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Alice E. Lingel Arthur F. L. Searles Beverly A. Bartels Treneman
Carol M. (Cupps) Maas Dale P. Repass Daniel L. Biermann
Daniel R. Wolter David D. Droessler Dennis L. Gotto
Erwin G. Turner Floyd J. Hammel Gregory S. Oertel
Harold S. Lubben James M. Connolly Janis K. (Kemp) Waugh
Jason J. Steger Jeanne Cavanaugh Jerry E. Udelhofen
Joseph B. Behan Kathryn A. Ben Kathryn E. Tigges
Lanny J. Hostert, Lenora L. (Ehlers) Krieg Louis J. Meyerhoff
Madelyn Tranel Mark D. Bollinger Martha A. Neises
Marvin M. Gessner Mary Jane Moss Mercedes G. Lynch
Patricia L. Wilming Paul A. Downs Paul J. Papin
Paul V. Schiffman Philip J. Weigel Rita J. Lansing
Rita Mae Riniker Robert L. Ricklefs Ross T. Broderick
Sister Eileen Anglim Thomas J. Reilly Tyler S. Ingles LuGrain
Vivian River Wallace A. Pensel William B. Boyes

James M. Connolly


James M. Connolly, 61, of Delhi, Iowa and formerly of Guttenberg and Cascade, Iowa, passed away Sunday, July 21, 2019 in Delhi, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of James may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Thursday, August 1, 2019 at the Funeral Home.

Services for James will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, August 1, 2019 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Mary's Cemetery in Guttenberg, Iowa.

Jim was born November 24, 1957 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of John L. and Therese L (Sweeney) Connolly. He is a 1976 graduate of the former Aquin High School in Cascade, Iowa. He farmed and worked in construction. He also drove truck for Green Trucking.

Jim liked to work hard and play hard, and would always greet you with a smile. He loved hunting and was always after that 12 point buck. He enjoyed his many stock car competitions and demolition derby entries. He also enjoyed horse shoes, shooting pool, boating and riding his Harley.

He is survived by a special friend, Roberta Neiland of Delhi, IA; one daughter, Carrie (Doug) Jackson of Marion, IA, one step-son, Zach LeGrand of Sheldon, IA; three grandchildren, Lauren, Ava and Erica Jackson; four siblings, Mark (Mary Kay) Connolly of Provitan, IA, Ellen (Mark) Hosch of Eldridge, IA, Joyce (Jim) Rogers of Iowa City, IA and Jill Connolly (Ron Rooney of Dubuque, IA; and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Eric Connolly on December 22, 2006.

In lieu of flowers a James M. Connolly memorial has been established.

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



Alice E. Lingel


Alice E. Lingel, 107, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday morning, July 20, 2019, at Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A graveside service and burial celebrating her life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, July 27, 2019 at Streets Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. There is no visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Alice E. Green was born on March 22, 1912 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Henry and Agnes (Ralston) Green. She married Harry Wylie on March 4, 1932 in Sterling, Illinois. He preceded her in death on January 15, 1974. She later married Andrew John Lingel on April 5, 1947 in Sterling, Illinois. He preceded her in death.

Alice had worked at the Savanna Ordinance Depot in her younger years. Upon her marriage, she became a homemaker. She enjoyed artwork painting, and walking.

Those left to honor her memory include a daughter-in-law, Beverly Wylie of Maquoketa, IA; 5 grandchildren, Jim, Doug, Howard, Cindy and Terry; and several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Harry and her husband Andrew, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, sons Harvey and Robert, and a grandson Joel.

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



Jason J. Steger


Jason John "Jay" Steger, 38, of Greeley, Iowa, was a father, life partner, son, sibling, coworker, and friend to all. On Tuesday, July 16, 2019, Jay was working outdoors doing what he loved when he passed away from injuries sustained in a logging accident.

Jay was born on March 24, 1981, in Dubuque, to Keith and Judy Steger. Jay was raised in the Edgewood area and graduated from Ed-Co High School in 2000. Since he was 16, Jay worked his summers at Kendrick Forest Products, and after graduation, he joined the team full time. Jay's eagerness to learn, his work ethic, and his positive attitude helped him advance to many positions in the milling operation before becoming a full-time logger for the company.

Jay found complete happiness in life with his three children who will miss him dearly; Reghan Steger (15), Truex Steger (13), and David Steger (1). Jay lived in Greeley with his girlfriend and David's mother, Shanny Girot.

Jay was always on the move helping out family and friends and living life to the fullest. His love for horses, demolition derbys, racing, helping on the farm, and visiting the purchasing garage were filled with moments those around him will remember forever. With his contagious smile and heart of gold, he was the one friends and family called when they needed help and when they wanted to tip a few back. Jay was sharp, driven, mechanically minded, and always full-speed ahead, which was why he loved his time spent at Echo Valley in West Union participating in the 2-man cruiser races. Jay was a guy who loved to make people smile. He loved his family and friends, and he loved living life.

Along with his parents, Keith and Judy Steger; girlfriend, Shanny Girot; and children, Reghan, Truex, and David Steger, Jay is survived by his siblings, Jeremy (Becky) Steger of Edgewood, Jessica (Todd) Bildstein of Dyersville, Kristina (Jeremy) Hillers of Colesburg, Joshua (Amy) Steger of Manchester, Karie (Nick) Miller of Edgewood, and Kraig Steger of Dyersville; paternal grandparents, Robert and Lillian Steger of Dyersville; and 11 nieces and nephews. 

Preceding Jay in death were his maternal grandparents, Don and Gladys Steger; an aunt, Lori Meyer; and an uncle, Mark Steger.

As we begin to experience a new life with our loss, we can find comfort in knowing that Jay's spirit is still here and will live on through all of us. So in lieu of flowers, the family asks that you continue to crack jokes, tell stories, smile, and help each other out. We know that Jaybird is watching over us all, and that's what he would want us to do.

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

Visitation: 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at the Edgewood Locker Event Center in Edgewood, Iowa. Private Family Graveside Service: Zion Cemetery - Colesburg, Iowa.



Sister Eileen Anglim


Sister Eileen Anglim, BVM (Rose Francis), 88, of 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Sunday, July 21, 2019, at Caritas Center.

Visitation will be from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, in the Marian Hall Chapel. Memorial Prayer Service will be at 10:30 a.m., followed immediately by the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Eileen was an elementary teacher at St. Mary, in Waucoma, Iowa, as well as in Chicago, Phoenix, Los Angeles and Kansas City, Mo. She was a college librarian in Kansas City and Chicago, where she also worked as coordinator of a college religious education center and high school librarian. She served as parish minister in South San Francisco and Burlingame, both in California.

She was born on Sept. 15, 1930, in Kansas City, Mo., to Frank and Rose Purcell Anglim. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1948, from St. Thomas Parish, Minneapolis. She professed first vows on March 19, 1951, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1956.

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Sister Mary Jean Rita, BVM, Frank, William, Thomas, Bishop Mário Roberto Emmett, CSsR, James, Brother Maurice, FSC, and Joseph Anglim. She is survived by nieces, nephews; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 70 years.

Memorials may be given to Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, IA 52003 or online at https://www.bvmcong.org/support_donate.cfm.

Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home, 2659 John F Kennedy Rd, Dubuque, IA 52002 is in charge of arrangements.



Harold S. Lubben


Harold Seyfert Lubben, 82, of Maquoketa died on July 20, 2019. Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 25, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa from 5 to 7 P.M. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, July 26, 2019, at Faith Community Church in Maquoketa, with luncheon to follow. Cremation has taken place.

Harold was born in Lost Nation on August 17th, 1936 to Harry S. and Ruth (Seyfert) Lubben. He grew up in Lost Nation and Maquoketa, graduating from Maquoketa High School in 1954. Harold served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1957. He was stationed in Japan with an anti-aircraft artillery unit. After being honorably discharged, Harold worked in the foundry at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa. He was united in marriage to Nadine Bowling at the Maquoketa United Methodist Church on July 5th, 1959. He later worked for the Iowa Highway Commission as a surveyor, Jackson County bridge inspector, and served as the Jackson County Assessor for 24 years, retiring in 1997. He was a 1972 graduate of Clinton Community College with an Associate's Degree in Mechanical Drafting.

Harold was involved in the Jackson County Historical Society, and was heavily involved in building an antique railroad car with other members of the society. He was a member of the Maquoketa Volunteer Fire Department for 44 years, serving as training officer, deputy chief and chief from 1992 to 1997. He was the Leo Clasen Memorial Award winner in 2002. Harold was a fan of Iowa Hawkeye football and the Chicago Cubs. He was an avid reader, especially of railroad books and helped with the Maquoketa Library book sale. Harold very much enjoyed attending his grandchildren's athletic and musical events, golfing, and playing cards with his friends on Thursday afternoons. He was a member of Faith Community Church and developed many friendships through the congregation.

Mr. Lubben is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nadine, of Maquoketa and two sons, Luke (April) Lubben of DeWitt, and Mike (Christy) Lubben of Wheaton, IL, a sister, Lola (Darrell) Cain of Elwood, a brother in law, John Schumann of Tulsa, OK, 10 grandchildren, Ben Lubben of Denver, CO, Allison Lubben of Davenport, Chris Lubben of Denver, CO, Erin (Ron) Dominguez of DeWitt, Joseph (Rachel) Lubben of Chicago, Mike (Karol) Lubben, Thomas (Shana Terra) Lubben, and Joshua (Katy) Lubben all of West Palm Beach, FL, Issac Lubben and Levi Lubben of Wheaton, IL. and one great grandson, Lazzarus. Also his special dog friend, Spike.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Harold S. Lubben memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Daniel L. Biermann


Daniel Lee Biermann, 61, of Dubuque, Iowa, died peacefully on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at Luther Manor in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Daniel may call from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa. Friends may also call after 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at the Funeral Home, where services will be held at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.

He was born June 20, 1958 in Dubuque, Iowa to Robert and LaVonne (Jaeger) Biermann. He grew up in Farley, IA. He was a 1976 graduate of Western Dubuque High School in Epworth, Iowa and a 1977 graduate of the Electrician Program at Northeast Iowa Technical Institute in Calmar, IA. He eventually moved to Dubuque and was employed at Universal Electric from 1978 to 1997, as well as Patterson Heating, Cooling and Fireplace Gallery, Brissey Realty, security at Mount Carmel, and ran his own business, Digital Connections.
Daniel was best known for his wit and sense of humor that could always put a smile on your face. He enjoyed golfing and bowling, along with spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his two daughters, Melissa (Corey) Schulz of Waseca, MN and Ashley (John) Garde of Dubuque, IA; his parents, Robert and LaVonne Biermann of Farley, IA; a brother, Jeff (Jean) Biermann of Cascade, IA; 2 nieces, Amy (Adam) Hoffman of Maquoketa, IA, Trisha (Mitch) Knipper of Earlville, IA; his beloved dog, Molly; and many other aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law Geri Kay (Ralph) Clemen; his maternal grandparents, Emil and Mildred Jaeger; his paternal grandparents, Raymond and Dorothy Biermann.

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

 



Paul J. Papin


Paul J. "Jack" Papin, age 82 of Dubuque, Iowa completed his earthly journey on July 20, 2019 at home, surrounded by his kids and wife.  To honor Jack's life, a private family Celebration of Life will be held at the Tri-State Veterans Memorial Plaza at a later date. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Paul's family.

If you don't know "Jack", let me tell you the rest of the story....

