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Leonard R. Downey Lorraine A. Untz Margaret Toll Buelow
Marvel C. Hamann Mary Kathleen Metz Mary Lou Foxen
Mary Schmid Christiansen Matthew R. Ney Norma E. Bromberg
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Norma E. Bromberg


Norma E. Bromberg, 91, of Dubuque, formerly of East Dubuque, IL, Charles City, IA and Hudson, FL, passed away on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at home.

A Celebration of Life and Memorial Service for both Norma and Vern will be on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at The Elks Club in Charles City, IA.  Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Charles City.  The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.

Norma was born in rural Cottonwood, MN, the daughter of Herman and Esther (Rewerts) Vandevoorde.  She was united in marriage to L. J. "Vern" Bromberg in Marshall, MN on October 8, 1945. Vern preceded her in death on May 2, 2014.

Norma was a homemaker.  She and Vern lived in Charles City from 1951 - 1986, in Hudson, FL from 1986 - 2006 and the Dubuque area since 2006. She was a member of Cross Lutheran Church, its Mission Circle, a charter member of the Charles City Country Club and the Jaycee Wives, where she was past president. In Dubuque, Norma was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Surviving is a daughter, Pamela (Steve) Popelka of Austin, TX; a son Barry (Kathy) Bromberg of Dubuque, IA, three grandchildren, Dirk (Kelly) Popelka of Austin, TX, Trevor (fiancée Tory) Bromberg of Johnstown, CO, and Theresa Bromberg of Cordova, TN; two great-grandchildren, Dax Andrew and Devyn Willow Popelka of Austin, TX.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Esther, her husband Vern and one brother Archie.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque and the American Heart Association.

Norma's family wishes to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and Oak Park Place for their kind and compassionate care.

 



Lorraine A. Untz


Lorraine A. Untz, 97, of Bozeman, Montana, and formerly of Dyersville died Sunday, July 17, 2016, at her home in Bozeman.

Visitation will be held from 4 - 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at the Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 4 p.m. and a Catholic Daughters of America Rosary will be recited at 5 pm.  Visitation will continue at Kramer Funeral Home from 9:00 - 10:00 am Thursday, July 28, 2016.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Lorraine was born December 3, 1918, in Fremont Center, Illinois, the daughter of Frederich and Helena (Weidner) Obenauf.  She married Anthony Untz on June 14, 1938, in Fremont Center, Illinois. Together they raised their family in Dyersville for 34 years before moving to Texas.

Survivors include her children: Gerald (Sue) Untz of Lindsborg, KS, Norma Catherine (Rick) Olson of Bozeman, MT, Mary Lue (Jan) Henderson of Los Angeles, CA and Steve (Ellen) Untz of Andover, MN; Grandchildren: Brian (Lisa) Wedewer of Las Vegas, NV, Cindy Corson-Airey of Redondo Beach, CA, James (Andrea) Wedewer of Fremont, CA, Sherri (Andrew) Bankston of Lexington Park, MD, Stephanie (Adam) Untz-Richard of Okinawa, Japan and Bryant Untz; 10 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren; Siblings: Gertrude Deinlein of Waterloo, WI, Luella (Bill) Newell of Prescott Valley, AZ and Jim (Linda) Obenauf of Tucson, AZ; In-laws: Leova Schaefer of Woodstock, IL, Mercedes (Bernard) Lenzen of Mundeline, IL, Rose Panek of Wauconda, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Anthony in 1992; her daughter, Therese in 2000; and her grandchild, Charles in 2000;

Siblings: Ralph Obenauf, Robert Obenauf, Dorothy Regner, Hellen Supergan and Paul Obenauf;  In-laws: James Untz, Joseph Untz, Gilbert Untz, Ralph Untz, Margaret Scott and Delphine Deidrick.

Memorials are preferred to:
Macula Vision Research Foundation
One Tower Bridge
100 Front Street, Suite 300
Conshohocken, PA 19428-2894
866.4.MACULA (866.462.2852)
Or on-line at http://www.mvrf.org/donation-page/

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com

 

 



Margaret Toll Buelow


Margaret Toll Buelow, 94, of Dubuque passed away Thursday, July 21, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at Holy Spirit Parish-Sacred Heart Church. Entombment will be in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum, Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 26th at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., where there will be a wake service at 4:00 p.m.

Margaret was born November 18, 1921, in Dubuque, daughter of Jessie Ray and Margaret (Griffin) Laird. She married Donald J. Toll in 1943. He preceded her in death in 1991. She married Robert M. Buelow in 1993. He also preceded her in death in 2009.

Margaret was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church for almost 70 years where she was a Eucharistic Minister, served on the Bereavement Committee and was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society. Her faith was very important to her, and she and her husband, Bob, regularly prayed at the Power of Prayer. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul where she served as treasurer for many years, the Stonehill Auxiliary, the secular Franciscans and the Serra Club of Dubuque.

She is survived by her daughter Carol (Bob) Manderscheid, of LaMotte; her son Larry (Suzanne) Toll, of Sioux Falls, SD; 6 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and four step-children, Barry (Pat) Buelow, Roger (Colleen) Buelow, Kevin (Madalene) Buelow and Julianne (Brian Weinzierl) Kirby.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Charles Laird.

Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Church, Stonehill Care Center or Hospice of Dubuque.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com.



Mary Lou Foxen


Mary Lou Foxen, 69, of Dyersville, and formerly of Dubuque, died Thursday, July 21, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held 3-7 p.m. Monday, July 25, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, where a parish vigil service will be held at 3 pm and a memorial service will begin at 7 p.m.

Mary Lou was born June 3, 1947, in Dubuque, the daughter of Arthur and Helen (Kramer) Boeckenstedt. She married Daniel Foxen on January 11, 1975, in Dyersville. He preceded her in death. She waitressed at the Swing Inn, and later for Dolly's Office T. Most recently she worked in the deli at Walmart in Dubuque.

Survivors include 4 sisters: Ann Reinert of Petersburg, IA, Rosemary Weber of New Vienna, IA, Nancy (Dave) Feltes and Deb (Tom) Rubner, both of Worthington, IA; 4 brothers: Richard (Judy) Boeckenstedt, Thomas (Joan) Boeckenstedt and Frank (Marlene) Boeckenstedt, all of Dyersville, IA, and Donald (Connie) Boeckenstedt of Staunton, IL; 33 nieces and nephews and 65 great-nieces and -nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her life partner, Gary Deutsch; 1 sister, Doris Jean in infancy; 2 brothers-in-law, Alfred Reinert and Dale Friess; and nephews Richard Boeckenstedt, Jr., James Weber, Christopher Reinert, and Michael Boeckenstedt.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com.



