Roger Dale Anderson, age 80, of Marengo, Iowa lost his battle with cancer on March 14, 2018 surrounded by his wife and daughters. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Tuesday March 20, 2018 at 11:00 am at First Christian Church in Coralville. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Monday March 19, 2018 at Kloster Funeral Home in Marengo. Inurnment will occur at a later date. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.

He was born December 16, 1937 to Morris and Ertle (DeWinter) Anderson in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He had a long distinguished career as a Mechanical Engineer dedicating his brilliant mind to The University of Iowa in the Physics/Space program and Rockwell Collins.

Roger was an avid musician, playing with many different groups through the years. He had many interests including woodworking, building musical instruments, classic cars and tractors,  bird watching and a general love of nature. He served the community being on the Board of Adjustments and Gateway Park Committee.

Roger is survived by his wife, Carol DeHague Anderson and three daughters, Kim (Dan) Ewing of Fort Dodge, Iowa, Jennifer (Travis) Williams of Nora Springs, Iowa and Marissa (Bryan) Bral of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; five grandchildren, Breah Ewing, Drew Ewing, Jennica Etten, Zoey and Jaxson Williams; three sisters, Marilyn (John) Horvath of Elkhart, Indiana, Twila Buffington of Mebane, North Carolina, and Becky (Tom) Johnson of Mystic, Iowa; two brothers, Ronald (Norma) Anderson and David (Jeannie) Anderson both of Fort Dodge, Iowa; and many loving nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Roger was a kind, loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and a brother-in-law Dan Buffington.

The family extends a special thank you to Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy for their extensive care and support during his final days.



Robert O. Sims, 73, of Rock Island, Illinois, died Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at Aspen Rehab & Health Care, Silvis.  Family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 8, 2018, at the Marengo American Legion, Marengo, Iowa,.  Memorials may be contributed to the Iowa Valley Tiger Wrestling Club.

Bob was born November 19, 1944, in Marengo, the son of Robert and Evelyn (Cooperider) Sims. He was a counselor at The Abbey Center in Bettendorf for many years, retiring in 2016.

He loved working in his yard, gardening, and was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs and Detroit Lions.

Bob is survived by two children, Janet (Steve) Behrens, and Doug (Michelle) Sims, both of Marengo; five grandchildren, Riley, Shelby and Sydney Holst, and Chandler and Garet Sims; his longtime special friend, Robin Wallace of Rock Island; a sister, Sally (Dan) Baumgartner of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and two nieces, Kate VanBerkum and Sara Egnatic. He was preceded in death by his parents.





James Richard Ryan, age 86, of Brooklyn, passed away Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018.  He was a resident of the Brooklyn Community Estate.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 17, 2018, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, with Father Wilkening officiating.  Burial will be in St. Patrick Calvary Cemetery immediately following the funeral mass.  The Altar and Rosary ladies will serve a dinner in the church hall after the committal service.  Visitation will be held at Kloster Funeral Home on Friday, February 16, 2018 from 4 to 7 p.m., with the praying of the rosary at 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, you may donate to the James Ryan Memorial Fund or to St. Patrick Calvary Cemetery. 

James is survived by his twin brother Rev. Philip Ryan of Brooklyn; two sisters-in-law Jane Ryan and Judy Heath; and seven nieces and seven nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and older brothers Thomas and Jerry and an older sister Joan. 

James was born April 28, 1931, in Evanston, Illinois.  He was the fourth of five children born to Clinton and Rose Hanson Ryan.  The Ryan family moved from Chicago to Brooklyn in 1936.  Brooklyn has been Jim’s “hometown” ever since.  He graduated from Brooklyn High School in 1949.  He served two years in the Marine Corps, one of which was in Korea during the Korean conflict.  He spent his working years as a farmer.  Even after his active years as a farmer, he maintained an active interest in agriculture. 

Eternal rest grant unto James, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.  May he rest in peace and may the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.  AMEN.




Roger Lee Bartachek, age 80 of Brooklyn, Iowa, passed away peacefully Tuesday evening, January 30, 2018 at Brooklyn Community Estate, surrounded by his loving family. Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Monday, February 5, 2018, First Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn with Rev. Hans Cornelder officiating.  Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 P.M. Sunday, February 4, 2018, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn.  A memorial fund has been established.

