Obituaries and service notices in today's Courier.
Irene C. Brincks (1924-2019)
WAUCOMA --- Irene C. Brincks, 94, of Waucoma, died Tuesday, May 21, at home.
She was born Nov. 18, 1924, on the family farm near Fort Atkinson, daughter of Clement and Aloisia (Infeld) Loesch. She attended St. Wenceslaus School at Spillville. On Oct. 3, 1945, she married Alphonse (Al) Brincks at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Spillville. He died Feb. 10, 1983.
The couple farmed near Lawler. Following Al's death, Irene remained farming with her son, Tom. She retired on the home place in 1997 and remained living there until her death. She was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church and the Rosary Society.
Survivors: four sons, Jim (Jeanne) Brincks of Grand Prairie, Texas, Gene (Donna) Brincks of Fredericksburg, John (Charlotte) Brincks of Lawler, and Tom Brincks of Waucoma; three daughters, Mary (Deacon Ron) Smith of Nevada, Iowa, Kathy (Deacon Mike) Moetsch of Cedar Falls, and Sr. Joan Brincks, PBVM of Dubuque; 16 grandchildren and a stepgrandchild; 34 great-grandchildren; a sister Lorraine Hackman of New Hampton; three sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: her parents; her husband; two brothers, Dan, and Adrian Loesch; and a sister, Evelyn Klimesh.
Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 29, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Lawler, with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, at Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home, New Hampton, and for an hour prior to services at the church.
Online condolences at hugebackfuneralhome.com
Irene had a deep devotion to Mary, giving her strength through her life. Through her kindness and generosity, Irene prepared huge feasts for family and friends during the holidays. She enjoyed the outdoors, loved her animals, loved to bake kolaches and poppy seed rolls and enjoyed being with family.
Keith E. Darst (1936-2019)
CEDAR FALLS — Keith E. Darst, 83, of Cedar Falls, died Monday, May 20, at Pinnacle Specialty Care.
He was born May 16, 1936, in Harris Township, Ill., son of William Franklin and Minnie Marie (McGrew) Darst. He married Sharon Kay Gates on June 5, 1961, in Cedar Rapids.
He served in the U.S. Army, and was an independent carpet installer for years, prior to owning and operating Big D Distributing. He was a life member of the Cedar Falls AMVETS Post 49 and member of Fraternal Order of Eagles.
Survived by: his wife; a son, Kenneth (Sharilyn) Darst of Cedar Falls; a daughter, Cathy Wigant of Cedar Falls; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: his brothers and sisters.
Celebration of Life: will be held later this summer. Richardson Funeral Service is assisting the family.
Memorials: may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice.
Condolences may be left at www.richardsonfuneralservice.com.
Service Notice: Janet "Jan" L. Buchan
WATERLOO -- Janet "Jan" L. Buchan, 77, of Waterloo, died at home Saturday, May 18; services 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, at Locke Funeral Home, 233-6138, with private burial in Garden of Memories Cemetery; visitation 1 p.m. until service time; memorials may be directed to the family; condolences at www.lockefuneralhome.com.
Samuel L. Aurand (1954-2019)
GREENE — Samuel LaVern Aurand, 64, of Greene, died April 29 at Waverly Health Center of heart complications.
He was born Oct. 3, 1954, in Waterloo.
He was a 1973 graduate of Waterloo West High School. Sam worked at John Deere Tractor Works in Waterloo for 12 years. He then went to Tulsa, Okla., to work for McDonald Douglas. He returned to Waterloo and graduated from Hawkeye Community College as a tool and die machinist. He worked as a conductor on the Northwestern Railroad Dinner Train in Waverly, then worked for American Tool and Engineering of Greene, where he has been employed since 1995. He received his Journeyman license in 2002.
Survived by: his mother, Helen Aurand of Waterloo; three sisters, Linda Martin of Waterloo, Debra Hanson of Monterey, Calif., and Julie Hobert of Evansdale; his brother-in-law, Charles Hobart of Waterloo; his children, Tessa Lemons of Urbandale, Joseph Bonewitz of Ackley and Nicholas Bonewitz of Cedar Falls; and four grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: his father, Douglas LaVern Aurand.
Memorial celebration: 1 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at Greene City Park Shelter in Greene.
