Carol Jean Miller, age 80, loving mother and grandmother, died July 10, 2017. Memorial Services: 11:00 A.M. Friday, August 18, 2017, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, Iowa. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 P.M. Thursday, August 17, 2017 at the funeral home. A memorial fund has been established.

Carol, a long time Marengo and Rose Haven Nursing Home resident was preceded in death by her husband Marvin Miller. She is survived by her son Jim Miller of Davenport; a daughter Maurine Miller of Williamsburg; and three grandchildren, Harris Miller, Brady Miller and Noah Miller.

Carol Jean Brown was born October 2, 1936 in Crawfordsville, Iowa, the daughter of Dwight and Myrtle Orris Brown.  She graduated from City High in Iowa City and married Marvin M. Miller on October 2, 1960 in Iowa City. Carol and Marv eventually settled in Marengo where she was a longtime employee at Big G Food Store. She later was the manager of Cottontail Corner Day Care.  Carol enjoyed her community and was the organizing force for the July 3rd Parade for many years.

 

 

 

Herbert Raymond Alexander, age 72, of Middle Amana, passed away Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at his home.  Private family services were held.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, was in charge of arrangements.

Herbert is survived by his wife, Gloria; five children Thad (Joi) Alexander, of Cedar Rapids, Tim (Lisa) Alexander, of Waverly, Tricia (Robert) Ward, of Middle Amana, Thomas (Roxy) Alexander of Burlington, and Todd Alexander, of North Liberty; and eight grandchildren.   He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

 

 

 

 

 

Ronald J. Stonebraker, age 75 of Tipton, formerly of Brooklyn, passed away, Thursday, July 13, 2017, at the Cedar Manor Nursing Home in Tipton.  Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, July 18, 2017, Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn with Pastor Joyce Proctor officiating.  Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery.  Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Monday, July 17, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, with a Masonic Service at 7 P.M.  Memorials may be contributed to the Brooklyn Citizen Scholarship Foundation. 

Ron is survived by his sons, Chad (Kayce) of Belgium, WI, and Ryan (Melinda) of Tipton, and five grandchildren, Avrie, Zoie and Kenedie Basye of Belgium, WI, and Zoe and Lea Stonebraker of Tipton. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife Judy in 2015.

Ronald J. Stonebraker was born October 10, 1941 in Centerville, Iowa, the son of Kenneth Alan and Lucille Ada Kirkpatrick Stonebraker.  He graduated from Centerville High School in 1960, received his Bachelor degree at Culver Stockton College in 1964, and his Master’s Degree from Northeast Missouri State in 1967. Ronald and Judy Ann Vollbracht were united in marriage on August 20, 1966, at the Immanuel Baptist Church, Quincy, IL.   

Ron was a high school Social Sciences teacher at BGM for 35 years, and substitute taught for another 15 years. He was proud to say he had 50 years in the classroom. He sold insurance for MFA/Shelter Insurance, Bear Creek Insurance and Allied.  Ron was an adjunct professor at Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, and Iowa Valley Community College in Marshalltown for several years.  He and Judy both volunteered at Capital Resources in Brooklyn following their retirement.

Ron was active in his community.  He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Brooklyn, and also the Tipton United Methodist Church. He was a member of Masonic Lodge #174, and the Brooklyn Kiwanis Club. He served on the Brooklyn City Council for ten plus years. In his free time, Ron was a train buff, and enjoyed anything related to trains and the railroad.

 

 

 

 

Anthony Aaron Loffer, age 34, of Marengo, passed away at the Marengo Memorial Hospital, on July 10, 2017.  Funeral Service:  10:00 a.m., Friday, July 14, 2017, at Trinity United Church of Christ, rural Marengo, with Rev. Tim Miller officiating.  Burial will be in the Zion Cemetery, rural Ladora.  Visitation:  3 to 7 p.m., Thursday, July 13, 2017, at the United Methodist Church, Marengo.  A memorial fund has been established.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Anthony Aaron Loffer, son of Robert and Audrey Loffer, was born January 30, 1983, in Kansas.  At an early age, Tony moved to Iowa.  When he was seven, he moved with his family to Florida for four years then back to Marengo where he spent the rest of his life. 
           
