Pastor Marcus H. Beebe, age 66, of Springville, went to be with his Lord Thursday, December 13, 2018.  Funeral services will be Friday, December 21, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Clover Ridge Methodist Church, Walford, with Rev. Mike Townsley officiating.  Burial will be in the Koszta Cemetery with military honors.  Visitation will be Thursday, December 20, 2018, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Clover Ridge Methodist Church, Walford.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Marcus was born November 30, 1952, in Buffalo Center, Iowa, the son of Gordon and Anna Smoley Beebe.  He graduated from Benton Community High School in 1971.  Marcus served in the United States Air Force.  He married Dale Lynn Rafeld on June 3, 1977, in Rowsburg, Ohio, welcoming her two children as his own.  Following his service in the Air Force  Marcus worked many jobs from truck driving to manufacturing. In 2014 he retired from the work force to answer his call to become a Pastor.  Most recently he was a Pastor of Rochester United Methodist Church, Rochester, Iowa. Marcus was an Iowa farm boy with a dedication to hard work and family. Anyone who walked through his door was welcomed. He did not know strangers, just friends he hadn’t yet met. Marcus lived his life according to John 13:34 “ Love one another. As I have loved you…” His dream was to have a semi outfitted to be a mobile  church, he wanted to offer services to fellow truck drivers at truck stops.

Marcus is survived by his wife Dale Lynn, his children Shane Beebe and Cherryl (Richard) Hatton; his siblings Stuart (Linda) Beebe and Leita (James) Privett; eight grandchildren Kiana, Marissa, Chelsea, Hanna, Joseph, Benjamin, Brian and Coy; four great grandchildren C.J., Nikki, Elijah and Michael.  He was preceded in death by parents, and two sisters Carol Beebe and Rosella Pettit. 
Marcus was a member of the Newhall American Legion Post 167 for 33 years.






Ying Vang, age 78 of Marengo, died Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at Rose Haven Nursing Home,  Funeral Service: 1:00 p.m., Sunday, December 9, 2018, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, with Robert Dugger celebrant.  Visitation: 4 to 6 P.M., Saturday, December 8, 2018, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  A private family burial will be at a later date.  A memorial fund in his name has been established. 

Ying is survived by his children, Feuang Kavanh (Mine) of Marengo, Theuang Vang of Fort Worth, TX, Thing Vongvilay (Savany) of Marengo, Bouaphanh Sayachak (Jack) of Euless, TX, Phairot Hoang (Phomsamay), of Joliet, IL, Angie Luong (Anthony) of West Des Moines, Sengdao Vanlo (Por) of Iowa City, Vinai Vang (Jennifer) of Solon, and Lokhoy Brecht (Joel) of Marengo; 17 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren; two nephews Kong Vang and Tai Vang; and a niece Yeng Lovan.

He was preceded in death by his wife Nan, his parents, and a son Tim Vang in 2010.





Harold O. Berstler, age 100, of Millersburg, passed away, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 at the English Valley Care Center, in North English. Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, December 11, 2018 , United Methodist Church, Millersburg, with Pastor Michelle Williamson officiating. Burial will be in the Millersburg Cemetery with Military Honors. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Monday, December 10, 2018 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. Memorials may be directed to Essence of Life Hospice of Amana in his name.

Harold is survived by his wife Eulah; two children, Verla Rutherford of North English, and Marcia Doehrman (Jay) of Millersburg; two grandsons, Wayne and James Rutherford (Tamara); and three great-grandchildren, Patrick, Brandon and Jayson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Ruth King Berstler, two sisters, Leona Roberts, and Beulah Doty, a brother Merlyn and two sons, Glenn and Randall.

Harold Oliver Berstler was born September 3, 1918 in Dayton, Iowa, the son of Samuel Berstler and Viola Mae Brawner Berstler.  He graduated from the Millersburg High School in 1936 and proudly served in the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II. Upon his return, Harold and Ruth King were united in marriage on May 21, 1948 in Washington, Iowa. She passed away in 1981. On April 29, 1995, he married Eulah Huff Mantz. Harold was a farmer for many years.  He also ran a repair shop, and the Millersburg Skating Rink.  He drove school bus for the Millersburg-Deep River school district.  

