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, Anton 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.



Dennis "Denny" Miles, age 74 of Norway, Iowa died Saturday, February 6, 2016, after a long battle with COPD.   A private family viewing and prayer service will be held Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, Iowa.  In lieu of flowers, memorials in Dennis's name may be given to Veterans Hospital in Iowa City. 

Dennis is survived by his wife Pat, and four children Curtis (Meg) of La Grange, Illinois, Christine Brigham (Lynn) of Portland, Oregon, Corey of Tiffin, Iowa and Casey of Boston, Massachusetts, and his beloved grandkids Jackson and Wyatt.  Dennis also leaves behind one of his closest friends, his sister Judie (Lowell) Hockett of Sarasota, Florida.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Dennis was born January 16, 1942, in Brooklyn, Iowa, the son of Denver and Verna Miles.  He graduated from Brooklyn High School in 1960.   A Veteran of the United States Air Force, Dennis was a communications specialist who served in the Philippines during the Korean War.  Dennis married Pat Cline, January 8, 1966.  He served as a foreman at the Wilson & Company meat packing plant for over thirty years before becoming a truck driver.  He was a successful high school athlete in both baseball and football. He took tremendous pride in the time he spent playing football in the military while stationed overseas and the many years he pitched fast-pitch softball in the Cedar Rapids Industrial league. Dennis and his family lived on a small acreage just outside of Norway for the last 40 years where his greatest joy came from spending time with his heroes--his two grandsons.  He was a huge sports fan who bled Hawkeye black and gold as passionately as he cheered for his beloved Dallas Cowboys. 

The family would like to thank the staff of The Veterans Hospital in Iowa City for the incredible care and support that they provided over the years, as well as the heart-felt care that he received from Lakeview Assisted Living in Amana, Iowa.

Memorials can be sent in Dennis Miles name, to Iowa City VA Medical Center, 601 Hwy 6 West, Iowa City, Iowa 52246



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.




Nan Vang, age 73 of Marengo, died Sunday, January 31, 2016 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Funeral Service: 1 P.M. Friday, February 5, 2016, First United Methodist Church, Marengo with Rev. Matt German officiating.  Burial will be in Cedar Memorial Cemetery, Cedar Rapids. Visitation: 4 to 8 P.M. Thursday, February 4, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established. 

Nan is survived by her husband Ying of Marengo; her children, Feuang Kavanh (Mine) of Marengo, Theuang Vang of Fort Worth, TX, Thing Vongvilay (Savany) of Marengo, Bouaphanh Sayachak (Jack) of Euless, TX, Phairot Hoang of Joliet, IL, Angie Luong (Anthony) of West Des Moines, Sengdao Vanlo (Por) of Iowa City, Vinai Vang (Jennifer) of Solon, and Lokhoy Brecht (Joel) of Altoona; 17 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. Also surviving are four brothers, Xieng Quang and Chim Quang of Cedar Rapids, London Quang of Arkansas, and Pan Quang of Cedar Rapids; and a sister May Sivanthaphanith of Muscatine.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a son Tim Vang in 2010.

Nan Quang was born March 6, 1942 in Vietnam, the daughter of Dua and Eun Quang.  She married Ying Vang in 1958. The couple came to the United States in 1982, settling in Marengo.  Nan loved to garden and spend time with her grandchildren.




Betty Ann Waters, age 87 of Amana, died Sunday, January 31, 2016, at Marengo Memorial Hospital.  A private family funeral service will be held Monday, February 8, 2016 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, Iowa.  Burial will be at the South Amana Cemetery.  Visitation:  3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, February 7, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, Iowa. 

Betty Ann Waters is survived by three daughters: Terri Kajewski of Algona, Iowa; Linda (Doug) Hein of Stillwater MN; Debbie (Carl) Ehrmann of Amana; two sisters, Gladys (David) Winter, Marshalltown, Wilma (Larry) Rettig, South Amana; ten grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and brother-in-law Harold Reihman of Richmond, IN.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Shirley Reihman, and a son-in-law Mike Kajewski. 