Tony worked at the Colony Inn while in high school, then getting a job a LaRey's Cleaners after graduation from Iowa Valley High School.  On July 29, 2010, he got his “dream job” at Big G Foods in Marengo.  He loved his boss and fellow employees and even more, all the customers he helped.  The way he talked you would have thought he owned the place!

Tony loved his town of Marengo and did all he could to support it, any organization and certainly any person that needed help.  He never missed a fundraiser of any kind and financially supported it to the best of his ability.  For several years, he volunteered his time every Friday helping city employees do outdoor projects.  He was very honored in 2010, when he was selected to be the Grand Marshall for Marengo’s Annual 3rd of July parade.  Tony loved being allowed to be a “fireman”.  Although he didn’t participate in firefighting activities, he rarely missed a fire meeting.  He spent many hours helping with the annual fundraiser and was proud of all the money he raised for the July 3rd, fireworks.

In his spare time, Tony enjoyed singing with the Believers, pitching horseshoes, bowling, attending Roughrider and Kernels games, watching NASCAR races, attending Iowa Valley sports and music events and anything his nieces and nephews were involved in, and making sure the family home always had its deck and front yard decorated with proper holiday decorations, light and inflatables. Tony’s church, Trinity United Church of Christ, was very important to him and he never missed a Sunday.  He always made sure the candles were lit and everyone was greeted.  He was a trustee on the consistory and a member of several committees. 

Tony is survived by his parents, Bob and Audrey Loffer, his siblings Michelle (David) Schachtlie, Mark (Becky) Loffer, Matthew (Jordan) Loffer, Michael (Darcie) Loffer, Melanie (Brock) Junkins, Merissa (Alex) Ganea, Charity (Heath) Jensen, Christopher Loffer, Derek Loffer, Leslee Loffer and Shambria Loffer; his nieces and nephews Devin, Drew and Michaela Schachtlie, Bryce, Alexandra and Peyton Loffer, Jacob Loffer, Jordan and Kylie Loffer, Connor and Callie Junkins, Aden and Londyn Ganea, Sherra Bonnichsen and Greyson Loffer; a special Grandma Donna Fugate.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents Lloyd and Lorna Jean Loffer, Glade and Helen Sietsema, special Grandpa Don Fugate and a niece Izabella Loffer.

 

 

 

Bonita Sue Nicely, age 58, of Homestead, passed away July 7, 2017, at Windmill Manor, of Coralville, following a courageous battle with cancer.  Memorial Service:  10:30 a.m., Thursday, July 13, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, with Pastor Dennis Martens officiating.  Family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  A memorial fund has been established.

Bonita is survived by her significant other Randy VonLienen, of Homestead; a daughter Danielle (Michael II) Henre, of Kansas; three grandchildren Jaden Goellnitz, Paxton Henre and Paris Henre of Kansas; two sisters Becky Brecht, of Marengo and Brenda (Mike) Stratton, of Homestead; and a brother Russ Brecht of Marengo.  She was preceded in death by her parents. 

Bonita was born June 4, 1959, in Marengo, the daughter of Dean and Merita Fay Martens Brecht.  She graduated from Iowa Valley School in 1977.  She attended Kirkwood Community College and got her CNA degree.  Bonita worked at the Marengo Hospital as a CNA and Activity Coordinator and Moeller Accounting as a bookkeeper.  Bonita loved to spend time with family and friends.  She enjoyed taking vacations, going to the lake house, fishing, mushroom hunting and watching the Iowa Hawkeyes. 

 

 

 

Izabella Rae Loffer, age 2, of Williamsburg, passed away on July 3, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospital.  Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m., Monday July 10, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, Iowa.  Private family funeral services will be held at a later date.  Burial will be in the Zion Cemetery, rural Ladora.  Memorials can be contributed in Bella’s name to www.kennediskisses.org. 

