Dale Robert Doty, age 63 of Brooklyn, Iowa, died Friday, January 30, 2015 at Brooklyn Community Estate, Brooklyn. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 P.M. Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. Private Family Memorial Services will be held at another time. A memorial fund has been established.

Dale is survived by two sons, Stephen (Sandi) of Shellsburg and Kevin (Jesica Miller-Julin) of Grinnell; and seven grandchildren, Alison, Colton, Shane, Maria, and Cora Doty of Shellsburg, and Teylor and Emma Doty of Grinnell. Also surviving are his siblings, Ross Doty of Brooklyn, Vivian King of Grinnell, Gladys Palmer of Cedar Rapids, Marvin (Mary) Doty of Grinnell, Joan Foster of Cedar Rapids, Lucille (Richard) King of Warr Acres, OK, and Kay Dieterich of Brooklyn, and many nieces and nephews.   He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Abel and Daryl Doty.

Dale Robert Doty was born August 22, 1951 in Grinnell, Iowa, the son of Glenn Ross Doty and Pearl Lucille Jewell Doty.  He received his education in the BGM schools. Dale worked at several jobs and in several places, including Miracle Playground Equipment, during his lifetime.  He was a wonderful grandfather and spent much of his time with the grandchildren, and being involved in their lives. He liked John Wayne, fishing, mowing, playing board games and woodworking. He will be missed by his family and friends. 

 

 

 

HAROLD RAYMOND “Pee Wee” MOHR, age 92 of Brooklyn, died Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center, Grinnell, Iowa. Memorial Service: 1:00 P.M. Monday, February 2, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn with Rev. John Reynolds, Jr. officiating. Inurnment will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery with military honors. The family will receive friends on Monday, February 2, from 12:00 noon until service time at the funeral home. Memorials may be contributed to the American Legion or the First Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his son Charles (Teresa)  of Spencer; his daughter Patty Flander of What Cheer; six grandchildren, Brian (Tiffany) Mohr, Mark (Michelle) Mohr, Michael (Alicia) Mohr, DeAnn McGinnis, Neal (Kristin) Flander and Eric (Michelle) Flander;  twelve great-grandchildren, Chloe Mohr, Alyssa Simpson, Emerson Mohr, Aubrey Mohr, Ashlyn Mohr, Autumn Mohr, Maddex Mohr, Jacob McGinnis, Nathan McGinnis, Beau Flander, Ben Flander and Brodey Flander; a great-great-grandchild, Carson Mears; a brother Howard Mohr of Williamsburg; and a nephew Bobby Mohr.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife Maxine in 2007, a son-in-law John Flander, a sister-in-law Jean Mohr, a niece Janie Mohr, and a nephew Tom Mohr.

Harold Raymond Mohr was born January 2, 1923 on the family farm in Poweshiek County, near Victor, Iowa, the son of Everett and Mary Paeper Mohr. He attended the Guernsey school and then completed his education in Victor. Harold helped his father in the trucking business.  He and Maxine Fern Bolen were married on January 23, 1943 at the Presbyterian parsonage in Brooklyn. He then entered the U.S. Navy, serving 3 years during World War II. Upon his return, Harold and his wife Maxine operated the Mohr’s Café, in downtown Brooklyn.  He later was employed at the post office, worked at the Poweshiek County Shop, and drove a tank wagon for Poweshiek Jasper Farm Services for 30 years.  He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 294, and was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn. Being a very patriotic person, Harold displayed the American flag at all times.

Harold’s greatest joy was his family.  He enjoyed attending all the activities of his children and grandchildren, including the high school and college events. He liked to play cards and golf. He also enjoyed watching dirt track racing, especially when his grandson Eric was competing. Harold lived his life to the fullest. He never knew a stranger, and had no difficulty making conversation and joking with his family and many friends. He was the “Coolest Grandpa Ever!”

 

 

 

Maxine Pearl Vercande, age 93 of Brooklyn, Iowa died Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Brooklyn Community Estate. Funeral Mass: 10:00 A.M. Saturday, January 31, 2015, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn, with Fr. Brian Shepley officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Brooklyn. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Friday, January 30, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. Memorials may be contributed to P.A.L.S. (Poweshiek Animal League Shelter).

Maxine is survived by her sons, Dennis, and Ronald (Javerne), both of Brooklyn; grandchildren, Jessi Patterson (Dallas) of Willard, MO, Diana Lindquist of Gilbertville, Jenni Vercande of Cedar Rapids, and Dustin Vercande (Erin) of Decorah; six great-grandchildren: Kegan Patterson, Sydni Patterson, Jake Lindquist, Sawyer Vercande, Cashton Vercande, and Jacques Robinson. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Lawrence in 2008, three brothers, Harold, Frank and Albert, and a sister Lois Gross.

Maxine Pearl Kann was born October 17, 1921 in Brooklyn, Iowa, the daughter of William and Maud Robey Kann.  She graduated from Brooklyn High School in 1938, and worked at Neff’s Café for several years. Maxine and Lawrence “Pat” Vercande were wed on February 18, 1946 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Brooklyn.  The couple farmed southeast of Brooklyn for many years. Maxine also was a Home Interiors representative. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Brooklyn, and the Neighbor Betterment Club.  She loved her pets, the cats, dogs and fish, and especially exotic birds. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and was interested in all their activities.

 

 

 

 

John M. Barrick, Sr., age 77 of Atlantic, Iowa, formerly of Marengo, died Sunday, January 25, 2015 in Atlantic. Funeral Services and Interment: 12:30 P.M. Friday, January 30, 2015, Iowa Veteran’s Cemetery and Chapel, Adel, Iowa.  Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Thursday, January 29, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, Iowa. A memorial fund has been established.

John is survived by his sons, John, Jr. of Marengo, and Geoff (Barbara) of Atlantic; seven grandchildren, Ambri Refer of Cedar Falls, Seth Refer (Kelsey) of Oskaloosa, Sarah and Erin Barrick, both of Atlantic, Jesse Barrick of Marengo, John Barrick III of Marengo, and Emma DeLong of Kansas City; a sister Nora Beth Ledbetter (Howard) of Fall Branch, TN; and his former wife, Shloe Floerke-Flanagan of Joplin, MO.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and his longtime companion, Susan DeLong.

John Milford Barrick was born March 17, 1937 in Shannon, Texas, the son of Ardyce and Margie Castleberry Barrick.  His childhood took him to Texas, Arizona, Arkansas and Kansas, graduating with the class of 1955 at Rosedale High School in Kansas City, KS, and later studying at the Far Eastern Division of the University of Maryland. Beginning in 1960, John Served in the U.S. Army, becoming a member of the Army Security Agency, after which he was stationed in Okinawa and Taiwan. From 1965 to 1967, he served as an instructor at the Army Security Agency school at Fort Devens, Massachusetts. He returned to Kansas City in 1967, where he was employed in sales and management with Rivard Sales Company and then Central Plumbing Supply.  Lastly he worked for Penske Logistics. John was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church where he served a term as president of the PTA, and was later a member of Bethany Lutheran Church.  He moved to Marengo in 2010 to be close to his family, and in 2013 to Atlantic, where he resided at the Atlantic Nursing and Rehab Center until his death. 

John was an avid reader and loved jazz.  He also enjoyed bowling, at which he recorded several perfect games.

 

 

 

James D. Martens, age 94, of Marengo, formerly of Conroy, died Monday, January 19, 2015 at the Marengo Memorial Hospital. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 P.M. Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A Memorial Service will follow at 7:00 P.M. with Rev. Don Dovre officiating, with VFW service after. Private Inurnment: First Lutheran Cemetery, rural Conroy. A memorial fund has been established.

James Donald Martens was born October 31, 1920 in Hamilton County, Iowa, the eldest child of Elmer K. and Desse G. Engelbert Martens.  Early in his life, the family moved to his mother’s farmstead west of Conroy, Iowa, where James completed his education at the Conroy Hilton High School in 1939.

He answered his country’s call, entered the U.S. Army, and served overseas during World War II, stationed in Germany and Italy. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. James was a proud veteran and was a life member and past Commander of V.F.W. Post 8797 and a lifelong member of the American Legion Post 228, both of Williamsburg. 

After the death of his father, Jim took over the family farming and trucking business, hauling livestock, rock, lime and liquid fertilizer for over 55 years. He was active in the community, serving 27 years on the board of directors of the Conroy Farmers Co-op, 20 years on the Iowa County REIC Board, and was one of the original officers of the Conroy Service Company.  He was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church in Williamsburg. His hobbies included working with wood, golfing, and tinkering with older Harley Davidson golf carts. He also enjoyed playing cards.

On one of his many pleasure trips to Cedar Rapids, Jim met the love of his life and future bride at the then famous Danceland Ballroom.  Jim and Helen Bevins were wed on April 6, 1948 at Van Horne, Iowa. They were blessed with 58 years together until her passing in 2006.

Jim is survived by his sons, Dale and wife Carolyn, and Richard and wife Kathy, all of Conroy; three grandchildren, Brad, Ryan, and Jenna Martens; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.  Also surviving are sisters, Ethel Cook of California, and Vera Bowman of Williamsburg, and two sisters-in-law, Patricia Martens of Williamsburg, and Eileen Bevins of Van Horne. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Helen, a sister Esther Folkmann, a brother Robert Martens, four brothers-in-law, and three nephews.

 

 

 

Merita Fay Brecht, age 77, of Marengo, died Friday, January 16, 2015, at Windmill Manor in Coralville, Iowa.  Funeral Service; will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, January 19, 2015 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo, Iowa with Pastor Andrew Gray officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery.  Visitation; will be 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Sunday, January 18, 2015 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, Iowa.  A memorial fund has been established.

She is survived by three daughters, Becky Brecht of Marengo, Bonnie Nicely (Randy VonLienen) of Homestead, and Brenda Stratton (Mike) of Homestead; a son Russell Brecht of Marengo; nine grandchildren, Eric Brecht, Alicia Claypool (Garyn), Danielle Henre (Michael II), Roy Brecht, Tyler Brecht, Jason Stratton, Bruce Brecht, Kyia Jo Brecht and Kelsie Eckhardt; and 15 great-grandchildren.  Also surviving are her siblings Merle Martens (Arlet) of West Des Moines, Oris Martens (Betty) of West Amana, and Frederick Martens of Coralville; and foster daughters Irene (Joe) Matthess and family of Marengo, and Tanya Jackson of Fort Worth, Texas, along with nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dean in 1990, a sister Eulalia Garrett-Bates, and a niece, Deb Gregory. 

