Elizabeth Marie Allison, age 72, of Brooklyn, passed away Friday, July 19, 2019 in her home.

Arrangements are pending at this time.

 

 

 

 

Dale Eugene Hawkins, age 83, of Brooklyn, passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at his home.  Funeral Service:  10:30 a.m., Friday, July 19, 2019 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn, with Father Ross Epping officiating.  Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Brooklyn with military honors.  Visitation:  4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn.  A memorial fund has been established.

Dale was survived by his wife Yvonne of 62 years; six sons Charles (Pam), John (Kim), James,  Mark (Sally), Matthew (Rhonda), and David (Janine), all of Brooklyn; 19 grandchildren, Niki (Nate) Hopwood, of Brooklyn, Scott (Alyssa) Hawkins, of Brooklyn, Lynsey (Paul) Chalupsky, of Brooklyn, Kara (Michael) Bogden, of MN, Kevin Bartlett, of Fairfax, Ben (Xu) Hawkins, of WA, Dan (Anastasia) Hawkins, of Brooklyn, Erin (Travis) Henkle, of Malcom, Steven (Anna) Hawkins, of Waukee, Morgan (John) Beck, of Montezuma, Molly Dayton, of Malcom, Cody (Andi) Kelm, of Montezuma, Riley Hawkins, of Brooklyn, Courtney Hawkins (Clayton King), of Brooklyn, Hailey Hawkins (Austin Houghton), of Brooklyn, Madison Hawkins, of Brooklyn, Kyle Hawkins (Joslyn Hicks), of Brooklyn, Adam (Emma) Hawkins, of Brooklyn and Rachel Hawkins, of Brooklyn; 22 great grandchildren; two siblings Mary Cochran, of Williamsburg and Gene (Lorraine) Willett, of Brooklyn. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Tara at birth, a grandson Billy Eskew, a sister Doris Manatt and two brothers Donald and Dean.

Dale was born January 22, 1936, in Brooklyn, the son of Elmer Madison and Josephine Kriegel  Hawkins.  He attended Brooklyn High School and at the age of 17 enlisted into the United States Marine Corps in 1953.  He served for three years in Japan and Korea.  Dale married Yvonne Marie Lakose on January 22, 1957 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn.  He was the manager at the Brooklyn Municipal Utilities from 1957-1998.  Dale was a member of the Brooklyn American Legion Post #294 and the Brooklyn Fire Department.  He enjoyed going to the Casino in Tama, deer hunting and fishing.  Dale loved playing card games on Sundays with his family.  He loved and adored his family and friends and will be missed by many.

 

 

 

Steven Paul Thalacker, age 51, died peacefully Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at his home in Cedar Rapids. Memorial Services: 7 P.M. Wednesday, July 24, 2019, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, Iowa. Inurnment will be in St. John’s Cemetery, rural Homestead. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 P.M. Wednesday, prior to the service. Memorials may be contributed to the American Cancer Society in Steven’s name.

Steven is survived by his brothers, David (Heidi) of Fairfax and John (Michele) of Baxter; and nieces and nephews, William, Ben, Timothy, Trevor and Elizabeth. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister.

Steven was born April 15, 1968 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Ronald “RT” Thalacker and Maureen “Butchie” Wetjen Thalacker.  He attended the Amana schools, graduating from Amana High School in 1986.  He went on to further his education at the University of Northern Iowa in the business field. Steve returned to Amana and worked at the Ox Yoke, Norwood Souvenir Incorporated, and Cedar Crest Manufacturing.  In 2011 he relocated to Cedar Rapids.  

Steve did things his own way, following his dad's lead he was a avid Wisconsin sports fan.  He loved the Packers, the Brewers, and the Badgers.  Steve loved all his nieces and nephews, he was always interested in their activities and how they were getting along.  Steve enjoyed visiting his good friend Stan in Green Bay and later in Florida.

