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John D. Feller


John D. Feller, 72, of Dubuque, was called home by His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, July 22, 2018, at home surrounded by his loving wife & children. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 26, at Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel, 2843 John F. Kennedy Rd., Dubuque, where friends may greet the family from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Tom Dougherty will officiate. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery. Friends may also greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. 

John was born September 9, 1945 in Dubuque, the son of John L. and Marian (Jungk) Feller. He attended Dubuque Senior High School, where he met the love of his life, Donna Driscoll. After graduation in 1965, the high school sweethearts married on June 17, 1967 at St. Mary Catholic Church. 

John was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company, and at Lewis Systems (later Menasha Corp.) until his retirement. 

He was a longtime member of Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel, where he was active with the audio recordings and nametags ministries. He loved to study the Bible and share the Lord's word. There was nothing that John couldn't fix-he was an excellent handyman. He enjoyed woodworking, carving, and whittling. John was a HAM radio operator, and taught Morse Code to his HAM radio club. Camping trips all over the U.S. and Canada were a regular summer vacation, and they included the whole family. John was a kind, gentle, and loving husband, father, and grandfather who loved to spend time with his family and granddaughters. 

John is survived by his wife Donna, of Dubuque; two children, Angie (Don) Strohmeyer and John J. Feller, both of Dubuque; two very special granddaughters, Molly Strohmeyer and Laura Feller; four sisters, Marilyn Wasmundt of Dubuque, Karen (James) Wieland of Rock Island, IL, Linda (Randy) Prater of Loveland, CO, and Sue Feller of Berthoud, CO; his brother, Richard (Sharon) Feller of Dubuque; two sisters-in-law, Patty Feller of Dubuque and Laura Feller of Clinton, IA; and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lori Feller; two brothers, Paul and Daniel Feller; his sister-in-law, Kathy (Driscoll) Runde; and his brother-in-law, Don Wasmundt. 

Memorials may be made to the John D. Feller Memorial Fund for later donation to his favorite charities. 

John's family would like to thank his longtime physician, Dr. Longo; Dr. Liaboe and his staff; Dr. Ringold and his staff; Dr. Whalen; and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Betsy, for all their love and care. 

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

 

 

 



Larry W. Bockenstedt


Larry W. Bockenstedt, 68 of Earlville passed away on Saturday, July 21, 2018, as the result of a sudden illness.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Wednesday from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 25, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, in Earlville, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate. Military honors will be accorded.

Larry was born December 1, 1949 to William and Alice (Helle) Bockenstedt. Larry was raised west of Manchester and attended West Delaware High School. Larry served in the National Guard.

On May 26, 1973 Larry married Diane Clemen at the St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville. They were blessed with five children in this union. Together they farmed west of Manchester. In 1979 they moved to their farm in Earlville where they currently reside. Farming was Larry's passion and he loved sharing that with his family. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Diane, their children: Brian, Pat and Mark Bockenstedt all of Earlville, Michelle (Chuck) Funke of Dyersville, Mitchell (Catherine) Bockenstedt of Brooklyn, IA, six grandchildren: Megan, Ryan, and Leah Funke, Hayden, Tristan and Noah Bockenstedt, sister, Susan (Jerry) Nefzger of Delhi, brother, Ronald (Shellie) Bockenstedt of Manchester, brothers in law: Ronald (Joan) Ronnebaum of Earlville, Donald Clemen, Loras Clemen both of Dyersville, sisters-in-law: Clara Mae Hoeger, Mary Jane Clemen, Jean (Alan) Roling, and Betty Clemen all of Dyersville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, Arnold and Rosella Clemen, a sister Jeanna Ronnebaum, brothers-in-law, Frank Hoeger, Jerome Clemen, Ralph (Geri Kay) Clemen, and his sister-in-law, Theresa Clemen.

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



Velma M. Coohey


Velma M. Coohey, 83, of Dubuque died Friday, July 20, 2018.  Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 pm Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road.  Funeral services will be held 10 am Wednesday at St. Peter Lutheran Church where visitation will also be held Wednesday from 9 to 9:45 am.  Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Velma was born April 8, 1935 in Manchester, Iowa, daughter of Herman and Velma (Hugh) Reth.  She graduated from Coggan High School in 1952.

On July 23, 1957, she married John "Jack" Coohey at St. Martins Church, Cascade.  He preceded her in death on May 16, 1995.

