Walter F. Schuerer, age 96, of Amana, passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at his home.  Funeral service:  10:00 a.m., Monday, January 16, 2017, at the Middle Amana Community Church, Middle Amana with elder Harold Pitz officiating.  Burial will be in the Amana Cemetery with military honors.  Visitation:  4 to 7 p.m., Sunday, January 15, 2017 at the Middle Amana Church, Middle Amana.  Memorials can be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Walter is survived by his three children Ronald Schuerer of East Amana, Gerald (Fay) Schuerer of Amana and Madeline Schulte of Amana; three grandchildren Rayme Schuerer (Michelle) of Amana, Jennifer Kaefring (Kevin) of Willliamsburg and Rob Schuerer (Alissa) of Shueyville; four great-grandchildren; and his beloved pets and champion, Dixieland Luke, and his Brittanies Kyla, Josie and Pearl.  A very special thanks to Tanya Collentine and doctor Maryann Nelson for their exceptional care.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Florence in 2014, two brothers George and Harold, a son-in-law Keith “Skeeter” Schulte, a daughter-in-law Linda Schuerer, a brother-in-law John Rettig, and a sister-in-law Doris Rettig.

Walter Schuerer was born August 28, 1920, in Amana, the son of Walter and Magdalena Oehl Schuerer.  He graduated from the Amana Schools in 1938.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1943-1946, during the Battle of the Bulge, receiving his bronze star medal.  Walter was united in marriage to Florence Rettig on January 30, 1946, in Davenport, Iowa.  In his earlier years, he worked at the East Amana Farm, the Amana Meat Shop, the Colony Inn from 1946-1990, and later joining the Brick Haus Restaurant from 1990-2010.  In 1963, he started Cedar Lane Farm, where he raised Angus cattle, German Shorthair Pointers, Brittany Spaniels, and horses.  He was a member of the American Legion Post 234, Amana Heritage Society, Amana Society, Amana Church, and the Iowa Restaurant Association.  Walter loved driving and looking at the country side and farms, driving through the Amana Villages and reminiscing and explaining their history, hunting and his daily feedings of his Koi in his fish pond.  Walter enjoyed being around people, and was well recognized throughout the world as being a great ambassador for the Amana Colonies.  He especially loved his trips with Florence to Japan, Germany, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Africa, Brazil and Italy. 






Anna V. Olson, age 88, formerly of Hartwick, passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at Premier Estates of Toledo.  Funeral Mass: 1:00 P.M. Saturday, January 14, 2017, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn with Fr. Corey Close officiating.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Brooklyn. Visitation: 10:00 AM – 12:00 noon, Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. A rosary recital will be held at 11:30 a.m. Memorials may be contributed to the University of Pennsylvania Hospital for F.O.P. Research.

Anna is survived by her children, David (Julie) of Decorah, Janice (Dennis) Kelly of Morton, IL, Thomas (Marilyn) of Cedar Rapids, Douglas of Des Moines, Jim (Mary) of Burlington, LeRoy (LouAnna) of Toledo, Margaret (Curtis) McWilliams of Victor and Randy (Paula) of West Des Moines; nineteen grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law Paul Schember of Florida, and numerous nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Howard in 2002, a grandson Tyler, sisters, twins Marie Posusta and Julia Waterbeck, and Agnes at 2 years old, and brothers, Joe and George Vavroch, and Francis who died at birth.

Anna Vlasta Vavroch was born August 18, 1928 in rural Chelsea, the daughter of Charles and Anna Hayek Vavroch.  She graduated from Tama High School and received her teaching degree from the Iowa State Teachers College, Cedar Falls. Anna and Howard Olson were married on August 20, 1949 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Tama. Anna devoted her life to caring for her husband and children, and later worked at the Hartwick State Bank.

Anna was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed summer vacations with her husband and children. She loved to go dancing with Howard, spend time in her garden, and play cards and BINGO with their friends.  She especially loved the time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Anna was a member of the Ladies Red Hat Club in Victor, and the Altar and Rosary Guild of St. Bridget’s in Victor as well as St. Pat’s in Brooklyn.




