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Ashley E. LuGrain Barbara J. Hummel Benedetta M. Pitz
Catherine C. Christopherson Darlene M. Smock Dolores H. Metz
Edith M. Kedley Eileen D. Ulrich Eileen M. Oyen
Elizabeth A. Dalsing Frances E. Kieler Francis C. Funk
Harold Neal Howard K. Bruggemann Jack Lee Ruff
James F. Oeth Joan M. Helle Karen K. Spechtenhauser
Kathryn Louise Maus-DeMoss Luella A. Roth Margaret C. Spoerre
Marie J. Meloy Marilyn J. Leslein Mary E. Cox Schweitzer
Mary M. Duffy Mathilda A. Yaeger Phillip M. French
Polly A. Mason Richard L. Miller Robert D. Anderson
Rose E. Hennen Ruby Margaret Crowl Ruth Ann Haugen
Sarah E. Gross Sylvia H. Nebel Thomas L. Dix

Eileen D. Ulrich

Eileen D. Ulrich, 90, of Dubuque died Monday, February 23, 2015 at Luther Manor.

Memorial services will be held at 11a.m., Saturday, March 7 at St. John Lutheran Church. Burial will be in St. John cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory,2659 Kennedy Rd. is in charge of arrangements.

Eileen was born February 20, 1925 in Dubuque, daughter of Otto and Hulda (Fanslow) Ulrich.

On May 24th, 1979, she married Alfred Farnochi. He preceded her in death on September 28, 2010.

She worked as a civilian mathematician, computer specialist for the US Air Force, retiring in 1980. She lived in Eatontown, New Jersey from 1945 until she returned to Dubuque in 2011. Eileen was a member of St. John Lutheran Church.

She is survived by a sister, Verna Bergman of Dubuque; sister- in-law, Ruth Ulrich of Melville, NY; seven nieces and nephews, Alan and Ann Bergman; Alysia (Tim) Hedrick, Gary (Pong) Thomas, Donald (Debra) Thomas, Jr., Barbara (Craig) Keough, and Linda Ulrich; niece-in-law, Darlene Thomas; and several great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; brother, Karl Ulrich; sister, Helen (Donald) Thomas Sr.; brother-in-law, Orville Bergman; and nephew, Mark Thomas.

Memorials may be sent in Eileen's name to St John Lutheran Church, 1276 White St, Dubuque, IA or Hospice of Dubuque, 1670 John F Kennedy Rd, Dubuque, IA.

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

Special thank you to the staffs of Heritage and Luther Manors as well as staff and volunteers of Hospice of Dubuque. 



Rose E. Hennen

Rose E. Hennen, age 82, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at 5:17 p.m. on Friday, February 27, 2015 at home. To honor Rose's life, funeral services will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home. To celebrate Rose's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until the time of services at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Rose was born on April 12, 1932, in Cheyboygan, MI, daughter of Joseph and Laura (Broe) Neelis.

Rose married LaVern Hennen on November 18, 1950, at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on April 20, 1997. Together Rose and LaVern operated Vern's Conoco on the corner of Asbury and JFK Road. Rose enjoyed spending time with her family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was an avid bowler and spent many years bowling on the "Vern's Angels" team. She also loved playing Euchre, shopping and going to the casino.

Rose is survived by her 3 children, Judy Wold, Graham, WA, Patricia (Michael) Hayes, Gary Hennen, both of Dubuque; 8 grandchildren, Rhonda (Jon) Buys, Brenda (Jeff) Nelson, Nick (Jenny) Hennen, Brad Hennen, Lisa (Scott) Motsenbocker, Christopher (Catherine) Soppe, Nichole (Daniel) Rogers and Beth (Randall) Chandler; 17 great-grandchildren; her siblings, Theresa Hennen, Dubuque, IA, Em Hopkins, William (Lorraine) Neelis, Edward (Carol) Neelis, all of Cheboygan, MI; 2 sisters-in-law, Shirley Schueller, Dubuque, IA, Shirley Neelis, Cheboygan, MI; several nieces and nephews; and very special friends, Lois Long, Helen (Lawrence) Schaul.

Rose was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, LaVern; a granddaughter, JoAnn Hennen; three sisters, Laura (Martin) Socha, Hazel (Wallace) Ayotte and Ann (Donald) Duffiney; three brothers, Lloyd (Gladys) , Melvin (Thelma) and Leonard Neelis; three brothers-in-law, Melvin Hennen, Richard Schueller and Harry Hopkins.

A Rose E. Hennen memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Harold Neal

Harold "Red" Neal, 84, of Guttenberg, Iowa and of Cocoa Beach, Florida entered into eternal peace surrounded by his family on February 26th, 2015.

Services will be at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home Saturday March 7th at 12:00 p.m., where friends may greet the family from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Deacon John Stierman will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 to 8:00 on Friday, March 6th at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road in Dubuque.

Harold "Red" Neal, formerly of Dubuque, was born June 23, 1930 in Manchester, Iowa. He served with the U.S. Army from 1948 to 1952. He married Lois Winders on June 6th, 1953. They would have celebrated 62 years of marriage this June. He was employed by the Dubuque Packing Company for 30 years. Throughout their married life, he and Lois enjoyed their summers on Esmann Island, Guttenberg, Iowa and eventually made it their home. His favorite activities included spending time with family and friends, fishing, boating, playing cards, driving his golf cart with his beloved dog Bailey, and spending his winters in Florida for over 20 years. Friends and family members fondly remember Red as the best fisherman on the island who always had a story and a smile. Red will always be remembered for saying "You have a good day now!" He was a friend to everyone and embraced life.

Red leaves his loving memories to be cherished by his wife Lois; children Cathy (Ken) Schmitt; Patti Shannon; Mike (Amy) Neal; Kim Jacovitz (Paul Lynn); and son in laws Randy Smith and Larry Holt; 16 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren; siblings Grace Frommelt; Helen Warden; and Walter (Rose) Neal; in laws Jan Neal; Donna (Wayne) Gratton; Sandi Juergens; and Denny (Loretta) Winders.

Red is preceded in death by his parents, Wesley and Nellie (Turner) Neal; a daughter Susan Smith; Father and Mother in law Ray and Dorothy Winders; brothers Howard and Burdette; sister Gretta Thomas; sister in law Lois Neal; and brother in laws Joseph Frommelt and Don Thomas. 

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Hospice of Health First, Cape Canavarel Inpatient Unit. Cocoa Beach, Florida. 32931.

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



Luella A. Roth

Luella A. Roth, 92, died Friday, February 27, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, were visitation will be held Tuesday from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Luella was born February 21, 1923 in Sherrill, Iowa, daughter of Jacob and Louise (Lochner) Schmitt. She married Ralph W. Roth September 27, 1947 in Dubuque. He preceded her in death January 19, 1989.
Luella retired from Klauer Manufacturing in 1988. She enjoyed playing cards and loved spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by three children, Gary Roth of Mesa, Arizona, Jeni (Mike) Ferring of Dubuque and their children, Matt (Jes), and Nicole Ferring; and Dean (Pam) Roth of Dubuque and their children, Kelly (Russ) Banwarth and Jason Roth; three great grandchildren, Izabel, Lydia and Wesley; a brother, Donald Schmitt and a sister, Dorraine Frick.

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

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

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

Memorials may be made to the Luella Roth Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care.

