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

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

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






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

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

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






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

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

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

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






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

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

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






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

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

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

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






John Herman Danker, age 83, of Marengo, died Thursday, October 6, 2016 at the Marengo Memorial Hospital.  Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Monday, October 10, 2016, St. John Lutheran Church, Marengo, with Rev. Andrew Gray officiating. Burial with military honors: Marengo Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Sunday, October 9, 2016, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  A memorial fund has been established.

John is survived by his wife Leona; two sons Steven (Julie) Danker of Waterloo and Mark (Sarri) Danker of Fayette; five grandchildren, Whitney, Joshua and Jonathan Danker of Waterloo, and Samuel and Levi Danker of Fayette; and a sister Dorothy Wandling of Waukon. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Kenneth and Alfred, and a sister Frances.   

John Herman Danker was born March 20, 1933, in rural Keystone, the son of Bernard and Helene Heitmann Danker.  He graduated from the Keystone High School in 1951. John served in the U.S. Army, stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, and spent one year in Korea.  He married Leona Petersen on November 27, 1955, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Newhall.  John was employed with Thermogas Company for 36 years, in sales and service, and delivering propane.  He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and the American Legion Wandling-Wendel Post 76.  He was a past Jaycees charter member and president.  John served on the Marengo Memorial Hospital Board for 14 years.  He directed and coached summer baseball teams, Peewee, Little League, and Pony League, for many years.  He loved gardening, playing bridge and following baseball.





Fredrick Charles McDonald, age 80, of Brooklyn, passed away Monday, October 3, 2016, at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 7, 2016, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn with Fr. Corey Close officiating.  Burial will be at a later date.  Family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, October 6, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn.  There will be a scripture service at 7:00 p.m.  A memorial fund has been established.  

Fred is survived by his children Mary (Alan) Klein of Ladora, Michael (DeeDee) McDonald of Malcom, Phyllis (Terry) Morris of Malcom, LeeAnn McDonald (Mark Innis) of Grinnell and Eric “Moose” McDonald of Brooklyn; nine grandchildren Carrie (Matt) Steinmetz of Victor, Jennifer (Matt) Boyer of Pasco, WA, Michael R. (Kandi) McDonald of Deep River, Matthew McDonald of Malcom, Samantha McDonald (Michael Boyd) of Brooklyn, Justin Morris (Kourtney VanWyk) of Grinnell, Stephanie Morris (Greg Beatty) of Grinnell, Robert (Melissa) McDonald of Brooklyn, Jason (Heather) Gire of Cedar Rapids; twelve great-grandchildren John Steinmetz, Brian Steinmetz, Kymber Boyer, Kamden Boyer, Ava Morris, Kolton Gire, Adelyn McDonald, Braden McDonald, Lane McDonald, Maci Morris, Peyton Gire and Kameron Gire; also surviving, a brother Robert (Pat) McDonald of Creston, CA and a sister Ruth Airey of Oxford.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Mary in 2010; two daughters JoEllen and LuAnn McDonald in infancy; and his brother Lou McDonald.

Fred C. McDonald was born June 16, 1936, in Malcom, the son of Vernon and Frances McDonald.  He graduated from Brooklyn High School in 1954.  Following graduation, Fred began working for Manatt’s as a diesel mechanic for many years.  He was united in marriage to Mary Louise Bazyn on October 4, 1957, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Brooklyn.  Fred helped the Brooklyn Auxiliary Police Dept. with weekend patrol at various events.  In 1992, he received the Governors Life Saving Award.  He enjoyed fishing, camping, bowling, bird watching, tinkering and making all sorts of various items, and watching wildlife out his window.  Fred was a man of few words, but many talents.  He loved spending time and doing anything with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. 





