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Alfred J. Puls Anna Marie Bergan Carl R. Bastian
Cletus A. Davis Daniel F. Drees Deanna P. Carr
Donald A. Stroh Doris J. Marsh Elda M. Uthe
Esther Mae Newton Eugene F. Runde Eugene R. Ousley
George L. Flanagan Gerald A. Brame Gerald C. Melssen
Gerald M. Green Ida M Linden Irene B. Orth
James A. Merrick Janet M. Deiter Joseph H. Klar
Kyle J. Miller Lary L. Williams Leonard M. Clark
Leveda M. Drees Madge M. O'Neill Marcella M. Weber Steger
Marguerite M. Burkart Marilyn E. Langel Marjorie Mae Urell-Erhart
Michael E. McFarland Neil T. Petersen Nicholas R. Hilby
Oneta F. Wherry Patricia A. Prine Richard L. Burds
Richard L. Schueller Richard W. Kitto Rosela Mae L. Gibbs
Sister Jean Richter Thomas J. Cox Thomas L. Hancock
Thomas V. Spates Wendy Jo Stieman William F. Miller
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Ida M Linden


Ida Marie Linden, 85, of Bethany Home, formerly of Orchard Drive passed away on February 11, 2016 at Bethany Home.

Funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday February 15, 2016 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church with Rev. Kyle Digmann officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Monday at the church until time of mass. Burial will be at a later date in Calvary Cemetery, Platteville, WI. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Ida Marie was born on June 13, 1930 in rural Wisconsin the daughter of Leonard and Violet (McClain) Langkamp. She graduated from Browner School rural Platteville, WI.
She married Thomas Linden on December 26, 1952 in Platteville, WI. He preceded her in death on August 29, 2013.

She worked for and retired from Ruegnitz Drug as a bookkeeper. She was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society, and Catholic Daughters of America at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Ida Marie was devoted to her Catholic faith. She enjoyed being outdoors tending to her flowers, attending family gatherings, and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her two Sons, Kevin (Deb) Linden, of Dubuque and Brian (Darla) Linden, of Bellevue. Grandchildren, Heidi (Travis) Haas, of Farley, Taylor, Tyler and Tara Linden, of Bellevue. Her Sister, Lorraine (Herb) Hottenstein; Brother, Clifford (Darlene) Langkamp; Brothers-in-law, Bob Burbach and Tom Dolter. Very special friends; Dr. Heyo and Cam Tjarks, John and Jill Rokusek, Homer and Jeanette Lindholm, Dr. Richard and Helga Van Iten.

She was preceded in death by her Husband, a Daughter in infancy Mary Gabriel, Sisters, Velma Dolter and Blanche Burbach, and a Brother Kenneth Langkamp.

A heartfelt thank you to the staff of Bethany Home for their excellent care and to Hospice of Dubuque especially Cindy.



Wendy Jo Stieman

Wendy Jo Stierman, 48, of Andrew, Iowa, passed away on February 6, 2016, at home.

A celebration of Wendy's life will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday February 15th, 2016, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be held at 7:00 p.m.

Wendy was born July 12, 1967 in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Jerold "Huck" and Millie (Schromen) Stierman.
Wendy graduated with honors from NICC receiving her Associates in Nursing Degree. Most of her career was spent in home health care. She truly enjoyed every aspect of being a nurse.

Wendy was very passionate and appreciated the small things in life. She loved to be on the river, "a real waterworm", camping, and bonfires. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. She adored music and photography and displayed her photographs at the local hospital. Most importantly, she cherished every moment spent with family and friends, especially her children and granddaughters.

Those left in honor of Wendy's memory include her three children; Matthew (Alicia Lindstrom) Paar of Maquoketa, IA, Brandy Brennan of Maquoketa, IA, and Shelby Lass of Andrew, IA. Two granddaughters, Ellie Jo and Anja Marie. Two sisters Pam Willey of La Motte, IA Carolyn (Jimmie Marshall) Stierman of La Motte, IA. Three brothers Dennis Stierman of Dubuque, IA Brian (Mary) Stierman of New Port Richey, FL Kurt (Rena) Stierman of Dubuque, IA. A Brother-in-law Bill Welsh of Dubuque, IA, and 19 nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her parents, a brother-in-law Rick Willey, and sister Jody Welsh just two days prior.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Wendy Stierman memorial fund has been established.



Rosela Mae L. Gibbs


Rosela Mae L. Gibbs, 86, of Farley, Iowa, died Friday, February 12, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Rosela Mae may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Monday, February 15, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Tuesday at the funeral home.

Services for Rosela Mae will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at Basilica St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Dyersville, Iowa with Rev. Dennis Quint officiating, and Rev. Phillip Gibbs concelebrating. Burial will be held in St. Francis cemetery in Dyersville, Iowa.

She was born May 4, 1929, in St. Donatus, Iowa, daughter of Theodore and Stella (Frantzen) Kalmes. She received her first eleven years of education in the St. Donatus schools and completed her senior year at St. Joseph's Academy where she graduated. On November 24, 1953 she was united in marriage to Lloyd Gibbs in St. Donatus, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 30, 2002. The couple farmed in the Bernard area for 17 years before moving to Farley. She was a Homemaker, and a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who truly enjoyed spending time with her family. She also enjoyed playing Bingo and going to the casino's with her friends.

She was a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Farley, Iowa.

She is survived by six children, Roger (Lynne) Gibbs and Alan (Ann) Gibbs for of Dyersville, IA, Debbie (Dennis) White of Fairmont, MN, Karen Gibbs of Cassville, WI, Jim (Cathy) Gibbs of Dyersville, IA and Marcia (Rick) Funke of Dyersville, IA; 23 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; 2 siblings, Lawrence "Windy" (Helen) Kalmes of St. Donatus, IA, and Mariela Berthel of Dubuque, IA; two sisters-in-law, Marie Herrig of Dubuque, IA and Irma Gibbs of Springbrook, IA; four brothers-in-law, Harold (Joyce) Gibbs of Bernard, IA , Edmond (Karen) Gibbs of Cedar Rapids, IA, Lawrence (Carolyn) of Portola Valley, CA, and Steve (Mary Kay) Gibbs of Bellevue, IA.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; a son, Duane Gibbs on January 22, 2004; a grandson, Jason White, two brothers, Harold Kalmes and Bert Kalmes; two brothers-in-law, Loras Berthel and Donald Gibbs; and three sisters and brothers - in-law, Dorothy (Clifford) Weinschenk, Algean (Eldred) Budde, and Mary (Larry) Cheney.

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



Eugene R. Ousley


Eugene R. "Gene" Ousley, age 72, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 6:30 a.m. on Friday, February 12, 2016, at home with his loving family. To honor Gene's life, funeral services will be at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, with Pastor Leah Barker officiating. To celebrate Gene's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.

Eugene was born on February 9, 1944, in Dubuque, IA, son of Francis R. and Dorothy E. (Fern) Ousley.

Gene was united in marriage to Phyllis Young on December 13, 1980 at the Church of the Nazarene. He worked for many years at Eagle's Supermarket and later at the Diamond Jo Casino until he was forced into early retirement due to health complications. Gene always had to be on the go and loved spending time in the beautiful outdoors. His continual smile and joy in his heart were always present whether he was working in the yard, spoiling his birds and squirrels or just sitting outside soaking up the warmth of God's glory. Gene was born with a strong and natural affinity towards organizational skills and believed everything in life had a proper place. His loved ones delightfully found slight moments of fun in teasing Gene by turning the canned goods in the cupboards so that the labels were facing the wrong way. Family was definitely the most important aspect of Gene's life and he eagerly took every opportunity he could find to spend valuable time and create precious memories with his wife, children, grandchildren and extended family. Gene was a good and decent man and his legacy of love for others is vividly visible throughout his family lineage. We will miss Gene, and his contagious laugh, from within the deepest depths of our hearts and yet thank the Lord for the 72 years he shared this wonderful man with us.

Those left to cherish Eugene's memory include,

his loving wife of 35 years,
Phyllis Ousley, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Kevin (Tammy) Ousley, Cedar Rapids, IA,
Kelly (John) Housley, Phoenix, AZ,
Kris (JoAnn Jovanovich) Ousley, Glendale, AZ,
Angelic Auderer, Dubuque, IA,
Danielle (Mark) Huekels, Dubuque, IA
and Kathy (Jade) Griesinger, Dubuque, IA;

9 grandchildren,
Kaleb Auderer, Matthew and Jaynen Butler, Stephanie, Johnny and Jenna Housley, Krista, Kyle (Emily) and Kacey Ousley;

a great-grandson,
J.J. Housley;

and his siblings,
Betty Ney, Madison, WI,
Lois McDonald, Overland Park, KS
and Bill (Doris) Ousley, East Dubuque, IL.

Eugene was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers-in-law, Jack Ney and John McDonald.

A Eugene R. "Gene" Ousley memorial fund has been established.

Gene's family would like to thank Dr. Manzel, Dr. Holmes and the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque for all of the wonderful care and support they provided to Gene and the family.

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

 



Doris J. Marsh


Doris J. Marsh, 68, of Manchester, died Thursday, February 11, 2016, at St. Luke's Unity Point Hospital in Cedar Rapids.

Friends may call from 3:00 to 8:00 P.M. Monday, Feb. 15, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville, with a vigil service at 3:00. Friends may also call Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, Feb. 16, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Manchester, with burial in St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery, New Vienna. Rev. Joseph Schneider will officiate.

Doris was born Nov. 6, 1947 in Edgewood, Iowa, the daughter of Charles and Marilyn (Sherman) Clark. She graduated from Ed-Co High School and continued her nursing education through St. Luke's Hospital to obtain her LPN. Later Doris finished her education in the nursing program at NICC, graduating with her RN. She worked as a nurse at Oakcrest Manor in Dyersville, Colorado Springs area, Bovey, Minnesota, and Regional Medical Center in Manchester. After her retirement she was the director at the Adult Day Services in Manchester.

She loved, flowers, reading, animals, and most of all her family and friends. Her final gift was being an organ donor.

Survivors include her 3 sons, Michael Lukan of Dubuque, Mark Lukan of New Vienna, and Steven (Sarah) Lukan of West Des Moines; 2 grandsons, Jayden Lukan and Theodore Lukan, with another grandson expected in April; 4 siblings, Barbara Sieglaff of Edgewood, Fred (Mary) Clark of Seymour, WI, Brian (Rosie) Clark of Owensboro, KY, and Mary (Bill) Olsen of Baxter, MN; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Glen Marsh.

Memorials may be directed to Delaware County Adult Day Services.

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



Gerald A. Brame


Gerald A. "Curly" Brame, 85, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, February 10, 2016, at the Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Curly's life will be held at 6:30 P.M. Monday, Feb. 15, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 P.M. on Monday, Feb. 15, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center. Cremation will follow the services.

