Frances A. “Nell” Maschmann, age 87 of Brooklyn, Iowa, died Friday, May 20, 2016 at Brooklyn Community Estate, in Brooklyn.  Memorial Service: 1:00 P.M. Monday, May 23, 2016, Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn with Rev. Brent de Silva officiating.  Inurnment will be in Harmony Cemetery, rural Brooklyn.  The family will receive friends from noon Monday until service time at the church. A memorial fund has been established.  Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn is assisting the family with arrangements.

Frances is survived by her son Jim Maschmann (Hettie Ann) of Deep River, three daughters, Anita Allen (Patrick) of Deep River, Patricia Pefferman (Thomas) of Bella Vista, AR, and Fay Maschmann (Ace Morales) of Grinnell; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Billings, Erin Averkamp, Brad Thomas Pefferman, Cheyenne Marie Morales, Jamie Lee Maschmann-Allen, Zane Eric Maschmann, and Michelle Connolly and thirteen great grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers, Richard Hawkins (Melba) of Santa Maria, CA and Clarence Hawkins (Luanna) of Vinton, and a sister Betty Kopf of Marengo.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bud in 2008, a brother Raymond, and sisters Florence Tinkle, Beatrice DeLung, and Helen Brown.

Frances Arlene Hawkins, was born July 15, 1928, near Ladora, Iowa, the daughter of Joseph and Blanche Wendell Hawkins.  She received her education in the Marengo schools and married Henry “Bud” Maschmann, Jr. in January 1945. Nell was a loving wife and mother who loved to can, cook and care for her family.  She was very proud that she could work alongside her husband on the family farm. She took in the sick baby animals and nursed them back to health using her kitchen as a nursery.   She also enjoyed playing cards and watching the trains go by when visiting Chelsea and Belle Plaine.  While living at Brooklyn Estate, she was often found watching the many birds at her bird feeder. She cherished spending time with her family and especially loved her grand and great grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

Kenneth Karl Neumann, age 81 of Amana, passed away peacefully at Colonial Manor, of Amana, on Sunday, May 8, 2016.  Mass of Christian Burial:  10:00 A.M., Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Norway, Iowa, with Fr. Craig Steimel officiating.  Burial will be at the Fairfax Cemetery, with military honors.  Visitation:  4 to 7 P.M., Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at the church.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established. 

Kenneth is survived by his wife Shirley of 59 years; a sister Rosella (Ron) Vogt, Homestead; a brother-in-law Henry G. Schuhmacher and two sisters-in-law Rosemary Schuhmacher and Mary Carville; nieces, Kerri Vogt, Diane (Mineard) Smith and Pamela (Gil) Wahl; nephews Mark Vogt and Henry T. Schuhmacher. He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Kenneth was born on December 12, 1934, in West Amana, the son of Gus and Emilie Haldy Neumann.  He worked at the West Amana Farms prior to graduating in 1952, from Amana High School.  He married Shirley Carville in 1956 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, in Walford.  After high school, he served in the Iowa National Guard for seven years and worked at Amana Refrigeration as an inspector in the service department for over 40 years, retiring in 1996.  Kenneth enjoyed squirrel hunting, fishing and collecting walnuts with his dogs.  He loved to travel, was an avid sports fan, especially the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Clear Creek Amana softball team.  He liked going out to dinner with Shirley at the Olive Garden and Pizza Ranch. 

 

 

 

 

Barbara Taylor Dennler, age 85 of Williamsburg, died Monday, May 2, 2016 at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.  Funeral Services: 10:00 A.M. Friday, May 6, 2016, St. Paul United Methodist Church, Williamsburg, Iowa with Rev. James Parks officiating. Burial will be at 3:30 P.M. Friday, Illyria Cemetery, Elgin, Iowa. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Thursday, May 5, 2016, at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Williamsburg, with a VFW Auxiliary service at 7 P.M. Memorials may be contributed to St. Paul United Methodist Church or Safe Haven of Iowa County. Kloster Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Barbara is survived by her children, Sandra Schrader of Williamsburg, Cherie Carton (Jimmie) of Ankeny, Thomas Dennler (Debbie) of Cedar Rapids, and Crystal B. Radnich (Bill “Skeeter”) of Williamsburg; thirteen grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Glenn in 1994, a son Larry, and a granddaughter Theresa.

Barbara Taylor was born May 24, 1930 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, the daughter of John William Taylor and Bertha Hesse Taylor.  She graduated from B.M.C. Durfee High School, Fall River, MA in 1948, and attended Thibedeau Business College for two years. Barbara and R. Glenn Dennler were married December 11, 1959 in Des Moines, Iowa. Barbara was employed by Swift and Company Feed of Williamsburg for many years. She then worked for the U.S. Postal Service, where she most recently was Postmaster at the Parnell Post Office.  Barb retired in 2006. She was a member of the Williamsburg Saddle Club, the National Association of Postmasters (NAPUS), the Williamsburg VFW Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary. She had a huge heart when it came to animals, and cherished her furry companions, Abby and Holly.

