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Bernard E. Necas Bette Schrobilgen Bob Schuster
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Irene C. Theobald Janet D. Howell Jeane E. Mika
Jesse James Lutgen Joan A. Lasche Joey R. Adams
Julita M. Kinley Katherine J. Elsner Kathleen F. Birch
Kenneth J. Dietz Leonard H. Wynkoop Lucas A. Kalb
Marion A. Beadle Marion E. Hosch Marvin J. Rolfes
Mary A. Hinkel Mary Elizabeth Eiffes Mary Therese O’Connell
Melvin J. Hammerand Melvin L. Schmidt Millie Hoerner
Patricia Ann Kemler Pauline Crimmins Peggy J. Haas
Richard Daughetee Richard L. Wagner Ronald Duster
Sharon L. Heller Thomas A. Ries Wayne A. Ring

Marion E. Hosch


Marion E. Hosch, 87, of Cascade, Iowa passed away Friday, February 16, 2017 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Marion may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, February 20, 2017, at Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friends may also call on Wednesday after 9 a.m. at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Marion will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at St. Martins Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke presiding. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery.

She was born March 11, 1930 in Monticello, Iowa, daughter of Nick and Carrie (Kurt) Kleitsch. She received her elementary education at Bones Prairie Country Schools and graduated from the former St. Mary's High School in Cascade. She was united in marriage on September 27, 1951, to Robert P. Hosch at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. She worked for Ensign Coil in Cascade and ERTLS and Scale Models in Dyersville and retired in 1991.

Marion had a love for cooking and enjoyed plants, flowers and completing crossword puzzles.

She is a member of St. Matthias Parish. She was a leader for the Girl Scout - Brownies for many years.
She is survived by her husband, Robert P. Hosch of Cascade, IA; four daughters, Ruth Green of Cascade, IA, Karen (John) Pearsall of San Diego, CA, Ann (Mark) Holmes of Dubuque,IA and Carla (Ron) Hoffman of Cascade, IA; 8 grandchildren, Abby and Andrew Green, Kirsten Kirkpatrick, Owen and Aaron Holmes, Max, Haylee and Trace Hoffman; 10 great grandchildren; Five Siblings, Leona Onken, Sr. Ruth Kleitsch and Wilfred (Rita) Kleitsch, all of Monticello, IA, Edwin and Irvin Kleitsch both of Cascade, IA; one sister-in-law, Sr. Jane Hosch of Dubuque, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Michael Hosch, one son-in-law, Thomas Green, one brother, Carl (Mary) Kleitsch; sisters and brothers-in-law, Doloris Kleitsch, Verna Kleitsch, Carol Kleitsch, Alve Onken, Pauline (Mel) Green, Mary Alma Hosch, Edward Hosch, James Hosch and Charles Hosch.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the staff of River Bend Retirement Center, Shady Rest Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all the wonderful care and support they gave to Marion.

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



Melvin L. Schmidt


Melvin L. Schmidt, age 89, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 8:00 p.m., on Friday, February 16, 2018, at home, with his loving wife by his side. To honor Melvin's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Melvin's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Melvin was born on October 30, 1928, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Reinhardt and Helen (Doerr) Schmidt.

Melvin started working at the age of 15 with the Dubuque Packing Company, as a ham boner, where he would remain a loyal employee for the next 46 ½ years of his life, until his well earned retirement which finally arrived in 1989. Melvin and Ora Miller were the true definition of childhood sweethearts and soul-mates; finding one another at the innocent young age of 12, while ice skating at Comisky Park in December of 1940. They developed their friendship over the years, and eventually were united in marriage as husband and wife on June 18, 1949, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Melvin built his bride a brand new home and together they filled it with love, and 9 adored children, who always knew they were his whole world. Melvin also had an adventurous side; he loved boating on the Mississippi River, camping with family every weekend, and traveling the country in his Winnebago. He was quite proud of holding the record for buying the most brand new Winnebagos off the assembly line; 11 in total. Melvin took great joy in taking his family and friends, his beloved Shih-poo, Isabelle, and any extra kids lucky enough to have the chance to ride along, to all 50 states, almost every National Park, and multiple visits to Florida and Disney World along the way. In their later years, Melvin and Ora would enjoy their status as snow birds in Yuma for over 25 years; throwing horseshoes, dancing, swimming, attending concerts, making countless memories and many new friends along the way, all the while soaking up the warm Arizona sun. Melvin was always the life of the party, serving up his famous Waterballs and Tanqueray Gin, all the while showing Ora his everlasting physical affection through each and every day. Ora meant everything to Melvin, and he loved her passionately for 68 ½ years. All of the memories we created will last a lifetime, Dad taught us all so much and he will continue to inspire us all. Melvin was undeniably the kind of man we all strive to be, and he did it so gracefully with such a natural ease and kindness that very few of us actually possess. We will miss you everyday, and at every family gathering Melvin, but thankfully we discover real peace in our trust that the Lord definitely has you tucked securely in His loving embrace and that we will all be reunited again one day for the greatest family reunion ever.

Those left to cherish Melvin's memory include

his loving wife,
Ora Schmidt, Dubuque, IA;

his 8 children,
Terry (Sandi) Schmidt, Apple River, IL,
Deborah (Mike) Hoppmann, Dubuque, IA,
Tim (Barb) Schmidt, Dubuque, IA,
Vickie Parsons, Dubuque, IA,
Ron (Sheri) Schmidt, Epworth, IA,
Paul (Martha) Schmidt, Epworth, IA,
Sandy (Bob) Hunt, Bellevue, IA
and Lora (Todd) Perkins, Peosta, IA;

a daughter-in-law,
Liane Schmidt, Dubuque, IA;

26 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild;

and his siblings,
Jannan Hancock, Dubuque, IA,
Marion Richey, Cedar Rapids, IA
and Harold "Bud" Schmidt, Kansas City, KS.

Melvin was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Michael Schmidt; a grandson, Justin Schmidt; a great-grandson, Christian Lyons; a sister, Helen (Ray) Hintgen; a brother, Ray Schmidt; a son-in-law, Jim Parsons; a sister-in-law, Vernetta Schmidt; and 2 brothers-in-law, Bill Hancock and Bob Richey.

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

Melvin's family would like to thank Dr. Whalen, the staff at Tri-State Dialysis, and all of the care givers at Home Instead, for taking such wonderful care of Dad.

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

 



Julita M. Kinley


Julita Marie (Koch) Kinley, 52, of Dubuque passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2018 surrounded by her family. To honor Julita's requests a private family gathering will be held at a later date.

Julita was born on June 15, 1965 in Dubuque to Joseph and Janet (Birch) Koch. She married John Kinley May 14, 2004.

Julita was a master of many talents. Cooking was one of her greatest passions. She had many interests and hobbies which included, using her artistic abilities, spending time with her family, and riding the motorcycle with her husband.

Julita was a guiding light for people in their struggles. Her door was always open to anyone in need. She used the wisdom that she learned to create a beautiful life that she was proud of.

Becoming a grandma changed her life in an unparalleled way. From the moment each child was born, they knew that their MoMo loved them unconditionally.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband and soulmate, John, their Chihuahua Izack; her children, Andrew (Sara) Hanselman, Marianna (Joshua) Smith, and Ivy (Justin) Tott; her grandchildren and the lights of her life Alex, Matthew, Alice, Adele, Charlee, and Iris; her siblings, Pete, Paul (Sandy) Koch, Anna (Ted) Gulhaugen, Mary Jaeger, John Koch, Jim (Sharon) Koch, Matt (Diana) Koch, Mike (Peg) Koch , Rose (Zeke) Zimmerman and many beloved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Joe and Janet (Birch) Koch; brother, Andrew Koch; sister-in-law, Sonja Koch.

A Julita Kinley Memorial Fund has been established.



Richard Daughetee


Richard Daughetee, 70, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, February 12, 2018 at home.
There will be no services. Arrangements were entrusted to Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

Dick was born November 16, 1947 in Dubuque, the son of Andrew and Roselen (Sparks) Daughetee. He married Linda Eastman on July 27, 1968 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. She preceded him in death on June 15, 2007.

Dick was employed as a medical records driver for Medical Associates. After his retirement, he worked as manager and groundskeeper of Ferring Mobile Home Park for nine years. Dick was an avid outdoorsman, who loved fishing and camping at Backbone State Park. He enjoyed sitting outside and socializing with the neighbors at the trailer court. Dick was a loving husband, and a devoted father and grandfather who would do anything for his family. "Thanks for the last jab, Dad".

Dick is survived by two sons, Mike (Mary) Daughetee of Dubuque and Mark Daughetee of Cuba City, WI; his daughter, Kim Dunivan of Dubuque; six grandchildren, Ethan Daughetee, Dusty Sharkey, Amelia, Chloe, and Olivia Dunivan, and Jakaya Quire; two great grandchildren; his brother, Robert (Lynn) Daughetee of GA; and his in-laws, Howard Eastman Jr., Jim (Mary) Eastman, and Ellen Eastman-Shipe, all of MD.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his son, Richard Jr. in 1972; his parents; his sister, Fern (Ed) Breitspecker; and two sisters-in-law, Shelley Kress and Judy Eastman.

Memorials may be made to the Richard Daughetee Memorial Fund.

Special thank you to Dick's daughter Kim for going above and beyond to provide Dick with loving care; and to Hospice of Dubuque.

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

 



Katherine J. Elsner

Katherine J. Elsner, 92, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, February 15, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A funeral mass celebrating Katherine's life will be held at 11 A.M., Thursday, February 23, 2018, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the mass beginning at 10 A.M. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

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

 



Pauline Crimmins


Pauline "Polly" Crimmins, 93, of Dubuque, formerly of Miamisburg, Ohio, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at home, surrounded by her loving family.

To honor Polly's life, Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 19, at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost Church.  Burial will be in Our Lady of Good Hope Cemetery, Miamisburg, OH. next to her husband and infant son. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, February 18, at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Polly was born October 31, 1924 in Benton, WI. daughter of Jacob Laurence and Mary Ellen (Dunn) Foht.  In 1953 she married William Crimmins in Cuba City, WI. He preceded her in death in 1985.

