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Arlene A. Killen Barbara A. Clark Bernice F. Steffen-Honkomp
Cynthia Strang Dennis J. Lewis Donald D. Waller, Sr.
Donald E. Coyle Edward J. Neiber Elizabeth Roedell Conlon
Gary E. Gasell Genevieve M. Herber Gertrude E. Behne
Helen S. Johnston James C. Accola James W. Sysko
Joan E. Connolly Joseph S. LoBianco Julie M. Kutsch
Louis W. Brenke Margaret H. Reed Marie A. Jannette
Matthew G. Tott Melinda M. Blok Parker D. Robbins
Phyllis A. Dolphin Sr. Elizabeth Welter, BVM Viola A. Rojemann
William J. Bonert

Elizabeth Roedell Conlon


Elizabeth Roedell Conlon, 73, of Dubuque, passed away on Friday, August 26, 2016, at home in the presence of her family and dear friends.

A celebration of Beth's life will be held at Timmerman's Supper Club, Palisades Room, in East Dubuque on Friday, September 2nd from 6-8pm. Private family services will be held. Behr Funeral Home is assisting the family.

She was born March 3rd, 1943, in Dubuque, the daughter of Richard P. and Alice "Patricia" (Hunter) Roedell.

She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1961 and attended the University of Iowa.

Beth especially loved music, art and antiques. She served on the board of directors of the Dubuque Art Association and was a volunteer with Mercy Service Club. In 1974, she and her brother Richard opened Palais Royal Antiques which was one of the first commercial shops located at the foot of the Fourth Street Elevator.

Beth worked for many civic organizations. She was Director of the Dubuque March of Dimes, Director of Development for the Benedictine Sisters in Madison, WI, Volunteer Coordinator for Project Concern, and worked with the City of Dubuque Planning Commission until her retirement in 2005.

She spent many enjoyable years living in San Diego near her brother, niece and nephew. She had a sense of style and natural ability for design which was reflected in the places she lived. She had many friends and was a proud and loving grandmother.

Survivors include her children, Becky Conlon (Andy Kalb) of Dubuque and their children Elliott, Sean, Jack and Christine; Jenny (Jon) Corniea of Edina, MN, and their children Patrick, Sophie and Peter; brother Richard Roedell of San Diego; niece and nephew Paige Summer and Carter Roedell of San Diego; and former husband, Steve Conlon.

Many thanks go to longtime friends Terry Sutton and Karen Derks. Thanks also to LouAnn Jansen and family, all her dear friends at Applewood III, Dr. Mark Hermann, Melissa, Amy, and Jan of Hospice of Dubuque, and her extended family who gave comfort to her and shared in her life.

Memorials may be given to Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey and Hospice of Dubuque.

See you in Paradise, Mom!

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

 



Barbara A. Clark

Barbara Ann Clark, 93, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday morning, August 25, 2016, at the Maquoketa Care Center.

A celebration of Barbara's life will be held at 2:30 P.M., Monday, August 29, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 12:30 P.M. to 2 P.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Barbara Ann Donielson was born on March 10, 1923 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Paul L. and Trula F. (Smith) Donielson. She grew up in Maquoketa and was a graduate of Maquoketa High School. In 1944 she graduated from Mercy School of Nursing. She married Lloyd H. Clark on November 22, 1946 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 5, 2005.

Barbara had worked as a Registered Nurse for many years, as well as the bookkeeper for Clark Construction.

Those left to honor Barbara's memory include nephews, Chris and Eric Donielson; a step-daughter Carol (Merlyn) Yeager of Maquoketa, IA; 3 step-grandchildren; and 7 step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a brother Judge Allen "Barney" Donielson.

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

 



Gary E. Gasell


To celebrate the life of Gary E. Gasell, age 56, of Hazel Green, WI, family and friends may visit from 8:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque. To honor Gary's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street, Dubuque, IA, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. The rosary will be recited by the Nativity Rosary Society at 10:30 a.m., prior to the time of services at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Gary was called home peacefully, in the home he built, with his loving wife by his side on August 27, 2016.

Gary was born on March 25, 1960, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Daniel and Mary (Rhomberg) Gasell.

Gary was a very talented artist who generously shared his God-given abilities with the production of beautiful stained glass works. He was the proud owner of Key City Decorative Glassworks and his inspired creations will continue to be viewed and appreciated for years to come.

Gary's free time was typically invested in the outdoors taking in all of the natural beauty this area has to offer. Some of his most treasured moments were the countless hours he and Nancy spent navigating the mighty Mississippi together. Gary would also find numerous opportunities to strap on the tank and do a little diving to explore God's wonders below the surface; with one of his favorite expeditions being a two week stint in Tahiti. Gary was also an avid sportsman who especially enjoyed heading out into the woods on his next hunting excursion. And never to be known as a fair weather fellow, Gary would eagerly anticipate the winter season so that he and his friends in the snowmobile club could venture out and blaze a few trails after the fresh snows had beckoned. Gary has been taken from us much too early, and our hearts ache with a sorrow which only faith and time can heal. But we do find comfort in knowing that the 56 years he did share with us were abundantly full because of his wonderful spirit and that now Gary is resting in eternal peace.

Those left to cherish Gary's memory include

his caring wife,
Nancy Gasell, Hazel Green, WI;

his step-daughters,
Paula (Michael) Lindeman, Batavia, IL
and Francesca (Kenneth Pattengale) Faber, New York City, NY;

three step-grandchildren,
Luke, Lyla and Ivy Lindeman;

and also his three siblings, aunts and an uncle.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents.

A Gary E. Gasell memorial fund has been established, which will be generously distributed among his favorite charities.

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

 



Arlene A. Killen

Arlene A. "Artie" Killen, 83, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, at Maquoketa Care Center.

Arlene Killen was born on November 26, 1932 to Dwight "Bob" and Vinola (Walsh) Hettrick in Iowa City, Iowa. She earned her nursing degree at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. Her nursing career was at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, California and she resided at Irvine, California.

Those left to cherish her memories are brothers Bill (Vivian) Hettrick of Boulder, CO, and Gene Hettrick of Davenport, IA; and a sister Berneta "Bertie" (Carl) Ruff of Maquoketa, IA; 6 nephews and a niece; also many great and great-great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Norman Killen, her parents and a niece.

According to her wishes, there will be no services and cremation has taken place.

The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

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

 



Margaret H. Reed


Margaret H. Reed, 87, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday evening, August 23, 2016, at her home in rural Maquoketa.

