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Ambrose J. Merkes Annabelle G. McMahon Billy R. Crow
David L. Lutgen David M Crippes Dorothy M. Liddle
Edna C. Roth Elaine D. Tippe Francis X. Gruber, Jr.
Fred A. Gronau Gavin J. Gremmel Gretchen C. Nordenson
Jackson R. Hohmann James F. Small John J. Rolling
June M. Noel LaVerne M. Beighle Linda S. Campbell
Margaret C. Heims Mark W. Muir Mary C. Weber
Mary M. Lehnhoff Mitchell R. Houston Robert P. Dyer
Robert P. Johnson Saverna R. Stoltz Sylvester Engler
Vernon R. Steger Wilma E. Spear

Elaine D. Tippe

Elaine D. Tippe, 93, of Dubuque died Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at Bethany Home. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. December 1, 2014 at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road where friends may call December 1, from 11 a.m. until time of service. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Elaine was born July 21, 1921 in Dubuque, daughter of Stanley M. and Amanda (Petersen) Taylor. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1939 and from University of Dubuque in 1946. She taught elementary school, first in Maynard, IA then at Jackson Elementary in Dubuque.

She married Delbert Casteel in 1942. He was killed in action in 1944 during WWII. She married Leo Tippe March 20, 1948. He preceded her in death March 1, 2014.
Elaine was a lifelong member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church. She enjoyed swimming, painting, reading, traveling and museums.

She is survived by two sons, John (Vera Louise) Tippe of Dubuque and Lee (Carol) Tippe of Iowa City; two granddaughters, Allison (John Moore) Tippe of Milwaukee, WI and Laurel Tippe of Chicago, IL. She is also survived by two nieces, Helen Rowe of Dubuque and Ann Taylor of Missouri and two nephews James Reizer of California and David Reizer of Arizona.

She was also preceded in death by a sister, Dawn Reizer, two brothers, Stanley J. Taylor and David C. Taylor and an uncle, William J. Petersen.

Flowers are welcomed, but the family would prefer memorials to Bethany Home or St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Elaine's memory.

For further information, or to leave and online condolence, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

A special thank you to the staff of Bethany Home and to Hospice of Dubuque for your care of Elaine.



Linda S. Campbell

Linda S. Campbell, 63, of Dubuque passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at home.

Funeral services will be 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 28, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road, where a visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Burial will be Saturday at 1p.m. in Asbury Cemetery.

Linda was born on Oct. 28, 1951 in Spencer, Iowa, the daughter of Orval and Mary (Dolan) Baysinger. She married Mike Campbell on June 19, 1999.

Linda loved to dance, give hugs and had a great sense of humor. She was always taking care of people and put others first. Her passion was flowers, and she designed many floral arrangements for weddings and events.
She had her own special garden with her grandbabies and cherished time she spent gardening with them. Linda was a loyal and loving person and will be missed by many.

Surviving are her children, Tammie (Dave) March, Tim (Katie Bleile) Oswald and Todd Baysinger; 3 grandbabies, C.J. Reicks, and Rachel and David March; siblings Tommy (Shirley) Dolan, Gloria (Roger) Vanasse, Sandy (Carl) Hogan, Robert (Pam) Baysinger, John (Helen) Baysinger; and many, many nieces and nephews who she loved dearly and her "adopted" children.

She was preceded in death by her husband and siblings Stevie, Frank, Delores "Dori/Dee", Lawrence "Butch" and Orval Jr. "Skip".

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

A Linda Campbell memorial fund has been established.
The family would like to give a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Hermann, Tony Heiar and staff, Hospice of Dubuque, the staff at the Wendt Care Center and Finley Hospital.



Billy R. Crow

Billy R. Crow, 86, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, November 25, 2014.

Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 29, at Saint Joseph the Worker Catholic Church conducted by Rev. Monsignor Wayne Ressler. Family will greet friends from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, Nov.r 28, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, where a Parish Scripture service will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. Private Family Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena, with Military Honors Conducted by VFW Post 2665.

Billy lived a long great life with his family. He was born Jan. 17, 1928 in Baxter Springs, Kansas, the son of Cecil C. and Coral V. Crow. He graduated from Baxter Springs High School in 1946 and attended the Wisconsin School of Mining. Billy served his country in the US Army from 1950-1952 during the Korean War; he was stationed in Germany and Paris.

He married Doris Bartels on August 21, 1954 at Saint Francis Basilica in Dyersville and recently celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary.

Billy played semi pro baseball in Baxter Springs along with teammate Mickey Mantle. The team known as the "The Whiz Kids" were local legends. Billy really enjoyed playing with his teammates and for Coach Barney Barnett, batting against Satchel Paige; he was scouted by the St Louis Cardinals. "The Whiz Kids" were a way of life during those years, winning junior championships and were ranked No. 1 in the nation but after their final regular-season game, the entire team entered the war effort.

He retired in April of 1995 after more than 40 years as a Milling Operations Superintendent with Eagle Picher Industries and Inspiration Consolidated Copper Company.

He and his wife Doris lived in the Scales Mound area, where Billy served on the school board, before relocating to Dubuque. Billy, a man of few words, enjoyed spending time with family, friends, and pets; he loved boating and fishing, was a jack-of-all-trades and most recently served as Chief Bookkeeper for his son's businesses until his passing.

Survivors include his wife, Doris; sons Randy Crow of Palm Springs, Calif., and Todd Crow of Chicago, Ill.; siblings Jim Crow of Rockford, Ill. and Dixie Davis of Dallas, Texas; and numerous other relatives.

Billy was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Steven Crow, in 1992; and siblings Guy Crow, Ann Sullivan, and Rayma Jean Mutascio.

The family would like to send a sincere THANK YOU to Finley Hospital Medical Professionals, the Intensive Care Unit and Respiratory Therapy Department, numerous caring Nurses and Doctors who cared for him, and also the staff of Hospice of Dubuque.

Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or for Leukemia Research in Billy's memory.

Online condolences may be sent to www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Robert P. Johnson

Robert P. "Uncle Bob" Johnson, 59, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Monday, November 24, 2014, at the home of his sister, Diane Griffith, in Mechanicsville, Iowa.
A celebration of Bob's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, November 29, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, November 28, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, with military honors.