Merita Fay Martens was born August 6, 1937 in rural Guernsey, Iowa, the daughter of George and Lilia Bayer Martens.  She received her education in the Deep River Schools and graduated from Amana High School in 1956.  She married Dean Russell Brecht on August 11, 1956 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo, Iowa. 

Over the years Merita owned and operated the D & M Café, Marengo Café, Marengo Pizza Company, and managed the Senior Dining Center.  She also operated child and foster care, and assisted her husband and son at the Marengo Service Center.  Merita was instrumental in organizing the Marengo Farm-City Banquet and hosted it for many, many years.  She was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and enjoyed crafts and painting.  In earlier years, she taught Sunday School at St. John’s Lutheran Church where she was a member.  Merita especially enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren and thoroughly loved retirement.

 

 

 

 

Robert Charles “Bob” Scoville, age 75 of Williamsburg, died Sunday, January 11, 2015 at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City, following a lengthy battle with cancer. Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Saturday, January 17, 2015, Millersburg Methodist Church, Millersburg, with Pastor Michelle Williamson officiating. Burial will be in the Millersburg Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Friday, January 16, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  Memorials may be contributed to the Millersburg Methodist Church.

Robert Charles Scoville was born January 13, 1939, in Kellogg, Iowa, the son of Mark and Zeta Pearce Scoville.  He was the last child born on the family farmstead. Robert was raised on a farm in Page County, Iowa and attended school in College Springs.  He attended Clarinda Junior College for two years. Following graduation and the death of his mother, he worked for two years to pay off his mother’s doctor and hospital bills.  Bob then attended Iowa State and graduated with a BS degree in Animal Science.  The next six months were spent on active duty with the National Guard. 

For thirty years Bob was employed by FmHA.  He started as Assistant County Supervisor in Van Buren County in 1965 and was promoted to Supervisor in 1966. In 1979 he became an Assistant District Director in Williamsburg, and in 1988 he was promoted to District Director at Tipton.  When reorganization came along in 1995, he had the opportunity to join FSA as a District Director.  In December 1997, he retired from FSA and worked at Keystone Bank in Marengo from 1997 to 2011.

Bob and Joann Frey were married on July 15, 1972 in Warsaw, Illinois, and lived on a farm in Birmingham, Iowa, before moving to Williamsburg in 1979.  They lived on a farm in Iowa County where over the years, Bob raised crops, hay, cattle and took care of horses for son Ben and wife Joann.  Bob was active in Millersburg United Methodist Church, especially as Financial Secretary.  He also was involved in community affairs, which included serving on the Williamsburg School Board from 1981 – 1993. He belonged to the Marengo Kiwanis, worked with 4-H serving as a Cattle Superintendent and on the county 4-H Foundation. In 2003 Bob and his wife were awarded Iowa County 4-H Honorary Members and joined the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame.  Bob believed strongly in the importance of education and in 1996, he began presenting a scholarship to a graduating senior at Williamsburg High School in memory of his son Dustin.  When Bob retired from Keystone Bank, the bank honored him by setting up the Robert Scoville Scholarship to be given annually to an Iowa Valley student going into Business, Agriculture, or Education.

Conserving land and water was very important to Bob.  In 1995, he received the following awards from Soil and Water Conservation: the “Iowa County New Cooperator” Division in 1995, and in 2005 the “Livestock Management” Division.  In 2012 Bob was elected to serve on NRCS.

In addition to spending time with his family, Bob enjoyed activities with the neighborhood group, traveling with his wife (he especially enjoyed taking steamboat trips, touring Civil War battle areas and Amtrak trips), going to the Denver Stock Show, and going to bowl games and tournaments of his favorite ISU teams.

Bob is survived by his wife, Joann; his son Robert “Ben”; a daughter-in-law, Heather, two grandsons, Bennett and Bobby, and three sisters, Dorothy Chase, Dixie Allbery and Betty Peterson.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Bill, and a son Dustin.

 

 

 

Ferne I. Cline, age 95 of Brooklyn, died Saturday, January 10, 2015 at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center in Grinnell.  Funeral Mass: 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, January 14, 2015, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn with Fr. Brian Shepley officiating. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Brooklyn. Visitation: 4 to 7:30 P.M. Tuesday, January 13, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, with a Scripture Service at 7:30 P.M. A memorial fund has been established.

Ferne is survived by her children, Patricia Miles (Dennis) of Atkins, Larrry Cline of Brooklyn, George Cline (Jane) of Brooklyn, and Brenda Cline (Scott Johnson) of Grinnell; 13 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. Also surviving are a brother Glenn Smith (Joanne) of Waukee and a sister Arlene Wilcox (Wayne) of Tama.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Francis, a daughter Elizabeth Rhinehart, and a sister Ruth Cline.

Ferne Irene Smith was born November 11, 1919 in rural Iowa, on the Tama Poweshiek county line, the daughter of Glenn and Stella Mochal Smith.  She received her education in the Tama County schools and married Francis Lloyd Cline on January 29, 1941 in Tama, Iowa.  The couple were life long farmers.  Ferne was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn, and the Altar and Rosary Society.  She enjoyed playing cards and belonged to a local card club.

 

 

 

Joshua Aaron Cuno, age 32 of Homestead, Iowa, died Thursday, January 8, 2015 at his home.  Memorial Service: 1 P.M. Tuesday, January 13, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Donna Cuno officiating. There will be no visitation. A memorial fund has been established.

He is survived by his mother, Pamela Ann Bern and husband Bob of Amana, his father, Jessie Cuno and wife Donna of Tennessee, and his girlfriend, Kristin Ackerman and her daughter Jasmine. 

Joshua was born September 22, 1982 in Iowa City, Iowa. He graduated from Clear Creek Amana High School in 2001, and attended Hamilton College, and Kirkwood College. He had worked as a cook at various restaurants in the area.  Josh was interested in the weather. He enjoyed tracking it from his weather station for many years. He also loved working on computers, and traveling throughout the United States, the Caribbean, and Canada. He also enjoyed cooking.

 

 

Lois M. Van Ersvelde, age 90, a longtime resident of Brooklyn, and now of Grinnell, died Friday, January 9, 2015 at her home. Funeral Service: 10:30 Monday, January 12, 2015, Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn with Rev. John Dodds officiating.  Burial: Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Sunday, January 11, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. Memorials may be contributed to Camp Courageous in her name.

Lois is survived by her children, Roger (Louise) of Brooklyn, Paul (Carol) of Grinnell, Nancy Van Ersvelde of Cedar Rapids, and Sara (David) Henderson of Bartlett, IL; four grandchildren, Jamie Van Ersvelde (Kelli)  of Brooklyn, Jeremy Van Ersvelde (Amy) of Brooklyn, Holly Marquez (Randy) of Chicago, and  Jeffrey Henderson  of Chicago; and six great-grandchildren, , Brady Van Ersvelde, Taylor Van Ersvelde, Jordan Van Ersvelde, Baylee Van Ersvelde, Rylie Van Ersvelde and Ian Van Ersvelde, all of Brooklyn. Also survived by Anke van Heijningen and Willem Hartman, grandchildren of her heart of Lyndon Station, WI; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bruno, a daughter Martha Van Ersvelde, and her siblings, Martha Doty, Irene Doty, Forrest Doty, Jr., Melvin Doty and Rolland Doty.

Lois Mae Doty was born November 7, 1924 in Grinnell, Iowa, the daughter of Forrest and Nola Mae Tinker Doty. She graduated from Brooklyn High School in 1942. She taught in the rural Iowa and Poweshiek county schools for three years. She married Bruno Van Ersvelde on September 4, 1946 in Brooklyn, Iowa. Following her marriage she spent much of her time raising the children and working the farm with Bruno. She especially enjoyed the springtime on the farm with all the new animals and “a new beginning.” She enjoyed gardening, sewing, quilting, crocheting and making crafts. She taught quilting classes at the True Value Hardware Store in Brooklyn.  She and Bruno enjoyed their eight winters in Texas.

Lois was a charter member of the Poweshiek Piecemakers Guild, a 50-year member of the Farm Bureau, and belonged to the WWW Club. Lois was a leader for the Warren Willing Workers 4-H Club, and a long time member of the Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn.

 

 

 

Louise Margaret Stambaugh, age 95 of Amana, formerly of Homestead, died Sunday, January 4, 2015 at St. Luke’s Hospital/Unity Point in Cedar Rapids, IA. Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Saturday, January 10, 2015, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo with Rev. Andrew Gray officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery. Visitation; 4 to 7 P.M. Friday, January 9, 2015, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.

Louise is survived by her sons, George (Trudie) Stambaugh of Fort Worth, TX, and William (Faye) Stambaugh of Northwood, IA; seven grandchildren, Roy (Sue) Zuber of Mesa, AZ, Vicki (Rich) Cobb of Marengo, Connie (Jeff) Johnson of Roanoke, TX, Janelle Stambaugh of Fort Worth, Kevin (Amy) Stambaugh of Northwood, Christopher (Audra) Stambaugh of St. Charles, MN, and Kenneth (Kara) Stambaugh of Northwood; and thirteen great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her siblings, Bertha Pearson of Marion, Mary (Gerald) Schupanitz of Cedar Rapids, and Joyce Reihmann of Middle Amana; and a sister-in-law Nancy Klaner of Palo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Warren in 1995, a daughter Ruth Zuber, and three brothers, James Klaner, Lavern Klaner, and Leonard who died in infancy; a son-in-law Mervin Zuber, and brothers-in-law Vernon Reihmann, and Wayne Pearson.

Louise Margaret Klaner was born February 5, 1919 in rural Linn County, Iowa, the daughter of George and Hazel Brink Klaner.  She received her education in the Linn County and Cedar Rapids schools.  Louise and Warren Charles Stambaugh were united in marriage on May 13, 1939 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Marion, Iowa. She worked as an assembly person with Amana Refrigeration for 30 years, retiring in February of 1981. 

