Through faith in her Savior, Jesus Christ, Lorene Rose Karsten, Marengo, was called from this life to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at the age of 89.  Funeral services will be held Monday, July 25 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo, with Rev. Andrew Gray and Rev. Dr. Wilfred Karsten officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery.  Visitation will be Sunday, July 24 from 5-7 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church.  Memorials can be contributed to St. John’s tile fund. 

Lorene is survived by her husband Alfred; children Wilfred (Lynette), Kay (Randy), Arlin (Sue), Tammy, Tim (Sandra), and Thomas (Kim); grandchildren Anna, Rachel (Matt), Ryan, Eric (Eve), Sarah, Stephanie, John, Paul, Mattie, Ketrick, and Aidan; great-grandchildren Lillian and Emmaline; brothers Duane (Bonnie), Wilfred (Doris), and Vernon (Tammy) Werning; brother-in-law Don Huedepohl; sisters-in-law Kathy, Pat, and Beverly Werning, nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Delbert, Merlin, Charles, Leroy Werning; sister Ruth Huedepohl; sisters-in-law Lusann and Ruth Werning.

Lorene was born January 12, 1927, on the family farm near Newhall, Iowa to Arthur and Emma (Wiese) Werning.  She was reborn as a child of God in the waters of Holy Baptism on February 13, 1927.  She attended parochial school at St. John Lutheran Church northwest of Newhall, and on March 17, 1940, was confirmed in the Christian faith.  On September 2, 1956, Lorene was united in marriage to Alfred Karsten at St. John Lutheran Church in Newhall.  They were blessed with six children.

Lorene’s confirmation verse, Romans 8:28, was etched into her life.  She reflected the meaning of “in all things God works together for the good of those who love him” by her optimistic attitude.  Lorene lovingly cared for her mother for many years, was a devoted wife and helpmate as she worked alongside her husband on their farm, faithfully taught and encouraged her children and grandchildren about the Savior, and fervently prayed for all of them.  Ladies Aid activities and teaching Sunday school were important to her - at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church and later at St. John’s Lutheran Church.  For many years she co-chaired the funeral luncheon committee.

Lorene and Alfred spent their nearly 60 years of marriage living in the same home on the family farm, which she filled with love and warmth.  She enjoyed preparing the large table for special holiday events when the family gathered together.  She also enjoyed trips to visit her family.

Special thanks to Pastor Gray, Dr. Miller, and the staff at Rose Haven and St. Luke’s Continuing Care. 

 

 

 

 

Kerry Gene Godfrey, age 68 of Newton, died Thursday, July 21, 2016 at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha. Private Memorial services will be held on Monday, July 25, 2016 at Kloster Funeral Home, in Marengo. Inurnment will be at a later date in Restland Cemetery, Baxter, Iowa.

Kerry Gene Godfrey was born October 27, 1947 in Baxter, Iowa, the son of Donald David Godfrey and Martha Matilda Brown Godfrey.  He attended the Baxter schools and worked for many years with Progress Industries in Newton.  He enjoyed watching movies, and playing cards and bingo.

Kerry is survived by his sisters, Sherry Hautekeete and husband Richard of Marengo and Charlotte Hall and husband Michael of Sioux Falls, SD, along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and grandparents, a sister Marilyn Brown, and a nephew Jack Gray.

 

 
 

 

Charlie Joseph Boerjan, age 82, of Marengo, died Saturday, July 16, 2016, at Marengo Memorial Hospital.  Funeral Service:  10:30 a.m., Thursday, July 21, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, Iowa, with Fr. David Wilkening officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery with military honors.  Visitation:  4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  A memorial fund has been established.

Charlie Boerjan was born June 8, 1934, in Osage, the son of Frank and Suzanna Arickx Boerjan.  He graduated from Osage High School, where he was a state champion wrestler in 1950 at 105 lbs. and runner up in 1951.  He enlisted in the U. S. Navy, where he wrestled for two years before boarding the USS Whitehurst as a radioman.  Charlie was stationed in Japan, Guam and Hawaii.  Returning from the Navy, he attended the University of Iowa.  In 1962 he started working for the Iowa City, U.S. Postal Service as a carrier, retiring in 2000.  He was a member of the Marengo American Legion.  Charlie was co-founder and a past president of the Iowa Hawkeye Area Wrestling Club, was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan, and a hobby farmer, raising horses, cattle and sheep.  He especially loved his time spent with family and get togethers.

