Obituaries

Click here for obituaries
older than 14 days

We post all obituaries for FREE, just have your funeral home send it to us.

Current Obituaries

Amy M. Mehlhorn Burdette C. Schenke Carol Anna Averkamp
Charles J. Edmonds Charles J. Ronek D. Kent Wielage
Daniel J. Leary Darleen V. Simmons Delbert M. Patzner
Delphine Dolter Dennis W. Schlung Eileen R. Klein
Elmeretta Koon Grace A. Maiers Grace M. Mueller
James C. Miller Joseph W. Jacobsmeier Julie A. Pickel
Loren Gary Larson Lori A. Story Marian L. Furst
Marjorie M. Montelius Mark Becker Mark J. Urbain
Mary Jane Moss Maurice P. Kauffmann Myrna P. Wisely
Nancy A. Reuter Raymond F. Dean Rita M. (Bauman) Singh Roth
Rita M. Loch Robert T. Baker Rose Mary Heinze-Haskell
Shirley Ann Deutmeyer Sister Gertrude Ann Sullivan, BVM Tom N. Sarvis
Wayne M. Pregler

Myrna P. Wisely


Myrna P. Wisely, 72, of Calamus, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at her home in Calamus.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Myrna on Monday, March 25, 2019, from 4 to 7 P.M. in "The Bistro" at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private burial will be held at the Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois.

Myrna Pauline Thompson was born on February 25, 1947 in Clinton, Iowa, to Samuel M. and Laverna R. (Christiansen) Thompson. She grew up in Clinton County and attended and graduated from Lost Nation High School. She married Reed Wisely on August 30, 1982 in Clinton, Iowa.

Myrna was a homemaker. She was an avid fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Bulls. She enjoyed painting wildlife, horses, and spending time outdoors camping and fishing. She also was an animal lover of both stray and domesticated dogs and cats.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Reed Wisely of Calamus, IA; children, Kristin (Lance) Feuss of Baldwin, IA, Kelly Seastrand of the Quad Cities, and Aaron (Simona) Seastrand of Tucson, AZ; 10 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren; a brother, Merlyn (Pat) Thompson of Davenport, IA; and sisters, Donna Lacey of Maquoketa, IA, and Carol (Roger) Heilig of DeWitt, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother Roland Thompson.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Myrna P. Wisely memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Grace A. Maiers


Grace Agatha (Heying) Maiers, 99, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, March 21, 2019, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester. She was born on January 1, 1920, in New Vienna, the daughter of Peter and Mary (Loeffelholz) Heying. Grace was raised in New Vienna and graduated from St. Boniface Catholic High School. 

On November 7, 1939, Grace was united in marriage to Ralph Maiers at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna. Together they raised two children while farming in the Strawberry Point and Edgewood area. In 1961, the couple moved to Manchester.  

Grace was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, and St. Gerards Study Club. She enjoyed playing cards, gardening, especially tending her flowers, and simply being outside. She and Ralph liked to dance and travel. Grace loved spending time with her family. 

Survivors include her daughter, Marilyn Harder of Salinas, CA; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Maiers of Manchester; five grandchildren, Chris (Kevin) Taylor of Asheville, NC, Sherri (Shorty) Knoche of Dundee, Bob Maiers of HI, Kim Huber of Kennesaw, GA, and Mary (Dick) Seehase of Guttenberg; eight great-grandchildren, Zach Taylor, Karlee Hill, Allison Hemann, Chase Forkenbrock, Ryan Maiers, Abby Maiers, Megan Huber, and Nicole Kluesner; 10 great-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Eldora Pins, Julie Ungs, and Pat Elliott; brother-in-law, Merl (Vern) Maiers; and many nieces and nephews.

Grace was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph in 2007; a son, Robert in 2011; her parents; her siblings, Kathrine Postler, Anna Mae Heying, Germaine O'Mara, Jeanette Lynch, Dorothy O'Brien, Floyd Heying, James Heying, and two sisters who died in infancy; brothers-in-law, Jerome Maiers, John Maiers, and Gerald Maiers; and sister-in-law, Verna Mae Lucas. 

Online condolences may be sent to www.leonard-mullerfh.com

Mass of Resurrection:11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 25, 2019, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester, with Reverend Gabriel Anderson officiating. 

Visitation:9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Monday, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester, where the rosary will be recited by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas at 10:30 a.m.

Interment:St. Mary Catholic Cemetery - Manchester, Iowa

 



Mary Jane Moss


Mary Jane Moss, 80, of Dyersville, passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2019, at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Pending the recovery of her husband, Kenneth, funeral arrangements will be scheduled through Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville.

Mary Jane was born November 1, 1938, in Rockwell, Iowa the daughter of Bernard Joseph and Mary Catherine (McCarthy) Fitzgerald.  She attended St. Joseph Catholic School in Mason City, Iowa, graduating in 1956.  She married Kenneth L. Moss on September 6, 1958 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mason City.  She moved to Dyersville with her husband in June of 1961, from Iowa City where her husband graduated from the University of Iowa Law School.  She was family oriented and loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.  She was a volunteer worker for the Mercy Health Center, St. Mary's Unit (now MercyOne Dyersville Medical Center) Auxiliary Gift Shop and the Dyersville Area Historical Society.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth; four children: Diane Marie Moss of Dyersville, Patricia Lynn Moss (Jeff Johnson) of Crystal MN, Susan Michelle (William) Sharp of Des Moines, Brian Kenneth (Heather) Moss of Apple Valley, MN, a son-in-law, Patrick Lenane of Fort Dodge, IA; grandchildren: Briana Marie Moss, Jesse Tyler Sharp, Jade Alexandra Sharp, Nickolas Kenneth Lenane, Andrew Patrick Lenane, Soren Lee Moss-Johnson, Sophia Grace Moss and Isabella Rose Moss; a sister, Alice (Gary) Ebeling of Clear Lake, brothers-in-law: John (Wanda) Moss and Jerry (Mary) Moss, and sisters-in-law: Dixie Shimak, Marilyn Moss-Taylor, Patricia Moss-Farnan, and Kathy (Dan) Moorhead, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Colleen Kay Lenane, a brother, Bernard (Doris) Fitzgerald, sisters, Marguerite (William) Maxwell and Genevieve M (Harold) Witt, a brother-in-law, Ray Shimak, and one great nephew, Robert Francis Tenney.

 

 

 



Wayne M. Pregler


Wayne M. Pregler, age 71, of Dubuque, Elkader and Texas, was called home suddenly at 8:37 p.m., on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Wayne's life, funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m., on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Wayne's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until the time of services at 3:00 p.m., on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery at a later date.

Wayne was born on August 25, 1947, in Dubuque, son of Clifford and Janet (Kalloway) Pregler.

Wayne was a proud life-long Dubuquer, who worked for Flexsteel Industries as an upholsterer, devoting 37 years to the company before retiring. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Judith Mess, on February 24, 1968, and they were blessed with 2 children and 29 wonderful years together, before Judith preceded him in death on April 24, 1997. After a couple years had passed, Wayne was fortunate to once again find true love, and was united in marriage to Charlene Hanson on May 29, 1999, the two became inseparable, spending almost 20 fun filled years together. In his free time, Wayne enjoyed anything that allowed him to spend time in the great outdoors, but camping and playing golf were his favorite activities. He even joined the maintenance department at the Elkader Golf and Country Club, not only so he could make sure the course was always in tip top shape, but to give him extra time to perfect his golfing skills. Wayne was quite proud of the fact that he had made not only 1, but 3 holes-in-one throughout the years. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR racing, and was very active on the local dirt track racing scene for 30 years, being involved with several championship winning teams. Wayne was also an avid bowler with the Flexsteel bowling team for 30 years. When Wayne finally officially retired from all of his jobs, he and Char became full time RVers, splitting their time between Iowa and Texas, loving every minute of it. Beyond a doubt, Wayne's family was his pride and joy, and he took advantage of every opportunity that came along for them to spend time together. We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of our loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, but are thankful for all of the wonderful memories we have made throughout the years and will treasure forever.

Those left to cherish Wayne's memory include

his loving wife, best friend and soulmate,
Charlene Pregler, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Tracy (Terry) Gavin, Bernard, IA,
Brian (Debbie) Pregler, Mechanicsville, IA,
Angie (Brian) Miller, Dubuque, IA,
Vicki (Adam) Dolan, East Dubuque, IL
and Tony (Angie) Cross, Dubuque, IA;

his 15 grandchildren;

and his great-granddaughter.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; and his first wife, Judith Pregler.

 



Marjorie M. Montelius


Marjorie M. "Marge" Montelius, 74, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at the home of her daughter, Cristina Montelius, in East Dubuque, surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday and from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. on Saturday at the Miller Funeral Home.

Marge was born on September 13, 1944 in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Al and Rita (Fleege) Petitgout. 

She was a 1962 graduate of East Dubuque High School.  She later attended NITI College in Peosta and graduated in 1989. On July 9, 1972 she was united in marriage to Bill Montelius, Sr. in Galena, IL.

Marge was a former member of the Jo Daviess County Board. She was a Master Gardener who enjoyed nature and the Mississippi River. She and Bill have had a houseboat at Massey Marina since 1984. Marge loved to travel.  Her family and grandchildren were the most important part of her life.

