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Adelaide M. Diefenthaler Arlene R. Regenwether Beverly J. Maus
Darlene E. Kunkel Donald F. Elgin Dorothy M. Urbain
Gary Edward Elskamp Gladys J. Gaul Hazel Sprague
Janice M. Kass Jeanette A. Papenthien Joyce Irene Miller
Lawrence L. Coyle Leon G. Maiers Marilyn Burlage
Marilyn J. Turner Mary E. Kalloway Mary K. Sanger
Merlyn E. Schroeder Pauline B. Dubler Ralph A. Heiring
Robert A. "Bob" Heneke Robert C. Lee Ronald C. Herd
Shirley L. Carpenter Sister Therese Miller, BVM Sonya J. Hess
Stuart D. Johnson Thomas L. Ludwig William A. McEllhiney

Dorothy M. Urbain


Dorothy M. Urbain, 88, of Farley, Iowa, died Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Dorothy may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, December 8, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where the Farley American Legion Auxiliary Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Services for Dorothy will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 9, 2016 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller officiating. Burial will be held in St. John's Cemetery in Placid, Iowa.

Dorothy was born March 8, 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Paul N. and Katherine D. (Streif) Thul. She received her education in the St. Clement School in Bankston and graduated from St. Joseph's School in Farley, Iowa.

On September 27, 1949 she was united in marriage to Wilbert J. Urbain at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 1, 1999. The couple farmed in the Farley area for many years until retiring to Farley in 1983.

She was a member of St. Joseph's Parish and its Altar and Rosary Society, a member of the Farley Historical Society, the Farley American Legion Auxiliary and the Farley Garden Club. Dorothy was a volunteer librarian for St. Joseph's School for many years. She was an avid bowler for many years.

She is survived by eight children, Charles (Joyce) Urbain of Davenport, IA, Carol (Arnie) Boge of Ionia, IA, Cathy (Thomas) Penn of Cedar Rapids, IA, Clair (Paulette) Urbain of Fort Atkinson, WI, Cletus (Elaine) Urbain of Dyersville, IA, Carla (David) Babics of Dixon, IL, Calvin Urbain of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Dr. Colleen (Russell) Hess of Plainview, MN; 13 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren. 

She was also preceded in death by one son, Wilbert Gerard Urbain, on June 26, 1955.

A Dorothy M. Urbain memorial fund has been established in lieu of flowers.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com

The family thanks the caregivers at Riverbend Retirement Community and Shady Rest Care Center for the love, care and support given to Dorothy.



Janice M. Kass


Janice M. Kass, 80, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 10th, 2016 at St. Raphael Cathedral with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday. December 9th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a wake service will be at 4pm.

Janice was born on February 21, 1936 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of John and Alvena (Abeln) Stoffel. She married Vernon Kass on June 18, 1960 at Saint Patrick's in Epworth.

She worked in the kitchen at Finley Hospital, also at John Deere and at the Bridge Restaurant. She was a member of the Catholic Order of Forresters.

Her family was her life; growing up as a single child, her goal was to have a large family and encourage others to do the same. She was a great cook and baker who made a special effort on her Sunday dinners and special birthday meals for her family. She will be greatly missed, but her legacy of kindness, grace, serenity, unconditional love and faith will remain with her family and everyone who knew her.

She is survived by her husband, Vernon; children Debra (George) Moler, Charlie Kass, David (Siow Leng Long) Kass, Dan (Theresa) Kass, Don (Karla) Kass and Dennis Kass; seven grandchildren, Kyle Sheffer, Nicole Kass, Nathan Kass, Lauren Kass, Meredith Kass, Jordan Kass, and Ryan Kass; along with many nieces and nephews.

A Janice Kass memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank all the health care professionals, family and friends who showed care and compassion for Janice throughout her life.



Leon G. Maiers


Leon G. Maiers, 92, of Dubuque and formerly of Holy Cross, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, at 4:20 a.m., surrounded by his loving family at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross where a parish vigil service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Visitation will continue after 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Holy Cross with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Leon was born September 11, 1924, in Holy Cross, the eldest child of Gilbert and Henrietta (Lake) Maiers. He attended school at Holy Cross Schools and finished high school at Loras Academy in Dubuque with the Class of 1942. He married Harriet Wegmann on May 4, 1949, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg. He spent a few years doing carpentry and then they farmed near Holy Cross until retirement in 1990.

Leon was an active, office holding member of the Catholic Order of Foresters Court 881, and the Knights of Columbus Council 2001 of Farley. He enjoyed playing cards, fishing with the grandchildren, puzzles, traveling, and serving others. He was known for his kindness, helpfulness and honesty.

Surviving are: 5 daughters: Mary (Sam) Bran of Solon, IA, Rose (Ed) Bracken of Iowa City, IA, Jan (Doug) Brimeyer of Jackson, WY, Carol (John) Eubank of Urbandale, IA and Jean (Mark) Gaul of Farley, IA; 14 grandchildren: Jacob and Sarah Bran, Adam, Eric and Katie Bracken, Kyle and Ashley Brimeyer, Luke, Josh, Matthew and Megan Eubank, Austin, Brady and Carter Gaul; siblings: Eddie Maiers, Clete (Shirley) and Al "Butch" (Pat) Maiers, all of Dubuque, Eileen Kluesner of Farley, Norma Maiers of Dyersville; in-laws Ralph (Leona) Wegmann of Farley, Ambrose "Butch" Wegmann of Delhi, LuAnn (Bob) Mescher of Edgewood.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Harriet, on Jan. 11, 2015; his brother, Wilmer Maiers; and in-laws: Jerry Kluesner. Laura Maiers, Armella (Larry) Weiferich, Dorothy (Art Esch and Emmett Pfeiler), John (Vickie) Wegmann, Alvin (Sally Langel and Patricia Jacobson Hendricks) Wegmann, Eileen (Jack) Meder and Patricia Wegmann.

A memorial fund has been established and memorials are preferred.

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



William A. McEllhiney


William A. (Bill) McEllhiney died at home November 28, 2016.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:45 with church service following at 11:00 on Saturday, December 10, 2016, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dubuque.

Bill was born on May 23, 1930, in Chicago, Illinois, son of William A. and Leota Joy (Walker) McEllhiney. He grew up in LaGrange, Illinois, graduating from Lyons Township High School in 1949, attended Lyons Township Junior College, transferring, with a track scholarship, to the University of Wyoming. In 1952, His college career was interrupted by the Korean War. He was drafted by the Army and served in the Air Force as a SCAAF Engineer (Special Criteria of the Army Attached to the Air Force), planning and constructing air bases throughout Korea.

