Darlene Bral, 94, of Marengo, peacefully passed away on Monday, December 4th, 2017, surrounded by her family.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, December 7, 2017, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Marengo, with Father Wilkening officiating.  Inurnment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Marengo.  Memorials may be contributed to the Fairview Zippers 4-H Club, Compass Memorial Hospital or Meals On Wheels in Iowa County.  Kloster Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Darlene is survived by her sons, Phillip (Freda) Bral, Randy (Denise) Bral, Bary (Tammy) Bral, a brother-in-law, LeRoy Bral, her grandchildren, Brent (Christine) Bral, Tige (April) Bral, Shari Bral, Merrideth (Jason) Carden, Tony (Meghan) Bral, Bryan (Marissa) Bral, Randi Bral, Chasstidy (Anthony) Davidson, and several great grandchildren and relatives.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Emil Bral; her son, Roy Bral; a grandson, Slade Bral; an infant great grandson, Jesse Bral; her six siblings, Lina Bigbee, Baunetta Watson, Iris Peek Siske, Ervin Walters and Clarice and Farel in infancy; and a sister-in-law, Marion Gorsch.

Darlene Bral was born on July 29, 1923 in McKune, Kansas, the daughter of Lina and George Walters. She graduated from Cherokee High School in Cherokee, Kansas in May 1941.  She lived in Kansas before moving to Iowa in 1942.  She married Emil Bral on February 12th, 1945 in Marengo, Iowa. Together they raised their four loving sons on the family farm, south of Marengo.

Darlene was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and aunt. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her family.  She was a member of the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Marengo, Iowa. She was involved in 4-H with the Fairview Zippers Club. She loved working with children. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

The family would like to thank Compass Memorial and Essence of Life Hospice for the care their mother received.






Stanley A. Hertel, age 74 of Marion, formerly of Middle Amana, passed away Sunday, December 3, 2017 at Bickford Cottage, Marion, following a lengthy illness.  Funeral Services: 11:00 A.M. Thursday, December 7, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, with Elder Alan Trumpold officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 10:00 A.M. until service time at the funeral home.  Burial will be in the Middle Amana Cemetery.  Memorials made be contributed to the charity of your choice.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Max and Helene Hertel, and his beloved wife, Bonnie.

Stan is survived by his brother in law, Larry Rettig (Wilma) of South Amana, and Rosemary Houser (David), sister-in-law, of West Virginia.  Also surviving are two nieces, Robin Rettig from Cedar Rapids, and Kaleigh Houser Kirk (Nick) of West Virginia, a nephew Keegan Houser (Amy) of California, and two great-nieces, Lorelai and Elliette Kirk, also from West Virginia.

Stan was born June 8, 1943 in Amana, Iowa, the son of Max and Helene Pitz Hertel.  He attended the Amana Schools, and graduated from Amana High School in 1960.  He went on to the University of Iowa where he earned his degree in Electrical Engineering.  He married Bonnie Jean Rettig, in June 18,  1966 at the Amana Church.   The couple moved to Louisville, Kentucky where he and a friend established their own business, and then later worked for the University of Louisville.

When he and Bonnie retired in 2000, they returned to their newly built home in Middle, Amana. Stan was an avid ham radio operator, having contacts all over the world.  He was also a connoisseur of fine food and wines, and loved cats.





Steven Edgar Bennett, age 65 of Malcom, passed away Saturday, December 2, 2017 at his home, following an extended illness. There are no services planned at this time. Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn is assisting the family with arrangements.

Steven is survived by his sons, Michael and wife Kristi of Eldora, and Kenny of Barnes City; grandchildren, William, Jacob and Zachary; and great-grandchildren Caden, Conner and Caleb. Also surviving is his longtime companion, Teresa Bray. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Steven was born August 7, 1952 in Grinnell, Iowa the son of Billie Lee Bennett and Gladys Winchester Bennett. He received his education in the Grinnell schools and served in the U.S. Army.  Steve was employed as a truck driver for Worley Trucking, Sully, Iowa. He was a member of the Grinnell American Legion Post 53.






