Robert L. Willett, age 90, passed away Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.  Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, May 24, 2017, Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn with Rev. Brent DeSilva officiating.  Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery, Brooklyn with military honors. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Tuesday, May 23, 2017, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn with a Masonic Service at 6 P.M. with the public invited. Memorials may be contributed to Grace United Methodist Church.

Robert is survived by a son, Mack Purdum and wife Mary of Montezuma; granddaughter Michelle Danker (Austin) of Belle Plaine, great grandchildren, Miles and Ryne Danker; a nephew David Willett of Brooklyn; and a sister-in-law Karen Willett of Brooklyn. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Helen in 2010, a brother Ralph Willett and a stepson Duane Purdum.

Robert Laverne Willett was born September 3, 1926 in Grinnell, Iowa, the son of William Frederick Willett and Belva Brenneman Willett.  He graduated from the Brooklyn High School with the Class of 1943. He served his country in the U.S. Army from December 18, 1944 until November 8, 1946, stationed in Japan. Robert and Helen Violet Purdum were united in marriage on June 19, 1965 at Grace United Methodist Church in Brooklyn.  He farmed the family farm his entire life. 

Robert was a member of the Poweshiek Masonic Lodge #174 for 56 years, serving as secretary for 25 years and initiated 110 men into the Lodge. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Brooklyn, and a past member of the Brooklyn American Legion Post 294. Robert enjoyed reading western novels especially Louis L’Amour books. He liked selling produce from his vegetable garden and was a wonderful carpenter and plumber.




Anne M. Freshour ended her earthly journey on May 15, 2017.  She passed away at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House in Hiawatha, Iowa.  Funeral services:  10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 18, 2017, at the Middle Amana Church, with Elder Betsy Momany officiating.  Burial will be in the Amana Cemetery.  Visitation:  4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at the Middle Amana Church.  Memorials in her memory may be given to Camp Courageous, the Amana Church Society or the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy.  Kloster Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Anne Marie Schuhmacher was born in Amana, Iowa on December 22, 1932, the daughter of George and Lina Roemig Schuhmacher.  She attended and graduated from the Amana Schools and later attended Cedar Rapids Business College and for a short time did office work in Cedar Rapids until being employed in the office of the Amana Woolen Mill in 1952.  Anne was united in marriage at the Amana Church to Charles Freshour on July 25, 1959.  She joined her military husband in travels to Florida, Germany, and California.  Upon his retirement of 20 years of service, they returned to Amana in 1970, where they raised their two sons.  In 1971, she worked as a bookkeeper for Amana Society Builders, retiring in 1995.

Charles and Anne enjoyed going on cruises and did extensive travel in Europe and the States.  They also attended several of the reunions of his Air Force missile company.  Charles and Anne were instrumental in starting the home delivered meals known as Essen Wagen in 1993.  In 2004, they began a Senior Dining program at the Amana Church which served meals on Mondays.  In June 2007, she received the award of Outstanding Volunteer of Iowa County from the Heritage Agency, presented by Gov. Chet Culver.  Anne was a reader and helper at the Clear Creek Amana School Library.   She was a life time member of the Amana Church where she served on various committees.  She was also a member of the Amana Heritage Society and the Amana Arts Guild.  Anne was an avid reader and bridge player.  She enjoyed gardening, canning, and cooking.  She was best known for her “cookie care packages”, and they will definitely be missed.  Anne especially looked forward to attending the sports and musical events of her grandson.

Anne is survived by her son Greg (Mary), grandson Mitchell Freshour of Urbandale, her son Gordon (Vanessa) of Amana; two step grandchildren, Sara and Nick Waddell; and a brother Henry Schuhmacher, of Amana.  Also surviving, are several nieces, nephews and many friends who will miss her dearly.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Charles, a brother Roy (Ruth) Schuhmacher, and a sister-in-law Rose Schuhmacher.




Rose Mary “Rosie” Carville Schuhmacher, age 90 of Amana, passed away Sunday May 7, 2017, at Lakeview Village Retirement Community. Funeral Mass will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 11, 2017, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Norway, Iowa, with Rev. Dustin Vu officiating.  Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, rural Atkins. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Norway.  A memorial fund has been established. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Rosie was born October 4, 1926, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Thomas James and Zela Turner Carville.  She graduated from Walford High School in May of 1944 and entered into marriage on July 25, 1944 with Henry G. Schuhmacher of Amana.  During the war Rosie worked for Rockwell Collins.  In 1949, she started working for the U.S. Postal Service, serving as postmaster from 1977 until her retirement in April 1984.

