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Angeline (Arvanitis) Rittenburg Berniece M. Kieler-Kaiser Bonnie L. Brimeyer
Dale LeRoy Chally Donna Boll Elmer L. Olsem
Floyd W. Feldmann George Erwin White Georgia Jean Olds
Germaine E. Weber Harold L. Durkop James M. Rohl
James P. Link Jeanette Emma Miller Gibson John H. Uthe
Joseph L. Knox LeAnn D. McCallister Lois Irene Jensen
Mellita Virginia (Hanten) Pommerich Melvin E. Zmudka Michael Strowmatt
Naoko Crippes Peggy Ann Dannatt Richard G. Lund
Robert C. Sheehan Rodney Allen Said Stephen J. Knipper
Susan K. Gregory Sylvester J. Otting Tom and Mary Lou Aird
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Rodney Allen Said


Rodney Allen Said, 70, of Peosta, Iowa, passed away Friday, April 20, 2018 at his home in Peosta, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Rod may call from 2 to 7 p.m., Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa. Services for Rod will be held at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schuller Presiding and full military honors afforded by the Dyersville American Legion Post #137. Burial will be held at a later date.

Rod was born July 11, 1947 in Clinton County, Iowa, son of Vern and Silvia (Teeters) Said. He graduated from Maquoketa High School in Maquoketa, Iowa. On July 24, 1982 he was united in marriage to Jean Casel in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Rod served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War as a Helicopter Pilot. He is a member of the Dyersville American Legion Post #137.

He loved spending time with his family and friends especially golfing with his friend Bill Barton. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and hanging out with his Legion friends, specifically his friend Kenny Olberding.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Said of Peosta, IA, four children, Chad Said of Wilton, IA Chandra Said of Wilton, IA, Kari Frommelt of Canton, MI and Keasha Said; 11 grandchildren; two siblings, Gary Said and Deloris Bendixen both of Maquoketa, IA; two sisters-in-law, Linda Said and Donna Said both of Maquoketa, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Amy Rausch; one grandson, Hunter Michael Frommelt on April 8, 2016; two brothers, Don Said and Ronnie Said; one sister, Betty Wirth.

Online condolences may be sent to www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com



Sylvester J. Otting


Sylvester J. "Fess" Otting, 66, of Dubuque died Thursday, April 19, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 pm Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost Church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Fess was born May 16, 1951 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Emil and Annamae (Jackson) Otting. He married Peggy Carroll on May 9, 1970 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.

He lost both his legs in Viet Nam while serving in the US Marine Corps. Upon returning from Viet Nam, he worked for Dubuque Wilbert Vaults.

Fess took everything life threw at him in stride. He enjoyed bowling, the outdoors and was a Cubs and Bears fan. He loved spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Otting of Dubuque; two children, Dwayne (Suzanne O'Neil) Otting of Cascade and Michelle (Frank) Montoya of Glendale , Arizona; six grandchildren, Madison Heim-Otting, Lane Otting, Emma Otting, Erica Montoya, Alexis Montoya and Jaden Montoya; a great grandson, Ryker Fagan and two former daughters in law, Sherry and Tera. He is also survived by his siblings, Mary Weber of Hazel Green, Wisc., Elizabeth "Betty" Otting of Waterloo, Emil (Ruby) Otting, Jr. of Dubuque, Margaret (Johnny) Maize of Oklahoma, Raymond Otting of Dubuque, Rosemary Heim of Dubuque, Racheal (Jim Lorence) Bartle of Dubuque, Phillip (Melissa) Otting Potosi, Wisc., Grace (Michael) Brade of Dubuque, Helen "Pixie" (Mark) Mitchley of Dubuque, and Christine (Kevin) Light of Rewy, Wisc and many nieces and nephews.

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



Germaine E. Weber


Germaine E. "Gigi" Weber, age 91, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 7:42 a.m., on Friday, April 20, 2018, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Gigi's life, funeral services will be held at 4:30 p.m., on Sunday, April 22, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon Mike Ellis officiating. To celebrate Gigi's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m., until the time of services at 4:30 p.m., on Sunday, April 22, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Gigi was born the 7th of 9 children, on August 25, 1926, in Farley, Iowa, the 5th daughter of George and Bertha (Beckman) Oberbroeckling.

Gigi was united in marriage to the love of her life, John "Jack" Weber, on May 28, 1955, at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque. The two were blessed with 55 years together, and 2 adored children, before Jack was called home ahead of her, almost 7 earthly years to the day for their eternal reunion this morning, on April 21, 2011. Gigi was raised with a strong work ethic, and she would diligently put those lessons to use at the Dubuque Packing Company for 40 years until her well deserved retirement eventually arrived. Gigi was an active, faith filled woman who always enjoyed spending time with her friends at her beloved St. Mary's Church, as well as social gatherings at the Moose Lodge. In her free-time, Gigi could often be found decorating, making sure everything was in "just the right place" in her tidy home, religiously manicuring her perfect lawn, practicing her throwing technique for the Jack's Trucking Team at the bowling alley, or creating a delicious meal and sweet treats for her family to enjoy around the dinner table. Gigi was also a talented quilter who has created countless treasured keepsakes for family and friends over the years. She and Jack also traveled extensively for most of their lives and loved any opportunity to soak up the sun, sights and sounds in any new destination. However, beyond a doubt, spending time with her family brought Gigi the greatest joy imaginable. She looked forward to any opportunity where family bonding and memories could be created, especially if doting on her forever precious grandchildren and great-grandchildren could be achieved. We are deeply saddened today at the loss of our sweet mother, grandmother, sister and friend, but we thankfully discover comfort in the fact that she is now reunited with her beloved Jack, once again, and that the Lord was gracious enough to share our wonderful Gigi with us for 91 years.

Those left to cherish Gigi's memory include

her children,
Sandra (Steven) Rackis, Iowa City, IA
and John "Bronco" Weber, Dubuque, IA;

3 grandchildren,
Jordan (Melissa) Weber, Dubuque, IA,
Gina Weber, Dubuque, IA
and Colin Rackis, Iowa City, IA;

and 2 great-granddaughters,
Breelyn Weber, Olivia Germaine Weber, and another baby on the way.

Gigi was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, John "Jack" Weber; and her 8 siblings, Lucinda Clemens, Viola Bowling, Helen Parker, Virginia Lopez, Mary Schmitt, Donald Oberbroeckling, Arthur Oberbroeckling, George Jake Oberbroeckling Jr.

A Germaine E. "Gigi" Weber memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Gigi's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Finley Hospital, and Hospice of Dubuque, for their wonderful care and helping to keep her comfortable in her final days. Also, a very special thanks to her loving granddaughter, Gina, who has made it possible for Gigi to remain in her home, she loved so much, over these past few years.

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



Richard G. Lund


Richard G. "Dick" Lund, 77, of Andrew, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at his home in Andrew, Iowa.

A celebration of Dick's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Monday, April 23, 2018, at Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 P.M. on Sunday, April 22, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Andrew, IA Cemetery.

Richard Gene Lund was born on August 16, 1940, in Iowa City, Iowa, to John Edward and Clara Pauline (McConkey) Lund. He was a 1958 graduate of Andrew High School and always remained close with his classmates.

He married Margaret Ann Gerlich on August 22, 1959, in Bellevue, Iowa. To this union three children: Julie, Janet and Jean.

Dick first worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa as an inspector for 20 years. He then worked at Caterpillar in Mt. Joy for three years on the assembly line, and lastly for Andrew Meats for over 17 years.

