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.

Dean was proud of his military service and supported programs for veterans in need of assistance. Semper Fi Fund is a non-profit organization aiding wounded service members of all services. One of America's highest rated charities, they are dedicated to providing urgently needed resources and support for combat wounded, critially ill and catastrophically injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.

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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.



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.




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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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






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

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

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




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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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




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