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Brentley L. Kemp Christopher W. Summers Darlene C. Gogg Colbert
Dennis J. Mulvehill Dolores A. Manley Dorothea J. Hook
Dorothy A. Meyer Dorothy M. Pfeiler Eloise M. Meyer
Emmett W. Young Francis J. O’Connor Gertrude A. Oberbroeckling
Gracie Lynn Ungs Harriet I. Tschiggfrie Helen Therese Kapler
James A. Angelos James R. Kluesner John C. Erickson
Joseph S. Weber Judith Curtis Meyer Kenneth J. Spark
Lynn A. Jellison Mark A. Klinkhammer Mary J. Albert
Mary Margaret Arenz Mason A. Deutmeyer Merlyn E. Gohlmann
Oliver J. Merz, Jr. Paul E. Westmark Richard A. Frerich
Roger R. Anderson Roslyn Ehrlich Sister Mary Joel Kramer, BVM
Thomas J. Determan Thomas L. Steffen

Gracie Lynn Ungs

Gracie Lynn Ungs, infant daughter of Jennifer Hamilton and Jacob Ungs of Dubuque, Iowa, received her angel wings on Thursday, July 17, 2014.

Private services will be held. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Gracie Lynn Ungs is survived by her parents, Jennifer Hamilton and Jacob Ungs of Dubuque, IA; maternal grandmother Denise (Jim Roeder) Neuhaus of Dubuque, IA; paternal grandparents David and Sheila Ungs of Bankston, IA; and many other relatives. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Lonnie Jay Hamilton, Sr.; and her paternal and maternal great-grandparents.

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



Thomas J. Determan

Thomas Determan completed his transition to the uncertain, albeit likely, next phase of existence on July 22, 2014.

He entered life on April 10, 1948. His parents, Don and Helen Determan, nurtured and raised him in Clinton, Iowa. At age 18, the family moved to Bettendorf, IA. He studied and graduated with degrees in History and Secondary School Education from the University of Northern Iowa in 1970.

On August 22, 1970 he married the wonderful Kathleen Marshall. This life partnership thrived to the moment of his exit from human life. Three days after the marriage, he began a second journey, launching his teaching career at Hempstead High School. The honeymoon was a trip on Highway 61 to Dubuque. Thinking they would be in Dubuque for perhaps a five-year stint, Thom and Katie entered their 44th year in the "Masterpiece on the Mississippi".

Thom lived his early years discovering that teaching was his lifestyle. By 8th grade, this career was the focus.
With the help of many, he achieved this as a primary way to find meaning and to contribute to the larger society.
Thom's joyous moments included playing baseball from earliest childhood to age 21 as a pitcher, playing ball with his kids and watching them play baseball, softball and soccer. He visited many golf courses and eventually learned the score to be irrelevant. Special treats were the three cushion billiards matches with friend Robert Byrne.

Three children were also the love of Thom's life. These loved ones include Ben, Emily and Laura and one cherished granddaughter, Kailynn (Emily). Each one is distinctively connected to Thom and carving out a life story full of marinated memories.

Helen, Thom's beloved mother, thrives in Bettendorf. Don, Thom's father, was stricken with a heart event and died in 1976.

His two loving brothers, Rick (JoAnn) and John (Kathleen), and his dear baby sister Jane (Edward) all reside in the Quad Cities.

Following cremation, My Life's Plan, a transition event, will be held on Sunday, August 10. Seating begins at 12:30 p.m. The event starts at 1 p.m. and goes until 4:00 p.m. at the Hotel Julien.

Thom requested that any gift be directed to the Thomas J. Determan Global Perspectives Endowment. The endowment supports student scholarships and global education teacher workshops.

Online condolences may be left at leonardfuneralhome.com

 



Mark A. Klinkhammer

Mark A. Klinkhammer, 59, of Dubuque, died Monday, July 21, 2014.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 25, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, conducted by Rev. Dr. Kristian Kincaid, and visitation will be held there Thursday, July 24, from 4 to 8 pm. Visitation will also be held Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

Mark was born Feb. 27, 1955 in Dubuque, son of Donald and Alice (Clemen) Klinkhammer.

He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War.

Mark is survived by two children, Matthew (Kate Crist) Klinkhammer and Alice (Kyle) Greenwood; seven siblings, Donald (Judy), Steve (Karen), Dale (Kim), Kenny (Kris), David (Karen), and John Klinkhammer and Mary (Mike) Plein; his former spouse, Vickie Klinkhammner; and his stepmother, Carol Klinkhammer; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Christine, in infancy.

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



Harriet I. Tschiggfrie

Harriet I. Tschiggfrie, 96, a resident of Stonehill Care Center, passed away on Thursday, July 17, 2014. Memorial Mass will be at 10 a.m Friday, July 25, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Inurnment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

Harriet was born Nov. 25, 1917 in Dubuque, the daughter of George and Elsie (Strong) Schueler. She married Elmer L. Tschiggfrie, who passed away on May 2, 1992. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Survivors include her son, Richard (Carol) Tschiggfrie of Tamarac, FL; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and 6 great-great-grandchildren.

Harriet was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Elmer; a daughter, Judith Lucas; son-in-law Robert Lucas; 2 brothers, Harlan and George Schueler; and a sister, Lorraine Pottebaum.

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



Thomas L. Steffen

Thomas L. Steffen, age 67, of East Dubuque, IL, and formerly of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family, at 8:55 p.m., Monday, July 21, 2014. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 25, 2014, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2917 Central Ave., with Rev. Kyle Digmann officiating. To celebrate Tom's life, friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Tom was born on April 16, 1947, in Dubuque, IA, son of Bernard and Laurabelle "Betty" (Jacobsmeier) Steffen.

Tom served with the U.S. Army from 1966-1968, spending time in Korea during the Vietnam War. He married Constance Engler on August 10, 1968. Tom was employed at Hawkeye Tractor Trailer until his retirement in 2010. He was a member of Hawkeye Vintage Tractor Machinery Association and Teamster Union Local 120. Tom was an avid tractor puller. He took great pride in his Oliver tractors and one of Tom's proudest achievements was winning all 5 weight classes in 2012.

Tom is survived by his wife, Connie Steffen, East Dubuque, IL; his children, Daniel (Tammy) Steffen, Dubuque, IA, Julie (Scot) Kutsch, Dubuque, IA, Lynn (Scott) Burlage, East Dubuque, IL, Laura (Jeff) Walton, Cedar Rapids, IA; his 10 grandchildren, Ashley, Zara, Michael, Marisa, Marty, Richard, Cameron, Tyler, Beau and Alexandra; his siblings, Jane (Robert) Kirby, Dubuque, IA, Mazie (Mike) Arthofer, Peosta, IA, Bob (Melinda) Steffen, Bernard, IA, Gary (Patti) Steffen, Bernard, IA, Phil (Vicki) Steffen, Zwingle, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Betty, his three siblings, Bernard and Diane, in infancy, and Carol Steffen, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Irvin and Mary Engler and a Goddaughter, Michelle Arthofer.

A Thomas L. Steffen memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Schultheis and his nurses and staff and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Traci, Heather and Dawn, for all their wonderful care of Tom.