Jack was born on October 24, 1936 in Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin, a son to Raymond "Ray" Paul and Madeline Catherine (Duehr) Papin, owners and operators of Hawkeye Trailer Court. Jack's patriotism to both his country, and moral beliefs in defending our constitution were instilled in all aspects of his core family values, service to his country and work ethics; no matter where he went and who he encountered, you knew where he stood.

After graduation from Dubuque Senior High School, Jack honorably served his country with the United States Navy during the Korean War.  He continued to carry his core values and patriotism forward throughout his entire life and was not only a longtime member of the Dubuque American Legion Post #6, but he also had the privilege of serving as the Sr. Vice Commander Adjutant with the VFW Post #9663.  He proudly received the "Veterans of Foreign Wars" award of commendation for Meritorious and Distinguished Service in furthering the aims and ideals of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States on December 1, 2018. 

Upon completing his service to our great nation, Jack began his 40 year civilian career with Dubuque's Local #125 Plumbers & Steamfitters Union as a Plumber/Pipefitter. He worked both locally, and traveled many years on the road across the span of the United States.  In addition, he devoted his time to the Dubuque City Plumbing and City Mechanical Boards for many years sharing his wealth of knowledge and giving back to his community. 

Those of who knew Jack, realized he loved to tinker on many projects and involved either himself and/or his children in other activities that he was passionate about. His love for building and construction, mechanical - rebuilding engines, aerospace, kids sport activities, veterans' affairs, shooting, hunting, respect for God and Country, and so much more was shared from conception of an idea to execution.  And Jack truly shined when it did not go in his favor; he always encouraged each and every one of us to never quit, no matter what.  Jack's motto was "give 110% and be proud of what you have to offer".  Some of his activities included, Boy Scouts, The American Kennel Club, Dog Breeder of German Shepard's (his travel companions on the road), Hempstead High School Football and so much more.

Jack was first and foremost though a devoted family man.  His military service protected the freedoms which would allow his family to grow and prosper, of which he encouraged all to never forget.  His natural abilities in construction made it possible for Jack to provide for his family as they grew, and in turn pass on his true grit work ethics for them to adopt in their own lives.  Jack's determination to love and nurture them from his heart is what truly brought him joy.  He was united in marriage to his lovely wife, Nancy S. Sajdak, on June 3, 1978 in Chicago, IL.  They have been blessed with 41 wonderful years together, and today Jack's children carry with them all of the lessons he relentlessly instilled within them through his words, thoughts and actions over the years.  

His family was everything and thankfully he has left an abundance of memories which will bring some comfort in the days ahead.  Jack has now surrendered his earthly pilot's license for an eternal one.  His project list is completed and peace is finally his after such a long battle.  We will never forget all of the good that the world has experienced because of you Paul "Jack" and we will wait patiently in quiet sorrow for the day when we can hear your voice once again.  God Speed Paul, God Speed Good Sir and God Bless.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Paul include,

his loving wife of 41 years,
Nancy Papin, Dubuque, Iowa;

his 6 adored children,
Kristine Harrison, 
Cindy (Bob) Renne,
Angela Papin-Wheeler,
Michael Papin,
Greg (Margarita) Papin,
and Matt (Jenny) Papin;

his 9 grandchildren,
Josh (Ashley) Wheeler, Jeremy Papin, Jon (Leah Lu) Wheeler, David Mueller, Anthony (A.J.) Papin, Elisha Wheeler, Michael Jr. Papin, Harley Papin and Alexandra Papin;

his 6 great-grandchildren,
Tatum, Lenora and Dezmen Papin, Ava and Alena Wheeler, and Dominic Papin;

his sister,
Connie (Haupt) Asher;

along with countless nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, friends and neighbors.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Anthony "Tony" Papin; his sister, Roberta (Clough) Madigan; and his in-laws, David and Joan Sajdak. 

Paul's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for all of their loving and professional care and support of Paul, and his family over the last 13 months.  May God bless you all for your compassion and kindness.

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

 

 

 



Vivian River


Vivian River, 92, of Maquoketa, IA passed away peacefully at home Friday, July 19, 2019.

A celebration of her life will be held on Friday, July 26 at 12:30 pm at the United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 9:30 am to noon at the church prior to the service. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery in Maquoketa.

Vivian was born April 23, 1927 in Minot, ND to Latvian immigrants, Alida and Ernest Mukin. She grew up in Crosby, ND and, following the early death of her father, she had many responsibilities helping her mother run the Allen Hotel in Crosby. Her mother sold the hotel prior to Vivian's senior year of high school. They moved to Minot, ND where Vivian completed her senior year and then attended Minot Teacher's College for one year.

She graduated from Iowa State University in Ames, where she met and married Ross River on March 25, 1951. Shortly thereafter, when Ross was called for more military service in the United States Air Force, Vivian accompanied him to Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas, where their first child, Susan, was born. After the military years, they moved to Maquoketa, IA where their other four children, Jean, Kay, Bruce and David were born and where Vivian and Ross have resided ever since during their 68 years of marriage.

Vivian was a devoted wife and she cherished her role as a mother and grandmother. By example, she sought to instill the values of kindness, compassion, faith, humility, hard work and perseverance.

She handled the administrative responsibilities for the agricultural businesses and family farm that she and Ross owned.

She was on the Maquoketa Community School Board for several years and was its president part of that time. Education for all young people was very important to Vivian. She worked with others during her time on the board to start the MAC (Maquoketa Alternative Classroom). She worked with 4-H clubs for many years in Jackson County and was an enthusiastic supporter of the Maquoketa Area YMCA from its beginning.

Vivian also served as a very committed lay person as a long-time member of the United Methodist Church. She sang in the choir, was a member of the Care Team, taught Sunday school for many years and served on many committees.

She enjoyed walking, reading, sewing, growing her flowers and following the ISU Cyclones and the Maquoketa Cardinals. She always loved a rainy day because she said there had been so few of them where she grew up in North Dakota. She loved nature, bird watching and said that she was blessed to live in Jackson County with so many trees and the beauty of seasons with green and colorful landscapes. She had a sparkling sense of humor and loved being around her family. Vivian lived with a deep and abiding faith in Jesus Christ. She quietly did many things for others in the community in their times of need. When she became quite ill before she died, she was hesitant about accepting help from others. When it was pointed out to her that she had done so much for others, she said that she always wished she could have done more. As she often said to her children and grandchildren, "the best thing you can give someone is to give of yourself."

Vivian will be remembered and missed dearly by many, among them her husband, Ross River of Maquoketa; her children; Sue River of Madison, WI, Bruce River (Chris) of Maquoketa, and David River (Paula) of Maquoketa; her grandchildren, Amanda River, Ashley River, Robert River, Ben Buchner, Peyton River and Carter River; great-grandchild, Hallie Harrison; her sisters-in law and brothers-in-law, her nieces and nephews and her cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two daughters, Jean River and Kay River.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of other expressions of sympathy to the United Methodist Church of Maquoketa, Camp Courageous or Hospice of Jackson County.

Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is in charge of the arrangements. Online Condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

 



Madelyn Tranel


M. Madelyn (Fleege) Tranel, 64, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away Friday afternoon, July 19, 2019, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA, following a sudden illness, surrounded by her family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Peter Snieg officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation is from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 2:45 p.m. Monday.

Madelyn was born on August 18, 1954 in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Dorrance J. and Virginia (Graham) Fleege. She was a graduate of Wahlert High School, the class of 1972 and attended Loras College.

Madelyn was formerly a bookkeeper and in-home daycare provider.  She enjoyed puzzles, game shows, reading, music, hosting holiday parties, but most of all she enjoyed spoiling her 11 grandchildren.

Surviving are four children, Laurie (Eric) Miller, of East Dubuque, Jenny (Corey) LuGrain of Asbury, IA, Chris (Kim) Tierney and Mike (Abby) Tierney both of East Dubuque; 11-grandchildren, Ayden, Connor and Tierney Miller, Grace, Addison, Nick, and Jack LuGrain, Zander and Ashlyn Tierney, and Ella and Camden Tierney; her sister, Barb (Rog) Kramer of East Dubuque, and brother, Danny (Kelley) Fleege of Dubuque, and her sister-in-law, Nancy Fleege of Placentia, CA, her treasured companion Ernie Hart of Galena, and the father of her children, John Tierney of Dubuque, IA; and many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and great nephews.

Madelyn was preceded in death by her parents, and three brothers, David, Donald and Dean Fleege.

Madelyn's family wishes to give special thanks to the East Dubuque Ambulance and EMT's, the doctors and staff at Mercy One-Dubuque, Air Care personnel and the wonderful doctors and staff at UIHC, Iowa City.

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

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

 

 



Mary Jane Moss


Mary Jane Moss, 80, of Dyersville, passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2019, at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.

Visitation will be held from 4-7 pm Friday, July 26, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Saturday from 8:30 - 9:30 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Resurrection will be held at 10 am Saturday, July 27, 2019, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville with burial at Elmwood Cemetery in Mason City at a later date. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Mary Jane was born November 1, 1938, in Rockwell, Iowa the daughter of Bernard Joseph and Mary Catherine (McCarthy) Fitzgerald. She attended St. Joseph Catholic School in Mason City, Iowa, graduating in 1956.

She married Kenneth L. Moss on September 6, 1958, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mason City. She moved to Dyersville with her husband in June of 1961, from Iowa City where her husband graduated from the University of Iowa Law School.

She was family oriented and loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. Mary Jane also thrived working as a legal secretary for a number of years at Moss, Heims, and Casey Law Firm. She was a volunteer worker for the Mercy Health Center, St. Mary's Unit (now MercyOne Dyersville Medical Center) Auxiliary Gift Shop, the Dyersville Area Historical Society, and she was a lifelong member of the St. Anne's Mother's Club.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth; four children: Diane Marie Moss of Dyersville, Patricia Lynn Moss (Jeff Johnson) of Crystal MN, Susan Michelle (William) Sharp of Des Moines, Brian Kenneth (Heather) Moss of Apple Valley, MN; grandchildren: Briana Marie Moss (friend, Steven Louis Meier), Jesse Tyler Sharp, Jade Alexandra Sharp, Nickolas Kenneth Lenane, Andrew Patrick Lenane, Soren Lee Moss-Johnson, Sophia Grace Moss and Isabella Rose Moss; a sister, Alice (Gary) Ebeling of Clear Lake, brothers-in-law: John (Wanda) Moss and Jerry (Mary) Moss, and sisters-in-law: Dixie Shimak, Marilyn Moss-Taylor, Patricia Moss-Farnan, and Kathy (Dan) Moorhead, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Colleen Kay Lenane (formerly married to Patrick Lenane), a brother, Bernard (Doris) Fitzgerald, sisters, Marguerite (William) Maxwell and Genevieve M (Harold) Witt, a brother-in-law, Ray Shimak, and one great nephew, Robert Francis Tenney.

