Lucille E. Brown, age 80 of Ladora, Iowa, died Friday, September 12, 2014 at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa. Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, September 16, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with George Grothman officiating.  Burial will be in Ohio Cemetery, Ladora, Iowa. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Monday, September 15, 2014 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.

Lucille is survived by her husband Duane; two sons, Steven and Duane, Jr. both of Ladora; and a daughter Brenda Lee Peters and husband Dean of Bowling Green, VA. Also surviving are her brother Robert Sebetka (Joann) of Ely, and a sister Marie Vanous of Independence, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, and a daughter Maureen Brown on September 9, 2012.

Lucille Evelyn was born August 26, 1934 in rural Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the daughter of George Sebetka and Mary Marousek Sebetka. She graduated from Alburnett High School in 1952 and married Duane Grant Brown on December 15, 1955 in Cedar Rapids.  Besides being a wife and mother, Lucille assisted her family on the farm.  She enjoyed fishing, gardening and canning, and taking care of the chickens.  She was especially fond of her cats. 

 

 

 

Evelyn C. Griffin, age 87 of Marion, formerly of Williamsburg, died Friday, September 12, 2014 at The Villages Assisted Living in Marion. Private Graveside Services will be held Monday, September 15, 2014, with Rev. Sonda Kirsteatter officiating.  The family will receive friends from 2 to 6 P.M. Sunday, September 14, 2014 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. Memorials may be contributed to Olivet Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids.

Evelyn is survived by her son, Larry and wife Debbie of Cedar Rapids, and a grandson that she adored, Scott of Iowa City. Also surviving are her siblings, Murray Evans and wife Lynn of Williamsburg, Carl Evans of Solon, Ruth Baker of Iowa City, and Gladys Beasley of Marengo, a sister-in-law Bonnie Evans of Rock Island, a brother-in-law, Larry Raasch and wife Linda of Moline. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Gene in 2009, a sister, Lucille Raasch and a brother Ed Evans.

Evelyn Clara Evans was born July 19, 1927 in Williamsburg, Iowa, the daughter of Howard and Clara Goss Evans.  She attended the Iowa county schools and married Gene Franklin Griffin on November 1, 1952 in Fairfield, Iowa.  Evelyn worked at several businesses in the Williamsburg area, lastly at Amana Refrigeration for over 20 years.  Following her retirement, Evelyn and Gene enjoyed winters in Florida. In later years, Evelyn enjoyed watching the Cubs (who she always thought the umpires were against), playing cards and going to the casino.

She was a member of Olivet Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids.

The family would like to thank Dr. Cindy Hanawalt for her compassionate care, and Diana and the staff at the Villages Assisted Living Facility for making Mom’s final years so comfortable and enjoyable.

 

 

 

 

 

Agnes E. Stone, age 91 of Brooklyn, Iowa, died Saturday evening, September 6, 2014 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Funeral Mass: 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 12, 2014, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn, with Fr. Brian Shepley officiating.  Burial: Calvary Cemetery, Brooklyn. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, September 11, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn where a Parish Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. A memorial fund has been established.

Agnes Elizabeth Sherbon Stone, daughter of James Clinton and Margaret Elizabeth Wintringer Sherbon, was born June 18, 1923, near Walker, Iowa.  She graduated from the Walker Public School in 1941.

Her interest in news writing began with the high school paper, continued to the hometown paper and during WWII to a hometown newsletter to area servicemen and women, and features in the Cedar Rapids Gazette.  Her newswriting interest took her to the Marion Sentinel.  There she met Donald Stone.  They were married August 9, 1947, and in 1954 they moved to Brooklyn, IA, where they were both employed by the Brooklyn Chronicle and the Brooklyn Paper.  Her columns, “embers” and “a stone’s throw," were of local interest.  In addition, she served on the committees to research and write the history of Brooklyn and the history of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
She was a member of St. Patrick’s Church, its Altar and Rosary Society, the Patrician Club, the B.B.B., and a neighborhood group.  She served on the Brooklyn Library Board for several years and served on the board for the Brooklyn Community Fund Drive.   She enjoyed doing for others, as well as tending to her flowers, both indoors and out.

Agnes is survived by her children, Jamie (Ron) Ginkens of Chariton, IA; Donn (Jane) of Boone, IA; Susan (Glenn) Knox of Oskaloosa, IA; Diane (Alan) Marshall of Center Point, IA; Kristine (Craig) Robinson of Gilman, IA; Pat Howard of Urbandale, IA; Traci Carney of Huxley, IA; and Anthony (Barbara) of Lansing, MI; 25 grandchildren: Genni Ginkens Heffron, Carrie Knox VanMersbergen, Jason Marshall, Aaron Ginkens, Rachel Knox Buchanan, Leslie Marshall Althoff, Robert Knox, Ryann Ginkens,  Amanda Stone Swart, Tiffany Squiers Proctor, Amy Marshall, Melissa Stone Stewart, Casie Squiers Smith, Michelle Stone Borrison, Mallory Marshall,  Matthew Stone, Austin Howard, Walker Howard, Jack Carney, Parker Howard, Michael Marshall, Anthony Stone, Maggi Carney, Lesli Carney, and Gabriella Stone; 21 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1993, her infant son Timothy, her parents, four brothers, four sisters, and 13 step-brothers and sisters.

 

 

 

 

Marie E. Staman, aged 90, of Amana, Iowa, died Monday, September 1, 2014 at Colonial Manor in Amana. She died following a short illness from a recent fall suffered in her home. Visitation with the family present will be 4:30 to 7:30 P.M. Friday, September 12, 2014 at Kloster Funeral Home in Marengo, IA. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 P.M. Saturday, September 13, 2014 at First Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with the family receiving friends after 1:00 P.M. until service time. Private burial services will be held at the Amana Cemetery. Memorials in Marie’s name can be made to First Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids designated for children’s ministry or to the Marengo Memorial Hospital Foundation designated to eldercare. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, is in charge of arrangements.

Marie Emilie was born December 9, 1923 in the village of Amana, the daughter of Peter G. and Louise Herman Zimmermann. Her birthplace was in the family home which is now the location of the Ronneburg Restaurant in Amana. Her early life was spent in the final years of the Communal time in Amana and the years immediately thereafter. She graduated from Amana High School in 1941. She attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids, as well as Central College in Pella and Iowa State Teacher’s College in Cedar Falls for summer terms. Marie served as an elementary and middle school teacher in the Amana Schools for 12 years and a substitute teacher for more than 20 years. She then took time to be at home with her family. Later in life she enjoyed working in retail sales for the Kitchen Sink in Amana and especially enjoyed the annual Amana Easter Egg coloring event.

Marie participated in a two month long study trip to Europe in 1954 visiting many countries as well as the Ronneburg Castle where her ancestors resided prior to coming to America. Marie and Gilbert revisited many of these sites with a trip to Europe in 1987 and a special visit with longtime friends the Pfeiffer family of Wiesbaden, Germany. She enjoyed family trips to Door County, Wisconsin for more than 30 years and looked so forward to the annual harvest of fresh cherries. She also enjoyed 20 years in retirement of wintertime getaways to Ft. Myers, Florida.

Marie was active in many parts of the Amana community serving as a founding leader of the Girls Scouts and Campfire programs. She also was active as a leader in Y-Teens and Cub Scouts. Marie was an almost 60 year member of First Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where she served on several committees and was active in the Presbyterian Mariners and Presbyterian Women’s Chapel Society. She was a founding member of the Amana Heritage Society, working many hours to help curate portions of the original opening of the Museum of Amana History. She was also a member of the Amana Artist Guild, PEO Chapter GM, and served 25 years on the Colonial Manor Care Review patient advocate committee. Her hobbies included reading, cooking, making Amana quilts, gardening, and feeding the birds.

Marie is survived by her husband Gilbert, whom she married at First Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on March 18, 1956, her son Paul and daughter-in-law Margaret of High Amana, and her granddaughter Rachel Staman of Baltimore, Maryland and her fiancé, Alan Mejibovsky. Oma was so proud of her granddaughter Rachel who also entered the teaching profession. Also surviving are her special cousin and husband, Elsie and Bill Oehler of Amana and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Peter G. and Louise Herman Zimmermann and her sister and brother. Marie will be deeply missed by her family.

A special thank you to Pastor Herb Isenberg, Pastor Heather Hayes, and Deb Sedlacek, Faith Community Nurse of First Presbyterian Church, for their care of Marie and her family. Also the family wishes to express their deep gratitude to all staff and medical providers at the Marengo Memorial Hospital, Lakeview Village, Colonial Manor, and Essence of Life Hospice for their care of Marie over these past weeks.

 

 

 

Katherine Ann “Kathie” Ballard, age 71 of Marengo, Iowa, died Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Rose Haven Nursing Home, Marengo. Memorial Services will be 2:00 P.M. Saturday, September 20, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. The family will receive friends on Saturday after 1:00 P.M. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials may be contributed to Essence of Life Hospice, Amana, Iowa, in her name.

She is survived by her husband Billy D. Ballard of Marengo; a daughter Barb Ballard of Vinton; a son Billy K. Ballard and wife Kelsie of Marengo; three grandchildren, Blake Heller, Lisa Heller, and Sidney Ballard; and three great-grandchildren, Maddex Heller, Aralynn Rigle and Easton Anderson. Her sister, Mary Ann Boardman and husband Jim of Cedar Rapids also survive. Kathie’s parents preceded her in death.

Katherine Ann Houseman was born August 15, 1943 in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Mardis Keith Houseman and Katherine Honora Winborn Houseman.  She graduated from the Williamsburg High School with the Class of 1961 and attended the University of Iowa, Iowa City. Katherine married Billy D.Ballard on July 6, 1962 in Iowa City.  She was a free-lance arts and crafts designer and teacher for many years.

Kathie was a past member of Rotary Club, and past president and member of the Society of Arts and Crafts Designers. She enjoyed music and served as church bell choir director at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Williamsburg. But the moments that Kathie cherished most were those she spent with her family and her grandchildren. She loved attending the grandchildren’s many activities and events.

 

 

 

Charla J. Farnum, age 74 of Eddyville, formerly of Brooklyn, Iowa, died Thursday, August 21, 2014 at the Monroe County Hospital in Albia, Iowa. Memorial Service: 3:00 P.M. Saturday, August 23, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, with Pastor Neil Montz officiating.  Inurnment will be in the Victor Memorial Cemetery, Victor, Iowa.  Visitation: Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 1 p.m. until service time with the family present after 2 P.M. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.

