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Sandra S. Rollinger

Sandra S. Rollinger, 72, of Cascade and Mesa, AZ, died Saturday, Apr. 18, 2015, at Banner Heart Hospital in Mesa.

Friends may call from 8:30 - 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015, at St. Matthias Catholic Church in Cascade where a Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 11:00 a.m.  Rev. Douglas Loecke will officiate.  Inurnment will be at St. Matthias Cemetery in Cascade at a later date.

Sandy was born January 12, 1943, in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Dale and Bernita (Kunnen) Massey.

She graduated from Wahlert High School with the Class of 1961.

She married Richard Carr in 1965, at Cascade.  He preceded her in death. She later married James Rollinger in December, 1980, in Cascade. 

Sandy is survived by her husband, Jim, 2 sons: Craig Carr of Mesa, AZ and Shawn (Linda) Carr of Cascade, IA; a step-daughter, Janet (Kevin) Schockemoehl of Cascade, IA; grandchildren: Zayne (fiancé Juliana Figueroa) Carr of Mesa, AZ, Kevin, Maggie, Jack and Riley Carr, Ryan Schockemoehl and Eric Schockemoehl, all of Cascade, IA, and Lisa Schockemoehl of DesMoines, IA; five great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Barbara VanBlarcom of Dubuque, IA, and Donna Brandel of Mesa, AZ; in-laws: Delores Their of Dyersville, IA, Marie (Earl) Wagner of Cascade, IA, Bob (Lynn) Rollinger of Hopkinton, IA, Ronnie (Diane) Rollinger of Bernard, IA, Betty (Richard) Knapp of Bernard, IA, Mary Meyers of Dubuque, IA and Joe Pfohl of Dubuque, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Richard Carr, a sister, Judy Pfohl, a brother, Duane Massey, and 2 brothers-in-law: James VanBlarcom and Joseph Their.

Memorials are preferred.

Information available and condolences accepted at www.kramerfuneral.com

 

 



Ellen K. and Joseph P. Edwards

Ellien Kay "Tootie" Edwards, 20, and Joseph Paul "Joey" Edwards, 2, of Bernard, Iowa, passed away on Friday, April 24, 2015, from injuries received in an automobile accident on 86th Avenue, rural Bernard, Iowa.

A celebration of Ellien and Joseph's life will be held at 1:30 P.M., Thursday, April 30, 2015, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11 A.M. to 1:15 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Streets Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Ellien Kay Edwards was born on February 17, 1995 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Steve and Susan (Krolick) Edwards. She had attended Maquoketa Community High School and was a part of the class of 2014. She was a wonderful mother and had also been working as a farmhand with her mom for Dave Martin Farms. She enjoyed riding the 4-wheeler, texting, watching television, drinking Dr. Pepper and most importantly spending time with her family.

Those left to honor Ellien's memory include her parents Steve and Susan Edwards of Bernard, Iowa; a brother Billy Joe Edwards of Maquoketa, Iowa; sisters Katie Marie Edwards of Bernard, IA, Lisa Ann Edwards of Bernard, IA, and Mary Jane Edwards of Bernard, IA; her paternal grandfather Norman Edwards of Lynd, MN; her boyfriend Wes Merfeld; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother Georgia Edwards, and her maternal grandparents Leland and Mary Krolick.

Joseph Paul "Joey" Edwards was born on December 16, 2012 in Dubuque, Iowa to Ellien Kay Edwards. He was a smart boy who could already count to 30. He loved tractors and 4-wheeling and checking the cows with grandma and papa. He could light up the room with his smile.

Those left to honor Joseph's memory include his maternal grandparents Steve and Susan Edwards of Bernard, IA; maternal great-grandfather Norman Edwards of Lind, MN; several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends; and his mother Ellien's boyfriend, Wes Merfeld. He was preceded in death by his maternal great-grandparents, Leland Krolick, Mary Krolick and Georgia Edwards.

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

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

 



Loras J. Shanahan

Loras John Shanahan, 69 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at home following a sudden illness.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Kyle Digmann officiating. Friends may call from 4:00 to 8:00 Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where there will be a wake service at 4:00 p.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Loras was born on March 23, 1946 in Bernard, Iowa the son of John and Isabell (Lammer) Shanahan. He married Mary Kay Steffen and later married Julie Johnson on July 24, 1991 in Dubuque, Iowa. She preceded him in death on September 11, 2014.

He worked for Dubuque John Deere for 30 years as a machinist and later at the Dubuque Driving Range. He served in Iowa National Guard from 1965 to 1967. He was a member of the UAW Local 94 and the Moose Lodge.

He was an avid Chicago Cub and Iowa Hawkeye fan, he enjoyed spending time with his friends at the Driving Range and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by three children, Kathy Shanahan, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Kevin (Jessica) Shanahan, and Krista (Mike) Torrey, all of Dubuque. Two step-sons, David (Becky) Haynes and Jason (Tina) Haynes all of Dubuque. Nine grandchildren, Keighan, Nicholas, Crystal, Alli, Matthew, Trisha, C.J., Tia and Cody and two great grandchildren, Brycen and Brody. Siblings, Elaine (Jim) Hutchroft, of La Motte, Chuck (Mary) Shanahan, of Bernard, Paul (Arlene) Shanahan, of Maquoketa, Mary (George) Felderman, of La Motte. Brother-in-law Bob Timmerman, sister-in-law Ginny (Jerry) Heim and his former wife and special friend Mary Kay Shanahan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a step daughter Carrie, his wife Julie, a sister Ann and a brother Pat.



Theresa M. Gansemer

Theresa M. Gansemer, 78 of 21747 Park Hollow Road, Holy Cross, Iowa died Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 10:30 p.m. at Unity Point Heath Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa surrounded by family.

Friends and relatives of Theresa called from 1 to 8 p.m., Sunday, April 26, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, IA, where a wake service was held at 2:00 p.m.

Services for Theresa were held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, April 27, 2015, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rickardsville, IA, with Rev. Noah Diehm officiating. Eucharistic Ministers were Deb Brehm, Laverne Freiburger and Mark Klein. Lectors were Mary Ann Manternach and Shirley Klein. Placing of the pall was done by Francis Gansemer, Judy Breitsprecker, Janet Engelken, Joan Fuentes, Jane Geselbracht and Jody Tucker. Giftbearers were Marlene Decker, Jenice McLees and Diane Dietz. Burial was held at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Rickardsville, IA.

An Honorary Escort was afforded by the Rickardsville Catholic Order of Foresters-Court #774.

Honorary Pallbearers were Bryon Gansemer, Ben Geselbracht, Travis Fuentes, Travis Tucker, and GianFranco Hernandez Fuentes.

Casketbearers for Theresa were Bruce Engelken, Gerald Breitsprecker, Scott Gansemer, Josh Gansemer, Matt Engelken, Jordan Tucker and Nick Hogan.

