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Elmer John Hilkin Erma M. Chapman Florence M. Kactro
Harold R. Otto James E. Hawks Jayne Ann Bowen
Jeanne M. Quade Joseph D. Korman Kenneth E. Boelk
Kenneth L. Ritenour Leslie A. Kessler Margaret M. Kendall
Mary Virginia Thompson Patricia M. Winger Pearl A. Recker
Raymond O. Brunsmann Richard P. Hoppman Richard W. Claussen
Rita C. Roussel Robert A. Hayes Robert L. Phillips
Sandra L. Williams Tommy L. Boots

Kenneth L. Ritenour

Kenneth L. Ritenour, 73, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral services will at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. in Dubuque. Private burial services will be in Center Grove Cemetery at a later date. Friends may greet the family from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Kenneth was born June 12, 1940 in Aledo, IL, the son of Kenneth and Alice (Schauff) Ritenour. He married his high school sweetheart Janice Driskell on August 1, 1959 in Macomb, IL. He retired from John Deere Dubuque Works after 32 years of service and was a member of UAW Local 94.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was very devoted to his grandchildren and especially enjoyed watching the Chicago Bears with his grandson Nick. He took special delight in his great granddaughter Leah. He enjoyed wintering in Arizona and loved golfing with his friends at Bunker Hill.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 54 years, Janice; daughter LeeAnn (Bob) Behnke of Dubuque; grandsons Chad Schemmel of Iowa City and Nick Schemmel of Dubuque; great granddaughters Leah and Alanah Schemmel of Dubuque; a sister Jude Claussen of Dubuque; 2 step-granddaughters, 5 step-great grandchildren and 1 step- great great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son Jimmie and a daughter Laurie.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Jude's Children's Hospitals or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank Dr. Hermann and his nurses and Hospice of Dubuque and their kind staff.

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

 



David R. Reno

David R. "Reno" Reno, 66, of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday April 8, 2014, at home surrounded by his loving family.

A celebration of life service will be at 6:00p.m. on Thursday May 1st at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd with Pastor Matt Collins officiating. Family and friends may gather from 3:00p.m. until time of services Thursday May 1st at the funeral home.

David was born on January 2, 1948 in Dubuque, the son of Alphonse and Virginia (Lauck) Reno. He was a self employed mason for 37 years, and for the last four years employed at the Diamond Jo as a Table games Dealer.

He enjoyed reading, nature walks, cooking, lifting weights, and he loved to garden, he received many "Best In Show" ribbons for his flowers.

He is survived by his wife Rose, Three stepdaughters, Jennifer Bradley, Melissa (Chris) Schute, and Dorothy Bradley, and several step grandchildren.

Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com

The family would like to thank to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Barb K.

In lieu of flowers, a David Reno memorial fund has been established.



Mary Virginia Thompson

Mary Virginia "Winnie" Thompson, 85, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, April 18, 2014 at home with family.

Share your memories of Winnie with friends and family on Sunday, April 20, from 3 to 8 pm at Hoffmann-Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. A funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 21, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with visitation at 9 to 10:15 am. at the church. Interment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Born May 2, 1928 in Youngstown, Ohio, Winnie and the Deibel family moved to Dubuque in 1945. After graduating from the Visitation Academy, she married John F. "Jack" Thompson in 1950. She was a passionate advocate for the City of Dubuque with a take charge attitude. As a founding member of Dubuque Main Street, her dedication to historical preservation, passion, energy, hard work and creativity was instrumental in the development of the Dubuque Trolley, Childrens Museum, the Ice Harbor Emporium, the beautification of Riverfront Harbor, the memorial flags on Grandview Avenue, and the resurgence of Farmers Market, to name a few. Her hard working and giving back approach to life earned her numerous local and state awards for her volunteer work. She was a former member of the Dubuque County Historical Society and Dubuque Chamber of Commerce and Tourism.

She was a loving spouse and mother, whose presence will always be felt.

Surviving are her husband of 63 years, Jack; four children, Tom (Diane) of Farley, Terry (Brigid) of Vadnais Hts, MN, Jean (Charlie) Daoud, Catherine (Paul) Kloft of Dubuque; 11 grandchildren, Eric Thompson, Katy (Sean )Thompson, Patrick Thompson, Christina, Rachael, Sam, Gabrielle Daoud, Samantha, Jack, Lauren Kloft, Angie Shields; 2 great-grandchildren, Leilani and Owen; and her brother, Jim Deibel, Belton, MO.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Irene Deibel; and brother, Jerry Deibel.

The family gratefully appreciates the kindness, support, cards and prayers of her friends. They would also like to thank Dr. Viner, Ann Kluesner, and the caregivers from Hospice for their kindness and exceptional care.

In lieu of flowers memorials to Camp Albrecht Acres or Hospice of Dubuque are preferred.



Elmer John Hilkin

Elmer John Hilkin, 92, formerly of 1817 Rhomberg Avenue, passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post 6. Friends may call after 9 a.m. Tuesday at the church

Elmer was born July 6, 1921, in St. Catherine, Iowa, son of Albert and Rose (Butlett) Hilkin. He married Jeanette Meis on Nov. 11, 1948 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Dubuque.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and was a 50 year member of the American Legion Post 6.

He was employed at the former Dubuque Packing Company for 35 years and at American Trust and Savings Bank for four years until he retired.

He was a member of Holy Trinity parish.

Surviving are his wife, Jeanette Hilkin, of Dubuque; three sons, James (Judy) Hilkin, of Burlington, IA, Daniel (Jen) Hilkin, of Fremont, NE, and Chris (Tara) Hilkin, of
Dubuque; four daughters, Lois (Terrence) Hirsch, of Fitchburg, Wisc., Rose (Doug) Bowers, of Waukesha, Wisc., Lynn (Dan) Chapman, of Dubuque, and Mary (Larry) Hird, of Bernard, IA; 18 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Florence Meis, of Holy Cross, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Marcella O'Hea; three brothers-in-law, Steve O'Hea, Joe Meis, and Lester Willenbring; and a sister-in-law, Leora Willenbring.

The family wishes to thank Elmer's Stonehill family for their loving care.

The family requests no flowers; An Elmer J. Hilkin Memorial has been established.

Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., is in charge of arrangements.

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



Sandra L. Williams

Sandra L. "Sandy" Williams, age 71, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 6:43 p.m., Friday, April 18, 2014, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. Funeral services will be at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. To celebrate Sandy's life, friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in the Cassville Cemetery.

Sandy was born on May 18, 1942, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Kenneth and Rachel (Lang) Foell.

