Eric Allen Smith passed away on October 21, 2019. Eric was sober for 14 years and lost his battle to alcohol addiction. Eric was born on September 29, 1968 to Jerry and Joann Smith. He was their fifth child and the baby of the family. His older sisters babied him as well. Eric is survived by his daughter Allayna Smith (Noah Fox); sisters, Julie (Rick) Bechtel, Shelly (Scott) Larson, Diana (Vince) Kimm, Chrissy (Wes) Ross; nephews & nieces Matt Sherwood, Whitney (Travis) Eister, Wade (Shawna) Kimm, Riley (Lindsy) Larson, Makenzie Kimm (Aaron), Nate (Cassie) Bechtel, Lydia Larson, Olivia (Paul) Doehrmann, & Avery Ross. His many great nieces & nephews that he adored: Cayden Larson, Cooper Eister, Nolen Larson, Graysen Larson, Cole Sherwood, Coy Sherwood, Easton Brant, Harrison Eister, Harper Kimm, & Cruz Kimm. He spent most of the last four years with the love of his life, Marina Peskova. Also survived by Eric is his daughter’s mother & her family; Mike & Shirley Lorimer and their two children Alyshia & Ayden, who he loved and spoiled like the rest of the kids.

Eric had one daughter Allayna Elizabeth Smith with Shirley Lorimer. Allayna was his world and he loved her more than anything. He was a lifelong resident of Marengo. He spent most of his career at JMS Transportation and Papa’s Truck & Trailer. Eric loved all children and animals. Especially his dogs Jake, Baboo, & Teddy.  Eric loved to tease and buy the largest & most expensive gifts for the many young children in his family. He had a huge heart and you always knew where you stood with him. He loved the “F” word & rap music. He loved being on the river.

Eric is proceeded in death by his parents Jerry Smith, Joann Smith, & Madeline Smith, great-niece Kennedi Sherwood, & beloved dog Bella.

Per Eric’s request we will have a celebration of life on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at Marengo Legion Hall from 5 pm to 9 pm. Memories will be shared at 6:30 pm.

All memorials will be donated to Eric’s great niece’s memorial Kennedi’s Kisses and Safe Haven of Iowa County.






Arlene E. Cronbaugh, age 91, of Marengo, passed away Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Compass Memorial Hospital. Private graveside services will be held at a later date. Burial will be at Koszta Cemetery. Memorials may be contributed to Oaklawn Church of God, or Marengo Senior Dining. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Arlene is survived by a son, Steven Cronbaugh of Battle Ground, WA; three daughters, Sheryl (John) Rohlf of Garner, Joanne (Dennis) Boylan of Wonder Lake, IL, and Rosetta (Michael) Ealy of Williamsburg; nine grandchildren, Lindsy (Jose) Lopez, Jason (Leah) Rohlf, Kalysa (Justin) Wroblewski, Krysten Boylan, Amber (Ryan) Spratt, Brittni (Michael) McCallister, Reece (Bryn) Ealy, Hannah and Elijah Cronbaugh; and 16 great grandchildren, Xavier, Isaac, Isabelle, John, Kade, Grace, Bishop, Emmett, Owen, Kalon, Keston, Brixton, Slayton, Tenley, May and Cade.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Merle H., three brothers, Merle, Dale and Marlow Eiben, and a daughter in law Sandra Cronbaugh.

Arlene E. Cronbaugh was born January 2, 1928 in Ponca Nebraska, the daughter of Frederick and Edith Knoell Eiben. She graduated from Omaha High School later uniting in marriage to Merle H. Cronbaugh on September 3, 1947 in Viola Center, Iowa. Arlene enjoyed crocheting, quilting, and sewing. She also spent her time reading, putting together puzzles and playing dominos. She especially loved spending time with her family and attending church. She will be greatly missed by many.



Susan Marie Schafbuch, age 62, of Marengo, passed away October 14, 2019 in her home.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 18, 2019, at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, Williamsburg, with Pastor Louie Gallo officiating.  Burial will be in Genoa Bluff Cemetery, Ladora.  Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, October 17, 2019 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be contributed to St. Paul's Methodist Church, Williamsburg, in Sue’s name.

Sue is survived by her husband Jeff; her three children Corrina (Kevin) Dea, of Morton, IL, Crystal (Heath) Brandt, of Walford, and Casey (Stephanie) Schafbuch, of Ankeny; 10 grandchildren Addison, Harrison and Hunter Dea, Bo, Brock, Bennett and Briar Brandt, and Cru, Jovie and Gemma Schafbuch; seven siblings Gregory (Robyn) Roux, David Roux, Julie (Thom) Rutherford, Connie (Ben) Grapa, Mary (Bruce) VandeBerg, Laurie Haus and Kathy (Andy) Sirek; and several other relatives and friends.   She was preceded in death by her parents Don and Kathleen Roux, and her first husband Jeffery Olson.

Sue was born October 20, 1956 in Rice Lake, WI, the daughter of Donald and Kathleen (Schieffer) Roux.  She graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1975.  Sue married Jeffrey Schafbuch on January 12, 1979 in Rice Lake, WI.  In 1982, they moved to Marengo where they made their home.  Sue was a member of St. Paul’s Methodist Church, Williamsburg and the Kiwanis Club of Marengo.  She enjoyed gardening, sewing and embroidery.  She especially loved to spend time with her grandchildren and family.  Sue owned her own business, Sue’s Sewing and Embroidery and was also employed at Capper Auto Group, for 25 years.  She made many life long friendships there with customers and co-workers.  She will be greatly missed by all.



