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Amy Louise Oppenheimer Barbara A. Weber Bonnie J. McDonald
Constance J. Breitbach Daniel P. Aslin Debra Ann Hillard
Dorothy Marie Ellerbach Duane R. Kaiser Eugene L. Bell
Gary M. Kelchen James Gronau James Ostert
Jean Said Joseph R. Koob LaVern J. Riniker
Lillian McDonnell Freund Marcelline M. Welsh Marjorie M. Ball
Mary K. Meis Matthew J. Kettmann Mrs. Roger (Helen M. Lindauer) Sherman
Patricia A. Lyster Rita M. Dougherty Robert J. Wernke
Sarah J. Current Sharon H. Stecher Sosiro Isaac
Steven E. Test Thomas E. Hinderman Virginia G. Pregler

James Gronau


James Gronau, 60, of Dubuque, passed away suddenly on Friday, September 14, 2018, of natural causes. 

According to his wishes, there will be no services. Arrangements are entrusted to Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque. 

Jim was born September 14, 1958 in Dubuque, the son of Walter and Elizabeth "Betty" (Burns) Gronau. In 1977, he graduated from Hempstead High School. He married Jackie Schoenauer on September 22, 2012 at Eagle Point Park.

Jim was employed at Tri State Quality Metals, and most recently at A.Y. MacDonald. 

Our Jim was a man of many talents who was loved by many. His enthusiasm for life was contagious. He was always there to help family or a friend. He knew no strangers and made everyone around feel comfortable and smile. 

Jim loved fishing and gardening, he was the family comedian-often cracking himself up with his own jokes, a master of glass and metal works, refurbishing and recycling everything old-his vision allowed him to see something new and his skills enabled him to make something new from those items. He loved to cook and can his gardens' treasures. If you asked him, he was a master chef as well. 

Jim is survived by his wife, Jackie; his step-children, Jessica "Jessie" Loewen, Cory (Amy) Kamm, and Cheryl Kamm; his grandchildren, Emma Loewen, and Gaby, Maliek, and Dustin; his siblings, Candy (Jim) Nelson, Mary Ann (Jim) Dausener, Debbie (Lyn) Knight, Shelley (Greg) Goeppner, Dedee (Tom) Cosgrove, and Dave (Terri) Gronau; his siblings-in-law, Sandy Gronau, Vickie (Bruce) Wagner, Eugene Welter, and Bobbie Lynch; many nieces and nephews; and special friends, Joe, Herm, and many others. 

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his brother Fred; his sister-in-law Becky Welter; and his parents-in-law, Bob and June Schoenauer. 

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

Our hearts are so heavy, and we were not ready for you to leave. "Fly with the angels, pilgrim" 

 

 

 



Robert J. Wernke


Robert J. Wernke, 78, of Dyersville passed away at home on Friday, September 14, 2018.

Visitation will be held from 3 - 7 pm Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Thursday from 9 - 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Bob was born February 8, 1940, in Holy Cross the son of John and Odelia (Zewen) Wernke.  He married Janet K. Middlekauff on February 7, 1970, in Anamosa, Iowa.  Bob worked as a heavy equipment operator for many years under Union Local 234.

Survivors include his children: Angela (Matthew) Trenkamp of Iowa City, Brian (Kristen) Wernke of Farley and Sara (Brad) Slater of Cedar Rapids; 9 grandchildren: Elizabeth, Anna, Brayden, Brynnleigh, Brooklynn, Brevyn, Max, Jackson and Daisy; siblings: Marian (Thomas) Noblit of Loretto, TN, David (Bernie) Wernke of Worthington, Joan Klein of Durango and Ruth (Rick) Ruden of Hudson, IA, a brother-in-law, James (Clare) Middlekauff of Orlando, FL, and several nieces & nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Janet in 2017, one son, Douglas Wernke in 2012, parents-in-law: John and Elizabeth Middlekauf, a brother, Roger (Anna Mae) Wernke, and a brother-in-law, Don Klein.

Memorials are preferred to St. Francis Xavier Basilica.

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

 



Constance J. Breitbach


Constance J. "Connie" Breitbach, 68, of Cascade Iowa passed away Friday, September 14, 2018 at 4:55 a.m., at Monticello Nursing and Rehab Center in Monticello, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Connie may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Sunday, September 16, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa. There will be a Cascade American Legion Auxiliary service held at 5:00 p.m. and a wake service held at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., on Monday, September 17, 2018 at the funeral home.

Services for Connie will be held Monday, September 17, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Aloysius Vorwald presiding. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Connie was born June 2, 1950 in Monticello, Iowa. She is the daughter of Eugene and Dorothy (Ruley) Picray. Connie received her education in the Monticello area schools. On February 17, 1968 she was united in marriage to Gerald "Fritz" Breitbach at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello, Iowa. She was employed at Georgia Pacific in Monticello until her retirement in 2011.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed playing cards, visiting casino's, cooking, baking and especially canning foods. She loved taking bus trips to the many area casino's.

She is survived by her husband, Gerald Breitbach of Cascade, IA; two sons, Joe (Stacie) Breitbach of Monticello, IA and Steve (Amy) Breitbach of Ankeny, IA; three grandchildren; Clint, Zach, and Ava: one brother, Ron (Jane) Picray of Monticello, IA; one sister, Judy (Duane) Sternhagen of Hopkinton, IA; and three sisters-in-law, Sharon "Potts" Meyer of East Dubuque, IL, Lois (Rick) Scott of Epworth, IA and Vickie (Stu Hetherington) Holub of Mesa, AZ.

She is preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Eugene Picray Jr., and one sister, Marlene Moats.

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



Sarah J. Current


Sarah J. Current, 82, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, September 14, 2018, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Sarah's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Sarah Jane Treadwell was born on July 1, 1936 in Waynesboro, Tennessee to Samuel Grady and Josie (Brown) Treadwell. She was a 1954 graduate of Waynesboro High School and then attended Austin Peay College in Clarksville, Tennessee where she met her future husband, James "Jim" Current Jr. who was stationed in the military at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. They were married on December 23, 1955 in Waynesboro, Tennessee. To this union two children were born, Thomas Randy and Linda.

Sarah was a homemaker and bookkeeper for her husband's business, Jim Current Plastering in Maquoketa. She most notably had worked as the Deputy Clerk for the Clerk of Courts at the Jackson County Courthouse in Maquoketa for over 18 years.