Ronnie Lee Binney, age 63, of Amana, died Monday, January 2, 2017, at Manor Care in Cedar Rapids.  Funeral Services:  10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 7, 2017, at the Middle Amana Church, Middle Amana, with Elder Alan Trumpold officiating.  Burial will be in the Amana Cemetery, with military honors.  Visitation:  4 to 6 p.m., Friday, January 6, 2017, at the Middle Amana Church.  A memorial fund has been established.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Ronnie is survived by a son Elijah; two daughters Elizabeth (Adam) Olson and Crystal Binney; and four grandchildren Canan, Ava, Emily and Andrew.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Sharron and two brothers.                                        

Ronnie Binney was born June 5, 1953, in South Bend, Indiana, the son of Richard Binney and Jessie Craig Binney. He grew up in Fishlake, Indiana.  After graduating high school, he enlisted in the Army and later married Joanna Hemphill.  Together, they lived in Kentucky and owned and operated their computer fixing business.  The couple later divorced.   Ronnie liked to fix and tinker with various items, grilling, and reading the Bible. He spent much of his quiet time writing poetry in which he won an award in 2014.  He also enjoyed singing bluegrass and gospel music.





Rozella Hahn, age 83, of Middle Amana, passed away Saturday, December 31, 2016.  Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at the Middle Amana Community Church, with Elder Tony Berger officiating.  Burial will be in the Middle Amana Cemetery, Middle Amana.  Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Monday, January 2, 2017, at the Middle Amana Community Church.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be contributed to the donor’s choice.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, is in charge of arrangements.

Rozella Hahn is survived by five sons Fred (Marcia), Jay (Susie), Brad (Lynn), Bill (Sue) and George (Michele); thirteen grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren; a sister Betty Jones.  She was preceded in death by her husband Fred in 1973, her parents, a great-grandson Timothy, a brother Ken Smith, a sister Mary Lou Nightingale.

Rozella Smith was born August 16, 1933, in Blair, Oklahoma, the daughter of Robert and Della Hagian Smith.  She graduated from Amana High School in 1952.  Rozella was united in marriage to the love of her life, Fred William Hahn on August 18, 1951.  She will be remembered most for being a loving mom, grandma and great grandma.  Her family was her world. 




Ginger Marie Myers, age 57, Amana died Thursday Dec. 29, 2016. Celebration of Life Services will be at 10 a.m., Monday, January 2, 2017 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Elder Michael Shoup officiating.  Burial will be in the Amana Cemetery, Amana.  Friends may call 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, January 1, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home in Marengo.  Memorials may be contributed to Safe Haven of Iowa County.

Ginger is survived by her brother Robert Hoppe and wife Emilie of West Amana; mother in law, LouAnn M. Myers, Tiffin, brother in law, Mark Myers and wife Deb, North Liberty; Nephews, Charlie Myers, North Liberty; John Hoppe, High Amana. Nieces: Anna Hoppe Schumacher (Tyler) Iowa City; Katie Hoppe Meyer (Jeff) Rowan, Iowa and grandniece Macy Marie Meyer; her dogs, Elvis and Hank, and her illusive pet cat, Jinxie.  She was preceded in death by her husband Chris Myers (2012), her father John Hoppe (1991), and by her mother, Virginia Hoppe on August 8, 2016.

Ginger was born Dec. 21, 1959, the daughter of Virginia Krauss Hoppe and John Hoppe of Amana.  She graduated from Amana High School in 1978.  She attended Kirkwood College studying business management.  Ginger was united in marriage to Chris Myers on Feb. 10, 1984, in her family home in Amana.  She was a lifelong member of the Amana Church.

Joining the family business, Krauss Furniture and Clock Shop in South Amana, Ginger worked nearly all aspects of the business but particularly excelled at sales. She was proud of the Krauss family legacy of craftsmanship and customer service, encouraging her husband to master furniture making.  In 2008 she joined the staff at Casey’s in Amana where she put her professional training and sales ability to good use, enjoying the customer interaction and the opportunity to see friends and neighbors. Also in 2008, she and Chris started Oscar’s Wood Products which they operated together until his death.

Ginger enjoyed cooking, and she and Chris loved to welcome friends and family to their home.  Ginger loved being an aunt and cherished time spent with her nieces and nephews.  Walking her dogs, travel, cruise vacations and time spent with her Mom, her family and her many close friends were most important to her.




