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Kathy Jo Welty
Kathy Jo (Hirsch) Welty, 57, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center surrounded by her loving family.
Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 29th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be held at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Jennifer Meyer officiating.
Kathy was born on January 19, 1959 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Francis and Cecilia (Schmidt) Hirsch. She graduated from Hempstead High School in 1977. On June 5, 1982 she married Kevin Welty in Dubuque.
Kathy worked the early morning shifts at Kwik Stop on Pennsylvania, and was a self-employed florist, but the majority of her time was spent being a fulltime grandma. Her grandchildren, who know her as Mimi, were her life.
Kathy was very creative and her creativity showed through her floral arrangements. She also enjoyed taking pictures, playing cards, lounging by the pool and spreading Christmas Cheer. She was a very strong woman with a heart of gold. Her family and others always came first and she was the most loving wife ever.
She is survived by her husband, Kevin; three children, Lindsey (Jeff) Mohr, Tim (Tara) Welty, and Joey (Kari) Welty; her mother, Cecilia Hirsch; four sisters, Karen Hirsch, Sue (Mike) Schueller, Judy Kines and Jayne Hirsch; three brothers, Rickie (Jane Fishler) Hirsch, Terry Hirsch, and Dan (Janet) Hirsch; her four grandchildren, who she loved dearly, Gabbie and Jax Mohr, Hunter and Tinley Welty; her father- and mother-in-law, Jack and Betty Welty and their family; a special uncle, Andy; numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and -nephews; and a very special friend, Rachel Ferraro.
She was preceded in death by her father, Francis Hirsch; sister Margaret Cecilia; great-niece Delaney Robbins; great-nephew Parker Robbins; family friend Jeff Hines; and her beloved fur baby, Lexi.
In lieu of flowers a Kathy Jo Welty memorial fund will be established.
The family wishes to thank Dubuque Fire and EMS first responders and the staff of Mercy Medical Center for their care and kindness. Also to all of our family and friends for all the kind thoughts and prayers.
Ronald W. Bratcher
Ronald W. "Ron" Bratcher, 56, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away Sunday, October 23, 2016 at home.
Private services for family will be on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Rev. Dean Smith officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.
Ron was born on January 23, 1960 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, the son of Richard and Cherie (Mulkey) Bratcher. He married Lisa Theill on June 13, 1992 in Glendale, Arizona.
Ron was employed as a machinist at A. Y. McDonald Mfg. Company.
His great passions were fishing and hunting.
"I am a fisherman. It is not merely something that I do, it is who I am. Fishing is not simply my escape, it is where I truly belong. It is where I am supposed to be. It is not a place that I go, but a lifelong journey that I am on. It is a passage that my father has shown to me, and one that I will show to others. Once you understand this, then you will know who I am. And we will fish together even from far away." - Unknown
Surviving are his wife, Lisa; three children, Tara (Jay) Spataro of Scottsdale, Arizona, Amber and Colton, both of East Dubuque; his parents, his father, Richard (Judy) Frost Proof, Florida, mother Cherie of Camano Island, Washington; and two brothers, Jeff (Denise) Bratcher of Glendale, Arizona and Rick (Lindy) Bratcher of Santa Paula, California; his father- and mother-in-law, Mervin (Rosie) Theill of East Dubuque; in-laws Randy (Laurie) Theill of Kieler, Wisconsin, Bobby (Pamela) Watkins of San Tan Valley, Arizona, Jeff (Deb) Theill of East Dubuque, Julie Theill of Geneseo, Illinois, Jamie Theill of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, and Jason Theill of Davenport, Iowa; along with many nieces and nephews.
Ron was preceded in death by his brother, Craig, and his grandparents, Paul and Juanita Mulkey.
In lieu of flowers, a Ronald W. Bratcher memorial fund has been established.
Ron's family would like to extend a special thank you to the East Dubuque and Jo Daviess Ambulance Services and Police Departments.
Rosemary H. Goldsmith
Rosemary H. Goldsmith, 91, of Monticello died Monday, October, 24, 2016, at St. Luke's Unity Point Hospital in Cedar Rapids.
A visitation will be held from 3 - 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a parish rosary will held at 3 pm. Visitation will continue Thursday morning from 10 - 11 am at church prior to Mass.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello with burial at Holy Cross Cemetery in Anamosa. Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate.
Rosemary was born on February 13, 1925, Cedar Rapids the daughter of Frank and Amelia (Knebel) Schnoebelen. She graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in Cedar Rapids. She married Everett Frimml on September 11, 1945. Together they farmed near Norway, Anamosa, and Monticello until he preceded her in death in 1975. She married Glenn Goldsmith on September, 17, 1982, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello. She worked at the Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and enjoyed crocheting, knitting, crafting and cooking. She loved the company of her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Survivors include her children: Judy (Bill) Dietiker of Anamosa, Randy (Kris) Frimml and Deb (Mark) Merfeld, both of Monticello; 6 step-children: Marv (Pat) Goldsmith of Lexington, NE, Sue (Stan) Burrichter of Monticello, Glenda (Don) Eilers of Scotch Grove, Ed (Connie) Goldsmith of Monticello, Kathy (Al) Wulfekuhle of Masonville, Carol (Brian) Manternach of Coralville; 12 grandchildren: Aimee (Zeferino) Sosa, Jennifer (Andrew) Eley, Brian (Tara) Dietiker, Nicole (Richard) Camp, Jamie (Mickey) Foster, Kalli Frimml, Tiffany (Shawn) Nolan, Travis (Chelsea) Johnson, Brandi (Heath) Keenlance, Melissa (Chris) Hanewicz, Emily (Damien) Claypool and Grant Golden; 17 great grandchildren: a sister, Jean Fear, of Cedar Rapids; 2 sisters-in-law, Edith Schnoebelen of Cedar Rapids and Margaret Frimml of Tama.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Everett Frimml in 1975, her second husband Glenn Goldsmith; a daughter, Denise Golden, 3 brothers, Norman (Dolores) Schnoebelen, Fr. Kenneth Schnoebelen and Clayton Schnoebelen; a sister, Joan (Lawrence) Nekola; a great grandson, Matthew Keenlance.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com.
Jeffrey A. Ruden
Jeffrey A. Ruden, 54, of Bernard, IA passed away Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., with Rev. Jim Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at the funeral home and also after 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday until the time of service.
Jeff was born on July 25, 1962 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Eldon and Dorothy (Fischer) Ruden. He attended West Dubuque High School and graduated from Loras College with a degree in Economics.
He worked for Cascade Lumber, Roeder Outdoor Power and lastly for Connolly Construction.
Jeff enjoyed riding his motorcycle especially with his cousin Roger Fischer; shooting pool; but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was always there to lend a hand either as a mechanic or a carpenter and was an avid Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs fan.
He is survived by his mother, Dorothy; siblings Jane Ruden, Dave (Rita) Ruden, Joyce (George) Giannakouras, and Dennis Ruden; along with many nieces nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Eldon Ruden, on April 15, 2010.
In lieu of flowers a Jeffrey A. Ruden memorial fund will be established.
The family wishes to thank Connolly Construction especially Jude and Al; the doctors and nurses at Mercy Emergency Room in Dubuque; and to the Cardiac ICU at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics for all their care and compassion they gave.
Jolene K. Moore
Jolene Katherine Moore, 54, of Rickardsville, IA, passed away peacefully at home after a courageous battle with cancer. Jolene was born April 30th, 1962, in Dubuque, IA, the beloved daughter of Robert and Dorothy (Gansemer) Schrobilgen.
Friends and relatives of Jolene may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where Services will be held at 7:00 p.m. with Deacon Jack Wolfe.
Jolene was raised in Rickardsville, IA, a place she called home for 50+ years. Jolene was the youngest in her family and she shared a special bond with each of her siblings and valued their relationships. Jolene also treasured the loving guidance she received from her Godmother, Thelma Roberts.