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

 



John C. Erickson

John C. "Jack" Erickson, 89, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014 at Ennoble Manor. 

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 23, at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque. Rev. Dianne Grace will officiate. Interment will be in Linwood Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Friends may greet the family from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 23, at the funeral home.

Jack was born October 28, 1924 in Marquette, the son of Clifford H. and Edith (McCain) Erickson. He graduated high school at the age of 17, and joined the U.S. Navy.  Jack served his country during World War II, and was honorably discharged in 1945. He was a member of the V.F.W.

On March 7, 1945, Jack married the girl next door, Ruth Fuller. He worked in construction for over 50 years, building oil refineries around the world.He was a lifetime member of the Carpenter's Union Local #678. He enjoyed playing euchre and golf. Jack was a hardworking man with deep integrity and old fashioned values. 

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Judy (Richard) Henkel, David (Joan Jellison) Erickson, and Penny Pacheco, all of Dubuque; his grandchildren, Dan, Corinne, Ivan John, Sherry, Jennifer, and Ruth; and 11 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, in 1997; his parents; his son in law, Ivan E. Pacheco; and  his brother, LeRoy "Ike" (Dorothy) Erickson.

The family extends  a special thank you to the staff at Mercy Medical Center, the staff at Ennoble Manor, and the staff at Hospice of Dubuque, for all their care of Jack.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.

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

 

 



Lynn A. Jellison

Lynn Ann Jellison, 48 of Maquoketa, Iowa, formally of Dubuque passed away on Sunday, July 20th, 2014 at home.

Funeral service will be at 7:00p.m. Friday, July 25th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2295 Rockdale Rd with Rev. Jack Redmond officiating. Friends my call from 3:00p.m. to 7:00p.m., Friday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2295 Rockdale Rd. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Lynn was born on May 3, 1966 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of James and Rosalie Shaffer. She graduated from Hempstead High School and married Vince Jellison on April 16, 1994 in Dubuque, Iowa.

She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, who enjoyed spending time with her family, and caring for her pets. She had a great imagination and talent for arts and crafts. Above all else she was her passion and love for Jesus.

She is survived by her husband Vince, four children; Amber (Darrell) Schmitt of Dubuque, Jacob Shaffer of Dubuque, Jesse and Dennis Jellison of Maquoketa. Stepchildren, Vincent Jellison Jr. of Dubuque, and Samantha (Justin) Warner of Florida, and seven grandchildren. Her mother and father, James and Rosalie Shaffer of Dubuque. Three siblings, Robert Shaffer of Dubuque, Christy (Gary) Belisle of Madison WI, and Amy (Michael) Becker of Dubuque, and many nieces and nephews that she adored.

The family would like to send a heartfelt thank you to Abigail Tracy for her close friendship and devotion to Lynn the last few years.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents.

In lieu of flowers, a Lynn Ann Jellison memorial has been established.

 



James A. Angelos

James A. Angelos, 88, of Good Samaritan Society, 700 Waverly Rd., Davenport, IA, formerly of 1145 McGregor Dr., Dubuque, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Society. Funeral Services will be 3 p.m., Friday, July 25, 2014 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd, where the family will greet friends starting at 1 p.m. until service time on Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

The son of Greek immigrants, James ‘Costa' A. Angelos was born October 31, 1925 in Dubuque, IA to Andrew D. and Vera T. (Vrotsos) Angelos. He married Helen M. Petrakis in Dubuque on June 6, 1948 at St. John's Episcopal Church. She died on April 9, 2011.

Baptized Konstantinos, he was one of 6 children of a family that traced its Greek heritage to the villages of Tsarartsa (modern name: Chrissokelaria) in the prefecture of Messinias on his father's side, and Karlovasi on the island of Samos on his mother's side.

Survivors include a daughter, Andrea S. (John R.) Ellerbach, Whittier, NC; a son, Michael C. Angelos, Davenport, IA; granddaughters, Aurora J. (Jason A.) Hawk, Punxsutawney, PA and Natalie S. (Larry J.), Cadile, Homer City, PA; sisters, Helen Hemmer, Independence, IA and Molly Hudson, Ames, IA; a sister in-law, Sara "Sally" Daisy (Robert) Mason and many nieces and nephews.

He served in the US Navy during WW II as a pharmacist's mate aboard the S.S. George A. Johnson, including at a Repair & Security Base at Bahia (Salvatore), Brazil; finishing his tenure at the Naval Ordnance Plant in Louisville, KY. From 1965-1973 he was a member of Ready Naval Reserve. He was employed at John Deere and owned and operated the University Inn (Goats) restaurant from 1952-1957. He also worked at the Dubuque Packing Co., from which he retired in 1982.

He received a Private Pilot's license in 1967. He enjoyed golf, music, and time spent with his children and grandchildren.

No memorials are requested.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by grandparents, Theodore G. and Irene E. (Skondrianos) Vrotsos, a brother, Andrew "Tykie" A. Angelos; sisters, Irene Howes Foster and Mary Moore; brothers in-law, Maurice B. Howes, Theodore J. Foster, Donald E. Moore, Donald J. Hemmer and H. Bruce Hudson.

For service details and to leave an online condolence visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Mason A. Deutmeyer

Mason Allen Deutmeyer, 2-1/2 month old infant son of Brian and Dawn Deutmeyer of Worthington, went to be with Jesus on Thursday, July 17, 2014.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Mason was born April 26, 2014 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Brian and Dawn (Taft) Deutmeyer.  

Survivors include his parents, Brian and Dawn Deutmeyer; a sister, Mackenzie, his maternal grandparents, Marilyn and John Taft of Epworth, paternal grandparents, Paul and Jean Deutmeyer of Worthington, paternal great-grandmother, Germaine Deutmeyer of Dyersville; aunts and uncles: Jennifer (Steve) Driscoll of Epworth, Conor (Amber) Taft of Cascade, Amy (Brian) Brunsman of Dubuque, Casey (Tony) Reinert of Dyersville and Niki (Adam) Lahr of Worthington; 11 cousins and many great aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his maternal great grandparents, Donald and Margaret Koopmann and Calvin and Irene Taft; paternal great grandparents, Donald and Marjorie Cooksley and Roger Deutmeyer.

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

 

 



Paul E. Westmark

Paul E. Westmark, 77, of Dyersville died Sunday, July 20, 2014, at Manor Care in Dubuque.

Friends may call from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 4:00 p.m. and an American Legion Service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 25, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Paul was born September 12, 1936, in Dyersville the son of Cleo and Loretta (Kluesner) Westmark.  He graduated from Xavier High School and attended the University of Iowa for a year and then a year at Bayless Business College.  In 1956, he entered the US Air Force.  His tours of duty overseas consisted of 4 tours of duty in the Far East including Korea, Japan, Viet Nam and Okinawa.  He also served a tour in Germany and at several bases in the US.  While he was in Japan, Paul met Toyoko Miki Hyodo who was working at the Base.  They were married at the American Embassy in Tokyo on November 14, 1968.  Paul retired from Lawry AF Base in 1978. He began working at the Department of the Interior doing the Geological Survey from 1978 - 1995.  He and Miki retired to Dyersville in 1995.  Paul was a brain tumor survivor since 1987.

