Marie Elizabeth Griess, age 57 of Amana, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on April 15, 2018, after a courageous battle with cancer.  Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 19, 2018, at the Amana Cemetery, with Elder Alan Trumpold officiating.  Family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at the Middle Amana Church, Middle Amana, Iowa.  In lieu flowers, memorials may be contributed to the Safe Haven of Iowa County or the Amana Church Society. 

Marie is survived by her fiancée Dean Kinzenbaw Jr. of Marengo; a daughter Taylor Griess Sherman and fiancée, Gerald Long; two grandchildren Chloe and Caelan Long of Middle Amana; a brother Lewis of Cedar Rapids; a sister Joanne of Amana; a nephew Connor Griess of North Liberty; a sister-in-law Julie Griess of Williamsburg; and two cats Tilly and Jack.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother John in 2017 and a nephew Thaddius Logan Griess.

Marie Elizabeth Griess was born April 4, 1961 in Cedar Rapids, the daughter of Theo and Betty Lou Haas Griess.  She graduated from the Amana High School in 1979 and was a great athlete.  Marie was an avid sports fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Bears.  She was currently employed by the Amana Meat Shop in Amana and was a lifelong member of the Amana Church Society. 

Marie was a person of not wanting, but rather of giving, especially when it came to her daughter and grandchildren.  She was happy and had a very positive attitude that carried on throughout her illness.  She will be greatly missed by all those who knew her. 

The family would like to especially thank Iowa City Hospice, Paula Welsh, Dean Kinzenbaw Jr., Loves for Marie benefit and all the others from “Team Marie” for all of their care and support for Marie during her illness. 





Neoma Lee Patten, age 86 of Auburn, California, formerly Brooklyn, passed away Saturday April 22, 2017 at the Lakeview Terrace Senior Care Facility in Auburn, California.  A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 27, 2018, at the Michael J. Manatt Community Center, Brooklyn, Iowa.  A private burial service will be held at the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery. Memorial donations in memory of Neoma may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 North Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida, 33607. 

Neoma is survived by her sons Patrick of Auburn, CA, Curtis of Atkinson, IL, and Christopher of Auburn, CA; a daughter-in-law, Donna Patten; a sister, Karen (Katie) Kriegel Moore; brother-in-law, John Moore; sister-in-law, Patricia Kriegel; four grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.  She will also be lovingly remembered by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.  She was preceded in death by husband Orval in 1983, two sons, Michael and David, her parents, and two brothers, Norman and Charles.    

Neoma was born October 12, 1930, in Brooklyn, where she spent her childhood.  She is the daughter of Balzer and Theodosia Newton Kriegel.  On January 20, 1951, Neoma married Orval Earnest Patten also from Brooklyn.  They were the parents of five sons.  The Pattens lived in several Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska communities.  Following Orval’s death, Neoma and her youngest son moved from Illinois to California. 

Neoma was a devoted mother and homemaker.  She was most proud of her family, and was a loving “Gram” to her four grandchildren, and “Grammy” to her nine great-grandchildren.  Neoma was an avid golfer that distinguished her play having scored a hole in one, and was the president of the Geneseo, Illinois, women’s golf league.  She also enjoyed bowling, bridge and spending time with family and friends. 






Wilma Fay Wilson, age 95 of Belle Plaine, passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Unity Point-St. Luke's Hospital. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 16, 2018 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, with Rev. Diane Vorhies officiating. Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery. Visitation will be noon until 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 16, 2018 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  A memorial fund has been established.

Wilma is survived by a son, Tom (Diane) Wilson of Marengo; a brother Jack (Betty) Vinall of Savannah, GA; three grandchildren Alison Foughty (Scott) of Polk City, Johnette Hayes of Belle Plaine, and Ashley Meek (Jordan) of Williamsburg; seven great-grandchildren, Madison, Payton, Spencer, Davis, Erika, Avery and Jacob.  She was preceded in death by her husband Ernest in December 1987, her parents, a daughter Florence Hayes in 2013 and a son-in-law, John Hayes in 2010. 

Wilma Vinall was born November 29, 1922, in rural Kellogg, the daughter of Thomas Henry and Bernice Cooper Vinall.  She graduated from Searsboro High School and received her nursing degree from Marshalltown Community College.  She was united in marriage to Ernest Wilson in Missouri in 1945.  Wilma was one of the first employees when the Marengo Hospital opened its doors.  She proudly held her nursing license for 50 years. Following her retirement from the hospital, Wilma worked as an in-home-care nurse.

Besides her nursing profession, Wilma helped her husband with the farm duties, and was a loving wife and mother.   She was a 4-H leader and also a member of Eastern Star.  Wilma volunteered for many years within the community as well as at Camp Wapsie.  She loved to travel, and do needlework. 




