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Anita L. Skahill Arla F. Edwards Austin J. Walling
David A. Copeland Donna M. DeMoss Elizabeth M. McClain
Ivadell Brehm James A. Baird, III Jean A. Graf
John H. Oberbroeckling Leonard J. “Red” Weis Lois I. Astgen
Loretta C. Bahl Lucille B. Kelchen Luke Thielen
Margaret A. Benda Martha A. Laaker Mary E. Clemen
Norman J. Nelson Philip W. Cornelius Raymond A. Ryan
Robert M. Houselog Ronald B. Bedtka Sister Janita Curoe
Vernon I. Brunsman William F. Weber

Martha A. Laaker


Martha A Laaker, 94, died Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at Luther Manor, Dubuque, Iowa.  Friends may call from 4 to 7 pm, Thursday at St. Luke's United Methodist Church.  Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Luke's United Methodist Church where visitation will also be held Friday from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.  Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.  All in Dubuque.

Martha was born on May 14, 1922 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Charles and Elsie Oakley. She graduated from Senior High School and as a young woman worked in the offices of the Adams Co. and the Butter Co. in Dubuque.

She married Clifford Laaker in September, 1947 in Dubuque. They farmed near Lamont and raised three children. In addition to being a farm wife, she worked as a bookkeeper for J.M. Jones Co. in Manchester and was a teacher's aide at Starmont High School in Strawberry Point. Cliff preceded her in death on May 19, 1984.

Martha was an active member and longtime treasure of Grace Methodist Church in Lamont. She helped make many banners for the church, which are still on display and enjoyed today. She was active in Eastern Star, Garden Club, Card Club, and Starmont Boosters. She was an avid Hawkeyes and Cubs fan.

She had a loving manner and made many friends. After Cliff's death she enjoyed traveling with her brother and sister-in-law, visiting England, The Holy Land, Alaska and the Panama Canal.

She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great- grandmother and was happiest when her entire family was together, especially at holidays.

Those left to cherish her memory as her sons, Gerald (Arlene) of Dubuque, Kenneth (Dianna) of Sterling, Ill., and daughter, Susan (Bob) Rude of Minneapolis, Mn.; grandchildren, Jodi, Jason, Joel, Kelsey, Kyle and Grace; great- grandchildren, Jada, Vanessa, Alison, Emily, Jacob, Isla, Cullen, and Landon; brother, Roger (Betty) Oakley.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; sister, Betty; and daughter-in-law, Jean.

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

The family would like to thank the staff at Sunset Park Place, Luther Manor, and Hospice of Dubuque.

 

 



Ivadell Brehm


Ivadell "Ivy" Brehm 78 formerly of 9919 Cottingham Road Peosta passed away at 2:45 am Tuesday February 21, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 25th, 2017 at Holy Family Church, New Melleray with Rev. Rodney Allers Officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, February 24th, 2017 Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road.

Ivadell "Ivy" Marie Brehm was born November 22, 1938, the daughter of Jerry and Adele (Schlosser) Burns. She grew up on a farm in the Bernard area. On September 9, 1958 she married William Brehm. Together they farmed and raised their six sons near Peosta.

Ivy was very active in the community, from participation with the Western Dubuque Bobcat Marching Band Bandparents to the Dubuque County Democrat Party, which honored her in 2013 by inducting her into their Hall of Fame. Ivy was very proud of the several years she served as the first woman on the Western Dubuque School Board.
Ivy is survived by sons, Merlin (Sharon) of Savanna, Illinois, Patrick (Sheila) of Dubuque, Philip (Kay) of Footville, Wisconsin, Cletus (Annette) of Zwingle, Lyle (Jenny) of Dysart, her 19 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and her brother Terry (Pam) of Bernard.

She is preceded in death by her husband Bill, her son Alvin, and her parents.



Lois I. Astgen


Lois I. Astgen 91, of Lake Ridge Dr., died Monday, February 20, 2017 at Luther Manor.

Lois was born October 12, 1925 in Dubuque, Iowa , the daughter of John and Loretta (Varker) Launspach. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1943. In that same year, on October 16th, Lois married Delmer "Sonny" Astgen. He preceded her in death on September 10, 1973. Lois was a drapery seamstress for many years at Kahle's Carpet and Floor Covering and enjoyed being with family and reading.

Surviving are her children, John (soulmate Karen) Astgen of Blaine, MN, Scott (Rita) Astgen of Blue Grass, IA, Rob (Mary) Astgen of Dubuque, IA and Molly (Lorne) Cullen of Peosta, IA; her sister Joan Jacob of Mesa, AZ and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband Delmer "Sonny"; her daughter Sherry Slowik; and her sister Shirley Launspach.

The Astgen Family wishes to extend a special thanks to Lori and Linda of Alverno apartments for their wonderful care.
As per Lois's wishes, a private family graveside services will be held Wednesday at Highview Cemetery, Epworth, IA.



Austin J. Walling


Austin J. Walling, age 24, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home suddenly as the result of a motorcycle accident, on Saturday, February 18, 2017. To honor Austin's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, February 24, 2017, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. William M. Joensen officiating. To celebrate Austin's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery.

Austin was born on June 1, 1992, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Daniel and Donna (Fay) Walling.

Austin was a proud graduate of Hempstead High School Class of 2010. After school he went to work for his father's business at The Locksmith Express, but he also eagerly invested many hours working at Fagan's Hobby Shop and handing out fresh cinnamon rolls at the yearly Hobby Shows. Austin was united in marriage to Taylor "Minnie" Avery on July 29, 2016, in Dubuque. Although their union has been much too short, they were truly blessed with one beautiful son, Patrick. Austin was a good man with a loveable and quirky personality who definitely desired to live life to its fullest. Many moments would bring Austin great joy throughout his 24 years here among us. He has faithfully attended air shows since the tender age of 4, he would work diligently to learn to play the sax, he would fly his RC airplane with friends in the Platteville Flyers, and he would find subtle moments of tranquility while creating his newest pen at his woodworking table. But Austin's most treasured moments though were undeniably the time he would spend with his family and friends. He took great pride in being a wonderful husband and father, but he never quite relinquished completely his role of son, brother and grandson as his new responsibilities emerged in life. He loved everyone equally and would always share his acts of kindness whenever an opportunity would arise. Unfortunately, Austin has been called home much too early along his earthly journey. He has sadly taken his last bike ride here and left a trail of broken hearts behind. We know that his light will continue to shine on in the lives of those who knew and loved him, but we can barely imagine the day where we don't feel a pain so deep and true that it literally takes our breath away. We love you Austin, we miss you more than words can express, and until we meet again; may the Lord bless you and keep you, may the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you, and may the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace!

Those left to cherish Austin's memory include

his wife,
Taylor "Minnie" Walling, Dubuque, IA;

his son,
Patrick Oliver Walling, Dubuque, IA;

his parents,
Dan and Donna Walling, Dubuque, IA;

his siblings,
Danielle (Aaron) Boosinger, Des Moines, IA
and Nicholas Walling, Dubuque, IA;

his nephew,
Noah Boosinger, Des Moines, IA;

his grandmothers,
Marie Fay, Dubuque, IA
and Bonnie Walling, Dubuque, IA;

his mother in-law,
Marianne Avery, Dubuque, IA;

and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Austin was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Donald Walling and Oliver Fay; his father-in-law, Bruce Avery; and a cousin, Dan Fay.

