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Ariyl Faith True Beth Alice (Myatt) Crusha Charles J. Rooney, Jr.
Dale Allen Koos Dave J. Leytem Donald C. Hasken
Edna Mae Orr Elizabeth A. Delaney Esther Christina Link
Gerald H. Schnieders Goldie E. Harmon James J. Waldbillig
Jeanne Kay Reynolds Jerry J. Eberhardt John F. Barton
Lawrence J. Gaul Lillian M. Wessels Loras Edwin Mitchell
Lori K. Gibbs Madonna T. Krapfl Marcella M. Noonan
Marilyn Reiter Mary Ann A. (Timmerman) Runde Mary Ellen Althoff
Mary S. Teeling Msgr. Francis P. Friedl N. Dean Boyes
Olive V. Anderton Robert L. Selle Rosella C. Eckert
Sharon Rose (Gassman) Sweeney Sr. Mary Ann (Mary Vincent de Paul) Helle, OSF Thomas J. McDonough
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Donald C. Hasken

Donald C. Hasken 85, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, September 21, 2017. Visitation will be held at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, Illinois on Monday, September 25th from 3 to 8 pm, and the parish rosary will be recited at 2:45 pm. Members of the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Dept. will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, September 26th at St. Mary's Church, East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corp League.

Donald C. Hasken is the oldest child of Alvina Ricke and Joseph Hasken. He was born in Vinegar Hill Township, IL on November 23, 1931. Don took a leadership role very early on in his life by helping direct his younger brothers and sisters on the farm. Don always protected his siblings and worked side by side with his dear mother, Alvina. He married his childhood sweetheart Elizabeth (Betty) Oster on Jan. 30, 1954 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, Illinois and together they raised ten children. Don served in the Army as a newlywed and was stationed in Colorado Springs, Colorado before settling back to East Dubuque to work as a foreman for the John Deere foundry for 33 years. During retirement, he enjoyed traveling the country driving for Iowa Coaches Tour Buses. Don and Betty also enjoyed traveling together especially with their children during their 49 years of marriage. Don was a member of St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, Illinois. He was a former volunteer fireman for East Dubuque in his younger days along with being an East Dubuque City Council member. Don loved the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears. He was a kind and generous soul who devoted his life to his family. He had a great sense of humor and was a very loving, hardworking and patient man. Don was a person that loved meeting new people and enjoyed a good conversation.

Don is survived by his nine children: Mike Hasken (and his children Stephanie and Jared), Jim (& Lorna) Hasken of Muscatine, Iowa and their children Andrew, Christopher, and Emily), Jack (& Sarah) Hasken of Dubuque and their children Heather and Taylor), Mary (& Vladimir) Kotacka of Yelm, Washington, Donny (& Kim) Hasken of Dubuque and their children Amber, Adam and Austin), Ann (& John) Ward of Mendota, Illinois and their children Brittany and Angela, Betsy McClurge of Cedar Rapids (and her children Emma and Ava), and Maria (& Glenn) Averkamp of Cedar Rapids and their children Sam and Natalie) and Don's youngest son David of Dubuque. Don and Betty's love for children was evident when their grandchildren started showing up and this was very special to both of them. He also has nine great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Roseann Nauman and her husband Harlan of East Dubuque, his in-laws: Jim Richman, Doris Hasken, LouMae Hasken, Helen Oster and Roger Gartner along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Betty, his son Patrick, his mother Alvina, his sister Darlene Gartner, his brothers Vince and Earl Hasken along with his wife's siblings.

The family would like to thank Sunshine Home Care, Dr. Hillard Salas, Finley Hospital Emergency Department, Stonehill Care Center, Finley Home Care and his hospice helpers for bringing comfort to Don in his last months.

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



Madonna T. Krapfl

Madonna T. "Donna" Krapfl, 85, of Dyersville, Iowa, passed away Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 10:40 p.m. at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Donna may call from 2 to 6 p.m., Sunday, September 24, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Monday at the Reiff Funeral Home.

Mass of Christian Burial for Donna will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 25, 2017 at Basilica St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa, with Rev. Dennis Quint presiding. Burial will be held in St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville, Iowa.

Donna was born on October 3, 1931, in Dyersville, Iowa, daughter of Emil and Martha (Kramer) Esch. She was a graduate of St. Francis Xavier High School in Dyersville, IA. She was united in marriage to Merle Krapfl on June 30, 1952 at Basilica St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, IA.

She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Dyersville, Iowa. Donna was a 4H Leader and a member of the Dyersville Merry Maids for many years. She loved to cook, fish, camp and tend to her flower gardens. She enjoyed attending sporting events for her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Merle Krapfl of Dyersville, IA, four children, Gary Krapfl of Dyersville, IA, David (Kathy) Krapfl of Geneseo, IL, Dan Krapfl of Dyersville, IA and Ann Fessler of Durango, IA; 8 grandchildren; one sister, Julie White of Maquoketa, IA; one brother-in-law, Phil Manternach of Cascade, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents, one son-in-law, Mike Fessler; four sisters, Kay Ament, Mary Williamson, Patricia Billmeyer and Ellen Manternach; one brother, Nick Esch.

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



Lori K. Gibbs

Lori K. (Weiland) Gibbs, age 55 of Epworth, IA was taken in the arms of her loving angels on September 19, 2017 surrounded with the love of family after a courageous six year battle with Primary Peritoneal Carcinoma Cancer. Never has a person fought with such dignity and determination. She was such an inspiration to her hundreds of supporters.

Per Lori's wishes, she will be cremated. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturday September 30th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a prayer service will be at 11:45 a.m. with Rev. Dianne Grave officiating. The family requests no flowers and memorials may be made per your wishes.

Lori was born on January 30th, 1962 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Wayne and Kay (Duehr) Weiland. She graduated in 1980 from Hempstead High School and NICC in 1982. Lori married Robert A. (Bob) Gibbs on January 1st, 1995 and they made their home in Epworth, Iowa. Bob was the love of her life and she called him "My Bob".

Lori's employment included Prudential, Myers Cox, Weitzel Financial, and her favorite at Medical Associates West since 2005, retiring in April 2017 due to her cancer.

Lori's favorite hobbies included gardening, deer hunting, and fishing with her best friend and loving husband, Bob. They spent many hours on the Ole Mississippi River in Guttenberg fishing the back waters, laughing and enjoying each other's company. She also enjoyed her annual fishing trip at 3 Mile Lake. In addition, she enjoyed shotgun deer season and quiet times with Bob in the woods. She had a love for wildlife and flowers and it showed by the many plants and flowers surrounding their house. She loved family fun times with family dinners and playing Shanghai and Canasta. Lori loved her weekend rides in Bob's 1952 Ford Pickup as they held hands and cruised the country roads.

Lori was a very fun-loving gal and made so many friends with her outgoing personality. She was a very dedicated employee and was loved and admired by her MAC family.

At the age of 49, the same age she was stricken with cancer, she became "Grammy" to her only grandson, Kane Straub. Kane was her proudest joy in life along with her step-grandchildren, Caitlyn, Cody, and Nick Gibbs, Kobe, Kylie, and Khloe Ries. Lori looked forward to the weekends when Cory and Kane would visit. They loved making craft projects, fishing, swimming and baking. Lori loved the holidays and her home glowed with the many lights and decorations.

In 2015, Lori became a very active advocate with Compassion and Choices. She held the chair for the Dubuque County Action Team where she educated the public on the Iowa End of Life Options. Lori spent endless hour giving presentations, holding tabling events, meetings, and lobbying with her local Senators and House of Representatives. Sad to say, the State of Iowa never passed the bill in time of Lori's need.

Those left to honor her memory includes her husband Bob Gibbs, son Cory Straub, parents Wayne and Kay Weiland, sister and best friend Kari Weiland, and niece Kaylee (Doug) Thomas, step-children Jason Gibbs of Manchester and Corina (Brian) Ries of Ryan, Iowa, Mother-in-Law Hilda Gibbs of Manchester, brothers and sisters-in-laws, Shirley and Rich Lee, Pat and Rick Palmer, Deb and Gary Gibbs, Linda Holtaus, all of the Manchester area, grandchildren Kane Straub, Caitlyn, Cody, and Nick Gibbs, Kobe, Kylie, and Khloe Ries also several most caring and supportive aunts, uncles, and cousins as well as her Medical Associates family. She is preceded in death by her father-in-law Burl Gibbs, grandparents Milt and Dorothy Weiland, and Bill and Izzy Duehr.