Sandy attended St. Mary's School and then went to work at Flexsteel Industries for 23 years until 1980. She married David Welbes in Dubuque, Iowa, in 1962. She later married Dawson "Pete" Williams. Sandy was an accomplished seamstress and could sew just about anything. She enjoyed reading her cookbooks, cooking and watching classic movies. Sandy was the happiest when she was with her family.

Sandy is survived by, her children, Robin (Steve) Welbes Kane, Cedar Rapids, IA, Shelby Joseph Welbes, Asbury, IA, Dawson Peter Williams, Dubuque, IA; her 3 grandchildren, Camille LeGrand, Natalie Kane and Jeremy Kane; her sister, Beverly Duggan, Lakewood Ranch, FL; her 3 aunts, Virginia Eudaley, Donna Bradley, both of Dubuque, IA, June Silverberg, San Juan Capistrano, CA; her uncle, Arnold "Skip" (Mary) Lang, Dubuque, IA; and several nieces and nephews.

Sandy was preceded in death by her father Kenneth Foell and her mother and step-father Rachel and Delbert Fullbright.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Tri-State Dialysis for all of the wonderful care they provided Sandy these past years.

In lieu of flowers a Sandra L. "Sandy" Williams memorial fund has been established.

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

 



James E. Hawks

James Edward "Ed" Hawks, 83, of Dubuque, died Saturday April 19, 2014. A wake will be held at Resurrection Church on Tuesday, April 22, from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m., with a funeral Mass celebrated on Wednesday at 10:30. Burial will be at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Bellevue, Iowa.
Ed was born in Creston, Iowa, on July 16, 1930. He was the much-loved sixth child of Laura and William L. Hawks. His childhood was spent with six siblings, Theresa, Paul, Gene, Vince, Loretta, and Patricia. His was a happy childhood on the family farm despite Depression and drought in that southwestern corner of Iowa.

At the age of 14, he went to boarding school to attend Loras Academy in Dubuque. Here he met the love of his future years, Charlene Vorwald. Ed went on to pre-engineering studies at Loras College for two more years. During his six years at Loras, he made enduring friendships with classmates. These valued friendships continued all of his life.

He transferred to Iowa State University to continue his engineering studies but the Korean War intervened and Ed served four years in the Air Force as a medic. On November 19, 1951, Ed and Char married at Nativity Church in Dubuque. The seven children and spouses are: Tim (Mary Lew McCormick) of Shorewood, Wisconsin; Teri (John) Goodmann of Dubuque, Iowa; Cathy (Tony) Topf of Wonder Lake, Illinois; Laura Hawks of Iowa City, Iowa; Susan (Dan) Goodmann of Sugar Grove, Illinois; Carolyn (Bill) Bates of Davenport, Iowa; and Lisabeth Hawks of Aurora, Illinois. Ed is also survived by 17 grandchildren, Colleen (Tristan) Laura, Tyler, Charlie, Emily, Ellen (Tom), Edward (Kristin), Elise, Nick (Vanessa), Greg (Shannon), Maureen, Joseph, Julia, Anna, Tom, Megan, Peter; and six great-grandchildren, Coralyn, Grace, Alysia, Violet, Freya and Eddie.

Ed, always inspired by a beautiful building, bridge, or elevated walkway, spent the next many years working as a consulting engineer in Des Moines, Davenport, and at the University of Iowa.

Long before retirement Ed and Char bought an old stone house, lovingly called the Rock House, near Bellevue, Iowa. Happy years were spent at the peace of the Rock surrounded by friends and family.

Ed celebrated life despite a damaging aneurysm fourteen years ago. In 2007, Ed and Char moved to Dubuque. Ed died April 19, 2014. He had I lived a life dedicated to his values: his faith, family, friends, and country.

Respecting Ed's commitment to social justice, memorials may be made to: the Dubuque Rescue Mission; Serve Haiti, a mission providing water and health services to a remote mountain community in Haiti; Resurrection Church; or Hospice of Dubuque. If one so desires, simply planting a tree, shrub or flower in his honor would be most fitting.

Ed always had a story to share and a quick smile that will be missed. He was a gentleman and a gentle man. His family was his life.

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Margaret M. Kendall

Margaret M. "Marg" Kendall, age 69, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 8:35 a.m., on Good Friday, April 18, 2014, at home surrounded by her loving family, after a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1700 Lincoln Ave., with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Marg's life, friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service at 6:30 p.m. Entombment will be in the mausoleum at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Margaret was born on December 31, 1944, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Clement and Anna (Charland) Deeny.

Marg married James L. Kendall on August 3, 1963. She was a lifelong member of Holy Trinity Parish, where she sang in the choir and was a Eucharistic Minister. She volunteered regularly at the nursing homes, with a special fondness for the residents at Sunnycrest Manor. Marg loved spending time with her daughters and granddaughters and especially enjoyed the annual family outing at the Thresher Reunion in Mt. Pleasant.

Marg is survived by, her husband of 50 years, Jim Kendall, Dubuque, IA; her 2 daughters, Karen (Bill) Pins, Karla (Mike) Viertel, both of Dubuque, IA; her granddaughers, Mia Pins, Lillian Viertel and Kayla (Chris) Martin; her two great-grandsons, Tucker and Logan Martin; her sisters, Bernie Scadden, Rock Island, IL, Rita (Wayne) Tschiggfrie, Colorado Springs, CO, Karen (Dick) Wold of Durango, IA; her brother, Tom (Marilyn) Deeny, Dubuque; IA, her sisters and brothers-in-law, Phyllis (Bill) Jaeggi, Joan (Bob) Remakel, all of Dubuque, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

Marg was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

Special thanks to Tri-State Dialysis, Dr. Ringold, Dr. Kirkendall and Kate for their constant care.

A Margaret M. "Marg" Kendall memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Pearl A. Recker

Pearl A. Recker, 92, of Dyersville, Iowa died peacefully on Thursday, April 17, 2014, surrounded by her family at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a Vigil Service will be held at 4:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Pearl was born on July 17, 1921, in Worthington Iowa, the daughter of Ben A. and Rose Mary (Billmeyer) Schemmel. She married Gerald "Jerry" Recker on August 30, 1945, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville. They were blessed with 62 years together, until Jerry's passing in 2008. Together they worked in partnership on the family farm near Sand Springs. In 1978, they moved to Dyersville to semi-retire, and pass on the century farm to the next generation.

Pearl remained active with bowling, golfing, traveling, shopping and card clubs. In recent years, she enjoyed an occasional stop at the casino, watching the Cubs, and visiting with friends and family.