Surviving is her husband Bill; two children, Cristina (David) Small of East Dubuque and Daniel Montelius of Dubuque; eight step-children, Bill (Cathy) Montelius, Jr. of Violet, LA, Janet (Paul) Adams and Darryl (Kathy) Montelius both of Lake Whales, FL, Randy (Liz) Montelius of Cedar Rapids, IA, Alan Montelius of Marion, IA, Laurie (Dave) Von Ah and Karen Weber of Dubuque, and Barb (Aaron) Baltz of Brookfield, WI; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a niece, Jessica (Lynn) Carter of Stoddard, WI.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Al and Rita; her brother, Dale, sister-in-law Ginny Lou Petitgout, and son-in-law Patrick Weber.

A Marge Montelius memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 

 



Raymond F. Dean


Raymond "Ray" F. Dean, 92 of Holy Cross, Iowa passed away Monday, March 18, 2019, at his home.

Visitation will be held 4-7 p.m., March 21, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross where a parish vigil service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Visitation will continue from 9-11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Hall prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., March 22, 2019, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, North Buena Vista, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Marvin Bries will officiate.

Raymond was born February 9, 1927 in North Buena Vista, Iowa the son of William and Elizabeth (Freiburger) Dean. He married Nettie Harry on September 28, 1946 in North Buena Vista, Iowa.

Ray was employed by Dubuque Packing House for many years. He enjoyed spending time in the woods, hunting and trapping, or on the river, setting trout lines and turtle traps. Ray and family raised and butchered countless chickens each year. He most enjoyed visits with his grandkids and great grandkids.

Survivors include his son: Rick (Heidi) Dean of Holy Cross, grandchildren: Sarah (Steve) Schirmer of Dyersville, Nick (Catie) Dean of Guttenberg, and Stefanie Dean (special friend, Tony Ayers) of Dubuque, great grandchildren: Colin and Kyle Schirmer, Avery and Mallory Dean, siblings: Ann Gurioli and Betty Capone.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Nettie in 1996, siblings: Harriet, Marie, William, Florence, Rose, Loretta, Catherine, and Harry, in-laws: Dorothy Brandenberg, Mahala Dean, Geraldine Laufenberg, Carol Molitor, Merville, Lloyd and Russell Harry, John Harry, Betty Schumacher.

The family would like to thank St. Croix Hospice for their compassionate care. Also, a special thank you to Mary Schmidt and Angel Coyle for their time spent caring for Raymond.

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



Joseph W. Jacobsmeier


Joseph W. Jacobsmeier, 75, of Dubuque, Ia. passed away peacefully at 8:00 a.m. Monday, March 18, 2019, at home with his loving family by his side.

To honor Joe's life, visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, where a wake service will be held at 6:45p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Family and friends may visit after 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the church until time of service. Burial will be held at Linwood Cemetery.

Joe was born on July 12, 1943, in Amboy, Ill, the son of Greg and Mary (Eardman) Jacobsmeier. He grew up in Dyersville, IA and attended Dyersville Xavier Schools.

On August 28, 1965 Joe married the love of his life, Donna Brooks, at St. Marys Catholic Church in Dubuque, IA. They had 53 wonderful years together.

He worked at Ray's Amoco as a mechanic for 30 yrs. as well as Big A Auto and Thermo-King until retirement in 2003.

He had a passion for Dubuque History and belonged to the Dubuque postcard club as well as the Panera Bread Breakfast Club where he enjoyed his daily coffee with friends. He also enjoyed his time at home with his beloved dog Bindy.

Joe loved watching Nascar and was a fan of #4 Kevin Harvick. He was a Chevy man and very much enjoyed watching Toyota getting beat. Sometimes he would wager a cup of coffee on the race with friends! In his earlier years he enjoyed hunting, camping and fishing with family and friends.

He and his wife Donna were instrumental in fundraising efforts for the Veterans memorial Plaza located on Chaplain Schmitt Island.

Survivors include his son Ron Jacobsmeier, Daughter Dawn (Mark) Knockel; 5 grandchildren, Alyssa (Andrew) Schmidt, Emily (Christian) Jacobs, Linzy Knockel, Natalie Jacobsmeier & Amanda Knockel; 5 Great grandchildren, Hayden Jacobsmeier, Parker Schmidt, Remington Jacobs, Riley Schmidt & Eli Jacobs. Sister Agnes Nadermann, Dubuque; Brother John (Judy) Jacobsmeier, Cedar Falls; Sister Bernice Williamson, Dubuque & sister-in-law Janice Jacobsmeier, Monticello; Aunts, Uncles, Nieces & Nephews.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents Greg and Mary (Eardman) Jacobsmeier and brother Bernard Jacobsmeier.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Joe's memory. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.leonardfuneralhome.com



Amy M. Mehlhorn


Amy Marie Mehlhorn, 35, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully at home on March 17th, 2019 surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer.

Visitation will be open to family and friends from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Saturday March 23rd, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Funeral services will then proceed at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Jeff Suits officiating at the funeral home.

Amy was born on October 31st, 1983 in Derby, Connecticut. Amy graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 2002 as valedictorian. She then attended the University of Sothern California and graduated in 2006 with a BA in Cinema-Television Production.

For over 8 years, Amy was a loyal worker of AY McDonald in Dubuque. She enjoyed playing scattergories and working on her ancestry tree. Amy was also an active member of Dubuque's local film club. From a very young age, she was an amazing and talented visual artist.

She is survived by her mother Carol Cook, step-father Steven Cook, sister Brenda Mehlhorn, brother Timothy Mehlhorn, and her grandmother Sharon Mehlhorn, along with many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Amy was preceded in death by her father Daniel Mehlhorn, and grandmother June Thompson, along with many other family members.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for their great care and compassion, all of their supportive friends and family, and a special thank you to Amy's new friend, Anna.



Elmeretta Koon


Elmeretta "Etta" Koon, 96, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, March 18, 2019, at Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Etta's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, March 23, 2019, Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the services from 9:30 A.M. until 11 A.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Elmeretta Bowman was born on April 27, 1922 on a farm west of Maquoketa to Elmer and Nora (Edson) Bowman. She attended Maquoketa schools graduating in 1940. She attended Bussell's Beauty School of Cosmetology in Davenport and returned to Maquoketa where she worked in her sister Lola Goodall's beauty shop.

She married Dale L. Koon on February 3, 1943 at the Methodist Church in Davenport, Iowa. When Dale went to the Army, she followed him and worked in several beauty shops in Texas and Kentucky. After the war, she returned to Maquoketa and opened her own beauty shop until 1956. She later worked at the Sears Catalog Store in Maquoketa.

Etta had been a member of the Reformed Church where she taught Sunday school and then became a member of the United Church of Christ where she served on several boards. She had also volunteered with Meals-On-Wheels in Maquoketa for over 20 years.

Etta loved traveling. She and Dale went on trips to numerous states and spent many years going camping with a group of special friends. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family for every holiday, especially Christmas. She also enjoyed sending cards to church members, family and friends.

Those left to honor her memory include her two sons, Michael D. Koon and his wife, Diana of Sarasota, FL, and David L. Koon and his wife, Judy of Maquoketa, IA; two grandsons, David Jr. of Des Moines, and Jeffery and his wife, Annmarie and their two daughters, Julia and Marissa of Livonia, MI; and two step grandsons, Shawn Payment and his wife Susan of Johns Island, SC, and Stephen Payment and his wife Brandi and her son Christan of Orlando, FL. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dale on July 9, 2010, a grandson Jeremy Koon on January 17, 2013, sisters Beaulah Bowman Schenk and husband Edwin and Lola Bowman Goodall and husband Ray, brothers Kenneth and wife Laura and Edelman and wife Zelda.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to Hospice of Jackson County or the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa.

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

 



James C. Miller


James C. Miller, 81, of Delhi, formerly of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on March 17th, 2019 at MercyOne Medical.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 22nd, 2019 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Interment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with full military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corps League and the presentation of the Four Fives by the Dubuque Fire Department. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 21st. 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 2:30 p.m.
Jim was born on June 26, 1937 the son of Theodore and Genevieve (Carroll) Miller. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1956 to 1958. He married Laura Welter. Together they shared 56 years of a loving marriage.

Jim worked for the Dubuque Fire Department from 1962 to 1999 retiring as Assistant Chief; and was a member of the Retired Dubuque Firefighters Association.

He was a devoted family man, who loved spending time with his family and friends at Lake Delhi. He enjoyed playing cards, dominos, hunting and fishing. He was an avid Green Bay Packer Fan.

Jim was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather who was proud of his entire family.

He is survived by his wife Laura; children Dan (Jill) Miller, Mark (Patti) Miller, Chris (Amy) Miller, Michele (Kevin Lynn) Pitts, all of Dubuque. Grandchildren Codi (Brian) Putman, Tye (Kristen) Miller, Sam Miller; Mitchell and Maddie Miller; Joshua (Carrie) Pitts, Tom Pitts, Genavieve Pitts; 9 great grandchildren. Brother William (Charlyn) Miller, of Dubuque. Sisters and Brother-in-law, Jean (Mike) Vance, David (Dawn) Welter, and Rita Osterberger, all of Dubuque; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son-in-law Tom Pitts; two sisters Joyce and Pat.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank all the health care professionals especially MercyOne in Dubuque and the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Jim and his family.