Lori battled a very brave fight against cancer for six years thanks to faith, family, friends, as well as a positive attitude, a sense of humor and amazing doctors. Her final gift to others is to give the gift of sight through her donation of her eyes to the Iowa Donor Network. Her family would like to thank University of Iowa dream team of doctors, as well as Dr. Eric Engelman, special nurse Jenny, and the Oncology Nursing Staff. The family would also like to thank the wonderful nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center. Lori will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts. Our "Miracle Lori" is now our "Angel Lori".



Esther Christina Link

Esther Christina Link, 93, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, beginning a well-deserved rest after a life well spent.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 25, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, Dubuque, with Rev. Andrew A-Mensah officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque, IA. Friends may call from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 24, 2017, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:30 p.m.

Esther was born on January 18, 1924, in North Buena Vista, Iowa, daughter of John and Christina (Zimmer) Schmidt. She married Marion J. Link on August 12, 1943; he died on January 5, 1989. She later married John F. "Bud" Hefel Jr. on November 17, 1990; he died December 29, 1998.

Esther took her first job at 14 as a live-in maid and cook, and spent the rest of her life working hard at all her many roles, including cleaning houses into her 80s. She was a long time member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church (Sacred Heart) and a member of the Secular Franciscan Order since 1959.

She loved to play softball on Monday nights at Comiskey Park with her grandkids and other family and friends. She was always ready to play a good game of euchre, and enjoyed quilting, especially with the ladies in Buenie.

Esther is survived by 7 children: Gerald (Phyllis) Link, James "Jim"(Linda) Link, David (Judy) Link, Joy (Mike) Behnke, Carol Link, Jean (Mark) Kohn, and Greg (Sue) Link, all of Dubuque; 2 foster children: Charles (Rita) Wagner and Donna (Verlon) Bailey to whom she was "Mom-For-A-Little-While"; 12 grandchildren: Patty (Rich) Berrier, Cathy (Grant) Copic, Eric (William) Link, Neal (Kim) Link, Jason (Shannon) Link, Jolene (Dan) Koopmann, Dawn Link, Tricia and Laura Behnke, Chris (Sara) Kohn, Darren (Sherese) Kohn, and Brian Link; 13 great-grandchildren; 9 step-children: Lorna Paisley, Dennis (Sharon) Hefel, Beverly (Bill) Rettenmeier, Connie Kintzle, Mary Kay "Punkie" (Phil) Birkel, Brian (Dianne) Hefel, Trudy Hefel, Amy Eudaley, and Shawn (Perry) Bromen; and their children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Janet Link (in infancy); a grandson, Jeffrey Link; a great-granddaughter, Samantha "Sammie" Link; a foster daughter, Carol (Eugene) Laugesen; 5 sisters: Thelma Schmidt (in infancy), Marie (John) Spielbauer, Alvina (Elton) Riddle, Rosina (William) O'Toole, and Walburga "Rita" (John) Pothoff; 2 brothers, Wilfred (Marie) and Leonard (Anna) Schmidt; and 2 sisters-in-law: Stella (Wilbur) Saylor and Irma (John) Beitzel.

Esther was the epitome of Christian kindness, and dedicated her life to helping others. Her home was always open, and she made the best kneffles and apple crisp, and served them up with heaps of common sense, comfort, and understanding. We are all better people for having known and loved her.

In lieu of flowers, an Esther Link Memorial Fund has been established.

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

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Esther's niece, Mary CR Schmidt, Dr. Kristin Nelson, and to Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care of Esther.



Mary Ann A. (Timmerman) Runde


Mary Ann A. (Timmerman) Runde, 76, of Kieler, Wisconsin, passed away Tuesday evening, September 19, 2017 at Ennoble Manor Care Center, Dubuque, Iowa, with her family by her side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville, with Fr. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Kieler. Visitation is from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 2:45 p.m. Friday. A visitation will also be held on Saturday at the Church from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Mary Ann was born on August 15, 1941 at Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the daughter of Delvan and Irene (Wiederholt) Timmerman. She was united in marriage to Philip A. Runde on June 6, 1961 at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler. He preceded her in death on April 28, 2013.

Mary Ann was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish and its Council of Catholic Women, where she collected CCA points to benefit CCW. She attended Immaculate Conception Grade School, St. Joseph's Academy and graduated with the first graduation class of Wahlert High School.

In her younger years she loved bowling, playing poker with the girls, shopping, going for late night pizza, and later playing triple yatzee with her sister. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Mary Ann was formerly employed at Betty Jane Candy, Sinsinawa Mound, cooked for various area restaurants, ran Bob's Recreation softball league and tournaments, and drove bus for Stratton Bus Company. She and Phil operated Runde's Bar & Hall in Kieler from 1984 - 2000. Mary Ann would also hold clothing parties at her home for Queen's Way.

Surviving are two daughters, Ann (Dale) Haverland of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, and Angela (Dion) Nickel of Wylie, Texas; four grandchildren, Andrew Haverland, Rebecca (fiancé Bryan Johnson) Haverland, Ashley and Bryce Nickel; her siblings, Eldred "Gus" (Alvina) Timmerman of rural Cuba City, Anita (Bernard) Heileman of Dickeyville, and Jeanette (Faber) Runde of Kieler; and many nieces and nephews; her in-laws, LaVerne (Dola) Runde of East Dubuque, Illinois and David (Joyce) Runde of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Delvan and Irene; her husband, Phil; nieces and nephews, Charlie Runde, Daniel Heileman, Tony Timmerman and Cheryl Heileman; her in-laws, Bernard (Eileen) Runde and Gerald (Mary A.) Runde.

Mary Ann's family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Ennoble Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for the kind and compassionate care shown to their mother.

Mary Ann will be remembered by the staff at Ennoble Manor for her beautiful smile, singing and dancing.

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



Elizabeth A. Delaney


Elizabeth A. "Betty" Delaney, 92, passed away Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Betty may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, September 22, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa. They may also call after 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the Funeral home where services will be held at 11:30 a.m., with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa.

She was born May 25, 1925 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Clem and Madeline (Theisen) Schadle. On May 1, 1945 she was united in marriage to Thomas J. Delaney in Dubuque, Iowa.

She worked with the foster Grandparents in West Dubuque and Dubuque Community School for over 25 years. She loved to fly to visit her grandchildren in New Jersey.

Betty is survived by her children, Jim (Shirley) Delaney, Delaine (Norb) Heim both of Dubuque, IA, Beta (Harvey) King of Epworth, IA and Penny (Michael) Iannella of Sterling, NJ; 12 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; one sister Joan (Gene) Frith and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband Tom, one son, Dennis Delaney in infancy, her parents and one brother Donald Schadle.

The family would like to thank the staff at Alverna Apts. And Stonehill Nursing Home where she enjoyed excellent care for many years.

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



Lillian M. Wessels


Lillian M. Wessels, 86, of New Vienna, passed away Monday, September 18, 2017, at Luther Manor, Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held 2 - 8 p.m. Thursday, September 21, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 3:30 pm. Visitation will continue Friday from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 pm Friday, September 22, 2017, St. Boniface Catholic Church, New Vienna, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Conway will officiate.

Lillian was born January 30, 1931, in Colesburg, Iowa the daughter of Arnold and Gertrude (Lansing) Steger. She married James H. Wessels on June 2, 1952, in Colesburg. Together they farmed in the New Vienna area until retirement in 1996.

She was a devoted farmer's wife, a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She and Jim loved Polka dancing, country music and traveling.

Lillian is survived by her 3 sons: Patrick (Brenda) and Gary (Pam), both of Dyersville, Marty (Wanda) of Farley; 3 daughters: Lynn (Jeff) Cizek of Traer, IA, Joyce (Kevin) Willman of Worthington, IA and Lois (Mark) Bonifas of Dubuque, IA; 17 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; siblings: Robert (Lillian) Steger of Dyersville, Patrick (Margie) Steger of New Vienna, Charles (Carol) Steger of New Vienna, Mary Ann Bonert of Dyersville; in-laws: Leon (Eileen) Wessels of Dyersville, Kay Wessels and Ruth Wessels, both of New Vienna, and Rosemary (Marvin) Nickol of Dyersville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jim in 2002, a granddaughter, Kimberly Wessels; a brother, John Steger and in-laws: Fred J. (Mary Ann) Wessels, Louis and Earl Wessels and William Bonert.