Theresa was born June 1, 1936 in Delhi, Iowa, daughter of John and Veronica (Jaeger) Bergfeld. She received her education in the rural Bernard area schools. On April 23, 1957 she was united in marriage to Clement E. Gansemer at St. Joseph's Prairie in rural Dubuque, Iowa. He preceded her in death on June 28, 2007.

She is a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Rickardsville, a member of its Altar and Rosary Society and the Rickardsville Catholic Order of Foresters Court #774

She is survived by six children, Francis Gansemer (& Friend, Angela Woods) of Dubuque, IA, Judy (Gerald E.) Breitsprecker of Lancaster, WI, Janet Engelken (& friend, Kenny Ruden) of Rickardsville, IA, Joan (Porfirio) Fuentes of Starkville, MS, Jane Geselbracht (& friend, "Ike" Eigenburger) and Jody (Merlin) Tucker both of Rickardsville, IA; 23 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; three siblings, George (Joanne) Bergfeld of Peosta, IA, Julie (Elmer) Schumann of Dyersville, IA and Danny (Dianne) Bergfeld of Bernard, IA; a sisters and brothers-in-law, Shirley Bergfeld of Dubuque, IA, Helen Gansemer of Dubuque, IA, Eileen (Florian "Tex") Winter of St. Lucas, IA,

She is also preceded in death by her her parents; three sisters Darlene (Joe) Dolanc, Gladys (Jack) Kress and a sister in infancy; and three brothers, John Bergfeld, Leo Bergfeld and Edwin (Juanita) Bergfeld; a brother-in-law, Albert Gansemer.

A Theresa M. Gansemer memorial fund has been established.

The family of Theresa M. Gansemer would like to thank Sherrill EMS, Finley Hospital and staff for accommodating us in our time of need.

Online condolences for Theresa may be sent to www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com

 



Jeanne M. Scott

Jeanne M. Scott, 84, of Epworth, Iowa, died, Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at Heritage manor in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Jeanne called after 9 a.m., Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa.

Services for Jeanne were held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa with her great grandson, Pastor Derek Lozano Presiding. Great granddaughter, Alle Lozano sang "Amazing Grace". A Dream Catcher was made by her grandson, Jason Scott. Burial was held in Highview Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa.

Honorary pallbearers for Jeanne were Shane Scott and Eric Lehmann.

Casketbearers for Jeanne were Travis Seidel, Bob Cummings, David Scott, Nathan Scott, Mike Nethery, Tomas Tucker, Ryan Patrick and Matt Brandenburg.

Jeanne was born June 22, 1930 in Strawberry Point, Iowa, daughter of Lyle and Mildred (Kellogg) Kahrs. On November 7, 1947 she was united in marriage to Wayne H "Rusty" Scott at the Epworth United Methodist Parsonage. He preceded her in death on May 26, 2012.

Jeanne enjoyed time with family and friends. She was always proud of her children; grandchildren, great and great great grandchildren. She also helped to raise two nephews, Carey Kahrs and Jamie Kahrs and a niece, Roxanna James-"They called her mom". Jeanne helped Rusty coach Little League "The Cubs" for several years. Jeanne was a very proud Breast Cancer survivor.

She was a member of the Epworth United Methodist Parish.

She is survived by one son, Rick (Lois) Scott of Epworth, IA; two daughters, Tyris (Bob) Cummings of Basco, IL and Tonja (Tony) Inmann of Kansas City, MO; one special son, Jason (Emily) Scott of Prairie Du Sac, WI; 20 grandchildren; 36 great grandchildren; 9 great-great grandchildren; one brother, Neil Kahrs of Cookson, OK; one sister, Janet Leigh of Chicago, IL; one niece, Roxanne James and one nephew, Jamie Kahrs both, of Roswell, Mexico; and a special aunt, Maxine Kellogg of Roswell, New Mexico.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; two sons, and a daughter-in-law, Raymond W. and Connie L. Scott on September 6, 1981and Ronald Scottt on September 17, 2011; two sisters, Mauren Fulbright and one in infancy; one brother, Keith Kahrs and one nephew, Carey Kahrs; and a grandson-in-law, Angelo Lozano on Sept. 23, 2011.

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

 



Jeanne M. Scott

Jeanne M. Scott, 84, of Epworth, Iowa, died, Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at Heritage manor in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Jeanne called after 9 a.m., Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa.

Services for Jeanne were held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa with her great grandson, Pastor Derek Lozano Presiding. Great granddaughter, Alle Lozano sang "Amazing Grace". A Dream Catcher was made by her grandson, Jason Scott. Burial was held in Highview Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa.

Honorary pallbearers for Jeanne were Shane Scott and Eric Lehmann.

Casketbearers for Jeanne were Travis Seidel, Bob Cummings, David Scott, Nathan Scott, Mike Nethery, Tomas Tucker, Ryan Patrick and Matt Brandenburg.

Jeanne was born June 22, 1930 in Strawberry Point, Iowa, daughter of Lyle and Mildred (Kellogg) Kahrs. On November 7, 1947 she was united in marriage to Wayne H "Rusty" Scott at the Epworth United Methodist Parsonage. He preceded her in death on May 26, 2012.

Jeanne enjoyed time with family and friends. She was always proud of her children; grandchildren, great and great great grandchildren. She also helped to raise two nephews, Carey Kahrs and Jamie Kahrs and a niece, Roxanna James-"They called her mom". Jeanne helped Rusty coach Little League "The Cubs" for several years. Jeanne was a very proud Breast Cancer survivor.

She was a member of the Epworth United Methodist Parish.

She is survived by one son, Rick (Lois) Scott of Epworth, IA; two daughters, Tyris (Bob) Cummings of Basco, IL and Tonja (Tony) Inmann of Kansas City, MO; one special son, Jason (Emily) Scott of Prairie Du Sac, WI; 20 grandchildren; 36 great grandchildren; 9 great-great grandchildren; one brother, Neil Kahrs of Cookson, OK; one sister, Janet Leigh of Chicago, IL; one niece, Roxanne James and one nephew, Jamie Kahrs both, of Roswell, Mexico; and a special aunt, Maxine Kellogg of Roswell, New Mexico.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; two sons, and a daughter-in-law, Raymond W. and Connie L. Scott on September 6, 1981and Ronald Scottt on September 17, 2011; two sisters, Mauren Fulbright and one in infancy; one brother, Keith Kahrs and one nephew, Carey Kahrs; and a grandson-in-law, Angelo Lozano on Sept. 23, 2011.

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

 



Janice B. Mensen

Janice B. Mensen, 81, of Dyersville and formerly of Petersburg died Saturday, April 25, 2015, at home in the Ellen Kennedy Living Center.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Friends may continue to call from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Thursday prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg with burial in the church Cemetery.  Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Janice was born October 23, 1933, in Petersburg the daughter of Hugo and Regina (Deutmeyer) Funke.  She married Laverne Mensen on Oct. 8, 1953, in Dyersville.  Together they farmed on the Mensen family farm north of Petersburg.  While on the farm, Janice was a homemaker and also cooked at the Petersburg Hall, the Dyersville Senior Center and SS. Peter & Paul Grade School.  In April of 1989, they retired and moved into Petersburg, and finally moved to the Ellen Kennedy Living Center in January of 2015.

