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Lois E. Coursey


Lois Eileen Coursey, 80, of Dubuque, died suddenly at home on Sunday, April 24 of a pulmonary embolism. She was born on March 7, 1936 in Pinedale, Wyoming.

She was the fourth daughter born to Henry and Josephine Jons, who owned a 10,000 acre cattle ranch in Sublette County, Wyoming. When Eileen was 4 years old, her father and grandfather were killed in an automobile accident. The Family then moved to Riverton, Wyo.

She graduated from high school in Riverton, Wyo. Then she attended and graduated from The University of Montana in Missoula Mt. After college, she accepted a teaching position for two years at a junior high school in North Bend, Oregon. In 1960 she moved to Iowa to become librarian at Dubuque Senior High School, a position she held until she retired in 1987.

Eileen married Wayne Coursey on September 1, 1961. Wayne graduated in 1957 in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University, Bozeman MT. and moved to Dubuque to do engineering projects for the John Deere Dubuque Works. In 1964, together they founded PAM Imports, a business dealing with sports cars, mainly Porsche and BMW. In 1967 they also became a franchised BMW motorcycle dealer. They operated this business until 2005, at which time they unsuccessfully attempted to retire. Since they lived above the shop, the customers never stopped coming.

Eileen's memberships included: Delta Kappa Gamma, an organization for woman educators, The Mayflower society, Daughters of the American Revolution, Julien chapter, The Iowa Poetry Association, where she served as grade school editor for 20 years, Dubuque Retired School Personnel, and The Herb Society at the Dubuque Arboretum.
She and Wayne belonged to a Chicago Motorcycle group called The Streeterville Scramblers. This group sponsored motorcycle trips all over the world. Sitting behind Wayne on a BMW motorcycle, she traveled the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, and Europe in Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, UK, Wales, Scotland, and The Isle of Mann.

Wayne learned to fly while living in Montana and continued flying after moving to Iowa. As a special gift to Wayne in 1977, Eileen purchased a 1973 Piper Arrow aircraft, which she named Yellow Bird. They operated Yellow Bird for 35 years until it was destroyed on the ground at the Dubuque Regional Airport by a strong storm in 2010. Eileen was the stewardess on Yellow Bird. She managed the flight charts, helped fly and navigate, and served food and beverages.

Eileen is survived by; her Husband of nearly 55 years, Sisters; Kay Roelfsema, Iowa Falls, IA and Patty Anderson, Riverton, Wyo., and two miniature dachshunds, Sally and Star.

She was preceded in death by; Sister, Mary Jo King, Her parents, and three brothers-in-law.

A memorial service will be held @ 10:30 A.M., May 21st, 2016 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2155 University Ave., Dubuque, IA.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials be made to Bethany Home, Dubuque Arboretum, and the Dubuque Art Museum.



Joseph L. Hoffmann


Joseph L. Hoffmann, 93, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, May 1, 2016, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester. He was born on April 25, 1923, at Manchester, the son of Leo and Dorothy (Burlage) Hoffmann. Joe was raised and educated in the area. He served honorably in the U.S. Air Force  from November, 1942 until December, 1945, serving in the Pacific Theatre in WWII.

Joe was united in marriage to Dorothy Hartman  on November 13, 1982, at First Lutheran Church in Manchester. Over the years, Joe was a realtor and farm manager. He was a longtime member of First Lutheran Church. Joe enjoyed golfing, playing cards, gambling, dancing, and visiting with anyone.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Hoffmann of Manchester; five children, Sam (Mary Lou) Hoffmann of Durango, Colorado, Ann Hoffmann of Phoenix, Arizona,  Dr. Michael Hoffmann of Durango, Colorado, Jim (Nikki) Hoffmann of Durango, Colorado, and Mary (Hardy) Laskin of Phoenix, Arizona; three step-grandchildren, Judith (Frank) Wilkins of Cedar Rapids, Cheryl Voelker  and Richard (JoAnn) Hartman, all of Manchester; three grandchildren, Aiden Hoffmann, Hannah and Sara Laskin; twelve step-grandchildren; 32 step-great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Gib (Maureen) Hoffmann of Manchester, and Robert (Elaine) Hoffmann of Guttenberg.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Louise Drees.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to the Good Neighbor Home or First Lutheran Church.

Funeral Service: 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at First Lutheran Church, Manchester, Iowa.

Officiating: Rev. Tony D. Ede

Visitation:  2:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. on  Friday, May 6, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home  in Manchester. Friends may also call one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

Interment with Military Rites: Peace Lutheran Cemetery  -  Ryan, Iowa.

 

 



Laurabelle M. Rutenbeck


Laurabelle Mae "Auntie" Rutenbeck, 83, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday morning, April 30, 2016, at the West Wing Place in DeWitt, Iowa.

A memorial service celebrating Laurabelle's life will be held at 11 A.M., Thursday, May 5, 2016 from the Elwood United Methodist Church in Elwood, Iowa. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 from 5 to 7 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Elwood, Iowa Cemetery.

Laurabelle Mae Straka was born on March 11, 1933 in Wyoming, Iowa, to Joe and Velma (Shimerda) Straka. She was a 1951 graduate of Oxford Junction High School. She married Eldon Rutenbeck on March 22, 1956 in Oxford Junction, Iowa.

Laurabelle had worked at the Citizens State Bank in Wyoming, Iowa for 5 years and then farmed with her husband for many years in the Elwood area. She was a member of the Elwood United Methodist Church, and a 50 year member of the Pearless Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star in Oxford Junction, Iowa.

Laurabelle loved to work outside, especially mowing her yard, and baking chocolate chip cookies. She was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes basketball fan and she and her husband would winter in Texas for a month every year.

Those left to honor Laurabelle's memory include many nephews, nieces, great nephews and nieces, and many great-great nephews and nieces; and a sister-in law Delores Rutenbeck of DeWitt, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband Eldon on October 19, 2009, and one sister Joann Schoenthaler.

The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family and online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

 

 



Roger K. Meyer


Roger K. Meyer, 76, of 3755 Mt. Alpine, Dubuque passed away at Unity-Point (Finley) Hospital on Saturday, April 30, 2016.Memorial Mass will be 11:00 am, Thursday, May 5, 2016 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church where family will greet friends from 9:30 am until Mass time Thursday at the church. Arrangements are entrusted at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd.

Roger was born on April 22, 1940, in Dubuque to M. Eulaine and M. Kermit Meyer. Roger was one of the last "Gubs" to graduate from the former Loras ROTC Academy in 1958. On Saturday, September 21, 1963, he married Patricia L. Mentzer at Nativity Catholic Church in Dubuque. They were together for nearly 53 years. Throughout the 1960's, he honed his skill as a sheet metal craftsman starting as an apprentice. During this time he started his family while serving as a U.S. Army Reservist attaining the rank of Mess Sergeant. He was pleased with his military service. Throughout the 1970's, he increased his sheet metal skill with keen precision eventually becoming a union steward. In 1973 he and his young family moved to Mud Lake into a home that friends affectionately dubbed the "house that Rog built." Roger enjoyed fishing, hunting, and conservation. He also enjoyed occasional trips to Canada with friends. Not only did he pass on his sheet metal knowledge to numerous apprentices but he also immensely enjoyed teaching retirees the sheet metal craft as a hobby when he went to Sun City West, AZ. It was there that he and Patti wintered for a number of years. Roger was a friend, son, brother, husband, and father. But most importantly he was a child of God.

Surviving are his wife, Patricia, a daughter, Jennifer (Maniphet) Kannalikham of Elk Grove, CA, a son, Jeff of Dubuque, a grandson, sisters Debra (Richard) Krogman, Charlene (Richard) Noel, two brothers, Steven (Sharon) Meyer, twin Ronald (Diane) Meyer, and his furry beloved caregiver, Auggie who assisted Patricia in taking care of Roger.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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



Virginia C. Motsch


Virginia C. Motsch, 90 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on April 27th, 2016 at home.

Gathering of family and friends will be on Saturday, May 7th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a service will be held at 1:00 with Rev. Scott Boone officiating.
Ginny was born on March 2, 1926 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Irving and Evelyn (Rellihan) Hubbard.

In her younger days she was employed at the Battery Factory, Glove Factory and Butter Factory. She also spent many years making Maid Rites in the early 60's. Her final employment was working in the photo shop at Hartig Drug long before digital cameras came into existence. She married Herman Motsch on May 21st, 1977.

Ginny enjoyed gambling trips to Las Vegas, Bettendorf and the Diamond Jo along with playing Bingo. She had a special love of all animals, especially dogs. When there was a NBA basketball game or figure skating scheduled on television she planned her day so she wouldn't miss it.

There was always an open door at Christmas and Thanksgiving for anyone who wanted a good "home cooked meal", with a hot poker game to follow. She gave fond memories of holidays at Grandma and Herman's house.

She is survived by her husband Herman; her children, Linda (Don) Slattery, Randy (Sandy) Ring, Barb McDermott all of Dubuque, Sue Doerr and Dan Ring both of Bernard and Wayne Ring of Dubuque. Her stepdaughter Donna (Mel) Christensen; twelve grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren with one on the way.

She was preceded in death by her parents, grandson's Tim Slattery and Mike McDermott, Jr., step-daughter, Carol Upman, step-grandson Michael Upman, and a brother Irving "Sonny" Hubbard Jr.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque especially "Good Cindy of the east" and Heather for all their wonderful care they gave.



Mary L. Muehleip-Kmucha


Mary L. Muehleip-Kmucha, 74, of Galena, IL, passed away on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at the Bell Tower Retirement Community in East Dubuque.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 6, 2016 at the United Methodist Church in Galena, with Rev. Patricia Allen Stewart officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Galena.

Mary was born on February 22, 1942 in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the daughter of Henry P. and Mabel M. (Simmons) Lehrman. She was a graduate of Galena High School and Capri Cosmetology College in Dubuque, IA. Mary was united in marriage to Darrell "Doc" Muehleip on June 17, 1961 in Galena. He preceded her in death on February 1, 2001. She later married Thomas Kmucha.

Mary was a member of the United Methodist Church and volunteered for many events. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and attending many school functions. She enjoyed gardening, feeding the deer and taking care of others. Mary owned and operated the Headquarters Beauty Salon in Galena until her retirement.

Surviving is her husband, Thomas Kmucha; her two sons, Troy (Tonda) Muehleip and Damon (Jill) Muehleip both of Galena; her five grandchildren, Tiffany, Jordan, Mackenzie, Kaleb and Chloe Muehleip; and a great-grandson Ace Kane; her siblings, Nancy Westemeier of Effingham, IL and Bob (Phyllis) Lehrman of Milwaukee, WI.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Mabel Lehrman; her husband, Darrell "Doc" Muehleip; and a daughter, Tracy Muehleip, in November of 1993.

A Mary L. Muehleip-Kmucha memorial fund has been established.

Mary's family wishes to give special thanks to the staff and nurses from Hospice of Dubuque and the Bell Tower Retirement Community for the kind and compassionate care provided for Mary.



Elsie Ann Burns


Elsie Ann Burns, age 71, of Des Moines, Iowa passed away peacefully Friday evening on April 29, 2016 at home with her devoted husband, Dick, by her side.

