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Cindy L. Thurston Deborah L. Tegeler Diane M. Brantner
Eugene W. Webb Frank R. Clark Gary R. Stone
Harold H. Straub Herbert W. Kurt Ida E. Gutheil
Irene Wyatt Janis M. Lange Jeanette H. Schreiber
June E. Wright Kenneth E. Balk Mary Ann Steil
Matilda M. Beadle Michael B. Stack Miriam Brown
Nadine A. Wosoba Patricia A. Edwards Rev. Daniel D. Tranel
Ronald E. Metcalf Russell W. Miller Sr. Bertha M. Kloser
Thomas J. Green

Irene Wyatt

Irene Wyatt, 84, of Bellevue, Iowa, died on Thursday, December 18, 2014, at Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa, as the result of injuries received in an automobile accident.

A celebration of Irene's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, December 23, 2014, from the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Monday, December 22, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery.

Irene Busch was born on September 1, 1930 in Jackson County, Iowa, to John C.A. and Christina (Kokemuller) Busch. She attended country school. She married Robert K. "Bob" Wyatt on December 31, 1954 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on April 20, 1997.

Irene was always busy. She raised a family of three boys on a livestock farm and worked at WADY Industries in Maquoketa for 40 years. She also baked pies year round and had her own bake sales each year during the holidays.

Irene was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, the Andrew AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, Andrew Saddle Club and most recently the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club in Maquoketa. She enjoyed staying busy, whether it be helping a friend, baking pies, being outside tending to flowers or mowing the grass.

Those left to honor Irene's memory include a son Dale (Carol) Wyatt of Burlington, IA; 2 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; sisters Leona Westphal of Maquoketa, IA and Darlene Small of Maquoketa, IA; and brothers Orbin (Dorothy) Busch of Davenport, IA, Virtes Busch of Maquoketa, IA, and Rev. Emmett (Eilene) Busch of Maquoketa, IA; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and 2 sons Keith on December 27, 1982 and Chuck on February 28, 1984.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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

 



Kenneth E. Balk

Kenneth Edward Balk, 50, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Friday, December 19, 2014 at Dubuque Nursing & Rehab.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday December 22, 2014 at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call after 9:00a.m. Monday, at the church with a rosary service at 9:45p.m. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Ken was born on May 18, 1964 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Arthur and Mary (Houselog) Balk. Ken lived his challenged life to the fullest.

He is survived by his siblings; John (Barb) Balk, Barbara (Jay) Hanson, Debra (Wendell) Schroeder, James (Marie) Balk and Robert (Alice) Balk all of Dubuque. His special aunt Jean Smith, many nieces and nephews and a special friend Billie Jo.

He was preceded in death by his parents.



Miriam Brown

Miriam Brown, 86, of Maquoketa, and formerly of Andrew and Monmouth, Iowa, died on Thursday evening, December 18, 2014, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Miriam's life will be held at 10 A.M., Monday, December 22, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 11 A.M. to 2 P.M. on Sunday, December 21, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery.

Miriam Miller was born on September 27, 1928 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Loren Osgule and Meta (Hemwordsen) Miller. She attended Monmouth High School. She married Arnold J. Brown on October 22, 1945 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on October 6, 2007.

Miriam had farmed with her husband in the Monmouth area from 1945 to 1977. They then moved to Andrew where she and Arnold both worked as custodians for the Andrew Community Schools for 14 years.

Miriam enjoyed camping, collecting wind chimes and was known as a good baker and cook with potato salad being a family favorite.

Those left to honor Miriam's memory include her children Connie Anderson of Central City, IA, Doug (Dianna) Brown of Monmouth, IA, and Brenda (Doug) Zeimet of Andrew, IA; 7 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; and a brother Forrest Miller of Cascade, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and sisters Mary Jean Eganhouse and Anna Mae Mohr.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Miriam Brown memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Gary R. Stone

Gary Ray Stone, 70, of Dubuque passed away in his sister's arms on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, December 20 at St. John's Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 3 to 7 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the Church.

Gary was born on July 9, 1944 the son of Leslie and Arnetha (Larson) Stone. He was the much loved big brother of Vickie.

At 15 months of age, he became ill with polio, which caused his multiple disabilities.

Gary enjoyed his Friday night dates with his sister waiting for trains to come and counting how many diesels there were. Then off to Culvers or the Town Clock Inn for supper where the staff knew him and were appreciated for their kindness. Summers would find him cheering for the Cedar Rapids Kernels in his team shirt and cap. He always had a smile and "Thank you, Honey" for people who helped him.
Gary believed heaven was on the moon and would stand in parking lots, or wherever, looking up and yelling, "Hi Mom, Hi Dad." Now we can all look up at the moon and say "Hi, Gary-we love you."

He loved music and especially Tom's "Roll Out the Barrel."

"Gary, my booger-butt brother, I was the luckiest sister in the whole world. Me love you more." Everyone, when you see a train, John Deere tractor or the moon, remember to say "Look what I see, Gary Stone."

He is survived by his sister, Vickie Stone of Dubuque; a niece, Mollie (Eric) Clapham, of Dubuque; two nephews, Ryan Thill of Iowa City and Colin Thill, of Dubuque; an aunt, Velma (Carl) Jensen, of Coggan, IA; and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, Elmer (Gertie) Larson and William (Nellie) Stone; maternal aunt, Debbie Pine and Paternal uncle, Burdette Stone.

