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Elizabeth A. Fuerst Eugene F. Schultz Gary M. Dangelser
George Barry Irene C. Dirks Janet Fessler
Jerry F. Heim Joe Szeibel Judith A. (Borkenhagen) Clark
Karen M. Kloser Katherine Grace Frett Lavern D. Ehrler
Lucina C. Haas Kerper Morris Marjorie E. Rohwedder Mary Helen Walter
Mrs. Donald (Geraldine A.) Oliver Mrs. Kathleen Klocker Pam Redick
Paul J. Lattner Raymond J. Sadler Rick Schiltz
Robert G. Tittle Scott A. Hermsen Teresa M. Welch
Terry J. Kilburg

Rick Schiltz

Rick Schiltz59 of Patterson, CA passed away Tuesday, September 17th in Merced County.

Mr. Schiltz was born in Dubuque, Iowa and was a resident of Patterson for 25 years. He was the owner of McAuley Ford for 25 years and a parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Patterson. Rick was dedicated to his community. He was active in Patterson Rotary, Patterson Youth Baseball and a former representative of the Patterson Economic Strategic Planning Commission and the City of Patterson Planning Commission

Rick enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his five grandchildren. He loved baseball, especially the Chicago Cubs. His lifetime wish came true when they won the World Series in 2016.

Mr. Schiltz is survived by his wife of 38 years, Marsha (Kemp) Schiltz of Pattersondaughter, Krystal (Ryan) Trinkler of Erie, CO; son, TJ (Shannon) Schiltz of Tracy; father, Jerry Schiltz of Jacksonville, NC; sisters, Debbie and Sue; brother, Garygrandchildren, Liam, Elijah, Rylee, Reese and Mackenzie. He was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia Schiltz. 

Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00am  Thursday,  September 26th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Patterson.

Donations may be made to: Father Connors Endowment Fund, PO Box 1174, Patterson, CA 95363 or the charity of choice. 

Services conducted by Hillview Funeral Chapel, Patterson.

Allan Heiar

Allan "Allie" Heiar, 92, of Bellevue, passed away on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 AM Monday, September 23, 2019 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue. A
visitation will be held from 2:00-6:00 PM on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church and again Monday morning from 9:00-10:00 AM at Hachmann Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue prior to mass. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Bellevue.

Allie was born to Clara (Yoeger) and Nick Heiar on September 26, 1926 in rural Bellevue in the farmhouse where he resided his entire life. He married Ruth Kilburg on October 11, 1950.

Allie felt truly blessed in all the important ways of life - the things money can't buy - like being a husband, a father, a grandfather and a great-grandfather. He was loved deeply, and his family will long remember his witty and unpredictable sense of humor. An avid gardener, Allie felt an obligation to plant enough potatoes to feed the whole family. When Allie wasn't farming or painting barns and houses, he spent time woodworking in his shop where he created a variety of hand-crafted items for his family.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife of 68 years, Ruth; sons Dave (Jane), Roger (Lou Ann), Rick (Lin Manders), Mark (Lori), a daughter Mary Jo (Randy) Gerardy and son-in-law Denny (Linda) Walgamuth. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. A sister, Verna Mae Ernst also survives him along with sisters-in law, Lucille Bormann, Berniece Bormann, Mildred Haxmeier, Marci Roling, Jean Hoffmann and Velma Kilburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Lavonne Walgamuth; grandchildren Justin and Ann Heiar; brother Richard; sisters and brothers-in-law Evelyn and Don Neubert, Valeta and Ronald Schmidt, Marilyn and Don Haxmeier, Raymond Ernst, LeRoy and Kathleen Kilburg, Sylvester Bormann, Vivian Bormann, Wayne Haxmeier, Glenn Roling, Merle Kilburg and Allan Hoffmann.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Jackson County for the care and compassion shown to Allie and the entire family.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

George Barry

George "Dan" Barry, age 62 of Dubuque, Iowa completed his earthly journey on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at home, surrounded by his loving family. Per Danny's request, a Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held on Sunday, September 22, 2019, from 1:00 until 5:00 p.m. at the Backpocket Taproom and Beercade, 333 East 10th Street, Dubuque. A private family burial will be held at the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Key West, Iowa, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Dan's family.

Dan was born on July 10, 1957 in Dubuque, one of ten children to Donald "Don" and Elizabeth "Betty" (Bertling) Barry. Dan flourished within his large family and quickly realized the value of family, friends and an honest day's work. He honorably joined the U.S. Army at the age of 17 and devoted 4 years of his life to protecting our freedoms on a daily basis. After leaving the Army, Dan went on to earn a few electronics degrees and soon began his working career in the field. He was one of the first computer repairmen in Illinois at the time and eventually went on to share his talents with the Bodine Electric Company, Renier's TV, Stereo & Video, and Frith Appliance. Dan was a naturally gifted electronics guru who eventually became the go-to man in the area. He could fix anything, would help anyone who asked and thankfully, remained generous and humble with his wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry as Dan was always able to explain his thoughts in a manner that the average listener could easily understand. He retired in 2018 due to health issues, but always took great pride in the path which he had blazed.  

Dan was also a man who appreciated a little downtime in his day. Fishing and hunting were top on his list in his early years, but as time passed, he found himself enjoying a few hours in a climate-controlled environment trying out his luck at the slot machines to be just as enjoyable. Helping with the cooking duties at the yearly hog roast at Georgie's Skyline was also a perfect way to spend a day off in Dan's mind. But truth be told, his grandkids were where his greatest joys could be found.  Hanging out, telling stories, or simply listening to how their day was going would always bring a joyful smile to Dan's face. He loved his entire family and not one ever had to wonder where his true loyalties fell.  Dan was not only a good and honest man and a man of his word, but he was also a very particular man when it came to the world around him. Religiously organized is probably an understatement and all who knew Dan were well aware of the fact that if he was in control of the task at hand, it was going to be meticulously perfect in his mind by the end. Our hearts are broken with the realization that Dan has lost his long and courageous battle, but we are also grateful for peace in time as we embrace the hope that Dan can now rejoin his loved one's who have been called home ahead of him. We will miss you deeply Dan, we love you dearly and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being exactly the man you were meant to be, and may we graciously add one final RTFM and GTS for good measure good Sir! 

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Dan's include,

his 4 children,
Josh (Sarah McCaughey) Barry, Dubuque, Iowa,
Jason Barry, Monroe, Wisconsin,
Tracy (Scott) Anderson, Nashville, Tennessee,
and Danielle (Jason Maas) Barry, Dubuque, Iowa;

his 10 grandchildren,
Josh Jr., Harlan, Dustin, Quinton, Nick, Donnie, Sequoia, Caleb, Charlie and Caitlyn;

his 7 siblings,
Linda Douglas, LaMotte, Iowa,
Jean Barry, Port St. Lucy, Florida,
Georgie Barry, Key West, Iowa,
Margy (Ron "Grumpy") Mueller, Dubuque, Iowa,
Cheryl (Dan) Lang, Dubuque, Iowa,
Ellen (Matt) Stuckey, Dubuque, Iowa,
and Fabian Barry, Dubuque, Iowa;

his sister-in-law,
Betsy Wubben, Hazel Green, Wisconsin;

his aunt,
Eileen Merfeld, Dubuque, Iowa;

along with countless nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, friends and neighbors.

Dan was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, Leo Burns; his son, Donald Jay; and his brothers, Donald Barry, Jr. and Scott Barry.

Dan, and his daughter, Danielle, would like to thank Bea and Brice Nagelmaker, Nikki Steger, Dr. Ott, Dr. Engelman, the staff at Mercy Hospital and Hospice of Dubuque (especially Jennifer Fondell) for all of their professional and compassionate care of Dan, and his family.  Also, a very special thank you to Caleb, Charlie, Caitlyn, along with all of Dan's brothers, sisters and close friends who showered Dan with unconditional and unwavering care and support the entire time.  The visits, texts, food, laughs, affection and simply checking in on him has surely made this difficult journey much easier.  May God bless you all for your kindnesses!

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Mary Helen Walter

Mary Helen Walter, 95, of Scales Mound, IL, passed away on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at her son Jack's home in Apple River, IL.

Services will be at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Scales Mound, where friends may call from 1:00 p.m. until the time of services. Burial will be in the Scales Mound Township Cemetery.

Mary Helen was born May 21, 1924 to Thomas and Zella (Cusack) Harris in Cuba City Township, Wisconsin. She was called Helen for most of her life because she had an Aunt Mary and a cousin Mary.

Helen's family moved many times during her childhood. She attended 7 different schools. On February 14, 1948 she married Calvin Walter at her parent's home in Monticello Township.