 

 

 

Ross McCulla, age 88, of Grinnell, Iowa, died Monday, May 2, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids.  Funeral Service with Masonic rites will be held at 12:00 p.m. Thursday, May 5, 2016 at Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn, Iowa, with Rev. John Dodds and Rev. Brent De Silva officiating.  Burial will be at the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery.  Visitation at 10:00 a.m. until service time, Thursday, May 5, 2016.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Grace United Methodist Church in Brooklyn or St. Francis Manor Foundation in Grinnell.

Ross is survived by his wife Irene of Grinnell; three sons, David (Joy) McCulla of Cedar Rapids, Dennis (Linda) McCulla of Afton, Oklahoma, and Greg (Barb) McCulla of Pella; seven grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Ross McCulla was born June 7, 1927, in Grinnell, Iowa, the son of William and Annie Ross McCulla.  He graduated from the Brooklyn High School in 1944.  He married Irene Healey on August 10, 1949, at the First United Methodist Church in Marengo.  He farmed the family farm until 1979.  Ross was the executive director of the Iowa Masonic Nursing Home, in Bettendorf from 1979-1989.  After retiring in 1989, he moved back to the Brooklyn area.  In 2003, he and Irene moved to Seeland Park in Grinnell.  He was a 76 year member of Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn.  Ross was a 50 plus year member of Order of the Eastern Star and Corinthian Masonic Lodge of Brooklyn.  He was also a member of the Montezuma Masonic Lodge and was a Thirty-Third Degree Scottish Rite Mason, Master of Kadosh in 1989, York Rite Masonic Bodies at Oskaloosa, Red Cross of Constantine Sovereign in 1985, and of the Research Lodge No. 2.  Ross was the Grand Master of Masons for the state of Iowa from 1976-1977, was the recipient of DeMolay Legion of Honor and was president of the Brooklyn Little League for 10 years. 

 

 

 

Donald L. Price, age 81 of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Marengo, died Friday, April 29, 2016 at Heritage Nursing and Rehab Center in Cedar Rapids. Funeral Services:   10:30 A.M. Tuesday, May 3, 2016, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Rev. Matt German officiating. Burial with military honors will be in the Bishop Cemetery, rural Marengo.  Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Monday, May 2, 2016 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be contributed to the Marengo Library or Marengo Senior Dining.

Donald is survived by his wife Nita of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Marengo; a daughter Tracy Potter (Mark) of Cedar Rapids, two sons, Donald Price Jr. (Ida) of Cedar Rapids, and Daniel Price (Janel) of Marion; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; two brothers Jerry Price (Darlene) of Oklahoma, and Larry Price (Myrna) of Oelwein; three sisters, Jane Farris of Cedar Rapids, Mildred Chard of Wichita, KS, and Marge Topping of Colorado; and three sisters-in-law, Betty Price of Brooklyn, Marion Price of Grinnell, and Joan Price of Beeville, TX.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Richard, Henry and Robert, and a sister Margaret Ann.

Donald Lee Price was born October 21, 1934 in Nebraska, the son of Rolland and Naomi Norris Price. He completed his education in the Brooklyn schools and served in United States Air Force and Navy for four years each. He and Nita Hartmann were married September 18, 1964 in Marengo. Donald was employed as a truck driver for many years.  He loved listening to music, camping, and fishing, and snacking on anything and everything.  He liked to tinker and fix things. But most of all he loved being with his family and spending time with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.   He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Marengo.

 

 

Chester C. Pearson, age 91 of Marion, formerly of Ladora and Marengo, died Friday, April 22, 2016 at The Village Ridge in Marion. Funeral Services: 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 26, 2016, Valley View Baptist Church, 5555 Mount Vernon Rd SE, Cedar Rapids. Burial: Marengo Cemetery with military honors. Visitation: 4 to 6 P.M. Monday, April 25, 2016 at the church. Memorials may be contributed to the Church of the Nazarene, Marengo.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Lenore of The Village Ridge, Marion; two daughters, Amy Scofield (Rick) of The Villages, FL, and Kathy Pettus (Ed) of Hiawatha; five grandchildren, Tracey Eickstaedt (Troy) of Tallahassee, FL, Amber Howell (Donovan) of Tallahassee, FL, Shane Scofield (Ashley) of Bristow, VA, Edward Pettus IV (Lani) of Cedar Rapids and Michael Pettus of Cedar Rapids; seven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Clyde, and a sister Erma Snider. 

Chester Claytes Pearson was born February 7, 1925 in Searsboro, Iowa, the son of John and Alta Pearl Holcomb Pearson.  He graduated from New Sharon High School in 1944 and proudly served in the United States Army for two years during World War II. He was awarded the Purple Heart for his bravery.  He and Lenore Lucille Herman were united in marriage on December 21, 1946 in Marengo, Iowa.  The couple farmed for many years outside of Ladora. He also worked for many years with Gorsh Roofing of Victor. 