Prior to becoming a full time loving mother and home maker, Polly was employed at the Battery Factory Dubuque. In 1990 Polly moved back to Dubuque living with her daughter Jeannie and son-in-law Joe for the past 28 years.

Polly was a devout Catholic and loved doing all her volunteer work at Kettering Memorial Hospital and Our Lady of Good Hope Church and School in Miamisburg, OH. She loved her family and attending ALL family gatherings.? She was a very witty, little lady who enjoyed making people laugh.  She loved reading, shopping and was a true fashion bug! She especially loved adding to her purse, boots and high heel collection, CONSTANTLY! One of her favorite past times was going out to lunch or dinner and having her "special" glass of wine. And WOW…incredibly, she was a triumphant survivor of breast cancer for more than ten years! God bless her!

Those left to cherish Polly's memory include two daughters, Jeannie (Joe) Beckmann of Dubuque and Susan (Joe) Amsler of Miamisburg, OH; seven grandchildren, Sean and Troy (Lisa) Haley, Chris (Michelle) and Chad Amsler, Aaron, Erica (Jim O'Connor) and Julie Tyler eight great grandchildren, Mason, Malakhi, Aleea, and Kylee Haley, Zach and Leah Amsler, and Brayden and Maddie Tyler; along with many loving nieces and nephews throughout our great country.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bill, her daughter Connie Tyler and infant son William Michael.? Polly was also preceded in death by four sisters Eleanor, Jeannette, Marie, and Jody. And two brothers Larry, and John "Casey" Foht. Four more siblings died at birth.

In lieu of flowers, a Pauline "Polly" Crimmins Memorial Fund has been established.

On-line condolences may be left for the family at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital, Stonehill Care Center, and Hospice of Dubuque for their outstanding compassion and care of Polly.



Leonard H. Wynkoop


Leonard H. Wynkoop, 91, of Wyoming, Iowa, passed away on Monday, February 12, 2018, at the Clarence Nursing Home in Clarence, Iowa.

A visitation will be held from 4 to 6:45 P.M. on Monday, February 19, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, with a celebration of life service beginning at 7 P.M. A private burial will be held at a later date from the Cady Cemetery, rural Wyoming, Iowa.

Leonard Henry Wynkoop was born on October 31, 1926, in DeWitt, Iowa, to Bernice (Quick) and Leonard Henry Wynkoop, Sr. He was raised by his paternal grandparents, Wallace and Amelia Wynkoop. He was a graduate of Delmar High School where he met the love of his life, Phyllis Jane Sleeper. They were married on June 15, 1947, in Delmar, Iowa, and to this union five children were born: Marianne, Brenda, Susan, Todd, and Timm.

Leonard was a farmer all of his life and was known as "Scoop" by many of his friends. In Delmar, he also worked as a butcher. He moved his family to Wyoming, Iowa, in 1958, and later to what became the family farm. He also worked part-time for 25 years at the United Livestock Sale Barn in Maquoketa. After "retiring" as a dairy farmer, he raised and sold registered Paint horses and Boer goats.

Leonard and Jane were lifetime members of the Baldwin Saddle Club. He was also a member of the Wyoming United Methodist Church and the Cedar Valley Coonhunters. They were both very involved in community projects and they made a difference!

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Jane Wynkoop of Clarence, IA; three daughters, Marianne (Vern) Oepping of Estes Park, CO, Brenda Degner of Muscatine, IA, and Susan Hellmer of Plymouth, WI; two sons, Todd Wynkoop (Sue) of Clarence, IA, and Timm Wynkoop (Lori) of Oxford Junction, IA; Grandchildren: Mark (Jean) Tasker and their children Hunter and Evan; Michelle Tasker; Angela (Jay) Degner-Tuffing; Matt (Tiffany) Degner and their children Emily Degner, and sons Tyler and Trevor Miller; Travis (Jessica) Hellmer; Stacey (Riley) Williams; Lacey Wynkoop; Lindsey Wynkoop; Tara (Steve) Weir and their children Chloe, Cooper, Keegan and Kaitlynn; Dana (Jeramie) Ellefson and their children Jordyn and Payton; and Erin (Nick) Brus and their children Mason and Noah; Also surviving is Leonard's aunt "Auntie" Evelyn Griebel.

Leonard was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, and paternal grandparents. 

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Wyoming Betterment Committee, Wyoming Museum, the Midland Fire Department or Ambulance Service, or the Wyoming Library.

Leonard's family would like to express their appreciation to all the staff at Clarence Senior Living for their loving and compassionate care of Leonard.

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



Bernard E. Necas


Bernard E. Necas passed away peacefully on February 14, 2018.

Funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 17th, 2018 at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller Officiating. Military honors will be accorded following mass by the American Legion Post #6. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the church until time of mass. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

He was born the son of Frank and Mary (Sir) Necas on August 15, 1933 in rural Lime Springs, Iowa. He attended a one room country schoolhouse K thru 8th grade. In 1951 he graduated from Lime Springs High School. Bernie married Floriene Roethler at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Ionia, Iowa on June 17, 1958. Bernie graduated from Upper Iowa University in 1960.

He served two years in the Army during the Korean War Era and was a member of the adjutant General Corps and assigned to 3rd Infantry Division Headquarters Company at Fort Benning, Georgia as a Personnel Management Specialist.

After the military, Bernie taught school at Andrew, Iowa, worked for the State of Iowa Social Welfare Department and worked for the City of Dubuque Engineering Department for 30 years.

Bernie enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, fishing, hunting, and listening to polka music. While quite proud of his Czech heritage he was forever proud of his Country and of our Armed Forces. A long-time member of the American Legion Post 6, Bernie served as a past Commander of the Post on several committees and was a member of the Post 6 Funeral Detail since 1996 and served as Commander of the Detail from 2000 until 2015 when his health prohibited him from continuing his passionate service. He also volunteered at Finley Hospital and drove the DAV van to Iowa City.

He is survived by his wife Floriene; son Bruce (Marie) Necas and their children Blair and Lindsi; his daughter Jill (Todd) Link and their children Collin, Connor, Tanya and Blake Necas; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Frank and Leslie; sisters Helen and Mary; and his son, Brian.

We pay our most sincere respects and appreciation to an honorable fallen husband, father, grandparent, friend, and veteran.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Church of the Nativity or a Veteran Organization of your choice.



Bette Schrobilgen


Heaven became a little brighter on February 13, 2018, when it welcomed Bette Schrobilgen, 76 years old, of Dubuque. She passed away at home in the loving care of her husband and three sons. We know she is looking down on us with her beautiful blue eyes and wide smile, as we continue to feel the love she was always quick to share. Her passing was abrupt, but her life was well-lived.

Visitation will be Sunday, 2/18 /18 from 1:00-4:00 at Hoffman-Schneider Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd, Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 4 p.m. 
Mass will be at Resurrection Catholic Church Monday 2/19/18 at 10:30 followed by a reception at The Moracco Supper Club. Rev. Joseph Hauer will officiate. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery.

Bette was born in Lafayette, IN on November 30, 1941, and later her family moved to small-town Iowa Falls, IA. It was in Iowa Falls where she lived an idyllic childhood on the Iowa River. She played flute in the high school marching band and orchestra, where she learned to love music.

Bette went to nursing school in Dubuque, and she began her nursing career as an RN at Mercy Hospital. A devoted mother, Bette worked 3rd shift at Mercy to guarantee a parent would always be home during the day when her family was young. Finally, after her death, she is now able to catch up on the many hours of lost sleep.

Later Bette earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Arts, switched employment to Amicare and retired as a case-worker at Scenic Valley Agency on Aging. Through her work she was able to care, nourish and touch many patients with her nurturing manner.

During Bette's first years in Dubuque, she met the love of her life, Dale Schrobilgen, at a beer party hosted at his parents' house while they were away. Although his parents may not have been happy about the party, Dale became the luckiest guy by winning Bette's heart on that night. With genuine and abiding love, they were married in Germany and began a life together that would last 54 years. And it is this example that their teenaged children would turn to when reminding their parents that good things can happen when you bend the rules.

In addition to the accomplishment of raising 4 incredible children: Greg, Dan, Jill and Scott (not necessarily listed in order of most incredibleness), Bette was also blessed with 2 daughters-in-law, Kathleen (Sheehan) and Jodi (Reck), and one son-in-law, Bill Raine. Bette also had another remarkable family member, Imal Pedriana. Imal came from Niger, Africa at 14 years old in 1992, lived with Greg and Kathleen, has been a cherished family member ever since, and is now married to his wife Katie, and father to 4 beautiful boys. Imal became Bette's 5th child and the youngest brother to all of her children, and the family continues to grow.

But Bette was most proud of her 8 beloved grandchildren: Malachy, Erin, Rory, Grace, Nate, Ava, Maren and Nora . Seeing her grandchildren always brought a beaming smile to her face, and the time spent with them was priceless.

Bette loved music and gardening. In earlier days with her young family, 8-tracks and albums played continuously on the console stereo, while musicals were a joy to her in later years. The garden that graces Bette and Dale's yard on Asbury Rd. is their labor of love. With subtle insight into what to plant and where to plant it, Bette cultivated a radiant garden, with a richness seen in the faces of her flowers that matches the depth of the enduring love rooted in her family, her legacy inspiring us to share love, be compassionate and embrace life's journeys.

Bette is survived by her brother, George (Wilma) Oswald Jr and her sister, Carole Schultz as well.

She is preceded in death by her only daughter, Jill Raine, her parents (George W. Oswald and Gertrude N Neidhardt) and her brother-in-law, Randy Schultz.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorials or donations to Resurrection Church or Hospice of Dubuque. Condolences may be expressed online at www.hskfh.com.



Joan A. Lasche


Joan A. Lasche, 82, of Earlville, passed away Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.

