Raymond William Berger, age 87 of Middle Amana, Iowa, died Thursday, November 26, 2015, at Colonial Manor of Amana.  Funeral Services:  1:00 PM, Sunday, November 29 at Middle Amana Community Church with Elders Tony Berger and Kristie Yoder officiating.  Visitation:  4 to 7 PM, Saturday, November 28, 2015.  Burial will be at the Middle Amana Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be contributed to the Amana Church and the Amana Arts Guild.

Raymond is survived by his wife Katie of Middle Amana; a son Tony (Penni) Berger of Middle Amana; a daughter Kristie (Bill) Yoder of Middle Amana; five grandchildren, Sam (Alexa) Cutler of Schaumburg, IL, Ellie Cutler (fiancé Danny Walters) of Middle Amana, Hannah (Jarrod) Lister of  Cedar Falls, and Isaiah and Lucas Berger of Middle Amana; and a brother George (Judy) of South Amana.  He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Raymond Berger was born January 16, 1928 in South Amana, Iowa, the son of Henry Paul and Elise K. Leichsenring Berger.  He graduated from the Amana High School in 1946 and enlisted in the U.S. Army.  He married Katie Moessner in 1953 at the Middle Amana Church.  He worked at the Amana Furniture Shop for over 30 years as a cabinet maker.  Raymond was active within the Amana Arts Guild, and the Amana Heritage Society. He was an Amana school board member, a church elder and was on the Amana Church board of trustees.  He enjoyed woodworking and hunting, and also was an artist.




Lucille Frieda Kraus, age 94, of East Amana, died November 15, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Funeral Service: Friday, November 20th at 10:00 a.m. at Middle Amana Community Church, Middle Amana, with Elder Jon Childers officiating. Visitation: Thursday, November 19th from 4-7 at Middle Amana Community Church. Burial will be at East Amana Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established.

She is survived by a son Perry Kraus (Lou Ann), Alpharetta, GA.; a daughter Elizabeth McKenzie (Charles), West Amana; three grandchildren- Lydia McKenzie (Tony) Kathleen Smith (Chris) and Katrina Harrison (Ryan); two great grandchildren- Parker and Addison Smith; and two sisters -in-law- Isabella Schaefer and Helene Schuerer. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Elmer, a brother Kenneth Schaefer and a brother-in-law Harold Schuerer.

Lucille Frieda Schaefer was born September 1, 1921, in East Amana, Iowa, the daughter of Rudolf and Lydia Hertel Schaefer.  She graduated from Amana High School in 1939 and was united in marriage to Elmer Kraus on July 19, 1947 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Lucille was a secretary at Amana Refrigeration and later co-owned the Little Amana Winery. She was a member of the Amana Church, the Amana Arts Guild, Amana Heritage Society, and was a resident advocate at Colonial Manor for 20 years.  Her greatest joys were butterflies, pansies, and people, especially the children who were so fond of her. She loved Amana, her church, and her family.  News of a birthday, anniversary, illness or death, Lucille would immediately create a “fluff” cake, and a beautiful pressed flower card.   We will miss her but rest in God’s peace knowing she is with HIM.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Colonial Manor and Lakeside Village for the love and excellent care given to Lucille during her stay.  In addition the family wishes to thank friends and family members for all their support and love.




Beverly Rose Griggs, age 84 of Marengo, died Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at the Marengo Memorial Hospital.  Memorial Service: 10:30 A.M. Friday, November 13, 2015, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo with Rev. Andrew Gray officiating.  Inurnment will be in the Marengo Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 P.M. Thursday, November 12, 2015 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.