Robert Paul Johnson was born on April 1, 1955 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Paul L. and Jennie M. (Harding) Johnson. He was a 1974 graduate of Maquoketa High School and then served in the Navy for 4 years in which he was in the Mayaguez evacuation where the USS Coral Sea came in to bring our soldiers out.

Upon receiving his honorable discharge, he worked two jobs for a long time. Clinton Engines in Maquoketa during the daytime and Precision Metal Works (PMW) in Maquoketa during the nightshift. When Clinton Engines closed he continued to work at PMW for a total of 27 years making a family of friends.

Bob was a member of the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75 in Maquoketa. He enjoyed camping at 6B's, playing Euchre, hanging with friends and family, and his dog Bandit. 

Although Bob had no biological brothers he had a legion of "brothers" through work, camping at 6B's and his many friendships. He was the best brother, uncle and friend you could ever hope to have. All he ever did was help people often times giving up his own needs for others. In 2013 Bob continued with his act of giving by not only leading the way but also donating the gift of land to create what is now called the Jackson County Veterans Memorial Park. 

Those left to honor Bob's memory include two sisters Diane (Don) Griffith of Mechanicsville, IA, and Pam (special friend Mearle) Oberbrockling of Dubuque, IA; 3 nephews, Paul, Billy (Dee) and Marvin; 2 nieces Mandy and Jayme (Robby); 12 great-nieces and nephews; 2 great-great nieces; and his faithful dog and loyal companion Bandit.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 nephews SSGT. Donald Griffith, Jr. and Noel Griffith, and a niece Amy Griffith. 

"When he found out he had cancer he didn't want anyone feeling sorry for him. We want to thank everyone for all that you did for Bob. From working on the memorial park, driving him places, getting his mail, and helping with many other things. Remember to stop by the Memorial Park and Salute our Soldiers when you go by because we all knew this was "Uncle Bob's" dream to see our heroes remembered and "yes" "Uncle Bob" you will always be one of our heroes.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Robert P. "Uncle Bob" Johnson memorial fund has been established.

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



Margaret C. Heims

Margaret "Maggie" C. Heims, 82, of Cascade, and formerly of Monticello and Sand Springs, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade.

Friends may call from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Tues., Dec. 2, 2014, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello where a Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 11:00 a.m.  Officiating will be Rev. Paul Baldwin and inurnment will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Monticello.

Margaret was born on April 21, 1932, in Charon, Nebraska, the daughter of Herman and Leona (Sherlock) Weber.  She graduated from St. Paul Senior High School in Worthington.  Margaret married Merlin Heims on June 29, 1957, in Worthington, Iowa.  He preceded her in death in 2009.

Survivors include her five children: Debra (Terry) Williams of Wyoming, Douglas (Jennifer) Heims of Cedar Rapids, Denise (Jeff Altland) Heims of Redington Shores, FL, Dana (Barry Wassmer) Heims of Anamosa and Deann (Greg) Barneson of Monticello; grandchildren: Kelsey and Riley Williams, Courtney (Abdul) Jammal, Alexis, Cullen and Ethan Heims; three great grandchildren: Laney and Carter Otte and Zoiy Jammal; 1 brother: Richard (Barb) Weber of Dubuque; 2 sisters: Clara Tobin of Worthington and Bernadette Weber of Dubuque; a sister-in-law, Betty Weber of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, brothers: Wilfred (Harriet), Clarence, Vincent, Jerome (Mida), Bernard and Donald (Mary Ann), brothers-in-law: Hank Hess and Dick Tobin.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to a Hospice of Dubuque or Above and Beyond Hospice.

Information available and condolences accepted at www.kramerfuneral.com.

 

 



Dorothy M. Liddle

Dorothy M. Liddle, 90, of Dubuque died Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Spirit Parish-Sacred Heart Church where visitation will be Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy was born September 15, 1924 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Roy and Marie (Freise) Kuch. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1942.

On October 19, 1946 she married Gerald Liddle at Sacred Heart Church. Together they had two sons. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who was an excellent cook. She was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, and was an active volunteer at Mercy Medical Center.

She is survived by her husband Gerald Liddle of Dubuque; two sons, Jerry (Judy) Liddle Jr. of Newburgh, Ind. and Terry (Sharon) Liddle of Cedar Rapids; four grandchildren, Joel (Erika), Rob (Kelly), Craig (Kerri) and Matt (Sarah) Liddle; eight great grandchildren; a brother, Stan Kuch of Olwein; a sister in law, Kay Jackoniski of East Dubuque and nieces and nephews.

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



James F. Small

James F. "Jim" Small, 58, of Bernard, Iowa, died unexpectedly on Sunday morning, November 23, 2014, at his home in rural Bernard.

A celebration of Jim's life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, November 26, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites will be accorded following the celebration of life service.

James Frederick Small was born on April 24, 1956 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Leslie Ernest "Ernie" and Evelyn A. (Scheibe) Small. He was a 1974 graduate of Western Dubuque High School. He married Julie Brown on September 22, 1984 in Dubuque, Iowa and to this union three children were born: Jessica, Jenny and Joey.

Jim was a lifelong farmer who thoroughly enjoyed farming with his two brothers and being a partner in the family business, Small Brothers Farms Inc.

Jim was a member of Whitetails Unlimited. He loved all kinds of hunting, fishing for Catfish and Walleye, going to the casino, playing cards especially Euchre, and the good ole outdoors. He was an avid fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Dallas Cowboys and his favorite movie that he watched many times was Lonesome Dove.

Those left to honor Jim's memory include his children Jessica (fiancé Darren Ramaker) Ayers of Dubuque, IA, Jenny (Justin) Mescher of Dyersville, IA, and Joey (and special friend Sam Peterson) Small of Dubuque, IA; 5 grandchildren; brothers Edward (Carol) Small of Bernard, IA, and Richard "Rick" (Tammie) Small of Bernard, IA; sisters Janice (Paul) Ruggeberg of Maquoketa, IA, and Phyllis (Bill) Turnis of Bernard, IA; and the mother of his children Julie Small of Dubuque, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother-in-law David Ruggeberg, and a nephew Scott Ruggeberg.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a James F. "Jim" Small memorial fund has been established.

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

 



John J. Rolling

John "Jack" J. Rolling, 86, of 997 Mela Dr. passed away at home surrounded by family members on November 20, 2014.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Monday Nov. 24 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 8:30- 10:15 a.m. Monday at the Church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd is assisting the family.