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



Rita J. Lansing


Rita J. Lansing, 84, of New Vienna, Iowa passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa, surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be held 2-8 p.m. Sunday, July 21, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Monday, July 22 from 8:30- 9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 22, 2019, St. Boniface Catholic Church, New Vienna, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Rita was born March 6, 1935 in Petersburg, Iowa the daughter of Hugo and Regina (Deutmeyer) Funke. She married Lawrence Lansing on October 1, 1958 in Dyersville, Iowa. Together they started farming near Earlville for 6 years, before moving to the farm north of New Vienna in 1965 where they still lived on that farm today. While on the farm, Rita was a homemaker who enjoyed being busy outside, quilting, baking & crocheting. She & her husband, Lawrence loved dancing and listening to polka music. Rita loved spending time with her family, especially grandchildren and great grandchildren, and friends.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Lawrence, 7 children: Randy (LuAnn) Lansing of New Vienna, Barbara (Steve) Hermsen of Bennett, Elaine (Roger) Langel of New Vienna, David (Becky) Lansing of Worthington, Joan (Brad) Cunningham of Cedar Rapids, Larry (Brenda) Lansing of Cedar Rapids and Kim (Matt) Miller of Marion, grandchildren: Jason Lansing, Amy (Seve) Rodriguze, Adam Lansing, Josh (Brittany) Lansing, Chad Hermsen, Joy (Josh) Kessler, Justin Hermsen, Ashley (Andy) Aldridge, Tyler (Karen) Langel, Staci Langel (fiancé Tyler Steger), Nicole (Wes) Marbach, Callie Lansing (fiancé Chris Nurczyk), Jenna Lansing, Emily, Sarah, and Michael Cunningham, Devin and Rilee Lansing, Brooklyn, Blake and Bryson Miller,12 great grandchildren; 4 sisters: Verna Lee Digmann, Lois (Art) Kern, Theresa (Charlie) Schindler, Darlene (Wayne) Wegmann; in-laws: Karen Funke, Janet Funke, John Lansing and Donald (Diane) Lansing, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hugo & Regina Funke, grandson, Ryan Langel, siblings: Dorothy (Leo) Mensen, Janice (Laverne) Mensen, Leon Funke, Mary Lou Funke, Floyd Funke; parents-in-law, John & Margret Lansing, in-laws: Edward Digmann, Lois Lansing, Lavern Lansing, Anna Mae Lansing, Glady (Lavern Lansing) (Purl Lake) Lansing-Lake and 5 nieces and nephews.

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



Carol M. (Cupps) Maas


Carol Marie (Cupps) Maas, 60 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on July 18th, 2019 at home surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday, July 22, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m. with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating.

Carol was born on December 11, 1958 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Gerald "Jerry" and Virginia Cupps and attended Wahlert High School in Dubuque. She married Donald "Dino" Maas on July 11, 2000.

Carol worked at Dubuque Golf and Country Club for 29 years until her health wouldn't allow it. She was courageous and strong as she fought cancer since 2009. She was so strong that she was on hospice twice, but now she is no longer suffering. She loved going to Zoo's, Wisconsin Dells and fishing.

She is survived by her husband Donald "Dino" Maas; her daughter Tina (Chris Somers) Jellison; her son John "Jake" White. Grandchildren, Cody and Haley Jellison and Spencer White. Stepchildren Amanda and Austin Maas; two step-grandchildren and her mother-in-law Helen Wernke. Her siblings Jim Cupps, Gene (Vickie) Cupps, Joe (Sheree) Cupps and Jackie (Dave) Kieffer along with nieces, nephews and many in-laws.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her father-in-law Minor Maas and step-father-in-law Don Wenke.

Special thank you to Melissa and Nichole from Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care; also thank you to the management and staff at the Dubuque Golf and Country Club for their kindness throughout the years during this difficult process.



Jerry E. Udelhofen


Jerry E. Udelhofen, 86, of Potosi, Wisconsin, died Monday, July 15, 2019, at Lancaster Care Center in Lancaster. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 19, 2019, at St. Andrew Church in Tennyson with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Thursday at St. Andrew Church in Tennyson where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:00-10:45 a.m. Friday at the church before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is assisting the family.

Jerry was born on May 30, 1933, in rural Cuba City, Wisconsin, the son of Bernard and Anita (McReynolds) Udelhofen. After school he pursued his life passion of farming, working briefly at the Dubuque Packing Co. before meeting Mary Lou Kieler. They were united in marriage on May 14, 1957. Besides farming he worked part-time at Kieler's Store in Dickeyville.

Jerry was very active and competed in bowling, golfing, and horseshoes. His passion for sports carried into his grandchildren and he was there to support them at many of their sporting events. When he wasn't being active he enjoyed playing cards or the poker machines for "profit" as he liked to say. His family remembers him as a "wise-cracker" who always enjoyed a good joke. Family time was important to him, whether it was vacations or hunting, the time spent with family was cherished. Jerry was a veteran serving our country in the Army from January 1954-January 1956. Most of his time spent in the military was served in Japan as a sergeant.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Mary Lou; a daughter, Gina (Mike Wieland) Udelhofen, of Potosi; two sons, John (Angie) Udelhofen, of Potosi, and Pat (Wendy) Udelhofen, of Potosi; a sister, Phyllis Genthe, of Cuba City; two brothers, Donnie (Doris) Udelhofen, of Potosi, and Ronnie (Helen) Udelhofen, of Potosi; two sisters-in-law, Nancy Ames and JoAnne Udelhofen; nine grandchildren, Markus (Nakila), Mitch, Nick, and Rachel Reuter, Kristen and Andrew Udelhofen, and Alex, Ben, and Sam Udelhofen; three great-grandchildren, Lila, Deacon, and Kaleb Reuter; and many nieces and nephews.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Kay Herbsleb; two brothers, Bob and Jake Udelhofen; two sisters-in-law, Connie and Florence Udelhofen; four brothers-in-law, Jerry Ames, Harold Genthe, Carl Wallig, and Ray Herbsleb; and deceased nieces and nephews, Mike and Kyle Udelhofen, and Debbie, Jim, Dennis, and Cindy Wallig.

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



Wallace A. Pensel


Wallace Adam "Wally" Pensel, 83, of East Dubuque, Illinois, danced his way to heaven on Tuesday, July 16, 2019.  Wally was born March 26, 1936, he was the oldest of three children to Edgar and Marie (Handke) Pensel.  After graduating from Colesburg High School in 1953, he served in the US Army from 1954 to 1956 and was stationed in Germany.

On June 20,1959 he married Janet Angell.  She preceded him in death in 1982.  Later in life, he met Faye Warne. They married and started a new venture on February 14, 2008.

Wally worked at John Deere Dubuque Works, first on the line, then as an inspector, retiring in 1988. After retirement, he helped his nephew work on the farm.

He was an avid classic car collector and enthusiast, belonging to the Cedar Rapids Car Club for 20 years and Gary's Graffitti Cruisers for 30 years, participating in hundreds of shows and cruises.  He enjoyed going dancing and kicking up his heels, as well as taking in the sites while travelling.

He and Faye also loved tending to their beautiful farmette in Livingston, WI where they could sit and look at the stars while overlooking the lake from the light house, or be found puttering around on his tractors or 4-wheeler.

Family was important to Wally, he loved visiting with all of his nieces, nephews, children, step-children, and he loved his grandchildren greatly.  Whenever they would give him a hug, he'd ask them to "give me a big squeeze". Then add, "make it a little tighter".

Faith was also important to Wally, and he was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church where he spent many years as a trustee.

Wally was even a movie star! He was an extra in the filming of the movie "Field of Dreams".

A common theme when Wally's name is brought up, is hearing about his kind, giving, and patient demeanor along with being the first to crack a joke and enjoy a good laugh. Everyone that knew him truly was blessed for having him in their life.

Wally is survived by his wife, Faye (Warne) Pensel of East Dubuque; two sons, Kenneth W. Pensel of Columbus Junction and Gary L. (Rita) Pensel of Dubuque; three stepsons, Eldon L. (Vicki) Warne of Livingston, WI, Scott D. Warne of McFarland, WI and Randy L. (Nikki) Warne of Livingston, WI; nine grandchildren, six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by a brother in law, Burnell Smith and three sisters in law, Jean Pensel, Jan Johnson, and Juanita Hargrove. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Sharon Smith and a brother, Kermit Pensel.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 6 pm Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road.  Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church where visitation will also be held Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque American Legion Post #6.

A Wallace Pensel Memorial Fund has been established.

 

 



Philip J. Weigel


Philip J. Weigel, 98, of Dyersville passed peacefully from this earth on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 20, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 20, 2019, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial at St. Francis Cemetery.  Rev. Al Vorwald will officiate.

Philip was born February 8, 1921, in Dedham, Iowa the son of Joseph and Catherine (Hoffman) Weigel.  In 1943 Phil began a lifetime of dairy farming in Earlville.  He was a dedicated and respected Holstein dairyman and received many awards including: Top Dairy Producer, Distinguished Dairyman Award, Distinguished Dairyman Service Award, and the Iowa Holsteins Distinguished Service Award.  Phil also received the Diamond Clover Award for twenty years of service to 4-H as a volunteer leader.

Phil's love of animals was his lifelong passion with a very special place in his heart for rat terrier puppies.  Playing euchre was his favorite pastime.  Having friends over to his house on Friday night to play cards was the highlight of his week.  He also enjoyed state & county fair celebrations and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

He was a member of St. Francis parish for many years and was a devout Catholic.

Philip is survived by his 8 children: John Weigel, James (Dawn) Weigel, Eugene Weigel, Thomas Weigel, Susan (James) Gruber, Charles (Madeline) Weigel, Dr. David Weigel and Dr. Daniel (Sandra) Weigel, 19 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings: Charles (Iva) Weigel, Lucille (Paul) Gudenkauf, Robert (Germaine) Weigel and Mary (Edward) Fortmann.

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

 



Jeanne Cavanaugh


Jeanne M. Cavanaugh, 100, of Dubuque, formerly of Waverly, IA, passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at Stonehill Care Center.

Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM Monday, July 22, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Ave. Dubuque. The Mass of Christian Burial for Mrs. Cavanaugh will be 10:00 AM Monday, July 22, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Ave. Dubuque with Rev. Father Mark Kwenin as celebrant. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. Dubuque are in care of the arrangements.

Born August 25, 1918 in Dubuque, she was the daughter of Leo J. and Cecile C. Samson Pittz. Raised in Dubuque, she attended Sacred Heart School and Immaculate Conception Academy. She graduated from Waverly High School in 1935 and then from Clarke College in 1939.

Jeanne worked in Chicago as an executive secretary until her marriage to Bert B. Cavannaugh on August 21, 1947 at St. Edward's Church in Waterloo, IA. Together they traveled to California and to North Carolina, where Bert served as a career Navy man. Upon his retirement, the two established their home in Florida until his death in 1966.

Jeanne then returned to the Waterloo area and was employed for 16 years at Chamberlain Mfg. Corporation's Production Division office. She retired in 1983 and made her home in Waverly, IA until 1999 when she moved to Assisi Village in Dubuque. She belonged to Kappa Gamma Pi, a National Catholic College Honor Society, to ACCW, and to the Assisi Village Literacy Club.

Her lifetime hobbies included traveling the U.S. and Canada, enjoying spectator sports, theater, volunteering, and always reading.

She enjoyed visits from out-of-state cousins and often their children and they very special outings; or shopping with Dubuque cousins, Colleen and Sidney Wallace, and also her husband's two nieces, Diane (James) Miller and Pricilla (Arlyn) Hanson, and Dayton (Janice) Frederickson.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, a stepfather, Henry Anhalt, two stepbrothers, Wendell and Lawrence, and a half sister, Rosemary Anhalt.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, the staff and care givers at Stonehill Care Center, and the staff and care givers of Assisi Village of Stonehill.