Robert T. Baker


Robert T. "Bob" Baker 81, of Dubuque, died Sunday, March 17, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 22, 2019 at the Church of The Nativity with Rev. Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery with full military honors accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corp League. A visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. where a scripture wake service will be recited at 7:00 p.m.

Bob was born on July 16, 1937 in Dubuque, the son of Milton and Margaret (Higgins) Baker. He married Colleen Donovan on May 2, 1959 at St. Raphael's Cathedral. She preceded him in death on December 13, 2003.

Bob lived in Dubuque all his life. He attended Nativity and St. Joseph grade schools and graduated from Loras Academy, Class of 1955. He was a member of Nativity Parish and Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 355.

He worked at Dubuque Packing Co., Bob Biedler Mobil and John Deere Dubuque Works for 33 years. He was a member of the UAW Local 94, served in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1956 to 1958 and was a member of the Dubuque Marine Corp League.

Bob enjoyed playing golf and pool, the Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago Bears, New York Yankees, NASCAR and spending time with family, friends and grandchildren.

He is survived by his children, Ann (Dan) Flynn of Newburgh, IN, Cathy (Roy) Snyder of Rochelle, IL, Mike (Connie) Baker of Dubuque, IA, Susan (Tom) Crimmins of North Liberty, IA, Patti (Tom) Finnegan of Eldridge, IA and John Baker of Dubuque, IA; 13 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Bill and Donald Baker and his sister-in-law Gwen Baker.

A Robert J. Baker memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Medical Associates, Dr. Christopher Stille, Dr. Eltibi Rami, Dr. Dolehide, Dr. Janes, Julie Ehlinger ARNP, Dr. Boyle, his heart nurses at Mercy Medical Center (Kelly and Lacee) and the nursing staff at Mercy Medical Center.

 



D. Kent Wielage


D. Kent Wielage, 73, of Dubuque died Sunday, March 17, 2019 surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.  

Kent was born June 29, 1945 in Lincoln, Nebraska, son of Donald R. and Esther J. (Manion) Wielage. He graduated from the University of Dubuque in 1967 and on December 23, 1967, he married Laura Menard at St. Joseph Church, Bellevue, Iowa.

Kent served his country in the Viet Nam War as a member of the US Army.

He worked at John Deere Dubuque Works as a supply management specialist, retiring in 2001.

Kent was a wonderful and loving husband, father and grandfather. He loved traveling and taking his kids and grandkids on vacation. He was also an avid reader and fan of NASCAR.

He is survived his wife, Laura Wielage, a son, Chad Wielage, two daughters, Karen (William Jr.) Freiburger and Susan (Drew) Waller and five grandchildren, Alex and Emma Freiburger and Samuel, Maxwell and Vivian Waller, all of Dubuque.

He is also survived by three siblings, Michael Wielage of Goshen, Virginia, Jill Dinnes of Davenport, Iowa and Paul (Therese) Wielage of Des Moines, Iowa, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother in law, Ralph Dinnes.



Rose Mary Heinze-Haskell


Rose Mary Heinze-Haskell, 85, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on March 16th, 2019 at home.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Rose was born on November 1, 1933 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Alfred and Adeline (Waters) Birch. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. In 1952 she married Frank C. Heinze and he preceded her in death. She later married Richard C. Haskell in 1978 and he preceded her in death.

She worked for Dubuque Stamping Company, John Deere and Answer Iowa. She was a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles, Youth Bowling League, United States Bowling Congress and was inducted into the DWBA Hall of Fame in 2007.

Rose enjoyed travelling, spending time on the river and singing karaoke with her friends. She was also on many bowling leagues throughout her life.

Rose is survived by her children, Frank (Annie) Heinze, of Dubuque, Deborah (Richard) Smith, of Cedar Falls, John (Jeannie) Heinze, of Dubuque, Trish Julson, of Dubuque, Rick (Sharon) Haskell, of Dubuque, Patti (Joe Weber) Sarazin, of Dubuque and her sister Shirley Stecklein, of Platteville, WI. Rose has 18 grandchildren and 50 great grandchildren and also leaves behind her beloved dog "Eddie Haskell"

She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter in infancy, and a brother Tom Birch.



Carol Anna Averkamp

Carol Anna Averkamp, 86, of Benton, WI passed away Saturday, March 16, 2019, surrounded by her loving family.

A funeral mass will be 11 AM, Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Benton. A family visitation will be held prior from 9 AM until 10:15 AM at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena, IL. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

She was born March 13, 1933, in Buncombe the daughter of Thomas Earl and Lorena Ann (Leglar) Furlong. Carol graduated from Hazel Green High School. She was united in marriage to Bernard A. Averkamp on August 1, 1953, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Hazel Green, WI and he preceded her in death on August 2, 1999.

Carol was a homemaker along with helping her husband on their farm. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and going on car rides. Carol was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Benton.

She is survived by three sons, Kevin (Kathy) Averkamp of Dubuque, Tony Averkamp of Benton, Roger Averkamp of Leadmine, WI, a daughter, Vicki (Mark) Richardson of Benton, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, three brothers, Carl (Dolly) Furlong, Claire (Sandy) Furlong and David (Diane) Furlong, one sister, Inez Piquette and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, daughter-in-law, Sherry Averkamp, two granddaughters, Melinda Mae Averkamp and Diana Carol Richardson, six brothers, Robert, John "Percy", Gerald, Daryl, James "Digger" and Earl "Nick", five sisters, Mary in infancy, Elaine, Helen, Twila and Lila.

"We will never forget how our Mother's positive attitude, kindness, and smile has gotten her through some good times and some bad times. Her strength has taught us all how to make the toughest times easier and for that, we will be forever grateful."

Online condolences may be left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com



Charles J. Edmonds


Charles "Chuck" J. Edmonds, 58, of Galena, IL passed away unexpectedly March 13, 2019 in Rockford, IL from a sudden illness.

Funeral service will be 11 AM, Monday, March 18, 2019 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery, rural Galena. Friends may call from 1 to 4 PM, Sunday, March 17, 2019 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel.

He was born July 8, 1960 in Hazel Green, WI the son of Charles C. and Anna Mae (Kieffer) Edmonds. He graduated from Galena High School with the class of 1978. Chuck was united in marriage to Diane Bussan on September 30, 1989 in Galena and she survives. He was currently employed at East Dubuque Nitrogen Fertilizer Plant.

Chuck loved spending time with his family, especially his nieces and nephews. He enjoyed watching westerns, hunting, fishing and farming. He is survived by his wife, Diane, two step-sons, Jeremy and Brian Einsweiler, his mother, Anna Mae Edmonds, his siblings, Dave Edmonds, Dennis (Joyce) Edmonds, Dick Edmonds, Greg (Clarene) Edmonds, Mark Edmonds, Tim Edmonds, Becky (Tom) Ruchti, Scott (Laura) Edmonds and Jeff Edmonds, his mother in-law, Nadane Bussan, four brothers in-law, Jim (Nancy), Mark, Roy and Todd (special friend Tracy Houston) Bussan, a sister in-law, Julie (Mark) Fryer, and his many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father and his father in law, LeRoy Bussan. The family requests no flowers.

Online condolences may be left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com



Julie A. Pickel


Julie A. Pickel, 58, of Pahrump, Nevada, formerly of Kieler, Wisconsin, died Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Wm. S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 22, 2019, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev. Bernard Rott, Rev. Randy Timmerman and Deacon Larry Tranel officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Thursday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center where the parish wake service will be at 6:30 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:15-10:15 a.m. Friday at the church before the service.

Julie was born on June 25, 1960, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Kenneth J. "Kenny" and Berneice (Langmeier) Pickel.

Once she graduated high school, Julie expressed an interest in joining the U.S. Military and serving in the Army. She retired from the Army in June of 1998 after receiving full retirement benefits. During her military tenure she spent a significant amount of time in Germany where she was able to experience the chaos and excitement that came with the infamous, "Fall of the Berlin Wall". She then returned to Madison to work at UW Hospital and Clinics as an operating room technician where she aided surgeons by giving them the necessary operating tools during procedures. In her time in Madison she always made a point to make the hour and a half drive to Kieler, Wisconsin, to visit her parents and her family. While her youngest brother was not based in the Wisconsin area, she always would contact him and his family at least once a week as well as her adopted army family. Julie's immediate kin consisted of several pairs of dogs throughout the years, some of the most notable being Fluff and Rambo, and the current Tucker and Buddy. Besides her love for her K-9 pets, which she called "The Boys", she had a fierce and undying love for her four nieces and two nephews. At least once a year she would gather all six of them together and host the long anticipated "Niece and Nephew Night". "Niece and Nephew Night" entailed a wide variety of activities with all the kids and Julie together that ranged from going bowling, skating, seeing movies, and playing long hours of cards, and other party games. She hosted a very similar event with her cousins on Christmas Eve where all of them would get together and have dinner. After her time in Madison she fled the cold weather, calling herself a snowbird (one who retires away from snow), and moved to Pahrump Nevada, a place less than an hour away from Las Vegas. During retirement Julie made many friends with neighbors and engaged in activities such as water aerobics and annual card meetings. In January she sadly learned that she had pancreatic cancer. She swiftly made the journey back home to Wisconsin and began treatment. After moves from the U.S.A. to Germany and back, then from Wisconsin to Nevada, and back as well, Julie's final move, occurred on March 16, where she entered the gates of Heaven.

