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Linda A. Powlistha
Linda A. Powlistha, 72, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died suddenly on Sunday, October 19, 2014, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.
A celebration of Linda's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, October 23, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.
Linda Ann Woods was born on January 3, 1942 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Max Henry and Dorothy Wilma (Bentley) Woods. She attended the country school at Hurstville through the 8th grade and then graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1960. She married Lynn F. Battles, Jr. in June of 1961 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on September 21, 1975. She later married Donald L. Powlistha on May 16, 1982 in Maquoketa, Iowa.
Linda was a homemaker and had her own daycare for many years. She had also worked as a secretary, ran the Maquoketa Caves concession stand for several years, and worked as a teachers aide.
Linda was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. She was active in many community organizations with her time, talent and resources. Some of the organizations that benefited from her involvement were the Jackson County Tourism Council, Friends of the Maquoketa Caves and the Ohnward Fine Arts Center where she volunteered.
Those left to honor Linda's memory include her husband Donald Powlistha of Maquoketa, IA; a daughter Lisa Battles Hinz of Maquoketa, IA; 3 step-children, Richard (Jerri) Powlistha of Clinton, IA, Michael (Becky) Powlistha of Clinton, IA, and Donna (Jerry) Gilbert of Antioch, IL; a grandson Wyatt Hinz; 2 step-grandchildren T.J. and Matthew Gilbert; and a brother Willard "Bill" Woods of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lynn "Freddie", and a son Larry Lynn Battles on March 14, 1981.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Linda A. Powlistha memorial fund has been established.
Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.
Marlene M. Eversoll
Marlene Marie Eversoll, age 77, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 20, 2014 at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at 1:15 p.m. Private family services are being held to honor Marlene's life. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Marlene was born on October 20, 1937 in Dundee, Ia., daughter of Fred and Mary (Mohr) Becker. She was married to Patrick Eversoll for over 30 years before he preceded her in death. Marlene worked in the kitchen at Finley Hospital and the Dubuque Packing Company for over 35 years until her retirement. In her spare time she enjoyed playing bingo, working on seek and finds and helping and attending church suppers. Marlene's greatest joy was found in spending time with her family and friends, especially Dawn Hocking, Robin Copeland and Wanda Schaller. Marlene will be sadly missed by all who were fortunate enough to know and love her.
Marlene is survived by 5 children; Richard Jaeger of Morrison, Ill., Patti (Rich) Sheppard of Silvis, Ill., Jim (Wendy) Jaeger of Dubuque, Rita (Bob) Tomkins of Silvis, Ill. and Lynn (Jeff) Lamson of Baraga, Michigan. She is also survived by 14 Grandchildren and 10 Great-Grandchildren; 1 Sister, Faith (Tom LeClere) Kramer of Dubuque and many Nieces and Nephews.
Marlene was preceded in death by her husband Patrick, her parents and her brother, Virgil Becker.
In lieu of flowers a Marlene Marie Eversoll memorial fund has been established.
The family of Marlene would like to thank the nurses and staff of Dr. Schreiber, Mercy Medical Center and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Karen Hayes, for all their care and support.
Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com
Michael R. Schute
Michael R. "Woody" Schute, age 55, of Dubuque, passed away at 9:11am, on Friday, October 17, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center. To celebrate Mike's life, friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Behr Funeral Home 1491 Main St. A private family burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery at a later date.
Michael was born on April 8, 1959, in Dubuque, IA, son of James and Donna (Kall) Schute. Mike graduated from Dubuque Senior High School Class of 1977. He worked in concrete construction for over 25 years. Mike enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, playing cards and dice games. He was an avid Green Bay Packer and Chicago Cubs fan. Mike loved spending time with family and friends enjoying a good talk with a cold drink in hand.
Mike is survived by, his daughter, Terra (Michael) Carroll, Palm Bay, FL, his two granddaughters, Leila and Vanessa Carroll, Palm Bay, FL, his father, James Schute, Dubuque, IA, his siblings, Linda (Steve Jewett) Locher, Pam (Andy) Bauer, Terry (Sandy) Schute, all of Dubuque, 5 nieces and 1 nephew, 3 great-nieces.
Mike was preceded in death by his mother, Donna Schute, and brother Tom Schute and his step-mother Patricia Schute.
In lieu of flowers a Michael R. Schute memorial fund has been established.
Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com
Diana Rae Morton
Diana Rae Morton, 69 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on October 16, 2014 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital. Private family services will be held at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd with Msgr. Daniel Knepper officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.
She was born on August 1, 1945 in Peosta, Iowa the daughter of Raymond and Phyllis (Sitzman) McDonald.
She is survived by her son James (Christina) Morton, of Florida, two grandchildren James Patrick and Callista Morton, of Florida, the love of her life Keith Marugg, of Dubuque. Her siblings Randy McDonald, Gary McDonald, Ronald McDonald, Raymond "Sonny" McDonald, all of Dubuque, many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister-in-law Molly McDonald.
The family would like to thank Keith and his family for welcoming her into their lives and making Diana a part of his family.
Ilse T. Stillmunks
Ilse T. Stillmunks, age 76, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at 11:50 p.m. on Friday, October 17, 2014, at ManorCare Health Services. To honor Ilse's life funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Mark Murphy officiating. To celebrate Ilse's life family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.
