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Gladys L. Nath
Gladys L. Nath, 100, of Galena, Illinois, passed away Thursday, June 23, 2016 at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community.
Visitation is 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Galena. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, June 27, 2016 at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Galena, with Rev. Stacy Cavanaugh officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
Gladys was born on September 12, 1915 near Orangeville, Illinois, the daughter of Ammon and Sarah (Stamm) Moyer. She married Frederick M. "Fred" Nath on October 17, 1935 at Ottawa, Illinois. He preceded her in death on April 8, 2009.
Gladys and Fred moved to Galena in 1947 where they operated Nath's Garage and Towing until the spring of 1987.
She was educated in two one room school houses, namely Franklin School and Chapel Hill School both in Stephenson County, Illinois and later attended Orangeville High School. Gladys was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Elks Lodge # 882 of Galena, the Galena Eagles, and the Galena Moose Lodge.
Her hobbies included bowling and she started golfing in her early 60's and played up until age 90. She made bibs for the Galena Nursing Home, quilts and wall hangings for her family, and doll clothes for her great-grandchildren.
Surviving is her daughter, Kathleen "Skip" (Gary) Wilkinson of Dunedin, Florida; two granddaughters, Ann (Jeff) Lind of Juneau, Alaska and Faye Wilkinson of Dunedin, Florida; two great-granddaughters, Miranda and Kayli of Juneau, Alaska; two sisters, Alice Weaver and Edna Viel both of Freeport, Illinois; and a brother, Charles (Bernice) Moyer of Grantsburg, Wisconsin; her sister-in-law, Fern Moyer of Galena; nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Fred; siblings Art, Esther, Susan, Bertha, Phillip, Alvin and William "Jim".
In lieu of flowers, plants, and food, memorials may be given to the Galena EMS, Galena Fire Dept., or a Church of your choice.
Skip and family wish to extend a special thank you to Dr. Koenigs, the nurses and staff at Galena Stauss Assisted Living, and Galena Stauss Senior Care Community, and Hospice for the wonderful care given to Gladys.
Kathleen M. Eagan
Kathleen M. "Kay" Eagan, 88, 2700 Matthew John Drive, Dubuque, Iowa died at home on June 20, 2016.
Kay was born November 15, 1927 in Dubuque, she was the daughter of William F. "Bill" and Eleanor (Nagle) Higgins. Kay graduated from high school at the Visitation Academy and was a lifelong member of the Nativity parish.
Kay is survived by her daughter, Pam Eagan and her husband John Mills of Los Angeles and son, Jeff Eagan, of Waterloo. She was preceded in death by her parents and only sibling, Eleanor Mae (Higgins) Sullivan.
After a 23-year career as a personnel representative at John Deere Dubuque Works, Kay retired November 30, 1988. Prior to working at John Deere Dubuque Works she was employed at the Interstate Power Company and the "Telegraph-Herald newspaper.
Kay enjoyed travel, walking, cross-stitching and reading.
A private graveside service will be held at Mount Olivet Cemetery. There will be a Mass of Remembrance to celebrate Kay's life at The Church of the Nativity on November 13, 2016 at 9:30 am to which all are welcome.
The family would like to thank the staff at Eagle Pointe Place and Hospice of Dubuque.
Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at leonardfuneralhome.com.
Catherine M. Heinz
Catherine Mary Heinz, 96, of Dubuque passed away Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Ennoble Manor Care Center.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 25, 2016 at the Church of the Nativity. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Centralia, IA. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 24th at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., where there will be a wake service at 7:00 p.m..
Catherine was born January 12, 1920, in Dubuque, daughter of John A. and Lidwina (Schmitt) Heinz. The family farmed in Peosta, Iowa. Catherine was assistant to her father who was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives in 1950. She graduated from Clarke College in 1963.
Family was important to Kate. She was an enthusiastic and accomplished amateur genealogist, who spent countless hours tracing the ancestry of her family. She spent the last week of her life actively attending gatherings with 30 nieces, nephews, spouses and great and great-great nieces and nephews at a family reunion.
Catherine taught kindergarten in the Dubuque Community School System before retiring.
Kate was a lady of remarkable will and accomplishment and will be deeply missed by her family and many friends.
She was a member of Nativity parish, their Rosary Society, the A.C.C.W., the Dubuque Retired Teachers Association, a 30 year member of the Iowa Federation of Women's Club, the Dominican Laity since 1959, who loved to travel, map reading and taking routes that were off the beaten path.
Surviving is a sister Sophia Blong, of Des Moines, Iowa; 14 nieces and nephews, Jane Capin, Joan (Dan) Meyer, Sara (Larry) Morris, Mary Sue (Gary) Babb, Caroline (Denis) Schmitt, Pat (Phil) Blahut, Paul (Paula) Herrig, George (Susan) Herrig, Phyllis (Cary) Matthews, Carol (Dan) Waddick, Mary Herrig, Ann (David) Greiling, Tom (Dolly), Herrig, and Michele (Tom) Raynak,; great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Joseph Heinz, Edward Heinz and John Heinz Jr.; two sisters, Lucille Heinz and Mary Herrig; and two brothers-in-law, Lee Herrig and Matthew Blong.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com
Eddie Marie Graham
Eddie Marie Graham, 69, of Dubuque passed away Sunday, June 19, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic, Iowa City, surrounded by her family and the love of her life Dennis "Murph" Murphy.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 3:00 p.m. Friday, June 24th at Holy Spirit Parish-Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 23rd at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. with a wake service at 4 p.m. Visitation will also be from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Church.
Eddie was born August 2, 1946 in Thermopolis, WY, daughter of Daniel P. and Catherine I. (Kelly) Hickman. .
She was employed at Eagle Food Market and retired in 2003.
For 25 years Eddie and Murph renovated their home and made it into a welcoming home for family and friends
She enjoyed playing cards, music, gardening, telling jokes, cooking, working crosswords, reading books, and was an avid golfer. She loved going to the market. She lived life and loved life. The most important thing in her life was her family and her many loyal friends. She was loyal and compassionate for the underdog.
Eddie volunteered at the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens and at other charities.
Surviving is her husband, Dennis "Murph" Murphy, of Dubuque; children, Becky Ann (Garry) Hicks, of Missouri, R. Shane (Mary Ellen) Graham, of DePere, WI, Shelby L. (Tim) Bausch, of Potosi, WI, Stacy M. Graham-Pennekamp, of Potosi, WI, Andrew J. Murphy, Dubuque, Patrick D. (fiancé, Holly) Murphy, Grimes, IA,; a sister, Sue Lorraine (Bob) Frederickson, of Washington state; a brother, Danny E. (Cheryl) Hickman, of Seattle, WA; 12 grandchildren, Kara, Ryan, Shania, Kaitlyn, Jared, Seth Daniel, Breanna, Seth, Sami, Rylie, Sydney and Alexandria; 7 great-grandchildren; and her cousin, Jackie Blindert.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and her step-father, Edward Kelly.
A thank you to the staff at Dubuque Fire Rescue, Mercy Medical Center ER, Paramount Ambulance, members of the Cardio Vascular Unit ICU and a special thank you to Luke, Cassie and Brenda.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Aorta Dissection Research at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, in her memory.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com.
Robert Paul Gooch
Robert Paul (Bob) Gooch, 75, was called home to heaven on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque surrounded by his loving family.
A service to celebrate his life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 27, 2016 at St. John's Episcopal Church, Dubuque. His family will receive friends at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.
Bob was born on December 18, 1940, in Burlington, Iowa, the son of Lester and Edith Gooch. He had three older sisters, Meg, Helen and Georgie, and one younger brother, Gary. He graduated from Burlington High School in 1958. In 1962 he received his Bachelor's degree from Vennard College in University Park, Iowa. He graduated and was ordained by the Salvation Army Officer's Seminary in Chicago in 1964.
He was the father of David B. Gooch of Bemidji, Minnesota and Paul A. Gooch of Sauk Rapids, Minnesota. He married Barbara Ann O'Meara in 1976 and a daughter, Kristin M. Moser of Cedar Falls, Iowa, was later born to them. He said before his passing "God blessed me with the greatest and best family there ever was!"