Lenore Lucille Herman Pearson, age 91, of Marion, formerly of Ladora and Marengo, passed away Friday, December 23, 2016 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids.  Private services will be Friday, December 30, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, with Pastor Eddie Thomas officiating.  Burial will be at the Marengo Cemetery.  A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., January 14, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  A memorial fund has been established. 

Lenore is survived by her daughters Amy Scofield, of The Village, Florida and Kathy (Ed III) Pettus of Hiawatha; five grandchildren Tracey (Troy) Eickstaedt, of Tallasasse, Florida, Amber (Donovan) Howell of Tallahasse, Florida, Shane (Ashley) Scofield, Valrico, Florida, Edward (Lani) Pettus IV of Cedar Rapids and Michael Pettus of Cedar Rapids; seven great grandchildren; and two sisters Ruth Mary Tibbetts, Marcia (Butch) Lamprecht and a brother Norman (Jan) Herman.  She was preceded in death by her husband Chester in April 2016, her parents, a son-in-law Rick Scofield in October 2016, five brothers Earl, Dean, Elmer, Gerald and Keith Herman, a sister, Kathryn Holst, two brothers-in-law Clyde Pearson and James Tibbetts, and a sister-in-law, Erma Snider.

Lenore Lucille Herman, was born March 2, 1925, in Oxford, the daughter of Melvin John and Ernestine Caroline Guth Herman.  She graduated from the Marengo High School and later received her degree from the Iowa State Teachers College.  Lenore married Chester Pearson on December 21, 1946.  She was a teacher and a loving mother and housewife.  She belonged to the Marengo Church of the Nazarene.  Lenore was an avid reader, a wonderful cook and a great gardener.  She loved to share Jesus’s love with everyone. 



Dorothy E. Trumpold, age 104, formerly of East Amana, died Monday, December 26, 2016, at Colonial Manor of Amana.  Funeral Services:  10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 31, 2016, at Middle Amana Church, with Elder Betsy Momany officiating.  Burial will be in the East Amana Cemetery.  Visitation:  4 to 6 p.m., Friday, December 30, 2016 at the Middle Amana Church.  Memorial contributions can be made to the Amana Church Society and Amana Artists Guild.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Rosalie (Larry) Ochs of Amana; granddaughter Teresa Ochs of Tiffin; a grandson Don (Mary) Ochs of Ankeny; two great-grandsons Matthew (Tamara) Ochs of Urbandale and Stephen Ochs of North Liberty; and three great-great-grandchildren, Kieran, Emery, and Carter Ochs of Urbandale.  She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and her sister Louise Blechschmidt.

Dorothy was born September 22, 1912, in East Amana, Iowa, the daughter of Benjamin and Catherine Hess Schuerer.  She lived in the Amana Colonies her entire life.  As a girl, she learned knitting, crocheting and embroidery like many other girls in the community.  On September 23, 1933, she married Carl Trumpold at the East Amana Church.  At that time, she was working at the Amana Woolen Mill in the spinning department.  In 1940, she took over carpet weaving from her grandfather who had become ill.  Because of his concern that no one would pick up the weaving duties, Dorothy accepted the task and found that this was something she really liked doing.  She had a great ability to mix colors and always appreciated the comments people would make about her creations.  She also worked for many years at the Ronneburg Restaurant in Amana.  Along with cooking, she also enjoyed gardening, growing flowers, and took pride in maintaining the appearance of her home, yard and garden. 

The highlight of her life was being honored with the National Heritage Fellowship award in 2001, by the National Endowment for the Arts.  This is the highest honor in the United States given in recognition of shaping Fold and Traditional Arts.  She received this award in Washington, DC for her excellence in rug weaving.  Additionally, Dorothy is one of five artists featured in a book written by Alana Governor titled “Extraordinary Ordinary People”.

Dorothy loved time spent with all the generations of her family and also appreciated cards, letters, and visits from others while a resident of Colonial Manor.




Diane Marie Kriegel, age 64 of Montezuma, died Sunday, December 25, 2016 at her home. Funeral Mass: 10:30 A.M. Friday, December 30, 2016, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn with Fr. Corey Close officiating. Burial: Calvary Cemetery, Brooklyn. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Thursday, December 29, 2016, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn with a Scripture Service at 7 P.M. A memorial fund has been established.

