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Arnold P. Weis Burton J. Hoffman C. Byrne Wilberding
Catherine R. Schmidt Daniel E. Rahe Donald W. Oliver
Elaine E. Blume Esther M. Smith Gladys M. Knipper
Harold P. Ambrosy Jerome D. Rider Joseph David Schroeder
Louis D. McGovern Margaret M. Riegler Nancy T. Fricano
Richard Duane Fossum Richard L. Wright Robert J. Mills
Ronald D. Heinrich Shirley M. Winegar Sister Tarcissia Buchele
Stephen L. Kieffer Veronica I. Welter

Sister Tarcissia Buchele

Sister Tarcissia Buchele, OP, age 97, of Sinsinawa, WI, passed away peacefully on September 28, 2016, at St. Dominic Villa. To honor Sister Tarcissia's life, Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Monday, October 3, 2016, at the Gathering Place Chapel, Sinsinawa, WI. To celebrate Sister Tarcissia's life, family and friends may visit after 5:15 p.m., on Sunday, October 2, 2016, at the Motherhouse, where a Wake and Remembering Service will take place at 6:30 p.m. Behr Funeral Home, Dubuque, IA, handling arrangements.

Sister Tarcissia devoted 62 years to the education of elementary school children. She was a primary grade teacher for 48 years, serving in schools located in Wisconsin, South Dakota, Illinois, and Minnesota. Sister served as a reading specialist in Ottawa, Illinois, for 14 years.

Sister Tarcissia delighted many a child with her classroom presence but also by her artfully crafted Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. They were featured at many church and school festivals as well as served as gifts. She enjoyed the children's squeals of delight as they hugged their very own doll. She was young at heart and added much joy to community life.

Sister Tarcissia, born Jan. 9, 1919, in Peoria, Ill., to Arthur and Grace (Buchele) Buchele, made her profession Aug. 5, 1937. She is survived by nieces, nephews and the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters with whom she shared life for 79 years.

 



Catherine R. Schmidt


Catherine R. Schmidt, 95, formerly of Cascade, Iowa passed away on Monday, September 26, 2016 at Heritage Manor (Hawkeye Care Center), Dubuque.

Friends and relatives of Catherine may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, September 30, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Services for Catherine will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 1, 2016 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Catherine was born on February 3, 1921 in Springbrook, IA, daughter of Henry and Katherine (Huilman) Poll. She married Elmer Schmidt on January 9, 1940. Together, they raised 11 children. Catherine was the proud grandmother of 40 grandchildren, 64 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Catherine and her husband began farming near Zwingle, Iowa. After the arrival of child number seven, they moved to a farm near Cascade, Iowa in 1954 that became their family farm.

Catherine was first and foremost a devoted wife and mother. She cooked, cleaned, gardened and preserved fruits and vegetables, sewed clothing for her family and tended to many childhood illnesses.

She enjoyed playing cards with her friends. She loved to bake, sew, garden, and quilt. Each of her children and many of her grandchildren have been the grateful recipients of a hand sewn quilt. She loved Christmas and spent many hours making each of her young grandchildren a handmade gift each Christmas. She made the best peach pie and the freezer was always full of pies and cookies "just in case" someone stopped in. She loved watching the birds feed at her windows.

She loved her family and lovingly prayed for them daily. She is survived by 10 children, Mary Catherine (Lou) Ronnebaum of Earlville, IA; Raphael (Patsy) Schmidt of Omaha, NE; Lorin Schmidt of Hopkinton, IA; Rosie (Donald) Putz of New Vienna, IA; Mindy (Louis) Bassler of Dubuque, IA; Paul Schmidt of Monticello, IA; Rita (John) Cortum of Mediapolis, IA; Mel Schmidt of Dubuque, IA; Darlene (Kevin) Curoe of Bernard, IA; and Dennis (Theresa) Schmidt of Dyersville, IA and son-in-law, Robert Snyder of Cedar Rapids, IA. In addition to her grandchildren (and spouses), great-grandchildren (and spouses), and great-great-grandchildren she is also survived by 3 sisters-in-law, Erna Schmidt and Lorraine Schmidt of Dubuque, IA and Wilma Poll of Maquoketa, IA and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elmer; a daughter, Madonna Snyder; a grandchild, Lori Ann Schmidt; her brothers Andy Poll, Raymond Poll and Vincent Poll; sisters Therese Kass and Clara Brietbach; son-in-law Lawrence Feldmann, daughter-in-law Lynda Schmidt, and several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.

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

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at Heritage Manor (Hawkeye Care Center) for the loving care given to Catherine - she felt your love and concern as did her family. The family also wishes to thank RiverBend Assisted Living in Cascade and Hospice of Dubuque. We are also grateful to our extended family for all of their visits, cards, and prayers during Catherine's last months. Your love and support did not go unnoticed and the family appreciates each of you.



Gladys M. Knipper


Gladys M. Knipper, 83, of Dyersville, Iowa died Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at Manor Care in Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 7 pm Friday, September 30, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW, Dyersville, Iowa, where a parish scripture service will be held at 2 p.m. and an American Legion Rosary will be recited at 4 pm. Visitation will continue Saturday, Oct. 1, from 8:30 to 9:30 am at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 10 am Oct. 1, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Gladys was born on June 28, 1933, in Holy Cross, Iowa, the daughter of Anton and Susan (Ries) Maiers. She was united in marriage to Virgil Knipper on June 21, 1954, in Holy Cross, Iowa. He preceded her in death in 2009.