Bob was the Director of the Dubuque Salvation Army Corps for ten years, starting many new programs and, with the help of many Dubuquers, building the present Salvation Army headquarters. He then became the Emergency Management Director for the city and the county of Dubuque where he had a hand with many initiatives including improved storm coverage, communication systems, E911, and the Dubuque County Rescue Squad. He retired from this vocation in 1999.
Bob was involved in many community programs. He served on an advisory panel to Dubuque County Social Services, was President of the Downtown Kiwanis Club, President of the Dubuque County Chapter of the American Heart Association, was a member and past treasurer of the Key City Coin Club, a member and chairman of the Dubuque Salvation Army advisory board, and district chairman of the Dubuque District of the Boy Scouts of America. He served on the Executive Board of the NE Iowa BSA and received the Silver Beaver Award in 1991. He was very active at St. John's Episcopal Church of Dubuque. There he served three terms on St. John's vestry and was active in prison, music and preaching ministries. He served as vice-chairman and board member of the SE Iowa Emergency Medical Services Council and President of the Iowa Emergency Management Director's Association. He received the first annual Iowa EMS Award presented by Governor Terry Branstad in 1987. He was named volunteer of the year by the Iowa Special Olympics in 1992. In 2013, along with his wife Barb, he was awarded the Dubuque County EMS Star of Life award.
He is survived by his dear wife Barbara of Dubuque; a daughter Kristin (Greg) Moser; sons David (Amber) Gooch and Paul (Diane) Gooch; five grandchildren; a brother Gary (Cindy) Gooch; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Colonel Mabel (Gooch) Cedervall, Helen (Gooch) Lee and Georgiana (Gooch) Canterbury; a brother-in-law Leroy Canterbury; and a niece Gigi (Canterbury) Riley.
Bob loved God, his family, his church, fishing, camping and God's creation...this beautiful world. He would leave us this message: "Love God, be faithful, serve him, and I'll see you again just a little further down the road. I love you all! So long for now."
In lieu of flowers a Robert Gooch Memorial Fund has been established. For more information or to leave an online condolence please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.
A special thank you to Dr. Ronald Iverson, Dr. Jill Powers, Dr. Robert Magnus, Dr. Poorani Sekar, Dr. Nicole Jedlicka, Dr. John Whalen, Dr. David Ringold, Dr. Alexander Chung, and Dr. Mark Janes; Dubuque Fire and EMS; Mercy Emergency Room; Mercy ICU, especially Bonnie, Janis and Carol; Mercy surgical services; Mercy chaplain services; the clergy of St. John's; the staff at Stonehill Care Center; and many family and friends.
Edward A. Babka
Edward A. Babka, 88, of Bethany Home, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Monday, June 20.
Funeral services will be held at Noon, Tuesday, June 28, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2155 University Avenue, Dubuque. Burial will be at Linwood Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3-8 p.m., Monday, June 27 at the church. There will be no visitation prior to the service on Tuesday.
Mr. Babka was born on January 8, 1928 in Belvidere, Nebraska, son of Fred W. and Ethel A. (Van Waning) Babka. He married Virginia Marie Kratz on January 10, 1953 in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. They divorced in May of 1982. He married Shirley Stover on April 30, 1983 in Dubuque.
He graduated from Kramer High School, Columbus, Nebraska, in 1945. He served in the U.S. Navy Air Corps from July, 1945 to January, 1947. He graduated from the University of Colorado in 1950, with a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor's Degree in Business.
He worked for General Electric Co., the Nebraska Public Power System and Illinois Power Co., for a combined total of about 8 years. In 1957, he formed the Babka Publishing Co., and for about a year he continued working for the Illinois Power Co., and at the same time, publishing his first publication, "The Antique Trader". He left engineering, and for the next 35 years his company published periodicals and books for the Antiques field. This business was sold in 1992, at which time he retired.
He was a member and elder of Westminster Presbyterian Church, and an associate member of the Pinnacle Peak Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. He belonged to the Dubuque Rotary Club and the Dubuque Golf and Country Club. He served on the University of Dubuque Board of Trustees for more than 40 years, the Boys and Girls Club of Dubuque Board, the Mercantile Bank Board, the Finley Hospital Board, the Mt. Pleasant Board of Trustees, the Carnegie-Stout Library Foundation Board, the American Heart Association Board, and the Dubuque Museum of Art Board. His Masonic affiliations included more than 50 years as a 32nd Degree Scottish Rites Mason, and membership in the Metropolitan Lodge #49 in Dubuque and the El Kahir Shrine in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
He enjoyed traveling with his wife and family, golf, tennis, skiing and playing the piano, both for his own enjoyment and entertaining at various nursing homes in Dubuque. He was awarded the Small Business Person of the Year for Northeastern Iowa in 1982, and he and Shirley were the Outstanding Philanthropists for the Dubuque and Clinton area in 1993. He was installed in the Junior Achievement Tri-States Business Hall of Fame in 2006, and was honored with the Telegraph Herald Media First Citizen Award on New Year's Day of 2016.
Surviving are his wife, Shirley Babka; two children, Nancy Babka (Carla Garrett) of Beverly Hills, CA, Frank Babka of Minnetonka, MN; six step children, Douglas Stover (Jean) of Epworth, IA, Gregory Stover (Peggy) of Marion, IA, Todd Stover (Linda) of Canyon Lake, CA, Kimberly Stover Weires (Rodney) of Dubuque, Kara Stover Barreras (Sam) of Arvada, CO, Kristin Stover Griffin (Russ) of Dickeyville, WI; and a bevy of step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Leonard.
Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd, Dubuque, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be given to the University of Dubuque, Westminster Presbyterian Church, or Unity Point Health - Finley Hospital.
Mary M. Thomas
Mary M. Thomas 92, of Stonehill Care Center, died Friday, June 17, 2016 at Stonehill. Private services were held Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Burial was in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Mary was born on January 1, 1924 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Henry and Anna (Lorang) Thomas. She also had an identical twin, Dorothy.
Surviving are a niece, Claire (Paul) Cherry; nephew, Karlos (Alice) Dasalla; and several nieces and nephews.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her twin; her sisters, Delores, Lucille and her brother, Carl.
The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. is in charge of arrangements.
Donna Northouse, 92 of Dubuque died Monday, June 20, 2016 at home with her loving family by her side.
A private family service will be held followed by burial at Dubuque Memorial Gardens, with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
Donna was born on November 13, 1923 in Garryowen, Iowa the daughter of Thomas and Louise (Hardeyman) Rodgers. She married Paul Northouse on Feb. 11, 1947, and he preceded her in death on October 22, 2015.
Donna loved spending time with family and friends. She especially enjoyed her time dancing with Paul and watching Lawrence Welk.
Donna is survived by her 5 children, Carol (Dave) Orr, Joan (Dean) Bartels, Rick (Linda) Northouse, Jim (Theressa) Northouse, and Tom (Lisa) Northouse; 5 grandchildren, Joe (Tracy), Eric, Emily, Jason, and Logan; and a great grandchild Shawn.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters, Mary and Monica; four brothers, Joe, Orval, Raymond and Willard.
The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care.
Martha J. Smith
Martha J. Smith, 50 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at home surrounded by family after a courageous battle with Breast Cancer.
Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, June 23rd at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.
Martha was born on September 15, 1965 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Robert and Harriet (Haggerty) Runde.
After high school Martha found work at Carlisle Communications where she stayed for many years. In her later years she worked at Sam's Club where she enjoyed interacting with many frequent customers as well as co-workers. In her free time she enjoyed baking, camping, riding her bike and driving wherever the road took her. Martha took immense pride in talking about her kids, and always went out of her way to provide as much love and support to them as she could; they were her pride and joy.
She is survived by her two children, Shane Smith, and Taylor Smith, both of Dubuque; her mother Harriet Runde, of Dubuque; siblings, Debbie (Roger) Denlinger, and Steve Runde, of Dubuque, Peggy (Don) Robertson, of Cuba City, WI, Karen (Roger) McClain, Beverly (Dale) Mueller, Laura (Roger) Bushman, and Cheryl (John) Tigges, all of Dubuque; her companion and friend John Kluesner, of Dubuque; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father Robert "Bob" Runde on December 14, 2011, a brother Dennis, sister-in-law Dawn Runde, and nieces Morgan Mueller, and Laura Robertson.
