Robert W. Little, age 88, formerly of Brooklyn, died Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at the Monroe County Hospital in Albia, Iowa. Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Saturday, November 22, 2014, Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn, with Rev. John Dodds officiating.  Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Friday, November 21, 2014 at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. Memorials may be contributed to the BGM Scholarship Fund.

He is survived by his children, Becky Hammer (Richard) of Newton, Brenda Jermier (Dave) of Dallas Center, and Keith Little of Albia; eight grandchildren, Troy Hammer, Travis Hammer and Erin Yeager , all of Newton, Chris Jermier (Cali) of Grimes, Matt Jermier (Katie) of Waukee and Julie Watson (Chris) of Littleton, CO, D.J. Davis of Pontotoc, MS, and Lance Little (CeeCee) of Pontotoc, MS; 14 great-grandchildren, Elijah, Hannah, Noah, Josi, Greg, Jacob, Bryce, Ellie, Macey, Tyson, Kale, Maden, Jalen and Quentin; a sister Ada Buckmaster of Kansas City, MO, and sisters-in-law, Marjorie Little of Montezuma, Norma Allen of Newton, and Anna Grace Dayton of Brooklyn; and many nieces and nephews.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Miriam, a grandson Trevor Hammer, three brothers, Floyd, Gerald, and DeWayne Little and extended family members including Larry Dayton, Earl Allen, and John Buckmaster.

Robert William Little was born May 16, 1926 in rural Delta, Iowa, the son of John Russell and Helen Marie Bates Little.  He graduated from Tri County High School, Thornburg, Iowa, and married Miriam L. Dayton on February 14, 1950 at Grace United Methodist Church in Brooklyn. Robert farmed in the Malcom and Deep River areas until 1961. He then was employed as custodian at the Monroe and BGM schools. Later he worked with his son Keith in the painting business. In his later years, Robert worked at the Brooklyn Flag Store.

He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Ruritans and Kiwanis, and card clubs.  He enjoyed attending the sporting events of his children and grandchildren. Robert was very devoted to his family and community. 




Maynard Saylor, age 84, of Brooklyn, Iowa, died Sunday, November 16, 2014 at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center, Grinnell, Iowa. Funeral Service: 2:00 P.M. Thursday, November 20, 2014, Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn, with Rev. John Dodds officiating.  Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery with military honors. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Wednesday, November 19, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.

He is survived by his daughter Patti Nelson and husband Roger of Montezuma; grandchildren, Tammy Nelson of Tiffin, Eric Nelson of Brooklyn, and Sheri Sharer (Bart) of Montezuma; and three great grandchildren, Kane, Jadyn and Clark; and several nieces and nephews. He dearly loved each and every member of his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Marcella in 2008, and two brothers, Pat Saylor and Bob Saylor.

Harold Maynard Saylor was born June 4, 1930, in Brooklyn, Iowa, the son of Harold “Bud” and Ferne Mowrey Saylor.  He attended the Brooklyn schools and later received his GED from Kirkwood Community College in 1972. Harold enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during the Korean Conflict. He married Marcella Ann Christian on February 10, 1951 in Brooklyn. Following his military service, Maynard returned to Brooklyn, was employed by the City of Brooklyn as the Public Works Director for 35 years, and then Northway Well and Pump for a year before retiring.

Maynard enjoyed fishing in earlier years. He was an avid Hawkeye fan, and enjoyed the occasional trip to the casinos. He was a member of the Brooklyn American Legion Post #294.






Richard E. “Dick” Boots, age 74 of Marengo, Iowa, died Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center in Grinnell, Iowa. Private Family Services will be held at a later date. His cremains will be buried next to his wife in Springfield, MO. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with final arrangements.

He is survived by a granddaughter, Sandy Lorenz (Kelly) of Marengo; a grandson Jim Starkweather (Val) of Marengo; several great-grandchildren; a brother Ken Boots of Cedar Rapids; and two sisters, Darlene Crew of Oxford, and Joan Wassmer of Cedar Rapids.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife Mary, a daughter Marsha Armstrong, and a grandson Jack Starkweather.

Richard Eugene Boots was born June 6, 1940 in Anamosa, Iowa, the son of Wilbur E. Boots and Vada Coleman Boots. He graduated from Viola High School in 1959 and married Mary Eloise Tabor on June 16, 1967 in Lancaster, Missouri.  Richard was employed as a truck driver for many years, and operated a lawncare business in Missouri for several more years. He returned to Iowa in the late 1990’s.