She is survived by her husband, Laverne, 6 children: Karen (Ron) Hillers of Guttenberg, Kenny (Kathy) Mensen of Cedar Rapids, Ronnie (Deb) Mensen of Earlville, Duane (Celeste Nunemaker) Mensen of Solon, Carla (Dan) Lechtenberg of Manchester and Pat Mensen of Petersburg; 18 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and another due in May; 7 siblings: Verna Lee Digman, Lois (Art) Kern, Theresa (Charlie) Schindler and Darlene (Wayne) Wegmann, Leon (Karen) Funke and Floyd (Janet) Funke, all of Dyersville, Rita (Lawrence) Lansing of New Vienna, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sisters, Mary Lou Funke and Dorothy and her husband, Leo Mensen, brother-in-law: Edward Digman, and a great-grandson, James Anton

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

 

 

 



Norman G. Middleman

Norman G. "Gene" Middleman, 78, of Dubuque died on Thursday, April 23, 2015, at Luther Manor. Funeral services will be 7 pm Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be held Monday from 4 pm until time of service. Inurnment will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Dubuque Memorial Gardens where military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

Gene was born August 17, 1936 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Robert and Genevieve (Dempsey) Middleman. He married Ruth Westmark at St. Patrick's Church in February of 1965. He served his country in the US Army and was a member of the American Legion.

Before retiring, he worked at John Deere for 29 years.

He was a music lover. He was a big NASCAR fan, enjoyed his Harley-Davidson motorcycle that he rode cross country and the Chicago Bears. Gene was very grateful for the kindness and support his Grandmother Kate Kern gave to his family while growing up.

Gene is survived by his wife Ruth of Dubuque, six children, Dan Middleman of Dubuque, Larry (Amy) Middleman of Dubuque, Kelly (Harry) Blewett of Dubuque, Chris Middleman of Denver, Colorado, Tom (Jennifer) Middleman of Broussard, Louisiana and William "Billy" Middleman of Dubuque; eight grandchildren, Ashley, Nicole, Jamie, Zack, Michael, Harry, Emma, and Jack; one great grandson, Damon; a brother, Kenneth Middleman of Dixon, Ill., and a sister, Shirley (Bob) Behnke of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Robert J. Middleman and DeLoris Becker.

For further information, or to leave an online condolence for the family, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com
The family would like to thank the wonderful, kind and loving staff at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque.



Russell G. Lewis, Jr.

Russell G. Lewis Jr., age 80, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 3:37 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 2015, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. To honor Russell's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Russell's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Russell was born on January 3, 1935, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Russell and Margaret (Schmidt) Lewis Sr.

Russell married Mary L. Kiefer on September 10, 1955, at Sacred Heart Church. She preceded him in death on March 4, 2002. He was employed in the maintenance department with the Dubuque Community School District until his retirement. Russell enjoyed fixing things and tinkering in the garage while socializing with his numerous friends. He also enjoyed and savored the opportunity to pull a good prank on family and friends whenever possible. Russell generous reputation was well known and he was always willing to lend a helping hand to whomever and wherever it was needed. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him and there will now be countless future conversations coming up short with the sad absence of Russell's wit, humor and insight.

Russell is survived by his son, Mark T. Lewis, Dubuque, IA; a grandson, Russell E. (Jenny) Lewis, Dubuque, IA; and two granddaughters, Angelina Shappell and Mary-Alice Lewis. Russell was preceded in death by his parents and his loving wife of 46 years, Mary Lewis.

A Russell G. Lewis Jr. memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff in the ICU at the University of Iowa for their wonderful care of Russell.

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

 



Joseph A. Brunkan

Joseph A. Brunkan, 85, of Worthington, died Thursday, April 23, 2015, at his home.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Sunday, April 26, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00 p.m. and an American Legion Service will be held at 7:00 p.m.  Friends may continue to call at the funeral home from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 27, prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 27, 2015, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate and Rev. Dan Knipper will concelebrate.  Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery in Worthington where American Legion Post 137 will accord military honors.

Joe was born August 18, 1929, in Worthington, Iowa the son of Thomas and Kate (Dunkel) Brunkan.  He attended Lebo Country School and attended St. Paul School in Worthington until 9th grade. He served in Korea in the Army from 1951 - 1953. He married Rosalie Bockenstedt on January 4, 1964, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Greeley, Iowa.  Together they farmed near Worthington, and Joe worked at the Ertl Company for 30 years.

Joe enjoyed watching sports of all types, especially the Beckman Blazers and the Iowa Hawkeyes.  He also enjoyed tinkering around the farm, fixing equipment or making "art" with his welder, driving his tractor in parades in the area, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Rosie, 3 children: Ann (Mike) Wink of Marion, Tim (Jill) Brunkan of Eldridge, and Jennifer (Jason Smith) Brunkan-Smith of Mission, Kansas; 3 grandchildren, Jayda, Calla and Georgia Brunkan; a sister, Catherine Steffen of New Vienna; a sister-in-law, Janet (Robert) Brown of Colesburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Arnold Steffen.

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

 



Robert J. Remakel

Robert "Bob" J. Remakel, 80, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at home, surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with leukemia.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 27, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Rev. Steven Rosonke will officiate. Private burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded. Friends may greet the family from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a prayer service at 5:30 p.m.

Bob was born Sept. 14, 1934 in Bellevue, Iowa, the son of Michael and Adella (Zimmer) Remakel. He married Joan Kendall on August 24, 1957 at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Bob served his country with the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Naval Reserves.

He was employed as a tool and die maker at John Deere Dubuque Works, retiring after over 30 years. He volunteered at the Washington Neighborhood Tool Library. Bob enjoyed attending classic car shows with his 1950's MG/VW replica ("The Toy"), being "Mr. Handyman" to anyone looking for an extra hand, helping his son Michael and grandson Chad build their careers and businesses, and spending time surrounded by his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Bob is survived by his wife, Joan; four children, Michael (Beth) Remakel of Dubuque, Tina (Jim) Allen of Bellevue, Tammy (Stan) Remakel-Ryan of Dubuque, and Teresa (Marty) Biroschik of Streator, IL; nine grandchildren, Sarah (Dan) Henkels, Chad (Bethany Then) Remakel, Robyn (James) Illingworth, Brent Hutchcroft, Brady Hutchcroft, Joshua Ryan, Emily Ryan, Caleb Biroschik, and Alexandria "Ally" Biroschik; six great-grandchildren, Kylie, Camden, and Blake Henkels, Charlee and expected Baby Remakel, and Jameson Illingworth; two brothers, Vincent (Phyllis) Remakel and Thomas (Rosemary) Remakel, both of Dubuque; two sisters, Mary Ann Miller of Omaha, NE, and Suzanne (Lance) Hurst of Corona De Tuc, AZ; his sister-in-law, Phyllis (Bill) Jaeggi; and his brother-in-law, James Kendall. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Roger Remakel; an infant brother, Ronald Remakel; a sister, Patricia Lawler; his godson, Kevin Lawler; a brother-in-law, Wayne Miller; and in-laws Rose Marie & Wayne Oliver, Margaret Kendall and Bernice Knoll. 