The family wishes to send a special thanks to the nurses, CNA's and staff of Luther Manor Memory Care Unit and Nursing Home for their compassion and care they provided to Lillian.

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



Sr. Mary Ann (Mary Vincent de Paul) Helle, OSF

Sr. Mary Ann (Mary Vincent de Paul) Helle, OSF, age 79, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 2:05 p.m., on Monday, September 18, 2017, at Clare House, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Sister's life, funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, September 23, 2017, in Francis Chapel, 3390 Windsor Avenue. To celebrate Sister's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, September 22, 2017, in Francis Chapel. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Sr. Mary Ann was born on November 3, 1937, in Dyersville, Iowa, daughter of George and Sedella (Kramer) Helle and Joan (Jaeger) Helle.

Sr. Mary Ann entered the Sisters of St. Francis on August 25, 1956 and made her final profession of vows on August 12, 1962. Sister received her Masters in Education Administration from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion in 1972. She was joyfully missioned in Iowa at Granville, Remsen, Sioux City-Sacred Heart, Humboldt, and Mount St. Francis, Dubuque; and at Melrose Park and Hazel Crest, IL.

Those left to cherish her memory include

her sisters,
Pearl (Harold) Kelchen,
Norma Kelchen,
Marlene (Ambrose) Koopmann,
Janet Schwendinger,
Ruth (Larry) Griffin,
LuAnn (Bob) Cigrand,
Joanie (Tom) Tauke
and Doris (Clair) Riesberg;

her brothers,
George (Connie),
LeRoy (Margie),
Paul (Stella),
Frank (Joann)
and Bob (Camie Pedersen);

she is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared over 60 years along her earthly journey.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Kathleen Helle; a brother, Henry; and brothers-in-law, Gerald Kelchen and John Schwendinger.

The Sisters of St. Francis express their sincere gratitude to Hospice of Dubuque for all of their compassion, care and concern.

Memorials may be given to the Sisters of St. Francis, 3390 Windsor Avenue, Dubuque, IA, 52001.

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



Msgr. Francis P. Friedl


Msgr. Francis P. Friedl died Monday, September 18 at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque, two months short of his 100th birthday.

The Funeral Mass will be on Monday, September 25, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church, Dubuque with Most Rev. Michael O. Jackels officiating. Visitation will be from 8:30 - 11:00 a.m., Monday at the church. Burial will take place after the Funeral Mass, at 4:00 p.m., in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Waterloo.

Msgr. Friedl was born on November 26, 1917, to Philip and Rose (Schares) Friedl in Waterloo. He graduated from Loras College and took his theological training at Mount St. Mary of the West Seminary in Norwood, Ohio.

He was ordained April 26, 1943, at Sacred Heart Church, Waterloo, by Archbishop Francis J.L. Beckman. After a brief assignment at St. Francis Parish, Dumont, he was named associate at Nativity Parish, Dubuque, in 1943.
He joined the faculty of Loras College in 1947, during which time he also served as chaplain at the Dubuque County Home and later as associate at St. Joseph Church, Dubuque. In 1950, he entered Catholic University, Washington, D.C., and graduated with a Ph.D. in Psychology.

He returned to the Archdiocese in 1954 to become director of public relations at Loras College, where he was appointed vice-president in 1956. He was named a monsignor in 1956. In 1965, Msgr. Friedl became dean of studies at Loras and served as acting president from 1966 to 1967. In 1971, he was appointed president of the college and dean of the Loras Deanery.

He was appointed pastor of St. Joseph, Elkader, in 1977 and St. Columbkille, Dubuque, in 1984. He retired in 1987.

He authored "The Loras College Story - 150 Years," for the college's sesquicentennial observances in 1969. In addition he authored 12 other books on topics ranging from the priesthood, homilies, Loras College, and people of Dubuque.

Msgr. Friedl is survived by a sister, Mary Billings of California and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Philip, James and Thomas Friedl; and four sisters, Catherine Porter, Sister Mary Margaret, Rosemary Ralston, and Shirley Kapler.

Memorials may be directed to the Archdiocese of Dubuque Seminarian Education Fund.



Lawrence J. Gaul


Lawrence J. "Larry" Gaul, 79, of Epworth passed away September 19, 2017, at his home after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 pm Sunday, September 24, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Monday, September 25, 2017, from 9:30 - 10:45 am in the Breitbach Room at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Peosta. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11am Monday, September 25, 2017, St. John the Baptist Church in Peosta. Rev. Michael Schueller will officiate. Burial will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Luxemburg where American Legion Post 137 will accord military honors.

Larry was born on February 15, 1938, near New Vienna, IA the son of Alphonse and Regina (Fangmann) Gaul. He graduated from Holy Cross High School in 1956. He served in the United States Army from 1958-1960, in Germany.

He married Dolores Wente on November 17, 1962, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna, Iowa. Together they farmed the family farm where he was born and raised.

He was a member of Holy Trinity Church in Luxemburg and served as a lector for many years. His love of photography led him to serve 25 years as a videographer for the Archdiocese of Dubuque. In retirement, Larry enjoyed driving his team of horses in area parades.

Survivors include his wife, Dolores; children: Linda Gaul of Indianapolis, IN, Craig Gaul of New Vienna, Tom (Martina) Gaul and Jay (Lora) Gaul, both of Luxemburg, and Jenny Gaul of Rochester, MN; grandchildren: Brandon (fiancé Brittany Dolphin), Dillon (friend Katie Koopman), Nathan, Taylor, Bailey, Angela, Douglas (friend Sierra Kramer), Jack, and Molly; siblings: Marvin Gaul of Holy Cross, Gerald (Joan) Gaul of Farley, Eldon Gaul of Dyersville, Virgil (Helen) Gaul of Dubuque and Eileen (Richard) Hermsen of Luxemburg; and a sister-in-law, Mary Margaret (Jerome) Lansing of Dyersville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three children in infancy, Angela, Jean, and Matthew; a grandson, Tyler Gaul; siblings: Leander Gaul in infancy, and his twin sister, Laura Meyer, and in-laws: Germaine Gaul, Helen Gaul, Ralph Meyer, and Robert Wente.

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



Dave J. Leytem


Dave J. "Ace" Leytem, 71, of Cascade, Iowa passed away Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at his home in Cascade.

Friends and relatives of Dave may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Friday, September 22, 2017 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., day, at the funeral home. Services for Dave will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 23, 2017 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Dave was born June 26, 1946 in Cascade, Iowa, son of Harland and Rose Mary (Quint) Leytem. He is a 1964 graduate of Aquin High School in Cascade, Iowa.

He began his career in food service at Thompson's Food and B&M Groceries in Cascade, Iowa. After the closing of B&M he went to work for Hy-vee in Dubuque until his retirement.

He was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa and the Knights of Columbus Council #930.

Dave was an avid sports fan for the Cascade Cougars, Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago Bears and Chicago White Sox.

He is survived by four brothers, Terry (Jill) Leytem, Wayne (Nancy) Leytem both of Cascade, IA, Bill (Lisa) Leytem of Asbury, IA, Greg (Julie) Leytem of Swisher, IA; five sisters, Sandy (Paul) Koppes of Monmouth, IA, Carol Annis of Cascade, IA, Linda (Marty) Hill of Dixon, IL, Lois Leytem of Dubuque, Julie Hartmann of Dubuque; and three sisters-in-law, Shirley Leytem and Mary Kay Leytem both of Cascade, IA, Sheri Leytem of Dubuque, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Harland "Bub" Leytem on October 31, 1985 and his mother Rosemary on October 25, 2012; three brothers, Gary "Jake" Leytem on August 17, 2004; Robert "Bub" Leytem on July 9, 2012; Steve "Ben" Leytem on November 17, 2012; and two nephews, Rick Annis on October 8, 1987; Benjamin Leytem on October 14, 1989.