Beverly Rose Hannon was born January 21, 1931 in Moline, Illinois, the daughter of James J. Hannon and Florence Rose Larson Hannon.  She attended the Moline schools, and married James L. “Jake” Griggs on July 1, 1949 in Marengo. Early in her marriage, Bev worked at Amana Refrigeration. With the arrival of children, Bev was a homemaker, and mother extreme doing her own home remodeling projects and raising her two sons.  She was an exceptional Cub Scout den mother and actively enjoyed the organization. Bev was a constant with the American Legion Post 76 Auxiliary, attending to her duties as cake and pie cutter for bingo and other events.  She regularly attended St. John’s Lutheran Church, in Marengo. Bev lived only a block from Rose Haven Nursing Home and faithfully visited friends and others there. She enjoyed kidding and joking with people, loved dressing in costume for holidays, and in her auxiliary uniform for Legion events.  In earlier years, Bev and Jake enjoyed traveling to California and Arizona to visit family and friends.  She was an avid bowler at Lucky 6 Lanes, on the Women’s League and also with her husband and friends.

Bev is survived by her sons, Theodore “Ted”, and Timothy (Linda), all of Marengo; grandsons, Trevor (Mary) Griggs of Cedar Rapids, Trent Griggs of Emmetsburg, and Seth (Amanda) Griggs of Victor; great-grandchildren, Sean and Jillian, Harmony, Alicia, Alexis, Tamion and Bernard; and a sister Barbara Vondracek of Cedar Rapids.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband James L. “Jake” in 2011, two brothers, Richard and James Hannon, and a sister Betty in infancy.





Roger Lee Hall, age 79, of Malcom, Iowa, passed away November 8, at the Brooklyn Community Estate in Brooklyn, Iowa, following a recent battle with cancer. A Celebration of Life Service officiated by Hospice Chaplain John Epperson will be held at the Holiday Lake Community Center, 6 Lakeshore Drive #A, Brooklyn, Iowa, on Sunday, November 15, at 1:30 pm. Lunch will be served following the service.

Roger was born April 6, 1936, to Clarke and Suzanne (Fauver) Hall Sr. of Brooklyn, Iowa. He graduated from Brooklyn High School in 1954 and married Joan Marie Goodrich in the Brooklyn Presbyterian Church on June 1st of that same year. Roger began his farming career south of Brooklyn. In 1962, he and Joan purchased a farm northeast of Malcom. There they raised their two daughters and Roger continued to farm until his retirement in 2012. In his early years, Roger enjoyed playing slow pitch softball, bowling on leagues in Montezuma and Brooklyn, playing golf, and going on fishing trips to Canada.

A self-taught farmer, Roger took pride in building an Angus herd on his grain and livestock farm with his wife Joan and enjoyed watching his children, grandchildren, and others show cattle. He served on the Poweshiek County Fair board and was an active member of the Poweshiek County Angus Association, the Iowa and American Angus Associations, and Pork Producers.

In his community, Roger served as a Malcom Township Trustee and as a member of the Brooklyn Housing Board. He was also a member of first the Brooklyn Presbyterian Church and later the Madison Church of Christ.

Roger had a ready smile and loved to joke with everyone he encountered. In his later years his greatest love was his little dog Kirby, fixing up vintage tractors, participating in tractor rides, and visiting with neighbors at his Holiday Lake home.

Roger is survived by his wife Joan, daughter Regina (Duane) Hendrickson of Stanhope, Iowa, sister Mary Ogata of Grinnell, Iowa, and son-in-law Richard Siek of Blairstown, Iowa; four grandchildren: Heather Siek Des Moines, Iowa, Aaron (Abby) Siek, Blairstown, Iowa, Hillary (Andy) Eckert, Ames, Iowa, and Spencer (Cristina) Hendrickson, Chicago, Illinois; and three great grandchildren: Owen Siek, Valek Shilling, and Taryn Eckert. 

Roger was preceded in death by his parents, his grandparents Elza and Margaret (Johnston) Hall, and Marion and Carl (Leech) Fauver, daughters Sheryl Siek and Carla Hall, and brother Clarke Hall Jr.

A memorial fund has been established. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Roger Hall family in care of the Kloster Funeral Home, P.O. Box 341 Brooklyn, Iowa, 52211.