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Hermann and his wonderful staff, and Hospice of Dubuque.

Memorials may be made to the Washington Neighborhood Tool Library, 345 E. 18th St., Dubuque, IA 52001.

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



Dorothy A. Hayes-Kramer

Dorothy A. Hayes-Kramer, 76, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 25, at St. Raphael Cathedral with Rev. Alan Dietzenbach officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 24, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a parish wake service will be at 4:00 p.m.

Dorothy was born on July 17, 1938 in Cottonville, Iowa, the daughter of Alfred and Mary (O'Rourke) Hayes. She married Daniel Fury in July of 1960 and later married Wayne J. Kramer in August of 2004.

Dorothy retired from Dubuque John Deere Works after 30 years and was a member of the Elks Club. She enjoyed family gatherings, liked to garden and go shopping.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Dennis M. Fury, Laurie (Rich) Scherr, Kathy (Bill) Potter, and Maureen Knupp; her grandchildren, Amy (Scott) Wood, Andrew Potter, Katie Knupp, and Timmy Young; six great-grandchildren; brothers Eldon (Winnie) Hayes and Marvin (Doris) Hayes; and a daughter-in-law, Sue Fury.

She was preceded in death by a son, Timothy Patrick Fury; her parents; one sister, Arlene Grobstich; and her husband, Wayne Kramer.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care they gave to Dorothy.



J. Thomas Zaber

J. Thomas Zaber, 72, died at home Monday, April 20. He lived at 3074 Kane Court, Dubuque with his wife, Pat. At Tom's request, a private mass for family will be celebrated.

Tom was passionate about many things, but his true love was his wife and family and he reminded them of his love every day. Tom and Pat celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in February. Tom was an insurance broker for decades in downtown Dubuque. Tom studied music at St. Ambrose College, and throughout the years he loved to sing at Cathedral, with the Chorale, and most recently to his grandson.

Tom is survived by his wife, Pat; daughters Chris (Ann Visconti) Zaber and Carrie (Scott) Tedore; grandson Bobby Tedore; sisters Mary (Ron) Shuster and Julie (George) Mosher; brothers- & sisters-in-law Dave Bargabus, Jerry (Becky) Fisher, Pat Fisher, Sharon Thompson, and Mike Bisby; along with many nieces and nephews.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Ade and Katheryn Zaber; and his sister, Sue Bargabus.



Jeanne M. Scott

Jeanne M. Scott, 84, of Epworth, Iowa, died Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at Heritage manor in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Jeanne may call after 9 a.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa. Services for Jeanne will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Reiff Funeral Home with her great-grandson, Pastor Darek Lozano, presiding. Burial will be held in Highview Cemetery in Epworth.

Jeanne was born June 22, 1930 in Strawberry Point, Iowa, daughter of Lyle and Mildred (Kellogg) Kahrs. On Nov. 7, 1947 she was united in marriage to Wayne H "Rusty" Scott at the Epworth United Methodist Parsonage. He preceded her in death on May 26, 2012.

Jeanne enjoyed time with family and friends. She was always proud of her children, grandchildren, great- and great-great-grandchildren. She also helped to raise two nephews, Carey Kahrs and Jamie Kahrs, and a niece, Roxanna James - they called her "Mom". Jeanne helped Rusty coach Little League "The Cubs" for several years. Jeanne was a very proud breast cancer survivor. She was a member of the Epworth United Methodist Parish.

She is survived by one son, Rick (Lois) Scott of Epworth, IA; two daughters, Tyris (Bob) Cummings of Basco, IL and Tonja (Tony) Inmann of Kansas City, MO; one special son, Jason (Emily) Scott of Prairie Du Sac, WI; 20 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; 9 great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Neil Kahrs of Cookson, OK; one sister, Janet Leigh of Chicago, IL; one niece, Roxanne James, and one nephew, Jamie Kahrs, both of Roswell, New Mexico; and a special aunt, Maxine Kellogg of Roswell, New Mexico.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; two sons, and a daughter-in-law, Raymond W. and Connie L. Scott on Sept. 6, 1981, and Ronald Scottt on Sept. 17, 2011; two sisters, Mauren Fulbright and one in infancy; one brother, Keith Kahrs; and one nephew, Carey Kahrs; and a grandson-in-law, Angelo Lozano, on Sept. 23, 2011.

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



John H. Evers

John "Jack" H. Evers, 80, of Urbandale, and formerly of Dyersville, IA, completed his life's journey here on earth Saturday, April 18, 2015, at the Iowa Jewish Life Center in Des Moines, IA.

Friends may call from noon to 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 1, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m. Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate.

Jack was born Jan. 25, 1935, in Dyersville, the youngest child of Henry and Christina (Sauser) Evers. He graduated from Xavier High School in 1953 and moved to Florida where he began his career as a carpenter. In 1989, he returned to Dyersville and continued carpentry with Local Union 678 where he was a lifetime member.

On Sept. 19, 1992 he married Gwenn Wessels at St. Francis Xavier Basilica. Jack was a kind, gentle, soft-spoken person who would always lend a hand to family and friends.

Jack is survived by his wife, Gwenn of Urbandale; three step-children: Karmen (Steve) Wilhelm of Marion, Kourtney (Dan) Keough of Clive and Kurt Kramer of Dubuque; seven grandchildren: Spencer and Paige Wilhelm, Emma Carlson and Ava Keough, Allie, Charlie and Jenny Keough; two brothers: Clyde (Mary) of Miami, FL, and Frank (Gin) of Melbourne, FL; in-laws Gayle (Dean) Erschen of Zimmerman, MN, and Gloria Knepper of Dyersville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Gene (Jolene); and a brother, William, in infancy.

A very special thank you to the staff at the Iowa Jewish Life Center for the care and compassion shown to Jack the last six months, and to Mercy Hospice in the final two weeks.

Don't cry because it's over - Smile because it was.

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



Tom Walser

E. Tom Walser, 82, of Stonehill Care Center, formerly of 3150 Windsor Ave., died Monday, April 20, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 pm Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday. Burial will be in High View Cemetery, Epworth, where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Tom was born Oct. 4, 1932 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Thomas and Harriet (Elvidge) Walser. On Oct. 14, 1954 he married Elizabeth "Betty" Hopkins at Grandview Methodist Church.

He served in the US Army during the Korean War. He worked as a farmer for 45 years and for Ender's Diagnostic Center for 10 years.