In 1954, after his service, Bill married Ruth Gottermeyer of Hinsdale, Illinois. They returned to Laramie, Wyoming, where Bill graduated as a Petroleum Engineer in 1956.
During Bill's career he served as president of J. P. Miller and its affiliated companies engaged in municipal and industrial water development. His work took him from Hinsdale, Illinois, to Wausau, Wisconsin, and finally to Dubuque in 1968, where he served as president of Varner Well and Pump Company until his retirement.

Bill was interested in the promotion of his profession and served as president of the Iowa Water Well Association and as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Water Well Association. His community service included director of the Industrial Development Committee, Wausau, Wisconsin, and chairman of the Dubuque Dock Commission during the construction and dedication of the Mississippi flood wall. Bill was a founding partner of Sundown Ski Area, and he and his wife Ruth also ran a bed and breakfast for many years at Juniper Hill Farm, the latter, a perfect role for Bill as he never knew a stranger.

Bill thoroughly enjoyed his retirement years on the farm: the challenge of the seasons, outdoor time spent on his tractor, fix-up and repair projects, visiting with friends, playing bridge, traveling, skiing and spending time on his computer. His wife and daughters and their families were the pride of his life and he basked in their achievements.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Ruth; his daughters, Carol Luster of East Lansing, Michigan, Cathy (Matt) Rosing of Fort Collins, Colorado, and Marcela (Joachim) Fischer of Barcelona, Spain; grandchildren Anna (Bradd) Melville, Ben (Beth) Luster, Eric Rosing, Emily Rosing and Pablo Fischer; a sister-in-law, Sarah Gottermeyer; nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Tom Luster; his two sisters, brothers-in-law, and his parents.

We wish to thank the Asbury Emergency Responders, the Asbury Police Department and the Dubuque County Sheriff's Department for their prompt and professional care. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given, in Bill's name, to the Asbury Community Fire Department, 5485 Saratoga Road, Asbury, IA 52002.

"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it was." - Dr. Seuss



Beverly J. Maus


Beverly J. Maus, 84, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday, December 5th, 2016 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 9th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 8th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Beverly was born on July 15, 1932 in Monroe, WI the daughter of Frances Wenzel. She married James W. "Jiggs" Maus on July 17, 1954. She worked as head cook at Kresge's Discount Store until closing, then for K-Mart until retirement.

Bev enjoyed many years bowling at Dubuque Lanes with all the bowling girls. She was a very crafty person and enjoyed making many personal gifts for her family. She and Jiggs enjoyed many fun camping trips with their family and friends.

She is survived by her children, Kathy (Dan) Hefel, of East Dubuque, Mike Maus, of Illinois, Luann (Steve) Hurst, of Bellevue, Peggy (Mark) Badstad, of Springfield, MO, Billy (Angie) Maus, of Peosta; son-in-law Brian Brown of Cedar Rapids; 15 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter; two sisters-in-law, Deloras Bonnet and Evie Schweikert; along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband James "Jiggs" Maus; her daughter Debbie Brown; her mother figure Margaret Kaster; in-laws Myra (Butch) Badger, Ralph Bonnet, Pearl and Al Demuth, Boutzy and George Ludovissy, Carl Maus, Bette Hoots and Bob Schweikert.

In lieu of flowers a Beverly J. Maus memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank all the A-Wing girls at Dubuque Specialty Care, Hospice of Dubuque especially Edna, Nicole, Rev. Dianne, Ryan and Lisa for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Bev.



Gary Edward Elskamp


Gary Edward Elskamp, 61, of Potosi, WI, entered into eternal life peacefully with his daughter by his side on Monday, December 5, 2016, at Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg, following 20 years of fighting four different cancers.

Ten years after his initial diagnosis of leukemia, he received a bone marrow transplant from his sister Esther. After enduring years of graft vs. host disease, Gary was diagnosed with Glioblastoma in 2014. Over the last two years, Gary was treated for lymphoma and skin cancer as well, and underwent numerous surgeries and rounds of radiation. Gary never complained about any of his ailments and always thought someone else had it worse off than he did. He had a heart of gold and was a softy for anyone in need. Gary's family was his world and he fought hard for them.

Gary was born May 3, 1955, to Mahlon and Hannah (Reynolds) Elskamp in Potosi, WI. He worked various jobs including at Caradco, John Deere, and as the St. Andrew Thomas School custodian. He attended Southwest Tech and then started his own business, Gary's TV, in Cuba City with his wife Kathy. He also owned and operated the carwash next door. He worked hard throughout his career, and made many friends along the way. He enjoyed lending a hand at any fundraising event and also served as president of Catholic Financial Chapter 42.

Gary married his high school sweetheart, Kathy Vogelsberg, on December 13, 1975. They had three children, Tony (Lisa) of Dubuque, Andy (Kimberly) of Madison, and Thresia of Lake Charles, LA. Gary loved following his children in their sporting adventures across the country and was in attendance every chance he had. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed spending time in the woods with his family. Gary's love for his grandchildren topped all.

Gary is survived by his wife, Kathy, of 41 years; their children; and four beautiful grandchildren, Kennedy, Carter, Elizabeth, and Emma. He is also survived by his siblings, Marion Mason, of Potosi, Neil (Barb), of Chetek, Carl (Judy), of Bountiful, UT, Esther (Tim) Hesse, of Lodi, and Keith (Becky), of Potosi; and his sisters-in-law, Shirley, of Topeka, KS and Mary Lou, of Kieler.

He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings Leo, Suzie, Mark, and Mary; and brother-in-law, Joel Mason.

Services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 10, 2016, at St. Andrew Church in Tennyson with Rev. Richard Leffler officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the church and from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Saturday at the church before the funeral mass. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the outstanding staff at UW Hospital, especially Dr. and friend Walter Longo. They also would like to thank the exceptional staff at Agrace Hospice who were so compassionate to Gary and his family.

A Gary E. Elskamp Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Hazel Sprague


Hazel Sprague, 97, of Luther Manor passed away on December 3, 2016 at Luther Manor.

Family will greet relatives and friends after 3:00 p.m. Saturday, December 10th, 2016 at Fraternal Order of Eagles, 1175 Century Drive. Burial will be at a later date. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, is assisting the family.

Hazel was born on June 7, 1919 the daughter of Henry and Grace (Hobart) Peterman. She married Herbert Sprague on August 31, 1940 and together they celebrated 67 years of marriage.

Hazel and Herb owned Herb & Hazel's Tavern in Edgewood, Iowa, and later they owned H&H Trading Post near Manchester, Iowa. She was a charter member of Fraternal Order of Eagles in Manchester.

She is survived by her children, Phyllis Lee, Shirley (Don) Foley, both of Dubuque, Mary Jo (Dave) Pinkston, of Longmont, CO, and son-in-law, Lawrence Lee of Dubuque; 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Herb; a son, Harold "Butch" Sprague; and daughter-in-law Sandy along with eight brothers and one sister.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Luther Manor or Hospice of Dubuque.