Her greatest passion was raising four sons with Jerry. Together they instilled Christian values, a strong work ethic, and the importance of education. She especially treasured her time spent with grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Pearl was deeply committed to her faith and a member of the Basilica St. Francis Xavier Parish.

Survivors include 3 sons: Ken (Anne) of Ames, Steve (Cathy) of Sand Springs and David of Dyersville; a daughter-in-law, Linda Recker of Iowa City; 7 grandchildren, Beth (Brad) LaCoste, Christine (Brent) Jacobson, Michael (Sarah) Recker, Ben Recker, Jeff (Emily) Recker, Michaela (Jason) Coyle and Megan Recker; 9 great grandchildren; a brother, Bernard Schemmel, and 2 sisters-in-law: Gladys Schemmel and Madonna Gudenkauf.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son, Gary in 2014, siblings: Leo and Leroy Schemmel, Marion (Vernon) Gudenkauf and Jeanne (Walter) Moorman; in-laws: Marie (Joe) Moorman, Raymond (Cecilia) Recker, Florian (Helen) Recker, Irvin (Catherine and Anna) Recker and Gilbert (Katherine) Recker, Ernie (Irene) Recker.

A memorial fund has been established.

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



Robert L. Phillips

Robert L. "Bob" Phillips, 72, of Dubuque went home to be with the Lord Thursday morning, April 17, 2014. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church where visitation will be held Tuesday from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Bob was born November 26, 1941 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, son of Robert and Cecelia (deRanitz) Phillips. He married Alice Hurst on March 18, 1961 at Cross Lutheran Church, Milwaukee, Wisc. They moved to Dubuque in 1963 when Bob went to work for Edwards Concrete. Bob and his partners purchased the company in 1974 and Bob continued working there until his retirement in 2007.
Bob was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and served as an Usher, Elder and was on the Board of Trustees.

He is survived by his wife, Alice Phillips of Dubuque; four children, Rev. Michael (Amy) Phillips of Lima, Ohio, and their children, Noah and Josiah; Susan (Bob) Rehfeldt of Dubuque, and their children, Ryan, Emily and Taylor; Mark Phillips of Dubuque; and Bob Phillips, Jr., of Dubuque and his children, Chad and Dyllon; Three brothers, Roger (Barbara), Bill (Pat) and Earl (Karen) Phillips; two sisters, Janice (Will) Memmel, and Jean Kozinski. He is also survived by a sister in law, Joan Phillips.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Dennis and James.

Memorials may be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church or Hospice of Dubuque.

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

The family would like to thank Drs. Sullivan and Janes, Hospice of Dubuque, especially Angela and Amy for their wonderful care.

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



Jeanne M. Quade

Jeanne M. Quade, age 78, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 4:30 a.m., Friday, April 18, 2014, at Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services will be at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Ave., with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Jeanne's life, friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 21, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Jeanne was born on September 28, 1935, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Harold and Dolores (Janzig) Roeth.

Jeanne was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School. She married Robert Quade on October 29, 1955, in Dubuque, Iowa. He preceded her in death on August 21, 2004. Jeanne was a full time wife, mother and homemaker. She had a strong faith in Jesus and was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church. Jeanne enjoyed bowling and playing Bingo. She loved being a mother, grandma and great-grandma. Jeanne had 5 brothers and loved each one dearly. Jeanne was a true testament and role model of a kind and compassionate woman who not only knew, but understood the value of unconditional love. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Jeanne is survived by, her children, Peggy Grant, Port St. Lucie, FL, Brad Quade, Dubuque, IA, Wanda Quade, Dubuque, IA, Tammy Quade, East Dubuque, IL; her grandchildren, Randy Grant, Shannon Lehnhardt and Bobby Lehnhardt, her great-granddaughter, AudRihanna Thomas; her 2 brothers, Jim Roeth, Dubuque, IA, Don Roeth, Madison, WI; 2 Sisters-in-law, Elaine Roeth, Dubuque, IA, Mary Fumoso, Fond Du Lac, WI.

Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert and 3 brothers Ken, Gary and Tom Roeth. 3 Sisters-in-law, Gale, Shirley and Billie Roeth.

The family of Jeanne would like to thank the nurses and staff at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab for all their loving care and abundant hugs.

A Jeanne M. Quade memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Anna C. Heacock

Anna C. Heacock 88 of Dubuque, passed away on Friday, April 18, 2014. Funeral Services will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd.  Family will greet friends 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014 at the funeral, where there will be a 7:30 p.m. Prayer Service.  Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery.

Anna was born on April 13, 1926, the daughter of William and Anna (Johnson) McCarthy.  She married Louis D. Heacock on June 5, 1943, he passed on June 14, 1984.  Anna was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and homemaker.  She volunteered, an avid bowler, and a member of Resurrection Catholic Church.

Survivors include her children; Gloria (Ed) Herbst of Sherrill, Carol (Ron) Winter of Asbury, Kenneth (Helen) Heacock of Dubuque, Dean (Sally) Heacock of Asbury, and Duane (Mary) Heacock of Peosta; 16 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; siblings; Joan (Eldon) Schmitt and Mary Smith; in-laws; Mary McCarthy and Dorene McCarthy.

Anna was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Louis; a son, Arvel "Red"; a grandson, Gene Herbst; siblings; Justin, Orland, William, Robert, Loras, Eileen, and Lorraine.

A special thank you to Becky and Heather, Hospice of Dubuque (Dawn), and the staff of the Dubuque Retirement Community.

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

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Patricia M. Winger

Patricia M. Winger, age 79, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 2:15 a.m., Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center surrounded by her family. Private family services will be held. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Patricia was born on January 31, 1935, in Dubuque, daughter of Harold and Letha (Lyons) Duggan.

Patricia met the love of her life at age 17, who was the "boy next door" and married Gerald Winger on April 16, 1955 at St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque. Patricia worked at the Egg Factory and Dubuque Dry Battery Factory until becoming a homemaker to raise her family. Patricia enjoyed conversation and coffee with her open door policy in her loving home. She loved cooking, reading, bird watching, gardening and picnics in the park while spending time with those she cherished.

Patricia is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Gerald Winger, Dubuque, IA; her 8 children, Patti (Jay) Telford, Springfield, MN., Mike Winger, Dubuque, IA, Sue (Bob Carpender) Reisdorf, Dubuque, IA, David Winger, Dubuque, IA, Jayne (Bill Kehl) Winger, Dubuque, IA, Karen (Mike) Bray, Boerne, TX.,  Gerald Jr., (Patti) Winger, Dubuque, IA., Steven (Wendy) Winger, Lancaster, WI; 22 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren; her siblings, Carl (Sherry) Duggan, Cedar Rapids, IA; her beloved Shih Tzu, Abby.

