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Angeline C. Bowen Audrey E. Winter Betty L. McPherson
Catherine E. Lange Catherine M. Chapman Francis W. Budden
Gerald W. Manderscheid Joseph R. Welbes Kelly J. Peter
Leonard J. Schmidt Mary Jane Johns Norma L. (Leik) Ehlers
Richard T. Riniker Rose Marie Elaine Noesges Sr. Patricia Griffin
Terry M. Keenan Thomas F. Leibold Vera M. Schumacher
Virginette M. Singsank Wanda Lu Berner

Terry M. Keenan

Terry M. Keenan, 65, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away at 2:35 p.m. on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Rev. Penny Thomsen officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.

Visitation will be from 4 - 8 p.m. on Tuesday and after 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Terry was born on February 7, 1950 in Dubuque, the son of Joseph and Elizabeth "Bebe" (Welu) Keenan.  He was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, class of 1968 and a graduate of Loras College, class of 1972.

He was formerly employed by the John Deere Dubuque Works in insurance and unemployment claims department.  Terry retired from John Deere after 30 years of service.

Terry was a fan of the Chicago Cubs, Green Bay Packers, and loved golfing, hunting and fishing.

He was united in marriage to Chris (Nielsen) Stluka on Aug. 3, 2012.

Surviving is his wife Chris, four step-children, Karl (Carrie) Stluka of Portage, Michigan, Terry (Andy) Malliet of Platteville, Wisconsin, Shawn (Angie) Stluka of Benton, Wisconsin and Sarah (Brett) Rogers of Cuba City, Wisconsin, 13 step- grandchildren, one step great-grandchild numerous cousins and Sparkles the grand dog.

He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Elizabeth "Bebe" Keenan.

Chris and family wish to extend special thanks to the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center Emergency Room and the Intensive Care Unit, Doctors Sallas and Schope, his Hospice nurses, Heather, Kelly, Jen, Lisa, Molly and Heather and Home Care Select of Cassville, Wisconsin, especially Shari Dalsing.

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

 



Sr. Patricia Griffin

Sister Patricia Griffin, BVM (Michael Ellen), 83, of Caritas Center, 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, passed away Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at Caritas Center.
Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed by a prayer service at 11 a.m. Funeral liturgy will be at 1:30 p.m. Burial is in the Mount Carmel cemetery.

Sister Patricia was an elementary school teacher, principal, ESEA counselor, and administrator in Chicago and Omaha, Neb. She served in parish ministry in Chicago and Indianapolis, Ind., where she was also a counselor. She served as BVM regional representative and as volunteer in Dubuque, Iowa.

She was born in Evanston, Ill., on July 28, 1932, daughter of Michael and Mary King Griffin. She entered the BVM congregation on Sept. 8, 1950. She made her first profession of vows on March 19, 1953, and her final profession on July 16, 1958.

She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by cousins and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with whom she shared life for 64 years.

Memorials may be given to Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, IA 52003 or online at www.bvmcong.org/whatsnew_obits.cfm.

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



Kelly J. Peter

Kelly J. Peter, age 24, of Cascade, IA, passed away on Saturday, August 29, 2015, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To honor Kelly's life, funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 3, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street with Pastor Dennis Schmitt officiating. To celebrate Kelly's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until the time of services at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 3, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home.

Kelly was born on July 3, 1991, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of John and Lori (Welborn) Peter.

Kelly was a generous humanitarian who always rooted for the underdog and went out of his way to help everyone feel special and important. His laughter was infectious and his desire to make others laugh alongside him were continually on display. Kelly had a great passion for animals, going to concerts, playing cards and music. He was very proud, and yet humble, of being a naturally gifted musician who learned to play without any formal training. Kelly struggled with addiction for years; something he admitted was a demon he would eventually conquer for good. Kelly's love of life, thirst for knowledge and love for his family and friends were character traits he would courageously carry through each day. Kelly was taken from us much too early in his life, but the abundantly full and experienced life he lived has definitely impacted all those around him in countless ways. Kelly is now in God's hands, but always in our hearts.

Kelly is survived by
his parents,
John Peter, Dubuque, IA,
Lori (Mike Marlatt) Peter, Cascade, IA;

his siblings,
Joey Peter,
Lauren Peter, both of Cascade, IA;

his girlfriend,
Lisa Riedesel, Monticello, IA;

his grandparents,
Judy (Jimmy McGowan) Welborn, Epworth, IA,
Margaret Ann Peter, Dubuque, IA,
Gary (Sandy) Welborn, Zwingle, IA;

his aunts and uncles,
Sheri (Ron) Schmidt, Epworth, IA,
Gary Ken (Jolene Moore) Welborn, Holy Cross, IA,
Robbie (Sharon) Welborn, Dubuque, IA,
Tony Peter, Dubuque, IA,
Lynn (Mike O'Shea) Schroeder, Dubuque, IA,
Laurie (Tim) Leibold, Asbury, IA,
Mark (Shirley) Peter, Oregon, WI,
Lee Ann (Rick Merkle) Peterson, Cottage Grove, WI;

his lifelong friend,
Adam Sellers, Dubuque, IA;

close family friend,
Trina (Craig) Luebbe, Taylor Ridge, IL;

and numerous cousins.

