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Allen L. Bailey Andrew J. Grant Bev Durkop
Charles Richard Schweitzer Charlotte A. May Connie J. Owen
Daniel P. Hennessy Delores M. Tigges Doris M. Riekena
Edward T. Cawley Eileen J. Yager Erma M. Chapman
Ferdinand F. Reinhardt Florence M. Kactro Harold R. Otto
Hazel Nock James E. Heitkamp James H. Wegmann
Jayne Ann Bowen Joseph D. Korman Kenneth E. Boelk
Kenneth R. Jestice Leslie A. Kessler Lu Ann C. Miller
Madona L. Holmes Madonna M. Flynn Margaret A. McMahon
Mary J. Willey Melvin R. Koeller Norman K. Hinke
Pauline C. Rowell Raymond O. Brunsmann Richard Kelly
Richard P. Hoppman Richard W. Claussen Rita C. Roussel
Robert A. Hayes Shawn R. Pergande Thomas J. Schute
Tommy L. Boots Tracy A. Goodman Tyler J. Gaul
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Harold R. Otto

Harold R. Otto, 97 of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Funeral Services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, April 19, 2014 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Rd., where the family will greet friends 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., on Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Harold was born February 6, 1917 in Dubuque, the son of Richard and Bertha (Beyer) Otto. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1935. Harold married his beloved wife, Iva Bastian on September 28, 1940 at St. John's Lutheran Church, she passed on January 16, 1982. He then served in the US Army for 2 years, stationed in the Philippines. Harold worked as a machine operator for 42 years at Caradco, retiring in 1981. He enjoyed the Caradco retirees luncheons throughout the year. Harold was a proud member of St. Peter Lutheran Church and was recognized for more then 25 years of volunteering at St. Peter Lutheran Church. He enjoyed conversations and visiting with people, and always welcomed visitors and talking about stories of days passed.

Survivors included a niece; Grace (Robert) Bodish of Dubuque; several great, great-great, and great-great-great, nieces and nephews.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents; beloved wife, Iva; siblings, Louisa and Bernice; a nephew, Richard; nieces, Joyce and Corrinne.

The family requests no flowers; memorials may be directed to St. Peter Lutheran Church or St. Peter Lutheran Church Foundation in Harold's memory.

For service details and to leave an on line condolence www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Richard W. Claussen

Richard "Dick" William Claussen, M. D. passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on April 15th after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. A memorial service will be held 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, Dubuque, Iowa, where there will be a visitation Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until time of service.

He was born October 19, 1944 in Clinton, Iowa and graduated from DeWitt Central High School in 1962. He attended the University of Iowa as an undergraduate where he met and married the love of his life, Linda. In 1970, he graduated from the University of Iowa College of Medicine. He interned at La Crosse Lutheran Hospital and completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Iowa in 1975. He then served in the US Navy as a doctor from 1975-1977 at Quantico Marine Base.

In 1977, he returned to the Midwest and began practicing ophthalmology at Medical Associates Clinic in Dubuque. Dick was a consummate professional who loved not only his practice but also his many loyal patients. He was highly regarded for his professionalism, perfectionism, and dedication to advancing knowledge of his specialty. After almost 30 years of practice, he retired at the end of 2006.

Dr. Claussen is survived by his loving wife Linda; his two sons Brian (Amy) and Scott (Emily); his two brothers, Robert, Jr. (Linda), and Ronald (Donna); and many nieces, nephews and numerous friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Roberta.

Dick was a dynamo of a man who enjoyed life to the fullest. Whether he was fishing in Canada with his sons and friends, scuba diving the Caribbean, or playing golf around the country, he was having the time of his life. He hiked, biked, kayaked, canoed, golfed and explored the outdoors with passion whether it was in Iowa or his second home in Tonto Verde, Arizona. Known for an easy laugh, a kind heart, an analytical mind, a helping hand, and boundless energy, he and his radiant smile will be sorely missed.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque for their tender and merciful care - a special thank you to Katie G. and Stacie.

Birth is a beginning
And death is a destination
And life is a journey
A sacred pilgrimage --
To life everlasting

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to:

Hospice of Dubuque, Iowa - www.hospiceofdubuque.org
Hospice of the Valley, Phoenix, Arizona - www.hov.org
Scottsdale Healthcare Foundation C/O Linda Claussen.

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

 



Richard P. Hoppman

Richard P. Hoppman, 59, of Menominee, Illinois, passed away into eternal peace on Monday, April 14, 2014, at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Nativity BVM Catholic Church in Menominee with Fr. Francis Steffen officiating.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 2:45 p.m.

Rick was born on September 14, 1954 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Lloyd and Viginia (Duehr) Hoppman.

He owned/operated Hoppman Trucking for more than 25 years. Rick looked forward to the annual Sugar Bottom camping trip with the whole Hoppman clan. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, especially having cookouts and going to his grandkids ball games. Tinkering in his garage was a true passion and he was a master at fixing anything with caulk.

Surviving are his three children, Lynn (Tom) Sheehan of Hazel Green, Heidi Hoppman of Watford City, North Dakota & Cory (Nicolle) Hoppman of Dubuque, six grandchildren, Cody, Alex, Jake, Hunter, Hayden & Olivia (she's on the way), his father Lloyd Hoppman, Rick's special friend of many years Brenda Metcalf, nine siblings, Susan (Roger) Anderson, Sharon (Randy) Saffron, Tom (Peggy) Hoppman, Tim (Chris) Hoppman, Don Hoppman, Ann (Jim) Burke, Mike Hoppman, Gerry (Chris) Hoppman and Karen (Keith) Knockel, his best friend Chuck Kerstein, former wife Debbie (Bruce) LeGrand, many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great nieces & great nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother Virginia Hoppman, a brother David, his grandparents Philip & Genevieve Hoppman and Peter & Martha Duehr, a grand-dog Kallie, his in-laws Justin & Doris Donovan, and many aunts and uncles.

A Rick Hoppman memorial fund has been established.

 



Andrew J. Grant

Andrew James Grant, 47, died from complications of cancer at the home of his parents on April 15,2014.

Services will be at 7:00p.m. Friday April 18th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Friends may call after 3:00p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Private family burial and military honors by American Legion Post #6 will be at Holy Family Cemetery, New Melleray.

Andrew was born on March 30, 1967 in Dubuque, son of John T. (Jack) and Karen (Baumhover) Grant.

He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1985 and attended Iowa State University and Kirkwood Community College.

He entered the US Army Reserve while still attending high school. Later, he was a member of the Iowa National Guard. He married Lori Courtney in 1993.

Andy held many and varied jobs. He loved to cook, play cards and ride his bike. He readily volunteered his time to help anyone in need of a
handyman, a hearty meal or a big belly laugh. Andy was 'Mr. Mom' to his children; loved and was proud of them and his grandchildren.

He is survived by his children, Selena Courtney, of Dyersville, Austin (Heather Tomkins) Grant, and Sierra Grant, both of Dubuque, his grandchildren, Hayden, Lillyan, Izech, Kaydence and EllieAuna; his parents Jack and Karen Grant of Peosta; siblings, Angie (Tim Bickett) Moore of Dubuque
and Alan Grant of Peosta; nieces, nephews, aunts uncles and cousins.

Andy was preceded in death by an infant son, Alexander James Grant, in 1994; his paternal grandparents, John T and Charlotte (Gerstkamp) Grant
and his maternal grandparents, Wesley G and Betty (Roeber) Baumhover.

The family thanks the staff of the Wendt Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their kindness.



Bev Durkop

Bev Durkop, 70, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A celebration of Bev's life will be held at 10 A.M., Friday, April 18, 2014, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Burial will be in the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Beverly Ann Jean Current was born on January 19, 1944 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to James Sr. and Daisy (Wray) Current. She grew up in Maquoketa and graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1962. She married Robert "Bob" Durkop on December 10, 1966 in Fulton, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 19, 2000.

Bev was a homemaker and since 1989 had worked on and off for Hermes Auto and Upholstery in Maquoketa as a parts runner and upholsterer.

Bev loved spending time with her grandchildren. She enjoyed woodworking, crafts, fishing, and playing the guitar and singing. In her early years she liked driving race cars and was one of the first females in this area to do so successfully.

Those left to honor Bev's memory include her daughter and son-in-law, Paula and Ron Covert of Algona, IA; 2 grandchildren, Jonathan and Ronald; brothers, Jim (Sarah) Current of Maquoketa, IA, Donald (Evelyn) Current of Cedar Rapids, IA, George (Donna) Current of Camanche, IA, and Richard (Shirley) Current of Maquoketa, IA; a sister, Donna Said of Maquoketa, IA; and a special friend, Joan Maynard of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a brother-in-law Donald Said, a nephew David Said, special friend Maxine Countryman, and a brother Robert Lee Current.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Bev Durkop memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Florence M. Kactro

Florence M. Kactro, 90 of Bethany Home, died Monday, April 14, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with the Rev. Gabriel Anderson and the Rev. Msgr. Carlton Hermann officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 1:30 p.m. until time of services Wednesday at the church.

