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Mrs. Anna Brecht Service Held Sunday, May 16 - Norway Woman, 79, Survived by Three Daughters, Three Sons
Anna Brecht

Mrs. Anna Brecht was found dead in her home by her daughter, Mrs. Kathryn Wack, Thursday evening, May 13. Her death was attributed to a heart ailment.

The daughter of Victor and Anna Eschmidt Ockenfels, born April 14, 1875, in Germany, she came to this country with her parents at the age of six years. She had 12 brothers and sisters.

She married Joseph R. Brecht Nov. 22, 1894. He passed away July 29, 1944.

At the time of her death, she was 79 years old.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Kathryn Wack of Norway; Mrs. Marie Spalding of Cedar Rapids and Mrs. Loretta Schmuecker of Watkins; three sons, John of Strawberry Point; Frank of Norway; and Victor of Earlville; 21 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at St. Michael's church in Norway, Sunday, May 16, at 9 a.m. with Rev. Nicholas Krull officiating. Burial was in St. Michael's cemetery.

Thos attending from a distance were: Mr. and Mrs. John Ockenfels and family of Iowa City; Mr. and Mrs. John Ockenfels and Fritz Ockenfels of Curry, Minn.; Mrs. Kathryn Rupp and Mrs. Charles Ankrum of Tracy, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fields of Phoenix, Ariz.; R. V. Kuen, Laura Kuen and Frank Kuen, Mrs. Clara Lang and Mrs. Rose Gavin of Cedar Rapids.
Submitted on Jul 22, 2005 by
Nancy Montague,

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Dorothy Helen Brecht

Dorothy Helen Brecht, 92, died Wednesday, May 29, 2003, in Colonial Manor of Amana. Services; 10 a.m. Saturday, May 31, St. Michael's Catholic Church, Norway, by the Rev. Walter Kleinfehn. Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m. today at St. Michael's Parish Center, with a rosary at 6:30 p.m. and Scripture service at 7:30 p.m.. Burial: St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery, Norway. Dorothy was born April 22, 1911 in Benton County to John V. and Helena Gessner Brecht. She married Rinehart F. Brecht on June 9, 1931, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Watkins. They lived on a farm near Norway until April 2002 when they moved to Colonial Manor.

Survivors include her husband, Rinehart, to whom she was married for nearly 72 years; a daughter, Beryl (Keith) Ollinger of Cedar Rapids; a son, Marlyn (Elaine) Brecht of Norway; a daughter-in-law, Linda Brecht of Norway, 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a brother, Vernon Brecht of Watkins; and a sister-in-law, Vera Sonka of Cedar Rapids. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son Donald; a son Ronald, his twin, who died at birth; and a great-granddaughter, Kristen Brecht. Dorothy was a 30-year member of the American Legion Ausiliary and an over 50-year member of Catholic Order of Foresters.

Arrangements by Brosh Funeral Services, Norway.
Submitted on Dec 23, 2003 by
John Oberreuter,

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John Brecht, 89, Norway Retired Farmer, Dies
John Vincent Brecht

Norway: John Vincent (Pat) Brecht, 89, a retired farmer, died Friday afternoon. The son of Andrew Vincent and Mary Ann Frese Brecht, he was born Sept. 18, 1887 near Norway. He was married to Helen Gessner who preceded him in death on July 3, 1970. He was a member of St. Joseph's Court 1360, Catholic Order of Foresters

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Reinhart (Dorothy) Brecht, Norway; one son, Vernon, Watkins; five grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, one brother, Andrew, Marengo; five sisters, Mrs. Minnie Hasley, Cedar Rapids, Mrs. Tillie Schulte, Mrs. Agnes Schulte and Mrs. Tessie Primrose, all of Norway, and Mrs. Elsie Etscheidt, Watkins

Services were at St. Michael's Catholic church, Norway, Monday, September 27, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Robert Saunders officiating, and burial was in St. Michael's cemetery, Norway

Funeral arrangements were in charge of George Brosh, Norway.

Submitted on Fri Jul 25, 2003 by
Nancy Montague,

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Leonard "Butch" Brecht
Leonard H. Brecht

BLAIRSTOWN: Leonard H. "Butch" Brecht, 66, died Monday, July 6, 2009 at his residence following an extended illness. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 AM, Thursday, July 9, 2009 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Marengo with Father Joseph Roost as Celebrant. Interment will be held at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Blairstown with Graveside Military Rites conducted by M. J. Kirby American Legion Post #170 of Blairstown....

Butch was born August 29, 1942 at Cedar Rapids to Leonard W. "Newt" and Arlene (Frimml) Brecht and graduated from the Blairstown High School in 1960. He served his nation in the US Army Reserves and was a member of M. J. Kirby American Legion Post #170 of Blairstown.

On November 22, 1969 he married Barbara "Bobbie" Meek at Springerville, Arizona. A life-long farmer, Butch had been active in livestock shows, had been a 4-H Leader, and owned and operated the B4 Cattle Company for the past twenty-two years....

He is survived by his wife, Bobbie Brecht of Blairstown; his daughter, Brandee Brecht of Watkins; and his son, Beau Brecht, of Blairstown; his grandchildren, Tayte and Brylee Lindemier of Watkins; and his sisters, Sharon (Dick) Kelly of Burlington, KY, Renee VanKerckvoorde of Ft. Worth, TX, and Alicia (Dale) Thomsen of Mt. Vernon.

His grandparents; his parents, and his brother-in-law, Richard "Dick" Van Kerckvoorde preceded him in death.

Phillips Funeral Home in Blairstown is in charge of arrangements.

Submitted on 12-Jul-2009 by
John Oberreuter,

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Star Press;
Leonard William Brecht

Leonard W. Brecht Funeral services for Leonard W. Brecht, 85, of Blairstown, were Tuesday, October 11, 2005, at St. John's Catholic Church in Blairstown... Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Blairstown. Mr. Brecht died Saturday, October 8, 2005, at the Keystone Care Center.

Leonard William Brecht was born January 19, 1920, in rural Watkins, the son of Leonard J. and Bertha Schmuecker Brecht. On January 14, 1942, he married Arlene Frimml. She preceded him in death on May 30, 1975. On August 25, 1978, he married Dorothy Boehmke Franzenburg in Blairstown. They made their home in Blairstown. He farmed and sold Yoder Feed throughout his lifetime. He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church in Blairstown, the National Farmers Organization, Knights of Columbus, Catholic Order of Foresters and the Blairstown Lions Club.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy of Blairstown; a son, Leonard "Butch" (Bobbie) Brecht of Blairstown; three daughters, Sharon K. (Richard) Kelly of Burlington, KY, Renee A. (Richard) Van Kerckvoorde of Blairstown, and Alicia A. (Dale) Thomsen of Mt. Vernon; step-children, Sue A. McDowell of Belleair, FL, Kathryn D. Franzenburg of Centerville, Sam A. Franzenburg of Chelsea, and Randy J. (Carol) Franzenburg of Keystone; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; 10 step- great grandchildren; three brothers, Floyd (Mary) Brecht of Cedar Rapids, Bernard (Marian) Brecht and Edwin (Eileen) Brecht both of Marengo; and two sisters, Kathryn Kimm and Evelyn Kimm, both of Norway.

In addition to his former wife, Arlene, he was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Marvin Brecht; and brother-in-laws, Ora and Keith Kimm.

Overton Family Funeral Home in Blairstown was in charge of arrangements.
Submitted on Oct 15, 2005 by
John Oberreuter,

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