Paul Joseph “P.J.” Schneekloth, age 71, of East Amana, passed away Sunday, September 15, 2019 at the University of Iowa Hospital.  Funeral service:  1:30 p.m., Thursday, September 19, 2019, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, with Elder Jon Childers officiating.  Burial will be in the East Amana Cemetery.  Visitation:  5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  The family requests casual attire for visitation and funeral, with NASCAR or racing attire encouraged. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in P.J.’s name.

P.J. is survived by his wife Lisa; six children Tammy (Jeff) Tronvold, of Cedar Rapids, Todd Schneekloth, of Lawrence, KS, Terri (Vance) Nunemaker, of Ely, Dani (Mario) Martinez, of Denver, CO, Bree Schneekloth, of Denver, CO, and John Nagel, of Anchorage, AK; 11 grandchildren Carissa, Terra, Tyler, Tanner, Torri, Aleah, Jayci, Isaac, Gavin, Mackenzie, Anthony, Kennan and Holland; three great-grandchildren Emmett, Brooks and Hayes; three sisters Judy (Harvey) White, of Arizona, Carol Ann (Don) Mason, of Marengo and Becky (Mike) Albert, of Atkins; and his father and mother-in-law David and Shirley Childers.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew Shawn Mason.

P.J. was born October 5, 1947 in Marengo, the son of Paul W. and Juanita B. (McWilliams) Schneekloth.  He attended the Iowa Valley School district.  P.J. married Kay Roberts and were blessed with three children Tammy, Todd and Terri.  They later divorced.  P.J. married Jane Greene and they were blessed with two children Dannielle and Bree.  Following their divorce, he married Lisa Nagel on March 12, 1997 in AZ.  The couple made their home in East Amana.  P.J. worked in construction, as a mechanic and in food service.  He enjoyed racing hobby stock and stock car, on dirt tracks.  P.J. helped many race car drivers, getting them started in racing and working on their cars.




Thomas E. Law, age 79, passed away Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Grinnell Regional Medical Center. Funeral Service: 10:30 am Thursday, September 19, 2019 at Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn with Rev. Carolyn Bittner officiating. Burial will be at Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery, Brooklyn.  Visitation: 4–7 pm, Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. A memorial fund has been established.

Thomas is survived by his fiancée, Connie Mrachek of Charles City; two sons, Tom Jr. (Linda) of Brooklyn, Randy (Deb) of Waukee, a daughter, Lori Law of Iowa City; a daughter-in-law, Linda Law of Alleman; 13 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers, Bill (Judy) Law of Fruitland, IA, and Don Law of Martinville, TN.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Patricia Law in 2010, a son Brian in April of 2019, and a sister Peggy Bean.

Thomas E. Law was born July 25, 1940 in Muscatine, Iowa the son of E. Elwood and Mable Lewis Law. He graduated high school from Charles City in 1959 and married Patricia Plagman at the United Methodist Church in Nora Springs on July 24, 1959. To this union Tom Jr. was born. The couple then moved to Muscatine where Brian and Randy were born. In 1965 Tom graduated from the Iowa Highway Patrol Academy in Fort Dodge, then relocated to Brooklyn to work for the Iowa State Patrol where they had Lori in 1970. In the mid 1980’s he flew for the Iowa State Patrol as a pilot.  He retired in July of 2000 and served as the interim sheriff for Poweshiek County. Tom served on the Poweshiek Board of Supervisors from 2002-2006. Tom and Pat loved to travel to NASCAR races and wintered in Texas for several years. They were married for 51 years. He loved to go to Canada fishing, going to casinos, refinishing furniture and his grandchildren. Tom enjoyed driving the school bus for the BGM and Grinnell Schools.  After Patricia passed away he met his fiancée, Connie while wintering in Texas. Tom will be greatly missed by many.



Stanley Earl Brenneman, age 89, of Ladora, passed away Sunday, September 8, 2019 at his home.  A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 10:00 a.m., at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, with Rev. Dustin Vu officiating.  Inurnment will be in the Ohio Cemetery, rural Ladora.  The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  A memorial fund has been established. 

