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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Bonnie A. Lindenmayer, age 87 of Marengo, Iowa passed away, Sunday, April 17, 2016 at the Marengo Memorial Hospital, Marengo, Iowa.  Private Memorial Services will be held Sunday, July 3, 2016.  The family will gather and receive friends from 2 to 5 P.M. Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 609 West Pine Street, Marengo (Bonnie's home). Memorials may be made to the Iowa Valley High School Fund for Baseball/Softball lights.

Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Bonnie is survived by two sons, Dr. F. James Lindenmayer (Barbara) of Ottumwa, and Jay A. Lindenmayer (Nancy Adami) of Brooklyn; 5 grandchildren, Julie Ann Lindenmayer of Miami, FL, Diane Marie Cassimire (Kristian) of East Rutherford, NJ, and Ariel Janee Lindenmayer of Marengo, Josh (Rhonda) Mumm of Brooklyn and Mathew (Brandi) Mumm of Williamsburg; 5 great grandchildren, Mikah Cassimire, Tabitha Mumm, Cole Mumm, Dodge Mumm, and Kolton Mumm; her siblings, Dan Jacobs of Congress, AZ, James E. Jacobs (Doris) of Cedar Rapids, Kay Scott (Jim) of Phoenix, AZ and many other nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband Fred Lindenmayer; her parents, a great-granddaughter Kaitlyn Mumm; 2 brothers Thomas and Larry Jacobs; 3 sisters-in-law Mona Jacobs, Belle Jacobs, and Bonnie Lindenmayer; and a brother-in-law Richard Lindenmayer.

Bonnie Audry Jacobs was born October 28, 1928 in Marengo, Iowa, the daughter of Oliver D. Jacobs and Vesper A. Jenkins Jacobs. She graduated from Marengo High School in 1946 and married Fred D. Lindenmayer on March 17, 1949 in Marengo.  Bonnie worked as a bookkeeper at Mapco and was treasurer of the Marengo Golf Club for several years. She had worked at Iowa County Savings Bank for several years. Bonnie was a member of the Marengo Legion Auxiliary, and enjoyed playing in two weekly bridge clubs. 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Helen Mae Moser, age 79, of Amana, died Monday, May 30, 2016, at Mercy Hospital, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Funeral Services:  10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 2, 2016 at the Middle Amana Church, Middle Amana.  With Elder Mike Shoup officiating.  Burial will be at the Amana Cemetery.  Visitation:  4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at the Middle Amana Church.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.

Helen is survived by two sons Maury (Mary) Moser and Galen (Linda) Moser, both of Amana; three grandchildren Tiffany (Drew) Kinzenbaw of Marengo, Megan (Macie Roberts) Moser of Amana and Sarah Moser of Amana; a great-grandson Dayton Kinzenbaw of Marengo. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Roy in 2012 and a sister Lillian Ahrens. 

Helen Mae Sontag was born March 4, 1937 in Amana, the daughter of William and Frieda Rohrbacher Sontag.  She graduated from Amana High School in 1955 and attended the Cedar Rapids School of Business.  She married Roy Moser on October 17, 1959 at the Amana Church.  Helen worked as a receptionist at the Amana Doctor’s Office, taught in-home preschool, was a refinisher at Krauss Furniture, sales clerk at Cellar Door/Red Geranium and the Christmas Room in Amana and also worked the Amana Society switchboard.  Helen was a volunteer for Daffodil Days for the American Cancer Society, Amana Heritage Society, Amana Society Church and a Sunday School teacher at the Amana Church.  She enjoyed baking and cooking, gardening, jigsaw puzzles, horses, playing the accordion, playing bridge, singing and music, traveling.  She especially loved playing games and doing crafts with her grandchildren, caring for her family and friends and visiting with all people.