A celebration of Margaret's life will be held at 10 A.M. Saturday, August 27, 2016 from the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, August 26, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery.

Margaret Helen Carlson was born the youngest of nine children on September 30, 1928 in Wewela, South Dakota to Oscar and Margaret (Moles) Carlson. When she was very young her family moved to Maquoketa where she graduated from Maquoketa High School and then earned a teaching certificate from the University of Dubuque. She married Darrell Wayne Reed on February 27, 1949 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union four children were born: Rodney, Cheri, David and Mark.

Margaret had taught at rural Jackson County country schools for several years prior to raising a family. She then did some substitute teaching.

Margaret was a member of the Jackson County Farm Bureau, the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew and its ladies aid. She had been a 4-H leader for many years and an active member and volunteer with the Jackson County Historical Society in Maquoketa. She enjoyed baking wedding cakes, cooking for her family, crocheting and doing crossword puzzles. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

Those left to honor Margaret's memory include her husband, Darrell Reed of Maquoketa, IA; children Rodney (Sally) Reed of Perth, Australia, Cheri Reed of Hiawatha, IA, David (Karen) Reed of Maquoketa, IA, and Mark (Laura) Reed of Solon, IA; 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her eight siblings, Cecil, Ethel, Wayne, Gaynell, Wallace, Howard, Victor and Inez.

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

"The family would like to especially thank Hospice of Jackson County and lifelong friends Jerry and Janice McMurray."

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



Dennis J. Lewis


Dennis J. Lewis, 66, of Benton, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 29, 2016, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Sunday, August 28, 2016, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 2:30 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:15-10:00 a.m. Monday at the funeral home before the service.

Dennis was born on September 21, 1949, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, to James W. and Alverna J. (Ginter) Lewis. He graduated from Cuba City High School in 1967. He then graduated from the Colorado School of Trades in 1969 receiving a Gunsmithing Degree. Dennis worked as a gunsmith all his life. He was employed by John Deer Dubuque Works for 42 years as a tool and die maker.

Dennis loved riding motorcycles and in 1973 he started the Matador Motorcycle Club. Besides being an original member, he also was a founding member of the corporation. He was a lifetime member of the NCOWS (National Congress of Old West Shootists) and participated in many gun tournaments often placing in the top three.

Dennis was a loving, compassionate and dedicated husband, father, grandfather, son and brother and will be truly missed by those who treasured him the most. His grandchildren Sylvia, Wyatt, Sunny and Lotus were absolute joys for him. He thought the world of all four of them.

Survivors include his wife, Elaine Gardner Lewis; his children, James Edward (Heidi) Lewis, of Suamico, WI, and Katie (Matt) Cooperstein, of Redondo Beach, CA; four grandchildren, Sylvia and Wyatt Lewis, and Sunny and Lotus Cooperstein; his mother, Alverna Lewis, of Cuba City; four sisters, Diane (Jeff) Cole, of Cuba City, WI, LeaAnn (Dave) Baker, of Plover, WI, Laurie (Ben) Goeman, of Chippewa Falls, WI, and Donna (Randy) Wisdom, of Cuba City, WI; and two sisters-in-law, Patricia Casey, of Houston, TX, and Marion Eilken, of Des Plaines, IL.

He was preceded in death by his father, James William Lewis; two brothers-in-law, Ron Eilken and Norman Gale Casey; and many aunts and uncles.

A memorial fund has been established in his name.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Hermann and the staff of Grand River Medical Group for the excellent care provided during the last two years. Our thanks also to each and every person from Hospice of Dubuque and Mercy 3 West, these incredible people provided endless amounts of compassion and comfort in his final days.

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



Bernice F. Steffen-Honkomp


Bernice F. Steffen-Honkomp, 81, of Dyersville, Iowa died Tuesday, August 23, 2016, at her home.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Friday, August 26, 2016 at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 1:30 p.m.  Visitation will continue from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services Saturday.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 27, 2016 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa with burial in Holy Trinity cemetery, Luxemburg, Iowa.  Rev. Jeff Dole will officiate.

Bernice was born January 8, 1935 to George and Regina (Hullerman) Ellerbach on the family farm east of Holy Cross, Iowa.  She attended Holy Cross Catholic School, graduating from High School in 1953.  Bernice married Leander C. Steffen on May 7, 1957 in Holy Cross, Iowa.  He preceded her in death on October 21, 1980.  Together they farmed and raised 6 children. 

In 1993 Bernice moved to Dyersville.  On April 22, 1995 she married Gilbert Honkomp in Dyersville, Iowa.  He also preceded her in death on November 6, 2009.  Bernice worked at Country Junction Restaurant for 23 years.  Her passions were baking pies, crocheting, quilting, and keeping up with her extended family.

Bernice is survived by 5 sons and 1 daughter: Wayne (Janice) Steffen of Luxemburg, Julie (Jeff) Wieneke of Dyersville, Terry (Sally) Steffen and Kenneth (Cindy) Steffen both of Luxemburg, Steven Steffen of Worthington, Martin Steffen of Dyersville, 12 grandchildren: 3 great grandchildren: 8 step-children: Ron (Linda) Honkomp, Shirley (Pat) Pirc, LaVern (Joan) Honkomp all of Dyersville, Lou Ann (Gordon) Helle of Elkader, Joyce (Pat) McCue of Shakopee, MN, Margie (Murray) Nelson of Waukee, IA, Janice (Tim) Gansemer of Dyersville and Mary Lee (Stan) McWilliams of Dubuque, one sister, Kay Daly of Bankston, 2 brothers: Bernard Ellerbach of Dyersville, Gerald (Darlene) Ellerbach of Holy Cross, 2 sister-in-laws, Dorothy Ellerbach of Holy Cross, Verna Mae (Walter) Burkle of Dyersville, a brother-in-law, Donald (Anne) Steffen, many nieces and nephews, 25 step grandchildren and 31 step great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Leander Steffen, second husband, Gilbert Honkomp, daughter-in-law, Laura Steffen, 3 brothers, Lawrence (Rose), Ernest, & Bill (Gladys) Ellerbach, in-laws, Margaret Ellerbach, Joan Ellerbach, James Daly, Alphonse (Sylvia) Steffen, Agatha (Milton) Lake, Lawrence (LaDonna) Steffen, Grace Steffen and a step granddaughter, Brittany Honkomp.

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

 

 



Cynthia Strang


Cynthia Strang, 57, of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at her home surrounded by family.