Gerald Arthur Brame was born on April 29, 1930 in Independence, Iowa, to Alfred Lester and Mae (Follmer) Brame. He was a 1947 graduate of Independence High School and then served his country in the Army earning the rank of Corporal and receiving an honorable discharge. He married Margaret "Peg" Stevens on Dec. 2, 1954 in Rowley, Iowa and to this union two children were born: Rick and Randy.

Curly had a long career in the automotive industry, first working for Les Fry's Filling Station from 1951 to 1953, then Baxter Motors in Cedar Rapids from 1955 to 1961, Goodyear in Iowa City from 1961 to 1966 and from 1966 to 1977 he worked for the Penrose family in Maquoketa. From 1977 to 1997 he owned and operated Curly's Tires in Maquoketa, a business which is operated by his son Randy today.

Curly was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Maquoketa VFW Post #3633 O'Connor-Regenwether, and the Maquoketa Masonic Helion Lodge #36 AF & AM where he had served as a past Master. He enjoyed fishing, camping, watching the Iowa Hawkeyes and playing cards, especially Euchre.

Those left to honor Curly's memory include his wife, Margaret "Peg" Brame of Maquoketa, IA; sons Rick (Becky) Brame of Urbandale, IA, and Randy (Denise) Brame of Maquoketa, IA; 5 grandchildren, Bryan, Kevin, Matt, Justin and Luke; and 2 great-grandchildren, Aiden and Hannah.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters-in-law Mary Ann Gerard and Sandra Stevens, and a brother-in-law, Ronald Stevens.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Gerald A. "Curly" Brame memorial fund has been established.

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



Thomas V. Spates


Thomas V. Spates, 76, of Dubuque died Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at his daughter's home in Des Moines.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemtery where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Thomas was born May 22, 1939 in Dubuque, son of Vernon and Delores (Specht) Spates. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1957 and served in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1964. On July 11, 1964 he married Marilyn B. Meyer at the Church of the Nativity.

He retired from John Deere Dubuque Works in 1999 after 30 years of service. Tom was a staunch Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Cubs fan. He was a longtime member of the Church of the Resurrection.

Tom Spates was a man who made many friends during his lifetime. These were friends who enjoyed his friendship and respected him. He still had many friends from childhood and early school years who remained his friends today. He made friends during the many and frequent days he spent at the Boys Club, where he was the Checker Champ, right to recent days prior to his illness when he was in the pool league at the Legion with friends from years back and his many golfing buddies.

For many years during golf season, he played daily with a group of men whom he truly enjoyed spending time with and treasured the days with those special friends. Some of those men also made up the bowling team with Tom. A few years back, he had a weekly poker game with good friends, and more recently played cards most winter mornings with the same friends he has been playing with for many, many years. Tom also especially enjoyed golfing and the friendship of all of the Red Shirts, a truly great group of men who golfed together.

Even with family, he was the life of the party and a card game was always more fun if he was playing. As one nephew recently remarked, "he was one of the good guys." But Tom wasn't just about fun and games. He was a loving, fun, and kind husband and a caring and proud father. He was his grandkids' greatest fan. As his grandkids would tell you, he was a truly great and special grandfather who would meet you with a smile and a pat on the back as you came out of the dugout, or at the end of a cross-country race, or after a church league basketball game. As much as he could, he was at his grandkids' sports events, even though he had to travel 200 miles to be there.

Even for his two younger grandbabies, he was a special grandfather. Now the older grandkids are mostly grown, and even when he was first not well, he never lacked the energy or the interest to spend the time to play "catch" or "pitch" or play "Legos" with the two little ones born later.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Spates of Dubuque; a daughter, Julie (Mark) Merfeld of Des Moines and their children, Emily, Matthew, Thomas and Michael; a son, Stephen (Daniel) Spates M.D. of New York City and their children, Thomas "T.J" and Matthew; three siblings, Carol Becker of Dubuque, Kathryn (Frank) Langkamp of Dickeyville, Wisc., and Michael (Linda) Spates of Dubuque, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Marvin O. Becker.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sisters of the Presentation, Dubuque; Dowling Catholic High School, Des Moines; or the Church of the Blessed Sacrament, New York City.

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



Kyle J. Miller


Kyle J. Miller, 36, of Charlotte, Iowa, and formerly of Maquoketa, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday morning, February 9, 2016, at the Genesis Medical Center in DeWitt, Iowa.

A celebration of Kyle's life will be held at 10 A.M., Monday, February 15, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 P.M. on Sunday, February 14, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery.

Kyle Joseph Miller was born August 6, 1979 in Iowa City, Iowa, to Jesse Vincent and Beverly Jane (Heister) Miller. He attended Maquoketa schools and later earned his GED.

Kyle first worked for CJ Moyna, then Weber Concrete and currently for Miller Construction. He loved the outdoors, fishing, camping, mushroom hunting and ginseng hunting every year. He especially loved to ride his Harley, and listen to his favorite musicians Johnny Cash and Hank Williams Jr.

Those left to honor Kyle's memory include his wife, Mindy Steffen of Charlotte, IA; children, Audrey White of DeWitt, IA, Tristin Miller, Josie Miller and Delcy Miller of Charlotte, IA; his mother Beverly Koontz of Maquoketa, IA; brothers Chad Miller of Maquoketa, IA, and Kirk (Erin) Miller of Maquoketa, IA; a sister Tamitha Koontz of Maquoketa, IA; and his maternal grandmother Betsy Heister of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his father Jesse on November 9, 2009, and his paternal grandparents Donna Miller on March 12, 2008 and Harlan "Butch" Miller who passed on December 21, 2015.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Kyle J. Miller memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Elda M. Uthe


Elda M. Uthe, age 90, who almost reached her goal of 91 on the 21st, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 1:20 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at home surrounded by her loving family. To honor Elda's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Elda's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 12, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Elda was born on February 21, 1925, in Kieler, Wisconsin, daughter of Frank and Madeline (Brant) Bertjens.

Elda was united in marriage to Urban G. Uthe on April 15, 1947, in Kieler, WI. They were blessed with 54 years before he was called home on August 4, 2002. She was primarily a proud homemaker who joyfully devoted her time to caring for and nurturing her family. She did, however, still find time to invest her talents at the Dubuque Packing Company, Washington Junior High, the Ham House and Riverboat Museums and the Redstone. Elda was naturally gifted in the kitchen and was considered an excellent cook and baker by all who had the privilege to sit at her table. She also enjoyed canning, gardening and was always ready for a good game of cards with family and friends. She was deeply adored and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. Elda will be spending this Valentine's Day, and her birthday, in her heavenly estate with all of her dear loved ones who've been called home before her.

Life's troubles and storms you have weathered, and shared days of joy in the sun. For years I've been working within you, now celebrate all I have done.

Those left to cherish Elda's memory include,

her children,
Janet Timmerman, Kieler, WI,
Thomas (Bev) Uthe, Dubuque, IA
and Bob Uthe, Decorah, IA;

six grandchildren,
Troy (Shannon) Timmerman,
Robby (Rhonda) Timmerman,
Jim (Laura) Uthe,
Gina Uthe,
Laura Uthe
and Sara Uthe;

nine great grandchildren,
Jaiden Timmerman, Gianna Timmerman, Lexi Bushaw, Tyson Timmerman, Thomas Kennedy, Taylor Kennedy, Urban Uthe, Clara Uthe and Wyatt Uthe.

Elda was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Urban Uthe; a sister, Marie Bertjens Johnston; and a brother, Merlin Bertjens.

A Elda M. Uthe memorial fund has been established.

Elda's family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially to the two Amy's and Edna, for the kindness and care they gave mom and also to Phyllis; she was especially fond of her.

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

 



Donald A. Stroh


Donald A. "Buzzy" Stroh 84 formerly of 2134 White Street passed away February 8, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Funeral services will be at 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 12, 2016 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where family and friends may gather after 3:00 p.m. until time of service. Burial will be at Linwood Cemetery.

Buzzy was born on April 8, 1931 in Dubuque the son of Jacob and Irene (Rudd) Stroh.

He married Mary C. Willett and she preceded him in death.
He worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company for many years until his retirement. He enjoyed his almost daily visits to the Locust Street Hy-Vee for breakfast, some shopping, or just to visit. In his younger days he loved spending time on the river and fishing with his family and friends.

He is survived by his children Greg (Vanessa) Stroh, Brian (Betty) Stroh, Bob (Deb) Richardson, Tina (Gary) Tigges, Kim (Steve) McKinzie, Joe (Becky) Richardson, Pam McKeown, and Lisa Weinberg, 23 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren and a brother-in-law Ray Gieseman.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents and a sister Delores Gieseman.

In lieu of flowers a Donald "Buzzy" Stroh memorial fund has been established.

A very special thank you to Lisa, Donald's daughter, for all the loving care given to dad these last years.



Richard L. Schueller


The Lord called Richard L. "Dick" Schueller home on Sunday evening, February 7, 2016, after overcoming many hurdles in the last few years at the age of 87.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 19 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church with Rev. Kyle Digmann officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery where a military flag presentation will be accorded by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Feb. 18 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a parish wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m. with Deacon John Stierman.

Dick was born on Sept. 27, 1928 in Dubuque, the son of Joseph P. and Elizabeth (Brant) Schueller. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and married Margaret "Peg" Schroeder; together they had four children.

Over the years Dick held a variety of jobs. He started as a butcher in the retail market at The Dubuque Pack & went on to own his own grocery store, Dick's Meat Market, for 14 years. He then became a realtor along with other various jobs. Dick ended his career building houses with his son. After retirement he continued working with his hands doing odd jobs for anyone who needed a great handyman. He was always very meticulous in anything he did. You knew if he did it, it was going to be done right.

Dick was proud to serve in the National Guard for over twenty years & was a Chief Warrant Officer. Here he made many great buddies that lasted his lifetime. He loved talking about some of the pranks they pulled on each other.

His favorite hobby was woodworking and woodcarving. Working with his hands, making something beautiful was his passion. All of his adult life Dick was an avid boater. He loved taking his family on the river every chance he got. This is where he met some of his best, lifelong friends. He was well versed in many, many things. He read anything he could get his hands on, wanting to learn whatever he could. He also was very quick-witted and loved joking with people, always with a twinkle in his eyes.

Those left behind to cherish Dick's memory are his children, Paula (Earl) Stanton, of North Port, Fl, Ted, of NM, and Julie (Eric) Stierman, of Dubuque; daughter-in-law Deanna Schueller of Wichita, KS; four grandchildren, Megan (Kyle) Lawler, of Cedar Falls, Molly Stierman, of Des Moines, Brett & Erin Schueller, of Wichita, KS; and one great-grandson, Hayden Richard Lawler; and his sister, Carolyn Patterson, of Bradenton, Fl. He is also survived by his nieces, nephews, & their spouses who he thought the world of: Mary (Craig) Swope, Lora (Bob) Motamenpour, Stephanie Nelson, Jeff (Nancy) Schueller, Patrick (Patsy) Patterson, Brant (Joann) Schueller, Jill (Mark) Weber, Steve (Lori) Patterson, and all of their children.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Nick Schueller; daughter-in-law, Ginny Schueller; a brother, Eugene and his wife, Rita; a brother-in-law, Wayne Patterson, and a niece, Vicci Schueller Kenyi, and his former wife, Peg.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Bethany Home for his wonderful care in the last two years, especially (his angel) Shannon, Shelly, Ann, Sue B., Don, Sue D. and Jim. It meant a lot to the family that he was happy there. Also the family sincerely appreciates the compassionate care of Hospice of Dubuque to make his journey home a little easier.