Harold enjoyed working with wood, gardening and canning. In his later years, he was fortunate to enjoy the experience of an Honor Flight. He was a member of the North English VFW and the Millersburg American Legion.






Esther Darlene Kline, age 91, of Brooklyn, passed away November 29, 2018, at the Brooklyn Community Estate.  Funeral Mass:  2:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 4, 2018, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, in Brooklyn, with Father Corey Close officiating.  Burial will be in  Calvary Cemetery, Brooklyn.  Visitation:  3 to 6 p.m., Monday, December 3, 2018, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, with a Scripture Service at 6 P.M.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be contributed in Esther’s name, to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Esther is survived by numerous cousins and many close friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents. 

Esther was born November 20, 1927, in Brooklyn, the daughter of Peter J. Kline and Lois Mildred (Smith) Kline.  She graduated in 1945 from the Hartwick School District.  She was the Brooklyn Activity Coordinator for many years.  She received two governor’s volunteer awards for 20 years of service.  Esther enjoyed sewing quilts, knitting and crocheting, to sell at craft shows and flea markets.  She especially enjoyed taking bus trips with her mother. 







Katy Marie Ehrman, age 95, of Amana, passed away Saturday, November 24, 2018, at Colonial Manor.  Funeral Services: 10:00 A.M., Thursday, November 29, 2018, at the Middle Amana Church, Middle Amana, with Elder Alan Trumpold officiating.  Burial will be in the South Amana Cemetery, South Amana, Iowa.  Visitation will be from 3 to 6 P.M., Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at the Middle Amana Church, Middle Amana. Memorials can be given in Katy’s name to the Amana Church or Essence of Life Hospice.  Kloster Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Katy is survived by her husband Harry Ehrman; a daughter Pamela (William) Daws, of West Burlington; a daughter-in-law Rachel Ehrman of South Amana; five grandchildren Dustin (Tracy) Ehrman, Molly (Rob) Kephart, Erin (Joel) Schaefer, Rebecca (Mark Allen) Boscaljon and Emily (Ryan) Wright; nine great-grandchildren Willa and Edgar Kephart, Aliese, Jack and Heidi Schaefer and Madeleine Boscaljon, Ashli, Brandon (Erika), and Colton Spicer; four great- great- grandchildren Lillie, Kellan, Kaylee and David Spicer; a sister Ellen May Marz and a half brother Richard Leichsenring.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a son Russell Ehrman and a brother Ernest in infancy.  

Katy was born September 9, 1923, in South Amana, the daughter of Ernest and Louise (Berger) Leichsenring.  She graduated from Amana High School in 1941 and attended the Cedar Rapids Business College.  She was united in marriage to Harry E. Ehrman on June 16, 1946 in Amana, Iowa.  Katy was employed by Zuber’s restaurant and the United States Postal Service, as Postmaster in South Amana, Iowa.  She was a member of the National Association of Postmasters, the Amana Church, Amana Heritage Society and the Amana Arts Guild.  Katy enjoyed reading, traveling, sewing, cooking and gardening. 





Evelyn S. Fetter, age 94, of Chelsea, passed away Sunday, November 18, 2018 at Brooklyn Community Estate. Funeral Mass: 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, November 21, 2018, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn with Fr. Corey Close officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Brooklyn. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 P.M. Tuesday, November 20, 2018, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. A memorial fund has been established.

Evelyn is survived by her children, John (Jane) of Chelsea, Joanne Slaughter of Cedar Rapids, and Beverly Childress (Ken) of Cedar Rapids, four grandchildren, Jill (Josh) Curphy of North Liberty, Jared (Madison) Fetter of Van Horne, Cheryl Childress of Des Moines, and Jamie (Tommy) Canterbury of Marion; and six great-grandchildren, Mason Canterbury, Abilene and Gavin Curphy, and Emerson, Leo and Peighton Fetter.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Charles in 2005, a sister Irene Peska, and three brothers, Julian, Charley and Rene Arens.