 

 

 

Neal S. Nesselroad, age 59, of West Des Moines, Iowa, died Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at his home.  Memorial Services:  10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, Iowa, with Rev. John Reynolds Jr. officiating.  Inurnment: Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m., Monday, May 30, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, Iowa.  In lieu of flowers, memorials can be contributed to BGM High School or the Nesselroad Family Scholarship Fund, in care of Kloster Funeral Home, P.O. Box 341, Brooklyn, Iowa 52211.

Neal is survived by his daughters Rachel and Brooke, and close friend Robin Cheek, all of Ankeny; a sister Nancee (Jon) Cook of Decorah; a niece Emily (Kevin) Smith; three nephews Peter and Joe Wykhuis and Grant Cook.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Nicole Wykhuis.

Neal Nesselroad was born October 13, 1956, in Grinnell, Iowa, the son of Lyle and Barbara Sherwood Nesselroad.  He graduated from BGM High School, Brooklyn in 1975, and attended UNI.  While there, he worked at Niederhauser Airways in Cedar Falls servicing airplanes and began working on his pilot ratings.  He moved to Des Moines in 1985 to fly for Des Moines Flying Service.  In 1987 he was hired as a corporate pilot with Principal Financial Group in Des Moines where he flew for more than 20 years, retiring in 2013.   Neal enjoyed his motorcycles, cars, golf, flying, Green Bay Packers and the Iowa Hawkeyes.

 

 

Frances A. “Nell” Maschmann, age 87 of Brooklyn, Iowa, died Friday, May 20, 2016 at Brooklyn Community Estate, in Brooklyn.  Memorial Service: 1:00 P.M. Monday, May 23, 2016, Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn with Rev. Brent de Silva officiating.  Inurnment will be in Harmony Cemetery, rural Brooklyn.  The family will receive friends from noon Monday until service time at the church. A memorial fund has been established.  Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn is assisting the family with arrangements.

Frances is survived by her son Jim Maschmann (Hettie Ann) of Deep River, three daughters, Anita Allen (Patrick) of Deep River, Patricia Pefferman (Thomas) of Bella Vista, AR, and Fay Maschmann (Ace Morales) of Grinnell; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Billings, Erin Averkamp, Brad Thomas Pefferman, Cheyenne Marie Morales, Jamie Lee Maschmann-Allen, Zane Eric Maschmann, and Michelle Connolly and thirteen great grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers, Richard Hawkins (Melba) of Santa Maria, CA and Clarence Hawkins (Luanna) of Vinton, and a sister Betty Kopf of Marengo.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bud in 2008, a brother Raymond, and sisters Florence Tinkle, Beatrice DeLung, and Helen Brown.

Frances Arlene Hawkins, was born July 15, 1928, near Ladora, Iowa, the daughter of Joseph and Blanche Wendell Hawkins.  She received her education in the Marengo schools and married Henry “Bud” Maschmann, Jr. in January 1945. Nell was a loving wife and mother who loved to can, cook and care for her family.  She was very proud that she could work alongside her husband on the family farm. She took in the sick baby animals and nursed them back to health using her kitchen as a nursery.   She also enjoyed playing cards and watching the trains go by when visiting Chelsea and Belle Plaine.  While living at Brooklyn Estate, she was often found watching the many birds at her bird feeder. She cherished spending time with her family and especially loved her grand and great grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

Kenneth Karl Neumann, age 81 of Amana, passed away peacefully at Colonial Manor, of Amana, on Sunday, May 8, 2016.  Mass of Christian Burial:  10:00 A.M., Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Norway, Iowa, with Fr. Craig Steimel officiating.  Burial will be at the Fairfax Cemetery, with military honors.  Visitation:  4 to 7 P.M., Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at the church.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established. 

