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Averle J. Wilson Bette A. Brimmer Calista A. (Wilwert-Steger) Hoppman
Carol Ann (Krogman) Tibbetts Darlene E. Clemen David J. Tauke
Dennis L. Stange Donald C. Wood Douglas G. "Doug" Kleinsmith
Duane A. Dean Geraldine J. Hayes Hugh J. McCarron
James C. Wolf Jeannette E. Knuth JoAnn Marie Moeller
John E. Eastman John M. “Johnny” Maiers Kenneth E. Klinkner
LeRoy Stampe Louis C. Wessels Louis Miller
Margaret A. Peter Mathias O. Hansen Paul Obi Okeke
Reza Ehtessabian, M.D. Richard A. Kohl Richard H. Shaffer
Rose E. Heim Shirley A. (Wiederholt) Ricke Steven C. Meyer

John M. “Johnny” Maiers


John M. "Johnny" Maiers, 87, of Dyersville and formerly of Peosta and Holy Cross, Iowa, passed away, Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville, Iowa, surrounded by his family.

Friends and relatives of John may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m., a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 7 p.m., and a VFW Service at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at St. John's the Baptist Catholic Church in Peosta, Iowa. Services for John will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at St. John's the Baptist in Peosta, Iowa with Rev. Richard Kuhn Presiding. Burial will be held in St. John's Cemetery in Centralia, Iowa with full military honors afforded by the New Vienna VFW Post #7736.

John was born January 3, 1930 in Luxemburg, Iowa, son of Matt G. and Bertha M. (Oberbroeckling) Maiers. He received his education in the Luxemburg area schools and was a graduate of the former New Vienna High School. On November 6, 1954 he was united in marriage to Mary Frances "Fran" Wilwert at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rickardsville, Iowa. She preceded him in death on May 22, 2007.

The couple farmed in the Holy Cross area until retiring in 2005. John was an Army Veteran having served in the Korean War. He had a welcoming smile and loved to play tricks on everyone. He had a funny snicker that made us laugh. He loved listening to music, watching baseball and dancing. He loved fishing, hunting, playing cards and spending time with family and friends.

He was a member of St. John's the Baptist Parish in Peosta, he was on the Board of Directors for the Holy Cross Athletic Department for 9 years, he served on the Board of Directors for the Cattleman's Association, charter member of the Balltown Lion's Club, member of the Farley Knights of Columbus Council #930, Security seed District Representative, member of the Dubuque County Farm Bureau, President and member of the Dubuque County Pork Producer's, a lifetime member of the New Vienna VFW Post #7736.

He is survived by nine children, Connie Hamilton (special friend, Sam Raymond) of Manitou Springs, CO, Stan Maiers of Dubuque, IA, Larry (Bev) Maiers of Holy Cross, IA, Gary (Dee) Maiers of Wellington, CO, Lori (Tom) Ingles of Peosta, IA, Lonie (Steve) Moneypenny of Hiawatha, IA, Dave (Sherry) Maiers of New Vienna, IA, Kim Maiers (and special friend, Patrick Murphy) of Peosta, IA, Naomi (Steve) Hoeger of Dyersville, IA; 16 grandchildren; 5 great-great grandchildren; four sisters, Eldora Pins of Manchester, IA, Verna Mae Lucas of Cedar Rapids, IA, Julie Ungs of Luxemberg, IA and Patricia Elliott of Madison, WI; one brother, Merlin (Verna) Maiers of Madison, WI; sisters-in-laws, Alice Wilwert-Oeth of Epworth, IA, Dorothy Link of Key West, IA, and Grace Maiers of Manchester, IA; a brother in-law, Paul Hoppmann of Dubuque, IA.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ralph Maiers, Jerome Maiers, and Gerald Maiers; ten brothers-in-law, Ray Lucas, Lavern Link, Ralph Wilwert, Paul Pins, Shim Elliott, Matthew Pfeiler, Gilbert Wilwert, Herman Wilwert, Fay Steger and Ed Ungs; sisters-in-law, Norma Maiers, Calista Hoppmann, Benny Maiers and Elaine Wilwert.

The family of John would like to thank the staff of Oakcrest Manor and the Ellen Kennedy Living Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all the kindness and care given to John.

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



Douglas G. "Doug" Kleinsmith


Douglas G. "Doug" Kleinsmith, 70, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday morning, May 25, 2017, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Doug's life will be held at 1:30 P.M., Tuesday, May 30, 2017, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11 A.M. until 1 P.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Douglas Gail Kleinsmith was born on October 10, 1946 in Clinton, Iowa, to Gail Norman and Irene Florence (Frandsen) Kleinsmith. He grew up in Maquoketa and loved playing baseball until he injured his arm. He graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1965 where he played high school football. He then attended Clinton Community College and graduated with a degree in Electronic Engineering Technology in 1968.

Doug started working for Stickley Electric in Maquoketa following graduation and worked there as an electrician for over 43 years, retiring in 2012.

Doug was an avid bowler and had bowled in several leagues for many years. He enjoyed camping, playing cards and spending time with his many friends. In later years, he loved to spend time with all the daycare kids at Linda's. Each day the little ones would watch for Doug to get home from work and even if they were sleeping Doug would wake them up to spoil them with treats. They were all Doug's kids and they brought so much joy into his life.

Those left to honor Doug's memory include sisters, Gayle Hargrafen of Maquoketa, IA, and Lisa (Kevin) Oetken of Monmouth, IA; 3 nephews, Matthew (Dabney) Hargrafen, Mark (Kate) Hargrafen, and Aaron Oetken; 1 niece, Ellen Oetken; 3 great-nieces, Finley, Hadley and Livvy Hargrafen; 2 great-nephews, Barron and Rocco Hargrafen; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

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

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Douglas G. "Doug" Kleinsmith memorial fund has been established.

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



Reza Ehtessabian, M.D.


Reza Ehtessabian, M.D. passed away on May 24, 2017 in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his immediate family.

He was born to Mohamad Ali Ehtessabian and Shamsi M. Tabari in Tehran, Iran on June 16, 1942. He is survived by his wife, Arlene, and his children, Roxana (and husband Tom), Jon, Jason (and wife Morgan), Jared, and Piroz (his nephew, whom he cared for as his own). He is also survived by his grandchildren, Ariana, Siena, Brooks, Matthew, and Quinn, his siblings, Farhad, Shirin, Shifteh (and their families). He was a dedicated and compassionate husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, physician, and friend to many.

Reza was a supreme family man, lovingly married to his wife, Arlene, for 45 years. He was a devoted father, dedicated to providing opportunities for his children to pursue their greatest potential. He was a stable pillar of support and was always eager to offer his wisdom and guidance. He enjoyed spending time with his family most in life, and maintained constant involvement in the lives of his children, grandchildren and extended family. He had an easy-going way enjoying life's leisure time with family and friends. His quirky sense of humor was uniquely epic, and the way he would squint his eyes and throw his head back with his gentle smile and laugh could warm any room. He enjoyed soccer, golf, pickle ball, woodcarving, reading, and intellectual discussion groups.

Professionally, Reza was a brilliant man - incredibly intelligent, knowledgeable, and wise. He could understand virtually any human concept. He was particularly interested in studying complex science and medicine, and would light up at the opportunity to discuss innovation with other bright minds. His command for detail, coupled with his truly caring personality, made him an ideal medical doctor. His dedication to helping heal people's ailments was at the core of his persona, and he took great pride in applying his knowledge for the benefit of others. He did truly commendable work as a doctor, always going the extra mile for his patients' well-being.

