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Alyce C. Westhoff Arthur E. Cooper Doris B. Whelan
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Francis L. McDonough Gary L. Koehler Helen M. Sitzmann
Janice E. Schardt Joan A. Johnson Joan Elizabeth Arensdorf
John A. Burger Joni Williams Joseph C. Kronlage
Karen K. Young Wohlers Kevin F. Riniker LeRoy T. Goldsberry
Loyola E. Morgan Margaret A. Cramer Marilyn J. Kelley
Mary Ellen Billington Mona K. Eastman Orville G. Yager
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Mona K. Eastman

Mona K. Eastman, 75, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Sunday morning, September 28, 2014, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Mona on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the gathering and burial will be at a later date in the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Mona Kay McPherson was born on September 6, 1939 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Kenneth Owen and Hazel Irene (Manning) McPherson. She was a graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married John Earnest Eastman on February 18, 1961 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Mona had worked for many years as a teller and later as branch manager for the former Jackson State Bank and Hawkeye Bank in Maquoketa.

Mona was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club in Maquoketa. She enjoyed quilting and sewing and was talented at needlepoint. She had won several awards through the years at the local fair showcasing her work.

Those left to honor Mona's memory include her husband John Eastman of Maquoketa, IA; a son, Richard Owen (Suzanne) Eastman of Phoenix, AZ; a step-daughter, Susan Ann Lorey of Rockwell, TX; 4 grandchildren; a sister Esther Taylor of Maquoketa, IA; and a sister-in-law Margaret McPherson of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant sister, and brothers Paul and Garry.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Hospice of Jackson County.

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

 



Orville G. Yager

Orville G. Yager, 88, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, September 26, 2014 at Ennoble Manor.

Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 30, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a celebration of life service at 6:15 p.m. Deacon John Stierman will officiate. Friends may also greet the family from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 1, at the funeral home. Graveside services and Military Honors by the American Legion Post #6 will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Orville was born July 25, 1926 in Dubuque, the son of James and Ermine (Currant) Yager. He married Kathleen "Kay" Boland in 1960 at St. Raphael Cathedral.

Orville served his country with the U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Airforce during the Korean War, and was grateful for the opportunity to go on the Honor Flight. He was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 11 years, and then at Ruan Transport for 20 years, until his retirement. After retirement, Orville worked as a security guard for Mount Carmel Motherhouse. Orville was an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed hunting, camping, and fishing. He was very mechanically inclined, and especially liked clocks. Orville had a quick wit and great personality. He went on long walks, and greeted everyone he met. Orville has now gone to walk the hills and valleys with his beloved dogs who have gone before him, Bruno and Barron.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Kay, of Dubuque; three sons, Mike (Dawn) Yager of Racine, WI, Tom (Chrissy Mioni) Yager of Chicago, IL, and Tim Yager of Dubuque; three grandchildren, Gabe and Sam Yager, and Katerina DeAnda; one sister, Myrt (Jim) McDonald of Dubuque; one sister-in-law, Evie Boland of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Ray (Lillian), John (Marianne), and Ivan (Eileen) Yager; one sister, Erma Chapman; and six sisters and brothers-in-law, Sr. Johanna Boland BVM, Jean (Frank) Schumacher, Joan (Dominic) Goodmann, James Boland, Tom (Nancy Boland-Lang) Boland, and Mary (George) Nacos.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, and to the staff of Ennoble Manor for their care of Orville.

 



Joni Williams

Joni "Da Momma" Williams, 50 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Saturday September 27, 2014 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

Services will be at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 2nd at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where friends may call after 4:00p.m. until time of services.

She was born on March 6, 1964 in Marengo, Iowa. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and attended the University of Dubuque. She worked in the Elections office for Dubuque County and also at Dan Kruse Warthan.

She was a member of the Teamsters Local 120, the Lions Club and Noon Optimist club.

From 1998 to 2008 Joni was a State of Iowa Foster Adoptive parent.

She is survived by her four children, Eric DeMoss, Joelle Williams, Zak Williams, and Mercedes Williams. Her father Harold Williams and stepmother Virginia. Her life long best friend Lisa Renfrow. Four sisters and one brother; Deb Gilpin, Coleen Scherrer, Lee Gibson, Kim Schmit, and Ray Steege. Many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her aunts Judy Abby, and Mary Eakes, her grandparents and a cousin Jerry "Bommer" Williams.

 



Kevin F. Riniker

Kevin F. Riniker, age 54, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at home on Monday, September 29, 2014, after a brief illness. To honor Kevin's life funeral services will be at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 3, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home with Deacon David McGhee. To celebrate Kevin's life friends and family may visit from 1:00 p.m. until the time of services at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 3, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St.

Kevin was born on September 6, 1960, in Dubuque, IA, son of Aloysius and Joan (Delaney) Riniker.

Kevin attended grade school at St. Patrick's and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. As a teenager he worked at Hoppers Greenhouse for three years. In 1980, Kevin graduated from the welding program at NITI and went to work for International Harvester. He later went to work for the Milwaukee Railroad which eventually became the Canadian Pacific Railroad. When Kevin was young he loved time spent with his grandparents at Turkey River, running through the bottoms or hanging out by the railroad bridge, and also at Estes Point. In his free time Kevin enjoyed riding his Harley, all things "Buenie", researching Riniker family history and agitating his brothers about politics.

Kevin is survived by his children, Cami Riniker, Dubuque, IA, Garrett Riniker, Dubuque, IA; his mother, Joan Riniker, Dubuque, IA; his siblings, Robert (Traci) Riniker, Jacksonville, FL, Ronald (Marj) Riniker, Dodgeville, WI, Collin (Rita) Riniker, Wichita, KS, Meggan McDermott Schulz, Freeport, IL, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Kevin was preceded in death by his father Aloysius, his maternal grandparents Francis "Bud" and Pearl "Lady" Delaney, his paternal grandparents, Evelyn and Aloysius Riniker Sr. and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

A Kevin F. Riniker memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Arthur E. Cooper

Arthur E.(A.E.) Cooper, 93, of 2295 Coventry Square, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on September 29, 2014 at Luther Manor. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. October 1, 2014 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1755 Delhi St., Dubuque, Iowa, with Pastor Carter Hill officiating. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. at the Church. Burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Sumner, Iowa. Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Rd., Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of the arrangements.