On September 14th, 1983, Jolene married her high school sweetheart, David Moore. Together they welcomed and raised 2 wonderful children, Jason and Jackie. In previous years, Jolene enjoyed working at Mount St. Francis, but most of her years were spent as a homemaker taking care of her family. Jolene took great pride in her family and she always put them first in life. Jolene thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her beautiful Grandchildren, Braelyn, Jonathan, Jamison, and Helena.
Jolene lived a life of love with many special family and friends left to cherish her memory. Jolene is survived by her loving husband, David Moore, and their children, Jason (Lisa) Moore and Jackie (Josh) McDermott, her grandchildren Braelyn and Helena Moore, Jonathan and Jamison McDermott, all of Dyersville, IA, her siblings Jimmy Schrobilgen of Dubuque, IA, Jeannie (Louie) Hogan of Bankston, IA, Janis Schrobilgen of Dubuque, IA, and Julie Bush (Terry George) of Asbury, IA, her mother-in-law, Joyce Moore of Park Hill, OK, brother and sister in laws, Jackie Moore of Park Hill, OK, Kenny (Debra) Moore of Sallisaw, OK, Scott (Terry) Moore of Charleston, SC, Jeff (Lisa) Moore of Muldrow, OK, and Joe Moore of Muldrow, OK. Jolene is also survived by many special aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews that she cherished dearly.
Jolene was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Dorothy Schrobilgen, a sister in infancy, JoAnn Schrobilgen, father-in-law, Jack Moore, maternal grandparents, George and Christina Gansemer, and paternal grandparents, Joseph and Margaret Schrobilgen.
~Wherever you go, our love will find you~
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com.
Ronald L. Hammel
Ronald L. Hammel, age 72, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 10:50 a.m., on Thursday, October 20, 2016, at Sunnycrest Manor, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Ron's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Ron's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Ron was born on December 31, 1943, in Dubuque, son of Omer and Loretta (Schueller) Hammel.
Ron was a proud lifelong Dubuquer who would eventually meet his future bride, Marcia Everist, and they would be joyfully united in marriage on October 15, 1966. They would be blessed with 2 children, and 50 wonderful years together; which the Lord was kind enough to allow them to celebrate this week before calling Ron home. Ron would invest over 40 years of his working career at Georgia Pacific, and St. Regis Paper, before finally retiring in 2002. Ron's faith life has been devoted to Sacred Heart Church, where he has been a longtime member. Ron had many hobbies over the years which would include painting and plaster of paris modeling, but his favorite would definitely have to be the hours he spent in his workshop creating amazingly intricate woodworking projects. From beautiful baby beds, to fabulous furniture and toys for those he loved to enjoy; if Ron's feet were slightly covered in saw dust, or the aroma of a fresh coat of varnish permeated the air, you knew that he had found some well earned contentment in his day. But the one true desire in Ron's life was to provide and care for his family. He took his responsibility to his family seriously and everyday was another venture to bring them joy, love or even simply security under his watch. Sadly, Ron's earthly journey has ended today and only the abundant memories of his soul among us remain. But we are thankful that he will once again be reunited with his parents and siblings, who will surely keep him company until we can all be rejoined together again in Heaven one day.
Those left to cherish Ron's memory include
his loving wife of 50 years,
Ronald (Darcy) Hammel, II,
and Jacqueline (Kevin) Ansel, both of Dubuque;
Michael Hummel, Timothy Hammel, Elijah Hammel, Kaden Ansel, Kendra Ansel and Kyrah Ansel;
William (LaVon) Hammel
and Gerald (Carol) Hammel, both of Dubuque;
his sister-in-law, Jean Hammel, of Dubuque;
and two brothers-in-law,
and Roger Dean, both of Dubuque.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers, Joseph, in infancy, and Thomas Hammel; and 2 sisters, Pat Zwack and Kay Dean.
A Ronald L. Hammel memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.
Ron's family would like to thank Dr. Ringold, and the nurses and staff at Ennoble Manor, Sunnycrest and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Lindsey, for all of their compassionate care and support.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com
Elmer L. Harder
Elmer L. Harder, 92, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, October 20, 2016, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.
A celebration of Elmer's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday, October 24, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, at a later date.
Elmer Louis Harder was born on May 27, 1924 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Edward Louis and Christina Sophia (Jessen) Harder. He was a 1942 graduate of Delmar High School and married Wilma Jane Saunders on May 21, 1944 in Clinton, Iowa. They farmed together east of Elwood until retiring in 1986, but continued to live on their farm until moving to Maquoketa in 2012. They were married for over 70 years until Peg passed away on January 22, 2015.
Elmer was a member of the Elwood United Methodist Church. He had been a Boy Scout leader for a number of years, coached Little League and also worked as a carpenter. He was a lover of all animals his entire life. Following retirement, he enjoyed traveling and his flower and vegetable gardens.
Those left to honor Elmer's memory include a son, Gary Lee Harder, of Maquoketa, IA; and a sister, Dorothea Miller, of Maquoketa, IA.
He was preceded in death by his parents' a brother, Ernest; a son, Larry Edward, on May 22, 1991; and his wife, Wilma J. "Peg" Harder.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Elmer L. Harder memorial fund has been established.
Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.
Carol J. DeVries
Carol J. DeVries, 88, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at home surrounded by her family.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 24, 2016 at the Wesley United Methodist Church in East Dubuque, with Pastor Sharon Treloar officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.
Visitation is from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque and from 9:45 - 10:15 a.m. on Monday at the Church.
Carol was born on October 16, 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Edward and Helen (Lehmann) Neumeister. She was united in marriage to John F. DeVries on March 1, 1949 in Dubuque.
She was formerly employed at the F. W. Woolworth Company for many years. Carol was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.
She and John directed and performed in the East Dubuque Variety Shows for over 30 years. Carol was a lifelong Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs, Iowa Hawkeyes fan, and an avid Nascar fan, cheering on her favorite driver, # 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Carol enjoyed crocheting, working puzzles, being with her friends and going to the casino with Norb and Shirley.
Surviving are three children, Deborah Haigh of Dubuque, Iowa, Randy (Linda) DeVries of Charlotte, North Carolina and Guy (Patty) DeVries of East Dubuque; six grandchildren, Tisha (Nate Ernst) Montgomery, Brandon (Lisa) DeVries, Rob (Laura) Donner, Heather (John) Hickie, Matt (Sara) DeVries and Ashley (Jason) Lange; 11 great-grandchildren; and her granddogs, Buddy, Ozzy and Ruby.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents, husband, John F. DeVries, son-in-law Al Haigh, and a brother, Edward Neumeister, Jr.
A Carol J. DeVries memorial fund has been established.
Carol's family wish to thank Drs. Angela Kelly and Mark Hermann and their staffs for the care provided to their mother and a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Barb and Peggy for their loving care of Mom during the final days of her life. "They are truly God's Angels on earth."
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.millerfhed.com.
Joseph P. Stelpflug
Joseph P. "Joe" Stelpflug, age 24, of Potosi, WI, was called home suddenly at 5:28 a.m., on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at the University of Wisconsin Madison, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Joe's life, private family services were held. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.
Joe was born on November 23, 1991, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Gary and Chris (Heiring) Stelpflug.
In his early years, Joe would discover the value of intelligence, energetically grasping the day, and the joys of working the farm. Whether it was planting the crops, bringing in the harvest, or a cold winter's night bottle feeding; Joe would find a true inner satisfaction which only comes from the gift of tending to God's creation. When his chores were completed, and the work for the day was done, Joe would eagerly jump on the nearest 4 wheeler and happily blaze some new trails if the worn ones just weren't fulfilling his thirst for the open air. Joe would also enjoy many carefree evenings listening to his favorite rock-n-roll beneath the stars while hanging out with his friends at the camper. Unfortunately, none of the worlds problems would truly be solved during these gatherings, but an honest effort would always be put forth and later in life all involved would discover that the memories which remain would prove to be the real treasure. Joe would also endeavor in a little horsepower, and driving skills, challenge on the track from time to time. It was not uncommon to witness him venturing down Highway 20, on his way to Earlville, in his 1970 Fairlane which was about to be redlined with an adrenaline induced smile placed firmly upon his face. Joe was not all work and play though; an occasional trip to the Caribbean with his family, or an impromptu drive to Florida, where never out of the question when Joe was willing to reap a little of the fruits of his labors. Sadly, Joey would only get to spend 25 years here with us. His light would shine brightly, swift and true and his trail would be an absolute adventure throughout his earthly journey. He has been called home much to early, and peace from this unrelenting sorrow and pain seems beyond impossible today. But thankfully we believe that in time we'll capture more and more of the wonderful memories of Joe passing through our minds each hour, and we have faith that we will all see him again one day in an absolute state of perfection with all of us free from the flaws of a much too broken mortal world.