Funeral services will be private. To honor Elsie, a celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Elsie married Richard "Dick" James Burns on June 9, 1962 in Dubuque, Iowa, where they raised their four children. Her passion for family-time and enjoying the outdoors had them spending most weekends camping, boating, fishing and skiing on the Mississippi River. A beautiful voice, many may recall the comradery established and friendships gained while she accompanied Dick singing around the campfire. She will be remembered for her playful and competitive spirit.

While later in life, her passion for the outdoors was channeled into less active endeavors like planting and tending to her flowers, her passionate commitment to her family never waned. Her heartfelt devotion to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchild was evident to anyone who met Elsie. We have been blessed to know and learn from this amazingly strong and beautiful woman.

Elsie is survived by her loving husband, Dick Burns; her four children, Tina Howell (Chuck), Rich Burns (Tina), Tonja Hilgenberg and Tracy Saxton (Kevin); her grandchildren, Rick Burns, Ryan Hilgenberg (fiancé Lisa Marie), Dylan Steil and Joshua Hilgenberg; and great-grandson, Cooper Hilgenberg; and her four siblings, Betty Donahue (Joe), Chuck Arthofer (Joyce), Jim Arthofer (Judy) and Mike Arthofer (Maize).

Elsie was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Rosie Greenwood; and her brother, Boniface "Bunny" Arthofer.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family for her great-grandson, Cooper's education fund.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.



Lukas J. Bedtka


Lukas James Bedtka, a 19 month old beautiful boy, of Dubuque and West Branch, IA, was called home peacefully on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at home surrounded by his loving family, after a nine month battle with stage four neuroblastoma cancer.

To honor Lukas' life, a time of sharing will be held at 12:00 p.m., on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque. To celebrate Lukas' life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at noon, on Wednesday at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Lukas was born on September 2, 2014, in Dubuque, and dearly welcomed into this world as the second son of Jacob Bedtka and Carissa Bishop.

Even though Lukas spent the majority of his life enduring cancer treatments; he was the happiest little boy who was always full of joy and courageously kept a continuous smile on his face, which would easily capture the hearts of all around him. His love for life was absolutely amazing and his inner strength should be an inspiration to us all. Although Lukas had an undeniably short journey, his impact on the world around him will resound triumphantly through the lives of his family, friends and countless caregivers. We must say good-bye to Lukas now and bravely move forward into a world which will never be the same. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him!

Those left to cherish Lukas' memory include

his loving parents,
Jacob (Carissa Bishop) Bedtka, West Branch, IA;

his adoring older brother,
Eli Bedtka, at home;

his grandparents,
Candi Bishop, Andrew, IA,
Chris (Deb) Bishop, Wilton, IA,
Ronald Bedtka, Dubuque
and Shirley (Richard) Kenny, Ryan, IA;

his great-grandparents,
Stanley (Vicki) Clark, Monmouth, IA
and Ron (Kate) Ehlts, Hopkinton, IA;

his aunts and uncles,
William Bishop, Andrew, IA,
Courtney (Corina) Bishop, Wilton, IA,
Bobby (Lindsey) Clark, West Branch, IA,
Jer (Dana) Bedtka, La Motte, IA,
Corey Bedtka, Dubuque,
Rachel (Chris) Weber, East Dubuque, IL
and Timothy (Verona) Bedtka, Dubuque;

he is also survived by many saddened cousins.

Lukas was preceded in death by his cousin, Abygail F. Bedtka on April 15, 2016.

A Lukas J. Bedtka memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank and their friends and family who have supported them through their journey with Lukas; and also all the doctors, nurses and staff at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics for all their wonderful and professional care of Lukas and his family.

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



Walter L. Boge


Walter L. Boge, 101, of Luther Manor in Dubuque, Iowa and formerly of Epworth, Iowa, died Saturday, April, 30, 2016 at 11:30 p.m., at Luther Manor in Dubuque, Iowa.
A memorial service will be held at St. Joseph's the Worker Church in Dubuque, Iowa on Friday, May 8, 2016 at 2:00 p.m., with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. The Reiff Funeral Home of Epworth, Iowa is assisting the family.

Walter was born March 5, 1915 in Dyersville, Iowa, son of Henry and Anna (Recker) Boge. He received his education at St. Francis Brother's school in Dyersville, Iowa. On September 17, 1940 he was united in marriage to Loretta McDermott at St. John's Catholic Church in Placid, Iowa. He was a carpenter by trade, Walter owned and operated the Boge Feed Store for 20 years, Boge Shoe and Boot in Epworth for 35 years until his retirement. Walter was the leader of the Boge Brothers Band, music was a very important part of his life, he spent a great deal of time with his family and friends playing and singing.

He was a member of St. Joseph's the Workers Church in Dubuque, Iowa, a former member of St. Patrick's Parish in Epworth, and a past member of the Epworth City Council for many years.

Walter is survived by three children, Eugene (Rosie) Boge of North Buena Vista, IA, Doris Kinsella of Dubuque, IA and Bonnie (Kenny) McDermott of Epworth, IA; 7 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; 1 step grandchild; and 3 step great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Loretta Boge on June 1, 1997; one granddaughter, Joni Steffen; 3 brothers, Joseph, Charles and Ralph Boge; an adopted brother, Pete Boge; and 3 sisters, Frances Fortmann, Alma Hoefer and Edna Urbain.

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



Jannan D. Freiburger


Jannan D. Freiburger, age 87, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital. To honor Jannan's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Jannan's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, May 2, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 2:45 p.m.. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Jannan was born on March 2, 1929, in Dubuque, the daughter of William and Margaret (Scheberle) Roussel.

She married Eldon L. Freiburger on July 7, 1948. He preceded her in death on June 18, 2000. Jannan worked as a manager of a Tupperware sales team and also worked for over 30 years at Coach House Gifts. She was a longtime member of Holy Ghost Church, their Rosary Society, the Catholic Daughters and the Emerald Crown Club at DB&T. In addition to her family, Jannan enjoyed reading, knitting and traveling, having traveled to six of the earth's seven continents.

Those left to cherish Jannan's memory include,

her children,
Clint (Patsy) Freiburger, Cuba City, WI,
Larry (Diane) Freiburger, Hazel Green, WI,
Steve (Janaan) Freiburger, Hazel Green, WI,
Bruce Freiburger, Peosta, IA,
Wenda (Steve) Beadle, Dubuque, IA
and Gary (Shelly) Freiburger, Dubuque, IA;

her 15 grandchildren;

and her 20 great-grandchildren.

Jannan was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Eldon; her son, Wesley Freiburger in 1959; her step-father, John J. Ward; and her parents-in-law, Nicholas and Anna Freiburger.

In lieu of flowers, a Jannan D. Freiburger memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Oak Park Place for all of their wonderful care.

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



Willard L. Noonan


Willard L. Noonan, 92, formerly of Bernard, Iowa, died Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 5:10 a.m. at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Willard may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Monday, May 2, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9:00 a.m., Tuesday at the funeral home.

Services for Willard will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Garryowen with full military honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion Post #528.

He was born July 17, 1923 on the family farm in rural Bernard, Iowa, son of Leo and Loretta (Coakley) Noonan. He is a graduate of the former St. Patrick's High School in Garryowen, Iowa.

He is a veteran, having served in the Army during World War II. After returning from the war he was united in marriage to Marie Meyer on September 10, 1947 at Holy Family Catholic Church New Melleray.

He was a member of St. Patrick's Parish in Garryowen, Iowa and a lifetime member of the Cascade American Legion Post 528.

He is survived by his wife, Marie Noonan of Bernard, IA; four children, Chuck (Amy) Noonan of Bernard, IA, Rich (Joyce) Noonan of Zwingle, IA, Bob (Vicki) Noonan, John (Mary Pat) Noonan all of Bernard, IA; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Noonan of Bernard, IA; 18 grandchildren; 38 great grandchildren; and a sister, Maurna O'Brien of Cascade, IA; sisters-in-laws, JoAnn Meyer of Bernard, IA and Doris (Gerry) Kutsch of Milwaukee, WI.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Ronald J. Noonan on August 11, 2006; and two daughters-in-law, Kay Noonan and Denise Noonan; a sister, Carlene McDonnell; a brothers-in-law, Ray McDonnell, George ‘Brien, Merlin Meyer, Ray and Virginia Heiar.

A Willard L. Noonan memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Mary C. Rollinger


Mary Catherine Rollinger, 92 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center surrounded by her children.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church with Rev. Alan Dietzenbach officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday, May 2nd from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where there will be a wake service at 3:30 p.m.

Mary was born on August 4, 1923 in Garryowen, Iowa the daughter of John and Bessie (Noonan) Lynch. She was a wonderful wife and mother and was very proud of her Irish Heritage. She went to school in Dubuque at St. Joseph's Academy graduating in 1941.

She married Raphael H. Rollinger on May 1, 1946 at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque.
Mary worked for Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque for 29 years.

She is survived by her daughter Juliann Rollinger, of Dubuque; two sons, Roger J. (Mary) Rollinger of Dubuque and Earl N. (Anne Laubenthal) Rollinger, of Ankeny, Iowa. Her daughter-in-law Judy Rollinger, of Rochelle, IL; granddaughter Ann Marie (Steve) Osborne, of Creston, IL, and grandson Tom (Danielle) Klostermann, of Dyersville, Iowa; four great grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Richard Sherman, of Dubuque, Dr. Thomas Kalb, of Waconia, MN, and two sisters-in-law Monica Hosch, and Helen Moran both of Cascade.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Raphael, a son Edward and sisters Margaret "Maggie" Sherman and Dolores "Dot" Kalb.

A special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque especially Cindy and Jim.



Lorraine A. Kirchberg


Lorraine A. Kirchberg 92 of Dubuque, passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at Manor Care. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Monday. May 2, 2016 at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements with Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St.

Lorraine was born October 1, 1923 in Jamestown, Wisconsin, the daughter of George V. and Amelia A. (Dolter) Kirchberg. She worked for Northwestern Bell for many years until her retirement. Lorraine enjoyed spending time with family and traveling.

Surviving are a sister, Mary (James) Cosley, of Dubuque; five nieces and nephews, David J. (Patricia) Cosley, of Dubuque, and their children, Lysa Cosley, and Lynda (Scott) Bohlman; Dennis J. (Mary) Cosley, of Dubuque, and their children, Thomas (June) Cosley, Daniel Cosley, and Sarah Cosley; William J. (Nee) Cosley, of Atkins, Iowa; Janet (Robert) Smith, of Coralville, Iowa, and their child, Justin Smith; Joan Cosley, of Dubuque, and her children, Stephanie (Travis) Tranel, and Alexandria (Justin) Brandy; eleven great-great-nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, George F. Kirchberg.

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

 



Francis C. Hoffman


Francis C. Hoffman, 83, of Epworth, passed away Thursday, April 28, 2016 at Finley Hospital.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, May 2, 2016 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, where friends may greet the family from until the time of Mass. Rev. Gabriel Anderson will officiate. Entombment will be in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements.