An Austin J. Walling memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Vernon I. Brunsman


Vernon I. Brunsman, 89, of Dyersville, and formerly of New Vienna, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque peacefully with his family at his side.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 pm Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 5 pm, and a VFW service will be held at 7 pm. Visitation will continue Thursday from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 pm Thursday, February 23, 2017, in St. Boniface Catholic Church, New Vienna, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by the Edward W. Lake V.F.W. Post 7736.

Vernon was born February 14, 1928, in Luxemburg, Iowa the son of Otto and Clara (Hermsen) Brunsmann. He served in the US Army from 1951 to 1953, spending most of his time in Germany.

After returning he met Norma Goedken at a dance in Petersburg. They were married Nov. 25, 1954, at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg. Together they began farming near Farley, and then moved to their farm west of New Vienna, raising hogs and dairy cattle. They remained on the farm for fifty years until retiring and moving to the Ellen Kennedy Living Center in 2011.

He was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna and its Holy Name Society, the Swiss Valley Farms Dairy Cooperative, and the Edward W. Lake V.F.W. Post 7736. He was proud to have been on the Honor Flight to Washington, DC in September of 2013. He enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Norma; his children: Ron Brunsman of Hopkinton,Wayne (Denise) Brunsman of New Vienna, Phil (Betty) Brunsman of Farley, Janet Brunsman and Karen (Glen) Hahn, both of Dyersville, and Connie (Roger) Rivard of Bloomington, MN; grandchildren: Brian (Amy) Brunsman, Wade Brunsman, Brent (Joan) Brunsman, Ross (fiancé Liz Coyle) Brunsman, Maty (fiancé Adam McCarraher) Brunsman, Tracy (special friend Matt Kayser) Brunsman, Sara and Molly Hahn, Elizabeth, Regina, Jeremy, Angela and Therese Rivard; 7 great-grandchildren; a sister, Inez Hoeger of Prairie du Chien, WI; in-laws: Inez (Francis) Hermsen of Manchester, Valeria Bockenstedt of Manchester, Laverne (Patsy) Goedken of Luxemburg, Carol (Dale) Clemen of Asbury, John (Marilyn) Goedken of Petersburg, Germaine Goedken of Dubuque and Marv (Jan) Rolfes of Colesburg; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a great-grandson, Benjamin Brunsman; siblings: Alma Brunsmann, Louis Brunsmann, Ray Brunsmann; in-laws: Vincent Hoeger, Gilbert Goedken, Helen (Emil) Wilgenbusch, Stella (Leo) Demmer, Mary Lou (Elmer) Engelken, Irvin Bockenstedt, Patricia Rolfes.

The family wishes to thank the staff and residents of the Ellen Kennedy Living Center for their care, concern and friendship over the last five years, and the staff at Mercy Medical Center Emergency Department.

Memorials are preferred to St. Boniface Catholic Church or the Ellen Kennedy Living Center.

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



Lucille B. Kelchen


Lucille B. Kelchen, 92, of Farley, Iowa, passed away peacefully Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Lucille may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3 p.m.
Services for Lucille will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa with Rev. Richard Kuhn Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.

She was born February 29, 1924 in Worthington, Iowa, daughter of Lawrence and Emma (Krogman) Funke. She received her education from the rural country schools and St. Paul's School in Worthington. On April 10, 1945 she was united in marriage to Joseph E. Kelchen at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington, Iowa. He preceded her in death on August 3, 2007. Together they farmed and raised their family south of Farley.

Lucille was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was devoted to her family, and by her example, she instilled in her children the values of faith and a good work ethic.

She was a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Farley, Iowa and its Altar and Rosary Society.

She is survived by three sons, Larry (Carol) Kelchen and Dick (Norma) Kelchen, both of Farley, IA, and Steve Kelchen of Dubuque, IA; a daughter, Jayne (Mark) Hoeger of Farley, IA; 8 grandchildren; Julie (Mike) Massey, Dave (Jill) Kelchen, Molly (Dave) Hoefer, Sarah (Brian) Eiben, Craig (Jenny) Kelchen, Marty (Jessie) Kelchen, Michelle (Jeff) Geistkemper, and Matt (Amanda) Hoeger; 19 great-grandchildren and one baby Hoeger due in March; one brother, Marvin (Rose Lee) Funke of Dyersville, IA; one sister, Norma Link of Dyersville, IA; and three sisters-in-law, Kay Funke of Monticello, IA, Kathleen Funke of Worthington, IA and Mary Ostwinkle of Placid, IA.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Deloras (Clarence) Sabers, Grace (Gib) Link, and Irma (Ray) Hess; four brothers, Gilbert (Mary) Funke, Donald Funke, LeVern L. "Bud" (Irene) Funke, and Eldon Funke; brothers- and sisters-in-law Lawrence Link, Colette (Adolph) Feiler, Marcella (Joe) Greenwood, Lucille (Joe) Till, Norine (Joe) Turnis, Delores (Elmer) Weydert, Helen (Raymond) Koppes, Alvina Kelchen, Ray (Rachel) Kelchen, Edward Kelchen, Ella (John) Gross, and Bill Ostwinkle.

Our family wishes to extend our deepest gratitude to the staff of Shady Rest Care Center for their personal and loving care of our mother for the last eight years. Your home became her home because of you. You touched her life in a very special way just like she had done to yours. Also, thank you to Hospice of Dubuque for their support this past week.

Online condolences may be sent to www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com



Robert M. Houselog


Robert M. "Bob" "Smiles" Houselog, 88, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Sunday, February 19th, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 at St. Raphael Cathedral with Rev. Alan Dietzenbach officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Bob was born on September 24, 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Norbert and Callista (Kenneally) Houselog, Sr. He graduated from Loras Academy in 1947. He served in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953 during the Korean War, and received his Purple Heart medal.

He married Gertrude Trace on July 11, 1953 at St. Raphael Cathedral, where he was a parishioner his whole life.
He worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company for over 30 years until retirement.

In his early years, Bob played ball with his brothers, he enjoyed to golf, gamble, play horseshoes, and go fishing and vacationing in Minnesota for 50 years. Bob mostly enjoyed attending his grandchildren's sporting events and did not like to miss any. He was a thoughtful, generous, and kind man who will be greatly missed.

Bob is survived by his wife Gertrude; daughter Janet Hines; son Ken (Amy) Houselog; granddaughters Shannon (Jake) Veach, Stacey (Jon Kluck) Hines, Ashley (Mark) Thul, Courtney (Jon) DeShaw, along with six great-grandchildren and one on the way; and sisters-in-law Edna Houselog, Theresa Houselog, and Lois Houselog.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Norbert "Butch" Houselog, Mary (Art) Balk, Bernice (John) Donahue, Joseph (Helen) Houselog, Arthur "Tee" (Betty) Houselog, Gerald (Joan) Houselog, Ronnie Houselog, Merl (Jane) Houselog, Wayne Houselog, Jean Smith, and his son-in-law, Jeff Hines.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Ryan and Lindsey for all the care and kindness they provided.