She is survived by her husband Henry of 72 years; a son Henry T. of Ankeny; a daughter Diane (Mineard) Smith of Watkins; four grandchildren, Cindy Smith of Amana, Kimberly (Jack) Shaw of Mesa, AZ, and John and Emily Schuhmacher of Ankeny; three great-grandchildren, Kaitlynn Wilson (Bobby Burgess) of Cedar Rapids, Mackenzie (Andy) Kasner of South Amana and Nicholas Wilson of Indianola; two great-great-grandchildren, Scarlet Burgess and William Kasner; and a sister Shirley Neumann of Amana.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a grandaughter in infancy, Mary Dehlia, and a brother James Carville.




Catherine M. Foster, age 56 of Brooklyn, died Thursday, April 27, 2017.  Funeral Service: 5 P.M. Tuesday, May 2, 2017, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn with Rev. Dorothy Banzhaf officiating.  Inurnment will be at a later date.  Visitation: 2 to 5 P.M. Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at the funeral home. A memorial fund has been established.

She is survived by her husband Cliff; four children, Chad Foster (Hannah), Jeremy Foster, and Jessica Wilcox (Brian) all of Brooklyn and John Foster (Tonya) of Knoxville; an honorary son, Eric Garringer of Brooklyn; eight grandchildren, two brothers, Daniel Kepler, and Dale Kepler both of Iowa City; and a sister Terri Luhmann of Jackson, MN., and extended friends and family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gerald and Loretta Kepler, a grandson, her guardian angel, Kyler Wilcox, and her mother and father-in-law.

Catherine Marie Margaret Kepler was born August 17, 1960 in Estherville, Iowa, the daughter of Gerald Dean Kepler and Loretta Van Houten Kepler.  She attended the Estherville Catholic Schools and graduated from Estherville High School in 1978. She and Clifford James Foster were married on July 25, 1981. They made their home in Estherville before moving to the Brooklyn area.  Cathy was a wife, mother and homemaker, and worked in the nursing profession.  She was employed at the Brookhaven Nursing Home (now Brooklyn Community Estate) as a CNA for 20 years.

Cathy loved to read and spend time online. She liked to cook for her family. She especially enjoyed playing with her grandchildren. Cathy’s pets were a big part of her life and she loved them all dearly. She enjoyed horseback riding as a youth.




Harriett Ruth Benesh, age 83 of Brooklyn, passed away Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Brooklyn Community Estate. Funeral Service: 11:00 A.M. Friday, April 28, 2017, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, with Rev. John Reynolds, Jr. officiating. Burial will be in the Guernsey Cemetery. Visitation: 5 to 7 P.M. Thursday, April 27, 2017, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. A memorial fund has been established.

She is survived by her husband of 66 1/2 years, Loyal; her children, Sheri and Tim Atkinson, Teri and Carl Iezek, all of Brooklyn, and Jeff and Kristi Benesh of LeGrand; 13 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren. Also surviving are her sisters, Janice Buresh, and Sherry Kesl, both of Tama, along with her best friend Tippi.  Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Violet Brown, Bonnie Matula, Robert Willson, Marion Willson and Kenneth Willson.

Harriett Ruth was born May 7, 1933 in Tama, Iowa, the daughter of Warren and Roxie Beal Willson. She attended the Tama schools, and married Loyal Franklin Benesh on December 6, 1950 in Des Moines, Iowa.  Besides being a wife, and mother, Ruth also worked various jobs outside the home, including working at Walmart for 15 years. 

Ruth was active in her community and her church. She was a member of the South Side Circle for 58 years, and the First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn. She enjoyed word searches, embroidery, and cooking. She looked forward to the family vacations to Okoboji, and spending time with her grand and great-grandchildren and attending their many activities.





