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. 

A full obituary will follow tomorrow.






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. 





Phillip Michael Reeves, age 68, passed away Sunday, July 30, 2017 at his home at Holiday Lake near Brooklyn, Iowa. Celebration of Life Gathering will be from 4 to 7 P.M. Saturday, August 26, 2017 at the Holiday Lake Community Center.  His final ride will begin at 7 P.M. Phil was all about enjoying life, so the family invites all to come in casual dress and share memories and good times.  Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn is assisting the family with arrangements. 

He is survived by his wife Cindy; five children, Timothy Reeves (Karen) of Como, MS, Trudi Reeves (Oscar) and Terri Reeves of Memphis, TN, Jonathon McDonough (Blair) of Tiffin, IA, and Casey McDonough (Matt) of Newton, IA; six grandchildren, Camille Stewart, Victoria Reeves, Hannah Reeves, Oscar Lee Malone IV, Kinsley McDonough and Kyler McDonough; and three great-grandchildren, Ethan, Autumn, and Austin.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Billy.

Phillip M. Reeves was born September 24, 1948 in Memphis, Tennessee, the son of George Washington Reeves, Jr. and Vida Gertrude Bateman Reeves. He graduated from Kingsbury High School in Memphis, Tennessee with the Class of 1966. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1967–1973, during the Vietnam War, and was stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.   He and Cindy Kooser McDonough were married on May 24, 1993 at Elk Point, South Dakota. Phillip was employed with the meat packing industry for over 40 years; previously employed with the John Morrell Company in Sioux City, Iowa and presently employed as a cost manager with JBS in Marshalltown, Iowa.  

He made his home at Holiday Lake, and served on the Lake Board of Directors. He was an avid huntsman of deer, pheasant, turkey and enjoyed fishing too. He enjoyed grilling and cooking for his family and the guys during deer camp.  He liked karaoke, singing, dancing and entertaining dear friends with jokes and southern analogies or “Philisms”. A highlight of his earlier years was meeting “the King” Elvis Presley during his job with the Summer Twin drive-in theatre in Memphis, Tennessee. He will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him.




Dennis “Dillon” Dean Marshall, age 64 of Marengo, passed away, Sunday July 30, 2017 at St. Luke’s Unity Pointe Hospice in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  A Celebration of Life gathering will be held from 2 to 6 P.M. Saturday, August 19, 2017 at the Thomas Park Safe Room Facility, Thomas Park, 343 Marion Blvd., Marion, Iowa. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

He is survived by a daughter Tracy Hayzlett Marshall (Kevin Hayzlett) of Ladora; step-daughters, Lori Grimm of Norway, Heather Lishego (Brian) of Marengo, Sarah Hoyt (Eric) of Marengo, and Kelly Darling of Cedar Rapids; step-sons Philip Marshall (Somer) of Marengo, and Jeremiah Hawkins of Marengo; three grandchildren, Dillon, Kensey (Tori) and Kayden; and two great-grandchildren, Jace and Abel.  Also surviving are his siblings, Randall Marshall of Cedar Rapids, Colleen Marshall of Cedar Rapids, David Marshall (Sonya) of Marion, and  Mark Marshall of Anamosa, longtime companions, Cheryl, Bobbie and Cindy; along with many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, He was preceded in death by his parents,  grandson Xander, and  great-grandson Shayde, and his pet dogs, Tony, Bo, Mitzie and Charlie.

Dennis was born July 16, 1953 in Iowa City, Iowa, the son of Jack French Marshall and Jean Ann Leonard Marshall.  He graduated from Iowa Valley High School with the Class of 1972, and married Cheryl Messerschmitt on April 1, 1972. They welcomed a daughter in September of 1972. The couple later divorced. Dillon was employed as a crane operator with McComas-Lacina Commercial Construction. He enjoyed watching westerns, hunting, and fishing. He spent many hours on woodcrafting, making mushroom sticks, chairs, and birdhouses. He loved his dogs, and spending time with his family, and enjoying the outdoors, where he taught many about all the things that he loved and skills he had mastered.



