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.