Florence was born on January 13, 1924 in Rockford, Iowa, the daughter of Carlton and Lydia (Vala) Hermann. She received her RN degree from the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing and worked on the obstetrics floor at Mercy for 35 years. On June 12, 1947, Florence married Michael Kactro at the Church of The Nativity. Family was the most important thing in the world to Florence and was the cornerstone in her life. She enjoyed reading, gardening and baking her famous apple pie.

Surviving is her husband, Michael of Dubuque; her children Anne (Rick) Juergens of Decorah, IA, Mary (Joe) Trannel of East Dubuque, IL, Mike (Heidi) Kactro of West Bend, WI, Barb (Bob) Larsen of Chicago, IL and Sue (Rick) Thibadeau of Dubuque, IA; her grandchildren, Ben (Steph) Trannel, Ryan (Robyn) Trannel, Alex Trannel, Gretchen (Tony) Sisco, Jennifer (Mike) Hoffman, Mike Larsen, Jill (Chris) Schulte, Jeff Thibadeau, Curtis, Kyle and Christopher Kactro; 8 great grandchildren; her brother, Rev. Msgr. Carlton Hermann and her sister, Joan (Martin) Mazourek.

She was preceded in death by her sister Bea Hermann and her parents.

Memorials may be given to the Florence M. Kactro memorial fund, Bethany Home, Mercy Medical Center or to a charity of choice.

Florence's family wishes to extend a special thank you Drs. Thomas Sinsky and Mark Janes, the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center and the staff at Bethany Home for their care and support.

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

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

 



Tommy L. Boots

Tommy Lee Boots, 82, 2735 Monastery Dr, Dubuque, IA passed away on April 4th, 2014 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital. Family and friends may gather from 3:00p.m. to 6:00p.m. Thursday April 17th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where a service will be held at 6pm with Dianne Grace officiating.

He was born on November 2, 1931 in Elkader, Iowa, the son of Clarence Boots and Grace Henrietta Louisa Lange.

Tommy married Jean Nicks on August 5, 1977 at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque, Iowa.

Tommy spent over 40 years as a semi truck driver and was always ready to share tales of the road. During his time behind the wheel, Tommy was lucky enough to see 48 of the 50 states, Mexico and Canada. He enjoyed seeing the country, seeing how people lived in different parts of the nation and in his own words, he learned more driving on the road than he ever did in school.

Tommy is survived by his wife Jean; daughter Angela; sisters Darlene (Edward) Pottebaum, Carol (Lee) Jellison, Betty Ferguson; a brother, Richard "Dick" Boots; and many nieces and nephews that held a special place in his heart and adored their Uncle Tom.

He was proceeded in death by his parents, father-in-law Kenneth Nicks, mother-in-law Mary (Pottebaum) Nicks; sisters Sally Drier, Gwen Vanderah; and brothers Clarence "Jim" (Deanne) Boots, Kenny Boots.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Ronald Schope, the nurses and staff of Unity Point-Finley hospital, Angie and Keri from Above and Beyond, Jaime from Scenic Valley, and Dubuque Fire and Rescue.

 



Charlotte A. May

Charlotte A. (Moes) May age 82 died Monday April 14, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center.

Because of the upcoming Holy Week a Mass Of Christian Burial will be held Today at 10:30a.m. at The Church of the Nativity, with Rev. Scott Bullock Officiating. Friends of Charlotte may gather after 9 am today at the church and may also join in with the parish Rosary to be recited at 10:00a.m. In memory of her parents commitment to Medicine Charlotte has donated her remains to the Deeded Body Program at Iowa City. Following her gift she will be buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Key West. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road is in Charge of arrangements.

Charlotte was born on September 19, 1931 in Dubuque the daughter of Dr. Matthew and Gertrude Moes. She married Randy May and he preceded her in death. She enjoyed nature and loved to take trips and travel no matter how short or how long a trip may be. She also enjoyed watching Golf and was always up for a good time, even after moving to Stonehill.

She was a member of the Church of the Nativity, Theresians of America and the Dubuque Golf and Country Club.

She is survived by her two children Stephen (Cindy) May, and Kathleen (Daniel) Miklas, both of Bowling Brook, IL. A grandson, two great grandchildren and her cousins especially Sr. Dolores Moes, PBVM who cared for Charlotte for many years.

The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses who cared for Charlotte, and especially to Stonehill Care Center nurses and staff for all their wonderful care and friendship these last ten years.

 



Delores M. Tigges

Delores M. Tigges, age 87, of Dubuque, was called home by the angels at 9:50 a.m., Monday, April 14, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Rev. Eugene C. Kutsch officiating. To celebrate Delores' life, friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Delores was born on September 2, 1926, in Luxemburg, Iowa, daughter of Michael and Sophia (Conrad) Ries. She grew up on the farm and later became a long time Dubuque resident. In her younger days, she met her future husband, Oscar Leo Tigges, Jr., and they dated while dancing on roller skates. Delores and Oscar were married on November 4, 1950, in Dyersville, Iowa. He preceded her in death in February of 1986. Delores worked as an avid housekeeper in several private homes in the Dubuque area for over 30 years. In her free time she enjoyed cooking, dancing, flowers, gardening and caring for her special needs grandson, Jamie. Delores loved polka/country western music. One of her favorite activities was visiting "Reflections in the Park" Christmas lights each year. Delores was a wonderful wife, incredible mom and homemaker, and loving grandmother who deeply cherished her family. Delores dearly loved her 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Delores and her family were long time members of St. Mary's Catholic Church prior to joining St. Patrick's Church. Her faith was always so very important to Delores as well as her family.

Delores is survived by her children, Dennis (Peggy) Tigges, Alvarado, TX, Marianne (Jay) Imhof, Dubuque, IA., Peggy (Al) Garcia, Lakewood, CO, Donna Tigges, Elizabeth, IL, Connie (Jeff) Shanks, North Liberty, IA, Rosie Thill, Dubuque, IA, 12 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, her sister-in-law, Annie Ries, Dyersville, IA.

Delores was preceded in death by her 9 siblings: Lucille Keppler, Ed Ries, Rosie Link, Martha Weidemann, Gilbert Ries, Marie Schmidt, Sally Lucas, Florence Keppler, Elmer Ries.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to: Hospice of Dubuque and Camp Courageous.

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

 



Erma M. Chapman

Erma Mae Chapman, 79 of Dubuque died Sunday, April 13, 2014 at home. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 to 7 pm at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where funeral services will be held Noon Wednesday.

Erma was born May 10, 1934 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of James and Ermine (Currant) Yager. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and worked at Aquanis Institute and Medical Associates Clinic.

She was a member of Nativity Catholic Church.

Erma was a talented artist who had a love of all living things. She enjoyed gardening, traveling and seeing new places. She was an excellent cook, was devoted to her family, and enjoyed family get togethers.

She is survived by two sons, Gene A. Chapman II and Greg M. (Pam) Chapman; and a daughter, Cheri M. (Russell) Masartis, all of Dubuuqe; six grandchildren, three step grandchildren; a brother Orville (Kay) Yager; a sister, Myrt (Jim) McDonald; and her beloved pet, St. Nick.

She is preceded in death by her parents, former spouse, three brothers, Ray, John and Ivan Yager; one son, Gary Chapman; and a special friend, Frank "Chief" Blaser.

In lieu of flowers an Erma Mae Chapman Memorial Fund has been established.

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

 



Jayne Ann Bowen

Jayne Ann Bowen, 64, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Monday morning, April 14, 2014, at her home in Maquoketa, surrounded by her family.

A celebration of Jayne's life will be held at 10 A.M., Thursday, April 17, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, April 16, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Cremation rites will be accorded following the celebration of life services.

Jayne Ann Fulkerson was born on Dec. 31, 1949 in Evansville, Ind., to Robert and Marion (Holder) Fulkerson. She grew up in Indiana and was a 1967 graduate of Evansville High School. She met the love her life, Jerry Bowen, in Louisiana and they were married on Nov. 23, 1969 in Coushatta, La.

Jayne was a mother of two children and helped raise a family with Jerry. She also had worked doing home daycare, and for the past 22 years for DAC, Inc. as an employment support professional.

Jayne loved spending time with her animals, Febe, Bella and Fluffy. She enjoyed cross stitching, crocheting, going on car rides and vacations to the mountains. She especially enjoyed spending time with grandchildren and family.

Those left to honor Jayne's memory include her husband, Jerry Bowen, of Maquoketa, IA; children Deb (Gary) Courter of Maquoketa, IA, and Christian Bowen of Maquoketa, IA; 3 grandchildren, Faith, Vanessa and Erin; brothers Robert Fulkerson of San Jose, CA, David Fulkerson of San Jose, CA, and Mike Fulkerson of Louisiana; a sister, Deb Fulkerson, of Memphis, TN; 6 brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Jayne Ann Bowen memorial fund has been established.