Condolences may be left by visiting Mrs. Cavanaugh's obituary at www.hskfh.com.

 



Kathryn A. Ben


Kathryn A. "Katie" (Leliefeld) Ben, age 82, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 10:39 a.m., on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Katie's life, funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, July 20, 2019, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Tom Heathershaw officiating. To celebrate Katie's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, July 19, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 2:45 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Katie was born on November 23, 1936, in Guttenberg, Iowa, daughter of Daniel and Rose (Kleine) Leliefeld.

Katie was united in marriage to the love of her life, Harry Ben on January 26, 1957, at St. Mary’s Church in Guttenberg, Iowa, and they were blessed with 54 wonderful years and 7 children together before he was called home ahead of her on March 23, 2011. Katie was a loving, full time wife, mother and homemaker, who did in home daycare for several years and was affectionately know as “mom”, “ma”, “maw”, “madre” and “mother”, to not only her own children, but their friends and all of the daycare kids. In later years Katie would also share her domestic talents with Balltown-Sherrill Catholic Schools, Albrecht Acres and Holy Family Hall in their housekeeping departments. She was an excellent cook and made sure everyone who visited was well fed, whether it be the orange slices and candy on the counter, an egg sandwich, or anything else she had on hand. In her free time, Katie enjoyed reading, crocheting, and going out to eat with family and friends. Beyond a doubt, Katie’s family was always her top priority, she looked forward to spending time with the children and grandchildren, creating countless beautiful memories that will be cherished forever. Katie’s faith was also an important aspect of her daily life as evidenced by her long time membership with Holy Ghost Church and her current membership with the Church of the Resurrection. We are deeply saddened at losing the matriarch of our family today, but take some comfort in knowing that she is now happily reunited with not only her beloved husband Harry, but all of her family members called home before her. 

 

Those left to cherish Katie's memory include

her children,
Tim (Jean) Ben, Dubuque, IA,
Tammy Ben, Dubuque, IA,
Jerry (Pam) Ben, Sherrill, IA,
Roger (Linda) Ben, Sioux City, IA,
Debbie McGinnis, Dubuque, IA,
Doug (Vicki) Ben, Durango, IA
and Kathy Ben, Dubuque, IA;

her grandchildren,
Randy (Ginny) Fens, Ryan (Nicole) Fens, Ron Fens, Kassy (Daniel) Moore, Kelsey (Jacob Schroeder) Ben, Ryan (Cynthia) Ben, Jonathon (Kristen) Ben, Doug (Cindy) Siegert, Laura McGinnis, Tammy (Bill Kaufmann) Sprecher, Tera (Aaron) Turner and Logan Ben;

her great-granddaughter,
Ellie Lynn Siegert;

her siblings,
Lois Goerdt,
Joanie White
and Bill (Rita) Leliefeld, all of Guttenberg, IA;

her in-laws,
Richard (Mavis) Ben, Alfred, ND
and Rose Ben, Gackle, ND;

and her special grand-puppy,
Diego.

Katie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harry Ben; a granddaughter, Krista Kay Ben; a son-in-law, Gary McGinnis; her siblings, Norman (Lois) Leliefeld, Dorothy (Orvin) Knudtson, Bernard (Bernita) Leliefeld, Vera (Cliff) Mirocko, Mary (Manford) Sherriff, Opal (Robert) Goerdt, Betty Leliefeld, Kathleen Leliefeld, Pat (Glen) Bolsinger, Carol Rose Leliefeld and Gary (Corinne) Leliefeld; and her in-laws, Richard Goerdt, Keith White, Marvin Ben, Clarence (Mary Jean) Ben and Johnny Jerome Ben.

Katie's family would like to thank Dr. Hillard Salas and his nurse, Kristy, as well as the nurses and staff of Stonehill and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Katie and her entire 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

 



Floyd J. Hammel


Floyd John Hammel, 83, of Dubuque passed away Monday, July 15, 2019, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on 10:00 AM Friday, July 19, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Catholic Church with Rev. Father Steve Garner as the Celebrant. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by the Dubuque Marine Corp. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 18th at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury where there will be a wake service at 2:45 p.m.

Floyd was born July 29, 1935 in Dubuque, son of Christian F. and Edna Dorothy (Hammerand) Hammel. He married Rose Ann Klein, October 6, 1962 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church.

Floyd served in the U.S. Army. He was a farmer on the family farm and in 2016 the farm became a Heritage Farm. He retired in 2009.

He enjoyed watching old western movies, classic country music, playing euchre, gardening, collecting toy tractors and family pictures. He loved to tell one liners, "The Hammel humor."

He was a member of Holy Spirit Parish Holy Ghost Catholic Church and Farm Bureau.

Surviving is his wife, Rose Hammel; his children, Julie Milligan, of Sherrill, John (Patty) Hammel, of New Hampton, IA, Jane Hammel, of Dubuque, Jim (Laura) Hammel, of Sherrill, and Jeff Hammel, of Sherrill; grandchildren, Travis (Mariah), Michael (tomas), Zach (Samantha), Emily (Colton) Dan, Lacey, Nick (Abby) Luke (Jessi) Mitchel (Tierney) and Sydney; great grandchild Tyler John and one due in November; one sister-in-law, Darlene Klein and one brother-in-law, Norm Klein and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Merlin (Jean) Hammel, one sister-in-law, Delphine (Dick) Dolter, and brothers-in-law, Don (Ann) Klein, George Klein and Richard Klein.

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

 



Martha A. Neises


Martha A. "Marti" Neises, age 73 of Fillmore, Iowa completed her earthly journey on July 15, 2019 at home, surrounded by her loving family.  To celebrate Marty's life, a private family service is being held at a later date. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Marty's family.

Marti was a loving wife and mother who devoted her life to serving others and making the world around her a better place. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Marti include her husband and soul-mate, Jim Neises; two deeply adored daughters; along with many extended family, friends and neighbors who will miss her joyful smile.

Donations may be made to the Dubuque Humane Society in memory of Martha A. Neises.

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

 

 



Paul A. Downs


Paul A. Downs, age 59, of Dubuque, was called Home peacefully in his sleep on July 15, 2019, at home. He is now more alive than he has ever been. To celebrate Paul's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, July 20, 2019, at Dubuque Community Church, 3490 Keystone Drive, with Pastors Dennis Schmitt and Steve Downs officiating. In celebration of his life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, July 19, 2019, in "Joy's Corral" at their home, 2165 Rockdale Road, Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery, Balltown, at a later date.

Paul was born on October 1, 1959, in Dubuque, son of William and Ruth E. (Hamiel) Downs.

He was raised on the family farm near Balltown and attended Sageville School, Jefferson Junior High and graduated from Hempstead High School in Dubuque in 1977. Paul worked on the farm until he married the love of his life, Renee T. Scherf, on June 30, 1984 on Echo Mountain at the farm. Upon moving to Dubuque, Paul and some friends opened The Narrow Gate at 1654 Central Avenue. It offered the Dubuque community a relaxed atmosphere with coffee, music and Christian fellowship. Paul's talents and interests were diverse. He and Renee opened Mississippi Fats Ice Cream Shop and a couple other short-term restaurants. Paul was a furniture restorer, antique shop owner and later began 17th Street Pawn, which they ran for over 25 years. He enjoyed old cars, antiquated machinery, guns, "garage saling" and movies. Paul delighted in spending time outdoors riding horses, fishing or mushroom hunting. He was a trivia buff, storyteller and a prodigious reader. Paul was a very talented writer who would often exercise his poetic license to the fullest. For many years, he was known as the "Muffin Man" as he flaunted his culinary proclivities. Most of all, Paul was a very soft-hearted and selfless man who loved people. He and Renee would regularly offer food and shelter to those who needed it. Paul left a legacy of giving to all who knew him.

Those left to cherish Paul's memory include

his wife,
Renee Downs, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Daniel (Miranda) Downs, Dubuque,
Tommy Downs, Dubuque,
Harmony (Reece) Morgan, Balltown, IA,
Bonnie Downs, Dubuque,
Joy (Jake) Hopper, Balltown, IA,
Willie Downs, Dubuque,
Gracie Downs, Dubuque,
Faith Downs, Dubuque
and Andrew Downs, Dubuque;

his granddaughter,
Hope Morgan;

his father,
Bill Downs, Dubuque, IA;

and his brother,
Steve (Debbie) Downs, Spokane, WA.

Paul was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Downs; and his daughter, Melody Downs.



Janis K. (Kemp) Waugh


Janis Kay (Kemp) Waugh, 79, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at the Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, Iowa.

A memorial gathering of family and friends will be held on Friday, July 19, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. The family does welcome you to join her family and friends in memory and celebration of her life from 4 to 7 P.M. Cremation rites will be accorded and there will be no "body" present for visitation.

Janis Kay Kemp was born on June 11, 1940 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Harris John and Madge Helen (Lund) Kemp. She had one brother LaVern Harris Kemp. She grew up in the Baldwin / Maquoketa area. She went to a country schoolhouse and then attended Maquoketa schools to finish out her education. She married Kenneth Lee Waugh on November 20, 1961, later separating in 1996.

Janis was a farmer's wife and mother until moving off the farm. Once she moved to Andrew she did sewing at Pacific Coast Feather and later at ADAC Plastics as a mold operator.

Janis enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, putting puzzles together, crocheting and knitting, and going out with her best friend Nancy Baker. She loved being with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Kenneth Lee Waugh of Maquoketa, IA; children, Cindy Kay and Larry Lee Arensdorf of Maquoketa, IA, Bruce Allan and Lori Ann (Gilmore) Waugh of Maquoketa, IA, and Douglas Lee and Peggy Lynn (Smith) Waugh of Maquoketa, IA; 7 grandchildren, Bradley Kenneth (Renae) Waugh, Mitchell Allen Waugh, Alicia Lin Arensdorf, Bethany Jan Waugh, Ashly Ann Arensdorf, Joshua J. Arensdorf, and Dalton Douglas Waugh; and 1 great-grandchild, Eloise Jo Waugh.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harris John Kemp and Madge Helen (Welch) Lund, a brother LaVern Harris Kemp and a granddaughter Crystal Lorraine Waugh.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Janis Kay Waugh memorial fund has been established.

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



Daniel R. Wolter


Daniel R. "Dan" Wolter, 61, of Dubuque, Iowa died peacefully on July 14, 2019, with his family by his side.

Per Dan's request, he has been cremated. A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, from 4:30-7:30 pm, at the Grand Tap in Dubuque, IA. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, IA is assisting the family.

Dan was born on November 27, 1957, in Dubuque, Iowa, to Joyce (Tigges) and Lowell Wolter. Dan graduated from Hempstead High School in 1976. He married Barbara (Stillmunkes) Wolter on May 22, 2009 after many years of dating. Dan worked for the University of Dubuque for several years.

He lived and breathed hunting - deer, turkey, squirrel, you name it, he most likely hunted it. His happy place was being in the woods with his hunting buddies and his twin brother, Don. Dan and Don were the best of friends and were nicknamed Salt and Pepper, Dan being Pepper. He loved to cheer on the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Vikings, and Iowa Hawkeyes. He enjoyed watching NASCAR and rooting for Rusty Wallace. If he wasn't hunting or fishing, he was watching a sports game with his family and lifelong friends. Dan always got a kick out of going to his kids' workplaces to place a bag of candy on their cars and then leaving them a voicemail that candy was waiting for them when they got off work. He deeply loved his children and was proud of their accomplishments.