Kelly was preceded in death by his grandfather, Donald Joseph Peter.

A Kelly J. Peter memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital and the staff at Medical Associates Patient Services for all of their kindness, compassion, patience and professional care.

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

 



Francis W. Budden

Francis W. Budden, 90, formerly of Fairplay and Hazel Green, Wisconsin passed away on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at Waunakee Manor Health Care Center, Waunakee, WI. 

Francis was born October 7, 1924 at Fairplay, Wisconsin, the son of Frank and Elizabeth (Ressel) Budden.  He married Melvena Lange on April 14, 1948.  Together they lived in Fairplay, WI where Francis was a dairy farmer, owned and operated a school bus, and drove truck. Francis and Melvena were the parents of two daughters, Jane and Carol.  After retiring from farming, Francis and Melvena moved to the Village of Hazel Green, where Francis managed the Hazel Green Car Wash for several years.   

Services will be held at 11am on Monday, August 31, 2015 at St. Francis de Sales Church, Hazel Green, with Reverend Ken Frisch officiating.  Friends may greet the family at the church before the service, beginning at 10am.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Carol (Dennis) Rupp of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, 7 grandchildren, Kris (John) Walter, Tim (Joy) Helbing, Steve (Janet Gotto) Helbing, Jeff (Katie) Helbing, Kelly (Devin) Anderson, Amy (Michael) Kohl, Kim (Wayne) Chase; 13 great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Ken (Elaine) Helbing; sisters-in-law, Eileen Placke and Lucille Kaiser and several nieces and nephews.  

Francis was preceded in death by wife, Melvena, in 1990; daughter, Jane Helbing, in 1989; brother, Walt; and his parents.

The family would like to thank the staff at Waunakee Manor Health Care Center for their care and compassion with Francis over the past several years. 

Miller Funeral Home and Cremation Services, East Dubuque is assisting the family.

In Lieu of flowers, a Francis W. Budden Memorial Fund has been established. 

 



Mary Jane Johns

Mary June Johns, age 85, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 9:15 a.m. on Friday, August 28, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Mary's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 3, 2015, at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. To celebrate Mary's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 3, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. The Church of the Nativity Altar and Rosary Society will recite the rosary at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at the church. Burial will be in St. Rose of Lima Cemetery in Cuba City, WI.

Mary was born on June 1, 1930, in Hazel Green, WI, daughter of Herbert and Velda Mary (Splinter) Johns.

Mary was born and raised in Wisconsin before eventually moving to Dubuque. She devoted her time and talents to caring for her mother until she was 40. She then began working in the housekeeping department at Finley Hospital for over 25 years until her retirement in 1995. Mary was a longtime member of the Church of the Nativity. Mary discovered great joy in her numerous travels around the country and found great pride in visiting every state in the union besides Alaska. In her free time she could easily be found playing Bingo or working on a word search puzzle. Mary was a kind and gentle soul who will be sadly missed and dearly remembered.

Mary is survived by
her sister,
Dorothy Steinhoff, Baraboo, WI;

two sisters-in-law,
Rita Johns, Lois Johns, both of Dubuque, IA;

and thirteen nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, one in infancy, Goldie Johns and Florence Wilkenson; and two brothers, John and her twin Jim Johns.

A Mary June Johns memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Stonehill Care Center, especially Sarah, Hospice of Dubuque, especially Traci, and her faithful friend Roseann Rang for their love, concern and exceptional care of Mary.

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

 



Joseph R. Welbes

Joseph R. "Joe" Welbes, age 63, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, August 28, 2015, at home surrounded by his loving family, after a long battle with liver disease. To celebrate Joe's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Joe was born on June 18, 1952, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Joseph J. and Mildred (Rubel) Welbes.

Joe graduated from Hempstead High School, class of 1971. He was united in marriage to Lyndeen "Dino" Pfiffner on August 14, 1971, at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque. In his younger years Joe was employed at Sindt's and the body shop at Finnin Ford. Next he worked with Al Zumback and Rich Fluhr building the coolest custom vans in the 70's. Eventually Joe opened his own body shop, Joe Welbes Auto Shoppe, which he owned and operated for over 30 years until health issues forced him into early retirement. Joe never lost his passion of two wheels on the open road and logged countless miles on his Harley's. As a "graybeard" he graduated to an ultra classic and gradually on to a tryke. Joe's love of riding never failed!