Evelyn Sophia Arens was born July 11, 1924 near Hartwick, Iowa, the daughter of Henry Arens and Louise Vols Arens.  She graduated from the Hartwick High School.
She and Charles Frank Fetter were united in marriage on January 17, 1945 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn. She was a loving wife, mother and homemaker. She was the typical farm wife, doing all that was needed to keep things running smoothly.  Evelyn enjoyed gardening and canning, baking raisin bread pudding and making sweet rice.  Embroidery was also a favorite pastime.  She especially enjoyed the family get-togethers.




Joyce A. Reihmann, age 83 of Middle Amana, passed away, Friday, November 16, 2018 at Colonial Manor of Amana.  Funeral Services: 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, November 21, 2018, Middle Amana Church, Middle Amana with Elders Tony Berger and Andrea Haldy officiating. Burial will be in the Middle Amana Cemetery.  Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at the Middle Amana Church. A memorial fund has been established.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Joyce is survived by a son Tim (Anita) of Marengo; a daughter Deb (John) Balhorn of Cedar Rapids; three grandchildren, Tyler (Sarah) Reihmann of Clive, Katie Reihmann of Manhattan, KS and Chase (Anna) Reihmann of Lincoln, NE; and five great-grandchildren, Abigayle and Penelope Reihmann and Nehemiah, Finnley and Emaline Reihmann. She was preceded in death by her husband Vernon in 2011, her parents, three sisters, Louise Stambaugh, Bertha Pearson, and Mary Leonhardt, and two brothers James and LaVern Klaner.

Joyce Annalea Klaner was born July 30, 1935 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the daughter of George and Hazel Cairy.  She attended McKinley High School, Cedar Rapids, and married Vernon Reihmann on April 16, 1955 at the Middle Amana Church. Joyce worked in many of the Amana businesses over the years, including the Amana General Store, the Homestead Sandwich Shop and the Colonial Manor cafeteria.  She enjoyed attending many of the local events, collecting stamps, Disney and Princess Diana memorabilia. She loved cooking and baking and was known for her delicious fudge.

Above all, Joyce was devoted to her family and enjoyed spending time with them, especially the grandchildren and great grandchildren.




Samantha Jo Kriegel, age 38 of Ankeny, formerly of Brooklyn, died Tuesday, November 6, 2018 from injuries suffered in an auto accident. Funeral Mass: 10:30 A.M. Monday, November 12, 2018, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn, IA. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Brooklyn. Visitation: 3 to 7 P.M. Sunday, November 11, 2018 at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. Memorials may be directed to the family in Samantha’s name.

Samantha was born June 16, 1980 in Grinnell, Iowa, the daughter of LaVerne and Roseanne Sawyer Kriegel.  She graduated from BGM High School, Brooklyn with the Class of 1998 and went on to receive a Bachelors degree in Finance from the University of Northern Iowa. Sam worked for businesses in Oklahoma City and most recently in the Des Moines area as an accounting manager and in AP.

She was independent and adventurous, a friend to many, and devoted to her family. She enjoyed bicycling, riding her motorcycle, going to Iowa Wild Games, working out, and traveling. She liked playing games, watching movies and socializing with her friends. Samantha was a most generous and giving person. Her giving extended even after death, with a precious Gift of Life to several organ recipients. She lived life to the fullest, and will be greatly missed.

She leaves behind her parents, LaVerne and Roseanne; her sisters, Susan (Kyle) Lint of Brooklyn, Sheila Kriegel (Jim Westphalen) of Muscatine, and Maria Kriegel of Brooklyn; her grandmother, Kathleen Sawyer of Sigourney; nieces Kelsey and Kaylee Lint; and nephews, Elijah Lint, and Jake and Josh Westphalen;  along with many cousins, aunts and uncles, and a special second family, Jim and Kari Roth, Katie Roth, and Jessie (Ben) Hinds and their sons, Ross and Otto.

Sam was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Ronald Sawyer, and paternal grandparents, Lloyd and Claras Kriegel.




Glenn McCabe, age 90, of Williamsburg, Iowa passed away Thursday, November 1, 2018 at Highland Ridge Care Center in Williamsburg.  Mass of Christian Burial:  10:00 a.m., Monday, November 5, 2018, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Williamsburg, with Father David Wilkening officiating.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.  Visitation:  9:00 a.m. until service time, Monday, November 5, 2018, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be contributed to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Williamsburg or the Highland Ridge Care Center.