Those left to cherish Joe's memory include
Gary and Chris Stelpflug, Lancaster, WI;
Ben (Alissa) Stelpflug, Harmony, MN,
Andrea (Paul Judy) Stelpflug, Potosi, WI,
Danielle (Will) Johnson, Milford, IA
and Jeff Stelpflug, Dubuque, IA;
his nieces and nephews,
Logan, Sean, and Grace Stelpflug, Harrison Judy and Theodore Johnson;
his maternal grandmother,
Ramona (Dorrance Herzog) Heiring, Dubuque, IA;
his paternal granparents,
Robert and Joanne Stelpflug, Lancaster, WI;
several aunts, uncles and cousins;
and his faithful canine companion,
Joe was preceded in death by maternal grandfather, James Heiring.
A Joseph P. "Joe" Stelpflug memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.
Joe's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Vinny and Alex for all of their loving support and friendship throughout the years.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com
Eilene Ione Baalson Busch
Eilene Ione Baalson Busch, aged 84, of Maquoketa IA, died Sunday, October 16, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, IA.
A celebration of Eilene's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, October 29, 2016, at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, October 28, 2016, at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.
Eilene was born January 31, 1932, to Rev. Elmo and Dora (Sandvig) Baalson in Minneapolis, MN. She was later joined by twins Clarence and Clarice and sister Marilyn. The family moved from Hayward, Wisconsin to Waterville, Iowa, where their father was the minister to two small country churches. They grew up helping on the small parish farm allotted to the minister's family to supplement his salary.
Eilene graduated from Waterville High School in 1950, and played forward on the girls' 1948 State Championship basketball team. There were no divisions at that time, so their tiny school played the much larger city teams.
She graduated with a BA from Luther College, majoring in Social Science and the Bible. While at Luther, she sang in the Nordic Choir, sang the Messiah, participated in women's intramurals, was on the yearbook staff, and was part of the Dorian Society, the frontrunner to Luther's Dorian Festival. Beginning her lifelong commitment to serve others, Eilene earned a Masters of Social Work at the University of Minnesota.
Her first position was at Lutheran Social Services in Mason City, and served St. James Lutheran as the Choir Director. One Sunday, her friends introduced her to the new ministerial intern, Emmett Busch. After standing and talking in the hallway for over two hours, they realized that the lights were off, everyone was gone and the church was locked. Eilene and Emmett were married on September 1, 1957.
Eilene continued her social work career with the Department of Human Services in Alison and Dubuque. While her children were in school, she was a substitute teacher in the Bellevue and Andrew school systems. She finished her paid career with 20 years as the Jackson County Hospital social worker. Eilene also served on the boards of Families of Northeast Iowa, the Iowa Board of Social Work, the Jackson County Board of Health, and the Jackson County Regional Health Care Center.
Eilene had a life-long passion for music. In her later years, her days revolved around her piano and organ students' lessons and activities. She directed church and community choirs for 40 years.
Eilene was often described as the "Energizer Bunny". Her energy level and list of things she could accomplish in a day was dizzying. She was an avid golfer, quilter, and bowler. Her vacations took her fishing and cruising to foreign ports. She made dozens of Norwegian cookies at Christmas for gifts to her friends. She learned rosemaling, a Norwegian decorative painting, in 1976, and painted year round, giving her art as gifts or donating the items as fund raisers for the church, the hospital and Ohnward Fine Arts Center.
Eilene is survived by her four children, Brian Busch of Windom, MN; Cheryl Busch of Denver, CO; David (Lora) Busch of LaCrosse, WI; and Eric (Cindy) Busch of Clive, IA; and five grandchildren, Andrew, Brandon (Carolyn), Shira, Trinity and Blake. She is also survived by two sisters, Clarice (LaTrelle) Smoot of Moro, OR; and Marilyn Baalson of Chicago, Il; a brother Clarence (Donna) Baalson of Clear Lake, IA, many nieces and nephews, and hundreds of current and former piano / organ students and their families.
She was preceded in death by her husband Emmett, her parents, baby sister Doris Elmira, and daughter-in-law, Kayla (Rasmussen) Busch.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa and especially it's CEO, Geoffrey Lauer. Your help and support navigating the difficult path of caring for family members with brain injuries is deeply appreciated. www.biaia.org
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa, Luther College, Hospice of Jackson County, or First Lutheran Church of Maquoketa.
The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family. Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.
Kenneth J. Helmke
Kenneth J. "Ken" Helmke, 67, of Dubuque died Monday, October 17, 2016.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Funeral services will be at 10:30 am Friday at Hope Church, 11893 John F. Kennedy Rd., Dubuque, Iowa, where visitation will also be held from 9:15 to 10:15. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.
Ken was born August 4, 1949 in Wausau, Wisc., son of Earl and Emma (Schmahl) Helmke. He graduated from Grinnell High School, received his bachelor's degree from University of Northern Iowa, his Masters of Divinity from Wartburg Theological Seminary and his Masters of Business Administration from University of Dubuque.
He enjoyed reading, genealogy, and had a love of God and family.
Ken is survived by his wife, Lynn, of Dubuque; four children, Sherri Reding of Dubuque and her children, Jordan, Andrea and Marissa; Jonathan (Amy) Helmke of Nacogdoches, Texas and their children, Samuel and Laura; Elisa Helmke of Minneapolis, Minn.; and Laura (David) Ten Clay of Burbank, Ill., and their children, Joshua, Hannah and Joseph. He is also survived by his mother, Emma Helmke, of Grinnell; siblings Mark (Beth) Helmke of Geneva, Ill, Eloise (Gary) Froah of Newton, Iowa, Sara (Victor) Gaultney of England, and Tom Helmke of Des Moines, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Earl Helmke.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ken Helmke Memorial Fund.
For further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.
Glen O. Nightingale
Glen O. "Bonz" Nightingale, 59, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday evening, October 17, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.
A celebration of Glen's life will be held at 11:30 A.M. Saturday, October 22, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 to 11:30 A.M. on Saturday at the funeral home. Cremation will follow the services.
Glen Owen Nightingale was born on January 15, 1957 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Dale Owen and Cleo Linnie (Robbins) Nightingale. He was a graduate of Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School and then served his country honorably in the U.S. Air Force. He married Mary Lou Whiting in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She preceded him in death in 1995. He later married Peggy Sue Paysen on November 20, 2007 in Jamaica.
Glen was a dedicated man to his job at Alliant Energy. His wife declares he was married to his job of 39 years. He started as a meter reader and later became a lineman/mechanic. He would constantly tell stories about climbing poles and the winters he suffered through. Even talked about getting frostbitten! Through his stories you could tell his love for his job.
Glen was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club #3866 in Maquoketa. He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan and enjoyed fishing, camping, traveling and spending time with his family.