Louise enjoyed gardening, and her flower gardens.  She liked making handmade crafts and various knitted items to give as gifts. Louise walked many miles at the Westdale Mall in Cedar Rapids as a member of the Mall Walkers.  But most of all, she loved her family, and spending time with the children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Marengo.

 

 

 

George Patrick Cadden, age 45 of Brooklyn, died Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City. Funeral Mass: 11:00 A.M. Saturday, January 3, 2015, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn with Fr. Brian Shepley officiating. Burial will be in the Hayes Cemetery. Visitation: 5 to 8 P.M. Friday, January 2, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn with a Scripture Service at 7:00 P.M.  A memorial fund has been established.

George is survived by his wife, Judy; his sons, Carson Patrick, and Benjamin George, both at home; his mother Margaret Cadden Brown of Pattonsburg, MO; a brother, Kenny (Diane) Cadden of Brooklyn; sisters, Mary Oliver (Jim Murphy) of Stewartsville, MO and Karen Timm of Williamsburg; nieces, Jennifer (Cory) Richmond, Stephanie (Dylan McCrabb) Timm, Michelle Timm, Tanja Rasmussen, Veronica McMurtry, Emily Cadden and Kaitlyn Cadden; nephews, James Cadden, Kyle Cadden, Eric Cadden, Brian Cadden; a great-nephew Dempsey Richmond; and special family friends, the Findlays.

He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Cadden, and step-father Marvin Brown.

George Patrick Cadden was born February 25, 1969 in Grinnell, Iowa, the son of Raymond and Margaret Fuerst Cadden.  He graduated from BGM High School in 1987 and married Judy Thomae in St. Lucia on April 12, 2002.

George was a farmer and milked cows.  He was proud to grow up and live on the family farm his entire life.  One of his greatest joys was teaching his sons about raising crops and cattle.  He was happiest when they were all together in the tractor tending the land.  George received a 24 year award from Swiss Valley Farms for quality milk production. He was a member of the Farm Bureau.

He enjoyed yearly family trips to Duluth to watch the ships come in, and driving through Wisconsin looking at dairy farms and implement dealers. He liked attending the Iowa State Fair along with his nieces, and going to machinery shows. He enjoyed ice cream, movies and airplanes.  He loved to take his boys sledding. In his earlier days he enjoyed attending rock concerts. But above all, George loved his wife, boys and extended family most.

 

 

 

 

Carol Joie Beebe, age 58, of Marion, Iowa, passed away Friday, December 26, 2014, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy, Hiawatha, surrounded by her loving family. Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, December 31, 2014, Clover Ridge United Methodist Church, Walford, with Rev. Mike Townsley officiating. Burial will be in the Koszta Cemetery, rural Marengo. Visitation: 4 to 8 P.M. Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at Clover Ridge United Methodist Church, Walford. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Carol Joie Beebe was born December 24, 1956 in Buffalo Center, Iowa, the daughter of Gordon and Anna Smoley Beebe.  She graduated from Benton Community High School in 1975, and attended Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids.  She had been employed with Heritage Nursing and Rehab Center in Cedar Rapids, the Lutheran Home in Vinton, and also in home health care.

Carol enjoyed collecting candles, angels, and other knick-knacks.  She loved to bake and cook, and spend time outdoors.  She was a loving person, and dearly cared for her family and those she cared for in her professional life. Her family was foremost in her thoughts, and she loved spending time with them whenever she was able.

Carol is survived by her son James Behnke (Alysia Gilbert) of Marion; two daughters, Jennifer Tucker (Carldray) of Marion, and Stephanie Land (Craig) of Cedar Rapids; nine grandchildren; her siblings, Stuart Beebe (Linda) of Kansas City, MO, Marcus Beebe (Lynn) of Cedar Rapids, and Leita Privett (James) of Bells, TN; a daughter-in-law, Samantha Behnke of Marion, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Rosella Pettit, and a brother-in-law, Ivan Pettit.

 

 

 

Richard L. Lindenmayer, age 91 of Marengo, died Monday, December 22, 2014, at the Marengo Memorial Hospital. Graveside Memorial Service: 3 P.M. Friday, January 2, 2015, at the Marengo Cemetery, with Rev. Andrew Gray officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the Marengo American Legion Post 76 and the U.S. Navy Honor Guard. Following the service, the family will receive friends from 4 to 7 P.M. Friday, January 2, 2015, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.  

Richard Lorenz Lindenmayer was born on June 4, 1923 in Marengo, the son of Ernest and Lila Smith Lindenmayer.  He graduated in May 1941 from Marengo High School and spent the next year working for his father at the Lindenmayer grocery store.  Richard began work for the U.S. Post Office the following year, enlisting in the Navy on January 13, 1943.

He was sent to the Great Lakes Training Center and stationed aboard the USS Winooski AO38 becoming a Radioman III Class. He participated in the invasion of Sicily and southern France, and invasion of Okinawa.  His ship traveled through the Philippine Islands fueling the fleet and after the Japanese surrendered, his crew fueled Japan’s ships so they could go home. He was discharged on January 28, 1946, which was three years and 15 days to the hour of his enlistment.

Richard married Bonita Fruendt in Lincoln Township near Victor, Iowa on October 20, 1946. He returned to work at the U.S. Post Office in Marengo and was a city carrier, transferring to a rural route, and retiring in 1979 after 37 ½ years of government service.  During his retirement, he began woodturning and made many beautiful pieces for his family and friends.  He also made wooden signs large and small for area businesses and churches.  Richard was a member of the Quad City Woodturners, Corridor Woodturners and the American Association of Woodturners. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Marengo, the American Legion Post #76, and the V.F.W. For many years, Richard drove a school bus for the Iowa Valley Community School, transporting students to and from home, and for many activities.  He was a lifelong resident of Marengo, until November 2010, when he moved to Highland Ridge in Williamsburg.

Richard is survived by three children: Suzanne (David) Riherd of Belle Plaine, IA, William (Skipper) Lindenmayer of LaSalle, CO, and June Lindenmayer of Steamboat Springs, CO; a granddaughter, Lisa (Trevor) Andersen of North Liberty; three grandsons, Darin Riherd of Belle Plaine, Brad Lindenmayer of Perkins, OK, and Brian Lindenmayer of Hauppauge, NY; four great-grandchildren and a sister-in-law, Bonnie Lindenmayer of Marengo, along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Bonita, his parents, and a brother Fred Lindenmayer.

 

 

 

 

Linda A. Cox, age 92 of Oxford, died Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at Windmill Manor, Coralville, Iowa. Funeral Mass: 9:00 A.M. Monday, December 29, 2014, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Oxford with Fr. Edmond Dunn officiating.  Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Oxford. Visitation: 3 to 7 P.M. Sunday, December 28, 2014, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Oxford with a Rosary recited at 4 P.M. A memorial fund has been established. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

The family requests that those who attend the services to please wear something red signifying Linda’s favorite color.

Linda is survived by her six children, Janice McCalley (Mark) of Oxford, Ronald Cox (Colleen) of Oxford, Gerald Cox (Sandra) of Tiffin, Karen Meek (Duane) of Conroy, Nancy Kinney (Tim) of Oxford and Michael Cox (Jeanette) of Oxford; eleven grandchildren; and 18 great –grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Anna Rabe Ahlman, her husband Edward in 2008, two sisters, Adelia Tritt, and Lydia Holly, and two brothers, Fritz and Lawrence Ahlman.

Linda Ida Anna Ahlman was born September 26, 1922 in Pierce, Nebraska, the daughter of Emil and Anna Rabe Ahlman. She received her elementary and secondary education in the Nebraska schools. Linda married Edward Cox on July 3, 1944 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The couple eventually settled in the Oxford area where they farmed, and Linda operated a childcare service for several years. Linda was a longtime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oxford and the Altar and Rosary Guild.

 

 

 

 

 

Adolf J. Zuber, age 98 of Marengo, Iowa, died Monday, December 15, 2014 at Rose Haven Nursing Home, in Marengo. Funeral Service: 11:00 A.M. Monday, December 22, 2014, Trinity Lutheran Church, Conroy with Rev. Gary Sears officiating.  Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Conroy. The family will receive friends after 10 A.M.  Monday, December 22, 2014, at the church. Memorials may be contributed to Trinity Lutheran Church, Conroy, or Essence of Life Hospice, in his name. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is in charge of arrangements.

Adolf is survived by his daughter Karen Esser and husband Robert of Marengo; three grandchildren, Rinda Shoup (Scott Wolfe) of Amana, Todd Esser (Christina) of Marengo, and Kelsie Ballard (Billy) of Marengo; 4 great-grandchildren, Lauren Shoup of Iowa City, Taylor Shoup of Minneapolis, MN, Brandon Shoup of Cedar Rapids, and Sidney Ballard of Marengo.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Dorothy, a great grandchild, Lindsey Shoup, and his siblings, Ada Daenzer, Flora Butlin, Ervin Zuber, Frieda Zuber, Clarence Zuber and Reno Zuber.

Adolf John Zuber was born September 19, 1916 in Conroy, Iowa, the son of August and Kathrine Glandorf Zuber.  He received his education at the Hilton School in Conroy, and married Dorothy Marie Cooperider on February 14, 1940 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The couple farmed for many years, most of that time in Iowa County. They moved from the farm to Marengo in 1980. Dorothy passed away December 2, 2003.

 

 

 

 

William L. Garringer, age 76 of Williamsburg, died Monday, December 15, 2014, at Mercy Hospital, Iowa City. Private family services will be held at Yankee Point Cemetery, Parnell, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be contributed to Mercy Hospital Hospice Program, Iowa City. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Darlyn of Williamsburg; three sons, Keith (Patty) of Williamsburg, Karey (Judy) of Iowa City; and Kevin (Kay) of Williamsburg; a daughter, Karmen (Kollin) Munson of Williamsburg; seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren; a brother, James (Jeanne) of Williamsburg; a sister Betty Van Dee of Vining; a brother-in-law, Ramon Newkirk (Mary) of Riverside and a sister-in-law, Claudia Doehrmann (Lloyd) of Williamsburg.

 He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Esta Brown Garringer, and five brothers, Howard Brown, and Keith, Orville, Ralph, and Vernon Garringer.

