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Agnes A. Huseman Barbara Mills Catherine M. Beaver
Charles D. Woods Darlys T. Stoeffler Eldon J. Greenwood
Elizabeth Baus Holland Ezra Clark Floyd M. Tomter
Jane T. Dalsing John F.M. Jensen John M. Gregory
Kevin D. Conlon Lavern F. Petsche Louis A. Decker
Marilyn L. Kapparos Mary D. Arterberry Mary Ellen Brimeyer
Mary R. Sawyer Norma J. Brant Phillip H. Williams, Sr.
Rita H. (Kertels) Butson Ruth M. Lutzow Shirley A. McVay
Vincent E. Leytem Wililam D. Burroughs

Lavern F. Petsche

Lavern F. Petsche, 91, of Dyersville, died Sunday, May 24, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque after a brief illness.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil will be held at 3:00 p.m. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 28, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in St. Francis Cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Lavern was born January 30, 1924, near Guttenberg, Iowa the son of Albert and Lottie (Spoden) Petsche. He married Norma Jaeger on August 17, 1946, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville.  Together they farmed near Clayton until they moved to Dubuque where he began working for the Dubuque Packing Company.  In 1957, they moved to a farm near Holy Cross.  They moved to Dyersville in 1971, and he retired from the Dubuque Pack in 1981.

He enjoyed searching for and restoring antique furniture.  He was very proud of the fact that he had a driver's license for over 75 years with no accidents on his record.

He is survived by his wife, Norma, 4 children: Duane (Sharon) Petsche of DeWitt, Kay Herman of Dubuque, Mary (Doug) Jones of Shueyville, Karen (Carl) Bries of Luxemburg; 11 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren, a sister, Bernice Blunk of Garnavillo; in-laws: Marilyn (Pat) Werner of Dyersville, Bill Jaeger, John (Ruth) Jaeger, both of Manchester, Leo (Diane) Jaeger of Kenton, OH, Leroy Jaeger of Earlville and Loras (Mikki) Jaeger of Davenport.

He was preceded in death by 2 sons-in-law, Hugo Oberbroeckling and Fred Herman; 3 brothers: Ted (Mildred) Petsche, Lawrence (Leola) Petsche, and Donald Petsche; a sister, Irene (Urban) Jaeger; siblings-in-law: Verni Blunk, Jeanne Ann and Eldon Jaeger in infancy, Joan (George) Helle, Della Rose Downey, Eileen (John) Appel; in-laws: Anita Jaeger, Diane Jaeger, Mary Ann Jaeger.

We would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and Stonehill Care Center for the excellent care over these last few weeks.

 



John M. Gregory

John M. Gregory, 92, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, May 25, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, with Msgr Thomas E. Toale officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Military rites will be conducted by American Legion Post 6. Friends may call from 9:00 to 10:a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick Church. Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. is assisting the family.

John was born October 2, 1922 in Dubuque, son of Leo and Mary (Mathias) Gregory. He married Patricia O'Brien, October 14, 1959 in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on Sept. 6, 1983.

He attended the former Sacred Heart grade school, graduated from Loras Academy in 1940, and Bayless Business College, all in Dubuque.

John was a Tech Sargent for 3 ½ years in the Army Air Corp during WWII. After returning from the service he was an insurance agent at Coates Insurance Agency, and Spensley, Gallogly and Brown Insurance retiring February 28, 1988.

He was a longtime member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, where he served as an usher for 25 years; and he was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.

Surviving is a daughter, Marilisa (Tim) Commerford, of Plymouth, MN; two step-grandchildren, Rachel (John) Madden and Daniel (Rachel) Commerford; and two sisters, Lois O'Brien and Donna O'Brien, both of Dubuque.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, and an infant son, Michael Seton Gregory, March 26, 1964.

Memorials may be made to Divine Word Seminary in John's memory.

A special thank you to Dr. Honorio Caceres and the nursing staff at Mercy Medical Center and Stonehill Care Center.

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



Floyd M. Tomter

Floyd M. Tomter, 94, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2015 at home, surrounded by his family.

Services will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, May 28, 2015 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, where friends may greet the family from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service. Rev. Dwayne Tieg will officiate. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded. Friends may also greet the family from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road.

Floyd was born March 20, 1921 in Pigeon Falls, WI, the son of Ole and Hilda (Skoyen) Tomter. He served his country with the U.S. Army Medical Corps during WWII. On May 12, 1945, he married Doris T. Monson in Osseo, WI.
Floyd was employed as plant manager for Janlin Plastics Company, and later was employed as a mechanic and lane man at Fischer bowling. He was an avid bowler, and was a member of the Dubuque Bowling Association. Floyd was a member of the 700 Bowling Club, and was inducted into the American Bowling Congress Hall of Fame in 2005.
Floyd was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church.
He was thanked and recognized as a disabled/wounded veteran of World War II, and participated in the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. He was a member of American Legion Post #6 and the Disabled American Veterans.

Floyd is survived by his wife, Doris Tomter, of Dubuque; five daughters, Karen Pfeiler of Iowa City, IA, Carolyn (Ken) Brandel of Guttenberg, IA, Shirley (Bob) Reisch of Asbury, IA, Janet Kuhle of Dubuque, and Barbara (Rick Cooper) Tomter of Verona, WI; eleven grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; six step grandchildren; four step great grandchildren; two brothers in law, Gilmen Monson of Strum, WI and Maynard Monson of Hazel Green, WI: and one sister in law, Marian Holmen of Austin, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandchild; four brothers; and one sister.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.



Wililam D. Burroughs

William D. "Bill" Burroughs, 81, of Galena, IL, and formerly of Menominee, IL, passed away on Friday, May 22, 2015 at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at St. Michael's Church in Galena, with Rev. David Reese officiating.  Burial will be in Nativity BVM Cemetery at Menominee, IL, where military honors will be accorded by members of VFW  Post # 2665.