In lieu of flowers a Martha Smith memorial fund has been established.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Hermann and his staff especially his nurse Sandy, all of Martha's friends and co-workers for all their care and kindness they gave; and a very special thank you to her mother Harriet for all her loving care.
Dale L. Hoffman
Dale LeRoy Hoffman, 80, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away Sunday, June 19, 2016, while enjoying a family dinner in celebration of father's day at his daughters home.
In honor of his wishes private family burial and celebration of life will be at Dubuque Memorial Gardens where both Dale and his wife Darlene who passed in 2014, will be interred together on their 58th wedding anniversary. Military honors for Dale will be accorded by American Legion Post #6.
Dale was born October 6, 1935 in Elkport, IA son of Wilbert and Helen (Amling) Hoffman. He graduated from high school in Edgewood, Iowa, class of 1954. He married Darlene Opal Reimer of Dubuque, IA on June 28, 1958. He is a veteran of the Korean War Conflict.
He was employed at Farley and Loetcher and also at John Deere before his employment with Peoples Natural Gas in 1958 where he spent 28 years before retirement.
He is survived by two daughters, Darla Herbst and Deanna -Dee (John) Sanner and two sons, Dale (Vonda) Hoffman and Dan (Brenda) Hoffman, 8 grandchildren Tim (Katie) Hoffman, Amy Hoffman, Rachael Houselog, Sam Herbst, Jamie Hirsch, Tricia (Matt Louis) Hirsch, Corey Hoffman, and Tia Hoffman. Three step grandchildren Alicia Lux, Jocelyn Sanner and Stacy (Ryan) Avenarius, 4 great grandchildren, 6 step great grandchildren, a brother Bert (Joanne) Hoffman, a brother-in-law Fredrick Tom (Dottie) Reimer and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife in 2014, his parents and a sister Shirley Lewin, three brother in-laws Lionel (Shirley) Lewin, Jack (Sandy) Reimer and Gary Reimer, a sister-in-law Sandy Reimer, and a nephew Steve Hoffman.
The family wishes to thank the Mercy Hospital emergency room staff along with the Dubuque Fire, Paramedics, and Police Departments for their help with Dale.
Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.
Ellen M. Hoefer
Ellen M. Hoefer, 49, of Peosta, Iowa passed away Monday, June 20, 2016 at her home in Peosta, Iowa surrounded by her family.
Friends and relatives may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at St. John's the Baptist Church in Peosta, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. They may also call after 9:00 a.m., on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at St. John's the Baptist Catholic church in Peosta.
Services for Ellen will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at St. John's the Baptist Catholic Church, in Peosta with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Burial will be held in St. John's Cemetery in Centralia, Iowa.
Ellen was born March 23, 1967 in Ryan, Iowa, daughter of Richard "Ed" and Janet (Schaul) Glynn. She was a graduate of West Delware High School and received her Bachelor and Masters degree from the University of Northern Iowa. On July 23, 1994 she was united in marriage to Gregory Hoefer at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Ryan, Iowa. She was employed as Counselor at Drexler Middle School in Farley, Iowa.
She was a loving wife and mother who loved her family. Ellen was very devoted to her job as a school counselor and had a positive effect on many of her students.
She was a member of the St. John's the Baptist Church in Peosta, Iowa.
She is survived by her husband, Gregory Hoefer; two daughters, Emma and Rebecca Hoefer all of Peosta, IA, her parents, Richard "Ed" and Janet Glynn of Ryan, IA; one sister, Sara (Tom) Lupkes of West Des Moines, IA; two brothers, Todd (Lori) Glynn of Urbandale, IA and Marty (Candice) Glynn of Grimes, IA; Maternal Grandmother, Rosalyn Schaul of Manchester, IA, Father and mother-in-law, Tom and Karen Hoefer of Earlville, IA one brother-in-law, Dave (Molly) Hoefer of Earlville, IA; one sister-in-law, Tina (Mike) Schellhorn of Urbana, IA and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, James and Lucina Glynn and Maternal grandfather, Ambrose Schaul, one cousin, Sally Glynn.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com
Phyllis F. Decker
Phyllis F. Decker, 79, of Dubuque passed away Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Unity Point Finley Hospital.
Funeral services will be at 10:30am, Thursday, June 23, 2016 at St. Joseph Key West Catholic Church with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where there will be a parish wake service at 3:00 p.m.
Phyllis was born April 6, 1937 in Dubuque, the daughter of Peter J. and Loretta (Bushman) Thielen.
She married Raymond J. Decker on January 31, 1956 at St. Catherine's Church. Together they farmed in the Massey area for more than 30 years until moving to Dubuque in 1988. Phyllis gave her all to her family. She was a self-proclaimed "home-body," and enjoyed making her home a comfortable place to gather. She enjoyed music, especially polkas, and played the accordion and organ. She was a great cook, enjoyed crocheting, and tended a big, bountiful garden every summer. She will be remembered for her green thumb, her quiet smile, listening ear, and a lap for all her grandkids to sit on.
Phyllis is survived by her 10 children, Shirley (Ken) Shannon of Dubuque, Marty (Carla) Decker of Zwingle, Carol (Randy) Stecher of Dubuque, Diane LeBlang of Centennial, CO, Duane (Sue) Decker of Dubuque, Joan (Randy) Schmerbach of Huxley, Iowa, Bernice (Jim) Trennepohl of Minneapolis, Edward (Kelli) Decker of Dubuque, Janelle (Rick) Schildgen of Gilbert, AZ, and Daryl (Jennifer) Decker of Omaha, NE. She will be missed by her 32 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.
Phyllis is survived by two brothers, Cletus (Monica) Thielen and Clyde (Carlyn) Thielen and sister-in-law Darlene Offerman; her in-laws, Albert (Calista) Decker, Vincent (Evelyn) Decker, Hubert (Liz) Decker, Melita (Virgil) Hansen, Darlene Collins, Fran Decker, Bernadine (Mark) Giese, Louis (Darla) Decker, John Jr. (Irma) Decker, Kenneth Decker, and Charlene Decker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond, on October 3, 2001, her parents, and three brothers, Rev. Thoralf (Bud), Harlan, and Vince Thielen.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Whalen and the staff of Tri-State Dialysis, Hawkeye Care Center, and Unity Point Finley Hospital for their compassionate care.
Raymond Feltes, Jr.
Raymond Feltes Jr., 74, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, June 16, 2016, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa.
A funeral mass celebrating Raymond's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, June 23, 2016, from the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa where a 6:45 P.M. Scripture service will be held. Burial will be at the St. Joseph's Cemetery, Preston, Iowa, with military honors.
Raymond Feltes Jr. was born on October 16, 1941 in Bellevue, Iowa, to Raymond Sr. and Julitta (Jacobs) Feltes. He attended Washington Township #3 "Spunky Ridge" Country School and prior to his marriage he worked as a farm hand. He married Karen Nieland on October 22, 1966 in Preston, Iowa. Shortly thereafter he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served for three years receiving an honorable discharge. Upon returning home he worked for Clinton Engines for many years and then at Caterpillar in Mt. Joy until its closing. He then worked for Gannon Construction and lastly for DenCo Construction retiring in 2005.
Raymond was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, lifetime member of the Preston AMVETS, and had served as a former firefighter and paramedic with the Preston Fire Department.
Raymond enjoyed gardening, wood working and playing cards. He especially enjoyed cooking and was known for his popcorn balls, pies and cinnamon rolls.
Those left to honor Raymond's memory include his wife Karen Feltes of Maquoketa, IA; children Lee Feltes of Mukwonago, WI, Tim Feltes of Maquoketa, IA, Brian (Nikki) Feltes of Maquoketa, IA, and Jennifer (Damon) Mesecher of Meridian, MS; 6 grandchildren; brothers Norlyn Feltes of Maquoketa, IA, and Loras Feltes of Miles, IA; and a brother-in-law Milton Drury of Miles, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Leon, and a sister Mary Lou Drury.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Raymond Feltes Jr. memorial fund has been established.
Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.
Saundra "Soni" Ruggeberg, 76, of Grand Mound, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, June 15, 2016, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, Iowa.
A celebration of Soni's life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at the Union Presbyterian Church in Lost Nation, Iowa followed by a lunch and fellowship at the church. A memorial visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private burial will be held at the Lost Nation, Iowa Cemetery.
Saundra Lee Waugh was born on August 12, 1939 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Howard E. and Velma C. (Petersen) Waugh. She was a 1957 graduate of Elwood High School and then Paris Beauty Academy in 1958. She married Leyland Ruggeberg on November 27, 1960 in Elwood, Iowa. To this union two children were born: Kimberly and Brian.
Soni operated her own cosmetology business in Maquoketa from 1959 to 1964. She then started a family and was a stay-at-home mom until the late 1970's when SKB Enterprises Farm Operation was formed. After her family was raised she started "Soni's Hair Hut" in DeWitt operating it from 1987 to 2010.
Soni was a member of the Union Presbyterian Church in Lost Nation and the Red Hat Society. She was a former member of the Eastern Star, the Iowa and National Hairdressers Association and the Cow Belles. She enjoyed cooking, flowers and her lawn, quilting and cross stitch, and was a self-taught painter. She loved playing cards and belonged to several card clubs, making memory bears for friends and family, and was an avid collector of teddy bears and tea pots.
Those left to honor Soni's memory include her husband Leyland Ruggeberg of Grand Mound, IA; a son Brian (and wife Maureen) Ruggeberg of Huntington, NY; a son-in-law David (and 2nd wife Juliette) Gomez of Tempe, AZ; 4 grandchildren, Zachary and Joshua Gomez, and Collin and Justin Ruggeberg; a sister Judy (and husband Merle) Paulsen of Maquoketa, IA; and a sister-in-law LaVonne (and husband Pete) Petersen of Warrensburg, MO. She was preceded in death by her parents and her daughter Kimberly Ruggeberg-Gomez on February 7, 2009.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Soni Ruggeberg memorial fund has been established.
Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.
Ralph G. Schoenhard
Ralph G. "Bud" Schoenhard, 88, of 1001 Assissi Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of East Dubuque and Scales Mound, Illinois died Saturday, June 18, 2016 at home.
Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Scales Mound. Private family burial will be at Holy Trinity Cemetery in Scales Mound following the visitation.
Bud was born on September 14, 1927 in Scales Mound, the son of Ralph and Mildred (McLean) Schoenhard. He was a graduate of Scales Mound High School and was united in marriage to Helene Hillemeyer on July 18, 1953 at St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Shullsburg, Wisconsin. They were married for 63 years. Following their marriage Bud & Helene resided in Chicago for four years, where he attended Moler Barber College.
He worked for the I.C.R.R. as a section hand. Bud served at the end of WWII in the Merchant Marines during which he sailed to Europe, China and India. He also served his country for another two years during the Korean Conflict.
While being a devoted father rearing six children, he provided for his family as a rural mail carrier for 35 years and a barber for 40 years. Bud was civic minded and showed that by being a village trustee for 35 years. He was also a former member of the Scales Mound Lions Club and the Scales Mound Volunteer Fire Dept.
He enjoyed following sports. Bud was an avid Cincinnati Reds and Green Bay Packers fan. He enjoyed life. Bud loved to drink beer and BS about politics and life. But nothing made him happier than spending time with his family.
Surviving are his wife Helene (Hillemeyer) Schoenhard; six children, Jill (Chuck) Staab of Platteville, Wisconsin, James (Jeanne) Schoenhard of Mercer, Wisconsin, Joan (Steve) Efken of Miromar Lakes, Florida, Jon (Lisa) Schoenhard of Stockton, Illinois, Jean (Tom) Schmieder of Hazel Green, Wisconsin and Jennifer (Kirk) Friederick of Dubuque; 12-grandchildren, Sandra (Rick) Pohle, Bob (Katie), Michael (Mary) and Nick (fiancé Jennifer Edwards) Schoenhard, Lori Ann (Mike) Simmons, Steve (Abbey) Efken, Jr., Ellie Efken, Mallory (fiancé Tyler Hesselbacher) Schoenhard, Alex Schmieder, Maggie, Ethan and Evan Friederick; 5-great-grandchildren, Jack Swenson, Caroline, Sawyer and Lila Schoenhard and Jameson Efken.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Miles Schoenhard.
Memorial may be donated to Hospice of Dubuque.
Helene and family wish to give thanks to the staff at Assissi Village, Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melanie, Stephanie and Ryan for the wonderful care given to their husband and father.
Online condolences maybe left for the family at www.millerfhed.com.
Elaine Graham, age 91, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 6:10 p.m. on Friday, June 17, 2016, at home surrounded by her loving family. To honor Elaine's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Elaine's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at St. Patrick's Church. Burial will be in St. Martin's Cemetery, Cascade, IA. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.
Elaine was born on July 17, 1924, in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of John C. and Lulu (Cavanaugh) O'Brien.
Elaine was born and raised in Cascade and would eventually be united in marriage to Joseph "Joe" R. Graham on April 11, 1945. Their union would be blessed with 60 years, and 5 beautiful children, before he was called home ahead of her on November 7, 2005. Elaine's primary focus, and mission in life, was to be the best wife, mother and grandmother the Lord had gifted her to be. She did however, find the time to earnestly invest over 21 years of her life, outside of the home, with Brown Publishing and Bethany Home. She has been a longtime member of St. Patrick's Church and was faithfully devoted to serving as a eucharistic minister and delivering communion to those who were unable to attend mass in person. Elaine was also a committed member of her Women's Euchre Club for over 50 years and thoroughly enjoyed spending quality time with her friends. In her free time, Elaine was always ready to sit down with family and friends and a freshly broken in deck of cards. We grieve today with the loss of our most precious Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother and friend, but we know that the 91 years, the Lord generously shared her with us, has surely left a positive impact on countless lives and we are all definitely better for the lessons, memories and love she so gracefully shared. She is now joyfully reunited with her husband, Joe, her daughter, Peggy, her parents and siblings and we believe and find comfort in knowing that we will all be together again one day.
Those left to cherish Elaine's memory include
her loving children,
Sheila (Bart) Germaine, Dubuque, IA,
Bill (Jackie) Graham, Stowe, VT,
Robert (Samantha) Graham, Minneapolis, MN
and Molly (Mike) Casey, Dubuque, IA;
her adoring grandchildren,
Jason (Angie) Germaine, Ginny (Lars) Lindgren, Julie (Jim) Earp, Tommy Casey, Timmy Casey and Jackson Graham;
and her precious great-grandchildren, Kaily, Aiden and Owen.
Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, Joseph "Joe" Graham; her daughter, Petty Ketch; her twin grandchildren, Chad and Maggie Burke; her sister, LaVerne Carr; and her brothers, Don, Pat and Jerry O'Brien.
In lieu of flowers, an Elaine Graham memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.
Elaine's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff and residents at Oak Park Place and Hospice of Dubuque for all of the professional and sincerely compassionate care they have provided to Elaine and her family.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com
William D. Upmeyer
William D. "Bill" Upmeyer, 91, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday evening, June 15, 2016, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa.
A celebration of Bill's life will be held 10:30 A.M., Monday, June 20, 2016, from the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 P.M., Sunday, June 19, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Graveside services and burial will be held at 2:30 P.M. Monday from the Oakland Cemetery, Solon, Iowa.
William David Upmeyer was born on October 22, 1924 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Paul William and Dorthea Carol (Bolte) Upmeyer. He was raised in Solon and graduated from Solon High School and then attended the University of Iowa earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He married his college sweetheart Audrey Lenz of Freeport, Illinois on November 5, 1949 in Freeport. To this union three children were born: David, Cathryn and Steven.
Bill had received his Professional License in Engineering and Land Surveying. He worked for the Highway Commission for 20 years where he was the Resident Construction Engineer for ten of those years. He was the Jackson County Engineer for 18 years, retiring in 1986. Upon retirement, he continued doing land surveying for ten years.
