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Andrew M. Gravel Blanche Laura Johnson Chris L. Plumley
Daniel P. Meyer Eldon J. Steffensmeier Floyd Joseph Driscoll
Gerald C. Koeller Harold L. Ellerbach Helen R. Grobstick
Irma M. Hedrick Iva J. (Paramore) Accola James J. Kircher
Janet M. Burnes Joyce A. Blum Justin R. Oglesby
Lois H. Moore Lynn Silas Kifer Margaret L. Cigrand
Marilyn H. Hefel Maverick James Meyer Rita M. Helbing
Roger J. Donovan Vernon G. Krogman

Andrew M. Gravel


Andrew Michael Gravel, 29, of Worthington, died Monday, July 10, 2017, in Dubuque, Iowa as the result of a motorcycle accident.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 pm Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue from 9 - 10 am Thursday, July 27, at the funeral home prior to Mass.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 27, 2017, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington with burial at the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Andy was born July 24, 1987, in Dubuque, Iowa the youngest son of Michael and Kathy (Hunt) Gravel.

Andy was a 2006 graduate of Beckman High School.  He earned his associates degree from Kirkwood and attended the University of Iowa.  He was employed by the Dr. Pepper Group in Dubuque.

Andy grew up on the family farm with a love for animals.  When he found an interest in something he became passionate about it - baseball, snowboarding, Hawkeye football, Denver Broncos, cars, photography, and most recently motorcycles.  Many of his interests involved being around others.  He loved spending time with his friends and family especially his nieces and nephew who will miss him dearly.

Survivors include his parents, Mike and Kathy of Worthington; siblings: Benjamin (Beth) Gravel of Cedar Rapids, IA, Laura (Dave) Bateman of Des Plaines, IL, Bob (Natalie) Gravel of Anamosa, IA, Allison (Hasan) Al-Mabuk of Denver, CO; nieces and nephews: Nathan and Hannah Gravel, Elliot Bateman, Brielle and Nichole Gravel; maternal grandmother Carlyn Hunt of Edgewood, IA; paternal grandmother Mary Lou Gravel of Dyersville, IA, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Virgil Hunt and paternal grandfather, Loras Gravel.

Andy's final gift to others was being an organ donor.  The family would like to thank the individuals that assisted and prayed at the scene of the accident.

Memorials are preferred.

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

 

 



Lynn Silas Kifer


Lynn Silas Kifer, 86, of Sunset Park Place, Dubuque, Iowa passed away on July 19, 2017, at home, with family at his side.

Services will be at 10:00 on Monday, July 24th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will follow in Harmony Cemetery, Zwingle, Iowa with military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Lynn was born on September 23, 1930 in Zwingle, Iowa the son of Carvol and Ethel (Niensteadt) Kifer. He graduated from Maquoketa High School and served in the U.S. Army, stationed mainly in Germany, and was a member of the VFW. He farmed in the Zwingle area until his retirement.

Lynn never married and had no children, but enjoyed a very close relationship with his only nephew, Darrell, and his family.

He is survived by his nephew Darrell (Carol) Kifer, of Dubuque; great nephew, Jeff (Mary) Kifer, of Peosta; and one great great nephew Tyson Kifer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother John C. Kifer; great niece, Krista Lin Kifer; and uncle, John Niensteadt.



Janet M. Burnes


Janet M. Burnes, 78, of Dubuque died Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Sunnycrest Manor due to complications from Alzheimer's.

Funeral services will be held 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be held Sunday from 3 to 7 pm with a prayer service at 6 pm. Entombment will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Janet was born July 15, 1939 in Dubuque, daughter of Thomas and Mildred (Hedrick) Folsom. She attended Jefferson Junior High School and Dubuque Senior High.
Janet was a selfless, hardworking, caring and loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She loved the life of farming and all that it entails; including gardening, cooking, baking, and canning.

Her compassion for people was endless and her warm smile was contagious. She always had a place in her home for someone who needed it. Along with her compassion, she also had a playful, fun loving nature about her.
Christmas time was her favorite time of the year and what brought her great joy was decorating and spending time with family.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Calvin "Cal" Burnes of Dubuque; six children, Tim (Lisa) Burnes of Durango, Debbie (Ted) Peterson of Davenport, Steve (Lori) Burnes of Dubuque, Tammy (Joe) Henry of Dubuque, Michele (DeAnn Fitzgerald) Burnes of Solon, and Lisa Burnes-Smith of Dubuque; 14 grandchildren, Sandy (Brian) Mostaert, Lynn (Aaron) Rasmussen, Tony (Jacqueline) Burnes, and Jesse (fiancé Brittany Feldberg) Burnes; Brandon (Megan) Peterson and Sara (Ryan) Tilkens; Amanda (Adam) Hefel and Erik, Alex and Katie Burnes; Justin (Amy) and Jeff (Kristy) Henry; and Cassie (Joe) Lyons and Jake Smith; 19 great grandchildren, Samantha, Gabby, Gavin, Tyler, Jace, Emma and Logan; Aaron, Kylie and Blake; Colin, Karleigh, Alex Jr., Clayton and Jack; and Mason, Madison, Alaina and Claire. She is also survived by a sister, Sharon Patterson; brother in law, Bob Hulburt and brothers in law, Gene and Ronald Howell and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mildred; step father, Charles "Herbert" Berry; a sister, Judith Hulburt, brother in law, Doug Patterson and mother in law, Margaret Howell.

For further information, or to submit an online condolence, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

Memorials may be made to the Sunnycrest Manor Auxiliary. 

The family would like to thank the entire staff at Sunnycrest Manor for their care and comfort for Janet and their love and support for the family.



