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Adella T. Duehr Ann Michalski Arlene F. Johannes
Bernadine L. Amling Bill Casel Brentley L. Kemp
Darlene C. Gogg Colbert Dorothea J. Hook Dorothy M. Pfeiler
Eloise M. Meyer Gracie Lynn Ungs Harriet I. Tschiggfrie
James A. Angelos James R. Kluesner John C. Erickson
Judith Curtis Meyer Kenneth J. Spark Lynn A. Jellison
Marcella L. Riesselman Mark A. Klinkhammer Mary J. Albert
Mary Margaret Arenz Mason A. Deutmeyer Melrose M. Schute
Oliver J. Merz, Jr. Paul A. Kasel Paul E. Westmark
Richard A. Frerich Richard L. Beecher Roger R. Anderson
Sister Mary Joel Kramer, BVM Thomas J. Determan Thomas L. Steffen
Wanda L. Reynolds

Bernadine L. Amling

Bernadine L. Amling, 85, of Marion Iowa, formerly of Dubuque died Saturday, July 26, 2014 at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House, Hiawatha, Iowa. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, where visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Bernadine was born May 7, 1929 in Juniata, Nebraska, daughter of William and Eleanor (Gilles) Mangers. She married Cletus Amling on August 7, 1950, he preceded her in death on December 2, 2011.

Bernie worked for the Dubuque Community Schools. She enjoyed taking her walks, going on the river, going to Laughlin, and spending time with her family and friends.

Surviving are her daughter, Tammy (Chris) Fauconniere; a son, Todd Amling; two granddaughters, Haley and Payton; a step grandson, Blake (Jodi); a sister, Alice Schnoor; a brother, Dale (Mary) Mangers and a sister in law, Pat Helton.

She was preceded in death by sisters and brother in laws, Mildred and John Kueter, Esther and Earl Goedert; a brother, William Mangers; a brother in law, Norman Schnoor; and a sister in childhood, Katherine.

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



Wanda L. Reynolds

Wanda Lou Reynolds, 89, of Dubuque died Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Manor Care Health Services-Dubuque. Memorial services will be held Thursday, July 31, 2014 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be held Thursday from 11 a.m. until time of services at 1 p.m. Inurnment will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Wanda was born October 5, 1924 in Anadarko, Oklahoma, daughter of James Melvin and Lou Willie (Howell) Tindel. She married James Lee Reynolds on March 11, 1950 in Waurika, Oklahoma. He preceded her in death on December 28, 1988.

She moved to Dubuque with her family in September of 1969. James was the minister at the Dubuque Church of Christ. Wanda worked at the Carnegie Stout Public Library for eighteen years as the Children's Programmer, retiring in 1987. She became well known in Dubuque as the Storybook Lady. She then worked for 15 years at Scenic Valley Area Agency on Aging in Dubuque as Resident Advocate Committee Coordinator.

She was a member of Bridge Christian Church, Kiwanis Club and an evening reading club. Throughout her life, Wanda loved God, loved her family, loved books and loved Dubuque - the community she called home for 45 years.

Wanda is survived by two children, Jimmy Dean (Marcia) Reynolds, of Barrington, IL and Debra Boyer of Dubuque; four grandchildren, Aaron Boyer, Chelsey (Nick) Heim, Morgen (Edward) Szall and Austin (Megan) Reynolds;
a brother, Jerry (Nancy) Tindel; a niece, Tamara (Keith) Welch, and two nephews, Todd (Shelley) Tindel and Trey (Michelle) Tindel.

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



Marcella L. Riesselman

Marcella L. Riesselman, 67, of Dubuque died Friday, July 25, 2014 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital. In keeping with Marcella's wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Marcella was born June 5, 1947 in Dubuque, daughter of Virgil and Eleanor (Lang) Riesselman. She graduated from Wahlert High School in 1965.

She worked as a secretary for UFCW Local #150 for many years. She then worked as the church secretary at St. John's Lutheran Church for several years.

Marcella enjoyed playing cards and dominos with her friends.

She is survived by 14 nieces and nephews, Connie and Bill Welter, Kim Link, Frankie Nigh, and Jackie Welter-Mayne; Donald, Sharon and Jeff Riesselman; Mike Riesselman and Debbie and Julie; Jo Moss, Brian Birch and Leisa Horn. She is also survived by many great nieces and nephews and a sister in law, Mary Ann Riesselman.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Marie Welter and Arlene Birch; and two brothers, Harold and Virgil Riesselman.

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

 



Melrose M. Schute

Melrose M. Schute, 89, of Farley, Iowa died Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa, surrounded by her loving family.

Friends and relatives of Melrose may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 25, 2014 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 5:00 p.m., and the Farley American Legion Service will be held at 7:00 P.M.

Services for Melrose will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 26, 2014 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.

Melrose was born November 21, 1924 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Walter and Viola (Sweeney) Beresford. She graduated from Senior High School in Dubuque, IA. On August 8, 1953 she was united in marriage to Marvin A. "Marve" Schute in Eagle River, WI. He preceded her in death on March 18, 1998.

Melrose worked at Interstate Power Company, Lange Insurance, Town and Country Insurance and English Insurance until her retirement. She was a member of the Insurance women's group.

She was a member of St. Joseph's Parish, Farley, its Altar and Rosary Society, and the Farley American Legion Auxiliary for which she held various positions in the local unit and served as District President.

Melrose loved spending time with her grandchildren. She looked forward to her bi-weekly card club and loved the Iowa Hawkeyes basketball and St. Louis Cardinals. Melrose's favorite season was the Christmas Holiday. She always welcomed and enjoyed entertaining friends at her pool. She loved her flowers and her favorite color was red.

She is survived by her children, Deb (David) Fondell of Dubuque, IA and Michael Schute of Farley, IA; a daughter-in-law Jennifer Schute of Epworth, IA; her grandchildren, Cambrie and Carson Schute of Farley, IA; step-grandchildren, Taylor Steffen of Iowa city, IA, Dave (Darsey) Fondell of Dubuque, IA, Barb Fondell of East Dubuque, IL, and Carol Fondell of Dubuque, IA; three siblings, Donna (William) Gerken of Farley, IA, Nelda (Pat) Kennedy of Placid, IA and Terry (Donna) Beresford of Dubuque, IA; and a sister-in-law, Jean (John) Heiberger of Epworth, IA.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; sisters and brothers-in-law, Nona (Gus) Rossknecht, Darlene (Ray) Fries, William, Tom and Jim Beresford, Arnold (Phyllis) Schute, Urban Schute, Delbert (Florence) Schute, Ray (Armella) Schute, Dorothy Schute, Norma (Cyril) Kluesner, Delores (Oscar) Padden, Bernice (Clarence) Keller, and Lavern (Sylvia) Schute.