Tom enjoyed fishing, hunting, and arrowhead hunting with Nancy. He almost always had a smile on his face and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth "Betty" Walser of Dubuque; two children, David T. (Theresa) Walser of Graf and Nancy (Michael) Laugesen of Dubuque; five grandchildren, Nicole (Adam) Ulm of San Diego, Calif. and their son Zeb, Austin (fiance Ashwina Upreti) Laugesen of Mercer Island, Washington, Anna Weber of Dubuque, Samantha (Nolan) Heins of Dubuque, and Jacob Walser of Graf; three siblings, William (Margaret) Walser, Virginia (Stan) Robinson and Shirley (Clarence) Funk; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

A Tom Walser Memorial Fund has been established.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque, and Dr. Mark Liaboe and Trish for their wonderful care.



Glenn C. Myatt

Glenn C. Myatt, 88, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, April 20, 2015, at his home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Glenn's life will be held at 1 P.M. Friday, April 24, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, April 23, also from the Carson Celebration of Life Center. Burial will be at the Lost Nation, Iowa Cemetery, where military rites will be accorded by the Menzo Widel American Legion Post #381 of Lost Nation where Glenn was a 67 member in 2012.

Glenn Cassin Myatt was born the eldest son of Fred and Charlotte (Cundill) Myatt on April 6, 1927 at the home of his Cundill grandparents.

Glenn was a guy who seemed to want to do things at a young age. He milked a cow in June when he was four and started first grade that fall at the Myatt Country School. As a boy he always wanted to be a man and help his dad farm. He harnessed and hitched a team at the age of ten and plowed corn with a one row walker, bedded sheds from the straw pile, and did whatever dad needed. He credited his father for being fun to work with and proving to him by example that work was a fun habit. Together they milked twelve to fourteen cows by hand before Glenn rode his horse four miles to high school.

As a 15 year old high school senior, Glenn struck out 16 batters in seven innings. At 16 he was a member of the Iowa State Cyclones basketball team. His athletic energy motivated him to do the best that he could in school and for the rest of his life.

Glenn enlisted in the U.S. Navy at 17, serving on the U.S.S. Maryland Battleship in World War II. After being honorably discharged from the Navy in 1946, he worked as the neighborhood hired hand until November of 1948 when he purchased an unwanted hundred acre farm. Glenn married Betty Dodds on Dec. 5, 1948 and they started fixing up the new farm by digging an outhouse hole. Glenn was proud that he personally built all of the fences, and with the help of his neighbors built all the buildings and cement yards to fit his cattle operation on the new farm and three other farms he purchased later in life. 

In June of 1956, Glenn topped the Chicago Stockyard Market with 18 black steers weighing 1137 pounds at 31.50 cwt. He fed these cattle with baskets in knee-deep mud. They slept in a well-bedded old chicken house and gained well and got fat.

Glenn was a 4-H leader, served on church boards at Lost Nation Presbyterian and Maquoketa Methodist churches and was a two-term director of his alma mater in Lost Nation. He was a 20 year board member of the Baldwin Savings Bank, 50 year Farm Bureau member, and a working member of the Clinton County Cattlemen. He was farm host of the 1966 Beef Tour.

Glenn enjoyed providing his children with the best riding and driving ponies that he could afford. His top priorities in life were to exchange kind deeds with neighbors and to live the Golden Rule.

Glenn was preceded in death by his parents; a sister; two brothers; and a son, Lon Myatt. Those left to honor his memory include two daughters, Pamela Jo (David) Crawford of Maquoketa, IA, and Laura Ann (John) Helmers of Stewartville, MN; 3 granddaughters; 1 grandson; 3 great-grandsons; 1 great-granddaughter; and also a very loving, caring friend, Kay Meyer of Maquoketa, IA.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Hospice of Jackson County, the Lost Nation Menzo Widel American Legion Post #381 or the Lost Nation Presbyterian Church.

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



Elizabeth E. Wiezorek

Elizabeth E. "Betty" Wiezorek, age 87, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, April 19, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Betty's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Betty's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, 22, 2015, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Betty was born on September 21, 1927, in Galena, IL, daughter of John and Margaret (Nolan) Wiezorek.

Betty was a graduate of the Immaculate Conception Academy, Class of 1945. She earned a degree in photography in New York which she put to good use at a custom photo shop until 1968. Betty was then employed at American Optical until her retirement. She was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church and a member of the Mount St. Francis Associates. Betty enjoyed volunteering at Shalom Retreat Center in Dubuque for many years. In her free time she loved to travel all over the United States and Canada.

Betty is survived by two nieces, Ann (John) Schroeder, Dubuque, IA, Patty Wiezorek, Dubuque, IA; four nephews, Robert (Chris) Wiezorek, Dubuque, IA, David (Peggy) Wiezorek, East Dubuque, IL, Kenneth (Sue) Wiezorek, East Dubuque, IL, William (Carloyn) Wiezorek, Dubuque, IA; great nieces and great nephews; and special friends.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Robert (Bernice) Wiezorek; and a nephew, Michael Wiezorek.

A Elizabeth E. "Betty" Wiezorek memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center for the wonderful care they gave to Betty.

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

 



Audrey M. Cliff

Audrey M. Cliff, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Hanover, Illinois, passed away peacefully in her sleep April 12, 2015. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Leonard Funeral Home, 2595 Rockdale Road in Dubuque. Friends may call from 12:00 to 2:00, with the service starting at 2:00 p.m.

Audrey was born August 26, 1927 in Derinda Township in Jo Daviess County, Illinois, the daughter of Lida and Genoa Gamble. She married Harland Cliff on October 15, 1948, they were married for almost 55 years before his passing in 2003.

During her early years, Audrey attended the Knapp County School and Center Township School, country schools in Sioux County, Iowa. She attended one semester of high school at Ireton High School in Ireton, Iowa before joining and graduating with the class of 1945 at Hanover High School.

Before marriage, Audrey worked for the Railroad Retirement Board in Chicago and the Savanna Ordinance Depot. She worked a variety of jobs throughout the years and although Audrey enjoyed them, she considered caring for her home and family her true calling. She excelled at frying eggplant, making a mouthwatering caramel corn, and making sure that her family always knew that they were her top priority. Audrey enjoyed cross-stitch, creating beautiful pictures and gifts for her family. She also enjoyed reading and solving crossword puzzles. Her handmade dolls are the stuff of legend, but nothing could top her Scrabble game and because of her, the love of the game has continued through the generations in her family.
Audrey made friends wherever she lived or traveled. Her adventures included trips with Harland to Germany, France, Luxembourg, Canada, and Mexico, as well as visiting each of the 50 states. They even lived a spell as snowbirds in Arizona.

She will be dearly missed by her children: Barry Cliff and wife Rose of Dubuque, Iowa, and children Geoff, Tara and Abby; Bruce Cliff and wife Jeri of The Colony, Texas; Brenda Serra and husband Jean-Michel of Maysville, Iowa and daughters, Jessica, Stephanie, and Ashley; and Babette Cliff of North East, Maryland; as well seven great-grandchildren and a multitude of family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Maxine Hottenstein and Shirley Plattenberger Smith, her son, Brian, and her husband, Harland.

