Brett Alan Folkedahl, age 50, of Merrill, Wisconsin, formerly of Blairstown, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota after the utmost courageous battle with esophageal cancer. His final days were spent surrounded by friends and family at his side. Memorial Service:  10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 3, 2015, at the First Presbyterian Church, Marengo, Iowa, with Pastor Anni Mingin officiating.  Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Blairstown, Iowa.  The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, September 2, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, Iowa.  A memorial fund has been established. In addition, a Celebration of Brett's Life will be held Sunday, September 11, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at Rib Mountain State Park in Wausau, Wisconsin.

Left to honor Brett and remember his love are his father Nanford "Buck" Folkedahl; a second mother, Karen Dehning; a brother Bradley (Tracy) Folkedahl; a sister Nicole (Ron) Homire; three nephews Gage Kensler; Joshua Kensler and Hunter Homire; a niece Brittany Folkedahl; and his best friend and partner in life, Kelly Nolan. He was preceded in death by his mother Judith Selk Folkedahl.

Brett was born November 10, 1965, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Nanford and Judith Selk Folkedahl. He graduated from Iowa Valley High School in 1984, and was employed at Amana Refrigeration for 10 years. Brett then managed and operated a horse sale barn, the Western Exchange, in Belle Plaine, and was currently employed as a sales manager of implement equipment for Vanderloop Equipment in Marathon, Wisconsin.  Brett has been an avid horseman and outdoorsman since his childhood. He greatly enjoyed trail rides, riding in the mountains of Wyoming and Montana as well as in the Dakotas, horse auctions, and camping with his horse, dog, and friends. Having such a contagious personality, he was right at home wherever good friends or strangers gathered. He will always be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, honesty, integrity, gentle compassion, strong faith in God, and his caring soul.

 

 

 

Conrad Lee “Connie” Hahn, age 91 of Marengo, died Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids, IA.  Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Monday, August 29, 2016 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo with Rev. Andrew Gray officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Sunday, August 28, 2016 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Connie is survived by his wife, Ruth; two sons, Ned of Anchorage, Alaska, and Marty (Tara) of New Prague, MN; a daughter Joni (Leon) Heitman of Cedar Rapids, seven grandchildren Annette Fugitt, Danielle Bowman, Christine Homan, Bridger Hahn, Karly Hahn, Kent Heitman, and Abby Heitman; and nine great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister Beverly Roggentien of Marengo. He was preceded in death by his parents, and an infant brother.

Conrad Lee Hahn was born February 1, 1925 in North English, IA, the son of Clarence Hahn and Jessie Cheney Hahn. He attended the North English schools and graduated from Marengo High School in 1942.  Connie and Ruth Schumacher were married October 7, 1950 at Ruth’s parents’ home. He was employed at Swift and Company for a time, and then became a meter reader for Iowa Electric Light and Power for 37 years. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, the Marengo Fish and Game Club, and the Isaac Walton League.  He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan, and enjoyed bowling and fishing. Most of all he cherished his time spent with his family.

 

 

 

 

William D. Bills, age 52 of Cedar Rapids, died suddenly Sunday, August 21, 2016, from a heart attack at his family cabin at Delhi. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, August 25, 2016, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids, with Rev. David Renfro officiating.  Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, rural Atkins.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 P.M. Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids and 1 hour prior to the services on Thursday. Memorials may be contributed to Trinity Lutheran Church, Trinity Lutheran School, or the American Heart Association.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Bill is survived by his wife Debbie, a daughter Megan and a son David, all of Cedar Rapids; his father William Frank Bills (Nancy) of Cedar Rapids; a brother Mike (Sandy) of Cedar Rapids, and a sister Pam Kaufman (Gary) of Hiawatha. He was preceded in death by his mother Mary Jo Bills, an uncle Earl Bills and his father-in-law, William Ficken.

William David Bills was born June 12, 1964 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of William Frank Bills and Mary Jo Becker Bills.  He graduated from Washington High School, Cedar Rapids, with the Class of 1983 and married Debbie Ficken on July 2, 1988 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids.  The couple made their home in Cedar Rapids.