Marvel C. Hamann


Marvel C. Hamann, 95, of Lost Nation, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at Wheatland Manor in Wheatland, Iowa.

A celebration of Marvel's life will be held 10 A.M., Saturday, July 23, 2016, from the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lost Nation, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M., Friday, July 22, 2016, from the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lost Nation, Iowa. Burial will be in Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Marvel Clara Behne was born on July 15, 1921 in Claremont, Minnesota, to Louis and Laura (Miller) Behne. She attended school in Claremont and later Iron Hill. She married Ralph H. Hamann on September 7, 1940 in Lost Nation, Iowa. To this union three children were born: Roger, Lois and Donna.

Marvel was a homemaker who farmed with her husband in the Calamus area from 1942 to 1981. They retired to Maquoketa and lived there until 1997 when they moved to Lost Nation.

Marvel was an active member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lost Nation. She enjoyed flowers, gardening and taking trips to Minnesota. She was known for her baking skills and especially loved baking pies and teaching the grandchildren how to make them from scratch.

Those left to honor Marvel's memory include her children Roger (Anne) Hamann of Franklin, TN, Lois (Ronnie) Matzen of DeWitt, IA, and Donna (Marty) Dosland of Lost Nation, IA; 7 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren (plus one due in September); 4 step-grandchildren, 10 step-great-grandchildren; brothers Lyle (Donna) Behne of Milan, IL, and Larry (Janice) Behne of Lowden, IA; and a sister Geri Schutt of DeWitt, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ralph on January 19, 1999, 4 brothers Orville, Leo, Gerald and Lester Behne and a sister Gladys Morahn.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

 



Cotton Rogue Paintin


Cotton Rogue Paintin, infant son of Alexis Jade Paintin of Maquoketa, received his angel wings on Monday, July 18, 2016.

Private services will be held. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Cotton is survived by his mother, Alexis Jade Paintin of Maquoketa, IA; his maternal grandparents, Julie and Bill Borota of Maquoketa, IA, and Mitchell Paintin of Muscatine, IA; his maternal great-grandparents, Kathleen and Richard Harder of Largo, FL, and Linda Paintin of Muscatine, IA; maternal step-great-grandparents, Shelly (Brian) Borota of DeWitt, IA, and Patricia (David) Schwarz of Guttenberg, IA; and his uncle, Ryker Paintin of Maquoketa, IA.

He was preceded in death by his maternal great-great-grandparents, Arnold and Celia Harder and Mildred and Allen Copp.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.CarsonAndSon.com.



Elizabeth L. Jebsen


Elizabeth L. "Betty" Jebsen, 96, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, July 19, 2016, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A funeral mass celebrating Betty's life will be held at 10 A.M. Friday, July 22, 2016, from the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. Thursday, July 21, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa where a Catholic Daughters Rosary will be recited at 4:45 P.M. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the mass at church on Friday. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa.

Elizabeth Lucille McGonegle was born on November 13, 1919 in Delmar, Iowa, to Owen Eugene and Catherine (Mertens) McGonegle. She was a graduate of Delmar High School and married Vernon Henry Jebsen on February 14, 1942 in Davenport, Iowa. To this union four children were born: Eugene, Patricia, Gary and Steve.

Prior to her marriage, Betty worked for an insurance company in Grand Mound. She then farmed with her husband in the Clinton County area for many years, and later worked as the Delwood Community School Board Secretary and the Bloomfield Township Treasurer.

Betty was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court St. Raphael #1156, the New Century Club and previously the Altar and Rosary Society at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Delmar. She loved playing cards especially Euchre and Bridge. In her younger years she and her husband enjoyed golfing.

Those left to honor her memory include her children Patricia (Wayne) Petersen of Maquoketa, IA, Gary (Cheryl) Jebsen of Parker, CO, and Steve (Cathie) Jebsen of Delmar, IA; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Jebsen of Davenport, IA; 6 grandchildren, Michelle (Alan) Burkey, Brad (and special friend Karen) Petersen, Evan (Heather) Jebsen, Nick Jebsen, Kelly (Dave) Misuraca and Stephanie (Nate) Salazar; 6 great-grandchildren, Remington, Hunter, Khamil, Natalie, Nile and Jackson; and a sister-in-law, Kathryn Jebsen of Chetek, WI.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Vernon in March of 1996, a son Eugene on September 29, 1989, and brothers Joseph, Eugene and James McGonegle.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.



Janet K. Smith


Janet Kay (McVey) Smith of rural Key West passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 17th at Mercy Hospital with her husband, James Smith, and Pastor Linda VonFumetti at her side.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 22nd at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Pastor Linda Vonfumetti officiating. Burial will follow in Rockdale United Methodist Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 21st at Leonard Funeral Home.

Janet was born August 5, 1939, in Roseville, Illinois, to Charles and Ruth (Wilkerson) McVey. She spent her early childhood there and around Berwick. After her family moved to Smithshire, she attended Kirkwood High School and graduated with the class of 1957. Taking a job as bookkeeper with Smith Implement in Kirkwood, she met the youngest Smith son, her future husband. They married in 1959 and lived in Kirkwood until 1967. Ever since, they lived in Dubuque, Iowa.

Janet was active with the Rockdale United Methodist church, and served in various offices and was treasurer for the United Methodist Women for many years. Janet enjoyed her family and friends, league bowling, card club, RV camping, and winters in Arizona.

She is survived by her husband Jim and children: Douglas (Rebecca) of Palo Alto, California; Lori (Gregg) Livermore of Davenport; and Michael of Dubuque. Also surviving are her grandchildren: Jennifer (Nick) Stull; Justin Livermore; and Lila Smith. She is survived by her sister, Barbara (Jerry) Baker of Dickson, Tennessee, and several nieces and nephews across the country.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her son, Richard J. Smith, and her seven brothers and one sister.

Her family would like to thank the Key West Fire and EMS and the compassionate care given by Mercy Medical staff.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial may be donated to the Rockdale Methodist Church.



Victoria L. Vondran


Victoria L. "Vikki" Vondran, age 56, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 9:03 a.m. on Monday, July 18, 2016, at home surrounded by her loving family. To honor Vikki's life, funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon David McGhee officiating. To celebrate Vikki's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m., until the time of services at 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, July 21, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home.

Vikki was born on August 10, 1959, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of George and Sandra (Ricketts) Kress.