A Melrose M. Schute memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Bill Casel

Bill Casel, 79 of La Motte, Iowa passed away on Thursday July 24, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center surrounded by his family following a sudden illness.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Lawrence Otter Creek, with Rev. Richard Ament officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00p.m. To 7:00p.m. Monday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where there will be a wake service at 3:00p.m. . Friends may also call after 9:00a.m. Tuesday at the church.

Bill was born on March 7, 1935 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Eugene and Marie (McKenna) Casel.

He married Norma Michels on August 31, 1954, at St. Joseph's Church in Bellevue and together they shared 60 years of marriage.

He farmed most of his life in the Otter Creek area, he raised and showed Quarter Horses and he especially loved barrel racing. After retiring in 1995 he then worked at Maquoketa Live Stock.

He was a member of Bellevue Horseman Club, member of the Jackson County Fair Board, member of Farm Bureau and St. Lawrence Church in Otter Creek. Bill was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan.

Bill was a loving husband, father and grandfather who loved spending time with his family and attending his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren's events.

He is survived by his wife Norma, four children, Cindy Casel, of Dubuque, Tom (Deona) Casel, of Maquoketa, Rick (Wendy) Casel, of Otter Creek, Mike (Kelly) Casel, of Ankeny, Iowa. Eleven grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren. Three brothers John (Arlene) Casel, Carl (Dorothy) Casel, and Bob "Shorty" (Jean) Casel. Many nieces, nephews and brothers and sisters-in-laws.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and a sister in infancy.

In lieu of flowers a Bill Casel memorial fund has been established.



Ann Michalski

Ann Michalski, age 81, of Dubuque, died peacefully at home on July 19, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Ann Elizabeth O'Hara on December 21, 1932 to John Campbell O'Hara and Esther Mary Murray in Harvey, IL. She married James Joseph Michalski on April 12, 1958 in Hazel Crest, IL, who preceded her in death.
Ann attended high school at Loretto Academy, Chicago, graduating in 1950. While visiting colleges, Ann "fell in love at first sight" with both Clarke College and the City of Dubuque. She graduated from Clarke in 1954. She served on the Board of the Clarke College Alumni Association and always looked forward to Clarke Homecomings so she could celebrate with lifelong friends.

Ann's first job as a social worker intensified her passion for care for the underprivileged and human rights, which continued throughout her life. Later, she taught high school at Mother of Sorrows in Blue Island, IL and Elizabeth Seton in South Holland, IL, and, in 1972, received an MA in Theology from Saint Xavier College.

Looking for a change, she and Jim moved to Dubuque, in 1979, where son John attended college at Loras. She became a Pastoral Associate at St. Patrick's Parish, where she worked until 1986. From 1986 until her retirement in 1998, she worked as an Administrative Assistant, Development Director and finally, Director of Human Resources at The Gannon Center for Community Mental Health. Her work at the Gannon Center represented only a small part of her life-long commitment to mental health.

In the 1980s and ‘90s, she also served as an Adjunct Professor of Religion at Clarke University and Loras. 
She was a dedicated community activist and advocate for many issues. She was a member of the Mental Health America Board. She was very committed to revitalizing downtown Dubuque and was a long time member of the Housing Commission, the CDBG, Dubuque Main Street, Dubuque Initiatives, and the Solid Waste Management Board. In 1996, she was elected to the Dubuque City Council and served three terms, leaving office in 2007. Her principle commitments as city council member were to coalition-building, advocacy for the voiceless, and promotion of quality of life. She was especially proud of having worked to pass a Human Rights ordinance protecting the LGBT community, and to re-open Main Street in downtown Dubuque.

Ann had a lifelong passion forthe arts, and loved music, theater and books. She served on the Dubuque Symphony League, the Fine Arts Commission and the Four Mounds Association, and was a strong advocate for the Carnegie-Stout Public Library. 

Ann was a devout Catholic and was a long-time member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and, later, St. Joseph the Worker parish. She was an Associate of the Sisters of Charity, BVM. She was also a staunch liberal Democrat-a great fan of Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson-and believed that government should work actively to improve people's lives. She always said the Civil Rights Act and Medicare made Lyndon Johnson her favorite President. Ann was very proud to have been inducted into the Dubuque County Democratic Hall of Fame in 2008.

Special achievements include the Clarke Humanitarian Award, Dubuque Mental Health Advocate Award, the State of Iowa Volunteer Award, the Gannon Center Outstanding Staff Member Award, Iowa Community Mental Health Center Outstanding Staff Award, National League of Cities Outstanding Woman Elected Official, CWV Human Rights Award, the 2007 Elisha Darlin Arts Award, the Library Advocacy Award and the Barbara Boatwright Lifetime Achievement Award. 

She is survived by her son, John Michalski, daughter-in-law Jennifer Hope, and step-granddaughter Alexandra Jaworowski. She is also survived by Kathleen O'Hara of Oak Brook, IL, Philip Michaels of Goshen, IN, Norman Falete of Traverse City, MI, and many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband Jim, brother John O'Hara and sister Patricia O'Hara Falete.

Visitation will be at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home (1640 Main St., Dubuque) on Friday, July 25, 2014, from 3:00-7:00 PM. A funeral mass will be at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 10:00 AM. 



Richard L. Beecher

Richard L. Beecher, 84, of Dubuque passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at Ennoble Manor.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 28, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Fr. Kyle Digmann officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., where there will be a wake service at 6:30 p.m.

Richard was born May 24, 1930 in Dubuque, son of Joseph A. and Vivian (Meloy) Beecher.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

Richard managed Beechers Beverage, 24th and White Street retiring October 1989. He was a member of Sacred Heart Parish. Richard enjoyed going to the dog track, and accompanied his mother on many trips and cruises. He was a quiet, gentle man.

Surviving are his brother, Robert (Betty) Beecher, of Dubuque; his sister, Patricia (Al) Maiers, of Dubuque, his brother in law, Walter Driggers, of Las Vegas, NV; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, John (Flora Lu), Joseph, and David (Barb); and two sisters, Virginia and Jannan Driggers.

Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Hospice of Dubuque; the staff at Ennoble Manor; and his niece Ann and her husband Jeff for their care of Richard.

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



Adella T. Duehr

Adella T. Duehr, age 99, of Marion, IA, and formerly of Dubuque, went home to be with the Lord at 5:55 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23, 2014.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 1880 St. Ambrose St., with Rev. Steven J. Rosonke officiating. To celebrate Adella's life, friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Adella was born on Sept. 27, 1914, in Sherrill, IA, daughter of John J. and Anna (Tigges) Schmitt. Adella married Albert Duehr on Jan. 14, 1936, in Sherrill, IA. He preceded her in death on Jan. 14, 2004.

