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Dolores Merfeld Donald Boal Eugene J. Lehman
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James J. Brown James Milton Barton Jerome Tigges
Joseph N. Thurston Josephine L. Courchane Karen J. Nevins
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Mark J. Hilby Mary C. Weber Mary M. Root
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Orville V. Gerlach


Orville V. Gerlach, 80, of Andrew, Iowa, passed away on Friday evening, January 18, 2019, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A funeral mass celebrating Orville's life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 A.M. prior to the mass on Wednesday at the church. Burial will be at St. John's Cemetery, Andrew, Iowa.

Orville Vern Gerlach was born on October 8, 1938 on a farm east of Springbrook, Iowa, to Leo and Hilda (Homan) Gerlach. He received his education through the 8th grade at St. Peter & Paul in Springbrook. He later proudly received his GED from Andrew High School by attending evening classes. He married Karen Herrig on October 5, 1963 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue, Iowa. To this union four children were born, Steve, Sherry, Shelly and Susan.

Orville was a lifelong farmer. His main passion was always farming, however throughout the years he also worked various jobs. Aside from farming, he was passionate about baseball and looked forward to April 1 each year - for both a new planting season and a new season of baseball. Additionally, he enjoyed woodworking, traveling and history. He was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes. Orville was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa.

Those left to honor Orville's memory include his wife, Karen Gerlach of Andrew, IA; children, Steve (Vivian) Gerlach of Geneseo, IL; Sherry (Mark) Meyer of Owatonna, MN; Shelly (Tod) Wiederholt of Green Bay, WI; and Susan Gerlach of Dubuque, IA; 5 grandchildren; sisters, Mary Banowetz of Maquoketa, IA; and Rita Lee of Houston, TX; sisters-in-law, Darlyn (Jim) Weis of Lake Havasu, AZ; Mary Jo (Jerry) Weis of Maquoketa, IA; Cindy (Steve) Helmle of Bellevue, IA; Phyllis (Joe) Wingert of Oelwein, IA; Audrey Conoly of TX; LaVonne Gerlach of Maquoketa, IA; Carol (Steve) Lucke of Andrew, IA; and Heather Gerlach of Papillion, NE; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Hilda; and five brothers, Donald, Arnold, Roger, Cletus and Richard.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Orville V. Gerlach memorial fund has been established.

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



Bernadette M. Wernke


Bernadette M. "Bernie" Wernke, 75, of Worthington, Iowa passed away Friday, January 18, 2019 at Shady Rest Care Center, Cascade, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, January 21, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, Iowa where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Tuesday from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Conway will officiate.

Bernie was born November 1, 1943, in Sherrill, Iowa the daughter of Charles and Regina (Nauman) Schueller. She married David Gregor Wernke on February 24, 1962 in Sherrill, Iowa. Bernie has joined the Angels and Saints in heaven and is free from her pain and suffering.

Bernie is survived by her husband of 56 years, David, children: Barry (Lisa) Wernke of Guttenberg, Thomas (friend, Shelly Weist) Wernke of Cedar Rapids, Beth (Kevin) Leliefeld of Guttenberg, John J. Wernke of Worthington, five grandchildren: Allison (Josh) Buckmann, Holly Wernke, Kerri (Brad Tracey) Leliefeld, Alex Leliefeld, Cody Wernke, two great grandchildren: Jackson Buckmann and Madison Tracy, sisters: Elizabeth Hingtgen of Asbury, Annette Schmitt of East Dubuque, IL, Marilyn (James) Lansing of Dubuque, in-laws: Lou McDonough, Eileen Schueller both of Dubuque, Marian (Tom) Noblitt of Loretto, TN, Joan Klein of Durango and Ruth (Rick) Ruden of Hudson, IA.

Bernie was preceded in death by her parents, parents-in-law, John and Odelia (Zewen) Wernke, siblings: Jerome Schueller, Richard (Shirley) Schueller, Geraldine "Toots" McDonough, in-laws: LaVern Hintgen, Steve Schmitt, Roger (Anna Mae) Wernke, Robert (Janet) Wernke and Donald Klein.

Many thanks to Shady Rest Care Center, Dr. Angela Kelly and Dr. Darcy Putz.

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



Harold D. Koppes


Harold D. Koppes, 85, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on January 18th, 2019 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Thomas McDermott officiating. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens with military honors by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 22nd at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 4:00 p.m.

Harold was born on June 13, 1933 in Bellevue, Iowa the son of Archie and Jennie (Brown) Koppes. He graduated 12th grade from Bellevue Community School. He served in the US Army from 1954 to 1956 in Germany; and was a member of the 389th Army Engineers from 1951 to 1971.

He married Iona Rose Steines on May 18, 1957 at St. Peter and Paul Church in Springbrook, Iowa.

He worked for John Deere Dubuque Works from 1956 to 1986. After retirement he worked for Thunder Hills Pro Shop.

Harold enjoyed bowling and it consumed more than 50 years of his life. He was a member of the 700 Club, Hall of Fame and member and President of Junior Bowling.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years Iona Rose; his daughter Kimberly (Eric Chew) Koppes; Grandson Shawn (Stacy) Stackis and granddaughter Kelly Stackis. Great grandchildren, Brianna (Tyler), Aleece, Kaylee, Ashleigh, McKenna, Rylie and Brynlee. His sister Joyce (Larry) Michels; along with nieces, nephews and many in-laws.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-father Donald Weyhgont, his maternal grandparents; a sister Lois Guenther; brother Ron; great granddaughter Maggie; nephew Bobbie and niece Connie.

The Koppes family would like to thank Dr. Schope, Dr. Khon, and the Unity Point Hospital staff for the care and compassion given to Harold. Also a special thank you to a great friend, D. James Edwards for always being there.



Eugene J. Lehman


Eugene J. "Gene" Lehman, age 93, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 7:20 a.m., on Friday, January 18, 2019, at Ennoble Manor. To honor Gene's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon Paul Zimmerman officiating. To celebrate Gene's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Gene was born on January 23, 1925, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Moral M. and Loretta E. (Haas) Lehman.

Gene was a life long Dubuquer who from graduated high school and went on to honorably serve his country with the U.S. Navy Seabees as a Machinist Mate 2nd Class during WWII, in the Pacific area. He was united in his marriage to the love of his life, Mildred "Millie" Smith, on August 7, 1948, in Dubuque, and the two were blessed with 50 wonderful years together, and 3 adored children, before she was called home ahead of him on July 28, 1998. He was devoted to protecting the public as a police officer with the Dubuque Police Department for 22 years, until his retirement in 1972. Never one to just sit still, after retiring Eugene would switch gears and go on to drive school bus for another 19 years. He was very proud of his years of service to his community and was a long time member of the Iowa State Police Association. In his free time, Gene and Millie loved jumping in the RV and touring the country, visiting parts of all 49 states as well as parts of Canada. After Millie passed away, Gene found a new traveling partner in Betty Dahlguard, and the two would spend many winters in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas around the McAllen and Mission areas. We are saddened at the loss of such a wonderful man, who was an outstanding example of service to others, but are extremely grateful for the 93 years that we were blessed to have him here on this Earth, making the lives of those around him a little bit better.

Those left to cherish Gene's memory include

his children,
Steven Lehman, Dubuque, IA,
Gregory (Shirley) Lehman, Mountain Home, AR
and Lynn Anderegg, Hustler, WI;

his grandson,
Jeremy (Donna) Lehman, Des Moines, IA;

his great-granddaughters,
Samantha and Rebecca Lehman, both of Des Moines, IA;

and his special friend,
Betty Dahlguard, Des Moines, IA.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents; and his loving wife, Mildred Lehman.

Gene's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Ennoble Manor for all of their kind, attentive and professional care of Gene and his family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.

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

 



Mary C. Weber


Mary C. Weber, 85, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Thursday, January 17, 2019 at her home.  

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, January 20, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12thAve SW in Dyersville, Iowa where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. prior to funeral services.  

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 21, 2019 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Conway will officiate.

Mary was born February 28, 1933, in Farley, Iowa the daughter of Joseph and Marcella (Kelchen) Greenwood.  She married Elmer J. Weber on November 25, 1952 in Farley, Iowa. Together they farmed and raised their family near Bernard, Farley and Bankston area until they moved to Dyersville in 2004.  Mary was a Housewife and a Nurses Aid.  She retired from Mercy Medical Center in 1999.  She was a talented seamstress and loved to sew. 

Mary is survived by two daughters: Diane Weber of Iowa City and Lori Gingery of Boone; daughter-in-law, Mechelle Weber, 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; Nicole (Eric) Rubner and their daughters Myia and Lena of Dyersville, Amanda (Steven) Randall and son, Carter Wachendorf of North Liberty, Melissa (Brett) Frasher of Dyersville, Ben (Rachel) Ward and their children Hazel and Harvey of Springville, Bob Ward of Council Bluffs, Stephanie (Nathan) Klocke of Waukee and Shannon (Ben) Marquez of Iowa City;

Sisters: Rita Heims of Coggon and Irene Engelken of Earlville, in-laws: Linda Greenwood, Verna Greenwood both of Farley, Alice Weber of Dyersville, Raymond Weber of Cascade, Emil (Darlene) Weber of Epworth and Norma Weber of Bernard.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Elmer in 2011, one son, Duane Weber in 2018, son-in-law: Steve Gingery in 2017, siblings: Eldon Greenwood, Raymond Greenwood, in-laws: Leo Weber, Elmer Heims, Julius Engelken, Helen Gansemer, Clarence Weber, Doris Weber, Albert Gansemer.

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

 

 



Harvey D. Breiner


Harvey D. Breiner, age 88 of Dubuque, completed his earthly journey on Friday, January 18, 2019, at home surrounded by his loving family.  To celebrate Harvey's life, a private family service will be held on Memorial Day Weekend with burial in the Asbury Cemetery.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Harvey's family.

Harvey was born on July 18, 1930, in Peosta, IA, a son to Walter and Ruby (Stoltz) Breiner.  He learned very early in childhood the value of family and hard work and continued to faithfully role model them both throughout his entire life.  Harvey was a committed family man and eventually met his future bride, Mary Jane Morong.  The courtship didn't take long and on June 11, 1955 at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque, the two were married.  They went on to be blessed with a beautiful family of their own, and 45 years together, before Mary was sadly called home ahead of him on August 14, 2000.  He later married Lou Ann Jones, she survives.

In his early years, Harvey had proudly served his country during the Korean War with the U.S. Army before he returned home to begin his life in the working world at Hart Implement   After only a few years there, a new opportunity had presented itself and he eagerly began his next 30 years of work with John Deere.  In 1986 he decided it was time to retire and enjoy the remaining years of his life as he saw fit each day.  He was lucky enough to be retired longer than he worked.