Richard enjoyed watching old western movies, and writing poetry.  He had a soft spot for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and also enjoyed the companionship of Mitzie his dog for many years.







Debra Kay Hudepohl, age 54 of Marengo, Iowa, died Tuesday, November 4, 2014, following an extended illness. Memorial Service: 10:00 A.M. Monday, November 10, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church, Marengo, with Pastor Anni Mingin officiating. There will be no visitation. A memorial fund has been established. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Debra is survived by her husband Keith, and two brothers, Steve and wife Barb of Cedar Rapids, and Randy and wife Kay of Minneapolis, MN.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

Debra Kay Christoffersen was born June 4, 1960 in Marshalltown, Iowa, the daughter of Alan “Chris” and Glenna Mayer Christoffersen.  She graduated from Iowa Valley High School with the Class of 1978, and went on to receive her Associate Degree from Kirkwood College in Cedar Rapids. Debra married Keith Hudepohl on May 3, 1980 at First Presbyterian Church in Marengo. She worked as the church secretary at First Presbyterian for a number of years. Presently she and Keith operate a home business selling toys and items on eBay.

Debra was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Marengo.





Glen August Stauffer, age 84 of Brooklyn, Iowa, died Monday, November 3, 2014 at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center, Grinnell, Iowa. Funeral Services: 2:00 P.M. Friday, November 7, 2014, First Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, with Rev. John Reynolds, Jr. officiating.  Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery. There will be no visitation.  A memorial fund has been established.  Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn is in charge of arrangements.

Glen is survived by his wife of 61 years, Donna Stauffer; a son Lynn Stauffer of Brooklyn; two daughters, Laurie (Tom) Grier of Guernsey, and Lisa Steffensmeier of Brooklyn; twelve grandchildren, Jim Steffensmeier of Paola, KS, Mindy Rhoads (Clint) of Brooklyn, Ryan Ellis of West Haven, Utah, Jennifer Austin (Mark) of Bondurant, Heather Duttlinger (Luke) of Williamsburg, Brandon Steffensmeier of Lake Havasu City, AZ,  Amanda Kasten (Matt) of Clear Lake, Josh Steffensmeier (Heather) of Grinnell, Kristen Kriegel (Caleb) of Des Moines, Stacia Brown (Paul) of Brooklyn, Jared Steffensmeier of Holiday Lake, and Greg Stauffer of Brooklyn; ten great-grandchildren, Beckett Rhoads, Caleb Rhoads, Colette Rhoads, Ayden Austin, Jake Steffensmeier, Aiden Steffensmeier, Aston Brown, Ella Duttlinger, Lena Duttlinger, and soon to arrive, Baby Steffensmeier. Also surviving is a brother, Leonard Stauffer (Rita) of Iowa Falls.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Linda, a sister Gladys Shutts, another sister in infancy, and a son-in-law Calvin Steffensmeier.

Glen August Stauffer was born September 9, 1930 in rural Keota, Iowa, the son of Samuel and Anna Pokrantz Stauffer. Glen and Donna Groves were united in marriage on October 25, 1953 at the First Baptist Church in Tama, Iowa. Glen worked for Nesselroad Chevrolet in Brooklyn,  as service manager, retiring after 42 years. He served on the Brooklyn City Council for many years. Glen also drove for the East Poweshiek Ambulance Service, and was a member of the Knights of Pythias Lodge, and the First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn.  In his free time he enjoyed watching hobby stock cars, camping, fishing and gardening. Glen loved John Deere tractors, Chevrolet, and family get-togethers.




Marie Recka Roudabush, age 93, died Sunday, November 2, 2014 at Trinity Hospital in Bettendorf, Iowa. Funeral Services: 11:00 A.M. Thursday, November 6, 2014, Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn, Iowa with Pastor Bonnie Koeppen officiating. Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery. Visitation: 9:30 – 11:00 A.M. Thursday, at Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn. Memorials may be contributed to the Grace United Methodist Women or the BGM Scholarship Fund. Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn is in charge of arrangements.

Marie Recka Spading was born in Madison Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa on February 20, 1921. She was the 7th of 8 children born to Mary (Jepp) and Albert Spading. She received her early education in rural schools and graduated from Brooklyn High School in 1938. Marie taught in the rural schools for several years. She married Robert (Bob) Roudabush in 1942 in Santa Barbara, California where Bob was working for Lockheed Aircraft. The couple returned to Brooklyn in 1946 where they raised three children: Bob, Marilyn and Richard. Marie and Bob celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1992.