Dan is survived by his wife Barb Wolter of Dubuque, his children Drew (Harpal) Benavides Wolter of Sacramento, CA, Cody (April) Wolter of Dubuque, Rebecca "Scooter" (Tom) Ameche of Dubuque, stepdaughter Stacy (Shawn) Stackis of Peosta, one granddaughter Lucy Wolter and another granddaughter, Baby Ameche, due in early October, four step-granddaughters, Brianna (Tyler) Stillmunkes, McKenna, Rylie, and Brynlee Stackis all of Peosta. His father Lowell (Juanita Steichen) Wolter, twin brother Don (Sheila) Wolter, and sister Gayla (Randy) Mills all of Dubuque. Many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and brothers and sisters-in-law.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Joyce, his grandparents, and step-granddaughter Maggie Stackis.

Dan's family would like to thank Ennoble Nursing and Rehabilitation, Finley Hospital and the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics for the incredible care Dan received through his medical needs over the years. A special thank you to Dr. Kyle Brown, Dan's liver doctor, who was always very compassionate and wonderful with Dan, and to the ICU doctors and nurses who cared for him in his final days, their compassion and love to him and his family will be cherished forever.



Erwin G. Turner


Erwin Glenn Turner, 89, of Dubuque passed away Monday, July 15, 2019 at home surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be from 10:30 AM until 12:30 PM, Saturday, July 20, 2019, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Road. The Funeral Service for Erwin will be 1:00 PM Saturday, July 20, 2019, at the Linwood Cemetery Mueller Chapel with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating and military honors by the American Legion Post #6.

Erwin was born December 23, 1929 in Manchester, Iowa, son of Dale and Leda (Heiserman) Turner. He married LaVonna Wilke, March 28, 1955, in Langworthy, IA. She preceded him in death June 1994.

He served in the U.S. Army.

He was employed at Dubuque John Deere Tractor Works retiring in 1994. He was a member of UAW Local # 94. Erwin enjoyed fishing, trapping, and cherished his time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is survived by three daughters, Michelle Freisinger, Marilyn (Jim) Ploessl, and Patty Turner; four grandchildren, Bryan (Michelle) Freisinger, Renee Freisinger, Trinity Turner and Tristan Turner; five great-grandchildren, Natalie, Andrew, Jacob, and Alexander Freisinger, and Kendrick Turner; and a special family friend, Joan Kelly.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, two sons, Darrell and Michael and his siblings.

A memorial has been established in memory of Erwin.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque especially Jenni and Stephanie.

Online condolences can be sent by visiting Erwin's obituary at www.hskfh.com

 



Thomas J. Reilly


Thomas John Reilly, 81, of Dubuque died on July 12, 2019 at Stonehill Care Center surrounded by family. Friends may greet the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Egelhof Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista St. Msgr. James Miller will officiate. Interment will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Tom was born in Dubuque October 21, 1937 to Justin and Madeline (Permantier) Reilly. He attended Cathedral elementary school, and graduated from Loras Academy. He continued his education at Loras College (Class of 1959), majoring in Physics. He married Judy Gavin on July 14, 1962 at Nativity Church. Tom and Judy moved to Sioux City, where he began his career at Conservative Mortgage Company. They returned to Dubuque in 1966 when Tom joined American Trust & Savings Bank, where he worked for 25 years helping many local businesses get off the ground. Following his career at ATSB, Tom became a senior officer at East Dubuque Savings Bank, from where he retired.

Tom was a strong believer in service to community. He was very active in multiple Dubuque organizations, including the Jaycees (past president and Life Member), Rotary (Paul Harris Fellow), Save Your Town Clock Committee, Dubuque Chamber of Commerce (Red Coats, SCORE), Dubuque Homebuilders, the Colts Youth Organization Board of Directors, Ride the Rail, Ancient Order of Hibernians, Serra Club, and the Barn Community Theater. He was an active member of the Church of the Nativity where he was a member of the Rosary Society, as well as an enthusiastic member of the Nativity Choir.

Tom enjoyed performing in plays at the original Barn Community Theater and at the Grand Opera House. His first starring role was as Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. He also enjoyed performing in Annie Get Your Gun, Anything Goes, Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, Oliver!, and many others.

Throughout his life, family came first for Tom. He was an avid golfer and proud of his Irish heritage. He loved family and loved a good joke - any excuse to share a laugh! His kids have fond memories of family trips with Dad at the wheel trying not to swear. He gave his family many memories by being the smile behind the camera. He was always quick to fire up the grill and compete at the Fair with his award-winning chicken. Tom provided unwavering support to his family and friends. He instilled a sense of faith, family, and community pride in those he touched.

Tom is survived by his wife of 57 years, Judy; children Mike (Maria) of San Jose, CA, John (Eileen) of Janesville, WI, Kevin of Waterford, CT, Colleen (John) Connor of Lenexa, KS, Maureen (Patrick) Fleming of Fox Lake, IL; grandchildren Christine Hanks; Andrew, Claire, and Bridget Reilly; Meghan, Matthew, and Molly Reilly; Nate and Logan Connor. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Jeanne (Leo) Walech, sister-in-law Linda (Glab) Gavin, brother-in-law Jim Rogan, and many nieces and nephews. 

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, aunts Jeannette Permantier and Pauline Hesselman; his in-laws Francis and Rita (Heitman) Gavin, sister-in-law Joanne (Gavin) Rogan, and brother-in-law Paul Gavin.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hospice of Dubuque or the Colts Youth Organization.

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

 

 



Louis J. Meyerhoff


Louis J. Meyerhoff, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa and formerly of Bernard, Iowa, passed away, Sunday, July 14, 2019 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Per the wishes of Louis his body has been donated to the University Of Iowa - Department Of Anatomy. Private family services will be held at a later date. The Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa is assisting the family.

He was born June 8, 1932 in Leroy, Minnesota, son of Louis and Minnie (Lamprecht) Meyerhoff. He received his education in the Elma, Iowa schools. On September 22, 1951 he was united in marriage to Betty Mae Roethler at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Elma, Iowa. She preceded him in death on March 26, 2012.

He was employed as the Manager of the Great Plains Supply Company in Elma, IA, later as Manager of the Great Plains Supply Co. in Bernard, IA, and later worked with Red Jacket Pump in Davenport, IA.

He loved woodworking, spending time with family, telling jokes and going fishing.

He was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, Iowa.

He is survived by three children, Sheila (Richard) Martens of Lime Springs, IA, Karla (Brian) Leichty of North Liberty, IA and Brenda (Tom) Huff of Cascade, IA; son-in-law, Ed Voves of Elma, IA; 13 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; a sister-in-law, Wanda Ward of Charles City, IA, and a brother-in-law, Keith Roethler of Elma, IA.

He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Debbie Voves on April 20, 1989; a son, Bill Meyerhoff on July 16, 2011; a great grandchild, Willow Mae Ferrel; a brother-in-law, Bob Roethler; and 4 brothers and 5 sisters.

The family of Louis would like to thank the entire staff of Shady Rest Care Center, Above and Beyond Hospice and Sherry Kelchen for all the compassionate care given to Louis.

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



Mark D. Bollinger


Mark D. Bollinger, 57, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away suddenly on Saturday, July 13, 2019, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Mark on Thursday, July 18, 2019, from 4 to 6 P.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Mark Duane Bollinger was born on November 16, 1961 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to John M. "Jack" and Nellie (March) Bollinger. He attended Maquoketa schools and received his welding certificate from Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta.

Mark had worked as a welder for many years, first at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa, and then at Bio-Technology in Mercer, Wisconsin for three years. For the past 29 years until the present, he worked for T & J Manufacturing in Maquoketa.

Mark was a member of the National Rifle Association. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, boating, fishing, hunting and gardening.

Those left to honor his memory include his children, Katie Bollinger of Cedar Rapids, IA, Abby Gansen of Maquoketa, IA, and Johnathan Bollinger of Andrew, IA; 7 grandchildren; a brother, Jack (Debbie) Bollinger of Andrew, IA; a sister Carol Dion of Maquoketa, IA; and his girlfriend, Amy Hasken of Maquoketa, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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



Paul V. Schiffman


Paul Valentine Schiffman, 89, of Dubuque, passed away on July 12, 2019, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 AM Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Father Phillip Gibbs as the celebrant.  Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery with military honors conducted by the American Legion Post #6.  Friends may call from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road where there will be a wake service at 7:00 PM.  Friends may continue to call from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM Thursday at Church of the Resurrection.

Paul was born March 16, 1930 in Dickeyville, WI, son of Harry Leo and Dolores (Hinderman) Schiffman, the oldest of nine children. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany with the Army of Occupation during European reconstruction.

After a four-year courtship that included his service time in the Army, he married the love of his life and partner until the very end, Dolores Collins, on June 9, 1953 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Galena, IL. They shared a love of travel, playing cards, dancing, spoiling grandchildren, and enjoying the little and big joys of life. He and Dolores were winter Texans for over 20 years, making a second home near friends in Mission, TX.

Paul worked at the former Dubuque Packing Company for 42 years, retiring in 1994.

Because of the Depression and need to help on the family farm, Paul was unable to complete high school with his peers. He returned to school as an adult and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. With his bright mind and love of learning, he was encouraged to continue his education into college, but chose instead to help his children pursue their degrees.

Paul was a devout Roman Catholic and member of Resurrection Parish for 50 years where he was an active volunteer. He was a Scoutmaster for his son's Cub and Boy Scout units in Galena, IL. He was an avid golfer, playing his last round at 88 years of age. He was a brilliant gardener and took great pride in his flowerbeds and yard. He loved flowers and was at one time a Midwestern tester for Jackson Perkins roses. He was also an avid water skier, taking his last run at 80 years old. He spent countless hours on the Mississippi teaching his children, and hundreds of others who wanted to learn, how to water ski behind his yellow boat. He enjoyed watching Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes games with Dolores. He had a love of people and was friendly to everyone he met, including strangers. He loved to talk and listen which made him a great friend, brother and father figure to all he encountered. His gentle spirit, laugh and smile were infectious.

Above all, Paul loved his children and grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Dolores; two sons, Mark (Kathy) Schiffman, of Carmel, IN and Dr. Eric (Karen Kloser) Schiffman, of St. Paul, MN; one daughter, Ann (Jim) Ruble, of Casper, WY; six grandchildren, Elise (Zach Shacter) Schiffman, Julia Schiffman, Adam Schiffman, Paul Schiffman, Jimmy Ruble, and Jacob Ruble; one brother, Harold (Teresa) Schiffman, of Tennyson, WI; two sisters, Vera (Gerry) Kruser, of Kieler, WI, and Sharon (Jack) Pitzen, of Dickeyville, WI; one brother-in-law, Terry Bode, of Kieler, WI; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Chapman, of East Dubuque, IL, and Rosemary (Fred) Wendl of Silvis, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Bert, and four sisters, Mary Lou (Al) Feltes, Jane (Terry) Bode, Joyce (David) Pearce, and Adele (Dick) Helbing.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials may be made to the Philomena Fund at Resurrection Church or Hospice of Dubuque.

A special thank you to the amazing, caring staff and caregivers at Hospice of Dubuque, and the staff at Luther Manor's Grand Meadows location. 

A photo tribute video can be viewed and online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com.

 

 



Beverly A. Bartels Treneman


Beverly Ann Bartels Treneman, formerly of Dubuque, died July 11, 2019.