 



Ashley E. LuGrain

Ashley E. LuGrain, 30, of Dubuque passed away Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at home. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 pm Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Ashley was born October 1, 1984 in Davenport, Iowa. She graduated from Southwestern High School in 2003. She was very passionate about music and had a contagious laugh with an infectious smile. She was always willing to help anybody in need and this showed through her many acts of kindness. Ashley loved spending time with her family and friends; especially her nephews and niece and the love of her life, her daughter KiLynn Marie.

She is survived by her daughter KiLynn Marie; parents, Patrick and Laurie LuGrain; three siblings, PJ (Jen Kaiser) LuGrain of Galena, Corey (Kristen) LuGrain of Galena, and Amber (Jesse) Heslop of Cedar Rapids; nieces and nephews, Payton, Nolan and Vivian LuGrain; Grandparents, Richard and Mary Jane Leibfried and Carol LuGrain; many aunts, uncles, and cousins; and special friend, Dominick.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, William LuGrain, great grandparents, cousins, and close friends.

Ashley will be greatly missed by the many lives she touched.

In lieu of flowers, an Ashley LuGrain Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Thomas L. Dix

Thomas L. Dix, 72 of Dubuque, passed away on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family. Funeral Mass will be 12:30 p.m., Monday, March 2, 2015 at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost. Family will greet friends 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Sunday, March 1, 2015 at the Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., where a parish scripture service will be conducted at 6:00 p.m. Burial with Military Honors Conducted by American Legion Post #6 will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Tom was born September 29, 1942 in Dubuque, the son of George and Iola (Cook) Dix. He served in the US Navy. Tom married Sharon Ellerbach on August 19, 1967 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He worked at Flexsteel for 41 years, retiring on April 28, 2005. Tom loved spending time with his fantastic grandchildren, traveling, fishing, and helping people. He was a member of Upholsters Union Local 1861, past Chairman of the Board of Holy Ghost Credit Union, a Union Representative at Flexstell, member of American Legion Post #6, Elk's Club, Men's Association, Dubuque Boat Club, and volunteer for Holy Ghost Bingo night. Tom coached Girls' Softball in the Dubuque Independent League.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Sharon; children, Lisa (James) Dunne of Lakeville, MN, Sara (Scott) Dryer of Dubuque, and Kelly (Joseph) Pregler of Dubuque; six grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Meghan, Tyler, Jack, Ella, and Clara; siblings, Marlene Bastian, Fay (Gene) Hansen, Roger (Carol) Dix, Don (Cindy) Dix, May Jean Koeller, Joan (Jim Connolly) Dix, Ken (Elaine) Dix, and Cindy (Jeff) Hanson; in-laws, Richard (Susan) Ellerbach, Pam (Dave) Walline, Dennis (Julie) Ellerbach, and Joseph (Lori) Ellerbach; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; a brother John Dix; a niece, Christy Dix; a great niece, Leah Brosious; brothers' in-law, Tom Bastian, and Carson Koeller; and his father and mother in-law, Joseph and Catherine Ellerbach.

The family would like to thank Dr. Zinskey, Dr. Holm and their staff for your care and also Hospice of Dubuque, and all family and friends for your prayers and thoughts during this difficult time.

A raindrop landing on your cheek is a kiss from someone that lives in heaven and is watching over you....

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

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



Dolores H. Metz

Dolores H. Metz, age 86, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 5:25 a.m. on Thursday, February 26, 2015, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To honor Dolores' life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 2, 2015, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2917 Central Ave. with Rev. Kyle M. Digmann officiating. To celebrate Dolores' life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 1, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Dolores was born on March 21, 1928, in Menominee, IL, daughter of Joseph A. and Lucille (Erner) Leppert.

Dolores married Ralph W. Metz on July 21, 1948, at St. Raphael's Cathedral; he preceded her in death on January 22, 1988. She was a loving wife, adoring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who enjoyed cooking, sewing, yard work and playing cards with her family and friends. Dolores was a wonderful cook and was famous for her German Potato Salad. She was a gracious hostess and always had a hot pot of coffee on to enjoy with anyone who stopped by. In later years she looked forward to mornings spent drinking coffee with her son, Ken, while solving the world's problems. She was a longtime member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Dolores always had a helping hand and a kind heart and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Dolores is survived by 6 children, Ken (June) Metz, Jim (Vickie) Metz, Dan (Mary) Metz, LuAnn Regan, Linda (Chuck) Erschen-Kleiner, Lori (John) Dunwoody, all of Dubuque, IA; 17 grandchildren, Mike (Sara) Metz, Kim Metz, Brenda (Curt) Klein, Ann (Andy) Kamentz, Chrissy (Troy) Porter, Eric Metz, Aaron (Tara) Metz, Alicia Metz, Pete (Dr. Cate) Metz, Jenny (Billy Catone) Metz, Adam (Amber Decker) Roth, Rachel Regan, Josh Erschen, Mike (Jaime) Kleiner, Andy Kleiner, Emily and Abbey Dunwoody; 21 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Kenneth (Grace) Leppert, Bellevue, IA, Francis (Shirley Kresge) Leppert, Dubuque, IA; a sister-in-law, Betty Leppert, Dubuque, IA; she is also survived by her dear friends at Alverno Apartments.

Dolores was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ralph; a grandson, Eric Metz; 2 brothers, LaVerne and Robert Leppert.

A Dolores H. Metz memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Salas and his nurse, Shelly, who was Dolores' favorite, and the doctors, nurses and staff at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital for all their wonderful care and concern.

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

 



Mary E. Cox Schweitzer

Mary Edith Cox Schweitzer died on February 26, 2015, at the age of 94.

A celebration of her life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 2, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 10th and Locust Streets. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. A visitation with the family will be held at the Church before the service, beginning at 1:00 p.m. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary was born on February 5, 1921, in Hannibal, Missouri, daughter of Mary Margaret Fowler and John Franklin Samuel Cox. She married Charles Schweitzer, her high school sweetheart, on January 31, 1945, in Hannibal. He preceded her in death on April 12, 2014.

Mary and Charles moved to Dubuque in December 1946 when Charles was hired by John Deere Tractor Works.

Together they raised three daughters - Constance, Deborah, and Pamela. Mary was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and doting great-grandmother.

Mary enjoyed boating on the Mississippi, agate hunting, bird watching, and her beloved perennial and rose gardens. In 1954, she joined First Congregational Church where she served on many boards and committees.

Mary is survived by her daughters Constance (Donald) Cherba and Deborah (Donald) Otto of Dubuque and Dr. Pamela (Brandt Richardson) Schweitzer of Monona, Iowa; granddaughters Jennifer (Brent) Schwan of Austin, Texas, Mary (Chris) Ashkar of San Diego, Valerie (Chris) Loewenberg, Elizabeth (Justin) Kuhle, and Julia Bickel of Dubuque; and great-grandchildren Samuel and Joseph Ashkar, Lilly, Hayden, and Gwenyth Loewenberg, and Gunner, Harvey, and Norman Kuhle; brothers William and Junior Cox; and special nieces Deidre (David) Klassen and Linda (Willis) Robbins.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sisters Beulah Krigbaum, Anna Mae Huggins, and Dorothy Marshall and brothers Ennis, Leslie, Gordon, Gilbert, Chester, Clarence, and James Cox.

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

Memorials may be given to First Congregational United Church of Christ, Dubuque, Iowa and Hospice of Dubuque.