Jack was born on May 13, 1928 in Dubuque, IA the son of Leo F. and Pearl C. (Chapman) Rolling. Jack graduated from Loras in 1950, he was an Officer in the Iowa National Guard and obtained the rank of Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve. He married Maryann Giegerich on Sep. 22 1951 at Nativity Church. Jack owned and managed Rolling's Bootery for over 58 years. He was co-founder of St. Stephen's Food Bank and worked there for over 35 years.
He was past president of The Dubuque Noon Lions Club, Mississippi Trails Hiking Club and Chairman of Dubuque Red Cross Water Safety Committee. He was a Cub and Boy Scout Master for many years.

Jack received the Governor's volunteer award for work in the Mines of Spain. He was noted for his interesting hikes and stories. Jack loved God and nature. He enjoyed canoeing, playing "goober ball", croquet, cards and dice games (but hated losing his nickels).

Surviving is his wife, Maryann; 3 sons, Ted, (significant other, Mardi Miller), Jim "Jug" (Karen), Joe (Zahir), 2 daughters, Judy Simmons and Ann Bauer (significant other, Pat Konzen); 12 grandchildren; 17 great- grandchildren' and 2 great- great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by...

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, Scott from HomeInstead and Lara for their wonderful care.



Edna C. Roth

Edna C. Roth, 93, of East Dubuque, Ill., passed away Friday, November 21, 2014 at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community. Family graveside services will be at a later date at the East Dubuque Cemetery. There will be no public visitation. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is assisting the family.

Edna was born on June 22, 1921 in Dubuque, IA., the daughter of Arthur W. and Margaret (Petersen) Metzger. She married Dorrance N. Roth on May 12, 1942 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque. Edna and Dorrance celebrated 72 years of marriage this past May. She enjoyed crocheting, fishing, a good game of euchre and camping. After Dorrance's retirement, Edna & Dorrance were the camp hosts at Yellow River campgrounds near Harpers Ferry, IA. for 18 years.

Surviving is her husband Dorrance, two daughters, Karen Roth of East Dubuque and Connie (Clarence) Weber of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, 6 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Howard Metzger.

Dorrance, Karen, Connie and their families wish to thank the nurses and staff at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community and Dr. Greg Vandigo for the wonderful care given to Edna.

 



Robert P. Dyer

Robert Paul Dyer (Bob) 66, of Clive, Iowa, formerly of Dubuque died Saturday, November 15, 2014.

A private burial has taken place and there will be a service in Dubuque for Bob this summer. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. is assisting the family.

Robert was born in Dubuque, Iowa on November 18, 1947 to Robert J. and Joan Genevieve Hynish Dyer. He graduated from Wahlert High School and Loras College in Dubuque, where he was a member of the Trivia Team. His major emphasis in college was history and philosophy.
Bob served our country during the Vietnam War in the 101st Airborne Division (Screaming Eagles). He was awarded the Bronze Star Military Award. He was very proud to serve his country and continued to honor and love those who have served our country throughout his lifetime.
When Bob returned from Vietnam, he became a ‘stringer' where he covered the University of Iowa sports news for the Waterloo Courier, Cedar Rapids Gazette, and The Des Moines Register. He worked at The Daily Iowan the student newspaper in Iowa City on the sports desk and the second year he became The Sports Editor at The Daily Iowan. Leighton Housh (sports editor at the Register) offered him a job where Bob did the layout for the sports section and later became a sports writer who covered The University of Iowa, Iowa State University, The University of Northern Iowa, and Drake University. Throughout his career he wrote sports for USA Today, The Sporting News, the Rose Bowl, specialized in recruitment news and provided color for Drake basketball. Bob also served on The National Board of Basketball Writers. Jeff Beimfohr produced a show called "The Ron Schipper Football Show for Central College," and Bob did the hosting for this show as well as another sports talk show. Bob gave the speech for Johnny Orr, Iowa State basketball coach at Hilton when he retired. Sports was Bob's lifelong passion and he loved cataloguing information that required him to know details about athletes and sporting events past and present. His favorite teams were the St. Louis Cardinals and The Green Bay Packers, which brought him great happiness and great frustrations.

In later years, Bob served as the General Manager of several radio stations, one being "KJJC" "The Jock." On ‘The Jock', he had a daily sports radio show, which usually evolved into talking about history, music, movies, and books. Bob enjoyed discussing history and politics and loved being with his friends and could talk about almost anything. Bob loved music-especially all songs Motown and musicals.

He loved his family dearly, and was especially proud of his daughters Lauren Elizabeth and Ashley Anne. He was married to Mary Patricia Genoar Dyer for thirty-eight years. Living with Bob was like living with an encyclopedia. He was Google before it was invented. He was a member of St. Augustin Parish. He will be dearly missed by everyone.

Bob is survived by his beloved wife Mary Patricia Genoar Dyer of Clive, Iowa; his cherished daughters Lauren Elizabeth Dyer (Justin Black) of California; and Ashley Anne Dyer of Chicago; two grandchildren, Justin James and Jayden Anne Black of California. Also, his uncle William Paul (Laura) Hynish of Clayton, Georgia. Cousins include: Tom (Julie) Davies, of Cedar Falls, Iowa; David Davies, of Davis California; Diane Chevalier, of Dubuque, Iowa; and Susan (Larry) Warren, of Tower Hill, Illinois. Cousins Deborah Hart, Danielle (Dean) Lessei, Jon-Paul Chevalier, Tom Davies, Jr., Allison Davies, Katie Davies, Alexander Davies, Christopher Warren, Matthew Warren, Regina Williams, Cheryl Williams, and Claire Williams. Mother-in-law Mrs. Charles T. Genoar of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, nieces, and nephews include: Charles T. Genoar (Rebecca) Charlie and Carter Genoar of Hinsdale, Illinois; Greg Genoar of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin; Maribeth Sleepeck (Michael) Elizabeth (Fred) Regnery (Charlotte) and Mary Catherine Sleepeck of Burr Ridge, llinois; Jeanne Colmery (Scott) Harry, Freddy, and Will Colmery, of Western Springs, Illinois; and Nancy Genoar of Iowa City, Iowa.