Bill was an active member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, and a former member of the Maquoketa Lions Club where he had served as a past president. He was a member of the Society of Land Surveyors of Iowa, past president of the Iowa County Engineer's Association, and received the Outstanding County Engineer Achievement Award in 1985.
Bill enjoyed woodworking, fishing, golfing and gardening. Most importantly he loved spending time with his family.
Those left to honor Bill's memory include his wife Audrey Upmeyer of Maquoketa, IA; children, David (Peg) Upmeyer of Grosse Pointe, MI, Cathryn (William) Rickard of Smyrna, NY, and Steven (Jane) Upmeyer of Tell City, IN; 4 granddaughters, Julie Upmeyer, Dianne (Shawn) Larson, Amy (Josh) Smith, and Staci Upmeyer; a great-granddaughter, Meredith Jane Smith; brother-in-law James Lenz and wife Susanne; 1 niece and 3 nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother Paul William.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Camp Courageous of Iowa, First Lutheran Church, or to the William and Audrey Upmeyer Family Scholarship Fund (through the Community Foundation of Jackson County).
Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.
Francis J. Williams
Francis J. Williams, 80 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on June 17th, 2016 at home surrounded by his loving family; after a courageous battle with cancer.
Friends and family may pay their respects on Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.
Francis was born on September 16, 1935 in Washington, Iowa the son of Cecil and Luretta (Cordel) Williams. Francis was very proud of his service to our Country while in the National Guard.
He married Mary Ellen Thomas on April 6, 1969 in Asbury, Iowa. Together they had two children and celebrated 47 happy years of marriage. Fran was a very loving husband, father, papa and friend.
He was a kind humble and gentle soul who made a friend in everyone. He enjoyed his family greatly. He was an outdoorsman who worked as a logger for many years. Fran was an avid hunter and fisherman who enjoyed telling his stories about "Big Game Hunting" in Montana.
Fran's quote to his daughter, Kelly, in his final days was "In this world, we're all going down the same path."
He is survived by his wife Mary; children, Greg Williams, Bonnie Williams, Debbie (Martin) Gall, all of Oregon, Kelly (Gary) Laugesen, of Dubuque, John (Shawna) Williams, of Cascade; stepson Jock (Jeanna) Edwards, of Maquoketa; sisters, Anna Fay Nelson, of Florida, Marie (Jerry) Loney, of Dyersville, Jenny Whitehead of Missouri, and Rosella Goodwin, of Cedar Rapids, along with many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Lucille, stepsons, Billy, Harry, Eddy, and Steve Edwards, stepdaughter Tammy Dauber; brother Eddy (Sylvia) Williams and brother-in-law George Goodwin.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Hermann, Dr. Tony Heiar, and Hospice of Dubuque for all their care they gave; and a special thank you to his son John for the care he gave his father during his last days.
A Francis Williams memorial fund will be established.
Thomas J. Shanahan
Thomas J. Shanahan, 75 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday, June 16th, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, after a fall at home.
Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday June 20th, 2016 at the Church of the Nativity with Rev. James Miller officiating. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, June 19th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Family and friends may also gather after 9:30 a.m. Monday at the church until time of mass.
Tom was born on October 21, 1940 in Dubuque, Iowa, the 2nd child of thirteen, to Cornelius and Estelle (Melloy) Shanahan. He married Mary Donovan on August 25, 1962 at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler, WI.
He worked for Dubuque John Deere retiring in 1995 after 30 years, and was a member of the UAW Local 94. After retirement Tom worked for Hartig Drug for eight years delivering medication.
Tom enjoyed playing pool, was an avid outdoorsman, liked to hunt, cut wood, enjoyed fishing wand watching baseball or indulging in a good game of euchre; but his greatest passion was trapshooting and was a lifetime member of the ATA. He was well decorated and received multiple state trapshooting awards.
He is survived by his loving family, his wife Mary; three sons, Dean (Michelle) Shanahan, of Dubuque, Gary Shanahan, of Dubuque and Daniel (Melody) Shanahan, of Janesville, WI; five grandchildren, Derek, Nicole, Alison, Ally and Avery. His siblings, Jerry (Marilyn) Shanahan, Neil Shanahan, Jim (Connie) Shanahan, Marie (Jerry Willey) Shanahan, Richard (Shelley) Shanahan, Phil Shanahan, Bill (Maureen) Shanahan, Barb (Randy) McPhail, Deb Gaschler, Joanne Shanahan. Sister-in-law, Gilley Shanahan and brother-in-law, Jerry Donahue, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings Suzanne Donahue and Steve Shanahan.
In lieu of flowers a Thomas Shanahan memorial fund will be established.
The family wishes to thank the Dubuque Fire and EMS, Finley Hospital Emergency Room, Med Flight Services, and to the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics for all their care and kindness.
Edward L. Gansen
Mr. Edward Leo Gansen, 88 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 at home; surrounded by his family.
Services will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, June 18th at Holy Family Church, New Melleray with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, June 17th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a parish wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. and a rosary will be led by the Knights of Columbus Council 5513 at 7:00 p.m.
Ed was born on January 25, 1928 in Peosta, Iowa the son of William and Marie (Theisen) Gansen. He married Marjean McMullen on Sept. 21, 1949 at St. Martin's Church in Cascade, Iowa. They enjoyed 54 years of marriage, before she preceded him in death on March 15th, 2004.
He operated a service station before taking a position at John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works. He retired from John Deere in 1987, after 30 years of service. He was an active member of UAW local 94.
He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church for 55 years. He was a 4th Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus. He held numerous positions in the K of C Council 5513, including Grand Knight, Past Grand Knight, and Trustee.
He belonged to the John Deere Retirees Club, and the Social Connection, a singles club. It was at the Social Connection he met his friend and companion Lulubell "Lu" Plumley.
He is survived by his six children: Ron (Shirley) Gansen, of Dubuque; Barb Carlson, of Elkhorn WI; Rick (Micki) Gansen, of Cedar Rapids, IA; Carol (Karl) Poelker, of Safety Harbor, FL; Debbie (Bob) Schroeder, of Crest Hill, IL; Terry (Jennifer) Gansen, of Appleton, WI; Seventeen grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. His siblings, Cyril "Cy" Gansen, Francis Gansen, Melita (Ray) LaPoint, Mary Lou McFadden, Shirley (Roger) Eppler, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marjean; siblings: Bernard Gansen, Florence Delaney, and William "Bill" Gansen.
In lieu of flowers, an Edward Gansen memorial fund will be established.
John Schmid, Sr.
John Schmid, Sr., age 94, of Davenport and Dubuque, IA passed away peacefully on June 15, 2016.
A wake will be held on Sunday, June 19th from 1:30pm-4pm at Bethany Home (1005 Lincoln Ave, Dubuque). On Monday, June 20 visitation at 9am and celebration Mass at 10am in Davenport will be held at St. Anthony's Church , 417 Main Street, Davenport. Interment follows at Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Davenport. Following interment the family invites friends to gather at the Outing Club, 2109 Brady Street, Davenport.
John was born on February, 5, 1922 in Dubuque, IA to Josephine and Titus B. Schmid. He graduated with his high school degree from Dubuque's Loras Academy in 1939, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in business from Notre Dame University in 1942.
After college John met and married Bette Davis when he went to work at his family's Crescent Electric Supply Company branch in Davenport, IA. He was very proud to see this business continue today, nearly 100 years strong. He became regional manager, company vice president and also served on the company's board of directors well into his seventies when he retired.
He was a proud member and past president of the Davenport Rotary Club, board member at C.A.S.I. (Center for Active Seniors), supporter of the Kahl Home and the Davenport Community Foundation. He was a devoted Catholic and a member of Sacred Heart Cathedral and St. Anthony's church in Davenport. He was well known for telling a good joke, dancing with his dear wife Bette, hunting pheasants, drinking manhattans, and rooting for Notre Dame, University of Iowa, Chicago Cubs and Bulls sports teams. He was a member of the Davenport Club and the Outing Club. His love of golf was on display (owning a 6 handicap some years) as a member of the Davenport Country Club and Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club. John had a passion for poker and euchre; certainly living up to the phrase "you wouldn't be a Dubuquer if you didn't play euchre". He also never thought that bow ties went out of fashion.
