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Darlene R. Koethe Dolores N. Deutmeyer Doris B. Whelan
Ethel Cherioli Francis L. McDonough Geneva Dingbaum
Janet A. Freiburger Joan A. Johnson Joan Elizabeth Arensdorf
John W. O'Toole Joseph W. Beck Julie R. Johnson Shanahan
Karen K. Young Wohlers Kenneth R. Vander Meulen Loyola E. Morgan
Margaret A. Cramer Mark A. Adams Mary E. Mess
Merlin H. Hilby Patrick J. McPoland Paul J. Simpson
Raymond L. Breitsprecker, Sr. Robert Crowley Robert E. Decker
Ronald Rahe Sister Genevieve Kordick, BVM

Paul J. Simpson

Paul J. Simpson, 85, of Maquoketa, Iowa, and formerly of Zwingle, died on Sunday evening, September 21, 2014, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Paul's life will be held at 10 A.M., Thursday, September 25, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Harmony Cemetery, Zwingle, Iowa, with military honors.

Paul James Simpson was born on July 7, 1929 in Zwingle, Iowa, to Harry Grant and Anne Marie (Gibbs) Simpson. He grew up in Zwingle on a farm and then served his country in the Korean War. He married Jan Chapman Livens in July of 1983. She preceded him in death on November 26, 2004.

Following an honorable discharge, Paul returned home and farmed the family farm until retiring and moving to Maquoketa in 2004.

Paul was a member of the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75. He enjoyed farming, his rides in the country, and visiting with friends at the County Line.

Those left to honor Paul's memory include 3 step-children, Stephen (Lynn) Livens of CO, Gene (Rebecca) Livens of TX, and Michael (Paula) Livens of CO; and nieces and nephews, Tom (Lanny) Simpson of Maquoketa, IA, Sherry (Robert) Rohwedder of Baldwin, IA, Phil (Diane) Denlinger of Dubuque, IA, Pat Denlinger of Maquoketa, IA, Peggy (Craig) Flenker of Maquoketa, IA, Sarah (Tom) Knockel of Dickeyville, WI, and Paul (Jan) Denlinger of OR. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a brother Joe and a sister Jean Denlinger.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Zwingle Recreation Association.

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

 



Margaret A. Cramer

Margaret Ann "Marti" (Koob) Cramer, 81, of Dubuque died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, where a visitation will be held from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Marti was born January 4, 1933 in Dubuque, daughter of Clarence "Lefty" and Margaret Ann "Mardie" (Donahue) Koob.

She graduated from Visitation Academy and received her bachelor's degree from Clarke College. She then received her graduate degree in Physical Therapy from Stanford University and worked as a physical therapist for over 50 years.

Marti is survived by three sisters, Karen Dorshkind, Barbee Mills, and Kris (Jim) Noonan, all of Dubuque; five nieces and nephews and eight great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her daughter, Martie Cramer.

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

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

 



Raymond L. Breitsprecker, Sr.

Raymond L. Breitsprecker Sr., 79, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 at home surrounded by his family.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m., Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road where a wake service will be held at 4:30 p.m.

Raymond was born on November 17, 1934 in Iowa City, the son of Henry and Francis (Buchholz) Breitsprecker.
He married Eloise E. Manders on July 23, 1960 in Dubuque.

Raymond worked at John Deere, Dubuque Works and retired in 1989 after 33 years of dedicated employment. Following his retirement from John Deere he worked for Hartig Drug Store for nearly 15 years. Raymond was also a volunteer fire fighter in Sherrill, IA in the early 1970's.
Raymond was a Bears, Vikings and a life-long Cubs fan. He enjoyed dancing, playing cards with his friends and family, being in the outdoors, hunting, fishing and camping.

Some of Raymond's most valued times were being with his wife and best friend, Eloise and with his children and grandchildren, who he loved to tease and laugh with. His unbreakable bond he built with his son, Ray Jr. and grandsons Thom and Levi was unmatched. They always looked forward to spending time together, especially during hunting season when they would hunt almost every Sunday.

Raymond had a huge heart and a lot of compassion for others. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle.

He is survived by his wife, Eloise; 3 children, Doris Friebel, Raymond Jr, (Thelma) Breitsprecker, both of Dubuque, and Jennifer (Darren) Berthel, of Bellevue; 7 grandchildren, Nicole and Josh Friebel, Thom, Amanda, and Brandy Breitsprecker, and Danah and Levi Berthel; 2 step- grandchildren, Andrea and Austin Hansen; 3 great- grandchildren, Sean, Griffin and Brayden; 1 step great -grandchild, Easton; 3 brothers, Harold (Jean) Breitsprecker, of Dubuque, Ed Breitsprecker of Potosi, WI., and Henry (Chris) Breitsprecker, of Kenosha, WI.; 2 sisters, Lavon McKeon, of Darlington, WI. and Donna Farley, of Dubuque; 1 brother-in-law, John (Pam) Manders, of Appleriver, WI; 2 sisters-in-law, Juliann (Manders) Breitsprecker and Sue (Huss) Breitsprecker, both of Dubuque; an aunt, Edna Buchholz and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers, Gerald and Fred; sister, Irene Graves; 3 brothers-in-law, Donald McKeon, Jake Graves and Robert Farley; sisters-in-law, Fern Breitsprecker and a niece, Susan Breitsprecker.

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

A Raymond Breitsprecker memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Hermann and his staff, especially nurse Sandy, and Amy J. of Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care.



Robert Crowley

Robert Crowley, 70, formerly of Dubuque, Iowa, died on August 19, 2014 at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany, NY. Bob was born December 5, 1943 in Dubuque, IA to Pauline (Morman) Crowley and Wendell Edward Crowley. He attended St. Patrick's School, Loras Academy, and Wahlert High School, before graduating from Dubuque Senior High School in 1962. In Dubuque he played on local basketball and baseball teams, remaining an avid baseball fan throughout his life. He lived in Wickenburg, Arizona and Los Angeles, California before settling in New York, where he pursued a career as a stand-up comedian. He had lived in Albany for the past 20 years.