Glenn is survived by nine nieces and nephews; his Highland Ridge family; and countless friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Harold, Edward, and James; his sisters Sister Ann Marita McCabe, Marietta Schamberger, Margaret Louberto and Helen Jones.

Glenn Alfred McCabe was born September 26, 1928, in Williamsburg, the son of Dr. John Francis McCabe and Maude Mary White McCabe.  He is the eighth child in the family of four brothers and four sisters.  He attended the Williamsburg High School.  Glenn continued to live in Williamsburg until 1958, when he moved to Conception, Missouri, where he was employed at the Abby Press and worked in the mailing department until 1980.  In 1981 he moved to Davenport, Iowa, to be near his sister, Sister Ann Marita McCabe.  Glenn moved back to Williamsburg in 2002.  He attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in Williamsburg.  He moved to Highland Ridge Care Center and loved his new family.  Glenn especially loved to play cards, bingo, and watch the Iowa Hawkeye football games.




Louis Eugene Wauters, age 82, of Altoona, formerly of Brooklyn, passed away Thursday, November 1, 2018, at the Altoona Nursing and Rehab Center.  Memorial Service:  10:30 a.m., Thursday, November 8, 2018, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, with Father Corey Close officiating.  Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Brooklyn, with military honors.  There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Brooklyn Fire Department in Louis’s name.

Louis is survived by his children Donald (Shelley) Wauters, of Altoona, Duane Wauters, of Des Moines, Daniel Wauters, of Newton and Diane Wauters, of Des Moines; a brother John (Joyce) Wauters, of Burlington; eleven grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a twin brother Donald, a sister Helen and a daughter Denise is 2006.

Louis Wauters was born January 29, 1936, in rural Hartwick, Iowa, the son of John August and Marie (Mayme) Catherine (Dolash) Wauters.  He received his education in the country schools and attended 9th grade at St. John’s in Victor.  Louis joined the U.S. Marine Corp in 1953 and served in Korea.  He worked at Amana Refrigeration for 15 years.  In 1988, Louis moved to Des Moines and started working at his son’s business, Priority Express.  He enjoyed going to the casino and going to races in Brooklyn to watch his son race.  He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Brookyn.   Louis especially loved attending his kids' and grandkids' activities.




Gilbert Perez, age 62, of Marengo, passed away in his home on October 30, 2018.  Friends may gather to celebrate Gilbert’s life from 6 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  Memorials may be directed to the Gilbert Perez memorial fund in care of Kloster Funeral Home, 298 W. Washington St., Marengo, Iowa, 52301. 

Gilbert is survived by his extended family and many friends. He is preceded in death by his father Gustavo Perez and a brother           .

Gilbert was born March 8, 1956, in Havana, Cuba, the son of Gustavo and Nilda Estela Perez.  He was employed at McDonalds for 11 years, in Coralville, and also worked faithfully as an Iowa County translator for many years. 





Lois Mae Lukes, age 66, of Homestead, passed away October 23, 2018, at her home.  Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 27, 2018, at the Homestead Cemetery, with Elders Betsy Momany and Jon Childers officiating.  Visitation:  4 to 7 p.m., Friday, October 26, 2018, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  A memorial fund has been established.

Lois is survived by her husband Dennis of 48 years; her three sons Steven (Sherry) Lukes, Middle Amana, James Lukes, West Amana and Justin (Rachel) Lukes, Hiawatha; eight grandchildren Olivia Grimm (Tony), Gavin, Rachel, Noland, Corinna, Dalton, Cameron and Weston; a brother Darrel (Susan) Grouette of Homestead, FL and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters Marilyn Grouette and Margaret Provin and a daughter-in-law Heather (Schwab) Lukes.

