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Lucinda DeMoss


Lucinda "Lucy" DeMoss, 82, of Cascade, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2017, at her home in rural Cascade surrounded by her loving family.

A celebration of Lucinda's life will be held at 10 A.M., Friday, January 20, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, January 19, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa.

Lucinda Rodriguez was born on March 8, 1934 in Colon, Panama, to Santiago and Flora (Quijano) Rodriguez. She grew up in Panama and graduated from high school and then attended beauty school. She married Robert Duane DeMoss Sr. on May 14, 1954 in Balboa, Republic of Panama. To this union four children were born: Nelka, Robert, Jr., Julie and Flora.

Lucinda raised a family and farmed with her husband in the Temple Hill area for many years. She was an excellent cook who enjoyed dancing, music, fishing, and traveling back to her homeland of Panama. She loved birds especially hummingbirds, NASCAR, and going to stock car races in Farley regularly.

Those left to honor Lucinda's memory include her children, Nelka (Henry) Morning of Anamosa, IA, Robert DeMoss, Jr. of Cascade, IA, Julie Hooker of Manchester, IA, and Flora Brown of Epworth, IA; a special niece, Itza (Kenny) Heim of Cascade, IA; 9 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; and a sister Melva Rodriguez of Panama. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert Sr. on June 25, 2008, 4 brothers Miguel, Santiago, Cesar and Guillermo, 2 sisters Elena and Delfina, a son-in-law Lyle Brown, and a grandson Justin DeMoss.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Lucinda "Lucy" DeMoss memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Rosemary Zauche


Rosemary Zauche, 81, of Peosta, passed peacefully into life anew on Saturday, January 14, 2017. Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 20, from 5-8 p.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Rd, Dubuque. On Saturday, Jan. 21, visitation will be 10 a.m., followed by the funeral services at 11 a.m. St. Peter Lutheran.

Rosemary was born January 10, 1936 in Anamosa, Iowa, raised on a farm near Morley, Iowa. She graduated from Morley High School. She attended one year at the University of Northern Iowa and then completed her teaching certificate at the University of Dubuque. She taught for first grade for 3 years at Olin, IA. Rosemary Shumaker and Carl were united in marriage on October 8, 1960 at the Evangelical United Brethren church in Olin.

Rosemary was a 4-H leader and helped start Dubuque County 4-H Youth Ambassadors. She was active in beef promotions, serving in leadership roles with the Dubuque County Cow Bells (now called Cattlewomen) and doing cooking promotions with beef at Dubuque-area high schools and shopping centers. She started the Volunteer Auxiliary Board at Bethany Nursing Home. She was an active member of Toastmasters.

Rosemary was instrumentation in starting the St. Marks Community Center in downtown Dubuque. She served as program director. Rosemary and Carl did workshops on retirement and hosted marriage retreats.

Rosemary enjoyed sharing her sewing and volunteer coordinating skills to fill a need. During Iraqi Freedom war in 2003, Rosemary recruited volunteers from several churches to sew plastic-sealed personal hygiene bags for troops in the Dubuque National Guard. When Western Dubuque High School got new uniforms in the early eighties, Rosemary was instrumental in recruiting volunteers for sewing on stripes on the 200 uniform pants.

She spent her life as a faithful wife to Carl and of God's creation feeding not only her family, but all of the hired help on the farm and farm visitors. She could stretch a meal from 3 to 13 in a moment's notice. She enjoyed garden-raised produce and farm-raised beef and chickens. She was active in the farming operations till her late 40's. Rosemary then developed a passion for not only painting china, but teaching others the skill. In her later years, she enjoyed finally finding time to read.

Rosemary was a founding member at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and Grace Lutheran Church. She served as a Sunday-School teacher at St. Peter and Lord of Life. She even put together Easter Breakfast at St. Peter when her kids were young.

Rosemary is survived by her 4 children; Dan (Jackie) Zauche of Peosta, Cindy (Doug) Recker of Peosta, Carl J. (Beth) Zauche of North Liberty, and Tim (Geri) Zauche of Platteville; 12 grandchildren, Rob (Kaitlyn), Jacob, Ally, John, Josh, Madalyn Zauche , and Jared Woock, and Sarah (Mark) Wedige, and Vaughn Recker (Kelly Winger), Andre, Nathan, Natalie Recker; and 5 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is her sister Margaret (Dale) Clyde, and sister-in-law Helen (Loren) Pahl, and 5 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl L. Zauche and parents, Harlan and Ruby Shumaker.

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

On behalf of Rosemary, the family would like to thank the staff at Lord of Life Lutheran and their Communion Visitors, St. Peter, Oak Park, Manor Care, and Mercy Hospital Medical Staff.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Lord of Life Building Fund.

 



Mary Ellen Scott


Mary Ellen Scott, 88, of Maquoketa, Iowa, went to live with the Lord through Jesus Christ her Savior on Friday evening, January 13, 2017, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

The Celebration of her Christian Life will be held beginning with a Visitation from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, and continuing with services beginning at 10 A.M., Thursday, January 19, 2017 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa .Christian committal and burial will be at the Lost Nation Iowa Cemetery.

Mary Ellen Petersen was born on June 29, 1928 in Clinton, Iowa, to Henry August and Clara Margaretha nee Gade Petersen. She was welcomed by her siblings Howard, Bob and Margaret and later joined by Betty and Dorothy Lucille(who died in infancy). She was baptized and confirmed In the Christian faith at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grand Mound.

She grew up in Grand Mound graduating from Grand Mound High School in 1946 with her sister Betty. Upon her high school graduation she immediately started working for Iowa Mutual Insurance in DeWitt as a secretary for six years until her marriage to Henry Junior Scott on January 25, 1953 at Grace Lutheran Church, DeWitt, Iowa.

The couple was blessed with three boys, Lauren, Ray and Lyle. They farmed together raising crops, growing pigs, and milking cows. They farmed near Blue Grass, Welton, Charlotte and Lost Nation and south of Elwood until moving into Maquoketa.

Mary also worked off the farm beginning with Stuedemann Agri-Service in 1980 and later on for Families of Northeast Iowa.

She had volunteered and given her time to the Lime Stone Bluffs Resource and Conservation Development Area, Inc. and the Jackson County Public Hospital. 

A highlight was volunteering for The Farmers Outreach Organization and was honored as being named recipient of "the Golden Heart". She just loved being there to help other farmers and people in need.

Mary (and Henry) were named recipients of many honors or awards from soil conservation to dairy production, as well as serving on the board of directors of the Jackson-Clinton County Dairy Association for many years promoting dairy products endlessly. They also enjoyed being involved with the Clinton and Jackson county 4H Extension programs.

Mary and Henry enjoyed dancing all their lives. Many bands they followed but they really appreciated Bearfoot Becky and the Ivanhoe Dutchman playing for their 50th Anniversary. They also loved music in Branson and watching Daniel O'Donnell on television.

Mary attended Christian services in many churches. She belonged to Bethlehem Lutheran in Lost Nation for many years until moving to Maquoketa joining Beautiful Savior Lutheran even to playing the organ until it closed. She later would be organist at the Presbyterian church of Andrew, when her playing ended because of poor health she chose to join the Faith Methodist church In Monmouth, Iowa to be close to Lyle and Brenda's family connections. She enjoyed hearing the Gospel lessons each week.

Those left to honor her memory include her children: Lauren and Vicky Witte Scott of Manchester, IA, with son Justin and Brandy Scott of Waterloo, Iowa with their kids Kinnick, Peyton, and Madalyn. Lauren's daughter Rachael Scott with Jacob and Katelyn, and Lauren's son Nicholas with fiance Nicole Maas with Nash and Nora; Ray and Colleen Scott of Darlington, Wi with Melissa and Patrick McDermott with Joey and Abby and Ray's son Matthew of Darlington; Lyle and Brenda Scott of Lost Nation with Amanda and Jeremy with Montana and Addison and Lyle's son Adam.

Mary was plain and simple... just a smile to everyone she touched!

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the charity of Camp Courageous and the Jackson County Iowa Kidney Center or to a charity of one's choice.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa for their care.

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



Jeffrey John Burdt


Jeffrey John "Jeff" Burdt, 60, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on January 15, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 19th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 18th, at the funeral home.

Jeff was born on December 7, 1956 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of James and Mary (Goff) Burdt Sr. He married Victoria Lynn Schmit in 1975.

He worked for Dubuque Tank Terminal and for Newt Marine and for the last 18 years was employed by Selco.

He enjoyed coaching baseball and worked with his sons' teams from 1988 to 1992; he later helped his neighbor coach the Blue Jays.

Jeff's children and grandchildren were the light of his life and if you ever had a project, Jeff would be the first to help out.

He is survived by his wife Vickie; two children, Jonathan (Jenny) Burdt and Jessica (Scott) Young; grandchildren Nolan and Brooklyn Burdt and Dylan and Jackson Young; three sisters, Anne Smith, Jeanne (Jim) Chowning, and Mary (Robert) McNally; two brothers, James (Sue) Burdt Jr., and Thomas (Ellen) Burdt; his father-in-law, Raymond Schmit; two brothers-in-law, Richard Schmit and Tim (Georgia) Schmit; sister-in-law Kathy (Gordon) Dailey; along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son Jeremiah Burdt, on Aug 13, 1992; his parents, Jim and Mary; and his mother-in-law, Henni Schmit.

The family politely request no flowers. A Jeffrey Burdt memorial fund will be established.

The family would like to thank all the health care professionals especially Dr. Mark Hermann and his staff and to Hospice of Dubuque especially Allison, Jennie S., Tim, Edna and Betsy for all their wonderful care and compassion they gave to Jeff.



Ronald W. Schmitz


On the evening of January 13, Ronald W. Schmitz, age 74, 600 National Street, Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully at Stonehill Care Center. He was comforted by his family at the time of his passing.

Per Ron's wishes, a private family memorial will take place. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Ron was born in Dubuque, Iowa on December 23, 1942 to parents Hank and Eileen Robins-Schmitz. Ron graduated from East Dubuque High school.

He was a former employee at Prairie Farms, since retired.

Prior to Ron's stroke, he was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman, who loved his dogs. In his spare time, Ron enjoyed doing his stained glass. Those that knew him would say he was the greatest storyteller of all time.

Ron was preceded in death by parents Hank and Eileen as well as his brother, Richard Schmitz.

Ron is survived by his two sons, Todd and Lynn; and their mother, Sandy Schmitz; his sister, Sue Wichmann; grandchildren Lauren Schmitz (Jaeger), Shelbi Schmitz and Mitchell Schmitz; along with 3 great-grandchildren.

We love you and will miss you, always.

A special thanks to Luther Manor Home Care, especially Cheri, Kay and Diane for their loving care and support over the years since Ron's stroke.



James E. Allen


James E. "Jim" Allen, 78, of Rock Island, Illinois and formerly of Monmouth, Iowa, passed away on Friday, January 13, 2017 in Harlingen, Texas.

A celebration of his life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, January 21, 2017, at the Faith United Methodist Church in Monmouth, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Friday, January 20, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery.

James Eugene Allen was born on January 9, 1939 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to John A. and Helma (Schnack) Allen. He was a 1956 graduate of Monmouth High School and then entered the US Navy serving until receiving his honorable discharge on December 8, 1959. He then farmed in Jones County until 1996 when he moved to the Quad Cities and worked for Barr-Nunn Trucking until retiring. In retirement, he worked part-time for Hawkeye Paving in the Quad Cities.