Arthur was born on April 19, 1921 in Waverly, Iowa, the son of Adelbert "Bert" and Josephine (Anderson) Cooper. He was raised in Waverly and graduated from Waverly High School in 1939 where he lettered in basketball and tennis. On November 15, 1952, Arthur married the love of his life, Phyllis Wittenburg in Sumner, Iowa.

He was a United States Marine Corps veteran, serving in the Pacific Theater during WWII from 1942 until his discharge in 1947. That same year, Arthur moved to Dubuque accepting a position with C.B. Trewin, Inc. He purchased the business from Mr. Trewin in 1953, renaming it Dubuque County Abstract and Title Co. He and his wife have continued to own and operate the business for over 60 years.

Arthur has been a member of the Dubuque Golf and Country Club since 1948 and was Past President and Trustee. He was also a member of the Grenlefe Country Club of Haines City, Florida; the governing board of the Iowa State Golf Association; a 25 year member and secretary of both the Dubuque Homebuilders Association and the Dubuque Board of Realtors; the National Association of Realtors; the Iowa Land Title Association and the American Land Title Association. 

He was an avid and accomplished golfer, competing for many years in tournaments and golf events throughout the Midwest. Arthur also enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking.

Surviving are his wife, Phyllis of Dubuque and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Ruth Clewell of Waverly, IA and Grace Thatcher of Iowa City, IA.

An Arthur E. Cooper memorial fund has been established with proceeds going to his favorite charities.
The Family would like to extend their most sincere appreciation and gratitude to Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their care of Arthur.

Online condolences may be sent to www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



John A. Burger

John A. Burger, 71, of New Vienna died Sun. Sept. 28, 2014, at his home after a long battle with cancer.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wed. Oct. 1, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW, Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00 p.m. and an American Legion Service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thurs. Oct. 2, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

John was born August 3, 1943, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Raymond and Marcella (Drees) Burger.  He joined the Army National Guard where he served nearly six years.  He married Marian Goedken on January 22, 1966, in Petersburg, Iowa.  He worked at the Ertl Toy Company for 29 years, obtaining the position of Die Cast Operations Manager.  After the Ertl Company, he worked at Spec Cast and then became the plant manager at Lund Manufacturing until his retirement in 2009.

John had a larger than life personality with the ability to make people laugh.  When asked how he was he would reply, "Not too bad for a fat, ugly, old man," or "I'm fine, it's the rest of the world that's screwed up!"

Surviving are his wife, Marian, 3 sons: Doug (Shiree) Burger of Strawberry Point, Steve (Monica) Burger of Earlville, and Brian (Nancy) Burger of Petersburg; 5 grandchildren: Autumn Burger, Cody (friend Olivia Connolly) Burger, Nick (friend Leah Osterhaus) Burger, Cole and Ben Burger; siblings: Darlene (Merrill) Smock, Carl "Cub" Burger, Kaye (Eldon) Trumm, Dave "Crockett" (Linda) Burger, and Wilma Wolfe, all of Worthington, IA; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his step-father, William Wolfe, his parents-in-law, Emil and Cyrilla Goedken, in-laws: Dale C. Goedken a.k.a Goedken Dale, and Robert (Joan) Goedken, and a nephew, Richard Smock.

Due to John's lengthy battle with cancer, we would like to thank all of the doctors, nurses and other health care professionals who have tended to our needs these last 10 years.

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

 

 



Mary Ellen Billington

Mary Ellen Billington, formerly of 40 N Booth St., passed away Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Luther Manor. Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, where visitation will be Tuesday from 3 to 8 pm. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Mary Ellen was born on August 31, 1933 in Dubuque, IA the daughter of Harold and Helene (Mohan) McCarron. She was married to William R. Billington Jr. on January 8, 1955; he preceded her in death on January 2, 1981.

Mary Ellen was employed at St. Anthony's Nursing Home and the Dubuque Chamber of Commerce as a tourist information specialist until her retirement in 2001. She was also the 1st president of the 4th street neighborhood organization.

Surviving are her children, Jon Peter (Sandi) Billington, of Dubuque, Jean (Bob) Urbain of Farley, Jo Perry, of Dubuque, Dennis (Kris) Billington of Readlyn, Iowa and Sara (Dennis) Galle of Dubuque; 23 grandchildren; 33 great- grandchildren; brother, Jon James (Joan) McCarron and a sister-in-law, Bertha (Jake) Sanders.

She was also preceded in death by her father on March 7, 1980, her mother on September 14, 1980; a son, James in infancy on June 4, 1959; and a special friend Clarence Davis on November 25, 2003.

Online condolences may be submitted to www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

A Mary Ellen Billington Memorial Fund is being established.

 



Edward H. Scott, M.D.

Edward H. Scott, MD, MPH, 72, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on September 21, at Mercy Medical Center, with his family by his side. A visitation will be held on Saturday, September 27 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd, Dubuque, Iowa. Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque American Legion Post #6 at 5:00 p.m. Private family burial will be at Kossuth Cemetery in Mediapolis, Iowa at a later date.

Edward was born on July 5, 1942 in Mediapolis, Iowa, son of James and Elsa (Gustafson) Scott. He married Linda Rule on June 11, 1966. He earned his undergraduate and medical degree from the University of Iowa and served his internship at the Gunderson Clinic until he was called to serve as an epidemiologist during the Vietnam War. He received the Bronze star for his service.

Upon returning from the war, he resumed his education, receiving a Master's degree in Public Health from John Hopkins University. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Iowa. He went on to practice ophthalmology for 36 years at Medical Associates in Dubuque. During this time, he especially enjoyed helping children with ophthalmic problems.

Outside of ophthalmology, Edward had a variety of other intellectual interests. He had a strong love of military history and architecture. He designed the addition to the family home. Edward also enjoyed traveling to other countries to observe and study architecture. He inspired his children to pursue careers in these areas. Edward was a devoted and loving husband and father and he found great joy in his grandchildren.

Edward is survived by his wife, Linda, and their three children; Michael (Nicola) Scott of Dubuque, Ian (Melissa) Scott of Minneapolis, MN , and Colin (Karen) Scott of Dubuque; and five grandchildren, Henry, Neve, Erin, Georgia, and Will. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Elsa Scott.