Diane is survived by her husband, Raphael; her children, Lisa Kriegel (Marcos) of Montezuma, Justin (Jennifer) Kriegel of Grinnell, Heidi Campbell (Russ) of Grinnell, Jenny Ogan (Chris) of Montezuma, Crissy Kriegel of Montezuma and Erik (Nikki) Kriegel of Montezuma; ten grandchildren, Alexis (Seth), Alaina, Jarrod, Haley, Ryan, Blaine, Brady, Bailee, Kaitlyn and Mackinze; and a great-granddaughter, Iris.  Also surviving are her mother Elsie Blomme of Belle Plaine, and her siblings, Danny (Karen) Blomme of Lakeland FL, David (Diane) Blomme of Tama, and Deb (John) VanRoekel of Montezuma. 

She was preceded in death by her father Richard Blomme, father-in-law and mother-in-law, William and Catherine Kriegel.

Diane Marie Blomme was born November 13, 1952 in Belle Plaine, Iowa, the daughter of Richard Charles and Elsie Faye Hilligas Blomme.  She graduated from Belle Plaine High School with the Class of 1970, and married Raphael John Kriegel on November 4, 1972 at St. Joseph’s Church in Chelsea.  She worked for Montezuma Manufacturing for 34 years, retiring in December 2014. 

Diane was a loving, wife, mother, and grandmother who cherished her family. She loved to cook, do laundry, and mow the yard. She never missed a chance to brag about her grandchildren. She enjoyed playing cards, camping, reading, watching the Hawkeyes and the Chicago Cubs. She really did love her job.  Diane also was a committee member for the Alzheimer’s Association, and a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.



Dee Ann Geno, age 53, of Marengo, passed away Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at her home.  The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 P.M. Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A Graveside Service will be held at 1:00 P.M. Thursday, December 29, 2016 at Mount Horeb Cemetery in Sturgeon, Missouri. A memorial fund has been established. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Dee is survived by her husband Lee Geno; her children, JoDee Ann Stidham, Justin Wayne Stidham, Shawn Simpson, Susie Demberton, Stephanie Marie Geno, and Kristin Leigh Geno; her grandchildren, Brylee May Stidham, Khloee Owen, and Pyper Stidham. Also surviving are her mother, Wilma Simpson; and her sisters, Diana Abel, and Dena Reed.

She was preceded in death by her father, Dewane Simpson, a brother Darrell Simpson, and a niece Deva.

Dee Ann Simpson was born January 29, 1963 in Carrollton, Missouri, the daughter of Dewane and Wilma Smith Simpson.  She graduated from Hallsville High School in 1981. Dee was a stay at home mom who loved to fish, and in earlier years was an avid horseback rider. She and Lee T. Geno were married on July 9, 2004 in Cedar Rapids. They resided in rural Marengo. She was a loving grandmother who looked forward to caring for the grandchildren, and doing all the grandma type activities with them.  She also enjoyed spending time with her family and her friends.




Lainey Jae Riedel, age 4 months, passed away Monday, December 19, 2016.  Funeral service:  11:00 a.m., Friday, December 23, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, with Father Corey Close officiating.  Burial will be in the Hartwick Cemetery.  Visitation:  10:00 a.m., Friday, December 23, 2016, until service time.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established and a GoFundMe page

Lainey Jae Riedel is survived by her parents, Scott and Emily Riedel, Hartwick; paternal grandparents, Robert and Jenny Riedel, Ladora and Rick and Kris Loschen, Brooklyn; maternal grandparents Curt and Angie Kriegel, Hartwick; paternal great-grandparents Curt and Colleen Riedel, Victor, Donnie and Connie McGinnis, Lincoln, NE, and Mary Carlson, Brooklyn; maternal great-grandparents Linda Kriegel, Grinnell and Don and Norma VanErsvelde, Deep River; paternal great-great-grandparent Ercel Riedel, Ottumwa; aunts, Kacie and Matt McCahen , Sarissa Riedel and Makenze Riedel; uncles Travis and Jen Kriegel, Christian and Camdon Loschen and Bryan Riedel; cousins Lilly Riedel and Landin McCahen.  Also surviving are many great-aunts and uncles.  She was preceded in death by her brother Luke and sister Ivy Riedel, paternal great-grandparents Gene and Theresa Klein and maternal great-grandfather Glen Joe Kriegel.