Mary Kay Race, age 57, of Marengo, passed away Friday, December 1, 2017 at Compass Memorial Hospital, Marengo.  Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at Bishop Cemetery, Marengo, with Rev. Eddie Thomas officiating.  The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  A memorial fund has been established.

Mary is survived by her mom Rose Frondle; three siblings Nancy (Dan) Yerington of Wilton, Robert Frondle of Williamsburg and Sally Frondle of Marengo.  She was preceded in death by her father Robert and a brother David, both in 1999. 

Mary Race was born November 11, 1960, in Iowa City, Iowa, the daughter of Robert and Rose Starkweather Frondle.  She graduated from West High School in 1980.  She was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan, and loved to watch sports on tv.  Mary enjoyed embroidery, knitting, collecting unicorns, Christmas decorations and angels.  She especially loved family get togethers.



Sharon R. Fry age 60 of Marengo passed away peacefully into the loving arms of the Lord on November 9, 2017, at Rose Haven Nursing Home after a courageous battle with breast cancer.  Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Monday, November 13, 2017, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo with Rev. Andrew Gray officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery.  Visitation: 2 to 5 P.M. Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.

Sharon was born August 18, 1957, the daughter of Earl Stanley Lint and Clara Mardell Zahn Lint. She received her education in the Shellsburg Community Schools. Sharon and Rich Fry were united in marriage on September 24, 1977 at  Grace Trinity Church in Shellsburg. Together they had two sons, Michael and Keith. The couple resided in Ladora for several years, then moved to Marengo.

Sharon worked for Rose Haven Nursing Home as the Activities Director for over 30 years. She worked until her illness made the work she loved impossible to carry on.

Sharon loved the Lord and was not shy about sharing her faith.  She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Marengo. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, her dog Sunny, singing, gardening, and sewing.  Other interests included heading up the Relay for Life of Iowa County for several years, teaching children Bible verses at AWANA Clubs and volunteering to be the photographer at Safe Haven Animal Shelter events.

Sharon is survived by her husband, Rich Fry; her sons, Michael (Jess) Fry, and  Keith (Jasmin) Fry; three grandchildren, Clara, Stanley and Bennett; and  her mother Clara Lint, all of Marengo; sisters Diana (Lowell) Stone of Grinnell, and Marj (Rich) Walker of Victor; her parents-in-law, Earl and Norma Fry, brother-in-law, Danny Fry; and sister-in-law Theresa Fry, all of Cedar Rapids.  Also surviving are many nieces  and nephews and a very special person in her life, Zachary. 

She was preceded in death by her father, Earl Stanley Lint, a brother Roger Lint, a grandnephew Andrew Stone, a brother-in-law David Fry, and her grandparents.





Kyle D. Schubert, age 54 of Marengo, Iowa, passed away Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the Veterans Hospital in Iowa City. The family will greet friends on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at the Marengo American Legion Hall starting at 4 P.M. There will be a brief Farewell Service with military honors at 5 P.M. Memorials may be directed to the family.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Kyle is survived by his fiancée, Ruth Brenneman; his children Wesley Schubert of Northfield, MN and Justin Schubert of Crookston, MN, Kendall Brenneman of Riverside, Korby and Kurtis Brenneman of Marengo, Katie Sisson of Wellman; and fourteen grandchildren. Also surviving are his father Charles Schubert of Marengo; a brother Kerry Schubert (Carla) of Holstein; and two sisters Connie Cooling (Ray) of Marengo and Clair Morong (Mike) of Centennial, CO. Kyle was preceded in death by his mother Donna, and his beloved dog, Benjamin.

Kyle David Schubert was born October 12, 1963 in Cherokee, Iowa, the son of Charles and Donna Ruhlow Schubert.  He spent his early years in Holstein, graduating in 1982 from Galva-Holstein High School. Kyle served in the United States Navy and was a retired Navy SEAL. This part of his life was so very important. He was a private individual who kept to himself. Kyle had a soft spot for animals and was involved with the ASPCA. He also enjoyed golfing with friends. Kyle moved to Marengo in 2009 to be close to his family. He met Ruth shortly after, and the couple made Marengo their home.  