With respect to community, Reza's philosophy was to surround himself with good people aimed toward spreading good in the world. He would say it was a privilege to wisely select our chosen communities in life -- Reza chose Dubuque, IA and Galena, IL. He served his communities by becoming Dubuque's first board certified allergist, treating countless individuals at Medical Associates Clinic for almost 35 years with great passion. In addition to his profession, he contributed actively through the Rotary Club, an organization dedicated to "service above self," and annually managed Dubuque's Salvation Army Christmas Bell-ringing drive.

In his final days, Reza's devotion to his community was returned to him lovingly in kind. His family specially thanks Hospice of Dubuque (Megan, Melanie, and Julie), long-time friend, James Schilling, the physicians and staff at the Medical Associates and Mayo Clinics, and James Schneider and his staff at Hoffman-Schneider Funeral Home for their special care and personal touches. Reza was honored to be part of the Dubuque and Galena communities.

Reza Ehtessabian was an exemplary human being, true to his hopes and desires. Days before he let go of his body, he told his family he lived his life to the fullest and without regret. He was also dedicated to helping others achieve healthy, fulfilling, and balanced lives. He repeatedly gifted copies of his favorite book, The Alchemist, to family members and friends, as encouragement to keep efforts aligned in pursuit of hopes and dreams, but remaining present in the journey.
To Reza, just as important as prioritizing energy towards his hopes and desires, was the way he conducted himself in pursuit. Reza Ehtessabian embodied generosity, humility, and service to humanity. When it came to human interactions, his father taught him to listen intently, put forth best efforts to understand others' perspectives, and then treat others how he would like to be treated in their shoes.

He lived by his father's words, and resonated a gentle, yet confident kindness. He will be dearly missed, and his legacy will be carried on by the many lives he touched. Reza Ehtessabian's liberated soul now sings, climbs, and dances beyond our earthly understanding.

"The secret of death is found in the heart of life. For life and death are one, just as the river and sea are one. In the depth of our hopes and desires lies our silent knowledge of the beyond. Like seeds dreaming beneath the snow, our hearts dreams of spring. Trust these dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity. For, only when we drink from the river of silence shall we indeed sing. And when we have reached the mountain top, then shall we begin to climb. And when the earth shall claim our limbs, then shall we truly dance." - Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet.

A memorial visitation is being held on Tuesday May 30, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Hoffmann Schneider Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Rotary Club of Dubuque.

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



Carol Ann (Krogman) Tibbetts


Carol Ann (Krogman) Tibbetts, 75, of Mesquite, Nevada and formerly of Dyersville, Iowa passed away, Tuesday May 23, 3012 at 11:30 a.m. at Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, Utah surrounded by her family.

Friends and relatives of Carol may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Monday, May 29, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Tuesday, at the funeral Home. Services for Carol will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, with Rev. Jeffery Doll Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville.

She was born August 12, 1941 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Joseph and Magdalen (Jaeger) Krogman. She received her education at St. Francis Xavier School in Dyersville. On May 19, 1959, she was united in marriage to Vern Trumm, the couple later divorced. On November 19, 1990 she was united in marriage to Harold Tibbetts in Las Vegas, Nevada.

She was employed in Assembly operations at Rockwell Collins, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for 35 years, until retiring in September 1996. Upon retiring she and Harold spent summers in Dyersville and winters in Mesquite, until eventually moving to Mesquite permanently. Carol loved to spend time gardening and cooking.

She is survived by her husband, Harold Tibbetts, of Mesquite, NV; one son, Rick (Jackie) Trumm of Elgin, IA; one daughter, Shelly (Ray) Osten of Cedar Rapids, IA; two step sons, Ed (Lisa) Tibbbetts of Davenport, IA, Chuck (Lori) Tibbetts of Copperas Cove, TX, and one step daughter, Linda (Reggie) Wolfe of San Antonio, TX; grandchildren, Megan (Josh) Vranish, Shonda (Luke) Jeffrey, and Madeline Trumm; four great grandchildren, Jonathan, Samuel, Jackson and Catherine; her siblings, Rose Greenwood, Of Farley, IA, Verla Turnis of Worthington, IA, Vernon Krogman of Dyersville, IA, James (Bev) Krogman of Worthington, IA, Gary (Linda) Krogman of Dyersville, IA and Richard (Debra) Krogman of Dubuque, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings, Helen (Gilbert) Bahl, Elwood (Eunice) Krogman, Tom Krogman, David Krogman, Leroy Krogman, Joseph (Toots) Krogman, Mary (George) Sorenson, Pearl (Lawrence) Roling, Bonita Krogman, and Kathy Foxen; and in-laws, Harold Greenwood, Richard Turnis and Raynette Krogman.

A special thanks to Sharon Powers, Carol's niece, for traveling to Utah to be with Carol during her final days.

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



Bette A. Brimmer


Bette Ann Brimmer, 82, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center.
Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 26th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rockdale Road with Rev. Linda Vonfumetti officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, May 25th, 2017 at the funeral home.

Bette was born on October 29, 1934 in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, the daughter of Robert Crapp and Genevieve Fawcett. She married Darrell Jorgenson and together they had 3 sons; she later married Delos Mullikin and they had one daughter. On May 2, 1969 she married Terrance Brimmer and together they had two sons. Terrance preceded her in death in 1982.

She worked at Area Residential Care in Dubuque for over 25 years. Bette's residents became her family, she was devoted to caring for all of them.

She loved to embroider, crochet, reading and puzzles, attending field trials, stock car races, camping and family functions where she always "had" to bring her famous noodles. She was an avid Green Bay Packers Fan and Wisconsin Badgers fan.

Bette, a free spirit, unconditionally loved her family; she was a woman with a quick tongue, who was not afraid to share her "wisdom" with family and friends.

She is survived by her children, Steve (Sherri) Jorgenson, of Mineral Point, WI, Jeff (Carolyn) Jorgenson, of Linden, WI, Greg (Mary) Jorgenson, of Dubuque, Chris Meyer, of Peosta, Terry (Hope) Brimmer, of Maquoketa, Iowa, Tracy (Holly Thomas) Brimmer, of Dubuque. Nineteen grandchildren, twenty three great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. One sister Diana (Dick) Glanville, of Linden, WI, sister-in-law, Gloria and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two grandsons, two brothers Bob Crapp and Jim (Joyce) Crapp, and a sister Nancy (Doug) Pilling. Her mother and father-in-law, Alfred and Pauline Brimmer, and her faithful dog Petey.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Area Residential Care.

The family wishes to thank the nursing staff at Mercy Medical Center, Dr. Mark Moore and the staff at Luther Manor for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Bette.



John E. Eastman


John E. Eastman, 83, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at the Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, in Davenport, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of John on Saturday, July 8, 2017, beginning at noon at the Eagles Club in Maquoketa for an informal celebration of life reception. A private graveside service and burial will be held from the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

John Earnest Eastman was born on December 29, 1933 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Earnest and Mildred (Current) Eastman. He was a graduate of Maquoketa High School. He married Shirley Techau in Maquoketa, Iowa and to this union a daughter was born, Susan. After a short time, he and Shirley divorced and he later married Mona Kay McPherson on February 18, 1961 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union a son was born, Richard.

John first worked as a plumber for Taylor Plumbing for several years. He then began a 30-plus year career with the Highway Commission. He first worked for the Iowa State Highway Commission for eight years, and lastly retired from the Clinton County Highway Commission working as an operations manager related to civil engineering.

John was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club in Maquoketa. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Those left to honor John's memory include his children, Susan Ann Lorey of Rockwall, TX, and Richard Owen (Suzanne) Eastman of Phoenix, AZ; and 4 grandchildren, James, John, Paige and Ryan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Edmund, and his wife Mona on September 28, 2014.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Hospice of Jackson County.