Floyd Joseph Driscoll


Floyd Joseph Driscoll, 73, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 at home surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, July 21st, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be held at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Dianne Grace.

Floyd was born on May 16, 1944 in Cascade, Iowa the son of Earl and Hilda (Lasche) Driscoll. He served in the US Navy from 1962 to 1966. He married Janet Ahlers on September 2nd, 1967.

In 2009 he retired from Dubuque County after 42 years.

He loved animals, especially dogs, and always had a dog treat on hand. He was a very generous man, and avid handyman who could build anything and always wanted to help others.

He loved going to Florida and spending time with many friends there. Floyd had an amazing sense of humor and entertained family and friends on a daily basis.

He was an amazing husband and father and loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandkids.

He is survived by his wife Janet; his children Anne Mooney of Portland, and Kenneth (Sherry) Driscoll, of Dubuque. His grandchildren, Josh (Amy) Driscoll, and Katie (Milan Grubl) Husemann; great grandchildren, Olivia, Mason and Waylan Driscoll; his faithful companion "Ming"; siblings, Joyan (Richard) Holdridge, of Dubuque, Ronald Driscoll, of Ames, Iowa, Marlene (Robert) Schiffer, of Dubuque; broher-in-law Jack (MelRose) Ahlers; and sister-in-law Linda (Kenneth) Neumann, along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, MaDonna (Gerald) Schwartz and Clete (Sandy) Driscoll; mother and father-in-law Ed and Wilma Ahlers; brothers and sisters-in-law Martha Driscoll, Sonja Miller and Donald (Rook) Ahlers.

In lieu of flowers memorial may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque especially Tim and Peggy, and to Dr. Mark Moore, his office and his nurse Sandy for all their wonderful care they gave.



Helen R. Grobstick


Helen R. Grobstick, 88, of Dyersville, Iowa and formerly of Farley, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 2:25 a.m. at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Helen may call from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 20, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 10 a.m. on Friday at the Reiff Funeral Home. Services for Helen will be held at noon on Friday, July 21, 2017 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.

Helen was born May 13, 1929 in Manchester, Iowa, daughter of Clarence H. and Augusta Marie (Derga) Grobstick. She is a graduate of Immaculate Conception Academy in Dubuque, Iowa. She was employed at Iowa National Insurance Company and later at FMC in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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

She is survived by a sister, Theresa Hermsen of Dyersville, IA; five nieces and nephews, Paul (Kim) Hermsen, Sue Hermsen, Tim (Sandy) Hermsen, Joe Hermsen, and Jenny Hermsen; a great niece, Payton Mae Hermsen; a great nephew, Jack Edward Hermsen; and three step great nieces, Kelsey (Brett) Gudenkauf, Courtney Steffensmeier and Kylie Steffensmeier; and one great great nephew, Henry Gudenkauf.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Clara Mae Grobstick on Feb. 16, 2005 and Lucille Grobstick on October 30, 2012; and a brother-in-law, Clarence E. Hermsen on August 9, 2011.

A Helen R. Grobstick memorial fund has been established.

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



Iva J. (Paramore) Accola


Iva J. (Paramore) Accola, 94, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away peacefully at 9:55 a.m. Monday, July 17, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, with her son and daughter-in-law at her side.

Funeral services will be 4:00 p.m. Thursday, July 20, 2017 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Iva June Duncan was born on June 2, 1923 in Beetown, WI, the daughter of Clyde and Mildred (Foster) Duncan.
She was a graduate of Lancaster High School, class of 1941. Iva worked for 1-1/2 years in a factory to save money to go to nursing school. She entered Michael Reese School of Nursing, Chicago, IL, in of March of 1943 and graduated in March of 1946.

Iva worked in almost every field of nursing in Chicago & Dubuque. She worked as a nursing instructor at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, head nurse at Finley Hospital in Dubuque and in 1967 went to work at Xavier Hospital in Dubuque and became Director of Education until the hospital closed in 1982. Iva retired from Mercy Hospital in 1983. There is literally too much to list with the jobs she had in the nursing field. She even did some fashion modeling in Chicago in the 1950's. She helped teach the first EMT class in Dubuque in 1973.

Iva married Jerry B. Paramore on Dec. 14, 1962 and they were divorced in 1973. To this union one child was born, Jeffrey A. Paramore in 1967. Jerry died Jan. 1, 1978. She married Arnold J. Accola on Feb. 20, 1976. Arnie preceded her in death on Jan. 5, 1998.

She was a past member of the VFW Auxiliary, a former member of the Grace Lutheran Church and a member of Wesley United Methodist Church. 

Iva was a member of the Galena Golf Club for 40+ years. She taught her son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren all how to golf. Iva won the Women's Club championship and the Senior Women's championship. She had a hole-in-one at Lacoma Golf Club in 1988. We know she is playing golf in heaven with her brother Leo.

Iva beat cancer three times: breast cancer, ovarian cancer & lastly pelvic cancer where she was told to go home and enjoy the last two years of life with her family. In her own style she said no and found a great doctor, Deb Turner in Des Moines, IA, who did a 12 hour surgery; she has been cancer free since 2006. She came to live with her son & daughter-in-law shortly after that until about seven months ago when she went to Stonehill Care Center.

The last couple of years as her body was slowly starting to fail her, her daughter-in-law, Teri, helped take care of her needs. She could not have loved Teri more if she had given birth to her.

Iva is survived by her son & daughter-in-law, Jeff & Teri Paramore; grandchildren, Deeanna Wilson, Mitch Paramore and Russ Paramore; Great-grandchildren, Maiya and Marley Jo Wilson all of East Dubuque; stepdaughter, Joyce (Tommie) Thompson, step-sons, Joe and Bruce Accola; sisters, Wanita (Dale) Tracy and Wanda (Gene) Bartow, brothers, Monroe (Marcine) Duncan and David (Rosemary) Duncan; sisters-in-law, Jean Duncan and Merald Duncan, in-laws, Gerald (Sharon) Accola; also many nieces and nephews that she truly loved.