Dick was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, and the Jim Beam Club of Cedar Rapids. He had formerly served as a volunteer fireman on the Andrew Fire Department, and as a former Andrew City Councilman.

He enjoyed traveling with Margaret and going on bus trips with favorite places being Branson and the Smokey Mountains. He especially loved spending time with his family and always looked forward to the Andrew class reunions.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Margaret Lund of Andrew, IA; children, Julie (Randy) Kirk of Bellevue, IA, Janet (Todd) Treat of Andrew, IA, and Jean (Craig) Luna of Clarksville, TN; 9 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Georgia Shady of Maquoketa, IA, and Lillie Hancock of Bellevue, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Clara and Thelma, and brothers John Jr., Lewis, Hubert, Leslie and Ronald.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Richard G. "Dick" Lund memorial fund has been established. 

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



James P. Link


James P. "Boinger" Link, 55, of Dyersville passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018, while doing what he loved, trucking, in Lafayette County, Wisconsin.

Visitation will be held 2 - 8 pm Sunday, April 22, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Monday from 9 - 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Monday, April 23, 2018, St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Jim was born August 1, 1962, in Dubuque the son of John and Mary Susan "Susie" (Danz) Link.  Jim attended Beckman Catholic High School.  He married Judy Lueck on May 10, 1986, in Dyersville.  With his brothers, he co-owned & operated Jack Link Truck Line.  Jim enjoyed boating, camping, car cruises, but most of all he enjoyed the loves of his life, Judy and his children.  Everywhere Jim went he was sure to have everyone laughing.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Judy, 3 children: Ryan (Dina) Link of Farley, Lindsey Link (fiancé Jeff Eschbach) of California, Rachel Link (friend Nick Fallon) of Dyersville; siblings: Mike (Ann) Link, Bill (Connie) Link, Chris (Nicole) Link and John (Emily) Link, all of Dyersville; parents-in-law, Don and Cecilia Lueck of Dyersville,

in-laws: Kathy (Carl) Wessels, Dan (Lynne) Lueck, Jim (Mary Kay) Lueck, Chuck (Lynn) Lueck, Tim (Amy) Lueck and Kevin Lueck all of Dyersville, Tom (Gerrie) Lueck and Ken (Lynn) Lueck, both of Cedar Rapids, and many nieces & nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Thomas Link in 2007.

Memorials are preferred.

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

 

 



Georgia Jean Olds


Georgia Jean Olds, at the age of 65, lost her long battle with cancer on Monday, April 16th, 2018 at home in Dubuque, Iowa with her beloved Husband, Paul, by her side.

According to Georgia's wishes, no public visitation or service will be held. A private burial will be at a later date in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque Iowa. Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, is assisting the family.

Georgia was born on July 27, 1952, the daughter of Floyd and Violet (Baker) Bennett, in Dubuque, Iowa. Georgia met the love of her life, Paul S. Olds, at Dubuque Senior High School when she was 15. They married at Sacred Heart Church, Dubuque, Iowa, on September 5, 1970. They would go on to share and celebrate over 47 devoted years of marriage together.

Georgia graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1970. Over the next 21 years she would live with her loving husband in Patuxent River, Maryland; Guantanamo Bay Navel Base, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Jacksonville, Florida; Norfolk, Virginia; and Rantoul, Illinois; and eventually moved back to Dubuque after her husband retired from the Navy in 1991.

Above all else Georgia loved to make people smile, she was a caring giving person who never said 'no'. Her, husband Paul fondly says, "She was the toughest women I know, she was the center piece that held everything together and was the driving force that always got things done. She was the type of woman that gave everything and would always sacrifice her own needs for others. She is deeply loved and will be missed by her loved ones and all that knew her."

She is survived by her husband Paul, two sons, Anthony "Tony" (Kristina) Bohr, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Jonathan "Jonny" Olds of Ingleside, IL. Three grandchildren, Jacob Bohr currently serving in the Air Force, Brandon Olds currently serving with the United States Marine Corps and Avija Olds. Her siblings, Irene (Bill) Jackson, Floyd Bennett, and Nancy Funk all of Dubuque, Phillip Bennett and Elisabeth Bennett of Iowa City, along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Violet Bennett, and her sister, Patricia Bennett.

Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com

In lieu of flowers a Georgia Olds memorial fund will be established.

A very special thank you to Melissa, Amy C. and Julie of Hospice of Dubuque.



Harold L. Durkop


Harold L. Durkop, 89, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away, Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at Crestridge Care Center.

A celebration of Harold's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, April 26, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, April 25, 2018. A private burial will be at the Evergreen Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa, at a later date.

Harold Leon Durkop was born January 23, 1929 in Clinton County, Iowa, to Fred A. and Vivian B. (Brown) Durkop. He attended elementary school at Elwood, Iowa and then country school near Iron Hill through the 8th grade. He enrolled in the Adult Education Program at Maquoketa High School and earned his high school diploma in 1973 .

He married Donna Merlene Clark, September 28, 1952, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Bellevue, Iowa. To this union three children were born: Dennis, Debora and Cheryl.

Harold and Donna first farmed south of Baldwin, then for Frank Hansen near Elwood. He later worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa before moving to Delmar where he ran the corn sheller for Delmar Grain & Feed until 1966, followed by 2 years with Welton Elevator. From 1968 until retirement in 1988 he was employed with Caterpillar Tractor at Mt. Joy, Iowa. In retirement, he manned Bowman's Car Wash, helped out at Everett Mattox Auctions, and lent a hand at harvest time for brother-in-law Kelly Keeney.

He enjoyed home carpentry, tinkering with lawnmowers, and gardening. Harold and Donna visited many states during their travels. They were Dade City, Florida snowbirds from 1991 to 2010.

Those left to honor Harold's memory include his children, Dennis, Debora (Dan) Holm, and Cheryl; 4 grandchildren, Amy Hayward, Troy (Kit) Hayward, Maria (David) Hong, and Myling Durkop; 2 step-grandchildren, Marty (Jennifer) Holm, and Eric (Ashley) Stoltz; 2 great-grandchildren; 7 step-great-grandchildren; a sister, Luella (Kelly) Keeney of Delmar, Iowa; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Norma and Glen Bormann of Andrew, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Donna on November 15, 2013, and a sister and brother-in-law Lola and Bill Felderman.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Harold L. Durkop memorial fund has been established.

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



Vida Shireman


Vida Shireman, 90, of Dubuque, IA died on Tuesday, April 17, at Mercy Medical Center of Dubuque.

Funeral Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 21st, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Burial will follow in Asbury Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 20th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Vida Jean Lewis was born on February 18, 1928 in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Roy and Blanche (Whitehead) Lewis. She grew up in Durango and Dubuque, IA and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. In 1943 she married Bernard John Shireman. They were together 48 years when he preceded her in death on September 24, 1991.

Vida was always an outdoors person until her health prevented her from pursuing her favorite activities: horseback riding, fishing, camping in their motor home, morel hunting in the spring, berry picking in the summer, and walnut gathering and bittersweet hunting in the fall. Vida especially loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren and they returned that love. She was "Grandma Vida" not only to them but also to many other children in her life. Her banana bread was especially loved by these kids (as well as many friends and family).