Izabella Rae Loffer was born October 28, 2014, at St. Lukes Hospital, Cedar Rapids, the daughter of Christopher and Amanda Loffer.  She joined sisters Tiah, Madison, Abigail, Sherra and brother Hunter.  Bella’s first home was in Belle Plaine.  While living there, she was baptized at the Belle Plaine United Church of Christ where she attended worship with her family.  She later moved to Millersburg and recently to Williamsburg.  Bella was a friendly, loving child always enjoying the attention she would receive from her siblings parents and anyone else who happened to be around.  She always had a hug to give and a smile to share.  Bella received her angel wings on July 3, 2017.  She leaves many memories to be cherished by her parents, Chris Loffer and Amanda Loffer, her siblings Tiah, Hunter, Maddy, Abby, Sherra, her grandparents Bob and Audrey Loffer, Leta Huber, a special grandma Donna Fugate and many aunts, uncles and cousins as well as other extended family and friends.  She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Kenneth Huber, a great uncle Don Huber and special grandfather Don Fugate.

 

 

 

 

 

Janice Marie Alford, age 63, of Marengo, passed away at Marengo Memorial Hospital, July 2, 2017.  Graveside services:  2:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 11, 2017.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery.  Visitation:  12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, prior to the graveside service.  A memorial fund has been established.

Janice is survived by four children Shirley (Robert) Arends, Jeannie (Alfonso) Varella, Teresa Alford and Charlie (Angel) Alford; two sisters Kathy Haus and Sandra Hutson; 20 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Charles.

Janice was born September 8, 1953, in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Virgil and Irene McFadden Duncan. 

 

 

 

 

Rose Marie Lortz, age 88, of Hiawatha, passed away July 4, 2017, at the Hiawatha Care Center.  Funeral Services: 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 8, 2017, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 8300 C Ave., N.E., Marion, Iowa, with Rev. Perry Fruhling officiating.  Burial will be in the South Amana Cemetery, South Amana, Iowa.  Visitation:  5 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 7, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, Iowa and also one hour prior to service time on Saturday.  Memorials can be contributed to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Marion, or the Amana Heritage Museum. 

Rose Marie is survived by two children Terry (Nancy) Trimpe, of Hiawatha, Teresa (Mike) David of Cedar Rapids and three step children Karen Nielsen, of Pleasanton, California, Ruth (Charlie) Batzel, of Windsor, California and Mark (Patti) Lortz, of Pleasanton, California; 10 grandchildren Abby (Ohmar) Coughlin, Omaha, Nebraska, Nathan Lortz, Mandie (Nick) Shriver, Libby (Ali) Batzel, Anne (Zach) Imboden, David Bazel, Tanya (Eric) Griffith, Jason (Julie) Nosek, Becca (John) Nosek and Katie (Cavan) Hallman; 11 great grandchildren Carter Coughlin, Will and Ele Shriver, Providence and Justice Imboden, Abby and Logan Griffith, Aidan and Brody Nosek and Keenan and Pierce Nosek; and a sister Lillian (Harold) Moessner.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Doris Trumpold, first husband George Trimpe and her husband Harlan Lortz. 

Rose Marie Berger was born December 10, 1928, in South Amana, the daughter of Martin and Henrietta Bopp Berger.  She received her education in the Amana School district and graduated from Amana High School in 1947.  Rose Marie attended Westmar College in Lemars, Iowa.  She was united in marriage to George Trimpe.  He later passed away.  On June 29, 1984, Rose Marie married Harlan Lortz at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Marion.  She worked in the office at Amana Refrigeration as an executive secretary.  She was involved in the Women’s Fellowship, chancel Choir and Sarah Circle at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.  Rose Marie was also a part of the Homestead Welfare Club and Amana Heritage Society.  She was a prayer warrior!  She enjoyed vocal music, gardening, reading, traveling with Harlan and especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Ann Frimml, age 86 of Marengo, passed away peacefully Saturday, July 1, 2017 at Rose Haven Nursing Home, Marengo.  Funeral Mass: 10:30 A.M. Thursday, July 6, 2017, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Marengo with Fr. David Wilkening officiating.  Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with a Scripture Service at 7 P.M. Memorials may be contributed to St. Patrick’s Altar and Rosary Society.

