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 Kay 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.




Ronald E. Read, age 84 of Malcom, passed away Monday, May 13, 2019 at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 17, 2019, Madison Church of Christ, rural Brooklyn with Pastor Joel Nielsen officiating.
Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery with military honors. The family will receive friends from 5-8 P.M. Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn.  Memorials may be contributed to the Madison Church of Christ Building Fund.

Ronald is survived by his wife Janiece “Jan”; three children, Renee (Jamie) Hoffert of Holiday Lake, Julia (Tom) Gerhold of Atkins, and Randall Read of Brooklyn; a grandson, Joseph Hoffert of Holiday Lake; a sister-in-law Darlene Read of Brooklyn and two brothers-in-law Robert Wulf of Ankeny and Dean Montgomery of Brooklyn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Gerald, and two sisters Gladys Wulf and Marilyn Montgomery.

Ronald Eugene Read was born September 15, 1934 in Grinnell, Iowa, the son of Glen Read and Margaret Hall Read. He graduated from Brooklyn High School with the Class of 1952. Ron served in the United States Army for two years, stationed in Korea. He and Janiece Goodman were united in marriage on December 24, 1960 in Leon, Iowa. The couple lived all but one year at their current farm in rural Malcom. They raised cattle and grain. He never retired.

Ron was a longtime member of Madison Church of Christ, serving as deacon for several of those years. He was a member of the Poweshiek County Farm Bureau for 50 years and also was a member of the American Legion Post 294. Ron was an avid St. Louis Cardinals and Iowa Hawkeye fan.




Rose Mary Frondle, age 81, of Marengo, passed away Sunday, May 12, 2019, at the Rose Haven Nursing Home, in Marengo.  Memorial service:  11:00 a.m., Friday, May 17, 2019, at the Church of the Nazarene, Marengo, with Pastor Eddie Thomas officiating.  Burial will be in the Bishop Cemetery, rural Marengo, at a later date.  Family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, May 16, 2019, at the Church of the Nazarene, Marengo.  A memorial fund has been established.

Rose is survived by her three children Nancy (Dan) Yerington, of Wilton, Robert Frondle, of Williamsburg and Sally Frondle, of Marengo; six grandchildren Misty Fonner, Travis Yerington, Chrystal Fritz, Melissa Frondle (Brandon), D.J. Frondle (Tiffany) and Crystal Berstler; seven great grandchildren Korbin Fonner, Shay Fonner, Hayley Fritz, Haylee Cox, Dominic Frondle, Elizabeth Frondle and Shylee Frondle; two sisters Violet Anderson (Marvin) and June Schwartzfeger; her cat Charlie; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, two children David Frondle and Mary Race, two sisters Lovell Slaymaker and Velma Birch, and four brothers Don Starkweather, Gerry Starkweather, Alfred Starkweather and Robert Starkweather.

Rose Mary Starkweather was born January 12, 1938, in Iowa City, the daughter of Leroy and Nora (Stanton) Starkweather.  She attended the Marengo High School and later received her GED from Kirkwood Community College in 1986.  She was a member of the Church of the Nazarene and volunteered at the Marengo Senior Dining.  Rose worked numerous jobs, and lastly working at the Brick Haus restaurant, in Amana.  She enjoyed reading, watching T.V. and movies.  Rose especially enjoyed listening to country music and attending concerts with her children.  She spent time gardening and planting flowers, shopping and fishing.  Above all, Rose loved her family and adored her cat Charlie. 




Billy K. Ballard, age 52, of Marengo, passed away Sunday May 12, 2019 while mushroom hunting. Funeral Services: 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Pastor Jim Davis officiating.   Visitation:  4-7 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2019 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.

Billy is survived by his wife Kelsie; his daughter Sidney of Marengo; his father, Billy D. Ballard, of Marengo; a sister Barb Ballard of Marengo; nieces and nephews, Blake Heller, Lisa Godsey, Lauren, Taylor and Brandon Shoup; mother-in-law Karen Esser, sister-in-law Rinda (Scott) Wolfe, brother-in-law Todd (Tina) Esser. He was preceded in death by his mother, Katherine and father-in-law Bob Esser.

Billy Keith Ballard was born January 4, 1967, the son of Billy and Katherine Ann Houseman Ballard. He attended the Williamsburg High School graduating with the class of 1985. He served with the National Guard and married Kelsie Esser on October 15, 1994 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids.

Billy worked for Schafbuch Construction, then as a mechanic for Stanerson Implement and currently was employed by Rohrer Brothers as a mechanic. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals, Iowa Hawkeyes, and Minnesota Vikings fan. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, canning, bowling and hunting. He also enjoyed watching drag racing, Thursday night gatherings, and spending time with his pets and countless friends.      




Wanda Edwards, age 88 of Marengo, passed away Wednesday, May 8 2019 at her home while feeding her birds. Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, May 15, 2019, St John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo with Rev. Andrew Gray officiating.  Burial will be in the Koszta Cemetery, rural Marengo. Visitation: 4 to 6 P.M. Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be contributed to Camp Courageous or a charity of the donor’s choice.

She is survived by her brother Wayne Reinhardt and his wife Nadine of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; her nephews Philip Sencer of Chicago, Eric and Kurt Reinhardt of Florida, George Edwards of Minneapolis, Gary Edwards of Marengo, and Larry Edwards of  Panama City, FL; and nieces Susan Reinhardt and Lisa Reinhardt Zoeller of Florida, Jeanne Jurgens and Carol Graham of the Quad Cities, and Linda Edwards of Coralville.
She is preceded in death by her husband Richard L. “Dick” Edwards on May 22, 2014, her sister Norma Reinhardt Sencer and her parents. 

