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Aaron L. Schramm Alene L. Simons Alfred J. Dupont
Bernice P. Robbins Carol Lynn Packard Ellett David H. Makovec
Elizabeth J. Riley James A. Klein James C. Odefey
James D. Besler Jerry Lynn Bartlett Jerry S. Thill
John M. Bennett Lauretta M. Stribling Leland R. Nebel
LeVon Agnes Althaus Lloyd J. Hoppman Margaret M. Weiler
Marilyn M. Davison Mary H. Kelleher Michael W. Kactro
Neda F. Wagoner Norma J. Schmidt Phyllis Ann Willey
Regina A. Boulting Robert W. Fortmann Stewart G. Wasoba
Theresa A. Brokus Vaughn F. Kray

Alene L. Simons

Alene L. Simons, 81, of DeWitt, Iowa, died on Tuesday morning, August 19, 2014, at her home in DeWitt, Iowa, surrounded by her family.

A celebration of Alene's life will be held at 3:30 P.M., Friday, August 22, 2014 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 2:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. on Friday, August 22, 2014 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Alene LaNeta Templeton was born on November 23, 1932 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Kent and LaNeta (Hute) Templeton. She was educated at the Welton school. She married William K. "Bill" Simons on December 31, 1949 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on July 18, 2001.

Alene raised five children and through the years had also worked as a waitress for area restaurants, egg handler for Hoffman Eggs, and for the creamery in Welton. Additionally, she and her late husband Bill had worked at flea markets selling homemade products. They had also built several homes and then sold them, long before the practice of "flipping" houses was popular.

Alene enjoyed staying very busy. She enjoyed tatting, bowling, crocheting, crafts and sewing. She liked working outside and especially enjoyed playing board games with her grandchildren. She was an avid bingo player and was known for always preparing a big feast during the holidays.

Those left to honor Alene's memory include her daughters, Debra (Dean) Tillis of Stockton, IL, Nina (Roy) Buff of Casar, NC, and Teresa Simons of Delmar, IA; 14 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; a sister Judy (Art) Jones of Maquoketa, IA; and brothers Fay (Virginia) Templeton of DeWitt, IA, Gary (Denise) Templeton of Spokane, WA, Larry (Debra) Templeton of Maquoketa, IA and Lee (Beverly) Templeton of Clarence, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, 2 sons Terry and Dennis, 4 brothers Gerald, Roy, Ronnie and Gene, and an infant great-grandchild Jaxson Bell.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Alene L. Simons memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 



Marilyn M. Davison

Marilyn M. Davison, 74, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died unexpectedly on Saturday morning, August 16, 2014, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A Natural Journey Farewell with cremation has taken place. A private burial will be held from the Sutton Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Marilyn Mae Rockwell was born on February 27, 1940 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Forrest L. and Maxine G. (Shady) Rockwell. She attended Maquoketa schools. She married John Loyal "Jack" Davison on February 3, 1957 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on October 3, 2005.

Marilyn had worked for over 30 years at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa as a secretary until its closure.

Marilyn looked forward to having lunch with the girls from Clinton Engines. She loved her family and her pride and joy was her grandchildren.

Those left to honor Marilyn's memory include her daughter Becky (Harlan Jr.) Doty of Dubuque, IA; 2 grandchildren, Jake and Luke; and a sister, Gloria Furrow of Maquoketa, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and 3 infant sisters.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Jackson County Humane Society.

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

 



Lauretta M. Stribling

Lauretta M. Stribling, 86, passed away on August 16, 2014.

Born in Bellingham, Washington in 1927, Mrs. Stribling had been a resident of Dubuque since 1970, when her husband was hired as a Speech Communication professor and Director of the Loras Players at Loras College. She worked for several years as an advertising agent for the Dubuque Telegraph Herald.

She received her Bachelors Degree at Loras with a double major in Communications and History and went on to receive her Masters Degree from the University of Iowa.

With her husband Don, she served as co-director of the Loras Players from 1970-2000. During those 30 years, they directed over 100 plays and musicals, and added Children's Theatre to the Loras Players repertoire. Many of the Children's Theatre productions went on tour to schools and professional theatres in the Tri-State area. They also directed melodramas performed by the Loras College Faculty and Staff.

She was delighted to celebrate and participate in the 100th anniversary of the Loras Players during their 2010-2011 season and believed the heart of the Loras Players has always been characterized by collaboration and dedication to the Arts, and she was a proud part of that tradition.

A lifetime interest in Educational, Regional, and Community Theatre culminated in a script she co-authored with her husband, with music and lyrics by Dubuquer Paul Hemmer, titled JOE SENT ME. The production was staged at the Five Flags Theater in 1978, and re-staged at the Grand Opera House in March of 2007 as the Striblings celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

She was active as a coach and judge in both College and High School Forensics/Speech Communication Tournaments, and was a member of the Iowa Communication Association (ICA) where she served as co-editor of their newsletter with Frances Hedeman for 7 years. In 1998, she was honored with the ICA "Citation Award" for her work in the field of Communication.
Her greatest pleasures, other than Theatre, were reading and collecting glassware.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Donald, her daughter Roxanne, her son Barak, and her grandson Travis.

At her request, there will be no viewing and no services, and the family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Stribling Fine Arts Scholarship or the Loras Players at Loras College.

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is assisting the family. For more information or to leave an online condolence please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



Stewart G. Wasoba

Stewart G. Wasoba, 88, of Largo, Florida, and formerly of the Maquoketa area, died on Tuesday evening, August 12, 2014, at the Bay Pines VA Regional Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Florida.

A celebration of Stewart's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, August 22, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, August 21, 2014, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Canton, Iowa Cemetery with military honors.

Stewart George Wasoba was born on July 28, 1926 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Robert C. and Hazel D. (Parsons) Brauss. He attended Clinton and Jackson County country schools. He then entered the military serving honorably in the U.S Navy and later in the Army Air Corps. He achieved many honors including Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct, American Theater, Asiatic Pacific - 6 Battle Stars, Philippine Pres. Unit CIT, Philippine Liberation - 2 Battle Stars, Philippine Independence Ribbon, Victory Medal and Occupation - Asian Clasp. Upon receiving an honorable discharge he married Margaret Ellen Moore on March 18, 1947 in Maquoketa, Iowa. She preceded him in death on December 17, 1998.

Stewart was a baker by trade and had owned and operated the Savanna, Illinois Bakery for several years.

Stewart loved visiting and spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed searching for his Navy shipmates and had planned and organized the Navy USS NEHENTA BAY (CVE-74) reunions for the past 25 years.