Gladys enjoyed waitressing at the Roundup Room, the Knight Light and Dyersville Family Restaurant. She will be remembered by a generation of Beckman High School Students as the lunch lady. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 137.

Survivors include her children: Kevin, Keith (Kate) and Karla Knipper, all of Dyersville, and Kurt (Katie) Knipper of Whitefish Bay, WI; 5 grandchildren: Charles, William, Paul, Tim, and Erin (fiancé Dean Treanor) Knipper; great-grandchildren Sydney, Nash and Liam Knipper, and Diem Treanor; in-laws Dorothy Maiers of Dyersville, Paul (Delaine) Knipper of Dyersville, Donna Manternach of Manchester, and Harold Heyer of Merced, CA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Virgil; siblings Norma (Fred) Wessels, Merlin "Dixie" Maiers; in-laws Nellie (Richard) Steffen, Anita (Albin) Wulfekuhle, Gladys Heyer, and Gerald Manternach.

The family would like to thank the staffs at Manor Care and Hospice of Dubuque, and Dr. Janes for the excellent care of our mother.

Information available and condolences accepted at www.kramerfuneral.com.



Richard Duane Fossum


Richard Duane Fossum, 77, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on September 23, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

Gathering of family and friends will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, October 7th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a memorial service will be at 7:00 p.m. 

Richard was born on February 20, 1939 in Waukon, Iowa the son of Harold and Amy (Olson) Fossum. He married Carol Ann Wachter on June 27, 1959.

He worked for Dubuque Packing Company, Farmland and FDL. He was a member of the Bellevue Horseman's Club and enjoyed farming and horses.

Richard is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carol; children Gerald (Linda) Fossum, Vickie (Ron) Scipior and Steven (Lynn) Fossum; his sister, Esther Bernstein; brothers Tom (Marj) Fossum, Bob (Karen) Fossum, Arlyn "Butch"
(Lois) Fossum, Jim (Kathy) Fossum, and Ron Fossum; many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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

In lieu of flowers a Richard Fossum memorial fund will be established.



Ronald D. Heinrich


Ronnie Heinrich, 71, of Maquoketa, Iowa, entered into eternal rest, surrounded by loved ones on Saturday evening, September 24, 2016, at Unity Point Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Ronald's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, September 28, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the East Iron Hill Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Ronald Dean Heinrich was born on January 30, 1945 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Donald and Maxine (Miller) Heinrich. He was a 1963 graduate of Midland High School. He married Cheryl Ann Hoerschelman on September 28, 1968 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union four children were born: David, Janet, Lori and Steven.

Ronald had first farmed with his dad in Jones County and then farmed on his own farm for a short time. He then worked various jobs including working for the Emeline/Iron Hill Telephone Company, Cornelius Seed Corn, Curly's Tires and Stolper Industries in DeWitt. Lastly, he worked for the Soil Conservation Service in Maquoketa for over 20 years until retirement.

In earlier years Ronald had been a member of the Andrew and Baldwin Saddle Clubs where he called the square dances. He currently was attending East Iron Hill Community Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, horses, gardening and the outdoors. He especially enjoyed watching western movies and spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Those left to honor Ronald's memory include his wife, Cheryl Heinrich of Maquoketa, IA; children David (Tracy) Heinrich of Delmar, IA, Janet (Wess) Gilbert of Shenandoah, IA, Lori (Jeff) Armstrong of Coin, IA, and Steven (Megan) Heinrich of Maquoketa, IA; 15 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and brothers Gaylon Paul (Debbie) Heinrich of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Dwayne Allen (Becky) Heinrich of Maquoketa, IA.

He was preceded in death by his infant sister, Barbara Ellen, in 1943; his father, Donald, in 1976; his maternal grandmother, Lydia Miller Burgett, in 1991; his mother, Maxine, in 2013; and a grandson, Levi Gilbert, in 2013.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Ronald D. Heinrich memorial fund has been established.

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



Arnold P. Weis


Arnold P. "Butch" Weis, age 88, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 8:25 p.m., on Saturday, September 24, 2016, at Dubuque Specialty Care, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Butch's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, September 29, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Butch's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 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 Mount Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Butch was born on October 17, 1927, in Dubuque, son of Paul and Marie (Kueper) Weis.

Butch was a proud lifelong Dubuque resident who would humbly treasure everyday he spent right here in God's country. He would go on to honorably serve his country in the U.S. Army before eventually being united in marriage to his one true love, Mary Ann Lange, on October 6, 1962. Their union would be blessed with 53 wonderful years together and 2 deeply adored daughters. Butch would loyally invest over 35 years of his time and talents at Mount Calvary Cemetery, faithfully tending to the final resting locations of fellow local souls who'd been called home already. Butch was a longtime member of Sacred Heart Church and his faith was a continual priority throughout his 88 year earthly journey. But Butch was able to find time for even more than family, work and church in his days. Always a true lover of all things outdoors; he would discover great joy in walking in the brisk woods on a hunt, sitting on the banks with a perfectly baited hook in hand, meticulously weeding his seasons vegetable garden and even suiting up and hitting the slopes and ski jumps in his younger years. Butch was a determined working class hero whose life was abundantly full and the example and memories he leaves behind will be treasured by all who were fortunate enough to know and love him. He has tinkered on his last car and savored his last big band finale, but we find peace and comfort in knowing that he is now listening to the choir of angels instead and resting eternally from his labors.