Wanda Ardis Reinhardt was born July 13, 1931 in Van Horne Iowa to Arthur O. and Lillian (Kramer) Reinhardt. She was the granddaughter of F. A. Reinhardt, founder of St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Van Horne. Wanda graduated from McKinley High School in Cedar Rapids, and attended Paris Beauty Academy. She always spoke fondly of Reverend William Ullerich who baptized her, confirmed her, and officiated at her marriage to Richard Edwards. She and Richard “Dick” Edwards were married on November 10, 1953 and lived for 66+ years on a farm north of Marengo.

She worked as a beautician for many years from her home. She volunteered for many decades for AAL, The Heritage Agency and the American Red Cross, and was involved in many activities for her church, St. John’s Lutheran in Marengo. She was a HUGE Cedar Rapids Kernels fan, being a longtime season ticket holder, and also attended the Iowa Women’s basketball games for many years.





Douglas Merle Morrison, age 46, of Middle Amana, passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2019,  at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House, in Hiawatha.  Family will receive friends Thursday, May 9, 2019, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, beginning with a Scripture Service at 5 p.m.  Memorial Mass:  Friday, May 10, 2019, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall, Marengo, with Father David Wilkening officiating.  Burial will be in the Brandon Cemetery, Brandon, Iowa.  Memorials may be contributed to the family in Douglas’ name. 

Douglas is survived by his wife Lanja; two children Kyle Dulin (Ashton), of Brandon, Deion Dulin (Corey), of Cedar Rapids; two grandchildren Dylinn and Landon Dulin, of Brandon; his siblings Rita (Mel) Keller, of Rock Hill, South Carolina, Leland (Sandy) Morrison, of Davenport, Carol Morrison, of Lone Tree, Colorado, Barbara Morrison, of Washington, Doris (Stuart) Derby, of Marengo, Ron Morrison, of Ollie, Karen (Tom) Gettings, of Ottumwa, Rose Morrison, of Middle Amana, Mary Morrison, of Davenport, Connie (Ray) Allen, of LeClaire, and Annette Morrison, of Lakewood, Colorado; and a mother-in-law Peggy Stephens.  He was preceded in death by his parents Merle and Earlene Morrison, his grandparents, a niece Ashley Derby and a father-in-law Lanny Stephens, of Brandon.

Douglas was born April 2, 1973, in Ottumwa, the son of Merle Edward and Earlene Leora (Seaba) Morrison.  He graduated from Sigourney Community Schools in 1991 and later attended Indian Hills Community College.  Douglas was united in marriage to Lanja Marie Stephens on May 13, 2017 and they made their home in Middle Amana.  He worked at Whirlpool in Amana for 26 years until retiring May 1, 2019.  He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, stock car racing and hunting.




Jane Ann Steele Bigbee, age 88, of Marengo, died Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in Renton, WA while visiting her daughter. Funeral Services: 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 11, 2019, at First Presbyterian Church, Marengo, with Pastor Anni Thorn officiating. Visitation: 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 10, at First Presbyterian Church, Marengo. Burial will be at the Marengo Cemetery. Memorials may be contributed to the Marengo Public Library for Children’s Programing, First Presbyterian Church of Marengo; the Iowa County Historical Society, Marengo, and Compass Memorial Healthcare Foundation for the Hospice Room.

She is survived by her children, G. Greg (Verla) Bigbee of Pella, Ann (Charles Scott) Bigbee of Marengo, Janice (William) Bigbee-Hansen of Renton, WA, Jennifer (Ray) Storck, of Scottsdale, AZ, AFS daughter Jenny (David Weenink) Cals, of Amsterdam, The Netherlands; 11 grandchildren, Heather Vander Heiden of Pella, Dustyn (Molly) Menninga of Des Moines, LaCosta (Jeremy) Van Dyk of Pella, Morgan Bigbee of Waukee, Dakota Bigbee of Pella, Catherine Scott of Ithaca, NY, Jessica (Kyle Muckler) Scott, of Windsor Heights, William (fiancé Cathaleen Stewart) Bigbee-Hansen of Bellingham, WA, Samuel Bigbee-Hansen of Pullman, WA, Rebecca Storck of Scottsdale, AZ, Ryan (Elizabeth) Storck of Chandler, AZ, AFS grandchildren Thomas Weenink of England, Louise Weenink of The Netherlands; 12 great-grandchildren, Gage, Brady, Kjersten, and Jace Vander Heiden of Pella, Zarah, Ariana, Madyson, Alexander, Josiah, and Izabella Van Dyk of Pella, Henry Menninga of Des Moines, and Ava Bigbee of Pella.

Also surviving are a brother Daniel (Sue) Steele of Westby, WI, and sister-in-law, Bernice Steele of Spirit Lake, IA, and six nieces and nephews and their families.

Jane was preceded in death by her husband, Garth, in 2014, her father Richard Steele in 1970, her mother Catherine Steele FitzSimons in 2003, her step-father, David FitzSimons in 1985; her brother Tom Steele, in 2006, sister-in-law Jane Steele, in 2006, mother-in-law, Erma Bigbee, in 1999, and father-in-law, Lon Bigbee, in 1984.

Jane Ann Steele was born October 6, 1930 in Cherokee, Iowa, the daughter of Richard and Catherine Parel Steele. She attended the Wilson High School in Cherokee, graduating with the Class of 1949. Jane received her Bachelor of Science degree in Technical Journalism, from Iowa State College in 1953, with a minor in Home Economics where she was a member and past president of Alpha Gamma Delta women’s fraternity, serving as editor of their quarterly magazine. Jane married Garth Charles Bigbee on June 28, 1953, at Memorial Presbyterian Church, in Cherokee, Iowa. Following their marriage, Garth served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. The couple lived on bases in Malden, MO, Enid, OK, San Antonio, TX, West Palm Beach, FL, and Salina, KS. She worked as an advertising salesman for the Enid Events Newspaper in Enid, OK in 1954. Following Garth’s discharge from the Air Force, the couple returned home to Marengo.