William Layton Garringer was born May 16, 1938 in Parnell, Iowa, the son of Carl L. and Esta Brown Garringer.  He attended the Williamsburg schools and later received his GED. William married Darlyn Newkirk on October 21, 1956 in Williamsburg. He was employed as a lineman and supervisor with GTE General Telephone for 32 years, retiring from there.

 

 

 

 

Jane M. Fraker, age 58 of Brooklyn, died Friday, December 12, 2014 at Brooklyn Community Estate, Brooklyn.  Funeral Service: 1:30 P.M. Sunday, December 14, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn with Rev. John Dodds officiating. Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 12:30 on Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be contributed to P.A.L.S. (Poweshiek Animal League Shelter) in her name.

She is survived by her siblings, Randy (Jeannie) Fraker of Fort Madison, Cheryl (Todd) Froelich, Brooklyn, WI, Carol (Charlie) Deedrick, and Dennis (Debra) Fraker of Brooklyn, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a niece.

Jane Marie Fraker was born January 7, 1956 in Grinnell, Iowa, the daughter of Carl and Eunice Ford Fraker. She was a lifelong resident of Brooklyn, graduating from BGM High School in 1975, and employed with Brookhaven Nursing Home as a CNA for 24 years.

Jane enjoyed raising rabbits, shopping and cooking.  She was a great listener. She was very proud of her farm roots and had a strong love for all animals, especially her cat, Sam.  She also collected animal figurines. 

 

 

 

 

 

Jane B. Dietrich, age 92 of Amana, Iowa, died Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at Colonial Manor of Amana, following a brief illness. Graveside Service: 10:00 A.M. Saturday, December 13, 2014, Amana Cemetery, Amana, Iowa with Elders Peter Hoehnle and Harold Pitz officiating.  There will be a lunch following the service at the Amana Church Fellowship Hall, Amana, Iowa. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Essence of Life Hospice.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting with arrangements.

Jane is survived by her children, Wayne (Julie) Dietrich of Forsyth, MO, Carolyn Chambers, Phoenix, AZ, Angela (Richard) Renaud, Tonopah, AZ and Sonia (Richard) Harms, Dallas, TX; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a sister Frieda Kofron.

Jane Barbara Dietrich was born March 17, 1922 in Homestead, Iowa, the daughter of John and Caroline Fels Dietrich.  She graduated from the Amana Community High School in 1939 and began working for various Amana businesses, eventually retiring from her favorite, the Amana Furniture Shop.  Jane and George Dietrich were married on December 20, 1945, when he returned from WWII. The couple settled in Amana where she remained until her move to Lakeview Village in 2000. George passed away, July 4, 1976.

Jane enjoyed traveling in her retirement, having visited Germany, England, and Ireland, as well as visits to Chicago, New York City, Branson, MO, and other places within the United States.  Her greatest pleasure came from spending time with her children and close friends. She also loved playing Bridge.

Jane will be remembered for her loving spirit, independence, and her devotion to her children. 

The family would like to thank Dr. Ben Miller, nurses and staff at the Marengo Memorial Hospital and Essence of Life Hospice for their excellent care, and a special Thank You to Colonial Manor for the compassionate care they provided for our mother.

 

 

 

 

Betty E. Guehrn, age 89, formerly of Marengo and Jesup, died Monday, December 8, 2014, at ABCM Rehab Center in Independence, Iowa.  Memorial Service: 1:30 P.M. Friday, December 12, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church, Marengo with Rev. Anni Mingin officiating. Inurnment will be in the Marengo Cemetery. There will be no visitation. A memorial fund has been established.

Betty is survived by a daughter Adele Reinhart and husband Ray of Jesup; three grandchildren, Alex Reinhart (Rachal) of Waterloo, Alene Johnson (Guy) of Mount Vernon, and Aaron Reinhart (Brittney Warnke) of Waterloo; four great-grandchildren, Jordyn, Samantha, and Lindey Johnson and Talon Reinhart; a brother, John “Jack” Homer (Helen) of Charleston, WV, and a sister Maurene Jennison (Sam) of Burlington, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband John on September 22, 2005, and a sister Jean Geitz.

Betty Elizabeth Homer was born January 8, 1925, in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of John Edward Homer and Florence Davis Homer.  She graduated from Roosevelt High School, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1943 and married John Guehrn on June 21, 1945, in Marengo. Betty was employed over the years with Quaker Oats, and Killians, both in Cedar Rapids, Amana Refrigeration, and also spent many years working with her husband at his used machinery business.

Besides being a wife, mother and homemaker, she enjoyed all kinds of crafts, especially quilting. Betty was a 50 + year member of First Presbyterian Church in Marengo, where she had served as an elder. She belonged to the Order of the Eastern Star, and also was a Girl Scout leader for a time.

“I have had a good life with more than my share of blessings, and the joy of a loving and caring family.”

 

 

 

 

 

George A. Krakow, age 90 of Marengo, died Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the Marengo Memorial Hospital. Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 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. Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.

George is survived by his wife, Dorothy; a sister, Lillian Schmutz (Ernest) of Muscatine; two brothers, Clarence (Kathy) of Belle Plaine, and Wayne (Elsie) of Marengo; and nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Carl, Elmer, and Dale, and a sister Betty Wright.

George Andrew Krakow was born February 8, 1924 in Oxford, Iowa, the son of Ernest and Anna Kahler Krakow. He received his education in the Oxford country schools through 8th grade and worked as a farm hand before entering the U.S. Army for 2 years. George married Dorothy Lucille Kurth on August 3, 1963 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Marengo. He was co-owner of Krakow Brothers Garage and worked as a mechanic. George and his brother, Elmer, spent countless hours at the shop, building the flag poles that are displayed at the Marengo Cemetery.

He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo, and the Marengo American Legion Post 76. In his free time he enjoyed fishing, hunting, travel and also working on cars.

 

 

 

Kenneth M. Smith, age 93, formerly of Blairstown, died Friday, December 5, 2014 at the Keystone Care Center in Keystone, IA.  Funeral Service: 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, December 9, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Rev. Matt German officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery with military honors. The family will receive friends from 9 to 11 A.M. on Tuesday, at the funeral home. Memorials may be contributed to the Alzheimer’s Association, or Keystone Care Center.

Kenneth is survived by two daughters, Sandy Cerveny of Flossmoor, IL, and Lea Longfellow and husband Bill of Alburnett, IA; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Donald Smith of Anamosa; and a sister-in-law, Bev Smith of East Moline, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Catherine in August 2014, and five brothers, Lawrence, Gerald, Wallace, Ray, Jr. and Gary.

Kenneth Melvin Smith was born November 6, 1921 in Brooklyn, Iowa, the son of Ray and Lucy Andes Smith. He attended the Iowa county schools, and went on to serve in the U.S. Navy. Kenneth and Catherine Mae Parry were united in marriage on January 10, 1947 in Ladora. The couple farmed in Iowa and Benton County for many years. 

Kenneth was a member of the Blairstown American Legion Post # 170.

 

 

Rosemary S. Heller, age 69 of Marengo, died Thursday, December 4, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids. Funeral Mass: 10:30 A.M. Saturday, December 6, 2014, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Marengo with Fr. Joseph Roost officiating.  Burial will be in Koszta Cemetery, Marengo. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Friday, December 5, 2014 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.

She is survived by her husband Roger; a daughter Rita Thompson and husband Cary; a son Ross Heller and wife Sandy; four precious grandchildren, Brook and Bennett Thompson, and Morgan and Riley Heller; a sister Virginia Upah, and a sister-in-law Judy Formanek; along with many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and three brothers, Howard and Richard Formanek, and Donald Formanek in infancy.  

Rosemary Sylvia Formanek was born June 10, 1945 near Chelsea, Iowa, the daughter of Emil and Sylvia Wisner Formanek.  She attended rural country school through 8th grade and graduated from Belle Plaine High School in 1963.  Rosemary and Roger Heller were united in marriage on April 8, 1967 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Belle Plaine. The couple farmed in Iowa County for many years.

Rosemary worked as a secretary for over 40 years, 34 of those years for Iowa Valley School system as secretary to the superintendent. She also was active in her community, serving on the 4-H county extension committee, volunteering for the American Cancer Society, and the Marengo Memorial Hospital gift shop. She was a member of the Altar and Rosary Guild and was a religious education teacher at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church where she was a member.

Rosemary really enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She liked gardening, and sewing, which in the last few years included making dresses for Haiti. She looked forward to the outings she took with her many lady friends. 

 

 

 

 

 

Judith Carol Moore, age 70 of Amana, died Sunday, November 30, 2014 at her home. Funeral Service: 10:00 A.M. Thursday, December 4, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Elder Jon Childers officiating.  Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, rural Norway, Iowa.  Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be contributed to Essence of Life Hospice, Amana.

She is survived by her husband Jim Reihmann of Amana; step-children, Lisa Pazour (Mike) of Ojibwa, WI, and Eric Reihmann (Marsha) of Amana; step-grandchildren, Michael and Derek Pazour, and Caleb, Adam, and Miranda Reihmann; two sisters, Rosely Plotz of Norway, and Kaye Lynne Davis of Lewisburg, TN; a niece Tami Dooley (Kenneth) and family Jason and James of Pulaski, TN, and nephew Shawn Davis (Wendy) and family Brittany, Rachel and Catherine  of Cornersville, TN.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Judith Carol Ahrenholtz was born August 11, 1944 in Defiance, Iowa, the daughter of Neal Kenneth and Dorothy Irene Olson Ahrenholtz. She graduated from Hot Springs High School, Hot Springs, AR with the Class of 1962. She married Troy Moore in 1966. The couple divorced in 1969. Judi worked for National Rejectors in Hot Springs for 18 years before moving to the Amanas.  Judi married the love of her life, James Reihmann on November 23, 1985 in Marengo. She was employed at the Amana Woolen Mill, retiring after 23 years.

Judi enjoyed horse racing, mushroom hunting, gardening, gambling, and travel.  She was a wonderful hostess, and organized many Friday night get-togethers. Fishfrys were her specialty. 

Judi’s zest for living was only surpassed by her long and courageous battle with cancer. She will be missed by all her family and friends and especially her dog Icecream Sundae.

 

 

 

 

 

Audrey JoAnn Ensor, age 74 of Apopka, FL, formerly of Marengo, died Friday, November 28, 2014 at Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs.  There will be no services. Private burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is handling arrangements.