Paul is survived by his wife, Toyoko, a sister, Mary (Walter) Bockenstedt of Dubuque, a brother, Frederick Westmark of Cambodia, a nephew, Paul( Cathy) Bockenstedt of Eden Prairie, MN, a niece, Ann (Andy) Rettenmeier of Dubuque, a great niece, Lara Bockenstedt and great nephews, Daniel Bockenstedt and James and Peter Rettenmeier, two nephews in Japan, Takayoshi Hyodo and Yoshinori Horie, an uncle, Arthur Westmark of Dyersville, and a cousin, Judy Henke of Dyersville.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Helen Westmark, his nephew/Godchild, Daniel J. Bockenstedt and several in-laws in Japan.

We would like to thank Dr. Caceras and nurses, Ann and Peggy, at Mercy Medical Center for the care and compassion given to Paul, and also to Angela with Hospice of Dubuque.  Thank you also to the Nurses of Manor Care, especially Mike and Miranda.

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

 

 



Brentley L. Kemp

Brentley Louis Kemp, infant son of Justin and Michelle (Pierson) Kemp of Maquoketa, Iowa, received his angel wings on Thursday, July 10, 2014.

Private services will be held. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Brentley Louis Kemp is survived by his parents, Michelle and Justin Kemp of Maquoketa, IA; siblings, Ryan Schenkel, Riley Kemp and Braxton Kemp; maternal grandparents, Anne Pierson and Scott Rieck of Belle Plaine, IA; paternal grandparents, Barbara and James Kemp, Jr. of Delmar, IA; and paternal great-grandparents, Stanley and Patricia Weets of Maquoketa, IA; and many other relatives. He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents.

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

 



Dorothy M. Pfeiler

Dorothy M. Pfeiler, 93, of Dyersville, and formerly of Petersburg, died July 19, 2014 at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville.

Friends may call from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a Vigil Service will be held at 4:00 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate.

Dorothy was born April 12, 1921, in Petersburg, Iowa, the daughter of Alphonse and Antoinette Wegmann.  She married Arthur B. Esch during August of 1948 in Petersburg, Iowa.  He preceded her in death in November of 1961. She married Emmett J. Pfeiler on Sept. 25, 1965, in Dyersville. He preceded her in death in July of 2002.  Dorothy was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker who spoke kindly of all. She will be greatly missed.

Survivors include her 4 children: Thomas (Roberta "Bobbi") Esch of Naperville, Illinois, Jan Kuhl of Perrysburg, Ohio, Terry (Laura) Esch, of Moline, Illinois, and Daniel (Nancy) Esch of Minnetonka, MN; 10 grandchildren: Kristin (James) Gecan and William Esch, Jessica (David) Blosser, Emily (Matt) Schuff, and Katherine Kuhl, Sarah and Alex Esch, and Nina, Andrew, and Brian Esch; 4 great grandchildren:  Reagan and Camryn Blosser and Lily and Gabby Schuff; siblings: Harriet (Leon) Maiers, Ralph (Leona) Wegmann, Ambrose (Pat) Wegmann, and LuAnn (Robert) Mescher.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Arthur B. Esch and Emmett J. Pfeiler, a grandson, Thomas R. Esch, and siblings: Armella Wieferich, John Wegmann, Alvin Wegmann, and Eileen Meder.

Memorials are preferred to St. Francis Xavier Basilica.

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

 

 



Roger R. Anderson

Roger R. Anderson, 73, of Dubuque died Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 2025 Jackson Street. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 pm Monday, July 21, 2014 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Friends may also call from 9 to 9:45 Tuesday at the church prior to services.

Roger was born May 28, 1941 in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, son of Raymond and Shirley (Domske) Anderson. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. He married Sue Faherty on Sept. 26, 1970 in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Roger served in the US Navy during the Vietnam war, then continued serving in the Naval Reserves as a machinist until retiring.He worked as a tool and die maker for John Deere, retiring after 50 years of service. He collected antiques and enjoyed fishing trips to Minnesota with his sons. Roger was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

He is survived by three sons, Jason (Wendi) Anderson of Dubuque, Brian (LeAnn) Anderson of Omaha, Neb., and Matt Anderson of Dubuque; five grandchildren, Jessica, Elisha, and Hannah Anderson and Joshua and Evelyn Anderson; brother in law, Kim Sanford and nephew Brad Sanford of Dubuque and his former spouse, Sue Smith of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Judy in infancy, and Barbara Sanford.

Memorials may be made to Roger Anderson Memorial Fund.

For further information, or to submit an online obituary, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.



Judith Curtis Meyer

Judith "Judy" Curtis Meyer, of Dubuque, found peace on Friday, July 18, 2014, at Heritage Manor, at the age of 87 years old surrounded by her loving family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 21 at Resurrection Catholic Church. Fr. Mark Murphy will officiate. Entombment will be in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum, Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, July 20, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Judy was born August 11, 1926 in Dubuque, the daughter of Roy and Amelia (Grassel) Curtis. She married George Meyer on October 14, 1961 at St. Anthony Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on February 1, 2012. 

Judy Graduated from Finley School of Nursing in 1947 and went to work for Dr. Cary until he retired. In the early 1950's she worked for Dr. Merritt, a pediatrician in the Roshek building in downtown Dubuque until 1963. She later returned to nursing around 1975 and was a Registered Nurse at Finley Hospital and Mercy Medical Center for many years until retirement. 

She was a member of the Iowa Nurses Association. She was also a member of St Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. 

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, G. Curt Meyer of Overland Park, KS, John (Joyce) Meyer of Dubuque, and Amy (E.J.) Strother of Whitefish Bay, WI; five grandchildren, Noah and Megan Meyer, and Tess, Gaby, and Natalie Strother; her sisters, Jane Leibold of Peoria, IL, Joan (Howard) Higley of Dubuque, and Jean Jaeggi of East Dubuque, IL; and a brother in law, Dr. John C. Meyer of Peoria, IL. In addition to many loving nieces and nephews.

Judy was a kind hearted soul who touched everyone she met. She was a wonderful mother and loving wife. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her beloved husband of 50 years, Judy was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Albert Curtis; and a sisters, Joyce Wollschlager and Janet Marshall and brothers/sisters in law Bill Marshall, Bob Jaeggi, Joe Leibold, Joe Meyer, Ben and Eloise Meyer, Mary Katherine and Bob Weydert and Bernie Curtis.

The family extends their grateful thanks to Heritage Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their superior care and kindness.

Memorials may be given in Judy's name to Hospice of Dubuque.


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

 



James R. Kluesner

James R. Kluesner, 77, of Dubuque passed away Friday, July 18, at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 21, 2014 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, with Fr. Kyle Digmann officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Friends may call from 2:30 to 7:00 pm Sunday, July 20th at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road where there will be a wake service at 6:30.

Jim was born March 1, 1937 in Holy Cross, IA, son of Cyril and Norma (Schute) Kluesner. He married Sharon Tigges, April 28, 1962 at St. Raphael Cathedral, Dubuque.