Deania Lynnette Martens, age 70 of Marion, Iowa, formerly of Marengo, Iowa, died Thursday, November 5, 2015 at her home. Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Monday, November 9, 2015, First Presbyterian Church, Marengo with Rev. Gerald Rife officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 P.M. Sunday, November 8, 2015 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A general memorial fund has been established.

Deania is survived by her daughters, Alicia Bean (Craig) of Marion and Misty Klendworth (Bruce) of Center Point; two grandchildren, Easton and Remington Klendworth; a sister Carol Long (Jerry) of Louisville, KY; and two nephews, Jay and Chad Long of Louisville. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband Kenneth Martens in 2010.

Deania Lynnette Rudder was born April 12, 1945 in Vincennes, Indiana, the daughter of Boyd Alexander Rudder and Ruby Pearl Kagley Rudder.  She graduated from Young High School in Knoxville, TN and attended beauty school there.  Deania and Kenneth Martens were married in Knoxville. The couple moved to Marengo in 1974, where Ken established his law practice. Besides being a wife, mother, and homemaker, Deania enjoyed reading, playing the piano, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was an organist and pianist for over 50 years. Deania was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church in Marengo, where she had been the organist for much of that time. She had resided in Marion for the last four years, to be closer to her daughters and their families.





Jeanne M. Brown, age 83 of High Amana, died Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City.  Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Saturday, November 7, 2015, First Lutheran Church, rural Conroy, Iowa with Rev. Don Dovre officiating.  Burial will be in the First Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Friday, November 6, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established. 

Jeanne is survived by her husband Earl; three children, Dixie Hildenbrand (Michael) of Oskaloosa, Randy Brown of Williamsburg, and Shelly Schumacher (Mark) of Amana; nine grandchildren, Tanya Hildenbrand of Bellville, IL, Nicole Elgin (Seth) of Ankeny, Angela Groet (Duane) of Noblesville, IN, Michael Hildenbrand Jr. of Oskaloosa, Sheena Hogue (Josh) of Tiffin, Kyle Schumacher (Ashley) of Tiffin,  Brandy Myers (Ryan) of Tiffin, Stephanie Frias (Carlos) of Williamsburg, and Hannah Irinaka (Trevor) of Oregon; twelve great-grandchildren, Ashton, Kierston, and Joston Groet, Miles Hogue, Aiden and Jade Hildenbrand, Sophia and Loren Elgin, Piper and Preston Myers, and Mabelle and Dominico Frias.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and three brothers, Merrill, Charles, and Francis Sykes.

Jeanne Marie Sykes was born July 25, 1932 in Brayton, Iowa, the daughter of Errol and Marie Nelson Sykes. She attended the Brayton schools and married Earl Brown on August 20, 1950 at Oak Hill Lutheran Church, rural Brayton.  Throughout her life Jeanne had worked at the Amana Whirlpool cafeteria, the Amana school cafeteria, the Barn Restaurant and the Colony Inn. She was a member of First Lutheran Church rural Conroy, Iowa, and the Marengo American Legion Auxiliary. She loved being with her family and celebrating special occasions.  Her kitchen was always filled with the smells of homemade cookies, cakes, pies and countless meals.  She enjoyed going to church on Sundays and her favorite place to eat was the Landmark Restaurant.  Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her proudest achievement. She will be missed by them all, and by countless others.





James A. Wendel, age 77 of Amana, died Monday, October 26, 2015 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, MN. Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Saturday, October 31, 2015, Trinity Lutheran Church, Walford, with Rev. Travis Borkosky officiating. Burial will be at 1 P.M. Saturday, Raetz Cemetery, rural Atkins. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Friday, October 30, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A general memorial fund has been established.  