In 1972, William’s father, uncle and grandfather started a family business, Bills’ Brothers Furniture. William went to work with them shortly after his graduation and was an integral part of the business through the years.  He enjoyed NASCAR events, and was avid follower of the Rough Riders Hockey and the Cedar Rapids Kernels Baseball teams.  He loved fishing, golfing, boating, and the Lutheran Mixed Bowling League with Debbie. He especially cherished the times spent with family and friends at the cabin in Delhi, often grilling tasty meals for all.

 

 

 

Through faith in his Savior Jesus, the Lord called home the soul of Wesley Dale Heller, 89, on Sunday, August 21, 2016. Wes died at his home of acute leukemia. He was born at the Heller farm near Ladora, Iowa on April 27, 1927, the son of Lloyd and Emma (Dusil) Heller and was a lifelong resident of Iowa County.  A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, August 23 at 6:30 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, the Rev. Andrew Gray officiating.  Visitation will be from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo.  According to his wishes, a graveside service and burial at sunset will occur at the Marengo Cemetery with the Rev. Dr. Wilfred Karsten officiating. A light supper will be served at the church fellowship hall, following the committal service. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to St. John’s service recording system or Lutheran Hour Ministries.  Kloster Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Wes was baptized at the Koszta Methodist Church, and for 68 years faithfully attended St. John’s Lutheran to hear God’s Word. Even when he became physically weak he read his Bible daily, secure in God’s love and trusting in the salvation won for him through Christ’s suffering and death.

At a young age, Wes began to help with the work on his parent’s farm as well as on neighboring farms.  He attended Honey Creek #11 School and graduated from Marengo High School in 1945. After graduation he worked at the Marengo Hatchery. Later he was employed by Phillips Petroleum and eventually purchased the Shell Oil jobbership. He, along with his wife, operated Heller Oil Co. on 201 East Main Street for 31 years.

On June 24, 1948, Wes married Marietta Seckel in a double wedding ceremony with her sister and brother-in-law Bonnie & Robert Pierson at St. John’s Lutheran Church, the Rev. C. Thomas Spitz officiating. Wes was an active member of St. John’s from the time he was confirmed there in 1948 by the Rev. Spitz – Bible study, Christian Couples Club, dartball and softball teams, usher, and chairman of the congregation. He was also a Cub Scout leader, long-time member of the Marengo Kiwanis Club, volunteer fireman for the Marengo Department, instrumental in forming the Iowa County Underwater Search and Rescue Scuba Team, and enjoyed bowling. He spent many hours with his son and grandson fishing and hunting deer, pheasant, and turkey. He regularly attended the activities of his children and grandchildren. Wes enjoyed family vacations, trips to the Caribbean to scuba dive with his son and daughter, and numerous trips to Maryland to visit his daughter and family. He also enjoyed family gatherings at their house on the hill and at the Heller farm.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Junior (killed at Iwo Jima), Ernest, and Elvin; his sister Mary; sister and brother-in-law Alice and Elbert Morton; sister-in-law Zelma Heller; and sister-in-law and husband Bonnie and Bob Pierson. He is survived by his wife Marietta; son Steve of Marengo; daughter Lynette (Wilfred) Karsten of Moline, IL; grandchildren Anna Karsten, Rachel (Matthew) Gerhardt, Blake Heller, and Lisa Heller; great-grandchildren Maddex and Easton; brothers George (Vava) and Frank Heller; sister-in-law Nancy Heller; many nieces and nephews.

            Marietta expresses her thanks to her family for all of their help enabling Wes to remain at home for his final days; also to Pastor Gray, Dr. Miller, Marengo Hospital staff and lab, and Essence of Life Hospice.

 

 

 

 

Laura E. Hall, age 97, of Brooklyn, died Saturday, August 20, 2016 at St. Francis Manor in Grinnell.  Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at the Madison Church of Christ, rural Brooklyn with Dennis Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery, Brooklyn.  Visitation will be from 4 to 7 P.M. Tuesday, August 23, 2016, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. A memorial fund has been established.

She is survived by her sons, Daryl and wife Diane, and Merle and wife Patty, all of Brooklyn; five grandchildren, Jason (Tammie), Jeff (Jodi), Sonny (Robin), Scott (Kristy), and Serena (Bill); two step-grandchildren, Brandon (Stacey) and Colton (Brytne); and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Edward in 1984, and siblings, Owen Wenger, Alvin Wenger and Ruth Criswell.

