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Terry D. Droessler

Terry D. Droessler

Terry D. Droessler, 64 of Potosi, sawed through the gates of heaven on Thursday October 19, 2017, at home surrounded by his loving family after a short courageous battle with lung cancer.

Terry was born on November 3, 1952, in Lancaster, Wisconsin, the son of Donald and Marie (Langkamp) Droessler. He married the love of his life, Marlene "Beanie" Gillen on June 17, 1972, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler, WI.

Terry was employed by John Deere for 30 years retiring in 2002. After his retirement, he went to work doing some of his true passions; logging, cutting firewood and spending time at his log cabin "paradise". He was a lifelong avid hunter. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his kids and grandkids.
Words cannot express the sadness being felt by the loss of such a wonderful man and he will be truly missed by so many. One of his most famous sayings was "You're going to miss me when I'm gone" and there is nothing more truthful than this.

Terry was a husband to Beanie, of Potosi; father to Jenni (Larry) Larson, of Sun Prairie, WI and Jessie (Ben) Gavinski, of Potosi; Papa to Jared Wunderlin, Brianna Gavinski, Zachary Larson, Brianna Larson and Mason Gavinski; a brother to Arleen (Fran) Ouderkirk, of Sherrill, IA, Gary (Deb) Droessler, of Potosi, and David Droessler, of Platteville; brother-in-law to Jug (Pam) Gillen, of Kieler, Sitsy (late, Larry) Koeller, of Kieler, Sandy (Clete) Jerrett, of Lancaster, John (Linda) Gillen, of Dubuque, IA and Vicki (fiancé, Joe) Haverland, of Hazel Green. He is further survived by several family and friends and a special, life-long best friend, Tom Droessler.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Marie; two brothers, Wayne and Merlin; and his father and mother-in-law, Cracker and Edna Gillen.

The family would like to extend a special to thank Dr. Wagner and Dr. Hermann and their staff; the exceptional nurses and staff of Finley Hospital; Hospice of Dubuque; and the many family members and friends for their amazing care, compassion and support.

A Terry Droessler Memorial Fund has been established, in lieu of plants and flowers.

Services will be 7 p.m. Monday, October 23, 2017, at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson with Rev. Richard Leffler officiating. A private family burial will take place. Friends may call from 2 to 6:45 p.m. Monday at the church before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at

Kelly A. Blewett

Kelly A. Blewett, 49, of Dubuque passed away Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at home. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday at St. Matthew Lutheran Church. Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road and Monday at the church from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

Kelly was born December 23, 1967 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Norman and Ruth (Westmark) Middleman. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High in 1986 and received her associate's degree from NICC. 

On July 4, 2010 she married Harry Blewett Jr. at St. Matthew Lutheran Church. Together they enjoyed riding their Harley-Davidsons together. This past June, they rode to Beartooth Pass, MT., together, accomplishing one of her goals.

Kelly was proud to be a part of the Medline family. She also enjoyed her bees and organizing family get-togethers. She loved spending time with her grandson, Damon.

She was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School for many years. She was like a mother hen to many; seemingly helping to raise other people's kids.

Kelly is survived by her husband, Harry Blewett, Jr; daughter, Jamie Fransen of Granbury, TX and her son, Damon; two sons, Zach and Michael Puckett, both of Epworth; two step children, Nikole Blewett of Rock Island, IL, and Harry M. Blewett of Dubuque; her mother, Ruth Middleman of Dubuque; siblings, Dan Middleman of Dubuque, Larry (Amy) Middleman of Dubuque and their daughters, Ashley and Nicole; Chris Middleman of Denver, CO, Tom (Jennifer) Middleman of Broussard, LA and their children, Emma and Jack; and Billy Middleman of Dubuque; aunts and uncles, including a special aunt, Shirley Behnke. She is also survived by her parents in law, Harry and Peggy Blewett of Dubuque, as well as brothers and sisters in law, Lorinda (Mark) Hinderman of Potosi, Chris Blewett of Tampa, FL, Becca (Dan) Scherr of Dubuque and Brett (Lisa) Blewett of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her father.

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In lieu of flowers, a Kelly Blewett Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care as well as their church family at St. Matthew Lutheran Church for their love and support.

Kenneth F. Kemp

Kenneth F. "Ken" Kemp, 93, of Oak Park Place and formerly of the Woodlands, passed away Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Church of The Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Entombment will be in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum at Mt. Calvary Cemetery with full military rites accorded by the American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd.

Ken was born on April 26, 1924 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of William and Tillie (Manders) Kemp. He was a veteran of WWII serving in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany.

On November 11, 1946, Ken married Doris Kraus at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Farley, Iowa. They managed the Dubuque Shooting Society for 30 years, retiring in 1986. Three years later, Ken and Doris moved to Ft. Myers, Florida where they enjoyed walking, going to the beach and golfing. Ken enjoyed watching any sport on T.V. that used a ball and especially loved watching his youngest grandchildren participating in sporting events. He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

Surviving are his two sons, Jim (Sue) Kemp of Estero, FL and Tom (Carla) Kemp of Dubuque, IA; his grandchildren Kelly (Joe) Roth and Kerry (Jim) Griffin both of Downers Grove, IL, Karla Bridgeman of Hugo, MN, Tim (Brandy) Kemp of Chicago, IL, Loren (Jeanne) Kemp of Clarendon Hills, IL, Amy (Josh) Printz and Bradley (fiancé' Caitlyn Crawford) Kemp both of Dubuque, IA; step-grandchildren Kelly (Michele) Mudge of Ankeny, IA and Amy (Bob) Larson of Farmington Hills, MI; 17 great grandchildren; his brother Bob (Marlene) Chapman of Dubuque, IA; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Jim (Sue) Kraus and Irene (Larry) Scherrman both of Farley, IA, Mary Westermeyer of Dyersville, IA and Betty Kraus of Dubuque, IA.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris on May 16, 2004; his parents William and Tillie Kemp; his stepfather Robert Chapman Sr.; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Bill Kraus, Carlton Westermeyer, Phyllis Kraus, Ralph (Liz) Kraus and Melita (Harry) O'Neill.

The Kemp family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Ken's special friends at the Woodlands, the nurses and staffs at Ennoble Manor and Medical Associates, Dr. Thomas Sinsky and Hospice of Dubuque.

Dr. Jay A. Moeller

Dr. Jay A. Moeller, 91, of Peosta, IA, formerly of Dubuque, died on October 10, 2017 at his home.

Funeral Service will be 11:00 am, Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Rd., Dubuque with Military Honors. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Friday, October 20, 2017 also at the Church of the Resurrection; additional visitation will also be one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Jay, the son of Arnold and Hilda (Jockheck) Moeller, was born on October 19, 1925, in Davenport, IA. He grew up in Des Moines, and graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in 1943.

He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II (1944-1945). Returning to Des Moines, he attended Drake University, graduating with a BA in zoology. He attended the University of Iowa School of Medicine and graduated in 1952, and completed his medical internship in the Air Force Medical Corps during the Korean War (1952-1954). He returned to the University of Iowa School of Medicine for his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Jay A. Moeller MD, FACOG, FACS, practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology in Dubuque for 33 years, retiring in 1990 after delivering more than 7,000 babies.

Jay and Melba Mae Caviness were united in marriage on December 21, 1951 in Iowa City, IA. She preceded him in death, bringing an end to 53 years of marriage.

He married Madonna Rose Sullivan on October 14, 2005 at the Church of the Resurrection in Dubuque. Jay and Madonna spent 12 years together, supporting each other, endeavoring to make their golden years truly golden.

Jay is survived by his wife, Madonna, eight children, Jayne (Steve Torrence) Moeller of Alameda, CA, Dr. Mark (Cordelia) Moeller of Newmarket, NH, Brian (Bonna Rae) Moeller of Leland, IA, Dr. Nancy Moeller of Alexandria, VA, Rodney (Susan) Moeller of Cincinnati, OH, Dr. Caroline (Patrick) Sheridan of Lisbon, WI, Paul (Ellen) Moeller of Boulder, CO, and Dr. Jean (Kevin) Craig of New Prague, MN, his sister Dorothy Farley of Madison, WI, and eleven grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Diane, a granddaughter, Herald Renee Holcomb, and his parents.