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



James C. Wolf


James C. Wolf, 81, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, May 21, 2017, surrounded by family and friends. Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 26, 2017 at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Rev. Steven Rosonke will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 25, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

Jim was born September 13, 1935 in Dubuque, the son of Alphonse and Genevieve (Zemanek) Wolf. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, and joined the U.S. Navy in 1955. Jim married Alice Lindauer on September 29, 1962 at St. Mary Catholic Church in East Dubuque, IL. After his honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy, Jim went to work briefly for Morrison Brothers, and then started his career at John Deere Dubuque Works, retiring in 1990.

After his retirement, Jim enjoyed working as a ranger at Eagle Ridge Resort and as a bank courier at Per Mar Security. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, the UAW Local 94, and the American Legion Post #6. Jim enjoyed bowling, golfing and playing billiards in league and for pleasure with many longtime friends. He was an accomplished bowler, and was inducted into the Bowling Hall of Fame in May of 2005. Jim was an avid fan of the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Bears. He also enjoyed spending time with family and friends and lounging around watching T.V.

Jim is survived by his wife, Alice; four daughters, Sherri Wolf, Jolene Wolf, Deanne (Jeffrey) Johll, and Nicole (Bill) Wolf-Murphy, all of Dubuque; a daughter in law, Melissa Wolf of Des Moines; six grandchildren, Madelynn, Alexander, Nicholas, Andrew, and Elizabeth Johll, and Devin Wolf, all of Dubuque; two great grandchildren, Jaxen Johll-Clayton and Vanessa Uptegraph-Johll; his brother, Robert (Lavonne) Wolf of Dubuque; and his siblings in law, Isabel Lindauer, Helen (Roger) Sherman, Don (Ellen) Lindauer, Mary Green, and Blondi Lindauer.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Douglas; his siblings, Arlene (Don) Brewer, Marilyn (Robert) Kaesbauer, and David Wolf; and his siblings in law, Ed (Marie), Bob, and Jane Lindauer.

Jim's family would like to thank all his doctors and nurses, the staff at Finley Hospital and UW Madison Hospital; Hospice of Dubuque; and the staff at Dubuque Specialty Care for their wonderful care and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the James C. Wolf Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com



Jeannette E. Knuth


Jeannette E. Knuth, 83, of Cascade, Iowa she passed away Monday, May 22, 2017 at 6:15 p.m. at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.
Friends and relatives of Jeannette may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 25, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Friday at the funeral Home.

Services for Jeannette will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 26, 2017 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Jeannette was born January 5, 1934 in Lowden, Iowa, daughter of Charles and Grace (Osgood) Waters. She received her education in the Lost Nation High School. On August 16, 1952 she was united in marriage to Cecil Knuth at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lost Nation. The couple farmed in the rural Cascade area.

She was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa. She was also a 4H Leader in Jones County for many years. Jeanette was an avid bowler and was very crafty; she loved sewing and making wicker baskets with Friends.

She is survived by her husband, Cecil Knuth of Cascade, Iowa; one daughter, Mary (Paul) Thompson of Sherrill, IA; one son, Mark (Cathy) Knuth of Cascade, IA; 7 grandchildren, Aaron Thompson, Jeannette Christensen, Laura Thompson, Amanda Schlemme, Ryan Knuth, Kayla Thompson, and Eric Knuth; 13 great grandchildren; four sisters, Wanita (Mic) Sheldon of Lost Nation, IA, Dorothy Eggert of Wyoming, IA, Irma Neiber of Elwood, IA and Connie Nissen of Bernard, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Charles "Chic" Waters and Eddie Waters; two sisters, Dona Stender and Sandra McCombs.

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



Averle J. Wilson


Averle J. Wilson, 91, of Dubuque died Friday, May 19, 2017 at home.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Church, Maquoketa, where visitation will also be held Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Averle was born August 3, 1925 in Andrew, Iowa, daughter of William and Clara (Deppe) Hager. She attended the Maquoketa schools and graduated in 1943. She was employed that summer by the Davenport Newspapers as correspondent and circulation manager for the Jackson County Area.

In the early 1960's she opened a party shop and printing business in Maquoketa. In 1972 she started the advertising paper, The Shopper Stopper, now called The Shopper. Also among her business ventures, she owned the Eastern Iowa Service Bureau Collection Agency and H & R Block Income Tax Service.

Selling her businesses in 1980, she took many trips visiting her son Gary in California and Greg in Australia. In 1993 she was hired as Administrative Assistant at the Dubuque Water Plant and worked until she was 78 years old. Since then, she has enjoyed traveling, social events with her friends, her home in Dubuque, and was an avid shopper with her best friend, Thelma.

Surviving are her son, Greg of Isle of Capri, Australia; sister, Dolores (Dick) Dominetta of Los Angeles; nieces and nephews, Pat (Greg) Lane of Stillwater, MN., Karen (Steve} Gray, Carla (Steve) Schilling of Muscatine; Bill (Beth) Hager of Glenview, IL, Deb (Kevin) Ritenour of Preston, Laura Jensen of Pahrump, NV; Brock Hager of Des Moines; Bruce Hager of Davenport, Amy and Linda Dominetta of Los Angeles; Carol (David) Mazzatta of Bainbridge Island, Washington.

She was preceded in death by her son Gary, who died of cancer at the age 50; a grandson, Sean Michael Wilson; her parents; brother, Larry: brother and sister in law, Bill and Doris Hager; sister, Vera and brother in law, Wayne Sissel of Mustanine.

Memorials may be made to Averle Wilson Memorial Fund.

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

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque and her Friends and family for their help and care.



David J. Tauke


David J. Tauke, 85, of Dyersville passed away Monday, May 22, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 p.m. Thursday, May 25, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where an American Legion Service will be held at 7 p.m.  Visitation will continue Friday morning from 9:00-10:00 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 26, 2017, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery where American Legion Post 137 will conduct military honors.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Dave was born December 22, 1931, in Dyersville, Iowa the son of Greg and Elizabeth (Osterhaus) Tauke.  After graduating from Xavier High School he served in the Navy with the Seabees for four years.  He married Joan Moorman on December 26, 1953, in Greeley, Iowa.  Together they had seven children.  She preceded him in death on December 31, 1973.  He later married Alice Konzen on July 4, 1975.

Upon his return from the service he began working for his father at Greg J. Tauke & Sons Implement Dealership.  In 1971 he purchased what is now Tauke Motors in Dyersville.

He enjoyed family and friends, fishing, grilling, golfing, and traveling with Alice to all of the United States and Canadian Provinces.  He was an active life member of American Legion Post 137.

Survivors include his wife, Alice, 6 children: Doug (Kathy) Tauke, Dan (Sue) Tauke both of Dyersville, Deb (John) Ketchen of Vinton, Diane (Craig) Reid of Marion, Sue (Dr. Larry) Ellingson of Iowa City and Sandy (Rick) Isenhart of Littleton, CO; a son-in-law, Dennis (Shari) Overman of Dyersville; 15 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren; a sister, Marjorie Torrance of Dyersville, a brother, Marvin (Leona) Tauke of Dyersville;  many in-laws from the Moorman and Konzen families, and his faithful companion, Gerti.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Joan, one daughter, Beth "Bunny" Overman, siblings: Donna (Robert) McGuire, James (Arlene) Tauke, brother-in-law, Tom Torrance, and several in-laws from the Moorman and Konzen families.

Memorials are preferred to St. Francis Xavier Basilica or Camp Courageous of Iowa

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

 

 



Hugh J. McCarron


While at home on the evening of May 19, 2017, Hugh J. McCarron, age 76, was born to eternal life.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 26, 2017, at Saint Columbkille Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. To celebrate Hugh's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 25, 2017, at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Hugh was born in Dubuque on April 30, 1941, the son of the late Robert A. McCarron and Julia (Wolfe) McCarron. He attended St. Columbkille's High School and was a member of its final graduating class in 1959. He began studies at Loras College that fall. In October 1960, he started his career at John Deere, where he would remain an employee in the experimental planning department as a senior engineering processor for 41 years. Between 1965 to 1966 he served in the U.S. Navy and was in the reserves for 4 years.

