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Betty J. Taylor David William Miller Debra A. Mootz
Delma Timm Dorothy M. Beetem Douglas A. Lenhart
Erwin Richard Klostermann Gene L. Duwe Helen E. Schroeder
Irene Pearl Revenig James J. Weber Janel Kae Geisert
Jeffrey E. Adams John J. “J.B.” Brimeyer Jr. Judy A. Gaul
Lois Darlene Weirup Loras F. Stecher Lorraine M. Gearheart
Mary P. Tobin Michael C. DeMaio Michael J. Covington
Odilo H. Steines Richard C. Potter Rob A. Heck
Robert Anthony (Doc) Beecher, DVM Robert J. Ernzen Sister Clementine Kuhle
Sister Ignatia (Helen) Rosenbaum, OSF Sister Mary Ellen McDonagh Sister Muriel McCarthy, BVM
Susan R. Steinberg Thomas Charles Frasher Thomas J. Eitter
Thomas J. Schmidt Thomas Joseph Beurskens Virginia Belle (Schumacher) Cupps

Helen E. Schroeder


Helen E. Schroeder, 94, of Dubuque passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at home.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, November 16 at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., Friday at the church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is assisting the family.

Helen was born on April 25, 1924 in Dubuque, the daughter of Leland and Bernadette (Grotkin) Kircher.

She married Robert W. Schroeder in September of 1947. He preceded her in death on October 30, 1997.

Helen graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy. She worked in the office at Wahlert High School for over 18 years and continued to volunteer there after retirement.

She was a member of Resurrection Catholic Church, where she enjoyed volunteering and making crafts.

Helen also enjoyed volunteering at the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.

She is survived by her sisters, Mary Frances (Robert) Lewis and Leota Kircher, both of Dubuque; sisters-in-law, Bonnie Kratz, of Dubuque, Shirley Blankenship, of Anchorage, AK., and Millie Schroeder, of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Karen Schroeder; son, Steven Schroeder; sisters, Kathleen (Huck) Greenwald and Arlene (Fritz) Conrad; brothers-in-law, William "Jerry" Blankenship, Donald Kratz and Donald Schroeder.

Memorials may be given to Resurrection Church, Student Education Assistance.

Special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy and Peggy.



Thomas Charles Frasher

Thomas Charles Frasher, 66, of Ryan, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, November 10, 2018, at his residence. 

A Graveside Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 16, 2018, at Golden Prairie Cemetery in Ryan. 

He was born on January 10, 1952, in Manchester, the son of Orland and Joyce (Locke) Frasher. Thomas enjoyed helping others.

Survivors include his sister, Pam Moser of Waterloo, and several cousins.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers in infancy, Kevin and Peter.

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



Virginia Belle (Schumacher) Cupps


Virginia Belle (Schumacher) Cupps, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on November 13th, 2018 at Luther Manor.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday November 17th, 2018 at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Thomas McDermott officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 6:45 p.m.

Virginia was born on February 10, 1931 the daughter of Melvin and Alice (Skinner) Schumacher. She married Gerald "Jerry" Cupps on August 29, 1953 They were married for 56 years before he passed away in October of 2009. She worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company for many years.

She was raised and loved by her grandparents and many cousins on the Skinner Family farm in Cassville, Wisconsin. Virginia was always there for others and loved by many.

Virginia was a singer in a band with her husband Jerry along with other family and friends. They played at many places in Dubuque, Illinois and Wisconsin. She really enjoyed singing, and cooking, especially her Christmas candies and Halloween treats. She also enjoyed gardening, fishing, crocheting, crossword and jigsaw puzzles, giving to her neighbors, and caring for others.

She loved all the staff and activities at Luther Manor.
Virginia loved her children dearly and was a wonderful mother. She was cherished by her nieces and nephews, along with her neighbors and their children.

She will be greatly missed. As Ginny often said, "Be a good person, and hugs and kisses to all."

She is survived by her five children, Jim A. Cupps, Gene M. (Vickie) Cupps, Carol M. (Don) Maas, Joe A. (Sheree) Cupps, and Jackie A. (Dave) Kieffer. Grandchildren Tina (White) Jellison, Chris Somers, John "Jake" White, Jenna (Daryl) Atkinson, and Samantha Cupps. Step Grandchildren Timothy (Christin) Breitbach, Jeremy Burkart, Chad Burkart, Linsay (Frederick) Nsengimana, Stephanie (Jordan) Duve, Amanda Maas and Austin Maas, along with 18 Great Grandchildren. Siblings, Eileen (Pete) Blum, Ramona Bausch and Carol Bausch; 18 step siblings on her father's side; Brothers and sisters-in-law, Joan Neuses, Jean Cupps,

She was preceded in death by her parents; mother and father-in-law Edward and Viola Cupps. brother Dewayne "Buster" (Betty) Schumacher; brothers and sisters-in-law, Anthony Bausch Jr., Leo Neuses, Robert Cupps, Barbara (Richard) Freund, Mary Ellen Johnson, Kenneth Konzen, Kenneth Cupps, and Virginia Cupps.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care they gave.



Debra A. Mootz


Debra A. "Debbie" Mootz, 55, of St. Catherine Road in Bellevue passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital following an illness.

No public visitation will be held. A memorial service will be held at St. Patrick's Catholic Church at a later date. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.

Debbie was born on December 25, 1962 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Cletus and Shirley (Schmitt) Mootz. Shirley died in 1964 and Cletus later married Margaret Klein, in 1966. Cletus died in 1991.

Debbie enjoyed working on the Klein family farm, gardening, fishing and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter, Kelly (Jamie) Kruser; two grandchildren, Cody and Riley Kruser; her brother, Cletus Mootz; her sister, Karen (Will Tauke) Mootz; Margie Mootz; aunts and uncles, Margaret and David Ehlers, Tim and Joanne Mauer, John Klein, Donna Klein, Marie Boleyn and many Cousins.

The family wishes to thank the nurses, staff and doctors of Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital for all the care they gave Debbie.

A memorial fund has been established and may be sent to Joanne Mauer 9236 Pheasant Lane, Dubuque, IA 52003



Sister Ignatia (Helen) Rosenbaum, OSF

Sister Ignatia (Helen) Rosenbaum, OSF, died at 7:55 AM, Monday, November 12, 2018 at Clare House

The Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, November 16, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, 2018 with Funeral Vigil at 7:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel.

Sister Ignatia was born July 31, 1928 in Ossian, IA, the daughter of John and Louisa (Bucheit) Rosenbaum. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis August 25, 1949 and made final profession of vows August 12, 1955.  Sister received her high school education at St. Francis DeSales in Ossian, IA. She ministered as a homemaker at Briar Cliff College and St. Anthony's Home both in Sioux City, Iowa. In Dubuque, she ministered at Holy Trinity, Holy Ghost, Holy Family Hall, and Immaculate Conception Convent. She also ministered at Crescent City, California.

Sister is survived by her sisters Florence (Donald) Gapinski and Ione Hartley, nieces and nephews, and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared over 68 years of her life.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Harold (LuVerne); her sister, Gertrude (Carl) Kuhn; and her brother-in-law, Art Hartley.

Memorials may be given to the Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque, IA.

Hoffman-Schneider Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Irene Pearl Revenig


Irene Pearl Revenig, 89, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away suddenly on November 11, 2018 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital surrounded by her loved ones. She was a strong person and survived many battles with cancer. She was a fighter.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 16, 2018 at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 4:00pm.

Irene was born on October 16, 1929 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Aloysius and Gertrude (Majerus) Krayer. She married Richard Revenig on February 5, 1949 and he preceded her in death on March 2, 2002.

She retired from Flexsteel after many years of service. In her free time, she enjoyed fishing, boating and camping. She especially enjoyed their winters spent in Arizona.
Irene loved to cook and bake, she was known for her famous cream puffs. She loved her time spent with her family and helped with whatever they needed.