Visitation will be from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque and after 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Michael's Church in Galena. The Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Bill was born on October 8, 1933 in Menominee Twp. of Jo Daviess County, IL, the son of Richard and Lucille (Ricke) Burroughs. He was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, class of 1951.   He married Marge Hilby on May 11, 1957 at Nativity BVM Church at Menominee.  She preceded him in death on July 24, 1984. He later married Barbara Glasgow on March 14, 1987 at St Francis De Sales Church in Hazel Green.

He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict serving with the U. S. Army.  Bill operated Bill Burroughs Construction Co. and later was elected and served as Jo Daviess County Treasurer for approximately 10 years.

Bill was a member of St. Michael's Parish in Galena and formerly a member of Nativity BVM Parish at Menominee.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council # 7527 of East Dubuque, which he helped to establish, and was a Past Grand Knight.  He was also a member of Msgr. C. F. Conley Assembly - 4th Degree of the Knights of Columbus where he was a Past Faithful Navigator.  Bill was also a member of the VFW Post 2665 and the American Legion.  He was also a member of St. Michael's Choir.  He loved to sing, play golf, cribbage and euchre and enjoyed going out to eat with family and friends.  He learned to play the accordion and organ from memory.   He had a great love for his family and friends.   He loved spending time in his tool shed behind his home.    Anyone who knew Bill knew that every tool was well taken care of and was always in it's place.

Surviving are his wife Barb Glasgow, one son Michael (Karla) Burroughs of Kaukauna, WI, one daughter Michele (Bill) Berning of Hazel Green, WI, five grandchildren, Alecia and Benjamin, Kelsy, Clinton and Nicole, four step-children, Steven (Vickie) Glasgow of Dubuque, IA, Kevin (Michelle) Glasgow of Oregon, WI, Sharon Mootz and Susan Moritz both of Bettendorf, IA, 15 step-grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren,  a brother Karl (Eunice) Burroughs of East Dubuque, IL, and a sister Sandy Conzett of Cassville, WI, an aunt, Della Just of Clarkfield, MN and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and first wife Marge (Hilby) Burroughs.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Vandigo, the nurses and staff at Midwest Medical Center in Galena, the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community and Hospice of Dubuque.

 



Mary R. Sawyer

Mary R. Sawyer was gathered into the loving embrace of the universe on May 20, 2015. Born April 14, 1944 in McCook, Nebraska, she grew up in the farming community of Beaver City, Nebraska.

Mary was a life-long social justice activist, beginning with her involvement in the civil rights movement as a college student. Her passion for eliminating racism and other forms of oppression was the driving force in her life. After many years of human relations and human rights work, in 1986 she began a 25-year career teaching Religious Studies at Iowa State University in Ames, where she co-founded the African American Studies Program, created a Peace and Justice Internship option, and was a voice for the empowerment of women.

As a scholar-activist, with advanced degrees from Howard University Divinity School (M.A.) and Duke University (Ph.D.), she authored and co-edited three books and numerous articles on African American religion and politics.

Mary was devoted to her family, loved the out-of-doors, and treasured books. A strong supporter of ISU women's basketball, she also remained a loyal fan of the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Polly Kentfield Sawyer; a sister, Louise Sawyer; and a brother-in-law, Dennis Richter.

She is survived by two sisters, Kathy (Don) Tegtman of Stamford, Nebraska, and Polly J. Richter of South Haven, Michigan; nieces Wendy Tegtman, Kathy Louise Kent, Sheila Pabst, Karen Kramer, Mary Dawn Voisard, Jenny Richter; nephews Brad Tegtman, Gart Kent, Cory Tegtman, and Bill Richter; and friend, Yvette Louisell. Also by 16 great nieces and nephews, a great-great niece and two great-great nephews.

Mary was diagnosed with lung cancer in December 2014. Her family wishes to thank the following for the loving care given to Mary throughout her illness: Dr. Christian Schultheis and staff of Medical Associates; Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melanie and Lisa; members of the Dubuque Franciscan Community and her Franciscan Associate groups; Lisa Schmidt; and her beloved cat, Sammi.

A service of remembrance will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at Clare House, Mount St. Francis, 3340 Windsor Ave., Dubuque. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to Opening Doors (Maria House and Teresa Shelter), 1561 Jackson St., Dubuque, IA 52001.

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



Darlys T. Stoeffler

Mrs. Gerald (Darlys T. Meyer) Stoeffler, 59, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, IA.


Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:00 p.m. Monday, May 25, 2015 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Rev. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Sunday and from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 12:30 p.m.

Darlys was born on January 6, 1956 in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Merlin and Joanne (Schiffer) Meyer. She was a graduate of West Dubuque High School, class of 1974.
She was formerly employed at Dubuque OBGYN, Medical Associates Internal Medicine Dept. and Runde Chevrolet.
Darlys was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Her main focus in life was her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed horses, baking, cooking, going to the cabin up North and reading books, especially her bible.

Surviving is her husband Gerald "Jerry" Stoeffler, their children, Jane (Ryan) Reed of Arlington, VA, Shawn Mercer of East Dubuque, Karli Schoenfeld of Clinton, IA, Michael (Terra) Stoeffler and Caleb (Amy) Mercer both of East Dubuque; nine grandchildren, Morgan, Lauren, Jacob, Cole, Elaine, Raegan, Landon, Noelle and Malia; her mother, Joanne Meyer of Bernard, IA, her siblings, Dianne (Jeff) Reiter of Cascade, IA, Duane (Laura) Meyer of LaMotte, IA, Donna (Jim) Burright of Ankeny, IA and Dale (Lisa) Meyer of Bernard; a sister-in-law, Darlene Meyer of Cascade, IA, numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father Merlin Meyer, a son Daryl Mercer, and a brother Dennis Meyer.