Hugh married Dorothy Ann Schmitt on May 11, 1968 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dubuque. They had six children Kelly, Amy, Scott, Kate, Mollie, and Megan, all of whom feel blessed to have had him as their father.

Hugh had an inquisitive mind. He loved to tinker with things, whether it was the old cars he worked on or taking something new apart so he could satisfy his curiosity of how it worked. He was a resourceful educator and a person to go to if you needed to diagnose or fix a problem; he often found creative solutions by "rigging something up." The house that he built in 1970 and where he raised his family is filled with examples of Hugh's ingenuity, creativity, and craftsmanship.

When he was not working on a project or solving problems, he enjoyed watching stock car racing, whether it was from the couch or in person, especially the NASCAR races at the Daytona 500 or Kansas City Speedway. At a slower pace, Hugh liked to go on drives and road trips with Dorothy Ann to see different parts of the U.S. Ultimately what Hugh loved most was his family. He looked forward to holidays when everyone would reunite at home. His grandchildren eagerly anticipated his breakfasts, whether he was serving up his French toast or delivering dozens of doughnuts.

Hugh's family and friends will cherish his memory and forever be guided by the example he set and the way he lived his life.

Hugh is survived by his wife, Dorothy Ann McCarron of Dubuque; children, Kelly (Chuck) Braak of Omaha, NE, Amy (Dan Jones) McCarron of Dallas Center, IA, Scott (Bonnie) McCarron of Aurora, IL, Kate (Chris) McCarron-Cotton of Kansas City, MO, Mollie (Jason Christopherson) McCarron of Clive, IA, Megan (Cory Brown) McCarron of Des Moines, IA; his grandchildren, Abbey, Gretchen, Katya Braak; Madeline, Mallory, Brianna McCarron; Grace, Olivia, Hadley, Chloe, Addison Cotton; and Finn, Natalie, Gabe Christopherson. He is also survived by siblings; Connie Kelly of Dubuque, Therese Lampe of Bettendorf, IA, Michael, Bob, and Dan McCarron of Dubuque, and Kevin McCarron of Marion, IA.

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

On behalf of Hugh, the McCarron family would like to express a sincere thank-you to Sandy at Dr. Hermann's office and to Ron and Sharon Juergens for their love and support.



Richard H. Shaffer


Richard H. "Dick" Shaffer, age 76, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 9:40 p.m., on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Dick's life, funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m., on Thursday, May 25, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Dick's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m., until the time of services at 6:00 p.m., on Thursday, at Behr Funeral Home.

Dick was born on November 2, 1940, in Dubuque, IA, son of William and Edna (Maas) Shaffer.

Dick was united in marriage to Patricia Tracy on June 11, 1960, at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque. They were truly blessed with almost 57 years together, and 5 children. Dick was a very talented auto body technician who would invest his first 10 years with Wilson Brothers before eventually moving to Dan Kruse Pontiac, where he would devote another 34 years to his trade before finally retiring in 2004. Dick was a loyal man, who was not only proud to be a union member over the years, but also made no apologies for always putting his family first. In his free time, one of Dick's favorite pastimes was watching his beloved Cubbies, and their World Series win on his birthday last year was one of the greatest gifts Dick could have ever asked for. Our hearts ache with the loss of our husband, father and grandfather, but we are grateful for all of the memories he leaves behind and the countless lessons in the importance of delivery when it comes to some good old fashion sarcasm in your day.

Those left to cherish Dick's memory include

his loving wife,
Patricia "Pat" Shaffer, Dubuque, IA;

his 4 sons,
Greg (Joy) Shaffer, Dubuque, IA,
Steve (Maryann) Shaffer, Dubuque, IA,
Jeff Shaffer, Dubuque, IA
and Eric (Kristi) Shaffer, Robins, IA;

his 13 grandchildren,
Holly (Flaco) Santoyo, Kayla (Anjison) DePaepe, Hayley Shaffer, Brandon Shaffer, Hunter Shaffer, Jared Shaffer, Chandler Shaffer, Cassandra Shaffer, Asia Shaffer, Payzlee Shaffer, Jovi, Kinzi and Addi; 

his 6 great-grandchildren;

and his 5 siblings,
Shirley (Pete Schwartz) Mihalakis, Dubuque, IA,
William "Bill" Shaffer, Northwood, IA,
Clarence Shaffer, Dubuque, IA,
Jim (Rose) Shaffer, Dubuque, IA
and Harold (Sue) Shaffer, Dubuque, IA.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Gail Mussehl; and 8 siblings, Irvin (Ilene) Shaffer, Jack (Sue) Shaffer, Donnie (Judy) Shaffer, Alice Voels, Rita (Tony) Pfab, Lorraine (Eldon) Dimitroff, Leonard (Diane "Dede" Meyer) Shaffer and Mary Breitbach.

A Richard H. "Dick" Shaffer memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Dick's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Mercy Hospital for their kind, attentive and professional care of Dick and his family.

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

 



Margaret A. Peter


Margaret A. Peter, 89, of Dubuque died Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Ennoble Manor.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 3 to 8 pm at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Margaret was born February 2, 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Cecil and Helen (Grant) Cripe. She attended St. Mary's Elementary School and graduated from St. Joseph's Academy. On May 10, 1950 she married Donald J. Peter at St. Mary's Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on January 24, 1999.

She was an active member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church where she was involved with its Rosary Society, St. Peter's Circle and Prayer Line. She was also a Girl Scout leader and enjoyed bird watching, Bingo, nature and writing poetry.

She is survived by six children, Lee (Rick Merkle) Peterson of Urbandale, IA, Mark (Shirley) Peter of Oregon, WI, Laurie (Tim) Leibold of Asbury, Lynn (Mike O'Shea) Schroeder of Dubuque, Tony Peter and John Peter; 18 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren with one on the way, and a great-great grandchild on the way.

She was also preceded in death by a son in law, Steve Peterson; three brothers, Lawrence, James and Grant Cripe; one sister, Grace Thomas, and one grandson, Kelly John Peter and a great grandson, Eric Kerkenbush.

A Margaret Peter Memorial Fund has been established.

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

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Ennoble Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their wonderful care.

 

 



Louis Miller


Louis "Louie" Miller, 78, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away peacefully with his family surrounded around him on Friday, May 19, 2017 at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Mara (Tom) Garner of Dubuque.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque, with military honors accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Visitation will be 2:30 - 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the Miller Funeral Home.

Louie was born on July 15, 1938 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Julius and Gertrude (Gross) Miller. He was united in marriage to Patricia "Pat" Story on April 10, 1963 in Chicago, IL.

He was a veteran of the U. S. Army. Louie owned the Cabaret in East Dubuque, and bartended at many establishments in the area over the years. He also owned the 2nd Hand Rose Store for 30-years, which he just recently closed.

Everybody knew Louie and his convertible. He had so many friends, and everyone who knew him loved him. You could always count on a smile at the 3-Mile House, where he spent time with his closest friends.

He lost the love of his life on January 8, 2008 after 45-years of marriage. He enjoyed watching sports and daily lunch at Mario's. He loved going to Mexico and Mississippi with Pat! Millerfest at Mara's with the entire family was the highlight of his summer and he absolutely loved Christmas Eve at the Midway with the traditional "leg lamp" in his room's window.