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



Leslie A. Kessler

Leslie A. Kessler, 84 of Dubuque, passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 17, 2014 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church. Family will greet friends 4 pm. - 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd. Burial with Military Honors will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

Les was born March 4, 1930 in Leola, South Dakota the son of Anton and Rosalia (Galster) Kessler. He graduated from Loras College in 1952, and served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Air Force during the Korean War. Les married Elizabeth "Betty Ann" White on December 27, 1952 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, she passed on May 15, 1996. Les began his business career with Federal Discount Corporation and later became a financial advisor, he opened the Dubuque office of Blunt Ellis & Loewi (now Wells Fargo Advisors) and served as branch manager, retiring in 2000. He was a member of St. Columbkille's Catholic Church. Les was very active in numerous civic organizations, most notably, Albrecht Acres, Divine Word Seminary, Sertoma Club. He was a past president of Dubuque Golf & Country Club, served in numerous capacities as a volunteer at Wahlert High School and was included in the first Hall of Honor for the school in 1992.

Les enjoyed playing golf with friends and traveling. He especially enjoyed time spent with family at the lake cottage.

Survivors include his children; David Kessler of Dubuque, Tom (Ann) Kessler of Westminster, CO., Kathy (Todd) Malcolm of Moline, IL., Barb Kessler of Moline, IL., and Jim (Margie) Kessler of Dubuque; 9 grandchildren; Kelly (Brendan), Aaron (Brittelle), Sarah (Nickolaus), Peter, Michael, Sara (Greg), Matthew, Kyle, and Shawn; 3 great-grandchildren; Justin, Caitlin, and Allison; siblings; Arnold (Marilyn) Kessler, Darlene Betz, Ardith (Jim) Judkins; In-laws; Bob Oldis (Mary Pat), Joan Furlong, Carole Hannam, Bill (Jean) White, Jim (Sue Fahey) White; daughter in-law; Kathy Kessler, Vivian Kessler and numerous nieces and nephews.

Les was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Elizabeth "Betty Ann", great granddaughter, Megan, and in-laws, Don Betz, Rosemary Oldis, Art Furlong, Mary Etta White and Chuck Cushing.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Camp Albrecht Acres or Holy Family Catholic Schools in Leslie's memory.

For service details or to leave an on line condolence visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Charles Richard Schweitzer

Charles Richard Schweitzer, 91, died on April 12, 2014. Services will be held on Wednesday, April 16, at 2:00 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 10th and Locust Streets, Dubuque. Burial will be at Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call at the church before the service beginning at 1:00. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Schweitzer was born on February 7, 1923, in Hannibal, Missouri, son of Samuel and Rosa (Jackson) Schweitzer.

He graduated from Hannibal High School in 1940 and attended Hannibal LaGrange College, Iowa State University, and the University of Missouri. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1944 with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was awarded membership in Pi Tau Sigma and Tau Beta Pi, both honorary scholastic Engineering Fraternities.

He entered the US Navy in 1943 and was commissioned as an officer in the USNR at Annapolis in 1944. He served on Navy Minesweepers in the pacific area, losing aYMS-47 to a mine explosion in Borneo.

On January 31, 1945, he married Mary Edith Cox, his high school sweetheart, in Hannibal, Missouri. They had three daughters; Constance, Deborah, and Pamela.

He joined the John Deere Dubuque Works in December 1946 in the Industrial Engineering Department. In 1952, he was appointed supervisor of that department.

In 1954, he was transferred to Deere Dubuque Navy Aircraft Landing Gear facility where he served as division superintendent. In 1957, he and his family were sent to Mannheim, Germany, where he spent a year as an engineering consultant at the Deere/Lanz plant.

He was assigned as Production Superintendent (1958) and Mechanical Superintendent (1962) at Dubuque Works. He was subsequently promoted to Manager of Manufacturing and Plant Engineering. He held this position during the rapid plant expansion of the 1970s. After 38 years of service, he retired in March 1984

Mr. Schweitzer was a Charter Member of the Junior Achievement Program in Dubuque and was responsible for procuring the initial operating facilities. He served on numerous JA assignments, including a stint as president.

He was a long-time member of First Congregational UCC, joining in 1954. He served as Moderator, Trustee, and Deacon at various times. In 1972, he was Chair of the Trustees and actively supported and oversaw the addition of the Education Wing. After retirement, he joined a church group of retirees, known as Spruce Up and helped maintain and up-grade the Church buildings and property.

When his family was young, they enjoyed house boating on the Mississippi, spending many weekends and vacations on the river. He maintained this interest throughout his life, always having some kind of boat on the river. His enjoyed woodworking and carpentry and was proud to help his children build or up-grade their homes.

Surviving are his wife of 69 years, Mary Schweitzer of Dubuque; three daughters, Constance (Don) Cherba and Deborah (Don) Otto of Dubuque, Dr. Pamela (Brandt Richardson) Schweitzer of Monona, Iowa; four grand-daughters, Jennifer (Brent) Schwan of Austin, Texas, Mary (Chris) Ashkar of San Diego, California, Valerie (Chris) Loewenberg and Elizabeth (Justin) Kuhle of Dubuque; eight great-grandchildren, Samuel and Joseph Ashkar, Lillian, Hayden and Gwenyth Loewenberg, Gunner, Harvey, and Norman Kuhle. He was proceeded in death by his parents and a sister, Lucille Schweitzer.

Memorials may be given to the First Congregational UCC Endowment Fund.

 



Raymond O. Brunsmann

Raymond O. Brunsmann, 90, of Dyersville and formerly of Luxemburg, Iowa died peacefully at home at the Ellen Kennedy Living Center in Dyersville on Sunday, April 13, 2014.

Friends may call from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg where a Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137. Rev. Jose Comparan will officiate. Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville is making arrangements.

Ray was born October 31, 1923, in Luxemburg, Iowa, the son of Otto and Clara (Hermsen) Brunsmann. Ray and his brother, Louis, farmed the family farm all of their lives until Louis died and Ray retired. He was inducted into the Army in 1946, and served in the Phillippines. He enjoyed fishing , photography, and visiting with his nieces and nephews. He was an ardent St. Louis Cardinals fan. Ray conducted his life with great dignity and gentleness.

Surviving are 1 brother, Vernon (Norma) Brunsmann of Dyersville, and 1 sister, Inez Hoeger of Prairie duChien, WI. Also surviving are 4 nieces, 7 nephews and several great nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Otto in 1974 and Clara in 1981, a sister, Alma Brunsmann in 1994, a brother, Louis Brunsmann in 2002, and a brother-in-law, Vincent Hoeger in 2013.

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



Kenneth E. Boelk

Kenneth E. Boelk, age 76, of Dubuque, passed away at 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014, suddenly at home. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 14, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church, 1684 Iowa St. with Katherine Achtemeier officiating. To celebrate Kenneth's life, friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 14, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church, 1684 Iowa St. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Kenneth was born on March 21, 1938, in Stockton, Illinois, son of Melvin and Viola (Northrup) Boelk.

Kenneth married Viola Stant at First Presbyterian Church in 1958. She preceded him in death on February 15, 2014. Kenneth was an active member, elder and deacon of First Presbyterian Church. He also served the church as a janitor in his retirement. He worked at the Dubuque Pack for over 43 years. He enjoyed playing softball and was a loyal Bears and Cubs fan. His greatest joy was found in time spent with his family, especially during a good game of cards. In his free time, he was known to pull a handle or two on the slot machines.

Kenneth is survived by, his children, Thomas Boelk, Dubuque, Timothy (Annette) Boelk, Farley, Tracy (Bob) Wildermuth, Dubuque, Tarry (Jim) Prine, Dubuque; 5 grandchildren, Ashley and Aaron Wildermuth, Cooper and Carlie Boelk, Brandon Prine; his siblings, Robert (Mable) Boelk, Dubuque, Sharon (Dan) Baker, Dubuque, Kathy (Ed) Stoltz, Eldridge, IA, Norman (Pat) Boelk, Bettendorf, IA, Carol (Tom) Hirsch, Montezuma, IA, Steve (Sue) Boelk, Dubuque.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 56 years Viola. 1 sister in infancy.

The family would like to thank Dr. Nicholas Stanek and Dr. Thomas Schreiber for all their excellent care of Ken.

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

 



Rita C. Roussel

Rita C. Roussel, 79, of Dubuque, died Friday afternoon, surrounded by her loving family at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 14, 2014 at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Rev. Daniel Knepper will officiate. There will be no visitation. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd.

Rita was born June 14, 1934 in South Garry Owen, IA, the daughter of Louis and Kathryn (Meehan) Moriarty. She married Robert Roussel on January 8, 1955 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Dubuque. He preceded her in death on October 23, 2002.

Rita was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company, retiring in 1984. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church. Rita was an excellent cook, and enjoyed being with family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Cindy (Marty) Berns of Dubuque, Randy (Lynne) Roussel of Dubuque, Mike (Kelly) Roussel of Dodge Center, MN, and Jay (JoAnn) Roussel of Durango, IA; 10 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren, and one on the way; and her sister, Betty Sullivan of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a grandson; a great grandson; 3 brothers; and 2 sisters.

