Weekly Ads

Obituaries

Click here for obituaries
older than 14 days


Current Obituaries

Anne M. Genthe Carol S. Kruger Goettler Carole S. Dodds
Christina A. Bauer Clarence L. Avenarius Debra K. Hall
Donald F. Breiner Doris H. Rogers Elizabeth I. Schmitt
Everett J. Schuman Gaylen C. Meis George H. Banworth
Gerald F. Herburger Gerald T. Corrigan Harvey G. Larsen
Irene M. Anderson James B. Eveland James C. Bowling
Jance L. Reisdorf Janet A. Gerstkamp Jean Smith
Kathryn A. Frommelt Kevin John Francis Lloyd S. Saunders
Lois C. Green Marie E. Kreeb Marie V. Coates
Mark A. Barnhart Rev. Emmett T. Busch Richard Bernard Hefel
Richard W. Kenniker Robert Leroy Wagner Ronald W. McNett
Sarah M. Graham Sharon M. Kremer Sr. Mary Concepta Joseph Milinski
Stephanie M. Hahlen Susan J. Nugent Theodore J. Beaves
Thomas L. Meyers Wilfred J. Meyer Wilma J. Harder

James C. Bowling

James C. Bowling, 82, of Davenport, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday evening, January 20, 2015, at the Bergan Mercy Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

A celebration of James' life will be held at 2 P.M., Saturday, January 31, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11 A.M. to 2 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Streets Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

James Carson Bowling was born on June 23, 1932 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Guy and Gertrude (Streets) Bowling. He was a 1949 graduate of Maquoketa High School, and then married Darlene Faye Tracy. They later divorced.

James had owned and operated several nightclubs in the Quad Cities area including the Lakehurst Supper Club in Maquoketa. He also worked at the Rock Island Arsenal and retired after 29 years. In retirement he worked at ACE Hardware store in Davenport for several years and continued to work there until his death.

James was a former Moose Lodge member. He loved people and had a heart of gold. He would help anyone that he could. He loved his family and was a true gentlemen.

Those left to honor his memory include his son Dennis (Marilyn) Bowling of Maquoketa, IA; 1 granddaughter Denise (Terry) Haugen of Leavenworth, KS; 1 great-grandson Nathaniel (Tiffani); 1 great-great-grandson Luke; 3 sisters Nadine (Harold) Lubben of Maquoketa, IA, Pauline Wulf of Davenport, IA, and Maxine Orange of Copeville, TX; a sister-in-law Judy Bowling of Maquoketa, IA; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 7 brothers and a son Donald Bowling.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a James C. Bowling memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Donald F. Breiner

Donald F. Breiner, 86, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, January 26, 2015 at Finley Hospital.

Services will at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 29, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where friends may greet the family from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Rev. Pamela Starr will officiate.

Donald was born May 4, 1928 in Dubuque, the son of Walter and Ruby (Stoltz) Breiner. 

He married JoAnn Armbruster on September 24, 1947 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church. She preceded him in death on November 13 1994. 

Donald was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works for 38 years. He also farmed on Herber Road for over 20 years. Donald enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing, hunting, and bonfires. He loved his grandchildren, and loved spending time with them.

Donald is survived by his children, Diane (Ken) Mitchell, Jayne (Frank) Pothoff, Jim (Cindy) Breiner, Dan (Mary) Breiner, and Debbie (Doug) Juergens; grandchildren, Joe (Joanne), Josh and Jesse (Phi) Mitchell, Brenda Naab, Becky Jo (Josh) Bahl, Wendy Brehm, Mike(Laura) Breiner, Matt (Abby) Breiner, Kristy (Adam) Dupont, Kim (Travis) Burkle, Keri Breiner, Annie (Craig) Sheehe, Donny Joe (Mary)Breiner, Andrew (Jessica) Breiner, Donica, Dana Jo (fiancé Ryan Gruber), Dustin (Stephanie) and their daughter Emma Jolene, Darla, and Darci Juergens; 26 great grandchildren; and three brothers, Harvey, Bob (Leta), and Tom (Arlene) Breiner, all of Dubuque.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Jolene Breiner; his daughter in law, Peggy Breiner; a grandson in law, Lawrence " Junior" Brehm; and a sister in law, Jane Breiner.

Memorials may be made to the Donald Breiner Memorial Fund.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Brian Moran; and to Don's little nurse, Darla Juergens.

Online condolences may be left at hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Mark A. Barnhart

Mark A. Barnhart, 52, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, January 25, 2015, at his home in Maquoketa, surrounded by his family.

A celebration of Mark's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, January 29, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery.

Mark Allen Barnhart was born on March 20, 1962 in Dubuque, Iowa, to Raymond L. and Coba (Lanham) Barnhart. He grew up in Colesburg and attended Edgewood Colesburg High School graduating early so he could serve his country by joining the military.

Upon receiving an honorable discharge, he worked as a butcher for Tyson Foods in Postville, and then as a butcher for a beefhouse and later for a poultry farm. He then worked at General Mills in Cedar Rapids where he met Teresa A. Shady. They were married on December 17, 2010 and moved to Maquoketa where Mark worked for the past four years at Web Printing.

Mark was a former member of the Colesburg American Legion. He enjoyed grilling, fishing, hunting and most importantly spending time with his family.

Those left to honor Mark's memory include his wife Teresa A. Barnhart of Maquoketa, IA; children Dachia of MN, Brandon of Greeley, IA, Chrissy of Greeley, IA, and Britteny of MN; step-children Trinity Miller of Norway, IA, and Timothy Miller of Norway, IA; his mother Coba Barnhart of MO; a brother Mitch (Renea) Barnhart of Strawberry Point, IA; sisters Tammy Krogmann of Vandalia, MO and Pamela (Jason) Jones of Colesburg, IA; and 7 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Mark A. Barnhart memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Lois C. Green

Lois C. Green, 90 0f Oak Park Place and formerly of rural Dubuque died Saturday January 24, 2015.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 am Thursday, January 29, 2015 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Key West, with Fr. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Friends may call from 3 to 8 Wednesday January 28, 2015 at The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road where there will be a parish Vigil service at 3 pm.

Lois was born on April 2, 1924 in Durango, Iowa the daughter of Sylvester and Celestine (Jungers) Reuter. She married Arnold Green on January 29, 1947 at Saint Joseph Key West Church and shared 66 wonderful years together until Arnolds passing on July 13, 2013.

Lois was a member of Dubuque County Farm Bureau Women's Group and was voted mother of the year in 1980. She enjoyed raising chickens and delivering egg's to her many egg customers over the years. She was a member of Saint Joseph Church, Key West.

She is survived by her eight children, Melvin (Barb) Green, Edward Green, JoAnn Heber, Clifford (Pat) Green, Barbara Barth, Joseph (Michelle) Green, Karen (Joe) Meier, and Mary (Kevin) Love. Nineteen grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, her brother Ken (Lois) Reuter, sister-in-law Betty Reuter, brothers and sisters-in-law John "Bob" (Marcella) Green, Charlie (Mary) Green, and Robert Offerman. Many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Arnold in 2013, son-in-law Loren Heber in 2014, brothers Clem Reuter, Cpl. Harlan Reuter, Jack Reuter, and Jim (Darlene) Reuter. Brothers and sisters-in-law Roland "Ted" (Mildred) Green, Virginia (Vince) Kremer, Loras Green, Joseph Green, Oscar (Berneice) Green, Claude (Shirley) Green, Frank (Estelle) Simon, Mary Jo Offerman, and her nephew Eugene Reuter.

The family wishes to thank the nursing staff at Oak Park Place, Mercy Medical Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care and kindness.



Marie E. Kreeb

Marie E. Kreeb, 97, of Dyersville, Iowa, died Sunday, January 25, 2015, at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville after a brief illness.

Friends may call from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville, where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Marie was born July 26, 1917, in Castle Grove, Iowa, the daughter of John "Jack" and Elizabeth (Jasper) Dempsey. She went to school in Delaware County, walking a mile and a half to and from. She married Raymond H. Kreeb on June 22, 1936 in Monticello, Iowa. Together they moved to Dyersville where they owned and operated the Phillips 66 station until they purchased McCabe Cleaners in 1963 and renamed it Kreeb Cleaners. They had 4 children and also were foster parents to 10 lucky children.

Marie was a seamstress who did alterations at Kreeb Cleaners, developing many friendships that she enjoyed over the years. She also enjoyed gardening, dancing with Ray, and fishing at their little cabin on the Mississippi River in Guttenberg.

Survivors include her children: Jack (Janet) Kreeb, Patty Kramer and Bill (Kay) Kreeb, all of Dyersville, and Mike (Colleen) Kreeb of Tarpon Springs, FL; 11 grandchildren: Jon (Marsha) Kreeb, Janelle (Justin) Ison, Sara (Tim) Koch, Sally (Mike) Brant, Dan Kramer, Mike (Kerri) Kramer, Kristie (Brian) Cassidy, Matt (Jenny) Kreeb, Jennifer (Jeff) Joiner, David Kreeb, and Bryon (Anne) Kreeb; great-grandchildren: Jasmin and Josh Gerontis, Jonah, Ison, Brandon, Raymond and Alex Koch, Audra (Christian) Kahle, Taylor and Mitchell Brant, Julien, Jude and Sylvia Kramer, Maggie and Will Cassidy, Lillian and Elizabeth Kreeb, and Andrew, Alex and Gabrielle Kreeb; great-great-grandchildren Drew and Nate Kahle;
one sister, Kate Hageman, of Marion; and a brother-in-law, Charles Kreeb, of Coralville, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ray, in 1995; a son-in-law, Robert "Gar" Kramer; siblings: Viola (Leo) Chapman, Charlie and Clarence Dempsey, Lucille (Pat) Seehusen, and Georgene (Robert) Brokens; 
in-laws: Louise (Art) Holub, Marie (Bub) Bowling, Fred (Sylvia) Kreeb, Ralph Hageman and Eunice Kreeb.

Memorials are preferred to St. Francis Xavier Basilica and/or St. Francis Xavier Grade School.