Vikki was united in marriage to Doug Vondran on January 12, 1980, in Potosi, WI and they have been blessed with 36 wonderful years and 2 deeply adored children. She invested over 20 years of her working career at Mario's, but also found the time to work at Household Finance, Hy-Vee and Prairie Farms before retiring in 2015 due to health issues. Family was definitely an important driving force in Vikki's life and she would spend countless hours, throughout her life, capturing every possible opportunity to be together with her loved ones. She thoroughly enjoyed their trips to the Wisconsin Dells or a Cubs game, spending a day out on the river and or even simply sitting around the campfire telling stories under the stars. Vikki was always a real and honest woman who would never leave you wondering what she thought. Her love was true, her heart was selfless and her life was too short, but surely full. We will treasure the 56 years of memories she leaves behind for those of us who knew and loved her, and we thankfully can find peace in knowing that we will all be reunited again one day.

Those left to cherish Vikki's memory include

her husband,
Doug Vondran, Dubuque, IA;

her sons,
Josh (Dominique) Vondran
and Zach Vondran, both of Dubuque, IA;

her grandchildren,
Kaitlyn and Tytus Vondran;

her siblings,
Rory Kress, East Moline, IL,
Russell (Lori) Kress, Colona, IL,
Julia (Charlie) Skemp, Dubuque, IA,
Amy (Tom) Kress-Jordan, Dubuque, IA
and Staci (Jim) Lange, East Dubuque, IL;

and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Vikki was preceded in death by her parents; and a son in infancy, Chad Michael Vondran; her grandmother, Janiece Ricketts; and an uncle, Karl Ricketts.

A Victoria L. "Vikki" Vondran memorial fund has been established.

Vikki's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Engleman and Mary Jo Eigenberger, Missy Gregorich, Teri Olson and Kathy Palm for their love, care and support.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com

 



Alice L. Bush

Alice L. Bush, age 80, of Dubuque, IA and formerly of Whitetop Road, was called home peacefully at 7:19 a.m. on Sunday, July 17, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque. To honor Alice's life, private family services were held at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Alice was born on December 8, 1935, in Potosi, WI, daughter of Leroy and Leona (Davis) Purkapile.

Alice graduated from Potosi High School and moved to Dubuque in 1953. She would be united in marriage to William Bush on August 2, 1958, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. They would share 50 years together before William was called home ahead of her on May 28, 2009. Alice enjoyed country music and gardening; and in her later years she especially enjoyed playing bingo and euchre with her friends at Stonehill. She was a kind and generous woman who was always there to help anyone in need. We will miss her and treasure our memories for years to come.

Those left to cherish Alice's memory include

her children,
Bonnie (Bob) Gansemer, Platteville, WI,
Ken (fiancé Lisa) Bush,
Don Bush,
Sandy (Jim) Brown,
Debra (Greg) Gottschalk
and Randy (Sherri) Bush, all of Dubuque, IA;

her 13 grandchildren,
Steve, Chrissy, Jeffrey, Angela, Justin, Jeremy, Vickie, Emily, Stefen, Sheldon, Shanna,
Vanessa and Dillon;

her 20 great-grandchildren and one more to arrive shortly;

her sisters,
Jeanette Smith, Genoa, WI
and Helen Potter, Beetown, WI;

and a brother-in-law,
Jim (Sandy) Bush, Dubuque, IA.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William Bush; and a brother, Leonard Purkapile, who was reported MIA in Korea.

Alice's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Stonehill Care Center, and Mercy Hospital, for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care they provided Alice.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com

 



Donald L. Kowalske


Donald L. "Don" Kowalske, 59, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on July 17, 2016 at home.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 21st at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 20th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Don was born on March 22, 1957 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of LaVern and Mary (Hansen) Kowalske. He graduated class of 1975 from Dubuque Senior High. He worked for APC (formerly Inland Molasses Co.) since graduating high school until the time of his death.

Don was a man of deep thought and thoughtfulness. Constantly curious about what made things tick and always concerned with the happiness of those close to him. His love for his family was BIG and it was his life. He enjoyed muscle cars, bulldogs, the Denver Broncos and Elvis. His favorite movie was Billy Jack and like its main character he questioned authority and always stood up for the little guy. The movie's slogan, "When you need him, he's always there." is a fitting slogan for Don's life.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Patty (Kirby) Kowalske; son, Matthew (Matt) Kowalske; daughter, Brooke (Wendell) Huseman. Three grandchildren: Jude Michael Huseman, Elijah Matthew Huseman, and Payton Marie Kowalske. Brothers: Steve "Ski" Kowalske and Bob Kowalske. Sister: Susan Skay. Many nieces and nephews.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, LaVern and Mary Louise (Hansen) Kowalske.

A Donald Kowalske memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the University of Wisconsin Madison Hospitals and staff of Transplant Unit.



Elizabeth L. McCullick


Elizabeth L. "Beth" McCullick, 79, of rural Hazel Green, Wisconsin, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at Genesis Medical Center in DeWitt, Iowa.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.  Burial will be in the Dodge Cemetery, rural Bloomington, Wisconsin.

Visitation will be from 5 - 7 p.m. on Tuesday and after 9 a.m. on Wednesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.

Beth was born on December 4, 1936 near Beetown, Wisconsin, the daughter of Ora and Genevieve (Jeidy) Stark.  She was a graduate of Mt. Hope Wis. High School, class of 1954.

She was a Shaklee superviser for 40 years and an Avon president sales representative for 50 years.  Beth loved a good game of cribbage, herbs, having a large garden and going to dinner at the Red Top Supper Club. Her family was her pride and joy, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are two children, Anthony "Tony" (Dana) McCullick of Petersburg, Illinois and Deborah (Kenny) Stelpflug of DeWitt, Iowa; four grandchildren, Toni Jo Horst and Nick (Amber) Stelpflug both of DeWitt, Natasha McCullick of Dubuque, IA and Matt McCullick of East Dubuque; five great-grandchildren; her sisters, Marlene (Claude) Maggard of Ava, Missouri, Marcia (Marmon) McCullick of Janesville, Wisconsin and Norah (Lee Davis) Washburn of Atlanta, Georgia.

She was preceded in death by her parents Ora and Genevieve Stark.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.millerfhed.com.

 

 



Clayton G. Kremer


Clayton G. Kremer, 9 month old infant son of Jesse and Stephanie (Michel) Kremer passed away on Friday, July 15, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Burial will follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Gathering of family and friends will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday at Leonard Funeral Home.
Clayton was born on October 5, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

I know I'll see the sun shine bright upon my baby's face... When I finally get to Heaven, all my pain will be erased. We'll soar the skies together, as angels two by two... We'll have sweet reunion; this mothers dream come true.