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



Mary D. Arterberry

Mary D. Arterberry, 90, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Mary's life will be held at 2 P.M., Wednesday, May 27, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. on Wednesday, May 27, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center. Burial will be at the East Iron Hill Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Mary Dorothy Arterberry was born on Oct. 10, 1924 in Somerville, New Jersey, to Harry and Pauline (Travis) McHugh. She grew up in Washington, D.C. and met her future husband, Orville Arterberry, while he was stationed in the military in Virginia. They were married on Dec. 3, 1943 in Washington, D.C., and to this union three children were born: James, Carol and Larry.

Mary was a homemaker, babysitter and had worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa on the assembly line for many years.

Mary was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Maquoketa and the St. Anne's Guild. She was an outgoing "people person" who enjoyed camping, fishing, playing bingo and cards, especially Skip-Bo.

Those left to honor Mary's memory include her children, James (Arlett) Arterberry of Maquoketa, IA, and Carol (James) Summers of Maquoketa, IA; 6 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Lois Garien of Maquoketa, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Orville, on Oct. 29, 1987; 2 grandchildren, Jeffery and Kevin; and a son, Larry, on May 22, 2012.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Mary D. Arterberry memorial fund has been established.

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



Norma J. Brant

Norma Jean (Ballagh) Brant, 74, of Hazel Green, WI, passed away peacefully on Tuesday May 19, 2015 at the Epione Pavilion in Cuba City, WI.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 5:30 p.m. Saturday May 23, 2015 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kieler, WI, with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in Phillips, WI. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is assisting the family.

Jean was born on March 26, 1941 in Park Falls, WI, the daughter of Norman and Tressia (Mader) Wirsing. She graduated from Park Falls High School in 1959.

On December 14, 1959 she married Paul J. Ballagh, Jr. They owned and operated Big Bear Lodge at Winter, WI, then the Red Top Supper Club in Hazel Green, WI. Paul preceded her in death after 24 years of marriage. She later married Vergil Brant on Dec. 16, 1983.

Jean was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler, WI and its Council of Catholic Women. She loved family time in Northern WI, gardening and berry picking, reading (especially cookbooks) and passing on her values to her family, always giving back to the community.

She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Vergil Brant of Hazel Green, WI, three sons, Paul Ballagh III (Heidi Brunkow) of Winter, WI, Karl (Vicky) Ballagh, Joe Ballagh (Jodi Noethe), and a daughter Mari Ellen (Andy) Fessler all of Hazel Green, WI; grandchildren, Hunter and Josie Ballagh and Lauren, Rylie and Ella Fessler all of Hazel Green, WI, three step-children, Kenny Brant, David (Mary Jo) Brant and Janice Brant, all of Kieler, WI; six brothers, Joe (Carla) Wirsing of Winter, WI, Jerry (Marcie) Wirsing of Phillips, Wi, Jon (Kris) Wirsing, Jeffrey (Jacci) Wirsing, Randy (Robin) Wirsing, Jared (Nancy) Wirsing all of Park Falls, WI; five sisters, Jackie (Bob) Balzer of Park Falls, WI, Jill Moldenhauer of LaCrosse, WI, Teri (Mike) Zoesch of Parker, CO, Jenny (Mike) Pritzl of Park Falls, WI and Jodi (Ron) Wiest of Dickeyville, WI; and a sister-in-law Irma (Ballagh) Biermann of Phillips, WI; numerous nieces and nephews, nine step-grandchildren and ten step-great grandchildren.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Norman and Tressia Wirsing, her first husband Paul Ballagh, Jr, a son, Mikal Ballagh and a step-daughter Debbie (Brant) Leonard.

A special thank you to the nurse and staff at Hospice of Dubuque and Epione Pavilion for the compassionate care given to Jean and her family.

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



Eldon J. Greenwood

Eldon J. Greenwood, 79, of Farley, Iowa, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Unity Point Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Eldon may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, May 23, 2014 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa.

Private Graveside services will be held for Eldon on Saturday, May 24, 2015 at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa.

He was born August 6, 1935 in Farley, Iowa, son of Joseph and Marcella (Kelchen) Greenwood. He received his education in the rural Farley area schools. On November 18, 1961 he was united in marriage to Linda Moriarity at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. He farmed in the rural Farley area, family and farming were his passions. Eldon was a John Deere man but had a special place in his heart for his International H.

He was a proud and strong man and his family meant everything to him. He was a devoted husband, loving father and he loved to spend time with his grandchildren and great granddaughter.

In passing, he wants everyone to remember to keep smiling and laughing because life is about memories.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Greenwood of Farley; seven children, Joseph (Lisa) Greenwood of Chicago, IL, John (Dawne) Greenwood of Dubuque, David Greenwood of Epworth, Laura (Tim) Derga of Farley, Paul Greenwood of Farley, Brian (Deb) Greenwood of Epworth, and Janet (John) Derga of Dyersville; his grandchildren, Heather (Tim) Ricklefs, Megan (Dennis) Tarasi, Alexander Heeren, Justin Derga, Ashley (Kris) Klein, Whitney Derga, Westin Derga, Kelli and Lee Greenwood; a great grandchild, Skylar.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and a daughter, Cindy Greenwood on March 31, 2015.

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



Elizabeth Baus Holland

Elizabeth (Betty Rae) Baus Holland of Scales Mound, IL died May 18, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, IA. Visitation will be held on Friday, May 22 from 2 pm until 8 pm at the Miller-Steinke Funeral Home in Scales Mound, IL and on Saturday from 9:30 am until 10: 45 am at St. Joseph's Church, Apple River. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, May 23 at 11:00 am at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Apple River, IL. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Apple River, IL. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to a charity of one's choice or the memorial fund that has been established in Betty's memory.