Sarah enjoyed flowers, gardening and volunteering at Ohnward Fine Arts Center in Maquoketa. She loved spending time with her family and was especially proud of each of her grandchildren.

Those left to honor Sarah's memory include her husband, James "Jim" Current of Maquoketa, IA; children, Randy (Joan) Current of Clinton, IA, and Linda (Tom) Stewart of Preston, IA; a sister Dorothy Sainsbury of Lawrenceburg, TN; and 3 grandchildren Andrew Stewart, Matthew Current and Anna Current. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to Ohnward Fine Arts Center in Maquoketa, Jackson County Health Foundation, or to a charity of the donor's choice.

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

 



Amy Louise Oppenheimer


Amy Louise Oppenheimer, age 52, died Sunday, September 9, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals after a brief illness.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, September 19, at 10:30 am at St. Columbkille Church in Dubuque. Visitation will be begin that day at 9:00 am, in the church.

Amy was born September 19, 1965, in Dubuque, Iowa, to Robert and Judith Oppenheimer. She attended school at both Franklin and Audubon, participated in Special Olympics, and worked at Area Residential Care and Goodwill Industries.

For all who knew Amy,
you'll remember her wit and charm with a sly grin,
her sense of style with a wide eye,
her compassion with a wet kiss,
her love of country music with a "ye-ha,"
and her sense of adventure with an "Amy story."
How good life is that God creates us in so many varied ways.

Surviving are her brother Eric; brother Todd (wife Rita) of Edwards, Colorado; sister Carey (husband Dan Lange) of East Dubuque, Illinois; and her nieces and nephews whom Amy called her own: Jenna Oppenheimer; and Adrienne (friend Luis), Nick, R.J. (wife Ashley), Peter (friend Kaitlyn), Sam, Jerry (wife Miranda), Greg (friend Lindsey), and Grace Lange.

Amy was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Judith, and her grandparents John and Myrtle Oppenheimer and Hubert and Hazel Hume, who loved her completely.

Thank you to friends and extended family at Franklin and Audubon, Area Residential Care, Special Olympics, Iowa Department of Human Services, Goodwill, and Sunnycrest Manor. You have "done all things well" (Mark 7:37).

An Amy L. Oppenheimer Memorial has been established.
The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque, Ill. Is serving the family. ©



Debra Ann Hillard


Debra Ann Hillard, 65, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on September 11th, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics surrounded by her family.

Family and friends may gather from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, September 14th, 2018 at St. John's Episcopal Church, 1410 Main Street Street, where a service will be held at 5:00 p.m.

Debra was born on February 14, 1953 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Milton and Doris (Williams) Roth. She married Dennis "Wally" Hillard on June 30th, 1979 at St. John's Episcopal Church in Dubuque.

Over the years she worked as a Registered Nurse at Finley Hospital, Mercy Medical Center, and Heritage Manor. She also worked as a Case Manager at Cottingham & Butler and that was the job that she loved the most.

She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, St. John's Vestry and was a Sunday School Teacher. She was also a member of the Dubuque Rotary Club and Monday Night Ladies Poker.

Debra enjoyed cooking for family and friends, playing the One-Armed Bandits at the Diamond Jo and looking for bargains at Goodwill; but she especially loved spending time with her kids and grandkids.

She is survived by her husband Dennis "Wally" Hillard; sons Joe Brenke and Josh (Megan) Hillard; daughter Kim (Rob Hirsbrunner) Harvey; and ten grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Dennis Roth.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics for all their kind efforts and care. To Dick and Jan Markus for all their help and friendship over the years. A big thank you to Dennis's brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews for all the help, care and support during this difficult time, along with other family and friends who have reached out to us.



Dorothy Marie Ellerbach


Dorothy Marie Ellerbach, 91, of Holy Cross, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held 3-8 p.m. Friday, September 14, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Visitation will continue Saturday from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 15, 2018, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Holy Cross, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Dorothy was born March 20, 1927, in North Buena Vista, Iowa, the daughter of Joseph and Leona (Klein) Leick. On January 28, 1948, she married Ernest G. Ellerbach at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Together they farmed south of Holy Cross for 40 years.

Dorothy had a zest for life; she loved people and socializing. She was a longtime member of the Holy Cross parish and the Rosary Society and was a regular contributor to community life. She took pride in her appearance and was classy, yet humble. Celebrating special occasions was a joy for her. Dorothy was strong. Despite the loss of a young child and husband, as well as recent health issues, her joyous spirit was never diminished. She greatly enjoyed her independence and circle of friends. Dorothy also delighted in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. No one ever left her house hungry or without a hug.

She is survived by four children: Dan (Carol) Ellerbach of Bellevue, Connie (Kirby Holmes) Ellerbach of San Francisco, CA, Don (Terri) Ellerbach of Holy Cross, Gary (Linda) Ellerbach of Lisbon, 8 grandchildren: Lyle Barth, Gina (Alex) Tone, Keith Ellerbach, Laura Ellerbach, Jon (Mandi) Ellerbach, Michael Ellerbach, Dalton Ellerbach, Skylar Ellerbach, 3 great grandchildren: Graci, Ellie and Harper, siblings: Merlin (Ruth) Leick, Irma Schrobilgen, Florence (Clarence) Kennicker, Arnie (Vicky) Leick, in-laws: Betty Leick, Gerald (Darleen) Ellerbach and Kay Daly.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ernie on November 20, 2014, son, Edwin, siblings: Lucille (Irvin) Stoffel, Marina (Jack) Hess, Rosie (Dick) Tharp and Leonard Leick.

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



Lillian McDonnell Freund


Lillian McDonnell Freund, 96, of Assisi Village, passed away Monday, September 10, 2018.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 14th at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, where she was an active member since 1951. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph the Worker Church. 

A native Dubuquer, she was the daughter of John James and Lillie (Herl) McDonnell. She married George A. Freund on June 29, 1946 at the Cathedral of St. Raphael. George preceded her in death on May 29, 2006.

Mrs. Freund was educated at St. Raphael School, St. Joseph Academy and Clarke College. She was a past member of the Junior VNA, Mercy Service Club, Cecelia Study Club, St. Elizabeth of Hungary Mother's Club and the Dubuque County Right-to-Life and enjoyed volunteering in many parish and civic activities.

