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Edna Mozena


Edna Mozena, 95, of Dubuque died Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at Bethany Home, surrounded by her loving family.
To celebrate Edna's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 31, 2017, at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home, Asbury Road.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at First Congregational Church, 10th and Locust Streets, Dubuque.

Private interment will be at Sherrill Methodist Cemetery.
As Edna wished, you may designate any memorials to Albrecht Acres or Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, in lieu of flowers.

Edna Charlotte Gottschalk was born in Dubuque on April 27, 1921, daughter of William and Charlotte (Jecklin) Gottschalk. She is a proud graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1938. On October 9, 1940, Edna married Kenneth Eugene Mozena in Dubuque.

During World War II, Edna worked at Farley and Loetscher Manufacturing Co. After marriage, she was a farmer, a partner in Tri-State Auction and Realty Service, and a faithful employee at The Gentry. Edna was an honoree in Albrecht Acres' Hall of Fame, Secretary of Dubuque County Women's Food Service, Vice-President of Sherrill Methodist Women's Society, member of the Women's Christian Group, and "star" in her beloved bowling league.

The recent newsletter Ground Cover from the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Garden featured a letter by Edna, quoting a line from the poem "Trees" by Joyce Kilmer: "...but only God can make a tree." Our family has just lost its mighty and oldest tree. Although not cut down or struck by lightning, she slowly and gracefully bent in the winds of time over nine decades, always reaching to the sky with prayer and providing spiritual guidance to all. Over the years precious limbs were lost: her beloved daughter Kris Ann, age 23, and Ken, her husband of sixty years. These losses did not destroy her core, but scarred over to give further refuge to those who sought or needed her canopy of love and care. A tree has a root system as large as the tree itself. Edna's life was deeply rooted in her connection with and love for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She has left a forest of strong trees and emerging saplings, still being nourished by her kind spirit.

Edna is survived by her sons: Dr. Darryl (Terry) Mozena of Dubuque, Ambassador Dan (Grace) Mozena of Silver Spring, Maryland, Jeffrey (Janet) Mozena of Dubuque, and Terry (Angela) Mozena of Dubuque, and son-in-law Marty McNamer of Dubuque, husband of deceased daughter Kris Ann.

She is also survived by her twenty-two grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Christopher (Katie) Mozena of St. Louis Park, Minnesota and parents of Manuel and Micah; Dr. Jonathan (Anna Mitsis) Mozena of Fredericksburg, Virginia and parents of Harrison, Zoe, and Jack; Andrew (Amy) Mozena of Dubuque and parents of Sophia, Hannah, and Charlotte; Benjamin (Emily) Mozena of Iowa City, Iowa and parents of Maya and Eleanor; Anne (SSG Tyler Craig) Mozena of Saratoga Springs, Utah and parents of Mira; Dr. Mark Mozena of Washington, D.C.; Dr. Alanna Mozena of Seattle, Washington; Nicholas Mozena of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Gabriel Mozena of Iowa City, Iowa; Noah Mozena of Bozeman, Montana; and Jacob Mozena of Bozeman, Montana.

In addition to Ken, her husband of 60 years, Edna was preceded in death by her daughter Kris Ann Mozena McNamer, her parents, and her two brothers, Melvin and Paul Gottschalk.

A special thanks to Dr. Angela Kelley and Dr. Ron Iverson, the staff of Bethany Home, and the nursing staff of Finley Hospital.



Gregg W. Marolf


Gregg W. Marolf, 64, of Dubuque died Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the University of Iowa.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church where visitation will be held Wednesday from 3 to 8 pm.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, all in Dubuque.

Gregg was born November 22, 1952 in Davenport, Iowa, son of Waldo and JoAnne (Huss) Marolf.  He graduated from Bettendorf High School in 1971.  He received his Bachelors of Music Education from the University of Iowa, where he met his wife, Micki, in the marching band.  He and Micki were married on May 21, 1977 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

Music was his passion and profession. He was the band director for Drexler Middle School's 5th and 6th grade bands, for 34 years.  He also served as band director and general music teacher for Beckman High School, grades 5-8, for a short time.  Gregg started hundreds of budding musicians during his time as a teacher, passing along his passion for music. He played in the Dubuque, Clinton, and Muscatine Symphonies, the Guy Lombardo Band, DSO Brass Quintet, Clarke University Band, Quad City Wind Ensemble, in the pit orchestra for many shows at the Grand Opera House, numerous other community bands and brass groups in the area; was a charter member of the Tri-State Wind Symphony, Julien Chamber Winds, and the Big Band Express.  After Gregg suffered from a stroke, Micki helped him re-learn the tuba and he played several concerts with the New Horizons band.  He also created a vast number of music arrangements for the many groups he participated in, and taught private lessons.

He is survived by his wife, Micki Marolf of Dubuque; children, Sara (Richard) Flannery of Green Bay, WI, Kimberly (Patrick) Gunderson of Chicago, IL, and Tyler (Jessica) Marolf of Davenport and three grandchildren, Jocelyn Christine Flannery, Liliana Hope Gunderson, and Lila Grace Marolf and granddaughter due in September.

He is also survived by his twin brother, Dane (Lynn) Marolf; brother in law, Dana (Patty) Christiansen; father in law, David Naber; and Micki's siblings, Angel Naber of Marion, Julie (Bob) Axtell of Mt. Vernon and Jeff Naber of Marion; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Cherise Christiansen.

A special thanks to Dr. Ryan Stille and his staff for their kind and compassionate care and to his many friends for their visits, calls, and support.  The family would also like to thank many area musicians for their kindness, support and for their gifts of music in our life.

A Gregg Marolf Memorial Fund has been established.

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

 

 



Emilie C. Swenson


Emilie "Emmie" C. Swenson, 74, of Dubuque died Friday, March 24, 2017 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.  Visitation will be held Thursday from 4 to 7 pm at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where Funeral services will be held 11 am Friday. Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Emmie was born April 1, 1942 in Rockford, IL, daughter of Arthur and Margery (Cannell) Fischer.  She graduated from Rockford West High School in 1960.  She married Jack Swenson on January 26, 1963 in Rockford, IL, and they were happily married for over 50 years.

Following in her mother's footsteps, Emmie cared for others as a nursing aid at Our Lady of Lourdes Convalescent Home.  She readily donated her time as a volunteer in the community.  Emmie was Vice President of Ja-Mar Pattern, working tirelessly for 38 years alongside her husband until retirement several years ago.  After retirement, she enjoyed camping with friends and travelling the country to visit family in her "home on wheels".

Emmie was an avid bowler and instilled that joy in hundreds of children through her many years of coaching.  She enjoyed other sports and was a lifelong Nascar racing fan, attended several races throughout the country, and always cheering Jeff Gordon #24 to victory lane.  She was also a longtime Cubs fan, finally cheering them onto a championship.

Emmie was a voracious reader and instilled that love of reading in her daughters and granddaughters.  She enjoyed listening to "classic" country music, sometimes to the chagrin of her family. 

Emmie loved all animals, but particularly the dogs that accompanied her through life, Kuri, Sam, Brandy, Zach, Tyler, Shelby, and Lucy.  She loved them all.

Emmie was many things to many people; wife, mother, grandmother, friend, sister, but no matter who you were, she always had a friendly smile and a kind word to offer.  She will be greatly missed by those whose lives are better through having known her. 

Emmie is survived by her husband, Jack Swenson of Dubuque; two daughters, Dana Swenson (Steven Fogarty) of Wichita, KS, and Jennifer Swenson (Paul Shoytush) of Clarkston, MI.; two granddaughters, Elise and Erin Shoytush of Clarkston, MI; two sisters, Jinny (Dick) Bridgeland of Palmview, TX and Juliann (Larry) Benedict of Mason City, IL; and a special cousin, Georgi (Chuck) Tussing of Rockford, IL.

