 years, serving as commissioner for some of that time.  He married Susan Hemminger in 1958.  William raised and raced greyhounds for the last 25 years. 

William is survived by his wife Susan; a son, Robert (Suzanne) of Marengo; four daughters Leslie Vaughn of Cedar Rapids, Sherry Prior of Marengo, Sharon Sebetka of La Porte City, and Micky Lockhart of Mobile, AL.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Linda Ryan. 

 

 

 

 

Laurence Roland Bine, age 81 of Marengo, died Monday, June 29, 2015 at Mercy Hospital, Iowa City. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 P.M. Thursday, July 2, 2015 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. Private Memorial Services will be held at a later date. Inurnment: Koszta Cemetery, rural Marengo. Memorials may be contributed to the Iowa State Church of God Conference.
 
Laurence is survived by his children, Laurie Madoerin (Dennis O’Donnell) of Marengo, Diane Shawver (Dave) of West Branch, and Daniel Bine (Theresa) of Marengo; seven grandchildren, Shelby Dains (Brad), Sarah Madoerin, Jacob Madoerin, Logan Bine, Amelia Shawver, Jessica Bine  and Matthew Shawver; and three great-grandchildren Kaylin, Avery and Stella Dains. Also surviving is a brother Arthur (Louise) Bine of Beaman. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Sandra in 2009, a son Jeffrey, and a brother Paul.

Laurence Roland Bine was born June 23, 1934 in Beaman, Iowa, the son of Wesley Bein and Aura Bute Bein. He graduated from Beaman High School and then attended DeVry Technical institute in Chicago, receiving his certification in electronics. Laurence served his country with the U.S. Army for two years. He married Sandra Reinhard on June 17, 1956 in Gladbrook, Iowa. Laurence worked for Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids until 1972, then he moved to Marengo and farmed until his retirement in 1979. He filled his time driving school bus, and traveling with Sandra.  Laurence enjoyed playing cards, camping, boating, target shooting, and long discussions on politics and religion.

 

 

 

 

 

Dorothea Mae Lang, age 89 of Brooklyn, died Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at the Bishop Drumm Care Center in Johnston, Iowa.  Funeral Mass: 10:00 A.M. Monday, June 29, 2015, St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn with Fr. Brian Shepley officiating.  Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Sunday, June 28, 2015 Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn with a Rosary at 4:00 P.M. Burial Calvary Cemetery, Brooklyn. Memorials may be contributed to the Brooklyn Activity Center or the church of donor’s choice.

Dorothea Mae Anthony was born December 14, 1925 in Sheridan, Iowa, the daughter of David Uriah Anthony and Grace Cleone Mayo Anthony.  She attended the rural Sheridan #2 School until 1939, and graduated from Grinnell High School in 1943. Dorothea married Lawrence A. Lang on October 1, 1945 in Jackson, MN. Besides working with her husband on the farm, Dorothea was a store manager, worked and managed the Grinnell Senior Center and was a certified nursing assistant at Brooklyn Community Estate.  She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Brooklyn, the Altar and Rosary Guild, a former member of the Columbian Club, and the Ruritans. She was active with the Grinnell Adult Daycare, the Grinnell Regional Medical Center Auxiliary, the Bear Creek Community Fund, Sonora Grange-River Road Club and the Seed Program at the Grinnell Hospital. She logged over 33 years of volunteer work and in 2014 was awarded the Governor’s Volunteer Award.
         
Dorothea enjoyed crocheting, and embroidering. She collected angels and roosters. She always had a big garden and did lots of canning. She also enjoyed her flowers.  She considered herself an all-around farmer’s wife. Her family was important to her and she cherished the time spent with them.

Survivors include her children, David L Lang (Patricia) of Papillion, NE, Vivian G. Lane of Urbandale, Larry C. Lang (Lorna) of Elbert, CO, W. Joseph Lang (Kathy) of Boone, and Karen J. Sieibers (Bob) of Great Falls, MT; her eleven grandchildren, Brenda Witmer (Scott) of Johnston, Scott Lang (Joanie) of Channahon, IL, Sandy Flanagan of Johnston, Jeff Lang (Janice) of Omaha, Brandy Lang of Oskaloosa, Michael Lang of Deep River, Dan Flanagan (Naomi) of Colorado, Lawrence Siebers, Kenneth Siebers (Deb), and Paul Siebers (Jean) of Wisconsin, and Rita Ann Tarnowski (John) of Montana; 30 great-grandchildren, Brittany Witmer, Jake Lang, Shelby Fechner, Chris Witmer, James Lang, Summer Fechner, Macoy Flanagan, Josh Flanagan, Steven Lang, Tory Fechner, Aryanna DuRocher, Rachel Lang, Tabor Flanagan, Matilda Lang, Maria Lang, Gretchen Lang, Hawkins Flanagan, Jenna Lang, Zoey Flanagan, Elisa Siebers, Jeffery Siebers, Ben Siebers, Jennifer Siebers, Rebecca Tarnowski, Andrew Siebers, Chad Siebers, Thomas Tarnowski, Stephanie Siebers, Katie Tarnowski and Kevin Tarnowski; and four great-great grandchildren, Cory James Siebers, Brock Daniel Siebers, Brett David Lee Siebers, and Kristi Jean Anderson.  Also surviving are her brothers, Charles Cree-Anthony (Melinda) of Des Moines, and Richard Anthony (Kathy) of Anamosa.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lawrence in 1999, two granddaughters Debra Flanagan and Barbara Siebers, and a sister Helen Clayton-Mayo.

