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Adele A. Dalen Arlene D. Wilbricht Beverly J. Krogman
Claude J. Smith David L. Sexton Donald J. Sisler
Donald W. Stribling Donna L. Henry Donna M. Davenport
Dorothy M. Scheckel Edward H. Freeman Elmer E. Sisler
Florence B. Callahan Gerald E. Henkel Gerald J. MacFarlane
Homer O. Kleis James E. Leibold Jeanette M. Elliott
John E. Oberbroeckling John H. Ploessl John Kubesh
Judith L. Miller Leona C. Cook Leonard M. Ravn
Linda L. Green Lois J. Wienen Loretta S. Brunsmann
Marie C. Schueller Marvin W. Edwards Mary G. Koehler
Mary L. Sorensen Mary Miller-Schurb Maxine L. Horman
Oscar A. Bystol Paul A. Powers Paul L. Ralston
Randy L. Shaffer Richard L. Wiese Robert J. Helle
Shirley A. Maiers Shirley A. Moore Whitchelo Victoria Maria Gonzales-Loy

Judith L. Miller

Judith Lynn (Schattenberg) Miller, 66, of Dubuque, quietly passed from this earth on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 while holding the hand of her best friend and the love of her life, Arthur W. Miller. As a final gift, Judi was a donor through the Iowa Lions Eye Bank.

A casual celebration of life gathering will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, August 1, at Grandview United Methodist Church. Pastor Penelope Knutson and Pastor Tom Shinkle will lead the celebration. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements.

Judi was born April 12, 1949 in Bradford, PA. She graduated from Bradford Area High School, and earned her Registered Nurse from Corning (NY) Community College, and her Bachelor of Health Science from College of St Francis. She married her best friend, Arthur W. Miller on April 17, 1971. Their love and mutual respect for each other was felt by all who met them. They grew up together, and have known each other since Judi was only 10 years old. Their friendship was unending, as was their love for each other in over 44 years of marriage.

A nurse by trade, Judi worked at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro, PA before moving with her family to Dubuque in January of 1984. She was employed by the school district as a Special Education Nurse at Hellen Keller School, Central High School, and then took a position at Hills and Dales Residential Facility. Her skills grew with the children she served at Hills and Dales, which prepared her to become the Director of Nursing at Area Residential Care.

After retiring, Judi filled in as a substitute nurse for the school district before accepting a weekend position at Stonehill Care Center as a charge nurse.

While Judi truly gave her heart to every position, her true pleasure and joy came as the Director of Nursing for Camp Albrecht Acres. Judi lived for the campers and counselors, and loved them all as family. Counselors from all over the world would come home to a home cooked meal on weekends off at Judi's home. They called her "Mom" and she treated them all as her children.

Judi was a longtime member of Grandview United Methodist Church and Birthright. She was always advocating for those less fortunate than her, and truly gave everything she had to anyone who needed it. Judi made friends wherever she was, even though she was one sassy gal. She always let you know how she felt, which is how she showed her respect for others. Her passing is truly felt by many around the world who have lost a friend, mother, "mum" , and nurse. She leaves this earth sharp as a tack in a body that could not keep up. She is no longer in pain or filled with frustration for not being able to do what she was once able to do.

She is survived by her adoring husband, Arthur W. Miller of Dubuque; her three children, Seth Miller of Dubuque, Cordaé (Matthew) Wright and their children, Madeline, Maura, and Riley, all of Dubuque, and Heather (Jesse) Speer and their children Theodore, Ethan, and Elizabeth, all of Miles, IA; and her brother in law, William E. (Teresa) Miller of Mansfield, PA.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Kathryn (Jones) Schattenberg (Grandma Berger); and her sister, Cynthia Barnes.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Albrecht Acres.

The family would like to thank the staff, nurses, and hospitalists on the 3rd floor at Mercy Medical Center, especially Barb in Nutrition.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



Donald W. Stribling

Donald W. Stribling, 83, passed away on July 30, 2015.
Born in Everett, Washington in 1932, Don has been a resident of Dubuque since 1970, when he was hired as a Speech Communications professor and Director of the Loras Players at Loras College.

Don served as director of the Loras Players from 1970 to 2000, while his wife Lauretta served as co-director and Costumer. During those 30 years, they directed over 100 plays and musicals, and added Children's Theatre to the Loras Players repertoire. Many of the Children's Theatre productions went on tour to schools and professional theaters in the tri-state area. They also directed melodramas performed by the Loras College Faculty and Staff.

Don was delighted to celebrate and participate in the 100th anniversary of the Loras Players during their 2010-2011 season, and believed that the heart of the Loras Players has always been characterized by collaboration and dedication to the Arts; he was proud to be part of that tradition.

A lifetime interest in Educational, Regional, and Community Theatre culminated in a script he co-authored with his wife, with music and lyrics by Dubuquer Paul Hemmer, titled JOE SENT ME. The production premiered at the Five Flags Theater in 1977, and was re-staged at the Grand Opera House in March of 2007 as the Striblings celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Don spent a good part of his early life "treading the boards" in Educational, Regional, Community Theatre, and Summer Stock. Some of his favorite roles were Don Quixote in MAN OF LA MANCHA (his wife's favorite), Elwood P. Dowd in HARVEY, Leadville Johnny Brown in THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN and Charley Wykham in WHERE'S CHARLEY?.

He was a member of the Iowa Communication Association (ICA) and was honored to receive their Outstanding Citizen Award in 1992. He also served many years as a judge for the Iowa High School Speech Association and as a coach and judge for College Forensics Tournaments.

While he enjoyed all facets of theatre, he also enjoyed playing Blackjack.

Don is preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Lauretta, and daughter-in-law Catherine (Renk) Stribling.

He is survived by his son Barak, his daughter Roxanne, grandson Travis, and his siblings Suzan, Steve, and Jaynie.

At his request, there will be no viewing and no services. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Stribling Fine Arts Scholarship or the Loras Players at Loras College.

Arrangements entrusted to Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque.

Online condolences may be left at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Donna M. Davenport

Donna M. Davenport, 65, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday evening, July 19, 2015, at St. Lukes Hospital, UnityPoint Health in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 11:30 to 1 P.M. on Wednesday, August 5, 2015, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A graveside service and burial will follow at 1:30 P.M. at the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Donna Mae Davenport was born on July 28, 1949 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Donald Lee and Edna Mae (Manning) Davenport. She graduated from Maquoketa High School and received her secretarial training at Sawyer College.

Donna had worked at Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa for over 29 years as a Certified Nurses Aide and Medical Assistant. She then worked as a CNA at the Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa for nine years and lastly before her diabetic stroke, she took care of her friend Betty Myatt in Betty's home.

Donna was a lifetime member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club in Maquoketa and the Eagles Ladies Auxiliary #3866. She enjoyed playing bingo and going to the riverboat.

Those left to honor Donna's memory include a niece Cheryl Hartwig of Vinton, IA; nephews Steve Paulson of Anamosa, IA, and Rick Paulson of Tripoli, IA; a great-nephew, Matthew Moore of Clinton, IA; and a great-great-nephew, Chase Moore of Wyoming, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, a half-sister Esther Paulson and a sister Judy Davenport.

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

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

 



Paul L. Ralston

Paul L. Ralston, 65, of Baldwin, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, July 30, 2015, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Paul's life will be held at 11 A.M., Tuesday, August 4, 2015, at the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa. There is no public visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Paul Lewis Ralston was born on March 23, 1950 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to William E. and Pauline May (Burkey) Ralston. He grew up in Canton and married Karen Lohse on February 14, 1970 in Galena, Illinois. To this union four children were born: Timothy, Colline, Colette and Michael.

Paul had worked for the railroad in his younger years and lastly for Sivyer Steel for several years as a general laborer.

Paul loved working at training horses and dogs. He always felt every horse could be worked, broke or helped. He also enjoyed trail rides and spending time with his family and friends.

Those left to honor Paul's memory include his wife Karen Ralston of Baldwin, IA; his children, Timothy (Tina) Ralston of Baldwin, IA, Colline (Mike) Marquette of Donahue, IA, Colette (Richard Bates) Klein of Maquoketa, IA, and Michael (Mandy) Ralston of Monmouth, IA; 18 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; and 3 brothers, John (Sandra) Ralston of Clinton, IA, Jesse Ralston of Emeline, IA, and Archie "Butch" Ralston of Monmouth, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson Justin Wayne Klein, a brother James Ernest, and 3 sisters Lucy, Lorraine and Elizabeth.

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

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

 

 



Beverly J. Krogman

Beverly J. Krogman, 73, of Worthington, Iowa died Thursday, July 30, 2015 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be held 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 3, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville, with burial at St. Paul Cemetery in Worthington.  Rev. Dennis Lowe will officiate.

Bev was born September 8, 1941, in Iowa City, the daughter of George and Mary (Mott) Ellison.  Bev grew up in Anamosa and was blessed with five children from her first marriage.  She was later united in marriage to James Krogman on October 28, 1977 and they resided in the Worthington area.  She had a thirty year career at the Ertl Company in Dyersville.  After she retired she attended college and earned an Associates Degree in Computer Science.  She went back to work for a brief period and decided to retire and enjoyed spending time with her family and caring for her grandchildren.  She enjoyed fishing, time at the park, quilting, crocheting, gardening and watching her orchids grow.  Beverly has touched many lives and will be cherished forever.

Survivors include her husband, Jim, 5 children: Karen Faber of Dyersville, David (Dianne) Simmons and Scott Simmons, both of Worthington; 4 step-children: Dorrie (fiancé Bob Trenkamp) Mitchell of Monticello, Nancy (Don) Oswald of Earlville, Dennis Krogman of Dyersville; 8 grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and 2 step-great granddaughters; siblings: Mary Buck of Wyoming, James (Evelyn) Ellison of Manchester; a sister-in-law, Marilyn Ellison of Cedar Rapids and a brother-in-law, Norman Edwards of Minnesota, and nine Krogman in-laws.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 children: Danny Joe and Annette Simmons, one stepson, Mark James Krogman; 3 siblings: George R. Ellison, Jr., Georgia Ann Edwards and William C. Ellison, a brother-in-law, Wally Buck, and 20 Krogman in-laws.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Shady Rest Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque, especially nurse Cindy B., for the compassionate care provided in her final months.