Surviving are four daughters and two sons; Mary Elizabeth (William) Wagner, of Decorah, Iowa, John (Eleanor) Freund, of Dubuque, Margaret Conlon, of Dubuque, Thomas (Rae Ann) Freund, of Dubuque, Teresa (and special friend, Larry Boehnlein) Freund, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Catherine (Bret) Triervieler, of Dubuque and a daughter-in-law, Patricia (Keefe) Freund, of Renton, Washington. Lillian had 18 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren, with one expected.

In addition to her husband, Lillian was preceded in death by two sons, James Edward in infancy and George A. Freund, Jr. in 2002. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Mary M. Ryan and her husband Charles C. Ryan, a brother John J. McDonnell, a sister-in-law Marie M. McDonnell, a brother-in-law Robert Freund and his wife Delia and a sister-in-law Mildred Duffy and her husband Patrick E. Duffy.

The family wishes to express gratitude to the staff at Assisi Village and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care and concern during Lillian's final days.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Dubuque County Right-to-Life.

Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com.



Eugene L. Bell


Eugene L. "Gene" Bell, 51, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on Monday morning, September 10, 2018, at his home in Maquoketa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of "Gene" from 2 to 5 P.M. on Friday, September 14, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the visitation and burial will be at a later date.

Eugene Leroy Bell was born on February 25, 1967 in Clinton County, Iowa, to Edwin "Bud" Ikestead and Annilee (Bunce) Bell. He attended school in the Midland School District. He married Lynn McGhee Combs in 1995 in Manning, South Carolina.

"Gene" had worked various jobs through the years including as an underground lineman for TKI Industries and for SteinMart. For the past ten years he had worked as the maintenance man at the Maquoketa Park Apartments in Maquoketa.

"Gene" was an avid motorcycle rider, enjoyed fishing and the outdoors, and playing the guitar. He loved everyone and never met a stranger. 

Those left to honor his memory include his custodial niece, Margo Harris of Maquoketa, IA; brothers, Wilbur Bell of Sikeston, MO, Myron, Jr. (Libby) Bell of Maquoketa, IA, and Lawrence (Tonya) Bell of Advance, MO; a sister, Becky (Joe) Peterson of Clinton, IA; half-sisters, Deanna Garrison of Watersmeet, MI, Sue Voss of Clinton, IA and Christy Moore of Prophetstown, IL; many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews, including a special nephew, Anthony Curtis Bell of Dubuque, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Owen and Clyde Bell, and sisters Georgia and Juanna.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be directed to the family online by donating at: https://fundthefuneral.com/eugene-l-gene-bell.

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



Steven E. Test


Steven E. Test, 75, of Asbury died Monday, September 10, 2018 at Grand Meadows.

Visitation will be held Friday from 5 - 7 p.m. with a prayer service to follow at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Committal will be in Linwood Cemetery 10 a.m. Saturday.

Steve was born September 21, 1942 in Alta, Iowa, son of Earl and Sybil (Tincknell) Test. Steve was raised and attended High School in Paullina, Iowa. After graduating High School, Steve attended University of Dubuque for two years, before transferring and graduating from the University of Iowa.

After graduation, he moved to Dubuque where he went to work at John Deere and met his wife to be, Beverly Butlett, whom he married on August 13th, 1966. Steve worked as an Industrial Engineer at John Deere for 36 years, retiring in 2001. Steve and Bev were happily married for 52 years.

He enjoyed spending time with family, grandchildren, and friends. Steve was an avid golfer and enjoyed watching sports and following his favorite teams, the Iowa Hawkeyes, Vikings, and Cubs. He particularly enjoyed and cherished his rounds of golf he played with friends, and family, whenever he could. 

Steve is survived by his wife, Bev Test of Asbury, son, Jeff Test of Dubuque, and daughter, Lynn (Scott) Schueller of Northville, Michigan. He is also survived by his three grandchildren, Miah, Trevor and Nora Schueller.

Steve was preceded in death by a brother, John Test.

For further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

Memorial funds can be directed to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to extend a warm thank you to all the Grand Meadows nurses and incredible staff at Hospice of Dubuque who took tremendous care to of him in his time of need.



Joseph R. Koob


Joseph R. Koob, 90, of Monticello, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, surrounded by his family at home in Monticello.

Visitation will be held from 4 - 8 p.m. Monday, September 17, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello with a parish vigil service at 4 p.m. Visitation will continue from 10 - 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery at a later date. Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate.

Joe was born July 26, 1928, the son of Emmert and Ida (Takes) Koob. He married Cecelia A. McAllister on April 11, 1950, in Cascade. She preceded him in death less than a month ago.

Cecelia and Joe opened their business, Hollywood Garage, in 1955, and later moved to the current Koob Automotive location in 1962. In addition, he operated Skateway Roller Rink from 1968 until 2000. After selling the automotive business in 1986, he drove a school bus for the Monticello Community School District.

Joe was a faithful and active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where he ushered for several decades. He was also a life member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1821, where he served in several offices including Grand Knight, and the 4th Degree Dubourg Assembly. He also enjoyed bowling on the Knights team.

Survivors include his two sons: Steve (Madonna) Koob of Monticello and Phil (Carrie) Koob of Cascade; 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; siblings: Florence (George "Wilmer") Coyle of Anamosa, Katherine Gavin of Dubuque, Rose Marie (Alfred) Smith of Cascade, and Mary Lou (Francis) Takes of Cedar Rapids; in-laws: Dale Weidemann of Evansville, IN, Flo McAllister of Cedar Rapids, Beverly McAllister of Marion, Marlene McAllister of Dyersville, Sr. Dolores McAllister, OSF of Dubuque, Rita Hoffman of Glenndale, WI, Joseph Jr. (Marge) McAllister of Palmeto, FL;

He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Cecelia, his parents, a daughter, Cynthia Redmond, a grandson, Matt Redmond; siblings: Dorothy Ann Koob in infancy, Irene (Merlin) Rogers and Helen Wiedemann; in-laws: Tom Gavin, Jerome Hoffman, Irene (Walter) Huber, Alberta (Hal) VanNest, Loretta (Bob) Minton, Margaret (Joe) Bakey, Kathleen McAllister in infancy, James McAllister, Donald (Cecelia) McAllister, Paul (Myrtle Mae) McAllister, Robert (Marge) McAllister, Charles McAllister, Thomas McAllister.

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



Jean Said


Jean Said, 65, of Peosta, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Jean may call from 2 to 7 p.m., Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa. Services for Jean will be held at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held at a later date.