Survivors include her parents, Kenny and Berneice Pickel, of Kieler; her siblings, Jim (Jane) Pickel, of Kieler, Joe (Lori) Pickel, of Arlington, Virginia, and Jenny (John) Brosius, of Kieler; her nieces and nephews, Jessica, Blake, Erica, Gabrielle, Lexi, Gage, and her one and only godson, Joey; a good friend, Alice Lubers, of Pahrump, Nevada; and her dogs, also known as the boys, Tucker and Buddy.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents.

Online condolences for the family may be left at www.caseyfuneralhome.net.



Mark Becker


 

Mark Becker, 66, of Englewood, Florida, and formerly of Dubuque, passed away Monday, March 11, 2019 in Florida. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., where there will be a service at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. More information at www.hskfh.com

 

 



Mark J. Urbain


Mark J. "E.J." Urbain, 60, of rural Farley, Iowa, passed away Saturday, March 16, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family in Farley, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Mark may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a prayer service will be held at 2:30 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9:00 a.m., Wednesday at the funeral home. Mark requested that family and friends wear casual wear to his services.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa with Rev. Phillip Kruse presiding and Rev. Joseph McDermott S.V.D concelebrating. Private burial will be held at a later date.
He was born December 27, 1958 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Earl and Gertrude (Klostermann) Urbain. He was a 1978 graduate of Western Dubuque High School in Epworth, Iowa. On May 29, 1982 he was united in marriage to Julie McDermott at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa. He drove truck for Tschiggfriee in Dubuque for many years. He later went on to work as a carpenter for Portzen Construction until his retirement.

Mark took pride in his land. You could usually find him mowing grass, entertaining in the Man Cave, watching his Hawkeyes, or taking Ranger rides. He loved his grandkids, family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Julie Urbain of Farley, IA; two children Abby (Dan) Ankenbauer of Clear Lake, IA and Ben (Dallas) Urbain of Onslow, IA; 5 grandchildren, Lily, Colten, Nate and Caden Urbain and Kinzly Ankenbauer; eight siblings, Sue Ann (Gilbert) Beringer of Dyersville, IA; Bernie (Mary) Urbain, Bob (Jean) Urbain both of Farley, IA, Judy Koppes of Monmouth, IA; Nancy (John) Kramer of Worthington, IA, Jeff (Sandy) Urbain of Peosta, IA, Wanda (Dave) Roberts of Omaha, NE and Sarah (Tim) Ells of Davenport, IA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Joseph (Patricia) McDermott of Morrison, CO, Gerald (Jolene) McDermott of Castle Rock, CO and Jodi (Mark) Naig of Waterloo, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law, Dave Koppes; sister-in-law, Joni McDermott; his father and mother-in-law, Michael A. and Lois J. McDermott and his best friend, Melvin Ernzen.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Engleman, his nurses Sarah and Danielle, and all his Chemo nurses Medical Associates.

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



Maurice P. Kauffmann


Maurice P. "Hap" Kauffmann, age 86, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 6:05 a.m., on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at home with his loving family by his side. To honor Hap's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Hap's life, family and friends may visit from 2:30 p.m., until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Hap was born on August 2, 1932, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Charles and Clara (Kutsch) Kauffmann.

Hap proudly served his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean War, where he was stationed in Alaska. He was never one to brag about his service, but did enjoy telling stories about his experiences driving the Generals around base in the jeep. Hap was born and raised in Dubuque and worked on the farm for his whole life, until his well deserved "retirement" in 1994. Hap was united in marriage to the love of his life, Bernette Knabel, on June 21, 1960, at Sacred Heart Church, and the two have been blessed with 58 years and 5 children together. When Bernette began to have some health issues, Hap stepped right in and took over all of the cooking, cleaning and laundry, as well as taking wonderful care of Bernette, making sure she always had whatever she needed. Hap's faith was also an important aspect of his life, leading to his long time membership with Holy Ghost Church. Farming, however, was truly his passion in life, he continued helping long after his son had taken over the day to day operations. As any good farmer knows, the ability to fix things is absolutely necessary, and Hap loved to put his knowledge to good use tinkering with things out in the garage on a regular basis. Hap also had a bit of a competitive side, and enjoyed spending time with family and friends playing cards. We are truly grateful for the 86 years we have been blessed to have Hap here with us, caring for us and teaching us countless life lessons and skills. The kids always loved to tease that there were 3 ways to do things, "the right way", "the wrong way", and "Dad's way". Hap truly represented the generation of men that defined hard work and love of family, and we will miss him more than words can say.

Those left to cherish Hap's memory include

his loving wife,
Bernette Kauffmann, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Thomas (Pam) Kauffmann, Sherrill, IA,
Donald Kauffmann, Sherrill, IA,
Sharon (Tom) Kramer, Dubuque, IA,
William (Kelly) Kauffmann, Dubuque, IA
and James (Amy) Kauffmann, Epworth, IA;

his 14 grandchildren;

his 4 great-grandchildren;

his brother,
Roger Kauffmann, Dubuque, IA;

and a sister-in-law,
Mary Margaret Kauffmann, Denver, CO.

Hap was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter-in-law, Linda Kauffmann; his siblings, Mary (Wilford) Bradshaw, Phillip (Delores) Kauffmann, Bert Kauffmann, Robert (Pearl) Kauffmann and Joyce (Don) Nemmers; and his brother-in-law, Merlin (Ginny) Knabel.

Hap's family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to long time caregivers, Susan and Melissa, and to the nurses and staff of Luther Homecare and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of our parents. Also a special thanks to Jim and Hilda Dupont for all of their years of friendship and support.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.

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

 



Daniel J. Leary


Daniel J.  Leary, 87, of Cedar Rapids, currently of Dubuque, Iowa, died March 13, 2019 at Bethany Home in Dubuque. 

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, March 22, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Hiawatha.  Mass will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 22, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church.   Rev. Mark Ressler will officiate. Burial will be in St. John Cemetery, Cedar Rapids, with military honors accorded. Arrangements are entrusted to Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.

Dan was born November 16, 1931 in Fairfax, Iowa, the son of John and Mary (McGowan) Leary. He married Lola Zabokrtsky on November 20, 1951 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fairfax, IA. She preceded him in death on September 4, 2004. He then married Mary Hanzelka on August 30, 2008 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. 

Dan served his country with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War as a Medic. He co- owned /operated Zeb's Oil Company/Dan's Sinclair in Walford, IA for over 40 years. He was an Associate of the Sisters of Mercy, and a volunteer for Hospice of Mercy in Cedar Rapids. Dan was a loyal Hawkeye fan, and an avid reader.  He also loved to golf and was a lifelong music lover. He taught all the grandchildren to swim in his backyard pool, where the family enjoyed spending time with him. After retirement, he worked at Econofoods in Cedar Rapids in the Produce Department, and always said that while he enjoyed the vegetables, the best part of the job was talking to the customers. 

Dan is survived by his wife, Mary of Dubuque; three children, Dave (Mary) Leary of Dubuque, Sue (Mike) Malloy of Omaha, NE, Lisa (Pete) Lueninghoener of O'Neill, NE; his grandchildren, Rob (Jeriann), and  Bridget Leary, Ben, Daniel (Jessica), and Patrick Malloy, Ian (Cate), Laura, and Shea Lueninghoener; his great grandchildren, Xavier, Luke, Nick, Grant, and Caroline; and his brothers in law, Terry Zabokrtsky and Val Hanzelka and sisters in law Jane Hanzelka and Jane Foley as well as many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his first wife and his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson Colin Malloy; his siblings John (Harriet) Leary, Theresa (Dale) Berryhill, and Patricia (Frank) Schlict.

The family would like to thank Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Hospice of Mercy, Cedar Rapids, or Bethany Home, Dubuque. 

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

 

 



Rita M. Loch


Rita M. (Weidemann) Loch, 89, of Asbury, formerly of Balltown, passed away Saturday, March 16, 2019, surrounded by her family at Luther Manor Grand Meadows.

To honor Rita's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 20 at Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road. To celebrate Rita's life, family and friends may visit from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, at Hoffmann-Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. Burial will be at St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery in Balltown.

Rita was born on December 3, 1929 in Five Points, Iowa, daughter of John and Susan (Lex) Weidemann.

She was a graduate of St. Joseph Academy in Dubuque. In 1948, Rita married Matthias J. Loch at St. Joseph's Church, Rickardsville, Iowa. He preceded her in death on December 24, 1986.

Rita and Matt raised their six children on their farm on Haberkorn Road in Balltown. She was an active member of the St. Francis Rosary Society in Balltown. Rita accepted the Century Farm Award in 1988, an honor bestowed on the Loch family for owning their land for 100 years. Eight years after Matt passed, Rita moved to Asbury. She became a dedicated volunteer at Finley Hospital. Rita cherished the time she spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. When Culver's opened in Asbury, she was one of the restaurant's first employees. Rita cheerfully delivered trays of food and made countless friends over the 16 years she was employed. She retired from Culver's at age 84. She was known for her determination, loyalty, fortitude and grit. A go-getter throughout her life, she was most proud of the strong work ethic that she instilled in her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her six children, Kathy Loch Klein of Asbury, Connie (George) Leibfried of Dubuque, Bob Loch of Bettendorf and Balltown, Bill (Deb) Loch of Otter Creek, Mary (Bill) Klein of Peosta and Ron (Kathy) Loch of Cary, Ill.; her 13 grandchildren, Brian Klein, Mark (Kristy Woodard) Klein, Scott (Laura) Leibfried, Matt (Sara) Leibfried, Tracy (Jayme) Kiernan, Sarah (Dan) Lachapell, Jason (Lori) Loch, Tony (Angie) Loch, Angie (Mike) FitzPatrick, Emily (Tom) Shedek, Tim (Dana) Klein, Madeline Loch and Adam Loch; her 17 great-grandchildren and her sister-in-law, Lucille Helbing.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Matthias, a sister, Magdalen (Elmer) Wagner; four brothers, John (Irene) Weidemann, Herbert (Martha) Weidemann, Gilbert (Florence) Weidemann, Merlyn (Patricia) Weidemann; sisters and brothers-in-law, Marie (Harold) Parker, Irene (Allan Cain, Michael McMahon) McMahon and Bert Helbing.