Velma loved to sew and garden. She was an avid Stock car and Nascar Fan with Mark Martin being her favorite. Velma would never turn down a good game of Yahtzee or "May I". She also loved to camp and fish with her family. She treasured time spent with family especially Her great grandchildren.

She was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church where she was a Stephen's Minister for many years. Attending Church was important to her.

She is survived by a daughter, Denise (Steve) Goedken; a son, Steve (Sue) Coohey; four grandchildren, Nick (Tiffany), Andy (Chelsy), and Cody Goedken and Madison Coohey; and three great grandchildren, Jack, Evie and Finn Goedken; all of Dubuque.

She is also survived by three siblings, Evonne (Harold) Wurst of Marion, Iowa, Mary (Ralph) Roling of Dubuque and Ken Reth of Cedar Rapids; brothers and sisters in law, Joyce Coohey, Pat and Carol Coohey, Rose and Denny Topping, Mike and Sandy Coohey, all of Dubuque and Margie and Steve Frye of Cuba City; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a granddaughter, Abby Goedken in 1994; brother in law, Donnie Coohey; nephews, Mike Wurst and Kevin Coohey; and a niece, Jackie Scholbrock.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque and Sunset Park Place Memory Care for their kind and compassionate care.

 

 



Merlin P. Kaiser


Merlin P. "Mert" Kaiser, 86, of Dubuque died Thursday, July 19, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center surrounded by his children. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Church of the Resurrection. Entombment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Mert was born May 26, 1932 in Sylvia Switch, Iowa, son of Gerhard and Lorena (Brink) Kaiser. He served in the US Naval Reserve from 1950 to 1958.

On May 27, 1952, he married Jane Reinecke at St. Thomas Church in Potosi, Wisconsin.

Mert worked as a supervisor for The Dubuque Packing Co. and FDL foods for 44 years before his retirement in 1994. After his retirement, he worked part time at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory.

He was a member of the Church of the Resurrection where he served as an usher for many years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and was inducted into the Dubuque Fast Pitch Softball Hall of Fame.

Playing baseball was an important part of Mert's early life as he continued to play and umpire softball as long as he could. He was an avid lover of nature and the outdoors, spending time on family mushroom hunts, and golfing and fishing trips were always highlights.

Mert's many lifelong friendships and the stories that accompanied them are cherished. His face always lit up with visits from his family, especially his grand and great-grandchildren and time with his dog, Chloe. A highlight of his later life was the privilege of going on an Honor Flight to Washington DC.

Mert is survived by five children, Connie (Terry) Hutchcroft of Dubuque, Gary (Wanda) Kaiser of Dubuque, Ken (Cheryl "Charlie") Kaiser of Dubuque, Laurie (Jeff) Knott of Marion, Iowa; and Greg Kaiser of Dubuque; 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. He is also survived by three sisters in law, Evelyn and Lucille Kaiser, Mary Langkamp, and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Gerhard Kaiser and Lorena (Brink) Kaiser Droessler and step father, Henry Droessler; two brothers, Vince and Jerry Kaiser; three sisters, Esther Busch, Sr. Helen Kaiser and Lillian Salzmann; brothers in law, Joe Salzmann, Fran Busch, Bill Reinecke and LeRoy Langkamp; two grandsons, Justin (J.T.) Kaiser and Gaylin Leirmoe and two great grandsons, Jack and Gage Leirmoe.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mert Kaiser Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank the staff at Oak Park, and all of the other doctors, nurses and health care professionals who helped with Mert's care.



Clara M. Weber Hess Tobin


Clara M. Weber Hess Tobin, 88, of Worthington passed away Thursday, July 19, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 am, Monday, July 23, 2018, at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am Monday, July 23, 2018, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Clara Mae was born on May 5, 1930, in Chadron, NE the daughter of Herman and Leona (Sherlock) Weber. She married Henry Hess at St. Paul's Church in Worthington, and he died March 3, 1974. She later married Richard Tobin in 1977. Clara was a terrific cook, liked taking care of her flowers and enjoyed a good game of euchre. Above all she loved spending time with her family.

Survivors include her children: Michael Hess of Worthington, LuAnn (Pat) Putz of Dyersville and Kenneth Hess of Prairie du Chien, WI, daughter-in-law, Dianne Hess of Dyersville, grandchildren: David Hess, Casey (Becky) Hess, Jennifer (Brian) Akerberg; Kurt (Angie) Mullen, Joe (Elizabeth) Mullen; Joshua Hess, Abby (Luke) Wilgenbusch; Nicole, Brad, Jason Hess, 12 great-grandchildren, siblings: Bernadette Weber and Richard (Barb) Weber and Betty Weber all of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, son, Pat Hess, daughter-in-law, Wendy Hess, great-grandchild, Jayden Wilgenbusch, and seven siblings.