How appropriate for a man who worked and loved the land to leave this world on Earth Day.  Chester had a passion for farming, gardening, sharing canned goods, watermelons, black raspberries, morel mushrooms, hickory nuts, apples and vegetables.  He loved to sing, eat popcorn, orange slices, ice cream by the bucket, and bread and milk.  He enjoyed family, putting together puzzles and playing Chinese checkers and monopoly with his girls.  He will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.

 

 

 

Harry A. Leonhardt, age 97, of Amana, Iowa, died on Sunday, April 17, 2016, at Mercy Hospital, Cedar Rapids.  Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the Middle Amana Community Church in Middle Amana with Elder Kristie Yoder officiating.  Burial will be in the Middle Amana Cemetery with military honors.  The family will receive friends from 1 -2 PM Saturday at the church.   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans (DAV).  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Survivors include a son, Mark (Tami), of Columbia, South Carolina; three grandchildren, Eric, of College Station, Texas, Tori and Nicholas of Columbia, South Carolina; a sister, Rose Leonhardt, Amana; a nephew, Larry Rettig (Wilma) South Amana; a niece, Rosemary Houser (David), of Moatsville, WV; a nephew, Douglas Leonhardt (Janet), Cedar Rapids, a nephew David Leonhardt of Kansas City, MO, and a niece, Ellen Leonhardt, Cedar Rapids. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ferdinand and Minnie, his wife, Anne, a sister, Lina, a brother, Elmer and a niece, Bonnie (Rettig) Hertel.

Harry Allen Leonhardt was born on July 11, 1918, in Middle Amana, IA, the son of Ferdinand and Minnie Reihmann Leonhardt. He attended High School in Marengo for two years and after the building of the Amana High School in Middle, he was with the first Amana graduating class of ‘36. In April of 1941, he was the second one from the Amanas called for the draft during World War II.  He received training in the medical core and was stationed in San Francisco at the Presidio.  After 17 months, he went to Officer’s Candidate School at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and received training as a tank commander, graduating as a second lieutenant.  He served with the 778th tank battalion of the US Third Army.  He received a battlefield promotion to 1st Lieutenant and was also awarded a silver star and bronze star medal for gallantry in action.  Near the end of the war he met his future wife, Anne, in Oberplan, Sudetenland, what is now the Czech Republic.  After Anne received orders to report to a labor camp, he smuggled her out of the country into Linz, Austria, where her family, after escaping, came to meet her.  Anne came to America in 1947 as part of the War Brides Act and they were married on June 21st, 1947.  They were married until Anne’s passing in March of this year for almost 69 years.

Harry worked most of his career at Iowa Pipe and Supply Company and later Plumb Supply Company until age 68.  At age 69 he began his second career as a broom maker at The Broom and Basket Shop in West Amana until his early 90’s.

Harry enjoyed scouting and was a Boy Scouts of America leader until his early 90’s.  After returning from the war he decided to complete his Eagle Scout requirements and in 1957, at the age of 39, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout.  He started three generations of Eagle Scouts as his son, Mark and grandsons, Eric and Nicholas have also achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Harry also enjoyed hunting and fishing, and music; playing guitar, violin, harmonica and singing.  He and his wife performed in many traditional German performances in the Amanas for many years.  He and Anne also enjoyed playing bridge. Harry was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 76.

Harry was a wonderful husband, brother, father and grandfather, whose memory will be cherished by all who knew and loved him.

 

 

 

Bonnie A. Lindenmayer, age 87 of Marengo, Iowa passed away, Sunday, April 17, 2016 at the Marengo Memorial Hospital, Marengo, Iowa.  Memorial Services will be held at a later date.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Bonnie is survived by two sons, Dr. F. James Lindenmayer (Barbara) of Ottumwa, and Jay A. Lindenmayer (Nancy Adami) of Brooklyn; 5 grandchildren, Julie Ann Lindenmayer of Miami, FL, Diane Marie Cassimire (Kristian) of East Rutherford, NJ, and Ariel Janee Lindenmayer of Marengo, Josh (Rhonda) Mumm of Brooklyn and Mathew (Brandi) Mumm of Williamsburg; 5 great grandchildren, Mikah Cassimire, Tabitha Mumm, Cole Mumm, Dodge Mumm, and Kolton Mumm; her siblings, Dan Jacobs of Congress, AZ, James E. Jacobs (Doris) of Cedar Rapids, Kay Scott (Jim) of Phoenix, AZ and many other nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband Fred Lindenmayer; her parents, a great-granddaughter Kaitlyn Mumm; 2 brothers Thomas and Larry Jacobs; 3 sisters-in-law Mona Jacobs, Belle Jacobs, and Bonnie Lindenmayer; and a brother-in-law Richard Lindenmayer.