Visitation will be held from 3-6 p.m. Sunday, February 18, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Monday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 19, 2018, St. Joseph Catholic Church in Earlville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Joan was born January 21, 1936 in Earlville, Iowa the daughter of John and Rose (Roling) Fessler. She married Earl Lasche on July 7, 1953 in Ryan and later divorced. Joan cared for children in her home daycare. She was an avid card player and did many embroidery projects.

Survivors include her 6 children: Carol (Martin) Ries of Dyersville, Doris (Michael) Ries of Dubuque, Linda Baker of Solon, Dave (Penny) Lasche of Bettendorf, Connie (Terry) Domenick of League City, TX, Kevin Lasche of Earlville, 13 grandchildren: Stacey, Cindy and Jessie Ries, Dawn Blaser, Chad (Becca) Ries, April (Ryan Dolan) Ries, Justin Ries, Brandon, Joshua and Dillon Baker, Aubrey Lasche, Heather and Michael Domenick, 8 great grandchildren: Sienna, Kaitlyn, Ember, Ashlynn, Ava, Kenrick, Caden and Braydon and her sister-in-law: Barb Fessler of Worthington.

She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Janet Lasche-Bolen, siblings: Catherine (Bob) Reittinger, Rita (Bob) Bremer and Herb Fessler.

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



Melvin J. Hammerand


Melvin J. Hammerand, 85, of Dubuque passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

Funeral Services will be 10:30 am, Monday, February 19, 2018 at St. John's Episcopal Church in Dubuque. Family will greet friends 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd. Burial with Military Honors will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Melvin was born November 19, 1932 in Dubuque the son of Alfred and Eliza (Smith) Hammerand. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and then served his country in the US Army 1953-1955. Melvin worked at the Dubuque Packing House for 31 years.

He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, an avid outdoorsman, especially fishing and hunting. Melvin enjoyed going to auctions, baking, gardening, woodworking and going to the farmers market. He always enjoyed his daily walks down Grandview Avenue overs the years.

Survivors include his sons, Rod (Amy Smith) and Rick (Sandra) Hammerand; 7 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; step-mother, Edna M. Hammerand; a sister, Anita (Danny) Gouge; a nephew, Jimmy (Mia) Minton, Jr.; 2 great-nieces; 3 step-sisters, Janice (Don) Dehn, Julie Kramer, and Joyce (John) Flanagan; and numerous other relatives.

Melvin was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Merlin; a brother in-law, Jimmy H. Minton, Sr.; and his wife, Teresa (Bannon) Hammerand.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Melvin's memory.

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



Patricia Ann Kemler


Patricia Ann Kemler, 87, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at Luther Manor.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 17, at St. Raphael Cathedral. Msgr. Thomas Toale will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, February 16, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 2:30 p.m.

Patricia was born March 24, 1930 in Dubuque, the daughter of Earl and Wilhemina (Lei) Rapp. She married Harold F. Kemler on April 18, 1948 at St. Raphael Cathedral. He preceded her in death on April 15, 2003.

Prior to becoming a full-time mother, Patricia was employed at the Battery Factory, where she met many friends.

Patricia enjoyed playing Bingo and spending time outside. She looked forward to participating in the weekly ice cream day at Luther Manor. In her younger years, Patricia and Harold enjoyed roller skating. She was an avid shopper, and Harold would wait patiently for her on a bench.

Patricia is survived by five daughters, Jane Kemler of Dubuque, Linda (Ron) Jump of Moline, IL, Sandra Kemler, Karen (Tom) Shaffer, and Connie Kemler, all of Dubuque; seven grandchildren, Heidi (Chris) Brown, Michael (Caelae) Jump, McFeely (Jen) Jump, Chrissy (Mark) Besler, Kate (Ed) Trujillo, and Andrew and Benjamin Shaffer; seven great-grandchildren; two step great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marilyn (Elmer) Engling, and Jeanne (Gerald) Fudge, both of Dubuque; and a sister-in-law, Elaine Rapp of Dubuque. 

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Eileen (Joe) Bellings; four brothers, Earl (Myra), Robert, John (Lillian), and Gerald (Dixie) Rapp. 

Memorials may be made to Luther Manor, or to the Veteran's organization of the donor's choice.

The family would like to thank the staff at Luther Manor, especially nurse's aide Diane; her daughter Karen for her loving care of Patricia; and her granddaughter Chrissy for always being there.

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



Ronald Duster


Ronald Duster, age 73, of East Dubuque, Illinois, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, February 12, 2018, at home, with his family by his side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque, with Fr. Alan Dietzenbach officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday and from 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. on Saturday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.

Ron was born at home in Holy Cross, Iowa to Edwin Michael Duster and Rita Catherine Freiburger Duster. Ron has 2 sisters, Darlene (Jim) Mullen, Rosemary (Elmer) Arensdorf, and 3 brothers, Roger (Carol) Duster, Bob (Mary) Duster, and Gary (Patti) Duster. He loved his childhood, and spending time with family & friends. Some of his favorite childhood memories include the time he spent on family farms, and building a car with his dad and brothers when they were young.

He married his high school sweetheart, Susan Paar, and they had 3 children; Laura (Jason) Ozenkoski, Lisa (Geoff) Barklow, and Brian (Stacey) Duster. In the coming years their lives were blessed with 8 grandchildren: Codey (Tiffany) Ozenkoski, Jake Atchison, Whitney Barklow, Noah Barklow, Keagan Duster, Payton Duster, Jaylen Duster, and Rylin Duster and 3 great grandchildren; Grayson and Remy Ozenkoski and Ada Atchison.

Ron graduated from Senior High School in 1962. He worked at Renier's in his younger years and then retired from John Deere at the early age of 49 after 30 years. He was a proud member of the UAW Local 94.

Once he retired, he and Sue took to the road in their RV where they enjoyed traveling, snow birding in Arizona and Florida for many years, and meeting new friends from across the United States.

Ron's wife, children, and grandchildren were the joy of his life. His love for sports lived on through his kids and grandkids. Through the years he enjoyed coaching children in little league, watching his kids and especially his grandkids play sports. When they weren't playing, he could be found cheering on the East Dubuque Warriors, Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago Cubs or his favorite NASCAR drivers, Dale Earnhardt, Sr, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. He also enjoyed his own reserved seat at the stock car races at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds and the Farley races. He always loved a good hand of Euchre, game of Rummikub and enjoyed gambling at the boat!

Ron was always a very handy guy and could build or fix anything needed. No project was ever too big; he built the second home he and Sue lived in with their kids. Ron loved cars but his pride and joy was building his 1940 Ford Pickup and taking it to car shows. His pick-up won several awards throughout the years at the car shows.

Ron lived a very large life, always had his family at his side and the enjoyment of many great friends, especially Pat Dillon, Lynn Tharp and Darel Hilkin who are just like family.

Being a good husband, dad, and grandpa were the most important things he did, and it remained so until his last day with us. He doesn't want his family and friends to mourn his passing, he wants us to hug our family and friends, tell them we love them every day and enjoy life!

Ron has joined his mother, father, mother-in-law, father-in-law, uncles, aunts, and cousins in God's Kingdom where he will continue to watch over us until we are all reunited.

We would like to send a very sincere thank you to Dr. Kristen Nelson and her nurse Joanie Hoppman, Patty Copeland with Finley Homecare and Kristen, Melissa and Peggy with Hospice of Dubuque for your continued support, compassion and care you gave Ron and his family.

In lieu of flowers a Ronald E. Duster memorial fund has been established.

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



Sharon L. Heller


Sharon L. Heller, 81, of Dubuque passed away Monday, February 12, 2018 surrounded by her loving family at Luther Manor.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. until time of service. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Sharon was born on July 20, 1936 in the Twin Cities, daughter of Harold and Mamie (Reid) Lorenz. After graduating from Lion's Township High School in La Grange, Illinois, she received her BA and master's degree from the University of Iowa. She taught special education at the University of Iowa Hospital School. 

On August 13, 1960, she married Dr. Joseph Heller at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Iowa City. They enjoyed 53 years of married life until Joe's death on June 1, 2013. In 1964, they moved to Dubuque where Joe started his pediatric practice at Medical Associates.

During the 1970's, Sharon served two terms on the Dubuque Community School Board. She completed her final term as president. Also, Sharon was employed by the Department of Human Services as a Volunteer Coordinator for Information and Referral. In 1984, they relocated to Mesa, Arizona where she taught pre-school. They spent their retirement years in the Tampa, Florida sunshine.

Sharon enjoyed furthering her education, reading, shopping, volunteering and was a wonderful gardener, growing many award-winning roses. Her gardening skills earned her the opportunity to be a test grower of new roses for Jackson Perkins. She and Joe supported their daughters in their love of raising and showing American Saddlebred horses. She had a passion for her pets especially her pugs. She was a proud, loving mother to of her four daughters, "The Heller Girls" and their families.

She is survived by four daughters, Julie (Larry) Vogt of Dubuque, Joy Carlson of Dubuque, Kathy (Franc) Djennas of Maui, Hawaii, and Karen (Anthony) Monaghan of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada; grandchildren, Austin (Mallory Schmid) Vogt, Sydney Carlson (fiancée, Cameron Sohl), Jessica (Michael) Djennas Vasquez and Liam, Aidan and Claire Monaghan and three great grandchildren, Aizlyn, Mikie and Roman Vasquez. Susan Stanley Hamilton, a special niece who has spent extra time with Sharon.
She is also survived by her twin sister, Karon (Dr. John) Stanley of Kansas City; a sister in law, Dr. Mary Ann Lorenz of Manchester and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her oldest grandson, Grant Vogt; her brother, Harold Lorenz; sister, Patricia Chantry; brother in law, Dr. William Chantry, and sister in law, Floy Lorenz.

Memorials may be made to the Miracle League of Dubuque in honor of her lifelong love of helping individuals of all ages with special needs.

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

The family would like to thank Medical Associates Dr. Jennifer Mohr and staff, Kelly Hall McMahon, the doctors, nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center, as well as the nurses and staff at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their outstanding compassion and care.



Thomas A. Ries


Thomas A. Ries, 65, of Farley, Iowa passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa surrounded by his family.