Irene was a kind and generous person like her mother. She was not one to sit and watch tv, she was always busy cooking or hanging out her laundry.

There are three words that best describe Irene: Beautiful-Thoughtful-Kind.

She is survived by her children, Linda (Mark) Hohmann, Diane (Curtis) Storla, and Rick (Alice) Revenig. Eight grandchildren, Julie (Scot) Noonan, Carissa Robey, Marcie (Tony) Buss, Ron (Nona) Goin, Jason (Tracey) Goin, Joe (Tia) Fries, Ryan (Tabitha) Revenig, Reva Jansen. Twenty three grandchildren along with many great great grandchildren.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents; a sister Adell; and three brothers Clem, Earl and Bud; and a nephew Ray Gene Bahl who she helped raise.



Sister Clementine Kuhle


Sister Clementine Kuhle, BVM (Lioba), 99, of 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, at Caritas Center.

Visitation will be from 9-10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in the Marian Hall Chapel.  Sharing of Memories will be at 10:15 a.m., followed immediately by the Mass of Christian Burial.  Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

SisterClementine was a staff supervisor at the Mount Carmel Motherhouse, Dubuque, Iowa; and an elementary teacher in Omaha, Nebr.; San Francisco and Petaluma, Calif.; Butte, Mont.; and Chicago where she also ministered as a religious education coordinator.

She was born on April 26, 1919, in Fairplay, Wis., to Frank and Esther Richards Kuhle. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1937, from Nativity Parish, Dubuque, Iowa. She professed first vows on March 19, 1940, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1945.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Raymond, Richard and LaVern; and sister Dolores Ryan. She is survived by nieces, nephews, and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 81 years.

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

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

 



Judy A. Gaul


Judy A. (Kennicker) Gaul, age 53, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 2:02 p.m., on Sunday, November 11, 2018, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Judy's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, November 17, 2018, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, 5131 Sherrill Road, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. To celebrate Judy's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m., until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, November 16, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 3:30 p.m. Burial will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Buena Vista, Iowa.

Judy was born on March 9, 1965, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Frank and Kathryn (Ludovissy) Kennicker.

Judy was a graduate of Hempstead High School, Class of 1984, and went on to attend NICC, where she earned her CNA certificate. She was a hard worker who took great pride in caring for her patients as if they were her own family, there were never any short cuts taken when Judy was on duty. She was employed first with Big Meadows Nursing Home in Savanna, Illinois, and lastly with Mercy Hospital in Clinton, Iowa, until she was forced to retire early due to health issues. She was united in marriage to Robert Gaul, in 1989, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, and they were blessed with 2 adored children. Judy was deeply devoted to her family, always making sure to keep in touch and up to date on the latest events going on in their lives, as well as being a staple at all family gatherings. Judy's faith was also of utmost importance in her life, and she took her duties as an aunt and Godmother to her nieces and nephews very seriously. As a caretaker, Judy also knew the importance of taking time for herself, and when she found some free time in her days, she enjoyed sitting down to watch a favorite tv program, rooting on her beloved Cubbies or heading out, ready to win big, at Bingo. Judy was also an avid Neil Diamond fan, calling into the radio station religiously every Friday night to request her favorite songs, and was thrilled when she was finally able to see him perform live. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our dear mom, daughter, sister and friend, much too early on our Earthly journey, but know that she is now free of the health challenges that she has faced with such courage, strength and grace the past few years. We will miss you more than words can say, but will cherish the memories we have made along the way, and do our best to carry on the lessons, values and love of family you so graciously taught us every day.

Those left to cherish Judy's memory include

her children,
Jeremy Gaul, Clinton, IA
and Courtney Gaul, Marion, IA;

her special friend,
Douglas Moes, Dubuque, IA;

her mother,
Kathryn Kennicker, Sherrill, IA;

her siblings,
Duane (Brenda) Kennicker, Sherrill, IA,
Nancy (Tom) Fischer, Sherrill, IA,
Allen (Robin) Kennicker, Balltown, IA
and Lisa (Ron) Cummer, Garber, IA;

a sister-in-law,
Carol Ludovissy, Suamico, WI;

and her former husband,
Robert Gaul, Fulton, IL.

Judy was preceded in death by her father, Frank Kennicker; and a brother, Steve Ludovissy.

Judy's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Finley Hospital and Dubuque Specialty Care for all of their kind, encouraging and professional care of Judy and her family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among Judy's favorite charities.

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

 



Thomas Joseph Beurskens


On Wednesday November 7, 2018 Thomas Joseph Beurskens, 75, of Sarasota, FL, formerly of Dubuque, IA and Longmont, CO passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family.

Tom was born in Dubuque on December 21, 1942 to Joseph and Camilla (Doherty) Beurskens. He graduated from Wahlert High School and Loras Academy. He was a U.S. Navy veteran.

Tom is preceded in death by his parents and his twin brother Terrence in infancy.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Margaret (Manemann) Beurskens and their children Marcus Beurskens and Julia DeFilippi, and grandchildren Ryan and Tess DeFilippi and Olivia Beurskens, all of Colorado. Tom also leaves behind his sisters Jody Roltgen, Bette (Jim) Oeth, Angela Thompson, and Therese (Mike) Thayer, as well as brother-in-law Stephen Manemann, step sister-in-law Susan (Bill) Milligan, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Tom was always ready with a joke and a smile. He loved to make everyone laugh, and he impressed us all with his unparalleled knowledge of trivia.

A celebration of Tom's life will be held in the spring at Sarasota National Cemetery, with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Gary Sinise Foundation or Tidewell Hospice or Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. To send condolences please visit www.toalebrothers.com. Toale Brothers Funeral Homes & Crematory, Gulf Gate Chapel is caring for arrangements.



Delma Timm


Delma L. Timm, 89, of Lost Nation, Iowa, passed away on Sunday morning, November 11, 2018, at Manor Care at Utica Ridge in Davenport, Iowa.

A celebration of Delma's life will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, November 16, 2018, at the Elwood United Methodist Church in Elwood, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Thursday, November 15, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Burial will be at the Elwood, Iowa Cemetery.

Delma Lou Kramer was born on September 9, 1929 near Lost Nation, Iowa, to Fred William and Arla Edith (Ruggeberg) Kramer. She was a 1947 graduate of Elwood Consolidated High School and then attended Iowa State Teacher's College in Cedar Falls. She married Donald E. Timm on June 4, 1950 in Elwood, Iowa. To this union two sons were born, Duane and Kenneth.

Prior to her marriage Delma had taught in rural schools. She then became a housewife, worked at Cargill Seed Corn, and as a CNA providing home healthcare in Jackson and Clinton counties.

Delma was a member of the Elwood United Methodist Church, Maquoketa Garden Club, and was a charter member of the Town and Country Quilters. She had also served as President and Secretary of the Elwood Cemetery Association for many years. She enjoyed flower gardens and making quilts for her family. She loved baking pies and was known as the "pie lady" around Elwood.

Those left to honor Delma's memory include her sons, Duane (Jeffery Gomez) Timm of Davenport, IA, and Kenneth (Pam) Timm of Chester, IL; 3 grandchildren, John Timm, Maria (Aaron) Rex and Laura (Ryan) Paulsen; and 5 great-grandchildren, Chase, Brody, Rees, Keegan and Jeremiah. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband Donald on July 1, 2018.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Elwood Cemetery Association or Camp Courageous of Iowa.

"The family would like to give special thanks to the staff at Palmer Hills, Genesis Visiting Nurses Association, Genesis Hospice and home health caregivers Jenny and Tillie".

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

 



Lois Darlene Weirup


Lois Darlene Weirup, age 84, of Maquoketa, passed away Saturday, November 10, 2018.