Those left to cherish Butch's memory include

his loving wife,
Mary Ann Weis, Dubuque;

his two adoring daughters,
Sandra Weis, Dubuque
and Judy (Mike) Schauer, Dickeyville, WI;

his three precious granddaughters,
Jessica Weis, Emily (Nicholas) Brantmeyer and Tiffany Schauer;

his siblings,
Leonard Weis, Dubuque
and Joanne (Robert) Stelpflug, Lancaster, WI;

a sister-in-law,
Rose Weis, Dubuque, IA;

several in-laws, nieces and nephews;

and his beloved cat, Sassy.

Butch was preceded in death by his parents; and his three brothers, Paul Weis Jr., Louis Weis and Karl Weis.

An Arnold P. "Butch" Weis memorial fund has been established which will be distributed among Arnold's favorite charities.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Dubuque Specialty Care, especially Sandi and Alicia, and Above and Beyond, especially Angie, for all of their care and support of Butch and his family.

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



Louis D. McGovern


Louis D. "Bill" McGovern, 90, lifelong resident of Dubuque, died Friday, September 23, 2016 at Luther Manor.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 27, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., with a vigil service at 6:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 28, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Rev. Aaron Junge will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West, with military honors accorded by the American Legion Post #6.

Bill was born September 9, 1926 in Dubuque, the son of Emmett and Lucille (May) McGovern. He married Shirley Ann Spielman on May 7, 1949 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Bill was a long-standing member of Holy Spirit Catholic Parish. He was an active church member. He belonged to IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) for over 65 years. Bill proudly served in the US Navy during World War II, and was a member of the American Legion Post #6. One of his great joys other than his grandchildren, friends, family, and golfing was his trip on the Honor Flight several years ago. Bill never met someone that was not a friend. He loved to tell stories and always enjoyed a good meal.

Bill is lovingly remembered by his sons and daughters-in-law; Steve and Char McGovern, Davenport, IA, and Tom and Cathy McGovern, Dubuque; grandchildren Patrick (Megan) McGovern of Williamsburg, IA, and Betsy "Bootsy" (Joe) Garcia of Visalia, CA; great-grandchildren Wesley and Emily McGovern, and Olivia and Jacob Garcia; his sisters, Dorothy Henry of Dubuque and Cheryl (Bob) McGovern of Madison, WI; his brother, Patrick (Joan) McGovern of Maryland; his brother-in-law, Chuck (Helen) Spielman of Dubuque; many "favorite" nieces and nephews; and his faithful feline companion, Pixie.

Bill was preceded in death by his lovely bride, Shirley Ann in 2011; his brothers, Robert and Fr. Gerald McGovern, OMI; his parents; and two children, Terry and Christine, both in infancy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Luther Manor, Dubuque Arboretum, Hospice of Dubuque, or a charity of your choosing.

The family would like to thank Dr. Abele for his years of excellent service; the staff at Luther Manor – from housekeeping to Administration, and especially Jeanette, Nicole, Stacy, and the rest of the staff from Hospice of Dubuque. We would like to extend a special thank you to Caroline Woods, Bodie Bo Bo (kitten), Emma and Julko (good citizen dogs), for their warm, loving visits to Bill during the last months of his life.

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



Harold P. Ambrosy


Harold P. Ambrosy, 93, of Dubuque died Saturday, September 24, 2016.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 pm Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, where there will be a parish wake service at 6:30 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12:30 pm Wednesday at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost Church with Fr. Dave Ambrosy celebrating. Entombment will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum where military rites will be accorded by American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

Harold was born September 14, 1923 in St. Donatus, Iowa, son of Nick and Josephine (LeConte) Ambrosy. On October 23, 1956, he married Ruth Ploessl at Holy Rosary Church, La Motte.

He proudly served his country in the US Army during WWII, spending some of his service in the Philippines. On May 17, 2010, he was honored to be on the first Honor Flight of Greater Dubuque. He was a member of American Legion Dubuque Post 6.

Before his retirement, Harold worked as a machinist for the Adams Company for 40 years. He was a member of Machinist Union Local 1238.

He was a member of Holy Spirit Parish where he volunteered for Holy Ghost Bingo for 40 years.

Harold is survived by his wife, Ruth Ambrosy of Dubuque; and in-laws, Marie Ambrosy of Dubuque, Helen and Windy Kalmes of St. Donatus, Mary Lou Heinricy of Dubuque, Sylvester and Wilma Ploessl of Dubuque, Cyril and Marilyn Ploessl of Bellevue, Larry and Linda Ploessl of Farley and Rosalie Ploessl of Bellevue and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister and her husband, Bernice and Tony Schiessl, five brothers, Sylvester and his wife Elizabeth, Vincent, Merlin, Ralph and Lavern Ambrosy; and in-laws, Roger Heinricy, Art Ploessl, Judy Herrig Nemmers, Ed Herrig and Leonard Nemmers.