Charla is survived by three sons, Dr. David Farnum of Estherville, Don Farnum and wife Kathy of Brooklyn, and  Robert Farnum and wife Krista of Eddyville; and three grandchildren, Graye Farnum of Ames, Payton Farnum of Estherville, and Mika Farnum of Eddyville. Also surviving are a sister Vicky Rhoades and husband Fred of Victor, and a special friend, Marvin Roshek of Victor.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Wayne in 2007, and four sisters, Judy, Carole, Florence, and Cheryl in infancy.

Charla Jeanine Hewitt was born April 4, 1940 in Springfield, Ohio, the daughter of Charles and Alyce Mitchell Hewitt.  She graduated from Victor High School with the Class of 1958, and married Wayne Forest Farnum on December 10, 1958 in Newton, Iowa. Charla worked with Beeline Fashions clothing sales for 10 years, and then went to work in the advertising department at KGRN from 1983 – 2014.  She also worked with KTWA in Ottumwa, and the KZAT radio station in Tama. Charla was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Albia, and the Poweshiek County Republican Women. In her free time she enjoyed breeding dogs, shopping, and reading books.  She loved her family and especially enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s events.

 

 

 

 

Patricia Sue Carney, age 76 of Marengo, Iowa, died Monday, August 18, 2014 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids.  Funeral Mass: 10:00 A.M. Saturday, August 23, 2014 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Marengo with Fr. Joseph Roost officiating.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Marengo. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Friday, August 22, 2014 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo where a Rosary will be recited at 7:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.

Patricia is survived by her husband of 56 years, Marvin; three sons, Randy (Angie) of Marengo, Jim (Cheryl) of Walford, and Mike (Sharon) of Marengo; six grandchildren,  Lyndsey of Coralville, Holly of Marengo, Lucas of Iowa City, Rachel of Cedar Falls, Makayla of Cedar Falls and Austin of Marengo; and a brother Keith (Bertha) Wilson of Windsor Heights, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her oldest son Daniel in infancy, and two grandchildren, Ashlyn and Patrick in infancy.

Patricia Sue Wilson was born April 26, 1938 in Marengo, Iowa, the daughter of Noel Wilson and Rachel Slaymaker Wilson.  She graduated from Marengo High School with the class of 1956. Following graduation, Pat worked for Merchants National Bank in Cedar Rapids. She and Marvin Carney were united in marriage on November 30, 1957 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Marengo. The couple made their home in Marengo where they raised a family, and Pat did daycare in her home.  She enjoyed playing Bunco, ceramics class, going to casinos, and watching QVC. Because she had three boys, Pat served as a den mother for several years. She loved her family and attended most activities and events of her children and grandchildren through the years. Pat was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and the Altar and Rosary Society.

 

 

 

Bruce R. Patten, age 65 of Brooklyn, Iowa, died Saturday, August 9, 2014 at his home. Funeral Service: 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, August 13, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery with military honors. Visitation: 10-11 A.M. Wednesday, August 13th, prior to the service. A memorial fund has been established.

Bruce is survived by his wife Jocelyn; two sons from a previous marriage, Scott Patten of Boone, and Dustin Patten of Grinnell; a son Chad of Brooklyn; his mother, Lois Patten of Brooklyn; a brother, Gene of Brooklyn; and two sisters, Ellen Visser and husband Terry of Iowa Falls, and Faye Klenk and husband Darwin of Malcom. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Patten, and a daughter Shari in infancy.

Bruce Richard Patten was born June 15, 1949 in Grinnell, Iowa, the son of Jack and Lois Johnson Patten.  He graduated from BGM High School with the Class of 1968. Bruce served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era.  Following his return, Bruce farmed for many years.  He also was a custodian at Kwik Star for 17 years. Bruce and Jocelyn Ainas were united in marriage on October 1, 2010 at Grace United Methodist Church in Brooklyn. 

Bruce enjoyed watching movies and collecting glassware.  He loved his family and cherished the time he spent with them.

 

 

 

Gladys A. Tschopp, age 94 of Williamsburg, Iowa, died Friday, August 8, 2014 at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. Funeral Service: 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, August 12, 2014, St. Timothy Evangelical Lutheran Church, Williamsburg, with Rev. Karl Heck officiating.  Burial will be in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, rural Williamsburg. Visitation: 5 to 7 P.M. Monday, August 11, 2014 at St. Timothy Evangelical Lutheran Church, Williamsburg with a Scripture Service at 6:45 P.M. A memorial fund has been established.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Gladys is survived by her daughters, Marlys Stithem (Charles) of South Amana, and Kella Jane Tschopp of Fairfield; a son-in-law, Robert Gerard of Libertyville; a granddaughter, Dorae Lynn Rippey (David) of Fairfield; and three great-grandsons, Dalton, Drake and Dallen.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, A. Melvin Tschopp in 1996.

Gladys Anna Adelheid Heitshusen was born May 27, 1920 in Iowa County, Iowa, the daughter of Adolph and Emma Maas Heitshusen. She graduated from the Marengo High School with the Class of 1939, and married A. Melvin Tschopp on June 22, 1941 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Williamsburg. The couple farmed the Heitshusen Century Farm and the Tschopp farm for many years. Gladys loved her family and the farm animals, especially the cats, which at times numbered up to 40.  She also enjoyed the square dancing group that she and Melvin were members of. Gladys made her home at Highland Ridge. She was one of the first to call in "Home" when it opened in 2004.

Gladys was an active member of her church, St. Timothy Evangelical Lutheran Church, Williamsburg, and in earlier years, St. Paul Lutheran and Immanuel Lutheran.

 

 

 

Catherine Mae Smith, age 94, of Blairstown, died Thursday morning, August 7, 2014 at the Keystone Care Center, Keystone, Iowa.  Funeral Service: 11:00 A.M. Monday, August 11, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Rev. Matt German officiating. Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday after 9:00 A.M. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials may be contributed to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Keystone Care Center. 

Catherine is survived by her husband Kenneth; two daughters, Sandra Cerveny of Flossmoor, IL, and Lea Longfellow (Bill) of Alburnett, IA; four grandchildren, Jeremy Cerveny (Sandi), Kelly Conrad (Sean), Sarah Longfellow and Rachel Longfellow;  three great-grandchildren, Chelsea, Ryan and Hayden; and many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Russell Parry, a sister Rachel Knock, and a son-in-law Harold Cerveny.

Catherine Mae Parry was born July 4, 1920 in Marengo, Iowa, the daughter of William Parry and Ethel Shaull Parry.  She graduated from Marengo High School, and married Kenneth Melvin Smith on January 10, 1947 in Ladora, Iowa.  Catherine worked at the movie theatre in Marengo, and later was employed as a bank clerk at the Benton County Savings Bank in Blairstown.

Catherine was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, and recently had been a member of the Blairstown Presbyterian Church.  She enjoyed reading and spending time with her family.

 

 

 

Carl A. Oehl, age 87 of Amana, Iowa, died Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy, Hiawatha, Iowa. Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, July 29, 2014, St. John’s Lutheran Church, rural Homestead, with Rev. Terry Small officiating.  Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery with military honors. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Monday, July 28, 2014 at the Amana Community Church, Amana, Iowa. A memorial fund has been established. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Carl is survived by his daughter, Carla Oehl Sheely; his son, Scott Oehl; a grandson, Travis Sheely and wife Laura Kay; and a great-grandson Dylan Sheely, all of Amana. Also surviving is a sister-in-law, Emily Oehl of Amana, and very special friends, Harold “Bud” Schulte and Sue Heitman. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Fern of 54 years in 2009, and two brothers, Raymond and his wife Alice, and R. Fred Oehl.

Carl Oehl was born July 18, 1927 in Amana, Iowa, the son of Fred and Helene Hergert Oehl.  He graduated from the Amana High School with the Class of 1946. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1945-46 stationed in Chicago. Carl was united in marriage to Fern Wichmann on September 12, 1953 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Homestead.  He started his career at the Amana Meat Market, and he and his family owned and operated the Colony Market Place in South Amana for over 30 years.

Carl was a lifetime resident of Amana. He actively participated in community projects and was a member of several local organizations. He was a member of the Amana Colonies Travel Council, past president of the Iowa Restaurant Association, and past president of the East Iowa Tourism Board. Carl and his partners operated the “Amana on the Hill” at the Iowa State Fair for over 20 years. He also was instrumental in the development of the Travel Host and Tourism in the Amana Colonies and in the State of Iowa.

Carl loved Iowa sports, and also enjoyed outdoor activities.  His hobby was collecting “friends”. He believed a stranger was just a friend that he had not yet a chance to meet. His favorite saying was “Keep Smiling”.

 

 

 

Stuart Wendler, 59, of High Amana, Iowa died July 20, 2014, at St. Luke's Hospital, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, due to complications of diabetes. Funeral services will be Wednesday, July 23, at 10:00 A.M. at the Middle Amana Community Church, in Middle Amana with Elder Betsy Momany officiating. Burial will be in the High Amana Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 P.M. to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, July 22, at the Middle Amana Church. Memorials may be directed to the Amana Church Society. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting with arrangements.

Stuart Fred Wendler was born to Glenn and Mary Jane Seifert Wendler on September 25, 1954. He lived his entire life in High Amana, with the exception of four years spent in Homestead, Iowa. He attended the Amana Schools and graduated from Amana High School with the class of 1973. In 1972, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout, an accomplishment that he was very proud of. Following high school he began working for the Iowa County Secondary Road Department, where he operated a road grader maintaining gravel roads. He retired from Iowa County in 2009 after 34 years of service.

He was united in marriage to Wendy Ackerman on June 21,1975 in Amana, Iowa. They divorced in 1994 but remained friends. He was a member of the Amana Church Society and the Masonic Saint Clair Lodge # 164 of Fairfax.
 
Stuart loved being outdoors in any weather, and especially enjoyed deer hunting and fishing. He enjoyed visiting with people, whether strangers or friends. Recently he received the most joy out of spending time with his granddaughters.