The family would like to thank all of Edward's friends who were supportive and caring during the difficult time after his stroke. They would also like to thank the physicians at Medical Associates, the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center, and the caregivers at Ennoble Manor for their care of Edward.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Edward's name to the Veteran's Freedom Center or the Lions Club of Dubuque.

Online condolences may be left for the family at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Homes & Cremation Service : Dubuque, Iowa (IA)



Paul Tressel

Paul Tressel, 83, formerly of 451 W 16th St. Dubuque, passed away Thursday, September 25, 2014 at Ennoble Manor.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 29, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dubuque. Private burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque American Legion Post #6. To ensure everyone has a chance to watch the Packer game, friends may greet the family from 4:00 pm. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 28, at Hoffmann, Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd, Dubuque. There will be a rosary service at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday following the visitation.

Paul was born on November 28, 1930 in Dubuque, son of John and Josephine (Imhof) Tressel. He married Joan Halverson on October 13, 1951 at St. Patrick Catholic Church Dubuque. Paul graduated from Loras Academy in Dubuque and was employed as a Parts Manager at Clemens Motors and Riley Motors.

He was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters and the Dubuque Umpire Association. Paul was an avid Green Bay Packer fan and enjoyed watching the games in Green Bay, Milwaukee, and at home with his family. He also enjoyed golf, especially being part of the Bunker Hill Wednesday night golf league and the Tressel Invitational Tournament. Paul enjoyed walking, playing cards, family reunions and spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Paul served his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was very happy to participate in an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. Those left to cherish his memory include, his wife, Joan; their chidren; Mark (Cheryl Robey) Tressel, Thomas (Julie) Tressel, Daniel (Jane) Tressel, Steven (Dellane) Tressel, Rose (Dan) LoBianco, Mike (Julie) Tressel, all of Dubuque, and Kathy (Steve) Mullen of West Des Moines, IA; twenty grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; a brother Norbert (Mildred) Tressel of Dubuque; his sisters Lavonne (Al) Bauer of Overland Park, KS, Therese Breen of Detroit, MI, and Germaine (Thomas) Goblirsch of Bakersfield, CA; two sisters-in-law, Mary Lou Tressel of Dubuque, and Loretta Tressel of Richfield, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, George, Allen, and Mark.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Ennoble Manor, Hospice of Dubuque, and Dr. Manzel and the staff at Medical Associates for the care they provided.

Memorials may be made to the Paul Tressel Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be left for the family at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Homes & Cremation Service : Dubuque, Iowa (IA)



Janice E. Schardt

Mrs. Lloyd (Janice E.) Schardt, 74, of 3460 Starlite Dr, formerly of East Dubuque, Ill., and the Quad Cities passed away at 7:45 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 at Dubuque Nursing & Rehab Center.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Pastor Leah Barker officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home.

Janice was born on Oct. 31, 1939 at Hazel Green, Wi., the daughter of John R. and Merita I. (Redfern) Russell.  She married Lloyd J. Schardt on August 2, 2002 in Dubuque.

She was formerly employed as a teller in the banking industry for over 30 years in the Quad Cities, and later worked at Lowe's in Dubuque and Walmart in Galena, Ill.

Janice enjoyed quilting, crocheting, shopping and the time spent with her family, especially the grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She was a member of the Dubuque Church of the Nazarene.

Surviving is her husband Lloyd, four daughters, Pam (Rick) Goodwin of Port Byron, Ill., Lori Holt of East Moline, Valerie (Doug) Oglevie of Arvada, Colo. and Julie Hudson of Moline, Ill., three stepchildren, Gary (Sheri) Schardt of North Liberty, Ia., Luke (Ellen) Schardt of Dubuque and Kelly (Tyler) Kowalski of Ft. Wainwright, Alaska, 9-grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren and four step grandchildren, a brother Jack (Nancy) Russell of Geneseo, Ill.

Janice was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Mary Godsey.

Lloyd and family wish to thank the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Dubuque Nursing & Rehab and Hospice of Dubuque for the special care provided to Janice.

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

 

 



Erma M. DeMaio

Erma M. DeMaio, 85, of Dubuque passed away peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 at home, surrounded by her loving family.

Committal service will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, Sept. 29 at the Mueller Chapel in Linwood Cemetery, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Friends may call from 6-9 p.m., Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road.

Erma was born on October 11, 1928 in Elma, IA the daughter of Fred and Rose (Striech) Bender.She married Charles F. DeMaio in 1948 in Dubuque.

Erma was a talented seamstress and enjoyed embroidering, crocheting and crafting.

Erma loved playing games, especially crossword puzzles and banana grams and was always ready for a friendly competition of board games.

Erma was a past member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church.

Surviving is her husband, Charles; children, Pat (Jim) Kearney, Michael DeMaio, Robert (Tina) DeMaio, Rick (Barb) DeMaio, Terry (Laura) DeMaio,  and Debora (Robert) Reisen; 11 grandchildren, Jay Kearney and Jodi Burchette, Dana, Codi and Jake DeMaio, Jason and Chris DeMaio, Dawn and Nick DeMaio, and RJ and Brandon Reisen; 11 great- grandchildren; and 1 great- great grandson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Bruce DeMaio; 6 brothers, Lester, Elroy, Russell, Kenny, Dean and Robert Bender; and a sister, Goldie Pregler.

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

In lieu of flowers, a Erma DeMaio memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Angela, and the entire staff at Hospice of Dubuque and to Nurse Ann and Dr. Viner for their compassionate care.



Gary L. Koehler

Gary L. Koehler, 62, of Dubuque passed away peacefully to his next life's journey on September 23, 2014 at University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. He was surrounded by family, with his loving Wife of 43 years at his side.

A visitation will be held on Sunday September 28, from 3-6pm at Egelhof, Siegert, & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Rd, Dubuque. There will be a brief visitation before the funeral service from 10-10:45am on Monday September 29th at HolyTrinity Lutheran Church, 1755 Delhi, Dubuque. Funeral service will follow at 11am.