Graveside service celebrating Lois' life will be held at 12 P.M., Thursday, November 15, 2018, at Buckhorn Cemetery in rural Maquoketa with Pastor Judy Heinrich officiating.

Lois was born January 25, 1934, to Merle Morris and Hazel Ruth (Ilgenfritz) Campbell in Paralta, Iowa. She married Arnold "Arnie" Peter Weirup June 8, 1952, at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. They celebrated 65 years of marriage. To this marriage was born Rhonda, Peter, Merle, Jeffery and Arnold.

Lois worked at Noby's from 1971-1979, Dolch's from 1979-1982, Flapjack USA 1983-1990 and Walmart from 1990-2010 when she retired. Most of her time at Wal-Mart she was the snack bar manager and once that area closed she was a checker. Lois was a people person, she loved visiting, giving to others and welcomed anybody who stopped by. After she retired she would get together with friends and have coffee. She also enjoyed going to the casinos and was the luckiest person. Before working outside the home, Lois helped Arnie on the farm. Later in life she and Arnie delivered the Quad City Sunday paper. Lois will be missed by those who called her mom, grandma, great grandma, sister, aunt and friend.

Left to share Lois's memories are one daughter, Rhonda (Rich) Miller of Delmar; 4 sons, Peter (Arleen) Weirup of Maquoketa, Merle (Deloris Pascarella) Weirup of Bettendorf, Jeffery (Cynthia) Weirup of Grand Mound and Arnold (Denise) Weirup of Fairfield; 10 grandchildren, Charity (Jeremy) McDevitt, Amy (Kedric) Moore, Peter Perez-Weirup, Tyler Weirup, Amber (Carlos) Hernandez, Kyle, Krystal and Kayla Weirup, Danielle (Eric Joseph) Rock-Joseph and Amber Rock; 7 great grandkids, Michaela (Cody) Eads, Carter Gjerstad, Kegan, Jaci and Michael Moore, Dylan McDevitt and Asher Joseph; two brothers, Jerry (Jo) Campbell of Clinton, IA and Terry (Ruth) Campbell of Palm Coast, FL; nieces, nephews and cousins; Leland Bachtell and many more extended families.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Merle and Hazel; and infant twin brother & sister, and her husband Arnold P. Weirup on March 17, 2018.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Camp Courageous of Iowa or Waterford/Buckhorn Cemetery Association.

Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family. Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.



Robert Anthony (Doc) Beecher, DVM


Comes a horseman....Doc was born in Dubuque, IA on September 15, 1942. He attended Holy Ghost Elementary School, St. Columbkille's High School and graduated from Wahlert High School. He competed in Boys State in 1959. He attended Loras College in 1961 before graduating from Iowa State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1966, cementing a lifelong enthusiasm for all animals, especially the Arabian horse - beautiful, graceful, and intelligent, the very epitome of endurance. "There is no day which seems so wrong that spending time with our Arabs can't make right."

He moved to Cascade, IA to join Meloy and White Veterinary practice in 1966. He became partners with life-long friend Dr. Tom White. Later it became White, Beecher & Jedlicka. He bought his first Arabian horse in 1969 and with Bob Kurt and Jerry Volk and their spouses, forming EttNorMar Arabians, a 30-head Arabian horse stable.

He helped establish endurance and competitive distance riding in the Midwest, judging his first endurance horse race in 1972. In 1979, he was named the chair of the endurance and competitive division of the International Arabian Horse Association, a position he held for 8 years. He served as the first club president of Arabian Horse Distance Riding Association and president of the Upper Midwest Endurance and Competitive Riding Association. In 1986, he judged his first Championship Endurance ride. He traveled to Dubai, France and Spain to judge international events. In addition, he became a prestigious Federation Equestre Internationale judge with the United States Equestrian Federation, Endurance Committee.

He began to incorporate chiropractic techniques in his work on horses in 1997 after completing course work at Chiropractic Options for Animals in Port Byron, Ill in 1997. He was named Iowa Horse Council Horseman of the Year in 2004. The Shining Light award was named in his honor in 2013.

He served his community as a member of the Cascade City Council for 18 years and the Dubuque County Board of Health for 10 years. He incorporated Beecher Management in 1985, joining Coohey Farms, a 2,000 farrow to finish hog farm, that same year. He was instrumental in building Cascade Lanes and with partner and long term friend, John Sturm, built community medical clinics in Cascade and Hanover, Ill. He served on the veterinary team for the Dubuque County Fair and for 4-H Horse Pony Camp for a number of years, and loved local trail rides. He eventually opened his own horse practice, Beecher Equine Services, and moved to St. Donatus, IA in 2007. Never one to Burn Daylight, he didn't work a day, loving what he did. He finally retired from active practice in 2013.

Doc is survived by three children, Lara (Michael) Fisher, Laguna Niguel, CA; Russell (Paula) Beecher, West Des Moines, IA; Caitlyn (Todd) Ramaeker, Milan, IL.; two step-children Carey (Ben) Hosch, Cascade, IA, and Casey Gile, Cascade, IA, three grandchildren, five step grandchildren, his brother DeWayne Beecher (MaryJo Pancratz), his sister Paula Behr (Rich Behr), and the mothers of his children Etta Marie Sassen Beecher and Jan Ehlinger Beecher.

He was preceded in death by his parents Albert "Buck" Beecher and Evelyn "Evie" Steil Beecher.

Team Beecher would like to thank Paula & Rich Behr, Lisa Flanagan, Lynnette Heims, Karon Roeth, Laura Murphy, Olivia Flanagan, Rose Mellenberger, Alexandra Booth, Laura Thole, Maria Valdez, Brad Ferguson, Bridget Ferguson and Michelle Croft for their care of Dad and for showing True Grit while enjoying countless hours of Westerns. We would also like to thank Above and Beyond Hospice team for their exceptional care.

Doc asked that in lieu of flowers donation be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research or Iowa State University School of Veterinary Medicine.

The cowboy rides away.... Doc passed away on November 11, at the age of 76 at his home, in Dubuque, Iowa. Friends may call from 2-8 pm, on November 13, 2018 at Reiff Funeral Home, 205 Hayes St, Cascade, IA where a Celebration of Life will be held at 4 pm. Per Doc's wishes, a private Inurnment will take place at Dubuque Memorial Gardens.



Robert J. Ernzen


Robert Joseph "Bob" Ernzen, 68, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, November 9, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 14, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Fr. Thomas McDermott will officiate. Burial will be in St. Clement's Cemetery, Bankston. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 13, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.

Bob was born September 6, 1950 in Dubuque, the son of Joseph and Catherine (Burrows) Ernzen. He grew up on the family farm in Bankston, and moved to Dubuque in 1965.  In 1989, Bob moved in with his sister Sandy, her husband Ray, and their family, Greg, Colleen, Karla, Curt, Sara, and Brad. 

He took great pride in his work at both St. Francis and Stonehill Care Center, where he worked for 39 years until his retirement. He very much enjoyed his coworkers and the residents.  

Bob spent many weekends at the farm helping his brothers with chores. He loved playing cards, fixing puzzles, painting, word books, country music, Elvis, and going to the casino. Family was deeply important to Bob, and he loved family get togethers. Bob loved all nature.  

Bob is survived by his siblings, Sandy (Ray) Ronek, Sharon (Rick) Haskell, Denny Ernzen, Chuck (Trish) Ernzen, Marvin (LuAnn) Ernzen, Joanne (Jerry) Wolf, and Al (Kathy) Ernzen; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and extended family members. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and several nephews. 

Memorials may be made to the Robert Joseph Ernzen Memorial Fund. 

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at University of Iowa Hospital and Mercy Medical Center; and the staff at Mercy Home Care for their wonderful and loving care of Bob. 

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

 

 



Thomas J. Schmidt


Thomas J. Schmidt, 79, of Dubuque died Saturday, November 10, 2018 surrounded by his loving wife and daughters.