Lois Mae Grouette, was born November 8, 1951, in Mason City, the daughter of Gean  and Velma “Lorraine” (Harriot) Grouette.  She graduated from Mason City High School and married Dennis D. Lukes on August 1, 1970, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, in Mason City.  Lois worked for Amana Refrigeration for 31 years until retiring.  Lois enjoyed playing games on facebook.  She loved to quilt, make rag rugs, sew and do crafts, collecting Precious Moments, pitchers and bowls, bowling and playing softball.  She was the first female cub master of pack 223 and received the cub master of the year award in 1989.  Lois was always volunteering in the community and lending a helping hand.  She was always a selfless person and giving many friends rides to doctor visits.  She was famous for her party potatoes that she brought every year to the Amana 4th of July picnic and was also known as the mint lady and cake baker.  Her grandchildren loved her pumpkin bars and looked forward to them every holiday.  Lois loved her husband, children, grandchildren and fur child Scooter with all her heart and cherished family heirlooms.  She was really good at making project lists for Denny, to keep him busy.   She was loved and will be missed.





Gene Bartachek, age 86 of Brooklyn, passed away, Sunday evening, October 21, 2018, at Brooklyn Community Estate. Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Thursday, October 25, 2018, First Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn with Rev. Ben Nti officiating.  Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Wednesday, October 24, 2018, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. Memorials may be contributed to the family in his name.

Gene is survived by his wife Shirley; his sons, John (Bonita) of Brooklyn, and Lavern (Julie) of Brooklyn; daughters, Diane (Chuck) Thornton of Cedar Rapids, Lisa (Jim) Mulholland of Grinnell, Janet (Alan) Faas of Brooklyn, and Danean (Kurt) Hatton of Cedar Rapids; and twelve grandchildren, Dawn (Bryan) McGlothlin, Phil (Amy) Bartachek, Nicole (Mac) Dhooge, Brian (Rachael) Bartachek, Amber Bartachek, Jake Bartachek, Brent (Shreya) Thornton, Brooke Thornton, Alicia Mulholland, Andria Mulholland, Matthew (Holly) Faas and Chase (Kayla) Faas; and twelve great-grandchildren, Tyler, Dylan, Ethan, Lucas, Katie, Isaac, Elijah, Levi, Jordan, Quinn, Serena and William. Also surviving are a sister, Dolores Nix of Buckley, WA and a sister-in-law, Peg Bartachek of Brooklyn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother Roger.

Eugene Fred Bartachek was born May 26, 1932, on a farm north of Brooklyn, the son of Fred Morris Bartachek and Mildred Lenora Slaymaker Bartachek. He attended the Brooklyn schools and graduated with the Class of 1950. He and Shirley Goodrich were united in marriage on April 28, 1951. Gene worked with his father and uncle doing earth moving, tiling and grading for several years. He owned and operated Bartachek Tiling and Earthmoving from 1959 until his retirement in 2016. His son John partnered with him in this business.  He also worked various other jobs, including driving bulk milk trucks, and working at the DX gas station. Gene was a perfectionist and his reputation reflected that. He was a volunteer fireman, a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn, and the Farm Bureau. He especially enjoyed fishing in Minnesota, and spending time with his family and friends. In 1963, Gene built their home on Jackson Street with the help of many family members.  





Patsy Carol (Kibbee) Picknell, age 77 of Butler, Missouri, formerly Brooklyn, passed away Friday, September 7, 2018 at Grinnell Regional Medical Center. Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 3, 2018.  Memorials may be contributed in Patsy’s name to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society. Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn is assisting the family with arrangements.

Patsy is survived by her children Donnetta Kay Kerr (Francis Jr.), Carol L. Wheeler, Sylvia L. (John) Reynolds, Molly (Thomas) Harris and Edna Wheeler; 12 Grandchildren and 38 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Forest, a grandson G. Scott Reynolds, a sister Birdie Coburn, brothers Earl and Harold Kibbee, and a son-in-law Walter Tim. 

Patsy Carol Kibbee was born November 20, 1940, in Brooklyn, the daughter of Edmund Robert and Gladys Veva Thomas Kibbee.  She married Forest Otto Picknell in Brooklyn on December 24, 1987.  As a young girl, Patsy helped her mother clean offices and homes around Brooklyn.  Throughout her life she waitressed at various restaurants and a few factories.  She was a punch press operator at Milbank Manufacturing.  Patsy was a fulltime over the road truck driver with her husband Forest in 1985 and continued until his death in 2007, at which time she became fully retired.  She enjoyed fishing, crocheting and bird watching. 