Ilse was born on July 30, 1938, in Aschaffenburg, Germany, daughter of Josef and Lena (Nebel) Bergmann.
Ilse married Harmon L. Stillmunks on September 14, 1963 in Aschaffenburg. He preceded her in death on December 7, 1994. She was a devoted wife and a wonderful mother who will be deeply missed. Ilse enjoyed flower gardening, crafts, especially knitting and crocheting, cooking, singing, gift-giving, home decorating, hobby photography and enjoyed chocolate. She enjoyed children and spending time with her close friends. Ilse was very generous, a strong parent and a super-trooper who could bring change to her world. In small matters she had a flair for elegance.
Ilse is survived by her son, Paul Martin Stillmunks, Dubuque, IA, her younger sister, Annette (Bergmann) Schadler, Aschaffenburg, Germany.
Ilse was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a younger brother Freddy Bergmann.
Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com
Adelaide J. Haferbecker
Adelaide J. Haferbecker, age 75, of Gratiot, WI, formerly of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 11:44 p.m. on Friday, October 17, 2014 at Memorial Hospital in Darlington, WI. To celebrate Addie's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 23, 2014. at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., Dubuque, IA, where a prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Also to celebrate Addie's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 24, 2014 at the Warren United Methodist Church, 107 East Jefferson, Warren, Ill. To honor Addie's life, funeral services will be held at the Warren United Methodist Church at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 25, 2014 with Pastor Roger Bronkema officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque, IA. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Adelaide was born on July 25, 1939 in Galena, Illinois, daughter of Albert and Ethel (Ivy) Boggild. She was married to Charles Haferbecker until he preceded her in death on March 21, 2008.
Addie retired from A.Y. McDonald after many years of faithful service. She enjoyed playing bingo, but especially enjoyed spending time outside with her family and many friends.
Addie is survived by 4 children; Deb (Dave) Root, Nancy (Gerald) Heimann, Charlie and David Haferbecker. 4 Step-Children; Carol Paul, Laura, Steve and Mike Haferbecker. 10 Grandchildren and 3 Great-Grandchildren. 4 Sisters; Grace Johnson, Rita (Paul) Blakeman, Glenda Sullivan and Karen (Dean) Schober.
Addie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, 2 brothers; William and David and 1 sister, Florence (Ray) Lalley.
An Adelaide J. Haferbecker memorial fund has been established.
Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com
Rosalie M. Ballard
Rosalie M. (Pfiffner) Ballard, 95 formerly of Davenport died, Friday October 17, 2014 at Kansas City Hospice House. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where the family will greet friends one hour prior to Mass Wednesday at the church. Arrangements are entrusted at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main Street.
Rosalie Mary (Phiffner) was born on November 16, 1918 in Dubuque, IA. She lived much of her life in Davenport, IA. She lived in the Kansas City area the last 4 years of her life. She was a loving mother to her children, Janet Ballard, Gerald (Jill) Ballard, and (Stanley) and Patricia Jones. She had four grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. She loved word games and spending time with her great grandchildren.
Online condolences maybe submitted at www.hoffmannschneider.com
Phoebe L. Keck
Phoebe L. Keck, 93, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Friday evening, October 17, 2014, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.
A celebration of Phoebe's life will be held at 11 A.M., Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at St. John's Episcopal Church, 1410 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, October 20, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, and after 10 A.M. Tuesday at the church. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.
Phoebe Little was born on June 20, 1921 in Burlington, Iowa, to George B. Little and Adeline Susan (Moir) Little. She grew up in Burlington and graduated from Burlington High School in 1938. She then attended the University of Iowa where she would meet her future husband, Allan Levi Keck. They were married on September 12, 1942 in Burlington, Iowa and to this union three daughters were born.
Phoebe and Allan lived in Corpus Christi, Texas during the war. Upon Allan's honorable discharge from the Navy they moved to Maquoketa, Iowa where Allan began practicing with the Keck Law Office and later became a Judge for the 7th Judicial District of Iowa. Phoebe was a dedicated partner, housewife and mother who raised a family and was actively involved in many community and church activities.
Phoebe was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Maquoketa and St. John's Episcopal Church in Dubuque, serving on both church councils. She had also served on the Altar Guild at St. Mark's and taught Sunday school for many years. She was a member of the PTA, Jackson County Public Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, Chapter BX P.E.O. and had delivered Meals on Wheels. She had also served on the Maquoketa School Board and the Jackson County Public Hospital Board of Trustees. She enjoyed playing bridge, reading, listening to classical music, and was an avid Cubs and Hawkeyes fan. She loved dogs and learned the computer at age 80. She was affectionately known by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as "Grandma Fifi".
Those left to honor Phoebe's memory include her children, Susan (Obie) Bowen of Waukee, IA, Katy (Larry) Hayward of Maquoketa, IA, and Rev. Carolyn Keck of Pulaski, TN; 4 grandchildren, Kim (Jess Wheelock) Bowen of Boone, IA, Reneé (Tod) Bowman of Maquoketa, IA, Robin Hayward of Iowa City, IA and Rebecca (Clay) Peterson of N. Liberty, IA; 4 great-grandchildren, Beau, Levi and Addie Bowman and Trygve Peterson; and her faithful canine companion Heidi.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Allan on December 15, 1998, a brother George B. Little III and a granddaughter Kristine Bowen.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Phoebe L. Keck memorial fund has been established.
Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.