Those left to honor Stewart's memory include his children William (Barb) Wasoba of Pinellas Park, FL, Kenneth (Judy) Wasoba of Colorado Springs, CO, Donald (Karen) Wasoba of St. Peters, MO, and Ronald (Pat) Wasoba of Humboldt, IA; 22 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; a brother Robert (Cookie) Brauss of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; and a sister-in-law Shirley (Doug) Winegar of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, sisters Irene Heinrich, Hazel Eckstein, and Dorothy Felice, 2 sons Thomas and Stewart, and a daughter-in-law Diana.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Stewart G. Wasoba memorial fund has been established.

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

 



James D. Besler

James D. "Bez" Besler, 72, of Kieler, WI, and formerly of Dubuque, passed away Friday, August 15, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 19, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Kieler, WI, where friends may greet the family from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in the Parish Center. Rev. Bernard Rott will officiate, and Rev. Bart Timmerman will concelebrate. Entombment will be in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum, Mount Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque. Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Friends may also greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, August 18, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 2:45 p.m.

Jim was born April 16, 1942 in Dubuque, the son of Clarence and Mildred (Horsfield) Besler. He married Donna Lutgen on June 27, 1964 in Dubuque. She preceded him in death in 2004. He served his country with the U.S. Navy from 1960 to 1963.

Jim was employed at Flexsteel, Swift Plumbing and Heating, and Portzen Construction. He was a member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Unions Local #66 and #125. Most recently, he tended bar at Gooch's Greenhouse in Kieler, where he was Employee Of The Year for seven consecutive years. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Kieler, and his faith was very important to him.

Jim enjoyed golfing, horseshoes, playing euchre, and PBR. He was a member of the Birchwood Golf Club in Kieler. He was an avid Chicago Bears and Iowa Hawkeye fan, and loved to participate in fantasy sports. Jim was proud to be a leg wrestling champion for many years, until his untimely retirement due to a broken rib. He had a great sense of humor, and never said a swear word in his life.

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Dawn (Robert) Saarva of Deerfield, IL, Mark (Chrissy) Besler of Dubuque, and Rick (Ellen) Besler of Dubuque; six grandchildren, Ben and Heather Saarva, and Charlie, Anna, Sam, and Matthew Besler; his brothers, Duane (Marion) Besler of Milwaukee, WI, and Darrell (Verna) Besler of Dubuque ; and a sister, Donna Breitbach of Sherrill, IA.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; his mother and father in law, Aileen and Edward Lutgen; and his brother in law, V.J. Breitbach.

The family extends a special thank you to the nurses at Stonehill Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque, and especially to his many friends in the Kieler community.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the James Besler Memorial Fund for later donation to his favorite charities.

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



John M. Bennett

John M. "Benny" Bennett, 70, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away at 11:45 p.m. Monday, August 11, 2014 at home with his family by his side.

Per Benny's request there will be no formal visitation or funeral services. There will be a celebration of Benny's life from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6, at Midtown Marina in East Dubuque. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.

Benny was born on July 10, 1944 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Ormal E. and Wealtha A. (Pape) Bennett. He was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, class of 1962.
He married Linda Krabacher on Nov. 14, 2006. They had been companions since April 2, 1980. He was employed by Tschiggfrie Excavating as a truck driver for 40 years, retiring in 2006.

Benny loved boating, tropical vacations in Mexico, Nascar Racing and was a huge Chicago Bears fan.

Surviving are his wife, Linda Krabacher-Bennett; two children, Tina M. (John) Winders of East Dubuque, and Michael J. (Julie) Bennett of Peosta, Iowa, and a step-son, John (Ressie) Krabacher of Chicago, Illinois; 7 grandchildren, Synthia, Sara, Alex, Gregory, Peyton, Kayla and John Carlos; two great-grandchildren, Kalub and Colton; his father-in-law, LaVern Pfiffner of Dubuque; his in-laws, Bob (Ann) Pfiffner of Long Grove, Iowa, Kathy (Alan) Ernzen of Dubuque, and Jim (Michelle) Pfiffner of Davenport, Iowa; deveral nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great nephews; his aunt and godmother, Harriett Fasselius of Dubuque; his very close friends, Denny Koppes, Mike Duffy and Dave Koehler; and also his football friends and river friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ormal and Wealtha; a sister, Rosemary (Royce) Ohde; and his mother-in-law, Kate Pfiffner.

A John M. "Benny" Bennett memorial fund has been established.

Linda & family wish to thank Dr. Eric Engelman, the Oncology staff at Medical Associates and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care and compassion shown to Benny.

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

I am the Judge now!
"Go Bears"



Michael W. Kactro

Michael W. Kactro, 92, of Bethany Home, died Thursday, August 14, 2014 at Bethany Home.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, August 16, at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church with the Rev. Brian Delleart officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6. Visitation will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the Church.

Michael was born March 21, 1922 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Leo and Rachel (Coohey) Kactro. He graduated from Loras Academy and Loras College. Michael served in the U.S. Navy/Marines during WW II, serving as a lieutenant on the USS Core.

On June 12, 1947, Michael married Florence Hermann at the Church of the Nativity. She preceded him in death on April 14, 2014.

He retired from Coca Cola in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

Michael enjoyed woodworking, gardening and spending time with his family. The family always looked forward to Christmas woodworking projects.

He is survived by his children, Anne (Rick) Juergens of Decorah, Iowa, Mary (Joe) Trannel of East Dubuque, Ill., Mike (Heidi) Kactro of West Bend, Wisc., Barb (Bob) Larsen of Chicago, Ill., and Sue (Rick) Thibadeau of Dubuque, Iowa; his grandchildren, Ben (Steph) Trannel, Ryan (Robyn) Trannel, Alex Trannel, Gretchen (Tony) Sisco, Jennifer (Mike) Hoffman, Mike Larsen, Jill (Chris) Schulte, Jeff Thibadeau, Curtis, Kyle and Christopher Kactro; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Leona Rheault and Margaret Hanson.

A Michael Kactro Memorial Fund has been established.

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

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Bethany Home and Dr. Tom Sinsky and staff for all of their wonderful care.

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



Norma J. Schmidt

Norma J. Schmidt, 74, of Baldwin, Iowa, died on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at the Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, Iowa.

A celebration of Norma's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Monday, August 18, 2014, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 2 to 6 P.M. on Sunday, August 17, 2014, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Canton, Iowa Cemetery.