Friends and relatives of Tom may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Friday, February 16, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa. Friends may also call after 9 a.m, Saturday at the funeral home.

Services for Tom will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, with Deacon James Kean Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.

He was born November 25, 1952 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of LuVerne and Madaline (Allen) Ries. He is a graduate of the former St. Joseph's High School in Farley, Iowa. On November 25, 1972 he was united in marriage to Ellen R. Ehl. He was employed at Eagle Supermarket in Dubuque, Iowa.

He enjoyed camping, playing cards and especially spending time with his granddaughters.

He was a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Farley, Iowa.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen Ries of Farley, IA, two sons, Steven (Sandi) Ries of Dubuque, IA and Dave Ries of Macomb, IL; one daughter Melissa Sarazin of Farley, IA; 2 granddaughters, Dylan and Natalie and a grandson to arrive in June; two sisters, Sue Ann Davis of FL and Andrea (Fred) Steffensmeier of Farley, IA; two brothers-in-law, Bill (Myriam) Ehl of Flower Mound, TX and Dan Ehl of AZ; a sister-in-law, Mary Armbruster of Maquoketa, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, LeRoy Ries, Vernon Ries, and Loras "Chief" (Betty) Ries.

The family of Thomas would like to thank the Farley Emergency Medical Services, Tri-State Dialysis and the Drs. And staff at Finley Hospital for all the wonderful care given to Tom.

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



Gerald W. Doyle


Gerald W. Doyle, 88, passed away Sunday, February 11th, at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 16th, at St. Raphael Cathedral with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. until time of mass Friday at the church. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post #6. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Gerald was born at home in Dubuque, IA, on October 12th 1929, the youngest son of Joseph and Rachael (Barry) Doyle.

After graduating from Dowling High School in Des Moines, IA, Gerald served in the U.S. Army during the Korean war. Upon his return home, he married his sweetheart, the girl next door, MaryAnn Theiler. He then moved on to earn his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa, and later his Master's Degree in counseling from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville. For over 30 years, he served as a District Supervisor for Vocational Rehabilitation for the State of Iowa.

Gerald enjoyed music, reading, and traveling with his wife. He was an active member of the Dubuque Men's Choir as well as the St. Patrick's and Cathedral Choirs. He was also an avid reader of topics from politics to historical fiction, and could frequently be found in his favorite chair either with his nose in the daily newspaper or listening to an Iowa Hawkeye game.

He is survived by his wife of almost 65 years, MaryAnn (Pat); as well as his children Mark, Susan, Tim (Angie), Patrick, and John (Carrie). He also leaves behind 13 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; and his sisters Kathleen Doyle, OSB of Duluth, MN, and Veronica Benetti, of Belmond, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, several siblings, and his son-in-law Dan Black.

In lieu of flowers a Gerald W. Doyle memorial fund will be established.



Earl J. Brehm


Earl J. Brehm, 93, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly from north of Centralia, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 12, 2018 at his home in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Earl may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, February 15, 2018 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Peosta, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Friday at the church. Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, IA is in charge of arrangements.

Services for Earl will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 16, 2018 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Peosta, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding, Rev. Richard Kuhn concelebrating, Deacon Dan O'Connell assisting. Burial will be held in St. John's Cemetery in Centralia, Iowa.

Earl was born on December 17, 1924, at Lore, north of Asbury, to Theresa (Schiessl) and John L. Brehm. Earl was the oldest of 10 children and grew up in Lore and rural Peosta, helping his dad on the family farm.

On May 3, 1950, Earl married Esther Ann Koch of Hickory Valley at St. Boniface, New Vienna. They raised 10 children on their dairy and hog farm north of Centralia: Ken (and the late Connie) of Holy Cross; Mary (Paul) Mausser, of Epworth; Fritz (Carol), of Placid; Tom (Molly), of Placid; Jack (Dianne), of Peosta; Carl (Debbie), of Rickardsville; Mike (Sara), of Peosta; Ann (Brian) Ruden, of Dubuque; Steve (Sharon), of Centralia; Susan Brehm (Kevin Doolan), of Chicago; and special family Sandy and Jerry Powers and their children.

Earl and Esther were blessed with 55 grandchildren and (at last count) 66 great-grandchildren. Family was the joy of Dad's life. He never passed up a chance to rub the head of a little nütnik, butter a cracker, read about going downhill through a chicken yard, lend a hand, or eat . . . anything, but preferably something sweet. His characteristic words often funnily come out of the mouths of those grandchildren and little great-grandchildren, and he regularly imparted some bit of wisdom without quite telling you what you should do.

Also surviving are Earl's siblings, Marion Connolly, of Dubuque, Rita Ernst and Clara Ernst, of Bellevue, Paul, of Dubuque, and Kay (John) Gaul, of Peosta; as well as a brother-in-law, Tom (June) Smith, of Caledonia, Ill., and sisters-in-law Mildred Wente, of New Vienna, and Dorothy (Bob) Pitz, of Epworth.

Earl was a man who lived his faith every day and prayed at Holy Family New Melleray, Annunciation Catholic Church in Lattnerville, and St. John the Baptist, Peosta. He read anything and everything he could get his hands on-from Louis L'Amour to the great classics-and enjoyed cracking black walnuts for the family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two grandsons, Davy and Earl, a brother, Bill, three sisters, Helen Steffen, Theresa Smith, and Margaret Brehm, and his well-loved brothers-in-law and sister-in-law.

The family is deeply grateful for the loving care provided to Dad by No place Like Home over the past several years and in particular those who went well beyond to comfort and encourage him and respect his dignity: Dianne Stecklein, Tom Lentner, Steven Kingsolver, Jan Thomas, and Ann Schaal. We cannot thank you enough.

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



Kenneth J. Dietz


Kenneth J. Dietz 83 of Dubuque passed away on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at Hawkeye Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m.; Friday, February 16, 2018 at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery with Military Honors. Family will greet friends from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 15th at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd with a 6:30 pm Scripture Service.

Kenneth was born April 28, 1934 in Dubuque the son of Clarence and Christine (Koster) Dietz. Kenneth served his country in the US Army 1954-1956 before being Honorably Discharged. He married Sylvia J. Herbst on October 8, 1960 at St. Philomena Catholic Church in Asbury. Kenneth was a truck driver for Ruan and for Milligan Brothers retiring in 1991. Ken enjoyed playing euchre, and horseshoe. He was a Cubs fan and loved Nascar racing. He was a member of Resurrection parish and Teamster's Union Local 421.

Survivors include his wife, Sylvia; children; William (Maria) Dietz, Beth (Guy) Parkin, Patrick (Rene) Dietz; grandchildren, Curtis (Rebecca Daniels), Dalton, Emma, Maggie Dietz, and Lucas and Trevor Parkin; step-grandchildren, Gage Brosius, Zach (Jackie) Crowe and Brittany (Bill) Boan; three step great-grandchildren; grand puppies; and brothers, Clarence "Bud" (Gert) Dietz, and John "Jack" Dietz; brother and sister in-laws, Bill Theisen, Irene Herbst; and Jim (Anita) Gulyash; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister in infancy Jean Marie; two sisters Myrene and Loaine ; and in-laws, Ken Schromen, Charles (Florence) Weiland, Charles (Arlene) Chapman, Thomas (Roslyn) Ehrlich, Leo J. Herbst, Betty Theisen, and Leo (Lavon) Abitz.

The family would also like to thank staff at Finely Hospital as well as Hospice of Dubuque and Hawkeye Care Center for your care and concern during this time.

A Kenneth J. Dietz Memorial Fund has been established.

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

 



David N. Joy


David N. "Dave" Joy, age 57, of Kieler, Wisconsin, was called home suddenly at 7:18 a.m., on Sunday, February 11, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Dave's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, February 16, 2018, at the Immaculate Conception Church, Kieler, Wisconsin, with Rev. Bernard E. Rott officiating. To celebrate Dave's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., on Thursday, February 15, 2018, at the Parish Center at the Immaculate Conception Church, 3685 County Road HHH, Kieler, Wisconsin, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 2:45 p.m., and also from 9:30 a.m., until the time of services at 10:30 a.m., on Friday at the Church. Burial will be in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Dave was born on July 6, 1960, in Eastman, Wisconsin, son of Bernard and Norene (Wanamaker) Joy.

Dave grew up on the family farm, but would eventually venture off after high school to continue his education and soon begin his career in the Ag dealership industry with the John Deere dealership in Bloomington. While living there, he would meet, and within a year, marry the love of his life, Terri Wilgenbusch. They were united in marriage on July 20, 1985, at St. Joseph Church in Rickardsville, Iowa. Dave continued to work in Bloomington until a position at the John Deere Dealership in Cuba City caught his eye. The family decided to move to continue down Dave's career path and began establishing more family roots in their new community. Dave eventually discovered his final working destination at Ritchies Case/IH dealership in Darlington. Dave absolutely enjoyed his new position and was able to put his "natural people skills" to good use. He not only knew his business inside and out, but also knew everyone around him, most by name, and always had a kind word for all he dealt with. Dave was a fun loving man, with a great sense of humor, who was often referred to as a "big kid" himself. Dave was well known for his uncanny ability to get right down on the floor and play with his kids when they were small, and now that tradition continues with his grandkids. Dave also had a great appreciation for photography and was well known for "stopping" alongside the road to take a quick photo of a spectacular sunrise to share with his family and friends. Above all though, Dave loved his family and the simple pleasures in life. He made sure no one ever doubted his love and devotion for them through both his words and actions. We are devastated at the sudden loss of our dear husband, dad, grandpa, brother and friend; but we know and trust that he will be watching over us through each and every day as the sun continues to rise and set on the abundance of beautiful memories he leaves behind. Thank you Dave for all of the real love and JOY you shared so easily along your much too short 57 year earthly journey with us. Our lives will never be the same without you, and they are definitely better because of you!