He is survived by his wife Marvelyn; sons, Rick Wendel, Lonny (Sherry) Witte of Lisbon, Kevin (Deb) Witte of Cedar Rapids, and Scott (Molly) Witte of South Amana;  daughters Jill Griffiths (Bob) of Elk River, MN, and Denise Martin of Urbana; twelve grandchildren, Nicholas, Jacob, and Zachary Griffiths, Josh Martin, Matthew and Zachary Witte, Landon Witte, Thomas (Julia) Strunk, Matt (Laura) Strunk, Brad (Carrie) Pumphrey, Keith (Sara) Pumphrey, and Shawn (Patrick) Sanders; ten great-grandchildren, Jaden Spencer, Amelia, Elizabeth, Isabelle, and Alexander Strunk, Christian and Natalie Pumphrey, Nathan Sanders, Hayden and Alayna Pumphrey. Also surviving are his brothers, Tom (Betty Jo) Wendel of Cedar Rapids, Doug (Sally) Wendel and Ed (Margaret) Wendel all of Newhall; and sisters Glennys (Ronnie) Smith and Betty (Vernon) Happel all of Cedar Rapids; and a brother-in-law, Carroll (Bonnie) Ritchie of Marion.  Jim was preceded in death by his parents, and a granddaughter Jamie Lynn Waddilove.

James Allan Wendel was born April 20, 1938 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Loren and Glenda Melhus Wendel.  He graduated from Newhall High School in 1956 and served in the U.S. Army Reserves for 6 years. Jim was employed as a truck driver, most recently for the City of Cedar Rapids. He was united in marriage to Marvelyn Ritchie on September 24, 1983. The couple made their home in Amana.  Jim enjoyed gardening and caring for his lawn.  He liked to take road trips and was always on the lookout for “old Fords”. He loved his family, and especially enjoyed the time spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.




Wayne Earl Heitman, age 66 of Marengo, passed away Sunday, October 25, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City from complications of lymphoma. Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Friday, October 30, 2015, Trinity United Church of Christ, rural Marengo with Pastors Tim Miller and Bob Loffer officiating.  Burial will be in Genoa Bluff Cemetery, rural Ladora. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 P.M. Thursday, October 29, 2015 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be contributed to Trinity United Church of Christ or Safe Haven of Iowa County.

Wayne was born, September 20, 1949 in Williamsburg, Iowa, the son of Ralph and Alma Weisskopf Heitman.  He graduated from Williamsburg High School in 1968, and worked for a time at FS in Williamsburg.  He then joined his father and brother in the farming business in rural Marengo.  Wayne was a lifelong member of Trinity United Church of Christ, was Sunday School Treasurer, a church trustee, and sang in the church choir. He enjoyed music and also sang with Keyboard Ed at area nursing homes.   He helped deliver meals for Marengo Senior Dining for a number of years. Wayne was a member of the Pilot 4-H Club, exhibiting beef at the Iowa County Fair, and attending both the county and the state fair was a yearly highlight. He was on the Board of Directors for the Iowa County Farm Bureau. A favorite pastime was attending the Williamsburg High School sporting events. Wayne was devoted to his loyal dogs Hobo and Lassie, who are now gone, but never forgotten.

Wayne is survived by his sisters, Joan Hunt of Blakesburg, Karen (Dave) Ramsey of Williamsburg, Zelda (Dick) Sherman of Ely, Phyllis (Ed) Begunck of Williamsburg, and Alice (Lee) White of Ankeny; a sister-in-law, Alice J. Heitman of Williamsburg; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Raymond and John and a sister Linda Hotz Roberts.


Milford A. Martinson, age 82 of Brownsburg, Indiana, formerly of Williamsburg, died Tuesday evening, October 20, 2015 in Brownsburg. Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Saturday, October 24, 2015, First Lutheran Church, Conroy, Iowa with Rev. Don Dovre officiating. Burial will be in the First Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation: 5 to 7 P.M. Friday, October 23, 2015 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established. 

Milford is survived by his wife Nancy, and a stepson Jeffrey L. Edwards (Susan Monroe and her daughter Jane Hahn) all of Brownsburg; a sister Leona Loyd (Luke) of Cedar Rapids and a brother Merlyn Martinson of Marengo.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Irvin; three sisters, Norma Siems, Joyce Mumm, and Anna Marie Martinson in infancy; and two brothers-in-law, Noel Siems and Dwight Mumm.