Charlotte M. Roudabush, age 82 of Brooklyn, died Saturday April 22, 2017 at
Brooklyn Community Estate after brief battle with lung cancer.  Funeral Mass: 10:30 A.M.  Wednesday, April 26, 2017, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn, with Rev. Corey Close officiating.  Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Brooklyn.  Visitation: 3:30 -7:30 P.M. Tuesday, April 25, 2017, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn with a Scripture Service at 7:30. A memorial fund has been established.

Charlotte was born on October 21, 1934 to Gerald and Mary Brien Graney of Perry, IA.She was the eldest of three children.  Charlotte had 2 brothers, James and Patrick.  She graduated from Perry High School and went to Minneapolis, MN to become a lab technician.  It was through her job of drawing blood where she met Duane Roudabush, who turned out to be the man she would marry on April 14, 1956.  They celebrated  for 44 years before Duane’s passing.  Along with farming, Charlotte and Duane owned and operated Char-Du Mfg in Brooklyn. 

Charlotte, “Char”  was active with her parish at St. Patrick's.  Here she was part of the Alter and Rosary Society.  She also was involved with the American Legion Auxiliary, Poweshiek Democratic Society, Meals on Wheels, volunteered at the Activity Center and volunteered at Brooklyn Community Estates. Charlotte, in the last few years, became very interested in family history genealogy. She so enjoyed the art of conversation and voicing her thoughts on many subjects. When visitors came she would insist that they make themselves at home as her motto was “room service has been discontinued.”  Char was most often seen and most happy when she was behind her sewing machine creating endless articles of clothing and crafts. 

She is survived by her 7 children,  Debra Ann Easley( Jim), Dennis Duane(Dee), Deanna Rose Staudt(John), David Neal, Donald Paul(Tracy), Diane Kathleen Cadden(Kenny), Daniel Craig(Leigh); 23 grandchildren, Anthony Orand, Stephanie Roudabush, Jennifer Roudabush, Nicole Staudt, Kimberly Staudt, Jessica Fields, Josh Kline, Christopher Roudabush, Brandon Roudabush, Ryan Roudabush, Ashley Roudabush, Shane Roudabush, Aurelia Roudabush, James Cadden, Emily Cadden, Kyle Cadden, Eric Cadden, Brian Cadden, Katelynn Cadden, Ashleigh Heishman, Amber Roudabush, Aaron Roudabush, Amanda Roudabush: 3 great grandchildren, Luke Roudabush Carson Houghton, Logan Roudabush, and countless friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J Duane Roudabush, daughter Denise Eileen, brothers James Graney, Patrick Graney, and her parents Gerald and Mary B. Graney.




Cleo A. Tuttle, age 84 of Marengo, passed away Monday morning, April 10, 2017. Funeral Services:  10:30 A.M. Friday, April 14, 2017, First United Methodist Church, Marengo with Rev. Lisa Crow officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery. Visitation: 3 to 7 P.M. Thursday, April 13, 2017, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. Memorials may be contributed to the First United Methodist Church, Marengo towards an organ repair fund or the kitchen.

She is survived by her sons, Kenneth (Carol) Tuttle and Kirby Tuttle, both of Marengo; grandchildren, Tina (Rian) Sherman, and Nathan (Jessica) Tuttle and Felicia Koehn; Step grandchildren, Chris (Kristy) Lyman, Amy Imhoff; and great-grandchildren, Nessecity Tuttle, and Oliver Tuttle.Also surviving are two sisters, Carole (Richard) Ballard of Marengo, and Sherri Head of Cedar Falls, sisters-in-law, Sharon Tuttle, Jean (Robert) Gritman, Ann Schutterle, Shirley (Shorty) Shaull, and Betty (Larry) Wiedemeier, numerous nieces and nephews, and good friends, Penny Stephan, Donna and Lon Murley and Cindy Murley.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Howard, Jr. in 2012, a son Kurtis in 1990, a brother Keith Young, and a brother Garth in infancy.

Cleo Alice Young was born August 31, 1932, the daughter of Leo and Norma Patterson Young.  She graduated from the Marengo High School in 1950 and married Howard Tuttle, Jr. on December 28, 1951 at the First United Methodist Church in Marengo. She was a stay at home mom while the boys were attending school. She then was an executive secretary at Amana Refrigeration for 25 years. She and Howard operated “The Dock” restaurant for many years in Marengo. Cleo retired from Amana and immediately started as secretary for the Methodist Church. She also worked with Head Start, Subway and helped Kirby at Dusty’s restaurant. She was well known for her potato salad, and had a good story to tell about that.