Audrey is survived by three daughters, Phyllis Holley of Cassleberry, FL, Daphne Piazza of Altamonte Springs, FL, and Lisa Mullins (Hurley) of Lincoln, NE; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, and her mother Opal Roller of Marengo. She was preceded in death by her father, Francis Eugene Roller, two brothers Donald Share and Robert Roller, and a son Brian Keith in 1961.

Audrey JoAnn Roller was born January 10, 1940 in Marengo, Iowa, to Gene Roller and Opal Fowler Roller. She graduated from Marengo High School with the Class of 1958. She served in the U.S. Army for 2 years, stationed in Germany. Audrey was employed as a beautician for a year, but spent most of her working career in computer and office work. Most recently she was a comptroller at a car dealership.

In her free time Audrey enjoyed reading, working puzzles, and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She had resided in Apopka, Florida for over 20 years.

 

 

Wayne M. Kanke, age 67 of Marengo, Iowa, died Sunday, November 30, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Friday, December 5, 2014, 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.  Thursday, December 4, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.

Wayne is survived by his daughter Stacy McMann (Travis) of Marengo; his son Jock Kanke (Mandi) of Marengo; ten grandchildren, Stephanie Ballard (Nathan), Katelin and Andrea Healey, Molly and Macy McMann, Tre and Lorenzo Gonzalez, and Sahara, Carli, and Hayden Kanke; and a great-granddaughter, Emery Ballard. He is also survived by five brothers-in-law and six sisters-in-law, an aunt, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Being an only child, Wayne spent many hours with his extended family members. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Linda on March 20, 2013, and a brother-in-law.

Wayne Myron Kanke was born January 17, 1947 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Myron and Veda Furler Kanke.  He graduated from Benton Community High School in 1966, and served in the U.S. Air Force for 3 years stationed in Okinawa. He married Linda Slaymaker on April 12, 1969 at First United Methodist Church in Marengo. Wayne was employed through the years, with Solar Homes, Shellar Globe, Amana Refrigeration and Big G Foods.  Lastly he owned and operated The Pit Stop bar from 2005-13.

Wayne enjoyed dirt track racing, bowling, and tractor pulls. He played piano/keyboard with the band “Home Grown”, and sang with “The Believers”.  He was a loyal fan and attended most Iowa Valley sporting events. He was active in his community umpiring and coaching for the MRC teams, and serving on the board of Marengo Memorial Hospital. Wayne was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo, and the Marengo American Legion Post #76.

 

 

 

Sondra Kaye Chapman, age 52 of Brooklyn, died suddenly on Thursday, November 27, 2014 at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center, Grinnell. Memorial Service: 11:30 A.M. Wednesday, December 3, 2014, Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn with Pastor Bill Wilkerson officiating. The family will receive friends after 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at the church. Memorials may be contributed to "Make A Wish" Foundation. Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn is assisting the family with arrangements.

Sondra is survived by her mother LaVonne Chapman of Brooklyn; four sisters Ellen Chapman of Brooklyn and Dori Harvey (Dave) of Mediapolis, Jessie Armstrong of Texas and Sherry Chapman of Newton ; six nieces Megan Chapman, Melissa Harvey Aubrey Bothwell, Billie Armstrong, Ina Armstrong, and Micky Lust; four nephews Matthew Harvey, Brian Chapman, Monte Lust and Richard Armstrong. She was preceded in death by her father Allen Chapman and a niece Brenda Chapman.

Sondra Kaye Chapman was born October 12, 1962 in Newton, Iowa, the daughter of Allen and LaVonne Chapman.  She graduated from BGM High School, Brooklyn in 1981 and attended college in Tulsa, Oklahoma and received her associate degree from Kirkwood College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Sondra worked as a medical records data technician. She was employed by Kaiser Permanente for 20 years.  She traveled through 30 states during her employment with Kaiser.  Sondra was a member of the Brooklyn Ruritans, and served as their secretary.  She was a member of TOPS in Newton and Weight Watchers.  Sondra also was a member of Faith Christian Church in Montezuma.

She loved her computer work, and if she wasn’t working she enjoyed spending time with her nieces and nephews.

 

 

Rose Marie Rathjen, age 88 of Marengo, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at Rose Haven Nursing Home, Marengo.  Memorial Service: 2:00 P.M. Saturday, November 29, 2014, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. Inurnment will be in Calvary Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 12:00 noon until service time at the funeral home.  A memorial fund has been established.

Rose is survived by her son Todd and wife Karla of Marengo, three granddaughters, Deena, Miranda and Chelsie Rathjen, and three nephews, Rick, David and Mark Wanamaker.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Richard and Dale Wanamaker. 

Rose Marie Wanamaker was born November 3, 1926 in Marengo, Iowa, the daughter of Edwin and Helen Kratoska Wanamaker. She received her education in the Marengo schools, graduating from Marengo High School with the Class of 1945.  Rose was united in marriage to Eugene Rathjen in 1948. The couple later divorced.

Rose was employed in earlier years as a telephone switchboard operator and also as a veterinary assistant. Lastly she worked for the Iowa County Transportation for over 20 years, retiring in 2001.

Rose, known by her friends as “Girlie” and affectionately called “Mommo” by her family, was a standout basketball player in high school. Following her high school career, she played on a traveling all-star team sponsored by Wilson Foods in Cedar Rapids. She never lost interest in the game, and loved following her granddaughters in all their sporting activities. She also enjoyed her trips to the casino.  Rose was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Marengo.

 

 

 

 

Robert W. Little, age 88, formerly of Brooklyn, died Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at the Monroe County Hospital in Albia, Iowa. Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Saturday, November 22, 2014, Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn, with Rev. John Dodds officiating.  Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Friday, November 21, 2014 at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. Memorials may be contributed to the BGM Scholarship Fund.

He is survived by his children, Becky Hammer (Richard) of Newton, Brenda Jermier (Dave) of Dallas Center, and Keith Little of Albia; eight grandchildren, Troy Hammer, Travis Hammer and Erin Yeager , all of Newton, Chris Jermier (Cali) of Grimes, Matt Jermier (Katie) of Waukee and Julie Watson (Chris) of Littleton, CO, D.J. Davis of Pontotoc, MS, and Lance Little (CeeCee) of Pontotoc, MS; 14 great-grandchildren, Elijah, Hannah, Noah, Josi, Greg, Jacob, Bryce, Ellie, Macey, Tyson, Kale, Maden, Jalen and Quentin; a sister Ada Buckmaster of Kansas City, MO, and sisters-in-law, Marjorie Little of Montezuma, Norma Allen of Newton, and Anna Grace Dayton of Brooklyn; and many nieces and nephews.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Miriam, a grandson Trevor Hammer, three brothers, Floyd, Gerald, and DeWayne Little and extended family members including Larry Dayton, Earl Allen, and John Buckmaster.

Robert William Little was born May 16, 1926 in rural Delta, Iowa, the son of John Russell and Helen Marie Bates Little.  He graduated from Tri County High School, Thornburg, Iowa, and married Miriam L. Dayton on February 14, 1950 at Grace United Methodist Church in Brooklyn. Robert farmed in the Malcom and Deep River areas until 1961. He then was employed as custodian at the Monroe and BGM schools. Later he worked with his son Keith in the painting business. In his later years, Robert worked at the Brooklyn Flag Store.

He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Ruritans and Kiwanis, and card clubs.  He enjoyed attending the sporting events of his children and grandchildren. Robert was very devoted to his family and community. 

 

 

 

Maynard Saylor, age 84, of Brooklyn, Iowa, died Sunday, November 16, 2014 at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center, Grinnell, Iowa. Funeral Service: 2:00 P.M. Thursday, November 20, 2014, Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn, with Rev. John Dodds officiating.  Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery with military honors. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Wednesday, November 19, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.

He is survived by his daughter Patti Nelson and husband Roger of Montezuma; grandchildren, Tammy Nelson of Tiffin, Eric Nelson of Brooklyn, and Sheri Sharer (Bart) of Montezuma; and three great grandchildren, Kane, Jadyn and Clark; and several nieces and nephews. He dearly loved each and every member of his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Marcella in 2008, and two brothers, Pat Saylor and Bob Saylor.

Harold Maynard Saylor was born June 4, 1930, in Brooklyn, Iowa, the son of Harold “Bud” and Ferne Mowrey Saylor.  He attended the Brooklyn schools and later received his GED from Kirkwood Community College in 1972. Harold enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during the Korean Conflict. He married Marcella Ann Christian on February 10, 1951 in Brooklyn. Following his military service, Maynard returned to Brooklyn, was employed by the City of Brooklyn as the Public Works Director for 35 years, and then Northway Well and Pump for a year before retiring.

Maynard enjoyed fishing in earlier years. He was an avid Hawkeye fan, and enjoyed the occasional trip to the casinos. He was a member of the Brooklyn American Legion Post #294.

 

 

 

 

 

Richard E. “Dick” Boots, age 74 of Marengo, Iowa, died Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center in Grinnell, Iowa. Private Family Services will be held at a later date. His cremains will be buried next to his wife in Springfield, MO. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with final arrangements.

He is survived by a granddaughter, Sandy Lorenz (Kelly) of Marengo; a grandson Jim Starkweather (Val) of Marengo; several great-grandchildren; a brother Ken Boots of Cedar Rapids; and two sisters, Darlene Crew of Oxford, and Joan Wassmer of Cedar Rapids.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife Mary, a daughter Marsha Armstrong, and a grandson Jack Starkweather.

Richard Eugene Boots was born June 6, 1940 in Anamosa, Iowa, the son of Wilbur E. Boots and Vada Coleman Boots. He graduated from Viola High School in 1959 and married Mary Eloise Tabor on June 16, 1967 in Lancaster, Missouri.  Richard was employed as a truck driver for many years, and operated a lawncare business in Missouri for several more years. He returned to Iowa in the late 1990’s.