A special thank you to the staff at Luther Manor and Jeanette with Hospice of Dubuque for the kind and loving care of Hazel.



Joyce Irene Miller


Joyce Irene Miller, 74, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully on December 4, 2016 at home, surrounded by family.

Funeral mass will be at 12:00 p.m. Friday, December 9th, 2016 at the Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Joseph Hauer Officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Asbury Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Friday, December 9th, 2016 at the Church with a rosary at 8:45 a.m. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Joyce was born January 13, 1942, the 11th of 14 children to John and Bernadette (Brimeyer) Engling. She married Karl Gene Miller on October 3, 1959, he preceded her in death on August 25, 2005.

As a Navy spouse for 20 years she dutifully accompanied Karl on assignments from coast to coast.

She returned to Dubuque in 1977 and held various jobs in the community, most notably a catering service which she operated for 10 years, at which time chronic arthritis forced an early retirement and forced her to close the business. She went on to attend NICC where she graduated with a clerical degree in 1987. She worked as a bookkeeper and secretary at St. Joseph's the Worker Catholic Church until her retirement in 2000.

Even in retirement she remained active within the community attending church services and organizations including The Catholic Daughters for many years and The Fibromyalgia Foundation where she was a board member. On 3 separate occasions she and her friend Deloris Cordell led a bus load of pilgrims to The Shrine Anne de Beaupre in Quebec City, Canada. She also enjoyed and was an avid bowler for 25 years with her bowling partner Mary Jo McFadden.

She is survived by her children James Dean Miller; Karla Joy (Brad) McIntyre, their children Maxwell and Sabrina; Julie Kay Miller, her daughter Bayleigh; Wayne William Miller, his children Ariel, Dylan and Zackary all of Dubuque. Timothy Jay (Sylvanna) Miller, their children Jessica Miller and Richard (Averia) Miller, of Chesapeake, VA and Kathryn (Rob) Paquin of Providence, RI and Wendy Irene (Jared) Biedenbach, their daughter Evann Grace, of Holland, MI. And her great-grandchildren Logan, Sophia, Owen and Moriah. Also survived by 3 brothers Carl, Leon and Don and 3 sisters, Marcy Travis, Helen Molzof and Cindy Ohnesorge.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Karl, her parents, John and Bernadette, a great-grandchild James Timothy (JT) her brothers, Johnny, Alfred, David, Ray and sisters Theresa, Lou and Irene.



Merlyn E. Schroeder


Merlyn E. Schroeder, age 95, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 8:32 a.m., on Monday, December 5, 2016, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Merlyn's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, December 9, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Pastor Pamela Starr officiating. To celebrate Merlyn's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, December 8, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Merlyn was born on February 27, 1921, in Dubuque, Iowa, of Harry and Lillian (Macker) Schroeder.

Merlyn was a lifelong Dubuque resident who was truly blessed with 95 years among his family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. He would eventually meet, and fall in love with his soul-mate, Jean Harris. They would be united in marriage on September 22, 1945, at Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ. Merlyn, and his beautiful bride, would share 61 wonderful years together, and be blessed with a deeply adored son, Gary, before she was called home ahead of him on January 27, 2007. Merlyn was a loyal and dedicated employee at Interstate Power for over 45 years, eventually retiring as a supervisor in customer service. After retiring, Merlyn would go on to invest 15 more years, of his time and talents, with the Five Flags Center, where he and Jean would spend countless hours working together at numerous community events. Merlyn was a longtime member of both Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ and the I.B.E.W. Local #269, where he was recently honored with a 75 year membership award. Merlyn would find great joy in some of life's simple pleasures. An excursion to the waters edge with Jean and the grandkids, with fishing poles and a tackle box in hand, would not only place a smile upon Merlyn's face, but also create wonderful memories for all to treasure. Merlyn has surely left his mark on the world he leaves behind today, and the examples of faith, love and honor he modeled will live on in his family for generations to come. Our hearts truly ache with the sudden absence of Merlyn from our daily lives, but we find peace in knowing he'll finally be celebrating Christmas with Jean once again this year.

Those left to cherish Merlyn's memory include

his son,
Gary (Barb) Schroeder, Dubuque, IA;

his 3 grandchildren,
Cathy (Kevin McLaughlin) Ritter, St. Augustine, FL,
Sgt. 1st Class retired William (Angie) Schroeder, San Antonio, TX
and Heather (Jessica Dyar) Schroeder, Madison, WI;

a great-granddaughter,
Kelsey Isaacson, Bloomington, IL;

his sister,
Elaine Mellon, Dubuque, IA;

and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Merlyn was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Jean Schroeder; and 2 brothers-in-law, Maurice Mellon and Robert (Maxine) Harris.

In lieu of flowers, a Merlyn E. Schroeder memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Merlyn's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Cao, the Dubuque Fire Department, and the nurses and staff at Dubuque Specialty Care and Finley Hospital for all of their kind, loving and compassionate care of Merlyn.

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

 



Adelaide M. Diefenthaler


Adelaide M. (Adele) Diefenthaler, 89 of Dubuque, IA died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Sat., Dec. 10 at the Church of the Resurrection where visitation will be held from 10 to 11:00 a.m. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Mausoleum.

Adele was born May 8, 1927 in Darlington, WI, daughter of John and Emma (Weibel) Mueller Sr. She graduated from Darlington High School. Adele married the love of her life, Peter Diefenthaler Sr. on September 25, 1949. She devoted her life to being a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.


Farm life gave Adele an appreciation for hard work, gardening, and animals, especially horses and cats. She enjoyed boating, gardening, reading, and raising Persian cats. As an avid Packer fan, she took pleasure in following her beloved Packers and attending spring training camps.
As a 49 year breast cancer survivor, she volunteered at the American Cancer Society and provided inspiration and support to many women.

Survivors include her two sons, Dave (Judy) Diefenthaler, Madison, WI and Pete (Vickie) Diefenthaler, Bettendorf, IA; two grandchildren, Sarah (Kyle) Kravick, Portage, WI and Andy Diefenthaler, Madison, WI; four great grandchildren: Taylor, Lyndsey, Calvin, and Ian; a sister-in-law, Betha Mueller, and nieces and nephews.

Adele was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years (Peter Sr.), two brothers, Alfred and John Jr. Mueller, and her parents.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer's Association.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nursing staff at Finley Hospital and staff at Bethany Home for their exceptional care of our mom.

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



Gladys J. Gaul


Gladys J. Gaul, 67 of Dyersville, Iowa died Saturday, December 3, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 7, 2016, St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with burial in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Luxemburg.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate and Rev. Richard Gaul will concelebrate.