Jean was born July 17, 1953 in Maquoketa, Iowa, daughter of John and Eleanor (Wallace) Casel. She is a graduate of Maquoketa High School in, Maquoketa, Iowa. She is also a graduate of Capri Cosmetology in Dubuque, Iowa.

On July 24, 1982 she was united in marriage to Rodney Said in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on April 20, 2018.

Jean was employed at Scale Models in Dyersville, Iowa until her retirement.

She is survived by four children, Kari Frommelt of Streamwood, IL; Chad Said and Chandra Said both of Wilton, IA and Keasha Said; a son-in-law, Greg Rausch of Epworth, IA; 11 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; two sisters, Kay (Mike) O'Connor of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Mary (Jim) Beller of Maquoketa, IA; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Deb Casel of Dubuque, IA, Vince O'Connell of Maquoketa, IA, Gary Said, Deloris Bendixen, Linda Said, and Donna Said all of Maquoketa, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, Amy Rausch; one grandson, Hunter Frommelt; one brother Joe Casel; one sister, Karla O'Connell; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Don Said, Ronnie Said and Betty Wirth.

Online condolences may be sent to www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com



Barbara A. Weber


Barbara "Barb" A. Weber, age 78, of Dubuque passed away peacefully at home after a courageous battle with cancer on Tuesday, September 11th, 2018 surrounded by family.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 14th, 2018 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 13th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 6:45 p.m.

She was a loving and devoted Wife, Mother, Grandmother and loyal friend to everyone.

Barb was born May 6, 1940 to Leo and Marie (Hird) Vogt in Dubuque and graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy in 1957.

In 1958 she met the love of her life, Richard (Dick) Weber and they were married on April 29, 1961. Barb and Dick have five children, Rick Weber of Dubuque, Randy (Shellee) Weber of Evansdale, Iowa, Lisa (Ron) Ryan, of East Dubuque, Nicole (Neil) Ghezzar of City Island, New York and Jason Weber also of Dubuque. She was blessed with six grandchildren, Noah, Myah, Zoee, Logan, Hannah and Grayson.

Barb always enjoyed holidays with family, cards with friends and weekend dinners out with Dick and the family. Her favorite pastime of all was doting on all her grandkids. She absolutely adored her grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, children and grandchildren, Barb is survived by two sisters, Linda Degneau and Donna Goar and Sisters-in-law Bernie and Betty Weber. She is also survived by many loving Nieces and Nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Marie Vogt, parents-in-law, Herman and Leona (Sherlock) Weber, sisters, Ann Balk and Joan Vogt, brothers-in-law Jim Balk, Wilferd, Vince, Clarence, Jerry, Bernard and Don Weber, Hank Hess and Merlin Himes. Sisters-in-law Clara Tobin, Margaret Himes, Harriet, Mida and MaryAnn Weber.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Hermann and his office staff, and the ICU Nursing staff of Unity Point Finley Hospital in Dubuque. We would also like to thank Kourtney and the entire staff at Hospice of Dubuque for their exceptional level of care during this difficult time.



Sharon H. Stecher


Sharon H. (Heacock) Stecher, 70, of Centralia, passed away Sunday, September 9, 2018 at Finley Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 13, 2018 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Peosta. Fr. Michael Schueller will officiate. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Centralia. Friends may greet the family from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 12, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.

Sharon was born February 11, 1948, the daughter of Allen and Nevada (Allen) Heacock. She grew up in a limestone house (which is now Cushman's Greenhouse) and farmed in rural Asbury, IA. She would often tell childhood stories of having to clean out hog pens consisting of "two six pens, two four pens and the silo." Memories of selling eggs and of her getting in trouble for climbing the windmill!

In 1966 she graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and briefly worked at St. Regis. She met William (Bill) Stecher at a dance at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds, where she and her twin sister, Shirley, would often attend. Sharon and Bill married on April 27, 1968 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Dubuque. Their wedding dance broke the dance attendance record at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds. This past April they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their family.

She and Bill owned and operated a dairy farm together in Centralia for 25 years. They worked side-by-side milking cows, doing field work, and managing the herd. During this time she sold Mary Kay cosmetics for 15 years helping make other women look beautiful.

After retiring from farming in 1993 she held various part-time jobs and discovered her true passion in quilting, making blankets for every member of the family (even some of the furry ones)! She also took up collecting porcelain dolls and enjoyed going to doll shows with her twin sister, Shirley. One of her favorite memories was traveling to Germany with Shirley for three weeks visiting doll factories.

Sharon learned how to can from her late mother-in-law, Grace, and during the summers she would spend countless hours canning items from the garden. She enjoyed bowling, playing cards and listening and dancing to country music. Sharon and Bill enjoyed flea markets, antiquing, fishing and attending car shows. She loved eating anything with blueberries, ice cream, dark chocolate, and seafood. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

Sharon was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and its Rosary Society. She spent fifty years working funeral dinners at the church.

Sharon is survived by her husband, William ‘Bill' of Centralia; children, Jody (Steve) Rausch, of Robins, IA, Kim (Calvin) Gilbert, of Cedar Rapids, and Al (Amy) Stecher, of Central City, IA; grandchildren, Alex (Desirae Hesseltine) Himmelsbach, Austin Himmelsbach, Aaron Gilbert, and Jack and Jase Stecher; her great grandchild, Wyatt Himmelsbach; her twin sister, Shirley (Roger) Dalbkermeyer, of Dubuque; sister, Sandy (David) Staat, of Lonoke, AR; four brothers-in-law, two sisters-in-law , two aunts, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Harvey Heacock.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Centralia/Peosta Fire Department, Hospice of Dubuque, or St. Jude Children's Hospital.

The family would like to thank the Centralia/Peosta Fire Department, Unity Point Home Care, and friends, neighbors, and family who helped Sharon these past few months.

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



James Ostert


James ‘Jimmy" Ostert, 74, of Dubuque passed away Sunday, September 9, 2018 at home.

Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street.

Jimmy was born August 30, 1944 in Iowa City, Iowa, son of Louis and Beaulah (Dague) Ostert. He married Rebecca ‘Bekki' Puccio January 21, 1995 in Dubuque.

Jimmy grew up in Dubuque, and worked as a logger for many years. For the last 18 years, Jimmy helped his wife on her paper route.

He was an avid Bridge player, winning many championships and attending Grand Nationals twice. He also enjoyed playing poker, morel hunting, and watching Westerns. He was a big fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes football and basketball. Jimmy loved spending time with his family. 