Stanley is survived by his children Lori Volz, of Amana, and Brian (Brenda) Brenneman, of Blairstown; six grandchildren Dan (Tanya) Reade, of Tiffin, Brent (Milaena) Reade, of Cedar Rapids, Shane Volz, of Tiffin, Jodi (Denny) Ballard, of Amana, Heidi Hollenbeck, of Tiffin and Derek (Erica) Brenneman of Williamsburg; 12 great-grandchildren Jaiden and Brock Reade, April and Brandon Reade, Mitchell and Trevor Volz, Nolan, Brayden, Aubrey and Gianna Ballard, Malea Hollenbeck and Kaylee Brenneman; two siblings Raymond (Fannie) Brenneman, of Indiana, and Shirley (Cal) Hochstedler, of Kalona, and a sister-in-law Edna Brenneman, of Kalona.

He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Ann (Krejci) Brenneman, a son-in-law Gary Volz, two brothers Rollin Brenneman and Eldon in infancy, and a sister Rose Mary. 

Stanley was born November 26, 1929, in rural Kalona, the son of Ezra K. and Katie Swartzendruber Brenneman.  Stanley was united in marriage to Mary Ann Krejci on October 24, 1954 at the Little Brown Church, in Nashua.  The couple made their home in Wellman, before moving to Ladora in 1956.  He farmed for many years and also worked at  Amana Refrigeration until retiring in 1994, after 22 years of service.  Stanley was very involved in the Union at Amana.  He also served as the Mayor for the city of Ladora for 16 years.  Stanley treasured his family and enjoyed having coffee at the Ladora Stora. 




Carol Jean Anderson, age 62, of Marengo, passed away suddenly Friday, September 6, 2019 at Compass Memorial Hospital. Funeral services: 11:00 am Tuesday September 10, 2019, First Christian Church, Coralville, Iowa with Rev. Jill Michel officiating. Inurnment will occur at a later date. Visitation: 4-7 pm Monday September 9, 2019 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.

Carol Jean Anderson was born November 6, 1956 in Burlington Iowa, the daughter of Jack and Edith (Fraise) DeHague. She graduated from Burlington High School in 1974 then attended Southeast Community College in Burlington later transferring to the University of Iowa receiving her  Bachelor’s Degree in General Sciences. Carol was united in marriage to Roger Anderson on June 18, 1983 in Iowa City, Iowa. Carol was a sediment lab supervisor for the U.S. Geological Survey in Iowa City for 16 years. She then became a health information technician for the University of Iowa for 24 years. Carol enjoyed planting flowers, feeding the birds, going shopping for antiques, and loved to travel. She enjoyed going to concerts, specifically seeing Elton John, Jackson Browne and Billy Joel. Carol especially loved her grandchildren and socializing with her friends.

Carol is survived by her three daughters, Jennifer (Travis) Williams of Nora Springs, IA, Marissa (Bryan) Bral of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Kim (Dan) Ewing of Fort Dodge, IA.; five grandchildren, Jennica Etten, Zoey and Jaxson Williams, Breah and Drew Ewing; her granddogs, Casey and Kinze; a brother, Jerry (Deby) DeHague of Denver, CO., three sisters, Karen Swank of New London, IA, Vickie (Steven) Starr of Bryan, TX., and Marla Crane of Marshalltown, IA.

She was preceded in death by her husband Roger in March 2018, her parents, twin brothers in infancy, David and Dennis, two brothers, Steven and Jack DeHague, and one sister, Judy Taylor.




Emma Kathryn Dittrich, 102, of Amana, died 29 August 2019, at Colonial Manor of Amana, where she had been a resident for several years.  Funeral Service:  10:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at the Middle Amana Church, with Elder Peter Hoehnle officiating.  Burial will be in the Main Amana Cemetery, Main Amana.  Visitation:  5 to 7 p.m.,  Monday, September 2, 2019, at the Middle Amana Church.  Memorial donations in her honor may be made to the Amana Church or the Amana Heritage Society. 