Richard enjoyed watching old western movies, and writing poetry.  He had a soft spot for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and also enjoyed the companionship of Mitzie his dog for many years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debra Kay Hudepohl, age 54 of Marengo, Iowa, died Tuesday, November 4, 2014, following an extended illness. Memorial Service: 10:00 A.M. Monday, November 10, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church, Marengo, with Pastor Anni Mingin officiating. There will be no visitation. A memorial fund has been established. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Debra is survived by her husband Keith, and two brothers, Steve and wife Barb of Cedar Rapids, and Randy and wife Kay of Minneapolis, MN.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

Debra Kay Christoffersen was born June 4, 1960 in Marshalltown, Iowa, the daughter of Alan “Chris” and Glenna Mayer Christoffersen.  She graduated from Iowa Valley High School with the Class of 1978, and went on to receive her Associate Degree from Kirkwood College in Cedar Rapids. Debra married Keith Hudepohl on May 3, 1980 at First Presbyterian Church in Marengo. She worked as the church secretary at First Presbyterian for a number of years. Presently she and Keith operate a home business selling toys and items on eBay.

Debra was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Marengo.

 

 

 

 

Glen August Stauffer, age 84 of Brooklyn, Iowa, died Monday, November 3, 2014 at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center, Grinnell, Iowa. Funeral Services: 2:00 P.M. Friday, November 7, 2014, First Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, with Rev. John Reynolds, Jr. officiating.  Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery. There will be no visitation.  A memorial fund has been established.  Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn is in charge of arrangements.

Glen is survived by his wife of 61 years, Donna Stauffer; a son Lynn Stauffer of Brooklyn; two daughters, Laurie (Tom) Grier of Guernsey, and Lisa Steffensmeier of Brooklyn; twelve grandchildren, Jim Steffensmeier of Paola, KS, Mindy Rhoads (Clint) of Brooklyn, Ryan Ellis of West Haven, Utah, Jennifer Austin (Mark) of Bondurant, Heather Duttlinger (Luke) of Williamsburg, Brandon Steffensmeier of Lake Havasu City, AZ,  Amanda Kasten (Matt) of Clear Lake, Josh Steffensmeier (Heather) of Grinnell, Kristen Kriegel (Caleb) of Des Moines, Stacia Brown (Paul) of Brooklyn, Jared Steffensmeier of Holiday Lake, and Greg Stauffer of Brooklyn; ten great-grandchildren, Beckett Rhoads, Caleb Rhoads, Colette Rhoads, Ayden Austin, Jake Steffensmeier, Aiden Steffensmeier, Aston Brown, Ella Duttlinger, Lena Duttlinger, and soon to arrive, Baby Steffensmeier. Also surviving is a brother, Leonard Stauffer (Rita) of Iowa Falls.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Linda, a sister Gladys Shutts, another sister in infancy, and a son-in-law Calvin Steffensmeier.

Glen August Stauffer was born September 9, 1930 in rural Keota, Iowa, the son of Samuel and Anna Pokrantz Stauffer. Glen and Donna Groves were united in marriage on October 25, 1953 at the First Baptist Church in Tama, Iowa. Glen worked for Nesselroad Chevrolet in Brooklyn,  as service manager, retiring after 42 years. He served on the Brooklyn City Council for many years. Glen also drove for the East Poweshiek Ambulance Service, and was a member of the Knights of Pythias Lodge, and the First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn.  In his free time he enjoyed watching hobby stock cars, camping, fishing and gardening. Glen loved John Deere tractors, Chevrolet, and family get-togethers.

 

 

 

Marie Recka Roudabush, age 93, died Sunday, November 2, 2014 at Trinity Hospital in Bettendorf, Iowa. Funeral Services: 11:00 A.M. Thursday, November 6, 2014, Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn, Iowa with Pastor Bonnie Koeppen officiating. Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery. Visitation: 9:30 – 11:00 A.M. Thursday, at Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn. Memorials may be contributed to the Grace United Methodist Women or the BGM Scholarship Fund. Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn is in charge of arrangements.

Marie Recka Spading was born in Madison Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa on February 20, 1921. She was the 7th of 8 children born to Mary (Jepp) and Albert Spading. She received her early education in rural schools and graduated from Brooklyn High School in 1938. Marie taught in the rural schools for several years. She married Robert (Bob) Roudabush in 1942 in Santa Barbara, California where Bob was working for Lockheed Aircraft. The couple returned to Brooklyn in 1946 where they raised three children: Bob, Marilyn and Richard. Marie and Bob celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1992.

While raising her family, Marie continued to teach in the Brooklyn and BGM Schools. She also pursued her college education and graduated from Drake University in 1962. Her teaching career lasted over five decades including substituting after retiring in 1986.

Marie was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved being with her family as well as friends, neighbors and fellow teachers. Marie enjoyed playing cards, sewing, casino visits, water and oil painting and traveling. She often talked about Bob; her two trips to Europe, and her 2007 cruise to the Panama Canal with her daughter.

Marie belonged to the Methodist Church for over 70 years. She served as the Historian and Co-chairman of the United Methodist Women and was active in Martha’s Circle.  She was also a 50 year member of Eastern Star, becoming a Worthy Matron in 1968. She served on the BGM Scholarship Board and was treasurer of the Brooklyn Activity Center for many years. She was also involved in the Brooklyn Senior Housing and Columbia Club.

Survivors include three children: Bob (Pam) Roudabush of Latrobe, PA; Marilyn (Burt) Gearhart of LeClaire, IA; Richard (Jody) Roudabush of Winton, CA. grandchildren: Randi (Dan) Gibson of Darlington, PA; Rob Roudabush of Greensburg, PA; Chris (Kurt) Cournoyer of LeClaire, IA, Gabrielle (Kevin) Roosevelt of Aliso Viejo, CA; Maegan Roudabush of San Diego, CA; Molly Roudabush of San Diego, CA; Justin (Katie) Roudabush of Corvallis, OR; 11 great-grandchildren: Danielle, Rachel and Sammy Gibson, Bennett, Sydney, Tanner and Chase Cournoyer, Charlotte and Alex Roosevelt, and Duncan and Carly Roudabush; a sister Gladys Paynter of Brooklyn, IA, and 19 nieces and nephews.

Marie was preceded in death by husband Bob (1993), her parents, three sisters: Edith Spading, Mrytle Ormiston, and Kathryn Metz; three brothers: Ross, Harvey and Marvin; a sister-in-law Ruth Roudabush, and daughter-in-law Joan Roudabush.

 

 

 

Gary Lee Miller, age 76, formerly of Marengo, passed away, Sunday, November 2, 2014 in Davenport, Iowa. Visitation: 3 to 7 P.M. Wednesday, November 5, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, in Marengo. Private funeral services and burial will be on Thursday, November 6, 2014.

Gary was born March 12, 1938 in Keystone, Iowa, the son of Waldo and Irene Selk Miller.  He spent his childhood in Benton and Iowa counties, and graduated from Marengo High School with the Class of 1956. Following graduation, Gary enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served on the USS Cape Esperance as a radio operator. This ship transported new combat-ready aircraft as well as personnel to strategic locations in the Pacific, including the Philippines, Ulithi, Guam, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and the larger islands of Japan.  After his honorable discharge, Gary returned to Marengo. Gary and Mary D. Vogt were united in marriage in 1961. He worked for many years at Link Belt Speeder in Cedar Rapids and later for Picwick Manufacturing, also in Cedar Rapids, where he made many lifelong friendships.

Gary enjoyed turkey and deer hunting, fishing and gardening.  He was an avid rolle bolle player, and enjoyed team bolle, and the tournaments in Koszta and other locations. 

Survivors include Mary D. Miller, their children, Susan Miller of Westminster, CO, and Teresa Miller Kaszinski and husband Dave of Davenport; a sister Dianne Miller Patterson of Marengo; brothers-in-law Martin Tompkins, of Cedar Rapids, and John Vogt and wife Carol Ann of Marengo; nephews, Rick Miller, Jon Miller, Tim Patterson, Doug Tompkins, Kevin Vogt; and nieces Sherri Miller, Tammy Rinderknecht, Deb Tompkins, Kathy Brecht and Connie Gougler.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Warren “Tex” Miller, a sister Judy Miller Tompkins, a sister-in-law, Joan Stumpff Miller and nephews, Michael Tompkins and Christopher Vogt.

Memorials may be contributed to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo, Iowa Valley School District Foundation, Safe Haven of Iowa County, the Alzheimer’s Association, or a charity of the donor’s choice. 

 

 

 

Duane W. Stohlmann, age 69, of Williamsburg, died suddenly on Saturday, November 1, 2014. Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Friday, November 7, 2014, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Williamsburg, with Rev. Gary Sears officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Thursday, November 6, 2014, at St. Paul Lutheran Fellowship Hall, Williamsburg. Memorials may be contributed to St. Paul Lutheran Church. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Duane is survived by his wife Jane; two sons, Douglas and wife Mary of San Antonio, TX, and Joel and wife Jessica of Marengo; six grandchildren, Christopher, Michael, Matthew and Jessica, and Elizabeth and Evan; and a sister Marna Durr and husband Steve of Williamsburg. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a son Paul in infancy.

Duane Waldo Stohlmann was born February 11, 1945 in Williamsburg, Iowa, the son of Waldo and Alma Schmidt Stohlmann. His early education was received at the Hilton School in Conroy, and he graduated from Williamsburg High School with the Class of 1963. Duane served with the Iowa National Guard for a time. He and Jane Clark were united in marriage on May 7, 1967 in Casey, Iowa. The couple farmed in the Williamsburg area for many years. Duane also worked with the Iowa Department of Transportation and the Iowa County Road Department.  He was a very active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church during his lifetime. Being concerned with the Iowa prairieland, Duane was a member of the Integrated Roadside Vegetative Management organization.

 

 

 

Diane Leona Goodlow, age 54 of Brooklyn, died suddenly on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Saturday, October 25, 2014, First Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, with Rev. John Reynolds, Jr. officiating.  Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery, Brooklyn, Iowa. Visitation: 4 to 8 P.M. Friday, October 24, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. Memorials may be contributed to the BGM Citizens Scholarship Fund, or the First Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn.

Diane is survived by her mother, Marilyn Goodlow of Brooklyn; her siblings, Krista Humphrey of Brooklyn, Steven Goodlow (Leslie) of Albia, and Mari Lenius (Bill) of Atlanta, GA; special friends, Linda “Herky” Maschmann of Brooklyn and Karin “Cy” Winwood of Williamsburg; nieces and nephews, Joshua (Heather) Humphrey of Millersburg, Megan (Andy) Vajgrt of Williamsburg, Elza and Edison Goodlow of Albia, and Erin Diane, Emily and Reagan Lenius of Atlanta, GA; and  great-niece and nephews, Rebecca, Mason, and Baby Vajgrt on the way, of Williamsburg.