Esther Mae Newton


Esther Mae Newton, 87, of Manchester, Iowa, formerly of Delhi and the Davenport area, passed away on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at her home in Manchester.  She was born on February 2, 1929, in Waterloo, the daughter of Carl and Violet (Townsend) Thraenert.  Esther graduated from St. Mary's Catholic High School in 1947.  

On May 7, 1949, Esther was united in marriage to Clifford J. "Jack" Newton in Waterloo. This union was blessed with seven children and many foster children.  Esther and Jack were foster parents in the Waterloo and Davenport areas for many years and kept close ties with many of these children as they raised their own families.

Esther's joy in life was her family.  She loved her flower gardens and plantings, nurturing their growth.  She was most at home on Lake Delhi.

Survivors include her children, Gary (Vicki) Newton of Davenport, Jackie (Mark Kintzle) Newton of Earlville, Becky (Patrick) Saunders of Davenport, Michael (Laurie) Newton of Sahuarita, Arizona, Susan (Mike) Kershner of Emmett, Idaho, and Denise (Dan) Cook of Robins, Kathy Mata of Davenport, Cindy (Barry) Pelton of Lexington, Kentucky, and Edith Vaughn of Davenport; 22 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Patricia Palmer of Waterloo.

Esther was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clifford "Jack" in 2006; an infant son, Randy in 1953; her sister, Mary Thraenert; and one brother, David Thraenert.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Hospice of Comfort.

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

Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, February 13, 2016, at St. John's Catholic Church, Delhi, Iowa.  Officiating:  Rev. John Kremer

Visitation: 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., on Friday February 12, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home, Manchester, Iowa.  Friends may also call one hour prior to Mass at the church on Saturday.

Interment: St. John's Catholic Cemetery  -  Delhi, Iowa

 

 



Deanna P. Carr


Deanna P. "Dee" Carr, 74, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on Monday morning, February 8, 2016, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Dee's life will be held at 1:30 P.M., Saturday, February, 13, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, February 12, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the services.

Deanna Piilani Campbell was born on March 21, 1941 in Lanai, Hawaii, to Sherwood James and Elaine (Kim) Campbell. She grew up in Hawaii and was a graduate of Roosevelt High School in Honolulu.

Shortly after high school she moved to Salt Lake City Utah where she worked for Holy Cross Insurance for a couple years eventually moving back to Hawaii. This is when she met her future husband, Gerald W. Carr, while he was stationed with the Marines in Hawaii. They were married on March 27, 1964 in Salt Lake City, Utah. To this union three children were born: Kim, Alissa and Mark.

Upon moving to Iowa, Dee worked at Clinton Engines for a short time, and from 1979 to 2005 at Sunshine Daycare and Preschool in Maquoketa as the Associate Director.

Dee enjoyed gardening, taking vacations, doing crosswords and seek and find puzzles, and watching television. She especially loved horse racing and animals had a special place in her heart.

Those left to honor Dee's memory include her husband Gerald W. Carr of Maquoketa, IA; children, Kim (and husband John Williams) Carr of Maquoketa, IA, Alissa (and husband Tim) Clark of Maquoketa, IA, and Mark (and wife Kristie) Carr of Maquoketa, IA; and 3 grandchildren, Sam Williams, Aliya Carr and Jaxon Carr. She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Jackson County Humane Society.

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

 



Gerald M. Green


Gerald M. "Jerry" Green, 83, of Cascade, Iowa died Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 3:46 a.m. at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, February 11, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a prayer service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 12th at the funeral home.

Services for Jerry will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 12, 2016 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in the church cemetery with full military honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion post #528.

He was born September 18, 1932 in Cascade, Iowa, son of John P. and Mildred K. (Finn) Green. He received his education in the Cascade schools. He also attended the University of Iowa for a year. On October 6, 1956 he was united in marriage to Phyllis M. Schmitz at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa. He was employed at the Cascade Telephone Company until he started his own business, the Green Truckline.

He is an Army veteran, having served in Tokyo as an MP for 2 years.

He is a member of St. Matthias Parish, a Charter President of the Cascade Jay-Cees, a member of the Cascade American Legion Post #528, of which he also served as past commander, and a past Commander of the Dubuque County American Legion.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Green of Cascade, IA; eight children, Michael (Julie) Green of Cascade, IA, Mary Pat (John) Noonan of Bernard, IA, Dr. Anne Green of Iowa City, IA, Peggy (Rick) Eckstein of New Prague, MN. Bridget (Brian) Hilby of Dubuque, IA, Doug Green of Cascade, IA, Jennifer (Tim) Dougherty of Mt. Vernon, IA, and Sarah (Mike) Doyle of Cedar Rapids, IA; 23 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; 3 siblings, Ray Green of Peoria, IL, Karen (Paul) Schwagler of Zwingle, IA and Janet (Jim) Rigdon of Dunkerton, IA; a brother-in-law, Phil Schmitz of Dyersville, IA; and two sisters-in-law Dr. Jeanne (Tom) Moore of Carmel, CA and Margaret Schmitz of St. Paul, MN.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a daughter Lisa Mary Green; a granddaughter, Maggie Emrich and two brothers, Richard and Robert Green; and 1 sister-in-law, Ann Schmitz.

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

The family would like to thank the nurses at Mercy Medical Center, second floor cardiac unit and Dr. Patrick Gordon.



Joseph H. Klar


Joseph H. Klar, age 64, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 4:55 p.m. on Sunday, February 7, 2016 at home.

To honor Joseph's life, private family services are being held. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Joseph was born on Sept. 6, 1951 in Dubuque, son of Isadore and Kathryn (Jerrett) Klar.

Those left to cherish Joseph's memory include
his four children,
Joy (Eric) Brandt, Dickeyville, WI,
Nathan Klar, Platteville, WI,
Johnathan (Sara Holdrafer) Klar, Dubuque
and Natalie (Ben) Gebhard, Hazel Green, WI;

his 8 grandchildren;

his six siblings,
James (Linda) Klar, Potosi, WI,
Elmer (Joann) Klar, Thomson, IL,
Christine (Ronald) Schlosser, Dubuque,
Robert (Julie) Mether, Waterloo,
Rhonda (Mike) Deeds, Waterloo
and Debra Washa, Dodgeville, WI;

his step-mother,
Nola Klar, Lancaster, WI.

Joseph was preceded in death by his parents and his step-father, Henry Schroeder.

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



Cletus A. Davis

Cletus A. Davis, 84, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, February 8, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12 at St. John Lutheran Church, 1276 White St, Dubuque. Burial will be at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in St. Donatus. Visitation will be from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd, Dubuque. There will be an additional visitation from 9:00 until the time of service at the church on Friday.

Cletus was born on Jan. 9, 1932 in Colesburg, IA, son of Charles and Lillian (Cole) Davis. He served in the Army during the Korean War. On July 14, 1956, he married Mildred Hueneke at St. John Lutheran Church in St. Donatus, IA.

He was employed for 27 years at Caradco and for 19 years for the Dubuque Community School District before retiring in 1994. Cletus also volunteered at the Boys Club in the woodshop for over 30 years.

Cletus was a resident of Dubuque for over 50 years and a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Dubuque. Cletus was an avid hunter, fisherman, and gardener. He enjoyed playing guitar with his friends.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Mildred; their children, Lonny (Julie) Davis, Kevin (Tammy) Davis, Randall (Kelli) Davis, Julie (Mark Hammer) Davis, and Pam (John) Gregorich; nine grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and a sister, Minnie Ward.

He was preceded in death by his parents and seven siblings.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Boys and Girls Club of Dubuque.

To leave an online condolence, please visit egelhofsiegertcasper.com

The family would like to extend a warm thank you to all the healthcare professionals at Mercy Medical Center and the staff at the Rose.



Eugene F. Runde


Eugene F. "Gene" Runde, 81, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Monday, February 8, 2016, at UW-Hospitals & Clinics in Madison.

Services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Febr. 11, at St. Joseph's Church in Sinsinawa with Rev. Kenneth Frisch officiating. Military honors will be accorded at the church. Burial will be at a later date. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Thursday at the church before the service.

Gene was born on June 10, 1934, in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the son of Martin and Mary (Cullen) Runde. He married Shirley M. Timmerman on June 10, 1958, at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville.

Gene spent his life as a dedicated dairy farmer. He loved family, farming, friends and fun. He was happiest when he was dancing with Shirl, the love of his life. They danced through 57 years together. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy on the Battleship USS Wisconsin. He served on the Southwestern Community School Board and was a founding member of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. He was a proud member of the NFO.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley; five daughters, Judy (Marcus) Dacanay, of Hawaii, Laurie (Doug) Genthe, of Black Earth, Lisa (Jeff) Jacoby, of Janesville, Jane (Dean) Epping, of Mt. Horeb, and Cheryl (Chris) Rieken, of Hazel Green; two sons, Gene (Mary Jo) Runde, and Tom (Kristi) Runde, both of Cuba City; a sister, Mertyl (John) Blankenheim, of Madison; a brother, Emmett "Smokey" (Doris) Runde, of Galena, IL; seventeen grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister and brother-in-law, Adele and John Budden; a brother and sister-in-law, James and Roseanne (Budden) Runde; a brother, Fr. Raymond Runde; a grandson, Adam Runde; and a sister-in-law, Doris Leibfried Runde.

A Eugene F. "Gene" Runde Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Neil T. Petersen

Neil T. Petersen, 77, of Maquoketa, Iowa, and formerly of Oxford Junction, passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 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.

Neil Thomas Petersen was born on Oct. 31, 1938 in Anamosa, Iowa, to August M. and Mildred (Johnson) Petersen. He attended country schools and was a graduate of Oxford Junction High School.

Neil had worked as a deckhand for the Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque, Iowa for many years. He loved woodworking.

Those left to honor Neil's memory include many friends and the caring staff at Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Jackson County.

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



Richard W. Kitto


Richard W. Kitto, 73, of Dubuque died peacefully on Friday, February 5, 2016 at home.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road. Burial will be in Hopkinton Cemetery, Hopkinton, Iowa. A visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 10: 45 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Richard was born on April 22,1942 in La Fayette County, Wisconsin on his grandparents' family farm to Donald Bernard and Ada Bernice (Kettler) Kitto.

He received his degree of Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering on June 4, 1966 from Wisconsin State University.

He was employed as project manager, plant engineering at John Deere Dubuque Works, Dubuque, retiring in 1989.

On June 11, 2005 he married Virginia A. (Murray) Hardin in East Dubuque, Illinois.