Francis was born February 7, 1933 in Iowa City, the son of Frank and Elizabeth (Slaby) Hoffman. He lived on a farm in Sigourney, IA, where he enjoyed spending time. He married the love of his life, Anne M. Riehle on September 4, 1971 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Waterloo, IA. She preceded him in death on April 12, 2008.

Francis served his country with the U.S. Army, and was stationed Fort Benning, GA. He was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works.

Francis enjoyed gardening, taping country & western songs from the radio, and working on cars, especially his 1989 Chevy Caprice. He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church.
He was a devoted husband, and loved to go dancing with his wife.

Francis is survived by his sisters-in-law, Mary Anne O'Brien of Council, ID, Wylma Cook of Waterloo, Rosemary Bader of Waterloo, Terri (Tom)Wainwright of Dubuque, Julie "Rita" (Bill) Carpenter of Waterloo; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews; and two sisters.
In addition to his wife, Francis was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers- in- law, Ray Cook, Bill Bader, and William J. Riehle.

A heartfelt thank you to his special niece, Stacy Lynn Stechman for all her help and support; to Dr. Matthew Kirkendall for his special care and concern; to Dr. Anthony Markham and the nurses at Finley ER; and to the staff at Stonehill, especially social worker Michelle Booher, and the Skilled Care nurses on the first floor.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans or the charity of choice in Francis's name.

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

 



George Jeffry Childers


George Jeffry "Jeff" Childers, 65, of Manchester, passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at the Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 292 Bailey Drive, Manchester, Iowa, with Elder Terry Griffith officiating. Visitation is from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at the church. Interment will be at Edgewood City Cemetery in Edgewood, Iowa.

He was born on March 9, 1951, in Detroit, Michigan, the son of George and Thelma (Larkin) Childers. Jeff was raised and educated in the area, and was a 1969 graduate of Southeastern High School in Detroit.

Jeff served in the U.S. Army for six years and was stationed in Germany. He then attended the University of Utah. On January 30, 1984, Jeff was united in marriage to Mary Louise Titus in Salt Lake City, Utah. They were sealed in the Chicago, Illinois Latter-Day Saint Temple on February 19, 1994. Nine children were born to this union. Together they lived in Salt Lake City, Detroit, Atlanta, and Iowa, until coming to Manchester a year ago.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Louise Childers of Manchester; seven children, Elise, Joseph, Rebekah, Sarah, Christina, George, and Jessica; one grandson, Noah; four siblings,Theda Everett, Denice Childers, Enid Childers, and Adwoa Muwzea; four nieces, Antoinette Everett, Kathalen Everett, Michelle Boraz, and Brande Everett; and two great-nieces, Rachel Boraz and Melena Dawn Quick.

Jeff was preceded in death by his parents and two children, Rachael and Isaac.

Online condolences may be sent to
www.leonard-mullerfh.com.



Ann E. Daly


Ann E. Daly, 92, of Bankston, Iowa passed away peacefully on Monday, April 25, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family.

Friends and relatives of Ann may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 29, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the Funeral Home. Services for Ann will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 30, 2016 at St. Clements Catholic Church in Bankston, Iowa with Rev. Andrew Kelly (nephew) presiding and Homilist Rev. Michael Schueller concelebrating Msgr. John McClean. Burial will be held in St. Clement's Cemetery in Bankston, Iowa, a flag presentation afforded by the Farley American Legion Post #656.

She was born February 14, 1924 in Farley, Iowa, daughter of William J. and Mayme (Veach) Lawler, her lineage being 100% Irish. She is a graduate of St. Joseph's High School in Farley, Iowa. She was united in marriage to Matthew M. Daly at Treasure Island, CA on February 14, 1947. He preceded her in death on April 17, 2016.

A saying Ann lived her life by: "There is so much bad in the best of us and so much good in the worst of us, that it little behooves any of us to speak ill of the rest of us."
Ann provided a variety of services and support to the sisters of Mercy at St. Clements and kept in touch with them over the years. She welcomed people into their home and always made sure they enjoyed themselves. Ann was often known for her wit and humor.

Her brother Jack was killed in World War II and that greatly impacted her life. This likely influenced her to become a member of the Naval Reserve of the U.S. Navy, awaiting assignment to active duty. She enlisted July 26, 1945 and was honorably discharged September 3, 1945. Because of this she was able to participate in the Honor flight to Washington D.C. This was her way of honoring her brother Jack as well.

She was a member of St. Clements Parish and its Altar and Rosary Society.

She is survived by six children, Joe (Donna) Daly of Farley, IA, Dan (Ruth) Daly of Bankston, IA; Ellen Tilley of Alpharetta, GA. Mary Pat (Ben Ward) Daly of Portland Oregon, Tim (Lori) Daly of Bankston, IA and Meg Daly (Jerry Dee) of Cliffside Park, New Jersey; 16 grandchildren, Lynn (Paul) Martin, Brian (Shannon) Daly, Megan Daly, Bridget (John) Wilhelm, William (Tifani) Daly, Heather (Tim) Maiers, Brian (Susan) Galle, T.J. (Francesca) O'Toole, Erik Tilley, Paul (Alexandra) Tilley, Lara (Charbel Bouez) Tilley, Kathleen Ward, Martin Ward, Jimmy Boeckenstedt, Sarah (Jordan Kluesner) Boeckenstedt, and Eric Boeckenstedt; and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three brothers, Donald, Charles and John "Jack" Lawler; two sisters, Margaret (Herbert) Pape and Mary Lawler; and a son-in-law, Leo Tilley.

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

Memorials may be given to St. Clements Growth Improvement fund in her memory in lieu of flowers.

The family would like to thank Polly and her girls and Hospice of Dubuque for all the care they provided for Matt and Ann.



Robert John Carroll


Robert John Carroll, 80, of Dubuque, Iowa, died April 24, 2016. He was a resident of Stonehill Care Center and formerly of Applewood Apartments.

The visitation will be held at St. Patrick's Catholic Church Monday, May 2, at 4:00 p.m., with funeral mass beginning at 5:00 p.m. Interment with military honors will be take place at Mt. Olivet Cemetery at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 3. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, is assisting the family.

Robert was born on January 23, 1936, in Albert Lea, Minnesota, the son of Robert S. and Marion A. (Flanagan) Carroll. He served our country in the United States Army from 1955 to 1958. Robert was joined in marriage with his former spouse, Anita Mae (Robinson) Carroll on July 27, 1963, in Waukon, Iowa.

He attended the court reporting program at the Minnesota School of Business, graduating in 1968, and served as a freelance and official reporter for 30 years in Cedar Rapids and the surrounding communities. Retiring and subsequently relocating to Dubuque in 1996, Robert followed his true passion for history as an Educator at the National Mississippi River Museum. He looked forward each day to working with all generations who visited and toured the building and the William M. Black dredge boat, which became his specialty.

An avid writer, he was a frequent contributor to many newspaper and magazine columns throughout his life. His faith in God was paramount to how he lived his life, which expressed itself in worship and ministry to those in need in many different church communities throughout his life. A lifelong Roman Catholic, he also associated himself as an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Dubuque.

Surviving are his children, Robert Thomas (Dennis Melchi) Carroll of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, Patrice (Terry) Murray of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Patrick David (William Lison) Carroll of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Michael John (Brett Patten) Carroll of McAllen, Texas; grandchildren Brittany Murray and Patterson Murray; and siblings Mary Catherine (Dick) DeLaubenfels of Portland, Oregon, and Michael Carroll of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents; former spouse Anita (Robinson) Carroll; sister Patricia (Robert) Gilbert; and sister-in-law Hannlore Carroll.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in the name of Robert Carroll to the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and Stonehill Care Center.

Robert's family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their exceptional care.



Thomas M. Conry

Thomas M. Conry, 71, of Dyersville, Iowa died Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at Good Neighbor Society, Manchester, Iowa surrounded by his loving family.

Visitation will be held 2-6 p.m. Sunday, May 1, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a Celebration of Life ceremony will commence at 6:00 p.m.

Tom was born December 17, 1944 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Thomas and Doris (Schumacher) Conry. He married Janet C. Kirkpatrick on August 14, 1965 in Dubuque, Iowa.

Tom started his career at Xavier Hospital in Dubuque, later was the Vice President of the Ertl Company for 17 years and preceded his career in Human Resources until his health declined.

Tom coached Little League for many years. He was an active member of the Lions Club in Dubuque and Dyersville. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, bowling and woodworking. Before his health declined, Tom had the opportunity to make many memories with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Jan; 4 children: Kevin (Dayna) Conry of Quincy, IL, Kerri (Matt) Alleman of Ankeny, IA, Kelli Harter of Dyersville, and Kyle Conry (fiancé, Kristi Hillers) of Delhi; 10 grandchildren: Kindi, Katie, Kami Conry, Jacob, Joshua and Natalie Alleman, Makenzie, Brock, Brayden Harter, and Sydney Conry; 
sister Mary (Fred) Wheeler of East Dubuque, IL; and in-laws: Lee "Rusty" Kirkpatrick of Dubuque and Marilyn Kirkpatrick of Lancaster, PA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law: Lloyd and Ruth (Foley) Kirkpatrick; sister Kathleen Thorson; and sister-in-law Barbara Kirkpatrick.

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



David A. Pacholke


David A. Pacholke, 72, of Dubuque passed away at home on his birthday on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, surrounded by his family and friends.

A celebration of life will take place on Sunday, May 1, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. in Dubuque, where a wake service will be held at 1:45p.m. Funeral services will be held at The Church of the Nativity on Monday, May 2, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. with Father Jim Miller officiating. Burial will be at St. Andrew Thomas Cemetery in Tennyson, WI, following a family dinner.

David was born April 27, 1944, in Council Bluffs, IA, to Raymond & Jean Pacholke. David graduated in 1962 from Thomas Jefferson High School in Council Bluffs, IA, where he was colonel in the ROTC! He earned his undergraduate degree in Russian from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1966. His plan was to be a U.N translator, but got the calling to serve Christ instead. In 1969, he received a Masters in Theology from Duke University in Durham, NC, and went on to receive his Doctor of Divinity in 1970, also from Duke University. David became an ordained Methodist Minister in the Iowa Methodist Conference.

His first position as a minister was for the Mingo United Methodist Church in Mingo, IA from 1970-1973. In 1973, he moved to Columbia, SC, where he received his Chaplaincy training in 1974. He returned to Iowa in 1974 to become the full time Chaplain at Finley Hospital in Dubuque. He loved his work, and served many people in Dubuque for 38 years. He is well known for officiating at countless baptisms, weddings, crises, as well as funerals throughout his lengthy career.

He served in many organizations such as the Dubuque Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Program, Hospice (as the founding Chaplain, of course), Explorer Scout Leader, Optimist Club, Dubuque Men's Association, and the Dubuque Area Christians United.

He is remembered most for his infectious laughter, colorful stories, inappropriate jokes, but most of all, his strong faith and generous spirit. He was passionate about his family and friends as well. His favorite pastimes were photography, cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago Bears, and the Cubs! He also enjoyed cheering against the Wisconsin Badgers, Green Bay Packers, and Milwaukee Brewers!