He is survived by his daughter Maggie (Percy) Fields of Iowa City; son Jacob (Natalie) Wendler of Johnston; granddaughters Isabella Wendler of Iowa City, and Cora Wendler of Johnston; brother Guy (Terri) Wendler of Cedar Rapids; sister Susy Wendler of West Des Moines; nephews Peter, Ted, and Charlie Wendler and Will and Kurt Reihmann, and aunt and uncle, Janet and Carroll Zuber. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and his beloved and faithful canine companion, Sadie.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at St. Luke’s Hospital for the extraordinary care that was given to Stuart during these very difficult last weeks.

 

 

 

 

Elmer E. Krakow, age 92 of Marengo, died Saturday morning, July 19, 2014 at Rose Haven Nursing Home, Marengo. Funeral Service:  10:30 A.M. Tuesday, July 22, 2014, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo with Rev. Andrew Gray officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery with military honors.  Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Monday, July 21, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.

Elmer is survived by his wife Naomi; a daughter Kathy Jo Kurth (fiancé Michael Denison) of Marengo; two grandchildren, Stephanie Weida and Michael Weida; and three great-grandchildren, Angel Jansen, Hayden Weida and Braiden Weida.

Also surviving are three brothers, George (Dorothy) of Marengo, Clarence (Kathy) of Belle Plaine, Wayne (Elsie) of Marengo, and a sister Lillian (Ernie) Schmutz of Muscatine.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Carl and Dale, and two sisters, Betty Wright, and Emma Krakow in infancy.

Elmer Ernest Krakow was born December 13, 1921 in Homestead, Iowa, the son of Ernest Carl Krakow and Anna Marie Kahler Krakow.  He received his education in the Iowa county schools and served in the U.S. Army for two years, stationed in Germany.  Elmer was united in marriage to Naomi Kurth on September 6, 1958 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Marengo.  Elmer worked for ten years as a farmhand, and at Kelly’s Implement for 22 years.  Lastly he and his brother George owned and operated the Krakow Brothers Garage for 35 years.

Elmer was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Marengo, and the Marengo American Legion Post 76. He and his brother made all the flag poles that are used at the cemetery on Memorial Day. Elmer enjoyed camping and fishing in his free time. He also liked to work on crossword puzzles, and spend time in his garden. 

 

 

 

Marvin Arno “Benny” Bendorf, age 87, of Iowa City, Iowa, formerly of Amana, passed away Thursday morning, July 17, 2014 at Colonial Manor of Amana.  Funeral Service: 10 A.M. Monday, July 21, 2014, Amana Community Church, Amana, Iowa, with Elder Harold Pitz officiating.  Burial will be in the Amana Cemetery with military honors. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Sunday, July 20, 2014 at the Amana Community Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Amana Church Society, the Amana Heritage Society or the Amana Arts Guild. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Bendorf was born in the village of High Amana on September 4, 1926, the son of Henry and Susanna Wendler Bendorf.

Benny is survived by his wife Madeline Roemig Bendorf with whom he was united in marriage on June 26, 1999; two sons, John (Martha) of Iowa City and Carl (Linda) of Solon, IA; two grandchildren, Analiese (Jason) Brown of Boulder, CO, and Oliver Bendorf of Madison, WI; a sister, Marietta Moershel of Middle Amana; and a brother, Henry "Hank" (Kathy) Bendorf of Shawnee Mission, KS.

Additional survivors include niece Marianne Moershel (Bruce Woodrow) and sons Erich and Matthew, niece Rebecca Moershel (Larry Gordon) and daughter Ellie, all of Toronto, Canada; nephew Scott (Ursula) Williams of Middle Amana and daughter Emilie (Mike) Kaplan; niece Angela (Warner) Jamison of North Carolina; niece Sally Williams of Fairfax IA and daughter Claudia (Adam) Ahrens; and great-nieces, Betsy (Brian) Harrison and Katy (Nick) Dohrmann.  Also, stepdaughters Elizabeth Cooper of Charleston, SC; Carol (David) Heusinkveld of Amana, IA; and, Susan (John) Goree of Iowa City, IA and step-grandchildren  Katherine and Martin Goree, Forrest Heusinkveld and James Cooper.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife of 43 years, Emaline Noe' Bendorf with whom he was united in marriage on June 19, 1949; a brother, William "Billy" Bendorf of High Amana; a sister, Elizabeth Williams of Fairfax, IA; niece, Nancy Williams Cook; nephew, Brian Bendorf;  grand­nephew,  Morgan Williams; and  step-grandson, Jordan Heusinkveld.

After graduating from the Amana High School in 1943 and completing his freshman year at the University of Iowa, Mr. Bendorf enlisted in the US Navy where he served on two Destroyer Escorts in enemy submarine work in the Atlantic. One of Benny's most memorable experiences while on active duty during WWII occurred while his ship was being prepared in Brooklyn Navy Yard, NY, for a voyage into the Pacific and expected invasion of Japan.  On August 14, 1945, President Truman announced the surrender of Japan whereupon Benny and many of his shipmates as well as thousands of others rushed to Times Square for an indescribable celebration.

After discharge from military service in 1946, he returned to the University of Iowa and upon graduation in 1949, continued on to complete a year of post­ graduate work.  While at the University of Iowa Benny was a major letter winner in baseball as a second baseman for the Hawkeyes.

His passion for sports led him to teaching positions and coaching baseball and basketball in the Walford and Blairstown public schools.  During this time he also played baseball for the town teams of Amana, Marengo and Williamsburg and also for the M & J League of Cedar Rapids.

Subsequently he was employed at Amana Refrigeration, Inc. for six years after which he accepted a position as sales and marketing manager for the Amana Society Furniture Manufacturing Division in 1957, a career from which he retired in 1988 after thirty one years of service.

Benny was also an avid golfer and a former member of Elmcrest Country Club in Cedar Rapids.  He was a charter member of the Amana Colonies Golf Course and enjoyed the game throughout his lifetime.  Always a passionate Hawkeye he supported the Hawks throughout the years.

Throughout his lifetime, Mr. Bendord devoted time and served enthusiastically in community and civic affairs which included the Amana Society, Inc., Board of Directors and Management Committee; numerous community boards and chairmanships on fund-raising committees for non-profit organizations including the Amana Heritage Society, University of Iowa Coaches Versus Cancer; Iowa Center for Industrial Research & Service (CIRAS); and the State of Iowa Small Business Administration (SBA). He served as a volunteer at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and Mercy Hospital, Iowa City. He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and the University of Iowa President's Club. Mr. Bendorf was a lifelong member of the Amana Church Society and served devotedly in the capacity of Elder from 1962 to 1988.

Benny loved visiting with friends and strangers alike.  He enjoyed sharing his sense of humor and repertoire of jokes. He found great pleasure in his garden, both in the planning and planting of hundreds of annuals every year in just the right combination of eye-pleasing colors and patterns.  Nature’s beauty was his delight.

Benny often expressed gratitude for the many blessings God had permitted him throughout his lifetime; for a fulfilling, exciting, and meaningful life filled with loving family and many dear friends by whom he will be greatly missed.

 

 

 

Janet Rose Colson, age 81, of Olathe, Kansas, formerly of Iowa City and Marengo, died October 11, 2013. Per her wishes, her body was cremated. Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 A.M. Friday, July 11, 2014, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Marengo, with Fr. Joseph Roost officiating.  Inurnment: Calvary Cemetery, Marengo. The family will greet friends and relatives at a dinner at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall, following the cemetery service.

She is survived by her children, Marie Baughman of Colorado Springs, CO, Mark Brachtenbach (Karen) of Kansas City, MO,  Matthew Brachtenbach of Kansas City, MO, and Michael Brachtenbach (Stephanie) and three grandchildren, Zachary, Allison and Gabrielle Brachtenbach of Olathe, KS. Also surviving are a sister Marylou Tripolino (Jack) of Waverly, and a brother John F. Colson (Nancy) of Brookings, SD.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Frances Colson, who resided in Marengo.

 

 

 

Florence Rettig Schuerer, age 91 of Amana, died Saturday, July 5, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. Funeral Services: 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, July 9, 2014, Middle Amana Community Church, Middle Amana, Iowa with Elder Emilie Hoppe officiating. Burial will be in the Amana Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at the Middle Amana Community Church. Memorials may be contributed to the charity of the donor’s choice. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is in charge of arrangements.

Florence is survived by her husband Walter; two sons, Ronald (Linda) of East Amana, and Gerald (Fay) of Amana; a daughter, Madeline Schulte of Amana; three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; four nephews and a niece; and two beloved dogs, Kyla and Josie. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, John C. Rettig, and a son-in-law Keith “Skeeter” Schulte.

Florence Louise Rettig was born February 23, 1923 in Middle Amana, Iowa, the daughter of Carl F. and Louise Hegewald Rettig. She graduated from the Amana High School in 1941 and attended the Cedar Rapids Business College for 2 years.  Florence enjoyed people and looked forward to her many jobs over the years. Prior to her marriage, she worked at the Amana Main Office, the Amana Meat Market and the General Store. Florence married Walter Schuerer on January 30, 1946 in Davenport, Iowa.  Besides being a wife, mother and homemaker, Florence worked at the Colony Inn from 1945-1990, and at the Brick Haus Restaurant alongside her husband, daughter and son-in-law from 1990-2010. 

She enjoyed cooking, baking pies, and gardening.  She had fun dyeing Easter eggs every year and “giving them away!” She and Walter traveled to Japan, South America, Austria, and Germany. But she especially cherished her family, grandchildren, and her dogs, and the time she spent with them.

 

 

 

On July 4th, 2014 Dale E. Lenton of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, formerly of Marengo, Iowa passed gently into the hands of Jesus in the care and comfort of Hospice Home of Hope in Fond du Lac. 

Dale was born on July 24th, 1923 in Blairstown, Iowa to Clarence and Helen Lenton nee Dickinson.  Dale proudly served our country in the U.S. Army as a Prisoner of War guard and as a Radar Technician from June 25th, 1945 to December 7th, 1946 and he had been a member of the Blairstown American Legion for over 50 years. 

Dale married Dorothy Wilkermeyer on August 20th, 1951 in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  Dorothy and Dale had a wonderful life for 42 years.  They were both employed at Le Febure’s in Cedar Rapids until they retired in 1985.  Following retirement Dale and Dorothy traveled extensively in their RV and enjoying each other’s company.

Dale remained in Iowa for four years following Dorothy’s death.  He then moved to Wisconsin to join the life of Doris Bender, nee Wood, also formerly of Blairstown.  Dale and Doris were inseparable for the next 17 plus years.  Doris and Dale also traveled until health and age intervened. 