She was employed as a teacher's aid at St. Anthony's School for 10 years until her retirement. Adella was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, the Rosary Society, St. Ann's Circle, St. Francis of Rome and the Mother's Club. In her free time she enjoyed playing Euchre and always lived life to the fullest. Her greatest love was spending time with her family. She was a loving mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Adella is survived by her children, Lois (Pete) Gombert, Anamosa, IA, Jeanette Duehr, Commerce, MI, Carol (Robert) Brown, Marion, IA, and John (Jane) Duehr, Waterville, IA; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

Adella was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her siblings, Alphonse "Jess" Schmitt, Verena Schrobilgen, Cletus Schmitt, Mary Heitzman, and Josephine Schmitt.

An Adella T. Duehr memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses, staff of the Villages of Marion and Hospice of Mercy for all of their care of Adella.

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



Arlene F. Johannes

Arlene F. Johannes, 87, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade.

Friends may call from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, July 25, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville, where a Vigil Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friends may continue to call from 11:00 a.m. to noon Saturday at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery. Father James Bergin, SVD will officiate.

Arlene was born June 10, 1927, in Earlville, Iowa, the daughter of Theodore and Frances (Welchert) Roling. She married Arthur C. Johannes on Jan. 18, 1949. Together they farmed near Earlville in Delaware County for over 20 years and then semi-retired in Dubuque.

Survivors include her children: Gary (Mary Kay) Johannes of Greeley, Roger Johannes of Earlville, Linda (George) Clark of Dubuque, Julie (Tim) Brant of Scales Mound, IL, Sue Walsh of Iowa City, and Nancy (Rob) Wegmann of Dyersville; 21 grandchildren; 4 step-grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren, and 2 step-great-grandchildren;
siblings Al (Mary) Roling of Oregon, Art "Mike" (Paula) Roling of Dubuque; and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Roling, of Earlville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Arthur in 1989; a daughter-in-law, Kathy Johannes; siblings Rose Fessler, Agnes Sellner, Amanda Schraad, Mary Cherne, Hilda Lehman, Leona Lukan, Viola Sellner, Helen Bessey, Raymond Roling, Donald Roling, Ted Roling and LaVerne Roling; and sisters-in-law Rita Boge and Germaine Fendell.

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



Paul A. Kasel

Paul A. Kasel, age 88, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 12:05 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, at St. Columbkille's Church, 1240 Rush St., with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Paul's life friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post 6.

Paul was born on Feb. 23, 1926, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Joseph and Josephine (Theisen) Kasel. Paul graduated from St. Mary's Elementary School, Loras Academy and Loras College.

He was called to service with the Navy in May 1944 and served until June 1946. He was stationed on Treasure Island, California, and on the USS ABNAKI at Tokyo, Japan.

Paul began with the John Deere Dubuque Works in May 1948, retiring after 29 years of service. He worked in the Business Systems Department, holding assignments in data processing and control, supervision, advanced systems programming and was a data base analyst. Paul enjoyed boating, fishing, reading, traveling and gardening. He was a lifelong member of St. Columbkille's Church. Paul was known for his generosity and kind heart.

Paul is survived by his niece, Christine Kasel, Los Angeles, CA; his nephews, Karl (Linda) Kasel, Vista, CA, George (Jill) Kasel, Dubuque, IA, Steven Kasel, Dubuque, IA; his great-niece, Jennifer Kasel; and his great-nephew, Jeffrey Kasel.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Marian Kasel; and a brother, Cletus J. Kasel.

A Paul A. Kasel memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Katie, for all of the wonderful care they gave Paul.

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



Gracie Lynn Ungs

Gracie Lynn Ungs, infant daughter of Jennifer Hamilton and Jacob Ungs of Dubuque, Iowa, received her angel wings on Thursday, July 17, 2014.

Private services will be held. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Gracie Lynn Ungs is survived by her parents, Jennifer Hamilton and Jacob Ungs of Dubuque, IA; maternal grandmother Denise (Jim Roeder) Neuhaus of Dubuque, IA; paternal grandparents David and Sheila Ungs of Bankston, IA; and many other relatives. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Lonnie Jay Hamilton, Sr.; and her paternal and maternal great-grandparents.

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



Thomas J. Determan

Thomas Determan completed his transition to the uncertain, albeit likely, next phase of existence on July 22, 2014.

He entered life on April 10, 1948. His parents, Don and Helen Determan, nurtured and raised him in Clinton, Iowa. At age 18, the family moved to Bettendorf, IA. He studied and graduated with degrees in History and Secondary School Education from the University of Northern Iowa in 1970.

On August 22, 1970 he married the wonderful Kathleen Marshall. This life partnership thrived to the moment of his exit from human life. Three days after the marriage, he began a second journey, launching his teaching career at Hempstead High School. The honeymoon was a trip on Highway 61 to Dubuque. Thinking they would be in Dubuque for perhaps a five-year stint, Thom and Katie entered their 44th year in the "Masterpiece on the Mississippi".

Thom lived his early years discovering that teaching was his lifestyle. By 8th grade, this career was the focus. With the help of many, he achieved this as a primary way to find meaning and to contribute to the larger society. Thom's joyous moments included playing baseball from earliest childhood to age 21 as a pitcher, playing ball with his kids and watching them play baseball, softball and soccer. He visited many golf courses and eventually learned the score to be irrelevant. Special treats were the three cushion billiards matches with friend Robert Byrne.

Three children were also the love of Thom's life. These loved ones include Ben, Emily and Laura and one cherished granddaughter, Kailynn (Emily). Each one is distinctively connected to Thom and carving out a life story full of marinated memories.

Helen, Thom's beloved mother, thrives in Bettendorf. Don, Thom's father, was stricken with a heart event and died in 1976.

His two loving brothers, Rick (JoAnn) and John (Kathleen), and his dear baby sister Jane (Edward) all reside in the Quad Cities.

Following cremation, My Life's Plan, a transition event, will be held on Sunday, August 10. Seating begins at 12:30 p.m. The event starts at 1 p.m. and goes until 4:00 p.m. at the Hotel Julien.

Thom requested that any gift be directed to the Thomas J. Determan Global Perspectives Endowment. The endowment supports student scholarships and global education teacher workshops.

Online condolences may be left at leonardfuneralhome.com

 



Mark A. Klinkhammer

Mark A. Klinkhammer, 59, of Dubuque, died Monday, July 21, 2014.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 25, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, conducted by Rev. Dr. Kristian Kincaid, and visitation will be held there Thursday, July 24, from 4 to 8 pm. Visitation will also be held Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

Mark was born Feb. 27, 1955 in Dubuque, son of Donald and Alice (Clemen) Klinkhammer.

He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War.

Mark is survived by two children, Matthew (Kate Crist) Klinkhammer and Alice (Kyle) Greenwood; seven siblings, Donald (Judy), Steve (Karen), Dale (Kim), Kenny (Kris), David (Karen), and John Klinkhammer and Mary (Mike) Plein; his former spouse, Vickie Klinkhammner; and his stepmother, Carol Klinkhammer; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Christine, in infancy.

For further information, or to leave an online condolences for the family, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.