Laura Elizabeth Wenger was born January 31, 1919 on a farm south west of Brooklyn, to Jacob Owen Wenger and Minnie May Doty Wenger. She lived on the farm until her father passed away in 1926. Her mother then moved the family to Brooklyn.  Laura received her education in the Brooklyn school, graduating with the Class of 1937. She taught school several years at Scott #7 (which is being preserved as a museum) in rural Brooklyn.  She was united in marriage to Edward Charles Hall on August 16, 1941 in Muscatine, Iowa. To this union were born two sons, Daryl and Merle.  Laura was a member of the Madison New Idea Club the Farm Bureau, both for over 50 years. Laura’s family was her pride and joy. She was so attentive over the years to her boys and their families, enjoyed attending the grand and great grandchildren’s activities. She was loved and will be missed by her family and friends.

 

 

 

 

Wes Heller, age 89, of Marengo, died Sunday, August 21, 2016 at his home.  Funeral Services will be 6:30 P.M. Tuesday evening, August 23, 2016 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Marengo. A full obituary will follow on Tuesday. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.  

 
 

 

Michael Alan Maxwell, age 49, of Ladora, formerly of Belle Plaine, died Friday, August 12, 2016.  There will be a graveside memorial service Tuesday, August 16, 2016, at 11:00 a.m., at the Marengo Cemetery.  Family will receive friends Monday, August 15, 2016, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  A memorial fund has been established. 

Michael is survived by his two sons Tyler (Chelsea Beckley) of South Amana and Cody (Lynette) Maxwell of Wellman; three daughters Kaylee Maxwell of Cedar Rapids, Ava Maxwell of Blairstown and Kelsi Bringmann of Blairstown; three brothers Jesse (Debra) Pigman of Lincoln, NE, Donald (Christina) Maxwell of Omaha, NE and Kelly Maxwell of Marengo; two sisters Faith Schwabe of Marengo and Shelly Maxwell of Omaha, NE; a granddaughter Liberty Maxwell; and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Michael was born May 6, 1967, in Omaha, NE, the son of Donald and Lois Gleason Maxwell.  He received his education in Belle Plaine and Iowa Valley Schools and continued on to Garden City Community College, Kansas, where he studied industrial refrigeration.  He worked for Garling, Kinze, Benco, Tama Pack and was currently employed at Riverbend Industries in Victor.   Michael enjoyed building things, camping, strategy board games, playing cards, playing pool and was an avid Nebraska Husker fan.  He loved spending time with his children, nieces and nephews. 

 

 

Lynda Johnson, age 70, died Thursday, August 11, 2016, at her home.  The family will receive friends on Friday, August 19, 2016, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, Iowa.  A memorial fund has been established. 

Lynda is survived by a daughter DeeAnna Brandt; three grandchildren Sebastian Johnson, Gabriel Brandt and Dominick Brandt; siblings Jerry (Mickie) Johnson, of Texas, Jim (Susie) Johnson, Ladora, Dean Johnson, of Newton, Becky (Everett) Birch, of Marengo, Wendy (Kent) Leonard, of Sigourney, Tom (Isa) Johnson, of Texas, Tim (Elaine) Johnson, of Texas, Steve Johnson, of Marengo, David (Michelle) Schachtlie, of Marengo and Dennis (Cara) Schachtlie, of Marion, and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Johnny and a niece Jessica Johnson.

Lynda Kay Johnson was born January 6, 1946, in State Center, Iowa, the daughter of Worney and Eleanor Oehlsen Johnson Schachtlie.  She graduated from Iowa Valley High School in 1964.  She worked at the United States Postal Service in Cedar Rapids.  In 1968, she started working at the Iowa Valley Junior High School as the secretary, later becoming the secretary for the superintendent.  She also was the secretary for the school board.  She retired in 2012.  Lynda enjoyed tending to her flower garden, crocheting, sewing, knitting, playing scrabble and reading.  She loved spending time with her grandchildren and spoiling them rotten. 

 

 
 

 

Virginia Marie Hoppe, 81, died Monday, August 8, 2016, at Colonial Manor, Amana.  Celebration of Life Services: 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, with Elder Alan Trumpold officiating.  Burial will be at the Amana Cemetery.  The family will receive friends on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  Memorials may be made to Safe Haven of Iowa County.