Jane worked as a free-lance writer for Wallaces Farmer Magazine, The Cedar Rapids Gazette, The Des Moines Register and WMT Radio. In September of 1968 she was hired as the news editor of The Pioneer-Republican and as the Marengo Publishing Corporation expanded eventually became editor-in-chief, then managing editor, and general manager of the NEWSpapers of Iowa County weeklies, which included the Pioneer-Republican, The Williamsburg Journal Tribune, The North English Record and The Leader in western Johnson County. She and the staff received numerous awards for writing and photography from the Iowa Press Association and Iowa Press Women. In 1992 she became the editor of The Involvement Magazine, published by the Heritage Agency of Aging, Cedar Rapids, and leased by Marengo Publishing Corporation. She resumed submitting articles to the Pioneer Republican after her “retirement” in 2000, up until her death.

Jane was a former director of the Steele State Bank in Cherokee; past president and other officer positions of Chapter AU PEO; past president Marengo Junior Federated Club; a member of Pilot Rock chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution; past member of the Kirkwood Community College communications advisory board; served as North Iowa County Chapter Red Cross service to military families as a liaison for 25 years; served as a lay member of the Iowa Supreme Court judicial grievance commission; served on the Iowa State University Home Economics Alumni Association Advisory Board member where she edited the newsletter; former member and secretary of the Marengo chapter AFS club and host family 1976-1977; member of the American Legion Auxiliary; past member of the Save Our Hospital committee of the Marengo Memorial Hospital; member of the Iowa Valley Community School District Foundation board; she worked on many special projects including the Marengo History Book Committee that published two volumes for the Marengo Sesquicentennial in 2009; past 4-H leader of the Marengo Marionettes; and many other organizations and special community projects.

Jane loved reading, gardening, and Marengo and Cherokee history. She especially enjoyed celebrating holidays and family events, attending as many of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s activities as she was able to. She was intensely curious about life (and everyone else’s)!





Ronald Ed Mohr, age 88, of Marengo, passed away May 2, 2019, at Rose Haven Nursing Home, Marengo.  A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 6, 2019, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  A private graveside service will be held Monday, May 6, 2019, at Ohio Cemetery.  Visitation:  3 to 6 p.m., Sunday, May 5, 2019, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be contributed in Ronald’s name to the Iowa County Fairgounds or Lake Iowa (Iowa County Conservation).

Ronald is survived by his children Sally (Rodney J.) Cronbaugh, of Belle Plaine, and Barry (Marna) Mohr, of Ladora; five grandchildren Scott (Tina) Cronbaugh, of Raymond, Molly (Tim) Weesner, of Ankeny, Emily (Noah) Schmelzer, of Ankeny, Alan (Sara) Mohr, of Ladora and Stacy (Chris) Montross, of Williamsburg; 12 great grandchildren McKenna and Thomas Cronbaugh, Ellie, Cecilia, Maggie and Jacob Weesner, Gabe and Max Schmelzer, Tyson and Easton Mohr, and Brynn and Ansley Montross.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife Berniece in 2011.

Ronald Mohr was born January 3, 1931, in rural Victor, the son of Earl P. and Vera F. (Schafbuch) Mohr.  He attended the Ladora Schools and graduated in 1949.  Ronald started farming at the young age of 13, following the passing of his father.  He was united in marriage to Berniece Lucille Madison on September 7, 1952 in Marengo.  Following retirement, Ronald enjoyed wordworking, drinking coffee and visiting with the people around the area and at the Ladora Stora. He also enjoyed fishing, being outside or just sitting on his porch and watching the world go by.  Ronald loved his beloved dogs.  He was an unofficial overseer of the creation of Lake Iowa, where he enjoyed fishing.  He belonged to the United Methodist Church of Ladora, was a part of the Production Credit Association, Belle Plaine Sale Barn, Conroy Co-op, and several other organizations and boards.  Ronald always had a smile on his face and a story to tell.  There were no strangers.




Margie Ann Lyman Landuyt, age 92, of Marengo, passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at Rose Haven Nursing Home, Marengo.  Per Margie’s wishes, services will be private.  Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery. Memorials and cards for the family may be sent to the family in care of Kloster Funeral Home, 298 W. Washington St, Marengo, Iowa 52301

Margie is survived by her children Richard Landuyt, of Downey, CA, Greg (Nancy) Landuyt, of Greenfield, IN, Jeffrey (Kari) Landuyt, of Blairstown and Darlene (Darrel) Kasal, of Belle Plaine; 10 grandchildren Susan (Richard) Young, of Iowa City, Wayne (Kim) Kasal, of Bluffton, SC, Kim Landuyt, of Atlanta, GA, Debbie (Lynn) Rhinehart, of North Liberty, Jessica (Rob) Carlson, of Indianapolis, IN, Jared (Melissa) Landuyt, of New Castle, IN, Jeffrey Landuyt, Jr., of Bremerton, WA, Jacqueline Landuyt, of Greenfield, IN, Miranda Landuyt, of Blairstown and Caitlyn Landuyt (Josh Kisscamp), of Pella; 20 great-grandchildren; two great great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Frank, two sons Steven and Daniel, a sister Lorna Plott and a brother Kenneth Lyman.