While raising her family, Marie continued to teach in the Brooklyn and BGM Schools. She also pursued her college education and graduated from Drake University in 1962. Her teaching career lasted over five decades including substituting after retiring in 1986.

Marie was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved being with her family as well as friends, neighbors and fellow teachers. Marie enjoyed playing cards, sewing, casino visits, water and oil painting and traveling. She often talked about Bob; her two trips to Europe, and her 2007 cruise to the Panama Canal with her daughter.

Marie belonged to the Methodist Church for over 70 years. She served as the Historian and Co-chairman of the United Methodist Women and was active in Martha’s Circle.  She was also a 50 year member of Eastern Star, becoming a Worthy Matron in 1968. She served on the BGM Scholarship Board and was treasurer of the Brooklyn Activity Center for many years. She was also involved in the Brooklyn Senior Housing and Columbia Club.

Survivors include three children: Bob (Pam) Roudabush of Latrobe, PA; Marilyn (Burt) Gearhart of LeClaire, IA; Richard (Jody) Roudabush of Winton, CA. grandchildren: Randi (Dan) Gibson of Darlington, PA; Rob Roudabush of Greensburg, PA; Chris (Kurt) Cournoyer of LeClaire, IA, Gabrielle (Kevin) Roosevelt of Aliso Viejo, CA; Maegan Roudabush of San Diego, CA; Molly Roudabush of San Diego, CA; Justin (Katie) Roudabush of Corvallis, OR; 11 great-grandchildren: Danielle, Rachel and Sammy Gibson, Bennett, Sydney, Tanner and Chase Cournoyer, Charlotte and Alex Roosevelt, and Duncan and Carly Roudabush; a sister Gladys Paynter of Brooklyn, IA, and 19 nieces and nephews.

Marie was preceded in death by husband Bob (1993), her parents, three sisters: Edith Spading, Mrytle Ormiston, and Kathryn Metz; three brothers: Ross, Harvey and Marvin; a sister-in-law Ruth Roudabush, and daughter-in-law Joan Roudabush.




Gary Lee Miller, age 76, formerly of Marengo, passed away, Sunday, November 2, 2014 in Davenport, Iowa. Visitation: 3 to 7 P.M. Wednesday, November 5, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, in Marengo. Private funeral services and burial will be on Thursday, November 6, 2014.

Gary was born March 12, 1938 in Keystone, Iowa, the son of Waldo and Irene Selk Miller.  He spent his childhood in Benton and Iowa counties, and graduated from Marengo High School with the Class of 1956. Following graduation, Gary enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served on the USS Cape Esperance as a radio operator. This ship transported new combat-ready aircraft as well as personnel to strategic locations in the Pacific, including the Philippines, Ulithi, Guam, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and the larger islands of Japan.  After his honorable discharge, Gary returned to Marengo. Gary and Mary D. Vogt were united in marriage in 1961. He worked for many years at Link Belt Speeder in Cedar Rapids and later for Picwick Manufacturing, also in Cedar Rapids, where he made many lifelong friendships.

Gary enjoyed turkey and deer hunting, fishing and gardening.  He was an avid rolle bolle player, and enjoyed team bolle, and the tournaments in Koszta and other locations. 

Survivors include Mary D. Miller, their children, Susan Miller of Westminster, CO, and Teresa Miller Kaszinski and husband Dave of Davenport; a sister Dianne Miller Patterson of Marengo; brothers-in-law Martin Tompkins, of Cedar Rapids, and John Vogt and wife Carol Ann of Marengo; nephews, Rick Miller, Jon Miller, Tim Patterson, Doug Tompkins, Kevin Vogt; and nieces Sherri Miller, Tammy Rinderknecht, Deb Tompkins, Kathy Brecht and Connie Gougler.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Warren “Tex” Miller, a sister Judy Miller Tompkins, a sister-in-law, Joan Stumpff Miller and nephews, Michael Tompkins and Christopher Vogt.

Memorials may be contributed to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo, Iowa Valley School District Foundation, Safe Haven of Iowa County, the Alzheimer’s Association, or a charity of the donor’s choice. 




Duane W. Stohlmann, age 69, of Williamsburg, died suddenly on Saturday, November 1, 2014. Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Friday, November 7, 2014, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Williamsburg, with Rev. Gary Sears officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Thursday, November 6, 2014, at St. Paul Lutheran Fellowship Hall, Williamsburg. Memorials may be contributed to St. Paul Lutheran Church. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Duane is survived by his wife Jane; two sons, Douglas and wife Mary of San Antonio, TX, and Joel and wife Jessica of Marengo; six grandchildren, Christopher, Michael, Matthew and Jessica, and Elizabeth and Evan; and a sister Marna Durr and husband Steve of Williamsburg. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a son Paul in infancy.