Surviving are his children, Mark Miller of Dubuque, and his children, Ryan, Marisa, Lacey, Sarina and Angelina, Mike Miller of Dubuque, Molly Miller of East Dubuque and children, Britini (Omar) Issac and Josh, Mara (Tom) Garner of Dubuque and their children, Mykenna, Jaidyn and Layne; 12 great grandchildren, Payton, Ayden, Gavyn, Kinsley, Alivia, Bianca, Gracie, Jack, Abraham, Anaya, Avanni, and Omar; his siblings, Izzy Miller, Roger (Pat) Gross, Donnie Gross, Janet Brehm, and brother-in-law, Michael (Lynn) Story.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Julius and Gertrude; his wife Pat; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Roger and Mollie Story.

In lieu of flowers, a Louie Miller Memorial Fund has been established.

Louie's family wishes to extend special thanks to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Allison for their kind and compassionate care.



Dennis L. Stange


Dennis L. "Denny" Stange, 77, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Friday evening, May 19, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family.

A celebration of Denny's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the East Iron Hill Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, at a later date.

Dennis Lee Stange was born on May 10, 1940 near Clarence, Iowa, to Raymond H. and Berniece I. (Toerber) Stange. He was a 1958 graduate of Clarence High School and received training with Northwestern Bell Telephone Company. He married Janet Marilyn Walker on October 14, 1962 in Elwood, Iowa. To this union five children were born: Laurie, Lisa, Jeff, Dianne and Brenda.

Denny retired from Northwestern Bell after 30 years, and was a part-time farmer. He was a past board member of the Jackson County Conservation Board, and was a long-time member of the East Iron Hill Community Church where he had formerly served as a board member and was currently serving as the vice president of the cemetery association.

Denny loved anything outdoors including farming, gardening and fishing. He and Janet enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. with their camper. He was an award winning bowler for team "Dad and the Boys" and wouldn't miss a day of coffee with his buddies. His absolute love was his family and he was happy to tell anyone who would listen about his children and grandchildren.

Those left to honor Denny's memory include his wife, Janet Stange of Maquoketa, IA; children, Laurie (Charles Jennissen) Stange of Shueyville, IA, Lisa (Jon Davidson) Stange of W. Des Moines, IA, Jeff (Kathleen Till Stange) Stange of W. Des Moines, IA, Dianne (Ian) Gutterman of Elmhurst, IL, and Brenda (James) Van Keuren of Mt. Airy, MD; a brother, Ronnie (Karen) Stange of Anamosa, IA; a sister, Carma Jean (Fred) Clark of Jacksonville, FL; a sister-in-law, Rita Stange of Walcott, IA; his mother-in-law, Myrtle Ihrig of Maquoketa, IA; and 12 grandchildren, Jeremy, Lydia, Yuewan, Anna, Elizabeth, Nick, Olivia, Sam, John, Julia, Jay and Emily. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother Marlyn Stange.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made directed to the Jackson County Conservation, East Iron Hill Community Church, or the Hope Lodge, 750 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, IA 52246.

Online Condolences may be left at www.carsonandson.com.

 



Duane A. Dean


Duane A. Dean, age 52, of Milwaukee, WI, was called home peacefully on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at the Clement Zablocki VA Medical Center, with his loving wife by his side. To honor Duane's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at St. Anthony's Church, 1880 St. Ambrose Street, with Rev. Eugene C. Kutsch officiating. To celebrate Duane's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., on Monday, May 22, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Duane was born on April 3, 1965, in Dubuque, son of Raymond and Phyllis (Nee-Scannell) Dean.

Duane was a proud graduate of Hempstead High School, Class of ‘84, and would go on to further his education with Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo. Duane also made time to honorably serve his country with the U.S. Air Force from 1984-1987. During this time, he was united in marriage to his highschool sweetheart, Pamela J. Lape, on September 6, 1986, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Dubuque. Duane would invest his working years as an aircraft mechanic with the General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee. Duane had a strong love for the Lord and would joyfully devote years of his faith life to the St. Rita Catholic Church in Milwaukee. When it came to free-time, Duane was always up to watching his Packer's or Brewer's hit the field, or even just a relaxing day casting his line into the water while soaking in the beauty of God's creation. But, it should be clearly stated that Duane's favorite, and most treasured times, were when his family and friends were gathered close by. His love for God, family, friends and country were continually on display for all to embrace and emulate. We are beyond saddened by the earthly departure of our dear Duane; but we discover peace in knowing that he's now free from his lengthy health battles, once again reunited with his dad and siblings, and that thankfully we will all join them in time for a most joyous and glorious of family reunions within our heavenly estates.

Those left to cherish Duane's memory include

his loving wife,
Pam Dean;

his daughters,
Kelly Dean,
and Sondra Dean;

his mother,
Phyllis Dean;

his brother,
Darin (Tina) Dean;

his sister,
Darcy Ries;

his sisters-in-law,
Lori Bahl
and Tina (Jason) Knockel;

numerous nieces and nephews, along with several other relatives and many dear friends.

Duane was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Dean; 2 brothers, Kenneth Dean and David Dean; and 1 sister, Darla Dean.

A Duane A. Dean memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

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

 



Donald C. Wood


Donald C. Wood, 69, of Dubuque died Friday, May 19, 2017.  Visitation will be from 3 to 7 pm Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be sharing of memories at 7 pm.

Donald was born June 10, 1947 in Honolulu, HI, son of Charles and Vivian (Vogel) Wood.  He received degrees from University of Northern Iowa and Clarke College.  On July 6, 1974, he married Mary Kay Burd in Dubuque.

Prior to his retirement in 2009, Donald worked as an accountant, most recently at AY McDonald Manufacturing.  He was a very kind person; a truly loving husband, father and grandfather. 

Donald had a passion for restoring old cars, especially classic Mustangs, woodworking and working in his Hosta garden.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Kay Wood of Dubuque; children, Steven (Kelly) Wood of Salt Lake City, Brian (Kelly) Wood of Coralville, and Nicole (Troy) Smith of North Liberty; grandchildren, Farren, Olivia and Ethan Wood; Deegan and Kylin Wood; and Owen Smith.

He is also survived by his brother, Alfred Wood of Waterloo; and nieces, nephews and in-laws.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

A Donald Wood Memorial Fund has been established.

 

 



Darlene E. Clemen


Darlene E. Clemen, 81, of Dubuque, and formerly of Balltown, passed away suddenly on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, surrounded by her family.

Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 23, at Resurrection Catholic Church. Rev. Joseph Hauer will officiate. Burial will be in St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery, Balltown. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, May 22, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. where there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

Darlene was born April 2, 1936 in Balltown, the daughter of John F. and Veronica (Hansen) Habel. She married Loras Clemen on August 23, 1958 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Balltown.

She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi in Balltown and Resurrection Catholic Church in Dubuque.
Darlene was a hard working farm wife, who helped her husband with many chores, including milking. She loved tending her vegetable garden. Darlene also spent time mushroom hunting and picking berries, even though she always came home with poison ivy. She was employed as a bartender at Breitbach's Country Dining for over 20 years. Darlene was an avid Chicago Cubs fan, enjoyed playing euchre, refinishing antique furniture, and trying her luck at the casino.

Darlene is survived by her husband, Loras, of Dubuque; four children, Clark (Sheri Anderson) Clemen of Frost, MN, Lynn (Gene) Langel of New Vienna, IA, Kevin (Mary) Clemen of Worthington, IA, and Dawn (Dallas) Tully of Sherrill; her grandchildren, Veronica Langel, Annie Knepper, Tony Langel, John Langel, Kaitlyn Clemen, Mitchel Clemen, Michael Tully, and Autumn Tully; her sister, Stella McDermott of Benton, WI; her brothers in law and sister in law, Jerome (Patsy) Clemen, Janice (Willis) Wagner, Francis "Fritz" (Linda) Clemen, Cathy (Don) Keppler, Dale (Carol) Clemen, and Marvin Gaul; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her father and mother in law, Alphonse and Armella Clemen; her siblings, Rose Habel, Benny (Kay) Habel, and Cyril (Florence) Habel; her brother in law, Bert McDermott; and her sister in law, Germaine Gaul.