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Richard (Myrna) Duggan, a sister Joyce (Ivan) Baker, a grandson, Gary Telford.

The family would like to thank Ray Otting, John McCann, Scott Hos, Carol and Lynn Krieg, Ron Powers RN, Medical Associates and Mercy Medical Center for all their love and support.

A Patricia M. Winger memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Harold R. Otto

Harold R. Otto, 97 of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Funeral Services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, April 19, 2014 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Rd., where the family will greet friends 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., on Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Harold was born February 6, 1917 in Dubuque, the son of Richard and Bertha (Beyer) Otto. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1935. Harold married his beloved wife, Iva Bastian on September 28, 1940 at St. John's Lutheran Church, she passed on January 16, 1982. He then served in the US Army for 2 years, stationed in the Philippines. Harold worked as a machine operator for 42 years at Caradco, retiring in 1981. He enjoyed the Caradco retirees luncheons throughout the year. Harold was a proud member of St. Peter Lutheran Church and was recognized for more then 25 years of volunteering at St. Peter Lutheran Church. He enjoyed conversations and visiting with people, and always welcomed visitors and talking about stories of days passed.

Survivors included a niece; Grace (Robert) Bodish of Dubuque; several great, great-great, and great-great-great, nieces and nephews.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents; beloved wife, Iva; siblings, Louisa and Bernice; a nephew, Richard; nieces, Joyce and Corrinne.

The family requests no flowers; memorials may be directed to St. Peter Lutheran Church or St. Peter Lutheran Church Foundation in Harold's memory.

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Richard W. Claussen

Richard "Dick" William Claussen, M. D. passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on April 15th after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. A memorial service will be held 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, Dubuque, Iowa, where there will be a visitation Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until time of service.

He was born October 19, 1944 in Clinton, Iowa and graduated from DeWitt Central High School in 1962. He attended the University of Iowa as an undergraduate where he met and married the love of his life, Linda. In 1970, he graduated from the University of Iowa College of Medicine. He interned at La Crosse Lutheran Hospital and completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Iowa in 1975. He then served in the US Navy as a doctor from 1975-1977 at Quantico Marine Base.

In 1977, he returned to the Midwest and began practicing ophthalmology at Medical Associates Clinic in Dubuque. Dick was a consummate professional who loved not only his practice but also his many loyal patients. He was highly regarded for his professionalism, perfectionism, and dedication to advancing knowledge of his specialty. After almost 30 years of practice, he retired at the end of 2006.

Dr. Claussen is survived by his loving wife Linda; his two sons Brian (Amy) and Scott (Emily); his two brothers, Robert, Jr. (Linda), and Ronald (Donna); and many nieces, nephews and numerous friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Roberta.

Dick was a dynamo of a man who enjoyed life to the fullest. Whether he was fishing in Canada with his sons and friends, scuba diving the Caribbean, or playing golf around the country, he was having the time of his life. He hiked, biked, kayaked, canoed, golfed and explored the outdoors with passion whether it was in Iowa or his second home in Tonto Verde, Arizona. Known for an easy laugh, a kind heart, an analytical mind, a helping hand, and boundless energy, he and his radiant smile will be sorely missed.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque for their tender and merciful care - a special thank you to Katie G. and Stacie.

Birth is a beginning
And death is a destination
And life is a journey
A sacred pilgrimage --
To life everlasting

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to:

Hospice of Dubuque, Iowa - www.hospiceofdubuque.org
Hospice of the Valley, Phoenix, Arizona - www.hov.org
Scottsdale Healthcare Foundation C/O Linda Claussen.

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

 



Richard P. Hoppman

Richard P. Hoppman, 59, of Menominee, Illinois, passed away into eternal peace on Monday, April 14, 2014, at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Nativity BVM Catholic Church in Menominee with Fr. Francis Steffen officiating.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 2:45 p.m.

Rick was born on September 14, 1954 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Lloyd and Viginia (Duehr) Hoppman.

He owned/operated Hoppman Trucking for more than 25 years. Rick looked forward to the annual Sugar Bottom camping trip with the whole Hoppman clan. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, especially having cookouts and going to his grandkids ball games. Tinkering in his garage was a true passion and he was a master at fixing anything with caulk.

Surviving are his three children, Lynn (Tom) Sheehan of Hazel Green, Heidi Hoppman of Watford City, North Dakota & Cory (Nicolle) Hoppman of Dubuque, six grandchildren, Cody, Alex, Jake, Hunter, Hayden & Olivia (she's on the way), his father Lloyd Hoppman, Rick's special friend of many years Brenda Metcalf, nine siblings, Susan (Roger) Anderson, Sharon (Randy) Saffron, Tom (Peggy) Hoppman, Tim (Chris) Hoppman, Don Hoppman, Ann (Jim) Burke, Mike Hoppman, Gerry (Chris) Hoppman and Karen (Keith) Knockel, his best friend Chuck Kerstein, former wife Debbie (Bruce) LeGrand, many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great nieces & great nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother Virginia Hoppman, a brother David, his grandparents Philip & Genevieve Hoppman and Peter & Martha Duehr, a grand-dog Kallie, his in-laws Justin & Doris Donovan, and many aunts and uncles.

A Rick Hoppman memorial fund has been established.

 



Andrew J. Grant

Andrew James Grant, 47, died from complications of cancer at the home of his parents on April 15,2014.

Services will be at 7:00p.m. Friday April 18th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Friends may call after 3:00p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Private family burial and military honors by American Legion Post #6 will be at Holy Family Cemetery, New Melleray.

Andrew was born on March 30, 1967 in Dubuque, son of John T. (Jack) and Karen (Baumhover) Grant.

He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1985 and attended Iowa State University and Kirkwood Community College.

He entered the US Army Reserve while still attending high school. Later, he was a member of the Iowa National Guard. He married Lori Courtney in 1993.

Andy held many and varied jobs. He loved to cook, play cards and ride his bike. He readily volunteered his time to help anyone in need of a handyman, a hearty meal or a big belly laugh. Andy was 'Mr. Mom' to his children; loved and was proud of them and his grandchildren.