Survivors include the love of his life of 31 years, Jan; his favorite daughter, Kären (Mark) Wilson of Cedar Rapids; his most handsome son, Aaron; his talented & handsome grandsons Sam Wilson (14), and Nathan Wilson (11), of Cedar Rapids; sisters Marsha (Harold) Koughn of Gresham, NE, and Raejean (Jerry) Furne, of Lawton, IA; his mother-in-law, Katherine Schwab, of Potosi WI; brother-in-law John (Janine) Schwab of Durand, IL; sister-in-law Karen (Tim) Ginn, of Chanhassen, MN; and brother-in-law Tim Schwab, of Potosi, WI. David is also survived by several nieces, nephews and even grand-nephews who are his pride and joy!

David was preceded in death by his parents; brother Richard Pacholke; and father-in-law Ambrose Schwab.

In lieu of flowers, a David Pacholke Memorial Fund has been established. Donations from this fund will be made to his favorite charities.

The family would like to acknowledge with special thanks Dr. Compton & his nurse, Jody, Dr. Sekar, Dr. Hermann, the Finley Hospital staff, UIHC doctors & staff, Hospice of Dubuque, Father Jim Miller, Deacon David McGee, Chaplain Jim Mehltretter, and countless others who have offered their love and support during his long illness.



Michael C. Oberhoffer

Michael C. Oberhoffer, 65, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 2, 2016 at the Church of The Resurrection with Rev. Mark Murphy officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd., where a parish scripture wake service will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Monday at the Church of The Resurrection.

Mike was born on February 10, 1951 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Carl and Marilyn (Aliesch) Oberhoffer. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and was a member of Resurrection Parish. On July 14, 1978, he married Catherine "Kay" Steffen. Mike was employed at Klauer Manufacturing for 37 years as a machinist, retiring in 2006.

For 25 years, he was a proud member and volunteer of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 91 through the Church of The Resurrection. He enjoyed taking family vacations to Las Vegas, Branson, Missouri and Florida as well as spending numerous weekends at the family cottage in Menominee, Ill while making everlasting memories that will never be forgotten. Hunting, fishing, playing cards and bowling with friends and family were some of Mike's favorite pastimes. He loved to spoil his 5 grandchildren as well as his many nieces and nephews. Mike was a kindhearted man who will be greatly missed by all.

Surviving are his wife, Kay of Dubuque; his children, Michelle (Paul) Munya of Shelby Township, MI and Matthew (Beth) Oberhoffer of Dubuque; his grandchildren, Marilyn, Andrew, and Paul Jr. Munya, all of Shelby Township,MI and Bentley and Isabella "Bella" Oberhoffer, both of Dubuque; and his brothers Mark (Peg), Jeff and Jerry (Patty) Oberhoffer, all of Dubuque.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents and a sister-in-law, Paula Oberhoffer.

The family of Michael Oberhoffer would like to extend a special Thank You to Dr. Ringold and Dr. Whalen of Dubuque Internal Medicine, the supportive and caring Staff of Tri-State Dialysis and the outstanding and caring staff of Mercy Medical Center.

A Michael C. Oberhoffer memorial fund has been established.



Valerie A. Fadale


Valerie A. Fadale, 54, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday morning, April 24, 2016, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Valerie's life will be held at 5 P.M. Friday, April 29, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 3 to 5 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the services.

Valerie Ann Streets was born on April 19, 1962 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Sanford R. and Deniece H. (Oswald) Streets. She was a 1981 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School.

Valerie moved to Pennsylvania in 1996 and worked for Assurant Solutions, Inc. in Manchester for ten years. She returned home to Maquoketa in 2014. She was engaged to be married to her fiancé, Terry Fry.

Valerie enjoyed Harley riding and anything to do with Harleys. Additionally, she enjoyed cooking and thrift shopping. She especially loved spending time with her family.

Those left to honor Valerie's memory include her son, Zachariah Thomas (Kelly) Fadale of Maquoketa, IA; her fiancé, Terry Fry of South English, IA; her father and step-mother, Sanford and Marilyn Streets of Mission, TX; her mother and step-father, Deniece and Jim Dell of Manchester, PA; brothers Steve (Roxanne) Streets of Wyoming, IA, John Kohl of Clinton, IA, Steve Kohl of Clinton and Bart (and fiancé Jamie Belha) Streets of IL; sisters Debbie (Ivan) Current of Maquoketa, IA and Deborah (Robbie) Chowdhuri of Atchison, KS; and several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and -nephews.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents; 2 brothers, Brent Streets and David Streets; a sister, Lynette Escamilla; and a son, Jacob Anthony Fadale.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Valerie A. Fadale memorial fund has been established.

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



Rosemary E. (Pfiffner) Noonan


Rosemary E. (Pfiffner) Noonan, 90, of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, April 26, 2016.

Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 am Saturday, April 30, 2016 at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Family will greet friends from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm Friday, April 29, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd, with a 6:30 pm Scripture Service. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Rosemary was born March 31, 1926 in Dubuque, the daughter of Leo and Josephine (Frohm) Pfiffner. She graduated from St. Joseph's Academy and married Paul A. Noonan on September 27, 1947 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church; he passed on July 30, 1986.

Rosemary was an executive secretary for over 30 years at ARC and for Goodwill Industries for 12 years before retiring at the age of 85.

She was a longtime member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, enjoyed reading, cards, and crocheting. Rosemary shared a strong faith, enjoyed spending time with her family and was always in attendance at her children's and grandchildren's events over the years. She never missed a birthday party or sending out cards to family and friends. Rosemary was sharp as a tack, accepted everyone she encountered throughout her life and had the strength of character that was admired by her children.

Survivors include her children, Linda (Jim) Somerville, Sandy Theisen, Bonnie (John) Steinz, Nancy Noonan, Dr. Gene (Robin) Noonan, and Scot (Laura) Noonan; 13 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.

Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ram, Dr. Stille, Dr. Schultz, Mercy Cardio vascular unit, and Mercy ICU for your care of our mother and grandmother during her illness.

Memorials may be directed to Dubuque Noon Lion's Club in Rosemary's memory.

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



John M. Edleman


John M. "Jack" Edleman, 83, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, April 25, 2016, at Unity Point Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Jack's life will be held at 10 A.M., Friday, April 29, 2016 from the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, April 28, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Smithtown Cemetery, rural Lost Nation, Iowa.

John Milton Edleman was born on December 14, 1932 in Clinton, Iowa, to Milton A. and Esther M. (Cook) Edleman. He grew up in Lost Nation attending Elementary school until his parents moved to Delmar where he graduated from Delmar High School in 1949. He then spent two years attending the University of Iowa, and a short time working at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa prior to enlisting in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Upon receiving an honorable discharge, he returned home where he would meet his future wife, Ann C. Wilcox. They were married on August 25, 1957 in Maquoketa, Iowa. 

Shortly after Jack and Ann were married Jack accepted a job as an Air Traffic Controller with the Federal Aviation Administration located at O'Hare Airport in Chicago, Illinois. He worked there for six years returning home to Maquoketa where he owned and operated a Conoco tank wagon, service and gas station for five years. He then was recruited back by the FAA and moved to Rockford, Illinois as an Air Traffic Controller for 16 years. In 1984 he became the Chief Controller with the Dubuque Regional Airport, retiring in 1986. In retirement, Jack and Ann operated Write Away Supply Company, a school supply and vending company for 16 years. 

Jack was always generous with his time, talent and resources. He was an active member of NARFE where he had served as the Iowa Federation 2nd Vice President and the Dubuque Chapter #436 past President and current Treasurer. He was a member of the Dubuque American Legion Post #6, and former Maquoketa Lions club member. He had been a loyal supporter of the Friends of Smithtown Church and Smithtown Cemetery Association, and as a 15 year cancer survivor he was always a strong advocate of the American Cancer Society. As a dedicated veteran he was honored to go on the 7th Honor Flight originating from Dubuque.

Jack was a dedicated father and husband. He was an avid Cubs fan and a charter member of the "Die Hard Cubs Fan Club". Additionally, he was an avid Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bulls and Iowa Hawkeyes fan. He was a voracious daily newspaper reader and was always interested in NASA.

Those left to honor Jack's memory include his wife Ann C. Edleman of Dubuque, IA; sons William C. Edleman, MSW, of Rockford, IL, and Robert J. (Diana) Edleman, MD, Psychiatrist, of Dix Hills, Long Island, NY; a brother David C. (Sharon) Edleman of Kewanee, IL; 5 grandchildren, George Ceraulo, Cecile Edleman, Alexandria Edleman, Celestina Edleman and Zane Edleman; 1 niece and two nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. 

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a John M. "Jack" Edleman memorial fund has been established.

"The family would like to especially thank Dr. Hermann and nurses at Dubuque Internal Medicine Oncology; also Hospice of Dubuque, and staff at Hawkeye Care Center for compassionate care.

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



LaVon M. Patzner


LaVon M. Patzner, age 85, of Potosi, passed away Thursday April 21st, 2016 at Atrium Post Acute Care in Lancaster, WI.

Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, May 5th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson, WI. Burial will be in St. Andrews Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be at St. Andrew Catholic Church on Thursday, May 5th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., followed by the Funeral Mass.

LaVon Marie Patzner was born March 9th, 1931, daughter of Leo and Luella Speaker. She was raised in Mt. Ida, WI and attended Fennimore High School, graduating in 1949. She went to nurses training at St. Marys College in Madison, WI and after her graduation became a registered nurse (RN).

She worked as an RN at Lancaster Memorial Hospital, now called the Grant Regional Health Center, for 35 years and over the years she worked in every department in the hospital.

She married James Patzner on Sept. 5th, 1953 at St. Marys Church in Fennimore. They lived in the Tennyson/Potosi area and were married for 61 years.
After they retired Jim and LaVon purchased a Winnebago motor home. For 20 years they spent their winters in South Texas, which they both thoroughly enjoyed.

LaVon enjoyed quilting, sewing, crossword puzzles and needlework. She was an avid paperback reader and also enjoyed playing cards. She did not like losing at Euchre one bit. She made a bed quilt for every one of her grandchildren, which she gave to them when they got married.

LaVon is survived by her 5 children, Bill (Marsha) Patzner of Holmen, WI, Barbara (David) Peden of Seattle, WA, John (Jeannie) Patzner of Inverness, FL, Jerry (Jill) Patzner of DeForest, WI and Mary Jo Patzner of Madison, WI; and grandchildren Andrea (Christopher) Kelly, Erica (Matthew) Eastlick, Kyle (Jennifer) Patzner, Mark (Rachel) Peden, Patrick Peden, Sarah Patzner, Randy Patzner, Nicholas Patzner, Marshall Patzner, Claire Patzner, and Carson Patzner; and great-grandchildren Gracie Eastlick, Halle Eastlick and baby Eastlick due in July; two brothers, Marshall (Nancy) Speaker from Ft. Worth, Texas and Mark (Sue) Speaker from Sparks, Nevada; one brother-in-law, Paul Wolfe Sr. of Lancaster, WI; and one sister-in-law, Jean Speaker of Sarona, WI.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Patzner, who passed away May 29th, 2015; her parents, Leo and Luella Speaker; two brothers, Hugo (Beverly) Speaker and Warren (Jean) Speaker; and one sister, Donna (Paul) Wolfe.