Those left to honor Glen's memory include his wife, Peggy Sue Nightingale, of Maquoketa, IA; children Kristie (Shane) Neunaber of Anamosa, IA, Mindy (Steve Eiselstein) Fagen of North Liberty, IA, Destiny (Nicholas) Schneider of Maquoketa, IA, Nicole (Jake Parker) Paysen of IN, Tom (Angela) LaPointe of St. Louis, MO, Scottie Bowerman of Monticello, IA, David (Lori) Nightingale of Monticello, IA, Clay (Brenda) Johnson of Peoria, IL, and Corey (Brittany) Johnson of Maquoketa, IA; 17 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren with two on the way; a brother, Owen (Alice) Nightingale, of Cedar Rapids, IA; and a sister, J.D. (Ron) Moore of Cedar Rapids, IA.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Mary Lou; and a daughter, April.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Glen O. Nightingale memorial fund has been established.
Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.
Donna J. Clauer
Donna J. Clauer, age 68, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully, and suddenly, at 6:05 p.m., on Monday, October 17, 2016, at home. To honor Donna's life, funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m., on Sunday, October 23, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Donna's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m., until the time of services at 4:00 p.m., on Sunday, October 23, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.
Donna was born on October 23, 1947, in Dubuque, daughter of Harold and Virginia (Barry) Graham.
Donna was united in marriage to Dennis O. Clauer on April 1, 1967 at St. Mary's Church. They would spend 17 years together, and be blessed with 2 wonderful children, before Dennis was called home ahead of her on June 12, 2009. In her younger years, Donna was quite social and would spend many evenings out either bowling or dancing and listening to music with her friends. Donna loyally gave over 30 years of her working career to Regency Thermographers. Her well earned retirement was a milestone she cheerfully obtained, but unfortunately health issues would begin to find their way into her life shortly after. Simple pleasures soon became the highlight of her days; so a light-hearted phone conversation, or getting settled into her comfy chair for the latest episode of Dancing with the Stars, or Law and Order would be the moments where Donna would find subtle serenity. She was a motivated seamstress for new additions to her family, who would generously share her talents by creating unique quilts specially for her grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Unfortunately, Donna has listened to her last Patsy Cline album, and a visible decline in area garage sales attendance will be evident; but we have faith that she is now free of her earthly confines, and ailments, and that one day we will all embrace our dear sweet mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend again.
Those left to cherish Donna's memory include
James "Jim" Clauer, Dubuque, IA
and Judi (Heath Rummelhart) Clauer, North Liberty, IA;
Rylee and Cameron Rummelhart, North Liberty, IA;
her mother and step father,
Virginia (Roger) Link, Dubuque, IA;
and her siblings,
Rex (Judy) Graham, Bellevue, IA,
Ann (Bob) Buol, TX
and Jerry Link, Dubuque, IA.
Donna was preceded in death by her father, Harold Graham.
A Donna J. Clauer memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com
Donald M. Schmit
Donald M. Schmit, age 82, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 4:09 p.m., on Monday, October 17, 2016, at home. To celebrate Don's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., on Thursday, October 20, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Don was born on March 9, 1934, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Michael and Jeanette "Chick" (Franzen) Schmit.
Don honorably served his country for 6 years with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Don took great pride in his strong work ethic and was proud of the 25 years he invested his time and talents at Georgia Pacific. Family was a continual priority to Don and he generously cared for both of his parents during their later years in life. In his free time, Don always found his greatest joy in a little socializing with those around him; whether a neighborhood friend, or child, looking for some pleasant conversation, or simply relaxing on a stool with his friends at the Grand Tap. He was also well known for his love of walking everywhere, and anywhere, as he never actually owned a car and was perfectly content to live out his days in such a manner. Don has left us suddenly and we mourn his swift absence, but we know that he is now reunited with his heavenly family and we thank God for the 82 years He shared Don with us.
Those left to cherish Don's memory include
Charles "Chuck" (Lil) Schmit, Galena, IL;
Geneva Schmit, Dubuque, IA;
and several nieces and nephews.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Robert O. "Bob" Schmit Sr.
A Donald M. Schmit memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com
Dale A. Puls
Dale A. Puls, age 77, of Sherrill, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 2:47 p.m., on Monday, October 17, 2016, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Dale's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, October 22, 2016, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, 5131 Sherrill Road, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. To celebrate Dale's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, October 21, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in St. Peter and Paul Cemetery.
Dale was born on the family farm in Sherrill on April 28, 1939, son of Milton and Leona (Tigges) Puls.
Dale was a very proud lifelong Sherrill resident who received his education at Ss. Peter and Paul School. He was united in marriage to Carol Trierweiler on June 19, 1962, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, and their union would be blessed with 54 years together, and a beautiful daughter, Denise. Dale would devote his years to treasuring the two women in his life and not a day would pass where his actions wouldn't clearly depict where his heart truly thrived. Dale would graciously complete his responsibility of tending to God's creation in a truly honorable fashion. Farming was his task and the daily chores, and countless harvest seasons, were never perceived as a burden; but rather as a generous gift of a piece of this world which had been specifically granted into his care. He would also eagerly invest over 46 years of his time and talents working as an A. I. Cattle Inseminator, while simultaneously making countless new friends around the county. When he wasn't putting his hands to work on the farm, you could easily find Dale volunteering endless hours over his 55 year mission spent among his friends, and neighbors, at the Sherrill Fire Department. Dale was also a member of many organizations throughout his life; including the Northeast Iowa Red Fox Hunting Association, Iowa Firefighters Association, Dubuque Farm Bureau, Catholic Order of Foresters Court #1709 and finally he would diligently attempt to benefit numerous Bowling Leagues around town with his enduring drive to capture that elusive 300 game. But Dale also understood the value of balance in life, and when a little free-time would develop within his day, he could surely be discovered visiting with friends. Whether it was sharing his wealth of knowledge about farming, discussing the market prices of the day, or simply solving the worlds problems with confidence; you could be sure that Dale's day was complete if a little social time had been accomplished. Now, Dale was a faithful and loyal man till the end and his commitment to his family and friends will never be forgotten. Sadly, the world is a lesser place today without Dale walking beside us, but we know that his soul is finally at rest in eternal peace and we thankfully discover comfort throughout our loss because we know, and trust, that we will all be reunited with our loving husband, devoted father and good friend again one day.
Those left to cherish Dale's memory include
his loving wife,
Carol Puls, Sherrill, IA;
his deeply adored daughter,
Denise Puls, Dubuque, IA;
David Puls, Sherrill, IA;
a very special friend,
Sr. Paula Maloy;
and his favorite feline buddy,
Dale was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Merlin (Betty) Puls; and his in-laws, Alfred (Doris) Trierweiler.
A Dale A. Puls memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.
Dale's family would like to extend a special and heartfelt thank-you to the Sherrill Fire Department, Hospice of Dubuque, and all of the family and friends who have traveled alongside Dale on his journey through the last two years. We couldn't have done it without you and may God bless you all for your time, compassion and sincere friendship.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com
Randall T. Ring
Randall Thomas "Randy" Ring, 66, of Dubuque passed away surrounded by his family on October 16, 2016 at home.
Gathering of family and friends will be from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday, October 20th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m.
Randy was born on August 3, 1950 in Dubuque, IA the son of Virginia Motsch and Robert Ring.
Randy loved spending time with his family, especially his beloved wife of 45 years, Sandy. Randy and Sandy were always by each other's side and could often be spotted wearing coordinating outfits as they ventured out together. He was a devoted father and he loved his children beyond measure. Randy was a doting grandfather who spoiled his grandchildren and great-grandchildren with love, attention and his special chocolate cupcakes. Randy also enjoyed watching NASCAR and rooting for his favorite driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Go Junior!).
He was a hard worker and he left school when he was only 14 years-old to help support his mother and his siblings. Randy was employed by J & J Tree Service for 30 years. He was a skilled wood worker. He loved to have a project to work on and could fix anything or build it from scratch.
Randy was preceded in death by his mother Virginia Motsch, his father Robert Ring, his in-laws Francis and Lillian White and his sister-in-law Jackie White.
Randy is survived by his wife Sandy Ring (White), his children Julie Oppelt (Roger), Rick Ring (Sarah) and Amy Adkins (Ben), his adoring grandchildren and great-grandchildren and his siblings Linda Slattery (Don), Barbara McDermott, Wayne Ring, Susan Doerr and Dan Ring and his step-father Herman Motsch.