Bonnie Audry Jacobs was born October 28, 1928 in Marengo, Iowa, the daughter of Oliver D. Jacobs and Vesper A. Jenkins Jacobs. She graduated from Marengo High School in 1946 and married Fred D. Lindenmayer on March 17, 1949 in Marengo.  Bonnie worked as a bookkeeper at Mapco and was treasurer of the Marengo Golf Club for several years. She had worked at Iowa County Savings Bank for several years. Bonnie was a member of the Marengo Legion Auxiliary, and enjoyed playing in two weekly bridge clubs. 

 

 

 

 

Leonard Allen Bird, age 75, of Marengo, Iowa, died Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at the Amara Hospice House in Edinburg, TX. Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., April 30, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, Iowa with Rev. Matt German officiating. Military honors will be conducted at the funeral home. the famiy will receive friends from 12:30 - 1:30 P.M. Saturday at the Marengo American Legion Hall.

Leonard is survived by his wife, Diane; sisters, Dorothy Crook (Verlin) of Waterloo, and Alice Canon (Sydney). He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers, Jess, Harold, Don and Bob.

Leonard Allen Bird was born January 21, 1941 in Delta, Iowa, the son of Jerry Bird and Eathyl Naomi White Bird.  Following his graduation, Leonard served in the U.S. Army for several years.  He and Diane Seevers were married on November 11, 1966 at the Little Brown Church, in Nashua, Iowa.  Leonard was employed with Amana Refrigeration for a few years. He worked with the Department of Transportation from 1971 -83, and the University of Iowa from 1984 – 93.  He was a member of the Marengo American Legion Post #76.

Leonard was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan, and enjoyed NASCAR races. He liked to spend time camping and fishing. He loved his wife and his dogs, and cherished the time spent with them, his family, and his friends.

 

 

Francis Lester Sponar, age 78 of Amana, died Friday, April 15, 2016, at Marengo Memorial Hospital.  Funeral Services:   10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at Meadow Hill Christian Fellowship, rural Homestead, Iowa, with Pastors Larry and Diane Buswell officiating.  Burial will be in the East Amana Cemetery, Iowa.  Visitation:  4 to 7 p.m., Monday, April 18, 2016, at Meadow Hill Christian Fellowship, rural Homestead, Iowa.  A memorial fund has been established.

Francis is survived by his son Alan, of East Amana, many cousins and a very special friend Mary Baumgartner.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Jean in 2008 and a son Kevin in 1985.  

Francis Sponar was born August 30, 1937, in Iowa City, Iowa, the son of Lester and Wilma McElroy Sponar.  He graduated from the Amana Schools in 1955.  He married Jean Bahndorf on April 6, 1957 and made their home in East Amana.  In 1969, he finished building their home in Amana and moved his family there.  He was a machinist and a vertical turret lathe operator at the Crane Factory in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Francis loved to listen to gospel and bluegrass music.  He especially enjoyed going to coffee at the gas station with his friends in Amana, visiting friends and always bringing food with him, woodworking and driving around the country.       

 

 

Dorothy Mae Heisdorffer, age 88, of Marengo, died Sunday, April 10, 2016, at Rose Haven Nursing Home.  Funeral services:  10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 14, 2016 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo with Rev. Andrew Gray officiating.  Burial:  Marengo Cemetery.  Visitation:  4 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, Iowa.  A memorial fund has been established. 

Dorothy is survived by her sons, Douglas (Robyn) Heisdorffer, Marengo and David (Sara) Heisdorffer, Walford; six grandchildren, Nicholas, of Marengo, Kaitlyn, of North Liberty, Alex, Chelsey, Aiden and Carley all of Walford; a nephew Jim Anderson; and a niece Beth Snyder. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert and a sister Maurine Anderson. 

Dorothy Mae Yoerks was born September 7, 1927, in Ottumwa, the daughter of Robert and Anna Bennett Yoerks.  She graduated from Ottumwa High School in 1945.  She married Robert Lee Heisdorffer on September 8, 1961, in Ottumwa.  Dorothy was employed at Northwestern Bell for 6 years, Union Bank and Trust for 9 years, Iowa County Courthouse, treasurer’s office for 3 years and Peterson’s Pharmacy for 12 years.  She was a member of St.  John’s Lutheran Church for 50 years, sang in the church choir for 20 years and was a part of the Evening Circle.  Dorothy volunteered for the Red Cross Blood Drive for 18 years.  She was an avid Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes fan, enjoyed bingo, going to the casino and loved spending time with the kids and grandkids and attending their events. 