Gloria Jean Martinson Burgy, age 72 of Marengo, Iowa, surrounded by family in prayer and song, was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on April 9, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, following a sudden illness.  Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 14, 2018, at First Lutheran Church, Conroy, Iowa, with Pastor Don Dovre officiating.  Burial will be in the First Lutheran Cemetery, Conroy.  Family will greet friends from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, April 13, 2018, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  Memorials may be given in honor of Gloria to the Safe Haven of Iowa County, P.O. Box 444 Williamsburg, IA 52361. 

Gloria was born on December 24, 1945, in Marengo, the youngest daughter of Frank and Irene Schwarting Martinson.  Gloria knew Jesus Christ as her Savior.  She was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church, Conroy and remained a life-long member of the church.  God blessed Gloria with a beautiful voice and she enjoyed singing in the church choir, community choirs and at family and neighborhood gatherings.  Gloria attended Hilton Consolidated Schools in Conroy until its closing, at which time she continued her high school education at Iowa Valley High School, in Marengo, graduating in 1964.  In September 1964, Gloria married Larry Burgy.  They later divorced.  While in high school, Gloria worked at the Ox Yoke Inn in Amana.  After graduating high school, she worked as a secretary at Amana Refrigeration until May 1967, at which time her sister and brother-in-law opened Colony Village Restaurant at the Little Amana exit on Interstate 80.  Gloria worked at Colony Village as a bookkeeper and assistant manager, performing whatever tasks were necessary from 1967 until the restaurant closed in November 2014.  At the time of her death, Gloria was working at Big G Foods in Marengo.

Gloria loved her flowers.  If you visited Gloria’s home, her outdoor entryway would greet you with an array of colorful plants and flowers.  Gloria was a kind, caring and giving person who put the welfare of others before herself.  She was passionate about offering care and comfort to animals in need and over the years found homes for many cats who “through no fault of their own” were hungry and in need of a home. 

Gloria was preceded in death by her parents; her oldest brother Harold Martinson, Sr.; sister-in-law Lorraine Shedenhelm Martinson; sister-in-law Shirley Alderman Martinson; brother-in-law Russell Sandersfeld; and special friends Seward “Stu” Lerch and Jerry Heisler.

Gloria’s greatest joy was being a loving and devoted mother to her son, Matthew John Burgy, who survives her.  Gloria is also survived by a brother Edwin L. Martinson; a sister MaryEllen Sandersfeld; 12 nieces and nephews; 20 great-nieces and nephews; and 12 great-great nieces and nephews.  She is also survived by her former husband Larry Burgy and a special friend Jim Tompkins. 




Delores Leanna Witte (Maas) of Williamsburg, died Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at the age of 84.  Funeral Services will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Conroy with Pastor Gary Sears officiating.  Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, April 6, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Conroy.  Burial will be in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Conroy.  Memorials contributions can be made in her honor to Lutheran Interparish School, Williamsburg or Essence of Life Hospice, Amana.

Delores was born on May 15, 1933 in Conroy, Iowa to Arthur G. and Adeline M. Baack Maas and was proud to live her whole life in Iowa County.  Delores married Eugene H. Witte in October of 1952 and enjoyed her life as a wife and mother.  In 1998, she was recognized by the Governor of Iowa, Terry Branstad, for the many years of volunteer work at the Lutheran Interparish School, Williamsburg.

Delores loved her life in the country and for many years, hosted numerous groups of school children taking field trips to her farm where she raised exotic poultry, dairy goats and other animals.  She was an avid reader and gardener.  She loved arts and crafts and enjoyed making projects for and with her children and later on,  her grandchildren.  Delores was an active member of the choir at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Conroy for many years.

Delores is survived by her husband of 65 years, Eugene Henry Witte; her sister, Janis Maas; her three children, Regis (Donna) Witte, Leanne (Gary) Corba and Rebecca (Darrell) Meyer; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Willard and Gilbert Maas and her sisters, Arlene Maas and Dorothea Heinze.





Virginia May Hepker, age 100, of North English, formerly of Marengo, passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at the English Valley Care Center.  Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, with Rev. Eddie Thomas officiating.  Visitation will be Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 9:30 a.m., until service time, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  Burial will be in the Dunkard Cemetery, Midway, Iowa.  Memorials may be contributed to the Church of the Nazarene World Evangelism Funds.

Virginia is survived by four daughters LaVonne Hinkle of California, Ellen (David) Ewing of North Carolina, Jean Hepker of Mt. Pleasant and Janice (Jim) Hoylman of Webster; a daughter-in-law Jan Hepker; ten grandchildren Bryce, Tadd, Kara, Brenda, Meridith, Jeremiah, Melinda, Tonya, Alisa and Serena; 24 great-grandchildren; and 10 great great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Warren in 2004, a daughter Carol Jean in infancy, a son Kenneth and granddaughter Theresa.