Bob is survived by his brother James Crowley and sister-in-law Catherine of Rye Brook, NY; his brother Charles Crowley and sister-in-law Carol of Ithaca, NY. To mourn his loss, he leaves behind nieces Patricia (Rye Brook, NY), Julia (Greenwich, CT) and Aileen (Nashville, Tennessee), Amy (Lavalle, MD), Rebecca (West Stockbridge, MA), Courtney (Plant City, FL), Kristi Mowery (Plant City, FL) and one nephew Gary (Winchester, VA).

His youngest brother Gary of Plant City, Florida, predeceased him in 2007.

Arrangements were made by Tebbutt and Frederick Funeral Home, Albany, NY (518-489-4451). The burial occurred at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque, Iowa.



Francis L. McDonough

Francis L. "Mac" McDonough, 86 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30a.m. Monday, September 22nd, at St. Joseph Church Key West with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with full military detail accorded by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday September 21st at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where a parish rosary will be held at 1:45 p.m.

Mac was born on Dec. 30, 1927 in Worthington, Iowa, son of Charles J. & Anna (Tobin) McDonough. He married Mary Alicia Meyer on June 17, 1950. She preceded him in death on April 29, 1955. He later married Jan Martin on May 6, 1961 at Nativity Church.

He graduated from St. Patrick's grade school and Loras Academy, Class of 1945. He served with the Army in Korea from 1946-1947. He was employed by Crescent Electric Supply Company in Dubuque for 48 years, retiring in 1993 as Assistant Manager. He was a lifelong, avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.

He was a member of St. Joseph's (Key West) Holy Name Society, Power of Prayer Adoration Chapel and Pilgrim Virgin Honor Guard, and American Legion Post 6.

Mac's faith and family were very important to him. He enjoyed the Wednesday morning breakfast with his siblings. He kept his sense of humor to the very end. He will be greatly missed.
Family requests prayers instead of flowers. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph, Key West, or The Power of Prayer, Inc.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jan. His children, Kevin (Pok Sun) McDonough of Plumas Lake, CA; Colleen (Bill) Pasnik of Dubuque; Kelly (Philip) Davis of Chanhassen, MN; three grandchildren, Alex Enroth, Jensina & Nate Davis; his brothers, Lou, Tom (Connie), & Bill of Dubuque, his sisters, Mary Grant and Virgine (Dick) Johnson of Dubuque, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife and newborn daughter, his brother Jack, and in-laws Frances, Geri, and Rita McDonough, Loras Grant, Jim & Judy (Martin) Rettenmeier, and F.A. & Marcella Martin.

 



Doris B. Whelan

Doris B. Whelan, age 90, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at 10:10 p.m., Friday, September 19, 2014, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To honor Doris' life, funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 25, 2014, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista St., with Rev. Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. To celebrate Doris' life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Doris was born on April 27, 1924, in Luxemburg, IA, daughter of Benjamin and Katherine (Meyer) Breitbach.

Doris was raised in North Buena Vista. She married John "Bob" Whelan on January 23, 1943, at the Immaculate Conception Church in North Buena Vista. He preceded her in death on February 24, 2003. Doris was a member of the Church of the Nativity. She enjoyed traveling, fishing, camping, quilting, dancing and playing cards, especially Euchre. Doris had a green thumb and loved roses. Her greatest love was spending time with her family, especially the grandchildren.

Doris is survived by her children, J. Pat (Linda) Whelan, Fayette, IA, Joyce (Don) Riniker, Dubuque, IA, Kathleen (Dale) Ludovissy, Dubuque, IA, Mark (Paulette) Whelan, Muskogee, OK, Sandra (Kevin) Hancock, Dubuque, IA; 33 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great grandchildren; her siblings, Shirley Brimeyer, Manchester, IA, Mary (Don) Ludovissy, Dave (Mary Lynn) Breitbach, all of North Buena Vista, IA, and several nieces and nephews.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John, two daughters, Patricia Ann and Jean, three sons, Steven, Daniel and Robert Michael, a grandson, Scott Riniker, a sister Ann Marie Jestel and two brothers, James and Patrick Breitbach.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice of Dubuque, 1670 JFK Road, Dubuque, IA 52002.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Luther Manor, especially the Sunshine Valley Wing, and the UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital emergency room and the ICU for their wonderful care of Doris.

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

 



Karen K. Young Wohlers

Karen K. Young Wohlers, 72, of Asbury and formerly of Dyersville went home to be with Jesus at 4:03 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at Heritage Manor in Dubuque after her second bout with cancer.

Friends ay call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tues., Sept. 23, 2014, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.

Friends and relatives may continue to call after 9:00 a.m. Wed., Sept. 24, at the Journey Assembly of God Church at 3939 Pennsylvania Ave. in Dubuque where a funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m.  Burial will be at Bear Creek Cemetery in Brandon, IA.

Karen was born May 15, 1942, in Garrison, IA the daughter of Milvoy and Emma (Jesina) Kaufman

She married James A. Young on Oct. 7, 1961, at the Assembly of God Church in Vinton, IA.  He preceded her in death on January 2, 1999.  She married Donald R. Wohlers on Oct. 25, 2003, at the Journey Assembly of God Church in Dubuque, IA.

Karen is survived by her husband, Donald Wohlers, children of both marriages: Christine and Luke Wohlers of Dyersville, Margie (Kevin) Wheeler of Mosinee, WI, Randy J. (Kathy) Young of Greeley, IA, and Cindy (Mike "Smiley") Kramer of Dyersville; 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, James A. Young, and a brother, Dave Kaufman.