Emmie is preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Margery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Tri-State Independent Blind Society, 3333 Asbury Rd, Dubuque, IA 52002 or The Dubuque Humane Society, 4242 Chavenelle Rd, Dubuque, IA 52002.

Special thanks to Dianne Stecklein and her caring staff.

May you be blessed with warmth in your home, love in your heart, peace in your soul and joy in your life - Irish Blessing

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

 

 

 



Earl J. Hasken


Earl J. Hasken, 82, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away at 10:27 a.m. Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Unity Point Health-The Finley Hospital in Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 1, 2017 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of American Legion Post #787.

Visitation will be from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday at St. Mary's Church, 170 Montgomery Ave. in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary/scripture service will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday.  Members of the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Dept. will meet at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Church, and members of American Legion Post # 787 will meet at 6:00 p.m. Friday at the Church.  Friends may also call from 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. on Saturday at the Miller Funeral Home.

Earl was born January 27, 1935 in Vinegar Hill Township, IL, the son of Joseph and Alvina (Ricke) Hasken. He married his true love Doris Tranel on June 7, 1958 at Nativity BVM in Menominee.

Earl attended St Mary's School and East Dubuque High School. Upon graduation, Earl followed his dreams of protecting his country by joining the Army to serve in Japan in 1954.

Upon returning to the states, Earl was employed in 1956 at John Deere Dubuque Works for 41 years until his retirement. Throughout the years of raising his family Earl also worked at Sears as a mechanic. Upon retirement his hard work ethic and love for the John Deere community led him to working at Runde Custom Upholstery and taking many bus trips with John Deere retirees.

Earl was drawn to continue protecting his community by joining the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Department in 1962. He generously donated 55 years of service to this department as a volunteer firefighter, paramedic and the department treasurer.

Earl was known by all that loved him as a very faith filled man. He was a lifelong member of St. Mary's Parish in East Dubuque, a member of the Holy Name Society and a Dominican Associate. He also made it a practice to attend St. Anthony's weekly school mass when his grandchildren were attending there. His selfless giving continued as he was a member of the American Legion, school board, One Hundred Club of Jo Daviess, and participant of the Honor Flight.

Earl's true generosity was seen in the endless farmer's markets he volunteered every Saturday morning selling cinnamon bread for the Sinsinawa Mound, the countless hours he dedicated to creating and overseeing the before & after school care program at St. Mary's School, and the hundreds of Bingo game nights he volunteered at. His happiest moments were those spent with his family, whether traveling to camp across this great nation, taking groups of the grandkids on trips to see the spots he took their parents years earlier, or sitting in the stands supporting and cheering his grandkids in their activities of choice. Grandpa Earl loved his bleacher chair and was often seen hustling in and out of events so as not to miss anything. He rarely missed an event. Life was a gift to him and he intended to enjoy it with those whom he loved dearly. As if the time spent with Grandpa Earl wasn't enough, he spent countless hours restoring furniture for family, sewing bags & floor pillows for the grandkids, and laboring over roasters of homemade soup made from the heart.

Surviving are his wife, Doris; seven children, Juliane (David) Rossman of Dubuque, Allen (Ria) Hasken of Miamisburg, OH, Janel (David) Cebulko of Bartlett, IL, Lloyd (Faith) Hasken of Elgin, IL, Beth (Joe) Broderick of Dubuque, Glenn (Tina) Hasken of Dubuque, and Martha (Kevin) Grossman of Brooklyn Park, MN; twenty-four grandchildren Nick (Sophie), Amanda, Megan (fiancée Zach Hardy) & Abby Rossman, Brian, Adam & Alysha Hasken (fiancée Brian Kroeger), Alison (Jonathan) Schueman, Hilary (Brandon) Lakes, Heather Cebulko & Sarah (Jimmy) Patlyek, Nathan & Grace Hasken, Molly (Chris) Connoly, Marty, Danny & Clare Broderick, Danielle, Riley & Bailey Hasken, and Maggie, Ellie, Sophie and Henry Grossman; seven great grandchildren; his siblings Donald Hasken and Roseann (Harlan) Nauman; his in-laws Merla Carl, Sharon Tranel, Arletta (Joseph) Franson, Lavonne (Cletus) Kaiser, Lou Mae Hasken & Roger Gartner. He was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws Elmer & Lorena, a brother Vincent, a sister Darlene Gartner, brother in-laws Cletus Tranel and Glen Carl, sister in-law Betty Hasken, grandsons Allen Hasken, Jr., Joel Hasken & Shane Broderick

The family would like to send a special thanks to Dr. Hillard Salas, Finley Hospital 5th Floor staff, Finley Emergency Room Staff, Dr. Patel, Luther Manor Staff and Finley Home Care.

The family requests no flowers. An Earl Hasken Memorial has been established.

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

 

 



Gloria J. Ede


Gloria J. Ede, age 82, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 1:20 a.m., on Sunday, March 26, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Gloria's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street, with Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. The Nativity Rosary Society will begin their service at 10:00 a.m., prior to the service at the church. To celebrate Gloria's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Gloria was born on June 9, 1934, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Conrad and Margaret (Calk) Meyer.

Gloria was very proud to have been born and raised in Dubuque, surrounded by loving family and caring friends each and every day. She was united in marriage to her destined soul-mate, Edwin Ede, on October 25, 1952, at St. Raphael's Cathedral. Their union was blessed with 31 years, and 5 adored children, together before he was called home ahead of her on February 25, 1984. Gloria was gifted with a strong work ethic and would never shy away from a hard days work. She generously applied her time and talents at St. Dominic's Villa for 12 years, as well as investing another 12 years at Sears. Gloria was a faithfully devoted wife, mother and grandmother who took great pride in caring for her family and home. She was also fond of a little downtime, and when the opportunity presented itself you could find Gloria curled up with a good book in hand. Gloria also enjoyed being socially active as well; she and Edwin loved to tear up the dance floor in their younger days, and in her later years Gloria graciously volunteered her time with numerous organization around town. Gloria was definitely a faith filled woman who was quite happy to call Church of the Nativity her home for countless years. Our hearts are heavy, and deeply saddened, today with the loss of our wonderful mother, grandmother, sister and friend; but we take comfort in knowing that we will all be reunited with our dearly sweet Gloria one day, and that thankfully she will be dancing with Edwin once again and catching up with her beloved son, Douglas.

Those left to cherish Gloria's memory include

her children,
Steven (Kris) Ede,
David (Tammy) Ede,
Joseph Ede
and Carolyn (Mike) Kirkpatrick, all of Dubuque, IA;

11 grandchildren;

6 great-grandchildren;

a sister-in-law,
Bonita LaBee, Dubuque, IA;

and a brother-in-law,
Allen (MaryJo Trentz) Ede, Dubuque, IA.

Gloria was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edwin Ede; a son, Douglas Ede; and 5 brothers, Frances, Arthur, Charles, Conrad and Leo Meyer.

A Gloria J. Ede memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Gloria's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the kind, loving and compassionate care they provided Gloria and her family.

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

 



Marie D. Fay


Marie D. Fay, age 92, of Dubuque, Iowa, and formerly of West Union, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 4:55 a.m., on Sunday, March 26, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Marie's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, June 9, 2017, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Joseph Hauer officiating. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Marie was born on December 25, 1924, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Henry Alphonse and Clara (Shirmer) Begley.