He is survived by his children, Selena Courtney, of Dyersville, Austin (Heather Tomkins) Grant, and Sierra Grant, both of Dubuque, his grandchildren, Hayden, Lillyan, Izech, Kaydence and EllieAuna; his parents Jack and Karen Grant of Peosta; siblings, Angie (Tim Bickett) Moore of Dubuque
and Alan Grant of Peosta; nieces, nephews, aunts uncles and cousins.

Andy was preceded in death by an infant son, Alexander James Grant, in 1994; his paternal grandparents, John T and Charlotte (Gerstkamp) Grant
and his maternal grandparents, Wesley G and Betty (Roeber) Baumhover.

The family thanks the staff of the Wendt Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their kindness.



Bev Durkop

Bev Durkop, 70, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A celebration of Bev's life will be held at 10 A.M., Friday, April 18, 2014, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Burial will be in the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Beverly Ann Jean Current was born on January 19, 1944 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to James Sr. and Daisy (Wray) Current. She grew up in Maquoketa and graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1962. She married Robert "Bob" Durkop on December 10, 1966 in Fulton, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 19, 2000.

Bev was a homemaker and since 1989 had worked on and off for Hermes Auto and Upholstery in Maquoketa as a parts runner and upholsterer.

Bev loved spending time with her grandchildren. She enjoyed woodworking, crafts, fishing, and playing the guitar and singing. In her early years she liked driving race cars and was one of the first females in this area to do so successfully.

Those left to honor Bev's memory include her daughter and son-in-law, Paula and Ron Covert of Algona, IA; 2 grandchildren, Jonathan and Ronald; brothers, Jim (Sarah) Current of Maquoketa, IA, Donald (Evelyn) Current of Cedar Rapids, IA, George (Donna) Current of Camanche, IA, and Richard (Shirley) Current of Maquoketa, IA; a sister, Donna Said of Maquoketa, IA; and a special friend, Joan Maynard of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a brother-in-law Donald Said, a nephew David Said, special friend Maxine Countryman, and a brother Robert Lee Current.

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

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

 



Florence M. Kactro

Florence M. Kactro, 90 of Bethany Home, died Monday, April 14, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with the Rev. Gabriel Anderson and the Rev. Msgr. Carlton Hermann officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 1:30 p.m. until time of services Wednesday at the church.

Florence was born on January 13, 1924 in Rockford, Iowa, the daughter of Carlton and Lydia (Vala) Hermann. She received her RN degree from the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing and worked on the obstetrics floor at Mercy for 35 years. On June 12, 1947, Florence married Michael Kactro at the Church of The Nativity. Family was the most important thing in the world to Florence and was the cornerstone in her life. She enjoyed reading, gardening and baking her famous apple pie.

Surviving is her husband, Michael of Dubuque; her children Anne (Rick) Juergens of Decorah, IA, Mary (Joe) Trannel of East Dubuque, IL, Mike (Heidi) Kactro of West Bend, WI, Barb (Bob) Larsen of Chicago, IL and Sue (Rick) Thibadeau of Dubuque, IA; her grandchildren, Ben (Steph) Trannel, Ryan (Robyn) Trannel, Alex Trannel, Gretchen (Tony) Sisco, Jennifer (Mike) Hoffman, Mike Larsen, Jill (Chris) Schulte, Jeff Thibadeau, Curtis, Kyle and Christopher Kactro; 8 great grandchildren; her brother, Rev. Msgr. Carlton Hermann and her sister, Joan (Martin) Mazourek.

She was preceded in death by her sister Bea Hermann and her parents.

Memorials may be given to the Florence M. Kactro memorial fund, Bethany Home, Mercy Medical Center or to a charity of choice.

Florence's family wishes to extend a special thank you Drs. Thomas Sinsky and Mark Janes, the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center and the staff at Bethany Home for their care and support.

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

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

 



Tommy L. Boots

Tommy Lee Boots, 82, 2735 Monastery Dr, Dubuque, IA passed away on April 4th, 2014 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital. Family and friends may gather from 3:00p.m. to 6:00p.m. Thursday April 17th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where a service will be held at 6pm with Dianne Grace officiating.

He was born on November 2, 1931 in Elkader, Iowa, the son of Clarence Boots and Grace Henrietta Louisa Lange.

Tommy married Jean Nicks on August 5, 1977 at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque, Iowa.

Tommy spent over 40 years as a semi truck driver and was always ready to share tales of the road. During his time behind the wheel, Tommy was lucky enough to see 48 of the 50 states, Mexico and Canada. He enjoyed seeing the country, seeing how people lived in different parts of the nation and in his own words, he learned more driving on the road than he ever did in school.

Tommy is survived by his wife Jean; daughter Angela; sisters Darlene (Edward) Pottebaum, Carol (Lee) Jellison, Betty Ferguson; a brother, Richard "Dick" Boots; and many nieces and nephews that held a special place in his heart and adored their Uncle Tom.

He was proceeded in death by his parents, father-in-law Kenneth Nicks, mother-in-law Mary (Pottebaum) Nicks; sisters Sally Drier, Gwen Vanderah; and brothers Clarence "Jim" (Deanne) Boots, Kenny Boots.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Ronald Schope, the nurses and staff of Unity Point-Finley hospital, Angie and Keri from Above and Beyond, Jaime from Scenic Valley, and Dubuque Fire and Rescue.

 



Charlotte A. May

Charlotte A. (Moes) May age 82 died Monday April 14, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center.

Because of the upcoming Holy Week a Mass Of Christian Burial will be held Today at 10:30a.m. at The Church of the Nativity, with Rev. Scott Bullock Officiating. Friends of Charlotte may gather after 9 am today at the church and may also join in with the parish Rosary to be recited at 10:00a.m. In memory of her parents commitment to Medicine Charlotte has donated her remains to the Deeded Body Program at Iowa City. Following her gift she will be buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Key West. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road is in Charge of arrangements.

Charlotte was born on September 19, 1931 in Dubuque the daughter of Dr. Matthew and Gertrude Moes. She married Randy May and he preceded her in death. She enjoyed nature and loved to take trips and travel no matter how short or how long a trip may be. She also enjoyed watching Golf and was always up for a good time, even after moving to Stonehill.

She was a member of the Church of the Nativity, Theresians of America and the Dubuque Golf and Country Club.

She is survived by her two children Stephen (Cindy) May, and Kathleen (Daniel) Miklas, both of Bowling Brook, IL. A grandson, two great grandchildren and her cousins especially Sr. Dolores Moes, PBVM who cared for Charlotte for many years.

The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses who cared for Charlotte, and especially to Stonehill Care Center nurses and staff for all their wonderful care and friendship these last ten years.