He graduated from Monona, IA High School. He served his country with the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany.

Jim worked at the former Dubuque Packing Company for 14 years and then became co-owner of Gill's Equipment for 14 years. He then started his own business, James Kluesner Repair, which he owned and operated until his retirement. Jim was noted for his hard work and integrity.

He was a member of Holy Ghost Parish. His faith was very important to him.

Jim was a devoted husband and father and was very family oriented. He loved to spread Christmas joy as Santa. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and could often be found working on one of his many projects. He was also known to have a unique sense of humor.

Surviving are his wife, Sharon of Dubuque; his children, Kelly (Fred) Deube, of Grayslake, IL., Karey (Pietro Bajona) Kluesner, of Rochester, MN, Kevin (Elaine) Kluesner, of Dubuque and Kenyon (Elizabeth) Kluesner, of Des Moines, IA; grandchildren, Bailey, Alex, Jenna, and Madison Deube, Eleonora Bajona, Jimmy, Yianni, and Tommy Kluesner, and Ethan and Jonah Kluesner; one great grandchild, Myah Hernandez; his siblings, Carol (Cyril) Elsinger, of Rickardsville, Gloria Johnson, of Lakeland, FL, Loras John Kluesner, of Marquette, IA, Janet (Roger) Bernhard, of Monona, IA, Lonnie Kay Kluesner, of Friendship, WI, and Mike (Randi) Kluesner, of Marquette, IA; and a brother-in-law, Lloyd (Dixie) Tigges, of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Jean Kluesner; a brother-in-law, David Johnson; and a sister-in-law, Maylo Tigges.

Memorials may be made to Holy Spirit Parish or to Hospice of Dubuque.

Special thanks to all the staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially, Peggy; Dr. Ronald Schope; the nurses at Finley Respiratory Department and Pulmonary Rehab; and the nurses at Dubuque Internal Medicine Lab.

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

 



Darlene C. Gogg Colbert

Dolly (Darlene) Christine Gogg Colbert , 83, of Dubuque, Iowa, peacefully went to her eternal rest on Wednesday, July 17, surrounded by her seven children and her husband of 63 years, Edward, at Mercy Medical Center.

The Catholic Mass will be held at 10 am Monday, July 21, at the Church of the Nativity. The Wake will be held Sunday, July 20, from 2pm to 6pm at the Church of the Nativity and all are welcome to come celebrate the beautiful, long life of Dolly Colbert.

The Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery following the funeral services.

Dolly was born Dec. 26, 1930, in Iowa City, Iowa, the daughter of Paul and Delia (Olsen) Gogg, formerly of Clarkesville, Iowa, where she was crowned Miss Melody during her high school years.

She was an excellent student and attended the University of Iowa School of Nursing. While attending the university she met the charming sports star and love of her life, Eddie Colbert. She was an avid Catholic. Dolly and Ed were married on Oct. 27, 1951, at The Little Brown Church in Nashua Iowa.

She worked for many years at Loras College Counselling Services as an Executive Assistant. She was a devoted member of the Dubuque Mother's Club as well as a volunteer for The American Cancer Society.

Her most fulfilling job was raising her seven children, Shawn, Debbie, Paula, David, Lisa, Daniel and Mark, and looking after her husband, Coach Eddie Colbert, and their beloved dog, Muffin.

Born an only child, of Norwegian descent, Dolly took special joy in raising her large family and playing an active role in her children's lives. After her retirement she served on the Dubuque County Foster Care Review Board and wintered in Palm Springs.

Some of Dolly's favorite things included: flowers and gardening and being active in the Church. She was stylish and enjoyed fashion, but her greatest love was taking care of children. She was "everyone's mother" and will be greatly missed by all.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Edward Colbert, and her seven children: Shawn Turner (Judd Turner) of Eden Prairie, Minn., Deborah Rondeau of Eden Prairie, Minn., Paula Ruden (Nicholas Ruden) of Dubuque, David Colbert, MD (JP Van Laere) of New York City, Lisa Hallowell (Todd Hallowell) of Los Angeles, Daniel Colbert (Eriece Colbert) of Cedar Rapids, and Mark Colbert of New York City.

Grandchildren include: Laura Udelhoven, Nate Ruden, Zachary Ruden, Daniel Ruden, Katie Turner, Dawn Ramerth, Jesse Rondeau, Henry Hallowell, Marcus Colbert, Kendall Colbert, Janelle Colbert & Devin Colbert. Great-grandchildren include Megan Gower and Griffin Ramerth.

Dolly was preceded in death by her parents, Delia and Paul Gogg; her grandchild Luke Turner; and her best friend, Bonnie Spahn.

The family would like to extend a very special thanks to Mercy Medical Center and its amazing staff of healthcare providers as well as Bethany Home and Cozy Corner Adult Day Care Center.

Memorials may be made to Cozy Corner Adult Day Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa

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



Dorothea J. Hook

Dorothea J. "Dorothy" Hook, age 87, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 5:35 a.m., Friday, July 18, 2014, at ManorCare Health Services. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 21, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. To celebrate Dorothy's life, friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 20, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home and from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services on Monday. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Dorothy was born on August 27, 1926, the adopted daughter of Louis and Bertha (Leinneger) Cherrier.

Dorothy married Joseph Hook on May 29, 1945, in Leavenworth, Kansas. He preceded her in death on January 12, 2007. She was a lifelong Dubuque resident and was employed as a clerk at K Mart for over 23 years. In her free time Dorothy enjoyed camping and fishing and was a avid BINGO player. Her greatest joy was to be with her family.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Patricia "Pat" (Daniel) Farnum, Dubuque, IA, Roger (Cindy) Hook, Des Moines, IA; her daughter-in-law, Dori Hook, Dubuque, IA; her 10 grandchildren, Brian, Tammy, Michelle, Harold, Jeremy, Joseph, Carrie, Stacy, Jamie and Amanda; her 25 great-grandchildren; her 4 great great-grandchildren.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Joseph, her son, Harold Hook, her biological parents, Vern Kennedy and Margaret Hargrove and a sister in infancy.

A Dorothea J. Hook memorial fund has been established.

A heartfelt "thank you" to the nurses, staff and fellow residents at ManorCare for their wonderful care of Dorothy over the years.

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

 



Kenneth J. Spark

Kenneth J. Spark, age 67, of Spring Grove, died Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill.

Committal services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, at Mount Olivet Cemetery with Deacon Bill Beaver officiating. Military detail will follow committal by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery Columbarium. A private family gathering will follow committal services. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., is in charge of arrangements.

He was born July 18, 1946 in Dubuque, Iowa, to James and Bernice (Bradbury) Spark. After being raised and educated in Dubuque, Ken met his future wife, Donna L. Birch, and they were married on Sept. 28, 1968 in Dubuque.

A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Ken served aboard the USS Murray and the USS Beatty during the Vietnam War. Because service to his country was a meaningful time in his life, Ken was elated when he was able to attend a 45-year reunion event with his fellow veterans.

Ken furthered his education at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, receiving a B.S. degree in Manufacturing Engineering in 1973 and a Master of Business Communication in 1993 from Louis University in Schaumburg.