A visitation for family and friends will be held Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, 3:00 pm to 6:55 pm, followed by a 7:00 pm memorial service. Burial with military honors will be held at a later date.

Tom was born December 6, 1938 in Dubuque, first born son of Kenneth and Hazel (Stock) Schmidt.  

He graduated from Loras Academy and served in the United States Army.

Tom and Karol Saefkow met and fell in love in 1962 and married on February 14, 1963 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church.  

He worked in the experimental department as a mechanic for John Deere and retired after 32 years of trusted service. 

Tom was an accomplished bowler, has provided countless, fun-filled memories boating and camping on the river with his family, was an avid Hawkeye and Packers fan, was well-read, especially history books, and was a skillful mechanic and carpenter: he built the engine in his El Camino and raced at Earlville, renovated houses before remodeling was "in", restored old bicycles, and was always found tinkering in his garage. 

He is survived by his wife, Karol and their four daughters: Pamela (Robin Nixon) Schmidt of Dubuque; Carrie (Dave) Kirkpatrick of Dubuque and grandson Christian Kirkpatrick; Kelly (Jennifer Jordan) Schmidt of La Crosse and grandchildren Dakota and Skyler Jordan; and Traci (Lance) Andre of Dubuque and granddaughters Amanda and Nicole Meyers and Josie Andre.

He is also survived by a special niece, Darcy (John Vanostrand) Kiebler; a sister, Barbara Culbertson (Mike Cherry); and sister-in-law's: Patricia (Tom) Bradley, Barbara Stecklein, and Judie Bettcher.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Hazel (Stock) Schmidt and brothers, Robert and Jerry Schmidt.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staffs at Hospice of Dubuque, Mercy Medical Center, Unity Point Health-Finley ICU, and RSCCU at the University of Iowa Hospital.

 

 



Lorraine M. Gearheart


Lorraine M. Gearheart, 90, of Dubuque, passed away November 9, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 13, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd.  Deacon Jim Schmidt will officiate.  Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 12, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home. 

Lorraine was born December 27, 1927 in Monona, IA, the daughter of Ben and Clara (Voss) Sudol. She married Paul L. "Catfish" Gearheart on November 24, 1955 in Wisconsin. He preceded her in death on February 1, 2014. 

Lorraine was employed in housekeeping for Clarke College for many years. She enjoyed camping, crochet, crafting, and playing cards (especially Euchre). Paul and Lorraine loved to travel, and visited every state, including Alaska.  Lorraine was a devoted homemaker for her family, and she loved to cook and clean. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, and grandmother. Her family was everything to her. 

Lorraine is survived by her children, Connie Allen, Larry (Mary Jo) Gearheart, and Daniel (Yolanda) Schlitter, all of Dubuque; 9 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; her sister, Frances Rothmeyer of Monona, IA; her special niece and nephew, Daryl Garner of Florida and Kathy Michel of Dubuque; great nieces and nephews, a special cousin, Millie and husband Jim Zeller of Dubuque; and her special animal friend, Doonie the cat. 

In addition to her husband, Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Vickie Schlitter; her step daughter, Sharon Gearheart Krier;  her son in law, Steve Allen; and her granddaughter Vicky Krier. 

The family would like to thank Lorraine's neighbors, especially the  Reids  for all their help over the years; Clarke University for their prayers; the staff at Sunset Park Place , Stonehill and Hospice of Dubuque. A special thanks to Dr. Liaboe and his nurse Trish for the wonderful care and concern over the years.

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

 

 



Mary P. Tobin


Mary Patricia "Patty" Tobin, 63, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on November 08, 2018 at home surrounded by family.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Phillip Gibbs officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a wake service will be at 6:45p.m.

Patty was born on November 21, 1954 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of William M. and Mary Ellen (DeGear) Clemens Jr. She attended St. Joseph The Worker Grade School, graduated from Wahlert High School in 1973 and attended Iowa State University.

She married Terry Tobin on August 21, 1982 at the Church of the Nativity in Dubuque.

Patty worked for the Holy Family School System in the Wahlert High School Cafeteria and previously at the Hy-Vee on the NW Arterial. She spent many years as the director of the library at Resurrection School.

She volunteered with the Colts Youth Organization and enjoyed gardening, books, and traveling.

Patty was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She valiantly fought three separate bouts with cancer.

She is survived by her husband Terry, of Dubuque; daughter Caren (Jacob) Sellers, of Iowa City, IA, son Andrew (Joshua Freeman) Tobin, of Madison, WI; two grandchildren Marcus and Maggie Sellers, of Iowa City, IA. Her brother M. Terrence (Chris) Clemens, of Northville, MI; brothers and sisters-in-law Dan & Kris Tobin, of Dixon, IL, and Bob & Mary Tobin, of Solon, IA; her niece and nephews, Jennie Clemens, Jim and Tony Clemens and Thomas and Nick Tobin. Patty also leaves behind her beloved dogs Ellie, Eddie, Lilly and her cat J.C.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her father and mother-in-law Thomas and Mary Tobin; and her brother William Michael Clemens III who passed in 1949 at 3 years old.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or the American Cancer Society.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Hermann and his staff at Grand River Medical Center and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melanie and Peggy for all their wonderful care, kindness and compassion.

 



John J. “J.B.” Brimeyer Jr.


John J. "J.B." Brimeyer Jr., 77, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Friends may greet the family from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, November 11, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the funeral home on Monday, November 12. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 12, at Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ, 1795 Jackson St., Dubuque. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

John was born August 29, 1941 in Balltown, the son of John T. and Dolores S. (Link) Brimeyer. He grew up in Balltown, and moved to Dubuque when he was 7. John graduated from Loras Academy. He was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 42 years. John married Carol Doerr on June 3, 1961 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

He was a member of the Local 150, and the 700 Club for Bowling. John was a longtime member of Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ, where he was very involved and well respected.

He loved being outdoors, whether he was cutting grass or boating on the river with his family. He enjoyed watching Nascar and playing Euchre. John never missed his grandchildren's ball games, and he hated wearing a shirt (but he wore one on Sundays for Carol). John was very sociable, and made friends wherever he went. He will be remembered for his generous, kind spirit and his contagious sense of humor.

John is survived by his wife, Carol, of Dubuque; two daughters, Dawn (Randy) Lowenberg of Cross Plains, WI,  and Denise (Jim) Schemmel of Sherrill; his grandchildren,  Meagan (Adrian) Lamp of Australia, Lyndsay (George) Juno of Cross Plains, WI, Ryan (Jessica) Lowenberg of Milton, WI, Paige (Troy) Thoma of Dubuque, Devin Lowenberg of Madison, WI,  Zachary (Cassandra) Connolly of Davenport, IA, Shane (Emma) Sullivan of Aurora, CO, Jordan Schemmel of Sherrill, and Cole Connolly of Cross Plains, WI; his great grandchildren, Amara, Jackson, Beckett, Scarlett, Jameson, Emery, Amelia, Maya, and Cameron; his sister, JoAnn (Robert "Sam") McPoland of Dubuque;  his brother in law, Ron (Camellia) Doerr of Dubuque; and his sister in law, Sally Doerr of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his siblings in law.

Memorials may be made to the John J. Brimeyer Memorial Fund for later donation to charities that support liver cancer research.

The family would like to thank the staff at Dubuque Specialty Care; and the doctors and nurses at UW Madison for their care of John.

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



Loras F. Stecher


Loras F. Stecher, 76 of Dubuque, formerly of Sherrill IA died on November 8, 2018 peacefully in his sleep after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30a.m. Monday, November 12th, 2018 at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Sherrill IA, with Rev. Noah Diehm officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery, with the Sherrill Fire Department Firefighter Ceremony of the Four Fives. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church where a wake service will be at 1:30 p.m., and the Sherrill Fire Department will meet at 4:00 p.m. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory Dubuque, Iowa is handling the arrangements.