He will be forever missed.
The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and the wonderful nurses who provided Randy with care and comfort.
Steven R. Leslein
Steven Ronald Leslein, 67, of Dubuque, died peacefully at home on Sunday, October 16th, 2016 surrounded by his loving family following a 22-month courageous and dignified battle with pancreatic cancer.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 20th, 2016 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Josh Martyn officiating. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Visitation will also be after 9:30 a.m. at the church Thursday until time of service.
Steve was born on May 12th, 1949, the son of Melvin and Carmen (Nelson) Leslein. He was united in marriage to Janis Twachtmann on July 23rd, 1977 in Cedar Rapids, IA. Steve was employed at John Deere until 1984 when he started a series of businesses: Central Auto Sales, Leslein Toppers, Spanky's Pawn Shop, and J & S Sandblasting.
Steve was a lifelong fisherman and knew every slough and wing dam on the upper Mississippi River. He was a former member of the Dubuque Walleye Club and Walleye Anglers Trail. He was fortunate enough to have competed in five Cabela's National Walleye Tour Championships. However, his favorite tournament was the Dubuque Walleye Club's annual Kid's Day tournament.
He was an avid collector of antique automobiles and enjoyed driving with his wife through the scenic back roads of Iowa and Wisconsin. Steve had a remarkable memory and was a consummate jokester and storyteller who was enlivened by those surrounding him. He was a larger than life character who will be missed by all who knew him.
He loved his children and was proud of their accomplishments. Steve especially loved his grandchildren and enjoyed spoiling them at every opportunity.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years Janis, son Tim (Connie Winter) Leslein, of Dubuque, daughter Tammy (Markus) Machers, of St. Charles, IL, daughter Lia (Tony) DiBlasi of McKinney, TX, and son Dr. Nicholas Leslein, of San Francisco, CA. Grandchildren, Brittany (James) Gaylord, Olivia Leslein, Emma Mae Machers, Ella Rose and Quinn DiBlasi; great grandchildren, James "Trip" Gaylord and Mylo Leslein; and Connie's daughter Madison. His mother-in-law Joyce Twachtmann, sisters-in-law Sheri (Mike) Neilly, and Barb Twachtmann, along with his loving nephews and nieces.
The family request no flowers, in lieu of flowers a Steven R. Leslein memorial fund will be established to support Hospice of Dubuque and the Dubuque Walleye Club Kid's Day tournament.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Eric Engelman and his staff as well as Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful compassionate care and service they provided.
Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com
Sandra M. Buelow
Sandra "Sandie" M. Buelow, 75, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully Sunday, October 16, 2016 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Iowa City.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Church of the Resurrection, where friends may greet the family from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. Rev. Joseph Hauer will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Sandie was born February 1, 1941 in Dubuque, the daughter of Erwin and Dorothy (Steffen) Buelow. She was employed at Northeast Iowa Community College, retiring after nearly 30 years.
Sandie enjoyed decorating for holidays, playing computer games, and taking trips to the dog track. She was dedicated to her family, and loved spending time with them.
Sandie is survived by her siblings, Richard (Doris) Buelow of Tioga, LA, David Buelow, Allan (Gerianne) Buelow, Barb (Melvin) Green, and Linda (Mike) Ansel, all of Dubuque; her brother in law, Dan Tuegel of Dubuque; 17 nieces and nephews, Michael (Annette) Buelow, Brian (Angie) Buelow, Jesse Green, Jerry (Rachel) Green, Jennie (nee Green) (John) Miner, Melissa (nee Buelow) (Matt) Kane, Brad Buelow, Michelle (nee Ansel) (Brian) Bahr, Tonya Ansel, Andrew Ansel, Jeremy Ansel, Nicholas (Dede) Ansel, Sarah (nee Buelow) (Brian) Scheid, Greg Buelow, Tony Buelow, Joe Buelow, and T.J. Haislet; and 13 great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Donna (nee Buelow) Tuegel; and her grandparents.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sandra M. Buelow Memorial Fund.
Sandie's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Ringold and the staff of Tri-State Dialysis; the staff at Care Initiatives; and University of Iowa Surgical Intensive Care Unit for all of the kind, professional, and compassionate care you gave to Sandie and her family.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com
Benjamin Cruz Peterson
Benjamin Cruz Peterson, precious infant son of Nathan and Shauna Peterson, was called home to the loving arms of Jesus on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at 7:14 p.m., surrounded by his loving family at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To honor Benjamin's life, funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 20, 2016, at Faith Temple United Pentecostal Church, 12805 Seippel Road, with Pastor Lynn A. Spicer officiating. To celebrate Benjamin's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m., until the time of services at 6:00 p.m., on Thursday, October 20, 2016, at Faith Temple United Pentecostal Church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.
Benjamin was born into his earthly life on July 15, 2016, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Nathan and Shauna (Ryan) Peterson.
Although the Lord only granted us 3 months with Benjamin, his impact on those around him was swift and true. His smile could easily warm your heart in a split second and the gentle grasp of his petite hand was sure to remind us of the infinite beauty of innocence. Benjamin's greatest joy could be found in the endless cuddling he continually received from his adoring family. His memory will slowly console our absolutely broken hearts, but we find peace in knowing that our little Cherub is now playing with all of his new friends who've also been called home much to early. We must regrettably wait patiently until we can once again lovingly embrace our beautiful baby boy, but thankfully we'll be able to join hands as we listen to the choirs of angels together.
Those left to cherish Benjamin's memory include
his loving parents,
Nathan and Shauna Peterson, Dubuque, IA;
his adoring siblings,
Cayden, Jazlynne and Viviana Peterson, all at home;
his maternal grandparents,
Gery and Connie Ryan, Dubuque, IA;
his paternal grandmother,
Gwen Peterson, Dubuque, IA;
his maternal greatgrandparents,
John and B.J. Alton, LA
and Pat Ryan, California;
and his aunts and uncles,
Michelle (Ed) Roling, Dyersville, IA,
Matthew Peterson, Dubuque, IA,
Troy Capesius, Dubuque, IA,
Dustin (Lindsey) Ryan, Dubuque, IA,
Nathan Ryan, Dubuque, IA
and Alisha Ryan, Germany;
he is also survived by numerous great aunts, great uncles, cousins and his church family.
Benjamin was preceded in death by paternal great-grandparents.
A Benjamin Cruz Peterson memorial fund has been established.
Benjamin's family would like to thank the Dubuque Fire Department, the Dubuque Emergency Medical Services, the Dubuque Medical Examiners and the doctors, nurses and staff at Finley for all of their care and compassion.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com
George T. Swan
George T. Swan, 62 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Sunday evening, October 16th, 2016 at home surrounded by his family.
Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 19th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p. m. Today, October 18th, 2016 at the funeral home. Family and friends may also gather after 9:00 a.m. Wednesday until time of service. Private family burial will be at a later date.
George was born on May 14, 1954, in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Lincoln and Geraldine (Birkett) Swan. He married Luellen M. Leytem on August 23, 1975.
He worked for K-Mart in Dubuque for 27 years, Strang Construction, and lastly for Dittmer Recycling until 2014.
He was a Green Bay Packer Fan, Chicago Cubs fan and avid NASCAR fan. He enjoyed to golf, attend the races, play pool, and his occasional stops to the Casino. But most of all he loved to spend time with his family especially his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife Luellen, two sons Lincoln Swan of Dubuque, and Lucas (Joy) Swan of Dubuque, two grandchildren Gavin and Aliah. His brother David Swan of Peosta. His brothers and sisters-in-law; Mary Kay Leytem, Bill Leytem, of Dubuque, Ann Wortley, of Rockford, IL, Jani (Garth) Tomkins, of Asbury, John (Lois) Leytem, Jr., Joe (Maureen) Leytem, of Asbury, Connie Kemp, of Mesa, Arizona, Madonna (Roger) Sopha, of Arlington, WI, Sue (Bill) Davis, of Durango, IA, Lynn (Dick) Koos, of Peosta along with numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, mother and father-in-law John and Lenore Leytem and brothers-in-law Loras Kemp and Michael Leytem.
