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.