Memorials are preferred to Hospice of Dubuque.

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

 

 



Mary Miller-Schurb

It is with great sadness that the family of Mary Miller-Schurb of St. Paul, MN, announces her passing on Sunday, July 26, 2015, at the age of 84.

Friends and relatives of Mary Miller-Schurb may call from 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Monday, August 3, 2015 at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. A funeral mass will be held at The Church of The Nativity, 1001 Alta Vista on Tuesday, August, 4, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. James Miller officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Mary Miller-Schurb was born on December 3, 1930 in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Erwin J. and Margaret K. (Sullivan) Miller. She enjoyed growing up in the city nestled in the great bluffs of the Tri-State area. Her like was filled with school, playing with friends and taking long train rides to visit relatives while seeing the countryside. Because Mary's father worked for the Milwaukee Railroad, she and her family were able to visit New York City, New Orleans, and various cities in California and watched the newly released Wizard of Oz in 1939 in Omaha, Nebraska.
She graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy in 1948. Shortly thereafter, Mary continued her interesting travels when setting out on her career. She worked for an insurance company in Washington, DC, Interstate Finance in Dubuque, IA and lived and served with the Archdiocese in Fairbanks, Alaska in the early 1960s. After that, she settled in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she met and married Joseph Schurb in 1971.

Mary thoroughly enjoyed working as an Executive Assistant at various companies. Her most treasured experience was at General Mills. After retiring she worked several part time jobs due to her interests: house and pet sitting, working in the chancellor office at St. Thomas University and a local floral shop - all in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Mary will be lovingly remembered by her family of siblings James J. "Jim" Miller, Sr. and Charles L. "Charlie" Miller both of Dubuque and her nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents, her brother Daniel Miller; and sisters-in-law Beth (Dan) Miller, Brenda (Benda) Miller and Jean (Bisanz) Miller.

All are welcome to attend and celebrate Mary's life and the loving affect she left us.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Nativity Church.

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



Mary G. Koehler

Mary G. Koehler, 84, of Dubuque died Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at home.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3 at Grand View United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 2 - 5 p.m., Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road and from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. Monday at the Church.

Mary was born on October 18, 1930 in Hastings, Iowa the daughter of Benjamin and Jennie (Priest) Haroff.
She married James W. Koehler on August 3, 1958 in Hastings. He preceded her in death on April 19, 2012.
Mary was an elementary school teacher for 8 years.
She was an avid reader and a member of Grand View United Methodist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star.

Surviving are her children, Judith (Jeffrey) Jochum and Craig Koehler, both of Dubuque; a grandson, Bill Peters of Richland, Wash; and a brother-in-law, Kyle Peterson, of Iowa City, Iowa.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; and siblings, baby brother Benjamin Haroff, William (Erline)Haroff and Bettie Louise (Haroff) Peterson.

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

Memorials may be given to Grand View United Methodist Church, Order of the Eastern Star or Hospice of Dubuque.

Mary's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care.



Jeanette M. Elliott

Jeanette M. (Schwendinger) Elliott, 66, of Dubuque, IA, passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at home following a courageous 8 year fight with esophageal cancer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Monday and from 8:45 - 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday.

Jeanette was born on May 17, 1949 in Dubuque, the daughter of Anthony and Norene (Schauer) Schwendinger.

She was employed at Mercy Medical Center as a sterilization technician. Jeanette was widely known for her cooking and baking.  Her famous meals and treats were her homemade dressing or thick awesome homemade noodles for her "magic make you better" chicken soup and her cinnamon rolls or cowboy cookies.  She enjoyed gardening, a good game of euchre, working with her flowers and loved watching and feeding the birds. Her main focus in life was her children and grandchildren.

Surviving are two daughters, Tammy (Mark) Welbes and Tonya (Jerry) Arensdorf of Dubuque, her adopted daughter, Sue (Terry) Voss of Dubuque, eight grandchildren, Sierra, Jesse, Dathan, Samantha, Jacob, Makiaya, Brayden and Abbey and a great grandchild Layne.  Her younger twin sister, Jannan (Tom) Knepper of Dubuque.  Half-siblings, Bill (Lori) Schwendinger of Boscobel, WI, Michael (Helen) Schwendinger of Victor, Montana, Peter (Annette) Schwendinger of Bedford, Virginia, Paul (Rachel) Schwendinger of North Branch, Minnesota and Sarah (Terry) Freiburger of Fremont, Wisconsin.  Her god-daughter Sharlie (Teeder) Wynne of Calgary, Canada, several Uncles, Aunts, nieces, nephews and very special friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Dad on March 10, 2014, Mom on May 17, 1949 and a son, D. J. Elliott on July 17, 2006. 

In lieu of flowers a Jeanette M. Schwendinger memorial fund has been established.

Jeanette's family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Christian Schultheis, Dr. Roger Ott, Jr, Dr. Mark Runde, and the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Elizabeth, Peggy and Jenni for the wonderful care provided to their mother.

 



Lois J. Wienen

Lois Jean Wienen, 67 of Galena, IL passed away Thursday, July 30, 2015 at her home after displaying a courageous battle in her fight against breast/bone cancer surrounded by family and friends.

Lois was born in Lancaster, WI the daughter of Joseph and Rita (Ginter) Kaiser. She married James Wienen on October 1, 1966 and he preceded her in death on July 15, 1991. Lois worked for over forty-six years in the banking industry as a Senior Lending Officer at Galena State Bank & Trust. She also worked with her late husband Jim, who was instrumental in bringing the first PUD development to Galena. She managed together with Jim-their companies Wienen Brothers Inc., West Galena Development and Galena Stone Products for over several decades. Lois donated the land for the development known as the James H. Wienen Memorial Park. She focused her views on the development of the community and the goodness of its people.

Lois will be sadly missed by her precious friends, family and former customers of Galena State Bank. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Lois was a member of many organizations including Galena Chamber of Commerce, Galena Rotary Club, Galena Country Fair Board, BPOE 882 Galena Elks, Diocese of Rockford Finance Council, Illinois State Easter Seals, St. Michael's Church Board Member and many more not mentioned.

Surviving are her children Pamela (Steven) Ehrler and Michael (Jane) Wienen, four grandchildren, Cassie Wills, Austin (Samantha) Wills, Abbey Ehrler and Kelsie Wienen, one step-great grandchild, Kara Weber, one great grandchild, Baby Wills to be born end of August, three sisters, Marlene (Jack) Gehrts, Karen (Dave) Gerber and Mary Jo (Scott) Reinke, one brother, James (Jean) Kaiser, mother in-law, Mary Wienen, brother in-law, Dan (Cathy) Wienen.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers, Kenneth and David Kaiser, father in-law, Harold Wienen.

The family would like to extend a sincere appreciation to Dubuque Oncology, Hospice of Dubuque, Galena Medical Clinic and all their compassionate associates. A very special thank you to Elly Renner, Jeanette Dalquist and Cathy Wienen for their spiritual and care support.

A Lois Wienen memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com



Donald J. Sisler

Donald J. Sisler, 89, of Stonehill Care Center, formerly of 893 McCormick St., died Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at Unity Point Finley Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 Monday, August 3, 2015 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with the Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 8:00 am to 10:15 am Monday at the church.
Donald was born August 14, 1925 in Dubuque County, the son of Charles and Jeanette (Watters) Sisler. He graduated from Loras Academy in 1942. He married Mary Meyer on September 2, 1946. She preceded him in death on February 1, 2014.

Don began his career in the construction trades as an electrical supply salesman. He then became a carpenter with his brother-in-law Elroy Hinz before forming his own contracting business, Don Sisler and Sons. He was an avid sports fan, especially the Green Bay Packers. He was a life-long gardener known for the numerous tomato plants he cultivated (over 100 most years).

Surviving are his children: Bette Sisler of Eagan, MN and Don (Mary Kay) Sisler, Jr. of Dubuque; daughter in law Laurie Sisler of Lombard, IL; six grandchildren, Sarah Sisler of Wausau, WI, Mark (Melissa) Sisler of Chicago, IL, Laura (Frank) Ahlbach of Dubuque, Jake Sisler, Kevin (Kellen) Sisler, Ellie (Matt) Zawicki, all of Chicago, IL; and one great grandchild, Margot.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Mary; his son Jack; five brothers, Roger, Arnold, George, Joseph, Elmer Sisler; and four sisters, Mary Sisler, Grace Tigges, LaVonne Hinz and Lois Ferriera.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Stonehill Care Center or Hospice of Dubuque.

For more information or to leave and online condolence, please visit www.egelhoffsiegertcasper.com.



Paul A. Powers

Paul Anthony Powers, 87, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, July 27, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 31, at Church of the Resurrection. Rev. Joseph Hauer will officiate. Interment will be at East Dubuque Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.  Friends may also visit the family at the funeral home from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 31.

Paul was born January 22, 1928 in East Dubuque, IL, the son of Eldon Joseph and Marie (Boesch) Powers. He married Anne Marie Jahn on June 14, 1952 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Dubuque. Paul graduated from East Dubuque High School in 1945, and went on to graduate from Loras College in 1951, where he majored in English.  He served his country with the U.S. Navy as a ship photographer aboard the U.S.S. Tarawa Aircraft Carrier in the Pacific during World War II. 

Paul was employed as Manager of the Dubuque Job Service of Iowa, Unemployment Division, retiring after 30 years of service. Prior to that, he worked for Univac, manufacturer of the first commercial computer, where he used his electronics skills for computer repair.

Paul was a true gentleman with many talents.  Foremost, he was a professional musician with a deep love for music, especially classical, jazz, and big band.  He played his first band job at the age of 14 and continued his musical career as a well-known trombonist in the Dubuque area over the next 64 years.  He played in numerous local dance bands, big bands, and jazz groups, especially enjoying musical improvisation and being in the company of his fellow musicians.  He also played the piano and cultivated a love of music in his four daughters.

