Aloys 'Al' Recker
September 2, 1909 ~ June 17, 2009
Aloys Al Recker age 99 of Alta Vista, IA, died Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at the Colonial Manor in Elma, IA. Aloys Andrew Recker was born on September 2, 1909 to Clem and Ida (Willenborg) Recker in Worthington, IA. In April of 1910 his family moved east of Alta Vista where he was raised. He attended St. Williams School in Alta Vista. After his schooling he farmed northeast of Alta Vista. Al was united in marriage to Madonna Felder on June 7, 1938 at St. Bernards Catholic Church in Alta Vista and just recently celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary with family members. After their marriage the couple continued farming northeast of Alta Vista. After Als retirement in 1980, they moved to Alta Vista. Al continued to be involved in the farming operation all of his life. Al was a walking history book and loved to talk to anyone interested in the past. His ability to recall names, places, events, and dates marveled those who were talking to him. Neighbors loved to ride along with Al in his signature black 54 Chevy pickup and listen to him tell stories about the people who live in the Alta Vista area. Al enjoyed traveling, especially to Las Vegas to see the entertainment. He was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters and St. Bernards Catholic Church. Al is survived by his wife Madonna; four daughters Pat Recker of Kansas City, MO, Mary Jane (Cash) ORourke of Severna Park, Maryland, Rose Marie (Helmut) Bonigut of Paso Robles, CA, and Maggie Rivers of New Holstein, WI; one son Don (Lois) Recker of Mankato, MN; eight grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; three brothers Ed Recker, Leonard Recker, and Joe (Margaret) Recker all of Alta Vista. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters Rosie Northeness and Clara ONeill; three brothers Art Recker, Herbert Recker and Elmer Recker at age 1 from the flu. Cemetery: Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery at Alta Vista with Joe Zweibohmer, Marvel Erion, Melvin Masemann, Brian Recker, Cletus Bullerman, and Denis Schwickerath serving as casket bearers. Honorary Casket Bearers will be the Catholic Order of Foresters. Visitation: Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Friday, June 19, 2009 at Conway-Kolbet Funeral Home in Elma with a Catholic Order of Foresters Rosary at 4:30 pm. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the Funeral Home in Elma. Service: Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 am on Saturday, June 20, 2009 at St. Bernards Catholic Church, in Alta Vista, Iowa with Father Ray Atwood as celebrant.