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



Loras F. Manders


Loras Francis Manders, 80, of St. Catherine's Iowa went to be with the Lord on Monday July 16th, 2018 while driving his four-wheeler on the family farm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 at St. Catherine Catholic Church with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, July 23rd, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m. Family and friends may also gather after 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the church until time of mass.

Loras was born on February 3rd 1938. He is the son of Raymond and Gertrude Manders. He married the love of his life Barbara Mitchell on July 11th 1959, celebrating 59 years this July.

A humble, faith filled man who wore many hats, Loras never stopped learning. He enjoyed reading, playing piano and writing. Loras took pride in farming with his brother and best friend Roger Manders, leaving a legacy of carrying on the century family farm. He was a huge family man who loved family gatherings, an active member of the community and church and found much joy singing in the choir.

He is survived by his wife and their five children, Martin (Tressa) Manders, JoAnn (Kevin) Herrig, Linda (Rick Heiar) Manders, Jeff (Dawn) Manders, Richard (Cindy) Manders; Grandchildren, Kyle (Nicole) Manders, Trisha (Dan) Petersen, Bethany Manders, Kristin Manders, Chad Herrig, Jayden (Kassy) Herrig, Abbey (Casey) Skrivseth, Ashley (Dave Bake) Wiley, Taylor (Joe Goris) Manders, Logan Manders, Vincent Manders, Monica Manders, Danny Manders; 18 great grandchildren.

Also survived by his sister Betty (Robert) Jaeger and brother Roger (Gail Michels) Manders, sister-in-law Belva (Jeannie) Mitchell and brother-in-law Pete (Julie) Mitchell, along with many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Gertrude and Raymond Manders, father-in-law Loras Mitchell, mother-in-law Ann Mitchell, sister-in-law Linda Manders and brother-in-law Darwin Mitchell.

Rest in peace gentle servant of God.

 



Irmagene R. Pfiffner


Irmagene R. 'Irma' Pfiffner, 87, of Dubuque passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 23, at Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Rd., where friends may greet the family from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. Rev. Andy Upah will officiate. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may also greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road where there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m.

Irma was born July 13, 1931 in Dickeyville, WI, daughter of Philip and Stella (Digmann) Ginter. She married Thomas D. Pfiffner, July 6, 1957 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Dubuque. 

She graduated from St. Joseph's Academy in 1949. In her early years, Irma worked at the First National Bank and Nurre Glass Co. Later, she went to work at the West Dubuque Tap, where she was instrumental in the invention of the "Magic Muffin". For 19 years, Irma was a cook for the Sisters of the Visitation, until her retirement at age 81.

Irma was an active member of Resurrection Parish, where she was a member of the Cursillo team, CEW team, Teens Encounter Christ, served on the Liturgy Committee and Ladies of the Altar, volunteered at Resurrection School, and taught CCD at-home program. She was a devoted homemaker and excellent baker. She especially loved spending time with her family.  

Surviving are her husband, Tom; a daughter, Mary Ellen (Jerry) Gogel, of Bettendorf, IA; a son Tom M. (Sheila O'Donoghue) Pfiffner, of Chicago, IL; two grandchildren, David Lincoln and Max Gogel; her sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Mary Ann Ginter, Jerry (Mert) Pfiffner, Carol Hannan, Connie Pfiffner, and Mary Kay (Don) Sisler; and many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Joe and Vince Ginter and two sisters, Priscilla "Toots" Bahl and Maleta "Skeets" Dietz.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque

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

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

 

 



Sister Mary Sharon Kelchen, PBVM


Sister Mary Sharon Kelchen, PBVM, 72, died on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Mount Loretto Motherhouse, 2360 Carter Road, Dubuque IA.

Funeral Services will be Monday, July 23, 2018 at 10:30 am at Sacred Heart Chapel, Sisters of the Presentation, with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Friends may call from 1:30 - 6:00 pm on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at Sacred Heart Chapel, where there will be a vigil service at 3:30 pm. The Leonard Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sister Sharon, daughter of Lawrence and Florence (Hosch) Kelchen, was born Donna Mae Kelchen on May 8, 1946, in Manchester, IA. She entered the Sisters of the Presentation in September 1964 and professed her perpetual vows on August 23, 1970.

