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.



Louis Knapp Jr., age 79, of Marengo, passed away Monday, October 8, 2018, at Unity Point Health St. Lukes, Cedar Rapids.  Funeral Service:  10:30 a.m., Friday, October 12, 2018, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, with Pastor Andrew Gray officiating.  Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery.  Visitation:  4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, October 11, 2018 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  A memorial fund has been established. 

Louis is survived by his wife Margaret “Marge”; three children Edward Knapp (Kathy), Marengo, Mary Knapp (Randy), Sumner, and David (Heidi) Knapp, Marengo; four grandchildren Larry Baugh, Conner Knapp, Caden Knapp and Nichloas Lacher.  He is preceded in death by his parents, a son Thomas in July 1980, two sisters Mary Becker and Betty Herman and a brother Raymond. 

Louis Knapp , Jr., was born March 3, 1939, in Prairieburg, the son of Louis Edward and Rose E. Schley.  He married Margaret “Marge” Owens on July 1, 1961 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, in Marengo.  Louis was a farmer his whole life.  He also worked at Amana Refrigeration for 43 years.  He enjoyed fishing, collecting coins, watching his cows and playing bingo.  He especially loved his grandkids. 






Elizabeth “Beth” Brown, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Marengo, died peacefully on Wednesday, September 26, 2018.  A memorial service will be announced at a later date. 

Beth is survived by her three children, Janet, Richard (Mitzi Boedeker), and Randy (Keena Heller); six grandchildren, Lizzie Brown (Danny Burke), Sam Brown (Sonja Larsen), Helen Collins (Mitch Collins), Kendra Lazear (Blake Lazear), Karissa Hinton (David Hinton), and Aubrey Brown (Kendall Tait); and four great grandchildren, Oliver Burke, Arthur Brown, Theodore Brown, and Jayden Lazear.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Dick, her brother, Don, and her sister, Marcia Rosenthal. 

Beth was born October 20, 1918 in Lisbon, Iowa, the daughter of Harry E. and Ethel H. York Kensinger.  She was the oldest of her three siblings.  Beth grew up in Cedar Rapids and attended the University of Iowa.  She worked at WSUI, a 100 year old college radio station.  After graduation, she worked at Campbell Mithun, an advertising and marketing firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  In 1958, she married Dick Brown and became the mother of his three children, Janet, Rick, and Randy.  She was a partner with Dick in the Brown Hardware family business until Dick’s death in 1980.  Beth sold the business to Mark Swift in 1985, she moved to Methwick-Manor in 2002.

Beth was a member of PEO since 1937; a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Marengo for 54 years and an elder; a member of the Marengo library board and also serving as president, and a generous contributor to the library’s expansion in 2007; Beth served on the Marengo Chamber of Commerce.

Beth was an excellent business woman, a committed civic leader, and above all a loving wife and mother.  She enjoyed traveling and going on Elderhostel trips.  She especially enjoyed going to concerts, reading and writing.






Charles Clifford Cronbaugh, age 76, of Marengo, passed away Thursday, September 20, 2018.  Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, September 24, 2018, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, with Barb Furman officiating.  Burial will be in the Koszta Cemetery.  Visitation:  4 to 7 p.m., Sunday, September 23, 2018, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  A memorial fund has been established. 

Charles is survived by his wife Susan; a son Curtis (Kim) Cronbaugh; four grandchildren Chad (Ashlea) Cronbaugh, Annie (Adam) Rabe, Alyssa and Alexis Rohrer; six great grandchildren Rynlee, Raelyn and Cayson Cronbaugh, Aiden, Alivia and Asher Rabe; five siblings Barb Gensley, Mary (Jake) Gerard, Doris Hawkins, Robert (Connie) Cronbaugh and Gary (Taryn) Cronbaugh; and his best friend Bob Brecht.  He is preceded in death by his parents, grandson Caleb, a brother Celaine, sisters Janet Korns, Donna Fay and Margery Sue in infancy.

Charles was born February 5, 1942, the son of Cecil Cronbaugh and Maxine Stowell.  He received his education in the Iowa County Honey Creek #3 School and Marengo High School.  Charles married Susan Kensler on August 8, 1964 in Brooklyn.  He was a life long farmer and also worked for over 20 plus years with his brother Celaine Cronbaugh at Cronbaugh Excavating.  Charles enjoyed traveling and birdwatching.  He adored his grandchildren and great grandchildren.  He especially loved watching his grandchildren play sports. 