The family requests no flowers or memento gifts. Donations may be given to your favorite charity.

Rita's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque and Luther Manor Grand Meadows for guiding them through this journey and for all the kindness and care shown to Rita.

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

 

 



Delphine Dolter


Delphine Dolter, 94, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Luther Manor. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m.  Monday, March 18, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Rev. Paul Attah-Nsiah will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, March 17, from 3 p.m.  to 7 p.m. 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. 

Delphine was born November 8, 1924 in Balltown, the daughter of Herbert and Ernestine (Haberkorn) Klein. She met Richard A. Dolter at Melody Mill dance hall, and she married him on February 10, 1945 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on February 14, 2008. 

Delphine was a longtime member of Catholic Daughters. She was a member of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) for 50 years, serving as President, and rarely missing a meeting. Delphine was a devoted mother to her seven children, who will remember what an excellent cook and baker she was. Once her children were in school, she worked at several local retail stores and school kitchens. Delphine was very talented at sewing, knitting (even teaching knitting at NICC and Washington School), crafting,  and crocheting. Win or lose, Delphine was an avid Cubs fan for over 40 years.  Going out to eat with friends was another favorite activity.

Delphine is survived by her children, Dick D. Dolter of Dubuque, Lynette (Tom) Howe of Dubuque, Suzanne (Michael) Muir of Durango, Daniel (Cheryl) Dolter of Dubuque, Mark (Jackie) Dolter of Cedar Rapids, Paula (Tom) Giese of Dubuque, and Andy (Terrie) Dolter of Dubuque; 18 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; her sister Roseanne (Floyd) Hammel of Sherrill; her brother Norbert A. Klein of Westminster, CO; and her sisters in law Darlene Klein of Sherrill, Judy Dolter of Dubuque, and Betty Dolter of Dubuque.  

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers George, Don (Ann), and Richard (in infancy) Klein. 

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque or St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. 

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and the staff at Luther Manor for their loving care of Delphine.  

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

 

 



Grace M. Mueller


Grace Marie Mueller, 94, formerly of Key West, Iowa died peacefully at 4:30 a.m., Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Luther Manor.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 18, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Key West. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 17th at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main Street.

Grace was born February 8, 1925, daughter of Thomas and Katie (Burns) Lyons of Key West. She married Raymond "Whitey" Mueller September 4, 1946. He preceded her in death on August 6, 2007. They lived on his family farm in LaMotte, Iowa for 27 years. She was a stay-at-home mom caring for their seven children.

In January 1970, they moved to the new home they built in Key West. They turned the 65 acres near their home into Twin Ridge Subdivision where more than 100 families live today. In partnership with their son, Dan, they developed another 47 acres near the intersection of Highway 151/61 and 52 into commercial business lots which became Dubuque Southgate Development Ltd.
They donated a parcel of property to the Key West Fire Department in 2005 for the construction of a new fire station, parking lot and recreation area.

Grace, from very young age played piano and loved to entertain anyone who would listen. She was an organist at St. Joseph's for many years, playing for weddings, funerals and other events. She also played at the Moracco Supper Club, The Chateau Supper Club, the Swiss Valley Chalet and the Grand Tap in Dubuque, as well as the Log Cabin in Galena, IL, over the years, plus several local nursing homes.
At the age of 43, she went back to school to become a nurse, a career she enjoyed for 23 years until her retirement in 1993 at the age of 68.

She was a member of the Dubuque County Board of Health for more than 20 years. She was vice chair of the Farm Bureau Women's Committee and was named "Mother of the Year" in May of 2003 by the Dubuque County Farm Bureau.
She and her husband were active volunteers with the Dubuque County Fair Board.

Surviving are seven children, Mary Ann Gassman, Daniel (Sondra) Mueller and Tim (Lisa) Mueller, all of Dubuque, Thomas Mueller, of Corona Del Mar, Calif., Janelle (Stan) Booth, of Verona, Wis., Jeanine (Larry) Lochner, of Peosta, Ia., and Cindy (Roger) Reiser, of Grimes, Ia.; 13 grandchildren, Julianne (Kevin Bowen) Gassman, of Cedar Falls, Ia., Lisa (Norm) Pottebaum, of Dyersville, Ia., Douglas (Malinda) Mueller, of Pacific Grove, Calif., Chris (Kim) Mueller, of Lafayette, Colo., Jenny (Sal) Giunta, of Windsor, Colo., Scott (Kesha) Booth, of Muskego, Wis., Brad (Pam) Booth, of Phoenix, Ariz., Tina Booth, of Sun Prairie, Wis., Thomas (Jill) Lochner, of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Daniel Lochner, of New York, N.Y., Jared Reiser, of Lake Forest, Calif., Jake (Reba) Reiser, of Winterset, Ia., and David Mueller, of Cambridge, Mass.; and 14 great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank the kind staff at Luther Manor for all their loving care, and also Hospice of Dubuque.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be given to Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Tom N. Sarvis


Tom N. Sarvis, 77, of Dubuque died Monday, March 11, 2019.

Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Rd with the funeral service following at 11:15 a.m. Military rites will be accorded at the church immediately following the service.

Tom was born October 13, 1941 in Delta, Iowa, son of Lloyd and Elma (Ulin) Sarvis. He attended Tri-County Schools in What Cheer, Iowa, and Iowa Weslyan College in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa where he studied mechanical engineering. He moved to Los Angeles where he worked as a small hotel desk clerk before taking a "jack-of-all-trades" job at the Los Angeles Teachers' Credit Union.
In 1966, his credit union career was interrupted by the Viet Nam War. Tom returned to Iowa and enlisted in the Army. He served as a medivac helicopter pilot during Tet Offensive, and was deployed until 1967.

After the war, he resumed his passion of working for members of credit unions. He started as an examiner, and then joined Alcoa Employees Credit Union in Bettendorf. In 1984, he became CEO of DuTrac Credit union, guiding it as it grew for 23 years until his retirement in 2007.

Tom married Darleen Pankratz, November 1, 1969 in Deep River, Iowa, and treasured her for nearly 50 years.

Tom enjoyed woodworking, fishing, and cruising with Darleen to far-away places. He always made time for family, friends, and coworkers, spinning many a yarn, all of which had just enough truth to be believed. He was a volunteer for many organizations, including St. Peter Lutheran Church as a Stephen minister, AARP as a tax aide, S.C.O.R.E. as a small-business adviser, Hills and Dales as a member of the board of directors, and the Boy Scouts of America as a father and mentor to many.

He is mourned and remembered by many, but especially by Darleen, his two sons, Brian (Angela) Sarvis of Indianola, Iowa and their children, Emily and Ben and Jonathan (Amy) Sarvis and their children, Carson and Aaron. He is also cherished by his Texas family, Loyd (Mary Ann) Pankratz of Boerne, Jean (Martin) Mohr of Fredericksburg, and dozens of nieces and nephews.

He was with us for the passing of his parents and his sister, Carol Rodriquez.

In lieu of flowers, a Tom Sarvis memorial fund has been established.

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

The entire family is most grateful the kind, patient, compassionate, and excellent care of Dr. John Whalen, and all the staff at Tri-State Dialysis Center.



Rita M. (Bauman) Singh Roth


Rita M. (Bauman) Singh Roth, age 78, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 1:35 a.m., on Thursday, March 14, 2019, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Rita's life, funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m., on Monday, March 18, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, with Deacon Mike Ellis officiating. To celebrate Rita's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m., until the time of services at 6:00 p.m., on Monday, March 18, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.

Rita was born on September 7, 1940, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Clarence and Helen "Pat" (Edwards) Bauman.

Rita was born and raised in Dubuque and was a proud graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1958. After graduation, Rita traveled to California, where she would meet her future husband at a dance at Coconut Grove. She was united in marriage to Mastan Singh, on October 10, 1959, in Watsonville, California, and they were blessed with 38 wonderful years, and 3 adored daughters together, before he was called home ahead of her on August 3, 1998. Luckily, Rita would once again find love with Keith L. Roth, and they would marry on September 3, 2005, at the Church of the Resurrection. Rita and Keith would seamlessly blend their families together, and go on to be blessed with 14 lovely years together. Rita was always a dedicated worker, and was employed with Mastercraft for several years, then began driving bus for the Dubuque Community Schools, she worked for Haun's Butcher Shop and lastly was a security guard at the Greyhound Park kennels and later at the casino. In her free time, Rita enjoyed entertaining family and friends, getting everyone together and making traditional meals for them to share was one of her favorite activities. Rita was also known to spend an afternoon engaging in a little retail therapy, always on the look out for a great buy. She was a creative woman, who took joy in sitting quietly working on her next beautiful crochet project, always happy to share her creations with family. Rita and Keith also liked to spend a night out on the town, heading out to dinner and a movie, or catching a concert, attending 16-17 concerts over the past few years. Keith spoiled Rita over their entire 14 years relationship, and she loved every minute of it. We are deeply saddened at losing our dear, sweet Rita, and will miss her more than words can convey, but take comfort in the fact that we will all be reunited one day for Eternity.