Milford Allen Martinson was born July 18, 1933 in Iowa City, Iowa, the son of Carl Elmer Martinson and Mathilda Rose Hunzelman Martinson. He attended the Hilton School in Conroy. Milford proudly served in the U.S. Army for two years, stationed in Alaska. He and Nancy Lee Gorsch Edwards were united in marriage on August 28, 1966 at First Lutheran Church in Conroy, Iowa. Milford worked for several years as an operating engineer for Martinson Grading. He then was employed by Dave Schmidt Construction until his retirement in 1995.

Milford was a lifetime member of First Lutheran Church in Conroy. His life revolved around his family, farming, and tractors. He especially enjoyed the family events, and having everyone together.




Mickey Gilbert Hormann, age 51, of Marengo, Iowa, died Saturday, October 10, 2015, at the Marengo Memorial Hospital. Memorial Services:  1:00 PM, Tuesday, October 13, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, Iowa, with Doug Dauenbaugh officiating. Military Honors will be conducted by the Marengo American Legion #76.  Friends and family may visit prior to the service, Tuesday, October 13, 2015 from 11 to 1 PM, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established. 

Mickey is survived by wife Corine; his mother Wilma; a son Eli (Kim Morales), Mason City; five daughters, Korissa, Mason City, Kayleigh, Mason City, Charalesa Hill, Marengo, April Wagonblast, Marengo, Melissa Peek (Julie Hawkins), Marengo; two grandchildren, Noah Hormann and Harmony Wagonblast; a brother, Allan (Darlene), Allenton, Wisconsin; three sisters, Carolann (Dennis) Davis, Des Moines, Judi (Bob) Zimmerline, Adair, and Mable Clark, Stuart; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his father, and a brother Roger.

Mickey was born December 1, 1963, the son of Harry and Wilma Shelley Hormann, in Perry, Iowa.  He received his education at Donna High School, Donna, Texas.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.  Mickey was united in marriage to Corine Peek, August 21, 2010 in Belle Plaine, Iowa.  He worked at Artic Glacier in Des Moines and was recently employed by L.L. Pelling.  Mickey enjoyed gardening, rock collecting, bird watching, taking trips with his family, and genealogy. He loved listening to classic rock and NPR radio, as well as riding his Harley.  He was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan and a member of the Tuttle Boys.




Marilyn E. Brannian, age 66, of Amana, formerly of Brooklyn, died Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Funeral Service: 11:00 A.M. Monday, October 12, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn with Rev. Brent de Silva officiating. Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery, Brooklyn. The family will receive friends after 10:00 A.M. Monday at the funeral home.  A memorial fund has been established.

Marilyn is survived by cousins, including Laurel Seeley of Huntsville, MO, Roger Brannian (Deb) of Ankeny, and John Brannian (Anita) of Sioux Falls, SD.

She was preceded in death by her father Daryl Brannian in 1970, her mother Valda Connell in 2006, and a dear friend Ed Kline in 2006.

Marilyn Elaine Brannian was born July 21, 1949 in Grinnell, Iowa, the daughter of Daryl and Valda Fullerton Brannian. She was raised in the Brooklyn area and graduated from BGM High School with the Class of 1967. Marilyn attended Paris Academy of Beauty in Cedar Rapids, receiving her cosmetology license. She worked for several years in Grinnell fixing hair. She also worked at Brookhaven Nursing Home for 12 years as a nurses aide. She received training as an activity coordinator at DMACC and Kirkwood. While residing at Hillside Estates, Marilyn also took classes through Kirkwood. She had been a member of the Methodist Church in Grinnell. Most recently Marilyn lived at Lakeview Village in Amana, and enjoyed helping out at Colonial Manor, reading and interacting with the residents. She was always intrigued by the medical field and loved reading medical journals.





John Richard “Dick” Watts, age 84, of Clinton, MO, formerly of Marengo, died Friday June 5, 2015, at the Kansas City Hospice House, Kansas City, MO following a short illness.  Graveside Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, OCtober 10, 2015, at the Marengo Cemetery, Marengo, Iowa. Military Honors will be conducted by the Marengo American Legion Post 76 and the U.S. Navy Honor Guard.