Paul also had a strong interest in fine literature, especially poetry, which brought him joy in reading and reciting from memory.  He was an excellent photographer, an exceptionally innovative man with wood and tools in his workshop, and an avid model train builder.  He also enjoyed bird watching, nature, traveling, and gardening.  Above all, Paul was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, and loved sharing his interests and time with his family.

Paul was a member of Knights of Columbus, American Legion Post #6, U.S.S. Tarawa CV-40 Association, Dubuque Musician's Union Local #289 (former member), Church of the Resurrection, and Holy Ghost Catholic Church (former member). 

Paul is survived by his wife, Anne; four daughters, Paula (Garth) Block of Helena, MT, Julie (Tom) Kane of Dubuque, Lois Powers of Chapel Hill, NC, and Jennifer (Donald) Johnson of Eagan, MN; seven grandchildren, Daniel (Tara) Block, Joseph Kane, Ryan Kane, Jenna (Paul) Mountain, Jon Kane, Andrew Johnson, and Luke Johnson.  Paul also has one sister, Brigid (Charles) Geroux of Eau Claire, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Eldon Joseph "E.J." who died in infancy, and Michael Kevin Powers who died at age 40. 

Memorials may be made to Church of the Resurrection or a memorial of your choosing.

The family thanks Dr. Mark Runde of Medical Associates, the staff at Stonehill Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque, and Home Instead for their compassionate care of Paul.  We trust they enjoyed the wonderful wit and sense of humor that Paul so often shared.  Paul's wit and humor brought much joy to his family as well, and he will be deeply missed.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com

 

 



Robert J. Helle

Robert J. Helle, 59, of Cedar Rapids and formerly of Dyersville was called to his heavenly home on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at the Dennis & Donna Oldorf Hospice House in Hiawatha.

Visitation will be held 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday, July 31, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12tj Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Visitation will continue from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug 1, at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville.  Inurnment will be at a later date.  Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate.

Guests are invited to record their favorite memory of Bob on a 3x5 index card and bring it to the visitation for the family to cherish in the difficult days ahead.

Bob was born in Manchester to Donald and Ardella (Deppe) Helle on October 6, 1955. He grew up on the family farm near Dyersville, IA with his 3 siblings. Bob graduated from Beckman High School and later Business Institute of Technology in Cedar Falls.

On November 17, 1984, Bob married Cindy Chapin in Waterloo.  They resided in Waterloo and Mt. Pleasant. In 1990, Bob began working in Cedar Rapids where they made their home for the past 25 years. Bob worked for Iowa Interstate Railroad, Crandic Railway, and McLeod USA.  Bob was the Director of MIS at Iowa Interstate Railroad until his diagnosis of cancer in November 2014.

Together Bob and Cindy proudly raised one son, Grant Helle. They also had an extended family, housing several RoughRider hockey players, and a foreign exchange student from Germany.

In addition to his wife and son, Bob is survived by his parents, Donald and Ardella Helle of Dyersville, and his siblings: Ken (Rita) Helle of Dyersville, Loras (Glenda) Helle of Sergeant Bluff; a brother-in-law, Jerome Heims of Ryan; brothers-and-sisters-in-law: Carol (Tom) Bruch of Cedar Rapids, Marlene May of New Hampton, Esther (Cy) Burlage of Cedar Falls, Rosalyn (Melvin) Miller of Ionia, A.J. (Kelly) Meyer of Decorah, Steve (Virjean) Chapin of New Hampton, Larry (Mary) Chapin of Nebraska City, NE, and Ken Rowley of Charles City; and many nieces and nephews.

Bob is preceded in death by his sister, Dianne Heims, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lynn and Rosemary Chapin, and a sister-in-law, Mary Rowley.

Bob would like to thank everyone for their support and care, especially University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Hospice of Mercy, and Ken Helle, Steve Wieditz, Ellen Kurt, Ross Peffer for the many trips to Iowa City.

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

  

Victoria Maria Gonzales-Loy

Victoria Maria Gonzales-Loy, 34, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A memorial service celebrating Victoria's life will be held at 10 A.M. Saturday, August 1, at the Faith Community Church in Maquoketa. A Natural Journey Farewell with cremation has taken place. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Victoria Maria Gonzales was born on Sept. 25, 1980 in Payson, Ariz., to Raynaldo and Isabell Grace (Franklin) Gonzales. She grew up in Star Valley, Ariz., attended Payson High School, and later married Mike Donahue in Phoenix, Ariz. To this union two children were born: Tiana and Jeremy.

Victoria was a homemaker and had worked as a CNA for several years. She had lived in Maquoketa for the past 14 years. Victoria was a member of Faith Community Church in Maquoketa. She enjoyed traveling and was a very charismatic and free spirited person. Above all things, she loved caring for her children more than anything.

Those left to honor Victoria's memory include her children, Tiana Donahue and Jeremy Donahue, both of Orion, IL; her father, Raynaldo (Mirna Alley) Gonzales of Phoenix, AZ; her mother and step-father, Isabell and Donald Bazan of Ogden, KS; her paternal grandmother, Rufina Gonzales of Phoenix, AZ; sisters Jennifer (Jeremy) Stowe of Maquoketa, IA, and Patricia Sheire of Henderson, NV; and a brother, Raynaldo (Andrea) Gonzales of Phoenix, AZ.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents and her paternal grandfather.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Victoria Maria Gonzales-Loy memorial fund has been established.

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



Oscar A. Bystol

Oscar A. Bystol, 92, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday evening, July 26, 2015, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Oscar's life will be held at 1 P.M. Friday, July 31, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11:30 A.M. to 1 P.M. on Friday, July 31, at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery.

Oscar Andrew Bystol was born on April 19, 1923 in Hollandale, Wis., to Andrew and Agnes (Johnson) Bystol. He attended school and married Norma from Wisconsin. To this union seven children were born: Connie, Harley, Carolyn, Rita, James, Dianne and Gregory. They later divorced and he married Marie J. Mitchell Polkinghorn. To this union 8 children were born: Shirley, Joyce, Millie, Brenda, Mary, Susan, Barbara and Lester.

Oscar started out farming on the family farm, worked for a cheese factory in Wisconsin and then for Dubuque Pack until landing a job with Clinton Engines in Maquoketa, where he was a foundry worker. He also farmed in the rural Andrew area for many years until retirement.

Oscar enjoyed nature, gardening, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to honor Oscar's memory include his children, Connie Bobesku, Harley "Buzz" (Mary Lu) Bystol, Carolyn (Jerry) Holler, Rita (Richard) Paulson, James (Jean) Bystol, Dianne Young, Gregory Bystol, Clarence Polkinghorn of Cedar Rapids, IA, Joseph Polkinghorn of Maquoketa, IA, Delbert Polkinghorn of Preston, IA, Shirley (Terrill) Saunders of Spragueville, IA, Joyce Donath of Dubuque, IA, Millie (Paul) Widel of Maquoketa, IA, Brenda (Everett) Bowling of Maquoketa, IA, Mary (Butch) Krabbenhoft of Fairbank, IA and Susan (special friend Dale Dieters) Bystol of Maquoketa, IA; a sister-in-law, Catherine Palzkill of Mineral Point, WI; numerous grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marie; children Joseph Edward Polkinghorn, Barbara Jean Bystol and Lester Allen Bystol; 2 brothers, Olin and Thomas; 4 sisters, Marian, Margaret, Mildred and Ann; and 2 grandchildren, Luke Andrew Saunders in 2001, and Chloe Estes in 2013.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Oscar A. Bystol memorial fund has been established.

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



Claude J. Smith

Claude Junior Smith, 92 of Dubuque died peacefully at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa, on Thursday, July 23, 2015. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 17, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, where there will be a visitation from 10:15 a.m. to the time of the service. A luncheon at the church will follow the service.

Claude was the youngest of three children born to Claude Joseph Smith and Mabel Hunter Smith on September 30, 1922 in Reinbeck, Iowa. He graduated from high school in Reinbeck and went on to attend Gates Business College in Waterloo, Iowa.

Claude was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving from 1942-1946. After his honorable discharge he returned to Reinbeck to work in Smith's Restaurant, where he met his future wife, Lois Feller. They were married on July 11, 1948.

After their marriage Claude and Lois were proprietors of a grocery and then a sundry store in Plainfield, Iowa. Claude found his calling in the lumber business when he went to work at the Plainfield Eclipse Lumber Company. He was soon promoted to manage the yard in Shell Rock, Iowa. In 1960 he was employed by Spahn and Rose Lumber Company and managed yards in Belmond and Knoxville, Iowa, before moving to Dubuque in 1968 as the assistant manager of the Dubuque Spahn and Rose yard.

Claude enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, hunting, camping, boating and golfing. After his retirement, he and Lois enjoyed traveling, visiting much of the United States as well as many locations abroad.

Claude was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Lois.

He is survived by his three children, Joy Smith (David Rust), Linda (John) McClintock, Ken (Marilyn) Smith; three grandchildren Aaron Rust (Nadia Zaks), Caleb Smith (Devin Zeek), Sarra (Jennifer) Mullen; and two great grandchildren Ella Zaks Rust and Madison Zeek.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, (www.inhf.org, 505 5th Avenue, Suite 444, Des Moines, Iowa 50309) or the First Congregational United Church of Christ (255 W. 10th Street, Dubuque, IA 52001).

Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.For further information or to leave an online condolence visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Lou Reif, a good friend and caregiver whose love, support, and vivacious personality added so much to Claude and Lois's lives. Lou's spirited friendship was a gift to the entire family. We would also like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and the staff at Shady Rest Care Center for their care and support of Claude.

 



Dorothy M. Scheckel

Dorothy M. (Kurt)Scheckel, 89 of Dubuque, formerly of Bellevue and Springbrook, passed away on Monday, July 27, 2015 at Bethany Home. Funeral Mass will be 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in St. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Springbrook.

Dorothy was born March 19, 1926 in Bellevue the daughter of Raymond and Edith (Dirksen) Kurt. She married Elmer Scheckel on September 26, 1953 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bellevue, he passed on September 7, 1995. She attended Clarke College and she assisted her husband in his insurance buisness. She was a member of the Church of the Resurrection.