Harvey always enjoyed restoring tractors in his free-time, and the John Deere "M" was so meticulously done that not a single bolt escaped his very particular eye.  He and his son-in-law, Del, also restored a 110 which is still being routinely checked over by his great-grandson, Isaac.  In the fall, Harvey would help his son-in-law harvest the crops.  Harvey also enjoyed his annual hunting trips out west with his friends (sometimes bringing home more Coors than venison) and he also found that a day on the water with a fishing pole in hand, or even a little time trying his luck at the Sizzling 7 machine, were all considered perfect ways to spend a little downtime. Many summer vacations were spent in Nisswa, MN that have ever-lasting memories. We will miss Harvey's gentle soul more than he could know, along with his uncompromising organizational skills, but we are forever grateful for the legacy of love, kindness and commitment he leaves behind, and they will surely bring us comfort until we see him again.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Harvey include,

his daughters,

Patricia (Cliff) Green, Dubuque, IA,

and Kathy (Delmar) Kuntz, Asbury, IA;

 

his granddaughters,

Stephanie (Jade) Doyle, Dyersville, IA,

and Becky Green, Dubuque, IA;

 

his great-grandson,

Isaac Doyle, Dyersville, IA;

 

his brothers,

Robert (Leta) Breiner, Graf, IA,

and Thomas (Arlene) Breiner, Dubuque, IA;

 

his sister-in-law,

Rita (Swede) Pulver, Bloomington, IA;

 

along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Harvey was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Mary; and his brother, Donald (JoAnn) Breiner.

Harvey's family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque (especially Jeanette, Jan and Amy) for all of their wonderful care and support of Harvey, and his family.

 

Online condolences may be shared with Harvey's family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com

 

 

 

 



Virginia M. Ressler


Virginia M. "Ginny" Ressler, 75, of Cascade, Iowa passed away Friday, January 18, 2019 at Hallmark Care Center in Mount Vernon, Iowa, surrounded by her family.

Friends and relatives of Ginny may call from 3 to 8 p.m. , Monday, January 21, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Tuesday, at the funeral home.

Services for Ginny will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

She was born April 1, 1943 in Monticello, Iowa, daughter of Elmer and Violet (Rahe) O'Shea. She is a graduate of the former Aquin High School in Cascade, Iowa. She is also a graduate of Kirkwood Community College, where she received her LPN Degree. She was employed as a LPN at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque for several years. On November 14, 1964 she was united in marriage to John Ressler at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa.

She was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade and a member of TEAM HOPE.

She is survived by her husband, John Ressler of Cascade, IA; seven children, Tim (Melissa) Ressler of Solon, IA, Jacob (Jill) Ressler of Swisher, IA, Missy (Jose) Torres of Cedar Rapids, IA, Marty (Sarah) Ressler of Solon, IA, Chris Ressler of Ely, IA, Tony (Jen) Ressler of Independence, IA, and Andrea "Annie" (David) Lamont of Cedar Rapids, IA; 19 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; and 3 sisters, Mary (Paul) Ehlinger, Carol Recker and Susie (Dave) Kraus all of Cascade, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Sr. Janet O'Shea; and a brother-in-law, Ronald Recker; one niece, Paula Ehlinger; and one nephew, Mike Recker.

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



William J. Fleming


William J. "Coach Bill" Fleming, 76, of Urbandale, Iowa, and formerly of Maquoketa, passed away on Thursday morning, January 17, 2019, at his home.

A celebration of Coach Fleming's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, January 25, 2019, at Faith Community Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Thursday, January 24, 2019 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Cremation will follow the services and a private burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

William James Fleming was born on March 14, 1942 in Waterloo, Iowa, to Logan Martin and Grace Angela (Bowen) Fleming. He was a 1960 graduate of Traer, Iowa High School and then went to Iowa State University where he played baseball and earned his teaching degree. He married Kathy Dawn Cox on October 4, 2014 in Bellevue, Iowa.

At an early age, Coach Fleming wanted to be a basketball coach and following his college graduation from Iowa State University, he took a job as a teacher with Central Community of DeWitt High School where he was named the Head Baseball Coach and Head Sophomore Basketball Coach. In 1967, he took a math teaching position in Maquoketa and became the Head Maquoketa Boys Basketball Coach. In his 33 years at Maquoketa, Coach Fleming and his teams won over 500 games, earned 6 state tournament appearances, 17 conference titles and 11 second place conference finishes. In 1983 after Maquoketa finished 2nd in the state tournament he was named Class 2A Coach of the Year. In 2006, he was inducted into the Iowa High School Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, and in the fall of 2018 was inducted into the Maquoketa High School Hall of Fame. Additionally, Coach Fleming was a member of the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association, National Association of Basketball Coaches, and had served as the Co-Director of the Iowa High School All-Star Basketball Game.

After Coach Fleming left Maquoketa, he continued his basketball coaching career at Mid-America Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas from 2001 to 2011 where he served as an Assistant Coach under one of his former Maquoketa players, Rocky Lamar. Together they won a national championship in 2007 and appeared in four straight NAIA Final Fours. Following his ten years at Mid-America Nazarene, he was inducted into the University's Hall of Fame in 2012.

Coach Fleming's love for teaching the game of basketball did not stop when the season ended. It was year-round as he was often holding clinics, basketball camps, coaching schools and pushing athletes to get better during the off season. A couple of the camps he would organize and lead each year were, "Boot Camp for Big's" (2002 to 2007) and "Point Guard Academy" (2001 to 2017) at Grandview University in Des Moines. While in Maquoketa he had also held the Maquoketa Basketball Fundamentals and Skills Camp for many years which produced over 175 All-State players.

Coach Fleming was a coach, teacher, advisor, mentor and friend to many. He helped influence over 150 kids to become coaches. He touched the lives of students not only through his gift of coaching and teaching but also through his everyday lessons of preparation, organization and hard work. He spent countless hours with the players preparing and developing each team for games and potential game situations. He also did many humanitarian efforts selflessly helping others but always wanted to best be remembered as a basketball coach.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Kathy Fleming of Urbandale, IA; children Jefferson "Jeff" (and wife Katherine "Kit" Flanagan) Fleming of Houston, TX, James "Jim" Fleming of Fernandina Beach, FL, Jennifer "Jen" (Jeff Hines) Fleming of Colorado Springs, CO, and Daniel "Dan" (Caitlin) Fleming of Sarasota, FL; step-children, Valerie (Rick) Beck of Gillette, WY, and Angela (Mike) Clifton of Overland Park, KS; 10 grandchildren, Emily, Matt, Morgan, Cora, Gretchen, CJ, Ricky, David, Cole and Olivia; and a sister Mary Lou (Loren) Shultz of Portland, OR. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother David Logan Fleming.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to the Fleming/Streets Scholarship Fund established for graduating seniors and managers of the Maquoketa High School Boys Basketball program.

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

 



Catherine A. Julson


Catherine "Cathy" A. Julson, 60, of Milan, IL, and formerly of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, January 17, 2019 after a courageous 14 month battle with cancer. 

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, January 21, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque. Burial will be at 12 p.m. Tuesday, January 22,  at Mueller Memorial Chapel, Linwood Cemetery.

Cathy was born June 14, 1958 in Denver, CO, the daughter of Donald and Marilou (Gippert) Urquhart. She married Robert "Bob" Julson on September 12, 1992 at the Dubuque Botanical Gardens Arboretum. She was employed with Ross Medical Supply in Moline, IL. 

Cathy was an excellent bowler, was a member of the Dubuque 600 Bowling Club, attended nationals, and traveled all over the US. Through the bowling club, she made many close friendships that last even today. She loved going to the beach and watching old movies. 

Cathy is survived by her husband, Bob, of Milan, IL; two children, Christina (Chris) Winner and Robert Julson Jr.; her grandchildren, Hunter, Haley, Bentley, Griffin, and Baleigh; her father, Donald Urquhart; her siblings, Donald (Debbie Peurdun) Urquhart, Karen Grayson, and Benjamin (Hermie) Urquhart; her sister in law Kim Julson, her brother in law Glen (Noreen Dole) Julson; her nieces Elizabeth (Jordan) Sexton and Anna (Matt Conley) Urquhart; her great nephew Waylon Sexton; and her "Dubuque Sister" Debra Di Vall. 

She was preceded in death by her mother Marilou Urquhart; her parents in law Gerry Clancey and William Julson; and two brothers in law Kenny Grayson and Alan Julson. 

The family would like to thank the staff at Heartland Hospice for their excellent care, especially Kara, Cherish, Tammy, and Victoria.

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

 

 

 



Jerome Tigges


Jerome "Romey" Tigges, 93, of Dubuque, was called home to be with his wife, parents, and infant son Daniel on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at Luther Manor, surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, January 20, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 5:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 21, at Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Rd. Rev. Phil Gibbs will officiate.  Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6.

Jerome was born December 12, 1925 in Dubuque, the son of Vincent and Agatha (Imhof) Tigges. He attended Sacred Heart, graduated from Loras Academy, and served his country with the U.S. Army during World War II.

Jerome married Hazel Knoernschild on September 15, 1951, at Nativity Catholic Church. She preceded him in death on September 6, 2012.

Jerome retired after many years at the Dubuque Packing Company. He was a member of Resurrection Parish and the American Legion Post #6. He was an avid golfer into his golden years, with three holes-in-one, the last one coming at the age of 86. Jerome and Hazel could often be found ballroom dancing on Thursday nights.

Those left to cherish his memory are his children, Deb (Rich) Hoffman and Ron (Sue) Tigges, both of Dubuque, Cathy (Patrick) Kane of Mission Viejo, CA, Becky (Charlie) Bonifas of Burleson, TX, and Mike (Lynn) Tigges of Aurora, IL; 14 grandchildren, Stacy (Steve) Ryan, Sarah (Wes) Wilburn, Jason (Kelly) Kane, Heather (Trevar) Fracchiolla, Brad Tigges, Jill (Brent) O'Rourke, Jennifer (Aaron) Adler, Danielle (Jason) Horn, Samantha (Dustin) Goldman, Melissa (Andrew) Chansley, Matthew, Meggan, Melissa, and Michelle Tigges, 14 great grandchildren and one on the way;  his siblings-in-law, Margaret (Don) Lakin, Dorothy Omdalem, John (Janet), and Ken (Sandy) Knoernschild; and many nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his wife, parents, and infant son, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Francis, Bernard "Benny", and Martin; his sister Sr. Mary Rita Tigges OSF;  two sisters-in-law, Karen Tigges and Dorothy Tigges; and a brother-in-law Mike Omdalem.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Church of the Resurrection, Hospice of Dubuque, or Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque. 

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Luther Manor and at Hospice of Dubuque for their excellent care of Dad.

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



David Robert Chapman


David Robert Chapman, 53, of Mesa, AZ formerly of Dubuque passed away on December 30th, 2018 at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 26th, 2019 at the Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Andy Upah officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. at the church until time of mass. Private family burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family.

David was born on October 13, 1965 in Dubuque the son of Robert and Marlene (Bemis) Chapman. He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1984 where he excelled in wrestling and from Hamilton Tech in Davenport, la.