Diane was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Vesta and Leona Johnston, paternal grandparents, Elza and Alice Goodlow, and a brother-in-law Larry Humphrey.

Diane Leona Goodlow was born July 7, 1960 in Grinnell, Iowa.  She graduated from BGM High School with the Class of 1978, and worked as station manager of the Star Inn. She received her accounting degree in 1990 from the University of Iowa. Diane was employed with Marengo Publishing Corporation since February of 1991. She was currently the general manager of Marengo Publishing and Poweshiek Publications.

Diane was a very loyal and avid Hawkeye fan. She was president of the 5:01 Club. She also enjoyed the Chicago Cubs.  Most of all Diane cherished and loved her family and friends, and spending time with them. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, the I-Club, and the University of Iowa Alumni Association.

 

 

Ina Gail Hadenfeldt, age 94 of Marengo, died Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at her home.  Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Friday, October 24, 2014, First United Methodist Church, Marengo, with Rev. Matt German officiating. Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 6 P.M. Thursday, October 23, 2014, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.

Gail is survived by two sons, Jerry (Shirley) of Clive, and John of East Prairie, MO; two daughters, Janet Gardner (Dale) of Marion, and Judy Button (Denny) of Waverly; eleven grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband LeRoy in 1975, and two brothers, J. and Dean Stockton.

Ina Gail Stockton was born November 8, 1919 in Leroy, Iowa, the daughter of Harold and Mae Bahr Stockton.  She received her education in the country schools, and graduated from Marengo High School. After completing her education, Gail was a teacher in the country schools for several years. She married LeRoy Hadenfeldt on March 9, 1940. Besides being a wife, mother, and homemaker, she was bookkeeper for the Standard Oil Bulk Tank Service that LeRoy operated.  

Gail was a member of First United Methodist Church in Marengo, the Marengo Legion Auxiliary and the Order of the Eastern Star. She served her community, working at the voting stations during election times. She also was a chaperone for women prisoners during transfers from one facility to another.

Gail also enjoyed her free time. She and LeRoy loved to go dancing. She was an avid Hawkeye fan, attending many games with her friends. She looked forward to “Bunco” nights, and especially spending time with the family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

 

 

Frieda S. Kofron, age 95 of Amana, formerly of Homestead, died Monday, October 20, 2014 at Colonial Manor of Amana, following a brief illness.  A Graveside Service will be held at 3:00 P.M. Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at the Homestead Cemetery, Homestead, Iowa.  Harold Pitz, Elder of the Amana Church will officiate. There will be no visitation.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be contributed to Essence of Life Hospice, Amana.  Condolences may be sent to her sister Jane Dietrich, in care of Colonial Manor of Amana.

Frieda is survived by her sister Jane Dietrich of Amana, nieces and nephews, Sonia Harms of Dallas, TX, Carolyn Chambers of Phoenix, AZ, Angela Renaud of Phoenix, AZ, and Wayne Dietrich of Forsyth, MO.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband Richard Kofron in 1994.

Frieda S. Dietrich was born June 19, 1919 in Homestead, Iowa, the daughter of John Dietrich Jr. and Caroline Fels Dietrich.  She graduated from Amana High School in 1937 and married Richard L. Kofron on November 14, 1941 in Lancaster, Missouri.  The couple lived in Aurora, IL for a time. They returned to Iowa and built a home in Homestead. Frieda worked at the I-80 Amana Store for a number of years. She will be remembered for her positive outlook, friendly smile, and numerous acts of kindness. 

The family would like to thank Essence of Life Hospice, and the staff of Colonial Manor for the compassion and care they gave Frieda. Also a heartfelt thank you to Frieda’s special friend, Linda Ackerman.

 

 

 

Linda Freida Graesser Selzer, age 98, formerly of Homestead, passed away peacefully, to live with her Lord, on Friday, October 17, 2014, at Colonial Manor of Amana.  Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, October 21, 2014, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo with Rev. Andrew Gray officiating.  Inurnment will be in the Homestead Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Monday, October 20, 2014, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.

Linda is survived by her two children, Lial (Helen) Selzer of Homestead, and Marian Carew (Dan) of Dallas, TX; four grandchildren, Scott Selzer of Homestead, Neil Selzer (Rebecca) of Verona, WI, Alisa Hartman (Doug) of Gold Canyon, AZ, and Stephanie Vasso (Neal) of Tyler, TX; and 8 great-grandchildren, Gabriel and Aidan Selzer, Brooke and Zack Hartman, and Jake, Zeph, Garrett, and Nick Vasso.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband George on Feb. 14, 1995, and her siblings, Helene Wolf, Fred Graesser, Richard Graesser, and Lily Jones.

Linda was born May 1, 1916 in West Amana, Iowa, the daughter of William and Lina Griess Graesser.  She grew up during the era of the Amana Colonies communal system. Her home was a community kitchen where her mother was the “kuchen boss.”  Linda attended the Amana schools and helped her mother in the kitchen slicing and dicing, cooking and serving many meals a day.  This was where her passions for cooking and intricate baking were born.  Following her education in Amana, she attended Paris Beauty Academy in Cedar Rapids and became a beautician during the popularity of the marcel wave.  She returned to the Colonies and set up a beauty shop in the Colony Inn.  Linda and George Selzer were united in marriage at the Little Brown Church in the Vale, Nashua, Iowa on July 17, 1935.  The couple settled in Homestead where they raised their family.  For many years, she worked at the Homestead General Store, buying dry goods and gifts to sell to the surrounding area residents and to tourists.  Shoppers would often request her to hand dip their ice cream cones, as her portions were most generous at 5 cents per dip. 

For the past 40 plus years, she and George had a second home in Phoenix, AZ, where they spent their winters, returning to Iowa for the summers.

Prior to her illness, Linda lived a full, healthy life.  She was active in various organizations and clubs, both in Arizona and Iowa. Being a devout Christian, in recent years her activities centered around her church families, St. John’s in Marengo and St. Mark’s in Phoenix.  Her passion throughout her life was art, as was illustrated in her oil paintings, china painting, sewing, quilting, knitting, gardening and food presentation.  Everything she did was done with an artistic flair.  She was known for her cakes and won several awards and ribbons with her famous marble and walnut cakes. At the age of 80 she wrote a cookbook “Oma’s Family Secrets,” all handwritten in calligraphy, which is sold in various Amana shops.

Linda took great pride in her family and will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.  She delighted in the gathering of family and friends, loved people, and was the ultimate hostess, cooking and entertaining throughout her life. 

At age 93, her health started to decline and she moved to Colonial Manor in Middle Amana where she remained until her passing.

The family expresses sincere appreciation to the caregivers and staff at Colonial Manor that cared for her with love and affection.

 

 

 

Dean Rodgers, age 85, of Marengo, Iowa, died Sunday, September 21, 2014 at his home. Memorial Service: 11:00 A.M. Monday, September 29, 2014, First United Methodist Church, Marengo, with Rev. Matt German officiating. Military Honors will follow the service at the church. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 P.M.  Sunday, September 28, 2014 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. Private Family Inurnment services will be at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery, Adel, Iowa.  A  memorial fund has been established.

Dean is survived by his wife Marilyn; a daughter Lynn Rodgers of Columbia, MO; a son Robert of New Jersey; a brother Sam of Ottumwa; and four sisters, Lorene Meek of Tama, Louise Danner and Florence Ruff, both of Marshalltown, and Arlene Strennan of Des Moines; as well as many nieces and nephews.  Also mourning his passing are special friends: Lynn Stauffer and Greg Stauffer of Brooklyn; Mark, Jennifer, and Ayden Austin of Bondurant; and Caleb Kriegel and Kristen Stauffer of Des Moines.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, James “Mac” and C. Douglas; two sisters, Betty Catherman and Lucile Fiser; nephews, Harold Meek, Paul Joseph Strennan, Jody Danner, Dennis Fiser, and Jon Rodgers; nieces, Linda Kay Rodgers and Darlene Dufek; and several brothers and sisters in law.

Dean Rodgers was born July 9, 1929 to Sam and Bertie Myatt Rodgers in rural Poweshiek County, Iowa. He was the youngest son in a family of ten children.  As tenant farmers, the family moved often and Dean attended the rural schools of both Poweshiek and Iowa Counties.  He entered Marengo High School. When his parents moved to a farm near Millersburg, Dean returned to Marengo, boarding with Milton and Vivian Brown to complete his education and graduate from Marengo High School in 1947.

Following graduation, Dean worked for Pioneer Seed at Marengo and Thorp Well Drilling before taking employment at Amana Refrigeration.  He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1951 and took his basic training in Georgia and then went to New Jersey for Signal Corp Training, graduating from there in September 1952. Dean then went to Korea where he served until June 1953. He returned to Marengo in July 1953, and resumed his employment with Amana Refrigeration, as a Compressor Analysis Technician and then a toolmaker. Dean retired in 1991.

In December 1953, Dean married Joan Morrell in New Jersey and the couple settled in Marengo where a son Robert was born. The couple later divorced.  Dean was united in marriage to Marilyn Harryman in July 1961 at Milton, Iowa. To this union, a daughter Lynn was born. The family resided in Marengo.

Dean was a 60-year member of the Marengo American Legion Post 76.  He enjoyed woodworking, and built many pieces of furniture. He loved working in his yard and garden.  He read extensively (particularly history and science) and delved deeply in to the histories of World War II and Korea, as well as the Civil War.

 

 

 

Kevin D. Smith, age 55 of Brooklyn, Iowa, died Tuesday, September 16, 2014 in Mount Vernon, Washington. There will be visitation from 4 to 7 P.M. Thursday, September 25, 2014, at Kloster Funeral Home, in Brooklyn. Private graveside services and inurnment will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery, Brooklyn, Iowa. . In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.

Kevin Dale Smith was born September 5, 1959 in Grinnell, Iowa, the son of Dale P. Smith and Madonna J. Roberts Smith. He graduated from BGM High School with the Class of 1978 and was employed as a truck driver with Berch Cabinets. 

He loved farming. Most of his free time was spent having a GREAT time with his family, grandchildren, and countless friends. Camping was also a favorite hobby.