 

 

 

Joan Carol Homire, age 81 of Marengo, Iowa, died Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at her home. Graveside Memorial Service: 2:00 P.M. Friday, April 8, 2016, Anderson Cemetery, Swisher, Iowa with Chad Kisner officiating.  There will be no visitation.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be contributed to Essence of Life Hospice of Amana. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Joan is survived by her children, Ronald (Nikki) Homire of Marengo, Pamela (Terry) Kisner of Camanche, and Carol (John) Staudacher of Liberty, MO; 8 grandchildren, Chad (Sarah) Kisner, Windy Lamp, and Nathan Kisner, all of Clinton, Luke Staudacher of Blue Springs, MO, Nick Staudacher of Liberty, MO, Gage Kensler of Marengo, Josh Kensler of Wausau, WI, and Hunter Homire of Marengo; four great-grandchildren, Teri Lamp, Tiffany Lamp, Olivia Kisner and Madeline Kisner all of Clinton. Also surviving is her sister Jane Musel (Lyle) of Oregon.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Hillis Homire in 1998, a brother Donald Buch, and a sister Lorraine Lorenz.

Joan Carol Buch was born November 7, 1934 in Keystone, Iowa, the daughter of Ewald Buch and Leila Henningsen Buch.  She graduated from Keystone High School in 1952 and married Hillis “Hap” Homire on February 22, 1953 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Keystone. Joan was employed with Farmstead for 19 years, and then worked at J.C. Penney until her retirement. 

Joan was a lifelong member of the Missouri Lutheran Church, and a past member of the Swisher Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling and playing cards.

 

 

 

Darlene E. Hacker, age 88 of Marengo, died Sunday, April 3, 2016 at Rose Haven Nursing Home, Marengo. Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, April 6, 2016, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo with Rev. Andrew Gray officiating.  Burial: Marengo Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Marengo.  A memorial fund has been established. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

She is survived by two daughters, Mary Ann (Allen) Mumby, and Sandra (Dale) Folkmann of Marengo; two sons, Lee (Diane) Hacker of Jordan, MN and Steven (Debra) Hacker of Marengo; seven grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister Delphine Vander Hamm of Marengo, and a very special friend, Irene Schindler of Marengo.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband John in 1989, a son William in 1970, and two brothers, Clellan and Eugene Vander Hamm.

Darlene was born July 18, 1927 in rural Ireton, Iowa, the daughter of Oscar and Anna Rassler Vander Hamm. She received her education in the rural Ireton schools and she married John H. Hacker on September 17, 1949 in Ireton.  The couple made their home on her husband’s family farm in rural Marengo.

 

 

Marilyn Miller, age 84, of Marengo, Iowa, died Friday, March 25, 2016 at her home. Funeral Services: 10 A.M. Tuesday, March 29, 2016, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Rev. Paul Moore officiating. Burial will be in Koszta Cemetery, rural Marengo. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Monday, March 28, 2016, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. Memorials may be contributed to the Iowa County 4-H Foundation, Oaklawn Church of God, Unity Pointe Hospice or the charity of the donor’s choice. 

Marilyn is survived by her husband Herbert; her children, David (Jacquie) Miller of Marengo, Susan (Mark) Fischer of Ankeny, Jim (Luanne) Miller of Ely, and Leane (Alan) Gustafson of Lakefield, MN; her grandchildren, Deanne (Dan) Mattox of Holton, KS, Dana (Michael) Cook of North Liberty, Daniel Miller, Marengo, Erika and Bradley Gustafson of Lakefield; Justin and Jacob Fischer of Ankeny, and great grandchildren, Evelyn Mattox of Holton, KS and Michael James Cook of North Liberty. Also surviving are a sister Lois Hamann of Keystone and a sister-in-law, Arlene Cronbaugh of Marengo. 

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers, Cecil and Merle Cronbaugh and four in infancy, and four sisters, Norma Slaymaker, Doris Danskin, Evelyn Schmidt and Esther Fitzgibbon. 

Marilyn Cronbaugh was born November 17, 1931 in rural Honey Creek Township, rural Marengo. She was the daughter of Clifford C. and Margery Hay Cronbaugh.  Marilyn attended the Honey Creek #10 School and graduated from Marengo High School in 1950.  Following graduation, she was employed with the Iowa County Extension Service.  Marilyn and Herbert N. Miller were married February 17, 1952.  He was serving in the U.S. Navy and the couple moved to San Diego, CA where she worked with Reynolds Metals Company.  When Herbert was discharged from the service, the couple returned to Iowa and they made their livelihood in farming. Marilyn returned to employment with the Extension Service, retiring in December 1993.  She continued to work as a volunteer of 4-H for 18 years. Marilyn served as a leader for 10 years, chair of the Iowa County 4-H Foundation for 10 years, and in 2002 was inducted into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. 

Marilyn was a member of Oaklawn Church of God, rural Marengo.