Harold Elgar Beaderstadt, age 92 of Brooklyn, passed away Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at Brooklyn Community Estate.  Funeral Services: 6:30 P.M. Friday, October 20, 2017, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. Visitation: 4 to 6:30 at the funeral home on Friday. Per his wishes, Harold’s body will be donated to science and research following the service. Inurnment will be at a later date at the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery.

Memorials may be contributed to Diamond Life Care Center or Camp Courageous in Harold’s memory.

Harold is survived by his wife of 69 years, Doralee “Koke”; his children, Frances of Montezuma, Bryan of Brooklyn, John (Janice) of Brooklyn, Beth Sheets (Charlie) of Montezuma, Karla Lynch (Al) of Wasilla, Alaska, and Patty Benal (Gene) of Wahoo, NE; 18 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren. Also surviving are a sister Elaine Burk (Don) of Des Moines, a brother Kenneth of Newton and a sister-in-law Charlene Beaderstadt of Johnston. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, and three brothers, Delmar, Keith and Don.

Harold Elgar Beaderstadt was born February 28, 1925 in Edson, Kansas, the son of James Bryan and Jessie Wyngarden Beaderstadt. His early years were spent in Kansas. The family moved to Iowa when Harold was 16. He attended the Searsboro High School and enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving from 1943-46. Upon his return to the states, Harold and Doralee Cox were married on January 6, 1948 in Leavenworth, Kansas. He was employed as a heavy equipment operator, working in construction and quarry work, retiring in 1987.

Harold enjoyed camping and fishing. He was a very accomplished leatherworker and woodworker. Many family members have gifts from him. In earlier years he enjoyed rolle bolle. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Harold was a member of the Brooklyn American Legion Post 294.




Celebration of Life Services:  11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 19, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Walford, Iowa, with Pastor Travis Borkosky officiating.  Burial:  Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.  Visitation:  Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 4 to 7 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, Walford, Iowa.  Casual attire is welcome both days.

Dave was born December 29, 1953.  His love for farming started early working alongside his father, William (Bud).  He graduated from Benton Community High School in 1972 and was a farmer for life taking care of his livestock and land and a hay baler for many.  He generously shared his abundant sweet corn crop which included deliveries to local food banks.  Dave was the good neighbor, friend, son and brother that would help anyone in need:  clearing the roads, checking fence, backhoe work, pulling cars out of ditches, whatever was needed.  He was there 24/7 as vacations were not part of his routine.  Dave loved teasing and joking with his nieces and nephews, and showing city kids just how great life was on the farm.  He did it all with his own style and sense of humor.

Dave was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Norway and Walford, Iowa where he was a tireless worker.  He served on the church council, as a youth leader, snow plower and volunteer for numerous behind the scenes jobs that make a small church work.  He was also involved extensively with the Farm Bureau at the state and local level and a member of the St. Clair Masonic Lodge #164.   He enjoyed foosball for many years, and was proud of the many trophies he won taking on all comers.

Dave is survived by his mother Betty of Cedar Rapids; his brother Doug of Cedar Rapids; his sisters Jan (Mark) Lux of Scottsdale, Arizona, Sheri (Kevin) Kuester of Watkins, and Lori (Jay) Paulsen of Iowa City; his nieces and nephews, Nathan (Jennah) Pickart, Hannah Pickart (fiancé Dustin Choplick), and Ted, Holly and Eli Paulsen; and his beloved dog and constant companion, Buddy.  He was preceded in death by his father, William McKechnie.

Memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church, Walford, Iowa, Benton Community High School FFA, Van Horne, Iowa, or a charity of your choice.




Joyce Kay Riley passed away on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids.  The funeral service and committal are at 1:00 P.M., Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, 21st Ave., Blairstown, with Pastor Max Mons officiating.  There will be no visitation.  Arrangements are with Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.