Survivors include her daughter, Lisa of Dubuque; siblings, Lois Kramer of Bellevue, Ruth (Gerald) Byrne of Northbrook, IL, John Kurt of DeWitt, IA, Eugene (Sharon) Kurt of Bellevue and James Kurt of DeWitt, MI; a sister in-law, Diane Kurt of Seattle, WA, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elmer; a son, Ronald in May 1976; a sister, Lorraine; and a brother, Richard.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Church of Resurrection in Dorothy's memory.

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



Leonard M. Ravn

Leonard M. Ravn, 96, of Dubuque, formerly of Cedar Falls, died Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Luther Manor in Dubuque.

He was born March 31, 1919 in Superior, Wisconsin, son of Carl and Elnora (Paulsen) Ravn. He married Verla Sneller on May 16, 1943 in Cedar Falls. She died January 3, 2004.

He graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 1937 and served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was a Clerk with the United States Postal Service, retiring in 1979. Leonard loved reading, music, golf, fishing and camping. He and his wife Verla enjoyed traveling together on bus trips and cruises, and they were square dancers and taught round dancing. He played drums in a local dance band and entertained by playing harmonica and reading poetry that he wrote and published under the name "The Country Poet." A special interest was serving for almost 20 years as Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop #42, sponsored by the Nazareth Lutheran Church and for which he was awarded many prestigious scouting honors.

Survived by: a daughter, Patricia (Charlie) Brimeyer of Dubuque; a son, Larry (Sue) Ravn of Cedar Falls; one grandson, Christopher (Paula) Ravn; and two great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: four brothers: Elmer, Harold, Lester and Gordon Ravn; and two sisters, Betty Miller and Esther Ravn.

Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday at Nazareth Lutheran Church Chapel, Cedar Falls, with burial in Zion Cemetery in Sumner. Military Honors will be conducted by the Cedar Falls AMVETS Post 49 Honor Guard. Visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Richardson Funeral Service.

Memorials may be directed to Boy Scout Troop #42 (sponsored by Nazareth Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls).

Condolences may be left at www.richardsonfuneralservice.com.



Gerald J. MacFarlane

Gerald J. "Bud" MacFarlane, 83, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away at home on Sunday, July 26, 2015, surrounded by his loving family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 31, 2015, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2015, and 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. on Friday, July 31, 2015, at Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Bud was born in Dubuque, IA, on November 2, 1931, the son of Sal and Winnie (O'Hearn) MacFarlane.

On May 16, 1953, in St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, he married his high school sweetheart, Ruth Ann Kuhl, daughter of Harry and Vernie Kuhl. The two were best friends and celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary in May.

Bud graduated from East Dubuque High School in 1949 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps that September. He served three years and three months in the Marines including six months aboard ship in the Mediterranean Sea.

Following his service, Bud spent a brief time at Northome Furniture before entering the commercial printing business where he would spend the remainder of his career, beginning with the Telegraph Herald. In 1977, he moved to the Witness Publishing Co. who published the newspaper for the Archdiocese of Dubuque. There his skills developed with the emerging technologies and he quickly became one of the area's most proficient typesetters. Within the Witness, he developed a commercial typesetting business called Composition Specialists who provided typesetting services for the growing number of Dubuque graphic design firms.

Bud's most cherished accomplishment of his professional life was typesetting the book, "Tractatus de Signus," by John Deely, then at Loras College in 1985. The book was set with English and Latin text side by side on each page with footnotes beneath. After hearing from many publishers that his vision was not possible, Mr. Deely turned to Bud for a solution. The achievement led the author to include in the book's credits, "It is Bud MacFarlane's masterpiece, and we are pleased to thank him openly for it, in this colophon."

The passion of his free time was the game of golf. He taught himself and became very skilled having twice won the Men's Club Championship at the Galena Golf Club in 1972 and again in 1976. He shared his passion with his family who would regularly enjoy the game together both locally and traveling. Many of his family remain members of the Galena Golf Club where Bud was a member since 1961. Bud would often arrive at the family golf outing with a new rule, or creatively designed scorecard, and was always ready to offer advice to his children, and their spouses, about the finer points of the game. 

In 1953, Bud started playing trumpet with a country band in Dubuque. He later joined Ernie and the Playboys from Kieler, WI; and in 1961, the Country Kings. The Country Kings were among the most popular bands at all the Saturday night dance halls. They lived up to the slogan on their poster as, "The Danciest Band in the Land."

Bud is survived by his wife, Ruth, and their five children; Jane (Jim) Kohl of Dubuque; Julie (Jeff) Kahle of Hazel Green, WI; Joe (Mimi) MacFarlane of Verona, WI; Jim (Jill) MacFarlane of Galena, IL; and Jeff (Vicki) MacFarlane of Dubuque. All of Bud and Ruth's children participated in the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps and the organization continues to be a large part of the family. Bud was a long-time member of the East Dubuque Drum & Bugle Corps.

Their family tree is continued by 13 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 4 step grandchildren, and 10 step great-grandchildren.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents, sister Cleo and her husband Dale Medley, brother Jack, his wife's parents, her brother Harry Kuhl, Jr., and brother-in-law Elmer Soat. He is survived by a brother Tom (Odette), a sister Joan (Gary) Glab, sister-in-law Wanda MacFarlane, sisters-in-law Helen Soat and Margaret (Stan) Duffy, and brother-in-law John (Jackie) Kuhl.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Hermann and his staff, Hospice of Dubuque, especially Megan, Jennifer and Barb for all their care and support.

 



Randy L. Shaffer

Randy L. Shaffer, age 57, of Robbinsdale, MN, and formerly of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at 2:52 a.m. on Sunday, July 26, 2015, at the Good Samaritan Society Specialty Care Community. To honor Randy's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at Center Grove United Methodist Church, 3140 Brunskill Road, with Pastor SueAnn Cubbage officiating. To celebrate Randy's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Center Grove Cemetery.

Randy was born on January 31, 1958, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of John and Susan Kay (Urban) Shaffer.

Randy was employed with FDL Foods and Miracle Car Wash in his younger years in Dubuque. He loved animals and spending time in the great outdoors. Camping and fishing with family and friends were two of his favorite ways to spend his free time. Randy was mechanically inclined and thoroughly enjoyed tinkering with cars. Randy was gifted with a kind soul and a contagious laugh which will be cherished and live on in the memories of all who knew and loved him.

Randy is survived by his siblings, Rochelle K. Beasley, Sterling, IL, Michael J. Shaffer, Fox Lake, WI, Peggy S. Johnson, Dubuque, IA, Wendy L. (Jim) McLaughlin, Dubuque, IA, and Pearl R. Shaffer, Dubuque, IA.

Randy was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Tim Shaffer in 2003; and a brother-in-law, Charles Johnson.

A Randy L. Shaffer memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society for all of their support, care and compassion for Randy throughout the years.

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

 



Maxine L. Horman

Maxine L. Horman, 93, of Dubuque, died peacefully Friday, July 24th 2015 at Bethany Home. A Memorial Services will be held Friday, July 31, 2015 at 2:00 p.m., at Bell Tower Theater (her favorite place to be in Dubuque) 2728 Asbury Road. Burial Services will be at the American Legion Cemetery (Graceland Cemetery) in Mitchell, SD on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.

Maxine Hossack was born January 17, 1922 in Mitchell, SD, where she met and married John R. Horman. Together they raised four children whom prospered to become independent individuals to lead with values taught and executed by their parents. Maxine's legacy will forever be her children. Maxine was devoted to her family offering advice and humor while keeping busy with career and a social life abundant with many friends. She will be missed by those fortunate to be part of her earthly journey.

Maxine literally lived a good clean life filled with love and giggles which she shared with others. Maxine would want to thank all the four legged animals of the world which brought her tremendous joy and happiness. She would also, want to thank the outstanding caregivers at Bethany Home, who brought warmth and love to her heart in the final year of her life.

To our mother we say thank you for being you and we will meet again sometime soon. Tom, Tim Steve (Sue) and Kathy (Ray)To our grandmother we smile and giggle knowing that you taught us well which we will carry forever. Todd (Kathleen), Troy (Nickie) and Molly (Jim), and great-grandchildren Elizabeth, Abigail, Caleb and Rebekah.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be donated to any animal charity or to Bethany Home in Dubuque, IA in Maxine's name.Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road is assisting the family.

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



Leona C. Cook

Leona C. Cook, 97, of New Vienna died Monday, July 27. 2015, at Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish scripture service will be held at 5:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Thursday morning from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 30, 2015, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna with burial in the church cemetery. Officiating will be Rev. John O'Connor.

Leona was born July 6, 1918, in Holy Cross, Iowa, the daughter of Anton and Elizabeth (Gotto) Meyer. She married John P. Cook on September 15, 1941, in Holy Cross, Iowa. Together they farmed near North Buena Vista on the family farm until they retired in 1967 when they moved to New Vienna. She loved to go fishing and vacationing, flower gardening, crocheting, baking and cooking. She was a member of the St. Boniface Rosary Society.

Leona is survived by 3 children: Robert (Rosie) Cook of Holy Cross, Mary Clemen of Suffolk, VA, and Donna (Bob) Cummer of Rickardsville; 10 grandchildren: Mary (Joe) Klein of Cody, WY, Kaye (Matt) Liebel of Kissimmi, FL, Randy Cook (friend Dixie) of Cedar Rapids, Mike (Kelly) Cook of Dyersville, Kathy (Frank) LeGrand of Suffolk, VA, Dan (Bev) Clemen of Dyersville, Lori (Steve) Bockenstedt of Dubuque, Kevin (Brenda) Cummer of Waverly, Keith (Kim) Cummer of Roeland Park, KS, and Kenny (Julie) Cummer of Indianola; 25 great-grandchildren with another expected in December, and 6 great-great-grandchildren; 1 sister, Ceil Schueller of Dubuque, and a special nephew, John (Phyllis) Burns of Nashville, TN, who was raised by John and Leona.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John in 2011, 2 great-granddaughters, Brittany Clemen and Amanda LeGrand, a son-in-law, Ambrose Clemen, siblings: Cletus (Marie) Meyer, Bernita (Al) Wagner, and Anna (Tony) Errthum; in-laws: Maletta (Gus) Burns, Charles (Eleanor) Cook and Loren Schueller.