Dick is survived by two loving children, a son, Gary Watts of Clinton, MO, and a daughter, Lori Gates and husband Steve of Neosho, MO; two grandchildren, Ryan Gates of Maryville, MO, and Megan Gates of Alexandria, VA; a sister, Darlene Denison of Center Point, IA; a sister, Marcene Rauch of Sterling, KS; a sister, Marilyn Ward of Mercedes, TX; a brother John Watts of Colbert, WA and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Marilyn Ehrman Watts; his parents John and Gale (Height) Watts; a sister, Patricia (Watts) Taylor; a brother Harold Lewis Watts; and a brother George Eugene Watts.

Dick was born October 8, 1930 in What Cheer, IA the son of John Harold and Gale Height Watts.  He received his early education in the What Cheer and Deep River schools.  He entered the service in 1947 at the age of 17, joining the U.S. Navy.  John served in the Navy from 1947 until 1954 seeing action in the Korean Conflict.  He married Marilyn Ehrman on April 14, 1956, at the Little Brown Church, Nashua.  He was a general contractor and owned and operated Watts Construction from 1959 until his retirement in 1996.  He was a member of the Marengo American Legion and the Marengo Jaycees.  Dick was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing with friends and family. In 1996, he moved from Marengo to Missouri where he enjoyed his retirement and was close to family.




Mervin Rachel West Van Tomme, age 93 of Brooklyn, formerly of Montezuma, died Thursday, October 1, 2015 at Brooklyn Community Estate, Brooklyn, IA.  Visitation: 12:30 until 2:00 P.M. Monday, October 5, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. A Sharing of Memories will be held at 2:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Brooklyn, Iowa.

She is survived by her daughter Colette Pfetzing of Sacramento, CA; nine grandchildren, Dennis Kramer, Kelli Kelchen, Alison Corder, Garrett Pfetzing, Heather Burkart, Rachel Van Tomme, Gunther Pfetzing, Nicole Wagner, and Tiffany Van Tomme; seven great-grandchildren, Justin, Wyatt and Reagan Burt, and Caleb, Abbe, and Ellie Wagner, and one blessing yet to be named. They all kept their “Nannie” energized; but most of all, she appreciated their kind ways, and concern for her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Rene Van Tomme in 2005, son Dennis, two brothers, Robert and Clarence, and three sisters, Velma, Violet, and Bonnie.

Mervin Rachel West was born September 21, 1922 in Toledo Township, Tama County, Iowa, the daughter of Jesse Clarence West and Grace Ellen Hutchinson West.  She attended the Tama County schools and married Rene Van Tomme on March 1, 1941 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Tama. Following Rene’s return from the service, the couple settled in Montezuma. Rachel was a hard-working, loving mother and wife, and a wonderful cook, attending to her family. She enjoyed canning fruits and vegetables from her garden, reading, sketching pictures, quilting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, and embroidering for her family.  Rachel was a wonderful friend to many and enjoyed helping others in need. She was a member of the Garden Club, Coffee Club and the Senior Exercise Club in Montezuma.

Rachel endured many trials in her life but always tried to maintain a positive attitude, which made her “priceless” to her children, family, and friends.   



Eunice Ellen Krauss, age 81, of Amana, died October 1, 2015, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.  Funeral Service:  10:00 A.M., Monday, October 5, 2015 at the Middle Amana Church with Elder Harold Pitz officiating.  Burial will be in the Amana Cemetery, Amana, Iowa.  Visitation:  4 to 6 P.M., Sunday, October 4, 2015 at Middle Amana Church.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be contributed to the Safe Haven of Iowa County.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Eunice is survived by her husband Donald; her children, Donald Jr. (Linda), of Amana, Ray of Homestead, Barbara Roland (Royal) of Grinnell; two brothers, Raymond Wetterling (Sharon), of Ladysmith, WI, William “Bill” (Mary Lou) Wetterling, of Checkerboard, MT; three sisters, Winnie Parson of Marion, Florence Teller of Butte, MT, and Lorraine Hodawanus (Earl) of Norco, CA; six grandchildren; 6 step-grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; 7 step-great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; and a son-in-law, Greg Collins of Prairie du Chien, WI. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter Vickie; three sisters, Ruth Dittert, Lillian Frommel, and Ethyl Soviak, and two brothers, Herman and Everett.               