Joe is survived by:
his loving wife of 44 years,
Lyndeen "Dino" Welbes, Dubuque, IA;

his grandchildren,
Shelby Sue Welbes, James Donovan Welbes, both of Dubuque, IA;

his siblings,
Wayne Welbes, Milwaukee, WI.,
Marylin (David Aldunate) Kennedy, Dubuque, IA;

his in-laws,
George and Betty Pfiffner, Dubuque, IA;

a brother-in-law,
Glenn Casey, Dubuque, IA;

two sisters-in-law,
Kim Pfiffner,
Pam (Kevin) Fagan, both of Dubuque, IA;

a daughter-in-law,
Stacy Garner, Dubuque, IA;

his best friend and fellow rider,
Bob Siegert, Dubuque, IA;

and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; a son, James Welbes; a brother, Robert Welbes; a sister, Betty Casey; a sister-in-law, Jan Welbes; a brother-in-law, Mark Pfiffner; two nieces, Stephanie Pfiffner and Cathy Jo Korman; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and his best friends, David Fagan and Gary Kehde.

A Joseph R. Welbes memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Jen, Emily and Jan, Dr. Tom Sinsky, Mercy Hospital, U.W. Hospital and Clinics and Dr. Michael Lucey for their kind and compassionate care of Joe. Also a very special thank you to Kim Pfiffner, Wanda and Tim Steve, Tina Walsh, Donna Decker, Tom Sheehan, and all of our family and friends who allowed us to be able to care for Joe throughout his journey, we couldn't have made it through without you!

"Ride on, Backroads. May the rain stay behind you and the road never end."

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

 



Richard T. Riniker

Richard T. Riniker, 71, of Dyersville, Iowa died Friday, August 28, 2015, at his home.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. Monday, August 31, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Tuesday, September 1st from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 1, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate.

Dick was born January 17, 1944, in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Art and Dorothy (Lochner) Riniker. He married Shirley Smith on November 25, 1972, in Dyersville. She preceded him in death in 2008. Together they farmed several places until retirement when he began working for Gene Duschner Dairy. He loved to watch western movies.

Survivors include 2 sons: Roger Riniker of Malden, MA, and John (Heather) Riniker of Monticello, IA; a granddaughter, KoreeAnn Riniker; siblings:  Don (Carol) Riniker of Holy Cross, Stella (Paul) Helle of Dyersville, Theresa (Jim) Richter of Earlville, Alice (Bill) Weick of Dubuque, and Dan Riniker of Maquoketa; in-laws: Dennis Manternach of Cascade, Janaan Kraus of Monticello, Kay (Elmer) Heitz of Farley, Kenny (Cathy) Smith of Hopkinton, Gary ( Marilyn) Smith of Manchester, Betty (Jerry) Ries of Earlville, John (MaryAnn) Smith of Ryan, Mary Ellen (Jim) Waite of Cedar Rapids, Mark (Mary) Smith of Marion, and Kenneth Zangerle of Hopkinton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Shirley, one daughter, Sherry Riniker, parents-in-law, Bernadette and Clarence Smith, a sister, Marian Manternach; in-laws: Maxine Zangerle and Walter Kraus; 2 nephews and 2 nieces.

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

 



Vera M. Schumacher

Vera M. Schumacher, 86, of Dubuque, died Thursday, August 27, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center. Services will be held on Wednesday, September 2, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road, Dubuque. Friends may greet the family from 11:00 to noon on Wednesday, and the service will begin at noon.

Vera was born in Musberg, Germany on January 30, 1929.

Vera and Joseph H. Schumacher met in Kirchheim, Germany when Joseph was stationed there after World War II. They were married at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dubuque on October 4, 1947.

Vera enjoyed her numerous flower gardens throughout her life, and had a profound love of animals.

She is survived by: her four children, Nora (Scott) Gill, of Boise, Idaho; Joseph A. (Nancy) Schumacher of St. Paul, Minnesota; Kenneth (Marie) Schumacher of Cave Creek, Arizona; Marilyn (Donald) Campbell of Washington, Illinois; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Vera was preceded in death by her parents, Wilhelm and Marie, and her brother Willie.

For further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.