Virginia is survived by her son, Robert (Emilie) Hoppe, of West Amana and her daughter Ginger Myers, of Amana; three grandchildren John Hoppe, Amana, Anna (Tyler) Schumacher, Iowa City and Kathryn (Jeff) Meyer, of Rowan.  Also surviving are a brother, Don Krauss and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband John Hoppe (in 1991), her son in law, Chris Myers (in 2012), her brother, Marvin, and sister, Lucille Eckman.

Virginia Marie Krauss was born Feb. 7, 1935, in Amana, the daughter of Helen M. Seifert and Dave G. Krauss.  She was a 1952 graduate of Amana High School. During high school she waited tables and worked in the kitchen at the Colony Inn.  Later she joined her father who was manager of the Amana Furniture Shop as a salesperson and bookkeeper. Virginia was united in marriage to John William Hoppe, of Middle Amana, on May 9, 1953. In 1956 Virginia, along with her husband, father Dave and brother Marvin, opened Krauss Furniture and Clock Shop in South Amana, where Virginia worked for 51 years as a co-owner, book keeper and salesperson.  She loved her work and took pride in the Krauss family tradition of high quality craftsmanship.
After visiting Safe Haven of Iowa County and noting their need for a larger, better equipped facility, Virginia suggested that her family give the former Krauss Furniture building to the nonprofit animal shelter. In 2012, Virginia and the Krauss family did just that. Virginia, adopted her beloved pet cat Pearl from the new facility in South Amana when it opened.

Virginia loved being a parent and grandparent and enjoyed every moment she spent with her triplet grandchildren. Always kind and always upbeat, Virginia rarely complained, not even when losing her beloved husband, John, nor four years ago when she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She remained cheerful always and resolutely smiled, living to see both her granddaughter’s wedding days and to enjoy not one, but several more Caribbean cruise vacations with her daughter.   As Virginia so often said “You have to thank God for every single day and live life to the fullest.”  That she did, enjoying her pets, the out of doors, mushroom hunts and picnics in the Amana forest, long lunches at her favorite local restaurants and time spent with her family and her friends.

 

 

 

Ruth E. Solem, age 60, passed away at her home, surrounded by her loving family and friends, on Monday, August 8, 2016. Memorial Services: 11:00 A.M. Thursday, August 11, 2016, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn with Fr. Corey Close officiating.  Inurnment will be at a later date. The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 P.M. Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn with a Scripture Service at 8 P.M. A memorial fund has been established.  

Ruth is survived by her husband, Dennis “Skip” Solem; sons, Travis (Michelle Waddle) of New London, Lukas Ray (Amanda) of Sparks, NV, Jakob (Rachel) of Las Vagas, NV; a daughter Megan Ann (Joshua Harrison) of Brooklyn; grandchildren, Claire, Bryce, Ethan, Austin, Kyleigh and  Harper; brothers, Alvin (Barb) Kriegel of Cedar Rapids, LaVerne Kriegel (Roseanne) of Brooklyn, and Paul Kriegel of Brooklyn; sisters, Nancy (Art) Miner of Des Moines, Virginia (Bob) Ricketts of Indianola, Dee (Boo) Kron of Riverside, Barbara (Jim) Kelley of Ames , Rita (Larry) Petersen of Brooklyn, Janice (John) Beaderstadt of Brooklyn, Ann (Andy) McCulley of Brooklyn, and a sister-in-law Mary Ellen Kriegel of Tama.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Raymond Kriegel and Skip’s parents, Marvin and Dorothy Solem.

Ruth Ellen Kriegel was born November 30, 1955 in Grinnell, Iowa, the daughter of Lloyd Kriegel and Claras Henle Kriegel.  She graduated from BGM High School with the Class of 1974. She married Skip Solem on April 2, 1977 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Brooklyn. Ruth worked at GTE for 18 years, then operated Carpet Corner in Brooklyn for 7 years.  She also worked for American Cleaning Systems, Iowa Telecom, Windstream, and TPI in Newton.  Ruth was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who enjoyed attending to her children and grandchildren. She spent much of her time at their many events such as sports and dance recitals.  She liked to play cards, especially Canasta and Skipbo, and was often accused but never proven of cheating. She also liked dominos, cross stitch and reading.  She loved watching her hummingbirds in her flower garden and enjoyed cooking for her family and friends.  

 

 

 

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. 

 

 

 

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