Emma was preceded in death by her husband Elmer, of 69 years, her parents, Caroline and Fred Leichsenring, a sister Lillian Babbitt and brother Alfred Leichsenring.   She is survived by her children Jeanene Hoppe (Ray) of Fergus Falls, MN, Jackie Pettit of Middle Amana, and Dr. Howard Dittrich (Teri) of Las Vegas; grandchildren Michelle Long (Bruce), Chris Hoppe (Michelle), Melissa Forbes (Chris), Randy Fordice (Megan), Jessica McCabe (Ryan) and Mark Dittrich (Kassidi).  Emma was blessed with 11 great-grandchildren.

Emma was born July 21, 1917 in Amana, the daughter of Caroline and Fred Leichsenring. She went to elementary school in Amana and started high school in Marengo, Iowa.  She was a member of the first graduating class at the newly established Amana High School in 1936.  After high school she worked for the Amana Society main office and then for George Foerstner, the founder of Amana Refrigeration. 

Emma married Elmer John Dittrich of Homestead on July 20, 1940. Elmer’s birthday was July 19 so they were able to celebrate Elmer’s birthday, their anniversary and Emma’s birthday every year on July 19th, 20th and 21st.  In 1944 Emma joined Elmer in San Diego where he was in the US Navy.  She worked for Consolidated Aircraft Corporation returning to Amana in 1945.  After three children were in school, she resumed work at the Amana Society in 1958 until her retirement in 1982. 

Emma helped to establish Amana as a National Historic Landmark and was a founding member of the Amana Heritage Society and as the treasurer, served on their board for many years.  Emma belonged to the first Amana women’s investment club, was a campfire and ‘Y’ teen leader, a member of Eastern Star and became an antique dealer in her retirement.  As the antique German house blessing hanging above her bed reads: “May God’s peace come down to you and your loved ones.”





Michael Charles Schwertfeger, age 58, of Cedar Rapids, passed away in his home Monday, August 19, 2019. Funeral Services; 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 26, 2019 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. Visitation; 10:00 a.m., until service time, Monday, August 26, 2019 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Rev. Jim Davis officiating.  Burial will be in the Bishop Cemetery, rural Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.

Michael is survived by his brother, Bill Schwertfeger of Marengo; a half brother Charles Schwertfeger of Marengo; his guardians, Stephen and Stephanie Ellestad and their daughter Sarah; along with extended family members.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and two sisters, Karen and Sharon Schwertfeger.  

Michael was born January 3, 1961 in Marengo, Iowa, the son of Lester and Barbara Buckley Schwertfeger. He resided in several living facilities with people caring for him his entire life. Michael loved going to Camp Courageous, enjoyed listening to country and Elvis music, being outside, and going out to eat. He was especially close with his peers that he resided with.




Dean Montgomery, age 93, passed away Wednesday, August 14, 2019 in Brooklyn, Iowa.  Funeral Service: 1:30 P.M. Monday, August 19, 2019, First Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, Iowa with Rev. Bernard Nti officiating. Burial will be in Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery with military honors. Visitation: 2 to 5 P.M. Sunday, August 18, 2019, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn with a Masonic Service to be held at 5 P.M.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Semper Fi Fund, or the charity of the donor’s choice.

He is survived by his daughter, Mary Lang (Craig) of Brooklyn, a son Michael Montgomery (Mary) of Knoxville; grandchildren, Jessica Bloomberg (Justin) of Cumming, Chase Lang (Sylvona) of Shueyville, Dane Lang of Brooklyn, Sarah Hosack (Tom) of West Des Moines, Cade Lang (Katie) of Brooklyn, and James Montgomery (Lesley) of Norwalk; great-grandchildren, Carsynn and Cael Lang of Shueyville, Lydia, Carah, Callen and Veda Bloomberg of Cumming, Emma Weeks and Forest Lang of Brooklyn, Evelyn and Lucy Hosack of West Des Moines, and Lily Montgomery of Norwalk. Also surviving is a brother Max Montgomery of Ankeny.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Marilyn in 2012, an infant daughter DeAnn, and a brother William Montgomery.