Marie was born and raised in Dubuque and was a proud graduate of St. Joseph's Academy, Class of 1942. After gradation, she would meet and marry Oliver Fay, on June 22, 1946, at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque. Marie and Oliver were blessed with 66 years, and 7 wonderful children, together before he was called home ahead of her on December 3, 2012. Their work would take them to several different cities throughout the years; including Fort Madison, Waukon, and most notably West Union, but they eventually returned home to Dubuque after retirement. Marie was always a tenacious and hard worker who gladly put her talents to work as a bookkeeper at H&W, before finally helping Oliver with his business ventures. Marie was also an incredibly talented seamstress who especially loved to make dresses for her family. In her free time, she enjoyed the challenge of working puzzles to completion, and was also known to be quite the green thumb who's beautiful violets were continually on display for all to enjoy. Marie's greatest joy in life though was spending time with her beloved family, especially her grandchildren. Whether an outing to Village Inn for a slice of pie, a quick trip to Wal-Mart to visit with friends, or simply one of her several trips out of town with family, Marie was content just to know they were together. Our hearts are broken, and weigh heavy, with the loss of our dear sweet Marie. But we discover peace in knowing that she's had a full 92 years to bless our lives and that now she is joyfully visiting with all of her family who've been waiting patiently for her Heavenly arrival over these past few days.

Those left to cherish Marie's memory include

her 6 children,
Dianne (Ben) Andersen, East Dubuque, IL,
Dennis (Sherry) Fay, Amhurst, WI,
Debbi (Bill Christiansen) Fay, Mesa, AZ,
Douglas (Dana) Fay, Overland Park, KS,
Doreen (Tom) Weston, Cambridge, IL
and Donna (Dan) Walling, Dubuque, IA;

15 grandchildren,
Mark (Jenny) Bodenseiner, Michael (Monica) Bodensteiner, Elizabeth Andersen, Erin (Brian) King, Joel (Lori) Taylor, Stacie (Steve) Russ, Steven (Kallie) Sneed, Katie (Mike) Nuncio, Ilana Fay, Phillip (Yael) Fay, Nathan (Miryam) Fay, Heather Weston, Kiah Weston, Danielle (Aaron) Boosinger and Nicholas Walling;

and 20 great grandchildren.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Oliver Fay; a son in infancy, Daniel Fay; 2 grandsons, Daniel Fay and Austin Walling; and a sister, Cecelia (Joe) Frey.

In lieu of flowers, Marie's family request that you sit down to a pleasant meal with someone you love and thoroughly embrace the moment together.

Marie's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of Stonehill Care Center, and especially our dear friend Kim Meyer, for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care of Marie and the family. We would also like to thank all of our family and friends for their support and love these past few weeks.

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

 



Joan R. Ibraimi


Joan R. Ibraimi, 71, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, March 26, 2017, at the Genesis Medical Center, West Campus, in Davenport, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in celebration and remembrance of Joan on Friday, March 31, 2017, from Noon to 4 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Joan R. Moravec was born on June 6, 1945 in Cicero, Illinois to Erwin and Elizabeth "Edith" (Herazin) Moravec. She was a graduate of Morton High School in Cecero, Illinois. She married Sefadin "Safo" Ibraimi on April 19, 1994 in Sycamore, Illinois.

Joan had first worked for General Electric and then traveled to Germany where she worked for one and a half years. Upon returning to the United States, she worked for over 25 years as a waitress at various restaurants including the Country Charm, Fisherman's Inn and the Mill Race Inn. She retired to Maquoketa and has lived here for over 20 years.

Joan enjoyed volunteering at the Jackson County Humane Society. She liked animals, riding horses in her younger years, and loved painting. She was a wonderful artist who could make anything. She enjoyed making items and giving them as gifts such as stuffed animals, clothing, ornaments and paintings.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Sefadin "Safo" Ibraimi of Maquoketa, IA; children, Monica Quigley of Goreville, IL and Chad (Julie) Krawczyk of Buncombe, IL; 5 grandchildren; a brother Jim Moravec of Eagle, River, WI; and a sister Gladys Owens of Wheaton, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Jackson County Humane Society.

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

 



Jocille E. Weber


Jocille E. Weber, 85, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 at Luther Manor.

Family and friends may gather from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 1st, 2017, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be Mount Olivet Cemetery.


Jocille was born on August 22, 1931, in Wisconsin, the daughter of Joseph and Marie (Schulte) Honerbaum. She married Harold J. Weber on December 14, 1948. 

After high school Jocille attended cosmetology school in Dubuque. She was a business owner in Dubuque and owned Hair Designs by Jocille and Jocille's Fashion Corner for many years.

She is survived by her husband Harold, three children Sandra Gavin, Cindy Stecher and Randy Weber. Nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.



Dale F. Schmidt


Dale Francis Schmidt, 51, of Key West passed away Saturday, March 25, 2017, at home with his family by his side.

Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 29, 2017at Saint Joseph Key West with Fr. Alan Dietzenbach officiating. Entombment will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where there will be a wake service at 3 p.m. with Deacon Jim Schmidt officiating.

Dale was born on June 22, 1965, in Dubuque the son of Louis and Lorraine (Freiburger) Schmidt. He married Robin Lynn Roidl, on May 29, 1993 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Dale worked as a truck driver for many years and was lastly working for Prairie Farms since 2005. He was a member of the Teamsters Union Local #120. He enjoyed fishing, cooking, and was an avid bowler who also loved to spend time with his family.

He is survived by his wife Robin; three daughters Allison Haley Schmidt, Macy Catrice Schmidt, and Shanice Renee Schmidt; his mother Lorraine Schmidt; three sisters, Judy Asay, of Olathe, KS, Joyce (Mike) Leverence, of AZ, and Marlene (Rick) Von Fumetti, of Dubuque; two brothers, Ken Schmidt, and Dennis (Lois) Schmidt, both of Dubuque; his father-in-law Raymond Roidl; sisters-in-law Jeanne Roldl, Kim Presley, and June Newbold; brothers-in-law Rich Meyer, Jeff Roidl, and Tony Roidl; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Louis, a sister Debbie Meyer, his mother-in-law Mary Roidl, brother-in-law Timothy Roidl, Sister-in-law Patricia Schmidt and a nephew
Jason Michael Schmidt.

In lieu of flowers a Dale Schmidt memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Christian Schultheis, Dr. Patrick Loehrer and the oncology department at Medical Associates along with the staff of Hospice of Dubuque for all the loving care they gave to Dale.



Colette M. Baal


Colette Mae Baal, age 89, of Garden Grove, California, and formerly of Sherrill, Iowa, died Monday, March 20, 2017 in Anaheim, CA.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 29, at Sherrill United Church of Christ, 4995 Sherrill Road.

Burial will be in the Sherrill United Church of Christ Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Tuesday, March 28, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.

Colette was born May 21, 1927 in Dubuque, the daughter of Herman and Gertrude Ann (Freihoefer) Brockman. She married Clarence "Bud" Baal on August 28, 1948 at the University of Dubuque. He preceded her in death on December 19, 2007. They were married for 59 years, and spent most of their married life in California. Colette was employed as a medical secretary for Kaiser Permanente Hospital in California. Prior to her retirement in the late 1980's, she was an intake coordinator for Hospice.

Along with her husband, Bud, she was instrumental in developing and supporting the Sherrill Fire Department. While in California, Colette was actively involved with the Orange County Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, and was also a member of the Garden Grove Women's Club and the Orange County Officers Wives Club.

Colette loved to write and send letters to everyone she knew. She was a loving mom and grandma, not only to her own family, but to many who "adopted" her over the years.