Those left to cherish Rita's memory include

her husband,
Keith L. Roth, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Cindy (Brooks) Easton, Prairie Village, KS,
Tammy (Jeff) Flynn, Dubuque, IA,
Kim DeMuth, Dubuque, IA,
John (Sue) Roth, Cincinnati, OH,
Stacy (Dave) Slattery, East Dubuque, IL,
Steve (Sue) Roth, Glen Carbon, IL,
Amy (Jim) McKernan, Cedar Falls, IA,
Alan Roth, East Dubuque, IL
and Julie (Dirk) Baughman, Lincoln, NE;

her grandchildren,
Acacia Byerley, Halle Flynn, Terra (Dan) Pfeiler, Heather Reed, Melissa Merchant, Nicole (Jon) Johnson, Katie McKernan, Daniel McKernan, John (Jackie) Roth, Jeff (Elizabeth) Roth, Mitch Baughman, Mark Baughman, Nick Roth, Nate Roth, Amanda (Shea) Chase and Josh (Kat) Easton;

her great-grandchildren,
Millie, Alec, Averi, Asah, Frankie, Russell, Corrina, Jack, Nora, Margot, Molly, Dylan, Beckett, Boston, Maya, Lana and Adalyn;

her sister,
Ruby (Gary) Berg, Dubuque, IA;

a sister-in-law,
Daisy Bauman, East Dubuque, IL;

numerous nieces and nephews;

and her fur-baby,
Raji.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Mastan Singh; a son, Terry Roth; a son-in-law, Mike DeMuth; and a brother, Ralph Bauman.

Rita's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the extraordinary nursing staff at Finley Hospital, especially Nancy and Jackie, for all of the wonderful care and support they have shown Rita, and her family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.

#BAUMANCIRCLEOFLOVE

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



Dennis W. Schlung


Dennis W. Schlung, 58, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, surrounded by family at his home in rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, March 15, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Cremation has taken place and a private burial will be held at a later date.

Dennis Wayne Schlung was born on September 19, 1960 in Wisconsin to Victor James and Norma Pauline (Sills) Schlung Sr. He grew up in Iowa and Texas and earned his GED. He was an honorably discharged veteran of the US Army. He married Cathy Ann Fultner on August 23, 1980 in Maquoketa, Iowa. Two daughters were born to this union, Elizabeth and Rachel.

Dennis was an over the road truck driver, first working for Campbell Trucking in Preston and then for Green Truckline in Cascade, Iowa until he retired due to ill health.

Dennis was a member of the United Pentecostal Church in Maquoketa and the NRA. He enjoyed fishing, doing locksmith work and shooting at the gun range.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Cathy Schlung of Maquoketa, IA; daughters, Elizabeth (Robert) DeYoung of Mt. Vernon, IL, and Rachel (Jerrod) Dotson of Miles, IA; 6 grandchildren, Zachary, Dallas, Caitlin, Michael, Ethan and Gabriel; his mother Norma Kaping of OR; and siblings, Vickie Howard of OR, Henry Schlung of OR, Peggy (Chuck) Williams of OR, Janie (Sonny) Lengele of OR, Opal Denton of AR, Victor (Robyn) Schlung Jr. of WA, Lynn (Loretta) Schlung of Lewis, TX, Teri (James) Munson of TX, and Nancy (Roy) Taylor of TX.

He was preceded in death by his father Victor and step-mother Lavon, and an infant brother Danny Schlung.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Dennis W. Schlung memorial fund has been established.

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



Darleen V. Simmons


Darleen V. Simmons, 91, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday, March 11, 2019, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Darleen's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, March 16, 2019 at First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Friday, March 15, 2019 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Elwood, Iowa Cemetery.

Darleen Galloway was born on June 15, 1927 in Clinton County, Iowa, to Harold and Wava (Hamilton) Galloway. She graduated from Elwood High School, and on August 14, 1946 she married Kenneth W. Simmons in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on July 25, 1991.

Darleen had first worked at Northwestern Bell in Maquoketa as a telephone operator. Upon her marriage to Kenneth, together they managed Town & Country Lanes, Maquoketa Country Club and the Key Motel. She also worked as a waitress at FlapJack's Restaurant in Maquoketa from when they opened until her retirement.

Darleen was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa and the Rachel Circle. She had also been a 50-year member of the Elwood Card Club. She enjoyed her co-workers and customers at FlapJack's but her family was her life.

Those left to honor Darleen's memory include her children, Kristi (David) Hovey of Maquoketa, IA, Jeanne Simmons of Oxford Junction, IA, Kent (Connie) Simmons of Maquoketa, IA; daughter-in-law, Mary (Ed) Noel of Wheatland, IA; 12 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, 3 step-great-grandchildren; and siblings, Earl "Dude" (Joan) Galloway of Lost Nation, IA, Jerry (Barb) Wirth of Lost Nation, IA, Larry (Pat) Galloway, Roger (Linda) Galloway, Barb (Ken) Schroeder, Al (Pam) Galloway, Jim (Bev) Galloway, Marcia (Ronnie) Barten, and Linda Miller; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, sons Craig and Keith, grandsons Doug Simmons, Tom Simmons and Zach Campbell, great-grandson Dreyton Eby, sister and brother-in-law Rhea and Merwyn Hasenmiller, an infant sister, and brothers Donald, Dwain, Geff and Russell.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Darleen V. Simmons memorial fund has been established.

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



Nancy A. Reuter


Nancy A. Reuter, age 72, of Peosta, completed her earthly journey on Monday, March 11, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family. 

To celebrate Nancy's life, a private family service is being held.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Nancy's family.

Nancy was born on July 23, 1946 in Dubuque, Iowa a daughter to Robert "Bob" and Rita (Kane) Knockel.  Upon completing high school, Nancy began her career at Mercy Hospital in the Data Processing Department. She would faithfully devote over 30 years there before finally retiring. Nancy did find a little spare time to work outside of her full-time responsibilities at Mercy as a bartender at both The American Legion Hall, Post #6 and at the Rainbow Lounge. She made many friends at all 3 places and her contagiously joyful spirit was always on display.  Nancy was also blessed in her love life at home and spent many wonderful years being united in marriage to her true love, Dale Reuter. The couple continually displayed what real commitment looked like and their devotion to one another will carry on as a fine example for future generations to follow.

Nancy was a uniquely driven woman who never passed up an opportunity to have a little excitement when the moments presented themselves. She always enjoyed an evening out bowling with family and friends, but if the sky was clear and the winds were light, you could easily catch her out on her Harley getting in a relaxing ride. Possibly, one of her favorite memories though was the day she was able to race a 1957 Chevy at Cordova Raceway. She would carry the excitement of that day with her the rest of her life and no one would ever have to doubt if Nancy truly understood the real-life principal that we only live once.

When her work and playtime was done is where Nancy managed to discover absolute contentment in life.  Relaxing and visiting with those she loved is what she lived for. Work was necessary, excitement was fun, but the downtime to simply decompress away the stress of the day was where Nancy thrived. If you held a special place in her heart, she made sure you always knew it. If you needed a friend to share with, she could be there, and if you wanted to find a brighter light in your day, she would definitely be it. Nancy lived life on some very simple terms: live for today, laugh for tomorrow, love forever, and whenever possible let them hear a determined "Yoo-Hoo" just to let them know you care.

We will miss you Nancy, we will embrace the memories you leave behind, and we will wait patiently for the day we will finally get to see your beautiful smile again!  Thank you for being you Nancy and may the Lord give you peace from your earthly struggles and labors dear.    

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Nancy include

her loving husband,

Dale Reuter, Peosta, Iowa;

her children,

Liberty "Libby" Tupper, Nevada, Iowa,

Dana Reuter, Dubuque, Iowa,

and Troy (Cathy Quade) Reuter, Dubuque, Iowa;

her grandchildren,

Abby Tupper, Gillian Tupper, Morgan Tupper, Drew Fulks, Gabrielle Fulks, Fallon Opperman, Jamie (Adi) Opperman, Alyssa (Jake Salwolke) Giancola, Samuel (Megan Jones) Debes-Reuter, Aislinn Reuter and Danielle Reuter;

her great-grandchildren,

Landon Opperman and Lana Opperman;

her siblings,

Gary (Joanie) Knockel, Gurnee, Illinois,

and Bev Knockel, Dubuque, Iowa;

along with several nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Andrew Fulks; her daughter, Carol in infancy; and her brothers, Bucky Knockel and Jake Knockel.

A Nancy A. Reuter memorial fund has been established which will be distributed among some of Nancy's favorite charities.

Nancy's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital, especially her 3rd floor comfort nurse, for all of the wonderful, professional and compassionate care they provided to Nancy, and her family. They would also like to thank her Super Special Friends, Julee (Bill) Miller-Smith, Judy and Betty for all of the unconditional love, time and attention you have given so abundantly. May God bless all of you for your kindnesses!