Helen and Cal farmed for most of their married life. When they moved from the farm Cal worked at Davis Farm Supply and the Country House Grocery in Scales Mound while Helen cleaned houses.

They loved to travel, visiting almost all 50 states and Helen also visited 3 European countries. They funded their travels by cutting grass for the Scales Mound Ciitzens Cemetery for many years.

Cal and Helen loved playing cards and their many grandchildren.

Helen is survived by daughter in law Jane Walters of Sauk City, WI, daughter Mary (John) Gross of Winnebago, IL, son Mike (Beth) Walter of Scales Mound, daughter Joann (Marvin) Schultz of Scales Mound, son Jack (Kim) Walter of Apple River, and son Ted (Sherry) Walter of Prince Rupert, Canada; 15 grandchildren, and many great grandchildren and step great grandchildren; and two sisters, Verna Glasgow of Scales Mound and Fern Scott of Fort Atkinson, WI.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Calvin Walter, son Jim Walters, grandson Todd Walter, brothers Dale and Orlin Harris and sister Hazel (Harris) Walter.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Paul J. Lattner

Paul Joseph "Pauly" Lattner, 54, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on September 18, 2019 at home after battling kidney failure.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where an informal service will be at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Olivet Cemetery. In honor of Pauly please wear your favorite sports apparel. (College, NFL, MLB or NASCAR).

Paul was born on February 19, 1965 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Allen and Carol (Maiers) Lattner. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1983. Pauly and his father Allen drove trucks for many years all over our beautiful country. Lastly, he was employed with Marty Arensdorf Quarries.

Pauly had a sense of humor like no other. On many trips to Iowa City he could point out every quarry on the way. The nurses in Iowa City were sad to see him leave because he made their day go faster. Pauly loved hunting, playing cards, and was an avid pool player. He enjoyed watching all sports especially NASCAR, he never missed a race, and watching the Dallas Cowboys.

He is survived by his mother Carol Lattner, of Dubuque (Jiggs Hoftender, of East Dubuque); siblings, Pam Vaassen-Sippel and her husband Scott, of Dubuque, Pat Lattner and his wife Kathy, of Long Grove, IA, and Peggy Flanagan and her husband Mike, of Dubuque. Nephews: Nick Vaassen (fiance Natalie Schildgen), Dylan Flanagan (Kristina Robey), Logan Flanagan, Mason Lattner, Tyler Sippel and Trevor Sippel, along with his step-mother Linda Lattner.

He is preceded in death by his father Allen Lattner; grandparents Lyle & Helen Lattner, Pete and Bertha Maiers along with many aunts, uncles and other relatives.

The family would like to thank Dr. John Whalen and the staff at Tri-State Dialysis, Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care they gave to Pauly. A special thank you to all of Pauly's friends that stopped to visit and enjoy his endless sense of humor and reminisce about old times and thank you to Jiggs Hoftender for taking Carol and Paul to Iowa City for his appointments.

Joe Szeibel

Joe Szeibel, 90, of Luther Manor in Dubuque, passed away on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at Luther Manor.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 23, 2019 at St. Raphael Cathedral with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday, September 22nd, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 1:00 p.m.

Joe Szeibel was born on October 25, 1928 in a small village, Vallaj, in Eastern Hungary. He was born into a modest family of little means. His parents were Pal Szeibel and Rozsa Praszler. Pal died during Joe's youth.

When World War II broke out, Joe enlisted in the Hungarian Army. He was only 16, but it was a ticket out of poverty. He was able to enter the Hungarian Military Academy, and became a quartermaster. He served for over 10 years in the Hungarian Army, achieving the rank of Lieutenant.

In 1955 Joe married Eva Szabo. Their only child Peter was born in 1956, just months before the Hungarian Revolt against the Soviets broke out. As a result of political upheaval and violence, Joe and Eva fled from Hungary with their infant son, under difficult circumstances, and immigrated to the United States.

After a few years in Trenton, New Jersey, the family moved to New York City. Joe took on jobs as an accountant, while Eva worked in mechanical drafting. Joe eventually landed a steady job with Air-India in New York. As an airline employee, he enjoyed travel benefits, and the family started to travel to other countries during vacations. Joe travelled extensively, visiting countries throughout Europe, Asia, and South America. He was fond of the tropics, especially the Hawaiian Islands. Joe's son Peter excelled academically, went to medical school, graduating with his M.D. in 1982. He trained in psychiatry and continues to work as a clinical psychiatrist.

Joe's wife Eva died in 1991 at the age of 59. Joe was devastated. By then, Peter had moved from New York to the Midwest. Joe was now all alone. He had no family left in New York. He continued working for a few years, and eventually retired from Air-India in 1997. He moved to Dubuque in 2002 to be near his son, his daughter-in-law Carmen Hernandez, and his three grandchildren, Hannah, Matthew, and Sarah. Hannah lives in Dubuque, and is married with two daughters, Isla and Penny Von Mulert. Matthew now lives in San Juan, Puerto Rico, while Sarah lives in San Francisco.

Joe's health took a turn for the worse in 2013, after which he was no longer able to live independently. He then lived with Peter and Carmen for four years, after which he was placed into a care facility. In his last years he struggled with Alzheimer's Disease, as well as declining physical health. He died at Luther Manor on Sept, 15, 2019.

Jerry F. Heim

Jerry F. Heim, 74, of Dubuque, formally of La Motte, IA, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday September 15, 2019 surrounded by the love of his family.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday September 19, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be said at 2:45 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 20th, 2019 at The Church of the Nativity with Father Lyle Wilgenbusch officiating. Burial will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery in Bernard, IA with military honors by the Iowa Army National Guard.

Jerry was born on May 26, 1945 in Bellevue, IA to Vincent and Elizabeth (Clasen) Heim. In 1963, he graduated from Holy Rosary High School in LaMotte, IA.

Jerry married Ginny (Esser/Shanahan) Heim on June 19, 1981. They spent 38 special years together.

Jerry worked for John Deere Dubuque Works for 12 years. He then went to work for Robert and Mary Schulte Construction, Orkin Pest Control and ended up retiring from Cascade Lumber in 2006. His two favorite employers were Robert and Mary Schulte and Cascade Lumber who always treated him like family. In addition, he served in the Iowa National Guard 1963 to 1967.

Jerry enjoyed fishing, camping, golfing, bowling, working in his workshop, playing euchre and blackjack with an occasional trip to the casino to play the penny slots. Upon retirement, Jerry and Ginny became snow birds for 3 years in Florida with Duane and Shirly Esser.

Jerry is survived by his wife Ginny of 38 years and 2 daughters, Sue (Mark) Howard of Basehor, KS, and Amiee Heim. His 2 grandchildren, William and Addison Howard. His brother Joe (Mary) Heim of Waverly, NE, Elaine (John) Pitts of Dubuque; Phylis Wolbers of Dubuque and Norb (Dee) Heim of Dubuque. Marlene (Steve) Sauser of Cascade; Duane (Shirley) Esser of Prairie du Chein WI; Jane (Doug) Ledbury of Alma, WI, Judy (Ken) Raisbeck of Cassville, WI and Bev Esser. His extended family, Eulaine (Jim) Hutchcroft Paul (Arlene) Shanahan, Bob Timmerman, George and Mary Felderman and Chuck (Mary) Shanahan. Plus many nieces and nephews.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents Vincent and Elizabeth Heim, brothers William and Jim Heim, brother in law Sam Wolbers, sister in law Marilyn Heim, father and mother in law Vincent and Marie Esser, Gary and Marsha Esser, his extended family, Ann Timmerman, Loras and Julie Shanahan, John and Isabelle Shanahan and Pat Shanahan.

Jerry was a proud papa to his two grandchildren, William and Addison. He often said William was his little pill who helped him fight many health battles since William was 9 months old and that Addison was the apple of his eye. He was always quick with a joke and enjoyed watching a good western.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to all the family, friends and to the neighbors of Andrew Court especially the Noel family who were always there when they needed help. Jerry and Shirley Tauke for the numerous games of Euchre. Dr. Cao and his nurse Melissa, Dr. Kahn, Finley Hospital, University of Iowa Health Systems, Dr. Schope and his nurse Lori and Hospice of Dubuque especially Jen, Amy and Ryan.

In lieu of flowers, a Jerry F Heim memorial fund has been established.

Bart L. Germaine

Bart Larry Germaine, 71, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 with family by his side after a nine-year battle with prostate cancer.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Ceremony of the Four Fives by the Dubuque County Firefighters will follow the service. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, September 23rd, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory where the Dubuque County Firefighters will assemble at 6:30 p.m.