She was preceded in death by her parents, step-daughter, Kim Accola; brothers, Roy, Clay, Leo and Foster Duncan; sisters, Mavis Knight and Olivia Droullard; and a grandson-in-law, Sgt. Joseph Wilson.

Jeff, Teri and family would like to thank the staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their care and dedication to Iva.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Gerald C. Koeller


Gerald C. Koeller, age 90, of Potosi, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 17, 2017, at Epione Pavilion Nursing Home in Cuba City.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, July 21, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson with Father John Meinholz officiating. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery, Potosi. Family and friends may call on Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson and on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.

He was born on April 8, 1927, in the Koeller family farm house that he lived in for all of his life, the the son of Clarence and Ruby (Retallick) Koeller. On November 16, 1949, Gerald was united in marriage to Kathleen M. Nihles at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster. They were married for 67 years. Gerald attended Sinners Creek, a one room school house, about three miles from his home. He then attended Lancaster High School where he graduated in 1944.

Gerald was involved in FFA and served as the club's president for three years. He also worked on his family farm and had a job selling shoes. After high school, Gerald wanted to enlist in the United States Navy to serve our country. Instead, he decided to stay home and start his family.

He enjoyed boxing and dancing during his high school years and young adulthood. Gerald always told people he graduated from the "College of Hard-Knocks." After graduating high school, he started his lifelong career as a farmer. Gerald worked many times from dawn until dusk. He was his own engineer designing and building his own equipment he needed in order to farm. Gerald loved horses, especially his horse, Prince. Reading was a favorite past time. He retired from farming in 1990.

The stage of life that he loved most was his midlife because he got to enjoy his family. He and "Mother" enjoyed the company of their family and extended family. There was a lot of laughter on Sunday afternoons when the family gathered in the farm house. Many times, time was spent sitting around the kitchen table talking, laughing, and having a beer together. While enjoying company on a Sunday afternoon, you could expect to find Gerald and his family watching a Green Bay Packer's game. He was also active in the community.

Gerald was a member of the Potosi Township Board, St. Andrew-Thomas Parish Council, AMPI Milk Board of Directors, and the Grant Electric Co-Op, now known as, Scenic Rivers Energy Co-Op Board of Directors for more than 30 years. During that time, he also served on the Dairyland Powers Board of Directors and as Chairman for five years. In March of 2001, Gerald was awarded with WECA's (Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association) highest honor, given annually to recognize service to the rural electric program above and beyond the routine performance of duties. In June 2016, Gerald was an honored guest at the 75th anniversary of Dairyland Power, where he received recognition for his years of service and commitment that he dearly enjoyed.

Survivors include his children: James (Kathy McCartney) Koeller; JoAnn (Bill) Williams; Donna Outlaw; Barbara Weber; Vicki Laugesen; Janet (John) Reding; Marcia (Doug) Kephart; Rita (Mike) Wehinger; John Koeller; Danny (Jill) Koeller; Karen Koeller; 18 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; his siblings: Monroe Koeller, Leonard "Ben" Koeller and Lenice Flesch; a brother-in-law, Merlyn (Mary) Nihles; two sisters-in-law, Judy (Stanley) Henry and Delores Nihles; many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and his wife, Gerald was preceded in death by sons-in-law: Jerome Weber; Dennis Laugesen; and Ronald Outlaw; twin sister, Geraldine (John) Skonetch; a brother, Melvin Koeller; sisters-in-law, Mary and Rosemary Koeller; three brothers-in-law, John Flesch, Vernon (Gwen), Robert Nihles; and many members of the Nihles family.

Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Potosi is serving the family.

Online condolences: www.martinschwartzfuneralhomes.com



Irma M. Hedrick


Irma M. Hedrick, 97 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on July 15, 2017 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 21, 2017 at Immanuel Congregational, UCC Church, 1795 Jackson Street with Rev. Pamela Starr officiating. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. Friday at the church. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Irma was born on November 25, 1919 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Kumpf) Vyverberg. She married Roy Hedrick and he preceded her in death in 1989.

She worked at the former Grover Factory and lastly worked at Hotel Julien in Dubuque.

She enjoyed going to garage sales, needle work, and traveling.

She is survived by nieces and nephews, Shirley Schroeder, Richard and Carole Vyverberg and Joan and Clare Snodgrass along with great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Roy, a son Roy Jr.; two brothers Fred and Milton and two sisters Dorothy and Helen.



Daniel P. Meyer


Daniel P. Meyer, 24 of Dyersville, passed away in his sleep on Sunday, July 16, 2017, at home.

A public visitation will be held from 2 - 8 p.m. Friday, July 21, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. There will be a private family Celebration of Life.

Daniel was born April 29, 1993, in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Russ and Winnie (Strubert) Meyer. He graduated with the Western Dubuque High School Class of 2011, and attended the University of South Dakota. He most recently resided in St. Paul, MN.

Survivors include his parents, Russ and Winnie, a brother, Andrew of Dyersville; grandparents: Kathleen Strubert of St. Louis, MO and Patricia Meyer of Dyersville, IA; aunts and uncles: Patrick (Joyce), Catharine, Thomas, Ellen, Mary Ann, and John (Shelly) Strubert, Lori (Loren) Manternach, Julie Wells (special friend Jerry Prine), Sue (Rod) Lansing, Janet (Tom) Pappas, and Jim Humphreys; and cousins: Aaron Strubert, Hannah (Matthew) Waight, Kristen and Emily Humphreys, Megan (Kyle) Webber, Drew (Stephanie) and Aaron Manternach, Keri and Sara Wells, Ryan and Jerrad Lansing, and Matt and Morgan McNaney.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Joseph Strubert, paternal grandfather, Richard "Dick" Meyer, and an aunt, Keri Humphreys.