Charlie is survived by his wife Connie of 23 years, six children, Mike Boerjan, of North Liberty, Mark Boerjan (Cheryl Fischer), of West Branch, Kim Loffer, of Marengo, Suzette Ehrle, of Cedar Rapids, Darren (Michelle Hallerud) Slaymaker, of Urbana, and Jon Smith of Ankeny; eight grandchildren Melissa (Pat) Ingle, Matthew (Lindsey) Boerjan, Micah Boerjan, David and Sarah Fischer, Bryce Loffer, Ella and Hayden Ehrle; three great grandchildren Addison and Tanner Boerjan, and Lana Ingle; a sister Patricia Schlindwein of Waterloo.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Mary Beth and two brothers August and James. 

 

 

 

 

 

Kenneth V. Grimm, age 76, of Apache Junction, AZ, formerly of Millersburg, died Friday, July 15, 2016 at the Grinnell Medical Center.  Memorial Services:  10:00 a.m., Friday, July 22, 2016, at the Deep River Community Center, with Rev. Shirley Van Dee officiating.  Family will receive friends 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 21, 2016, at the community center.  Inurnment will be at the Community Cemetery, Deep River.  A memorial fund has been established.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, is in charge of arrangements.

Kenneth is survived by a son Todd Grimm (Sara) of North English; a daughter Nicole  Hartman (James) of Montezuma; nine grandchildren Preston Grimm, Trevor Grimm, Royce Griffiths, Hanna Grimm, Lance Griffiths, Brennen Grimm, Brooklyn Grimm, Sophia Grimm and Aidan Grimm; one great-grandchild Aleeah Eichorn;  five siblings Phyllis Wright, Apache Junction, AZ, Leroy (Shirley) Grimm, Colorado, Laverne Grimm, Arkansas, Larry (Louise) Grimm, Minnesota, and Marvin (Jeanne) Grimm, Amana; special friends Larry Goodman, Mick and Kevin Sauter, Ron Broman and Kenny McGuire.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Karen of 37 years in 2011, his parent-in-laws Eleanor and Harold Kelting, three brothers-in-law Buck and Garth Kelting and Dean Wright, and two sisters-in-law Gerry Grimm and Norma Kelting.     

Kenneth was born August 15, 1939, in Millersburg, the son of Virgil and Ethel Churchhill Grimm.  He graduated from Millersburg High School in 1957.  He married Karen E. Kelting Grimm on June 7, 1973 in Las Vegas, NV.  Kenneth was a veteran of the Iowa National Guard.  He worked at the University of Iowa, JC Penny’s and retired from Phx Mesa Gateway in July 2006.  He was the president of the Jaycees in Millersburg, enjoyed bowling, gardening, farming and playing cards. He was an avid Chicago Cubs, Iowa Hawkeye, Arizona Diamond Backs and Phoenix Suns fan. 

 

 

 

 

Cheryl Lee Sparrowgrove-Worcel, age 58, of Cedar Rapids, died Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Family will receive friends on Monday, July 18, 2016, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, with a celebration of life service following.  A memorial fund has been established.

Cheryl is survived by her three sons Zach (Mariah Trujillo), Dylan, and Trevor Worcel all of Cedar Rapids; her father Harold; two sisters Sandra (Lorne) Koenig, Marengo, and Michelle Sparrowgrove, Cedar Rapids; two grandchildren Lily and Roman Worcel; father of her children Allen Worcel, of Homestead; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her mother. 