Beverly Ann Bartels Treneman was born on Feb. 18, 1931, to Mildred and Carl Bartels in Dubuque, Iowa, the eldest of four sisters. She loved music and played the piano, bass fiddle and bagpipes. After graduating from Dubuque Senior High School, she attended the University of Iowa and graduated with a degree in occupational therapy.

As a member of the university's Highlanders, the only all-woman Scottish bagpipe marching band in the world, Beverly toured Scotland, England, and France in 1952. At university, she met her husband, Dr. James D. Treneman. They married in 1954 and settled in McMinnville in 1959 after brief stints in Fresno, California, and Harlingen, Texas. She and Jim had four daughters. He died in 1977, after 23 years of marriage.

Beverly was a master quilter and accomplished seamstress, keen gardener, cook, businesswoman, and bridge player. In partnership with four other women, she ran The Bookshop in downtown McMinnville for 20 years. She contributed countless hours to the First Presbyterian Church, Juliette House, Daughters of the American Revolution, PEO and other charities throughout her life.

She was a woman of many interests, travelling widely, as far afield as Turkey, Tahiti, and the Galapagos Islands. She and her companion of many years, Jim Wixson, visited Europe and travelled throughout the US in their Model A Ford. She visited almost every National Park, reading extensively on the history and culture of the places she visited. Beverly explored new activities throughout her life: canoeing, rafting, skiing, and snorkeling. She loved to collect and was always ready to go ‘antiquing'. Her home was full of the fragrance of flowers and the aroma of cooking, art and music.

Beverly's strength of character, love of family, sense of humor, interest in learning and compassionate nature will be remembered by all who knew her.

Beverly is survived by her four daughters, Ann Treneman Berkoff, Nancy Treneman, Joan Horton, and Mary Maeve Holden, grandchildren Gillan Allan, Vanessa Charman, James Treneman, Lyle Horton, Elaine Grimps, and Max Holden, two great-grandchildren, and her two sisters, Nancy Wendt of Klamath Falls, Oregon and Carole Loetscher of Dubuque, Iowa.

All are welcome to attend her funeral at 11am on Saturday, 20 July, at the First Presbyterian Church, 390 NE 2nd Street, McMinnville, with refreshments afterwards. There will be a graveside ceremony at 3pm at Smith Cemetery, 2 miles south of Monmouth on Helmick Road. Farnstrom Mortuary of Independence is handling the arrangements. Share your memories and condolences at FarnstromMortuary.com.

Contributions in her memory can be made to the James D. Treneman Family Practice Fund at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon.



David D. Droessler


David D. Droessler, 64, of Platteville, Wisconsin, died Friday, July 12, 2019, at home.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 18, 2019, at St. Andrew Church in Tennyson with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday at the church where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Thursday at the church before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is assisting the family.

David was born on January 12, 1955, in Lancaster, Wisconsin, the son of Donald V. and Marie (Langkamp) Droessler. He graduated from Potosi High School and worked at Lands End, Alter Metal Company and John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works. After retirement he enjoyed socializing at many establishments.

David was the proud father of Amber Droessler, Cuba City, and Crystal Droessler, Platteville. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Chloe, Billie Jean and Gracie Shaffer; a sister, Arleen (Fran) Ouderkirk, Sherrill, IA; a brother, Gary (Deb) Droessler, Potosi; two sisters-in-law, Karen Droessler, Bettendorf, IA, and Marlene "Beanie" Droessler, Potosi; a special friend, Pat Foht Carlson, Dubuque, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Wayne, Merlin and Terry.

In lieu of plants and flowers, a David D. Droessler Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Dale P. Repass


Dale P. Repass, 70, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2019. 

Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2155 University Ave., Dubuque, where Memorial Services will be held at 5 p.m. Egelhof Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. is entrusted with arrangements.

Dale was born on September 3, 1948, in Waterloo, IA, the son of Don and Ruth (Sutherland) Repass. He earned his B.A. from Wartburg College in 1970 and his J.D. with Honors from Drake University Law School in 1974. 

Dale devoted over forty years of experience to the financial services industry, having been involved in all phases of banking and trust services. He served in many positions, including senior lender, trust department manager, and President/CEO/Chairman of two Mercantile banks (now US Bank) located in Clinton and Dubuque. In 2001 Dale co-founded First Community Trust, N.A. where he served as Chairman and CEO for 14 years. 

He was involved in a number of civic and charitable organizations.  He served as a Commissioner on the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, as well as serving on the boards of Iowa Women Lead Change (IWLC), First Community Trust, N.A., The Finley Hospital, Dubuque VNA, and the Dubuque Regional Humane Society. He was also a member of the Bar Associations of Iowa, Dubuque County, and the American Bar Association. 

Dale married his college sweetheart, Diane Rose Schalkhauser, on June 5, 1970, in Waterloo, and their wedding was officiated by Diane's father, Rev. Erhard "Rusty" Schalkhauser. He enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling, fishing, golfing, and playing cards (with varying results in the last three categories!) Dale made sure to spend time every day playing with the beloved family Goldendoodle, Cricket. 

Dale is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Diane, of Asbury; two wonderful children, David (Teresa) Repass of Maryland, and Julie Repass of Paris, France; two step-grandchildren, Susana (David) Zaka and Alex Vazquez, both of Maryland; two sisters, Judy Smith (Dick) of Fairfield, IA, and Camille Power (Ed) of West Des Moines, IA; his brother-in-law, Jim (Joni) Schalkhauser of Lansing, MI; and his sister-in-law, Linda (Dick) Anderson of Traverse City, MI. 

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Dale's family extends a special thank you to the staff at UW Madison Hospitals for their care of Dale. 

Memorials may be given to the Dubuque Rescue Mission, 398 Main St., Dubuque, IA, 52001,  St. Stephen's Food Pantry, 3145 Cedar Crest Ridge, Dubuque, IA 52003, or a charity of your choice.

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

 

 

 



Dennis L. Gotto


Dennis L. Gotto, 66, of Galena, Illinois and formerly of Epworth, Iowa passed away on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at Mercy One Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.
Friends and relatives of Dennis may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Monday, July 15, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at St. John the Baptist in Peosta, Iowa.

Services for Dennis will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Peosta, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Burial will be held in St. John's Cemetery in Centralia, IA.

Dennis was born November 23, 1952 in Bankston, Iowa, son of Louis F. and Dorothy M. (Schmitt) Gotto. He is a graduate of Western Dubuque High School in Epworth, Iowa. On June 14, 1980 he was united in marriage to Donna Schwendinger at St. John the Baptist in Peosta, Iowa. She preceded him in death on June 23, 2002. He farmed in the rural Galena, Illinois area, and was also employed at Walmart in Galena.

Dennis enjoyed hunting, gardening, and truly enjoyed his retired life with his grandchildren.

He is survived by four children, Thomas (Israa) Gotto of Hartland, WI, Andrew (Alison) Gotto of Warrensburg, MO, Rebecca Gotto of Dubuque, IA and James Gotto of Galena, IL; 7 grandchildren; his siblings, Susan (Mark) Zapf of Farley, IA, Mary Ann (Roger) Boge of Farley, IA, Charles Gotto and David Gotto both of Epworth, IA, Robert Gotto of Dubuque, IA, and Gary (Janet) Gotto of Dyersville, IA.

He is also preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Thomas Gotto and a sister, Mary L. Gotto and a nephew, Brian Gotto.

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



Tyler S. Ingles LuGrain


Tyler Steven Ingles LuGrain, 28, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on July 4th, 2019 in Dubuque.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 14th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m.

Tyler was born on July 17, 1990 in Iowa City, Iowa the son of Donna Ingles. He attended Senior High School and worked in the restaurant business as a cook. He was lastly working at Old Chicago in Dubuque.

Tyler's daughter Brooke was his whole heart. He was an avid Green Bay Packers and St. Louis Cardinals fan. Tyler was a dedicated gamer and streamer of video games who had many followers all over the world. He loved his co-workers in the restaurant business, many of whom became his close friends.

Tyler enjoyed spending the majority of his time with his daughter, family and friends; always joking, smiling and filling a room with love and laughter. He was ready for that ice-cold beer and a good time. Lastly, Tyler had such a beautiful soul, one you couldn't come across too often, he will be dearly missed by all.

He is survived by his daughter Brooke Elizabeth Ingles; his parents Donna and Drab Blackburn; his sister Carrie (Zac) Colson; brothers Anthony (Alecia Konrardy) LuGrain, Ben Blackburn and Keegan Blackburn; nieces Henley LuGrain and Ariel Castillo; his grandparents Dave and Fran Blackburn; special friends Brittany Duruy Weber and Adriana Castillo; along with many uncles, aunts, cousins and friends who were considered family to him.

Tyler was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Kenneth and Louise Ingles and his uncle Kenneth Ray Ingles.

In lieu of flowers a Tyler Ingles LuGrain memorial fund will be established. Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com

The family would like to thank their family and friends, Leonard Funeral Home along with Dubuque Police and First Responders for all their love, kindness and compassion during this difficult time.

 



Marvin M. Gessner


Marvin M. Gessner, 96, of Monticello died Friday, July 12, 2019, at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 9 - 10:30 am Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello where a Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 10:30 a.m.  Burial will be at St. Patrick & St. Paul Cemetery near Watkins, Iowa.  Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate.  

Marvin was born September 17, 1922, on the original family homestead near Norway, Iowa, the son of Michael C. and Alma (Thoman) Gessner.  He married Louise Kacer on November 10, 1953, in Tama, Iowa.  To this union there are 6 children who were all raised on the farm near Norway.  Louise preceded him in death in 1987.  Marvin and Joyce Cashman married on November 18, 1989, at Sacred Heart Church in Monticello.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce, 6 children: Alan (Linda) Gessner of Newhall, Dale (Marilyn) Gessner of Belle Plaine, Dr. Ann (Bill Lorenz) Gessner of Ames, Carol Gessner of Ft. Collins, CO, Barb (Randy) Lukan of Cedar Rapids and Leo (Brenda) Gessner of Story City; 9 grandchildren: Christy (Andy) Barta, Chase, Caleb and Casey Gessner, Olivia Lorenz, Taylor and Grant Lukan, Courtney and Jaclyn Gessner; 4 great grandchildren: Matthew, David, Owen and Alex Barta; siblings: Eileen Reilly of Central City and Gerald (Karen) Gessner of Newhall, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother John, his first wife Louise and brother-in-law Jack Reilly.

We would like to thank the staff at Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Unity Point - St. Luke's Hospital for the wonderful care.

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

 

 



Ross T. Broderick


Ross Thomas Broderick peacefully passed away on July 9th, 2019 after a rapidly progressing illness.

Ross, a lifelong resident of Dubuque, is survived by his Bride of 60 years Shirley Ann (Tranel) Broderick, his son Daniel (Nancy) Broderick, daughters Julie (James) Fischer, Laura (James) Mulgrew and Mary (Christopher) Luedke, sisters Kathleen McMullen and Lynne (Samuel) Sciple. Additionally, Ross is the Grandfather of ten Andrew (Theresa) Broderick, Sara (Daniel) Lueders, Kelly (Korey) Kasper, Ben (Abby) Mulgrew, Noah Mulgrew, Jackson Mulgrew, Madeline Mulgrew, Samuel Fisher and Lindsay Fisher. Ross is also the great grandfather of Marley, James and Madalyn Kasper, Emerson and Grant Lueders and Adrian Broderick.