Dale was “Dad” to Sandy Weier, Deb (Rick) Gempeler, and Suzie (Doug) Fishbaugher and “Grandpa” to Gloria (Don) Linke, Kevin (Jenny) Weier, Ed (Jamie) Tetzlaff, Carrie (Jon) Tetzlaff, Heath (Janelle) Fishbaugher, Holly (Dave) Belongia and Heide (Mike) Belongia, and 18 great-grandchildren.     

Dale was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Dorothy, brothers Daniel, Wilbur, Gerald and William, sister Hilda Brecht, and great-niece, Kaitlyn Mumm. 

Dale is survived by his “buddy” Doris Bender, sister, Charlotte Brecht, sister-in-law, Julia Lenton, and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

It brought Dale great joy toward the end of his journey that his Iowa family traveled to Wisconsin to see him.  Special thanks to Charlotte, Debra (John) Hadenfeldt and Jennifer, Ashlyn, and Noah Hadenfeldt.    Noah and Ashlyn put a smile on his face that will last through eternity.       

Funeral services will be at 11:30 A.M. Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Rev. Diane Miller officiating.  Burial with military honors will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Blairstown, Iowa. The family will receive friends after 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be contributed to Hospice Home of Hope, 400 County Road K, Fond du Lac, WI 54935.

 

 

 

Delmar L. Knock, age 89 of Williamsburg, Iowa, died Sunday, June 29, 2014 at his home following a brief illness.  Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, July 2, 2014, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Williamsburg with Rev. Carl Cloeter officiating.  Burial with military honors will be in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Tuesday, July 1, 2014, St. Paul Lutheran Fellowship Hall, Williamsburg. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be designated to Lutheran Interparish School Endowment Fund, St. Paul Lutheran Church Endowment Fund, Essence of Life Hospice, or the charity of the donor’s choice. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Delmar is survived by his wife Vera; three sons, David (Deb) , Steve (Jane) and Dean all of Williamsburg: six grandchildren, Justin (Noel) Knock of Waukee, Tara Knock, and Jamie Knock, both of Williamsburg, Jacob Knock of Williamsburg, Lindi Knock of Milwaukee, WI and Isaac Knock of Williamsburg.    Delmar was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Mervin and Byron.

Delmar LaVerne Knock was born February 1, 1925 in Williamsburg, Iowa, the son of Ferdinand and Anna Reckow Knock.  He received his education at the Pilot Grove School and graduated from Williamsburg High School with the Class of 1943.  Delmar served in U.S. Army as a military policeman. He married Vera Frieda Meyer on June 4, 1955 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Williamsburg. Delmar worked for Standard Oil for over 42 years as a bulk tank rural delivery agent. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, serving as an usher for many years. He was a former L.I.S. School Board member.

Delmar enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting, playing cards, puzzles, and word finds.  He especially enjoyed his family and grandchildren and spending time with them. Spending time at his warehouse was also a special joy.

 

 

 

 

Alice Lee Tucker Hayes, age 95 of Marengo, died Wednesday morning, June 25, 2014 at Rose Haven Nursing Home, Marengo. Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Saturday, June 28, 2014, First United Methodist Church, Marengo with Rev. Matt German officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery. Visitation: 5-7 P.M. Friday, June 27, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.

Alice is survived by a daughter, Elaine Cooney and husband Gary of Hudson; five grandchildren, Vance Schumacher (Adrienne) of Cedar Rapids, Serena Brueggemeyer (Erik) of Cedar Rapids, Alisa Cooney of Waterloo, Alison Foughty (Scott) of Polk City, and Johnette Stephenson (Jeff) of Belle Plaine; and nine great-grandchildren; and a son-in-law, Larry Schumacher of Marengo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Howard Hayes in 2005, a daughter Gloria Schumacher in 2012, a son John Hayes in 2010 and his wife Florence in 2013, and four brothers, and five sisters, Deana Hancock, May Harshman, Virginia Hoos, Beth Caughlan, Charles David Tucker, Jr, Gertrude Waag, Don Tucker, Mack Tucker, and Joe Tucker.

Alice Lee Tucker was born October 15, 1918 in Pittsfield, Illinois, the daughter of Charles David Tucker and Elizabeth Ryan Tucker.  She graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1937 and attended college in Quincy, Illinois.  Alice married Howard S. Hayes on March 9, 1940 in Hannibal, MO. Alice worked for Cryovac on the assembly line, Colonial Manor in Amana as a CNA and a CMA, and the Iowa Valley Elementary School as a teacher’s aid with the special education classes. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who enjoyed sewing and embroidering. She also liked to garden and work in her flower beds. 

Alice was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Marengo for over 52 years, where she was former secretary/ treasurer of the United Methodist Women.

 

 

 

Carl George Unglenk, age 80 of Amana, Iowa, died Tuesday morning, June 24, 2014 at Colonial Manor of Amana. Per his wishes, Carl’s body has been cremated. Memorial Service: 10:30 A.M. Friday, June 27, 2014, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo, with Rev. Andrew Gray officiating.  Inurnment will be in the Marengo Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church. Memorials may be contributed to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo, and Colonial Manor of Amana. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is in charge of arrangements.

Carl is survived by his step-children, Dennis Graesser, and Carol Hopp and husband Gary all of West Amana; five grandchildren, Nathan Hopp, Crystal Hopp, both of West Amana, Tricia Schutterle (Wayne) of Norway, Tonya Grambo (Rick) of West Amana, and Rachel Trimpe of West Amana; six great-grandchildren, Morgan, Whitney and Ethan Schutterle, Grant and Loralei Trimpe, and Brandon Chalfant. Also surviving are a daughter-in-law, Chris Graesser of West Amana, a niece and three nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Joyce in 1998, and two sisters, Rosalie Roth, and Marcella Bell and her husband Jim.

Carl George Unglenk was born June 24, 1934 in Amana, Iowa, the son of Louis and Lina Roth Unglenk. He graduated from the Amana High School with the Class of 1952.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 - 1958, attaining the rank of Sergeant. Carl was employed with the Amana Meat Market as a butcher, and with Schanz Furniture for many years.  Carl married Joyce Gleason Graesser on November 13, 1967 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Marengo.  He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo.  Carl was a former member of the Isaac Walton League, and the Amana Men’s Choir. He enjoyed music and hunting.

 

 

 

 

Galen J. Lines, age 97 of Brooklyn, formerly of Marble Rock, died Thursday, June 19, 2014 at Brooklyn Community Estate. Memorial Service: 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, June 24, 2014, Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn, with Rev. John Dodds officiating. Inurnment with military honors will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery. There will be no visitation. A memorial fund has been established. Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, is assisting the family with arrangements.
 
Galen is survived by his wife Lucile; twin daughters, Lorraine Nelson (Mike) and LaRay Keiser (Mike), all of Brooklyn; 6 grandchildren, Wade (Brandy) Wiedemeier of Marion, Dawn (Jason) Snook of Montezuma, Jennifer (Matt) Johannes of Brooklyn, Michelle (Brad) Graham of Brooklyn, Bryan (Terri) Carlson of Newcastle, PA, and Kimberly (Mike) Kemp of Las Vegas, NV; 14 great- grandchildren, Tara Nowotny, Mike Wiedemeier, Mika Wiedemeier, Paige Snook, Tailor Snook, Jaicee Snook, Kayla Johannes, Jacob Johannes, Michaela Carlson, Andrew Carlson, Mykenzie Davies, J.J. Paglia, Bradly Graham, and Jordan Graham; and two great-great grandchildren, A’laia Jones and Chance Nowotny. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and four brothers.
 
Galen Jewel Lines was born May 22, 1917 in Marble Rock, Iowa, the son of Thomas and Lyla Lossee Lines.  He graduated from Marble Rock High School in 1934 and married Lucile Eleanor Ahart on August 27, 1938 in Marble Rock. Galen served in the U.S. Army as a medic from 1941-44, stationed in Europe. Upon his return, Galen operated a Mobile gas station and was a bus driver for 17 years. He then was manager at Farmland Industries Coop in Belle Plaine for over 30 years. Galen was a member of the Brooklyn American Legion, and the Lions Club in Horseshoe Bend, AR. He enjoyed woodworking and macrame’.

 

 

 

 

Stephen Rex “Virg” Heishman, age 59 of Brooklyn, died Saturday, June 14, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.  A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 20, 2014 at 6 P.M. at the Holiday Lake Community Center, with Rev. John Reynolds, Jr. officiating. This will be followed by a casual and informal celebration of Virg’s life, and a meal. The family will take Virg on a final “Cruise around the Lake” following the meal. Inurnment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established. Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, is assisting the family with arrangements.

He is survived by his mother Nancy Tebbenhoff (Carl) of Dupo, IL, his loving sisters, Susan Hopwood (Ken) of Montezuma, Lori Hiner (George) of Brooklyn, Brenda Mikel Hagedorn (Dan) of Grinnell, and Kristi Chedester (Willy) of Brooklyn.; his nieces and nephews and their families;  Nathan (Niki) Hopwood, and children Gracie Kelly-Hawkins, and Ryan Hopwood, all of Brooklyn, Andrea Long and children, Allison, Jake and Luke, all of West Des Moines, Tricia Allen (Eric Smith) and her children Autumn Waterbeck, Faith Allen and Paisley Smith of Bismark, ND, Derek Hiner (Stephanie Graham) of Johnston, IA and children Hunter Hiner and Jayden Graham, Brandon Mikel, Ashley Mikel, Mariah Mikel all of Grinnell, Dennis (Jacque) Hagedorn and son Elijah of Kirksville, MO and Clint Hagedorn of Ames, Emily Chedester and son Brayden Good of Grinnell. Also surviving are many aunts and uncles, and cousins all over this grand nation. He is also survived by so many friends that were as close as family or even closer, too many to list, but remembered and appreciated by his family.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Mary Jane Goodrich Heishman, and a brother-in-law Doug Mikel, and his grandparents.

Stephen Rex Heishman was born September 5, 1954 in Fort Smith, AR to Virgil Rex and Nancy Patten Heishman.  In 1956, his sister Susan Jane was born and the family made their home in Brooklyn. Stephen’s parents later divorced. His father remarried Mary Jane Goodrich-Butler and sisters Lori Lynn and Brenda Jo joined the family. In 1963 Kristi Lee was born. Stephen graduated from BGM High School in 1972. He went to work in Illinois, returning a few years later. He was employed with Manatt’s INC for 30 + years, becoming superintendent of the seal coating crew. Steve had made his home at Holiday Lake for 20 years, and had recently purchased a home in Mercedes, TX, so he could golf year round. 