In lieu of flowers, Audrey requested that donations be made in memory of her son, Brian, at http://tinyurl.com/Audrey-Memorial/ to help in the fight against Lou Gehrig's disease. Family and friends will be participating in the Quad Cities Walk to Defeat ALS in August.

Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com



Mary E. Tigges

Mary Elizabeth (Merfeld) Tigges, 89 of Dubuque, most recently of Marion, passed away on Saturday, April 18, 2015 with her family by her side. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 23, 2015 at the Church of the Resurrection. Visitation will be 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., with a 4:00 p.m. Parish Scripture Service. Burial at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Mary was born November 25, 1925, in rural Delhi, the daughter of Leo and Lettie (Rogers) Merfeld. She married Alfred A. Tigges on October 7, 1950 at St. Patrick's in Garryowen; after almost 60 years of marriage, Al passed on July 21, 2010. Mary graduated from Mt. Mercy Junior College, Cedar Rapids, the University of Dubuque and Clarke College. She was a teacher for 27 years and retired from the Dubuque Community Schools in 1985. Mary was an active member of the Dubuque Retired Teachers Association, who will be providing an honor guard. She was a long time member of the Church of the Resurrection.

Survivors include her children, Randy (Denise) Tigges of Highwood, IL and Cindy (Ron) Kreassig of Marion; grandchildren, Sam (Karissa) Kreassig, Ben, Betsy, Joe Kreassig, and Toby Tigges; 2 step-grandchildren, Alexandra and Ben Detzner and two great-grandsons, Gabe and Luke Kreassig; siblings; Gerry Skahill of Dubuque, Eileen Redmond of Marion, Madonna (Paul) McAndrews of Dubuque, Carl Merfeld of Dubuque and Willie (Mary Ann) Merfeld of Bellevue; in-law's, Paul (Gracie) Kane of Bernard, Eileen Merfeld of Dubuque and Maisie Merfeld of East Dubuque.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alfred; siblings, LaVerne Merfeld, Leonard Merfeld, Margaret Buchanan, Grace Kane and Orlie Merfeld; in-laws, Bob Skahill, Tom Buchanan, Allan Redmond and Phyllis Merfeld.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Mercy or the Trappistine Sisters at St Catherine's.

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



Rachael A. Beasley

Rachael Anne Beasley, 94 of Dubuque died Friday, April 17, 2015.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church with Rev. Okitakoyi Lundula officiating. Burial will follow at the Sherrill United Methodist Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at the Church until time of services. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Rachael was born on August 30, 1920, the oldest daughter of Fred and Johanna (Law) Hackbarth on the family farm near Dows, Iowa. She graduated 8th grade from Morgan Township #5 and later graduated high school from Dows High School in 1938. She married Frank M. Beasley, February 4, 1946, they later divorced.

She then attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls and acquired a teaching certificate. Her teaching career spanned 37 years throughout Iowa. In 1966 her family moved from Cedar Falls to Dubuque. She taught for 2 years for Western Dubuque in Epworth. Later in Dubuque she was an Elementary Art Specialist teaching at Fulton, Table Mound, Jackson, and Sageville Schools. She continued her art education at Loras and Clarke Colleges.
After moving to Mini Mt Ranch near Holy Cross, she again taught for Western Dubuque, 5th grade language arts and art for 10 years. During her last four years of teaching she taught 1st grade and kindergarten. In retirement she served as a tour guide for the Dubuque Historical Society at St. Luke's Church.

She is survived by her three children, Frederick (Linda) Beasley, of Plainview, Neb, Sarah Jo (Bruce) Redding, and Loren Beasley, both of Dubuque. Six grandchildren, six great grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant brother, a daughter Marjorie Anne on December 1, 1982, two sisters Kathryn Gray and Phyllis Bueghly and a grandson Eric Redding on August 14, 2005.

A Rachael A. Beasley memorial fund has been established.

The family thanks all the heath care professionals for the wonderful care of their mother, especially Dr. Matthew Kirkendall and his nurse Kate, Dr. Keith Shaw, Dr Randy Lengeling, Dr. Krishnarao Gorrepati, Dr. John Viner, Mercy and Finley ER staff, nurses Donna and Theressa and student nurse Megan. Thank you also for the prayers by family and friends, Marsha Dubbles, and the St. Lukes family.

"I had a good life, where I'm going is better."



Donald L. Callahan

Donald L. "Jeep" Callahan 66, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2015 at UnityPoint Finley Hospital following a long and courageous battle with several illnesses. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. with Deacon David McGhee officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Placid, Iowa. Friends may call from 3:00 - 8:00 Monday, April 20, 2015 at the funeral home.

Don was born on May 5, 1948 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Lester and Lillian (McDermott) Callahan. He worked at Giese Roofing for many years and then became self employed as everyone's favorite handyman. He could fix and somehow make any job work. His skills were endless and would always be first to show up when someone needed help and the last to leave.

Don was a true Irishman who loved to be outside fishing and listening to "good" music. He had more fun in life than anyone could hope for. No matter the situation, he always had a contagious smile on his face.

Don was a man everyone could learn from. He didn't need or want many things. Most important to him was his wonderful family and his many great friends. He was the best father, grandfather and brother who would do anything for his family with unconditional love. Most of all, Don loved his grandchildren. He spent most of his time figuring out how to be one step ahead of them and participating in creative activities, such as gardening, cooking and making homemade ice cream.

Don's big heart and skillful knowledge has touched so many people, and he will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Surviving are his son Allen (Carolyn) Callahan of Dubuque and their children Chris, Cody and Ashley; his daughter, Lisa (Dan "Buck Jr.") Steve of Dubuque and their children McKinzee and Kassidee; his brother, Dan "Buck" (Barb) Callahan; his sisters, Elaine Gansen, Juanita Bakey, Becky (Terry) Lyons, Deb (Alvin Wernimont) Callahan of Dubuque and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Kay Reardon; brother-in-laws Bill Gansen and Jerry Bakey and his long time companion, Marilynn Jurisic.

A Donald L. Callahan memorial fund has been established.

Don's family wishes to extend a special thank you to the Wendt Center; Drs. Ward, Arnz, Hermann, Benda and Coos and the caring staff and doctors at UnityPoint Finley Hospital.

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

 



James V. Murphy

James V. Murphy, 72, of Dubuque died suddenly on Friday, April 17, 2015 at Finley Hospital.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery where Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post 6. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where a wake service will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Jim was born on January 8, 1943 in Chicago, Ill., the son of Clarence and Dorothy (Zoll) Murphy.

He married Sara Wagner on June 14, 1969 at Resurrection Catholic Church.

Jim served our country in the United States Air Force and was a member of the American Legion, Post 6 of Dubuque.

He was employed as an experimental test technician at John Deere until his retirement.

Jim loved to travel and was fortunate to have traveled the world. He was an active member of the Asbury Eagles Club and a member of Resurrection Parish where he served as a Eucharistic Minister.