He is survived by his loving parents, Jesse and Stephanie and his big brother Henry. His grandparents; Gerald & Beth Kremer, of Dubuque, Ed and Kathy Michel Jr. of Bellevue, and great grandmother Rosemary Kremer, of Dubuque. His aunts and uncles, Nicole (Matt) Meyer, Godmother, Geri (Kevin) Kalb, Sara (Kevin) Kloser, Philip (Ashley) Michel, and Madilyn Michel, Godmother Karen Kremer, along with numerous great aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by great grandparents, Norm and Norma Hubbard, Earl Kremer, Ed and Jean Michel, and Gerald and Donna Hoffman, his uncle Trevor Medina, and great uncle Kevin Kremer.

The family wishes to thank the nurses at Accurate Home Care especially Lisa, Denise, Kerry, and Kelly; Dr. Quintana at Dubuque Pediatrics, and to all the nurses and doctors at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital for all their loving care they gave these past nine months.

In lieu of flowers a Clayton G. Kremer memorial fund will be established.



James Hanson


James Hanson, 89, of Dubuque, passed away on Thursday, July 14, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.

Services will be at 12 noon on Monday, July 18, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., where friends may greet the family from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Msgr. James Miller will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6.

Jim was born on June 22, 1927, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Lewis and Eugina (Heer) Hanson. He married Margaret Keating on August 21, 1948 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on July 10, 1998. He married Theresa Campbell in November of 1999 at Nativity Catholic Church.

He was a supervisor for the Dubuque Packing Company, and was also head of Maintenance at Bethany Home. He was a member of the American Legion Post #6 and the Moose Lodge.

Jim enjoyed a good game of euchre. He was a "Jack of all trades". There was nothing that he couldn't fix.

Jim served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He had five brothers that were in the military at the same time.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife Theresa, three sons, James (Carolyn) Hanson Jr., Gary Hanson, and Gerald "G.T" (Diane) Hanson, all of Dubuque, five step children; Kim (Mike) Pettit of Gays Mills, Wisconsin, Jim (Debbie) Campbell of Two Harbors, Minnesota , John (Tina) Campbell, Dave Campbell, and William Campbell, all of Dubuque, five grandchildren; Jarrod, Kyle, Tanner, Brian (Courtney) Hanson; 10 step grandchildren, 12 step great grandchildren (and one due in November), a sister, Virginia (Robert) Budde of Davenport, Iowa and a sister-in-law, Vi Hanson of Dubuque, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Stephen, and five brothers, Harvey, Vincent, Robert, Francis and Louis.

A James Hanson memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care they extended to James, especially Melanie, Ryan, Elaine, Leon, and Stephanie; Nativity Parish, especially Karen and Msgr. Jim; Mark Moore and Mary Beth for your loving care of Jim; Dr.Thomas Lally, and the Wendt Center . The family would like to also thank Jeff "Owner of Meineke" for your continued thoughtfulness.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com.



Matthew R. Ney


Matthew R. "Matt" Ney, age 74, of Peosta, IA, was called home peacefully at 12:08 a.m. on Saturday, July 16, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Matt's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at St. John the Baptist Church, 235 Peosta Street, Peosta, IA, with Rev. William A. Budden officiating. To celebrate Matt's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at St. John the Baptist Church, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 4:00 p.m. Family and friends may also visit from 10:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at the Church. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery. Full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Matt was born on January 24, 1942, in Dubuque, son of Roy and Catherine (Klein) Ney.

Matt was united in marriage to Mary Elizabeth "Liz" Budden on May 3, 1974 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque. Their union would be blessed with 42 wonderful years together and 2 beautiful children. Matt's strong work ethic was continually on display for all to witness and appreciate. He would eagerly invest his time and talents at Caradco and Midwest Insulation and Roofing before finally retiring from Rite-Hite in 2005 after 21 years of committed service. In his free time, Matt could easily be found working on one of his current projects, working on his "garbage serve" on the tennis court, or even sitting around the table with family and friends with a great euchre hand and a uncontainable smile on his face. Matt was a faithful member of St. John the Baptist Church and also a longtime and dedicated board member of the Dubuque Tennis Association. Matt and Liz enjoyed traveling, including over 30 annual trips to Manzanillo, Mexico. We will forever and fondly remember his overly embellished jokes which got progressively longer with each telling. Matt has left the world in better condition than when he arrived and we thank the Lord for graciously sharing him with us for 74 bountiful years.

Those left to cherish Matt's memory include

his loving wife of 42 years,
Mary Elizabeth "Liz" Ney, Peosta, IA;

his beautiful children,
Tom (Heather) Ney, Brownsburg, IN
and Karen (Bill) Kalianov, West Des Moines, IA;

his 6 deeply adored grandchildren,
Dietrich Ney, Kaitlin Ney, Becca Bailey, Matthew Ney, Lilly Ney and Anya Kalianov;

his siblings,
Ruth (Jim) Manor, Dubuque, IA,
Roy (Sue) Ney, Des Moines, IA
and Darlene Ney, McHenry, IL.

Matt was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Kay Ney.

A Matthew R. Ney memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Matt's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Hermann, and his nurses and staff at the Grand River Medical Group, and to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for all of their kind and professional care. Matt's family would also like to extend a most sincere heartfelt thank you to their friends and neighbors, Todd and Denise Simms and Greg Hoefer, and their families, for all of their love, time and compassion.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com

 



Paul C. Brashaw


Paul C. Brashaw, 62, of rural Galena, Illinois passed away with his family by his side, following a sudden illness on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Galena, with Fr. David Reese officiating.  Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Galena.

Visitation will be from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Monday at the Galena Bible Church, 11108 Highway 20 West in Galena. Visitation will also be from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Michael's Church.  The Miller & Steinke Funeral Home, Galena is serving the family.

Paul was born on October 1, 1953 at Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the son of Burell and Ruth (Bussan) Brashaw.  He was united in marriage to Nancy A. Doyle on June 17, 1972 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Stockton.

He grew up in Stockton and was a graduate of the Stockton High School, class of 1971. Paul also graduated from the Morrison, Illinois Institute of Technology.

He was a hard working land surveyor, who truly loved what he did. Paul also believed in doing what he could for his community.  He was a trustee for the Scales Mound Fire Protection District for 35 years, an EMT with the Galena Area EMS for 20 years, a member of St. Michael's Church and the Knights of Columbus Council # 696 of Galena and a 4th degree member of C. F. Conley Assembly, the Galena Elks Lodge # 882 and the Jo Daviess Soil and Water Conservation Board. In his free time he loved to play cards - especially Thursday night at the Elks.  He was an election judge for Guilford Township and an avid Chicago Bears fan who liked to give the Green Bay Packer fans a hard time.