Virginia Lee was born April 1, 1918, in Mt. Vernon, the daughter of William Lee and Amiee Haak Lee.  She attended several schools in New Mexico, Denver, Colorado and graduated from the Cedar Rapids Schools.  She married Warren Charles Hepker on December 28, 1938 at the Free Methodist Church in Toddville.  They moved to Marengo in 1961 where the family owned and operated Gambles Hardware Store.  She was a housewife and a mother, and later did bookwork for the ambulance and Hearse company.  Virginia was very active in the Church of the Nazarene, in Marengo.  She served on the church board and taught Sunday School.  She received a distinguished service award from the church.  Virginia enjoyed sewing, reading and was a Cubs fan. 




Louis “Louie” Reinhardt Marz, age 94, formerly of Homestead, IA, died peacefully at his home in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on Saturday evening, November 18, 2017.   Celebration of Life Service: 10:00 A.M. Saturday, April 14, 2018, Middle Amana Church, Middle Amana, Iowa. Visitation: 9 – 10:00 A.M. prior to the service. Inurnment will be in the Homestead Cemetery with Military Honors and Masonic Rites. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be directed to the Amana Church Society, the Amana Heritage Society, or the Mesilla Valley Hospice. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Louis was born October 29, 1923 in Homestead, Iowa, the son of John Jacob Marz and Henrietta Kolb Marz.  As a boy, he attended the Amana schools.  Following graduation in 1941, Louis attended Coe College. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943 where he served as an engineer.  He completed civil engineering training at the Virginia Military Institute and was deployed overseas on his birthday in 1944 as part of the 282nd Engineering Combat Battalion.  As the war was coming to an end, Louis was wounded from enemy fire while building a bridge at Echternach, Luxemburg in 1945, and went on to receive the Purple Heart for the injury that almost took his life.  He along with several hundred other servicemen from the greatest generation made the trip to Washington, D.C. 70 years later, as part of the Cedar Rapids Honor Flight program on September 11, 2011. 

Following his return to the states after World War II, Louis completed his education at Iowa State University where he received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.  Louis went on to work at Amana Refrigeration, Inc. as a design engineer his entire working career.  He married Dorothy Berger on November 12, 1949.  The couple later divorced.  Louis married Caroline Brandt on January 16, 1987.  The couple made their home in both Homestead, IA and Las Cruces, NM.

Louis’ lifetime passions included being a founding member of the Amana Heritage Society and serving as an elder at the Amana Church.  Additionally, he was an active member of the Homestead Welfare Club, a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge and the 32 degree Scottish Rite.  His hobbies included teaching and playing bridge, tennis, crossword puzzles, ISU Cyclone football, traveling and caring for his beloved English Sheepdogs—most recently his “good girl” Roxie. 

Following his retirement, Louis volunteered at the Amana Heritage Museum and the Farm and Ranch Museum in Las Cruces. 

He is survived by his wife Caroline; sister-in-law Ellen Mae Marz; daughter Mary (Tom) Burgher of East Amana; son, Dr. Mark (Marti) Marz of Cedar Rapids; step-children, Alan Cerwick of San Antonio, TX and Brigitte Cerwick of Coppell, TX; six grandchildren, Laura (Keith) Simmonds, Andrew (Stephanie) Marz, Liesl (Daniel) Yunek, Fritz Burgher, Mackenzie Cerwick and Justin Cerwick; and three great grandchildren, Daniel and Anna Simmonds, and Everett Yunek. Louis was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Helen Dittrich and a brother Fritz Marz.




Delphine E. Vander Hamm, age 95 of Marengo, passed away, Friday, March 30, 2018 at Rose Haven Nursing Home, Marengo.  Funeral Services: 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, April 4, 2018, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo with Rev. Andrew Gray officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30 until 10:30 on Wednesday morning at the church, prior to services. A memorial fund has been established.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Delphine is survived by nieces, nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Clellan and Eugene Vander Hamm, and a sister Darlene E. Vander Hamm Hacker.

Delphine E. was born June 20, 1922 in Ireton, Iowa, the daughter of Oscar and Anna Rassler Vander Hamm.  She was employed at Collins Radio Company in Cedar Rapids from 1942 – 1982. She retired and moved to Marengo, Iowa, where she was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. She enjoyed quilting, crossword puzzles and playing Pinochle. 



Darlene Kay “Dar” Graesser, age 70, of West Amana, Iowa, passed away, Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at St. Luke’s Unity Point in Cedar Rapids.  Memorial Services will be 1:00 P.M. Saturday, March 31, 2018, New Apostolic Church, 2930 Wilson Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids, with Rev. Larry Dollmeyer officiating.  The family will receive friends from 3 to 6 P.M. Friday, March 30, 2018 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. Burial will be in the West Amana Cemetery. Memorials may be contributed to St. Luke’s Hospice in Darlene’s memory.