The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque especially Amy and Jennifer; Dr. Christian Schultheis and the nurses and staff of the oncology department at Medical Associates for all their loving care and compassion they gave to George.
In lieu of flowers a George T. Swan memorial fund has been established.
Madge M. Fuglsang
Madge M. Fuglsang, 52, of Dubuque, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.
A celebration of Madge's life will be held at 1:30 P.M. Thursday, October 20, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Elmwood Cemetery, DeWitt, Iowa.
Madge Marie Klossner was born on September 14, 1964 in Dubuque, Iowa, to Danny G. and Jean L. (Ostrander) Klossner. She was a 1983 graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Kevin Fuglsang on August 13, 1983 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union two children were born: Branden and Nathan.
Madge had worked various customer service jobs throughout the years. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend. She was always giving and thinking of others.
Madge enjoyed playing bingo and going to casinos, camping, and euchre. She was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan.
Those left to honor Madge's memory include her husband, Kevin Fuglsang of Dubuque, IA; sons Branden (and fiancé Nicole Ryan) Fuglsang of Dubuque, IA, and Nathan (and girlfriend Mary Pirc) Fuglsang of Dubuque, IA; 3 grandchildren, Kaden Fuglsang, Austin Maury, and Shyla Fuglsang (and grandchild #4 due in April); her mother, Jean Klossner of Maquoketa, IA; brothers Roland (Barb) Klossner of Delmar, IA, Merle Klossner of Maquoketa, IA, and James Klossner of Dubuque, IA; and sisters Carrie (Wayne) Anderson of Dallas, TX, and Penny (and boyfriend Robert Norem) Sabin of Delmar, IA.
She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents and her father, Danny G. Klossner, on December 20, 2003.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Madge M. Fuglsang memorial fund has been established.
Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.
Lawrence Van Natta
Lawrence (Larry) Van Natta, 71, of Dubuque, died from complications of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, Saturday, October 15, 2016, at 9:40 pm at Finley Hospital.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at Holy Ghost Parish, Dubuque. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion, Post 6. Visitation will be at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 18, from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., followed by a parish wake service.
Larry was born on December 13, 1944 in Dubuque to Reoa and Donald Van Natta and Cal Holzer, all of Potosi, Wisconsin. He attended various elementary schools in Wisconsin prior to moving to Dubuque, where he graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1963.
He enlisted in the United States Navy and served honorably from 1964 to 1968. He served on the USS Wright CC2, based out of Norfolk, Virginia and Boston, Massachusetts. While in port, he was a naval ambassador at the Boston Children's Hospital.
After discharge, he worked at Del Farm Foods and then at John Deere Dubuque Works. During layoffs from John Deere, he worked at Klauer Manufacturing, Dennis Kitchen Funeral Home and Cascade Forestry. He was a good provider for his family.
In 1969, he met his future wife, Linda Noel. Both were volunteers for the Red Cross flood disaster in Dubuque.
In 1970, Larry was confirmed a Catholic. In early 1971, he was married to Linda at St. Raphael's Cathedral by Archbishop James Byrne.
Larry was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, the UAW Local 94, UAW Region 4 Veterans Committee, Dubuque Auxiliary Police (where he received a mayor's commendation for serving the City for over 25 years), American Legion Post 6, Dubuque Citizen's Band Radio Club and was a demonstrator of blacksmithing every year at the Froehlich, Iowa Foundation Fall-Der-All. He also was a donor for the Iowa Donor Network.
He loved God and country and advocated for disabled veterans whenever he could. He was honored and humbled to receive a Quilt of Valor in 2015. He also had a profound love and respect for anyone with any type of disability. He was a wonderful guardian to his older, disabled sister, Elaine. He loved to mentor children and teach them how to fish, hunt and shoot archery.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Linda, his daughters, Lori (Tom) Kirkpatrick, Kate (Steve) Dean, son, Scott (Rachel) Van Natta and daughter-in-law Sarah Van Natta. He is also survived by grandchildren Mallory and Allison Morris, Jacob, Logan and Riley Dean, Caleb Van Natta and Chase Van Natta. He was a loving master to his faithful dog, Buster. Larry is also survived by his brother, Robert (Lorraine) Van Natta of Potosi, WI. his special aunt, Helen Wentz of Woodruff, WI, many special cousins on the Wentz side of the family, sister-in-law Nancy Eisbach, brother-in-law Gary (Betty) Noel of Jefferson City, TN and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his son, Anthony (Tony) Van Natta, his parents, his sister Elaine Van Natta, several special aunts and uncles, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Charles and Florence Noel, brother-in-law, Peter Eisbach and aunt and uncle Elmer and Rosemary Friedman.
A Lawrence Van Natta Memorial Fund has been established.
The family would like to especially thank Heidi Davis, RN, Finley Home Care; the Nursing, Respiratory and Social Worker staff at Finley Hospital; Quality Medical Care of Dubuque; John Hartmann, D.O.; Douglas Hornick, M.D.and staff at UIHC and especially Victoria Famuyide, M.D., and her nurse, Jennifer, at Grand River Medical Center.
Dorothy A. Strub
Dorothy A. Strub, 96, of Dubuque died Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at home.
A Memorial Mass will be held 10 a.m. Friday, November 18, 2016 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church where friends may call from 9 a.m. until time of service.
Dorothy was born March 15, 1920 in Freeburg, Minn., daughter of Jesse and Winifred (Moore) Garrett. She attended Waukon Public Schools. On June 12, 1939 she married Mark Strub in New Albin, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 8, 1985.
Dorothy was the "Milk Lady" for 16 years for the St. Joseph the Worker lunch program. She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church.
She enjoyed baking, playing cards and gardening.
Dorothy is survived by four sons, Dick (Louise) of Dubuque, Mike (Vickie) of Dubuque, Pat (Sue) of Rock Island, Ill., and Mark of Oklahoma City, Okla.; a daughter, Mary Ann of Dubuque; a son-in-law, Charlie Klump of North Riverside, Ill., 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Donna; two brothers, Earl and Ray Garrett, and two sisters, Cleo Gromlich and Wilma Berwanger.
The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
For more information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.
Memorials may be made to St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church or Hospice of Dubuque.
Joan M. Schoen
Joan M. Schoen, 85, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away peacefully at 2:00 pm on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center surrounded by her loving family.
Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 pm on Tuesday, October 18 with the parish rosary/scripture service at 3:45 pm. Visitation will also be held from 9:00 - 9:45 am on Wednesday, October 19 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 am Wednesday at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.
Joan was born on July 3, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Frank and Ruth (Lobstein) Prindiville. She was a 1953 graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign, where she was a member of Alpha Xi Delta. Joan was united in marriage to John A. Schoen on January 8, 1955 in Chicago.
She loved golfing, playing bridge, and travel. Joan was a member of St. Mary's Parish. She was very devoted to her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Surviving is her husband John; six children, J. Andrew (Deb) Schoen of Dallas, Texas, Michael (Vicky) Schoen of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Susan (Russ) Coblentz of Naperville, Illinois, Peter (Karla) Schoen of Dubuque, Iowa, Laura (Jeff) Mootz of Neenah, Wisconsin and Daniel (Roberta) Schoen of Dubuque; 14-grandchildren, Christopher, Kim, Connor, Kaylee, Russell, Brittney, Courtney, Brandon, Brooke, Eric, Emily, Alexander, Natalie and Dalton; three great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Silas and Hendrix.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Richard (Majel) Prindiville.
John and family wish to thank the nurses Karen, Liz, Laura, Sister Brigid and the staff at Mercy Medical Center for the excellent care provided to Joan.
Memorials may be given to the Parkinson's Foundation or the Schoen Family Charitable Trust.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.millerfhed.com.