Vida is survived by her three children: Jean (Tom) Schwartz of Dubuque; Gayle (Don) Clasen of
Bernard, IA; and Dan (Joan) Shireman of Bernard, IA. Seven grandchildren: Joe (Amy) Clasen of LaMotte, IA; Christina (Dwight) Nyquist of Rock Island, IL; Scott (Jacki) Clasen of LaMotte, IA; Jaime (Lance) DeClue of Steelville, MO; Chris (Nancy) Germain of Buffalo, IA; Jessica (Jake) Kendall of Marion, IA; and Brittney Shireman of Cedar Rapids, IA. Eight great grandchildren: Michael Germain of Davenport, IA; Corey Clasen of Cedar Rapids, IA; Mercedes Nyquist of Rock Island, IL; Dakota DeClue of Steelville, MO; Dalton and Carter Clasen of LaMotte, IA; and Hayden and Harper Kendall of Marion, IA. Her siblings James (Anna Mae) Lewis of Dubuque, and Marla Nelson of Sun City, AZ.

Vida was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, sister Loreen Digmann, brothers Bill and Charlie Lewis, her great grandson Nicholas Germain.

The family would like to express their thanks to Stonehill Care Center, her friends at Alverno Apartments and her longtime friend, Lulu Hohmann.



James M. Rohl


James M. "Grizz" Rohl, 51, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, April 15, 2018, at his home in rural Maquoketa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of "Grizz" on Saturday, May 19, 2018, from 2 to 4 P.M. in "The Bistro" at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites have been accorded.

James Michael Rohl was born on July 18, 1966 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Ronald Ray and Irene Grace (Goldammer) Rohl. He grew up in Illinois where he proudly earned the Eagle Scout rank and graduated from Downers Grove South High School. Following graduation, "Grizz" had worked in the printing industry as a service manager for many years. He moved with the love of his life, Janice, to Iowa in 2007 and found that this was the place where he belonged.

"Grizz" loved everything outdoors, country living, motorcycle riding, his tractor, flying his drone, and model airplanes. He had an incredible love for animals and was a phenomenal cook who enjoyed eating as much as cooking.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Janice Caine of Maquoketa, IA; step-children, Josh (Julie) Caine of Oswego, IL, and Jessica (Nick) Caine of Maquoketa, IA; 2 grandchildren, Jacob and Jonathan Caine; his parents, Ronald and Irene Rohl of Downers Grove, IL; a sister, Carol (Amy Coe-Rohl) Rohl of Boston, MA; and 2 nieces, Abigail and Caroline. He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be directed to the Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association Inc., P.O. Box 55071 #15530, Boston, MA 02205-5071. You may also donate by calling them at (800) 601.0613 or online at www.ecaware.org.
Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.



Elmer L. Olsem


Elmer L. Olsem, 89, of Manchester, Iowa, formerly of Colesburg, passed away on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home in Edgewood. He was born on September 21, 1928, in Garnavillo, the son of August and Anna (Harter) Olsem.

Elmer attended school through eighth grade in Garnavillo. On April 14, 1953, he married Wilma Reth at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Masonville. Three children were born to this union. Elmer farmed with his wife in rural Colesburg and drove truck for several years for New Vienna Feeds.

Elmer enjoyed playing cards and fishing. He also spent a great deal of time in his shop on the farm. However, he most cherished being a husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Wilma of Manchester; his children, Jerry (Mac) Olsem of Greeley, Jim (Liz) Olsem of Lisbon, and Linda (Ken) Nixon of Boise, Idaho; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Irene Hoeger of Holy Cross; and many nieces and nephews.

Elmer was preceded in death by his parents, August and Anna; and four siblings, Laurita Oldfather, Mildred Petsche, Arnold Olsem, and Marvin Olsem.

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

Online condolences may be sent to www.leonard-mullerfh.com.

Mass of Christian Burial: 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Colesburg, with Reverend John Haugen officiating.

Visitation: 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 20, 2018, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Edgewood, with a Scripture service at 7:00 p.m. Friends may also call one hour before Mass on Saturday at the church.

Interment: 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery - Manchester, Iowa

 

 



Berniece M. Kieler-Kaiser


Berniece M. Kieler-Kaiser, 88, of Kieler, Wisconsin, died Monday, April 16, 2018, at Southwest Health Center Hospital in Platteville. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 20, 2018, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Thursday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may call from 9-10:15 a.m. Friday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center before the funeral service.

Berniece was born on November 29, 1929, in Potosi, Wisconsin, the daughter of Charles and Martha (Schmitz) Abing. She married Edward "Eddie" Kieler on September 13, 1949, at St. Andrew's Church in Tennyson. Eddie died on February 9, 1981. She married Eldon Kaiser on February 23, 1990. Eldon died on June 23, 1995. Berniece worked at the Dugout Supper Club from 1965-1969, at Country Heights Supper Club from 1970-1991, and at Roshek's Bridal Alterations Department for six years.

Survivors include her children, Dwaine Kieler, of Oregon, WI, Mary Jo Kieler, of Brookfield, WI, Sharon Kaiser, of Dubuque, and Lori (Dave) Freese, of East Dubuque; her stepdaughters, Joan (Matt) Kieler, of Sinsinawa, and Mary Jo (Dave) Brant, of Kieler; her sisters, Marie Herrig, of St. Donatus, IA, Irene Seng, of Potosi, Luella Brandt, of Kieler, Betty (Jim) Jungk, of Dubuque, Doris (Bernard) Hentrich, of Hazel Green, and Margaret (Joe) Hentrich, of Belmont; a brother, Irvin (Katie) Abing, of Potosi; eleven grandchildren, Eddie Kieler, Rachel & Ben Kieler, Austin Kieler, Kari Niedermaier, Kristin Kaiser, Kayla Strei, and Travis, Cole, Lance and Kelsey Freese; ten step-grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; and many step-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her sisters-in-law, Paulette Abing, of Potosi, Bernadette (Don) Williams, of Lancaster, Sr. Angeline Kieler, of Milwaukee, Louise Kieler, of Dubuque, Sue Wedig, of Belmont, and Ruth Kieler, of Platteville; and a brother in-law, Dan Joyce, of Lancaster.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Kevin Kieler on October 21, 1999; and three brothers, Cyril (Florentine), Leo and Richard Abing.

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



George Erwin White


George Erwin White, 81, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Monday, April 16, 2018, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.

Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 20, 2018, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester. Friends may also call one hour before services on Saturday at the church. The Funeral Service will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the United Methodist Church in Manchester, with Reverend Phil Rogers officiating. Interment will be at Oakland Cemetery in Manchester, Iowa.

He was born on June 9, 1936, in Manchester, the son of George T. and Louiemaude (Harmen) White. He was raised and educated in the area. Following his graduation from Manchester High School in 1955, George worked at the city service station and drove semi.

George married Virginia Morley on his twenty-first birthday, June 9, 1957, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. Three children were born to this union. In 1960, George began his career at Bennett Explosives as an explosives expert. He retired in the late 1990s.

George was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church in Manchester. He and Virginia were members of the Mountain Doers Camping Club, traveling to many states over the years. George had also served on the Delaware County Conservation Board and the Fish and Game Club Board.

George loved spending time with his friends, being outdoors, and gardening. He also enjoyed doing word finds and playing cards and dominos. He cherished time with his family.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Virginia White of Manchester; his children, Deb (Gary) Gibbs of Manchester and Scott (Crystal) White of Williamsburg; five grandchildren, Kayla (Corey) Hood of Manchester, Becca Gibbs of Marion, Morgan Gibbs of Manchester, and Abigail White and Caroline White, both of Williamsburg; three great-grandchildren, Millie Jones and Aubree and Grayson Hood; three sisters, Eleanor Williamson of St. Petersburg, Florida, and Florence Parrott and Helen (Cliff) Cole, all of Manchester; and many sisters- and brothers-in-law and nieces and nephews.