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

 

 



Joan Elizabeth Arensdorf

Joan Elizabeth (Foust) Arensdorf, 90, of 9747 Arensdorf Road, Zwingle, Iowa, passed away at 4:34 a.m. on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at home due to Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Key West, with Rev. Scott Boone officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., where there will be a wake service at 3:00 p.m.

Joan was born on June 12, 1924, the daughter of Rudolph and Henrietta (Pancratz) Foust. She graduated from public school and attended St. Clara Academy.

She married Leo Arensdorf on Nov. 19, 1941 and together they farmed in the Andrew, LaMotte, Zwingle, Iowa area and Dickeyville, Wis., while raising eleven children.

She loved her family, her married life of 51 years and her church with a strong devotion to the rosary. A favorite pastime was attending auctions and bringing home countless treasures.

She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, Holy Rosary, La Motte and St. Joseph Key West churches.

Surviving are five sons, Martin (Sonja), Arensdorf, of Dubuque, IA, Leonard Arensdorf, of Rockford IL, Larry (Sandy) Arensdorf, of Maquoketa IA, Daniel (Lou Ann), of Dubuque, IA, and Neal (Jolene), of Spring Green, WI; four daughters, Mary Joan (James) Gothard, of Walnut, IL, Alice (Jon) Davis, of Galena, IL, Ruth (Steve) Arlen, of Zwingle IA, and Nancy (Dean) Herbst, of Dubuque, IA; 36 grandchildren,56 great-grandchildren; and 17 great-great-grandchildren; her brothers Carlos (Mary) Foust, of Zwingle, IA, and Eugene (friend Ceil), Foust, of Cascade, IA; and her close friends Johnny and Dorothy Chesney.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leo, on Nov. 14, 1992; two sons, Jimmy and Sam; a grandson, James Arensdorf; a granddaughter, Stacy Arensdorf; great-granddaughter Lucy Smith; her brothers, Martin, Quinten & John Fred; and sisters Emily Herron and Janet Kemp; brothers-in-law Howard Herron and Al Kemp; and sisters-in-law Geri Foust & Jean Foust.

Thank you to Ann, Debbie, and Britt who assisted my family in home care during my illness, Dr. Andrea Ries and Hospice of Dubuque.



Joan A. Johnson

Joan A. Johnson, 76, of Dubuque, Iowa, died on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at home.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., with Pastor Larry Stark officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call after 9:00 a.m. Friday at the funeral home until time of services.

Joan was born on Sept. 27, 1937 in Waukon, Iowa, the daughter of William and Mary (Clancy) Thomas. She worked for Aladdin Dry Cleaners in Dubuque. She enjoyed her grandchildren, her animals and especially her dog "Mi Mi".

She is survived by eight children, Jeff (Cindy) Thomas, Robert (Judy) Johnson, Dixie (Jerry) Starkey, Melvin (Cindy) Johnson, Rick (Bonnie) Johnson, Jackie (Steve Tucker) Moeller, Julie Lembke and Kim (Bruce) Martelle; 28 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Ellen Williams and Patty Coffman; and a brother, William "Doc" Thomas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, James; a daughter, Debbie Finger; a brother, John; and sisters Pauline Donath and Rosie Renard.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Matthew Kirkeldall and Hospice of Dubuque for all their care.



Loyola E. Morgan

Loyola E. Morgan, 97, of California, formerly of Bankston, Iowa, passed away on September 9, 2014 in California. Private family burial was held in California.

Loyola was born on May 5, 1917, in Bankston, Iowa, the daughter of Benedict and Mary (Jarding) Heiberger. She married Howard Morgan on March 31, 1940.

Among the survivors are her sister, Elaine Klein, of Dubuque, Iowa; and a brother, John (Jean) Heiberger, of Epworth, Iowa; several nieces and nephews; her son, Gary (Dagmar) Morgan, and two grandsons, of California.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Howard; stepmother Kathleen Heiberger; her sisters, Rosemary Pins and Eleanor Sigwarth, and a sister in infancy.



Ethel Cherioli

Ethel Cherioli, 92, of Dubuque, died Friday, September 5, 2014 at her residence. Private family burial services will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery. The Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, is in charge of arrangements.

Ethel was born on June 17, 1922, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Edmund and Mary (O'Neill) Powers. She married Hugh W. Cherioli in 1942, and worked in the Dubuque County Engineer's office for many years. She was a member of Holy Spirit Parish.

She is survived by 4 children: daughters Mary Catherine Turner and Christine Cherioli, both of Dubuque, and sons Hugh Cherioli Jr. and Michael (Julie) Cherioli, both of California; 6 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh, on Sept. 6, 1981; a daughter-in-law, Patricia Cherioli; three brothers, John, Paul, and James; and three sisters, Catherine Wright, Elizabeth Ball, and Mary Rita "Tiny" Powers.



Mark A. Adams

Mark A. Adams, age 57, of Dubuque and formerly of Griswold, IA, and Omaha, NE, passed away peacefully at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at home.

Private family services are being held to honor Mark's life. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Mark was born on March 20, 1957, in Griswold, IA, son of Darrell Adams and Linda (Cramer) Adams. Mark graduated from high school in Griswold in 1975, and later attended IT School. Mark began working for IBM in Dallas, TX, and was employed with IBM in Dubuque for the past 6 years.

He married Wanda (Roberts) Gruska on May 8, 2008, in Phoenix, AZ. Mark was an avid fisherman and an accomplished woodworker who was known for his intricate scroll work. He had struggled with alcoholism in the past and was very proud to have celebrated 13 years of sobriety. Mark was an Angel here on earth, and he will be greatly missed.