Bart was born on July 16, 1948 in Dubuque the son of Leslie and Mary (Kiebler) Germaine. He graduated Dubuque Senior High School in 1966.

He started working at John Deere Dubuque Works in August 1966 and worked as a tool and die maker and later as a test fixture engineer in the construction and forestry department before retiring in 2013 after 47 years of service. Upon retirement, Bart enjoyed working with his son, Jason, and the crew of Germaine Electric

He married Sheila Graham on July 29, 1972 at St. Patrick's church in Dubuque.

Bart joined the Key West Fire Department in 1977 where he served as Captain, Chief, and Assistant Chief and retired from the department in 2015 after 38 years of volunteer service.

In younger years, he enjoyed drag racing at Cordova in his 1967 gold Chevelle; hunting, watching NASCAR races; fishing... Bart and Sheila enjoyed traveling, especially after their retirement when they traveled to Alaska, Hawaii, and eastern Canada and New England; they also enjoyed their time spent in Ft. Myers, Florida during the winter months.

He was a member of the UAW Local 94, Iowa Firefighters Association, Dubuque County Firefighters Association, and past member of Iowa Fire Chief Association.

In 2011, Bart was inducted into the Dubuque County Fire Association "Hall of Flame".

He is survived by his wife Sheila; children Jason (fiance, Alyssa Hrubes) Germaine, Julie (Jim) Earp; grandchildren, Kaily (Andrew) Belken, Aiden Germaine, Owen Earp; Step-grandchildren, Emmer, Elli, Max; Sisters, Mary Trenkamp, Leslie (John) Oswald; sister-in-law, Molly (Mike) Casey; Brothers-in-law, Roger Ege, Bill (Jackie) Graham, Robert (Samantha) Graham; Niece, Ginny (Lars) Lindgren; Nephews, Shane (Jennifer) Oswald, Kirk (Becky) Oswald, Carl (Belinda) Ege, Russell (Tonya) Trenkamp, Tommy Casey, Timmy Casey, Jackson Graham.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Sister, Charmaine Ege; Sister-in-law, Peggy Ketch; Brother-in-law, Tony Trenkamp.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Gus Harb and the staff of Urological Associates in Davenport, Dr. Mark Hermann, Hospice of Dubuque (especially Scott, Amy, Ryan), and members of the Key West Fire Department.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.

Cornelius James Bradley

Cornelius James "Jimmy" Bradley, 93, of La Motte, Iowa passed away on September 15, 2019 at Ennoble Manor.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Thursday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Paul Gammelin officiating. Burial will follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

He was born on August 17, 1926 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Gordon and Belle (May) Bradley.

He married Lois Ann Bormann on April 29, 1951 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in La Motte, and together they had three children.

Jimmy farmed all his life in Jackson County. He enjoyed spending time in his shop, but most of all he was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife Lois Ann; two children Dennis (Sharon) Bradley, of La Motte and Douglas (Renee) Bradley of Bellevue. Two grandchildren, Dallas (Ben) Urbain and Rebecca (Jake) Kilburg; step grandchildren, Audra Ernst & Adam Stark great grandchildren, Lilly, Colten, Nathan, Caden, Tatum, and Josie. One brother Richard Bradley.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Dixie Clasen and her husband Rick Clasen, siblings Gordon Bradley and Evelyn Smith.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.

The family would like to thank Ennoble Manor Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Jimmy.

Dale J. Kenkel

Dale J. Kenkel, 65, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, September 15, 2019.

Friends may greet the family from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, September 19, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd., Dubuque.

Dale was born May 23, 1954 in Dubuque, the son of John "Jack" Dale and Janet Louise (Chunat) Kenkel. He graduated as Salutatorian from West Dubuque High School. During his high school career, he was an excellent athlete, and held many school records. Brilliant in math, Dale went on to attend Loras College, graduating with his BA in Mathematics.

He was an avid chess player, earning Master status, and teaching his children the game. Dale loved to compete and play all sorts of games, from card games and cribbage to all kinds of sports. Family was everything to Dale, and his happiest moments were spent playing games during family get-togethers.

Dale is survived by four children, Aaron (Melissa) Kenkel of East Dubuque, IL, Seth Kenkel of Champaign, IL, Kaylyn (fiancé Connor Bloyer) Kenkel of Mount Horeb, WI, and Branden Kenkel of Asbury; three grandchildren, Annabelle Kenkel, John "Jack" Kenkel, and William Kenkel, all of East Dubuque; his mother, Janet Kenkel of Dubuque; two brothers, Douglas (Sherri) Kenkel of Epworth, and David Kenkel of Dubuque; one sister, Dori (Carey) Witt of Volente, TX; his longtime companion, Elizabeth "Liz" McAvoy of Dubuque and her family; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, John "Jack" Kenkel; and several aunts and uncles who loved Dale very much.

Memorials may be made to the family.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Terry J. Kilburg

Terry J. Kilburg, 53, of Springbrook, Iowa passed away on Friday, September 13, 2019 in St. Joseph Hospital, Ann Arbor, Michigan surrounded by his family.

Services will be 10:30 AM Saturday, September 21, 2019 at St. Peter and Paul Church in Springbrook. Visitation will be Friday, September 20, 2019 from 4:00 PM -7:00 PM at Hachmann Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Bellevue, Iowa. There will also be visitation from 9:30-10:30 on Saturday morning at the church. Burial with Military Honors conducted by Bellevue American Legion Post #273 will be in the church cemetery.

Terry was born in Dubuque, Iowa on February 3, 1966. On February 22, 1966 he was placed in the loving arms of Alice (Sieverding) and Lorin Kilburg. Terry was a 1984 graduate of Marquette High School and a member of the baseball team. He joined the U.S. Army Rangers and served in the 101st Airborne Division where he dutifully served in Germany, Egypt and Panama. After his service to the U.S. military, he was employed at Innovative Ag Services in Andrew, Iowa and later worked at Cloos & Sons in Springbrook, Iowa. Terry also served as a firefighter for the Springbrook and Andrew fire departments as well as assisting EMT responders.

Terry enjoyed hunting, fishing, shooting darts and being in the outdoors. His kind heart and helpful nature continued after death as his organs were donated to the Gift of Life program in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Terry's final gift of organ donation restored life's promise for several families and gives honor to the precious gift of life.

Survivors include Terry's mother, Alice Kilburg; his children Jessup Kilburg (fiancé Samantha Hanson), Mikayla Kilburg (significant other Jeremy Cruse) and future granddaughter, Tyler and Nick Kilburg; his sisters Jane (Dave) Heiar, Judy (Dave) Herrig, Carole (Joe) Kies and Barb (John) Flammang. He is also survived by his loving and dedicated friend, Julia Boop, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Terry's earthly struggles and pain have ended and, he is welcomed into eternal rest by his dad, Lorin Kilburg, grandparents Melvin and Luella Kilburg, Cletus and Clara Sieverding and numerous other relatives.

Terry's family would like to express deep gratitude to the St. Joseph Hospital staff in Ann Arbor for their compassionate and expert care. The doctors and nurses in ICU and the pastoral team offered ever-present dedication and concern. In addition, the Michigan Gift of Life Team provided extraordinary support in navigating the journey of organ donation, especially the "Honor Walk" which was a moving tribute as Terry left the hospital to become an organ donor.

Memorials to honor Terry's life may be made to Springbrook Fire & EMS or to a charity of choice.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Katherine Grace Frett

Katherine Grace Frett, 12, of Peosta, Iowa, passed away Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Children's Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, after a lifelong battle with congenital heart disease.

Friends and relatives may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Thursday, September 19, 2019 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Peosta, Iowa, with a wake service to be held at 7:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. Friday September 20th at the Church. The Reiff Funeral home in Epworth, Iowa is in charge of arrangements. Services for Katherine will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 20, 2019 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Peosta, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Burial will be held in St. John's Cemetery in Centralia, Iowa.

Katherine was born June 12, 2007 in Iowa City, Iowa, daughter of James and Jennifer (Goodman) Frett. She was just entering her 6th grade year at Drexler Middle School in Farley, IA. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Peosta, IA.

She was small in stature but made up for it in personality. Her smile would light up a room, and her laugh was infectious. She touched so many people in her short life. Her joy for living, even through all her health battles, could not be ignored by anyone who ever met her. She had such a wonderful heart.

She loved the theatre, cats, movies, music, video games, spending time with her friends and cousins, the great outdoors, and her big brother. She was thrilled to be one of the first girls to join Cub Scouts. She met new experiences with enthusiasm. She loved learning the behind-the-scenes of how movies were made, and dreamed of being an animator and screenplay writer.