For more information please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

A Gary Stone memorial fund has been established.
A heartfelt thank you to his social worker, Marcy, his families from Bunker Hill Group Home, Cozy Corner and Sunnycrest, especially Patty. Love to his "Brother" Ray Stuart and to Tom Bedtka for always singing his favorite song.



Frank R. Clark

Frank R. Clark, 75, of McKinney, Texas, died suddenly at his home in McKinney, TX on November 10, 2014.

A celebration of his life will be held 4-6 P.M., Monday, December 22, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Cremation rites have been accorded. A private burial will be held from the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Frank Ronald Clark was born in Clinton County, IA to Orville and Irma (Berner) Clark. Frank grew up on the family farm and graduated from Delmar High School in 1956. He then attended Iowa State for one year, and graduated from Harrington School of Design in Chicago in 1960.

While in Chicago, he met his first wife Verna (Dascomb) and was married on July 1, 1961 in Delmar, Iowa, and started a life-long career in the printing industry. Frank and Verna had one son, Frank Jr. Following a divorce, Frank moved to California.

Frank married his second wife, Kathleen Holden on December 31, 1977 in Los Angeles, California. This marriage ended in 2012.

Frank had a long career in the printing industry, starting with RR Donnelly in Chicago. For many years he owned his own company, Travel Arts, which produced magazines, brochures and advertisements. He later worked for and retired from International Paper in Eugene, Oregon.

In 2012, Frank moved to McKinney, TX to be close to his son and grandchildren. While in Texas, Frank enjoyed dancing, cooking, hosting dinner parties, family activities and meeting new people. He was full of life and always had a positive attitude.

Those left to honor Frank's memory include son Frank, Jr. and daughter-in-law Jacqueline of Fairview, TX; 3 grandchildren, Ashley, Kelsey and Christopher, all of Fairview, TX; 2 sisters, Juanita (Leonard) Ritter of Bloomington, MN and Barbara (Wayne) Mayberry of Maquoketa, IA; and 1 aunt Twyla Clark Ballentine of Brenham, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Ellie.

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

 



Patricia A. Edwards

Patricia A. "Patty" Edwards, 64, of Preston, Iowa, died on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 2 to 4 P.M., Friday, December 19, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Burial will be at a later date from the South Mineral Cemetery, rural Onslow, Iowa.

Patricia Ann Westphal was born on May 26, 1950 in Anamosa, Iowa, to Harold Carl and Ila Mae (Jensen) Westphal. She was a graduate of Midland High School. She married Marvin W. Edwards on July 1, 1970 in Rock Island, Illinois.

Patricia had worked at Arnold Engineering in Marengo, Illinois as a mud press operator for 12 years, and later for Products Unlimited in Sabula, Iowa. She retired from WALMART in Clinton as a door greeter after five years.

Patricia was of the Lutheran faith. She enjoyed playing video games, going to the casino, collecting antiques, going to auctions and having a good time. She loved watching scary movies.

Those left to honor Patricia's memory include her husband Marvin Edwards of Preston, IA; children Craig (Kimberly) Edwards of Clinton, IA, Daniel (Nicki) Edwards of Clinton, IA, and Christopher Edwards of Clinton, IA; 7 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild; and a brother David (Becky) Westphal of Olin, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Donald Westphal.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Patricia Ann Edwards memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Thomas J. Green

Thomas J. Green, 62, of Cascade, Iowa, died Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa. Friends and relatives of Tom may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Friday, December 19, 2014 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m..

Services for Tom will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 20, 2014, 2014 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Tom was born October 10, 1952 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Leo and Rosemary L. (Schulte) Green. He received his education in the St. Mary's schools, and is a graduate of the former Aquin High School in Cascade. On February 16, 1974 he was united in marriage to Ruth Hosch at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. He was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works until his retirement in February.

He loved his children and grandchildren, he was often heard saying "grandchildren can do no wrong." He loved to travel, and spending time with friends.

He was a member of St, Matthias Parish in Cascade, the Cascade Knights of Columbus-Council #2001, the 4th Degree Dubourg Assembly Council #1573 and the United Auto Workers Local #94.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Green of Cascade, IA; two children, Abby (Erik) Archer of Cascade, Andrew (Rebecca) Green of Independence; six grandchildren, Maggie and Nathan Archer, Tayt, Morgan, Jordyn and Dylan Green; his father, Leo Green of Cascade,; his two brothers, Mike (Edna) Green of Clive and Mark (Brenda) Green of North Liberty; his father and mother-in-law, Robert and Marion Hosch of Cascade; brothers and sisters-in-laws, Karen and John Pearsall of San Diego, CA, Ann and Mark Holmes of Dubuque, and Carla and Ron Hoffmann of Cascade.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Rosemary L. Green on June 25, 2011; and a brother-in-law, Michael Hosch.

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



Deborah L. Tegeler

Deborah L. Tegeler, 57, of Dyersville, Iowa died Tuesday evening, December 16, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center, Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at Kramer Funeral, Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a Vigil Service will be held at 2 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec.  20, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Deb was born November 30, 1957, in Manchester, Iowa, the daughter of Aloysius and Dorothy (Weber) Neuhaus.  She graduated from Beckman High School with the class of 1976.  She married Mark Tegeler on July 2, 1988, in Dyersville, Iowa.  She has filled many roles at Scherrman's Implement for the past 38 years.