Cheryl Sparrowgrove was born September 28, 1957, in Patuxent, MD, the daughter of Harold and Marcia Beardsley Sparrowgrove.  She attended Iowa Valley School in Marengo and received her GED from Kirkwood Community College.  She continued at Kirkwood and received her LPN.  She attended the University of Iowa and received her surgical tech certification.  She worked at an oncology practice as a Med Tech in West Hills, CA, then later at Marengo Memorial Hospital as a Lab Tech.  In her earlier years she loved riding horses.  Cheryl enjoyed reading, writing, painting, watching classic movies, collecting glass angels, cooking and making homemade noodles.  She especially loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and with her animals.

 

 

 

Doris Ann Weiss, age 86, of Williamsburg, formerly of Marengo, died Thursday, July 7, 2016, at the English Valley Care Center, North English.  Funeral Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 11, 2016, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo with Rev. Gary Sears officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Sunday, July 10, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.

She is survived by her husband Eldon; daughter Tammy (Darryl) Vogt of Noble, OK, and Ann Kjos of Williamsburg; son Glen of Williamsburg; 4 grandchildren, Mandi (Eric) Niebes Lueck, of Kalona; Melissa (Reg) Niebes Zeller, of Minneapolis, MN, Sara Kjos of Winona, MN, Nicholas Vogt of Cedar Rapids; and two great-grandchildren, Ainsley and Lorelei Lueck.  Also surviving are her brother Bill (Dorothy) Furler and a sister Vivian Hinrichs, all of Williamsburg. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Doris Ann Furler was born November 26, 1929, in Conroy, Iowa, the daughter of Gottfried and Elizabeth Borlin Furler.  She graduated from Conroy Hilton High School in 1947 and married Eldon Walter Weiss on May 8, 1949, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Conroy.  The couple were members of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Marengo since 1955. They farmed in Iowa County for many years. Later she worked as an CNA at Rose Haven Nursing Home.  She served on the altar guild and with Ladies Aid at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo. She enjoyed softball games and roller skate dancing with her husband, Eldon. In her youth she enjoyed playing 6 on 6 basketball.

 

 

 

Colleen Jean Vesely, age 91, of Williamsburg, died Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at the English Valley Care Center, North English, Iowa.  Funeral Services:  10:00 a.m., Friday, July 8, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church, Williamsburg, with Rev. Daniel Jessop officiating.  Burial will be in the Oxford Cemetery.  Visitation:  4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, July 7, 2016, at the First Presbyterian Church, Williamsburg.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Colleen is survived by two sons Tom (Sandy), Council Bluffs, and John (Gerri), Dubuque; two daughters Ellen Folkmann, Williamsburg and Mary Sue (Larry) Hopp, Conroy; eleven grandchildren Michelle (Brian) Dietz, Dawn Folkmann (Burt Selby), Deanne (Jeff) Sinn, Kristina (Chris) Belshe, Kara (Don) Hettinger, Amanda Vesely, Ben (Celena) Vesely, Craig (Kim) Vesely, Beau Vesely, Rachel Hopp and Erin (Jeff) Liggett; eleven great-grandchildren Grace Hettinger, Nile Sinn, Anna Kocour, Alex Kocour, Tyler Sicotte, Samuel Vesely, Elijah Vesely, Sarah Vesely, Michael Vesely, Eleanor Vesely and Dalton Liggett; two sisters Vivian Mann, Clive and Eunice O’Neil, West Branch; a sister-in-law Charlotte Campbell, Tiffin and a brother-in-law Ray Vesely, Bellingham, WA.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ed “Bud” Vesely, Jr. in 2004, a daughter Barbara and a son William, in infancy, a son-in-law Larry Folkmann, two brothers Everett and Emory, five sisters Irma, Lela, Grayce, Lenore and Dorothy.

Colleen Jean Gorvin was born May 20, 1925, in Oxford, Iowa, the daughter of Robert and Jennie Wagner Gorvin.  She graduated from the Oxford High School in 1942 and received a business degree from the Iowa City Commercial College.  Colleen and Edward Vesely Jr. were united in marriage on November 9, 1945 in Oxford, Iowa.  She worked as a bank teller at the Oxford State Bank and later at Farmers Trust and Savings Bank, Williamsburg.  She was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Williamsburg, Federated Church of Oxford and the Windham Community Church.  She enjoyed playing the piano at the Windham Community Church and Highland Ridge Retirement Home.

