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Ambrose "Biff" Schlarmann
July 14, 1915–March 24, 2014
Ambrose "Biff" Schlarmann age 98, of Monticello, died Monday, March 24, 2014 at the Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center following a brief illness.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 Friday morning, March 28, 2014 at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Monticello with interment in the Oakwood Cemetery. Friends called from 4 until 7 Thursday at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello. Rev. Darryl Larson officiated at the services.
Surviving are three children , Philip (JoEllen) Schlarmann and Steven Schlarmann both of Monticello, Julie (Marlyn) Lehrman, Wyoming; seven grandchildren, Mark (Brenda) Lehrman, Linda (Bill) Thomas, Nathan (Pam) Lehrman, Jennifer Schlarmann, David (Sue) Schlarmann, John (Jami) Schlarmann, Nora (Kerry) Scharff; fourteen great-grandchildren; Nicholas, Elijah, Bailey, Alex, Carter, Ellen, Emily, Annie, Mariah, Kinzi, Haili, Nick, Eva and Reece; his sister, Bernice Beringer of Dyersville and a sister-in-law, Juanita Schlarmann, LaMotte. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Hattie, an infant daughter, Jane, four sisters, Rita Schlarmann, Vera Elsner, Dell Cameron, Marcella Bodine and three brothers, Raymond, Leonard and Clifford.
Ambrose Schlarmann was born July 14, 1915 in North Fork Township, Delaware County, Iowa. He was the son of Bernard and Margaret (Kramer) Schlarmann. Ambrose attended school at Earlville. He started farming with his mother at an early age following the death of his father. He also worked as a hired farm hand.
Ambrose Schlarmann and Henrietta Prull were married October 4, 1939 at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Monticello. The couple farmed for five years on the Jones Delaware County line north of Monticello. In 1944 the couple moved to their home and farm in Castle Grove Township. Following Hattie's death in 2004, Biff moved to Monticello. In 2009 his health caused him to move to the Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Biff played the piano-accordion in a band in his younger years, playing at many barn dances and events. The last song of the night was always "Home Sweet Home". Biff had been a 4-H leader for the Castle Grove Royal Rangers, and served on the Jones County Extension Council. He had also served on the church board at S. S. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
Source: Midland Times, Wyoming, Iowa, 28 March 2014

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