We would like to thank the staffs of the Ellen Kennedy Living Center, Oak Crest Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their cumulative years of wonderful care and companionship.

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



Jance L. Reisdorf

Jance Lynn Reisdorf, 45, of 3390 Rose Apartments, formerly of 1103 Garfield Dubuque IA, passed away January 21st 2015. Friends may call on January 27, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home, 2595 Rockdale Road from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with services at 7:00 p.m. by Pastor Matt Collins officiating. Burial will be at Mount Calvary at a later time.

She was born July 27, 1969 the daughter of Terrance Sr. & Judith (Pitz) Reisdorf.

Jance was a much loved individual by many. She was always a giver to others either related or just in need. She had donated her large collection of collector Barbie dolls to children in need at the Iowa University Hospital, earned her CNA early on providing care for those in need, she would always be there to care for family in so many ways. Jance was the world's greatest daughter, sister, cousin, aunt, godmother, and friend. She had a beautiful way about her, always being a good listener lifting your spirits with her wonderful smile.

Jance is survived by her mother Judy, Grandfather Bob Pitz, her brothers Terrance Reisdorf Jr. (Jodi), Joe Reisdorf, and Bob Reisdorf (Ann). Jance was a loving aunt to Zoey, Mateah, Carter, Denver, and Katelyn.

Jance was preceded in death by her father Terrance Reisdorf Sr., nephew Jacob Woodward-Reisdorf, Grandparents Joe & Irma Reisdorf and Grandparent Rose Walsh.

Flowers may be sent to Leonard Funeral Home prior to services.

The family would like to thank the community who helped us in our efforts to find Jance. Special thanks to our Dubuque Law Enforcement, including Officer Paul Avenarius, Officer Jonathan Brokens, Officer William "BJ" Juergens, Captain Russ Stecklein, Chapain Charles Fizer, and Lt. Scott Baxter. We also wish to thank various persons with the Rose staff & residents who involved themselves in Jance life, she loved you.



Lloyd S. Saunders

Lloyd S. Saunders, 99, of Wyoming, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, January 23, 2015, at the Clarence Care Center after a short illness.

A celebration of Lloyd's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. until service time. Burial will be in the Pence Cemetery, rural Baldwin, Iowa.

Lloyd Scott Saunders was born on December 19, 1915 on a farm in Clinton County, south of Baldwin, Iowa, the son of Bert Raymond and Ida Pearl (Scott) Saunders. When Lloyd was 5, the family moved to a farm near Canton, in Jackson County. Lloyd attended country school graduating in 1930 and grew to manhood helping on the family farm.

On January 1, 1939, Lloyd married Robert M. Dixon, of Belle Plaine, Iowa, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. They made their home on the family farm near Canton until 1974, when they moved to a small farm near Wyoming. Roberta and Lloyd enjoyed a wonderful marriage for over 67 years. Her death on June 15, 2006, left a big gap in his life. However, he carried on and remained in his own home until he was well over 97.

Lloyd's life work was farming. He loved the land, the growing of crops and livestock and the rural lifestyle.

Lloyd was a longtime member of the Tipton Bible Church, the Anamosa Gideon Camp, the Jackson County Historical Society, the State of Iowa Historical Society, the Farm Bureau, and several other farm related groups. He also served for many years on the Canton School Board.

Those left to honor Lloyd's memory include a sister Marjorie Clemens of Cedar Rapids, IA; a number of nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant sister, a nephew Larry Harder, and 3 sisters Myrtle Watters, Beulah Duhme and Wilma "Peg" Harder on January 22, 2015.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Lloyd S. Saunders memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Wilma J. Harder

Wilma J. "Peg" Harder, 88, of Elwood, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, January 22, 2015, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Peg's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday, January 26, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, at a later date.

Wilma Jane Saunders was born on April 18, 1926 in Brandon Township, rural Monmouth, Iowa, to Bert Raymond and Ida Pearl (Scott) Saunders. She was a 1944 graduate of Maquoketa High School and then worked as a secretary at the Maquoketa City Hall. She married Elmer Louis Harder on May 21, 1944 in Clinton, Iowa. They farmed together east of Elwood until retiring in 1986, but continued to live on their farm until moving to Maquoketa in 2012.

Peg was a member of the Elwood United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She was a charter member of the Lawrence Van Hook Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, and a member of the Iowa Society of Mayflower.

Peg loved doing things in her kitchen, especially cooking and baking and collecting and trying new recipes. She enjoyed reading, keeping the farm records and corresponding with friends and relatives.

Those left to honor Peg's memory include her husband of 70 years Elmer Harder of Maquoketa, IA; a son Gary Lee Harder of Maquoketa, IA; a brother Lloyd Saunders of Clarence, IA; and a sister Marjorie Clemens of Cedar Rapids, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son Larry Edward on May 22, 1991, and sisters Myrtle Watters and Beulah Duhme.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Wilma J. "Peg" Harder memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Theodore J. Beaves

Theodore J. "Ted" Beaves, Sr., 88, of Dubuque died Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 8pm Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30 p.m.

Ted was born October 11, 1926 in Dubuque, son of George and Ludwina (Eisbach) Beaves. He graduated from Loras Academy in 1944 then served in the US Navy during WWII. He returned to Dubuque and attended Loras College, graduating in 1949.

He married Eileen Ryan on September 30, 1950 at St. Joseph the Prairie Catholic Church. He worked in information technology at Mercy Medical Center from 1964 until 1984. He then worked for NCR in Dayton, Ohio from 1984 until his retirement in 1989. After retirement he and Eileen moved back to Dubuque.

Ted was a long time member of the Church of the Resurrection, member of the Knights of Columbus and a volunteer in the SHIIP program.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Eileen Beaves; six children, Carol Beaves of West St. Paul, Minn., Ted (Deb) Beaves of Dubuque, Ann (Tom) Hanson of Manchester, Mary Jo (Bill) Einwalter of Farley, Julie (Mike) Dunn of Dubuque, and Michael (Lisa) Beaves of Ankeny; 16 grandchildren, five great granddaughters; two brothers, George (Dorothy) Beaves of Dubuque and Peter (Margaret) Beaves of East Dubuque; In- laws, Kay Steuck, Ray, (Gail) Ryan, Geri Ryan, and Andrea Ryan.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings and their spouses, Richard and Gerry Beaves, Mary Ellen and Jim Kadra, Charlotte and Bill Hanley, Jack and Veronica Murphy; and in laws, Paul and Bill Ryan and Bob Stueck.
Memorials may be made to Loras College or Resurrection Parish.

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

A special thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff at Tri-State Dialysis Center and Mercy Medical Center for the utmost care and concern they showed our father and husband.



Anne M. Genthe

Anne M. Genthe, 86, of Dubuque, formerly of Sherrill, died peacefully January 22, 2015.

Friends and family may call from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday January 25th 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Funeral service will be at 11:00a.m. Monday January 26th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory. Entombment will follow in Linwood Cemetery. A memorial mass will be held at a later date.
Anne was born October 2, 1928, daughter of Edwin and Mathilda (Richard) Whitfield, of Dubuque. Anne married Earl E. Genthe on June 19, 1948 in Rickardsville. He preceded her in death on October 17, 2009.

Anne worked for ARA Services at John Deere, where she drove lunch cart and was the Union Stewart for the local chapter for 25 years, until her retirement. She devoted her life to raising her family. She enjoyed doing yard work, especially planting her beautiful flowers. Anne was a member of St. Peter and Paul Parish and Rosary Society in Sherrill.

Surviving are her children: Gary (Tammy Schmitt) Genthe of Evansdale, Leann (Steve) Sabers of Dubuque, Susan Genthe of Dubuque, Mark Genthe of Peosta, Nancy (Dale) Meyer of Dubuque, Jeff Genthe of Littleton, CO; her grandchildren: Jay & Danny Genthe, Scott & Chris (Brie) Sabers, Andy (Denice), Randy, & Abby Genthe, Matt (Danielle), Ashley, & Nick Meyer, Keri & Austin Genthe; her nine great-grandchildren; her brothers: Richard (Carla) Whitfield, Edwin (Marjorie) Whitfield, & Robert (Robyn)Whitfield; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, sister Dorothy Frommelt, sister and brother-in-law June & George Ackman, brother-in-law Richard Genthe, sister-in-law Vinca Doviak, and grandson Tommy Genthe.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Dubuque Nursing & Rehab Center and Dr. Cynthia Konz & Sherri of Dubuque Internal Medicine for the excellent care they provided to Mom.



Wilfred J. Meyer

Wilfrid J. "Willie" Meyer, age 82, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, at 1:40 p.m. on Thursday, January 22, 2015, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To honor Wilfrid's life, funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 26, 2015, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista, with Rev. Msgr. James L. Miller and Rev. Msgr. Wayne A. Ressler officiating. To celebrate Wilfrid's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 25, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Willie was born on January 21, 1933, in Dubuque, IA, son of Herman and Mary (Burds) Meyer.

Willie proudly served with the U.S. Army in Korea. He married Jean (Mueller) on April 25, 1953, at St. Raphael's Cathedral. Willie owned and operated Meyer Bros. Painting for over 50 years. He was an avid golfer. One of the highlights of his golf career was in 1981 when he won the Dubuque City County Golf Championship in a sudden death playoff against his son, John. Willie loved spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.

Willie is survived by his loving wife, Jean Meyer, Dubuque, IA; his children, John (Nina) Meyer, Dubuque, IA, James Meyer, Dana Point, CA, Dennis (Renee) Meyer, Ft. Myers, FL, Paula (Ernie) Dykstra,Thomson, IL, Phillip (Debbie) Meyer, Dubuque, IA, Sarah Meyer-Pratti, Dubuque, IA; 17 grandchildren, Thad (Karen) Meyer, Mandie (Brian) Stoll, Megan Meyer, Jeremy (Ashley) Meyer, Natalie Meyer, Maria (Kirt) Glasford, Kristin (Jesus) Medina, Alicia Meyer, Andrew Meyer, Kelsey Yorks, Selena (Chad) Medenblik, Hannah Dykstra, Colby Dykstra, Trevor (Camila) Meyer, Morgan Meyer, Marissa Meyer and Jordan Pratti; 15 great-grandchildren; his siblings, Mary Rita (Jerry) Hubbard, Bend, OR, Cletus Meyer, Dubuque, IA, Mary Gertrude (Leon) Kurt, Cascade, IA, Herman Joe (Sandy) Meyer, Fairfax, IA, Kathy (Doug) Schlickman, Dubuque, IA; a sister-in-law, Eileen Meyer, Dubuque, IA; a brother-in-law, Wayne Zumhof, AZ.