Jim had been an active member of the United Methodist Church all of his life. Additionally, he was a founding member of the Coronado Car Club in Maquoketa. He enjoyed fast cars, dancing and visiting with people.

Those left to honor his memory include his children, Bryan Allen of Springfield, MO, and Michael (Cheryl) Allen of Colorado Springs, CO; 3 grandchildren, Kara, Olivia and Jessica; his life partner Judy Florian of Rock Island, IL; sisters Cynthia (Paul) Anderson of Washington, IA, and Emily (John) Samuelson of Rapid City, SD; and a brother-in-law Jim Caraway of Marion, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Joyann Propst and Nancy Caraway, and a grandson Tyler Lee Allen.

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



Donald J. Cogan


Donald J. Cogan, 91, of Asbury passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at Church of the Resurrection. Family will greet friends 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery.

Don was born August 3, 1925 in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the son of Cornelius and Catherine (Weber) Cogan.
He was married to Luella Freiburger on August 21, 1946. They enjoyed 67 wonderful years.

Don and Luella enjoyed taking produce to the Dubuque Farmers Market, and visiting and joking with their customers for 40 years. He was also an excellent euchre player. Don was passionate about boating, fishing, and hunting with his son "Geno" and uncle Chet. He enjoyed the times he spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Don loved people, and always said "You are only a stranger but once."

Don worked for Caradco for almost 30 years as a shipping clerk, and part-time at Dubuque Packing Company. He also worked at John Deere Works Dubuque, and finally for Rock Island Millwork as a shipping clerk before retiring. He was a longtime member of the Church of the Resurrection.

Survivors include his children, Lou Ann (Stan) Ward of Asbury, Eugene "Geno" Cogan of East Dubuque, IL, Karen Cogan of Des Moines, IA, and Beverly (Jerry) Eklund of Casper, WY; grandchildren Carrie Ann Parker, Stacey (Michael) Beaupre, Chasity (Jason) Johnson, and Brittney Eklund; great-grandchildren Jocelyn Ward, Malyssa Beaupre, and Lexus Beaupre; sisters-in-law Gladys Cogan, Bernetta Cogan, and Modesta "Nets" Koeperich; and a brother-in-law, Jerome Hinderman.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; wife Luella; two brothers, Clarence and Joseph Cogan; and two sisters, Alvena (Harry) Avenarius, and Alverna Hinderman.

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

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



Elaine A. Johnson


Elaine A. Johnson, 55, of Cascade, Iowa died Saturday, January 14, 2017 surrounded by her family, at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa.
Friends and relatives of Elaine may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 8:30 a.m. at the funeral home on Wednesday.

Services for Elaine will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fillmore, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating and assisting Deacon James Kean. Burial will be held in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Fillmore, Iowa.

Elaine was born February 8, 1961 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Donald F. and Grace M. (Koopmann) Droeszler. On September 11, 1982 she was united in marriage to Kevin Johnson at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen, Iowa. She was employed at Luther Manor until her marriage, and then the couple farmed together in the rural Fillmore area.

She was a member of the Sacred Heart Parish in Fillmore, Iowa, and a member of its Altar and Rosary Society. Elaine was also a member of the Dairy Association. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and enjoyed watching and feeding the humming birds and gold finches and was an avid collector of Precious Moments.


She is survived by her husband, Kevin Johnson of Cascade, IA, two children, Nathan (Paula) Johnson of Bernard, IA and Melissa (Marty) McLees of Cascade, IA, three grandchildren, George Johnson, Owen and Lidia McLees and expecting 2 more; her mother, Grace Droeszler of Bernard, IA; five siblings, Jolene Kundert of Monroe, WI, Donna (Mike) Weber of Bernard, IA, Duane (Amy) Droeszler of Cascade, IA, Mark (Lisa) Droeszler and Denise Droeszler both of Bernard, IA; her father and mother-in-law, Don and Pat Johnson of Fillmore, IA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Debbie (Ted) Mausser, DeEtt (Vince) Bergfeld both of Bernard, IA, Kenny (Mary) Johnson of Galena, IL, Elgean (Rod) Brandenberg of Hiawatha, IA, Dean (Tonya) Johnson of Bernard, IA, Wayne (Renee) Johnson of Farley, IA, Trisha (Dennis) Gaul of Peosta, IA.

She is preceded in death by her father, Donald Droeszler on January 6, 2017; one brother, Gerald J. Droeszler on July 16, 1977; a brother-in-law, Daniel Kundert on April 19, 2013.

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



Ruth A. Berendes


Ruth Ann "Ruthie" Berendes, of St. Donatus, Iowa passed away peacefully Friday, January 13th, 2017 surrounded by her loving family.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 at St. Donatus Catholic Church with Father Jerry Kopacek officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, January 16th at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road in Dubuque where a wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m.

Ruthie was born June 25th, 1938 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Harold and Bernice (Ruden) Thomas. She graduated high school from the Immaculate Conception Academy in Dubuque, where she invited Earl Berendes Jr. to a school dance and later married him on October 19th, 1957 at St. Joseph Prairie Church. They shared 58 wonderful years together before his passing December 24th, 2015.

Ruthie was a remarkable, faith-filled woman, and dedicated her life to her family. Earl and Ruthie started Berendes Garage, where she did the book work, picked up parts, swept and cleaned the garage and made lunch. After her sons took over the Garage, she filled her time with the things she loved to do - quilting and gardening. Ruthie created a quilt for each of her grandchildren upon graduating from high school and for great grandchildren at their birth. Many of these quilts will be on display at her service.

Ruthie also had a passion for gardening. Her flowers were as beautiful as her spirit and her vegetables were as bountiful as her love. She taught her daughters how to sew and can fruits and vegetables and helped her sons make deer sausage; mixing the seasonings and spices to perfection. Ruthie made the best homemade noodles; something she often did with her sisters. She also loved to shop with her daughters - making a "Sam's Run" was one of her favorites. Ruthie loved her family deeply and was always available to watch the grandchildren or great grandchildren, cook a special dessert, make lunch for her sons or lend a compassionate ear. Her presence in the lives of her family will be missed immensely.

Together, Earl and Ruthie raised six children; Joan (Larry) Steffy, of St. Donatus, the late William "Bill" (Janie) Berendes of Bellevue, Patricia Berendes, of Dubuque, James (Joyce) Berendes and John (April) Berendes, both of St. Donatus and Susan (Francis) Clancy, of Dubuque, 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Her sisters, Jeanne (Jim Pancratz) Ambrosy, and Marian (Pat) Marshall, all of Dubuque; sister-in-laws; Anita (Eldon) Rowan, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and Phyllis Hutter, of Dubuque, and brother-in-law Melvin "Mel" (Marilyn) Berendes, of Dubuque, many nieces and nephews and very special friends David and Margaret Bies and Milton and LuAnn Weber.

Ruthie was preceded in death by her beloved husband Earl, her parents Harold and Bernice Thomas, her father and mother-in-law Earl Sr. and Sylvia Berendes, her oldest son, William, "Bill" Berendes, and brother-in laws Loras "Butch" Berendes, Robert "Bub" Ambrosy, and David Hutter.

The family would like to thank Ruthie's many friends for their prayers, the nurses and staff at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and the University of Iowa Hospital Chaplain, Father Tim for his prayers and compassion, and the Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care and support.



Allan Koelker


Allan "Bud" Koelker, 86, of Petersburg, Iowa, died peacefully at his home on Friday, January 13, 2017.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 p.m. Monday, January 16, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 5 pm. Visitation will continue Monday from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Bud was born on the family farm east of Petersburg, Iowa on May 25, 1930 and lived and worked there all his life. He was the youngest of Anton and Catherine (Kramer) Koelker's 8 children. He married Marian Bockenstedt on June 6, 1950 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Colesburg, Iowa. Together they farmed on the Koelker home farm for over 66 years, all of their married lives. Bud loved farming, gardening, fishing, polka dancing and most of all his family. He was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters and belonged to the SS Peter & Paul parish his entire life.

Survivors include 4 sons: Chuck (Marilee) Koelker of New Vienna, Terry (Joyce) Koelker, Mike (JoAnn) Koelker and Ron (Sandy) Koelker, daughter-in-law, Kathy (Tim) Sweeney, all of Dyersville; grandchildren: Barry (Carrie) Koelker, Danielle (Bruce) Ling, Angel (Jason) Kelchen and Carmen (Terry) Dunkel, Jodi (Brandon) Kelley, Rob (Tara) Koelker and Jeff (Annie) Koelker, Jesse (Molly) Koelker, Shelli (Scott) Wilson and Matt (Lindsey) Koelker, Nick (Nicole) Koelker, Leah (Casey) Lechtenberg and Jenna Koelker, and Terra, Brooke and Trent Koelker; 30 great-grandchildren; in-laws: Fred (Barb) Bockenstedt of Levenworth, WA, Dennis (Judy) Bockenstedt of Petersburg and Dean (Rosalee) Bockenstedt of Edgewood, Blanche (Albert) Schulte of New Vienna, Leona (Marv) Tauke of Dyersville, Jean (Ken) Kramer of New Port Richey, FL and Phyllis (Jim) Tigges of LasVegas, NV, Lois Bockenstedt of Edgewood and Ambrose "Butch" Wegmann of Delhi.

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, Marian in September 2016, 2 children: Theresa in infancy and Todd Koelker in July 2005, siblings: Evelyn Koelker, Edmund (Clara) Koelker, Lucille (Victor) Vaske, Lawrence (Ruth) Koelker, Mildred Koelker, LuVern (Anna Mae) Koelker, Alma (Clete) Vaske and Cora (Charles) Gerken, in-laws: Leo Bockenstedt, Patsy Wegmann.

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



Cecil W. Hinderman


Cecil W. Hinderman, 82, of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, died Friday, January 13, 2017, at Southwest Health Center Hospital in Platteville. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 1:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-9:45 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home before the service.

Cecil was born on July 7, 1934, in Dickeyville, Wisconsin, the son of Edward and Katherine (Droessler) Hinderman. He married Bernetta Muller on May 5, 1954, at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville. She preceded him in death on March 15, 2001.

Cecil farmed and worked at Kunkel's DeLaval and Mississippi Valley Forest Products until his retirement in 2003. He worked part time at Carquest until his full retirement. Cecil loved going to Katina's for coffee in the morning and Gooch's Greenhouse, Sunset Lanes and Daniel's Lounge for socializing with the guys. In his younger years he and Bernetta enjoyed fishing, square dancing and playing cards in two different card clubs. He was a charter member of the Dickeyville Lions Club.

Survivors include his daughters, Lori (David) Schuchart, of Cuba City, Linda (Mike) Kress, of Potosi; his sons, Doug (Connie) Hinderman, of Dubuque, and Gary (Lisa) Hinderman, of Platteville; twelve grandchildren; many extended grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

He was also preceded in death by a son, Daniel; a grandson, Bradley Schuchart; his brothers, Dennis, Roland, and Edward Hinderman, and Robert Timmerman Sr.; an infant sister, Vera; and many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

A Cecil W. Hinderman Memorial Fund has been established.

Special thanks to UW-Madison Hospital Neuroscience Unit, Dean Feldman and Southwest Health Center, and Kim Martin of Grant County Hospice.

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



LaVonne C. Heitkamp


 

LaVonne C. (Theill) Heitkamp, 83, of Menominee, IL, passed away at 6:55 p.m. Thursday, January 12, 2017 at her home in Menominee.