Surviving is his wife of 44 years Nancy, six children, Jason (Sara) Brashaw of Dyersville, Iowa, Eric Brashaw of Lena, Elizabeth (Jonathon) Monroy of Galena, Michael (Stephanie) Brashaw of Freeport, Andrew Brashaw of Galena and Erin (fiancé Colton Brenner) Brashaw of Hazel Green, Wisconsin; six grandchildren, A. J. & Kaitlin Rodriguez, Kaleb Brashaw, Alyson and Noah Brashaw and Brody Brenner.  His mother Ruth Brashaw of Stockton, his siblings, Jill (Pat) Heim of Stockton, Patti (Charles) Jackson of Shullsburg, Wisconsin, Terry (Sally) Brashaw of Freeport, Mark (Karen) Brashaw of Tombull, Texas and Tim Brashaw of Olathe, Kansas.  His in-laws, James and Rosemary Doyle of Galena.

He was preceded in death by his father Burell, a son Neil and a granddaughter Kimberly Brashaw.

A Paul C. Brashaw memorial fund has been established to continue the Kimberly Brashaw Servant Leadership Scholarship Fund and for the Galena Area EMS.

Nancy and family would like to say a special thanks to Denise Stadel for being there when he needed it most, the staff at Midwest Medical Center, and University of Wisconsin Hospital, Madison, and the Madison Organ Transplant team for the compassionate care that was given to the family.

The Brashaw family thanks the Galena Bible Church for the use of their building for the family and the community.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.millerfhed.com

 

 

 



Carol F. LuGrain


Carol F. LuGrain, age 87, of Dubuque, IA, has finally earned her angel wings and was called home to Heaven at 2:58 p.m., on her birthday, Thursday, July 14, 2016, at home surrounded by her loving family. To honor Carol's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon Tom Lang officiating. To celebrate Carol's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 18, 2016, and also from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Carol, the youngest of 11 children, was born on July 14, 1929, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Frank and Ida (Anners) Weidenbacher.

Carol was a proud, lifelong, Dubuque resident who faithfully treasured her family and friends. She was united in marriage to William "Pat" LuGrain on October 10, 1947, in Dubuque and they would be blessed with almost 66 wonderful years together, and 10 deeply adored children, before he was called home ahead of her on October 6, 2013. Carol was a strong woman, perpetually full of determination, as demonstrated by not only raising their children, but also working at Hattie's Café, Travelers Café, the Bridge, Packie's Tap and finally at Loras College before eventually retiring at age 50 due to health issues. Family was a constant priority in Carol's life and nothing brought her greater joy than spending time with Pat, her children, grandchildren and all of her great and great-great-grandchildren. She was a fabulous, down home cook, who made the world's finest pies and cookies; nothing fancy, simply delicious creations and comfort food. Carol was a very social woman and many evenings, throughout her earthly journey, would be fulfilled with a slightly used bingo dauber in hand or even the occasional "losing her money" trip to the casino. Our hearts ache today with the realization that we will not see Carol again until our travels here have ended; but we find peace and comfort in knowing that she now resides in eternal peace and is, once again, reunited with Pat, and her other family members, who have been called home ahead of her.

Those left to cherish Carol's memory include

her loving children,
Michael Damon, Waterloo, IA,
Donald Damon, Cedar Falls, IA,
Rose Leifker, Dubuque, IA,
Susan (Darrell Unruh) Atkinson, Blair, NE,
Mary Jo (Gary) Schroeder, Dubuque, IA,
Jean Matlock, Omaha, NE,
James (Mary) LuGrain, Dubuque, IA,
Patrick (Laurie) LuGrain, Dubuque, IA,
Kathy (Randy) Fritz, Dubuque, IA
and Sandra (Leonard Foulk) LuGrain, Dubuque, IA;

26 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, 5 great great-grandchildren and 1 more great-great grandchild on the way;

and also countless nieces, nephews and friends who feel like family.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, William "Pat" LuGrain; 2 grandsons, Jeffrey Dean Gibson and Andi Lee Gilbert; a granddaughter, Ashley Erin LuGrain; 2 great-grandsons, Alexander Gibson and Gavin Gene Klenzman; 4 sisters, Beatrice Galliart, Gladys Wehrspann, Harriett Kaufman, and Leta "Pat" Weidenbacher; and 6 brothers, Wilfred, Stanley, Donald, Robert, Raymond and Frank.

A Carol F. LuGrain memorial fund has been established.

Carol's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Barb, Dawn, Jen and Cindy, for all of the wonderful, kind and compassionate care they provided, not only to Carol, but to all of her family during her final days here with us. Also a very special thanks to Randy and Kathy Fritz for their undivided attention, and devoted time, given to care for mom.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com

 



Leonard R. Downey


Leonard R. Downey, 79, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at Hawkeye Care Center.

Gathering of family and friends will be on Friday, July 15th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Services will be held at 6:00 p.m. with Deacon Bill Hickson officiating and military detail accorded by American Legion Post #6.

Leonard was born on August 28, 1936 in Texas the son of Pierson and Lillan (Thrilkeld) Downey. He served in the US Navy from 1954 to 1959 and married Carol Anthony on June 27, 1958 in Folkston, GA.

He is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9663 and the Disabled Veterans Association Chapter 1AG. For many years he worked as an auto salesman for Anthony Pontiac and later retired from Sears.

Leonard loved spending time in "His" garden, almost as much as the neighbor dog Homer.

He is survived by his wife Carol; his granddaughter, Kaitlin Downey; great-grandson Peter Drew Huppert; sisters-in-law Betty Crenshaw, Donita Cilch and Susan (Ken) Riedel; along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Dianna Downey; son Drew Pierson Downey; three brothers and two sisters.

The family wishes to thank his good friend Dennis for years of friendship; and to his neighbors Patty Kass and Mike & Maribeth Gerdeman for all their care and assistance over the years.



Patricia Ann Powell


Patricia Ann Powell, 85, of Dubuque, passed away at home on Wednesday, July 13, 2016.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am Monday, July 18, 2016 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Dubuque, with Father Gabriel Anderson officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm Sunday, July 17, 2016 and 1 hour before service on Monday. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Pat was born on September 12, 1930 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Bessie Burke Powell and Henry Dement Powell. Her mother passed away when Pat was a very young girl and Clara Barrett helped her father raise Pat and her siblings.