Betty was born on April 27, 1929 in Shullsburg, WI daughter of W.R. (Raymond) and Letha (Stadel) Baus. She received her grade school education in rural Scales Mound, Schoehard & Ford, one-room schools and San Antonio, Texas. Both she and her husband graduated from Scales Mound High School in 1946. Betty attended University of Dubuque, Pestalozzi Froebel in Chicago, and graduated with a B.S.degree from Platteville Teachers College in 1951. She taught second grade at Seminary Hill School in Galena and substituted in Scales Mound and Warren Schools after her marriage.

Betty married Edward A. Holland on August 4, 1951 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Apple River, IL. He preceded her in death on August 19, 2012. Ed & Betty resided on the Holland Family Homestead in rural Scales Mound, until 1996 when they moved to the Stadel-Holland Farm on the northern edge of Scales Mound.

Betty's life was devoted to her Faith, Family, and Friends. She was the 2004 recipient of the Scales Mound School Outstanding Alumni Award, a Grandparent Helper in Scales Mound School, and an active member of St. Joseph's Church and the Altar & Rosary Society. She also quilted with the Lutheran Ladies and spent twenty -seven years coordinating and teaching religious education at St. Joseph's Church. Her family was her pride & joy.

Survivors include, daughter, Sister Kathleen Holland, OSF, Clinton, IA, and sons, William (Lisa) rural Apple River, and their children, Jacqueline, Megan, Patrick, Timothy, and Brian; Kevin (Marianne) Orlando, FL, and sons, Jordan Anderson, Nathan (Kate) and their daughter, Addison Lynn, and Matthew; Terrence (Virginia) rural Scales Mound, and their daughters, Rachel, Angela, and Leah; Martin (Anne) Springfield, VA, and their children Erin and Christopher; Joel (Joellen) Galena, IL and their children, Ryan, Julia, and Reid; cousins, nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, twin brothers, David and Donald; father and mother-in-law, James & Clara (Artman) Holland, brothers-in-law, Leland and R. Patrick Holland.

The Holland Family extends their thanks for the care to their Mother in the Mercy Medical Center CVU unit, especially Gina and Ashley.

In Mom's words, "God Bless"!



Jane T. Dalsing

Jane T. (Hoppman) Dalsing, 77, of rural Hazel Green, WI, passed away on Monday, May 18, 2015 at the Epione Pavilion in Cuba City, WI.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 21, 2015 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at Kieler, WI, with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center in Kieler, where the parish scripture service will be at 2:40 p.m. Wednesday. There will also be a visitation from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. on Thursday at the Parish Center. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.

Jane was born on December 30, 1937 near Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, the daughter of William B. and Bertilla C. (Fleege) Hoppman. She was united in marriage to Donald "Sam" Dalsing on August 18, 1956 at St. Joseph's Church, Sinsinawa. Jane graduated from St. Clara Academy in Sinsinawa in 1955 and was a secretary at Iowa Glass Company prior to staying home and raising her five children.

She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother and devoted wife. Jane was an excellent housewife and terrific cook. She was known as "Grandma Jane" to many of the younger children whom she helped care for. Jane was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish and its Council of Catholic Women.

Surviving is her husband, Donald E. "Sam" Dalsing; five children, Vicki (Dale) Uthe and their children, Becky, Emily, Kara and Callie, Dennis (Shari) Dalsing and their children, Amber, Elizabeth and Andrew, Lynn (Tom) Hendricks and their children, Steven and Amanda, Kristi (Tom) Runde and their children Rachael, Jacob and Jillian, and Scott (Deirdre) Dalsing and their children, Tighe, Taylor and Tierney; two sisters, Myrtle Busch and Ellen (Larry) Freiburger, 14-great grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Betty Hoppman and a brother-in-law, Jim McMahon.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Bertilla, a brother, Robert "Bob" Hoppman, a sister, Betty McMahon and brother in law, Robert (Bob) Busch.

Jane's family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at the Epione Pavilion and the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for the excellent care given to their wife, mother and grandmother.



John F.M. Jensen

John F.M. "Cotton" Jensen, 99, of Manor Care, formerly of Oak Park Place and 380 York Street died Monday, May 18, 2015 at Manor Care. Visitation will be from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Friday, May 22 at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church where funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Mausoleum.

John was born on March 13, 1916 in Williams, Iowa, son of Jens and Maggie (Gilbertson) Jensen. Growing up in Williams, he worked at the family restaurant and played football and basketball for his high school. After graduation, he attended Ellsworth Community College and was offered a position as a bookkeeper in Fayetteville, Ark.

He married his sweetheart, Frances Meister, on April 19, 1937 in Williams, Iowa, and returned to Fayetteville to begin their long life of nearly 74 years together. In 1954, he brought his family to Dubuque and continued his career in the lumber and logging business at Hubbard Walnut Company. The company later became RS Bacon Veneer, and John held the position of Vice President. He truly loved his work and his family.

John played golf well into his 80's at Dubuque Golf and Country Club. He loved to walk and took to the hills of Dubuque with gusto. John also loved to talk and would do so with anyone that would listen. He was a member of St. Columbkille's and lived his life through the "three P's", patience, persistence and prayer.

He is survived by his children, Julie Elliott of Jasper, Ind., John A. Jensen of Panama City Beach, Fla., and Jan (David Jegerlehner) Kaufman of Hazel Green, Wisc.; eight grandchildren, John (Jane) Connell, James Connell, Karyn (Dean Schroer) Connell, Pam (Steve) Moore, Lindy Elliott, Paula (Chris) Mataya, Jeff (Heather) Kaufman, and Kristine (David) Herrald; and 16 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances; daughter, Sandra Connell; five sisters, Mary, Mable, Maxine, Minnie and Anna; and four brothers, Maurice, Jens, Joseph and George.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Columbkille's Catholic Church or a charity of your choice.
The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

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

The family would like to thank his special care givers and friends at Manor Care. He loved the popcorn, cookies, and help with walks and exercise routine. Thank you for listening to his stories. The family would also like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care.