Cleo collected dolls--about 900 of them. She enjoyed birdwatching, singing with The Believers, played accordion, and taught piano lessons to her granddaughter. She and Howard enjoyed square dancing, playing cards and dice. They enjoyed traveling and wintered in Texas for 18 years. Most recently she could be found behind the deli counter at Big G. But most of all, Cleo enjoyed her family and cherished each and every one of them. She was loved and will be missed by many.




Charles Leroy Haus, age 59, of Marengo, passed away, Thursday, March 30, 2017.  Funeral Service:  1:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, with Rev. Eddie Thomas officiating.  Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m., Monday, April 3, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery.  A memorial fund has been established. 

Charles is survived by his wife Kathy; two children James (Candace) Duncan, of Marengo and Angel (Charles) Alford, of Marengo; thirteen grandchildren James (Patience), Christina (Luis), Emily, Izaiah, Diana, Kayla, Lillie, Charlie Jr. (Skye), Zoe, Myia, Shantelle, Amber (Porky) and Neal; eight great-grandchildren Dakota, Victoria, Izadora, James L. Jr., Kathy, Jecy, Rosie and Braxton Charles; three siblings Vickie Eashm, Joyce Haus and Connie Haus.  He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters Bonnie Sapone and Jackie Zurfluh and a brother Carl.

Charles Haus was born December 15, 1957, in Des Moines, the son of Carl Darrel and Pauline Linburg Haus.  He received his education in the Des Moines schools. He was united in marriage to Kathy Duncan on December 13, 1980, in Des Moines.  Charles worked at Waste Management, S & J Sanitation and Tyler’s Refuge, and also mowed lawns and did snow removal as a side job.  He loved to go fishing, work on cars and especially loved having all the family around. 




Max Carl Fitz, age 76, of Brooklyn, passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at the Dennis & Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy, in Hiawatha.  Funeral Service:  11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 1, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, with Rev. Brent de Silva officiating. Visitation will be 9 to 11 a.m., Saturday, April 1, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn.  Burial will be in the Moline Memorial Cemetery, Moline, Illinois, at a later date.

Max is survived by a son Jesse Ray Fitz, of Newton; six siblings Marilyn (Damon) Hill, California, Judy (Carlos) Hernandez, of Brooklyn, Edward Holderman, of Garland, Texas, Terry Holderman, of Fort Worth, Texas, Cindy Miller, Palestine, Texas, and James Holderman, of Texline, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Bud and Helen Holderman.

Max Carl Fitz was born January 6, 1941, in Gary, Indiana, the son of Renville “Bud” and Helen Garrett Holderman.  He graduated from Rock Island High School, Rock Island, Illinois, in 1959.  He married Mary Wood in 1960, and later divorced.  Max served in the U.S. Army from 1963-1969, stationed in Vietnam.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time at the lake.





Clara May Lindsey Septer, age 90, died Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Heritage Specialty Care Center in Cedar Rapids. Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, March 29, 2017, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Rev. Jim Davis officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4 – 7 P.M. Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.

Clara is survived by her children, Marjorie Spicka (Charles) of Denver, CO, Sue Ludwick (Chris) of Port St. Lucie, FL,  Robert Lindsey (Carol) of Marengo, Martha Kiecksee (Paul) of Swisher, and Peggy Moomey of Williamsburg; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; and a sister Sylvia Layton (Bill) of Marion, AR. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, and a son Roger K. Lindsey in 2012.

Clara May Needham was born February 1, 1927 in Earle, AR, the daughter of Thomas and Birdie Lawhorn Needham.  She received her education in Earle AR and married John Robert Lindsey on May 2, 1941 in Wynn, AR.  John passed away, and several years later, Clara married Harold Septer. He passed away in 1991. 

Clara was employed in the housekeeping department for Holiday Inn at Little Amana for many years. She enjoyed listening to country music, and going for drives taking in the beautiful scenery. She also enjoyed eating out, especially Chinese food. Most of all, Clara enjoyed spending time with her family.