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



Roger J. Donovan


Roger J. Donovan, age 68, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 4:05 a.m., on Monday, July 17, 2017, at Sunnycrest Manor. To honor Roger's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, July 20, 2017, at St. Joseph Church, 10270 Key West Drive, Key West, with Rev. Rodney M. Allers officiating. To celebrate Roger's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, July 20, 2017, at St. Joseph Church, Key West. Burial will be in Saint Joseph of the Prairie Cemetery, Dubuque, Iowa. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Roger was born on February 25, 1949, in Dubuque, son of Leo and Bessie (Graham) Donovan.

Since the day Roger was lovingly delivered into the hands of his earthly family in 1949, he has definitely positively impacted all whom would come into contact with him. His never failing warmth, and innocent outlook on the world, were contagious and would surely change your perspective on the important things in life without any effort on Roger's part. He earnestly devoted his working hours within the creative walls of the ARC workshop. Never one to complain, find fault, or look for an excuse; Roger would put his skills to good use and discover true pride in all of his accomplishments. Our hearts break today at the thought of our dear Roger being called home suddenly, but we know that he now rests in the comforting arms of his Savior, and is absolutely enjoying his newly found state of eternal perfection. Job well done Roger; thank you for all of the joy you so effortlessly shared with the world and we will carry the memories you leave behind securely in our hearts and minds until we meet again.

Those left to cherish Roger's memory include

his loving siblings,
Jeanette Fondell, Dubuque, IA,
Doris (Kenny) Wiederholt, Hazel Green, WI
and Rita (Tom) Kurt, Bernard, IA;

his sister-in-law,
Eileen Donovan, Dubuque, IA;

and his numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends at Sunnycrest.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Robert Donovan; and a brother-in-law, John Fondell.

A Roger J. Donovan memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among Roger's favorite charities.

The family would like to thank Roger's friends, along with the nurses and staff at Sunnycrest, ARC, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their wonderful care and support of Roger, and his family.

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



Joyce A. Blum


Joyce Ann Blum, 72, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away suddenly and unexpected on July 15, 2017, at Ennoble Manor.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 20th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home until time of service. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Joyce was born on September 17, 1944, in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Ackerman) Blum. She received her LPN from St. Lukes in Cedar Rapids, her RN from NICC and her Bachelor of Science in 1986 from St. Francis in Joliet, IL.

Joyce worked for over 40 years at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque until becoming disabled.

Joyce loved visiting with friends and family; shopping, traveling and of course gambling.

She is survived by her brother Robert and Carol Blum, and her sister Leta and Ralf Schreyer. Nephews Bryan and Marie Blum and their children Nicole and Justin; Brad and Amy Blum, and their children, Madelynn, Benjamin, Allison and Andrew. James and Amy Blum, and their children, Devon, Calvin, Miles and Spencer. Gene and Kelli Blum and their daughter Sarah. Her nieces, Brenda and Mel Schumacher and their children Robbie and Natalie. Betsy and Jeff Grant, and their children Laura and Nicholas. Also her friends that were like family Marge Sweeney, Nancy Thompson, Mitz and Rick Cornish, and Carol Howeler.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother and sister-in-law Samuel Gene and Linda Blum, her niece Becky Blum and sister-in-law Linda (Lefty) Blum.

Memorials may be given to the Dubuque Humane Society.

The family wishes to thank Gene Blum, Mitzi and Rick Corinvh and Nancy Thompson for visiting Joyce regularly in good times and bad. And to all those who provided care for Joyce.



Vernon G. Krogman


Vernon G. Krogman, 79, of Dyersville, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Ennoble Manor in Dubuque, Iowa, surrounded by his family.

Friends and relatives of Vernon called from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa and after 9 a.m., Wednesday at the Reiff Funeral Home. Services for Vernon were held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa with Rev. Dennis Conway Presiding. Burial was held in St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville, Iowa. Casketbearers for Vernon were Adam Krogman, Josh Krogman, Spencer Krogman, Sydney Krogman, Connor Krogman, Sawyer Krogman, Shelby Krogman, Carissa Krogman and Collin Krogman.

Vernon was born February 5, 1938 in Dyersville, Iowa, son of Joseph and Magdalen (Jaeger) Krogman. On October 19, 1963 he was united in marriage to Raynette Stuart in Dubuque, Iowa. She preceded him in death on July 27, 1994.

He was employed at the former Dubuque Packing Company in Dubuque, until his retirement in 1982.

He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Dyersville.

He is survived by three children, Scott (Sandy) Krogman and Jeff (Michelle) Krogman both of Dyersville, IA and Kevin (Kari) Krogman of Farley, IA; nine grandchildren; one great grandchild; five siblings, Rose Greenwood of Farley, IA, Verla Turnis and James Krogman both of Worthington, IA, Richard (Debbie) Krogman of Dubuque, IA and Gary (Linda) Krogman of Dyersville, IA; two brothers-in-law, Dennis Foxen of Dyersville, IA and Harold Tibbetts of Mesquite, NV; brothers and sisters-in-law, Raymond Stuart Jr. of Dubuque, IA, Gary (Nancy) Stuart of Marion, IA and Cindy Stuart and Gretchen (Dan) Knief both of Dubuque, IA.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Elwood (Eunice) Krogman, Thomas and David; his sisters, Helen (Gib) Bahl, Mary Lou (George) Sorenson, Bonnie Krogman, Kathy Foxen and Carol Tibbetts; a sisters-in-law, Bev Krogman and a brother-in-law, Raymond (Rayse) Stuart.