Joyce Simmons was born on May 25, 1938, to Owen and Alice Simmons, Blairstown.  She was baptized on June 5, 1938 and gained the victory that Christ won for her.  She was married to William Riley on July 23, 1976.

Joyce is survived by her husband, William; three children, Julie (Thomas) Trachta, John (Lori) Danker, and Jayne (John) Salzbrenner; three step-children, Terry (Patty), Larry (Valerie), and Valerie (David) Haney; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister, Elaine (Blaine) Simmons, and two brothers, Dennis (Ruth), and Joe (Mary); two sisters-in-law, Kathleen and Karen, and one brother-in-law, Edward (Frances); a daughter-in-law, Sharon; and several nieces and nephews.

Joyce is preceded in death by her parents and step-son Garry.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Paul’s Lutheran Chapel, 404 Jefferson St., Iowa City, Iowa.







Larry David Burk, age 80, of Brooklyn, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at the University of Iowa Hospital following an illness and surgery. Graveside Services:  11:00 A.M. Tuesday, October 24, 2017, Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery, Brooklyn, Iowa. There will be no visitation. Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn is assisting the family with arrangements. 

He is survived by his sister, Esther Burk Marone of Batavia, NY; and a nephew, David Marone of Brimley, MI. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Sarah, and a brother Marvin.

Larry was born September 8, 1937 in Brooklyn, Iowa, the son of Andrew Burk and Eva White Burk.  He attended the Brooklyn schools and started working with his father on the family farm.   He eventually was self-employed as a welder and metal fabricator. Larry and Sarah Louise Mahlstedt were married June 14, 1988 in Marengo. She passed away December 11, 2006. Larry remained in the Brooklyn community, and enjoyed seeking out antique farm machinery, and building and riding motorcycles.
Cards may be sent to the family in care of David Marone, 5018 S. Island View, Brimley, MI   49715.







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            Cody “Puffs” Severns’ journey on this earth ended in the early morning hours of September 30, 2017.  While there are not enough words to describe his journey here, his love, laughter and cutting wit will be dearly missed by all his friends and family (Les, Jan, Ginny and Kimberly).  Cody spent 22 of his 24 years here and was proud to call himself a Raider.  Cody’s recent adventures included a vacation to the badlands of South Dakota and a work trip to New Orleans.
A final farewell will take place for Cody at Kloster Funeral Home in Marengo from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, October 13, 2017.  A celebration of his life will take place at the Severns’ home Saturday, October 14, 2017 beginning at 5 p.m.  We will share some of Cody’s favorite foods and stories.  Please bring a chair and a story. 

The last photo Cody took was of an Iowa sunset.  “I may not be one of the chosen few, but I’m happy where I’m at.”  Rest in peace Cody, we love you so much. 






Larry D. Waddell, age 82 of Marengo, died Tuesday October 3, 2017 at the Marengo Memorial Hospital.  Graveside Services: 1 P.M. Saturday, October 7, 2017, Marengo Cemetery, Marengo, Iowa with Rev. Anni Thorn officiating.  Visitation: 5 to 7 P.M. Friday, October 6, 2017 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. Memorials may be contributed to the First Presbyterian Church in Larry’s name.

Larry is survived by his wife, Janice; sons, Kevin, Brett, and Kerry Todd (Lesa) all of Marengo; five grandchildren, Nick, Sara, Emily, Abby, and Jon; and great-grandchild Harper Ann. Also surviving is a sister Sandra Witte (Lloyd) of Coralville.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Larry Douglas Waddell  was born December 25, 1934, in Iowa City, Iowa, the son of Arthur Douglas Waddell and Florence Marjorie Mohr Waddell.  He graduated from Marengo High School in 1953 and married Janice Shaull on February 13, 1956  at the First Presbyterian Church in Marengo.

Larry owned and operated the Marengo Monument Co. from 1953 until 1994.  He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Marengo. He enjoyed playing cards and spending time with his family. 