Robert John Evans, age 87, of Brooklyn, passed away, Monday, March 20, 2017, at the Brooklyn Community Estate.  Private graveside services will be held at a later date.  Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to the State of Iowa FFA Foundations in support of beginning farmers, the East Poweshiek Ambulance Service or a charity of the individual’s choice.  Kloster Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Robert is survived by his daughter Karen Rae (Frank) Soliday; two grandsons Mike and Bart Soliday; two great-grandsons Alex and Austin Soliday; and a daughter-in-law Kristine Soliday.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Glenna and his son Rob.

Robert Evans was born November 27, 1929, in Scott Township, Poweshiek County, the son of Earl L. and Alice M. Swindal Evans.  He attended South Side Elementary School and Brooklyn Grade School.  He graduated from Brooklyn High School in 1948.  Robert had a passion for flying and obtained his private pilot’s license at the age of 18.  He was united in marriage to Glenna Faye Keller on June 15, 1949, at the Madison Church of Christ, Brooklyn.  He moved to the current family, century farm south of Brooklyn in 1931 and resided at that farm home until December 2016, when he became a resident of Brooklyn Community Estate.  Robert was a lifetime farmer.  He also owned and operated Evans Construction for over 35 years, working on many major projects for the state and private industry.  He was the State Vice President for the FFA organization from 1949-1950 and continued to support many innovative farming techniques as well as assisting young beginning farmers throughout his life.  Robert volunteered for the East Poweshiek Ambulance service for many years. 





Shirley B. DeMonbrun, age 85, of Marengo, died Thursday, March 16, 2017.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 20, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo,  with Pastor Dan Andrews officiating.  Visitation:  Noon until service time, Monday, March 20, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established for Betty Rutherford, 680 Silk Oak Lane, Crystal Lake, IL 60014.

Shirley is survived by her children Susan (Norland) Hofer of Huron, South Dakota, Chris (Larry) Fullmer of Marengo, Iowa, Frank deMonbrun of Aurora, Colorado, Betty (Bob) Rutherford of Crystal Lake, Illinois and Edith (Victor) Quan of Belize City, Central America; twelve grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren; and two great great-grandchildren.  Also surviving is one brother William Marshall of Carthage, Illinois, and three sisters Esther Jingst of Sebring, Florida, Irene Houston, of Burlington, Iowa and Frances (Dale) Best of Woodland, California.  She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and a brother Charles.

Shirley Marshall Felgar was born December 12, 1931, in Keokuk, Iowa, the daughter of Frank and Helen VanAusdall Felgar.  She accepted the Lord on August 26, 1943.  She graduated from Hamilton High School, Hamilton, Illinois, in 1949 and later from Calvary Bible College in Kansas City, Missouri.  Shirley was united in marriage to Donald DeMonbrun on August 11, 1951, in Elviston, Illiinois.  She taught many teacher training classes, bible studies and she held Good News Clubs in her home.  Shirley was a wonderful wife and mother, and especially loved to crochet. 






Ronald Dean Dietze, age 71, of Marengo, passed away Sunday, March 5, 2017, at the Marengo Memorial Hospital.  Funeral Service:  10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 9, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church, Marengo, with Rev. Diane Vorhies officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery.  Visitation:  4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  A memorial fund has been established. 

Ron is survived by his wife Sherry, of Marengo; three children Angela (Brad) Allison, of Kinross, Danny Dietze, of Marengo and Chris (Tanya) Sparrowgrove, of Ladora; three siblings Kay (Levi) Williams, of Williamsburg, Jim (Jane) Dietze of Williamsburg and Carol (Chet) Ballard, of North English; seven grandchildren Annie (Zac) Schott, Alicia Weber (Matt Brower), Evan and Casey Dietze, Hannah, Abby and Wyatt Sparrowgrove; and six great-grandchildren Bentley, Forrest, Bella, Mallory, Bryce and Maci.  He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons Chad and Tracy Dietze, a grandson Corey Yardley and a brother Gerald Dietze.

Ronald Dietze was born August 23, 1945, in Iowa City, the son of Dean and Louine Schwab Dietze.  He attended Williamsburg High School.  Ron was united in marriage to Sherry Kaye Klein Dietze, on October 26, 1972 in Marengo.  He had worked at Iowa City Metro Pavers, working alongside his dad and brothers, Marengo Ready Mix, and Young’s Iowa County Ready Mix, until starting his own trucking business with his family, R.D. Dietze and Sons.  Ron enjoyed fishing, cabin life, boating, trail riding with four wheelers and side by sides, fishing trips with his friends, and spending time with his Chow, “Buddy”. 