Mark is survived by his loving wife, Wanda Adams, Dubuque, IA; his son, Ross (Joy) Adams, Dodge City, KS; his 2 grandchildren, Kristopher and Trinity Adams; his step-daughters, Andrea (Rick) Tomada, San Diego, CA, Alice Gruska, Carnegie, PA, and Elizabeth (Derrick) Crabtree, Harrisonburg, VA; his mother, Linda Meek, Mountain Home, AR; his father and step-mother, Darrell and Delores Adams, Griswold, IA; his sister, Denise Crabtree, Phoenix, AZ; his 3 nephews, Scott and Brent Williams and Colton Crabtree; and his great-niece, Layla Williams.

Mark was preceded in death by two uncles, Dwight and David Adams.

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



Dolores N. Deutmeyer

Dolores N. Deutmeyer, 100, of Dyersville, Iowa, died Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at Oakcrest Manor in Dyersville.

Friends may call from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Dolores was born April 24, 1914, in Dyersville, the daughter of Joseph and Lenore (Wedewer) Schlarmann. She attended St. Francis Xavier School and helped out at home until she married Gregor Tegeler on April 24, 1935. He preceded her in death in 1943. She later married Hubert Geistkemper on Feb. 13, 1954. He preceded her in death in 1975. Dolores then married Edmund Deutmeyer on April 20, 1976. He also preceded her in death, in 1986.

Dolores had a very outgoing personality. Everyone was her friend and she put others first. She enjoyed playing cards, quilting and crocheting. Dolores made many afghans and quilts for her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed doing this until Macular Degeneration set in. She had a lot of "bumps in the road" in her life and still she didn't complain.

Her religion meant a lot to her. She had a great devotion to the Blessed Virgin. The biggest honor was to have the "Corpus Christi" procession come to her house and know the Lord was present on her porch. Father Petty started this tradition in 1993 which lasted 20 years, after which time Dolores moved into the Ellen Kennedy Living Center.

Survivors include her son, Herb J. Tegeler of Dyersville, and daughter, Mary Jean "Toots" (Henry) Westhoff of New Vienna; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and another on the way in September; one brother, Joseph (Madeline) Schlarmann, and a sister, Anna Mae (Loras) Kieffer, both of Dubuque. 

She is also survived by members of the Tegeler family: Lucille Overmann, Don (Cathy) Tegeler, all of Dyersville; Bernice Holub of Prairieburg, Fritz Bries of Epworth, Bev Tegeler of Bellevue, and Bob Fishel of Edgewood.

Survivors of the Deutmeyer family are: Frank (Joyce) Deutmeyer of Florida, Fred (Bonnie) Deutmeyer, Marilyn (Gerry) Prier, all of Dyersville, Iva Ungs of Monticello, Carol (Fred) Vorwald of New Vienna, Joyce (Bill) Brennan of Cedar Rapids, Ken (Margie) Deutmeyer of Guttenberg and Leon Deutmeyer of Winthrop.

Survivors from the Geistkemper family are: Ethel Pins and Daniel (Sandy) Geistkemper, all of Dyersville, Dorothy (Harold) Lake of Manchester, Joan Ament of Gilbertville and Alfred (Verna) Geistkemper of Savanna, Illinois.

Dolores was preceded in death by her parents; her three husbands; a daughter-in-law, Doris Tegeler; and siblings Clarence (Malita) Schlarmann, Louis (Mary) Schlarmann, Jerome (Rita) Schlarmann, Cletus and Robert Schlarmann and Eugene (Imelda) Schlarmann.

Those preceding her in death from the Tegeler family include: Reynold (Irene) Tegeler, Gilbert (Sedelle) Tegeler, Helen (Bill) Kramer, Patricia Tegeler, Elmer (Edna) Tegeler, Herb Platz and Norma Platz Deppe, Lawrence Deppe, Marcie Bries, Leona (August) Gudenkauf, Earl Holub, Tony Tegeler, Dorothy Tegeler Hoeger and Irvin Overmann.

Preceding her in death from the Deutmeyer family are: Phil Deutmeyer, Marvin Ungs and Dick Klostermann.

Those preceding her in death from the Geistkemper family are: Elmer (Evelyn) Geistkemper, Herman (Annetta) Geistkemper, Jerome Pins, Eleanore (John) Hoeger, Margie Geistkemper, Marie Geistkemper, Tom Ament and Ray (Millie) Geistkemper.

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



Dale F. Driscoll

Dale F. Driscoll, 75, of Cascade, Iowa and formerly of Andrew and Bernard, Iowa, died Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 3:00 a.m. at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Dale may call from 8 to 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 20, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fillmore, Iowa. Services for Dale will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. The Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Dale was born September 29, 1938 in Monticello, Iowa, son of Leon and Bertha (Kirsch) Driscoll. He received his elementary education at Sacred Heart School in Fillmore, IA and graduated from the former St. Martin's High School in Cascade. On January 8, 1966 he was united in marriage to Rita Weber at St. Donatus Catholic Church in St. Donatus, IA. The couple farmed in the Fillmore area. Dale was also a Livestock Buyer.

He loved all animals. He enjoyed fishing, trail riding, playing cards especially euchre, raising his fox hounds, and helping his daughter with her show cattle for the 4-H shows. He loved to go out to dinner with family and friends, and was known to truly have the "Gift of Gab."

He was a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Fillmore, IA, the Cascade Knights of Columbus Council #930, and the Dairy Herd Improvement Association.

He is survived by his wife Rita Driscoll of Cascade; a daughter, Julie (Driscoll) & John Cooke of Ryan; three step-grandchildren, Cody, Keshia and Kayla; a brother, Ernie (Jeanne) Driscoll of Cascade; one nephew, Mark Driscoll; a niece, Molly (Otto) Krueger; his father and mother-in-law, Raymond and Mary Weber of Dubuque; brothers and sisters-in-law, Arlene & Steve Turnis of Dubuque, Linda & Norb Kutsch of Sherrill, Ray Weber Jr. of Bellevue, Lucy & Rod Vogel of Indianola, Mary & Dr. Paul Fowler of Ocney, MD; and 11 nieces and nephews..