George was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Doug White; his brothers, Bill White, Ted Williams, Walter White, and David White; three sisters, Etta Ballard, Mary Porter, and one in infancy; and many sisters- and brothers-in-law and nieces and nephews.

Online condolences may be sent to www.leonard-mullerfh.com.



Floyd W. Feldmann


Floyd W. Feldmann, 84, of Edgewood, passed away Monday, April 16, 2018, at Edgewood Convalescent Home, Edgewood.

Visitation will be held 2 - 8 p.m. Thursday, April 19, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Visitation will continue from 9 - 10 a.m. Friday at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 20, 2018, St. Luke's Catholic Church, Hopkinton, with burial in the Hopkinton cemetery where military honors will be accorded. Rev. John Kramer will officiate with Rev Paul Baldwin concelebrating.

Floyd was born March 30, 1934 in Hopkinton the son of Anton and Isabella (Jaeger) Feldmann. He married Rita (Thole) Feldmann on May 23, 1998 in Sand Springs. Floyd served in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany. He was a life member of the Edward E. Lake VFW Post 7736 of New Vienna.

Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Rita, step children: Margie (LeRoy) Helle, Marilyn (Joe) Willenbring, Lois (Gene) White, Arnold (Carmen) Feldmann, Linda (Mark) Opat, Joyce (Tom) Nefzger, Connie (Rodney) Nefzger, Mae (Kelly) Salow, 29 step grandchildren, 46 step great grandchildren, 2 step great great grandchildren, siblings: Jerome Feldmann, Lavonne (Leander) Burkle, Les (Joan) Feldmann, Elmer (Dorothy) Feldmann, Dave (Sandy) Feldmann, Irvin Feldmann and Tony (Joyce) Feldmann, Loras (Mary) Feldmann, Jerry (Barb) Feldmann, Dan (Barb) Feldmann, sister-in-law, Leanna Feldmann.

He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings: Paul Feldmann, Theresa (Leon) Burkle, in-laws: Mary Jane Feldmann, step son, Dale Feldmann,

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



Lois Irene Jensen


After a long struggle with Alzheimer's, Lois Irene Jensen, age 87, passed away peacefully in her sleep at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, IA with her two eldest children by her side.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 21 at Grand View United Methodist Church with the Rev. Tom Shinkle officiating. A visitation will be held from 9-10:45 a.m., Saturday at the church. Burial will be held at a later date. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family.

Lois was born on September 25th, 1930 in LaCrosse, WI to Kenneth and Marguerite (Dikeman) Kemper. In 1946 she stole the heart of James "Jim" Jensen with her charms and upon his return from the Marine Corp they were wed on July 16th, 1948 in the University Chapel at The Wesley Foundation in Madison, WI.

Lois was a devoted wife, loving mother, and doting grandma who would do anything for her family and friends. She enjoyed reading and houseplants. Lois was known by many for her excellent cooking skills. She made a mean Southern fried chicken and her pies were outstanding. She spent hours each year making gift boxes filled with her homemade cookies and candies. She was an accomplished seamstress making clothes and costumes for family members. Lois was extremely talented with a crochet hook. She made exquisite baby blankets for all her grandchildren and her nieces and nephews children.

In addition to raising her four children, she went to Fennimore Vocational College and then worked as a secretary at LCC, Inc and Wisconsin Job Service in Lancaster, WI and also at Mutual of Omaha in Omaha, NE.

Lois is survived by her husband, Jim; her children: Dean (Lori), Barb (Dwayne) Holliday, Donald (Josefa), and Laura (Larry) Salopek; her grandchildren: Javier, Alex (Lily), Dean, Adam, Mitchel, and Katie; and great grandson, Felix.

Lois was preceded in death by her siblings: Phyllis Garthwaite, Joyce (Gerald) Pluemer, and Wendell "Butch" Pien.

Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America at alzfdn.org.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at Mercy Hospital and Oak Park Place in Dubuque for the tremendous care and compassion shown to Lois and her family.



LeAnn D. McCallister


LeAnn D. McCallister, 61, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died suddenly on Saturday evening, April 14, 2018, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of LeAnn's life will be held at 10 A.M., Friday, April 20, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mayflower Cemetery, Oxford Junction, Iowa.

LeAnn Dawn Meade was born on December 16, 1956 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Ronald and Anita (Powelka) Meade. She was a 1975 graduate of Maquoketa High School and later AIC in Davenport for Accounting. She married Richard "Dick" McCallister on November 18, 2000 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

LeAnn was always busy and had worked various accounting and bookkeeping jobs throughout the years, sometimes for multiple companies at the same time. Some of these jobs included working for RonAnn's Floral Shoppe in Maquoketa, Alter Trading in Davenport, Dairy Queen, PMW in Maquoketa, River Service Co. in Maquoketa, Lemke Electric in Park View, and serving as the city clerk for Delmar and Welton, and as the Welton Township Clerk. She recently had started her own bookkeeping business, McCallister Bookkeeping and Payroll Services, and also continued as the bookkeeper for Advantage Electric in Moline, McCallister HVAC in Maquoketa and the City of Welton.

LeAnn loved her family and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She had a willing heart and was always ready to help whoever needed it. Additionally, she enjoyed collecting hummingbirds and she and Dick were caregivers to Helen Hute for many years.

Those left to honor LeAnn's memory include her husband, Richard "Dick" McCallister of Maquoketa, IA; children, Eric (Sarah) McAvan of Eldridge, IA, and Brandon (Lacey) McAvan of Elwood, IA; a daughter-in-law, Jenny (Randy) Schulz of Park View, IA; 6 grandchildren, Jackson, Lily, Hailey, Logan, Emma and Kinsley; siblings, Wendy (Dennis) Scott of Maquoketa, IA, Daylyn (Kris Heinemann) Meade of Sebastopal, CA, Diane (Vic) Rathje of Amana, IA, and Ramona (Wayne) Moon of Lake of the Ozarks, MO.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and infant twin brothers.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a LeAnn D. McCallister memorial fund has been established.

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



Michael Strowmatt


Michael Strowmatt, 70, of Edgewood, Iowa passed away Friday, April 13, 2018, at his home of natural causes.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday April 20, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a Funeral Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. and military honors to follow.

Mike was born October 25, 1947 in Carlinville, IL, the son of Charles and Fannie "Bonnie" (Kilgore) Strowmatt. Mike was a United States Marine and served his country honorably. He married Tonia Little on July 5, 1967 in Carlinville, IL, and later divorced. Together they had four children.

Mike later met Carol Driscoll and together they shared 26 memorable years. He worked at Lynch Livestock and Dyersville Sales Company for many years. He enjoyed the St. Louis Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys and NASCAR. In his younger years he enjoyed golfing, bowling, hunting and fishing. Mike spent his spare time socializing with friends in the local bars. His daily routine included cross word puzzles. Above all Mike was proud of his children and loved spending time with his family.