She is survived by her sons, Rick (Karen) of Marengo, Gary (Dustie) of Cedar Rapids, Mark of Marengo, and Dan (Tiffany Pedersen) of Marengo; eight grandchildren, Jennifer Frimml, Brad (Shalina) Frimml, Erin Jacobsen (Mike), Ellary Frimml (Michael Read), Amelia Frimml, Lola Frimml,  Myla Frimml, and Kierra Frimml; and three great-grandchildren, Garett Read, Chase Read and Anna Jacobsen.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Martin, a daughter Patricia Ann, four brothers, Derald, Dean, Andrew, and Ronald Brecht, and a sister Elvera Valente.

Mary Ann Brecht was born July 28, 1930 in a farm house near West Amana, the daughter of Edward John Brecht and Elva Knock.  She received her education in the Washington Township school, and married Martin John Frimml on January 27, 1948 in Marengo.  The couple farmed in Iowa County. Martin died in 1969.

Mary Ann’s focus in life was her family.  She especially loved attending the children and grandchildren’s events. She enjoyed following the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Atlanta Braves. Mary Ann was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Marengo, and the Altar and Rosary Society. She also was a member of the Ladora Saddle Club and the Star Twirlers, and enjoyed square dancing with Martin before his passing. 

 

 

 

 

Barbara Jean Schutterle, age 78, of Marengo, passed away June 29, 2017, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy, in Hiawatha.  Memorial Service:  10:30 a.m., Friday, July 7, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, Iowa, with Rev. Shawn Barr officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery.  Family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, July 6, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be contributed to the Iowa County Food Bank or the Marengo American Legion. 

Barbara is survived by four children Kim (Mark) Neuhaus, of Cedar Rapids, Kelly Dye, of Cedar Rapids, Jonette (Steve) Finley, of Cedar Rapids and Lisa (Jason) Lillie, of Marengo; 11 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Francis Schutterle in December 2015.

Barbara Jean Stockwell was born November 3, 1938, in Iowa City, Iowa, the daughter of Robert and Verla Griggs Stockwell.  She attended the Marengo schools through the ninth grade, and later received her GED from Kirkwood Community College in 1981.  On August 23, 1968, in Kahoka, Missouri, Barbara was united in marriage to Francis Schutterle.  The couple made their home in Marengo. They were members of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo, and Barbara was a member of St. John’s Ladies Aid.

Barbara enjoyed making crafts, painting, drawing and crocheting. 

 

 

 

 

Elaine F. Henle, age 66, died Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Crystal Heights Care Center in Oskaloosa. Funeral Services: 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, with Pastor Don Drahos officiating.  The family will receive friends from 10:00 A.M. until service time on Wednesday at the funeral home. A private family burial service will be at a later date. A memorial fund has been established.

Elaine is survived by a daughter Mindy L. Benedict (Alan) of Searsboro; a stepson Donnie Farrier (LaDema) of Mount Pleasant; three grandchildren Cody Farrier (Angelica), Corrinn Stevens and Catelynn Coffin; two great-grandchildren Michael Farrier and Darlene Farrier. She is also survived by her siblings, Beverly Foels (Richard) of Oskaloosa, Kathleen Woodman of Hartwick, Delbert Henle, Douglas Henle (Linda), and Melanie Henle, all of Belle Plaine, Dennis Henle (Connie) of Pella, Denise Beck (Dale) of Jacksboro, TX, and Richard Henle (Misty) of Coralville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Michael Farrier, a brother Raymond Henle, and a sister Lori Henle.

Elaine Frances Henle was born July 23, 1950 in Marshalltown, Iowa the daughter of Horace and Mabel Coleman Henle.  She attended the Chelsea and South Tama schools graduating from Albia High School in 1970. Elaine worked as a factory worker and also as a waitress for many years. Besides spending time with her family, she enjoyed quilting, sewing for her children and grandchildren, and exhibiting at area craft shows as K & E Creations.

 

 

 

 

 

Eldred “Pee Wee” Plotz, age 90, of Walford, passed away Monday, June 26, 2017, at his son’s home in Delhi, Iowa.  There will be a Celebration of Life gathering at Eldred’s home in Walford, Iowa, on Saturday, July 22, 2017, from 2 to 6 p.m.  Memorials may be contributed to the Alzheimer’s Association, Honor Flight of Cedar Rapids, or the Safe Haven of Iowa County.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, Iowa, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Eldred is survived by his son Eldred (Janelle) Plotz Jr., of Delhi; two brothers Parlyn (Helen) Plotz, of Marengo and John (Trudy) Plotz, of Cedar Rapids.  He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, a son David in infancy, three brothers Leo, Melvin and Jerry Plotz and a sister Mary. 

