Obituaries and services notices in today's Courier
Carolyn Woodworth Maas (1947-2018)
TOLEDO — Carolyn Marie (Webber) Woodworth Maas, 71, of Toledo, died Monday, Dec. 3, at Magnolia Beach, Texas.
She was born June 15, 1947, in Waterloo, daughter of Walter and Esther (Coffin) Webber. She was married to Ernest Walter Maas Jr. from 1963 until 1969. She then married Luallen Woodworth on July 4, 1970. He died in 1997. Ernest and Carolyn were remarried Nov. 17, 2009.
Carolyn attended Columbus High School and Waterloo East in Waterloo. She worked at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown for more than 30 years as a resident treatment worker, and at the time of retirement she was a supervisor at Heinz Hall.
Survived by: her husband, Ernest; her children, Cindy (Tim) Nyce of Marshalltown, Randall Maas of Toledo and Jason Woodworth (Corenne Grimes) of Leonardtown, Md.; stepchildren, Tim (Rebecca) Maas of Dallas, Texas, Mellisa (Steve) Harmon of Matthews, N.C., Melody (Tom) Julian of Athens, Texas, Jeannette (David) Kerr of Waverly and Becky (Jerry) Lathrop of Waterloo; seven grandchildren, Nicholas (Mandi) Maas, Derrick (Danielle) Backen, Julia (Tyler) Green, Dylan Maas, Kyle (Brittany) Maas, Hannah Woodworth and Brendan Woodworth; five great-grandchildren; many stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death: her parents; her husband, Luallen Woodworth; stepdaughter, Robin Allen; and siblings, Robert Webber, James Webber, Dorothy Beaman, Mary Catherine Jordan and David Webber.
Celebration of Life gathering: from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama.
Memorial fund: has been established.
Condolences may be left at www.kruse-phillips.com.
Carolyn was politically active and involved in AFSCME. She was proud to have attended Clinton’s Inauguration. She was a great cook and catered a lot of weddings. Carolyn loved to camp and fish. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends.
Debra L. “Debbie” Frost (1952-2018)
GILBERTVILLE — Debra Leah “Debbie” Frost, 66, of Gilbertville, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital.
She was born April 23, 1952, in Waterloo, daughter of Robert and Joan Caley Hughes. She married Dean Lee Frost on Nov. 7, 1981, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Gilbertville. He died Jan. 25, 2017.
Debbie worked as a homemaker, raising her three children.
Survived by: a daughter, Caley (David) Elliott of Waterloo; a son, Matthew Frost of Waterloo; two grandchildren, Spencer and Caden Elliott; two brothers, Mike (Bonnie) Hughes of Tripoli and Dan (LeAnn) Hughes of Cedar Falls; and a sister, Kim (Ron) Kelly of Cedar Falls.
Preceded in death by: her husband; and a son, Michael Frost.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, with inurnment in Sancta Maria Cemetery, both in Gilbertville. Visitation will be one hour before services at the church. Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on South Street is assisting the family.
Memorials: may be directed to the family
She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, wife and friend.
Larry G. Fankhauser (1944-2018)
WATERLOO — Larry G. Fankhauser Sr., 74, of Waterloo, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Covenant Medical Center.
He was born Sept. 22, 1944, in Waterloo, son of Henry and Vivian Wroe Fankhauser. He married Mary Fehlandt on July 10, 1976, in Waterloo.
Larry was employed with Chamberlain Manufacturing Co. for 27 years and later with Ravenwood Nursing & Rehab Center for 13 years, retiring in 2006.
Survived by: his wife; his children, Larry (Loretta) Fankhauser Jr., John Fankhauser, Jody (Robin) Fankhauser, Debbie (Ralph Carson) Miller, Michael (Luanne) Fankhauser, Jamie (Kyle Mundfrom) Brown and Scott (Kim) Fankhauser, all of Waterloo; an adopted granddaughter, Caden Fankhauser of Waterloo; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a nephew, John Bender of Exeland, Wis.; a niece, Carrie Bender of Waterloo; a brother, Timmy (Jennifer) Fankhauser of Waterloo; three sisters, Carolyn Fankhauser and Sandra Seeman, both of Waterloo and Barbara Jungen of Elk Run Heights; and special friends, Jim and Vivian Brookman and family of Waterloo.