Duane Waldo Stohlmann was born February 11, 1945 in Williamsburg, Iowa, the son of Waldo and Alma Schmidt Stohlmann. His early education was received at the Hilton School in Conroy, and he graduated from Williamsburg High School with the Class of 1963. Duane served with the Iowa National Guard for a time. He and Jane Clark were united in marriage on May 7, 1967 in Casey, Iowa. The couple farmed in the Williamsburg area for many years. Duane also worked with the Iowa Department of Transportation and the Iowa County Road Department.  He was a very active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church during his lifetime. Being concerned with the Iowa prairieland, Duane was a member of the Integrated Roadside Vegetative Management organization.




Diane Leona Goodlow, age 54 of Brooklyn, died suddenly on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Saturday, October 25, 2014, First Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, with Rev. John Reynolds, Jr. officiating.  Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery, Brooklyn, Iowa. Visitation: 4 to 8 P.M. Friday, October 24, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. Memorials may be contributed to the BGM Citizens Scholarship Fund, or the First Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn.

Diane is survived by her mother, Marilyn Goodlow of Brooklyn; her siblings, Krista Humphrey of Brooklyn, Steven Goodlow (Leslie) of Albia, and Mari Lenius (Bill) of Atlanta, GA; special friends, Linda “Herky” Maschmann of Brooklyn and Karin “Cy” Winwood of Williamsburg; nieces and nephews, Joshua (Heather) Humphrey of Millersburg, Megan (Andy) Vajgrt of Williamsburg, Elza and Edison Goodlow of Albia, and Erin Diane, Emily and Reagan Lenius of Atlanta, GA; and  great-niece and nephews, Rebecca, Mason, and Baby Vajgrt on the way, of Williamsburg.

Diane was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Vesta and Leona Johnston, paternal grandparents, Elza and Alice Goodlow, and a brother-in-law Larry Humphrey.

Diane Leona Goodlow was born July 7, 1960 in Grinnell, Iowa.  She graduated from BGM High School with the Class of 1978, and worked as station manager of the Star Inn. She received her accounting degree in 1990 from the University of Iowa. Diane was employed with Marengo Publishing Corporation since February of 1991. She was currently the general manager of Marengo Publishing and Poweshiek Publications.

Diane was a very loyal and avid Hawkeye fan. She was president of the 5:01 Club. She also enjoyed the Chicago Cubs.  Most of all Diane cherished and loved her family and friends, and spending time with them. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, the I-Club, and the University of Iowa Alumni Association.



Ina Gail Hadenfeldt, age 94 of Marengo, died Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at her home.  Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Friday, October 24, 2014, First United Methodist Church, Marengo, with Rev. Matt German officiating. Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 6 P.M. Thursday, October 23, 2014, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.

Gail is survived by two sons, Jerry (Shirley) of Clive, and John of East Prairie, MO; two daughters, Janet Gardner (Dale) of Marion, and Judy Button (Denny) of Waverly; eleven grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband LeRoy in 1975, and two brothers, J. and Dean Stockton.

Ina Gail Stockton was born November 8, 1919 in Leroy, Iowa, the daughter of Harold and Mae Bahr Stockton.  She received her education in the country schools, and graduated from Marengo High School. After completing her education, Gail was a teacher in the country schools for several years. She married LeRoy Hadenfeldt on March 9, 1940. Besides being a wife, mother, and homemaker, she was bookkeeper for the Standard Oil Bulk Tank Service that LeRoy operated.  

Gail was a member of First United Methodist Church in Marengo, the Marengo Legion Auxiliary and the Order of the Eastern Star. She served her community, working at the voting stations during election times. She also was a chaperone for women prisoners during transfers from one facility to another.

Gail also enjoyed her free time. She and LeRoy loved to go dancing. She was an avid Hawkeye fan, attending many games with her friends. She looked forward to “Bunco” nights, and especially spending time with the family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.




Frieda S. Kofron, age 95 of Amana, formerly of Homestead, died Monday, October 20, 2014 at Colonial Manor of Amana, following a brief illness.  A Graveside Service will be held at 3:00 P.M. Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at the Homestead Cemetery, Homestead, Iowa.  Harold Pitz, Elder of the Amana Church will officiate. There will be no visitation.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be contributed to Essence of Life Hospice, Amana.  Condolences may be sent to her sister Jane Dietrich, in care of Colonial Manor of Amana.