Margie Ann Lyman was born September 23, 1926, in rural Victor (Carnforth),  the daughter of Cecil Frank and Estella Agnes (Prashak) Lyman.  Margie graduated from Hartwick High School in 1944, and attended UNI, Drake and SUI colleges.  Frank and Margie were united in marriage on May 18, 1946 at the United Presbyterian Church, in Brooklyn.  She taught school in rural Iowa and Poweshiek counties as well as Chelsea, Dysart and South Tama.  She later worked at the U of I and federal positions until retiring in 1988.  Margie was the Past Noble Grand of Ruby Rebekkah  Lodge in Victor and Brooklyn.  She loved to sew, quilt and listen to good music. 



Madeline Cecelia Smith, age 72, passed away on April 24, 2019 after a brief illness.  Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  Visitation will precede the funeral from noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery. Memorials to Kennedi’s Kisses, 12402 S. 81st Ave., Papillion, NE, 68046.

Madeline is survived by her husband of 30 years, Jerry Smith;  Children:  Janet Vrba, Patty (Steve) Fisher, Frank (Dayna) Vrba, Julie (Rick) Bechtel, Shelly (Scott) Larson, Diane (Vince) Kimm, Chrissy (Wes) Ross and Eric (Marina) Smith; Grandchildren: Nadia Fisher, Cael Fisher, Natasha Vrba, Justin Vrba, Matt Sherwood, Nathan (Cassie) Bechtel, Riley (Lindsy) Larson, Lydia Larson, Whitney (Travis) Eister, Wade (Shawna) Kimm, Makenzie (Aaron) Kimm, Olivia Ross, Avery Ross and Allayna Smith; Great Grandchildren: Cole Sherwood, Coy Sherwood, Henry Bechtel, Cayden Larson, Nolen Larson, Graysen Larson, Cooper Eister, Harrison Eister, Harper Kimm, Cruz Kimm, and Easton Brant; Furry kids: Codie, Sammy and Rudy.

Madeline loved Christmas. She shopped for the long list of family members above and wrapped every present with care.  Madeline loved children and liked some adults.  She loved flowers, puppies, birds and anything shiny.  Madeline's favorite hobby was bingo.  She enjoyed the ocean and went on many cruises with her husband, Jerry.  Always generous with her time and talents, Madeline made beautiful cakes for family weddings and fun cakes for her grandchildren’s birthdays.  Ever thoughtful, she never missed a family birthday. 

Madeline and Jerry were co-owners of S & J Sanitation.  Madeline handled customer service, bookkeeping and employee relations.  She never retired. 

Madeline faced many health issues over the years but rarely complained.  She was a loving and patient wife, mother and grandmother.  We were fortunate to have her as our matriarch. 

She was preceded in death by her father, John F. Hart; her mother, Genevieve Haver; her sister, Pauline Byers; her nephew, Bryan Troupe and her great-granddaughter, Kennedi Sherwood.





Betty R. Wyant died Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at the Marengo Memorial Hospital, after a life well-lived. Funeral services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, Marengo on Monday, April 29 at 10 am. Friends may call from 3-6 pm on Sunday, April 28 at the Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be contributed to the First Presbyterian Church or the charity of your choice.

Betty is survived by her four children: Suzanne Rose and husband Dave of Clinton; Sally Buscemi of LaPorte, Texas, William Wyant and wife Rona of Marengo and Sara Wyant Johnson and husband Allan of Camdenton, MO. Betty has 10 grandchildren: Kara Luett (Eric), Kirstin Hagerty, Elle Wyant, Cassie Bott (Zach), Bret Wyant (Jamie), Robin Boyd (Devin), Travis Boyd (Jenny), Jason Lutz (Danielle), Jordan Lutz; Lance Rose (Yvonne) and 14 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Nelson Dean Wyant, parents Lloyd and Lola Simmons and her brother, Robert A. Simmons, Sr.

Betty was born in Marengo, Iowa on July 28, 1927 and graduated from Marengo High School in 1945. She attended school in Omaha before working at the Iowa County Savings Bank in Marengo. She married Dean Wyant in 1947 and enjoyed helping on the farm, raising her family, and gardening. Betty and Dean loved to travel and visited all around the United States including Hawaii and Alaska. In addition, they cruised to South America, Mexico, England, Scandinavia and Russia. They spent more than 45 winters enjoying Coronado and El Cajon, California and countless summers boating on the Lake of the Ozarks.

She was a long-time member of the First Presbyterian Church of Marengo and former Sunday School teacher. Betty also was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 64 years and a member of the Historical Society and Genealogy Society.




Elsie Cecilia (DeRycke) Kalinay, 86, of Brooklyn, passed away peacefully in her sleep Saturday, April 20, 2019, in her home. Mass of Christian Burial:  2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 25, 2019 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with Father Corey Close officiating. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Brooklyn. Visitation: 2:00 – 7:00 p.m., with the family present from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn with a scripture service at 7:00 p.m. and a rosary to follow. A memorial fund has been established.

 Elsie was born February 19, 1933 on the family farm south of Chelsea, and was the only child of Peter and Marie (Antheunis) DeRycke. She graduated from Brooklyn High School with the class of 1950.  On February 6, 1951, she married the love of her life, Raymond (Bud) Kalinay, in the Brooklyn Catholic Church. Bud was drafted into the military, so they planned and got married within 6 weeks of him receiving his orders. As soon as the Marines would allow her, she traveled alone by train to join him in San Diego, and later they were transferred to Camp LeJuene, North Carolina. While in the service, they made many life-long friends and memories to not be forgotten. After Bud’s discharge, they lived in Cedar Rapids for a short time before returning to Chelsea in 1954. They purchased their first home and farm in 1966, almost directly across the road from Elsie’s birth place.  Here they lived and raised their 4 children. Bud and Elsie loved to travel and named Hawaii as being their favorite spot. In 1986, they purchased a second home at Lake of the Ozarks. They spent many weekends traveling back and forth taking various friends and family members with them to make lake memories. After Bud’s death in 1996, Elsie stayed on the farm for 2 years, but then moved to Brooklyn in 1998.