Surviving are his wife Bekki, sons, Ken (Kelly) Ostert, and their daughter, Lilith, and Louis (Jacque) Ostert and their son, Ryan all of Dubuque; brother, Dick (Sue) Ostert, of Maquoketa; sisters, Dina (Larry) Pickel, of Wisconsin, Patty (John) Piper, of Dubuque, and Judy (Larry) Marcue, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin; and a sister-in-law, Jean Ostert, of West Union, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Bob Ostert; sisters, Joan (Dick) Bailey, Lois Ostert, and Verdina Ostert in infancy; parents-in-law, Ron and Sheila Puccio and a brother-in-law, Steve Puccio.

Jimmy's family would like to thank the Rehab Unit at St. Luke's in Cedar Rapids; Hospice of Dubuque; the nurses and CNAs at Stonehill Care Center that took care of Jimmy; and niece Megan Carter from Mercy Hospital.

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

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



Mary K. Meis


Mary K. "Kay" Meis, 75, Dubuque, Iowa and formerly from Colesburg, Iowa died Sunday, September 9, 2018 at the Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Kay may call from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. at the funeral home. Services for Kay will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, September 13, 2018 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Colesburg, Iowa, with Father John Haugen officiating. Burial will be held in Saint Boniface Cemetery in New Vienna, Iowa.

Kay was born January 14, 1943 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Frank and Margaret (Hutchinson) Kubesheski. She is a graduate of Senior High School in Dubuque, Iowa. On September 6, 1969 she was united in marriage to Euguene P. Meis at Nativity Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 6, 2008.

Kay worked at Roshek's department store in Dubuque, Iowa and cleaned houses and businesses throughout her life.

She enjoyed spending time with family. Kay liked to play cards with family and friends, especially euchre, bridge and 500. She also liked to crochet and enjoyed the friendships that she built with the Colesburg ladies who crocheted with her. Kay also enjoyed watching sports and was a Green Bay Packers fan. She had a love for dogs, especially her black labs throughout the years. Dogs always brought a smile to her face.

She is survived by one child, Robert "Bob" (Lisa) Meis of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; two grandchildren, Melissa and Madison Meis; brother-in-law Vince Meis of Dubuque, IA; sisters-in-law, Lenore Kubesheski, Beverly Kubesheski both of Dubuque, IA, Rose Fischer of Manchester, IA, Mary Meis of Adel, IA and Margaret Hall of Independence, MO.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Jean Konzen; and two brothers, Robert "Bud" and John Kubesheski.

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



Mrs. Roger (Helen M. Lindauer) Sherman


Mrs. Roger (Helen M. Lindauer) Sherman, 84, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away Sunday morning, September 9, 2018 at Prairie Ridge of Galena, surrounded by her family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 13, 2018 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. Visitation is from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 and from 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where there will be a Scripture Prayer Service at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Helen was born on August 12, 1934 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Edwin and Stella (Kintzle) Lindauer. She was united in marriage to Roger C. Sherman on February 23, 1957 at St. Patrick's Church, North Garryowen.

Helen was formerly employed at Stampfer's Department Store and later William C. Brown Publishing Co. She was a former Cub Scout leader, loved golfing, flowers and gardening.

Surviving is her husband, Roger; five children, Rick (Mary Anne) Sherman of Davenport, IA, Dan (Stephanie) Sherman of East Dubuque, Tim (Kelly) Sherman, of Dubuque, Judy Sherman of East Dubuque, and Nancy (Mark) Mueller of Hazel Green, WI; 12-Grandchildren, Paul Sherman, Sara (Jeff) Long, Matt (Anna) Sherman, Jessica (Jacob) Puls, Carissa (Austin Kennicker) Sherman, Laura and Anna Sherman, Jenna (Matt) Berning, Jason (Taylor Kuhnen) Schneider and Justin (Marissa) Mootz) Schneider, Nate and Rachel Mueller, six great grandchildren, Cody and Noah Long, Madelyn and Micah Sherman, Ava Berning and Augustus Kennicker; her siblings, Isabel Lindauer and Alice Wolf both of Dubuque, Don (Ellen) Lindauer and Mary Green, both of Cascade; sister-in-law, Helen "Blondie" Lindauer of Cascade, in-laws, Richard Sherman of Dubuque and Fay Ann (Jim) Tracey of Castle Rock, CO.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Stella; a son, Joseph Sherman; siblings, Edwin, Jr, Bob, and Jane Lindauer; and sisters-in-law Marie Lindauer and Maggie Sherman, and a brother-in-law, Jim Wolf.

Roger and family would like to thank the staff at Prairie Ridge of Galena, the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for the excellent care given to their wife and mother.

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



Gary M. Kelchen


Gary M. Kelchen, 70, of Temple Hill, Iowa passed away, Sunday, September 9, 2018 at Unity Point Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Gary may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa where a wake Service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friends may also call 9 a.m. Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at the Funeral Home. Services for Gary will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Temple Hill, Iowa with Rev. Msgr. Thomas Toale presiding. Burial will be held in St. Peter's Cemetery in Temple Hill, Iowa.

He was born August 21, 1948 in Monticello, Iowa son of Andrew M. and Mary (Moes) Kelchen. He received his education in the Monticello schools. On August 8, 1970 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa he was united in marriage to Mary Kay Quint. The couple farmed in the Temple Hill area for many years.

He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Temple Hill, Iowa.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Kay Kelchen of Temple Hill, Iowa; two children, Chad (Melinda) Kelchen of Ankeny, IA and Jeff (Sherry) Kelchen of Cascade, IA; six grandchildren, Kylie, Madison, Ty, Hallie, Samantha and Nicholas; one brother, Carl (Karen) Kelchen of Cascade, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Karen Kelchen on September 27, 1954.

A Gary M. Kelchen memorial fund has been established.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com



Marcelline M. Welsh


Marcelline M. "Marce" Welsh, 89, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, September 9 at Unity Point Finley Hospital, surrounded by her family. Visitation will be from 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at St. Anthony Catholic Church. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Anthony. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Marce was born on December 26, 1928 in Maquoketa, Iowa to Melvin and Muriel (Manderscheid) Ryan.

Marce graduated from St. Joseph's Academy in Dubuque. Shortly after graduation, Marce met the love of her life, Vincent Welsh. Marce and Vincent married on April 28, 1948, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Platteville, Wisconsin. The two were blessed with 68 years of marriage before Vincent's death on December 27, 2016.