Richard enjoyed boating, fishing, dancing and winter getaways to Florida, Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean. He was proud of his cottage he built on the Mississippi River in St. Donatus, Iowa, where there were many family and friend gatherings.

He was a member of the Civil Engineering Society and the Elks Club.

Richard will be remembered for his quick wit and great sense of humor.

Surviving are his wife, Virginia Kitto, Dubuque; son Jeffrey D. (Berenika) Kitto, Lake City, Fla.; daughter Jennifer M. (Martin) Groom and grandsons Caleb, Joshua, and Seth Groom, Columbia, Tenn.; step-daughter Dr. Cynthia L. (Dr. C. William) Hipp, Charleston, S.C.; step-son Steven G. Hardin and step-grandchildren Natalie, Shelby, and Derek Hardin, and step-grandson Landyn Hardin-Bries, all of Dubuque; step-son Scott A. (Paula) Hardin and step grandsons Casey and Jackson Hardin, Omaha, Neb.; sister Jody A. Bender, Racine, Wis.; brother John R. (Marci) Kitto, San Rafael, Calif.; step-mother Doris S. (Lefler) Kitto, Platteville, Wis.; and two nieces, Cory Decker and Tiffany Nunenkamp.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant son.

A Richard Kitto Memorial Fund has been established.

Richard's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Schultheis and his nurses, especially Stephanie, and to the staff at Hospice of Dubuque.



Leonard M. Clark


Leonard M. Clark, 96, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday evening, February 6, 2016, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa.

A memorial service celebrating Leonard's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, February 13, 2016 from the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. There is no visitation and burial will be at a later date at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, St. Donatus, Iowa.

Leonard M. Clark was born on January 6, 1920 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Merlin Richard and Nora Belle (Rannals) Clark. He was a World War II veteran of the Army serving from February 3, 1942 until receiving an honorable discharge with the rank of Staff Sergeant on August 28, 1945. For his service to his country, he received the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two Bronze Stars and the Combat Infantryman Badge. He married Eleanor Schoop on September 28, 1941 in St. Donatus, Iowa. To this union three children were born: Judith, Leonard Jr. and James.

Leonard had farmed in the LaMotte for many years, moving to Maquoketa in 1974, and retiring in 1977.

He was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, Iowa Road Runners Camping Club and Maquoketa American Legion Post #75. In addition to his memberships, he enjoyed traveling and woodworking.

Those left to honor Leonard's memory include his wife Eleanor Clark of Maquoketa, IA; children, Judy Keeney of Orlando, FL, Leonard (Patricia) Clark Jr. of Clear Lake, IA, and James (Patricia) Clark of Medford, WI; 9 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren, 3 step-great-grandchildren; sisters, Norma (Glen) Bormann of LaMotte, IA, and Betty Deppe of Loveland, CO; and an honorary son, George "Skip" (Linda) Pickup of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Denzil Clark Sr., a grandchild, and 2 sisters Donna Durkop and Mona Neiman.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Leonard M. Clark memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Janet M. Deiter


Janet M. Deiter, 92, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Saturday, February 6, 2016, at Southwest Health Center Hospital in Platteville. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 11, 2016, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 9-10:45 a.m. Thursday at the church before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Janet was born on December 24, 1923, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the daughter of Charles and Edith (Pascoe) Latham. She married Merton B. Dieter on June 17, 1950, in Cuba City.

Janet graduated from Cuba City High School in 1941 and Bayless Business College in 1942. She worked as a secretary for H&W Motor Express for two years and for the Cuba City High School for seven years. Janet was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 45 years, St. Rose of Lima Council of Catholic Women, and served on the Cuba City Library Board.

Survivors include her husband, Merton, of Cuba City; two daughters, Diane (William) Van Deest, of Platteville, and Judy (Brian) Christian, of Verona; two sons, Larry (Michele) Dieter, of Santa Cruz, CA, and Paul Dieter, of Dubuque; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Paul and Donald Latham.

A Janet M. Deiter Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Gerald C. Melssen


Gerald C. Melssen, 66, of Epworth, Iowa, passed away Saturday, February 6, 2015 at his home in Epworth, Iowa after a short but courageous battle with lung cancer.
Friends and relatives of Gerald may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa where a wake service at 4:00 p.m.
Services for Gerald will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa with Rev. Richard Kuhn presiding. Burial will be held in Highview Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa, with full military honors afforded by the Epworth John White American Legion Post #650.

Gerald was born June 28, 1949 in Dickeyville, Wisconsin, son of Henry and Mary Ann (Kieler) Melssen. He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1967. On December 21, 1974 he was united in marriage to Sandra King at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, IA. He worked at John Deere Dubuque Works for 40 years until his retirement in May of 2012. Gerry was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed camping, woodworking and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is a Veteran having served in the United States Air Force for four years, three of those years were served in Bitburg, Germany.

Gerald was a member of the St. Patrick's Parish in Epworth, IA and the Epworth John White American Legion Post #650.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra Melssen of Epworth, IA; three children, Sara (Jay) Upmann of Stockton, IL, Dawn (Tyson) Yohe of Wilton, IA, and Eldon (Jodi) Melssen of Burlington, IA; the pride of his life was his five grandchildren, Cameron and Caeden Upmann, Maxwell and Madelyn Yohe and Carter Melssen; his mother, Mary Ann Melssen of Dickeyville, WI; seven siblings, Mary Jo (Ronald) Lau of Clarksville, TN, Doris (Harold) Kelly of Dubuque, Lee Ann Melssen and Linda Morshead both of Polk City, IA, Donald Melssen of Phoenix, AZ, Henry Melssen of Dickeyville, WI, and David (Rita) Melssen of Dickeyville, WI; one sister-in-law, Ellen LaPage of Dyersville, IA; one brother-in-law, Harvey (Beta) King of Epworth, IA.

He is preceded in death by his father Henry A. Melssen; grandparents, Charles and Josephine Kieler and Leo and Barbara Melssen; one sister-in-law, Mary Lou King, and one brother-in-law, John LaPage.

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



William J. Von Ah


Former Dubuque Police Captain William J. "Bill" Von Ah 85 of Dubuque died Friday February 5, 2016 at home. Funeral services will be at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where friends may call from 2:00 p.m. until time of the service. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Bill was born on May 23, 1930 in Dubuque the son of Albert and Hildegard (Thies) Von Ah. He married Dorothy Schmitt on Sept. 5, 1953 at Saint John the Baptist Church in Peosta, she preceded him in death on February 5, 2010.

Bill served in the U.S. Navy and in 1958 joined the Dubuque Police Dept. He served in the police department for 28 years retiring in 1986 as Captain. Bill later worked at the Elm Street Correction Facility until 1995.

Bill was a member of the Boat Club and enjoyed bowling and golfing in his spare time. He was a member of many bowling leagues and in June of 1994 he accomplished what few golfers do, "a hole in one". He was also good for a story or a joke, sometimes several times, and a good day always started with breakfast at Sunshine West, a little Black Jack, but mostly just getting out among the people.

He is survived by his children Connie (John) Patrick, of Liberty, MO, Tammy Von Ah, and Alan (Jackie) Von Ah, of Shawnee, KS, Bruce (Connie) Von Ah, of Dubuque, Lance (Diane) Von Ah, of Carmel, IN, and Tracy Doyle, of Asbury, IA. Twelve grandchildren Matthew McNeil, Christopher and Holly Von Ah, Cody and Courtney Frazier, Nicholas Von Ah, Lance Jr., Nicole, and Halle Von Ah, and Karissa, Makayla and Brock Doyle, and a sister Nancy Durni of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Dorothy, 3 brothers Donald, Albert "Hap" and Robert Von Ah, and a sister Dolores Weber.

A William "Bill" Von Ah memorial fund has been established.

Bill's family would like to thank the Asbury Fire and EMS and the Asbury Police Department for the effort and care they gave.



Daniel F. Drees


Daniel F. Drees, 65, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, February 6, 2016, at his home in Manchester.  He was born September 2, 1950, in Manchester, the son of Reynold and Marian (Voss Gienapp) Drees. Dan was raised and educated in the area, graduating from Manchester High School in 1968.  He served honorably in the Army National Guard from 1969-1975.

On August 25, 1973, Dan was united in marriage to Rosemary Keppler at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester.  Four children were born to this union.  Together they farmed east of Manchester, moving to town in 1994.  Dan then worked as a custodian at St. Mary Catholic School and Church and later drove bus for the West Delaware School District. 

Dan was a lifetime member of St. Mary Catholic Church.  He will be remembered as one who enjoyed camping, fishing with his grandkids, and playing cards. Dan especially enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Rosemary Drees of Manchester; his four children, Danelle (Bryan) O'Connell of Manchester, Mike (Amy) Drees of  Cresco , Jaci (Adam) Zieser of Manchester, and Curt (Krista) Drees of Brandon ; 13 grandchildren, Blake (Caryssa Philgreen), Bradley, and Brooke O'Connell, Carter, Lucy, Emma, and Reagan Drees, Gavin Drees, Lucas and Colton Zieser, Zachary, Abigail and Natalie Drees, and one more on the way ; seven siblings, Carol Behnken of Marion, William (Roxie) Drees of Clarkson, Nebraska, Paula (Chuck) Zangerle of Manchester, Margaret (Merle) Nueton of Manchester, Larry Drees of Waverly, Robert Drees of Nebraska, and Carl (Lori) Drees of West Des Moines; and his father-in-law, Jerry Keppler of Manchester.

Dan was preceded in death by his parents; a niece, Tirsa Drees; his mother-in-law, Verna Keppler; a brother-in-law, Bill Keppler; and his step-father, William Oehler.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be directed to the American Cancer Society.

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

Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, February 11, 2016 , at St. Mary Catholic Church, Manchester, Iowa.  Officiating: Rev. Joseph Schneider

Visitation: 2:00 - 8:00 p.m., on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, Iowa.  Friends may also call one hour prior to Mass at the church on Thursday.

Interment with Military Rites: St. Mary Catholic Cemetery - Manchester, Iowa

 



Leveda M. Drees


Leveda Mae "Vedie" Drees, 83, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Friday, February 5, 2016, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.  She was born on July 10, 1932, in Earlville, the daughter of Clem and Marie (Vaske) Wulfekuhle. Vedie attended St. Peter and Paul School in Petersburg. She farmed with her brothers until her marriage.

On October 13, 1954, Vedie was united in marriage to Donald Drees at Petersburg. Seven children were born to this union. Together they farmed near Dyersville for ten years.  In 1964 they moved near Manchester where they continued to farm. They retired from farming in 1985 and moved to Manchester. 

Vedie was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church.  She enjoyed sewing, baking, and quilting.  In her later years she became an avid reader. Vedie enjoyed laughter, dancing, and having fun at social events with her friends and family. She was always excited when she accomplished something on her "bucket list".