 

 

Max Louis Nolte age 80, of Marengo, passed away Sunday evening July 14, 2019 at Colonial Manor of Amana. Funeral Mass: 10:00 a.m., Saturday July 20, 2019 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Marengo with Father  David Wilkening officiating. Burial: Calvary Cemetery, Marengo with Military Honors. Visitation: 4-7 p.m., Friday July 19, 2019 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with a Vigil Service at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorials may be contributed to Essence of Life Hospice or the Marengo American Legion.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanne; three sons Nick (Jill) Nolte of Cedar Rapids, Nathan (Amy) Nolte of North Liberty, and Nevin (Amandajean) Nolte of Cedar Falls,  seven grandchildren; Garret, Brody and Carley Nolte of Cedar Rapids, Lucy and Lizzie Nolte of North Liberty, and Louis and Sarah Nolte of Cedar Falls. Also surviving are his siblings, Audrey (Emery) Heagney of Salem OR, Daniel (Diane) Nolte of Watkins, Miriam Nolte of Plymouth MN,  and Marilyn Nolte also of Plymouth.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Louis, Paul, John, David and Charles.

Max was born June 16, 1939 in Watkins, Iowa the son of Louis Henry Nolte and Vernie Buscher Nolte. He received his education in the Norway Schools and graduated from Norway High School in 1956. He served in the U.S. Army in 1962 and 1963 stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado and Fort Bliss in Texas. Max married Jeanne Slattery on June 5, 1970. Max started working at Amana Refrigeration following high school. Upon his return from the service he was a semi driver for Amana for 35 years, for a total of 42 years with Amana.

 Max was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Marengo American Legion Post 76, and the Marengo Golf Club. He assisted with Meals on Wheels, and also was a member of the MGM Band, where he played guitar. He enjoyed bridge and playing golf. He especially enjoyed following his grandkids games and activities.

 

 

Ethel Louise Miller, age 98, of West Amana, passed away July 13, 2019, at Rose Haven Nursing Home, in Marengo.  Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at the Middle Amana Church, Middle Amana, with Elder Andrea Haldy officiating.  Burial will be in the West Amana Cemetery, West Amana.  Visitation:  9:00 a.m., until service time, Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at the Middle Amana Church, Middle Amana.  Memorials may be contributed to the Amana Church Society or Essence of Life Hospice, in Amana.  Kloster Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Ethel is survived by a daughter-in-law Ellen Miller, of West Amana; a brother Harvey Oehler, of Middle Amana; and a sister-in-law Elsie Oehler, Jacksonville, FL.  She was preceded in death by her parents Otto and Louise Oehler, her husband George in 1997, a son Gary in 2017, a sister Lucille (Leo) Harbur and two brothers Orville (Helen Louise), and William Oehler.

Ethel Oehler was born September 23, 1920 in Williamsburg, the daughter of Otto and Louise (Bretschneider) Oehler.  She graduated from Middle Amana High School in 1938.  Ethel married George K. Miller on October 15, 1938 at the West Amana Church.  Ethel worked as a secretary at the Main Amana office and was Postmaster at West Amana from 1956-1982.  She was a member of the Amana Church and Postmasters National Association.  Ethel loved being outdoors and tending to her large garden.  She enjoyed canning, cooking and baking pies from her apple tree.  She was also famous for her Christmas pretzels.

 

 

 

 

Harold Eugene “Sparky” Sparrowgrove, age 87, of Marengo, passed away Friday, July 12, 2019, at the University of Iowa Hospital.  Private graveside services will be held, with military honors, at the Marengo Cemetery. Rev. Diane Vorhies will be officiating.  Visitation:  4 to 7 p.m., Monday, July 15, 2019, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  A memorial fund has been established.

Harold was survived by two daughters, Michele Sparrowgrove, of Cedar Rapids and Sandra Koenig (Lorne), of Marengo; eleven grandchildren, Marcia Kilgard (Luke) of Williamsburg, Clay Koenig (Kiley) of Marengo, Tiffany Kriegel (Joe) of Marengo, Cassie Bunkers (Matt) of Marion, Cole Koenig of Marengo, Cale Koenig of Marengo, Chris Sparrowgrove (Tanya) of Ladora, Molli Sparrowgrove, of New Boston, IL, Zach Worcel, of Cedar Rapids, Trevor Worcel, of Cedar Rapids and Dylan Worcel, of Iowa City; many great-great grandchildren; and a sister Ella Mae VanBennekom, of Marengo.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Marcia in 2012 and a daughter Cheryl in 2016.