Due to pending weather conditions, the Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at Nativity BVM Catholic Church in Menominee, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from Noon - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 15, 2017 and from 9 - 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish and St. Ann's Rosary will be recited at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

LaVonne was born on March 14, 1933 in Menominee Township of Jo Daviess County, the youngest daughter of Wesley and Ida (Weydert) Theill, Sr.  When she was a little girl her Dad gave her the nickname, "PeeWee" which stayed with her all her life.

She married James Heitkamp on October 3, 1953, at Nativity BVM Catholic Church in Menominee.  They were blessed with 60 plus years of marriage and six children.  Jim and LaVonne farmed the family farm until 1996.

LaVonne was a member of Nativity BVM parish all of her life.  She was a member of the St. Ann Society, Nativity BVM school board, and past funeral dinner chairwoman. She spent countless hours quietly working at the church and school. She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of America Court Isabella # 572 of Galena.

LaVonne was a devout participant in the St. Joseph Adoration Chapel. She was a devoted farm wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She always put other people's needs before her own, and lived a life caring for others.

She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

Surviving are her six children: Joseph (Judy) Heitkamp and Michael (Laura) Heitkamp both of Menominee, IL, Virginia (Terry) Holland and Mary Jane (Alan) Conrad both of Scales Mound, IL, Paul (Beth) Heitkamp of Rockford, IL, and Mark (Stacey) Heitkamp of East Dubuque; 20 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; a sister, Charlene Hinderman of Cuba City, WI, a brother, Mervin (Rosie) Theill of Menominee, a brother-in-law, Carlisle Jacobi of Cuba City, WI, and a sister in law, Ruth Theill of East Dubuque and Jim's sister, Germaine Robinson of Savanna, IL.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim, parents, Wesley and Ida Theill,Sr., her in-laws, Joseph and Irene Heitkamp, brothers, Wesley Theill, Jr, and twins, Charles and William in infancy, sister, Merla Jacobi,  a brother-in-law, Francis Hinderman and Jim's family: Robert and Margaret Heitkamp, Mary Ellen and Ed Berning, Monica and Clarence Houtakker, and Hubert(Wimpy) Robinson.

LaVonne's family wishes to thank Diann Laity, Cindy Anderson, Trisha Cox, Diane Muchow, Stacy Bowman and Elly Bowman for the exceptional, compassionate care you gave to our Mother.  Because of your help our Mother was able to stay living in her home where she was happy, safe, and comfortable. Without you we could not have done it.

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

 

 



Glenn D. Casey


Glenn D. Casey, age 80, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 5:35 a.m., on Friday, January 13, 2017, at ManorCare Health Services. To honor Glenn's life, private family services were held. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Glenn was born on March 3, 1936, in Asbury, Iowa, son of James W. and Alberta (Mahon) Casey.

Glenn would spend the first few decades of his life farming in Cascade and went on to proudly serve his country with the U.S. Army from 1951-1953, before eventually moving to Dubuque. Glenn would finally meet and marry the love of his life, Betty Welbes-Korman, on August 31, 1966, in Galena, IL. They would unite their families and enjoy 44 years together, before she was called home ahead of him on March 8, 2011. Glenn understood the value of hard work and would devote years of his time and talents to multiple companies in the area before his well earned retirement from Eagle Window and Door in 1997. Faith was important in Glenn's life and he was a long-time and faithful member of Sacred Heart Church for many years. In his free time, Glenn enjoyed venturing out into the woods for a good day of hunting and he also found satisfaction in the many hours he spent working on remodeling projects around the house. Glenn's health has been failing and his earthly battles have now come to an end. We grieve within our loss, but we find comfort in knowing that he's finally home with his heavenly family and we will all see him again one day in a state of absolute perfection.

Those left to cherish Glenn's memory include

his 4 children,
Joseph D. "Butch" (Sue) Korman Jr., Dubuque, IA,
Susan (Joseph) Fecker, Andrew, IA,
Cindy (David) Schwendinger, Dubuque, IA
and Timothy "Tim" (Sonia) Casey, Dubuque, IA;

his 8 grandchildren,
Tammy (Bill Kaufman) Sprecher, Tera (Aaron) Turner, Eric (Emily Riniker) Korman, Ryan (Erica Wolff) Mauer, Michael (Cathy) Brimeyer, Amber (James Robinson) Brimeyer, Adam Brimeyer and Ashley (Marty) Meisenberg;

his 14 great-grandchildren and 1 on the way,
Cody, Cailee and Alex Sprecher, Jack and Chloe Kaufman, Logan and Lucy Turner, Carter and Jacqueline Mauer, Matthias and Evelyn Brimeyer, Teagan, Aiden and Lillian Meisenberg;

and his siblings,
Venita (Jack) Knapp, Cedar Rapids, IA,
Duane (Gloria) Casey, TX,
Gerene O'Brian, Monticello, IA,
Wendell (Bev) Casey, Walnut Creek, CA,
John Casey, Des Moines, IA,
Pat (Sharon) Casey, Cascade, IA,
Chuck (Donna) Casey, Cascade, IA
and Cheri Wessels, Dyersville, IA.

Glenn was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Betty "Ma" Casey; a daughter, Cathy Jo Korman; 2 sisters, Kayla and Krista Casey; a son-in-law, Butch Mauer; and a brother-in-law, Breeze Wessels.

A Glenn D. Casey memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Glenn's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of ManorCare, and Hospice of Dubuque, for the kind and compassionate care they have provided Glenn and his family.

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

 



Joyce A. (Baumhover) Huseman


Joyce A. (Baumhover) Huseman, 77, of Dubuque passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Hawkeye Care Center. She was welcomed into the arms of our Lord on the day Don, the love of her life, was laid to rest.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 16, 2017 at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church, 1240 Rush St. in Dubuque with Fr. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be held at Mount Calvary following the mass. Friends may call from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home, 2595 Rockdale Road where the wake service will be at 4 p.m. Family and friends may also visit after 9:30 a.m. Monday at the church until time of mass.

Joyce was born August 8, 1939 in Dubuque, the daughter of Donald and Olive (Roth) Baumhover.

She married Gerald Kirchberg in 1960. Surviving are their daughter Ann Smith of Ft. Wayne, IN and grandchildren, Shantel Hoyle, Niccita, Eric and Nathan Smith.

She later married Donald W. Huseman on December 3, 1988 at St. Mary's Catholic Church of Dubuque. His 5 children survive including; Donna (Joe) Schroeder of Cuba City, WI, Karla (Frank) Shepherd of Dubuque, Wayne (Dora) Huseman of Holland, IA, Kenny (Shelly) Huseman of Dubuque and Ted (Jean) Huseman of North Aurora, IL; grandchildren Rick Heiderscheit, Barb Cox, Kim Donovan, Tina Siefken, Amy, Frank Jr. and Kevin Shepherd, Audrey Accola, Kristy Wise, Brooke Carroll, Lindsey Hines, Chrystal Blauvelt, Amber Lee, Staci, Brad and Jillian Huseman. Together they are survived by 33 great-grandchildren with another arriving in 2017, and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Joyce was admired for her strong work ethic and commitment. While earning her degree in Education from Clarke College, she owned and managed the Bottle Stop Tap, along with working at Kresge's Store.

Joyce had a long career dedicated to influencing and helping the lives of others. She taught at St. Anthony's and Holy Ghost schools, also serving as Assistant Principal. She was employed at East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA) where she retired as the Director of Employment and Training Programs. Joyce received many awards including special recognition from the State and US Government for the record amount of people employed under her program.

Joyce was a long time member of the Eagles Club where she met Don. She traveled with Friendship Force, an organization committed to building a more peaceful world. She initiated and directed many charities including her involvement with Beginning Experience and Knights of the Square Table. She was highly involved with various parishes and devoted her time by volunteering on numerous committees. She was a Eucharistic Minister and faithfully served in the Power of Prayer ministry. Joyce and Don joined St. Columbkille's parish after the closing of St Mary's. She sang in many churches and was the Choir Director at Trophy Gardens Church while wintering for 19 years with Don in southern Texas. She also taught English as a second language to a class of students. Don and Joyce gave their time and talent to help many families with food, shelter and clothing during their time in that area.

Joyce was a talented artist. She enjoyed crafting, card making, stamping, weaving, and leather working. In her 60's, she discovered a long hidden talent for painting. Some of her creations will be on display at the visitation. She leaves a beautiful legacy of artwork that her family will treasure forever.

She was preceded in death by Don, her loving husband of 28 years. Also preceding her in death are her parents, a brother Ronald Baumhover and his wife Mary.

The family is forever grateful to their sister Karla for her incredible love and devotion to Joyce's care during her journey with Alzheimer's. The family would like to also thank the kind-hearted staff at Shady Rest Care Center (Jennifer), Hawkeye Care Center (Sue) and Hospice of Dubuque (Amy, Barb, Jeanette, and Elizabeth) for their care and compassion.

The family requests no flowers.



Sharon R. Mangler


Sharon R. "Sherry" Mangler, 67, of Dubuque, IA passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 10 at home, surrounded by her family and beloved dog Lola.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, January 13 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m., Thursday, January 12 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd, Dubuque.

Sherry was born on March 9, 1949 in Earlville, IA daughter of Harold and Letiticia (Duffy) Hartman. She was raised and grew up on the family farm in Strawberry Point, IA, graduating from Starmont High School. She met and married the love of her life Richard Mangler on August 18, 1979. They have been inseparable for over 37 years.

Sherry moved to Dubuque in 1977, where she was a homemaker until returning to work in 1987. She was employed by the Dubuque Community School District as an Early Childhood Development Para Professional at Helen Keller/Eisenhower Elementary and retired from Jones Hand in Hand Pre-School in 2008. During her more than twenty years in the school district she developed a special bond with the staff and children.

Sherry was an amazing, caring friend to many. Her children, grandchildren, and great grand babies were her world. She had a special way of ensuring everyone knew they were loved.

Sherry is survived by her husband Richard Mangler, their children Traci Flynn and Robb Munter, both of Dubuque, and Mark (Barbara) Munter of Broken Arrow, OK; step son Jason (Kristie) Mangler of Las Vegas, NV; grandchildren Mandi (Jon) Ellerbach, Danielle and Matthew Flynn, Morgan Munter, Skylar Munter and Veda Mangler; great grandchildren Chad, Graci, Frankie and Ellie; and sisters Jo Ann Delong of Avondale, AZ, Jan (Bob) Pfeiler of Dubuque, and Connie (Tom) Ross-Steger of Strawberry Point.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister June (Tom) Raymond; brothers in law Don Delong and Paul Ross; and nephew Shane Ross.

In lieu of flowers a Sharon R. Mangler Memorial Fund has established.

To leave an online condolence, please visit egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. R Schope & Lori of Grand River Medical Center and also to the best group of friends a gal could ever ask for... Shari Hartwick, Karen Hogan, Jeannie Fudge, Rose Hartzell, Sandy Butler and Phyllis Herbstreith, your love, support, and true friendship to the end will be forever cherished.

 



Donald C. Meyer


Donald C. "Don" Meyer, 90, of Dyersville, Iowa died peacefully on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at home.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 13, 2017 from 2 - 7 p.m. at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where there will be a Knights of Columbus Honor Guard in place from 4 - 6 p.m., followed by an American Legion service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue Saturday, January 14, from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to the funeral service.