Preceded in death by: his parents; a grandson; and two brothers, Donny and Jimmy Fankhauser.
Memorial service: 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway, with entombment in the Garden of Memories Columbarium. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today, Dec. 7, at the funeral home.
Memorials: may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice or Covenant Medical Center.
Condolences may be left with www.hagartywaychoffgrarup.com.
Larry was a phenomenal human being. He had so much love in his heart for everyone around him. His greatest pride and joy were his children, grandkids and his fishing poles. If you couldn’t find him, he was probably out fishing or tinkering in his shed. Larry will be missed by many and never forgotten.
Dorothy Goodenbour (1927-2018)
CEDAR FALLS — Dorothy Goodenbour, 91, of Cedar Falls, formerly of Waterloo, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Elizabeth Martin Center of Western Home Communities after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
She was born Aug. 13, 1927, on a farm in rural Waverly, daughter of Carl and Martha Brandt Leisinger. She married Curtice Dean Goodenbour on May 20, 1956, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Waverly; he died Dec. 19, 2004.
Dorothy attended country school in Waverly through eighth grade and in 1985 she obtained her GED. She worked briefly at the Black’s Department Store in downtown Waterloo but spent most of her life as a homemaker.
She was an active member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waterloo, where she taught Sunday School and was involved with the Lydia Circle.
Survived by: a son, Bruce (Deborah) Goodenbour of Cedar Falls; two daughters, Jane (Dean) Van Loh of Iowa City and Pam (Phil) Schaefer of Asbury; six grandchildren, Jeff (Mairin Finn) Goodenbour, Doug (Briana) Goodenbour, Chris (Amy) Van Loh, Mike (Heather Molyneux) Van Loh, Melissa (Shaun Ruff) Schaefer and Dan (Kristin) Schaefer; seven great-grandchildren, Gavin, Nora, Aiden, Callen, Emmett, Ryder and Easton, plus one expected in June 2019; and a sister, Delores Banser of Waverly.
Preceded in death by: three brothers, Melvin, Leonard and Erwin Leisinger; a brother-in-law, Lester Banser; and two sisters-in-law, Darlene and Alice.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, with burial in Garden of Memories Cemetery, both in Waterloo. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at Locke Funeral Home, Waterloo, and for an hour before services at the church.
Memorials: may be directed to the church, Western Home Communities or Cedar Valley Hospice.
Condolences may be left at www.LockeFuneralHome.com.
Donna J. Gerst (1946-2018)
WATERLOO — Donna J. Gerst, 72, of Waterloo, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, at UnityPoint-Allen Hospital.
She was born July 1, 1946, in Marshalltown, daughter of Wilbur G. and Dorothy Benson Rainsberger. She married David J. Botts in Marshalltown, and they were later divorced. She married Richard L. Schrock on May 25, 1973, in Morristown, Minn. He died Dec. 2, 1994. She married Gary L. Gerst on March 3, 2000, in Waterloo.
She graduated from Marshalltown High School and was a service representative with Northwestern Bell Telephone and later was an insurance agent for PDCM and State Farm.
Survived by: her husband; two sons, Shane R. Schrock and Troy (Denise) Gerst of Waterloo; five daughters, Jamie J. (Harvey Johnson) Holtzman, Tracy L. (Steve) Dilley, Tammy (Scott) Laughlin and Shane (Tony) Barker, all of Waterloo, and Robin (Dave Whiteman) Donahue of Evansdale; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Joanie (Joe) Reuter of Denver.
Preceded in death by: her parents; her stepfather, Max Ryan; and a daughter, Lori Lynn Gerst.
Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway, with burial in Garden of Memories Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Donna was a huge Cubs fan and loved her total family and her church family at Heartland Vineyard Church.
Lois J. Harken (1932-2018)
CEDAR FALLS — Lois J. Harken, 86, of Cedar Falls, died at home Monday, Dec. 3.
She was born Jan. 3, 1932, in Parkersburg, daughter of John and Lydia Kettwig Etjen. She married Herbert Harken on March 20, 1952, in Galena, Ill. He died in 1968.
Lois was a homemaker, worked at Pat’s Tavern and Steamboat Gardens prior to working at Burger King as a hostess. She retired in 2006.
Survived by: two sons, Dale (Kati) Harken of Centennial, Colo., and Dean Harken of Wamego, Kan.; four daughters, Gretchen Harken of Cedar Falls, Becky Koester of North Liberty, Toni (Douglas) Carlo of Lincoln, Neb., and Karen Harken of Centennial; three brothers, Charles, James and Craig (Bonnie) Etjen; three sisters, Shirley Bergman, Mavis Neymeyer and Connie (Scott) Simon; nine grandchildren, Casey (Julia) Carlo, Joe (Jen) Harken, Sarah (David) Harken, Stephanie Koester, Jimi Jo (Andy) Allen, Rori Carlo, Genna (Kyle) Koester, Courtney (Kyle) Dehn and Jackson Harken; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: a son, John Harken; a daughter-in-law, Deborah Harken; two sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; and her dogs, Sam and Beulah.
Celebration of life: 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Volks Haus in Waterloo. Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on South Street, with burial at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, in Pleasant View Cemetery in Aplington.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Lois was an avid Hawkeye and Cubs fan. She was a passionate, vocal Democrat. Lois would’ve said, ‘Be safe, have fun, I love you.’
Genevieve Steege (1925-2018)
FREDERICKSBURG — Genevieve Rose Steege, 93, of Fredericksburg, died Monday, Dec. 3, at New Hampton Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.
She was born April 21, 1925, on the family farm near Jerico, daughter of Michael and Mary (Fitzgerald) Weigel. She married Gerald Steege on Jan. 16, 1946, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua.
Genevieve graduated from New Hampton High School in 1943, began working for a clothing store in New Hampton and went on to work at Powell’s variety store for a couple of years. She and her husband rented several farms in the Fredericksburg area before settling on the Steege family farm a mile south of Fredericksburg. Genevieve spent her time at home helping on the farm and taking care of her family. After 33 years on the farm, the couple moved into Fredericksburg in 1979.
Survived by: a son, Brad (Linda) Steege of Fredericksburg; three daughters, Bonnie (Terry) Brandenburg of Fredericksburg, Brenda (Randy) Davis of Loveland, Colo., and Barbara (Jim) Fay of Waverly; 14 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Delores Weigel of New Hampton.
Preceded in death by: her parents; her husband, Gerald, in 2003; a daughter, Karla Kay Steege in infancy; three sisters, Alvetta (Leo) Laures, Rita (Clarence) Throndson and Eileen Anderson; and three brothers, Gerald Weigel, Harold (Sally) Weigel and Joe Weigel.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Peace United Church of Christ, with burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, both in Fredericksburg. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home in Fredericksburg and also for an hour before services Saturday at the church.
Genevieve enjoyed embroidery work, camping, playing cards and secret recipes now passed to her children. She enjoyed time in her garden. Violets were her favorite houseplants. Cardinals were her favorite bird, giving her much comfort. Genevieve’s family was her life, and she spent as much time as possible with them.
Darlene Wipperman (1928-2018)
CEDAR FALLS — Darlene Doris Wipperman, 90, of Cedar Falls, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home.
She was born April 26, 1928, in Preston, daughter of Claude Ellsworth and VeNona Enid (Burns) Kelly. She married the Rev. John Fredrick Wipperman on June 13, 1948, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Preston. He preceded her in death.
She graduated from Preston High School. Together in John’s ministry, Darlene and John served at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids, St. John’s Lutheran Church in Arlington, Atonement Lutheran Church in Clinton and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Manson.