Russell Lee Kinzenbaw, age 81 of Marengo, passed away Thursday, September 20, 2018, at Rose Haven Nursing Home in Marengo.   Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m.,  Monday, September 24, 2018 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  Per Russell’s wishes, there will not be a funeral service.  Memorials may be contributed to Essence of Life Hospice of Amana. 

Russell is survived by his son Jesse (Tiffany) Kinzenbaw; twin grandchildren Quinn and Caden; two brothers Curtis and Rick (Cindy) Kinzenbaw; two sisters Lou Alice (Karl) Berger and Sylvia (Al) Fenneman; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Russell was born May 3, 1937, in Marengo, the son of Bertha Hocker and Charles L. Kinzenbaw.  He graduated from Ladora High School and served in the U.S. Army for two years.  He was united in marriage to Dianne Lindley and later divorced.  To this union, one son Jesse Kinzenbaw was born.  Russell was a great story teller who went into much detail.  He was all about rodeoing and his years spent on a ranch in South Dakota.  Russell worked at Amana Refrigeration, Kinze Manufacturing, Rodeo Incorporated and with Harold and Betty Nail in the Agronomy Business.  After retirement, he worked for Heartland Coop and his favorite job of helping with fall harvest for Dwight and Denise Heitman. 





Cory Dean Van Winkle, age 31 of Brooklyn, formerly of Marion, died Friday evening, September 7, 2018. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m, Friday September 14, 2018, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. Private inurnment will be in Oakshade Cemetery, Marion, Iowa at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to his children, in care of Kloster Funeral Home, PO Box 341, Brooklyn, IA  52211.

Cory is survived by his mother Janet Jones (Rod) of Brooklyn; two daughters, Aliyah Van Winkle and Aubriana Van Winkle, both of Cedar Rapids; his companion, Alysha Cornelius of Cedar Rapids; two brothers, Shay Van Winkle (Kristin) of Cedar Rapids, and Christopher Van Winkle (Sydney) of Cedar Rapids; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. 

Cory was preceded in death by his father Rodney in 2013, his grandparents, and an aunt Teresa Cooling.

Cory Dean Van Winkle was born August 10, 1987 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Rodney Dean and Janet Louise Mikesh Van Winkle.  He attended the Linn Mar schools. Cory was employed with Jeld-Wen Manufacturing in Grinnell as a forklift operator.  He loved his family dearly, especially his two daughters. He generously gave of himself, helping whenever and whatever was needed, was fun-loving, and had a great sense of humor. Cory considered himself  “a country boy” who loved to fish, hunt, and spend time at Holiday Lake.  He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Iowa Hawkeye fan. He enjoyed music and creating his own rhythms.




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., Sunday, November 4, 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. 




Paul Johnnie Cline, age 85 of Brooklyn, passed away Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at the Brooklyn Community Estate.  Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 8, 2018 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn, with Father Corey Close officiating.  Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Brooklyn.  Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, September 7, 2018, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, with a Scripture Service at 7 P.M.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.

Paul is survived by his wife Betty; his beloved dog Sam; 10 children Carmen (Ron) Weaver, of Grinnell, Duane (Julie) Cline, of Anamosa, Gary (Cathy) Cline, of Malcom, Roger (Natalie) Cline, of Grinnell, Gwen (Jeff) Meier, of Marengo, Kevin (Laura) Cline, of Guernsey, Sharon Dixon (Alan), of Washington, Brian (Julie) Cline of Montezuma, Eric Cline, of Sully and Russell (Angie) Cline, of Brooklyn; a son-in-law Don Kuhn; 22 grandchildren Valerie (Dan) Fruendt, Christopher (Heather) Cline, Sheryl Cline, Sara (Robert) Williams, Justin Cline, Amy Cline, Alyssa (Justin) Lambert, Bailey Cline, Bryson Cline, Kylie Cline, Owen Cline, Emily Cline, Jeremy Fisher, Kandace (William) Fee, Ashlie (Parker) Andersen, Abbi Nelson, Alyssa Cline, Alivia Cline, Joshua Cline, Jacob Cline, Kole Cline and Jewel Cline; 18 Great Grandchildren Dakota Fruendt, Blossom Cline, Trey Williams, Cora Williams, Kassidy Cline, Beckett Crandall, Logan Hunter, Emmarie Fisher, Maxlynn Fisher, Annistyn Fisher, Freyja Fisher, Joseph Fee, Augusten Fee, Abagail Andersen, Madlynn Andersen, Kaiya Cline, Kayde Cline and Jeremy Cline; two sisters Evelyn Wiley and Bernadette Cline; and two sisters-in-law Doris Cline and Mary DePauw.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Nancy Kuhn, six brother and two sisters.