She received a BA from Clarke College, Dubuque. Sister Sharon's ministries took her to Farley, Bankston, Mason City, Sheldon, Key West, Algona, and Storm Lake, all in Iowa, where she taught music. She later became principal in Farley and Storm Lake and was the liturgy coordinator at Our Lady of Guadalupe parish in Chicago, IL. She served as house coordinator at Mt. Loretto from 1993-2003. In 2004, Sister Sharon began as minister of care in St. Elizabeth Pastorate, where she found herself ministering, visiting and praying with grandparents of children she previously taught.

She enjoyed golfing, reading, playing cards and baking.

Surviving are her sisters, Dorie Kelchen, Kay (Paul) Ostwinkle, Karen (Ken) Tobin, Jean (Dennis) Loesche and Chris (Dean) Klosterman and her brothers, Joe (Susan) Kelchen and James (Mary) Kelchen, many nieces, nephews, and the Sisters of the Presentation with whom she shared her life for 54 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Larry, and brother-in-law Paul Pheles.

A special thank you to Dr. Sara Loetscher, the staff at Mercy Hospital and Stone Hill Care Facility and Mount Loretto nursing staff for the love and care they provided Sister Sharon.

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



Merle J. Krapfl


Merle J. Krapfl, 89, of Dyersville, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 3:30 a.m. at his home in Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Merle may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 20, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Reiff Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial for Merle will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at Basilica St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa, with Rev. Dennis Quint presiding. Burial will be held in St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville, Iowa.

Merle was born on March 24, 1929 in Dyersville, Iowa, son of Leonard and Clara (Buenker) Krapfl. He received his education from St. Francis Xavier School in Dyersville, IA. He was united in marriage to Madonna T. "Donna" Esch on June 30, 1952 at Basilica St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, IA. She preceded him in death on September 21, 2017.
He was employed as a mechanic at Tauke Implement and later at Helle Implement in Dyersville, Iowa until his retirement.

He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Dyersville, Iowa. He enjoyed fishing and camping. He especially enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by four children, Gary Krapfl of Dyersville, IA, David (Kathy) Krapfl of Geneseo, IL, Dan Krapfl of Dyersville, IA and Ann Fessler of Durango, IA; 8 grandchildren; four siblings, Floyd (Carol) Krapfl and John (Velma) Krapfl both of Dyersville, IA, his sister, Joan (Ralph) Werner of Strawberry Point, IA and Bill Krapfl of New Vienna, IA; one sister-in-law, Julie White of Maquoketa, IA; one brother-in-law, Phil (Nikki) Manternach of Cascade, IA.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, one son-in-law, Mike Fessler; one sister, Arlene (Jim) Tauke; five sisters-in-law, Kay Ament, Mary Williamson, Patricia Billmeyer, Ellen Manternach and Karen Krapfl; three brothers-in-law, Nick Esch, Earl Brimeyer and Ken White.

The family of Merle would like to thank Dr. Ridgely, Hospice of Dubuque, Julie Reicher and Cookie Sherrman for all the wonderful care and support.

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



John L. Kennedy


John L. "Jack" Kennedy, 88, of Epworth, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 12:20 a.m. at Ennoble Manor in Dubuque, Iowa. He was a man who loved life so much he was afraid to let go.

Friends & relatives of Jack may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Sunday, July 22, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. They may also call after 9 a.m., Monday, July 23, 2018 at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 23, 2018 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Burial will be held in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa, with full military honors afforded by the Epworth John White American Legion Post #650.

He was born April 12, 1930 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of George and Lillian (Haigh) Kennedy. He attended Prescott and Jefferson School in Dubuque, Iowa. On November 27, 1948 he was united in marriage to May Lou "Moomie" Schmitt at the Priest house in Galena, Illinois.

He was employed at the former Dubuque Packing Company until his retirement in 1980 and a member of International Union of Operating Engineers.

He was an avid bowler, a member of the 700 club and was very proud to have won a National Bowling Tournament. Jack loved the great outdoors! He enjoyed fishing, hunting, morel and agates searching, camping, spending time with family and friends singing around a campfire.

He was an army veteran having served in the Army in Germany during World War II; he later served in the Army National Guard unit.