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



Lois H. Moore


Lois H. Moore, 91, of Maquoketa, passed away Friday, July 14, 2017, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 22, at First Lutheran Church, 210 E. Platt St. in Maquoketa. Pastor Judy Heinrich will officiate. Burial will be in St. John Lutheran Church Cemetery at Bellevue. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 21, at Carson Celebration of Life Center, 318 W. Pleasant St., Maquoketa, and on Saturday, July 17, from 9:30-10:15 a.m. at the church.

Lois Eileen Hueneke was born January 27, 1926, in Bellevue, the daughter of Herman and Edna (Felderman) Hueneke. She married George Eugene Moore on September 2, 1952, at Wartburg Seminary Chapel in Dubuque in a double wedding ceremony with her sister Eleanor and Eleanor's husband Vernon Griebel.

Lois was a bright and enthusiastic person who loved people and was eager to engage with the world. After leaving her parents' farm at age 18, she became a telephone operator, first in Dubuque, and then in Bellevue, where she met her husband. Lois and George were happily married for 60 years, living in and near Maquoketa for 59 of those years.

In the late 1960s, while running a busy household and raising three children, Lois went back to school and, at age 42, earned the high school diploma that she had never had the opportunity to obtain. After finishing first in her class, she began work as a tax preparer at the Schoenthaler Law Firm. Later Lois began work at Maquoketa State Bank where she was employed for many years. She was very proud of her work at MSB and made many friends there.

She was also proud of her three sons, all of whom received the college education that she wanted them to have. 

Church was always at the center of Lois's life. First Lutheran Church was Lois and George's spiritual home, where they were active servants and leaders. Lois led Bible studies with her church friends until the time of her death.

Lois's full life also included square dancing, horseshoe pitching, quilting, bridge, many fun times with her grandchildren and fabulous pie baking.

She is survived by her three sons, David (Christine) of Janesville, WI, Alan (Judith Fletcher) of Havertown, PA, and Phillip (Jane Anderson) also of Janesville, WI ; eight grandchildren, Caroline (Graham Thorbrogger), Catherine, Madeleine, Peter, Andrew, Alexander, Henry and Charlie, and her great-granddaughter Maeve Eileen Thorbrogger. She is further survived by her double-cousin Shirley Harvey of Cedar Falls, her cousin John (Roberta) Felderman of Dandridge, TN, her brother-in-law Rollo (Janice) Moore of Algona, and many nieces and nephews.

Lois was preceded in death by her husband, George, in 2013, her sister, Eleanor Griebel in 2015, and her brothers, Eldon and Herbert Hueneke.

Memorials may be given to First Lutheran Church, Maquoketa Community Cupboard, Camp Courageous or the charity of the donor's choice.

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



Harold L. Ellerbach


Harold L. Ellerbach, age 92, of Sherrill, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 9:39 a.m., on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Harold's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, 5131 Sherrill Road, Sherrill, Iowa, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. Family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Sherrill. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Harold was born on October 16, 1924, on the family farm in Sherrill, son of John and Mary (Freiberger) Ellerbach.

Harold proudly served his country with the U.S. Navy during WWII, and maintained a strong sense of patriotism throughout his entire life. He naturally became a hard worker at a young age who devoted his time and talents at the Dubuque Battery Factory to help support his family. After the War, he worked at John Deere Dubuque Works for over 30 years until his eventual retirement. Harold loved being in the great outdoors, whether it be tending to his bountiful gardens, or just sitting and enjoying the warm sunshine on his face. He also had a great love of children and revealed it in being the "favorite" uncle.

Harold practically circumnavigated the globe as a Navy man (both theaters of battle). He left San Diego and was the first warship to pass through the Panama Canal. Harold had several crossings of the Atlantic ferrying supplies to Europe and bringing German prisoners back to the states. "The U-boats left us alone when we had prisoners on board." Among those 19 trips, a German prisoner in the ship's hold called out his name, "Ellerbach." "He saw my name on my shirt. His name was Ellerbach, too!" Harold recalls. "I think he was glad to be alive."

After Europe, his ship steamed through the Mediterranean, the Suez Canal and on to the Pacific and New Guinea. His ship, the USS Bliss, was heading north to prepare for the invasion of Japan when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima ending the War in the Pacific. "I could feel the ship turn around in the middle of the night," he recalled. "We were heading home." During his service he saw much of England and Europe including Italy, Egypt, India, Burma and several Islands in the Pacific.

Harold has been blessed with 92 years here on this earth, and while we will miss him deeply, we look forward to one day being reunited with Harold, and all of our loved ones, for all of eternity.

Those left to cherish Harold's memory include

his siblings,
Leona Breitbach, Dubuque, IA
and Ray Ellerbach, Dubuque, IA;

his 12 nieces and nephews,
Sandy, Judy, John, Debbie, Richard, Sharon, Pam, Dennis, Joe, Nancy, Linda and Merlin;

and his numerous great-nieces and nephews.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, John Ellerbach Jr., Joseph (Catherine) Ellerbach and Eileen (Merlin) Renkert; a sister-in-law, Virginia Ellerbach; and a brother-in-law, Francis Breitbach.

A Harold L. Ellerbach memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Harold's family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of Stonehill, especially Al, Luther Manor Home Care, especially Kay, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind and compassionate care of Harold, and his family.

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

 



Rita M. Helbing


Rita M. "Putz" Helbing, 60, of Galena, Illinois, died Friday, July 14, 2017, at home. Services will be 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where friends may call after 3:00 p.m. Burial will be at a later date.