The funeral celebration will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville. Burial will follow at St. Francis Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137. Rev. Richard Ament will officiate with Rev. Dennis Quint, Rev. Joseph Hauer, Rev. Timothy Lenchak, Rev. Al Vorwald as concelebrants and Decon Jim Steger assisting.

Don was born on November 4, 1926, in Dyersville, son of Leo and Loretta (Weber) Meyer. He attended St. Francis Xavier schools and graduated from Coyne Electrical School of Chicago in 1948. Don served honorably in the U.S. Army during WWII and was proud to be part of one of the 2014 Honor Flights.

On June 26, 1954 he married Helen Ament at St Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington, Iowa. Don and Helen were blessed with 10 children, 15 grand-children and two great-grand-children.

Don's entrepreneurial spirit began shortly after his graduation from Coyne Electrical School of Chicago. After his studies and training in electricity and refrigeration, he began selling and installing Youngstown kitchens along with Frigidaire appliances. Becoming one of Frigidaire's youngest franchisees Don went on to earn industry awards for highest sales and outstanding service.

In 1949, under the name of Home Appliance Company, Don expanded his business to include residential and commercial mechanical services. In 1975 Don entered a business venture with his three brothers and under Meyer Brothers Development Co. developed West Linden Subdivision. In 1979 he purchased the Ed Wedewer Construction Company. With this purchase Meyer Construction Company was formed. The company entered into the field of commercial and industrial construction. In 1982 Don began the development of Stone Creek Shopping Center. In 1988 he sold the company he founded, Home Appliance, and became the owner and operator of Ace Hardware that was located within the shopping center. In 1996 he retired from the hardware business and sold it to his two daughters. He continued ownership and management of the shopping center until he sold it in 2005.

Don actively served the community as a member of the Merchants Committee, Dyersville Chamber of Commerce, Dyersville City Council, Dyersville Development Commission and Dyersville Industries. Don was also a member of the Jaycees and Lions Club. In 1980 he received the Outstanding Community Service award from the Jaycees. In 2002, because of his outstanding service to his community, he was awarded Citizen of the Year by the Lions Club.

Don was instrumental in the development of the Dyersville Community Hospital. As a representative of the Dyersville Community Hospital Corporation board, Don accepted chairmanship of the Building Committee and also served as co-chairman of the fund drive to build the hospital.

As a devout Catholic, Don was actively involved in his parish, St. Francis Xavier Church. He served on the fund drive committee to help build Beckman High School, served as President of Beckman High School from 1975-1982, and also served as an honorary chairman for the St. Francis Xavier Grade School fund drive. As a man of great faith, he tried to attend mass daily and enjoyed participating as a Eucharistic minister and as a Fourth Degree Knight.

Don enjoyed working outdoors and he loved nature. Before moving to town, Don and Helen had a wonderful home and acreage in the country. As an avid outdoorsman Don converted the open land into a large and extensive tree farm. Don also enjoyed his time with family at their cabin on Lake Delhi, traveling, golfing, woodworking, gardening, playing cards and annual fishing trips to Minnesota and Canada.

Don is survived by his wife of 62 years, Helen Ament Meyer; 10 children: Rachele (Doug) Rickels of Worthington, IA; Pam Meyer of Dyersville, IA; Clyde (Nanci La Susa) Meyer of Naperville, IL; Dennis Meyer (Lizbeth McDow) of Westminster, CO; Mary Meyer of Dyersville; John (Laurie Bildstein) Meyer of Dyersville; Teresa (Matt) Bockenstedt of Dyersville; Mark (Darla Carithers) Meyer of Dubuque; Geralyn Maloney of San Diego, CA and Chris Meyer of Sacramento, CA. 15 grandchildren: Dr. Michael (Dr. Kelsey Barnes) Rickels of Madison, WI; Meghan (Tyler) Raeder of Dubuque, IA; Rebekah Rickels (Dr. Max Jepson) of Fort Pierre, SD; Kristin Rickels (Matt Merta) of San Antonio, TX; Samuel Meyer (Chloe Lewis) of Chicago IL; Joseph Meyer of Naperville IL; Josh Meyer (Kyra Brandt) of Frederick, MD; Michelle Meyer (Tyrell Chostner) of Westminster, CO; Ben Bockenstedt (Jessica Kinneer) of Cedar Falls, IA; Katelin Bockenstedt (Joe Bredahl) of Dyersville; Justin Meyer of Dyersville; Morgan Meyer of Austin, TX; Samantha Meyer (Jeff Sullivan) of Ames, IA; Thomas Meyer of Edgewood, MD; and Andrew Meyer of Dubuque; two step-granddaughters: Kyra and Paige Howieson of Dubuque; two great-grandchildren: Laurel and Caroline Raeder of Dubuque. Two brothers; Jim (Sheila) and Kenneth (Kathy) of Dyersville; four sisters; Mary Jane (Harry) Steger of Edgewood, IA; Betty (Stan) McLane of Dyersville; Joyce (Ron) Drey of Mesa, AZ; Janice (Ron) Alfred of Ames; sister-in-laws; Dorothy Meyer; Pat Meyer of Dyersville and numerous nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by his parents Leo and Loretta Meyer and siblings; Loras (1999), Dick (2005), John and Anne, (in infancy).

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Divine Word College, St. Francis Xavier Resurrection Choir and Mercy Medical Center Dyersville (Skilled Nursing).

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

 



Patrick C. Conefrey


Patrick C. Conefrey, 71, of Dubuque, Iowa (formerly of Brockton, Massachusetts) passed away on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

Patrick was born April 17, 1945 in Brockton, Massachusetts, the son of George and Mildred (Costello) Conefrey. Patrick graduated from Brockton Massachusetts High School in 1963. He earned an Associate's Degree in Science from Massasoit Community College in Business Management and an Electronic Certificate from the Franklin Institute. Patrick then served his country in the US Army 1965-1966. Patrick worked for the Brockton Highway Department 1968-2000. He married Charlotte Louise Goodwin on July 24, 1977 in Brockton, Massachusetts. She passed away on November 4, 2009.

Patrick's hobbies included time with his family, golfing the many courses in the area and dancing. He deeply touched many lives over the years, especially those of his beloved family. He also sincerely loved his Savior, Jesus Christ. He had a strong devotion to his Christian faith and continuously shared it with others.

Survivors include his daughter, Kimberly Hackett of Dubuque; granddaughters, Alyssa and McKenzie Hackett; siblings, Myles (Rose) Conefrey of Ormond Beach, Florida, George Conefrey of Ormond Beach, Florida; and Gerald (Deborah) Conefrey of Brockton, Massachusetts; and numerous adored nieces and nephews. Patrick was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

Funeral Mass will be 10:00 AM, Saturday, January 21, 2017 at St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque. Burial will be in Massachusetts at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Hospice of Dubuque in Patrick's memory.

Local arrangements with Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road.

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

 



Cletus F. Klein


Cletus F. Klein 84 of Sherrill, Iowa passed away on Monday, January 2, 2017 as a result of a farming accident. Funeral Mass will be 11:00 am, Saturday, January 14, 2017 at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Sherrill, Iowa. Family will greet friends and family 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Friday, January 13, 2017 at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Sherrill, Iowa. Burial will in SS Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery with Military Honors.

Cletus was born on the family farm in Balltown, Iowa on November 17, 1932 the son of Edmund and Susan (Muenster) Klein. Cletus married Lois Kilburg on May 1, 1962 in Springbrook, Iowa. together they had four children. They farmed together all their married life. He served in the US Army 1953-1955, after returning from serving his country he continued to farm and also worked for John T. Klein Construction. Then was hired at Tschiggfrie Excavating as an equipment operator and was their first employee working there from 1965-1988.

He and Lois enjoyed eating out and going for drives. Family was very important to Cletus as well as his faith and belief in God. He was always present for all family events near and far. Cletus loved seeing his grandchildren and great grandchild at the family farm, he will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Lois; children, Randy (Julie) Klein of Sherrill, Iowa, Sharon (Rick) Keller of Durango, Iowa, Joann Kintzle of Sherrill, Iowa, and Joyce (Kurt) Schmitt of Holy Cross, Iowa; thirteen (13) grandchildren, Brad, Adam, Carrie Klein, Lindsey and great grandson Carter, Jessica, Logan Keller, Mitch, Brooke, Nicole Kintzle, Austin, Allison, Rachel, and Becca Schmitt; a sister, Rose (John) Faulhaber of Dubuque, Iowa; in-laws, Betty Klein, Marie Klein, Norma (Wayne) Jackson, Doris (Ronnie) Ambrosy, Dwain (Barb) Kilburg, and Rick (Rita) Kilburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Cletus was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Alfred Klein and Melvin Klein; a sister in-law, Rita Mae (Clyde) Ties.

Cletus's family would like to thank the Sherrill Fire Department, and family and friends that have helped during this difficult time.

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

Local arrangements with Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd.

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



Phyllis V. Lenstra


Phyllis V. Lenstra, age 91, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 6:15 a.m., on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Phyllis' life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Phyllis' life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Phyllis was born on June 23, 1925, in Darlington, WI, daughter of Joseph and Alma (LaDow) Mitchel.

Phyllis was a proud Dubuquer who gratefully awoke every morning to the comfort of country living. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, LaVerne C. Lenstra, on August 14, 1942, and they were blessed with 59 years together, and 3 wonderful children, before he was called home ahead of her on October 30, 2001. Phyllis took great pride in caring for her family, keeping a tidy home and reaping the continual harvest from her bountiful garden. In her free time, Phyllis enjoyed creating beautiful works on her sewing machine and was always up for a good game of cards with family and friends. But at the end of the day, Phyllis' true joy was easily discovered in the treasured moments she would get to spend with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Phyllis, our dear wife, mother, grandmother and friend, has been graciously blessed with 91 years here with us to share in her life, love and laughter. Sadly though, today we find a tear in our hearts with the realization that we are now left with only memories and will be deeply and sincerely missing her until we are all together again one day.

Those left to cherish Phyllis memory include

her children,
Lillian Sahm, Balltown, IA,
Lester (Mary) Lenstra, Dubuque, IA
and Ronald (JoAnn) Lenstra, Dubuque, IA;

her 11 grandchildren;

and her 16 great-grandchildren.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, LaVerne Lenstra; a son-in-law, John "Jack" Sahm; 3 sisters, Julia, Margaret and Marie; and 5 brothers, Delbert, Joseph, Leo, Raymond and Frances.

A Phyllis V. Lenstra memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Phyllis' family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Stonehill for all of the extraordinary care they have provided to Phyllis these past years.

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

 



Carl J. Manternach


Carl J. "King" Manternach, 76, of Cascade, Iowa passed away, Monday, January 9, 2017 at his home in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Carl may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m.

Services for Carl will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, January 12, 2017 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Carl was born on July 25, 1940 in Cascade, Iowa, son of Harold N. and Luella (Koob) Manternach. He received his education from the former St. Mary's school in Cascade. He was employed by Manternach Plumbing and Heating in Cascade until his retirement.

He was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa. Carl was an avid race car fan and loved to play cards.

He is survived by five siblings, Mary Karolyn Kramer of Freeport, IL, Eileen O'Connell of Manor Care in Dubuque, IA, Donna (Charles) Casey, Paul (Kathy) Manternach and Herb (Jacquie) Manternach all of Cascade, IA; and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Delores Manternach on October 15, 1951; two brothers-in-law, Bernie O'Connell and Ron Kramer; two nephews, Andy and Toby Casey.