Angeline C. Bowen

Angeline C. "Angie" Bowen, age 90, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 3:43 a.m. on Friday, August 28, 2015, at Garnett Place in Cedar Rapids, IA. To honor Angie's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street. To celebrate Angie's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Angie was born on October 18, 1924, in Baton Rouge, LA, daughter of Louis and Josephine (Piazza) Salario.

Angie was united in marriage to Donald Bowen on August 5, 1950, in Baton Rouge. He preceded her in death on January 16, 1999, after 48 loving years of marriage. Angie graduated as a registered nurse from Our Lady of the Lake School of Nursing in Baton Rouge. In 1950, Angie moved to Dubuque and worked as a pediatric nurse at Xavier Hospital, then as a school nurse for the Dubuque Community School District until her retirement in 1978. She devoted her life to serving others and was known as a kind and gentle caregiver. She was an excellent cook and loved entertaining and hosting events for family and friends. Family was one of the most important aspects of Angie's life and she adored spending time with her grandchildren. Angie was a devout Catholic and longtime member of St. Patrick's Church. She was also a faithful member who truly valued the friendships she made in the Catholic Mother's Study Club and the Retired Teacher's Club.

Angie is survived by:
her children,
Patricia (Darrel Wrider) Bowen, Cedar Rapids, IA,
Ellen (Roger) Jansson, Davenport, IA,
John Bowen, Dubuque, IA,
Peggy (Trevin) Ward, Ames, IA;

5 grandchildren,
Vanessa (Christopher) Taylor, Swisher, IA,
Kristina (Grant) Zimmerman, Moline, IL,
Trevin (Jana Byars) Ward II, Ames, IA,
Brendan (Erin) Ward, Omaha, NE,
Emily (Erik Thorson) Wrider;

2 great-grandchildren,
Arcadia Taylor and Noah Taylor;

her brother,
Blaise (Gwen) Salario, Baton Rouge, LA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Angie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald Bowen; four sisters, Mary (Joseph) Vince, Bessie (Clarence Bowen and Phil Schwinn) Schwinn, Frances (Sam) Sagona and Rose Salario; and a brother Frank (Marian) Salario.

An Angeline C. "Angie" Bowen memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses, staff and residents of Garnett Place for the love and compassionate care they provided Angie.

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

 



Rose Marie Elaine Noesges

Rose Marie Elaine Noesges, age 91, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, at 4:42 p.m., on Thursday, August 27, 2015, at Hawkeye Care Center. To honor Rose's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, at Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Rose's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Monday, August 31, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 5:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Rose was born on March 6, 1924, in Grant County, WI, daughter of Alexis and Marie B. (Lippert) Simones.

Rose graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy and has been a longtime alumni member. She was blessed with 60 years of marriage after being united to Harold Noesges on December 4, 1954, in Dubuque. She was a proud member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and Rosary Society. Rose enjoyed animals, flowers, and photography. She has spent countless hours sharing her captured visions with her friends in the Dubuque Camera Club. Rose was also a championship archer and prominently displayed her honed abilities in many tournaments over the years. Rose and Harry thoroughly loved traveling together in their private plane and would eagerly jump in just to do a little sightseeing or visit family. Faith and family were Rose's greatest treasures and both held a very cherished and secure place in her heart. She has made many friends along the way, brightened many lives and has left an abundance of memories to share with those who knew and loved her.

Rose is survived by:

her loving husband of 60 years, Harold "Harry" Noesges, Dubuque, IA;

her daughter, Rose Ann Noesges, Westlake, OH;

a sister-in-law, Mary Hirsch, Dubuque, IA;

two nieces, Donna Slade, Dubuque, IA, Diane Burke, Dubuque, IA;

and a nephew, Gary (Lynn) Hirsch, Bettendorf, IA.

Rose was preceded in death by her parents; a sister-in-law, Celeste (Carl) Ehrlich; and a brother-in-law, Clarence Hirsch.

A Rose Marie Elaine Noesges memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Beth, Dan, Tyler and Adam Kennedy for all of their kindness and care over the years.

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

 



Virginette M. Singsank

Virginette "Virgie" M. Singsank, 89, of Dyersville, Iowa died Friday, August 28, 2015 at Oak Crest Manor, Dyersville, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, August 30, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue Monday, August 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 at Kramer Funeral. Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, August 31, 2015, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Luxemburg, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery with Rev. Carl Ries officiating.

Virgie was born on June 15, 1926 in Luxemburg, Iowa the daughter of Joseph and Anna (Meyer) Steffen.  She married Irvin Singsank on October 4, 1948 in Luxemburg, Iowa where they farmed for many years on the Singsank family Century farm.  Virgie's many hobbies included quilting, playing cards, gardening, and baking.  She was a parishioner at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society, and took great pride in being one of the Octoberfest Quilters.