Gary was born November 24, 1951 in Dubuque Iowa. He grew up in Dubuque as a young drummer engaging in countless adventures with his 3 brothers and married his High School sweetheart Sandra Laugesen on July 9th, 1971. As a native Dubuquer, he loved being on the river, fishing, hunting, watching "Da Bears", and cheering for the Iowa Hawkeyes. He served on the Board of the Wildwood Association of Maquoketa, and loved to spend time at the camper. His hard work ethic from Flexsteel Industries to Uhlner tool later blossomed to include an embellishment for travel and fun with family and friends. He was a Gary of all trades with a unique affinity for humor. A true role model as a son, father, husband, grandfather, brother, co-worker, and friend. His presence will be missed but never forgotten.

Gary is survived by his wife Sandra Koehler of Dubuque; Sons Adam (Bridget) Koehler of Dubuque, and their children, Mackenzie, Hudson, & Griffin Koehler, and Ben (Leah) Koehler of Dubuque, and their son, Dexter ; Brothers, Scott (Bonnie) Koehler of Colorado, Jeff (Ellen) Koehler of Georgia, Brian Koehler of Oklahoma; Mother In-law Opal (Harlie) Turner of Dubuque; Sister In-law Donna Humke of Dubuque;and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

He has joined his parents Edgar and Beverly Koehler and Father In-Law Lorraine Laugesen in Heaven.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be given to the Gary Koehler Memorial.

The family wishes to express their most sincere appreciation and gratitude to the Doctors and Nurses of the Iowa City Neurology and Critical Care Units with special Thank you to Dr. Ortega. The effort, care, and general consideration from the staff gave Gary and our family the best possible closing to this chapter of life.

 



Joseph C. Kronlage

Joseph C. Kronlage, 91, of Dyersville, Iowa, died Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville, where a vigil service will be held at 4 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate.

Joe was born Nov. 1, 1922 in Dyersvlle, Iowa, the son of Joseph A. and Elizabeth (Rolfes) Kronlage. He married Verna Lee Klostermann on August 9, 1950 in Dyersville, Iowa. He worked at John Deere for 25 years and farmed west of Dyersville. Most important to Joe were his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved camping and winter vacationing in the south. Joe also enjoyed cars, music and playing his saxaphone and piano.

Survivors include his loving wife of 64 years, Verna Lee; 4 sons: Dan (Janet) of West Des Moines, Mark (Mary), Jeff (Debbie), both of Dyersville, and Bob of Cedar Rapids; brother Art of Dyersville; a sister-in-law, Mabel Kronlage of Monticello; grandchildren: Jodi (Paul) Gould, Neil (friend Margaux) Kronlage, Emily Kronlage, Tim (Shelby) Kronlage, Jackie (fiancé P.J.) Kronlage, Maria (Anuar) Benali, Melissa (Josh Thurud) Kronlage and Amanda (friend Tim) Kronlage; and great-grandchildren Jay Gould and Simon Kronlage.

He was preceded in death by his son, Jim; parents Joseph A. and Elizabeth; and siblings Ray, Marie (Rahe), Louis, Leona (in infancy) and Magdalen (Schockemoehl).

We would like to thank Dr. Cao for his compassionate care, Dr. First, and Shady Rest for their wonderful care. Also Hospice of Dubuque, especially Diane.

Memorials preferred to Beckman Catholic High School.

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



Alyce C. Westhoff

Alyce C. Westhoff, 83, formerly of Maquoketa and Delmar, Iowa, died on Wednesday morning, September 24, 2014, at the Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

A funeral mass celebrating Alyce's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, September 27, 2014, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, September 26, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa with a time of sharing at 7 p.m. Burial will be at the St. Patrick's Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa.

Alyce Clara Westhoff was born on January 27, 1931 in Adrian, Minnesota, to Andrew and Rose (Suedbeck) Mensen. She graduated from Manchester High School in 1949 where she was active in the school band playing the French Horn. She married James J. Westhoff on October 17, 1951 in Manchester, Iowa. He preceded her in death on March 6, 2008.

Among many jobs that Alyce held two of her favorites were as a cafeteria worker at the Maquoketa High School and as a retail sales clerk at So-Fro Fabrics in Virginia.

Alyce was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Delmar and the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa.

In retirement, they lived in Delmar, where she and Jim were instrumental in renovating the Delmar Depot, transforming it from a machine shed to a popular museum. Additionally, she enjoyed dancing, sewing, flowers and gardening. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

Those left to honor Alyce's memory include her children, Andy (Joanne) Westhoff of Jacksonville, FL, Cathie (Steve) Jebsen of Delmar, IA, Connie (and fiancé Jeff Felton) Smith of Jacksonville, FL, John Westhoff of East Dubuque, IL and Jim (Cindy) Westhoff of Greenwood, DE; a sister Rita Dougherty of Dubuque, IA; 9 grandchildren, Drew Westhoff, Evan Jebsen, Melissa Westhoff, Michelle Westhoff, Matthew Westhoff, Catherine Smith, Nicholas Jebsen, Robert Westhoff and Delaney Westhoff; and 5 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, 7 sisters and 2 brothers.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Alyce C. Westhoff memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Marilyn J. Kelley

Marilyn Jane Kelley, 76, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Des Plaines, Ill., and La Crosse, Wisc. died Tuesdsay, September 23, 2014 at home in Dubuque. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, Dubuque. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, September 26 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1755 Delhi, Dubuque, where friends may also call Friday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in the Hazel Green Cemetery.

Marilyn was born on March 24th 1938 in Mount Horeb, WI, the first of four children born to Rolf and Ida (Mickelson) Antonson. She was baptized in the East Blue Mounds church during the last service in that parish spoken in Norwegian. She attended Blue Valley country school before the family moved to Dodgeville in 1951. She graduated from Dodgeville High School in 1955.

Marilyn graduated from the nursing school at Madison General Hospital in 1958. She served as a nurse for 45 years during her long and rewarding career. 

Her nursing career included many years of service at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL and Holy Family Hall in Dubuque. She retired from Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, WI in 2003.

Marilyn married James Patrick Kelley on April 23,1960 at St. Raphael's Chapel, Madison, WI. This loving couple was blessed with four children. He preceded her in death in 1967. The family moved from Des Plaines, IL to Hazel Green, Wisc. in 1977. 