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Loras Driscoll.

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

 



John W. O'Toole

John W. "Jack" O'Toole, 75 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday, September 15, 2015 at home.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 18th, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 17th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, where there will be a wake service at 4pm.

John was born on October 9, 1938, in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Leo and Josephine (Galvin) O'Toole.

He is a US Army Veteran. He married Joyce Coyle on October 16, 1963 in Dubuque, and worked for Dubuque John Deere for many years until retirement.

He enjoyed the outdoors especially hunting and fishing. He was an avid Oakland Raiders, Iowa Hawkeye and Fighting Saints fan. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Joyce, two children; Molly (Bill) Carpenter, of Dubuque, and Sean (Erin) O'Toole, of Gilbert, Arizona. Six grandchildren, Kayla, Billy, Brock Carpenter, Jackson, Nolan, and Josie O'Toole. Siblings; Joe (Dorothy) Benzer of Cedar Rapids, and Bob (Joann) Benzer, Scottsdale, Arizona, his loving companion "Muffy" and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by parents, a sister Mary Jo Atchison, and brothers Dave and Marty O'Toole

The family wishes to thank Dr. Regan Wolbers and her nurse Laurie, Dr. Ronald Schope and his nurse Laurie and the staff of Dubuque Internal Medicine and to Megan Schmitt of Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care.

 



Cory D. Hoover, Jr.

Cory David Hoover Jr., infant son of Wendy Eye and Cory David Hoover, Sr. of Monmouth, Iowa, received his angel wings on Monday, September 15, 2014.

Memorial services are pending and will be announced at a later date. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Cory David Hoover Jr. is survived by his parents, Wendy Eye and Cory David Hoover Sr. of Monmouth, IA; siblings Dakota, Michael and Justice; maternal grandmother Paula Galusha of Maquoketa, IA; paternal grandparents Deb and Roger Bowling of Maquoketa, IA; maternal great-grandfather Jerry Galusha of Clinton, IA; aunts, Angie Hoover and Stacey Widener; and an uncle Dennis Anderson. He was preceded in death by his maternal great-grandmother Helen Galusha and his maternal great-grandmother Erana Galusha, and his uncle David C. Anderson Jr.

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

 



Julie R. Johnson Shanahan

Julie Roxene Johnson Shanahan, 65 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at home surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be on Sunday, September 14th from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where there will be a wake service held at 4:30p.m. Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 15th at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church.

Julie was born on June 8, 1949 in Long Beach, CA to William C. and Peggy (Corser) Johnson. She married Loras Shanahan on July 24, 1991 in Dubuque, Iowa.

She worked at Ponderosa for six years and Wendy's for six years. She enjoyed spending time with her family, friends and especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband Loras, sons; David (Becky) Haynes and Jason (Tina) Haynes. Step son Kevin (Jessica) Shanahan, step daughters; Kathy Shanahan, Krista (Mike) Torrey Her grandchildren; Jessica, Jonathan, Crystal, Alli, Matt, Trisha, C.J., Tia, Cody, Keighan and Nick. Great grandchildren, Brody and Brycen. Her brother Bill Johnson and sister, Laurie Kaupang. Brothers and sisters-in-law, Eulaine (Jim) Hutchcroft, Paul (Arlene) Shanahan, Bob Timmerman, Ginny (Jerry) Heim, Mary (George) Felderman, Chuck (Mary) Shanahan and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother parents, daughter Carrie Shanahan, mother and father-in-law Isabell and John Shanahan, sister-in-law Ann Timmerman and brother-in-law Pat Shanahan.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Ronald Schope and nurse Lauri, Dr. Sudhir Koneru for all their wonderful care.

In lieu of flowers a Julie Shanahan memorial fund has been established.

 



Robert E. Decker

Robert E. Decker, 85 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on September 10, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center. According to his wishes there will be no public visitation or services. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is assisting the family.

Robert was born in rural Dubuque County on April 23, 1929. His parents were Nicholas and Clara Decker.

He spent his life as a dairy farmer in the Bernard and Cascade Iowa area. He was one of the first organic dairy farmers in the state of Iowa in the early 1970's.

One of his joys in life after retiring from farming was participating in the Foster Grandparent program from 2005 to 2012 at the Marshall Elementary School in Dubuque. He helped children with reading and math, and always said that he learned more from them than what he could teach them.

Robert is survived by his brother Steve Decker and his sisters Ruth Decker and Alice Kruser, nine children Leonard (Libby) Decker, Janaan (Glenn) Anderson, Wayne (Penny) Decker, Nancy (Larry) Thompson, Jude (Bob) Ward, Deb (Don) Kirby, Barbara (Jeremy) Kass, Tina (Dave) Ries, Roger Decker, 12 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his sisters Dorothy McCarthy, Leota Niederhauser, Marion Russow, and his granddaughter Karla Dolphin.

In honor of Robert, memorials may be sent to Project Concern for Foster Grandparent Program, 1789 Elm St. Suite B, Dubuque, IA 52001.

Our family would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to the excellent caregivers at Stonehill Care Center, the staff at Alverno Apartments who became his extended family, and the exceptional care from Dr. Schreiber and his staff.

 



Kenneth R. Vander Meulen

Kenneth R. "Van" Vander Meulen, age 83, of Dubuque, passed away at 5:20 p.m. on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To honor Kenny's life, funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 18, 2014, at the Church of the Nativity 1225 Alta Vista St., with Rev. Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. To celebrate Kenny's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. where a parish wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Kenny was born on July 14, 1931, in Dubuque, son of John A. Vander Meulen and Eleanora A. "Nora" (Junk) Vander Meulen.