The family wishes to extend special thanks to Dr. Stader and the staff at the Grant Regional Health Center and the Atrium Post Care Acute Center, both in Lancaster.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St Andrew and Thomas Catholic School, Potosi WI.



Lois J. Johns


Lois J. Johns, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on April 23rd, 2016 at Hawkeye Care Center.

Funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 29th at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church with Rev. Duane Thoman officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 28th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a wake service will be at 7:30 p.m.

Lois was born on January 12, 1929 in Alma, WI, the daughter of Clarence and Edna (Mengelt) Brotzman. She married James Johns on November 19, 1949 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on September 11, 2003.

Lois and her husband, Jim, owned Johns Yellowstone Lake Chalet for nine years. They shared a great love for being outdoors; they enjoyed camping, boating, and fishing. Lois also enjoyed playing cards and bingo, but she especially loved to volunteer. She was most recently volunteering at the American Cancer Society and helping coordinate the polls during the elections. She was a member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church.

Lois was a very loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be missed by her loving family.

She is survived by her three children, Lisa (Brian) Hammel, Dave (Joyce) Johns and Larry Johns, all of Dubuque; nine grandchildren, Shannon, Tom, Mike, A.J., Chris, Jessica, Alexis, Bryce and Brisa; along with seven great-grandchildren; her siblings Glenn (Ruth) Brotzman and Betty Stark; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Jim; and two sons, Duane on October 11, 2007 and James "Jimmy" on September 12, 2015; two brothers, Marv and Lloyd; and a sister, Audrey Bennett.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or the Breast Cancer Society.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque and Hawkeye Care Center for all the wonderful care they gave to Lois.



Mary L. Pauly


Mary L. Pauly, 71, of Peosta, died Saturday, April 23, 2016 at home surrounded by her family. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Peosta. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. There will be no public visitation. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangments.

Mary was born November 29, 1944 in Dubuque, daughter of James and Margaret (DeFontaine) Whitfield. She graduated from Wahlert High School in 1962. On April 26, 1965 she married Milton Pauly at St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

Mary worked at Hempsted High School for 34 years before her retirement. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She loved animals.

Mary's faith was important to her and she was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

She is survived by her husband, Milton Pauly of Peosta; two daughters, Kelli Biedenbach of Elgin, Ill., and Krista (Joseph) Lau of Amboy, Wash.; and two grandchildren, Cassidy and Cole Biedenbach.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Linda Kueter.

The family requests no flowers; memorials will be used for ovarian cancer research.

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

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Edna; Dr. Bender at the University of Iowa Hospital; and Dr. Mark Herman and his staff for all of their wonderful care.



Terence W. Perleth


Terence (Terry/"Clarence") W. Perleth, 64, passed away at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque on Sunday, April 24, 2016, after a short illness.

Funeral services will be held at St. Joseph Key West Church on Thursday, April 28 at 4:30 p.m. with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. A celebration of his life will take place from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road in Dubuque. Burial will be at a later date.

Terry was born February 3, 1952, in Dubuque, IA to William (Bill) and Dorothy Perleth. He grew up on a farm in St. Catherine's, IA, where you could find him tending to the many farm animals, riding the tractor, or doing any activity that kept him out of the house or school. If you couldn't find him...great, that was his intention.

Terry married Barb Thielen on October 10, 1980. The beards in their wedding photos would make the Duck Dynasty clan jealous. They spent married life enjoying time with family, snowmobiling, camping at Nita-Ho Valley, riding in their pontoon on the Mississippi River, and playing card games that he never wanted to play anyway. Terry worked at Dubuque Stamping & Manufacturing Company, and was scheduled to retire on May 27, 2016, after 30 years of challenging himself to find a different route to work each day in his red truck.

He missed his calling as an engineer. Terry could craft anything out of metal, even if there were no real need for his inventions. He was the life of any party. Terry had a real knack for feeding the juke boxes at all local watering holes, which inevitably led to "Twinkle Toes Terry" making an appearance. His infectious laugh was most often heard when he was surrounded by those he loved. Terry greatly enjoyed spending time loving and agitating his children, grandchildren...and pretty much anyone else he encountered.

Left to honor his legacy are his wife, Barb; his four children; Shelby (Joe) Schumacher, Meggan (Matt) Guns, Raena (Anthony) Peterson, and Logan (just Logan) Perleth; his grandchildren Leah, Reed, and Emmett Schumacher, Ashlyn and Eden Guns, and Isabelle Peterson; his brother Mike (Kim) Perleth; brother-in-law, Joe Bellings; in-laws Jan (Bob) Northouse, Karen (Jim) Giesemann, Lennie (Kathy) Thielen, Marilyn Michels, Luann "Bink" (Randy "Jake") Helmle, Bev (Dan) O'Connor, Pat (Tom) Draus, and Ron (Lori "Fritz") Thielen; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Terry was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws, Harlan and Lois Thielen; his sister, Starla Bellings; brother-in-law, Lynn Michels; and his special little buddy, grandson Brody Schumacher.

The family would like to thank the Key West Fire Department, Dubuque County Sherriff's Office/Dispatch, and the many wonderful and caring staff members at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque.

The family requests no flowers or plants, as Barb will most likely kill them anyway.



Roger W. Mason


Roger "Bill" W. Mason, 61, of East Dubuque died Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 28 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m., Wednesday at the funeral home.

Bill was born on January 20, 1955 in Ottumwa, Iowa the son of Donald William and Lois Elizabeth (Hornaday) Mason.

He married Cynthia Kinney on May 28, 1977 in Ottumwa, Iowa.

Bill was in sales for most of his life. He was an avid Hawkeye fan and enjoyed playing golf.

He is survived by his wife, Cindy; brothers, Donald (Carol Ann) and Robert Mason; nieces and nephews; brother-in-law, Mike Kinney; Godson, Jonathan Castro; and good friends Denny and Teresa Miller family and Dave and Julie Castro family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Ann (Emmett) House; nephew, Shawn Mason and mother and father-in-law, Harley (Ruth) Kinney.

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

Memorials may be given to Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque.

Special thank you to Dr. Hermann and staff, and the staff at Mercy Medical Center, especially ICU, CVU and 3 West.



Douglas D. Miller


Douglas D. "Doug" Miller, 78, of Maquoketa, passed away on Sunday morning, April 24, 2016, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Doug's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. Thursday, April 28, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, at a later date.

Douglas Dwaine Miller was born on August 15, 1937 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Benjamin L. and Lola A. (Cook) Miller. He attended Rathburn #8 Country School and graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1957. After graduation he served 6 months active duty with the Army Reserves and was stationed in Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri and El Paso, Texas. He married Betty Ann Daehler on June 26, 1960 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Doug held a variety of jobs during his lifetime. He had owned Doug's Body Shop, Doug's Texaco Station and Wrecker Service, Napa Auto Parts, Carquest Auto Parts and The Old German Store. He also was a self-employed owner/operator truck driver. In retirement, Doug drove a truck for Web Printing and Ross River Wick Buildings, as well as operated a limousine rental service.

Doug was a charter member of the Coronado Car Club and enjoyed drag racing the club's vintage Studebaker and attending car shows. Additionally, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and traveling with them. He loved the Rocky Mountains and was an avid collector of Roy Rogers memorabilia. He never went to California when he was trucking without stopping at the Roy Rogers Museum to see Roy Rogers.

Those left to honor Doug's memory include his wife Betty Ann Miller of Maquoketa, IA; children, Kurtis (Jodie) Miller of Maquoketa, IA, and Kris (Matt) Baker of Maquoketa, IA; a sister Phyllis Current of Clinton, IA; 4 grandchildren, Matthew and Austin Baker, and Christine and Ava Miller; a step-grandchild Nicole Atkins; several nieces and nephews; and his dog Max.

He was preceded in death his parents and a brother-in-law James Carroll Current.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Hospice of Jackson County or the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa.

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



Brenda R. Meyer


Brenda R. Meyer, 56, of Strawberry Point, passed away on Friday, April 22, 2016, at her home.

Visitation will be from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Strawberry Point, Iowa, where there will be a 3:00 p.m. Scripture Service. Friends may also call one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Strawberry Point, Iowa with Rev. Paul Peters officiating. Inurnment will be at Coffins Grove Cemetery in Rural Manchester, Iowa.

She was born on February 1, 1960, in Manchester, the daughter of Gerald "Abe" and Maxine (Wilson) Lincoln. Brenda graduated from Starmont High School with the class of 1978. After graduation she worked in Cedar Rapids for several years.

On September 6, 1980, Brenda was united in marriage to Robert Meyer in Strawberry Point. Two children were born to this union. Brenda worked for Linzy Martin, attorney, in Strawberry Point, Swift Law Firm in Manchester, as a dispatcher for the Strawberry Point Light Plant, and currently worked as a Trust Officer at Citizens State Bank in Strawberry Point.

Brenda enjoyed cooking and baking and was an avid Iowa Hawkeye and NASCAR fan. She loved watching hummingbirds. Brenda was very kind and thoughtful, and cherished spending time with her family and friends.

Survivors include her husband of 35 years, Robert Meyer of Strawberry Point; her daughter, Ashley Meyer of Boscobel, Wisconsin; three grandchildren, Bryant Meyer-Kemp, Alexis Nading, and Claire Nading; her parents, Gerald "Abe" and Maxine Lincoln of Strawberry Point; nine siblings, Lorna Lincoln of Cedar Rapids, Rich (Deb) Lincoln of Lamont; David (Margaret) Lincoln of Dundee, Betty (George) Enriquez and Joe (Marla) Lincoln all of Madison, Wisconsin, Chris Lincoln, Dan (Kristi) Lincoln , Paul (special friend, Annika Winters) Lincoln all of Strawberry Point, and Todd Lincoln of Manchester; eight brothers-and sisters-in-law, Joan (Gerald) Streight of Dubuque, Kay (Ronald) Burr of Marshalltown, Bill (special friend, Diana) Meyer of Elkader, Larry (Connie) Meyer and George (Ellen) Meyer all of Strawberry Point, Patricia (Paul) Chopard and Julie (fiance, Ray) Grundmeyer all of Edgewood, and Rick (Sue) Meyer of Strawberry Point; and many nieces and nephews.

Brenda was preceded in death by her son, Nicholas Meyer; her parents-in-law, Delbert and Mildred Meyer;  two brothers-in-law, Thomas Meyer and Dale Grundmeyer; two nephews, Nathan Chopard and Daniel Meyer; and a niece, Jenny Grundmeyer.

Online condolences may be sent to
www.leonard-mullerfh.com.



Adam P. Goerdt


Adam Paul Goerdt, 36, of Dubuque passed away Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 at Genesis Medical Center in Davenport, IA after a hard fought battle with addiction.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. in Dubuque. An informal service and time for sharing will take place at 8:00 p.m.

Adam was born on March 7th, 1980 in Dubuque, IA the son of Herbert J. Goerdt Sr. and Paula V. (Perry) Goerdt.

He was preceded in death by his father and his Uncle Rick.