Survivors include her six children, Julene (Jim)Smith of Manchester, Duane (partner Brian Guilmain) of Edgewood, Shirley (Joe) Cole, and Sharon (Russ) Boeckenstedt all of Manchester, David of South Haven, Michigan, and Dean (Tona) of Aubrey, Texas; 16 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren, with one on the way; one sister, Virginette Hoffman of Dyersville; one brother, Wildred (Joanne) Wulfekuhle of Winslow, Illinois; and three sisters-in-law, Elaine Wulfekuhle, Ann Drees, and Alice Baty.

Vedie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald, in 2001; her son, Dale, in 2008; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Leroy (Madonna), Jerome (Alice), and Lester Wulfekuhle; one brother-in-law, Albin Hoffman; and Donald's sisters, brothers, and in-laws.

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

Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Manchester, Iowa.  Concelebrants : Rev. Joseph Schneider, Rev. Ralph Simington, and Rev. Richard Gaul

Visitation: 2:00 - 8:00 p.m., on Monday, February 8, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home, Manchester, Iowa. Friends may also call starting at 9:30 a.m. at the church on Tuesday.

Inurnment: At a later date - St. Mary Catholic Cemetery -  Manchester, Iowa



Irene B. Orth


Irene B. (Horn) Orth, 60, of Benton, Wisconsin, died Friday, February 5, 2016, at home. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 8, 2016, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Pastor Connie Matye officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery. Friends may call from 9-10:45 am. Monday at the funeral home before the service.

Irene was born on January 28, 1956, in Platteville, Wisconsin, the daughter of Nickson P. and Anni G. (Poppe) Horn. She married Thomas J. Orth on July 25, 1992. Irene worked in the deli at Walmart in Galena.

Irene enjoyed spending time with her mother and grandchildren, reading, working crossword puzzles, watching TV game shows, and playing games on the computer.

Survivors include her husband, Tom, of Benton; two sons, Gregory (Susan) Kosharek, of Oregon, WI, and Kevin (Stacey) Kosharek, of Madison, WI; her mother, Anni Horn, of Belmont; a sister, Bernice "Bernie" Dorota, of Highland, WI; three brothers, Nick R. (Barbara) Horn, of East Dubuque, IL, John (Joan) Horn, of Avoca, WI, and Dennis (Geralyn) Horn, of Cobb, WI; and six grandchildren, Duncan, Tiernan, Dakota, Olivia, Austin and Ian.

She was preceded in death by her father, Nickson Horn.

An Irene B. (Horn) Orth Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Carl R. Bastian


Carl R. "Dick" Bastian, 71, of Benton, Wisconsin, died Friday, February 5, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at the Primitive Methodist Church in New Diggings, Wisconsin, with Rev. Bill Vasey officiating. Burial will be at a later date.  Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Monday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Benton. Friends may also call from 9:15-10:15 a.m. Tuesday at the church before the service.

Dick was born on May 2, 1944, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the son of Earl and Genevieve (Kittoe) Bastian. He married Lois K. Alderson on February 17, 1962, in Scales Mound, Illinois.

Dick attended Benton High School. He served in the US Army (1962-1965) and was stationed in Korea. From 1984-1993 he and Lois, along with Jim and Barb Lacke, operated Cole Acres Golf Course. This foursome also built Birchwood Golf Course.

Dick loved spending time with his family and friends whether it was playing cards, fishing, or just exchanging stories. Many mornings Dick and Lois could be found cat fishing on the Mississippi or wherever the fish were biting. He will be missed by his family, his fishing friends, his card playing buddies, but not by the catfish who feared him.

Survivors include his wife, Lois; a daughter, Pam (special friend, Mike Tranel) McCauley, of Kieler; three sons, Russ (Janet), of Benton, Brad (Angie), of Oregon, WI, and Todd, of Benton; a sister, Judy (Carl) Crabtree, of Florida; a brother, Bill (Sharon) Bastian, of Benton; and eleven grandchildren, Dayna and Ali (fiancé, Nate Morris) McCauley, Nathan Bastian, Tyler and Brandon Lesandrini, Isaac Lindert, Breanna, Bailey and Brooke Bastian, and Payton and Wyatt Bastian.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Barb Lacke; a brother-in-law, Jim Lacke; and a sister-in-law, Jane Alderson.

A Dick Bastian Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Lary L. Williams


Lary L. Williams, 72 of Dubuque, peacefully joined God's kingdom on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital. Funeral Services will be 10:30 am, Monday, February 8, 2016 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1755 Delhi St. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, with a prayer service at 6:30 pm, Sunday, February 7, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., additional visitation will be one hour prior to services Monday at the church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Lary was born February 21, 1943 in Fargo, North Dakota, the son of Hugh M. and Lillian M. (Ellefson) Williams. He married Gloria Froslie on December 18, 1965, she passed on October 22, 1989. Lary later married Kathy Green Mescall on October 1, 1999. He grew up on the family farm in Barnesville, Minnesota. Lary graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He then began working for John Deere for over 36 years retiring in 2001, taking him and his family to Moline and eventually settling in Dubuque, where he raised his family. After retiring from John Deere, he continued to do consulting work for John Deere. He helped develop many patents while working for John Deere. Lary was active in the Society of Automotive Engineering, which he was the Chairman of SAE Committee HFTC6. He was active at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church for over 30 years. Lary enjoyed photography, genealogy, gas engines, antique tractors, and especially his grandchildren. He would always say, "I have grandchildren to spoil."

Survivors include his wife, Kathy; his sons, Eric and Kim Mescall Williams and their children, Collin and Aidan of Fargo, North Dakota; Mark and Sara Brunkow Williams and their children, Elise and Cole of Fargo, North Dakota; step-daughter, Kara and Travis Buerger and their children, Kylie, Bailey, Bella and Kennedy of Mitchellville, IA; step-son, Ron and Kristin Mescall, Jr. and their children, Alexander, Hayden, and Mason of Romeoville, IL; a sister, Myrna Johnson of Moorhead, MN and her children, Jody and Jody Johnson-Jackson and Julie and Pascal Loyer; in-laws, Bob (Mary) Green, Don Pricco, Terry (Anne) Green, Kevin (Nancy) Green, Marnie (Bill) Montgomery, Julie (Kirk) Dafoe, Jack (Denise) Green, and Maureen (Rick) Fellows; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lary was preceded in death by his parents; a wife, Gloria; brother-in-law, Allan Johnson; and a sister-in-law, Mary Lee Pricco.

The family would like to thank the many loyal relatives, friends, and colleagues who have supported Lary and his family through his recent illness.

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

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



Marcella M. Weber Steger


Marcella M. Weber Steger, 100, of Dyersville died Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation continues Monday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 8, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with Rev. Dennis Quint officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Marcella was born June 10, 1915, the daughter of Vitus and Josephine (Meyer) Langel in Elma, Iowa, the oldest of 11 children. She married Alphonse "Allie" Weber on Feb. 12, 1935. Together they had 5 children and he preceded her in death on July 9, 1951.

She raised her children on the farm and moved to town in 1966, and worked as a seamstress and retail clerk at the women's clothing store.

She married Edmund "Skinny" Steger on Oct. 14, 1970. He preceded her in death on May 4, 1991.

Marcella is survived by her 4 children and their familes: Art Weber, Kay (Bill) Recker, Lois (Ken) Bries, and Jerry (Jan) Weber, a daughter-in-law, Elaine Weber, all of Dyersville; 15 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, 3 step-great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild; siblings: Leona Niehaus of Dyersville, Helen Krogman of Dubuque, Alma (Red) Loesche of Dyersville; 2 sisters-in-law: Mary Weber of Dyersville and Arlene Langel of Manchester.

She was preceded in death by her 2 husbands; a son, Joseph; a daughter-in-law, Joan Weber; and 2 grandchildren; siblings: Sylvester (Deloras), Ambrose, Ray (Sally), Lucille Langel, Esther (Clete Klein) (Roger) Sullivan, Evy (John) Gaul and Mary (Lyle) Neuhaus; in-laws: Eldrew Niehaus, Leander (Rita) Weber, Henrietta (Ed) Krisatis, Ambrose (Jeanette) Weber, Francis Weber, Edmund (Helen) Weber, Clara Weber, Irene Weber, and Loretta (Leo) Meyer.

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



Marilyn E. Langel


Marilyn E. Langel, 83, of Luxemburg died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Monday, Feb. 8, from 9:00 to 9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 8, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Luxemburg, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Marilyn was born June 29, 1932, in Delhi the daughter of Ben and Gertrude (Polfer) Heims. She married Joseph A. Langel on Oct. 1, 1952, in Delhi, IA. Together they farmed north of Luxemburg until moving into Luxemburg in 1989.

Marilyn was a member of the Holy Trinity Altar and Rosary Society. She loved to quilt, craft and paint in her spare time. Marilyn had an acre sized garden which she used to feed her family. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the joy of her life.

She is survived by her 5 children: Marty (Beth) Langel of Luxemburg, Lisa (Alex) Hall of Olive Hill, KY, Roger (Elaine) Langel of New Vienna, Patty (Sandy) Graham of Minneapolis, MN and Rick (Kim) Langel of Ankeny; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Langel of Muscatine; 13 grandchildren: Brandon Langel, Katie (Tony) Harris, Jenny (Luke) Bockenstedt, Jeremy (Gayle) Langel and Kristi (Paul Steger) Langel, Elizabeth (Brian) McNeil and Robert (Crystal) Hall, Tyler and Staci Langel, Calum and Ella Graham, and Amber and Austin Langel; 5 great-grandchildren; Madalene McNeil, Wesley Hall, Hayden Langel and Will Bockenstedt, Logan Harris; 6 siblings: Adorine Kaiser of Manchester, Eldon (Katie) Heims of Delhi, Loras (Celeste) Heims of Dundee, Carl Heims and Delbert (Mary) Heims both of Manchester, Yvonne (Ted) Wernimont of Iowa City; 4 sisters-in-law: Rosie White of Dyersville, Germaine Langel of Luxemburg, Alice Langel of Dyersville, and Barbara Farzan of Monterey, CA.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe, in September of 2014; son Dave Langel; grandson Ryan Langel; in- laws: Bob Kaiser, Rita Heims, Marie (Peter) Berns and Agnes (Lawrence) Heims, John Langel, Francis Langel, Ed Heims, Gerald White and Manny Farzan.

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



Marguerite M. Burkart


Marguerite M. Burkart, 91, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center.
Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 6th at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Scott Boone officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday, February 5th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 4:00 p.m.

She was born on December 4, 1924 in Cascade, Iowa the daughter of Leo and Matilda (Takes) Breitbach. She married LeRoy W. Burkart on November 19, 1947 at St. Martin's in Cascade, Iowa. He preceded her in death on April 8, 1996.

Marguerite and LeRoy co-managed St. Vincent de Paul Store on Iowa Street and in 1976 she opened D & D What Not, her craft store.

Throughout her life she was very active, enjoyed her many walks and her crafts.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She is survived by her five children, Linda (Richard) Althaus, Joyce (Roger) Voss, Carol (David) Burkart-Orr, Dave (Deb) Burkart, and Dan (Donna) Burkart, all of Dubuque. Twenty grandchildren and 39 great grandchildren. Her sister Vi Hackbarth, of Manchester.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers Eldon and Clarence "Shorty", two sisters Annabelle and Leona.