Kenneth is survived by his wife Shirley of 59 years; a sister Rosella (Ron) Vogt, Homestead; a brother-in-law Henry G. Schuhmacher and two sisters-in-law Rosemary Schuhmacher and Mary Carville; nieces, Kerri Vogt, Diane (Mineard) Smith and Pamela (Gil) Wahl; nephews Mark Vogt and Henry T. Schuhmacher. He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Kenneth was born on December 12, 1934, in West Amana, the son of Gus and Emilie Haldy Neumann.  He worked at the West Amana Farms prior to graduating in 1952, from Amana High School.  He married Shirley Carville in 1956 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, in Walford.  After high school, he served in the Iowa National Guard for seven years and worked at Amana Refrigeration as an inspector in the service department for over 40 years, retiring in 1996.  Kenneth enjoyed squirrel hunting, fishing and collecting walnuts with his dogs.  He loved to travel, was an avid sports fan, especially the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Clear Creek Amana softball team.  He liked going out to dinner with Shirley at the Olive Garden and Pizza Ranch. 

 

 

 

 

Barbara Taylor Dennler, age 85 of Williamsburg, died Monday, May 2, 2016 at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.  Funeral Services: 10:00 A.M. Friday, May 6, 2016, St. Paul United Methodist Church, Williamsburg, Iowa with Rev. James Parks officiating. Burial will be at 3:30 P.M. Friday, Illyria Cemetery, Elgin, Iowa. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Thursday, May 5, 2016, at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Williamsburg, with a VFW Auxiliary service at 7 P.M. Memorials may be contributed to St. Paul United Methodist Church or Safe Haven of Iowa County. Kloster Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Barbara is survived by her children, Sandra Schrader of Williamsburg, Cherie Carton (Jimmie) of Ankeny, Thomas Dennler (Debbie) of Cedar Rapids, and Crystal B. Radnich (Bill “Skeeter”) of Williamsburg; thirteen grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Glenn in 1994, a son Larry, and a granddaughter Theresa.

Barbara Taylor was born May 24, 1930 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, the daughter of John William Taylor and Bertha Hesse Taylor.  She graduated from B.M.C. Durfee High School, Fall River, MA in 1948, and attended Thibedeau Business College for two years. Barbara and R. Glenn Dennler were married December 11, 1959 in Des Moines, Iowa. Barbara was employed by Swift and Company Feed of Williamsburg for many years. She then worked for the U.S. Postal Service, where she most recently was Postmaster at the Parnell Post Office.  Barb retired in 2006. She was a member of the Williamsburg Saddle Club, the National Association of Postmasters (NAPUS), the Williamsburg VFW Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary. She had a huge heart when it came to animals, and cherished her furry companions, Abby and Holly.

 

 

 

Ross McCulla, age 88, of Grinnell, Iowa, died Monday, May 2, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids.  Funeral Service with Masonic rites will be held at 12:00 p.m. Thursday, May 5, 2016 at Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn, Iowa, with Rev. John Dodds and Rev. Brent De Silva officiating.  Burial will be at the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery.  Visitation at 10:00 a.m. until service time, Thursday, May 5, 2016.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Grace United Methodist Church in Brooklyn or St. Francis Manor Foundation in Grinnell.

Ross is survived by his wife Irene of Grinnell; three sons, David (Joy) McCulla of Cedar Rapids, Dennis (Linda) McCulla of Afton, Oklahoma, and Greg (Barb) McCulla of Pella; seven grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Ross McCulla was born June 7, 1927, in Grinnell, Iowa, the son of William and Annie Ross McCulla.  He graduated from the Brooklyn High School in 1944.  He married Irene Healey on August 10, 1949, at the First United Methodist Church in Marengo.  He farmed the family farm until 1979.  Ross was the executive director of the Iowa Masonic Nursing Home, in Bettendorf from 1979-1989.  After retiring in 1989, he moved back to the Brooklyn area.  In 2003, he and Irene moved to Seeland Park in Grinnell.  He was a 76 year member of Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn.  Ross was a 50 plus year member of Order of the Eastern Star and Corinthian Masonic Lodge of Brooklyn.  He was also a member of the Montezuma Masonic Lodge and was a Thirty-Third Degree Scottish Rite Mason, Master of Kadosh in 1989, York Rite Masonic Bodies at Oskaloosa, Red Cross of Constantine Sovereign in 1985, and of the Research Lodge No. 2.  Ross was the Grand Master of Masons for the state of Iowa from 1976-1977, was the recipient of DeMolay Legion of Honor and was president of the Brooklyn Little League for 10 years. 