Memorial Services will be at 3:00 pm, Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd, where family will greet friends from 11:00 am Saturday until service time. Private Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Rev. Dianne Grace of Hospice of Dubuque will officiate.

Cynthia was born October 15, 1958 in Dubuque, the daughter of Joseph and Darlene (Reifsteck) Clancy. She attended Hempstead High School and worked for K-Mart for over 30 years. Cynthia married Brian J. Strang on June 11, 1994 at Eagle Point Park in Dubuqe. She enjoyed camping, traveling, cruises with her Mom, being with the "K-Mart girls'", golfing, and especially spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Brian; children, William "Billy" (Sarah) Patrum, Jr., Jessica L. (Matt) Fleckenstein; step-daughter, Krystal Strang; grandchildren, Paige Patrum, Carter Patrum, Kaylee Hume, and 2 more on the way; her mother, Darlene Minor; siblings, Connie (Al) Pline, Carla Schumacher, Carl "Duke" (Tami) Seastrand, Chris "Sis" (Peter) Davies, Craig (Cindy) Seastrand, Pat (Jamie) Clancy; step-brothers, Matt (Charlene) Minor, Jeff (Debbie) Minor; mother-in-law Jan Strang; in-laws, Cindy (Tom) Steffens, Sandy (Jeff) Urbain, Brad (Kim) Strang, Sarah (Ed) Maloney; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Cynthia was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Clancy; grandson, Caden Patrum-Ostrander; siblings, Chuck Seastrand, Chad Seastrand; step-mother, Beverly Clancy; step-father, Hubert "Red" Minor; father in-law, Joseph Strang; step-brother, Steve Minor; step-sister Debra Minor.

Memorials may be made to the Cynthia Strang Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Hermann and his nurse Sandy; and Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Marie A. Jannette


Marie A. "Sis" Jannette, age 70, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 6:20 p.m. on Sunday, August 21, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Marie's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 26, 2016, at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 1199 Main Street, with Pastor Chuck Layton officiating. To celebrate Marie's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 25, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Entombment will be in the Linwood Cemetery Mausoleum.

Marie was born on June 30, 1946, in DeWitt, Iowa, daughter of Henry and Lorraine (Urmie) Driver.

Marie began her education in a one-room schoolhouse, which she would attend through the eighth grade. She would then be taken into Clinton to find a job with the Sisters at Mount Saint Claire. They offered to either reimburse her for her efforts, or provide her with an education. Marie chose wisely to receive an education and gratefully attended both high school and college there until finally receiving her nursing degree. Marie faithfully worked as a surgical nurse at Mercy, Finley and Xavier Hospitals at different times during her working career. She was united in marriage to Donald D. "Don" Jannette on October 6, 1973, at St. Joseph the Worker Church. Their union would be blessed with 34 years together, and 3 deeply adored children, before he was called home ahead of her on November 26, 2007. Marie was a member of various churches throughout her life. Her final home parish, St. Luke's United Methodist Church, brought her tremendous joy in both her heart and soul. She was an accomplished quilter, and providing beautiful quilts yearly to the La Salle school auction, and also to decorate St. Luke's for the Mother's Day service, were a source of great pride for her and her family. Marie's greatest joy, during her earthly journey, was the treasured time she would get to spend with her family and her precious "baby dogs". Never allowing her mind to be confined in any narrow fashion, Marie would develop a great love for many types of music and an appreciation for multitudes of different cultures. Marie had an infectious laugh which would fill the room, and she will be truly and greatly missed by all who knew her and loved her.

Those left to cherish Marie's memory include

her 3 children,
Michelle Jannette, Holy Cross, IA,
Ann Marie Jannette
and Michael Jannette, both of Dubuque;

her brothers,
John Driver, Westby, WI,
Tony (Thyrza) Driver, Oxford Junction, IA,
Joseph (Jeramie) Driver, Oxford Junction, IA
and Paul Driver, Cedar Rapids, IA;

her sisters,
Theresa Driver, Cedar Rapids, IA
and Mary (Marc) Driver-Keefer, Littleton, CO;

a sister-in-law,
Sue (Ed) Jannette-Callahan, Raymond, IA;

several nieces and nephews,
Bridget, Jessica, Stephanie, Lora, James, John, Tyler and Tim;

and four great-nieces and nephews,
Avionna, Paxton, Emery and Scott.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Don; her niece, Amy Driver; and Michael's fiancé, Molly McKenna.

A Marie A. Jannette memorial fund has been established, which will be generously distributed among Marie's favorite charities.

Marie's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital for all of their professional and compassionate care.

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

 



Phyllis A. Dolphin


Phyllis A. Dolphin, 88, of Cascade, Iowa, died Sunday, August 21, 2016 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Phyllis may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. until time of services on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa.

Services for Phyllis will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

She was born August 3, 1928 in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of William L. and Florence (Dunn) Kauder. She received her education in St. Martin's Catholic school. On July 21, 1951 she was united in marriage to John "Skip" Dolphin. He preceded her in death on April 6, 1966. The couple owned and operated Dolphin's Corner for many years and she later worked at the Cascade Pioneer and the Supper Club 528 in Cascade.

She was a huge Iowa Hawkeye fan. Phyllis was also an avid Cascade Cougar fan and was her grandchildren's biggest fan, and never missed any of their sporting events. She enjoyed bowling, going to daily mass, coffee with her friends and walking with her friend Maurna. Phyllis loved to travel; she traveled twice to Hawaii and New York City to see the New York Yankees play at the old Yankee stadium a few days before it closed.

She was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa. Phyllis was also the Treasurer for the Tri-County Historical Society.