Bob was proceeded in death by his father, Robert J. Dyer; mother Joan Genevieve Hynish Dyer; grandparents Paul G. and Louise A. Hynish; grandparents James and Clara Dyer; aunts and uncles George and Louise Williams, Ruth Hynish, Harold Hynish, Helen Herzog, Mary Ellis, Catherine Webb, Angela Wrath, and Paul Hynish.

The family wishes to thank very special friends; Donna and Kermit Marsh, Don and Pat Armington, Dr. Allen and Gail Zagoren. A very special thank you for the caring and kindness of Dr. Eric J. Holm, Jodi Walvoord, and Dr. Mark M. Belz.

Memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors (www.woundedwarriorproject.org/Donate) and The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (www.aspca.org/donate).



David M Crippes

David Michael Crippes, age 59, of Durango, Iowa, passed away peacefully at 7:33 p.m. on Friday November 21, 2014, at home surrounded by his loving family and friends. To honor David's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m., on Sunday, November 23, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 4:00 p.m. with Sr. Mary Agnes O'Connor officiating.

David was born on January 24, 1955, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of George and Mary "Mildred" (McCann) Crippes.
David's work and passion was the family farm and he could always be found sharing his knowledge of all things, from farming and repairs to an abundance of country philosopher extra ordinaire wisdom. He was also employed as a truck driver for Contract Transport. David had a great love for his dogs and loved spending time "hanging with the young-uns". David was a good man who was always willing to help anyone in need and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

David is survived by his mother, Mary "Mildred" Crippes, Dubuque, IA, his fiancé, Donna Maahs, Durango, Tom (Michele) Kelly, Cudahy, WI, Pat Kelly, Oak Creek, WI, very close friends, Tob (Diane) Patzner and Eric Timmerman of Durango, many nieces, nephews and cousins.

David was preceded in death by his father and a brother infancy.

A David M. Crippes memorial fund has been established.
The family would like to thank Tob, Diane, Alfie, Harry and Hospice of Dubuque for all of the wonderful care they gave to David.

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

 



Gretchen C. Nordenson

Gretchen C. Nordenson, 80, of Dubuque died Thursday, November 20, 2014 at Luther Manor.

Funeral services will be 12 p.m., Monday, Nov. 24 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd, where a visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services.

Surviving is her husband, Craig; daughter, Jenifer (Tim) Martin; and brother, Paul (Cathy) Claussen.



David L. Lutgen

David Lee Lutgen, Sr. 60 of Bernard, Iowa passed away on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at home surrounded by his family. Funeral mass will be at 10:30a.m. Monday, November 24th, 2014 at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church. Burial will be at a later date in St. Lawrence, Otter Creek. Friends may call from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 23th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where there will be a wake service at 4:30p.m.

He was born on July 23, 1954 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Leroy "Whitey" and Grace (Frommelt) Lutgen. David married Janelle Huekels on August 14, 1982, in Dubuque. He worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company, FDL and most recently Premier Powder Coating. David enjoyed working on cars and spending time with family. He was an avid Green Bay Packer fan, enjoyed visiting Titletown and taking in an occasional game at Lambeau.

He is survived by his wife Janelle, sons, David Lee Lutgen Jr., Jesse Lutgen, and his daughter Theresa Lutgen, all of Bernard. His brothers, James (Sheryl) Lutgen, and Kevin (Jeanie) Lutgen, both of East Dubuque, IL, Steven (Sherry) Lutgen, of Dubuque. His sisters Barbara Lutgen and Linda Lattner, both of Dubuque. Eight nieces, three nephews, several great nieces and nephews, his life long friend Warren Amling, and his loyal companion "Lil Bit".

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother-in-law Allen Lattner, and a sister-in-law Carol.

In lieu of flowers a David Lee Lutgen, Sr. memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Hermann and his staff and to Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care.



Mitchell R. Houston

Mitchell R. "Banjo" Houston, 24, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, at his home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Mitchell's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Monday, November 24, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 P.M. on Sunday, November 23, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Mitchell Ryan Houston was born on November 25, 1989 in Maquoketa, Iowa to Dennis Wayne Houston and Lucreca LaVonna Schoenherr. He was a 2008 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School where he had been active in 4-H and the Emeline Ridge Rollers.

While in high school he began working for Paul Tonderum until 2011 when he fulfilled a dream of his by becoming a semi-driver. He first drove for Double L & R Inc. in Miles, then Bullock's Inc. and Pfab Trucking until 2012. From 2013 until present he had been driving for Connolly Trucking in Bernard.

"Banjo" enjoyed 4-wheeling, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, and being outdoors. He was avid supporter and volunteered every year at the Jackson County Fair where he also enjoyed participating in the "Night of Destruction". He enjoyed country music and attending country shows and other fairs to pick up ideas for the Jackson County Fair. He loved his Farmall Tractors, and animals especially his horse "Buster" and his dogs "Comet" and "Woofy". He was a simple person who worked hard for everything he had and would do anything for others. He was a man of his word and always put others first. He especially loved spending time with his family and will be deeply missed by family and friends. Ride in Peace Mitchell.

Those left to honor Mitchell's memory include his parents Dennis and Lucreca of Maquoketa, IA; a brother Matthew Houston of Houma, LA; his maternal grandmother Patricia (Ron) Shady of Cincinnati, IA; his paternal grandmother Doreen Houston of Monmouth, IA; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Darrell Houston and his maternal grandfather Rollie Schoenherr.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Mitchell R. "Banjo" Houston memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Mary M. Lehnhoff

Mary M. Lehnhoff, 93, died Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at Ennoble Manor. Funeral services will be 1 pm Saturday at the Church of the Nativity where friends may call Saturday from Noon until time of service. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Centralia. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Mary was born May 6, 1921 in Peosta, Iowa, daughter of Patrick and Mathilda (Mahoney) McDonald. She married Alphonse "Buck" Lehnhoff. He preceded her in death.
Mary graduated from the University of Dubuque and was a teacher at St. Anthony's School for 37 years. She was a member of the Church of the Nativity.

She is survived by four children, Loren Lehnhoff of East Dubuque, Carolyn Sherrill of East Dubuque, Dan Lehnhoff of Texas and Suzanne (Mike) Parks of Dubuque; 8 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren; one brother, Francis (Darlene) McDonald of Dubuque; three sisters, Kathleen (Tom) Horsfield of Dodgeville, Wisc., Ellen (Chuck) of Solon, IA, Velma Usher of Minneapolis, Minn.