Harriet I. Tschiggfrie

Harriet I. Tschiggfrie, 96, a resident of Stonehill Care Center, passed away on Thursday, July 17, 2014. Memorial Mass will be at 10 a.m Friday, July 25, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Inurnment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

Harriet was born Nov. 25, 1917 in Dubuque, the daughter of George and Elsie (Strong) Schueler. She married Elmer L. Tschiggfrie, who passed away on May 2, 1992. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Survivors include her son, Richard (Carol) Tschiggfrie of Tamarac, FL; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and 6 great-great-grandchildren.

Harriet was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Elmer; a daughter, Judith Lucas; son-in-law Robert Lucas; 2 brothers, Harlan and George Schueler; and a sister, Lorraine Pottebaum.

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



Thomas L. Steffen

Thomas L. Steffen, age 67, of East Dubuque, IL, and formerly of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family, at 8:55 p.m., Monday, July 21, 2014. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 25, 2014, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2917 Central Ave., with Rev. Kyle Digmann officiating. To celebrate Tom's life, friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Tom was born on April 16, 1947, in Dubuque, IA, son of Bernard and Laurabelle "Betty" (Jacobsmeier) Steffen.

Tom served with the U.S. Army from 1966-1968, spending time in Korea during the Vietnam War. He married Constance Engler on August 10, 1968. Tom was employed at Hawkeye Tractor Trailer until his retirement in 2010. He was a member of Hawkeye Vintage Tractor Machinery Association and Teamster Union Local 120. Tom was an avid tractor puller. He took great pride in his Oliver tractors and one of Tom's proudest achievements was winning all 5 weight classes in 2012.

Tom is survived by his wife, Connie Steffen, East Dubuque, IL; his children, Daniel (Tammy) Steffen, Dubuque, IA, Julie (Scot) Kutsch, Dubuque, IA, Lynn (Scott) Burlage, East Dubuque, IL, Laura (Jeff) Walton, Cedar Rapids, IA; his 10 grandchildren, Ashley, Zara, Michael, Marisa, Marty, Richard, Cameron, Tyler, Beau and Alexandra; his siblings, Jane (Robert) Kirby, Dubuque, IA, Mazie (Mike) Arthofer, Peosta, IA, Bob (Melinda) Steffen, Bernard, IA, Gary (Patti) Steffen, Bernard, IA, Phil (Vicki) Steffen, Zwingle, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Betty, his three siblings, Bernard and Diane, in infancy, and Carol Steffen, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Irvin and Mary Engler and a Goddaughter, Michelle Arthofer.

A Thomas L. Steffen memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Schultheis and his nurses and staff and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Traci, Heather and Dawn, for all their wonderful care of Tom.

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

 



John C. Erickson

John C. "Jack" Erickson, 89, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014 at Ennoble Manor. 

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 23, at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque. Rev. Dianne Grace will officiate. Interment will be in Linwood Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Friends may greet the family from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 23, at the funeral home.

Jack was born October 28, 1924 in Marquette, the son of Clifford H. and Edith (McCain) Erickson. He graduated high school at the age of 17, and joined the U.S. Navy.  Jack served his country during World War II, and was honorably discharged in 1945. He was a member of the V.F.W.

On March 7, 1945, Jack married the girl next door, Ruth Fuller. He worked in construction for over 50 years, building oil refineries around the world.He was a lifetime member of the Carpenter's Union Local #678. He enjoyed playing euchre and golf. Jack was a hardworking man with deep integrity and old fashioned values. 

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Judy (Richard) Henkel, David (Joan Jellison) Erickson, and Penny Pacheco, all of Dubuque; his grandchildren, Dan, Corinne, Ivan John, Sherry, Jennifer, and Ruth; and 11 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, in 1997; his parents; his son in law, Ivan E. Pacheco; and  his brother, LeRoy "Ike" (Dorothy) Erickson.

The family extends  a special thank you to the staff at Mercy Medical Center, the staff at Ennoble Manor, and the staff at Hospice of Dubuque, for all their care of Jack.

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

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

 

 



Lynn A. Jellison

Lynn Ann Jellison, 48 of Maquoketa, Iowa, formally of Dubuque passed away on Sunday, July 20th, 2014 at home.

Funeral service will be at 7:00p.m. Friday, July 25th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2295 Rockdale Rd with Rev. Jack Redmond officiating. Friends my call from 3:00p.m. to 7:00p.m., Friday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2295 Rockdale Rd. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Lynn was born on May 3, 1966 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of James and Rosalie Shaffer. She graduated from Hempstead High School and married Vince Jellison on April 16, 1994 in Dubuque, Iowa.

She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, who enjoyed spending time with her family, and caring for her pets. She had a great imagination and talent for arts and crafts. Above all else she was her passion and love for Jesus.

She is survived by her husband Vince, four children; Amber (Darrell) Schmitt of Dubuque, Jacob Shaffer of Dubuque, Jesse and Dennis Jellison of Maquoketa. Stepchildren, Vincent Jellison Jr. of Dubuque, and Samantha (Justin) Warner of Florida, and seven grandchildren. Her mother and father, James and Rosalie Shaffer of Dubuque. Three siblings, Robert Shaffer of Dubuque, Christy (Gary) Belisle of Madison WI, and Amy (Michael) Becker of Dubuque, and many nieces and nephews that she adored.

The family would like to send a heartfelt thank you to Abigail Tracy for her close friendship and devotion to Lynn the last few years.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents.

In lieu of flowers, a Lynn Ann Jellison memorial has been established.

 



James A. Angelos

James A. Angelos, 88, of Good Samaritan Society, 700 Waverly Rd., Davenport, IA, formerly of 1145 McGregor Dr., Dubuque, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Society. Funeral Services will be 3 p.m., Friday, July 25, 2014 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd, where the family will greet friends starting at 1 p.m. until service time on Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

The son of Greek immigrants, James ‘Costa' A. Angelos was born October 31, 1925 in Dubuque, IA to Andrew D. and Vera T. (Vrotsos) Angelos. He married Helen M. Petrakis in Dubuque on June 6, 1948 at St. John's Episcopal Church. She died on April 9, 2011.

Baptized Konstantinos, he was one of 6 children of a family that traced its Greek heritage to the villages of Tsarartsa (modern name: Chrissokelaria) in the prefecture of Messinias on his father's side, and Karlovasi on the island of Samos on his mother's side.

Survivors include a daughter, Andrea S. (John R.) Ellerbach, Whittier, NC; a son, Michael C. Angelos, Davenport, IA; granddaughters, Aurora J. (Jason A.) Hawk, Punxsutawney, PA and Natalie S. (Larry J.), Cadile, Homer City, PA; sisters, Helen Hemmer, Independence, IA and Molly Hudson, Ames, IA; a sister in-law, Sara "Sally" Daisy (Robert) Mason and many nieces and nephews.