Memorials are preferred to the donor's charity of choice.

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

 



David L. Sexton

David Linn Sexton, 68, of St. Cloud, FL, and formerly of Dubuque, passed away Monday July 20, 2015, due to injuries related to a motorcycle accident.

Memorial Services will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 3, 2015 with Masonic Service at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 1640 Main St., Dubuque., where the family will greet friends starting at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home.

He was born June 12, 1947 in Burlington, IA, the son of Harold and Anna (Smith) Sexton, and grew up in Waterloo. In 1962, he moved to Dubuque, and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1965. He continued his education at ILEA (Iowa Law Enforcement Academy), graduating in 1971, SEICC (Southeast Iowa Community College) for auto body, graduating in 1970, and NITI (Northeast Iowa Technical Institute) for auto mechanics, graduating in 1978.

David married Kathleen Kelly on November 4, 1967 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Dubuque. They moved to West Burlington, IA in 1968, where he worked at Iowa Army Ammunitions Plant, and the West Burlington Police Department. They returned to Dubuque in 1972. He retired from the Dubuque County Sheriff's Department in 2002 after 30 years of service, the last 15 years as sergeant on the day shift. He also worked part time for 17 years for the Dubuque County Conservation Commission, mainly in the Swiss Valley Area. He and his father incorporated Country Haven Properties Inc. In 2002, he and Kathy moved to Florida to be closer to their kids and grandkids, and to get away from the snow and ice. While living in Florida, he was employed for 10 years driving an armored transport in Orlando and surrounding communities, first for Brinks, then AT Systems, which became Garda, retiring in 2012.He was a 32nd degree Mason -- Tri-State Lodge 673, Clinton Scottish Rite, and Past Monarch of Oxus Grotto of Dubuque. He was also a member of the 389th Engineers Battalion for 6 years, and of the IA State Sheriffs and Deputies Association.

David enjoyed riding his Harley, doing woodworking projects, and doing volunteer work for Give Kids The World, where he spent many hours at the Orlando International Airport, greeting the arriving families. He loved interacting with each of his grandchildren and doing projects with his daughters.

David is survived by his wife, Kathy; two daughters, Amy (Steve) and their four children, Stephanie, Andrew, David, and Elizabeth, of Delray Beach, FL, and Melissa (Andrew) of Orlando, FL; his sister, Joyce (Chuck) Vesey of Muscatine, IA; his brother, Dennis (Hopun) Sextonn of Herndon, VA; nieces, nephews aunts, cousins, and in-laws.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents; aunts, uncles; cousins; and in-laws.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Give Kids the World Village www.gktw.org

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



Edward H. Freeman

Edward H. Freeman passed away at his home on July 25, 2015. He was born November 14, 1925 in Elizabeth, IL to Duane Alice Burns and Herman "Ike" Freeman. He had one brother Donald Burns Freeman and one sister Debra Hanley.

Ed graduated from Galena High School in 1947 after serving in the United States Navy during World War II from June 1943 to March 1946. He served as Seamen 1st class and Carpenter's Mate Striker on the USS Hermitage AP 54 in both the Pacific and Atlantic theaters. After Victory was declared his ship brought many serviceman back to New York City from the war areas.

Married in 1948 to June Anne Lapp, daughter of Annete Elizabeth Berger and Reginald Calvin Lapp, on September 5. They had 2 children, son Douglas Edward Freeman (Kate) and daughter Sandra June Bloom (Tim) and granddaughter Jennifer Lee (Heins) Bahr (Torrey), and adopted grandchildren Kayse, Ashia, and Kyler. Tim and Torrey became like sons to him.

Edward joined the Illinois Department of Conservation on Feb. 1, 1951 and worked in Bureau County for 2 years and then Jo Daviess County for 30 years, retiring June 6, 1983. He had the reputation of being a "by the book" warden and was highly respected by friends and foes alike, often having coffee with commercial fisherman he had arrested the week before. Ed spent several years as Sergeant of District 1 which consisted of Jo Daviess, Carroll, Winnebago, Stephenson and Ogle Counties, supervising 9 wardens in the district.

Sgt. Freeman was also instrumental in bringing the wild turkey back to Jo Daviess County. Every trip he made to the Springfield office was accompanied by a request to purchase turkeys and release them in Jo Daviess County. Springfield finally relented after he and Game Biologist, Forrest "Frotsy" Loomis, joined together requesting many times over the years to bring the wild turkey back to its native environment. Twelve turkeys were released in the spring of 1979 and five years later, a turkey season was opened to hunters.

Also an avid fly fisherman, Ed spent many vacations fly fishing in Montana and continued fly fishing in Wisconsin in his retirement. He also had a wood working shop and built many pieces of furniture for family and friends. Reading of Civil War, Indian Wars, WWII and U.S. History also filled many afternoons in retirement. He enjoyed watching the Chicago Bears on television but would also root for the Green Bay Packers if they made the playoffs, "as long as they are in the same division," he said.

"Eddie," as he was endeared, and his beloved granddaughter Jenny had lunch together for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents Duane and Ike, brother Donald, sister in law Mary (Lapp) Zink and sister in law Harriett (Beastall) Freeman.

Edward is survived by his wife June, son Doug (Kate), daughter Sandra (Tim), granddaughter Jennifer (Torrey) and nieces and nephews Connie (Freeman) Groom, Greg Freeman, Don Zink, Mark Zink, and Amy (Zink) Siquéido, and half-sister Deborah and step-mother Rosetta Freeman.

Edward will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He was a loving and supportive father, grandfather and husband and a loyal and reliable friend.

Visitation will be after 9:30 a.m. Thursday July 30, 2015 at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Galena, where funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, with Rev. Stacy Cavanaugh officiating. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Greg Vandigo, Jo Daviess County Home Health and all the staff at Midwest Medical Center and Mercy Hospital and also all the friends who visited him in his last days.

In Lieu of flowers the family recommends a contribution to Hospice of Dubuque in Edwards's name.

 



Homer O. Kleis

Homer O. "Bob" Kleis, 97, of Sun City West, Arizona, formerly of Zwingle and Farley passed away peacefully July 23, 2015.

Private family funeral services will be held. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Monday July 27 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road.

Bob was born on May 2, 1918 in Baldwin, Iowa, to Carl and Irene (Nelsen) Kleis.

He graduated from Maquoketa High School. He farmed in the Asbury and Zwingle, Iowa area until 1965, when he moved to Farley, Iowa. While living in Farley he became district manager for AMOCO Oil Fertilizer and Pesticide Division until retirement in 1983.

Surviving is his wife, Marjorie (Cottrell), whom he married on December 27, 1994; his sons, Dick (Carole) Kleis of Zwingle, Iowa and Bill (Mary Ann) Kleis of Rochester, Minn.; step-son, Joe Schlemme of Montgomery, Texas; step-daughter, Deb Cottrell of San Francisco, Cali.; 9 grandchildren, Steve Kleis, Mary (Terry) Ryan, Diane (Karl) Kruse, Karen Rust, Susie (Paul) Smith, Connie (Bryon) Buege, Kathy (Dan) Kuglitsch, Craig (Beth) Kleis, and Keith (Mary) Kleis; 2 step- grandchildren; 21 great- grandchildren; and 1 great- great grandson.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, LaVina (Siegert), married from 1940-1963; and his second wife, Ruth (Kirsch) Schlemme, married from 1965-1992. Both died from cancer.

A Homer Kleis memorial fund has been established.

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

 



James E. Leibold

James E. "Jim" Leibold, 75, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away on Friday, July 24, 2015 at UPH-The Finley Hospital in Dubuque, IA, with his loving family by his side. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 27, 2015 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. 

Visitation will be from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Sunday and from 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. 

Jim was born on November 16, 1939 in East Dubuque the son of John N. and Rosalie (Rierdon) Leibold. He married Mary Lu Goldhagen on May 16, 1961 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church at Sinsinawa, WI. 

He was employed by Spahn & Rose Lumber Company in East Dubuque, the Dubuque Packing Company and Fischer Scientific. 

Jim was a skilled woodworker and especially loved to make handcrafted keepsakes for his family. In recent years he enjoyed daily leisurely drives around the area to visit with friends. For many years he enjoyed hunting with his sons, grandchildren and buddies. 

Surviving is his wife Mary Lu; three children, James J. (Teresa) Leibold of Cedar Rapids, IA, Craig P. (Nancyruth) Leibold of St. Paul, MN and Gina M. (Patrick) Lange of East Dubuque; eight grandchildren, Marissa Leibold, James R. Leibold, Nic Leibold, Joseph (Katie) Lange, Alison (Jake) Klein, Janessa, Adam and Jacob Lange; his siblings, Margaret "Mag" Buse, Alice (Don) Pettit, Sheila (Jim) Meyer, Paul (Mary Jean) Leibold, and Val (Goody) Leibold; his in-laws, Elaine (Denny) Rath,  Ardelle "Toots" Leibold, Bob Schmitt, Vernon Goldhagen, Richard (Nancy) Goldhagen, Margie (Herb) Havertape and Carol (Norm) Niemeyer. 

He was preceded in death by his parents John and Rosalie; four sisters, Helen Droessler, Kate Temperley, Rose Ann Schmitt and Linda Leibold; three brothers, Philip "Flip", Peter and John H. Leibold; his in-laws Ed Droessler, David Buse, Carol Leibold, Jeanette (Dick) Rigdon; father-in-law and mother-in-law Henry and Regina Goldhagen.



Marvin W. Edwards

Marvin W. Edwards, 63, of Preston, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, in Washington, Iowa.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M., Monday, July 27, 2015, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Graveside services and burial will be held at 1:30 P.M., from the South Mineral Cemetery, rural Onslow, Iowa.