She is survived by six children; Gary (Cindy) Dolphin of Peosta, IA, Herb (Mary Kay) Dolphin of Cascade, IA, Bonnie (Allan) Pape of East Dubuque, IL, Colleen (Larry) Kramer of Green Oaks, IL Terri (Gary) Kleitsch of Cascade, IA and Scott (JaDee) Dolphin of Milwaukee, WI; 14 grandchildren; Neil (Amanda) Dolphin, Nicki (Dan) Shannon and Tracy (Mark) Conrad, Brandon Pape, Aaron (Danielle) Kramer, Jordan and McKenzie Kramer, Jessica (Ryan) Sweet, Christopher (JoAnn) Kleitsch, Maggie (Eli) Hunerdosse, Katie (Jon) Ricciotti and Timmie (Special Friend, Bridget Merritt) Kleitsch, Kylie and Sam Dolphin; 13 great grandchildren; Raelyn and Madilyn Dolphin, Casey, Molly and Cole Shannon, Will and Emily Conrad, Noah, Connor, and Karlyn Sweet, Addy Kleitsch, Bella and Bria Hunderdosse and baby Kramer due in January; two sisters, Lois (John) Sullivan and Nancy (Richard) Sullivan both of Cascade, IA; two sisters-in-law, Carol Dolphin of Cascade, IA and Mary (Tom) Ipsan of Mount Vernon, IA; one brother-in-law, Corky Dolphin of Cascade, IA; and many Nieces and Nephews.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; one son, Timothy P. Dolphin on November 4, 1989; three brothers, Fred, Kenneth "P.J." and William "W.J." Kauder; one sister, Jacquie (Lavern) Lambert, one sister-in-law, Becky Dolphin, one brother-in-law, Dave Dolphin.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the St. Matthias Parish or Camp Courageous in memory of Phyllis Dolphin.

The family of Phyllis would like to thank the Staff of Shady Rest Care Center and Sherry Kelchen ARNP of Medical Associates for all the wonderful care and compassion they gave to Phyllis.

We take solace in the peace she has found and will love and miss her dearly.

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



Gertrude E. Behne


Gertrude E. Behne, 91, of Baldwin, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, August 20, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Gertrude's life will be held at 10 A.M., Wednesday, August 24, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Gertrude Eloise Seamonds was born on December 15, 1924 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Maneldo and Clema Belle (Scott) Seamonds. She was a 1942 graduate of Elwood High School and then earned her teaching certificate from the Iowa State Teacher's College in Cedar Falls. She later would earn her Bachelor Arts degree from Marycrest College. She married Leo L. Behne on October 28, 1944 in Grand Mound, Iowa. He preceded her in death on December 5, 1999.

Gertrude was a teacher who first taught at country schools and then at Baldwin from 1954 to 1961. From 1961 until retirement in 1984 she taught in the Maquoketa Community School District.

Gertrude was a member of the Merry Knitters Club and the Retired Teacher's Association. She enjoyed crocheting, fishing and crafts.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Ronald Behne of Bernard, IA, and Leona (Phill) Golladay of London, AR; a daughter-in-law, Linda Behne of Maquoketa, IA; 5 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Larry (Janice) Behne of Lowden, IA, and Lyle (Donna) Behne of Milan, IL; and sisters-in-law, Geraldine Schutt of DeWitt, IA, and Josephine Behne of Oxford Junction, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son Richard, a brother Donald Seamonds, and a sister Dorothy Hotz.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Gertrude E. Behne memorial fund has been established with funds being used to start a scholarship at the Maquoketa Community High School for a student who will be majoring in education.

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

 



William J. Bonert


William J. "Bill" Bonert, 77, of New Vienna and formerly of Petersburg died Sunday, August 21, 2016, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester following a short illness.

Friends may call from 2-8 pm Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2 pm. Visitation will continue from 9 - 10 am Thursday at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Thursday, August 25, 2016, at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg with burial in the church cemetery where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate and Rev. Dennis Quint will concelebrate.

Bill was born March 20, 1939, in Dyersville, Iowa the son of Anthony and Anastasia (Arens) Bonert. He served in the Army National Guard from 1959 - 1961. He married Mary Ann Steger on June 1, 1961, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Colesburg. Together they farmed in the Petersburg area until they semi-retired and moved to New Vienna in 2014.

He enjoyed going to farm sales, playing cards, spending time on the farm with his sons and grandchildren. He was a simple farmer who loved visiting with anyone who had time. He was known for his special wink and the way he turned his hat sideways.

Survivors include his wife Mary Ann, 2 sons: John (Colleen) and Dave (Lynn) Bonert, all of Petersburg; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Bonert of Petersburg; 9 grandchildren: Kristi (Cory) Donlon, Kelli and Jacob Bonert, Jenna, Amber, Erin and Derek Bonert, Brandon and Kayla Bonert; his siblings: Bob (Lori) Bonert of Dyersville, Sr. Bertha Bonert, OSF, of Dubuque, Jim (Pat) Bonert of Dyersville and LuAnn (Larry) Willenborg of Petersburg; in-laws: Lillian Wessels of Dubuque, Bob (Lillian) Steger and Rosemary (Marv) Nickol, both of Dyersville, Pat (Margie) Steger and Chuck (Carol) Steger, both of Colesburg.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents, his parents-in-law, Arnold and Gertrude Steger, a son, Ron, a brother, Paul, and brothers-in-law, Jim Wessels and John Steger.

Memorials are preferred.

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

 



Edward J. Neiber


Edward J. "Mr. Ed" Neiber, 84, of Elwood, Iowa, passed away on Thursday evening, August 18, 2016, at his home in Elwood, Iowa.

A gathering of family and friends celebrating Ed's life will be held from 5 to 7 P.M., Wednesday, August 24, 2016, in "The Bistro" at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private memorial service will be held and burial will be in the Elwood, Iowa Cemetery with military honors.

Edward James Neiber was born on December 2, 1931 in Milnor, North Dakota, to Henry and Helen (Povlitski) Neiber. He was educated in a country school in Milnor and first worked as a farm hand for Butch Harff and later for the Sinner Family. He then entered the military during the Korean Conflict serving in the U.S. Army until receiving an honorable discharge. 

Upon his dad's death, Ed came to Iowa with his sister Josephine Hausman and worked as a tractor mechanic for Millwright International Dealership. He worked for them as well as the new owners Dostal and Watters until 1973 when he started his own business. He owned and operated Ed's Tractor Repair for over 43 years from 1973 to 2016. 

It was also in Iowa that Ed met his future wife, Irma Mae Waters. They were married on June 13, 1959 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lost Nation. To this union four children were born: Kimberly, Kelleen, Mitchell and Matthew.

Ed was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, a lifetime member of the Lost Nation American Legion Menzo Widle Post #381, the Hawkeye Vintage Farm Machinery Association and was an avid supporter of the Maquoketa Athletic Booster Club. In earlier years, he had been active with Irma in a couples bowling league and a men's softball league.

Ed enjoyed fishing, boating, camping, bowling, tractor pulls, watching the Cubs, White Sox and all sports. Additionally, he enjoyed working on anything "Red" tractors. He loved attending his children's and grandchildren's events and spending time with family and friends.