She is survived by her parents, James and Jennifer Frett of Peosta, IA; a brother, Sean Frett at home; her maternal grandparents, Matt and Jill Goodman of Spragueville, IA; paternal grandparents, Bernie and Phyllis Frett of Preston, IA; great grandparents, Allen and Marilyn Paulsen of Delmar, IA and Duane and Mildred Jacobsen of Washington Island, WI; many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her paternal great grandparents, Ben and Elizabeth Frett and John and Regina Clasen and her maternal great grandfather, Paul Goodman.

The family of Katherine would like to thank the University of Iowa Children's Hospital, the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford and the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin for all their care and support and a special thanks to the donor of the heart that Katherine received giving her the greatest gift, another chance at life.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Teresa M. Welch

Teresa M. Welch, 81, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on September 12, 2019, at Center at Cordera Skilled Facility in Colorado Springs after an extended illness.

A funeral mass celebrating Teresa's life will be held at 2 P.M., Friday, September 20, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M., Thursday, September 19, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa where the Rosary will be recited at 4:30 P.M. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Teresa was born to Henry and Martha Rollinger on May 26, 1938 in Bernard Iowa. Teresa then moved to Maquoketa and lived there until the death of her husband in 1985. At that time she moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado where her oldest daughter lived. She lived there until her death.

Teresa met the love of her life, John Welch and they got married on January, 21, 1955. To this union were born 3 children, Christine, Kathy and Ken. Teresa enjoyed being a stay at home mother until 1976 when she went to work as a Nurses Aid at Maquoketa Community Hospital. Teresa then worked at Medallion Assisted Living in Colorado Springs until her retirement in 2003.

Upon retirement, Teresa moved to Village at the Bluffs in Colorado Springs, where she lived for 17 years and was one of the first residents to move in. Teresa enjoyed all things Iowa Hawkeyes, Denver Broncos and the Colorado Rockies. She also enjoyed knitting blankets, hats and especially Christmas stockings for each of her children and their spouses and grandchildren, but most of all she was the most happiest when all of her family was around!

She is survived by her children, Christine McNeely (Don) of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Kathy Napier of Williamstown, Kentucky, and Ken Welch (Theresa) of Madrid, Iowa; her grandchildren, Tom McNeely, Mike McNeely (Sami), Dave McNeely (Holly), John Goodrich (Danielle), Cannon Goodrich, Br. Pier Giorgio Maria Welch and Olivia Welch; great-grandchildren, Alice McNeely, Abbie McNeely, TJ Irvine and Hoyt Goodrich; siblings, Joan McClimon of Dyersville, IA, and Joe (Janet) Rollinger of Maquoketa, IA; and a sister-in-law Joy Rollinger.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 30 years, John Welch, siblings Donald Rollinger, Kay Kiel, Jerry Rollinger, sister-in-law Helen Rollinger, brothers-in-law Bunce Kiel and John McClimon, daughter-in-law Robin Welch and son-in-law Bobby Napier.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the Religious Order of her grandson, The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal 523 W. 142nd St. New York City, NY 10031.

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Robert G. Tittle

Robert G. "Bob" Tittle, 69, of Dubuque, Iowa went home to be with Jesus in the early morning hours of September 14th, 2019 after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

Visitation for Bob will be from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. A funeral service will be held at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday with his son, Shane Blakeley officiating. Military honors by American Legion Post #6 will be accorded following the service.

Bob was born on July 12, 1950 in Dubuque, Iowa; he came into this world with his beloved twin brother Richard, who precedes him in death. A half brother George Tittle Jr. survives, and his much-loved sister Virginia Darnell precedes him in death. He is survived by his dearly loved niece Connie McDonald.

He grew up in the little area of Daytonville (now Heritage Pond), as a young man Bob was a "hell raiser". He enlisted in the Army at 17 and served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. He used to say, "I cannot believe I've lived as long as I have." He gave full credit for that to me; his wife of 43 years and I gladly took it because my precious time with Bob was certainly no walk in the park.

It was growing up in that little area he so loved, where Bob met his life-long "best friend" Don Rusk and you can imagine they had many adventures together. Later in life God gave him another "best friend" Ron "Grumpy" Mueller who kept him laughing to the end. How blessed he was for God to have gifted him with these two and he knew it every day of his life.

Bob was the hardest worker and most honest man I've ever known. He married Mary (Smith) Blakeley and together they raised two amazing children. Shane Blakeley and Kelly Tittle. When younger Bob also loved and help raise Stacy Heim. He was a loving grandfather and great grandfather.

Bob worked at Trausch Bakery until retirement, he then went to work for his best friend Don Rusk at Rusk Metal Co. He loved that! His life had come full circle!

He loved to visit with friends especially Grumpy, drink coffee and laugh. He always knew someone everywhere we went. I could go on, but he didn't leave a big inheritance, what he left me is priceless. Let me just say he was loved by many and will be missed by all who really knew him. Especially his little dog "Dolittle" who he adored.

Special thanks to Hospice of Dubuque and in particular Jen Fondell who has not only been with us thru this tragedy but has truly become a member of our family. Most of all thank you to Marge Mueller who has kept me going. Thank you to Leonard Funeral Home for all you're doing.

Most of all thank you Jesus for dying for us, John 3:16, so I know right where Bob is.

Gary M. Dangelser

Gary M. Dangelser, 68, of Bellevue, Iowa passed away July 15, 2019 from injuries sustained from a tragic motorcycle accident he and his wife were involved in near Elizabeth, Illinois on July 7, 2019. Gary was surrounded by his loving family.

Memorial Services will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 19, 2019 at. St. John's Lutheran Church in Bellevue, Iowa. Family will greet friends from 9:30 a.m. until the service at the church.

He was born May 3, 1951 in Estherville, Iowa, the oldest son of Philip and Rose (Arend) Dangelser. He graduated from Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, Fonda, Iowa in 1969. He also achieved his Industrial Technology degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1974 and was immediately hired by John Deere Works Waterloo and retired after 42 years from John Deere Corporate. He married Constance (Connie) Pixley on December 30, 1998 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Survived by his wife, Constance "Connie" Pixley-Dangelser; daughter Charity (Josh) Dangelser of Iowa; son Luke (Nicole) Dangelser of Davenport, Iowa; daughter Lezlea (Christopher) Dahlke of Winona, Minnesota; son Samuel (Emily) Pixley of Portland, Oregon; grandchildren, Mary Jo of Iowa; Chase Allen, Jamison Allen, Owen Dangelser, and Jase Dangelser of Davenport, Iowa; Caroline, Ava, and Calvin Dahlke of Winona, Minnesota; Soren and Alina Lou Pixley of Portland, Oregon; as well as many dear family and friends.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Philip and Rose; brothers, Steven and Lynn; brother-in-law, Ron Lundberg and sister-in-law, Mary Moses.

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Lavern D. Ehrler

Lavern D. "Vern" Ehrler, 55, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away on Friday, September 13, 2019 accidently at home..

Services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 19, 2019 at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church at Schapville, IL (rural Scales Mound), with Rev. James Mehltretter officiating.  Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena, IL.

Friends and relatives of Vern may call from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday and after 9:15 a.m. on Thursday at Sherpherd of the Hills Lutheran Church. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.

Vern was born on December 3, 1963 in Galena, IL, the son of Melvin G. and Mary E. (Wachter) Ehrler.  He was a graduate of Scales Mound High School, the class of 1982. Vern was employed at Rite Hite Corporation in Dubuque, IA, for thirty plus years.

His social life consisted of playing pool, darts, bowling, golf, cards, boating and being with friends at some of their favorite places. He was an avid Chicago Bears and Cubs fan. Vern was a life-long member of Sherpherd of the Hills Lutheran Church at Schapville.

Vern will truly be missed by a multitude of family and friends from the entire tri-state area.

Surviving are his siblings, Janice Radabaugh of Galena, IL, Kay Hesselbacher of Apple River, IL, Marie (Harold "Jim") Moser of Galena, Mel (Deb) Ehrler of East Dubuque, Ronald "Ron" (Connie) Ehrler and Kathy (Marvin) Gerlich both of Galena, and Nancy (Stephen) Petsche of Lena, IL; numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Mary; three brothers, George, David and Jim; sister-in-law, Vicky Hesselbacher Ehrler, brothers-in-law, Loren Hesselbacher and Dean Radabaugh and a great niece Gabby Petsche.

In lieu of flowers, a LaVern D. "Vern" Ehrler memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at



Pam Redick

Pam Reddick, 72, of Dubuque, died Saturday, September 14, 2019, at her home, after a sudden illness surrounded by her loved ones.

Visitation will be from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Road.