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



Olive V. Anderton


Olive V. "Ollie" Anderton, 76, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, September 19, 2017, at the Trinity Medical Center, Bettendorf, Iowa.

A celebration of Ollie's life will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, September 22, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. A memorial visitation will be held from 6 to 8 P.M. on Thursday, September 21, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private Inurnment will be held at a later date from the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Olive Vivian Boyington was born on September 2, 1941 in Dows, Iowa, to Hugh and Elizabeth (Lamberson) Boyington. She first attended a one room schoolhouse in Elma, Iowa and then graduated from Riceville High School in 1960. She married James "Jim" Anderton on February 25, 1961 in Riceville, Iowa. To this union four daughters were born: Lee Ann, Wanda, Lori and Rebecca.

Prior to her marriage, Ollie worked as a nurse's aide at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. In 1963 she and Jim moved to Maquoketa and she worked as a preschool teacher at Mother Goose Pre-School and then Sunshine Daycare and Preschool in Maquoketa until her kids were all in school. In 1978, she became Activities Director at the Maquoketa Care Center for 25 years, retiring in 2003.

Ollie was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa where she was active in the UMW and the Ruth Circle. For many years she had been a member of card clubs, the Jackson County Master Gardeners, and in retirement served on the Board of Directors of the Maquoketa Care Center.

Ollie enjoyed shopping with her daughters, flower gardening, cooking, baking, her kittens, dogs, and horses and spending time with her family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband Jim Anderton of Maquoketa, IA; daughters, Lee Ann Freiburger of Dubuque, IA, Wanda (Mike) Meagher of Brookline, NH, Lori (Laura Taylor) Hollingshead of Robins, IA, and Rebecca Formenti of Maquoketa, IA; 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Claude Boyington and a grandchild Meagan Hollingshead.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a memorial fund is being set up for a gift of kitchen items to the United Methodist Church.

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



Ariyl Faith True


Ariyl Faith True, 27, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on September 16th, 2017 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

Ariyl was born in Libertyville, Illinois on Sept. 18, 1990, she attended Hempstead High School and graduated in 2008.

Ariyl was very active and involved throughout her school days. She participated in basketball, volleyball, and cross country, just to name a few, and she excelled at everything she did.

She is survived by numerous, loving family members and special friends that felt blessed to claim her as their own.

Ariyl faced many challenges in her short life and has now found the peace and comfort she deserves. We will celebrate her life forever and will hold a memorial service for her on Friday, September 22nd at 7:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until time of service at 7:00 p.m.



Loras Edwin Mitchell


Loras Edwin Mitchell, 88, of St. Catherine's, Iowa passed away September 19, 2017 at home.

The Funeral Mass will be on Saturday, September 23, 2017, at 12:00 p.m., at St. Catherine's Catholic Church, Dubuque with Father Philip Mensah officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., Friday September 22nd, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 4:00 p.m. Burial will take place after the funeral mass in the St. Catherine's Church Cemetery.

Loras was born December 11, 1929 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Edwin and Florence (Hilkin) Mitchell. He married Ann Joiner December 1, 1951 at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Dubuque.

Loras was employed as an Iron Worker and worked on bridges. He started in working at St. Catherine's building the tower and later traveling through the country doing iron work. He later retired in 1993 and moved back to St. Catherine's.

He loved deer hunting and fishing trips, as well as a good game of Euchre. Mitch also loved to watch sports. There was always a game of baseball or football on. His wife thought that was the only channel they ever got. Mitch could also fix "rig" anything. He had a knack for getting it done or making it work.

He is survived by his wife Ann; his children Barb (Loras) Manders, of St. Catherine's, Belva (Jeannie Costanza) Mitchell, of New Jersey, Pete (Julia) Mitchell, of Las Vegas, NV; Grandchildren Martin (Tressa) Manders, JoAnn (Kevin) Herrig, Linda Manders, Jeff (Dawn) Manders, Richard (Cindy) Manders, Shaina Mitchell, Steven Mitchell, Pam (Mitch) Hayes & Kenny (Julia) Mitchell; 17 great grandchildren and 17 great great grandchildren; his sister Gloria Lenstra; and brother John (Rose) Mitchell.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son Darwin, and his sister Mary Maiden.

In lieu of flowers a Loras Mitchell memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Molly Manders for her care and comfort and a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque.



Sharon Rose (Gassman) Sweeney


Sharon Rose (Gassman) Sweeney, 73, of Dubuque, died on Monday, September 18, 2017, at home.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 22, 2017, at Holy Family Church, New Melleray. Burial will follow in the church Cemetery. Visitation will be after 9:30 a.m. Friday, at the church until time of mass. A celebration of her life will also be held at The Grand River Center in the Glass River Room from 1:00 p.m.to 3:00 p.m., Friday, September 22nd, all are welcome.

Sharon was born on August 16, 1944, in Bernard, IA, daughter of Dorance & Deloras (Stoffel) Gassman.
Sharon graduated from the Visitation Academy, and was a member of St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church where she helped cook the Oktoberfest meal for 13 years.

Sharon started her career as an OR Tech at Mercy, eventually segueing to the business world working for Prudential.

After retirement Sharon became the Activities Director at Bell Tower Retirement in East Dubuque, IL where she made many friends and enjoyed helping the residents to be comfortable and enjoy their time to the fullest. Sharon truly adored her work there.

Sharon is survived by her children, Thomas (Melissa) Haupert, of Anthem, AZ, Terrence Haupert, of East Troy, WI, Stephen (Michelle) Haupert, of Dubuque, IA, Deb (Derek) Monnig, of Coppell, TX, and Bill Sweeney, of Janesville, WI; and grandchildren Addie Haupert, Tyler and Tessa Haupert, Rowan Monnig and Cole and Callie Sweeney; and her brother, Harry (Lois) Gassman, of Dubuque, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Francis Fritz Sweeney, and twin brothers John and Joseph Gassman.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the charity of your choice.

The family wishes to thank Sharon's many neighbors that helped out when needed and the medical professionals at Mercy Medical Center & Mercy Home Health Care for their outstanding service in Sharon's final months.

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



Rosella C. Eckert


Rosella C. "Sally" Eckert, 90, of Kieler, Wisconsin, passed away at 8:25 a.m. Monday, September 18, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 22, 2017 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville, Wisconsin, with Fr. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery at Kieler. Visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 3:45 p.m. on Thursday. A visitation will also be held on Friday from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. at the church.

Sally was born on July 3, 1927 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Webster and Loretta (Soat) Smith. She was united in marriage to Ernest A. Eckert on August 28, 1948 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque. He preceded her in death on March 23, 2003.

Sally was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish and its Council of Catholic Women. She enjoyed baking, playing cards, bingo and doing needle work.

Surviving are two children, Wayne J. Eckert (fiancé Joyce Steffen) of Dubuque, Iowa and Roseann (Rocky) Emler of Potosi, Wisconsin, a granddaughter, Heather (Marcus) Emler Groom; a great grandson, Wyatt Emler; and a brother Eugene Smith of Waukesha, Wisconsin.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Webster and Loretta; her husband, Ernest; and one sister, Mary Lou Korber.

Wayne and Roseann would like to thank the nurses and staff at Dubuque Specialty Care and the Cardiac Medical Unit at Mercy Medical Center for the special care given to their mother.

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



N. Dean Boyes


N. Dean Boyes, 77, of Dubuque passed away peacefully Monday, September 18, 2017, at Ennoble Manor with his family by his side.

Funeral services will be at 10:30a.m. Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends and family may call from 3 to 8 Thursday Sept. 21, 2017 at the funeral home and also after 9:00 a.m. Friday.

Norman Dean Boyes was born on July 26, 1940 in Epworth, Iowa the son of Norman "Newt" and Imogene (Schlosser) Boyes. He grew up on the family farm at Graf Iowa and was especially fond of sharing his many stories of those days on the farm and his time spent in Graf. He graduated from Epworth High School in 1957; and married Janet Althaus on June 15, 1963 at Saint Joseph the Worker. Together they shared 54 wonderful years.