Kenny was a 1949 graduate of Loras Academy. He worked as a meat processor for Dubuque Packing Co. for 43 years until his retirement in 1993. Kenny was a member of the Church of the Nativity, Local 150 UFCW, Dubuque County Right to Life, the NRA, 2 years Fatima Pilgrim Virgin and 30 years with Perpetual Adoration Society. He was an avid outdoorsman enjoying gardening, fishing, and hunting waterfowl and wild game. Kenny was a devoted father and grandfather who will be deeply missed by his 9 children and everyone who knew and loved him, especially his long time love, "Schatzie".


Kenny is survived by his love of 35 years, Margarete Mary "Schatzie" Martin, Dubuque, IA; his children: Bonnie J. (J.D.) Beenken, Milwaukee, WI; Russel G. Vander Meulen, Dubuque, IA; Holly J. (Bryan) Steen, Necedah, WI; David R. Vander Meulen, LaCrosse, WI; Brian A. Vander Meulen, Big Flats, WI; Lisa J. (Mark) Judycki, Chicago, IL;  Tina M. (Joseph) Boissonneault, Arkdale, WI; Nola A. (Adrian) O'Donoughue, Singapore; Neil J. Vander Meulen, Tampa Bay, FL; his 22 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Kenny will also be greatly missed by many friends, especially Rich and Tommy Jahn and Bob Martin.

Kenny was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Verlyn L. Vander Meulen; 2 great-grandchildren, Kaden and Bentley; and his former wife, Jeanette E. (Manemann) Vander Meulen.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital for their wonderful care of Kenny.

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

 



Joseph W. Beck

Joseph W. Beck, 91, of Dubuque, died Sunday, September 14, 2014 at Luther Manor.

Services will be 1 pm Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Church of the Resurrection with the Rev. Mark Murphy officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by Bellevue American Legion Post #273. Visitation will be at the church Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Joseph was born May 17, 1923 in Zwingle, Iowa, son of Leo and Margaret (Driscoll) Beck. He served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Oakland during WW II. The two things that he was most proud of were his family and his time in the Navy.

On May 15, 1946 he married Rita Dehner at the Church of the Nativity. They enjoyed over 68 years of married life.

He worked as an assembler at John Deere until his retirement and was a Special Deputy under Sheriff John Murphy for many years.

He was a music lover who enjoyed a good brandy and coke. He played the Stumpf fiddle at family parties and for the residents at Stonehill Care Center. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who enjoyed going to sporting events of his children and grandchildren.

Joseph was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #510, Bellevue American Legion Post #273, UAW Local #94, and the Church of the Resurrection.

He is survived by his wife, Rita Beck, of Dubuque; four children, William (Debbie) Beck of Kanata, Ontario, Joyce (Jerry) Schissel of Dubuque, Kenneth (Debby) Beck of Asbury, and Kevin (Kim) Beck of Dubuque; 10 grandchildren, Geoff and Adam Beck, Ashley (Eric) Dickson, of Ontario, Shawna (Mike) Poppen of Dubuque, Toby (Laura) Schissel of Mason City, Iowa, Luke Schissel of Bettendorf, Iowa, Robert Beck of Des Moines, Iowa and Jonathan (Elizabeth) Beck of La Crosse, Wisc., and A.J. and Riley Beck of Dubuque; seven great-grandchildren, Isabelle and Abigail Beck of Ontario, Blake Dickson of Ontario, Ella and Ava Poppen of Dubuque, and Will and Olivia Schissel of Mason City; a sister, LaVonne (Les) Schilling, of Burlington, Iowa; brothers and sisters in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Lynn Marie Beck; one brother, Milton Beck; and two sisters, Leota Hetzler and Monica Christ.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be established in Joseph's name.

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

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care.



Geneva Dingbaum

Geneva Dingbaum, 96, of New Vienna died Saturday, September 13, 2014, at Heritage Manor in Dubuque.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, where a VFW Auxiliary Rosary will be recited at 4:00 p.m. and a parish vigil service will be held at 5:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Geneva was born Nov. 6, 1917, in Marion, IL, the daughter of Nicola and Josephine (Madonia) Raitano.  She married Edwin G. Dingbaum on March 3, 1946, in Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Chicago, IL.

Geneva was employed as a secretary in Chicago for 10 years.  She worked for 20 years at Kerper General Store in New Vienna and after retiring was a library aide at Hennessy School in New Vienna.  She was a member of the Edward W. Lake V.F.W. Post 7736 Auxiliary, the St. Boniface Church and its Holy Rosary Society.

She is survived by 7 children: Joseph (Sigrid) Dingbaum of Rodgau, Germany, Robert (Beth) Dingbaum of West Branch, Paul Dingbaum of Dubuque, Tim (Diane) Dingbaum of Iowa City, Dina (Gary) Kempthorne of Dubuque, Mary Doughty of Waterloo and Nicolette (fiance Ron Ellis) Heer of Dubuque; 15 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; a sister, Frances Lisner of Westfield, WI; in-laws; Irvin (Mary) Dingbaum of Oelwein, Rosemary Pasker of Manchester, Richard Kluesner of Farley and Elsie Dingbaum of Dyersville; many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son, Martin, a son-in-law, Dale Doughty, siblings: Jenny (Tony) Bonano, Lily (Joe) Kukla, Angeline (Don) Myers, Sam (Mary), Jack (Jenny), Joe (Gloria) Raitano, and a brother Joseph and a sister, Anna in childhood.

Her parents-in-law, Joseph and Bernadine (Nefzger) Dingbaum, in-laws: Bernard Lisner, Antoinette (Joe) Pasker, Henrietta Kluesner, Leonard and Luvern Dingbaum, Betty (Robert) Luensman, Luella (John) Pasker, William Pasker.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Heritage Manor for their loving care of Geneva.