Willie was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mary Agatha Zumhof; a brother, Donald J. Meyer and a sister-in-law, Ann Meyer.

A Wilfrid J. "Willie" Meyer memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital and Manor Care Health Services for their wonderful care of Wilfrid.

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

 



Christina A. Bauer

Christina A. Bauer, 56, of Farley passed away on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at home.

Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road. A visitation will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Christina was born on Nov. 17, 1958 in Dubuque, the daughter of James and Sylvia (Baldwin) Splinter.

She married Robert Bauer on May 30, 1998 in Dubuque.

She was employed at Regency in Dubuque for over 20 years. After they closed she went back to school at NICC where she earned her Associates Degree. She graduated with honors, and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Alpha Beta Gamma.

After completing school she was employed at IBM until her diagnosis.

Chris was a very proud grandmother and never missed an opportunity to spoil her grandchildren. She recently welcomed her newest addition, Daisy.

Chris was an avid fan of the Minnesota Vikings, Dale Earnhardt Jr., St. Louis Cardinals and recently Detroit Tigers.

She enjoyed knitting and went to several knitting trips with her cousins.

Most of all Chris cherished her family and friends, and her "little slice of heaven" in Farley.

Surviving is her husband, Bob Bauer; children James W. (Amber) Gassman, of New Vienna, IA., Amber R. Bauer, of Dubuque; step-son Adam (Heather) Bauer, of Peosta, IA; step-daughter April (Scott) Smith of Lake Mills, IA.; grandchildren Robbie, Randy, and Ricky Bauer, Aubrey Smith, Benjamin Birkett, Maggie, Quintin and Daisy Gassman; mother Sylvia Splinter; brother James "Jim" (Kathy "Kate" McDermott) Splinter; sisters-in-law Donna (Mike) Dillon and Barb Wiedenbacher; and brother-in-law Dennis "Harry" (Julie) Bauer.

She was preceded in death by her father, James Splinter; sister Shari Vrotsos; and brother-in-law Richard Bauer.

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

A Christina Bauer memorial fund has been established where donations will be given to pancreatic cancer research.

We would like to give our heartfelt thank you to Dr. Farnell and his team at the Mayo Clinic, the second floor nurses at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, Minn., Dr. Mark Hermann, and Hospice of Dubuque for your exceptional care.



Kathryn A. Frommelt

Kathryn A. (Kuehnle) Frommelt, 87, of Dubuque passed away Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Luther Manor.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St.

Kathryn was born May 7, 1927 in Dubuque, daughter of Louis and Mae (Billmeyer) Kuehnle. She married William Frommelt on June 22, 1949 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Dubuque.

She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and was employed at Dubuque Bank and Trust Company, retiring in 1990.

She and William "Bill" traveled to all 50 states and many other places around the world. She was a lifetime member of Holy Trinity parish.

Surviving is her husband, William "Bill" Frommelt, of Dubuque; a son, Bill T. (Mary Kay) Frommelt, of Kansas City, MO; two daughters, Mary K. Borders of Roseville, Calif., and Sue (Bud) May, of Rockford, Ill; three grandchildren, Andy, Sarah and Joe May; a sister, Lou Ann (Tom) Kress, of Rossford, Ohio; and a sister-in-law, Marion McCarville, of Marion, IA

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, John; a sister-in-law, Joan Pierce; and a son-in-law, Curtis Borders.

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



Susan J. Nugent

Susan J. Nugent, 79, died Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at Sunnycrest Manor.

Private family funeral services will be held. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, is in charge of the arrangements.

Susan was born on Feb. 7, 1935 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Bert and Evelyn (Majerius) Norton. She attended Immaculate Conception from 1948 to 1952.

She was a baker and cook at Mt. Saint Francis Convent until retirement in 2001.

Surviving are her children, James Nugent, Doris Nugent, Sharon Luksetich, and Mary Nugent; 9 grandchildren, Heather, Chris, Amanda, Taylor, Corey, Ashley, Jim Jr., Kylee, and Stone; 4 great-grandchildren; her lifelong special friend, Mary McAndrews; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sons Robert and Kenneth Nugent; sons-in-law Dave Kothenbeutel and Tom Luksetich; and siblings Eleanor Norton, Leona Manders, and Emmett (Ann) Norton.

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

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Sunnycrest and Hospice of Dubuque for their kindness and care.



Debra K. Hall

Debra K. Hall, 52, of Escondido, California, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, January 20, 2015.

A celebration of Debra's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, Jan. 31, from the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, Jan. 30, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Debra Kay Burmahl was born on Feb. 12, 1962 to Willis and Marcella (Westphal) Burmahl. She graduated from Maquoketa High School and then from Mount Mercy College with a BSN. She was a dedicated nurse in the Hospice field, most recently with Seasons Hospice in Rancho Bernardo. She was also a very devoted wife and mother. Debra married Quongee David Hall on Oct. 6, 1990 and to this union Kaitlyn Leilani was born.

Deb was a very loving and giving person. She loved life to the fullest and loved to travel with her husband and daughter. She especially loved to go to Hawaii where she could see the beautiful waterfalls that she so much enjoyed. She was also very devoted to her Iowa family and loved coming back home to Maquoketa every year for a visit. She had a very special bond with the people and co-workers at Seasons Hospice in Rancho Bernardo.

Debra attended the Grace Lutheran Church of Escondido. Funeral services were held there on Friday, Jan. 23.

Those left to honor Debra's memory include her husband of 25 years, Quongee David Hall of Escondido, CA; daughter Kaitlyn Hall of Escondido, CA; mother Marcella Burmahl of Maquoketa, IA; brother David (Angie) Burmahl of Baldwin, IA; two nephews, Drew and Jacob Burmahl, and one niece, Ellie Burmahl. She was preceded in death by her father, Willis Burmahl,  on August 31, 1987.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Debra K. Burmahl Hall memorial fund has been established.

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



Irene M. Anderson

Irene M. (Williams) Anderson, 93, of Dubuque, IA., formerly of Ham Lake, MN., died at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday night at Heritage Manor, Dubuque, IA.

Funeral services will be Monday, January 26, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church; friends may call at the church 1-hour prior to services. Visitation from 2 to 7 p.m. at Hoffmann-Schneider-Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. where a prayer service will be held at 2:00 p.m.

Irene was born December 28, 1921, in Hopkins, MN., daughter of Arthur and Edith (Beck) Williams. She married Edward W. Anderson on December 11, 1943 in Edmonton, Alberta; Canada. Edward preceded her in death on March 20, 1978.

Irene grew up in Minneapolis, MN., where she graduated from Roosevelt High School. At the age of 14, she went to work as a live-in nanny taking care of Dr. Dean Manolis as a child, he still to this day considers her his prominent mother-figure. In 1941, she went to work to help with the War effort at International-Harvester in Minneapolis. In 1942 she ventured north to Whitehorse, YT; CA to work on the Al-Can Highway as a cook. There she met her husband Edward. After Ed and Irene married they returned to Minneapolis where she was a homemaker. In 1948, they moved to the Anderson family farm land in Ham Lake, MN. where she made her home, She worked at ‘Cream of Wheat' in Minneapolis from 1960 to 1968 and then she cooked in a supper club in East Bethel from 1970 to 1984. She moved to Dubuque to live by her children in 1984. While living in Dubuque she cooked at the "Club House" on 24th & Washington from 1985 to 1997 where she made the best Prime Rib around. She cooked dinner for her family every Tuesday night for 28 years, from 1984 to 2012. There were always 7 to 15 people there to eat and enjoy her food. Family, food and togetherness were very important to her.

She is survived by her son, Tim (Mary Jane) Anderson of Menominee, IL. and her daughter, Lori (Bill) Rokusek of Dubuque four grandchildren: Chris (Kate) Anderson of Dubuque, Tim ll (Kami) Anderson of St. Michael, MN., Kelli (Rob) Sonntag of Altoona, IA., Morgan Turbiner of New york City, NY. Adopted Granddaughter Lynn (Dan) Tangeri of Dubuque, Step-Grandchildren: Kevin (Katie) Rokusek of Bettendorf, IA., Michelle (Bob) Hochrein of Dubuque, and Barry Rokusek of Madison, WI. Five Great Grandchildren: Gabe, Abby and Sam Anderson of St. Michael, MN. and Gabbi and Graci Sonntag of Altoona, IA. Adopted Great Grandsons: Chad and Dyllon Phillips of Dubuque, Step-Great Grandchildren: Kristina, Rachelle and Jacquelyn Hochrein of Dubuque and Kaitlyn and Kamdyn Rokusek of Dubuque and Bettendorf, IA. One sister, Joyce Shaw of Spring Lake Park, MN. Sister-in-laws: Darlene Anderson, Shirley Anderson of Minnesota and Marlene Anderson of California, and many loved nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her son; Tom Anderson, daughter; Teri Stansfield and grandson; Kevin Kamentz. Sisters: Gladys Sykes, Dorothy Tilton, Helen Carlson and Donna Mae Williams, brothers: Ray Williams and Earl Williams and their spouses and three brothers-in-laws: Donald Anderson, Carl Anderson and Arnold Anderson.

Memorials may be given to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be submitted at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com

The family wishes to thank the Mercy Hospital CVU, and Heritage Manor for the wonderful and loving care they took of Irene.



Everett J. Schuman

Everett J. Schuman, 79, of Earlville, Iowa died Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester, Iowa.