A resident of McHenry County, Ill., for the past 32 years, he enjoyed a career as a manufacturing engineer. Most recently employed by Chrysler, he retired in 2008. Previously Ken had been employed by Navistar.

Enjoyments during his leisure time included working on his favorite project, his home, as well as gardening and star-gazing. Most importantly, his family always remained his main priority in life.

Ken is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Donna; son Chad (Aimee) Spark of Woodstock; a granddaughter, Alex, and a grandson, Joseph; and three sisters, Bernice Besler of Elgin, Mary Kay Burton of Dubuque, and Darlene Hedley of Dubuque.

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

For those wishing to send an expression of condolence, his family suggests memorials to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.



Oliver J. Merz, Jr.

Oliver J. "Ollie" Merz, Jr., age 83, of Dubuque, passed away on Thursday, July 17, 2014, peacefully at home. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Pastor Greg Bjornstad officiating. To celebrate Ollie's life, friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque
Post 6.

Oliver was born on June 6, 1931, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Oliver J. and Mary (Garrett) Merz, Sr.

Ollie was a lifelong resident of Dubuque. He served with the U.S. Navy during Korea where he earned a Silver Star Medal. He married Rae M. Bisdorf on July 23, 1954, in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on October 12, 2012. Ollie was employed at Trausch Baking Company as a route driver for 33 years until his retirement in 1994. He served on the board for the Dubuque Area Harvest Labor. Ollie was a former member of the Teamsters and the American Legion Dubuque Post 6. In his younger days he enjoyed camping and fishing. Ollie was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. He also enjoyed trying his luck at the Dog Track and the Casino.

Ollie is survived by, his children, Doris (Don) Capaul, Epworth, IA, Pat Root, Dubuque, IA, Beth (Mike Ashby) Hanson, Dubuque, IA, John (Sandy) Merz, Buffalo, MN, Greg Merz, Cedar Rapids, IA; his step-daughter, Rhonda (Art) Hanson, Waterloo, IA; his grandchildren, Michelle Hoppmann, Benjamin Root, Joey Merz, Libby Root, Luke Merz, Allie Merz and Chris Hanson; his great-grandchildren, Haley, Courtney and Caitlin Hoppmann; his step-granddaughter, Amanda (Tim Hasbrouk) Schmit; his step-great-grandchildren, Tori Schmit, Courtney Brady, Rylee and Jordan Hasbrouk; his brothers, Terry, Dennis and Donald; his sisters, Dian, Gloria, Beverly, Carol, Nancy, Sue and Janice; and several nieces and nephews.

Ollie was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Rae M. Merz, 2 daughters, Kathy Jo in infancy and Sherry Merz, 2 grandchildren, his brother Joe Merz, his step-brother, Bob and his step-sister, Betty.

In lieu of flowers, an Oliver J. "Ollie" Merz, Jr. memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Eloise M. Meyer

Eloise M. Meyer, 87, of Stonehill Care Center, formerly of 2315 Martin Dr., passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Finley Hospital.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 19, at Resurrection Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home at 2659 JFK Road, where a wake service will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Eloise was born on Jan. 13, 1927 at home in Waterville, Iowa, the only child of Victor C. and Delories (Hermanson) Anderson, weighing only 3 1/2 pounds. At the age of 17 she moved from Elma, Iowa, to Dubuque to attend Finley School of Nursing.

While in school she met the love of her life, Ben Meyer. They were married on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, 1948 at Nativity Catholic Church. Together they shared a love only few were lucky enough to find. They took joy in spending time with their children, grandchildren, and great- grandchildren. She had a beautiful marriage with so much special love from Ben and family.

Being a Registered Nurse was a passion of Eloise's. She worked full and part time for 28 years at Finley Hospital, briefly at Xavier Hospital (1 year), then returned to Finley for a total of 43 years and was able to enjoy 25 years of retirement.

Co-workers always talked of Eloise as being kind, generous and loving in all of her relationships with her patients and staff. After she retired she still considered herself an R.O.N., "Real Old Nurse".

Although she achieved many accomplishments through her nursing career, she will be remembered, most importantly for her kind, generous and loving spirit. She was an expert in her field and treated everyone as she would a close friend. She took great pride in being an R.N.

Eloise especially enjoyed going to the Village Inn with her family and friends on a regular basis.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Christopher Meyer, Cathy (Terry) Nauman, and Carolyn (Jay) Gottschalk, all of Dubuque; grandchildren Dr. Sonya (Todd Wolter) Meyer, Aaron Meyer, Grant Meyer, Troy (Jenny) Steffen, Stacey Wiest (Luke Abbitt), Nick (Tara Bragg) Steffen, Eric Nauman (Lisa Truitt) , and Nathan Steffen; great-grandchildren Isabel Eloise, Ben, Shane, Raelyn Rose, Hailey, and Adelyn Grace; brother-in-law Dr. John (Mary) Meyer; sister-in-law Judy Meyer; niece Mary Anne (Bill) Stegeman; special nephew John Meyer; special friends Agnes Wagner and Marie Vogt; and her nurse buddies, Ann Fessler, Alice Weick, Marlene Frye and Janet Dwane.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ben; her parents; special brothers-in-law Joe Meyer and George Meyer; sister-in-law Mary Catherine (Bob) Weydert; special friends Darla (Clete) Pillard and Marge (Ted) Siefker; and her beloved dog, Minnie.

Memorials may be given to Finley Hospital and Resurrection Church.

For more information and to submit an online condolence please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

A very special thank you to Dr. Hillard Salas, all of the special nurses at Finley Hospital, especially Travis, Jo, Jessie and Sarah at the Finley Hospital and to the staff at Stonehill for all of their compassionate care.



Mary J. Albert

Mary J. Albert, 83, of Dubuque, died Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

In accordance with Mary's wishes, there will be no public services.

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



Sister Mary Joel Kramer, BVM

Sister Mary Joel Kramer, BVM, died July 13, 2014, at Marian Hall in Dubuque, Iowa. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. on Monday, July 21, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed by a prayer service at 11 a.m. Funeral liturgy will be at 1:30 p.m. Burial is in the Mount Carmel cemetery. 

She was born July 17, 1921, to Joseph Bernard and Margaret Kenney Kramer. She entered the BVM congregation from Holy Name Parish, Marcus, Iowa, on Sept. 8, 1939. She professed first vows on March 19, 1942, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1947.

Sister Mary Joel was an elementary school educator in Fort Dodge, Manly, Sioux City and Council Bluffs, Iowa; Rapid City, S.D.; Chicago; and Kauai, Hawaii. She ministered as an LPN and in hospice/home health care in Sioux City. She worked in food service at Mount Carmel in Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters: Fern Addy, Nan Strasser, Patricia Slebodnik and Ruth Fenton Weis; and adopted brother Robert Kenney.

She is survived by a sister, Marge (Maggie) Kistel, Safety Harbor, Fla.; nieces, nephews and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 74 years.

Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Richard A. Frerich

Richard A. "Dick" Frerich, 78, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Heritage Manor.