Survivors include 6 children: Grace (Dan) Elgin of Bankston, Bob (Joan) of Orinda, CA, Sharon (Jack) Ruden of Epworth, Bill (Cheryl) of Belleville, IL, Amy (Dave) Boekholder of Dyersville, and Scott (Kathleen) of Elk Grove Village, IL; 15 grandchildren: Pete, Sara (Surface), Molly, and Mike Elgin, Kelly, Luke, and Annie Singsank, Jake Ruden, Kara and Nick Singsank, Carter, Drew, and Bryce Boekholder, Ryne and Megan Singsank; 6 great grandchildren and one due in January; sister: Joan Esch of Dyersville, in-laws: Ann Steffen of Dyersville, Eileen Dingbaum of Dyersville, Mae Pasker of Manchester, Gerald (Helen) Singsank of Dubuque and Jane Singsank of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings: Leo (Monica) Steffen, Ray (Fran) Steffen, Art (Esther) Steffen, Lawrence Steffen, Marie Goebel-Winter (Larry Goebel and Emmett Winter), Rich (Nellie) Steffen, Ralph Steffen, Germaine (Norb) Wilwert, Jim Esch; in-laws: Delores (Ray) Hirtz, Dr. Clarence Singsank, Gib (Mert) Singsank, Marce (Harry) Steffen, Alphonse Pasker, Alver Dingbaum.

The family would like to thank the staff at Oak Crest Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their care and compassion.  They are our Angels on Earth.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Oakcrest Manor, Hospice of Dubuque, and The Dubuque Alzheimer's Association.

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

 

 

 

 



Betty L. McPherson

Betty L. McPherson, 89, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday morning, August 27, 2015 at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Betty's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Monday, August 31, 2015, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 P.M. on Sunday, August 30, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Betty Lou Watters was born on December 4, 1925 in Hurstville, Iowa, to Frank and Anna (Behrens) Watters. She attended the Hurstville country school and married Donald H. "Don" McPherson on November 22, 1946 in Camanche, Iowa. He preceded her in death on March 7, 2006.

Betty farmed with her husband, first in the Iron Hill area and lastly purchasing a farm and calling it home for the past 64 years in the Esgate area.

Betty enjoyed flowers, playing the organ, bird watching, feeding the coons, puzzle books, crossword and jigsaw puzzles.

Those left to honor Betty's memory include her daughter Bonnie L. (Adrian) Browne of Maquoketa, IA; 2 grandsons, Chris (Carrie) Browne and Nathan (Caryn) Browne; 4 great-grandchildren, Trevyn, Mercedez, Chelby and Cheyanne; 2 sisters-in-law, Bernice Watters of Maquoketa, IA, and Alvina Watters of Cedar Rapds, IA; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son Bruce in 1956, a sister Vivian and 6 brothers Willy, Elmer, Milton, Patrick, Orville and Delbert.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Betty McPherson memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Gerald W. Manderscheid

Gerald W. Manderscheid, 74 of Maquoketa and formerly of Zwingle died Friday, August 21, 2015, at Genesis West Medical Center in Davenport, Iowa.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 28, 2015 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church, Key West with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors by the United States Army and the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Friday at the church until time of funeral mass. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is in charge of arrangements.

Gerald was born on August 8, 1941, in Maquoketa, the son of Orville and Marie (Ryan) Manderscheid. He was in the last graduating class at Loras Academy, and served in the US Army. Gerald farmed in the Sylvia Switch area for many years. His catholic faith was a big part of his life being a member at Saint Theresa's and Assumption Sylvia Switch churches.

Gerald played Prairie League ball for many years and was a member of the Zwingle Recreation Association.

He is survived by his sister Carol (Gary) Ernst, of Dubuque, four brothers Eldon (Judy) Manderscheid, of Zwingle, Roger (Judy) Manderscheid, of Antioch, IL, Duane (Mary) Manderscheid, of Vadnais Heights, MN, and Glenn (Anne) Manderscheid, of Newhall, IA, twelve nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Ardis Cobar on June 2, 2015.



Thomas F. Leibold

Thomas F. "Tom" Leibold, 84, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away at 12:56 a.m. Sunday, August 23, 2015, at Luther Manor in Dubuque, with his family by his side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery with military honors accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Visitation will be from 4 - 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Tom was born on July 30, 1931 in East Dubuque, the son of Edward and Angeline (Sherman) Leibold.  He was united in marriage to Darlene M. Tigges on July 30, 1955 at St. Philomena's Church, Asbury, Iowa.