Memorials in lieu of flowers: may be directed to ASPCA in Sam’s name to honor his dogs and the animals he loved.
Sam was a superb high board diver, hunter and fisherman. He loved his friends, family, his farm animals and his two dogs, Rocky and Xena. His latest love was riding his Harley Softail Custom with his friends from Greene and the surrounding area.
Dallas 'Bugs' Berger (1932-2019)
DENVER --- Dallas “Bugs” Duane Berger, 86, of Morris, Ill., formerly of Denver, died Thursday, May 23, at Park Pointe Health Care in Morris, Ill.
He was born June 25, 1932, in Dumont, son of Louis and Myrtle Berger. He served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Purdy during the Korean War, 1950-1954. On Aug. 3, 1952, he married Patricia Joan Engel at St. John Lutheran Church in Clarksville. He was employed by Chamberlin Manufactuing in Waterloo, was a Carnation milkman, and worked at Waterloo Metropolitan Life in Waterloo and John Deere's NE site from 1972 until his retirement in 1995.
Survivors: a daughter, Susan Aegerter of Shorewood, Ill.; a son, Ted (Suzanne) Berger of Morris, Ill.; a daughter-in-law, Lois Berger; six grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; and two brothers, Marvin (Bev) Berger and Keith (Janice) Berger.
Preceded in death by: his parents; his wife Patricia; a son, Scott Alan Berger; a sister, Phyllis Miller; and a daughter-in-law, Sonja Kay Berger.
Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 29, at St. John Lutheran Church in Denver. Burial will follow in Antioch Cemetery, Clarksville, with military rites. Visitation will be 9:30 a.m. until service time at the church. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Denver is in charge of arrangements, 984-5379.
Memorials: to the family.
On-line condolences at www.kaisercorson.com.
He thoroughly enjoyed fishing, hunting and woodworking.
Jaceil 'Jackie' Mostek
Jaceil “Jackie” Irene Mostek, 86, of Waterloo, died peacefully Friday, May 24, at Bickford Cottage in Cedar Falls, surrounded by family and friends.
Jaceil was born November 24, 1932, daughter of Jerome Keffeler and Ramona Perkins Newhoff in Landry, South Dakota. She married Edward Mostek on February 7 1953 and had four children: Michael, Timothy, Steven and Cynthia. Ed passed away June 8 1992. She married George Herington in 2005 and he died July 25 2016.
Jaceil worked for the Waterloo Community School District for 24 years before retiring in 1996. She then volunteered at Highland Elementary until 2018, winning several awards including the mayor’s volunteer award and the Governor’s Volunteer Award three times. Jaceil loved bowling, having coffee with her friends at Panera Bread, taking walks, gardening, dancing and going to church. She played the accordion and could yodel beautifully. Jaceil will be greatly missed but remembered for her amazing smile, good heart, wonderful personality and crazy socks.
Jaceil is survived by three sons: Michael (Barb) Mostek of Jesup, Tim (Traci) Mostek of Independence, Steve (Julie) Mostek of Parker, Colorado; a stepdaughter, Barb (Steve) Patchin of Waterloo; two stepsons, David Herington of Fort Dodge and Steven (Linda) Herington of Waverly; three sisters, Judi (Jack) Larson of Orange, Calif., Joyce Woolems of Bourbonais, Ill., and Jane Piercy of Lovettsville, Va.; three brothers, Darlee “Rudy” (Jackie) of Waterloo, Dennis (Vicki) of Golden, Colo., and Dan of Lovettsville, 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by: a daughter, Cynthia Mostek; a great-granddaughter, Ava; a sister, Janon Roussel; and two brothers, Kenny and Dirk (Kevin) Newhoff.
Services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, at Hammond Avenue Brethren Church with burial in Waterloo Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, May 27, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway and at the church for an hour before services on Tuesday.
Memorials may be directed to Unity Point Hospice.
Condolences may be left with www.hagartywaychoffgraurp.com.
Lillian Eiffler (1919-2019)
REINBECK —- Lillian Amelia Emma (Buls) Eiffler, 99, of Reinbeck, died Friday, May 24, at Parkview Manor in Reinbeck, while under the care of Cedar Valley Hospice.