Jim was a past member of the Aviation Explorers Post and was a Boy and Cub Scout leader. Jim volunteered at the Asbury Fire Department and after retiring was on the Board of Directors.

Surviving is his wife, Sara Murphy; his son, Pat (Kathy) Murphy; grandchildren, Kayle and Ryland Murphy; father-in-law, Howard Wagner; sister-in-law, Ann (Greg) Martin; nieces, Emily Martin and Bridget Christensen; and nephew, Mike Sandidge.

He was preceded in death by his son, Timmy Murphy; grandson, Gavin; parents, Clarence and Dorothy; sister, Judy; and mother-in-law, Patt Wagner.

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

A James Murphy memorial fund has been established.

Special thank you to those who first responded to Jim and expressed their immediate concern, especially Scott Stran, the McGovern's and Linda, and to the staff at the Finley Hospital.



Emma G. Streng

Emma Germaine "Geri" Streng, 92, of Cascade, Iowa died Friday, April 17, 2015 at 3:05 p.m. at River Bend Retirement Community in Cascade, Iowa, surrounded by her family.

Friends and relatives of Germaine may call from 2 to 5 pm, Sunday, April 19, 2015 at Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa.

Services for Germaine will be held at 11:30 a.m., Monday, April 20, 2015 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, IA with Rev. Douglas Loecke presiding. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

She was born October 30, 1922 in Farley, Iowa, daughter of Peter and Emma (White) Ludwig. She received her education at St. Joseph's School. She was united in marriage to John P. Streng on February 5, 1948 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa.

The greatest joy in her life was her husband of 62 years, her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She loved to walk, play bridge and crochet. She crocheted baby afghans for all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren and donated many to Birthright of Dubuque.

She was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa.

She is survived by five children, Carol (Ray) Noonan of Cascade, IA, Steve (Nancy) Streng of St. Joseph, MN, Cathy (Steve) Recker of Hopkinton, IA, Susan Konzen (John McGrath) and Jan Gloden (Craig Conrad) both of Dubuque, IA; 14 grandchildren, Doug (Emily) Noonan, Susan (Dave) Shedivy, Tim (Sara) Noonan, Meg (Todd) Gilligan, Brian Noonan (friend, Ashley Hand), Andrea Noonan, Tony Streng, Lucas (Samantha) Streng, Michaela (Jason) Coyle, Megan Recker (fiancé, Luke Aduddell), Jason Konzen, Kyle Konzen, Melissa (Jay) Bridges, and Mitch Manternach; 19 great grandchildren, Sam, Peter, Maggie and Andrew Noonan, Adam, Sarah, Noah, Ella and Anna Shedivy, Zach, Jacob, Thomas and Kate Noonan, Jack, Molly, and Annie Gilligan, Brody Creighton, Tyler and Melia McDonnell and Corinne Bridges, Atley and Asher Coyle; brothers and sisters-in-law, Lloyd (Gloria) Streng of Dubuque, IA, Sr. Denise Streng, O.S.F. and Sr. Clara Streng, O.S.F. both of Dubuque, IA, Joan, (Dick) Hamilton of Dubuque, IA, Mary (Fred) Neiers of Cascade, IA, Grace (Peter) Schaaf of Mineral Point, WI.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband John P. Streng on October 12, 2010, son in-law Tom Gloden; four brothers, Urban (Lucille), Edmond (Rosalyn), Leon (Kathryn) and Jerome Ludwig; nine sisters, Erma (Joe) Meis, Lucille (Gene) Ahlers, Margaret (Tony) Funke, Sr. Mary Germaine Ludwig, P.V.B.M., Mildred (Don) Houlihan, Viola (John) Hackbarth, Clara (Meredith) Stansbury, Loretta (Hank) Krapfl and Rosalia Leonard; brother-in-law, Bob Streng and a sister-in-law, Doris Streng.

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

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

The family would like to thank Fr. Loecke, Jean Conrad, Dr. Whalen, Charlie and Sarah, the staff at River Bend Retirement Community and Hospice of Dubuque, with special thanks to Cyndi.



Jeanne A. Weeber

Jeanne A. Weeber, 84, of Dubuque passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015 after her second courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 22 at St. Lukes United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road.

Jeanne was born on January 7, 1931 in Dubuque, the daughter of William and Annette (Spofford) Schaefer.
She was first married to David Gronen and was blessed with many wonderful years of marriage. He preceded her in death on March 14, 2002. Later, Jeanne was then married to Fred Weeber and they to also shared many happy years together.

Jeanne was the family photographer. She was picture happy and always had her camera by her side.
Earlier in life, she was an avid water skier and league bowler. She loved all classic movies, her favorite being John Wayne. She also enjoyed traveling with her family.
Jeanne worked at various jobs throughout her life, but her most enjoyable and important job was being a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
Jeanne found extreme joy in the little things in life and was an incredibly gracious person.

Surviving are her children, Lynn (Mark) Donald, of Tarpon Springs, Fla., Clay Gronen and Scott (Laura) Gronen of Dubuque; grandchildren, Tara, Megan, Whitney, Nick, Jordan, James, David, Emily, Audrey, Chadd and Madison; great- grandchildren, Bailey, Regan, Shelby, Savannah, John, Landon, Leo, Paige, Evan, Owen, Jace, Chance, Alexandrea and Caiden; her sister, Lori Grice of Santa Cruz. CA., and Sister-in-law, Audrey Schaefer, of East Dubuque, Ill.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; beloved daughter, Stacy Junk; granddaughter, Bridget Fitzgerald; daughter-in-law, Penny Gronen; and siblings, Arline Harms, Rosie Millard, William Schaefer, and Maize Meyer.

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

A Jeanne Weeber memorial fund has been established.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Mercy Hospital and to Kathleen, Ron and Tatianna at Ennoble Manor.



Anne M. Holmberg

Anne Marie Holmberg, 83, of Stonehill Care Center and formerly of 1445 S. Grandview Ave., passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015 at Stonehill. Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Monday April 20, 2015 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with the Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 5:00 p.m. until time of services Monday at the Church.

Miss Holmberg was born on March 4, 1932 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Charles and Anne (Cox) Holmberg. She attended St. Columbkille High School and retired in 1992 from the Archdiocese of Dubuque. Miss Holmberg was a faithful volunteer and donor at the American Red Cross and at Mercy Hospital. Because of her love for young children, she was a favorite baby sitter, caring for twin boys and their big brother. She gave loving and compassionate care to her parents in their final years.
Surviving are a brother, John (Ann) Holmberg of Louisville, KY; a sister, Virginia (Ned) Tranel of Billings, MT; her godson, Tom Burke of Dubuque, IA and fifteen nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by parents.
An Anne M. Holmberg memorial fund has been established.

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

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

 



Mark A. Feldmann

Mark A. Feldmann, 51, of Dubuque, Iowa and formerly of Epworth, Iowa died Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at Sunny Crest Manor in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Mark may call from 3 to 7 p.m., Sunday, April 19, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m.