He served in the U. S. Army from 1955 to 1957. Tom was a Realtor from 1960 to his retirement in 2008, concentrating on farm & commercial sales & development in Dubuque, East Dubuque, around Iowa and Minnesota.  He built St. Mary's Apartments for the Elderly and managed it for 30 years.  He enjoyed flying his Cessna off his farm to show properties and for aerial photography.

Tom was President of International Traders Club in 1967, President of the Dubuque Board of Realtors in 1969, President of the Farm & Land Institute in 1977, President of Real Estate Securities & Syndication in 1979 and Iowa Farm & Land Broker of the year in 1979.

He was a member of St. Mary's Parish, its Holy Name Society, the Noon Optimist since 1961, East Dubuque Knights of Columbus-Council # 7527 and the East Dubuque Zoning Commission. Tom was very active with the "Right to Life Organization" and participated in numerous pickets against Planned Parenthood in the Dubuque area.

He loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing, his trips to Montana and Alaska, and swimming and exercising.  Tom had the ability to converse with anyone he met. He was co-chairman of the new St. John the Baptist Church built in Peosta, Iowa in 1989.

Surviving are his wife Darlene Leibold, three children, Bruce (Betty "Sam") Leibold, Denise (Jerry Killens) Ronek and Michelle (John Simpson) Leibold, four grandchildren, Tracy (Ryan) Ricketts, Heather Ronek, Forrest Simpson and Quinn Simpson, his sister Jane (Allen) Kieler of Hazel Green, Wisconsin.

He was preceded in death by his parents Edward and Angeline, siblings, Donald Leibold, Madelyn Hanley, Art Leibold and an infant brother Joseph.

 



Catherine M. Chapman

Catherine M. Chapman, age 79, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 22, 2015, at Sunnycrest Manor, faithfully surrounded by her loving family. To honor Catherine's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, August 29, 2015, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street. To celebrate Catherine's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., on Saturday at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. The Church of the Nativity Altar and Rosary Society will recite the rosary at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the church.

Catherine was born on September 6, 1935, in Spring Green, Wisconsin, daughter of Robert and Hilda (Haas) Newton.

Catherine was blessed with 64 wonderful years of marriage to Sylvan R. Chapman after being united on September 11, 1951, in Platteville, Wisconsin. Catherine devoted her working years to helping others as a CNA at various facilities throughout the area. Faith was always important to Catherine and she took great pride in proclaiming her longtime membership to St. Mary's Church. Catherine constantly role modeled the value of a strong work ethic and the love and respect of family. Some of her most cherished moments in life included activities where those she adored could easily be found by her side. In Catherine's free time she could usually be found with a bingo card, a crochet hook or a good book in her hands. Catherine was a kind and generous woman who definitely created a positive impact on the world around her. Her love, lessons and laugh will be deeply cherished and sadly missed by all who had the privilege to know and love her.

Catherine is survived by

her loving husband of 64 years,
Sylvan R. Chapman, Dubuque, IA;

her 5 children,
Diane (William) Henning, Dubuque, IA,
Cheryl (Steve Eigenberger) Canon, Dubuque, IA,
Steve (Leovic) Chapman, Largo, FL,
Debra (David) Schmit, Dubuque, IA,
and Tina (Jeff) Dougherty, Dubuque, IA;

her 8 grandchildren,
Lori Henning, Sara Henning, Josh (Reina) Canon, Luke Canon, Anthony Chapman, Ryan (Skye) Kelley, Jake (Annie Paradiso) Schmit and Mitchell Dougherty;

her 3 great-grandchildren,
Gracelyn, Harper and Jackson Canon;

and her 4 siblings,
Sharon Zintz, Richland Center, WI,
Wayne Newton, Gainsville, FL,
Larry Hines, LaValle, WI,
and Mary (Jim) Kazda, DeForest, WI;

and 3 sisters-in-law,
Sharon Chapman, JoAnn Braund and Rayna Newton.

Catherine was preceded in death by her parents; 4 brothers, Donald Newton, Bill Newton, Robert Newton and Terry Lee Hines; and 2 brothers-in-law, Ronnie Zintz and Bill Chapman.

A Catherine M. Chapman memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Sunnycrest and Hospice of Dubuque for all the compassionate and professional care they graciously granted Catherine.

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

 



Wanda Lu Berner

Wanda Lu Berner, 74, of Bettendorf, Iowa, died while surrounded by her children on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, Iowa.

A celebration of Wanda's life will be held at 6:30 P.M., Friday, August 28, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 4 to 6 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private burial will be in the Pence Cemetery, rural Baldwin, Iowa.

Wanda Lu Cobiskey was born on October 4, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois to the late Arthur Cobiskey and late Betty (Foster) Teters. She attended Maquoketa High School and graduated Salutatorian in 1958. She showed an early affinity for the Arts and Humanities and served in many Thespian Productions.