Paul Johnnie Cline was born October 30, 1932, the son of George A. and Margaret T. Kriegel Cline.  Paul was united in marriage to Betty Helen Groves on May 27, 1955 and they made their home in Brooklyn.  He was a farmer and mechanic.  Paul enjoyed attending both farm and home auctions and collecting stuff.  He also liked his fish pond and spending time with his beloved dog Sam.  Paul enjoyed gardening, family get togethers and especially Sunday dinners at his home.  He loved when his grandchildren and great grandchildren came to visit. 





John J. Rotter, Watkins, age 65, died Friday, Aug. 31, 2018 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, after courageously battling a long term illness for the past five years.A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 at Kloster Funeral Home in Marengo. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. before the service. Burial will be at a later date. A general memorial fund has been established.

John James Rotter was born Dec. 9, 1952 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Milo and Jane (Svoboda) Rotter. He graduated from Amana High School in 1971. On April 22, 2009, he was united in marriage to Angela Nolte in Davenport, Iowa.

John graduated from Kirkwood Community College and Edison Community College and worked as a national account representative for Amana Appliance Corporation from 1975-1985. He served in the National Guard from 1972-1978. He then lived and worked in advertising sales in Ft. Myers, FL, Madison, WI and Northfield, MN before returning to Iowa where he served as Advertising Manager at Marengo Publishing Corporation. In December 2009, he and his wife, Angie, began publishing the Hometown Marketplace advertising shopper and soon expanded to include The English Valleys Star and Warrior Tribune weekly newspapers, serving the areas of Iowa, Benton and Keokuk counties.

John was passionate about his family and friends and helping his business to grow, always making sure his customers were a priority. He loved to talk about and watch baseball and politics. He was always willing to help any way he could and although his health limited him in recent years, it never limited his capacity to love and care for those around him.

He is survived by his wife Angie of Watkins; son Chad Rotter and wife Karmela of  Saugatuck, Michigan; 3 grandchildren Grayson, Gabrielle and Addison; two brothers Russell Rotter and wife, Phyllis of Amana, IA and Melvin Rotter and friend, Penni Larson of Norwalk, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents.




Vava Joy Heller, 87 passed away on Saturday, August, 25th, 2018. Funeral services:  1:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church, Marengo, with Pastor Anni Thorn officiating.  Burial will be in the Kostza Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 11:00-1:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 5, 2018, at the church.  A memorial fund has been established.  Kloster Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Vava is survived by her sister Anita (Solbrig) Fox Parnin, daughters, Jaleen (Heller) Denison, and Keena (Heller) Brown and her husband, Randy Brown, and son, Dion Heller and his wife, Michele Heller; grandchildren, Kendra (Brown) Lazear and her husband, Blake Lazear, and great-granddaughter, Jayden Lazear, Athea (Eberhardt) King and her husband, David King, Karissa (Brown) Hinton and her husband David Hinton, Emma (Walker) Daniels and her husband, Jacob Daniels, and Aubrey Brown and his wife Kendall Brown.

She was preceded in death in by her husband, George Heller of 66 years, son in infancy, Keith Heller, parents Adolf and Ruby (Port) Solbrig, siblings Atellia (Solbrig) Kinzenbaw, and Darold (Bud) Solbrig.

Vava (Solbrig) Heller was born and raised in Marengo, IA, the second daughter of the town dentist, Dr. Adolf I. Solbrig. She graduated from Iowa Valley High School in 1949 and earned a teaching certificate from The Teacher’s College, now UNI. Vava taught elementary school and then assisted special education in Conroy, IA. She married her high school sweetheart, George Heller and they settled in Marengo. Vava and George loved travelling the United States and visiting family out west. Vava was very involved in her community in education, taking classes, Bible studies, and involvement with Presbyterian Church in Marengo.  She taught Sunday school, was a Girl Scout Leader, and volunteered for Meals on Wheels. She was active in water aerobics into her 80’s. She used her exceptional baking and sewing skills to make items and goodies to donate to charities and church fundraisers.