Joan M. Helle

Joan M. Helle, 89, of Dyersville, Iowa died Thursday, February 26, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque.

Friends may call from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, March 1, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, where a parish vigil service will be held at 8:00 p.m. Friends may continue to call after 9:00 a.m. Monday at the funeral home prior to the funeral Mass. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 2, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate and Deacon Roger Riesberg will assist.

Joan was born Sept. 24, 1925, in Worthington, Iowa, the daughter of Sylverius and Angela (Kramer) Jaeger. She married George B. Helle on May 1, 1946. Together they owned Helle Livestock in Dyersville.

Joan enjoyed quilting, embroidery work, baking, gardening and spending time with her family. She enjoyed the many visits from the family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are her children: Sr. Mary Ann Helle OSF of Dubuque, Frank (Joann) Helle, Bob (Camie Pedersen) Helle, Paul (Stella) Helle and Doris (Clair) Riesberg, all of Dyersville, Marlene (Ambrose) Koopmann of Epworth, Joanie (Tom) Tauke of Greeley, LuAnn (Bob) Cigrand of Cascade, Janet Schwendinger, Ruth (Larry) Griffin, all of Dubuque, LeRoy (Margie) Helle of Hopkinton, Norma (Gerald) Kelchen of Manchester, George (Connie) Helle of Anamosa and Pearl (Harold) Kelchen of Ryan; 68 grandchildren; 109 great-grandchildren; and 22 great-great-grandchildren; siblings: Norma (Laverne) Petsche of Dyersville, Marilyn (Pat) Werner of Dyersville, Bill Jaeger, John (Ruth) Jaeger, both of Manchester, Leo (Diane) Jaeger of Kenton, OH, Leroy Jaeger of Earlville and Loras (Mikki) Jaeger of Davenport.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George, in 1985; a son-in-law, John Schwendinger, in 2014; her parents; her step-mother, Coletta (Pottebaum) Jaeger; grandchildren Tom Kelchen, Wanda (Dave) Eilers, Dorothy Helle, and Barbara Koopmann; great-granddaughter Ashley Meyers; siblings Jeanne Ann and Eldon Jaeger in infancy, Urban (Irene) Jaeger, Della Rose Downey, Eileen (John) Appel; and in-laws: Anita Jaeger, Diane Jaeger and Mary Ann Jaeger.

Special thanks to Stonehill Care Center for the wonderful care given to Joan over the past 20 years.

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



Catherine C. Christopherson

Catherine C. Christopherson, 93, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at Luther Manor.

Funeral mass will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Scott Boone officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military detail by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Friday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Catherine was born on Feb. 9, 1922 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Nicholas and Barbara (Wethor) Schuster.
She is a US Navy Veteran, having served from 1944 to 1946. She married LaVern Christopherson on June 27, 1948 at St. Joseph Church Key West.

Catherine loved being with family and friends and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She enjoyed traveling with LaVern after retirement. Her loves included sewing, quilting, and cooking.

She is survived by her 4 children, Diane (David) Griffin, Ronald (Denise) Christopherson, Joan (Chris) Lagen, all of Dubuque and Gary Christopherson of Albuquerque, New Mexico; 7 grandchildren, Jenny (Ron) Uthe, Jolene (Chad) Darter, Mike (Laurie) Griffin, Jason (Mollie) Christopherson, Kevin Christopherson, Sarah (Chris) Conlan, and Kate (Justin) Steger; 12 great-grandchildren, Keegan, Brody, and Riley Uthe, Cece and Ally Darter, Emmett Griffin, Jordan Johnson, Finn, Natalie, and Gabe Christoperson, Cordelia Conlan, and Avalyn Steger; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, LaVern; her parents; three brothers, Clarence, Joe, and Ray Schuster; and three sisters, Margaret Bradford, Mary Donovan, and Loretta Sisler.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for the exceptional care they gave to Catherine. A special thank you to her nieces Dorothy, Karen and Elaine for their friendship, love, and many laughs.

In lieu of flowers memorial may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.



Karen K. Spechtenhauser

Karen K. Spechtenhauser, 70, of Dubuque died Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at home. Funeral services will be 4 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be Friday from 2 pm until time of service.

Karen was born September 19, 1944 in Dubuque, daughter of Harold and Marie (Krueger) Steinbirger. She married Robert Spechtenhauser on October 25, 1963 in Dubuque.
She worked for the Telegraph Herald and for Jeff Upmann with the Chicago Tribune. Her greatest joy was her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Karen is survived by her husband, Robert Spechtenhauser of Dubuque, two children, Robyn (Robert) Ferres of Quasqueton, Iowa and Robert (Caroline) Spechtenhauser of Burnsville, Minn.; four grandchildren, Tiffany (Chris Mayne) Leppert, Krystal Thompson and Tyler (Julie Petsch) Thompson, all of Dubuque and Alexis (Indiana Roberts) Bandy of Moundsview, Minn.; five great grandchildren, Alex Leppert, Abby Mayne, Andrew Mayne, Rylie Neyens and Sam Thompson; four sisters, Ellen Baker of Inverness, Fla., Harriet Davis of Mulberry, Fla., Terri "Theresa" (Bruce) McSperrin of Dubuque and Sandra Hennessey of Marion, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Patricia Thomas.

A Karen Spechtenhauser Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Sarah E. Gross

Sarah Elizabeth Gross, 25 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday, February 23, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Family and friends may gather from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 26th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

Sarah was born on October 28, 1989 in Dubuque, the daughter of James Gross and Janice Weig.

She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, the class of 2008. Sarah loved to spend time with her family and friends on a personal level as well as her social network. She had a passion for reading and going to movies especially at Mindframe Theaters in Dubuque. Sarah showed unconditional love to everyone. Her outreach with social media extended not just here but abroad. Her care and love surpassed that of an average individual especially with the care of her "Mum" Janice. With Sarah being her Daddy's Girl and mother's pride and joy she will be greatly missed and never forgotten.

She is survived by her father Jim (Deena) Gross, of Dubuque and mother Janice Weig, of Dubuque, Step-brothers; Tim (Randy) Perry, Cody Perry, and Doug Perry all of Dubuque, Grandparents; Richard and Joan Gross of Fairfield, Ohio, many aunts, uncles, and cousins, and all of her "Besties", you know who you are.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents Jim and Marcella Wieg and at a young age and an uncle David Wieg who passed before Sarah was born and aunts Mary LuGrain and Sharon Hefel.

The family would like to thank the Doctors, Nurses, and staff at Mercy ICU for they're tremendous care they gave to Sarah.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.



Jack Lee Ruff

Jack Lee Ruff, 69, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, February 23, 2015, at his home in Maquoketa.

A natural journey farewell with cremation has taken place. There is no visitation. A private gathering of family and friends will be held. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Jack Lee Ruff was born on March 4, 1945 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Frederick Charles and Margaret Louise (Taylor) Ruff. He was educated in Maquoketa and Elwood schools and served in the U.S. Army for 5 years until receiving his honorable discharge. He married Janelle Joy Hoenicke on May 3, 1969 in Sterling, Illinois.

Jack had worked at Bob's Body shop in Maquoketa for a couple years, then Clinton Engines, and from 1969 to 2001 for Collis Inc. in Clinton as a wire straightener operator.

Jack liked gardening, bowling, camping, fishing, mushrooming, playing pool and poker, and spending time with friends and family.