Gladys was born March 16, 1949 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Albert and Mary (Miller) Hildebrand. She volunteered at Oakcrest in Dyersville. She worked many years as a caregiver privately and at Hills & Dales. She enjoyed parties, playing cards, and especially time with family and friends. She always looked forward to her grandkids visits. Gladys was very proud of her children. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her children: Margie (Ricky) Schumann, Patsy Schueller both of Dyersville, Donna (Joel) Laaker of Dubuque, Roger (Ashley) Gaul of Peosta, 9 grandchildren: Kevin and Trevor Schumann, Stuart, Carter, Carson, and Kaylee Schueller, Isla and Cullen Laaker, Eliana Gaul, Siblings: Mary (Glen) Milligan of Dubuque, Cathy (Roger) Bartels of Durango, Verna (Vesse) Klostermann of Edgewood, Carol (David) Gaul of Guttenberg, Tom (Elaine) Hildebrand of Dubuque, Norma (Dick) Kelchen of Farley, Joyce Hildebrand of Dubuque, Steve Hildebrand of Dyersville, Rick (Donna) Hildebrand of North Carolina, Al (Kelly) Hildebrand of Dixon, IL, In-laws: Paul (Joyce) Wagner of Dubuque, Helen Hildebrand of Holy Cross, Phyllis Hildebrand of Dyersville, Elaine (David) Shaw of Springville, and Helen Hildebrand of Bankston,

She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 children, Peter and Tony Gaul in infancy, Sister Ruth Wagner, Brothers: Bob, Jerry, Lenny, and Loras Hildebrand.

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



Robert C. Lee


Robert C. "Bob" Lee, 62, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Benton, Wisconsin, died Saturday, December 3, 2016, in Belmont, Wisconsin. Services will be 7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 8, 2016, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan and Pastor Matt Collins officiating. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Bob was born on July 28, 1954, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the son of Lawrence R. and Lorraine J. (Kisting) Lee. He graduated from Benton High School in 1972. Bob worked at Signcraft in Galena for 31 years. He loved the outdoors, especially kayaking. Bob loved spending time with his son and grandchildren, especially attending their sporting events. He also enjoyed going on trips with his Benton buddies, especially going to the annual Jimmy Buffet Concerts.

Survivors include his son, Justin (Danielle) Lee, of Dubuque; his mother, Lorraine Lee, of Benton; two sisters, Susan Lee Cooke, of San Diego, California, and Diane (Don) May, of South Hadley, Massachusetts; two brothers, Mark (Linda) Lee, of Platteville, and David (Mary) Lee, of San Diego, California; and two grandchildren, Aiva and Elijah.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence "Larry" Lee.

A Robert C. "Bob" Lee Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Robert A. "Bob" Heneke


Robert A. "Bob" Heneke, 66, of Solon, Iowa and formerly of Maquoketa, passed away on Friday evening, December 2, 2016, at the Solon Care Center, surrounded by his family after a 14-year battle with Parkinson's Disease.

A celebration of Bob's life will be held at 1:30 P.M., Saturday, December 10, 2016, at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Friends and family may gather for "One Last Party"® in remembrance of Bob on Friday, December 9, 2016, from 4 to 7 P.M. in "The Bistro" at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Evergreen Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa, at a later date.

Robert Allen Heneke was born on July 9, 1950 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Harlan Edwin and Norma Jean (Hinke) Heneke. He was a 1968 graduate of Delwood High School. Following graduation, he began working for E.I. Dupont in Clinton from 1969 to 1974. He then worked as a machine operator at Caterpillar in Mt. Joy, and as an off-set press operator at Tri-State Graphics in Maquoketa from 1974 to 1989. He then worked for Onhward Bancshares in Maquoketa as a custodian from 1989 to 2002, and lastly from 2003 to 2009 as a forklift operator and maintenance person at Family Dollar in Maquoketa.

Bob was a 45-year member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa where he had been a choir member for many years. He was a 37-year member of the Koinonia Choral Society "Messiah".

Bob enjoyed photography, traveling, researching family genealogy, and was an avid New York Yankees fan. He especially enjoyed watching his children's school and professional activities.

Those left to honor Bob's memory include his children, Erich (Kathy) Heneke of Rochester, MN, and Alycia Karsjens of North Liberty, IA; his mother Norma Heneke of Delmar, IA; siblings, Ron (Kathy) Heneke of Davenport, IA, and Renee (Dave) Bodenschatz of Bettendorf, IA; and 3 granddaughters, Hadley, Ryan and Brinley. He was preceded in death by his father Harlan on September 24, 2010.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family requests memorials be made to First Lutheran Church or the Michael J. Fox Foundation (www.michaeljfox.org).

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



Ralph A. Heiring


Ralph Anthony Heiring, 84, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away at 8:20 am on December 2, 2016, at Ennoble Nursing Home.

Visitation will be held on Monday, December 5, 2016, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Rhomberg Avenue in Dubuque. Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Dubuque, with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m. until mass. Burial will follow at Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Ralph was born on December 26, 1931, in Farley, Iowa, to August "Gus" and Olga (Klaus) Heiring. Ralph received his education at St Joseph's in Farley, Iowa. Ralph served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956.

Ralph married to Elaine Heiring on February 23, 1954, until she passed away on October 22, 2005. Ralph and Elaine raised three children. On August 22, 2009, he married Rose Marie Willey-Heiring.

Throughout Ralph's life, he worked at Dubuque Packing Company, farmed in Bernard, Iowa, United Livestock, Medical Associates Clinic- Dubuque, and Holy Trinity Church.

Ralph was involved in the American Legion and Knights of Columbus. He always had a smile, candy for the children (Tootsie Pops) and was always "39".

Ralph is survived by his wife, Rose Marie; his children Mike Heiring, Kathy (Jim) Runde, and Mary (Michael) Schmidt; 6 grandchildren, Tim (Randi), Michelle (Travis), and Adam Runde, Amanda (Kyle) Widel, Alexa (Clarence) Merrick, and Austin Schmidt; 6 great-grandchildren, Keaton, Kohen, Josiah, Kaison, Parker, and Evelyn; 3 step-children, Macheal (Carl) Heidesch, John (Denise) Michel, and Rich (Sandi) Michel; 11 step-grandchildren, Eric and Chad Heidesch, Joshua (Sara) Michel, Danielle Michel, Manessa (Matt) Gaul, Mitchel (Jessica) Michel, Jenna Michel, John Michel, Daniel Michel, Austin Michel, and Kristin Michel; 8 step-great-grandchildren, Madelynne, Elaina, Evelyn, Ezra, Zachary, Leanna, Wyatt, and Mathias; Ralph's siblings, Mary Ann (Ward) Fangman, Irene Zewen, and Edward (Lois) Heiring; Ralph's sisters-in-law, Dorothy Wagner and Leta Wagner; and his mother-in-law, Frances Marie Willey. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Elaine, sisters Germaine March, Agnes Vorwald, and Dorothy Lee, and stepson, Daniel Michel.