Rita was born on June 27, 1957, in Shullsburg, Wisconsin, the daughter of Francis and Flora (Grossglauser) Wand. She worked as a supervisor at Swiss Colony for 16-17 years.

Rita enjoyed going to the casino, traveling, yard work and mowing. She was an avid Bears fan and loved to give Packer fans her opinion. Rita enjoyed being with her children and grandchildren. She was very family oriented. No matter what happened in our lives, she always stood behind us and made sure we had everything we needed. She raised us all to be good people and be there for our own families. Rita always called it like she saw it, right or wrong, she stood by her feelings.

Survivors include her husband, David M. Spaur, of Galena; two sons, Michael A. (Bri) Helbing, of Janesville, WI, and Thomas J. (Jessy) Helbing, of East Dubuque, IL; a daughter, Sara A. (Josh) Droessler, of Potosi, WI; three grandchildren, Hailey, Kendra and Cooper; her mother, Flora (special friend, Dewey Storla) Wang, of Dickeyville; a sister, Cindy (Tim) Murphy, of Denver, CO; and a brother, Steven (Linda) Wand, of Dickeyville.

She was preceded in death by her father, Francis Wand; a sister, Laura Wang; and a brother, Dennis Wand.

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



Marilyn H. Hefel


Marilyn H. Hefel, 77, of Epworth, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at Manor Care Health Services in Dubuque, Iowa, surrounded by her family.

Friends and relatives of Marilyn may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Sunday, July 16, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. Monday at the Reiff Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, July 17, 2017 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa.

Marilyn was born August 15, 1939 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Arno and Armella (Roth) Kuhl. She received her education in the Holy Ghost school and the Immaculate Conception Academy in Dubuque. On October 22, 1960 she was united in marriage to Clair Hefel at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa.

She was a homemaker, she enjoyed cooking and baking.
She enjoyed bowling and her bowling league tournaments, she was an Iowa basketball fan and Chicago CUBS fan. She enjoyed her vacations, 22consecutive years to Branson with her husband and lifetime friends, Duane and Marion Besler. She often enjoyed bus trips to shows and casinos, she especially enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

She was a member of St. Patrick's Parish in Epworth, its Altar and Rosary Society, the Red Hats "Nifty over Fifty" Society, and the Epworth Gun Club.

She is survived by her husband, Clair Hefel of Epworth, IA; Steve (Linda) Hefel, Mark (Rhonda) Hefel, and Jeff Hefel all of Epworth, IA, Dale (Diane) Hefel of Farley, IA, Mike (Paula) Hefel of Dubuque, IA, and Lynn (Eric) Jones of Appleton, WI; 13 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Dorothy Mae Grotkin of Plymouth, MN and Betty (Bill) Fritz of Dubuque, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Arno Kuhl Jr.; her mother-in-law, Rosemary Beresford; a brother-in-law, John Grotkin; and a sister-in-law, Patricia Taylor.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and the nurses and staff at Manor Care Health Services for all the wonderful care given to Marilyn.

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



Chris L. Plumley


Chris L. Plumley, age 61, of Dubuque, was called home suddenly at 10:14 p.m., on Thursday, July 13, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Chris' life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Chris' life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Chris was born on December 30, 1955, in Denver, Colorado, son of Donald and Lulubell (Allen) Plumley Sr.

Chris spent his early years growing up in an abundantly loving family of 10, and early on developed his positive work ethic while helping his father in the family gas station. Chris enjoyed both sports and theater in high school and was well known for his renowned version of "Blue Suede Shoes". Chris was eventually united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Georgette "Gigi" Wise, on July 16, 1983, and their union has been truly blessed with almost 34 wonderful years, and 2 absolutely adored children together. Chris would earnestly provide for his family by investing over 23 years as a draftsman at ERTL, before his most recent opportunity to share 7 years of his time and talents with the Almon Company. When Chris wasn't at work his passions would land him in a welcoming pew at Holy Ghost Church, on two wheels with the open road moving quickly below him, loyally navigating the links chasing that elusive hole in one, sitting down to watch his favorite Hawkeye's or St. Louis Rams take the field, or even relaxing in the kitchen with a little Beatles in the background while he created his latest delicious dish to share with his loved ones. Now, there is no doubt that Chris was a perpetually jolly man who was always willing to share his joy with the world around him, but he was also even kind enough to teach any unsuspecting new Monopoly challenger how rules can sometimes be quite fluid depending on the tables owner. His love and adoration for his family, especially his beautiful wife and children, are surely beyond measure and will definitely be replicated within his generations to follow. Unfortunately, we must sadly try to grasp a new world where Chris is no longer physically present among those who knew and loved him. His swift absence has shaken us at our core, but in time we will find the fond memories which Chris leaves behind will begin to outnumber the tears in our hearts. We will be forever grateful for the 61 years the Lord shared this amazing man with us and find comfort in knowing that we'll all get to see his sincerely happy smile again one day.

Those left to cherish Chris' memory include

his wife,
Georgette "Gigi" Plumley, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Jon Plumley, Dubuque, IA
and Molly (Evan Heil) Plumley, Dubuque, IA;

his mother,
Lulubell Plumley, Dubuque, IA;

his siblings,
Donnie Plumley, Jr., Dubuque, IA,
Carl (Tanya) Plumley, Dubuque, IA,
Joyce (Rick) Cottrell, Dubuque, IA,
Brenda (Bruce) Oertell, Livonia, MO,
Mike (Nancy) Plumley, Elkader, IA,
Barry (Michelle) Plumley, Hillburn, NY
and Elly (Mike) Day, Dubuque, IA;

and his in-laws,
Marilyn (Harold) Brehm, Kieler, WI,
Kathleen (Bob) Johns, Cuba City, WI
and Bob (Brenda) Wise, Dubuque, IA;

and numerous nieces and nephews.