Pat Michael Akery, age 67, of Brooklyn, passed away Thursday, September 28, 2017, at Unity Point Health in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Funeral Service:  10:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, with Pastor Hans Cornelder officiating.  Burial will be in the Brooklyn Cemetery. 

Visitation for Pat Akery will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Monday, October 2, 2017 at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, Iowa and will continue for an hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. Memorials may be given in Pat Akery’s name to the family.

Pat is survived by his wife Jackie; a son Scott (Lisa) Akery of Palm Coast, FL; a daughter Carrie (Wade) Scarbrough of Deltona, FL; and six grandchildren, Emma, Carl, and Vann Simpkins, Evan, Kelly, and Leah Akery.  Also surviving are a brother Richard “Butch” Akery, and two sisters Linda Davis and Carole Van Tomme.  Pat was preceded in death by his parents, a son Dan Akery and a brother in infancy. 

Pat Michael Akery was born November 13, 1949, in Grinnell, Iowa, the son of Dan and Verna Williams Akery.  He graduated from Brooklyn High School in 1968. He and Jacqueline Duncan were married July 17, 1971 at the Methodist Church in Grinnell. Pat was employed by the Rock Island Railroad and the Iowa Interstate Railroad on the maintenance crew, most recently as the foreman, before retiring in 1999.

Pat was an avid trapper, fisher, hunter and outdoorsman. He had favorite “top-secret” trapping and fishing spots all around the Brooklyn area.  He loved birds, especially game birds, pigeons and peacocks. He supported the replenishment program for pheasants in Iowa, and has planted numerous trees and shrubs to attract a variety birds at his home.





Arnie M. Sandvick, age 70 of Ladora, passed away Saturday, September 23, 2017 at his home. Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 5, 2017, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Rev. Jim Davis officiating.  Inurnment will be in the Victor Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 9 – 11 A.M on Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be contributed to the Wounded Warrior Project. www.woundedwarriorproject.org

Arnie is survived by his children, Tina York (Craig), and Terra Huber (Donnie) all of Ladora, A.J. Sandvick (Ashley) of Hartwick and Charlie Ludwig (Scott) of Pleasant Hill; six grandchildren, Jerod and Jordan York, Trevor Huber, Abby, Axton, and Arika Sandvick; a great- grandson, Aiden John Huber; and his mother Teruko Yoshizumi Sandvick of Ames. Also surviving are his siblings, Audrey Crawford (Steven) of Nevada, IA, Al Sandvick (Norma) of Ames, and Arlene Zerr (Kelly) of Story City, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Sandvick, and a granddaughter, Monica Lynn Huber-Lindsey.

Arnie Marvin Sandvick was born June 28, 1947 in Nakano K. Tokyo, Japan, the son of Robert Lowell and Teruko Yoshizumi Sandvick. He received his education in the Ames schools and graduated from Ames High School. Arnie honorably served in the U.S. Army from 1966 – 1968 during the Vietnam Conflict.  Upon his return he was employed with Amana Refrigeration for many years.

Arnie enjoyed spending time with his family. He liked to fish, work on cars and play cribbage.  He was a talented artist, and had a passion for collecting toy cars, baseball and other sports cards, wizards and swords. Attending car shows was a favorite pastime. He was a compassionate man and always looked out for others.  He was active with the American Legion and contributed regularly and generously to the Wounded Warrior project, as well as other veteran programs.




Betty Jean Dye, age 82 of Marengo, passed away Thursday, September 21, 2017 at Rose Haven Nursing Home.  Funeral Services:  10:30 a.m., Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, Iowa, with Anni Thorn officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery, Marengo, Iowa.  Visitation:  4 to 6 p.m., Monday, September 25, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. Memorials may be contributed to the First Presbyterian Church, Marengo.