According to his wishes there will be no public visitation or services. Private family burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., is in charge of arrangements.

Richard was born on Oct. 3, 1935, the son of Joe and Virginia Frerich. He married Florence Jaeger on Sept. 30, 1961 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque.

Richard served in the U.S. Air Force. He was a produce manager at Del Farm and Eagles Country Market, and later retired from John Deere.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Florence; two children, Joe (Judy) Frerich, of Moline, IL, and Rita Persian, Dubuque; and three grandchildren, Emily Persian, stationed in San Diego, CA, Josh Persian, of Dubuque, and Michelle Frerich, of Moline, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his son-in-law, Joel Persian.

A Richard Frerich memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Heritage Manor, Hospice of Dubuque and Dr. Angela Kelly for all their wonderful care.



Mary Margaret Arenz

Mary Margaret (Malin) Arenz , 95, of 1001 Assisi Drive, formerly of 275 N. Grandview Ave., died Wednesday, July 9, 2014.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 19, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West, Iowa. Friends may call from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, July 18, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, where there will be a parish wake service at 7:00 p.m.

Mary Margaret was born June 17, 1919 in LaCrosse, WI, daughter of John C. and Ann Mary (Downey) Malin. She married James T. Arenz on June 22, 1942 in LaCrosse, WI. He preceded her in death on Oct. 28, 1998. In 1951 Mary Margaret and Jim moved to Dubuque to operate the Arenz Shoe Store until their retirement in 1987.

Mary Margaret was an active member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church from October 1951 until her death. She was a member of St. Josita's Catholic Mother's Study Club.

Mary Margaret's family and faith were the cornerstones of her life. She loved all of her family members unconditionally and started each day praying for all of us, enumerating each and every name, child and in-law alike, always having room to add one more as she did this last year for little William and Michael's new wife, Alisa.

Surviving are her children, Thomas J. (Kathleen) Arenz of Milwaukee, WI; Mary Kathryn "Miki" (Dr. Edmond) O'Neill of Dubuque and A. John (Cynthia) Arenz of rural LaMotte, IA; seven grandchildren, Carolyn (Justin) Johns, Patrick (Christine) Arenz, Kathryn O'Neill, Michael (Alisa) O'Neill, Allison Arenz, James Arenz and Anna Arenz; four great-grandchildren, Wey Henry and Thomas Johns, and Katherine and William Arenz; one sister, Ann Jeanette Malin, of LaCrosse, WI; a brother-in-law, Robert (Gwen) Braun of Manitowac, WI; a sister-in-law, Roslyn Kellock of California; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters-in-law James (Betty) Malin and Gerard (Kathryn) Malin; her sister, Carlie Braun; sisters-in-law and their spouses Margaret (John) Nekola, Mary Ellen (Dr. Mahmoud) Shihata, Catherine (Charles) Specht, Alberta (Arthur) Atkinson and brother-in-law Edward Arenz.

Mary Margaret had a long and wonderful life for which she expressed gratitude daily. We were blessed that she was our mom, gramma and great gramma.

Memorials may be given to St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Stonehill, and Holy Family Catholic Schools.

For more information or to submit an online condolence please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

The family would like to thank Dr. Andrea Ries, the staff at Stonehill Skilled Nursing and her second family at Assisi Village for all their care, concern, love and friendship for Mary Margaret.



Joseph S. Weber

Joseph S. Weber, 75, of Dyersville, Iowa, died Monday, July 14, 2014 at his home surrounded by family.

Friends may call from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville, where a Vigil Service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 18, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Jeff Dole will officiate.

Joe was born Oct. 17, 1938 in Manchester, Iowa, the son of Alphonse and Marcella (Langel) Weber. He married Elaine Gudenkauf on May 26, 1962, in Worthington, Iowa. Together they farmed near Dyersville for 30 years until retiring in Dyersville in 1994.

Survivors include his wife, Elaine; 4 children: Deanne (Paul) Gieser of St. Paul, MN, Cathy Long of Cedar, IA, Philip (Janet) Weber of Norwalk, IA and Patrick (Caryn) Weber of Minneapolis, MN; 5 grandchildren: Adam, Sydney and Jake Long, Rachel and Morgan Weber; his mother, Marcella Steger of Dyersville; and 4 siblings: Arthur (Joan) Weber, Kay (Bill) Recker, Lois (Kenneth) Bries and Gerald (Jan) Weber, all of Dyersville.

He was preceded in death by his father, Alphonse; his step-father, Edmund "Skinny" Steger; and 2 nephews in infancy.

Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Francis J. O’Connor

Francis "Frank" J. O'Connor, 84, of Dyersville, Iowa, died Monday, July 14, 2014, at Ennoble Manor in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends may call from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, July 18, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville, where a Vigil Service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 19, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Frank was born August 28, 1929 in Elkport, Iowa, the son of Verni and Elva (Hansel) O'Connor. He married Darlene Meyer on June 21, 1949, in New Vienna, Iowa. Frank worked at John Deere Dubuque Works for 40 years, and after retirement he helped prepare taxes at H&R Block for 10 years.

He was an avid bowler and golfer who offered a lot to his sports, having been a Men's Bowling League Secretary for 20 years, being inducted into the Dyersville Men's Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1995, and seving as the Tuesday Night Golf League organizer at the Dyersville Golf and Country Club for over 40 years.

Frank was a skilled handyman who enjoyed doing projects around his home. He was a beloved husband, father and father figure to his brothers, nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Darlene; 3 children: Judy (Bill) Engler of Dyersville, Tom (Yong) O'Connor of Katy, TX, and Kris (Clint) Toennies of O'Fallon, IL; 5 grandchildren: Tim (Lindsay) O'Connor of Seattle, WA, Jennifer Engler of Waterloo, IA, Lisa Engler of Oakland, CA, Samantha and Grace Toennies of O'Fallon, IL; one brother, Bernard O'Connor of Mundelein, IL; a sister-in-law, Nancy O'Connor of Ankeny, IA; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father in 1947, mother in 1980, brother Dr. Lowell O'Connor in 1975, brother Louis O'Connor in 2003, and a sister-in-law, Jean O'Connor, in 2010.

We would like to offer thanks to the staffs of Bi-County Ambulance, the Finley Hospital, Ennoble Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for the fine care and compassion you have provided to all of us.

Memorials are preferred to St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Beckman Catholic High School or the American Stroke Foundation.

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



Emmett W. Young

Emmett W. Young Sr., age 73, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 10:15 p.m. on Sunday, July 13, 2014, at Stonehill Care Center. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 2001 Saint Joseph St., with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Emmett's life, friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said at 3:00 p.m. and a rosary led by the family at 2:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Emmett was born on May 17, 1941, in Dubuque, IA, son of Emmett and Ada (Lugrain) Young.

Emmett married Pat Frommelt on November 9, 1963. at St. Joseph the Worker Church. He was employed at Wahlert High School for over 30 years until his retirement. In his free time Emmett enjoyed collecting stamps, watching Westerns and playing with his grandchildren.