 

 

 

Donald L. Price, age 81 of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Marengo, died Friday, April 29, 2016 at Heritage Nursing and Rehab Center in Cedar Rapids. Funeral Services:   10:30 A.M. Tuesday, May 3, 2016, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Rev. Matt German officiating. Burial with military honors will be in the Bishop Cemetery, rural Marengo.  Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Monday, May 2, 2016 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be contributed to the Marengo Library or Marengo Senior Dining.

Donald is survived by his wife Nita of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Marengo; a daughter Tracy Potter (Mark) of Cedar Rapids, two sons, Donald Price Jr. (Ida) of Cedar Rapids, and Daniel Price (Janel) of Marion; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; two brothers Jerry Price (Darlene) of Oklahoma, and Larry Price (Myrna) of Oelwein; three sisters, Jane Farris of Cedar Rapids, Mildred Chard of Wichita, KS, and Marge Topping of Colorado; and three sisters-in-law, Betty Price of Brooklyn, Marion Price of Grinnell, and Joan Price of Beeville, TX.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Richard, Henry and Robert, and a sister Margaret Ann.

Donald Lee Price was born October 21, 1934 in Nebraska, the son of Rolland and Naomi Norris Price. He completed his education in the Brooklyn schools and served in United States Air Force and Navy for four years each. He and Nita Hartmann were married September 18, 1964 in Marengo. Donald was employed as a truck driver for many years.  He loved listening to music, camping, and fishing, and snacking on anything and everything.  He liked to tinker and fix things. But most of all he loved being with his family and spending time with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.   He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Marengo.

 

 

Chester C. Pearson, age 91 of Marion, formerly of Ladora and Marengo, died Friday, April 22, 2016 at The Village Ridge in Marion. Funeral Services: 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 26, 2016, Valley View Baptist Church, 5555 Mount Vernon Rd SE, Cedar Rapids. Burial: Marengo Cemetery with military honors. Visitation: 4 to 6 P.M. Monday, April 25, 2016 at the church. Memorials may be contributed to the Church of the Nazarene, Marengo.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Lenore of The Village Ridge, Marion; two daughters, Amy Scofield (Rick) of The Villages, FL, and Kathy Pettus (Ed) of Hiawatha; five grandchildren, Tracey Eickstaedt (Troy) of Tallahassee, FL, Amber Howell (Donovan) of Tallahassee, FL, Shane Scofield (Ashley) of Bristow, VA, Edward Pettus IV (Lani) of Cedar Rapids and Michael Pettus of Cedar Rapids; seven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Clyde, and a sister Erma Snider. 

Chester Claytes Pearson was born February 7, 1925 in Searsboro, Iowa, the son of John and Alta Pearl Holcomb Pearson.  He graduated from New Sharon High School in 1944 and proudly served in the United States Army for two years during World War II. He was awarded the Purple Heart for his bravery.  He and Lenore Lucille Herman were united in marriage on December 21, 1946 in Marengo, Iowa.  The couple farmed for many years outside of Ladora. He also worked for many years with Gorsh Roofing of Victor. 

How appropriate for a man who worked and loved the land to leave this world on Earth Day.  Chester had a passion for farming, gardening, sharing canned goods, watermelons, black raspberries, morel mushrooms, hickory nuts, apples and vegetables.  He loved to sing, eat popcorn, orange slices, ice cream by the bucket, and bread and milk.  He enjoyed family, putting together puzzles and playing Chinese checkers and monopoly with his girls.  He will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.