The family requests no flowers.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Mary Nauman and the staff at Unity Health-Finley Hospital, the staff at Stonehill Care Center, and Amy from Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care of Rita.

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



Joseph D. Korman

Joseph D. Korman, 76, of Sunnycrest Manor, formerly of 55 Milwaukee St., died Thursday, April 10, 2014. Funeral services will be 12:00 p.m. Monday, April 14, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 - 6 p.m. Sunday and from 11-11:45 a.m., Monday at the funeral home.

Joe was born on December 20, 1937 in Dubuque, the son of Frederick and Mildred (Schloz) Korman. He married Mary "Jackie" (Bushman) Beecher on February 1, 1964 in Dubuque. Joe was employed in maintenance at the Dubuque Packing Company and Loras College. He was a member of the Operating Engineers Local Union 758 and in his later years enjoyed his daily walks in Eagle Point Park.

Surviving are his children, Shelly (Gary) Freiburger, Joseph "Butch" (Sue) Korman Jr., and Cindy (David) Schwendinger, all of Dubuque, Susan (Joe Fecker) Brimeyer, of Andrew, IA.; step- children, Lennie (Terry) Mellows, of Marshalltown, IA., Rick (Julie) Beecher, Gary Beecher, and Diane Beecher, all of Dubuque; 21 grandchildren; 26 great- grandchildren; and sisters, Jeanette Lemmer and Sandy (Myron) Cole, of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary "Jackie" Korman; daughter, Cathy Jo Korman; parents; mother-in-law, Mary E. Bushman; step- daughters, Susan E. Smith and Judith A. Beecher; step daughter-in-law, Susan A. Beecher; son-in-law Vince "Butch" Mauer; brother, William F. Korman; sister-in-law, Louise Korman; and brother-in-Law, Ralph Lemmer.

A Joseph Korman memorial fund has been established.

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

The family would like to express a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Sunnycrest Manor for their years of care, and Hospice of Dubuque, especially his nurse, Amy.

 



Robert A. Hayes

Robert A. "Bob" Hayes, 65, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at his home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Bob's life will be held at 11 A.M. Monday, April 14, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 A.M. to 11 A.M. on Monday, April 14, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Robert A. "Bob" Hayes was born on May 10, 1948 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Norbert I. "Buck" and LaVonne Adelle (Haddick) Hayes. He grew up in Maquoketa and was a 1967 graduate of Maquoketa High School.

Following graduation, Bob first worked as a butcher for Streets Meat Market in Maquoketa for 10 years. He then took a few years off and traveled extensively through the southwest United States and Mexico. When he returned home to Maquoketa he worked as an electronic technician and repairman for Lost Nation T.V. and Appliance for 15 years. Lastly, he worked at Ensign Coil in Bellevue as a Quality Control Manager for many years, retiring in 2012.

Bob was a lifelong member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Maquoketa, and a member of the Jackson County Snowmobiler's Club. He loved repairing and fixing things, especially cars and televisions. He enjoyed fishing and taking annual snowmobiling trips to Northern Wisconsin and Michigan. He liked meeting the guys for coffee each week, and in recent years he enjoyed bike riding and fishing with his nephew David, and gardening, growing and canning his own vegetables and sharing with family and friends.

Those left to honor Bob's memory include his sister, Connie (John) Breno of Oxford, IA; a nephew, David Breno; and one aunt, Maxine Haddick Orange of Texas. He was preceded in death by his father, Norbert "Buck" on Dec. 31, 2003, and his mother, LaVonne, on Jan. 12, 2014.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Robert A. "Bob" Hayes memorial fund has been established.

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



Connie J. Owen

Connie J. Owen, 69, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Tuesday morning, April 8, 2014, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Connie's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, April 12, from the Community of Christ Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, April 11, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. A private family burial will be held prior to the service on Saturday at the Sutton Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Connie Jane Ripple was born on August 24, 1944 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to James Allen and Ruth V. (Heide) Ripple. She attended school in Andrew and then Maquoketa High School, where she was a 1962 graduate. She married Gerald L. Owen on June 9, 1963 in Fulton, Iowa.

Connie first farmed with her husband and raised a family. She then began working at Sears in Maquoketa for a few years, and later at Maquoketa State Bank as a bookkeeper with Harlan Tonderum of Midwest Farm Management Services. For the past 26 years she has worked at Maquoketa Insurance and McDonald Realty in Maquoketa as a licensed insurance agent and accountant.

Connie was an active member of the Community of Christ Church in Maquoketa, where she had served as a treasurer for many years and as a Priest.

Connie was always thinking of others and enjoyed spending time with her family and church activities. She liked working on puzzles, traveling, boating, camping and shopping trips with her daughter Susanne.

Those left to honor Connie's memory include her husband, Gerald Owen of Maquoketa, IA; children Todd (Kristin) Owen of Evergreen, CO, Ryan (Angie) Owen of Maquoketa, IA, and Susanne (Rick) Edwards of Long Grove, IA; 3 grandchildren, Justin, Paden and Faith; and sisters Judy Tonderum of Maquoketa, IA, and Margene Beach of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Connie J. Owen memorial fund has been established.

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



Daniel P. Hennessy

Daniel P. Hennessy, 52, was released from this world on April 8, 2014 following a long illness. 

A remembrance gathering will be held at Swiss Valley Park on Sunday, April 13, from noon to 5:00 p.m.

Dan was born March 27, 1962 to James and Rose Mary (Wesenberg) Hennessy. Dan worked for many years in apartment maintenance with McIntrye Realtors, and for the past 22 years with Executive Management Ltd.

Dan loved fishing, cooking, and a good game of cards. Dan's wit and humor were enjoyed by all who knew him.

Dan is survived by the love of his life, his daughter Stephanie Hennessy; his mother, Rosie Hennessy, of Hazel Green; his siblings, Anna (Scott) Morris and Bill Hennessy, both of Marietta, GA, and Michael (Susan) Hennessy, of Dubuque.

He was proceeded in death by his father and his bother, Donald Hennessy.

Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is handling arrangements.



Ferdinand F. Reinhardt

Ferdinand F. Reinhardt, Jr, 57, of Rewey, Wisconsin, formerly of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Monday, April 7, 2014 at home of natural causes.

A memorial service will be held at a later date, with burial in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is assisting the family.

Ferd was born on December 27, 1956 in Dubuque, the son of Ferdinand F. and Rosemary A. (Knobbe) Reinhardt, Sr.

Surviving is his mother Rosemary Reinhardt of Dubuque, his siblings, Karen Orcutt, Kimberly Olsen (fiancée Marty Schuster), Richard Reinhardt, Karla Reinhardt and Randy (Pam Schmitt) Reinhardt, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Ferdinand, Sr., maternal grandparents, Harry & Viola Knobbe, and paternal grandparents, Alberta & Ferd Reinhardt, brothers-in-law, John Orcutt and Randy Olsen.

 

 



Tracy A. Goodman

Tracy A. Goodman, 26, soared to heaven April 7th, 2014. A Celebration of her life where everyone is welcomed will be held at Courtside, 2095 Holliday Dr. on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 1 pm. - 4 p.m..

She left behind her daughter, Haylee Ann Goodman, 8; a brother Jason (Goodie) Goodman; and her parents, Roy F. Goodman and Krista A. Goodman; her grandmother, Anna Marie Eichacker; a very special aunt and godmother, Robin Hovseth and her Uncle Denny Hovseth; cousin and godmother, Kimberly Hovseth and cousins Shawn Hovseth and Chad Hovseth; and a lifelong BFF, Jaymie Follman.

Tracy loved Haylee with her whole heart and committed her life to raising her. Tracy worked at Oral Arts with people she became very close to and cared about deeply. The Oral Arts gang have given Tracy and Haylee unbelievable support through her journey. Tracy loved animals, the outdoors, music, fishing, late night rides and spending time with Haylee and her dog, Lily.

Tracy was proceeded in death by her grandfather Robert John Eichacker and Uncle Ricky Eichacker. Tracy's family asks that you do something kind for someone in memory of her and that you tell your children everyday you love them.

A memorial fund has been established for Haylee's College Education in Tracy's memory.

Tracy is now the most beautiful angel in our heaven and brightest star in our sky.

To leave an on line condolence visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Hazel Nock

Hazel Nock, age 101, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at Heritage Manor. Graveside services will be held at 3:30 p.m., Friday, April 11, 2014 at Resurrection Cemetery on Asbury Road, directly across from Heritage Manor, for family and friends. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Hazel was born on March 5, 1913, in Fanwood, New Jersey, the youngest of 6 children, of Thomas and Louisa (Hartley) Hargreaves.