Deb loved her flower gardens and spending time on the lake with her grandchildren, family and friends.  She was passionate about playing and organizing Bingo at St. Francis Xavier.

Survivors include her husband, Mark "Lumpy", one daughter, Jodi Tegeler of Minneapolis, MN, step son, Jeff (Tenille) Tegeler of Shawnee, KS, 2 grandchildren: Max and Maddie Tegeler, a step-grandson, Randall Wingert, her father, Al Neuhaus of Dyersville, 2 sisters: Diane (Dave) Schuster of Dyersville and Lori (Randy) Digmann of Baraboo, WI, several brothers and sisters in law and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy Neuhaus in 2012, both paternal and maternal grandparents, her parents-in-law, Earl and Rosie Tegeler, and one of her best friends, Lisa Brueckner.

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

 



Sr. Bertha M. Kloser

Sister Bertha Marie Kloser, OSF, age 100, of Clare House Dubuque, IA., passed away at 4:20 a.m. on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at Clare House. The Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, December 19, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel, 3390 Windsor Ave., Dubuque, IA. Friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 18, 2014 with a Wake Service at 7:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sister Bertha was born on June 8, 1914 in North Buena Vista, IA., daughter of Albert and Louise (Riniker) Kloser. Sister Bertha entered the Sisters of St. Francis on August 15, 1932 and made final profession of vows August 12, 1939. Sister ministered as a teacher in the Iowa cities of Dubuque (Sacred Heart), Ionia, North Washington, Bancroft, St. Catherine, Haverhill, Mapleton; and in Corpus Christi, Chicago, and Midlothian, IL.

Sister is survived by her sisters: Ann Bjorneby and Marie (George) Pluemer; her brothers: Herman (Tillie), and John (Rita); and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared 80 years of her life.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers Albert (Germaine) and Joseph; her sisters: Florence (John) Hefel, Frances (Ray) Steffen, Loretta (Al) Freiburg, Louise; and her brother-in-law, Otto Bjorneby.

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



Ronald E. Metcalf

Ronald E. "Ron" Metcalf, 72, of East Dubuque, Ill., died unexpectedly at 9:51 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 at UPH Finley Hospital in Dubuque, IA.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 at the Wesley United Methodist Church in East Dubuque, with Pastor Kayla Lange and Rev. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 3 - 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque and from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. on Thursday at the Church.

Ron was born on Nov. 5, 1942 in Dubuque, IA., the son of Leonard J. and Helen B. (Maury) Metcalf. He was united in marriage to Helen L. Roth on Nov. 23, 1968 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque.

He was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, Class of 1960. Ron was a member of Laborers Local # 659 who worked for Maryville Construction of Hazel Green, Wis. For 35 years, retiring as Superintendent. Ron was a hardworking man who enjoyed working for family and friends on their home projects.

In the early years he did landscaping work for Hank Freiburger and his nickname was "Mudcutter". He also shot trap for the Swiss Inn and was a bouncer at several night clubs in downtown East Dubuque. "Helen was known as the weekend widow." Ron loved picking wild asparagus, golfing, and deer hunting with B. R. and the gang. He dearly enjoyed his weekly road trip with his good buddy Smoke, everyday gathering with the boys at the local watering hole and was an avid sports fan of The Baltimore Colts (and Johnny Unitas), New York Yankees baseball, Nascar Racing with Jeff Gordon and golfing with Phil Mickelson.

Ron was a loving husband, proud father, grandfather and great grandfather. His pride and joy was his granddaughter Abigail "Oscar" and the apple of his eye was his great granddaughter Lilly.

Surviving is his wife Helen L. Metcalf, a son Bradley J. Metcalf of East Dubuque, four grandchildren, Abigail, Samuel, Isabel and Laila Sue, his great granddaughter Lilly Ann, three sisters, Jean (Derald) Schrobilgen of Dubuque; Doris (Ed) Splinter and Vickie Metcalf both of East Dubuque, three sisters-in-law, Margie Roth, Darlene Gibson and Lois Roth.

He was preceded in death by his parents Leonard & Helen, his daughter Sara Ann on Sept. 17, 2008 who Ron loved to pick up rocks with, and his nickname for Sara was "Raggedy". His in-laws, Johnny, Carrie, Amby, Wayne, Edward, Louie and Donnie.

In lieu of flowers a Ron Metcalf memorial fund has been established.

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



June E. Wright

June E. Wright, 55, of of 2354 White St. passed away on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, surrounded by family. Private funeral services will be held at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road.



Janis M. Lange

Janis M. Lange, 86 of Dubuque passed away on Monday, December 15, 2014 at Manor Care.

There will be a funeral mass celebrating her life on Wednesday, December 17th, 2014, 11:00am at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at the church until time of mass. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Janis was born on February 13, 1928, in Dubuque, daughter of Leo and Edna (Stevens) Lang. She married Martin M. Lange on April 19, 1952 at Holy Trinity Church in Dubuque. She worked as a Lab Technician at Medical Associates in Dubuque retiring in 1986.