He was born on June 5, 1942 in Sherrill, son of Anton and Leona Stecher. In 1962, he married Susan R. Schlung, who preceded him in death in 2005. In 2009, he married Jeanne Nuehring, and he is survived by her.

Mr. Stecher was a graduate of Loras College. He worked with his brothers Vic and Noel for their trucking companies Key City Moving and Storage and Budget Rental. Loras also worked on his family's farm in rural Dubuque, where he built his own home and raised his family.

Loras never met an ice cream flavor he didn't like and was never one to complain about anything. He enjoyed his trips to the casino "visiting a sick friend" as he would call his casino trips. He earned the title of professional shopping bag holder as the only male in his all-female household. He always found a way to make treasures out of anything he found and could fix anything.

Loras was involved in the community as a member of the Knights of Columbus, a Toastmaster, and a volunteer with the Sherrill Fire Department. He was very active in St. Peter and Paul Church as a lector and usher.

Surviving are his wife Jeanne; five daughters, Laura (Jeff) Janco of Methuen, MA, Christine Wilson (friend Mike) of Fitchburg, WI, Theresa (Paul) Reardon of Stow, MA, Jennifer (Richard) Parkinson of Hudson, NH, and Angela (Scott) Hanz of Middleton, WI and his step-children Julie Nuehring-Konzen (friend Mike) and Kevin Nuehring of Dubuque; grandchildren, Chad (Alicia) Pusateri, Zachary, Nicholas, and Sarah Janco, Justin, Eric (Dwijavanthi), Matt, and Lexi Wilson, Bennett Parkinson, Hannah Reardon and Sophia Hanz and step-grandchildren Emily and Lauren Konzen. He also has two great granddaughters, Ella Pusateri and Naya Wilson. He is also survived by his brothers Noel (Pearl) and Joe (Carol) Stecher, and his sisters Eileen Fischer, Lorretta (Alfred) Behnke, and Joyce (Jerry) Schmitt, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by sisters Lorraine Aird, Mary Hirsch, brother Victor Stecher and brothers-in-law Clem Aird, Al Hirsch, Lawrence Fischer, and sister-in-law Lou Stecher.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Eric Engelman and his staff, Dr. Christopher Stille and his nurse Amanda along with the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center, Manor Care and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care and concern for Loras and the family. A very special thank you to the Behnke Family for all their love and support.

"Enjoy the little things in life because one day you`ll look back and realize they were the big things." Thanks Dad for the pajama races, $2 bills, trips to the planetarium, scratch off lottery tickets, postcards, your cookie sandwiches, and the grasshoppers.



Janel Kae Geisert


Janel Kae Geisert, 65, of Dubuque, and formerly of Galena, passed away Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Friends may greet the family from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 10, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 2899 Hales Mills Road, Dubuque, where there will be a service at 11:30 a.m. Pastor Paul Amlin will officiate. Interment will be at 1:30 Saturday at Asbury Cemetery. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements.

Janel was born July 22, 1953 in Hazel Green, WI, the daughter of Ray and Amy (Johnston) Kienzle.  She graduated from Scales Mound High School with the class of 1971, and during her high school years she was involved in many activities, including cheerleading and lifeguarding. She married Stephen Geisert on July 11, 2000 at Salem Lutheran Church in Orange, CA.  

Janel was a resident of Galena for many years, where she was a member of Lord of Love Lutheran Church and was active with WELCA. Most recently, Janel and Stephen were members of Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Dubuque. She was also a member of the Dubuque Kiwanis Club.

Janel was employed with Microswitch for many years, and truly enjoyed doing home care for Mercy Medical Center, where she touched many lives. She also enjoyed waitressing at Timmerman's and Chestnut Mountain Resort.  Janel exhibited much strength and courage throughout her life while dealing with Type 1 diabetes since childhood. Her spirit and enthusiasm toward life was second to none. Janel loved to travel with Stephen and spend time with friends and family.

Janel is survived by her husband, Stephen, of Dubuque; her daughter, Andrea (Tony Dowe) Garvey of Waltham, MA; four siblings, Pam Jenn of Marietta, GA, Linda Lamont of Oshkosh, WI, William (Lisa) Kienzle of Chatham, IL, and Kevin (fiancée Linda Sweet) Kienzle of Dubuque; a brother in law, Arthur Geisert of Elkader; Bonnie Geisert-Way; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother in law, Rodger Lamont; and her parents in law, Leonard and Doris Geisert.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation: JDRF.org or JDRF 26 Broadway, 14th Floor New York, NY 10004.

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



Rob A. Heck


Rob A. "Bino" Heck, 61, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away suddenly on Tuesday afternoon, November 6, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Clinton, Iowa.

A celebration of Rob's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Saturday, November 10, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M., Friday, November 9, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will take place following the services.

Robin Allen Heck was born on November 16, 1956 in Clinton, Iowa, to Edward Earl and Margaret L. (Harte) Heck. He was a 1975 graduate of Clinton High School and married his high school sweetheart, Cynthia A. "Cindy" Bock on July 21, 1978 in Clinton, Iowa. To this union three sons were born, Chris, BJ and Jake.

Shortly after high school, Rob began a lifelong career as a millwright working for Clysar Company (formerly DuPont) in Clinton for over 35 years.

Rob was an active member of the Maquoketa Country Club where he had served as a past board member. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, and especially spending time with his family. He was an avid sports fan of the Chicago Cubs, Iowa Hawkeyes and the Chicago Bears.

Those left to honor Rob's memory include his wife, Cindy Heck of Maquoketa, IA; sons, Chris (Erica) Heck of Earlham, IA, BJ Heck of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Jake Heck of Palm Springs, CA; 2 grandchildren, Ava and CJ (and one on the way); brothers, Patrick (Dottie) Heck of Clinton, IA, and Brian (Terri) Heck of Clear Lake, IA; a sister, Ann Edmonds of Queens Creek, AZ; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother William "Bill" Heck, and a sister Brenda Heck.

In In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be directed to Autism Society of Iowa.

Online Condolences may be left at h#mce_temp_url#.

 



Erwin Richard Klostermann


Erwin Richard Klostermann, 91, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home in Edgewood.

Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester, with Reverend John Kremer officiating. Visitation is 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, November 12, 2018, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, with a 3:00 p.m. Scripture service. Friends may also call from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday at the church. Interment will be at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Manchester, Iowa.

He was born on January 3, 1927, in Worthington, the son of Aloysius Anton and Clara Marie (Willenbring) Klostermann. He attended Area Country School in Dodge Township through eighth grade.

Erwin was united in marriage to Viola Mary Thole on September 30, 1953, in Petersburg. Seven children were born to this union. The couple purchased a farm near Manchester in the spring of 1956, owning and operating it until retiring to Manchester in the spring of 1984. They raised milk cows, hogs, chickens, rabbits, geese, ducks, a large vegetable garden, and a variety of fruits and flowers.

Erwin cherished his family and farming. He loved playing baseball with his children and fishing and always enjoyed visiting about farming, his family, and area history.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Viola of Manchester; seven children, Larry Klostermann of Dubuque, Jane (Donald) Menke of New Vienna, JoAnn Klostermann of Dubuque, Loras (Janet) Klostermann of Omaha, Nebraska, Daniel (Elaine) Klostermann of Manchester, Mary Kay (Mike) Rolfes of Manchester, and Karen (Jim) Armstrong of Des Moines; twelve grandchildren, Cassandra Klostermann of Ames, Steven Klostermann of Dubuque, Kevin Klostermann of Dubuque, Brian Menke of New Vienna, Jenn (Bob) Kanne of Omaha, Nebraska, Tony Klostermann of Swisher, Beth (Clint) Dietrich of Cedar Rapids, Kathy Klostermann of Cedar Rapids, Ben Klostermann of Manchester, Megan (JJ) Pick of Omaha, Nebraska, Matthew (Katy) Rolfes of North Liberty, and Mitchell Rolfes of Earlville; seven great-grandchildren; his sister, Clarinda Thole of Manchester; and four sisters-in-law, Pat Klostermann of New Vienna, Mary Klostermann of Worthington, Bernice Thole of Dyersville, and Rita Feldmann of Edgewood.