Those left to honor Jack's memory include his wife, Janelle Ruff of Maquoketa, IA; children Tammy Baker of Maquoketa, IA, Tim (Andrea) Ruff of Ypsilanti, MI, Tanya (John) Fultner of Maquoketa, IA, and Twyla Mohr of Maquoketa, IA; brothers Clarence (Velene) Ruff of Lost Nation, IA, Carl (Bertie) Ruff of Maquoketa, IA, and Chuck (Liz) Ruff of Chicago, IL; a sister, Irma Sue, of Pearl City, HI; and 12 grandchildren, Greg Fultner, Cassie Fultner, Paige Baker, Adam Ruff, Ally Ruff, Jenny Ruff, Hannah Fultner, Hayley Fultner, April Mohr, Erica Mohr, Aaron Mohr and Lexi Dunham. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Floyd Ruff; and a sister, Francis Uribe.

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



Elizabeth A. Dalsing

Elizabeth A. Dalsing, 93, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, February 23, 2015 at Heritage Manor.

A funeral mass will be held on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Private burial will take place in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 8:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Church. Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth is survived by 5 children, Linda (Jim) Erpelding, Stephen (Mary) Dalsing, Susan (Dave) Placke, Debbie (Marshall) Grice, and Lisa Dalsing. Eleven Grandchildren, sixteen Great grand children, a brother Leonard (Bev) Helbing, two sisters; Joan (Merlin) Patzner and Elaine (Dave) Lange.

She was preceded in death by her husband Delmar Dalsing and daughter Sharon Burd.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.
The family would like to give a special thanks to the Nurses and staff of Heritage manor and Hospice of Dubuque especially her granddaughter Sarah Fern.



Robert D. Anderson

Robert D. "Hunk" Anderson, 89, of Assisi Village, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, where a wake service will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Hunk was born on May 6, 1925 in Dubuque, the son of Dewell and Mildred (Brennan) Anderson. He married Mary Jo Duggan on Sept. 7, 1946. He served in the United States Marine Corps during WWII and was a Purple Heart recipient. He was employed at Anderson-Weber for 52 years.

Hunk had a great love of God and family, and was an avid Notre Dame fan. He will be missed by many.

Surviving are his children, Bob (Debbie) Anderson, Jody (David) Rowell, Peggy (Stan) Olszewski, Chris (LuAnne) Anderson, Amy (Mark Hill) Anderson, and Nancy (Jaffer) Bashey; 20 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mary (Don) Hesselman.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jo; daughter Teri Anderson; and grandchildren Chris Anderson Jr. and Heather Klauer.

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

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to GiGi's Play House, "Achievement for Individuals with Down Syndrome" and the Dubuque Boys & Girls Club.

His family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Michael Ward and Dr. Mark Liaboe for their continued care and support.

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, is in charge of arrangements.



Darlene M. Smock

Darlene M. Smock, 73, of Worthington, died Sunday, February 22, 2015, at her residence.

Friends may call from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville, where a parish vigil will be held at 2:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate and Rev. Douglas Loecke will concelebrate.

Darlene was born July 11, 1941, in Placid, IA, the daughter of Raymond and Marcella (Drees) Burger. She graduated from St. Paul High School with the Class of 1959. She married Merrill "Bud" Smock on Dec. 5, 1959, at Manchester, Iowa. Darlene spent her life supporting her husband's military career and raising their family. When Bud retired, they settled in Worthington.

Darlene was the best wife, mother and grandmother. She loved her family more than anything. She believed in the good in people, loved life and lived it to the fullest. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed sharing this gift with everyone.

Darlene will be greatly missed by her husband and best friend, Merrill "Bud"; children: Gary (Judy) Smock of Cedar Rapids, Sharon (Dave) Walters of Eau Claire, WI, Teri Smock, Mary Smock and Larry (Mary Jo), all of Worthington, and Geri (Jamie) Konrardy of Dyersville; grandchildren: Cari (Erik) Graham, Christopher (special friend Katie Kramer) Smock, Mackenzie Walters, Josh (Andi) Smock, Jessica Smock, and Ben, Alec and Elyse Konrardy; 3 great-grandchildren; siblings: Carl "Cub" Burger, Kaye (Eldon) Trumm, Dave "Crockett" (Linda) Burger, and Wilma Wolfe, all of Worthington, IA; a sister-in-law, Marian Burger, of New Vienna; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant son, Richard; her parents-in-law, Glennie and Alberta Smock; a brother, John Burger; and 2 sisters-in-law, Doryce Reid and Delores (George) Trogden.

Thanks to Fr. Quint, Fr. Dole and Fr. Loecke for their wonderful spiritual support, and special thanks to Dr. Kukla and staff and the staff at Mercy Home Care.

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



Barbara J. Hummel

Barbara J. Hummel, age 72, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, at 4:45 p.m. on Friday, February 20, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Barbara's life, funeral services will be at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, with Pastor Dennis Schmitt officiating. To celebrate Barbara's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until the time of services at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Barbara was born on April 30, 1942, in Galena, IL, daughter of Clifford and Florence (Anger) Dunbar.

Barbara was a hard worker. She was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for over 10 years and later went to work for several places, including Luigi's. In her free time, Barbara enjoyed going fishing, boating, doing cross word puzzles, cross stitching and watching science fiction and reality tv shows. Her family was very important to Barbara.

Barbara is survived by her children, Randy Voseberg, Dubuque, IA, Scott Voseberg, Dubuque, IA, Vickie (Robert) Manning, Kansas City, MO, Darcy (Ronald) Hammel, Dubuque, IA; 25 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; her sisters, JoAnn McCaslin, Kansas City, MO, Tara Winger, Dubuque, IA; a daughter-in-law, Rhonda Voseberg, Dubuque, IA; a sister-in-law, Shirley Dunbar, Hazel Green, WI.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Jeff Voseberg; a grandson, Jeremiah Voseberg; two brothers, Meridth and Ronald Dunbar; her life-long partner, Willard Loney.

A Barbara J. Hummel memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Sylvia H. Nebel

Sylvia H. Nebel, 73 of Cascade formerly of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday February 19, 2015 at home.
Family and friends may gather from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday February 23, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be at 6:00 p.m. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

She was born on January 29, 1942 in Dearborn, MI. She married Gary L. Nebel December 5, 1964 at St. Raphael Cathedral. He preceded her in death on March 14, 2014.

She is survived by her children Mike (Darlene) McGinnis, of Michigan, Sherry (Jeff) Kane, of Dubuque and Alan (Cloris) Nebel, of Waterloo, Iowa. Seven grandchildren, Aaron, Lindsey, Nicole, Bradley, Parker, Steven, and Allison. Her siblings, Steven McDonough, Michael, McDonough and Sheila Nolan.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and brother Jim Butler.

The family wishes to thank the kind and caring staff at Riverbend Assisted living in Cascade.

In lieu of flowers a Sylvia Nebel memorial fund has been established.



Howard K. Bruggemann

Howard K. Bruggemann, 83, of Dubuque, and formerly of Dyersville died Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Luther Manor in Dubuque.