Theodore Siegel Setzer, age 87, of South Amana, and Prescott, Arizona, died Monday, October 15, 2018 at Colonial Manor of Amana. Funeral Services:10:00 A.M. Friday, October 19, 2018, Middle Amana Church, Middle Amana, with Elder Emilie Hoppe officiating.  Burial will be in the South Amana Cemetery with military honors.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 P.M. Thursday, October 18, 2018 at the Middle Amana Church. Memorials may be directed to the family or to the charity of the donor’s choice, in his name.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting with arrangements.

Ted is survived by his wife Evelyn; two sons, Ted (Birlie) of Stamford, Connecticutt, and Eric (Alison) of Atlanta, Georgia; He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Roy.

Theodore Siegel Setzer was born June 26, 1931 in South Amana, Iowa, the son of Theodore and Emma Siegel Setzer. He graduated from the Amana High School and attended Iowa State University, earning degrees in Forestry and Agronomy. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1953 – 55. Ted and Evelyn Sutton were married on September 24, 1955 in Pulaski, Iowa. The couple resided in Amana where Ted worked with the U.S. Forest Service Experiment Station, Amana Forestry and Sawmill, and the Soil Conservation Service for 9 years. After taking a position with the U.S. Forest Service, they moved to Ogden, Utah in 1965, with a position as Research Forester, Forest Survey, at the Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, where they lived for 13 years.  Ted also attended classes at Utah State University and Weber State College part-time.  They then moved to Anchorage, Alaska where Ted was a Resource Analyst, Forest Survey, Pacific Northwest Forest and Range Experiment Station for 17 years until his retirement in 1995.  They remained in Anchorage until they moved to Prescott, Arizona in 2004.  Ted loved traveling, outdoor activities and was an avid conservationist.  The couple regularly attended the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Prescott.






Kevin L. Wille, age 60 of Marengo, died Friday, October 12, 2018 at his home. Memorial Services: 10:30 A.M. Saturday, October 20, 2018, First United Methodist Church, Marengo with Rev. Lisa Crow officiating.  The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 P.M. Friday, October 19, 2018, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established in Kevin’s name. 

Kevin is survived by his wife Sherry; three children, Megan (Derek) Schwarting of Norway, Ashley Wille and Ryan Wille, both at home; and adopted granddaughter Aubreella Miner of Victor; his mother Violet Singleton of Baraboo, WI; his grandmother “Oma” Wilma Neumann of Amana; three brothers, Lonnie (Leigh) Wille of Merrimac, WI, Ronald (Franny) Wille of Merrimac, WI and Donald (Karen) Singleton of Montezuma; two sisters, Tammy (Jack) Muszanowski of Merrimac, WI, and Sherry (Bruce) Meyer of Baraboo, WI; his mother-in-law Linda Fullmer Cisna of Marengo;  several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews; and his cat Skye.

His father Dale Singleton preceded him in death.

Kevin Lynn Wille was born November 10, 1957 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Dale Singleton and Violet Neumann Singleton.  He lived in the Marengo area as a young child, then moved to Merrimac, WI. He left school after 10th grade and joined the U.S. Army.  He and Sherry Fullmer were married on February 16, 1991. Kevin worked in the construction trade until an injury in 1997 left him unable to work. 

Kevin enjoyed trips to Wisconsin to see his family, and spending time with them. His kids were a very important part of his life. He enjoyed woodworking, and he loved his Packers!  





Daniel Joseph VanErsvelde, age 17 of Huxley, Iowa, died Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics from injuries suffered in a house fire. Memorial Services: 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, October 17, 2018, Ballard High School Gymnasium, 701 Ballard Drive, Huxley, Iowa 50124. Rev. Emily Peasley will officiate. Private inurnment will be at a later date. The family will receive friends following the service from 3 to 5 P.M. in the gymnasium. Memorials may be directed to the family c/o Kloster Funeral Home, P.O. Box 341, Brooklyn, Iowa 52211. The family requests no flowers; they will instead be doing a balloon release following the service. Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn is assisting the family with arrangements.