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

 



Ranol J. Weigel


Put on your dancing shoes. A homecoming party is planned for Ranol J. "Ray" Weigel who died January 9, 2017 at home after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, January 16th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Pastor Jim Lucy officiating. Military honors by American Legion Post #6 will follow the service. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Family and friends may visit after 9:00 a.m. until time of funeral service.

Ray was born on August 15, 1939 in Platteville Wisconsin the son of Wilbert and Hilda (Suhr) Weigel.

He graduated from University of Wisconsin Platteville with a major in Agriculture Education and a minor in Instrumental Music. He was an insurance salesman for Equitable of Iowa Insurance Company for 26 years.

He was a National Guard veteran serving with the 32nd Red Arrow Division at Ft. Louis Washington; he was called from 1961 to 1962 for the Berlin Crisis.

Ray provided music for the Tri-State Ballroom Dancers at Happy's Place and filled in as D.J. at the American Legion as needed. He was a Dubuque County Conservation board member for over 40 years serving as president twice.

He was an avid fisherman and hunter.

He is survived by his wife Jo Ann; and her children, Melinda (Charlie) Willison, Greg (Beth) Witterholt, and their children, Bailey, Evan, and Dustin. His sister Carol (Jim) Georgi. Sisters-in-law Alice Irving, Helen Clemens, Sally Donaldson, Mary (Roger) Weydert; brothers-in-law, Donald (Darlene) Schmitt, and Tony (friend, Gina) Schmitt.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care and compassion they gave.



John H. Kieffer


John H. "Jack" Kieffer, age 79, of Holy Cross, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 7:18 a.m., on Sunday, January 8, 2017, at Dubuque Specialty Care, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Jack's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, January 13, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Pastor Jack Redmond officiating. To celebrate Jack's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, January 13, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home.

Jack was born on May 4, 1937, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Henry and Genevieve (Wagner) Kieffer.

Jack was employed with the John Deere Dubuque Works for 11 years, before moving on to pursue other job interests, including Hoofs Manufacturing in Maquoketa, along with other various ventures throughout his life. His favorite endeavor however, was working with the Cooks Farms in the Balltown area, where he happily spent the last 15 years keeping busy. He was truly an avid outdoorsman; hunting, trapping, archery and bass tournaments and gathering ginseng were some of Jack's most treasured opportunities. Sadly, Jack has departed our lives quite suddenly, but we are eternally grateful for the memories he leaves behind.

Those left to cherish Jack's memory include

his children,
Connie (Earl Harry) McDonald
and Jeff Kieffer, both of Dubuque, IA;

his 5 grandchildren,
Patrick (Shannon Gross) McDonald, Matthew (Haley Rennison) McDonald, Ashley McDonald, Zoe Birch and Emily Harry;

his 7 great-grandchildren,
Tylor, Chance, Carter, Landon, Blake, Katlyn and Ashlyn;

and his 2 siblings,
Jim (Karen) Kieffer
and Judy (Art) Allen, both of Dubuque, IA.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Kim Kieffer; and his former wife, Virginia Darnell.

A John H. "Jack" Kieffer memorial fund has been established.

Jack's family would like to extend a special thank you to Pat and Duane Cook, Ray Dean, and the nurses and staff at Dubuque Specialty Care, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their friendship and compassionate care of Jack and his family.

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

 



Donald W. Huseman


Donald W. Huseman, 86, of Dubuque passed away on Monday, January 9, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Thursday, January 12, 2017 at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church, 1240 Rush St. in Dubuque with Fr. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be held at Mount Calvary following the mass. Friends may call from 2-7 p.m., on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home, 2595 Rockdale Rd. The wake service will be at 6 p.m.

Don was born October 11, 1930 in Dubuque, the son of Carl and Gladys (Boyes) Huseman.

He is preceded in death by his first wife, Audrey (Trowbridge) Huseman. They were married on August 27, 1949.

He is survived by their 5 children; Donna (Joe) Schroeder of Cuba City, WI, Karla (Frank) Shepherd of Dubuque, Wayne (Dora) Huseman of Holland, IA, Kenny (Shelly) Huseman of Dubuque and Ted (Jean) Huseman of North Aurora, IL; grandchildren, Rick Heiderscheit, Barb Cox, Kim Donovan, Tina Siefken, Amy, Frank Jr. and Kevin Shepherd, Audrey Accola, Kristy Wise, Brooke Carroll, Lindsey Hines, Chrystal Blauvelt, Amber Lee, Staci, Brad and Jillian Huseman.

He later married Joyce (Baumhover) Huseman on December 3, 1988 at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Joyce survives, along with her daughter, Ann Smith and grandchildren, Shantel Hoyle, Niccita, Eric and Nathan Smith. Together they are survived by 33 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren with another arriving in 2017. He is also survived by 3 brothers, Dick (Rosie), Ray and Vern (Donna) Huseman.

Don absolutely treasured time spent with grandchildren and family. He was blessed with two long, loving and happy marriages. The undying love and care he showed Joyce during her Alzheimer's journey has been nothing short of amazing. He was a man of God. He worked tirelessly for those in need and was a voice for those who couldn't speak for themselves. He worked at Farley & Loetscher where he was instrumental in serving on the negotiation committee to drive a fair wage for employees. He was employed at Standard Forwarding Inc. for more than 35 years, retiring as the terminal manager. Long known for his compassionate spirit and civic leadership he served on St. Mary's Catholic Church and Sageville School Boards, Power of Prayer, and the St. Stephens Food Pantry among many others. He joined St Columbkille's parish after the closing of St Mary's. He was on the committee that named Hempstead High School. He was a long time member of the Eagle's Club and volunteered in many capacities over the years, including Chairman of the building committee when the Eagles Club moved from downtown Dubuque to the West end. Don and Joyce gave their time and talent to help many families with food, shelter and clothing in Southern Texas and Mexico where they wintered for 19 years. They adopted a family there who lived in a 2-room shack with no plumbing and doors. He changed all that. He volunteered many hours within their retirement community in Texas, particularly with faith services and creating a workshop that he managed. They made many lifelong friends who were a part of his life to the end. Don was passionate about golf and he never missed an opportunity to play a game of Euchre.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, sister, Adele Heiderscheit, sons in law, Rick Heiderscheit and Mike Bruggeman, sister in law, JoAnn Huseman and brother in law Ron Baumhover.

The family would like to thank Mary Michel, who has always been there for Don through the years as his "on call" nurse. They also wish to thank the kind-hearted staff at Mercy Medical Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their care and compassion. Especially Amy, Barb, Jeanette, Allison and Elizabeth.



Marian E. (Runde) Timmerman


Marian E. (Runde) Timmerman, 94, of Dubuque, formerly of the Sinsinawa, Wisconsin area, entered into eternal life on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 12, 2017 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, with Fr. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Sinsinawa, WI. Visitation will be from 3:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday and from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, IL, where the parish scripture service will be at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Marian was born on April 29, 1922 near Hazel Green, WI, the daughter of Albert J. and Rosa M. (Brant) Runde. She was united in marriage to Marcellus "Marcy" Timmerman on July 16, 1946 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dubuque. Marcy preceded her in death on March 15, 2008.

She was a graduate of Hazel Green High School, class of 1940 and a graduate of Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Dubuque, class of 1944. She did private duty nursing and later worked at St. Dominic Villa. Marian and Marcy farmed together for over 30 years until they retired and moved to Dubuque in 1981. She was a member of St. Joseph's Church at Sinsinawa and a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Dubuque.

Surviving are five children, Jo Ann M. Timmerman, OP, of Sinsinawa, WI, Jane R. Timmerman of Kalispell, MT, Nancy M. (John) Helbing of Cuba City, WI, Terry J. (Judy) Timmerman on the home farm in rural Cuba City, and Tim G. (Christie) Timmerman of Dubuque; 11 grandchildren, Peter (Katie Nelson) Helbing, Ben (Samantha Stevens) Helbing, Aaron Timmerman, Emily (Jake) Fleege, Molly (Dan) Kieler, Nicole (Mahamood) Akhtar, Katie Timmerman, Allie Timmerman, Sarah Timmerman, Andrew Timmerman and Daniel Timmerman; 7-great-grandchildren, Humza, Zakariya, Zayd, and Maryam Akhtar, Landon and Alayna Kieler, and Bradley Helbing; and a sister, Anna Mae (Paul) Gisch of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her siblings, Regina Vosberg, Joseph Runde, Delmar Runde, Kate Cole and Fr. David Runde.

Marian's family wishes to give thanks to the caregivers of "No Place Like Home Senior Care", especially Linda and Janet for their years of exceptional and loving care.

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



Mildred C. O’Toole


Mildred "Millie" C. O'Toole, age 90, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 8, 2017, at Luther Manor.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Resurrection Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, where a wake service will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Millie was born on March 12, 1926, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Carl and Mary (Schaul) Weber. She attended Immaculate Conception Academy Class of 1944. She married Kenneth L. Manahl on June 23, 1943, and together they had two children. Kenneth preceded her in death on July 11, 1945. On February 15, 1947, Millie married Thomas M. O'Toole and they had four children. Thomas preceded her in death on April 1, 1992.

With Millie's unique gift of socialization, she enjoyed and entertained many while bowling, playing euchre and visiting with her many friends and family. She often visited hospitals and nursing homes to cheer up her friends. Millie and Tom spent many years wintering in Phoenix, AZ. Millie belonged to Resurrection Parish and was a life long member of the American Legion and Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She was a devoted and loving wife, a mother who loved her children unconditionally and a "fun and crazy" grandmother adored by her grandchildren.

Surviving are five of her six children; 20 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren. The late Dennis (Peggy) Manahal's children, Leo Manahl, Michael Manahl, Barbara (Mike) Gustafson and Dennis Jr. (Heidi) Manahl; Kenneth (Kathy) Manahl of Mesa, AZ and their children, David (Jocelyn) Manahl, Andy Manahl, and Mark Manahl; Penny (Jim) Ehlinger of Dubuque and their children, Curt Ehlinger, Tim (Shelly) Ehlinger, Sarah (Craig Gooder) Ehlinger and Josh (Mary) Ehlinger; Michelle (Tom) Vogel of Peoria, AZ and daughter Jennifer (Bob) Heim; T.J. (Pam Moriarity) O'Toole of Bellevue and children, Brian (Susan) Galle, Heather (Tim) Maiers and T.J. (Fran) O'Toole; and Kelli (Don Brancato) O'Toole of Seattle, WA and children, Jeff (Kelly) Cappellini, Alex Cappellini, Nick Capellini, and Ian and Tessa Mackiewicz. Also surviving are her former daughter-in-law, Ruth Daly of Dubuque; her brother Jim (Rita) Weber of Prescott, AZ and her sisters, Jane Gibler of Soulsbyville, CA and Jean Penrod of New Hall, CA.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; son and daughter-in-law Dennis and Peggy Manahl; and her siblings, Dorothy Burgess, Merlin Weber and Milo Weber.

In lieu of flowers, a Mildred C. O'Toole Memorial Fund has been established.

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

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and the staff at Luther Manor for their devoted and compassionate care of Millie.



Frederick C. Hoag


Frederick C. "Fred" Hoag, age 73, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 1:30 p.m., on Saturday, January 7, 2017, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by his loving family and friends. To honor Fred's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, January 12, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Fred's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Fred was born on December 30, 1943, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Virgil Hoag and Lorraine (Hillary) Hoag-O'Neill.