Friends may call from 3 - 7 p.m. Sunday, February 22, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home at 750 12th Ave SW, Dyersville, where a parish vigil service will be held at 3 p.m. and an American Legion Post 137 service will be held at 7:00 p.m.  Friends may continue to call after 9:00 a.m. at the funeral home, Monday day prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 23, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Howard was born September 28, 1931, in Edgewood, Iowa the son of Florian and Henrietta (Roling) Bruggemann.  He married Theresa O'Connor on December 12, 1959, in Clinton, Iowa.  Howard served in the US Army during the Korean War on the 38th Parallel.  He was a member of the Dyersville Fire Dept. from 1959-1984, Dyersville American Legion Post 137, Dyersville Sportsman's Club and St. Francis Xavier Parish.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Theresa, four daughters: Patricia (James) Doran of Sartell, MN, Barb (Earl) Burkle and Ellen (Dan) Becker , both of Waverly and Kate Lacy of Dubuque, nine grandchildren: Jesse (Kristin) Burkle and Janel (fiancé Joe Whaley) Burkle, Rachel Givens, Allie (Lucas) Boyle, Jamie & Tim Becker, Kayli & Macade Lacy and Nevie Lacy-Olson; 3 step grandchildren: Amanda and Christopher Doran and Laura Case; seven great grandchildren: Joy, Jaylin, Jacey and Karley Burkle, Evelynn and Brielle Boyle, Addalynn Becker, and one sister, Lila Niday of Dyersville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Florian and Henrietta Bruggemann, step father, John Sternhagen, a sister, Jean (Leverne) Platz, and brother-in-law, Frank Niday.

We would like to thank the caring and patient staff at Luther Manor for all their help and kindness.  Special thanks to the angels from Hospice, especially Cyndi.

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

 

 



James F. Oeth

James F. "Jim" Oeth, age 80, of Bellevue, Iowa, passed away peacefully at 9:53 a.m. on Thursday, February19, 2015, at the Mill Valley Care Center. To celebrate Jim's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 23, 2015 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., Dubuque, IA.

Jim was born on January 9, 1935, in Dubuque, son of Phillip and Hortense (Oberhoffer) Oeth.

Jim married Mavis M. Anderson on April 26, 1958, at Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ in Dubuque. She preceded him in death after 54 years of marriage on April 27, 2012. Jim proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1955 - 1957. He was a Senior Engineer at John Deere Dubuque Works for over 30 years. Jim enjoyed spending his free time boating, camping and traveling with his family. His fondest hours were spent in the shop turning the wrenches and rebuilding cars.

Jim is survived by his children, James Oeth Jr., Dubuque, IA, Jenny (Torben) Groth, Libertyville, IL; three grandchildren, Martin, Kristoffer and Camilla; one sister, Mary Cass, Beloit, WI; his mother-in-law, Phyllis Anderson, Dubuque, IA.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Mavis; three siblings, Phyllis Thoma, Phillip Oeth and Dorothy Butson.

A James F. Oeth memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque and Mill Valley Care Center for their wonderful care of Jim.

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

 



Kathryn Louise Maus-DeMoss

Kathryn Louise "Mouse" Maus-DeMoss, 59, of East Dubuque, IL passed away on Thursday, February 19, 2015 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Family and friends may gather from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a closing service will be held at 4:00 p.m.

Not only was Kathy a loving mother, wife, sister, and grandmother, but she was also a loyal friend and fierce protector of those she loved. She was an avid card player with a never-ending love of Canasta. Kathy possessed a rebellious creativity that she poured into everything from her poetry to her sewing, to her notorious cooking. The world got a little more dim with her passing yet heaven has become a whole lot brighter.

She is survived by her husband, Randy DeMoss; five children, Scott (Jennifer) Coffman, of Olathe, KS, Christopher Coffman, of Dubuque, IA, Nicole DeMoss-Scovel of Bellevue, IA, Lynsi DeMoss and Allison DeMoss of Monticello, IA; ten grandchildren: Cole, Logan, Caleb, Alexis, Caden, Jayden, Lily, Laila, Trey, Lexi, and Kayla; and one great-grandchild, Skyler; four sisters, Pam Wachendorf, Debbie (Kevin) Linden, Colleen (Clarence) Brandenburg and Norann Long; two brothers, Robert (Nancy) Michael and Eugene Michael; her mother-in-law, Lois DeMoss; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Rosemary Michael.

We would like to say a special Thank-You to Dr. Toby Campbell and the great staff at the Carbone Cancer Treatment Center in Madison, WI; Dr. Lawrence Hutchison and his staff at Tri-State Family Practice; and Hospice of Dubuque for all that they have done.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.



Ruby Margaret Crowl

Ruby Margaret (Warden) Crowl, 89, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA, with her husband, Ray, by her side.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 23, at the Wesley United Methodist Church in East Dubuque, with Pastor Kayla Lange officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque and after 9:30 a.m. on Monday at the Church.

Ruby was born April 12, 1925 in Polk City, IA, the daughter of George W. and Bessie A. (Zackery) Warden.
She married Ray E. Crowl, son of Herbert and Lenore Crowl of Goldfield, IA, on May 19, 1945 in Madison, WI, while Ray was serving in the U.S. Navy.

Ruby was active in the Wesley United Methodist Church in East Dubuque and served as Sunday School Teacher, Chairman of the Prayer Chain, and Member of the Women's Society. She truly loved and enjoyed her family.
Ruby lived a life full of love, and was never without her trademark smile and positive attitude. She was truly a kind, faith-filled, beautiful, compassionate, loving, sweet, and caring woman in every sense of the word. Hardly a day went by that Ruby wasn't expressing her love and pride for her great-grandchildren and encouraging them to do what made them happy. Neither did a day go by without her husband of 69 years by her side. She and Ray were inseparable, like two peas in a pod. The love they shared was obvious to anyone who saw them during their frequent dates at Olive Garden, walks around Dubuque's Kennedy Mall, and visits to Church. It would be selfish to say that we will miss her terribly, because we know we are not the only ones. Many, many people were touched by her presence. We are just so lucky that we were able to know her and to love her.

Surviving is her husband, Ray; two children, Joyce (Dan) Busch of Dickeyville, WI and Greg (Andrea) Crowl of Cape Coral, FL; as well as five grandchildren, Tina Mowery, Terry Busch, Tracy Cushman, Christian Fisher, and Erik Fisher; and 14 great-grandchildren, Megan, Jesse, Emilie, Nathan, Natalie, Caitlyn, Sydney, Austin, Thayden, Ian, Adeleine, Quinn, Tegan and Tate;  and one sister, Zetta (Maynard) Gruver, of Des Moines, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, nine sisters and two brothers.

Ruby's family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. Matthew Kirkendall and Kate, his nurse, for the wonderful care provided to Ruby.

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



Marilyn J. Leslein

Mrs. Marvin (Marilyn Jean) Leslein, 86, of Heritage Manor died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015.

Private funeral services will be held. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Marilyn was born to John and Anna (Hedrick) Kerth on October 1, 1928 in Dubuque County.
She attended Dubuque Senior High School. In the early 1940's she began singing over the Radio on KDTH in regular scheduled programming, with the Clarence Zahina Band and Bob Gribben. She also sang every Saturday night at the Barndance held at the Melody Mill in Dubuque. Later she became a receptionist at KDTH.
She married Marvin H. Leslein on January 4, 1947 at Immanuel Church in Dubuque. Four years later she left one career to begin a new one as a fulltime homemaker and mother. She enjoyed her music, gardening, cooking, sewing and much more.

Marilyn was the best wife, mother, grandmother and sister that anyone could ask for and will be greatly missed.