Pat was a graduate of Visitation Academy with the Class of 1948. Pat was employed for 41 years as the Head of the Motor Vehicle Department at the Dubuque County Courthouse, retiring in 1989. She was an amazing lady who until April of this year was employed as a substitute special needs para-educator for the Dubuque Community School District. She held that position for the last 12 years. Pat enjoyed her monthly gatherings with her Courthouse family.

The biggest joy of Pat's life was helping to raise and spending time with Elizabeth Alvarenga, who was the love of Pat's life. "I Love You Sweetie!"

Surviving are her three sisters: Elizabeth Taglieri (Al) of Chicago, Illinois, Mary Seitz and Helen Doty, both of California; as well as several nieces and nephews. Also surviving Pat is the Breitbach family as well as Elizabeth Alvarenga.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents; Clara Barrett; a brother and his wife, William and Mildred Powell; and brothers-in-law Robert Seitz and Ray Doty.

In lieu of plants and flowers, memorials may be given to Creative Expression Workshops or the Life Skills Program at Dubuque Senior High School in honor of Elizabeth.

Pat would especially like to thank Dr. Joseph Fuller, Dr. Christian Schultheis, Dr. Thomas Schreiber, and Dr. Andrea Ries and their staffs for their kindness and compassion. Thank you to her sister Helen and her friend Marv for caring for Pat these last few weeks. Special thanks also to Pat's extended family, Karen, Jo, Cathy, Francine, Leslie, Carole, Casey and Mary. Your love and kindness are beyond measure.

Rest in Peace Pat. You did it your way!

Online condolence may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com



Andy Ragona


Andy Ragona, 63, of Dubuque, passed away on Monday, July 11, 2016.

Memorial visitation will be from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm Sunday, July 17, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd.

Andy was born July 16, 1952 in Centerville, Iowa, the son of Andrew and Winnie (Howe) Ragona. Andy married Sandy Moldenschardt on August 17, 1974 in Donahue, Iowa. He earned a Masters in Education from Clarke College and was a special education teacher at Dubuque Senior High School from 1987 until retiring in 2012.

Andy enjoyed gardening, comedy shows, traveling, and especially spending time with his granddaughters, Bella and Maya.

Survivors include his wife, Sandy; a son, Joe (Mindy) Ragona of Iowa City; grandchildren Isabella and Maya; a sister, Nancy Hoffman; and his mother, Winnie Ragona.

Andy was preceded in death by his father.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Andy's memory for his granddaughter's, Isabella and Maya's, education.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com



Deborah A. Kretz


Deborah A. Kretz, age 61, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 10:58 a.m. on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital surrounded by her loving family. To honor Deb's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 18, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Aaron Junge officiating. To celebrate Deb's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, July 18, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.

Deb was born on September 21, 1954, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of James and Evelyn (Burdt) Henry.

Deb was a proud lifelong resident of Dubuque, and would eventually meet, and fall in love with her soul-mate, Jim Kretz. Deb and Jim were united in marriage on January 16, 1976, at Sacred Heart Church and together they shared 40 wonderful years and were blessed with three beautiful children. Deb faithfully invested her working years within the health care industry as a CMA at ARC for 20 years, and finally at Hills & Dales for another 10 years. She enjoyed her career, and caring for others; but her main passion in life was loving, and caring for her husband, children and grandchildren. Family clearly meant the world to Deb and her absolutely favorite hours, here on earth, were the precious moments she would get to spend spoiling her grandchildren. In her free time, she also enjoyed trying her luck at the handles in the casinos. Deb struggled with health issues throughout this past year, but always fearlessly faced her challenges head on with a faith and determination which constantly helped strengthen the resolve of everyone around her. Deb was truly a great inspiration to her family and friends and the legacy of love she leaves behind will be the foundation we will build our new physical life without Deb in our daily lives upon. We find comfort in knowing she is now reunited with her mom and brother in Heaven and are grateful for the 61 years the Lord graciously shared our deeply adored Deb with us.

Those left to cherish Deb's memory include
her husband,
James "Jim" Kretz, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Jason (Heather) Kretz, Peosta, IA,
Jennifer (Cory) Meehan
and Justin (Stacy) Kretz, both of Dubuque, IA;

her grandchildren,
Cayden, Nolan and Landon Kretz,
Kylie, Carter, Collin and Keegan Meehan
and Broden and Camden Kretz;

her father,
James "Jim" Henry, Dubuque, IA;

and her siblings,
Christine (Ray) Popenhagen, Turtle Lake, WI,
Robert (Barb) Henry, East Dubuque, IL,
Paula (Mike) Dominy, Dubuque, IA,
Patty (Marty) Jungers, Dubuque, IA,
Teri (Charlie Rapp) Hicks, Maquoketa, IA
and Becky Bruxvoort, Dubuque, IA.

Deb was preceded in death by her mother, Evelyn "Evie" Henry; and a brother, Michael in infancy;

A Deborah A. "Deb" Kretz memorial fund has been established.

Deb's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of the Neurology Department at the University of Iowa and Finley Hospital for their kind and compassionate care of Deb during this past year and days.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com

 



Virginia M. Konzen


Virginia M. "Ginny" (Lehman) Konzen, 92, of Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque, and formerly of Hazel Green, WI, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center, surrounded by her three children, and closest sister, Pat.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 16 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Dubuque. Rev. Dwayne Thoman will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, July 15, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Virginia was born March 29, 1924 in Dubuque, the daughter of Leo and Marie (Sauer) Jungk. She married Donald Lehman on April 22, 1942 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on April 15, 1992.

Virginia graduated from Dubuque Cosmetology School, and owned and operated Ginny's Beauty Shop for many years. She was a member of the National Hairdressers Association, serving as District Director, and a member of the Hairdressers Association State Board, serving as treasurer.

Virginia's took great joy in being useful and productive. She was a talented quilter, and spent many hours making quilts, even after she went legally blind. She donated countless quilts to Family Birthing at Finley Hospital for newborn babies. Recently, she loved to volunteer at Stonehill folding laundry. Virginia had a wonderful sense of humor, and dearly loved being "G.G." to her great grandkids.

Virginia is survived by her children, James (Judy) Lehman of East Dubuque, IL, Charles (Kathe) Lehman of Dubuque, and Anita (Mike) Adams of Dubuque; 11 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; one great grandson; and her sisters, Arleen Reinker, of Michigan, Pat Arensdorf, of Dubuque, and Marie Hinderman, of Texas.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Ralph, Donald, and Phillip Jungk; and a sister, Evelyn Bach.