His life journey took him from being a Mental Health Tech at Mercy Hospital, a parts manager at American Marina in Dubuque, to co-owning Alpine Appliance Store in Avon, Colorado. He then owned Chappy's Concession Trailer while living in New Glarus, WI from which he traveled to various fairs in the community. While living in Arizona he was the parts manager for R. Christ RV Sales and Service in Mesa, Arizona.

David was a ten-year liver transplant survivor. He loved the outdoors from boating to fishing to hunting as well as always being accompanied by one of his dogs. He was a devoted NFL fan to the team in each of his locations. He was the ultimate friend to those close to him.

Dave is survived by his parents Robert and Marlene Chapman; of Dubuque, his three sisters Michelle (Rich) Stender, of Dubuque, Pamela (Jeff) Thill, of Warsaw, IL, and Connie Chapman, of Dubuque. Nieces Stephanie (Jason) Klein, of Marion, IA, Stacy (Chris) Kelley, of Denver, Co., Sarah (Matt) Weber, of Dubuque, Abigail (Marcus) McDaniel, of Kahoka, MO. Amy (Carlos) Pittman, of Dubuque and Jennifer Harjehausen. One nephew Tyler Thill, of Macomb, IL; 14 cousins who David loved greatly, two aunts Marjorie Hellmann and Doris Hingtgen of Dubuque and his Godparents William and Joyce Huss, of Dubuque.



Dolores Merfeld


Dolores "Dode" Merfeld, 89, of Cascade, Iowa, passed away Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 4:25 a.m., at Monticello Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Monticello, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Dode may call from 2 to 7 p.m., Sunday, January 20, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 2 p.m. and Cascade American Legion Auxiliary rosary will be held at 4:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Monday at the funeral home.

Services for Dode will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, January 21, 2019 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Dode was born October 3, 1929 in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of Louie and Annie (Koppes) Leesekamp. She graduated from St. Martin's High School in Cascade, Iowa. On June 30, 1955, she was united in marriage to Joseph Merfeld at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. She worked as a Certified Nurse's Assistant at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, IA for many years. Dode enjoyed doing all things crafting especially crocheting and embroidering.

She was a member of St. Mathias Parish and the Cascade American Legion Auxiliary.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph Merfeld of Cascade, IA; one daughter, Lisa Manternach of Cascade, IA; three sons, Mark (Deb) Merfeld of Monticello, IA; Tim (Kim) Merfeld and Todd (Dana) Merfeld both of Cascade, IA; 14 grandchildren, Tanya Deutmeyer, Brooke Kite, Paula Moatz, Jake Manternach, Brandi Keenlance, Melissa Hanewicz, Tony Merfled, Kiel Merfeld, Mackenzi Copper, Jamie Copper, Allyson Merfeld, Isaac Merfeld, Natalie Merfeld and Eli Merfeld; 11 great grandchildren; One sister, Betty McMahon of Waterloo, IA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Carl Merfeld of Monticello, IA, Louis (Gladys) Merfeld of Dubuque, IA, Allan (Beverly) Merfeld of Rockford, IL, Gerri Merfeld of Benton Harbor, MI, Cheryl Merfeld of Garden Prairie, IL, Rose Marie Oswald of Monticello, IA, Annabelle Gudenkauf of Manchester, IA and Theresa Drew of Cascade, IA

She was preceded in death by her Parents; one son, Jeffery Merfeld in 1965; one daughter, Pamela Merfeld in 2003; one sister, Irene (Melvin) Peiffer; one great grandson, Matthew Keenlance; sisters-in-law, Mary (Lawrence) Ahlers, Peggy Merfeld and Judy Merfeld; brothers-in-law, Bob McMahon, Frances Merfeld, Robert Merfeld, Carl Merfeld, Earl Oswald, Gerald Gudenkauf and Ralph Drew.

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



Jacqueline Daykin


Jacqueline "Jackie" Daykin, 92, of Dubuque died Saturday, December 29, 2018 at Hawkeye Care Center. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday. January 24, at Summit Congregational United Church of Christ, where a visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of services.

Jackie was born September 17, 1926 in Dubuque, daughter of Arnold and Eva Ziegler.

She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1944, and married John Robert "Bob" Daykin in 1949. She worked outside the home for several years at Job Service of Iowa and was a member of Summit Congregational United Church of Christ, P.E.O. International, and too many card clubs to be listed on one page. She loved playing cards (duh), golfing, socializing with friends and family, and had a special love for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also enjoyed travel, especially to Arizona in the winter, and watching sports (including a trip at age 90 to watch the Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball team play in the NIT).

She is survived by three sons, Rob (Laurie), of Dundee Ore., Jeff (Donna) of Falcon Heights, Minn., and Tom (Karen) of Whitefish Bay, Wis.; a daughter in law, Kim of Dubuque; nine grandchildren, eight great grandchildren; and two brothers, Arnie Ziegler of Gilbert, Ariz., and Tom Ziegler of Tucson, Ariz.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Robert "Bob" Daykin; a son, Steve Daykin; and a sister, Virginia "Ginny" Beckett.

Memorials may be made to Summit Congregational United Church of Christ and Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, Hawkeye Care Center, Barb Ilten, and the Rev. Karen Candee of Summit Congregational United Church of Christ for their loving care.



Daniel J. Mootz


Daniel J. Mootz, 68, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at Southwest Health Center Hospital in Platteville.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 19, 2019, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Friday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Saturday at the church before the service.

Dan was born on April 14, 1950, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Glenn A. and Mildred A. (Pfeiler) Mootz. He married Tracy Klaas on November 8, 1974, in Dubuque. Dan, a meticulous master carpenter, was self employed.

Dan enjoyed ice fishing, deer hunting, gardening, going to the lake in Winter, Wisconsin, going to the casino on Thursdays with Tracy, and watching the Packers. He enjoyed time spent in his shop. A treasure hunter, he liked finding antique tools and other treasures. Dan especially loved his grandchildren and time spent with them.

Survivors include his wife, Tracy; a daughter, Tana Mootz, Benton; a son, Jason (Pam) Mootz, Cuba City; five grandchildren, Devin Mootz, Kailie Mootz-Redfearn, Erika Mootz-Redfearn, and Krystal and Brayden Knox; his siblings, Ron (Kathy) Mootz, Dave (special friend, Carol) Mootz and Sue (Chris) Lovell; his in-laws, Gladys Klaas, Mary White, Nancy (Bud) Loeffelholz, Grace Brummer, Frank (Mary) Klaas, Mert (Skip) Banfield, Click (Bev) Klaas and Joan Klaas; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn Mootz, and Mildred and George Robbins; a brother, Tom Mootz; and his in-laws, John Klaas, Darlene Klaas, Marlene Klaas and Jim White.

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



Katherine H. (Reisch) Kelley


Katherine H. “Kay” (Reisch) Kelley, age 86, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 2:24 a.m., on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family, 9 years to the day after her beloved husband Neil.  To honor Kay’s life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, January 18, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating.  To celebrate Kay’s life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m., until 8:00 p.m., on Thursday, January 17, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Kay was born on November 30, 1932, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Albert and Lucille (Herkes) Reisch.

Kay was a life long Dubuque resident, and a proud graduate of the Immaculate Conception Academy, Class of 1950, and for more than 20 years she cherished getting together for luncheon Tuesday with her classmates. After school, Kay went to work at the Sunbeam Bakery, before marrying the love of her life, Neil Kelley, on February 28, 1952, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The two were blessed with 59 wonderful years together, and 6 children, before he was sadly called home ahead of her on January 15, 2010. Kay was a devoted full time wife, mother and homemaker, who took great pride in caring for her children and home, and her love of helping children would lead her to take a job with Prodigy Child Development later in life, just to secretly be able to sit and rock the babies. Family was the most important aspect of Kay's life, and some of her fondest memories were of road trips with Neil and the children, which no doubt, always turned into an adventure and once even saw Kay getting left behind at a rest area. In her free time, Kay also enjoyed playing bingo and crocheting various treasures to be shared with family and friends. She had a kind, giving soul, and loved helping others, a trait she passed on to her family. She and Neil were excellent role models for the children, and were actively involved members with Handicapped Persons Inc. for 20 years. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our sweet Miss Kay, and will miss her smile which lit up the room and brought joy to everyone around her, but take some comfort in knowing she is now in heaven with her beloved husband and son, and all of her deceased family members, awaiting our eventual arrival.

Those left to cherish Kay's memory include

her children,
Mike (Carol Ender) Kelley, Dubuque, IA,
Patty (David) Pregler, Zwingle, IA,
Dennis (Karilee) Kelley, Potosi, WI,
Collin (Stephanie Friedman) Kelley, Dubuque, IA
and Bruce (Wendy) Kelley, Dubuque, IA;

her 16 grandchildren;

her 23 great-grandchildren;

her 1 great great-grandson;

her siblings,
John Reisch,
Sr. Mary Lou Reisch, OSF,
Ginny O'Connell
and Carol Oglesby, all of Dubuque, IA;

and her sisters-in-law,
Naomi Reagan
and Mary Weis, both of Dubuque, IA.

Kay was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Neil Kelley; her son, David Kelley; a grandson, Brian Kelley; a great-grandson, Layne Lawson; a sister Linda Reisch; and a brother Billie Reisch in infancy.

Miss Kay's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the wonderful care they have provided Miss Kay and her family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.

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



James Milton Barton


James Milton Barton, 82, died peacefully at Stonehill Care Center on Saturday, January 12, 2019. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 20, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Hospice of Dubuque chaplain Rev. Dianne Grace will lead a service at 12:00 noon. Following the visitation, family and friends are invited to enjoy a meal together at Breitbach's Country Dining in Balltown. Per Jim's wishes, his body was donated to The University of Iowa to further the education of medical students. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery in Rickardsville at a future date.

The son of John and Blanche (Schirmer) Barton, Jim was born at home in Dubuque, on May 21, 1936. Due to the generosity of his maternal grandmother, Lydia Schirmer, Jim attended high school at Loras Academy and graduated in 1954. He married Barbara Welu the following year. Three daughters were born of this marriage: Tina, Lisa, and Andrea. Jim and Barbara later divorced. Jim was employed as a meat packer at Dubuque Packing Company for 44 years (1954-1998). In addition, Jim was self-employed as a house painter, wallpaper hanger, and furniture refinisher. In later years, he worked in apartment maintenance, lawn care, and snow removal. In his seventies, he worked at The Family Mart. Like many Dubuquers of his generation, Jim maintained a strong work ethic throughout his life. From an early age, Jim enjoyed picking berries - blackberries and black raspberries were his favorites. With friends, Jim hunted pheasants and rabbits for many decades. He played baseball at Loras Academy and as an adult coached and umpired. He and his family were frequent spectators at local stock car races at the Sportsbowl dirt track. With friends, Jim enjoyed races at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds and Farley Speedway. Jim loved being a grandpa and treasured time with his grandson. He wholeheartedly supported Cael, encouraging him as a student and as an enthusiastic spectator at his many sporting events.