Eugene John Finley, age 85, of Amana, formerly of Vinton, passed away Sunday, July 23, 2017, at the Colonial Manor of Amana.  There will be no services at this time.  Memorials may be directed to the Amana Retirement Community, in care of Colonial Manor. Kloster Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Eugene is survived by two sons, Daniel Finley (Teresa) of Norway, and E.J. Finley of Cedar Rapids; two daughters Dawn Pedersen (Brian) of Fairmont, MN and DeeAnn Finley of Rosemount, MN; two brothers Dale Finley (Betty) of Williamsburg and Jerry Finley (Vickie) of Bettendorf; a step-son Bruce Whiting; a step-daughter Cinnamon Sevening; and ten grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Sharlene, granddaughter Danielle, and two sisters Betty Finley and Bonnie Christy.

Eugene John Finley was born July 2, 1932, in rural Ladora, the son of Bryan and Marie Conrad Finley.  He received his education in the Ladora area schools.  He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  Eugene married Jeanette Maas in 1956 and later divorced.   He was employed by Me Too grocery store, and Harnischfeger Corporation as a welder.  Eugene later married Sharlene Whiting in the summer of 1972.  He enjoyed his dogs, loved to go on walks, journaling and drawing, crosswords and the Chicago Cubs.  He especially enjoyed spending time with his family. Gene was especially fond of heckling the Colonial Manor staff and giving them a hard time every day.




Nova Skye Peska-Fritz , daughter of Allison Peska and Larry Fritz, was delivered stillborn on July 17, 2017 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.  Private family services were held July 21, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, Iowa, with Pastor Doug Dauenbaugh officiating.  Burial was in the Zion Cemetery, rural Ladora.

Nova is survived by her mother Allison Peska; her father Larry Fritz; paternal grandparents Robert and Peggy Fritz; maternal grandparents Lorene Peska and David Miller; great-grandparents Evelyn Peska and Eileen and Ted Fritz; four brothers Saylem, Zandrith, Channing and Ryker; two sisters Zaylynn and Raelynn; and numerous aunts and uncles.  She joins her great-grandfather in heaven, Dale Peska, and uncles Steve and Tom Peska.



Lovell M. Slaymaker, age 73 of Marengo, passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017.
Memorial Services: 10:30 A.M. Monday, July 24, 2017, First United Methodist Church, Marengo with Rev. Lisa Crow officiating.  Inurnment will be in the Koszta Cemetery, rural Marengo. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 P.M. Sunday, July 23, 2017 at the church.  A memorial fund has been established.  Kloster Funeral Home Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Lovell is survived by a daughter, Lanette Martinson of Euless, TX; two sons, Steven (Lori) Slaymaker of Marengo and Jeffrey (Kim) Slaymaker of Belle Plaine; five grandchildren, Kaitlin Martinson of Euless, TX, Rachel Slaymaker of Cedar Rapids, Gretchen Slaymaker of Marengo, and Tyler Hartz and Zacary Slaymaker of Belle Plaine.  Also surviving are three sisters Violet Anderson (Marvin), June Schwertfeger and Rose Frondle, all of Marengo.

Lovell was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Don in 2016, a grandson Jason Harrelson, a sister Velma Birch, and five brothers, Alfred, Jerry, Don and Bob Starkweather, and one in infancy.

Lovell Marie Starkweather was born January 5, 1944 in Amana, Iowa, the daughter of LeRoy and Nora Stanton Starkweather.  She attended and graduated from the Marengo schools and married Donald Slaymaker on September 24, 1961 at the First United Methodist Church in Marengo. Lovell worked as a job coordinator with REA—Rural Employment Alternatives in Conroy.

Lovell loved her family and was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.  She enjoyed watching her grandchildren’s sporting events. She looked forward to family vacations and visits from the great grand dogs, Shadow and Jacky.