Arla F. Edwards


Arla F. Edwards, 76, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday morning, February 18, 2017, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Arla's life will be held at 10 A.M. Thursday, February 23, 2017, from the Harmony Cemetery, Zwingle, Iowa. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 4 to 7 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

Arla Faye Burmahl was born on February 9, 1941 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Henry and Alverda (Hinke) Burmahl. She was a 1959 graduate of Maquoketa High School and later that same year married the love of her life, Robert Jerry "Bob" Edwards on July 5, 1959 in Maquoketa. To this union five children were born: Pam, Sherri, Doug, Robert and Arlan.

Arla had worked as a waitress at the Green Mille Cafe in Maquoketa, and then as a bartender, first at The Legion and most notably at Slip's Inn. Lastly, she worked as a CNA at Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa.

Arla was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club in Maquoketa, and a former member of the Harmony United Church of Christ in Zwingle. She enjoyed playing bingo, gardening, listening to country music, sitting outside in the sun and keeping up with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to honor Arla's memory include her children, Pam (Mark) Neudorff of Iowa City, IA, Sherry (Kevin) Zeimet of Bellevue, IA, Doug (April) Edwards of Delmar, IA, Robert (Shaun) Edwards of Maquoketa, IA, and Arlan (Carmen) Edwards of Coon Rapids, MN; 5 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert "Bob" (Judee) Burmahl of Wyoming, IA; and a sister, Bonnie Harms of Cedar Rapids, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert "Bob" on July 26, 1989; a sister, Margaret Davison; and a brother, George Burmahl.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Arla F. Edwards memorial fund has been established.

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



Luke Thielen


Luke Thielen, age 34, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Friday, February 17th, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30a.m. Tuesday, February 21st, 2017, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, February 20th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a wake service will be at 2:00 p.m.

Luke was born on December 18th, 1982, in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Lenny and Kathy (Rubel) Thielen. He graduated from Hempstead High school in 2004.

Luke volunteered for many organizations, most recently with Kunkel & Associates, Inc.

Luke will be missed more than words could ever describe, but he will always be in the hearts of his loved ones and many other special friends.

Although his health may have slowed him up physically from time to time, his love for others only grew stronger. In the time he spent with us, he taught his family, friends and many others the true meaning of life. He taught us to love life, to cherish life and to live life to the fullest. Luke touched the hearts of everyone he met, he was truly a gift and a joy to all who knew him.

Luke will always be remembered for his love of sports. He had a winning spirit and his "team" always won. He could be found at many games wearing the jerseys from both teams, but the winning team's jersey would always prevail.
Luke had a love for music and dancing, he enjoyed every opportunity he could to "give concerts" to his family and friends. He also enjoyed going to many concerts and plays. Karaoke was another love of Luke's, whether on his own or at events, we will always remember his unique karaoke skills.

With his Grandpa Rubel, Grandpa and Grandma Thielen, uncles Lynn and Terry, and cousin Brody who proceeded him in death, he is now laughing, singing and watching over all of us.

Left to carry on his memory are his parents, Lenny and Kathy; his sister Erin (Rob) Sieverding; his brothers Cody (special friend Courtney), and Cory (special friend Christy); two very special nieces, Kylie and Jadya. His many aunts and uncles, who were all his "favorite". Many, many wonderful cousins and his very special friends who became part of his and our family.

In Lieu of flowers a Luke Thielen memorial has been established.

A special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Elizabeth, Dr. Sullivan and his many great Doctors and Nurses throughout the years. Also, his family and friends for their support throughout Luke's life.

Rest in peace Luke, may your wings take you to the brightest star in the sky.



Donna M. DeMoss


Donna M. DeMoss, 78, of Monmouth, Iowa, passed away on Friday, February 17, 2017, at Unity Point Health Finley Hospital in Dubuque after a long and courageous battle with ill health. When her family rallied around her in the hospital bed there was standing room only. As a testament to the outpouring of love the family had for Donna they managed to fit over 30 people in her hospital room to say a prayer.

A celebration of Donna's life will be held at 1:30 P.M., Saturday, February 25, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. A memorial visitation for family and friends will be held prior to the service from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa.

Donna Mae was born on April 4, 1938 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Gary and Alice (Howard) Liston. Her dad died at an early age and her mom later remarried Frank Risden who adopted Donna and her siblings. She was educated in Maquoketa Schools and later earned her Certified Home Health Certificate. She married Joseph Franklin DeMoss on January 21, 1954 in Iowa City, Iowa. He preceded her in death by on February 13, 2009.

Donna was a homemaker and mother who farmed with her husband for many years. She had also worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa for six years and as a Home Health Aide for over 20 years.

Donna enjoyed watching her birds, playing Euchre, "Ladies Day" Mondays, Four Wheeling in the timber, going "up north" to the casinos, and hunting mushrooms and ginseng. She especially loved spending time with her family and friends. No one was a stranger at Donna's house and she treated everyone who visited like family.

Those left to honor Donna's memory include her children, Donald (Sylvia) DeMoss of Baldwin, IA, Doug (Pam) DeMoss of Monmouth, IA, Brenda (Tim) Groves of Baldwin, IA, and Steve (Susie) DeMoss of Maquoketa, IA; a daughter-in-law Kim DeMoss of Dubuque, IA; 17 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren; brothers Gerald (Kaye) Risden of Gilbert, IA, and Vincent (Sharon) Risden of North Liberty, IA; numerous nieces and nephews; and 3 granddogs, Molly, Bella and Herkie. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Annabell, Martha, Barbara and Mary, her husband Joseph, infant daughters Cindy Lou and Sandy Sue, and a son Thomas F. DeMoss on September 5, 2016.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Donna M. DeMoss memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Norman J. Nelson


Norman J. Nelson, age 93, of Cedar Rapids, IA and formerly of Madison, WI, and Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 1:43 p.m., on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at Heritage Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Norman's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa, with Pastor DeWayne Teig officiating. To celebrate Norman's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services beginning at 10:45 a.m., on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League at 10:45 a.m. at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Norman was born on August 4, 1923, Pleasant Springs, WI, son of Olaf and Jennie (Dahl) Nelson.

Norman would join the U.S. Army at the age of 19 and go on to honorably spend the next 3 years of his life fighting for freedom during WWII. Upon completing his active service, Norman's military experience would play a role throughout the remainder of his years and he would not only devote valuable time to the V.F.W., but also faithfully advocate and petition for the release of Prisoners of War. Norman was united in marriage to Maxine Upham on May 28, 1948, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Madison, WI. Their union would be blessed with 43 wonderful years together, and 4 beautiful daughters, before she was called home ahead of him on October 29, 1992. They had moved to Dubuque, IA., in 1963, where Norman ran the retread shop at Firestone Tire before retiring in 1985. But Norman wasn't finished working yet; he went on to work part-time at Turpin Dodge as a parts runner and would finally permanently retire at the fine young age of 92. Norman wasn't all about work though; if his Packers were on the field, the fish were biting, or the bowling lanes were wiped down and ready to go, you could be sure to find Norman participating in a little downtime. Norman was also a loyal and longtime member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Dubuque and his faith life has now found it's final destination after his 93 year journey. We will miss him dearly, and remember him fondly, but we find peace because we know and trust that he's catching up with his loving wife, beautiful daughter and beloved family in a most glorious reunion and that we'll thankfully see him again one day.