Dianna M. Morrow
Dianna M Morrow, 61, of Dubuque died on Oct. 13, 2014
At her request, no services will be held. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is in charge of the arrangements.
Dianna was born on October 18, 1952 in Dubuque, the daughter of Norbert and Eloise (Klinkenberg) Koppes.
Dianna was a vivacious person who had a passion for life. She loved people and could talk to anyone. She loved animals, especially her cats. She was always feeding the neighborhood cats and taking in strays.
Dianna was a Independent Sales Director with Mary Kay Inc. She was very proud of the company. Dianna was with the sales force for 27 years. Her Mary Kay consultants and customers were her life, as well as many friends. She was a very generous and giving person who will be missed by many.
She is survived by her siblings, Billie Meyer, Cedar Rapids, IA, Dennis (Carol) Koppes, East Dubuque, IL, David (Gail) Koppes, Loveland, Co, Wayne (Carla) Koppes, Maine, Debbie Peterson, Dubuque, Iowa.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her son, Lee; and sister Sherry Brimeyer.
Dale J. Boge
Dale J. Boge, 76, of 13369 Kramer Road, Farley, Iowa, died Thursday, October 16, 2014 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.
Friends and relatives of Dale may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Sunday, October 19, 2014, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 2:00 p.m.
Services for Dale will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, October 20, 2014 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.
Dale was born May 18, 1938 in Farley, Iowa, son of Joseph J. and Delores (Clemen) Boge. He received his education in the Farley rural country schools. On August 21, 1971 he was united in marriage to Nancy J. Coulthard in Platteville, Wisconsin. She preceded him in death on May 28, 2009. The couple farmed in the rural Farley area.
Dale truly loved farming and the land. He treasured time spent with his children and grandchildren.
He was a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Farley, Iowa and its Altar and Rosary Society.
He is survived by a daughter, Christine (Karamoko) Boge-Hubbard of Coralville, IA and their children, Delores and Grayson; two sons, James (Jennifer Woolf) Boge of Farley, IA and their children, Lillian, Joseph, Jacob, Lucille and Jameson; and Mike (Emily Reinert) Boge of Farley, IA and their children, Lukas and Erik; a brother, John "Jack" Boge of Farley, IA.
He is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Joyce Ann Boge on June 2, 2010 and Elaine D. Boge on January 27, 2011.
A Dale J. Boge memorial fund has been established.
The family extends a special thanks to the healthcare team at Oakcrest Manor in Dyersville, Iowa.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com
Dr. Douglas J. Butzier, M.D.
Dr. Douglas J. Butzier, M.D., 59, of Dubuque died on October 13, 2014 as a result from injuries sustained in an air plane accident.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, October 18, at the Heritage Center, on Bennett and McCormick, University of Dubuque, where a visitation will follow until 6 p.m. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is assisting the family.
Douglas was born on June 2, 1955 in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, the son of Kenneth and Mary (Rutledge) Butzier. Doug's family moved to Cedar Falls, Iowa in 1960, where he attended Malcom Price Laboratory School from kindergarten through 12th grade, graduating from the Northern University High School in 1973. He started his college career at the University of Montana, studying Forestry. While living in Missoula, Montana, he began working as a fireman and then an EMT where he found his passion for the medical community. He returned to his home state to attend the University of Iowa, to complete his undergraduate degree and then his MD from the University of Iowa Medical School, in 1984. Doug completed his Emergency Medicine internship training at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane Washington. He then attended his residency training at the University of Arizona Trauma Center in Tucson, finishing this training in 1987.
Following his education, Doug worked as an ER doctor in the Twin Cities and Tucson before moving to Dubuque in 1997, where he has been with Mercy Medical Center Since. He has remained very active in Mercy Hospital administrative service duties, including serving as Medical Staff President. He remained in practice as an Emergency Room physician at the time of his death. In his continuous pursuit of learning, Doug went on to obtain his MBA at the University of Iowa's Executive MBA Program, in 2007. In addition, he was the Chair of the Iowa Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council.
Doug was very active in his community, volunteering his time and talent on numerous boards, committees and organizations. He was always looking for his next adventure ranging from a 6 week medical expedition to Nepal, to coaching and refereeing youth soccer and other sports as his five children grew up. He served as the Medical Director for the Dubuque and Asbury Fire Departments, he was the staff physician to the Dubuque County Jail, and the medical director for Kunkel & Associates.
He obtained his pilot's license, and loved flying his own plane. His most recent calling was become involved in the political process and so became a candidate for the Libertarian Party for the US Senate seat from the Great State of Iowa. He felt compelled to make a difference regarding several national issues, about which he was passionate and particularly well qualified to speak. He was an avid outdoorsman, loving backpacking, mountain climbing, hunting, exploring, biking, and working in his yard.
His greatest passion, after Ann, was flying, needing only the slightest excuse to go fly anywhere. He jumped at every opportunity to treat anybody to a scenic excursion in the sky. He was a highly experienced and tested pilot, and was alone in the plane at the time of the accident. He was an instrument rated pilot, and was working on his FAA Certified Flight Instructor's license. He had logged more than 6 times the national average for private pilots, having flown over 1000 hours in just the last 6 years.
Doug has been working tirelessly to develop his vision of building the Grand River Indoor Sports Facility. He has spent years planning his dream to benefit youth sports and create opportunities in the greater Dubuque area. His dream was within reach, and he was in the process of purchasing the land, and funding the project.