Harold was born March 5, 1932, in Marengo, the son of Archie and Minnie (Beard) Sparrowgrove.  While in the U.S. Navy, he married Marcia Beardsley on May 30, 1956, in Salome, AZ.  After moving back to Marengo, Harold was employed by Rhinehart’s, driving dump truck, and later worked for Marengo Ready Mix for 30 plus years and finally retiring.  He loved caring for his many horses and making guns.  He enjoyed watching western movies and making his cowboy stew and hobo dinners.

 

 

 

Ross Eugene Doty, age 88 of Brooklyn, passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines.  Funeral service:  10:30 a.m., Monday, July 15, 2019, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Malcom with Pastor Catherine Burroughs officiating.  Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Malcom.  Visitation:  9:30 a.m. until service time, Monday, July 15, 2019, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Malcom.  Memorials may be contributed to the family in Ross’s name.  Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, assisted the family with arrangements.

Ross is survived by three sisters Joan Foster, of Cedar Rapids, Lucy (Dick) King, of Warr Acres, OK and Kay Dieterich, of Brooklyn; a brother Marvin (Mary) Doty, of Grinnell; and special friends Zettie and Ron Beverley and family of Hoboken, GA.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Beulah in 2006, three brothers Abel, Daryl and Dale, and three sisters Cora Mae, Vivian and Gladys.

Ross was born April 12, 1931, in rural Poweshiek County, the son of Glenn and Pearl (Jewell) Doty.  He attended country schools and farmed with his father.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1952-1954.  Upon his return from the Army, he was united in marriage to Fern Frizzel.  The couple later divorced.  He married Beulah Berstler on April 16, 1974 in North English.  The couple made their home in Michigan and Florida, before returning to Iowa to farm.  Ross was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Malcom.  He enjoyed gardening.  Ross especially loved watching westerns on T.V and family gatherings. 

 

 

Charles C. Schubert, age 87, of Marengo, passed away July 9, 2019.  Family graveside services will be held in Calvary Cemetery, Holstein, at a later date.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Charles is survived by his three children Kerry (Carla) Schubert, of Holstein, Connie (Ray) Cooling, of Marengo and Clair (Mike) Morong, of Parker, CO; two siblings Lyle (Janet) Schubert and Margie (Larry) Madole; six grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Donna in 2015 and a son Kyle in 2017.

Charles was born July 8, 1932, in Cherokee, the son of Chris and Hazel (Fisher) Schubert.  He married Donna Ruhlow and they made their home in Holstein, before moving to Marengo.  Charles was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

The family would like to thank everyone for their continued support, thoughts and prayers.   Dad’s smile and presence will be missed by all those that he touch through his life.  May he rest in peace and watch over us all.

 

 

Shirley Laura Wilfong, age 83, passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at Brooklyn Community Estate.  Private family services will be held at a later date.  Burial will be in the Oakhill Cemetery, Tama.  Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Shirley is survived by 10 children; Shirlene (Larry) Spinler, Chelsea, Craig Howe, of Elberon, Teresa (Wynnfield) Catron, of Traer, Greg Bacon, of Chelsea, Starla Howe, of Enid, OK, Tim Howe, of Cedar Rapids, Tonya (Allen) Chmelik, of Tama, Billee (Scott) Blain, of Montezuma, Crystal (Jerry) Junge, of Keystone and Dewey (Shauna) Wilfong, of Chelsea; 122 grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren combined; and a sister Ruthann Kaufmann.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dewey in 1987, two grandsons Corey and Joshua, two brothers and three sisters.

Shirley Dorman Wilfong was born October 23, 1935 in Belle Plaine, the daughter of Raymond and Clara (Fredericks) Dorman. 