Jay enjoyed hunting and fishing as a youngster with his father, mother and sister. As a parent, he shared his love of the out-of-doors with his children. There were picnics and hiking at state parks, lots of canoeing and fishing throughout the Midwest and Canada and pheasant hunting expeditions at their grandparents farm near Greenfield, IA. There were also family pets - cats, dogs, a bantam hen, a skunk, snakes, gerbils, flying squirrels, rabbits, fish, skinks and turtles. He believed in lifelong learning for himself and others He attended school and sporting events to support and cheer on his children as they grew. The family attended Westminster Presbyterian Church where Jay was an Elder.

Jay was a founding member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Foundation, and a charter member and past president (1988-89) of Rotary Club of Dubuque-Key City. He loved to play bridge, belonging to many bridge clubs over the years, resulting in a host of lifelong friends. He was an active member of the Bryant School PTA for over 20 years. He enjoyed and supported the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. Jay delighted in being a senior companion to elementary children at Resurrection School.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Dubuque Regional Humane Society or the Dubuque Carnegie-Stout Public Library are appreciated.

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

Online condolences may be left for the family at

RoseMary A. Frericks

RoseMary A. Frericks, 91 of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Monday, October 16, 2017, at Oak Crest Manor, Dyersville, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 19, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 20, 2017, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Conway will officiate.

RoseMary was born June 7, 1926 in Dyersville, Iowa the oldest child of 15 children to Edward and Marie (Kluesner) Bartels.  She married LaVerne A. Frericks on September 20, 1958 in Dyersville.  He preceded her in death on April 2, 1976.   RoseMary was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  She cherished time with her 18 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren and had a special bond with each one of them.  She loved to play BINGO and cards and praying the Rosary.   

Survivors include one son, Jeff (Beth) Frericks of Gurnee, IL, 5 daughters: Ann (Ron) Domeyer of Earlville, Sue (Terry) Huberty of Clearwater, FL, Mary Jo (Terry) Goerdt of Bettendorf, IA, Peggy (Tim) Pirc of Charlotte, NC and Sally (Brad) Milz of Colorado Springs, CO, grandchildren: Jason (Jenny) Domeyer, Melissa (Lucas) Payne, Jenna (Rick) Duddeck, Zach (Jacque Manternach) Domeyer, Jonathan and Lauren Frericks, Sara and Kyle Huberty, Kelli (Nathan) Johnson, Casey and Michael Goerdt, Molly (Joe) Medlin, Rebecca, Makenzie and Rachael Pirc, Joshua, Matthew and Tyler Milz, great grandchildren, Parker, Autumn, Blake, A.J., Hunter Domeyer, Myles and Kian Payne, Jordan, Kennedy and Quinn Duddeck and Wyatt Medlin, siblings: Emily, Joan, Dale and Bill Bartels, all of Dyersville, Doris Crow of Dubuque, Patricia Bartels of Elk Horn, WI, Marlene (Steve) McAleer of Monticello, Bevlin Bartels of Hazel Green, WI, Joyce (Frank) Caruso of The Villages, FL, John Bartels of Moore, OK, Nancy (Burt) Fairchild of Woodbury, MN, in-laws:Velma Frericks and Ruth Frericks both of Dyesville.

She was preceded in death by her husband LaVerne, her parents, parents-in-law, Edward and

Margaret Frericks, several nephews, siblings and in-laws: Myrna and Chuck Carty, Phyllis Bartels, Kay and Roy Krapfl, Bill Crow, Jean Bartels, Helen (Witte) Bartels, Helen and Jim Bell, Rosemary and Howard Konzen, Elmer Frericks and LeRoy Frericks.

A special heartfelt thank you to the staff of Oak Crest Manor (family) for their loving care.  Also our gratitude to Hospice of Dubuque for their care and compassion.

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Juliana Marie Didesch

Juliana Marie Didesch, 91, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on October 14th, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 21st, 2017 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. at the church until time of mass. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Juliana was born on May 23, 1926 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Nicholas and Marie (Bushman) Kramer. She graduated from Immaculate Conception High School. She married Robert Didesch on August 8, 1949 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. He preceded her in death.

She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother; she enjoyed playing bridge and loved to spend time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her children and grandchildren, Robert A. (Debra Rose) Didesch, of Asbury, and his son Adam (Ashley) Didesch and their son William. Dan (Deb) Didesch, of East Dubuque, and their children, Eric (Stephanie) Didesch and their son Drake and daughter Declyn, Scott (Angie Koppes) Didesch, and their daughters, Courtney and Kiley, and Brian (Lara Temperly) Didesch. Mollysue (Dennis) Beidler, of Dubuque and their children, Nicole (Rod) McDowell and their daughter Elizabeth, Kaitlyn (Dan) Ernzen, and their daughters Charley and Chanley, Brianna (Kyle Merkes) Beidler. Sister-in-law Betty Kramer, of Merced, CA; special nieces and nephew, Karilyn (Jim) Steffen, Marilyn (Gary) Hillard and Tom (Bonnie) Osterhoff all of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert; her son Joseph; grandson Jody; sister Rita Osterhoff and brother Ken Kramer.

In lieu of flowers a Juliana Marie Didesch memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Sunset Park Place and her nurse Kathy, the Finley Wound Clinic and to all the health care professionals for their wonderful care and kindness they gave.

Stanley E. Weets

Stanley E. "Stan" Weets, 86, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, October 15, 2017, at WestWing Place in DeWitt, Iowa.

A celebration of Stanley's life will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, October 20, 2017, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Thursday, October 19, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa, with military honors.

Stanley Erwin Weets was born on March 14, 1931 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Martin Peter and Helen (DeMoss) Weets. He was a 1947 graduate of Baldwin High School and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He married Dorothy Shaw on February 11, 1956 in Morrison, Illinois. She preceded him in death on December 27, 1987. He later married Patricia A. Wallace Bean on October 13, 1991 in Maquoketa, Iowa. She preceded him in death on September 6, 2014.

Upon receiving an honorable discharge Stanley worked as a machinist for Clinton Engines in Maquoketa for 24 years, Caterpillar in Mt. Joy, and E.J Voggenthaler for 19 years. He also farmed for many years and owned and operated the Hootonanny Cafe for 5 years.

Stanley was a former member of both the Maquoketa VFW Post #3633 O'Connor-Regenwether and the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75. He enjoyed camping, playing cards, and pool leagues. He was an avid bowler and had served as past president of the Maquoketa Bowling Association.

Those left to honor Stanley's memory include his children, Nancy (Rodney) Hooton of Dyersville, IA, Robert Violette of Abernathy, TX, Martin Weets of Savannah, MO, Tom (Narja) Weets of Warrensburg, MO, Shirley (Frank) Sallee of Livingston, MT, Dale Weets of Wilton, IA, Wayne Weets of Oskaloosa, IA, Barbara (James Jr.) Kemp of Delmar, IA, Jerry (Heidi) Weets of Lockport, IL, Virginia (Craig) McCoy of Des Moines, IA, and Mary Jo (Paul) Geerts of Lost Nation, IA; honorary son and nephew, Edward Beam of Delavan, WI; many grandchildren, many great-grandchildren; a brother Marvin Weets of Sabula, IA; and sisters, Deloris Newell of Maquoketa, IA, Marlana Steiner of AZ, Sharon Kreutner of Cedar Rapids, IA, & Kaye (Bill) West of AZ. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Dorothy and his wife Pat, a son Keith, a sister Betty Mott, 2 grandchildren, and a great-grandchild Brentley Kemp.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Stanley E. "Stan" Weets memorial fund has been established.

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Sharon A. McDermott

Sharon A. McDermott, 69, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Unity Point Health Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Sharon may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at St. Joseph's the Worker Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Thursday at the Church. Services for Sharon will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, October 19, 2017 at St. Joseph's the Worker Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa with Rev. Gabriel Anderson presiding. Burial will be held in Holy Family Cemetery in New Melleray (rural Peosta), Iowa.