A special thank you to Highland Ridge, English Valley Care Center and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, for the excellent care given to Colleen during her stay with them.

 

 

 

 

Marilyn Ann Coon, age 42, of Williamsburg, died Thursday, June 30, 2016, along with her daughter, in a motor vehicle accident.  Funeral Services:  10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 7, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church, Williamsburg, with Rev. Dan Jessop officiating.  Burial:  Oak Hill Cemetery, Williamsburg.  Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  Memorials may be directed to the family. 

Marilyn is survived by her son Bailey Kruse, Williamsburg; daughter Lana Coon, Williamsburg; her husband James Coon, Marengo; four step children Danielle, Cheyenne, Theo-Caine, and Quinten Coon all of Williamsburg;  a step grand-daughter Mekenna Coon; parents Richard and Mary Weldon Kruse, Williamsburg; three brothers Richard Jr. (Sheila), James (Nicole) and Scott (Kathy) Kruse all of Williamsburg; and a sister Jennifer Kempf (Martin Martinson), Williamsburg.  She was preceded in death by her daughter Hailey Kruse.

Marilyn Ann Kruse was born December 3, 1973, in Iowa City, Iowa, the daughter of Richard and Mary Weldon Kruse.  She graduated from Williamsburg High School in 1992.  She enjoyed fishing, and doing puzzles.  She was a fan of unicorns and wolves.  She especially enjoyed attending her children’s activities.

 

 

 

Hailey Mae Kruse, age 12, of Williamsburg, Iowa, died Thursday, June 30, 2016, along with her mother, in a motor vehicle accident.  Funeral Services:  10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 7, 2016, First Presbyterian Church, Williamsburg, with Rev. Dan Jessop officiating.  Burial:  Oak Hill Cemetery, Williamsburg.  Visitation:  4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  Memorial may be contributed to the family.

Hailey is survived by her step-father James Coon, Marengo; father Michael Childers, Amana; a brother Bailey and two step brothers Theo-Caine and Quinten Coon, Williamsburg; a sister Lana and two step sisters Danielle and Cheyenne Coon, Williamsburg; her grandparents, Richard and Mary Weldon Kruse, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her mother Marilyn Kruse Coon and her paternal grandparents.

Hailey Mae Kruse was born February 22, 2004, the daughter of Marilyn Kruse and Michael Childers.  She was a student at the Williamsburg Schools, just finishing 6th grade.  She enjoyed fishing, music, watching movies, and riding her bike. She also played softball at Parnell. 

 

 

 

Debra Sue Olson, age 64 of Brooklyn, died Friday, June 24, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City. Memorial Service: 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, June 29, 2016, Victor Baptist Church, Victor, Iowa with Rev. Dan Andrews officiating.  The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 P.M. Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at Kloster Funeral Home in Brooklyn.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.

Debra Sue Thompson was born December 15, 1951 in Grinnell, Iowa, the daughter of Gerald and Rosemary Walter Thompson.  She graduated from BGM High School with the Class of 1970. She then attended Graceland College in Lamoni, and Iowa School of Beauty in Des Moines.  Debbii owned and operated Rosemary’s Beauty Shop in Brooklyn, and worked at the Flag Store. She also groomed pets and was a rescue mom for P.A.L.S.

She is survived by her daughters, Gerrii Meola (Joe) of Altoona, and Tommii McKusker (Kevin) of Marengo; seven grandchildren Eve, Claire, Ella, Sophia, Taytin, Amelia and Morgan;   three brothers, Thomas Thompson (Sue) of Brooklyn, Rod Thompson (Julie) of Vinton and Jeff Thompson (Renee) of Amana; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.  Her parents preceded her in death.

 

 

 

 

Mary Frances “Frankie” Honn, age 73, died Thursday, June 23, 2016, at the Marengo Memorial Hospital.  Funeral Mass:  10:30 a.m. Monday, June 27, 2016, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Marengo, Iowa, with Fr. Joe Roost and Fr. Edmund Dunn officiating.  Visitation:  4 to 7 p.m., Sunday, June 26, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, with a Vigil Service at 4 p.m.  Burial:  Marengo Cemetery, Marengo, Iowa.  A memorial fund has been established. 