Marion Bailey Ryan
Marion Bailey Ryan passed away on October 13, 2006. She was born July 09, 1921, to Lucy (Murphy) and Clyde Bailey, in Flint, Michigan. She graduated from Flint Northern High School and Flint Junior College. From 1944-46, she was a hostess for Capital Airlines. While based in Milwaukee, she met Leo LeRoy (Lee) Ryan, who worked for Northwest Airlines. They married in 1946 and raised their three daughters in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.
During her life Marion also worked as a bank teller, secretary, and switchboard operator.
She served many years as a Girl Scout troop leader and was active in the Milwaukee Chapter of Clipped Wings, an organization for former United Airlines flight attendants. She was a talented seamstress and cake decorator, and was active in her churches in the Milwaukee area and then at Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel after she moved to Dubuque in 2006.
Marion is survived by daughters Tracey Rush (John) of Dubuque and Mary Lee Ryan of Milwaukee; her grandchildren Christopher (Amy) Rush of Newport News, VA, Timothy Rush of Milwaukee, and Megan (Matthew) Weber of Shawano, WI; and great-grandchildren Julia and Ethan Rush, and Jeremiah, Jenilee, and Coryanne Weber. She is further survived by several nieces and nephews and other relatives.
She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, daughter Sally Gruber, son-in-law Jim Gruber, brother James Bailey and sister Beverly Fisher.
Visitation will be held 4:30-7:00pm on November 22 at Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel, 2843 JFK Road in Dubuque, followed by a Celebration of Life at 7. Memorials may be sent in Marion's memory to the Northeast Iowa School of Music scholarship fund 2728 Asbury Rd, Suite 200, Dubuque IA 52001, or to Shawano Baptist Church, 710 E. Green Bay Street, Shawano WI, 54166.
The family would like to thank the staff of Sunset Park Place for their loving care of Marion, and to the many friends who visited with her and watched over her during her final weeks.
Darlene M. Weber
Darlene M. Weber, 92, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 13, 2016, at Manor Care, surrounded by her loving family.
A visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Monday, October 17, 2016, at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, Dubuque. A funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home with burial to follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Darlene was born on April 27, 1924, in Waterloo, Iowa, the daughter of Clifford and Calista (Wolter) Noggle. She was a dedicated member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, the Catholic Daughters of America for several years and donated to many Veteran organizations. She loved her family more than anything and enjoyed spending time with them. She had a smile for everyone and made sure you felt like a friend from the moment she met you. Her standard greeting was "Hi Honey" whether she knew you or not. Darlene had a beautiful spirit and will be deeply missed.
She married Burdette "Jack" Weber on December 27, 1944 at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque and was his loving wife for nearly 60 years. Even after all that time, he still referred to her as his bride.
She is survived by two sons, Kevin (Kathy) Weber and James Weber; her sisters Lorraine Shafer and Dolores Stillmunkes; her brother Dwayne "Butch" (Shirley) Noggle, and 4 grandchildren, Gabe Weber, Tina (Jason) Hartman, Kristopher Weber and Kara Weber and great grandsons, Jack and Logan Weber.
Darlene was preceded in death by her husband Jack in 2002, her son Joseph Weber, her son Gerald (Jerry) Weber, her daughter in law Karen Weber and her granddaughter Fawn Weber.
Flowers are welcome for the service or donations may be made at the visitation.
The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Nichole and Betsy; Manor Care, and Dr. Ward and his staff for all of the wonderful care they gave to Darlene.
Mark G. Kane
Mark G. Kane 35 of Asbury Iowa passed away Tuesday October 11, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center Dubuque, Funeral services will be at 10:30 am Monday October 17, 2016 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road. Burial will follow at Holy Family Cemetery New Melleary. Friends may call from 1 to 5 pm Sunday October 16, 2016 at the funeral home.
Mark was born on August 22, 1981 in Dubuque the son of Michael Kane and Deanna (Thimmesch) Kane. He married Robin Barton on August 3, 2002 in Dubuque. Mark graduated from Hempstead High School in 2000 and was active with the Wrestling program. He worked for AIM Manufacturing Co. in Cascade and formerly worked for Premier Tooling in Peosta. He was a hardworking man who enjoyed body building and weight lifting along with the Oakland Raiders. His children were his greatest love and he especially enjoyed spending time with them and fishing.
He is survived by his wife Robin, two children Kylie and Luke Kane, two step children Jordan and Logan Steuer, his father Mike (Margie) Kane of Epworth, his mother Deanna Kane of Dubuque, two brothers Terry (Amy) Kane of Epworth and Kevin Kane of Dubuque, his maternal grandfather Harold Thimmesch, father-in-law, Bob (Memory) Barton, brothers-in-law, Jamie Barton and Justin Nank, and many aunt's uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his mother-in-law Malia West, maternal grandmother Anna Mae Thimmesch, paternal grandparents Joe and Angie Kane, an aunt Mary Jo Kiernan, and uncles, John Beireis and Jim Haudenshield.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established to benefit his children.
Patricia A. Rupp
Patricia A. "Pat" Rupp, 81, of Dubuque, died Wednesday evening, October 12, 2016, with her family by her side.
Friends may call from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday, October 17, 2016, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road. Funeral services will be held immediately after the wake.
Throughout her career in journalism, Pat worked at Brown Publishing, Telegraph Herald and after her retirement, wrote the DuTrac Community Credit Union Newsletter and originated the Preserving Memories Workshop.
She was born on September 4, 1935, in Portland Oregon, the only child of William and Harriett (Hefferon) Gleeson. She grew up in East Dubuque, Illinois and attended The Academy of the Visitation in Dubuque, Iowa. She married the love of her life, James J. (Jim) Rupp on December 2, 1961, in Dubuque. He preceded her in death in 2005.
Pat enjoyed reading and good conversation. She was a talented artist including oil and china painting and was an avid writer.
Pat was known to be an elegant, classy lady and a true friend. She was willing to share her beautiful smile and outgoing personality with everyone she met. She loved to spend time with her friends and family, and especially the "lunch bunch sisters" and her significant other of six years, Charlie Kutsch.
Surviving are three daughters, Missy (Greg) Tuthill and Marni (Joe) Schmit, both of Dubuque, and Tassie (Joe) Carter, of Sherrill, Iowa, and son Terry Rupp of Independence, Missouri. Her grandchildren added much joy to her life. They are Jennifer (Erik) Johnson, Trevor, Taylor and Jordan Tuthill, Maddie and Austin Schmit, Joshua, Noah and Aliyah Carter, Angel (Andrew) Halverson, Arin and Adam Rupp, and great-grandchildren Dakota, Landon, Ronin, and Meelo.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Jim Rupp, and son Michael Rupp.
In lieu of flowers, a Pat Rupp Memorial Fund has been established.
Her family would like to thank the staff at Sunnycrest Manor and the staff at Hospice of Dubuque.
Robert W. Barker
Robert W. Barker, Sr., 79, of Delmar, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, October 14, 2016, at his home in rural Delmar, Iowa.
A celebration of Robert's life will be held at 10 A.M., Wednesday, October 19, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery, DeWitt, Iowa.
Robert Wallace Barker was born on November 4, 1936 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Wallace L. and Olive (Butz) Barker. He grew up in rural Welton and graduated from Welton High School in 1955. He farmed and served with the 185th Artillery, 34th Division Red Bull Army National Guard Unit for eight years, and then worked for Central Steel in Camanche for seven years. For the next 17 years he worked as a machine operator and inspector at Caterpillar in Mt. Joy. He then went to truck driving school in Bettendorf and worked for Scott County Ready Mix for 14 years, retiring in 2005.
Robert married Nancy L. Hamann on November 4, 1961 in DeWitt, Iowa. To this union four children were born: twins Robert Wallace Jr. and John Henry, Darryl and Kevin. Robert and Nancy later divorced in 1978, and on November 20, 1982 he married Shirley M. Miller in Andrew, Iowa. Shirley preceded him in death on December 28, 2006.