Hazel grew up in Fanwood, New Jersey, during the great depression. She married William Nock in 1938. He preceded her in death in 1964. She raised two young daughters alone while her husband was overseas during WWII. They had two more children after he returned from the war. In 1972 Hazel moved from New Jersey to Oak Park, Illinois and went to work at Emmaus Bible School for the next ten years. She then moved to New Hampshire and North Carolina before moving to Dubuque in 2006. Hazel was a talented artist and a champion at table tennis. She enjoyed antiques, thrift shops and flowers. In the 1950's Hazel and William received Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Her desire was to live for Christ and for many years she had a ministry with older ladies. Hazel's faith and hope in Christ remained firm until the very end.

Hazel is survived by, her children, Nancy (Jack) Fish, Dubuque, IA, Bonnie (Bill) Laspina, Chatham, NJ, Gregory Nock, NJ, Debbie (Joe) Ardolino, Lisbon, NH; her 9 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Hazel is now united with her parents, her husband William, who preceded her in death by almost 50 years and her great granddaughter Courtney Davis.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Heritage Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their wonderful care of Hazel.

Memorials may be given to Emmaus Bible College, 2570 Asbury Road, Dubuque, IA 52001.

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

 



Lu Ann C. Miller

Lu Ann C. Miller, age 58, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 1:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 8, 2014, peacefully at home. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1425 Iowa St., with Rev. Daniel J. Knepper officiating. To celebrate Lu Ann's life, friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at the church. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lu Ann was born on September 14, 1955, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Clarence and Lucille (Ryan) Kramer.

Lu Ann was employed by Area Residential Care for over 30 years, where she worked with individuals with special needs who loved her personality, sense of humor and spunk. She was an outstanding mother whose heart ran endless and always put her family first. She was a dedicated Green Bay Packer fan, devoted wife of 42 years, loved Frosty the Snowman, the color purple and spending time with her family. Lu Ann enjoyed warm weather, summer cookouts and attending Sunday Mass. She will be missed deeply by her family and friends, remembered for her heart and cherished for her life on earth to eternity in heaven.

Lu Ann is survived by, her loving husband, Michael Miller, Dubuque, IA; her 3 wonderful sons, Chris Miller, Minneapolis, MN, Chad Miller, Dubuque, IA, Tony (fiancé Angela Ward) Miller, Dubuque, IA; her siblings, Carol (Darryl) Hovind, Dubuque, IA Dennis (Debbie) Kramer, New Bern, NC; numerous nieces and nephews.

Lu Ann was preceded in death by her parents and 2 brothers Bill and Jack Kramer.

A special thank you to Sandy Muchow and Dr. Andrea Ries for all of their care and concern for Lu Ann.

In lieu of flowers a Lu Ann C. Miller memorial fund has been established.

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

 



William H. Duenser

William H. "Bill" (Admiral) Duenser, age 88, passed away at 8:40 p.m., Monday, April 7, 2014, at Luther Manor. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 11, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. with Pastor Greg Bjornstad officiating. To celebrate William's life, friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

Bill was born on March 7, 1926 in Dubuque, IA, son of Frank and Elsie (Freudlich) Duenser.

He was a lifelong resident of Dubuque, except when he proudly served his country. Bill joined the US Navy at the age of 17. He went through boot camp and then came home to graduate from Senior High School, Class of 1943. Bill served from 1943 to 1964 on many different ships at several different naval stations.

When he got out of the service he worked for John Deere Dubuque Works for 26 years until his retirement.

Bill married Norma J. Gruel on Sept. 22, 1951 in San Francisco, CA.

He loved to camp and fish. Bill taught his children and grandchildren about fishing. His grandson would say, "Grandpa, you can't have a beer till we catch a fish." There were many fishing trips where no beer was consumed! The apple of his eye was his great grandson whom he called his "Pumpkin Head". In turn, as soon as Noah could talk he called him "Grandpa Pumpkin Head".

Bill was so proud of his family. He never missed anything the grandchildren took part in. He traveled many miles following his granddaughter and grandson's games thru grade school, high school and college.
His grandson had a saying: "If Grandpa can't fix it, no one can!"

Bill is survived by: his wife: Norma Duenser, 2 Sons: Michael (Sue) Duenser, Loves Park, IL, Timothy Duenser, Center Point, IA, 3 Grandchildren: Luke (Emily) Duenser, Dubuque, IA, Anne (fiancé Michael Osgood) Duenser, West Des Moines, IA, Nicki (Adam Grant) Stram, Loves Park, IL,  5 Great Grandchildren: Noah and Kennedy Duenser, Kylie and McKinzie Stram and Nolan Grant, and many nieces and nephews.

Bill will be missed by all his family, especially his Goddaughter, Bonnie Erickson.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters and their husbands, Dee and Merlin Bjerke and Eunice "Diz" and Wayne Gabriel, his brother-in-laws and their wives, Robert and Lois Gruel, Gerald and Irene Gruel, his sister-in-law, Carol Kramer and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Rose and Herbert Gruel. He thought the world of Rose who was more like a mother to him than a mother-in-law.

The family would like to thank Dr. Salas, Dr. Longo and the staff at Luther Manor, especially his favorites (you know who you are). Also a special thank you to Bill and Norma's amazing neighbors, Jack and Marilyn Hafeman and Mike and Connie Baker.

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

 



Kenneth R. Jestice

Kenneth R. Jestice, age 77, of Dubuque, Iowa and formerly of Hanover, Illinois, passed away at 2:10 p.m., Sunday, April 6, 2014, at Luther Manor. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Rev. L. Jacob officiating. To celebrate Kenneth's life, friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Kenneth was born on November 9, 1936, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Ralph C. and Estelle (Backes) Jestice.

Kenneth lived in Hanover, Illinois for most of his life. He married Beverly A. Sincock in Hanover on October 1, 1966. She preceded him in death on December 11, 1992. In his youth, Kenneth helped his father manage the DX station in Savanna, Illinois. He was later employed in the shipping and receiving department at Eaton Corp and Invensys for 41 years until his retirement in 2001. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. In his free time Kenneth enjoyed walking with his dog and spending time with his family. Ford Motor Company, the Chicago Cubs and Bears have all just lost one of their most loyal fans.

Kenneth is survived by, his son, Kevin Jestice, Freeport, Illinois.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Beverly and a sister, Theresa (Wayne) Jowalski.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Luther Manor for their wonderful care of Kenneth.

In lieu of flowers a Kenneth R. Jestice memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Richard Kelly

Richard "Dick" Kelly Sr.,78, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, April 6, 2014 in New Port Richey, Florida.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at St. Raphael Cathedral. Msgr. Wayne Ressler will officiate. Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 11, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road.

Dick was born September 26, 1935 in Dubuque, the son of Philip and Irene (Kopp) Kelly. He married Alice Galliart on April 16, 1955 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Dubuque.
Dick was self- employed as the owner of Dubuque Painting & Decorating Service, and later established Kelly Construction Company. He was a member of St. Raphael Cathedral, a charter member and Past President of Dubuque Home Builders Association, Lacoma Golf, Dubuque Eagles Club, the Dubuque Men's Association, and was active with the Dubuque Special Olympics. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Seven Springs Association in New Port Richey, FL.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife of 59 years, Alice; his children, Cathy (Tom) Papenthien of Ixonia, WI, Kris (Alan) Higgs of Thurmont, MD, Tracy Torp of Iowa City, IA, Richard (Traci) Kelly Jr. , and Thaddeus "T.J." Kelly, both of Dubuque, and Kyle (friend Julianna) Kelly of Sete, France; 10 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; his sister, Karen Payne of Dubuque; his brother, William "Bill" (friend Carol Bandy) Kelly of Dubuque; his brother in law, Don Galliart of Mount Pleasant, IA; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Albrecht Acres.

The family would like to thank Gulfside Regional Hospice in New Port Richey, FL.

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



Mary J. Willey

Mary Jeanne Willey, 76, of Camanche, Iowa and formerly of Maquoketa, died unexpectedly on Monday, April 7, 2014, at her home in Camanche.

A graveside service and burial celebrating Mary Jeanne's life will be held at 12:30 P.M., Friday, April 11, 2014, from the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. to 12 P.M. from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Mary Jeanne Bliss was born on November 1, 1937 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Melvin and Dolores (Eckelberg) Bliss. She grew up in Maquoketa. She married Neale L. Hamilton in 1955. They later divorced and she married Oliver Winsor Willey on November 15, 1976 in Lancaster, Wisconsin. He preceded her in death on February 17, 1987.

Mary Jeanne had first worked for Kirchhoff Locker in Maquoketa and then became the bookkeeper for the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club in Maquoketa for many years until her retirement. She had lived in Maquoketa until 2004 when she moved to Camanche.

Mary Jeanne enjoyed crocheting, fishing, camping, horses and dogs. She loved being outdoors.

