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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, n.montague@mchsi.com


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Probably C.R. Gazette; Unknown
Donald J. Brecht

NORWAY Donald J. Brecht, 53, died suddenly Friday, Jan. 12, 2001. Services: 10 a.m. Monday, St. Michael's Catholic Church, Norway, by the Rev. Walter Kleinfehn. Burial: St. Michael's Cemetery, Norway, with military rites. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. today at St. Michael's Parish Center, where a Scripture service will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Survivors include his wife, Linda; two daughters, Molly Brecht and finance Mike Blindfold of Mundelein, Ill., and Megan Clemensen and husband Brad of Cedar Rapids; his parents, Rinehart and Dorothy Brecht of Norway; a sister, Beryl Ollinger and husband Keith of Cedar Rapids; a brother, Marlyn and wife Elaine of Norway; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Ronald, shortly after birth.

He graduated from Norway High School in 1965 and attended Marshalltown Community College. He married Linda Schlotterback in Atkins on Sept. 11, 1971. They have always lived in Norway. He worked as a farmer.

He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Norway American Legion Post No. 234. He was a member of St. Joseph's Court No. 1360 of the Catholic Order of Foresters, in Norway.

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Submitted on 26-Mar-2020 by
Dwayne Thoman, dthoman76@gmail.com


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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, johnob@vtc.net

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Benton County Star; Unknown
Services Held Monday for Mrs. J. Brecht
Helen J Brecht

Mrs. John V. Brecht, 83, Norway, died Friday in a Cedar Rapids hospital.

Born Dec. 7, 1886, at Norway, the daughter of Michael and Josephine Becker Gessner, she married John V. Brecht at St. Michael's church, Norway, Sept. 25, 1906. The couple farmed northwest of Norway for many years, retiring to town 23 years ago.

She was preceded in death by a brother, John Gessner, and a sister, Mrs. Joe (Elizabeth) Thoman.

Surviving are her husband; a daughter, Mrs. R.F. (Dorothy) Brecht, Norway; a son, Vernon, Watkins; five grandchildren; eight great grandchildren, and a brother, Michael Gessner, Newhall.

Services were held Monday, July 6, at 10 a.m. at St. Michael's church at Norway, by the Rev. Robert Saunders, with burial in St. Michael's cemetery, Norway.

Pallbearers were: Glen Etscheidt, Edward Schulte, Harold Thoman, Wilbert Schulte, Arnold Kesser and Marvin Gessner.

George Brosh was in charge.

{Submitter comment: The deceased went by "Lena."}

Submitted on 16-May-2020 by
Dwayne Thoman, dthoman76@gmail.com


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Daily Times; Unknown
Hold Funeral Rites for John L. Brecht
John Lewis Brecht

BENTON COUNTY NEWS

(Special to Daily Times)

Walford, Jan. 19.-Funeral services for John L. Brecht, 75, were held at St. Patrick's church at Fairfax this morning. Burial was made in St. Patrick's cemetery there. Mr. Brecht, who for many years was a resident of this community passed away at his home in Fairfax Sunday night. He was born at Zanesville, O., Sept. 28, 1862, and came to Iowa with his parents in 1879. In 1883 he was married to Louise Byers of Cedar Rapids. They lived on a farm four miles south of Walford until about 1908 when they moved to Linn county. The deceased is survived by his wife and the following children: Henry, Atlanta, Ga.; George and Mrs. Anna Rose, both of Harrisburg, S.D.; Bernard, Walker; Mrs. Lucy Bartosh, Norway; Lester, Charles, Edward, Harold, Mrs. Mary Hasley and Mrs. Bertha Firkins, all of Fairfax. A son, Bert, died 12 years ago. He also leaves 38 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

{Submitter comment: The Brecht family originally settled at Norway, Iowa. John Brecht's parents are buried in St. Michael cemetery, Norway.}

Submitted on 15-May-2020 by
Dwayne Thoman, dthoman76@gmail.com


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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, n.montague@mchsi.com


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Unknown; Unknown
Death of Leo Brecht
Leo Brecht

Leo Brecht, an old and highly respected citizen living south of this place, passed to his reward at a Cedar Rapids hospital at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, after an illness extending over a considerable time. Deceased was almost a life-long resident in the community in which he resided and no man was held in higher esteem for his rectitude and religious character and neighborliness.

He was born Sept. 12, 1879*, near this place and lived in the vicinity of his birth all his life.

Besides his widow he is survived by three sons, Gilbert, Kenneth and Wallace of Norway, four brothers, Leonard of Watkins; George of Winnebago, Minn.; William of Shellsburg and Edgar of Newhall; four sisters, Mrs. Chas. Kisser of Vinton; Mrs. Joe G. Boddicker of Newhall; Mrs. Henry Emanuel of Norway, and Mrs. Joseph Busher of Martelle.

Funeral services were held from St. Michael's church in this place conducted by Rev. Ginter, Rev. Father Drexler read mass. Burial was in the Catholic cemetery at the north edge of town.

The funeral was one of the largest ever held in Norway.

*Tomb gives date of birth as 1878.

{Submitter comment: From a family scrapbook.}

Submitted on 24-Apr-2020 by
Dwayne Thoman, dthoman76@gmail.com


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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, johnob@vtc.net


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Star Press;
LEONARD WILLIAM BRECHT
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, johnob@vtc.net


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Unknown, probably C.R. Gazette; Unknown
Rinehart Frederick Brecht

Rinehart Frederick Brecht, 93, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003, in Colonial Manor, Amana, after a short illness. Services: 10 a.m. Monday, St. Michael's Catholic Church, Norway, by the Rev. Paul Baldwin. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at St. Michael's Parish Center, with a Scripture service at 6:30 p.m. Burial: St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery, Norway.

Riney was born Nov. 19, 1909, in Benton County, to Michael and Rosa Hasley Brecht. He married Dorothy Brecht on June 9, 1931, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Watkins. Riney lived and farmed on the family farm near Norway until 2002, when he moved to Colonial Manor.

Survivors include 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, David (Peg) Ollinger, Scott (Bonnie) Ollinger, Gary (Audrey) Ollinger, Brian (Karessa) Ollinger, Lori (Greg) Semler, Mark (Nancy) Brecht, Steve (Peggy) Brecht, Doug (Robin) Brecht, Molly (Mike) Branford and Megan (Brad) Clemens; 15 great-grandchildren; a sister, Vera Sonka of Cedar Rapids; and a brother-in-law, Vernon Brecht of Watkins.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; a son, Donald; a son, Ronald; his twin, who died at birth; a great-granddaughter, Kristen Brecht; and a sister, Laura Stufflebeam.

Riney was a bank director for the Benton County Savings Bank for many years... Arrangements by Brosh Funeral Service, Norway.

Submitted on 23-Mar-2020 by
Dwayne Thoman, dthoman76@gmail.com


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