Colette is survived by her son, David (Patricia) Baal of Evans, GA; her daughter, Suzanne (Gerry) Mayer of Cypress, CA; three grandchildren, Craig (Brooke) Baal of Evans, GA, Alex (Bylle) Baal, of Henderson, NV, and Lindsey Mayer,  of Cypress, CA; 2 great grandchildren, Miles Wesley Baal and Sawyer Charles Baal; and her brother-in-law, James (Mary Lou) Baal Sr. of Sherrill.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings, Carl (Helen)(Wilma) Brockman, Mary Jean (Max) Downs, Ralph (Elizabeth) Brockman, and a brother Joseph, in infancy; brother in law, Eugene (Clara) and Robert  Baal.

The family would like to thank her caregivers, Jovi Corona and Amalia Smith for their care of Colette.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Colette Baal Memorial Fund.

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

 

 



Delores A. Lammers


Delores A. Lammers, 89, of Dyersville, Iowa died March 25, 2017 at Hawkeye Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville with vigil service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at the funeral home from 9-10 a.m. prior to funeral services on Wednesday.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Jeffery Dole will officiate.

Delores was born on September 4, 1927 in Petersburg, Iowa daughter of Henry and Mary (Thole) Loesche. She grew up on the family farm and attended school in Petersburg. She married Paul Lammers on June 17, 1948 in Petersburg, Iowa. She worked with Paul at Lammers Hatchery. On February 1, 1966 she and Paul opened Paul's Country Farm Store and Lammers Insurance Agency in Dyersville. In 1975 they purchased White Front Feed & Seed in Dubuque & Cascade, Iowa. She and Paul along with their 3 sons operated the businesses together until they retired.

As a member of the St. Francis Xavier Parish Delores was a very devout Catholic. She was also a member of the American Legion Post 137 Auxiliary.

Delores enjoyed going on many trips with Doughboy Feed, going to Arizona during the winter for 20+ years, an occasional trip to the Casino, and spending time with her family, friends and camping group. She made many new friends during her time at Hawkeye Care Center and loved the visits from her family and her special grand-dog Willa.

She is survived by 3 sons & their families: Rod (Kathy) Lammers of Dyersville, Bruce (Mary) Lammers and Brian (fiancé Tammy Waid - Link) all of Dubuque, Grandchildren: Christina (Joe) Ludwig and John (Dawn) Lammers all of Dyersville, Teresa (Chad) Coons of Anamosa, and Jake (Amy) Lammers of Dubuque; Step - Grandchildren: Matt (Cara) Moore and Josh (Rasy) Moore; Great - Grandchildren: Brandon Ludwig and Ashley (Wade) Cosselman, Alexia and Blake Lammers, Austin and Beau Coons, and Stella and Reed Lammers; Step Great - Grandchildren: Aiva, Jayden, and Jasmine Moore, and Kael and Emma Moore; Brother & Sister-n-law: Sylvester "Red" (Alma) Loesche of Dyersville, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her Husband of 63 years, Paul on October 9, 2011, parents Henry and Mary (Thole) Loesche, in-laws Herman and Anna (Billmeyer) Lammers; Siblings: Laurine (Clarence) Kruse, Lawrence (Maxine) Loesche, Andy (Melaine) Loesche, Bernice (Harry) Gassman; Brother & Sister-n-laws: William (Marie) Lammers, Delores (Charlie) Milbach, Arthur (Frances) Lammers, Herbert (Armella) Lammers, Germaine (Earl) March, and James (Dorothy) Lammers.

The family would like to thank Hawkeye Care Center and their staff for the wonderful care they showed their mother Delores. Also thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and Mercy Medical Center.

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



Jeanette M. Murphy


Jeanette M. Murphy, 83, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, March 24, 2017 at Luther Manor.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 28, at Resurrection Catholic Church. Fr. Michael Hutchison will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, March 27, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Jeanette was born February 23, 1934 in Dubuque, the daughter of Ed and Mary (Fitzgerald) Cherrier. She married John "Jack" Francis Murphy on June 10, 1954 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Dubuque. He preceded her in death on February 26, 1999.

Jeanette was a long time sales associate at Kmart in Dubuque until her retirement. She was a member of Resurrection Parish, where she was also a member of the Widow's Club. In her younger years, she enjoyed dancing and roller skating with her husband. She loved to shop and walk at the mall. Jeanette also enjoyed sewing, drawing, and going out to eat.

Jeanette is survived by two daughters, Colleen Motsch and Cathy (Tom) Milligan, both of Dubuque; her grandchildren, Matt Milligan, Sheila Motsch, and Mitch (Nicole) Milligan; her great grandchildren, Ayden Milligan, Ryleigh Haas, Haley Motsch, Trystin Ruble, and Taiya Ruble; her sisters, Shirley Regan of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Susan Murphy; her son Dan Murphy; two grandsons, Joshua and Jason Motsch; and a brother, Bill (Jean) Cherrier.

Memorials may be made to the Jeanette Murphy Memorial Fund.

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

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hskfh.com



Dorraine M. Frick

Dorraine M. Frick, age 88, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Mesa, Arizona, was called home peacefully at 6:08 p.m., on Friday, March 24, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Dorraine's life, graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, March 27, 2017, at Mount Calvary Cemetery, 1111 Davis Avenue, Dubuque, Iowa, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Dorraine was born on May 28, 1928, in Sherrill, Iowa, daughter of Jacob and Louisa (Lochner) Schmitt.

Dorraine was born and raised in the Sherrill area and would have many of life's most important values instilled within the fabric of her being at a very young age. She would eventually meet her true love, Leo Frick, and they would be united in marriage in the June of 1949, at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque. They were blessed with 21 wonderful years of marriage, and 5 deeply adored children, before he was called home suddenly ahead of her. Dorraine was a full-time wife, mother and homemaker who took great pride in her responsibilities of nurturing those the Lord entrusted to her care. She was a faithful and generous woman through each and every day, with a strong desire to make the world around her a sanctuary of love and respect for all whom were fortunate enough to share in her contagious joy. In her free time, Dorraine found time to occasionally throw a few strikes at the bowling alley, or even to just simply sit and invest a little social interaction time with her friends at the Eagles, Moose and Dubuque Boat Club. Dorriane has lived an abundantly full life since her years on the farm, through her 25 years staying close to family in Mesa, and upon her return home to Dubuque to be close to her friends and dearly missed Leo. We mourn her absence today, but we watched first hand how Dorraine has earnestly spent 88 years in the interest of her eternal souls condition and destination, and that now she is finally witnessing Heaven first hand and is surely standing hand in hand with Leo, once again, as he gives her the grand tour of her new estate.

Those left to cherish Dorraine's memory include

her 5 children,
Thomas (Carol) Frick, Mesa, AZ,
Mark (Barbara) Frick, Mesa, AZ,
Sandra (Carl) Peterson, Mesa, AZ,
Jeanne Frick, Mesa, AZ
and Greg (Brenda) Frick, Chandler, AZ;

her 4 grandchildren,
Andrea Martin, Kelly (Troy) Gibson, Jacob (Lara) Frick and Kimberly (Chad) Gillespie;

her 4 great-grandchildren,
Addison Gibson, Avery Gibson, Leo Frick and Nora Frick;

and a brother,
Donald Schmitt, Sherrill, IA.

Dorraine was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leo Frick; her siblings, Louella (Ralph) Roth, Marie (Harold) Heitzman, Rita (Paul) Kane, Norman Schmitt, Gerald (Mary) Schmitt and Melvin ("Trixie") Schmitt; and a sister-in-law, Janet Schmitt.

A Dorraine M. Frick memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

 



Allen A. Lochner


Allen A. Lochner, 70, of Dubuque, died Thursday, March 23, 2017.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 28 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Peosta, where there will be a visitation from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Burial will be at St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Centralia where military honors will be accorded.

Allen was born on January 4, 1947 in Hazel Green, Wisconsin to Norbert and Geraldine (Huilman) Lochner. He served in the Vietnam era from 1966-68 as a heavy equipment operator in the United States Army. On May 25, 1968, he married Janice (Jan) Finzel at St. Raphael Cathedral in Dubuque.