He served in the US Navy during WW II as a pharmacist's mate aboard the S.S. George A. Johnson, including at a Repair & Security Base at Bahia (Salvatore), Brazil; finishing his tenure at the Naval Ordnance Plant in Louisville, KY. From 1965-1973 he was a member of Ready Naval Reserve. He was employed at John Deere and owned and operated the University Inn (Goats) restaurant from 1952-1957. He also worked at the Dubuque Packing Co., from which he retired in 1982.

He received a Private Pilot's license in 1967. He enjoyed golf, music, and time spent with his children and grandchildren.

No memorials are requested.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by grandparents, Theodore G. and Irene E. (Skondrianos) Vrotsos, a brother, Andrew "Tykie" A. Angelos; sisters, Irene Howes Foster and Mary Moore; brothers in-law, Maurice B. Howes, Theodore J. Foster, Donald E. Moore, Donald J. Hemmer and H. Bruce Hudson.

For service details and to leave an online condolence visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Mason A. Deutmeyer

Mason Allen Deutmeyer, 2-1/2 month old infant son of Brian and Dawn Deutmeyer of Worthington, went to be with Jesus on Thursday, July 17, 2014.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Mason was born April 26, 2014 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Brian and Dawn (Taft) Deutmeyer.  

Survivors include his parents, Brian and Dawn Deutmeyer; a sister, Mackenzie, his maternal grandparents, Marilyn and John Taft of Epworth, paternal grandparents, Paul and Jean Deutmeyer of Worthington, paternal great-grandmother, Germaine Deutmeyer of Dyersville; aunts and uncles: Jennifer (Steve) Driscoll of Epworth, Conor (Amber) Taft of Cascade, Amy (Brian) Brunsman of Dubuque, Casey (Tony) Reinert of Dyersville and Niki (Adam) Lahr of Worthington; 11 cousins and many great aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his maternal great grandparents, Donald and Margaret Koopmann and Calvin and Irene Taft; paternal great grandparents, Donald and Marjorie Cooksley and Roger Deutmeyer.

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

 

 



Paul E. Westmark

Paul E. Westmark, 77, of Dyersville died Sunday, July 20, 2014, at Manor Care in Dubuque.

Friends may call from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 4:00 p.m. and an American Legion Service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 25, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Paul was born September 12, 1936, in Dyersville the son of Cleo and Loretta (Kluesner) Westmark.  He graduated from Xavier High School and attended the University of Iowa for a year and then a year at Bayless Business College.  In 1956, he entered the US Air Force.  His tours of duty overseas consisted of 4 tours of duty in the Far East including Korea, Japan, Viet Nam and Okinawa.  He also served a tour in Germany and at several bases in the US.  While he was in Japan, Paul met Toyoko Miki Hyodo who was working at the Base.  They were married at the American Embassy in Tokyo on November 14, 1968.  Paul retired from Lawry AF Base in 1978. He began working at the Department of the Interior doing the Geological Survey from 1978 - 1995.  He and Miki retired to Dyersville in 1995.  Paul was a brain tumor survivor since 1987.

Paul is survived by his wife, Toyoko, a sister, Mary (Walter) Bockenstedt of Dubuque, a brother, Frederick Westmark of Cambodia, a nephew, Paul( Cathy) Bockenstedt of Eden Prairie, MN, a niece, Ann (Andy) Rettenmeier of Dubuque, a great niece, Lara Bockenstedt and great nephews, Daniel Bockenstedt and James and Peter Rettenmeier, two nephews in Japan, Takayoshi Hyodo and Yoshinori Horie, an uncle, Arthur Westmark of Dyersville, and a cousin, Judy Henke of Dyersville.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Helen Westmark, his nephew/Godchild, Daniel J. Bockenstedt and several in-laws in Japan.

We would like to thank Dr. Caceras and nurses, Ann and Peggy, at Mercy Medical Center for the care and compassion given to Paul, and also to Angela with Hospice of Dubuque.  Thank you also to the Nurses of Manor Care, especially Mike and Miranda.

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

 

 



Brentley L. Kemp

Brentley Louis Kemp, infant son of Justin and Michelle (Pierson) Kemp of Maquoketa, Iowa, received his angel wings on Thursday, July 10, 2014.

Private services will be held. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Brentley Louis Kemp is survived by his parents, Michelle and Justin Kemp of Maquoketa, IA; siblings, Ryan Schenkel, Riley Kemp and Braxton Kemp; maternal grandparents, Anne Pierson and Scott Rieck of Belle Plaine, IA; paternal grandparents, Barbara and James Kemp, Jr. of Delmar, IA; and paternal great-grandparents, Stanley and Patricia Weets of Maquoketa, IA; and many other relatives. He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents.

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

 



Dorothy M. Pfeiler

Dorothy M. Pfeiler, 93, of Dyersville, and formerly of Petersburg, died July 19, 2014 at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville.

Friends may call from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a Vigil Service will be held at 4:00 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate.

Dorothy was born April 12, 1921, in Petersburg, Iowa, the daughter of Alphonse and Antoinette Wegmann.  She married Arthur B. Esch during August of 1948 in Petersburg, Iowa.  He preceded her in death in November of 1961. She married Emmett J. Pfeiler on Sept. 25, 1965, in Dyersville. He preceded her in death in July of 2002.  Dorothy was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker who spoke kindly of all. She will be greatly missed.

Survivors include her 4 children: Thomas (Roberta "Bobbi") Esch of Naperville, Illinois, Jan Kuhl of Perrysburg, Ohio, Terry (Laura) Esch, of Moline, Illinois, and Daniel (Nancy) Esch of Minnetonka, MN; 10 grandchildren: Kristin (James) Gecan and William Esch, Jessica (David) Blosser, Emily (Matt) Schuff, and Katherine Kuhl, Sarah and Alex Esch, and Nina, Andrew, and Brian Esch; 4 great grandchildren:  Reagan and Camryn Blosser and Lily and Gabby Schuff; siblings: Harriet (Leon) Maiers, Ralph (Leona) Wegmann, Ambrose (Pat) Wegmann, and LuAnn (Robert) Mescher.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Arthur B. Esch and Emmett J. Pfeiler, a grandson, Thomas R. Esch, and siblings: Armella Wieferich, John Wegmann, Alvin Wegmann, and Eileen Meder.

Memorials are preferred to St. Francis Xavier Basilica.

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

 

 



Roger R. Anderson

Roger R. Anderson, 73, of Dubuque died Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 2025 Jackson Street. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 pm Monday, July 21, 2014 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Friends may also call from 9 to 9:45 Tuesday at the church prior to services.