Surviving is his wife, Ann; two sons, Nic of Iowa City and Alex of Eden Prairie MN, step daughter Sarah Chapman, and step sons Ben Chapman and Chris Chapman all of Dubuque. Also his brothers David and Suzi of Boise, and Stuart and Robin of Albuquerque and his five treasured nephews, Christopher, Logan, Matthew, Joseph and Daniel.
He was preceded in death by, his parents.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the following:
In memory of Dr. Douglas J. Butzier
c/o Dubuque Mercy Medical Center, 250 Mercy Drive, Dubuque, IA 52001
MPLS Plaza Project, University of Northern Iowa Foundation, 205 Commons, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0282
Make a Wish Foundation in Dubuque
Other contributions will be dispersed to the many other charitable organizations that Doug and Ann have contributed to over the years.
For more information please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com
Special thank you to all the first responders for this terrible accident as well all of the emergency community of Dubuque and the surrounding area
Miriam F. Hennig
Miriam F. Hennig, 97, of Dubuque, died Sunday, October 12, 2014 at Luther Manor. Private family services will be held at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Miriam was born November 19, 1916 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of William and Mary (Otto) Erner. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. On September 2, 1937 she married Harold Hennig in Dubuque. He preceded her in death in 1975.
In 1959 the family moved down the river by houseboat. They owned and operated a café in Ashland City, Tennessee, then moved to Arkansas. She returned to Dubuque in 1983.
She is a past member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Arkadelphia and Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dubuque. She enjoyed Scrabble and crossword puzzles.
Miriam is survived by three children, Carole (Tom) Kueper of Dubuque, Dolores Bashaw of Greenbrier, Arkansas, and Kenneth (Gail) Hennig of Alto, New Mexico; seven grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, two sisters, and a son in law, Jim Bashaw.
For further information, or to leave an online for the family, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.
The family would like to the thank the nurses and staff at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their kind and compassionate care.
Herbert C. Von Hollen
Herbert C. Von Hollen, 83, of Dubuque died Monday, October 6, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Stamford, Nebraska.
Herbert was born September 1, 1931 in Orleans, Nebraska, son of Frederick and Augusta (Pentz). He attended school in Orleans for 12 years. He served in the US Navy during the Korean War.
After serving in the Navy, Herbert enrolled at the University of Nebraska, where he met the woman of his dreams, Verna Tarnasky. They were married on September 1, 1957 in Seward, Nebraska. She preceded him in death on August 10, 2013.
After college, Herbert worked as an accountant for Kiewit Construction, then Sherwood Construction, retiring December 31, 1996. Herbert was an active volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America.
He is survived by two sons, Michael (Scott Mattison) Von Hollen and Mark Von Hollen, both of Dubuque, Iowa; four grandchildren, Sonja (Tyler) Schuster, Kelsie Von Hollen, Zach (Jarred) Mattison, and Lauren Mattison; one great grandson, Travis Schuster; and three siblings, Eleanor Nail, Fred (Charlotte) Von Hollen, and JoAnn Hayes.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; his father in law, William Tarnasky, two mothers in law, Lydia and Ida Tarnasky and two brothers in law, Wesley Nail and Bill Hayes.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church.
Charles R. Nesteby
Charles Raymond "Chuck" Nesteby age 86 of Dubuque died Wednesday October 15th, 2014 at home. Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday October 17, 2014 at the funeral home. Burial will take place in Linwood Cemetery.
Chuck was born on October 31, 1927 in Castalia, IA, the son of Carl and Florence (Jahnke) Nesteby. He served in the US Army during World War II.
He married Alfreda "Freda" Hackman on July 8, 1950 at Saint Raphael's Cathedral. She preceded in him death on March 8, 2014. Chuck was self-employed most of his life and ran Chuck's Shell Service Station along with Nesteby Trucking until his retirement. He loved to rebuild cars and trucks and enjoyed watching the area stock car races, Nascar, and WWE with his brothers, sons, and nephews.
He is survived by two Sons Dan (Katherine) Nesteby, and Doug Nesteby, of Dubuque. Four grandchildren, Lee, Craig, and BreAnn Nesteby and Shayna (Chris) Boxleiter. Three great grandchildren, Creighton, Skylar and Tucker Nesteby and Anna Boxleiter. And a great granddaughter on the way. A daughter in law Janice Nesteby and three sisters-in-law; Joann, Berl, and Carol.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three sons; Roger, Ronald and Stevie and three brothers; Robert, Richard, and Donald.
The family request no flowers as a memorial fund has been established for Chuck. The family would like to thank the Doctors Nurses and Staff of Mercy Medical Center along with Manor Care and Lori at the VA for the exceptional care they gave to Chuck also to Janell at Sunshine Restaurant for her friendship.
Mercedes C. Maiers
Mercedes C. Maiers, 92, of Dyersville, Iowa died Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at Oak Crest Manor, Dyersville, Iowa.
Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday October 17, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 4:00 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday October 18, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate.
Mercedes was born January 19, 1922 in Dyersville, Iowa the daughter of Ernest and Clara (Goerdt) Grawe. She married Ambrose Maiers on October 24, 1945 in Dyersville, Iowa. He preceded her in death. Mercedes worked for St. Francis hot lunch for over 18 years. She also was a host maker and cleaned church for many years.