Allen began his work career at age 16 as truck driver and cheesemaker for Holy Cross Dairy. After returning from the Army, he went back into farming until his death. He retired from Prairie Farms in the fall of 2013. He most recently was employed at McClain Excavating. His life's work, however, was as a dairy farmer. That was his pride and joy.

He was a member of the Iowa, Midwest Clubs, and National Ayrshire Breeders Association, Dubuque County Dairy Promotion, and Tri-County Sheep Producers.  

He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather.

Surviving is his wife Jan; their children Christa Knapp of Dubuque, Martina (Chris) Willey of Allerton, IA, Jenifer (Bill) Lewis of Onslow, IA, and Jay Michael (significant other Steph Heinsius) Lochner of Olin, IA; grandchildren Clay, Sam, Grace, Carlen, Riley, and Riana; four step-grandchildren; two step-great grandchildren; siblings Janice (Dick) Markus, Ruth (Mike) Hubbard, and Doris (David) Hoffmann; and mother in law Mildred Finzel.

He was preceded in death by parents; grandparents; and father in law Norbert Finzel.

The family requests no flowers.

Egelhof Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd, is in charge of arrangements.

To leave online condolences please visit egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

Allen's family would like to send special thanks to Dr. Engelman and his nurse Sarah, The Oncology nurses and Hospice of Dubuque along with their nurse Melissa, Heather and Amy.  Thank you also to a couple for their care and help the last few months.

 

 

 



Richard L. Osterberger


Richard L. "Dick" Osterberger, 71 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 at home.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 28th at the Church of the Nativity where a rosary will be recited before mass. Rev. Msgr. James Miller, officiating, Rev. John O'Connor, homilist, along with concelebrating priest of the Archdiocese. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, March 27th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a wake service will be at 2:45 p.m.

Dick was born on January 15, 1946 the son of Jake and Millie (Ward) Osterberger. He married Rita Welter, December 30th, 1967 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
He attended Nativity grade school, graduated from Wahlert High School, and received his Master's Degree from Loras College in School Administration.

He began his teaching career at Holy Ghost Catholic Grade School and later at Wahlert High School, where he was Vice Principal, Dean of Students, coached football and track. In his later years, he worked in sales and as a relator for American Realty.

He was a lifelong member at the Church of the Nativity, where he was an altar server and served on the parish council. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 510, and volunteered many hours at Albrecht Acres. He enjoyed spending time with his Squires Club Buddies.

Dick loved family gatherings and would usually be found by the grill. He was very proud of his family, especially his grandchildren and loved attending their events.

He is survived by his wife Rita; three children Steve (Lisa) Osterberger, Jeff (Amy) Osterberger, both of Dubuque, Julie (Chris) Bracey, of Chicago, IL; seven grandchildren; Alli, Bryce, Kaylee and Ellie Osterberger; Ava, Niyah, and Nathan Bracey. His siblings, Dave (Karen) Osterberger, Jim Osterberger and Ann (Steve) Seamer, all of Dubuque; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Jean (Mike) Vance, Laura (Jim) Miller, David (Dawn) Welter, along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his mother and father-in-law, Marguerite and Herbert Welter and a special aunt Nan.

In lieu of flowers a memorial scholarship will be established for a student attending Wahlert Catholic High School.



Calvin G. Koecke


Calvin G. Koecke, 89, of Dubuque, Iowa peacefully passed into the loving care of Jesus at UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital in Dubuque on Monday, March 20, 2017, due to dementia-related pneumonia.  Calvin Gustav, the son of Caleb R. and Violet (Bohringer) Koecke, was born May 7, 1927 in the Village of Wyalusing, Wisconsin. The family later relocated to Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. At the age of nineteen, Calvin was inducted into the U.S. Army Field Artillery. He served from 1945 until 1946, with the majority of his service being spent in Japan as part of the U.S. Occupation Forces.

After his discharge from the Army, Calvin returned to Prairie du Chien and soon began working at the National Decorated Metal Company. While working at "The Dec", he met Frances Burr, the younger sister of his coworker, Bill Burr. Calvin and Frances were married on June 21, 1952 in the residence of Pastor Terry Sellers in Prairie du Chien.

After National Decorated Metal Company closed in 1965, Calvin began working as a painter at the John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works. The work was demanding, but he was happy to be a UAW member and proud to produce quality work for John Deere. Through the years he submitted suggestions for which he was rewarded with generous bonuses when the Company implemented them.  Calvin retired in 1993 and continued to pay his union dues for the rest of his life.

Calvin enjoyed reading tremendously, particularly books about the Old West, World War II, firearms, and science. Nature was of great interest to him as well; he often spent hours contentedly noting various species of birds visiting the homemade feeder outside his living room window.  Walking through the outdoors observing and listening to nature was one of his favorite pastimes.  He particularly enjoyed several family vacations to Yellowstone, Jackson Hole, and the Grand Canyon. In addition, Calvin was very fond of music; he enjoyed listening to old time country artists such as the Carter Family and Grandpa Jones, and, he spent many happy hours playing music on his accordion and organ. He was especially passionate about airplanes and flying, having purchased his own PT-19 after receiving his pilot's license through the GI Bill.

Calvin is survived by his daughter, Kathy Koecke of Dubuque; his sister, Dollie Trayer of Lancaster, Wisconsin; sister-in-law, Beverly Koecke of Dubuque; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews; and his beloved cat, Mandu.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances, in 2002; a stillborn daughter, Lori Ann, in 1965; and a premature son, Jeffrey Lee, in 1967. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Rosella; brother, Harry; sister, Mercedes; brother, Paul; brother-in-law, John Trayer; and sister-in-law, Helen "Jeannie" (Rinehart) Koecke.

The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to Dr. Hillard Salas, Dr. Roger Schafer, and the exceptional ER, therapeutic, and nursing staff of Unity Point Health-Finley Hosital in Dubuque.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 27, 2017 at Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., Monday at the funeral home.

Internment will be held in Evergreen Cemetery, Prairie du Chien.

Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin is helping the family with the arrangements.



Carol M. Pins


Carol M. Pins, age 76, of Dubuque Iowa, was called home peacefully at 11:30 a.m., on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Carol's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rev. Charles Layton officiating. To celebrate Carol's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., on Monday, March 27, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Carol was born on June 19, 1940, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Robert E. and Helen M. (Thielen) Wright.

Carol was a proud lifelong resident of Dubuque, who would earnestly devote 28 years of her working career as a dispatcher at Flexsteel Industries. Carol eventually met the love of her life, Gerald Pins, and the couple was united in marriage on September 10,1983. Their union would be blessed with 33 wonderful years together. She was a very social woman who devoted countless hours to several of her favorite organizations; including St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Union Local #1861 and the Eagles Club. She also found great joy in the simple things in life; such as preparing a delicious meal over the stove, crocheting and knitting her latest beautiful creations to share with family and friends, or even keeping her talented fingers moving in rhythm to the hum of her sewing machine. But, as much joy as these activities manifested in Carol, none could compare to the complete satisfaction she would discover in the valuable time she would get to spend with her family. Whether caring for her home, an honest heart to heart talk with a child, or an afternoon watching her grandchildren embrace the day; Carol knew that the most precious moments in life were truly found with her loved ones by her side. Sadly, Carol's earthly journey has come to its conclusion today, but thankfully, her love, lessons and memories will surely continue to thrive in the hearts and minds of all who knew and loved her. And as our faith generously comforts us, we find peace in knowing that her physical struggles have finally ceased and she in now enjoying her state of eternal perfection as she is once again reunited with her family who've been called home ahead of her.