Memorials may be made to the Virginia (Lehman) Konzen Memorial Fund.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Stonehill Care Center.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com



Mary Kathleen Metz


Mary Kathleen "Kay" Metz, of Dubuque, IA passed away on Monday, July 11, 2016 from a malignant brain tumor. She was surrounded by the love of family and friends.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 16 at the Church of the Resurrection. Inurnment will be held at a later date. Friends may greet the family from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at Resurrection and join us for a celebration of Kay's life. A wake service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the Church.

Kay was born on September 30, 1939 in Dubuque, the daughter of John P. and Eileen (Flanigan) Fury. She attended Nativity grade school and graduated from St. Columbkille High School in 1957.

After high school, Kay was employed by Dubuque Fire and Marine Insurance Co. for three years until she moved to Minneapolis. In 1963, she moved back to Dubuque and was employed by the Telegraph Herald and then Dubuque Family Practice for many years.

She married Tom Metz in 1964 at Nativity Church.

Kay enjoyed boating on the Mississippi for many years, walking, music, bible studies, playing cards and was a member of Resurrection Church. To know Kay was to love her. Kay had a laugh that could fill an empty stadium and a smile that could light the darkest room. To say that Kay exuded strength and grace would be a vast understatement.

For forty years, Kay fought a heroic battle with three different forms of cancer, never once complaining; relying instead on her faith, strength, determination and sharp wit to get her and her family through what proved to be some of life's biggest challenges.

Surviving are her husband, Tom; two daughters, Christina "Tina" Anderson of Bettendorf, IA and Andrea Metz of Los Angeles, CA; a grandson, Blake Anderson; four sisters, Jean Finn (Loras) and Ann Gebhart (Dave), both of Dubuque, Karen Hanson (Denny) of the Villages, FL and Mary Fury of Madison, WI; five brothers, Jack (Patti) Fury of Davenport, IA, Patrick (Rochelle) Fury of Dubuque, Bill (Martha) Fury of San Antonio, TX, Rick and Thomas Fury of Dubuque; and sisters-in-law Mary Metz and Victoria Fury of Dubuque; and brother-in-law Bill Metz of Tampa, FL.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved granddaughter, Katie Rose Metz; brothers Jim and Michael Fury; brother-in-law Jim Metz; a niece, Connie Fury; and two nephews, Justin and Nathan Fury.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Livestrong Cancer Foundation and Compass to Care Childhood Cancer Foundation.

"The song is ended, but the melody lingers on..." - Irving Berlin

Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd, Dubuque, is in charge of arrangements. 

For more information or to leave an online condolence please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.



John R. Koenig


John R. "Jack" Koenig, 69, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 at home with his loving bride by his side, after a brief battle with cancer.

Friends and family may pay their respects on Saturday, July 16th, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a remembrance service will be held at 2:00 p.m.

Jack was born on September 17th, 1946 in Dubuque, Iowa to Ray and Margaret (Drosopoulos) Koenig. He graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School in 1964, then worked at John Deere until retiring in 2001. He married Judy Kennedy on October 12th, 1968.

Jack enjoyed spending time boating on the river, tinkering in his garage and spending time with his family. He was an amazing husband, dad, grandpa, brother, son and friend.

He is survived by his wife and soul mate of 47 years, Judy; three daughters: Tammy Koenig, Dawn "Hilda" (Bill) Koopmann and Angella "Goob" (Tim) Moore; his mother, Margaret; and in his own words, "Three of the best sisters a brother could ask for": Rae Ann (Tom) Freund, Sherry Breitbach, and Kris (Jon) Russett; along with 8 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and lifelong best friend Buddy Spiegelhalter.

He was proceeded in death by his father, Ray Koenig; and brother-in-law Ronnie Brietbach.

The family would like to thank University of Iowa Neurology Department, Finley Rehab, and Hospice of Dubuque for the incredible care that was given to Jack.

He was truly one of the good guys! The world was definitely a better place with him in it.



Mary Schmid Christiansen


Mary Schmid Christiansen was born on March 18, 1920 and died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on July 8, 2016 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. She was predeceased by her husband of 45 years, Mogens E. Christiansen, whom she met in Dubuque, she was also predeceased by her parents, Titus and Josephine Schmid, and five of her six siblings, Thomas, James, John and William Schmid and Jeanne Schmid Piekenbrock. She is survived by her three children and their spouses: Lisa Christiansen Gentil and Fernando Bunker Gentil, Sr of Greenwich, Ct and São Paulo, Brazil, Ellen Christiansen de Jonge and Gerrit de Jonge of New York, New York, and Eric and Maureen Christiansen of Hobe Sound, Fla. Mary is survived by her grandchildren, Fernando Bunker Gentil, Jr and Gabriella Gentil. She is also survived by her sister, Janet Schmid Rhomberg of Dubuque, her sister-in-law Mary Schmid, as well as numerous nieces of nephews, whom she adored,

The eldest daughter of Titus and Josephine Schmid, Mary was born and raised in her beloved Dubuque. Educated at the Nativity School in Dubuque and the College of New Rochelle in New York, Mary was a devoted Catholic who served the Church in many capacities over the years. She taught catechism and ran the annual church fair at her parish in Connecticut, and in her later years in Florida, was the primary donor for the construction of a church and parish school for Mexican immigrants in Pahokee, Fla.

Mary had many and varied interests. She was a lifelong accomplished golfer and tennis player until well into her 80's. Mary was a talented gardener. she was a member of the Old Greenwich Garden Club for fifty years. Beauty, elegance and love of art and nature were central to her since of self until the end. An avid reader, Mary was intensely curious. Not surprisingly, she was an excellent raconteur. As her niece Patty Piekenbrock Reiman remembered, "Aunt Mary always filled a room with her presence".

Mary married her husband, Mogens Erik Christiansen, in 1948. They lived in Dubuque, Cleveland, New York City, Golden Beach, Fla. and finally Jupiter, Fla. Wherever she resided, she exuded warmth, excellence, and commitment to her community amid a circle of devoted family and friends, The quintessential corporate wife, she accompanied her husband on his life adventure at P.R. Mallory/Duracell and proved the age-old adage: "Behind every great man stands a great woman".

A Catholic funeral mass will be held at St. Joseph's the Worker on Friday, July 15 at 10:30 am. followed by private burial. Friends are welcome to pay their respects at the church as of 9:30 am. Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street is assisting the family.

The family would welcome donations in Mary's memory to the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com.