Survivors include fiancé, Carol Driscoll of Dyersville, children: Natalie Hand of Oglala, SD, David (Kandy) Strowmatt of Cedar Rapids, Todd Strowmatt of Shawnee, OK, Nathan (Jennifer) Strowmatt of Bryan, TX, step-children: Melissa (Daniel) Gamboa of Mesa, AZ, Tara (Gino) DeBernado of San Jose, CA, Chad (Melissa) Driscoll of Dubuque, Vanessa (Brad Staner) Driscoll of Cascade, Sara (Steve Allen) Driscoll of Peosta, 16 grandchildren:
sister: Pam Park of TN, in-laws: Joan (Russ) Pettinger, Tom Wilgenbusch both of Dyersville and Dennis Wilgenbusch (Kimberly Gonner) of New Vienna.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother Samuel Strowmatt.

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



Robert C. Sheehan


Robert "Rob" Curtis Sheehan of Dubuque IA, born June 23 1983, gracefully concluded a journey of heroic proportions on April 14, 2018, having battled cardiac angiosarcoma for the past three years. Cardiac angiosarcoma, an exceedingly rare and aggressive malignancy, occurs in only 0.0001% of the population and leaves those affected with an average survival time of a mere six months. Rob's incredible feat of survival was, to those fortunate to have known him, clearly the result of his insatiable hunger for life and the immense love he shared with his family and friends. Beginning in childhood, Rob's precocious sense of humor attracted admirers and forged friendships from all walks of life. The grandson of Dubuque historian Gordon Kilgore, Rob inherited a love of Dubuque and an appreciation for the people of the Tri-State area. Professionally, Rob found great joy in serving the customers of Richardson Motors and previously Runde Chevrolet. Above all, Rob's true passion in life was his role as father and husband. Rob cherished nothing more in life than the ability to spend time with his loving wife and daughters, to cause a smile to grace their faces and occasionally vex them. Exceedingly passionate for every holiday, Rob cherished the opportunity to connect with family and friends while expressing his love of life and all the wonder it provided. As is typical of the hero's journey, Rob came into his own during his battle with the most ultimate of foes. Despite being informed by the foremost experts and the latest statistics that he faced certain and imminent death, Rob gratefully rose each morning for three years radiating unfathomable positivity, courage, endurance and strength that will forever serve as humbling examples for all who had the privilege of bearing witness. Characteristic of his generous nature, in passing Rob provides us all a final precious gift...the next time you feel that you cannot possibly go on, that a challenge it is too tough or your goal is unrealistic, remember Rob and know that you will go on, that no challenge is too great nor goal unachievable. Rob attended St. Mary's Elementary School East Dubuque IL, Washington Jr High and Hempstead High School.

Surviving is his wife, Amy, two daughters, Stella and Sophia Sheehan; his father David Sheehan; his mother, Joyce (Brian) Kilgore-Carlin; brother, Dr. James (Carolyn) Sheehan; sister, Kelly (Nick) Stubbe; his paternal grandfather Thomas Sheehan; mother and father-in-law, Jeff and Linda Schadl; a brother-in-law, Tim Schadl; and numerous other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his Paternal Grandmother, Mary Sheehan; his maternal grandparents, Marilyn Kilgore and Gordon Kilgore; and a maternal uncle, Curtis Kilgore.

Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m, Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3680 Asbury Road where the service will be at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery at a future time

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Rob's memory.

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



Jeanette Emma Miller Gibson


Jeanette Emma Miller Gibson, 93, of Edgewood, Iowa, died on Sunday, April 15, 2018, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home in Edgewood.

Visitation is from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Edgewood. Friends may also call at Trinity United Methodist Church one hour before the funeral service which starts at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 19, 2018, with Pastor Mike Jackson officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in Cass Township Cemetery - Strawberry Point, Iowa.

She was born on March 11, 1925, near Elkport in Clayton County to Mike and Alta May (Smock) Miller. She attended country school in Cass Township and graduated from Strawberry Point High School.

Jeanette married Emory Christensen in 1945, and together they had four children. The couple later divorced. In 1956, she married Melvin Miller. Three children were born to this union.

Jeanette was a group leader and dealer for Stanley Home Products for many years. She also worked at Operation New View as an outreach representative for 13 years. She retired from that position and relocated to Ledyard. She helped to establish and then worked for Iowa Lakes Community College's Kossuth County Retired Senior Volunteer Program (R.S.V.P.) for three years. Jeanette received the Female Outstanding Senior Citizen Award in 1989 for her efforts on behalf of R.S.V.P.

Jeanette was a former member of the Pythian Sister's Lodge in Manchester, the Legion Auxiliary, and the Modernettes Club in Ledyard. She was also named Senior Advocate for Kossuth County for several years and was elected to the Older Iowan Legislature, serving four years during the early 1990s. She chose to retire in 1991 after marrying Russell Gibson.

Later, Jeanette left retirement behind and went on to work at the Blue Earth Landscape & Greenhouse and Elmore Nursery making Christmas Wreaths, at Seneca Foods as a cook at their canteen in Blue Earth, Minnesota, and as a cook for Dan's Ledyard Café. She retired for the last time at age 83 and lived in her own home until 2013 when she moved to Lincolnwood Assisted Living in Edgewood and to the Edgewood Convalescent Home in October 2017.

Jeanette enjoyed baking cookies for her children and grandchildren. She also stayed busy vegetable gardening and camping, and she loved to care for her flowers and plants and created a butterfly garden. In 2006, Jeanette published a family cookbook. All copies quickly made their way into the homes of friends, family, and neighbors.

Jeanette copyrighted "Grandma's Lullaby" in 2006 - a song she wrote when one of her children was a baby. During her winters spent in Arizona, Jeanette realized a couple of her life's ambitions by learning to paint on canvas and to play the organ. She won numerous ribbons at the Fairbault County Fair, including Grand Champion for her painting entitled "Mom's Roses." Copies of her paintings have been made and shared with her children and grandchildren. She also made "Violet," a porcelain doll, to add to her existing doll collection. In 2015, she wrote a book entitled Things I Remember for her family, which highlights her memories from childhood. Even with so many accomplishments in life, she still felt that her greatest accomplishment was her family.

Jeanette is survived by her seven children, Connie Hilsenbeck of Davenport, Nancy (Jim) Vavricka of Cedar Rapids, Jimmy (Joyce) Christensen of Elk Run Heights, Karen Lee of Perry, and Merri Bohnenkamp, Mike Miller, and Jeff Miller, all of Manchester; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; and one sister, Verla Schultz of Edgewood.

Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Russell Gibson; three sisters, Shirley Ann "Pat" Galloway, Helen Downey, and LaVaune Feulner; two brothers, Homer Miller and Mike Miller, Jr.

The family requests memorials in lieu of flowers.

Online condolences may be sent to www.leonard-mullerfh.com.



Naoko Crippes


Naoko Crippes, 83 of Dubuque passed away Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 16, 2018. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15, 2018 at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street where there will be a wake service at 6:30 p.m.

Naoko was born April 20, 1934 in Karafato, Japan. She married Robert ‘Bob' Crippes, November 19, 1968 in Japan.

Naoko grew up in Japan. She enjoyed going to the casinos and play the slots. Also, traveling to South Dakota with her husband. In her younger years she enjoyed knitting and crocheting.

Surviving are her husband Robert ‘Bob' Crippes; a sister-in-law, Rita (David) Birch, of Dubuque; a brother and sister-in-law, Raymond (Connie) Crippes, of Kieler, WI; five nieces, Laura Crippes, Jill Crippes, Kim (Joe) Schmelz, and Theresa Birch, and Cheryl (Matt) Schromen; one nephew, Tony Birch; and several great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one infant child.

A special thank you to the staff in the ICU Department at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital for the care of Naoko.