Fred proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and his patriotism was continually on display whether through his great respect for the American flag or his extensive collection of eagles. He was united in marriage to Nancy Scharff on December 29, 1962, at St. Columbkille's Church, and they were blessed with 54 years, and 6 children together. Fred understood the value of hard work and was employed with Coca Cola, Wonder Bread and lastly as an over the road truck driver. Fred enjoyed sitting down and watching a little tv when he wasn't working, with Blue Bloods, NCIS and classic war movies definitely being his favorites. He also enjoyed watching sports, always rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Iowa Hawkeyes and New York Yankees. In his younger days, Fred truly loved being out on his pontoon boat with family and friends and venturing out to Swiss Valley Park on a nice day for a picnic. We are absolutely thankful for the legacy Fred leaves behind, which will be carried on through countless lives for generations to come. We are saddened today by Fred's sudden and swift departure, but we find peace in knowing that his earthly ailments have now ceased and that he is resting comfortably, awaiting our eventual reunion again one day.

Those left to cherish Fred's memory include

his loving wife,
Nancy Hoag, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Dawn Bendixon,
Tina (Jeremy) Shade,
Frederick Hoag,
Todd (Lisa Fleming) Hoag,
Candy Hoag Harris
and Kimberly (Tonio Koopmann Sr.) Hoag, all of Dubuque, IA;

a special granddaughter,
Lindsey (Kenny) Hoag, Beatrice, NE;

his 21 grandchildren,
Bryan Halfhill, Sean McDonough, Kevin (Eva) Reeder, Kory (Angela) Reeder, Melissa (Josh) Pitz, Brad (Emily) Burchette, Jill O'Dell, Jessica Hoag, Jackie Hoag, Tyler Smith, Bredan Healey, Kaleb Healey, Alex Hoag, Gavin Ries, Joey Dress, Marissa Dolan, Alyvia Hoag, Silvannah Durran, Adriannah Durran, Tonio Koopmann Jr. and Mariah Betts;

his 17 great-grandchildren;

and his siblings,
Barbara (Gary) Robey, East Dubuque, IL,
Dennis (Ann) Hoag, Dubuque, IA,
Duke (Vickie) Eppler, Cuba City, WI
and Tom Eppler, Dubuque, IA.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Sharon (George) Billmeyer.

A Frederick C. "Fred" Hoag memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Fred's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Schope, Dr. Tyler, Dr. Compton, Dr. Iverson, the nurses and staff of Finley Hospital, Stonehill Care Center and the fellow residents and friends at The Rose for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Fred and his family.

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

 



Dorothy D. Montag


Dorothy D. Montag, 90 of Dubuque passed away Saturday January 7, 2017 at Luther Manor.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Donald Bakewell officiating. Burial will Follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, until the time of services at the funeral home.

Dorothy was born on December 4, 1926, in Tennyson, Wisconsin the daughter of William "Ray" and Bertha (Hinderman) Morgan. She married Leo Loso on January 15, 1946 and together they had 4 children. She later married Leo "Chris" Montag on January 9, 1976. Dorothy worked for many years at Timmermans Supper Club as a waitress and at Flexsteel Industries as a seamstress.

Dorothy enjoyed many years living in Arizona with Chris. She welcomed her extended Montag family into her life after their marriage. She also enjoyed sharing her many talents with her family and friends, whether by sharing her sewing talents, her artistic talents, or her creativity and craft work, her love and sense of humor always showed through along with her special love for her cats.

She is survived by her daughters Beverly (Vince) Riniker, and Cindy (Mike) Flynn, both of Dubuque; her sons Brian (Pat) Loso, of East Dubuque and Rick Loso, of Dubuque; her grandchildren, Misty (Don) Slaats, of East Dubuque, Bill Heacock, of Cedar Falls, Garry (Carrie) Clauer, of Potosi, Mike (May) Clauer, of Sanford, NC, Joshua Loso, of N.C., Nicolette (Brian) Welter, of Holy Cross, Melanie Loso, of Minneapolis, and Crista Leibold, of North Liberty, two brothers-in-law Jerry VanOstrand, and Keith Cardey, and many nieces and nephews.

She is also survived by her extended Montag family including her step daughters Sandy (Florian) Tigges, Kay (Mike) O'Toole, and Kris Ann (Kevin) Stehlow, and step sons Tony (Colleen) Montag, and Rick (Kristie) Montag, and her additional 26 grandchildren, 61 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Chris, a brother Bill, sisters Delores Flogel, Ella Mae Avenarius, Lorraine Cardey, Velma Jean VanOstrand, Flora Lou Beecher, sister-in-law Kay Morgan, brothers-in-law Herman Flogel, Norm Avenarius and Jack Beecher and a step son Tom Montag.

Some special thanks go out to the staff at Luther Manor and to Doctors Honorio Caceres, Mark Janes, and Roger Ott Jr. and all other health care professionals that cared for Dorothy.

In lieu of flowers, a Dorothy D. Morgan memorial fund has been established.



Robert Wayne Brinker


Robert Wayne Brinker, 80, of Maquoketa passed away on January 6, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family. He had many special nicknames, including Bobby, Ringtail, Poppa Ringtail, Poppa Balloon, and Papa Binker, but most knew him as just Bob.

A celebration of Bob's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday, January 13, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, January 12, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Bridgeport Cemetery, rural Maquoketa.

Bob was born on July 1, 1936 in rural Maquoketa, Iowa, to Carl Henry and Zelma Agnes (Van Hook) Brinker. He was educated at Stoney Point Country School where he graduated from 8th grade. It was at that point his dad gave him the choice of going onto high school or his dad would buy him a tractor. Bob chose the tractor and began his lifelong career as a farmer.

Later on in his farm career he was a salesman for DeKalb seed corn for 25 years. In 1993, he started Bob Brinker Construction and Overhead Doors, a business he operated until present. Bob made many friends along the way.

Bob married the love of his life, Phyllis Joyce Ostert, on December 23, 1956 at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, a 60th anniversary milestone he was especially proud of. To this union five children were born: Deb, Phillip, Barb, Linda and Kim.

Bob enjoyed hunting, fishing for catfish, playing cards and telling stories. He especially loved spending time with his family.

Those left to honor Bob's memory include his wife, Phyllis Brinker of Maquoketa, IA; children Deb (Greg) Sieverding of Bellevue, IA, Phillip (Margie) Brinker of Maquoketa, IA, Linda (special friend Ronnie Protz) Portz of Clinton, WI, and Kim (Tony) Schulte of Oxford, IA; 15 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Billy Brinker and Karl Vohringer; and a daughter, Barb Gebhart.

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

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



Ann J. Quinn


Ann J. (Brady) Quinn 78 a resident of Shady Rest Care Center, formerly of Dubuque passed away on Wednesday, January 4, 2017. Visitation will be 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Sunday, January 8, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd with a 5:00 pm Scripture Service. Private Family burial will be at Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Ann was born July 27, 1938 in North Garry Owen the daughter of Stephen and Marie (Reddin) Brady. She married Patrick R. Quinn on October 20, 1956 in Toronto, Mississippi, he passed on August 24, 2005. Ann worked for Loras College, Heritage Manor, and at the Julien Care Facility as a cook.
Ann enjoyed cooking, trips to the casino, and playing cards with her friends.

Survivors include her children, Julia (Mike) Wessels of Epworth, Susan ( Kim Tuggle) Ware of Ashville, NC, Amy (Bob) Grant of Worthington, Milton "Duffy" Quinn of Epworth, and Patrick (Sara) Quinn of Epworth; seven (7) grandchildren, Matthew Ernzen, Michael Ernzen, Marty Wessels, Jackie Wessels, Anna Ware, Melissa (Jesse) Hosch, and Stephanie (Nick) Leslein; five (5) great grandchildren Hannah, Joseph, Trenton , Tenley, and Kylie.; siblings, Grace Cigrand, and Joan (Allan) Hosch.

Ann was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a grandson, Thomas John "TJ" Quinn; a brother, Pat Brady; brother in law, Bob Cigrand, and sister and brother in-law Rosemary and John Flamm.

Thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and the staff in the memory unit at Shady Rest Care Center for your compassionate care.

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

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



Donald F. Droeszler


Donald F. Droeszler, 83, of Bernard, Iowa died Friday, January 6, 2017 at 11:17 a.m. at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Don may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday, January 9, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Funeral Home.

Services for Don will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Garryowen with full military honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion Post #528.
Donald was born May 27, 1933 in Kieler, Wisconsin, son of Ralph and Imelda (Kaiser) Droeszler. On September 2, 1957 he was united in marriage to Grace M. Koopmann at St. John's Catholic Church in Placid, Iowa. He was employed at the former Dubuque Packing Company, and later farmed in the Bernard area. He was also a Jacque's seed dealer.
He enjoyed woodworking especially with his grandchildren and loved socializing with many people.

He was a member of St. Patrick's Parish in Garryowen, he also served on its Cemetery Board, and was care taker of the parish cemetery for many years. He also served as the Butler Township Trustee, he served on the Jackson County Pioneer Cemetery Commission. He was a member of the Cascade American Legion Post #528, and the Knights of Columbus St. Thomas Aquines Council #930.

He is an Army veteran having served as a Combat Engineer from 1954-1956 in Germany.

He is survived by his wife, Grace Droeszler of Bernard, IA; six children, Jolene Kundert of Monroe, WI, Elaine (Kevin) Johnson of Cascade, IA, Donna (Mike) Weber of Bernard, IA, Duane (Amy) Droeszler of Cascade, IA, Mark (Lisa) Droeszler and Denise Droeszler both of Bernard, IA; 12 grandchildren; 2 step grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; five sisters, Kay (Harlan) Doty of Dubuque, IA, Shirley (Darrell) Goetzinger of Marion, IA, Helen (Merlin) Theisen of LaMotte, IA, Patricia (Al) Chamberlain of Anamosa, IA, and Mary (Frank) Klaas of Holmen, WI; a brother-in-law, Donnie Ambrosy of Arizona; and 2 sisters-in-law, Rosie Koopmann of Delhi, IA and Jean Oberfoell of Epworth, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Gerald J. Droeszler on July 16, 1977; a son-in-law, Daniel Kundert; 2 sisters, Janice Ambrosy and LuMae Cavanaugh; brothers and sisters-in-law Loras Cavanaugh, Bernice and Bernard Kramer, Inez and Ronnie Silker, Melita and Roy Ross, Donald and Margaret Koopmann, John Koopmann, Elmer Koopmann and Francis"Ducky" Oberfoell.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Rex A. Dague


Rex A. Dague, 62, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Thursday afternoon, January 5, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Rex's life will be held at 1 P.M., Wednesday, January 11, 2017, from the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. Cremation will follow a private family visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Rex Allen Dague was born on January 11, 1954 in Maquoketa, Iowa the oldest of eight children born to Dock S. and Grace (Howell) Dague. He attended Maquoketa Schools and immediately began working for Swift and Company in the produce department for 16 years. He then worked for Waukesha Company and Clinton Engines for a short time. Lastly, he worked for eight years at Hoof Products as a machine operator before becoming disabled.

Rex married Barbara Massey on January 20, 1972 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He was a former member of the Izaak Walton League. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking and word search. He was known as a "fixer upper"who could fix anything.