Janis was a Life Master in Duplicate Bridge and enjoyed travelling across Iowa playing in bridge tournaments. She also was a member of the National 600 Bowling Club.
Janis enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years Martin, her children Lori (Patrick)Joester and Cali (Brian) Beecher both of Dubuque. Three grand children Katie (Brian) Mitchell of Rolling Meadows, Illinois, Philip Beecher of Dubuque and Elizabeth (Seth) Hoerner also of Dubuque, and two great grandchildren Ben and Elise Mitchell.

Janis was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Donald Lang in 1943 while serving in WWII, a sister Delaine Dale and a sister Jean Moses formerly of Scottsdale, Arizona.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and the staff at Manor Care for their gentle care and support.



Herbert W. Kurt

Herbert W. Kurt, 90, of Cascade, Iowa, died Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 8:45 a.m. at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Herb may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Services for Herb will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvery Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Herb was born February 7, 1924 in Cascade, Iowa, son of John P. and Lena (Hosch) Kurt. On August 25, 1951 he was united in marriage to Dorothy "Dottie" McDonnell at St. John's Catholic Church in Independence, Iowa. She preceded him in death on August 25, 1996.

Herb was a good man, a good father and a wonderful grandfather to his 11 grandchildren. He raised cattle and farmed all his life in the Cascade area and was a devoted husband to Dottie for 45 years. Herb loved gardening, pheasant hunting with his sons, and fishing, especially the annual family fishing trips to Two Inlets Lake in Minnesota. He could be found many mornings in his later years swapping stories and laughing with his buddies drinking coffee at Kremers. He was elected and served as Township Trustee in Whitewater Township for many years. He will be greatly missed.

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

Left to cherish his memory are his sons, Loras (Pam Griebel) Kurt of Des Moines, Roger (Aggie Tauke) Kurt of Dubuque, Randy (Shirley Laird) Kurt of Kansas City, MO, and Terry (Heidi) Kurt of Galena, IL; a daughter-in-law, Dena Kurt of Dubuque: 11 grandchildren, Ryan (Sara Salim), Doug, Mallory (Jarod Stockel), Allison, Lauren, Sam, Leah, Lily, Amy, Aiden, Liam, and step-grandchildren, Isaac and Izzy; 5 brothers, Melvin (Lavonne) Kurt of Cascade, Carl Kurt of Cascade, Sam Kurt of Cascade, Joe Kurt of Farley, and Leon (Trudy) Kurt of Cascade; a sister Eleanor Burke of Bernard; a sister-in-law, Virginia Regan of Cedar Rapids; and 2 brother-in-laws, Mike Merfeld of Cedar Rapids and Bill (Joan) Lehmann of Farley.

He is preceded in death by his parents, one son, Larry R. Kurt on November 17, 1994; a daughter-in-law, Amy (Manternach) Kurt on November 14, 1986; family members Anna Mae Lehmann, Margaret Ann (Ralph) Otting, Mary (Wilfred) Dolphin, Fred (Alvina) Andrew, Tess Kurt, Jane Kurt, Pat Burke and Mary Lou Kurt.

The family wishes to thank Above and Beyond, Hospice of Dubuque and the staff of Shady Rest Care Center for all their compassionate service.

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



Nadine A. Wosoba

Nadine A. Wosoba, 91, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Friday evening, December 12, 2014, at her home in rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Nadine's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, December 17, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in Pence Cemetery, rural Baldwin, Iowa.

Nadine Amanda Morehead was born on March 2, 1923 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Clarence Emery and Anna Wilhelmina (Sumtum) Morehead. She was a 1940 graduate of Monmouth High School. She married Lumir I. Wosoba on February 4, 1941 in Waterloo, Iowa. He preceded her in death on August 30, 1999.

Nadine was an active partner of the Wosoba Family Farming Operations which included the recordkeeping of the Registered Angus Cattle and was well-known for raising Registered German Shepherd dogs for many years and had shipped them to many places.

Nadine was active in the Democratic Party and had been inducted into the Jackson County Democrats Hall of Fame. She was a member of and past president of the Eastern Iowa Angus Auxiliary, and had served as a director on the Iowa Angus Auxiliary. She had been active in 4-H as a member, leader, youth committees, and was inducted into the Jackson County 4-H Hall of Fame. Additionally, she was a member of the Zion American Lutheran Church in Wyoming and had served as past president of the Monmouth Women's Club.

Nadine enjoyed reading, gardening, flowers, traveling and going places. She was a social person and liked going to the fair. Her family was especially important to her and she loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Those left to honor Nadine's memory include her children Shirley (James) DeVore of Baldwin, IA, and Gary (Kathy) Wosoba of Monmouth, IA; 6 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; and a sister Marian Rossway of Marquette, MI.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son LeRoy, and 4 sisters, Maxine, Verda, Esther and Marjorie.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Nadine A. Wosoba memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Mary Ann Steil

Mary Ann "Minnie" Steil, 72, of Dubuque IA was called home on December 13, 2014.

A celebration of her life will be at 7:00 p.m. Monday, December 15th, 2014 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Pastor Dennis Schmitt officiating. Family and friends may gather after 3:00p.m. Monday at the funeral home until time of service.

Mary Ann was born to Leo & Leona (Schroeder) Dolter on November 18, 1942 in Dubuque. She married Norm Steil on January 22, 1966 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church and together they loved and raised three daughters.