Frieda is survived by her sister Jane Dietrich of Amana, nieces and nephews, Sonia Harms of Dallas, TX, Carolyn Chambers of Phoenix, AZ, Angela Renaud of Phoenix, AZ, and Wayne Dietrich of Forsyth, MO.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband Richard Kofron in 1994.

Frieda S. Dietrich was born June 19, 1919 in Homestead, Iowa, the daughter of John Dietrich Jr. and Caroline Fels Dietrich.  She graduated from Amana High School in 1937 and married Richard L. Kofron on November 14, 1941 in Lancaster, Missouri.  The couple lived in Aurora, IL for a time. They returned to Iowa and built a home in Homestead. Frieda worked at the I-80 Amana Store for a number of years. She will be remembered for her positive outlook, friendly smile, and numerous acts of kindness. 

The family would like to thank Essence of Life Hospice, and the staff of Colonial Manor for the compassion and care they gave Frieda. Also a heartfelt thank you to Frieda’s special friend, Linda Ackerman.




Linda Freida Graesser Selzer, age 98, formerly of Homestead, passed away peacefully, to live with her Lord, on Friday, October 17, 2014, at Colonial Manor of Amana.  Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, October 21, 2014, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo with Rev. Andrew Gray officiating.  Inurnment will be in the Homestead Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Monday, October 20, 2014, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.

Linda is survived by her two children, Lial (Helen) Selzer of Homestead, and Marian Carew (Dan) of Dallas, TX; four grandchildren, Scott Selzer of Homestead, Neil Selzer (Rebecca) of Verona, WI, Alisa Hartman (Doug) of Gold Canyon, AZ, and Stephanie Vasso (Neal) of Tyler, TX; and 8 great-grandchildren, Gabriel and Aidan Selzer, Brooke and Zack Hartman, and Jake, Zeph, Garrett, and Nick Vasso.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband George on Feb. 14, 1995, and her siblings, Helene Wolf, Fred Graesser, Richard Graesser, and Lily Jones.

Linda was born May 1, 1916 in West Amana, Iowa, the daughter of William and Lina Griess Graesser.  She grew up during the era of the Amana Colonies communal system. Her home was a community kitchen where her mother was the “kuchen boss.”  Linda attended the Amana schools and helped her mother in the kitchen slicing and dicing, cooking and serving many meals a day.  This was where her passions for cooking and intricate baking were born.  Following her education in Amana, she attended Paris Beauty Academy in Cedar Rapids and became a beautician during the popularity of the marcel wave.  She returned to the Colonies and set up a beauty shop in the Colony Inn.  Linda and George Selzer were united in marriage at the Little Brown Church in the Vale, Nashua, Iowa on July 17, 1935.  The couple settled in Homestead where they raised their family.  For many years, she worked at the Homestead General Store, buying dry goods and gifts to sell to the surrounding area residents and to tourists.  Shoppers would often request her to hand dip their ice cream cones, as her portions were most generous at 5 cents per dip. 

For the past 40 plus years, she and George had a second home in Phoenix, AZ, where they spent their winters, returning to Iowa for the summers.

Prior to her illness, Linda lived a full, healthy life.  She was active in various organizations and clubs, both in Arizona and Iowa. Being a devout Christian, in recent years her activities centered around her church families, St. John’s in Marengo and St. Mark’s in Phoenix.  Her passion throughout her life was art, as was illustrated in her oil paintings, china painting, sewing, quilting, knitting, gardening and food presentation.  Everything she did was done with an artistic flair.  She was known for her cakes and won several awards and ribbons with her famous marble and walnut cakes. At the age of 80 she wrote a cookbook “Oma’s Family Secrets,” all handwritten in calligraphy, which is sold in various Amana shops.

Linda took great pride in her family and will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.  She delighted in the gathering of family and friends, loved people, and was the ultimate hostess, cooking and entertaining throughout her life. 

At age 93, her health started to decline and she moved to Colonial Manor in Middle Amana where she remained until her passing.

The family expresses sincere appreciation to the caregivers and staff at Colonial Manor that cared for her with love and affection.




Dean Rodgers, age 85, of Marengo, Iowa, died Sunday, September 21, 2014 at his home. Memorial Service: 11:00 A.M. Monday, September 29, 2014, First United Methodist Church, Marengo, with Rev. Matt German officiating. Military Honors will follow the service at the church. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 P.M.  Sunday, September 28, 2014 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. Private Family Inurnment services will be at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery, Adel, Iowa.  A  memorial fund has been established.