Robert had been a member of the UAW while working at Caterpillar. He loved music, dancing, attending country western shows, polka and waltz bands, and had played Tenor Sax and Trumpet in the Welton High School Band. Additionally, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and attending the Great Welton Tractor Ride every September as well as the Old Threshers Reunion in Mt. Pleasant each year. He especially loved his family and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Those left to honor Robert's memory include his children, Robert Barker, Jr. of Urbandale, IA, Darryl (Toni) Barker of Adel, IA, and Kevin (Kari) Barker of Durant, IA; step-children- Steven Schurbon of Scottsdale, AZ, Pamela (John) Knopf of Dubuque, IA, and Kathy (Bob) Bauer of Preston, IA; a sister-in-law- Rosie Miller of Maquoketa, IA; 4 grandchildren, Dustin, Dylan, Jordan and Max Barker; 7 step-grandchildren, Johnny and Michael Knopf, Derek, Kari and Kristen Schurbon, Shey Bauer and Josey Driscoll; and 10 step-great-grandchildren, Landon, Logan and Liam Bauer, Jarrett and Talan Driscoll, Kahler Vance, Michael Knopf, Luke, Noah and Andrew Henline. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Shirley, a sister Evelyn Dierickx, and an infant son John Henry Barker.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Robert W. Barker, Sr. memorial fund has been established.
Online Condolences may be left at www.carsonandson.com.
Daniel Matthewson, 68, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully, Thursday, October 6, 2016, at his home.
Gathering of family and friends will be from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, with a memorial service at noon.
Dan was born on January 21, 1948 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Lowell "Jeff", and Anita (Butters) Matthewson.
Dan graduated from Wahlert High School in 1966. He then served in the US Air Force from 1966 to 1970 as a weapons mechanic. Dan worked as a roofer for many years at Rafoth Roofing. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and watching the Chicago Cubs.
He is survived by his children, Marc (Sarah) Matthewson, Kevin (Jen) Kerstein, and Myra Nelson; brothers Tim (Pat) Matthewson, Brian Matthewson, and sister Mary (Bill) Genzler; grandchildren Riley, Stella, Brendan, Kacey, Brooklyn, Breanna, Blake, Blain; and several nieces and nephews. He is also fondly remembered by his companion, Arlene, and her children.
Daniel was preceded in death by his parents.
In lieu of flowers, a Dan Matthewson memorial fund has been established.
Hilda Haxmeier, 104, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, October 14, 2016 at Manor Care.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, October 16th at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be in St. Catherine Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 17th. Friends may call from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church.
Hilda was born February 18, 1912, in LaMotte, IA, daughter of Michael and Susan (Kremer) Mueller. She married Arnold Haxmeier June 30, 1936 at St. Theresa Catholic Church, LaMotte, IA. He preceded her in death on March 11, 1984.
Hilda enjoyed playing cards, reading books, putting puzzles together and watching the Chicago Cubs. She liked spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker parish and St. Joseph the Worker Senior Citizens Pot Luck and Card Club. For many years she helped with funeral dinners at St. Joseph's. She was a parishioner of St. Catherine's parish for 37 years. For many of those years she decorated the altars with her own flowers. She was an avid flower and vegetable gardener.
Her culinary skills were remarkable. Holidays won't be the same without Hilda's pies. She enjoyed speaking Luxembourg with old friends and anyone else who could speak the Luxembourg dialect. Her memory was extraordinary. She was the person people would go to for information about the history of families from LaMotte, St. Theresa's and St. Catherines. Hilda loved her church and the rosary.
Surviving are two daughters, Mary Haas and Joan (Rudy) Bellmann,; a son, William "Bill" Haxmeier, all of Dubuque; six grandchildren, Deborah Haas, Jeffrey (Ann) Haas, Julie (John) Bartlett, Jenifer (Syrus) Esau, June Haas and Robert Bellmann; nine great grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Dorothy Mueller, Veronica Hanson and Evelyn (Melvin) Lenz, of Dubuque.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Mildred O'Hearn, Viola Sutton and Anita Mae Fox; four brothers, LeRoy, Clarence, Anthony "Charlie" and Alvin "Pete" Mueller; a son-in-law, Clair Haas; a granddaughter, Janet Bellmann; and a great-granddaughter, Andrea Bellmann.
The family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks for all the prayers and well wishes extended to Hilda during this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers Memorials may be given to St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church.
Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com.
Merle F. Brady
Merle F. Brady, 89, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday morning, October 13, 2016, at her daughter's home in Sabula, Iowa.
A celebration of Merle's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, October 18, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Monday, October 17, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.
Merle Frances Dick was born on April 17, 1927 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Ray and Mabel (Hute) Dick. She was a 1944 graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Leonard "Vern" Brady on December 30, 1945 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 15, 2007.
Merle had farmed with her husband and worked as a secretary for Schoenthaler and Lee Law Office, Kirchhoff Locker and Hoffman Eggs for many years.
Merle had been a member of the Codfish Hollow Saddle Club. She enjoyed playing cards, especially Euchre, line dancing, puzzles and spending time with her family.
Those left to honor Merle's memory include her children, Nancy (Mrs. Tim) Parson of Sabula, IA and Marsha (Mrs. Dennis) Weets of Monument, CO; 4 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 3 step-great-grandchildren and 1 step-great-great-grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, 2 sisters, 2 brothers and a grandson Kevin "Buck" Tracy.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Merle F. Brady memorial fund has been established.
Online Condolences may be left at www.carsonandson.com.
Dula K. Bockenstedt
Dula K. Bockenstedt, 84, of Colesburg, died peacefully Wednesday, October 12, 2016, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.
Visitation will be held Sunday, October 16, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, where a parish vigil service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 17, 2016, St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Colesburg. Burial will follow in St. Boniface Cemetery, New Vienna. Rev. John Haugen will officiate.
Dula was born November 24, 1931 in New Vienna, the daughter of James and Agatha (Langel) Girouex. She married Laverne "Toby" Bockenstedt on November 26, 1955 in New Vienna. Together they farmed and raised their family northwest of New Vienna until retiring in 1985, when they moved to Colesburg.
Dula received her LPN at St. Mary's School in Rochester, MN. She was a nurse her entire life until her retirement in 2011. Dula was recognized by the Governor for her many years of volunteer service in her community. She loved her family and the time she spent with them. Dula enjoyed spending time caring for her flowers. She and Toby traveled many places together including several trips to Germany, Spain, and most recently Dula took a trip to the Holy Land.
Survivors include her sons: Thomas (Celeste) of Iowa City, Peter (Ruth) of New Vienna, Andrew (Kimberly) of Iowa City and Matthew (Teresa) of Dyersville; 12 grandchildren: Austen, Rayanna and Landon Bockenstedt, Emily (Craig) Heims, Alicia (Paul) Overman, Nicholas (fiancé Keasha Monaghan) Bockenstedt, Shannon (Alex) Carrillo, Carley and Addie Bockenstedt, and step-grandson, Zach Brogan, Benjamin, and Katelin Bockenstedt; 3 great-grandchildren, Anna, Melanie, and Evelyn Heims; and 2 step-great-granddaughters: Lilly and Annie Johns; 2 sisters: Patricia (Kenneth) Fortman of Rochester, MN, and Jeannette (Elmer) Pitterle of Watertown, WI; brother-in-law John Walsh of Oak Park, IL, sisters-in-law Grace Kirsch of Dyersville, Alice M. Bockenstedt of New Vienna, and Virgene Bockenstedt of Dyersville,
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Toby, in 2013; infant son Paul Anthony; 2 sisters, Phyllis Walsh and Erna (Cletus) Hughes; in-laws Clarence, Martin, Eugene Bockenstedt, and Alice E. Bockenstedt,
Our family would like to thank Hospice of Comfort of Delaware County, the staff at the Good Neighbor Home, and Dr. Christiansen and Jill Bushman for taking such great care of Dula and our family.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com.