Survivors include one sister, Imogene Bagge of Dyersville, and many nieces & nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ambrose in 1992, siblings: Cletus Grawe, Gerald (Aurelia) Grawe, Madonna (Leroy) Wulfekuhle and brother-in-law, Jerome Bagge.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com.
Rita H. Callahan
Rita H. Callahan, 90, of Epworth, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at her home in Epworth, Iowa. Friends and relatives of Rita may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Friday, October 17, 2014 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Services for Rita will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, October 18, 2014 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa.
Rita was born November 25, 1923 in Bankston, Iowa, daughter of Fred and Johanna (Stritzel) Mausser. She attended rural country schools and graduated from Epworth High School. On November 16, 1950, she was united in marriage to Noel Callahan at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. He proceeded her in death on December 23, 2010.
She was a member of St. Patrick's Parish and it's Altar and Rosary Society. Rita enjoyed her flowers and was an avid St. Louis Cardinal's fan.
She is survived by one daughter, Donna (Dave) Marxen of Epworth, IA; one son, Curt (LuAnn) Callahan of Dubuque, IA; three grandchildren, Zachary Marxen, Jessica (Marcus) Wunderlich, and Valerie (Chris) Marxen-Spoerle; one great grandson; Benson Wunderlich; two sisters-in-law, Jean Mausser of Epworth, IA and Florence Callahan of Dyersville, IA.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Noel Callahan; two sisters, Emma Mausser and Bette (Danny) McDermott; 5 brothers, Bill (Margret), Joe, Clem, Henry and Bernard (Mary Agnes) Mausser; brothers and sisters-in-law; Vince (Margret) Callahan, Irene (Milton) Oberfoell, and Ray Callahan.
A Memorial Fund has been established in memory of Rita Callahan.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com
Jason A. Moore
Jason A. Moore, 45, of East Dubuque, Ill., passed away Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014 at his residence.
Funeral services will be 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque with Jody Timmerman officiating. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the East Dubuque Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Jason was born on April 24, 1969 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Ronald and Diana (Robertson) Moore.
He was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, Class of 1987. Jason worked as a Masonry Laborer. He loved music and was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan but the most important part of his life was his son Riley Joe.
Surviving is his son Riley Joe Kammerude, his parents Ronald & Diana Moore, one brother Ronald Steven Moore and a sister Tracy (Rob) Schwartz all of East Dubuque. A niece Ashley Moore of DeForest, Wisconsin and a nephew Adam Schwartz of East Dubuque. Numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his brother Chad Moore in infancy, his grandparents, Kenny & Helen Moore and Paul & Eva Robertson.
A Jason A. Moore memorial fund has been established for the care of his son Riley Joe.
Jacqueline L. Schroeder
Jacqueline Lee Schroeder, 53, of Dubuque, IA, passed away Friday, October 10, in the loving arms of her husband after a courageous battle with cancer. Funeral Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Thursday, October 16, at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Kyle Digmann officiating. Interment will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family at Sacred Heart on Wednesday, October 15, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., where there will be a wake service at 7:30 p.m. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.
Jacque was born September 29, 1961, daughter to Jerry and Barbara (Newman) Clarke. She married Peter Schroeder on November 23, 1985 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Jacque grew up in East Dubuque, Illinois and graduated from East Dubuque High School in 1980. She went on to receive an AA in Accounting at NICC. Jacque then attended Clarke University, graduating in 1985 Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor Degree in Accounting. Her career in accounting included Flexsteel, Trilog, and McKesson. Most recently, Jacque acted as Vice President of Ja-Mar Pattern and Restoration, the business she shared with her husband Peter. Jacque enjoyed many activities with her husband and family, including road trips, fishing, deer hunting, and remodeling their home. She loved karaoke and would often DJ events with Peter under the moniker, King of the Road Entertainment. She looked forward to lavishly decorating for the holidays, birthdays, and any special event. She also enjoyed spending time with her beloved dog, Sedrick, who preceded her in death.
Jacque is survived by her husband of 29 years, Peter; her children Barbara Schroeder of Memphis, TN, Paul (Kristin) Schroeder, and John Schroeder, both of Dubuque; her mother, Barbara; siblings Janet (Jeffrey) Pettera, Judy (Melvin) Matous, Jo Blakeman, Jean (Randall) Cornwell, twin sister Julia Clarke-Davis, Linda (Jerry) Fossum, and Theodore Clarke III; mother in law, Virginia Schroeder, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Jerry, and her father in law Paul Schroeder.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com
Mary A Gebhard
Mary A. Gebhard, 94, of Bloomington, IL and formerly of Dyersville died Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, IL.
Friends may call from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 5:00.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thurs. Oct. 16, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate.
Mary was born May 13, 1920, in Dubuque, IA the daughter of Paul and Caroline (Birner) Billmeyer. She married Frank A. Gebhard on Jan. 15, 1946, in Dubuque.
Mary loved spending time with her family and friends. She loved to stay busy and throughout her long and active life; she was on a bowling team, enjoyed sewing, worked as a volunteer at the Dyer House, made hosts at the Basilica, enjoyed hiking and walking outside, shopping, baking cookies, and going to the activities at Westminster. She especially loved the holidays as it would bring her family together.
She will be remembered as loving mother, grandmother, and proud great-grandmother.