Jim is survived by

three daughters,
Tina Barton, Dubuque, IA,
Lisa Paulos & husband Rick, Cedar Rapids, IA
and Andrea Anderson & husband Chad, Oregon, WI;

his grandson,
Cael Anderson, Oregon, WI;

and his siblings,
Leo Barton, Dubuque, IA
and Betty Stierman, Arizona.

Jim joins his parents, Blanche & John, his sisters, Eileen & Phyllis, and his brothers, Ray, Paul & Louis, who passed before him.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Dubuque Chapter of Pheasants Forever, Hospice of Dubuque, Stonehill Care Center, or sent in care of the family to 3044 Lemon Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001.

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

Jim's family wishes to thank the staff members of Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate care.



Donald Boal


Donald Boal, 88, of Dubuque passed away on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at home, surrounded by his family.

To celebrate Donald's life an open house will take place at the Moracco Supper Club from 12:30-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2019.

Donald was born on November 19, 1930 in Dubuque, the son of Elmer and Mary (Johns) Boal. Don graduated from Senior High School in Dubuque in 1949. He joined the Airforce and served in Europe. He met his beautiful wife, Dagmar Hafner in Frankfurt, Germany and they married on April 12, 1954.

Upon his return to the states, Don worked for John Deere for 30 years. He was an accomplished guitar player and played with The Country Kings and The Upper Main Street Jazz Band. He loved food, drink, family and golfing.

He is survived by his wife, Dagmar; and his children: Jeff Boal of Dubuque; Susan Garrison of Des Moines; Julie Aslin of Appleton, Wisconsin; and Tina Woolley of Grand Lake, Colorado. He also had eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters (Corrine Boal and Darlene Goffinet), and a son, Robert Jackson.

The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK is assisting the family.



Charles G. Termont


Charles G. Termont, 91, of Dyersville, and formerly of Dubuque passed away Monday, January 14 2019, at his home in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 3 - 7 p.m. Thursday, January 17, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, Iowa where a parish vigil service will be held at 3 p.m. and an American Legion service will be held at 7 pm. Visitation will continue from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home prior to funeral services. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 18, 2019, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery where American Legion Post 137 will accord military honors. Rev. Ralph Davis will officiate and Deacon Roger Riesberg will assist.

Charles was born August 6, 1927, in Moline, Illinois the son of Emil and Emma (Bultynck) Termont. He married Bernice Marie Vander Meersch August 28, 1948, in Sheffield, Illinois.

He served in the Marines from 1945 - 1946, and began his career at John Deere in Moline and Dubuque as a designer engineer. He held many patents on heavy industrial equipment, specifically on end loaders.

Charlie enjoyed spending time with family, volunteering at the Grand River Museum in Dubuque, playing cards and sharing stories of his days in the Marines and other travels throughout his career.

Survivors include three children: David C. (Donna) Termont of Lino Lakes, MN, Rita M. (Fred) Cubbage of Apex, NC, Steven C. (Pamela) Termont-Schenk of Beachmere, Queensland, Australia, son-in-law, Deacon Roger (Kathy) Riesberg of Dyersville; 9 grandchildren: Sarah Ledbetter, Michael Termont, Matthew, Joseph, Edward Riesberg, Daniel and Douglas Cubbage, Emmaleigh and Jamon Termont-Schenk; 22 great grandchildren, and a sister-in-law, Joanne (Mel) Davenport of Hemet, CA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Bernice, a daughter, Jean T. Riesberg, a sister, Shirley (Jim) Passini, and in-laws: Dorothy (Frank) Martens, Joseph Vander Meersch in infancy, and Robert (Rosie) Vander Meersch.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Ellen Kennedy Living Center and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Edna and Jan, for the comforting care they provided during Charlie's latest years.

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



Randy L. McCutcheon


Randy L. McCutcheon, 64, was called and immediately left his earthly home on January 12, 2019 surrounded by music to forever be in service of his Lord Jesus.

Cremation has taken place and a private family burial will be held at a later date at Union Cemetery on the family plot next to his father Donald. The family can be seen on Saturday, January 19, 2019, from 11 A.M. to 2 P.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A service will be held at 2:30 P.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center. Please join Randy's family and friends for a meal and of course music at Pearson Hall from 3:30 to 7 P.M. following the service.

Randy was born and raised in Maquoketa to Donald and Doris. Early in life he loved learning, doing, and helping others. Always looking forward to harvesting watermelons with his grandfather, Faye Kempter. He attended and graduated from the Maquoketa Community High School where he participated in football and wrestling.

After high school he enlisted into the Navy. He served and was honorably discharged in 1975 adding more to his lifelong friend pool and deep-rooted patriotism. A few years after returning home, he married the love of his life, Krista Wells.

His love for the band was fulfilling and motivated many avenues. He played alone and/or with numerous bands his whole life when called upon. He was honored to play for weddings, funerals, church, campfires, for one or for a crowd enjoying all music.

He worked for Mt. Hope Cemetery for 25 years. He was currently working at the Family Dollar Distribution Center for the past 17 years. His addictions only enhanced his passion to learn more and work harder towards bliss. So, so many people touched his life. He embraced every encounter. From early on his passion for riding motorcycles was ever-present. Family, friends, wind in his face, freedom, never to have met a stranger. His religious calling was sincere constant and ever learning. He was eager to encourage others sharing prayer fellowship and music at many local churches. He was rebaptized in 2009. Spreading joy of the birth of Jesus Christ led to him playing Santa Claus for 33 years. He was the "real" Santa Claus.

His strong arms will continue to support his wife Krista Wells McCutcheon; mother Doris Kempter McCutcheon Ehl; two children Kurtis (Heather Pierce) McCutcheon of Thompson IL, and Chaya (Josh) Knight of Maquoketa; 8 grandchildren Kenzi, Skarlett, Kaiden, and Zander McCutcheon, Amery Scheper, Braden (Kenzie), Dalton, and Tyson Knight; and siblings Larry (Romel) of Bellevue, Ron of Phoenix, AZ, Bob (Lori) of Larkspur, CO, Dennis (Renee Krause) of Clinton, Mark of Maquoketa, and Lisa of Maquoketa. His love also continues to extend to his nieces and nephews and all family. So many people profoundly touched him. Hoping all people felt his love and no list could ever be long enough.

"Please keep Rockin Randall in your hearts. Pray, embrace music, and ride. Peace be with you all. Ho, Ho, Ho, Hug your loved ones and say I love you, and say thank you." 

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Randy L. McCutcheon memorial fund has been established.

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



Morris Steve


Morris Steve, 87, of Dubuque passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, January 18 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home.

Morris was born on July 28, 1931 in Dubuque, the son of Mike and Elsie (Burkart) Steve. He married JoAnn Mellon on June 18, 1955 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. She preceded him in death on April 21, 2006.

Morris started his own business, Steve Plumbing and Heating in 1968. For over 20 years he served the Dubuque area until he retired in 1991.

One of his favorite pasttimes was picking walnuts with his friend, Lavern. He enjoyed sharing them with his customers, friends and family.

Surviving are his sons, Mike (Kim) Steve and Mark (Sue) Steve; grandchildren, Amy Steve, Tony (Alysse) Steve, and Eric Steve; 4 great- grandchildren, Emily Steve, Lily Davis, Rochelle Steve and Ashland Ostendorf, all of Dubuque; sister, Dorothy Kass, of Cedar Falls, Iowa; brother-in-law, Dave (Karen) Stillmunkes; and sister-in-law, Penny Bronk.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; 5 brothers, Russell, David, Al, Burt and Carl Steve; and two sisters, Lois Felderman and Mary Theisen.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Teresa Shelter.

Special thank you to the nurses and staff at Dubuque Specialty Care for their compassionate care.



Gerald C. Meyer


Gerald C. Meyer, 86, of Dubuque died Sunday, January 13, 2019. 

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 pm Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 6:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Trinity, followed by burial in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Gerald was born October 2, 1932 in Dubuque, son of Edmund and Barbara (Boyer) Meyer. He graduated from Loras Academy in 1950. 

He married Jeanne Anne Jochum on July 26, 1952 in Dubuque, Iowa. She preceded him in death in June of 2007.

Gerald worked as a printer for 47 years retiring in 1997.  He worked for the Telegraph Herald and Regency Thermographers.

He was an Indianapolis Colts and Chicago White Sox fan and loved attending his grandkids' and great grandkids' sporting events.

He is survived by three children, Dennis (Kate) Meyer of Dubuque, Sue (Merle) Ries of Bernard and Tim (Louise) Meyer of Bondurant, IA; six grandchildren, Nikki Bechen of Dubuque, Iowa .Andy (Jonica) Ries of Lowden, IA, Shannon (Nic) Kremer of Cascade, IA, Audra (Aaron) Riddle of Clarinda, IA, Alysia (Garreth) Webster of Bondrant, IA and Cody Ries of Dubuque; and 12 great grandchildren, Skyler, Jaden and Luke Bechen; Kaycie and Mollie Ries; Ava, Isaac and Maddox Kremer; Matilda and Penny Webster; and Cooper and Cole Riddle. He is also survived by brother in law, William Frederick; sisters in law, Joan Wagner, Pat Schumacher, Carole Thul and Delee Jochum and brother in law, Gary (Donna) Jochum; and many nieces and nephews.

He was proceeded in death by his parents Edmund & Barbara Meyer, his in laws Francis & Leona Jochum, a sister Arlette Frederick and brother Leonard Frederick. He was also preceeded in death by in laws, Mary (William) Fransen, Robert (Lynn) Jochum, Dorothy (Lyle) Reed, Dave Schumacher, Leone (George) Reed, Dave Thul, Wayne Jochum, Donald Jochum and Kenneth (Caroline) Neely.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care center, especially Fran and Karen, for taking care of JerBear; and to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque.



Maurice L. Lampe


Maurice L. Lampe, 96, of Dubuque, died of natural causes at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 13, at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was surrounded by his loving family.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 16, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road in Dubuque. Friends may greet the family during a visitation beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the church. Entombment will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home.

Maurie was born on March 19, 1922 in St. Donatus, Iowa. He married Dorothy Heinricy on September 1, 1947, at Holy Ghost Church, and they settled in Dubuque. Maurie served in the U.S. Marine Corps at the end of World War II. Discharged in 1946, he started his career as a barber in 1948 and operated his barbershop for 48 years. After retirement he continued to volunteer his services as a barber at area nursing homes and other facilities. Maurie was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Dubourg General Assembly, Fourth Degree, and managed bingo at the Knights of Columbus for many years.

Maurie is survived by his wife, Dorothy, and four sons, David and Martin (Dubuque), James (Valparaiso, IN), and Robert (Ankeny, IA). He is also survived by his brothers Nester and Earl (Juan). He was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy and Theresa (Herrig); sisters Johanna and Monica; brothers Roman (Ann Marie) and Robert (Irene); his sister-in-law Evelyn; and his beloved son John.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Ruth C. Anderson


Ruth C. Anderson, 89, of Delmar, Iowa, passed away on Friday evening, January 11, 2019, at the Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, in Davenport, Iowa.