Dan is survived by his mother, Julie McLain; his sisters, Jill and Alison; his grandparents, Robert and Ellen McLain, and Jim and Janet VanErsvelde; aunts and uncles, Bill McLain, Molly and Chad Tanke, Todd and Diane VanErsvelde, and Troy VanErsvelde; and cousins, Courtney VanErsvelde, Nicole VanErsvelde, Clayton McLain, and Eliana Tanke.

He was preceded in death by his father Brett on October 7, 2018 and an uncle Mike VanErsvelde in 1994.

Dan was born July 8, 2001 in Ames, Iowa, the son of Brett VanErsvelde and Julie McLain. He attended the Ballard School in Huxley, Iowa. Dan was a member of the Slater United Methodist Church. He loved art, especially using the computer or a tablet, and sidewalk chalk. Dan participated in baseball with the Ankeny Miracle League, and loved swimming, riding his scooter, and jumping on the trampoline.




Wendell James Kahler, age 84 of Jacksonville, TX, passed away Friday morning, October 12, 2018, in Tyler, TX.

A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled at 10 o’clock in the morning, Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Jacksonville, TX. Officiant is Father Patrick Hartnett. Visitation will begin on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at 9 o’clock in the morning also at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church.

Mr. Kahler will be laid to rest at Calvary Cemetery in Marengo, Iowa on Saturday, October 20, 2018. Visitation in Marengo will be from 10 to 12 o’clock noon at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. The procession to Calvary Cemetery will commence at noon followed by a brief Graveside Service with Fr. David Wilkening officiating.

Mr. Kahler was born May 5th, 1934 in Ladora, Iowa to August A. and Irma Kahler. Wendell grew up in Marengo, Iowa and the surrounding area. He attended Marengo schools and graduated from Marengo High School in 1953. Wendell joined the United States Navy in 1954 and retired as Master Chief Petty Officer in 1982. He married Carole Jean Jacobi October 23, 1954. An accomplished woodworker and cabinetmaker, Wendell was an active member of the East Texas Woodturners Club in Tyler. Wendell earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. Due to Mr. Kahler’s military career, the family resided in numerous places around the country finally, after retirement, locating to Jacksonville, TX.

Left to cherish his memory are sons Joe Kahler of Georgetown, TX, Jeff Kahler and wife Christine Sheehy of Queens Creek, AZ, Kurt Kahler of Jacksonville; daughter Lori McGuire and husband Jerry of Waxahachie, TX; and brother Wayne Kahler and wife Dorothy of Coralville, Iowa. He is also survived by 5 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

 He was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 63 years Carole Kahler; grandson Andy Denning; brothers Bill Ward, Lewis (Pat) Ward, and Everett Ward; sisters Juanita Ward, Doris Trimble, Beulah (Peggy) Coon, Naomi Goodman, and Elaine (Petey) Fischbach.

Funeral services in Jacksonville are under the direction of Autry Funeral Home of Jacksonville, TX. Burial services and arrangements will be under the direction of Kloster Funeral Home in Marengo, IA.




Shana Marie Petrzelka, age 48, of Garrison, passed away Thursday, October 11, 2018, after a courageous battle with cancer.  Funeral services:  10:30 a.m., Monday, October 15, 2018, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  Burial will be at the Calvary Cemetery, Marengo.  Visitation:  2-5 p.m., Sunday, October 14, 2018, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  Memorials may be given to her daughters Grace and Scarlett Petrzelka Gage educational fund. 

Shana is survived by her daughters Grace and Scarlett Petrzelka Gage; four siblings Denise (Gary) Ellis, Deb (Lyle) Henderson, Bruce (Virginia) Petrzelka, Tami (Ron) Wagner; many nieces and nephews; and former spouse Brian Gage.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

Shana was born May 22, 1970, in Cedar Rapids, the daughter of Dwayne and Cleo Sherman Petrzelka.  She graduated from the Amana Community Schools.  She attended UNI and Kirkwood.  She was employed by Clickstop, in Urbana.  Shana was an avid reader.  She enjoyed drawing, swimming and riding horses.  Shana had an extreme love for all animals.