Marilyn L. Kapparos

Marilyn L. Kapparos, 71 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 22, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory with Sr. Margaret Anne Kramer, PBVM officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, May 21st at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

She was born in Dubuque, Iowa on April 10, 1944 the daughter of Charles and Lucille (Link) Pfeiffer. She graduated from beauty college and owned and operated the Blue Villa Beauty Salon in Key West, Iowa.

She enjoyed camping, and her many trips south. She was a member of the Tri State Travelers Camping Club where she served as treasurer.

She is survived by her companion for 23 years Leslie Toth, three sons, Richard Kapparos Jr., Dean (Jessy) Kapparos, and Troy (Jane) Kapparos, all of Dubuque. Eleven grandchildren, one great grandchild, nieces, nephews and a brother Charles "Butch" (Peachie) Pfeiffer, Jr.

She was preceded in death by her husband Dick Kapparos and her parents.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.

The family would like to thank the 5th floor nurses and staff at Finley Hospital, especially Betsi, Travis, Helen, and Leah for all their wonderful care they gave to Marilyn.



Mary Ellen Brimeyer

Mary Ellen Brimeyer, 60 of Durango, Iowa passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2015 after a long battle with cancer.
According to her wishes there will be no public visitation or services. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Mary was born on June 9, 1954 in Sherrill, Iowa the daughter of Gilbert and Norma (Weisenberg) Brimeyer.
Mary had a great life together with Al Steve. A fun day for Mary was fishing with her friends at her favorite fishing hole with a cold beer. She loved gardening, canning and cooking which were her specialties. She also enjoyed boat rides with Al and hunting morels. She was a very down to earth person who will be missed by many.

She is survived by her significant other Al Steve, her son Jamie Brimeyer, mother Norma Brimeyer, three sisters, Janice (Eugene) Baxter, Karen (Russ) Duve, and Elaine (Tom) Fortmann. Three brothers; Reynold, Allan and John, and a very special friend Cindy (Ron) Frommelt.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all their care they gave Mary Ellen.



Charles D. Woods

Charles D. "Don" Woods, 74 of Zwingle, Iowa passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Luther Manor in Dubuque,
Funeral service will be at 10:30a.m. on Thursday, May 21st, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Pastor Stuart Vander Vegte officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, with full military detail by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 3:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. Wednesday, May 20th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

He was born on December 21, 1940 in Kentucky the son of Richard and Irene (Ingles) Woods. He married Sheila Bellings on May 11, 1968. He is a United States Air Force Veteran and worked as an truck driver retiring from H&W Motor Express in 2002.

He enjoyed gardening, hunting and loved being around people especially his family.

He is survived by his wife Sheila, four children, Barbara (Dave) Weldon, of Danville, Kentucky, James "Rick" Woods, of Dubuque, Christopher Woods, of Austell, Georgia, Charles D. "Chuck" (LuAnn McKinley) Woods, Jr. of Sauk City, Wisconsin. Twelve grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Four sisters; Dora Moore, Louise Kirk, Mildred (Frank) Bridges, Bonnie Malone.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Donald "Terry", two brothers, William and Sam and a sister Agnes.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque, the staff of Luther Manor and Dr. Bruce Abele and his staff for all their wonderful care.



Ezra Clark

Ezra "Junior" Clark, 70, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday morning, May 17, 2015, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Junior's life will be held at 1:30 P.M. Thursday, May 21, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center. Burial will be in the Streets Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Ezra "Junior" Clark was born on July 18, 1944 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Henry Harlan and Helen Bell (Manning) Clark. He was educated in Maquoketa Schools and served his country in the U.S. Army until receiving an honorable discharge. He married Paula Howell in 1970 in Maquoketa, Iowa. They later divorced after 24 years.

Junior had been employed at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa for a short time. He then farmed, and worked various jobs including building pole barns and working for Anamosa Silos, retiring in 1987.

Junior enjoyed watching NASCAR, following his kids' events, feeding the birds and squirrels, and listening to country music.

Those left to honor Junior's memory include his children, Danny Clark of Maquoketa, IA, Annette (Larry) Radtke of Maquoketa, IA, Todd Clark of Maquoketa, IA, and Everett (Kim) Clark of Dubuque, IA; 14 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; brothers Lucky (Mary K.) Clark of Maquoketa, IA, Martin Clark of Manchester, IA, Randy Clark of Maquoketa, IA, Alvin (Karen) Clark of Monmouth, IA, and Marvin (Jessica) Clark of DeWitt, IA; and sisters Marilyn (Jeff) Grekoff of Maquoketa, IA, and Ellen (Steve) DeMoss of Sabula, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents; his former wife, Paula; and 4 brothers and 2 sisters.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Ezra "Junior" Clark memorial fund has been established.

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



Vincent E. Leytem

Vincent E. Leytem, 57, of Dubuque passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2015.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 20 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m., Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road.

Vincent was the 10th child in the Arnold Leytem and Elmeta (Pregler) Leytem family. He was born on September 29, 1957 with Down Syndrome. He was able to enjoy an active and rewarding life because of the many people he encountered from the Dubuque community.

Vincent loved to dance, so he went boot scooting every Wednesday, he bowled, took long walks, went to movies and would never miss a party.

He worked at the ARC workshop, Nordstrom's and the Redemption Center.

He loved, and was loved by his families, his siblings, ARC, Cozy Corner, Sunnycrest Manor and the Adeline Group Home, where he called home for 20 years. They all helped in giving Vinny the very best life possible.

He never missed a Cub's game and went to see them play every year. The Hawkeyes, Packers, and WWF wrestling also were a must see.