 

 

 

 

Mac J Sayers, age 88 of Marengo, Iowa, died Friday, June 19, 2015 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Monday, June 22, 2015, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Marengo with Rev. Fr. Joseph Roost officiating.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Marengo. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Sunday, June 21, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. Memorials may be contributed to Essence of Life Hospice, the Marengo Memorial Hospital, or Iowa Public Television.

Mac is survived by his wife Elsie; his children, Vicki Davidson (Bob) of Amana, James “Jim” Sayers (Vanessa) of Belle Plaine, Carla Myers (Chuck) of Hartford, Adda Sayers (TJ) of Urbandale, Susan Bell of Marengo, Nancee Herman (Dale) of Atkins, and Justin Sayers (Sheila) of Marengo; step-children, Cindy Walter (Kevin), Dan Hollrah (Chris) and J. Brian Hollrah; sixteen grandchildren, Jennifer (Chad) Knudtson, Jessica (Steve) Cerveny, Benjamin Sayers, Andrew Sayers, Chantel Teachout, Canada (Matt) Snyder, Carissa (Tony) Nusbaum, Shayla Bell, Spencer Bell, Senra (Nathan) Whitters; Sara Herman, Nolan Herman, Nathan Herman, Nevin Herman; Stella Sayers, and William Sayers; and ten great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren, Lacie (Tim) Blattner, Abbie (Taylor) Maxfield, Sara Hollrah, Andrea Hollrah, Rebecca (Kyle) Campbell and Anneli Hollrah; and a step-great grandchild. Also surviving is his sister, Sally Anderson of Santa Barbara, CA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Mabelle Rogers Sayers, his first wife, Darlene Eckert Sayers, a son Dudley, a daughter Paula, and three brothers, William, James, and Dean “Bud” Sayers.

Mac J Sayers was born April 22, 1927 on the family farm, in Iowa County, Iowa, the son of James William and Mabelle Merle Rogers Sayers. He attended the Iowa County schools and graduated from Marengo High School with the Class of 1945. He was a life-long farmer in the Iowa County area. Mac and Darlene Eckert were married September 14, 1948 in Kansas City, MO. She passed away July 6, 1987. He later married Elsie Hahn Hollrah on August 3, 1991 at Middle Amana, Iowa.

Mac loved spending time with his family, especially outdoors on top of the hill, “Buffalo Acres” with roaring bonfires. He liked to play cards and dominos. He also spent many hours tending his buffalo, and never missed a chance to go mushroom hunting. In his younger years he enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling and dancing. He also served as a township trustee for a number of years.

 

 

 

 

Florence Ethel Kochuyt, age 93 of Brooklyn, formerly of Grinnell, died Sunday morning, June 14, 2015 at Brooklyn Community Estate. Per her wishes, there will be no services. Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn is assisting the family with arrangements.

Florence is survived by her children, John “Jack” Irwin (Gay), Betty Ann Wolos (Ed), and Chuck Kochuyt (Jean); ten grandchildren, Kevin, Debbie, Lisa, Brad, Edward, Christine, Cheryl, Shellie, Josh, and Jeremy; twenty-four great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.  Also surviving is her sister Charlotte. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Henry, Raymond, and George, a sister Helen, a son Terry Lee Kochuyt, and a grandson Richard.

Florence Ethel Ameye was born May 20, 1922 in Patterson, New Jersey, the daughter of Edmond and Rose Lippens Ameye.  She completed her education through the eighth grade.  Florence was a homemaker and mother. She enjoyed traveling, camping, crocheting, and cross stitch.  She knitted baby hats for the local hospitals obstetrics and nursery departments. Her world revolved around her family, and she cherished the many family gatherings and activities. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

 

 

John Richard “Dick” Watts, age 84, of Clinton, MO, formerly of Marengo, died Friday June 5, 2015, at The Kansas City Hospice House, Kansas City, MO following a short illness.  Graveside Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Dick is survived by two loving children, a son, Gary Watts of Clinton, MO and a daughter, Lori Gates and husband Steve of Neosho, MO; two grandchildren, Ryan Gates of Maryville, MO and Megan Gates of Alexandria, VA; a sister, Darlene Denison of Center Point, IA; a sister, Marcene Rauch of Sterling, KS; a sister, Marilyn Ward of Mercedes, TX; a brother John Watts of Colbert, WA and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Marilyn Ehrman Watts; his parents John and Gale (Height) Watts; a sister, Patricia (Watts) Taylor; a brother Harold Lewis Watts; and a brother George Eugene Watts.


Dick was born October 8, 1930 in What Cheer, IA the son of John Harold and Gale Height Watts.  He received his early education in the What Cheer and Deep River schools.  He entered the service in 1947 joining the U.S. Navy.  John served in the Navy from 1947 until 1954 seeing action in the Korean Conflict.  He married Marilyn Ehrman on April 14, 1956, at the Little Brown Church, Nashua.  He was a general contractor and owned and operated Watts Construction from 1959 until his retirement in 1996.  He was a member of the Marengo American Legion and the Marengo Jaycees.  Dick was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing with friends and family. In 1996, he moved from Marengo to Missouri, where he enjoyed his retirement and was close to family.

 

 

 

 

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: 2 P.M. Friday, June 5, 2015, 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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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