Friends may call from 2 - 8 p.m. Friday, January 23, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. and a parish vigil service will be held at 4 p.m.  Visitation will also be held Saturday morning from 8 - 10 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to the funeral mass.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 24, 2015, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Earlville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate.

Everett was born December 12, 1935 in Keota, Iowa the son of John and Edna "Ruth" (Heddinghaus) Schuman.  He married Darline Feldman on February 19, 1957 in St. Paul Catholic Church, Worthington, Iowa.  Together they raised their family and farmed near Earlville until retiring and moving to town in 1995.  Everett also worked as an Archer Oil County manager and a Mycogen seed corn dealer.  He enjoyed playing cards, traveling, working in his shop fixing things and spending time with his grandchildren and family.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Darline, 7 children: Diana (Ron) Digmann of Cedar Rapids, Steve (Donna) Schuman of Greeley, Dave (Kim) Schuman of Elk Grove, IL, Linda (Dan) Olberding of Dyersville, Nancy (Neal) Conrad of Hopkinton, Beverly (Kevin) DeMoss of Dubuque, Larry (Laura) Schuman of Earlville, 21 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, siblings: Emmett (Bernadette) Schuman of Independence, IA, Elmer (Julie) Schuman of Dyersville, Elias (Roxann) Schuman of Excello, MO, Francine Tucker of Manchester, Flavia (Dale) Talley of Oak Grove, MO, Fay (Fred) Coimarco of Little Rock, AR; in-laws: Karyl Schuman of Shorewood, IL and Herman Kadlec of Wahoo, NE and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John & Ruth Schuman, parents in-law, Joe & Vi Feldman, one son, Ronald in 2013, siblings: Edward Schuman, Frieda Schuman (in infancy), Fern Kadlec, in-laws: Fred Juhl and Carl Tucker.

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

 

 

 



George H. Banworth

George H. Banworth, 86 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday January 19, 2015 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12:00 p.m. Saturday January 24th, 2015 at the Church of the Nativity with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Saturday January 24th at the Church of the Nativity until time of funeral mass. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

George was born on January 7, 1929 in Sherrill, Iowa the son of John and Clara (Jungblut) Banwarth.

George worked at the former Dubuque Packing Company before starting in the furniture business in 1956. He owned and operated Banworth and Udelhoven Furniture Store for many years with his business partner Hap Udelhoven.
He was a member of Power of Prayer, and had a very special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. He was a member of St. Columbkille Catholic Church and also attended daily early morning Mass at the Church of the Nativity.

He is survived by his sisters-in-law Peggy Banwarth and Virginia Banwarth, many nieces and nephews and a special friend Charlotte Chambers.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Joseph, Alvin (Armella), Harold, Francis and Charles, and his sister Mary (Ray) Herbst.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.
The family wishes to thank Stonehill Care Center and their staff along with all the health care professionals especially, Dr. Garrett Ridgley, Dr. Charles Longo and Dr. Patel Pinalkumar for all the kindness and care they gave to George.



Richard W. Kenniker

Richard W. Kenniker, 69 of Dubuque died Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at home. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Mueller Memorial Chapel, Linwood Cemetery where visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until time of service. Inurnment will be in the Linwood Cemetery Mausoleum.

Richard was born September 4, 1945 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Walter and Dorothy (Allen) Kenniker. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1963. He married Judith Ann Oakley on July 13, 1973 in Burns Harbor, Indiana.

Rick was a proud 1963 graduate of Dubuque Senior High School. He has been on the reunion committee since they started having reunions every five years. He also managed a web site for the class that kept everybody connected across the country.

Rick was a design engineer for AY McDonald Co. and worked in quality control at Unique Balance. He had an inventive mind and designed many interesting projects.

Richard is survived by his wife, Judy; a son, Channing (fiancé Lisa Linenfelser) Kenniker of Dubuque; a daughter, Jody (Andy) Peavy of Dubuque; two grandchildren, Skylyn Jay Peavy and Joseph Andrew Peavy; a brother, Wayne (Lori) Kenniker of Dubuque; and two sisters, Deb Kenniker of Dubuque and Tamie (Tom) Stull of Shreveport, Louisiana.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

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



Janet A. Gerstkamp

Janet A. Gerstkamp, age 90, of Dubuque, passed away gracefully at 5:20 p.m. on Monday, January 19, 2015 at ManorCare. To honor Janet's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, January 24, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. To celebrate Janet's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, January 23, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Janet was born on May 21, 1924 in Dubuque, daughter of Alfred and Lavina (Miller) Oakley.

Janet married Norman Gerstkamp on November 4, 1946, in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on August 26, 1988. Janet worked at Leisers Supper Club for 31 years until her retirement. She enjoyed traveling, playing Euchre with the girls, where much laughter ensued, and feeding all the birds and other varmits who visited her backyard. Janet was a longtime member of St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church, the Eagle's Club and the Widow and Widower's Club. Janet's devotion to serving those around her has been on display throughout her entire life, but spending time with family and friends brought Janet the greatest joy. She will be sadly and dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Janet is survived by 2 daughters, LaVonne (James) Ferguson, Norma (Sam) Sanchez, both of Dubuque; 2 grandchildren, Carrie (Aaron) Pozdol, Matt (Diana) Ferguson, both of Dubuque; 2 great-grandchildren, Ava and Charlie Pozdol, Dubuque.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Norman; her son, Charles; a brother, Annas "Bud" Oakley and three sisters, Grace (Phil) Maul, Pearl (Edward) Gerstkamp and Joyce (Otto) Krieg.

A Janet A. Gerstkamp memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics and ManorCare for all the wonderful care they provided to Janet.

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

 



Marie V. Coates

Marie Violet (Wels) Coates, 97 of Dubuque, passed away on Monday, January 19, 2015 at Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Grandview United Methodist Church, 3342 John Wesley Drive, conducted by the Rev. Karl Goodfellow. The family will greet friends from 9:00 a.m. to the beginning of the funeral service at the church. Burial will be in Rockdale United Methodist Cemetery.

Marie was born October 29, 1917 in Dubuque County, the daughter of Edward and Clara (Parker) Wels. She attended primary school at Cedar Ridge, graduating eighth grade at age 12. She continued her education at Senior High School, graduating in 1934, and the University of Dubuque where she trained for her teacher certification. Marie taught in country schools and then substituted in the Dubuque Community schools for many years.

She married Merlin Coates on December 27, 1939 at the former Grace Methodist Church; he passed away on April 16, 1976, after 36 years of marriage. Marie then attended N.I.C.C. and worked for 25 years at H & R Block and various other businesses in accounting positions, retiring at the age of 84. She was a long time member of Grandview United Methodist Church and was active in many things at her church.

Marie enjoyed spending her time gardening, baking, reading and bird watching. She was an avid Lawrence Welk Fan, enjoying her Saturday evenings watching his programs.

Survivors include her children, Elaine (Paul) Greene of Appleton, WI, Bonnie (Jim deceased) Schmitt of Dubuque and Linda (Glen) Mullin of Peosta, a daughter in-law Eileen Coates of Dubuque; 8 grandchildren, Gary, Brian and Brad (Beth Hams) Coates, Joseph (Nicole) and Steven (Shawntel) Schmitt, Amanda Herbst, Katie (Kyle) Nesteby and Kara (Thomas) Schneider, and 8 great grandchildren.
Marie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Merlin; a son, Douglas; her sister Adel Wels; and a great grandson, Jacob Coates.

Memorials may be directed to the Grandview United Methodist Church or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in Marie's memory.

Arrangements are entrusted with Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd.

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



Thomas L. Meyers

Thomas L. Meyers 71, of Durango passed away peacefully at home on January 18, 2015.

Funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 23rd, 2015 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church with Rev. John Kissling officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery with military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corp League. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a parish wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m.

Tom was born on April 25, 1943, in Dubuque, IA, the son of Paul and Viola (Olinger) Meyers. Tom served in the USMC from August 1961 to April 1963. He married Peg Kissling in 1994.

Tom graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School in 1961. After graduation he joined the military. Upon his return home, he worked at John Deere 30 years, retiring in 1996. He enjoyed many years growing up and working on the Riniker farm helping with field work and repairing machinery as needed. He also spent every Friday morning bonding with his siblings over coffee and donuts. You could also find him having breakfast 3 mornings a week with his good friend, Mac or hanging out in the driveway with Donnie and Jerry, having a Pepsi, talking about the good old days.

He is survived by his wife Peg, son Tom (fiancé Traci Schmitt) Meyers, of Sherrill, IA, Paula (Ted) Lenaerts, of Cedar Falls, IA, stepsons, Jim (Nancy) Francois, of Mitchellville, IA, Tim Francois, of Cheyenne, WY, Jeff Francois, of Twin Lakes, WI, stepdaughter, Lisa Federspiel Peosta, IA. Grandchildren, Sami Jo, and Brady Meyers, of Dubuque, IA, TJ, Alex, and Madison Lenaerts, of Cedar Falls, IA. Step grandchildren, Jenna and Ava Francois, of Mitchellville, IA, Matthew, Michael, and Danielle Federspiel, of Peosta, IA, Derek Francois, of Omaha, NE and Bryce Francois, of Cheyenne, WY. Brothers; Jack (Frances) Meyers, of Oceanside, CA, Paul Meyers, of Dubuque, IA, Bob (Sylvia) Meyers, of Dubuque, IA, Dick (Ginny) Meyers, of Dubuque, IA. Sisters, Dorothy (Don) Link, of Carson City, NV, Delly (Dick) Meyers, of Urbandale, IA, Mary Katherine Meyers, of Dubuque, IA, sister-in-law Margaret Meyers, of Dubuque, sisters-in-law, Jacque (Chuck) Rutledge, of Fulton, IL, Soni Hudspeth, of Dubuque, IA, Sandy (Mike) Ernsdorff, of Dubuque, IA, Sue (Marv) Bennett, of Hazel Green, WI and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Bill and Don Meyers, Sisters-in-law, Pearl Meyers, Harriet Meyers, and Ruth Meyers. Step son-in-law, Dan Federspiel.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Hermann's office at Dubuque Internal Medicine, Traci of Finley Home Health Care and Amy M. of Hospice of Dubuque for all the care you have given Tom. And a special thanks to his family and friends for your support during this time.