Marilyn is survived by her children Lisa (Steve) Saucke, Boscobel, Deirdre (Scott) Dalsing, Dubuque, and Tim (Kathleen) Kelley, Lincolnshire, IL; seven grandchildren, Michael (Katya), and Kimberley Kelley, Tighe, Taylor and Tierney Dalsing, and Sean and Keira Kelley; two great grandchildren, Aiden and one due next week; a step grandson, Bryan (Melissa) Saucke; two brothers, Lyle (Mary Ann) Antonson, and Dennis (Becky) Antonson, both of Dodgeville, WI, and a sister, Julie Antonson, Prairie du Chien, WI. 

She was also preceded in death by her son, Daniel, in 1977, and her parents.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque, or the Marilyn Jane Kelley Memorial Nursing Scholarship, Southwest Tech Foundation, Fennimore, Wisc.

For further information, or to leave an online condolence for the family, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



Robert W. Kingsley

Robert W. "Bob" Kingsley, 79, of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at home of pancreatic cancer.

A funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at the Church of the Nativity, with Monsignor James Miller officiating. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where there will be a wake service at 6:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. Friday at the church until time of funeral mass.

Bob was born on Nov. 14, 1934, in Dubuque, son of Walter and Gladys (Riley) Kingsley. He attended Holy Ghost Grade School and was a graduate of Loras Academy.

He married Kay Markus 58 years ago on Aug. 4, 1956, at St. Raphael's Cathedral.

In his younger years, he served with the 1st Battalion Infantry with the Dubuque Iowa National Guard.

Bob owned Florco Floor Covering for 35 years. He then worked at Carpetland until his retirement in 1997.

Surviving are his wife, Kay Kingsley; four children, Pam (Bruce) Albrecht, of Dubuque, Steve (Wendy) Kingsley, of Bettendorf, Iowa, Lisa (Dave) Kass, of Dubuque, of Craig Kingsley, of Dubuque; 10 grandchildren, Jordan Albrecht, Debi (Mike) Maylum, Matt Kingsley, Kelly Kingsley, Zach (Abbey) Kass, Courtney ( Nick) Nadermann, Ashley (fiance, Peter Baylis) Kass, Audrey Kass, Alyssa Kingsley and Adam Kingsley; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters and two brothers-in-law; and in-laws, Leroy and Stacia Markus; and a sister-in-law.

Memorials may be given to Nativity Catholic Church and Hospice of Dubuque.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all of their wonderful care.

 



Robert C. Stone

Robert C. "Bob" Stone, 92 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at home surrounded by his family.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 27th at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6, the Ringing of the Four Fives by the Dubuque Fire Department, and the Dubuque Fire Pipes and Drums to play. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, September 26th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where there will be a wake service at 6:30 p.m.

Bob was born on June 6, 1922 in Aurora, IL the son of Charles and Mary (Zuber) Stone.

During high school he was a member Civilian Conservation Corp, where his unit was responsible for the construction of Backbone State Park. He is a US Army Air Force Veteran, serving from 1941 to 1945 in the Europe-Pacific-China Burma India Theater's of War. He was proud that he flew the "Hump".

He married Lorraine Kluck on October 9, 1946 and she preceded him in death on July 28, 2000.

He joined the Dubuque Fire Department in 1952 and retired in 1987. At the age of 62 he received his private pilot license. He was a also member of American Legion Post #6.

He is survived by six children, Michael R. (Diane) Stone, of East Dubuque, Suzann "Suz" (Robert) Birch, of Key West, IA, Barb (Mark Hogan) Stone-Potter, of Dubuque, Nancy (Dan) Brant, of Dubuque, Mark (Cathy) Stone, of Dubuque, Martin (Lynn) Stone of Lancaster, WI. Fifteen grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Lorraine, and one sister Margaret "Marcie" Richardson, a son-in-law, James "Jim" Potter, a grandson Jared Potter, great grandchild K.J. Donovan.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Lawrence Kukla, Dr. Mark Moore, and their staff, Hospice of Dubuque, and caretakers Cheryl and Sue for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Bob.

 



Helen M. Sitzmann

Helen Marie Sitzmann, 84 of 1593 White Street passed away on Monday, September 22, 2014.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Raphael Cathedral with Rev. Msgr. Thomas Toale Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where there will be a wake service at 6:30 p.m. with Sr. Mary Agnes O'Connor, BVM.

Helen was born on May 27, 1930, she spent the first 17 years of her life at St. Mary's Orphanage in Dubuque. This experience gave Helen the desire to raise her five children by showing them strong family values and how to treat others with respect and dignity by her own gentle loving ways. Nothing was more important than family and thru good or bad times she lived her life with complete dedication to her children. She later found her biological family and formed a relationship with them.

She married Gregory George Sitzmann in June of 1953 and he preceded her in death on October 22, 1995.

She was an avid Chicago Cubs Fan and Dallas Cowboys Fan. She liked to play Blackjack, sing soprano, listen to old Country western music and go on cruises and vacations with family. She was also a dedicated member of St Mary's Parish for many Years.

She is survived by her five children, Gregory (Carol) Sitzmann, Mary (Carl) Summers, Sharon Simon, David (Linda Tigges) Sitzmann, and Thomas (Sandy Schnee) Sitzmann, all of Dubuque. Twelve grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren, one sister Shirley (Steve) Wilhem and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Gregory, a son-in-law Richard B. Simon, a grandson Richard Lee Simon. Siblings Mary Ellen Schwartz, Jerry Slater and Jack Slater.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Runde and his staff, the nurses and staff of Sunnycrest, and Hospice of Dubuque for all their care. A very special thank you to Helen's daughter Sharon for caring for her and allowing her to stay in her home these past two years.

 



Phyllis M. Wagner

Phyllis Mary Wagner, age 90 of Dubuque died early Sunday morning, September 21, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center following a brief illness.

A Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at the Church of the Resurrection with Fr. Joseph Hauer officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday September 22, 2014 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road where a parish wake service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9:00 a.m. Tuesday until time of services at the Church.

Phyllis was born on May 25, 1924, the daughter of Albert and Mabel (Rooney) Bauer. She married the love of her life James A. Wagner on October 11, 1947 at the Church of the Nativity. He preceded her in death in 1990.