Chris was preceded in death by his father, Donald Plumley, Sr.; his father and mother-in-law, George (Lorraine) Wise; and his sisters-in-law, Mary Plumley and Linda (Terrance) Stoffel.

In lieu of flowers, a Chris L. Plumley 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



Eldon J. Steffensmeier


Eldon J. Steffensmeier, 86, of Dyersville died Thursday, July 13, 2017, at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 16, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where an American Legion service will be held at 7 pm. Visitation will continue Monday from 9 - 10 am at the funeral home prior to mass. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 17, 2017 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery where American Legion Post 137 will accord Military Honors. Rev. Dennis Conway will officiate.

Eldon was born July 3, 1931, in Dyersville, Iowa the son of Emil and Monica (Westhoff) Steffensmeier. He married Clara Mae Menke on December 29, 1952, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg. Together they farmed near Dyersville.

He has been on the Board of Directors at Farmers Shipping for over 46 years and enjoyed playing cards and watching the Cubs. He loved his red tractors. He was a member of the American Legion Post 137 and the Catholic Order of Foresters.

Survivors include his children: Joan (Earl) Hosch of New Vienna, Carol (Jim) Meisgeier of Manchester, John (Nancy), Tom (Rose) and Pat (Laurie) Steffensmeier, all of Dyersville, and; 18 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; siblings: Fred (Andrea) Steffensmeier of Farley, Jim (Rita) Steffensmeier of Dyersville, Mary (Charlie) Hellman of Holy Cross and Alice (Rick) Nadermann of Dyersville; in-laws: Eugene Prier , Agnes Steffensmeier, Elaine Steffensmeier, and Rosemary Menke, all of Dyersville.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Clara; a granddaughter, Paula Hosch in infancy; siblings: Gene (Helen) Steffensmeier, Florence (Joe) Meis, Lucille Prier, Art Steffensmeier, and Donald Steffensmeier; and in-laws: Victor Menke, Anton (Rose) Menke, and Aloysius (Doris) Menke.

Memorials are preferred to St. Francis Xavier Basilica, St. Francis Xavier Grade School or Beckman High School.

We would like to thank the staffs of the Ellen Kennedy Center, Mercy Medical Center, Shady Rest Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for the excellent care in Dad's final months.

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



Justin R. Oglesby


Justin R. "OG" Oglesby, age 29, of Dubuque, was called home suddenly on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at home. To honor Justin's life, funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m., on Friday, July 14, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Justin's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m., until the time of services at 6:00 p.m., on Friday, July 14, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Justin was born on February 1, 1988, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Marilyn (Mauer) Robinson.

Justin was lifelong resident of Dubuque. In his free time, Justin enjoyed fishing on the river, working on and racing his RC trucks, listening to music, hunting and morel hunting. Justin's friends were very important to him and he cherished the memories he made with them. He was well known for his quick sense of humor and sarcastic remarks, always made with a sense of fun intended. He also had a knack for fixing things and enjoyed tinkering around the house with different projects. Justin has been taken from us much too soon, but we take comfort in the fact that he is now at peace.

Those left to cherish Justin's memory include

his parents,
Marilyn and Brett Robinson, Dubuque, IA;

his brother,
Luke (Haley) Mauer, Dubuque, IA;

especially close family member,
Leigha Barton, of Virginia;

his grandmother,
Janet Entringer, Dubuque, IA;

his godmother,
Rhonda (Chet) Knake, Bellevue, IA;

his godfather,
Jeremy (Andrea) Biederman, Dubuque, IA;

and several aunts and cousins,
Melody Thiltgen, Dubuque, IA,
Memory (Bob) Barton, Mauston, WI,
Alan (Ami Johnson) Biederman, Dubuque, IA,
Coni (Jay) Villar, of Louisiana,
Dawn Niles, of Virginia,
Ryan Mauer, Dubuque, IA
and Madyson, Londyn, Tyson, Tyler, Cole, Kylee, Allie, Kassidy, Natasha, Ashton, Kristen, Jevon, Carter and Jacqueline.

Justin was preceded in death by his grandparents, Stan Mauer, Ray Entringer and Jerry Robinson; an uncle, Vince "Butch" Mauer; and his best friend, Sam Harris.

Justin's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Conway Chin, and his nurses, Doris and Tina, for going above and beyond taking care of Justin from the first months he was paralyzed, your care and concern meant everything to him. Also a special thanks to all of those who stood by him through thick and thin, ups and downs, Tim, Zach, Kim, Fee, Joe, Tony, Jeffy, Gronen, Adam Rheault, Diane and Bob, and anyone we missed, thank you for everything.

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



Maverick James Meyer


Maverick James Meyer, 15, of LaMotte, Iowa passed away on July 10th, 2017.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 14th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 13th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Maverick was born on July 16, 2001 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Matthew and Nicole (Kremer) Meyer. He was going into his junior year at Dubuque Senior High School.

Maverick was a kind, loving, funny, smart young man who had an infectious smile. If you were ever down, his presence would boost you up.

He is survived by his parents, Matt and Nicole of LaMotte; his sister, Montana; grandparents Gerald and Beth Kremer and Rick and Patti Meyer; great grandparents, Rosemary Kremer, and Jim and Jean Steil; his uncle and godfather Jesse (Steph) Kremer; his aunt Geri (Kevin) Kalb; cousins, Regan and Charlotte Kalb and Henry Kremer; his godmother Kathy Kremer; along with many great aunts and uncles that loved him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his great grandparents Norman and Norma Hubbard, Leo and Lavon Meyer and Earl Kremer. His great uncles Kevin Kremer, Mike Meyer and Jamie Meyer and cousin Clayton Kremer.