Memorials may be given to Holy Spirit Parish/Holy Ghost or Hospice of Dubuque.



Sr. Mary Concepta Joseph Milinski

Sister Mary Concepta Joseph Milinski, PBVM, 95, died on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at Mt. Loretto Motherhouse, 2360 Carter Road, Dubuque IA.

Funeral Services will be Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 10:30 am at Mt. Loretto Sacred Heart Chapel, with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Friends may call from 4-8 pm on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at Sacred Heart Chapel, where there will be a wake service at 7 pm. The Hoffman-Schneider-Kitchen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sister Concepta Joseph, daughter of Michael and Pauline (Urbaniuk) Milinski, was born Sophie Margaret on October 17, 1919, into a Polish family of her parents, 2 sisters and 1 brother. By the age of 9, both of her parents had died and the siblings were separated into foster homes. They were reunited at Mount St. Michael's Home on Staten Island, NY, which was sponsored by Presentation sisters. Sister entered a small community of the Sisters of the Presentation in College Point, NY in 1946, and professed her perpetual vows on February 22, 1952. In 1962, as part of a small group from this community, she became a member of the Sisters of the Presentation in Dubuque, IA.

She attended Clarke University in Dubuque, IA, and Mt. Mercy College, Cedar Rapids, IA where she received a BS. Her Presentation journey, spanning 68 years, took her to Oregon and Chicago, IL, Algona, Dubuque Resurrection (1975), Osage, Sheldon, Humboldt, Storm Lake and Waukon, all in Iowa and Monticello, MN and Timber Lake, SD. In ministry, she served in elementary education and as director of CCD Programs.

After her retirement to Mt. Loretto in 1990, she joined the Foster Grandparents Program, was a volunteer in the Child Development Center at Hills & Dales, and with her strong commitment to the elderly, she visited residents weekly at Dubuque Nursing & Rehab for many years.

Sister Concepta Joseph ("Sophie" to her family and friends) celebrated her 60th Jubilee in 2007 and has been guided by the quote, "I can do all things in Him who strengthens me."

Surviving is her sister-in-law, Helen Milinski, her brother-in-law Anthony Barone, and the Sisters of the Presentation with whom she shared her life for 68 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Bernard, and her sisters Stella (Casimir) Galuszka and Lottie Barone

Memorials may be made to the Sisters of the Presentation, 2360 Carter Road, Dubuque, IA 52001 or online at: www.dubuquepresentations.org.



Sharon M. Kremer

Sharon M. Kremer, 61, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

A memorial mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 24, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Friends may gather at St. Anthony's before the memorial mass from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday. In accordance with Sharon's wishes, her body was donated to the University of Iowa School of Medicine. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery at a later date.

Sharon was born on Nov. 29, 1953, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Richard and Ann (Heitz) LeConte. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1971. She married Melvin Kremer on March 3, 1973 in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on April 26, 1989.

She worked for Molo Oil Company and later provided in-home daycare. Sharon was an exceptional child care provider. After her children were grown, she was employed by, and later retired from, Younkers in Dubuque.

Sharon was a strong, inspirational woman who shed uplifting light upon all she encountered. She taught us courage and hope when faced with adversity. We remember Sharon's giving spirit and inspiring smile that could light up any room. Her memory lives on forever in our hearts.

She is survived by her children: Stephanie (Steve) Valentine and Matthew (Rita Hunt) Kremer, both of Dubuque; four grandchildren: Sierra, Sidney, and Ashley Valentine, and Charlie Kremer; her mother, Ann LeConte, of Dubuque; siblings: Diane (Ron) Clemen, Rick (Paula Dixon) LeConte, Ron (Lu) LeConte, and Robert (Janet) LeConte; her mother-in-law, Rosemary Kremer; brothers- and sisters-in-law: Gary (Karen) Kremer, Terry (Nancy) Kremer, Bob (Judy) Kremer, Jean (Ted) Huseman, Jim (Jan) Kremer, Jane (Paul) Vetter, Rod (Carrie) Kremer, Loren (Carrie) Kremer, and Mary (Chuck) Michel; and many beloved nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great- nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her father; her father-in-law, Lawrence Kremer; and brother-in-law Alvin Kremer.

In lieu of flowers a Sharon M. Kremer memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Dr. John Whalen and the Tri-State Dialysis staff for all their wonderful care.



Richard Bernard Hefel

Richard Bernard Hefel, 71, died at home on January 19, 2015. His death was a tribute to his life. He passed surrounded by his wife, their five children, and the walls of the farmhouse that he and his wife had restored ten years earlier.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Bellevue, IA. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F Kennedy Road and from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Thursday at the Church.

Richard was a man of many parts and known by several names. His friends called him "Dick". His students at Wahlert High school, where he taught physics and chemistry for 47 years, called him "Hefel". He was "Coach" to hundreds of athletes.

He was born April 3, 1943 in Holy Cross, Iowa, the fifth of eight children born to George and Emma (Errthum) Hefel. Richard received a B.S. in Physics and Education from Loras College. He married his high school sweetheart, Madonna Murphy, on June 12, 1965. After he married, with his wife Madonna's support, he earned an M.A. in Earth Science from the University of Northern Iowa.

He began his coaching career with football at his grade school alma mater, Holy Ghost. He went on to coach boys track and field at Wahlert for over 30 years. Long jump, high jump and pole vault became his particular passion and he produced State champions in all of these events. He became head coach at Wahlert and was invited to coach men's and women's pole vault and high jump at Loras. He coached at Loras for 11 years and produced all-Americans in men and women's pole vault and men's high jump.

Never one to miss an opportunity to use science, Richard integrated it with conservation in the two houses he built for his family from the ground up. He installed solar panels on his family house in Dubuque in the 1980s, and when he and Madonna restored their farmhouse in 2004 he installed geothermal heating and cooling. He also invested in land management and preservation on the surrounding acreage at the farm.

It was Richard who named the farmhouse "Grandview Farm." One of his greatest pleasures in later life was to sit on his porch and look out at the surrounding country. Iowa, he always said, had a different type of beauty. In 2009 he and Madonna fulfilled their dream and opened the Grandview Farm Bed and Breakfast. There they hosted guests from as far afield as London as well as the local community for regular hayrides, cook-outs, and an annual pumpkin carving party.

Dick was an inventive man who could enjoy simple things. He liked getting deals on antiques at auctions, making ice rinks in the backyard for his kids in the winter, finding the perfect sledding hills for his grand kids, reading any book going on the second world war, eating good pie, and spending time with his beloved family.

He is survived by wife, Madonna Hefel; children Rick (Vicki) Hefel, Christina Hefel (Andrew Meyer), Kathleen (Bathsheba) Doran, Elizabeth Hefel (Gavin Gould), Andrea (Donovan) Devore; and grandchildren Rachel, Ben, Nick & Megan Hefel, Hugo Doran, and James Devore.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Kenneth.

In lieu of flowers a Richard Hefel memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend our thanks to Genesis Hospice and Skilled Care in Maquoketa.



Kevin John Francis

Kevin John Francis, 54, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away suddenly on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 22, at the Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Mark Murphy officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, at Resurrection Church and after 10 a.m. Thursday at the church. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, is in charge of arrangements.

He was born on August 9, 1960 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Lee and Mary (Nugent) Francis. He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1978. He attended NICC and graduated from Clarke College with a BSN and attended Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, where he received his Masters of Anesthesia. He worked for many years at Mercy Medical Center and currently was employed by Dubuque Anesthesia Services.

He married Connie Robinson on Sept. 14, 1985 at St. Columbkille Church in Dubuque.

Kevin's greatest love was his wife and his family. He lived life to the fullest. He especially enjoyed spending time at the cottage and on the river, attending his sons' sporting events, traveling and playing pool. He was proud to have his daughter receive her nursing degree and join him at Mercy. Kevin was a life-long Oakland Raiders Fan. Kevin touched the lives of so many people in his short life. He loved lending a helping hand to his many friends. He will be sadly missed by all.

He is survived by his wife, Connie; three children, Emily Francis, Michael Francis, and Christopher Francis, all of Dubuque; his mother, Mary Francis; siblings Gary (Elizabeth) Francis, of Palatine, IL, Steve Francis, of Huntley, IL, Roger (Julie) Francis, of Davenport, IA, Kathy (Dennis) Bruck, Kimberly Tully, both of Dubuque, Rob (Natalie) Francis, of Ankeny, IA, and Laura Francis, of Davenport; many nieces and nephews; his brother and sisters-in-law, Jackie (John) Sheriff of South Lyon,MI, Barbara (Mike) Ross, Frank Robinson both of Dubuque and Lynn (Clay) Carney of Cedar Rapids, IA.

He was preceded in death by his son Eric on July 11, 1991;his father Lee on May 24, 2012; brother-in-law Dennis Tully and his mother- and father-in-law Frank and Janice Robinson.

In lieu of flowers a Kevin J. Francis memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank the Key West Fire & EMS, and Mercy Emergency Department, especially Katie, for all the wonderful care and kindness they gave.



Robert Leroy Wagner

Robert Leroy Wagner, 78, of Dubuque passed away at home 9 pm Thursday, January 15, 2015 with his loving family around him.

Military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League at 3:30 pm Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Visitation will follow from 4 to 7:30 p.m. with a Memorial service at 7:30 p.m.

Bob was born Jan. 31, 1936 in Bankston, Iowa, son of Matt and Alice (Schmitt) Wagner. He was the youngest of five children, losing his dad when he was 13. He attended Holy Ghost School and Loras Academy.

Before joining the Marine Corps in 1953, he worked at Trausch's Bakery. He served in the Marines during the Korean War from 1953 to 1955 and was honorably discharged in 1956. After the Marines he worked at Dubuque Packing Company, was a cement finisher, and at Stanley Home products before starting at John Deere Dubuque Works in 1960 as a machine operator. He retired in 1994 as a CNC machine operator. After retirement, he worked part time at different jobs: school bus driver, RTA bus driver, courier for American Trust, Diamond Jo, and finally retired for good from delivering parts for Fastenal.