Survived by: a son, Gary (Kristen) Wipperman of Cedar Falls; a daughter, Gail (Arthur) Wisner of Westminster, Md.; a son, Greg (Robyn Freeman) Wipperman of Wilmington, N.C.; six grandchildren, Braden (Kimberly) Wipperman, Alek Wipperman, Devin Wipperman, Melissa (Ricky) Davis, Steve (Lindsey) Wisner and Brian (Stefanie) Wisner; and six great-grandchildren, Caelyn Wipperman, Reece Wipperman, Brynn Wipperman, Kaitlin Davis, Sarah Davis and Lottie Wisner.
Preceded in death by: her husband; her parents; and two brothers, Dale Kelly and Donald Kelly.
Services: 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School in Waverly, and graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Manson. Visitation will be for an hour before services at the church. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly is assisting the family.
Memorials in lieu of flowers: may be directed to Western Home Communities, Cedar Valley Hospice or to ELCA World Hunger.
Condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com.
Matthew L. Meether (1960-2018)
PARKERSBURG — Matthew L. Meether, 58, of Parkersburg, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital, Waterloo.
He was born Nov. 26, 1960, in Beloit, Wis., son of Duane Wilfred and Ada Ann (Rozell) Meether. On June 24, 1989, he married Lisa Kaye Siebenga at the Christ Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls.
He graduated from Dunkerton High School in Dunkerton in 1979. He also earned an electrical degree and a diesel truck mechanics degree from Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo. Matthew was one semester short of earning a history degree. He served in the U.S. Army Airborne and Air and Assault from 1983 until 1987. He then served in the Iowa National Guard until 1989. Matthew worked as a diesel truck mechanic at Schneider International, then as an electrician at John Deere.
Survived by: his wife; two children, Jennifer Meether and Scott Meether, both of Waterloo; a grandchild, Alexander Meether; his father, Duane (Lois) Meether of Hawarden; two brothers, Michael (Ginny) Meether of St. Charles, and Stuart (Beth) Meether of Wichita, Kan.; a sister, Lori Ann Childs of Hudson; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: his mother; a stepbrother, Steven Boisen; a stepsister, Sharon McGuire; and an uncle, Marvin Meether.
Visitation: 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home in Parkersburg. Private family burial will be at a later date.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.redman-schwartz.com.
Matthew enjoyed working on cars, especially Volkswagens. He was always tinkering and always had a project to work on.
Willie E. Bradford (1953-2018)
WATERLOO — Willie Epson Bradford, 65, of Waterloo, died Thursday, Nov. 29.
He was born March 28, 1953, in Waterloo, son of Earnest and Tommie Lee (Williams) Bradford. He married Judy Dixon on Sept. 18, 1978, and they later divorced. He also married and later divorced Tianne Gladney.
Willie graduated from Waterloo East High School in 1971 and attended Hawkeye Community College, where he earned a substance abuse counselor’s license, as well as attended Des Moines Area Community College. He worked as a counselor at Northeast Iowa Youth Shelter and as a substance abuse counselor at Pathways. He managed a transitional home in Des Moines for newly released parolees. He taught classes regularly and worked with numerous support groups in the area until his illness no longer allowed him to do so. He was a member of an area prison ministry and was employed as an AARP representative of the Salvation Army.
Willie was a lifetime member of Union Missionary Baptist Church.
Survived by: his children, Trachelle Traywick of Waterloo, Charmin Shorter of Greensboro, N.C., Jeremy Bradford of Dubuque, Willie Bradford Jr. and Larisha Bradford, both of Des Moines, as well as, Terence Dixon and LaPorsha Dixon of Waterloo, whom he reared; his siblings, Easter (Clarence) Nelson of Seattle, Dr. Carline (Thomas) Phillips of Waukee, Annie Hager of Glen Burnie, Md., Kathryn Ann (Craig) Harvey of Matteson, Ill., Thomas (Denise) Bradford of Des Moines and adopted brother George Brown of Waterloo; and 28 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, 10 nieces, eight nephews, and extended family and friends.