Those left to honor Ed's memory include his wife, Irma Neiber of Elwood, IA; children Kimberly (Len) Bryan of Rochester, MN, Kelleen Neiber of Charlotte, NC, Mitchell (Jennifer) Neiber of Omaha, NE, and Matthew (Jodi) Neiber of Eldridge, IA; 6 grandchildren, Michael Bryan of Kansas City, MO, Andrew Bryan of Sandpoint, ID, Samantha and Maxwell Neiber of Omaha, NE, and Brennan and Jayda Neiber of Eldridge, IA; and a special nephew Rodney (Susan) Waters and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Arthur, and sisters Rose Schular, Beatrice Trular and Josephine Hausman.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Sacred Heart School or to Hospice of Jackson County.

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



Louis W. Brenke


Louis W. "Louie" Brenke, of Dubuque, died Thursday, August 18, 2016, at Luther Manor.

Funeral services will be at 12 p.m. Monday, August 22 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Family and friends may visit after 10:00 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Louie was born to Charles and Viola (Coffman) Brenke on June 30, 1921 in Dubuque, IA. After serving in the Civilian Conservation Corps, he married Madonna M. Donovan on October 10, 1942.

Louie worked at Dubuque Packing Co until his retirement in July, 1981.

His interests included automobiles and traveling. He was a member of the Friendship Force and had visited 27 countries and all 50 states.

He is survived by his daughter Patricia (Ronald) Smyth; of Dubuque; grandchildren: Tammy (David) Hooks, of Rockford, Illinois, Jeffery (Lisa) Pfalzgraf, of London,
England, Kristin (Oscar) Garza, of Rockford, Illinois, Carla (Dion) Beyer, of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, and Joshua (Christine) Smyth, of Dubuque. Fourteen great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister Elizabeth in infancy; a brother Frederick; his wife Madonna; daughter Dorothy (Carl) Pfalzgraf and a great great grandchild Liam.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care.



Joseph S. LoBianco


Joseph S. LoBianco, Jr. 82, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on August 17, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 22, 2016 at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, with military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, August 21st at St. Joseph The Worker where a wake service will be at 1:45p.m. and a rosary by the Knights of Columbus, St. Joseph The Worker Counsel at 5:15 p.m. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.

Joe was born on January 6, 1934 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Joseph and Anna (DiNova) LoBianco. He graduated from Loras Academy in Dubuque in 1952.

On May 9, 1959 he married Janet Adams. He worked at Sears for many years and later sold insurance for Knights of Columbus. After retiring from the Knights of Columbus, he continued insurance sales with the Catholic Order of Foresters.

Joe served in the US Army from 1955 to 1957. He felt very privileged to have gone on an Honor Flight to Washington DC in 2014 with his good Friend Roger Kutsch.
He was a 4th Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus Chapter 10069.

He was an active member of St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church and his faith was very important to him. He always enjoyed being involved in his Loras Academy class reunions and kept in touch with many classmates.

He is survived by his wife Janet; daughters: Jeana (Jay) Welu, of Naperville, IL, and Jennifer (Brian) Pillard, of Dubuque; six grandchildren: Sam Welu, Sydney Welu, and Max Welu, all of Naperville, IL, Nick (Julie) Pillard, of Davenport, Ben Pillard and Zachary Pillard both of Dubuque; great granddaughter Harper Pillard; one brother Rev. Pat LoBianco, of Techny, IL, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Stan and Louis; a sister Rose Hebert; sister-in-law Mary LoBianco; brother-in-law Pat Hebert; nephews and niece, Tim LoBianco, Joe and Tracy LoBianco.

A Joseph S. LoBianco memorial fund has been established.

A special thank you to Dr. Mark Runde and his nurse Julie, Dr. Tom Johnson, Dr. Scott Brock and Dr. John Whalen and all their nursing staffs; you provided many years of caring and compassion.



Julie M. Kutsch


Julie Marie (Steffen) Kutsch, 43, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on August 18, 2016. Surrounded by family, Julie returned to the Lord after a courageous battle with cancer.
Funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where there will be a wake service at 3:00p.m.

Julie was born on October 5, 1972 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Thomas and Constance (Engler) Steffen. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1991 and attended Capri College for cosmetology.

She married Alan Kutsch, on August 10, 1991 and later met the man that she would spend the rest of her life with, Scot Megonigle.

She worked for Payless Shoes as a manager and was most recently working at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital as a Patient Care Tech.

She was a volunteer of Cub Scout Pack 50 and the Boy Scout Troop 11 which she was actively involved with for the past 13 years.

She enjoyed her hobby "Killing Time Crafts", reading, doing crossword puzzles, spending time with her many nieces and nephews, going camping with family and watching her kids play and grow.

She is survived by her mother Connie Steffen, of Dubuque; husband Scot Megonigle, of Dubuque; daughter, Ashley (Fiancé Cameron Graff) Kutsch, of Laurens, Iowa; sons Richard Megonigle, and Tyler Megonigle, both of Dubuque; step daughter, Ashley Kohnen, of Dubuque; siblings, Daniel (Tammy) Steffen, of Dubuque, Lynn (Scott) Burlage, of East Dubuque, and Laura (Jeff) Phelps, of Cedar Rapids; her mother-in-law, Sandra Megonigle, of Vermilion, Ohio; her former husband Alan Kutsch, of Dubuque; nieces and nephews: Zara, Michael, Marisa, Marty and Cameron along with her Godchildren: Beau and Alexandra.

She was preceded in death by her father Thomas Steffen; grandparents, Irvin & Mary Engler, Laurabelle "Betty" and Bernard Steffen and her cousin Michelle Arthofer.

In lieu of flowers a Julie Steffen memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Herman, his nurse Sandy and their staff at the Grand River Medical Center, Hospice of Dubuque especially Traci, and the Oncology Department at University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Julie.
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Parker D. Robbins


Parker Daniel Nilus Robbins, 3 year old son of Joshua and Jennifer (Hirsch) Robbins took his last breath on Earth and entered Eternal Heaven on August 17, 2016.

Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Bakewell officiating. Burial will follow Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday, August 22, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Parker was born on September 13, 2012 in Iowa City. He came into this world and immediately touched many lives. In his short time, he made many milestones; many doctors believed he wouldn't. He fought every single day until that last breath, which is why his nickname "P-man" was quickly earned. Although he couldn't speak, he was able to express his emotions and love to those he met. In 3 short years, he was blessed to be an ambassador for March of Dimes, a Make-a-Wish kid, a big brother, and most importantly a true Miracle to witness. Without a word, our Superman was able to give lifelong joy and overwhelming love to our hearts. Love, that without doubt, will remain and stay strong until we meet again.