Eldred David Plotz was born May 18, 1927, in rural Marengo, the son of Rudolph and Elizabeth McGuire Plotz.  He was united in marriage to Ida Leona Wyant on October 20, 1949, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Norway, Iowa.  Eldred worked at Wilson Foods in Cedar Rapids, as well as Farmstead, where he retired after 35 years. 

 

 

 

 

Esther Brannian, age 83, died Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Brooklyn Community Estate. Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Monday, July 3, 2017, Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn with Pastor Joyce Proctor officiating. Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery, Brooklyn, Iowa. Visitation: 5 to 7 P.M. Sunday, July 2, 2017 at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. Memorials may be contributed to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Esther is survived by two daughters, Jeanne Clayton (Rusty) of Brooklyn, and Kim Bauman of Brooklyn; a son Kurt Brannian of West Des Moines; six grandchildren, Lauren Dillon (Eric) of Alexandria, VA, Reed Clayton of Seattle, WA, Wyatt Bauman of Brooklyn, and Allison Bauman of Salt Lake City, UT, Brock Brannian and Holly Brannian of Des Moines. Also surviving are a brother Charles Ranfeld (Ruth) of Victor, a sister Mabel McWilliams (Delmar) of Victor and a brother-in-law Donald Brannian of Brooklyn and former daughter-in-law Kim Miller Brannian of Des Moines, along with nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends.  

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Kenneth on January 17, 2013; a son David in infancy; and a son-in-law, Lyle Bauman, Jr.

Esther Louise Ranfeld was born July 5, 1933 in rural Victor, Iowa, to Archie Charles and Addie Louise Huck Ranfeld.  She attended the Guernsey schools, and was proud to have played on the girls’ basketball team.  Esther married Kenneth Ross Brannian on August 16, 1950 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua.  The couple lived a few years in Kentucky while Kenn was in the service. They returned to Iowa, farmed near Victor, and eventually purchased a farm near Guernsey. In 1970, they moved to an acreage north of Brooklyn. Esther was a vital member of the farm team, and kept the books for the family businesses, including Brooklyn 80 Implement, Brooklyn 80 Standard and the Brooklyn 80 Restaurant.

She was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church for 50 years, serving as a Sunday school teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher, and helping with Kid’s Club. She also served as the church financial secretary and held many offices with the United Methodist Women.

Esther enjoyed being a loving wife, parent and grandparent, and all that it entailed. She always supported the academic, fine arts, and sport endeavors of each. She enjoyed her garden and yardwork, sewing and reading. She will be missed and treasured by her family and friends.  She will be remembered for her quiet, calm and encouraging demeanor.  She was a Lady.

 

 

 

 

Glen D. Herman, age 65, of Marion, Iowa, passed away Monday, June 5, 2017 in Des Moines, following a valiant battle with cancer.  There will be an open house to celebrate his life from 2:00 to 3:00 P.M. on Sunday, July 2, 2017 at the Church of the Nazarene, 940 Eastern Ave, Marengo, Iowa 52301.  Inurnment will be in the Tiffin Cemetery at a later date.   

Glen David Herman was born May 5, 1952 in Marengo, Iowa, one of five children born to Earl and Glendola Herman.  He spent his early years in the Marengo and Dike area, graduating from Dike High School. Glen served his country with honor during the Vietnam War.  He was a member of the U.S. Army, stationed in Okinawa.  Following his discharge, he returned to Iowa, and was employed at John Deere Manufacturing and later as an over-the-road truck driver.  When he retired, he looked forward to time spent with other veterans, proudly swapping stories and supporting each other with friendships.

Glen is survived by siblings, nieces, nephews and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

 

 

 

Earl A. Altemeier, age 84, of Brooklyn, passed away Thursday, June 15, 2017, at the Brooklyn Community Estate.  Funeral Service:  11:00 a.m., Monday, June 19, 2017, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, Iowa, with Rev. Brent De Silva officiating.  Burial will be in the Chester Cemetery, rural Grinnell, Iowa.  Visitation:  10:00 a.m., Monday, June 19, 2017, until service time, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, Iowa. Memorials may be contributed to Brooklyn Community Estate or the Eagles Club in Grinnell.