She was born Aug. 24, 1919, in rural Cresco, daughter of Alex and Sophie (Stuber) Buls. She married Herbert Carl Eiffler on Sept. 12, 1940, at the Lutheran Church in Elma. Together they made their home in the Cresco area, then moved to Dinsdale in 1951 and finally settling in Reinbeck area.
Lillian cleaned homes and businesses in the Reinbeck area for many years. She was a long-time member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Reinbeck, where she served as a member of the Dorcas Society and the S.O.S. Club.
Survivors: her children, Richard (Lucille) Eiffler, Sharon Mertens (David Heithoff), and Joann Hendries; daughter-in-law, Tina Eiffler; nine grandchildren; a stepgrandson; 14 great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; a stepgreat-great-grandson; sisters Lorraine Atkins and Lydia Berentsen; and many nephews.
Preceded in death by: her parents; her husband, Herbert; a son, Dean Eiffler; a grandson, Micheal Eiffler; brothers Walt, Clarence, and Donald Buls; and sisters, Esther Devires, Hilda and Leona Buls.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 29, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Reinbeck with burial in Reinbeck Cemetery. Visitation will be for an hour prior to services at the church. French-Hand Chapel in Reinbeck is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials: to the family.
Online condolences at www.abelsfuneralhomes.com
She loved quilting and sewing and even quilted pieces for the church up until last year. Lillian enjoyed playing cards, gardening and accompanying Herb on his fishing trips to their trailer in Minnesota. Her true joy in life came from spending time with her family.
Roxanne M. Gilles (1951-2019)
WATERLOO – Roxanne M. Gilles, 67, of Waterloo, died Wednesday, May 22, at MercyOne Waterloo Medical Center.
She was born July 5, 1951, in Decorah, daughter of Orval and Dorothy Vick Ellingson. She was later adopted by Thomas Halse. She married Donald Gilles March 3, 1973, in Waterloo. They later divorced.
Roxanne graduated from West High School in 1969. She was a longtime teacher’s associate for St. Edward Catholic School.
Survivors: two sons, Matthew (Angie) Gilles of Waterloo, and Chad (Dalin) Gilles of Waterloo; a daughter, Kari Gilles of Kitty Hawk, N.C.; six, grandchildren, Tristin, Drew, Owen, Belle, Liesl, and Dietrich; and a sister, Nancy (Jim) Heinz of Excelsior, Minn.
Preceded in death by: her parents; a twin sister at birth, Rosanne Ellingson; and a brother, Craig Ellingson who also died at birth.
Memorial Service: 4 p.m. Friday, May 31, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway. Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. An inurnment will occur at a later date.
Memorials: to the family.
Condolences may be left at: www.hagartywaychoffgrarup.co
Marion I. Euchner (1927-2019)
CEDAR FALLS — Marion I. Euchner, 91, of Cedar Falls, died Wednesday, May 22, at NewAldaya Lifescapes, Cedar Falls.
She was born Dec. 9, 1927, in Oelwein, daughter of Reuben C. and Amy Belle (Conkey) Blake. She married James H. Euchner on Nov. 1, 1946, at the William Galloway Home in Cedar Falls.
She graduated from Waterloo West High School in 1945 and was a homemaker throughout her adult life. She was a member of Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls.
Survived by: her husband; two daughters, Cynthia (Jon) Graves of Minnetonka, Minn., and Julie (Aleem) Siddiqui of San Diego; a son, James (Rhonda) Euchner II of Cedar Falls; seven grandchildren, Julie (Brendan Kelly) Graves, Jon Graves II, Sara Siddiqui, Christopher (Kari) Baesel, Erika Euchner, Anna (Dan) Bowser and James (Sydney) Euchner III; 10 great-grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren, Ashley (Alex) Medeiros and Allyson (Reid) Swanson; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: a sister, DeElda Galloway; and a brother, Richard Blake.
Memorial services: 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, at Nazareth Lutheran Church-Larsen Chapel, with inurnment in Fairview Cemetery, both in Cedar Falls. Visitation is for an hour before services at the chapel. Richardson Funeral Service is assisting the family.
Memorials: to NewAldaya Lifescapes Memory Care, 7511 University Ave., Cedar Falls 50613.
Condolences may be left at www.richardsonfuneralservice.com.