Lainey Jae Riedel, a happy 7 lb., 13 oz. and 21 inch, beautiful baby girl, was born August 17, 2016, to Scott and Emily Riedel.  She was very vocal and loved drops of Mountain Dew and sucking on candy bars that her Grandpa Curt gave her.  Lainey especially loved “Mommy and Me time”, her mom always had that special touch to calm her when she was upset. She also loved  watching the Iowa Hawkeyes with Daddy and watching tractor videos.





Terrance Terry Franklin Fratella, 67, of Fairfax, “rounded third and headed for home” to be with his Savior, Jesus Christ, on Monday, December 19th, 2016, in Cedar Rapids.  He was surrounded by his beloved wife, Jeanne, and two sons, Dennis and Scott. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Thursday, December 22nd at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Marion. Funeral Service: 11:00 A.M. Friday, December 23, 2016 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Marion, with a luncheon to follow. Burial will be on Friday, immediately following lunch, at the Marengo Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or the Cedar Hills Baseball Booster Club. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Terry was born in the Bronx, NY, on July 29th, 1949 to Frank and Opal (Stevens) Fratella. Terry attended St. James Catholic Elementary and High School in Penns Grove, NJ, graduating in 1967. He attended Charles City Junior College, Charles City, Iowa, for one year, then Simpson College, where he graduated with a B.A. in psychology. His first job was at the Glenwood State Hospital School, where he met Jeanne. They were married on June 24th, 1972, at the Roadside Park in Marengo. In 1973, he began working for Kirkwood College at the Skill Center as a counselor. In 2007, he retired from full-time work but continued part-time until January of 2016.

Terry’s three loves were Jesus, family & friends, and baseball. Terry coached for 20 years, impacting many young lives in the Hiawatha Kids League, Cedar Hills Booster Club, and Babe Ruth Baseball League. His ministry was to teach players life lessons through the game of baseball. He especially enjoyed coaching his sons and passed on his love for the game to them. Terry was also very active in church, serving as an elder, Stephen Minister and Leader, and Communion Assistant. His family and friends knew him for his quick wit and dry sense of humor.

Terry was preceded in death by his parents; brother Joel in infancy; father-in-law Harold Mantz; and brother-in-law Wayne Mantz. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 44 years, Jeanne Mantz Fratella; son Dennis (Yvonne) of Cedar Rapids; son Scott (Tonya) of Ankeny; and grandchildren Braylon, Luca, Ewan, Hayden, Hugo, and Sean; and special friends in his life, Harold and Phyllis Rosenberry, Dave Kerton, Gale Pierce, Kay Bone, and Sean Moffett.

Born with cerebral palsy, Terry overcame many obstacles in his life. He never complained, accepting the course that God laid out for him.






Mavis Heishman, age 82, of Hartwick, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 5, 2016, at the Brooklyn Community Estates.  There will be no funeral services.  Burial will be at a later date.  A gathering of family and friends will be held in the future.

Mavis June Rinehart Heishman, was born alongside her twin sister Avis on April 23, 1934, in Iowa county to Clarence and Merle Shedenhelm Rinehart.  She graduated from Ladora in 1953.  Mavis married Maynard Heishman (later divorced) and lived in rural Brooklyn.  They had three children; Kevin, Jeanne and Tracy.  She most recently had lived in Hartwick. 

Growing up, Mavis worked mowing yards, babysitting and as a waitress.  She played piano and trombone and was a member of a small, scrappy girls basketball team for Ladora, winning the state tournament in 1950.  She worked a number of years for General Telephone Company.  She loved attending all of her children’s school activities.  She enjoyed music, theatre, reading, history, refinishing, yardwork, home decorating, antiques and especially her flowers.

Mavis is survived by her children Kevin Heishman, of Brooklyn, Jeanne Morris, of Aurora, CO, and Tracy Heishman, of Hartwick; four grandchildren Jeannette, Michelle, Fred and Sarah Morris, all of the suburbs of Denver, CO; two sisters Marcella (Fess) Parker of CA and Avis (Gerald “Joe”) Fraker of Victor; and a sister-in-law Eileen Rinehart of Sturgis, MI.  She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings Inez Rinehart, Ireta (John) Daniels, Mervaille Rinehart and Elton Rinehart.






David Ray Schlesselman, age 69, of Brooklyn, passed away Friday, December 9, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.  Funeral services:  10:30 a.m., Thursday, December 15, 2016, at Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn, Iowa, with Rev. Brent de Silva officiating.  Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery.  Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, December 14, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, Iowa.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established. 