Sharon was born September 5, 1948 in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of Clifford J. "Shorty" and Lucille (McCarthy) Donovan. She is a 1966 graduate of Western Dubuque High School in Epworth, IA. She then attended St. Luke's School of Nursing in Cedar Rapids, IA and Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta, IA.

She was employed at the former Dubuque Packing Co. as a Nurse and later at Finley Hospital in the ER Department until retiring in 1998.

She was united in marriage to Larry McDermott on October 25, 1974 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fillmore, IA.

She enjoyed spending time with her family, taking photographs, traveling and winters in Arizona.

Sharon was a member of the Centralia-Peosta Fire Department and served as its first paramedic and as their Medical Director until retiring in 2010. Sharon was extremely dedicated to her role in Emergency Services. She was also a member of St. Joseph's the Worker Parish.

She is survived by her husband, Larry McDermott of Dubuque, IA; children, Troy (Kate Conlon) McDermott of Dubuque, IA and their children Natalie and Clara, Tara (Bo) Duggan of Pewaukee, WI and their children Cooper and Maverick and Tina (Jon) Humston of Iowa City, IA and their children, Levi and Dallas; her Mother-in-law; Dorothy McDermott; three siblings, Patrick (Catherine) Donovan of Bernard, IA, Janet (Jim) Hanks of West Des Moines, IA and Phyllis (Fred) Urbain of Epworth, IA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Cherie McDermott of Epworth, IA, Terry (Kathy) McDermott of Peosta, IA and Tim (Lori) McDermott of Bernard, IA, Tom (Stephanie) McDermott of Cascade, IA, Todd (Dana) McDermott of Bernard, IA and Trace (Karen) McDermott of Marion, IA; along with several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her father-in-law, Emmett McDermott.

A Sharon A. McDermott Memorial Fund has been established.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Kathleen M. Osterhaus

Kathleen M. Osterhaus, 81, of Petersburg passed away Monday, October 16, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 pm Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Thursday from 9-10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 19, 2017, SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Kathleen was born October 19, 1935, in Petersburg the daughter of August and Rose (Thole) Knipper. She married Laverne M. Osterhaus on June 12, 1956, in Petersburg. Together they farmed near Petersburg for 25 years until moving to town.

She was a cook at SS Peter & Paul School and they managed the Petersburg Parish Hall for over 20 years. Later they moved to the Ellen Kennedy Center in 2014. Kathleen was a lifelong member of SS Peter & Paul Parish and their Choir.

Survivors include her 6 children: Gary (Deb) Osterhaus of Petersburg, Jane (Joyce Bonifas) Osterhaus of Dubuque, Carl (Debbie) Osterhaus of Rosemount, MN, Pat (Patsy) Osterhaus of Petersburg, Lori (Tim) Daly of Bankston, Tammy (Eric McClintock) Osterhaus of Cedar Rapids; 10 grandchildren: Chad (Kris) Osterhaus, Kurt (Christy) Osterhaus, Lara (Shawn Summer) Osterhaus, Jordan and Baylee Osterhaus, Ashley (Jimmy Geerts) Osterhaus and Leah (Nick Burger) Osterhaus, Jimmy and Eric Boeckenstedt Sarah (Jordan) Kluesner; 6 great grandchildren and two more due later this year; a brother, Rick (Janie) Knipper; in-laws: Venita Knipper, Julia Knipper, Charlotte Knipper, Gladys Osterhaus and Rosemary Klein.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Laverne in 2015, 2 grandchildren: Greg Osterhaus in 1984, and Abby Osterhaus in 1999; siblings: Laverne (Alice) Knipper, Gilbert (Viola) Knipper, Ralph Knipper, Joe (Norma) Knipper, Walter (Nellie) Knipper and Mary Knipper in infancy; in-laws: Lester Osterhaus, Marie (Mickey) Domeyer, Raymond Osterhaus in infancy, Ambrose (Emily) Osterhaus, Omer (Elaine) Osterhaus, Julanda (Lawrence) Koch, Gene Osterhaus, Daniel (Virgie) Domeyer and Dick Klein.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Berdella E. Pitz

Berdella "Birdie" E. Pitz, 99, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, October, 7, 2017, at Luther Manor, Grand Meadows, Asbury Campus.

Funeral services will be held 11:30 a.m., Thursday, October 19th at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1276 White Street in Dubuque, where family and friends may call from 9:30 to the time of service. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Berdella was born November 24, 1917, daughter of Rudolph and Caroline (Schlesch) Schroeder near LaMotte, Iowa. She attended school in Jackson County and then helped her father on the farm. She then moved to Dubuque where she worked at several dry cleaning businesses: Sommerfield, Graves-Aladdin, and Magic Cleaner.

She was a longtime member of St. John Lutheran Church. She also sang in the church choir, taught Sunday School, attended ladies aid, and helped with the Clothes Closet.

She married Robert Pitz on January 12, 1957. She enjoyed fishing with her dad and husband and loved to go for rides. She enjoyed the outdoors, flowers and especially her garden. She canned and froze many vegetables from the garden, and shared her harvest with many.

She is survived by her son, Randy; 2 stepchildren, Judy Reisdorf and Robert Pitz Jr.; 7 step-grandchildren; 10 step-great-grandchildren; 2 step-great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Joanne Kirton, several nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

She was preceded by her parents, her husband, Robert, sisters Mathilda Goepfert, Mildred Goepfert, Esther Rubel and brother Harvey Schroeder; two step-daughters, Carol Slack and Patricia Brown.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church.

The family would like to thank the home care providers, friends, Luther Manor Staff at Hillcrest Campus and Grand Meadows, and Hospice of Dubuque for their extraordinary care and compassion.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Steven J. Gottschalk

Steven J. Gottschalk, 64, of Dubuque passed away on Friday, October 13, 2017 at U of I Hospital & Clinics. Memorial Service will be 6:00 pm, Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at Faith Temple 12805 Seippel Rd, where the family will greet friends 4:00 pm until service time. Graveside Service and Inurnment 10:00 am, Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery.

Steven was born August 19, 1953 in Dubuque the son of Alvin and Roselyn (Woodman) Gottschalk. He married Patricia Henge on September 3, 1977. Steven worked at Saint Regis and Americold Logistics. Steven enjoyed reading his bible, country music, and playing Euchre. He enjoyed his dogs, especially his favorite one Pup, fishing, bowling, playing dominos, wrestling, and above all having Sunday dinner with family. Steven and Patricia were very active at Faith Temple and with Food and Talk.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia; a daughter, Holly (Joseph) Andresen; a grandson, Alex; a sister, Mary (Daniel) Metz; a brother in-law, Joseph Henge; a niece and nephew, Peter (Katie) Metz and their children, Evelyn and Hank; Jennifer Metz and her children, Danielle and Ruby.

Steven was preceded in death by his parents; a brother in infancy; his best fishing buddy, Delbert Oberfell; and his mother and father in-law; Marie and Edward Henge.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Steven's memory.

Local Arrangements with Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd.

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Romelda V. Westmark

Romelda V. "Ronnie" Westmark, 87, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday, October 13, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center.

Friends may call from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Thursday, October 19 at the Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, October 20, 2017 at the Cathedral of St Raphael, 231 Bluff Street, Dubuque. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Ronnie was born October 2, 1930 in Dubuque. She was the oldest daughter of George and Theresa (Wilhelm) Pappas. She and her parents and younger sister, Mary, lived downtown on Washington Street until they moved to their home on Simpson Street in the 40s. At that time, Simpson was sparsely populated and the Pappas family had a large garden, a lot of fruit trees, chickens, cats, and dogs on their land.

After graduating from high school, Ronnie worked as a secretary at the Adams Company, where she met the love of her life, Jim Westmark. They were married on October 22, 1955.

She started her own candle-making business in the 1970s and made wedding candles until she was in her 70s. She enjoyed baking cookies at Christmas time - many dozens of cookies were trayed up over the holidays and given to friends every December! She also loved to crochet and bought a lot of yarn during the many thrift-store shopping trips she and Jim made after his retirement. They loved to travel - sometimes on their own and sometimes with their grandchildren. Often the travel they did on their own involved a trip to a casino because Ronnie loved to gamble - especially the slot machines. She also enjoyed Bingo and many different card games.