Roger is survived by his wife, Peggy; a son, Robert Lee (Julie) of Brooklyn; three grandchildren, Miranda, Madeline and Axton Bartachek; a brother Gene (Shirley) Bartachek of Brooklyn, and a sister Dolores Nix of Washington State.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Roger Lee was born December 17, 1937 in rural Brooklyn, Iowa, the son of Fred and Mildred Slaymaker Bartachek.  He graduated from Brooklyn High School in 1956 and attended AIB College of Business in Des Moines.  Roger worked at General Telephone in Grinnell for a short time following college. He and Margaret Marie Shultz were united in marriage on June 6, 1959 at the First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn.  The couple operated the family farm raising grain and livestock.

Besides being a lifelong farmer, Roger was an active member of the Presbyterian Church and the Farm Bureau. He drove school bus for BGM and in later years worked at Manatt’s.  He loved to sing, and enjoyed square dancing with Peggy. He was often found working in the garden, or enjoying his grandchildren’s many activities and events. 



Gloria Diane DeVlieger, age 77 of Marengo, passed away Sunday , January 28, 2018 at Rose Haven Nursing Home, Marengo.  There will be no funeral or visitation services.  Burial will be in the St. John’s Cemetery in Cedar Rapids.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be contributed to Rose Haven Nursing Home, Marengo.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Gloria is survived by two sons David (Valentina) Stevens and Darrenn Stevens; eight grandchildren Steven, Parrish, Tabitha, Jami, Leilani, Patricia, Mitchell and Hayden; several great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; two brothers Darrell and Larry Johnson; and three sisters Donna Cornish, Karen Bruggeman and LeeAnn Renner.  She was preceded in death by her parents, two daughters KaCindra and Theresa, her first husband Richard Stevens, her second husband Edward DeVlieger and one sister Sheryll Mondahl.

Gloria Diane Johnson was born March 26, 1940, in Iowa City, the daughter of Dwayne and Dorothy Mohr Johnson.  She graduated from Tarpon Springs Schools, Florida in 1958.  Gloria was employed as a topographer in the civil engineering field.  She was a master seamstress and enjoyed home construction, decorating and quilting. 





Donald Edward Dietrich, age 96 of Marengo, Iowa, passed away at Rose Haven Nursing Home, on Friday, January 26, 2018.  Funeral Services will be at  10:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at Trinity United Church of Christ, rural Marengo.  Burial will be in the Ladora Cemetery with military honors.  Visitation will be Tuesday morning January 30, 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  In lieu of flowers or cement, the family requests memorials be contributed to Trinity U.C.C. or Essence of Life Hospice.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Donald was born August 19, 1921 in rural Lincoln Township of Iowa County.  He was the son of Edward and Mary Calvert Dietrich and the oldest of five children.  He attended Lincoln #1 country school through 8th grade.  Donald assisted his family on the farm.  He was united in marriage to Welma Frances Clevenger on April 18, 1942 in Bethany, MO.  Donald was drafted  in 1943 and honorably served our country in the Army until 1946.  He was stationed in the Philippines as a medic during World War II.  He received the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one bronze star.  After the war, he returned to New Virginia and continued farming for four years.  In 1950, he and his wife purchased a farm in Sumner Township.  Donald furthered his education in 1971 and received his GED from Kirkwood Community College, in Cedar Rapids.  He passed away Friday, January 26, 2018 at the age of 96 years, 5 months and 7 days.

Donald is survived by his two sons Keith (Gloria) Dietrich of McAllen, Texas and Gene (Jill) Dietrich of Marengo; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; 10 step-great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren and 2 step-great- great-grandchildren. Don was preceded in death by his wife Frances in 2014, and his siblings Marjorie Stockstell, Leonard, Richard and Gary Dietrich. 

 Don cherished the 71 years he and Frances had together.  They had a wonderful life, enjoying their family and traveling all over the world.




Janet L. Korns, age 80 of Brooklyn, Iowa, died Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Brooklyn Community Estate. Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Friday, January 26, 2018, Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn with Rev. Joyce Proctor officiating.  Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Thursday, January 25, 2018, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. A memorial fund has been established.