Dean James Montgomery was born June 23, 1926 in rural Brooklyn, Iowa, the son of William Albert Montgomery and Ramona Scott Montgomery. He graduated from the Brooklyn High School in 1944, and served in the U.S. Army from 1944-46 as an airplane crew chief stationed in Okinawa, Japan. When he returned to the Brooklyn area he was employed with the county road crew, working on bridges.  Dean was united in marriage to Marilyn Read on September 22, 1951 at her family home north of Brooklyn. The couple made their home in Brooklyn where he was employed with Surge Dairy Products as a sales and service representative for over 30 years, retiring in 1985.

Dean was an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn, serving on committees and holding many offices. He served on the Brooklyn City Council for 21 years. Dean was a 50 +year member of the Masonic Lodge #174, and the American Legion Post #294.  He and his uncle Wally Scott established the first trap shooting club in Brooklyn.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially in Ontario, Canada and Branson. He also liked his “Chicago Cubs” baseball. His work allowed yearly trips, including Hawaii and South America. Dean was a child of the Depression era, and his life and work ethic reflected his upbringing.

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Florence Zuber Schuerer, age 99 of Amana, died peacefully on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at Colonial Manor of Amana.  Funeral Services: 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at the Middle Amana Church with Elder Tony Berger officiating.  Burial will be in the East Amana Cemetery. Visitation: 4 –7 P.M. Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at the Middle Amana Church. Memorials may be directed to the Amana Church Society. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting with arrangements.

Florence is survived by her son, George Schuerer, Jr. of East Amana; a son-in-law Thomas Burgher (Mary) of East Amana; grandchildren Samantha and Georgie Schuerer, Liesl (Daniel) Yunek, and Fritz Burgher; great-grandchildren Everett and Inge Yunek; and a sister-in-law, Helen Schuerer.

Florence was preceded in death by her parents, her husband George, a daughter Phyllis Schuerer Burgher, granddaughter Emilie Burgher, brother Bill Zuber, and sisters, Dorothy Zuber and Magarethe Zuber.

Florence was born September 8, 1919 in Middle Amana, Iowa, the daughter of William Carl and Emilie Murbach Zuber.  She graduated from the Amana High School in 1938.  She was united in marriage with George Walter Schuerer on August 31, 1943, while George was stationed in California with the U.S. Army. During George’s time in the service, Florence formed a special friendship with Miriam Bell, while in Louisiana working for the war effort.  Following the war, George and Florence returned to Iowa and made their home in East Amana.

Florence’s first job was working for the Middle farm department, where her father was the farm manager.  Following high school, she accompanied her brother Bill Zuber and his wife Connie to help care for their children as Bill played baseball in the Major Leagues around the country.  Additionally, she worked at Bill Zuber’s Restaurant, the Amana Meat Shop, and the Grapevine Winery, their family-owned business. Florence enjoyed traveling, bird watching, listening to music, and cheering on the Hawkeyes. Most of all, she loved taking care of and spending time with her grandchildren.  Florence was a member of the Amana Church Society. 

The family wishes to thank the staff at Colonial Manor, Lakeview Village, and Essence of Life Hospice for the wonderful care given to Florence.





Kathleen Mae Schutterle, age 60, of Ladora suddenly passed away Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. There will be no services at this time. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials and cards may be sent to Vicky Schutterle at P.O. Box 193, Ladora, Iowa 52251.

Kathleen is survived by her wife, Vicky of Ladora; and a son Thomas Broumas of Ladora. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Kathleen Mae Halloran was born December 30, 1958, the daughter of James and Constance Johns Halloran. She received her GED in Poughkeepsie, NY and went on to nursing school graduating as a cardiologist nurse from Ocean County College in Toms River, NJ. Kathleen was united in marriage to Vicky Schutterle on July 13, 2013 in Iowa City.  She enjoyed working and tending to her flower and vegetable gardens, eating Boardwalk pizza from New York, and especially enjoyed her cats Ziglet and Mouser.