Surviving are his siblings, Betti Engler and Norma (Bill) Phillips, both of Dubuque, Peggy (Gary) Bicker of Clinton, IA., Pat (Chales) Keys of Tipton, IA., Dennis Leytem of Coralville, IA and Christine (Denny Hartke) Grogan of Dubuque; Sister-in-law, Norma Leytem, many nieces and nephews; and his family at ARC, Adeline, Cozy Corner and Sunnycrest Manor. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers, Arnold "Butch" and Bob Leytem; sister, Mary Lou Shappell; niece, Sandra Leytem;2 nephews, Russell Engler and Rick Engler; and his brother-in-law, Gene Engler.

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

A Vincent Leytem memorial fund has been established.

His family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque for their kindness and care.

"The Cubs won, 3-2"



Phillip H. Williams, Sr.

Phillip H. "Phil" Williams Sr. 68 of Elizabeth, Illinois and formerly of Dubuque died Thursday May 14, 2015 at home following a sudden illness.

Graveside burial services with full military honors by American Legion Post #6 will be at 10:30a.m. Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 at Dubuque Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

He was born on January 19, 1947, in Spencer, Iowa the son of Phillip and Lucille (Peppmier) Williams Sr. He served in the U. S. Army during the Vietnam War. On October 18, 2012 he married Lynette Dettloff in Galena. Phil worked for John Deere for 30 years until his retirement. He loved to hunt and fish, and play pool. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Phil is survived by his wife Lynette, four children Lisa (Jeff) Vogel, of Bernard, Cathy (Dan) Richeson, of MN, Phillip Williams, III, of Dubuque, Sheila (Chance Heath) Williams of Cedar Rapids, four grandchildren Hunter, Evan, Keenan, and Keeleah, and two sisters Diane Meskimen and Sandra Williams and his former wife Norma Williams.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law Guy Meskimen.



Shirley A. McVay

Shirley Ann McVay, 77, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, May 15, 2015. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Holy Spirit Parish-Sacred Heart. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Family may greet friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 18th at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street.

Shirley was born November 13, 1937 in Dubuque, daughter of Robert and Theresa (Foht) Sutter. She married Maynard McVay on July 13, 1956 at St. Raphael Catholic Church.
Shirley worked for many years at the Dubuque Greyhound Park. She liked to take walks at the Mall and also greatly enjoyed helping the Democratic Party. Recently, she was declared Dubuque Democratic Party Volunteer of the Year.

Survivors include her husband Maynard; children, Laura (Terry) Esch, Jennifer Heinze, Barbara Ann McVay , and John (Michelle) McVay ; 4 grandchildren, Sarah Esch, Alex Esch, Tasha Heinze and Cole Heinze; and one sister Elizabeth Marhoefer.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Irvina, Freda, Charles, Donald, and Robert, Louie, and Bill.

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

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



Kevin D. Conlon

Kevin D. "Conz" Conlon, 58 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away suddenly on Thursday, May 14th, 2015 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital of natural causes.

Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 18th at St. Raphael Cathedral with Rev. Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday, May 17th, 2015 at St. Raphael Cathedral from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and after 9:00 a.m. Monday at the church until time of funeral mass. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is handling arrangements.

He was born on December 31, 1956 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Donald and Anna Mae (Meyer) Conlon. On September 19, 1980 he married Kathryn I. Hanselmann at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Dubuque.

Kevin Conlon, affectionately known as "Conz," graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School in 1975. He then attended Loras College from 1975-1977 and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1979 with degrees in both English and Business.

This well-rounded education led to Kevin working for the City of Dubuque in the Finance Department for 24 years before finding a new sense of fulfillment as a paraprofessional at Kennedy and Eisenhower Schools.
His coworkers didn't know whether Kevin or the kids gained more reward from his lively and engaged presence. Kevin's commitment was evident in both the teachings he shared and the joy his students experienced because of it. His gentle manner touched many hearts, and he will be missed greatly by students and staff alike.

Growing up, Kevin was a fierce competitor in basketball and track. This passion saw him run in the original- and even win - the Turkey Trot, and participate in the Bay-to-Breakers race in San Francisco and the Drake Marathon, in which he took home 10th place. If you've ever driven Asbury Road as the sun paints the world golden, there's a good chance you've seen Kevin walking and emanating the beam - in Kevin's life there were no strangers, only friends he hadn't yet met.

No one knew this better than his loving family. When Kevin wasn't mindfully tending his garden, stacking wood, or sharing a tune with the yard birds, he was spreading that compassion to his wife, children, and pets. He and Kathy continuously enriched their lives through invigorating walks, practicing yoga, and connecting with their extensive list of friends. Natalie and Alex stand strong knowing Kevin's love and support - through all battles and achievements - is a force that endures eternal. And the pets will do their best to go without Kevin's tender affection.

In his passing, all the world lost a caring ear and understanding smile - while being awarded the chance to reflect in and emulate Kevin's character.

Kevin is survived by his wife Kathryn Conlon, his daughter Natalie (Significant other, Justin Garvin) Conlon, of Chicago, IL, and his son Alex Conlon, at home. His siblings; Gary (Marian Walker) Conlon, Cathy (James) Giese, Marna (Mark) Sullivan, Lynn (Jack) McCullough, Daniel (Jennifer Clemens) Conlon, Anne White, Luke (Nancy) Conlon, and Mark (Amy) Conlon. His mother-in-law Anne Hanselmann, brother-in-law Herbert (Suzanne) Hanselmann, and sisters-in-law Linda (Jerry) Redmond, and Elizabeth (Jim Wenger) Harms. Twenty nine nieces and nephews and three great nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his father-in-law Herbert Hanselmann and a nephew Conlon G. White.

A Kevin D. Conlon memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Chaplain Jim at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital and Dennis Bradley.