Betty is survived by a son David (Diana) of Marengo; five grandchildren Adam Dye, Nick Dye, Holly (Eric) Ethier, Emily Dye (fiancé Kody DeNeve) and Travis (Kara) Schulte; along with several great grandchildren; also surviving is a daughter-in-law Judy (Larry) Madsen;  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband James, a son Danny and a brother Frederick.

Betty Jean Bell was born September 29, 1934 in Marengo, Iowa, the daughter of Leslie and Marybell Schumacher Bell.  She graduated from the Marengo High School in 1952.  She married her high school sweetheart, James K. Dye on July 26, 1953 at her parents’ home.  The couple moved to Norway in 1961.  Betty was a housewife, mother and a teacher’s aide at Norway Elementary.  In 1979, she started working at the Linn County Courthouse and became the Law Librarian.  The library was later named the Betty Dye Law Library in her honor.  She and her husband returned to Marengo in 1997.  Betty was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, in Marengo and was active with the Presbyterian Women, and the quilting group.  Mom loved children, was an excellent cook, and her endearing smile will be greatly missed. 

The Dye family would like to thank Rose Haven Nursing Home and Essence of Life Hospice.  Your help and care with Mom will never be forgotten. 




W. Myron “Mike” Rathjen, age 98 of Marengo, passed away at Compass Memorial Hospital, Wednesday, September 20, 2017.  Funeral Service:   10:30 a.m., Monday, September 25, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery, Marengo, Iowa.  Visitation:  3 to 6 pm., Sunday, September 24, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  Memorials may be contributed to Trinity United Church of Christ or charity of the donor’s choice. 

Myron is survived by two daughters Judith Gauger and Sue Reichert, both of Marengo; a granddaughter Stacy (Josh) Hawkins; great-granddaughter Brenna Kaye Hawkins; a special friend and companion for 17 years, Irene Koeppen; four step-grandchildren Jeff (Sue) Gauger, Vicki (Tony) Vernon, Terry (Steve) Schroeder and J.R.  Reichert (Lara Yunglas); five step-great-grandchildren;  and five ste- great-great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife Kathleen, his parents and two sons-in-law, Milt Gauger and Ron Reichert.

Myron was born April 25, 1919, near Genoa Bluff on the family farm, the son of Clarence and Irene Simmons Rathjen.  He began his education at Sumner Township #7 Rural School, and graduated from  Marengo High School in 1937.  He was employed by Simmons Motor Company following graduation.  On August 23, 1941, he married Kathleen “Kaye” Olson in Kirksville, Missouri.  The couple farmed in Sumner Township until their retirement.  They moved to Marengo in 1978, and spent over 40 years wintering in Naples, Florida.  Myron took pride in having a Century Farm and a Grade A Dairy for many years.  He enjoyed farming with draft work horses and participating in the Ladora Saddle Club activities.  This eventually led to a family affair of showing horses throughout the Midwest.  Myron enjoyed watching his daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren show horses.  He was a long time member of Trinity United Church of Christ, the Iowa Horseshow Association, and the Elk’s Lodge.  He greatly enjoyed social gatherings, dances and playing cards.




Gary Lee Miller, age 67, of West Amana, passed away on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at Compass Memorial Hospital, Marengo, Iowa.  Funeral Services:  10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 21, 2017, at Middle Amana Church, Middle Amana, Iowa, with Elder Kristie Yoder officiating.  Burial will be in the West Amana Cemetery, with a Masonic Service.  Visitation:  4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday,  September 20, 2017, at the Middle Amana Church.  Memorials may be contributed to the American Diabetes Association or the Amana Church Society.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, is in charge of arrangements.

Gary is survived by his wife Ellen; his mother Ethel Miller of Marengo; a brother-in-law Dale (Mary Kay) Peck of Galena, IL; a sister-in-law Rev. Anna Peck of Cedar Rapids; an uncle Harvey Oehler of Amana; and an aunt Elsie Oehler of Jacksonville, Florida.  He was preceded in death by his father George, five aunts Karen and Helen Louise Oehler, Emilie Graesser, Marilyn Sinnard and Lucille Harbor, and five uncles Orville and William Oehler, Richard Graesser, Gene Sinnard  and Leo Harbor.