Those left to cherish Norman's memory include

his daughters,
Norma Williams, Cedar Rapids, IA,
Sharon Adams, Hazel Green, WI
and Sandy (Keith) Vogt, Cedar Rapids, IA;

10 grandchildren,
Lisa (Jeff) Vogel, Cathy (Dan) Richeson, Phillip Williams, Sheila (Chance Heath) Williams, Michelle Weber, Becky Adams, Sam (Megan) Adams, Charity (Jeremy) Frey, Caleb (Lindsey) Adams and Eva Vogt;

19 great-grandchildren;

2 great great-grandchildren;

and 2 sisters,
Jeanette Strassman
and Corrine Thomas, McFarland, WI.

Norman was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Maxine; a daughter, Cindy Nelson; his siblings, Harold Nelson in infancy, Harold (Denise) Nelson, Pearl (Marv) Marks and Esther (Floyd) Richmond; a son-in-law, Eldon Adams; a former son-in-law, Phillip Williams; and 2 brothers-in-law, Del Strassman and Jack Thomas.

A Norman J. Nelson memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Norman's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Heritage Specialty Care and Care Initiatives Hospice for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care they provided to Norman and his family.

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

 



Ronald B. Bedtka


Ronald B. Bedtka, age 63, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 2:33 p.m., on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Ron's life, funeral services will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Pastor Edward Mast officiating. To celebrate Ron's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m., until the time of services at 5:00 p.m., on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.

Ron was born on July 24, 1953, in Dubuque, Iowa, of Bernard and Caroline (Kahn) Bedtka.

Ron grew up in Dubuque and learned the value of faith and family from a very young age. He would invest his working years at Adams Company and John Deere Dubuque Works, but it was the end of the day which brought Ron true joy. His devotion to his Creator and Savior were continually on display. If Ron wasn't studying his bible, or listening to the most recent weekly sermon, you could be sure to find him spreading his faith, in both words and actions, and sharing the Good News with anybody who would listen. A merely mortal soul, as we all are, but a consummate Christian till the end. Ron would also discover that a very close 2nd to his walk with the Lord, was the time he would get to spend with his family and friends. Any opportunity to surround himself with those he loved and adored was always a moment to be treasured. Sadly, Ron has finished his earthly journey today and must leave us with only his memories and lessons to retain. But we have no doubt that he is resting peacefully in his Heavenly Estate, and we have all been given the chance to accept the grace necessary to see him again.

Those left to cherish Ron's memory include

his children,
Jer (Dana) Bedtka, LaMotte, IA,
Corey Bedtka, Dubuque, IA,
Rachel (Chris) Weber, East Dubuque, IL,
Jake (Carissa) Bedtka, West Branch, IA
and Tim (Verona) Bedtka, Dubuque, IA;

his 11 grandchildren,
Austin Hoffman and Kaylee Bedtka,
Tyler and Lanie Bedtka,
Jackson, Hannah and Henry Weber,
Eli Bedtka,
Kailey, Ellah and Joseph Bedtka;

and his siblings,
Lucy (Ron) Britt, Cambridge, IL,
Dave (Jeanette) Bedtka, Oak Lawn, IL,
Diane (Don) Holz, Dubuque, IA,
Tom (Debra) Bedtka, Dodgeville, WI,
Linda Bedtka, Baldwin, IA,
Tammy Bedtka, Decorah, IA
and Laura (Mike) Frommelt, Baldwin, IA;

his brother-in-law and sister-in-law,
Brian Fay, Dubuque, IA
and Jodee Bedtka, Prairie du Chien, WI.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Abygail Bedtka; a grandson, Lukas Bedtka; and his siblings, Patricia Fay and Larry Bedtka.

A Ronald B. Bedtka memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Ron's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at the University of Iowa, and ManorCare, for all of their kind, caring and professional care of Ron and his family.

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

 



James A. Baird, III

James Albert Baird III, infant son of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully to the loving arms of his Lord and Savior at 12:04 p.m., on Monday, February 13, 2017, at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, MN, surrounded by his adoring family. To honor James' life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, February 20, 2017, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff Street, with Rev. Alan J. Dietzenbach officiating. To celebrate James' life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., on Monday, February 20, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

James was born on February 7, 2017, in Rochester, MN, son of James and Elizabeth (Walsh) Baird II.

Although James would only get to spend 6 days with his family here on earth, he has undeniably left a permanent and positive imprint on all whom love him. His little hands and beautiful face will always hold a hallowed spot in our minds and although we will be physically separated for some time, we will continue to religiously nurture our spiritual and emotional bonds on a daily basis. The pain, confusion and sorrow are almost more than we can bear today, but we trust that our Lord has a plan in everything and we will patiently allow time and His mercy to slowly heal our broken hearts. James' arrival was early, and his stay was brief, but we all know that we have a most precious angel now watching over us until we too are called home and get to finally see James again in his full and perfect glory.

Those left to cherish James' memory include

his loving parents,
James and Elizabeth Baird II, Dubuque, IA;

his grandparents,
James (Suzanne) Baird, Dubuque, IA,
Donna Walsh, Dubuque, IA
and Robert Walsh, Spring Hill, FL;

his great-grandparents;

his aunts and uncles,
Maxine (Michael) Hinkle, Spring Hill, FL,
David (fiancé Tianna Sunderland) Baird, Dubuque, IA,
Eileen Baird, Dubuque, IA,
Jack Baird, Dubuque, IA,
Tommy Baird, Dubuque, IA,
Amber (Jason) Sike, Twinsburg, OH,
Evy Walsh, Spring Hill, FL,
Josephine Walsh (James' Godmother), Spring Hill, FL,
Hannah (Nicholas) Alaimo, Spring Hill, FL,
Marta Walsh, Spring Hill, FL
and Luke Walsh, Spring Hill, FL;

and several great aunts, great uncles and cousins.

James has sadly been preceded in death by other Walsh Angel Aunts and Uncles who were surely waiting at the Heavenly Gates to welcome him home.

A James Albert Baird III memorial fund has been established.

James' family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of St. Mary's Hospital for all of their kindness and compassionate understanding.

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

 



David A. Copeland


David A. Copeland, 70, of Dubuque, Iowa, died Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Ennoble Manor, Dubuque.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, Dubuque, where visitation will be held Thursday from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Dubuque where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

David was born June 11, 1946 in Dubuque, son of Ross and Velma "Lavon" (Hillery) Copeland. He graduated from Stockton High School in 1964 where he was class president and enjoyed playing many sports. He graduated from the University of Dubuque in 1969. He served in the US Army in Germany during the Vietnam War.

David worked at K-Mart for 41 years, retiring in 2008. He enjoyed camping, bird watching, sports, photography, and visits from his grandchildren. He is known for his kind and wonderful soul as well as being an admirable father.

He is survived by a daughter, Sarah (Garrett) Mess of Dubuque; two sons, David W. (Tiffany) Copeland of Des Moines and Shawn (Jennifer) Larson of Dubuque; 12 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and a brother, Keith (Jean) Copeland of South Beloit, Ill.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ron Schope for his exceptional and compassionate care. Thanks also to Hospice of Dubuque & staff at Ennoble Manor for their wonderful care.