Earl is survived by his five children Steve Altemeier, of Brooklyn, Stan (Sue) Altemeier, of Newton, Christopher Altemeier, of Brooklyn, Nancy Evans, of Brooklyn, and Bonnie Taylor of Montezuma; nine grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; three brothers Leo, Clyde and Doyle; three sisters Karen, Jan and LaVonn.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn in 2007, his parents, two grandsons Jeramiha Earl Taylor and Steven Mercer, and a brother Dwane.

Earl was born March 10, 1933, in Newburg, the son of Morris and Beulah Anderson Altemeier.  He graduated from Newburg High School.  Earl served four years in the National Guard.  He was stationed in Minnesota where he served as a radio operator.  He met his wife, Carolyn Sue Ingram, in high school, and they were united in marriage on January 1, 1952, in Bentonville, Arkansas.  In the early years, Earl worked road construction, driving both scrapers and finish blades, building Interstate 80 in both Iowa and Illinois in the 1960’s.  He also drove bulldozer and dump truck for Manatts, Inc.  For most of his career, he drove semi truck in Iowa and Illinois and was owner/operator of Lone Pine Mobile Home Park, in Brooklyn.  Earl belonged to both the Elks Club and the Eagle’s Club in Grinnell. 

 

 

 

Cornelia “Connie” Zuber, age 97 passed away Thursday, June 8, 2017 at Colonial Manor of Amana. Funeral Service: 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, June 13, 2017, Middle Amana Church with Elder Mike Shoup officiating.  Burial will be in the Homestead Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Monday, June 12, 2017, Middle Amana Church. Memorials may be contributed to the Amana Church Society, the Amana Heritage Society or the charity of the donor’s choice.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements

Cornelia (Moershel) Zuber was born March 28, 1920, to Dr. Henry Moershel and Henrietta (Jeck) Moershel of Homestead. She was a member of the second graduating class from Amana High School in 1937.  Connie attended Coe College where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority and 70-year participant in the Round Robin chain letter. She married William “Bill” Zuber of Middle Amana on October 14, 1939. Bill played professional baseball and he and Connie made a home for their family in Cleveland, Boston, The Bronx, and Sarasota with Homestead as their “Home Base”. After Bill’s baseball career the couple bought the Homestead Hotel and operated it as Bill Zuber’s Dugout restaurant for over 55 years.

Connie was a life-long member of the Amana Church Society, Homestead Welfare Club, Amana Arts Guild, Amana Heritage Society, National Restaurant Association, and Major League Baseball Players Association.

Connie loved to travel, especially to Europe. One of her most memorable travels was with Bill and the Cleveland Indians to Havana, Cuba for a professional baseball exhibition series in the 1940s. Later in life she spent winters in Sarasota, Florida and hosted many family and friends escaping from the cold Iowa winters.

Oma Connie was a lovely and beautiful person, both inside and out. She is best remembered for her compassion and graciousness. Oma always made others feel happy, special, and loved. Her greatest treasure was family.

She is survived by her sister Henrietta (Don) Hale of Nevada, IA; her son Dennis (Elaine) Zuber of Homestead, IA and daughter Connie Baugh of Middle IA; Grandchildren Eric (Kimberly) Zuber of South Amana, IA, Inge Baugh of Cape Coral FL, Nick (Kristie) Zuber of Cedar Rapids, IA, Gunther (Houssey) Baugh of Geneva, Switzerland, Heidi (Mike) Sandersfeld of Middle Amana, IA, and Gretchen (Brad) Muhlenbruck of Middle, Ia. and Great-grandchildren Gerrod and Johanna Zuber, Connor, Hannah and Michael Zuber, Simon Baugh, Gunther and Ellery Sandersfeld, and Reiner Muhlenbruck. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bill, a brother Dr. William Moershel and his wife Phyllis.

"We would like to thank all those who cared for Oma Connie".   

 

 

 

 

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