Norma Jean Grosskruger was born on December 14, 1939 in Maquoketa, Iowa, John Louis and Agnes Irene (Kruse) Grosskruger. She grew up on the family farm near Preston and was a 1957 graduate of Preston High School.

Norma had farmed with her parents on the century farm until 1984. She married Dale E. Schmidt in that same year on July 14. They then farmed north of Baldwin until retirement.

Norma was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Spragueville. She and Dale had spent time volunteering at the Jackson County Historical Society.

Norma and Dale enjoyed traveling. They had taken trips to Europe, the west coast of the United States, Texas, Mexico and Kansas. She took great pleasure in gardening and cooking for family and friends. Her pies were famous and were Dale's favorite. Norma also had an extensive cookbook collection.

Those left to honor Norma's memory include her husband, Dale Schmidt of Baldwin, IA; a step-son Lawrence Schmidt of Baldwin, IA; 2 step-grandsons Ben Schmidt and Zach Schmidt; a brother Herman (JoAnn) Grosskruger of Andrew, IA; brother-in-law J.C. Engel of Maquoketa, IA; sisters-in-law Mary Ann Wenzel of Clinton, IA, and Alberta Smith of Marion, IA; and nephews Dean, Lynn and Neal Engel, David, Paul and Mark Grosskruger, and John Grosskruger III. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Arlene Engel, and a brother John Grosskruger, Jr.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Salem Lutheran Church in Spragueville.

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

 



David H. Makovec

David H. Makovec, age 67, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, August 13, 2014. To honor David's life, funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 17,2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. To celebrate David's life, friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until the time of services at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday at Behr Funeral Home. Military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

David was born on May 26, 1947, in Dubuque, IA, son of Henry and Margaret (Wehrspann) Makovec.

David proudly served with in the U.S. Air Force. He was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works for 31 years until his retirement. In his free time he enjoyed relaxing and watching TV. David loved spending time with his grandchildren.

David is survived by, his partner, Joseph Bartels, Dubuque, IA; his daughters, Nicole Makovec, Dubuque, IA, Stephanie Makovec, Minneapolis, MN, Angela McCollums, Minneapolis, MN; his grandchildren, Sydney, Makayla and Gabrielle Makovec; his siblings, Richard (Nancy) Makovec, Dubuque, IA, Gary (Pat) Makovec, Nevada, IA, Donald (Annie) Makovec, Dubuque, IA, Dianne Makovec, Dubuque, IA, Michelle (Mike) Grauer, Lake in the Hills, IL, Amy (Kevin) Shear, Marengo, IL; his mother, Margaret Makovec, Dubuque, IA; and several nieces and nephews.

David was preceded in death by his father and two grandchildren, Alana and Kingston McCollums.

A David H. Makovec memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Whalen, Tri-State Dialysis and the Jule drivers for all of their help and support throughout the years.

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

 



Jerry Lynn Bartlett

Jerry Lynn Bartlett, 61, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at 7:10 a.m. on August 3, 2014 at Ennoble Manor. Private family services are being held to honor Jerry's life. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Jerry was born on May 18, 1953 in Dubuque, son of Jerry Lewis and Catherine Mae (Truby) Bartlett.

Jerry married Karlotta Knospe, of Elkader, on June 14, 2002 in Dubuque. He enjoyed photography, fishing and wildlife, especially wolves and birds. All who knew and loved Jerry will miss him, especially his canine companion Penny.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Karlotta Bartlett of Dubuque; sons Paul (Bridget) and Matt (Nicole), both of Dubuque; step-children Joe (Brandy) of Mississippi, Keith (Holly) of Elgin, Iowa, Anna of New Mexico, Dustin (Kendra) of Georgia and Josh of Dubuque; grandchildren Aiden, Sawyer, Dalton, Colton and Haley; step-grandchildren Andrew, Gracie, Laina, Riley, Colby, Max and Liam; a sister, Mary Weaver, of Steamboat Rock, Iowa; a nephew, John (Jacqui), and a niece, Cathy (Roger), both of Steamboat Rock, Iowa.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and his favorite canine companion, Dakota.

A Jerry Lynn Bartlett memorial fund has been established.

The family of Jerry would like to thank the nurses and staff of Ennoble Manor, Unity Point Health Finley Hospital, University of Iowa and Hospice of Dubuque for all their care and support during this very difficult time.

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



James A. Klein

James A. Klein, 60, of Dubuque died Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at home surrounded by his family.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 15, 2014 at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-7 p.m. Thursday, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road where a wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

James was born on December 13, 1953 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Merlin"Jim" and Pearl (Ploessl) Klein.

He married Connie A. Schultz on February 4, 1978 in Holy Cross, Iowa.

He was employed for 38 years at Flexsteel.

James was family man and cherished spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and went on many hunting trips to Waukon with his buddies and fishing trips to Southern Iowa with his family.

James enjoyed gathering around the table and playing cards with his family and good friends. He was an old time country music fan and a "North end boy" his entire life.

Surviving is his wife, Connie; children Steve (Jill) Klein of Cedar Rapids, and their children, Ryland and Ellisyn; and Chris Klein, of Dubuque; siblings, Sharon (Dennis) Wulfekuhle-Hefel, Marvin (Sherry) Klein, Marlene (Tom) Pfeiler, Bev (Tom) Uthe, Geralyn (Jim) Jogerst and Don (Mindy) Klein; brothers and sisters-in-law, LaVonne (Earl) Brimeyer, Dave (Nancy) Schultz, Donna (Bob) Schmidt, Ron (Marilyn) Schultz and Cindy (Paul) Ludovissy; two uncles, Andy (Mary) Ploessl and John "Sonny" (Lorene) Ploessl; and numerous other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws, Robert Legrande, Janice Legrande, Carol and Nick Errthum.

A James A. Klein memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Jen and to Dr. Schultheis and Dr. Chapman.

For more information please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 

 

 



James C. Odefey

James C. Odefey, 73, of Red Oak, Iowa, formerly of Dubuque, died Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Montgomery County Memorial Hospital, Red Oak. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7 pm. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Jim was born September 1, 1940 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Herbert and Mabel (Brown) Odefey.

He served in the US Army during the Viet Nam War with the 85th Evac. supporting the 82nd Airborne and 1st Cav. They established the first field hospital in Quinhon South Viet Nam.

Jim worked as a nurse anesthetist for 45 years until his retirement in 2010.