She worked for the former Dubuque Fire and Marine Insurance Co., was a avid reader, QVC watcher, and she liked traveling and being with her friends. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Phyllis is survived by her three children David (Janice) Wagner, of Dubuque, Patti (John) Whitehead, of Davenport and Karen (Ken) Leubka, of Dubuque her eight grandchildren; Katherine McKeever, Thomas Wagner, Jeffrey Wagner, Kristina Conley, Angela Wakeland, Amy Hospodarsky, Gina Whitehead, Kyle Leubka, twelve great grandchildren and a sister Dorothea Giese, of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents and loving husband Jim.

A Phyllis Wagner memorial fund has been established.

 



LeRoy T. Goldsberry

LeRoy T. "Tom" Goldsberry, 90, of Maquoketa, Iowa, and formerly of Davenport, Iowa, died on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa.

Friends and Family are welcome to attend a Farewell Gathering in remembrance of Tom at 10 A.M., Friday, September 26, 2014, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa. Public graveside services and burial with military honors will be held at Noon on Friday, from the Rock Island National Cemetery. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

LeRoy Thomas Goldsberry was born on August 11, 1924 in Fort Madison, Iowa, to Roy and Grace (Wilsey) Goldsberry. He grew up in Iowa and received his education in Alabama earning his high school equivalency and certificates in Basic and Advanced Refrigeration and Air Conditioning. He joined the Navy in 1942 at Great Lakes, Illinois and served his country until receiving his honorable discharge in 1946. He tried to find a job but was unable to find work so he returned to the Navy and served his country admirably with distinction for 6 more years.

After his time in the Navy, Tom began working for the government in the civil service. He worked in Florida at Cape Canaveral with the astronauts on the space shuttles. After 10 years, he missed the midwest and took a job with the Rock Island Arsenal. He also found a wife as well and in 1964 he married Sandy Jean Doxee. During the last 12 years of his employment at the Rock Island Arsenal he worked as an auditor for Arsenals across the United States. This also required Tom to travel all over the country until he retired. He then spent all of his time with his wife Sandy until she died on August 6, 2012. He then moved to Clover Ridge where he became a part of the Clover Ridge Family.

Tom enjoyed antique cars, landscaping, traveling, eating out, watching the world news and visiting with his extended family at Clover Ridge.

Those left to honor Tom's memory include a step-son Brian Davis of Oelwein, IA; cousins Bob and Betty Wilsey of Keokuk, IA, George and Mildred Peddle of Walcott, IA, and Butch and Shirley Neves of Kahoka, MO; special friends June Bush of TX, Bettie Kirkhart of FL and Jim and Laurie Steines of Maquoketa, IA; sister-in-law Jackie Murphy of Rock Island, IL; and his extended family at Clover Ridge in Maquoketa. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and a step-daughter Jenny Davis.

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

 



Paul J. Simpson

Paul J. Simpson, 85, of Maquoketa, Iowa, and formerly of Zwingle, died on Sunday evening, September 21, 2014, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Paul's life will be held at 10 A.M., Thursday, September 25, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Harmony Cemetery, Zwingle, Iowa, with military honors.

Paul James Simpson was born on July 7, 1929 in Zwingle, Iowa, to Harry Grant and Anne Marie (Gibbs) Simpson. He grew up in Zwingle on a farm and then served his country in the Korean War. He married Jan Chapman Livens in July of 1983. She preceded him in death on November 26, 2004.

Following an honorable discharge, Paul returned home and farmed the family farm until retiring and moving to Maquoketa in 2004.

Paul was a member of the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75. He enjoyed farming, his rides in the country, and visiting with friends at the County Line.

Those left to honor Paul's memory include 3 step-children, Stephen (Lynn) Livens of CO, Gene (Rebecca) Livens of TX, and Michael (Paula) Livens of CO; and nieces and nephews, Tom (Lanny) Simpson of Maquoketa, IA, Sherry (Robert) Rohwedder of Baldwin, IA, Phil (Diane) Denlinger of Dubuque, IA, Pat Denlinger of Maquoketa, IA, Peggy (Craig) Flenker of Maquoketa, IA, Sarah (Tom) Knockel of Dickeyville, WI, and Paul (Jan) Denlinger of OR. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a brother Joe and a sister Jean Denlinger.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Zwingle Recreation Association.

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

 



Margaret A. Cramer

Margaret Ann "Marti" (Koob) Cramer, 81, of Dubuque died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, where a visitation will be held from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Marti was born January 4, 1933 in Dubuque, daughter of Clarence "Lefty" and Margaret Ann "Mardie" (Donahue) Koob.

She graduated from Visitation Academy and received her bachelor's degree from Clarke College. She then received her graduate degree in Physical Therapy from Stanford University and worked as a physical therapist for over 50 years.

Marti is survived by three sisters, Karen Dorshkind, Barbee Mills, and Kris (Jim) Noonan, all of Dubuque; five nieces and nephews and eight great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her daughter, Martie Cramer.

For further information, or to leave an online condolence for the family, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

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

 



Raymond L. Breitsprecker, Sr.

Raymond L. Breitsprecker Sr., 79, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 at home surrounded by his family.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m., Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road where a wake service will be held at 4:30 p.m.

Raymond was born on November 17, 1934 in Iowa City, the son of Henry and Francis (Buchholz) Breitsprecker.
He married Eloise E. Manders on July 23, 1960 in Dubuque.

Raymond worked at John Deere, Dubuque Works and retired in 1989 after 33 years of dedicated employment. Following his retirement from John Deere he worked for Hartig Drug Store for nearly 15 years. Raymond was also a volunteer fire fighter in Sherrill, IA in the early 1970's.
Raymond was a Bears, Vikings and a life-long Cubs fan. He enjoyed dancing, playing cards with his friends and family, being in the outdoors, hunting, fishing and camping.

Some of Raymond's most valued times were being with his wife and best friend, Eloise and with his children and grandchildren, who he loved to tease and laugh with. His unbreakable bond he built with his son, Ray Jr. and grandsons Thom and Levi was unmatched. They always looked forward to spending time together, especially during hunting season when they would hunt almost every Sunday.

