Robert L. Rath

M, (October 20, 1946 - October 15, 1972)
FatherHerman F. Rath (July 23, 1920 - December 27, 2006)
MotherAnn Catherine Gehling
Birth*20 October 1946Robert L. Rath was born on 20 October 1946, at Carroll, Carroll County, Iowa. 
He was the son of Herman F. Rath and Ann Catherine Gehling
Marriage*13 August 1966Robert L. Rath married Patricia Ann Berning, daughter of Albert Joseph Berning and Marian Josephine Masching, on 13 August 1966, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, Breda, Carroll County, Iowa. 
Death*15 October 1972Robert L. Rath died on 15 October 1972, at age 25. 


Patricia Ann Berning (August 19, 1947 - December 30, 1997)
Children 1.Marty Rath+
 2.Terry Rath
 3.Tammy L. Rath

Cyril A. Koester

M, (January 6, 1921 - January 29, 1944)
Cyril A. Koester (1921-1944) at Chanute Field, in the USArmy.
FatherJohn Koester (August 19, 1891 - March 21, 1962)
MotherEmma Stangl (April 8, 1889 - August 6, 1947)
ChartsDescendants of Johan Henrich Köster (c. 1712)
Birth*6 January 1921Cyril A. Koester was born on 6 January 1921, at Carroll County, Iowa. 
He was the son of John Koester and Emma Stangl
Death*29 January 1944Cyril A. Koester died on 29 January 1944, at Chanute Field, Cook County, Illinois, at age 23; Cyril was in the Army, stationed at Chanute Field, Il. He died of an infection and allergy to medicine. Leo Buelt accompanied the body back to Dedham for military honors at burial. 
Misc*He was remembered in an obituary in the Carroll Daily Times Herald, Carroll, Iowa.
Cyril A. Koester
Koester Rites To Be Thursday

Funeral services for Sgt. Cyril Koester, who died of pneumonia early Sunday morning at Chanute Field, Rantoul Ill., are to be held at 10 o'clock Thursday morning at St. Joseph's Church in Dedham.
The body arrived in Carroll a t 5 o'clock this morning and was taken directly to the home of Sgt. Koester's parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Koester, at Dedham, to rest there until the time of the rites.

Sgt. Koester Funeral Rites Held Thursday

Dedham (THNS) - One of the largest funeral services ever held in Dedham was conducted at rites at 10 o'clock Thursday morning at St. Joseph's Catholic Church for Sgt. Cyril Koester, who succumbed to pneumonia early Sunday morning at Chanute Field, Rantoul, Ill.

Sgt. Koester's brother, the Rev. Father O. W. Koester, assistant pastor of SS. Peter and Paul's Church at Carroll, was the celebrant of the solemn requiem high mass. The Rev. Father H. Pick, pastor of St. Joseph's Church, served as the deacon; the Rev. Father Leo Lenz of Templeton, sub-deacon, and the Rev. Father A. Poeckes of Carroll, first master.

Military honors were accorded at committal services in the parish cemetery, with the American Legion post of Coon Rapids in charge. Active pallbearers were: Joe Haverman, George Meiners, William Lauridsen, Harold Pomeroy and Phillip Thein of Dedham and Felix Greteman of Templeton. Honorary pallbearers were: S. Sgt. Charles Underberg, S. Sgt. George Wiskus, Sgt. Ed Soppe, Pvt. Clarence Schroeder, Pvt. William Klocke and Pvt. Alfred Danner, all of whom are Dedham service men. Color bearers were Pfc. Leo Buelt and Cpl. H. Venner of Breda

Priests attending the services were: R t Rev. Msgr. P. T. Lynch, the Rev. L. Schenkelberg, the Rev R. J. Quinn and the. Rev. A. Poeckes of Carroll; the Rev. Leo Lenz, Templeton; the Rev. H. Pick, Dedham; the Rev. J. Roder, Manning; the Rev. H. Kramer, Halbur; the Rev. P. Mattes, Ida Grove; the Rev. L. Frank, Breda; the Rev. P. Sturm, Mt. Carmel, and the Rev. L. Greteman, Ogden.
Relatives and close friends from out of town at the rites included: the Rev. O. W. Koester, Carroll; Sgt. Norbert Koester, Camp Campbell, Ky; Cpl. Clarence Koester, Las Vegas, Nev., and Miss Florence Koester, Lacrosse, Wis;

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Stangl and family Neola; Mrs. George Stangl, Millard and Florine, and Mrs. Norman Stangl and son Guy, Denver, Colo; William Koester George Koester and family, Theodore Koester, Clara Koester and Margaret Koester, Willey; Anna Koester, Kansas City, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Nieland, Wall Lake; Sister M. Silvina, Sister M. Fidelma, Ben Wibben, Mr. and Mrs. William Nieland and family, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Hackfort, Mrs. Theodore Simons, Mr. and Mrs. William Scharfenkamp, Mrs. John Venteicher, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Grossman, Mr. and Mrs. John Vanderheiden Mr. and Mrs. N. Baker, Herman Beyerink. Ben Niehaus, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Steffes, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Bromert, Minnie and Eleanor Stangl, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Broich, Mr. and Mrs. Hilbert Steffes, Mr. and Mrs. James McShane and Henry W. Rortker, Carroll; Jake Wittry, Mr. and Mrs. H. Nieland and Mr. and Mrs. Ben Nieland, Breda: Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stangl, and Joe Beyerink, Mt. Carmel; Mr. and Mrs. George Meister and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Meister, Lake View; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Beyer, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Weber, Mr. and Mrs. Art Schroeder and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Schroeder, Arcadia; Henry Beyerink, Lidderdale; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Willeke and family, Mr. and Mrs.. John Beyerink and daughter, Hilda, and Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Beyerink, Maple River; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Beyerink and family and Mr. and Mrs. Leo Beyerink and family, Coon Rapids; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Heller and Cecelia, Emmetsburg; Mr. and: Mrs. Elwood Pitman, Mrs. Elwood Ebersole and J. C. Theulen, Bayard; Tony Bluml, Halbur.

There were also hundreds of distant relatives and friends present.1
Burial*He was buried at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Dedham, Carroll County, Iowa


  1. [S135] The Carroll Daily Times Herald, Carroll, Iowa, February 1, 1944.