Emmett is survived by his wife of 50 years,  Pat Young, Dubuque, IA; his 5 children, Emmett (Jolene) Young Jr., Wendy (Joe Pregler) Johnson, Michelle (Sam Birch) Young, Jennifer (James Heim)Young, Angella (Casey) Brokus, all of Dubuque, IA; 12 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; his goddaughter, Rose Brimeyer, Dubuque, IA; his siblings, John (Kay) Young, Dubuque, IA, Bob (Betty) Young, Dubuque, IA, Eddie (Donna) Young, Springfield, MO, Phyllis (Gene) Ousley, Dubuque, IA, Linda (Jim) Strong, Dubuque, IA, Kathy (Jim) Carner, Dubuque, IA.

Emmett was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Candy Marie Young, his siblings, Bernice Young, Dennis Young, Tom Young, Mark Young.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ridgley, his nurse Carrie, the staff at Stonehill Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque, especially Tracy and Angie, Rose Brimeyer, Karen O'Rourke, Bobby and Donna Young for all of their wonderful care.

An Emmett W. Young Sr. memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Dennis J. Mulvehill

Dennis James Mulvehill, 72, of Maryville Heights, rural Hazel Green, Wisconsin, passed away Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at home.

A prayer service will be at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where a visitation will be from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Dennis was born on November 16, 1941 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of James J. and Rose G. (Quillin) Mulvehill.  He married Jane A. Kramer on December 31, 1965. She preceded him in death on September 5, 2005.

He attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was a former member of Nativity Parish in Dubuque and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. He retired from AmeriCold Logistics in East Dubuque.

Surviving is a son Michael D. Mulvehill of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, one sister Mary (Rich) Tomas of Solon, Iowa, a sister-in-law Patricia Mulvehill of Dubuque and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Steven D. Mulvehill in 2007 and a brother Mark Mulvehill.

 



Roslyn Ehrlich

Roslyn Ehrlich, 84, of Dubuque and formerly of Rickardsville, went to be with our Lord on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center, surrounded by her family, after suffering a stroke. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 17 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rickardsville. Fr. Noah Diehm will officiate. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Rickardsville. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.

Roslyn was born in rural Asbury, daughter of Leo and Elizabeth (Finzel) Herbst, on December 27, 1929. She was united in marriage to Thomas F. Ehrlich on December 29, 1947. He preceded her in death on January 17, 1999. Together they farmed in Dubuque while raising their seven children. Later they moved to Rickardsville.

Roslyn was a very hard worker. She loved quilting, gardening, and her flowers. She made the best pies and cinnamon rolls. Later in life she loved playing cards with her new friends at Applewood I. Roslyn loved when her family came to visit, especially seeing new grandchildren and great grandchildren. They were the love of her life.

Roslyn is survived by her children; Louise (Don) Stoffel and Thomas (Kathy) Ehrlich, of Rickardsville, Joan (Ron) Kramer and Sue (Mike) Klein, both of Epworth, Mary Jo (Jeff) Ramler, of Luxemberg, and Robert (Jan) Ehrlich of Davenport, IA; 22 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, and a great grandbaby expected in September ; 2 sisters, Anita (Jim) Guylash and Sylvia (Ken) Dietz, of Dubuque; brothers and sisters in law, Irene Herbst, Bill Theisen, Vince Ehrlich, Paul and Bernice Ehrlich, Mark and Lois Ehrlich, Cletus and Delores Ambrosy, Daniel and Barb Gaul, Dick and Ethel Thoma, Dick and Marilyn Borgerding, Norbert and Nancy Ehrlich, and Linda Ehrlich.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband Tom; her son, John; her granddaughter, Kristi (Stoffel) Berendes; her parents Leo and Elizabeth Herbst, her sisters Florence Weiland, Arlene Chapman, Betty Theisen, and LaVon Abitz, her brother Leo Herbst, her parents in law Fred and Thelma Ehrlich, brothers and sisters in law, Charles Weiland, Charlie Chapman, Leo Abitz, Carl and Frances Pfeiler, Robert and Ina Hohmann, Diane Ehrlich, Fritz Ehrlich, and Ernie Ehrlich. 

The family would like to extend a thank you to the residents at Applewood I. They were good friends to Roslyn. Thank you to the doctors and staff for all their care and kindness while mom was at Mercy Hospital.
In lieu of flowers, a Roslyn Ehrlich memorial fund has been established.

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



Gertrude A. Oberbroeckling

Gertrude Ann Oberbroeckling, 82, 751 June Drive, formerly of 12519 N. Cascade Road died Sunday, July 13, 2014.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 16 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Burial will be in Holy Family Cemetery, Peosta. Friends may call from 3-8p.m., Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road where a wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m.

Gertrude was born on October 28, 1931 in Dubuque, the daughter of Charles and Hazel (Keatley) Winders.

She married John E. Oberbroeckling in 1953 at Nativity Church in Dubuque.

Gertrude was a wonderful homemaker and always had food prepared for her family and friends. She was a hard worker and farmed alongside her husband for over 50 years on their family farm. She was very proud of her grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them.

Gertrude was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church and a proud Leaky member of the Grand Tap.

Surviving is her husband, John "Dick"; two sons, John Oberbroeckling, of Dubuque and Karl (Coralee) Oberbroeckling, of Peosta; grandchildren, Jessica and Sarah of Dubuque, and Matt and Jesse of Peosta, and Daniel(Christine Edwards) of St. Donatus and her first great-granddaughter on the way; nephew, Ron Oberbroeckling of Dubuque and niece, Linda Puddicombe of Carolton, TX; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Mitchell; brother, Robert Winders; sisters, Janet Ryan and Eleanor "Sis" Bennett.

Memorials may be given to St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church and Hospice of Dubuque.

A special thank you to her granddaughter, Sarah for taking care of Gertrude.

Online condolences and more information may be found at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Dolores A. Manley

Mrs. William "Milt" (Dolores A.) Manley, age 98, of East Dubuque, formerly of 789 Chestnut St., Dubuque, IA, passed away at 3:25 p.m. Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Bell Tower Retirement Community in East Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Francis Steffen officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West, IA.

Visitation will be after 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque.  The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.

Dolores was born on October 16, 1915 in Dubuque, the daughter of Emil & Elizabeth (Russ) Henschel.  She married William Milton Manley on December 30, 1937 at Sacred Heart Chruch in Dubuque.  He preceded her in death on February 19, 1995. Dolores and Milt moved from Dubuque to the Frentress Lake area of East Dubuque and resided there since 1975.

She was a member of St. Mary's Parish and the Altar & Rosary Society, and a former member of Nativity Parish and the Rosary Society in Dubuque.  Dolores was a member of several organizations, amongst them, the Catholic Daughters of American - Our Lady of Victory Court # 351, the Tuesday Euchre Club and the Monthly 500 Club, the Wednesday morning "Strikers" Bowling Club, the Mercy Hospital Guild and the Pickwick Club.  She was formerly employed at Henschel Hardware Store and later for 28 years at Montgomery Ward & Co. as an auditor and department manager.