 

 

Hazel Marie Guehrn, 82, Amana, died Thursday, July 4, 2019.  Friends may call Sunday, July 7,  at the Middle Amana Church, Middle Amana, from 4 to 5 p.m.  A short memorial service will follow at 5 p.m. Inurnment will be at Bishop Cemetery at a later date.
Born in rural Johnson County on July 18, 1936,  to John and Marguerite Hoppe,  Hazel attended the Amana Schools graduating from Amana High School in 1955. She married Richard Guehrn Aug. 31, 1856 at the Marengo United Methodist Church and the couple made their home in Marengo. They had one son, David. 

Hazel was employed at the Colony Inn as a waitress while in high school and later worked at the Amana Society “Main office” and then for Krauss Furniture. Later she and Richard bought Shaull’s Tractor and Implement, Marengo. Upon retirement in 1998 they moved to Tucson, Arizona.

After the death of her husband, Hazel returned to Iowa County, living in Amana and working part time at Krauss Furniture, later at the Kitchen Sink and at the Amana Arts Guild Arts Center.  These past few years, she spent winters with her son at his home in Southaven. Hazel was known and loved for her quiet cheerfulness, her kindness and sense of humor.  She enjoyed gardening and taking her beloved dog on early morning and evening walks.

She was preceded in death by her husband Richard (1998), brothers John, Glenn, Vernon and LeRoy Hoppe.  She is survived by her son, David of Southaven, MS, her brother, Ray Hoppe, Fergus Falls, MN, and nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, all of whom will miss her very much.

 

 

Harlan H. Newkirk, 86, of the Villas of Holly Brook in Washington, formerly of Lansing, IL, and Huntley, IL, passed away peacefully in the company of loved ones at 3:30pm on Monday, November 19, 2018, at UnityPoint Health- Methodist in Peoria, IL.

Graveside Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, June 22, 2019, at the Marengo Cemetery, Marengo, Iowa with Rev. Craig Brown officiating. Military Honors will be conducted. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family.

Born in Homestead, IA on March 22, 1932, Harlan was preceded in death by his parents Ted and Emma Newkirk, brother Virgil Newkirk, nephew Craig Newkirk and beloved wife, soulmate and high school sweetheart, Dorothy “Dottee” Ellis Newkirk.  Harlan attended Grinnell College and the University of Iowa, graduating with an M.A. in the first class of Hospital Administration. He loved serving others and found great joy in the Air Force setting up air force military hospitals, and later in Lawrenceville, IL, Fairfield, IL, and finally at South Chicago Community Hospital in Chicago as their CEO.   He earned the designation of Fellow from the Academy of Healthcare Administration and was the South Chicago YMCA's Man of the Year in 1978.  He retired with great satisfaction having created a successful merger with Evangelical Health Systems, thereby ensuring the future of SCCH.

Another great joy was serving our Lord at the United Methodist Church of Lansing, IL, as a devoted member of the choir, and in Huntley, IL, as part of the Son Shine Boys Men’s Christian group.  He was also an active member of Living Waters Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake, IL, and Faith Lutheran Church in Washington, IL.  Furthermore, he found tremendous solace in leading Bible studies at the Villas of Holly Brook every Friday. 

Most important for Harlan was his family.  He is survived by his two loving sisters Lucille Smith and Jan Sparks, and his two children and their spouses, Lisa (John) Newkirk Reimler and Jeff (Dian) Newkirk.  He was also a doting grandfather to grandchildren Benjamin and Darcy Reimler and Payton, Mary and Emma Newkirk.

In Lansing, Harlan enjoyed many golf outings, particularly at the Lansing Sportsmans Club, attended many of his childrens' activities and would later be his grandchildrens' greatest cheerleader at their numerous activities.  Harlan was known to brag about his grandkids constantly.  He was a voracious reader, loved traveling, and had particularly fond memories of trips to Hawaii, Europe, Panama, and most recently to Washington, D.C., as part of the Greater Peoria Honor Flight.

 

 

 

 

 

Harold Gene Hertel, age 76, of South Amana, passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at Rose Haven Nursing Home, Marengo.  There will be a graveside service at 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 21, 2019, with Elder Alan Trumpold officiating.  Burial will be in the South Amana Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, June 20, 2019, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  A memorial fund has been established.