Marvin Wayne Edwards was born on November 24, 1951 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Arnold Marvin and Lois (DeLarm) Edwards. He grew up in Maquoketa and attended Maquoketa schools. He married Patricia Ann Westphal on July 1, 1970 in Rock Island, Illinois. She preceded him in death on December 16, 2014.

Marvin had first worked for the city of Rockford in the maintenance department. He then worked for Vern Campbell Trucking as truck driver and mechanic for several years, then for Cheyenne Camper Sales in Park View as a mechanic, and later for Total Truck in Clinton as mechanic. For the past five years he has worked for DAR PRO Solutions in Clinton, Iowa as a mechanic and truck driver.

Marvin loved to drive and enjoyed going to the casino, fishing, and taking rides in the country.

Those left to honor Marvin's memory include his children Craig (Kimberly) Edwards of Clinton, IA, Daniel (Nicki) Edwards of Clinton, IA, and Christopher (Katie) Edwards of Clinton, IA; 7 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild; and a sister Mary (Paul) Reuss of Lost Nation, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife.

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

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

 



Richard L. Wiese

Richard L. Wiese, 67, of Andrew, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, July 24, 2015, at his home in Andrew, Iowa.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M., Tuesday, July 28, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Military graveside services and burial will be held at 2:30 P.M. from the Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois.

Richard Leroy Wiese was born on Jan. 10, 1948 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Albert F. and Madeline L. (Batey) Wiese. He was a 1967 graduate of Maquoketa High School and then immediately entered the military, serving in the U.S. Army. He married Rebecca Sue "Becky" Willey on April 13, 2002.

Upon receiving an honorable discharge, Richard first worked as a farmhand. He then worked at Waterbed Creations in Grand Mound for over 20 years. He then became a semi-truck driver, first for Naeve Trucking in Andover and lastly for Elliot Bros. in Dysart, Iowa, for over ten years.

Richard was a lifetime member of the Andrew AMVETS. He enjoyed mowing the yard and tinkering, fishing and bird watching. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Those left to honor Richard's memory include his wife, Rebecca Sue "Becky" Wiese of Andrew, IA; children Tammy Betts of Camanche, IA, Amber Clark of Maquoketa, IA, Timothy Rabineau of Oxford Junction, IA, Travis Wiese of Houston, TX, Brian Rabineau of Wyoming, IA, and Angela (fiancé Eric McCutcheon) of Andrew, IA; 22 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; a brother, Charles (Sue) Wiese of Oxford Junction, IA; and sisters Janet DeLarm of Oxford Junction, IA, Edna (Ron) Edwards of Maquoketa, IA, and Cindy (Paul) Heim of Onslow, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brotherm Ronald; sisters Alberta and Sara; and a grandchild, Courtnay.

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

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

 



John E. Oberbroeckling

John E. "Dick" Oberbroeckling, 90, of 751 June Dr., formerly of 12519 N. Cascade Road died Thursday, July 23, 2015 at UnityPoint Health- Finley Hospital, surrounded by family.

A funeral mass will be 10:00 a.m., Monday July 27 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Burial will be in Holy Family Cemetery, Peosta. Friends may call from 1 - 6 p.m., Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, where a wake service will being at 1p.m., and from 9 - 9: 45 a.m., Monday at the Church.

Dick was born on January 29, 1925 in Bankston, Iowa the son of Alois and Catherine (Ablen) Oberbroeckling.

He married Gertrude Winders at Nativity Catholic Church in 1953. She preceded him in death on July 13, 2014.

Dick has lived in the Dubuque area for all of his life and was a hard working farmer. He and his wife, Gertrude farmed alongside each other for over 50 years.

He was very proud of his grandchildren and cherished time spent with them.

Dick was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church and a proud Leaky member of the Grand Tap.

Surviving are his two sons, John Oberbroeckling, of Dubuque and Karl (Coralee) Oberbroeckling, of Peosta; grandchildren, Jessica and Sarah, of Dubuque, Matt and Jesse, of Peosta, and Daniel (Christine Edwards) of St. Catherine, Iowa; great-granddaughter, Gemma Oberbroeckling; nephew, Ron Oberbroeckling, of Dubuque; niece, Linda Puddicombe, of Carollton, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his grandson, Mitchell; and 7 brothers.

Memorials may be given to St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church.

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

A special thank you to his granddaughter, Sarah, and to the nurses and staff at the Finley Hospital for all of their kindness and care.

 



Adele A. Dalen

Adele A. Dalen, 87, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away at 6:50 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at home.

Private family services and visitation will be Saturday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Pastor Jack Redmond officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Adele was born on April 11, 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Raymond and Edith (McClain) Jenaman. She was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1946. She married LeRoy E. Dalen on August 2, 1947 in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on March 3, 2004.

Adele was a homemaker. She loved attending the Diamond Jo Casino and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Surviving are five children, Lyle (Pat) Dalen of Rochelle, Ill., Mark (Mary Jo) Dalen of East Dubuque, John (Sue) Dalen of Shabbona, Ill., Frank (Cindy) Dalen of Eldridge, Iowa and James (Sarah) Dalen of Dubuque; eight grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; and a sister, Jeanette (Donald) Miller of Portland, Oregon.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Edith; her husband, LeRoy; one brother, Charles Jenaman; and two sisters, Lorraine Vonk and Mildred Roddick.

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



Marie C. Schueller

Marie C. Schueller, age 87, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away suddenly at 1:21 a.m. on Thursday, July 23, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque.

To honor Marie's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 27, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Marie's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 26, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 5:30 p.m. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Marie was born on August 7, 1927, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Arnold and Florence (Koltes) Arensdorff.

Marie was united in marriage to Walter M. "Pete" Schueller on May 7, 1946, at St. Peter and Paul Church in Sherrill. He preceded her in death, after 65 blessed years of marriage, on May, 16, 2011. Marie and Pete farmed his family's century farm their entire lives and thoroughly embraced the farming way of life. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who consistently held her family as her top priority. Marie's free times were spent sharing her renowned cooking talents in the kitchen, shopping, playing cards and living an absolutely full and abundant social life with family and friends. Marie was a longtime and active member of Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church. Her faith, family and farm were undeniably the driving forces in Marie's life. To know and love Marie was a true and rare earthly gift. The joy, love and respect she shared with the world around her will be cherished for generations to come.

Those left to cherish Marie's memory include her nine children, Elaine Willey, Dubuque, IA, Pat (Roger) Graff, Bernard, IA, Jean (Dan) Harkey, Dubuque, IA, Tom (Melodie) Schueller, Maquoketa, IA, Alice (Joe) Ostwinkle, Epworth, IA, Paul "Pork" (Julie) Schueller, Durango, IA, Kathy (Dave) Hefel, Dubuque, IA, Steve (Mandy) Schueller, Dubuque, IA, Dennis (Renae) Schueller, Durango, IA; 28 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren; four sisters-in-law, Marie Arensdorff, East Dubuque, IL, Pearl Kaufmann, Farley, IA, Donna (Glen) Koetz, Dubuque, IA, and Alvina "Butch" (Don) Skelton, Dubuque, IA.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Walter "Pete" Schueller; her brother, Eldon Arensdorff; a sister-in-law, Delores (Phillip) Kauffmann; and two brothers-in-law, Ray (Mary) Schueller and Robert Kauffmann.

A Marie C. Schueller memorial fund has been established.

Marie's family would like to thank the wonderful and attentive staff at Stonehill for all their sincere and loving care of Marie.

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



Gerald E. Henkel

Gerald E. Henkel, 80, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at Tranquility at Kennesaw Mountain, Marietta, GA.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 25, at the Church of The Resurrection with the Rev. Joseph Hauer officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Saturday at the church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.



Arlene D. Wilbricht

Arlene D. Wilbricht, 82, of Dubuque died unexpectedly Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at home. Her youngest granddaughter, Lia, had a sleepover with her Tuesday evening and was with her when she passed peacefully.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 25, at Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ, 1795 Jackson Street, Dubuque, with Pastor Pamela Starr officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road and from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the Church.

Arlene was born on Sept. 3, 1932 in Asbury, Iowa, the daughter of Edward and Vivian (Lewis) Davis. She married Alden A. Wilbricht on March 4, 1950. He preceded her in death on August 2, 2011 after celebrating 61 years of marriage. She missed him dearly and listened to his recorded music daily.

Arlene was a homemaker throughout most of her life. When her children were grown, she briefly worked for Leo Kraft Drapery. Arlene enjoyed car rides, trivia contests and sewing. Over the years, she put love into many handcrafted items for her family including an elaborate Christmas stocking for each of her grandchildren. Arlene was devoted to her family, spending countless hours supporting the various activities of her husband, children, and grandchildren. Alden and Arlene's home became their family headquarters.

Caring for others was important to Arlene. While she was raising her family, she prepared meals for extended family members and elderly neighbors. More recently, her compassion and outgoing personality helped establish the home-like atmosphere at Cozy Corner Adult Day Services, her son and daughter-in-law's (Bob & Mariko) business. Throughout the last 14 years, she spent many of her days there, visiting with friends while enjoying the music and other activities. She treasured her time at table number one! She will be deeply missed by all that knew and loved her.

Surviving are her children, Janice (Bob) Smith, of Dubuque, Dave (Jenny) Wilbricht, of Bettendorf, IA., Lynn (Bob) Rusk, Renee (Dan) Furlong and Bob (Mariko) Wilbricht, all of Dubuque; grandchildren Angie (Mike) Brown, Brad (Brooke) Wilbricht, Melissa (Jeff) DeCook, Stephanie (Ryan) Meyer, Kimberly (Darren) Wilson, Alysia (Jeremy) Tigges, Kelsey Rusk, Brooke, Karissa, and Alexis Furlong, and Cole, Alec, Joel and Lia Wilbricht; great-grandchildren Noelle Brown, Eli and Reese Wilbricht, Davis and Elyse DeCook, Samantha Wilson, Mia Tigges, Baby DeCook (due in September), and Baby Tigges (due in January); step-great-granddaughter Olivia Wilson; and a sister, Donna Meyer, of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; and siblings Ruth Griesinger, George Davis and Charles Davis.