Those left to honor Mary Jeanne's memory include her children, Kathy Hamilton (Greg) Bendixen of Camanche, IA, and Alan (Tina) Willey of Maquoketa, IA; 9 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; sisters Patricia (Ron) Shady of Cincinnati, IA, and Barbara Bliss of Spokane, WA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a daughter Lesa Hamilton, and sons Laverne Hamilton and Lonnie Hamilton, Sr. on October 13, 2013.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Mary Jeanne Willey memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Thomas J. Schute

Thomas J. "Bone" Schute, age 54, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 5:35 p.m., Monday, April 7, 2014, peacefully at his home surrounded by his family after a long time illness. To celebrate Tom's life, friends may visit from 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Private family burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery at a later date.

Thomas was born on March 14, 1960, in Dubuque, IA, son of James and Donna (Kall) Schute.

Tom graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1978. He spent most of his working career surveying land for Shive-Hattery and WHKS until his illness prevented him from doing so. He enjoyed watching and playing most sports, especially baseball, softball and golf. Tom was an avid Green Bay Packer, NASCAR and Chicago Cubs fan. He liked to watch old TV shows, work crossword and Sudoko puzzles and try his luck with scratch off lottery tickets. Tom also enjoyed a good conversation over a nice cold drink.

Tom is survived by his father and step-mother, James (Patricia) Schute; his siblings, Linda (Steve Jewett) Locher, Pam (Andy) Bauer, Mike Schute, Terry (Sandy) Schute, all of Dubuque, 6 nieces and a nephew, 5 great-nieces.

Tom was preceded in death by his mother, Donna Schute.

In lieu of flowers a Thomas J. Schute memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque for all of their kind and compassionate care of Tom.

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

 



Margaret A. McMahon

Margaret Ann "Peggy" McMahon, age 67, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 9:35 a.m., Monday, April 7, 2014, at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, surrounded by her family and friends. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 2001 St. Joseph Street, with Rev. Msgr. Wayne A. Ressler officiating. To celebrate Peggy's life, friends may visit from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Church. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Farley, Iowa. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Peggy was Ennoble's longest resident (33 years) as she faithfully, courageously and gracefully lived with Multiple Sclerosis.

Peggy was born on October 29, 1946 in Farley, Iowa, the daughter of Helen (Hurley) and E.J. McMahon. She attended grade school at St. Joseph's in Farley and was a graduate of the Academy of the Visitation, Class of 1964. Peggy was an accomplished pianist and had planned on majoring in music at Clarke College but at the age of 16 the symptoms of MS became apparent.

Peggy's greatest accomplishment was that she showed all of those with whom she came in contact how to appreciate life's blessings and how to face much lesser challenges. She bravely accepted the hand she was dealt and her strong faith helped her make the best of her physical limitations.

She never complained and she never said a bad word about anyone. She always had a smile on her face, a twinkle in her eyes and she cared much more about others than herself.

Peggy was an example of true faith. She led the Rosary daily and was a leader of Ennoble's Catholic residents.

She called the Ennoble residents and staff her family and they considered her a part of theirs. The morning of her death staff and fellow residents shed many a tear. As one staff member said, "She was the most grace filled person I have ever met. She always thanked you for the smallest thing you did for her."

Peggy is survived by her sister, Jane (Bob) Ferring; brother, J. Patrick (Roberta) McMahon, nieces and nephews, and her loyal special friend, Chuck Rooney, who faithfully visited her every day. She is also survived by those who have been proud to call her cousin and friend.

Peggy was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Larry McMahon.

Memorials may be given to the Hurley-McNeill Scholarship fund at Clarke University or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family of Peggy McMahon would like to thank the wonderful Ennoble staff for your many years of care and friendship. They also would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for their care and support.

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

 



Melvin R. Koeller

Melvin R. "Mel" Koeller, 74, of East Dubuque, passed away at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, following a sudden illness, surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.

Mel was born on December 9, 1939 in Potosi, Wisconsin, the son of Raymond and Dorothy (Lenstra) Koeller.  He was united in marriage to Donna Vanderah on October 14, 1961 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque. He was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, Class of 1959.

He was employed at the Dubuque Packing Co. for 42-years.  He was a former member of Local 150-A of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters union.  Mel loved sports, woodworking, yardwork and spending time with his family, especially the grandchildren.  He was the co-owner of Koeller Apartments in Dickeyville.

Surviving are his wife Donna, four sons, Mark (Shelley) Koeller of East Dubuque, Steve (Amy) Koeller and Jason (Kim) Koeller both of Kieler, Wisconsin, and Jeff Koeller of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, 10-grandchildren, Tiffany (Nick) Heitkamp, Justin (special friend Torie Lee -Moes), Lindsey, Alyssa, Ryan, Cassie, Cody, Cameron, Ella & Brie.  One great granddaughter Ava Rae, his mother Dorothy Koeller of East Dubuque, four sisters, Shirley Peacock of Dubuque, Betty Craig and Debbie (Dan) Spahn both of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Geraldine (Jerry) Roth of East Dubuque, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Raymond.

Donna and family wish to express their appreciation to the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Department for their quick response and assistance, and to their family and friends for their support. 

 

 



Allen L. Bailey

Allen Lee Bailey, 64 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday April 7th, 2014 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Committal services will be at 11:00am on Thursday at Linwood Cemetery Chapel. Burial will follow in the cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is in charge of arrangements.

Allen was born on August 2, 1949 in Greenfield, OH the son of Elmore and Catherine (Sowder) Bailey. Al and his wife Bonnie married on June 6, 1988 and she preceded him in death on June 22, 2002.

He is survived by his brother Dave (Mary) Bailey of Manchester, his niece Tina (Darwin) Long, of Manchester and their son Bane. His good friend Gail Stoffel and her sons Shawn, Kyle and Christopher.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Bonnie, brothers; Eddie in infancy and Everet Bailey, along with his good friend Lenny Stoffel.

The family wishes to thank all the health care professionals and especially to Gail Stoffel and her family for all the help over the years.

 



Doris M. Riekena

Doris M. Riekena 92, of Stonehill Care Center and formerly of 3262 Hillcrest Rd., passed awaySunday, April 6, 2014 at Stonehill. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Harmony Christian Church, Zwingle, Iowa with the Rev. Stuart Vander Vegte officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. and from 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Doris was born on February 10, 1922 in Zwingle,IA, the daughter of Ross and Lelia Simpson. On January 25, 1941, Doris married Ben Riekena. He preceded her in death on March 31,1953. She then attended the University of Dubuque where she received her Associates Degree in Education and taught in the Epworth and Farley school districts for several years. She was awarded the Greyhound Ticket Agency in 1959 and for the next 30 years she was the owner operator of the Union Bus Depot in Dubuque. She was an avid Cubs fan and a charter member of the Dubuque Transit Board. She loved her family deeply and especially enjoyed the visits from her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Surviving are her children, Mary Kay Patters and Ron (Carol) Riekena both  of Dubuque; her grandchildren Dan (Karen) Patters of Dubuque and Amy (Jim) Connor of West Linn, OR; her great grandchildren Abby and Alex Patters of  Clive, IA and Mary and Charlie Connor of West Linn, OR; her step great grandchildren Tony, Katie and Aaron Fassbinder; her step great great grandson Charlie Fassbinder; her brother Rusty (Kitty) Simpson of Puyallup, WA; her brothers-in-law Stan Matthews of Bellevue, IA and Clarence Riekena of Mankato, MN and her sister-in-law Grace Simpson of Dubuque, IA

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ben; her brothers, James, Roland, Fred, Bill, Glen, Al, Ray and Gary Simpson; her sisters, Ethyl Follman, Melva Edwards, Kay Nemmers, Sandra Morgan and Sharon Matthews.

A Doris M. Riekena memorial fund has been established.

 



Pauline C. Rowell

Pauline Clara Rowell, 82 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on April 7, 2014 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00a.m. Thursday at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. Wednesday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where there will be a wake service at 6:30. Friends may also call after 9am Thursday at the church.

Pauline was born on June 29, 1931 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Leo and Clara (Below) Cassidy. In 1955 she married Robert A. Rowell at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church.

She worked at American Trust as a bookkeeper and after retirement worked as a hostess for Dubuque Gold & Country Club. She loved to play Bingo.

She is survived by her husband Robert, two children, Peter Rowell, of Dubuque, and Carol Ann Herrig, of Memphis, TN. One grandson Jesse Herrig and her sister Patricia Brady of Maryland.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother John, sister Kathy Gallagher and a sister in infancy Mary Virginia Cassidy.

The family wishes to thank all the health care professionals for all their wonderful care they gave to Pauline.



Eileen J. Yager

Eileen J. Yager, age 80, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 2:55 a.m., Monday, April 7, 2014, surrounded by her loving family at Stonehill Care Center. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 11, 2014, at Old Paths Baptist Church, with Pastor Edward Mast officiating. To celebrate Eileen's life, friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Old Paths Baptist Church, 685 Duggan Drive. Friends may also visit from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Eileen was born on August 13, 1933, in Fayette, Iowa, daughter of Guy and Goldie (Monroe) Holtzman.