Harold is survived by his wife of 52 years Jeanne Hertel; a son Tim (Erika) Hertel, of Homestead; three grandchildren Dalton, Carter and Peyton; a sister Helen Selzer, of Homestead and her family Scott, Neil (Rebecca), and their children Gabriel and Aidan. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law Lial Selzer in 2017.

Harold was born January 23, 1943, in Garner, the son of Edgar and Dorothy (Fowler) Hertel.  He married Jeanne Phelps, on June 6, 1967 in Cedar Rapids.  The couple made their home in South Amana.  Harold worked for Tucker Manufacturing in Cedar Rapids for 54 years, retiring in 2014.  He enjoyed Kayaking on the Iowa River and many other places and flying RC airplanes.  He made miniature doll houses and accessories in his shop in their basement. 

 

 

 

Margaret Mary Goodrich, age 85, of Malcom, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at her home.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, June 2, 2019, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn, Iowa, with Father Corey Close officiating.  The burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Brooklyn, Iowa.  The visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday, June 1, 2019, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, Iowa, with a Scripture Service at 7:00 p.m. 

Margaret Kaufman was born September 24, 1933, in rural Chelsea, Iowa, the daughter of Charles and Margaret (Svoboda) Kaufman.  She attended the rural school in Chelsea, and later she received her GED.  Margaret married Charles R. Goodrich, on February 10, 1953 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Chelsea.  She was a cook at the Brooklyn Café and the Malcom Truck Stop and sold Avon.  Margaret was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic church and the Altar and Rosary Society in Brooklyn, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Grinnell, and the Brooklyn Ruritans.   She enjoyed baking, making kolaches, gardening and attending the county and state fairs.  She loved family gatherings and cherished her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Margaret is survived by 11 children: Bert Goodrich, Coralville, Iowa, Peter (Sue) Goodrich, Malcom, Iowa, David Goodrich, Tama, Iowa, Susan (Murlin) McCain, Malcom, Iowa, Sally (Archie) Kuntz, Brooklyn, Iowa, Charles Goodrich, Malcom, Iowa, Sandra (Jay) Wacha, Ozark, MO, Sharon (Joe) Schott, Brooklyn, Iowa, Dale (Ann) Goodrich, Montezuma, Iowa, Joe (Tracey) Goodrich, Greene, Iowa, and Sheila Campbell, Grinnell, Iowa; 27 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; three great-grandchildren on the way; and a sister Patricia (Don) Nicklas, Guernsey, Iowa.  She is preceded in death by her husband Charles R. Goodrich in 2000, her parents, one great grandson Dylan Austin, and three brothers George, Charlie and Paul Kaufman.

Memorials may be sent to the Margaret Goodrich Family c/o Kloster Funeral Home, P.O. Box 341,  Brooklyn, Iowa 52211.

 

 

 

 

Charles E. Grimm, age 85 of Middle Amana, went to be with the Lord on May 27, 2019. Celebration of Life Services will be 10:00 A.M. Friday, May 31, 2019 at the Middle Amana Church, with Jon Childers and Betsy Momany officiating.  Burial will be in the Amana Cemetery. Visitation: 4 – 7 P.M. Thursday, May 30, 2019 at the Middle Amana Church, Middle Amana. A memorial fund has been established.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sharon, of Middle Amana; their daughters Sondra Cook of Indianola, Pamela (Art) Fleener of Ames, and Angela (Horace) Pereira of Middle Amana; six grandchildren, Jon, Malissa, and Sam Cook, Grant and Ryan Fleener, and Amelia Pereira; and three great grandchildren, Evellyn, Kinsey and Nolan Martindale.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Bob Grimm.