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

A Harold Ambrosy Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Drs. Mark Moore and Eric Engelman and their nurses, Sandy, Mary Beth and Sara; and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Jeanette, Ryan and Amy for all of the kind, compassionate care given to Harold. A special thank you to Ves and Wilma, Jenny and Harold's neighbors Caroline and Danny and Diane for all your kind acts. God Bless you all!



Jerome D. Rider


Jerome D. Rider, 84, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, passed away at home on Sunday, September 25, 2016. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery with military honors accorded. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday and after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Jerome was born on January 1, 1932, in Wauzeka, Wisconsin, the child of Earl L. and Mary E. (Flesch) Rider. He married Marian A. Hore on December 15, 1962, at the Fennimore Methodist Church. She preceded him in death on January 19, 2016.

Jerome served in the US Army from 1953-1955. He was a retired John Deere worker of 22 years, a cheesemaker at many factories and a farmer. Jerome was an active VFW member. He loved playing cards, camping with many friends and family, fishing, and watching the Atlanta Braves, Brewers, Packers and Badgers.

Survivors include his daughter, Bobbi Jo, of Cuba City; his siblings, Lawrence, of Boscobel, Helen Schmelz, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Loretta Waltz, of Fennimore, Maxine Wall, of Eastman; Wayne, Sr. (Maggie), of Montfort, Rick (Nancy), of Patch Grove; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Chris Gebhard, Herald Stagman and Shirley (Ralph) Wienkes; along with many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Mary; his father and mother-in-law, Floyd and Alice Hore; his sisters, LaVonne Gebhard and Leona Stagman; and brothers and sisters-in-law.

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



Veronica I. Welter


Veronica I. Welter, 90, of rural Onslow, died Saturday, September 24, 2016, at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Funeral services will be held at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Temple Hill, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, with Rev. Neil Manternach officiating. Concelebrating will be Rev. Douglas Loecke. Burial will be held in St. Peter's Cemetery, Temple Hill, Iowa.

Veronica was born on May 15, 1926, in rural Monticello, daughter of Joseph and Amelia (Kelchen) Manternach. She received her education at the former St. Mary's School in Cascade. On September 21, 1948, she was united in marriage to Herman Welter Jr. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cascade. Together they farmed in the rural Onslow area, raised 13 children, and operated their family business, Welter Seed and Honey Company. Veronica enjoyed playing cards, gardening, cooking, quilting, square dancing, and spending time with family.

She is survived by her children, Mel (Rita) Welter of Monticello, Ann (Wayne) Turnis of Dubuque, Dan Welter of Onslow, Les Welter of Onslow, Herb (Paula) Welter of Lincoln, Nebraska, Joan (Mike) Turnis of Bernard, Ken Welter of Onslow, Jim (Denise) Welter of Onslow, Connie (Mark) Singletary of Colleyville, Texas, Julie (Pat) Shay of Ankeny, and Karen (Scot) Knepper of Cascade; 27 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; 5 brothers and 4 sisters, Katie Rockzein of Anamosa, Joe (JoAnn) Manternach of Cascade, Ralph (Rita) Manternach of Cascade, Loras (Donna) Manternach of Masonville, Joan (Tom) Hoffmann, Ron (Bridget) Manternach, Muriel (Duane) Schlemme, Lois (Alan) Gravel, Lester (Mary Ellen) Manternach all of Cascade; one brother-in-law, Clarence Quint of Manchester; one sister-in-law, Lois Manternach of Cascade; one step-sister, Jeanette Callahan; and step-brother, Dorrance (Pat) Manders, both of Dubuque.

Veronica was preceded in death by her husband Herman in 2005, her son Gary in 1989, her son Alan in 2013, her parents, her step-mother, Mildred (Manders) Manternach; five sisters, Florence Schockemoehl, Eleanor Quint, Alvina Greif, Eva Mae Klocke and Sr. Irmina (Leona) Manternach OSF, one brother, Larry Manternach, brothers-in-law, Harry Schockemoehl, Robert Greif, Elmer Klocke, Harry Rockzein; step-brother, Donald Manders; step sister-in-law, Mary Manders; and step brother-in-law Jack Callahan.

A memorial fund has been established in Veronica's name.

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



Esther M. Smith


Esther M. Smith, age 84, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 9:35 p.m., on Thursday, September 22, 2016, at Manorcare Health Services, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Esther's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Pastor Lynn A. Spicer officiating. To celebrate Esther's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Esther was born on August 24, 1932, in Des Moines, Iowa, daughter of Richard and Augusta (Tuedehope) Waechter.

Esther was united in marriage to Raymond Smith on August 25, 1955, in Dubuque, IA. They were blessed with 46 years, and 8 children, together before he was called home ahead of her on February 2, 2002. Esther was a life long homemaker who took great pride in caring for her husband, children and home. She also invested years of her time and talents outside of the home at Mercy Hospital and the 4th Street Café. In her free time, Esther was faithfully involved with volunteering at the Salvation Army. We grieve the loss of Esther from our physical lives today, but we know that she is now reunited with her husband, Ray and we thank the Lord for the precious memories she leaves behind.

Those left to cherish Esther's memory include

her eight children,
Paul R. Waechter, WI,
Richard C. (Sylvia) Smith, Marshall, MO,
Roy Smith, Dubuque, IA,
Leonard A. Smith, Dubuque, IA,
Ada M. (Gary Kruser) Smith, Dubuque, IA,
Ray A. Smith, Dubuque, IA,
Goldie M. (Terry Lowery) Smith, Davenport, IA
and Charles W. Smith, Dubuque, IA;

many grandchildren and great-grandchildren;

her two sisters,
Katherine Reding, Potosi, WI
and Bonnie Kreftly, Potosi, WI.