Vava was always there with a thoughtful gesture and listening ear to her children, grandchildren and extended family. Her life motto was “When you are having a hard time or a bad day, go do something nice for someone.” Her grace, dignity, and strength will be missed greatly by her loved ones.




Linda Meyer, age 65, passed away Thursday, August 16, 2018 at Grinnell Regional Medical Center.  There will be no services at this time.  Memorials may be contributed to the Farm and Family Veterinary Clinic, Brooklyn, Iowa.  Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn is in charge of arrangements.

Linda was born on April 16, 1953 at St. Joseph Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She grew in Cedar Rapids, Iowa were Linda graduated from high school and attended Beautician College. Linda worked in the Shipping and Receiving Department at J&A Printing in Cedar Rapids. After retirement Linda moved to Montezuma and Brooklyn. Linda resided in Brooklyn at the time of her death.

Linda is survived by wonderful friends. She is preceded in death by her parents.




James H. “JJ” Johnson, age 79 of Marengo, passed away Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at Specialty Select Care Center in Des Moines. Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Friday, August 17, 2018, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo with Rev. Andrew Gray officiating.  Burial will be in Ohio Cemetery, rural Ladora. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Thursday, August 16, 2018, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be contributed to St. John’s Lutheran Church, or Marengo Senior Dining.

James Henry Johnson was born February 6, 1939, in Marengo, Iowa, the only child of Henry and Dorothy Patterson Johnson. He graduated from the Marengo High School with the Class of 1957. He attended the University of Iowa where he was a member of the University of Iowa Golf Team. In the 1960’s Jim owned and operated JJ’s Clothing and Shoes in Marengo. Later he was employed by the Amana Golf Course in the Pro Shop, and then worked with several clothing stores in the Tanger Mall complex.

JJ’s passion was golf, and he was a fixture at the Marengo Golf Club. He served as Golf Historian and had many stories and memories on this topic.  He spent years mentoring the young golfers and provided invaluable lessons on etiquette for on and off the course. “JJ” as he was known in the golfing community, was an excellent golfer, and played in many state amateur tournaments. He relished playing other courses and mixing with the other passionate golfers out there.
His free time was spent golfing with friends , hunting with his four-legged companions, most of them named “Butch”, and serving His Lord through his work at St. John’s Lutheran Church. He was a devout member of St. John’s, where he served as an elder, enjoyed fellowship with the Dartball Team, and supported the many church functions and activities. He was an avid bridge player, and enjoyed the game for many years.

Jim is survived by numerous cousins and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.





Jerome “Jerry” Allan Kellenberger, age 78, of South Amana, passed away at his home July 27, 2018.  Funeral Services:  10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Elder Kristie Yoder officiating.  Visitation:  4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  Burial will be in the South Amana Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Jerry’s name.                                                           

Jerry is survived by his wife Barb; two children Linda Gipple and Greg Kellenberger (Tammy), of South Amana; three grandchildren Ashley Kellenberger (Jake), Lucas Kellenberger and Andrew Kellenberger; one great-grandson Axel Vance; a grand dog Dallas; two brothers Gordon (DeAnna) Kellenberger and Pat (Kathy) Kellenberger; four sisters-in-law Myrna Leinart, Frances (Jesse) Gomez, Mary (Bill) Kreis, and Gini (Gene) Possehl; and many nieces and nephews and their families and life long friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother-in-law Bob Leinart and a nephew Mark Leinart.

Jerry was born December 27, 1939 in South Amana, and lived in the same house his entire life.  He attended Amana High School.  On November 12, 1960, he married Barbara Eleanor Misel at the Little Brown Church in Nashua.  Jerry was a life long resident of South Amana.  He worked at the  Amana Society Bakery, the farm department, service company, the Woolen Mill, Myer’s 66, Butch’s Repair and helped out elderly neighbors.  He enjoyed camping, fishing, wrenching on old cars, listening to the Sunday morning radio show “WMT Variety Time” very loudly, fixing anything that was broken and watching the Chicago Cubs.  The family requests casual dress for the visitation and the funeral service.





Donald F. “Donnie” Bunn, age 82, of Brooklyn, Iowa, died Thursday, July 26, 2018 at Mayflower Health Care, Grinnell. Funeral Service: 11:00 A.M. Monday, July 30, 2018, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. Visitation will be from 10 – 11:00 A.M. Monday at the funeral home. Private Burial Services will follow. A memorial fund has been established.