Steve loved and was loved by so many people.  When he made a friend, he was your friend forever.  He loved the Denver Broncos, Fantasy Football, his Sunday NFL package, the Iowa Hawkeyes, loud music and bongo drums. He enjoyed cruising around the lake on his golf cart and he loved playing golf. He was a member of Duck’s Unlimited and Pheasants Forever. Steve made daily trips to the farm this past spring to check on the planting and he tried to make it to the Tap to see his friends, especially Jamie Manatt, a daughter he never had!

 

 

 

 

Arlene Keiser, age 92 of Brooklyn, died Friday, June 13, 2014 at Brooklyn Community Estate, Brooklyn. Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, June 17, 2014, Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn, with Rev. John Dodds officiating. Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Monday, June 16, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. A memorial fund has been established.

Arlene is survived by her children, Mike Keiser (LaRay), and Mary Van Cleave of Brooklyn, and Nancy Keiser of Dekalb, IL; six grandchildren, Angie Kinsey, Amy Hill, Brad Van Cleave, Kim Keiser, Bryan Carlson and Michelle Graham; seven great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Doc in 2001, and a younger sister, Vivian “Vicky” Moeller.

Fern Arlene Fowler was born March 13, 1922 in Brooklyn, Iowa, the daughter of Fred Fowler and Valetta Murdock Fowler.  She attended rural school in Madison Township and was a proud graduate of the great Class of 1939 of Brooklyn High School.  Arlene attended Iowa State University in Ames, before transferring to and graduating from the University of Iowa in 1943 with a degree in sociology.  She furthered her education and received a masters degree in 1965.

While working in Chicago, she met Louis “Doc” W. Keiser, an officer in the U.S. Army Air Corp, from Fremont, OH. The two were married on June 30, 1944, before Doc was deployed to Europe during WWII.  The couple made their home in Windsor Heights briefly before moving to Brooklyn in 1949.  

Arlene was one of the first special education teachers in the state of Iowa for students with moderate and severe disabilities.  She taught students for a number of years in a one-room school house at the intersection of Old 6 and Rte. 63 before serving as a curriculum consultant in Tama County.  She loved her twenty years working as an Administrator of Early Childhood Special Education Services in Marshalltown with AEA 6. She retired in 1992.

Arlene loved to travel and go out to eat.  She loved nature and her friends. Most of all, Arlene loved her family and spending time with her children and grandchildren.  She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Brooklyn, PEO Chapter AK, and Chi Omega sorority.

 

 

 

 

Betty M. Klein, age 88 of Marengo, Iowa, died Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Saturday, June 14, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Rev. Diane Miller officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Friday, June 13, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.

Betty is survived by her children, Mary Gerard of Marengo, Sherry Dietze and husband Ron of Marengo, and Jere Klein and wife Barbara of Port Charlotte, FL; seven grandchildren, Kim, Jody, Danny, Amber, Christina, Raymond and Samantha; sixteen great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren. A brother Dick DeVore of Cedar Rapids also survives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lester on June 4, 1986, and two grandchildren, Chad and Tracy.

Betty Mae DeVore was born May 26, 1926 in Chelsea, Iowa, the daughter of George and Mary Balvin DeVore.  She graduated from Chelsea High School with the Class of 1944 and married Lester L. Klein on February 13, 1945 in Marengo. Besides being a wife, mother and homemaker, Betty worked at the nursing home, hospital and the Amana Bakery. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Marengo and the Marengo Legion Auxiliary.

Betty enjoyed cooking and canning. She liked to do crossword puzzles and listen to audiotaped books. She cherished her family, especially her grandchildren, and looked forward to spending time with them.

 

 

 

 

William Paul “Bill” Dietze, age 40, of Luzerne, died Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Thursday, June 12, 2014, First United Methodist Church, Marengo with Rev. Matt German officiating. Burial will be in Sumner Township Cemetery, Ladora, Iowa. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.

Bill is survived by his wife Connie; a son Zach Reynolds (Catie Geater) of Van Horne; two daughters, Kaitlyn Reynolds of Williamsburg, and Katie Blake of Lone Tree; seven grandchildren, Justess, Braedyn, and Alannah, Raynin, Cohen and Temperance, and Preston; his mother, Linda Dietze of Marengo; two sisters, Susan Kaster (Dale) of DeWitt and Lisa Dietze of Cedar Rapids; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father Leslie "Red" Dietze, his grandparents, and his mother-in-law Joyce Reynolds.

William Paul Dietze was born January 23, 1974 in Marengo, Iowa, the son of Leslie P. “Red” Dietze and Linda Stephens Dietze. He graduated from Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids in 1993, and attended Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, taking courses for small engine repair.  He was employed as a die setter with Montezuma Manufacturing. Bill was united in marriage to Connie Reynolds on May 31, 2003 at his parents’ home in rural Marengo. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and boating on the river. He also enjoyed working on small motors. He loved his family and especially enjoyed the time he spent with his grandchildren.

 

 

 

Beverly Ann Vaverka, age 80 of Brooklyn, Iowa, died Friday, June 6, 2014 at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center, Grinnell, Iowa. Funeral Services: 10:00 A.M. Monday, June 9, 2014, Haven Community Church, Haven, Iowa with Pastor Charles Johnson officiating.  Burial: Haven Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Sunday, June 8, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. A memorial fund has been established. 

Beverly is survived by her sons, Joe and wife Mary of Pella, Jeff and wife Brenda of Newton, and Jon and wife Stef of Brooklyn; four grandchildren, Jawnica Kettler (Jonathan) of Pella, Jacob Vaverka (Regina) of Pella, and Jessica Vaverka and Justin Vaverka, both of Grinnell; and three great-grandchildren, Isaiah, Owen and Samuel Kettler of Pella. Also surviving are two sisters, Linda Corns of Omaha, NE, and Ruth Coleman (Don) of North Liberty.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Noble and Ruth Tomlinson Houston, her husband Eldon, and a brother Willis Houston.

Beverly Ann Houston was born May 26, 1934 in rural Haven, Iowa, the daughter of Noble and Ruth Tomlinson Houston.  She received her education in the Haven schools and married Eldon Vaverka in 1956. Beverly worked at the Tama State Bank in Tama for a time.  She then was employed at the Manatt’s corporate office in Brooklyn for over 40 years. Beverly was a member of the Haven Community Church. She enjoyed cross-stitching, singing, playing the piano, and reading her Bible.  She liked to work in her flower gardens, and looked forward to going to work at Manatt’s.  Beverly cherished her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and enjoyed attending their activities and all the family celebrations.

 

 

 

 

Shirley Tompkins Mort, age 84 of Marengo, died Friday, May 30, 2014 at Rose Haven Nursing Home following an extended illness.  Private family services will be held at a later date. Memorials may be contributed to Rose Haven Nursing Home in Shirley’s name. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Shirley is survived by her daughter Melissa Murphy and husband Dennis of Vancleave, MS; two grandsons, Justin N. Murphy of Kenner, LA, and Joshua M.  Murphy and wife Michelle of Ocean Springs, MS; three great-grandchildren, Kayleigh, Matthew, and Karley Murphy of Ocean Springs; and a sister Barbara Tompkins Wilkinson of Marengo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Richard L. Mort, a son Richard J. Mort, and a sister Marjorie Tompkins Larson, and brothers-in-law John Wilkinson, and Al Larson.

Shirley Jean Tompkins was born April 2, 1930 in Marengo, Iowa, the daughter of Benjamin and Edna Randolph Tompkins.  She graduated from Marengo High School with the Class of 1948. She married Richard L. Mort, in Portsmouth, VA. She followed her husband while he served his country, living in several places, and working many jobs, all while raising her family.  Richard died in 1974. Shirley returned to Marengo in 2010. Due to failing health, Shirley had recently relocated to Rose Haven Nursing Home.

Shirley enjoyed the birds and gardening. She also liked to travel.

 

 

 

 

Delmar C. Willett, age 97 of Brooklyn, died May 27, 2014 at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center in Grinnell.  Funeral Services: 11:00 A.M. Saturday, May 31, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn with Rev. John Dodds officiating.  Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery with military honors.  Visitation: 9 A.M. until service time on Saturday at the funeral home. A memorial fund has been established.

Delmar was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Charles, and a half-sister Laurel Van Polen. He is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Delmar C. Willett was born February 20, 1917 in rural Brooklyn, Iowa to Cecil and Lois Ogden Willett. His mother died when Delmar was five days old.  His father remarried to Flossie Brannian in 1920. She died in 1923. Delmar’s aunt, Mazie Ormiston helped to raise the three young children. Delmar graduated from Brooklyn High School in 1936 and served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1943 during World War II. He was seriously wounded while serving his country and received the Purple Heart and many other service medals.  He returned home and farmed in the Brooklyn area. He and Maxine Bors were married in 1957. They later divorced. 

Delmar loved to hunt and fish. He also enjoyed playing cards at the Front Street Tap in the afternoons.  He was a member of the Brooklyn American Legion Post #294.

 

 

 

 

Leona B. Baack, age 96 of Marengo, Iowa, died Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids.  Memorial Service: 2:00 P.M. Saturday, May 31, 2014, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo with Pastor Andrew Gray officiating.  Inurnment will be in the Marengo Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Friday, May 30, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established. 

Leona is survived by a nephew Dennis Baack of Marion, and three nieces, Donna Krebs (David) of Webster, Darla Baack (James Hilton) of Jacksonville, OR, RoxAnn Hiam (Robert) of Castle Rock, CO, and great-nieces and nephews, Don Sawin, Jenny Hahn (Dean), Eric Krebs, Paul Hiam, and Carissa Hiam; and great-great nieces and nephews, Zane, Zoe, Cera and Eden Hahn.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Gesine Brockshus Baack, and two brothers and their wives, Walter and Margaret Baack, and Marvin and Shirley Baack.

Leona Bertha Anna Baack was born December 28, 1917 in Oxford, Iowa, the daughter of Henry and Gesine Brockshus Baack. She attended the York Township #1 School and Immanuel Lutheran School, rural Williamsburg. She also took correspondence classes in Textiles and Accounting. Leona was employed for many years with the Heyman Company, selling fabrics and notions to local fabric stores. She received salesman of the year several times. She also worked for Schantz Furniture in Amana for several years. 