 

 

 

William F. Oehler, age 86 of Amana, IA, and Jacksonville, FL, died Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at his home in Jacksonville. Funeral Service: 10:00 A.M. Monday, March 21, 2016, Middle Amana Community Church, Middle Amana, Iowa with Elder Betsy Momany officiating. Burial will be in the Amana Cemetery with military honors. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Sunday, March 20, 2016 at the Middle Amana Church. Memorials may be contributed  to the First Responders, or the Amana Church in Amana, or Community Hospice in Jacksonville. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Bill is survived by his wife, Elsie; four children, Barry Oehler of Denver, CO, Don Oehler of Amana, Lisa Kennedy (Stan Scheffen) of Green Bay, WI, and Dr. Maria Oehler of Jacksonville, FL; six grandchildren, Sarah (Jim) Lentz of South Amana, Christopher Oehler of Iowa City, Neal Oehler of Amana, Sean (Diane) Kennedy of Charleston, SC, and Katie and Allison Kennedy of Green Bay, WI; and six great-grandchildren. Also surviving are a sister Ethel Miller (George) of Marengo, and a brother Harvey Oehler of Middle Amana. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Orville, and a sister Lucille Harbur.

William Frederick Oehler was born May 14, 1929 in Parnell, Iowa, the son of Otto Emil Oehler and Louise C. Breichneider Oehler. He graduated from the Amana High School in 1947 and served in the National Guard and U.S. Army for 5 years, stationed in Fort Riley KS. He and Elsie M. Zimmerman were married October 7, 1950 in Cedar Rapids. Bill was employed by the Amana Schools, where he started the school lunch program and drove a school bus. He owned and operated the Ronneburg Restaurant in Amana for 49 years, along with his wife and mother-in-law, where he considered his patrons to be more than customers, they were friends. He was a member of the Amana Church Society, and the Amana Arts Guild. He was instrumental in forming the Amana Travel Council and the Amana Heritage Society. He served on boards for the Amana Society, the Travel Council, and the Tourist Council. He was also a member of the American Legion Post #572.

Bill enjoyed attending and watching football (particularly the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Green Bay Packers), tennis, auto racing, and other sports. He and Elsie especially enjoyed traveling with family and friends, both abroad and within our borders, creating many fond memories of these times.

 

 

 

Sharon Ann Borchardt, age 56 of Marengo, died Monday, March 7, 2016 at the Marengo Memorial Hospital.  Funeral Service: 1 P.M. Friday, March 11, 2016, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Rev. Eddie Thomas officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Thursday, March 10, 2016 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.

She is survived by her husband Craig of Marengo; her children, Jeannie Matlick, Nicole Matlick and Ryan Matlick, all of Marengo; five granddaughters, Shyawna Collins, Khloie Matlick, Kelsey Milligan, Lainey Milligan, and Lexi Matlick; three brothers, Scott Matlick of Cedar Rapids, and Jim and David Matlick, both of Burlington; and a sister Linda Dyer (Gordon) of Iowa City.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Kathy and Karen Matlick.

Sharon Ann Matlick was born April 1, 1959, in Burlington, Iowa, the daughter of Wesley and Shirley Gulick Matlick. She received her education in the Burlington schools and graduated from Burlington High School. Sharon worked as a CNA at various nursing homes. She and Craig Borchardt were married on October 10, 2000 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, bargain shopping, spoiling her grandchildren and her two pugs, Butch and Buddy. She also liked to spend time on the computer, and playing scratch-off tickets.

 

 

 

 

Anne P. Leonhardt, age 88, of Amana, died on Friday, March 4, 2016, at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City.  Funeral Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at the Middle Amana Community Church in Middle Amana with Elder Emilie Hoppe officiating. Burial will be in the Middle Amana Cemetery. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

 Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Harry, of Amana; a son, Mark (Tami), of Columbia, South Carolina; three grandchildren, Eric, of College Station, Texas, Tori, of Columbia, South Carolina, and Nicholas, of Columbia, South Carolina;  a brother, Emil Luft (Glenda), of Huntsville, Alabama; three nieces, Kathlena  Luft, of Spring Hill, Tennessee, Lauren (Ward) Malloy, of Houston, Texas, Anna Marie Luft, of St. Petersburg, Florida; a grandnephew, Connor Luft, of Spring Hill, Tennessee; a sister Paula, of Gmunden, Austria, a niece, Karin Frick, of Gmunden, Austria, and a nephew, Hans Peter, of Gmunden, Austria.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Maria Luft.

Anne was born on February 25, 1928, in Oberplan, Sudetenland, which is now the Czech Republic.  She attended teachers college until the late spring of 1945, when it was closed as the building was needed for a hospital.  Her husband-to-be, 1st Lieutenant Harry A. Leonhardt, was a tank commander in the US Third Army.  She met him in Oberplan near the end of the war.  After receiving orders to report to a labor camp, her husband-to-be smuggled her across the border into Austria.  She came to America in 1947 as part of the War Brides Act and they had been married for almost 69 years.