Darlene is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Robert “Bob” Graesser; three sons, Bill (Connie) of Amana, Steven (Jan) of High Amana, and Michael (Vicki) of West Amana; and four grandsons, Alex (Amanda), Ben, Andrew and Sam.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

Darlene Kay Fels was born February 4, 1948 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the daughter of Albert Fels and Louise Neubauer Fels. She attended the Amana schools and graduated from Amana High School in 1966. Darlene and Robert Graesser were united in marriage on March 8, 1964.  Darlene was employed over the years as a cook at several Amana restaurants, including the Brick Haus and the Ronneberg. She also sold Avon for many years.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed cooking, gardening, her cats, her dog, and tractor rides, especially the WMT Tractorcade. She was an active member of the New Apostolic Church, and enjoyed singing with her church friends. She will be fondly remembered and missed by her family, and her many friends. 



Richard Joseph Cobb, resident of Marengo, Iowa and former longtime resident of Fraser and Macomb, MI, died unexpectedly March 22, 2018.  He was 75 years of age.  Richard was born on February 4, 1943 in Fort Knox, Kentucky, son of the late Robert and Eleanor (Dobrotka) Cobb.   He worked as a machinist for the automotive industry working at AT&G Screw Machine Products and Allen Tool and Machine for many years.  Richard was a member of the Free and Accepted Mason Lodge. He will always be known for his honesty and wonderful sense of humor.  Richard will be missed.

Richard is the loving husband of the late Carolyn Sue Norris and Martha McArdle; cherished father of  Richard F (Vicki) Cobb of  Marengo, IA, Gerald D (Barb) Cobb of  Macomb, MI and the late Kenneth Cobb; Step-father of Gina (David) Sharnas, John (Deb) McArdle, Jim (Kahli) McArdle, and Daniel McArdle. dearest grandfather of Jacob Cobb, Joseph Cobb, Kenneth Cobb, David Cobb, Summer Cobb, Sarah Swisher, Paige Kearney, Jillian Kearney, Alexis Kearney, Jason Sharnas, Trevor Sharnas, Owen Sharnas, Samantha St Claire, Sean McArdle, Austin McArdle, Erin McArdle, Jacob McArdle, Aden and Nathan; beloved great grandfather of 7 and one on the way; and dear brother of the late Patsy and Janice.

Visitation will be held at Faulmann & Walsh Golden Rule Funeral Home, 32814 Utica Road, Fraser, Michigan on Wednesday 4pm until the time of service at 7pm.  Private burial will take place in White Chapel Cemetery, Troy, MI. 



Roger Dale Anderson, age 80, of Marengo, Iowa lost his battle with cancer on March 14, 2018 surrounded by his wife and daughters. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Tuesday March 20, 2018 at 11:00 am at First Christian Church in Coralville. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Monday March 19, 2018 at Kloster Funeral Home in Marengo. Inurnment will occur at a later date. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.

He was born December 16, 1937 to Morris and Ertle (DeWinter) Anderson in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He had a long distinguished career as a Mechanical Engineer dedicating his brilliant mind to The University of Iowa in the Physics/Space program and Rockwell Collins.

Roger was an avid musician, playing with many different groups through the years. He had many interests including woodworking, building musical instruments, classic cars and tractors,  bird watching and a general love of nature. He served the community being on the Board of Adjustments and Gateway Park Committee.

Roger is survived by his wife, Carol DeHague Anderson and three daughters, Kim (Dan) Ewing of Fort Dodge, Iowa, Jennifer (Travis) Williams of Nora Springs, Iowa and Marissa (Bryan) Bral of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; five grandchildren, Breah Ewing, Drew Ewing, Jennica Etten, Zoey and Jaxson Williams; three sisters, Marilyn (John) Horvath of Elkhart, Indiana, Twila Buffington of Mebane, North Carolina, and Becky (Tom) Johnson of Mystic, Iowa; two brothers, Ronald (Norma) Anderson and David (Jeannie) Anderson both of Fort Dodge, Iowa; and many loving nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Roger was a kind, loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and a brother-in-law Dan Buffington.

The family extends a special thank you to Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy for their extensive care and support during his final days.



Robert O. Sims, 73, of Rock Island, Illinois, died Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at Aspen Rehab & Health Care, Silvis.  Family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 8, 2018, at the Marengo American Legion, Marengo, Iowa,.  Memorials may be contributed to the Iowa Valley Tiger Wrestling Club.

Bob was born November 19, 1944, in Marengo, the son of Robert and Evelyn (Cooperider) Sims. He was a counselor at The Abbey Center in Bettendorf for many years, retiring in 2016.