John is preceded in death by wife Bette and son Bob Schmid and his parents Josephine and Titus B Schmid, survived by his sisters Mary Christiansen (CN) and Janet Rhomberg, sister-in-law Mary Schmid (Dubuque), his children Chris Schmid (Scottsdale, AZ), Jack and Mantea Schmid (Dubuque, IA), Kathy and Chuck Munson (Paradise Valley, AZ) and Nan Schmid and Steve Johnson (New York, NY). He received great joy from his three grandchildren, Dana Munson (Florham Park, NJ), John III and Alex Schmid (Dubuque, IA). John Sr. proudly proclaimed that his grandchildren provided a legacy of quality, not quantity, which is certainly very true. John will also be missed by many adoring nieces and nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.
His family would like to thank the good care he received from his team of devoted nurses, assistants and staff at Bethany Home in Dubuque where he lived for the past 5 years. Everyone knew John at Bethany for his always ready smile and the quick wit he easily shared with all he met. Special thanks to Hospice of Dubuque for their special care making him comfortable in the past several months.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the following charities in John's memory: Bethany Home (1005 Lincoln Ave, Dubuque, IA 52001 or C.A.S.I. at 1035 W. Kimberly Rd, Davenport, IA 52806. Funeral arrangements made by Hoffman Schneider Funeral Home in Dubuque. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com
Stephen M. Maiers
Stephen M. "Oscar" Maiers, 64, of Dubuque died Tuesday at Mercy Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 pm Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 4:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9 a.m. Monday at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.
Oscar was born July 13, 1951 in Holy Cross, Iowa, son of Jerome and Benedetta (Giunta) Maiers. He graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School in 1969 and worked for Eagle Window and Door for over 25 years.
Oscar enjoyed hunting, fishing and golf. He was a fan of the Cubs and Bears.
Surviving are his daughter, Stephanie Maiers of Dubuque; his former spouse, Deanna Boardman of Dubuque; and his special friend, Sherrian "Sharon" Walton of Dubuque.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
For further information, or to leave an online condolence for the family, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center, especially Martha, for their wonderful care.
Ruth J. (Buelow) Hayes
Ruth J. (Buelow) Hayes passed away at the age of 90 on June 16, 2016 at Luther Manor in Dubuque, Iowa.
A Visitation for Ruth will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 20th , 2016 at Summit Congregational United Church of Christ, 2885 John F Kennedy Rd. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, June 21th , 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Summit Congregational United Church of Christ, 2885 John F Kennedy Rd., conducted by Rev. Ms. Karen Candee with burial to follow at Linwood Cemetery.
Ruth was born on November 27, 1925 in Dubuque, IA to John and Myrtle Adams Buelow. Ruth was a Dubuque resident her entire life, graduating from Dubuque Senior High School in 1943. In her early years she worked for the Merchant Marine Insurance Company. In addition to raising four children, she worked at Grandview Drug Store for many years as a Post Office Clerk, and then continued working at Palmer Drug into her early 70's.
Ruth met her lifelong love and friend, John Robert Hayes in 1947 and they were married on May 2, 1948. They remained steadfast partners in life through the ups and downs of raising and providing for their four children, Dennis, Susie, Debbie and Kim.
Ruth gave everyone she met her interesting perspective on life, just by being herself. She was very quick witted and always willing to give you an opinion, a warning (don't go outside in just your socks!) and also a hug, a smile, a laugh, or an uncontrollable giggle. Her thoughts usually included a swear word, here and there, which we came to expect. If she gave you a nose wrinkle, you knew you were her friend. This continued up to her last days.
Ruth was a lifelong member of Summit Congregational United Church of Christ. She was a member of the Church Women's Auxiliary in its day, worked tirelessly helping in the Church kitchen, baking cookies for Fellowship and for the Summit Annual Cookie walk. Ruth loved her Church and Community of Faith. Almost all of Ruth and John's close knit group of friends have passed on, but she remembered them fondly as "she or he was a peach."
Ruth's favorite activities included walks with John, playing Euchre, Cribbage and Yahtzee and watching baseball and basketball. Ruth leaves us with her favorite pastimes of choosing a color and counting cars, and playing "my father owns a grocery store", which we did for hours on end sitting on the porch swing at our family home on W. 3rd Street. Together, Ruth and John left us with wonderful memories that we will pass on for years to come.
Ruth is survived by her son, Dennis (Gail) Hayes of Dubuque, who lovingly and without fail, provided for her daily care and needs in the last few years, and three daughters, Sue (Dan) Renfrow of Des Moines, IA, Debbie Brady of Denver, CO and Kim (David Hoefer) Hayes of Seattle, WA. Ruth is survived by nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren: Justin (Angie) Hayes and Zebulon of Lone Tree, CO, Jared Hayes of Denver, CO, Sasha (Mel) Krizer and Ellis, Sophia and Lillian of Des Moines, IA, Ashley (Mike) Carruthers and Parker of Des Moines, IA, Kara Renfrow (Zach Daly) and Andreas and Eliana of Des Moines, IA, Lauren Brady of Brooklyn, NY, Benjamin Brady of Oakland, CA, Zachary Hayes Hoefer of Seattle, WA and Matthew Hayes Hoefer of Seattle, WA. She is also survived by her nephew, Michael (Cheryl) Buelow of Dubuque and nieces, Roberta (Peter) Boyd of Vermont and Lisa Buelow of West Des Moines, IA.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, John Robert; her parents; brothers Don, Howard, Bob and Milt Buelow; sister Dorothy Buelow; and by her daughter-in-law, Lesley Hayes and son-in-law, Kevin Brady.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Matthew Kirkendall and Kate for their years of care for both John and Ruth. We also thank the staff at Finley Hospital for their excellent nursing care and to Belltower Living, Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their dedicated care and support.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Summit United Church of Christ to support their Children and Youth Ministry.
Local arrangements with Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com
Heather A. Norman
Heather A. Norman, 45, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, June 13, 2016, at her mother's home, surrounded by her mother and two sisters, in the gentle care of Hospice of Dubuque. She died with great poise, elegance, and wisdom beyond her years.
Friends and family are invited to attend a celebration of Heather's life, to be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at the Dubuque Museum of Art, 701 Locust St. Private inurnment near her father will take place in the Johannes Chapel at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. is entrusted with arrangements.
Heather was born September 27, 1970 in Dubuque, the daughter of Wayne A. Norman Jr. and Kathryn A. (Urell) Norman.
She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1989, and went on to earn a B.A. in Art from the University of Iowa, graduating in 2000. Heather went on to earn her J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, MN in 2006, where she received honors in her area of specialty, Intellectual Property.
Following law school, Heather joined her father in practice at the Norman Law Firm P.C. She was a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, and served for one year as President of the Dubuque Chapter.
While attending the University of Iowa, Heather met and married Mark Cone, and although they later divorced, they remained close friends until his death from a terminal illness in September of 2015.
Art was a passion for Heather, and she was employed as curator at the Dubuque Museum of Art from 2000-2003, during which time she started Art After Hours. She was also an accomplished artist, and had a very successful art show in 2001 at the University of Dubuque.
Heather was a talented ballerina, and danced with the Heartland Ballet from the age of 6 until she was 18. She danced several leads in various productions, and also danced with the Joffrey Ballet in Iowa City for a summer.
Heather was a gifted poet, and a talented hostess and cook. She was a wonderful daughter, sister, niece, aunt, and godmother to her nephew Owen. Her spirit and her infectious laugh will be deeply missed.
Heather is survived by her mother, Kathryn Norman of Dubuque; two sisters, Sarah E. Norman of Boston, MA, and Jennifer S. (Erik) Edwards of Milwaukee, WI; and two nephews, Owen and Elliott Edwards.
She was preceded in death by her father, Wayne A. Norman Jr.; her paternal grandparents, Wayne and Edith Norman; and her maternal grandparents, Frank Urell and Marjorie (Urell) Erhart.