Marion was active in her church and P.E.O. She was an avid bridge player, golfer, walker and loved to sing. Marion had an outgoing personality and a generous nature; she was always willing to help someone in need. A beloved wife, mother and grandmother.
Virgil A. Rogers (1934-2019)
BRANDON -- Virgil A. Rogers, 85, of Brandon, died at home Wednesday, May 22.
He was born March 28, 1934, in rural Brandon, son of Paul and Lela (Bailey) Rogers. On May 24, 1952, he married Della “Darlene” Forrester at the Little Brown Church in Nashua.
Virgil operated Roger’s Repair in Brandon as a self-employed mechanic and drove a school bus for the Independence School District for more than 20 years. He was a member of the Brandon Volunteer Fire Department for 27 years.
Survivors include: three sons, Dale (Sandy) Rogers of Brandon, Dean (Cathy) Rogers of Oelwein and Dave (Diane) Rogers of Elk Run Heights; a daughter, Darla (Rick) Rose of Oelwein; nine grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: his wife; a grandson, Joshua; an infant brother, Donald; and a sister, LaVonne Young.
Private family graveside services: will be held in the Brandon Cemetery.
Condolences may be left at www.phillipsfuneralhomes.com.
He and Darlene enjoyed wintering in Texas until 2016.
Colleen Marie Earhart
Colleen Marie Earhart, 82, of La Crosse, Wisconsin, formerly of Waterloo, Iowa, died Wednesday, May 15, at her home in La Crosse.
She was born January 11, 1937 in Waterloo, Iowa, daughter of John and Mary Doyle. She married Walter Earhart Jr. on June 13, 1959 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Waterloo.
Colleen was a homemaker that greatly enjoyed having her children and grandchildren home for Christmas. She was a devout Catholic that regularly attended mass at Mary, Mother of the Church in La Crosse. She enjoyed talking with her sisters on the phone and long drives in the beautiful Wisconsin countryside with her loving husband, Walter. Colleen was a devoted and loving mother, wife, sister, and grandmother.
Survivors include: three sisters, Pat Bruns of Waterloo, Marge (Gordon) Phillips of Waverly, and Mary (Jack) Moeller of Waterloo; two sons, Eric (Caroline) Earhart from Huntsville, Alabama and Walter Earhart III and Cindy Krahenbuhl from Brown Deer, Wisconsin; six grandchildren, Alex and his wife Lindsay, Emily, Mason, Noah and Mary Grace.
Preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Joe (Marcella) Doyle and her husband, Walter.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Waterloo, Iowa. Visitation will be for an hour before services on Tuesday at the church. Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be left with www.hagartywaychoffgarrup.com.
John (Jack) Joseph Gorman Jr.
Jack (John Joseph Jr.) Gorman died peacefully in his home near Milwaukee on April 25, 2019.
He was born to Helen (Luhring) and John Gorman on March 5, 1928 in Waterloo, Iowa. He attended OLVA school. He worked at Rath Packing Company from 1946 until it closed.
In 1948 he married Luella Royer. They had five children, Larry (Ellen McManus) from Chicago, Jackie (Sherry Cmiel) from Lakewood WA, Joe (Deb) from Appleton WI, Ann from Milwaukee, and Richard from Ankeny, IA. He had three grandchildren, Erin (Mike) Gille, John Kevin, also known as Jack (Jenna Henning) and Kelsey (Chris) Scholtens as well as two great-grandsons, Xander Gille and Connor Scholtens. He has numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and even a few great-greats.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Luella, and his seven brothers and sisters, Dan Gorman, Thelma Whorton, Eileen Hanson, Jeanne Kullen, Fred Gorman, Mike Gorman, and Mary Jo Colgan.
He will be remembered with love for his kindness, his beautiful smile, and his ability to make his grandchildren and great nieces and nephews laugh by doing somersaults when he was well into his 70’s.
A Memorial Mass will take place at 10:30 a.m. on June 1, in Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Waterloo. Friends may call at the church for an hour before services. Memorials can be made to Presbyterian Home & Services Education Assistance Foundation (Dickson Hollow) in lieu of flowers. Dickson Hollow, W156N4881, Pilgrim Rd, Menomonee Falls, WI, 53051.