Donald is survived by his children, Kimberly McDonald, Jan Tuttle (Ed), Alan Bunn, Michele Sadler (Tracy), and Michael Bunn (Vickie); seven grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a brother Jim Bunn and three sisters-in-law, Mickie Bunn, Doris Bunn and Evelyn Bunn.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Lillie Bell Bunn in 2012, four brothers, Noble, Charlie, Carroll and Johnny Bunn, two sisters, Ruth Helm and Frances Montgomery, and three siblings in infancy.

Donald Floyd Bunn was born August 5, 1935 in Iowa City, Iowa, the son of John Bunn and Tressie Wheeler Bunn. He attended the Brooklyn schools through eighth grade and then enlisted in the U.S. Marines.  He proudly served his country for 8 years, working as a teletype operator.  He received the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.  “Once a Marine, Always a Marine.

Upon his discharge and his return home, Donnie and Lillie Bell Garwood were united in marriage on May 2, 1958 in Iowa City.  Donnie worked for the railroad for several years and then went to work for Amana Refrigeration as a forklift driver for almost 20 years. 

He enjoyed playing horseshoes and Rolle Bolle, and he loved to take the kids fishing. He was a member of the Brooklyn American Legion Post 294.






Robert Eugene Esser, age 78, of Marengo, passed away Monday, July 23, 2018, at his home.  Funeral Services:  10:30 a.m., Friday, July 27, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Conroy, with Pastor Gary Sears officiating.  Visitation:  4 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 26, 2018, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.  Burial will be in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Conroy with Military Honors.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be contributed to Essence of Life Hospice or Trinity Lutheran Church, Conroy.

Bob is survived by his wife Karen; four children Rinda (Scott) Wolfe, of Lady Lake, Florida, Todd (Christina) Esser, of Marengo, Kelsie (Billy) Ballard, of Marengo and Eugene Fresneda, (Mary Jo), of Spain; four grandchildren Lauren Shoup, Brandon Shoup, Taylor Shoup and Sidney Ballard; three siblings Virgie Wehr, Marion, Verna (Gordon) Goeldner, Marengo and Steve (Connie) Esser, Walford.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a granddaughter Lindsey Shoup and a brother-in-law Cletus Wehr.

Bob was born July 17, 1940, in Des Moines, the son of Cletus and Mildred Tedrow Esser.  He graduated from North English High School in 1959.  Bob joined the U.S. Army and served for two years while stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado.  He married Karen Diane Zuber on September 28, 1963, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Conroy.  They made their home in Amana for 19 years, until moving to Marengo in 1985.  Bob farmed and also worked at Cherry Burrell for 30 years.  He enjoyed wood working, making furniture and was an Iowa Hawkeye fan. 

The family extends a special thankyou to Essence of Life Hospice for the excellent care Bob received.



Evelyn P. “Polly” Hocamp, age 80 of Marengo, died peacefully on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at Colonial Manor of Amana. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 P.M. Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. Family graveside services will be held at Dalmanutha Cemetery, rural Casey, IA. A memorial fund has been established.

Evelyn Pauline was born March 16, 1938 in Casey, Iowa, the daughter of Claude Leo Osborn and Esther Lydia Clyde Osborn. She attended the Casey elementary and high school, and married Lawrence “Bud” Hocamp in 1955.  The couple then moved to California. She later divorced and relocated back to Iowa in 1970.  Polly worked several office and sales positions throughout the years, retiring from MCI in Cedar Rapids in 1999.

She is survived by her children, Tony (Tricia) Hocamp of Marengo, and Kim (Brett) Volk of Cosgrove; grandchildren, Elisabeth, Nicholas, and Joshua Hocamp of Marengo, Kyle (Rachel) Volk of Oxford, and Zach (Julie Mueller) Volk of Iowa City; great-granddaughters, Emmersyn and Aidalyne Volk of Oxford; a sister Twila (Lee) Garside of Adair; and several nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her sisters, Lois (Merle) Conrad and Velva (Bill) Potter.

The Hocamp family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Colonial Manor Nursing Home, Marengo Memorial Hospital and Mercy Iowa City, for the excellent care provided to our mother.