She was also preceded in death by many siblings.

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



Annabelle G. McMahon

Annabelle G. McMahon, 86, of Luther Manor, formerly of 395 York St., died Thursday, November 20, 2014 at Luther Manor.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 at St. Columbkille Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. A visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m.- 10:15 a.m., Saturday at the Church. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

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

Annabelle was born Jan. 2, 1928, in Harpers Ferry, Iowa, to William and Rose (Arseneault) Shields. She attended elementary and high school in Harpers Ferry until her family moved to Dubuque in 1944 after the death of her father. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in 1945. She married David L. McMahon on Sept. 27, 1947, at the Church of the Nativity, Dubuque. They had been members of St. Columbkille Parish since 1947.

Annabelle worked at Rosheks/Armstrong's Department Store, in the Infants and Children's Department, from 1969 until her retirement in 1990.

She especially enjoyed family gatherings, Women's Card Club, bridge groups, flower gardening, collecting angel figurines, cooking/baking, and sewing/needlework.

Surviving are her husband of 67 years, David McMahon; three daughters, Anne (Richard) Hesse of Menomonee, Falls, Wis., Sheila (Myron) Tranel of Platteville, Wis., and Donna (Daniel) Stehn of Peosta; and a son, Stephen, of Dubuque. Also five grandchildren: Molly (James Cho) Stehn, Katie (Ethan Esser) Stehn, Maggie Stehn, Luke (Pam) Tranel, and Laura (Danny) Holt; plus five great-grandchildren: Sylvia and Danny Cho; and Henry, Oliver, and Rosemary Tranel. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Pearl McMahon, of Orange, Calif.

She was preceded in death by a son, James McMahon; her parents, William, Sr. and Rose Shields; a sister, Mary Harjehausen; and two brothers, William Shields, Jr. and Gerald Shields.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Columbkille Parish.

Family members are grateful for the kind care provided by Luther Manor Care at Home and by Luther Manor staff members in all departments.

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

 



Sylvester Engler

Sylvester "Les" Engler, 95, formerly of Rickardsville, passed away peacefully Monday, November 17, 2014 at Luther Manor. We believe no gentler soul has ever walked this earth. He has missed his dear wife, Helen, for over 2 ½ years, longing to be with her. Knowing they now walk unaided, enjoying the wonders and glory of heaven and the perfect love we have all been promised, brings us joy and much comfort.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 24, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rickardsville. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Rickardsville. Friends may greet the family from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, November 23, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 3:00 p.m.

Sylvester was born October 2, 1919 in Worthington, IA, the son of Andrew and Theresa (Claus) Engler. He married Helen Ernzen on February 4, 1943 at St. Clement Catholic Church, Bankston. She preceded him in death on May 5, 2012. Sylvester was employed with Interstate Power Company for many years in addition to farming and working part-time at the Avalon Supper Club. He was also a longtime member of St. Joseph Parish in Rickardsville, where he was a member of the choir and served for 12 years on the Board of Directors. In his retirement years he was a volunteer at a tax aid program, helping those in need navigate the "Infernal Revenue Service" as he put it, well into his 80s, a fact of which he was proud. Les loved God, his family, music and euchre and taught his children to pray and sing in harmony and laugh even when getting euchred. He was an avid fisherman, never passing up a chance to have a rod and reel in his hands. Those same hands not only taught his grandchildren how to bait hooks but how to hug with all their might. One of his favorite gestures was to raise his clasped hands in a sign of victory at any of our achievements. His face lit up with that beautiful smile at the sight of any one of his loved ones, like a child getting the first glimpse of a much longed for Christmas present, making us feel cherished.

Those left to cherish his memory include two sons, Tom (Nancy) Engler, traveling the USA in their RV and Kevin Engler of Dubuque; three daughters, Carol, of Oskaloosa, Judie (Roger) Heiderscheit, of Holy Cross, and Nancy Clark, of Dubuque; nine grandchildren; four step grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Florence Ernzen, of Dubuque.

In addition to his beloved wife of 69 years, he was preceded in death by his parents; a much loved son in law, Daniel Schiller; and a brother, Robert "Bud" Engler.

The family would like to thank the staff at Luther Manor. Their loving care, especially of Dad since Mom passed, was done with grace and compassion and true affection. Dad talked often of the hugs he received, easing our minds when we couldn't be there. You know who you are and we are forever in your debt. Also our thanks to Hospice of Dubuque. Our time with them was brief but words cannot express their helpfulness. God bless you all.

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



Mark W. Muir

Mark W. Muir, 65 of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m., Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Nativity Catholic Church. Family will greet friends 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Friday, November 21, 2014 at Nativity Catholic Church.

Mark was born August 10, 1949 in Dubuque, the son of Gilbert "Bert" and Lois (Terris) Muir. He graduated from Wahlert High School and then attended Loras College. Mark married Mary Kay Fangman at Nativity Catholic Church on July 31, 1971. He was a business analyst for John Deere, retiring on February 1, 2014. Mark enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and especially time with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Kay; children, Martin (Nicole Stickler) Muir of Plano, IA, Nicole (Ted) Osterberger of Boise, Idaho; 5 grandchildren, Ed, Calvin and Henry Osterberger, Max Muir and Alyssa Boehning; siblings, Mike (Suzanne) Muir, Pete (Susie) Muir, and Mary (Terry) Reelitz; in-laws, John (Joan) Fangman, Sandra Duffy, Joanne (Francis) Giunta and Janice (Joe) Healey.

Mark was preceded in death by his parents.

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

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



Jackson R. Hohmann

Jackson Ricky Hohmann, 8, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, November 16, 2014, at Finley Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, November 22, at St. Raphael Cathedral. Rev. Alan Dietzenbach will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, November 21, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.

Jackson was born December 8, 2005 in Dubuque, the first child of Robert and Angie (Bott) Hohmann. He was in the third grade at Carver Elementary School, and was featured in the Dubuque Community School District's "Kid President" video. Jackson was in Boy Scouts, and was a member of the Dubuque Soccer Club. He was a member of St. Raphael Cathedral.