Kevin is survived by his sons, Craig and Luke, his daughter Krystal, and two grandchildren, Boston and Quincie, all of Brooklyn.  His mother Madonna Smith of Brooklyn, and his sister Diane VanErsvelde of North Liberty also survive. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Dale, a sister Kathleen Smith, maternal grandparents, Doc and Melissa Roberts, and paternal grandparents, Phillip and Mildred Smith.

 

 

 

Doris H. Knutson, age 77 of Marengo, Iowa, died Friday, September 19, 2014 at Rose Haven Nursing Home. Memorial Services: 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, September 23, 2014, First United Methodist Church, Marengo with Rev. Matt German officiating.  The family will receive friends on Tuesday after 9:00 A.M. until service time, at the church. Inurnment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

She is survived by her sons, Kevin Knutson (Jill Jaunty) of Chattanooga, TN, and Keith Knutson (Angela) of Reidsville, NC; two grandchildren, Kristina Nice (Nick) of Omaha, NE, and Nicholas Knutson of Reidsville; a brother John Moore (Victoria) of Marengo; a niece Tiffany Dale; and a nephew Patrick Dale.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister, Susanna Moore.

Doris Harriet Mardel Moore was born September 1, 1937 in Depew, Iowa, , the daughter of Henry Lewis and Charlotte Hohensee Moore.  She attended the independence #9 School in Depew until 1955. She attended Augustana Academy in Canton, SD, and then Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD.  Doris worked at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for many years in the Medical Records Department.  She retired from there in 1994. Following retirement, she  worked with REA in Conroy for a short time.

Doris was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Marengo, and enjoyed her work with the Henry Moore Barn Museum in South Amana.

Doris was loved by her family and friends and will be missed by all who knew her.

 

 

 

Lucille E. Brown, age 80 of Ladora, Iowa, died Friday, September 12, 2014 at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa. Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, September 16, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with George Grothman officiating.  Burial will be in Ohio Cemetery, Ladora, Iowa. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Monday, September 15, 2014 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.

Lucille is survived by her husband Duane; two sons, Steven and Duane, Jr. both of Ladora; and a daughter Brenda Lee Peters and husband Dean of Bowling Green, VA. Also surviving are her brother Robert Sebetka (Joann) of Ely, and a sister Marie Vanous of Independence, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, and a daughter Maureen Brown on September 9, 2012.

Lucille Evelyn was born August 26, 1934 in rural Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the daughter of George Sebetka and Mary Marousek Sebetka. She graduated from Alburnett High School in 1952 and married Duane Grant Brown on December 15, 1955 in Cedar Rapids.  Besides being a wife and mother, Lucille assisted her family on the farm.  She enjoyed fishing, gardening and canning, and taking care of the chickens.  She was especially fond of her cats. 

 

 

Evelyn C. Griffin, age 87 of Marion, formerly of Williamsburg, died Friday, September 12, 2014 at The Villages Assisted Living in Marion. Private Graveside Services will be held Monday, September 15, 2014, with Rev. Sonda Kirsteatter officiating.  The family will receive friends from 2 to 6 P.M. Sunday, September 14, 2014 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. Memorials may be contributed to Olivet Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids.

Evelyn is survived by her son, Larry and wife Debbie of Cedar Rapids, and a grandson that she adored, Scott of Iowa City. Also surviving are her siblings, Murray Evans and wife Lynn of Williamsburg, Carl Evans of Solon, Ruth Baker of Iowa City, and Gladys Beasley of Marengo, a sister-in-law Bonnie Evans of Rock Island, a brother-in-law, Larry Raasch and wife Linda of Moline. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Gene in 2009, a sister, Lucille Raasch and a brother Ed Evans.

Evelyn Clara Evans was born July 19, 1927 in Williamsburg, Iowa, the daughter of Howard and Clara Goss Evans.  She attended the Iowa county schools and married Gene Franklin Griffin on November 1, 1952 in Fairfield, Iowa.  Evelyn worked at several businesses in the Williamsburg area, lastly at Amana Refrigeration for over 20 years.  Following her retirement, Evelyn and Gene enjoyed winters in Florida. In later years, Evelyn enjoyed watching the Cubs (who she always thought the umpires were against), playing cards and going to the casino.

She was a member of Olivet Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids.

The family would like to thank Dr. Cindy Hanawalt for her compassionate care, and Diana and the staff at the Villages Assisted Living Facility for making Mom’s final years so comfortable and enjoyable.

 

 

 

 

Agnes E. Stone, age 91 of Brooklyn, Iowa, died Saturday evening, September 6, 2014 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Funeral Mass: 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 12, 2014, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn, with Fr. Brian Shepley officiating.  Burial: Calvary Cemetery, Brooklyn. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, September 11, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn where a Parish Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. A memorial fund has been established.

Agnes Elizabeth Sherbon Stone, daughter of James Clinton and Margaret Elizabeth Wintringer Sherbon, was born June 18, 1923, near Walker, Iowa.  She graduated from the Walker Public School in 1941.

Her interest in news writing began with the high school paper, continued to the hometown paper and during WWII to a hometown newsletter to area servicemen and women, and features in the Cedar Rapids Gazette.  Her newswriting interest took her to the Marion Sentinel.  There she met Donald Stone.  They were married August 9, 1947, and in 1954 they moved to Brooklyn, IA, where they were both employed by the Brooklyn Chronicle and the Brooklyn Paper.  Her columns, “embers” and “a stone’s throw," were of local interest.  In addition, she served on the committees to research and write the history of Brooklyn and the history of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
She was a member of St. Patrick’s Church, its Altar and Rosary Society, the Patrician Club, the B.B.B., and a neighborhood group.  She served on the Brooklyn Library Board for several years and served on the board for the Brooklyn Community Fund Drive.   She enjoyed doing for others, as well as tending to her flowers, both indoors and out.

Agnes is survived by her children, Jamie (Ron) Ginkens of Chariton, IA; Donn (Jane) of Boone, IA; Susan (Glenn) Knox of Oskaloosa, IA; Diane (Alan) Marshall of Center Point, IA; Kristine (Craig) Robinson of Gilman, IA; Pat Howard of Urbandale, IA; Traci Carney of Huxley, IA; and Anthony (Barbara) of Lansing, MI; 25 grandchildren: Genni Ginkens Heffron, Carrie Knox VanMersbergen, Jason Marshall, Aaron Ginkens, Rachel Knox Buchanan, Leslie Marshall Althoff, Robert Knox, Ryann Ginkens,  Amanda Stone Swart, Tiffany Squiers Proctor, Amy Marshall, Melissa Stone Stewart, Casie Squiers Smith, Michelle Stone Borrison, Mallory Marshall,  Matthew Stone, Austin Howard, Walker Howard, Jack Carney, Parker Howard, Michael Marshall, Anthony Stone, Maggi Carney, Lesli Carney, and Gabriella Stone; 21 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1993, her infant son Timothy, her parents, four brothers, four sisters, and 13 step-brothers and sisters.

 

 

 

Marie E. Staman, aged 90, of Amana, Iowa, died Monday, September 1, 2014 at Colonial Manor in Amana. She died following a short illness from a recent fall suffered in her home. Visitation with the family present will be 4:30 to 7:30 P.M. Friday, September 12, 2014 at Kloster Funeral Home in Marengo, IA. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 P.M. Saturday, September 13, 2014 at First Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with the family receiving friends after 1:00 P.M. until service time. Private burial services will be held at the Amana Cemetery. Memorials in Marie’s name can be made to First Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids designated for children’s ministry or to the Marengo Memorial Hospital Foundation designated to eldercare. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, is in charge of arrangements.

Marie Emilie was born December 9, 1923 in the village of Amana, the daughter of Peter G. and Louise Herman Zimmermann. Her birthplace was in the family home which is now the location of the Ronneburg Restaurant in Amana. Her early life was spent in the final years of the Communal time in Amana and the years immediately thereafter. She graduated from Amana High School in 1941. She attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids, as well as Central College in Pella and Iowa State Teacher’s College in Cedar Falls for summer terms. Marie served as an elementary and middle school teacher in the Amana Schools for 12 years and a substitute teacher for more than 20 years. She then took time to be at home with her family. Later in life she enjoyed working in retail sales for the Kitchen Sink in Amana and especially enjoyed the annual Amana Easter Egg coloring event.

Marie participated in a two month long study trip to Europe in 1954 visiting many countries as well as the Ronneburg Castle where her ancestors resided prior to coming to America. Marie and Gilbert revisited many of these sites with a trip to Europe in 1987 and a special visit with longtime friends the Pfeiffer family of Wiesbaden, Germany. She enjoyed family trips to Door County, Wisconsin for more than 30 years and looked so forward to the annual harvest of fresh cherries. She also enjoyed 20 years in retirement of wintertime getaways to Ft. Myers, Florida.

Marie was active in many parts of the Amana community serving as a founding leader of the Girls Scouts and Campfire programs. She also was active as a leader in Y-Teens and Cub Scouts. Marie was an almost 60 year member of First Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where she served on several committees and was active in the Presbyterian Mariners and Presbyterian Women’s Chapel Society. She was a founding member of the Amana Heritage Society, working many hours to help curate portions of the original opening of the Museum of Amana History. She was also a member of the Amana Artist Guild, PEO Chapter GM, and served 25 years on the Colonial Manor Care Review patient advocate committee. Her hobbies included reading, cooking, making Amana quilts, gardening, and feeding the birds.

Marie is survived by her husband Gilbert, whom she married at First Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on March 18, 1956, her son Paul and daughter-in-law Margaret of High Amana, and her granddaughter Rachel Staman of Baltimore, Maryland and her fiancé, Alan Mejibovsky. Oma was so proud of her granddaughter Rachel who also entered the teaching profession. Also surviving are her special cousin and husband, Elsie and Bill Oehler of Amana and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Peter G. and Louise Herman Zimmermann and her sister and brother. Marie will be deeply missed by her family.

A special thank you to Pastor Herb Isenberg, Pastor Heather Hayes, and Deb Sedlacek, Faith Community Nurse of First Presbyterian Church, for their care of Marie and her family. Also the family wishes to express their deep gratitude to all staff and medical providers at the Marengo Memorial Hospital, Lakeview Village, Colonial Manor, and Essence of Life Hospice for their care of Marie over these past weeks.

 

 

 

 

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