1922-2012

Merle Jacob Langenfeld, 90, of Carroll died Sunday, July 15, 2012, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll.

Mass of the Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 20, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Carroll with Father Tim Johnson as celebrant. Friends may call at Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll after 3:30 p.m. Thursday. There will be a rosary at 4 p.m. and a Christian wake service at 7 p.m.  

Lectors for the Mass will be Kayla Venner and Megan Heiman.  Gift bearers will be Danielle Welker, Kelsey Schweers, Molly Langenfeld and Shelby Klocke.  Eucharistic ministers will Laurie Steinkamp and Maxine Von Tersch.  Mass servers will be Haley and Max Heithoff.  Organist will be Barb McDermott, and soloist will be John Wagner.  

Visitation will resume at the church at 8:30 a.m. Friday. Burial will be at St. Ann Cemetery at Vail.  Casket bearers will be Jeff Langenfeld, Craig Langenfeld, Josh Langenfeld, D.J. Langenfeld, Tony Mayer, Bryan Heiman, Zach Schweers and Jacob Langenfeld.  Honorary casket bearers will be grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  

A memorial fund has been established, and memorials may be left at the funeral home or the church. Online condolences may be left at www.dahnandwoodhouse.com

Merle was born April 13, 1922, at Earling, Iowa, a son of Henry and Mary (Wilberding) Langenfeld.  He married Rita Mae Schnuettgen on Jan. 3, 1949, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Defiance, Iowa, by Father Rosman.  As a young boy he attended and graduated from St. Peter Catholic School. The Langenfelds lived in Earling and Vail, and in 1998 they moved to Carroll.  Merle farmed and  worked at Prenger’s Furniture, Yellow Smoke Park at Denison and New Hope Village.  

In his spare time he enjoyed woodcrafts, mowing, crossword puzzles, quilting with Rita, going on drives, fishing, computer games, his dog Reggie, and spending time with his family and grandchildren. Merle was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Carroll.

Merle is survived by his wife Rita of Carroll; a son Glen Langenfeld and his  wife Pat of Rio Verde, Ariz.; a daughter Mary Ziegler  and her special friend Jim Vivyan of Willey;  a son Terry Langenfeld and his wife Jennifer, of Melvin; a daughter LuAnn Langenfeld of St. Cloud, Minn.; a son Dale Langenfeld of Villisca; a daughter Sharon Smith and her husband Shane of Crescent, Iowa; a daughter Eileen Langenfeld of Carroll; a daughter Teresa Schweers of Glidden; a daughter Peggy Klocke and her husband Jeff of Willey; and a son Chris Langenfeld and his special friend Karlynn Wiederin of Ralston; 21 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters:  Ruth Koch of Earling, Iowa, and Jean Croghan and her husband Tom of Omaha, Neb.  

Merle is preceded in death by his parents: Henry and Mary Langenfeld, a sister Lolly Finken, and a grandson Jason Langenfeld.