Charles Ernest Grimm was born May 27, 1934 in Deep River, Iowa, the son of Ernest Grimm and Alice Allely Grimm. He attended Deep River High School graduating in 1952. Following graduation, he was employed at the Amana Refrigeration plant, until drafted into the Army in 1957.  He served in Manheim, Germany until 1959. Since this was during peace time, he played softball for the base team, traveling throughout Europe, playing on the European Championship Team. Upon his return to the States, he  married Sharon Graf at St. Paul Methodist Church, Cedar Rapids, on September 30, 1961. The couple made their home in Middle Amana. Chuck worked for the Amana Schools as a bus driver and custodian all while attending the Electronic Computer Programming Institute, IBM Schools in Milwaukee and Kirkwood Community College. Following this training he enjoyed a long career in the computer field working for Rockwell Collins and Harnischfeger in Cedar Rapids.  He also worked as computer support manager with Amana Refrigeration from 1984 until retirement in 1994.

Chuck had a passion for sports, especially baseball. He played on, and managed Amana area town teams until he was in his 60’s. He was an official for the Iowa High School Athletic Association for baseball and basketball for over 20 years. He was a member of the Amana Church and Amana Heritage Society. Chuck was an active volunteer in his community, serving on the Amana School Board for 8 years, and as president the last 3 years. He was Treasurer for the Amana Church, volunteered with the Amana Fire Department, and was a member of the Iowa County Compensation Board.

Chuck was an avid Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeye fan, attending many baseball, football, and basketball games over the years. He enjoyed golfing, reading and playing cards. He loved to travel and was always planning the next trip, most of which were on cruises with Holland America.  One of his favorite past times was growing roses, and he was known for his beautiful flower gardens. He loved his family dearly and always looked forward to their phone calls and visits.

 

 

 

Samuel R. Slaymaker, age 86, of Marengo, passed away Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Rose Haven Nursing Home, Marengo. Funeral Service:10:00 A.M. Thursday, May 30, 2019, First Presbyterian Church, Marengo with Rev. Anni Thorn officiating. Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery with Military Honors. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Wednesday, May 29, 2019, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. Memorials may be contributed to the Marengo American Legion Post 76 for a new Legion sign, Compass Memorial for the Hospice Room, or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Sam is survived by his wife Carole; a daughter, Angie (Randy) Carney of Marengo; a son Tony (Wynnette) Slaymaker of Riverside; stepsons, Jeffrey (Kathi) Panknen of Pleasant Hill, and Daniel (Tina) Panknen of Kalona;  grandchildren, Lyndsey Carney, Holly (John) Hinshaw, Eli Slaymaker, Stella Slaymaker; step-grandchildren, Sean (Amanda) Panknen, Shanna (Tony) Ridgeway, Jordan Panknen, and Rhiannon Panknen; great-grandson Egen Hinshaw and step great-grandsons, Jonathan and Landon Panknen and Simon Ridgeway. Also surviving are his siblings, Alice (Richard) Rohrer of Hartwick, Lee (Suni) Slaymaker of Marengo, Don (Shirley) Slaymaker of Marengo, and Steve (Jan) Slaymaker of Conroy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Clement, a sister Linda Kanke, and a half brother Eugene Slaymaker.

Samuel Ray Slaymaker was born May 11, 1933 in rural Marengo, Iowa, the son of Ray C. Slaymaker and Violet Zigler Slaymaker.  He graduated from Marengo High School with the Class of 1951 and served in the United States Army from 54 – 56 stationed at Fort Meade in Maryland. Upon his return to Iowa, Sam farmed until 1969. He then was employed by Amana Refrigeration, working for 36 years, and retiring in June of 1995.

Sam was a member of the Marengo American Legion Post 76, where he served as Commander for 30 years. He was a Life member of the American Legion, serving as District Commander 1993-94, District Finance Officer for 15 years, and State Vice Commander. He also was a member of the Sons of the American Legion.

When he wasn’t involved with work or American Legion activities, he enjoyed woodworking.

 

 

 

 

Lyle D. Sherman, age 86 of Middle Amana, passed away, Friday, May 24, 2019 at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. Memorial Service: 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo with Rev. Andrew Gray officiating.  Inurnment will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Conroy, Iowa. The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 P.M. Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. Memorials may be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo or Iowa City Hospice, in his name.