He was preceded in death by his parents Thomas and Dorothy (Baumgartner) Broderick and son Steven M. Broderick.

Ross was a loving husband, caring father and average fisherman. He was an expert in fluid hydraulics and specialty engineering while employed John Deere.

Ross loves the Lord and was an active parishioner at St. Raphael's Cathedral and volunteer at St. Marks First Congressional Church in Dubuque Iowa.

The family would also like to thank Dr. Runde and his wonderful nurse Julie and Mercy Home Health Care for the incredible, compassionate care they gave Ross.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 15, 2019 at St. Raphael Cathedral with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Family and friends may visit after 9:00 a.m. Monday at the church until time of mass. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials can be sent to St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff Street Dubuque, IA or Four Mounds, 4900 Peru Road, Dubuque, IA 52001.



Joseph B. Behan


Joseph B. Behan, 68, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, July 7, 2019 at his home.

Visitation will be from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM Friday, July 12, 2019 at Grace Baptist Church, 3966 Asbury Rd, Dubuque. The funeral service will be 1:00 PM Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Grace Baptist Church, 3966 Asbury Rd, Dubuque. Interment will be at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in Centralia. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service are in care of arrangements.

Born May 31, 1951 in Manchester, IA, he was the son of Joseph H. and Dorothy M. Behan. After his father passed, he was raised by his parents Dorothy and Ray Francois.

He was a 1969 graduate of Cascade Aquin High School. He attended one year of college at Divine Word Seminary where he met Ann Wuertzer of Centralia, IA and she stole him out of the hands of God. They fell in love and were married June 3, 1972 in Peosta, Iowa.

Joe worked at Dubuque John Deere Works for 42 years. He retired in May 2014.

He was a member of Grace Christian Church and Dubuque Noon Optimist Club. He was an avid golfer, hunter, fisherman, and never missed an opportunity to tell a joke or a funny story, or to play a prank - all with a sly smirk on his face! Joe never knew a stranger, only a friend he hadn't met. Joe also had a competitive side and, in fact, there is still a record showing that his daughter Colleen owes him $4.29 on over 20 years of cribbage! But he was always the first to give you a warm welcome and the best hugs!!

Survivors include his wife, Ann; two daughters, Kerri (Shawn) Ries of Dubuque, and Colleen (Bill) McDermott of Peosta; two sons, Josh (Holly) Behan of Sarasota, FL, and Joe Behan of Dubuque; nine grandchildren, Marcus, Allie, Cody, Kassidy, Emma, Meghan, Billy, Josiah, and Lyvia; his parents, Ray and Dorothy Francois of Springfield, MO; five sisters, Ann Kluesner, Patti Speake, Rae Ellen Denker, Joyce Francois, and Michele Roethe; three brothers, Michael Francois, Dennis Francois, and Scott Francois and several nieces, nephews, in-laws and a few outlaws as well!

He was preceded in death by his father.

A memorial has been established for Dubuque Noon Optimist Club.

The family would like to thank the Dubuque Police Department and Fire Department.

And as Joe always said, "Glad you got to see me".

A photo tribute video can be viewed and condolences can be sent to the family by visiting Joe's obituary at www.hskfh.com.

 



William B. Boyes


William Burton "Bill" Boyes, 76, of Dubuque passed away Sunday, July 7, 2019 at his home.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, July 13, 2019, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd, Dubuque, with Rev. Ms. Karen Candee as the officiant. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens Cemetery, South of Dubuque with military honors rendered by the American Legion Post 6. Visitation will be from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM Friday, July 12, 2019, at Hoffmann Schneider& Kitchen Funeral Home.

Born February 11, 1943, in Dubuque, he was the son of Burton and Rosemary Schlampp Boyes. Bill married Carol Ann Buol, the love of his life, on April 5, 1969, at First Presbyterian Church in Dubuque. Bill and Carol were happily married for 38 years and were devoted to each other and their family. She passed away November 1, 2007.

Bill was a 1961 graduate of Dubuque Senior High School.

He served our country in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in March of 1969. He had worked for 30 years at John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works, retiring in 2002.

He was a member of Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ, the American Legion, and UAW Local #94. He was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Boston Celtics, and especially Larry Bird. Bill and Carol spent many summers with the Dubuque Colts Drum and Bugle Corps as Chaperones, Chief Cooks, and Bottle Washers. Bill was a semi-permanent fixture at the Q Casino, (aka "the dog track") as he always called it and made sure to go down when he had "5 bucks to spend". In his younger years, he enjoyed playing fast pitch softball, bowling, camping at the Palace Campgrounds in Galena, playing cards with many friends and of course, being the designated grasshopper maker for all of the Buol Family Christmas gatherings.

Bill is survived by two sons, Douglas (Lisa) Lineen, of Cheyenne, WY, and Nathan (Jennifer) Boyes of Dubuque; one daughter, Elizabeth (Don) Lundy, of Lake Mills, WI; four grandchildren, Jacob and Leah Boyes, Tiffany Fischer, and Trent (Jess) Eastman; two great-grandchildren, Logan and Brantley; and numerous nieces and nephews and "Outlaws" who treated Bill like he was a brother.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, and one daughter, Stefanie.

The family would especially like to thank Dr. Kirkendall and his nurse, Kate, along with all of the other nurses and staff at their office as well as the Unity Point staff at Finley Hospital for taking such good care of Bill over the years.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.

A photo tribute can be viewed and condolences can be sent by visiting Bill's obituary at www.hskfh.com



Robert L. Ricklefs


Robert L. Ricklefs, 74, of Langworthy died Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at the Dennis & Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha, Iowa.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2019, from 10 am - 12:30 pm, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a Celebration of Life service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Rev. Ed Moreano will officiate. Burial will be Oakwood Cemetery at a later date.

Robert was born November 21, 1944, in Monticello, the son of Ernest and Regina (Holub) Ricklefs. On October 1, 1966, he married Sandra Haigh, at the United Methodist Church in Anamosa, IA and made their home in Langworthy since 1971. Robert served in the US Army from 1965-1966. He worked at Weber Stone Quarry in Stone City, IA for 52 years.

Robert enjoyed fishing, hunting, mushroom hunting, gardening, cooking on his smoker, grandkids and spending time outdoors. 

Robert is survived by his wife Sandra, children: Dan (Shelly) Ricklefs of Maple Grove, MN; Sherry (Bruce) Kramer of Cedar Rapids, IA and Rob (Randee) Ricklefs of Atkins, IA; 9 grandchildren: Austin, Casey, Grant Ricklefs, Courtney (Andy) Cannon, Kirby Gehl, Carter, Spencer Kramer, Hailee Ricklefs, Marcus Ricklefs and a great grandchild Kyran Cannon; siblings: Gloria Schmidt of Cedar Rapids, IA and Raymond Ricklefs of Ft. Worth, TX, Randy Rickels, Scott Rickels both of Monticello, IA and Dixie Nielsen of Minneapolis, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Donna (Kenneth) Hanson.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com

 

 



Lanny J. Hostert,


Lanny J. Hostert, 60, of Dubuque, IA passed away in his home on Saturday, July 6th.

A small burial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 13th, 2019 at Mount Calvary Cemetery, family and friends may visit after 10:30 a.m. at the chapel until time of service. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family asks that friends and loved ones please make a donation to the memorial fund in Lanny's name at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Following the service, there will be a small luncheon, open to all, from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. located on the lower level of Mason Dixon Saloon to celebrate Lanny's life.

Lanny was born on June 21st, 1959 to John "Jack" and Lola Hostert in Dubuque, IA. Lanny spent his youth in Dubuque where he enjoyed spending time with his friends and family. He graduated from Hempstead High School in the summer of 1977 and went on to attend University of Wisconsin-Platteville to study business. During his time at UWP, Lanny was actively involved with his fraternity brothers of Phi Sigma Epsilon in philanthropy and university events. Following his college graduation in 1981, Lanny accepted a position at McKesson as a Sales Executive where he continued to work for over 20 years. In 1985, he was married to Karen (Pigman) Hostert and was blessed with three children, Matt, Lindsay, and Michelle.

Throughout his life, Lanny most enjoyed playing golf with a small group of close friends, coaching and attending his children's sporting events (especially softball and baseball), and making Sunday meals for his family. When he wasn't on the field or the golf course, Lanny enjoyed constructing intricate models of military airplanes and vintage cars. After completing a model, he would proudly display his work in his home for friends and family to enjoy. Lanny's favorite time of the year was the fall, when he could be found with neighborhood friends cheering on the Minnesota Vikings-and crossing his fingers for a Green Bay loss. Lanny loved to entertain during football season and typically welcomed his friends and neighbors during the season with a hug and a huge pot of chili to keep warm. Another one of his favorite pastimes, was visiting his father, Jack, on the weekends. Lanny and his family spent countless weekends in Massey Station keeping Jack company and planning days on the river. His three children fondly remember his boundless sense of humor and bright bouts of laughter after Lanny told jokes. Matt, Lindsay, and Michelle will never forget gathering around the dinner table to enjoy one of Lanny's delicious Sunday meals and telling stories about their week. Lanny will always be remembered for his colorful sense of humor, always-friendly demeanor towards everyone he met, and love for his family.

Lanny leaves behind his three children, Matt Hostert, Lindsay (Hostert) Goedert, and Michelle Hostert; two grandchildren Bennett Hostert, and Ryder Goedert; and wife Tammy Monroe.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Jack and Lola Hostert.



Rita Mae Riniker


Rita Mae Riniker, 84, of Epworth, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at her home in rural Epworth, Iowa.
Friends and relatives of Rita may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 12, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Saturday, July 13th at the funeral home.

Services for Rita will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 13, 2019 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa.
Rita was born November 23, 1934 in Balltown, Iowa daughter of Vince and Lucille (Neuses) Rolwes. She received her education in the Balltown School. On September 29, 1953 she was united in marriage to Bernard Riniker at St. Francis Catholic Church in Balltown, Iowa, he preceded her in death on November 7, 2013. The couple farmed in the rural Epworth area. She was a devoted Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother. Taking care of her family was her priority from changing diapers, doing laundry, house chores, farm chores and canning lots of food to feed her family.

She was a member of St. Patrick's Parish in Epworth, Iowa.

She is survived by twelve children, Gary (Cynthia) Riniker of Bernard, James Riniker of Epworth, Christopher (Katherine) Riniker of Strawberry Point, Mark (Lorie) Riniker of Farley, Timothy (Cindy) Riniker of Elkader, Thomas Riniker of Cuba City, WI, Robert Riniker of Greeley, Bruce (Jeanette) Riniker of Winthrop, Luann Riniker of Epworth, Lois (Jerry) Hammerand of Sherrill, Bernard Jr. and Richard Riniker both of Epworth; 23 grandchildren, Joe, Lisa, Marie, April, Crystal, Joanna, Adam C., Dennis, Brian, Aaron, Jeremy, Cheryl, Tyler, Jacob, Adam J., Alex, Alyssa, Amanda, Alexa, Jeff, Jordan, Jennifer, and Julie; 41 great grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, Raphael Tigges and John Denlinger both of Dubuque, sister-in-law, Charlene Riniker of New Vienna.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; two children in infancy, Peter in 1957 and Joanna in 1973; one grandchild, Michael Riniker in 1986; one great grandchild, Aiden Schaffer in 2013, two sisters, Ruth Denlinger and Rosemary Tigges; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jacob (Bernice), Arthur (Dorothy) , Rosina (William) Loney, Anna, Stephen (Rose), Frances (Reynold) Steffen, Andrew (Coletta), Otto.