He loved working in his yard, gardening, and was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs and Detroit Lions.

Bob is survived by two children, Janet (Steve) Behrens, and Doug (Michelle) Sims, both of Marengo; five grandchildren, Riley, Shelby and Sydney Holst, and Chandler and Garet Sims; his longtime special friend, Robin Wallace of Rock Island; a sister, Sally (Dan) Baumgartner of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and two nieces, Kate VanBerkum and Sara Egnatic. He was preceded in death by his parents.





James Richard Ryan, age 86, of Brooklyn, passed away Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018.  He was a resident of the Brooklyn Community Estate.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 17, 2018, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, with Father Wilkening officiating.  Burial will be in St. Patrick Calvary Cemetery immediately following the funeral mass.  The Altar and Rosary ladies will serve a dinner in the church hall after the committal service.  Visitation will be held at Kloster Funeral Home on Friday, February 16, 2018 from 4 to 7 p.m., with the praying of the rosary at 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, you may donate to the James Ryan Memorial Fund or to St. Patrick Calvary Cemetery. 

James is survived by his twin brother Rev. Philip Ryan of Brooklyn; two sisters-in-law Jane Ryan and Judy Heath; and seven nieces and seven nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and older brothers Thomas and Jerry and an older sister Joan. 

James was born April 28, 1931, in Evanston, Illinois.  He was the fourth of five children born to Clinton and Rose Hanson Ryan.  The Ryan family moved from Chicago to Brooklyn in 1936.  Brooklyn has been Jim’s “hometown” ever since.  He graduated from Brooklyn High School in 1949.  He served two years in the Marine Corps, one of which was in Korea during the Korean conflict.  He spent his working years as a farmer.  Even after his active years as a farmer, he maintained an active interest in agriculture. 

Eternal rest grant unto James, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.  May he rest in peace and may the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.  AMEN.




Roger Lee Bartachek, age 80 of Brooklyn, Iowa, passed away peacefully Tuesday evening, January 30, 2018 at Brooklyn Community Estate, surrounded by his loving family. Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Monday, February 5, 2018, First Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn with Rev. Hans Cornelder officiating.  Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 P.M. Sunday, February 4, 2018, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn.  A memorial fund has been established.

Roger is survived by his wife, Peggy; a son, Robert Lee (Julie) of Brooklyn; three grandchildren, Miranda, Madeline and Axton Bartachek; a brother Gene (Shirley) Bartachek of Brooklyn, and a sister Dolores Nix of Washington State.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Roger Lee was born December 17, 1937 in rural Brooklyn, Iowa, the son of Fred and Mildred Slaymaker Bartachek.  He graduated from Brooklyn High School in 1956 and attended AIB College of Business in Des Moines.  Roger worked at General Telephone in Grinnell for a short time following college. He and Margaret Marie Shultz were united in marriage on June 6, 1959 at the First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn.  The couple operated the family farm raising grain and livestock.

Besides being a lifelong farmer, Roger was an active member of the Presbyterian Church and the Farm Bureau. He drove school bus for BGM and in later years worked at Manatt’s.  He loved to sing, and enjoyed square dancing with Peggy. He was often found working in the garden, or enjoying his grandchildren’s many activities and events. 



Gloria Diane DeVlieger, age 77 of Marengo, passed away Sunday , January 28, 2018 at Rose Haven Nursing Home, Marengo.  There will be no funeral or visitation services.  Burial will be in the St. John’s Cemetery in Cedar Rapids.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be contributed to Rose Haven Nursing Home, Marengo.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Gloria is survived by two sons David (Valentina) Stevens and Darrenn Stevens; eight grandchildren Steven, Parrish, Tabitha, Jami, Leilani, Patricia, Mitchell and Hayden; several great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; two brothers Darrell and Larry Johnson; and three sisters Donna Cornish, Karen Bruggeman and LeeAnn Renner.  She was preceded in death by her parents, two daughters KaCindra and Theresa, her first husband Richard Stevens, her second husband Edward DeVlieger and one sister Sheryll Mondahl.

Gloria Diane Johnson was born March 26, 1940, in Iowa City, the daughter of Dwayne and Dorothy Mohr Johnson.  She graduated from Tarpon Springs Schools, Florida in 1958.  Gloria was employed as a topographer in the civil engineering field.  She was a master seamstress and enjoyed home construction, decorating and quilting. 