Pam was born September 29, 1946, in Iowa City, the daughter of Glen and Juanita Christensen Larsen. On August 18, 1974, she married Les Reddick in Danforth Chapel in Iowa City. She had one daughter, René.

She was a 1965 graduate of Iowa City High School and attended Kirkwood Community College and University of Iowa studying sociology.

While her husband was in law school, Pam worked many jobs. After law school, she became a housewife. She loved her adopted town after moving to Dubuque 42 years ago, calling it "our little piece of heaven". She was ecstatic when her daughter René moved back to Dubuque from the west coast after a long absence.

She was an avid bowler and belonged to many leagues. She made lifelong friends through bowling and served on the Board of the Dubuque Women's Bowling Association. She loved to read and cried when her favorite author, James A. Michener died. She had a great sense of humor and loved to play euchre, dominoes, and her Wednesday afternoon cards with "the Girls", who she was close to and felt like they were family. She was a welcoming hostess and loved to decorate her home and her beautiful gardens. She adored her three puppies, Bo, Sammy and Leila, who remain waiting for her at the back door.

Survivors include her husband, Les of Dubuque; one daughter, René (Kevin Kraus) Reddick of Dubuque; one brother, Phillip (Jan) Larsen of Ely, MN and their children, Brad & Amy Larsen.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A memorial has been established for Dubuque Regional Humane Society.

The family thanks the medical staff at Finley Hospital and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and the professional staff at Hospice of Dubuque for their kind and loving care in Pam's last hours.

A photo tribute can be viewed and condolences can be sent to the family by visiting Pam's obituary at


Bernard R. Dansart

Bernard R. "Bernie" Dansart, 86, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, friends and an abundance of love, on September 14, 2019 at Hawkeye Care Center, of pulmonary fibrosis.  Visitation will be from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Monday, September 16 at the Church of the Resurrection followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. Bob Beck officiating.  Bernie will have a natural burial as a Franciscan Associate.

Bernie was born on June 2, 1933 in Chicago, IL, son of Edmund J. Dansart, a postman and Angela M. (Davidson) Dansart, a homemaker.  He grew up on the south side of Chicago, the fifth of seven children, and attended St. Gall Parish School and De La Salle High School, both in Chicago, IL.

In 1951 he entered the Christian Brothers Novitiate in Glencoe, Missouri.  He earned a Bachelors and Masters Degree from St. Mary's College, Winona, MN, in 1955 and 1962 respectively.  

Beginning in 1955, Bernie taught biology a various Catholic high schools.  In 1972, he earned a Doctorate in Counselor Education from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL.

On April 14, 1973, Bernie married Marilyn Neubert at Christ the King Newman Center in DeKalb, IL.  In 1974, Bernie and Marilyn moved to Dubuque, where Bernie was a Professor of Counselor Education at Loras College, until his retirement in 2000, after which he continued as Professor Emeritus.  During his years at Loras College he trained students who went on to become school counselors throughout Northeastern Iowa.

Bernie enjoyed a lifelong love of reading.  In his younger years, he was a tennis player and long-distance runner, having participated in many tri-state area road races over the years.

Bernie is survived by his wife, Marilyn of Dubuque; children, Ann (Ravi) Hirekatur of Madison, WI and Philip (Meggie Borboa) of El Segundo, CA; grandchildren, Melkiya and Zerihun Hirekatur; brother, David (Mary Anne) Dansart; and sisters, Joanne (Raymond) Wagner and Rita (Tom) Madeja; sister in law, Elaine (Bill) Yoakum of Sugar Grove, IL; and many nephews, nieces and friends.

Bernie was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Edmund Dansart; sisters, Mary Jane Lehner and Patricia Cibach; and his dear lifelong friend, Joel Gorun in March of 2019.

Donations may be made to Christian Foundation for Children and Aging or the Sister Water Project.

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The family would like to thank Marilyn Gorun, the friends who visited and prayed for Bernie and hosted us, Hospice of Dubuque, and the staff of Hawkeye Care Center.



Donald D. Deweber

Donald D. "Mr. Checkers" Deweber, 81, of Dubuque, passed away on Friday, September 13, 2019 at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque, Iowa. Gravesite services will be at 11:00 am, Friday, September 20, 2019 at St. John Lutheran Church Cemetery, located just south of Bellevue, Iowa.

Don was born February 16, 1938 in Pawnee City, Nebraska, the son of Charles and Maxime (Warnke) Deweber. He graduated from Manchester College in Indiana on May 29, 1969 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He taught biology and history for fourteen years at a high school in Nebraska before moving to Dubuque, where he owned and operated Dr. Pet in Kennedy Mall until his retirement.

Don had the world's largest checker book library (Caldwell-Windt Library of Checkers). This library was donated to the Loras College Rare Book Library. The checker sets and memorabilia were donated to the Branson, Missouri Toy Museum.

Don enjoyed playing checkers, running checker tournaments and attending church services and activities.

Survivors include his sister, Reta (Lloyd) Erickson and his fiancée and long time companion and caregiver, Rebecca Noble. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.

Daniel J. Wackershauser

Daniel J. "Dan" Wackershauser, 66, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Friday, September 13, 2019, at home. Services will be 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Private family burial will take place in the church cemetery at a later date. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City. Friends may also call from 10-11:15 a.m. Wednesday at the church before the service.

Dan was born on December 14, 1952, in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the son of Wilfred H. "Bud" and Marian T. (Johns) Wackershauser. He married Patricia L. Welk on October 26, 1989, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dan graduated from Cuba City High School and attended UW- Platteville. He worked at John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works, owned and operated DJ's Bar in Cuba City, sold real estate, was a motor coach driver for 35 years logging over 3 million miles, and owned D&D Custom Travel LLC in Cuba City. An avid sports fan, he loved the Badgers, Packers and Brewers, attending spring training camp this year in Arizona with his son, Dan Jr. Dan loved being a grandpa. His grandchildren lit up his life.

Survivors include his wife, Pat; his children and grandchildren, Dan Wackershauser Jr, and his children, Abby and Hailee, Platteville, Heidi Wackershauser, and her children, Miranda, Christopher and Tyson, Cuba City, and Kari (Jorge) Lopez, and her children, Devan and Ellie, Kieler; his sister, Nancy (Sam) Droessler, Kieler, his nephew, Brad (Melissa) Droessler, Madison; his niece, Holly (Jason) Krieger, Madison; a great-nephew, Finn Krieger; his in-laws, James Welk, Keith Welk, Linda (John) Rasmusson, Nancy Olson, and Janet (Steve) Saxton; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bud and Marian, and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gene and Mildred Welk.

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Elizabeth A. Fuerst

Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Fuerst, 85, of Dubuque, died peacefully Friday, September 13, 2019, at the Bethany Home in Dubuque surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM Monday, September 16, 2019, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. The Mass of Christian Burial for Betty will be 10:00 AM Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at Church of the Nativity with Rev. Father Andy Upah as the Celebrant. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Born April 27, 1934, in Dubuque, IA, she was the daughter of Louis and Agnes Mastin Fischer. On May 21, 1955, she married Fred M. Fuerst in St. Columbkille's Catholic Church in Dubuque. He passed away May 21, 2001 on their 46th wedding anniversary.

She worked at Stampfers Department Store before purchasing their home and then was a homemaker.

She was a member of Church of the Nativity. She liked to read and was a collector of many things including antiques and cookbooks. She especially enjoyed traveling with her husband and cherished spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include her six daughters, Carol Krohmer, Cindy Fuerst, Cathy (Tim) Moler, Connie (Doug) Moyer, Christine (Roger Maber) Fuerst, and Candy (David) Raymond, all of Dubuque; nine grandchildren, Heather, Mike, Becky, Justyn, Nick, Maranda, Emilee, Noah, and Fred; five great-grandchildren, Sophia, Hadyn, Kynick, Erik, and Tyler; two sisters, Mary (Don) Wright of Cascade, IA and Barb (Eldon) Wear of Gainesville, FL; and one brother, Bill (Kay) Fischer of Arizona; and her cat Sophie.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, one brother in infancy, and her cat Cheetos.

The family thanks Hospice of Dubuque, Bethany Home, and Dr. Konz and her nurse, Sherry, for their special care of Betty.

A photo tribute can be viewed and condolences can be sent to the family by visiting Betty's obituary at


Mrs. Donald (Geraldine A.) Oliver

Mrs. Donald (Geraldine A.) Oliver, 90, formerly of 351 Highland Drive, East Dubuque, IL, died Thursday, Sep. 12, 2019, at Bethany Home, in Dubuque, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 14, 2019 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Peter Snieg officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. on Saturday at St. Mary's Church. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.