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

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



Mary E. Clemen


Mary E. Clemen, 91, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at Oak Crest Manor, Dyersville, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, February 19, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2 pm. Visitation will continue Monday from 9 to 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

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

Mary was born October 10, 1925, in Rockwell, Iowa the daughter of John C. and Mary M. (Faulkner) Bluel.  She grew up in Rockwell, Iowa and later attended Rosary College in River Forest, Illinois. 

Mary was united in marriage to Cletus H. Clemen on June 15, 1946, at Sacred Heart Parish in Rockwell. Together they raised their family on a farm near Ryan, Iowa. In 1978 they moved to Dyersville, Iowa. Mary broke ground as the first woman full-time field representative for the Catholic Order of Foresters Life Insurance Company from 1956 to 2010. She was the Catholic Order of Foresters first woman million dollar producer. With the Foresters she had many accomplishments including president of the National Association of Fraternal Insurance Counsellors (NAFIC), Iowa Fraternal Congress, and the Iowa’s Association of FICs.

Mary was an active member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Parish in Dyersville. She sang with the Resurrection Choir, was a Eucharistic Minister and a member of many prayer groups. She was also an active volunteer at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville and a member of the Catholic Daughters of America.

She is survived by her three sons: Dr. Michael J. (Judith) Clemen of St. Augustine, FL., David A. (Vinh) Clemen of Mililani, Hawaii, and LTC (Ret) Gerald T. (Gabriele) Clemen of Oak Island, NC; 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Josephine Schmitt of Ankeny, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Cletus, in 1989; one son, William; a daughter, Mary Ann Watts; a granddaughter, Elizabeth Clemen; and siblings John Bluel and Margaret Vosberg.

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

The family would like to thank the staff at Oak Crest Manor for their wonderful care.



Anita L. Skahill


Anita L. Skahill, 87, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 16th at Mercy Medical Center.

The funeral mass will be on Monday, February 20th, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Dubuque, with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 19th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., where a wake service will be held at 4:30 p.m.

Anita Lois Hingtgen was born on December 27, 1929 in Bellevue, IA, the daughter of Ted and Anna (Kramer) Hingtgen. She attended St. Mary's grade school in Dubuque and graduated in 1947 from Dubuque Senior High School.

Anita married her beloved husband of 61 years,
Robert L. Skahill, on May 30, 1955 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque.

Anita worked in the office of JC Penney for eight years, then stayed home to care for their children. She was a volunteer at Holy Ghost School while her four children were in attendance there. She also worked for the Sisters of Charity, BVM Center at Mount Carmel for eight years.

Anita relished time with her children and grandchildren, especially when the family gathered for special occasions. Her children remember her as a loving, generous, and fun-loving Mother who provided all she could for her family, while encouraging them to live good lives and be
successful in the pursuit of their goals.

She loved reading, water walking, golf, and time spent with her many friends. She delighted everyone with her baked goods and spent endless hours playing cards and board games with each of her grandchildren. Attending the sporting events of her children and grandchildren was
a highlight of her life.

Anita is survived by her loving husband and four devoted children: Michael (Sandra) Skahill of Asbury, IA and their children Shaun (Amber) Skahill of Omaha, NE and Erin Skahill of Indianapolis, IN; Susanne (Tom) Henson of Marion, IA and their children Lauren (Jeff) Aleshire
of Mission Woods, KS and Luke Henson of Dillon, CO; Mark (Rebecca) Skahill of Dubuque, IA and their children Wesley Skahill of Menominee, MI, Madalyn (Ben) James of West Des Moines, IA, Owen and Cathryn Skahill of Dubuque, IA; and, Sara (Denis) Schaefer of Grimes, IA and their children Corey Schaefer of Chicago, IL and Joseph Schaefer of Grimes, IA. She is also survived
by her sister, Carol (Ken) Neuwohner, of Geneseo, IL and many nieces and nephews.

Anita was preceded in death by her parents, Ted and Anna Hingtgen; and three brothers, Harvey Hingtgen and his wife Geneva, Eugene Hingtgen and his wife Mary, and Don Hingtgen.



Loretta C. Bahl


Loretta Clara Bahl, 92, of Dubuque died Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center. Visitation will be from 2 to 6 pm Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 5:30 pm.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 am Monday at the Church of the Resurrection. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Loretta was born November 1, 1924.  She was the daughter of Leo and Lorraine (Stillmunkes) Siegert.

Loretta graduated from Dubuque Senior High School "Class of 42". She was employed by Interstate Power Company and worked there until her marriage to Eldon J. "Bub" Bahl on November 23, 1944. They raised 3 sons Steven, Mark and Mike. Loretta and Bub operated a farm West of Dubuque. Loretta was very happy on their farm. She had a large garden to care for and special chores she did to help with the operation of the farm. She enjoyed golfing, bowling, bridge and euchre. She was a member of several card clubs. She was an avid Cubs fan.

Loretta was a volunteer at Resurrection church. She worked in the mail room, was a money counter and with the help of several ladies organized the first funeral dinners at the parish. She also helped gather pictures and information for the St. Philomena section of the Parish Directory. She was member of the prayer chain and enjoyed praying for those people in need of prayers.

Loretta's greatest joy was her family. She loved all of those precious children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

She is survived by her beloved family; sons and daughters in law, Steven and Sandy Bahl, Mark and Michelle Bahl, Mike and Julie Bahl; her grandchildren, Brian and Rhonda Bahl, Teri (Bahl) and Kartik Athreya, Reverend Greg E. Bahl, Eric and Paula Bahl, Jason and Becca Bahl, Russell Bahl, Justin Bahl, and Kelly Bahl.  Her precious great-grandchildren Uma, Suryan and Skanda Athreya, Jacob and Regan Bahl, Logan, Kellan and Payton Bahl. She is also survived by her sister Marlene Brimeyer, her brother Robert Siegert, and sister-in-law Betty Tigges.

She was preceded in death by her husband Eldon J. "Bub" Bahl, her parents Leo and Lorraine Siegert, her brothers and sister in law, Arnold and June Siegert and Al Siegert, her sisters and brothers in law LaVina and Bob Kleis and Sally and George Reavell, her sister-in-law, Virginia Siegert, her brother-in-law LaVerne Brimeyer and her in-laws George and Mary Bahl and all of their family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Resurrection Church or Hospice of Dubuque.

Her family would like to thank Dr. Christine Sinsky and Hospice or Dubuque for their kind and compassionate care. 

 

 



William F. Weber


William F. Weber, 93 died Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 18 at St. Raphael Cathedral. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery with Military Honors accorded by the American Legion, Post 6. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m., Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kenned Rd where a wake service will begin at 6:30 p.m. A visitation will also be held from 9:30- 10:15 a.m., Saturday at the Church.

William was born on October 30, 1923 in Dubuque the son of Nicholas and Mathilda (Freiburger) Weber.

He served our country in the United States Army during WWII from June 14, 1943 - October 13, 1945. While in combat he was wounded in France on August 7, 1944 and in Luxemborg on December 7, 1944. He fought in Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe. On December 16, 1944 he became a POW in Germany and was liberated on April 2, 1945. William received the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with Four Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart with one Oak Leaf Cluster.