The family would like to thank the nurses and doctors at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

Memorials may be made to the Darlene Clemen Memorial Fund.

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



JoAnn Marie Moeller


JoAnn Marie Moeller, 63, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday, May 19, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held Sunday May 21, 2017, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Monday May 22, 2017 from 9 to 10 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 22, 2017 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

JoAnn was born February 6, 1954 in Manchester, Iowa the daughter of Wilbert "Pete" and Norma Jean (Hullermann) Moeller.

JoAnn enjoyed spending time with and spoiling her many great nieces and nephews any way possible. She could always be found with a Pepsi in her hand or a stash of candy nearby. Her sense of humor and witty come backs will be greatly missed and cherished by all.

Survivors include her mother, Norma Jean Moeller of Dyersville, siblings: Cathy (Gene) Sickels of Masonville, IA, Donna (Jerry Smith) Stock of New Vienna, Pattie (Chris) Willenborg of Dyersville, Sharon (Richard Galligan) Moeller of Cedar Rapids, Kim (April) Kruser of Dubuque, Bill (Stacy Martin) Moeller of Dyersville, and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Wilbert "Pete", siblings: Justin "Dusty" Moeller, Lori Moeller, Dale Moeller niece & nephew: Christopher Stock and Darci Jo Stock, and maternal grandparents Leo and Hilda Hullermann, paternal grandparents William and Ella Moeller.

JoAnn's family wishes to thank the home care nurses from Finley, and the doctors, nurses and aids at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque and Dyersville.

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



Richard A. Kohl


Richard "Dick" A. Kohl, 55, of Dubuque, passed away May 18, 2017, with his family gathered around him!

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, May 22, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Dick was born December 26, 1961, the son of James P. & Janet E. (Beresford) Kohl in Dubuque, the 6th child in a family of 8.

He was a Contracted Mail Route driver for years until he became his Dad's right hand man at The Grand Tap, headquarters of "The Leaky Lodge".

Dick has always looked to his brothers & his only sister for advice on some of his "things he had to get done list" & for some reason, he would always like the way we did it better than him! Imagine that!

Dick loved everybody & everybody loved him! He really loved his nieces & nephews & that love has now been extended to his great nieces & nephews & even to his great nephew who hasn't arrived yet by telling us, "make sure you tell him about Uncle Dick." I'm sure that won't be a problem Dick! He was a wonderful son, brother, uncle, friend, & customer friendly bartender to all of the faithful "Leakey Lodge Members", customers, & friends he has met & has kept over the years.

Hey Brother, you sure showed that hated, rotten, disease how tough you really are! We love you brother and now you are safely home by Mom, Dad, Ronnie, Pete, and everyone who will be there to see you again! Thank You for all of the great memories brother & you will never be forgotten!

We love you!

He is survived by his siblings, Jim (Jane) Kohl, Dale Kohl, Robert (Chris) Kohl, Ken (Donna) Kohl, Kelly Kohl, and David Kohl, all of Dubuque, IA; nieces and nephews, Jessica (Bill) Lanz, Dublin, OH, Jennifer (Travis) Shaffer, Coralville, IA, Jillian (Tim) Castro, Mt. Horeb, WI, J.J. Kohl, North Liberty, IA, Casey (Leslie Schumacher) Kohl, Travis (Nicki) Kohl, Tiffany (Jake) Roling, Jordan (Sidney) Kohl, Tyler (Kaitlin) Kohl, Kyle Kohl, Brandon Kohl, Keith (Katie) Kohl, Amber (Jeremy Torchia) Kohl, Heath (Jenny) Kohl, all of Dubuque, IA; great nieces and nephews, Weston and Scarlett Lanz, Colsen and Chloe Shaffer, Jamie Castro, Brady Kohl, Carsyn Roling, Cooper Roling, Kollins Kohl, Sierrah Torchia, Luca Kohl, and one on the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother Ronald.



Kenneth E. Klinkner


Kenneth E. Klinkner, 82, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully on May 17th, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center surrounded by his family.

Private family services and burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Ken was born on November 2, 1934 in Temple Hill, Iowa the son of Charles and Mary (Grant) Klinkner. He married Margaret E. Coleman on May 14, 1955. He attended Loras Academy and was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 44 years. Ken enjoyed hunting and fishing with Brian and Sam; was an avid bowler and always enjoyed a good car ride.

He is survived by his wife Margaret "Marge"; daughters Lynn (John) Klostermann, Cindy (Jim) Riedl, Kari (Randy) Schueller, and son Brian (Tracy) Klinkner. Seven grandchildren, Nate (Aimee) Klostermann, Kati (Chris) Averkamp, A.J. (Nikki) Riedl, C.J. Riedl, Allison Schueller, Linzi Schueller, and Sam Klinkner. Six great grandchildren, Emma Klostermann, Ava, Evalie and Jase Riedl and Ella and Nora Averkamp. His brother Herman (Shirley) Klinkner, two sisters Jean Waterman, and Trish Robison.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his half brother Gary.

The family wishes to thank Stonehill Care Center and the wonderful staff at Hospice of Dubuque especially Allison for her extra loving care.



Calista A. (Wilwert-Steger) Hoppman


On May 17, 2017, Calista A. (Wilwert-Steger) Hoppman, 90, of Dubuque died quietly at home, surrounded by her family.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Monday, May 22, 2017 at Church of the Nativity conducted by Msgr. James Miller Family will greet friends 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Sunday, May 21, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd.

Calista was born October 18th, 1926. She is preceded in death by her parents Charles and Frances (Ellerbach) Wilwert; brothers Gilbert, Herman, and Ralph Wilwert; and one sister, Mary Frances Maiers. She is survived by one sister: Dorothy Link, Dubuque.

She married Fay Thomas Steger on August 4, 1951, who preceded her in death October 10th, 1972. Calista served as real life partner in assisting Fay and her Father in Law Herb Steger in building Steger sub-division and founding Steger Construction. She is survived by her children Sue Krukonis (Herb) Hanson, Bonita Springs, FL; John (Barb) Steger, Duluth, MN; and Mary Beth (Tim) Wood, Dubuque; and her grandchildren Nicci (Mike) O'Connor, Dubuque; Jay (Tina) Brestrup, Dubuque; and Brandon (Abby) Wood, Colorado Springs, CO. Great grandchildren: Chaz, Anna, Ruby, and Nate.

Calista lived a life devoted to Faith and family. She was an avid member of the Nativity parish for 22 years, and of St. Joseph the Worker, where she epitomized the worker for 45 years. She was involved in Women's CEW and Catholic Daughters. She was a longtime leader in the Community of the Living Word under which she coordinated and facilitated a far-reaching prayer chain culminating in weekly prayer group meetings. She guided people in their personal relationships with Jesus and expressing the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Family and friends feel, to know Calista is to know Jesus. Calista's gift was welcoming everyone interested in prayer. People felt warmly welcomed in her presence.

On November 19, 1993, Calista married Paul Hoppman, at St Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, in Dubuque, Iowa. They, that day, blended a family that makes the Brady Bunch look like a bunch of amateurs. The original has blossomed to nine children, sixteen grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren.

Survivors include: Children: Lisa Hoppman Mullen (Dick); Leslie Hoppman Weddell , Linda Hoppman Anderson (Roger); Luana Hoppman Stoltenberg; Larry Hoppman (Cindy); Lynette Hoppman Heims. Grandchildren: Elise Mullen, Jeremy Mullen, Rachel Mullen, Nathan Anderson (Lindsey); Yenae Anderson, Zachary Stoltenberg; Stacie Hoppman; Simon Hoppman (Rachel); Shannon Hoppman. Great grandchildren: Emilee; Caleb, Elleyna, Annika, Carter, Chase; Rylee; Brady, and Josiah.