Leona enjoyed crafts and gardening and was known for her baking and canning abilities. She enjoyed spending time with her family and cared for her parents whenever they were in need. While she never had children of her own, she especially cherished her nieces and nephews, and her extended family. 

Leona was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Marengo, and the Ladies Aid.

 

 

 

 

 

Elsie Robinson, age 90 of Williamsburg, died Monday, May 26, 2014 at Highland Ridge Care Center in Williamsburg.  Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Saturday, May 31, 2014, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Williamsburg with Rev. Carl Cloeter officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation: 5 to 7 P.M. Friday, May 30, 2014 at St. Paul Lutheran Fellowship Hall. Memorials may be contributed to St. Paul Lutheran Church. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is in charge of the arrangements.

Elsie is survived by a daughter, Juanita Roland and husband Gene of Waterloo; five grandchildren, Tonja Roland-Ludwig (William) of Waterloo, Dan Roland (Jeralene) of Grinnell, Jenni Gault (Paul) of Kalamazoo, MI, Karri Brown (Jeff) of Kenosha, WI, and Nathanial Durr (Sierra) of Marengo; ten great-grandchildren, Jason Ludwig, Kaden Ludwig, Lucas Roland, Kennedy Roland, Briar Roland, Robert Durr, Rhia Durr, Raven Gault, Lincoln Durr, and Liam Durr. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Harold in 2011, and a daughter Patricia Durr.

Elsie Caroline Pfisterer was born June 9, 1923 in Blairstown, Iowa, the daughter of William Adam Pfisterer and Marie Rosa Neumann Pfisterer. She graduated from Norway High School in 1941 and married Harold Earl Robinson on August 8, 1943 at Grace Lutheran Church in Blairstown. Besides being a homemaker, wife and mother, Elsie was employed with Bill Zuber’s Restaurant in Homestead, and the Super Value Deli in Williamsburg.  She and her husband worked as custodians at St. Paul Lutheran Church for many years.  Elsie also enjoyed working at the Farmer’s Market in Williamsburg. She spent her free time knitting and crocheting.

 

 

 

 

Richard L. “Dick” Edwards, age 88 of Marengo, went to be with the Lord on May 22, 2014. He died at Rose Haven Nursing Home in Marengo.  Funeral Services: 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, May 27, 2014, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo with Rev. Andrew Gray officiating. Burial will be in the Koszta Cemetery, rural Marengo, with military honors. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Monday, May 26, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.

Dick is survived by his wife Wanda; four nephews, Philip Sencer of Chicago, George Edwards of Minneapolis, Gary Edwards of Marengo, and Larry Edwards of Panama City, FL; and nieces, Linda Edwards of Coralville, Jeanne Jurgens of Davenport, and Carol Graham of Davenport; and a brother-in-law, Wayne Reinhardt and wife Nadine of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and their children, Susan, Eric, Lisa and Kurt. 

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, a sister in infancy, two brothers, George and Roy, and three sisters-in-law, Aileen and Vera Edwards, and Norma Sencer.

Richard L. Edwards was born April 27, 1926 in Marengo, Iowa, the son of James Blaine Edwards and H. Ruth Merritt Edwards.  He graduated from Marengo High School in 1944 and attended Iowa State University in Ames. Dick proudly served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years, stationed in Farragut, ID. He married Wanda Ardis Reinhardt on November 10, 1953 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Grant Center. Dick farmed, and was an insurance agent with Lenox Mutual Insurance Association for 35 years, retiring in 1998. He also served as secretary of that association for 27 years. Dick was a member of the Marengo American Legion Post 76. He belonged to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo, where he served as an elder for many years, and was a member of the Men’s Fellowship. Dick loved his farming, and just enjoyed being outdoors.

While in the Navy, Dick served aboard the USS Cabot, in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. The “A” Division held yearly reunions for 21 years. The Edwards’ hosted reunions in Cedar Rapids, in Mount Horeb, WI, and co-hosted with Ray and Neva Feather in Colorado Springs. Dick always enjoyed these events and looked forward to greeting his friends every year.

 

 

 

Lucille I. Langlas, age 93, of Williamsburg, Iowa, died Friday, May 16, 2014 at Highland Ridge Care Center in Williamsburg. Memorial Service: 10:30 A.M. Thursday, May 22, 2014, First Presbyterian Church, Williamsburg, with Rev. Gary VanHuekelom officiating.  Inurnment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery, Williamsburg. The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 P.M. Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at the First Presbyterian Church, Williamsburg. Memorials may be contributed to Highland Ridge/Willow Creek Unit or First Presbyterian Church, Williamsburg. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Lucille is survived by her daughters, Dian Boysen and husband Carlos of Hiawatha, and Sandra Reed of North Liberty; grandchildren Tyler Wright (Anne) of Kansas City, MO, Adam Reed of Phoenix, AZ, Colin Wright (fiancee Aimee) of North Liberty, and Logan Reed of Denver, CO; a great-grandchild to be born in the autumn of 2014; a brother George Mittelbach of Amana and a sister-in-law, Donna McGurk of Cedar Rapids, along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Don in 2012, and a granddaughter, Jennifer Dawn.

Lucille Irene Mittelbach was born May 21, 1920 in West Amana, Iowa, the daughter of Philipp Anton and Clara Leichsenring Mittelbach. She graduated from Marengo High School in 1938 and married Donald C. Langlas on June 12, 1943 in South Amana. Lucille was employed over the years with the telephone office in Marengo, the State Tax Office in Des Moines, and ACT in Iowa City.  She enjoyed quilting and embroidering, bowling, reading, baking and her flower garden and plants.  She especially enjoyed spoiling her four grandsons. 

Lucille was the best wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She was her own worst critic, always saying she should have done it better. She was generous, and giving, and will be deservingly rewarded in heaven.   

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff of Highland Ridge, and especially the staff of Willow Creek. 

 

 

 

Henry Jacob Ruff, age 92 of Middle Amana, died May 10, 2014 at Colonial Manor of Amana.  Celebration of Life services will be Saturday May 17 at 10:00 a.m. at Middle Amana Community Church, Middle Amana with Elder Kristie Yoder officiating.  Burial will be in the South Amana Cemetery with military honors.  Visitation will be Friday May 16 from 4-7 p.m. at the church. Memorials may be given to the Amana Church Society, Camp Courageous, Salvation Army or worthwhile cause. Arrangements are with Kloster Funeral Home in Marengo.

Henry was born March 1, 1922 in South Amana, Iowa the son of Ferdinand J. and Henrietta M. Siegel Ruff.  He attended the Amana Schools, graduating in 1940.  Henry attended the University of Iowa where he received a Bachelor of Science in 1943 and Doctor of Dentistry in 1945.  He enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving 20 years as a dentist and retired as the rank of Commander.  He received several medals and honors.  Henry traveled extensively while serving in the Navy.  After retirement from the service Henry returned to South Amana and opened a dental practice which he continued for 18 years. 

He married Eva Marie Swann in 1945 and she died in 1948.  In 1954 he married Ingeborg Jakob-Koehler and to Henry and Inge were born daughter Heidi Karen and son Eric Karl. Inge died in 1982. Henry married Emaline Louise Dietrich Bryson in November 1983 and she died January 2012.

In 1993 Henry and Emaline built their dream home where he claimed he had ‘everything’ he needed.  Henry practiced ‘fitness’ with daily exercise and swimming until January 2014.  He was very generous with his time and money supporting many causes in which he believed. 

Henry was a member of the Amana Heritage Society and translated many historical letters and documents from the Old German Script to English.  He was also a member of the Amana Arts Guild , the Marengo American Legion Post #76 , and was an Elder of the Amana Church Society.

His love of friends and music were very important.  He and wife Inge were instrumental in originating the Amana Oktoberfest.  Being with friends, singing German songs, telling stories of his interesting life and enjoying an occasional Happy Hour gave him great satisfaction.

Henry is survived by his son Eric (Sherry) Ruff, Redding CA; five step-children Deborah Vande Voort (John) of Shawnee, KS, Dianne Schlesselman (Robert) of Williamsburg, Douglas Bryson (Angelika) of Middle Amana, Jamie Bryson (Susie) of Middle Amana and Ida Bryson of Iowa City; grandson Austin Ruff, Redding CA:  eight step-grandchildren James Schlesselman (Stefani), Erica Rasti (Jeremy), Erin Nichols (Austin), Carissa Bryson, Reese Bryson, Renata Bryson, Gina Bryson, Levi Bryson and son David Alan; and two other step-great-grandchildren Isabella Schlesselman and Samantha Schlesselman.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wives, daughter Heidi in 1983, and step-mother Henrietta Johanna Moershel Ruff in 2009.

The family extends appreciation to the staffs of Colonial Manor of Amana and Essence of Life Hospice for the loving care they provided.

 

 

Neoma Pearl Lacy, age 90, of Vinton, Iowa, formerly of Williamsburg, died Friday, May 2, 2014 at the Vinton Lutheran Home in Vinton, Iowa. Graveside Services: 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at the North English Cemetery, North English, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be directed to the Vinton Lutheran Home in her memory. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Neoma is survived by her daughters, Jeannene Ann Lacy of Hiawatha and Patricia Ann Lacy of Vinton; six grandchildren, Christene Dietz (Jerry) of Cedar Rapids, Amy Jo Stephenson (Kris), Caitlin Loney, Destiny Loney, Breanna Loney and Austin Douglas, all of Vinton; and her sister Marie Faas (Mel) of Lincoln, NE. Also surviving are a brother-in-law, Larry Lacy (Nancy) and a sister-in-law, Mildred Lacy, all of Cedar Rapids. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lloyd in 2009, and three sisters Nadine Gardner, Elma Smith, and Ethel Jennings.

Neoma was born December 2, 1923 in Williamsburg, Iowa, the daughter of Lonzo Augustus Rogers and Ada Jane Shelton Rogers. She attended the Gehry School in English Township, and married Lloyd Melvin Lacy on December 13, 1941 at the Ohio Methodist Parsonage in rural Ladora, Iowa. Besides being a homemaker, wife, and mother, Neoma worked for Nash Finch in Cedar Rapids for eleven years, and as an office clerk at Kinze Manufacturing, rural Williamsburg for 20 years, retiring in 2002. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, puzzles and flea markets. She especially loved her family and will be greatly missed by all that knew her.