Online condolences may be shared with Nancy's family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com



Eileen R. Klein


Eileen R. Klein, 95, of Balltown, Iowa, died Monday, March 11, 2019.

Visitation will be held from 3 until 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, 2019, at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where a parish wake service will take place at 2:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic church in Balltown. Burial will take place at the St. Francis church cemetery.

Eileen was born on August 22, 1923 in Bankston, IA the daughter of Ben and Rose (Nickl) Schmitt. She married Ralph Klein on November 18, 1942 at St. Clements Catholic Church in Bankston. He preceded her in death on April 17, 2005.

Eileen attended St. Clement High School in Bankston where she played on the 1941 Archdiocese championship women's basketball team. She was a lifetime member of the St. Francis Rosary Society.

Eileen was a fantastic cook and spent her Friday nights cooking at the Barn in Sherrill. She also volunteered her time working with the Dubuque Women's Food Service at the county fair for over 35 years. Eileen received the State of Iowa Award for Volunteerism in 1988 from former Gov. Terry Branstad. In her spare time she enjoyed quilting and doing crossword puzzles. Eileen loved spending time with her family and visiting and hearing about what they have been up to.

She is survived by her children Judy (Jack) Gansemer of Balltown, IA and Thomas (Linda) Klein of Dubuque, IA; five grandchildren Ann (Dan) Topf of Ames, IA, Steve(Gina) Gansemer of Balltown, IA, Cathy (Paul) Hannan of Rochester, MN, Tara (Larry) Goedert of Dubuque, IA, and Justin (Jackie) Klein of Lafayette, CO; ten great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and two sisters Geraldine Sanner of Hattiesburg, MS, and Rita Kueter of Dubuque, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents Ben and Rose Schmitt and her brother Melvin Schmitt.

The family requests no flowers.

An Eileen R. Klein memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Andrea Ries, Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Shirley, Amy D. and Amy McD.



Sister Gertrude Ann Sullivan, BVM


Sister Gertrude Ann Sullivan, BVM, 89, of 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Monday, March 11, 2019, at Marian Hall.

Visitation will be from 9-10:15 a.m. on Monday, March 18, 2019, in the Marian Hall Chapel. Sharing of Memories will be at 10:15 a.m., followed immediately by the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

In Dubuque, Sister Gertrude Ann was an associate education professor, vice president for academic affairs and academic dean at Clarke University and a teacher at St. Anthony ES. She served as administrator, curriculum director and/or teacher in West Hempstead, N.Y.; Tempe, Ariz.; and Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. She was a diocesan curriculum director and a national curriculum consultant in San Diego, Calif.

She was born on Sept. 14, 1929, in Milwaukee, to William & Gertrude Byrne Sullivan. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1948, from St. Robert Parish, Milwaukee. She professed first vows March 19, 1951 and final vows on Aug. 15, 1956.

She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by cousins and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 70 years.

Memorials may be given to Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, IA 52003 or online at https://www.bvmcong.org/support_donate.cfm.

Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque, IL is in charge of arrangements.



Loren Gary Larson


Loren Gary Larson, 72, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully at home on Monday, March 11, 2019 surrounded by his family.

Funeral services will be 10:30 am, Thursday, March 14 at St. Peter Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery where Military Honors will be conducted by the Dubuque Marine Corps League and the Tri State Vietnam Veterans. A visitation will be held from 4-8 pm, Wednesday, March 13 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road and from 9:30-10:15 am, Thursday at St. Peter Lutheran Church.

Loren was born on August 6, 1946 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the son of L. Dale and Doris Lucille (Iverson) Larson. He graduated from Chamberlain High School in 1964 and went on to Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD, graduating in 1969. Loren enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1969 and served until he was honorably discharged in 1973.

He moved to Dubuque in 1973 and began his career as Financial Advisor at Ameriprise Financial. He was passionate about his profession and cherished all of the people he worked with and friends he made during his career.

On November 28, 1987 he married the love of his life, Kimberly Ann Crockett in Clinton, Iowa. Together they traveled the world and raised two children, Alex and Libby. Kim and Loren walked together through many extremely difficult situations and various illnesses. In 2009 he retired to have more time with Kim and his family.

Loren enjoyed hunting, fishing, working and collecting. He was a member of 660 Shooting Club and St. Peter Lutheran Church. Loren was dedicated to his family and loved ones, and the countless people he provided counsel to throughout his career.

He is survived by his wife, Kim; children, Alexander Larson and Elizabeth Larson; brothers, Lonnie (Cindy) Larson and Larry (Mary) Larson; brother-in-law, David (Jeannine) Crockett; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister-in-law, Susan Larson.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Mayo Clinic, 200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905.

Loren's family would like to extend a special thank you to Home Instead Senior Care, Hospice of Dubuque and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN., for their compassionate care.



Shirley Ann Deutmeyer


Shirley Ann Deutmeyer, 88, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 11, 2019, surrounded by her family at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 16 at Church of the Resurrection, with visitation from 9:00 to 10:45 prior to the service. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is assisting the family.

Shirley was born on May 30, 1930, the daughter of Elmer and Agnes (Schadle) Fink. She married the love of her life, Duane D. Deutmeyer, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. They celebrated 66 loving and joyous years of marriage together.

Shirley was employed at Woolworths for 20 years and supported her husband with his various business ventures. Her greatest joy was being a homemaker, mother, grandmother and great- grandmother.

She also enjoyed square dancing and camping with Duane, and loved living in the country on their thirty acres of land. She cherished time spent with her family.

She is survived by her children, Duey (Jill) Deutmeyer of Long Grove, IA, Dawn (Joe) Hancock of Dubuque, Dan (Janet) Deutmeyer of Ilwaso, WA, Drew (Sherilyn) Deutmeyer of Littleton, CO, Daria Fleege of Dubuque, Darrell (Kelley) Deutmeyer of Dubuque, IA, Dina (Mike) Kettmann of Bellevue, IA, and Dirk (Rhonda) Deutmeyer of Epworth, IA; 20 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren; sister, Mary (Jack) Parkin, of Dubuque; brother, Elmer "Finky" (Sherry) Fink, of Dubuque; and sisters-in-law, DiAnn Ahearn, Darlene Ferrie and Katie Deutmeyer.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Duane; and granddaughter, Robin Deutmeyer.

We will miss you!

A Shirley Deutmeyer Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the staff at Hospice of Dubuque, the staff in the Memory Care Unit, and Whitney and Vanessa at Stonehill Care Center for their wonderful care of Shirley.



Lori A. Story


Lori A. Story, age 60 of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at home, surrounded by her loving family. To celebrate Lori's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2019 at the Steeple Square, 105 East 15th Street, Dubuque. To honor Lori's life, a Celebration of Life will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Steeple Square, with Pastor Jack Redmond officiating. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Lori's family.

Lori was born on March 3, 1959, in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, a daughter to Francis "Pete" and Mary (Kisting) Splinter. Lori did her part in making the world a better place while taking care of others and her years in the working world would concurrently reflect her passion as such. She faithfully spent many years as a phlebotomist at both the United Clinical Laboratories and Dubuque Internal Medicine until she eventually had to retire due to health issues. She was known well by her patients. She had also invested a few years working in other locations, but at the end of the day her work in the lab was where she truly felt she was making a positive impact for others. Lori wasn't just all about work though. She treasured her homelife with family, visitors and was beyond grateful to have found true love with her adoring husband, Timothy "Timmy" Story. The two have been inseparable since they met and married in 1995.  These last months of fighting that Lori had to endure were made much easier for her, knowing that her unwavering partner and best friend was always by her side along with her fur "babies" Bella, Riley and Tilly.

Lori also had a natural affinity for all of God's 4-legged creatures. Making a difference took shape in many forms for her.  If she was capable of making any situation better for another living creature, you could bet she'd be right there. Lori's commitment to the Dubuque Humane Society and the ASPCA were always on display for those who knew her. Lori also enjoyed a little downtime to relax with family and friends whenever possible. In years past, she would love to sit around the campfire, or even try her luck at bingo, faithfully every Thursday night. These were definite possibilities when she was still feeling well enough. A little serene solitude could also find its way into Lori's days from time to time and an evening of working the crochet needle back and forth or getting lost in a novel were a couple of her favorite ways to unwind. Of course, she had "her shows" that she faithfully followed also.

What truly drove Lori's joyful spirit in this life was her deep and dear relationships with family and friends.  She was always there when someone needed to talk and never missed an opportunity to simply bond.  She was relentless about making sure the people who held a special place in her heart never had to wonder about it. She was loyal to a fault, honest as they come and forever committed to those she cared about. To say that Lori was a kind and generous soul may be an understatement, but we'll have to embrace them for now until more accurate words can be invented. We will miss her beautiful smile, her contagious laugh and her never-surrender attitude. Thank you, Lori for so effortlessly being a role-model on how to get the most out of this journey for those of us left behind. May the Lord give you peace and keep you safe in the palm of His hands until we see you again! We know you've always had many angels watching over you and now you can be with them. You will be a most beautiful angel.    