A private family graveside service and burial will be held from the Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois. There is no visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Ruth Carol Kilgore was born on April 8, 1929 in Estherville, Iowa, to Lyle and Marie (Cayler) Kilgore. She was a 1949 graduate of Estherville High School and then graduated in 1950 from the AIB School of Business in Des Moines. She married Donald B. Anderson on October 11, 1953 in Estherville, Iowa.

Ruth first worked for the Emmett County Courthouse in the Auditor's Office. Upon moving to Maquoketa, she worked for the Jackson County Abstract Title Company, and lastly worked for the Schoenthaler Law Firm.

Ruth was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. She enjoyed knitting, baking and cooking, reading, golfing, gardening, and crafts. She was an avid Green Bay Packers fan and loved spending time with her family.

Those left to honor Ruth's memory include her children, Michael (Deanna) Anderson of Eldridge, IA, Mark Anderson of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Mona (Craig) Moeller of Eldridge, IA; 8 grandchildren, Sara, Jake, Laura, Rachel, Jared (Leah), Jordan, Jade and Abby; 3 great-grandchildren, Aidan, Brandon and Rachel; a sister, Jane Kilgore of AL; and a special family friend, Sandy Brown of AL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Donald on June 14, 2011, and a daughter Michele in 2009.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Ruth C. Anderson memorial fund has been established.

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



Clarinda E. Thole


Clarinda Elizabeth Thole, 93, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2019, at her residence in Manchester. She was born on May 21, 1925, in Worthington, the daughter of Aloysius Anton and Clara Marie (Willenbring) Klostermann. She attended Area Country School in Dodge Township.

On November 21, 1949, Clarinda was united in marriage to Alfred E. "Fritz" Thole in Dyersville. Seven children were born to this union. Together they farmed near Earlville for a short time until moving to their farm east of Manchester. Although Fritz died on April 16, 2004, Clarinda remained on the farm.

Clarinda was a long-time member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester. She was an avid Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeye fan and enjoyed knitting and quilting. Clarinda loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include her children, James (Linda) Thole of Manchester, Diane (Jeff) Larsen of Manchester, Rick (Kris) Thole of Manchester, Joyce (Brian) Lambert of St. Cloud, Florida, David Thole of Manchester, and Allan Thole of Red Oak; a daughter-in-law, Kathy (Frank) Kelm of Cedar Rapids; eleven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Clarinda was preceded in death by a son, Dennis Thole; a great-grandson Philip Gaffney; her parents; and three brothers, Gerald, Erwin, and Roger Klostermann.

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

Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 17, 2019, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester, Iowa, with Reverend Gabriel Anderson officiating.

Visitation: 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, where there will be a 3:00 p.m. Scripture service. Friends may also call from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. on Thursday at the church, where there will be a CDA rosary recited prior to mass.

Interment: St. Mary Catholic Cemetery - Manchester, Iowa

Casket Bearers: (grandchildren) Stephanie Cobert, Ryan Thole, Kristy Stineman, Katie Gaffney, Patrick Lambert, Sarah Lambert, Emily Thole, Anna Thole, Aaron Thole, Clare Haight, Ben Haight



Karen J. Nevins


Karen J. Nevins, 66, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Saturday, January 12, 2019, at Southwest Health Center Hospital in Platteville. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at the United Methodist Church in Cuba City with Pastor Hee Kwon Jung officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City. Friends may also call from 9:00-10:15 a.m. Wednesday at the church before the service.

Karen was born on April 3, 1952, in Moline, Illinois, the daughter of Walter and Helen L. (Dudley) Carson. She married Calvin K. "Cal" Nevins on June 7, 1986, in Silvis, Illinois, and they lived in Carbon Cliff, Illinois. In 2005 they moved to Cuba City.

Karen graduated from Moline High School in Moline, Illinois, in 1970. She worked as office manager at Serv-a-Lite Products in East Moline, Illinois, and was currently working as secretary for the Cuba City United Methodist Church. Church and faith were significant to her. Karen was a member of the church choir and enjoyed getting together with her Dorcas Circle members. Family was very important to her and she loved spending time with her grandchildren and spending time at the cabin in Barnes, Wisconsin.

Survivors include three daughters, Candi (Brandon) Buffington, of Seymour, TN, Mindi (Kyle) Smith, of Cuba City, WI, and Cori Anne (Warren Head) Nevins, of Dubuque, IA; a son, Jamie (Stephanie) Hudson, of Colona, IL; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Roger and Joyce Nevins, of East Moline, IL; a brother-in-law, Larry (Cathy) Nevins, of Rock Island, IL; and twelve grandchildren, Courtney, Alex, Jarred, Caitlin, Lindsay, Ty, Jordin, Xavier, Jeremy, Kodie, Cooper and Canon.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin, on September 29, 2018; her parents, Walter and Helen Carson; and her stepfather, Bill Eckhardt.

Memorials may be given to the United Methodist Church in Cuba City.

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



Kim Urban Donnan


Kim Urban Donnan, 60, of Dubuque, died Friday, January 11, 2019 at Sunnycrest Manor, surrounded by her family. Kim lived her life valiantly with Huntington's Disease.
Visitation will be from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 15, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. Sharing of memories will be from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Mass will be at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Raphael Cathedral. Fr. Greg Bahl will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Kim was born July 15, 1958 in Dubuque, the daughter of Gary and Shelia (Johnston) Urban. She attended Wahlert High School, went on to attend Briar Cliff College, and finished her nursing degree at Kirkwood Community College. Kim was employed at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids, and the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Kim enjoyed playing games, swimming, and watching soap operas. Music was a passion of Kim's, and she loved listening to her favorite artists and attending concerts. She loved children, and was a second mother to her nieces and nephews.

Kim is survived by two children, Lucas (Sadie) Donnan and Andie Donnan; her mother, Shelia Urban; her sisters, Elizabeth Urban, Wendy (Jim) McLaughlin, and Pearl Shaffer, all of Dubuque; her brothers, Gary (Sheri) Urban of La Porte City, IA, Jim (Jan) Urban of Kennewick, WA, and Clark Urban of Dubuque; and many very special nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Gary Urban.

The family would like to thank Dr. Chad Nachtman, the staff at Hospice of Dubuque; and all the staff at Sunnycrest Manor for their outstanding care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kim Donnan Memorial Fund.

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



Mary M. Root


Mary M. (Wernke) Root, age 82, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:54 p.m., on Saturday, January 12, 2019, at Bethany Home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Mary's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Mary's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m., until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Mary was born on September 29, 1936, in Luxemberg, Iowa, daughter of Henry and Ida (Digman) Wernke.

Mary was born and raised in Luxemberg, before eventually moving to Dubuque, and making it her life long home. She was a dedicated employee, who put her time and talents to good use with several places including, The University of Dubuque, as a prep cook, Otten-Bowers Printing and Mailing Company, St. Regis Paper Company, and later as a desk clerk at the Canfield Inn, until her well earned retirement. Mary would be fortunate enough to find love twice in her life, and was first united in marriage to Melvin "Red" Hennings Jr., in 1955, in Dubuque, and later to James Root, on June 28, 1968, in Galena, IL. She enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors, and in her younger days was quite the volleyball player, as well as a member of one of the 1st Women's Fast-pitch softball teams in Dubuque. Mary also had a great appreciation of music, especially Elvis Presley, and enjoyed getting out on the dance floor, with her brother, Stretch, "cutting a rug" any chance that came their way. In later years, Mary remained active by meeting up with friends at the bowling alley and taking daily walks around town. She was playfully competitive, and always looked forward to playing Euchre and board games with family and friends, being quite proud to hold the title of Undeniable Scrabble Champion. Above all, family was the most important aspect of her life, and Mary had a way about her that always made everyone feel extremely comfortable and loved, and like they were the most important person in the room. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our sweet mom, grandma, great-grandma, sister and friend, but know that she is now free of all of the health challenges she has battled these past months and is reunited with all of her loved ones called home ahead of her.

Those left to cherish Mary's memory include

her children,
Daniel (Laura) Hennings,
Tammy Durham,
Robert "Bob" Hennings
and Rhonda (Tim) Baule, all of Dubuque, IA;

her 6 grandchildren,
Matthew (Janae) Hennings, Michaela (Nate) Koch, Trace Durham, Ashley Hennings, Sarah Baule and T.J. (Sydney Tran) Baule;

her 3 great-grandchildren,
Cassidy, Ayla and Grady Hennings;

her siblings,
Donald (Helen) Wernke, Dubuque, IA,
Fred "Fritz" (Barbara) Wernke, Solana Beach, CA
and Diane "DeeDee" Hasken, Dubuque, IA;

and a sister-in-law,
Pat Wernke, Dubuque, IA.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; a very special son-in-law, Joel Durham; 2 brothers John "Stretch" (Mary) Wernke and Hank Wernke; a sister-in-law, Barb Wernke; a brother-in-law, Dave Hasken; and her 2 former husbands, Melvin "Red" Hennings Jr., and James Root.

Mary's family would like to thank Dr. Sara Loetscher, as well as the outstanding nurses and staff of Mercy Hospital, Bethany Home, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, compassionate, and loving care of Mary and her entire family. Also a very special thanks to her son, Bob, for always being there and helping take care of mom allowing her to remain in her home.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.

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

 



Michael R. Acton


Michael R. Acton, age 78, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 4:00am, on Friday, January 11, at Hawkeye Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Mike's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30am, on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at St. Brigid's Catholic Church, 602 Hager St. E, Grand Junction, Iowa, with Rev. Jim Bruch officiating. To celebrate Mike's life, family and friends may visit from 10:30 am, until 1:00pm, on Monday, January 14, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Grand Junction, Iowa.

Major Michael R. Acton, US Army (Retired), was born on September 9, 1940, in Rippey, Iowa, son of Robert J. and Helen F. (Aspenall) Acton, the oldest of the family's seven children.
He graduated from Rippey (Iowa) High School in 1958 and joined the military the following year. Mike was commissioned through the Army's Officer Candidate Program and subsequently served as an infantry platoon leader during the Vietnam War. During his second tour of duty in Vietnam he served as an infantry company commander. Among his many awards are the Bronze Star For Valor, 3 Bronze Stars for Achievement in Combat, 3 Meritorious Service medals, the Purple Heart, the Air Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm.

He completed his bachelor's degree in English Literature at the University of Nebraska in Omaha in 1972, and his Master's Degree in Journalism at the University of Kansas in 1981.

After his retirement from the Army, he was an Assistant Professor of Journalism and the Communication Department Chairman at Clarke College in Dubuque for 13 years. He followed his academic career as a project editor for Buckledown Publishing Company in Iowa City, from which he retired in 2011.

Mike is survived by

his sons,
Paul (Stephanie) Acton, of Gilbert, AZ,
Sean (Vikki) Acton, of Maquoketa, IA;

his six grandchildren,
Dalen, Todd, Raina, Anya, Maia and Eli.