Eileen married Ivan L. Yager on June 23, 1956, in Fayette, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 23, 2001. Eileen graduated from The Finley School of Nursing and was employed as a nurse until she and Ivan started their family. In her free time Eileen was an avid reader and enjoyed riding bicycles and walking. She loved to volunteer at church, especially in the nursery. Her greatest joy was her family. Eileen loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren whether it was teaching them to read, playing or going on a picnic.

Eileen is survived by, her 4 children, Phyllis (Burton) Rexin, Norwalk, CT, Geoffrey Yager, Ottumwa, IA, Karen Yager, Dubuque, IA, Sandi (Nick) Helgerson, Zwingle, IA, 8 grandchildren, David, Timothy, Tabitha, Tiffany, Hannah, Isaac, Destiny and Andrew, 2 great-grandchildren, Jayden, Kalila, her siblings, Joanne Holtzman, Fayette, IA, Wayne Holtzman, Waterloo, IA.

Eileen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ivan, her 2 sisters, Maxine Hicks and Jeanne Holtzman and her brother, Ronald Holtzman.

An Eileen J. Yager memorial fund has been established.

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

 



James E. Heitkamp

James E. "Jim" Heitkamp, 88, of Menominee, passed away at 10:28 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Nativity B.V.M. Catholic Church in Menominee, with Rev. Dean Smith, Rev. Ted Lewandowski and Rev. Michael Berry concelebrating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of American Legion Post # 787.

Friends may call from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday and from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 2:45 p.m. and the Holy Name Society rosary will be recited at 8:00 p.m. Members of American Legion Post # 787 will meet at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Jim was born on February 23, 1926 on the family farm in Menominee, the youngest child of Joseph and Irene (Fleege) Heitkamp.  He married LaVonne C. Theill on October 3, 1953 at Nativity B.V.M. Church.  They were blessed with 60 plus years of marriage and six children. Jim and LaVonne farmed the family farm until 1996.

Jim served his country from 1954 - 1956 in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Nativity B.V.M. Parish all of his life.  He was a member of the Holy Name Society, finance council, and the school board where he also served as chairman, the Galena Knights of Columbus Council # 696, American Legion Post # 787 of East Dubuque and the Menominee-Dunleith Fire Dept.

He was a devout participant in the St. Joseph Adoration Chapel in East Dubuque and a fan of the Chicago Cubs.  He will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Surviving are his wife LaVonne, six children, Joseph (Judy) & Michael (Laura), both of Menominee, Virginia (Terry) Holland & Mary Jane (Alan) Conrad both of Scales Mound, Paul (Beth) of Rockford, and Mark (Stacey) of East Dubuque, 20-Grandchildren, four great grandchildren, a sister Germaine Robinson of Savanna, IL., his in-laws, Merla (Carlisle) Jacobi, Wesley (Ruth) Theill, Charlene Hinderman and Mervin (Rosie) Theill.

He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph & Irene, one brother Robert (Margaret) Heitkamp, sisters, Mary Ellen (Edward) Berning, Monica (Clarence) Houtakker and Hubert "Wimpy" Robinson, his mother & father-in-law Wesley & Ida Theill, and brother-in-law Frank Hinderman.

LaVonne and family wish to thank the staff at Mercy Medical Center for their kind and compassionate care, and the many neighbors and friends for their visits and kind acts throughout the years.

 

 



Norman K. Hinke

Norman K. "Norm" Hinke, 86, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Thursday evening, April 3, 2014, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Norm's life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, April 9, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Norman Kyle Hinke was born on Sept. 24, 1927 in Bellevue, Iowa, to Clarence, Sr. and Lula (Keil) Hinke. He was a 1944 graduate of Maquoketa High School and then entered the military, serving from Nov. 20, 1945 until receiving an honorable discharge on Feb. 15, 1947. He married Fern Waite on Sept. 4, 1949 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. She preceded him in death on April 22, 2005.

Norm was a self-employed plumber and area businessman. He first worked for Frank Williams and Herb Nims. From 1956 until retiring in 1991, Norm owned and operated Hinke Plumbing and Heating in Maquoketa.

Norm was devoted to his community and was generous with his time, talent and resources. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church, Maquoketa VFW Post #3633 O'Connor-Regenwether, Maquoketa American Legion Post #75 and the Knights of Pythias Lodge. He also served as a Mount Hope Cemetery board member, helped build the original Little Bear Park, and volunteered his time at the Jackson County (Maquoketa location) Visitor Center and at the Maquoketa Caves State Park Sagers Museum.

Norm enjoyed traveling, gardening, family, bowling, and playing softball. In his younger years he had played for the Maquoketa Bears baseball team. He was an avid fan of both the Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Cubs.

Those left to honor Norm's memory include his children, Jan Hinke of Bettendorf, IA, Jeff (Donna) Hinke of Hidden Meadows, CA, and Amy Hinke of Davenport, IA; a sister, Carol Ripple of Maquoketa, IA; 2 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, and 1 step-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Fern; and a brother, Clarence Hinke, Jr.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Norman K. "Norm" Hinke memorial fund has been established.

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



Tyler J. Gaul

Tyler James Gaul, 23 year old son of Thomas and Martina (Becker) Gaul, went home to be with Jesus Friday, Apr. 4, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque after a long battle with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, Apr. 8, 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.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Apr. 9, 2014, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Jose Comparan will officiate with Rev. Richard Gaul concelebrating and Deacon Bill Black assisting.

T.J. was born August 18, 1990, in Dubuque the son of Thomas and Martina (Becker) Gaul. He was raised on, and took a great interest in the family dairy farm east of Luxemburg, often giving advice to his father and brothers. He was diagnosed with Duchenne MD in 1995, and attended RHCL Catholic Grade School and graduated from Western Dubuque High School with the Class of 2009. He attended a semester at NICC until his physical condition prevented continuation. T.J. loved sports and acted as a manager for some of his high school teams. One of his favorite pastimes was watching the Minnesota Vikings, the Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Cubs. He participated in the High School Choir and dreamed of performing with the Show Choir. He was familiar with many wonderful nurses and caregivers who enjoyed (endured) being harassed by him. Finally, in August of 2013, his declining health necessitated a move to Sunnycrest Manor in Dubuque where he spent his final days.We are very grateful to all of these people who have helped T.J. and our family.

He is survived by his parents; 3 brothers, Brandon, Dillon (friend Katie Koopmann) and Nathan Gaul, all at home; maternal grandparents, David and Mary (Gillingham) Sandell of Whittemore, Carol (Derby) Smith of Sioux City; paternal grandparents, Lawrence and Dolores (Wente) Gaul of Epworth; a maternal great-grandmother, Eleanor (Peterson) Miller of Lake Mills; Aunts and Uncles: John (Jayna) Becker of Boone, Melissa (Dave) Fisher of Bronson, Linda (friend Mike Bauer) Gaul of Brownsburg, IN, Craig Gaul and Jay (Lora) Gaul, both of New Vienna, and Jennifer (friend Chris Hetzler) Gaul of Rochester, MN, and numerous cousins and friends.

He is preceded in death by his great-grandparents and aunts and uncle, Angela Marie Becker, Angela Kay Gaul, Jean Ellen Gaul and Matthew Joseph Gaul.

Tyler's famil

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



Edward T. Cawley

Edward T. Cawley, age 83, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully on April 3, 2014 at home surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff St., with Rev. Daniel J. Knepper officiating. To celebrate Edward's life, friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 7, 2014 with a prayer service following at 7:00 p.m. at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff St. Friends may also visit from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at St. Raphael's Cathedral. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Edward was born on March 13, 1931, in Oak Park, IL, son of Martin and Rose (Inglesby) Cawley.

Edward married Patricia Kiely on February 5, 1955, in Chicago, IL. He served with the U.S. Army from 1953-1955. He received a B.S. degree in 1953 from Northern Illinois State Teachers College (now Northern Illinois University) and a M.A. degree in 1958 and Ph.D. in Plant Ecology in 1960 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Edward was a Professor of Biology at Loras College for 37 years until his retirement in 1997. He was a member of St. Raphael's parish, Vice Chairman of Nature Conservancy, Chairman of State Preserve Board of Iowa and a former member of SIGMA XI and Iowa Academy of Science.

Dr. Cawley was a passionate and dedicated researcher and teacher. He carried out an active research program on mussel populations on the Mississippi river over a 20 year period, which included surveying mussel beds by SCUBA diving in the Mississippi. His research interests carried over to the classroom, teaching many biology courses in the field. Students in various field biology courses joined Dr. Cawley SCUBA diving in Florida, the Bahamas, and Belize or surveying the deserts of Arizona. While teaching at Loras College, he incorporated computers and technology into biology lab and lecture courses, including establishing a computer programming course for biologists in 1980, setting up the first Apple/Macintosh computer lab on campus. Dr. Cawley's patience, enthusiasm, and humor made him a beloved teacher

Ed treasured his roles as husband, father, and grandfather, and with his wife Pat of 59 years, offered his services at St. Raphael's parish and in many community organizations.