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



John H. Uthe


John H. Uthe, 71, of Fairplay, WI, passed away suddenly on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at home from an apparent heart attack.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 16, 2018 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church at Sinsinawa, with Fr. Ken Frisch officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of American Legion Post # 526 of Hazel Green.

Visitation will be from 1 - 5 p.m. on Sunday, and from 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish prayer service will be at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

John was born on February 6, 1947 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Melvin and Helen (Bonnet) Uthe.  The family lived on a farm in rural Hazel Green, WI.  John graduated from Wahlert High School in 1964.  After graduation, he served in the U. S. Army from 1966 - 1968 during the Vietnam War.  He married the love of his life, Joyce DeMuth on September 21, 1968.  The couple had two children, Mark & Brian.

During his lifetime John worked at the John Deere Dubuque Works for 38 years, until his retirement in 2004. He was a former member of U.A.W. Local # 94, and a member of American Legion Post # 526 of Hazel Green. After retirement, he worked part-time at Top Notch Plumbing, Heating, & Electrical.

He was an avid Badger and Packer fan.  John loved playing golf with his wife Joyce and friends. John enjoyed playing cards with his buddies, and BS-ing at the Barge.

He loved hunting with his sons, brother, and grandsons.  When it came to the girls though, it was more of a hot chocolate and donuts kind of hunting morning. John was not a frequent fisherman but he was always there to teach the grandkids how to hook a worm and touch a fish.

His grandkids admired his contagious belly laugh and never left the house with an empty stomach or without a new story about the good ol' days. John's grandkids were his pride and joy. Any minute he was able to spend time with them he did.  There was not a day that went by that he didn't see his two youngest and take them for a golf cart ride around Fairplay. John left his family with many great memories that we will cherish forever.

Surviving is his wife Joyce; sons Mark (Julie) Uthe and Brian (Jessica) Uthe both of Fairplay; seven grandchildren, Cassie Jorgensen (fiancé, Michael Foley), Courtney Uthe, Briana Uthe, Hunter Uthe, Dillon Uthe, Colton Uthe and Kylie Uthe; one sister, JoAnne (Don) Gibson and one brother, Dale (Vicki) Uthe, all of Hazel Green; as well as seven brother and sister-in-laws, Mary Jane (David) Busch, Richard (Mary Jean) DeMuth, Betty (Don) Dreessens, Jim (Diane) DeMuth, Eunice (Bill) Oster, Tom (Sandy) DeMuth, Joe (Janice) DeMuth; and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Melvin and Helen, his infant brother Carl, and his father-in-law Clarence & mother-in-law Evelyn DeMuth.

In lieu of flowers, a John Uthe memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 

 



Dale LeRoy Chally


Dale LeRoy Chally, 84, passed away peacefully Thursday, Apr. 12, 2018, surrounded by his huge, loving family.

Visitation will begin at 10 am Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 8300 C Ave NE in Marion where a funeral service will commence at 12:00 Noon. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Monticello. Rev. Jody Skogen will officiate and the Monticello Drill Team and the Iowa Army Honors Detail will accord military honors.

Dale served in the US Army from 1954 to 1956 during the Korean conflict. He started raising his family in Plano, Illinois, and ended up in Monticello, Iowa. Dale was a "jack-of-all-trades". He owned and operated many businesses during his life, including a car sales lot, an excavating business, an auto repair shop and the Millhurst Resort campground in Illinois. He ended his careers as a farmer. His children and grandchildren learned many useful talents from Dad and Grandpa.

Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife and soul mate of 63 years, Joan Chally, his children: Rod Chally (Jan Jemison), Robin (Earl) Basham, of Cedar Rapids, Tamie (Wendell) Singsaas, Fontana CA, Todd (Teresa) Chally, Anamosa, Lori (Bill) Johnston, Karen Chally, Cedar Rapids and Scott (Patricia) Chally, Monticello; his grandchildren: Jerod (Lindsey) Chally, Jesse (Michelle) Coohey, Justin Coohey (April Valentine), Zantz McConnell (Julitta Weber), Kimberly Brewer, Jason (Christine) Brewer, Cole Singsaas, Heather (Joshua) Sproston, Jennifer Chally (Tony Puetz), Erika Chally, Joanie (Cliff) Hedlund, Cody Johnston (Haley Gillen), Tyler Johnston (Sara Hedlund), Logan Johnston, Alex, Nicholas, Christian, Janik, Vanessa & Dominik Chally and Stevie Neilson; 21 great grandchildren; his sisters: Darlene Brugh, June Thompson; his brother Leonard Jr. (Leora) Chally; a brother-in-law, Louis (Terri) Stemmet; and his puppy dog, Molly.

He was welcomed to heaven by his parents, Leonard & Bertha (Lundy) Chally and sisters, Vivian Walker & Barbara Johnson.

His family would like to deeply thank the staff of St. Luke's Hospital, Unity Point Hospice and Pastors Jody & Gordon for all of their around the clock support.

Memorials can be made in Dale's honor to St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 8300 C Ave NE, Marion IA 52302.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com.



Joseph L. Knox


Joseph L. "Joe" Knox, 81, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Thursday, April 12, 2018, at UW-Hospitals and Clinics.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Pastor Bruce Bennett officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Cuba City. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Joe was born on March 21, 1937, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the son of Jesse and Mary Ann (Glasker) Knox. He married Carol Peacock on August 2, 1958, in Galena, Illinois. Joe worked in the mines until serving in the US Army. After returning he worked as a carpenter for 50 years for Carpenters Union #678.

Joe enjoyed watching Badgers, Packers and Brewers on TV. He also enjoyed gardening, bowling and Sunday afternoon joy rides. Joe loved to tinker; there was never a project he was afraid to take on. He also enjoyed playing with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Joe was everyone's friend and was always there to lend a helping hand.

Survivors include his wife, Carol; two daughters, Deb (Jack Carrington) Burlison, of Dousman, WI, and Pam (Jason) Mootz, of Cuba City; two sons, Dennis Knox, of Cuba City, and Tim (Chris) Knox, of Oregon, WI; a sister, Adeline Gibbons, of Cuba City; a brother, Jim (Carol A.) Knox, of Cuba City; seven grandchildren, T.J. (Nicole), Jen (Matt), Krystal, Bart, Blake, Natalie, and Nicole; and six great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Brielle, Aleria, Brayden, Camden and McKinley "Sissy".

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Mable Knox, Lillian (Norbert) Kowalski and Mary Ann Shaffer; a brother, Willis (Helen) Knox; a brother-in-law, John Gibbons; and his father and mother-in-law, Al and Fran Stotmeister.

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



Peggy Ann Dannatt


Peggy Ann Dannatt, 67, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday morning, April 12, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A celebration of Peggy's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Monday, April 16, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 A.M. until 11:15 A.M. Burial will be at the Streets Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Peggy Ann Wallroff was born on February 12, 1951 in Cascade, Iowa, to Charlie A. Wallroff and Ruth H. (Lazenby) Wathier. She attended Maquoketa schools. She married William L. "Bill" Dannatt on September 9, 1988 in Clinton, Iowa. He preceded her in death on June 21, 2003.

Prior to being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, Peggy had worked as a waitress and cook at various restaurants in Maquoketa, Ottumwa and Clinton, sometimes working three jobs.

Peggy was a past member of the Maquoketa VFW Ladies Auxiliary, and had served as a past president of the Andrew AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary and the Clinton AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed playing Bingo and Yahtzee. She especially enjoyed all holidays and spending time with her family. She was an avid collector of rabbits.