Roger was born May 28, 1941 in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, son of Raymond and Shirley (Domske) Anderson. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. He married Sue Faherty on Sept. 26, 1970 in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Roger served in the US Navy during the Vietnam war, then continued serving in the Naval Reserves as a machinist until retiring.He worked as a tool and die maker for John Deere, retiring after 50 years of service. He collected antiques and enjoyed fishing trips to Minnesota with his sons. Roger was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

He is survived by three sons, Jason (Wendi) Anderson of Dubuque, Brian (LeAnn) Anderson of Omaha, Neb., and Matt Anderson of Dubuque; five grandchildren, Jessica, Elisha, and Hannah Anderson and Joshua and Evelyn Anderson; brother in law, Kim Sanford and nephew Brad Sanford of Dubuque and his former spouse, Sue Smith of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Judy in infancy, and Barbara Sanford.

Memorials may be made to Roger Anderson Memorial Fund.

For further information, or to submit an online obituary, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.



Judith Curtis Meyer

Judith "Judy" Curtis Meyer, of Dubuque, found peace on Friday, July 18, 2014, at Heritage Manor, at the age of 87 years old surrounded by her loving family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 21 at Resurrection Catholic Church. Fr. Mark Murphy will officiate. Entombment will be in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum, Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, July 20, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Judy was born August 11, 1926 in Dubuque, the daughter of Roy and Amelia (Grassel) Curtis. She married George Meyer on October 14, 1961 at St. Anthony Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on February 1, 2012. 

Judy Graduated from Finley School of Nursing in 1947 and went to work for Dr. Cary until he retired. In the early 1950's she worked for Dr. Merritt, a pediatrician in the Roshek building in downtown Dubuque until 1963. She later returned to nursing around 1975 and was a Registered Nurse at Finley Hospital and Mercy Medical Center for many years until retirement. 

She was a member of the Iowa Nurses Association. She was also a member of St Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. 

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, G. Curt Meyer of Overland Park, KS, John (Joyce) Meyer of Dubuque, and Amy (E.J.) Strother of Whitefish Bay, WI; five grandchildren, Noah and Megan Meyer, and Tess, Gaby, and Natalie Strother; her sisters, Jane Leibold of Peoria, IL, Joan (Howard) Higley of Dubuque, and Jean Jaeggi of East Dubuque, IL; and a brother in law, Dr. John C. Meyer of Peoria, IL. In addition to many loving nieces and nephews.

Judy was a kind hearted soul who touched everyone she met. She was a wonderful mother and loving wife. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her beloved husband of 50 years, Judy was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Albert Curtis; and a sisters, Joyce Wollschlager and Janet Marshall and brothers/sisters in law Bill Marshall, Bob Jaeggi, Joe Leibold, Joe Meyer, Ben and Eloise Meyer, Mary Katherine and Bob Weydert and Bernie Curtis.

The family extends their grateful thanks to Heritage Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their superior care and kindness.

Memorials may be given in Judy's name to Hospice of Dubuque.


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

 



James R. Kluesner

James R. Kluesner, 77, of Dubuque passed away Friday, July 18, at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 21, 2014 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, with Fr. Kyle Digmann officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Friends may call from 2:30 to 7:00 pm Sunday, July 20th at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road where there will be a wake service at 6:30.

Jim was born March 1, 1937 in Holy Cross, IA, son of Cyril and Norma (Schute) Kluesner. He married Sharon Tigges, April 28, 1962 at St. Raphael Cathedral, Dubuque.

He graduated from Monona, IA High School. He served his country with the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany.

Jim worked at the former Dubuque Packing Company for 14 years and then became co-owner of Gill's Equipment for 14 years. He then started his own business, James Kluesner Repair, which he owned and operated until his retirement. Jim was noted for his hard work and integrity.

He was a member of Holy Ghost Parish. His faith was very important to him.

Jim was a devoted husband and father and was very family oriented. He loved to spread Christmas joy as Santa. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and could often be found working on one of his many projects. He was also known to have a unique sense of humor.

Surviving are his wife, Sharon of Dubuque; his children, Kelly (Fred) Deube, of Grayslake, IL., Karey (Pietro Bajona) Kluesner, of Rochester, MN, Kevin (Elaine) Kluesner, of Dubuque and Kenyon (Elizabeth) Kluesner, of Des Moines, IA; grandchildren, Bailey, Alex, Jenna, and Madison Deube, Eleonora Bajona, Jimmy, Yianni, and Tommy Kluesner, and Ethan and Jonah Kluesner; one great grandchild, Myah Hernandez; his siblings, Carol (Cyril) Elsinger, of Rickardsville, Gloria Johnson, of Lakeland, FL, Loras John Kluesner, of Marquette, IA, Janet (Roger) Bernhard, of Monona, IA, Lonnie Kay Kluesner, of Friendship, WI, and Mike (Randi) Kluesner, of Marquette, IA; and a brother-in-law, Lloyd (Dixie) Tigges, of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Jean Kluesner; a brother-in-law, David Johnson; and a sister-in-law, Maylo Tigges.

Memorials may be made to Holy Spirit Parish or to Hospice of Dubuque.

Special thanks to all the staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially, Peggy; Dr. Ronald Schope; the nurses at Finley Respiratory Department and Pulmonary Rehab; and the nurses at Dubuque Internal Medicine Lab.

Online condolences may be left for the family at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Homes & Cremation Service : Dubuque, Iowa (IA).

 



Darlene C. Gogg Colbert

Dolly (Darlene) Christine Gogg Colbert , 83, of Dubuque, Iowa, peacefully went to her eternal rest on Wednesday, July 17, surrounded by her seven children and her husband of 63 years, Edward, at Mercy Medical Center.

The Catholic Mass will be held at 10 am Monday, July 21, at the Church of the Nativity. The Wake will be held Sunday, July 20, from 2pm to 6pm at the Church of the Nativity and all are welcome to come celebrate the beautiful, long life of Dolly Colbert.

The Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery following the funeral services.

Dolly was born Dec. 26, 1930, in Iowa City, Iowa, the daughter of Paul and Delia (Olsen) Gogg, formerly of Clarkesville, Iowa, where she was crowned Miss Melody during her high school years.

She was an excellent student and attended the University of Iowa School of Nursing. While attending the university she met the charming sports star and love of her life, Eddie Colbert. She was an avid Catholic. Dolly and Ed were married on Oct. 27, 1951, at The Little Brown Church in Nashua Iowa.

She worked for many years at Loras College Counselling Services as an Executive Assistant. She was a devoted member of the Dubuque Mother's Club as well as a volunteer for The American Cancer Society.

Her most fulfilling job was raising her seven children, Shawn, Debbie, Paula, David, Lisa, Daniel and Mark, and looking after her husband, Coach Eddie Colbert, and their beloved dog, Muffin.

Born an only child, of Norwegian descent, Dolly took special joy in raising her large family and playing an active role in her children's lives. After her retirement she served on the Dubuque County Foster Care Review Board and wintered in Palm Springs.