He is survived by his loving parents Joshua and Jennifer; his baby sister Raelyn; grandparents, Dan and Janet Hirsch, of Dubuque, Jim and Ann Robbins, of Fennimore; great grandparents, Cecilia Hirsch, of Dubuque, Andy Robbins and Delores Oyen both of Lancaster; aunts and uncles, Kellie (Greg) Schmitt, Cory Hirsch, both of Dubuque, JD Robbins, of Fennimore, Jason Robbins, of Memphis, TN; his cousins, Connor Robbins, Korey and Chase Schmitt, and Micah Robbins.

He was preceded in death by his infant sister Delaney Robbins on September 19, 2011.

In lieu of flowers a Parker Robbins memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the medical staff at Mercy Hospital in Dyersville, the members of Dyersville Fire Department, and the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics for all their care and compassion they gave. Also to Unity Point Nursing and a very special thank you to Parker's in-home nurses Natalie, Ann, Alesha, Lee, Belinda, and Christee.



Donald D. Waller, Sr.


Donald D. Waller Sr., 79, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, August 8, 2016 at Luther Manor. Funeral Services will be 3:00 pm, Sunday, August 21, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where friends may greet the family 11:00 am - 2:45 pm also Sunday, August 21, 2016 at the funeral home prior to services. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Donald was born January 12, 1937 in Dubuque, the son of Robert and Ella (Thompson) Waller. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School with the class of 1957. He married Karen Frommelt on June 25, 1960 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church. Donald was employed with the Great Northwestern Railroad, and in welding at John Deere Dubuque Works. After retirement, Don and Kay moved to Mission, Texas, where they enjoyed 12 years. Donald enjoyed having a cold beer, and was an avid woodworker who made many things for his family.

Donald is survived by his wife, Karen, of Dubuque; Donald (Cherie) Waller Jr. of Bernard, Dennis (Lynn) Waller of Bernard, Dawn LuGrain of Dubuque, Doug (Teresa) Waller of Bernard, and Drew (Susan) Waller of Dubuque; his grandchildren, Jeremy (Emily) Waller, Ashley (Daniel) Dvorak, Dustin Waller, Sean (Traci) Vaske, Amber and Zachary Waller, Meggan LuGrain, Andrea, Nicole, Samuel, Maxwell, and Vivian Waller; his great grandchildren, Nicholas Wiltsy, Joseph, Nadia, Corbin, and Vanessa Waller, and Jude LuGrain; his sisters, Lois Ranek, Joyce Cartmill, and Helen Hedrick; and his half-brothers, Ken Cummings, Ralph (Donna) Cummings, and James Cummings.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Dean Waller; his sister, Lorraine Ronek; his brothers in law, Justin and Charlie Ronek, Jim Cartmill, Frank Hedrick, John Stile; and his sister, Gerry Stile.

The family would like to thank the staff at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their care of Donald. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com



Matthew G. Tott


Matthew G. Tott, 32 of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at U of I Hospital & Clinics from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Funeral Service will be 10:30 am, Saturday, August 20, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. Family will greet friends 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Friday, August 19, 2016 at the funeral. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Matthew was born April 19, 1984 in Dubuque, the son of Jerry and Lisa (Fondell) Tott. He graduated from Dubuque Hempstead High School in 2002. Matthew was an avid motorcyclist, Packers, NASCAR, and all around sports fan. He always found the good in a person, was outgoing, fun loving, and had a heart of gold. Matthew worked for Tott's Tap, was a student, and liked to live life on the edge. He was an organ and tissue donor and his memory will live on through his gift.

Survivors include his parents; maternal grandfather, Robert Fondell, sibling, Shanna (Billy) Brotzman and Justin (Ivy) Tott all of Dubuque; nephew, Gavin Brotzman; niece, Iris Tott; numerous aunts and uncles, and cousins; and his loving dog, Maya.

Matthew was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Harold "Shorty" and Dorothy (Powell) Tott; maternal grandmother, Ruth (Little) Fondell.

A memorial fund has been established in Matthews memory.

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



Melinda M. Blok


Melinda M. (Mercer) Blok, 78, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, August 20th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Family and friends may visit after 9:00 a.m. Saturday until time of service at 1:00 p.m.

Melinda was born on June 18, 1938 in Beloit, Wisconsin; the daughter of Kenneth "Moco" and Helen (Ervin) Mercer. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1956 and attended Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.
She married William Blok on January 3, 1959 and he preceded her in death on July 3, 1999.

She worked at Finley Hospital in Dubuque for many years as an Operating Room Technician.

Melinda is a former member of the Tri-State Saddle Club and Table Mound PTA.

She is survived by her daughter, Michelle Blok and son, Mike (Jan) Blok, both of Dubuque; two step grandchildren, Derek (Sarah) Paulson of Dubuque and Bryan (Jana) Paulson, of Larchwood, Iowa; her "seven dwarfs" great grandchildren, Claire, Audrey, Caleb, Autumn, Kennedy, Koby, and Kalen Paulson. Her brother Mike (Pam) Mercer of Bond Oregon; three nieces and one nephew.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband William; along with her many pets especially "Bear" and "Panda".

The family wishes to thank Abby and Kelsey at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital ICU for all their compassionate care.



James W. Sysko


James W. "Jim" Sysko, 64, of Benton, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, August 17, 2016, at home. Services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 20, 2016, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Benton with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-7 p.m. Friday at the church where the parish wake service will be at 1:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-9:55 a.m. Saturday at the church before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Benton is in charge of arrangements.

Jim was born on December 30, 1951, in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the son of James J. and Dorothy (Larsen) Sysko. He married Myrna A. McCrea on November 11, 1972, at St. Patrick's Church in Benton.

He owned and operated Sysko's Bar, Sysko's Sports Books & Videos, and Sysko's Floor Sanding.

Jim enjoyed attending his children's, grandchildren's, and family members' sporting events. He liked to travel and hunt and spent a lot of time with his chocolate lab, Cocoa. Jim would always lend a helping hand to anyone or share a quick story.

Jim was actively involved in the Benton community throughout his life having served on the Benton Fire Department, Benton School Board, Benton Booster Club, Benton Alumni Association and Village of Benton Board.