Those left to honor Rex's memory include his wife Barbara Dague of Maquoketa, IA; children Marvin (Lori) Massey of Maquoketa, IA, and Wendy (Jeff) Specht of Maquoketa, IA; 10 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; his mother Grace Dague of Maquoketa, IA; sisters Dee Dague of Maquoketa, IA and Janice Hamilton of Maquoketa, IA; and brothers James (Vi) Dague of Maquoketa, IA, Bruce (Michele) Dague of Maquoketa, IA, Mark Sr. (Naomi) Dague of Preston, IA, Kirby (Candice) Dague of Maquoketa, IA, and Tracy Dague of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his father.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Rex A. Dague memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Boots Sunderland


Boots Sunderland, 89, of rural Hazel Green, Wisconsin, passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at Bethany Home in Dubuque, IA.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 9, 2016 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque.

Visitation will be from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home.

Boots was born on July 30, 1927 in Dubuque, the son of Melvin and Elodia (Luthe) Sunderland. He married Joyce Winkler on March 24, 1951 at Camp McCoy, WI.

He was formerly employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for approximately 32 years and was a member of Local # 150-A. Boots loved to fish and after his retirement did some commercial fishing. He enjoyed meeting with friends at Fred's Used Cars and the Fishing Barge.
Boots served during the Korean Conflict with the Merchant Marines.

Surviving is his wife Joyce; Joanne (Kenny) Kunkel of Hazel Green, and Janice Grijalva of Dubuque; five grandchildren, Tara (Doug) Riewski, Jeff (Kelly) Kunkel, Brian (Jill) Wubben, Rachael Wubben, Jennifer (John) Bellrichard; and eight great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elodia & Neil Hanson, a son, Scott; son-law, Jim Wubben, siblings, Jennie (Cliff) Waller, Helen (Joe) Houselog; and his in-laws, Ruth and Walt Hennessey.

A Boots Sunderland memorial fund has been established.
The Sunderland family would like to give special thanks to the nurses and staff at Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care given to their husband, father, and grandfather.



Thomas R. Cooper


Thomas R. Cooper, 66, of Dubuque passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics with his family at his side.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 9th at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road. Military Honors will be conducted by the American Legion, Post 6 immediately following. Private family burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 3 - 7 p.m., on Sunday, January 8that the Funeral Home.
Tom was born March 5, 1950 in Dubuque, the son of Robert and Violet (Jecklin) Cooper.

He married Mary Tippett on May 4, 1974 at St. Philomena Church in Belmont, Wisconsin.

Tom served our country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War from 1969-1972.

He was employed at John Deere for 30 years and retired in June of 2002, later was a pharmacy driver for Hartig Drug.
Tom and his wife Mary often visited parks near the river and just enjoyed being together. You could often find Tom tending to his yard, watching sports or having a coffee break on his patio. He cherished time spent with grandchildren and family. Tom's face would light up with joy each time he saw his "Squirt" (Casey) and "Peanut"(Lily). He enjoyed watching his grandson Dylan's sporting events, who recently paid a tribute to Tom by winning a wrestling match for Grandpa.

Surviving is his wife., Mary; children, Todd Cooper, Matthew (fiancé Amy Pauley) Cooper, and Benjamin (fiancé Lindsey Hines) Cooper; grandchildren, Dylan Pauley, Casey and Lillian Cooper, all of Dubuque; siblings, Terry (Jan) Cooper, of Buckeye, AZ, and Jill (Jim) Scherr, of Avondale, AZ; brothers and sisters-in-law, Joan Lee, of Bemont, WI, Arnie Alt, of Cuba City, WI, Francis (Jayne) Tippett, of Belmont, WI, LaVerne (Elaine) Tippett, of Belmont, WI, Margaret (Marc) Bonin, of Platteville, Wi, Dolores (James) Young of LaCrosse, WI, and Bernadine Young, of New Orleans, LA; an aunt; nieces; nephews; cousins; and a special four legged friend, Sami J.

He was preceded in death by his parents; mother and father-in-law, Robert (Marita) Tippett; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert (Donna) Tippett, Charles Tippett, Lucille Alt, John Tippett, Sam Lee and Peter Young.

A Thomas Cooper Memorial Fund has been established.
Special thank you to the Doctors, Nurses and Staff at the ICU Neurology and Immunology departments at UW Madison, the University of Iowa and Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their exceptional care.



Georgean T. “Jean” Reisen


Georgean T. "Jean" Reisen, 83, of East Dubuque, IL, entered peacefully into eternal life at 10:45 p.m. Thursday, January 5, 2017 at home surrounded by her family, following a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday at St. Mary's Church, 170 Montgomery Ave. in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 2:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Tuesday from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. at the church.

Jean was born on January 12, 1933 in Dickeyville, WI, the daughter of Michael and Clara (Kowalski) Hinderman. She was united in marriage to Ralph A. "Tojo" Reisen on September 18, 1950 at St. Mary's Church. He preceded her in death on March 8, 2000. 

She was a member of St. Mary's Parish and its Altar & Rosary Society.

As for a formal education, Jean was a perfect example that you didn't need a formal education to ‘truly be wise.' Jean lived her life for her Faith, Family and Friends and put all their needs in front of her own. Known affectionately as "Grandma Jean" to even the neighborhood kids, she was the best baker and popcorn ball maker in town. She cleaned and babysat for many families and after raising her family graduated from Rich's Bakery School at the age of 58 and worked baking at Van's Liquor Store. She won the 2015 Chicago Tribune Holiday Baking Competition for her Ginger Snap cookies.

Jean was a loving mother, grandma and great-grandma. She will be sadly missed by so many.

Surviving are five sons, Ron (Joanne) Reisen of Tucson, AZ, Dan (Anne) Reisen, of Iowa City, IA, Ken (Lisa) Reisen of Bettendorf, IA, Timothy "T.J." (Amy) Reisen of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Ted Reisen, of East Dubuque, IL; eight daughters, Donna (Ron "Sam") Fluhr of Asbury, IA, Diane (Jerry) Trannel of Batavia, IL, Lynn (Mike) Noonan of Cascade, IA, Patty (Bob) Freese of Marion, IA, Gail Johnston of East Dubuque, IL, Mary (Roger) Berning, of Cuba City, WI, Joleen Reisen of East Dubuque, and Tammy (Kevin) Barry of Oglesby, IL; daughter-in-law Deborah Reisen of Tucson, AZ; sisters Lucille (Don) Jackson and Germaine Hayes both of East Dubuque; brothers Jerome Hinderman of Cuba City, WI, Norman (Shirley) Hinderman and Val Hinderman, both of East Dubuque; brothers-in-law Bob Reisen and Paul (Karen) Reisen both of East Dubuque; sisters-in-law Jo (Bob) Powers of East Dubuque, and Arlene Reisen of Dubuque, IA; 42 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Michael and Clara; her husband, Ralph "Tojo"; her sons, Ralph Reisen, Jr. and an infant son, Thomas Joseph Reisen; a sister, Rosella Roth; in-laws Betty Rogers, William Reisen, Alverna Hinderman, Merlin Hayes, and Merlin Roth.

In lieu of flowers a Georgean T. Reisen Memorial Fund has been established.

"A special thank you to Dr. Mark Moore and his staff for all the compassion shown to our Mom and family as we discovered the diagnosis and beyond. And to the caring hands of the team from Hospice of Dubuque we are forever grateful for the support and help you provided for us to care for Mom at home as she wished. Thank you!"



Joyce M. Kramer


Joyce M. Kramer, 60, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully on January 4th, 2017 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics following a courageous battle with cancer.

Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, January 8th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. A private family service with burial will take place in Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery in Petersburg, Iowa.

Joyce was born on June 7th, 1956 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Gerald and Velma (Hullerman) Kramer. She graduated from Western Dubuque High School in 1974 and attended Ottumwa Heights College in Ottumwa, Iowa.

On October 16, 1982 she married William "Bill" Murray and together they had one son, Jay. They later divorced, but remained close friends. Joyce later met Dale Lenz and enjoyed the last 17 years together.

She worked for Grand River Medical Group and Dubuque Endoscopy Center.

Joyce enjoyed attending antique car shows, especially East Dubuque Graffiti Nights with her 1972 Cutlass. Her son Jay was her life, and family was most important. She loved family get togethers, reunions and spending time with her nieces and nephews. Joyce and Dale loved to shop for antiques. Joyce loved to attend all family events, tailgating and watching Iowa State football games. She enjoyed walking her dogs Sassy and Max. Joyce made the best cakes (carrot and German chocolate) in Dubuque County, and her cherry wine was toasted by many.

Her wisdom, joyful smile, and contagious laughter will be missed by many.

She is survived by her son Jay, of Dubuque; special friend Dale Lenz, of Dubuque; siblings Janet (Ed) Day, of New Berlin, WI, Lynn (Steve) Galvin, of Moline, IL, Caril (Bruce) Clasen, of Minneapolis, MN, Ellen (Jim) Funcke, of Coralville, Iowa, Dean (Deb) Kramer, of Swisher, Iowa, Neil (Ellen) Kramer, of Dyersville, Iowa, LeeAnn (Mike) Gentry, of Hamilton, Ohio, Reyne (Don) Koopmann, of Epworth, Iowa, Phil (Jessica) Kramer, of Solon, Iowa; her former husband, Bill Murray, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; the Lenz family, Dee (Terry) Schilling, Denny Lenz (Jennifer Turner), Dianne (Jack) Brehm, and David (Cindy) Lenz; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and her dogs Sassy and Max.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a nephew, John Kramer.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital or to Iowa Donor Network.

The family would like to thank Dr. Amy Ewen, Dr. Jean Marie Stephan and Team; Dr. Timothy Thomsen and the staff at the University of Iowa Hospital; and to all the Dubuque doctors who helped Joyce through this courageous battle.



Rose Ann Kammeyer


Rose Ann Kammeyer, 68, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday morning, January 5, 2017, at her home in rural Maquoketa, Iowa, surrounded by her loving family.

A celebration of Rose Ann's life will be held at 11 A.M. Monday, January 9, 2017, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Monticello, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 P.M. on Sunday, January 8, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, and 9:30 -10:45 A.M. on Monday at the church prior to the service. Burial will be at the St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Monticello.

Rose Ann Schlink was born on September 26, 1948 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana to Eugene and Irene (Meyer) Schlink. She grew up in Indiana and was a graduate of Woodlan High School in Woodburn, Indiana. She married Timothy W. Kammeyer on November 26, 1971 in New Haven, Indiana. To this union two children were born: Matthew and Barbara.

Rosie had first worked as a receptionist for Dr. Miller in Woodburn, Indiana from 1966 to 1971. Rosie and Tim moved to Maquoketa in 1978 where she worked for Family Clinic for several years, and then as a medical transcriptionist at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa for over 23 years, retiring in 2013.

Rosie was a faithful and active member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Monticello where she served many years as a Sunday School Teacher, was on the Sunday School Board, active in the Women's Group and the Funeral Luncheon Committee. She also was a member of the Farm Bureau and served as the clerk for Farmer's Creek Township.

Rosie loved her flower and vegetable gardens, bird watching, spending time with her children and grandchildren as well as long walks with her neighbor, Carol.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Timothy Kammeyer, and children Matthew Kammeyer and Barbara Kammeyer of Maquoketa, IA. Also surviving are 3 grandchildren, Jessica, Alex and Dylan; and 1 great-grandchild, Duane. Surviving siblings are Jeanette (Steven) Pribble of New Haven, IN, Patricia Ruger of Ft. Wayne, IN, and Carolyn Gaham, Lois (Kent) Goeglein, and William Schlink, all of New Haven, IN.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene & Irene (Meyer) Schlink; a sister-in-law, Susan Schlink; and a brother-in-law, Neil Ruger.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the St. John's Lutheran Church Sunday School fund.