She is survived by her children, Darla (Timothy) Ingersoll, Mark (Kayleen) Rhinehart, all of Brooklyn, Steven (Jennifer) Rhinehart of Grinnell; step-children, Sherry Korns-Johnson, and Charles Korns both of Brooklyn, and Angie (Joel) Bayer of Victor; 14 grandchildren, Brandi (Jon) King of California, Travis Wilson (Amanda Wagner) of Wisconsin, Cody (Alexis) Wilson, Nick Wilson (Taylor Burnham), Kaden Rhinehart, all of Brooklyn, Isaac, Gianna and Soleil Rhinehart of Grinnell; Amanda Johnson, and Brettney Korns of Cedar Rapids, Blain Kupka of Waterloo, Calvin Korns of Hiawatha, and William and Owen Bayer of Victor; 7 great-grandchildren, Teagen King, Jadeyn King and Addalyn King, all of California, Easton Wilson of Brooklyn, Payton Wilson of Brooklyn and Graham Wilson of Brooklyn, and Silas Boyer of Cedar Rapids. Also surviving are her siblings, Barbara Gensley of Victor, Charles (Susan) Cronbaugh of Marengo, Mary Schwab-Gerard (Jake) of Belle Plaine, Robert (Connie) Cronbaugh of Marengo, Doris Hawkins of Marengo, and Gary (Taryn) Cronbaugh of Grinnell; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband William Korns, two daughters, Connie Rhinehart and Janice Korns, two sisters in infancy, a brother Celaine, granddaughter Jenny Korns, a brother-in-law Larry Gensley, and a son-in-law Steve Johnson.

Janet L. Cronbaugh was born May 21, 1937, the daughter of Cecil and Maxine Stowell Cronbaugh.  She received her education in the Honeycreek Township school and graduated from the Marengo High School in 1955.  Janet married Richard Rhinehart on November 3, 1956 at the Church of the Brethren, Brooklyn. To this union four children were born, Darla, Connie, Mark and Steven. The couple later divorced. She married William Korns on March 3, 1973 at her home in Brooklyn. He passed away in 2005.

Janet worked for a short time at Amana Refrigeration, as office personnel. She then was employed at Poweshiek County Savings in Brooklyn until her retirement in 1999. She also served as a hostess for Nevenhoven Funeral Home for several years. Janet was an active member of her church community, serving as a Sunday School teacher, treasurer on the Board and a delegate to the district conference for the Church of the Brethren. She played piano for services, and was a member of the Ladies Aid.  She continued her church life as an active member of the Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn, where she was a member of the G.E.M.S.

Janet enjoyed gardening, canning, and reading in her spare time.  She liked to play piano and sing. Her life revolved around her family and she cherished the many family gatherings and activities. She especially enjoyed her grand and great-grandchildren.



Garth Edward Cooney, age 60 of Marengo, passed away Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House in Hiawatha.  Memorial Services:  2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Marengo, with Father David Wilkening officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery, Marengo.  There will be a luncheon and time to visit with the family at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church following the committal service at the cemetery.  A memorial fund has been established.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Garth is survived by his wife Della of Marengo; three children Chad (Kaylynn) Cooney of Madison, SD, Jason (Kayla) Cooney of Manchester and Sara (Tim) Campagna of Marion; six grandchildren Addison, Paislee, Nolan, and Sam Cooney and Leighton and Weston Campagna; five siblings Gary (Elaine) Cooney of Hudson, Mike (Jade) Cooney of Patriot, IN, Frank (Debbie) Cooney of Solon, Tim (Janine) Cooney of Ottumwa and Jeannette Cooney of Johnston; a sister-in-law Kristen Cooney; his mother-in-law Sandy Brecht; and a brother-in-law Ron (Michelle) Brecht.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Emmett and his father-in-law Ron Brecht Sr. 

Garth Cooney was born February 7, 1957, in Iowa City, the son of Joe and Lois Hoyle Cooney.  He graduated from Iowa Valley High School in 1975.  He was united in marriage to Della Brecht on November 28, 1980 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Marengo.  Garth worked at Gerdau in Wilton, as a crane operator for 29 years.  He enjoyed all sports, especially golf, fantasy sports and the Iowa Hawkeyes.  Family was very important to Garth and he loved spending time with them all.  He also loved spending time with his two best buddies, his dogs Cooper and Baily. 