An Arlene Wilbricht memorial fund has been established.

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



Loretta S. Brunsmann

Loretta S. Brunsmann, 94, of Dyersville, formerly of New Vienna died peacefully Wednesday, July 22, 2015, surrounded by her family at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m.to 7:00 pm, Friday, July 24, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Saturday from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 25, 2015, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Carl Ries will officiate.

Loretta was born August 13, 1920, in New Vienna the daughter of John & Barbara (Elenz) Ries. She married Cletus Brunsmann on January 16, 1940, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna. Together they farmed in the New Vienna area until their retirement in 1994, when they moved to Dyersville. Loretta was a cook at St. Boniface School for many years. She volunteered at Oak Crest Manor, enjoyed cooking, gardening, flowers and the Chicago Cubs. She was well known for her apple pie.

Survivors include 4 daughters: Darlene (Roger) Osterhaus of New Vienna, Linda (Harold) Keesee of Bettendorf, Carla (Kenneth) Feldmann of Tucson, AZ, and Ann (Steve) Frame of West Des Moines; 8 Grandchildren: Bruce (Traci) Osterhaus of Duluth, GA, Bart (Lynn) Osterhaus, Brian (Leisa) Osterhaus, Jan (Jim) Pirc, all of Dyersville, Megan and Mitchell Feldmann of Tucson, AZ, Sarah and Hannah Frame of West Des Moines; 9 Great Granddaughters: Ashley (Matthew) Striplin, Emily Osterhaus, Jill Osterhaus, Jordynn and Maya Osterhaus, Katie, Courtney, Olivia and Shelby Pirc; 2 sisters: Bernice Gassmann and Alma Brunsmann, both of Manchester.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1996, her infant daughter, Janice; Siblings: Alphonse Ries, Vincent Ries, Clarence Ries, Dorothy Biermann, Herbert Ries, Arthur Ries, and Esther Steffen; and many brothers-and-sisters-in-law.

Memorials are preferred to St. Boniface Catholic Church or Oak Crest Manor.

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



Shirley A. Moore Whitchelo

Shirley A. Moore Whitchelo, 79, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, July 22, 2015, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Shirley's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, July 25, 2015, at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa. There is no public visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Shirley Ann Holmes was born on May 9, 1936 in Shabbona, Illinois to Ernest and Rose (Caquelin) Holmes. She was a 1954 graduate of Shabbona High School and married Galen Moore on October 22, 1956 in Fulton, Illinois. To this union four children were born: Gayla, Sheryl, Brian and Eric. Galen preceded her in death on July 22, 1977. She married Frank Whitchelo six years later on August 6, 1983 in Nashua, Iowa. He preceded her in death on December 27, 1995.

Shirley and Galen had owned and operated Bill's Tap in Maquoketa from 1970 to 1978. She then worked as a teller at U.S. Bank in Maquoketa retiring after 17 years of service. In retirement, she worked at the Jackson County Clerk's office and at Cash Ahead.

Shirley was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club in Maquoketa and the Eagles Ladies Auxiliary #3866. She enjoyed her yard and flowers, television, her dogs, cruising Maquoketa, and was an avid fan and listener of KMAQ Radio in Maquoketa.

Those left to honor Shirley's memory include her children, Gayla (Al) Earles of Maquoketa, IA, Sheryl (Jae) Carter of Davenport, IA, Brian (Kim) Moore of Bellevue, IA, and Eric (Glee) Moore of Canton, IL; 17 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; and 2 sisters Emilie Dvorak of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Charlene McNeece of Clinton, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Galen and her husband Frank, and 4 sisters Thelma, Rosie, Dorothy and Olé.

"The family would like to extend a special thank you to Samie, Tasha and the staff at Maquoketa Care Center for their excellent care in her final days and Dr. Hamilton for being so special."

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

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

 



John H. Ploessl

John H. "Sonny" Ploessl, 75, of Dubuque passed away Tuesday, July 21st, 2015at Home surrounded by his family. John was a fighter, having fought Chrohn's Disease for 35 years and cancer for the last three years. He never gave up and always hoped for the best.

A Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 25th, 2015 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Fr. Gabriel Anderson Officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery where Military Rights will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Friends may call from 3:00 tp 7:00 p.m. Friday, July 24th, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. where a parish wake service will be held at 3pm with Deacon Bill Biver officiating.

John was born on September 3rd, 1939 to Andrew and Eleanor (Brunsman) Ploessl. He was one of 14 children and was raised in the Rickardsville-North Buena Vista area. John served in the United States Marines and later went to work for John Deere where he was employed for 42 years.

On August 29th, 1970, he was united in marriage to Lorene Kennedy at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dubuque and has been a faithful member at St. Columbkille Catholic Church for the past 45 years.

John was a very kind and gentle man who would do anything for anybody and never asked for anything in return. His family meant the world to him and his greatest joy was his 6 year old grandson; Kyle who he affectionately called "Little Sport".

He loved the outdoors and liked to spend the summers picking berries on the farm and hunting in the fall and winter. He was also a die-hard Cubs fans because there was always next year.

The visits from his nieces and nephews were especially meaningful to him. He enjoyed them so much and the family sincerely appreciated they're kindness and thoughtfulness.

They say a way to a man's heart is through his stomach and ladies you touched his heart with you're pies and sweet treats. He always looked forward to them, thank you so much.

John is survived by his wife Lorene, three sons; Andrew of North Liberty, IA, Adam (Heidi Sieverding) of Dubuque, and Aaron of Dubuque. One grandson; his best buddy, Kyle Ploessl of Dubuque. A brother Andrew Ploessl of Dubuque, sisters-in-law Rosie Ploessl of Holy Cross, IA, and Eldora Ploessl of Guttenberg, IA, brothers-in-law Jim Paisley of Rickardsville, IA and Marvin (Linda) Brimeyer of Sherrill, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, eight brothers; Joe, Lewis, Ed (Margaret), Alvin (Katherine), Frank, Donnie, LaVern (Rita) and Jim. Three sisters; Pearl (Jim) Klein, Mary Brimeyer, and Joan Paisley. A sister-in-law; Mary Ploessl, and father-in-law and mother-in-law; Marvel and Wilfred (Goody) Kennedy.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all their care and compassion. A special thanks to all the neighbors for their prayers and support and to Deacon Bill Biver for guidance through a very difficult time. Lorene would like to thank all her friends and exercise buddies who gave her so much love and encouragement.

"You ladies were my Angels, God bless all of you".

The family requests no flowers. A John Ploessl memorial fund has been established.

 



Donna L. Henry

After over 10 years battling cancer, Donna Lynn Henry, of Dubuque, Iowa died at the age of 53 on July 12, 2015.

She leaves behind her sons: Tyler and JC; her mother, Joanne Rowell; Grandchildren: Alex, Andrue, Tiffani, Liam and Emma; Brothers: Richard, Charlie and Eugene; Daughters-in-law: Kristi and Katie; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and Neice.

Donna was born on August 12, 1961 in Chicago, IL, to Joanne & Eugene Rowell. Her father preceded her in death.

She grew up in a large, loving family with three brothers. Donna was raised to be a hard worker, who always took care of her kids and put everybody else before herself. She was incredibly unselfish. Donna was one of the kindest and generous people you would ever meet. Although she only gave birth to two sons, she was a mother figure to many. Always quick to help out a friend in need, or to take in people that were less fortunate. She had always made time to listen to peoples unofortunate events, cook for them, or give them shelter. Her memories will be cherished. Her courageous fight was astonishing. She lived her life the way that she wanted right up until the last week. She will be loved and missed for eternity.

 



Elmer E. Sisler

Elmer E. Sisler, 94, of Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at 9:30 a.m., surrounded by his family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 24, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Dubuque, preceded by a visitation at the church from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Interment with military rites by the Dubuque Marine Corp League will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery following the Mass. Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. is in charge of arrangements.

Elmer was born on September 25, 1920, in Dubuque, son of Charles and Jeanette (Watters) Sisler. He graduated from Senior High School in 1940, and attended Loras College until he joined the U.S. Marine Corps with the outbreak of WW2. He served 27 months in the South Pacific with the 2nd Marine Division, including battles at Tarawa, Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima.

He married Helen Eisbach on September 1, 1945, at the Church of the Nativity, Dubuque. After 63 years of marriage, Helen preceded him in death in 2008. He was employed as an electrician and was a 70-year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He was a charter member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Elmer was a very devoted family man and was an expert organic gardener.

Survivors include seven children: Susan (Dr. William) Dall, of Dubuque, Jane (the late John) Feltes, of Huntley, IL., Robert Sisler (significant-other Coni Stephenson) of Dubuque, Janet Sisler, of Chicago, Michael (Sheila) Sisler, of Dubuque, Mary (Mark) Bernhard, of Davenport, IA, Sara (Wayne) Jenner, of Lake Bluff, IL.; nineteen grandchildren and twenty-two great-grandchildren.

Also surviving is a brother, Donald Sisler, of Dubuque. Elmer was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers and four sisters.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 60 S. Algona St., Dubuque 52001.

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

The family would like to express special thanks to Dr. Matthew Kirkendall, nurse Kate Vickerman and Dr. Allen Meurer, all of Dubuque Internal Medicine, the staff and nurses of Stonehill Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque, and Elmer's dear friend at Stonehill, Archbishop Daniel W. Kucera.



Shirley A. Maiers

Shirley A. (Hefel) Maiers, 79 of Dubuque, passed away peacefully Monday July 20, 2015 at her home. Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd, the family will greet friends 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Friday, July 24, 2015 also at the funeral, additional visitation will be 9:30 a.m-10:45 a.m., Saturday prior to services at the funeral home.

Shirley was born February 29, 1936 in Dubuque, the daughter of William J. and Bernice C. (Schmitt) Hefel. She graduated from Holy Cross High School in 1954. Shirley married Joseph G. "Joe" Maiers on February 8, 1955, he passed on October 19, 2003, later she married Ernest R. "Ernie" Spoerl on September 28, 2008, and he passed on November 7, 2013. She was a farmer's wife, co-owned Maiers Dairy Supply in Holy Cross and co-owned Moundside Bakery in Sherrill. Shirley proudly graduated from Loras College in 1989 earning a degree in History and Teaching. Shirley worked hard her entire life, was a loving caregiver, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a master gardener, enjoyed fishing, playing cards, sewing, and sharing conversation.