Edward is survived by, his wife, Patricia Cawley, Dubuque, IA; his children, Michael (Linda) Cawley, Phoenix, AZ, Teresa (Bob) Murphy, Midland, TX, Daniel (Dominique) Cawley, Cedar Falls, IA, Elizabeth (Mike) Sievers, Dubuque, IA, Genevieve (John) Coyle, Alexandria, VA, 13 grandchildren; Ian, Ryan, and Morgan Cawley; Steven (Melanie), Thomas, and Shannon Murphy, Louis and Edward Sievers, Jack, Margaret, Michael, Elizabeth, and Joseph Coyle; his siblings, Martin L. (Lucille) Cawley, Fair Oaks Ranch, TX, Judith (Allen) Carlson, Chicago, IL, Edward was preceded in death by his parents.

Edward's family would like to thank the staff and parishioners of St. Raphael's Cathedral, the wonderful care-givers from ‘No Place Like Home' in-home care service, and the many dedicated nurses and staff from Hospice of Dubuque.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: St. Raphael's parish, Hospice of Dubuque, Loras College Biology Department, Power of Prayer, and Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens.

 



Madonna M. Flynn

Madonna M. (Cox) Flynn, 91, of Sunset Park Place passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 7 pm Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 6:30 p.m.

Madonna was born June 26, 1922 in East Dubuque, Ill., the youngest of 11 children of Thomas and Katherine (Hilliard) Cox. She graduated from St. Columbkille's High School as a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. As a young woman she contributed to the war effort by working at the Battery Factory.

She married Melvin P. Flynn on July 27, 1946 at St. Columbkille's. Together they raised six children. They owned and operated Flynn Printing Co. together. With his mechanical abilities and her business acumen, it was the perfect match. In their later years they traveled the world together. He preceded her in death on January 6, 1996.

Madonna was a strong, classy woman with a sense of style. She was always a cheerleader for her family, and was an optimistic and cheerful person (known as the "smiley one" at Sunset Park Place). She was a positive force in her family's lives. Her life centered around faith and family.

She is survived by six children, Patrick (Candy) Flynn of Potosi, Wis. and their children, Daniel (Stephanie) and Patrick "P.J." (Kelly Simon) Flynn and Amy and Brandon Bolton; Barbara (Joseph) Gulyash of Dubuque and their children, Scott and Jay (Rebekah) Gulyash; Kathy (Paul) Flynn Thurlow of Dubuque and their children, Kendra (Kevin) Schmitz, Justin (Bridget Schwartz) Thiltgen and Christopher and Jeff Thurlow; Suellen Flynn of Dubuque and her son Denis Flynn; Tim (JoAnne) Flynn of Dubuque and their children Melissa (Brian) Thola and Jeff, Brianna and Rebecca Flynn; and Julianne (Jeff Free) Nees of Emmettsburg, Iowa and their children, Nicole (Victor Dzirasa), Jack and Riki Lynn (David Hendrix) Nees, and 16 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters in law, Betty (Leonard) Sobieski and Donna Flynn; and a brother in law, Gus Casaccio.

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Josephine, Sr. Mary Eva OSF, Donald, Magdeline, Dorrance, Delbert, Della, Catherine, Thomas Jr., Myra, and many in laws.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Opening Doors: Maria House and Theresa Shelter.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Liaboe and his nurse Trish, and the wonderful staff and friends at Sunset Park Place.

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

 



James H. Wegmann

James H. "Chick" Wegmann, 74, of Petersburg died Friday, Apr. 4, 2014, at his residence surrounded by his family after a 14 year battle with cancer.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Monday, April 7, 2014, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil will be held at 5:00 p.m. and an American Legion/V.F.W. Service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Apr. 8, 2014, at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate and American Legion Post 137 and V.F.W. Post 7736 will accord military honors.

Jim was born January 13, 1940, the oldest child of Frank and Rosella (Westhoff) Wegmann. He attended S.S. Peter & Paul School thru 8th grade and then helped on the family farm. At age 17 he enlisted in the Navy, where he served 52 months. While in the service he was selected as a member of the Naval All World Softball team in 1961.

On June 22, 1963, Jim married Carol Ann Gudenkauf. Carol survives him along with their 4 children: Lynne (Bob) Radabaugh of Petersburg, Pam (Brian) Vaske of New Vienna, Tom (Jennifer) of Apalachin, NY and Chad (Deb) of Robins; 12 grandchildren: Spencer, Cody, Sydney & Chance Radabaugh; Maddisen, Carley & Joel Vaske, Nick & TJ Wegmann and Riley, Carson & Kennedy Wegmann; 1 great-granddaughter, Kelsie Radabaugh; 5 brothers, Leo (friend Mary Langel) of Delhi, Gerry (Jane), Leroy (Margie) of Cedar Rapids, Ron (Norma) of Petersburg and Carl (Sandra) of Edgewood; 4 sisters: Lois Lammers of Manchester, Joyce (John) Deutmeyer of Dyersville, Joan (Pat) Toohey of St. Paul, MN and Rose Ann (Lee) Koelker of Cedar Rapids; brothers and sisters-in-law: Grace Stevens, Jim (Sharon R.) Gudenkauf, Marian (Dan) Hoeger, Janet (Charlie) Prier, all of Dyersville and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Dan "Boone", sister-in-law, Karen Wegmann, and a brother-in-law, Dick Lammers, as well as his parents-in-law, August & Leona Gudenkauf and a brother-in-law, Fred Stevens.

Jim took a lot of pride in his grandchildren and truly enjoyed watching them participate in their sporting events. He now has the best seat and will not miss a game.

Jim's passion for baseball carried over in his playing career, and he was honored to be a member of the 1962 Dyersville Whitehawks National Runner-up team; Jim was named an amateur all-american for his performance that year. He was inducted into the Dubuque County Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001. He was an die-hard Chicago Cubs fan and spent many years coaching little league.

Jim spent more than 50 years hauling milk for area farmers, a job he truly enjoyed. He received the distinguished service award from the Delaware County Dairy Board, and also served on the S.S. Peter & Paul parish council, Beckman High School Booster Club Board and Endowment Board.

Memorials are preferred.

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



Shawn R. Pergande

Shawn Richard S. Pergande, 42, of Manchester, Iowa, formerly of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 following a sudden illness while visiting in Siniloan, Laguna, Philippines.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Dubuque, with Rev. Dr. Kristian Kincaid officiating.  Burial will be in Shawnee Cemetery, New Diggings, WI.

Friends may call from 3:00 - 9:00 p.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.  Friends may also call after 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday at the church.

Shawn Richard was born on May 13, 1971 at Cuba City, Wisconsin, the son of Richard G. Pegande and Sherry J. Shireman.  He married Norie McCullick on February 29, 2012 in Manchester, Iowa. 

He was employed at Anderson Window & Door in Dubuque.  Shawn was an avid Wisconsin sports fan, the Badgers, Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and the Milwaukee Bucks.  Shawn loved spending time with his family and the summertime picnics.

Surviving are his wife Norie, his three children Shawn, Brett and Nathan, three stepchildren, Grace (Kiley) McGuine of Guttenberg, Iowa; Jher and Lexus, two grandchildren, Brody & Sienna, his parents, Richard (Judy) Pergande and Sherry (Darrell) "Pudge" Kritz both of Dubuque, two brothers, Ricky and Jason (Lisa) Pergande both of Dubuque, step-brothers and sister, Dennis Pegande, Ronnie Pergande, Joe (Tiffany) Pergande all of Dubuque and Mary Jo (Larry) Seidl of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, many aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces and nephews, his in-laws, Rufina & Henry Saranillo of Marquette, Iowa, and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Rose (Kevin) Dull of Marquette.

 

 



Madona L. Holmes

Madona L. Holmes, 91, of Dubuque died Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center. A memorial service will be held 1 pm Saturday, April 26 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 1199 Main Street, Dubuque, IA on where there will a visitation Saturday, April 26 from 11 am to 12:45 pm. Burial of cremains will be in Linwood Cemetery.
Madona was born March 20, 1922 in Dubuque County, daughter of Ernest and Lucile (Buchanan) Peschong. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1940 and the University of Dubuque in 1944.

On November 2, 1946, she married the love of her life, Charles Holmes, at St. Luke's United Methodist Church. He preceded her in death on October 14, 2003.

Prior to her marriage to Charles, she worked in Chicago during the war. She was a member of PEO, loved to play bridge, and enjoyed traveling with her husband to south Texas and Arizona. She loved music, theatre, and the arts. She was an excellent cook and loved being a hostess. "She had a home-economics degree and knew how to use it."
Madona is survived by three children, Susan (Geoffrey) Holmes Parr of Hurst, Texas, Barbara (Roger) Holmes Arentson of Delano, Minn., and John (Deborah) Holmes of Colona, Ill.; six grandchildren, Katherine and Colin (Sarah) Parr, Alice and Andrew Arentson, and John (Julie) and Rebekah Holmes. She is also survived by six great grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, Mercy Hospital and Stonehill Care Center for their wonderful Care.