Colette Ameling, 90, of West Union, Iowa died Monday, February 5, 2018 at Stoney Brook, West Union, Iowa. Colette Langreck was born on January 13, 1928 to John H. and Catherine “Catie” Langreck in St. Lucas, Iowa.
Colette was united in marriage with Felix William Ameling on October 26, 1949. To this union, six children were born. She worked hard caring for her family, especially for her son, Carl who required full time care. Together with Felix, Colette farmed, ran a feed business and a can and bulk milk route for AMPI. Colette and her children were also groundkeepers at the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Festina. She later worked for French Furniture in Calmar, Iowa and Heying Firms in West Union. Like her father, a carpenter, Colette redid and remodeled many of their homes, designing the layout and often doing the work herself. She also traced her family history back to Germany and was the family genealogist. Colette and Felix hosted many family reunions at their home over the years for both sides of the family.
Colette is survived by her sons, David (Dianne) Ameling of Ossian, Iowa, Dan (Sayonara) Ameling of Pineville, Missouri, Thomas (Laura) Ameling of Clermont, Iowa; son-in-law, Richard (Bonnie) Raddatz of Anamosa, Iowa; grandchildren, Danielle (John) Chargo of Lisbon, Iowa, Jonathan Ameling of Istanbul, Turkey, Chad Raddatz of Marion, Iowa, Phillip (Kellie McTyre) Ameling of Savannah, Georgia, Gregory (Amanda Smith) Ameling of Wilmington, North Carolina, Alisha (Juan) Arias of Elgin, Iowa, Josh (Donna Green) Christen of Postville, Iowa, Nichole Hernandez of Clermont, Iowa; great-grandchildren, Jordan, Kaylee, Ava and Mya; siblings, Dolores Buchheit, Roger (Germaine) Langreck and Joyce (Jack) Zoulek; sisters-in-law, Ida Ameling, Alma Ameling, Arlene Huinker and Bernice Einck; and Colette’s good friend, Lucille Boyer.
Colette was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-one years, Felix on December 31, 2010; son, Carl on September 27, 1972; son Michael on October 23, 2009; daughter, Patricia on October 5, 2011; siblings, Lena Pitzenberger, Josephine Heying, Leo Langreck, Theresa Zipse, Victor Langreck, Raymond Langreck, Lucy McNamara; and many sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Stoney Brook Assisted Living for their help and care over the years and especially in these last few weeks. Colette loved living at Stoney Brook.
Visitation will be held from 4-7 pm on Friday, February 9, 2018 at the Festina Community Center, Festina, Iowa. There will also be a one hour visitation before services at the church on Saturday.
Funeral Service will be at 10:30 am on Saturday, February, 10, 2018 at Our Lady of Seven Dolors, Festina, Iowa with Rev. Bob Gross as the Officiant.
Burial will be held at a later date.