Those left to honor his memory are his boys; Colton Paul (Tara Bradley) and Charles Edward, along with his longtime love; Tamara Lyne. His mother; Paula, brother; Herb Jr. (Rosemary) Goerdt, sisters; Reva and Melissa, his treasured nieces and nephews; Herbie, Tavian, Ava, Avantraye, Amari, Samson, and Sayler, many aunts, uncles, and cousins, and his beloved dogs Zeus and Charlie.

Adam is loved tremendously. If he considered you a friend, that meant you were family. And family was everything to Adam. He had a huge heart and capacity for love that is unmatched. His joy was spending time with his boys; Colton and Charlie. They were the light of his life.
He enjoyed the outdoors and was certainly social. Adam loved to be on the river with his friends, at a bonfire or cookout, or just laid back taking in a game with his favorite sports teams, the Chicago Bears or Cubs.
The pain and struggle is over now. He can rest easy, but that huge smile, those bear hugs, your kind heart, and your love will be missed every minute of every day. Until we meet again, We Love You Fatty!

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Adam's name.



Byron L. Sullivan


Byron L. "Mickey" Sullivan, 85, of Dubuque, died Friday, April 22, 2016 in Dubuque, surrounded by his family.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 25, 2016 at Church of the Resurrection. Rev. Joseph Hauer will officiate. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 24 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a prayer service at 4 p.m.
Mickey was born on September 16, 1930 in Dubuque, the son of Leo and Margaret (Fortman) Sullivan. He attended Nativity School, Loras Academy, and later served with the U.S. Army in the Korean War.

On September 17, 1955 he married Rita Petrakis at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dubuque. They enjoyed over 60 years of marriage together. 

Mickey worked for Life Investors AEGON until his retirement.

Mickey loved to golf, play cards, and watch the Chicago Bears. He had a great sense of humor and was a man of strong faith. He was a member of Resurrection Parish, where he ushered, lectured, and announced at the Parish Festival for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Rita Sullivan of Dubuque; 6 children, Bill (Jane) Sullivan of Oakdale, MN, Julie Houselog of Dubuque, Linda Sullivan of Glendale, AZ, Mike (Cheri) Sullivan of Cedar Rapids, IA, Dan (Laurie) Sullivan of Dubuque, and Patti (Martin) Sanchez of Dubuque; 16 grandchildren, Mandy Curtis, Jake (Janel) and Nick (Crystal) Sullivan, Whitney and Mckinzi Houselog, Chad (Nicole) Seymour, Katie (Josh) Grove, Taylor (Mike) Noto, Michael and Brendan Sullivan, Brad (Brittany) Dodds, Brooke (Jesse) Stumbaugh, Ali (Jared) Althoff, Matt (Ashley) Sanchez, Hayley (Nate) Foley, and Lindsay Sanchez; 32 great grandchildren and one on the way; brothers Sam (Lavonne) Sullivan and Gene Sullivan; sisters Ginger Bauer, Sandy (Gary) Grover, and Judy (Ed) Esser; a sister-in-law Rachel Sullivan; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, John L. Sullivan, and Patrick in infancy; and sisters, Suzanne Rezab, Joyce Kolvach, and Ruth in infancy.
Memorials may be made to Church of the Resurrection or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Care Initiative (Dubuque Nursing & Rehab) and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



Gladys C. Baumann


Gladys C. "Babe" Baumann, age 89, of Bellevue, IA and formerly of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 10:17 a.m. on Friday, April 22, 2016, at the Mill Valley Care Center surrounded by her loving family. To honor Gladys' life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 25, 2016, at St. Joseph Church, 405 Franklin Street, Bellevue, IA, with Rev. Phillip F. Kruse officiating. To celebrate Gladys' life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 25, 2016, at St. Joseph Church in Bellevue. Entombment will be in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery Mausoleum. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.

Gladys was born on December 7, 1926, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of William and Josephine Catherine (Jaeger) Mai.

Gladys would spend the first 47 years of her life in Dubuque before eventually migrating slightly south to Bellevue with her family in 1973. She was united in marriage, to her one and only soul-mate, John A. Baumann on September 2, 1947 in Dubuque. They would be blessed with 46 wonderful years together, and three deeply adored boys, before he was called home on May 27, 1994. Gladys has been a longtime and faithful member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue. Her mission in life was to love and nurture her family through each day and to make sure the four boys in her life always knew they had the most committed wife and mother directly by their side. Her abilities to make their house a home were both tangibly and intangibly visible for all to witness. She has now completed her earthly tasks and finds herself joyfully reunited with her husband, John, her parents and her siblings once again. We are surely saddened by her sudden absence in our lives, but joyfully find sincere appreciation in all the gifts she so willingly bestowed both in and upon us all during her 89 years here with us. God bless you Gladys and thank you for simply being you.

Those left to cherish Gladys' memory include

her three sons,
Richard "Dick" (Carol) Baumann, Sterling, IL,
David (Nancy) Baumann, Epworth, IA
and Bill (Nancy) Baumann, Bellevue, IA;

her 11 grandchildren, Jen (Mike) Haggas, Kate (Zach) Bollard, Leslie (Eric) Munson, Betsy Binder, Maggie (Terry) McGrath, Dan Baumann, Jim Baumann, Kristine (Scott) Madsen, Holly (Robert) Fondell, Audrey (Mike) Roling and Stacy (Jordan Morales) Baumann;

her 17 great-grandchildren, Cecilia Haggas, Sam Haggas, Elise Bollard, Joe Bollard, Jillian Bollard, Tom Bollard, Nora Munson, Wes Binder, Atticus McGrath, Kylie Madsen, Camden Madsen, Lily Fondell, Ella Fondell, Gavin Roling, Connor Roling, Sailyn Bollinger and Scarlet Morales;

and her brother, Robert "Bob" (Ann) Mai, Dubuque.

Gladys was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John; and her siblings, Marie "Dee" (Jay) Pfiffer, Florence "Sis" Morton, Marcella "Dell" (Keith) Baker, Bernice "Niece" (Jerry) Havens and Donald Mai.

A Gladys C. Baumann memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among Gladys' favorite charities.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Mill Valley Care Center for all of their professional and compassionate care.

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

 



Cathy A. Kronlage


Cathy A. Kronlage, 61, of Dyersville, Iowa and formerly of Epworth, Iowa, died Thursday, April 21, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville, Iowa after a sudden illness.
Friends and relatives may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Sunday, April 24, 2016 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 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 25, 2016 at the Funeral Home.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Monday, April 25, 2016 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa, with Rev. Aloysius Vorwald officiating. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa.

She was born November 22, 1954 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Eldon R, and Lenore B. (Steffen) Denlinger. She is a 1972 graduate of Western Dubuque High School in Epworth, Iowa. She was united in marriage to Donald Kronlage on July 24, 1999 in Farley, Iowa. She was employed at Western Dubuque Elementary in Epworth as a paraprofessional. She was a member of the Flashback Car Club. She was a loving caring grandmother, and truly enjoyed spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband, Donald Kronlage of Dyersville, IA; three children, Todd (Holly) Dingbaum of Maquoketa, IA, Tami (Pat) Paisley of Balltown, IA, Tobey (Shannon) Dingbaum of Hartselle, AL; 5 step children, Paul (Angie) Kronlage, Russ (Jodi) Kronlage, Jennifer (Jim) McDermott all of Epworth, IA, Brian (Angie) Kronlage of New Vienna, IA, and Scott (Julie) Kronlage of Epworth, IA; 25 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; five siblings, David (Judy) Denlinger of Dubuque, IA, Duane Denlinger of Davenport, IA, Von J. (Jean) Denlinger of Cascade, IA, Vanita Bries of Epworth, IA and Pamela (Terry) Strub of Elbe, WA.

She is preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Merlin Denlinger and one granddaughter.

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



Carol A. Wilkinson


Carol A. Wilkinson, 72 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at home surrounded by her family.
Gathering of family and friends will be from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road Dubuque, Iowa. A celebration of life will follow at the Moracco Supper Club.

Carol was born on July 30, 1943, in Mason City, Iowa the daughter of Harold and Ella Bess (Saylor) Murray. After attending Guttenberg High School she resided in Guttenberg for many years where she raised her three daughters with her first husband Jerome Schroeder.
She later married Clark Wilkinson on December 21, 1991 in Guttenberg, Iowa.

She was a member of Eastern Star Group and St. John's Lutheran Church.

She enjoyed her grandchildren's activities and sporting events, she loved to spend time with her three girls and having "girls day". She was an avid reader, enjoyed gardening, fishing and many trips with her husband to Florida and Lake Okoboji.

She is survived by her husband Clark; three daughters, Brenda (Scott) Clefisch, of Dubuque, Lisa Bova, of Lisbon, Angie (Greg) Misek, of Wesley Chapel, FL. Step-sons, Craig Wilkinson, of North Liberty, Iowa, Nic (special friend, Cari Scheetz) Wilkinson, of North Liberty. Five grandchildren, Zach and Jake Clefisch, Derek Bova, McKenzie and Andrew Wilkinson. Her sister Charlene (Kay) Michael, of Roseville, CA and their children Stacy & Craig.
She is preceded in death by her parents, and a brother Charles in infancy.

In lieu of flowers a Carol Wilkinson memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Chadwick Nachtman, Dr. Christian Schultheis and their staff and to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Cyndi B. for all their wonderful care.



Charles N. Green


Charles N. Green, 82, of 302 6th Ave. SE, Cascade, Iowa, died Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 10:25 a.m. at his home in Cascade.

Friends and relatives may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Monday, April 25, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m.
Services for Charles will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. A Private burial will be held in the Sacred Heart cemetery in Monticello, Iowa at a later date with full military honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion post #528.

Charlie was born on December 28, 1933 in a two story home on the family farm near Garryowen, Iowa, the son of Joseph and Anna (Leytem) Green. He received his education starting with kindergarten at Garryowen and then at St. Mary's in Cascade.

Charlie worked for various farmers and businesses in Cascade before going into the service. He served in the Army from 1953 to 1955 during the Korean War. After returning from the service he continued working locally. In March of 1958 Charlie began working at John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works. He continued to work there until February of 1990 when he retired with 32 years of service. Charlie spent the next nineteen years as a part time truck driver for Welter Storage and Equipment, traveling to many of the eastern and mid-west states. He is very proud of the fact that he earned a pay check for over 60 years.

Charlie was married to Irene Hanken, the couple had five children, they later divorced. Charlie married Mary Mathis in December of 1986. They made their home in Monticello and later in Cascade.

Charlie was a 58 year member of Sacred Heart Parish in Monticello, Iowa, the American Legion Post #528 of Cascade and the UAW Local #94.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Green of Cascade; five children, Susie Benischek of Monticello, Sandy (Bruce) Kedley, Sharon (Mike) Bertling, Keith (Grace) Green all of Cascade and Doug (Audrey) Green of Hopkinton; four step-children, Joyce (Russ) Pickett, Ray (Dawn) Mathis, Larry (Sherry) Mathis and Gary Mathis all of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia; he is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Robert Offerman of Prairieburg, IA; and a sister-in-law, Marcella Green of Cascade, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, Ted (Mildred) Green, Virginia (Vincent) Kremer, Loras Green, Mary Estelle (Frank) Simon, Joseph Green, Arnold (Lois) Green, John Robert Green, Claude (Shirley) Green, Oscar (Bernice) Green, and Mary Jo Offerman.