Dean is survived by his wife Marilyn; a daughter Lynn Rodgers of Columbia, MO; a son Robert of New Jersey; a brother Sam of Ottumwa; and four sisters, Lorene Meek of Tama, Louise Danner and Florence Ruff, both of Marshalltown, and Arlene Strennan of Des Moines; as well as many nieces and nephews.  Also mourning his passing are special friends: Lynn Stauffer and Greg Stauffer of Brooklyn; Mark, Jennifer, and Ayden Austin of Bondurant; and Caleb Kriegel and Kristen Stauffer of Des Moines.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, James “Mac” and C. Douglas; two sisters, Betty Catherman and Lucile Fiser; nephews, Harold Meek, Paul Joseph Strennan, Jody Danner, Dennis Fiser, and Jon Rodgers; nieces, Linda Kay Rodgers and Darlene Dufek; and several brothers and sisters in law.

Dean Rodgers was born July 9, 1929 to Sam and Bertie Myatt Rodgers in rural Poweshiek County, Iowa. He was the youngest son in a family of ten children.  As tenant farmers, the family moved often and Dean attended the rural schools of both Poweshiek and Iowa Counties.  He entered Marengo High School. When his parents moved to a farm near Millersburg, Dean returned to Marengo, boarding with Milton and Vivian Brown to complete his education and graduate from Marengo High School in 1947.

Following graduation, Dean worked for Pioneer Seed at Marengo and Thorp Well Drilling before taking employment at Amana Refrigeration.  He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1951 and took his basic training in Georgia and then went to New Jersey for Signal Corp Training, graduating from there in September 1952. Dean then went to Korea where he served until June 1953. He returned to Marengo in July 1953, and resumed his employment with Amana Refrigeration, as a Compressor Analysis Technician and then a toolmaker. Dean retired in 1991.

In December 1953, Dean married Joan Morrell in New Jersey and the couple settled in Marengo where a son Robert was born. The couple later divorced.  Dean was united in marriage to Marilyn Harryman in July 1961 at Milton, Iowa. To this union, a daughter Lynn was born. The family resided in Marengo.

Dean was a 60-year member of the Marengo American Legion Post 76.  He enjoyed woodworking, and built many pieces of furniture. He loved working in his yard and garden.  He read extensively (particularly history and science) and delved deeply in to the histories of World War II and Korea, as well as the Civil War.




Kevin D. Smith, age 55 of Brooklyn, Iowa, died Tuesday, September 16, 2014 in Mount Vernon, Washington. There will be visitation from 4 to 7 P.M. Thursday, September 25, 2014, at Kloster Funeral Home, in Brooklyn. Private graveside services and inurnment will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery, Brooklyn, Iowa. . In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.

Kevin Dale Smith was born September 5, 1959 in Grinnell, Iowa, the son of Dale P. Smith and Madonna J. Roberts Smith. He graduated from BGM High School with the Class of 1978 and was employed as a truck driver with Berch Cabinets. 

He loved farming. Most of his free time was spent having a GREAT time with his family, grandchildren, and countless friends. Camping was also a favorite hobby.

Kevin is survived by his sons, Craig and Luke, his daughter Krystal, and two grandchildren, Boston and Quincie, all of Brooklyn.  His mother Madonna Smith of Brooklyn, and his sister Diane VanErsvelde of North Liberty also survive. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Dale, a sister Kathleen Smith, maternal grandparents, Doc and Melissa Roberts, and paternal grandparents, Phillip and Mildred Smith.




Doris H. Knutson, age 77 of Marengo, Iowa, died Friday, September 19, 2014 at Rose Haven Nursing Home. Memorial Services: 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, September 23, 2014, First United Methodist Church, Marengo with Rev. Matt German officiating.  The family will receive friends on Tuesday after 9:00 A.M. until service time, at the church. Inurnment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

She is survived by her sons, Kevin Knutson (Jill Jaunty) of Chattanooga, TN, and Keith Knutson (Angela) of Reidsville, NC; two grandchildren, Kristina Nice (Nick) of Omaha, NE, and Nicholas Knutson of Reidsville; a brother John Moore (Victoria) of Marengo; a niece Tiffany Dale; and a nephew Patrick Dale.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister, Susanna Moore.

Doris Harriet Mardel Moore was born September 1, 1937 in Depew, Iowa, , the daughter of Henry Lewis and Charlotte Hohensee Moore.  She attended the independence #9 School in Depew until 1955. She attended Augustana Academy in Canton, SD, and then Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD.  Doris worked at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for many years in the Medical Records Department.  She retired from there in 1994. Following retirement, she  worked with REA in Conroy for a short time.