In Lieu of flowers a Maverick James Meyer memorial fund will be established.



Margaret L. Cigrand


Margaret L. Cigrand, 98, of Cascade, Iowa passed away Monday, July 10, 2017, at 12:46 p.m. at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Margaret may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 13, 2017, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m. and CDA rosary will be held at 4:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 8:30 a.m., Friday at the funeral home. Services for Margaret will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 14, 2017, at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke presiding. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Margaret was born February 17, 1919, in Stuart, Nebraska, daughter of Mahlon and Mabel (Wymore) Shearer. Margaret grew up on the family farm north of Stuart with her parents, two brothers, and two sisters. She is a graduate of Stuart High School in Stuart, Nebraska. After high school Margaret worked various office jobs in Nebraska, prior to taking a job in Hollywood, California. She loved to talk of her time in Hollywood, where she worked in the fashion industry. She also loved to tell of her train trip from Nebraska to California where she met her future husband, Carl Cigrand, who was stationed in San Diego.

On March 27, 1943, she was united in marriage to Carl O. Cigrand in California. They made their home for many years in Cascade, Iowa. She worked at the John Deere dealership with Carl, and they shared a love of travel, wintering in Texas for many years. He preceded her in death on September 6, 1997.

She also loved playing bridge weekly with her bridge group and was an accomplished seamstress.

She was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa and the Catholic Daughters of Americas Our Blessed Mother Court #1926.

She is survived by her children, Larry (Mame) Cigrand of Freeport, IL, Jane (Ed Pfab) Cigrand of Basalt, CO, Nick (Carole) Cigrand of Cascade, IA, Karla (Rick Leyendecker) Cigrand of Iowa City, IA; 11 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one daughter, Sandra Cigrand on January 2, 2011; two brothers, Wayne and Richard Shearer; two sisters, Ava Jean Rador and Helen Henry.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Camp Courageous.

The family would like to give special thanks to the staff at Riverbend and Shady Rest for the thoughtful care and support they gave to Margaret.

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



Blanche Laura Johnson


Blanche Laura (Collins) Johnson, 84, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, July 10, 2017 suddenly at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 14, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Rev. Eugene Kutsch officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 13, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

Blanche was born April 20, 1933 in Dyersville, the daughter of Harry and Laura (Jaeger) Collins. She was raised in Dyersville, and graduated from Xavier High School in 1951. She went on to attend Marycrest College in Davenport, and Mercy School of Nursing in Dubuque, graduating with her R.N and B.S.N. in 1956. On August 25, 1956, Blanche married Kenneth Johnson, son of the late Viola and Ken Johnson. She practiced her nursing overseas while her husband Ken served there in the military. Upon returning, she practiced nursing at Xavier Hospital in Dubuque until its closing, and retired from Mercy Health Center in 1993.

She was a longtime member of St. Anthony's Parish, and was a member of the St. Anne Church Circle, the Rosary Society, and the Mother of Mercy Mothers Club, serving as President Leader in 2001. She was also a member of Mercy School of Nursing Alumni and Alumni member of Marycrest College.

Blanche enjoyed walking, boating, golfing, gardening, and fishing. She was a devoted mother and grandmother, and enjoyed spending time with friends and family. Her pride and joy were her children and grandchildren. Family was always her number one priority. A very faith filled woman.

Blanche is survived by her husband of 62 years of happy marriage, Kenneth, of Dubuque; her children, Patrick (Shari) Johnson, Laurie Ann (Terry) Dolphin, Michael (Geri) Johnson, Kevin (Rhonda) Johnson, and Daniel (Jennifer) Johnson; and 15 grandchildren, Rachel K. Johnson, Kenny Mike Johnson, Addison C. Johnson, Calvin J. Johnson, Katelyn M. Dolphin, Collin M. Dolphin, Nick M. Dolphin, Erica R. Johnson, Autumn E. Johnson, Sean M. Johnson, Emma T. Johnson, Ben P. Johnson, Ellie L. Johnson, Sydnie W. Schilling, and Spencer C. Schilling.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her daughter, Lisa Mary Johnson in 1963.

A memorial fund has been established in Blanche's memory. Condolences may be sent directly to the funeral home.

God Bless, God Love, Hugs and Kisses Always.

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



James J. Kircher


James J. Kircher, 76, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, July 9, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, July 13, 2017 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with the Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. where a parish scripture wake service will be recited at 7:30.

Jim was born on September 23, 1940 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Ignatius and Mildred (Winders) Kircher. He graduated from Loras Academy in 1958 and Loras College in 1966. On September 2,1967 he married Margaret "Peg" Vogel at Nativity Catholic Church.

Jim received his CPA on February 4, 1970 and eleven years later, founded Jim Kircher & Associates, P.C.

Jim's pride and joy were his children and grandchildren. He was a huge Boston Red Sox fan and enjoyed yardwork and running. His favorite "meeting" was every Wednesday with his fellow "Gubs". Jim was a member of St. Columbkille parish for over 48 years and past president of the Dubuque Golf and Country Club.

Surviving are his wife, Peg of Dubuque; his children Michael (Beth) Kircher of Dubuque and their children Katherine, Bridget, Maria and Theresa; Annemarie (Dennis) Day of Dubuque and their children Maggie, Jake and Adeline Olson and Maddy and Ethan Day; Kathy (Scott) Arlen of Grand Rapids, MI and their children Connor, Nicholas, Elizabeth and Natalie; his brother Ron (Mary) Kircher of Fulton, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Columbkille Church or the James J. Kircher memorial fund.