He is survived by his wife, Paula Odefey of Red Oak, Iowa; a son, Chad (Misti) Odefey of Rainbow City, Alabama and their children, Nicholas, Andrew and Paige; a daughter, Shannon Marshall of Battle Creek, Michigan and her children, Demmy, Jalyn and Ethan; seven siblings, Mary Lou (Don) Schemmel, Bill (Barb) Odefey, Jan (Jerry) Deutmeyer, Jerry (Mary) Odefey, Donna (Jim) Hosier, Gary (Nancy) Odefey and Debbie (Jeff) Hurd; and many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ron Odefey.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established by the family.

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

 



Aaron L. Schramm

Aaron LeRoy Schramm, infant son of Richard Schramm Jr. and Ambrea Pfeiler was welcomed into heaven on July 30, 2014 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

Services were held on Wednesday, August 5, 2014 at 4pm at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. with Reverend Pamela Starr Officiating. Friends may call from 2-4 pm at the Funeral Home.

Aaron was born July 25, 2014 at Unity Point Finley Hospital in Dubuque. Although Aaron was only with us for a short time he was able to impact the lives of many family members and friends. His memory will forever live on in all of our hearts and his gift will live on through his donation to the Iowa Lyons Eye Bank.

He is survived by his parents, a brother Richard Schramm III, grandparents Karla Schramm, Regina(Tim) Clark, and Rick Pfeiler. Great Grandparents; Darien Hayward, Calista(Clyde "LeRoy") Butson, Paul(Cindy) Lester and Gary Pfeiler. And many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Dear relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandpa Richard Schramm Sr. and his great grandma Dixie Carnicle. 

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Doctors, Nurses, and Staff of the University of Iowa NICU Unit. Also a very special thank you to all of our family and friends for their wonderful support through this very difficult time.

 



Robert W. Fortmann

Robert W. Fortmann, age 69, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at 8:45 p.m. Monday, August 11, 2014, peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family after a courageous 2 year battle with cancer.

Funeral liturgy to honor Robert's life will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 15, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Ave., with Rev. Kyle Digmann officiating. The mass and readings will be those of the Holy Day.  Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. To celebrate Robert's life, friends may visit from 3:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said at 3:00 p.m. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., is in charge of arrangements.

Robert was born on June 27, 1945, in Rickardsville, IA, son of August and Elizabeth (Feldmann) Fortmann.

Robert served with the National Guard from 1963 to 1969. He married the love of his life, Judith Hess, on Sept. 9, 1967, at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque. He was employed at Caradco, John Deere Dubuque Works, Holiday Inn/Days Inn and recently retired from Wartburg in 2012.

Robert was a former member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and a current member of Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church. In his free time he loved restoring old cars, a Ford man and Mark Martin fan through and through, collecting clocks and trains and was continually making improvements around the home for Judy. Robert's greatest joy by far was found in spending time with his family, especially his great-granddaughter, Addison. All who knew and loved Robert will miss him, and his favorite canine companion Remy will surely be on the list.

Robert is survived by his wife, Judy Fortmann, Dubuque, IA; his children, Darla Sue Fortmann, Dubuque, IA, and Donald (Tricia) Fortmann, Nevada, IA; 6 grandchildren, Taylor, Trenton, Matthew, Amanda, Mitchell and Alyssa; 1 great-granddaughter, Addison; his sister, Betty Klein, Guttenberg, IA; and a sister-in-law, Rita Brown, Dubuque, IA.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers, Laverne and Bernard Fortmann.

A Robert W. Fortmann memorial fund has been established.

Robert's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Dr. Schultheis and Hospice of Dubuque for all their care and support as Robert's health declined.

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



Neda F. Wagoner

Neda F. Wagoner, 89, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Monday morning, August 11, 2014, at the Genesis Medical Center, East Campus in Davenport, Iowa.

Private family graveside services and burial celebrating Neda's life will be held on Saturday, August 16, from the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa. A public gathering of family and friends will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Friday, August 15, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Neda Fern Widel was born on Dec. 20, 1924 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Lyle Ford and Rebecca Emma (Bruns) Widel. She grew up in Maquoketa and was a graduate of Maquoketa High School and then attended the Iowa State Teacher's College in Cedar Falls. She married Glen W. Wagoner on Feb. 4, 1945 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on Oct. 3, 2008.

Neda had worked for 25 years as the head baker for the Maquoketa Community Schools hot lunch program.

Neda was a longtime member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. She loved reading mysteries, cooking magazines and books. Additionally she liked watching the cooking channel and visiting with friends. She especially enjoyed spending time with the grandchildren. Family was everything to Neda.

Those left to honor Neda's memory include her children, Dr. Wayne (Nancy) Wagoner of Maquoketa, IA, Rebecca (Ronald) Sipes of Davenport, IA, and Jane (Dr. Daryl) Sas of Beaver Falls, PA; 8 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; a brother, Dana Widel of Maquoketa, IA; and a brother-in-law, Arthur Wheatley of Marion, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; 3 brothers, Menzo, Lyle and Robert Widel; 5 sisters, Nola Hinz, Glatha Wheatley, Waive Bailey and 2 in infancy; twin grandchildren Andrew and Sarah Sas; and a great-grandchild, Addison Sipes.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the First Lutheran Church Women's Sewing Circle to be used for the baby layettes being sent to third world countries.

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



Phyllis Ann Willey

Phyllis Ann Willey, 87, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Wednesday evening, August 6, 2014, at the Maquoketa Care Center, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Private graveside services will be held at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Maquoketa. There is no public visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is assisting the family.

Phyllis Ann Willey was born on May 13, 1927 at home in rural Baldwin, Iowa, to A.I. and Ruth (Peterman) Willey. Phyllis graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1944. She received degrees in music from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, and the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

She had taught music in several Iowa public school systems, including Washington, Clinton and Bettendorf. Her last position was teaching music at the Maquoketa Middle School from 1969 to 1989, when she retired.

Phyllis enjoyed traveling all over the world, highlighted by visiting many major cathedrals and opera houses. One of her favorite trips was going on an African safari.

Those left to honor Phyllis' memory include her nieces Marilyn Nothstine of Baldwin, IA, Madeline (Jim) Meyer of Odebolt, IA, Sara (Allan) Haytcher of Moline, IL, Carla Getz of Missoula, MT; nephew Donn (Nancy) Willey of Baldwin, IA; and two long time teaching friends, Betty Radloff of Springfield, OH, and Betty (A.E.) Jones of Clinton, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; 2 brothers, LaVerne and Wirth; and a sister, Ruth Blood; a niece, Colleen Achenbach; and nephews Duane Willey and Wythe Willey.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Phyllis Ann Willey memorial fund has been established.