Eunice Ellen Wetterling was born November 17, 1933, the daughter of Emil and Grace Angel Wetterling.  She attended Hayward High School in Wisconsin.  Eunice married Donald Krauss May 9, 1953 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Eunice worked for several years for the Amana Society at Rumpost Delivery. She and Don later founded and ran the Village Winery in Amana.  Later in life, she raised quarter horses, and also was active with purebred dog breeding. 




Betty Jean Hollopeter, age 78 of Marengo, formerly of Ladora, died Monday, September 28, 2015 at the Marengo Memorial Hospital following a long illness.  Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Thursday, October 1, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Rev. Jim Davis officiating.  Burial: Ohio Cemetery, rural Ladora, Iowa.  Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. Memorials may be contributed to the Ladora Fire Department or First Responders.

Betty is survived by a brother Floyd “Bill” of Ladora; and several nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Hazel and Mary, and four brothers, Laurence, F. Dean “Bud”, Charles “Charlie” and Frank.

Betty Jean Hollopeter was born April 29, 1937 in Ladora, Iowa, the daughter of Charles Oscar Hollopeter and Laura Ida Slaymaker Hollopeter.  She attended the Hartford country school and graduated from Ladora High School with the Class of 1955. Betty was employed at Victor Manufacturing, retiring after 23 years.  She enjoyed working on different craft projects, solving word puzzles, and her cats.




Rosalyn J. Smith, age 69 of Marengo, died Sunday, September 27, 2015 at the Marengo Memorial Hospital.  Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, September 30, 2015, First United Methodist Church, Marengo with Rev. Matt German officiating.  Burial: 2:30 P.M. Wednesday, September 30, Shaul Cemetery, Ottumwa. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established. 

Rosalyn is survived by her children, Joe Smith (Kelly) of Marengo, Becky Kurka (Lonnie Storck) of Marengo, and John Smith of Marengo;10 grandchildren, Ashley Kurka, Cedar Rapids, Tiffany Shine (Chris) of Marengo, Alex Kalina (Corey) of North Liberty, Samantha Kraft (Kevin) of Cedar Rapids, Noelle and  Vance Kurka of Marengo, Zachary and Benjamin Smith of Marengo, Ian and Brooke Smith of Marengo; five great-grandchildren, Knox Russell of Cedar Rapids, Ellie and Emma Shine of Marengo, and Kendall Kalina of North Liberty, and Chloe Kraft of Cedar Rapids. Also surviving is a brother Lowell Ryder (Delana) of Webster.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Larry, a granddaughter, Cara Smith, a sister Laura Oltman, and a brother Orlan Ryder.

Rosalyn Jane was born April 20, 1946 in Sigourney, Iowa, the daughter of Ollie Albert Ryder and Ruby Jane Bird Ryder.  She graduated from Sigourney High School in 1964 and married Larry Gene Smith on June 6, 1964.  He passed away January 30, 1990.

Rosalyn had been employed with Dollar General, the Amana Bakery, Pronto, and as produce manager with Big G Grocery Store in Marengo. She cherished the time spent with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Attending all their sporting events kept her busy and entertained, as well as going to the casinos with her buddies. She loved decorating for the holidays and was known for her excellent cooking and baking. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.