The family would like to thank their family and friends for their love and support as well as Ennoble Nursing Home, Hospice of Dubuque, and Tammi Herbst-a true friend.

The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family and online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

 



Darlene E. Kunkel


Darlene E. Kunkel, 79, of Kieler, Wisconsin, died Thursday, December 1, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Monday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center where the parish rosary will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Tuesday at the parish center before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Darlene was born on January 1, 1937, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the daughter of Arthur F. and Bertha E. (Fure) Brandt. She married Ralph F. Kunkel on October 30, 1956.

Darlene was a perfectionist which came out in the best way, raising her family and organizing her household. Her artistic talents were demonstrated through the countless Christmas figurines and ornaments she hand painted and customized. Darlene was also a master of the organ, especially this time of the year when she would nightly play Christmas songs to entertain her husband.

Survivors include her husband Ralph; a daughter, Vicki Kunkel, of Aurora, Illinois; a son, Terry (Kris) Kunkel, of Warner Robins, Georgia; her sisters, Rita (Robert) Hartung, of Salida, Colorado, and Pat (Tom) Mitchley, of Dubuque; her grandchildren, Kim and Monique; and great-grandchildren, Kali, Emma, Nicoles, Kyley, Michael, James, and Amelia Rose.

She was preceded in death by twin infant children in gestation; her parents; and two sisters, Marilyn Robbins and Bernadine M. Ackley.

A Darlene E. Kunkel Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Mary K. Sanger


Mary K. Sanger, 73, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, November 29, 2016, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A graveside service and burial celebrating Mary's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Friday, December 2, 2016 from the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. on Friday, December 2, 2016 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

Mary Kay Sanger was born on October 16, 1943 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Jerry P. and Ruth L. (Bock) Sanger. She was a 1961 graduate of Elwood High School, and for a short time worked at the Rock Island Arsenal prior to becoming disabled.

Mary was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. She liked going to church, the YMCA, and to the Maquoketa Senior Center. Additionally, she loved playing cards, the piano, reading, and listening to music.

Those left to honor Mary's memory include a brother, Roger (Anne) Sanger of Scottsdale, AZ; a sister-in-law, Joy Sanger of Waterloo, IA; 3 nieces and 1 nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers Ronald and Thomas.

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

 



Stuart D. Johnson


Stuart D. Johnson, 54 of Dubuque, passed away on Thursday, November 24, 2016. Funeral Services will be 10:30 am, Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at Grace Baptist Church, 3866 Asbury Rd. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Monday, December 5, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery.

Stuart was born April 26, 1962 the son of Arthur and Mary Jean (Klinkenberg) Johnson. He graduated from Dubuque Hempstead High School in 1980. Stuart worked for Jeld-Wen Windows and most recently was employed with Anderson Windows. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, hunting, and fishing. Stuart was a very hard worker and a constant jokester and enjoyed being around people.

Survivors include his mother, Mary Jean Johnson; children, Michael Johnson, William (Maria) Van Leer, Jeremiah Johnson, Benjamin Johnson, and Rebecca (Diego) Velasco; siblings, Cynthia (Jeff) Thomas, and Tony (Laura) Johnson; and seven (7) grandchildren.

Stuart was preceded in death by his father.

A memorial fund has been established in Stuart's memory.

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



Ronald C. Herd


Ronald C. Herd, age 72, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home suddenly at 1:05 p.m., on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at home. To honor Ron's life, private family services were held. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Ronald was born on December 10, 1943, in Marianna, FL., son of Charles and Vernetta Herd.

Ronald would eventually join the U.S. Army and proudly served his country at several bases around the globe. He would discover his love for golf and traveling during his military journey and would carry those joys through the rest of his civilian life. Ronald had a natural God given ability with numbers which he would put to good use with Mutual of Omaha for over 30 years. Ronald was a compassionate and gentle man who spent his earthly life trying to make the world a better place.

Those left to cherish Ron's memory include

his dear friend of 11 years, Joan Data, Dubuque, IA.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents.

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

 



Arlene R. Regenwether


Arlene R. Regenwether, 77, of Delmar, Iowa, passed away on Monday evening, November 28, 2016, at the Genesis Medical Center in DeWitt, Iowa, surrounded by her children and grandchildren.

A celebration of Arlene's life will be held at 1:30 P.M., Sunday, December 4, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, at a later date.

Arlene Rae Cobiskey was born on May 17, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois, to Arthur and Betty (Foster) Cobiskey. She was a 1957 graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married LeRoy A. Regenwether on June 1, 1958 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on March 11, 2007.

Arlene had worked at Maquoketa State Bank in Maquoketa as an executive secretary for over 15 years. She then worked for DAC, Inc. for a short time. In 1995, she and LeRoy started Lee Ar's Victorian Retreat in Delmar, Iowa. She took great pride in her Victorian home.

Arlene was a member of the Delmar United Methodist Church. She loved square dancing, Dachshunds, and attending her grandchildren's activities and events.

Those left to honor Arlene's memory include her children, Rhonda (Jack Barnett) Regenwether of Cedar Rapids, IA, Lynne (David) Popp of Grinnell, IA, and Scott Regenwether of Des Moines, IA; sisters Lois DeMoss of Dubuque, IA, and Marilyn (Dennis) Bowling of Maquoketa, IA; 4 grandchildren, Alycia (Mike) Elkins, Nicole Popp, Nicholas Popp and Lindsey Brown; and her special friend and square dance partner, Bob Schalk. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a sister Wanda Berner.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Arlene R. Regenwether memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Marilyn J. Turner


Marilyn Joan (Collins) Turner, 82, of Dubuque died Monday, November 28, 2016, with her two daughters holding her hands. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Lord of Life Lutheran Church.

Marilyn was born April 19, 1934 in Cleveland, Ohio, daughter of Max and Dorothy (Koch) Collins. She was the first in her family to go to college, graduating from the University of Toledo where she was a proud Chi Omega.  She married Ronald Turner on December 29, 1956 in Toledo. They lived in Utah, Illinois, and Ohio, finally settling in Iowa. He preceded her in death on November 27, 2011.

She loved working in elementary schools and the kids and teachers loved her. As an active Lutheran all her life, the church was very important to Marilyn. She was an avid member of TTT, enjoying many friendships.

Marilyn always said she was "blessed", but in truth, it is we who were blessed by her presence. A wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend, Marilyn was the nicest, most positive person you could ever meet. She was amazed that she made it to 82, and treasured every minute she had.