Marce will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed being a 4H leader and also cherished any opportunity to teach her loved ones different card games, to roller skate, and the importance of family. Marce was an accomplished seamstress who enjoyed creating beautiful articles of clothing and an abundance of quilts. Each child, grandchild, and great-grandchild has received numerous sewn items over the years which will be cherished as tangible keepsakes straight from grandma's loving hands.

Marce's lifelong journey in her faith was exemplified through her long-time membership at St. Anthony Church and her daily prayer of the rosary. Although Marce's 89 year earthly journey has ended, she and Vincent are dancing once again. Notably, her favorite Cubbie, Rizzo, has a new angel watching him play from the best seat in the house.

Those left to cherish Marce's memory include her children, Kathy (Ron) Theobald of Dubuque, IA, Pauline (Matt) Winney of Eureka, CA, and Patrick (Sandi) Welsh of Dubuque, IA; her 8 grandchildren, Jennifer (Michael) Troxel, Irene Ryan, Janna (Miguel) Cruz, Shawnté (Marques Evans) White, Shannon (Robert) Fader, Hilarie (James Bird) Welsh, Kelsey Welsh, and Collin Welsh;

her 22 great-grandchildren;

and her brother, John (Joann) Ryan of Asbury, IA.

Marce was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Vincent Welsh; and 2 sisters, Phyllis Kass and Joan (Dale) Fritch.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marce's name to St. Anthony Church or the organization of your choice.

Marce's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff on the 4th floor at Finley Hospital for their professional care and tender support over the last week.

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



Sosiro Isaac


Sosiro Isaac, 46, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Sosiro's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, September 15, 2018, from the Maquoketa Island Church (Faith Community Church), 511 West Summit Street, Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the church. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Sosiro Isaac was born on December 11, 1971 in Pingelap, Micronesia to Sohsy and Erwihne (Aise) Isaac. He attended the Pingelap Elementary School, and the Pohnpei Island Central High School. He married Rosalihna Capelle on November 22, 1991 in Pingelap, Micronesia.

Sosiro had worked as a cook at the The Depot Restaurant in Maquoketa and later for WADY Industries in Maquoketa as a Robert Operator for over ten years.

Sosiro enjoyed playing baseball, singing, and hanging out with friends and family. He was always very cheerful and loved to tell jokes and make people laugh.

Those left to honor Sosiro's memory include his wife Rosalihna Isaac of Maquoketa, IA; children, Renselynn Isaac of Maquoketa, IA, and Joshua Capelle Isaac of Maquoketa, IA; his mother, Erwihne Isaac of Maquoketa, IA; siblings, Maureen Sepedy (Masami Robert) of Maquoketa, IA, Donna Isaac of Maquoketa, IA, Salter Isaac (Charlotte Manuel) of MO, Herbert Isaac of Maquoketa, IA, Sohsy Isaac Jr. (Nanette Soto) of MO, and Chernenko Aise of Maquoketa, IA.

He was preceded in death by his father Sohsy Isaac Sr. and a niece Ashley Yens.

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

 



Bonnie J. McDonald


Bonnie J. McDonald, 85, of Lake St. Louis, Missouri and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday morning, September 6, 2018, in Lake St. Louis, Missouri.

A celebration of Bonnie's life will be held at 5:30 P.M., Thursday, September 13, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 4 P.M. until service time at the funeral home. A graveside service and burial will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, September 14, 2018, at Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Bonnie June Davison was born on December 4, 1932 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Dale Matthews Davison and Mildred Bernice (Hodges) Davison. She attended Maquoketa schools, and on June 4, 1950 she married Howard Lynn McDonald in Maquoketa, Iowa. Bonnie was a homemaker. She lived briefly in Scott County and Clinton County, but spent most of her life in Jackson County until the last six weeks when she moved to Lake St. Louis, Missouri.

Those left to honor Bonnie's memory include her children, Dee (Carl) Flint of Clinton Township, MI, Dixie "Lee" (James) Karabin of Maquoketa, IA, Connie (Larry) Taylor of Lake St. Louis, MO, Dale McDonald of Bettendorf, IA, and Alice McDonald of Sherwood, OR; sisters Janean Cook of Maquoketa, IA, and Barbara Bruse of Solon, IA; 16 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren; several step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, and step-great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, and one infant son.

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

 



Thomas E. Hinderman


Thomas E. "Tom" Hinderman, 71, of Superior, Montana, formerly of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, passed away, suddenly, on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 near Superior in a car accident.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville, with Fr. Bernard Rott officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of V.F.W Post # 6455 of Dickeyville.

Visitation will be from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish prayer service will be at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Tom was born on August 23, 1947 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Roland "Hank" and Lucille (Gartner) Hinderman. He graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School in Dubuque, IA. Tom attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He joined the Air Force and went to Vietnam as a medic.  He was awarded numerous medals including a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for his bravery as a combat Veteran. He graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a degree in nursing and worked as an intensive care nurse for many years.  He met Gloria Schnell, in 1996 and married her in 2001.  Together they created Hearing Northwest, building the business to 5 private practice Audiology clinics.  Tom sold the business in 2006 and built a home in the Mountains of Montana fulfilling a life-long dream.  He physically built a 3800 square foot home on top of a mountain. He, his dog, Monty, and Gloria enjoyed many enjoyable years there. The property in Montana provided Tom many years of hunting on his own land. In 2012 they purchased a home on Big Lake in Mount Vernon, WA.  Tom loved boating and fishing there.

While Tom lived in Dickeyville from 1970-1976, he was Chief of the Dickeyville Rescue Squad. Pioneered the first chapter of the Dickeyville Jaycees; was President the first year, and Vice President the second year. He always considered Dickeyville his home.

Surviving are his beloved wife, Gloria Schnell, brother, Tim, sister-in-law, Carol, niece, Tara and family, step children Jeremy Avise, Kim Avise, and Tara Brook; best friend Steve Loeffelholz and family, and numerous friends including Jim Hollenbeck, Lee Dygert, Jim Pagel, and Bob James, his Starbucks buddies, and numerouse others. Tom had a smile for everyone and remembered their names.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

 

 



Marjorie M. Ball


Marjorie M. (Marge) Ball, 92, of Dubuque, IA, formerly of East Dubuque, IL, died peacefully at 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at Hawkeye Care Center in Asbury, surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, September 10, 2018 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque with Jeff Timmerman as celebrant.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be after 10:30 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

Marjorie was born at home on May 13, 1926 in rural Monona, IA, the daughter of Hubert and Ruth (Kuthe) Sass.  She attended school in Monona, IA.