She was very proud of her Greek heritage. Her father emigrated from Greece as a young man. She loved the music and she experimented with many Greek delicacies like baklava and kourabiedes. Possibly the Greek heritage was also behind her love of the sun. Even when she was wheel-chair bound at Stonehill, she loved to go outside and would roll up her pant legs and shirt sleeves to get the most sun possible. The staff at Stonehill joked that she was "solar-powered" because it made such a difference in her demeanor to soak up some rays.

She is survived by four children: Terri (Eric) Winsor of Luxemburg, IA; Steve (Sherrie) Westmark and Mike (Sue) Westmark of Dubuque; Gary Westmark of Princeton, MN; and six grand-children.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Mary, and her husband Jim.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Dubuque, 1670 JFK, Dubuque

The family would like to thank the nurses, music therapists, and all the other people at Hospice of Dubuque who added to Ronnie's quality of life this year. They would also like to thank the staff at Stonehill Care Center for taking such good care of Ronnie these past six years

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Frank J. Konzen

Frank J. Konzen, 85, of Cascade, Iowa and formerly of Farley, Iowa passed away suddenly at his home on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.
Friends and relatives of Frank may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Sunday, October 15, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m. the Farley American Legion Auxiliary will meet in a body at 6:45 p.m. and a Farley American Legion Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Services for Frank will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 16, 2017 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa with Full Military Honors afforded by the Farley American Legion Post 656.

Frank was born April 9, 1932 in Peosta, Iowa, son of Frank and Elizabeth M. (Neumann) Konzen. He was united in marriage to Lois Kramer of Worthington, Iowa, they recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on October 4th.

Frank served in the Korean War and was a member of the Farley American Legion Post 656, for which he served as past Commander.
He worked hard all his life and was an inspiration to everyone who knew him. He worked at Chevrolet dealerships in Worthington and Dyersville before he began with the Western Dubuque School District. He worked over 33 years with W.D. until his retirement in 1994.
His love of sports, particularly baseball followed him throughout his life. He was the first little league coach in Worthington when his boys were very young. He continued to coach when they moved to Farley in 1977 until his youngest went to High school. He was proud of the young men he coached through the years, and many still will recount those years with him and how they enjoyed him. Frank was fortunate to see his beloved Cubs win the World Series in 2016.

Family was very important to him, he was a very loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his loving wife, Lois Konzen of Cascade, Iowa; their eight children, Keith of Cascade, Kymn (Kevin Wenkman) of Madison, WI, Kevin of Mansfield, TX, Kari of McFarland, WI, Kelly (Dennis) McElmeel of Cascade, Kristi of West Des Moines, Ken (Tammy) of LaPlata, MD, and Kammy (Rod Sears) of West Des Moines; seventeen grandchildren, Shanon, Jason, Kyle, Alana, Sean, Justin, Sam, Natale, Troy, Ave, Brett, Hannah, Danielle, Paige, Sophia, Tyler and Kali; four step grandchildren, Dean, Shelby, Jordan, and Gavin; four great grandchildren, Koen, Hans, Wren, and Gianna and one step great granddaughter, Dahlia; two siblings, Lloyd Konzen of Dyersville, IA and Mary Robey of Belle Vista, AR; two sisters-in-law, Lois (Mrs. Jim) Konzen of Farley and Elaine Konzen of Dyersville; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Rosalyn Kramer of Farley, Vera Steger of Dyersville, Paul and Pat Kramer of Dubuque, Walter "Hub" and Doris Kramer and Gene and Dorothy Kramer both of Worthington, and a close family friend Bo Smith of Mansfield, TX.

He is preceded in death by his parents; A Son-in-law, John Prevo; two sisters, Ardell and Carl Craugh and a sister in infancy; three brothers, Clarence, James and Fred Konzen; his father and mother-in-law, Walter & Celeste Kramer; a sister-in-law, Mary Konzen; 2 brothers-in-law, Earl Kramer and Leon Kramer; Great nieces and nephews, Shelly Kramer, Zach Kramer, Casey Craugh and Nancy Forler.
Words cannot express the sorrow being felt by the loss of this wonderful man. He will truly be missed in this world.

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Clara M. Crane

Clara M. Crane, age 90, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 7:30 a.m., on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at Grand Meadows in Asbury. To honor Clara's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, October, 17, 2017, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 2001 Saint Joseph Street, with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Clara's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at St. Joseph the Worker Church. Burial will be in the Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Clara was born on October 1, 1927, in Sterling, IL, daughter of Leroy Boyer and Phoebe (McGee) Boyer Holdren.

Sadly, Clara's mother was called home at a very young age and Clara would quickly learn the importance of family, and love for others, almost immediately within the experience of her earthly journey. Thankfully, Clara was lovingly raised by her grandma, Bernice McGee, until she eventually met her soul-mate, Robert K. Crane. The cute couple was blessed with 32 wonderful years of marriage, and 4 children, before he was also called home ahead of her much too soon. Clara would joyfully share her love and care for others through her mission field of nursing. She devoted over 20 years of her time and talents as a Licensed Practical Nurse; working not only at the Dixon State Mental Hospital, but also in several nursing homes and private homes over the years. Clara's faith was always a priority in her life and she was very proud to be a loyal and longtime member of St. Joseph the Worker Church. In her free-time, Clara was quite comfortable to curl up in a blanket with a good book in hand, or maybe even venture out in search of the next perfect angel to add to her growing collection. There is no denying that Clara's 90 years here have been full of both joy and sorrow at times. Thankfully, she taught us to both persevere through the trials, and remember to savor the precious moments when they arrive. We're truly sad that we've lost our amazing mother, grandmother and friend today, but we are also glad that she is finally going to be reunited with all of her family who've gone to their eternal home already. God bless you Clara and thank you very much for the love and the lessons you leave behind!

Those left to cherish Clara's memory include

her 2 daughters,
Deborah (Jerry "Butch") Hall, Davenport, IA
and Carmen Burds, Dubuque, IA;

her 8 grandchildren,
Richelle (Eddie) Hunsucker, Renee Humphreys, Robert Humphreys, Charity Myhre, Daniel Myhre, David Truitt, James Truitt and Cristy (Brian) Knutson-Elmore;

and her 10 great-grandchildren,
Justin Thompson, Emily Heitz, Elaina Sammon, Aleska Sammon, Anthony Humphreys, Kaylee Humphreys, Claire Humphreys, Tyler Schmit, Alexis Schmitt and Amanda Truitt.

Clara was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert Crane; her grandmother, Bernice McGee; a daughter, Carla Knutsen; a son, David Gregory Parton, in infancy; a sister, Merium (Tom) McCue; a brother, Charles (Doris) Holdren; and a son-in-law, Richard Burds.

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

Clara's family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, and Luther Manor Grand Meadows, for all of their compassionate care, love and support of Clara, and her family.

Online condolences may be left for the family at


Rose Marie (Peschang) Chun

Rose Marie (Peschang) Chun, 90, died of natural causes on Monday, October 9, 2017 at the Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial be held 10 a.m., Saturday, October 14 at St. Columbkille church where visitation will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. until time of service. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Rose Marie Chun was born on July 9, 1927 in Dubuque, the youngest daughter of Nicholas and Jennie (Lee) Peschang. She attended St Mary's Elementary School, Immaculate Conception Academy, Clarke University and the University of Minnesota. After graduation, she entered the post-war work force as a registered dietitian at Rockford Memorial Hospital. This was followed by another dietitian position at Chicago's Presbyterian Hospital.

Mrs. Chun was the wife of the late Dr. Newton Chun. They married in Chicago in 1952. After a short residence in Honolulu, her husband's birth place, the couple relocated to Dubuque and set down roots. "If Newt and I had stayed in Hawaii, we would have ended up raising a clan of beach bums," was the stock answer she gave to those who inquired about this curious change of scenery.

Although she raised six children, Mrs. Chun was also active in community service, including a stint as president of the Dubuque County Medical Auxiliary and serving on the Alumni Board at Clarke University. Her participation as a judge at Telegraph Herald's Recipe Roundup lasted for decades.