William met his future wife, Anne Duggan at the Melody Mill Dance Hall in Dubuque. They were married in 1952. Many weekends were spent dancing, which was their favorite pastime.

William was employed at Flexsteel Industries as an upholsterer for 35 years.

Surviving are his children, Patricia Glider, of Epworth, IA, Steven (Elly) Weber, of Dubuque and Amy (Weber) Ostrander, of New Vienna, OH; grandchildren, Josh Glider, Ryan (Suzanne) Weber, Braydn (Marta) Weber, Jordan Weber, Collin Weber, Corey Weiner, Brianna Ostrander (fiancé Mike Perry), and Amber Ostrander; a step- granddaughter, Kara (Todd) Trentz; great- grandchildren, Mackenzy Weiner, Jayden Murphy, Paisley Pinkerton, Makoa Weber, Huxley Weber, Bailey and Emily Trentz; sisters, Marcella Konzen and Ione Smith; brothers-in-law, Don Duggan, Gene Ahman, Bill (Jane) Duggan and Clem Schmitt; sister-in-law, Mae Elgin; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anne; parents; son-in-law, Steve Glider; brother, Nicholas Weber; sisters, Mathilda Beadle and Rosemary Schmitt; brothers-in-law, Dave Beadle, Louis Konzen, Tim Smith, Jack Duggan, and Don Elgin; sisters-in-law, Jeanie Duggan and Helen Ahman; and nephews, Dennis Beadle and Phillip Konzen.

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

A William Weber memorial fund has been established.

Special thank you to the staff at Stonehill Care Center, Dr. Salas, Dr. Muir, Hospice of Dubuque and the Quilts of Valor Foundation.

 



Elizabeth M. McClain


Elizabeth M. "Betty" McClain, age 91, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 5:18 p.m., on Monday, February 13, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Betty's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, February 17, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Aaron R. Junge officiating. To celebrate Betty's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where the rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Betty was born on April 14, 1925, in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of Bernard and Josephine (Leytem) Honerbaum.

Betty was a proud lifelong resident of Dubuque. She was united in marriage to Herbert H. McClain on July 31, 1946, in Dubuque. They were blessed with 34 years together, and 5 children, before he was called home ahead of her on January 14, 1981. Betty was a dedicated employee who earnestly worked at the Savanna Ordinance Depot, William T. Conery and J.C. Penney, before eventually retiring after 29 years of loyal service. Betty's faith was very important to her, and she was a long time member of St. Mary's Church, before joining Holy Spirit Parish after St. Mary's closed. She was a very social woman who was also a dedicated member of the Betty's Club of Dubuque, and the J.C. Penney's Retirees Club. Betty was a talented seamstress who very much enjoyed her craft and the hum of her sewing machine. She was also an excellent cook who has pleased many a palates over the years with her famous cookies. Thankfully, Betty was generously given the opportunity to spend 91 years along her earthly journey, and the love she shared and spread along the way will provide comfort for those she loved and adored until we see her again.

Those left to cherish Betty's memory include

her children,
Joan (James) Reinsbach, Fennimore, WI,
Debra Krier, Dubuque, IA,
Willard McClain, Hazel Green, WI
and Dennis (Ann) McClain, Hazel Green, WI;

24 grandchildren;

several great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren;

a half-brother,
Dale "Joe" (Carol) Honerbaum, Hanover, IL;

and her step-siblings,
David Kuntz, TX,
Carol Colon
and Linda (Lloyd) Bushell, AZ.

Betty was preceded in death by, her parents; her husband, Herbert H. McClain; a son, Bob H. McClain; 2 grandsons, Gary McClain and Joe McClain; a great-granddaughter, Maranda Nelson; 2 sisters, Bernadine (Bernard) Duffy and Connie Simon; and a brother, James (Marilyn) Honerbaum.

An Elizabeth M. "Betty" McClain memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Betty's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital for all of the caring, compassionate and professional care they provided to Betty and her family.

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

 



Margaret A. Benda


Margaret Ann Benda, 86, formerly of South Grandview Ave, Dubuque, passed away Friday, February 10, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 18, 2017, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church. Msgr Thomas Zinkula will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Friends may greet the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, February 17, at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St., where there will be a rosary and sharing service at 7 p.m.

Margaret was born June 23, 1930 in Cedar Falls, Iowa, the youngest daughter of Charles and Margaret (Morgan) Connell. She graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 1947. She attended the University of Iowa Nursing School, graduating in 1951. She married Dr. Thomas J. Benda on September 6, 1952 at St. Patrick's Church, Cedar Falls. They moved to Des Moines for Tom's internship in 1953 then back to Iowa City for his residency. She worked throughout that time in Des Moines then back at UI Hospitals, as a nurse and eventually as Head Nurse on the Medical Ward. In 1957, she and Tom moved to Dubuque and her professional career as a nurse went on hiatus. After her youngest started school, Margaret returned to school at the University of Dubuque, graduating Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1980. Soon after she returned to work at the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) as a visiting nurse, and sat on the VNA Board. Later she was actively involved as a volunteer for Hospice of Dubuque. In later years she volunteered at Stonehill Care Center, feeding the residents.

Mom and Dad raised 8 children. Mom loved to be surrounded by her family. She spent countless hours making the perfect meal to feed her family so they could gather around the table and talk and laugh. She made holidays and birthdays special for everyone. She was careful not to show favorites and her love was obvious to each of her 8 children and 18 grandchildren. Her wisdom will always be with us. She taught us to be kind, "If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all". She taught us humility. She was proud and praised our accomplishments, but if looking for accolades for doing our chores or homework we heard, "what do you want, a medal or a chest to pin it on?" Managing 8 kids is tough work, so she taught us self reliance; Q "What's for lunch?" A "Whatever you want to make", Q" Where's my _____?" A"I don't know where I left it the last time I wore it". This and much more has been passed on to the next generations.

Margaret loved to entertain. She and her good friends held terrific dinner parties for each other, and loved each other's company. Tom and Margie were active supporters of the Dubuque community, generous with their time and treasure. They always had somewhere to be on Saturday night, whether it was The Dubuque Symphony, a play, a fundraiser or a party. Margaret loved to travel, garden, knit, needle point, and read, but most of all she loved to watch or listen to the Cubs. Though she lived through it, the ravages of Alzheimer's kept her from appreciating her beloved Cubs big win.