Those left to cherish Dave's memory include

his wife,
Terri Joy, Kieler, WI;

his children,
Amanda (Zach) Duerksen, Dubuque, IA,
Heather Joy, Kieler, WI,
Melissa (Brad) Huekels, Asbury, IA
and Tyler Joy, Kieler, WI;

his grandsons,
Noah Duerksen and Archer Huekels;

,his siblings,
Mike (Sharon) Joy, Oconomowoc, WI,
Mary (Greg) Fisher, Eastman, WI,
Jim (Sharon) Joy, Fond du Lac, WI,
Rob (Trudy) Joy, Eastman, WI,
Mark Joy, Eastman, WI,
Julie (Michael) Garcia Joy, Mc Clean, VA
and Pat (Vicki) Joy, Eastman, WI;

his in-laws,
Eldon (Gin) Wilgenbusch, Rickardsville, IA;

and many nieces and nephews.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents.

A David N. "Dave" Joy memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Dave's family would like to extend a special thank you to the 1st Responders from Dickeyville and Jamestown, the Grant County Sheriff Department, Dr. Ram, and everyone in the Mercy Cardiac Unit and Emergency Room, for all of their kind, professional and attentive care of Dave, and his entire family.

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



Mary Elizabeth Eiffes


Mary Elizabeth (Block) Eiffes, 75, died on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at home surrounded by her loving family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 17, at Church of the Resurrection in Dubuque, with the Rev. Andrew Marr officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation with family and friends will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, February 16, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, Key West.

Mary was born October 2, 1942, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Joseph and Matilda Spark. She married Richard R. Block on October 10, 1964, and to this union four children were born. She later married Paul J. Eiffes on September 27, 2008.

Mary graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1960. She went to work at Frommelt's, working as a seamstress, and continued working there when the company was later purchased by Rite Hite. After retiring from Rite Hite, she continued to work part time at Home Instead, helping to care for people so they could remain in their homes.

Mary's faith was strong, and she was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and later Church of the Resurrection. She loved traveling, and her trips with Paul and her children and grandchildren included Mexico, Punta Cana and Disney World. She enjoyed hosting for holidays and family events. There was never a shortage of food when Mary was planning a family trip or meal.

Mary was devoted to her family. She lovingly raised her children and adored her grandchildren, faithfully attending their activities and performances. She was very proud of all of their achievements. She will be dearly missed by all those who loved her.

Mary is survived by her husband, Paul; her first husband, Richard; her children, Richard (Kathy) Block Jr., of Dubuque, Maryjo (Michael) Williams, of Asbury, Karla (John) Scherf, of Dubuque, and David (Amy) Block, of Dubuque; 17 grandchildren, Hunter, Jackson and Landon Block, Madisyn and Brooklyn Bennett, Noah McGowan, Michaela, Allison, Cassandra and Nathaniel Williams, and Cody, Logan, Natalie, Robert, Justin and Tyler Scherf; Kadin Perry; a great-grandchild on the way; her sister, Patricia (David) Cosley, of Dubuque; and her nieces, Lysa Cosley, of Dubuque, and Lynda (Scott) Bohlmann, of Cedar Falls.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like give a special thank-you to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Sarah for her care and compassion for Mary.



Mary A. Hinkel


Mary A. Hinkel, age 89, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 2:55 p.m., on Sunday, February 11, 2018, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Mary's life, funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m., on Saturday, February 17, 2018, at St. Columbkille's Church, 1230 Rush Street, with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Mary's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, February 16, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Mary was born on September 18, 1928, in Farley, Iowa, daughter of Fred and Katherine (Mueller) Berberich.

Mary attended St. Mary's Grade School and went on to graduate from the Immaculate Conception Academy, Class of 1946. Over the years, Mary always looked forward to reconnecting with her friends at the alumnae banquets. Mary was united in marriage to the love of her life, Kenneth Hinkel, on June 27, 1964, at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque. The two have been truly blessed with 4 deeply adored children, and 53 wonderful years together. Mary was raised with a strong work ethic and earnestly invested over 14 years of her working career as an assistant to the late Dr. Robert J. McNamara, Urologist. Even after her retirement, Mary would remain active in the medical field by volunteering at Mercy Hospital for over 20 years. She cherished her role as wife, mother and homemaker, who took great pride in making sure her family was well taken care of and her home was always welcoming. In her free time, Mary enjoyed being outdoors soaking in the warm sun and also putting her green thumb to work as a volunteer at the Dubuque Arboretum for over 18 years. Her faith was very important to her and she was a loyal and long-time member of St. Columbkille's Church. Before that, she and her family were members of St. Mary's Church, where she continually embraced every opportunity to serve others within her church. Family, however, was the one thing in this world which brought Mary the greatest joy; any time she was able to spend with them was precious and time well spent to her. We are deeply saddened at the loss of such a wonderful wife, mother, sister and friend, but we know that one day we will all be reunited again to gather together forever at our eternal family reunion.

Mary looked for the best in others, and gave the very best she had.

Those left to cherish Mary's memory include

her loving husband,
Kenneth Hinkel, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Barbara Hinkel,
Karen (Brian Besler) Hinkel,
and Deborah (Michael) Boland, all of Dubuque, IA;

and her sisters,
Lillian Bowden,
Katherine Beecher
and Connie Weis, all of Dubuque, IA.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; a son, John Joseph Hinkel; and her brothers-in-law, Joseph Bowden and Dave Weis.

A Mary A. Hinkel memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Mary's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at Finley Hospital for their outstanding care of Mary, and her family.

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



Lucas A. Kalb


Lucas Anthony "Luke" Kalb, age 32 of Dubuque, Iowa was called home after a courageous battle with cancer on Saturday, February 10th at Finley Hospital, surrounded by his family.

To honor Luke's life, funeral service will be held at 10:30 am on Thursday, February 15th, 2018 at St. Coulmbkille's Church, 1230 Rush Street, with Rev. John J. O'Connor officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

To celebrate Luke's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd.

Luke was born on November 18, 1985, in Dubuque Iowa, son of Peter and Kathy (Ferris) Kalb.

He was a 2004 graduate from Senior High School, where he was a 4 sport letter winner, playing football, basketball, soccer, and baseball.

After high school Luke continued his education at North Iowa Area Community College where he played both football and baseball.

He realized his true passion was on the mound and committed himself to playing at William Jewell College, Liberty, MO, where he was a star pitcher and earned the nickname Big Righty.

He graduated from William Jewell with a Bachelor of Science degree and began working for the Liberty Park and Recreation Department.

It wasn't long before Luke found himself back in Dubuque, pursuing his Masters Degree, as a Graduate Assistant for the University of Dubuque baseball program.

Shortly after moving home, Luke was diagnosed with Fibrolamellar, an ultra rare from of Liver Cancer.

He fought hard, remained positive and against the odds graduated with his Master of Business Administration from the University of Dubuque in 2017. Following graduation, he accepted the position of Assistant Baseball coach for the Spartans.

Luke was proud to be called coach. He was respected and loved by his players and the entire University of Dubuque community. He lead by example on and off the field, with his dedication, determination, attitude and intense work ethic. Luke truly loved being a coach, his players and the UD.

Luke's love of sports extended beyond the baseball diamond. He was an avid Hawkeye football fan, rooted for the Chicago Bears, was a die hard Cubs fan, and even had a 4 year stint as a Cyclone. Many life long memories were made as Luke traveled the country with family and friends taking in as many sporting events as he could. He attended Hawkeye football games with his Dad as a young boy and was a season ticket holder ever since. Luke enjoyed Cubs games with friends at Wrigley, traveled to see them play in San Francisco and LA, and even caught a few games in St. Louis, while seeking cancer treatment. Luke recently returned from an amazing trip to Florida, where he golfed, fished, and enjoyed the beach.

Luke touched the lives of many. He was the most genuine guy, with an amazing smile that would light up the room. His positive outlook on life, even through the most difficult times, was an inspiration. He made everyone around him a better person.

Luke cherished his family. His Mom, Dad and two older sisters were his world. He leaned on his mom even more, once beginning his cancer fight and she stood strongly at his side throughout it all. He was adored by his 6 nieces and nephews. Known as Uncle L, he enjoyed watching their events and encouraged them with daily texts and calls. Luke's extended family was a huge source of support, they were always there for him. Luke also had a very dear group of friends that he treasured like family.

Luke was a loving son and brother, the best uncle and a friend to many. He will be remembered for his positive outlook, genuine smile and his love of life. Luke will be truly missed


Those left to cherish Luke's memory include his mother Kathy; two sisters Rachel (Jason) Padilla, and their children Hannah, Aubrey, Alannah, Blake and Lauren; Katie Kalb and her son Kael; Grandmother Millie Kalb, many aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends.

Luke was preceded in death by his father, Pete, grandpa AJ Kalb, and maternal grandparents Bob and Lollie Ferris.

In lieu of flowers, a Luke Kalb memorial fund has been established to create a baseball scholarship at the University of Dubuque in Luke's name.



Mary Therese O’Connell


Mary Therese O'Connell (aka "Puddy," "Mommo," or "that weird woman who is so nice to me") shuffled off her motor oil on February 10th, passing away suddenly and peacefully where she excelled - in bed.

Mary was born on June 29, 1939 in Chicago, IL, to Joseph and Mary Scheibel - two people you really wish you had met. Mary attended Clarke College in Dubuque, IA where she met her one true love, but eventually settled for John J. O'Connell, after she beat him in ping pong (this is not a euphemism). They were happily married on July 17, 1965. Mary then devoted much of her life to raising four wonderful children, and one numbskull. We're not telling you which is which.

Mary spent her summers at the family's cottage in Sister Lakes, MI where she sunbathed and enjoyed milkshakes at Driftwood. Never a shrinking violet, Mary was fiercely loyal, remarkably compassionate, and amazingly (and often times inappropriately) funny - unlike the writers of this obituary. Mary never met a stranger; every person she met, whether a server or a Senator, immediately became a close friend. She remembered your name, treated you with respect, all while learning how upset your aunt in Toledo was about the wedding invitations.

Mary found joy in the little things, her husband's endowments not included (financial endowments. Sheesh!) - a text from a grandchild, a phone call from her favorite child (again, we're not telling) and beautiful, life affirming memories shared with her husband of over 50 years. A proud cancer survivor, Mary cherished her life and family.