Survivors include his wife, Myrna; a son, Travis (Brandy), of New Glarus; a daughter, Mollie (Josh Virtue), of Galena; a brother, Dave (Jean Ann), of Benton; his mother-in-law, Phoebe McCrea, of Benton; three grandchildren, Tucker, Kennedy and Harper; and a supportive extended family.

He was preceded in death by a son, Josh; his parents; a sister, Carol Farrey; and his father-in-law, Harold McCrea.

Memorials to the Benton Community Fund, PO Box 253, Benton, Wisconsin, would be appreciated.
Online condolences for the family may be left at www.caseyfuneralhome.net



Joan E. Connolly


Joan E. Connolly, 92, of Cascade, Iowa, formerly of Bernard, Iowa, died Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Joan may call from 8:30 until Services at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at St. John's the Baptist Catholic Church in Peosta, Iowa.
Services for Joan will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 20, 2016 at St. John's the Baptist Catholic Church in Peosta, Iowa with Rev. Richard Kuhn officiating. Burial will be held in Holy Family Cemetery in New Melleray, Peosta, Iowa.

Joan was born May 14, 1924 in Bernard, Iowa, daughter of Francis and Irene (McCarthy) Donovan. She received her education from Fillmore country school and the Visitation Academy in Dubuque, Iowa. On May 21, 1941 she was united in marriage to Maurice "Bubbie" Connolly at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fillmore, Iowa.

She was a member of Holy Family Parish in New Melleray, Peosta, Iowa, the Holy Family Rosary Society, and Catholic Daughters of American court #1287. She was also a member of the Dubuque County Saddle Club.

She is survived by her three children, Justin (Annette) Connolly of Peosta, IA, Judi (Dwain) Connolly-Trenkamp of Maquoketa, IA, and Jerry (Mary Jo) Connolly of North Richland Hills, Texas; 17 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; 4 great great granchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Maurice "Bubbie" Connolly on December 19, 2012; one son, Jeff in August 24, 1980, twin brothers, Cletus (Jean) Donovan and Clifford (Lucille) Donovan; one sister, Lou Mae (Dominic) English.

The family request no flowers or plants.



Sr. Elizabeth Welter, BVM

Sister Elizabeth Welter, BVM, 93, of 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, was called home on Saturday, August 13, 2016, at The Caritas Center.

To honor Sister Elizabeth's life, funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, August 22, 2016, in the Marian Hall Chapel, 1050 Carmel Drive. To celebrate Sister Elizabeth's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., with a scripture prayer service being held at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, August 22, 2016, in the Marian Hall Chapel. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Elizabeth was an elementary school teacher at St. Mary/St. Raphael, Dubuque, Iowa; and an elementary and secondary school teacher in Casper, Wyoming; Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona; and Los Angeles, Pasadena, Burbank, Tujunga and San Francisco, California She also served in various office positions in Mission Hills and North Hollywood, California.

She was born in Chicago on Sept. 9, 1922, the daughter of John and Elizabeth Ries Welter. She entered the BVM congregation on Feb. 2, 1939; made her first profession of vows on Aug. 15, 1941; and her final profession on Aug. 15, 1946.

She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by a sister, Mary Josephine Tanner, Palm Desert, California; her nieces; and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with whom she shared her earthly life for 77 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.

Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St, Dubuque, IA 52001, is in charge of arrangements.

 



Genevieve M. Herber

Genevieve M. Herber, age 98, of Dubuque, IA, formerly of California, received her final earthly blessing on Monday, and was called home peacefully at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Genevieve's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 19, 2016, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street, with Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. To celebrate Genevieve's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 19, 2016, at the Church of the Nativity. The rosary will be recited by the Nativity Rosary Society at 10:30 a.m., prior to the time of services at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.

Genevieve was born on March 13, 1918, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Frank and Catherine (Hillard) Herber.

Genevieve spent her formative years in Dubuque and would receive her primary education at Holy Trinity Elementary School and The Academy of the Visitation. She would eventually move to California and continue on with her college education before beginning her working career as a Neurological Secretary. After a number of years, she would gracefully transition into the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, where she would retire from after 25 years of loyal service. But Genevieve was so much more than a great employee; she was also a committed Catholic servant. She would faithfully invest her God given time and talents with The Secular Society of Mary, the Universal Living Rosary, The Third Order of Mary, The Legion of Mary Auxillary and The Rosary Hour; all of which are functioning in the Los Angeles area. After moving back to Dubuque, she would continue on her religious journey and devote herself to St. Mary's, St. Raphael's Cathedral, Church of the Nativity and the Power of Prayer. Genevieve's driven purpose in this life was to share in all the splendor her Creator had to offer. Her greatest joys could be realized daily, in her heart and soul, simply by trying to make the world a better place, living a fine example of a Christian woman, or even just savoring the glory of a beautiful day. We have lost a true earthly gem today, but we know and trust that she now resides in infinite perfection in the safe and loving hands of her Lord and Savior. Well done Thy good and faithful servant.

Those left to cherish Genevieve's memory include

her sister,
Catherine Herber, Aloha, OR;

and several adoring nieces and nephews.

Genevieve was preceded in death by her parents; and her siblings, Leo Herber, Elizabeth (Al) Rieselman, Celeste (Al) Richard, Edwin Herber, Collette (Earl) Isham, Kenneth (Anne) Herber, Gertrude Herber and Francis Herber.

In lieu of flowers, a Genevieve M. Herber memorial fund has been established, which will be generously distributed among her favorite charities.

Genevieve's family would like to extend a special heartfelt thank you to Dr. Angela Kelley, and the nurses and staff at Stonehill, for all of the wonderful care they have provided to Genevieve.

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

 



James C. Accola


James C. "Jim" Accola, 68, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away at 3:55 p.m. on Sunday, August 14, 2016 at Waverly Place in Stockton, Illinois.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 19, 2016 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Stephen Lundgren officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Visitation is from 3 - 7 p.m. on Thursday and from 9 - 9:45 a.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 2:45 p.m. Thursday.

Jim was born on October 7, 1947 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Leonard V. and Dora (Petitgout) Accola.  He was a graduate of Wahlert High School, class of 1966. Jim was united in marriage to Bette Woller on July 1, 1972 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque.

He was an avid fan of Chicago Bears, Cubs and Bulls. Jim was formerly employed at the John Deere Dubuque Works until his retirement in 2003 and later worked for the City of Dubuque, Parks Division for eight years.

Jim was lifetime member of St. Mary's Church and a former member of U.A.W. Local # 94. He loved going out to eat, especially with his uncle Jerry Accola.