David was survived by his wife Becky; two children Ray Schlesselman of Brooklyn and Kathy (Henning) Bilgrav of Denmark; four grandchildren David and Robert Schlesselman and Kate and Ian Bilgrav; two siblings James Schlesselman and Nancy (Philip) Ehlers; and many nieces, nephews and their families.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

David Schlesselman was born June 25, 1947, in Guernsey, the son of Ray Russel and Frances Maxine Morrow Schlesselman.  He graduated from BGM in 1965 and started farming the family farm.  David was united in marriage to Rebecca Merck in 1966.  They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this past summer.  David worked various occupations, but mainly over the road truck driving for many years.  He owned his own truck and always made an effort to be home for Ray and Kathy’s school and church activities.   He had a variety of interests and hobbies.  He volunteered for the Boy Scouts, enjoyed mink, ferrets, flowers, logging, honey bees and playing cards.  His grandchildren were the joy of his life. 





Robert Austin Cram, age 88, of Chandler, AZ, formerly of Brooklyn, passed away peacefully on December 1, 2016, at his home with his daughter by his side.  Funeral Service:   11:00 a.m., Friday, December 9, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, with Fr. Corey Close officiating.  Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery.  Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 9, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. A memorial fund has been established. 

Robert (Bob) is survived by his children Dennis (Sally) Cram and Linda Cram; a grandchild Kellynne (Jeremy) Oxley; three great-grandchildren Oakley, Anistyn, and Layla Oxley; a sister-in-law Esther Deloof and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Marjorie, five siblings Raymond (Doris) Cram, LaVaughn (Phyllis/Pauline) Cram, Delmar (Ruth) Cram, Betty (Jim) Allgood and Francis (Bill) Wilcox and a grandson Robert Cram.

Robert (Bob) Cram was born at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City on March 19, 1928, the son of Lee Cram and Mary Ann (Mamie) Collum Cram.  He graduated from the Brooklyn High School in 1948.  He initially became employed with T.I.P. Rural Electric Cooperative as a Journeyman Lineman after his High School graduation and maintained his employment there until his retirement on his 62nd birthday.  Robert (Bob) was united in marriage to Marjorie L. Cram at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Brooklyn, Iowa on October 20, 1949.  Bob and Marj always considered themselves very blessed to be best friends and life partners for over 67 years of their lives.  Golfing and fishing with friends brought Bob great enjoyment in his life along with his membership to the International Cactus and Succulent Society (even while living in Iowa).  He loved vacationing with his family, taking his wife shopping (so he could visit with other men who were also waiting for their spouses), spoiling his children/grandchildren and enjoying the sunny winter seasons during his retirement years in Chandler, AZ.







Donald Slaymaker, age 85 of Marengo, passed away Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids.  Services:  11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church in Marengo, with Pastor Lisa Crow officiating.  Burial will be in the Koszta Cemetery, rural Marengo.  Family will receive friends at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 3, 2016, until service time.  A memorial fund has been established. 

Donald is survived by his wife Lovell; a daughter Lanette Martinson of Euless, Texas; two sons Steven (Lori) Slaymaker of Marengo and Jeffrey (Kim) Slaymaker of Belle Plaine; six grandchildren Jason Harrelson, Kaitlin Martinson, Rachel Slaymaker, Gretchen Slaymaker, Tyler Hartz and Zacary Slaymaker; and a brother Marvin.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and three brothers Dean, Melvin and Richard.

Donald was born August 3, 1931 in Kostza, the son of McClellan and Kathrine Hartz Slaymaker.  He graduated from Marengo High School in 1949.  He attended the Iowa Barber College and received his degree.  On September 24, 1961, Donald married Lovell Marie Starkweather at the First United Methodist Church in Marengo.  Donald was a barber for 66 years and worked at Amana Refrigeration for 25 years.  He enjoyed bird watching, racing and traveling.  He loved attending the grandchildren’s sporting activities. 