She worked 10 years at the office of Amana Refrigeration and after her son was born she worked as school board secretary for the Amana Schools for almost 24 years.

Anne enjoyed music and played the piano and accordion and sang.  While visiting America, her parents taught some of the Amana people German dances and songs, which later were used in Octoberfest performances in the Amanas.  She also enjoyed sewing, knitting and tatting and enjoyed making many of her own clothes.

Anne was a wonderful wife, sister, mother and grandmother, whose memory will be cherished by all who knew and loved her.

 

 

 

Leonard C. Timm, age 77 of Marengo, formerly of Cedar Rapids, passed to his heavenly home on Saturday, February 27, 2016.  Funeral Services:  10:30 a.m., Monday, March 7, 2016, Trinity Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids, with Rev. David Renfro officiating. Burial will be at Cedar Memorial C emetery with military honors. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Sunday, March 6, 2016 at the church. Memorials may be contributed to the Trinity Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Leonard was a loving husband, father and grandfather, who is survived by his wife of 49 years, Gwendolyn; a son, Rev. Gary (Dawn)  Timm of Westfield, NJ; two daughters, Linda (Kevin) Hankemeier of Normal, IL, and Marsha Leibundguth (John) of River Forest, IL; six grandchildren, Ryan Hankemeier of Normal, IL, Caleb Timm of Westfield, NJ, Justin Hankemeier of Normal, IL, Naomi Timm of Westfield, NJ, Luke Leibundguth of River Forest, IL and Lauren Leibundguth of River Forest, IL; Also surviving are a sister, Charlotte Blaschke (David) of Mount Pleasant, TX and a brother E. Allen Timm of Cedar Rapids.

Leonard was preceded in death by his parents and has been reunited with them in their heavenly home.

Leonard Charles Timm was born July 28, 1938 in Marengo, Iowa, the son of Everett John Timm and Fern Florence Weiss Timm.  He attended the Conroy Lutheran School and graduated from Marengo High School with the Class of 1956.  Leonard served in the U.S. Navy from 1956-1960, stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He and Gwendolyn Gould were married October 22, 1966 in Marengo, Iowa.

Leonard was employed for 37 years with B.G. Brecke’s Mechanical Contractor in Cedar Rapids.  He was a dedicated and active volunteer member and former trustee (including chairman) of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids, and a 50-year union member of Plumbers and Fitters Local 126. He enjoyed traveling, was a John Wayne enthusiast, and a loyal U.S. Navy veteran. He spent many hours working on classic and performance cars, and won many drag racing trophies in his youth. But most of all, he cherished his time spent with his family and friends.

 

 

 

Howard Lee Strong, age 78 of Brooklyn, died Monday February 22, 2016 at Brooklyn Community Estate. Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Saturday, February 27, 2016, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn with Rev. John Epperson officiating.  Burial with military honors will be in Jackson Township Cemetery, Montezuma. Visitation will be at Kloster Funeral Home from 9 -10:30 A.M. on Saturday, prior to the service. A memorial fund has been established.

Howard is survived by his children, Randy (Tiffanie) Strong, and Megan (Brandon) Turner, both of Aurora, CO; six grandchildren, Ashley (Andrew) VanPelt, Whitney Strong, Kailey Strong, Lacey Strong, Taylor Turner and Torie Turner, all of Aurora, and a great-grandchild, Avery VanPelt of Aurora. Also surviving are siblings, JoAnn Hampton of Houston, TX, Lonnie (Beth) Strong of Malcom, and Lamont (Bev) Strong of Montezuma, along with many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister and brother-in-law Gaye and Larry Gwin, and a niece Wanda June Gwin.

Howard Lee Strong was born April 19, 1937 in Montezuma, Iowa, the son of Levi Walker Strong and Erna Marie Steffen Strong.  He graduated from Guernsey High School with the Class of 1955. Howard served in the U.S. Air Force for 8 years, stationed in the Philippines. He married June Simpson on September 23, 1961. To this union, two children Randy and Megan, were born.  The couple later divorced. He later married Kennetha Criswell in May of 1975. The couple later divorced. He resided in Searsboro for several years, moving to Brooklyn in 1987.

Howard worked for General Electric on jet engines, after leaving the Air Force. He worked for Golden Sun Feeds, and then for Farm Hand Manufacturing for 18 years. He also farmed with his brothers until his retirement in 1999.

He enjoyed fast cars, playing cards, especially Canasta, and listening to WHO talk radio. He liked to hunt pheasant and deer, enjoyed boating, was an avid Hawkeye fan and loved his St. Louis Cardinals.

 

 

 

Evelyn Larraine Wauters, age 93, of Brooklyn, died Sunday, February 21, 2016, at the Brooklyn Community Estate.  Funeral Mass:  10 a.m., Friday, February 26, 2016, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn, Iowa, with Fr. Brian Shepley and Fr. Philip Ryan officiating.  Visitation:   4 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, February 25, 2016, with a rosary service at 6:30 p.m., at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, Iowa.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Brooklyn, Iowa.  A memorial fund has been established. 