Betty Shoup was born November 25, 1928 in South Amana, Iowa, the daughter of Herman and Carrie Geiger Shoup.  She graduated from the Amana Schools in 1947, then attended the University of Iowa where she earned her degree in Psychology and Sociology.  She married William Waters February 10, 1951, and later divorced.  Betty was a talented homemaker, incredible seamstress and loving mother.  She worked for the Dickinson County Department of Human Services for 26 years as a social worker, eventually becoming the director.  In her retirement, she worked at the Amana Heritage Society Museum for 10 years.  Betty was a member of the Amana Heritage Society and the Amana Arts Guild. She enjoyed being outside with her flowers, was a world traveler, and was a big fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes.  Most of all, Betty loved spending time with her family.




George "Junior" Bean was reunited with his wife Eunice, son Richard, parents and other friends, relatives as his Heavenly Father welcomed him into His presence through a peaceful passing at Marengo Memorial Hospital Hospice on Friday evening, January 29, 2016.

George was a lifetime Iowa County resident raising his family while actively engaged in farming activities from the days of his youth through the 90th year of his life in Sumner Township near Marengo.

George was born on December 1, 1920, the son of Anna F. (Janssen) Bean and George Benjamin Lovell Bean. He attended elementary school in the Sumner Township and graduated from Ladora High School in 1940.
He married the love of his life, Eunice L. Haas, daughter of Esther (Scandridge) Haas and John F. Haas on April 21, 1943. Eunice and he celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary shortly before Eunice's passing on June 27, 2009.

The marital covenant of Eunice and George was blessed with four sons: Richard Jess (deceased January 26, 1995): Larry George (Margo), Casper, Wyoming: Leslie John (Susan) Williamsburg, Iowa; and Don William (Tanya) Marengo, Iowa. He was also blessed with 18 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandson, Christmas dinners were always a delightful family reunion.

Visitation will be held Friday, February 5th at Kloster Funeral Home, 298 West Washington Street, Marengo, Iowa 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Memorial services to celebrate George's life will be on Saturday morning, February 6th, 10:30 a.m. at the Victor Baptist Church, 201 - 7th Street, Victor, Iowa, followed by a graveside service at Ohio Methodist Cemetery - George's good friend, Christian brother and longtime Pastor, Dan Andrews, will preside over the services.

In lieu of flowers the family requests an honorarium to Marengo Memorial Hospital Foundation, East Iowa Camp or the charitable organization of your choice.





Erna N. Fels, age 96 of Middle Amana, died Sunday, January 31, 2016, at Colonial Manor in Middle Amana, Iowa, following a short illness.  Funeral service:  1:00 p.m., Friday, February 5, 2016, at the Middle Amana Church, Middle Amana, Iowa, with Elder Peter Hoehnle officiating.  Burial will be at the Homestead Cemetery.  Visitation:  4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, February 4, 2016, at the church.  Memorials may be made to the Amana Heritage Society or the Amana Church Society.

Erna is survived by three children, Larry Fels, Lake Forest, CA, Allen (Shelley) Fels, Aliso Viejo, CA, and Sharon (David) Phillips, Bettendorf; six grandchildren, Lara Fels, Brussels, Belgium, Sarah (Adam) Anderson, Irvine, CA, Brittany (Jason) Stilwagner, Aliso Viejo, CA, Alexa Fels, Mission Viejo, CA, Chris (Jamie) Phillips, Olathe, KS, and Danny Phillips, Chicago, IL; nine great-grandchildren, Parker, Boden and Aiden Anderson, Kennedy Stilwagner, Everett Fels, Avery, Carson, Cooper and Landon Phillips; a sister-in-law Wilma Neumann and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband Martin H. Fels in 2000; three sisters, Marie (Willy) Pfisterer, Hattie (Bill) Mantz and Rosa (Fred) Mantz; five brothers, twins Gustav (Emilie) Neumann and Carl (Louise) Neumann, twins Paul Neumann and Robert Neumann (in infancy), and Willie Neumann.