Erwin was preceded in death by his parents, Alois and Clara; his brothers, Gerald and Roger Klostermann; a daughter-in-law, Karen Sue Klostermann; two grandchildren, Lauren J. Klostermann and Jason C. Menke; parents-in-law, Frank and Elenore Thole; and brothers- and sisters-in-law, Linus (Bernadine) Thole, Charles, Alfred, Lawrence, and Francis Thole, Alice (Elmer Ries/Richard) Olberding, Mary Ann (Fred Jos) Wessels, Cletus Feldmann, and Floyd Feldmann.

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



Douglas A. Lenhart


Douglas A. Lenhart, 80, of Zwingle went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 4, 2018.  Friends may call from 3 to 8 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home 2659 Kennedy Road, where we'll be celebrating his first birthday in heaven.  Funeral Service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Hope Church, 11893 JFK Rd, where visitation will also be held Saturday from 10 to 10:45 a.m.  Military rites will be accorded at Hope Church immediately following service.  Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery, Zwingle.

Douglas was born November 9, 1937 in Dubuque, son of Arthur and Bertha (Kifer) Lenhart.

He graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1955

He married Judy Clark on April 15, 1961, to that union four daughters were born, he later married Gloria Hammerand-Clapham on January 4, 1980 and two more children were added to the family.

 He served as Sgt E5 in the National Guard for 6 years. 

He began farming at 5 years old and continued until the end. He loved the land and wanted to be a good steward to what the Lord has entrusted him, leaving it better for his children and grandchildren. He was 32 years old when he received the Outstanding Young Farmer Award in 1970. He was a Pioneer Sales Rep for 9 years. He raised and sold sweet corn for over 17 years.

Doug enjoyed the outdoors. He loved boating, snowmobiling, camping and traveling. He looked forward to trips across the country in his motorhome as well as camping with his grandchildren.  

Doug's most treasured legacy was the importance of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  At his 80th birthday celebration, he passed on the baton of faith to his family encouraging them to continue to pass this along to their children, grandchildren and others. Even in his final days, he continued to share the hope he has in Jesus. So to all who knew him and share in the faith of Jesus, he'll see you later.

He is survived by his wife Gloria Lenhart of Zwingle; children, Cindy (Mike) Moss of Marian, IA, Sandy Aidukas of Orlando, FL, Julie Horak of Hudson, FL, Joni (Thomas) Regan of Orlando, FL, Daryl (Lori) Clapham of Plover, Wisconsin and Tammy (Brent) Bullock of Eldridge, IA; grandchildren, Ben and Katie Moss, Adam Aidukas, Jonathan, Faith, Grace and Joy Clapham, Brittany, Brenna, Luke and Brooklyn Bullock; and a sister, Judy Marcus of St Paul, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and in-laws, John and Velma Hammerand.

A Doug Lenhart Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the staff at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital, Hopsice of Dubuque, and Home Instead.

 



Thomas J. Eitter


Thomas James Eitter, 77, of Dubuque passed away Sunday, November 4th, 2018. Funeral mass will be held Saturday November 10, 2018 at the Cathedral of St. Raphael at 10:30 a.m. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Thomas was born June 19, 1941 in St. Paul, Minnesota the son of James and Mary (Kimbal) Eitter. He married Geraldine Ann Morgan on September 16, 1967 in Page, North Dakota. Tom graduated from De La Salle High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota and received his BA from St. Cloud State University where he lettered in Wrestling and Football. He received his MA degree from Winona State University, and his Ed. D from the University of Northern Colorado.

He was a professor and coach at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh; Winona State University; and the University of Dubuque. He served as an adjunct professor and coach at Loras College and UW Platteville. In 2011, Thomas was inducted into the St. Cloud State University Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Coach Eitter was a devoted family man, teacher, coach, and mentor. He was a quintessential "common man" who overcame difficult obstacles to live a life peppered with colorful stories and unexpected outcomes. To the end, he embraced a code of feisty rebellion.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Geri, and his children: Patrick (Giselle), Erin (Kirk Kono), and Morgan (Kelly), as well as by his pride and joy, his grandchildren: Kolton and Briehlyn Nadermann, Keegan and Kloie Eitter, Caitlyn Akiko Kono, Max, Kai, and Sam Eitter, and his Great Grandson, Leo Nadermann.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings: James, Joseph, and Laura Jean (Juell).

In Lieu of flowers a Thomas J. Eitter Memorial Fund has been established.

 



Susan R. Steinberg


Susan Renee Steinberg Udell, 52, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa formerly of Dubuque passed away on November 3, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 9th, 2018 at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah officiating and the homily by Deacon Dave Brinkmoeller. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. at the church until time of mass. Entombment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, November 8th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 6:45 p.m.

Susan was born on May 31, 1966 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Edward and Patricia (Nilles) Steinberg; and graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School in 1981. She worked at several Dubuque businesses including Nordstrom's and Sedwick before moving to Cedar Rapids.

She enjoyed being with her family especially her cousins in the "Granny's Lunch Bunch". One of Susan's greatest loves in life were her many dogs, who are waiting for her at the rainbow bridge.

Susan was a caring individual, she will continue to live on in others by giving the gift of life by being an organ donor.

She is survived by her parents, Edward and Patricia Steinberg of Dubuque; one brother Christopher (Julie) Steinberg, of Cedar Rapids. Her niece Maggie, nephew Thomas along with aunts, uncles and many cousins.

Susan was preceded in death by her grandparents, Al and Lucille Nilles and Al and Leone Steinberg.

The family request no flowers.

The family would like to thank St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids and the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics along with the Iowa Donor Network for all the care, kindness and compassion they gave.

 



Sister Mary Ellen McDonagh


Sister Mary Ellen McDonagh, BVM, 67, of 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died DOD, at Caritas Center.

Visitation will be from 10-11:15 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, in the Marian Hall Chapel. Sharing of Memories will be at 11:15 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:15 p.m. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Mary Ellen was a high school teacher in Davenport, Iowa; Kansas City, Mo.; Chicago and Phoenix. She was a newspaper editor, a communications coordinator, and an assistant administrator in Kansas City, Mo., and a peace and social justice advocate in Kansas City, Mo., and Chicago.

She was born on Nov. 17, 1950, in St. Louis, to John and Rosemary Burke McDonagh. She entered the BVM congregation Jan. 14, 1973, from Our Lady of Loretto Parish, St. Louis. She professed first vows on Oct. 4, 1975, and final vows on May 29, 1982.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, John F, Jr.; stepbrother, Justin (Patricia) Hessel; and step-brother-in law, H. David Stoops. She is survived by stepsisters Maryann Stoops and Catherine (Richard) Graham, both of St. Louis; nieces; nephews; cousins and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 45 years.

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

Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements.



Michael J. Covington


Michael J. Covington, 59, of Monticello died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospital.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a Celebration of Life will follow.

Mike was born September 22, 1959, in Boise, ID the son of James and Saundra (Schulte) Covington. He graduated from high school from Rapid City Central High School in Rapid City, SD. He started college in Birmingham, Alabama and later earned his bachelor's degree in Vermillion, SD. He enjoyed being a salesperson for the Ford Motor Company. Mike married Kristine Ann Butterfield in 1991. Together they made their home in several places around the Midwest as Mike earned promotions within the Ford Company. They moved to Monticello in 1998, to care for elderly parents. Mike had various jobs in the area until his health began to decline. He loved to go bowling, play chess with friends and family, and watch the Broncos whenever they played. Mike also loved being a grandpa. He tried to be as active in his grandchildren's lives as his health would allow and they held a very special place in his heart.