A Marguerite M. Burkart memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care and support they gave.



James A. Merrick


James A. "Jim" Merrick, 77, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at the Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Jim's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday, Feb. 12,  from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation is from 5 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, Feb. 11, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

James Allen Merrick was born on Dec. 5, 1938 in Jackson County, Iowa to Hiram Henry and Florence Bell (Sutton) Merrick. He attended New Castle Country School and graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1957 where he participated in Football and Track. He held the 100 yard dash record at MHS until 2009 and still holds the 220 yard dash record. Both records were obtained while running on a cinder track. He later attended SCI in Ames to further his education. He married Patricia R. "Pat" Kingsley on August 21, 1960 in Maquoketa, Iowa and to this union two children were born: James and Kathy.

In his early years, Jim had worked at the lumber yard, Clinton Engines, and for the Maquoketa Police Department from 1963 to 1966. He then worked for the DOT for a short time, and in 1969 began working for the Jackson County Engineering (18 years) and Maintenance Department (11 years) until retirement in 1998.

Jim was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa, Coronado Car Club, and had served on the Maquoketa City Council for several years. He loved collecting antique cars and model trains.

Those left to honor Jim's memory include his children, James (Jill) Merrick of Sammish, WA, and Kathy (Scott) Parks of Edmond, OK; 3 grandchildren, Tristan Parks, Daniele Merrick and Alex Merrick; a brother-in-law, Robert Kingsley of Oregon; and a special friend, Mary Mether of Maquoketa, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Patricia, on Sept. 9, 1996; and a brother, William "Bill" Merrick.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a James A. "Jim" Merrick memorial fund has been established.

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



Marjorie Mae Urell-Erhart


Marjorie Mae (Beohm) Urell-Erhart of Dubuque, 93, passed away peacefully at Stonehill Care Center on January 30, 2016.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 am on Monday, February 8, 2016 at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller and Msgr. Wayne Ressler concelebrating. Visitation will be from 9 to 10:45 Monday at the church. Interment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Marge was much loved by her immediate and extended family, as well as a host of lifelong friends. She was born on August 10, 1922 in Greeley, Iowa, eldest daughter of Alice (Rowell) and George A. Beohm. She attended Greeley Consolidated School and graduated valedictorian of her class in 1939. Marge received a full scholarship to Iowa State College in Ames, Iowa, but decided instead to enter Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Dubuque. After graduating in 1942, she worked as an RN at Mercy Hospital for a short time before taking a position at Missouri Pacific Hospital in St. Louis. Upon returning to Dubuque, she accepted numerous private duty assignments. Later, after raising her children, she was a nursing supervisor for fifteen years at Holy Family Hall, an infirmary for the Sisters of St. Francis in Dubuque.

On May 6, 1943, she married Frank J. Urell at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Edgewood, Iowa. They moved to St. Louis for a year while Frank was in basic training for the Army Air Corps and awaiting deployment to Italy during WWII. Together they shared 49 wonderful years until Frank's passing in a car accident on March 8, 1992.

Marge wed Vincent L. Erhart of Dubuque at Nativity Church on March 31, 1995. Presiding was Msgr. Wayne Ressler, pastor at that time. Marge and Vince enjoyed fifteen fun-filled years of family, friends, golf, travel and wintering in Arizona. Vince passed away in April of 2010 at Stonehill Care Center.

A member of Nativity Parish for almost 70 years, Marge was also a member of its Guild and Rosary Society; as well as a continuing member of the Mercy Nursing Alumni Association. She maintained membership in Lacoma Golf Club, Ladies Association and Golf League. Marge was most proud of having been instrumental in founding the Dubuque County Association for Retarded Children in 1953, which would grow quickly to a membership of more than 100 parents. She and Frank remained active in the association long after the passing of their own developmentally challenged son, Kenny, in 1954.

Marge is survived by two children, Robert F. (Mary Kay) Urell and Kathryn A. Norman, both of Dubuque; five grandchildren, James R. (Kerry) Urell of Dubuque, Julie A. Urell of Woodbury, MN, Sarah E. Norman of Boston, Heather A. Norman of Dubuque and Jennifer S. (Erik) Edwards of Racine, WI; two great-grandchildren, Owen and Elliot Edwards; and a sister, Leona F. (Donald) McGirk of Rockford, IL.

Also surviving are her stepchildren, Virginia (Ron) Hoefer and Mary Anne (Bill) Weidemann, both of Dubuque, John (Patricia) Erhart of Alamo, TX, Jim Erhart and Maureen Sheedy, both of Honolulu, Bob (Toni) Erhart of Keokuk, Terri (Rick) Kern of Minneapolis, Peg (Tom) Klun of Lakeland, MN, Carol Erhart and Zulkiffili Abu, both of Dublin, CA and Donna Erhart of Minneapolis; 19 step grandchildren and 14 step great-grandchildren along with numerous nieces and nephews in both families.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved son, Kenneth J. Urell; two infants at birth, Patrick Joseph and Margaret Ann Urell; a brother, Merle G. Beohm of Hemet, CA; two sisters, Relda M. (Gilbert) Philipp of Worthington and Gertrude A. (William) Kraus of Dubuque; a son-in-law, Wayne A. Norman Jr. of Dubuque; two brothers-in-law and a stepson, Bill Erhart.

Memorials may be directed to Nativity Church, Stonehill Care Center and Hills & Dales, all of Dubuque.

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Marge's physician, Dr. Brian Sullivan; nurses, Tabatha and Loralee; Hospice of Dubuque and the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center for their extraordinary care and support.

 



Sister Jean Richter

Sister Jean Richter, age 88, of Sinsinawa, WI, was called home peacefully on Saturday, January 30, 2016, at the Motherhouse.

To honor Sister Jean's life, The Mass of Christian Burial will be in the Queen of the Rosary Chapel at the Motherhouse at 11:00 a.m. To celebrate Sister Jean's life, family and friends may visit from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. in the Gathering Place Chapel at the Motherhouse. Burial will be in St. Clara Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sister Jean was born on July 19, 1927, in Chicago, IL, daughter of Herbert and Margaret (Finley) Richter. She made her profession on August 5, 1948.

Sister Jean used her talents in many ways. A lifelong learner, her studies took her to universities in Madison, WI; New York; Fribourg, Switzerland and Paris, France.

Sister Jean taught in parish schools and the Edgewood Campus School, Madison, WI, before beginning a 30 year commitment to the Edgewood College community in Madison. She served as faculty member and chair of the history department, assistant director of the Weekend Degree program, college archivist, and writer/editor of college publications. Sister Jean served five years as Dean of Rosary College Graduate School of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy.

Those left to cherish Sister Jean's memory include,

her sister,
Margaret "Peggy" Wolfe;

a niece and nephew;

and the Sinsinawa Dominicans with whom she shared life for 67 years.

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



Thomas L. Hancock


Thomas L. Hancock, 67, of Epworth, Iowa, passed away Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 12:35 a.m. at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Tom may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, February 4, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Friday at the funeral home. 

Funeral Services for Tom will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday February 5, 2016 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa, with Rev. Jim Bergin, SVD Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa. 

He was born February 3, 1948 in Dubuque, Iowa son of Calvin "Blackie" and Margaret V. (Cooley) Hancock. He received his education in the Western Dubuque schools. On September 21, 1968 he was united in marriage to Coleen Dardis at St. John's the Baptist Church in Peosta, Iowa. He was employed by the US Postal Service for 31 years. He was a member of the Epworth Volunteer Fire Department, he joined at the age of 19, in 1968 and served for 45 years, in the capacity of paramedic volunteer and fire chief for 16 years. During his service he led a group of volunteers to complete the paramedic training in the 1980's and their department became one the first rural volunteer services in the state to become certified in advanced life support. He also served as former president of the Iowa Firefighter's Association and past president of the Dubuque County EMS Association. 

He was an Iowa Senator for 8 years until 2012, during which time he chaired a $635 million dollar justice budget. In November 2014 he was elected to the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors. 

He was also a member of St. Patrick's Parish in Epworth, Iowa. 

He is survived by his wife, Coleen Hancock and a son Steve Hancock both of Epworth, IA; a brother, Gary G. (Bonnie) Hancock of Epworth, IA; sisters and brothers-in-law, Micki Winders of Dubuque, IA, Margie Dardis of Dubuque, IA; Jack (Joan) Dardis of Farley, IA and Frank (Beth) Dardis of Peosta, IA. 

He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers-in-law, Joseph Dardis and James Winders and a sister-in-law, Colette Kinsella. 

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

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Epworth Fire Department in memory of Thomas Hancock.



Madge M. O'Neill


Madge M. O'Neill, age 93, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully, after a short battle with leukemia and surviving from breast cancer for years, at 5:05 p.m. on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at Luther Manor. To honor Madge's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 8, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rev. Robert Armstrong officiating. To celebrate Madge's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 7, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Madge was born on November 1, 1922, in Platteville, WI, the precious daughter of Lloyd and Myrtle (Carl) Kitto.

Madge was raised to be a faithful patriot and proudly invested her time and talents working in Washington D.C. during World War II. At the age of 22, Madge would meet and fall in love with Robert O'Neill. They would be united in marriage on December 2, 1944, in Chicago, IL. Their union would be blessed with 49 years together and 5 deeply adored children before Robert was called home on November 7, 1994. Madge was a delightfully gifted conversationalist at heart, but she would also graciously devote 25 years of her working career with her friends at the Interstate Power Employees Credit Union. Madge eventually learned to play cards and bingo; she also enjoyed traveling, reading a good book, dancing, listening to music, taking photographs and watching her flowers bloom. Madge loved to go out to breakfast with her daughter, Peggy, and lunch with her life long friends, Jeannie, Winnie and Marge. Madge was a longtime member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church. Madge has been called home now and her absence is felt in the depths of our human hearts where we can barely venture. We find slight moments of peace in knowing that her 93 years here on earth were abundantly full and her soul is now in her Savior's arms and once again reunited with her husband, Robert.

Those left to cherish Madge's memory include

her 5 children,
Gary (Carole King) O'Neill, Evansville, IN,
Jerry (Carol Gannaway) O'Neill, Clinton, WA,
Frank (Dawn Fischer) O'Neill, Stafford, VA,
Tom (Joyce) O'Neill, Clarksville, TN
and Peggy (Jim) Driscoll, Dubuque;

her 15 grandchildren,
Shannon (Jeff) Bonte,
Jennifer (Marvin) Carter,
Erin Goodrich,
Toby (Jay) Bergland,
Brooke (friend Cory) O'Neill,
Adam O'Neill,
Amanda (Cory) Martin,
Chandler O'Neill,
Brandon O'Neill,
Ryne O'Neill,
Daniel O'Neill,
Michelle O'Neill,
Melissa (friend Dustin) Thomas,
Heather (friend Luke) McIntyre
and Amber (Greg) Specht;

her 18 great-grandchildren,
Lauren Bonte, Bailey Bonte, Shelby (Stefen) Brummer, Jacob (Brianna) Dyehouse, Peyton Goodrich, Nicole Goodrich, T.J. Bergland, Carter Bergland, Madison O'Neill, Audrey O'Neill, Phoebe O'Neill, Alaina Dennison, Adina Dennison, Isaac McIntyre, Evan Learman, Audrey Specht, Brianna Martin and Evelynn Martin;

and her 3 great-great-grandchildren,
Elliott Brummer, Emma Brummer and Lily Dyehouse.