Frankie is survived by her husband Jim; three children, Jennifer Sandersfeld (Shawn), Middle Amana, Amy Kalinchuk (Israel) Denver, CO, and Tim (fiancé Jess Beswick) Coralville; and nine grandchildren Erich (Kari) of Nashville, TN, Hannah, Gunther, Berend, Jürgen, Anton, Reiner and Otto Sandersfeld of Middle Amana, and Kira Kalinchuk of Denver, CO.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Shirley Frees.

Mary Frances “Frankie” Specht was born March 22, 1943, in Iowa City, Iowa, the daughter of Theodore “Ted” and Sadie Barnes Specht.  She graduated from Oxford High School in 1961 and attended St. Luke’s School of Nursing, Cedar Rapids.  She married Jim Honn on November 14, 1964 in Oxford.  Frankie was a registered nurse. Her employment over the years include the University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City, the Marengo Hospital, the Amana Clinic, Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City.  She also did private duty nursing for the county hospitals in Detroit, MI and Beaver, PA. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, and the Altar and Rosary Society. 

Frankie will be dearly missed by all who knew her, as a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was kind and fun; a joy to be around. She enjoyed antiques, traveling, playing bridge, and decorating. She loved spending time laughing with her many friends and family, hosting family dinners, and she especially loved her grandchildren. 

The family would like to express their thanks for the wonderful care given to Frankie by Marengo Memorial Hospital, Essence of Life Hospice, and Kloster Funeral Home. 

 

 

 

 

Margaret J. “Marne” Risdon, age 92 of Marengo, died Thursday, June 23, 2016 at Rose Haven Nursing Home, Marengo.  Funeral Service: 3 P.M. Sunday, June 26, 2016, Victor Baptist Church, Victor, Iowa with Rev. Dan Andrews officiating.  Burial: 2 P.M. Sunday, at the Ohio Cemetery, rural Ladora.  The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 P.M. Saturday, June 25, 2016, at the Victor Baptist Church, Victor.  Memorials may be designated to For the Nations Refugee Outreach, c/o Victor Baptist Church. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

She is survived by her children, Cheryl (Gary) Turner of Birmingham, AL, Vicky (Alan) Grimm of North English, Coreen Baerg of Williamsburg, James (Becky) Risdon of Marengo and Shelley (Kenny) Folkmann of Marengo; seventeen grandchildren, Bart and Heath Turner, Tiffany Pierce, Jon and Doug Grimm, Camia Post, Andy, Danielle, Tom and Josh Baerg, Sarah, Matt and Megan Risdon, Jason, Tyler, Ryan, and Nate Folkmann; thirty great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Also surviving are a brother Fred Madison of Eagle Grove, IA, and three sisters, Marian Freeman of Plattsburg, MO, Joann Gillespie, Chatfield, MN, and Donnarae Cranston of Grundy Center. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dale Risdon, a brother James Madison and two sisters, Arleen Danskin and Berniece Mohr.

Margaret June Madison was born June 22, 1924 in Goldfield, Iowa, the daughter of Fred and Lucy Farmer Madison.  At a very early age, she and her family moved to Marengo, and Marne graduated with the Marengo Class of 1942. She married C. Dale Risdon on October 30, 1942 at the Ohio Methodist Parsonage, rural Ladora. The couple were married for 49 years, when Dale passed away in 1992. Marne was a wonderful caring wife and mother, who enjoyed sewing, gardening, cooking and baking.  She also enjoyed reading, composing poetry, and letter writing. Visiting with family and friends was a favorite past time. Most of all, she loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and looked forward to her visits and adventures with them.

Marne taught Sunday school in earlier years, and shared her faith with Bible study and prayer time with the residents and staff at Rose Haven She was cherished and loved, and will be missed by all who knew her. Marne is now at home in Heaven and rejoicing in His presence.

The family extends a heartfelt thankyou to the staff at Rose Haven Nursing Home and Essence of Life Hospice for the kindness and compassion that was provided to Mom during her time in their care.