Elsie was a stay-at-home mom until her youngest child started school. After returning to work, Elsie was employed by Kaska Accounting, Dr. Robert Carney, and retired from the Chelsea Savings Bank after 22 years. Elsie lived life to the fullest and was always ready to go do anything; whether it was going out to eat, traveling, running to the mall, taking a road trip, having a cocktail, boating at the lake, watching a musical, movie, or dance recital, visiting friends, attending sports events, going winery hopping, spending an afternoon at the casino, or even doing a Wal-Mart run. Family was Elsie’s priority and she loved family gatherings. Her friends meant the world to her and she would do whatever she could if they needed her. She enjoyed flower gardening, feeding the hummingbirds, playing cards, and watching the Iowa Hawkeyes and Iowa State Cyclones. One of her favorite memories was celebrating her 80th birthday in Cozumel during Mardi Gras with family and friends. She didn’t like to be wasteful so getting rid of things was sometimes hard, even if the canned green beans or pumpkin were decades old, or her mom’s china that needed a home, or maybe it was her mom’s first ponytail that was cut off and still in a decorative box. She was always game to learn new things. She knew when she got married to a Kalinay, she needed to learn to like beer. She also learned to swim as an adult when Bud and she bought their first boat. She tried to parasail for the first time when she was 80 but due to weather conditions, and a wish to live a few more years, she was convinced to not go. She was active in the American Legion Post in Belle Plaine and was an avid lover of our Country and helped at Legion and Auxiliary events. After losing a grandson to leukemia in 2006, she became a dedicated volunteer of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Elsie is survived by her children, Robert (Bob) and Donna Kalinay of Chelsea, Ronald (Ron) Kalinay and Nick Russo of Belton, Missouri, Diane and Harry Kilmer of Brooklyn, James (Jim) and Tammy Kalinay, of Tama. Also surviving are 6 grandchildren, Amy Holland and Chris Hash of Chelsea, Craig and Jill Kalinay of Brooklyn, Johnathan Kilmer of Brooklyn, Chase Kilmer of Cedar Falls, Dustin Kalinay, Dylan Kalinay and his fiancé, Elysiana Harken, of Ankeny and 9 great grandchildren, Kayleigh, Kylee, and Gaige Holland of Chelsea, Jeryn, Ashten, and Chenli Kalinay of Brooklyn, Kaida, Keeley, and Kash Kilmer of Brooklyn.  Also surviving is her cousin, who was like a sister, RaVae DeMeulenaere, of Silverdale, Washington and many, nieces and nephews, Bud’s siblings, Florence and Leonard Balvin, Raymond Ryan of Chelsea, Verna and Warren Brush of Quincy, Illinois, and Ellen Kalinay of Pierre, South Dakota, as well as, many close friends.

Preceding her in death are her husband, Bud, her parents and in-laws, a grandson, Austin, special friends, Harry Kilmer Sr., and Fred VanDeWalle, and her favorite cat, Punk.



Harold A. Newkirk, age 86 of North Liberty, passed away February 8, 2019 at home.
Visitation is open to everyone at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 4, 2019, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 780 Court Avenue, Marengo. The memorial service will follow at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Andrew Gray officiating. Private inurnment will follow at the Marengo Cemetery with military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family or the Iowa City Hospice in Harold’s name.  Kloster Funeral Home is assisting with local arrangements.

Harold is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary; his brother Glenn (Maxine) Newkirk; his children, Denise (Randy) Salm, Scott Newkirk and Lynette (Edward) Sheehan; and his grandchildren, Matthew and Stephanie Sheehan. Also surviving are cousins, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his infant son Paul and his parents.

Harold Alan Newkirk was born February 2, 1933 in his grandmother’s house in Marengo, Iowa.  He was the eldest son of Roy C. and Martha M. (Stephen) Newkirk, and the stepson of Irvin Whitlock.  He grew up in Marengo, leaving only to serve in the United States Navy from 1952 – 1958.  Upon his return, Harold met Mary Mahoney and they married on June 28, 1958. Harold worked for the Amana Refrigeration Company for 40 years, retiring in 1993. Shortly after his retirement, Harold and Mary sold the family home and moved to Marion.  They began escaping the Iowa cold as “Winter Texans”. Eventually they moved to Corpus Christie, TX, to experience the year-round warmth.  Harold was a frequent traveler during his career at Amana and enjoyed visiting Alaska, Ireland and Mexico with Mary after retiring.  He enjoyed many yearly fishing trips to Canada with Scott and Mary. An avid hunter and fisherman, he adored all the family pets, but none more than Boone, his beloved hunting dog.  Together Harold and Mary shared a love of God, golf, crosswords, bridge, friends and family.




Evelyn Mae Bunn, age 82, of Grinnell, died Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in her home after a short illness.  Family will receive friends Sunday, April 14, 2019, at Kloster Funeral Home in Brooklyn, Iowa, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m., with the service starting at 2 p.m.  Burial will be at the Brooklyn Cemetery.  Memorials may be contributed to the Drake Community Library, 930 Park Street, Grinnell, Iowa, 50112.

Evelyn is survived by four children, Brian Bunn (Vicki), of Des Moines, JoEllen McCoy (Michael), of Waukee, Suzanne Bunn (Teressa), of Boise, Idaho and Andrew Bunn, of Grinnell; five grandchildren Ryan McCoy (Amanda), Samantha Matthews, Christina Boley (Jered), Rachelle Johnson (Michael), and Sean Bunn (Megan); and 10 great grandchildren.  Also surviving are her three siblings Ellen Inman (Robert), of Grinnell, Lloyd Jones (Linda), of Lynnville, and Dan Jones (Joan), of Grinnell; as well as many nieces and nephews.  Evelyn was proceeded in death by her husband Carrell, her parents Woodrow and Zelda Jones and a granddaughter Cassandra Bunn.