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



Gregory S. Oertel


Gregory S. Oertel, age 57 of Dubuque, Iowa completed his earthly journey on July 8, 2019 at ManorCare, surrounded by his loving family. To celebrate Gregory's life, a private family service is being held. Burial will be in the Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Gregory's family.

Greg was born on December 28, 1961, in Dubuque, a son to Ray and Phyllis "Gail" (Gray) Oertel. He enjoyed his early years growing up in Dubuque, being surrounded by family and friends at every turn. Greg went to Hempstead High School and eventually found his way into the doors at CyCare and continued on with the company through the McKesson years. He and his beautiful bride, Janann were blessed with 5 wonderful children throughout their marriage together. When Greg wasn't putting in his time at work, or at home with the family, you could usually find him baiting his hook at the water's edge on the nice days, or quite often chasing that ever elusive perfect game at the bowling alley.  Greg has battled cancer head on twice now and his spirit simply couldn't take another day of the same.  We will miss him more than he knows, but we are also very grateful that his earthly struggles have now been forced to release their grip on his mind, body and soul. We pray that he finally finds peace today while we wait patiently for the day when we may be reunited with Greg, once again, in a new and eternal state of perfection.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Gregory include,

his 5 children,
Felicia Oertel, Dubuque, Iowa,
Andrew Oertel, Dubuque, Iowa,
Nathan (Caitlyn Locke) Oertel, Dubuque, Iowa,
Joshua "John" (Jacy Paar) Oertel, Dubuque, Iowa,
and Natalie Oertel, Dubuque, Iowa;

his 2 grandsons,
Tyler and Brayden;

his ex-wife,
Janann Oertel, Dubuque, Iowa;

his siblings,
Jeff (Connie) Oertel, Dubuque, Iowa,
and Melanie (Dave Sowle) Oertel, Dubuque, Iowa;

along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.

Gregory was preceded in death by his parents.

Gregory's family would like to extend a sincere thank you to Dr. Hermann, Dr. Heiar, along with the nurses and staff at ManorCare and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their professional and compassionate care of Gregory and his family.

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

 

 



Patricia L. Wilming


Patricia L. Wilming, 77, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on July 8th, 2019 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 12th, 2019 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 11th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 2:30 p.m. Family and friends may also visit from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Patricia was born on March 18, 1942 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Edward "Percy" and Mable (Strong) Lee. She married Wayne Wilming on June 18, 1960 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque.

Patricia had various jobs over the years which included Cozy Corners, Eagles Super Market, Betty Janes and retiring from Cremers Grocery Store.

She enjoyed family picnics at Eagle Point Park and Swiss Valley Park, traveling with Nancy and Gene Duwe, going to Cubs games, her cats, Younkers, and her Irish heritage. She especially loved to go shopping ("bumming") with family and friends.

She is survived by her husband Wayne; three children, Sherri (Dave) Turner, of Dubuque, Mike (Linda) Wilming, of Dubuque, Jeffrey Wilming of Rockford. Grandchildren Hillary Edwards, Samantha Trentz, Kayla Goedken, and Garren Wilming; great grandchildren Lewis Edwards and James Goedken. Her sisters Nancy Duwe, and Barb Durey.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, Doty, Margie, Phyllis, Betty, Jimmy, Kenneth, Donna, Jackie, Paul, Bobby and Margaret.



Kathryn E. Tigges


Kathryn E. Tigges, 84, of Dubuque passed away Friday, July 5, 2019 at home surrounded by her family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 AM Monday July 8, 2019, at Church of the Nativity with Msgr. Jim Miller as Celebrant. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 5 PM Sunday July 7, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road followed by a Wake Service at 5:00 PM.

Kathryn was born December 2, 1934, in Bernard, IA, the daughter of Henry J. and Margaret B. (Decker) Johnson. She married the love of her life, John T. Tigges, April 22, 1954 at New Melleray Abbey, Dubuque. He preceded her in death on October 29, 2008.

She was employed at John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works, retiring in 1992, after which she and John traveled extensively. Kathy enjoyed reading, gardening, watching movies, walking, golf, and spending time with her family and friends.

She was an active member of Nativity parish and their Rosary Society and Guild, where she had volunteered in several positions.

She was a loving mother and grandmother who could never say "no". She will be sadly missed by her two daughters, Juliana (Carey) Lewis and Tracey (Mark) Ring, both of Dubuque; two sons, John T. (Marion) Tigges of Albuquerque, NM and Jay (Brigette) Tigges of Dubuque; nine grandchildren, Andi Lewis, Tony, Koji, Kyle, Michael and Tyler Tigges, Jason Ring, Melissa (Greg) Stokes and Morgan (Chad) Burke; great grandchildren, Makaila and Adriana Tigges, Alex and James Burke, Jacob, Owen, and Kayla Stokes; sisters, Rita Kremer, Eleanor Schueller, Lucy Schmitt, and Geraldine Anthony; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Timothy; a sister, Loretta Ronek; brothers, Raymond, Francis, Ralph, and Henry Johnson; and numerous brothers and sisters-in-law.

Kathryn's family would like to express a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and the doctors and nurses at Finley Hospital for their wonderful care.

A memorial has been established.

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



Mercedes G. Lynch


Mercedes G. Lynch, 96, of Dubuque passed away at 11:30 PM Friday, July 5, 2019, surrounded by family at her home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 AM Thursday, July 11, 2019, at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Rev. Father Steven Rosonke as the Celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until 10:45 AM Thursday, July 11, 2019, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Arrangements are in the care of the Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque.

Born April 3, 1923, in Galena, IL, she was the daughter of Clement E. and Anna Kieffer Bussan. On November 23, 1948, she married Garland Lynch in Galena, IL. He passed away May 6, 2001.

Mercedes was a registered nurse. She had earned her nursing degree from St. Joseph's School of Nursing in Chicago.

She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan, enjoyed playing euchre, was a great baker, especially of pies, and cherished time with her family.

Survivors include three daughters, Patricia Hendricks, Andrea Ryan, and Nicolette McDermott, all of Dubuque; eight grandchildren, Alexandria McDermott, Christopher Hendricks, Rachael Hillebrand, and Luke Hendricks, Toby Ryan, Erica Borgerding, Benjamin Ryan, and Gordon Ryan; 18 great-grandchildren; two sisters , Ruth Brashaw of Stockton, IL, and Ann Schreck of Platteville, WI; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Gordon, two son-in laws, Ronald Hendricks and William Ryan, three sisters, Pauline, Eleanor, and Marian, and seven brothers, Cyril, Nicholas, Clement, Joseph, Louis, Gregory, and Phillip.

A special thank you from Mercedes's family to Hospice of Dubuque, Fr. Rosonke, and Sr. Margaret Ann for all of their compassion, care and concern.

Condolences can be made at www.hskfh.com.



Arthur F. L. Searles


Arthur Frank Leslie Searles, II, 92, of Dubuque, passed away on Thursday, July 4, 2019, at Mercy One Hospital.

Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM Monday, July 8, 2019, at Hoffmann-Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road. A funeral service will be 1:00 PM Monday, July 8, 2019, at Hoffmann-Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service with Deacon Jim Schmidt officiating. Burial will follow at Linwood Cemetery.

Born November 12, 1926 in Janesville, WI, he was the son of Arthur Frank Leslie and Merle Elva Wheeler Searles. On July 18, 1959, he married Jean Ann Wing at St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque. She died August 2, 2007.

Art was a 1944 graduate of Brodhead High School and a graduate of University of Wisconsin in Madison. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran, serving in WWII from 1944-1947 and the Korean War from 1950-1952, spending 3 ½ years in Japan, and some time in Washington, DC and Panama. In 1953, Art moved to Dubuque to work at Sherwin Williams Paint. He retired from A.Y. McDonald after 44 years.

He was of the Protestant faith. He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, and the University of Wisconsin Alumni. He was a lifelong Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers fan and had enjoyed golfing in his younger years.

Survivors include two daughters, Leslie (John) Sweeney and Lynn (Jim) Searles Gorman, both of Dubuque; two sons, Art "Dids" (Deb) Searles of Dubuque, and Charles (Kim Brown) Searles of Shullsburg, WI; eleven grandchildren, Andrew, Hillary, Ashlee, Jarred, Ian, Hope, Jonnathan, Annalynne, Natalie, Elliott, and Oliver; and ten great-grandchildren, Lexus, Preston, Parker, Liam, Violet, Ayanna, Shelley, Trace, Ethan and Logan; and one niece, Judy Searles Baldwin, of Brodhead, WI.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by one grandson, Matthew Xavier Searles, his parents, one brother, Wheeler, and one nephew, Arthur.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Tri State Dialysis, Dr. Ringold, Dr. Whalen, and staff.

A memorial has been established.

A photo tribute can be viewed and condolences can be made at www.hskfh.com.



Lenora L. (Ehlers) Krieg


Lenora L. "Blondie" (Ehlers) Krieg, age 83, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 9:47 p.m., on Saturday, July 6, 2019, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Blondie's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, July 12, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, with Pastor Kristian Kincaid officiating. To celebrate Blondie's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, July 11, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Blondie was born on September 8, 1935, in Altenburg, Missouri, daughter of Arthur and Lily (Fritsche) Ehlers.

Blondie was united in marriage to the love of her life, Kenneth Krieg, on August 13, 1960, in Perryville, Missouri, and they were blessed with 4 children and 54 wonderful years together before Ken was called home ahead of her on May 26, 2015. Blondie was a hard worker who not only took meticulous care of her family and home, but put her attention to detail to good use as an inspector at the shoe factory in Perryville, Missouri. She loved caring for children and also did babysitting at home for several years. Blondie was a wiz in the kitchen, always busy, whether it was baking something delicious or canning some fresh produce. She was a talented woman who was well known for the beautiful Christmas ornaments she created and shared with family and friends. In her free time, she enjoyed traveling with Ken and the two took several bus trips throughout the years, as well as some grand adventures overseas. We are deeply saddened at losing our beautiful, wonderful, soft spoken mom, grandma and sister, but take some comfort in knowing she is now reunited with her beloved husband in Heaven for all Eternity.

Those left to cherish Blondie's memory include

her 4 children,
Mark (Lisa) Krieg,
Donald (Barb) Krieg,
Sharon Krieg, all of Dubuque, IA
and Gary (Jennifer) Krieg, St. Catherine, IA;

her 7 grandchildren,
Benjamin, Heidi, Courtney, Kyle, Allison, Amber and Garret Krieg;

her siblings,
Ruth (Royal) Petzoldt, Perryville, MO,
Arlene Pfeiffer, Perryville, MO,
Lily "Cookie" (Dan) Gholston, Denton, TX,
Johnny (Bonnie) Ehlers, Perryville, MO
and Orville (Linda) Ehlers, Fruitland, MO;

and a sister-in-law,
Mary Jane Ehlers, Perryville, MO.

Blondie was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Kenneth Krieg; a sister, Margaret Ehlers in infancy; a brother, Leonard Ehlers; a sister-in-law, Sandy Ehlers; and 3 brothers-in-law, Milton Pohlman, "Sonny" Neager and Russell Pfeiffer.

Blondie's family would like to thank Pastor Kincaid for his care and support throughout the years, as well as the nurses and staff of Stonehill and Hospice of Dubuque, we truly appreciate all that you have done for us.

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