As material things were never important to her; Marilyn enjoyed playing bridge and walking, but mostly being with family and friends. She loved nothing more than supporting her children and grandchildren, attending and helping out at many sporting and performing events. You could often find her curled up on the floor playing all kinds of games with her grandchildren.

She was an accomplished knitter and seamstress, knitting many prayer shawls for those in need. She traveled and golfed a lot with her late husband, Ron, but enjoyed the time with him more than the travel and golf.

Marilyn is survived by two daughters, Janet (TJ) Faley of Dubuque and Nancy (Michael) Jung of Belmont, Calif., as well as a son David Turner of Alaska. She had seven grandsons who were the lights of her life; Duke and Nickolas Faley; Jason, Maxwell and Samuel Jung; and Christian and Zachary Turner.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, John "Jack" Collins.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque, the Dubuque TTT Chapter or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

For further information please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

The family would like to thank Dr. Christian Schultheis and staff, Dr. Mark Moore and staff, and the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for their excellent care which allowed Marilyn to enjoy life as long as possible.

 

 



Mary E. Kalloway


Mary E. Kalloway, age 94, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 4:10 p.m., on Monday, November 28, 2016, at Luther Manor. To honor Mary's life, private family services were held. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Mary was born on February 24, 1922, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Ludwig and Frieda (Teitz) Husemann.

Mary was a proud lifelong resident of Dubuque who treasured nearly everyday she spent with her family and friends. She was joyfully united in marriage to Theodore C. "Ted" Kalloway on May 7, 1938, and they were blessed with 61 wonderful years together, and 3 deeply adored children, before he was called home ahead of her on October 19, 1999. Mary was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who took great pride in caring for her home and nurturing her family. She would also invest over 20 years, of her time and talents, outside her home in various opportunities. Mary always found great pleasure in traveling, but when she was back home she would dutifully tend to her plants with a naturally gifted green thumb and she would also spend countless hours working on her next beautiful creation at her arts and crafts table. Mary was truly blessed with an amazingly happy life and her 94 years here with us were abundantly full. We mourn her absence today, but we surely discover real comfort in knowing she's once again reunited with Ted, her boys, her parents and siblings.

Those left to cherish Mary's memory include

her daughter,
Kim (Mike) Peters, Marana, AZ;

her 7 grandchildren;

her 13 great-grandchildren;

her 2 great great-grandchildren;

and a daughter-in-law,
Mary Kalloway, Lancaster, WI.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, Ted; 2 sons, Larry and Richard Kalloway; 2 sisters; and 10 brothers.

Mary's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Luther Manor, Sunset Park Place and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the kind and loving care they have provided Mary.

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

 



Donald F. Elgin


Donald F. Elgin, 81, of Dyersville, Iowa, died Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville, Iowa, surrounded by his loving family.

Friends and relatives of Don may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, December 2, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Services for Don will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Basilica St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Dyersville, Iowa, with Rev. Dennis Quint officiating. Concelebrating will be Rev. Carl Ries. Burial will be held in St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville, Iowa.

Don was born August 19, 1935 in Bankston, Iowa, son of Nick and Stella V. (Hess) Elgin. He received his education in the rural country schools in Bankston. On October 7, 1958 he was united in marriage to Mae Duggan at St. Clement's Catholic Church in Bankston, Iowa.

He was a member of St. Francis Parish in Dyersville, Iowa. Don was employed with M.F. Goerdt Construction for 20 years. He then farmed for 40 years in the Worthington/Dyersville area. He enjoyed snowmobiling, camping, fishing, traveling with his wife and family, playing cards and a good Busch Light. He especially loved to spend time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Mae Elgin of Dyersville, IA; five children, Julie (Steve) Nebel of Dubuque, IA, Jane (Tony) Salow of Earlville, IA, Dave (Cheryl) Elgin of Edmond, OK, Mark (Diane) Elgin of Dyersville, IA, and Peggy (Marti) Petlon of Manchester, IA; 18 grandchildren, Nicole Trotter, Matt Nebel, Kimberly Koos, and Rachel Nebel, Tom, Nick, Mike and Olivia Salow, Emily, Haleigh and Don Elgin, Jackie Doelz, Whittney Casper, Cassandra Wood and Morgan Elgin, Ben, Carson and Lena Petlon; 16 great-grandchildren, Emma, Avery and Weston Trotter, Jaren and Wyatt Nebel, Grace and Henry Koos, and Lennon Healey, Aidan and Taylor Salow, Keighan Lubben, Parker, Blake, and Jordynn Doelz, Raelee Wood and Harper Casper; seven sisters, Dorothy Elgin of Dubuque, IA, Rosemary Kruse of Bankston, IA, Lou Ann Deutmeyer of Dyersville, IA, Sharon Ludwig of Dyersville, IA, Betty (Dave) Ludwig of Worthington, IA, Linda Elgin of Dubuque, IA, and Madonna (Dan) Gibbs of Farley, IA; three brothers, Robert (Gladys) Elgin of Peosta, IA, Willis (Dorothy) Elgin of Delhi, IA , Marvin Elgin of Bankston, IA; brothers-in-law Vince Ehrlich, Donald Duggan, William (Jane) Duggan, and Bill Weber all of Dubuque, IA and Eugene Ahmann of Farley, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Grace (Larry) Davis, Dianne Ehrlich, and Darlene (Ralph) Kramer; one brother, James (Theresa) Elgin; his father and mother-in-law, Henry and Lena Duggan; four brothers-in-law, Dan Kruse, Bill Deutmeyer, Thomas Ludwig, and John "Red"Duggan; three sisters-in-law, Ann Weber, Helen Ahmann and Jeannie Duggan; a niece, Colleen Drees; and nephews Jim Davis and Kari Kruse.

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



Jeanette A. Papenthien


Jeanette A. Papenthien 90, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday, November 28, 2016 at Luther Manor
Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where services will be at 6:00 p.m. with Deacon Jim Schmidt officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Jeanette was born March 5, 1926 to Anna and Hubert Grutz, of Dubuque, Iowa.

After high school, Jeanette followed her older brother Herman and sister Lorraine out to California and worked for Hughes Aircraft as an executive secretary. She returned to Dubuque and married Edwin Papenthien in 1955.

She and Ed traveled extensively throughout the United States, and were married for 45 years before he preceded her in death in 2000.

Jeanette always loved the holidays and was known as a wonderful baker & confectioner. When Christmas neared, she would begin making the many candies, cookies and fruit cake that were her specialty. At the holidays, she and her family would visit with and deliver boxes of her homemade candies and cookies to relatives and friends.
She herself enjoyed tennis, bowling; and many lively games of euchre, 500 and bridge.