Wanda married Glenn Berner on October 19, 1958. Her strength and leadership started in her home as she raised five beautiful children and served as homemaker and farm wife for over 40 years. Her children were her pride and joy. She organized countless bible school classes and 4-H events as well as being a member of the Baldwin Women's Club. Wanda enjoyed actively participating in the farm operations to support her family.

Those left to honor Wanda's memory include her children, Kim (Kirby) White of Long Grove, IA, Bryan (Renae) Berner of Baldwin, IA, Deb (Brad) Benhart of Scottsdale, AZ and Jeanne (Brian) Kenady of Lake Elmo, MN; 3 sisters, Lois DeMoss of Dubuque, IA, Arlene Regenwether of Delmar, IA and Marilyn (Dennis) Bowling of Maquoketa, IA; 9 grandchildren, Jason White, Adam White, Ben Berner, Valerie Berner, Kelly Elliott, Nicholas Benhart, Jacob Benhart, Cameron Kenady and Avery Kenady; and 4 great-grandchildren, Gracie White, Kaleb White, Gavin White and Kennedy White. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur Cobiskey and Betty Jeuhring, a daughter Cindy Berner and a granddaughter, Elizabeth White.

Our family wishes to thank all those who cared for her during her last few months. A memorial fund has been established in support of the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House.

Isaiah 41:10 - Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, will uphold you with my righteous hand.

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

 



Catherine E. Lange

Catherine E. Lange, 90, of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, died Thursday, August 20, 2015, at UW-Hospital & Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 24, 2015, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville with Rev. Bernard Rott, Rev. Francis Steffen, Rev. Bart Timmerman, and Deacon Larry Tranel officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish rosary will be at 1:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Monday at the church before the service.

Catherine was born on November 27, 1924, in Paris Township, Wisconsin, the daughter of Adolph J. and Anna M. (Averkamp) Salzmann. She married Arnold Lange on August 20, 1947. He preceded her in death on March 6, 1978.

Catherine attended Holy Ghost Grade School for eight years, attended high school for one year in Tennyson, and received her GED in 1979. Arnold and she established Arnold's Recreation Center in Dickeyville in 1949 and operated it until 1978. She worked as a teacher's aide in preschool and kindergarten at the Dickeyville Elementary School from 1979-1981. Then she worked at the Cuba City Nursing Home in the dietary department from 1981-1989. At that time she retired and took care of her grandchild, Kristin. Catherine was a member of Holy Ghost Parish all of her life and the Christian Mothers Group.

Survivors include her daughter, Linda M. (Thomas) Gerlich, of Cuba City; her sons Dr. Thomas F. Lange DDS, of Menasha, James J. (Joanne) Lange, of Cassville, Gerald E. Lange, of Madison, Charles W. (Marcia) Lange, of Jackson, Wisconsin, and Alan E. (Lonna) Lange, of Kiel, Wisconsin; two sisters, Helena Lawinger, of Mineral Point, and Rita (Edward) McKeon, of Darlington; a brother, John (Mary) Salzmann, of Platteville; ten grandchildren, Matthew (Karen) Lange, Rachele (Chadwick) Breuer, Douglas Lange, Ryan Gerlich, Alissa (Benjamin) Leistico, Kristin (Andrew) Weber, Adam (Becky) Lange, Jennifer (Keith) Fullhart, Laura Lange and Nicole Lange; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Larry; two sisters, Sr. Clara Salzmann SDS, and Marian (Ervin "Tony") Lange; two brothers, Father Edmund Salzmann and Joseph (Lillian) Salzmann; and four brothers-in-law, Bill Lawinger, Frank (Louise) Lange, Walter (Bernice) Lange, and Ira Lange.


Online condolences for the family may be left at www.caseyfuneralhome.net.



Leonard J. Schmidt

Leonard J. Schmidt, age 89, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, August 18, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Leonard's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 22, 2015, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue with Rev. Kyle M. Digmann officiating. To celebrate Leonard's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 21, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post 6.

Leonard was born on January 24, 1926, in North Buena Vista, Iowa, son of John and Christina (Zimmer) Schmidt.

Leonard served honorably in the U.S. Army during WWII and was proud to be part of the Honor Flight in 2011. Leonard was united in marriage to Anna Bleile on October 22, 1947, at St. Francis Church in Balltown, Iowa. He farmed in North Buena Vista for years and also worked in Bellevue as a mechanic. In his younger years Leonard enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time in the great outdoors. In his later years Leonard enjoyed walking, playing bingo and cards, especially a good game of Euchre.