 

 

 

Harry A. Leonhardt, age 97, of Amana, Iowa, died on Sunday, April 17, 2016, at Mercy Hospital, Cedar Rapids.  Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the Middle Amana Community Church in Middle Amana with Elder Kristie Yoder officiating.  Burial will be in the Middle Amana Cemetery with military honors.  The family will receive friends from 1 -2 PM Saturday at the church.   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans (DAV).  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Survivors include a son, Mark (Tami), of Columbia, South Carolina; three grandchildren, Eric, of College Station, Texas, Tori and Nicholas of Columbia, South Carolina; a sister, Rose Leonhardt, Amana; a nephew, Larry Rettig (Wilma) South Amana; a niece, Rosemary Houser (David), of Moatsville, WV; a nephew, Douglas Leonhardt (Janet), Cedar Rapids, a nephew David Leonhardt of Kansas City, MO, and a niece, Ellen Leonhardt, Cedar Rapids. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ferdinand and Minnie, his wife, Anne, a sister, Lina, a brother, Elmer and a niece, Bonnie (Rettig) Hertel.

Harry Allen Leonhardt was born on July 11, 1918, in Middle Amana, IA, the son of Ferdinand and Minnie Reihmann Leonhardt. He attended High School in Marengo for two years and after the building of the Amana High School in Middle, he was with the first Amana graduating class of ‘36. In April of 1941, he was the second one from the Amanas called for the draft during World War II.  He received training in the medical core and was stationed in San Francisco at the Presidio.  After 17 months, he went to Officer’s Candidate School at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and received training as a tank commander, graduating as a second lieutenant.  He served with the 778th tank battalion of the US Third Army.  He received a battlefield promotion to 1st Lieutenant and was also awarded a silver star and bronze star medal for gallantry in action.  Near the end of the war he met his future wife, Anne, in Oberplan, Sudetenland, what is now the Czech Republic.  After Anne received orders to report to a labor camp, he smuggled her out of the country into Linz, Austria, where her family, after escaping, came to meet her.  Anne came to America in 1947 as part of the War Brides Act and they were married on June 21st, 1947.  They were married until Anne’s passing in March of this year for almost 69 years.

Harry worked most of his career at Iowa Pipe and Supply Company and later Plumb Supply Company until age 68.  At age 69 he began his second career as a broom maker at The Broom and Basket Shop in West Amana until his early 90’s.

Harry enjoyed scouting and was a Boy Scouts of America leader until his early 90’s.  After returning from the war he decided to complete his Eagle Scout requirements and in 1957, at the age of 39, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout.  He started three generations of Eagle Scouts as his son, Mark and grandsons, Eric and Nicholas have also achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Harry also enjoyed hunting and fishing, and music; playing guitar, violin, harmonica and singing.  He and his wife performed in many traditional German performances in the Amanas for many years.  He and Anne also enjoyed playing bridge. Harry was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 76.

Harry was a wonderful husband, brother, father and grandfather, whose memory will be cherished by all who knew and loved him.

 

 

 

Leonard Allen Bird, age 75, of Marengo, Iowa, died Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at the Amara Hospice House in Edinburg, TX. Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., April 30, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, Iowa with Rev. Matt German officiating. Military honors will be conducted at the funeral home. the famiy will receive friends from 12:30 - 1:30 P.M. Saturday at the Marengo American Legion Hall.

Leonard is survived by his wife, Diane; sisters, Dorothy Crook (Verlin) of Waterloo, and Alice Canon (Sydney). He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers, Jess, Harold, Don and Bob.

Leonard Allen Bird was born January 21, 1941 in Delta, Iowa, the son of Jerry Bird and Eathyl Naomi White Bird.  Following his graduation, Leonard served in the U.S. Army for several years.  He and Diane Seevers were married on November 11, 1966 at the Little Brown Church, in Nashua, Iowa.  Leonard was employed with Amana Refrigeration for a few years. He worked with the Department of Transportation from 1971 -83, and the University of Iowa from 1984 – 93.  He was a member of the Marengo American Legion Post #76.

Leonard was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan, and enjoyed NASCAR races. He liked to spend time camping and fishing. He loved his wife and his dogs, and cherished the time spent with them, his family, and his friends.

 

 

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