Esther was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Raymond Smith; and a brother Dan (Norma) Waechter.

An Esther M. Smith memorial fund has been established.

Esther's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Manorcare and Hospice of Dubuque for all of the kind, compassionate and loving care they provided to Esther and her family.

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

 



Stephen L. Kieffer


Stephen L. "Steve" Kieffer, 81, of Scales Mound, Illinois, passed away at 6:54 a.m. on Friday, September 23, 2016 at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 26, 2016 at Holy Trinity Church in Scales Mound with Fr. Stanislaw Kos officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of VFW Post #2665 and American Legion Post #193. Visitation is from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Scales Mound, where the parish rosary will be at 1:45 p.m.

Steve was born on August 17, 1935 in Menominee, Illinois, the son of Louis and Alverna (Kuhl) Kieffer. He served during the Korean Conflict in the U.S. Marines from 1952 to 1955. Steve was united in marriage to Carol Schuller on December 22, 1955 at St. Mary's Church in Galena.

He was a machinist at John Deere Dubuque Works, retiring after 31 years of service. Following his retirement he enjoyed working at the Eagle Ridge Golf Course for 17 years. Steve was a member of UAW Local #94, Holy Trinity Parish, the Scales Mound Fire Department, the Scales Mound Lions Club, VFW Post #2665 and American Legion Post #193 of Galena.

He enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting, Euchre, telling jokes, baking cookies and was a fan of the Chicago Bears. Steve had a great love for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are his wife, Carol; four children, Pam (Steve) Koester, Patti (Dave) Glasgow, Paula (Al) Busch and Todd (Vickie) Kieffer, all of Scales Mound; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; his siblings Anna Mae Edmonds and Pete (Janet) Kieffer, both of Galena, and Jane (Larry) Daniels of Henderson, Kentucky.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Tracy Glasgow; and siblings Lois Donatsch, Rosie Gaine, Pat, Dan, Dave and Louie Kieffer.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Michael Wells, the staff and nurses at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community, and Hospice of Dubuque for their care and kindness.



Joseph David Schroeder


Joseph David Schroeder, 32, passed from this Earth to Heaven on Friday, September 9th, 2016.

Joseph was born on September 17, 1983 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of David Schroeder of Milwaukee, WI and Patti (Butt) Schroeder of Dubuque, Iowa. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 2002 and attended Baltimore Community College in Baltimore, Maryland.

Growing up, he played baseball with the Yankee Independent League and had a soft spot in his heart for the Chicago Cubs. He loved playing chess, taking walks and going to Bingo with his friends.

Joe was a kind and gentle man who touched many hearts. He was a passionate musician, who along with friends, started the band "Schroeder". He played different instruments, was a gifted digital composer and excelled at website design.

He spent a great deal of his adulthood involved in grassroots political and social activism. Joe fought tirelessly for social justice.

He is survived by his parents, David Schroeder of Milwaukee, and Patricia (Butt) Schroeder of Dubuque; his brothers Ryan (Renza) Schroeder, Erich Schroeder and sister Katy Schroeder; nephews Niccolo and Matteo and niece Morgan; his uncle Steve (Sue) Butt; his aunt Meg (Frank) Koch; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jim Butt, Jane (Pauly) Butt and Robert and Joyce Schroeder.

Joe, you are loved and missed. No one can ever take your place and though your time with us was short, you left an indelible mark on us all... Thank you.

A Joseph Schroeder memorial fund will be established. Private family services were held celebrating Joe's life.
The Schroeder family has been blessed with the prayers, love and abundant support of family, friends and co-workers – you've been the visible Christ to us. We also want to thank Pat Leonard, Kristin Leonard-Bertsch and Edward Leonard for the sensitive and caring way they walked us through this difficult time.



Donald W. Oliver


Donald W. Oliver, 91, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 26th at St. Columbkilles Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday, September 21st, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m.

He was born on May 5th, 1925 to William and Erna (Schobert) Oliver in Dubuque, Iowa. He attended Bryant School, Washington Jr. High School and Dubuque Senior High School.

He married Delores Strong on August 2, 1947 at St. Columbkilles Church in Dubuque.

Donald was a US Navy Veteran serving during WWII. He worked for John Deere Dubuque Works for 37 years; 19 of those years where in the Foundry. He was a member of the UAW Local 94 and life member of the Amvets.

Don was an avid golfer and golfed until the age of 88; he enjoyed the Chicago Cubs and Bears along with watching cowboy shows. He loved to tell war stories and was proud he went on the Honor Flight. He was a wonderful husband and father.

He is survived by his wife, Delores "Dolly" Oliver; children Connie (Paul) Tauke, of Dubuque, Sharon (Mark) Woolhether, of Fond du Lac, WI, Daniel (Penny) Oliver, of Brooksville, FL, Martin (David Bailey) Oliver, of Chicago, IL, and Brian Oliver of Davenport; one sister, Ruth Falk, of Arizona; along with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Donald Jr.; and two brothers, Francis and Harold.