Surviving is her husband, Marvin; children, Cynthia Leslein, of Dubuque, and Randall Leslein, of Rice Lake, Wis.; grandchildren, Brooke (Todd) Gassman, Peosta, IA., and Justin Leslein, Chicago, Ill.; three great- grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Bonnie (Russell) Kerth, of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her son, David; parents; five sisters, Doris Stackis, Ruth Kohnen, Annette Ament, Virginia Kerth, Marge White; and brothers, Russell Kerth and Robert Kerth.

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



Ruth Ann Haugen

Ruth Ann Haugen, 70 of Dubuque, passed away on Wednesday, February 18, 2015. Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, February 23, 2015 at Glenwood Lutheran Church in Decorah, Iowa, 1197 Old Stage Road. Family will greet friends 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd in Dubuque, additional visitation will be one hour prior to services Monday at the church. Burial will be in Glenwood West Cemetery.

Ruth Ann was born June 3, 1944 in Waukon, Iowa, the daughter of Art and Marian (Rufferidge) Moen. She attended elementary school in Waukon, and graduated from Decorah High School in 1962. Ruth Ann worked for the Dubuque Packing Company until its closing, then she tended bar at various establishments in Dubuque, before retiring because of illness in September of 2014. She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and she took much joy in collecting carnival glass and other antiques.

Survivors include her children, Brian Haugen and his son, Aaron; Suzanne (Fiancée Rob Hentrich) Stumpf and her children, Nicole, Alex, Grace, John, Jolie; Ken (Julie) Haugen and their children, Paige, Jack, William; Charles Haugen and his children Britini (Omar), and Joshua ; her partner, Joe Hendrix; great-grandchildren, Lily, Bella, Anaya, Avanni, and Omar, Jr., and many other extended relatives.

Ruth Ann was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Jeanette Bohr, Dale Moen, Ronald Moen, Ernest Moen, and her favorite Uncle, Galin Rufferidge.

The family would like to thank Dr. Longo, Dr. Konz, Staff of Finley Hospital, and Hospice of Dubuque for your special care of Ruth Ann.

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

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



Mary M. Duffy

Mary Mildred "Millie" Duffy, 96, of Dubuque, formerly of Pompano Beach, Fla., died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 at Luther Manor.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 21 at St. Raphael's Cathedral. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery where military honors will be accorded. Friends may call from 4 to 8 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7 pm.

Mildred was born on Sept. 20, 1918 in Dubuque, the daughter of Anton A. and Eleanor (Kelsh) Freund.
She married Patrick E. Duffy on April 22, 1946 at St. Raphael's Cathedral. He preceded her in death on November 9, 1990.

Mildred graduated from the Mercy College of Nursing in 1939. She served our country during WWII as an Army Nurse.

After the war she returned to Dubuque and was a registered nurse at Mercy Hospital and Manor Care.
She was a member of Dubuque American Legion Post #6 and a life member of the Pompano Beach American Legion Post #142.

Surviving are her children Jean (Karl) Kohnen, of Dubuque, Kit (Raymond) Kengott, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Colleen Duffy, of Dubuque, and Margaret (Steven) Canter of Buffalo Grove, Ill.; four grandsons; David (Sarah) Kohnen, Michael (Valerie) Kohnen, Daniel Kohnen and John Canter; three granddaughters, Laura (Don) Stanner, Sarah (Rob) Hofer, and Rachel Canter; four great grandsons and three great granddaughters; and a sister-in-law, Lillian Freund, of Dubuque.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; two daughters, Joan Ellen Duffy and, Dr. Sister Mary Susan Duffy, RSM, M.D.; and two brothers, Robert and George Freund.

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

Memorials may be made to St. Raphael's Cathedral. For further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Luther Manor for all of their loving care.



Benedetta M. Pitz

Benedetta M. "Benny" Pitz, age 92, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully at 10:08 a.m., Wednesday, February 18, 2015, at home with her loving family. To honor Benny's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, February 23, 2015, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Mark D. Murphy officiating. To celebrate Benny's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will a parish scripture wake service held at 12:30 p.m. Family and friends may also visit from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at 10:30 a.m. on Monday at the church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Benedetta was born on August 15, 1922, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Mercurio A. and Rosina (Giunta) Pusateri.

Benny graduated from the Visitation Academy and was a lifelong Dubuque resident. When she was young, Benny loved to go dancing at Melody Mill, where she met a handsome young man named Bernard Pitz. Benny and Bernard married on November 22, 1945, at the Church of the Nativity. He preceded her in death on August 9, 1994. Benny worked with her father and brothers at Pusateri Fruit and Food Store on 11th and Main and later went into partnership with her brothers who opened Pusateri Restaurant in the mid 1950's. She later gave her portion of the restaurant to her brothers. Benny later went to work for the Holiday Inn and Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque in the hospitality and the laundry departments until her retirement. After she retired, Benny began cleaning private homes in Dubuque. She was a member of the Church of the Resurrection and Rosary Society. Benny loved cooking and baking for special occasions and was famous for her crisp green beans and Italian tossed salad. She had a kind heart and was always willing to drop what she was doing to help someone in need. Family was extremely important to Benny and they always came 1st. She especially loved getting together during holidays.

Benny is survived by her daughter, Rosemary (Daryl) Wickre, Dubuque, IA; her five grandchildren, Jeremiah (Erin) Wickre, Olivia (Mike) Foht, Terrance (Michele) Wickre, Samuel (Jill Garcia) Wickre and Josie Wickre; her six great-grandchildren, Titan and Izabella Foht, Jacob and Lucas Wickre, Kimber Wickre and Aubrina Buol; very special friends, Bob (Karen) Sudmeier, Jeff, Michael and Abbey and their spouses.

Benny was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bernard; a sister, Rosemary "Little Rosie" Pusateri; and two brothers, Mike and Gus Pusateri.

A Benedetta M. "Benny" Pitz memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melanie and Kathy, for their wonderful care of Benny. Also thanks to Bob and Judy Ellis and the residents of Applewood #3 for their friendship and hospitality these past few years.

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

 



Edith M. Kedley

Edith M. (Bell) Kedley, 89 of Dubuque, formerly of Cascade, passed away on Monday, February 16, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Thursday, February 19, 2015 at St. Matthias Parish - St. Martin Church in Cascade. Family will greet family and friends 3 pm - 7 pm, Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd, where a scripture service will be conducted at 7 pm., additional visitation will be one hour prior mass on Thursday at the church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Cascade.

Edith was born December 3, 1925 in Worthington, the daughter of Clarence N. and Olive M. (Schnier) Bell. She married Orland F. Kedley on October 4, 1952 at St. Francis Basilica in Dyersville, he passed on June 24, 2004. Edith was a devoted wife, mother, and homemaker. She was a member of St. Martin Church, and Cascade Chapter of Catholic Daughters of America. She and Orland farmed the Kedley family farm, until retiring into town. Edith enjoyed working in her gardens, baking, and sewing. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

Survivors include her children, Judy (Dean) Boge, Tom Kedley, Beverly Kedley, Doris Kedley, and Joan (Dean) Fingerson all of Dubuque; grandchildren, Matt (Jill) Boge, Anna Boge, and Jordan Boge; great granddaughter, Harper Boge; siblings, Tom (Jeannette) Bell and Kay (LaVern) Gansemer; in-laws, Marion Bell, Laura Willenbring, Arlene Bell, Betty Bell, and Imelda Beringer.