She is survived by her daughters: Ann Gale, Colorado Springs, Co; Lynn (Roger) Vogt, Dubuque, IA; Janis Rochford, Coto de Caza, CA, son, Brian Papenthien, Dubuque, IA, eight grandchildren and one great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers Herman and Lloyd, and a sister Lorraine.



Sonya J. Hess


Sonya J. Hess, 67, of Dubuque, IA crossed over to be greeted on the other side by loved ones on November 27th, 2016 at the Dubuque Specialty Care surrounded by her loving boys and family members. She formerly resided at 19044 Riverside Rd, Dubuque IA 52001.

Friends may greet the family from 3:00 -7:00 p.m. on Thurs, December 1, 2016 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, Dubuque IA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, December 2, 2016 at Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Friends also may greet the family from 9:00 up until the time of service at the church. Burial will follow in the Linwood Cemetery.

Sonya was born on December 12, 1948 in Cascade IA, the daughter of Alice M Klostermann and the late Melvin Breitbach.

Sonya was employed at the Sisters of Charity Mt Carmel, Dubuque IA retiring in 2014. She had a strong desire to serve disabled and elderly residents with compassion and kindness as well as a double bonus of enjoying her friends with a wonderful camaraderie rapport.

Sonya had a wide variety of interest from camping and fishing with her family, snuggling up with a good mystery book from Danielle Steel, a bird watcher enthusiast showing such excitement when a new species arrived within the many seasons of the Midwest, enjoying numerous cookouts with family and friends at which time she was known for making her infamous side dish of potato salad that surely will be missed by all. As a young mother, she started collecting salt & pepper shakers that grew into an enormous display of showcase shaker novelties behind glass to admire. Last but not least dear to her heart from this "matriarch" of the family were their two Pugs, Molly and Maggie.

Surviving are her pride and joy and beloved sons: Shane J. Kedley of Dubuque IA, Marty R. Kedley (partner Kimmie) of Dubuque IA, Jamie L. Kedley of Madison WI, and Robbie J. Hess of Dubuque IA; 1 granddaughter, Ivy Kedley of Madison WI, her long life partner of 32 years Kenny Hess, her mother Alice Klostermann of Monticello IA. Sonya will also be missed very much by her siblings: Melvin Breitbach of Monticello IA, Judy (Galen) Harms of Anamosa IA, George Breitbach of Vinton IA, Mary (Lee) Hinderman of Davenport IA, Chuck Breitbach (partner Sandy) of Dubuque IA, Geri Gorman of Cedar Rapids IA, Geralyn (partner Vinnie)Puccio of Cedar Rapids IA, Kenny's children: Dan (Cindy) Hess, Jim Hess, and Stacy (Newel) Marcov all of Dubuque IA. Sonya is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a special Godmother, Ida Breitbach of Cascade IA.

She was preceded in death by her husband(s) Ray Kedley and Danny Hess respectively; her father, Melvin Breitbach, and her beloved Pug Molly.

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

In lieu of flowers, a Sonya J. Hess memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Hermann of the Grand River Medical Group, Dubuque Specialty Care, specifically Ashley for making this last memory of our Mother one of dignity and grace, and Hospice of Dubuque that comforted the family with spiritual solace. Also would like to thank all of our family and friends for all the kind thoughts and prayers. Until we meet again....



Sister Therese Miller, BVM

Sister Therese Miller, BVM (Therese Emile), 87, of Marian Hall, 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, at Marian Hall.

The Natural Burial Rite of Committal was held on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. Burial was in the Mount Carmel cemetery. A memorial service and Mass will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, at 10:45 a.m. in the Marian Hall Chapel.

Sister Therese served as congregational employee, ministering as nurse aide and laundry worker at Mount Carmel in Dubuque, and worked as convent cook in Davenport, both in Iowa. She was an elementary school teacher in Chicago.

She was born in Iowa City, Iowa, on May 15, 1929, to Paul Anson and Theresa Graef Miller. She entered the BVM congregation Feb. 2, 1950, from St. Mary Parish, Iowa City, Iowa. She professed first vows on Aug. 15, 1952, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1957.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers Clifford, Peter, Louis, Carl and Joseph; and sisters Alta Miller Reber, Agnes Rocca, Maglene Parizek and Theresa Eckrich.

She is survived by nieces, nephews and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with whom she shared life for 66 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.

Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., Dubuque, IA 52003 is in charge of arrangements. ©



Thomas L. Ludwig


Thomas L. Ludwig, 81, of Dyersville, Iowa, died Friday, November 25, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Tom may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Monday, November 28, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:00 p.m.
Services for Tom will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller officiating. Burial will be held in St. Joseph‘s Cemetery in Farley, Iowa, with full Military honors accorded by the Farley American Legion Post# 656.

Tom was born June 21, 1935 in Farley, Iowa, son of Urban J. and Lucille (Ostwinkle) Ludwig. He received his education in the rural Farley country schools. He served in the United States Army from 1958 to 1960. On April 15, 1961 he was united in marriage to Sharon Elgin at St. Clements Catholic Church in Bankston, IA. He farmed all his life in the rural Farley and Dyersville area.

He was a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Farley.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Ludwig of Dyersville, IA; five children, Lori (Kevin) Eggert of Anamosa, IA, Lisa Busch of Orfordville, WI, Tami (Brian "Punk") Dolphin of Farley, IA, Dean (Kelly) Ludwig of Bernard, IA and Kris "Chip" Ludwig of Dyersville, IA; 6 grandchildren, Heather (Ryan) Olver, Joseph and Katie Busch, Brittany (Brandon Gaul) Dolphin, Bryce Harrington, Bailey Ernst; 2 great grandchildren, Lane and Lakely Olver; one sister, Kay (Kenneth) Becker of Hopkinton, IA; two brothers, Bob (Lois) Ludwig, Wayne (Carol) Ludwig both of Dyersville, IA; seven sisters-in-law, Dorothy "Dottie" Ludwig of Farley, IA, Dorothy Elgin of Dubuque, IA, Rosemary Kruse of Bankston, IA, Lou Ann Deutmeyer of Dyersville, IA, Betty (Dave) Ludwig of Worthington, IA, Linda Elgin of Dubuque, IA, and Madonna (Dan) Gibbs of Farley, IA; five brothers-in-law; Robert (Gladys) Elgin of Bankston, IA, Donald (Mae) Elgin of Dyersville, IA, Willis (Dorothy) Elgin of Delhi, IA , Marvin Elgin of Bankston, IA, and Vince Ehrlich of Dubuque, IA, and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, William P. "Bill" Ludwig, father and mother-in-law, Nick and Stella Elgin; four brothers-in-law, Kenneth Becker, Dan Kruse, and Bill Deutmeyer; four sisters-in-law, Grace (Larry) Davis, Dianne Ehrlich, Theresa (James) Elgin and Darlene (Ralph) Kramer and nieces and nephews.