Minnie never met a stranger and will eternally hold a very special place in many lives & hearts. She was very outgoing, energetic and not often without a smile. Minnie was always there with a hand to lend, helpful hints to make your life easier and a wealth of useful and not so useful information. Mom was an inspiration to her daughters and a unique woman and role model who they will forever cherish. Minnie and Norm, through the thick and thin shared a deep love and it was that love that got them through when it
mattered most.

She was a collector of many things that she thought someone, someday, could put to use. Mom enjoyed gardening, loved flowers, plants, yard art and anything that lit up or played music. Minnie loved gadgets and had something that could do nearly anything. She loved traveling and road trips and was always the one with the maps, guides and info so you didn't miss something special along the way. She always went above & beyond to make every occasion just a bit more special.

She received great enjoyment at the theatre, symphony and musicals. She loved parades, fireworks, sunsets, farmers market and Christmas lights. Minnie never met a dog who didn't love her (maybe it was the treats in her purse) and was a great dog mom to many of the little "monkeys" over the years. She was an avid bowler, loved fishing and was a fantastic cook who loved trying new & unique items. While Dad is a meat & potatoes kind of guy she was over the top with experimenting with new recipes, exciting flavors and loved condiments. Playing cards was a favorite past time of hers. Mom went above and beyond for her girls and each of them knew they were loved unconditionally. She enjoyed her lunch break visits from her son in law Jeff. Minnie was extremely proud of her grandson Kyle (Dude), she was an absolutely wonderful grandma and they shared many, many special times as he grew up.

Mary Ann left behind her husband, Norm, her daughters Sheila (Jeff) Vandermillen, Lisa (Tim) Mueller, of Dubuque and Sandy Steil, of Coralville, and her grandson Kyle Chase of Dubuque. Also surviving are her sisters Carol Karlin, Donna (Jim) Hirsch, Ruth (Roger) Konrardy and brother Dick (Barb) Dolter, several in-laws and many nieces and nephews.

"Don't worry about it Mom...we will be OK"

The family wishes to thank the crew at Fire Station 2, the good Samaritan, and the Medical Staff at mercy for all their efforts support and comfort.



Ida E. Gutheil

Ida E. Gutheil, 91, of Bettendorf, and a longtime resident of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Thursday morning, December 11, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Society in Davenport, Iowa.

A celebration of Ida's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, December 20, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A reception will be held immediately following the celebration in "The Bistro" at Carson's. There is no public visitation and a private burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Ida Ellen Sprinkel was born on April 6, 1923 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Melvin Leroy and Nina Rose (Williams) Sprinkel. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and then attended nurses training at the Jennie Edmundson Memorial Hospital in Council Bluffs receiving her degree as a registered nurse. Ida married Kenneth F. Gutheil on June 12, 1946 in Hiawatha, Kansas. He preceded her in death on February 11, 1993.

Ida was not only a homemaker raising three children but she also was a nurse. She had worked at the Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa and for Dr. Clay Risser for many years.

Ida enjoyed playing cards and bingo, word puzzles, crossword puzzles, and gardening. She was a good baker and cook and was known for her fried chicken and homemade cherry pies always making her own pie crust.

Those left to honor Ida's memory include her children Pamela Williams of Chesterton, IN, Deborah (Barry) Boettcher of Bettendorf, IA, and Mark Gutheil of Eldridge, IA; 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a brother Lowell.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Ida E. Gutheil memorial fund has been established.

"The family wishes to especially thank the staff and residents of the Good Samaritan Society in Davenport."

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



Rev. Daniel D. Tranel

Reverend Daniel D. Tranel, 82, of East Dubuque, Illinois died on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at Stonehill Franciscan Services, Dubuque, Iowa after complications from a stroke.

Father was born on September 15, 1932 in East Dubuque, Illinois, the son of Edward and Lucille (Kieffer) Tranel.                                                             

Father was ordained to the priesthood on December 16, 1956, in Rome. He studied at Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa, and North American College Seminary, Rome, Italy.  Father's assignments were as Administrator of St. Patrick Parish and Mission Parish, Maytown, Illinois, (1/1957-8/1957); Chaplain at St. Anthony Hospital, Rockford, Parochial Vicar, St. Edward Parish, Rockford (9/1957-9/1958); Administrator, Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary, Menominee (9/1958-6/1959); Parochial Vicar, St. Joseph Parish, Harvard (6/1959-9/1960); Faculty, Marian Central Catholic High School, Woodstock (8/1961-9/1967); Chaplain, St. Dominic College, St. Charles (9/1967-10/1970); Campus Ministry, Newman Center, DeKalb (10/1970-10/1973); Pastor, St. Joseph Parish, Apple River (10/1973-10/1983), and Holy Trinity, Scales Mound (10/1973-2/1988); Pastor, St. Mary Parish, Galena (10/1983-6/2007); Administrator then Pastor, St. Michael Parish, Galena (5/1996-6/2007).  Father retired from active ministry 6/2007.