Gerry was born on August 9th, 1929 in Flint, MI, daughter of Edward and Marie (Cluka) Knaeble. She was a 1947 Graduate of Immaculate Conception Academy, Dubuque IA.

She married Donald C. Oliver July 29, 1950 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, East Dubuque.

She worked as a Receptionist in the office of Dr. Leslie M. Fitzgerald while attending night classes at the former Bayless Business College in Dubuque. She then worked in the offices of Drs. Earl and Joe Locher, Sr. as Dental Assistant and Lab Technician. When she and Don began their family, she stayed home until the youngest of their five children went to Kindergarten. She then worked nights for a short time at Finley Hospital as a Switch Board Operator and Night Admitting Clerk. Then she worked for 16 years at Clarke College as Secretary to the Director of Graduate Studies.

She was an active member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in East Dubuque and their Altar & Rosary Society. She was a Charter Member of the Gramercy Park Foundation and originally served as Treasurer for several years. She represented ICA on the All Former Catholic High School's Graduating Class of 1947 Planning Committee.

Her favorite sports were Alpine Skiing and Golf. She was a member of the Sundown Ski Resort and the Lacoma Ladies Day Golf League. She liked to play Bridge and was a member of several Bridge Clubs. She also enjoyed the many river trips she and Don took up and down the Mississippi river with their friends.

She loved being involved in their children's lives, especially celebrating special occasions with them and watching their grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow and flourish.

Surviving are her husband Donald C. Oliver, a son, Larry (Diane) Oliver of East Dubuque; four daughters: Sandy (Tom Sitzmann) Schnee, Cindy (Lee Theis) Oliver of Dubuque, Amanda O'Connor of Seal Beach CA and Sarah Oliver of East Dubuque; six Grandchildren and five Great-grandchildren, and two very dear sister's-in-law. Carol (Oliver) Boal of Dubuque and Kay (Oliver) Zillig of East Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Jim Knaeble.

We would like to thank the staff at Bethany Home for their kind care in the final years of her life.

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Lucina C. Haas Kerper Morris

Lucina C. "Lou" Haas Kerper Morris, 93 of New Vienna, Iowa passed away Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at Oak Crest Manor, Dyersville.

Visitation will be held 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, September 15, 2019, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, New Vienna. Visitation will continue Monday from 9-10 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 16, 2019, St. Boniface Catholic Church with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Lou was born July 1, 1926 in rural Guttenberg, Iowa the daughter of Hubert and Anna (Drilling) Haas. She married Arthur E. "Bob" Kerper on June 9, 1949 in Garnavillo; he passed away on May 2, 1958. She then married Richard E. "Dick" Morris on June 15, 1973 in New Vienna, Iowa. He passed away May 5, 2002.

Lou worked for many years as a bank teller in local area banks. She also worked as a bookkeeper at Kerper Produce, the Dyersville Sale Barn on Thursdays and Morris Livestock.

Lou was a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary 9th district in New Vienna and was past president.

She was an avid euchre player and a league bowler for many years. Lou volunteered delivering meals for senior citizens for 11 years. She was the New Vienna citizen of the year in 2010.

Lou was a member of the New Vienna Historical Society and served as a tour guide at the Heritage House. She loved cooking for and entertaining family and friends and was always interested in her grandchildren and great grandchildren's activities. She was a Cardinals baseball fan and enjoyed watching Chris and Craig play for the Farley Hawks.

Survivors include her children: Steve (Linda Goedken) Kerper, Rick Kerper both of New Vienna, Karen (Steve) Tapke of Dyersville, 7 grandchildren: Chris (Danielle) Kerper, Cheryl (James) Biermann, and Craig (fiancé Allison Koss) Kerper, Justin (Jennifer) Kerper, Melissa (Brian) Mensen, Jennifer (Adam) Oberbroeckling, and Nicole (Sean) Stelken, 12 great grandchildren, Elisabeth, Alexander Kerper, Max, Elena Biermann, Ethan, Madison Kerper, Rylie, Karlie, Tate Mensen, Emma, Ava, Oberbroeckling, Olivia Stelken, brother: Lavern (Bernice) Haas, and sister-in-law: Norma Kerper.

She was preceded in death by her parents, parents-in-law, Otto and Anna Kerper, husbands Bob and Dick, granddaughter Emily Kerper, siblings: Anita (Alfred) Klosterman, Erwin Haas, Imelda (James) Boeckenstedt, Aletha (Edwin) Engelken, in-laws: John Kerper, Mary (Louis) Fell, Sr. Ann Marie Kerper, Theresa (Roland) Domeyer, Albert Kerper, Anthony (Iola) Kerper, James (Kathy) Kerper, Donald Kerper, and half brother-in-law, Leo Kinser.

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Karen M. Kloser

Karen M. Kloser, 66, of Epworth, Iowa and formerly of Worthington, IA, passed away, Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at Mercy One Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Karen may call from 9 to 11 a.m., Monday, September 16, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa. Services for Karen will be held at 11:30 a.m., Monday, September 16, 2019 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa, with Fr. Steven Lange officiating. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa.

She was born April 13, 1953 in Peosta, Iowa, daughter of Walter and Arlyce (Westhoff) Clapham. She is a graduate of Western Dubuque High School in Epworth. On November 27, 1971 she was united in marriage to Robert Kloser at Holy Family Catholic church in Peosta, Iowa.

She was employed at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville in the Housekeeping department.

She enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren, attending their games and activities and playing cards. She loved listening to country music, and especially loved spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Kloser of Epworth; four children; Terry (Alta) Kloser of Greeley, Jennifer (Duane) Sadler of Lisbon, Brian (Liz) Kloser of Nichols, and Scott (Pam) Kloser of Marion; her grandchildren, Cory Kloser, Adam Kloser, Aaron Kloser, Kaitlyn Kloser, Skylar Sadler, Wesley Sadler, Ryan Kloser, Emily Burke, Tyler Kloser, Brennen Kloser and Jack Kloser; her mother, Arlyce Clapham; her siblings, Bonnie (Bill) Steines of Dubuque, Gary (Kathy) Clapham of Dyersville, Bill (Karen) Clapham, Rick (Bev) Clapham both of Dubuque, Lynn (Ralph) Delaney of Peosta, Judy (Bob) Rosenow of Epworth, Nancy (Chris) Rondeau of Peosta and Fr. Steve Lange of Cuba City, WI.

She was preceded in death by her father, Walter Clapham; one sister, Kathy Lange.

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David A. Rea

David A. Rea, 79, of Bernard, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Dave may call from 1 to 7 p.m., Sunday, September 15, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Services for Dave will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, September 16, 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fillmore, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Fillmore, Iowa.

He was born April 4, 1940 in Bernard, Iowa, son of Oliver and Florence (McCarthy) Rea. He received his education in the Sacred Heart School in Fillmore and graduated from Loras Academy in Dubuque, Iowa.

On June 23, 1962, he was united in marriage to Geraldine "Gerry" Lynch at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa.

He owned and operated David Rea Trucking.

He is a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Fillmore, a lifetime member of the Dubuque County Saddle Club and a member of the Knights of Columbus-Council #930. Dave was also a former Prairie Creek Township Trustee, and served on the Aquin School Board, the Sacred Heart Church of Fillmore Parish Board and was a 4-H Leader.

He is survived by his wife, Gerry Rea of Bernard; six children, Linda (Brian) Martin of Zwingle, Mike (Bridget) Rea of Cascade, Julie (Nolan) Ford of Tipton, Mary Jo (Jonathan) Jordan of Yorkville, IL, Angie (Darrin) Treptow of Dunkerton, Anthony "Tony" (LaKesha) Rea of Peosta; nineteen grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; one brother, Pat (Ruth) Rea of Bernard; six sisters, Kay McDonnell of Bernard, Anna Ruth O'Shea of Overland Park, KS, Mary George of Dickeyville, WI, Nancy (Jim) Oglesby of Cuba City, WI, Joyce (Al) Koster of Asbury and Lois Wubben of Oregon, WI; brothers and sisters-in-law, Mary Kay (James) McDonald of Marion, Helen (Joe) Burlage of Worthington, Richard (Joyce) Lynch of Cascade, Elaine (Norman) Jacobson of Springville, Joe (Jean) Lynch of Cascade and Lois Lynch of Bernard.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandchild, Jessica Martin; two brothers, James (Valeria) Rea and Michael Rea; a sister, Sr. Lois Ann Rea, OSF; brothers-in-law, Paul McDonnell, Willie George, Ray Wubben, Jim O'Shea and John Lynch; and his parents-in-law, Gerald and Harriet Lynch.