Dean worked at John Deere in the Experimental Shop until his retirement in 1999, and was a member of the UAW Local #94. He was a talented mechanic and loved to work on tractors, especially restoring old John Deere and helping the boys with their pulling tractors and stock cars. He also enjoyed restoring old toys and pedal tractors. He was very active in HVFMA Pulling Tractor Club, and often did the announcing at the area pulls. He had quite the gift of gab and you would often hear his famous stories during the pulls.

Dean was active with the Cub Scouts and calling bingo at Nativity Church for many years. He enjoyed the Labor Day parades with the UAW float; and like to help Bill and Dennis Conrad on the farm.

He is survived by his wife Janet; his two sons Kevin (Jeanne) Boyes and Kenneth "Kenny" (Sandy Temperley) Boyes, both of Key West, Iowa; his two granddaughters Allison (Dan) Tringale, of Houston, TX and Jaclyn Boyes of Key West; Sandy's daughters Brooke and Brenda; his twin Brother Gene (Roxy) Boyes, of Dubuque; his sister Alice (Jerry) Schueller, of Dubuque, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Lois (Dan) Potter.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque especially Elizabeth, Betsy and Nicole; and Dr. Mark Hermann and his nurse Sandy for all their care and kindness, and to all Dean's friends especially the Sunshine breakfast club.



Mary Ellen Althoff


Mary Ellen Althoff, 69, of Marion and formerly of New Vienna, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at her home.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, September 21, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 22, 2017, St. Boniface Catholic Church, New Vienna, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Mary Ellen Althoff was born on Oct. 30, 1947, the daughter of Ted H. and Leona (Klas) Althoff. After graduating from St. Boniface High School in New Vienna, she worked at Kerper's Store in New Vienna and then at Harrison's and Theisen's in Dyersville. She moved to Cedar Rapids in 1969, and worked in inventory control at Quik-Way and Dysert-Peck and retired from the Accounting Department of the Cedar Rapids Gazette in 2010.

Mary was a member of St. Joseph's Church in Marion, IA. She will be remembered always for her quick wit and sense of humor; for the care she gave to her mother for 31 years; for the guidance, and support she gave her siblings, and her many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews; and for her love of casinos, card games, country and polka music, and phone visiting.

She is survived by her siblings and their families: Margie (Art) Nachtman of Ryan and their family Kenny Nachtman, Dr. Jane (Ian Ferguson) Nachtman, Karen (Jim) Oppelt, Lisa (Dan) Edwards, Dennis (Sarah) Nachtman, Matt (Jill) Nachtman; Fred (Joan) Althoff of Robins, and their family Kristine (Matt) Coulter, Dr. Keri Althoff (Dr. C. John Sperati), Amy Althoff, Erin (Dustin Hittenmiller) Althoff, Nathan Althoff; Laurie (Craig) Rogers of Rockford, IL, and their family, Heather (Jamie) Jackman, Sarah (Steve) Schrandt, Kyle (Ashley) Rogers; Gary (Marilyn) Althoff of Earlville, and their family, Tammy (Earl) March, Shannon (Dee) Althoff, Josh Althoff; Joyce (Mike) Wessels of Rickardsville, and their family, Brian (Amanda) Wessels, Wendy (Kyle) Askling, and Anne (Matt) Delaney. Also surviving are great-nieces and nephews, Andy, Shane, and Devon Nachtman; Jeremy and Thomas Ferguson; Madison Oppelt; Samantha, Rebecca and Kathyrn Edwards; Madeline, Abigail, and Zachary Nachtman; Maximus and Layla Nachtman; Ella, Claire, Jackson, Bryn, Luke and Sam Coulter; Charleston, Eleanor and Camille Sperati; Declan and Sawyer Althoff; Michaela, Moira and Thomas Jackman; Alexa, Ryan and Jake Schrandt; Briana, Shelby and Anthony March; Aubrie and Emalynn Althoff; John, Luke, Matthew and Samantha Wessels; Haylee and Cassandra Askling and Ava Delaney. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, a great niece, Caitlin Schrandt, and her long time friend, Ralph (Cliff) Kluesner in 2003.

Her family deeply appreciates all those who laughed with her, enjoyed the casinos with her, and also the fellowship of ABWA and her condo association friends who shared their time, stories and lives with Mary.

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



Goldie E. Harmon


Goldie E. Harmon, 86, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, September 18, 2017, at home.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, September 23, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where friends may greet the family from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service on Saturday. Rev. DeWayne Teig will officiate. Private burial will be at a later date, in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Goldie was born April 19, 1931 in Stahl, MO, the daughter of John S. and Annie (Campbell) Walters. She married George F. Harmon on December 6, 1947 in Novinger, MO. He preceded her in death on May 20, 2012.

She was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, as well as the UAW Auxiliary 344, VFW 508 Auxiliary, all in Dubuque, and TOPS 1198 in Sageville.

Goldie is survived by her son, Ellis Eugene (Sharon) Harmon of Dubuque; her grandchildren, Christopher (Sue) Harmon of Dubuque, and Laura Lee (Mack) Alongi of Carol Stream, IL; eight great grandchildren, Valeria and Peter "P.J." Alongi, Ryleigh "Jean" Harmon, Owen and Alex Thompson, Brandon (Jamie) Urban, and Ashley and Caitlyn Picolotti; two great great grandchildren, Riley and Ryan Urban; her sister, Bernice Baggs of Kansas City, MO; her sisters in law, Alfreda James of Kirksville, MO, Dorothy Rice of Moline, IL, and Dorothy Harmon of Kankakee, IL; and her brother in law, Bob (Rosie) Harmon of St. Paul, KS.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Lucille Phillips; four brothers, Mark, Ellis, Paul, and Raymond Walters; and two brothers in law, Ross Baggs and Tom Phillips.

According to her wishes, the family requests no flowers.

Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and Hawkeye Care Center.

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



Edna Mae Orr


Edna Mae Orr, 89, of Cascade, Iowa passed away peacefully Monday, September 18, 2017, at 5:45 a.m. at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Edna Mae may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa where an American Legion Auxillary service will be held at 4 p.m. and a wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 21st, at the funeral home. Services for Edna Mae will be held at 10:30 Thursday, September 21, 2017, at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke Officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Edna Mae was born November 1, 1927, in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of Tommy and Mae (Tobin) Zoller. She received her education from St. Mary's School and the University of Dubuque. On March 1, 1949, she was united in marriage to Charles F. Orr at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa.

She was a member of the St. Matthias Parish in Cascade and a member of the Cascade American Legion Auxiliary.

Edna Mae enjoyed visiting with all, sharing pictures and stories about her children and grandchildren. In earlier years, she enjoyed bowling and bingo with friends and neighbors. She was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church. Most recently, Edna Mae resided at Shady Rest Care Center and enjoyed visiting with friends and caregivers. In all of her travels, Edna Mae always returned to the center of her universe, Cascade!

She is survived by eight children, Diana Kay (Christopher Flynn) of San Jose, CA, Ken Orr of Cascade, IA, Becky (Paul Oberbroeckling) Orr of Denver, CO, Stan Orr, Patrick Orr both of Cascade, IA, Michael Orr of San Jose, CA, Nancy Otting of Mt. Juliet, TN and Ross (Shontele) Orr of Cascade, IA; Eight granddaughters, Amy, Erin, Allison, Helen, Madeline, Mia, Mollie and Charlee; one great granddaughter, Sidney.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles F. Orr on December 14, 1994, two daughters in infancy, Sarah and Mary Beth Orr; one sister, Annabelle "Doll" O'Shea.

The Orr family would like to thank Sherry Kelchen and the staff of Hospice of Dubuque and Shady Rest Care Center for all the wonderful care they gave to Edna Mae.

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



Beth Alice (Myatt) Crusha


Beth Alice (Myatt) Crusha, 61, Laughlin, NV, passed away September 3, 2017, at the UCH-Memorial Hospital, Colorado Springs, CO, with her husband at her side.

A Celebration of Beth's Life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. A Celebration of Life luncheon will follow at the Centerstone Inn, Maquoketa, IA. A private family burial will be held at the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Beth was born on November 16, 1955, in La Porte, Indiana to John and Kathryn (Scoville) Myatt. Beth was born and raised in La Porte, IN, lived in Denver, Maquoketa, IA and presently resided in Laughlin, NV. Beth graduated from La Porte High School and Purdue University and retired from the Colorado Medical Society. She married Kenneth L. Crusha on April 7, 1989 in Kauai, Hawaii.