Services for Mark will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 20, 2015 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, IA with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Lectors will be Susan Feldmann and Connie Kaiser. Placing of the pall will be done by Elaine Hansel, Donna O'Neill, Ann Holten, Lois Renteria, Norma Feldmann, Steve Feldmann, Dale Feldmann, Alan Feldmann and Karla Feldman. Giftbearers will be Marge Lehmann and Mary Ronnebaum. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa.

Casketbearers for Mark will be Bill Wenger, Leon Feldmann, Chris Feldmann, Tom Vonderhaar, Steve Conrad, Verl Meyer, Brian Hansel and John Feldmann.

Mark was born on November 28, 1963 in Monticello, IA, son of Raymond and Mildred "Millie' (Meyer) Feldmann. He was a graduate of Western Dubuque High School in Epworth, IA. He farmed with his family in the rural Epworth and Peosta area for 23 years. Mark lived at the Julien Care Facility, and then moved to Carriage Hill and proceed on to Country View in Waterloo, IA, where he then moved to Sunnycrest Manor in Dubuque, IA.

He was a member of the St. Patrick's Parish in Epworth, IA. Mark was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Cubs fan. He enjoyed spending his time working at the ARC workshop.

He is survived by five sisters, Elaine Hansel of Asbury, IA, Donna (Mark) O'Neill of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Anne (Paul) Holten of Golden Valley, MN, Lois (Doug) Renteria of San Antonio, TX, and Norma Feldmann of Coralville, IA, three brothers, Steve (Karla) Feldmann of Galena, IL, Dale Feldmann of Centralia, IA, and Alan Feldmann of Epworth, IA, 19 Nieces and Nephews and many aunts and uncles.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Kay Feldmann on April 23, 1962, one brother-in-law, David Hansel.

A Mark A. Feldmann Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the staff at Sunnycrest Manor, Sun Rest Unit and Hospice of Dubuque for all the wonderful care given to Mark and his family.

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

 



Sr. Mary Kenneth Kreuser, OP

Sister Mary Kenneth Kreuser, OP, 92, died April 15, 2015 at St. Dominic Villa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 20, at Queen of the Rosary Chapel, Sinsinawa, Wis., followed by burial in the Motherhouse cemetery. Friends may call after 5:15 p.m., Sunday, April 19, at the Motherhouse where a wake and remembering service will be at 6:30 p.m.

Sister Mary Kenneth taught elementary and junior high for 28 years, served as principal for four years and taught art at all levels, kindergarten through college for 11 years.

Sister Mary Kenneth was an artist in residence at Veritas Studio located on the campus of Edgewood College, Madison, Wis., nine years.

Her ministries took her to Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, New York, and Texas.

Recently, Sister Mary Kenneth's presence and service enriched community life at the Motherhouse and St. Dominic Villa.

Sister Mary Kenneth, born July 15, 1922, in Kenosha, Wis., to Mathilda Tekip and William Kreuser, made her profession Aug. 5, 1944. She is survived by a brother, Richard Kreuser; nieces; nephews; and the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters with whom she shared life for 70 years.



Roman J. Lampe Sr.

Roman J. Lampe Sr., 95, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at St. Raphael's Cathedral from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Entombment will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors by the Bellevue American Legion Post #273 and the LaMotte Knights of Columbus. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Roman was born on March 17, 1920, in St. Donatus, Iowa the son of Leroy and Theresa (Herrig) Lampe. He married Anne Marie Koch on October 3, 1945, at Fillmore Catholic Church.

Roman served in the US Army during WWII in the South Pacific, in the Philippines and New Guinea, as an infantry man serving with the Red Arrow Division. When Roman returned from service, he started working for the Adams Company. In 1949 he began employment at John Deere Dubuque Works. He retired from John Deere after 27 years of employment. Roman was a member of the UAW Local #94, the Bellevue American Legion Post #273, and the LaMotte Knights of Columbus. For many years he was very active in the St. Donatus Parish organizing, planning, and helping make sausage for the Pancake and Sausage Breakfast.

Roman enjoyed dancing, playing cards with family and friends, watching game shows and ballgames. After retiring, there were not too many mornings that he missed the local gossip at Kalmes Restaurant.

Roman is survived by his wife Anne Marie; six children Roman Jr. (Mary Jane) of Dubuque, Lynn (Janet) of Dubuque, Steven (Dena) of Dubuque, Marianne (Dan) Weber, of St. Donatus, Philip (Linda) of Dubuque and Janice of Dubuque; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren and three siblings Maurice (Dorothy), Nester and Earl (Juan) all of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three siblings Monica, Robert, and Johanna.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and Stonehill Care Center (especially Julie and Roxanne) for taking such wonderful care of dad while he was at Stonehill.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Dubuque, Stonehill Care Center, and Divine Word Seminary.



Kaitlyn A. Polfer

Kaitlyn Ann Polfer, age 14, passed away at 9:05 P.M. on Monday April 13, 2015 at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital in Iowa City surrounded by her loving family. Friends may call from 2 P.M. to 8 P.M. on Friday April 17, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley where there will be a prayer service at 4 P.M, the Farley Fire Department will meet in a body at 7 P.M. Funeral mass will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the St. Joseph's church in Farley with Rev. John Haugen presiding. Burial will be at St. Joseph's cemetery in Farley.

Kaitlyn was born on September 27, 2000 in Dubuque, IA the daughter of Allen and Joyce (Koppes) Polfer. She was wise beyond her years. She experienced cancer not once, not twice, but three times in her lifetime. She was a student at Drexler Middle School. Kaitlyn loved to go to school, ride her bike, go on Harley rides with her dad- especially the Research for the kids ride. That was "her" ride. She also loved playing cards- especially number two and Skip-Bo, miniature golfing in the summertime and holding her niece Cora. Kaitlyn loved spending time with family and friends. She always gave people a hard time, calling a lot of guys in her life "trouble."

Kaitlyn will always be remembered for her spunky, cheerful, and bubbly "mother hen" personality. She has taught so many people the meaning of life, and to never give up. Her will to live was inspiring to many that knew and loved her. We feel so blessed to call her our daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin, and friend.

Kaitlyn was a member of the St. Joseph's Parish in Farley, IA, and an Honorary member of the Farley Fire Department.

She is survived by her parents; Al and Joyce, her brother Allen Michael (Amy) Polfer and their daughter, Cora, of Marion, and her sister Nicole of Iowa City, her grandparents Lawrence Koppes and Delores Koppes of Dyersville, Richard and Jean Polfer of Peosta, several aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family, and friends.

She is preceded in death by one uncle, Paul Hines.

Kaitlyn will be greatly missed, but never EVER forgotten. Rest in peace sweet angel.

The family would like to thank the staff at the University of Iowa Hospital, the Drexler Middle school staff, Farley Fire Department, Dance Marathon, Accurate Home care nurses Carolyn and Kelly and our family and friends for all of their love and support.

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