The family would like to thank the Staff at Shady Rest Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Jeanette and Jennie, and Rev. Douglas Loecke for all the care and support they gave to Dave.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Janet Fessler

Janet Fessler, 82, of Asbury, Iowa and most recently of Assisi Assisted Living in Dubuque passed away on September 11, 2019.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 13th, 2019 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Friday at the church. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, IA is in charge of arrangements.

Janet was born on August 17, 1937 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Ken and Elizabeth (Jochum) Hammel. She married Robert "Bob" Fessler on October 4, 1958 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dubuque.

Janet worked at Pickle Barrell Subs, Big Apple Bagels and most recently at the Hy-Vee Bakery on Asbury.

Mom was an angel on earth. According to Merriam Webster, an angel is "a person with exemplary conduct or virtue and a spiritual being to act as a messenger of God." Mom encompassed what it meant to be an angel.

She is survived by her children Ann Hansen, of Manitowoc, WI, Susan (John) O'Neill, of Janesville, WI, Robert "Bob" (Deborah) Fessler, of Pella, IA, Francis (Tammy) Fessler, of Brentwood, TN, Jeannette Fessler, of Dubuque, Andy (MariEllen) Fessler, of Hazel Green, WI, and Nichole (Chad) Schockemoehl, of Dubuque; 23 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren; one brother Bob (Joyce) Hammel.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Bob; her mother and father-in-law; sister Rita Bettcher and brothers Jim and Jack Hammel.

A Janet Fessler memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Covey, Dr. Mohr and the staff at Stonehill Care Center and Assisi Village for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Janet.

Donald R. Sheldon

Donald R. Sheldon, age 52, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home unexpectedly on August 26, 2019, at home. To honor Don's life funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m., on Saturday at Behr Funeral Home, with Rev. Tom C. Shinkle of Grandview United Methodist Church officiating. To celebrate Don's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.

Don was born on November 17, 1966, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Richard and Namie (Aoki) Sheldon.

Don was born and raised in Dubuque and attended Dubuque Senior High School. After high school he attended cosmetology school in Dubuque and graduated in Chicago. Don put his considerable talents with hair color, styling and makeup application to good use, always taking great pride in making sure his clients looked their best when they left his chair. He was always in high demand and women would line up just hoping to get an appointment time with him. Don definitely had an artistic side and also enjoyed putting his special touch on interior design projects. He was united in marriage to Anne Lee in Dubuque, and they had two wonderful sons together. He would later go on to marry Nicole Smeathers in Dubuque. We are saddened at the sudden and unexpected loss of Don from our lives, but take some comfort in knowing that he is now resting in peace.

Those left to cherish Don's memory include

his 2 children,
Ryan Sheldon, Denver, CO and Blaine (Maggie McGonigle) Sheldon, Chicago, IL;

his 2 grandsons,
James and Hayes Sheldon, Chicago, IL;

his wife,
Nicole Sheldon, Dubuque, IA;

his step-daughter,
Silver Losh, Maquoketa, IA;

his father,
Richard Sheldon, Dubuque, IA;

his brother,
Timothy (Leah) Sheldon, Dubuque, IA;

and his nephew and niece,
Bryce and Brittany Sheldon, both of Dubuque, IA.

Don was preceded in death by his mother, Namie Sheldon.

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

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Marjorie E. Rohwedder

Marjorie E. Rohwedder, 86, of Baldwin, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of her life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, September 14, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held on Friday, September 13, 2019, from 4 to 7 P.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Pence Cemetery, rural Baldwin, Iowa.

Marjorie Ellen Ehlers was born on March 7, 1933 in Monmouth Township, Jackson County, Iowa, to Edward and Ellen Christina (Snyder) Ehlers. She was a 1950 graduate of Baldwin High School. She married Willis Edward Rohwedder on July 22, 1950 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on April 27, 2004.

Marjorie was a housewife who had also worked at the Spot Café, co-owned the Baldwin DX Station with her husband, and lastly worked for Ben Franklin Store in Maquoketa.

She enjoyed playing bingo, listening to country music, and camping.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Ellen Rickels of Monmouth, IA, Robert (Sherry) Rohwedder of Baldwin, IA, and William "Bill" Rohwedder of Baldwin, IA; 4 grandchildren, Brian, Joni, Becky and Rachel; and 2 great-grandchildren, Austin and Aiden.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a daughter Margaret, a half-sister Leona Miller, and a son-in-law Howard Rickels.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Marjorie E. Rohwedder memorial fund has been established.

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Mrs. Kathleen Klocker

Mrs. Kathleen Klocker, 80, of Dubuque, Iowa, sailed peacefully to heaven on Monday evening, September 9, 2019 at home surrounded by her loving family.

Visitation will be from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM Thursday, September 12 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where a prayer service will be held at 7:30 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 AM Friday, September 13, 2019 at Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Father Phil Gibbs as Celebrant.

Kathy was born in Dubuque, Iowa, to her loving parents, Leonard and Louise Stecklein. She grew up in a large, beautiful family of 8 children. From childhood until the end, she was surrounded by the love and support of her siblings, their spouses, and the wonderful nieces and nephews they gave her. Over the years, her large Stecklein family brought her much joy and comfort, as well as my dad's family, and their closest friends.

In her late 20s, she met Morris B. Klocker, and their courtship quickly led to a loving and loyal marriage that brought them 3 children: Christopher, Michael and Jessie.

Kathy forever enjoyed traveling, and what began as trips with a cousin or friend eventually turned into family vacations - and these, of course, are some of Kathy and Morrie's favorite memories. She enjoyed exploring big cities and historical places, and managed to get Morris B. to dance her around the world, visiting places such as Italy, Costa Rica, Hawaii, France, England, and Mexico. Kathy and Morrie equally loved the ocean, and so the most special of their trips were at the beach, where the Klockers and McCormicks spent a week playing in the surf, drinking wine and beers, getting too much sun, laughing, and playing games that Kathy usually won. She adored her grandchildren, and to be able to spend extended amounts of time with them was one of her very favorite things in the world.

Kathy was very intelligent and an avid reader. She had a hunger for knowledge, and devoured daily papers, magazines, articles and anything else she could get her hands on. As learning was so important to her, she encouraged her children to work hard in and value their education. And is often the case with readers, Kathy was a writer as well. She had a knack for expressing herself beautifully in letters, cards and notes. She often created little poems for special occasions, like a new baby in the family, an engagement, or a moment she didn't want to forget. Her husband was a big fan of her poems, and one of his favorites is the poem she wrote of the ocean.

A kind and empathetic woman, it is no surprise that Kathy was an amazing mother. As a little girl, her daughter Jessie remembers Kathy washing tears off her face with a warm washcloth, reminding her that, "Tomorrow is a new day." Her son Michael has an early memory of her boiling water on the kitchen stove, and hauling it downstairs so the little plastic pool water would be a bit warmer for her children. Most impressively and beautiful however, has been her strength, guidance and dedication to her first-born, Christopher. She was a leader and role model in the Dubuque community, recognizing and advocating for what was best for Christopher. She continuously worked hard to communicate with doctors, psychiatrists and caretakers, to help them better understand her oldest son and his needs. Much of her active reading and learning was dedicated to keeping up with the newest research on Fragile X Syndrome, sharing it with her family, and helping them to understand it as well.

Kathy is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Morris B, who she loved with all her heart; her children Christopher Klocker of Dubuque, Michael and wife Lily Klocker (of Highlands Ranch, CO), Jessie and husband Kevin McCormick (of Sioux City, Iowa); her three grandchildren Addison Klocker, Jillian Klocker and Wrenn McCormick; her siblings Theresa Houselog, Betty (sister) and Norm Zimmer, Mary (sister) and Jim Smith, June Stecklein (sister-in -law), Denny (brother) and Nancy Stecklein, Len (brother) and Diane Stecklein, Luann (sister) and Danny Hillary.

Kathy was preceded in death by her parents, Morrie's parents Martina and Vincent Klocker, her brother-in-law Wayne Houselog, brother Jerry Houselog, and special family member Brian McCormick. We strongly believe that all of them were waiting with open arms to welcome her and greet her with a delicious Manhattan.

Thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and Home Instead, for their endless support, education and comfort during this difficult time.

A memorial has been established in her name to the Fragile X Foundation.

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Eugene F. Schultz

Eugene F. "Gene" Schultz, 90, of Dubuque, IA, formerly of
East Dubuque, IL, passed away on Monday, September 9,
2019 at Grand Meadows in Asbury.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 13, 2019 at the Miller Funeral home in East Dubuque, IL. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the members of the Dubuque
Marine Corps. League.