Lyle is survived by his wife, Ruby; a son, Douglas (Jaime) of Iowa City; a daughter Lynda (Matt) O’Brien of Seattle, WA, a daughter-in-law, Linda Sherman of Middle Amana; six grandchildren, Kyle (Christi) , Casey (Jordan), Jacob, Kyle, Chris, and Justin; and four great-grandchildren, Liam, Sophia, Avery, and Cameron. Also surviving are two brothers, Hap (Marge) Sherman of Marengo, and Rich (Carolyn) Sherman of St. Ansgar.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Ron, two sisters, Thelma and Cleo and three brothers, Earl, Lee and Russ.

Lyle Duane Sherman was born March 13, 1933 in Marengo, Iowa, the son of Dewey and Mildred Slaymaker Sherman.  He graduated from Iowa Valley High School in 1951 and attended UNI and Upper Iowa College. Lyle and Ruby Trimpe were united in marriage on February 18, 1955 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The couple made their home in Middle Amana.  Lyle worked as a service representative for Amana Refrigeration for 44 years. 

Lyle enjoyed the game of golf, and hunting pheasants, but he loved following the grandchildren in all their activities.  He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo, and an avid Bears, Hawkeyes and Cubs fan.

 

 

 

Mervin H. Donohoe, age 86 of Parnell, passed away Thursday May 23, 2019 at the English Valley Care Center, North English. Memorial Service: 10:00 a.m., Tuesday May 28, 2019 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, North English with Father David Wilkening officiating. Burial with Military Honors will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Parnell. Visitation: 3 -6 p.m., Monday May 27, 2019, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in North English with a Rosary/Vigil Service at 3:00 p.m.  A memorial fund has been established. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Mervin is survived by his wife, Helen of 55 years; four children Timothy (Karen) Donohoe, Kimberly (Mark) Roberts, Joe Donohoe, Matthew (Jodi) Donohoe; six grandchildren Lucas and Logan Shepherd, Colton, Kiley, Thomas and Wyatt Donohoe; and three sisters Ann Lester, Marilyn Johnson (Jack), and Kaye Ahlberg; two sisters-in-law, Mary Ann Donohoe and Patsy Peiffer and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Delores Malloy, and four brothers, Jerry, Kenny, Don and Mick Donohoe.

Mervin Harold Donohoe was born January 3, 1933, in Parnell Iowa, the son of Thomas and Theresa Weldon Donohoe. He graduated from Parnell High School in 1951 and served in the U.S. Army for two years. In 1964 he and Helen O’Rourke were married at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Parnell. Merve worked for 45 years at Amana Refrigeration and also farmed until retiring.  While at Amana he helped with the Amana V.I.P. Merve enjoyed dancing with Helen, visiting with people with his daily stops at the Sundown to watch “Price Is Right” and the afternoons at Parnell.  He was proud of his Irish Heritage and his grandchildren, and enjoyed spending time with his family.  

 

 

Robert E. Roberts, age 80, of Williamsburg, passed away Friday, May 10, 2019, at the VA Hospital, in Iowa City, of complications after surgery, resulting from a fall.  Per Roberts wishes, there will be not be a funeral service or visitation.  A Celebration of Life will be held from 3 to 7 p.m., Saturday, June 8, 2019, at the Millersburg Community Center, Millersburg.  A memorial fund has been established.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Robert is survived by his wife Nancy; his five children Terry (Sharon) Roberts, Marengo, Troy (Sue) Roberts, Vinton, Tracy (Mark) Hammes, Delta, Trisha Martinson (Trent Hootman) Corey Martinson, Williamsburg, and Travis Roberts, Kansas City, KS; 12 grandchildren Jessica, Jennifer, Jim, Jake, Janet, Tyler, Taralyn, Amie, Robert, Mitchel, Shelby and Lexie; 19 great grandchildren; six siblings John (Oma) Roberts, Marion, Loretta (Orlen) Glandorf, Williamsburg, Dave (Judy) Roberts, Green Valley, AZ, Jim (Faythe) Roberts, Marengo, Pat (Herman) Imhoff and Kay (Gary) McMann, Marengo; and numerous nieces and nephews who loved him dearly.  He is also survived by his best friend Denny McCaw.  Robert was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Sam and a sister Helen Armknecht. 