Johanna (Jennie) Minnie Leichsenring, age 99, originally of South Amana, passed away on September 30, 2016, at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, Iowa.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, October 6, 2016, at the Middle Amana Church, with Elder Harold Pitz officiating.  Burial will be in the South Amana Cemetery, South Amana.  Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, October 5, 2016, at the Middle Amana Church.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be contributed in care of Jennie to the Amana Church Society, P.O. Box 103, Amana, Iowa 52307. 

Jennie is survived by her daughter, Darlene (Alfred) Fratzke; and a granddaughter Susan (Shane) Fratzke Brucker.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Walter; a brother Herbert Reihman; and a sister-in-law Doris.

Jennie Leichsenring was born March 21, 1917, in Middle Amana, the daughter of Frank and Paula (Trumpold) Reihman.  She attended the Amana School in Middle Amana through the 8th grade.  She worked as a weaver in the Amana Woolen Mill.  She married Walter Leischsenring in Middle Amana on December 11, 1948.  She and her husband owned and operated Walt’s Cleaners in Marengo, Iowa for over 25 years.  They enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. and visited nearly every state after they retired.  Jennie loved to crochet and knit, and filled many living rooms and kitchens with her beautiful hot pads and warm afghans.  She also took great pleasure in caring for her flowers and watching the birds on the many bird feeders she kept outside the windows, while living independently.  She enjoyed puzzles and board games, and was always ready for a game of rummy or aggravation.  She was a member of the Amana Church.  

The family would like to thank Jim and Dixie Carpenter, Chris and Sonia Johnson and the staff at Keystone Apartments for their incredible kindness and support.






Gerald John Manatt, Jr., age 65, of Lakewood Ranch, Florida, formerly of Victor and Brooklyn, died on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City.  Visitation will be held at the Michael J Manatt Center downtown Brooklyn, Iowa, Sunday, October 2nd from 3:00-8:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.  A funeral mass will be held at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Brooklyn at 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 3rd, with Fr. Corey Close officiating.  The burial service will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Brooklyn.  A luncheon will follow at the Michael J Manatt Center. A memorial fund has been established and will be donated to a variety of causes dear to John's heart in the near future.

John was the first born of Gerald John Manatt Sr. (Junie) and Doris (Hawkins) Manatt at St. Francis Hospital in Grinnell, Iowa on November 21, 1950.  He was raised in Brooklyn where he attended and graduated from Brooklyn-Guernsey-Malcom High School in 1969.  John grew up a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn, where he was confirmed.
Following high school, John attended Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa where he met his life-long love Marlene Odell.  John was united in marriage with Marlene on December 4, 1971 at Nativity Catholic Church in Dubuque.  John graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration in 1973 and moved back to Brooklyn where the couple raised their four children.

John started working full time at Manatts, Inc. for his father in 1972 (employee #12) and worked until retirement in 2006.  John did it all through his years at Manatts from sweeping floors, to driving cement tankers and concrete trucks, to running concrete plants, to heading up ready mix division and eventually owning the company with his brother and cousins.  Through his work in the industry, John was active in the Iowa Ready Mix Concrete Association promoting and bettering the industry.  He enjoyed annual conventions and social gatherings with colleagues, was President of IRMCA in 1982 and was inducted as an honorary member 2009. 

Most important to John were his faith and family. He was a very humble, kind and brave man.  John attended the St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Victor and Lady of the Angel’s Catholic Church in Lakewood Ranch, FL.  He enjoyed traveling and spending time with friends.  Attending Jeep Jamborees, golfing, fishing, camping, attending the Iowa State Fair and watching old movies, especially John Wayne movies, were among the many hobbies he enjoyed.  He also followed all of his grandchildren’s sporting, spiritual and academic adventures with loving encouragement.

In 2010, John and Marlene moved to Lakewood Ranch where they eagerly welcomed friends and family to visit them often.  John loved the Florida climate, living on the golf course and showing others a great time in Florida.  He even took up dancing with Marlene and occasionally could be found on a beach.