Those left to honor her memory include her loving husband, John O'Connell; five children: Kathleen (Patrick) Roseboom, John (Marcia) O'Connell III, Maureen (Michael) Sattan, Sheila (Keith) Berkley, and Megan (Matt) Cox; along with 16 grandchildren - Rachael, Ryan, Erin, Morgan, Ceridwen, Rhiannon, Michael, Stephen, Nicholas, Makenna, Alex, Sam, Calista, Will, Nora and Eliza. Mary would be impressed that you read this far. Mary is also survived by her brother, Joseph (Barbara) Scheibel of Tinley Park, IL and sister in law Kathy (Bob) Marsh of Manassas, VA. And you.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Resurrection Catholic Church. Friends (No enemies, please. You know who you are.) may call from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, February 14 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road.

In lieu of flowers, please send copious amounts of booze and chocolate. Or, for those of you that are more charitably inclined, please consider a donation to Opening Doors, a Dubuque non-profit that empowers the lives of homeless women and children at Maria House, Teresa Shelter and Francis Apartments.

Her children wish to express their condolences to everyone who didn't have a mom as genuine, spectacularly funny and loving as Mary.



Marion A. Beadle


Marion A. Beadle, age 96, of Dubuque, formerly of Galena and Waterloo, was called home peacefully at 12:05 a.m., on Sunday, February 11, 2018, at Luther Manor. To honor Marion's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, February 15, 2018, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Marion's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Marion was born on June 2, 1921, in Bellevue, Iowa, daughter of John F. and Agnes W. (Muchow) Wohlers.

Marion was born and raised in the Bellevue area before moving to Galena for 37 years, followed by another 27 years in Waterloo, before finally completing her travels and relocating to her last destination of Dubuque. She was united in marriage to her forever sweetheart, Thomas Beadle, on November 15, 1943, at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque. The cute couple was blessed with 66 wonderful years together before he was sadly called home ahead of her on June 17, 2010. Marion was a faith filled woman who was a long-time member of St. Michael's Church in Galena, St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, and most recently, St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque. Marion always cherished her role as a full-time wife and proudly paid meticulous care and attention to their home life. In her free time, Marion could be found sitting contently with a needle and thread in her hand working on her latest quilt or embroidery project. We are deeply saddened today that our beautiful Marion has been called home; but we know that the competitors around the card table finally have a chance at winning, we are relieved that she is now free of her earthly ailments, and we are surely thankful that her and Tom are now being joyfully reunited in their Heavenly home to begin their eternal loving commitment together.

Those left to cherish Marion's memory include

her siblings,
Verna Budde, Bellevue, IA
and Eldon Wohlers, Bellevue, IA;

her nieces and nephews,
Donald (Bev Godsey) Wohlers, Dubuque, IA,
Wayne (Betty) Wohlers, Dubuque, IA,
Dale (Rita) Wohlers, Galena, IL,
Judy (Mike) Devine, DeWitt, IA,
Randy (Chris) Budde, Delmar, IA
and Jean (Bob) Winter, Clinton, IA;

and her dear friend,
Margy Becker, Dubuque, IA.

Marion was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Thomas Beadle; her brothers, Wilfred Wohlers and Ralph (Lula) Wohlers; 2 nieces, Lynda Soenksen and Joan Webster; a nephew, Marty Budde; and a brother-in-law, Wayne Budde.

A Marion A. Beadle memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Marion's family would like to thank Dr. Khan, Dr. Kristin Nelson, along with her nurse, Joan, and all of Marion's friends and the staff at Mt. Pleasant Home, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the wonderful, professional and compassionate care they have provided to Marion over the years.

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

 



Peggy J. Haas


Peggy J. Haas, 80, of Dubuque passed away Thursday, February 8, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 am. Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Church of the Resurrection, with Rev. Joseph Hauer officiating. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, February 12th, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where a scripture service will be held at 6:30 pm.

Peggy was born December 11, 1937 in IL, daughter of Morris and Mabel Weber. She married Charles "Chuck" Haas September 1, 1956 in Fort Madison, Iowa. Peggy was employed at the Dubuque Community School District and at Loras College helping the priests. She also volunteered at the Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Peggy was an active member of Resurrection parish and helped with funeral dinners.

She enjoyed gardening (especially roses) reading, playing cards, her trips to the casino, traveling especially trips to Door County and seeing her Grandchildren and their activities. She was a Cub Scout leader when her sons were involved in scouting.

She is survived by her husband, Charles "Chuck" Haas; six sons, Michael Haas, Mitchell (Pamela) Haas , Matthew (Kathy) Haas, Martin Haas, Marcus (Mary) Haas, and Marcel (Lauren) Haas; grandchildren, Madison, Alexa, Nicholas, Jamie, Hailey, and Karaline.

Peggy was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, John Weber and her in-laws, John and Francis Haas.

Memorials may be made to the Church of the Resurrection in Peggy's memory.

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

 



Bob Schuster


Bob Schuster, age 71, of Dubuque, passed away unexpectedly at 3:25 p.m., on Friday, February 9, 2018, at home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Ave, with Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah officiating. Family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Bob was born on September 30, 1946, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Donald and Agnes (Heller) Schuster. He married Carol Vogel on September 7, 1968.

Bob enjoyed walks along the Lock and Dam, always picking up trash to preserve the environment for everyone to enjoy. He enjoyed watching the eagles and fishing, working in the yard, putzing in his workshop and spending time with his family. Bob was an avid reader, and lived a quiet and content life.

Surviving are his wife,
Carol Schuster, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Julianne (Mike) Sixel,
Chris (Tracy) Schuster,
Stacie (Greg) Halverson,
Stephanie (Nick) Maglis
and Alexander (fiancée Nicole) Schuster;

his grandchildren,
Nick, Jon, Matt and Kate Halverson, Ben and Nathan Sixel, Abby Schuster, Sophia, Amelia and Chloe Maglis;

his sisters,
Lavonne "Bonnie" Bigelow
and Jane Lampe;

and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws, Wilbur "Bill" (Joyce) Vogel; and 2 brothers-in-law, Eldon "Butch" Bigelow and Tom Lampe.

A Robert W. Schuster memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

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

 



Harold D. Davis


Harold D. Davis, 70, of Cascade, IA and formerly of Epworth, Iowa, passed away suddenly on Friday, February 9, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, IA.

Friends and relatives of Harold may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Sunday, February 11, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, IA, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

Services for Harold will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, February 12, 2018 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke presiding. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, IA with full military honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion Post #528.

Harold was born September 2, 1947 in Postville, IA, son of Oscar and Louise (Erb) Davis. He was a graduate of MFL High School and the University of Wisconsin in Plattville, WI. On August 12, 2005 he was united in marriage to Linda (Markus) Takes in St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, IA.

He was a teacher and also was employed as a postal carrier, he retired from the Dubuque post office. He was also a finished carpenter. He served for 22 years in the Army and the National Guard.

He was a member of St. Matthias parish in Cascade and its Piano Choir. He was also a member of the Cascade American Legion Post #528. He was an avid Cubs and Hawkeye fan. Harold was an umpire for 40 years, and referee official for 35 years. He was inducted into the Dubuque County Baseball Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Takes Davis of Cascade, IA, one daughter, Barb Davis of Ankeny, IA; a son Jim (Mandy) Davis of Marietta, GA; two grandchildren, Charlotte and Oliver Davis; two step children, John (Ginger) Takes of Dubuque, IA, and Jeanine Takes (fiancé, Steve Bethel) of Gilbert, AZ; a brother, Duaine (Linda) Davis of Luana, IA, and a sister, Diane (Curt) Kraus of Postville, IA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Mary Jane Boleyn of Dubuque, IA, Dorrance (Ida) Markus of East Moline, IL, JoAnn Kremer of Farley, IA and Ron (Gloria) Markus of Dubuque, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister-in-law, Gerry Williams; and two brothers-in-law, LaVern Markus and Ben Markus.

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



Kathleen F. Birch


Kathleen Frances (Rettenmaier) Birch 92 of Dubuque, died Thursday, February 8, 2018 in Dubuque of complications from strokes. She was born to Francis and Henrietta Rettenmaier as their sixth child, in Dubuque, IA on May 2, 1925. She grew up and lived her entire life in Dubuque.

She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1943. During WWII, she worked as a telephone operator for Bell Telephone Company while attending high school and following graduation. She married Howard A. Birch on June 12, 1946, he passed away on April 9, 1993 and spent her life as a communicant of Sacred Heart, and later St. Anthony's in Dubuque. She worked as a telephone operator and gift wrapper at Stampfer's Department Store until they closed in 1981. Following that, she was a store manager of the GNC at the Kennedy Mall until she retired in 1990.

Mrs. Birch belonged to a social dinner and coffee group for many years. She and her husband traveled annually with a group of former members of the USS San Francisco, visiting many areas of the US and Europe and reuniting after their many tours of duty during WWII. Both groups contributed a great deal of joy and good memories to the lives of both Mrs. Birch and her husband.

She was preceded in death by her husband Howard in 1993, father Francis (age 89) in 1976 and mother Henrietta (age 96) in 1988, sisters Sylvia and Marion in 1925, Geraldine in 2013, brothers Edward in 1956, Charles in 2011, and grandson John of Davenport, IA in 2017.

She is survived by her four children; Geraldine Birch Hurst of Vancouver, WA, Diane M. and James R. Birch (Laurie) of Dubuque, and William X Birch (Lynn) of Bolingbrook, IL; granddaughters, Dr. Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk (Joseph) of Fultondale, AL. and Teri Birch (widow of John) of Davenport, IA; grandsons, Brian J. Hurst (Elisabeth) of Portland, OR, Chris J. Birch (Crystal) of Olive Branch, MS, Lee R. Birch (Jodi) of Parkersburg, IA, and Brandon I. Birch of Bolingbrook, IL. She has 2 great granddaughters and 3 great grandsons.