Erna Lillian Neumann was born January 4, 1920, in West Amana, Iowa, the daughter of Arno and Rosa Schoenfelder Neumann.  She received her early schooling in West Amana and graduated from Amana High School.  She also attended the Cedar Rapids Business College.  She married Martin H. Fels, October 19, 1940, in Homestead where they lived most of their lives.  She worked at the Amana Society Main Office, taught preschool and was a bookkeeper at Swartzendruber Lumber and Construction and at the Amana Heritage Society.  She was a member of the Amana Church Society, Amana Heritage Society, Iowa County Genealogy Society, Amana Arts Guild and Homestead Welfare Club.

Erna was a lifelong learner and had a variety of interests.  She enjoyed the adventure of travel and spent many hours happily tending to her numerous flower beds.  Her real passion was genealogy.  She painstakingly traced the German ancestry of the Neumann and Fels families back for many generations and researched many other Amana families as well.  This led to her assisting the Amana Society in their family heritage requirements.  It was only natural that she would work for the Amana Heritage Museum to help uncover the Amana past.  Erna was a church song leader for 45 years and translated many of the songs in the Amana Hymnal from German to English.  Other interests included knitting, quilting, cross-stitch, music, reading and crossword puzzles.  She loved birds and spending time with her family. 

The family wishes to extend a sincere thank-you to the staff at Lakeview Village and Colonial Manor for the love and excellent care given to Erna during her stay, and to Essence of Life Hospice for their compassionate support during her final days. 





Maxine G. Roberts, age 86, of Belle Plaine, died Thursday, January 28, 2016 at Keystone Care Center, Keystone, Iowa.  Funeral Mass:  10:00 a.m., Monday, February 1, 2016, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn, Iowa, with Fr. Brian Shepley officiating.  Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Brooklyn, Iowa.  Visitation:  3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, January 31, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, Iowa.  A memorial fund has been established. 

Maxine is survived by her husband Cecil; two daughters, Julie (Bob) Breja, Belle Plaine, and Jeanne (Ed) Langhurst, Marion; a daughter in law, Sandy Roberts, Brooklyn; eight grandchildren, Shawn Roberts, Brooklyn, Scott Roberts, Brooklyn, Jason Roberts (Angela McCammant), Deep River, Amber Muntz, Phoenix, AZ, Ed Langhurst, Cedar Rapids, Carly Robertson, Marion, Shannon (Derek) Brimeyer, Balltown, and Joey (Kayla) Breja, Pella; thirteen great-grandchildren, Matthew, Dalton, Cody, Levi, Breanna, Eli, Emily, Jerica, Aadin, Jaadin, Ashley, Braelyn and Blake; and one great-great-grandson, Caden; two sisters, Kay Ostrom, Brooklyn, and Shirley Blomme, Hartwick; and a very special friend Jeani Brandt.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Terry, three brothers Edward, Wally and Dee Roth; and two sisters Ellie Bevins, and Vivian Himschoot.

Maxine Gertrude Roth was born January 26, 1930, in rural Hartwick, the daughter of Fritz and Gertrude Dee Roth.  She graduated from Hartwick Schools.  Maxine and Cecil Roberts were united in marriage May 4, 1948, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Brooklyn, Iowa.  She was a member of St. Bridget’s and St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Altar and Rosary.  She was a cook at the Hartwick School and later worked at Amana Refrigeration.  She sold Stanley Home Products and also helped Cecil in their Amoco Oil business with the bookkeeping.  Maxine was a wonderful cook and homemaker.  She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, going to bingo and to the casino, reading, and playing cards.  She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren, her special pet Murphy and wintering in Florida. 