Jackson was a social butterfly who knew everyone, and made friends wherever he went. He loved expressing his creativity with Legos. He would spend hours building things and was proud to show everyone that what he had built was better than the picture on the box. Jackson had a passion for soccer. He loved the Dubuque Soccer Club Developmental Program and with his drive and determination he joined the Dubuque Soccer Club Youth Academy. He loved his teammates and coaches. "Little Jack" was always looking forward to the next soccer practice and tournament. In his honor, special friends are working with the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque to establish the Jackson Hohmann "Play Like There's No Tomorrow" Soccer Scholarship Program.

Jackson had a keen intelligence, and had thoughtful responses well beyond his years. Jackson was a leader and caretaker for his three younger sisters, and he was a great big brother to them. He had a bright personality that could light up a room, an infectious smile, and eyes that would melt your heart. He was a witty, charming, sensitive, sharing, and caring child who was loved by all those whose lives he touched. His dog, Prince, was his special friend - they are now reunited. He was and will continue to be his mom and dad's "favorite-boy-in-the-whole-wide-world."

Those left to cherish his memory include his parents, Robert and Angie Hohmann, of Dubuque; his sisters, Mia, Whitney, and Ella, at home; his grandparents, Gene and Teri Hohmann of St. Catherine, IA, Janet (Larry Simon) Conlan of Dubuque, and Bob (Sue) Bott of Dubuque; his aunts and uncles, Tammy Szalkowski (Todd) of Peosta, Gary (Jessica) Hohmann of Dubuque, Andrea (Doug) McReynolds of Dubuque, Mike (Melinda) Blosch of Peosta, and Nicky (Jeff) Barta of Peosta; special family friends Kevin and Kathy Pfohl and their children Mitchell and Claire; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his special great grandma, Opal Conlan; his uncle, Phillip Bott; his great uncle Ricky Bott; and his dog, Princey.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Jackson Hohmann Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank the Dubuque Police Department, Dubuque Fire Department EMS, and the Finley ER Doctors and Nurses for their care of Jackson.

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



Wilma E. Spear

Wilma E. Spear,81, died Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Burial will be in St. Matthew Cemetery, Sherrill. Friends may call from 3 to 7 pm Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road. Friends may also call Friday from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. at the Church.

Wilma was born on December 11, 1932 in Sherrill, IA the daughter of Elmer and Lydia (Duerr) Wehrspann. She married Thomas Spear on March 1, 1951 in Sherrill. He preceded her in death on Sept. 5, 1994.

Wilma was employed as a sale associate at Betty Jane Candies from 1968 until her retirement. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church where she sang in the choir for 40 years. She was also a member of the Mission Circle. As a member of the Mission Circle, she donated hundreds of quilts to Lutheran World Relief.

Surviving are her children, Debra (Rudy) Husemann, of Wheatland, IA. Kris (Terry) Kunkel of Nashville, Tenn., Thomas (Debra) Spear Jr., of Dubuque and Ellen (Jeff) Hermanson of Cedar Falls, IA.; 11 grandchildren; 21 great- grandchildren; and 3 sisters, Margaret Makovec, Lucille Reichmann and Alvina Timmerman.

She was also preceded in death by her son, Rick Spear; 2 daughters, Jackie Shireman and Cathy Spear; 2 brothers, Martin and William Wherspann; and 2 sisters, Irene Beauchamp and Doris Wehrspann.

For more information please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

A Wilma Spear memorial fund has been established.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab and Mercy Medical Center, as well as Dr. Ries and nurses and staff for their wonderful care.



Gavin J. Gremmel

Gavin Joseph Gremmel, 18, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday, November 17, 2014 the result of an automobile accident. Funeral mass will be at 10:30a.m. Friday, November 21, 2014 at the Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Mark Murphy officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, November 20th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Gavin was born on May 30, 1996 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Joe and Desiree (Orwig) Gremmel. He attended grade school at St. Joseph the Worker and Resurrection. He attended Wahlert High School, Hempstead High School and Clarinda Academy. In 2014 he graduated with honors from Hempstead High School. Gavin always had a passion for wrestling. He began wrestling in 5th grade and continued to wrestle throughout High School. He had plans to wrestle Division 1 in college. In 2013 he was an All American at the Asics Pre Season Nationals. Gavin was undefeated his senior year of High School, taking 1st at Sectionals and Districts while going on to place 4th at the Iowa State Wrestling Tournament. He loved to fish, hunt, and hang out with his friends. Gavin always had a smile on his face especially when he got to eat. Gavin was a very lovable and spiritual young man, he would give anyone the shirt off his back. His family and his friends were most important to him and he loved to spend time at his grandparents home in Chariton and going to the races. He was taken too soon and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his parents Joe and Desiree, two brothers Blake Andresen, and Gannon Gremmel, all of Dubuque. His grandparents, Joan Gremmel, of Dubuque, and Leo and Roni Orwig, of Chariton. Also many special aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather Jerry Gremmel.

In Gavin's honor memorials, will be used to sponsor and assist young men to attend a wrestling camp annually. 

The family wishes to thank the East Dubuque Fire Department and EMS for their quick response and kindness they gave.



Vernon R. Steger

Vernon R. Steger, 80, of Dyersville died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, at his residence after extended illnesses.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday, November 21, at Kramer Funeral Home 750 12th Ave SW, Dyersville, Iowa where a scripture service will be held at 2:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 22, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Vernon was born August 11, 1934, in Dyersville, IA the son of Sylvester and Rose (Quint) Steger.  Vern graduated from St. Francis Xavier High School and served in the Army from 1957 - 1959 in Ft. Lewis, WA.  He married Cecelia Spielbauer on August 8, 1959, in Guttenberg, IA.  He worked at John Deere Dubuque Works as a machinist for 36 years, retiring in 1992.  He then worked part-time as a mechanic for Taylor Construction until 2013.

Gardening was his lifelong passion and he also enjoyed the river where he spent a lot of time camping, boating, water skiing and lately wintering in Texas.  He was especially gifted as a handyman who could repair or restore any project presented to him.  He was an avid reader whose major interest was history. Vernon enjoyed cutting wood and making wine.  He also enjoyed spending time with his children and their families.