Richard Herbert Carmichael, age 72, of Brooklyn, passed away at his home on Friday, November 25, 2016.  A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 p.m. with a visitation to follow until 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 4, 2016, at the Michael J. Manatt Community Center, Brooklyn, Iowa with Chaplain Dwayne Potter officiating.  Inurnment will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 2, 2016 at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery, Van Meter, Iowa.  A memorial fund has been established. 
Rich is survived by his wife Robin; three sons Jacob (Melinda) Chandler of Grinnell, Charles (Hannah) Hutt of Brooklyn and Robert Julin of Iowa City; two daughters Hollie (Ben) Kahler of Cedar Falls and Jesica Miller-Julin (Kevin Doty) of Grinnell; two siblings Robert Carmichael of Brooklyn and Karen Karr of Roach, Missouri; ten grandchildren Mason Olivia, Sophie, Alexis, Teylor, Emma, Madison, Alaina, Aubree and Kattarina.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Brock Miller, a brother-in-law Gary Goodrich and a sister-in-law Jessie Carmichael. 

Rich was born September 1, 1944, in Brooklyn, the son of Kenneth And Ruth Davidson Carmichael.  He graduated from BGM in 1962.  Following graduation, he attended the University of Iowa and graduated on February 4, 1967, with a B.S.  He served in the Air Force ROTC Program and received his private pilot’s license.  Rich entered the Air Force and attended the pilot training program at Vance AFB, OK.  Operational assignments included; Clark AB, Philippine Islands; Ubon AB, Thailand during the Vietnam War flying combat missions over Cambodia, Laos, South and North Vietnam; Luke AFB, Arizona as an Instructor Pilot in the F-4 Phantom all-weather supersonic fighter aircraft.  After over eight years in the Air Force, Rich began farming with his father southwest of Brooklyn in the Bear Creek Township.  He served as the president of the Poweshiek Water Association board of directors for 7 ½ years from the beginning of the association into the early phases of construction.  He married Robin Chandler July 7, 2007, at the Grace United Methodist church in Brooklyn. Rich was a member of the Brooklyn Ruritans staying active in community affairs.  He enjoyed vacationing with his family, especially camping and campfires.  He loved deer hunting with his wife and playing sequence with Karen and Gary.  Rich enjoyed his time taking care of his farm and spending countless hours with family. 








Ellen Bacon John Kloster
George Bean Diane Kriegel
Vivian Becker Hailey Kruse
Daryl Behounek Jennie Leichsenring
Charles Boerjan Anne Leonhardt
Sharon Borchardt Harry Leonhardt
William Bills Bonnie Lindenmayer
Leonard Bird Madeline Lillie
William Burlage Mary Martin
Darlene Byrn Lucille Maas
Richard Carmichael Gerald Manatt
Ralph Chapman Frances Maschmann
Marilyn Clayton Michael Maxwell
MaryAnn Conrad Ross McCulla
Marilyn Coon Fred McDonald
Marjorie Cram Dennis Miles
Robert Cram Marilyn Miller
John Danker Frederick Milner
Barbara Dennler Robert Misel
Pauline DePauw Willis Montgomery
Mary Doty Helen Moser
Ruth Ehrmann Ginger Myers
Erna Fels Neal Nesselroad
Mary Ann Fels Kenneth Neumann
Anita Felling William Oehler
Laurene Fiser Debra Olson
Brett Folkedahl Hugh Owens
Terry Fratella William Parson
Howard Frimml Chester Pearson
Dee Ann Geno Lenore Pearson
Kerry Godfrey Eugene Plotz
Carol "Kelly" Gould Donald Price
Frances Griffith Karla Rathjen
Kenneth Grimm Harold Reihman
Carroll Gunderson Richard Rhinehart
Darlene Hacker Maxine Roberts
Conrad Hahn Lainey Riedel
Rozella Hahn Margaret Risdon
Laura Hall Delmar Schindler
Dorothy Heisdorffer David Schlesselman
Mavis Heishman Michael Schmuecker
Steve Heller Donald Slaymaker
Wesely Heller Ruth Solem
Donna Henning Cheryl Sparrowgrove-Worcel
Max Herrmann Francis Sponar
Irene Hicks Howard Strong
Floyd Hollopeter Leonard Timm
Joan Homire Dorothy Trumpold
Mary "Frankie" Honn Nan Vang
Virginia Hoppe Colleen Vesely
Larry Huedepohl Ronnie Vols
Lynda Johnson Betty Waters
Lorene Karsten Evelyn Wauters
Jeff Kloster Doris Weiss


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