Linda R. Puegner, age 103, of Amana, formerly of High Amana, passed away Friday, July 13, 2018 at Colonial Manor of Amana. Visitation will be 5-6:30 P.M. Sunday, July 15, 2018 at the Middle Amana Church, Middle Amana, Iowa.  Funeral Services will be at 10:00 A.M. Monday, July 16, 2018, Middle Amana Church, with Elders Kristie Yoder and Andrea Haldy officiating. Burial will be in the High Amana Cemetery. Memorials may be contributed to the Amana Church Society or the Amana Arts Guild.  Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Linda is survived  by nieces and nephews, Brian (Holly) Zimpleman of Osage Beach, MO, Charlotte (Gary) Heishman of Amana, Craig (Barbara) Puegner of Eden Prairie, MN, Janet (Rich) Carlson of Bennington, NE, and Sharon (Wade) Ramsey of Omaha, NE; and several grand and great-grand nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her siblings, Edna Zimpleman and Otto Puegner.

Linda Rosa Puegner was born June 21, 1915 in High Amana, Iowa, the firstborn child of William Puegner and Henriette Ehrman Puegner.  She attended school in High Amana. Linda was a loom operator for the Amana Woolen Mills her entire working career.  She was a lifelong member of the Amana Church Society. Linda was one of the last surviving Amana members who worked in the communal kitchens, which ended in 1932. She enjoyed knitting, tatting, gardening and reading.  She spent the last nine years residing with the Lakeview Estates and Colonial Manor community.





Kenneth McMillan, Jr., age 81 passed away, Friday, July 13, 2018 at the English Valley Care Center, North English, Iowa. The family will receive friends from 9 A.M. until 11:00 on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church, Williamsburg. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Dan Jessop officiating. Burial will be in Pilot Grove Cemetery, Williamsburg. A memorial fund has been established.
Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Ken is survived by his wife Thelma; his children, Angela Durkee (John Marich) of Mount Auburn, Anthony (Bonnie) McMillan of Iowa City, Matthew McMillan of Summerville, NC, Timothy (Connie) McMillan of Parnell, and Mitch (Dawn) McMillan of Williamsburg; 3 stepsons, Doug Burkle, Eric (Shirlean) Burkle and Jeffrey (Kristeen) Burkle, all of Cedar Rapids; seventeen grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Also surviving are step brothers, Albert (Lois) Ray of Morilton, AR,  Robert (Carol) Ray of Nema, AR, Carroll (Shirley) Ray of Gilcrest, CO, and a special sister-in-law, Marjory Ray of Nixa, MO.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Cynthia Heims, a sister Mary Dell Stice and a stepbrother Donald Ray.

Kenneth was born June 28, 1937 in rural Sigourney, Iowa, the son of Kenneth Felix McMillan and Lois Fern Van Orsdal McMillan.  He attended country schools and graduated from Ollie High School. Ken proudly served his country as a member of the National Guard. He and Thelma Tuck were married November 18, 1988 at the First Presbyterian Church, Williamsburg. The couple made their home in Williamsburg.

Ken was employed with Amana Refrigeration for 42 years. He was a 50 year member of the Machinists Union and actively participated at the local, state, and national functions. He enjoyed antique tractors, gardening, hobby farming and building toys for his children.  In earlier years he was involved with the Boy Scouts as a scout master. He also raised show rabbits. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Williamsburg.




Lloyd Pfeaster, age 76 of Marengo, died Monday, June 11, 2018 at his home.
Funeral Services will be at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, June 16, 2018, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. Burial will be in the  Indianapolis Cemetery, rural What Cheer. The family will receive friends after 10:00 A.M. Saturday at the funeral home. A memorial fund has been established.

Lloyd is survived by his son Amos of Ogden, UT; a step daughter, Lisa Dean of Washington State; five grandchildren; a sister Fay (Morris) Bohrn of West Amana, a half-brother Francis Grover of Marengo; a sister-in-law Carylin Pfeaster of Oregon, along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Laverne and Dewayne.

Lloyd Leroy Pfeaster was born October 20, 1941 in Oskaloosa, Iowa, the son of Amos Joseph and Doris Elnora Campbell Pfeaster.  He attended schools in the Oskaloosa, What Cheer and Sigourney areas.  Lloyd worked several jobs during his lifetime. He worked on a fur farm, a chicken farm in Idaho, and was a trucker for a sale barn. Most recently he worked on the Reichert horse ranch near Marengo. In his leisure hours he enjoyed fishing. Ever the cowboy, Lloyd enjoyed trail rides and rodeos.






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