In lieu of flowers a Donald Oliver memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to, Dr. Victoria Famuyide, and to all the doctors, nurses and staff of Finley Hospital for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Don.



Shirley M. Winegar


Shirley M. Winegar, 83, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday morning, September 22, 2016, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa from complications of Alzheimer's Disease.

A celebration of Shirley's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. Monday, September 26, 2016 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Maquoketa. There is no visitation, and burial will be at the Mt. Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Shirley M. Moore was the youngest of five children, born on January 12, 1933 in Monticello, Iowa, to Thomas Eugene and Millie (Webster) Moore. She grew up in Canton and attended Maquoketa schools. She married Guy Douglas Winegar on July 20, 1951 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union four children were born: Larry, Warren, Craig and Bob.

Shirley had worked at the Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa for over 36 years, first as a nurse's aide and lastly as a ward clerk.

Shirley was a member of the St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Maquoketa, Eagles Club and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan, enjoyed camping, bowling in her younger years, traveling to Las Vegas, and going to casinos. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to honor Shirley's memory include her husband, Doug Winegar of Maquoketa, IA; children Larry (Diane) Winegar of Jefferson City, MO, Warren (Deb) Winegar of Fairbury, IL, Craig (Wendy) Winegar of Maquoketa, IA, and Bob (Audrey) Winegar of Maquoketa, IA; 11 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Galen, Tom and Dale, and a sister, Margaret Wosoba.

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

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



Daniel E. Rahe

Daniel E. Rahe, 69, of Dyersville died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Friends may call from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Monday from 9 to 10 am at the funeral home prior to Mass. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Jeff Dole will officiate.

Dan was born April 10, 1947, in Dyersville the son of Leroy and Wilma (Klostermann) Rahe. He was united in marriage to Jolene Comer on Nov. 23, 1968 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Farley.

Dan worked at Floyds Feed Store for 20 years before selling feed on his own. In later years he drove a tour bus for Bradley Jo and Windstar Lines. Most recently he was a driver for Bard Concrete. Dan was a man with many hobbies through the years, but his greatest joy was time spent with family and friends.

Survivors include his wife Jolene; two children: Troy Rahe of Dyersville and Corinne (Cory) Ramler of Cedar Rapids; two grandchildren, Jack and Alyssa Ramler; three brothers: Gary (Dee) Rahe of Dyersville, Jeff (Deb) Rahe of Dubuque and Daryl Rahe of Cedar Rapids; two sisters: Kathy Chapman of Fairfax and Diane (Frank) Klostermann of Atkins; three brothers-in-law: Ken (Diana) Comer of Farley, Jerry (Joyce) Comer of Dyersville, and Randy Comer of Dubuque; three sisters-in-law: Donna (Pat) Strief of Farley, Lori (Don) Allen of East Dubuque, IL, and Gail (Bruce) Maiers of Cedar Rapids; and many loving nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, father- and mother-in-law, Joseph and Stella Comer, and three nieces.

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



Nancy T. Fricano


Nancy T. Fricano, 77, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday evening, September 20, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A mass celebrating Nancy's life will be held at 9 A.M. Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. There is no visitation and burial will be at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family. A memorial service in Texas will be planned for a future date.

Nancy Theresa Forst was born on June 7, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois to Louis and Helen (Nemecek) Forst. She grew up in Illinois and graduated from Mary Queen of Heaven High School. She married Edward Kwedlo in Illinois. He preceded her in death in 1966. She married Paul Fricano in 1967 in Illinois. He preceded her in death in 1997.

Nancy moved to Texas in 1976 and worked for the Catholic Church as an administrative assistant/housekeeper for many years. She lastly worked for the New Life Clinic as a medical biller until retirement. She moved to Maquoketa, Iowa in 2011.

Nancy was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. She also was a Carmelite with the Mount Carmel Convent. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, watching Jeopardy and cooking. A family favorite was her famous fruit dumplings. Nancy will be remembered for her warmth, generosity, compassion and love for family and friends.

Those left to honor Nancy's memory include her children, Daniel Fricano of Dallas, TX, Paul (Brandi) Fricano of Spicewood, TX, Charles (Dawn) Fricano of Kerrville, TX, Michael (Isa) Fricano of Leander, TX, and Margaret Fricano (Alan) Traverse of Maquoketa, IA; step-children, Tony (Linda) Fricano and Brenda Perotti; 10 grandchildren, Brent, Sarah, Carley, Cade, Nathan, Layne, Iliana, Audrey, Sofia, and TJ; a sister, Janet Plonis of Plainfield, IL; a niece, Christine Ohse; a nephew, Theodore Plonis; and a beloved special aunt, Lillian Hevrdejs.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Edward, and her husband Paul.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Nancy T. Fricano memorial fund has been established.

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



Burton J. Hoffman


Burton J. Hoffman, age 89, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 3:00 a.m., on Thursday, September 22, 2016, at Luther Manor. To honor Burton's life, funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m., on Saturday, September 24, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Sr. Margaret Anne Kramer, PBVM officiating. To celebrate Burton's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m., until the time of services at 12:30 p.m., on Saturday, September 24, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Burton was born on July 25, 1927, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of William and Theresa (Robinson) Hoffman.