Doris was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Marengo, and enjoyed her work with the Henry Moore Barn Museum in South Amana.

Doris was loved by her family and friends and will be missed by all who knew her.




Lucille E. Brown, age 80 of Ladora, Iowa, died Friday, September 12, 2014 at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa. Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, September 16, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with George Grothman officiating.  Burial will be in Ohio Cemetery, Ladora, Iowa. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Monday, September 15, 2014 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.

Lucille is survived by her husband Duane; two sons, Steven and Duane, Jr. both of Ladora; and a daughter Brenda Lee Peters and husband Dean of Bowling Green, VA. Also surviving are her brother Robert Sebetka (Joann) of Ely, and a sister Marie Vanous of Independence, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, and a daughter Maureen Brown on September 9, 2012.

Lucille Evelyn was born August 26, 1934 in rural Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the daughter of George Sebetka and Mary Marousek Sebetka. She graduated from Alburnett High School in 1952 and married Duane Grant Brown on December 15, 1955 in Cedar Rapids.  Besides being a wife and mother, Lucille assisted her family on the farm.  She enjoyed fishing, gardening and canning, and taking care of the chickens.  She was especially fond of her cats. 



Evelyn C. Griffin, age 87 of Marion, formerly of Williamsburg, died Friday, September 12, 2014 at The Villages Assisted Living in Marion. Private Graveside Services will be held Monday, September 15, 2014, with Rev. Sonda Kirsteatter officiating.  The family will receive friends from 2 to 6 P.M. Sunday, September 14, 2014 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. Memorials may be contributed to Olivet Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids.

Evelyn is survived by her son, Larry and wife Debbie of Cedar Rapids, and a grandson that she adored, Scott of Iowa City. Also surviving are her siblings, Murray Evans and wife Lynn of Williamsburg, Carl Evans of Solon, Ruth Baker of Iowa City, and Gladys Beasley of Marengo, a sister-in-law Bonnie Evans of Rock Island, a brother-in-law, Larry Raasch and wife Linda of Moline. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Gene in 2009, a sister, Lucille Raasch and a brother Ed Evans.

Evelyn Clara Evans was born July 19, 1927 in Williamsburg, Iowa, the daughter of Howard and Clara Goss Evans.  She attended the Iowa county schools and married Gene Franklin Griffin on November 1, 1952 in Fairfield, Iowa.  Evelyn worked at several businesses in the Williamsburg area, lastly at Amana Refrigeration for over 20 years.  Following her retirement, Evelyn and Gene enjoyed winters in Florida. In later years, Evelyn enjoyed watching the Cubs (who she always thought the umpires were against), playing cards and going to the casino.

She was a member of Olivet Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids.

The family would like to thank Dr. Cindy Hanawalt for her compassionate care, and Diana and the staff at the Villages Assisted Living Facility for making Mom’s final years so comfortable and enjoyable.





Agnes E. Stone, age 91 of Brooklyn, Iowa, died Saturday evening, September 6, 2014 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Funeral Mass: 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 12, 2014, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn, with Fr. Brian Shepley officiating.  Burial: Calvary Cemetery, Brooklyn. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, September 11, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn where a Parish Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. A memorial fund has been established.

Agnes Elizabeth Sherbon Stone, daughter of James Clinton and Margaret Elizabeth Wintringer Sherbon, was born June 18, 1923, near Walker, Iowa.  She graduated from the Walker Public School in 1941.

Her interest in news writing began with the high school paper, continued to the hometown paper and during WWII to a hometown newsletter to area servicemen and women, and features in the Cedar Rapids Gazette.  Her newswriting interest took her to the Marion Sentinel.  There she met Donald Stone.  They were married August 9, 1947, and in 1954 they moved to Brooklyn, IA, where they were both employed by the Brooklyn Chronicle and the Brooklyn Paper.  Her columns, “embers” and “a stone’s throw," were of local interest.  In addition, she served on the committees to research and write the history of Brooklyn and the history of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
She was a member of St. Patrick’s Church, its Altar and Rosary Society, the Patrician Club, the B.B.B., and a neighborhood group.  She served on the Brooklyn Library Board for several years and served on the board for the Brooklyn Community Fund Drive.   She enjoyed doing for others, as well as tending to her flowers, both indoors and out.