Raymond had a huge heart and a lot of compassion for others. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle.

He is survived by his wife, Eloise; 3 children, Doris Friebel, Raymond Jr, (Thelma) Breitsprecker, both of Dubuque, and Jennifer (Darren) Berthel, of Bellevue; 7 grandchildren, Nicole and Josh Friebel, Thom, Amanda, and Brandy Breitsprecker, and Danah and Levi Berthel; 2 step- grandchildren, Andrea and Austin Hansen; 3 great- grandchildren, Sean, Griffin and Brayden; 1 step great -grandchild, Easton; 3 brothers, Harold (Jean) Breitsprecker, of Dubuque, Ed Breitsprecker of Potosi, WI., and Henry (Chris) Breitsprecker, of Kenosha, WI.; 2 sisters, Lavon McKeon, of Darlington, WI. and Donna Farley, of Dubuque; 1 brother-in-law, John (Pam) Manders, of Appleriver, WI; 2 sisters-in-law, Juliann (Manders) Breitsprecker and Sue (Huss) Breitsprecker, both of Dubuque; an aunt, Edna Buchholz and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers, Gerald and Fred; sister, Irene Graves; 3 brothers-in-law, Donald McKeon, Jake Graves and Robert Farley; sisters-in-law, Fern Breitsprecker and a niece, Susan Breitsprecker.

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

A Raymond Breitsprecker memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Hermann and his staff, especially nurse Sandy, and Amy J. of Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care.



Robert Crowley

Robert Crowley, 70, formerly of Dubuque, Iowa, died on August 19, 2014 at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany, NY. Bob was born December 5, 1943 in Dubuque, IA to Pauline (Morman) Crowley and Wendell Edward Crowley. He attended St. Patrick's School, Loras Academy, and Wahlert High School, before graduating from Dubuque Senior High School in 1962. In Dubuque he played on local basketball and baseball teams, remaining an avid baseball fan throughout his life. He lived in Wickenburg, Arizona and Los Angeles, California before settling in New York, where he pursued a career as a stand-up comedian. He had lived in Albany for the past 20 years.

Bob is survived by his brother James Crowley and sister-in-law Catherine of Rye Brook, NY; his brother Charles Crowley and sister-in-law Carol of Ithaca, NY. To mourn his loss, he leaves behind nieces Patricia (Rye Brook, NY), Julia (Greenwich, CT) and Aileen (Nashville, Tennessee), Amy (Lavalle, MD), Rebecca (West Stockbridge, MA), Courtney (Plant City, FL), Kristi Mowery (Plant City, FL) and one nephew Gary (Winchester, VA).

His youngest brother Gary of Plant City, Florida, predeceased him in 2007.

Arrangements were made by Tebbutt and Frederick Funeral Home, Albany, NY (518-489-4451). The burial occurred at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque, Iowa.



Francis L. McDonough

Francis L. "Mac" McDonough, 86 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30a.m. Monday, September 22nd, at St. Joseph Church Key West with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with full military detail accorded by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday September 21st at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where a parish rosary will be held at 1:45 p.m.

Mac was born on Dec. 30, 1927 in Worthington, Iowa, son of Charles J. & Anna (Tobin) McDonough. He married Mary Alicia Meyer on June 17, 1950. She preceded him in death on April 29, 1955. He later married Jan Martin on May 6, 1961 at Nativity Church.

He graduated from St. Patrick's grade school and Loras Academy, Class of 1945. He served with the Army in Korea from 1946-1947. He was employed by Crescent Electric Supply Company in Dubuque for 48 years, retiring in 1993 as Assistant Manager. He was a lifelong, avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.

He was a member of St. Joseph's (Key West) Holy Name Society, Power of Prayer Adoration Chapel and Pilgrim Virgin Honor Guard, and American Legion Post 6.

Mac's faith and family were very important to him. He enjoyed the Wednesday morning breakfast with his siblings. He kept his sense of humor to the very end. He will be greatly missed.
Family requests prayers instead of flowers. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph, Key West, or The Power of Prayer, Inc.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jan. His children, Kevin (Pok Sun) McDonough of Plumas Lake, CA; Colleen (Bill) Pasnik of Dubuque; Kelly (Philip) Davis of Chanhassen, MN; three grandchildren, Alex Enroth, Jensina & Nate Davis; his brothers, Lou, Tom (Connie), & Bill of Dubuque, his sisters, Mary Grant and Virgine (Dick) Johnson of Dubuque, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife and newborn daughter, his brother Jack, and in-laws Frances, Geri, and Rita McDonough, Loras Grant, Jim & Judy (Martin) Rettenmeier, and F.A. & Marcella Martin.

 



Doris B. Whelan

Doris B. Whelan, age 90, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at 10:10 p.m., Friday, September 19, 2014, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To honor Doris' life, funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 25, 2014, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista St., with Rev. Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. To celebrate Doris' life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Doris was born on April 27, 1924, in Luxemburg, IA, daughter of Benjamin and Katherine (Meyer) Breitbach.

Doris was raised in North Buena Vista. She married John "Bob" Whelan on January 23, 1943, at the Immaculate Conception Church in North Buena Vista. He preceded her in death on February 24, 2003. Doris was a member of the Church of the Nativity. She enjoyed traveling, fishing, camping, quilting, dancing and playing cards, especially Euchre. Doris had a green thumb and loved roses. Her greatest love was spending time with her family, especially the grandchildren.

Doris is survived by her children, J. Pat (Linda) Whelan, Fayette, IA, Joyce (Don) Riniker, Dubuque, IA, Kathleen (Dale) Ludovissy, Dubuque, IA, Mark (Paulette) Whelan, Muskogee, OK, Sandra (Kevin) Hancock, Dubuque, IA; 33 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great grandchildren; her siblings, Shirley Brimeyer, Manchester, IA, Mary (Don) Ludovissy, Dave (Mary Lynn) Breitbach, all of North Buena Vista, IA, and several nieces and nephews.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John, two daughters, Patricia Ann and Jean, three sons, Steven, Daniel and Robert Michael, a grandson, Scott Riniker, a sister Ann Marie Jestel and two brothers, James and Patrick Breitbach.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice of Dubuque, 1670 JFK Road, Dubuque, IA 52002.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Luther Manor, especially the Sunshine Valley Wing, and the UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital emergency room and the ICU for their wonderful care of Doris.