Donald Edward Dietrich, age 96 of Marengo, Iowa, passed away at Rose Haven Nursing Home, on Friday, January 26, 2018.  Funeral Services will be at  10:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at Trinity United Church of Christ, rural Marengo.  Burial will be in the Ladora Cemetery with military honors.  Visitation will be Tuesday morning January 30, 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  In lieu of flowers or cement, the family requests memorials be contributed to Trinity U.C.C. or Essence of Life Hospice.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Donald was born August 19, 1921 in rural Lincoln Township of Iowa County.  He was the son of Edward and Mary Calvert Dietrich and the oldest of five children.  He attended Lincoln #1 country school through 8th grade.  Donald assisted his family on the farm.  He was united in marriage to Welma Frances Clevenger on April 18, 1942 in Bethany, MO.  Donald was drafted  in 1943 and honorably served our country in the Army until 1946.  He was stationed in the Philippines as a medic during World War II.  He received the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one bronze star.  After the war, he returned to New Virginia and continued farming for four years.  In 1950, he and his wife purchased a farm in Sumner Township.  Donald furthered his education in 1971 and received his GED from Kirkwood Community College, in Cedar Rapids.  He passed away Friday, January 26, 2018 at the age of 96 years, 5 months and 7 days.

Donald is survived by his two sons Keith (Gloria) Dietrich of McAllen, Texas and Gene (Jill) Dietrich of Marengo; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; 10 step-great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren and 2 step-great- great-grandchildren. Don was preceded in death by his wife Frances in 2014, and his siblings Marjorie Stockstell, Leonard, Richard and Gary Dietrich. 

 Don cherished the 71 years he and Frances had together.  They had a wonderful life, enjoying their family and traveling all over the world.




Janet L. Korns, age 80 of Brooklyn, Iowa, died Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Brooklyn Community Estate. Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Friday, January 26, 2018, Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn with Rev. Joyce Proctor officiating.  Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Thursday, January 25, 2018, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. A memorial fund has been established.

She is survived by her children, Darla (Timothy) Ingersoll, Mark (Kayleen) Rhinehart, all of Brooklyn, Steven (Jennifer) Rhinehart of Grinnell; step-children, Sherry Korns-Johnson, and Charles Korns both of Brooklyn, and Angie (Joel) Bayer of Victor; 14 grandchildren, Brandi (Jon) King of California, Travis Wilson (Amanda Wagner) of Wisconsin, Cody (Alexis) Wilson, Nick Wilson (Taylor Burnham), Kaden Rhinehart, all of Brooklyn, Isaac, Gianna and Soleil Rhinehart of Grinnell; Amanda Johnson, and Brettney Korns of Cedar Rapids, Blain Kupka of Waterloo, Calvin Korns of Hiawatha, and William and Owen Bayer of Victor; 7 great-grandchildren, Teagen King, Jadeyn King and Addalyn King, all of California, Easton Wilson of Brooklyn, Payton Wilson of Brooklyn and Graham Wilson of Brooklyn, and Silas Boyer of Cedar Rapids. Also surviving are her siblings, Barbara Gensley of Victor, Charles (Susan) Cronbaugh of Marengo, Mary Schwab-Gerard (Jake) of Belle Plaine, Robert (Connie) Cronbaugh of Marengo, Doris Hawkins of Marengo, and Gary (Taryn) Cronbaugh of Grinnell; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband William Korns, two daughters, Connie Rhinehart and Janice Korns, two sisters in infancy, a brother Celaine, granddaughter Jenny Korns, a brother-in-law Larry Gensley, and a son-in-law Steve Johnson.

Janet L. Cronbaugh was born May 21, 1937, the daughter of Cecil and Maxine Stowell Cronbaugh.  She received her education in the Honeycreek Township school and graduated from the Marengo High School in 1955.  Janet married Richard Rhinehart on November 3, 1956 at the Church of the Brethren, Brooklyn. To this union four children were born, Darla, Connie, Mark and Steven. The couple later divorced. She married William Korns on March 3, 1973 at her home in Brooklyn. He passed away in 2005.

Janet worked for a short time at Amana Refrigeration, as office personnel. She then was employed at Poweshiek County Savings in Brooklyn until her retirement in 1999. She also served as a hostess for Nevenhoven Funeral Home for several years. Janet was an active member of her church community, serving as a Sunday School teacher, treasurer on the Board and a delegate to the district conference for the Church of the Brethren. She played piano for services, and was a member of the Ladies Aid.  She continued her church life as an active member of the Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn, where she was a member of the G.E.M.S.

Janet enjoyed gardening, canning, and reading in her spare time.  She liked to play piano and sing. Her life revolved around her family and she cherished the many family gatherings and activities. She especially enjoyed her grand and great-grandchildren.