Surviving are his mother, Saundra Covington, a brother, Preston Covington, both of Monticello, a son, Anthony (Ashley) Weir of Cedar Rapids, 2 daughters: Shayla and Kassandra (Chance Dempsey) Butterfield, of Monticello, 7 grandchildren: Alyssa and Michelle, Soren, Isabella, Anthony Jr., Mikaila and Declan; 2 brothers-in-law: Scott Butterfield of Monticello and Roelf Maritz of Weatherford, TX, 1 sister-in-law: Amber (Robert) Garza of Holopaw, FL.

He is preceded in death by his father, his wife, and a sister, Debra Nefler.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com



Dorothy M. Beetem


Dorothy M. Beetem, 90, of St. Mary's Apartments passed away on Monday, November 5, 2018 at Unity Point Health- Finley Hospital.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, November 7 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. A visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the time of services Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Dorothy was born on May 21, 1928 in Guttenberg, Iowa the daughter of Matthew and Margaret Duehr. She married LeRoy Beetem on December 31, 1946.

Dorothy enjoyed puzzles, going to farmer's market and a good glass of wine. She was fond of cardinals or "the red" birds and made sure her bird feeder was always full. She was a wonderful homemaker and loved being with her family.

Surviving are her children, Jim (Karen) Beetem and Sue McGinnis; 6 grandchildren; 13 great- grandchildren; and 6 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; son-in-law, Larry McGinnis; and her siblings.

A Dorothy Beetem Memorial Fund has been established.

Special thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at Finley Hospital and to Dr. Matthew Kirkendall for their compassionate care.



David William Miller


David William Miller, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa, and formerly of Maquoketa, passed away on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at ManorCare in Dubuque, Iowa.

Graveside military rites and burial will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, November 17, 2018, at St. Patrick's Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa. There is no public visitation. Cremation rites have been accorded. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

David William Miller was born on September 10, 1931 in Spragueville, Iowa, to Russel Wilbur and Winnifred Lauretta (Gannon) Miller. He attended school in Preston and later received his Associates Degree while living in Washington D.C. following a 13-year military career, earning a Bronze Star. He had served in both the Marine Corps and the Army.

Upon receiving an honorable discharge, David retired from the Federal Government in Washington D.C., and then worked as maintenance man at several apartment buildings in D.C.

David was a member of the Elmer H. Brown Spragueville American Legion Post #590 and the Andrew AMVETS Post #62. He enjoyed reading, fishing, hunting and his beloved dog Leah. He was especially proud of being a veteran and his military service, becoming a Quilt of Valor recipient on November 6, 2016.

He is survived by sisters-in-law, Corrine Miller of Delmar, IA, and Margaret Mary "Peg" Miller Maquoketa, IA; and numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings Leona (Leo) Jessen, Mildred Miller, Marcella (A.D.) Rohse, Russell Miller, John L. Miller, James D. Miller and Paul D. (Patricia) Miller.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to the Jackson County Humane Society or the Jackson County Veterans Memorial Park.

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



Jeffrey E. Adams


Jeffrey E. Adams, 60, of Monticello and formerly of Iowa City died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 in Monticello after a long illness.

Jeff was born October 24, 1958, in Iowa City the son of Robert and Shirley (Moore Wiggs) Adams. He graduated from Iowa City City High with the class of 1975 and served as a cook in the Navy. He attended Longview Community College in Kansas City, MO in the culinary school and worked as a chef in the Kansas City area for a number of years.  He returned to Iowa and lived life on his own terms, taking on odd jobs as the need arose. 

Jeff loved his Harley Davidsons, NASCAR Racing, the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Jeff is survived by a daughter, Brandi Li (Kenny) Carmer of Denver, CO, 3 grandchildren; Sean, Johnny and Nick, siblings: Mike Adams of Solon, IA, Dan (Diana) Hall of Muscatine, IA, Kevin (Cary)Hall of Rio, IL, Tim Adams of Texas, Ruth (Charles) Alewine of Elgin, TX, Angi (Steve Kick) Wiggs of Tiffin, IA and Kim (James) Bartels of North Liberty, IA; numerous nieces and nephews, and 1 uncle, Roy (Sharon) Adams of Iowa City, IA.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com



Odilo H. Steines


Odilo H. Steines, 95, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Saturday, November 3, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. Services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 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 2-7 p.m. Tuesday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 1:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:00-9:45 a.m. Wednesday at the church before the service.

Odilo was born on October 2, 1923, in Preston, Iowa, the son of John and Mary (Ziement) Steines. He married Ardis Budde on September 19, 1949. She preceded him in death on May 29, 2009. Odilo was a World War II veteran, serving in the Army from 1943 to 1945. He was an honorary member of American Legion Post 273 of Bellevue, Iowa, and an honorary member of the Bellevue Council 1354 Knights of Columbus. Odilo participated in one of the first Honor Flights to Washington, D.C.

Odilo was a hardworking man, farming and working 25 years at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa, Iowa. Even in his "retirement" years he was always there to help his family. After Ardis, the love of his life for 59 years, passed away in 2009 he really enjoyed playing cribbage for a couple of hours every day with his daughter, Lois. He loved family "get-to-gethers" and being able to spend time with them. Playing cards, bingo, the domino game "Mexican Train" and "playing the slots" were other past times he enjoyed.

Odilo is survived by their six children, Lois (Merrell) Casper, of Cuba City, WI, Don (Cathy), of Menominee, IL; Doris, of San Antonio, TX, Jane (James) Munson, of Dickeyville, WI, James (Sharon), of Platteville, WI, and Dee (Steve) Kalmes, of Springville, IA; fifteen grandchildren; one step-grandson; 33 great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Dori Johnson, of San Antonio, TX.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Vincent (Clara), Attlas (Algean) and Johnny (Velma), and three sisters, Lydia (Tony), Helma (Bill) and Helen (Marvin).

A Odilo H. Steines Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Michael C. DeMaio


Michael C. DeMaio, age 69, of Dubuque, was called home unexpectedly on Thursday, November 1, 2018, at his home. To honor Mike's life, funeral services will be held at 5:30 p.m., on Thursday, November 8, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Mike's life, family and friends may visit from 3:30 p.m., until the time of services at 5:30 p.m., on Thursday, November 8, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Mike was born on July 29, 1949, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Charles F. and Erma Mae (Bender) DeMaio.

Mike was a proud graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1967. After graduation, Mike joined the U.S. Marine Corps, where he honorably served his country in Okinawa for a year. After returning home from the service, Mike went to work at A.Y. McDonald's, before eventually moving on to become a heavy equipment operator for Peavey Grain, which would become Con-Agra, for several years, until his retirement in 2015. In his free time, Mike loved spending time in the great outdoors, whether it be trying his luck at his favorite fishing hole, or sitting quietly in the woods, with his trusty rifle by his side, waiting for the perfect shot to present itself. We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of our son, brother and uncle, and will miss him more than words can express, but know that he is now resting in peace with his mom and brother, for all Eternity.

Those left to cherish Mike's memory include

his father,
Charles DeMaio, Dubuque, IA;

his siblings,
Pat (Jim) Kearney,
Bob (Tina) DeMaio,
Rick (Barb) DeMaio,
Terry (Laura) DeMaio
and Debbie (Rob) Reisen, all of Dubuque, IA,

his former wife,
Susan DeMaio, Fairplay, WI;

and many nieces and nephews.

Mike was preceded in death by his mother, Erma Mae DeMaio; and his brother, Bruce DeMaio.

Mike's family would like to extend a special thank you to his best friend, Dan Garner, for all of the friendship and support he has provided Mike throughout the years.

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

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

 



James J. Weber


James J. "Jim" Weber, 73, of Peosta, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 2, 2018, with his daughter by his side.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a memorial service will be at 6:00 p.m.