Joyce “Elaine” Miner Gould, age 83 of Cedar Rapids, died Sunday, March 5, 2017 at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha, IA after a long illness.  Memorial Service: 11:00 A.M. Saturday, March 11, 2017, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Rev. Jim Davis officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in Koszta Cemetery.  The family will receive friends after 9:30 A.M. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be contributed to the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy.

Elaine is survived by a son, Benjamin (Cindy) of Appleton WI ; two daughters, Becky (Mike) Hite of Gresham, OR and Christine Carol Gould of Crooks, SD; six grandchildren, Lindsay Gould of Cleveland, OH, Stephanie (Jon) Weiss of Mbeya, Tanzania, Ashley (Shannon) Scott of Columbus, OH, Jeremiah (Katie)  Gould San Diego, CA, Jessica Hite of Huber Heights, OH and Kelly Hite of Portland, OR; eleven great-grandchildren, Savannah, David, Sophia and Isiah Weiss, Carson Scott, William and Wyatt Gould, Calvin and Jackson Hite, Ada Dawson and Kennedy Murray.  Elaine also helped care for and mentor Norma Gould’s children, Amy (Tony) Tomash and Lori Gould. Elaine is also survived by four sisters, Sharon (Larry) Lebeda, Sally Wenger, Patsy Irons and Lyn (John) Nebel and two brothers: Jeff (Claudia) Miner and Buck (Heidi) Miner and many nieces and nephews, including Dennis Gould and Ted (Lisa) Gould and their children.

She was preceded in death by her parents,  and her husband Carol “Kelly” Gould on September 15, 2016.

Elaine Miner Gould was born June 30, 1933, at Belle Plaine, Iowa. She was the daughter of Lloyd Miner and Velma Buswell Miner.  She attended the Honey Creek No. 5 School and graduated from Belle Plaine High School. Elaine and Carol Gould were married Dec 15, 1952. Elaine farmed with her husband and worked at a grocery store and for Bob Nance, Dean Landfear (Voice of Iowa) and the Vinton School for the Blind.  Later she went into the Methodist Church as a Christian Educator.  She attended many classes and seminars over the years, first becoming a Lay Pastor with the Waverly Methodist Church.  She went on to serve with the First United Methodist Church in Marion, Christ Community Church in Marion on two different occasions, the First Methodist Church in Ottumwa, and then as a circuit preacher for churches in Victor, Guernsey-Malcom, Ohio, Koszta and Williamsburg.






Iris May Schafbuch Cooney, age 85, of Williamsburg, passed away on Friday, March 3, 2017, at Highland Ridge Nursing Home, Williamsburg.  Private family services will be held at a later date.  Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Marengo.  A memorial fund has been established.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Iris is survived by a son Don (Vicki) Schafbuch of Marengo; and three daughters, Catherine Uthoff-Schnabel of Blue Grass; Christy (Blake) Steinford of Marengo, and LuAnn (Steve) Allar of Fairfax; nine (9) grandchildren, Travis (Allison) Schlabach, Shannon (Luke) Slockett, Tiffany (Jeff) Simonsen, Bradley (Stephanie) Uthoff, Jill Uthoff, Alex Uthoff, Brook (Cody) Roberts, Cami Steinford, and Katy (Mike) Norman; eleven great-grandchildren, Ashlea and Austin Schlabach, Brynlee and Bryar Slockett, Simonsen twins on the way; Aksel Uthoff; Preston and Bryer Uthoff; and Hayden and Lane Norman.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, Ray Schafbuch and James Cooney; brothers Kenneth, Orrin, and Edward and sisters, Helen Thorman and Joyce Unglenk; and a grandson Darin Schlabach.