Leonard is survived by

his wife of 67 years,
Anna Schmidt, Dubuque, IA;

6 children,
Robert (Donna) Schmidt, Durango, IA,
Vern Schmidt, Dubuque, IA,
Bonnie (Jeff) Avenarius, Dubuque, IA,
Daryl (Angie) Schmidt, Dubuque, IA,
Kim (Sam) Runde, Hazel Green, WI,
Rose Wallace, Bettendorf, IA;

17 grandchildren,
Barb (Dan) Hess, Carla (Randy) Hess, Peggy (Brick Jones) Ostrander, Tom Schmidt, Pat (Ashley) Schmidt, Lisa Jelliff, Jason Schmidt, Kristy (Andrew) Forcucci, Cory Avenarius, Jennifer Moris, Rick (Arica) Schmidt, Nick (Melissa Carter) Vondran, Joe (Bri) Runde, Jessica (Tyson Kluth) Runde, Jamie Runde, Emily Wallace and Adam Wallace;

28 great-grandchildren,
Austin, Hanna, Josh, Shelby, Shawn, Whitney, Jason, Zach, Paige, Mallory, Monica, Montana, Sawyer, Lily, Edward, Jason, Ethan, Rylee, Willow, Leland, Autumn, Justin (Morgan), Colby, Callie, Madyson, Preston, Monica and Liam;

5 great great grandchildren,
Hailey, Tanner, Ryder, Leah, Audrey and one on the way;

and a sister,
Esther Link, Dubuque, IA.

Leonard was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Judith Schmidt in infancy; a great-granddaughter, Molly Schmidt; a great-grandson, Preston Jelliff; a foster son, Robert O'Hearn; four siblings, Alvina (Eldon) Riddle, Wilfred (Marie) Schmidt, Rita (John) Pothoff and Rose (William) O'Toole; a daughter-in-law, Cherie Schmidt; and a brother-in-law, Marion Link.

A Leonard J. Schmidt memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center for all their wonderful care and support.

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

 



Norma L. (Leik) Ehlers

Norma L. (Leik) Ehlers, 79, of Dubuque, passed away on Monday, August 17, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 20, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 19, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Norma was born August 27, 1935 in Dubuque, the daughter of Russell "Bampa" and Viola "Gummy" (Miller) Leik. She married Jerome Ehlers on Nov. 29, 1952 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Norma worked for Hills & Dales for 10 years, where she loved and took care of many children with special needs.

She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and volunteered at Stonehill Care Center. Norma was very talented at crocheting, and she donated many items to Stonehill and also won many blue ribbons at the County Fair for her needle work. She was a very unselfish, caring wife, mother and grandmother who shared a special bond with her daughters. Norma was an avid reader, enjoyed playing euchre, and never passed up caring for a stray animal.

Survivors include her husband, Jerome; children Denny (Sheilah) Ehlers of Rock Island, IL, Tina (Bob) Hartman of Lodi, WI, Steve (Diane) Ehlers of Rosemount, MN, Todd (Liza) Ehlers of McGregor, Brian (Cindy) Ehlers of Prairie du Chien, WI, Chris (Barb) Ehlers of Dubuque, and Jill (Michael) Pankow of Dubuque; 22 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brother in-law Dale (Lee) Ehlers of Dubuque; niece Patsy Herbst of East Dubuque, IL, whom Norma loved like a daughter.

Norma was preceded in death by her parents; siblings Gerry and Joan; and a son-in-law, Steven Callahan.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Betsy for your loving care of Norma.

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



Audrey E. Winter

Audrey E. (Bergman) Winter, 83, of Galena, Illinois, passed away Monday, August 17, 2015 at home.

Public graveside services will be at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at Greenwood Cemetery in Galena, with Rev. Stacy Cavanaugh and Rev. Roy Lewis, a family friend officiating.

There will be no public visitation.  The Miller & Steinke Funeral Home of Galena is in charge of arrangements.

Audrey was born on July 29, 1932 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Ellsworth and Berenice (Hess) Bergman.  She was united in marriage to James W. Winter on July 26, 1958 at Westminster Presbyterian Church (formerly known as the South Presbyterian Church) in Galena.

She was a graduate of the University of Dubuque, an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and taught in the Galena School System for seven years.

Surviving are her husband James W. Winter, a son Thomas Winter and a sister Nancy Buening all of Galena; a very special niece Rebecca (Michael) Buening-Ferris and her family of Davenport, Iowa.  She is also survived by numerous in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ellsworth and Berenice Bergman.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque, Westminster Presbyterian Church or a charity of your choice.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Hospice of Dubuque and her numerous caregivers for all the loving care given during her final illness.