Memorials may be given to the Dubuque Museum of Art; Two by Two; and Hospice of Dubuque.
Heather's family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, and all the family and friends who have offered their support.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com
Darlene J. Stierman
Darlene J. Stierman, age 86, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 6:25 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center after a short illness which she faced with the same faith and strength that she has shown throughout her life.
To honor Darlene's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 20, 2016, at St. Anthony's Church, 1880 Saint Ambrose Street, with Rev. Steven J. Rosonke officiating. To celebrate Darlene's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Darlene was born on January 3, 1930, in Dyersville, IA, daughter of Ed and Minnie (Willenborg) Reicher. She was baptized as Darlene Joyce Josephine at St. Francis Xavier Basilica. At the age of ten, she was confirmed and chose St. Theresa, the Little Flower, as her patron saint. Darlene had many fond and precious memories of her years at the parish and school, including Corpus Christi processions and her love of the nuns who taught her.
At the age of 14, Darlene moved with her family to Dubuque. She was united in marriage to Norman Stierman at Holy Ghost Church on June 26, 1954. They were blessed with almost 45 years of marriage and one daughter before he was called home ahead of her on June 25, 1999. Darlene devoted countless hours to caring for her husband in his final years.
A warm and generous woman, faith and family were always at the center of Darlene's life. Her first job was at Dubuque's first drive in restaurant, The Green Top. She worked for many years at A.Y. McDonald, where she was named an Industrial Park Queen candidate in conjunction with the company baseball team. Always a devoted wife and mother, who put the needs of her loved ones ahead of her own, she was happy to be a dedicated stay at home mom during her daughter's childhood years, returning to employment only after her daughter entered high school. It was at that time that she joined Martings Shoes as one of its first employees. She worked there for 20 years as a sales associate and manager. She was affectionately known as "Mom" to the younger employees there. Her job was about more than selling shoes to her; it was about helping people and brightening their day. Some of her favorite customers were moms with young children and the elderly, especially elderly nuns. Years after retiring, she would run into former customers who remembered her fondly as the "shoe lady".
Darlene was an inspiration in the faith to many. She bore the crosses in her life with absolute elegance and kept a strong and joyful spirit throughout the years, striving to trust in the Lord no matter what life brought her way. She was a member of St. Anthony parish for over 60 years. She dedicated time each day to prayer and intercession, especially through the Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary and in later years, also the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. She was particularly devoted to her daughter, son in law and grandsons, showering them with love and willing to do anything for them. Darlene was honored to be Godmother to Daniel and Confirmation Sponsor to Matthew. She enjoyed spending time with them doing anything from playing board games to attending performances and sporting events. She was also close to many in her extended family and was Godmother to 2 nieces and a cousin.
A love of people and of life, founded on her deep faith and love of God, allowed her to be a sweet and happy person who spent her life bringing sunshine to others. Even in her later months of life, she visited residents in nursing homes and brightened their days with her cheerful outlook. Darlene enjoyed the beauty of the changing seasons, flower gardens, dogs, music, and many simple pleasures. She lived a beautiful life and will be deeply missed by those who love her.
"Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves." J.M. Barrie
Those left to cherish Darlene's memory include
her loving daughter, Dana (Scott) Charland, Dubuque, IA;
her two adoring grandsons, Daniel Charland and Matthew Charland, both of Dubuque, IA;
her sister, Carole Martin, Dubuque, IA;
and her brother, Wayne (Rita) Reicher, Dubuque, IA.
She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Darlene was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Norman; 4 grandchildren, Jesse, Peter, Mary and David Charland; a sister, Norma Von Ah; and her brothers-in-law, Bob Von Ah and Jim Martin.
A Darlene J. Stierman memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among Darlene's favorite charities.
The family would like to extend a sincere and gracious thank you to all the nurses and staff at Stonehill and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their compassionate and tender care.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com
Andrew G. Burgmeier
Our beloved Andrew G. Burgmeier, 51, of Dubuque died Saturday, June 11, 2016 at the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 18 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson and Rev. Alan Dietzenbach officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 17 at the Church where a parish scripture wake service will be recited at 7:30.
Andy was born on June 5, 1965 in Dubuque, the son of John "Jack" and Patricia (Hutton) Burgmeier. He graduated from Wahlert High School, Class of 1983 and received his bachelor's degree with honors from Loras College, Class of 1987. In that same year, on December 18th 1987, he married the love of his life and soul mate, Michelle "Shelly" Frommelt at the Church of St. Raphael's Cathedral.
Andy was a tremendous athlete in his high school years, excelling in football, wrestling, baseball, and track. In high school, he was named Homecoming King of his senior class of 1983. He extended his love of sports through his involvement in Wahlert Catholic athletics and the Loras College soccer program, both of which he was an active booster member. Andy was awarded as "Coach of the Year" through his involvement in the youth soccer club. He was an avid Notre Dame and Iowa Hawkeye fan. In addition to his love for sports, he enjoyed hunting and was an active member of Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, and an honorary member in the 990 Shooting Club.
Faith was a tremendous part of his life. He belonged to St. Joseph the Worker Parish, where he attended church on Sundays with his family and participated in CEW's. He was a former member of Dubuque Golf and Country Club and an active member in the Dubuque Optimist Club. He thrived for the past 27 years as a sales representative for Georgia Pacific, earning salesman of the year for five consecutive years.
Above all things, he adored his wife Shelly and was most proud of his children and their accomplishments. He was their biggest supporter and mentor. Andy's siblings, who he considered to be his closest friends, referred to him as "Pan." One of his favorite activities was watching sporting events and reminiscing childhood stories with his brothers. Passed down from his father Jack, "2nd effort" was Andy's motto.
Faith, family and friends were his life. His contagious smile and uplifting spirit will forever be imprinted in all those he knew and loved. He will forever be known as a great husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend for eternity.
Surviving are his wife, Michelle; children Kaitlyn, Emily (fiance Eric May), Mitchell, Matthew and Elle; siblings Mike, Kim Berntgen, Scott (Theresa), Jeff (Beth), Tony (Robin), Greg (Karen), and Brad Burgmeier; sister-in-law Julie Burgmeier; mother-in-law Nancy Frommelt; brothers- and sisters-in-law Michael (Stefanie) Frommelt, Jonathan (fiance Karen Teagarden) Frommelt, Nicholas (Julie) Frommelt and Theresa (John) Gibson; also surviving are many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Ted Burgmeier; and his father-in-law, John Frommelt.
The Burgmeier family wishes to extend a special thank you to American Trust & Savings Bank and Mike Peters for their generosity in providing air transportation to and from Missouri. We would also like to thank the Missouri State Patrol and dive team.
The family requests no flowers. An Andrew G. Burgmeier memorial fund has been established.
For more information or to leave an online condolence please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com
Brandon M. Heiar
Brandon M. Heiar, 43, of Dubuque passed away Friday, June 10, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic, Iowa City, Iowa.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 13th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Rev. Kyle Digmann officiating. Entombment will be in the mausoleum at Linwood Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 12 at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 3 p.m.
Brandon was born May 22, 1973 in Dubuque, the son of Benjamin and Patricia A. (Beckman) Heiar. He attended Hellen Keller School and Eisenhower in Dubuque. Brandon was employed for many years at Area Residential Care.
Brandon enjoyed walking, being outside, and swinging on swings, especially the glider at the Arboretum. He also liked to listen to the Hawkeyes, Cubs, and country music on the radio. One of his favorite activities was going "bootscootin" at the Fairgrounds.
Surviving is his father, Benjamin Heiar, of Dubuque; four brothers, Blair (Marie) Heiar, Blaine (Teresa) Heiar, Blake (Cheryl) Heiar, and Brice (Jessica) Heiar; many nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles; and his special friend Butch, the King Charles cocker spaniel.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia in 2015.
Memorials may be made to the Brandon Heiar Memorial Fund.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to his nurse April in the ICU at Iowa City, and to Martha Steward of ARC.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com
Joseph M. Mussehl
Joseph M. "Joe" Mussehl, age 54, of Dubuque, IA, was called home suddenly on Saturday, June 11, 2016. To honor Joe's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. To celebrate Joe's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Joe was born on May 7, 1962, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Lawrence and Avis (Groff) Mussehl.