A longtime member of the international travel organization Friendship Force, Mrs. Chun visited many countries. Despite this penchant for adventure, the native daughter never missed the opportunity to share her civic pride with foreign hosts. She once told an overbearing Frenchman that while the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral were nice enough, they paled in comparison to such Dubuque landmarks as the 4th Street Elevator and Shot Tower.

Rose Marie Chun is survived by her six children. This includes two daughters and four sons; Nicolette (Kenneth Van Vleck) Chun of Palo Alto, CA, Danielle (Michael) Schrenk of Cincinnati, OH, Rene (Jolande Boot) Chun of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, Dr. Noel (Dr. Mary Jo Ford) Chun of Manhattan Beach, CA, Guy (Sandi) Chun of Albuquerque, NM, and Jon (Katherine Elkins) Chun of Gambier, OH.

There are also fourteen surviving grandchildren: Aidan and Alec Van Vleck; Ava and Owen Chun; Delaney and Ryan Schrenk; Cheyenne Chun, Dakota and Sequoia Ford; Nicholas and Miranda Chun; Beckett, Mateo and Nicholas Elkins.

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

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Memorials may be submitted to St. Columbkille church or Clarke University.

The family extends a sincere thanks to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque and the entire Stonehill staff for providing expert care and comfort during Mrs. Chun's final months.

Bobby W. Lyons

With his loving family surrounding him, Bobby "Bob" Lyons, 45, passed away on October 9 as a result of a motorcycle accident. Bobby's family thanks the countless family and friends for the incredible outpouring of support in the last few weeks as this has been a powerful source of strength during this time.

Bobby was an original spirit and had tremendous character - he was fiercely loyal, genuine, funny, confident, protective, and supportive of everyone he loved.

Bobby was a free spirit who enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson, grilling, feeding the birds and deer in his yard, and socializing with his family and countless friends. He was also an avid collector of unique and nostalgic items. 

His love language was gift-giving - he enjoyed buying thoughtful and/or quirky gifts for friends and family. He donated to various causes to help others.

He was a highly decorated arm wrestling champion and was the 1999 Iowa State champion.

Bobby was a 1991 graduate of Dubuque Senior High School. He worked for the family business, American Tree Service. He also pursued entrepreneurial interests in the logging trade.

Bobby is forever lovingly remembered by parents Terry and Becky (Callahan) Lyons; sisters Vicki Lyons (husband Patrick McElroy) and Lesley Lyons (husband Lee Monahan); and the love of his life, Julie Wernimont (and her children Mackenzie, Myles, and Mitchell Wernimont), and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Bobby was predeceased by grandparents Margaret and Bill "Bullets" Lyons and Lester and Lillian Callahan; aunts, uncles, and his Black Lab Shadow Lyons.

A celebration of Bobby's life will be from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, October 12, 2017 and from 8:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Friday October 13, 2017 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will follow at St. John's Catholic Cemetery in placid.

A Bobby Lyons memorial fund has been established.

David C. Juergens

David C. "Moke" Juergens 68 of Dubuque and Fort Myers, FL. passed away on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 after a 5 ½ year long and hard battle with Colorectal cancer, with great dignity and strength. He died at home surrounded by friends and family.

Family will greet friends from 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Friday, October 13, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd. with a 7:00 pm Celebration of Life and Remembrance Service.

David was born November 9, 1948, in Dubuque, the son of Joseph J. and Mary C. (Swift) Juergens. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1967.

David spent 34 years in the meat industry, beginning his career at Dubuque Packing Co., moving on to FDL Foods, and later retiring from Farmland Foods in 2000. He married Lynne Placke and together they had two beautiful daughters, Gina and Jana. He later married Julie Hoffmann.

David loved to have fun, had a great love for life, family and friends. He treasured weekends spent with his daughters and other family at Nita-Ho Valley.

David played competitive fast pitch softball for a number of teams, winning numerous state tournaments and competing a number of times in the World Fast Pitch Tournaments. He was inducted into the Kiwanis Hall of Fame and Dubuque Fast Pitch Hall of Fame.

David loved to fish, whether making a trip to Canada with his brothers and friends, throwing a rod into the Mississippi, or a deep sea fishing trip in Florida.

David gained golf bragging privileges when he played with Tiger Woods in the 1996 Quad City Classic Pro Am. He had a great passion for golf, which allowed him the opportunity to form so many great friendships. Many loved to have a game with "Moke".

David was a lifelong Yankee fan where he spent countless hours cheering them on watching on TV or in person at Yankee Stadium. He also was a true and avid Iowa Hawkeye Fan.

Survivors include his wife, Julie; a daughter, Gina (Jeff) Juergens of Omaha, NE; his beloved granddaughter, Amanda Hohensee; siblings, Sue (Don) Vandermillen of Bonita Springs, FL; Steve (Sue) Juergens and Tom (Carla) Juergens of Dubuque; father in-law, Emil Hoffmann; brothers in-law, David (Sue) Hoffmann of Louisville, KY, Steve (Diann) Hoffmann of Hilo, HI, and Scott Hoffmann of Farmington, NM.

David was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Jana Juergens; a brother, William O. Juergens; and his mother in-law, Betty Hoffmann.

The family would like to thank Dubuque Oncology, Florida Cancer Center and Hope Hospice. These medical professionals, along with so many supportive family members and friends, helped David and his family walk through his journey.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in David's memory.

Dennis R. Hasenbank

Dennis R. Hasenbank, 76, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday evening, October 2, 2017, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Dennis' life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, October 21, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. A memorial visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, October 20, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private burial will be held at 1:30 P.M. Saturday at the St. John's Cemetery, Clarence, Iowa.

Dennis Ray Hasenbank was born on May 31, 1941 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Raymond Chris and Irene Martha (Wenndt) Hasenbank. He grew up in Tipton and was a 1959 graduate of Tipton High School. He then served his country in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1964 earning an honorable discharge.

He married Patricia Marie "Pat" Gorsch on April 1, 1967 in Clarence, Iowa.

Dennis was dedicated to work but never missed family events. He first farmed for a short time and then became an egg broker working throughout the center of the United States for many years. At the age of 70 he decided to take the insurance examination and then sold insurance for Health Markets for several years.

Dennis was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa, the Maquoketa Rotary Club, and the Maquoketa Masonic Helion Lodge #36 AF & AM.

He loved his family and the love of his life, Pat. He and Pat danced every week and enjoyed spending time with their dancing friends. He also loved basketball and while in high school was a standout player. Additionally, he liked golf, was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Bears fan, and was always meticulous about having a clean car. He will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Patricia "Pat" Hasenbank of Maquoketa, IA; children, Calvin (Heidi) Willson of Bay City, MI, Crystal (Scott) Burmeister of Oxford Junction, IA, Terry Hasenbank of Wyoming, IA, Teresa (Kevin) Bock of Sebring, FL, Dennis (Nicole) Hasenbank Jr. of Hiawatha, IA, and Denise (Wesley) Abbott of Roswell, GA; 15 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; a brother Darvin (Rhonda) Hasenbank of Scottsdale, AZ; and a sister Deanna Rohlf of Davenport, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa.

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Mary I. Drexler

Mary I. Drexler, 87, of Dyersville, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Mary may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Friday at the Reiff Funeral Home.

Mass of Christian Burial for Mary will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 13, 2017 at Basilica St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa, with Rev. Dennis Conway presiding. Burial will be held in St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville, Iowa.

Mary was born on June 15, 1930, in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of Joseph and Carmelita (Hoffman) McMullen. She was a graduate of St. Martin's High School and the University of Dubuque with a Bachelors in Arts degree. She went onto teach at the rural county schools in White Water Township and later taught in the Dubuque Community School District for 29 years. She was united in marriage to Wayne Drexler on June 4, 1955 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, IA. The couple enjoyed spending time in Guttenberg at their summer home, especially spending quality time with family and friends.

She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Dyersville, Iowa.