Edith was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Orland; a daughter, Margie Jean Kedley; siblings, John Bell, James Bell, Rose (Don) Willenbring, Herbert Bell, Louis Bell; in-laws, Paul (Hilda) Kedley, Leonard Kedley, Donald Kedley, Curtis (Mae) Kedley, Carmelita (Marcellus) Westemeir, Melba (William Riniker and Nick) Bertling, Orville Kedley, Ione (Arnie) Beringer, and Bill Beringer.

The family would like to thank the nursing staff at Stonehill Care Center for your care of our mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother during this time.

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

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



Richard L. Miller

Richard L. "Rich" Miller, 72, of Delmar, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, February 17, 2015, at his home.

A celebration of Rich's life will be held at 3 P.M., Saturday, February 21, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 1 P.M. to 2:45 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Richard Leslie Miller was born on April 13, 1942 in Clinton County, Iowa, to William O. and Lena M. (Engel) Miller, Sr. He attended Clinton County country schools. He married Linda Kay Watters on January 13, 1963 at the RLDS Church in Fulton, Iowa.

Rich had first worked for J.I. Case in Bettendorf and later for J.I. Case in East Moline, Illinois, retiring in 1992. He had also worked for a short time in between for Cheney Implement in DeWitt for a year. In retirement he worked for T & J Manufacturing in Maquoketa for a couple years, and lastly owned and operated M & M Small Engine Repair with his good friend Jim McNamee for several years.

Rich was a lifetime member of the NRA with a membership in the NRA Worthington Center. He also was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club in Maquoketa. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, target shooting, old tractors and gas engines, bowling, stock car racing and playing the guitar with friends.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife Linda Kay Miller of Delmar, IA; a son Randy Miller of Delmar, IA; his twin brother Ronald (Betty) Miller of Maquoketa, IA; 3 grandchildren Erin (Billy) Manning of Maquoketa, IA, Eric Miller of Delmar, IA, and Scott Miller of Delmar, IA; 2 great-grandchildren Alexis and Cora; and 4 step-great-grandchildren Ashley, Holly, Abby and Erin. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Kenneth, William and John, infant brothers Donald and Harold, and 2 sisters Mildred Saunders and Lucille Saunders.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Richard L. "Rich" Miller memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Francis C. Funk

Francis C. "Bud" Funk, age 89, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, February, 17, 2015 at home. To honor Bud's life, funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 21, 2015, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista St., with Rev. Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. To honor Bud's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 21, 2015, at the Church of the Nativity. Private family burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Graveside Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6 at a later date. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Francis was born on December 28, 1925, in Clearwater, NE, son of Rudolph and Margaret Mary (McCarthy) Funk.

Bud grew up on the family farm with five sisters and one brother. He attended the University of Dubuque Flight School and became a US Navy pilot near the end of WW II. While in Dubuque, he met his future wife, Rita Conry. They were married on May 30, 1947, at the Church of the Nativity. Together they shared their early married life between Dubuque and Nebraska. She preceded him in death on December 8, 2011, after 64 years of marriage. Bud was employed in Production Control and Computer Services for the John Deere Dubuque Works for over 26 years, retiring as an engineer in May of 1982. He was a member of the Church of the Nativity, where he was an usher, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the John Deere Supervisor Club and the American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

Bud is survived by his children, Mary Anne (Dennis) Barry, Dubuque, IA, William Funk, Eudora, KS, Michael Funk, Rockledge, PA; 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; his siblings, Patricia Beckman, Sugarland, TX, Margaret Mary Thoendel, Gretna, NE.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of 64 years, Rita; a son, Patrick on January 9, 2015 in Michigan; his siblings, Kathryn Hynes, Charlotte Mae Sehi, Norma Jean Black and John Funk.

A Francis C. "Bud" Funk memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Frances E. Kieler

Frances Evelyn Kieler, 87, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, passed away on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City surrounded by her loving family. The Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 21, 2015, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Her final resting place will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home before the service.

Frances was born on April 20, 1927, in Tennyson, Wisconsin, the daughter of John and Rose (Hufnagel) Leibfried. On June 17, 1947, Frances married Ambrose Kieler at St. Andrew Church in Tennyson. Together they farmed in rural Cuba City where they were members of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. Frances was formerly a member of the St. Rose Altar Society. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her children and grandchildren, gardening, praying the rosary, volunteering at the Cuba City Meal Site and playing bingo with the residents at the nursing home. She greatly enjoyed playing games and cards with her grandchildren and putting puzzles together. Frances played canasta with a special group of ladies in her neighborhood.

Frances' family would especially like to thank the staff at Epione Pavilion, Dr. White and Dr. Tinsman, for their kind and compassionate care of their mother for the last five and a half years. Frances was dearly loved by the nursing home staff and all who met her. She was a beloved mother, grandmother and friend, and she will be greatly missed.

Frances is survived by three sons, Ronald Kieler, Randy (Donna) Kieler and Terry (Kim) Kieler, all of Cuba City; five daughters, Jane O'Brien, of Montfort, Judy (Steve) Cushman, of Cassville, Mary Kay (Dean) Booth, of Cuba City, Ruth (Steve) Crubaugh, of Waupun, and Cindy (Tim) Morrissey, of Cuba City; 23 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and a sister Ann (Mark) Langkamp, of Indiana.

Frances will now be reunited with her husband, Ambrose; a son, Samuel; an infant daughter, Rose Ann; a son-in-law, John O'Brien; a great-granddaughter, Lauren White; her parents, John and Rose; three brothers, James, Louis and Bernard Leibfried; and four sisters, Mary Elskamp, Inez Ehlers, Velma Kruser and Doris Runde.

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



Phillip M. French

Phillip Michael French, 58 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at home.

Family and friends may gather from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday February 21st, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be held at 3:00 p.m.

Phil was born on December 15, 1956 in Agency, Iowa the son of Jack and Beatrice (Keck) French.

He is a retired truck driver and drove for various trucking companies. Phil was a faith filled person who attended church frequently.

He is survived by six children, Dave (Colleen) Lindecker, of Dubuque, Rich Lindecker, of Dubuque, Phillip French, of Dubuque, Michelle Rodriguez, of Dubuque, Mike French, Stacy French, of Madison, WI. Six grandchildren, two sisters, Terri Houlahan, of Beloit, WI, and Lisa Bream, of Iowa City, Iowa. and his former wife Berneice French, of Dubuque.

He is preceded in death by his parents.



Mathilda A. Yaeger

Mathilda A. "Tillie" Yaeger, 79, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully, Sunday, February 15, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center holding the hand of her loving sister.

Funeral services will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 18 at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, where friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Burial will be in St. Catherine's Catholic Cemetery.

Tillie was born August 13, 1935 in Norman, IN, the daughter of Everett and Dorothy (Adams) Brown. She married Frederick M. "Fritz" Yaeger on November 20, 1965 in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on August 26, 1993.
Tillie enjoyed making and selling her crafts; loved spending time with her family and she loved cooking hobo dinners for her friend Gene and taking care of him.
Tillie is a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church.