Robert was born April 16, 1939, in rural Williamsburg, the son of Harold R. and Leona (Runyon) Roberts.  He attended country schools in Pilot Township, in rural Williamsburg.  Robert enlisted in the U.S. Navy for three years, serving on the U.S.S. Valley Forge.  Robert married Nancy Slaymaker on March 18, 1961, at Trinity U.C.C., in rural Marengo.  He worked for many construction businesses in the area.  Robert owned and operated R & R Drywall in Williamsburg for 50 years until retiring in 2013.  Throughout his lifetime, Robert enjoyed family get togethers and his visits with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.  He was very particular about his yard, and enjoyed mowing the lawn. He also enjoyed fishing, watching NASCAR, bowling and annual trips to Colorado.  The bluebird family tradition lives on!

The family wishes to thank all the doctors and nurses at the VA Hospital in Iowa City for the great care Robert received over the years. 

 

 

 

Lavern Louis Ebel, age 88 of Williamsburg, died Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Parkview Manor in Wellman, Iowa. Memorial Service: 7:00 P.M. Monday, May 20, 2019, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 P.M. Monday, at the funeral home, prior to the service. Military Honors will be conducted following the service. Inurnment will be at a later date.

Lavern is survived by his children, Wayne R. Ebel (Bernie) of Williamsburg, and Karen Goodell of Cedar Rapids; three grandchildren, Candice, Morgan and Brittany; and four great-grandchildren, Chloe, Hailey, Annie, and Kiley. Also surviving are a brother, Larry and wife Carol of Wisconsin, and a sister Evelyn and husband Ivan Strief of Cedar Rapids.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Rosemary in 2007, a brother and two sisters.

Lavern Louis Ebel was born April 25, 1931 in Williamsburg, Iowa, the son of Louis C Ebel and Lillie B. Calvert. He attended the Williamsburg schools and served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Korea. Lavern and Rosemary Herring were married on September 7, 1954 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Williamsburg. The couple resided and farmed in the Williamsburg area, raising dairy cattle. 

Lavern enjoyed growing things, so gardening and canning were favorite pastimes.  He participated in an “Honor Flight” recently, and his remarks and memories let all know that it was very important and meaningful to him.

 

 

 

 

Dorothy M. Kleinmeyer, age 92 of Williamsburg, passed away at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City on Monday, May 13, 2019. Previously she was lovingly cared for at Highland Ridge Nursing Home in Williamsburg. Memorial Service: 10:00 A.M. Thursday, May 16, 2019, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Williamsburg with Pastor Thomas Ogilvie officiating. Inurnment will be in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday morning from 9-10:00 A.M. prior to the service. Memorials may be contributed to St. Paul Lutheran Church or Mercy Hospital Hospice Care in Iowa City. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

She is survived by her son, Mike and wife Claudia of Williamsburg; grandsons, Blake (Ann) Kleinmeyer and Jared (Lea) Kleinmeyer, and a granddaughter Sheridan (Chris) Penney; and eight great-grandchildren.  Also surviving are her sister, Irene McCulla of Grinnell, and her brother Charles Healey of Jacksonville, FL. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Chub and her cherished daughter, Carol.

Dorothy Marie Healey was born April 23, 1927 in Thornburg, Iowa, the daughter of Harry and Zola Jack Healey. She was raised in Marengo, Iowa, and graduated from Marengo High School. She then attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls. Dorothy taught two years each at Williamsburg and Ladora Elementary. She and Charles “Chub” Kleinmeyer were married on May 22, 1949 in Marengo. The couple resided all their married life in Williamsburg.

Dorothy worked 21 years for the U.S. Government and 7 years for the Iowa and Amana Welcome Center.  She retired in 1989.

Dorothy was a member of the Marcia Federated Club, the VFW Auxiliary, and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Williamsburg. She enjoyed golf, bridge, and spending time with family and friends.

 

 

 

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