Surviving are his wife, Cecelia, his children: Sheila (Steve) Becker of Dyersville, Julie (John) Osterhaus of North Liberty, Eric (Karen) Steger of Dyersville, Chris (friend Jenny Hayes) Steger of Cedar Rapids, Kurt (Michele) Steger of Irmo, SC, and Denise (Doug) Thompson of Coal Valley, IL; grandchildren: Samantha and Benjamin Osterhaus, Nicholas and Mitchell Steger, Jessica and Derrick Steger, Danielle, Hope, Sara and Adam Steger; step grandchildren: Natalie, Aaron (Erin) and Stephanie Becker, and Jacob Thompson; siblings: Norma (Francis) Apel of Dubuque, Rosemary (Eugene) Schmitz of Raymond; a sister-in-law, Darlene Steger of Dyersville, and in-laws: Joseph, Arnold (Dolores), Frank (Jackie), Lawrence (Ellie), Daniel (Georgia), James (Dorcas), Thomas (Ginger) and David Spielbauer, Helen Bolsinger and Hildagarde (Merrill) Brooks.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers: Donald and Paul Steger and in-laws: Kathleen (Lowell) Eilers, Rosalyn (Earl) Schultz, John Spielbauer, Delores Spielbauer and Donald Bolsinger.

Memorials are preferred.

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

 

 



Ambrose J. Merkes

Ambrose J. Merkes, 90, of Luxemburg, Iowa died Monday, November 17, 2014 at Dubuque Nursing & Rehab Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville, where a parish vigil service will be held at 3 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Ambrose was born Oct. 10, 1924 in Luxemburg, Iowa, the son of Peter and Margaret (Ries) Merkes. He married Sylvia Vonderhaar on Nov. 24, 1953 in Luxemburg, Iowa. Ambrose was a fun loving man. He worked at John Deere and enjoyed traveling, Polka and spending time with his entire family.

Survivors include his sisters Mary Jane (Merkes) (Joel) Glennon of Dubuque, and Theresa (Merkes) Foxen of New Clarus, WI; brothers Aloysius (Theresa) Merkes of Dubuque, Peter Merkes of Lancaster, WI, John (Lucille) Merkes of Dubuque, and Arnold (Jacqueline) Merkes of Manchester; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sylvia, in 1999; his sisters Catherine (Joe) Foxen and Clara (Melvin) Weis; brother Arthur Merkes; and in-laws Dorothy (Vonderhaar) Merkes, Leonard Foxen and Yvonne Merkes.

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



June M. Noel

June M. Noel, 91, Woodstock, Ill., formerly of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, at Valley Hi Nursing Home, Woodstock.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov, 19 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road, with the Rev. John Sorenson officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 12:30- 2p.m., Wednesday at the Funeral Home.

She was born Aug. 22, 1923, in Dubuque, to Mary Ames and was raised in Potosi, Wis., where she attended elementary and high school. She attended the University of Dubuque for one year.

She married John "Jack" E. Noel July 11, 1942, in Dubuque. They lived in Texas for three years while he was in the service.

They moved back to Dubuque and were owners/operators of Noel's Tavern & Restaurant for 30 years until her husband retired in 1974. They were members of Sacred Heart Church, Dubuque, and charter members of the North End Gun Club.

In 2000, she moved to Woodstock to be closer to her family. She lived at Valley Hi Nursing Home since February 2012.

She will be sadly missed by her family. Her grandchildren remember how she was always quick with a smile or a song and how she made each one of them feel special. She had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh and sing.

Survivors include five daughters, Marylee (Don) Steinwehe, Woodstock, Sara (Jim) O'Riley, Elgin, Ill., Kim (Eric) Griffiths, Golden, Colo., Kris (Alan) Benezra, Boulder, Colo., and Julie Noel, Decorah, Iowa; eight grandchildren, Emily (Greg Dixon) Steinwehe, Madison, Wis., John (Ashley Diedrich) Steinwehe, Crystal Lake, Ill., Megan (Mike) Brown, Tigard, Ore., Kevin O'Riley, Chicago, Tyler O'Riley, Elgin, Ill., Allison Griffiths, Westminster, Colo., Sam Benezra, New York City, and Hallie Benezra, New York City; a great-granddaughter, Eleanor June Brown, Tigard; a great-grandson, Wesley Brown, Tigard; cousins, Winnie Chandler, Hazel Green, Wis., and Jean Collis, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband in February 1979.

Memorials can be made in her name to Valley Hi Nursing & Rehabilitation, 2406 Hartland Road, Woodstock, IL 60098; or JourneyCare Hospice, 405 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington, IL 60010.

Her family greatly appreciates the special care she received at Valley Hi and the special attention from JourneyCare Hospice.



Mary C. Weber

Mary C. Weber, 94, formerly of Bellevue, Iowa, died Thursday, November 13, 2014, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, November 21, 2014, at St. Donatus Catholic Church. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, November 20, at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque. Additional visitation will be held Friday morning from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. at the church.

Mary Flammang was born February 2, 1920, in Orleans, Nebraska, daughter of Nicholas and Christina (Herrig) Flammang. She married Ray Weber on October 8, 1940, at St. Donatus Catholic Church. Mary and Ray were married 74 years.

Mary and Ray farmed together near St. Donatus. Mary was a wonderful homemaker and enjoyed cooking, sewing, and gardening. She baked delicious homemade cinnamon rolls, sewed beautiful quilts, and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Surviving are her husband, Ray, and their children, Rita (Dale deceased) Driscoll, Arlene (Stephen) Turnis, Linda (Norb) Kutsch, Raymond J. Weber, Lucille (Rod) Vogel, and Mary (Dr. Paul) Fowler. She has 12 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 3 step great-grandchildren, one
sister, Jean Brosius, and one sister-in-law, Anna Mae Flammang.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Aloysius "Alvie", James, and Paul Flammang; six sisters, Bernice Breitfelder, Veronica Ryan, Martha Conarty, Viola Jensen, Rose Weber, and Margaret Adrian; and a son-in-law, Dale Driscoll.

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

Online condolences maybe left at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Fred A. Gronau

Fred A. Gronau, 67, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, November 14, 2014 after a five year battle with cancer. A Funeral Service will be held at 12:00pm, Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. with Pastor Katherine Achtemeier officiating. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, November 17, 2014 at the funeral home and also after 10:30 a.m. until the time of service on Tuesday. A private burial will take place at a later date in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Fred was born on November 8, 1947 in Dubuque, the son of Walter and Betty (Burns) Gronau. He was a long time truck driver for Traush Baking Co., a milk hauler for Jack Cole, a maintenance worker for the Dominican Sisters and did early morning donut deliveries for Donut-Boy. Fred enjoyed conversation with friends at his favorite Establishment. He also enjoyed fishing with his family, especially his last few outings on the pontoon and his trip to Chetek.

