Carmletta F. Tool, age 81 of Reasnor, passed away on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at The Comfort House in Pella. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Condolences may be left for the family at www.coburnfuneralhomes.com
The daughter of Milton and Edith (Watkins) Van Cleave, Carmletta was born on April 3, 1941 in Newton, Iowa. She was raised with 6 siblings, in Newton, Iowa and attended Newton schools. On September 14,1960 she was united in marriage to Kenneth L. Tool, of Reasnor, Iowa. Carmletta worked at Bruce Cleaners in Newton, IA and then was a homemaker. Carmletta and Kenneth raised 3 beautiful children Chris, Reasnor, IA, Dan (Renae), Reasnor, IA and Rebecca, Newton, IA. Carmletta has 7 grandchildren, Kristen, Melinda, Samantha, and Timothy. Jacob, Dani Sue and Colby. 4 great grandchildren, Bayne Drake, Baylee, and Garrett .
She loved to bake, cook, spend time with her family, camping and fishing with her kids and grandkids "We had some good times",playing cards, going to Bluegrass programs, going to garage sales with her sisters, taking her grandchildren swimming at Maytag park and fishing on the the pontoon with her husband. Carmletta enjoyed helping with the ice cream social and Bible school at the Reasnor United Methodist Church.
Carmletta was very devoted to her family and was a loving and caring wife, mom, grandma, great grandma and aunt. Quoting Carmletta, " I love my three children very, very much" "I love my 7 grandchildren and my 4 great grandchildren, each and everyone of them". She loved to give hugs and kisses to them always and those will be greatly missed.
Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Kenneth; children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, sister Vicki Kling and Janet Plumb .
Preceding her in death were her parents Milton and Edythe Van Cleave, her brothers, LeRoy Van Cleave and Jr. Van Cleave, her sisters Dixie Reace, Carolyn Fifer and Barbra Van Cleave.
Jessica Allison wrote on May 15, 2022:
"Carmy & I grew up in the same neighborhood. She was a SPECIAL & LONG TIME friend. For many years had lunch with her, Janet, Carolyn & Vickie. Growing up when she turned 16 & got her drivers license, she was our transportation to skating. What a FUN!! Time. I didn't see her often in the last few years But I will TRULY miss her. RIP Carmy!! MY LONG TIME FRIEND!!"
florence van cleave wrote on May 10, 2022:
"Kenneth and family i am so sorry for your loss. my love and prayers to all. Florence Van Cleave"
Stacie wrote on May 8, 2022:
"Carmie was a very kind and thoughtful person. She always wanted to do for other people but did want anyone to do for her. I sure am gonna miss her smile and the peck on the check telling me she loves me. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the family. I love you all and she will be missed."
Diana Tool Gaffney wrote on May 6, 2022:
"My Aunt Carmine was very special. She had a heart of gold, always wishing the best for those she cared about. She will always be remembered for her special Pies at family dinners. She was always there to give a shower for a special occasion, or plan family reunions. Her wonderful smile and warm hugs showed her love most of all."
Cheryl Wessels wrote on May 5, 2022:
"Carmine and I alway being together at our grandchildrens activies. Sometimes we had to sit in the car to watch to keep warm! She was a wonderful cook and made awesome cookies! Love and will always remember the good times!??"
Brenda Lamb wrote on May 5, 2022:
"Rebecca, I am so very sorry for your loss. Sending you prayers of peace and comfort to you during this difficult time."