Rachel E. Gerard, age 87, of Marengo, Iowa, died April 2, 2014 at the Marengo Memorial Hospital, in Marengo. Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Monday, April 7, 2014, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo with Rev. Andrew Gray officiating. Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery. Visitation; 4 to 7 P.M. Sunday, April 6, 2014, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.
Rachel is survived by her son, Russell “Al” (Linda) of Marengo; four daughters, Sherry Kouba (Jon Dale) of Central City, Debbie Saunders (Rex) of Marengo, Becky Wiebold of Marengo, and Kris Gerard of Marengo; ten grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.
Rachel was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Russell Dean Gerard on October 24, 1982, two brothers, Noel and Carroll Siems, two sisters, Mildred Siems and Wilma Landuyt; and two grandsons, Blake Saunders and Spencer Kouba.
Rachel Elizabeth Siems was born on April 19, 1926 in Blairstown, Iowa, the daughter of Fred and Elizabeth Hofmaster Siems. She attended the Benton County schools and married Russell Dean Gerard on November 18, 1949. Rachel provided childcare for the families of the Marengo area for many years. She had a great love for her family, and cherished the time she spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed gardening, and her flowers. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Marengo.