Joe was proud to be a lifelong resident of Dubuque where he earnestly invested his working career within various factories throughout the area. He was united in marriage to Gail Shaffer on October 8, 1986, in Dubuque. They would spend 27 years together before Gail was called home ahead of him on February 26, 2014. In his free time, Joe enjoyed capturing every moment he could in the great outdoors. He especially loved to go hunting, fishing, canoeing and camping with family and friends. Joe's earthly journey is now complete and we will cherish all the good memories he leaves behind.
Those left to cherish Joe's memory include
Cecilia Mussehl, Altamonte Springs, FL.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Gail Mussehl.
A Joseph M. Mussehl memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com
Ann V. Adams
Ann V. Adams, 78, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, passed from the loving arms of her family into the arms of God, after a courageous battle with cancer on Monday, June 13, 2016, at home. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 17, 2016, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Thursday 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 9:00-9:45 a.m. Friday at the funeral home before the service.
Ann was born on June 30, 1937, in Five Points, Iowa, the daughter of George G. and Christina B. (Stoffel) Gansemer. She married Jerome G. Adams on April 23, 1960, at St. Philomena Church in Belmont. Together they managed the family farm for many years.
Ann was a loving wife and dedicated mother who brought into the world ten amazing children that were blessed by her unwavering love and care. She easily found room to add another string in her strong growing heart for each new treasured grandchild that came along, need we say more. A friend to many, always ready to listen and share a kind word or helping hand. The daughter of a farmer deeply rooted in faith and the earth, she would live no other way or no place beside the family farm. Farm life was her way, to care for the animals and crops, with extra care of horses, dogs and the many stray cats that came to call her barn a home. Her vegetable gardens brought a bountiful supply of food for many a tasty family meal. The flowers she nurtured would bring forth butterflies of all kinds to feed on the sweet nectar of each bloom. She enjoyed canning, baking bread, doing crossword puzzles and playing cards. She loved to visit and take in the beauty of the Midwest and West of this great land we all call home. Ann looked forward to the weekly Friday night gatherings with her family. She has been taken too soon from us all. Everyone that knew her will miss her presence, but she will live on in each of our shared experiences and memories.
Survivors include her husband, Jerome; her children, Jerome (Kimberly) Adams, of Waterford, Vickie (John) Mowry, of Benton, Rodney (Sandy) Adams, Shelley (Tom) Richards, Jodie (Paul) Carey, Bradley (Farah) Adams and Patrick (Kimberly) Adams, all of Cuba City, Peggy (Bob) Kruser, of Hazel Green, Kimberly (Chris) Loeffelholz and Todd (Angie) Adams, both of Cuba City; and her grandchildren, Jerad, Ashley, Zachary, Amanda, Brandon, Jamey, Benjamin, Katelyn, Kelsey, Jacob, Mariah, Kaden, Avari, Devin, Jenna, Brittney, Megan, Daniel, Andrew, Landon, Ethan, Trevor, Derek and Ian. She is also survived by three sisters, Mary Rupp, Donita Clendenon, and Joyce (Kenny) Schmitt; a brother, Robert (Bonnie) Gansemer; and her brothers and sisters-in-law, Nicholas Schmitt, Lorraine Knapp, Carolee (Don) Birschbach, Linda (David) Bockhop, Darlene Adams, Steven (special friend, Rossana) Adams and Jeffrey (special friend, Deb) Adams.
She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Morgan Kruser; two sisters, Dorothy Schrobilgen and Carol Schmitt; and seven brothers-in-law, Robert Schrobilgen, Dale Rupp, Lloyd Clendenon, Vince Wernimont, Robert Knapp, Merlyn Adams and Stanley Adams; and two sisters-in-law, Evelyn Mechanic and Ramona Adams.
An Ann V. Adams Memorial Fund has been established.
Online condolences for the family may be left at www.caseyfuneralhome.net.
Robert W. Beitzel
Robert W. "Bob" Beitzel, 85, of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, passed away on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at Ennoble Manor Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 16, 2016 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville, Wisconsin, with Fr. Bernard Rott and Fr. Jack Paisley concelebrating. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery at Asbury, Iowa, with military honors accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps League.
Visitation will be from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday. A visitation will also be from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. on Thursday at Holy Ghost Church.
Bob was born on February 2, 1931 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Albert and Stella (Jochum) Beitzel. He was united in marriage to RoseAnne Rinehart on August 28, 1954. She preceded him in death on February 1, 1970. He later married Elsie (Juergens) Klaas on September 2, 1980 at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque.
Bob previously worked for Fred Jackson Tuckpointing Company. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict serving with the U. S. Army. Bob was a member of K. of C. Council #510 of Dubuque and Holy Ghost Parish in Dickeyville. He loved to travel, play cards and enjoyed woodworking. One of Bob's most enjoyable moments, was when he was able to go on the Honor Flight to Washington, D. C. with his niece Sherry Hinz as his guardian.
Surviving are his wife, Elsie; two daughters, Brenda (Gerald) Leppert of East Dubuque and Joanna (Curt) (Sheehan) Block of Dubuque; 6-grandchildren and 10-great-grandchildren; his step-children, Mary Davidson, Kathryn (Vernon) Tranel, Bill Klaas, Gary (Jacki) Klaas and Joseph (Susan) Klaas; 13-step grandchildren and 9 step-great-grandchildren; his siblings, Pete (Betty) Beitzel, Mary Lou (Bob) Schauer, Jean (Louis) Sigwarth and Pat (Ted) Lightcaps.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Tina Marie Stoltz, two sisters Rita (Harry) Thielen and Katie (Ike) Lakeman, sister-in-law, Mary Jane Beitzel, brother-in-law Alan Jackson,step-son, Thomas Klaas and a great granddaughter Layne Leppert.
A Robert W. "Bob" Beitzel memorial fund has been established.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.millerfhed.com.
Linda S. Gorman
Linda S. Gorman, age 64, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 6:35 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at home surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. To honor Linda's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 16, 2016, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street. To celebrate Linda's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Linda was born on December 12, 1951, in West Union, Iowa, daughter of Joseph and Genevieve (Bouska) Gorman.
Linda has been blessed with 37 wonderful years together with the love of her life, Mitchell Loso; but truth be known, they had been destined partners since their early grade school days together at St. Mary's School. Linda humbly invested over 37 years of her time and talents with Aramark until health issues forced her into early retirement in 2011. She was a longtime and faithful member of St. Mary's Church and eagerly continued to practice her faith at St. Patrick's and Cathedral as the years moved forward. In her free time, Linda enjoyed a challenging game of pool, a fun game of cards with family and was always willing to try her luck at the bingo hall. Linda was a generously kind-hearted, and genuinely caring woman, who found great joy in helping others and giving of herself. She was also a strong willed survivor who was intent on beating the odds even when they were stacked against her. Her drive and determination became clearly evident to all who knew and loved her during her 5 year battle with cancer. Linda has been called home much too early for our hearts to immediately accept, but we find comfort in knowing that her earthly struggles have now ceased and she finds eternal peace in the arms of her Lord. She has once again been reunited with her family, who've been called ahead of her, and will finally get to sing along side Elvis in the Heavenly Choir. God speed Thy good and faithful servant.
Those left to cherish Linda's memory include
her long time love,
Mitchell, Dubuque, Iowa;
Jessica (Joshua) Thompson, Dubuque, Iowa;
a grandchild on the way;
Duane (Dorothy) Gorman, Dubuque, IA,
Mary Ann (Kenneth) Jewell, East Dubuque, IL,
Ronald (Kathy) Gorman, Dubuque, IA,
Joan Hohmann, Dubuque, IA
and Deborah (Pat) Lomas, Dubuque, IA;
she is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Linda was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Theodore Gorman; and a sister in infancy Laura Gorman.
A Linda S. Gorman memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.
Linda's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Schultheis and the nurses and staff of Medical Associates Oncology, The Wendt Cancer Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all of the outstanding care they provided Linda and her family.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com