Herbert Raymond Alexander, age 72, of Middle Amana, passed away Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at his home.  Private family services were held.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, was in charge of arrangements.

Herbert is survived by his wife, Gloria; five children Thad (Joi) Alexander, of Cedar Rapids, Tim (Lisa) Alexander, of Waverly, Tricia (Robert) Ward, of Middle Amana, Thomas (Roxy) Alexander of Burlington, and Todd Alexander, of North Liberty; and eight grandchildren.   He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.






Ronald J. Stonebraker, age 75 of Tipton, formerly of Brooklyn, passed away, Thursday, July 13, 2017, at the Cedar Manor Nursing Home in Tipton.  Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, July 18, 2017, Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn with Pastor Joyce Proctor officiating.  Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery.  Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Monday, July 17, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, with a Masonic Service at 7 P.M.  Memorials may be contributed to the Brooklyn Citizen Scholarship Foundation. 

Ron is survived by his sons, Chad (Kayce) of Belgium, WI, and Ryan (Melinda) of Tipton, and five grandchildren, Avrie, Zoie and Kenedie Basye of Belgium, WI, and Zoe and Lea Stonebraker of Tipton. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife Judy in 2015.

Ronald J. Stonebraker was born October 10, 1941 in Centerville, Iowa, the son of Kenneth Alan and Lucille Ada Kirkpatrick Stonebraker.  He graduated from Centerville High School in 1960, received his Bachelor degree at Culver Stockton College in 1964, and his Master’s Degree from Northeast Missouri State in 1967. Ronald and Judy Ann Vollbracht were united in marriage on August 20, 1966, at the Immanuel Baptist Church, Quincy, IL.   

Ron was a high school Social Sciences teacher at BGM for 35 years, and substitute taught for another 15 years. He was proud to say he had 50 years in the classroom. He sold insurance for MFA/Shelter Insurance, Bear Creek Insurance and Allied.  Ron was an adjunct professor at Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, and Iowa Valley Community College in Marshalltown for several years.  He and Judy both volunteered at Capital Resources in Brooklyn following their retirement.

Ron was active in his community.  He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Brooklyn, and also the Tipton United Methodist Church. He was a member of Masonic Lodge #174, and the Brooklyn Kiwanis Club. He served on the Brooklyn City Council for ten plus years. In his free time, Ron was a train buff, and enjoyed anything related to trains and the railroad.





Anthony Aaron Loffer, age 34, of Marengo, passed away at the Marengo Memorial Hospital, on July 10, 2017.  Funeral Service:  10:00 a.m., Friday, July 14, 2017, at Trinity United Church of Christ, rural Marengo, with Rev. Tim Miller officiating.  Burial will be in the Zion Cemetery, rural Ladora.  Visitation:  3 to 7 p.m., Thursday, July 13, 2017, at the United Methodist Church, Marengo.  A memorial fund has been established.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Anthony Aaron Loffer, son of Robert and Audrey Loffer, was born January 30, 1983, in Kansas.  At an early age, Tony moved to Iowa.  When he was seven, he moved with his family to Florida for four years then back to Marengo where he spent the rest of his life. 
Tony worked at the Colony Inn while in high school, then getting a job a LaRey's Cleaners after graduation from Iowa Valley High School.  On July 29, 2010, he got his “dream job” at Big G Foods in Marengo.  He loved his boss and fellow employees and even more, all the customers he helped.  The way he talked you would have thought he owned the place!

Tony loved his town of Marengo and did all he could to support it, any organization and certainly any person that needed help.  He never missed a fundraiser of any kind and financially supported it to the best of his ability.  For several years, he volunteered his time every Friday helping city employees do outdoor projects.  He was very honored in 2010, when he was selected to be the Grand Marshall for Marengo’s Annual 3rd of July parade.  Tony loved being allowed to be a “fireman”.  Although he didn’t participate in firefighting activities, he rarely missed a fire meeting.  He spent many hours helping with the annual fundraiser and was proud of all the money he raised for the July 3rd, fireworks.