Garth Edward Cooney, age 60 of Marengo, passed away Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House in Hiawatha.  Memorial Services:  2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Marengo, with Father David Wilkening officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery, Marengo.  There will be a luncheon and time to visit with the family at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church following the committal service at the cemetery.  A memorial fund has been established.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Garth is survived by his wife Della of Marengo; three children Chad (Kaylynn) Cooney of Madison, SD, Jason (Kayla) Cooney of Manchester and Sara (Tim) Campagna of Marion; six grandchildren Addison, Paislee, Nolan, and Sam Cooney and Leighton and Weston Campagna; five siblings Gary (Elaine) Cooney of Hudson, Mike (Jade) Cooney of Patriot, IN, Frank (Debbie) Cooney of Solon, Tim (Janine) Cooney of Ottumwa and Jeannette Cooney of Johnston; a sister-in-law Kristen Cooney; his mother-in-law Sandy Brecht; and a brother-in-law Ron (Michelle) Brecht.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Emmett and his father-in-law Ron Brecht Sr. 

Garth Cooney was born February 7, 1957, in Iowa City, the son of Joe and Lois Hoyle Cooney.  He graduated from Iowa Valley High School in 1975.  He was united in marriage to Della Brecht on November 28, 1980 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Marengo.  Garth worked at Gerdau in Wilton, as a crane operator for 29 years.  He enjoyed all sports, especially golf, fantasy sports and the Iowa Hawkeyes.  Family was very important to Garth and he loved spending time with them all.  He also loved spending time with his two best buddies, his dogs Cooper and Baily. 




Linda G. Kriegel, age 83 of Grinnell, formerly of Brooklyn, Iowa, passed away at the Mayflower Health Center in Grinnell on January 20, 2018. 

Funeral Mass:  10:00 A.M. Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn with Fr. Corey Close officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Brooklyn.  Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Tuesday, January 23, 2018, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn with a Scripture Service at 7 P.M. Memorials may be contributed to Windsor Manor or Mayflower Home in Grinnell.

Linda is survived by her children, Laura (Bruce) Blankenfeld, Karen (Kenny) Thompson, Cheryl (Rick) Burnham all of Grinnell, Mark (Deb) of Brooklyn, Curtis (Angie) of Hartwick, Kevin of Hartwick, Mindy (Dave) Ward of Fort Collins, CO, and Ginny (Marty) Burkle of North Liberty; twenty-one grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Marcella Moyer of Grinnell and Carol Owens of Chariton.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Glen Joe in 2015; an infant son Stephen; an infant granddaughter, Jessica Kriegel; and four great-grandchildren, Dylan Graff, and Luke, Ivy, and Lainey Riedel, and a daughter-in-law Lisa Kriegel.

Linda Gae Guddendorf was born March 14, 1934 in Hayward, Wisconsin, the daughter of John Peter Guddendorf, Jr. and Hazel Irene Tinkle Guddendorf.  She attended the Malcom schools and married Glen Joseph Kriegel on November 19, 1954 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Brooklyn. The couple farmed in the area for many years. Linda was a loving wife and mother and “Queen of the Castle”. She spent time gardening and cooking, but also enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, reading and ceramics. Linda’s family was her pride and joy and she cherished every moment spent with them. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Brooklyn, and the Altar and Rosary Society.




Burton Behrens, age 95, of Marengo, passed away Saturday, January 13th at Rose Haven Nursing Home in Marengo, Iowa. There are no services scheduled at this time. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Compass Memorial Hospital Emergency Care Department in his name.

He was born on May 31, 1922, in Albert City, Iowa to Henry and Ester (Johnson) Behrens. He graduated from Sioux Rapids Consolidated School and enlisted in the Navy during WWII where he was an officer on the USS Liddle. After receiving numerous awards and commendations Burt decided to return to school and went on to graduate from Iowa State University with a degree in Agricultural Economics and a minor in Agronomy. Following college he married Evelyn Berninger in 1949. Together, they had two children. Burt’s career path took him to Liberia, West Africa where he served as an advisor for the International Assistance Corporation. He held similar positions throughout his career in Indonesia and Africa. He enjoyed traveling and learning the different cultures with his second wife Barbara Burt whom he married in 1969.

He is survived by his children, Susan Barkhurst, Steven (Janet) Behrens; step children; Babs (Courtney) Mitchell, Clara Hopkins, and Hardee (Bruce) Klitzman; along with many grandchildren. He will be honored by being laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.





Richard Wayne “Dick” Wiebold, age 78, of Conroy, passed away Monday, January 15, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospital.  Funeral Service:  10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Conroy, with Pastor Thomas Ogilvie officiating.  Burial will be in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Conroy.  Visitation 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, January 19, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Conroy.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be contributed to the American Lung Association or the Trinity Lutheran Church in Conroy.

Richard is survived by his wife Evelyn Wiebold; his children Susan (Michael) Klier of Des Moines, Cathy (Tom) Peters of Conroy, Jim (Callie) Wiebold of Conroy and Angie (Eric) Broomfield of Pittsburg, IL; nine grandchildren Cassie (Matt) DeWitt, Jacob and Nick Klier, Luke and Emma Peters, Anna and Jillian Wiebold, and Evan and Ayden Broomfield.  He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers Ralph, Bob and Earl in infancy.