Nicole L. Matlick, age 39 of Marengo, died Friday, October 5, 2018 at her home. The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 P.M. Monday, October 15, 2018 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. There will be no services. Inurnment will be at a later date at the Marengo Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Nicole Matlick Memorial Fund c/o Kloster Funeral Home, 298 W Washington St., Marengo, Iowa 52301

Nicole is survived by her husband Victor Milligan; her father Loren Brockett and wife Denise; her step-father Craig Borchardt; three daughters, Shyawna Collins, Kelsey Milligan and Lainey Milligan; and siblings Ryan Matlick, Shirley Matlick, Chip Brockett, Joey Brockett and Misty Brockett. 

She was preceded in death by her mother Sharon Matlick Borchardt.

Nicole Leanne Matlick was born June 22, 1979 in Iowa City, Iowa, the daughter of Loren Brockett and Sharon Matlick. She graduated from Burlington High School in 1997. She was a loving mother and homemaker. She enjoyed listening to music of all types, but especially liked the “old school hip hop”. She was a movie buff, and liked the “Fast and Furious” series. But most of all she loved spending time with her family and friends, and her pets.




Robert G. Shoemaker, age 61 of Marengo, passed away Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center, in Cedar Rapids.  There will be a Celebration of Life gathering at the Norway Masonic Lodge on Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 5 to 7 P.M.  Memorials can be directed to the family in Robert’s name. 

Robert is survived by his wife Cody; two children Zac (Jessica) and Amber Shoemaker; two step-children Gena Koelker and Heather (Troy) Bruno; a brother Harold (Jennifer) Shoemaker; five grandchildren Lianna, Sterling, Spencer, Nathan and Ethan.  He was preceded in death by his father Ernie in 2017.

Robert Shoemaker was born January 15, 1957 in Auburn, Nebraska, the son of Ernest and Velma Scholl Shoemaker.  He graduated from Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids.  He was united in marriage to Cody Leichsenring on May 23, 1979.  Robert worked in road construction as a heavy equipment operator.  He and his brother owned and operated CLK Dealer Services in Cedar Rapids for 10 years.  He enjoyed fishing and stock car racing and was president of the Cedar Rapids Rabbit Breeders. 



Brett J. VanErsvelde, age 47 of Huxley, Iowa, passed away Sunday, October 7, 2018, due to injuries suffered in a house fire The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 P.M.  Thursday, October 11, 2018 at the United Methodist Church in Slater. Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday, October 12, 2018, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, Iowa, with Rev. Emily Peasley and Fr. Steven Page officiating. Military Honors will be conducted at the funeral home. The family will greet friends at the funeral home from 9:30 – 10:30 on Friday prior to the service. Inurnment will be in the Victor Cemetery, Victor, Iowa at a later date.  

Memorials may be directed to the Brett VanErsvelde Memorial Fund c/o Kloster Funeral Home, PO Box 341, Brooklyn, IA  52211.

Brett is survived by Julie McLain, his partner in a 22 year loving relationship; his daughter Jill, his son Dan, and his daughter Alison; his parents, Jim and Janet VanErsvelde; his siblings, Todd (Diane), and Troy; nieces Courtney and Nicole; and his daughter Mekaila from a previous marriage.

He was preceded in death by a brother Mike in 1994, his paternal grandparents, Raymond and Rachel DeCrane VanErsvelde, and maternal grandparents, Ronald and Gladys Hutchison Baltisberger.

Brett Joseph was born December 21, 1970 in Grinnell, Iowa, the son of Jim and Janet Baltisberger VanErsvelde.  He graduated from the BGM High School in 1989 and served in the U.S. Navy for 5 ½ years. He then attended Iowa State University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Brett was currently employed with the U.S. Postal Service as a mechanic. Previously he worked with the DOT in Ames for 10 years, and with Hach Chemical for over 10 years.  He was a member of the Slater United Methodist Church, the Slater American Legion Post #260 and the American Postal Workers Union.

Brett was a family man. He spent much of his time enjoying the sports activities of his children. He enjoyed football, soccer, and classic cars. He also liked to experiment with smoking different kinds of meat.



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