Those left to honor her memory include her sisters, Linda Campbell of Maquoketa, IA, Janet (Gene) Chase of Oxford Junction, IA, Mary (Don) Brooks of Maquoketa, IA, and Gerry Wallroff of Des Moines, IA; brothers-in-law, Weaver Crouch and Dennis Glaser; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, an infant brother Albert Wallroff, a brother-in-law Larry Campbell, and sisters Hazel Crouch and Connie Glaser.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Peggy Ann Dannatt memorial fund has been established.

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



Donna Boll


Donna "Mick" Boll, 80, of Dubuque passed away on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral Services will be 10:30 am, Monday, April 16, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home 3860 Asbury Rd. Family will greet friends 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Sunday, April 15, 2018 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Donna was born December 1, 1937 in Dubuque the daughter of William and Dorothy (Haupert) Radloff. She married Sylvester J. Boll on June 21, 1958, he passed on January 10, 2004.

Donna worked at the Dubuque Packing House, Galena Glove & Mitten, Dubuque Community Schools, and Walsh True Value over the years.

She was an avid Cubs Fan, Chicago Bears Fan, enjoyed a trip to the casino, and bowling. Donna enjoyed playing cards with her friends at the Rose, and going out to eat with her bowling friends. She found the greatest joy spending time with her great grandson, Cayden.

Survivors include her children, Donald Boll and Suzanne (Richard) Roussel; granddaughters, Lindsay (Nick) Rozinek and Melissa Roussel; great-grandson, Cayden Rozinek; a step-brother, George Brandel, Jr.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; 2 infant sons, Joseph and William; and a step-brother, Robert Duehr.

The family would like to thank the staff of ICU Mercy Hospital for her care.

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

Online condolences may be left for the family at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Mellita Virginia (Hanten) Pommerich


Mellita Virginia (Hanten) Pommerich, 81, passed away surrounded by loved ones on April 10 at Assisi Village in Dubuque, Iowa.

Mellita was born at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque on February 27, 1937 to Salome (Walsh) and Raymond Hanten.
Mellita attended St. Joseph's School in Key West; Immaculate Conception Academy in Dubuque; and Clarke College, where she graduated with honors. She taught elementary school for five years in Rockford, Illinois and Dubuque Public Schools.

On August 22, 1964, Mellita married Robert Pommerich, a Loras College professor, at St. Columbkille Church in Dubuque. After living in Madison, Wisconsin, while Bob was in graduate school, they returned to Dubuque and settled at 1150 Edina Street where they reared four children.

Mellita came from a musical family. She was the drummer in the seven-piece Hanten Family Orchestra, which played for weddings and dances in area venues in the 1950s. She also enjoyed playing the piano, especially by ear, in the company of friends and family. Together she and Bob fostered a love of music in their children. They attended concerts in Dubuque and afar, and they were season ticket holders for the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra (in which their daughter performed). She and the family used to present musical programs in nursing homes. In recent years, Mellita entertained residents and guests at Assisi Village with her broad repertoire on the piano.

In her earlier years, Mellita was active in the Loras Faculty Wives organization and with the Stonehill Care Center Auxiliary. She and Bob enjoyed playing bridge and were regular partners at the Dubuque Area Lifetime Center. Mellita liked traveling to visit her children and their families. She once voyaged by ship to Europe with her mother, and she and Bob especially savored touring in England and Greece (where their son's family was living).

Mellita is survived by her husband of fifty-three years, Bob, and by four children and five grandchildren: Karen (Mike Hosford) Pommerich of Swannanoa, North Carolina; Jim (Finola Keohane) Pommerich and their children Liam, Tara and Rory, of Ann Arbor, Michigan; Mary (Skip Kadish) Pommerich of Marina, California; and John (Karen Saxer) Pommerich and their children Earl and Raymond, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Mellita is survived by four siblings: Geri (Tom) Goodman, Loras (Pat) Hanten, and Dan (the late Barb) Hanten, all of Dubuque; and Gene Hanten of Lodi, California. Mellita also is survived by eleven nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 3 PM - 7 PM on Friday, April 13 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home at 3860 Asbury Road. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 AM Saturday, April 14 at Church of the Nativity with Monsignor James Miller presiding. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Key West.

Condolences may be offered at hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Clarke University, the Dubuque Rescue Mission, or the Sisters of St. Francis.

The family would like to thank the staff of Assisi Village and Dubuque Hospice for their kind and compassionate care.



Tom and Mary Lou Aird


Heaven gained two very special angels on April 7, 2018. Thomas M. "Tom" Aird, 62, and Mary Lou Aird, 60, of Dickeyville, Wisconsin passed as a result of injuries suffered in a car accident while visiting family in Tennessee. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 16, 2018, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating.  Burial will be in Holy Ghost Cemetery in Dickeyville.  Friends may call from 1-6 p.m. Sunday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center in Kieler where the parish wake service will be at 12:30 p.m. Friends may also call from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Monday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City before the services.

Tom was born September 9, 1955, in Dubuque, IA, the son of Arthur and Rose Marie (Gagne) Aird. He grew up in the Hazel Green area and attended Southwestern High School. Mary Lou was born July 7, 1957, in Cuba City, WI, the daughter of Robert "Bob" and Darlene (Droessler) Lange. She was a proud lifelong resident of West Lane, and attended Cuba City High School. Tom and Mary Lou were high school sweethearts and were married on February 28, 1976. Tom and Mary Lou settled on West Lane and raised three children while Tom worked at the Cuba City School District for 30 years and Mary Lou worked at Honeywell in Galena for 33 years. Both had just recently found their dream job of being retired and full time grandparents.

Tom and Mary Lou cherished their family more than anything in the world. Their family went far beyond what most call family, as they had so many close friends. Their favorite people in the world however, were their grandchildren. If Tom and Mary Lou were not home, you could almost guarantee they were somewhere chasing one of them. Mary Lou and Tom were amazing grandparents. They spent their time wisely as all the grandchildren have special memories of them. When asked what was the most special, they talked about sneaking out for ice cream (if grandma wasn't watching), early morning fishing...the earlier the better, Johnson Lake, Northerns the size of the kids, the many adventures with the porcupines, and the cabin...they all loved the cabin. Desserts will never be the same and some of their moms are going to have to learn to cook now. The fishing boat, which Mary Lou did more reading than fishing in. Raised as a dairy farmer's daughter, she never cared much for milk but loved her wine.  She was the only grandma they knew that enjoyed sledding as much as they did, and she could sit and listen to them play the piano and sing "you are my sunshine" for hours. Tom's love for the outdoors has been passed along to the next two generations. Grandpa was a hunting buddy to all. Some of their best trips resulted in snacks and stories but no shooting. Tom was also notorious for teasing, but secretly they loved it. There wasn't a ref around that was safe from Mary Lou and if they were not doing their job she'd let them know. Her voice could always be heard and the mandatory two arm hug after every competition will be fondly missed. Their unconditional love for anyone they came in contact with, has taught us all how to love no matter what, and they leave behind a community who they loved so dearly.