 



Delores M. Tigges

Delores M. Tigges, age 87, of Dubuque, was called home by the angels at 9:50 a.m., Monday, April 14, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Rev. Eugene C. Kutsch officiating. To celebrate Delores' life, friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Delores was born on September 2, 1926, in Luxemburg, Iowa, daughter of Michael and Sophia (Conrad) Ries. She grew up on the farm and later became a long time Dubuque resident. In her younger days, she met her future husband, Oscar Leo Tigges, Jr., and they dated while dancing on roller skates. Delores and Oscar were married on November 4, 1950, in Dyersville, Iowa. He preceded her in death in February of 1986. Delores worked as an avid housekeeper in several private homes in the Dubuque area for over 30 years. In her free time she enjoyed cooking, dancing, flowers, gardening and caring for her special needs grandson, Jamie. Delores loved polka/country western music. One of her favorite activities was visiting "Reflections in the Park" Christmas lights each year. Delores was a wonderful wife, incredible mom and homemaker, and loving grandmother who deeply cherished her family. Delores dearly loved her 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Delores and her family were long time members of St. Mary's Catholic Church prior to joining St. Patrick's Church. Her faith was always so very important to Delores as well as her family.

Delores is survived by her children, Dennis (Peggy) Tigges, Alvarado, TX, Marianne (Jay) Imhof, Dubuque, IA., Peggy (Al) Garcia, Lakewood, CO, Donna Tigges, Elizabeth, IL, Connie (Jeff) Shanks, North Liberty, IA, Rosie Thill, Dubuque, IA, 12 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, her sister-in-law, Annie Ries, Dyersville, IA.

Delores was preceded in death by her 9 siblings: Lucille Keppler, Ed Ries, Rosie Link, Martha Weidemann, Gilbert Ries, Marie Schmidt, Sally Lucas, Florence Keppler, Elmer Ries.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to: Hospice of Dubuque and Camp Courageous.

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

 



Erma M. Chapman

Erma Mae Chapman, 79 of Dubuque died Sunday, April 13, 2014 at home. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 to 7 pm at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where funeral services will be held Noon Wednesday.

Erma was born May 10, 1934 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of James and Ermine (Currant) Yager. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and worked at Aquanis Institute and Medical Associates Clinic.

She was a member of Nativity Catholic Church.

Erma was a talented artist who had a love of all living things. She enjoyed gardening, traveling and seeing new places. She was an excellent cook, was devoted to her family, and enjoyed family get togethers.

She is survived by two sons, Gene A. Chapman II and Greg M. (Pam) Chapman; and a daughter, Cheri M. (Russell) Masartis, all of Dubuuqe; six grandchildren, three step grandchildren; a brother Orville (Kay) Yager; a sister, Myrt (Jim) McDonald; and her beloved pet, St. Nick.

She is preceded in death by her parents, former spouse, three brothers, Ray, John and Ivan Yager; one son, Gary Chapman; and a special friend, Frank "Chief" Blaser.

In lieu of flowers an Erma Mae Chapman Memorial Fund has been established.

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

 



Jayne Ann Bowen

Jayne Ann Bowen, 64, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Monday morning, April 14, 2014, at her home in Maquoketa, surrounded by her family.

A celebration of Jayne's life will be held at 10 A.M., Thursday, April 17, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, April 16, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Cremation rites will be accorded following the celebration of life services.

Jayne Ann Fulkerson was born on Dec. 31, 1949 in Evansville, Ind., to Robert and Marion (Holder) Fulkerson. She grew up in Indiana and was a 1967 graduate of Evansville High School. She met the love her life, Jerry Bowen, in Louisiana and they were married on Nov. 23, 1969 in Coushatta, La.

Jayne was a mother of two children and helped raise a family with Jerry. She also had worked doing home daycare, and for the past 22 years for DAC, Inc. as an employment support professional.

Jayne loved spending time with her animals, Febe, Bella and Fluffy. She enjoyed cross stitching, crocheting, going on car rides and vacations to the mountains. She especially enjoyed spending time with grandchildren and family.

Those left to honor Jayne's memory include her husband, Jerry Bowen, of Maquoketa, IA; children Deb (Gary) Courter of Maquoketa, IA, and Christian Bowen of Maquoketa, IA; 3 grandchildren, Faith, Vanessa and Erin; brothers Robert Fulkerson of San Jose, CA, David Fulkerson of San Jose, CA, and Mike Fulkerson of Louisiana; a sister, Deb Fulkerson, of Memphis, TN; 6 brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

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

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



Leslie A. Kessler

Leslie A. Kessler, 84 of Dubuque, passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 17, 2014 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church. Family will greet friends 4 pm. - 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd. Burial with Military Honors will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

Les was born March 4, 1930 in Leola, South Dakota the son of Anton and Rosalia (Galster) Kessler. He graduated from Loras College in 1952, and served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Air Force during the Korean War. Les married Elizabeth "Betty Ann" White on December 27, 1952 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, she passed on May 15, 1996. Les began his business career with Federal Discount Corporation and later became a financial advisor, he opened the Dubuque office of Blunt Ellis & Loewi (now Wells Fargo Advisors) and served as branch manager, retiring in 2000. He was a member of St. Columbkille's Catholic Church. Les was very active in numerous civic organizations, most notably, Albrecht Acres, Divine Word Seminary, Sertoma Club. He was a past president of Dubuque Golf & Country Club, served in numerous capacities as a volunteer at Wahlert High School and was included in the first Hall of Honor for the school in 1992.

Les enjoyed playing golf with friends and traveling. He especially enjoyed time spent with family at the lake cottage.

Survivors include his children; David Kessler of Dubuque, Tom (Ann) Kessler of Westminster, CO., Kathy (Todd) Malcolm of Moline, IL., Barb Kessler of Moline, IL., and Jim (Margie) Kessler of Dubuque; 9 grandchildren; Kelly (Brendan), Aaron (Brittelle), Sarah (Nickolaus), Peter, Michael, Sara (Greg), Matthew, Kyle, and Shawn; 3 great-grandchildren; Justin, Caitlin, and Allison; siblings; Arnold (Marilyn) Kessler, Darlene Betz, Ardith (Jim) Judkins; In-laws; Bob Oldis (Mary Pat), Joan Furlong, Carole Hannam, Bill (Jean) White, Jim (Sue Fahey) White; daughter in-law; Kathy Kessler, Vivian Kessler and numerous nieces and nephews.

Les was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Elizabeth "Betty Ann", great granddaughter, Megan, and in-laws, Don Betz, Rosemary Oldis, Art Furlong, Mary Etta White and Chuck Cushing.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Camp Albrecht Acres or Holy Family Catholic Schools in Leslie's memory.