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



Carol Lynn Packard Ellett

Carol Lynn Packard Ellett, 75, of Corvallis, Ore., peacefully passed away on Monday, July 21, 2014 at Regency Park Place in Corvallis.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Carol's life will be held at 1:30 P.M., Saturday, August 16, from the East Iron Hill Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. There is no visitation. The family will host friends and relatives at a light reception immediately following the service at the Decker Hotel and Restaurant in Maquoketa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Carol Lynn Packard was born on Sept. 19, 1938 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Emmett M. and Helen Frances (Wendell) Packard. Her father died when she was ten and her mother later remarried her step-father, Max Morehead. She was a graduate of Maquoketa High School and then the State College of Iowa (UNI) in 1965.

Carol first taught in Bettendorf, Iowa, and later worked as a secretary and receptionist in the medical profession in Corvallis for many years. She had lived in Corvallis for most of her adult life.

Carol was a member of the Phi Sigma Phi Sorority and the PEO. She loved spending time with her family and friends and taking annual trips to Vegas for birthday celebrations. She enjoyed playing blackjack and was an avid fan of all sports.

Those left to honor Carol's memory include her sons, Jay (Laura) Ellett and their daughter Francie of Simi Valley, CA, and David (Alexia) Ellett and their daughters Aubrey, Brynn and Devyn of Geneva, IL; a sister, Marilyn Morehead of Waterloo, IA; and several cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, mother and step-father.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

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



Alfred J. Dupont

Alfred J. "Joe" Dupont, 76, a resident of Sunnycrest Manor, passed away on Monday, August 11, 2014.

Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 14, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd., conducted by Deacon Bill Biver. The family will greet friends starting at 9 a.m. until service time on Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

Alfred was born March 13, 1938 in Oelwein, Iowa, the son of Alfred J. and Marie (Stecher) Dupont, Sr.

Survivors include his siblings, Mary Ann Schroeder of Austin, TX, Paul (Sara) Dupont of Dubuque, and Jean Cupps of Nevada, IA; a sister in-law, Janice Dupont of Jenkintown, PA; an aunt, Marie Dupont; and several nieces and nephews.

Alfred was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, John; a sister, Audrey; and brothers-in-law Kenneth Cupps and Bob Schroeder.

Alfred was a Cubs fan and had a personality that everyone loved. He was the greeter and ambassador of his different homes over the years. Alfred enjoyed his extended families at ARC- Key Way group and most recently Sunnycrest Manor.

The family requests no flowers, and memorials can be directed to ARC or Sunnycrest Manor in Alfred's memory.

On line condolences may be sent to www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



Mary H. Kelleher

Mary H. Kelleher, 85, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, at Manor Care Health Services.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at Nativity Catholic Church, with Rev. Jim Miller officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.
There will be no visitation. Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., is in charge of arrangements.

Mary was born June 5, 1929, in St. Paul, Minn., daughter of Frank and Martha (Hoffmann) Kelleher.

She was a graduate of Clarke College in Dubuque, and received a Master of Arts Degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. During her teaching career, she taught in Rockford, Ill., and suburban Milwaukee, Wis., until moving to Madison in 1962. While in Madison she taught at the former Odana School and VanHise Elementary School until her retirement in 1993.

She is survived by an aunt, Helen Kelleher, of Lansing, IA; cousins Kay Hoffmann of Dubuque, Barbara (Scott) Motto of Dubuque, and many other cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Martha; and an uncle, Kern Kelleher.

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



Margaret M. Weiler

Margaret Mary Weiler, 85, of 2130 Woodland Drive, Dubuque, Iowa was called to Heaven on Saturday, August 9, at Mercy Health Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 14, 2014 at St. Catherine Catholic Church. Burial will be at St. Catherine Cemetery.  Friends may greet the family from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 13, at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd, where there will be a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.

Margaret was born on January 5, 1929 in Dubuque, daughter of Melvin and Immelda Schneider. She graduated from Visitation Academy, and enjoyed attending class reunions. She married Robert Arthur Weiler on April 10, 1950. He preceded her in death.  

Margaret was a supervisor of international telephone operators for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company until assuming the role of full time mother and housewife.  Since Margaret was an only child and lost her mother at a young age, she placed great importance on raising a family. Once Robert retired, they enjoyed traveling and she was especially fond of the memories of their trips to Florida.

Surviving are her eight children, Mary Weiler of Dubuque, Mrs. Robert (Joyce) Hillery of Dubuque, Mrs. Donald (Barbara) Drummond of New Baden, IL, Thomas of Dubuque, Robert Joseph of Melbourne, FL, William and Donald of Dubuque, Mrs. Timothy (Susan) Gantz of Wisconsin Dells, WI; nine grandchildren Steve, Jamie, Kayla, Ronnie, Trudi, Molli, Tiffany, Tyler, and Trevor; four great grandchildren, Logan, Landry, Lucas, and Blake; two sisters in law, Sister Anne Marie Weiler and Jane Weiler.

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

 



Elizabeth J. Riley

Elizabeth Jane "Betty" Riley, age 90, of 3390 Lake Ridge Dr., formerly of 1906 Catherine St., passed away at 6:25 p.m. on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at home, lovingly surrounded by her family. Funeral services to honor Betty's life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 14, 2014, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 1880 St. Ambrose St. with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. To celebrate Betty's life friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Betty was born on June 4, 1924 in Dubuque, daughter of Thomas and Jennie (Keefe) Hocking.

Betty married Joseph R. "Dick" Riley on November 9, 1946 at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque, he preceded her in death on January 3, 1975. Betty was a graduate of St. Joseph's Academy in Dubuque. She was a member of St. Anthony's Rosary Society. Betty was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Betty enjoyed bowling, playing cards and sports, especially Hawkeye basketball. Betty was a volunteer at Mercy Hospital Ambulatory Services for many years and belonged to the "Betty Club". She was a loyal fan of the Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes.

Betty is survived by her children, Pat Swartz, Dubuque, Peggy (Ron) Swartz, Dubuque, Richard O. (Kim) Riley, Eldridge, IA.,  John T. (Mari Lea) Riley, Dubuque; 9 grandchildren, Andrea (Kevin) Sabus, Brian (Pam) Swartz, Matt (Jenny) Swartz, Katie (Cory Ballina) Swartz, Aaron (Laura) Riley, Sean Riley, Paige Riley, Taylor (Fiance Emily) Riley, Brooke Riley; 10 great-grandchildren, Zach, Jake, Addison, Andrew, Cole, Hayden, Kamryn, Wade, Elise, Ronnie and One on the way.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her son Steve, her infant son Michael, a son-in-law, Andrew Swartz and 3 brothers, Melvin (Ruth), John (Mattie) and Thomas (Rosie) Hocking.