Surviving are his siblings, Richard Tranel of Monroe, Wisconsin, Sister Norita Tranel OSF, of Dubuque, Iowa, Sister Betty Tranel, S.Sp.S, of Northfield, Illinois, Marge Jahn of East Dubuque, Illinois, Sister Jean Tranel, OP of Naples, Florida, Ned (Virginia) Tranel of Billings, Montana and Bert (Ann) Tranel of Galena, Illinois.  Also sister-in-law Bonnie Tranel of Gillette, Wyoming and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.  Father Tranel was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Ralph, Howard, Father Dorrance and Roger and sister, Sister Danita Tranel, OSF, three sisters-in-law, Florence, Lillian and Donna Tranel and a brother-in-law Gene Jahn.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, December 17, at 10:00AM at St. Mary Church.  Bishop David J. Malloy will be the celebrant.  Visitation will be from 3:00-7:00PM on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 and from 8:45 - 9:45 AM on Wednesday at St. Mary Church, 170 Montgomery Avenue, East Dubuque, Illinois. Interment will be at East Dubuque Cemetery, East Dubuque, Illinois.  Arrangements are being made by Miller Funeral Home, East Dubuque, Illinois.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be given to a favorite charity in Father Dan's honor.

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

 

 

 



Matilda M. Beadle

Matilda "Tillie" M. Beadle, 89, of Dubuque, formerly from Galena, Illinois, died Thursday December 11, at Mill Valley Care Center, Bellevue.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 15, at St. Joseph Church, Key West; with Rev. Michael J. Podhajsky officiating. Friends may call after 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the church until time of services. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Matilda was born November 10, 1925, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Nicholas and Matilda (Freiburger) Weber. She was a member of St. Joseph, Key West. She attended grade school in Key West and lived most of her childhood years there. She graduated top in her class at St. Columbkille High School in 1943.

She married her best friend, David A. Beadle, of Galena, Illinois, on January 14, 1948 at St. Raphael Cathedral, Dubuque.

Tillie and Dave farmed together in rural Galena together for 38 years, while raising their three children. In addition to farming, Tillie worked outside the home as manager of Gordon's Toggery of Dubuque for many years, retiring in 1985. She especially enjoyed dancing, traveling, and playing cards with many family and friends. She and Dave traveled to all 50 states, with Las Vegas being among their favorite vacation spots. In more recent years, they built a new home south of Dubuque, near New Melleray Abbey, to be close to their daughter and her family.

Tillie is survived by her children Cathy (Fritz) White of Dubuque, Gary (Robin) of Chicago and her grandchildren, Krista, Hans, Jordon and Elissa. Also surviving are two sisters, Ione Smith of East Moline, Illinois, Marcella Konzen of Dubuque, a brother, Bill Weber of Dubuque and many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dave; parents, Nicholas and Matilda; son Dennis; sister, Rosie Schmidt; and brother, Nick Weber.

In lieu of flowers, Matilda Beadle Memorial Fund has been established.

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

In the past year, Tillie was blessed with the kindness and loving care of the staff of Mill Valley Care Center, Bellevue, Dr. Honorio Caceres, Dr. Preeti Joseph and Mr. Bob Sudmeier. The family extends to all of them a heartfelt thank you.

My Mom, my dearest friend. You are the guiding light of my life. When things get rough and life gets tough, when all is just too much to bear, my heart is filled with love for you, my teacher, my friend, my mom.



Eugene W. Webb

Eugene W. Webb, 83 of Dubuque, Iowa has gone on his final fishing trip on Thursday, December 11, 2014. Friends may gather on Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be held at 1:00p.m. along with military detail accorded by American Legion Post #6.

Eugene was born on August 9, 1931 in Armstrong Springs, Arkansas the son of Mitchell and Flora (Zachies) Webb. He was raised in St. Louis and Nashville, IL and ended up in Omak, Washington. He is a US Navy Veteran serving in Korea. He moved to Dubuque, Iowa after serving in the Navy where he met his wife Lorraine Margan. They married on April 24, 1954, in Dubuque.

He worked at the Dubuque Packing Company, and also Tri State Tours. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather. His nieces, nephews, grandchildren and friends of his children enjoyed going boating on the river with him. He is remembered for teaching kids to ski and even to dance the "two-step".

He is survived by his wife Lorraine "Lovey", of Dubuque, his children, Pamela Webb of Dubuque, Peggy (Rich) Burlingame, of Burlington, Iowa., Michael (Mary Kay) Webb, of Dubuque. His grandchildren, Matt Webb, Emily Webb, Kate Burlingame, and Nate Burlingame. His sisters Carolyn Godsoe, of Lynchberg, VA, and Kathy (Dave) Weak, of Boise, Idaho, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son David, a brother Mitchell Jr., and a sister Betty Fleishman.

Memorials may be given to be given to the Great River Klein Center in Burlington, Iowa.

The family wishes to thank Great River Hospice, and all nurses and staff of the Klein Center.



Cindy L. Thurston

Cindy L. Thurston, age 53, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, in the loving arms of her sister Brenda's family. To honor Cindy's life, private family services are being held.

Cindy was born on July 25, 1961, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Robert and Charlene (Hedley) Thurston.

Cindy graduated from Hempstead High School. Over the years she was employed at FDL, Rousselot, bartended at many establishments and finally retired as manager of Puff n Snuff. She enjoyed camping, fishing, morel hunting and most of all spending time around the campfire. She loved her dog, Saddie, who was always a constant loyal companion. Cindy had many dear friends including, Bob (Ann), Wayne (Judy) Botsford, Linda Murray and Judy from Puff n Snuff, who are among the many who will miss her dearly.