John is survived by his wife of 44 years, Marlene;  his four children, Jennifer (Ken) Cline of Brooklyn, IA, Chris Manatt of Cedar Falls, IA, Joy (Gabe) VanLandschoot of Brooklyn, IA and Jonathan (Samantha) Manatt of Lynnville, IA; thirteen grandchildren, McKenna, Madison and Maycee Cline, Kinzie and Kylie Manatt, Karissa and Ty Heishman, David, Abbee and Vaughn VanLandschoot and Sadie, Jasper and Langlee Manatt; and five siblings, Debi Olson, Grinnell, Tim (Genevieve) Manatt, Cedar Falls, Melia (Steve) Rhoads, Brooklyn, Mary Jo (Jeff) Thompson, Brooklyn, and Mindy (Raymond) Holder, Brooklyn.

John was preceded in death by his grandparents, many loved aunts and uncles, his mother and father-in-law, Corbly and Juanita Odell, his parents, Junie and Doris Manatt and brothers-in-law Bill Olson and Jerry Hamberg.






Robert Dean Misel “Bubber”, age 61, died Saturday, September 24, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Memorial Service:  11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 1, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, Iowa.  In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Robert Misel Memorial Fund. 

Robert was survived by his mother Iona Dittmer of Marshalltown; his wife Kathy of Las Vegas; two daughters Nickie (Dennis) of Las Vegas, NV and Holli (Ryan) of Altoona; two grandsons Colin and Devin; two sisters Sally (Doug) of Mankato, MN and Janet (Randy) of Marshalltown; a brother Darrell (Michelle) of Cypress, TX; and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and in-laws.  He was preceded in death by his father Dean.

Robert Dean Misel was born January 15, 1955, in Belle Plaine, the son of Dean Misel and Iona Lohrer Misel.  He married the love of his life Kathy on April 16, 1976.  He enjoyed spending time with his family, going on vacations with his wife, riding his motorcycle with friends and going to Iowa to see his grandsons.  



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Larry Dean Huedepohl, age 65 of Williamsburg, died Sunday, September 18, 2016, at the English Valley Care Center in North English, Iowa.  Funeral Services:  11:00 a.m., Thursday, September 22, 2016, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Williamsburg, with Rev. Thomas Ogilvie officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Williamsburg.  Visitation:  9:30 to 11:00 a.m., Thursday, September 22, 2016, at the church prior to the funeral service.  A memorial fund has been established.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, is in charge of arrangements.

Larry was survived by a brother Loren Huedepohl of Conroy.  He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Larry Dean Huedepohl was born May 30, 1951 in Marengo, the son of Victor and Pauline Claypool Heudepohl.  He graduated from the Williamsburg High School in 1969.  He worked at Amana Refrigeration for 32 years.  Larry loved his dogs and cats.  He enjoyed doing carpentry work at home, reading and the home life. 





Steve Heller, 64, joined his dad in heaven on a beautiful sunset evening. He died at his home Friday, September 16, 2016 of a cardiac incident. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday, September 22 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A graveside funeral service will be held 6:30 p.m. Monday, September 26 in the Marengo Cemetery with Rev. Andrew Gray officiating.

On March 30, 1952 Steve was born in Cedar Rapids, the son of Wes and Marietta (Seckel) Heller. He was baptized April 27, 1952 by Rev. Spitz at the old St. John’s Lutheran Church on Hilton St. On April 3, 1966 Steve was confirmed by Rev. Discher at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Court Ave.

In 1970 Steve graduated from Iowa Valley High School, where he participated in basketball, football, and band. He was also involved in the Iowa County Underwater Search and Rescue Team. Following graduation from UNI in 1974 he pursued scuba diving interests. He enjoyed underwater photography classes and Caribbean trips. Later he attended commercial diving school in Ft. Pierce, Florida. His work took him to oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Upon returning to Marengo he worked at Greater Buffalo Press, Kinze Manufacturing, and the City of Marengo.