Richard Dean Rhinehart, age 80, of Brooklyn, died Monday, January 25, 2016 at Brooklyn Community Estate.  Funeral Service:  11:00 a.m., Thursday, January 28, 2016, at the First Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, with Rev. John Reynolds Jr. officiating.  Burial will be at the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery.  Visitation:  9 to 11 a.m., Thursday, January 28, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn.  A memorial fund has been established.

Richard is survived by a daughter Darla (Tim) Ingersoll of Brooklyn; three sons, Mark (Kayleen) Rhinehart of Brooklyn, Lynn (Debbie) Rhinehart of North Liberty, Steven (Jennifer) Rhinehart of Grinnell; twelve grandchildren and six great grandchildren; three step-sons, Marvin (Leigh) Hilligas of Ladora, Mark Hilligas of Brooklyn and Lee (Becky) Hilligas of Arizona; four step-grandchildren and two step-great grandchildren; a sister, Alice Holmes of California; two brothers, Duane (Penne) Rhinehart of Victor and Paul Rhinehart of Brooklyn.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Dorothy in 2013, a daughter Connie and a sister Marjorie Gilliland.

Richard was born February 22, 1935, in rural Brooklyn, Iowa, the son of Walter and Ruth Combs Rhinehart.  He received his education in the Brooklyn Schools.  He married Dorothy McDonald January 29, 1973.  Richard did various jobs such as roofing and building skids for Scot-Ark.  He was a member of the Farm Bureau and the North American Fishing Club.  He enjoyed woodworking, fishing and deer hunting with family and friends. 






Delmar Peter Schindler, age 95, of Marengo, Iowa, died Saturday, January 16, 2016, in his home.  Funeral services:  10:30 A.M. Thursday, January 21, 2016, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo, with Rev. Andrew Gray officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery with military honors.  Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.

Delmar is survived by his wife Irene, a sister Irene, and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers Calvin and Milver Schindler; and a sister Shirley Dye.

Delmar Schindler was born August 9, 1920, in Marengo, Iowa, the son of Charles and Katie Klotz Schindler.  He received his education in the Marengo Schools. He served in the U.S. Air force from 1941-1945.  Delmar married Irene Snelson on June 11, 1950 at First United Methodist Church in Marengo.  He worked at the local Me Too grocery store.  He was a life time member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Marengo Iowa and was also a member of the Marengo American Legion Post 76.  Delmar enjoyed gardening, woodworking, hunting and fishing, and especially spending time with his family and many friends. 




Jeff Kloster, age 34, Overland Park, KS, formerly of Marengo, died Wednesday, January 13, 2016.  Funeral services: 10:30 a.m., Monday, January 18, 2016, Trinity Lutheran Church, Walford with Rev. Travis Borkosky officiating.  Burial: Marengo Cemetery.  Visitation: 4 - 7 p.m. Sunday, January 17, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  A memorial fund has been established. 

Jeff is survived by his parents, John and Beth Kloster of Marengo, a brother, T.J. (Amber Parizek) of Marengo; a sister, Angela Garza (Emmanuel) of San Antonio, TX; his grandparents, Jim and Ele Klenske of Waukon; and several uncles, aunts, and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Arthur and Thelma Kloster.

Jeffrey John Kloster was born March 26, 1981, in Mason City, Iowa, the son of John and Beth Klenske Kloster.  He graduated from Iowa Valley High School with the class of 1999, graduating with a BA in mathematics from Central College, Pella in 2003, and graduating from Iowa State University in 2005, with a degree in mechanical engineering.  He made his home in Overland Park, where he was employed with Black and Veach, an engineering consulting firm, working 6 years with the energy department, and recently as marketing manager-major projects.  During his college career, he played trumpet in jazz and symphonic band.  He was a member of the Central College Golf Team, and a member of the Iowa State Rowing Team. 

Jeff was passionate about engineering, and he proudly served as a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He was also passionate about working with the local community to help the next generation of leaders. He spent much time with the Kansas Rowing Club participants and in prominent roles. He enjoyed an occasional game of golf, or an outing with his friends.  He shouted "Go Cyclones" but tolerated "black and gold" from other family members.