Linda G. Kriegel, age 83 of Grinnell, formerly of Brooklyn, Iowa, passed away at the Mayflower Health Center in Grinnell on January 20, 2018. 

Funeral Mass:  10:00 A.M. Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn with Fr. Corey Close officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Brooklyn.  Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Tuesday, January 23, 2018, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn with a Scripture Service at 7 P.M. Memorials may be contributed to Windsor Manor or Mayflower Home in Grinnell.

Linda is survived by her children, Laura (Bruce) Blankenfeld, Karen (Kenny) Thompson, Cheryl (Rick) Burnham all of Grinnell, Mark (Deb) of Brooklyn, Curtis (Angie) of Hartwick, Kevin of Hartwick, Mindy (Dave) Ward of Fort Collins, CO, and Ginny (Marty) Burkle of North Liberty; twenty-one grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Marcella Moyer of Grinnell and Carol Owens of Chariton.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Glen Joe in 2015; an infant son Stephen; an infant granddaughter, Jessica Kriegel; and four great-grandchildren, Dylan Graff, and Luke, Ivy, and Lainey Riedel, and a daughter-in-law Lisa Kriegel.

Linda Gae Guddendorf was born March 14, 1934 in Hayward, Wisconsin, the daughter of John Peter Guddendorf, Jr. and Hazel Irene Tinkle Guddendorf.  She attended the Malcom schools and married Glen Joseph Kriegel on November 19, 1954 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Brooklyn. The couple farmed in the area for many years. Linda was a loving wife and mother and “Queen of the Castle”. She spent time gardening and cooking, but also enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, reading and ceramics. Linda’s family was her pride and joy and she cherished every moment spent with them. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Brooklyn, and the Altar and Rosary Society.




Burton Behrens, age 95, of Marengo, passed away Saturday, January 13th at Rose Haven Nursing Home in Marengo, Iowa. There are no services scheduled at this time. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Compass Memorial Hospital Emergency Care Department in his name.

He was born on May 31, 1922, in Albert City, Iowa to Henry and Ester (Johnson) Behrens. He graduated from Sioux Rapids Consolidated School and enlisted in the Navy during WWII where he was an officer on the USS Liddle. After receiving numerous awards and commendations Burt decided to return to school and went on to graduate from Iowa State University with a degree in Agricultural Economics and a minor in Agronomy. Following college he married Evelyn Berninger in 1949. Together, they had two children. Burt’s career path took him to Liberia, West Africa where he served as an advisor for the International Assistance Corporation. He held similar positions throughout his career in Indonesia and Africa. He enjoyed traveling and learning the different cultures with his second wife Barbara Burt whom he married in 1969.

He is survived by his children, Susan Barkhurst, Steven (Janet) Behrens; step children; Babs (Courtney) Mitchell, Clara Hopkins, and Hardee (Bruce) Klitzman; along with many grandchildren. He will be honored by being laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.





Richard Wayne “Dick” Wiebold, age 78, of Conroy, passed away Monday, January 15, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospital.  Funeral Service:  10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Conroy, with Pastor Thomas Ogilvie officiating.  Burial will be in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Conroy.  Visitation 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, January 19, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Conroy.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be contributed to the American Lung Association or the Trinity Lutheran Church in Conroy.

Richard is survived by his wife Evelyn Wiebold; his children Susan (Michael) Klier of Des Moines, Cathy (Tom) Peters of Conroy, Jim (Callie) Wiebold of Conroy and Angie (Eric) Broomfield of Pittsburg, IL; nine grandchildren Cassie (Matt) DeWitt, Jacob and Nick Klier, Luke and Emma Peters, Anna and Jillian Wiebold, and Evan and Ayden Broomfield.  He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers Ralph, Bob and Earl in infancy.