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

 

 



Merlin H. Hilby

Merlin H. Hilby, 78, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away at 7:05 a.m. Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 at Midwest Medical Center in Galena, IL.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of American Legion Post # 787.

Visitation will be from 3 - 8 p.m. on Monday and from 9 - 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 2:45 p.m. Monday. Members of American Legion Post # 787 will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Merlin was born on July 23, 1936 in Menominee Township of Jo Daviess County, the son of Leo and Sophia (Wubben) Hilby.  He married Eileen Havertape on June 14, 1961 at St. Joseph's Church at Sinsinawa, WI.

He was formerly employed at Sadler Power Train in Dubuque, drove for the Sinsinawa Dominicans and was a route driver for the Telegraph Herald.

Merlin served in the Army from 1956-1957.  He loved fishing, watching his grandchildren in sports and other activities and helping family and friends with mechanical needs.

He was a member of St. Mary's Parish where he formerly worked their bingo program, the Holy Name Society and East Dubuque Knights of Columbus Council #7527.

Surviving are his wife, Eileen,; three children, Gary (Lori) Hilby, of East Dubuque, Glen Hilby, of Hazel Green, WI and Lisa (Matt) Schuster, of LaMotte, IA; ten grandchildren, Jason (fiancé Katie Hoppman), Andy and Tyler Hilby, Ashley (friend Ryann Kueter), Joey (fiancé Becca Schiehlein), Nick and Amanda Hilby, Nathan, Marissa and Ben Schuster, and one great-grandson, Landon; his siblings, Rosetta (Wayne) Arand, of Stillman Valley, IL, Cletus (Lois) Hilby, of Menominee, IL, Rita (Louis) Berning, of Hazel Green, WI, Kenneth (Jan) Hilby, of Menominee and Lorraine Wills, of Cuba City, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Greg, in 1963; a sister, Viola Scharpf; three brothers-in-law, LaVerne Wills, Bob Scharpf and Donald Havertape; and his father-law and mother-in-law, Joseph and Marie (Timmerman) Havertape.

Eileen and family wish to give thanks to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Megan for the wonderful care provided to Merlin.

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

 

 



Patrick J. McPoland

Patrick J. "Pat" McPoland, age 50, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 2:31 p.m., Thursday, September 11, 2014. To honor Pat's life, funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 19, 2014, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, with Rev. Kyle M. Digmann officiating. To celebrate Pat's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 18, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Epworth, IA.

Pat was born on March 14, 1964, in Dubuque, IA, son of John "Jack" and Mary "Betty" (Schmerbach) McPoland.

Pat graduated from Hempstead High School in 1982. He proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1984-1989. He was employed at Rentech Nitrogen Plant in East Dubuque. Pat will be remembered for his sense of humor and his work ethic. He enjoyed the outdoor life, especially hunting and fishing.

Pat is survived by his children, Zachary McPoland, Taylor McPoland, Terry McPoland, Conner Kramer, all of Dubuque, his grandchildren, Evelyn, Gage, Adriana and Payton, his parents, Jack and Betty McPoland, Epworth, IA, his siblings, Mark (Jodie) McPoland, Epworth, IA, Lori (Gary) Milledge, Jodi (Douglas) Warden, both of Dubuque.

Pat was preceded in death by his grandparents, William (Mary) McPoland and Otto (Loretta) Schmerbach.

In lieu of flowers, a Patrick J. "Pat" McPoland memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Mary E. Mess

Mary E. Mess, age 95, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 5:08 p.m. on Friday, September 11, 2014, at Bethany Home surrounded by her loving family.

To honor Mary's life, funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 15, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Ave., with Rev. Kyle M. Digmann officiating. To celebrate Mary's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14, at Behr's funeral home, 1491 Main St., where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Mary was born on April 3, 1919, in New Diggings, WI, daughter of Leo and Florence (Fields) Piper. 

Mary married William Mess on August 26, 1943, in New Orleans, LA. He preceded her in death on August 18, 1971. Mary was a full time wife, mother and homemaker. She later went to work bartending at various places for 12 years. Mary was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church and the Rosary Society. In her free time she enjoyed going dancing, fishing, bowling and spending time with her family and friends. Mary deeply adored her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Mary is survived by her children, Donna (Eugene) Hingtgen, Dubuque, IA, Jim (Carolyn) Mess, Dubuque, IA, and Claude "Buck" (Dawn) Mess, Kieler, WI; 18 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; and her siblings John (Patty) Piper, Dubuque, IA, and Raymond (Karen) Piper, Horicon, WI.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Judy Pregler; her five sisters, Virginia, Alberta, Kathleen, Freda and Rose Marie; and her six brothers, Norvel "Buster," Claude, Bill, Joseph, Cletus "Riley" and James Piper.

A Mary E. Mess memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Bethany Home, especially Shelley, for all their outstanding and wonderful care of Mary.

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



Clarence Geerts

Clarence Geerts, 88, of Elwood, Iowa, died on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Clarence's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Saturday, Sept. 13, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. on Saturday, Sept. 13, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Elwood, Iowa Cemetery.

Clarence Geerts was born on Jan. 13, 1926 in Garden Plane, Ill., to Jabes and Josephine (Zerup) Geerts. He was educated in Illinois and then served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1945 until receiving his honorable discharge in 1947. He married Mary Lou Farr on August 16, 1947 at the Lutheran Church in DeWitt, Iowa.

Clarence was a farmer. He first rented farms near Clinton, Goose Lake and Elwood. In 1953 he purchased a farm south of Elwood and continued to operate it until retiring in 2013.

Clarence was a member of the Elwood United Methodist Church. He was a former member of the Wyoming Country Club and the Izaak Walton League in DeWitt. He enjoyed playing cards, collecting hats and arrowheads, gardening, woodworking, bowling, and mowing the grass.