He married Carol Isaacs in February of 1999 and went on to enjoy his retirement 24/7 with her. In his younger years, he was very active in all summer and winter sports and after "father time" took away the sporting ability, he liked to fish, do home projects, gamble of any sort and play cards.

He is a member of UAW Local 94 and a very proud member of the AA community since 1978.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Carol; three sons, Steven (Erin) Wagner of Cedar Rapids, Michael (Kelly) Wagner, and Robert (JoAnn) Eppler of Dubuque; two daughters, Julie (fiance Ellas Mihalakis) Wagner and Katie (Roger) McIntyre of Dubuque; two stepdaughters, Terri (Steve) Johnson of West Bend, Wis., and Ann (Tom Gent) Isaacs of Washington, Mo.; and his "adopted son" Arlando Mischeaux of St. Louis. He is also survived by one sister, Donna Kuchermann of Platteville, Wis.; two brothers-in-law, Donald (Marilyn) Stecher of Dubuque and Fr. John Stecher of Davenport; one sister-in-law, Jeanette Hohmann, of Dubuque; 15 grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, one great-grandson, and one step-great-grandson; also by many nieces and nephews who adored their "Uncle Bobby".

He was preceded in death by his son Robert and his daughter Rebecca Schrock; brothers Melvin and Merlin; sister Betty Hingtgen; brothers-in-law Charley Kuchemann and Dewey Hingtgen; and his parents.

In lieu of flowers the family would like all memorials to go to Hospice of Dubuque.

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

The family would like to thank Dr. Hartman and nurse Tiffany, and Dr. Martin for their care. Also a thanks to Steve and Karen Plein, special friends Peg and Harris Schaller, and the angels of Hospice of Dubuque, Edna, Anji and Amy.



Jean Smith

Jean (Houselog) Smith, 74 of Dubuque, died Sunday, January 18, 2015 at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at Saint Raphael Cathedral with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Entombment will follow at Mount Olivet in Saint Joseph's Chapel Mausoleum. Friends may call from 3 to 7 Tuesday January 20th at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with a parish wake service at 3 pm.

Jean was born on July 6, 1940, in Dubuque the daughter of Norbert and Callista (Kenneally) Houselog. She married Roger Smith and worked full time raising her family. She also worked at Eagle Foods and as a bartender and cook for several Dubuque businesses.

Jean loved to sing and spend time with people sharing stories, playing bingo and cards.

She is survived by her 3 sons Keith Smith, Kyle (Barbie) Smith and Kevin (Teresa) Smith all of Dubuque, Seven grandchildren Tricia, Jessica, Kyle Jr., Samantha, Tabitha, Erika, and Ryan, a great grandchild Caiden. Her Brother Robert "Bob" (Gert) Houselog, and sisters-in-law Edna Houselog, Theresa Houselog, Lois Houselog, and Mary Adele Houselog. Many nieces and nephews including Barb (Jay) Hanson and Julie Schwendinger and family, and a special friend Ron Droessler.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and siblings Norbert "Butch" Houselog, Mary (Art) Balk, Bernice (John) Donahue, Ron Houselog, Art "Tee" (Betty) Houselog, Joe (Helen) Houselog, Merlin (Jane) Houselog, Gerald (Joan) Houselog, and Wayne Houselog.

The family wishes to thank all the physicians who cared for Jean especially Dr. Diane Sorenson, Hospice of Dubuque, and Dubuque Nursing & Rehab, for all their wonder care.



Carol S. Kruger Goettler

Carol S. Kruger Goettler, 71, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital, in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Carol's life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Burial will be in the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery.

Carol Sue Kruger was born on September 18, 1943 in Odell, Nebraska to Richard and Wilma (Rehwaldt) Kruger. She was a graduate of Odell High School and then completed a secretarial course from the Lincoln School of Commerce in Lincoln, Nebraska. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree, Summa Cum Laude, in Elementary Education/Special Education from the University of Dubuque, and later earned a Masters of Arts degree in Learning Disabilities from Clarke College in Dubuque. She married William N. Goettler on August 21, 1999 in Dubuque, Iowa.

From 1962 to 1967 Carol served as secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the State of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska. She then worked for a short time as a secretary to the Chief of Party at the Nebraska State Office, US/AID, Erzurum, Turkey, and from 1968 to 1969 served as a legal secretary for a law office in Lincoln, Nebraska. From 1974 to 2003 Carol taught elementary and special education at Franklin, Lincoln, and Sageville Elementary schools in Dubuque and for nine summers from 1993 to 2002 served as a teacher and English department head for the EF Foundation for Foreign Study, Yale University, and Bryant College Newhaven, Connecticut and Smithfield, Rhode Island.

After a tenure of 30 years of teaching in the Dubuque Community School District, Carol became a substitute teacher in the Andrew Community School District, and worked part-time at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque as a tour guide and sales associate.

After her retirement, Carol actively pursued and thoroughly enjoyed her Master Gardener designation through the Iowa State University Extension Service. Additionally, she was an active member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, IA where she was a choir member and church secretary. Carol was an extremely hard worker, always eagerly tackling physically demanding tasks, often in the outdoors. She represented all that was good and positive in her parenting of her two daughters, teaching them strength, compassion and endurance. Carol was a dedicated wife who took great pleasure in creating a loving home environment. She enjoyed gardening and landscaping, antiques, country living, cooking, baking and spending time with all of her children and grandchildren. 

Those left to honor Carol's memory include her husband William "Bill" Goettler of Maquoketa, IA; daughters Rachelle Deanne (Brent) Sharrer of Falls Church, VA, and Aysha Erin (Rob) Hall of Katy, TX; step-sons Jon (Jenn) Goettler of Washington, IL, and Drew (Leslie) Goettler of Portland, OR; sister Sandy (Louie) Cumro of Odell, NE; grandchildren Benjamin Alexander Sharrer, Nicholas Walker Sharrer and Katherine Carol Sharrer of Falls Church, VA, Graycen Avery Hall and Emma Jean Hall of Katy, TX; step grandchildren Ethan William Goettler and Evan Jon Goettler of Washington, IL, Jordon Ava Goettler and Sophia Elena Goettler of Portland, OR.

She was preceded in death by her parents. 

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, or the MD Andersen Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

The family would like to send a deep appreciation to Dr. Mark Hermann and his staff at Dubuque Internal Medicine for their support, care and treatment of Carol throughout her illness.

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



Elizabeth I. Schmitt

Elizabeth I. "Betty" (Jorgenson) Schmitt, 89, of Dubuque passed away at 5:05 p.m. Sunday, January 18, 2015 at Ennoble Manor Care Center.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's Episcopal Church with Rev. Kathleen Milligan officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of services on Wednesday at the church.

Betty was born on Feb. 23, 1925 in Dodgeville, Wis., the daughter of Amos H. and Minnie M. (Widish) Jorgenson. She attended grammar school at the one room school house Gold Mine School, near Dodgeville. She was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, class of 1943.

Betty was formerly employed at the Dubuque Packing Company, Stanley Home Products, Hills & Dales, and was a caregiver to the young and the elderly. She was a long time active member of St. John's Episcopal Church, Daughters of the King, and the Women's Fellowship Group.

Betty loved all animals, especially her cats and dogs. She also enjoyed feeding the birds and gardening.

Surviving are two children: Constance J. "Connie" Kitchen of Dubuque and Steven S. (Alma) Schmitt of Sioux City, Iowa; 7-grandchildren: Brent (Lisa) Kitchen, Kim Kitchen, Jamie (Tammy) Hingtgen, Jevon (Colleen) Hingtgen, Chrissy Kennedy, Stephanie (Rhamen) Diallo, and Aaron Schmitt; 2 step-grandchildren: Makeba Jones and Tristan O'Neill; 8 great-grandchildren; 3 step-great-grandchildren; two sisters: Deloris L. Luse of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Joyce E. Shaffer (George Frankenfelt) of Dayton, Ohio;a sister-in-law, Kay Jorgenson of Glenwood, Iowa; and her numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, James J. Schmitt; a brother, LaVerne Jorgenson; and two brothers-in-law, Edward C. Luse and Frank Shaffer.

Memorials may be given to the Elizabeth I. Schmitt memorial fund or St. John's Episcopal Church.

The family would like to thank Ennoble Manor Rehab Unit, Above & Beyond, the V.N.A., and Betty's wonderful neighbors for their care, concern, and friendship that enabled her to live independently in her home.

The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.



Carole S. Dodds

Carole S. Dodds, 70, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Carole's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, Jan. 22, at the First Baptist Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Carole Sue Shady was born on Jan. 31, 1944 in Anamosa, Iowa, to Clifford Arthur and Sybil Jane (Carpenter) Shady. She attended Andrew Schools and married Eugene Lee Taylor. To this union 5 children were born: Tammy, Theresa, Scott, Brenda and Christina. They later divorced and she married William L. "Bill" Dodds on Dec. 19, 1981 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on April 7, 2004.

Carole had first worked as a waitress at Rocky's Cafe in Maquoketa. She then worked at Obie's in Maquoketa as a waitress, bartender and cook for over 33 years.

Carole was a member of the First Baptist Church in Maquoketa. She was a Cubs fan and enjoyed playing games and staying in touch with family and friends on her computer. She especially loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to honor Carole's memory include her children Tammy (Michael) Schulz of Maquoketa, IA, Theresa Atkinson of Maquoketa, IA, Scott (fiancé Shawn) Taylor of Preston, IA, Brenda Arrick of Maquoketa, IA, and Christina (Dwayne) Edwards of Maquoketa, IA; 15 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; sisters Pat Peiffer of Minonk, IL, Rose (Lyle) Rowan of Maquoketa, IA, and Verna (Steve) Flagel of Zwingle, IA; and brothers Irvin Wallroff of Maquoketa, IA, and Vurtis (Deb) Wallroff of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William Dodds; a great-grandson, Jeffrey Fielhauer; a brother, Alva Shady; and a sister, Marilyn Earles.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Carole S. Dodds memorial fund has been established.