 

 

 

Amana :

Elsie Eva Foerstner, 97, was a woman ahead of her times. She helped trailblaze a high school education for students in the Amana Colonies in Iowa in 1931. Not many teens had access to high school prior to that in the colonies, the religious community where Elsie was born on March 28, 1917 to Carl and Wilhelmine Heistermann Foerstner. She dreamed of going to college and a state legislator, impressed by this young girl’s ability to quote one of his speeches verbatim, found her a job in state government in Des Moines. She saved almost every dime to go to the University of Iowa.

She majored in business, graduated in 1941 and moved to Chicago, building a career at Kraft Foods. She came to town just months before the attack on Pearl Harbor brought America into World War II and she volunteered with service organization such as the USO as newly enlisted troops poured through the city. She returned home frequently to Iowa to visit family and cheer on the Hawkeyes for home games. A world traveler, she explored Europe, India, China, Japan, South Korea, Egypt, Israel and many other spots. She served as the president of the University of Iowa Alumni Association Chicago and as the chaplain of her Chicago P.E.O. chapter.

She loved to harmonize songs and recite poems with her oldest brother William, who lived in Chicago. And she enjoyed talking politics and business with her older brother Harold, an engineer in Yuma, Arizona. Nieces and nephews and their children and grandchildren adored visits with Aunt Elsie. She died on April 30 under Hospice care in her Chicago apartment. She was preceded in death by her two brothers. She is survived and celebrated by her nieces and nephews Carl Foerstner, Abigail Foerstner (Arthur Caudy), June Foerstner Lee (Ken), Clarke Foerstner, Jim Foerstner (Debbie), Lee Wayne Foerstner (Sylvia) and Rick Foerstner; by 19 grandnieces and nephews; and by 27 great grandnieces and nephews.

Visitation: 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, 2014, Middle Amana Church, Middle Amana Iowa. Services at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 7, 2014, Middle Amana Church. Burial will be in the South Amana Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial gifts to the University of Iowa Foundation (http:/w/www.uifoundation.org) or the Amana Heritage Society, P.O. Box 81, Amana, IA 52203. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is in charge of arrangements.  

 

 

 

Bessie Burke, age 91, of Marengo, Iowa, died Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Highland Ridge Care Center, in Williamsburg, Iowa. Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, April 30, 2014, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo with Rev. Andrew Gray officiating. Burial will be in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, rural Victor. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Tuesday, April 29, 2014, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo. Memorials may be contributed to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo, or St. John’s Lutheran Church, Victor. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is in charge of arrangements.  

She is survived by three sons, Lewis and wife Joyce of Marengo, Douglas and wife Marla of Clive, Bruce and wife Kathy of Amana; a daughter Marcia Burke of Williamsburg; six grandchildren, Matthew Thompson of Clive, James Thompson of Ames, Nathan Burke of Des Moines, Sunny Burke of Ames, Shelly Koehn (Joseph) of Millersburg, and Shayna Janda (Nicholas) of Cedar Rapids; and four great-grandchildren, Cameron Thompson, Evan and Abby Koehn, and James Janda. Also surviving are a sister-in-law, Eleanor Woodson and many loving nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Roland William Burke in 1999, five brothers, Ora, Leon, Homer and Ronald Woodson, and Willard in infancy, and a sister Lois Clymer.

Bessie Frances Woodson was born February 22, 1923 in rural Shellsburg, Iowa, the daughter of Ira and Lucy Alden Woodson.  She graduated from Shellsburg High School with the Class of 1941. She was employed at Collins Radio from 1942-47, helping make the radios used in World War II.  Bessie married Roland William Burke on June 15, 1947 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids.  She worked with her husband on the farm in rural Guernsey for many years. Following their retirement, the couple relocated to Marengo.

Bessie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was very active in her church, whether it was St. John’s Lutheran in rural Victor or later at St. John’s in Marengo. She was a Sunday school teacher, choir member, and Ladies Aid member.  Music had always been an important part of Bessie’s life. She sang for many weddings and funerals. She delivered sermon tapes for many years to fellow members who could no longer attend the church services. She enjoyed reading, needlework projects, and creating many special pieces. She liked playing cards with family and friends, working jigsaw puzzles, and especially playing dominoes with her grandchildren.   After her eyesight failed, Bessie listened to the Bible and other reading material with audio tapes. Her Lord, family and music were her cherished joys in life.

 

 

 

Walter E. Waterbeck, age 94 of Coggon, Iowa, formerly of Brooklyn, died Sunday, April 20, 2014 at his home in Coggon.  Funeral Mass: 10:00 A.M. Thursday, April 24, 2014, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn with Fr. Brian Shepley officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Brooklyn, with military honors. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn with a Scripture Service at 7 P.M.  A memorial fund has been established.

Walter is survived by five sons, Allen and wife Audrey of Chelsea, Marvin of Brooklyn, Bernie and wife Betty of Garwin, Roger and wife Wendy of Chelsea, and Ken of Alburnett; and two daughters, Barbara Hall of Brooklyn and Karen Dahlstrom and husband Roger of Ankeny; 20 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; a special daughter-in-law, Marilyn Waterbeck of Central City, and a sister-in-law Isabel Waterbeck of Grinnell. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Julia Vavroch Waterbeck, his second wife Rena Krug Waterbeck, a son Robert in infancy, a granddaughter Jennifer, two brothers, John and Leonard Waterbeck, two sisters, Elsie Vajgrt and Frances Snyder, and a daughter-in-law Dora.

Walter Everett Waterbeck was born August 1, 1919 on the family farm in rural Brooklyn, Iowa, the son of Frank and Maggie Eirp Waterbeck. 
He graduated from Hartwick Consolidated High School in 1936 and served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. He returned to Iowa and farmed for many years. He also sold oil for Archer Oil. Walter married Julia Helen Vavroch on July 11, 1945 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Tama.  She passed away March 11, 2004. He later married Rena Krug in 2005. She passed away in 2007.

Walt enjoyed fishing, and being on the farm. Polka music was his favorite type of music. He liked cooking in the kitchen with Julia, and also spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Later in life he enjoyed going to Milestones in Marion. For the last 6 years, Walt had resided in Coggon with his granddaughter and her family, Patti and Randy LeGrand.

 

 

 

 

Wanda A. Huedepohl, age 101, of Williamsburg, died Friday, April 18, 2014 at Highland Ridge Care Center, Williamsburg. Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, St. Paul Lutheran Church in Williamsburg, with Rev. Carl Cloeter officiating.  Burial will be in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Williamsburg.  Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Monday, April 21, 2014, at St. Paul Lutheran Fellowship Hall, Williamsburg. Memorials may be contributed to St. Paul Lutheran cemetery or Sunday school, or St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Homestead. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is in charge of arrangements. 

Wanda is survived by her sons, Willard of Williamsburg and his special friend Karen Hopp of Iowa City, and Merlyn and wife Diane, of Williamsburg; two grandsons, Michael Huedepohl and wife Jennifer, of Williamsburg and Timothy Huedepohl and his special friend Sherry Grier, of Williamsburg; and two great-grandchildren, Anton and Thomas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Anton on May 9, 1988, and siblings, Ervin, Arnold, Milton, Millen, and Orville Schmidt, Alma Stohlmann and Norma Webert.

Wanda Anna Schmidt was born April 24, 1912 in York Township, Iowa County, Iowa, the daughter of Henry and Carolina Sandersfeld Schmidt.  She received her education at Immanuel Lutheran Parochial School, rural Williamsburg. Wanda married Anton Huedepohl on January 29, 1939 at Immanuel Lutheran Church.  The couple farmed for many years. They moved into Williamsburg in August of 1967. Wanda enjoyed gardening and yard work, quilting and sewing.  She especially enjoyed playing cards and spending time with her family and friends.  Wanda was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Williamsburg.

 

 

Thomas J. “Tom” Kriegel, age 62 of Brooklyn, Iowa, died Monday, April 14, 2014 at Brooklyn Community Estate, Brooklyn.  Funeral Mass: 10:00 A.M. Monday, April 21, 2014, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn with Fr. Brian Shepley officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Brooklyn. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Sunday, April 20, 2014 at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn with a Scripture Service at 7 P.M. A memorial fund has been established.

He is survived by his siblings, Francis (Marilyn) Kriegel of Victor, Joanne (Gary) Phillips of Marshalltown, Jane (Mike) Glasford of Crooks, SD, Raphael (Diane) Kriegel of Montezuma, Theresa (Tom) Goeke of Pueblo West, CO, Elizabeth (Charles) Cretin of Eldora, Vincent Kriegel of Crooks, SD, Margaret Carlton (Darrell Beason) of Brooklyn, IA, David (Chelle) Kriegel of Laurel, Dorothy (Nathan) Allen of Winterset, Ted (Tammy) Kriegel of Brooklyn, and Agnes (James) Crabtree of Brooklyn; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William John and Catherine Roberta Pfiffner Kriegel, two nephews, Lloyd and Walter Kriegel, and a great-niece Ashley Phillips.

Thomas Joseph Kriegel was born April 21, 1951 in Grinnell, Iowa, the fifth of thirteen children born to William and Catherine Pfiffner Kriegel. He attended the Scott #1 country school for kindergarten and went on to graduate from BGM High School with the Class of 1970. Tom worked for Farmhand Ag Equipment in Grinnell from 1972 – 1987, and for Amana Refrigeration for several years, retiring from there.  He spent his spare time farming with his brothers, Francis and Ray. Tom was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Brooklyn. He also was an active member of 4-H and FFA.

Tom’s favorite pastimes were walking the dogs, Kringle and Komet, hiking at Diamond Lake, and going downtown to eat at the Classic Deli.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and watching the Chicago Cubs.

 

 

 

Garygene R. Scalf, age 70 of Marengo, Iowa, died Sunday, April 13, 2014 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, in Iowa City. A memorial gathering for his friends and family will be held at a later date. Kloster Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Garygene is survived by his father Eugene Scalf of Prescott, AZ, two brothers, Dennis of Stigler, OK,  and Randy of the Philippines; four sisters, Sharronne Vincent and Kandyce Scalf, both of Deer Island, OR, Kathleen Lyons (Stan) of Brentwood, CA, and Tami Worley of Beaverton, OR. He was preceded in death by his mother.