She was a devoted and active member of the Catholic Church. Margaret and Tom walked to and from St. Columbkille 6:45 a.m. daily Mass for decades. They were active members of the Cursillo and CEW Retreat Programs. Margaret was very involved in Birthright of Dubuque, and would speak in the Dubuque High Schools about Right to Life issues. Mom was a team member on several TEC retreats. She was devoted to the Rosary. Margaret was on the St. Columbkille Parish Council and volunteered for numerous Parish functions. She held several roles in the Theresians. Margaret and Tom were active members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter in law Chris Benda and her children Sam, Chuck, and Natalie; her sons and daughters, John (Anne) Benda of St. Paul, and their children, Peter and Libby; Anne (Terry) Farrell of St. Paul, and their son Sean; Therese (Mitch) Moore of Rochester MN and their children, Ben, Mollie (Scott)
Wigen and Maddie; Dr Tom Jr. (Anne) Benda of Dubuque and their children, Lydia and Jack; Margaret "Peggy" (Livius) d'Uscio of Rochester MN, and their children Lucia and Sarah; Martha (Mike McCarthy) Benda of St. Paul, and their children Thomas, Audrey and Grace; and Jane (Jim) Clawson of Centennial CO, and their children Will and Kate; her sister Mary Davis; her brother Charles (Joanne) Connell Jr.; her sister in law Thelma Loes; and brother in law Jim Miller.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dr. Thomas Benda Sr.; her son Dennis Benda, her brothers Philip (Isabel) Connell and Jim (Anne) Connell; her sister Jane (Richard) Nehlsen; and her brother in law, Grant Davis.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque or Stonehill Care Center. The family would like to thank Mary Jo Chapman and Jean Kilby for their regular Wednesday afternoon visits and Hospice of Dubuque and Stonehill Care Center for their excellent care.

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



Philip W. Cornelius


Philip Wayne Cornelius has been called to the Staff of the Supreme Commander. He joins his family: parents, Fred and Eva (Gurtner) Cornelius of East Dubuque; brothers, Eugene, Frederick, and John Cornelius, and sister, Ann Cornelius Brown; his wife of 42 years Esther Zelie; step-son Delbert Lassus, and step-daughter Jeanne Lassus Marden.

Phil was born and raised in East Dubuque, leaving before graduation from high school to join the Navy in 1940 and fight in the Pacific. He was very proud of his service onboard the USS Saratoga (CV-3), was an avid body-builder and a Navy boxing champ, and treasured the secret work he did as a cryptologic technician at the National Security Agency in Washington, DC. Phil retired as a Communications Technician Chief after 20 years of military service. He continued in the Fleet Reserves and his civil service career as a postal carrier for another 10 years in Napa, CA, before retiring to his Mt. Veeder home there with his wife Esther. He was an avid fisherman and hunter, loving to drive his Land Rover far and wide. He was also an amateur ham radio operator, keeping in touch with his Navy buddies all over the world, W6KRY was always on the air.

After Esther passed away, Phil returned to Illinois and spent the next 17 years with his good friend from East Dubuque High School days, Marge Beadle, helping out on her farm in Galena. He was deeply saddened when his dear companion passed away in 2013.

Affectionately known as "Phil the Pill" at Bell Tower Retirement Community, he spent most of his last few years in the same building he went to high school in, surrounded by many new friends. Stationed at "his" chair in the hallway, he was a primary fixture, who filled the days with singing, great stories and much laughter. He loved to recount his days of delivering newspapers in his neighborhood, saving up his money to buy his cherished trumpet. During his high school days he was a member of the James Hillard Band, a 12-member big band group, out of Galena. He still polished that trumpet every week.

One of the major highlights of his life was being presented his honorary high school diploma in 2012 at a reunion of all East Dubuque High School graduation classes through 1975. He was very surprised and touched that they would think of him after all those years.  

Phil is survived by step-son George Lassus of Buckeye, AZ, and an assortment of step-grand and great-grandchildren.

Phil's family, especially his step-granddaughter Cherie Collins of Coronado, CA, wishes to express our deep appreciation to Allen Beadle and his family for taking such good care of Phil for so many years and to the staff and residents of Bell Tower, Manor Care, and Hospice of Dubuque for their kindness, caring and support. Our deepest love and gratitude goes out to Sharon Sweeney, a true friend and angel in Phil's life...thank you so much for being there for him.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 18, 2017 at St. Mary's Church of East Dubuque, where friends may call after 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Phil will be buried near his parents in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is coordinating the arrangements. 



Jean A. Graf

Jean A. Graf, age 87, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 2:00 a.m., on Monday, February 13, 2017, at Luther Manor. To honor Jean's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road. To celebrate Jean's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Jean was born on November 30, 1929, in Galena, IL, daughter of Raymond and Berniece (Ripperda) Houtakker.

Jean was a graduate of the Immaculate Conception Academy in Dubuque, Class of 1947, and then went on to proudly continue her education with the University of Minnesota. Most of her career was spent working as a secretary for various companies around town before finally retiring from Prudential Insurance. She was united in marriage to Thomas Graf in 1955, in Mason City, Iowa. Sadly, they would later divorce, but not before being blessed with 3 wonderful sons. Jean was a kind and loving woman who was a long time member of St. Raphael's Cathedral. She also had a great appreciation for art and thoroughly enjoyed painting and creating her own masterpieces. Above all though, Jean loved to spend time with her family and friends. Any time spent with those she loved was treasured, but something as simple as a eating out would absolutely brighten her day. We are truly saddened by Jean's passing from this life to the next, but find real comfort in knowing she is once again reunited with her son, James, and that we will all be together again for all of eternity.

Those left to cherish Jean's memory include

her 2 sons,
John Thomas Graf, South Wayne, WI
and Robert P. Graf, Hopkins, MN;

and her siblings,
Helene Byrne, Dubuque, IA
and Richard Houtakker, LasVegas, NV.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents; a son, James Graf; a sister, Richelle Houtakker; and a brother-in-law, William Byrne.

A Jean A. Graf memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Jean's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Luther Manor for their kind, compassionate and loving care of Jean these past years.

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

 



John H. Oberbroeckling


John H. "Jack" Oberbroeckling, 87, of Hawkeye Care Center Dubuque (Heritage Manor), and formerly of New Vienna, Iowa, passed away on Monday, February 13, 2017.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 16, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 3:00 p.m. A Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 6:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 17, 2017, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, New Vienna, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Jack was born on September 25, 1929, to John F. and Emaline T. (Gerken) Oberbroeckling of New Vienna, Iowa. After graduation from St. Boniface Catholic High School, Jack started his career as a Supervisor at the former Carr Adams & Collier in Dubuque. He met Iva M. Dondlinger at the Melody Mill in Dubuque and, on June 8, 1957, they were married at the Catholic Church in Springbrook, Iowa.

Jack and Iva purchased the Oberbroeckling Homestead Farm near New Vienna from Jack's parents and spent their careers farming that ground and raising their three children, Steve, Joe, and Julie. After retiring from farming, Jack also worked for a time at Modernfold in Dyersville, Iowa.

Jack was a member of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Dubourg Assembly. He gave a lifetime of service to the organization and held past positions as Grand Knight, State Deputy Director, and Assistant to the Master for the State of Iowa. He was a lifetime member of the Catholic Order of Foresters and held the past position of Chief Ranger for the organization. He also served as a New Wine Township Trustee for a number of years. Along with his wife, Jack sang in the St. Boniface Catholic Church Choir in New Vienna for many years.

Jack was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. He spent many years playing baseball as well as fast and slow pitch softball. He coached New Vienna Babe Ruth and Junior Legion teams and was a player manager for the New Vienna Town Baseball Team, the Old Pros Fast Pitch Team, and the Vesse's Auction Service Slow Pitch Team. He also served as President of the New Vienna Athletic Association.