Visiting hours will be at Hoffmann-Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque on Sunday, February 11, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Anthony's Catholic Church on Monday, February 12, 2018 at 10:00 am. Conducted by Rev. Steven Rosonke. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

The family extends a special thank you to the staff at University of Iowa hospitals, Iowa City.

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

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com

 



Jesse James Lutgen


Jesse James Lutgen, 32, of East Dubuque, IL formerly of Dubuque passed away on February 7, 2018 from complications of Diabetes.

Funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 12th, 2018 at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be at a later date in St. Lawrence Cemetery, Otter Creek. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Monday at the church until time of mass. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Jesse was born on July 1, 1985 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of David L. and Janelle (Huekels) Lutgen. He graduated from Dubuque Hempstead High School in 2003 and worked for HyVee in Dubuque and lastly for Nordstroms.

Jesse was an avid Iowa Hawkeye, Chicago Cubs, and Green Bay Packer fan, he also enjoyed Disc Golf and was a member of the Dubuque Disc Golf Club; but he especially loved his cousins and spending time with them.

He is survived by his mother Janelle Lutgen; his sister Theresa Lutgen; and his brother David Lee Lutgen, all of Bernard; along with many close cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father David Lutgen; his grandparents; his uncle Alan Lattner and his aunt Carol Lutgen.

In lieu of flowers a Jesse James Lutgen Memorial fund will be established.



Millie Hoerner


Millie Hoerner, 91, of Dubuque, Iowa, died on February 7, 2018, at Stonehill Care Center.

The funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 12, at St. Joseph Church Key West with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, February 11, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, Key West, IA, where a prayer service will be held at 1:00 p.m.

Millie was born on November 14, 1926, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Roy and Minnie (Kramer) Frederick. After graduating from Dubuque Senior High School, Millie worked as a secretary for Farley and Loetscher Manufacturing Company.

She married Robert "Bob" Hoerner on May 16, 1949, in Sioux Falls, SD, and soon after mothering and homemaking became her highest priority.

Once her children were grown, Millie was easeful, graceful, and useful in her role as teacher's aide for learning disabled children in the Dubuque Community Schools, nurturing the students she worked with as if they were her own. Special friendships were formed during those years that remain today, and working with special needs children was one more way for Millie to share joy and love, changing lives with her positive influence.

Millie also enjoyed playing cards, caring for birds and flowers, dancing, traveling with her husband, and spending time with friends and family. Her grandchildren brightened her life and gave her great-grandchildren to add even more fun. She lived the last years of her life for the pleasure of being with her brood and flock.

She was a member of the St. Gerard's Mother's Club, the Rosary Society in Key West, was active in her support of Area Residential Care, and volunteered in countless anonymous public and private situations.

Surviving are six of Millie and Bob's seven children: Julie Lester (special friend Leonel Vasquez), of Iowa City; Jerry (Marianne) Hoerner, of Key West, IA; Ted (Stacy) Hoerner, of Pittsburgh, PA; Dan (Linda) Hoerner, of Dubuque; Marianne Maili, of Chicago, IL; and Nancy (Al) Ronek, of Peosta, IA. Her heart also remains in her grandchildren: Jared and Audrey Lester; Adam (Stephanie) Hoerner, Callie (Bobby) Schauer, and Luke Hoerner; Jason, Jordan and Abbie Hoerner; Carlie and Greta Hoerner; Yancy and Axel (Irène) Choquet; and Quinn, Max, Lori and Sadie Ronek; and in her beloved great-grandchildren Faith, Eddie, and Isabelle Millie Schauer; and Dominic, Brody, Paisley, and Ethan Hoerner. Her surviving sisters and brothers in-law are Jean and Ruth Frederick; Phyllis Hoerner; Jim and Sally Hoerner; Darlene (Hoerner) and Donny Schmitt; and Ann Lambe. many nieces, nephews, cousins, and their children.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Minnie and Roy; her husband Bob; her first-born, son Tommy, on Feb. 23, 1961; two brothers Bud and Eldie Frederick; and several extended family and life-long friends.

The family wishes to thank the compassionate caregivers at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque, along with countless friends and family who brightened and warmed Millie's life and have offered support and kindness to her family.

In lieu of flowers, a Millie Hoerner Memorial Fund has been established which the family will distribute among organizations close to Millie's heart.



Irene C. Theobald


Irene C. Theobald, age 96, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 8:40 p.m., on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehab, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Irene's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah officiating. To celebrate Irene's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, February 9, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Entombment will be in the Resurrection Garden Mausoleum in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Irene was born on April 3, 1921, in Epworth, Iowa, daughter of Martin and Elizabeth (Urbain) Kennedy.

Irene was united in marriage to the love of her life, Sgt. John P. "Honest John" Theobald, on December 18, 1943, at St. John's Church in Placid, Iowa. They were blessed with 70 wonderful years together, and 6 loving children, before he was called home ahead of her on May 29, 2014. Irene was completely devoted to her role of loving wife, mother and homemaker. Where family was concerned, Irene was always there to make sure everyone understood clearly that they were forever loved, cared for, appreciated and adored. Irene always maintained a perfect home-life for her family and her skills have systematically continued to trickle down through the generations whom follow her wonderful example. Irene completely embraced and lived by a very simple principle which was quite evident throughout her daily life; "Work is Love Made Visible!" Faith was also an integral part of Irene's life and she was a long-time and prayerful member of Sacred Heart Church. Our hearts ache today with the very real sorrow of losing our sweet Irene upon the completion of her 96 year earthly journey. We are grateful for the time we had, for the love we shared, the memories she leaves behind, the work which made love visible, and the peace we surely possess in trusting that we'll all see her and John again one day. Thank you for all you did for us Irene and may the Lord bless you and keep you safe in His loving arms until we meet again.

Those left to cherish Irene's memory include

her children,
Richard John (Cathy) Theobald, Asbury, IA,
Ronald Edward (Kathy) Theobald, Dubuque, IA,
Randy Martin (Sue Young) Theobald, Farley, IA,
Roger Charles Theobald, Dubuque, IA,
Lynn Elizabeth (William) Meyer, Asbury, IA
and John Jacob "Jake" (David) Theobald, Dubuque, IA;

13 grandchildren;
Kris (Steve) Link, Timothy (Shamay) Theobald, Lynn (Josh) Bestold, Elizabeth (Nicholas) Champagne, Jennifer (Michael) Troxel, Irene Ryan, Janna (Miguel) Cruz, Shawntê (fiancé Marcus) White, Shannon (Rob) Fader, Tara (Justin) Dolezal, Matthew Meyer, Katelyn (Vadim Boyko) Meyer and Michael (Alicia) Meyer;

and 32 great-grandchildren.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Sgt. John P. Theobald; a grandson, Micah Theobald; and her 7 siblings, Clarence (Leona) Kennedy, Mary Kennedy, Quirin (Irene) Kennedy, Francis "Frank" (Anastasia) Kennedy, Martin (Helen) Kennedy, Elizabeth (Ralph) Kraus and Helen (John) Deckert.

An Irene C. Theobald memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Irene's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Ennoble Manor, and Hospice of Dubuque, for their kind, loving and compassionate care of Irene, and her family.

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

 



Donald A. Riesberg


Donald A. Riesberg, 78, of Dyersville passed away Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at Finley Hospital in Dubuque after a brief illness.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, February 11, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Monday from 9-10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 12, 2018, St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate and Deacon Roger Riesberg will assist and be the homilist.

Don was born May 19, 1939, in New Vienna the son of Clarence and Berneice (Boge) Riesberg. He grew up in New Vienna and graduated from St. Boniface High School with the Class of 1957. He married Donna Manternach on June 30, 1962 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Cascade. Together they had three daughters.

Don spent the majority of his career employed by John Deere, retiring in 1992. He enjoyed many activities including golf, playing cards, traveling and spending time with family.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Donna, 3 daughters: Marilyn (Bart) Werner of Delaware, Iowa, Wanda (Ken) Linderwell of Manchester and Annette (Dan) Eckert of Spirit Lake; 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; siblings: Judy (Roger) Westemeier, Justin "Sarge" (Mary Lynn) Riesberg, Roger (Kathy) Riesberg, and Clair (Doris) Riesberg all of Dyersville; and in-laws from the Manternach family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a great grandson, a sister-in-law, Jean Riesberg, and a nephew, Randy Westemeier.

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



Wayne A. Ring


Wayne Anthony Ring, 58, of Dubuque passed away Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at home. A private family celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

Wayne was born on November 5, 1959 in Dubuque the son of Robert A. and Virginia (Hubbard) Ring and his step father Herman Motsch. He worked at the former Dubuque Packing Co, Farmland, and FDL and was a member of the UFCW local 150A. He lastly worked for HyVee.

Wayne was a caring, giving, gentle soul. The simple things in life were a joy to him. Going for a walk, shooting a game or two of pool, going to the thrift stores to hunt for cut glass items for his collection, and listening to the radio, especially when the Cubs or Bulls were playing, or the trivia games where he could win free tickets were some of his favorites. He will be sadly missed.

He is survived by his sisters Linda (Don) Slattery and Barbara McDermott both of Dubuque and a brother Daniel Ring of Bernard, a sister-in-law Sandy Ring, his stepfather Herman Motsch, and step sister Donna Christensen along with nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Robert Ring, his mother Virginia Motsch, a brother Randall Ring, a sister Susan Doerr, and a step sister Carol Upmann.

Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.



Richard L. Wagner


Richard L. Wagner, 91, of Dubuque died Monday, February 05, 2018 at home.  Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday at St. Raphael's Cathedral.  Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Richard was born April 9, 1926 in Dubuque, IA, son of Matthew and Clara (Gehler) Wagner.  He married the love of his life Mary Charlene Coakley on September 7, 1949 in Otter Creek, Iowa. They were happily married for 52 years. Charlene preceded him in death in 2001.

Richard Wagner worked at Stanley Home Products for 34 years as the warehouse manager. He then worked at Dubuque Insulation and Siding for over 20 years as their warehouse manager where he retired at the age of 72 years old. He was a very hard working man who never complained about anything and was a person who would give his shirt off his back to help someone else.