Surviving are 5 children: James (Linda) Gebhard of Pasadena, CA, Mary Kay (John) Sheehy of Cincinnati, OH, Tom Gebhard of Orlando, FL, Michael (Lucinda) Gebhard of Bloomington, IL and Jerry (Robin) Gebhard of Tulsa, OK; 13 grandchildren: James Jr. (Cara), Mark, and Peter (Sylvia) Gebhard, Renee, Joseph, Kathy and Dr. John Paul Sheehy, Paul (Courtney) and Hans Gebhard, Miriam (Dan) Troutner, and Joel Gebhard, Eric (Lauren) and Craig (Erin) Gebhard;4 great grandchildren: Phoebe, Willa and Charlotte Gebhard and Ava Troutner; a sister, Jeanette Smith of Des Moines, IA, and a brother, Gilbert (Maureen) Billmeyer of Dubuque, IA.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1986, 2 brothers, Lt. James and Richard (Ruth) Billmeyer, and a brother-in-law, George Smith.
Memorials are preferred to Beckmann High school.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com
Joanne J. Horn
Joanne J. Horn, 77, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, October 10, 2014 at Manor Care.
Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque. Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18th at the funeral home.
Joanne was born March 25, 1937 in Dubuque, daughter of Walton E. and Marion E. (Frommelt) Mauer. She married Harold A. Horn on July 19, 1958 at First English Lutheran Church in Platteville, Wisc.
She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School She enjoyed arts, crafts, sewing, her flowers, and gardening.. She was a dedicated homemaker caring for her family and raising her children and many other children just like they were her own for many years. She loved all animals especially her dogs and cat. She was a great supporter of the Doris Day Animal Foundation.
Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Harold ‘Harry'; children, William Horn, Robert "Slob" Horn, and Jeffrey "J" (Mary) Horn, all of Dubuque; and a nephew, Brian (Candace) Mauer, of Seattle, Wash.
Joanne was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Walton E. Mauer, Jr., and Dwayne Mauer.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Joanne's memory.
Special thanks to the staff at Mercy Medical Center, Ennoble Manor, Bell Tower, Manor Care and Hospice of Dubuque, for all your care of our wife and mom.
Online condolences maybe sent at www.hoffmannschneider.com
Carl J. Wilson, Sr.
Carl J. Wilson Sr., age 66, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Friday, October 10, 2014 at 7:24 p.m. To honor Carl's life, funeral services will be held at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 10:00 a.m with Deacon John Stierman officiating, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. To celebrate Carl's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at Behr Funeral Home.
Carl was born on September 14, 1948 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Ernest and Martha (Hosier) Wilson. Carl married Dianna Lynn McIntyre on June 21, 1969. Carl proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps with 2 tours in Vietnam; bravely holding his position as a decorated point man with the U.S. Marine Special Forces 3rd Recon Battalion Alpha Company. He retired from John Deere Dubuque Works after 30 years. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, UAW Local 94 and the American Legion. Carl was an honorable man and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Carl is survived by his wife, Dianna of Dubuque. Daughter, Cynthia (Steven) Hartley of Bruceton Mills, West Virginia. Son, Carl J. (Reina) Wilson Jr. of San Antonio, Texas. 4 Grandchildren, Brandon M. Davis, Ashleigh (Shaun) Kessler, Cody Wilson and Kaydi Wilson. 1 Great-Grandson, Christian Kessler and one arriving in May 2015. 3 Brothers; Rick (Susie), Steve and Mike (LouAnn) Wilson. 2 Sisters; Julia Benson and Christina Wilson. Many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. And Carl's cocker spaniel and "his little girl", Sammy Sue.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents.
A Carl J. Wilson Sr. memorial fund has been established, cards for the family may be mailed directly to Behr Funeral Home care of the Carl J. Wilson, Sr. family.
The family would like to extend our appreciation for the dedicated care given to Carl by the nurses and staff with Dr. Thomas Benda Jr., Dr. Liaboe, Dr. Shaw, Finley ICU, and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Elizabeth and Jenny and also to Susie from Finley Home Care. Also a deepest and most sincere thank you to our dear friends Amy, Justice, Junior, Karen, Kathy, Sandy and Andy who stood by us during our time of need.
Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com
Joyce J. O'Toole
Joyce J. O'Toole, 73 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital. Funeral mass will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 15th, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 14th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where there will be a wake service at 4:00 p.m.
Joyce was born on May 31, 1941 in DeKalb, IL the daughter of Merlin and Anna (Gillen) Coyle. She worked at Eagles Country Market in Dubuque for many years until retirement. She enjoyed taking shopping trips, going to the casino and making people laugh. She married John "Jack" O'Toole, and they would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on October 17th. Jack passed away on September 15th, 2014 and the family believes Joyce passed of a broken heart. They will now celebrate their 50th together in Heaven.
She is survived by her children; Molly (Bill) Carpenter, of Dubuque, and Sean (Erin) O'Toole, of Gilbert, Arizona. Six grandchildren, Kayla, Billy, Brock Carpenter, Jackson, Nolan, and Josie O'Toole. Siblings Pat (Dave) Lehman, of Farley, Iowa, Peter (Barb) Coyle, of Dubuque, Marilyn Garbart, of Pittsburg, PA, Dolly Jennings, of Sabula, IA, and Jack (Joan) Furlong, of Dubuque.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband John "Jack" O'Toole on September 15, 2014, her sister Kathy Loso, and brother, Gene Furlong.