Jack is survived by his three children, Steve of Des Moines, Joe (Nancy) of Asbury, and Julie (Jim) Wilson of Urbandale; grandchildren Zach, Jake, and Hanna Oberbroeckling of Asbury, Emily Gibson (Kraig Pool) of Lake Park, IA, and Sarah (Bryce) Champlin of Leawood, KS; great-grandchildren Layla and Brady Champlin; sister Eileen Donovan of Dubuque; two brothers, Dan (Judy) Oberbroeckling of Asbury and Jim (Alice) Oberbroeckling of Coggon, Iowa; sisters-in-law Jean Smith of Sumner, Anna Mae Steffen of Maquoketa, Adelene Hefel of Dubuque, Julaine (Rich) Frank of Bellevue, and Lillian Dondlinger and Ailene Dondlinger of Springbrook.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Iva; two stillborn children, John and Ann; his parents, John and Emaline; and brothers-in-law Norbert Dondlinger, Eldred Dondlinger, Valentine Smith, Leon Steffen and Bernard Hefel.

In lieu of flowers Memorials are preferred.

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



Raymond A. Ryan


Raymond A. "Ray" Ryan, 81, of East Dubuque passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 12th at Mercy Medical Center, following a short illness surrounded by his adoring family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10.30 a.m. Friday at St Mary's Catholic Church, 170 Montgomery Avenue, East Dubuque, with Father Dean Smith officiating. Friends may visit from 3 PM to 8 PM Thursday, at Miller Funeral Home 1185 IL-35 N, East Dubuque, where there will be a parish scripture service at 3:00 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, with military honors accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Ray was born January 11, 1936 to Joseph and Alice (Lynch) Ryan in rural Dubuque County. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1953. Ray proudly served in the United States Army from 1958 to 1960. He grew up working on his and several other family farms forging the strong work ethic that would lead him through his 40 year career as a plumber, working as an Independent Contractor for the last 18 years until his retirement in 2000.

In early 1962 he met the love of his life, Gail (Theisen) Ryan and they were married on November 24 later that same year. Ray and Gail have three children, Renee (Rick) Golinvaux of Prior Lake, Minnesota, Joe Ryan of East Dubuque, and Ron (Lisa) Ryan also of East Dubuque. He has been blessed with two granddaughters, Kaylee and Lindsey Ryan of East Dubuque. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and loyal friend to all. 

He was a diehard Green Bay Packer and Iowa Hawkeye fan, and lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, who savored every minute of their 2016 Championship run. Ray was also a NASCAR fan, cheering for anyone driving a Ford. He enjoyed dinner and cards with friends, watching his granddaughters play volleyball, and especially loved occasionally babysitting for the grand dogs and grand cats. His favorite routine was weekday breakfast with his friends and weekend breakfast with his sons. Ray was very active in the Saint Mary's Catholic Church, Adoration Chapel, and the East Dubuque Knights of Columbus Council # 7527.

In addition to his wife, children, and grandchildren, Ray is survived by two sisters: Eileen Beaves and Kay Steuck; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Geri Ryan, Andy Ryan, Wayne (Gerry) Theisen, Karen Michels, Debbie Theisen, and Mike (Donna) Theisen. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Alice Ryan; parents-in-law Matt and Peg Theisen; brothers Paul and Bill Ryan; brothers-in-law Ted Beaves, Bob Steuck, and Elmer Michels; and niece Margaret Michels.

The family would like to thank the doctors and entire nursing staff of Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque for their exceptional level of care during this difficult time.

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



Leonard J. “Red” Weis


Leonard J. "Red" Weis, age 85, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 2:45 p.m., on Sunday, February 12, 2017, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Leonard's life, funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m., on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. To celebrate Leonard's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:30 a.m., on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Leonard was born on June 10, 1931, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Paul P. and Marie K. (Kueper) Weis.

Leonard was a lifelong resident of Dubuque, who proudly served his country with the National Guard for 26 years. He was a loyal employee, devoting 36 years of his working career as a dock worker for H&W Trucking until his well earned retirement. Faith was a priority in Leonard's life and he was a longtime member of St. Joseph the Worker Church. Leonard was also a faithful member of the Teamsters Local #421, the M.O.T.H. Club and the Eagles Club. In his free time, Leonard could be found sitting in the woods quietly waiting for his prey to cross his path, or contently casting his line into the open water looking for a "keeper" to brag about to his friends. Leonard also enjoyed making home movies to document all of life's events; amassing an impressive collection of over 8000 VHS tapes to look back at in time and relive all of the treasured memories again and again. The most important aspect of Leonard's life, however, was his family. He was a devoted father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother who was always there for all he loved and cared for. Although our hearts are saddened by Leonard's passing into eternity ahead of us, we know that one day we will all be reunited again and begin to create an entire new library of perfect memories.

Those left to cherish Leonard's memory include

his 7 children,
Agnes Williams, Cedar Rapids, IA,
Katherine Creamer, Dubuque, IA,
Martha (Khalid) Kousheh, Dubuque, IA,
Susan Herbst, Marion, IA,
Lynn (Jason) Watters, St. Catherine, IA,
Robert Weis, Billings, MT
and James Weis, Merritt Island, FL;

his 21 grandchildren;

4 great-grandchildren;

4 step-children;

9 step-grandchildren;

6 step-great-grandchildren;

1 step great great-granddaughter;

his sister,
Joanne (Robert) Stelpflug, Lancaster, WI;

2 sisters-in-law,
Rose Weis
and Mary Ann Weis, both of Dubuque, IA;

and his former wife,
Diane D. (Heim) Weis, Dubuque, IA.

Leonard was preceded in death by his parents; his 1st wife, Sara K. (Sprague) Weis; a daughter, Mary Brigham; a granddaughter, Sydney Watters; 2 grandsons, Michael Kloepper and Samuel Creamer; and 4 brothers, Paul Weis Jr., Louis Weis, Karl Weis and Arnold "Butch" Weis.

A Leonard J. Weis memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Leonard's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque and No Place Like Home, for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care they have provided Leonard and his family.

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



Sister Janita Curoe

Sister Janita Curoe, BVM, 87, of Marian Hall, 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, passed away Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at Marian Hall.

The Natural Burial Rite of Committal was held Feb. 11, 2017, in the Marian Hall Chapel. A memorial service was held Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, with shared stories followed by liturgy. Burial was in the Mount Carmel cemetery.

Sister Janita taught elementary school and was principal in Davenport, Iowa; Chicago; Memphis and Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Clarksdale and Jackson, Miss. She served as county literacy coordinator and volunteer tutor in Canton, Miss.

She was born in Bernard, Iowa, on March 28, 1929, to William Edward and Marie Powers Curoe. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1946, from Sacred Heart Parish, Fillmore, Iowa. She professed first vows on March 19, 1949, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1954.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Mary Curoe, BVM (St. Richard) and Catherine Pfab; and brothers: Robert, Richard and John. She is survived by a sister-in-law, Janice Curoe, Dubuque; a brother-in-law, Irvin Pfab, Iowa City, Iowa; nieces; nephews; and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with whom she shared life for 70 years.

Memorials may be given to Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, IA 52003 or online at www.bvmcong.org/whatsnew_obits.cfm.

Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., Dubuque, IA., 52003 is in charge of arrangements.