Visitation is from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Thursday and after 9:30 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Gene was born on May 13, 1929 in Freeport, IL, the son of Paul and Emma (Bastian) Schultz. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth C. "Betty" Schilling on April 15, 1950 at the Wesley United Methodist Church in East Dubuque. She preceded him in death on March 4, 2000.

Gene served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

He worked at Caradco Mfg. Co and Jeld Wen until his retirement in 1991.

Gene was a former member of Carpenters Local #678. He was an avid bowler and member of the Dubuque Bowling Association. One of his biggest joys was bowling (3 generations) with his son and grandson at Nationals in Las Vegas. He enjoyed fishing and his trips to the Diamond Jo. He was also a former Little League coach for East Dubuque.

Surviving are three children, Mike (Laura Schaul) Schultz of Dubuque, Sherri McClain of San Rafael, CA, and Lori Bowers of Dubuque; 10-grandchildren and 15-great- grandchildren; his brother, Harold (Shirley) West of Aurora, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Betty, a son, James C. Schultz in 1974, and a sister, Mildred (Cletus) Weydert.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Whalen & staff at
Tri State Dialysis, Kim & staff at Grand Meadows, and the staff at Sunset Park Place for the wonderful care given to Gene.

In lieu of flowers, a Eugene Schultz Memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Raymond J. Sadler

Raymond J. "Ray" Sadler, 91, of Stonehill, formerly of East Dubuque, was called home peacefully on Sunday September 8, 2019.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will follow in East Dubuque Cemetery with full military honors by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 13, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

Ray was born on February 26, 1928 in Cascade, Iowa, son of Clarence and Marie (Polfer) Sadler. He was a member of the United States Army and served Active Duty as part of the Peace Troops post WWII. It was then that he met the love of life, Irmingard Voelk of Durach, Germany. They were united in marriage on July 12, 1955 at Sacred Heart in Fillmore, Iowa.

He worked at the Dubuque Pack until his retirement. Ray also owned Tri-State Water Conditioning Sales and Service for 40 years.

Ray enjoyed being outdoors and entertained many hobbies including bowling, fishing, hunting, camping, woodworking, and especially gardening, which he taught to many of his grandchildren. His greatest pastime was watching the Chicago Cubs as he never missed a game. He also enjoyed spending as much time as possible with family, including his many trips to Germany to visit family and friends. He spent many hours playing games, solving riddles, and joking with those that call him "Opa". Ray was a hard worker, but always found the time to be with those he cherished.

Those left to cherish Ray's memory are his soul mate, Irma; daughter Judy (Jim) Mohr of Dubuque, son Merlin (Chris) Sadler of East Dubuque; 6 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and siblings, Carolyn Dotterweich of Monticello, Iowa, Helen (Virgil) Gaul of Dubuque, Iowa, Delores (Eugene) Ginter of Dickeyville, WI, Inez (Leo) Kinsella of Bernard, Iowa, Joanne (George) Bergfeld of Peosta, Iowa, brother-in-law Edwin Clemen of New Vienna, Iowa and many nieces and nephews.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, James Sadler, a sister, Rose Marie, and a son, Francis Sadler.

In lieu of flowers, a Ray Sadler memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the staff at Hospice and Stonehill for the loving care they provided to Ray during his final moments.

Irene C. Dirks

Irene C. Dirks, 89, of rural Center Junction, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, September 8, 2019, at Pinicon Place Senior Living in Anamosa after complications of a fall.

Visitation will be held from 3 - 7 pm Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello. Visitation will continue from 10 - 11 am Thursday morning at Wayne Zion Lutheran Church near Monticello prior to funeral services. Funeral service will be held at 11 am Thursday, September 12, 2019, at Wayne Zion Lutheran Church near Monticello with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Wade Reddy will officiate.

Irene was born January 25, 1930 in Earlville, Iowa, the daughter of Harley and Mary (Moorman) Malone. She and her family moved frequently as she grew up. One of her first jobs was double entry accounting at Eclipse Lumber in Manchester and went on to several other jobs in the Anamosa area.

She met John Henry Dirks in March of 1948. Irene worked in Estes Park, CO, when John Henry enlisted in the Army and served in Germany during the Korean War. She married John Henry Dirks on April 23, 1955, at Immaculate Conception Church in Cedar Rapids. Together they farmed and milked cows in Jones County. She also enjoyed working off of the farm as Assistant Postmaster in Center Junction and Scotch Grove.

Surviving are her sons: Colin (Kari) of Coralville, IA and Keith (Jackee) of Center Junction, IA, 5 grandchildren: Ryan (Alyssa) Dirks,of Rockville MD and Alison (Ryan) Richardson and their daughter,Ava, of Stevens Point, WI, Danelle (Chris) Snyder, and their children, Cole and Sage, of Onslow, IA, Kiel Dirks and his daughter, Aaliyah, of Monticello and Richelle Dirks and her sons, Nixon and Rowan, of Wyoming; and a sister, Marilyn (Don) Meier of Lowden, IA.

She was preceded in death by her husband, siblings: Harley "Bill" (Glenna) Malone, and Beulah (Jim) Seehusen.

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Scott A. Hermsen

Scott A. Hermsen, 35, of Dubuque, Iowa and formerly of Dyersville passed away Thursday, September 5, 2019, at ARC-Carriage Hill Community Living, Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, September 12, 2019 at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Friday from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 13, 2019, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Scott was born April 2, 1984 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of the late Mark and Lois (Prier) Hermsen. He always greeted and left with a Scotty hug. Scott was such a loving person, he will be missed dearly by everyone that ever knew him.

His favorites were John Deere, Firefighters, and construction equipment. Scott's favorite drink was "John Deere Pop", Mt. Dew. He was a resident of ARC in Dubuque for 11 years.

Survivors include his siblings: Cynthia (Philip) Ungs and Adam Hermsen both of Luxemburg, maternal grandfather, Eugene Prier, paternal grandparents: Donald and Grace Hermsen of Dyersville, nieces & nephews: Adalynn, Gracie and Peter Ungs, aunts & uncles: Joseph (Lynn) Hermsen, Gary Hermsen, Alan (Deb) Hermsen, Mary (Howard) Zuckerman, Ann (Pat) Dunkel, Lisa (David) Sweeney, Jane (Brian) Bockenstedt, David Prier, Carl (Julie) Prier, Wayne (Beverly) Prier, Donald (Christine) Prier, Dale (Sandy) Prier, Allen (Joyce) Prier, Mark (Annette) Prier, Daniel (Kim) Prier, Elaine (Cletus) Urbain, Janice (Wayne) Steffen.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Lois in July of 2002, his father, Mark in May of 2019, maternal grandmother, Lucille Prier, aunt and uncle, Patricia and Dale Demmer.

Scott was very passionate about collecting pop tabs for camp, so in his memory, please remember to donate your pop tabs to Camp Courageous.

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Judith A. (Borkenhagen) Clark

Judith Ann (Borkenhagen) Clark, age 80, of Dubuque, died peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, September 7, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer that weakened her heart and body.

Visitation will be from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road. A time of sharing for Judy will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, September 12, 2019 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service. Entombment will be at Linwood Cemetery in the Clark family mausoleum.

Born November 14, 1938 in Beloit, WI, she was the daughter of August Frederick and Goldie Mae Borkenhagen. Born at a small weight, she was a strong individual that could hold her own.

She was united in marriage to Carroll Clinton Clark, her love for life, on February 28, 1959 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Beloit, WI. They met when she was working at Spud Nut Restaurant and he was doing his apprenticeship for tool and die making. They were blessed with 60 years, five children, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

After marriage and moving to Dubuque, she worked various jobs from waitressing to a drive-in. With her husband and children, they had several businesses selling Christmas trees, operating laundromats, and apartment buildings.

This allowed her to do her most favorite job, being a mom. Judy was a devoted wife and mother, who enjoyed spending as much time as possible with family and her children. Cars were her passion and she could fix anything. She was very creative and talented. She had a familiar face and was thought to be known by many. Judy was an honest soul and would tell you her thoughts frequently. She was always quick with wit and a joke to make someone smile but would be there with a listening ear no matter how long you needed to talk.

Those left to cherish Judy's memory include her husband, C.C. Clark; her children, Gail (Gervacio) Clark-Varelo, Craig (Michele) Clark, Chris Clark, Susan (Fred) Davis, and June (Stephen) Markham, all of Dubuque; six grandchildren, Dustin, Ariel, Collin, Samantha, Kirby, and Peggy; one great-granddaughter, Eleanor; one brother, Roger Borkenhagen of Atlanta, GA; and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

The family thanks Grand River Medical Center, Dr. Herman, Dr. Tony, Dr. Konz, nurses Sandy and Linda, and oncology staff for their care and concern.
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