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Alvin N. Brustkern, 90, of Cedar Rapids, and formerly of Independence and Rowley, died Wednesday evening at the Hallmar Nursing Home in Cedar Rapids. Alvin was born Oct. 4, 1920, in Eagle Center, the son of Peter and Elizabeth (Klein) Brustkern. He was united in marriage to Lois L. Klinger on Feb. 22, 1941 at St. John's Catholic Church in Waterloo. The couple farmed south of Waterloo for five years prior to moving to a farm near Rowley and then moving into Independence in 1987.
He is survived by three sons: David of Des Moines, Alvin of Morrison, Ill., and Tim (Pam) Brustkern of Cedar Rapids; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; two sisters: Marguerite Wilharm, Waterloo, and Marjorie Schwickerath, Waterloo, and three brothers: Leo Brustkern and Garold Brustkern, LaPorte City, and Peter Brustkern, Gilbertville, and many nieces and nephews, especially Jim Brust. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lois in 2003; a sister, Marie Thiry and a brother, Melvin Brustkern. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Independence, with Rev. Paul McManus officiating. Burial will be in the St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Independence. For more information or to leave an on line condolence please go to under obituaries.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Dec. 9 to Dec. 12, 2010