Burton honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII. After returning home from the service, he was united in marriage to his soul-mate, Rosemary Simon, on September 27, 1948, at the Church of the Nativity. They would have celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary next Tuesday and have been blessed with 2 dearly loved children during their time together. Burton was a fine example of a hard working man who graciously invested 30 years of his working career on the assembly line at John Deere Dubuque Works. He was a longtime member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church and the American Legion Honor Guard. Burton was a talented woodworker, and mechanic, who spent countless hours tinkering in the garage. Whether he was applying the final coat of stain on his latest creation, or working out all the bugs before taking one of his prized cars out for a drive; you could be sure that Burton's heart and soul were quite content to be manifesting such tangible rewards during his free time. In his later years, Burton would develop an uncanny skill of providing real competition to anyone willing to go head to head with him in an energetic game of Wii bowling. Burton's greatest joy in this life however, was truly in the love and devotion he had for his family. Any opportunity to spend time with Rosemary, and his children, were absolutely the most fulfilling part of any given day. He would also eventually discover the gift of being an adoring Grandpa, and the years to follow were abundantly joyful as he patiently watched his grandchildren grow into adulthood. Burton was a proud, loyal and loving man whose presence here on earth will surely be missed. But we find peace in knowing we'll see him again and trusting that his mortal struggles are now behind him as he's resting safely, and comfortably, in his Heavenly Father's Kingdom.

Those left to cherish Burton's memory include

his loving wife of 67 years,
Rosemary Hoffman, Dubuque, IA;

his two children,
Dan (Ann) Hoffman
and Mary (John) McDonough, both of Dubuque, IA;

his four grandchildren,
Ben Hoffman, Adam (Jessica) Hoffman, Morgan McDonough and Emily McDonough;

his five great-grandchildren,
Madlin, Colin, Audrey, Cora and Juliete;

his two sisters,
Deelee Preston, Dubuque, IA
and Charlene (Harold) Wiebold, Seal Beach, CA;

his in-laws,
LaVonne Hoffman,
Rita McCann
and Herbert "Buddy" Benn, all of Dubuque, IA.

Burton was preceded in death by his parents; a child in infancy; his siblings, Bill (Helen) Hoffman, Jeanette (Arnold) Williams, Robert Hoffman, Donna Benn and Red Morgan; and his in-laws, Clarence "Butch" (Arlene) Hochberger and John McCann.

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

Burton's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Luther Manor, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care given to Burton and his family.

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

 



Richard L. Wright


Richard L. Wright, 88, of Dubuque, was called home to heaven at 5:45 a.m. Tuesday, September 20, 2016 from Luther Manor.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 24, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2145 John F. Kennedy Road, where visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, September 23, and from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. the morning of service. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, where military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6.

Richard was born May 13, 1928 in Wichita, Kansas to Jesse Lee and Lorene (Aldrich) Wright. He received his education in the Wichita public schools and graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He attended law school at the University of Washington in Seattle. He became a Christian in 1977.

He married Mary Margaret Horn in March 1951. She preceded him in death in 1993. To this union, two children were born, Lee Ann Blythe and Richard Alan.

He proudly served his country in Korea 1951-1952 as an infantryman in "K" Company, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division. He was a proud member of Dubuque's 2011 Honor Flight to Washington D.C.

He worked for many years on various assignments for the Boeing Company, including the Minuteman Missile project. Richard then joined the Sybron Corporation in Rochester, NY and was transferred to Dubuque in 1979 as Vice President of Manufacturing at Thermolyne, a division of Sybron. He retired in 1993.

He was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran, the VFW, American Legion, and served as a Hospice volunteer. For many years, he served on the board of the Dubuque chapter of the American Red Cross.

On January 1, 2001, he was united in marriage with Rogene M. (Riese) Faulkner at Our Redeemer Lutheran. He always, when speaking of this, said they were married 1-1-1 at 1:11. The years of his life since then had brought him a special kind of happiness. They had fifteen wonderful years together at home, wintering in Arizona, and traveling the U.S. and abroad.

Richard would like to be remembered as a loving husband and a Christian who loved our Lord Jesus Christ.

Richard is survived by his wife Rogene; daughter LeeAnn B. (Robert) Trynoski of Aurora, CO; stepdaughter Christina Faulkner of Napa, CA; stepson Scott T. (Susan) Faulkner of Dubuque; four grandchildren, Jason, Zeb, Caleb and Courtlee Trynoski; three step-grandchildren, Dustin, David, and Melissa Splinter; several great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Frances Webber and Ruth Wells of Wichita, KS; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Mary Margaret; son Richard Alan in 1990; brother Gerald; and brothers-in-law Chester Winegarner, James D. Webber, and J. Thomas Wells.

Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd, Dubuque, is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Richard's name to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Dubuque Lutheran School, or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for the compassionate and professional care they gave to our "Rich".



C. Byrne Wilberding


C. Byrne "Bing" Wilberding, 85, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at Unity Point Health Finley Hospital in Dubuque.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 24, 2016, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City. Friends may also call from 9:15 to 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home before the service.

Bing was born on May 24, 1931, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Carl L. and Nuala (Byrne) Wilberding. He served in the Army during the Korean War. Bing worked at John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works from 1959-1991. On May 28, 1966, he married Pat Johnson at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque.

Bing was a member of the American Legion and VFW and was on the last Honor Flight to Washington D.C. out of Dubuque in 2014. He was also a member of UAW Local 94, Knights of Columbus Council 765, and the Catholic Order of Foresters Court 582.