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



Gaylen C. Meis

Gaylen C. "Chuck" Meis, age 64, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at 11:06 p.m. on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at UnityPoint Finley Hospital of natural causes. To honor Chuck's life, funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 23, 2015, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 1880 St. Ambrose St., with Rev. Steven J. Rosonke officiating. To celebrate Chuck's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 23, 2015, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Gaylen was born on September 24, 1950, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Francis W. and Charlotte V. (Hogan) Meis.

Chuck was employed as a district manager with Weiss & Neuman Shoe Company in Ft. Collins, Colorado for 25 years. He later went to work as a dispatcher for Express Transportation Company in Ft. Collins, Colorado for 5 years until his retirement. In his free time Chuck was an avid golfer, reader and an excellent pool player. He also enjoyed gardening and was an American history buff. Family was the most important thing in Chuck's life.

Chuck is survived by his mother, Charlotte Meis, Dubuque, IA; two brothers, Neal Meis, Dubuque, IA, Mark (Virginia) Meis, Houston, TX; two nephews, Hunter and Carter Meis, Houston, TX; and several cousins.

Chuck was preceded in death by his father, Francis; his son, Nick on October 31, 1986.

A Gaylen C. "Chuck" Meis memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Longo, Dr. Schope and the nurses and staff of UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital for their wonderful care of Chuck.

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

 



Harvey G. Larsen

Harvey G. Larsen, 81, of Davenport, Iowa, died on Friday morning, January 16, 2015, at the Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, in Davenport, Iowa.

A memorial gathering of family and friends celebrating Harvey's life will be held 12 to 3 P.M., Saturday, February 14, 2015, at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club, 4401 W. Locust St., Davenport, Iowa. A Natural Journey Farewell with cremation has taken place. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Harvey George Larsen was born on August 7, 1933 in Davenport, Iowa, to Christian Peter and Fannie Marie (Holtam) Larsen. He graduated from Davenport High School in 1952 and then served his country in the U.S. Army receiving an honorable discharge. He married Sandra Lynn Tripp on April 2, 1966 in Rock Island, Illinois.

Harvey had owned and operated Larsen Home Improvement from 1967 until present.

He was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club in Davenport and the Moline Horseshoe Pitching Club. He enjoyed bowling, horseshoes, camping and spending time with family and friends.

Those left to honor Harvey's memory include his wife Sandra Larsen of Davenport, IA; children Beth (Blaine) Zahner of Davenport, IA, and Chris (Tiffany) Larsen of Sugar Grove, IL; 4 grandchildren, Samantha and Alaina Zahner, and Mckenna and Kylee Larsen; 1 great-grandchild due in July; and a brother Al Larsen of Windsor, MO. He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

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

 



Sarah M. Graham

Sarah M. (Fitzgerald) Graham, 55, of Dyersville, Iowa died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City after enduring her illness with hope.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 4:30.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate.

Sarah was born December 8, 1959, in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of John and Virgene (Wessels) Fitzgerald.  She married Patrick "George" Graham on November 29, 1980, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville.  She was the owner and office manager of Graham Electric Motors.

Left to cherish her memory include her husband, Pat "George", 4 children: Brett (Alethia) of Dyersville, William (Maeve McGlynn) of London, England, Katie (Nick Axtell) of Dubuque, Benjamin Graham of Dyersville; 3 grandchildren: Tanner and William Graham and Avery Graham Axtell; siblings: Steve (Mary), Tim (Janet) and Tom (Linda) Fitzgerald all of Dyersville; in-laws: Suzanne (Leo) McDermott of Bernard, Jack Graham of Cedar Rapids, Janice (Dave) Loecke of Manchester, Nancy (Mark) Breitbach of Dyersville and Cathy (Diane) Graham of Des Moines, and a step-brother-in-law, Leo O'Rourke of Monticello; numerous nieces and nephews and many loved ones.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

To all: "They say when you are gone it is not what you have said or done, it is how you made them feel.  It is my wish you all know how much I love you. When you think of me and smiles come across your face, feel the warmth and love I have felt from you!  So, here is to my family who have become friends, and to my friends who have become family: God bless all and that you do.  Wherever you go, keep me in your heart and know that I will be going with you.  May the angels guard and keep you safe."

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

 



James B. Eveland

James "Jim" Bradford Eveland, 85, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Saturday, January 17, 2015, at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City surrounded by his family. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at Faith Lutheran Church in Cuba City with Pastor Melissa Waterman officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Wednesday at the church before the service.

Jim was born on December 25, 1929, in Barneveld, Wisconsin, the son of Bradford and Eva (Rongve) Eveland. He married Arlyn Brennum from Dodgeville. She preceded him in death on December 10, 1996. He married Barbara Brooks LaMour on February 8, 1997.

Jim graduated from UW-Platteville with a degree in agriculture. He started his career in education teaching agriculture in Gratiot, Wisconsin. Then he moved on to teaching agriculture and coaching at Cassville, Wisconsin. Jim received his masters degree from UW-Madison and went into school administration becoming principal and superintendent at Potosi, Wisconsin, in 1957. In 1968 Jim moved to Cuba City to become superintendent of schools until he retired in 1987. Jim was a lifelong advocate for all areas of education and continued to support his many students long after their graduation.

Jim was very active in the Lions Club and Masonic Lodge for over 50 years. He was also a member of the State Superintendent's Association and a devout member of Faith Lutheran Church in Cuba City. He was a loving father and grandfather to his large family and an extremely kind and generous man to everyone. Jim was a long time fan of all sporting activities. He especially loved the Milwaukee Brewers, the Green Bay Packers, the Wisconsin Badgers and the Cuba City Cubans. Jim was a charter member of Cole Acres Country Club and golfed through this past summer. He had many sayings, but probably his most famous was, "See you in the spring."

Survivors include his wife, Barb; his children, Alan (Joyce), of Platteville, Greg, of Davenport, IA, Cindy (Ron) Weber, of Cuba City, Michael, of Cedar Rapids, IA, Kristi (Tim) Murray, of Waunakee, and Mark (Laura), of Cedar Rapids, IA; his stepchildren, Michelle (Marty) Lange, of East Dubuque, IL, and Jim (Laura) LaMour, of San Marcos, CA; his brothers, Steve (Marilyn), of Ridgeway, and Dean (Donna), of Edgerton; a sister, Norita Williams, of Barneveld; 24 grandchildren, Damian, Coutney (Daryl), Jennifer (John), Nathaniel (Tina), Andrea (Jesse) , Sam, Elizabeth (Louie), Kellie (Joe), Sarah (Tony), Jessica (Sam), Jordan, Dustin (Emily), Beau, Samantha, Bradford, Matthew, Amanda (Jake), Ashley (Patrick), Abbey, Andrea, Andrew, Olivia, Matthew and Lincoln; and 12 great-grandchildren, Ryan, Sarah Claire, Claudia, Nora, Mitchell, Sydney, Will, Andrew, Evan, Alexander, Will and Rosalyn.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Eldon and Keith; and a sister, Carol Shannon.

A James "Jim" Bradford Eveland Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Ronald W. McNett

Ronald W. McNett, 82, of Mesquite, Nevada, formerly of Fennimore and Livingston, Wisconsin, died at his home Thursday, January 15, 2015. Services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 24, 2015, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Pastor Dan Verdegan officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Platteville. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Ron was born on November 23, 1932, in Platteville, Wisconsin, the son of George and Isabel (Harker) McNett. He married Lois A. Wickler on February 14, 1954, in St. Petersburg, Florida. She preceded him in death on November 10, 2005.

Ron graduated from Platteville High School in 1951. He served in the Air Force from 1953 through 1957. He graduated from Florida State University in 1968. Ron worked as an Auto/Ag Mechanics Instructor at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in Fennimore, Wisconsin, from 1968 to 1991. His interests were working with and teaching anything mechanical. Ron enjoyed traveling in his motor home to spend time with his family, fixing anything he could find broken, and riding his motorcycle with his sons.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara A. (Fred) Mayne, of Theresa, Wisconsin; two sons, Ronald W. (Debra) McNett Jr, of Monument, Colorado, and Jon J. McNett, of Mesquite, Nevada; two sisters-in-law, Rosemary McNett, of Cuba City, and Mary A. (Joe) Ropolewski, of St. Petersburg, Florida; five grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Marshall McNett, and a daughter-in-law, Deborah McNett.

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



Gerald F. Herburger

Gerald F. "Jerry" Herburger, age 85, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at home at 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 14, 2015. To honor Jerry's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at St. Joseph Church, 10270 Key West Dr., with Rev. Michael J. Podhajsky officiating. To celebrate Jerry's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 16, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where a parish wake service will be held at 5:00 p.m. At the church there will be an honor guard by the Dubuque Police Department and full military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post 6. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Marshalltown, IA.

Gerald was born on August 2, 1929, in Dubuque, IA, son of John and Frances (Fink) Herburger.

Jerry graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1948. He proudly served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. When he returned home from the service he went to work at the John Deere Dubuque Works. In 1956, Jerry went to work with the Dubuque Police Department, retiring after 32 years of service in 1988. He also drove trolleys and limos in the Tri-State area. Jerry married Jacqueline Thatcher on February 14, 1961, in Freeport, IL. She preceded him in death on October 5, 2013. Jerry was a long time member of St. Joseph Church in Key West. In his spare time he loved to buy and sell cars and appliances. Jerry was always very friendly and had a smile for everyone he met.

Jerry is survived by his children, Kathy (Joe) Klein, Cuba City, WI, Paul (Deborah) Herburger, Dubuque, IA, Gary (Dawn) Herburger, Jackson, TN, Kathy (Bart) Ramsey, Tupelo, MS; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 2 daughters-in-law, Joanne Breen, Washington, IA, Linda Krabacher, East Dubuque, IL.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jacqueline; 2 sons, John and William Krabacher.

A Gerald F. "Jerry" Herburger memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all of their wonderful care and concern for Jerry and his family.