Annie Bacon, age 84, of Brooklyn, Iowa, died Saturday, January 9, 2016, at the Brooklyn Community Estate.  Funeral service:  10:30 a.m., Thursday, January 14, 2016, at Grace United Methodist Church, with Rev. Brent de Silva officiating.  Burial will be at the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery, Brooklyn, Iowa.  Visitation:  4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, Iowa.  A memorial fund has been established. 

Annie is survived by two sons, Allen Bacon of West Virginia and Gary (Marilyn) Bacon of Brooklyn; two daughters, Nancy (Kevin Mendell) Tauber of Boone and Julie (Robert) Bartachek, Brookyn; eleven grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; three great, great grandchildren; three brothers, Jim Peak of West Branch, Bill (Sharon) Peak of Iowa City and John “Jack” Peak of Montezuma; a sister, Jean Richman of Fort Wayne, Indiana.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Wayne in 1983, a son Dale, a daughter-in-law Nancy, a sister-in-law Florence and brother-in-law Eldon.

Annie Peak was born July 14, 1931, in South Rockwood, Michigan, the daughter of James and Oatley Williams Peak.  She received her education in the Brooklyn Schools.  She married Edward Wayne Bacon January 20, 1949 at Grace United Methodist Church.  She was a homemaker and later served at the Brooklyn Elementary School.  Annie was a member of South Side Circle and Grace United Methodist Church.  She volunteered for many local organizations and enjoyed coffee time with friends.  Go Hawks!





Mary Alice Martin, age 64, died Friday, January 1, 2016 at her home.  Memorial Service: 1 P.M. Saturday, January 9, 2016, First Presbyterian Church, Marengo, Iowa with Rev. Anni Mingin officiating.   The family will receive friends after 11:00 A.M. Saturday, at the church. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

She is survived by her son Chad and wife Megan of Bloomfield Hills, MI; three adoring grandchildren, Reese, Elle and Louisa; and a brother William Junior Lewis and wife Connie Jean, and many friends and extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William Sherman Lewis and Helen Lucille Fogle Lewis, and her husband Mark Paulsen.

Mary Alice Lewis was born February 24, 1951 in Kirksville, MO, the daughter of William Sherman Lewis and Helen Lucille Fogle Lewis.  She graduated from Lancaster High School in 1969. Mary was a wonderful caring person who touched everyone she met in a positive way. She will be greatly missed.





Irene Hicks, age 94, of Brooklyn, Iowa, died Sunday, January 3, 2016 at Brooklyn Community Estate.  Funeral Service:  2:00 P.M., Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, Iowa, with Rev. Brent DeSilva officiating.  Burial:  Jackson Township Cemetery, Montezuma, Iowa.  Visitation:  4 to 7 P.M., Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, Iowa.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.

Irene is survived by 5 daughters; Darlene (Duane) Steele of Joplin, MO., Doris (Charles) Woodrum of Montezuma, Donna Gregson of Des Moines, Vicky (Jim) Zigler of Brooklyn, Diana (Kevin) Search of Galt, MO; one sister Merna Phelps of Montana; several grandchildren, several great grandchildren and many great-great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Harold, son Gary, and 2 grandsons, Gary Hicks Jr. and Timothy Bru; 3 brothers Bill, Lyle and Fred Martin; a sister Louise Post.

Irene Martin was born June 18, 1921, in rural Deep River, the daughter of William and Verna Neal Martin.  She received her education in the country school by Deep River.  She married Harold Hicks on November 1, 1939 in Missouri.  Irene worked at Montezuma Manufacturing for 10 years and was also a homemaker.  She enjoyed making blankets, sewing, quilting, all types of needlework and gardening.  She loved spending time with her family and friends. 




Ellen Bacon  
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  Maxine Roberts
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