Cindy is survived by her step-father, Ralph Thiltgen, of East Dubuque; her sisters, Brenda (Walter) Burke, of Dubuque, IA, Joyce (Keith) Jarding, of Farley, IA; Nieces and Nephews Jesse and Jaime Neuhaus, Aubriana, Isabella and Jarrod Jarding; Aunt, Sharon (Richard) Carner, of Earlville; Uncle, Charles Thurston Jr., of Sherrill; and friend, John Flynn of Dubuque.

Cindy was preceded in death by her parents. Her grandparents, John (Lillian) Hendricks and Al Hedley. And a brother-in-law, James Neuhaus.

A Cindy L. Thurston memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Deb, Ed, John, Attorney Jeff Tranel, Paramount Ambulance, the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melanie, Lisa and Angie for the wonderful care they provided for Cindy. The family would also like to thank Ralph for all his devoted attention over the years.

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

 



Jeanette H. Schreiber

Jeanette H. Schreiber, 85, of Dubuque died Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at home. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where a parish wake service will be held at 7 pm. Funeral services will be10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Jeanette was born March 20, 1929 in Guttenberg, Iowa, daughter of Raymond and Amelia (Burr) Frommelt. She Graduated from St. Mary's High School in Guttenberg and attended Clarke College.

On June 10, 1950, Jeanette married Robert Schreiber at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Guttenberg. She worked for O'Connor, Thomas, McDermott and Wright Law Offices, the Dubuque Community School System, and Manpower Work Services. Her most important job was being a mother.

She was an active member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. She was a great seamstress who did a lot of sewing and needlework.

Jeanette is survived by her husband, Robert Schreiber of Dubuque; three children, Dr. Ann Schreiber; Maryellen (Glen) Thompson of Roanoke, Virginia, and their son Lt. JG Andrew Ferring; Jim (Renee) Schreiber and their children, Zachary Schreiber, Martha Schreiber R.N., and Andrea (Dr. James) Quann; and great -grandchildren, Brendan and Thomas Quann; three siblings, Rosemary Matt, Ruth Von Fumetti, and Esther (Fran) Goedken; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Amy, and bothers- in- law Francis Matt and Cyril Von Fumetti.

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

A Jeanette Schreiber Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the great ladies at Twenty Four Hour Care and the doctors, nurses and staff at Medical Associates Clinic, Hospice of Dubuque and Mercy Medical Center.



Russell W. Miller

Russell W. Miller, 94, formerly of Fond du Lac, WI passed on to a better world Saturday December 6, 2014, in the comfort of his home and surrounded by loving family.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 13, 2014, at First Congregational United Church of Christ. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery with full military honors accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corp. League. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Saturday at the church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Russell was born April 23, 1920 in Appleton, WI son of Albert and Amanda (Jeske) Miller. He met the love of his life, Billie Ruth Jenkins, during World War II while stationed at Biloxi and Gulfport Fields in Mississippi. He and Billie Ruth were united in marriage on August 5, 1944 in Appleton, WI. After a short time stationed at Truax Field in Madison, WI, Russell shipped overseas and served for six months in occupied Japan. Russell returned stateside and was honorably discharged from the Army Air Force. Russell and Billie Ruth resided in Appleton for several years, while Russell worked as a produce manager for A&P Food Stores then as a salesman for Prudential Insurance. Russell was promoted to Staff Manager, was transferred to Kenosha, WI and then to Fond du Lac, WI where he retired from a 30 year career with Prudential.

Russell and Billie Ruth resided in Fond du Lac for 61 years before moving to Dubuque, IA last year to be closer to family. This past August, Russell and Billie Ruth celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.

In retirement Russell relished being around people, did his best to meet every resident of Fond du Lac and received several community volunteerism awards. He served as head usher and greeter for many years at his beloved Immanuel Trinity Lutheran Church, donated time and energy to the Loaves & Fishes meal program, was an active member of the Noon Optimist Club, the Senior Center and Master Gardeners Club. He was most proud of being a mentor in the All Generation Education (AGE) program at Sabish Middle School. On the rare occasions when he was not helping others, he enjoyed airplanes and was a loyal member of the Experimental Aircraft Association. He proudly carried the Olympic Torch on its cross-country trip to the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games. He was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ, Dubuque, Iowa.

Russell is survived by his wife, Billie Ruth, Dubuque; sons, William (Ann) Miller, Dubuque, and Robert (Rae Ann) Miller, Mauston, WI; grandchildren David (Sara) Miller, Epworth, IA and Emily (fiancé Todd Olmstead) Miller; Brooklyn, NY; and great-grandchildren Isabelle, Russell, James, Elizabeth, William and George Miller, Epworth, IA who were the light of his life.

Russell was preceded in death by, and is now reunited with, his parents, brothers and sisters.

Memorials may be given to Immanuel Trinity Lutheran Church of Fond du Lac, First Congregational UCC of Dubuque or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family extends special thanks to the staff at Luther Manor, Reverends Ken and Nancy Bickel, Hospice of Dubuque, nurse Sammi at Unity Point Home Care, Dr. Brian Sullivan, and nurses Tabitha and Laralee, all whom brightened his days and provided endless love and comfort in his final days.