She is survived by a son, Gary (Carol) Wauters, State Center; two daughters Connie (Harold) McLaughlin, Ames, Leejean Wauters (Craig Bernhardt), Garland, TX; two sisters Harriet Bruggeman, Victor, Joan De Rycke Lambka, LaGrange Park, IL; five grandchildren Cary (Andra) Wauters, La Crescenta, CA, Michael (Kim) McLaughlin, Allen, TX, Kelly (Kevin) Holtz, Port Orange, FL, Tim (Lisa) McLaughlin, Chicago, IL, and Patrick (Jennifer) McLaughlin, Houston, TX; Ten Great-Grandchildren Matthew, Samantha, Andrew, Katherine, Aaron, Phoebe, Jack, Emma, Courtney and Megan.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband Albert. 

Evelyn DeRycke was born July 7, 1922 in Hartwick, Iowa, the daughter of Henry and Mary LaKose DeRycke.  She received her education in the Hartwick Community Schools and graduated in 1940.  Evelyn was united in marriage June 5, 1943, to Albert Wauters in Camp Claiborne, LA.  She was a member of the Hartwick Fire Women and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.  Evelyn enjoyed cross stitching, crocheting, knitting, sewing, baking, tending to her flower gardens and playing cards. 

 

 

 

Mary Ann Conrad, age 85, died Friday, February 19, 2016 at her home. Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, February 23, 2016, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Rev. Jim Davis officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Monday, February 22, 2015 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.

Mary Ann is survived by her son Gary of Marengo, and several cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Wayne Dean Conrad in 2008, and a sister Lavona Jansen.

Mary Ann Wauters was born October 3, 1930 in Ladora, Iowa, the daughter of Louis Wauters and Alice DeBrower Wauters. She received her early education in the country schools, and graduated from Hartwick High School in 1948. Mary Ann and Wayne Dean Conrad were married on May 10, 1950 at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Victor.  She was employed for many years at the Me Too Grocery in Marengo. Mary Ann enjoyed doing many different craft projects, and quilting. She took pride in the garden she grew, and liked to take tractor rides. Mary Ann also looked forward to the yearly trip to the Thresher’s Reunion in Mount Pleasant. She will be missed by all that knew her.

 

 

 

Madeline Lillie, age 96 of Marengo, died Friday, February 12, 2016 at Rose Haven Nursing Home, Marengo. Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, February 16, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Rev. Diane Miller-Vorhies officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 P.M. Monday, February 15, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.

Madeline is survived by her son, William and wife Linda of Marengo; her four  grandchildren, Becky (Brian) Fry, Jason (Lisa) Lillie, Adam (Jamie) Lillie, all of Marengo, and Morgan (Andy) Rodgers of Riverside; twelve great-grandchildren, Kailea and Dillon Fry, Nicole Mangold, Tiffany Herman, David and Caleb Lillie, Christian and Elijah Lillie, Lexie Rodgers, Antone and Jasper Larimer and Emilia Rodgers; and three great-great grandchildren, Brooke Mangold, Carson Mahan and Madeline Lillie. Also surviving is her sister, Famie Schuldt of Chariton.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jasper in 1987, two sisters, Ella Mae Moore in 2002, and Martha Septer in 1988, and a brother William “Bill” Fiser in 2007. 

Madeline Fiser was born November 15, 1919 in Sumner Township, Iowa County, Iowa, the daughter of Harry “Pat” Fiser and Grace Real Blaine Fiser.  She received her education in the Iowa County schools and married Jasper Lillie on October 29, 1941.  Madeline was a loving, wife, mother, and homemaker.  She enjoyed gardening, loved to read, and listen to music. The Lawrence Welk Show was a weekly favorite.  She was known for her talents in the kitchen, especially her “special cookies”. She especially cherished the time she spent with her family and the many grandchildren.

 

 

Carrroll Eugene “Slim” Gunderson, of Marengo, Iowa, died Sunday, January 31, 2016 at the age of 81 years. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 P.M. Monday, February 15, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. Private family services will be held at a later date. A memorial fund has been established.

Carroll is survived by his daughter Andrea Frederickson and husband Joe of Solon; and a grandson Blake Frederickson and wife Erin also of Solon. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife Dolores Wilson Gunderson in 1996.

Carroll Eugene Gunderson was born February 26, 1934 in Marengo, Iowa, the son of Knute and Grace Dale Gunderson. He graduated from Marengo High School in 1952, and married Dolores Wilson on December 7, 1952 at the Methodist Church in Marengo. Slim loved his chosen profession as a farmer. He adored his grandson, and cherished the time he spent with his family, and friends. He was a member of Farm Bureau.

 

 

 

 

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