Iris May Gleason was born March 28, 1931, in Marengo, the daughter of John Henry and Anna Louis Eichorn Gleason.  She graduated from Marengo High School in 1950. Iris married Ray L. Schafbuch on November 17, 1951 in Marengo.  She later married James R. Cooney on January 10,1976, in San Diego, CA.  Iris was a beautician at the Cardinal Salon in Marengo for several years and thereafter an apartment manager in San Diego from 1976-2001.  Following her retirement in 2001, she returned to Marengo to be near her children and grandchildren.  Her hobbies included birdwatching, needlepoint making each of her grandchildren baby quilts; reading and most of all enjoyed her grandchildren, great grandchildren and her grand dogs ... she certainly loved all the dog visits.

The family would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt thank you to the staff at the Highland Ridge Nursing Home and Essence of Life Hospice for the care of Iris.





Eric M. “Moose” McDonald , age 49, of Brooklyn, passed away Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospital.  Memorial Services will be at 7:00 p.m., Monday, March 6, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, with Father Corey Close officiating.  Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at Ivy Hill Cemetery, Malcom.  Family will receive friends from 3 to 7 p.m., Monday, March 6, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn.  A memorial fund has been established.

Eric is survived by two sons Rob (Melissa) McDonald, of Brooklyn and Jason (Heather) Gire, of Cedar Rapids; and four grandchildren Adelyn and Laine McDonald and Kolton and Kameron Gire; four siblings Michael (DeeDee) McDonald, of Malcom, Phyllis (Terry) Morris, of Malcom, LeeAnn (Mark Innis) McDonald, of Grinnell and Mary (Alan) Klein, of Ladora; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents Mary in 2010 and Fred in 2016, two sisters JoEllen and LuAnn McDonald in infancy.

Eric Mathew McDonald was born May 14, 1967, in Marengo, the son of Fredrick and Mary Bayzn McDonald.  He graduated from BGM in 1985.  Eric and his cousin Lee Hilligas were the first wrestlers from BGM to qualify and place at the state wrestling tournament.   He attended Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids.  He married Janet Daigle on September 21, 1993, and the couple later divorced.  Moose was employed as a press operator at Victor and Kinze Manufacturing.  He also worked at Martin Marietta quarry, alongside his son Rob.  He enjoyed watching NASCAR racing on t.v., baking, especially pies, lemon meringue pie was his favorite.   Moose loved mushroom hunting, hunting and fishing, the Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Cubs, and was an Iowa State fan.  He could debate about anything with people.   He especially loved attending and watching his nieces, nephews and his grandchildren’s sports and school events.  Moose will be greatly missed by many. 




Marvin M. Miller age 78 of Marengo, passed away, Monday, February 27, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City.   Memorial Services: 11:00 A.M. Saturday, March 4, 2017, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Rev. Anni Mingin officiating. Military Honors and a Masonic Service will be conducted at the funeral home. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 P.M. Friday, March 3, 2017 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.

He is survived by his wife Carol; a son Jim Miller of Davenport and his sons Noah and Brady; a daughter Maurine Miller and her son Harris; his brother, Maynard Miller and wife Mary of Arkansas, a sister Minerva Williams of Arizona and a half-brother Fred Miller, Jr. of Marengo. He was preceded in death by his parents, a nephew Fred Williams, and a brother-in-law, Harold “Bob” Williams.

Marvin Milton Miller was born March 9, 1938 in Kalona, Iowa, the son of Fred J. Miller and Nona Brenneman Miller. He graduated from the Parnell High School and enlisted in the U.S. Navy,Serving for 4 years, stationed in San Diego and Japan. He and Carol Brown were married October 2, 1960 in Iowa City. When he returned to the Marengo area, Marv was a loan officer with the Oxford Bank, then worked as an accountant with Van Winkle -Jacob Engineering and lastly with Walmart in the outdoor/gardening department.

Marv was an active member of the Marengo community. He served on the Marengo Hospital Board and was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church, the Marengo Masonic Lodge and El Kahir Shrine, and a proud member of the Marengo Legion Post 76. He enjoyed assisting Carol with organizing the July 3rd Parade for many years. He liked to play cribbage and golf, and make grape wine and Rivel Soup (a German soup).  He also spent time doing macramé and crocheting. He especially enjoyed attending the childrens’ events, and was their biggest cheerleader. He had a wonderful sense of humor, playing jokes on folks and having a good time. 

The family would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt thank you to the staff at the Rosehaven Nursing Home and Marengo Memorial Hospital for the care of Marvin.




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