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



Rev. David L. Anderson


The Rev. David L. Anderson, 85, Visitation Pastor at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church was called to his eternal home Tuesday, January 3, 2017. He died at Mercy Medical Center, trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ who promised him, and all believers: "I go to prepare a place for you; and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself, that I am, there you may be also, (John 14:2,3).

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2145 John F. Kennedy Road with the Pastors Kristian Kincaid and Jesse Cearlock officiating. Visitation will be held at the church on Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League 7 p.m. Friday.

Rev. Anderson was born August 15, 1931, in Isle, Minnesota, son of Gilbert and Elvera (Hemerick) Anderson. He attended school through January of his sophomore year in Worthington, Minn., at which time the family moved near Lake George, Minn. He graduated from La Porte High School in 1949.

Following four years in the Air Force Security Service, he returned home and was confirmed as an adult in Trinity Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) in Lake George. He then fell in love with Arla Moberg, and they were married on June 5, 1955 at Trinity Lutheran Church. They were blessed with twin sons and a daughter.

He attended Bemidji State Teachers College and later Concordia Theological Seminary (then located in Springfield, Ill.), graduating in May, 1962. He served congregations in Cincinnati, Ohio; Hillsboro, Indiana; Dubuque, Iowa; and Crookston-Eldred, Minnesota. During the course of his ministry, he held several District and Synodical offices. Following his retirement, he and his wife moved back to Dubuque where he served as Visitation Pastor.

He is survived by a son, Thomas of Clermont, Florida; a daughter, Krista, of Dubuque; eight grandchildren, Madi (Mike) Meller of Russelville, Missouri, Zach Anderson of Jefferson City, Missouri, Shakina (Sean) Bosveld and Christian Anderson, both of Dubuque; Melissa Anderson of St. Paul, Minn., Jennifer and Megan Anderson, both of Clermont, Fla.; and Cheyenne Fransen of Fridley, Minn.; and three great-grandchildren, Sophie McIntyre, and Braedynn and Ashton Bosveld, all of Dubuque.

He is also survived by two sisters, Vera (Jim) Bauman of Wilson Creek, Washington and Ann Schiller of Wyoming, Minn.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 57 years, Arla; A son, Joel, three babies who died as a result of miscarriages; and three brothers, John, Donald and Richard "Dick" Anderson.

Pastor Anderson requested that this poem, written by his wife, and altered slightly, be included as their final witness to their relatives, friends and neighbors.

Born with Adam's sin within us, (Did our own with great aplomb), God in love chose us to love Him, Saved us from our path of Doom.

From eternity He knew us, Saw no good but loved us still, Let our ignorance direct us, Let us have our own free will.

Knew we needed One to save us, Since perfection was the goal, Jesus came and lived perfection; Gave His life to save our souls.

The exchange of our corruption, For His sinless, perfect life, And His paying for our sins, With His dying and His strife.

Are the truths that held us closely, As we faced our death on earth, Knowing we would be in heaven, Since He gave us a new birth.

The family would like to thank the pastors and members of Our Redeemer for their love and support.

 



Maria A. Meyer


Maria Ashley Meyer, 23 of Farley, formerly of Dubuque passed away on January 3rd, 2017 at home after a battle with a long illness.

Family and friends may gather from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturday, January 7th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a service will be held at 12:00 p.m. Entombment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Maria was born on February 1, 1993 in Platteville, WI the daughter of Jeffrey Meyer and Patsy Irby.

She enjoyed doing makeup, shopping, and modeling. But most of all spending time with her son Kaiden, the love of her life, was most important to her.

She is survived by her son Kaiden; her father Jeff (Lori Duve) Meyer of Farley; mother Patsy Meyer, of Dubuque; grandparents, Betty (Ronald) Pothoff and step grandmother Debbie Meyer. Two brothers Chris Metcalf and Charlie Metcalf both of Milwaukee along with many aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents Mark Meyer and Gilbert & Nettie Irby.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Victoria Famuide, Dr. George Isaac, Dr. Mark Liabo, and to the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics for all their care they gave Maria.



Sister Mary Frances Shafer

Sister Mary Frances Shafer, BVM (Francis Edward), 90, passed away on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at the Caritas Center - Mount Carmel, in Dubuque, Iowa. To honor Sister's life, the Funeral liturgy will be held at 1:30 p.m., on Monday, January 9, 2017, in the Marian Hall Chapel. To celebrate Sister's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., on Monday, January 9, 2017, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed by a prayer service at 11:00 a.m. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Mary Frances served as president of the BVM congregation from 1980-84 and as vice president from 1976-80. She was director of admissions and Scholasticate director for the congregation and served as liturgist at Mount Carmel.

"Mary Frances Shafer's leadership was marked by a commitment to the renewal of religious life, a dedication to the education of lay ministers, and a quest for justice and peace," says Helen Maher Garvey, BVM (Robert Joseph). "She pursued this course with gentleness, courage and kindness."

She taught theology at Clarke University and eighth grade at Holy Family ES in Mason City. She also taught elementary school and was principal in Pontiac and Chicago, Ill.; St. Louis, Mo.; and Wichita, Kan. She served as administrative assistant to superintendent of schools, Kansas City; director of lay ministry for the Diocese of Great Falls, Mont.; and as personnel director for the Diocese of Joliet, IL.

She was born in Kansas City, Mo., on July 15, 1926, daughter of Frank Edward and Mary M. Aigner Shafer. She entered the BVM congregation on Sept. 8, 1943. She made her first profession of vows on March 19, 1946, and her final profession on Aug. 15, 1951.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and five sisters.

She is survived by nieces and nephews; and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with whom she shared life for 73 years.

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

 



Lucinda K. Burger

Lucinda "Cindy" K. Burger, 94, of Worthington died Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held 3-8 p.m. Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 11, 2017, St. Paul Catholic Church, Worthington with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Cindy was born February 4, 1922, in Dyersville the daughter of Henry and Rose (Kramer) Joester.

She married Lawrence "Bob" Burger on May 24, 1947, in Dyersville. Together they owned Burger's Tap in Worthington for over 40 years until 1990.

She was an avid Worthington Cardinal baseball fan, watching her children and grandchildren in the area baseball tournaments, and witnessing her favorite team, the Cubs, win the World Series.

Survivors include her 5 children: Sue Burger of Worthington, Sally (Steve) Schultz of Eldridge, Bill (Lois) Burger of Worthington, Joe (Molly) Burger of Dubuque, Bob (Angie) Burger of Worthington; 11 grandchildren: Maggie (Ben) Tebo, Kathy (Mark) Riebe, Chris (Jan) Finkler, Sarah Schultz, Matthew (Angie) Burger, Brad Burger, Jill (Tim) Seagren, Jude (Erica) Burger, Sally (John) Elstad, Danica and Sela Burger; 15 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters-in-law, Ruth Green of Dubuque and Grace Wieneke of Dyersville; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; an infant son, Michael; in-laws: Florence (Wilfred "Fritz") Scherbring, Charles (Jean) Burger, Ray (Marcella) Burger, Helen (Marvin) Jarding and Lucille (Henry) Hess, Lawrence Green and Richard Wieneke.

Memorials are preferred.

The family would like to thank the staff of Oak Crest Manor for the wonderful care and companionship over the last four months, and Jerry Digmann for years of spiritual support and visits.

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



Vergil J. Brant


Vergil J. Brant, 86, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, died Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 7, 2017, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center in Kieler where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call after 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the parish center before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Vergil was born on December 16, 1930, in Potosi, Wisconsin, the son of August J. and Elizabeth A. (Stohlmeyer) Brant.

He married Teresa F. Hesseling on May 20, 1953, in Dickeyville. She preceded him in death on May 16, 1982. He married Jean Ballagh on December 16, 1983, in Kieler. She preceded him in death.

Vergil worked at Farley Loetscher and the Dubuque Packing Company, both in Dubuque, retiring from FDL Foods in Dubuque. After marrying Jean, he worked at the Red Top Supper Club for 31 years. Vergil was also a member of the Naval Reserves.

Vergil enjoyed hunting deer, going out west to hunt antelope and mule deer, grouse hunting in northern Wisconsin and trap shooting in Potosi. He also enjoyed watching birds, bowling at Sunset Lanes and playing cards, especially euchre and solo. His Fergusen tractor was special to him. Vergil was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and Holy Name Society, and the Catholic Knights for over 50 years.

Survivors include his children, Kenneth Brant and Janice Brant, both of Kieler, and David (Mary Jo) Brant, of Cuba City; three sisters, Evelyn Kaiser, of Dubuque, Rita Sedbrook, of Glen Haven, and Jeanette (Robert) Brandt, of Hazel Green; two brothers, Joseph (Jackie) Brant, of Potosi, and James Brant, of Cuba City; nine grandchildren, Craig Roth, Niki (Fred Freiburger) Roth, Andy (Amelia) Roth, Amanda (Matthew) Diercks, Aaron (Courtney) Brant, Alex (Amanda) Brant, Alyssa Brant, Dallas Brant, and Dustin Brant; and ten great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Debra Leonard; and seven brothers, Clifford, Harold, Donald, his twin Vince, Carl, Robert and Ronald.

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



Delores M. Finn


Delores M. Finn, age 88, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 6:00 a.m., on Monday, January 2, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Delores' life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, January 7, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon Mike Ellis officiating. To celebrate Delores' life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at noon, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Temple Hill Cemetery.

Delores was born on August 2, 1928, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of George and Belva (Duncan) Dunwoody.

Delores grew up in Dubuque, living with her Godmother, Elizabeth Ploog, and eventually graduated from St. Joe's Academy. She was destined to meet the love of her life, Justin Michael Finn, and they were united in marriage on October 29, 1952, in Temple Hill, Iowa. They were truly blessed with 56 years together, and 5 wonderful children, before he was called home ahead of her in 2008. Delores was raised to have a healthy admiration of working diligently, which she put to proper use in private housekeeping for several families throughout her career. But Delores' real mission in life was to care for her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Always the proud curator of a loving home and an undeniably talented cook who continually kept those she loved and adored well fed. Delores also appreciated a little adventure in life, as evidenced by one of her favorite trips to Ireland with her beloved Justin. Faith was an important and integral part of her life, and she would faithfully call Church of the Resurrection her home towards the end of her adult life. Sadly, we must begin the new year knowing that we've spent our last days together with Delores here on earth, but we also know that she leaves behind an abundance of precious memories and lessons which will assist us through the remainder of our journeys until we are all reunited again one day.

Those left to cherish Delores' memory include

her children,
Kevin A. (Cathy Howard) Finn, Fort Collins, CO,
Dennis (Ann) Finn, Dubuque, IA,
Tim Finn, Dubuque, IA
and Kathleen Finn, Dubuque, IA;

her 7 grandchildren,
Logan Howard-Finn, Justin Howard-Finn, Molly Finn, Daniel Finn, Sarah (Joel) Jackson, Bailey (Flynn) Milligan and Jacob Finn;

and 3 great-grandchildren,
Harper and Rory Jackson and Brayden Stender.

Delores was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Justin Finn; a daughter, Maureen Finn; 5 sisters; and 7 brothers.

A Delores M. Finn memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Delores' family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the kind, compassionate and loving care they have provided Delores.

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