Beth enjoyed friends, photography, antiques and travel and was a great design/decorator. Photography was to remain an avid life-long interest. Beth combined photography and antique collecting as she and Kenneth traveled across the United States. Beth and Kenneth shared 28+ years of fantastic companionship, photo clubs, metal-detecting, and desert off-roading. Beth and Kenneth traveled extensively during the summer and visited many, many family and friends in 2017.

She is survived by her husband Kenneth Crusha of Laughlin, NV; a brother, Alan and his wife Josephine and their two daughters, Ann & Jennifer Myatt; three step-children, Shania Plantz, Shaun Crusha and Renee Horton; 5 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Beth was always a shining light wherever she traveled. The Lord has taken a "shining" angel home. She will be greatly missed but incredible memories of her will bring a smile to many a soul. Beth loved sunshine and will be shining light for us all.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Hospice of Jackson County.

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



Mary S. Teeling


Mary S. Teeling, 88, peacefully passed away Saturday, September 16, 2017 at home surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 to 8:00 Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. where a parish scripture wake service will be recited at 3:30.

Mary was born on September 28, 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Hans and Anna (Healey) Mennig. She graduated from St. Columbkille high school and at the age of 18, began her 65 year career in the insurance profession. She spent the majority of her working years with MP Hogan Insurance Agency and ended her career with DB&T and Sheehan Insurance Agency.

On September 2, 1950, Mary married Ralph L. Teeling at St. Raphael Cathedral. He preceded her in death on April 4, 2002.

Mary was a 75 year member of St. Columbkille parish, past president of Insurance Women of Dubuque and member of the Dominican Laity. She enjoyed spending time with her children and many grandchildren. Her love for learning and travel never ceased.

Surviving are her children Catherine (Robert) Breitbach of Dubuque, IA, Mary (Michael) Berendes of Hartland, WI, Joseph (Leslie) Teeling of Waukee, IA, Thomas (Barbara) Teeling of Wesley Chapel, FL and John Teeling of Paso Robles, CA; her son-in-law, James Overman of Lisbon, IA; her 24 grandchildren Matthew, Timothy, Jacob, Kathleen, Daniel and Elizabeth Overman, Joshua, Nathaniel, Jessica, Gretchen, Hans and Caleb Breitbach, Michael, Brianna, Mariah and Sean Berendes, Joseph, Benjamin, Alexander, Jackson and Anne Teeling and Luke, Nicholas, and Ashlie Teeling; 26great grandchildren; also surviving is her maid of honor and cousin, Charlotte Powers of Davenport, IA.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph; daughter Suzanne; grandchildren John David and Mark Overman; brothers Leonard, Joseph, George and Alan "Ducky" and her sister, Rosadel.

The family would like to thank all her caregivers, especially Pat, Shirley and her beloved granddaughter, Gretchen.

Her gentle spirit, her love for Jesus Christ, and her love and compassion for everyone will remain with us forever.

Memorials may be given to St. Columbkille Church.



Gerald H. Schnieders


Gerald H. "Gerry" Schnieders, 89, of Dyersville, Iowa, passed away Sunday, September 17, 2017, at Manor Care at 10:25 p.m. in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Gerry may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 4 p.m. and Dyersville American Legion services will be held at 7 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Thursday at the Reiff Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial for Gerry will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 21, 2017, at Basilica St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa, with Rev. Dennis Quint presiding. Burial will be held in St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville, Iowa with full military honors afforded by the Dyersville American Legion Post #137.

Gerry was born on March 14, 1928, in Dyersville, Iowa, son of Arthur and Marcina (Steger) Schnieders. He was a 1946 graduate of St. Francis Xavier High School in Dyersville, IA. He was united in marriage to Gladys Tauke on September 26, 1951, in Greeley, IA. He served in the United States Army from 1946 to 1948.

Gerry lived on an acreage for 39 years where he raised and showed Quarter horses. He worked for Dyersville National Bank for 28-1/2 years. He went on to sell real estate for 8 years and then worked at Fidelity Bank for 8 years and he also sold granite monuments for many years.

He loved spending time with his family. Gerry also enjoyed photography, golf, Flower gardening, playing the Hammond organ and visiting with the Amish.

He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Dyersville, Iowa. He was also a member of the Dyersville American Legion Post #137, Dubuque and Dyersville Barbershop Choir and Quartet, Commercial Club and served on the Beckman School Board.

He is survived by his wife, Gladys Schnieders of Dyersville, IA; four children Sam Schnieders of Tampa, FL, Jeff (Tammy) Schnieders, Lori (Bradley) Knight both of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Sally (Terry) Steffen of New Vienna, IA; six grandchildren, Melissa, Justin, Matthew, Jeremy, Kelly and Ryan; four great grandchildren, Killian, Emma, Paisley and Baylor.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his twin sister, Geraldine McQuillen, one brother, Bobby Schnieders.

A Gerald H. Schnieders memorial fund has been established.

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



Jeanne Kay Reynolds


Jeanne Kay Reynolds, 56, originally from Dubuque, IA passed away September 13th, 2017. Jeanne passed away in Rochester, MN at Mayo Hospital and Clinics.

A memorial mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 at St. Raphael's Cathedral with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Family and friends may visit after 9:00 a.m. Saturday, at the church until time of mass. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Jeanne was born in Dubuque, Iowa on May 25th, 1961, to Robert and Barb (Strong) Durey. She was married on January 8th, 1983, to Richard Rex Reynolds.

Jeanne graduated at Loras College in 1983 with a BA in Psychology. She had three children, Amanda M Reynolds, Kelly A Reynolds (deceased), and Jordan K Reynolds. Jeanne later went on to complete her Masters in Nursing at St. Schoalstica. Jeanne and her family moved around the country as her husband served in the military. Jeanne and her husband relocated to Waterloo, IA in 2012 to be closer to family.

Jeanne will be remembered as a giving and caring individual. Jeanne was an avid crafter and often could be found crocheting, knitting, or sewing. She often donated her homemade goods to others and organizations. Jeanne had the ability to laugh at herself and had a good sense of humor. It is thought that she developed this skill over years of living with her husband, who loves to be a prankster.

She is survived by her husband Richard Rex Reynolds; her two children Amanda M. Reynolds, and Jordan K. Reynolds; her two grandchildren, Aiden and Amelia Hoffman. Her parents, Robert and Barb Durey; Jeanne is also survived by her siblings, Julie (John) Potter, Robert Durey, and Jennifer Durey Waugh; her 3 brothers-in-law, Robert Reynolds, Ronald (Doug) Reynolds, and Brian Remakel. She also is survived by her nieces and nephews, Taylor (Matt Nemmers) Durey, Caitlin Remakel, and Christopher Remakel; and two great niece and nephews, Auroa and Garrick Fishel.

Jeanne was preceded in death by her daughter, Kelly Anne Reynolds; her mother-in-law, Freda Reynolds; her father-in-law, Rex Reynolds; and her sister-in-law, Cathy Remakel (Reynolds).



John F. Barton


John F. "Jack" Barton, 80, of Dubuque died Friday, September 15, 2017. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. Monday at Holy Spirit Parish-Sacred Heart Church, where visitation will be held Monday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by American Legion Dubuque Post 6.

Jack was born October 1, 1936 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Clarence and Helen (Mueller) Barton. After graduating from Loras Academy in 1954, he served in the US Army. Upon his return, he attended and graduated from Loras College.
He worked as a salesman for Flexsteel from 1964 until his retirement in 2001.

Jack was an avid bowler, golfer and Cubs fan. He enjoyed poetry and was a volunteer with Hospice of Dubuque and Meals on Wheels. He was also an active member of the Dubuque Eagles Club.

He is survived by his special friend, Doris Churchill of Dubuque; children, Emily (Marty) Lambe of Pekin, IL and their children, Andrew, Allison and Devin; Nick (Shauna) Barton of Maquoketa and their children, Cole and Anna; and Steve Barton of Dubuque; his former spouse, Elaine Barton of Dubuque; a sister, Mary Ann Barton of Dubuque and a niece, Beth Weiland of Dubuque and her children, Matt and Kayley.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Helen Kay Frohs.