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



Pauline B. Dubler

Pauline B. Dubler, 91, of Dubuque died Friday, November 25, 2016 at Dubuque Specialty Care. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be Monday from 9 a.m. until time of service. Committal Service to follow at Mueller Memorial Chapel, Linwood Cemetery.

Pauline was born January 19, 1925 in Clayton County, Iowa, daughter of Fritz and Frieda (Appel) Klinkenberg. She married Leslie Dubler in 1946. He preceded her in death on May 20, 2007.

Pauline enjoyed her travels to Branson, Missouri.

She is survived by a son, David Dubler of Dubuque; a grandson, Jeff Brown, Sr. of Dubuque; two great grandchildren, Jeff (Tina) Brown, Jr. and Ashley Brown, both of Dubuque; five great-great-grandchildren, Alexis, Aaliyah, Damien, Wesley, and Lillian and a sister, Delpha Bowman.

She also preceded in death by her parents; her daughter and son in law, Ruth and Philip Brown, and a granddaughter, Kim Brown.

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



Lawrence L. Coyle


Lawrence L. "Larry" Coyle, age 77, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 10:07 p.m., on Wednesday, November 23, 2016, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, MN, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Larry's life, funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Larry's life, family and friends may visit from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., on November 29, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Larry was born on October 9, 1939, in Dubuque, IA, son of Leslie L. and Nellie Mae (Smith) Coyle.

Larry was a proud lifelong Dubuquer who learned early on the value of faith, family and friends. During his youth, Larry enjoyed pitching for the Dubuque Senior High School baseball team and also found great joy in earning team points on the mat with the wrestling team. After graduation, Larry attended the University of Iowa, Loras College and the University of Dubuque. Larry would eventually follow in his father's footsteps, in the painting trade, after working many summers while still in high school. He worked for his father's employer, the late James W. Grant, until Mr. Grant's retirement in 1982. Larry purchased the business and continued to operate it with great success, under the name of Grant Painting, until his retirement in 2006. He was known for his excellent and conscientious work, as well as personally for his gentleness, generosity and honesty. Larry was united in marriage to Mary Patricia "Pat" Drew on January 23, 1965, at the Church of the Nativity, and their union was blessed with 51 wonderful years together, and 3 deeply adored sons. In his free time, Larry loved to spend a relaxing day shooting for par and trusted that losing a ball would never rattle his game. Unfortunately, health issues would gradually prevent a round of golf, and other moments of joy; but Larry was never bitter and would simply find contentment in watching a tournament on TV, along with a multitude of other sports. Larry faced all of his health struggles with an optimistic attitude and continually looked forward to feeling better. Family was always Larry's top priority throughout his 77 year earthly journey and he truly treasured spending time with his loving wife Pat, his proud boys, and his beautiful grandchildren. Larry was an excellent example of what can be accomplished with a strong work ethic, attention to detail and an optimistic attitude. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him, but thankfully we find peace in knowing that we will all be reunited again one day with all of our loved ones who've been called home ahead of us to their heavenly estates.

Those left to cherish Larry's memory include

his loving wife,
Mary Patricia "Pat" Coyle, Dubuque, IA;

his 3 sons,
Michael L. (Heidi) Coyle, Maquoketa, IA,
Thomas P. (Molly) Coyle, Sherrill, IA
and Mark D. (Emily) Coyle, Surprise, AZ;

his 10 grandchildren,
Joseph, Anna, Daniel and Grace Coyle, Maquoketa, IA;
Maggie, Carlee, Jolee and Arriana, Sherrill, IA
and Liam and Kaley Coyle, Surprise, AZ;

and his sisters, Barbara Niverth, McHenry, IL
and Sharon Kay "Kay" Anderson, Apache Junction, AZ.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother-in-law, Leland Anderson.

A Lawrence L. "Larry" Coyle memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Larry's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Finley Hospital, and Mayo Clinic, for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Larry and his family.

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

 



Shirley L. Carpenter


Shirley L. Carpenter, 69, of Dubuque, formerly of Newfoundland, Canada, was called home on November 24, 2016, surrounded by her loving family.

To honor Shirley's life, funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. Monday, November 28 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd, with Pastor Tom Jack officiating. A visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until the time of services. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Shirley was born on August 17, 1947 in Newfoundland, Canada, the daughter of Charles H. and Elizabeth (Samms) Collier. She married Edward H. Carpenter Sr. in Stephenville, Newfoundland, Canada on April 23, 1966.

Shirley was employed with the Dubuque Community School District and was a CNA at Heritage Manor. She sold Avon and enjoyed sewing and doing arts and crafts. She loved to spend time with her grandchildren and friends. She also loved to feed the animals outside her home.

Surviving are her children, Shawn (Nicole) Carpenter, Edward (Ronda) Carpenter Jr., both of Dubuque; 4 grandchildren, Cassie, Nathan, Nicholas, and Taylor Carpenter of Dubuque; and her special friend, Kenneth Heim Sr.

She was loved by her 6 brothers and 19 sisters, all of Canada.

She was also preceded in death by her husband Ed, her parents, and her son in infancy.

For more information please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

The family would like to thank the wonderful and caring staff at Sunnycrest Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for the great care they took of Shirley and for the compassion they showed to her and her family.



Marilyn Burlage


Marilyn Burlage, 75, of Monticello died Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, at home surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be held from 3 - 7 pm Sunday, Nov. 27, at the Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a parish vigil service will be held at 3 pm.

Visitation will continue from 10 - 11 am Monday, Nov. 28, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello where a Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 11 am.  Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate.  Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Monticello.

Marilyn was born Sept. 19, 1941, near Dyersville the daughter of Gerald and Agnes (Tauke) Rahe.  She graduated from Xavier High School in Dyersville with the class of 1958.  She married Robert Burlage on Nov. 27, 1965, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville.  Together they farmed east of Monticello until they moved to town in 2002.

Surviving are her husband, Robert; 4 children: Peg (Frank) Mere and Marty (Stacey) Burlage, both of Monticello, Jane (John) Smith of Lafayette, IN, and Tim (Rubi) Burlage of Florham Park, NJ; 17 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild; a sister, Karen (Leon) Funke, and a brother, Ken (Shirley) Rahe, both of Dyersville; in-laws: Grace Tallman of Davenport, John (Doris) Burlage of Monticello, Richard Burlage of Brooklyn, NY, Helen Hignite of Edmond, OK, and Donald (Marcia) Burlage of Tipton, IN.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her parents-in-law, Lawrence and Frances Burlage, and in-laws: Richard Tallman, Bill (Jeanne) Burlage and Floyd Hignite.

Memorials are preferred.

The family would like to thank Above and Beyond Hospice for their care and support.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com