Tom and Mary Lou are survived by their three children, Michael (Amanda) Aird, Darlington, WI, Sarah (Jeremy) Wagner, Mondovi, WI, and Matthew (Misty) Aird, McKenzie, TN; Tom's mother, Rose Marie Aird, Rolling Meadows, IL; their eight grandchildren who were their pride and joy in life, Ethan and Eli, Brandon, Cody, and Anna, Maggie, Zach, and Gracie; Mary Lou's brothers, Rick (Mary Kay) Lange, Prairie du Chien, WI and Kevin (Jean) Lange, Dickeyville, WI; Tom's sisters, Sue (Bob) Heller, Munford, TN, Blanche Hough, Katy, TX, and Nancy Pelletier, Darien, IL; and Tom's brother, Kenny (Cindy) Aird, Cuba City. They were preceded in death by Tom's father, Arthur; Mary Lou's parents, Robert "Bob" and Darlene; and their nephew, Jeremy Heller.

A Thomas M. "Tom" and Mary Lou Aird Memorial Fund has been established. Memorials may be sent to 837 Valley View Court, Darlington, WI 53530. 

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



Bonnie L. Brimeyer


Bonnie L. Brimeyer, age 59, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 1:40 a.m., on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at home, surrounded by her loving family, following a lengthy battle with neuroendocrine cancer. To honor Bonnie's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah officiating. To celebrate Bonnie's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, April 13, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Family and friends may also visit on Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. until 9:45 a.m., at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. 

Bonnie was born on March 12, 1959, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Clifford and Doris (Ritt) Brimeyer.

Bonnie surely enjoyed growing up in Sherrill and was a proud graduate of Hempstead High School, Class of 1977, and later in life even went on to earn her bachelor's degree in accounting from Clarke College in 1999. She was a diligent and devoted worker at Flexsteel who just recently celebrated her 40th anniversary with all of her friends she's made over the years. In her free time, Bonnie enjoyed traveling extensively whenever the opportunity would present itself and was thankful to be fortunate enough to see both Alaska and Hawaii firsthand. She also thoroughly enjoy quilting and has created many beautiful keepsakes, and made countless treasured friends throughout her journey in the sewing community. Bonnie's faith was also very important to her as Bonnie was a long-time member of Holy Ghost Church. The most important aspect of Bonnie's life though was definitely her family. She was always there for anyone who needed a little moral support, and also graciously played the most wonderful role of "Aunt" the world has ever seen. Bonnie's impact on the world around her is undeniable. Whether within her circle of family, friends, or even with her furry felines; Bonnie had enough love and devotion to fill a lifetime of memories to be cherished by all whom she leaves behind today. We will miss our dear Bonnie, her radiant smile, along with her endearing typical red-headed character traits; but we know and accept that the Lord has decided to allow Bonnie to finally quit fighting cancer to join Him, and her father, in a glorious state of perfection where she can wait peacefully for her loved ones to eventually join her again one day.

Those left to cherish Bonnie's memory include

her mother,
Doris Brimeyer, Sherrill, IA;

her siblings,
Diane (Harold) Breitsprecker, Jr., Dubuque, IA
and Paul Brimeyer, Dubuque, IA;

2 nephews,
Chad (Angie) Breitsprecker
and Nathan (Lisa) Breitsprecker;

and 5 great-nephews,
Lane, Tate, Ian, Danny and Tommy.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her father, Clifford Brimeyer.

A Bonnie L. Brimeyer memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Bonnie's family would like to thank the doctors and staff at Medical Associates, Mercy Hospital and UIHC in Iowa City, and the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Cindy and Amy, for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care. We would also like to thank Bonnie's Flexsteel family for all of the love and support they've provided throughout her 4 year battle. May God bless you all for your kindnesses!

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



Susan K. Gregory


Susan K. Gregory, 61, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at her home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Susan's life will be held at 11 A.M., Thursday, April 19, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 9:30 A.M. Burial will be at the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Susan Kay Gregory was born on January 9, 1957 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Arthur "Red" and Dorothy (Duhme) Gregory. She was a 1976 graduate of DeWitt High School and while in high school had worked at Martha's Café in DeWitt. Following graduation, Susan worked at ADAC and later DAC, Inc., both in Maquoketa.

Susan was a member of the Elwood United Methodist Church. She enjoyed board games, cards, puzzles, and was a Los Angeles Dodgers fan.

Those left to honor her memory include her brother James "Jim" Gregory (and his girlfriend Carol Schwien) of Delmar, IA; and her very, very special friend and significant other, Duane Westphal of Maquoketa, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her beloved dogs Hawkeye and Dusty.

Online Condolences may be left at www.carsonandson.com



Melvin E. Zmudka


Melvin E. Zmudka, 89, of Bernard, Iowa passed away peacefully on Monday, April 9, 2018 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Melvin may call from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 13, 2018 at the St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen, Iowa. The Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Mass of Christian burial for Melvin will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 13, 2018 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke Presiding. Burial will be held in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa with full military honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion Post #528.

He was born May 7, 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Anthony and Rose (Brzozonaski) Zmudka. He received his education from Holy Ghost Catholic Schools in Dubuque, Iowa and St. Patrick's Schools in Garryowen, Iowa. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War, serving most of his time in Germany. He was proud to serve his country alongside his fellow comrades. His love for his country continued on after the army by serving in his local Legion, VFW and AM Vets Post. Melvin farmed all his life in Bernard, Iowa.

Melvin was a member of St. Patrick's Parish in Garryowen, Iowa. He was also a member of the Cascade American Legion Post #528, Maquoketa VFW Post #3633 and the AM Vets Post #62 in Andrew, Iowa.

He is survived by many cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Tony, Alex and Pat Zmudka.

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



Stephen J. Knipper


Stephen Joseph Knipper, 68, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Monday, April 9, 2018, at the Hospice House in Hiawatha. He was born on March 7, 1950, in Edgewood, the son of Raymond and Betty (Martens) Knipper.

Stephen graduated from Ed-Co High School in 1968. He was united in marriage to Susan Shea. Three children were born to this union. They resided in Manchester, where Stephen worked at United Building Center. The couple later divorced.

Stephen was an avid ice fisherman. He loved spending time with family, especially his children and granddaughter.

Survivors include Stephen's mother, Betty Knipper of Edgewood; his two sons, Stephen (Amy French) Knipper Jr. of Wadena and Shane (Kat Richman) Knipper of Marion; one granddaughter, Isabella Knipper; and three siblings, David (Ann) Knipper of Melcher, Marilyn Sundermeyer of Edgewood, and Dennis (Annette) Knipper of Edgewood.

Stephen was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Knipper, and his daughter, Sharon Knipper.

Online condolences may be sent to www.leonard-mullerfh.com.

Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 16, 2018, at St. Mark Catholic Church in Edgewood, with Reverend John Haugen officiating.

Visitation: 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 15, 2018, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Edgewood. Friends may also call one hour before Mass at the church on Monday.

Inurnment at a Later Date: St. Mary Catholic Cemetery - Manchester, Iowa

 

 



Angeline (Arvanitis) Rittenburg


Angeline (Arvanitis) Rittenburg, 88, of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, April 3, 2018.

Funeral Services will be 12:00 pm (noon), Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home 1640 Main St. Family will greet friends 10:30 am until service times on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Angeline was born June 8, 1929 the daughter of George P. and Edna (Borek) Arvanitis. She married Everett C. Rittenburg on October 30, 1949; he passed in 1989.

Survivors include her sons, Kurt (Carol), Karl, and Kenton Rittenburg; grandchildren, Christina (Rob Candiano) and Kathryn (Chris Tobin); great-grandchildren, Lani, Matthew, Lena, Daisy, and Morgan; siblings, Dorothy Kobs, and Deana Gulyash; 2 nieces, 2 nephews; and several great nieces and nephews; and one great-great niece.

Angeline was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and brother in-laws, Clarence Kobs and Ronald Gulyash.

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

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