In his spare time, Tony enjoyed singing with the Believers, pitching horseshoes, bowling, attending Roughrider and Kernels games, watching NASCAR races, attending Iowa Valley sports and music events and anything his nieces and nephews were involved in, and making sure the family home always had its deck and front yard decorated with proper holiday decorations, light and inflatables. Tony’s church, Trinity United Church of Christ, was very important to him and he never missed a Sunday.  He always made sure the candles were lit and everyone was greeted.  He was a trustee on the consistory and a member of several committees. 

Tony is survived by his parents, Bob and Audrey Loffer, his siblings Michelle (David) Schachtlie, Mark (Becky) Loffer, Matthew (Jordan) Loffer, Michael (Darcie) Loffer, Melanie (Brock) Junkins, Merissa (Alex) Ganea, Charity (Heath) Jensen, Christopher Loffer, Derek Loffer, Leslee Loffer and Shambria Loffer; his nieces and nephews Devin, Drew and Michaela Schachtlie, Bryce, Alexandra and Peyton Loffer, Jacob Loffer, Jordan and Kylie Loffer, Connor and Callie Junkins, Aden and Londyn Ganea, Sherra Bonnichsen and Greyson Loffer; a special Grandma Donna Fugate.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents Lloyd and Lorna Jean Loffer, Glade and Helen Sietsema, special Grandpa Don Fugate and a niece Izabella Loffer.




Bonita Sue Nicely, age 58, of Homestead, passed away July 7, 2017, at Windmill Manor, of Coralville, following a courageous battle with cancer.  Memorial Service:  10:30 a.m., Thursday, July 13, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, with Pastor Dennis Martens officiating.  Family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  A memorial fund has been established.

Bonita is survived by her significant other Randy VonLienen, of Homestead; a daughter Danielle (Michael II) Henre, of Kansas; three grandchildren Jaden Goellnitz, Paxton Henre and Paris Henre of Kansas; two sisters Becky Brecht, of Marengo and Brenda (Mike) Stratton, of Homestead; and a brother Russ Brecht of Marengo.  She was preceded in death by her parents. 

Bonita was born June 4, 1959, in Marengo, the daughter of Dean and Merita Fay Martens Brecht.  She graduated from Iowa Valley School in 1977.  She attended Kirkwood Community College and got her CNA degree.  Bonita worked at the Marengo Hospital as a CNA and Activity Coordinator and Moeller Accounting as a bookkeeper.  Bonita loved to spend time with family and friends.  She enjoyed taking vacations, going to the lake house, fishing, mushroom hunting and watching the Iowa Hawkeyes. 




Izabella Rae Loffer, age 2, of Williamsburg, passed away on July 3, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospital.  Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m., Monday July 10, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, Iowa.  Private family funeral services will be held at a later date.  Burial will be in the Zion Cemetery, rural Ladora.  Memorials can be contributed in Bella’s name to 

Izabella Rae Loffer was born October 28, 2014, at St. Lukes Hospital, Cedar Rapids, the daughter of Christopher and Amanda Loffer.  She joined sisters Tiah, Madison, Abigail, Sherra and brother Hunter.  Bella’s first home was in Belle Plaine.  While living there, she was baptized at the Belle Plaine United Church of Christ where she attended worship with her family.  She later moved to Millersburg and recently to Williamsburg.  Bella was a friendly, loving child always enjoying the attention she would receive from her siblings parents and anyone else who happened to be around.  She always had a hug to give and a smile to share.  Bella received her angel wings on July 3, 2017.  She leaves many memories to be cherished by her parents, Chris Loffer and Amanda Loffer, her siblings Tiah, Hunter, Maddy, Abby, Sherra, her grandparents Bob and Audrey Loffer, Leta Huber, a special grandma Donna Fugate and many aunts, uncles and cousins as well as other extended family and friends.  She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Kenneth Huber, a great uncle Don Huber and special grandfather Don Fugate.







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