Diane M. Brantner

Diane M. Lammers Brantner, 69, of Dyersville, and formerly of Eden Prairie, MN died Tuesday, December 9, 2014, at Oak Park Place in Dubuque, Iowa from complications from Alzheimers Disease.

Private graveside services will be held at a later date. Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville is assisting the family.

Diane was born July 18, 1945 in Dyersville the daughter of Arthur and Frances (Keuter) Lammers. She graduated from Xavier High School and continued her education in nursing. For most of her career she was an LPN and in administration at Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis.

Surviving are her brother, Gary (Deanne) Lammers of Dyersville, her niece, Lisa (Bill) Northup of Clive, IA and a nephew, Jeff Lammers of Conyers, GA; a great niece and a great nephew, Lauren and Jacob Northup.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a nephew, Robert Lammers.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Oak Park Place for the wonderful care provided for Diane over the last two years.

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

 



Harold H. Straub

Harold H. Straub, 89, of Dubuque passed away on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12 at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m., Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road.

Harold was born on February 5, 1925 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Herman S. and Lena K. (Jaeger) Straub. He graduated from Loras Academy in 1943. He married Kathryn Schroeder- Kehoe on April 22, 1956 in Davenport, Iowa. Harold worked at his family's business, Curtis-Straub Plumbing and Heating at 1072 Locust St. his entire life. It was established in 1920 by Roy Curtis and Herman Straub. Harold was a dedicated worker, and business owner and ran the business until he was 86 years old.
He took pride in his automobiles and enjoyed going on car rides. He loved sports and was an avid Cubs and Packers fan. Harold was a member of the Elks Club and the 330 Shooting Society.

Surviving is his sister, Darlene (Straub) Ertl of Dyersville; nieces and nephews, Karolyn (Steve) Olberding, of Dyersville, Karl (Pam) Ertl of Estes Park, Colo., David (Becky) Ertl of Cascade, Krisanne (Fiance Kelly Kluesner) Ertl, of Dyersville, and Daniel (friend Jan) Ertl of Estes Park, Colo.; great- nieces and nephews, Dawn (Brian) Chetto, Jeremy (Fiance Carla) Olberding, Steven (Friend Melba) Ertl, Matthew (Nicolle) Ertl, Elizabeth (Friend Brian) Ertl, Jarrett Ertl, Samuel Ertl, Ryan (Friend Sherill) Funke, Alex Funke and Jade Ertl.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn; parents, special friend Kay Hoppmann; brother, Karl; brother-in-law, Robert J. Ertl; and great- niece, Stefanie Olberding.

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

A Harold Straub memorial fund has been established.

His family would like to extend a special thank you to the entire staff at Stonehill Care Center, especially the CCDI unit, Hospice of Dubuque and DuRide.

"When's the party start"



Michael B. Stack

Michael B. "Uncle Mike" Stack, age 52, embarked on his latest adventure Saturday, December 6, 2014 from University Hospitals in Iowa City after a brief illness.

He was born Feb. 13, 1962 in Dubuque, the fourth child of Dr. James and Orene Stack. He went to St Columbkille Grade School, where he met lifelong friend Marty Oliver. He attended Wahlert High School and St Edward's University in Austin, Texas, where he received a degree in Theater Arts, with a minor in Business. He then continued with his studies at The University of Iowa, where he lived with his brothers, Jim and Chuck.

After completing His schooling he moved on to his chosen career, World Traveler/Adventurer/Poet/Entertainer. He briefly moved to India, followed by a lengthy stay in the San Francisco Bay Area, living in Noe Valley with his mother. While there, he performed at EXIT Theatre and led his family on many fantastic tours of the city.
It was then off to Madrid Spain for five years with friend and partner Lisa Coussell. He learned Spanish so he could teach English, and they performed in nightclubs with some other friends as The Lovenuts. From Madrid it was on to London for five years, where he lived with his friend Keziah Cunningham and worked in restaurants, inevitably ending up managing them. He had adventures, too numerous to list, as he traveled all across Europe and North Africa with Lisa, Keziah and Karen Evans, along with a host of other friends.

His mom's advancing age brought him back to the U.S. Soon after returning, his oldest sister, Paula, was stricken with a terminal illness and he moved to the Denver area to spend the next two years caring for her. During this time he suffered a first stroke from which he never fully recovered; the body was damaged, but the spirit was strong. About this time, he converted to Buddhism, taking Tashi Tharpa (Auspicious Liberation) as his Buddhist name.
He remained in Colorado until moving back to Dubuque in 2012 to live in the family place on the river near Massey with his brother Jim and nephew Casey. Everywhere he lived, his circle of friends constantly expanded; his loss will be felt to the literal "Ends of the Earth".

He was preceded in death by his Mom, Orene, and Dad, James, and oldest sister, Paula.

He is survived by siblings Kathy (Remus), Chuck (Judi) and Jim. Also, nieces and nephews Delia, Jan (Eloise), Kamie and Casey (Sam) and great-nieces Mary and Paula; his cousins, the Rowe family and innumerable friends. And not least, his canine buddies, Dino and Gracie, who adore him and brought uncounted joy to his last years.

Services will be announced at a later date to take place in the spring. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.