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



Bernard John Schlichte


Bernard John Schlichte, 86, of Edgewood, Iowa, passed away on Friday, April 22, 2016, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, April 25, 2016, at the Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Edgewood with a Scripture Service at 7:30 p.m. There will also be visitation on Tuesday one hour before the service at the Church.  Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at St. Mark Catholic Church in Edgewood with Rev. John Haugen presiding. Inurnment is planned for a later date.

He was born on June 9, 1929, in New Vienna, the son of John and Ann (Willenbring) Schlichte. He was raised and educated in the area, attending country school near Dyersville and High School in Dyersville.

On September 14, 1949, Bernard was united in marriage to Ardella Scherbring at SS. Peter & Paul Church in Petersburg. Together they farmed east of Greeley and then moved to Edgewood after they were finished farming.

Bernard loved to play cards and enjoyed dancing. He also called square dances. He was a longtime member of St. Mark Catholic Church in Edgewood.

Left behind to cherish his memory include his wife of 66 years, Ardella Schlichte of Edgewood; a daughter, Elaine Hoefer of Manchester; five grandchildren, Jeff and Rhonda Hoefer, Jason and Lisa Hoefer, Kristi (Ian) Moeller, Lisa (Andy) Reth, and Matthew Schlichte; 11 great-grandchildren, Rachael, Jena, Jaron, McKenna, Ava, and Kota Hoefer, Keaton, Kinlee, and Kessa Moeller, and Lacy and Tracy Reth; one sister, Verna Klostermann of Dyersville; two sisters-in-law, Mildred Schlichte and Alma Willenborg, both of Dyersville; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Bernard was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Donald Schlichte; a grandson, Craig Schlichte; four brothers, Clarence, Joe, Alvin, and Elmer Schlichte; and one sister, Lorraine Pins.

Online condolences may be sent to
www.leonard-mullerfh.com



Kevin D. Ottesen


Kevin D. Ottesen, 55, of Dyersville died Thursday, April 21, 2016, at his home surrounded by his family.

Family gathering will begin at 12:00 noon followed with a Celebration of Life to be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, April 25, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Inurnment will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Dyersville.

Kevin was born November 6, 1960, in Decorah, Iowa the son of Kenneth and Janet (Vine) Ottesen. He graduated high school in Indianola, Iowa. Keven married Angiela M. Tompkins on April 11, 1987, in Columbus Junction, Iowa. Together they moved to Dyersville in 2000 where they continued to raise their family. Angela preceded him in death in 2008.

Kevin was the meat manager for Fareway for many years. Recently he worked for Westlinden Meats. In his free time he loved spending time with his family, listening to his beloved 70's music. Kevin enjoyed his treehouse and spending time in the outdoors.

Survivors include 2 sons: Daniel (Cindy Klaren) Graves and Nicholas Graves, both of Dyersville, a daughter, Felicity (Jesse) Pedrick of Cedar Rapids, one grandson, Caydon Graves, a special friend, Roxanne Klostermann of Dyersville, his parents: Kenneth and Janet Ottesen of Decorah; siblings: Kimberly (Jim) Giardino of Ames, Karen (Dan) Drake of Kansas City, MO, Kristi Haynes of Springfield, MO, his aunt, Sarah Ottesen from Decorah, Iowa, his father-in-law: Robert Tompkins of Centerville, and in-laws: Randy (Carol) Tompkins of Grandview, IA, DeAnn (Martin) Torres of Centerville, IA, and Robin (Brad) Spurgeon of Centerville, IA.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Angie, in 2008 and his mother-in-law, Elizabeth Tompkins, uncle David and aunt Marlene Ottesen.

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



Sandra R. Rondeau


Sandra R. Rondeau, age 72, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 5:55 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Sandra's life, funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Joseph L. Hauer officiating. To celebrate Sandra's life, family and friends may visit from 11:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the church. A congregational rosary will be recited at 1:30 p.m. prior to Sandra's funeral mass. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.

Sandra was born on January 29, 1944, in Dubuque, daughter of Harry and Rosemary (Lange) Lorenz.

Sandra was born and raised in Dubuque and would wait patiently to meet the love of her life. James "Jim" Rondeau would finally appear and they would be united in marriage on July 24, 1965. Their union would be blessed with 50 wonderful years together and 2 beautiful children. Sandra's naturally gifted homemaking skills would be utilized in harmonious perfection while the kids were young; but she would eventually find some spare time to work outside the home with Avon, Aladdin Dry Cleaning and finally at JMJ Screen-printing. She was a longtime and faithful member of the Church of the Resurrection, their prayer chain and the Power of Prayer. Family played a significant and dominant role in Sandra's life, coming in a close second only to her faith. She would eagerly seize every opportunity to share her love and devotion for those around her, especially with her beloved grand-daughters. Whether shopping for great bargains, working at the craft table, running the pedal on the sewing machine or making a mess in the kitchen decorating cakes; if fun and family were involved, Sandra was in her glory. The last few years have not been easy for Sandra, and her soul finally finds peace in her heavenly estate, after courageously battling Alzheimer's here on earth. We will mourn the loss of our unique and tender soul, but find peace in knowing we will once again be reunited with her in a much anticipated state of perfection.

Those left to cherish Sandra's memory include
her loving husband of 50 years,
James "Jim" Rondeau, Dubuque;

her two adoring children,
Christopher "Chris" (Nancy) Rondeau, Peosta
and Tracy (Rob) Kovar, Dubuque;

her three beautiful grand-daughters,
Kathleen Rondeau, Kristin Rondeau and Lauren Kovar;

and three brothers,
David (Nancy) Lorenz, Mission, TX,
Carl (Cindy) Lorenz, Waterloo
and James (Kyle) Lorenz, Dubuque.

Sandra was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Michael Lorenz and sister, Mary Lorenz, both in infancy.

A Sandra R. Rondeau memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among Sandra's favorite charities.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque and Stonehill Care Center for all of their wonderful and compassionate care.

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

 



Doris C. Putz


Doris C. Putz, 82, of 506 6th Ave NW, Apt. 1, Cascade, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 12:30 a.m. at her home in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Doris may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Sunday, April 24, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9:00 a.m. Monday at the Funeral Home.

Services for Doris will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 25, 2016 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke Presiding. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

She was born July 8, 1933 in New Vienna, Iowa, daughter of Leonard and Rose (Tauke) Hoefer. She is a graduate of Winthrop High School. On September 2, 1957 she was united in marriage to Richard D. "Dick" Putz at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Winthrop, Iowa. He preceded her in death on April 21, 2005.

Doris was employed as a bookkeeper at the former Great Plains Lumber Co. in Cascade, Iowa. Later she was a teller at Cascade State Bank and Security State Bank at the time of her death she was employed at Aquin Little Angels Day Care in Cascade. She was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade.

She loved her family and grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking for her family and attending her grandchildren's many activities.

She is survived by three children, Mike (Aggie) Putz of Edgewood, IA, Steve (Sheryl) Putz of Forest City, IA, and Julie (Mike "Hooker") Green of Cascade, IA; 9 grandchildren, Justin Putz, Ryan Putz, Eileen Putz, Brett Putz, Tyler Putz, Joshua Putz, Jonathan Green, Megan Rea and Jacob Green; 1 brother, Tom (Karen) Hoefer of Earlville, IA; 1 sister, Marlene (Allen) Johnson of Ankeny, IA; sisters-in-law, Helen Hoefer of Fairbank, IA; and Pat Putz of Bettendorf, IA.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; a brother Daniel Hoefer; a brother-in-law, Donald Putz; her in-laws, Albert and Eileen) Putz.

A Doris C. Putz memorial fund has been established.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com

The family would like to thank Sherry Kelchen, Hospice of Dubuque, the staff, Mercy Hospital , surgical floor nurses and children of Aquin Little Angels



Terry G. Wuesternberg


Terry G. "Cowboy" Wuestenberg, 72, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A memorial service celebrating Terry's life will be held at 2 P.M., Monday, April 25, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A memorial visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 1 P.M. Cremation rites will be accorded.

Terry Gene Wuestenberg was born on August 31, 1943 in Davenport, Iowa, to Claude A. and Elma Elsie (Holst) Wuestenberg. He was a 1962 graduate of North Scott High School in Eldridge, Iowa, and then served his country in the U.S. Marines during Vietnam from 1965 to 1968. He married Diane K. Barenthin-Scharff on October 30, 1982 in Taylor Ridge, Illinois.

Terry was a truck driver and had worked for numerous trucking firms as well as carpentry work with his father over the years. Lastly, he worked for N & M Transfer Company in Neenah, Wisconsin from 2001 until retiring in 2013.

He was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, the Larry M. Gronewold American Legion Post #532 of Donahue, Teamsters Union in the Quad Cities, and had served as the past president of the Quad City Walking Horse Club.

Terry was an avid gun collector and enjoyed raising Tennessee Walking Horses and bred them with his own Stallion's, "Dee's Midnight Magic" and "F88's Wild Irish Waltz".

Those left to honor Terry's memory include his wife Diane K. Wuestenberg of Maquoketa, IA; mother-in-law Beatrice Nelson of Maquoketa; sister-in-law Linda Barenthin of Lakeland, Fl; children Wayne G.(Shelby) Scharff Jr. of Maquoketa, IA, Holly Landry and Rebecca Anderson; numerous grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild; and a sister Molly Joseph. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Stephen Barenthin.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedarriorproject.org).

The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family and online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

 



Joan L. Waddick


Joan L. Waddick, 91, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at Ennoble Manor.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 28 at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Rev. Dan Knepper will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a prayer service at 6:30p.m.

Joan was born November 6, 1924 in Dubuque, the daughter of John and Catherine (Nesler) Kretz. She married James E. Waddick on August 24, 1946 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on May 26, 2006.

Prior to her marriage, Joan was employed at the Battery Factory. She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, and a lifetime member of Century Fitness. 
Joan's joy in life was her family. She especially loved hosting holiday gatherings and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Joan is survived by two daughters, Jan Siegert of Platteville, WI and Linda (Joe) Buchheit of Dubuque; her grandchildren, Mark (Amy) Siegert, Sara (Glenn) Davis, Greg (Marin) Siegert, Doug (Paula) Siegert, Jamey (Jackie) Siegert, Joe Siegert, Ryan Siegert, Jeff Buchheit, Nicole (Dean) Bratsolias, and Jay (Kelly) Buchheit; 20 great grandchildren; a sister-in-law Bernadette Vaccaro of Davenport; a step-sister Mary Zepeski; a special friend, Elle Siegert; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Clarence and John Kretz; her sisters Evelyn (Joe) Weiner, Catherine (John M.) Collins, and Marian (Laverne) Carpentier; a step-sister Eulalia (Richard) Unsen; and her in-laws Joe and Margaret Waddick, Clarence and Mary Zahina, TJ and Celeste Rawson (Gene Horch), Earl and Theresa Wiedner, Dorothy Waddick, Robert and Joan Waddick, and Charles Vaccaro.

The family would like to thank the staff at Eagle Point Place and Ennoble Manor; and Dr. Ryan Stille and staff for their care of Joan.