Steve was a soft-spoken man who enjoyed quiet time in the outdoors. He was an avid hunter and shared this interest with his children and close friends. He explored culinary interests and enjoyed processing wild game. He also enjoyed family gatherings at his parents’ home on the hill.

He was preceded in death by his dad on August 21, 2016 and his grandparents. He is survived by his son Blake, daughter Lisa, and mother Marietta, all of Marengo; grandchildren Maddex and Easton; sister Lynette (Wilfred) Karsten, Moline, IL; nieces Anna Karsten and Rachel (Matthew) Gerhardt; and friend Melanie Henley.

A memorial fund has been established.







Carol M. “Kelly” Gould, age 88 of Belle Plaine, passed away Thursday, September 15, 2016 at the Marengo Memorial Hospital. Memorial Service: 11:00 A.M. Saturday, September 24, 2016, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Rev. Jim Davis officiating.  Inurnment: Koszta Cemetery, rural Marengo with military honors. The family will receive friends after 9:30 A.M. Saturday until service time at the funeral home. Memorials may be contributed to the Marengo American Legion Post 76 or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Kelly is survived by his wife, Joyce “Elaine” Gould of Cedar Rapids; a son, Benjamin (Cindy) of Appleton WI ; two daughters, Becky (Mike) Hite of Gresham, OR and Christine Carol Gould of Crooks, SD; six grandchildren, Lindsay Gould of Cleveland, OH, Stephanie (Jon) Weiss of Mbeya, Tanzania, Ashley (Shannon) Scott of Columbus, OH, Jeremiah (Katie)  Gould of San Diego, CA, Jessica Hite of Huber Heights, OH and Kelly Hite of Portland, OR; eleven great-grandchildren, Savannah, David, Sophia and Isiah Weiss, Carson Scott, William and Wyatt Gould, Calvin and Jackson Hite, Ada Dawson and Kennedy Murray.  Kelly was also the substitute father for Norma Gould’s children, Amy (Tony) Tomash and Lori Gould. 

Carol Mervin Gould was born February 15, 1928 in Honey Creek Township, near Koszta, Iowa. He was the son of Benjamin and Ladye Sloan Gould.  He attended the Honey Creek School. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Kelly and Joyce Elaine Miner were married Dec 15, 1952. He farmed in the Vinton area for many years and did other farm work before that. Kelly was an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoors enthusiast. He was an avid collector and attended many farm and estate auctions.  Kelly was a member of the American Legion Post #76.







Ralph W. Chapman was born on September 4, 1930, in Bussey, Iowa, the son of James (Daniel) and Emma Chapman.  He passed away on September 13, 2016, at Lantern Park, Care Initiatives in Coralville, Iowa.  The family will have private graveside services at a later date.  Condolences can be sent to 2506 210th St. Williamsburg, Iowa.

Ralph Wesley Chapman attended school in Bussey, Iowa, and started working at a young age.  He worked for The Valve in Oskaloosa, Iowa, for 16 plus years and retired from Amana Refrigeration after 24 years.  He married Laurene Morrison (Fry) on December 11, 1965 and moved from Oskaloosa to Williamsburg in 1970.  He enjoyed going camping, old country music and some blue grass music.  He also enjoyed walking at the mall and rec center and visiting with people.

Ralph is survived by his wife, Laurene, Williamsburg, his step children Sharon (Tom) Hegewald, Williamsburg, Darrell (Rhonda) Morrison, Cedar Rapids, Diana (Jon) Tory, Riverside; Richard (Darlene) Morrison, Marengo; 6 step-grandchildren; 9 step-great grandchildren, 2 step-great-great grandchildren, and a sister Belly Chapman of Omaha, NE.  He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and a nephew. 





Willis Wayne Montgomery, age 86 of Grinnell, died Monday, September 12, 2016, at the Mayflower Care Center in Grinnell:  Funeral Services:  10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 17, 2016, at the First Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, with Pastor John Reynolds officiating.  Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery.  Visitation:  5 to 7 p.m., Friday, September 16, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn.  Memorials may be contributed to the First Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn.