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

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

In lieu of flowers, or other gifts, memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank Jack's special friend, Doris, Elaine Barton, and the nurses and staff at Manor Care and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care.



Thomas J. McDonough


Thomas J. McDonough, 82, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday, September 11th, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, surrounded by his family.

Funeral mass will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, September 16th, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church with the Very. Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. With Military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Saturday, at the church until time of funeral mass. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is handling arrangements.

Tom was born on May 18, 1935, in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Charles and Anna (Tobin) McDonough. He attended St. Patrick's Grade School and Loras Academy; and he served in the US Army and the Iowa National Guard for eight years.

He married Connie Nicks on May 17, 1958, at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque.

Tom worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company, Skowronek Jewelry, and at Mount Carmel for the BVM Sisters.

Tom's Catholic faith was very important to him. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church for 59 years where he served on the finance board, was a daily mass server, volunteered for funeral masses, and was Co-Chair of Sacred Heart Festivals; he also served as past president for the Holy Name Society.

Tom was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, he cherished his family. He was an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed Notre Dame, Green Bay Packers and the St. Louis Cardinals.

He is survived by his wife Connie; three children, Michael (Laure) McDonough, Diane (Steve) Maas, and Joseph (Nancy) McDonough. His grandchildren, Kaitlyn (Ryan) Berning, Kristen (Adam) Shaffer, Ryan (fiancé Caitie Parten) Maas, Molly (Garrett) Campbell, Emily McDonough, Mitchell McDonough, and Kelly McDonough. His great grandchildren Braeden, Adelaide, Vincent, and Theodore Berning; two brothers Lou McDonough and Bill McDonough and two sisters Mary Grant and Virgine (Dick) Johnson; sister-in-law Jan McDonough.

He was preceded in death by two sons in infancy; his parents; brothers Francis McDonough and Jack (Frances) McDonough; sisters-in-law Gerry McDonough and Rita McDonough; and brother-in-law, Loras Grant.

In lieu of flowers a Thomas McDonough memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the dedicated care of Medical Associates, Mercy Medical Center, Dr. Ringold and his staff at Grand River Medical Group and the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics that so lovingly cared for Tom on his last journey. A very special thank you for all the prayer groups and especially the BVM Sisters who Tom enjoyed spending time with.



Robert L. Selle


Robert L. Selle 79 of Dubuque passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his children on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Church of the Nativity with Military Honors. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm Friday, September 15, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd with a 7:00 pm Scripture Service.

Bob was born February 26, 1938 in Dubuque the son of Horace J. and Marcella (Maas) Selle, Sr. He attended Dubuque Senior High School and then served in the US Army 1957-1960. In his childhood he was a national pull up champion for the Boys Club. Bob worked at the Dubuque Packing Company retiring in 1981 after 24 years. He later became a school bus aid and enjoyed all the interactions with the children. He was an avid Miami Dolphin, New York Yankee, and Iowa Hawkeye Fan. Bob was most proud of his children and grandchildren and spending time with family and friends.

Those left to carry on his legacy are, his children, JoLynn (Jim) Davis, JoAnn (Jim) Weitz, Jody McKay, Robert (Kathleen) Selle, Chris (Tim) Valentine, and Cindy Selle; 17 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren; siblings, Mary Jane White, Sharon Dress, Becky (Tom) Weidenbacher, and David (Kathy) Selle; his children's mother, Lois Selle; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Lance McKay; siblings, Horace, Jr., Wayne, and Diane Sharkey; 4 infant brothers and I infant sister.

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

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



Jerry J. Eberhardt


Jerry J. Eberhardt, 93, died Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 am Saturday, September 16, at the Stonehill Care Center Chapel, 3485 Windsor Ave. Family will greet friends one hour prior to services at the Chapel. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery with Military Honors.

Jerry was born on June 13, 1924, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Lawrence and Emily (Spielbauer) Eberhardt. He was a graduate of Loras College and served in the military, during which he was stationed in Japan. He married Odra Carney in 1952.

Jerry worked primarily in the insurance business for many years until his retirement in 1996.

Jerry enjoyed sports of all kinds, but was especially devoted to baseball. He played semi-pro baseball for 14 years with the popular local team, the Dubuque Star Brewers. The ball club toured around the Tri-States area, playing against famous barnstorming teams that included legendary players like Satchel Paige.

Jerry also had a lifelong love of language and writing. He wrote a sports column for the Loras college newspaper, and later entertained his friends with countless song parodies and poems written in honor of their birthdays. When he became a grandfather, he started writing a series of "memories" for his grandchildren which captured daily life in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. These vignettes eventually became a featured column in the local newspaper, The Golden View.

Jerry was well known for his outgoing and friendly personality. He had a talent for making strong and enduring friendships, many of which lasted more than five decades.

He is survived by three children: Nancy Eberhardt (Steve Cohn) of Galesburg, Illinois, Dan Eberhardt of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Dave (Kelly) Eberhardt of Naperville, Illinois; as well as five grandchildren: Maury, Alex, Gabriella, Aubrey, and Sam.

He was preceded in death by one son, James, as well as his parents and his sister, Sr. Rita Eberhardt, OSF.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Stonehill Care Center or to a charity of your choice.

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

The family would like to express their gratitude to the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center for their kindness and loving care.



Marilyn Reiter


Marilyn Reiter, 86, of Bethany Home, passed away peacefully there on Monday, September 11, 2017. Per her wishes, there will be no services. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Marilyn was born on November 10, 1930, in Dubuque, daughter of Albert and Madeline (Peck) Wise. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1948. She worked at John Deere Dubuque Works, retiring after 34 years. On August 5, 1967, she married Eugene (Gene) Reiter at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church, Dubuque. He preceded her in death on February 4, 2006.

Marilyn was a long-time member of St. John's Episcopal Church. She enjoyed collecting through the years - especially David Winter cottages and jewelry.

Surviving are two step-children: Sharron (Roger) Konzen of Marion, IA, and Randy (Jeanne) Reiter of Floyds Knobs, IN; grandchildren: Mike(Amy) Reiter of Dubuque, Christopher Reiter of Collinsville, IL, Laura Mazanowski of Louisville, KY, and Hannah and Abbey Konzen, both of Marion; one great-granddaughter Kyla Mazanowski of Louisville, KY; sisters-in-law: Gloria Hocking of Dubuque, Jean Reiter of Silverdale, WA; brother-in-law: Richard (Carol) Reiter of Marshfield, WI; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; her step-daughter Kathy Reiter; her sisters: Dorothy Grantham and Helen Nelson; brothers-in-law: Ted Reiter, Curt Hocking and Frank Nelson; her nephews: Chris Allan Graham, Terry Joe Graham and Doug Timmerman; and a great-niece, Cora Jaques.

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

For further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

The family of Marilyn Reiter would like to thank Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque for the extra comfort and peace they gave her during these last weeks.

Memorials may be made to Bethany Home or Hospice of Dubuque.



William G. Kehl


William G. "Bill" Kehl 85 of Dubuque passed away on Saturday, September 9, 2017 surrounded by his family. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Friday, September 15, 2017 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church conducted by Rev. Steven Rosonke. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Thursday, September 14, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd. with a 7:00 pm Scripture Service. Burial with Military Honors will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Bill was born March 7, 1932 in Dubuque the son of George and Christina (Wild) Kehl. Bill went to grade school at Dalonga Country School till seventh grade, then continued to Catholic Central High. He served in the US Army during the Korean War 1952-1954. He was a Staff Sargent while serving in Korea. He returned home and worked at Trausch Baking as a chief engineer. Bill also attend LaSalle Institute for Machinery. Bill married Mary E. Hughes on December 27, 1952 in Albia, Iowa. Bill enjoyed traveling, camping, fishing, hunting, and spending time with family. Bill was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, American Legion Post, and the V.F.W.

Survivors include his wife, Mary E. Kehl; five children, John and Vera Kehl, Michael Kehl, Bill Kehl, Mary Kay and Mark Connolly, and Jeana Berzle; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; siblings; Lucille Echer, Katherine May, George Kehl, and a sister in-law, Ruth Ann Kehl .