Louis A. Decker

Louis A. Decker, 77, of Holy Cross, Iowa, died Thursday, May 14, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio

Friends and relatives of Louis may call from 2 to 8 p.m., on Monday, May 18, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:00 p.m.

Services for Louis will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rickardsville, Iowa with Rev. Noah Diehm Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Rickardsville, Iowa.

Louis was born January 5, 1938 in Balltown, Iowa, son of Roy and Anna (Pothoff) Decker. He received his education in the Balltown area schools. On May 23, 1964 he was united in marriage to Pat Hannan at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rickardsville, Iowa.

Louis fulfilled his lifetime dream of owning his own business when he started Decker Tractor Repair with his son Paul. He was currently the co-owner of that business with his eldest son Wayne. His passion also revolved around restored Farmall tractors, hunting, fishing, 4-wheeling and snowmobile "back-packing" trips that he took in Michigan with his friends and family. He also enjoyed anything that involved any of his eight grandchildren.

He was a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Rickardsville, Iowa.

He is survived by his wife, Pat of 50 years; his three sons, Wayne (Kathy) Decker and Paul Decker both of Holy Cross; Mike (Laura) Decker of Dyersville; eight grandchildren, Brian, Becky, Justin, Ryan, Kayla, Abbie, Madison and Andrew; a daughter-in-law, Jolene Decker of Dyersville; his twin brother, Lloyd Decker and a sister, Anna Mae (Donald) Brimeyer both of Dubuque, IA; and sisters-in-law, Edith Decker of Dubuque, Mary Decker of Sherrill, Lucille (James) Sperfslage of Central City, Doris Hannan of Holy Cross; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, Raymond and Alvin Decker; a sister, Delores Decker; his father and mother-in-law, Donald and Marie Hannan; and a sister-in-law, Janice Decker.

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

 



Agnes A. Huseman

Agnes A. "Ig" Huseman, age 83, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, at 2:46 p.m., on May 14, 2015, at Luther Manor. To honor Agnes' life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a..m. on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at St. Columbkille's Church with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Agnes' life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 18, 2105, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Agnes was born on January 21, 1932, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Paul and Catherine (Cloos) Cain.

Agnes graduated from St. Columbkille's High School in 1951. Agnes was united in marriage to Joseph Huseman Sr., on February 23, 1952. He preceded her in death on their 45th wedding anniversary, February 23, 1997. Agnes was a proud and talented homemaker who thoroughly enjoyed caring for her home and family. She was also a loving wife, mother and grandma whose sincere adoration for those she loved was continually on display.

Agnes is survived by her children, Paul Huseman, Roseburg, OR, Joseph (Sandra) Huseman, Dubuque, IA, David (Sue) Huseman, Key West, IA, Lynn (Mike) Kuse, Camdenton, MO, Dan (Heidi) Huseman, Dubuque, IA, Russell (Jill) Huseman, St. Catherine, IA, Greg Huseman, Dubuque, IA, Terry Huseman, Dubuque, IA, Amy (Lenny) Schmitz, Dubuque, IA; 22 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren.

Agnes was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of 45 years, Joseph; and eight siblings, Allen (Irene) Cain, Robert (Shirley) Cain, John (Mary Jane) Cain, LeRoy (Janeane) Cain, Donald (Sally) Cain, Margie (Dale) Chambers, Wilma (Melvin) Hentgen and Marie (Gus) Meloy.

An Agnes A. "Ig" Huseman memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care of Agnes.

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

 



Ruth M. Lutzow

Ruth M. Lutzow, 81, of Galena, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at home.

Funeral services will be 12:00 (Noon) Saturday, May 16, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Galena, with Rev. Dr. Fred Baltz officiating. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:45 a.m. on Saturday at the Church. The Miller & Steinke Funeral Home of Galena is in charge of arrangements.

Ruth was born on Feb. 2, 1934 in Washington, IA, the daughter of Louise (Whisler) Klatick. She was united in marriage to William "Bill" Lutzow in 1959. He preceded her in death on Jan. 1, 1998.

She enjoyed golfing, fishing and life in general. Ruth loved rocking the babies at Day Care. Ruth was a very active member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, where she served as church secretary, a member of the church council and headed the funeral dinner committee.

Surviving are two daughters, Bonnie (Michael) Zadny of Hartland, WI, and Kimberly (Jeff) Miller of Galena, Illinois; seven grandchildren, Matthew (Kara) Clemente of Chicago, IL, Michael Clemente of Niles, IL, (both of whom she raised), Emily Zadny of Hartland, WI, Brian Miller of Phoenix, AZ, Sarah Miller of Downers Grove, IL, Stacy Miller and Scott Miller, both of Galena; four great-grandchildren, Decker, Ainsley, Skylar and Vincent Clemente; one brother, Paul (Rosemary) Kolosick of McHenry, IL; and one sister, Pauline (Clarence) Brown of Washington, IA.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Louise; her husband, William; and two sisters, Patricia Young and Deloris Call.

Memorials may be given to St. Matthew Lutheran Church.

Ruth's family wishes to express their appreciation to Dr. Eric Engelman and staff, Mercy Medical Center 3-West nurses and staff and to Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care provided to Ruth.

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



Catherine M. Beaver

Catherine M. Beaver, age 84, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, at 2:40 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque.

To honor Catherine's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 18, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue with Rev. Kyle M. Digmann officiating. To celebrate Catherine's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Catherine was born on Jan. 17, 1931, in Houston, TX, daughter of Linus and Charlotte (Bock) Westemeyer.

Catherine was a lifelong Dubuque resident. She married Gerald Beaver on April 21, 1951, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dubuque, and they recently celebrated 64 blessed years of marriage. Catherine was a fulltime wife, mother and grandmother who gracefully played each role to its fullest potential. She was a talented and devoted homemaker who thoroughly loved cooking and anxiously anticipated family get togethers.