In lieu of flowers an Elizabeth J. Riley memorial fund has been established.

Betty's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Barb and Angi, for all their sincere care. They would also like to thank her friends and staff at The Rose, especially Lolly, for all their love and support.

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

 



Leland R. Nebel

Leland R. "Fritz" Nebel, 86, of Dyersville died Sunday, August 10, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 13 at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil will be held at 4:00 p.m. and American Legion Post 137 will conduct a service at 7:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 14 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate and American Legion Post 137 will accord military honors.

Fritz was born Feb. 12, 1928 in Earlville the son of Fred and Gertrude (Brown) Nebel.  He graduated from the Earlville High School and enlisted in the US Army from 1946 - 1952, serving during two war periods, WWII and Korea.

On November 10, 1953, he married Mary Stevens at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington.  Together they moved to Dyersville where they raised their family of 6 children.  Fritz worked for Interstate Power Company for 39 years and retired as the area manager.

Fritz was very active in the community.  He was a member of the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier, American Legion Post 137, the Dyersville Sportsman Club, Dyersville Volunteer Fire Department for 30 years where he served as Chief for 12 years, the Iowa Fireman's Association, and was a current board member of the National Farm Toy Museum.

His accomplishments include serving as the Curator of the National Farm Toy Museum, serving as President of Dyersville Industries, Inc., receiving the Dyersville Lion's Club Citizen of the Year Award, induction into the Dubuque County Fireman's Hall of Flame, and was a recipient of the Iowa Fireman's Association Governor's Award.

In his spare time, he enjoyed having family and friends at the cabin at Lake Delhi, and his winter home in Arizona.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary; 6 children: Jackie (Brad) Devine of Cedar Rapids, Jane (John) Hubler of Marion, Steve (Julie) Nebel of Dubuque, Dan (Kim) Nebel of El Segundo, CA, Dave (Connie) Nebel of Dyersville, and Tim (Joy) Nebel of Fort Dodge; 14 grandchildren: Andy (Holly) and Carla Devine, Jamie and Hilary Hubler, Nicole (Mike) Trotter, Matt (Laura) Nebel, Kim (Steven) Koos, Rachel Nebel, Grant and Pierce Nebel, Abbi and Grace Nebel, Megan and Ben Nebel; 13 great grandchildren; a sister, Betty Crane of Dubuque; 2 sisters-in-law: Marie Stevens of Oelwein and Grace Stevens of Dyersville.

He is preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Richard (Becky and Ann) Nebel, in-laws: Jack Crane, Lawrence, John, Louis, Bill (Norma) and Frederick Stevens;

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com

 



Lloyd J. Hoppman

Lloyd J. Hoppman, 86, of Menominee, Illinois passed away at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 14, 2014 at Nativity BVM Catholic Church at Menominee, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Visitation will be from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday and from 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Lloyd was born on February 26. 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Philip & Genevieve (Wiegman) Hoppman.  He married Virginia A. "Ginny" Duehr on January 19, 1952 at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque.  She preceded him in death on August 31, 2013.

Lloyd was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.  He and Ginny raised 11 children on their family farm near Menominee.  Over the years he enjoyed golfing, bowling, farming, was an avid card player and looked forward to the annual family camping trip to Sugar Bottom. He was a member of Nativity BVM Parish, and retired from Ruan Transport Company as shop foreman in 1990 after 36 years of service. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army serving during World War 2 and was a graduate of Loras Academy.

Surviving are his nine children, Susan (Roger) Anderson, Sharon (Randy) Saffron, Tom (Peggy) Hoppman, Tim (Chris) Hoppman, Don Hoppman, Ann (Jim) Burke, Mike Hoppman, Gerry (Chris) Hoppman and Karen (Keith) Knockel. A daughter-in-law Sue Ellen Hoppman.  29-grandchildren and 25-Great Grandchildren.  His siblings, Paul (Cal) Hoppman, John (Sheri Tomkins) Hoppman and Maryann Tuegel.  His in-laws, Velma Hoppman and Doris Hoppman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Ginny, two sons, David & Richard, a great-grandson Dylan Howell, his father-in-law and mother-in-law Peter & Martha (Spielbauer) Duehr, his siblings, Virgil, Jim, Tom and Charlie (Phyllis) Hoppman, his in-laws, Rita (Ray) Leppert, Bill (Isabelle) Duehr, Jeanette Hoppman and Bob Tuegel.

Lloyd's family wishes to thank Dr. Christian Schultheis and the staff at Mercy Medical Center for the excellent care given to their father and grandfather.

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

 

 



Jerry S. Thill

Jerry Scott Thill, age 53, of Dubuque, passed away Friday evening, August 8, 2014 at 6:58 p.m. following a swimming accident on the Mississippi River.  Family and friends of Jerry S. Thill may visit from 9:00 a.m. until noon on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at Behr’s Funeral Home, 1491 Main St.  Funeral services to honor Jerry’s life will be held at noon on Tuesday at Behr’s with Deacon Tim LoBianco presiding.  Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque American Legion Post #6.  Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. is in charge of arrangements.
Jerry was born on March 6, 1961 in Davenport, son of Robert P. Thill Sr. And Mary “Skip” (Cleary) Revelle.
Jerry proudly served over 21 years with the Iowa National Guard and has worked for Behr Iron and Steel for the last 14 years. He enjoyed fishing, camping, working on cars and riding his Harley, and his greatest joy was found in time spent with his family, children and granddaughter.  Jerry was known for his huge heart and his willingness to always help anyone.  His abundance of friends is clear by the fact that you couldn’t be a stranger to Jerry for long.  The family would like to thank all Jerry’s friends who brought so much happiness into his life over the years.  
Jerry is survived by his father, Robert (Betty) Thill, Dubuque. 5 Children, Heather, Holly, Jeremy, Stacey and Jamie Thill, all of Dubuque. 1 Granddaughter, Bailey Wright, Dubuque. Former Spouses, Imogene and Rose Thill, of Dubuque. 10 Brothers and Sisters, Ginger Lyons of Cedar Rapids, Gloria Hines of Cedar Rapids, Penny Thill, Robert Thill, both of Dubuque, Marty Thill of Nixa, Missouri, Tonna Howell, Kenneth (Rhonda) Thill, Kathy (Chris) Soeder, Kerry (Rob) Rogers and Todd Revelle all of Dubuque.
Jerry was preceded in death by his Mom and his Grandparents, Hilbert and Dorthea Thill.
A Jerry S. Thill memorial fund has been established. 
Jerry’s family would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt thank you to all the emergency and rescue personnel who assisted so quickly and professionally during this tragic situation.
Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com

 



Regina A. Boulting

Regina "Jeanne" A. Boulting, 59, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, August 8, 2014, at home surrounded by her loved ones following a courageous battle with cancer.

Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at Grand View United Methodist Church 3342 John Wesley Drive. Private interment will be held at a later date in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West, Iowa. Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, August 12th at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2659 Kennedy Road.

Jeanne was born March 12, 1955 in Estherville, Iowa to Wilbur (Bill) and Rowena (Sal) Clouse. She was a 1973 graduate of Western Dubuque High School, Epworth. A month after graduation, she married her high school sweetheart, Steve Boulting. Steve & Jeanne enjoyed forty-one wonderful years of marriage, together the couple raised two sons. Jeanne loved being a homemaker and took pride in always providing a warm and loving home for her family.

Jeanne was employed by The Friedman Group for eighteen-years, until her retirement in February 2013. She was an active member of Grand View United Methodist Church serving on several committees over the years. Jeanne and Steve enjoyed many mission trips with their Grand View family.

Jeanne enjoyed watching the birds, deer and wild turkey that populated her backyard. Jeanne's passion was spending time with her grandchildren; many hours were spent swinging in the backyard, reading, sharing her homemade goodies & family vacations.

In addition to her loving husband, Steve, those left to cherish her memory include two sons & their families; Brian & Brandy Boulting, and children Olivia & Abbi, of Ankeny; and Craig & Stacey Boulting, and children Chase, Haylee & newborn Cameron, of Peosta; two brothers, Ed (Treva) Clouse, of Dysart; Eldon (Debbie) Clouse, of Marion; four sisters, Linda Weaver (Milt), of Estherville; Kathy (Dave) Jungen, of Big Bend, Wisconsin; Alesha (Duane) Kress, and Paula Riesselman, of Dubuque; one sister-in-law, Diane Ollendick, of Dyersville; and one brother in-law, David Boulting, of Guttenberg; and twenty nieces and nephews. It was Jeanne's wish to make special mention of two friendships she especially cherished; Pam Miller and Lin VanderMuelen.

Jeanne was at peace as she neared the end of her journey. She was content knowing she would be lovingly greeted by many loved ones who passed before her, including her parents, Wilbur (Bill) & Rowena (Sal) Clouse; her brother Allen Clouse; her mother & father-in-law, John & Mary Boulting; and a her sister & brother-in-law, Carol & Donnie Martin; and her special Aunt Babe.

In lieu flowers a Regina A. Boulting Memorial Fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melanie; Dr. Goodheart of UIHC; the Oncology Department, Dubuque Internal Medicine; The Friedman Group, members of Grand View Church, and all friends & family members.

On line condolences may be sent to www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



Theresa A. Brokus

Theresa A. Brokus, 69, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at Manor Care Health Services.

Friends may greet the family from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street where the service will be held at 1 p.m. Deacon Jim Thill will officiate.
Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Theresa was born April 21, 1945 in Dubuque, daughter of Cecil and Marie (Vopelak) Potter. She married John L. Brokus, May 16, 1981 in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on September 4, 2000.

She was a homemaker who liked to bake homemade cinnamon rolls and chicken noodle soup. She loved her grandchildren and enjoyed watching Walker Texas Ranger. She enjoyed playing bingo. Her faith was very important to her.

She was a member of Sacred Heart parish.

Surviving are her children, Barb (Don) Brenner, Tammy (Tom) Thurston, Eileen Brokus, Bruce (Michelle) Brokus, and Susie Brokus, all of Dubuque; 15 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; a sister, Marian (Douglas) Schiffman, of Cassville, Wisc; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Peggy (Shawn) Thomas, Jim (Nancy) Brokus, Dave Brokus, Billy (Linda) Brokus, Donna Brokus, and Diane (Paul) Kelly; and her best friend, Joanne (Lloyd) Schmitt, of Dubuque.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Norman Marcov; a daughter, Gloria; a sister Ursula (Quentin) Bottoms and two sisters-in-law, Ruth Ann Brokus and Rita Friebel..

A Theresa Brokus Memorial Fund has been established.

Special thanks to the staff at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic, her home health care nurse, Laura Murphy, the staff at Accurate Care and the Finley Home Health Care Staff for their care of Theresa.

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



Vaughn F. Kray

Vaughn F. Kray, "Doctor V", 63, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, July 31, 2014 at Unity Point Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by family and friends.

Vaughn was born on May 27, 1951 in Morrison, Ill., the son of Frank and Anne (Letschka) Kray. Vaughn's family relocated to Clinton, Iowa, finally settling in Dubuque where his father established Hruska-Kray Photographers. Vaughn loved the scenery and history of Dubuque and living here. He married Elaine DuHack on March 1, 2002.

Vaughn graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1969. He attended UW-Platteville and the University of Dubuque, and served in the U.S. Air Force, receiving an honorable discharge in 1972. Upon his father's passing, Vaughn took over the photography business which was located at 1135 Main Street in downtown Dubuque. By his count, Vaughn photographed over 1,400 weddings, took thousands of Senior High and family portraits, and did commercial photography for companies such as John Deere, Ertl, and the Dubuque Packing Company. He became a Certified Professional Photographer in 1988.

Vaughn earned an Associate's Degree in Electronic Technology in 1990 from Hamilton Technical College in Davenport. He made a career change to apply his skills in the gaming business, joining the Casino Belle and Mississippi Belle II, and later the Silver Eagle, where he met his wife and the love of his life, Elaine. He has been the Slot Manager at the Mystique Casino since 1997.

Vaughn was a lifelong musician and one of Dubuque's premier drummers. He began playing professionally in junior high, with his father chauffeuring during the years when the band members were too young to drive. He played in countless bands, including The Dark Side, Butter Scotch Grove ("The Grove"), touring the Midwest in a converted school bus during the late 1960's, and Phase III, who performed every weekend during many a ski season at Chestnut Mountain Resort. Later in life he would be instrumental in reuniting some of these bands while on the steering committee for Rock & Roll Rewind.