Madge was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Robert; and two brothers, Donald (Doris) Kitto and Robert (Ann) Kitto.

A Madge M. O'Neill memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, Mercy Medical Center and Luther Manor for all their compassionate care and support.

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

 



Thomas J. Cox


Thomas J. Cox, Jr. 91 of Dubuque Passed away Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, February 5th at St. Raphael Cathedral with Rev. Alan Dietzenbach officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 Thursday, February 4, 2016 at The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 5:00 p.m.

Tom was born on January 11, 1925 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Thomas Joseph Cox Sr. and Winifred Viola Morgan. He graduated from Dubuque Senior high School. Tom married Shirley Ann Roggensack on October 18, 1947 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque.

In his early years he worked for Higley Chemical Company as a salesman and also worked for John Deere company in Dubuque. He then operated Cox Construction where he specialized in commercial and residential building and remodeling.

Tom loved to go on short daytime drives in the country with his wife Shirley, and in the evening dinner and dancing at various supper clubs around the Dubuque Area. Tom and Shirley were known for their beautiful dance steps that began at the old Melody Mill Dance Hall. When not devoting time to Shirley, Tom loved to spend time with his eight brothers and one sister playing Euchre and enjoying family outings.

He is survived by his children; Linda (Ron) Rusch, of Dubuque, Larry (Judy) Cox, of Mays Landing, NJ, William (Janet) Cox, of Elmwood, IL, and Nanette (Jim) Treanor, of Dubuque. His grandchildren; Christy Miller, Jesse (Jennifer) Rusch, Ryan (Christina) Cox, Shara (Steve) Silver, Rachel Treanor; seven great grandchildren; and two brothers, Richard Cox and Paul Cox.

Tom was preceded in death by his wife Shirley, a daughter Diane, sister Dorothy, brothers Cletus, Louis, Roger, James, and Hugh.

The family would like to thank the entire staff of Bell Tower Retirement Community for the loving care and support they provided.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Thomas Cox memorial fund.



Richard L. Burds


Richard L. Burds, age 82, of Dubuque, IA, was called home at 5:55 a.m. on Sunday, January 31, 2016, at Luther Manor. To honor Richard's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 4, 2016, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 2001 Saint Joseph Street, with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Richard's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 7:30 p.m. Entombment will be in the Mount Olivet Cemetery Mausoleum.

Dick was born on March 16, 1933, in Placid, IA, son of Frank C. and Nellie T. (Trilk-Wilkinson) Burds.

Dick worked at John Deere Dubuque Works for 32 years before he retired in 1992. Dick married Madonna M. Grant on October 1, 1955. They were blessed with 42 years together before she was called home on October 18, 1997. Dick found love again and married Carmen Myhre on August 25, 2001. Dick enjoyed working with his hands and was considered a finish wood craftsman by many. Dick was a longtime member of the Church of the Nativity and later, St. Joseph the Worker Church and volunteered many years to the Cub Scout Troop #10 as his boys were being raised. Dick was a dedicated family man and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Those left to cherish Dick's memory include,

his loving wife,
Carmen E. Burds, Dubuque;

his four boys,
Mike W. (Kathleen) Burds, Dubuque,
Pat F. (Wendy) Burds, Williston, VT,
Dan J. Burds, Dallas, TX,
Tim J. Burds, Chicago, IL;

his step-children,
Charity A. Myhre,
Daniel A. Myhre, both of Dubuque;

his 9 grandchildren,
Ben P. (Courtney) Burds,
Zachary M. Burds,
Sara E. Burds,
Jason H. Burds,
Jessica E. Burds,
Kaitlyn N. Burds,
Anthony S. Burds,
Margaret K. Gingrich,
Tyler J. Schmit;

and a brother-in-law,
Ray (Jeane) Grant, Dubuque, IA.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Madonna; his siblings, Francis (Mary F.) Burd, Sabas Burd, Ambrose "Bud" (Florence) Burd, Eleanor (Carl "Whitey") Melchert, Jean (Merlin) Connolly, Ruth (Joe) Connolly, Shirley "Dawn" (Merrill) Streif; a granddaughter, Claire Gingrich; and his nieces and nephews, Virginia "Ginny" (Streif) Schueller, John M. Grant, Leo J. Streif, Carol A. Connolly and Arnold "Butch" Melchert.

A Richard L. "Dick" Burds memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque and Luther Manor, especially Diane, for all of their sincere and compassionate care.

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

 



Patricia A. Prine


Patricia Ann Prine, age 78, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Patricia's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Patricia's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 until 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at Sacred Heart Church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Patricia was born on April 2, 1937 in Darlington, WI, daughter of Irving "Pat" and Julia (Kendall) Nevels.

Patricia was fortunate to find the love of her life, Robert L. Prine, early in life and they would be united in marriage on May 7, 1955. They would eventually move to Dubuque to raise their five boys and be blessed with the opportunity to spend 60 wonderful years together. Patricia would devote over 15 years of her life to foster parenting and humbly accepted her ability to directly change the life of a child one day at a time. Patricia richly impacted many lives during her 78 years here with us and her primary driving forces of faith and family have been clearly instilled within those she loved for generations to come.

Those left to cherish Patricia's memory include

her husband,
Robert Prine, Dubuque;

her children,
Robert (Lucinda Kruser) Prine, Kieler, WI,
Donald (Nancy) Prine,
David (Laurie) Prine,
Dwaine Prine,
Jim (Tarry) Prine, all of Dubuque;

her sister,
Pauline (Clinton) Halverson, Darlington, WI;

her 16 grandchildren,
Jen (Jason) Fitzpatrick,
Brian (Ginger Weidemann) Prine,
Rob (Barbie) Prine,
Charlotte (Albert) Martin,
Christa Kruser,
Martin (Briana Bishop)Kruser,
Amanda Schroeder,
Eric (Shannon) Prine,
Nicole (Scott Back) Prine,
Trish (Aaron Blakeman) Prine,
Jessica (Adam) Koeplin,
Joshua (Kathrin Willer) Prine,
Rob (Felicia Zimmerman) Freund,
A.J. Prine,
Michaela (Jon) Root,
Brandon "Fuzzy" (Courtney Durbala) Prine;

her 21 great-grandchildren,
Keegan, Declan, Annabel, Katlyn, Graedon, Ethan, Ash, Morgan, Madison, Aubrey, Emma, Tessa, Ethan, Gavin, Samara, Oliver, Austin, Memphis, Colton, Alexis and Graeme

and her numerous nieces and nephews.

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents; her dear friends and husband Robert's parents, Howard (Myrtle) Prine; a daughter-in-law, Linda Prine, her sister, Lu (Loren) Elmer; her sisters-in-law, Jill (Lyle) Schwartz, Rosemary (Paul) Prine, Becky (Toby) Prine and Juanita (Phillip) Prine; her brothers-in-law, Merlin (Isetta) Prine, Phillip (Juanita) Prine, Toby (Becky) Prine, Jerry (Bev) Prine and Dwaine (Bess) Johnson.

A Patricia A. Prine memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Betsy, and her granddaughter, Nicole, for all their loving and compassionate care and support.

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

 



Michael E. McFarland


Michael E. McFarland, 75, of Dubuque, IA, passed away on Friday, January 29, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque. Mike was born on November 24, 1940 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of John and Dorothy (Healy) McFarland, both of whom preceded him in death. A Mass of Christian celebration will be held on Friday, February 5, 2016 at 10:00 AM at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Dubuque, where friends may call at 9:00 AM prior to the service. Msgr. Thomas Toale will officiate. Inurnment will be at a later date, with U.S. Navy rites accorded.

Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements.

Mike was a graduate of Loras College and served in both foreign and domestic locations as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Mike's understanding and mastery of science, mathematics, statistics, philosophy, history, church doctrine, and music served him well as an educator and professional, including time as a teacher and principal, respectively, at St. Joseph the Worker and St. Wenceslaus schools. Mike's appreciation and respect for the nobility of public service allowed him to be elected as Dubuque County Auditor and also Chairman of the Dubuque County Democratic Party. Yet, it was Mike's simplicity, humility, and unconditional love of all people that provided him the gift of faith and serving others. Mike's "second act" in his life was not only his best, but it had a profound, positive impact on the lives of hundreds of people. A member of St. Patrick's, Mike's faith, devotion, and living in the spirit of Matthew 25:31 allowed him to quietly and diligently work to make the world a better, peaceful, and just place. Some of Mike's work included his role as Franciscan Associate, St. Patrick's/Cathedral Social Justice Committee, Dubuque Catholic Social Justice Network, Archdiocese Prison Ministry, Crossing Borders Dubuque, Just Faith, Bridges out of Poverty, Dubuque Downtown Christian Outreach Homeless Advisory Action Group, Hope House/Catholic Worker Guest House, 4 the People, Dubuque Rescue Mission Board of Directors, Homeless Advisory Council, and other social justice endeavors among many religious faiths and denominations.

Mike is survived by a sister, Marilyn (Gary) McDonald of Dubuque; a niece, Michelle (Joseph) McDonald-DeTomaso of Villa Park, IL; a nephew, Daniel (Shelly) McDonald of Dubuque, IA; and great nieces and nephews, Madelyn Jantsch, Alexander Jantsch, Ryan Jantsch, as well as Brennan, Connor, and Caroline McDonald.

In lieu of flowers and per Mike's wishes, donations can be given to Hope House/Catholic Worker House, the Dubuque Rescue Mission, or a charity committed to the mitigation of poverty and homelessness.

The family wishes to offer sincere thanks and gratitude to Michael's close friends, Richard and Mike, as well as the amazing, caring, and compassionate staffs at Mercy Hospital, Stonehill Care Center, and Hospice of Dubuque.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



Anna Marie Bergan


Anna Marie Bergan, 99, of Strawberry Point, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, January 30, 2016, at her home in Strawberry Point.  She was born on September 8, 1916, in Arlington, the daughter of David and Marie (Betcher) Dempster.  Anna weighed 2 pounds 6 ounces at birth and spent the first days of her life in a shoebox on the cook stove oven door. She attended Taylorville Rural School and helped her family on the farm until her marriage.

On May 5, 1934, Anna was united in marriage to Leo Patrick Bergan at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Volga.  Five children were born to this union, Kenneth, Venita, Marie, Shirley, and James.  Over the years the family lived in Clayton and Fayette Counties. Anna worked at various jobs including Goodrich Produce in Strawberry Point and the Fayette County Home. After retiring, she returned to Strawberry Point in 1978.