For service details or to leave an on line condolence visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Charles Richard Schweitzer

Charles Richard Schweitzer, 91, died on April 12, 2014. Services will be held on Wednesday, April 16, at 2:00 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 10th and Locust Streets, Dubuque. Burial will be at Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call at the church before the service beginning at 1:00. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Schweitzer was born on February 7, 1923, in Hannibal, Missouri, son of Samuel and Rosa (Jackson) Schweitzer.

He graduated from Hannibal High School in 1940 and attended Hannibal LaGrange College, Iowa State University, and the University of Missouri. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1944 with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was awarded membership in Pi Tau Sigma and Tau Beta Pi, both honorary scholastic Engineering Fraternities.

He entered the US Navy in 1943 and was commissioned as an officer in the USNR at Annapolis in 1944. He served on Navy Minesweepers in the pacific area, losing aYMS-47 to a mine explosion in Borneo.

On January 31, 1945, he married Mary Edith Cox, his high school sweetheart, in Hannibal, Missouri. They had three daughters; Constance, Deborah, and Pamela.

He joined the John Deere Dubuque Works in December 1946 in the Industrial Engineering Department. In 1952, he was appointed supervisor of that department.

In 1954, he was transferred to Deere Dubuque Navy Aircraft Landing Gear facility where he served as division superintendent. In 1957, he and his family were sent to Mannheim, Germany, where he spent a year as an engineering consultant at the Deere/Lanz plant.

He was assigned as Production Superintendent (1958) and Mechanical Superintendent (1962) at Dubuque Works. He was subsequently promoted to Manager of Manufacturing and Plant Engineering. He held this position during the rapid plant expansion of the 1970s. After 38 years of service, he retired in March 1984

Mr. Schweitzer was a Charter Member of the Junior Achievement Program in Dubuque and was responsible for procuring the initial operating facilities. He served on numerous JA assignments, including a stint as president.

He was a long-time member of First Congregational UCC, joining in 1954. He served as Moderator, Trustee, and Deacon at various times. In 1972, he was Chair of the Trustees and actively supported and oversaw the addition of the Education Wing. After retirement, he joined a church group of retirees, known as Spruce Up and helped maintain and up-grade the Church buildings and property.

When his family was young, they enjoyed house boating on the Mississippi, spending many weekends and vacations on the river. He maintained this interest throughout his life, always having some kind of boat on the river. His enjoyed woodworking and carpentry and was proud to help his children build or up-grade their homes.

Surviving are his wife of 69 years, Mary Schweitzer of Dubuque; three daughters, Constance (Don) Cherba and Deborah (Don) Otto of Dubuque, Dr. Pamela (Brandt Richardson) Schweitzer of Monona, Iowa; four grand-daughters, Jennifer (Brent) Schwan of Austin, Texas, Mary (Chris) Ashkar of San Diego, California, Valerie (Chris) Loewenberg and Elizabeth (Justin) Kuhle of Dubuque; eight great-grandchildren, Samuel and Joseph Ashkar, Lillian, Hayden and Gwenyth Loewenberg, Gunner, Harvey, and Norman Kuhle. He was proceeded in death by his parents and a sister, Lucille Schweitzer.

Memorials may be given to the First Congregational UCC Endowment Fund.

 



Raymond O. Brunsmann

Raymond O. Brunsmann, 90, of Dyersville and formerly of Luxemburg, Iowa died peacefully at home at the Ellen Kennedy Living Center in Dyersville on Sunday, April 13, 2014.

Friends may call from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg where a Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137. Rev. Jose Comparan will officiate. Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville is making arrangements.

Ray was born October 31, 1923, in Luxemburg, Iowa, the son of Otto and Clara (Hermsen) Brunsmann. Ray and his brother, Louis, farmed the family farm all of their lives until Louis died and Ray retired. He was inducted into the Army in 1946, and served in the Phillippines. He enjoyed fishing , photography, and visiting with his nieces and nephews. He was an ardent St. Louis Cardinals fan. Ray conducted his life with great dignity and gentleness.

Surviving are 1 brother, Vernon (Norma) Brunsmann of Dyersville, and 1 sister, Inez Hoeger of Prairie duChien, WI. Also surviving are 4 nieces, 7 nephews and several great nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Otto in 1974 and Clara in 1981, a sister, Alma Brunsmann in 1994, a brother, Louis Brunsmann in 2002, and a brother-in-law, Vincent Hoeger in 2013.

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



Kenneth E. Boelk

Kenneth E. Boelk, age 76, of Dubuque, passed away at 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014, suddenly at home. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 14, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church, 1684 Iowa St. with Katherine Achtemeier officiating. To celebrate Kenneth's life, friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 14, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church, 1684 Iowa St. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Kenneth was born on March 21, 1938, in Stockton, Illinois, son of Melvin and Viola (Northrup) Boelk.

Kenneth married Viola Stant at First Presbyterian Church in 1958. She preceded him in death on February 15, 2014. Kenneth was an active member, elder and deacon of First Presbyterian Church. He also served the church as a janitor in his retirement. He worked at the Dubuque Pack for over 43 years. He enjoyed playing softball and was a loyal Bears and Cubs fan. His greatest joy was found in time spent with his family, especially during a good game of cards. In his free time, he was known to pull a handle or two on the slot machines.

Kenneth is survived by, his children, Thomas Boelk, Dubuque, Timothy (Annette) Boelk, Farley, Tracy (Bob) Wildermuth, Dubuque, Tarry (Jim) Prine, Dubuque; 5 grandchildren, Ashley and Aaron Wildermuth, Cooper and Carlie Boelk, Brandon Prine; his siblings, Robert (Mable) Boelk, Dubuque, Sharon (Dan) Baker, Dubuque, Kathy (Ed) Stoltz, Eldridge, IA, Norman (Pat) Boelk, Bettendorf, IA, Carol (Tom) Hirsch, Montezuma, IA, Steve (Sue) Boelk, Dubuque.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 56 years Viola. 1 sister in infancy.

The family would like to thank Dr. Nicholas Stanek and Dr. Thomas Schreiber for all their excellent care of Ken.

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

 



Rita C. Roussel

Rita C. Roussel, 79, of Dubuque, died Friday afternoon, surrounded by her loving family at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 14, 2014 at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Rev. Daniel Knepper will officiate. There will be no visitation. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd.

Rita was born June 14, 1934 in South Garry Owen, IA, the daughter of Louis and Kathryn (Meehan) Moriarty. She married Robert Roussel on January 8, 1955 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Dubuque. He preceded her in death on October 23, 2002.