Evelyn Mae Jones Bunn was born July 1, 1936, in Barnes City, Iowa, to Woodrow Wilson Jones and Zelda Mae Bryan Jones.  She graduated from New Sharon High School in 1953.  She married Carrell Edward Bunn on March 27, 1956 in Niles, Michigan.  Evelyn was employed in the insurance business and was president of Insurance Women of Des Moines at one time.  She was a teacher at heart.  Evelyn had many hobbies.  She enjoyed camping, antiquing, knitting, sewing, quilting, gardening, watching old movies and of course reading.  She will be greatly missed.



Ronald G. VonLienen, age 80, passed away Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. There will be a private family graveside service at a later date. Visitation: 4-7 p.m., Thursday April 11, 2019 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.

Ronnie is survived by his wife, Karen; a son Randy (Amber) and a daughter, Kathy Koski; eight grandchildren, Ryan (Kari) VonLienen, Robert VonLienen, Rachel (Cody) Coffin, Renae VonLienen, Nathan VonLienen, Brittney VonLienen, Heather (Travis) Wilming and Kali Koski; 12 great -grandchildren Natalie, Kylee, Nikole, Marx, Raegan, Emma, Aubry, James, Hunter, Grace, Olivia and Easton; two sisters, Fern (Harlan) Fields and Sharon Gunderson; a brother Wayne (Kathy) Lienen. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Scott, and a brother Donald.

Ronald G. VonLienen was born April 5, 1939, in Williamsburg, Iowa, the son of William and Ruth Schwarting VonLienen. He attended the Lutheran Interparish School in Conroy. As a teenager he helped the area farmers doing odd jobs. His grandmother Suzanna Rettig,  helped him get a job at the Amana Meat Market. He continued working there for 16 years. He married Karen Parvin on March 14, 1959, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Conroy. Ronnie worked with his father, William, and brother Wayne at the Conroy Co-op. In 1986 alongside his wife, Karen,  they re-opened Roehrkasse’s Meat Co, owning it for 12 years. During this time his family ran the High Amana Bait Shop. Following the sale of Roehrkasse’s the couple moved to a farm outside of Conroy and raised cattle. They then settled in Marengo, and worked alongside Ronnie’s son Randy with Professional Plumbing of Fairfax.

 Ronnie enjoyed trapping and river fishing. He was a true outdoorsman. Ron and Karen had just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, a milestone he was extremely proud of. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and his good friend, Jay Schafbuch.





Lynette Freeman Townsend, age 78, of Marengo, passed away Friday, April 5, 2019 at the UIHC Hospital.  Mass of Christian Burial:  10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 11, 2019, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Marengo, with Father David Wilkening officiating.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Marengo.  Visitation:  4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  A memorial fund has been established. 

Lynette is survived by her four children Alan (Joye) Bowers, of Independence, Alayna “Lanie” Scheetz, of Williamsburg, Tony (Cindy) Schirmer, of Williamsburg and Shari (Steve) Slagenweit, of Marengo; 11 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; a niece Pam Carter; and two nephews Scott and Mike Irwin.  She is preceded in death by her father in 1979, her mother in 1993, an infant grandson Christan Scheetz in 1995 and a sister in 1999.

Lynette was born August 19, 1940, in Independence, the daughter of Lynn R. and Betty (Hechtel) Freeman.  She graduated from St. John’s High School in 1958.  She married William Bowers in 1958.  Later, she married John Schirmer in 1961 and James Townsend in 1965.  Lynette was a waitress and a C.N.A. for many years and later worked at Big G grocery store in Marengo until she retired.  She enjoyed catfishing, bingo, watching nature shows and murder mysteries, camping, reading, going to the movies and Red Lobster.  Lynette was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.




Eugene Henry Witte of Williamsburg, died Thursday, April 4, 2019 at the age of 87. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 8, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Conroy with Pastor Gary Sears officiating. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Sunday, April 7, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Conroy. Burial will be in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Conroy with military honors conducted by the Williamsburg VFW Post 8797. Memorial contributions can be made in his honor to Lutheran Interparish School, Williamsburg, or Williamsburg Lions Club for the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight.  Kloster Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Eugene was born on January 11, 1932 in rural Williamsburg, Iowa to Millard and Merwin Mullnix Witte. He was the oldest of eight children and grew up on a farm just outside of Williamsburg. He married Delores Maas on October 19, 1952 and the couple farmed in Iowa County for many years. Gene served as a corporal in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Gene worked in various industries in the area. He owned Gene’s Super Service in Williamsburg and managed the Middle American Truckstop by I-80. His early job with the airport fostered a love of aeronautics and he became a charter pilot for Wathan Flying Service, in Marengo. He later worked for Kinze Manufacturing in the parts department until retirement.  Gene served as a trustee of the Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery in Conroy and proudly served his community for many years with the VFW Post 8797 in Williamsburg. Gene was known for his quiet but quick- witted demeanor. The sparkle in his eye was always a sign that mischief was soon to follow! He was a talented mechanic and woodworker, spending time tinkering in his workshop. His grandchildren have memories of Grandpa always “cracking walnuts”.

Eugene is survived by his three children; Regis (Donna) Witte, Leanne (Gary) Corba, and Rebecca (Darrell) Meyer; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; five brothers Loren (Shirley), Wayne, Lloyd (Sandra), Kenneth (Sara), and Leland (Sherrie); and two sisters Shirley Siders and Sandra (Donald) Sanders. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 66 years, Delores, who passed away exactly one year ago.