Anna was a long time member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Strawberry Point.  She loved and enjoyed spending time with her family.

Survivors include her three daughters, Venita Wolleat, and Shirley Brandenburg both of Cedar Rapids, and Marie (Nolan) Knight of Strawberry Point; one son, Jim Bergan of Park City, Utah; a daughter-in-law, Jan Bergan of Edgewood; 17 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Anna was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leo, in 1976; her son, Kenneth Bergan, in 2004; one great-grandson, Steven Harreld, in 2014; two sons-in-law, Ken Wolleat and Richard Brandenburg; two sisters, Iona Nading and Ethelyn Nading; and three brothers, James, David, and Russell Dempster.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Comfort, St. Mary's Catholic Church, or a charity of your choice.

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

Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, February 6, 2016, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Strawberry Point, Iowa.

Officiating: Rev. Richard Gaul

Visitation: 3:00 - 7:00 p.m., on Friday, February 5, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home, Strawberry Point, where there will be a 3:00 p.m. Scripture Service.  Friends may also call one hour prior to Mass at the church on Saturday.

Interment: Cass Township Cemetery  -  Strawberry Point, Iowa

 



Alfred J. Puls


Alfred J. "Al" Puls, age 92, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Alfred's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 6, 2016, at St. Joseph the Worker, 2001 Saint Joseph Street, with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Alfred's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 5, 2016 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 4:00 p.m. Burial will be in Saint Peter and Paul Cemetery, Sherrill, Iowa.

Al was born on February 17, 1923 in Dubuque, son of Alfred J. and Hjerdis (Gronlid) Puls, Sr.

Al graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1942 and would spend the next three years courting the love of his life, Florence Behr. They would be united in marriage on June 16, 1945 in Dubuque and were blessed with 70 wonderful years together and 8 beautiful children. Al would devote 43 years of his time and talents as a salesman with Behr Implement. After his retirement in 1986, Al would discover many new outlets to invest his time in. Whether it was countless hours with the Lyon's Club, building model ships, reading a good book or working a challenging suduko or crossword puzzle, Al could be found with a smile on his face and some well earned peace in his heart. Al was always willing to share his God given talents of working with his hands on any project that came across his path. His absence presents a deep sorrow in the hearts and minds of all who knew and loved him and thankfully the precious memories of his great sense of humor, his story telling abilities, his cheerful singing and dancing and his abundantly bountiful tomato seasons will help to provide a little reminder of how fortunate we are to have been touched by Al during his 92 years here with us.

Those left to cherish Al's memory include

his dear wife,
Florence Puls, Dubuque,

his children,
Roger (Cathy) Puls, Hoffman Estates, IL,
Linda Sangston, Dubuque,
Thomas (Cathy) Puls, Dubuque,
Deborah Puls, Dubuque,
Terrance (Janet) Puls, Cummings, GA,
John (Kathy) Puls, Davenport, IA
and Martin (Jennifer Haas) Puls, Lowell, AR;

his daughter-in-law,
Pat Puls, Dubuque;

his brother,
James Puls, IL.;

his 22 grandchildren,
Jeffery Puls,
Amy Puls,
Jason Puls,
Shannon (Joseph) Monroe,
Thomas Sangston,
Jimmy (Bernadette) Sangston,
Mark (Marcie) Sangston,
Debbie Sangston,
Jennifer (Eric Lientz) Sangston,
Christopher Sangston,
Jonathan (Ludmila) Puls,
Melissa (Robert) Scigliano,
Nicholas (Emily) Puls,
Jennifer (David) Rhomberg,
Sarah (Doug) Harris,
Shelby (Bill) Bryce,
Emma Puls,
Tyler Puls,
Katie Puls,
Jared Puls,
Connor Puls,
and Lindsay Puls;

his 26 great-grandchildren,
Amber Puls, Claire Monroe, William Monroe, Kevin Sangston, Geoffrey Sangston, Amanda Sangston, Tasha (Danny) Davis, Levi Lientz, Luke Lientz, Logan Lientz, Marcus Puls, Larissa Puls, Samuel Scigliano, Liliana Scigliano, Jacob Scigliano, Clara Puls, Amelia Puls, Madeline Rhomberg, Rachel Rhomberg, Grace Rhomberg, Isabella Rhomberg, Carter Harris, Ava Harris, Mila Harris, Billy Bryce and Christian Bryce;

and one very treasured great-great-granddaughter,
Kirra Davis.

Al was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Timothy Puls; a son-in-law, Charles Sangston; a sister, Jean (Conrad) Loepsberger; 3 brothers, Robert (Jean) Puls, William (Barbara) Puls and Charles (Kate) Puls; and a sister-in-law, Lois Puls.

In lieu of flowers, an Alfred J. Puls memorial fund has been established which will be graciously donated between Al's favorite charities.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, Mercy Hospital and Stonehill for all of their loving and compassionate care.

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

 



George L. Flanagan


George L. Flanagan, 96 of Dubuque passed away Friday, January 29, 2016 at his sons home.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at Saint Raphael Cathedral With Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery, with full military detail accorded by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 4 to 8 Monday, February 1, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where there will be a wake service at 4:00 p.m.

George was born on January 1, 1920 in Dubuque the son of George and Bessies (Harker) Flanagan. He is a US Army veteran serving from 1944 to 1946.

He married Enid Rudd on September 16, 1941 at Saint Raphael's Cathedral. She preceded him in death on April 15, 2012. He worked at H & W Motor Freight for many years until his retirement. He was a member of the Teamsters Union Local 421. In retirement he was very active with Saint Raphael's Cathedral helping out where ever he could he also helped out at Leonard Funeral Home for many years. He was also a member of the saint Vincent de Paul Society.

George was also a good family man and enjoyed spending time with his family especially at the cottage at Leisure Lake.

He is survived by his son George (Mary Lou) Flanagan of Dubuque, his four grandsons George (Lisa) Flanagan, Tom (Stacy) Flanagan, Mike (Peggy) Flanagan and Bob (Tina) Flanagan, eleven great grandchildren, Olivia, McKenzie, George III, Jon, Cory, Matt, Dylan, Logan, Connor, Taylor, Charley Flanagan, and three great great grandchildren, Braley, Kendyl, and Mariah.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Enid.

In lieu of flowers a George Flanagan memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Ringold, Dr. Whalen, Hospice of Dubuque and Tri State Dialysis for all their wonderful care they gave to George.



Oneta F. Wherry


Oneta Faye (Ballew) Wherry, 94, formerly of Maquoketa, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 24, 2016, at Green Hill Nursing Home in West Orange, New Jersey.

A funeral service will be held at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Maquoketa at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 6. Visitation with family will be held in the Parish Hall one hour prior to the service. Burial with military honors will follow the service at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Oneta was born June 7, 1921, in Norton, Texas, to Joe Clyde and Verdi (Ellis) Ballew. After high school, she graduated from Gail Business College in Abilene, Texas, and worked as an executive secretary in Abilene while attending two years at Hardin Simmons University. In 1943, she enlisted in the U. S. Navy (WAVES) and served until the end of WWII, attaining the rank of Yeoman 1st Class. Oneta was stationed in Oklahoma, New York, and finally in Seattle, where she met John Decker (Jack) Wherry. They married November 1, 1947, in Abilene, Texas, and she came home with Jack to Maquoketa, Iowa. For many years, Oneta helped Jack manage the family hotel and restaurant business at the Decker House. She became a travel agent and operated the Happy Travel Agency in Maquoketa for more than ten years.

Oneta worshipped at St. Mark's Episcopal Church for more than 60 years, serving the Women's Auxiliary, the Altar Guild, and on the Vestry. She was a founding member and two-time President of the Maquoketa Garden Club. She was also a founding and "Life Member" of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and an active volunteer with the Jackson County Historical Society.

Oneta was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; her son, John Decker Wherry II; and her brother Johnny Dale Ballew. Those left to honor Oneta's memory include her daughter: Barbara (Robert) Meyer, Montclair, NJ; grandsons John (Siobhan) Meyer West Orange, NJ; Matthew (Nyjah) Meyer, Boca Raton, FL; and two great-grandchildren, Kylie and Jackson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Maquoketa, or to Camp Courageous at www.campcourageous.org.

 



William F. Miller


William F. "Bill" Miller, 84, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday evening, January 28, 2016, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Bill's life will be held at 11 A.M., Tuesday, February 2, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday, February 1, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

William Francis Miller was born on January 3, 1932 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to William N. and Edna S. (Tietjen) Miller. He attended Jackson country school and was a 1949 graduate of Maquoketa High School. He married Leona H. Ehlers on November 25, 1951 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union three children were born: Steve, Diana and Brenda.

Bill had farmed in the Maquoketa area all of his life and had also sold seed corn for many years. In his younger years he had also worked as a school bus driver for the Preston Schools.

Bill had formerly served on the Preston Mutual Board of Directors and was a member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. He enjoyed dancing, bowling, playing cards and going to the casino. He loved to stay busy all the time socializing, visiting with friends, or drinking coffee.

Those left to honor Bill's memory include his children, Steve (Paula) Miller of Cedar Rapids, IA, Diana (Tom) Hooks of Moline, IL, and Brenda (Mark) Tebbe of Bellevue, IA; 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Leona on May 14, 2000.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a William F. "Bill" Miller memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Nicholas R. Hilby


Nicholas R. "Nick" Hilby, 31, of Menominee, Illinois, passed away on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at home of natural causes.

A prayer service will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 1, 2016 at the Nativity BVM Church at Menominee, Illinois. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Sunday and from 9:00 - 10:15 a.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.

Nick was born on June 7, 1984 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Robert J. and Margie Ann (Freiburger) Hilby. He was a graduate of Galena High School, class of 2002 and worked in construction for Galena Hillside Homes.

Nick loved farming, fishing, hunting, and endless games of euchre. He was also an avid Wisconsin Badgers and Chicago Bears fan. The most important thing to Nick was spending time with family, friends, and his beloved dogs King, Bella and Sadie. Nick had a smile that could light up a room, along with an infectious laugh that got you laughing right along with him. He had a heart of gold and was always there for the people he loved. 

Surviving are his parents, Margie (fiancée Ron Roth) Freiburger of East Dubuque, Illinois and Robert "Bob" (Polly) Hilby of Menominee, Illinois; his sister Wendy (Jeremy) Werner of Menominee, Illinois, step-sister, Katie (Jake) Symmonds of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and step-brother, Ben (Alex) Pluemer of Fort Campbell, Kentucky; niece and nephew, Avery & Isaac Werner; grandparents, Mary "Mame" Freiburger of Cuba City, Wisconsin and Cletus & Lois Hilby of Menominee, Illinois; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Nick was preceded in death by his grandfather, Henry "Hank" Freiburger, his aunt, Shelly (Freiburger) Reisen and his cousin Jared Fleege.

A Nicholas R. Hilby memorial fund has been established.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.millerfhed.com.