True to form, Calista made every one of us feel like her favorite, like she had all the time in the world for each one of us. She enjoyed games with family and friends, was a wicked good Euchre player, gracefully winning more often than not.

A memorial fund has been established in Calista's memory.

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

 



Paul Obi Okeke


Paul Obi Okeke, native of New City, New York and resident of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on May 10th, 2017 at the age of 22. 
  
Paul was born on February 16, 1995 in White Plains, New York. He is the son of Angelus and Lisa (Steffen) Okeke. A student at Loras College, he had dreams of becoming a teacher and was working at Young-Uns Day Care, where he was adored and loved by everyone.
 
Paul had an amazing smile that lit up a room. HIs quirky little laugh and giggle had the capacity to infect others with laughter and joy. Whether you were his best friend or a stranger, he treated everyone with an innate warmth and charm that can only be described as special.

He also spoke very proudly of his siblings and their achievements, as he lived vicariously through their endeavors. Paul was an amazing person, a fiercely loyal friend, and will be dearly missed by all those who had the privilege to meet him. 

A gathering for family and friends will be held from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 19th, 2017 at Christ The King Chapel at Loras College. The funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m. with Fr. William Joensen officiating. 
 
He is survived by his parents Angelus and Lisa Okeke of New York; siblings Laurence, Edward and Mary; grandparents Loras and Mary Ann Steffen, and Mary Okeke; aunts Laura, Beatrice, Antonia, Veronica, Ann, Nkechi, and Uche; and uncle Fred; along with numerous cousins in Nigeria. 
 
He was preceded in death by his grandfather Edward Okeke. 
 
Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family. www.leonardfuneralhome.com



Louis C. Wessels


Louis C. Wessels (92) of New Vienna died peacefully at his home on May 16, 2017.

Visitation will be held 3 - 8 p.m. Friday, May 19, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. A parish vigil service will be held at 4 pm and Edward W. Lake VFW Post 7736 will hold a service at 7 pm. Visitation will continue Saturday from 9 - 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 20, 2017, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Louis was born November 21, 1924, the son of William and Mary (Oberbroecking) Wessels. He married the love of his life, Kathleen (Kay) Freking on September 25, 1950. Louis served in the Army in World War II stationed in the Philippine Islands. He was a lifetime member of New Vienna Edward W. Lake V.F.W. Post 7736.

Louis and Kay enjoyed 66 years of marriage and farmed the Freking Century Farm where they raised their four children. After retiring from farming, they moved to New Vienna where Louis became a Director of the New Vienna Mutual Insurance Company, a position he held for 20 years.

Louis was a member of St. Boniface Parish where he served a number of years on the School Board. He was also a member of the Holy Name Society and the New Vienna Area Historical Society.

Louis and Kay loved to travel, enjoying trips to Europe and Hawaii as well as many other states in the USA. Louis also enjoyed wood working, trout fishing, and family get-togethers. In their younger years Louis and Kay loved to dance and play cards at parties with friends. Louis especially enjoyed feeding the birds in his backyard and taming robins with raisins every spring.

Louis is survived by his wife Kay of 66 years, daughters Sandra (Leo) Hogan of Worthington, and Mary Beth (Dr. Mark) Odell of Muscatine; sons Bill (Betty) Wessels of Dyersville, and Jeff (Kris) Wessels of Magnolia, Texas; 10 grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 5 step great grandchildren; his brother Leon (Eileen) Wessels of Dyersville; sisters-in-law Ruth Wessels of New Vienna, Lillian Wessels of Farley, and Jan (Len) Wiest of Littleton, CO; and brother-in-law James Freking of New Vienna.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Kay's parents, and brothers Earl, James, Fred (Mary Ann) Wessels; and in-laws: Juliana (Anthony) Boeckestedt, Bernard Freking and Rita Freking.

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



Shirley A. (Wiederholt) Ricke


Shirley A. (Wiederholt) Ricke, 79, of Menominee, IL passed away on Monday, May 15, 2017, at University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Iowa City, IA.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 19, 2017 at Nativity BVM Catholic Church in Menominee with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Nativity BVM Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, and from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home, in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Shirley was born on November 17, 1937 to Mike and Alice (Pluym) Wiederholt on their family's home farm, near Hazel Green, WI. She was a graduate of St. Clara Academy, Sinsinawa, WI. Shirley was united in marriage to Leonard H. Ricke on September 25, 1956. They felt blessed to have celebrated 60 years of marriage in the fall of 2016. Together they had 6 children, so Shirley kept busy as a homemaker and in her younger years liked to cook and bake.

Shirley was an avid card player; especially euchre and poker. She also enjoyed gambling, watching the Cubs and visits from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Each year she looked forward to working the family apple booth at the Galena Country Fair.

Surviving are her husband Leonard, children, Linda Kern of Woodland Park, CO, Dan (Laura) Ricke, Ron Ricke, Darryl (Janet) Ricke, all of Menominee, IL, Mark Fluhr of East Dubuque, IL and Dennis (Roseanne) Ricke of Lisbon, IA; her grandchildren Josh (Stacy) Kern, Mandy (Dennis) McWilliams, Scottie Murphy, Jason Ricke, Jessica (Nate) Lange, Cory Ricke, Cali Ricke, Megan (Todd) Placke, Michael Ricke, Sam Fluhr, Austin Fluhr, Nathan, Christopher and Adalyn Ricke; her great-grandchildren Kennedy and Jase McWilliams, Camdyn Placke and Gavin Lange; siblings Donald (Anna Mae) Wiederholt, Ardelle "Toots" Leibold, Kenny (Doris) Wiederholt, Phyllis (Everett) Runde, Judy (Carl) Timmerman and in-laws Eunice (Karl) Burroughs.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Carol Ann Fluhr on May 6, 2013, her in-laws Victor and Mary Ricke, her siblings Eileen "Beaner" Wiederholt, Donna (Bob) Tippett, brother in law Pete Leibold; nephews Randy Wiederholt and Dale Wiederholt and niece Kristine Timmerman.

The family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at the University of Iowa Hospital for the excellent care given to Shirley in her final days.

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



Steven C. Meyer


Steven C. Meyer, 50, of Dubuque, went to the loving arms of his mother on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 14, 2017.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 19, at St. Raphael Cathedral. Burial will be in Dunleith Cemetery, East Dubuque, IL. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque.

Steven was born in Dubuque, IA on September 22, 1966, the son of Cletus and Ann Lee (Voliva) Meyer. He graduated with honors in 1985 from East Dubuque High School. He went on to graduate with honors in 1991 from South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD with a degree in Pharmacy Practice.

For 27 years, Steven practiced pharmacy in Atlanta, GA, Seattle, WA, and lastly in Chicago IL, where he worked for StatScript Pharmacy. During his time with StatScript, he served as honorary manager for 10 years. He did many speaking engagements on behalf of StatScript throughout the communities in which he lived regarding treatment options.

In his spare time, he loved to play with his beloved shelties, McKenzie and Baily. They gave Steve many years of enjoyment. He loved finding a great bargain. Steven often refurbished furniture and other antique items, breathing new life into the treasures he restored. He also loved art from the Art Deco era.

Steven is survived by his father, Cletus J. Meyer of Dubuque; his siblings, Deborah (Richard) Roth, and their children, Crystal (Al) Nauman and Nicholas (Kaitlin) Roth (godson); Karla (Peter) Schoen, and their children, Courtney (Cody) Sand, Brandon Schoen, and Brooke Schoen; Billy C. (Janine) Meyer, and their children, Madeline Meyer (goddaughter) and Zachary Meyer; a great niece; and several great nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Diana Lynn Meyer; his brother, Michael Todd Meyer; and his mother, Ann Lee Meyer.