Ralph and Janet McBride passed away the same way they lived their lives --TOGETHER!

Ralph Ellis McBride, age 87 of Marengo, formerly of Oxford, passed away Thursday, August 1, 2019 at Rose Haven Nursing Home, Marengo. His loving wife, Janet Mae McBride, age 87 followed him the next day, August 2, 2019. There will be private graveside services at a later date. Memorials may be directed to Essence of Life Hospice, 3207 220th Trail, Amana, Iowa 52203 in the couple’s name. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting with arrangements.

Ralph and Janet  are survived by a son Michael (Elaine) of Marengo, and a daughter Mary Hansen (Steve) of Oxford; three grandchildren, Melissa Hinzman (Clint) of Marengo, Jill Schlemme (Corey) of Oxford and Troy Hansen (Amy) of Oxford; five great-grandchildren, Caelem, Evangeline, and Willa Hinzman of Marengo, and Andrew and Aren Schlemme of Oxford. Ralph is survived by a sister, Mary Seibold (Wayne) of Greers Ferry, AR. Janet is survived by a sister Joyce (Hank) Kopf of Cedar Rapids.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ralph, her siblings Jack Wodstrchill, Jean Hinton, Joan Becker, Jane Pickart and Jim Wodstrchill.
Ralph was preceded in death by his parents. A grandson Matthew McBride also preceded them.  

Ralph Ellis McBride was born November 8, 1931 in Marengo, Iowa the son of Forrest and Sophia Kienle McBride. He graduated from the Marengo High School in 1950.

Janet Mae Wodstrchill was born January 12, 1932 in Philip, South Dakota, the daughter of Russell and Mamie Sage Wodstrchill. She graduated from Blairstown High School in 1950.

Ralph and  Janet were married on November 17, 1951 in Blairstown, Iowa.  Ralph was a butcher and store manager for the Me Too grocery stores and also owned and operated the McBride’s Car Wash. Janet worked alongside Ralph at the grocery store and also worked at Amana Refrigeration for 25 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating and water skiing. She was a great cook and enjoyed her time with her family.
The couple spent 23 winters in Yuma, Arizona.  They were members of the United Methodist Church in Marengo.



James Russell Austin, age 94, of Williamsburg, passed away Thursday, August 1, 2019 at Highland Ridge Care Center, Williamsburg.  Funeral Service: 10:30 a.m., Monday, August 12, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church, Williamsburg with Rev. Dan Jessop and Rev. Danny Capon officiating.  Burial will be in the York Cemetery, Williamsburg with military honors.  Visitation:  3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, August 11, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church, Williamsburg.  A memorial fund has been established.  Kloster Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

James is survived by his wife Jean; two sons Richard (Marilyn) Austin and Roy Austin of Williamsburg; a sister Lois Durr of Williamsburg; three grandchildren Buck Austin, Brenna (Danny) Capon and Allison Austin; four great-grandchildren Evie Capon, Lily Capon, Austin Capon and Ava Hernandez.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

James was born February 25, 1925, on the family farm in rural Williamsburg, the son of Russell and Mary “Maidie” (Ely) Austin.  He graduated from the Williamsburg High School.  Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army.  James was united in marriage to Jean Humphreys on June 3, 1949, and he began his farming career.  He also worked for Wyman Ready Mix, Holden Foundation Seeds and when he retired, he farmed for Bob Welsh.  James was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church in Williamsburg.  He enjoyed driving the country side and being with his children and grandchildren.




Charleen Mary Mumby Foster, age 83 of Grinnell, formerly of Marengo, died Thursday, August 1, 2019 at the Mayflower Health Center in Grinnell.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, August 5, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church, Marengo, with Pastor Jim Davis officiating.  Burial will be in the Zion Cemetery, Ladora.  Visitation:  3 to 6 p.m., Sunday, August 4, 2019 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.