She is survived by her husband, Wayne Drexler of Dyersville, IA; four sons, Douglas (Sharene) Drexler of Spread Eagle, WI, and their children, Samantha, Ben and Shannon, Daniel (Donna) Drexler of Bettendorf, IA, and their children, Abigail, Olivia, Eleanor and Anastasia, Dean (Pam) Drexler of Safe Harbor, FL, and their children, Amy, Shelley, Sarah and Alex, Wayne Drexler Jr. of Iron Mountain, MI; two great grandchildren, Connor and Khloe; three sisters, Jane Slauson of Webster City, IA, Kathy (Jim) Funke of Edgewood, IA, Pat (Dan) Ott of Madison, WI; two sister-in-law, Charlotte McMullen of Sherrill, IA and Joyce McMullen of Cascade, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents, sister, Mary Jean (Ed) Gansen; two brothers, Bob McMullen and Thomas J. McMullen, one brother-in-law, Duane Slauson.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

James J. Miller, Sr.

It is with great sadness that the family of James J. (Jim) Miller, Sr. (husband of the late Brenda Benda Miller) of Dubuque, Iowa announces his passing, on October 7, 2017, at the age of 88.

He was born at home on October 3, 1929 and graciously died at home surrounded by his family.

Friends and Relatives of Jim may call from 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Friday, October 13 at Nativity Church on 1001 Alta Vista St in Dubuque, IA. The funeral mass will also be at Nativity Church on Saturday, October 14 at 10:00 AM. Reverend Jim Miller and Deacon Dave McGee will officiate the mass followed by the burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West, Iowa.

Jim is survived by and lovingly remembered by his family, brother: Charles L. Miller (Charlie), sister-in-law: Thelma Loes, his children: Meg Miller of Minneapolis, MN, Betzy Miller of Tacoma, WA, JJ Miller, Jr. of Alpine, TX, D'Arcy Figuracion of Minneapolis, MN and Bart Miller of Houston, TX; and his grandchildren: Frankie Torrey, Alyce Torrey, James D. (Chelsea) Miller, Jessica (Clay) Brauch, James J Miller, III, Brenda Miller, Nicholas Miller, Kevin Miller, Travis Figuracion, Grace Miller and Abigail Miller; and his great grandchildren: Riley, Addyson, Ronix, Roczen, and J Monster. He leaves behind beloved nieces, nephews, friends, and colleagues.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife: Brenda Benda Miller, son: Samuel Miller, parents: Margaret K. (Sullivan) and Erwin J. Miller, his brother: Daniel Miller, and sister: Mary Miller Schurb; sisters-in-law: Beth (Dan) Miller, Jean Bisanz (Charlie) Miller, brothers-in-law: Joseph Schurb, Rev. John Benda, Rev. Francis Benda, Edward Benda (Thelma), Gene Loes (Thelma); and in-laws: Dr. Thomas and Margaret Benda. 

Jim enjoyed growing up in this historic city nestled in the great bluffs of the Tri-State area. He spent 86 years in Dubuque, with a 2-year side trip to Peoria, IL. Because Jim's father worked for the Milwaukee Railroad, he and his family visited New York City, New Orleans, California, and many other cities coast-to-coast. His childhood was filled with making friends, taking long train rides to visit relatives while seeing the countryside. He even watched the newly released Wizard of Oz in 1939 in Omaha, Nebraska for a nickel.

He graduated from Loras Academy in 1947 and then Loras College in the 1950s after serving in the Korean War. His two years of military service included Fort Jackson (SC), Fort Bliss (TX) and Camp Hanford (WA). Some of whom he met, remained friends up until his death.

His work experiences are rich with stories, learnings and people. At the age of ten he set pins for the Holy Trinity bowling alley - at four and a half cents a lane. He spent time in various restaurants cooking the cuisine of the day, whether at Timmerman's, Ring's, the Paige, Sutter's Bakery, Clarke University, or for family and friend events. He and Brenda drove the cook wagon and cooked three meals a day for the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps for nine summers. His finesse and skill created numerous delectable dishes, meals and feasts for all who had a pleasure to indulge.

He met his sassy and savvy wife and then wed several years later at Nativity Church in 1957. Together they taught thousands of children and adults of Dubuque. Jim started out at Lincoln School (Health and Physical Education), transitioned to Holy Ghost, Hempstead and then Jones Junior High School (Math). He then finished his career at the spry age of 85 at Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) (Math). Interspersed throughout all of this, his work journey included selling cleaning products, insurance, household products, and gizmos. He tried his hand at Oky Doky as a clerk and as an unexpected adventure met Sylvester Stallone and was encouraged to try out as an extra in the movie "Fist", set in Dubuque. Jim was cast in the role of union buster.

Two main values Jim lived and modeled were working hard and volunteering with sincerity. His motto was "do more than was expected" and "always give to those who would benefit from his over-abundance".

His volunteer efforts were vast and varied. He and Brenda taught CCD, housed mothers from Catholic Charities, welcomed children through Operation Friendship (Chicago), and marching members of the Colts. Throughout the years he also served dinners at Nativity School, Christmas dinners in Spillville, Iowa, the Dubuque Fellowship club (where he was a lifetime member), and for the parish priests. He even welcomed, through sibling coercion, his brother Charlie's help to join in on the fun.

He also spent his passions through involvement in the American Legion as Third Vice Chair (retired), Boy's State and various other efforts. He spent several times a week at the Dubuque Rescue Mission serving meals. Several of his children and grandchildren also joined him in giving back what they had been so generously been given. For many years, he ushered at 6:30 morning mass at Nativity Church, guiding the regulars and welcoming new parishioners and visitors.

All are welcome to attend and celebrate Jim's life and the loving affect he left us. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Colts Drum & Bugle Corps, Hospice of Dubuque, and Dubuque Rescue Mission, all of Dubuque, IA.

We leave behind a man who was genuine, sincere, kind, and humble. He inspired many of us in ways that will last throughout our lives. We are all blessed to have had the honor to live with a loving man.

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

The family would like to thank the Hospice of Dubuque (Katie, Melanie, Emily, Diane, Barb, Cindy, Ryan and those who participated in the Veteran's Honorary Pinning), Dr. Tom and Anne Benda, and all those who joined our Dad at his Celebration of Life ceremony. We thank all of you who have offered our Dad and us the support and love over the years.

The Millers: Meg, Betzy, JJ, D'Arcy and Bart

Rev. Paul F. McDonald

Rev. Paul F. McDonald (Chaplain Colonel USAF Ret.), 90, died on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 12 at St. Raphael Cathedral Dubuque, Iowa, with Archbishop Michael Jackels presiding and Very Rev. Michael Mescher as homilist. Burial will be in Holy Family cemetery, New Melleray with military honors by United States Air Force and American Legion Post #6. Visitation for Fr. Paul will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Thursday, at St. Raphael Cathedral. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

He was born on March 25,1927, in Dubuque to Joseph and Cecelia (Chapman) McDonald. He graduated from St. Raphael Cathedral Grade School, Loras Academy and Loras College (1947) and completed theological studies at the St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.

He was ordained on June 2, 1951, by Archbishop Leo Binz at Christ the King Chapel, Loras College. He served as associate pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Osage and St. Ansgar Mission Parish in St. Ansgar, 1951-53; St. Edward's in Waterloo, 1953-58; and St. Mary's in Marshalltown, 1958-59.

He served as a United States Air Force Chaplain, 1959-1989. His assignments were: Edward's AFB, Calif.; Site Chaplain to six remote radar sites in Alaska; Stead AFB, Reno, Nevada; Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan; Minot AFB, N.D.; University of Oklahoma School of Journalism; Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Ala., where he served for four years on the USAF Chaplain Resource Board; HQ USAF Europe, Ramstein AB, West Germany; Wright-Patterson AFB, Fairborn, Ohio; HQ Strategic Air Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.; Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas; HQ 15th Air Force, March AFB, CA; and Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas, from where he retired in 1989, following 30 years of active duty.

He served in the rank of Colonel since 1978. His military decorations include: the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters. He was also a life member of the American Legion and the Moose Lodge.
In 1988, he was presented with the Churchmanship Award from the Greater San Antonio Community of Churches.

He retired on July 11, 1989, and later returned to Dubuque to reside at Villa Raphael and later at Stonehill. One of his final accomplishments was to author a book, A Collar Well Worn, about his 60 years of experiences as a priest and chaplain.