Richard loved calling square dancing, going out for dinner, dancing, and ice cream with his friends and family. He was very successful with being an award winning horseshoe player and baseball player. Richard enjoyed riding his bike, playing cards, and walking at the arboretum. His faith was very important to him.  He was a longtime member of St. Raphael's Cathedral where he ushered for 20 years. Richard loved spending his time with his family. The most precious thing to him was his granddaughter Katelyn. He loved traveling the countryside while watching his granddaughter perform. He traveled all over the U.S. with his family and never missed a single singing or dance competition of hers. Richard was one of the most loving, genuine, and sweetest men you could have ever met. He will be missed dearly by his family and friends.

Richard is survived by his only daughter, Linda (David) Soat of Dubuque; and only granddaughter Katelyn (Special friend, Brandon Weber) Soat of Dubuque; and a brother, Merlin (Mary) Wagner of LaMotte.

He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Rita Hartman and Aggie Williamson.

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

Richard Wagner memorial fund has been established.

A special thanks to Dr. Abou-Arab, Dr. Waldo Guerrero, Dr. Regan Wolbers, Juliane Rossman, The VA Clinic, David Soat, Brandon Weber, Holly Campbell, Levi Hongsermeier, Makenna Bullerman, Tom, By Your Side Care, and many others who took care of Richard.

 

 

 



Marvin J. Rolfes


Marvin J. Rolfes, 78, of Colesburg, passed away Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at Edgewood Convalescent Home in Edgewood.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 pm Friday, February 9, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Saturday from 9 - 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Saturday, February 10, 2018, SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Petersburg with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Marvin was born August 24, 1939, near Petersburg the son of Lawrence and Mathilda (Willenbring) Rolfes.  He married Patricia Goedken on April 8, 1967, in Petersburg.  She preceded him in death on August 8, 1976.  He later married Janet Vorwald Morley on December 26, 1987, in Petersburg.  Marvin farmed on his family dairy farm his entire life.

Survivors include his wife, Janet Rolfes; 7 children: Robert Rolfes and William Rolfes both of Petersburg, Kathleen Hefel of Dyersville, Lori (Larry) Clark of Osage, Lana (Douglas) Hollar of Calmar, Lisa (Todd) Miller of Charles City and Lee (Christina) Morley of Greenville, SC; grandchildren: Nicki (Nick) Klein, Adam Rolfes, Aaron (Jenna) Hefel, Shana Wyman, Christopher (Paige) Clark, Caleb (Hailey) Clark, Dusty (Marshall) Perkins, Nathan (Heather) Hollar, Brandon (Tessa) Miller, Jacob Miller, Shane Miller, Zackary (Sasha) Morley and Heather (Will Thompson) Morley; 11 great grandchildren; in-laws: Germaine Goedken Lavern (Patsy) Goedken, John (Marilyn) Goedken, Norma Brunsman, Inez (Francis) Hermsen, Valeria Bockenstedt, Carol (Dale) Clemen, Mary (Mike) Klein, Barbara (Roger) Bear, Bill Wright, Pat (Mark) Larson, Cindy (Jim) Johnson, Jane (Dave) Moose, Jennifer (Gary) Schroeder, Jeff (Ross) Vorwald and Jeri (Bill) Vincent.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Patricia, an infant son, Thomas Rolfes in 1976, a daughter-in-law, Kim Rolfes; a sister: Mary Ann Willenborg, and a brother and sister in infancy; in-laws: Gilbert Goedken, Helen (Emil) Wilgenbusch, Stella (Leo) Demmer, Mary Lou (Elmer) Engelken, Vernon Brunsman, Irvin Bockenstedt, Kathleen Wright.

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

 

 



Janet D. Howell


Janet D. Howell, 65, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side at 5:51 P.M. on Tuesday, February 6, 2018.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Janet on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, from 4 to 7 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Janet Denise Horkheimer was born on February 21, 1952 in Dubuque, Iowa, to Edwin and Irene (Broadhead) Horkheimer. She grew up in Dubuque and married Dennis Howell August 16, 1969 and they had three children together. They later divorced in 1991.

Janet worked for several years at DynaGear, Hoof, Wady's and Pacific Coast Feather Factory. She enjoyed fishing, puzzles, reading, playing dice and cards, and spending time with her grandchildren and three boys.

She is survived by her three boys, Jeffrey (Danielle) Howell of Maquoketa, IA, Duane (Dana) Howell of Maquoketa, IA, and Jeromy (Brandi) Howell of Maquoketa, IA; 11 grandchildren, Meagan, Taylan, Katelynn, Kansas, Theresa, Aubrey, Alison, Tinlsey, Marcus, Tayden and Teagyn; her siblings, John (Carol) Horkheimer of Dubuque, IA, Paul (Judy) Horkheimer of Dubuque, IA, and Mary Wharton of Dubuque, IA; many nieces and nephews; and her aunts and uncles, Doris Parr of Soldiers Grove, WI, Helen (Donnie) Parr of Viroqua, WI, George (LuAnn) Broadhead of WI, Jim (Liz) Broadhead of WI, Darrel Broadhead of WI, and Eustace Horkheimer of MI. She was preceded in death by her parents, nephew Jimmy Wharton, granddaughters Averee, Olivia and Gabriella Howell, and special friend Dave Leibfried.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Janet D. Howell memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Jeane E. Mika


Jeanne E. Mika, 90, of 511 County Rd Z, Hazel Green, WI, passed away at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, February 4, 2018 at home to be with her husband Donald.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the Gathering Place at the Dominican Motherhouse at Sinsinawa, with Fr. Louis Morrone, OP, Fr. Andrew Carl Wisdom, OP, Fr. Jack Risley OP, and Fr. Dan Davis, OP, concelebrating.  Burial will be in St. Clara Cemetery.

Visitation will be after 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 17th at the Gathering Place. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.

Jeanne was born on July 8, 1927 in St. Paul, MN, the daughter of George and Rose (Brosseau) Trefethen.  She was united in marriage to Donald J. Mika on November 25, 1946 at Holy Rosary Church in Minneapolis.  He preceded her in death on February 13, 2010.

She modeled women's clothing, and was a receptionist in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.  She was voted top receptionist three different times for the Minneapolis region.

Surviving is a daughter, Sister Debra Mika, OP, of Sinsinawa, WI; a brother, Todd (Joyce) Trefethen of Crosby, MN; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Rose; her husband, Donald; and a sister Phyllis Trefethen.

Memorials may be sent to the Sinsinawa Dominicans and Hospice of Dubuque.

Sister Debra wishes to thank Dr. Greg Vandigo, Dr. Bruce Obbink, and the staff and nurses from Hospice of Dubuque, especially, Stephanie, Stacey, Melanie, Katie G. and Kathy P. for their wonderful care and support.

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

 

 



Dennis U. Recker


Dennis U. Recker, 77, of Dyersville, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, February 06, 2018 at 3:50 a.m. at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester, Iowa.

Friends and family of Dennis may call from 2 to 7 p.m., Friday, February 9, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Concelebrating will be Rev. Aloysius Vorwald. Friends may also call after 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Services for Dennis will be held at noon on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa with Rev Dennis Quint Presiding. A private family burial will be held in St. Francis Cemetery at a later date.

Dennis was born on September 7, 1940 in New Vienna, Iowa, son of Leo and Henrietta (Schilmoeller) Recker.

He received his education in the New Vienna area school system, and was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works for 34 years, followed by an abundant, well deserved retirement. On August 25, 1962 he was united in marriage to JoAnn L. Vaske at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa. She preceded him in death on March 10, 2014. He enjoyed fishing on the Mississippi. Dennis also had a great love for golf. Dennis was a committed, selfless man, especially to his wife, JoAnn. He was a very proud grandfather.

He was a member of the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier Parish, and the Dyersville American Legion Post #137. Dennis served proudly in the Army Reserves.

He is survived by his two sons, Jeff Recker of New Port Richey, Fl and Randy Recker of Plantation, FL; one granddaughter, Cassandra Recker and a great granddaughter, Brianna Recker; his siblings, Ethel Vorwald of Placid, Cy Recker of New Vienna, Gladys Wessels of Dyersville, Doris Wright of Montgomery,IL, Norma (Ken) Eike of Manchester, Roger (Linda) Recker of Ryan, Joyce (Leo) Davidshofer of Dubuque, Larry (Alice) Recker of Tucson, AZ; brothers and sisters-in-laws, Joe (Diane) Vaske of Freeport, IL, Jim (Karin) Vaske of Inver Grove Heights, MN, Mary (Rick) Rauen of Farley, Linda (Bob) Sigwarth and Jack Banwarth both of Dubuque.

He is also preceded in death by his parents Leo and Henrietta; four brothers, Earl Recker, Jim Recker, Melvin and Marvin Recker (infancy); his father and mother-in-law, Joseph and Louise Vaske; sister-in-law, Kay Banwarth and three brothers-in-laws, Paul Vorwald, Ernst Wessels and Wayne Wright.

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

 



Joey R. Adams


Joey R. Adams, 57, of Kieler, WI passed away on February 2, 2018 at his parents home in Dickelville, WI after a battle with cancer.

Funeral mass will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, February 10th, 2018 at Kieler Immaculate Conception Church with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Family and friends may gather from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturday at the church until time of mass. Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery in Lancaster, WI. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.

Joey was born on February 19, 1960 in Lancaster, WI the son of Richard and Janis (Bass) Adams. He attended school in Cuba City and worked as a master carpenter his whole life.

He loved working with his hands and building things in his garage. He also enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, horses and gardening. Joey loved his two daughters and his family and especially loved spending time with them during the holidays.

He is survived by his daughters, Crissy (Mike) Gantenbein and Tammy (Brandon) Gann, both of Texas; three grandsons, Lucas & Wyatt Gann and Tanner Gantenbein; his parents, Richard & Janis Adams, of Dickeyville; his siblings, Randy Adams, Lyle Adams and Linda Adams.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Clifford and Beatrice Bass and Frank and Elizabeth Adams and his sister Julie Weber.