Survivors include his wife Bette; one son, Bryan (Audrey Jo) Accola of Dubuque, Iowa and one daughter, Audrey Stratton of East Dubuque; his grandchildren, Ayden Accola, Sylvia, Trent and Olivia Stratton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Dora and a sister Janet Accola.

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

 

 



Donald E. Coyle


Donald E. Coyle, 95, of Cascade, Iowa, passed away on Monday, August 15, 2016 at 8:39 p.m. peacefully at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Don may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, August 18, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service was held at 6:30 p.m., and a KC Rosary was held at 6:45 p.m. Services for Don will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, August 19, 2016 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Don was born on April 26, 1921, son of George and Loretta (Hardiman) Coyle. On November 25, 1943 he was united in marriage to Dorothy M. Rogers at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. She preceded him in death on April 17, 2008.

He was a member of St. Matthias Parish, and the Knights of Columbus Council #930.

He is survived by 3 siblings, John "Bud" Coyle of Monticello, IA, Joe (Marie) Coyle of Hopkinton, IA and Madonna Leib of Cascade, IA and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, three brothers, Wilmer, Francis and Melvin Coyle, three sisters, Georgene Klostermann, Darlene Knepper and Betty Jean in Infancy.

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

 

 



Viola A. Rojemann


Viola A. Rojemann, 91, of Menominee, Illinois, passed away at 4:44 p.m. on Sunday, August 14, 2016, at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 18, 2016, at Nativity BVM Catholic Church at Menominee, with Fr. Stephen Lundgren officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation is from 3 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the St. Ann's Rosary will be recited at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday. Members of American Legion Post # 787 of East Dubuque will meet at the funeral home at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Viola was born on April 15, 1925, in Menominee Township of Jo Daviess County, the daughter of John and Mathilda (Tranel) Hoftender. She was united in marriage to Joseph E. Rojemann on May 29, 1946, at Nativity BVM Church at Menominee. He preceded her in death on October 26, 1987.

Viola was a member of Nativity BVM Parish and its St. Ann's Society. She was a homemaker and formerly employed by the Sinsinawa Dominicans, Inc. until her retirement.

Viola enjoyed gardening, playing euchre, scrabble, and bingo, and especially enjoyed making chocolate chip cookies for her grandchildren. Her greatest joy was spending time with family.

Surviving are her children, Gerald (Mardelle) Rojemann, Donna (Dan) Sheehan, Doris (Jim) Loeffelholz, Steve (Gayle) Rojemann, and Glenn (Lisa) Rojemann all of Menominee, Illinois and Debra (Steve) Hoppman of Hazel Green, Wisconsin; 26 grandchildren, Jody and Tracy Jo, Tom, Tina, Terri, Tony, Tonia, Tim, Tracy and Troy, Mike, Dave, JoAnn, Randy and Andy, Lindsey and Kelly, Jenny, Brittany, Ashley, Tyler and Brianna, and Brandon, Megan, Katelyn and Logan; 31 great-grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law, Mary Hoftender of Menominee and Eileen Rojemann Heller of Platteville, Wisconsin.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mathilda Hoftender, brothers Leo (Bertha), Clarence (Evelyn), Elmer (Dorothy), and Melvin, sisters Rosella (Al) Ricke and Edna (Robert) Bauer, niece Diane Hoftender, her father- and mother-in-law, Ted and Armella Rojemann, in-laws Justin (Marie) Rojemann, William Rojemann and Margaret (Jack) Doyle, grandchildren Todd and Tiffany Sheehan in infancy and a great-grandchild Joseph Sheehan in infancy.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mary Koenigs and the staff at Galena Stauss Senior Care Community for their compassionate care given to their mother.

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



Helen S. Johnston


Helen S. Johnston, 93, of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, at Manor Care Health Services under the care of hospice. She departed her life just as she had lived it: in full control and filled with joy in the presence of her family and her friends during her final days.

Helen was born July 1, 1923, in Ottumwa, Iowa, the oldest child and only daughter of a carpenter and a church secretary, G. Vernon and Pearl (Blackford) Capell.
She earned a BA in piano performance from Simpson College and a master's from Clarke College. Helen taught business education at North Fayette Community High School in West Union, Iowa, and after the family moved to Dubuque, taught elementary school at Prescott, Irving, and Marshall, and was a reading specialist in the Dubuque Public Schools System.

Helen's life was grounded in a passion for music. She and lifelong piano/organist partner, Ruth Jones, performed countless programs at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, where Helen was a member for more than fifty years. They expanded to "Forty Flying Fingers" when they added pianists Nancy Woodin and Karen Lull to the program. Helen accompanied the choir at St. Luke's and played there most recently on July 3, two days after she turned 93. She was an originator of the "Fabulous Fridays" music programs at St. Luke's and organized a series of programs called "Where Art and Music Meet." She had also been a member of the JuBELLation Ringers at St. Luke's. In addition to performing at church, Helen and Ruth played for many years at the Finley Hospital Auxiliary's annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony and at Loras College and the University of Dubuque. Helen also accompanied many musicians in the Artist Series of the Dubuque Arts Council, was the music director of the Barn Community Theater and the Grand Opera House, and was one of the originators of the Dubuque Arboretum's Sunday afternoon concerts.

In addition to her music, Helen was also an ardent supporter of service projects. She organized the "Seniors Out and About" monthly travel group, served as president of the Dubuque Arts Council, and held every office in PEO Chapter KI. She was a delegate to the Dubuque Area Congregations United and a lay member of the United Methodist Annual Conference. She was a member of two bridge clubs at the time of her passing, was a voracious reader, and loved to attend concerts and plays.

On the family front, Helen and her husband Bruce (2002) lost an infant son, Robert John, and raised three children, Bill (Debbie) of St. Paul, MN, Jean (late husband Denny) of Glen Ellyn, IL, and Ed (Christine, and late wife Sally) of Cable, WI. Helen doted on her four grandsons, Kevin (Samantha), Tim (Sarah), Zachary, and Daniel, and her two great-grandchildren, Fiona (6) and Lochlan (1). She leaves behind many nieces and nephews who will greatly miss their Aunt Helen.

Helen will live on in the hearts of her family and in her music legacy to St. Luke's and to Dubuque. She requested that her ashes be scattered with Bruce's at the family's 150-year-old farm near Hopkinton, Iowa.

Memorials may be made to the Helen Johnston Memorial Fund at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 1199 Main Street, Dubuque, IA 52001.

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.