A Steven Meyer Memorial Fund has been established. The family requests no flowers.

The family would like to extend a thank you to the doctors and nurses at Stroger Cook County Hospital and University of Iowa for their care; to the staff and friends at Mount Pleasant Home; and also to the staff at the Visiting Nurses Association.

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



LeRoy Stampe


LeRoy Stampe, 104, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday morning, May 14, 2017, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of LeRoy's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, May 20, 2017, from the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the funeral beginning at 9:30 A.M. until service time. Burial will be at the Elmwood Cemetery, DeWitt, Iowa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

LeRoy Stampe was born on a farm in Clinton County, Iowa, on November 25, 1912 to Peter Johannas and Fredericka Sophia (Hanssen) Stampe. He was a graduate of Preston High School and had attended business college in Clinton. He married Helen A. Christiansen on December 10, 1939 in Preston, Iowa. She preceded him in death on May 2, 2015.

LeRoy first had a grocery store in Preston and then in DeWitt until selling it in 1946. He then farmed in the Elvira area for one year and moved back to DeWitt where he sold farm equipment for Charlie Rasmussen until moving to a farm west of Bliedorn in 1948. He then went to Grand Mound where he purchased a grocery store in 1949. From 1950 to 1954 he operated a farm north of Calamus and then farmed in the Elwood area until 1958. He then moved to Welton where he farmed and worked as a district sales manager for Trojan Seed Company until moving to Maquoketa in 1973. He continued selling seed corn until retirement in 1980. He moved to Clover Ridge Place in 2011.

LeRoy was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, the Toastmaster's in DeWitt and was a Mason.

Those left to honor LeRoy's memory include his children, Alan (Carolyn) Stampe of Wallace, NC, and Jane (Susan Cremer) Stampe of Edwards, CO; a son-in-law, David Hoeppner of Houston, TX; 4 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, 6 brothers Herbert, Adolph, Fred, Peter, Virtus and Marvin, 2 sisters Louise Black and Gladys Martin, and a daughter Sandra Hoeppner.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a LeRoy Stampe memorial fund has been established.

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



Mathias O. Hansen


Mathias O. "Mo" Hansen, 83, of Asbury, Iowa died Friday, December 23, 2016 at Luther Manor.

Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 20 at Summit Congregational UCC, where a visitation will be held after 9:00 a.m. until the time of services.

Mathias was born on September 13, 1933 the son of Hans and Grace (Gordon) Hansen.

He married Shirley Offenheiser on May 24, 1953 in Iowa Falls, Iowa.

Mathias served our country in the United States Army. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1959. Mathias was a Licensed Land Surveyor and County Engineer. He was County Engineer for 8 years in Marion County and 32 years in Poweshiek County. He served as Past President of the Iowa County Engineers Association.

Music was his passion. Later in life he joined the Music Men of Dubuque where he was a member for 16 years.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley; children, Elizabeth Hansen, of Worcester, MA., Greg (Lisa) Hansen, of Dubuque and Catherine (Stephen) Hansen Shires, of Waterbury Center, VT; grandchildren, Sarah Shires, Alaina Shires, Nathaniel Shires, Jacob Hansen, and Kaitlin "Katie" Hansen; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers, Hans C. Hansen Jr. and John Hansen; and his sister, Meta Parker.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque, Summit Congregational UCC or the Music Men of Dubuque.

Special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, Summit Congregational UCC and Music Men of Dubuque.

 



Rose E. Heim


Rose E. Heim, 94, of Cascade, Iowa passed away peacefully Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Rose may call from 3:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m.

Services for Rose will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 18, 2017 at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Temple Hill, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in St. Peter's Cemetery in Temple Hill.

Rose was born August 25, 1922 in Galena, IL, daughter of John F. and Ellen E. (Birkbeck) Wolford. She graduated from Galena High School. On December 17, 1942, she was united in marriage to Frank W. Heim at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Galena, Illinois. He preceded her in death on April 19, 2011. Frank was the love of Rose's life, they met on Valentine's Day and were sweethearts ever since. They started out farming in Galena, IL, later Cuba City, WI and finally in 1949 settled in the Temple Hill, IA area. They were pillars of the Temple Hill parish; Rose was the oldest member of St. Peter's Catholic Church. They raised 12 children together. No mother loved or was prouder of her children than Rose. She loved to share her family stories and her "accordion" of family photos that she always carried in her purse with anyone who had time to look and listen. She never met a stranger and always saw the good in everyone. Everyone was welcome in her home and there was always a place at her table for one more. Rose was an amazing home maker and cook, famous for her beef and noodle soup, sewing and canning skills. After retirement, Rose and Frank spent time traveling the United States visiting family, including a trip to Alaska.

Rose's family was close and never ran out of occasions for family gatherings. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. She was a caring, devoted, loving wife and mother. She will be missed by many but they will be comforted knowing she is reunited with Frank once again.

She is survived by twelve children, Francis (Donna) Heim of Dunkerton, IA, Jim (Barbara) Heim of San Antonio, TX, Dave (Marvel) Heim of Cascade, IA, Bob (Phyllis) Heim of Poplar Grove, IL, Tom (Soila) Heim of Garden Prairie, IL, Mary (Ben) Beard of Monmouth, OR, Darlene (Roger) Ritt of Bankston, IA, Marlene (Rick) Jones of Dubuque, IA, Paul (Cindy) Heim of Onslow, IA, Bill (Laura) Heim of Camden, TN, Kenny (Itza) Heim of Cascade, IA, Beth (Randy) Wedewer of Epworth, IA; 41 grandchildren; 55 great grandchildren; 4 great great grandchildren, one sister-in-law, Viola Roling of Benton, WI; one brother-in-law, Al Halweg of Mercer, WI.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one sister, Hazel Wolford; one brother, Lloyd Wolford; and many sisters and brothers-in-law.

In lieu of flowers a Rose E. Heim memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the staff at Shady Rest Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care and support that they gave Rose.

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

 



Geraldine J. Hayes


Geraldine J. (Werner) Hayes, 75, of Dubuque passed away on Friday, May 12, 2017 with her beloved daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren by her side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena, IL. Friends may call from 4:00 pm to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 16th at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road where there will be a wake service at 4:00 p.m.

Geraldine was born November 22, 1941 in Dubuque, the daughter of Gerald and Jeanne (Weiters) Werner. She married Allan C. Hayes on October 6, 1962 in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on October 30, 2008.

Geraldine was a florist at Ellen's Floral Gallery for many years and worked at Diamond Jo Casino in guest services until she retired.

She was a devoted mother, housewife, and loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She enjoyed crocheting and was very artistic and meticulous about was she did.

She will be sadly missed by her pride and joy, her daughter Jeanne Elizabeth Vondal, and her beloved son-in-law John Vondal of Dubuque; grandchildren, to whom she devoted much of her time, Gregory (Janessa Thill) Klauer and Austin (Hailey Mceowen) Camp, Crystal (Brooke) Vondal, Jeremy (Sabrina) Vondal, Josh (Stephanie) Vondal, Brandi (Kevin) Muchow, and Meagan Arthofter; 10 great grandchildren; and a sister, Darlene Werner.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two granddaughters, Kayla and Alyssa Vondal; and a brother, Gary Werner.

A memorial fund has been established in Geraldine's memory.

A special thank you to Dr. Steven Haas for many years if caring, and to Hospice of Dubuque especially Kristin and Peggy. Also thanks to a special friend, Joannie.

To Dr. Steven Haas, my boundless gratitude for years of care and caring and encouragement. There are no words of thanks, and also to the dear people who were your associates as well. To Dr. David Field who didn't give up on fixing me and it always worked. Most of all to God for the amazing people he put in my life for me to love and to love me. A piece of work and every one of you will remain in my heart and prayers for eternity, if I can. God Bless and keep you all.

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