Elizabeth (Bette) M. Schmidt, age 101, of Ormond Beach, Florida, formerly of Conroy passed away, Wednesday, March 20, 2019.  Funeral service:  11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 30, 2019, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, with Pastor Gary Sears officiating.  Burial will be in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Conroy, Iowa.  Visitation:  10:00 a.m., until service time, Saturday, March 30, 2019, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be contributed to

Elizabeth is survived by a son Roger and his wife Mary Grace; a grandson Zachary (Chrissy); a great granddaughter Jemma Rose; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by husband Paul, son Donald, three sisters Martha Woge, Mary Sanders and Ann Hopp, and two brothers William and Otto Giese.

Elizabeth was born on January 1, 1918, in Pretz, Germany, the daughter of Otto and Bertha Giese.  She graduated from Conroy High School.  Following graduation, she attended nursing school.  Elizabeth and Paul were united in marriage in 1938.  She was naturalized for citizenship in 1940.  Bette and Paul farmed in Iowa County and had two sons.  They retired in 1975 and moved to Florida. 



Marilyn J. Sanders “Muggs”, age 69, of Grinnell, passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at Compass Memorial Hospital.  A Celebration of Life will be held from 2 to 6 p.m., Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Grinnell Eagles Club, 616 Fourth Avenue, Grinnell, Iowa, 50112.

Marilyn is survived by her mother Phyllis; a daughter Jodi Bacon; two grandchildren Allica and Dylan Bacon; sister and brother-in-law Barb and Jim Howar; several nieces, nephews and many friends she called family.  She is preceded in death by her father Orville and a brother David. 

Marilyn graduated from Tri-County High School in 1968 and retired from Donaldson Company in Grinnell after 38 years.  She had been a dedicated member of the Grinnell Local UAW 1201, the Gilman Red Hat Society and the Grinnell Eagles Auxiliary 2545.  Marilyn will be greatly missed. 

Marilyn was blessed to spend her last months being cared for by Jodi and living closer to Allica and Dylan.  A million thanks to “Team Marilyn” for their love and time:  Linda, Rose, Cindy, Sue, Carol, Leslie, Crayola, Mary Jo, Woody, Heather, Nilda, Stephanie, Jim and Barb.






George Charles Wyant, age 86, of North English, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2019, at the English Valley Care Center. Funeral services 12:00 Noon, Wednesday March 6, 2019 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. Family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Wednesday March 6, at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Zion Cemetery, rural Ladora. Military Honors will be conducted. A memorial fund has been established.  

George is survived by his sisters, Iva Glandon and Beulah Lortz, both of North English; 27 nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Elmer and Henry Wyant, a niece, a nephew, a great-niece and a great-nephew.

George Charles Wyant was born December 14, 1932, in North English, Iowa, the son of Bruce and Martha Haman Wyant. He attended North English High School before enlisting in the U.S. Army, serving 1953-1955, being stationed in Korea. George worked as a refrigeration tech at Amana Refrigeration,  a mechanic in South English, five years with The Hiway Equipment Company, and five years with Midwest Metal Products as a welder, working on the Palo Nuclear Energy Plant, a project he was very proud of. George found many items useful. He was the go to fix-it man and loved to tinker on engines, furnaces and appliances. He was very skillful and an expert in many areas. He was a lifelong resident of North English and an avid Hawkeye Fan.





Steven Ray Montague, age 67 of Amana, died Saturday, January 26, 2019, near his home.  A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held at Stonebridge Church, Cedar Rapids, on Friday, March 1, 2019 from 5 to 7 p.m., with a eulogy shared at the end of the evening by Pastor Robin Tyner.

Steve was born October 31, 1951 in Cedar Rapids, the son of Brown Montague and Aileen Belden Montague.  He received his education in the Norway schools, graduating from Norway High School in 1969. He attended auto repair school then worked as a self-employed truck driver, and later as a trucking dispatcher and instructor.  He was a lifelong resident of the Norway and Amana area.

Steve is survived by his children Brown (Valerie) Montague and Leigh (Tim) Moore of Cedar Rapids; a stepson Brian Shifflett of Sigourney; his sister Linda Copley of Mesquite, Nevada; two granddaughters, Shelby and Peyton; and step-grandson Alec Shifflett.  He was preceded in death by his wife Vickie Montague; his parents; and siblings David and Billie. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials and condolences may be directed to the family c/o Kloster Funeral Home, 298 W Washington St., Marengo, Iowa 52301.





Penny M. Hardersen, age 56, of Marengo, passed away Sunday, March 24, 2019, surrounded by her loving family, after a long courageous battle with MS. Funeral service: 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 28, 2019 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo with Rev. Andrew Gray officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery. Visitation: 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.

Penny is survived by her children, Justin Hardersen (Brittnee), Haley Voigtman (Keith), four grandchildren; Hunter and Blakely Hardersen, Tatum and Andyn Voigtman, her mother, Shirley Hofmaster (Gerald),  a sister Debbie Sherman (Dale),   a brother Sam Sykes (Tina), two step-sisters Kim Fordice (Dale) and Pam Luther (Brad), and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father Charles Sykes in 2008.

Penny Marie Hardersen was born August 6, 1962, in Marengo, Iowa the daughter of Charles and Shirley Titus Sykes. She attended the Amana High School, graduating with the class of 1981. She attended Kirkwood Community College where she received her Certified Nursing Assistant certification.  She was united in marriage to Roger Hardersen in 1985, the couple later divorced. Penny worked at Colonial Manor of Amana, as a CNA for many years then went on to work as a unit secretary for Grinnell Regional Medical Center.  Penny loved  spending time outdoors, fishing and hunting and attending demo derbys. But most of all she loved her family, including her grandchildren, friends and dogs.      