Survivors include her children, Mark Maiers, Tom (Deb) Maiers, June Maiers (Cliff Williams), Ruth Hinzmann (Dick Griffin), Beth (Nick) Kaufmann, and Bonnie Maiers; 16 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; 2 husbands; and a great grandson.

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



John Kubesh

John Kubesh, 64, of Peosta, earned his angel wings on Monday, July 20, 2015 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, after a fall at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday July 24, at Church of the Resurrection. Rev. Joseph Hauer will officiate. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 23 at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., where there will be a prayer service at 2:30 p.m.

John was born November 12, 1950 in Decorah, the son of Robert and Iona (Zweibahmer) Kubesh. He married Joni Soukup on October 23, 1971 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Spillville, IA. 

John graduated from South Winneshiek High School with the class of 1968, and served his country with the U.S. Army from 1969-1971, in the Vietnam War. He was employed at Peoples' Natural Gas (now Black Hills Energy) for over 40 years, retiring in 2013. 

He was a member of Church of the Resurrection, Dubuque Eagles Club, and American Legion Post #6. John was looking forward to being a volunteer driver for the Iowa City VA Hospital. He was a lifelong fan of the Indianapolis Colts. John was absolutely devoted to his family, and he loved being a dad and grandpa more than anything. Enjoying life was important to him, and he and Joni enjoyed many tropical vacations together, most recently taking the whole family to Mexico. He loved going to the grandkids ballgames and other events. During his working life, John had coffee every morning with "his group", and continued to enjoy coffee with them even after his retirement. 

John was a 25 year cancer survivor, and fought a courageous battle until the end. He never complained. John always had a smile and loved talking to everyone.

John is survived by his beloved wife, Joni; his daughter Shelby (Brian) White; two grandchildren, Allison and Tyler White, all of Peosta; his sister, Connie (Joe) Becker of Dike, IA; three brothers, Don (Donna) Kubesh of New Hampton, IA, Frank (Monica) Kubesh of Austin, MN, and Ken Kubesh of Decorah; his mother in law, Marcella Soukup of Spillville; several brothers and sisters in law; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mary Jo Novak; and his father in law, Marvin Soukup Sr.
Memorials may be made to the John Kubesh Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank the Epworth Volunteer Fire Department, the staff at Mercy Medical Center, and the University of Iowa Hospital staff for the care they gave John after his fall. A very special thank you to Dr. Peter Alt and his staff for going above and beyond for over 25 years.

"Babe, you have fought the good fight. You have finished the race. I will love you forever-Sweets"

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



Linda L. Green

Linda L. (Grutz) Green, 63 of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, July 19, 2015 at home, surrounded by her family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at Holy Spirit Parish-Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 22th at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St.

Linda was born December 10, 1951, in Dubuque, daughter of Leo P. and Betty J. (Lambert) Grutz. She married Darrel Green June 2, 1979.

She graduated from Wahlert High School in 1970.

When she was a little girl she was crowned the "Queen of Dubuque".

Linda was employed at the Triangle Restaurant, and craft stores, until she stayed at home to raise her family.

She enjoyed crafts of all kinds, playing bingo, shopping, attending garage sales, gambling, loved to paint with her family, loved her cats, loved to fly with her husband, spend time with her granddaughter, and special times with her family.

Surviving is a daughter, Tiffiny (Anthony Prior) Green, of Cedar Rapids, IA; a son Ryan (Matthew Giese) Green, of Dubuque; a granddaughter, Rylinn Prior; a sister, Sheila A. (Donald R.) Wolter, of Dubuque; nieces; nephews; and her beloved cat.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, David C. Grutz.

A special thank you to her family and friends for their tireless care during these last days and months. Also a very special thank you to Dr. Ronald Schope, Dr. Mark Fortson, staff of Hospice of Dubuque and Home Instead Senior Care.

A Memorial Fund has been established in her memory.

Condolences for the family may be sent to hskfh.com



Mary L. Sorensen

Mary L. Sorensen, age 83, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday, July 19, 2015, at Sunnycrest Manor surrounded by her loving family.

To honor Mary's life, funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Mary's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until the time of services at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Mary was born on May 23, 1932, in Dyersville, Iowa, daughter of Joseph and Magdalen (Jaeger) Krogman. Mary grew up in Dyersville. She was united in marriage to George Sorensen on August 25, 1952, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa. They later moved to Dubuque to raise their family. He preceded her in death, after 48 years of marriage, on March 16, 2001.

Mary was an ever loving and committed wife who took excellent care of George at home and when he moved to Sunnycrest, where she faithfully visited him every day for 6 years. Mary was a wonderful mother and grandmother who always had love to share with her family. She helped run the Cardinal Tap with her husband, George, and also worked at FDL, Kmart and other various locations throughout the years. In her free time she enjoyed playing golf and cards, going to bingo, working in the yard and trying her luck at the casino. Mary has touched many lives in her 83 years and the memories of her will be cherished by all.

Mary is survived by her children, Judy A. (Dan) Garner, Susan J. (Roger Magby) DeMaio, Patti E. (Dale) Harkey, Michael T. Sorensen, and Lisa L. (Jessie) Knockel, all of Dubuque, IA; 7 grandchildren, Stacy Garner, Danny Garner, Jason Harkey, Krystal (T.J. Johnston) Harkey, Michael R. (Barbara Cervantes fiancé) Sorensen, Christopher (Jenna) Sorensen and Nicole Sorensen; 10 great-grandchildren, Shelby and Jimi Welbes, Alayna Tuzar, Carson Frommelt, Evan Garner, Mason Sorensen, Sabrina Cervantes, Haley VanCleve, Emma Sorensen and Ireland Harkey; her siblings Rose Greenwood, Farley, IA, Verla Turnis, Worthington, IA, Carol Ann (Harold) Tibbetts, Mesquite, NV, James (Bev) Krogman, Worthington, IA, Vernon Krogman, Dyersville, IA, Gary (Linda) Krogman, Dyersville, IA, Richard (Debbie) Krogman, Dubuque, IA; a sister-in-law, Helen Krogman, Dubuque, IA; a brother-in-law, Dennis Foxen, Dyersville, IA; and a former daughter-in-law, Carrie (Dick) Schmid, Dubuque, IA.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, George; her siblings Helen (Gilbert) Bahl, Elwood (Eunice) Krogman, Tom Krogman, David Krogman, Leroy Krogman, Joseph (Toots) Krogman, Pearl (Lawrence) Roling, Bonita Krogman and Kathy Foxen; and her in-laws, Harold Greenwood, Richard Turnis, Raynette Krogman and Vern Trumm.

A Mary L. Sorensen memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Salas and his staff and the nurses and staff of Sunnycrest Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their loving care of Mary.

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



Florence B. Callahan

Florence B. (Rauen) Callahan, 95, of Oak Crest Nursing Home in Dyersville, Iowa, formally of Epworth, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 17, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Florence may call from 3 to 7 p.m., Sunday, July 19, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service was held at 6:30 p.m.

Services for Florence will held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 20, 2015 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Eucharistic Minister were Dennis Rauen & Corky Rauen. Lector was Judy Berger. Placing of the Pall was done by Mary Bries,Terry Callahan, Jim Callahan and Julie Northup. Giftbearers wre Lilly Bries, Chloe Bries and Maddie Bries. Burial was held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa.

Honorary Pallbearers for Florence were Becky Kuhle, Jackie Gutierrez, Melissa Callahan, Karen Schieltz, Kayla Northup and Trenton Northup.

Casketbearers for Florence were Rick Bries, Brian Bries, Matt King, Jon King, Andy Callahan, Mick Callahan, Trever Northup and Jordan Bries

Florence was born June 26, 1920 in Bankston, Iowa, daughter of Paul and Mary (Arlen) Rauen. She graduated from St. Clement's High School in Bankston, Iowa. She met Ray Callahan at a dance and married him on June 2, 1947, at St. Clement's Catholic Church in Bankston, IA. Florence enjoyed dancing with him for many years. He proceeded her in death on August 26, 2007.

She was a member of St. Patrick's Parish and the Altar and Rosary Society. Florence was employed by Mercy Hospital for 25 years as a Psychiatric tech/ certified nurse's aide. She enjoyed flower gardening, golf, ballroom dancing and baking cookies for the grandchildren.

She is survived by four children, Mary (Dick) Bries of Farley, IA, Terry (Dianne) Callahan and Jim (Judy) Callahan both of Epworth, IA and Julie (Bo) Northup of Packwood, IA; Thirteen grandchildren; Rick Bries (Partner Joseph Berry), Brian (Beth) Bries, Becky (Jay) Kuhle, Andy Callahan, Jackie (Roberto) Gutierrez, Melissa Callahan, Mick Callahan, Karen (Mike) Schieltz, Matt (Melissa) King and Jon (Jennifer) King, Kayla, Trenton and Trever Northup; Eighteen great grandchildren, one brother; Willis "Bill" Rauen, one sister-in-law; Eileen Rauen of Farley, IA, one brother-in-law, Gerald Hess of Dyersville, IA and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents Paul and Mary (Arlen) Rauen; her husband, Ray Callahan in (2007); Two brothers, Peter (Verna) Rauen and Sylvester "Bud" Rauen; Five sisters, Myrene (Clifford) Lattner, Luella (Mark) Beckman, Theresa (Adrian) Milbert, Adrella (Lavern) Evens, Rita Mae Hess; brothers and sisters-in-law; Vince (Margret) Callahan, Irene (Milton) Oberfoell, Noel (Rita) Callahan and Janice Rauen.

A Memorial Fund has been established in memory of Florence Callahan.

The family of Florence wish to thank the staff of Oak Crest Manor for the wonderful care they gave their mother. They are truly angels here on earth they were a real comfort for us.

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