Jim was born on October 1, 1945 in Dubuque, one of four children of Burdette "Jack" and Darlene (Noggle) Weber. On July 12, 1996, he married Karen Sheppard, the love of his life.

He held various jobs in his younger years and often said he should write about a book about some of his experiences. He worked 30 years at John Deere and retired as an Inspector in the Engine Division in 2002. He told many fond stories about working there and it was where he met some of his closest friends including Doug Oberfoell. Doug remains his best friend to this day and there wasn't a thing he wouldn't do for Jim. He was a member of the UAW Local 94 from his first day and strongly believed in his union.

Jim was a passionate hunter and fisherman and spent a lot of his life doing both. He was a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for over 20 years and never missed a banquet. He belonged to the National Rifle Association for over 30 years and had a collection he was proud of. In the Rendezvous circuit, he was known as "Mountain Man" and loved buck skinning and black powder reloading. To his daughter he was "Papa Bear" and was very protective of his "cub".

He was a man of many stories and many phrases as he loved to make his friends and family laugh. No matter what he was eating, he would say "it tastes like chicken". His smile and warm personality will be missed by many and in his final days, he was deeply touched by all the people that came to visit him.

He is survived by his daughter Tina; his brother Kevin (Kathy) Weber; nephews Gabe & Kristopher Weber; niece Kara Weber, all of Dubuque, grandson Logan Weber and two of the greatest aunts anyone could have, Dolores Stillmunkes and Rainee Shaffer.
He was preceded in death by his wife Karen, his daughter Fawn, his parents Jack & Darlene, his brothers Jerry and Joseph and his beloved uncle Butch Noggle.

A special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, especially his nurse Edna, Dr Cao, Dr Hermann and the staff of Hawkeye Care Center including Larry, Cris and Courtnie.



Sister Muriel McCarthy, BVM


Sister Muriel McCarthy, BVM (Baptist), 97, of 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, at Marian Hall.

Visitation will be from 9-10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in the Marian Hall Chapel. Sharing of Memories will be at 10:15 a.m., followed immediately by the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Muriel was an elementary teacher in Chicago; Kansas City, Mo.; Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tujunga, and Santa Anna, Calif.; and a secondary teacher in Petaluma, Calif. She served as principal in Los Angeles and Tujunga, Calif. She was a parish minister, office assistant and teacher aide in San Francisco and an office assistant in Santa Rosa, Calif.

She was born on Jan. 5, 1921, in San Francisco, to Michael Joseph and Mary Dolores Campbell McCarthy. She entered the BVM congregation on Sept. 8, 1939, from St. Anne Parish, San Francisco. She professed first vows on March 19, 1942, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1947.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Dolores Kelly; and a brother Francis.

She is survived by nieces, nephews and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 79 years.

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

Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, Dubuque, IA 52003 is in charge of arrangements.



Betty J. Taylor


Betty J. Taylor, 87, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, October 31, 2018, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Betty's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, November 3, 2018, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Betty Jean Wilson was born on May 18, 1931 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Victor A. and Helen I. (Brady) Wilson. She was a 1948 graduate of Maquoketa High School and married Lee E. Taylor Jr. on June 12, 1949 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union four children were born, Vickie, Ronald, Cathy and Dennis.

Betty was a homemaker who in her younger years had worked as an aide at the Jackson County Public Hospital, and also for National Tea Grocery Store, both in Maquoketa.

Betty enjoyed spending time with her family, working on puzzles, socializing at her favorite hangout place "McDonald's", playing cards and going to garage sales.

Those left to honor Betty's memory include her children, Vickie (Steve) Earles of Maquoketa, IA, Ronnie (Connie) Taylor of Maquoketa, IA, Cathy Blackburn of Maquoketa, IA, and Dennis (Lesa) Taylor of Prior Lake, MN; a brother Lonny Wilson of Bettendorf, IA; 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lee on August 3, 2001, and three grandchildren Lara Taylor, Billy Blackburn, Zander Blackburn.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Betty J. Taylor memorial fund has been established.

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



Gene L. Duwe


Gene L. Duwe, 87, formerly of 1070 Roosevelt Street, Dubuque passed away peacefully, Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by his family.
Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, November 3, 2018 at St. John's Episcopal Church. where friends may call from 9:00 to 11:15 a.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery with military honors. Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting the family.

Gene was born February 5, 1931 in Guttenberg, IA. son of Lloyd and Ruby (Portwein) Duwe.

He married Nancy Strong, April 19, 1952 at St. John's Episcopal Church in Dubuque.

He attended school in Guttenberg.

Gene retired from John Deere in 1987.

Nancy was the love of his life and he enjoyed traveling with her to many places in the United States. He also enjoyed woodworking, hunting and spending time with his family especially his grandchildren in his later years. He rarely missed any of the families sporting events. Gene was a devoted and loving family man. His sweet smile and infectious laugh will be greatly missed.

Gene was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church and served on their vestry. He was also a long time member of the Moose Lodge and the Leaky Lodge and a proud member of the Local UAW # 94. He served several years in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Surviving are his wife Nancy Duwe; children, JoAnn (Jeff) Chance, of Port Orchard, WA, Dennis (Janelle) Duwe, of Dubuque, Linda (Andy) Willging, of Sherrill, David (Kim) Duwe, of Dubuque, and Kathy (Ahmad) El-Ali, of Grand Rapids, MI; grandchildren, Jodi, Jason, Jeff, Ashley, Justin, Zachary, Brian, Brad, and Matthew; great-grandchildren, Vince, Gabe, Alex, Samantha, Tim, Naomi, Abigail, Macey, Sofia; special life-long friend, Bob Wolf, special brother-in-law Wayne Wilming, and family friend Rick Heinz.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, Timothy and a granddaughter, Jill.

Special Thank you to the staff at Stonehill Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque and Mercy Medical Center for their loving care.

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



Richard C. Potter


Richard C. Potter, 91, of Dyersville passed away Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at Luther Manor in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 pm Monday, November 5, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where American Legion Post 137 will hold a service at 7 pm. Visitation will continue Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the United Methodist Church in Epworth from 9:30 - 10:15 prior to funeral services.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at the United Methodist Church in Epworth, with burial in Memorial Garden Cemetery in Dubuque.  Pastor Stephanie Schlimm will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137.

Richard was born May 28, 1927, in Volga, Iowa, the son of Charles Zenda and Grace (Lowe) Potter. He served in the United States Army from 1950-1952, in the European Theatre.  Richard married Joyce Bergmann on January 14, 1961, in Indianola, Iowa. Together they enjoyed traveling with their family, especially to places he could not visit while trucking.  When traveling to Monterey Bay to visit family, Dick's first priority was to sail on rough seas before any other sightseeing. Later in life he enjoyed making replica models of horse-drawn carriages and his family home farm, and collecting vintage tools.

Richard is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joyce; four children: David (Diana) Potter of Monterey, CA., Scott (Jennifer )Potter of New Haven, MO, Laurie (Matt) Urban of Dubuque, IA, and Randy (Anne) Potter of Dyersville, IA; grandchildren: Chelsea (Bill) Jakob, Justin (Lindsey) Potter, Jessica (Josh) Rankin, Elizabeth (fiancé Dustin Boyette) Urban, Samuel (Kenzie) Urban, Sarah O'Dell, Amanda (Justin) Adams and Timothy Potter;  great grandchildren: Bill Jr. (Emily) and Johnathon Jakob, Bethany, Michael, Daniel and Hannah Rankin; a sister, Norma Vondra of Easley, SC; sisters-in-law, Lucille (Ed) Hiller of Indianola, IA and Maxine (Jim) Bots of Marthasville, MO.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, Kroy Urban, a brother, Daniel (Lois) Potter, a brothers-in-law: Donald Vondra and Rolland Bergmann.

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