Those left to cherish Carol's memory include

her loving husband,
Gerald Pins, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Tammy (Kevin) Davis, Zwingle, IA
and Diane (Hipolito) Sanchez Jr., Lancaster, MO;

her grandchildren,
Hipolito (Jennifer) Sanchez III, John (Maria) Sanchez, Mike (April) Sanchez, Willie (Angela) Sanchez, Laticia (Samy) Bobongi, Jackie Sanchez, Christopher (Michelle) Davis, Alysa Davis, Eric Davis and Andrew Haidar;

12 great-grandchildren;

and her siblings,
Gerald (Bertha) Wright, Green Bay, WI
and Michelle (Matt) Knopp, Miami, OK.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Lynne Haidar; a son, Albert "Butch" Miller Jr.; and a sister, Janet Carrier.

A Carol M. Pins memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

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

 



Charles I. McDermott


Charles I. "Chuck" McDermott, 91, of Dubuque, Iowa formerly of Bernard passed away on March 23, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 27th, 2017 at St. Raphael Cathedral with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Family and friends may gather after 8:30 a.m. at the church until time of mass. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, with military honors by American Legion Post #6.

Chuck was born on July 31, 1925 in Bernard, Iowa the son of Alberic & Mary (McDonald) McDermott. He served in the US Army during the Korean War.

He married Irene Lyons on November 8, 1952 at St. Joseph Church, Key West.

He was a longtime Allis Chalmers Implement Dealer and owned and operated Tri State Implement for many years. His favorite pastime was tractor pulling and playing guitar.

He is survived by his wife Irene (Lyons) McDermott, his children, sons Steven (Kathy) McDermott and Mark (Beth) McDermott. Two grandchildren Alexandria and Keith. Sisters Marge Sweeney and Patricia "Pat" Larkin and sister-in-law Dorothy McDermott.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Mabel Sweeney, Dorothy Murray, Bernice Faley; brothers Louis, Bernard, Emmett and Clem.



Timothy J. Kelly


Timothy J. "Tim" Kelly, 73, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at Mercy Hospital, North Campus, in Clinton, Iowa.

A celebration of Timothy's life will be held at 6:30 P.M. Monday, March 27, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the funeral from 4 to 6 P.M. on Monday, March 27, 2017, at the funeral home. A graveside service and burial will be at 10 A.M. Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Timothy James Kelly was born on February 13, 1944 in Kansas City, Kansas, to Michael "Mike" and Catherine Wilma (Hougham) Kelly. His family moved to Maquoketa when he was a baby and he graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1962. He married Jane Ann Jerome on December 24, 1968 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union two children were born: Michael and Jason.

Tim was involved in the automobile industry and worked as an automobile mechanic for many years. He first worked at his dad's DX station in Maquoketa. In 1966 he worked for Rasmussen Motor Company in Maquoketa until 1975. He then owned and operated Kelly's Auto Repair until 1982 when he again worked for Rasmussen Motor Company and Brad Deery Motors, retiring in 2007.

Tim had been a Boy Scout Leader for a number of years. He was an avid piano player, giving many private lessons through the years as well as accompanying students for the Maquoketa Middle School and the Maquoketa Community High School solo contests. He loved taking fishing trips to Minnesota.

Those left to honor Timothy's memory include his wife, Jane Kelly of Maquoketa, IA; sons Michael (and fiancé Shawn Blake) Kelly of Maquoketa, and Jason (and girlfriend Jennifer Ritter) Kelly of Inver Grove Heights, MN; 3 grandchildren, Tim, Michaela and Logan Kelly, all of Maquoketa, IA; and a great-grandson, Sam Kelly of Maquoketa, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Timothy J. "Tim" Kelly memorial fund has been established.

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



Doris Jean Wallace


Doris Jean Wallace, 89, passed away quietly from this life on March 20, 2017 at the Hospice Unit at St. Lukes Hospital in Cedar Rapids.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First Congregational United Church of Christ where visitation will also be held Saturday from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.  Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

DJ was born on July 28, 1927, the second daughter of Rev. William Hiram and Jessie Ella (Barber) Hill.  During her childhood and youth, DJ could be found at the Congregational churches where her father was minister, assisting with numerous activities.  After graduation from Dubuque Senior High in 1945, DJ continued her studies at Iowa State Teacher's College and graduated in 1949. She taught for a few years until she met and married Gerald (Jerry) Wallace, who preceded her in death in 1991. Together they raised three children, all of whom survive their parents - Dave (Cedar Rapids), Ann (James) O'Malley, and Marsha Paige Wallace (Kerstan Williams).

DJ, as she preferred to be known, will be best remembered for her extraordinarily strong volunteer spirit. After her retirement from teaching in 1989, DJ continued to provide assistance with bulletin boards and displays - but her most outstanding performances were as Dubuque's Story Lady, dressing in costumes ranging from Pilgrims to Santa's sister, and reading to generations of children.  In addition to story telling, DJ volunteered at the Dubuque Arboretum and at The Finley Hospital, and served in various positions for the DI Chapter of the National T.T.T. Society, Lambda Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma for Women Educators, a member of the Dubuque Education Association, the Dubuque's Retired Teachers Association and Chapter OI of P.E.O.  

Outgoing and friendly, DJ was always ready with a kind word, an entertaining story, or a spare piece of paper and scissors which she wielded to great effect, producing intricate snow flakes and other silhouettes for the children she encountered. A member of Immanuel Congregational UCC for many years, she most recently had been a member of the First Congregational Church, where she loved playing in the bell choir, and will be remembered for the numerous poems written by DJ which were published in weekly bulletins even after failing health prompted her to move closer to family.

In addition to her children, she is also survived by a granddaughter, Gretchen Wallace; her elder sister Lorna Putnam; and nephews Lonnie (Judy) Putnam, Devaney 'Dee' (Catherine) Putnam, and Thomas (Susan) Putnam all of the North Carolina/Georgia area.



Paula Ann Felderman

Paula Ann Felderman, 59, of Baldwin, Iowa, passed away on Monday evening, March 20, 2017, at Ennoble Manor in Dubuque, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Paula's life will be held at 11:30 A.M. Friday, March 24, 2017, from the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery. There is no visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Paula Ann Felderman was born on December 3, 1957 in Albany, Indiana, to Loren Alvin and Ethel (Sims) Felderman. She moved to Iowa in the early 1960's and was a graduate of Maquoketa High School.

Paula had done some babysitting in her younger years, worked at Happy Joe's for a short time and lastly at DAC, Inc. in Maquoketa for several years. She had been a member of the First Baptist Church in Maquoketa and had transferred to the East Iron Hill Community Church in recent years.

Paula enjoyed being outside and doing chores such as mowing the lawn. She loved helping her best friend Phyllis who was handicapped.

Those left to honor Paula's memory include a brother, Leon Felderman of LaMotte, IA; sisters Lori Felderman of Oklahoma, Leah Felderman of Oklahoma, and Linda Ellithorpe of Preston, IA; and her best friend with whom she lived, Phyllis (Richard) Hovey of Baldwin, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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



Warren J. McAllister


Warren J. McAllister, age 65, of Key West, Iowa, was called home suddenly at 9:07 a.m., on Monday, March 20, 2017, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To celebrate Warren's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. To honor Warren's life, graveside services will be held at 12:00 p.m., on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 1111 Davis Avenue, with Deacon John Stierman officiating.

Warren was born on April 23, 1951, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of John and Theresa "Louise" (Ronek) McAllister.