Thelma Marie Dietrich, age 94, of Williamsburg, passed away Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at Mercy Hospital Hospice, Iowa City.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 7, 2019 at Trinity United Church of Christ, rural Marengo, with Pastor Tim Miller officiating.  Burial will be in the Zion Cemetery, rural Ladora.  Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday, October 6, 2019 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  A memorial fund has been established. 

Thelma is survived by her daughters, Lonnett (Frank) Dietrich Blakley of Riverside, Ica (Kenneth) Shaull of North Liberty, and Ellen (Kurt) Stevenson of Tiffin; two grandchildren, Nathan (Katie) Shaull of Bertram, and Matthew (Kimberly) Shaull of Hiawatha; three great-grandchildren, Keagan and Kyler Shaull and Raphael Shaull. She is also survived by two sisters, Frieda Reno of Marshalltown and Dorothy Miller of Mt. Vernon. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Leonard of 68 years, a sister Helen Haman, and three brothers Herman, Ernest and John Punke.

Thelma Marie Punke Dietrich was born June 20, 1925, in Clayton, New Mexico, the daughter of Charles Garret and Ica Ogal Mercer Punke. She graduated from Marengo High School. Thelma was united in marriage to Leonard Kenneth Dietrich on September 10, 1946 in rural Marengo. The couple took over the task of running the family farm in Lincoln Township, which they worked for 60 years. In 2006, they retired from the farm and moved to Williamsburg. Thelma enjoyed gardening in her vegetable and flower gardens.  She canned a variety of goods from green beans to tomatoes.  She baked incredible apple pies, and cookies of all kinds. Thelma was also a seamstress, making clothes and handmade quilts.

The truest philosophy of Thelma and Leonard and their family can be found on a large wooden plaque made by a family friend: “There are no strangers here…Only friends we haven’t met.”



Laurel Andrew Keller, age 82, passed away Monday September 30, 2019 at Mayflower Homes, Grinnell. Funeral Services: 10:30 am, Friday, October 4, 2019 at Madison Church of Christ, rural Brooklyn with Rev. Joel Nielsen and Rev. John Epperson officiating. Burial will be at Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery, Brooklyn. Visitation: 9:30 am until service time, Friday, October 4, 2019 at Madison Church of Christ, rural Brooklyn. A memorial fund has been established. Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Laurel Andrew Keller was born February 5, 1937 in Grinnell, Iowa the son of Pete and Mabel Shadel Keller. He was raised on a century family farm and after marriage he lived on another family century farm in Madison Township near Brooklyn Iowa. Laurel attended Madison #9 School and later attended Brooklyn Public School graduating with the class of 1954. As a youth Laurel was a member of both 4-H and FFA.

On September 26, 1959 he married A. Marie Wiley at the Madison Church of Christ, where he was a Trustee for many years. The family operated grain and livestock farms, over the years livestock included milk cows, stock cows, and hogs. They are the parents of three children Candace, David and Roger.

Laurel’s passions in life were caring for his family and the farm. He worked hard all of his life and was born to farm. He was proud to call himself a farmer no matter how hard the work, how long the day, or how big the challenge. He was there to fulfill his responsibility to the land and the animals he tended. He also loved working on his equipment. Laurel enjoyed taking a tractor to many a tractor pull. He also restored three of his Case tractors, a 570, 930 and Black Knight. Laurel was a 50+ year member of the Farm Bureau and was in the Army Reserves for six years.

Survivors include his wife Marie; a daughter, Candace (Dale) Griffith of Brooklyn, Iowa; sons, David (Melinda) Keller of Ames, Iowa; and Roger (Sue) Keller of Marion, Iowa. Five grandchildren; Sarah (Andrew) Kloppenburg, Scott Griffith, Stephanie Keller and fiancé David Stagg, Nicholas Keller and Sierra Gay, and Noah Keller. Three great grandchildren; Nathan, Abbigail and Lauren Kloppenburg. One sister, Virginia Gardner of Lombard, IL.

Laurel was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Lorene Archer and Wanda Stirniman.

Laurel was under the care of Hospice Grinnell Regional Medical Center.






Jeanne Slattery Nolte, age 72 of Marengo, passed away Saturday, September 21, 2019 at Colonial Manor of Amana, following a short illness.  Funeral Mass: 10:00 A.M. Thursday, September 26, 2019, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Marengo with Fr. David Wilkening officiating.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Marengo. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Wednesday, September 25, 2019, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with a Vigil Service at 4 P.M. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Marengo Senior Dining, or St. Patrick’s Catholic Church of Marengo, in Jeanne’s memory.

Jeanne is survived by her 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 her sister Joan Schroeder (Denny) of Denver, CO, and brothers John Slattery (Ann) of Winthrop, Jim (Nancy) of Wisconsin, Joe (Karen) of Mexico, Jerry (Annette) of Winthrop, and Jeff (Val) of Florida.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband Max in July 2019.

Jeanne F. Slattery was born October 6, 1946 in Independence, Iowa, the daughter of  John F. Slattery and Regina Helen Dolan Slattery.  She attended the Winthrop schools and graduated from East Buchanan High School in 1965. She went on to Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids and obtained a Bachelors degree in Business Education.  Jeanne and Max Nolte were united in marriage on June 5, 1970 in Tiffin, Iowa. Jeanne taught school in West Delaware and BGM schools, and was a substitute teacher with Iowa Valley High School for 42 years.  She  was a realtor with Denzler Realty for 30 years, and most recently worked with Storm Realty of Belle Plaine. 

Jeanne was an active member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, serving as past president of the Altar and Rosary Society, and treasurer and sexton of Calvary Cemetery. She worked with “Meals on Wheels” and was president of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 76. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, knitting and cross stitch. She joined her friends to play bridge at Senior Dining as well as other bridge clubs. But her favorite pasttime and joy was attending the many events of her children and her grandchildren.




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

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

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




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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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