Some of Dolly's favorite things included: flowers and gardening and being active in the Church. She was stylish and enjoyed fashion, but her greatest love was taking care of children. She was "everyone's mother" and will be greatly missed by all.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Edward Colbert, and her seven children: Shawn Turner (Judd Turner) of Eden Prairie, Minn., Deborah Rondeau of Eden Prairie, Minn., Paula Ruden (Nicholas Ruden) of Dubuque, David Colbert, MD (JP Van Laere) of New York City, Lisa Hallowell (Todd Hallowell) of Los Angeles, Daniel Colbert (Eriece Colbert) of Cedar Rapids, and Mark Colbert of New York City.

Grandchildren include: Laura Udelhoven, Nate Ruden, Zachary Ruden, Daniel Ruden, Katie Turner, Dawn Ramerth, Jesse Rondeau, Henry Hallowell, Marcus Colbert, Kendall Colbert, Janelle Colbert & Devin Colbert. Great-grandchildren include Megan Gower and Griffin Ramerth.

Dolly was preceded in death by her parents, Delia and Paul Gogg; her grandchild Luke Turner; and her best friend, Bonnie Spahn.

The family would like to extend a very special thanks to Mercy Medical Center and its amazing staff of healthcare providers as well as Bethany Home and Cozy Corner Adult Day Care Center.

Memorials may be made to Cozy Corner Adult Day Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa

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



Dorothea J. Hook

Dorothea J. "Dorothy" Hook, age 87, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 5:35 a.m., Friday, July 18, 2014, at ManorCare Health Services. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 21, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. To celebrate Dorothy's life, friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 20, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home and from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services on Monday. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Dorothy was born on August 27, 1926, the adopted daughter of Louis and Bertha (Leinneger) Cherrier.

Dorothy married Joseph Hook on May 29, 1945, in Leavenworth, Kansas. He preceded her in death on January 12, 2007. She was a lifelong Dubuque resident and was employed as a clerk at K Mart for over 23 years. In her free time Dorothy enjoyed camping and fishing and was a avid BINGO player. Her greatest joy was to be with her family.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Patricia "Pat" (Daniel) Farnum, Dubuque, IA, Roger (Cindy) Hook, Des Moines, IA; her daughter-in-law, Dori Hook, Dubuque, IA; her 10 grandchildren, Brian, Tammy, Michelle, Harold, Jeremy, Joseph, Carrie, Stacy, Jamie and Amanda; her 25 great-grandchildren; her 4 great great-grandchildren.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Joseph, her son, Harold Hook, her biological parents, Vern Kennedy and Margaret Hargrove and a sister in infancy.

A Dorothea J. Hook memorial fund has been established.

A heartfelt "thank you" to the nurses, staff and fellow residents at ManorCare for their wonderful care of Dorothy over the years.

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

 



Kenneth J. Spark

Kenneth J. Spark, age 67, of Spring Grove, died Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill.

Committal services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, at Mount Olivet Cemetery with Deacon Bill Beaver officiating. Military detail will follow committal by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery Columbarium. A private family gathering will follow committal services. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., is in charge of arrangements.

He was born July 18, 1946 in Dubuque, Iowa, to James and Bernice (Bradbury) Spark. After being raised and educated in Dubuque, Ken met his future wife, Donna L. Birch, and they were married on Sept. 28, 1968 in Dubuque.

A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Ken served aboard the USS Murray and the USS Beatty during the Vietnam War. Because service to his country was a meaningful time in his life, Ken was elated when he was able to attend a 45-year reunion event with his fellow veterans.

Ken furthered his education at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, receiving a B.S. degree in Manufacturing Engineering in 1973 and a Master of Business Communication in 1993 from Louis University in Schaumburg.

A resident of McHenry County, Ill., for the past 32 years, he enjoyed a career as a manufacturing engineer. Most recently employed by Chrysler, he retired in 2008. Previously Ken had been employed by Navistar.

Enjoyments during his leisure time included working on his favorite project, his home, as well as gardening and star-gazing. Most importantly, his family always remained his main priority in life.

Ken is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Donna; son Chad (Aimee) Spark of Woodstock; a granddaughter, Alex, and a grandson, Joseph; and three sisters, Bernice Besler of Elgin, Mary Kay Burton of Dubuque, and Darlene Hedley of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Lawrence.

For those wishing to send an expression of condolence, his family suggests memorials to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.



Oliver J. Merz, Jr.

Oliver J. "Ollie" Merz, Jr., age 83, of Dubuque, passed away on Thursday, July 17, 2014, peacefully at home. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Pastor Greg Bjornstad officiating. To celebrate Ollie's life, friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque
Post 6.

Oliver was born on June 6, 1931, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Oliver J. and Mary (Garrett) Merz, Sr.

Ollie was a lifelong resident of Dubuque. He served with the U.S. Navy during Korea where he earned a Silver Star Medal. He married Rae M. Bisdorf on July 23, 1954, in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on October 12, 2012. Ollie was employed at Trausch Baking Company as a route driver for 33 years until his retirement in 1994. He served on the board for the Dubuque Area Harvest Labor. Ollie was a former member of the Teamsters and the American Legion Dubuque Post 6. In his younger days he enjoyed camping and fishing. Ollie was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. He also enjoyed trying his luck at the Dog Track and the Casino.

Ollie is survived by, his children, Doris (Don) Capaul, Epworth, IA, Pat Root, Dubuque, IA, Beth (Mike Ashby) Hanson, Dubuque, IA, John (Sandy) Merz, Buffalo, MN, Greg Merz, Cedar Rapids, IA; his step-daughter, Rhonda (Art) Hanson, Waterloo, IA; his grandchildren, Michelle Hoppmann, Benjamin Root, Joey Merz, Libby Root, Luke Merz, Allie Merz and Chris Hanson; his great-grandchildren, Haley, Courtney and Caitlin Hoppmann; his step-granddaughter, Amanda (Tim Hasbrouk) Schmit; his step-great-grandchildren, Tori Schmit, Courtney Brady, Rylee and Jordan Hasbrouk; his brothers, Terry, Dennis and Donald; his sisters, Dian, Gloria, Beverly, Carol, Nancy, Sue and Janice; and several nieces and nephews.

Ollie was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Rae M. Merz, 2 daughters, Kathy Jo in infancy and Sherry Merz, 2 grandchildren, his brother Joe Merz, his step-brother, Bob and his step-sister, Betty.

In lieu of flowers, an Oliver J. "Ollie" Merz, Jr. memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Eloise M. Meyer

Eloise M. Meyer, 87, of Stonehill Care Center, formerly of 2315 Martin Dr., passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Finley Hospital.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 19, at Resurrection Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home at 2659 JFK Road, where a wake service will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Eloise was born on Jan. 13, 1927 at home in Waterville, Iowa, the only child of Victor C. and Delories (Hermanson) Anderson, weighing only 3 1/2 pounds. At the age of 17 she moved from Elma, Iowa, to Dubuque to attend Finley School of Nursing.