Gary Miller was born March 8, 1950 in Cedar Rapids, the son of George and Ethel Oehler Miller.  He graduated from the Amana Schools in 1969 and received his BA Degree in Education from William Penn University in 1973.  He taught sixth grade at Lorenz, and later worked at the Ronneburg Restaurant in Amana for 15 years as a cook.  He also worked at Rockwell Collins in the shipping department, retiring in June 2012.  Gary enjoyed tinkering around in his machine shop, doing genealogy of his family history, reading, attending the Iowa State Fair and watching the St. Louis Cardinals.  He was a member of the Amana Church, Hope Masonic Lodge #175 of Belle Plaine, Iowa and was also involved with the El Kahir Foot Patrol. 




Lial H. Selzer, age 81 of Homestead, Iowa, passed away, Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa.  Memorial Service: 10:30 A.M. Monday, September 11, 2017, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, with Amana Church Elder Emilie Hoppe officiating. Burial with military honors will be in the Homestead Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 3 to 6 P.M. Sunday, September 10, 2017 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established. 

Lial is survived by his wife of 53 years, Helen; two sons, Scott of Homestead, and Neil and wife Rebecca of Madison, WI; two grandsons, Gabriel and Aidan Selzer; a sister Marian Carew and husband Dan of Phoenix, AZ; and two nieces Alisa Hartman and husband Doug of Phoenix, and Stephanie Vasso and husband Neal of Tyler, TX.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Lial Howard Selzer was born December 5, 1935 in Homestead, Iowa the son of George and Linda Graesser Selzer.  He graduated from the Amana High School in 1953, and attended the University of Iowa. Lial served in the U.S. Army from 1954 -56 during the Korean Conflict.  He and Helen Hertel were married October 5, 1963 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Homestead. The couple made their home in Homestead.  Lial worked with Gringer Ag, a feed business, in accounting.  Lial was a member of the Amana Sportsman’s Club. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing, gardening and woodworking.  He also liked to cook, and especially enjoyed time with his family and friends.





Jerry A. Denzler, age 75 of Marengo, passed away Friday evening, August 25, 2017 at his home.  Funeral Service: 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, August 29, 2017, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Rev. Andrew Gray officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 6 P.M. Monday, August 28, 2017, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.

Jerry was born June 16, 1942 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Roy A. Denzler, Jr. and Margaret Reece Denzler.  He graduated from Iowa Valley High School of Marengo in 1960, and attended Iowa State University, enrolled in the Farm Program. Jerry and Carole L. Possehl were married April 16, 1961 in Marengo, Iowa. The couple farmed for many years. Jerry was also involved in the real estate and other private business ventures.  He was a life member of the National Rifle Association.

He is survived by his wife Carole; his daughter, Nicolle R. “Niki” Kearney and husband Greg of Overland Park, KS; two grandchildren, Justin and Courtney Kearney; and special sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, and mother-in-law.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his father-in-law, Leo Possehl.






Daniel Lee Peterson, age 72, loving husband, father and grandfather, of Marengo, passed away Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at St. Luke’s ICU after an extended illness, surrounded by his family. The family will be having a private celebration of life. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Compass Memorial Healthcare (MMH) or the Marengo Fire Department.

Dan was born June 2, 1945, in Swea City, Iowa to Lee and Mac (Northern) Peterson. He graduated from Wilmer High School in Minnesota. Dan was united in marriage to Sue (Koelle) February 25th, 1967, in Toledo, Iowa. He worked for the telephone company for thirty-two years as a switching systems technician, and twelve years at Rabe Hardware, Inc. retiring in 2012. Dan served 28 years as a volunteer firefighter.

Dan is survived by his wife, Sue, his three daughters Paula Tysinger (Jeremy) of Rio Rancho, NM, Erika Rabe (Jason) of Blairstown, IA, and Danielle Smith (Jeff) of Marengo, IA; and his five grandchildren, Kaleb and Samantha Rabe, and Caleigh, Taylor, and Jaden Smith. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Reginald.