Warren was a proud lifelong resident of Dubuque who would learn the value of family and friends at a young age. Warren was a hard worker at heart who earnestly devoted many years of his working career to the Dubuque Pack. He would eventually meet, and fall in love with, Kellie Hoftender, and they would be blessed with 15 wonderful years of devoted companionship. In his free time, Warren enjoyed the challenge of completing his daily crossword, keeping the end of his bingo dauber moist while chasing the next four corners, watching his favorite wrestlers grapple for the pin, or even sitting around the card table in a friendly game of cards with family and friends. Warren was also a generous, loyal, kind-hearted and faith filled man whose gentle nature was always on display. Unfortunately, all that remains of Warren today are the memories he leaves behind and the love he was willing to share. Thankfully, we'll continue to carry both of these into the days, weeks and months ahead as our hearts begin to mend and our minds strive to heal. Warren, we sincerely pray that God will bless you and keep you safe in His loving arms until we meet again.

Those left to cherish Warren's memory include

his significant other of 15 years,
Kellie Hoftender, Dubuque, IA;

his siblings,
Suzanne Thill, Dubuque, IA,
Terry (Sharon) McAllister, Monmouth, IA,
Cathy (Brad) Cluff, Sedalia, MO,
Kevin (Rhonda) McAllister, Rockford, IL
and Shane (Kathy) McAllister, Savage, MN.

Warren was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Tim McAllister.

A Warren J. McAllister memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Merlin J. Thies


Merlin J. Thies, age 82, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 5:49 p.m., on Monday, March 20, 2017, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Merlin's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, March 24, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Merlin's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Merlin was born on September 16, 1934, in LaMotte, Iowa, son of Michael and Marcella (Clasen) Thies.

Merlin proudly served his county in the U.S. Army and would see much of Europe during his time after WWII. Merlin was united in marriage to his true love, Elizabeth Haupert, on September 22, 1962, at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque. They would be blessed with 54 wonderful years together and countless memories of a truly loving and committed couple. Merlin spent his working years with Union Oil in Michigan and would eventually move back to the Dubuque area after retirement. In his free time, Merlin definitely enjoyed traveling and discovering new sights with his beautiful bride, Elizabeth, by his side. Merlin spent his 82 years here on earth continually displaying the values of an honorable husband, an honest man and a caring friend. His desire to leave a positive mark on the world he leaves behind is abundantly clear for all to witness. Sadly, Merlin has been called home suddenly, and the hearts of those who knew and loved him are feeling quite heavy today. But we know, and trust, that in time we'll all see him again and once more recapture that feeling of being in the presence of such a likeable and good man.

Those left to cherish Merlin's memory include

his loving wife,
Elizabeth "Liz" Thies, Dubuque, IA;

his brother,
Bob Thies, Clinton, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Merlin was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Mary Beck.

A Merlin J. Thies memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

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

 



Dale Launspach


I. Dale Launspach, 84, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on March 18, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 23 at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Rd, Dubuque, followed by a burial service at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m., Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, where a family service will begin at 7:00 p.m.

This generous, kind and loving man leaves behind the love of his life and wife of 63 years, Mary Kay, whom he married on October 17, 1953 at St. Anthony's Church in Dubuque.

As a loving husband and father, he was actively involved in the lives of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, each of them left with unforgettable memories of their time with this unique man. Dale was happiest when laughing with his grandchildren on the way to the candy store in his antique fire truck, cheering them on at their sporting events, or teaching them life lessons while he worked with them in his shop. With his ever-positive attitude, Dale sought to instill in his children a zest for life, a commitment to family and friends and an attitude of service. He was especially proud of his five beautiful adopted Indian granddaughters. He was also an enthusiastic woodworker and loved his shop.

Born December 20, 1932 in Dubuque, Dale was the son of Carl C. and Estelle Mae (Kuntz) Launspach. He served in the United States Army in Korea from 1953 to 1955.
With his life-long business partner and brother-in-law, Dick Ludwig, he owned and operated Aladdin dry-cleaning and linen supply company for 47 years; they grew the company into a successful business in the Tri-State area, and throughout Iowa.

Dale enjoyed sports and was active in tennis, racquetball and swimming. He was also a dedicated distance runner throughout his life. Completing the Chicago marathon was one of the highlights of his life. He was Senior High School's Men's Tennis Doubles State Runner- Up two years in a row. Dale was also the first recipient of a tennis scholarship from the University of Dubuque and he played on their tennis team for two years.

Dale was an usher at St. Anthony's Church for many years and later became a member of the Resurrection Church after the family's move to "the barn" on Hales Mill Road in Asbury. He was also former President of the Dubuque Jaycees.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Kay; children, Mary (Warren) White, of Cassville, WI., Steve (Tracy) Launspach, of Peosta, IA., Gerianne Launspach, of Dubuque, Dick (Lori) Launspach, of Dubuque, IA., Teri (Brian) Schulz, of Dubuque, and Maureen (Jeffrey) Bortscheller, of Dubuque; 20 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; his sister-in-law, Barbara Ludwig; a close cousin, June "Butz" Mickel; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Martin Dale; his parents; his sister, Darlene Johnstone; and his brother-in-law, Dick Ludwig.

For more information or to leave an online condolence please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com. Cards may be sent to Mary Kay Launspach at 2700 Matthew John Drive. Dubuque, IA 52002, Apt 161.

In lieu of flowers a Dale Launspach Memorial Fund has been established where donations will be given to his favorite charities. Special thank you to his friends who supported him throughout his illness and to Hospice of Dubuque; especially Cindy and Sara who kindly cared for and guided Dale and his family through his last days.



Betty J. Fox


Betty J. Fox, 90 of Oak Park Place, died Friday, March 17, 2017 at Unity - Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Betty has donated her body to the University of Iowa for medical research. Memorial services will be held at a later day at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.

Betty was born on July 30, 1926 in Peoria, Illinois the daughter of Reed and Viola (Holler) Hollandsworth. She married John T. Fox on February 12, 1949 in Peoria, Illinois. He preceded her death in November 2008.
Betty was a librarian at various libraries in Peoria, Davenport, and Dubuque. She enjoyed reading and crossword puzzles.

Surviving are her children, Linda (Harold) Hermes, of Evanston, IL, and their children, Kate Hermes and Nickolas Hermes and James (Cathy) Fox, and their daughter, Elizabeth (Ryan) Ahlers; and one great- granddaughter, River Ahlers.

She was also preceded in death by her parents.

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

The family requests that those inclined to send memorials give donations to The Red Cross or the Dubuque Botanical Garden.

Our heartfelt thank you to Molly Manders for your kindness and exceptional care.



Vernon E. Quint

Vernon E. Quint, 83, of Ryan died Saturday, March 18, 2017, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.

Visitation will be held from 3 - 7 pm Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Ryan.  Friends may continue to call after 9 am Wednesday, March 22, at the Church prior to the funeral Mass at 10:30 am.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate and burial will be in Calvary Cemetery south of Ryan.

Vernon was born July 5, 1933, in Worthington, Iowa the son of Joseph and Margaret (Bonert) Quint.  They moved to Ryan in 1938, and he graduated from St. John's High School in 1951.  He married Catherine Mulvehill at Immaculate Conception, Masonville on August 24, 1955.  He was a farmer and then worked for the MoorMan Feed Manufacturing Company.  He was a member of Knights of Columbus, Catholic Order of Foresters, and St. Patrick Catholic Church.  He enjoyed gardening, reading, playing cards, winters in Arizona and trees.

Surviving are his children: Karen of Cedar Rapids, Don (Lisa) of Manchester, Dick (Jane) of Ryan and Fr. Dennis of Dyersville; seven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren; a brother, Clarence Quint of Manchester, and a sister, Catherine McQuillen of Marion; in-laws: Marie Broghammer of Manchester, Don Mulvehill of Pleasant Hill and Eileen Brunow of Cedar Rapids.