Richard “Dick” Wiebold was born October 18, 1939, in rural Williamsburg, the son of Arnold and Esther Schwarting Wiebold.  He graduated from Conroy High School in 1957.
Dick proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army Reserves from 1957 to 1965.  He was united in marriage to Evelyn Neumann on December 10, 1966 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo.  Dick started custom farming and hauling milk with his brother Bob.  Gary Hartz and Dick started their livestock hauling business, Hartz and Wiebold, and eventually Dick owned and operated it as Dick Wiebold Trucking.  Following the sale of this business, Dick worked for Holden Foundation Seeds until he retired.  He was a lifelong member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and he served on the L.I.S. School Board.   Dick was a proud resident of Conroy.   He enjoyed all Conroy activities with his friends, from pitching on the slow pitch softball team to mowing yards.  Dick enjoyed gardening, his flowers and trees, and feeding the squirrels and birds.  Hospitality was a high priority with Dick,  the door to their house was always open.  He never forgot a face, a place or a story.  Dick enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs and Iowa State Cyclones, playing cards and working on his daily sudoku. 

As a husband, father, grandfather and friend, Dick will forever be remembered and missed for his keen memory and knowledge, his honesty and loyalty, his strong faith and sense of humor, and his love of visiting and spending time with family and friends.





Phillip Emil Bral, age 66 of Marengo, passed away Monday, January 15, 2018.  Funeral services:  10:30 a.m., Friday, January 19, 2018 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Marengo, with Father David Wilkening officiating.  Burial will be at a later date.  Visitation:  5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, January 18, 2018 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be contributed to the 4H Fairview Zippers. 

Phillip is survived by his wife Freda; three children Tige (April) Bral of Victor, Michael (Faith) Owens of East Prairie, MO and Merrideth (Jason) Carden of Marengo; two brothers Bary (Tammy) Bral of Marengo and Randy (Denise) Bral of Homestead; 10 grandchildren; and a daughter-in-law Shari Bral of Ottumwa.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Slade, a grandson Jesse and a brother Roy. 

Phillip Emil Bral was born January 22, 1951 in Marengo, the son of Emil Bral and Darlene Walters Bral.  He graduated from Marengo High School where he was an All State Wrestler and homecoming king.  He received an associate’s degree from Kirkwood Community College.  Phillip married Michelle Kramer in 1973 and was blessed with two children.  He later married Freda Ditto on September 19, 2009 on the family farm.  Phillip worked at Amana Refrigeration for 25 years.  He was very passionate about farming the family farm where he raised horses and cattle.  He owned an International Farmall M tractor.  Phillip was a confident and self-reliant person.  If he could make something himself, he would.  He was a member of the NRA and also the 4H Fairview Zipper Club and loved to joke around with people. 






Betty Lou Ranshaw, age 88 of Marengo, passed away Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Compass Memorial Hospital.  A Celebration of Life Service will be held on June 24, 2018 in North Liberty.  Location and times will be announced later.  Burial will be in the Ridgewood Cemetery in North Liberty.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Betty is survived by her husband Robert of Marengo; five children Timothy M. (Heide) of Denver, CO, Robert K. (Rosalie) of Denver, CO, Kathleen A. Ranshaw (Karen Jameson) of North Liberty, Deborah M. Ranshaw of Tiffin and David L. Ranshaw of Marengo; five grandchildren Jenny (Brad) Griswold, Ian (Laurie) Ranshaw, Travis Fowler, Davis Garritano, Zach (Kelsey) Ranshaw; six great-grandchildren Emily and Billy Griswold, Addison and Abigail Ranshaw, and Jennifer Lawrence and Gage Fowler; two brothers Quinn (Norma) McBride, of Huxley, Ian McBride of CA; two sisters Joy (Jon) Gage of Franklin, WI and Kristin McBride of Willow Springs, MO.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Ralph W. McBride.

Betty Lou McBride was born February 28, 1929 in Liberty, NE the daughter of Ralph and Marie Winchell McBride.  She graduated from University High School in Iowa City in 1947.  She married Robert Ranshaw on June 24, 1947.  She worked as a nurses’ aide, at Lantern Park Nursing Home, Coralville, a job she thoroughly enjoyed.

In her youth, Betty was very active in 4-H. She actively participated in her church, including choir. She was a member of the Whip-Poor-Will Women’s Club in North Liberty.  She enjoyed arranging flowers, gardening and collecting music cd’s.  Most of her time was spent with her family, keeping up with her friends, and tending to all of the cats on the farm. 








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