Preceded in death by: his son, Marcus Essex; his parents; paternal grandparents, Leroy Bradford and Ida Purdy; and maternal grandparent, Lucy Taylor.
Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Union Baptist Church, with burial in Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, and for two hours before services Saturday, all at the church. Sanders Funeral Service is assisting the family.
Memorials: may be directed to the family at 606 Fowler St., where they will receive friends.
Willie enjoyed dressing well. He always finished off his attire with a hat whenever he wore a suit. He was well-known for always being well dressed, matching his outfits from “head to toe.” Because Willie gave up eating pork early in life, his longtime childhood friends gave him the nickname “Pigfeet.”
Robert P. Brandt (1931-2018)
WAVERLY — Robert Paul Brandt, 87, of Waverly, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community in Waverly.
He was born Feb. 27, 1931, in Waverly, son of Paul and Dorothy (Bills) Brandt. On Feb. 10, 1952, he married Dorothy Wedemeier at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Artesian.
He graduated from the Waverly High School. Robert and his wife made their home in rural Waverly, where they farmed together, and Bob also drove a truck for GMT in Waverly. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Waverly.
Survived by: his wife of Denver; four sons, Dennis (Carla) Brandt of Denver, Dale (Connie) Brandt of Waverly, David (Barbara) Brandt of Urbandale and Donald (Claudette) Brandt of Washburn; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Ronald “Ronnie” (Karen) Brandt of Waverly.
Preceded in death by: his parents.
Services: noon Saturday, Dec. 8, at Bartels Good Shepherd Chapel, Waverly, preceded by visitation from 10 a.m. to noon. Private family burial following the luncheon in Harlington Cemetery, Waverly. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, Waverly, is assisting the family.
Memorials: may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com.
Bob enjoyed trains, dogs, dancing and traveling out West.
Leona Rhoads (1935-2018)
HOLLAND — Leona Ann Rhoads, 83, of Holland, died Sunday, Dec. 2, at Parkview Manor in Reinbeck.
She was born April 6, 1935, in Marshalltown, to George and Henrietta (Werkman) Harms. She married John Rhoads on June 3, 1955, at Holland Christian Reformed Church. He died Dec. 9, 2006.
Leona graduated from Grundy Center High School in 1953. In 1964, Leona was named city clerk for Holland, its first and one of the few female city clerks at the time. In 1971, she was elected to the Holland City Council, where she served until 1977. Leona worked for Grundy County ACS before being named manager of the Farmers Savings Bank in Holland. She then worked in Grundy Center at the Farmers Savings Bank in the real estate and insurance department. In March 1997, she retired from the Farmers Central Cooperative after 18 years.
Leona was active in many civic and community organizations, serving on the planning committee for the Holland Centennial Celebration in 1977, as the Colfax Center Township secretary and as a member of the Grundy County Landfill Commission. Leona was a lifelong member of Holland Christian Reformed Church until its closing, then became a member of Colfax Center Presbyterian Church.
Survived by: a sister, Wilma Vos of Grundy Center; Wilma’s children, Brenda Biersner, Scott (Connie) Vos and Linda (Lyndon) Johnson; and their children and grandchildren and the members of the John Rhoads family.
Preceded in death by: her parents; her husband; a brother-in-law, Bill Vos; and a nephew-in-law, John Biersner.
Memorial services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Colfax Center Presbyterian Church, rural Holland, with inurnment in Holland Cemetery. Memorial visitation will be for an hour before memorial services at the church. Abels Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials: may be directed to the Holland Fire Department or the Ostfriesen Heritage Society in Wellsburg.
Condolences may be left at www.abelsfuneralhomes.com.
In retirement, she enjoyed traveling the world and genealogy. She was very active in the Ostfriesen Heritage Society and participated in many exchange programs with friends and relatives from Germany.