His siblings,
Dan Acton, Rippey, IA,
Janice (Ken) Johnston, Chicago, IL,
Tim (Sandra) Acton, Phoenix, AZ,
Dave (Stephanie) Acton, Sun Prairie, WI,
Pat (April) Acton, Gladbrooke, IA;

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mary Acton; and a sister-in-law, Fereleen Acton.

Mike's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy and Nichole, for all of the care and support given to Mike and his family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.

 



Leighton Hepker


Leighton Hepker, 65, of Maquoketa, Iowa died on Friday, January 11, 2019 at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Leighton was born on January 4, 1954 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Oliver and Dawn (Mills) Hepker. He was raised in Linn County and graduated from Springville High School in 1972 and Kirkwood Community College in 1974. He then earned a degree from the Columbia School of Broadcasting in Los Angeles in 1975. He began his long career at KMAQ Radio in Maquoketa in June of 1975 and became well-known in his early years for the many play-by-play sporting events he broadcast on KMAQ. It was also in Maquoketa that he met his future wife, Cindy Kudart. They were married on June 23, 1979 in Iowa City, Iowa and to this union two children were born, Justin and Adam. In 1995, he received a news media award from the Iowa High School Athletic Association. He also was an active high school basketball official for 25 years. He was inducted into the Maquoketa High School Hall of Fame in the fall of 2017 as a "Friend of the Maquoketa Schools".

Leighton was involved in the Maquoketa community serving as past President of the Maquoketa Chamber of Commerce, Mayor of Maquoketa for five years, board member of the Community Foundation of Jackson County and the Jackson County Regional Health Center Board of Trustees. He was a charter member of the Maquoketa Kiwanis Club joining the organization when it was formed in 1989. He also was a member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa serving on various committees.

He had many passions in life. Among them were the St. Louis Cardinals and the Maquoketa Cardinals.

He has deeded his body to the Anatomy and Cell Biology Department at the University of Iowa for medical research and education.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 2 P.M., Thursday, January 17, 2019 at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 P.M., Wednesday, January 16, 2019, in "The Bistro" at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Cindy Hepker of Maquoketa, IA; two sons, Dr. Justin Hepker and his wife Dr. Lauren Coyne of Iowa City, IA, and Adam Hepker and his wife Amy of Surprise, AZ; 2 granddaughters; 1 grandson; a sister Melody (Bob) Allen in TX; a half-sister, Sherryl (Doug) Hahl in OK; and one niece. He was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver and Dawn Hepker.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be given to First Lutheran Church, Hospice of Jackson County or the Community Foundation of Jackson County.

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

 

 



Harry C. Dighton


Harry Clifton Dighton, 90, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Friday, January 11, 2019, at the Good Neighbor Home. He was born on October 13, 1928, in rural Hopkinton, the son of Merle and Netta (Cooper) Dighton. As a young boy, Harry's family moved to Oneida, and he began his schooling there, graduating from Oneida High School in 1945. 

Harry farmed with his parents. He also drove truck and drove school bus for the Oneida and Maquoketa Valley schools. On June 10, 1949, Harry was united in marriage to Fern Cocking in rural Manchester. Three children were born to this union. 

The couple continued to farm and eventually bought the family farm from his parents. Fern passed away on November 30, 2001, and Harry continued farming until 2012, when his health no longer permitted it. While farming, Harry also kept busy working for FS in Earlville and doing a variety of other jobs. 

Harry loved hunting and being outdoors. He was a 50-plus-year blood donor and was always willing to help anyone who needed it. He cherished time with his family. 

Survivors include his three children, Charles (Carol) Dighton, Kenneth (Mary) Dighton, and Nancy (Ronnie) Bachman, all of Manchester; five grandchildren, Jason (Kayla) Dighton, Brandi (Nick) Bettis, Tina (Jason) Richter, Todd (Kelly) Dighton, and Sandi (Jason) Cook; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Harry was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; and two brothers, Gladwin "Doc" Dighton and Arvin Cooper. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Good Neighbor Home. 

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

Celebration of Life:6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home, Manchester, Iowa, with Reverend Kurt Pasko officiating. 

Visitation:3:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home, Manchester, Iowa.

Inurnment at a Later Date:Oakland Cemetery - Manchester, Iowa

 



Harriet M. Burbach


Harriet M. Burbach, 94, of Cuba City, formerly of Platteville, died on Thursday, January 10, 2018 at Epione Pavilion, Cuba City. Funeral services will be at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at the Melby Funeral Home & Crematory, Platteville. Rev. Brenda Whitford will officiate. Burial will be at Big Patch Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until the time of the service Tuesday at the Melby Funeral Home & Crematory, Platteville.

Memorials may be made to the family. Online condolences can be made at www.melbyfh.com.

She is survived by her four children, Karen Niehaus, Janice (Bernard) Rupp, James (Terry) Burbach and Tom (Mona) Burbach; nine grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; Brothers and sisters-in-law, Grace Lorscheter, Jim and Mary Hore, Josephine Faherty.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, son-in-law, Doug Niehaus, great-granddaughter, Mildred Niehaus, brothers and sisters-in-law, Matt Lorscheter, Gene and Lureen Hore, Jim Faherty.



Albert J. Decker


Albert J. Decker, 90, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away suddenly at home on January 8th, 2019.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 12th, 2019 at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, January 11th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Albert was born on May 18, 1928 in Bernard, Iowa the son of John and Frances (Pfab) Decker. He attended Feeney School and St. Joseph's School in Key West. He was a lifelong member of St. Joseph's Church, Key West.

He married Callista Tigges on May 25, 1954 at St. Catherine's Catholic Church.

Albert farmed all his life to the point of doing chores on the day he passed. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He loved spending time with family and friends making many great memories to cherish. He was able to live a long, fulfilled life by following his strict diet of meat, potatoes, peanut butter and mostly chocolate. He will be deeply missed.

Albert is survived by his wife of 64 years Callista; children, Dale (Ann) Decker, of Key West, Ron (Bitzie) Decker and Jean Decker of Dubuque, and Gary (Lisa) Decker, of Robins, IA. Grandchildren, Tammi (Bob) Schroeder, Matt (Teeney) Decker, McKenzie (Tim Davis) Decker, Dena (Travis) Voss, Laura (Zach) Hodge, Brian (Amy) Decker, Jason Decker, Katie (Drew) Simpson, Elana (Coby Clapp) Decker, Sirena (Sam) Stark. Great grandchildren, Evan, Holli, Jacob, Alexis, Morgan, Peyton, DJ, Calli, Cate, Parker, Oli, Avery, Maddy, Gwen, Gus, Cooper, Camille and Eben Albert who was just born on January 9th; his 19th great grandchildren is expected to arrive in June.
Albert is also survived by his siblings, Vincent (Evelyn) Decker, of Zwingle, Hubert (Elizabeth) Decker, of Cascade, Monica (Cletus) Thielen, of Zwingle, Darlene Collins, of Peosta, John "JJ" (Erma) Decker of Dubuque, Louis (Darla) Decker, of Dubuque, Melita (Virgil) Hansen, of Maquoketa, Agnes "Fran" Decker, of Dubuque, Bernadine (Mark) Giese, of Dubuque, and Kenneth Decker, of Dubuque. Granddaughter-in-law Stephani Decker; sister-in-law Charlene Decker and brother-in-law Ray Tigges.

He was preceded in death by his parents; father and mother-in-law Arthur and Marcella Tigges; his son David J. Decker; grandson Timothy R. Decker; twin siblings in infancy William and Margaret in 1925; brothers William "Willie" (Mary) Decker, Raymond (Phyllis) Decker and Harvey Decker; brother-in-law James Collins and sister-in-law Rosie Tigges.

In lieu of flowers an Albert Decker memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Key West Fire & EMS, Dubuque County Sherriff Department, Fr. and Rod Allers for all their help and compassion that was given to us on Tuesday.



Rita A. Dura


Rita A. Dura, 89, of Dubuque died Thursday, January 10, 2019. 

Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road followed by a funeral service at 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Entombment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum. 

Rita was born October 10, 1929, in Dubuque, daughter of Joseph C. and Matilda (Weber) Becker. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School; and on July 13, 1961, she married Elmer J. Dura in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on June 6, 2006.

Rita worked for the Dubuque Packing Co. for 31 years, retiring in 1982.

She was an avid sewer, and enjoyed cross stitching, crossword puzzles, Jumble puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, crocheting, and collecting gnomes and elephants. Most of all, she loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

She is survived by two sons, Michael (Jane) Becker and Gary (Mary) Dura, both of Dubuque; five grandchildren, Michelle (Charles) Tucker of Dubuque, Lisa (Kristopher) Mercer of Kings Bay, Ga., Jason Dura of Dubuque, Justin (Jennifer) Dura of Dubuque and Jarrod Dura (and friend, Rachel Woodward) of Dubuque; and six great-grandchildren, Kaylee and Elaina Tucker; Collin Mercer, Tyler Dura, Samantha Lange and Johnathin Tucker. She is also survived by a sister, Bernice Rickey, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by four sisters, Esther Huntington, Helen Maas, Rosemary Riley and Florence Lange; and a brother, Joseph Becker.

Memorials may be made to the Rita Dura Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque and Oak Park Place, as well as Lindsay O'Connell-Arensdorf for all of their loving care.



Mark J. Hilby


Mark J. Hilby, 73, of Menominee, IL, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at home.

Per Mark's request there will be no public services or visitation. Private family burial will be at a later date. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.

Mark was born May 30, 1945 in Dubuque, IA, the son of Emil and Florence (Welp) Hilby.

He was a graduate of Wahlert High School, class of 1963.  Mark was employed in construction with his brother-in-law, Bill Burroughs and also did maintenance work for Menominee Township. Residents will remember Mark for being in the township snowplow as soon as it started snowing.

Mark was an avid fan of the Chicago Bears and Cubs and the Milwaukee Brewers and made many trips to Chicago in his van with family and friends.

Surviving are his four siblings, Ione (Ralph) Turman of Seattle, WA, Mary (Paul) Burbach of Cuba City, WI, Joan Hilby of Dubuque, and Jack (Rose) Hilby of Menominee, IL; plus many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Emil and Florence, siblings, Robert Hilby, Doris and LaVerne Kuhle, Sister Carol Hilby, OSF, and Marge and Bill Burroughs.

The family wishes to thank the Menominee-Dunleith First Responders, the Jo Daviess County Sheriff's Office and the Galena Area Ambulance for their quick response.

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



James J. Brown


James J. "Jim" Brown, 75, of Peosta, Iowa passed away suddenly on January 8, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 14th, 2019 at Holy Family Church, New Melleray with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 6:45 p.m.

Jim was born on November 24, 1943 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Bernard and Violet (Burkart) Brown.

He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1962 and married Patricia "Pat" Welu on November 8, 1969 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Jim served in the US Army from April 1965 until March of 1967. He earned rank of Specialist 4th Class; he was stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska where he conducted test on ammunition.