 

 

 

Vivian Marie Becker, age 74 of Williamsburg, died Monday, June 13, 2016, at the Marengo Memorial Hospital.  Funeral Mass:  10:00 a.m., Friday, June 17, 2016, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Oxford, with Fr. Edmund Dunn officiating.  Visitation:  4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, June 16, 2016, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Oxford, with a Vigil and Rosary service at 6 p.m.  Inurnment: St. Mary's Cemetery, Williamsburg at a later date. A memorial fund has been established.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, is in charge of arrangements. 

Vivian is survived by her husband Fred; her children, Sherri (Bill) Cunningham, Clinton, IA, Sandy (Kevin) Kruger, and Connie (Bryant) Becker, both of Minneola, FL, Julie (Scott) Ollendick, Lenexa, KS, John (Mary) Becker, Minden, LA, and Douglas Becker, Davenport, IA; fourteen grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and two sisters Verna Atkins, Cedar Rapids, IA and Mabel Elaine Moody, Tulsa, OK.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Eugene Swain who died in World War II.

Vivian Marie Swain was born December 26, 1941, in Williamsburg, Iowa, the daughter of Samuel and Pauline Hoffey Swain.  She graduated from Williamsburg High School in 1960, and married Fred Becker on June 9, 1960 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Williamsburg.  Vivian owned Maple Tree Corner Antiques for 25 years, and also did wallpapering and seamstress work.  Vivian also assisted her husband with his business, Becker’s Remodeling.  She was a Girl Scout leader, and a member of St. Mary’s Altar and Rosary Society in Williamsburg for 25 years.  She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, “Words with Friends” with family members, collecting antiques and dolls, and attending flea markets.  Vivian enjoyed talking with customers, and meeting new people.

 

 

 

 

Ruth L. Ehrmann, age 89, died Friday, June 10, 2016 at Rose Haven Nursing Home, in Marengo. Funeral Services: 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, June 14, 2016, First Presbyterian Church, Marengo, with Rev. Anni Mingin officiating. Burial will be in the West Amana Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 10:00 A.M. until service time at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be contributed to Rose Haven Nursing Home,or the First Presbyterian Church, both of Marengo, or Essence of Life Hospice, Amana. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Ruth is survived by her daughter, Debra Ehrmann of Grinnell; her son Jeffrey (Barbara) Ehrmann of Bettendorf; two grandchildren, James (Kelly) Ehrmann of Seattle, WA, and Timothy Ehrmann of Dubuque; and a great-granddaughter Heidi Ehrmann. Also surviving are a brother, Donald (Delores) Meyer of Middle Amana and two sisters, Marie Ruegsegger of Atkins and Delores Walters of Wayland; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, George in 2013, and a brother Richard Meyer.

Ruth Lillian Meyer was born April 10, 1927 in Iowa City, Iowa, the daughter of John and Frances Coufal Meyer. She received her education in the Amana School system and graduated from the Amana High School in 1944.  Ruth and George F. Ehrmann were married on April 24, 1948 at the First Presbyterian Church in Marengo. The couple made their home in Amana. Ruth was an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Marengo. Over the years she taught Sunday school, was involved with the Morning Circle, was always available for prayer groups, and to serve the less fortunate in the congregation and the community.

While her children were in school she served as a Campfire Girl leader and was active in the Cub Scouts. She was generous with her time to insure her children were able to participate in a wide variety of activities as they were growing up.  Her first love was always her family.

Ruth believed in the educational value of seeing the country and planned yearly vacations to destinations across the United States.  She also enjoyed annual trips to Florida with her husband George. Gardening was a passion for her as well as reading, and her artistic vision could be witnessed in her needlework and embroidery projects.  She was a magnificent and creative cook. 

Ruth will be remembered for her kindness, her beauty, and the grace with which she handled every aspect of life.  She was above all “a good person”.

The family extends a heartfelt thankyou to the staff at Rose Haven Nursing Home and Essence of Life Hospice for the kind and compassionate care that was provided to Mom and Oma during her time in their care.

 

 

 

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