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

 



Karen K. Young Wohlers

Karen K. Young Wohlers, 72, of Asbury and formerly of Dyersville went home to be with Jesus at 4:03 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at Heritage Manor in Dubuque after her second bout with cancer.

Friends ay call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tues., Sept. 23, 2014, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.

Friends and relatives may continue to call after 9:00 a.m. Wed., Sept. 24, at the Journey Assembly of God Church at 3939 Pennsylvania Ave. in Dubuque where a funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m.  Burial will be at Bear Creek Cemetery in Brandon, IA.

Karen was born May 15, 1942, in Garrison, IA the daughter of Milvoy and Emma (Jesina) Kaufman

She married James A. Young on Oct. 7, 1961, at the Assembly of God Church in Vinton, IA.  He preceded her in death on January 2, 1999.  She married Donald R. Wohlers on Oct. 25, 2003, at the Journey Assembly of God Church in Dubuque, IA.

Karen is survived by her husband, Donald Wohlers, children of both marriages: Christine and Luke Wohlers of Dyersville, Margie (Kevin) Wheeler of Mosinee, WI, Randy J. (Kathy) Young of Greeley, IA, and Cindy (Mike "Smiley") Kramer of Dyersville; 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, James A. Young, and a brother, Dave Kaufman.

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

 

 



Joan Elizabeth Arensdorf

Joan Elizabeth (Foust) Arensdorf, 90, of 9747 Arensdorf Road, Zwingle, Iowa, passed away at 4:34 a.m. on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at home due to Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Key West, with Rev. Scott Boone officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., where there will be a wake service at 3:00 p.m.

Joan was born on June 12, 1924, the daughter of Rudolph and Henrietta (Pancratz) Foust. She graduated from public school and attended St. Clara Academy.

She married Leo Arensdorf on Nov. 19, 1941 and together they farmed in the Andrew, LaMotte, Zwingle, Iowa area and Dickeyville, Wis., while raising eleven children.

She loved her family, her married life of 51 years and her church with a strong devotion to the rosary. A favorite pastime was attending auctions and bringing home countless treasures.

She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, Holy Rosary, La Motte and St. Joseph Key West churches.

Surviving are five sons, Martin (Sonja), Arensdorf, of Dubuque, IA, Leonard Arensdorf, of Rockford IL, Larry (Sandy) Arensdorf, of Maquoketa IA, Daniel (Lou Ann), of Dubuque, IA, and Neal (Jolene), of Spring Green, WI; four daughters, Mary Joan (James) Gothard, of Walnut, IL, Alice (Jon) Davis, of Galena, IL, Ruth (Steve) Arlen, of Zwingle IA, and Nancy (Dean) Herbst, of Dubuque, IA; 36 grandchildren,56 great-grandchildren; and 17 great-great-grandchildren; her brothers Carlos (Mary) Foust, of Zwingle, IA, and Eugene (friend Ceil), Foust, of Cascade, IA; and her close friends Johnny and Dorothy Chesney.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leo, on Nov. 14, 1992; two sons, Jimmy and Sam; a grandson, James Arensdorf; a granddaughter, Stacy Arensdorf; great-granddaughter Lucy Smith; her brothers, Martin, Quinten & John Fred; and sisters Emily Herron and Janet Kemp; brothers-in-law Howard Herron and Al Kemp; and sisters-in-law Geri Foust & Jean Foust.

Thank you to Ann, Debbie, and Britt who assisted my family in home care during my illness, Dr. Andrea Ries and Hospice of Dubuque.



Joan A. Johnson

Joan A. Johnson, 76, of Dubuque, Iowa, died on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at home.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., with Pastor Larry Stark officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call after 9:00 a.m. Friday at the funeral home until time of services.

Joan was born on Sept. 27, 1937 in Waukon, Iowa, the daughter of William and Mary (Clancy) Thomas. She worked for Aladdin Dry Cleaners in Dubuque. She enjoyed her grandchildren, her animals and especially her dog "Mi Mi".

She is survived by eight children, Jeff (Cindy) Thomas, Robert (Judy) Johnson, Dixie (Jerry) Starkey, Melvin (Cindy) Johnson, Rick (Bonnie) Johnson, Jackie (Steve Tucker) Moeller, Julie Lembke and Kim (Bruce) Martelle; 28 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Ellen Williams and Patty Coffman; and a brother, William "Doc" Thomas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, James; a daughter, Debbie Finger; a brother, John; and sisters Pauline Donath and Rosie Renard.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Matthew Kirkeldall and Hospice of Dubuque for all their care.



Loyola E. Morgan

Loyola E. Morgan, 97, of California, formerly of Bankston, Iowa, passed away on September 9, 2014 in California. Private family burial was held in California.

Loyola was born on May 5, 1917, in Bankston, Iowa, the daughter of Benedict and Mary (Jarding) Heiberger. She married Howard Morgan on March 31, 1940.

Among the survivors are her sister, Elaine Klein, of Dubuque, Iowa; and a brother, John (Jean) Heiberger, of Epworth, Iowa; several nieces and nephews; her son, Gary (Dagmar) Morgan, and two grandsons, of California.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Howard; stepmother Kathleen Heiberger; her sisters, Rosemary Pins and Eleanor Sigwarth, and a sister in infancy.



Ethel Cherioli

Ethel Cherioli, 92, of Dubuque, died Friday, September 5, 2014 at her residence. Private family burial services will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery. The Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, is in charge of arrangements.

Ethel was born on June 17, 1922, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Edmund and Mary (O'Neill) Powers. She married Hugh W. Cherioli in 1942, and worked in the Dubuque County Engineer's office for many years. She was a member of Holy Spirit Parish.

She is survived by 4 children: daughters Mary Catherine Turner and Christine Cherioli, both of Dubuque, and sons Hugh Cherioli Jr. and Michael (Julie) Cherioli, both of California; 6 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh, on Sept. 6, 1981; a daughter-in-law, Patricia Cherioli; three brothers, John, Paul, and James; and three sisters, Catherine Wright, Elizabeth Ball, and Mary Rita "Tiny" Powers.