 



Bill D. Taylor


Bill D. Taylor, 70, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, July 12, 2016, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Bill's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, July 16, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 P.M. on Friday, July 15, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Billy Duane Taylor was born on January 27, 1946 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Lee E. and Evelyn (Eye) Taylor Sr. He grew up in Maquoketa and attended Maquoketa schools. He married Connie Jean Michels on October 25, 1968 in Bellevue, Iowa.

Bill had worked as a cement finisher for several different construction companies including Earles Construction, Gannon Construction, Mahler Concrete and A & M Concrete Inc. in Colona, Illinois. For the past five years he had worked as a janitor for the Maquoketa Community Schools.

Bill enjoyed fishing and woodworking with his true passion being music. He loved all music and playing the guitar and fiddle. Through the years he had been a member of the "Barn Jammers", "Snowy River Band" and the "Black Velvet Band".

Those left to honor Bill's memory include his wife Connie Jean Taylor of Maquoketa, IA; daughters Candy Driscoll of Ennis, TX, Cindy (Mark Davis) Taylor of Wynnewood, OK, and Cathy (Jason) McElheney of Hendersonville, NC; 8 grandchildren; brothers Roger (Deb) Taylor of Baldwin, IA, Eugene (Linda) Taylor of MI, and Bob Ellithorpe of Maquoketa, IA; sisters Lola (Jim) Marshall of Maquoketa, IA, Carol Taylor of Platteville, WI and Karen Andresen of Lost Nation, IA; a sister-in-law, Betty Taylor of Maquoketa, IA; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers and 2 sisters.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Bill D. Taylor memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

 



Harold Becker


Harold Becker, 92, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, July 10, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 15, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Rev. Steven Rosonke will officiate. Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Friends may greet the family from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 14 , at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Harold was born December 11, 1923 in Dubuque, the son of William and Bertha (Widmar) Becker. He attended Sacred Heart Catholic Schools. He married Dorothy Rieck on October 25, 1947 at St. Raphael Cathedral, Dubuque. She preceded him in death on January 9, 2013.

Harold served his country with the U.S. Army in the 1255th Engineer Combat Battalion during World War II. After his honorable discharge, he joined his father at William Becker & Sons Stone Company, managing from 1946-1976. In 1976, he co-founded Becker & Becker Stone Company with his son Fred, retiring in 1999. Much of his life's work can be seen in the native stone buildings around Dubuque. 

Harold was an avid hunter, fisherman, and conservationist. He was a lifelong member of the Amateur Trap Shooting Association of America, the Iowa State Trap Shooting Association, and Ducks Unlimited. 

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Fred Becker and Sue (Tom) Stierman, both of Dubuque; six grandchildren, Jillian (A.J.) Johns of Des Moines, IA, Allison (Brian) Patnaude, Benjamin Becker, Christopher Becker, Matt (Kate) Stierman, all of Dubuque, and Jennifer Stierman, of Spain; four great-grandchildren, Julia, James, and Jack Stierman, and Ethan Sauser; and five sisters, Evelyn High, Delores Kloser, Joan Miller, Dorothy Gottschalk, and Lois Rannals.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Christopher J. Becker; four sisters, Marie Stierman, Eleanor Schwendinger, Rosalyn Gottschalk, and Alice Davies; three brothers, Walter, William, and Roger Becker; and his brothers- and sisters-in-law. 

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Daryl Mozena, Dr. Angela Kelley, Dr. Allen Meurer, and the staff of Sunset Park Place and Stonehill Care Center for their care of Harold.

Online Condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com



Robert M. McNamer


Robert M. "Rob" McNamer, age 42, of Dubuque, IA, passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2016, in Dubuque, IA. To honor Rob's life, funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 15, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. To celebrate Rob's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m., until the time of services at 7:00 p.m., on Friday, July 15, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Rob was born on April 11, 1974, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Joanne (McNamer) Jaeger.

Rob was a lifelong Dubuque resident who invested much of his adult life as a caretaker for his family members, fellow loved ones and anyone around him in need. In the past, he worked at Perkins, the Grand Harbor, the Holiday Inn and at Iliowa Music and Games for 15 years. He was united in marriage to Deanna (Brustkern) Adams on January 16, 2001, in Dubuque, Iowa. Rob was a committed and energetic Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Vikings fan who was also very proud of his Katana motorcycle, enjoyed listening to music and was patiently teaching himself to play guitar. Rob was generous with his time and always there to lend a hand to anyone. We are terribly saddened by the physical absence of Rob in our daily lives today, but in time we will discover peace and accept that we possess abundant memories of our sweet "Papa Rob" to carry us through until those days arrive.

Those left to cherish Robert's memory include

his wife,
Deanna McNamer, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Steven (Nicole) Adams, Chicago, IL,
Lee Ray (Roseann) Adams, Yorba Linda, CA
and Amanda (Ryan) Decker, New Orleans, LA;

his grandchildren,
Eden, Connor, Arieana and Eleanor;

his mother, Joanne Jaeger, Dubuque, IA;

his siblings,
Martin Jaeger, Dubuque, IA
and April Jaeger, Dubuque, IA;

his grandmother,
Betty McNamer, Dubuque, IA;

his uncle,
Thomas McNamer, Dubuque, IA;

his confidant and father figure,
Ben Andersen, East Dubuque, IL;

and numerous other family and friends.

Robert was preceded in death by his grandfather, James E. "Red" McNamer; two uncles, James R. McNamer and David McNamer; and his beloved dog, Simon.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com

 



George C. Blevins


George Cosby Blevins, 99, passed into the presence of his Savior, at 12:45 pm on July 6th, 2016.

Born in Jamestown, TN in 1916, George spent his life in service to the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. A World War II veteran, he served in the US Navy primarily aboard the USS North Carolina. He also served with the Navigators, an international organization dedicated to fostering individual spiritual growth. A graduate from high school at Alvin C. York Institute and Bob Jones University, George retired from Barber-Coleman Corporation after more than 30 years as an field engineer, while also serving as an elder at Northwoods Bible Chapel in the Atlanta, Georgia area, and pursuing the spiritual discipleship of other men. He was known as a man of the Word, memorizing hundreds of Bible verses during his life, which he used in sharing the good news of salvation with others.

George is survived by his wife, Doris, three children, seven grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services: 11:00 am, Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel, 2843 JFK Rd., family will greet friends 6:00 pm-8:00 pm Monday, August 1st, 2016 at Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel, additional visitation will be one hour prior to services Tuesday at the church. Burial with Military Honors conducted by Dubuque Marine Corp. League will be in Asbury Cemetery.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com