Marjorie married Harold Ball on February 7, 1945 in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Monona, IA.

Marjorie (Marge) worked for many years in the Pet Department at Roshek's Department Store, and as a Receptionist in the Appliance Service Department.  She then became a full-time Avon representative, always winning top honors in the President's Club.  She loved her Avon customers and friends, and missed them dearly after she retired. She was full of fun and always up for a good laugh. Any day spent with family/friends was a "happy day," she said.

Marjorie is survived by six children: Vicki (Tom) Houts, Leawood, KS, Lynn Ball, Dubuque, IA, Shari (John) Arthofer, East Dubuque, IL, Neil Ball (Jeanne), East Dubuque, IL, Ross Ball (special friend Kelly Hauer) Dubuque, IA, and Cathi (Jeff) Timmerman, Lisbon, IA; 29 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; a daughter-in-law, Nancy; a great grandson, Kael, and a nephew, Allen.

The family would like to thank the staff and nurses at Hawkeye Care Center in Asbury and Hospice of Dubuque for the care, laughter, and kindness they provided Mom.

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

 

 



Virginia G. Pregler


Virginia G. Pregler, age 97, of Zwingle, formerly of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 7:15 a.m. on September 6, 2018, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Virginia's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, September 10, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rev.Karen Candee officiating. To celebrate Virginia's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Virginia was born on August 5, 1921, in Dubuque, the youngest daughter of Peter and Gertrude (Matthew) Coyle's 12 children.

Virginia was born into a large family and was beyond grateful to have lived her entire life right here in God's country. She learned the values of faith, family, fellowship, hard work and love and respect at a young age and would faithfully keep them firmly intact throughout her entire 97 year earthly journey. Virginia was fortunate enough to find her true love, Howard Pregler, and the two were united in marriage on January 7, 1939 at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque. They were truly blessed to have been given 53 years together, and 12 wonderful children, before the Lord decided it was time for Howard to come home. Virginia devoted her entire life to her family. She was a loving wife, and an even more amazing mother and grandmother. Her devotion never wavered, her patience never tired and her commitment to those she loved will continue to be clearly evident within the stories which will be shared by those who knew and loved her in the days, weeks, months and years ahead. Virginia did thankfully find a little personal time now and then to indulge in some of her favorite activities also. An afternoon in the flower garden, or some downtime relaxing with her adored pets would always warm Virginia's heart and place a sincere smile upon her face. Virginia made the world a better place simply by being herself and a legacy as honorable as that is all any of us could hope for. We will miss her beautiful laugh, her tender side and her strong will, but we know she is residing in a much more amazing world than we could ever discover here and we are at peace today with the knowledge that she has finally been reunited with all of her other loved one's who've already begun their eternal journey. Thank you very much Virginia for everything you taught us, the memories of fun and love you leave behind, and may the Lord keep you safe in His loving arms until we meet again!

Those left to cherish Virginia's memory include
her 10 children,

Sandra (Richard) Tigges, Bernard, IA,
Janet Brown, Dubuque, IA,
Sharon Hadley, Durango, IA,
Ralph Pregler, Zwingle, IA,
Joyce Maggert, Colesburg, IA,
Joan (Kurt) Cable, East Dubuque, IL,
Virginia "Ginny" Hudders, Zwingle, IA,
Maureen Schmitt, East Dubuque, IL,
Ronald Pregler, Zwingle, IA
and Kathy (Robin) Laughead, Zwingle, IA;

her countless grandchildren and great-grandchildren;

numerous nieces, nephews and cousins;

and her son-in-law, William Smith, East Dubuque IL.

Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Howard; her daughter, Carol Smith; her son, Richard Pregler; her daughter-in-law, Debby Pregler; her sons-in-law, Donald Brown, Richard Hadley and Kenneth Hudders; along with her 10 brothers, and 1 sister.

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

 



Daniel P. Aslin


Daniel P. Aslin, 56, was called to heaven on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 10, 2018 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church. Entombment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. There will be no public visitation.

Dan was born on September 13, 1961 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of John M. and Ann "Cookie" (Fisher) Aslin. He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1979 and was the Iowa Golden Glove champion in 1980.

Dan was a sales rep for Aslin Sales Inc. and was an avid Green Bay Packer fan. He enjoyed golfing, boating, fishing and get-togethers with his nieces and nephews. Danny will be missed by the many people who loved him.

Surviving are his parents, John and Cookie Aslin of Dubuque; his two brothers, John A. (Barb) Aslin of Appleton, WI, and Jim Aslin of Kansas City, MO; his nieces and nephews Dr. Audra (Dr. Micah) Long of Madison, WI, Alexa (Jordan) Aslin of Neenah, WI and John V. (Melissia) Aslin of Los Angeles, CA; 5 great nieces and nephews, his special friend Paula VanGundy, his aunt Mary (Tim) Jirschele and his uncle Roy (Lucy) Fisher.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, A.C. (Helen) Fisher and his paternal grandparents William (Lucille) Disbrow.



Matthew J. Kettmann

Matthew J. Kettmann, 47, of Bernard passed away Wednesday, September 5, 2018, surrounded by his family after a brief battle with melanoma cancer at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.

Visitation will be held from 2-7 p.m. Sunday, September 9, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 6:30 pm. Visitation will continue Monday, September 10, 2018, from 12:00 - 1:00 pm at Kramer Funeral Home where a Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 pm. Burial will be at St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville.

Matt was born in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Milo, Jr. and Mary (Herst) Kettmann. He graduated from East Dubuque High School with the class of 1991. He was a welder for 28 years at several manufacturing companies, including John Deere Dubuque Works for the last 15 years.

Matt was a loving and caring father and soul mate. He loved watching the Detroit Redwings hockey, fishing at the lake and playing video games with his daughter and nephews. He has kept and cared for iguanas for the last 25 years. His current iguana, Gary, is looking for a new home. Matt had a unique sense of humor and his smile will be missed.