Catherine had many interests but the three she enjoyed most often were woodworking, fishing and playing cards, especially poker. She was also an eager volunteer with her time and talents with numerous organizations and events and generously spent many years working the voting polls. Catherine was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, the Altar and Rosary Society and a past member of the parish council.

Catherine is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Gerald Beaver, Dubuque, IA; her children, Cheryl (Michael) Christ, Powell, OH, Connie (John Decker) Beaver, Sherrill, IA, Sandra (Ray) Herzog, Jane (Doug) Rupp, Kristi (Michael House) Beaver, all of Dubuque, IA; 13 grandchildren, Ron (Jenni) Beaver, Amanda (Scott Becker) Beaver, Roseann Beaver, Sarah (Ryan) Will, Abbey (Aaron) Chafins, Nicole (Eric) Gantz, Nick (Sara) Herzog, Katy (Jake) Christensen, Paul Rupp, Lizzie Rupp, Zachary Miller, Chloe Miller and Nathan Beaver; 12 great-grandchildren, Madison, Paige and Alayna Beaver, Emilee Beaver, Aubrey and R.J. Will, Averie Chafins, Matthew, Joshua and Lauren Gantz, Leah and Jayce Christensen; 5 siblings, Mary Ellen Quade, LuAnn (Glen) Flury, Robert (Donna) Westemeyer, Gerald Westemeyer, and Ronald (Calleen) Westemeyer, all of Dubuque.

Catherine was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Ronald; 2 brothers, Frederick (Carol) and Leonard Westemeyer; and a sister-in-law, Mary Westemeyer.

A Catherine M. Beaver memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque for all of their kind and compassionate care.

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



Barbara Mills

Barbara "Barbee" Mills, 80, passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at her sister Kris Noonan's home, 2115 Sunnyview Drive, Dubuque.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Monday, May 18 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, with the Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road.

Barbee was born on February 4, 1935 in Dubuque, the daughter of Clarence (Lefty) and Margaret A. (Donahue) Koob.

After college she was an x-ray technician at Xavier Hospital, a stewardess for the California Zephyr Train, and was employed at Thermoline and Browns Publishing.
On September 21, 1963 she married Leroy "Roy" Mills. He preceded her in death on April 9, 2006.

Barbee was a wonderful homemaker and enjoyed creweling. Spending time with her family was most important and she always looked forward to seeing her nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Surviving are her sisters, Kris (Jim) Noonan and Karen Dorshkind, both of Dubuque; Her nieces and nephews Julie Hayes of Galena, IL, Jaime (John) Ward of California, Sean (Shanda) Noonan of Des Moines, Molly (Bill) Bodish and Erin (Russ) Tomkins of Dubuque; great nieces and nephews, Clayton, Connor, Jack, Cody, Hope, Ella, Tanner and Aubrey; her step children, Barbara Larkin, of Washington D.C., John K (Jody) Mills and Jeannie (Steven) Heiberger, both of Dubuque; six step grandchildren, Martha Heiberger, of Chicago, Meredith (Steven) Halverson, of Dyersville, Joseph (Ashley) Heiberger of Galesburg, IL, Jonathan Heiberger, of Dubuque, Russell Mills, of Greensboro, NC and Darin (Kelly) Mills, of Dubuque; and 4 great step grandchildren, Liam, Sadie, Chelsey and Tate.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; sister, Margaret Cramer; and niece Martie Cramer.

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

A Barbara Mills memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Jen and Jan and her care helper Debbie Burns.



Rita H. (Kertels) Butson

Rita H. (Kertels) Butson, 85, of Cascade, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at 6:30 a.m. at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Rita may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a CDA Rosary will be held at 4 p.m.; the Farley American Legion Service Auxiliary will be held at 6:30 p.m.; and a wake service will be held at 8:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. Friday at the Funeral Home. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 15, at St. Joseph's Church in Farley, with Rev. Michael Schueller officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.

Rita was born on June 29, 1929 in Sommerville, Mass., daughter of John and Margaret Baldwin. She was united in marriage on Nov. 22, 1945 to Andrew N. Kertels. Together they operated Kertels Well Drilling, Plumbing, and Heating in Farley until 1971. Rita was also employed at Roshek's, the Ertl Company in Dyersville and John Deere Dubuque Works until she retired in 1984.

She was a member of St. Joseph's Parish and its Altar and Rosary Society, a lifetime member of the Farley American Legion Auxiliary #656, and a member of the Catholic Daughters of America-Presentation Court # 1460.

She enjoyed dancing, playing cards, and camping with her family. She loved to travel and her favorite trip was to London, England. She also enjoyed trips to Branson, MO, where she enjoyed many country shows.

Family was important to Rita, and those left to cherish her memory are her children, Star (Jerry) Schlarmann of Clive, John (Mary) Kertels of Farley, Nick (Chong) Kertels of Davenport, Joe (Annette) Kertels of Hinton, and Rita (Clint) Butlett of Eldridge. She enjoyed spending time with her 14 grandchildren, Jerry J. Schlarmann, Starla (John) Doerter, Andy Schlarmann, Angie (Brian) Branstetter, Johnny (Chris) Kertels, Robin (Scott) DeMuth, Nicky Kertels, Susan Caruthers, Joseph (Alyssa) Kertels, Andy Kertels, Katie Kertels, CJ Butlett, Samantha (Seth) Sander, and Nicole Butlett. She also enjoyed time with her 18 great-grandchildren.

She was proceeded in death by her husband, Andrew N. Kertels, on May 13, 1989; her second husband, Keith I. Butson; a son, Andy Pat Kertels, on July 7, 1948; her parents; three brothers, George, Eugene, and Leonard; and two sisters, Florence Memmolo and Joan Fernandez.

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