Agnes is survived by her children, Jamie (Ron) Ginkens of Chariton, IA; Donn (Jane) of Boone, IA; Susan (Glenn) Knox of Oskaloosa, IA; Diane (Alan) Marshall of Center Point, IA; Kristine (Craig) Robinson of Gilman, IA; Pat Howard of Urbandale, IA; Traci Carney of Huxley, IA; and Anthony (Barbara) of Lansing, MI; 25 grandchildren: Genni Ginkens Heffron, Carrie Knox VanMersbergen, Jason Marshall, Aaron Ginkens, Rachel Knox Buchanan, Leslie Marshall Althoff, Robert Knox, Ryann Ginkens,  Amanda Stone Swart, Tiffany Squiers Proctor, Amy Marshall, Melissa Stone Stewart, Casie Squiers Smith, Michelle Stone Borrison, Mallory Marshall,  Matthew Stone, Austin Howard, Walker Howard, Jack Carney, Parker Howard, Michael Marshall, Anthony Stone, Maggi Carney, Lesli Carney, and Gabriella Stone; 21 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1993, her infant son Timothy, her parents, four brothers, four sisters, and 13 step-brothers and sisters.




Marie E. Staman, aged 90, of Amana, Iowa, died Monday, September 1, 2014 at Colonial Manor in Amana. She died following a short illness from a recent fall suffered in her home. Visitation with the family present will be 4:30 to 7:30 P.M. Friday, September 12, 2014 at Kloster Funeral Home in Marengo, IA. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 P.M. Saturday, September 13, 2014 at First Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with the family receiving friends after 1:00 P.M. until service time. Private burial services will be held at the Amana Cemetery. Memorials in Marie’s name can be made to First Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids designated for children’s ministry or to the Marengo Memorial Hospital Foundation designated to eldercare. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, is in charge of arrangements.

Marie Emilie was born December 9, 1923 in the village of Amana, the daughter of Peter G. and Louise Herman Zimmermann. Her birthplace was in the family home which is now the location of the Ronneburg Restaurant in Amana. Her early life was spent in the final years of the Communal time in Amana and the years immediately thereafter. She graduated from Amana High School in 1941. She attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids, as well as Central College in Pella and Iowa State Teacher’s College in Cedar Falls for summer terms. Marie served as an elementary and middle school teacher in the Amana Schools for 12 years and a substitute teacher for more than 20 years. She then took time to be at home with her family. Later in life she enjoyed working in retail sales for the Kitchen Sink in Amana and especially enjoyed the annual Amana Easter Egg coloring event.

Marie participated in a two month long study trip to Europe in 1954 visiting many countries as well as the Ronneburg Castle where her ancestors resided prior to coming to America. Marie and Gilbert revisited many of these sites with a trip to Europe in 1987 and a special visit with longtime friends the Pfeiffer family of Wiesbaden, Germany. She enjoyed family trips to Door County, Wisconsin for more than 30 years and looked so forward to the annual harvest of fresh cherries. She also enjoyed 20 years in retirement of wintertime getaways to Ft. Myers, Florida.

Marie was active in many parts of the Amana community serving as a founding leader of the Girls Scouts and Campfire programs. She also was active as a leader in Y-Teens and Cub Scouts. Marie was an almost 60 year member of First Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where she served on several committees and was active in the Presbyterian Mariners and Presbyterian Women’s Chapel Society. She was a founding member of the Amana Heritage Society, working many hours to help curate portions of the original opening of the Museum of Amana History. She was also a member of the Amana Artist Guild, PEO Chapter GM, and served 25 years on the Colonial Manor Care Review patient advocate committee. Her hobbies included reading, cooking, making Amana quilts, gardening, and feeding the birds.

Marie is survived by her husband Gilbert, whom she married at First Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on March 18, 1956, her son Paul and daughter-in-law Margaret of High Amana, and her granddaughter Rachel Staman of Baltimore, Maryland and her fiancé, Alan Mejibovsky. Oma was so proud of her granddaughter Rachel who also entered the teaching profession. Also surviving are her special cousin and husband, Elsie and Bill Oehler of Amana and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Peter G. and Louise Herman Zimmermann and her sister and brother. Marie will be deeply missed by her family.

A special thank you to Pastor Herb Isenberg, Pastor Heather Hayes, and Deb Sedlacek, Faith Community Nurse of First Presbyterian Church, for their care of Marie and her family. Also the family wishes to express their deep gratitude to all staff and medical providers at the Marengo Memorial Hospital, Lakeview Village, Colonial Manor, and Essence of Life Hospice for their care of Marie over these past weeks.





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