Richard “Dick” Wiebold was born October 18, 1939, in rural Williamsburg, the son of Arnold and Esther Schwarting Wiebold.  He graduated from Conroy High School in 1957.
Dick proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army Reserves from 1957 to 1965.  He was united in marriage to Evelyn Neumann on December 10, 1966 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo.  Dick started custom farming and hauling milk with his brother Bob.  Gary Hartz and Dick started their livestock hauling business, Hartz and Wiebold, and eventually Dick owned and operated it as Dick Wiebold Trucking.  Following the sale of this business, Dick worked for Holden Foundation Seeds until he retired.  He was a lifelong member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and he served on the L.I.S. School Board.   Dick was a proud resident of Conroy.   He enjoyed all Conroy activities with his friends, from pitching on the slow pitch softball team to mowing yards.  Dick enjoyed gardening, his flowers and trees, and feeding the squirrels and birds.  Hospitality was a high priority with Dick,  the door to their house was always open.  He never forgot a face, a place or a story.  Dick enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs and Iowa State Cyclones, playing cards and working on his daily sudoku. 

As a husband, father, grandfather and friend, Dick will forever be remembered and missed for his keen memory and knowledge, his honesty and loyalty, his strong faith and sense of humor, and his love of visiting and spending time with family and friends.





Phillip Emil Bral, age 66 of Marengo, passed away Monday, January 15, 2018.  Funeral services:  10:30 a.m., Friday, January 19, 2018 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Marengo, with Father David Wilkening officiating.  Burial will be at a later date.  Visitation:  5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, January 18, 2018 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be contributed to the 4H Fairview Zippers. 

Phillip is survived by his wife Freda; three children Tige (April) Bral of Victor, Michael (Faith) Owens of East Prairie, MO and Merrideth (Jason) Carden of Marengo; two brothers Bary (Tammy) Bral of Marengo and Randy (Denise) Bral of Homestead; 10 grandchildren; and a daughter-in-law Shari Bral of Ottumwa.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Slade, a grandson Jesse and a brother Roy. 

Phillip Emil Bral was born January 22, 1951 in Marengo, the son of Emil Bral and Darlene Walters Bral.  He graduated from Marengo High School where he was an All State Wrestler and homecoming king.  He received an associate’s degree from Kirkwood Community College.  Phillip married Michelle Kramer in 1973 and was blessed with two children.  He later married Freda Ditto on September 19, 2009 on the family farm.  Phillip worked at Amana Refrigeration for 25 years.  He was very passionate about farming the family farm where he raised horses and cattle.  He owned an International Farmall M tractor.  Phillip was a confident and self-reliant person.  If he could make something himself, he would.  He was a member of the NRA and also the 4H Fairview Zipper Club and loved to joke around with people. 






Betty Lou Ranshaw, age 88 of Marengo, passed away Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Compass Memorial Hospital.  A Celebration of Life Service will be held on June 24, 2018 in North Liberty.  Location and times will be announced later.  Burial will be in the Ridgewood Cemetery in North Liberty.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Betty is survived by her husband Robert of Marengo; five children Timothy M. (Heide) of Denver, CO, Robert K. (Rosalie) of Denver, CO, Kathleen A. Ranshaw (Karen Jameson) of North Liberty, Deborah M. Ranshaw of Tiffin and David L. Ranshaw of Marengo; five grandchildren Jenny (Brad) Griswold, Ian (Laurie) Ranshaw, Travis Fowler, Davis Garritano, Zach (Kelsey) Ranshaw; six great-grandchildren Emily and Billy Griswold, Addison and Abigail Ranshaw, and Jennifer Lawrence and Gage Fowler; two brothers Quinn (Norma) McBride, of Huxley, Ian McBride of CA; two sisters Joy (Jon) Gage of Franklin, WI and Kristin McBride of Willow Springs, MO.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Ralph W. McBride.

Betty Lou McBride was born February 28, 1929 in Liberty, NE the daughter of Ralph and Marie Winchell McBride.  She graduated from University High School in Iowa City in 1947.  She married Robert Ranshaw on June 24, 1947.  She worked as a nurses’ aide, at Lantern Park Nursing Home, Coralville, a job she thoroughly enjoyed.

In her youth, Betty was very active in 4-H. She actively participated in her church, including choir. She was a member of the Whip-Poor-Will Women’s Club in North Liberty.  She enjoyed arranging flowers, gardening and collecting music cd’s.  Most of her time was spent with her family, keeping up with her friends, and tending to all of the cats on the farm. 








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