Vaughn was a popular guy and no matter where he went, someone always knew him, even in seemingly random places like the Sears Tower, an Amtrak train to Washington DC, or a gas station in San Diego. Even more incredible is the fact that no one (aside from someone outside of an East Dubuque bar in '68) had any ill will toward him.

His unparalleled sense of humor and his passion for music were things his family loved sharing with him. He was a voracious reader, a curious man, and the holder of many distinctions, including: the Editor In Chief of the Geebwee Town News and Geebwee Gazette, a wrestler unbeaten in his high school weight class, Employee of the Year, the Inventor of Weasel Aide, a Cherisher of Mr. Blue, the Master of the Falcon grill, a telemarketer's worst nightmare, and Dubuque's primary ambassador to the Moonhouses.

He could also be a quiet man with a gentle and compassionate nature. He would feel that his greatest accomplishments were those of the heart...his great love for his family and friends and taking care of those he loved. We will continue to cherish this man, father, husband, and friend forever...and honor him for all that he taught us. We were blessed to be able to share him in this life.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Elaine; his children Erin (Michael) Dusil of Cedar Rapids, IA and Steven (Jen) Kray of Portland, OR, Elizabeth (Jeff Slobey) DuHack of Nashville, TN, Tim (Amanda) DuHack and Lehn M.J. DuHack of Galena, IL; his grandchildren Oliver and Miles Dusil, Junie and Dottie Kray, Samantha, Gracie, Sebastian, and Tucker DuHack, and Eliana and Zoë Slobey; his sister, Myra (Robert) Benzer, of Dubuque; his mother-in-law, Joyce Mezzano, of Dubuque; his sister-in-law, Barbara (Ken) Hoving, of Elk Grove Village, IL; his nephew, Jeff (Kati) Benzer, of Dubuque; and in lifelong friendship, the Pregler, Swartz and Trilk families.

Vaughn was preceded in death by his father in 1979 and his mother in 1987, and in later years by Tibby, Jordan, and Trouble.

Memorials may be made to the Vaughn Kray Memorial Fund and sent to: Elaine Kray, 3095 Lindale St., Dubuque, IA 52001-8445

Please share online condolences and fun Vaughn stories at: www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com.



LeVon Agnes Althaus

Our dear mother, grandmother and great grandmother who was so very loving, lovable, and loved, LeVon Agnes Althaus, age 91, of Assisi Village, Dubuque, Iowa, died peacefully Thursday, August 7, 2014.

The family will greet friends and relatives from 2 pm to 8 pm Sunday, August 10, at Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Rd. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Monday, August 11, at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Trinity Catholic Church, with burial to follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

LeVon was born Jan. 13th, 1923 in Wesley, IA, daughter of Jacob and Clara Hanig. She graduated from the former Immaculate Conception Academy in Dubuque, IA after the early deaths of both parents. Lovingly known as NanaBon, she was the cherished grandmother of 19, and proud great-grandmother of 24. 

She and Herb were former residents of Holy Trinity and St. Columbkille's parishes in Dubuque, and the retirement villages of Horseshoe Bend, AK and Sun City, AZ. While she and Herb lived in Arkansas, she worked in retail management at one of the early WalMart stores. LeVon moved to Assisi Village in 2012.

Throughout her life, LeVon had a deep devotion to her Catholic faith, supported many Catholic charities, and was a life long member of the Legion of Mary. She was proud of being able to lead the daily recitation of the Rosary at Assisi Village.

LeVon will be remembered for her sense of humor, generosity, positive outlook on life, love of family and friends, and her friendly and outgoing personality, which she was proud of passing on to her family. She had joy for the simpler things of life and loved playing dominoes and card games, especially Euchre. After the death of Herb in 1999, she lived as an example to all on how to continue as the matriarch of a large and loving family.

She was the beloved wife of Herbert for 55 years; and devoted mother of DiAnn Rooney (Terry) of Lincoln, CA; Dennis (Jean Ann) of Dubuque; Roger (Sharon) and Linda Kemp-Weretka of Phoenix, AZ; Judi Bartell; Herb Jr.; and Harry (Mary), Rick (Patty), and Kevin (Joan), all of Dubuque. She is also survived by son-in-law, Richard Bartell.

She was preceded in death by Herb; a daughter, Judi Bartell; and a son, Herbert Jr.; grandchildren Sonya and Keegan Althaus and Jennifer Bartell; daughter-in-law Kimberly (Gisel) Althaus; son-in-law George Weretka; as well as three sisters, Evelyn Kunkel, Maxine Zuber, and Bernadine Diehl.

Her family wishes to extend special appreciation and gratitude to the nurses and staff of Assisi Village, Stonehill Care Center and Dubuque Hospice for their kind care and support in the last years and weeks of her life.

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

On line condolences may be sent to www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



Bernice P. Robbins

Bernice P. Robbins, 88, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 9, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Rev. Dwayne Thoman will officiate. Entombment will be in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum, Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, August 8, at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Bernice was born May 26, 1926 in Menominee, IL, the daughter of Frank and Emma (Brockman) Thiltgen. She married Charles Robbins on June 21, 1944. He preceded her in death on Feb. 3, 1983.

Bernice attended Sand Ridge School, and she and Charles resided in Bellevue until moving to Dubuque in 1969. Her faith was very important to her. She was a longtime member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and was active with the Rosary Society and the Sacred Heart Prayer Group. She enjoyed playing euchre, going for walks, and attending garage sales. Bernice was a devoted homemaker, and loved baking for the family and attending family gatherings.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, James (Joanne) Robbins of Dillsburg, PA, Janice (Gregg) Finn of Hazel Green, WI, Joyce (Dick) Rohner of Dubuque, Jane (Bob) Droeszler of St. Donatus, John (Pam) Robbins of Dubuque, Joseph (Dee) Robbins of Dubuque, Jeffrey (Tammy) Robbins of Dubuque, and Judith (Fred) Brimeyer of Holy Cross; 18 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; and 4 sisters-in-law, Cora Mae Thiltgen of Dubuque, Agnes Thiltgen of MO, Maryel Mittelsteadt of Rockford, IL, and Pat Robbins of MN; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Joan Robbins; two sons, Jess Robbins and Jerome (Mary Kay) Robbins; grandchildren Jerome, Charles, Billy, and Wesley; great-grandchild Noland; her sister, Margaret Fairbanks; three brothers, Melvin, Frank, and Harry Thiltgen; and several brothers- and sisters-in-law.

Memorials may be made to the Bernice Robbins Memorial Fund.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Stonehill Care Center.

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