Service Notice: Helen M. Wolf
WATERLOO -- Helen M. Wolf, 92, of Waterloo, died Wednesday, May 22, at Cedar Valley Hospice Home; services 11 a.m Wednesday, May 29, at Unity Presbyterian Church, with burial in Garden of Memories Cemetery; visitation for one hour before services; memorials may be directed to the family; condolences at www.lockefuneralhome.com; Locke Funeral Home, 233-6138.
Lester 'Les' Everts (1934-2019)
CEDAR FALLS —- Lester J. “Les” Everts, 84, of Cedar Falls, died at home on Wednesday, May 22.
He was born Nov. 14, 1934, near Parkersburg, son of Jacob and Ella (Syhlman) Everts. Les married Hazel Pitchers-McKinney on Aug. 5, 2000, in Cedar Falls. He attended school near Dike, and farmed from 1950-1988. Les later worked at the Hudson Coop and as a bike technician/handyman at Walmart.
Survivors: his wife; a daughter, Brenda (Delwin) Schmitt of St. Louis, Mo.; two sons, Maurel (Gaylene) Everts of Columbia, Ill., and Darren Everts of St. Petersburg, Fla.; six grandchildren, Jacob, DJ, Ethan, Kendra, Erin, Marisa, and two great-grandchildren, Ariana and Jace.
Preceded in death by: his parents; a half brother, Alvin Syhlman; and two sisters, Ella Eckhoff and Tina Berhends.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 29, at Orchard Hill Church, with burial at Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens, both in Cedar Falls. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home and for an hour before service at the church.
Memorials: to the family. The family requests no flowers/plants.
Online condolences at www.DahlFuneralHome.com.
He enjoyed woodworking, square dance calling, dancing, clogging and spending time with family and friends.
Edward V. Droste (1925-2019)
WAVERLY --- Edward V. Droste, 94, of Largo, Fla., formerly of Waverly, died Wednesday, May 22, at home of cancer.
He was born Feb. 21, 1925, in Waverly, son of Arthur F. and Marion (Lizer) Droste. He graduated from Waverly High School in 1943, and then joined the U.S. He continued with Army Specialized Training Program at Northeastern University in Boston before joining the 17th Airborne Division in February 1944 and earning his paratroop wings that June. He served in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. He joined the Armed Forces Baseball League, playing games across Europe before being honorably discharged in October from the Army's 82nd Airborne Division.
He married Phyllis Jean Holley on Aug. 12, 1946, at Waverly's United Methodist Church. He enrolled at Wartburg College in 1947, then transferred to Iowa State University where in addition to his studies he competed on the golf team. He graduated from ISU in 1949 and began teaching and coaching at New Hampton High School. In 1954 Ed joined his father's publishing company. He rose to VP/GM in 1961, becoming president and co-owner in 1975, and retiring in 1986.
Ed served for 16 years on the Waverly Planning and Zoning Commission, 12 years as Wartburg Alumni treasurer, president of St. Paul's Lutheran Church Council, member of the Waverly Chamber of Commerce, the Development Commission, the Parks and Recreation Commission, Kids Kingdom and was awarded the Wartburg Alumni Citation Award. He was also a leading member Waverly Golf and Country Club.
Survivors: his wife; a son, Edward C. (Marsha) Droste of Clearwater, Fla.; two daughters, Linda Moon of Ankeny, and Sally (David) Pitts of Centennial, Colo.; three grandchildren, Ryan, Brian (Robyn) and Kylie (EJ), two stepgrandchildren, Stephanie and Mike; three stepgreat-grandchildren, Emily, Jack, and Nick; a great-grandson James; and a sister, Dorothy Hertel of Waverly.
Preceded in death by: his parents; his stepmother Elizabeth; a sister and her husband, Margaret (Rev. Ronald) Braulick; a brother in law, Dr. Elmer Hertel, and a son-in-law, Steve Moon.
Services: 10 a.m. Friday, May 31, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Waverly; burial in Harlington Cemetery. A gathering will be held at Joe's Nighthawk, 1002 W. Bremer Ave., from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Paul's Lutheran School (https:/www.stpaulswaverly.org/give/) or the Waverly Area Veterans Post.
Online condolences at http:/www.kaisercorson.com.
He maintained a lifelong love of golf that included seven hole-in-one scores. A faithful servant of God, “Big Ed” was kind to, and loved by so many. He will be missed dearly by many...until we all meet again…