While in school she met the love of her life, Ben Meyer. They were married on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, 1948 at Nativity Catholic Church. Together they shared a love only few were lucky enough to find. They took joy in spending time with their children, grandchildren, and great- grandchildren. She had a beautiful marriage with so much special love from Ben and family.

Being a Registered Nurse was a passion of Eloise's. She worked full and part time for 28 years at Finley Hospital, briefly at Xavier Hospital (1 year), then returned to Finley for a total of 43 years and was able to enjoy 25 years of retirement.

Co-workers always talked of Eloise as being kind, generous and loving in all of her relationships with her patients and staff. After she retired she still considered herself an R.O.N., "Real Old Nurse".

Although she achieved many accomplishments through her nursing career, she will be remembered, most importantly for her kind, generous and loving spirit. She was an expert in her field and treated everyone as she would a close friend. She took great pride in being an R.N.

Eloise especially enjoyed going to the Village Inn with her family and friends on a regular basis.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Christopher Meyer, Cathy (Terry) Nauman, and Carolyn (Jay) Gottschalk, all of Dubuque; grandchildren Dr. Sonya (Todd Wolter) Meyer, Aaron Meyer, Grant Meyer, Troy (Jenny) Steffen, Stacey Wiest (Luke Abbitt), Nick (Tara Bragg) Steffen, Eric Nauman (Lisa Truitt) , and Nathan Steffen; great-grandchildren Isabel Eloise, Ben, Shane, Raelyn Rose, Hailey, and Adelyn Grace; brother-in-law Dr. John (Mary) Meyer; sister-in-law Judy Meyer; niece Mary Anne (Bill) Stegeman; special nephew John Meyer; special friends Agnes Wagner and Marie Vogt; and her nurse buddies, Ann Fessler, Alice Weick, Marlene Frye and Janet Dwane.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ben; her parents; special brothers-in-law Joe Meyer and George Meyer; sister-in-law Mary Catherine (Bob) Weydert; special friends Darla (Clete) Pillard and Marge (Ted) Siefker; and her beloved dog, Minnie.

Memorials may be given to Finley Hospital and Resurrection Church.

For more information and to submit an online condolence please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

A very special thank you to Dr. Hillard Salas, all of the special nurses at Finley Hospital, especially Travis, Jo, Jessie and Sarah at the Finley Hospital and to the staff at Stonehill for all of their compassionate care.



Mary J. Albert

Mary J. Albert, 83, of Dubuque, died Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

In accordance with Mary's wishes, there will be no public services.

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.



Sister Mary Joel Kramer, BVM

Sister Mary Joel Kramer, BVM, died July 13, 2014, at Marian Hall in Dubuque, Iowa. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. on Monday, July 21, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed by a prayer service at 11 a.m. Funeral liturgy will be at 1:30 p.m. Burial is in the Mount Carmel cemetery. 

She was born July 17, 1921, to Joseph Bernard and Margaret Kenney Kramer. She entered the BVM congregation from Holy Name Parish, Marcus, Iowa, on Sept. 8, 1939. She professed first vows on March 19, 1942, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1947.

Sister Mary Joel was an elementary school educator in Fort Dodge, Manly, Sioux City and Council Bluffs, Iowa; Rapid City, S.D.; Chicago; and Kauai, Hawaii. She ministered as an LPN and in hospice/home health care in Sioux City. She worked in food service at Mount Carmel in Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters: Fern Addy, Nan Strasser, Patricia Slebodnik and Ruth Fenton Weis; and adopted brother Robert Kenney.

She is survived by a sister, Marge (Maggie) Kistel, Safety Harbor, Fla.; nieces, nephews and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 74 years.

Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Richard A. Frerich

Richard A. "Dick" Frerich, 78, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Heritage Manor.

According to his wishes there will be no public visitation or services. Private family burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., is in charge of arrangements.

Richard was born on Oct. 3, 1935, the son of Joe and Virginia Frerich. He married Florence Jaeger on Sept. 30, 1961 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque.

Richard served in the U.S. Air Force. He was a produce manager at Del Farm and Eagles Country Market, and later retired from John Deere.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Florence; two children, Joe (Judy) Frerich, of Moline, IL, and Rita Persian, Dubuque; and three grandchildren, Emily Persian, stationed in San Diego, CA, Josh Persian, of Dubuque, and Michelle Frerich, of Moline, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his son-in-law, Joel Persian.

A Richard Frerich memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Heritage Manor, Hospice of Dubuque and Dr. Angela Kelly for all their wonderful care.



Mary Margaret Arenz

Mary Margaret (Malin) Arenz , 95, of 1001 Assisi Drive, formerly of 275 N. Grandview Ave., died Wednesday, July 9, 2014.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 19, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West, Iowa. Friends may call from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, July 18, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, where there will be a parish wake service at 7:00 p.m.

Mary Margaret was born June 17, 1919 in LaCrosse, WI, daughter of John C. and Ann Mary (Downey) Malin. She married James T. Arenz on June 22, 1942 in LaCrosse, WI. He preceded her in death on Oct. 28, 1998. In 1951 Mary Margaret and Jim moved to Dubuque to operate the Arenz Shoe Store until their retirement in 1987.

Mary Margaret was an active member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church from October 1951 until her death. She was a member of St. Josita's Catholic Mother's Study Club.

Mary Margaret's family and faith were the cornerstones of her life. She loved all of her family members unconditionally and started each day praying for all of us, enumerating each and every name, child and in-law alike, always having room to add one more as she did this last year for little William and Michael's new wife, Alisa.

Surviving are her children, Thomas J. (Kathleen) Arenz of Milwaukee, WI; Mary Kathryn "Miki" (Dr. Edmond) O'Neill of Dubuque and A. John (Cynthia) Arenz of rural LaMotte, IA; seven grandchildren, Carolyn (Justin) Johns, Patrick (Christine) Arenz, Kathryn O'Neill, Michael (Alisa) O'Neill, Allison Arenz, James Arenz and Anna Arenz; four great-grandchildren, Wey Henry and Thomas Johns, and Katherine and William Arenz; one sister, Ann Jeanette Malin, of LaCrosse, WI; a brother-in-law, Robert (Gwen) Braun of Manitowac, WI; a sister-in-law, Roslyn Kellock of California; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters-in-law James (Betty) Malin and Gerard (Kathryn) Malin; her sister, Carlie Braun; sisters-in-law and their spouses Margaret (John) Nekola, Mary Ellen (Dr. Mahmoud) Shihata, Catherine (Charles) Specht, Alberta (Arthur) Atkinson and brother-in-law Edward Arenz.

Mary Margaret had a long and wonderful life for which she expressed gratitude daily. We were blessed that she was our mom, gramma and great gramma.

Memorials may be given to St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Stonehill, and Holy Family Catholic Schools.

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

The family would like to thank Dr. Andrea Ries, the staff at Stonehill Skilled Nursing and her second family at Assisi Village for all their care, concern, love and friendship for Mary Margaret.