Charleen is survived by her daughters Betty (Tom) Harp, of Ladora, Debbie (Denny) Bunn, of Sedalia, MO, Mary (Gary) Daharsh, of Lincoln, NE, and Patti (Doug) Selk, of Grinnell; grandchildren Branden (DeAnn) Harp and Brady Harp, of Ladora, Brian Mumby, of Sedalia, MO, Jason Selk and Cory (Robin) Selk, of Grinnell and Amber (Maurice) Speirs, of Newton; great-grandchildren Kira and Logan Mumby, of MO, Hayden and Rhett Selk, and a sister on the way, of Grinnell, Lincoln Selk-Johnson and Teagan Speirs, of Newton; ste- children Rick Foster, of Gladbrook, Randy Foster, of NM, Rod Foster, of Malcom, LeRoy (Diane) Foster, of Malcom, Scott (Jenny) Foster, of TX, Shelley (Karlin) Kelley, of NE; step grandchildren Allison (Bret) Draper, of Grundy Center, Kyle (Kate) Kelley, of Lincoln, NE, Natasha (Kyle) Ogden, of Bennington, NE, Tanner Foster, of Ladora and Tucker Foster of Malcom; also surviving are many other step grandchildren, step great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews, and close friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, a sister Betty, husbands Lloyd Keith Mumby in 1990 and Gerald Foster in 2002, a granddaughter Melinda Bennington, a great-grandson Damon Mack, sons-in-law Dan Bluemle and Harlan Briggs, a brother-in-law Garry Mumby and a sister-in-law Hila Grieder who was like a sister to her.

Charleen Smith was born January 14, 1936, in Williamsburg, the daughter of Charles Henry and Vera Elizabeth Katherine (Weisskopf) Smith.  She attended country schools and graduated from Ladora High School.  She married Lloyd Keith Mumby on June 24, 1955 and of this union, were blessed with four daughters.  The couple made their home in Iowa County where they farmed until Keith’s passing in 1990.  She later married Gerald Foster in 1996 and they made their home in Marengo.  Charleen was a 50 year member of the Marengo United Methodist Church, the Ladora Saddle Club for many years, a charter member of Mid Iowa Driving Association, the Friendship Club, Iowa River Campers, Over 60 Club and Happy Homemakers Club.  She enjoyed all of her family very much and loved having them “Home” for visits.  Charleen loved cooking for them, going on camping trips with them, and playing cards and games with the grandchildren and friends.  She also enjoyed going to all of her grandkids activities at school and church.  In the later years, Charleen liked to go fishing with her husband Gerald and family.




Joyce Darlene Young, age 77, of Marengo, passed away at her home Thursday, August 1, 2019. Family will receive friends from 4 -7 p.m., Monday, August 5, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church, Marengo.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be contributed to the American Cancer Society.

Darlene is survived by her husband, Robert of 59 years; her children, Tracy Young of Marengo, Bonnie Hansen of Marengo, and Anthony (Anita) Young of Cedar Rapids; a daughter-in-law, Ann Young of Washington, OK.; 12 grandchildren; Robert, Natalee, Bradley, Garrett, Carter, Marshall, Brittni, T.J., Tia, Brandon, Joshua and Rachel; and seven great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leatrice (Cherry) and Bertrand Reardon, and a son, Robert Edward II.

Darlene was born July 9, 1942 in Chickasha, Oklahoma.  She graduated from Amarillo High School, Amarillo, TX. in 1960, then attended Amarillo Community College. She married Robert E. Young on December 8, 1960 in Amarillo. Upon moving to Marengo Iowa, she was a cashier and bar manager at Colony Market Place in South Amana for 13 years. She then was employed as a dispatcher for the Iowa County Sheriff’s office for 28 years, retiring from there. Darlene enjoyed reading, sudoku puzzles, knitting and crocheting. She loved spending time with her family and especially loved her cat and dog. 