Bing never met a stranger and he made everyone feel comfortable through his gift of gab. He loved to tease everyone, especially his grandchildren. During his younger years he enjoyed boating and patiently shared his love of boating and water skiing with many. Bing was a Packers and Badgers fan.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Pat; two children, Kris (husband, Doug Barney) Wilberding, of Greenville, Indiana, and Dennis (Kendle) Wilberding, of Woodland Park, Colorado; four grandchildren, Madison and Bella Barney, and Laine and Lily Wilberding; a brother, Jerome "Dude" (Karen) Wilberding, of Sparta; two sisters, June (Mike "Mickey") Schmitz, of Rochester, Minnesota, and Jane Ann Gundlach, of Portage; and a sister-in-law, Shirley Wilberding, of Mt. Horeb.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Matthew Wilberding; three brothers, Kenneth, David and an infant brother, Carl; a sister-in-law, Annabel Wilberding; and a brother-in-law, Paul Gundlach.

A special thank you to Dr. Angela Kelley and Jennifer, Dr. Ron Schope and Lori, as well as the staff and "Bing's Girls" at Finley Hospital.

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



Margaret M. Riegler


Margaret M. Riegler, 80, of Sherrill, Iowa passed away Thursday, September 15, 2016 at home, surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, September 19, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Sherrill. Burial will be in St. Matthew Lutheran Cemetery, Sherrill. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m., Sunday, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road.

Margaret was born on June 3, 1936 in Iowa City, Iowa the daughter of Albert and Genoa (Wolfe) Beebe.

She married Earl Wm. Riegler on June 16, 1956 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Sherrill.

Margaret was employed as a secretary for the Dubuque Community Schools for 28 years.

She volunteered as a Sunday School teacher and a Church elder for many years.

Margaret enjoyed bowling and was a member of the Dubuque Sparette League. She loved painting ceramics and giving them as gifts, and making scrapbooks for her children and grandchildren.

Her greatest joy in life was raising her two boys, Craig and Jeffrey along with watching her grandchildren grow. She never missed sporting events, school activities, Boy Scouts, or graduations. She loved spending time with her family and celebrating birthdays and holidays. One of her favorite family events was the Annual Riegler 4th of July Fireworks held at her home.

She is survived by her husband, Earl; sons, Craig (Lori) Riegler and Jeffrey (Heather) Riegler; grandchildren, Tyler, Tucker, Alissa, Adam (Lindsey) and Alex; step- grandchildren, Chance and Corinne (Gary); step- great- grandchildren, Kaden, Kolton, and Kendall; and her brother, Patrick (Trish) Beebe.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her sister, Nancy (Zuke) Zimmerman.

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

A Margaret Riegler memorial fund has been established.

Special thank you to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque and to the nurses and staff at the University of Iowa Cancer Center.

 



Elaine E. Blume


Elaine E. Blume, formerly of Dubuque, IA, died in Appleton, WI on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016. Graveside burial service for the family will take place at Linwood Cemetery at a later date.  The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Elaine was born May 18, 1925 in Dubuque, daughter of Harry and Mildred (Grashorn) Hatzenbuehler.  She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and worked as a secretary at Caradco and Frudden lumber.

On October 12, 1945 she married the love of her life, LaVerne Blume, and they were married for 68 years until Verne passed away on March 7, 2014.  Elaine and Verne were devoted to each other and provided a loving example for their children.

Elaine is survived by her children Steve (Denise) Blume, Shelley Minnick, and Greg (Jan) Blume.  She is also survived by 5 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and 1 great, great grandchild. 

She was also preceded in death by a son in law, David Minnick.

Special thanks to Elaine's physicians and the loving staff of ThedaCare at Home and ThedaCare Hospice Residence, all of whom took great care of Elaine and made her final days comfortable. 

Memorials can be given to St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Dubuque, IA.

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

 



Robert J. Mills


Robert J. Mills, 87, of Dubuque, died Monday, September 19, 2016 at UnityPoint Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 23 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. A visitation will be held from 3 - 7 p.m., Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road and from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m., Friday, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church.

Robert was born on March 18, 1929 in Dubuque the son of Percy and Marcella "Sue" (Kersch) Mills.

He married Shirley Koeneke on September 25, 1954 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church.

Robert was employed at Caradco, Spahn and Rose, Rock Island Millwork and Zephyr Aluminum.

He enjoyed golfing, bowling and playing softball. He was an avid Yankee's and Hawkeye fan.

Surviving is his wife of 61 years, Shirley; children, Steven Mills, Cindy (Chris) Reding and Randy (Gayla) Mills, all of Dubuque; 2 grandsons, Eric (Valerie) Key, of Marion, IA., and Cory (Lacy) Reding, of Dubuque; 4 great- grandchildren, Ryan, of Marion, IA., Clayton, Brooklyn and Preston; sister, Margo Morris; brother, Dick (Rose) Mills, all of Dubuque; and sister-in-law, Charlene Mills, of Denver, CO.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, John "Jack" Mills; sister, Patricia (Louis) Hanson; and brother-in-law, Walter Morris.

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

A Robert Mills memorial fund has been established.

Special thank you to the ICU staff at UnityPoint Health, Finley Hospital for their exceptional care.