Garygene Rudolf Scalf was born October 4, 1943 in Hermiston, OR, the son of Eugene Vincent Scalf and Ruth Hienley Scalf. He attended the Oregon schools. Garygene had been employed as a bus boy at a local restaurant, worked for the Amana Lumberyard, and at REC in Conroy. He enjoyed bowling, and traveling, and also liked to dance.

 

 

 

 

Walter H. Kraft, age 82, of West Amana, died Friday morning, April 11, 2014 at his home. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM Monday, April 14, 2014 at Kloster Funeral Home in Marengo. Rev. Travis Borkosky will officiate. A memorial fund has been established.

He is survived by his wife Erika of  West Amana; two sons Tom and Rudy Kraft both of West Amana; a daughter Heidy Edwards (Ted) of Amana; a grandchild Sandy Sutherby (Dan) of Walford; and a brother Werner Kraft of Heilbrohn, Germany. He was preceded in death by his parents  and a sister-in-law Elizabeth Kraft.

Walter Horst Kraft was born in Weiler, Germany on January 17, 1932, the son of Christopher Kraft and Louise Miller Kraft. He received his education in Germany and then attended trade school. He and Erika Lieber were united in marriage on September 1, 1955 in Toronto, Canada. Walter was a beautiful furniture builder, and also a contractor for many years.

Walter especially enjoyed photography and traveling to different countries.

 

 

 

 

Walter A. Stanerson, age 89, of Conroy, Iowa, died Friday, March 21, 2014 at Rose Haven Nursing Home, Marengo, following a lengthy illness.  Memorial Service: 1:00 P.M. Saturday, April 12, 2014, First Lutheran Church, Conroy with Rev. Don K. Dovre officiating. Inurnment will be in the First Lutheran Cemetery with military honors. The family will receive friends after 11:00 A.M. Saturday, April 12, at the church. A memorial fund has been established. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Walter is survived by his daughters, Denise Jones (Terry) of Omaha, NE, Cheryl Boyer (Robert) of West Bend, WI, and Vicki Cave (Don) of Omaha; six grandchildren, Aaron Jones (Melissa Moehring), Kali Jones, Hannah Boyer, Matthew Boyer, Justin Cave and Maggie Cave; and a great-granddaughter, Hadley Mae Jones. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mae on April 10, 2001, two brothers, Ed and Art and two sisters, Helen Overbaugh and Ethel Hartz.

Walter Alex Stanerson was born August 23, 1924 in Conroy, Iowa, the son of Staner Stanerson and Helen Mae Groesbeck Stanerson.  He attended the Hilton Consolidated School in Conroy and graduated with the Class of 1943. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force for 18 months. Walter and Mae Helen Ollis were united in marriage on August 12, 1952 in Calcutta, Ohio.  The couple made their home and raised their family in Conroy where Walt co-owned and operated Stanerson Garage and Oil for many years.

Walt enjoyed woodworking and stained glass work in his free time. He also liked music, and was an avid Cubs fan. He was a lifetime member of First Lutheran Church in Conroy.

 

 

 

 

Murlen Philip Vogt, age 100, of Williamsburg, Iowa, formerly of Homestead, Iowa, was called home to the Lord,  Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Highland Ridge Care Center in Williamsburg, following a short illness.  Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, April 9, 2014, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo with Rev. Andrew Gray officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at the church. Memorials may be contributed to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo, The Lutheran Hour, or the charity of the donor’s choice. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is in charge of arrangements.

Murlen is survived by his children, Ronald Vogt (Rosella) of Homestead, and Donna Blythe (Daryl) of Williamsburg; a daughter-in-law, Lorraine Vogt of Tiffin; ten grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, Mark Vogt of Homestead, Kerri Vogt of Wheatridge, CO, Keith Vogt (Sandy) and daughter Evangeline Vogt of Cedar Rapids; Becky Esser (Darin) of Cedar Rapids; Christine Fluegel (Jeff) and family Ashley and Logan Fluegel of Janesville, WI; Jon Vogt of Tiffin, Dr. Jeff Blythe (Darcy) and family Paige Fooshee (Garrett) of Derby KS, and Nolan and Clayton Blythe of Orange City; Curt Blythe (Mary) of Williamsburg  and family Trenton Blythe (Molly) of Oak Park, IL, Holden Blythe (Kelly), Austin Blythe (Kiley Ritchie) and Corbin Blythe of Williamsburg; Matt Blythe (Robin) and family Garrett and Gage Blythe of Williamsburg; and Stacey Cremeens (Aron) and family Tyler Cremeens, Dillon Blythe, Cole Cremeens, and Carlee Cremeens of Williamsburg;  and a brother-in-law, Vernon Sandersfeld (Esther) of Homestead.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Gertrude in 2011, a son Lowell Vogt in 2002, and a brother Eldon Vogt.

Murlen Philip Vogt was born March 14, 1914 in Homestead, Iowa, the son of Philip Joeseph Vogt and Katherine Kohler Kuch Vogt.  He attended the Homestead schools and graduated from Marengo High School in 1932. He was united in marriage to Gertrude Gesina Sandersfeld on November 28, 1940 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Homestead. Murlen was born, raised, and farmed the same land his entire life. This farm is now a designated Century Farm. He also worked for the Homestead Feed Mill, and did land measuring for ASC.

Murlen was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Marengo, where he held several offices. He was on the building committee for the education building and the new church. He was a dartball member, and a member of the men’s club. He also was a member of Farm Bureau.  Murlen was loyal to the Iowa Hawkeyes, and was also an avid Cubs fan. He especially enjoyed his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and attending all the family and school activities, even his own recently celebrated “100th Birthday Party”.

 

 

 

Garth C. Bigbee, 82, Marengo, died Friday, April 4, 2014, at the Marengo Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 10, First Presbyterian Church, Marengo, with visitation from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery. Memorials may be made by those who wish to First Presbyterian Church, Marengo Memorial Hospital Foundation, Iowa Valley School District Foundation, or the charity of donor’s choice.


Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Jane; their children: G. Gregory (Verla) Bigbee, Pella; Ann (Charles Scott) Bigbee, Marengo; Janice (Bill) Bigbee-Hansen, Renton, WA; Jennifer (Ray) Storck, Scottsdale, AZ; and Jenny (David Weenink) Cals, AFS exchange student from The Netherlands; grandchildren: Morgan and Dakota Bigbee, Pella; Catherine Scott, New York City, NY; Jessica Scott, Des Moines; Will and Sam Bigbee-Hansen, Renton; Rebecca Storck, Pullman, WA; and Ryan Storck, Scottsdale; step-grandchildren: Dustyn (Molly) Menninga, Des Moines; LaCosta (Jeremy) Van Dyk, Pella; and Heather (Gary) Vander Heiden, Knoxville; and also Thomas and Louise Weenink, Amsterdam; great-grandchildren: Zarah, Ariana, Madyson, Alexander and Josiah Van Dyk, Pella; and Gage, Brady, Kjersten, and Jace Vander Heiden, Knoxville. Also surviving are a brother-in-law, Dan (Sue) Steele, Westby, WI, and a sister-in-law, Bernice Steele, Spirit Lake.


Garth was preceded in death by his parents, Lon Bigbee (1984) and Erma Bigbee (1999); his parents-in-law, Richard and Catherine Steele; brother-in-law, Thomas Steele, and sister-in-law, Jane Steele.


Garth Charles Bigbee was born Aug. 1, 1931, in Williamsburg, the son of Lon Charles and Erma Lorene Eckert Bigbee.  He attended Marengo schools, graduating from Marengo High School in 1949. Garth received a B.S. Degree in Animal Husbandry in 1953 from Iowa State College, Ames. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.  Garth Bigbee and Jane Ann Steele were married June 28, 1953, at Memorial Presbyterian Church, Cherokee. 

Garth served in the U.S. Air Force from 1953 to 1956. He was co-pilot on a KC-97 aerial tanker refueling B-47 bombers in mid-air. Following training at bases in Malden, MO, Enid, OK, San Antonio, Texas, and West Palm Beach, FL., he was stationed at Smokey Hill AFB, Salina, KS, a SAC (Strategic Air Command) base, with duty also in England and Newfoundland.  Following his discharge from the Air Force, Garth returned home and worked with his parents on Gar-Lon Farms, raising Black Angus cattle from 1956-1970. In 1959 he received the Cedar Rapids Jaycees Outstanding Young Farmer of the Year. He belonged to the Beef Producers and Cedar Valley Farm Business Association, working for the latter for several years.


In 1970 Garth went into the insurance business specializing in farm estate planning. He earned CLU (Chartered Life Underwriters) and ChFC (Chartered Financial Consultants) professional designations. With four others the partnership RBOZ was formed; they established Insurance Service Corporation of Iowa in Cedar Rapids where he worked until retirement.

Garth was an active fifty-year member of First Presbyterian Church, Marengo, where he was currently serving on its session and on which he had previously served several terms and also as a past president of the congregation. He was a member of the Hymn Bells choir. He was a member of Marengo American Legion Post #76, Iowa County Historical Society, and was a former member and past president of Marengo Rotary Club.

Garth enjoyed spending time with his family, working with his dog, fishing, hunting birds and mushrooms.

 

 

Rachel E. Gerard, age 87, of Marengo, Iowa, died April 2, 2014 at the Marengo Memorial Hospital, in Marengo. Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Monday, April 7, 2014, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo with Rev. Andrew Gray officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery. Visitation; 4 to 7 P.M. Sunday, April 6, 2014, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.

Rachel is survived by her son, Russell “Al” (Linda) of Marengo; four daughters, Sherry Kouba (Jon Dale) of Central City, Debbie Saunders (Rex) of Marengo, Becky Wiebold of Marengo, and Kris Gerard of Marengo; ten grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.

Rachel was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Russell Dean Gerard on October 24, 1982, two brothers, Noel and Carroll Siems, two sisters, Mildred Siems and Wilma Landuyt; and two grandsons, Blake Saunders and Spencer Kouba.

Rachel Elizabeth Siems was born on April 19, 1926 in Blairstown, Iowa, the daughter of Fred and Elizabeth Hofmaster Siems. She attended the Benton County schools and married Russell Dean Gerard on November 18, 1949. Rachel provided childcare for the families of the Marengo area for many years. She had a great love for her family, and cherished the time she spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She also enjoyed gardening, and her flowers. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Marengo.

 

 

 

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