He is survived by his nieces and nephews Rebecca "Becky" McDonald, Carol Postel, Bruce (Vicki) Postel, Bonnita McDonald, Susan (Bob) Vesper, Barbara Howell and Helen (David) Splinter, along with great nieces nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Wilfred and Joseph and a special nephew Brent Postel who he enjoyed spending many hours with playing cards and fishing along with other activities.

Memorials may be given to Stonehill Care Center.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Villa Raphael especially Patty, the staff at Assisi Village especially Lisa, the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center, and to all his family and friends who visited father over the years.

Darriel Hoskins

Darriel Hoskins, 47, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Saturday, October 7th, 2017, at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 12th, 2017, at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 11th, 2017, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Darriel was born on September 2, 1970 in New York the son of Samuel and Suzie (Ervin) Hoskins. He married Stacy Tigges on April 13, 2002. He worked for John Deere Dubuque Works.

Darriel provided strength and love for his family and was involved in their lives teaching them life lessons every chance he had. He enjoyed going to the kids' sporting activities and in his spare time he enjoyed visiting the casino.

Darriel loved his family above all and was looking forward to the arrival of his newest grandson Mason.

He is survived by his wife Stacy; children, Zachary (Brittany Blake) Tigges, Darriel Jr., Jayden, Jocelyn and Gabrielle Hoskins; a brother, sisters, many in-laws, nieces and nephews. He was looked upon by Ariane, Michael, Ebony, and Keith Hayes as a father figure who always held a very special place in his heart.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings.
In lieu of flowers a Darriel Hoskins memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the Dubuque Fire and EMS first responders and the staff at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Dolores I. Castillo

Dolores I. Castillo, 90, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A natural journey farewell with cremation has taken place. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Dolores Irene Fadale was born on May 28, 1927 in New York to Anthony and Ida (Nelson) Fadale. She grew up in New York and graduated from High School.

She married Alfredo "Fred" Castillo on August 2, 1958 in Adrian, Michigan. He preceded her in death on August 18, 2010. 

Dolores had owned and operated a restaurant in Wisconsin for many years.

She is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Thomas and Mary Fadale of Maquoketa, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a sister, a son Terry Savage, and a daughter Marion Green.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Sister Susann Rogers, OSF

Sister Susann Rogers, OSF, 94, of Clare House, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 7:45 a.m. Monday, October 9, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, IA.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation: 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 with Funeral Vigil at 7:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel.

She was born on June 25, 1923 in Monticello, Iowa, the daughter of George and Susanna (Hosch) Rogers.
She entered the Sisters of St. Francis August 25, 1944 and made final profession of vows August 12, 1950.

Sister received her BA in History from Briar Cliff College, Sioux City, IA in 1957. She was missioned in Iowa at Dyersville, Odebolt, Ionia, Rockwell City, Webster City, Cherokee; at St. Anthony's Home and Villa Maria, Sioux City; at Sacred Heart, St. Mary's Home, and Mount St. Francis Center, Dubuque; and at St. Cloud, MN. She also served in Congregational leadership for Sisters of St. Francis.

Sister is survived by her brother-in-law Edwin Kleitsch; nieces, nephews, and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared over 72 years of her life.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Kathryn (Frank) Kremer, Mary Rogers, Florence (Arnold) Cigrand, Carolyn (Richard) Wood, Sr. Mary Keith Rogers, OSF, Lorraine (Ralph) Kurt, Dolores Kleitsch; brothers, John (Ruth) Rogers and Bill (Elaine) Rogers.

Memorials may be given to the Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque, IA. The Miller Funeral Home, East Dubuque, IL is in charge of the arrangements.

Ryan Paul Schromen

Ryan Paul Schromen, 29, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on September 25, 2017 at home after a courageous battle with cancer.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a funeral service will take place at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Christian Kincaid officiating.

Ryan was born on December 31, 1987 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Lloyd "Butch Schromen and Linda Hadowanetz. He married Emily Amunrud on June 16, 2012.

Ryan was an avid Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs, and Blackhawks fan, enjoyed fishing with his brother Danny, enjoyed stock car racing and working on cars, especially his dad's Corvette, and cooking, especially with garlic.

He is survived by his wife Emily Schromen, and her son Brayden Amunrud; his parents, Lloyd "Butch" Schromen, and Linda Kenkel, both of Dubuque. His siblings, April (John) Berendes, of St. Donatus, Kelly Schmitt, of Dubuque, Danny Schromen, of Dubuque, Step-sisters, Shelly (Butch) Rosecke, Karen (Eugene) Dwars, Jackie Kenkel, Kerrie Bidlingmaier, his nieces and nephews, Autumn, Jeremy, Morgan, Will, Aubree, Robert, Elyse, and Willa. His best friends Derrik and Brandon Bredekamp and Chris and Josh Clemen.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, two brothers Robert "Robbie" Schromen, and Lloyd Schromen Jr., and his good friend Oldag.

The family wishes to thank all of Ryan's doctors at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Dr. Bishop, Dr. Elliot, Dr. Sharif, Dr. Hoshi, and Dr. Berkowitz; also to U of I Home Care and Unity Point Home care for all their wonderful care they gave to Ryan.

In lieu of flowers a Ryan Schromen memorial fund will be established.

Evelyn L. Fagerland

Evelyn L. Fagerland, 86, of Maquoketa, passed away peacefully on October 8, 2017, from complications of Lewy Body Dementia.

A celebration of Evelyn's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, October 11, 2017, from First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa with Pastor Judy Heinrich officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Evelyn was born to Martin and Alma (Jansen) Hoffman on December 16, 1930, in Clinton, Iowa. She grew up on a farm near Camanche, Iowa, attended rural schools and graduated from Clinton High School in 1948.

She worked at Excelsior Laundry and Dry Cleaners in Clinton for a short time. She was then joined in marriage to John Fagerland on September 17, 1950 in Elvira, Iowa. Three daughters were born to the marriage, Karen, Kendra and Krista. John preceded her in death on April 10, 2006.

Evelyn was a member of First Lutheran Church. She was always very active as a volunteer, serving in her church throughout the years as a Sunday school teacher, choir director, and was active in the women's groups. When her girls were young she was also a 4-H leader, Girl Scout leader and active in band boosters. Her more recent community interests included serving as president for the Jackson County Public Hospital Auxiliary, Maquoketa Woman's Club, and the Jackson County Historical Society to which she was very devoted. Evelyn was a strong support to her husband, John, in his banking career.

Evelyn was most happy when she was having fun with her girls and grandchildren and she loved decorating the entire house for Christmas each year. She also enjoyed sewing, antiques, genealogy and she and her husband traveled extensively and also hosted 5 foreign exchange students over the years, several of which were relatives from Norway.

She is survived by her daughters Karen (Terry) Slattery, Kendra (Mark) Beck, both of Maquoketa; 5 grandchildren, Jodi (Anthony) Capicchioni of Morton Grove, IL, Brian (Brandi) Slattery of North Liberty, IA, Brandon (Jill) Beck of Bellevue, IA, Bjorn (Nikki) Beck of Maquoketa and Marta Grant of Preston; 8 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Arlene Hansen of Clinton, IA.

Her parents, husband, daughter Krista Grant and grandson Andreas Grant preceded her in death.

The family would like to thank Pastor Judy Heinrich, Hospice of Jackson County, the staff of Clover Ridge Place and Crestridge Nursing Home for their care and support.

Memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church, Hospice of Jackson County, the Jackson County Historical Society or the charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be left at

Robert L. O’Brien

Robert L. "Bob" O'Brien, age 87, of Dubuque, and formerly of East Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 11:28 a.m., on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Bob's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Joseph L. Hauer officiating. To celebrate Bob's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Bob was born on April 17, 1930, in Peoria, IL, son of Fred "Jack" and Elsie (Frey) O'Brien.