In 1971 he completed his apprenticeship training in the trade of plumbing. After completing his apprenticeship, he worked as a plumber for 35 years with MMC Mechanical. While working as a plumber he also crop farmed and milked dairy cattle for 40 years on the family farm outside of Dubuque.

After retirement, Jim enjoyed fishing, going for motorcycle rides, winning at the casino and working outside especially in his yard. He volunteered his talents at the National Mississippi river Museum and the Dubuque County Fair Association. Jim was awarded Volunteer of the Year and Friend of the Fair from the Dubuque County Fair Association. Jim was a family man that was supportive in every way possible. He was always willing to lend a helping hand.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Patricia; his daughters Ann (Steve) Schuster and Beth (Matthew) Oberhoffer; his sister Mary Kay (Bill) Abbott; brother-in-law John "Jack" Welu; and sister-in-law Betty Welu. Jim is also survived by his seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren with one arriving in March along with many nieces, nephews and three Godchildren.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents Bernard and Violet; father and mother-in-law Edward and Loras Welu; two brothers-in-law and one sister-in-law.

The family would like to thank Epworth Fire and EMS, Dubuque County Sherriff Department and the excellent caring medical staff at Mercy Medical Center.

In lieu of flowers a James Brown memorial fund will be established in his memory.



Joseph N. Thurston


Joseph Norman Thurston, age 91, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 11:35 p.m. on January 8, 2019, at Hawkeye Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Joe's life, funeral services will be held at 11:30am, on Saturday, January, 12, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Joe's life, family and friends may visit from 9:30am until the time of services at 11:30am, on Saturday at Behr Funeral Home. Military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum at a later date.

Joe was born on November 19, 1927, in Dubuque, IA, son of Joseph E. And Florence C. (Cherrier) Thurston.

Joe served with the US Army during World War II on a Hospital Ship in the European Theater of Operations. He married Elizabeth J. Hennig on Sept. 2, 1950 at St. Mary's Church. She proceeded him in death on Sept. 16, 1994. He later married Elaine M. (Baker) Meyer on Nov. 6, 2005 at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque. Joe was formerly employed at the Battery Factory, at Carr, Adams and Collier Mfg. and lastly at the John Deere Dubuque Works, retiring in 1987. He had been a union member since he was 15 years old and was a member of UAW Local #94. Joe was a longtime member of St. Mary's Parish and was an usher at church since 1949. He was Past Chief Ranger of the Holy Ghost Catholic Order of Foresters, Past Secretary of the Holy Name Society and was the Institutional Representative for the Boy Scouts in Dubuque. Joe was also a member of the Holy Cross Order of Foresters and a past Vice President of the Dubuque County Conservation Society. He was very active in sports and was a softball player for many years, but because of his height, he was often recruited to play basketball. While playing for the Army team Joe was fortunate enough to have played once against the Harlem Globetrotters. He and Elaine enjoyed traveling to Alaska, going to see the Panama Canal and exploring the Northeastern states and New England. Joe loved being outdoors and enjoyed pheasant hunting and was an avid trout fisherman. He was very proud of the fact that he helped to re-stock the wild turkey population in Iowa for the first time.

Those left to cherish Joe's memory include

his wife,
Elaine Thurston, of Dubuque;

his daughter and step-children,
Joyanne (John) Oberhausen, Dubuque, IA,
Kathy (Rod) Miller, Hampshire, IL,
Jim "Congo" (Sharla) Meyer, Dubuque, IA,
Barb (Steve) Jaeger, Dubuque, IA,
Joe (Vicki) Meyer, Dubuque, IA,
Julie (Dave) Hillery, Dubuque, IA,
Jill Meyer, Sun Prairie, WI,
and Amy (Bob) Buss, Arlington, WI;

his 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Elizabeth; his brother, Eugene; and his sister-in-law, Marian Zaruba.

Joe's family would like to thank the entire staff at Hawkeye Care Center for their kind, compassionate and professional care of Joe.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.

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



Bernice E. Mescher


Bernice E. Mescher, 95, of Farley, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 8:07 a.m. at Manor Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa surrounded by loved ones.

Friends and relatives of Bernice may call from 2 to 7 p.m., Friday, January 11, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a Parish Rosary will be held at 1:30 p.m., a CDA Rosary will be held at 4:30 p.m.and the Farley American Legion will meet in a body at 6:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral Home.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 12, 2019 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.

Bernice was born April 5, 1923 in Farley, Iowa, daughter of Sylvester B. and Josephine (Burkle) White. She received her education in the former St. Joseph's school in Farley, Iowa. Bernice was united in marriage to Gilbert Mescher on February 12, 1946 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa.

She enjoyed cooking, especially baking pies, gardening, crocheting and traveling. She especially loved spending time with her family. She was a cook at Western Dubuque schools for 23 years.

She was a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Farley a member of its Altar Society and the Farley Catholic Daughters of the America's-Presentation Court #1460.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Gilbert Mescher of Farley, IA; five children, Janet (Clifford) Splinter of East Dubuque, IL, Bonnie (Tom) Weidemann of Dubuque, IA, Doris (Marty) LaPage of East Dubuque, IL, Larry (Vickie) Mescher of Peosta, IA and Vicky (Ron) Neumann of Independence, IA; 20 grandchildren, Chris (Jamie) Splinter, Eric Splinter, Abbi (Brian) LaPage, Dan (fiance, Christina) Weidemann, Ginger Weidemann, Valli (fiance, Robert) Weidemann, Peggy (friend, Mitch) Weidemann, T.J. Weidemann, Marty J. (Amanda) LaPage, Brandon LaPage, Trevor (fiance, Sara) LaPage, Nick (Lisa) Mescher, Kelli (Ted) Bergfeld, Kari Mescher, Alexis Mescher, Landon (Rebecca) Klostermann, Logan Klostermann, Emily (Todd) Ostwinkle, Lily Neumann, and Joseph Neumann; 16 great grandchildren and one on the way; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Ralph (Mildred) White; and one great granddaughter, Hope LaPage; and numerous brothers-in-law, and sisters-in-law.

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

The family of Bernice would like to thank the staff at Mercy Medical Center, 3rd floor, Manor Care and Hospice of Dubuque and the Farley Ambulance members for all the care and support they have given Bernice and her family.



Lester J. VonHandorf


Lester J. "Les" VonHandorf, age 86 of Dubuque, formerly of Colesburg, Iowa, completed his earthly journey on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 3 years to the day that his beautiful bride, Nancy was also called home, at Stonehill Care Center surrounded by his loving family.  To celebrate Lester's life, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Lester's family.

Lester was born on September 17. 1932, in Greeley, Iowa, a son to Joe and Leona (Rolfes) VonHandorf. After school he joined the U.S. Air Force and went onto honorably serve his country during the Korean War.  While still in the service on leave, Lester was united in marriage to the love of his life, Nancy Walters on May 11, 1954 at St. Mary's Church in Guttenberg, Iowa.  They began their new family together while he was stationed in Alaska, where their daughter, Jody was born.  They were blessed with 62 years together before Nancy was sadly called to her eternal home on January 8, 2016.  

Lester was a hard-working man who faithfully gave over 30 years of his working life to John Deere Dubuque Works.  He had moved through many departments over the years, but the final years spent testing engines were definitely some of his favorites out there.  He was also very skilled with his hands outside of Deere's and not only worked the wrenches continually in his garage, but he also remodeled many houses over the years and even felt quite comfortable behind the wheel of a tow truck.  Lester made friends very easily and whether you were a co-worker, a neighbor, or a fellow veteran at the American Legion; Lester always had time for a good conversation, a hearty laugh and even a funny jab or two at the guy standing next to him.

But, at the end of the day, Lester was also a committed family man.  He loved his wife, adored his daughter, spoiled his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and always treasured his cat Buff.  His devotion to those he cared for was continually on display through both his words and actions and his unwavering alliance and loyalty to his family and friends will forever be found in the countless memories he leaves behind.  We will miss you Lester and thank you for the wonderful example you so unselfishly shared with the world around you throughout your 86 years among us.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Lester include,

his daughter,

Jody VonHandorf, Colesburg, IA;

his grandchildren, 

Jaimy Hansel, Colesburg, IA,

and Rob (Jenn) Hansel, Scottsdale, AZ;

his great-grandchildren,

Keegan, Kiernan and Gregory Hansel, Colesburg, IA,

and Logan and Ryan Hansel, Scottsdale, AZ;

his siblings,

Donald (Jean) VonHandorf, Colesburg, IA,

Marilyn (Roger) Schrunk, Lake Forrest, CA,

and Lou Ann Brown, Colesburg, IA;

his brother-in-law,

Joe (Sharon) Walters, New Vienna, IA;

and his numerous nieces and nephews.

Lester was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Nancy; and his sister, Verna Mae (Jim) Diers.

Lester's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their wonderful care and support of Lester and his family.

Online condolences may be shared with Lester's family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com

 

 



Marcella A. Jewett


Marcella A. Jewett, 89, of Dubuque died Monday, January 7, 2019 at Stonehill Care Center.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert And Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. 

Marcella was born October 8, 1929 in Asbury, IA, daughter of Michael and Elizabeth (Schilling) Wernimont.

On November 29, 1947, she married Donald Jewett at St. Philomena's Church, Asbury, Iowa. They spent 70 years together and traveled the world. He preceded her in death on August 13, 2018.

Growing up after the depression Mom was not a stranger to hard work and instilled that work ethic in her kids. She worked at JC Penny's for many years, retiring for the last time at the age of 70.

She loved sports and in her early years played softball for the Philomena Peaches. She also enjoyed bowling, jigsaw puzzles and playing cards, especially cribbage and euchre, and playing slot machines. She had a special love of music and enjoyed dancing and playing the piano. She passed this love of music down to her children.

Although she lived in the city, she grew up on a farm in Asbury and never strayed too far from her roots. In summer you might find her picking strawberries at the local strawberry farms and she loved to go to the apple orchards in the fall.

She lived for many years on Hoyt Street in Dubuque where she and Dad raised our family. The Jewett house was the place where all the neighborhood kids would hang out, have bonfires, go to after sledding on Bunker Hill for hot chocolate and enjoy her homemade goodies. She was a fantastic baker and her pies and divinity candy were special treats for everyone. 

We will miss her sense of humor, her phone calls to just "check in" on us and special kind of love only a mother can give.

She is survived by eight children, Shirley Hansberger of Memphis, TN, Dave (Sandy) Jewett of Asbury, IA, Steve (Linda Locher) Jewett of Asbury, IA, Gail Wilkinson of Davenport, IA, Helen (Bob) Gednalski of Asbury, IA, Bill (Julie Wilhelm) Jewett of Sun Prairie, WI, Dan (Susan) Jewett of Gloucester, VA, and Trish (Phil Brennan) Jewett of Dubuque; 18 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren and two brothers in law, Mel Lolwing and Jim (Joan) Jewett.

She was preceded in death by her parents and 11 siblings.