Rita was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company, retiring in 1984. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church. Rita was an excellent cook, and enjoyed being with family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Cindy (Marty) Berns of Dubuque, Randy (Lynne) Roussel of Dubuque, Mike (Kelly) Roussel of Dodge Center, MN, and Jay (JoAnn) Roussel of Durango, IA; 10 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren, and one on the way; and her sister, Betty Sullivan of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a grandson; a great grandson; 3 brothers; and 2 sisters.

The family requests no flowers.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Mary Nauman and the staff at Unity Health-Finley Hospital, the staff at Stonehill Care Center, and Amy from Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care of Rita.

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



Joseph D. Korman

Joseph D. Korman, 76, of Sunnycrest Manor, formerly of 55 Milwaukee St., died Thursday, April 10, 2014. Funeral services will be 12:00 p.m. Monday, April 14, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 - 6 p.m. Sunday and from 11-11:45 a.m., Monday at the funeral home.

Joe was born on December 20, 1937 in Dubuque, the son of Frederick and Mildred (Schloz) Korman. He married Mary "Jackie" (Bushman) Beecher on February 1, 1964 in Dubuque. Joe was employed in maintenance at the Dubuque Packing Company and Loras College. He was a member of the Operating Engineers Local Union 758 and in his later years enjoyed his daily walks in Eagle Point Park.

Surviving are his children, Shelly (Gary) Freiburger, Joseph "Butch" (Sue) Korman Jr., and Cindy (David) Schwendinger, all of Dubuque, Susan (Joe Fecker) Brimeyer, of Andrew, IA.; step- children, Lennie (Terry) Mellows, of Marshalltown, IA., Rick (Julie) Beecher, Gary Beecher, and Diane Beecher, all of Dubuque; 21 grandchildren; 26 great- grandchildren; and sisters, Jeanette Lemmer and Sandy (Myron) Cole, of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary "Jackie" Korman; daughter, Cathy Jo Korman; parents; mother-in-law, Mary E. Bushman; step- daughters, Susan E. Smith and Judith A. Beecher; step daughter-in-law, Susan A. Beecher; son-in-law Vince "Butch" Mauer; brother, William F. Korman; sister-in-law, Louise Korman; and brother-in-Law, Ralph Lemmer.

A Joseph Korman memorial fund has been established.

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

The family would like to express a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Sunnycrest Manor for their years of care, and Hospice of Dubuque, especially his nurse, Amy.

 



Robert A. Hayes

Robert A. "Bob" Hayes, 65, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at his home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Bob's life will be held at 11 A.M. Monday, April 14, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 A.M. to 11 A.M. on Monday, April 14, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Robert A. "Bob" Hayes was born on May 10, 1948 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Norbert I. "Buck" and LaVonne Adelle (Haddick) Hayes. He grew up in Maquoketa and was a 1967 graduate of Maquoketa High School.

Following graduation, Bob first worked as a butcher for Streets Meat Market in Maquoketa for 10 years. He then took a few years off and traveled extensively through the southwest United States and Mexico. When he returned home to Maquoketa he worked as an electronic technician and repairman for Lost Nation T.V. and Appliance for 15 years. Lastly, he worked at Ensign Coil in Bellevue as a Quality Control Manager for many years, retiring in 2012.

Bob was a lifelong member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Maquoketa, and a member of the Jackson County Snowmobiler's Club. He loved repairing and fixing things, especially cars and televisions. He enjoyed fishing and taking annual snowmobiling trips to Northern Wisconsin and Michigan. He liked meeting the guys for coffee each week, and in recent years he enjoyed bike riding and fishing with his nephew David, and gardening, growing and canning his own vegetables and sharing with family and friends.

Those left to honor Bob's memory include his sister, Connie (John) Breno of Oxford, IA; a nephew, David Breno; and one aunt, Maxine Haddick Orange of Texas. He was preceded in death by his father, Norbert "Buck" on Dec. 31, 2003, and his mother, LaVonne, on Jan. 12, 2014.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Robert A. "Bob" Hayes memorial fund has been established.

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



Connie J. Owen

Connie J. Owen, 69, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Tuesday morning, April 8, 2014, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Connie's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, April 12, from the Community of Christ Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, April 11, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. A private family burial will be held prior to the service on Saturday at the Sutton Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Connie Jane Ripple was born on August 24, 1944 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to James Allen and Ruth V. (Heide) Ripple. She attended school in Andrew and then Maquoketa High School, where she was a 1962 graduate. She married Gerald L. Owen on June 9, 1963 in Fulton, Iowa.

Connie first farmed with her husband and raised a family. She then began working at Sears in Maquoketa for a few years, and later at Maquoketa State Bank as a bookkeeper with Harlan Tonderum of Midwest Farm Management Services. For the past 26 years she has worked at Maquoketa Insurance and McDonald Realty in Maquoketa as a licensed insurance agent and accountant.

Connie was an active member of the Community of Christ Church in Maquoketa, where she had served as a treasurer for many years and as a Priest.

Connie was always thinking of others and enjoyed spending time with her family and church activities. She liked working on puzzles, traveling, boating, camping and shopping trips with her daughter Susanne.

Those left to honor Connie's memory include her husband, Gerald Owen of Maquoketa, IA; children Todd (Kristin) Owen of Evergreen, CO, Ryan (Angie) Owen of Maquoketa, IA, and Susanne (Rick) Edwards of Long Grove, IA; 3 grandchildren, Justin, Paden and Faith; and sisters Judy Tonderum of Maquoketa, IA, and Margene Beach of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents.

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

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



Daniel P. Hennessy

Daniel P. Hennessy, 52, was released from this world on April 8, 2014 following a long illness. 

A remembrance gathering will be held at Swiss Valley Park on Sunday, April 13, from noon to 5:00 p.m.

Dan was born March 27, 1962 to James and Rose Mary (Wesenberg) Hennessy. Dan worked for many years in apartment maintenance with McIntrye Realtors, and for the past 22 years with Executive Management Ltd.

Dan loved fishing, cooking, and a good game of cards. Dan's wit and humor were enjoyed by all who knew him.

Dan is survived by the love of his life, his daughter Stephanie Hennessy; his mother, Rosie Hennessy, of Hazel Green; his siblings, Anna (Scott) Morris and Bill Hennessy, both of Marietta, GA, and Michael (Susan) Hennessy, of Dubuque.

He was proceeded in death by his father and his bother, Donald Hennessy.

Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is handling arrangements.