Dorothy L. Kupferschmidt
Dorothy Leona Kupferschmidt, age 91, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, October 10, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. To honor Dorothy's life, funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church, 1240 Rush St., with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Dorothy's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Dorothy was born on September 23, 1923 in Holy Cross, Ia., daughter of Edward A. and Frances E. (Gansemer) Meyer.
Dorothy married David C. Kupferschmidt on May 4, 1946 at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque. He preceded her on May 2, 1997. She worked at the Dubuque Packing Co. for 7 years and in food service at Wahlert Catholic High School for over 30 years until her retirement in 1995. She was a member of St. Columbkilles Church, St. Rita's Catholic Mothers Club, Catholic Daughters of America Court Dubuque, 62+ Club, United Commercial Travelers Auxillary, the Past Counselor Club and Sweet Adeline's Barbershop Choral group. Dorothy was first and foremost a homemaker who was an excellent cook, baker, seamstress, and upholsterer. Dorothy enjoyed bowling, golfing, dancing, bingo and playing cards, but her greatest joy was found in time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dorothy was devoted to both her faith and her family and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Dorothy is survived by 3 Daughters; Connie (Wayne) Heim of Dubuque, Carol (Carl) Friederick of Hazel Green, Wi. and Kay (Brad) Averkamp of East Dubuque, Il. 11 Grandchildren; Jon (Kate), Jason, Justin (Gibby Metcalf) and Jordan Heim, Bart (Paige) and Mica (Susan) Friederick, Leah (Garrett Gutknecht) Ubersox, Tina (Danny) Loos, and Shawn (Corey Harper), Ben (Shannon Bass) and Joel Averkamp. 10 Great-Grandchildren. 2 Sisters; Helen Feyen and Mary (Owen) Nugent both of Dubuque. Brother-in-law, Aaron Kupferschmidt of Dubuque. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband David and her parents. A brother, Jerome (Bernice) Meyer. 2 Sisters; Anna Mae (Donald) Conlon and Mildred (Walt) Wedewer. Brothers-in-law; Bill Feyen, Ed (Leona), Francis (Armela), Paul, John (Mary) and Mark (Mona) Kupferschmidt. Sisters-in-law; Doris and Geraldine Kupferschmidt, Ruth Kane Popenthein and Rachel (Bob) Friedell. Nephew, Michael Nugent.
A Dorothy L. Kupferschmidt memorial fund has been established.
The family would like to thank the wonderful nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Allison, and Eagle Point Place for all their loving care and tender concern for Dorothy.
Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com
Beverly A. Metcalf
Beverly Ann (Chesterman) Metcalf, 77, of rural Peosta, IA., passed away at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at home surrounded by family & friends following an extended illness with cancer.
Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 13th, 2014 at the Rockdale United Methodist Church with Pastor Linda Von Fumetti officiating. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Sunday October 12th at Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, Illinois, and after 9:00 a.m. on Monday at the Church.
Bev was born on June 24th, 1937 in Dubuque, the daughter of William Frederick and Helen M. (Donatsch) Chesterman. She was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, class of 1955. Bev married James D. "Jim" Metcalf on January 14th, 1956 in Dubuque.
Bev was a homemaker in rural Peosta and joined with her husband Jim in the ownership and operation of their farm. She always had a bountiful garden, many fruit trees and enjoyed sharing her produce with family and friends. She was an awesome cook and baker and was known for her delicious angel food cake and pies. Along with growing produce, she also loved and grew many varieties of flowers and plants. She was a gifted seamstress. If you would stop at her home, you would more than likely find her at her sewing machine cutting or stitching fabric into the most beautiful quilts that often became gifts for family and friends. She enjoyed dancing and was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan. She also worked part-time for many years as a school bus driver for the Dubuque Community School District. She was a long time member of Rockdale United Methodist Church. Most of all her love and devotion to her family and friends was endless. She will be deeply missed. Her strength has been an inspiration to all.
Surviving are her husband James D. Metcalf, children James Jr. (Rosanne) Metcalf and Deb (Joseph) Vize both of Peosta and Jeffrey A. Metcalf, M.D. of Brighton, CO., 8- grandchildren, Gregory (Ashlee) Metcalf, Alexander Metcalf (Angie Kirk), and Tyler Metcalf, Erin (Bryan) Engler, Jolynn (Jim) Hefel, Dayon, Andrew and Ebony Metcalf, 5-great grandchildren, Miles Metcalf, Joseph Vize, Kayden and Halle Hefel, and Lily Engler, a brother William (Linda) Chesterman, Jr. and sister Carol Chesterman (Ron Balmer) and a sister-in-law Janice Metcalf all of Peosta, Iowa. Six nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William Frederick and Helen Chesterman, a daughter Kimberlyn (Kim) Metcalf, her in laws David and Hazel Metcalf and a brother-in-law Dale Metcalf.
A Beverly A. Metcalf memorial fund has been established.
Bev's family would like to thank Dr. Hermann, Tony Heiar and staff, Hospice of Dubuque and Ruth Scheitzach for the wonderful care and support given to Bev during her illness.
David C. Story
David C. Story, 65 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Friday, October 10, 2014 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital with his family by his side after a courageous battle with diabetes.