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Lori include,

her loving husband,
Timothy R. "Tim" Story, Dubuque, Iowa;

her daughter,
Shelbie L. (Jeremy) Engler, Dubuque, Iowa;

her grandchildren,
Alec J. Specht, David F. Specht and Caleb M. Engler;

her great-granddaughter,
Noella A. Engler;

her siblings,
Shari Splinter, Bloomington, Wisconsin,
Amy (Thomas) Bergeron, Dubuque, Iowa,
Terry (Stephanie) Schmitt, Raleigh, North Carolina,
Heidi (Bobby) McDonald, Dubuque, Iowa,
and Theresa (George) Dittmar, Dubuque, Iowa;

her fur babies,
Riley, Bella and Tilly;

along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Lori was preceded in death by her parents, Mary (Robert) Schmitt and Francis "Pete" (Kay) Splinter; her son, Douglas Engler in infancy; her grandson, Austin Specht in infancy; and her brothers, George Schmitt and Timothy Schmitt.

In lieu of flowers, a Lori A. Story memorial fund has been established which will benefit some of Lori's favorite causes.

Lori's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Ron Schope and Laurie at GRMG, and all the nursing staff at Finley Hospital for the kind, compassionate and wonderful care they provided to Lori.

Online condolences may be shared with Lori's family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com

 

 

 

 



Delbert M. Patzner


Delbert M. Patzner, 93, of Monticello and formerly of Guttenberg, IA and Rochelle, IL died Friday, March 8, 2019, at the Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Visitation will be held from 4 - 7 pm Thursday, March 14, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a parish vigil service will be held at 4 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am Friday, March 15, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello.  Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate.  Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery in Guttenberg where military honors will be accorded by the Iowa Army Honors Detail.

Del was born July 20, 1925, the son of Martin and Mabel (Schiffman) Patzner and grew up in Guttenberg. Their family delivered milk in the area. He served in the Navy in the South Pacific during WWII as the helmsman of the LST 390 at Iwo Jima.

After an honorable discharge, he worked for the Standard Oil pipeline for many years. He moved to Rochelle, IL where he purchased a beachside hotel and operated it for several years. He then became a Real Estate Broker establishing Starr Realty in Rochelle. He served as President of the Illinois Real Estate Board. Del held a US Patent on railroad repair.

He married Marian Elizabeth "Mariann" Hamlet and had two sons and two daughters. They later divorced and he met Verna White, who became his loving companion.

He loved flying his Cessna and would take anyone who wanted a ride. His biggest joy was watching his two grandchildren, Kyle and Cody, play sports. He enjoyed going to Iowa Basketball games, golfing, skiing and being on the Mississippi River in Guttenberg.

Del is survived by his partner of 35 years, Verna White of Monticello, two daughters: Valerie L. Smith and Brenda M. Carter, both of Illinois; stepchildren: Lloyd (Mary) White, Jr. of Dubuque, Melissa (Bruce) Menster of Monticello; special grandchildren, Kyle and Cody Menster, and several other grandchildren and 1 brother, Joe (Jean) Patzner of Sigourney, IA.

Del is preceded in death by his parents, 2 sons, Martin H. and Martin A. Patzner, a sister, Jeanette Junk, and 3 brothers, Verdus, Danny and Mark Patzner.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com



Charles J. Ronek


Charles J. Ronek, 72, of Dyersville, Iowa, passed away Friday, March 8, 2019 at Mercy One Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.
Friends and relatives of Charles may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Sunday, March 10, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a Prayer service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9:00 a.m. Monday at the funeral Home.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 11, 2019 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna, Iowa with Rev. Ralph Davis presiding. Burial will be held in Holy Family Cemetery in Peosta, Iowa with full military honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion Post #528.

He was born March 27, 1946 in Cascade, Iowa, son of James and Loretta (Johnson) Ronek. He attended Oak Grove school House #6 in rural Bernard, Iowa. He was a Marine Corp. veteran.

On January 12, 1991 he was united in marriage to Charlotte Sheber in Guttenberg, Iowa.

He was employed for over 38 years in the maintenance department of Georgia Pacific in Dubuque. Farming was his passion, he farmed in the Bernard, Holy Cross and Buena Vista areas. He loved to read western novels and was a Louie L'amour fan, he was a coin collector and always enjoyed camping and fishing. He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Dyersville.

He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Ronek of Dyersville, IA; a son, Brian Lemm of Jersey City, New Jersey; a daughter-in-law, Christine Lemm of New York and Christine and Joe's children, Ryan and Brooke; his 3 step-children, Joe Sheber of Dyersville, IA and his children, Eddie & Kaylee; Jamie (Renae) Sheber of New Hampton, IA and their children, Sheree, Krisha, Katrina and Ty; and Michelle Sheber of Farley, IA and her son, Spencer; his siblings, Leonard (Holly) Ronek of Brooklyn, WI, Agnes Gregorich of Dubuque, IA, Margaret (Steve) Willenbring of Dyersville, IA, Grace (Dan) Pfeiler of Eldridge, IA, Joyce (Dave) Link of Springtown, TX, David (Diane) Ronek of Cascade, IA, Terri (John) Coffey of Peosta, IA, Linda (Joe) Pfeiler of Delano, MN and Leona (Dean) Lehman of Epworth, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Joseph Lemm; and 2 brothers, Wilfred and Steve Ronek.

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



Marian L. Furst


Marian L. Furst, 64, of Dubuque, died at home surrounded by her loving family on Friday, March 08, 2019, after a sixteen-month fight against pancreatic cancer. Marian was a loving and adventurous wife; encouraging mother, aunt and grandma; supportive big sister and friend; energetic teacher; engaged member of the Dubuque and Resurrection communities; and "practically perfect in every way." She loved supporting her former students, quilting, playing music, biking and swimming, spending time with her friends and family, and eating chocolate. Marian lived a full and blessed life and was so incredibly grateful for all of you. 

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 pm Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road, where there will be a wake service at 7:30pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 amTuesday at the Church of the Resurrection with lunch following at the Dubuque Golf & Country Club. 

Marian, known as "Mimi" to her many nieces & nephews, was born April 9, 1954, in Dodge City, Kansas, daughter of Alvin and Catherine (Banks) Pfannenstiel.  She received a BS degree in education from Northwest Missouri State, an MA in education from Ball State University, and a graduate certification in music performance from Clarke University.  

On May 23, 1976, she married Kenneth Furst, her great love. They moved to Dubuque in 1983 and Marian found a community to call home. For the last 36 years, Marian has impacted many people through a variety of organizations, from teaching music at Resurrection for 16 years, to serving as a member of Resurrection Church, President of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Board, the Dubuque Chorale Board, Julian Dubuque Film Festival, GBGF Book Club, and Swim Moms, and volunteering at various schools. She also continued to support her former students by attending performances and encouraging their pursuits. 

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Furst of Dubuque; three children, Amanda (Scott Johnson) Furst of Minneapolis, MN, Sarah (Bjorn) Hill of Dubuque and Zachary (Dr. Hanna Zembrzuska) Furst of Iowa City, IA; grandchildren, Jensen and Anders Hill, Duncan Johnson, and William Furst. 

She is also survived by four siblings, Marguerite (Chris) Hughes of Red Oak, IA, Teresa (Steve) Bryant of Lee's Summit, MO, Steven (Amy) Pfannenstiel of Shawnee, KS, and Ellen (Wes) Gates of Leewood, KS, and her many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Paul.

To celebrate Marian, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Education & Outreach Fund or Hospice of Dubuque. We would also like to thank the many caregivers that helped Marian, especially Dr. Mark Hermann, Paula, Marguerite, and Teresa. 

 

 

 



Burdette C. Schenke


Burdette "Bud" Carl Schenke, 98, of Edgewood, Iowa, formerly of Colesburg, died on Sunday, March 10, 2019, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home in Edgewood. He was born on January 17, 1921, in Earlville, the son of Benjamin and Florence (Kurrelmeyer) Schenke.

On March 21, 1947, Bud was united in marriage to LaVera E. Williams at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. Three children were born to this union. The family owned and operated a dairy farm near Colesburg.

Bud valued hard work and had a strong connection to his family and the land. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, gardening, card playing, and anything to do with grandchildren and the dairy farm. In his later years, he enjoyed road tripping on country roads with his wife. 

Bud is survived by his wife of nearly 72 years, LaVera; his three children, Marilee Pityer of Manchester, Gene (Patti) Schenke of Colesburg, and Bruce (Doris) Schenke of Colesburg; eight grandchildren, Johnathan (Larissa) Pityer, Tarilee (Jeffery) Deutmeyer, Daren (Jackie) Pityer, Emily (Shawn) Matt, Amy (Matt) Sitzmann, Andrew Schenke, Cory (Casey) Schenke, and Jason (Jessica) Schenke; three step-grandchildren, Brian (Nadine) Olmstead, Eric (Virginia) Olmstead, and Nathan Olmstead; 15 great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Janet Brockmeyer of Mason City and Wilma Lincoln of Edgewood; a sister-in-law, Hope Schenke; and many nieces and nephews. 

Bud was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Florence; a brother, Robert Schenke; three sisters, Marie Schenke, Donna Reynolds and Ruth (Walter) Lanning; and brothers-in-law, Virgil Brockmeyer and Robert Lincoln.

Online condolences may be sent to www.leonard-mullerfh.com

Funeral Service:10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 14, 2019, at the United Methodist Church in Colesburg, Iowa, with Pastor Roger White officiating. 

Visitation: 9:00 to 10:25 a.m. on Thursday, March 14, 2019, at the United Methodist Church, Colesburg, Iowa. 

Interment:Zion Cemetery - Colesburg, Iowa