Abby Rae Robidoux, age 16 of Marengo, Iowa, died Saturday, September 26, 2015 at her home. Memorial Service: 3:00 P.M. Thursday, October 1, 2015, First United Methodist Church, Marengo with Rev. Matt German officiating. There will be no visitation.  Kloster Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Survivors include her father Joseph Robidoux of Coggon, her mother Candace Huber (Mick Graf) of Marengo; two brothers, Kinnick Robidoux and Alexzander Robidoux; and five sisters, Zoey Robidoux, Katlyn Robidoux, Sarah, Hanna Wilson and Britten Strause. Also surviving are her paternal grandmother, Beth Robidoux of Coggon, maternal grandmother, Sherry Dennis of Albuquerque, NM, grandfather Ken Graf, and many close family members and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Donald and Fred Sr., her grandmother Elizabeth Ann Graf, and three uncles.

Abby Rae was born December 15, 1998 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the daughter of Joseph Robidoux and Candace Huber. She was presently a member of the Junior Class at Iowa Valley High School, Marengo.  Abby enjoyed music and was part of the Iowa Valley Choir where she was auditioning for a solo.  She enjoyed drawing in her sketchbooks, searching youtube, and watching animation. She loved horror movies and followed the Walking Dead series. She liked to ride her bike, boating, and loved riding on the Harley.  When she was in elementary and junior high, Abby was involved in youth athletics, soccer, T-ball and basketball. She was currently employed at McDonalds in Williamsburg.

Abby could often be found sitting on the roof watching the stars and the approaching storms. She was a great “big sister”, and loved all animals. She also looked forward to spending time with her boyfriend Corey.




Bonnie J. Hertel, age 70 of Middle Amana, died Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at her home following a courageous battle with cancer.  Funeral Services: 10:00 A.M. Monday, September 28, 2015, Middle Amana Community Church, Middle Amana with Elder Tony Berger officiating.  Burial will be in the Middle Amana Cemetery.  Visitation: 2 to 4 P.M. Sunday, September 27, 2015 at the church.  Memorials may be contributed to the Amana Heritage Society. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

She is survived by her husband Stan; a brother Larry (Wilma) Rettig of South Amana; and a sister Rosemary (David) Houser of Moatsville, West Virginia. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Bonnie Jean Rettig was born June 1, 1945 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the daughter of Leonard and Lina Leonhardt Rettig. She received her education in the Amana schools and graduated from Amana High School. Bonnie and Stan Hertel were married June 18, 1966 at the Amana Church. Bonnie continued her education at Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, and then went on to the University of Minnesota, receiving her bachelor degree in home economics. She worked for the Department of Human Services in Louisville and Frankfort, KY. The couple returned to Amana fifteen years ago, following their retirements. Bonnie was an outstanding seamstress and a wonderful cook.  She especially loved to shop. She was fond of animals, especially cats.




Joan Heyesen, age 78 of Marengo, died Saturday, September 19, 2015 at Marengo Memorial Hospital. Visitation: 10 to 1 P.M., Wednesday, September 23, 2015., at the American Legion Hall, Marengo, Iowa. Graveside Services: 2:00 P.M Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at Yankee Point Cemetery, Parnell, Iowa.

She is survived by two sons; Randy Ritchie of Ladora and Terry Ritchie of Marengo, eight grandchildren; Robert Ritchie of Cedar Rapids, Roger Ritchie (Brook) of Williamsburg, Tami VonAhsen (Kevin) Groves, Sara Whitler (Kenny) of Marengo, Ricky Ritchie (Jennie) of Cedar Rapids, Ryan Ritchie (Jessica) of Marion, Kevin Ritchie (Kyla) of Marengo, and Tricia Wetjen (Ashley) of Marengo;17 grandchildren, Kay, William, Sabrina, Shana, Shea, Hannah, Elaina, Rashelle, Kendalynn, Pipa, Piper, Makale, Pitabell, Autumn, Ailea, Eleri and Porter; and one great-great-grandchild, Braelyn Barton. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Herman and Donald.

Joan Elaine Woodward was born October 13, 1936, in rural Parnell, Iowa, the daughter of Lyle and Leora Claypool Woodward.  She received her education in the Marengo Schools and graduated from Iowa Valley High School.  Joan was employed by the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for several years and retired from there.






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