Tillie is survived by her daughter, Mary Beth (Marvin) Stowers of Dubuque; her step-son Michael Yaeger of TN; four grandchildren, Ronald (Kristy) Follman, and their children, Adrianna, Taylor, and Emma, Jaymie Jo (Joseph Koppes) Follman, and their children Dahlton and Pennijo, and Olivia Stowers, and Trevor Stowers, all of Dubuque; a step-granddaughter, Rachael Yaeger of TN; her sister, Rita Brothers of Dubuque;a brother-in-law, Pete Lightfoot; and several nieces and nephews, including her two special nephews, Albert Torrey Jr. and Tim Torrey; and one special niece, Debbie Zeigafuse; and a very close friend of the family, Gene Johnson.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her twin brothers Richard (Dorothy) in adulthood, and Ralph Brown in infancy; and her sisters and brothers-in-law, Phyllis (Othel) Caraway, Marjorie (Albert)Torrey, and Mary Lightfoot, and a brother-in-law, Del Brothers.

Memorials may be made to Mathilda "Tillie" Yaeger Memorial Fund.

Thank You to Kristy Follman for all her loving help and Dennis Streif, her eucharistic minister and the staff at Mercy Medical Center for their loving care.

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



Marie J. Meloy

Marie J. (Cain) Meloy, 94, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, February 16, 2015, at Luther Manor Retirement Community.

A funeral mass will be held Thursday, February 19 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Family will greet friends and relatives from 3 - 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 18 at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where a prayer service will be held at 2:45 p.m.

Marie was born Sept. 9, 1920, to Paul and Catherine (Cloos) Cain of Dubuque. She married Augustine "Gus" Meloy of Bernard, Iowa, in 1942, at St. Columbkille Church, Dubuque. Together they raised eight children.
She retired after twenty years of service in the dietary department of Marian Hall Infirmary, Mount Carmel.
Marie will be missed beyond words by her family; she was their rock. A loving, giving person, she brought joy and comfort to all who knew her.

She is survived by sons Robert, Loras (Sue), and Kevin; and daughters Judith Bandy and Patricia Schissel of Dubuque; and Maureen (Dean) Benda of Tama, Iowa, and Sharon (Jack) Schlueter of Simi Valley, Calif.; 19 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren; one sister, Agnes Huseman; sisters-in-law Irene McMahon, Jeannine Cain, Mary Jane Cain, and Sally Cain; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, a son, Ronald, and siblings Allan, Margaret (Dale) Chambers, Wilma (Melvin) Hingtgen, Robert (Shirley), John, LeRoy, and Donald.

The family would like to thank the staffs at Luther Manor, Medical Associates, and Hospice of Dubuque for their kindness and care for Marie, and a special thank you to Dr. Osama Khatib for many years of excellent care and friendship.

In lieu of flowers, a Marie Meloy Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Polly A. Mason

Polly Ann Pusateri Mason, 58, of Dubuque, announced her intent to go to Heaven, Monday, February 16, 2015 and left quietly at 4:45 p.m.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, February 20, 2015 at Church of the Nativity on Alta Vista with Msgr. Jim Miller officiating. Her burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West, IA. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Nativity Church with the rosary at 2 p.m.

Polly was born on April 10, 1956, in Dubuque, the oldest daughter of Sam T. and Lois (Slade) Pusateri. She was expected on April Fool's day but tricked everyone and made them wait 10 more days. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School with the class of 1974 and married Perry Mason of Dubuque on September 25, 1987 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, because she needed a good lawyer.

Polly worked as a travel agent for more than 20 years until her pride and joy, Anthony, was born. Then Polly turned her attention to her family and was busy as ever caring for everyone that needed her. Polly was a wonderful daughter, mother, wife, sister, caretaker, neighbor, and daughter-in-law because she was always there to pitch in.

Polly volunteered her time to the success of the third of July Fireworks and Air Show and Honor Flight of Greater Dubuque by extending her warm hospitality to the traveling military.

Polly had the most delightful wit and found humor in every situation. She loved to entertain, read and truly appreciated beauty in God's earth and had little garden retreats all around her house every spring.

She is survived by her kind husband, Perry Mason (not really a lawyer), her son, Anthony "Tony" Mason; her sisters, Betsy Poe and Jenny Steil; her brothers, Joel and Philip Pusateri and twenty-five nieces and nephews.

Polly was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Lois Pusateri; two sisters, Audrey and Amy Pusateri, and a brother Eugene Michael Purateri.

The family would like to thank the amazing nurses and doctors at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital for their extraordinarily loving care; and a special thanks to Deacon Dave McGhee, Msgr. Jim Miller and Father Bob Gross.

In lieu of flowers a Polly Mason Memorial Fund has been established.

Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. is in charge of
arrangements.

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



Margaret C. Spoerre

Margaret C. Spoerre, age 91, of Shawnee, KS, formerly of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 7:40 a.m. on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at St. Luke's Summit House. To honor Margaret's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 20, 2015 at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 2001 St. Joseph St., with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Margaret's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 20, 2015 at St. Joseph the Worker Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Margaret was born on July 5, 1923, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Eugene F. and Viola (Arensdorf) Scheckel.

Margaret was a graduate of the Immaculate Conception Academy in 1941. Margaret married Walter J. Spoerre on June 21, 1947, at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on April 22, 1999. She had a strong work ethic, starting as an operator and advancing to a supervisor position with Northwest Bell Telephone Company. Margaret worked as a receptionist with DuTrac Community Credit Union until her retirement in 1998. She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Church and the Immaculate Conception Classmate Luncheon Group.

Margaret was a dedicated wife, mother and homemaker, who took great pride in teaching her children the value of hard work. She enjoyed traveling and made countless trips visiting her family. Margaret was an excellent cook and baker, always making enough to share, to the delight of her family, friends and neighbors. Her cakes and cookies were famous.

Margaret is survived by her children, Melvin E. (Linda) Spoerre, Merriam, KS, LoLa A. (Patrick) Feeney, Shawnee, KS, Merlin A. (Janette) Spoerre, Prior Lake, MN, Mary M. Spoerre, Irvine, CA; her grandchildren, Kim Spoerre, Lee (Vania) Spoerre, Brian Spoerre, Katherine and Jennifer Feeney; her 4 great-grandchildren; 5 siblings and many nieces and nephews.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 51 years, Walter and 1 sister.

A Margaret C. Spoerre memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Eileen M. Oyen

Eileen M. Oyen, 98, Leesburg, Fla., formerly of Dubuque, Iowa and Lady Lake, Fla., passed away on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at Leesburg Regional Medical Center.
A Mass of Resurrection will be held on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, with the Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, at St. Anthony's Church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road is assisting the family.

Eileen was born on November 19, 1916 in Jamestown Township of Grant County, WI, daughter of Ralph and Matilda (Jacobi) Northaus.

She married Melvin F. Oyen on November 14, 1939 at Immaculate Conception Church, Kieler, WI. They lived in Dubuque until 1986 when they moved to Lady Lake, FL. He preceded her in death on May 18, 2000.

Eileen was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She loved to work on multiple craft projects and to play cards.

Surviving are two sons, Gerald (Peg) Oyen of Medford, N.J. and Kenneth Oyen of Liberty, Mo.; one daughter, Joyce (Eric) Schmidt of Leesburg, Fla.; 8 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister, Marion Wallenhorst of Platteville, Wis.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Carol Ernzen; a brother, Ervin Northaus; a sister, Martha Tranel; and a daughter-in-law, Joyce Oyen.

Online condolences and memories may be shared by visiting www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com