by Brathjen on March 11, 2013

Randall Goettsch, 56

Funeral service for Randall “Randy” Goettsch, 56, Maxwell, was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at Bacon Funeral Home, Maxwell. He died Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at Iowa River Hospice, Marshalltown.

Burial was at noon Monday, March 4, at Zion Cemetery north of Millersburg.

Memorials may be made to ALS Association or Iowa River Hospice.

Randall Goettsch was born Aug. 30, 1956, in Iowa City, the son of Carroll and Colleen (Klein) Goettsch.

He married Virginia Palmisano Sept. 22, 2012, in Maxwell. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for Local 234 Union, of which he was a member.

He enjoyed working in his shop, fishing, splitting firewood and snowmobiling. He was an avid NASCAR fan and liked restoring cars.

Goettsch is survived by his wife, Virginia; two sons, Christopher Goettsch, Zearing, and Zachary Goettsch, Jessup, Ga.; two daughters, Jessica and Bill McKusker, Marengo, and Bethany Dolph, Des Moines; one brother, Danny and Lorree Goettsch, Cedar Rapids; two sisters, Dona Venable, Hope Mills, N.C., and Diane Forrest, Ankeny; grandchildren, Makinzie, David, Cecilia and Faith Dolph, Mason McKusker, Rowyn Goettsch and Cassidy Clair; stepsons, Paul Drehs, Charlotte, N.C., and Davey and Rhapsody Drehs, St. Petersburg, Fla.; stepdaughter, Christina and Andy Stollmack, Indian Trail, N.C., and stetpgranddaughters, Stella Drehs and Peggy Jane Stollmack.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson, Logan Goettsch.

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Loretta Young, 88

Funeral Mass for Loretta A. Young, 88, St. Louis, Mo., was held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, at Saints John and Paul Catholic Church, Altoona. She died Friday, March 1, 2013.

Burial was in the Altoona Cemetery.

Pence-Reese Funeral Home, Newton, was in charge of arrangements.

Loretta Alicia Young was born Jan. 11, 1925, in Marengo, the daughter of Peter and Loretta (Kibbie) McGivern.

She married David N. Young Dec. 2, 1950, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Marengo. The couple lived on their farm near Altoona for 52 years. Most recently, they lived in St. Louis, near her daughter and her family, Elizabeth and Robert Fitzgerald.

She received a bachelor of science degree in business in 1950 from the University of Iowa, where she met her spouse of 62 years, David, Newton. After the couple reared their eight children, she worked for Meredith Corporation and the Natural Resources Council of the State of Iowa, Des Moines. She enjoyed being a mother and grandmother, volunteering at her church, serving as PTA president, serving on pro-life committees, volunteering for the American Cancer Society and playing bridge.

She was a member of Saints John and Paul Catholic Church, Altoona, and most recently, St. Monica Catholic Church, St. Louis. She was a woman of deep Christian faith, who always put the love of God and family first. She was kind and generous to others and her Irish warmth and humor have left treasured memories for all who knew her.

Young is survived by her husband, David, St. Louis; four daughters, Elizabeth and Robert Fitzgerald, St. Louis; Rebecca and Larry Sterbick, Red Oak; Maureen Zirbel, Clearwater, Fla., and Laura and Leo Brazeau; four sons, David Jr., Zuni, Minn.; Thomas, Dubois, Wyo.; John and Chris Young, Cold Spring, Minn., and Mark and Jill Young, West Pueblo, Colo.; 20 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three sisters, Maureen and John Martin, Palo Alto, Calif.; Theresa and Dr. Alvin Mauer, Memphis, Tenn.; Peggy Perez, Los Angeles, Calif.; one brother, Edward J. and Jillian J. McGivern, Keystone, and many nieces and nephews.

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Donna Kriegel, 84

Funeral Mass for Donna M. Kriegel, 84, Marengo, was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Marengo. She died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013,, at Marengo Memorial Hospital.

The Rev. Brian Shepley and the Rev. Joseph Roost officiated at the service.

Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Marengo.

A memorial fund has been established.

Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left at

Donna Marie Kriegel was born Jan. 8, 1929, in Panguitch, Utah, the daughter of Frank and Jeane Linford LeFevre. She graduated from Davis County High School, Clearfield, Utah, in 1947.

She married Richard Kriegel Aug. 23, 1950, in Clearfield.

She was a wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker. She worked part-time as a childcare provider with Cottontail Daycare. She was also a babysitter for her many grandchildren.

She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Marengo.

Kriegel is survived by her children, Mary Jeane and Rich Watson, Laverkin, Utah; Elaine and Mike McBride, Marengo; Daryl and Janette, Marengo; Dennis and Teresa, Williamsburg; Michelle and Doug Blythe, Williamsburg, and Jillynne Young, Marengo; 17 grandchildren, Jennifer, Melissa, Jason, Jeremy, Joseph, Joshua, Jacqueline, Darys, Kaitlyn, Dillon, Hayley, Bryson, Brandon, Bradley, Garrett, Marshall and Carter; 14 great-grandchildren, Aiden, Aspen, Caelem, Evangeline, Willa, Aubrey, Isaelle, Eva, Lydia, Nolan, Maggie, Tyson, Joslyn and Hunter, and a special “daughter,” Sharon Carney.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; one grandson, Matthew; one brother, Junior, and one brother and one sister in infancy.

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Elizabeth Blechschmidt, 99

Funeral service for Elizabeth “Betty” Blechschmidt, 99, Amana, was held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Middle Amana Community Church. She died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids.

Church elder Jon Childers officiated at the service.

Burial was in the Middle Amana Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Amana Church Society or the Amana Heritage Society.

Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

Elizabeth “Betty” Louise Blechschmidt was born Feb. 9, 1914, in Middle Amana, the daughter of Jacob and Louise Schmieder Dickel. She attended the Amana schools and then attended the Cedar Rapids Business School.

She married Fred “Joe” Blechschmidt May 18, 1944, in Missouri. He died Sept. 23, 1987.

She was employed as a secretary for the Amana Society for many years. She worked until she was 90 years old.

She was a member of the Amana Church Society.

Blechschmidt is survived by one stepdaughter, Rosie Brower, Silver Springs, Md.; several stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren; one brother, Willard and Mary Lou Dickel, Middle Amana; one sister, Marie Schaefer, Davenport, and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Johanna Kellenberger and Wilma Schaefer.

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