He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Lawrence Quint, Loretta Vaske, Mary Vaske and Ves Quint; a sister-in-law, Peg Mulvehill.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com

 



Cedric Dilsizian


Cedric "Rick" Dilsizian, 70, of Peosta, died Sunday, March 12, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 pm Tuesday, March 21 at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road where Military Rites will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post # 6 at 7 pm.

Rick was born on December 6, 1946 in New York City, NY to Apkar and Nona (Kurdian) Dilsizian. After graduating from high school, he served in the United States Air Force for 15 years. He then taught as a professor of math and computer science at Westchester New York Community College before retiring in Peosta.

Survivors include his significant other, Wanda Wallace of Peosta; sister Elizabeth Lawson of Falls Church, VA; nephew Steve (Corrine) Lawson; and niece Jennifer (Travis) Scarborough and their children Ian and Georgia.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother in law George Lawson.

To leave an online condolence, please visit egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

In lieu of flowers a Rick Dilsizian Memorial Fund has been established.



Lester F. Pautsch


Lester F. Pautsch, 93, of Dubuque, passed away March 15, 2017 at Luther Manor. Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 21 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, with burial at Linwood Cemetary. Visitation will be at the church from 9:00-10:15 a.m.

Lester Ferdinand Pautsch was born April 25, 1923 on a farm in Willow Township, Crawford County, Iowa, to Ferdinand and Elsie (Jacobs) Pautsch. He became a child of God through Baptism on May 20, 1923. He attended country school, then St. John Lutheran School in Charter Oak, where he was confirmed his Baptismal vows on April 5, 1932. Les moved to Omaha after graduating from Charter Oak High School in 1940, studied business at Commercial Extension School, and worked as a billing clerk for Carr, Adams and Collier, a Dubuque millwork firm branch. When World War II broke out, Les volunteered for the Enlisted Reserve Corp. He was called to active duty in 1943, trained in the Signal Corps, and served overseas in Hollandia, New Guinea. After Les was discharged on St. Patrick's Day in 1946, he returned to his former employer in Omaha, as a bookkeeper. On June 18, 1949, Les married Arlene Josephson at First Lutheran Church in Omaha. They had two children, Richard and Laurel. Les transferred from Omaha to Caradco in Dubuque in 1958, then to Rantoul, Illinois in 1976. He retired as Accounting Manager in 1988, after 47 years with the same company. Les and Arlene were charter members of Our Redeemer in Dubuque in 1960, and served the church in many roles until late in life. Les loved to garden, and wherever they lived, he had extra land for his hobby. In retirement, he grew a profusion of gladiolas which he sold at the Farmers' Market. Les achieved Master Gardener status, and continued gardening until age 91, even in his apartment courtyard. Les enjoyed a Veterans' Honor Flight tour to Washington, D.C. when he was 89. He also liked square dancing, musical performances, pinochle, dominoes, making desserts, wine, and sauerkraut in his apartment, accompanying his son on the backroads of Iowa, floating on the Mississippi with his daughter and her husband, and seeing his grandkids and great-grandkids.

Lester was preceded in death by his wife Arlene in 2007, his parents, his sisters Irene, Lavina, Orpha and Marion, and brother Lloyd.

He is survived by his brother Russ (Mary) of Sac City, IA, sisters-in-law Jennie Pautsch, Ila Agler, Nola Josephson, and Delores Christianson; his children Richard (Nancy) of Boulder, CO, and Laurel (Jim) of Elkader, IA; grandchildren Jesse (Miranda) Klosterboer, Sara (Brian Brandsmeier) Klosterboer, Catherine (Keith Hengen) Pautsch; Annie (Adam) Wolff-Pautsch; Maia (Kent) Miley; six great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Enjoy the heavenly choirs, Les!


In lieu of flowers, Memorials may include Our Redeemer Lutheran Church or School, and Luther Manor.

Local arrangements with Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd.

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



Marcella L. Dorsey


Marcella L. Dorsey, 88, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at Banner Desert Hospital in Mesa, Arizona.

A celebration of Marcella's life will be held at 1:30 P.M. Monday, March 20, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the funeral on Monday from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the Carson Celebraton of Life Center. Burial will be in the East Iron Hill Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Marcella Louise Morehead was born on October 22, 1928 in rural Maquoketa, Iowa, to Theodore Walter and Myrl Marie (Miller) Morehead. She was educated in country schools and graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1946.

She married David F. Cormack on March 21, 1948 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union one child was born, Kathleen Joanne. Marcella and David later divorced and on August 15, 1966 in Elko, Nevada she married J. Willard Dague. He preceded her in death on August 23, 1988. Marcella later married Robert Dorsey of Maquoketa on August 17, 2002 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

After high school, Marcella had worked in Cedar Rapids as a bookkeeper for a short time and then at the Emeline General Store for five years. She then became a housewife and mother raising a family.

Marcella had attended the East Iron Hill Community Church where she was active in the church Ladies Aid. She was an excellent cook and host of family gatherings, and an excellent seamstress who sewed many of her own clothes and Kathy's clothes when she was younger. She loved vegetable and flower gardening and in her earlier years enjoyed fishing, hunting and horseback riding. In retirement, she loved traveling and camping with Bob in their motor home and had spent winters in Arizona since 1998.

Those left to honor Marcella's memory include her husband, Robert "Bob" Dorsey of Maquoketa, IA; a daughter, Kathleen Joanne (Larry) Schooley of Cedar Rapids, IA; step-children Margaret Ann Smith of Cedar Rapids, IA, John Dague of Maquoketa, IA, Cindy (Jerry) Schau of Monmouth, IA, Karen (William) Mize of Fairmont, OK, Tom (Sue) Dorsey of Hannibal, MO, Pam (Bill) Thompson of Iowa City, IA, and James (Denise) Dorsey of San Marcos, TX; sisters Mildred Wilcox of Maquoketa, IA, Lorraine Makeever of Monmouth, IA, and Joyce Clark of Delmar, IA; a brother, Ronald (Linda) Miller of Moline, IL; 2 grandchildren, Brian Schooley and Bradley Schooley; 6 great-grandchildren; 16 step-grandchildren and 26 step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Willard, a great-grandson, Brenden Schooley; and a step-great-grandson, Brody Bellinger.

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

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



Marcella M. Koltes


Marcella M. Koltes, 96, of Dubuque passed away Monday, March 13, 2017 at Luther Manor.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, with Rev. Alan Dietzenbach officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, March 20, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.

Marcella was born October 10, 1920 in Sherrill, IA, daughter of Paul and Veronica (Neises) Schmitt. She married Herbert Koltes at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Sherrill. He preceded her in death March 13, 1981.

She was a member of St. Patrick parish and their Legion of Mary. Marcella was an excellent cook, and enjoyed euchre and quilting. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother.

Surviving is a daughter, Norma (Richard) Weber; a son, Robert (Eloise) Koltes, both of Dubuque; grandchildren Steve (Sandy) Koltes, Sharon (Gary Schilling) Koltes, Sandy (John Kieffer) Barth, Michael (Suzette) Weber, and Patrick (Karen) Weber; step-grandchildren Nicole Kenyen, Danielle (friend, Chuck Ripri) Jaksik; great-grandchildren Kyle Koltes, Jason Kutsch, Melissa Kutsch, Alex Boettner, Madeline Boettner, Matthew Weber, Amanda Weber, Kati Weber, and Sara Weber; step-great-grandchildren Jeremy Christensen, Dillon Kenyen, Cloe Kenyen, and Sarah Kenyen; 6 great-great-grandchildren; and her special god-child, Gary Koltes.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter-in-law, Dorothy Koltes; two granddaughters, Kimberly and Kristine Weber; and a great-granddaughter, Megan Weber.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Marcella Koltes Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank the staff of Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque.

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