Helen Leona Fetzer, age 94 of North English, formerly of Williamsburg, died Sunday, July 21, 2019 at the English Valley Care Center. Graveside Service: 11:00 A.M. Friday, July 26, 2019, St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, rural Victor. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 P.M. Thursday, July 25, 2019 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. Memorials may be directed to the family in Helen’s name.

She is survived by a son William (Pam) of Williamsburg; a daughter Nancy Pettibone (Tim) of Pleasant Grove, UT; seven grandchildren Blair Fetzer (Andrea) of Denver, CO, Ross Fetzer (Amber) of Williamsburg, Olivia Hocker (Adam) of Williamsburg, Nicholas Fetzer (Jennifer) of Milwaukee, WI, Aaron Johnson (Amy) of Phoenix, AZ, Tera Holmes (Steven) of Las Vegas and Megan Johnson (Brandon) of Phoenix; and sixteen great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a daughter-in-law, Rosemary Fetzer of Williamsburg.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Charles in 2011, a son Donald, brothers, Harvey and Roy, and sisters, Glenna and Esther, and a son-in-law, Sandy.

Helen Leona Meyer was born June 8, 1925 is rural Iowa County, Iowa, the daughter of William and Anna Kuesel Meyer. She received her education in the rural Iowa County schools and married Charles B. Fetzer on April 16, 1944 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Williamsburg.  The couple resided in Williamsburg where Helen was a housewife and mother. When the children were grown Helen worked at a giftshop.

Helen enjoyed fishing, and ceramics while wintering in Arizona. She enjoyed trips to the casinos, and spending summers on Abel Island in Guttenberg, IA.






Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Marie Allison, age 72, passed away Friday, July 19 at her home at Holiday Lake, Brooklyn, Iowa. Celebration of Life will take place Sunday July 28, 2019 from 2 pm to 5 pm at Fireside Winery, 1755 P Avenue, Marengo, IA 52301. Memorials and cards may be directed to Keith Allison, 1403 Circle Drive, Brooklyn, Iowa 52211.

Liz is survived by her husband Keith of 52 years; her son Keith (Stephanie) Allison of Marengo, Iowa; four grandchildren, Katie Allison of Waterloo, and Robbie, Rubianne and Rory Allison, all of Marengo; two sisters, Margaret (Ron) Melick of Wisconsin, Dorothy Frederick of Hudson; two brothers, John (Karen) Hoppes of Waterloo, Vern (Michele) Hoppes of Tripoli; numerous nieces, nephews, friends and coworkers. She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Anna Hoppes.

Liz was born August 26, 1946 in Oelwein, Iowa, the daughter of Floyd and Anna Hoppes. She began her education in a one room schoolhouse near Westgate, Iowa and remembered she was the only one in her grade. Her siblings affectionately referred to her as “Little Bit” because her younger brothers could not say “Elizabeth.” When she was 11 her family moved to Waterloo where she attended McKinstry Junior High and graduated from Waterloo East High School in 1964. Liz attended Ellsworth College where she majored in Art. She remembered tuition was $1000.00 for her college education. Her first job was working at Black’s Department Store as a product manager and buyer. She met her greatest love, Keith Allison, on a blind date on a hayride and they were married on September 3, 1966. They were blessed with a baby boy, Keith Allison II on August 24, 1973.

Liz enjoyed painting, crafting and was very creative and artistic. She enjoyed genealogy and could trace her family back to the 1600’s. She loved antiques and her husband’s cars. Both hobbies provided them with reasons to travel around the Midwest. Most of all, Liz loved her family and friends. Her door was always open, and the food was always delicious. She made the best cinnamon rolls and tenderloins and family came from far and wide to enjoy them. Many good times were had at their house at Holiday Lake where family and friends would gather to visit and celebrate. Liz had a great smile, an infectious laugh and an ornery streak a mile wide. She loved with her whole heart, especially her four grandchildren: Katie, Robbie, Rubianne & Rory. They were the light of her life and she enjoyed every minute she spent with them. She will be greatly missed by family and friends.





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.




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