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



LaVonne Schmitt


LaVonne "Bonnie" Schmitt, 69, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at home, surrounded by her family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at Church of the Nativity. Msgr. James Miller will officiate. Friends may greet the family from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, April 25 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where a parish scripture service will take place at 6:30 p.m.

Bonnie was born September 29, 1946 in Dubuque, and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. She went on to work at Flexsteel Industries for 50 years, retiring in the fall of 2014. She married James Joseph Schmitt on February 17, 1968 at St. Anthony Catholic Church. He preceded her death November 26, 2008.

She was a member of Nativity Parish. Bonnie traveled around the world with her husband to hunt, fish, and sightsee. One of her pride and joys was Cedar Ridge Ranch. Above all else, her family meant the world to her, especially her grandchildren.

Bonnie is survived by her sons, Steven Schmitt and Joseph (Nicole) Schmitt, both of Dubuque; four grandchildren, Gavin, Landen, Jaden, and Devon, all of Dubuque; two sisters, Elaine (Paul) Greene of Menasha, WI and Linda (Glen) Mullin of Peosta; and her nieces.

In addition to her husband of 40 years, she was preceded in death by her mother, Marie (Wels) Coates; and her aunt, Adel Wels.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Jennifer Schope; Dr. Jared Freiburger; the doctors and nurses at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; and a very special thanks to the staff of Hospice of Dubuque and all the family and friends who offered such loving care and support.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque or the American Cancer Society.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



Louis P. Mihalakis


Louis "Louie" Phillip Mihalakis, 94, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully on April 18, 2016 with family by his side at Stonehill Care Facility. Visitation will be held at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, on Friday April 22 from 2 to 7 p.m., where there will be a Trisagion Memorial Prayer at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday April 23 at Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road. Rev. Fr. Dustin Lyon of St. Elias Greek Orthodox Church will officiate. Interment will be at Linwood Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Louis was born on August 3, 1921 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Phillip and Viola (Neubauer) Mihalakis. He married his childhood sweetheart, Margaret "Bacon" Waltz on March 7, 1942 in New Orleans. They were married 73 years. Together they formed an amazing team that accomplished much in the short span of a lifetime.

He was raised in the ‘flats' neighborhood. On his first day at Senior High School the principal called him into his office, and said, "Louis Mihalakis?" He answered, "Yes, sir." The principal replied, "We don't have any room here for boys like you." And with a spring in his step, Louie left the school because all he really wanted to do was work. Despite this fact, Louie received an honorary high school degree from Larry Mitchel, Senior High School principal later in life.

Enlisting in the US Navy in 1942, Louie served as a signalman on the USS Cockrill, DE-398 in the Pacific and Atlantic theaters of war. At the end of World War II, he was asked by his superior officer if he would consider re-enlisting. Louie replied, "Captain, I wouldn't stay if you made me admiral," so great was his desire was to reunite with his family.

Unable to find a job, desperation met destiny one day when he encountered an elderly Jewish man named Jacob Miller. Louie asked him, "Jake, what can a man with a strong back and a weak mind do for a living?" "Well, Louie, you could buy a few junk cars," was his reply. He told his wife Bacon to call every filling station in town. He then purchased two cars. He sold the tires from one car for more than he paid for both. Within a short time, he purchased a truck and started picking up scrap for a living. This eventually evolved into Independent Auto Wreckers. He pioneered recycling in Dubuque by founding Dubuque Iron & Metal, Dubuque Paper Recycling, Dubuque Disposal Co. and Celpro Insulation which created Ecology Control Corp. He worked in business for many years with his cousin and best friend Pete Schwartz, and his sons Phillip and Bryan as partners.

Louie possessed tremendous vision and was gifted at the art of making a deal. He never cared about money to purchase things for himself. Rather, he enjoyed the chase; the thrill of making money that drove him in business. He recently said, "I looked forward every day to putting on my pants and going to work. I just loved to work!"

His success in business was due to more than motivation and strong work ethic. Louie loved people; prominent and poor alike. But a greater love he had for the many colorful characters he schooled, whose beat up trucks crossed his scales to earn a day to day living on the sale of a truckload of junk.

Louie was a thoughtful and discretely generous man. He had a saying, "The main thing money is good for, is to help other people".

Louis was proud of his Greek heritage. At age 75, he challenged himself to learn to read and speak Greek doing remarkably well. In 1972, he traveled to the tiny remote village of Ano Meros on the island of Crete where his father was born. There he reveled in the company of his Greek aunts, uncles, and cousins. Louie was a member of St. Elias Greek Orthodox Church. A great source of pride to him was when his daughter Maria was married at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Rock Island. For that very special occasion he learned how to Greek dance. It was an unforgettable time for him.

An extraordinary father and husband, he cared about the well being of his wife and family more than anything else. Always there as both advocate and problem solver, he provided them with love and support.

He is survived by seven children: Phillip L. (Marlene) Mihalakis, Michael (Elizabeth) Mihalakis, Bryan (Sally) Mihalakis, Virginia Mihalakis (Norma Travis), Georgia Mihalakis (Frankie Moore), Michelle Mihalakis, and Maria (Tom) Waterman. He also leaves behind 19 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, and 14 great great grandchildren and a brother, John (Junnie) Mihalakis, and sister in law Violette Weber.

Louie was preceded in death by his beloved wife Margaret Mihalakis; sons Ellas and George L. Mihalakis; his parents; a brother George P. Mihalakis; and his sisters, Sophia in infancy, Kathleen Jorgensen, and Irene (Hank) Waltz, Harriet Bush, and Delores Wiedenbacher.

Memorials may be given in lieu of flowers to the Veterans Freedom Center or to Manasseh House/Operation Empower, both of Dubuque.

The family would like to express appreciation to Kathy Klauer, a special caregiver to Louie, the staff at Stonehill Care Facility, and to Hospice of Dubuque who helped care for him as he approached his final days on earth.

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



Dianne J. Otdoerfer


Dianne Joan Otdoerfer, 59, of Strawberry Point, passed away on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at her home.  She was born on November 27, 1956, in Manchester, the daughter of Clemens J.  "Jack" and Joan Eustella (Nehl) Bockenstedt.  Dianne began school in Dundee and then later graduated from Manchester High School in 1975.

On August 30, 1975, Dianne was united in marriage to David Otdoerfer at St. Mary Catholic Church in Strawberry Point.  Three children were born to this union. Together they farmed and Dianne also worked at the Highway Cafe, and in the kitchens at the Good Neighbor Home and the Lutheran Home. After her children were grown she worked  in the cafeteria at Starmont School.

Dianne was a longtime member of St. Sebald Lutheran Church. She was a talented quilter who loved making many quilts for her family.  She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting.  Dianne loved to bake and was an excellent cook. She loved her family and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. 

Survivors include her husband, David Otdoerfer of Strawberry Point; her children, Andy (Jennifer) Otdoerfer and Lorna (Dan) Sheckles all of Strawberry Point; four grandchildren, Madelyn, Ian, Izaiah, and Katelyn; three brothers, Steve (Mary) Bockenstedt of Manchester, Tony Bockenstedt (friend Sandy Davis) of Masonville, and Pat Bockenstedt of Strawberry Point; one sister, Virginia (Mike) Keppler of Strawberry Point; sister-in-law, Janet Bockenstedt of Strawberry Point; several aunts and uncles; many brothers- and sisters-in-law; and nieces and nephews.

Dianne was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Robert Otdoerfer, in infancy; and her brother, Andrew Bockenstedt.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family.

A Private Family Memorial Service will be held.

Inurnment will be at a later date.

 

 

 



Modesta A. Overmann


Modesta A. "Dessie" Overmann, 94, of Dyersville died Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at Good Neighbor Home in Manchester, Iowa.

Visitation will be held 3 - 7 p.m. Sunday, April 24, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 3 p.m.  Visitation will continue Monday from 9 - 10 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Apr. 25, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa with burial in SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery in Petersburg.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Modesta was born May 14, 1921, in Petersburg, Iowa the daughter of Alphonse and Susan (Grawe) Kerkhoff.  She married Edmund Overmann on January 16, 1946, in Petersburg, Iowa. Together they farmed in the Petersburg area until retirement in 1980.

Survivors include one daughter, Carla (John) Geistkemper of Earlville, three sons: Gary (Carlyne) of Petersburg, Loras of Shellsburg, IA and Steven of Dyersville; 7 grandchildren: Karen (Greg) Billick, Michelle (John) Pasker, Anthony (Jessie), Daniel and Nicholas (Deb) Overmann, Matthew and Michael Overmann; 8 great grandchildren: Andrew and Caleb Billick, Joshua, Jacob and Noah Pasker, Treyton, Devon and Braydon Overmann; a brother, Eldon Kerkhoff of Guttenberg; 2 sisters-in-law, Lucille Overman and Gladys Overman both of Dyersville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Edmund in 2002, 2 grandchildren: Christine and Timothy Geistkemper, siblings: Rita (Arnold and Clarence) Gassmann, and Amanda (Edward) Schmidt; in-laws: Vincent (Julia), Aloysius, Alfred and Irvin Overmann, and Emma (Lawrence) Bonert.

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

 

 



Thomas B. Sherrard


Mr. Thomas "Tommy" B. Sherrard, 82, of Galena, died at 12:20 a. m. Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at the Galena-Stauss Senior Care Facility surrounded by his daughters.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a. m. Saturday, April 23, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Galena, IL. Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery, Galena. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p. m. Friday, April 22, at Miller & Steinke Funeral Home, Galena.

He was born on December 29, 1933, in Dubuque, son of Arthur and Mary Marcella (Peschang) Sherrard. He married Donna M. Bastian on Aug. 9, 1955, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Galena. She preceded him in death on February 27, 2008. He was a graduate from Hanover High School.

Mr. Sherrard owned & operated Sherrard Sinclair Station in Hanover, IL prior to moving to Galena. He worked for Willowa Engineering for 18 years as a driver & mechanic. Following his career at Willowa, he worked at Illinois Bell Telephone Company where he retired in 1990. After retirement, Mr. Sherrard enjoyed small engine repairs in his spare time.

He was a member of St. Michael's Parish. He was a "jack of all trades and master of none" and would tackle any project brought to him. His grandchildren always said, "Grandpa can fix anything." His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are two daughters, Theresa (Darrel) Eustice, of Galena, and Patricia (fiancé, Pat Thomas) Houtakker, of Shullsburg, Wis.; four grandchildren, Christopher Smith, Chad (Amanda) Smith, and Nathan and Katrina Houtakker; a step-grandson, Cody Eustice; two great-grandchildren, Jenna and Mason Smith; and a step-great-granddaughter, Megan Fischer; a sister, Rose (Delbert) Ertmer, of Woodbine, IL; a sister-in-law, Doris (Dan Levens) Glick, of Galena, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Charles (Chuckie) Sherrard; his father- and mother-in-law, C. Burnell and Vivian Bastian; and a brother-in-law, Wayne Glick.

The family would like to extend a sincere thank-you to the staff of the Galena-Stauss Senior Care Facility, the staff of Hospice of Dubuque, & to Father Koz for the wonderful care & compassion given to our Dad & Grandpa during this most difficult time.

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