Memorials may be made to the Marcella Jewett Memorial Fund.

We wish to thank the staff members at Stonehill Care Center and Oak Park Place for the kindness and caring they showed to her during her time there.



Josephine L. Courchane


Josephine L. Courchane, fondly known as "Friday", passed away Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at the age of 99, just shy of her much anticipated 100th Birthday. She was a resident of Oak Crest Manor Nursing Home in Dyersville. 

Visitation will be held from 9 - 10 a.m. Saturday, January 12, 2019, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa followed by A Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. 

Born in Kimberly, Wisconsin on January 25, 1919, Friday was the third oldest of 11 children of John and Martina (Van Beek) Kneepkens. She was the widow of Kenneth Arps, who was killed August 16, 1944, in France. Friday is also widowed by Donald H. (D.H.) Courchane. 

After retiring as a manager from Prince Castle in Rockford, IL. in 1981, she and D.H. moved to Florida where she, after becoming bored in retirement, worked for Nabisco as a retail specialist. Don died on March 10, 1988. She retired a second time in 1990, and returned to Rockford to live in the Luther Center where, for seven years, she served on the residents' council activity committee.

Friday's real passion was helping others. At the Luther Center she spearheaded an annual fundraiser for 13 years to provide Christmas gifts and food for needy families. She gave time and talent to the senior advisory board for Patriots' Gateway and to the program development council for Lifescape by whom she was named the Super Senior in 2008. As a devoted Catholic, she was active in her church as well. 

Friday loved to stay busy. She was always working hard with her hands on ceramics, embroidery or, in her later years, adult coloring books. She was an excellent bowler and continued to play Wii bowling until her death. Her cookies and candy were the highlight of the family's Christmas and Easter seasons until she was no longer able to make the surprises.

Even in the nursing home she loved to help with mailings and be involved. Friday rarely missed an opportunity to take part in activities provided for the residents from bingo to word games.

She was the loving mother to Virginia Arps (John) Lopiccolo of Columbia, SC, Vicki (Marv) Maiers of Dyersville and Gregory (Ann) Courchane of Palm Harbor, FL. She was Gram to six grandchildren and Great Gram to seventeen great grandchildren. In addition, Friday is also survived by two brothers: John and Don Kneepkens, one sister, Birdie (Phil) Bouressa and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and both husbands, Friday was preceded in death by three sisters and four brothers. 

The family would like to thank the staff at Oak Crest Manor for their loving care and support. She said that she could not have been happier anywhere else.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Oak Crest Manor or the Dyersville Health Foundation.

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



Darlene M. Vorwald


Darlene M. Vorwald, 81, of Dyersville, Iowa, passed away Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 9:45 p.m. surrounded by her family at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Darlene may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, January 10, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 7 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Friday January 11th at the funeral home. Services for Darlene will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 11, 2019 at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa with Rev. Dennis Quint Presiding. Concelebrating will be Rev. Aloysius Vorwald. Burial will be held in St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville, Iowa.

Darlene was born September 25, 1937 in Farley, Iowa, daughter of Bernard and Bernice (Oberfoell) Breitbach. She is a graduate of the Epworth High School. On May 14, 1957 she was united in marriage to Wilfred Vorwald at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa. He preceded her in death on April 16, 2004.

She was employed in the office at John Deere Dubuque Works prior to her marriage. After her marriage to Wilfred the couple raised their family and worked the farm together between Dyersville and Farley, Iowa until their retirement where they moved to Dyersville.

She enjoyed many activities, fishing, picnics, playing slot machines and working with her flower gardens. She was an avid sports enthusiast, she especially enjoyed the Hawkeyes football games. She was very proud of and loved her grandchildren and family. One of Darlene's lifelong dreams was to visit Mt. Rushmore which she was able to do in 2016.

She is a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Dyersville.

She is survived by five daughters, Lynn (Bob) Lucas of Worthington, IA, JoAnn (Mike) Besler of Epworth, IA, Donna (Mike) Loeffelholz of Dyersville, IA, Karen Rave of Farley, IA and Julie Vorwald of Dubuque, IA; 3 sons, Louis (Catherine) Vorwald of Dubuque, IA, Kenny (Lynn) Vorwald of Petersburg, IA, and Mark Vorwald of Las Vegas, Nevada; 21 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren; six siblings, Gene (Rosie) Breitbach of Farley, IA, Betty (Paul) Theisen of Epworth, IA, Mary Westermeyer of Dubuque, IA, Eldon (Mary) Breitbach of Marion, IA, Melinda (Robert) Steffen of Bernard, IA and Sharon (Ron) Schaul of Farley, IA; a sister-in-law, Ethel Vorwald of Placid, IA; and one brother-in-law, Rev. Aloysius Vorwald of Dyersville, IA.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a son-in-law, Gary Rave; a brother, Jerry (Mary) Breitbach; brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul Vorwald, Gary Westermeyer and Rosemary (Thomas) Strang; and two nephews, Mike Vorwald and Steve Vorwald.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the doctors and nurses at Mercy Medical Center, to Dr. Ramabadran, Unity Point Finley Hospital and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for all the care and support they gave to Darlene.

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



Raymond W. Miller


Raymond W. "Ray" Miller, 90, of Monmouth, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, January 7, 2019, at his home in Monmouth, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather for One Last Party® in remembrance of "Ray" on Friday, January 11, 2019, from 5 to 7 P.M. in "The Bistro" at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place and a private family burial will be held at the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa.

Raymond William Miller was born on October 1, 1928 in Moravia, Iowa, to William and Rose (Byers) Miller. His early years were spent in Iowa, and then his family moved to Colorado where he attended school. Upon his father's death, his family returned to Iowa. He married Lela Jane Carr Houston on August 30, 1958 in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

"Ray" had worked as an operator lineman for many years for IBEW out of Rock Island from 1968 until retirement and also during his working years he served as the Monmouth Town Marshall for several years. In retirement, he worked for the Franzen Family Used Tractors and the City of Monmouth.

He enjoyed mowing the lawn and being outdoors, taking care of his dog Buttons as well as helping other people with their dogs, helping out friends and family when needed, and scratch off lottery tickets.

Those left to honor his memory include his children, Mike Miller of Maquoketa, IA, and Christy (Brian) Schmidt of Andrew, IA; step-children, Kenny Houston of Monmouth, IA, and Sandy Christoffersen of Monmouth, IA; 6 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; and brothers, Orville Miller of Cummings, IA, and Wilfred "Red" Miller of Omaha, NE.

He was preceded in death by his parents, half-siblings Edgar, Bill, Charles, Alice, Dorothy and one in infancy, brothers James, Willard and Wilbur, and his wife Jane on February 2, 2002.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Raymond W. "Ray" Miller memorial fund has been established.

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



Margaret Jewell Grimes


Margaret Jewell (Nesselroad) Grimes, age 98, of Luther Manor, was called home peacefully at 12:20 a.m., on Monday, January 7, 2019, at Luther Manor. To honor Jewell's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, on Friday, January 11, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Family and friends may visit from 10:30 a.m., until time of service, on Friday, January 11, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Jewell, to all who knew and loved her, was a special daughter, wife, mother and grandmother. She was born in Des Moines, Iowa on April 22, 1920, to Charles Raymond and Alma Pansy Andrews Nesselroad of Valley Junction, Iowa, in what is now West Des Moines.

She grew up in rural Dallas County where she attended grade school. She attended high school in Waukee, graduating in 1938. She met the love of her life, Clarence Robert "Bud" Grimes, at a dance in Van Meter. He was in the Army, stationed at Ft. Des Moines. They married on December 31, 1940 while living in Des Moines until WWII began. He was then transferred to Ft. Leonard Wood in Missouri where in a small town, Houston, Mo., their family began with the birth of their first daughter, Margaret Ann "Maggie" in 1942. When Bud was preparing for war in the Pacific, they made a home in California for a time. With Bud's activation to the Pacific and a small child to care for, Jewell returned to Iowa for the duration of the war. A second child, Mary Lee, was born in 1946. Bud served in Japan as part of the Occupation Forces following the war. Their third daughter, Patricia Marie, was born there 1949. Upon their return to the US, Bud was stationed in Ft. Benning, Georgia, where he was assigned until the Korean Conflict took him to war once again. Jewell returned to Waukee with the girls during that time. Following the war, they lived in Oklahoma, Colorado and twice in Germany until after 22 years of military service, Bud retired. Soon after they returned to their roots in Iowa.

Jewell was a loving wife and mother with the inner strength that led her from a young wife to an independent woman who was able to raise her children on her own during various times throughout Bud's service which required crossing the country and the ocean with 3 children. She was tough, and that toughness saw her through the aftermath of a terrible crash in 1989 that nearly took her 30 years too soon. She and Bud were a team! We fondly called them "attached at the hip." They became managers at Stuckey's Pecan Shops where she managed the snack bar and he ran the gas station and shop. They dealt with tornadoes, snow storms, needy families that always got a helping hand, but they were together. They moved to Dubuque in the late 70's where they lived at various locations between winter stays in Arizona for many years until they moved to an assisted living community before Bud passed away in 2006. Jewell's final move was to Luther Manor where she lived out her final years.

She is survived by her daughters,
Mary Ivers, of Fargo, ND,
and Patricia (Del) Neises of Dubuque, IA;

her grandchildren,
Bob (Mariah) Chase, Samantha (Michael) Chase Page, Paul Kalvik, Deborah Kalvik Nichols, Craig (Lisa) Neises, Brian (Jenny) Neises;

her great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and daughter, Maggie Chase, her sister, Dorine (Howard) O'Brien of Dubuque, two brothers, Richard (Mildred) Nesselroad of Waukee, IA and Thomas (Leota) Nesselroad of Bettendorf, IA, sons-in-law, Robert Chase and Robert Ivers.

Jewell's family would like to thank the entire staff at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for the excellent, compassionate care of Jewell and her family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.

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

 



Roger L. Oberbroeckling

Roger L. Oberbroeckling died peacefully at home surrounded by family on Friday, January 4, 2019.

A Funeral Mass was held on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 11 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Nashville, Tennessee. Visitation was held from 10 AM until 10:30 at which time there was a Rosary Service. Interment followed in Historic Spring Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Spring Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery, A Nashville landmark since 1785 "Where Nashville Comes to Remember"

He was born on April 15th 1938 in Dubuque, Iowa to Lavata (Roussel) and Henry C. Oberbroeckling.

Roger was a long time resident of Dubuque, Iowa and worked for 30 years for John Deere. He retired to Hendersonville, Tennessee in 1989 and worked 10 years for Anchor Wire.

Roger is survived by his children, Laura Morrison (Craig), Larry Oberbroeckling (Pat), Roger D. Oberbroeckling, Beverly Oberbroeckling, Connie Johnston (Duane), John Oberbroeckling, 10 grandchildren and his sister, Arlene Mesch (Clem) of Tucson, Arizona.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Geraldine A (Sides) and his brother, Arnold F. Oberbroeckling.