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; and step-father, Al Eitting; a brother, Robert Kehl; 2 great-granddaughters, Danica Rose Keune and Allie Jo Luhman; two brother-in-laws, Robert Echer and and Bud May.

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

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

 



Marcella M. Noonan


Marcella M. Noonan, 94, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on September 10, 2017, at Hawkeye Care Center.

According to Marcella's wishes, no public visitation or service will be held.

She was born on October 11, 1922, in Millville, Iowa the daughter of William and Minnie (Pierce) Kickbush.

Marcella married Kenneth Noonan at St Mary's Church in Dubuque, IA, on December 27, 1944.

She is survived by her daughter, Diane Hoerstman; granddaughter, Dana (Rick) Buol, and their son Tanner; Great Grandson, Casey (& Randi Bielenberg and her son Trenten); and Great Granddaughter, Kylie Weitz; along with nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Minnie Kickbush; her brother Carl Kickbush; her sister Maxine Handke; husband Kenneth Noonan; her beloved son-in-law, Bill Hoerstman; and granddaughter, Kim Hoerstman.

Memorials in Marcella's name may be given to Make a Wish Foundation or Veterans Freedom.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Hawkeye Care Center for their kindness and compassion.



James J. Waldbillig


James (Jim) J. Waldbillig, 75, of Dubuque, died Thursday, September 7, 2017 at UnityPoint Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral services will be 7 p.m., Friday, September 15 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road. Msrg. James Miller will officiate. A visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m., Friday and from 11-11:45 a.m., Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, immediately following the visitation at the funeral home on Saturday, where committal services will be held and Military honors will be conducted by the American Legion, Post 6.

Jim was born on September 20, 1941 in Dubuque, the son of Raymond A. and Eileen F. (Sloan) Waldbillig. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1959. Upon graduation he joined the United States Navy, serving with the Patrol Squad Fifty-Six stationed in Norfolk, Virginia. His military career included ratings as a Builder in the Navy Seabees and as a Recruiter stationed at the United States Naval Reserve Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

He married JoAnn Catherine Link on August 27, 1960. She preceded him in death on February 17, 1988.

Jim was employed at Jackson Tuckpointing for many years, where he developed many close friendships. He enjoyed listening to music and playing the guitar. He was a skilled target shooter and liked being outdoors. He was devoted to his family and his 2 dogs, Coco and Maya.

He is survived by his children, James Waldbillig Jr., and Lauri Waldbillig, both of Dubuque, and Jeffrey (Polly) Waldbillig of Rochester, MN.; grandchildren, Eric, Regina and Luke Waldbillig of MN., and Debbie Walczyk of CO.; siblings, Sandra (Robert) Smith, of Dubuque, Nancy Sannito, of IL., and Kathy (Ken) Manahl, of AZ.; two nieces and many nephews; and his close friends Jack (Corrine) Schwartz, Dick (Charlene) Dunwoody, Bill (Pat) Sweeney and Tara Beckett.

He was also preceded in death by his son, Raymond John and daughter, Cindy; his former wife, Mary Ann M. Duschen-Waldbillig; and his brother-in-law, Dennis Sannito.

A James Waldbillig Memorial Fund has been established.

Special thank you to the Dubuque EMS, Finley Hospital ER and ICU and his caregiver Harold from Home Instead.



Charles J. Rooney, Jr.


Charles J. “Chuck” Rooney, Jr., age 79, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 4:17 p.m., on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at home, surrounded by his loving family.  To honor Chuck’s life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating.  To celebrate Chuck’s life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Chuck was born on December 26, 1937, in Iowa City, Iowa, son of Charles J. and Margaret (Murray) Rooney Sr.

Chuck proudly served his country as a medic with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Chuck would begin working at the Dubuque Pack after the war and loyally devote his entire working career there until his eventual retirement. When Chuck wasn't at work, you could be sure to find him investing his valuable time with his family. His devotion to family was instilled as a child who grew up in a home with 12 brothers and sisters. Chuck would seamlessly evolve into the world's greatest dad in time and all those around him would clearly see that family was where his heart really beat. Whether it was years of Boy Scouts, playing catch in the back yard, putting on the bowling shoes, warming up in the batters cage, teeing off from the back pins on a sunny day, or even a "friendly" game of euchre; if family was involved (especially his boys), so was Chuck. Now Chuck was also a man of great faith and would spend almost his entire life growing within his relationship to his Lord and Savior. Weekly bible studies, years of Men's Catholic Retreats, countless hours of prayers, attending mass multiple times weekly, and living his outward physical life just as he did his inner spiritual life were all ways in which Chuck joyfully expressed his faith. Our hearts are broken today at the mere thought of never again, in this life, hearing our dear Chuck sincerely belly laugh at his own joke before he's even finished with it. But we know that his eternal soul is surely at peace from his earthly struggles now and we definitely find peace in knowing that we will all be together again one day where every tear will be dried, every heart will know love in it's truest form, and every joke "will" be funny. So until then, we'll tell the stories, cherish the memories and try to live our lives as a true testament to one of the greatest men the Lord has ever shared with our mortal world. Thank you and God bless you Chuck for all you did during your journey with us!

Those left to cherish Chuck's memory include

his 2 sons,
Anthony Rooney,
Robert (Jessica) Rooney, both of Dubuque, IA;

his 7 granddaughters,
Bobbie Jo Rooney, Samantha (Loran Lightfoot) Rooney, Sara (Toby Sarazin) Rooney, Rachel Rooney, Hayley Ostrander, Abigail Janeliunas and Erica Ostrander;

his 9 great grandchildren;

his 9 siblings,
Michael (Tansy) Rooney, Dubuque, IA,
Terrance (Alice) Rooney, Dubuque, IA,
Daniel Rooney, Rockford, IL,
Donna (Greg) Kuhle, Dubuque, IA,
Colleen (Jerry) Dotterweick, Otter Creek, IA,
Sharon (Gary) Goldman, Peosta, IA,
Paul (Mary Jo) Rooney, Dubuque, IA,
Thomas Rooney, Dubuque, IA
and Margaret (Timothy) Sullivan, Dubuque, IA;

and his special friend,
Sandra Klingman, Dubuque, IA.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Michael Patrick Rooney; a great-grandson, Tyzia Kaesbauer; 2 sisters, Mary Breitbach and Patricia Klossner; and a special friend, Peggy McMahon.

A Charles J. "Chuck" Rooney, Jr. memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Chuck's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Finley HomeCare, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, compassionate and attentive care.

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

 



Dale Allen Koos


Dale Allen Koos, 37, of Peosta, Iowa entered eternal peace on August 28, 2017 on his farm, which was his pride and joy.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, September 11th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, Key West. Private funeral services will be held at St. John Catholic Church in Placid.
Dale was born on October 23, 1979 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Donald and Ruth (Lewis) Koos. He graduated from Hempstead High School and attended NICC then graduated from UNI with a Construction Management Degree.

He married Jennifer Ann Weber on June 25, 2011 in Placid. Dale devoted his life to trucking with Bellevue Sand and Gravel, Fassport, Western Coop, then Molo, But most recently working at Rite Hite.

His passions in life were farming with his dad and family, along with being a father and a foster father.

Dale was a great man, loving husband and father, and devoted son. Dale made everyone smile with his silly grin. He will be greatly missed by all.

He is survived by Hunnybun (his wife) Jennifer; sons, Jayeden (4) and Justin (3) Koos; his parents Donald and Ruth Koos; paternal grandmother Loretta Koos; aunts and uncles, Richard (Lynn) Koos, Jane (Roger) Edwards, and Judy Lewis. His In-laws, Ronald and Barbara Weber, Amanda (Benjamin) Flessner, Theresa Weber, Abigail (Kyle) Gibson, Katie Weber (special friend Jonna Berry), Mike Weber, Anna Weber, Ben Weber, Becca Weber (special friend Josh Wanzek), and Louis Weber; along with many nieces, nephews, former foster children, and special cousins, Joe (Diane) Edwards, Jason (Lori) Edwards and Janell (Joe) Cannavo.

Dale was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Velma and Joe Lewis; paternal grandfather John Koos, and brother-in-law Jarad Weber.

The family would like to thank everyone for all the prayers and thoughtful actions.

In lieu of flowers a Dale Allen Koos memorial fund will be established.