Fred is survived by his wife Sandy, his sons; Todd (Karen) Gronau, Troy (Michelle) Gronau, his daughter Terri (Travis Metcalf) Helmle. Grandchildren; Sarah, Megan and Tim Gronau and Ricky and Ellie Brokus. Sisters; Candy (Jim) Nelson, Mary Ann (Jim) Dausener, Deb (Lyn) Knight, Shelley (Greg) Goeppner, and Diane "Dedee"(Tom)Cosgrove, Brothers; Jim (Jackie) Gronau, and Dave (Terri) Gronau, along with many nieces and nephews.

His family would like to thank Dr. Clamon of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for his exceptional care. Also Dr. Engelman, The Hope Lodge of Iowa City and Hospice of Dubuque for their time and support.



Francis X. Gruber, Jr.

Francis X. "Frank" Gruber, Jr., age 77, of Dubuque, IA, was called home to our Lord at 6:10 p.m. on Thursday, November 13, 2014, surrounded by his devoted family after a courageous battle with cancer. To honor Frank's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Rev. Diane Grace officiating. To celebrate Frank's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 17, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Frank was born on January 25, 1937, in Dubuque, IA, and was adopted by Francis X. and Mary J. (Fischer) Gruber, Sr.


Frank graduated from St. Columbkilles in 1955 and joined the U.S. Navy after graduation where he served admirably on the USS Haas until 1959. He married Cheryl "Sheri" Jellison on May 5, 1973 in Epworth, IA. She preceded him in death on August 13, 2011. He was employed at John Deere for 38 years. Frank enjoyed time relaxing at the family cottage. He also enjoyed going Up North, playing mandolin and guitar, having jam sessions with his pals, watching and rooting for the Cubs and Hawkeyes with his cat, Baby Girl, and dog, Pogo, and enjoying AOL. He volunteered as a counselor for Gambler's Anonymous as well as Hospice of Dubuque. His thirteen children were his proudest achievement and he loved and cared for all of them with grace from the Lord. Frank's faith never faltered and with this strength in Jesus, his soul will live forever with Him.

Frank is survived by his children, Michael (Shari) Gruber, Dubuque, IA, Deborah Gruber, Spanaway, WA, Lisa Gruber, Williamsburg, VA, Joseph (Joanne) Gruber, Dubuque, IA, Jeffrey Gruber, Dubuque, IA, Missy (Kevin) Donovan, Dubuque, IA, Monica (Steve) Kuhlman, Atlanta, GA, Brian Atchison, Dubuque, IA, Sara Gruber Marino, Cedar Rapids, IA, Curtis (Jenny) Gruber, Madison, WI, Paul (Erica) Gruber, Dubuque, IA, Mark (Jackie) Gruber, Moline, IA, Abi Gruber, Minneapolis, MN, grandchildren, Ryan, Brandon, Katie, Kristina, Tishana, Jacob, Jenna, Megan, Brittany, Emily, Ben, Jacob, Ajay, Lydia, Issac, Anthony, Andrew, Amelia, Adalee, and three great-grandchildren, Conner, Liam and Eli.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife of 41 years, Sheri and his son, Daniel.
In lieu of flowers a Francis X. "Frank" Gruber, Jr. memorial fund has been established to be given to his favorite charities.

The family would like to extend a special thank you and prayer to those who took such great care of Frank, especially Dr. Hermann, Dubuque Internal Medicine, Hospice of Dubuque and the volunteers at Meals on Wheels.

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



LaVerne M. Beighle

LaVerne Marie Beighle, age 83, passed away on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at Ennoble Manor after a brief illness. Visitation will be from 12:30-2, Saturday, November 22, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 3650 Asbury Rd., followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family.

LaVerne was born March 30, 1931, in Norway, Michigan, daughter of Serefeno and Tillie Rigotti. She was an active member of the local congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses and touched the lives of scores of people in her share of their Bible education work. She was known for her zeal for that activity. LaVerne also enjoyed playing piano, traveling and spending time with family. Her family always enjoyed her famous "pink" salad, playing spoons with her at family dinners and her contagious giggle.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Gene and their four children, Deborah (Gary) Beresford of Dubuque, Mark (Wendy) Beighle of Cuba City, WI, David (Juanita) Beighle of Benicia, CA and Sarah Beighle of Platteville, WI; her sister Joyce Richards; nephew Michael Richards; five grandchildren, Corinna Beighle, Jacob (Heather) Beighle, Hannah (Ryan) Banchak, Naomi (Joel) Detrick, Leah Beresford; five great-grandchildren, Luke, Grace, Noah, Lily and Ava.

She was preceded in death by her parents. Special thank you to the entire staff at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Ennoble Manor for their diligent care.



Saverna R. Stoltz

Saverna R. Stoltz, 93 of Luther Manor died Thursday, November 13, 2014.

Friends may call Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road. Committal services will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Saverna was born on August 22, 1921 in La Motte, Iowa the daughter of Henry and Mary (Gehler) Herrig.
She married Bertrand Stoltz on February 22, 1949. He preceded her death on July 17, 2008.

Saverna was a wonderful homemaker and was employed for 15 years at Dubuque Senior High School.
In her early years she enjoyed sewing, playing cards, watching the Cubs, gambling, ballroom and square dancing, and listening to Big Band music. She was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church and St. Ann's circle.


Surviving are her children, Ken Stoltz, of Boscobel, Wis., Jan (Phil) Keating and Alan (Lori) Stoltz of Dubuque; grandchildren, Tony (Abigail) Keating, Rachel (Jason) Carlstrom, Quintin (Jill) Stoltz, Jesse Stoltz, and Jordan (Chris) Roundhill; great- grandchildren, Joshua, Tabitha, Noah, Tirza, Alyssa and Blake; and a sister-in-law, Charlene Herrig.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, grandson, Zachary Stoltz; and siblings, Elmer Herrig, Norma Michel, Rhinelda Brune, Florian Herrig, and Sylvan Herrig.

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

In lieu of flowers a Saverna Stoltz memorial fund has been established.


A heartfelt thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and Luther Manor for their kindness and care.