Dan enjoyed the outdoors. He spent the majority of his time fishing, especially trolling for walleye, and enjoyed pheasant and duck hunting. He loved watching his grandchildren participate in sports and other family activities.

The family would like to extend a special Thank-You to the staff at Compass Memorial Healthcare (MMH) and St. Luke’s ICU for the kind and dedicated care they provided to Dan.





Carol Jean Miller, age 80, loving mother and grandmother, died July 10, 2017. Memorial Services: 11:00 A.M. Friday, August 18, 2017, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, Iowa. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 P.M. Thursday, August 17, 2017 at the funeral home. A memorial fund has been established.

Carol, a long time Marengo and Rose Haven Nursing Home resident was preceded in death by her husband Marvin Miller and her parents. She is survived by her son Jim Miller of Davenport and his sons, Brady and Noah, and a daughter Maurine Miller of Williamsburg and her son Harris.

Carol Jean Brown was born October 2, 1936 in Crawfordsville, Iowa, the daughter of Dwight and Myrtle Orris Brown.  She graduated from City High in Iowa City and married Marvin M. Miller on October 2, 1960 in Iowa City. Carol and Marv eventually settled in Marengo where she was a longtime employee at Big G Food Store. She later was the manager of Cottontail Corner Day Care.  Carol enjoyed her community and was the organizing force for the July 3rd Parade for many years.




Louise M. Zuber, age 97 of Amana, formerly of South Amana, passed away Monday, August 7, 2017 at Colonial Manor of Amana.  Funeral Services will be at 12:00 Noon on Friday, August 11, 2017, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Dale Morrison officiating.  Visitation will be from 11:00 A.M. Friday until service time at the funeral home. Burial will be in the South Amana Cemetery, South Amana, at a later date. Memorials may be contributed to the charity of the donor’s choice.

She is survived by a brother Jack Zuber (Juanita) of Cedar Rapids; and close friend Sue Barber of Fountain Hills, AZ; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Marie McDonald, Leona Ehrmann, and step siblings, Henrietta Shoup, William Zuber and Rose Tucker.

Louise was born August 29, 1919 in South Amana, Iowa, the daughter of William and Elizabeth Reihman Zuber.  She grew up in South Amana, attending the South Amana School and graduated from Marengo High School. Louise then moved to Aurora, Illinois where she worked for the Arthur Podolak family for many years.  She then worked for the Blackstone and Drake Hotels in Chicago. In 1950 Louise returned to Iowa and worked at Stamats Publishing Company and Craemers Department Store until her retirement.

She enjoyed traveling to Germany, Austria, France and Switzerland.  She loved baseball and whenever possible went to the Chicago Cubs games.  She enjoyed sewing, often making her own clothes, and caning furniture. 





Herb Alexander  
Janice Alford  
Earl Altemeier  
Leo Bell Izabella Loffer
Judith Berger Rose Marie Lortz
Harriet Benesh Dennis Marshall
  Eric McDonald
Ronnie Binney Marvin Miller
Esther Brannian Bonita Nicely
Keith Brannian Anna Olson
John Cannon Eldred Plotz
Danielle Celarier Phillip Reeves
  Charlotte Roudabush
Iris Cooney Larry Schafer
  Walter Schuerer
Shirley DeMonbrun Rose Schuhmacher
Ronald Dietze Barb Schutterle
  Clara Septer
Robert J. Evans Lovell Slaymaker
Eugene Finley Ronald Stonebraker
Max Fitz Cleo Tuttle
Catherine Foster  
Anne Freshour  
MaryAnn Frimml  
Nova Skye Peska Fritz  
Joyce Gould  
Charles Haus  
Virgil Head  
George Heller  
Glen Herman  
Elaine Henle Carolyn Whaley
Rose Leonhardt  
William Lippincott Robert Willet
Anthony Loffer  
  Cornelia Zuber



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