Surviving is one son, William E. (Jonie) Angell-Manley of Atlanta, GA, her son-in-law, Gerald (Carolyn Gantz) Ihm of Dubuque, 9 grandchildren, William R. Manley of Trenton, New Jersey; Amy Jo Christman of Houston, Texas; Dr. Kelley (Andy) Frank of Chicago, Illinois; Michelle (Jeff) Espinoza of Madison, Wisconsin; Daniel (Sheri) Ihm of Wichita, Kansas; Gretchen (Nate) Garcia; and Andrea Jewell both of Denver, Colorado and D. Chris (Susan) Jewell of Matthews, North Carolina & Angell (Robbie) Bomar of Cincinnati, Ohio. 23-great grandchildren.  Her siblings, Margaret Dolson of Dubuque and Richard Henschel of Colleyville, Texas, her in-laws, Ward Harstick of Clinton, Iowa; Frank Hovar of Roscoe, Illinois and Bernice Henschel of Winnebago, Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her parents Emil and Elizabeth, a daughter Lorlee A. Ihm on December 26, 1995. Her siblings, Mary Jane Harstick, Eileen Richmond, Cathleen Hovar and Emil Henschel.  Her in-laws, Henry Dolson, Robert Richmond and Jean Henschel.

Memorials may be given to St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque.

Dolores' family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Matthew Kirkendall, the staff of the Bell Tower Retirement Community, The Finley Hospital and Hospice of Dubuque for the excellent care given to their mother, mother-in-law and grandmother. 

 



Merlyn E. Gohlmann

Merlyn E. Gohlmann, 76, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A private burial will be held at a later date from the Bridgeport Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. His body has been deeded to the University of Iowa Department of Anatomy in Iowa City, Iowa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Merlyn Estel Gohlmann was born on September 27, 1937 in Maquoketa, Iowa to Durward and Irene (Gombert) Gohlmann. He was a 1955 graduate of Lost Nation High School and then served his country honorably in the U.S. Army. He married and then later divorced.

Merlyn had worked various jobs most notably at the Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa in the laundry maintenance department.

Merlyn was of the Lutheran faith. He was a lifetime member of the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75. He enjoyed bicycling and could often be seen riding around town.

Merlyn is survived by his children, Scott (Stacy) Gohlmann of Windsor Heights, IA, and Tracy (Keith) Gasper of Calamus, IA; 2 grandsons, Tyler and Connor; 2 step-grandchildren, Courtney and Darr; a brother Galyn (Rhonda) Gohlmann of Grinnell, IA; and sisters, Marlene (Darrel) Hicks of Wheatland, IA, Myrna (Bob) Larkey of Maquoketa, IA, and Kathy (Lary) Becker of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother J.C.

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

 



Christopher W. Summers

Christopher W. Summers, 50, of Dubuque, Iowa died Thursday July 10, 2014. According to his wishes there will be no public visitation or services. Private burial will be in Heslop Cemetery, Lehigh, Iowa. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is in charge of arrangements.

Chris was born on January 7, 1954, the son of Carl M. Summers and Frances Heslop. He graduated from Hempstead High School in 1982 and married LouWanna Goins in 1984. He served in the US Army, 2nd Airborne Infantry. He worked as a lumber grader for Sitco.

Chris enjoyed spending time with his family and riding his Harley.

He is survived by three children, Felon M. Summers, Kc James Summer, and Caleb Finch. Grandchildren; Taylor, Marley, Jaydon, Wyatt and Hunter. His father Carl M. (Mary) Summers, his brother Carl "Charlie" (Anna) Summers, a nephew Carl (Robin) "Jr." Summers and a niece Tiffany Lee.

He was preceded in death by his mother Frances.



Helen Therese Kapler

Helen Therese Kapler, 84, of Dubuque, died peacefully at home Tuesday, July 8, 2014.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 14, at Resurrection Catholic Church. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 13, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road, where a wake service will begin at 7 p.m.

Helen was born on June 19, 1930. The daughter of James Martin and Bridget (Gallagher) Bamrick, Helen grew up on farms near Cartersville and Dougherty, Iowa. In 1948 she graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in Rockwell, Iowa, and graduated in 1951 from Mercy School of Nursing in Dubuque.

She married Joseph Edward Kapler on August 22, 1959 at Sacred Heart Church in Rockwell, Iowa.

Helen began her nursing career at Mercy Hospital, Mason City, and was employed at various hospitals and medical offices including Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas; Children's Hospital, Milwaukee, Wis.; University of California, San Francisco; Mercy Hospital, Dubuque; McAuley Center, Dubuque; Heritage Manor, Dubuque; and Dubuque Internal Medicine.

Helen loved taking care of her patients as well as many family and friends throughout the years. She enjoyed reading and spending time with her grandchildren, especially making ice cream cones and waffles for the kids. She was a person of deep faith and a longtime member of Resurrection Catholic Church.

Surviving is her husband, Joseph; children David (Jeni) Kapler, Mark (Tracie) Kapler, Joseph (Erin Hoag) Kapler, and Mary (Shawn) Blythe; grandchildren Zach Kapler, Alex and Emma Kapler, Christopher, Jack, Sam, and Martin Blythe, and Kasey and Kylie Kapler; and siblings Martin Bamrick, Mary Skyles, Joe (Jean) Bamrick, Jack (Eunice) Bamrick, Dick (Pat) Bamrick, Marge Nowell, Bridget (Tawfik) Sohl, and Paul (Sharon) Bamrick.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister-in-law Nancy Bamrick; and brothers-in-law Bob Skyles and Jim Nowell.

Service information and online condolences may be found at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

Memorials may be made to the Helen T. Kapler memorial fund.

Helen's family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Hermann, M.D., Tony Heiar ARNP and the entire staff at Dubuque Internal Medicine. Also, the family is very grateful to Cyndy, Stacy and Stephani at Hospice of Dubuque for the compassionate care Helen received at home.



Dorothy A. Meyer

Dorothy A. Meyer, 79, of New Vienna, Iowa, died Thursday, July 10, 2014, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester from complications of Alzheimer's Disease.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Dorothy was born Nov. 29, 1934, in Dyersville, Iowa, the daughter of Charles and Regina (Wilhelm) Wolf. She married Alvin Meyer on May 29, 1954, in Dyersville, where they resided until 1966, when they moved to New Vienna. She was a loving mother and grandmother who took care of her family while working several part-time jobs. She enjoyed camping, fishing, needlework, cooking and playing cards.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Linda (Dean) Hemesath of Cedar Rapids and Polly (Mike) Haight of North Liberty; 3 sons, Steve (Susie) Meyer of Lake Delhi, Wayne (Jayne) Meyer of Dyersville and Ken (Liz) Meyer of New Vienna; 21 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a sister, Betty Wilgenbusch of New Vienna; in-laws Merlin (Kathy) Meyer of New Vienna and Leo Meyer, Darlene (Frank) O'Connor and Mary Ann Heinrichs, all of Dyersville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alvin in 2008; siblings Margaret (Charles) McDermott, Ivan (Anita) Wolf, Helen "Jane" (Ben) Westemeier, Rosemary Wolf and Charles (Catherine) Wolf; and in-laws John Wilgenbusch, Ginger Meyer, and Bob Heinrichs.

Memorials to the Good Neighbor Home are preferred.

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