Those left to honor Clarence's memory include his wife, Mary Lou Geerts of Maquoketa, IA; children Brad (Kandi) Geerts of El Paso, IL, Roger (Lynn) Geerts of Davenport, IA, Joy (Michelle Tredway) Keeney of Des Moines, IA, and Jolee (Pat) Barnes of Palmyra, MO; 7 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren; a brother, Paul (Penny) Geerts, of Elwood, IA; and a sister, Mary Woods, of Clinton, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Cliff Geerts, and sisters Gertrude Morthland, Dorothy Englins, Luella Good and Lucille DeVoss.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Clarence Geerts memorial fund has been established.

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



Ronald Rahe

Ronald "Rooter" Rahe, 73, of Earlville, Iowa died Thursday, September 11, 2014 at Manor Care in Dubuque, Iowa, following his courageous battle with cancer. His favorite saying at Manor care was "It could be worse."

Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, September 14, 2014, at Kramer Funeral
Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a Vigil Service will be held at 1:45 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 15, 2014, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate. Military Rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post #137.

Ron was born May 11, 1941 in Petersburg, Iowa, the son of Leo and Marie (Kronlage) Rahe. He attended St. Peter and Paul School. Ron served in the Army Reserves for six years. He farmed in the Petersburg area with his brothers Steve and Chuck. Ron enjoyed softball and bowling. He was a kind and caring person who would offer a helping hand to anyone.

Survivors include his siblings: Dick (Judy) Rahe of Dubuque, Rose Ann (Jerry) Burkle; Bob (Rita) Rahe and Paul (Grace) Rahe of Dyersville; Steve (Jeanne) Rahe of Earlville and Marilee (Dean) Stoline of Gaithersburg, MD; Connie (Paul) Wedewer of Aurora, CO; Charles (Bev) Rahe of Petersburg, Margie Rahe of Iowa City; Dave (Melinda) Rahe of Georgetown, TX, 33 nieces, nephews; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister-in-law, Dena Rahe.

The Rahe family would like to thank Manor Care and Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care, especially Edna.

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

 



Sister Genevieve Kordick, BVM

Sister Genevieve Kordick, BVM, age 93, of Marian Hall, 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. To honor Sr. Genevieve Kordick's life, a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:30 p.m., on Monday, September 15, 2014 in the Marian Hall Chapel. To celebrate Sr. Genevieve Kordick's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 until 11:00 a.m., on Monday in the Marian Hall Chapel. Immediately following the wake Monday morning, a prayer service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.

Sister Genevieve was born on January 29, 1921 in Greenfield, Iowa, daughter of Joseph and Kathleen (Anstey) Kordick. Her first profession was on March 19, 1941 and her final profession was on August 15, 1946.

Sister Genevieve was a preschool and elementary school teacher in Chicago and Rock Island, Illinois; Clinton, Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls and Des Moines, Iowa. She was a director for the North Des Moines Senior Center and activities director for the elderly, Willis Adult Care, Des Moines.

Sister Genevieve Kordick, BVM is survived by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with whom she shared life for 76 years. She is also survived my several Nieces and Nephews.

Memorials may be given to the Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa 52003 or online at www.bvmcong.org/whatsnew_obits.cfm

 



Janet A. Freiburger

Janet A. Freiburger, 72, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 at home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Catholic Church with the Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 to 9:00 Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Rd.

Janet was born on June 16, 1942 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of LeRoy and Alice (Kruse) Dalbkermeyer. On June 23, 1964, she married Ronald N. Freiburger at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Sherrill, Iowa. Janet was a homemaker until 1983 when she and Ron established Ron Freiburger Electric, and worked alongside as an electrician with her husband. Her daughter owns a wedding decorating company and she helped out decorating on the weekends.

After her retirement, Janet worked as a sub alongside her daughter in food service at Kennedy School. She loved her family and always gave a helping hand. Her saying was a lot of hands make light work. She was always happy and content and loved entertaining and cooking for family gatherings and friends.

Surviving are her husband of 50 years, Ronald N. Freiburger; her daughter Michelle (Ron) Switzer Jr.; 2 granddaughters, Nicole (Cody) Schmitt and Tiffani Switzer and her brother, Roger (Shirley) Dalbkermeyer all of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A Janet A. Freiburger memorial fund has been established.

The Freiburger family wishes to thank Dr. Lawrence Kukla and Hospice of Dubuque for their unending care and support.

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



Darlene R. Koethe

Darlene R. "Dot" Koethe, 78, of Applewood III Apartments, died Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 at UnityPoint Health, Finley Hospital surrounded by her family and friends.

Her funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 12 at Hope Evangelical Free Church, 11983 John F. Kennedy Road. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m., Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road and from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m., Friday at the Funeral Home. 

Darlene was born on November 2, 1935 the daughter of Aaron and Olga (Hammerand) Koethe. She was employed at Lange Plastics, The University of Dubuque. Dot then owned and managed Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Shop for over 20 years.

After retirement Dot had the pleasure to become caretaker for her nieces Erin and Amanda; which she immensely enjoyed. This endeavor prompted her to start her own in-home child care. Throughout those years she assisted many working parents to raise their families; shaping their character and creating long-lasting "memories". Each and every child has their own "special" story from time spent with "Dot". 

Surviving are her great -nieces, Erin Gustafson and Amanda Prado; brothers, Irvin (Lu) Koethe, Duane "Dewey" (Sarah) Koethe, and LeMar (Jennifer) Koethe; many nieces and nephews; and many, many friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Eldon (Irma) Koethe.

A Darlene Koethe memorial fund has been established.

To leave an online condolence or a special memory please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

Special thank you to the staff at Stonehill Care Center, Dr. Kristen Nelson, the 4th floor medical/surgical nursing staff at Finley Hospital, her many close and loyal friends including those most recent acquaintances at Applewood III.