Aloys 'Al' Recker

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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.

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  1. Alta Vista has lots of endearing memories of Uncle Al. He spent his many years there. He was a dear uncle. I recall the many good times together with the family years ago. Good memories remain with us forever. My sympathy to Aunt Madonna and my cousins.

  2. Aunt Madonna, Cousins Pat, Mary Jane, Rose Marie, Margie & Don: our most heartfelt sympathy to all of you and your families. Whenever we came to Alta Vista to see our own families our stay was not complete without a stop to visit Uncle Al and Aunt Madonna and listen to another story or two from Uncle Al. This is what made memories that we will always cherish.
    John & Marlys Recker Roswell, GA

  3. Our sincerest sympathy to the Recker family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.

  4. Madonna and family… please accept my heartfelt sympathy on the passing of Uncle Al. He was a dear man and will be missed by many. Love and thoughts, Pat Recker, Regina, SK., Canada

  5. Madonna,
    You have our deepest sympathy for your loss. Both of you were truly blessed with 71 years of marriage. We were neighbors across the road for the first four years of our marriage and always thought you were a remarkable couple that was dedicated to each other. We hoped to model our wedded life similar to yours. May God offer you comfort and strength during this sad time.
    Joe and Sharon Haskovec
    Phoenix, Arizona

  6. Madonna, Uncle Don & girls, we wish you our deepest smypathy. When I first got out of school and was working for Dad we did alot of hauling out of A.V. and always admired Al with his pickup. Both on the way it looked and sounded.Also when I was hauling past Al & Madonna’s farm even after they retired and moved off you would usually see Al out there and how well he kept up the yard & buildings. Al was a good man and is in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. My deepest sympathy to Madonna and family. I recall many good times when growing up that my folks (Matt & Dolores Palmersheim) and my brothers Robert, Kenneth, & Pat would come to your place to visit and play. These memories I will hold forever and your family played a role in my development. I will keep all of you in my thoughts & prayers.

    Francis Palmersheim
    Sioux City, IA

  8. Our sympathy to you, Madonna, as well as your children, especially Pat, Mary Jane and Rose Marie who we went to St. Williams with. Alta Vista is going to miss all of the special residents who have passed on in recent months. Ron and Carol Cerwinske – Ramsey, MN.

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