Bruce Alan Petrzelka and Virginia Kae Petrzelka left their earthly home to spend eternity with their Savior after a motorcycle accident in Sarasota County, FL on March 15, 2019. Visitation will be on Friday, March 22, 2019, at Cedar Hills Community Church, 6455 E Ave NW, Cedar Rapids, IA from 4-8 PM.  The funeral service will be on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at 10 AM. Burial will be in the Linwood Cemetery, rural Norway.

They are survived by three sons, Matthew (Kaitlyn), Nathan and Adam (Abby), and one daughter, Sara.  They are also survived by their infant granddaughter, Willow Cleo Petrzelka.  Bruce is survived by three sisters, Denise (Gary) Ellis, Deb (Lyle) Henderson and Tami (Ron) Wagner.  Virginia is survived by her mother, Ruth Schutterle, brothers, Fred and Ron (Terry) Parr, and sisters, Marj (Greg) Becker, Darlene Parr, and Marilyn (Carl) Gerhold and step-sister, Melanne (Dick) Miller.   They are also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.  Bruce was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Shana Petrzelka.  Virginia was preceded in death by her father, step-father, Melvin Schutterle, and brother, Donald Parr.

Bruce was born August 7, 1959, in Cedar Rapids, IA to Dwayne & Cleo Petrzelka.  He graduated from Amana Community School in 1978.  Bruce worked at the Amana Sawmill, Chapman Logging Company, Gene Larson, Inc., Gordon Sevig Construction, Wendler Engineering, and drove school bus for Benton Community Schools, as well as farming. Virginia was born November 8, 1962, in Cedar Rapids, IA to William & Ruth Parr.  She graduated from Norway Community School in 1981 and worked at Colonial Manor in Amana, South Slope Telephone Company, UPS, Norwex, and drove school bus for Benton Community Schools. 

Bruce & Virginia were married April 12, 1986, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Norway, IA and lived in the Norway area for their entire married life.  They loved being with their children & families, traveling, boating, motorcycling, auto racing, camping, and spending time at the farm.  Virginia was very active in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program and loved documenting their family life through photography.  Together with their sons, they started their family business, Petrzelka Dirtworks.  Family, friends and faith were the cornerstones of their lives.





Jean Susan Shima, age 57 of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Marengo, passed away Friday evening, March 15, 2019 at ManorCare in Cedar Rapids.  Funeral Mass:  10:30 A.M. Thursday, March 21, 2019, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Marengo with Fr. David Wilkening officiating.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Marengo. The family will receive friends from 9:30-10:30 Thursday at the church, prior to the service. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Jean is survived by her father, Edward Shima of Marengo; a sister Ann Petrzelka of Iowa City; three brothers, Lamar Shima (Tammy) of Ellisville, MS, Mark Shima (Dr. Robin Boineau) of Washington, D.C., and Tom Shima of Washington, D.C.; along with several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother in 2007 and a brother Peter in 1974.

Jean was born August 19, 1961 in Marengo, Iowa, the daughter of Edward and Nell Neill Shima. She graduated from Iowa Valley High School with the Class of 1979.  Jean attended the University of Iowa and Mount Mercy College. She was an artistic and very talented individual, who displayed a strong persistence in attaining her goals.  She became ill early in her adult life and lived under nursing care for over 30 years, most recently at ManorCare in Cedar Rapids. Jean was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Marengo.




Norma Eloida Allen, age 96, of Newton, formerly of Brooklyn, passed away peacefully in her home at Newton Village.  Wednesday, March 13, 2019.  Funeral service:  10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at Grace United Methodist Church with Pastor Joyce Proctor and Pastor Bob Spilger officiating.  Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery.  Visitation:  5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn.  A memorial fund has been established in Norma’s name. 

Norma is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 67 years, Bill; her parents; a sister and brother-in-law Miriam and Robert Little; a brother Larry Dayton; ; and two great nephews Chris Jermier and Trevor Hammer. She is survived by a sister-in-law Anna Grace Dayton, of Mason City; special great and great-great nieces Erin Yeager (Dustin Aalbers) and Hannah Yeager, of Newton; nieces and nephews Becky (Richard) Hammer, of Newton, Brenda (Dave) Jermier, of Dallas Center, Keith (Kelly) Little, of Ponca, MS, Steve (LaVerne) Dayton, of Arroyo Grande, CA, Robing (Ron) Miller, of Mason City, Gaylon (Janet) Dayton, of Clive, Carol (Pat) Croke, of Forrest Grove, OR, Eva Heller, of Denver, CO, Richard (Leila) Allen, of Staples, MN, Helen Rigs, of Staples, MN, Charlotte Guse, of Eagle Bend, MN, and Elsie Riggs, of Coon Rapids, MN, and many, many, great and great-great nieces and nephews. 

Norma Eloida Dayton, was born February 10, 1923, in Grinnell, the daughter of Freeman and Grace Ostrom Dayton.  She graduated from Brooklyn High School in 1941, and later received her teaching certificate.  Norma married Earl “Bill” William Allen on December 12, 1944 in Brooklyn.  The couple were dairy farmers in the Montezuma area.  In 2008, Norma and Bill moved to Brooklyn until 2014.  She then moved to Newton to be closer to family.  Norma was involved with the Willing Workers Club, Women’s Society of Monte and Brooklyn, and the Lingering Long Club.  She enjoyed gardening, cooking for the farmers in the field, and baking, especially her famous apple and chocolate pie.   Norma was well known for cereal bars, as family would fight over them at gatherings.






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