Funeral services will be at 10:00a.m. Monday, October 13th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd with Mr. George Herrig officiating. Burial will follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens with full military detail by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 1:00p.m. to 5:00p.m. Sunday, October 12th, at Leonard Funeral Home where there will be a prayer service st 4:30p.m.
He was born on May 28, 1949 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Eugene and Lois (Rogers) Story. He served in the US Army from 1968 to 1970. He married Mary Lux on August 4, 1978 in Dubuque, Iowa. He worked as a master mechanic for many years and retired from the United States Postal Service.
Dave was a loving husband and father and especially loved spending time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife Mary, three children; Shawn (Erin) Story, of Dubuque, Nicole Story, of Dubuque, and Stephanie (Mark) Dumer, of Dubuque. Four grandchildren; Sadie, Elora, David and Sam. His mother Lois Dale, of Dubuque, a sister Nan Story, and a brother Paul Story, of Dubuque, both of Dubuque.
He was preceded in death by his father Eugene and his mother-in-law Rita Lux.
In lieu of flowers a David Story memorial fund has been established.
The family wishes to thank The Finley Hospital, especially the ICU Unit, and a special thank you to Dr. John Whalen, and Dr. Ronald Iverson, for their exceptional care of Dave for many years.
Donald H. Lochner
Donald "Don" H. Lochner, 67, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 11:15pm at his home.
Per Don's wishes, in lieu of a wake & funeral, a Celebration of Life was held at Mario's Italian Restaurant on May 13, 2014 preceding Don's death. Thank you to all of Don's friends and family who attended and made this night so special. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.
Don was born on Sept. 2, 1947 to Phil and Dorothy (O'Leary) Lochner. He graduated from Wahlert High School and served in the U.S. Navy from 1967 to 1971 during Vietnam. Don worked for 38 years as a real estate agent in Dubuque, and was a member of the City of Dubuque Board of Review.
Don was a loving father, grandfather, and a friend to many. He enjoyed spending time with his friends, laughing and cracking jokes. He especially enjoyed time with his favorite person... his granddaughter, Ayden. Don had a love for historical architecture and local history and would often share an abundance of knowledge with anyone he encountered. He enjoyed taking his granddaughter on long drives to explore Dubuque and learn about its history. He also helped greatly in the restoration of the Eagle Point Park fish pond in the mid-1980's along with numerous other historical buildings throughout his career.
Don fought a courageous battle with Leukemia and in his last couple of years he touched the lives of all he encountered with his spirit, courage, and love of life even in the face of death. Those who loved him are left with a renewed sense of life and how each day should be lived... with pride, strength, love and laughter with each day that is given to us... as he did up until the very end.
He is survived by his father, Phil Lochner; his brother, Larry (Jeanine) Lochner; his son, David (Tessa) Lochner; and his grandchild, Ayden.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy O'Leary Lochner.
The family wishes to thank all of the wonderful doctors and nurses at the VA Hospital in Iowa City, the exceptional staff from Hospice of Dubuque, and all of Don's friends who stood by his side throughout his life and up until the very end. We cannot begin to express our gratitude for all those who gave him joy in his last days.
Florence H. Gerhard
Florence Helen (Freiburger) Gerhard age 88 of Bellevue, Iowa, died peacefully after a long battle with heart disease and strokes on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at Mill Valley Care Center, in Bellevue, Iowa. Services will be at 7:00p.m. Monday, October 13th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Penny Thomsen officiating. Family and friends may gather after 3:00p.m Monday at the funeral home until time of services.
Florence was born June 15, 1926 to Frank and Elizabeth (Errthum) Freiburger in Dubuque, Iowa. She grew up on the family farm north of East Dubuque, Illinois with eleven siblings. She attended Bayless Business College after moving to Dubuque and married Robert Gerhard on September 30, 1950. After raising their children, the couple moved to Bellevue, Iowa. Florence worked in women's clothing sales, winning numerous customer service awards before her retirement from Seifert Clothing. She was a charter member of the Dubuqueland Camping Club, Sertoma Club, Beta Sigma Phi sorority, Knights of Columbus Auxiliary, and Bellevue Golf Club. Florence enjoyed camping, fishing, playing cards, picking walnut meats, harvesting apples with her friends, and being with her children and grandchildren. She loved her family dearly and always said "I love you" before saying goodbye. She took a lifetime to grow up and never quite got there maintaining a youthful enthusiasm in all her pursuits.
Florence is survived by her husband of sixty-four years, Robert Gerhard; five children, Cyndy (John) Meyer, Enid, OK, Connie Gerhard, Curt Gerhard (Theresa Budde), Kelly Gerhard of Dubuque, and Carla (Ted) Wiessing of Lodi. WI; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; five sisters, Frances Hendricks, Viola (Paul) Farrey, Lillian (Wilmer) Avercamp, Irma (Roger) Massey and Carol (Dan)McDermott and one brother, Larry (Ellen) Freiburger.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Stella (Lawrence) Majerus; brothers, Frankie, Henry, Eddie, and Elmer Freiburger; in laws, Ed and Rita Pickel; twin grandchildren, Sarah and Tyler Wiessing and great-granddaughter, Parker Meyer White.
In lieu of flowers, a Florence Helen Gerhard memorial fund has been established. Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or a charity of your choice.
The family wishes to thank the Bellevue Ambulance Service, the nurses of Mercy Hospital, the caring staff of Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, and Dubuque Hospice for their kindness and compassion.
Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com