Willis was survived by his wife Delores; three children Scott (Michele Eenens) Montgomery of Brussels, Belgium, Kelly (Nancy) Montgomery of Ames and Kyle (Marna) Montgomery of Brooklyn; six grandchildren Kirk (Miriam) Montgomery, Ryan (Emily Heid) Montgomery, Shannon (Ricardo) Viana, Logan, Jordan and Kali Montgomery; three great-grandchildren Leah Montgomery and Victoria and Leonardo Viana; four siblings Gene (Elaine) Montgomery of Chicago, Il, Ruth Schweibert, of Hiawatha, Joyce Hoskins, of Crescent, OK and Robert (Dianne) Montgomery, of Nipomo, CA.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter-in-law Vicki Worley Montgomery.

Willis Montgomery was born April 23, 1930, in Grinnell, the son of Raymond and Sara Ladd Montgomery.  He graduated in 1947 from the Brooklyn High School.  He was drafted into the Unites States Marine Corps from 1951-1953, serving in the Korean War.  Willis was united in marriage to Delores McWilliams on February 19, 1952, in Guernsey, Iowa.  He began farming with his dad following high school and continued to farm for fifty plus years.  After farming, he worked at I-80 and later the Tanger Outlet Mall in Williamsburg.  Willis served on the BGM School Board for 6 years and one term as president.  He was a member of the Farm Bureau and the First Presbyterian Church where he held about every office and taught Sunday School.  Faith and family were very important to Willis.  He enjoyed crossword puzzles, tearing down machinery, shelling walnuts in the fall and most of all supporting and attending his grandchildren’s activities. 





Ronnie Vols, age 65, of Pleasant Hill, formerly of Brooklyn and Grinnell, died Sunday, September 11, 2016.  Funeral Services:  11:00 a.m., Friday, September 16, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, with Fr. Corey Close officiating.  Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Brooklyn.  Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m., prior to the service, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn.

Ronnie is survived by a brother David (Marlene) Vols of Ankeny; and two sisters Ilene Hagen, of Knoxville and Lilly (Armando) Sesma, of Cedar Falls.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and a son-in-law Harold Hagen.

Ronnie Vols was born August 27, 1951, in Belle Plaine, the son of Morris and Louise Kaplan Vols.  He graduated from HLV High School in 1970.  In his earlier years, Ronnie was a crop and livestock farmer.  He loved spending time with family and his dog Rinney.  He enjoyed listening to music and eating McDonald’s Big Macs.



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

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

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

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

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




Ellen Bacon Lucille Maas
George Bean Dennis Miles
Vivian Becker Marilyn Miller
Daryl Behounek Helen Moser
Charles Boerjan Neal Nesselroad
Sharon Borchardt Kenneth Neumann
William Bills  
Leonard Bird William Oehler
Marilyn Clayton  
MaryAnn Conrad Debra Olson
Marilyn Coon  
Barbara Dennler Hugh Owens
Pauline DePauw  
Ruth Ehrmann  
Erna Fels Chester Pearson
Brett Folkedahl  
Kerry Godfrey Donald Price
Frances Griffith Karla Rathjen
Kenneth Grimm Richard Rhinehart
Carroll Gunderson Maxine Roberts
Darlene Hacker  
Conrad Hahn  
Laura Hall  
Dorothy Heisdorffer Margaret Risdon
Wesely Heller  
Irene Hicks Delmar Schindler
Joan Homire  
Mary "Frankie" Honn  
Virginia Hoppe  
Lynda Johnson  
Lorene Karsten Ruth Solem
Jeff Kloster Cheryl Sparrowgrove-Worcel
Hailey Kruse Francis Sponar
Anne Leonhardt Howard Strong
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Bonnie Lindenmayer Leonard Timm
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