Bob honorably served his country with the U.S. Navy on the Battleship New Jersey during the Korean War. After returning home, Bob was united in marriage to his first love, Margaret Donahue, on July 28, 1955. They would make East Dubuque their home and be blessed with 45 wonderful years together, and 6 children, before she was called home ahead of him in August of 2000. Bob was fortunate enough to find love again and was blessed with another 11 years of devoted companionship after being united in marriage to Gladys Scheckel on November 14, 2005. Bob diligently provided for his family by first investing over 22 years as an architect for private clients, and secondly as an electrical engineer with Interstate Power Company for another 19 years of his working career. Bob was a true man of faith and his membership with The Church of the Resurrection was an undeniable badge of honor in his life. He would also generously devote countless hours of his free-time with the Mississippi Hiking Club, the Dubuque Community Y, the Gramercy Park Foundation, and the Dunleith Railroad Historical Society. Bob was also quite an accomplished drummer at heart who would routinely share his talents with his friends in various bands, the East Dubuque Drum and Bugle Corps, and also as a loyal instructor with the Dubuque Colts Drum and Bugle Corps. Bob has surely lived a full and fruitful 87 years here among us. His kindness, patience and compassion for those around him has impacted numerous lives along his journey and the Tri-state Community is absolutely in much better condition because of Bob. We will definitely miss him, forever love and respect him and never doubt that the Heavenly Choir now has a very welcome new addition to their percussion section. Job well done Thy good and faithful servant!

Those left to cherish Bob's memory include

his wife,
Gladys O'Brien, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Sheila (Terry) Wacker, Round Rock, TX,
Patricia (Adam) Bertram, Nashville, TN,
Terry (Mary) O'Brien, Burlington, IA,
James (Shirley) O'Brien, East Dubuque, IL,
Robert (Susan) O'Brien Jr., Dubuque, IA
and Dan O'Brien, Elgin, IL;

and his 10 grandchildren.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his 1st wife, Margaret O'Brien; and a brother, Jack O'Brien.

A Robert L. "Bob" O'Brien memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Bob's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque for their kind and compassionate care of Bob, and the family.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Christopher E. Schreyer

Christopher E. Schreyer, 42, died peacefully at home surrounded by his beloved family on Friday, October 6. After being diagnosed with lung cancer this summer, his last months were spent enjoying time with his family and friends while showing his strong and resilient spirit.

A celebration of his life will be held at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road in Dubuque, on Thursday, October 12th, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 7 p.m. Friends may gather at Happy's Place immediately following.

Chris was born in Dubuque on November 26, 1974, to Bernie and Deb (Duccini) Schreyer, and became a wonderful big brother to Jonathan and Tim.

On March 5, 2002, Chris married his childhood sweetheart, Carrie Fagan. He was a very proud dad to two sons, Nicholas and Nathan. He was also a mentor to many as owner of a local metal fabricating business, Performance Fabrication, and welding instructor at Northeast Iowa Community College. His work can be seen throughout the community, including the ironwork at Bee Branch, Carnegie Stout Public Library, and Eagle Point Park.

Chris enjoyed riding his motorcycle; motorsports; and spending time working on projects and playing with his boys.

Chris is lovingly remembered by his family: wife, Carrie; children, Nicholas and Nathan; parents, Bernie and Deb; brothers, Jonathan (Jessica) and Timothy (Anne); in-laws Kevin, Pam, and Trisha Fagan; and aunts, uncles, nephews and niece.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

The family would like to thank Chris's medical team and Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate care.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Chris Schreyer fund at Dubuque Bank and Trust.

Judy A Jentz

Judy A Jentz, 74, of Potosi, passed very peacefully into eternal life at home on Sunday, October 8, 2017.

A celebration of life service will be from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at Ss. Andrew -Thomas School in Potosi, Wisconsin. There will be a private family burial at a later date in Van Buren Cemetery. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is assisting the family.

Judy was born on March 15, 1943 in Boaz, Wisconsin. She was united in marriage to Roger E "Payday" Jentz, Sr., on September 12, 1959 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Dubuque, IA; he passed away and has been waiting for her since September 2, 2013. 

Surviving are three children, Michelle "Shelley" Doser, Roger Jentz, Jr., and Carrie Pluemer of Potosi, WI., six grandchildren, Kylie (Alex) Wagner of Platteville, WI.; Taylor Doser, Brandon Jentz, Dylan, Trevor, and Katie Pluemer, all of Potosi; one great-grandson, Mason Wagner; two brothers-in-law, John "Jack" (Patty) Fortney, Kenny Jentz; and four sisters-in-law Helene (Jack) Bennett; Darlene Chapman; Donna (Sonny) Weires; and Patsy Jentz.

Others who preceded her in death are her mother, Edna Reynolds; brother, Larry Reynolds; sister, Donna Reynolds; three brothers-in-law Clarence and Ronnie Jentz, and Gary Chapman; and one sister-in-law, Donna Fortney.

The family requests no flowers or plants. A Judy A Jentz Memorial fund has been established.

Judy's family wish to give special thanks to the staff of Grand River Medical of Dubuque, especially Dr. Hermann and Dr. Kelly, for many years of care and concern; Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful guidance; MaryAnn Durst for her help and care over the past several months; and to mom's best friend, Wendy Scholbrock for many years of friendship and loving care, and all that she has done for our family over many years.

Carol Marie Brimeyer

Carol Marie Brimeyer, 78, of Dyersville passed away Sunday, October 8, 2017, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester after a long illness surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be held from 10 - 11 am Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, at St Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville where a Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 11 am. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate. Burial will be at St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville.

Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville is assisting the family.

Carol was born Nov. 14, 1938, in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Soloman "Sal" and Viola (Stockel) Thoeni. She received her education in Dyersville and married Gerald "Greg" Brimeyer in Dyersville on June 21, 1958.

She was a homemaker who enjoyed her grandchildren immensely. Other interests include traveling with Greg, doing cross stitch and needlework.

Carol was a member of St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Catholic Daughters of America, American Legion Auxiliary and Mercy Hospital Auxiliary.

She is survived by her husband, Gerald "Greg", 3 children: Kevin (Cathy) of Lubbock, TX., Linda (Ron) Streck of Shaumburg, IL, and Keith of Marion, Iowa; 7 grandchildren: Meghan (fiancé Corey Rupp) Streck of Monticello, IA, Lisa (Daniel) Kaminski of Roselle, IL, and Katie (fiancé Patrick Smith) Streck, Ashley (Brian) Hentges of Austin, TX and Elizabeth Brimeyer of Lubbock, TX, Callie Brimeyer of Cedar Falls, IA, and Andrew Brimeyer of Cedar Rapids, IA; 4 great grandchildren; 1 sister, Susie (George "Butch") Tittle of St. Catherine, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by 5 siblings: Betty Hunt, Shirley Taylor, Kathleen Jaeger, Donald Thoeni and David Thoeni.

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Robert D. McCarty

Robert D. McCarty 92, passed away Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Dubuque Specialty Care. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at Holy Spirit Pastorate, Holy Trinity Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman and Rev. Rick Halvorson officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery with military rites accorded by the American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at the church.

Robert was born on May 5, 1925 in San Diego, CA, the son of David and Iva (Wickens) McCarty. He entered the military at the age of 17 and served in the U.S. Army during WWII and the Korean Conflict. He was employed by John Deere for 30 years, retiring in 1988. On February 9, 1952, Robert was married to Louise Herbst at Assumption Church, Zwingle. She preceded him in death on September 20, 2006. Robert was a craftsman who could fix anything, an avid bicyclist until the age of 91 and a NASCAR enthusiast who built and raced cars. He was a long time member of Holy Trinity parish, the American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque and the "Slo-Pokes" car club.

Surviving are his children Steven McCarty of Colorado, Debra (Dennis) Giese of Peosta, IA, Dennis (Rina Hovden) McCarty of Santa Rosa, CA, Tim (Sheila) McCarty of Dubuque, IA and Mary Beth (Randy) Halvorson of Bernard, IA; his grandchildren Sara Kruser, Cory (Amanda) Giese, Meggan Bennett, Jessica (James) Kelly, Pauline (Matt) Flood, Tyler (Tiffany) Halvorson, Acacia (Aaron) Schmitt, Abigail and Cody Halvorson; 11 great grandchildren.

A Robert D. McCarty memorial fund has been established.

The McCarty family wishes to thank the nurses and staffs at Hospice of Dubuque and Dubuque Specialty Care. Also, a special thank you to the "Cook Lady" (Ronni) for her wonderful in home care.

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