Survivors include his daughter, Madison Hines of Bernard, the love of his life, Jolene Hines of Bernard, his sister Monica (Dan) Burds of Holmen, WI; his parents, Milo, Jr. and Mary Kettmann of East Dubuque; Jolene's family: Delbert and Sheila (Becker) Hines of Dubuque, Dave (Tammy) Becker of East Dubuque, Billy Jo Hines of South Carolina, Tara Jones and Jennifer Hines, both of Dubuque; nieces and nephews: Jordan (fiancé Emma Coryell), Jarod and Jesi Burds, Stacey, Tracey and Nichole Becker, Jacob, Austin and Cory Jones, Mercedes and Chevelle Hines

He was preceded in death by his cousin, Jonathon Engler.

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



Patricia A. Lyster


Patricia A. "Pat" Lyster, 77, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Thursday, September 6, 2018, at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital in Dubuque.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 10, 2018, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 12:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Monday at the church before the service.

Pat was born on April 17, 1941, in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the daughter of Otto and Anne (Vaassen) Burbach. She married Duane F. Lyster on January 10, 1959, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City. He preceded her in death on December 14, 2017.

Pat worked as an administrative assistant at John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works.

Pat and Duane loved to travel and enjoyed camping with their children when they were young. They spent many happy years in Florida. Pat also loved to quilt.

Survivors include two sons, Marty (Rita) Lyster, of Cuba City, and Steve (Mary Lea) Lyster, of Greensboro, NC; three sisters, Shirley (John) Nolan, of Cuba City, Emma (John) McWilliams, of Verona, WI, and Mary Kay (Dennis) Lee, of East Peoria, IL; three grandchildren, Trevor, Alec and Logan Lyster; a step-granddaughter, Andi (Joe) Deckert; two great-grandchildren, Dallas and Grace Deckert; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Mark, and a brother, Kenneth Burbach.

A Patricia A. "Pat" Lyster Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Duane R. Kaiser


Duane R. Kaiser, 69, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on September 4th, 2018 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral mass will be at 5:00 p.m. Friday at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Friday at the church. Military honors will be accorded following mass by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Duane was born on October 2, 1948 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Donald and Bertha (Hinderman) Kaiser. He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1966 and served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War. He married Ann Habeck on June 26, 1970 at the Church of the Nativity.

He worked at Dubuque John Deere for 32 years and was a member of the United Auto Workers Local 94. After retirement he worked at New White Florist as a delivery driver.

He enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing, and playing softball. He loved his grandchildren and spending time at their sporting events.

Duane was a loving husband, father and grandfather who was always willing to lend a helping hand or engage in a good conversation.

He is survived by his wife Ann; his son Keith Kaiser, of Peosta; daughter-in-law Julie Kaiser-Hillary, of Hazel Green, WI; grandchildren Gabby and Izzy Kaiser; and his sister Jean (Dave) Schmitt, of Dubuque, brother-in-law Lance (Marlene) Habeck, of Polver, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Kevin Kaiser, daughter-in-law Joy Kaiser, his mother and father-in-law Ervin and Janet Habeck.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Stonehill Care Center, the 5th Floor doctors and nursing staff at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital, Dr. Herman and Dr. Cao for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave.

In lieu of flowers a Duane Kaiser memorial fund will be established.



LaVern J. Riniker


LaVern J. "Bum" Riniker, age 91, of Dubuque, and formerly of Balltown, was called home peacefully at 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Bum's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 468 Balltown Road, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. To celebrate Bum's life, family and friends may visit from 9:30 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Balltown. Burial will be in the St. Francis Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Bum was born on February 24, 1927, in Waupeton, Iowa, son of Ambrose and Leona (Jaeger) Riniker.

Bum was born and raised on the family farm and proudly made it his lifelong passion until his daily chores had finally ended in 1991. Bum's faith was also a very important aspect of his life and upon his retirement from the responsibilities of daily farm life, he eventually moved into Balltown where he next devoted his time as a groundskeeper for St. Francis Parish for the next 10 years. Bum was a very active member of the community and was a long-time Farm Bureau member, as well as a member, and past president, of the Balltown Lions Club. In his free time, Bum enjoyed a quiet morning of hunting in the timber, a relaxing afternoon of baiting his hook on the water's edge, or even an evening of spending time visiting with family and friends at Breitbach's Country Dining while enjoying some of his favorite meals. Bum was a good and decent man who enjoyed a dance at Melody Mill as much as an honest days work back on the farm. He was truly respected by all who knew and loved him and the memories of Bum walking around with his dog by his side will definitely help carry us through the difficult days ahead. We will deeply miss our dear brother, uncle and friend, but take some comfort in knowing that he is now free of the health challenges he has faced these past months and that thankfully he is now able to be joyfully reunited with all of his loved ones whom have already been called home ahead of him.

Those left to cherish Bum's memory include

his sisters,
Shirley Noel, Dubuque, IA
and DiAnn (Herbert) Ott Jr., Peosta, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Bum was preceded in death by his parents; a sister Verna (Nick) Brimeyer; a niece, Cathy Noel; and a brother-in-law, Bill Noel.

In lieu of flowers, a LaVern J. Riniker memorial fund has been established which will be donated among his favorite charities.

Bum's family would like to thank Breitbach's Country Dining, and Diane and Pat Kunnert, for all of their personal visits over the years. They would also like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, for the wonderful care and support they provided to Bum, and his family.

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

 



Rita M. Dougherty


Rita M. Dougherty, 90, of Dubuque passed away on Monday, September 3, 2018 surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Saturday, September 8th at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m.,Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road.

Rita was born on May 22, 1928 in Adrain, Minnesota, the daughter of Andrew and Rose (Suedbeck) Mensen. She married Frances "Fritz" Dougherty on October 3,1949 in Waterloo, Iowa. He preceded her in death on October 9, 2013 after 64 years of marriage. 

Rita was employed as a sales associate at KMart for many years.

She enjoyed boating, fishing and camping with her husband, and sewing and crocheting. She was the most loving and giving mother and grandmother and kindest person to everyone she met. She put others first before herself. 

She is survived by her children, Steve (Diane) Dougherty, Rick (Jan) Dougherty, Jeff (Tina) Dougherty, Ann (John) Hearn, Lisa Westland, all of Dubuque, and Todd (Diana) Dougherty of Brodhead, WI; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her infant daughter Baby Ann, 8 sisters and 2 brothers, and son-in-law, Tim Westland.

In Lieu of flowers a Rita M. Dougherty Memorial Fund has been established.

We would like to thank family and friends who sent a kind note or card and took the time to visit and support our Mom.