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

 



Doris H. Rogers

Doris H. Rogers, 86, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday January 15th, 2015 at home.

In accordance with her wishes, private services will be held with burial at Linwood Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale road is assisting the family.

Doris was born in Sorau, East Germany, daughter of Paul and Kate (Wilde) Henze. She married Robert K. Rogers on November 20th, 1948, in Frankfurt Hochst, Germany.
She worked for several years at the Chateau Supper Club and in her later years at the Bridge Restaurant. Her first priority was raising her children. Doris loved spending time with her children and grandchildren and playing euchre. She enjoyed nature and was always watching for the first signs of spring.

She is survived by her children; Gerald (Linda) Rogers, Robert (Colleen) Rogers, Timothy (Joyce) Rogers, Linda (Mickey) Bahr, John (Kim) Rogers, and Thomas (Christine) Rogers, Grandchildren, and Great Grandchildren.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers and one sister, her husband Robert, and a granddaughter Heidemarie Boyer.

The family of Doris H. Rogers would like to thank pastors Kristian Kincaid and Jesse Cearlock, Dr. Brian Nelson and his nurse Rose, and Hospice of Dubuque, especially her caretaker Dawn.



Gerald T. Corrigan

Gerald T. "Jerry" Corrigan, 88, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 19, at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating, and the Nativity Guild reciting the rosary at 10:15 a.m. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 1:00 to 5:00 on Sunday, Jan. 18, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where there will be a parish wake service at 1:00 p.m. There will be an American Legion Past Commander ceremony at 4:00 p.m.

Jerry was born on April 23, 1926 in Harpers Ferry, Iowa, the son of James and Rose (McCormick) Corrigan. He married Anna May Ryan on June 20, 1953 at Immaculate Conception Church in Masonville, Iowa. She preceded him in death on April 14, 1994.

He attended Paint Rock Elementary School and Harpers Ferry High School. At the age of 18 he entered the U.S. Army and proudly served his country along with nine of his ten brothers. He served during WWII in the Philippines and later during the Occupation of Japan. He then attended Loras College, graduating in 1951.

He worked for Dubuque Stamping and Manufacturing for 38 years, primarily as Quality Control manager, until his retirement in 1991.

Jerry was a very active member of the American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque, his favorite hangout. He held many offices, including Commander, and also served on the Military Honors Burial Detail. He was a member of the 40 & 8 of the American Legion, the VFW, and the Eagles Club of Dubuque.

Jerry was also a devoted member of the Church of the Nativity, where he served on the Parish Council and was an usher for many years.

In his spare time he enjoyed being outdoors. Since his boyhood, he was an avid hunter. He also enjoyed playing golf, cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals and the Green Bay Packers, and taking Sunday morning walks on Dubuque's River walk, where he would strike up a conversation with the tourists passing by.

He is survived by his three daughters, Margaret "Peggy" (Mike) Stoecklein, of Lakeville, MN, Mary Rose Corrigan-Psihoyos (Gus), of Dubuque, and Colleen Kersch, of Dubuque; seven grandchildren, Jerry, Annie, Danny, Jane, Ben, Nicolas, and Louie; and one great-grandchild, James; four brothers, John (Lois) Corrigan, Richard (Elaine) Corrigan, Bob (Peg) Corrigan, all of Cedar Rapids, and Pat Corrigan, of Decorah; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Anna May; daughter Jane Corrigan; son-in-law Matt Kersch; brothers Charles, Mike, Cyril, Wayne, Mark and James; and sisters-in-law Eleanor, LaVerle, and LaVonne.

The family wishes to thank all of the health care providers that have looked after Jerry over the years.

While Jerry will have the best seat in the house for the NFC championship game featuring his beloved Green Bay Packers, friends and family will have to settle for the broadcast at the funeral home.



Stephanie M. Hahlen

Stephanie M. (Steiner) Hahlen, 66, of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Visitation will be 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd, where there will be a tribute at 7:00 p.m. Friends may also greet the family from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17 at the funeral home. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17, at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Rev. Joseph Hauer will officiate.

Stephanie was born June 17, 1948 in Cedar Rapids, the daughter of Charles and Mary (O'Brien) Steiner. She married Ronald Hahlen on Feb. 28, 1975.

Stephanie enjoyed her work in the financial industry. Her last position was as Branch Manager of the Dutrac Community Credit Union Asbury Branch, and she retired in October of 2013 after 25 years of service. She previously held positions at Rainbow Tire and American Finance.

Steph was an avid sports fan, and especially enjoyed the Cubs, the Hawkeyes, and the Vikings. She also enjoyed art (especially her husband's pottery), the holidays, cooking, games, travel, dance, music, theatre, and any opportunity to be with family and friends. 

There were three areas of life that were important to Steph: love, loyalty, and laughter. Love of her family and friends was foremost. The annual O'Brien family reunion was special to her, and she treasured the opportunity to spend time playing and watching sports, visiting the lake in the summer, and especially spending time with family and friends. She could always be depended on to help someone in need. In her youth, she was a political activist, and was most memorably involved with the League of Women Voters and the Democratic Party. A great sense of humor was a strong trait of Steph's, and she dearly loved to laugh. Her loyalty was appreciated, her laughter was contagious, and most importantly, she made people know they were loved. Steph will be remembered and missed.

She is survived by her loving husband, Ronald L. Hahlen; her children, Todd (Laura) Hahlen, Nathan (Mary) Meloy, and Kirstin (James) Alexander; her grandchildren, Brooklyn, Thea, and Cade Hahlen, Aidan and Sadie Meloy, and Cooper and Cecelia Alexander; her sister Christine (Robert) Steiner Apel; her sister-in-law, Mary Ann Steiner; and many extended family members and close friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, C. Michael "Mike" Steiner; and many extended family members.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf and to the transplant team at the University of Wisconsin, Madison for their hard work and compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Stephanie Hahlen Memorial Fund.

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



Rev. Emmett T. Busch

Rev. Emmett T. Busch, 88, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at his home.

A celebration of Emmett's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Rev. Emmett Theodore Busch was born on March 3, 1926 in Jackson County, IA to John C.A. and Caroline S. (Kokemuller) Busch. He attended an elementary country school, and then graduated from Elwood High in 1945. After farming for five years with his father, he attended Wartburg College and Wartburg Seminary, graduating in 1958, and was ordained shortly thereafter. During his internship at St. James Lutheran in Mason City, IA, he met his future wife. He and Eilene were married on Sept. 1, 1957.

His first call in 1958 was to two churches in Saskatchewan, Canada: Peace Lutheran in Yellow Grass and St. John Lutheran in Lang. His first two children, Brian and Cheryl, were born at this time. In 1961, he accepted a call to St. John Lutheran in rural Greene, IA. In 1964, a new addition was added to the church containing 5 classrooms, restrooms, a church office and a new entry. His two youngest children, David and Eric, were born at this time.
In 1967, Emmett accepted a call to St. John Lutheran in Bellevue, IA. In 1974, an educational unit, kitchen and office were built. In conjunction, old basement classrooms and restrooms were remodeled. In 1988, a large handicapped elevator was added to the main church. During this time, Emmett helped to start up Bellevue Meals on Wheels and was the Conference Dean for 4 years.

After retiring in 1992, he served as interim minister in three local parishes, Andrew, Lost Nation and Goose Lake, as well as serving for various pastors on vacation.
Emmett was a volunteer fireman for 15 years, an ambulance volunteer for 10 years, and a Rotary member for 28 years. Emmett drove a morning bus route for 20 years for the Bellevue School District. After his retirement, he continued his ‘bus' routes, taking neighbor children to school and Eilene's students to piano lessons. He loved to fish and travel. He also loved to golf and spent many hours in his home woodworking shop.

Emmett is survived by his wife, Eilene (Baalson) Busch; four children, Brian Busch of Windom, MN, Cheryl Busch of Denver, CO, David (Lora) Busch of LaCrosse, WI, and Eric (Cindy) Busch of Clive, IA; and five grandchildren, Andrew, Brandon, Shira, Trinity and Blake. He is also survived by two sisters, Leona Westphal of Maquoketa, IA, and Darlene Small of Maquoketa, IA; two brothers, Orben (Dorothy) Busch of Davenport, IA, and Virtes Busch of Maquoketa, IA; and 19 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Irene Wyatt; and a daughter-in-law, Kayla (Rasmussen) Busch.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Jackson County. Your humor, care and compassion during this difficult time will never be forgotten. We would also like to thank all of our family and friends for your care and support during these past few months.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to First Lutheran Church of Maquoketa, Wartburg Seminary, Wartburg College, or Hospice of Jackson County.

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



Clarence L. Avenarius

Clarence L. Avenarius, 84, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at home, surrounded by his loving family and extended family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Rev. Dwayne Thoman will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.

Clarence was born March 14, 1930 in Dubuque, the son of Leo "Pete" and Alma (Blickert) Avenarius. When he was three days old, Clarence's mother passed away. His father then married Cornelia "Neen" Cushing, who raised Clarence as her own son. 

He married Eleanor A. "Ellie" Konzen on Sept. 9, 1950 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on August 25, 2012. Clarence was employed as a crane operator for many years prior to being forced to retire in 1987 due to health problems. He was a member of the Operation Engineers Union.

Clarence was a member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church. He looked forward to his Monday night cribbage games with his son-in-law, Michael, and enjoyed watching The Price Is Right. Clarence was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and uncle, and enjoyed spending time with his family.

Clarence is survived by his children, Michael (Deb) Avenarius, and Michele (Michael) Schetgen of Dubuque, Mark Avenarius of Mesa, AZ, and Todd (Theresa) Avenarius of Roseville, CA; his grandchildren, Ryan (Stacy) Avenarius, and Brandon (fianceé Cassie Koetz) and Brady Schetgen, all of Dubuque; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Joan Pautvein, of Apache Junction, AZ.

In addition to his wife of nearly 62 years, he was preceded in death by his parents and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to care providers Kathy, Karen, and Kay for their loving care of Dad.

Online condolences may be left at hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com