Colette Ameling

Colette Ameling



Colette Ameling, 90, of West Union, Iowa, died Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at Stoney Brook in West Union, Iowa. 

Colette Langreck was born on Jan. 13, 1928, to John H. and Catherine “Catie” Langreck in St. Lucas, Iowa. 

Colette was united in marriage with Felix William Ameling on Oct. 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 groundskeepers at 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, Mo., 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, Ga., Gregory (Amanda Smith) Ameling of Wilmington, N.C., 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 61 years, Felix, on Dec. 31, 2010; son Carl on Sept. 27, 1972; son Michael on Oct. 23, 2009; daughter Patricia on Oct. 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.

Funeral Service was held on Saturday, Feb. 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.              7u7

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