He is survived by his wife May Lou "Moomie" Kennedy of Epworth, eight children, Jean (Steve) Ernst of Dubuque, Lily (Robert) Lange of Asbury, Mary Lou (Bill) Graham of Kingston, Ontario, Canada, Dan Kennedy of Dubuque, Linda (Kevin) Goerdt, Lori (Phil) Kramer both of Epworth, Robert (Rianne) Kennedy of Dubuque, Tom Kennedy of Epworth; two daughters-in-law, RaeAnn Kennedy of Dubuque, and Val Grimm Kennedy of Farley; 26 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren; 5 great great grandchildren; one sister, Joan (Terry) Vosberg of Hazel Green, WI; two brothers, Milton "Sonny" (Rayetta) Gassman of Dubuque and Terry (Tammie) Gassman of Galena, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sons, John L. Kennedy II October 1984, Michael Kennedy on March 1990 and James A. Kennedy in February 1979; one daughter-in-law, Nancy Kennedy, four brothers, Robert D. Kennedy, George (LaVonne) Kennedy, Jerry (Joyce) Kennedy, Jim (Dean) Kennedy; two sisters, Jean (Duane) Langtimm and Juanita (Leo) Oswald.

The family would like to thank the Staff at Ennoble Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care and support they gave to Jack.

In lieu of flowers a John L. Kennedy Memorial fund has been established to purchase a bench to go on the Heritage Trail in memory of him.

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



Madonna L. Ludovissy


Madonna L. Ludovissy, age 83, of North Buena Vista, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 6:10 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Madonna's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at Immaculate Conception Church, North Buena Vista, with Rev. Marvin J. Bries officiating. To celebrate Madonna's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, July 20, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, and from 10:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at Immaculate Conception Church. Burial will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery.

Madonna was born on December 5, 1934, in North Buena Vista, Iowa, daughter of Aloysius and Evelyn (Felder) Riniker.

Madonna was born and raised in Buenie, surrounded by her family and friends daily all while learning the most important values in life. She would eventually cross paths with her soul-mate, Clarence C. Ludovissy, and the couple was united in marriage on September 21, 1954, at Immaculate Conception Church in North Buena Vista. The two were blessed with 58 wonderful years together, and 8 adored children, before he was called home ahead of her on December 26, 2012. Madonna was a loving and devoted full-time wife and mother, who took meticulous care of her family and their home. Madonna had a strong work ethic, and after the children were raised and out on their own, she would put her numerous talents to good use outside of the home at many community establishments and mainstays. Madonna's faith was a very important aspect of her life and was constantly on display for all to see. She was a life-long member of the Immaculate Conception Church and their Rosary Society; and was also a determined staple in the parish, always lending a hand whenever possible. In her free time, Madonna could easily be found out in the yard tending to her colorful flower gardens on the farm, heading to the church on Tuesdays to work on her next quilting or craft project, or occasionally even trying her luck with the "one-armed bandits" at the local casinos. Madonna was well known for her "heavy foot" and undeniable love of car rides and traveling. If anyone was heading out on a trip, she always volunteered without hesitation to jump in the car and eagerly ride along. She was also a joy-filled person, and without a doubt, her greatest joyful moments came during the opportunities she was able to spend time with her family, especially if the grandchildren and great-grandchildren were in the mix somewhere. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our wonderful mom, grandma, great-grandma, great-great grandma, sister and friend, but we know that she is now happily reunited with her beloved husband, Clarence, their son, Dana, and all of their family members who've been called home ahead of them. We will miss her more than words could ever possibly convey, but we are forever grateful for the 83 years the Lord was kind enough to share Madonna with us, and the beautiful memories she leaves behind.

Those left to cherish Madonna's memory include

her children,
Dale (Kathy) Ludovissy, Dubuque, IA,
Robin (Rose) Ludovissy, Holy Cross, IA,
Neal (Sandy) Ludovissy, Peosta, IA,
Jan Ludovissy, Dubuque, IA,
Terry Ludovissy, Guttenberg, IA,
Dawn (Scott) Ferguson, Center Point, IA
and Denise (Colin) Grafft, Solon, IA;

her 16 grandchildren,
Danielle (Jason) Sadewasser, Theresa Ludovissy, Joe (Chris) Dudek, Melissa (Jeff) Domeyer, Tracy (Terry Gotto) Ludovissy, Heidi (Nick) Gansen, Joe Ludovissy, Jon Ludovissy, Levi Ludovissy, Justin (Melissa) Ludovissy, Truman Ferguson, Samantha (Jared Jirak) Ferguson, Andrea Ferguson, Docker Ferguson, Finnegan Grafft and Blake Grafft;

20 great-grandchildren,
Ethan and Natalia Sadewasser, Cassandra Siegert, Michaela and Katelyn Ward, Will, Jake, Keeley and Elijah Hammel, Anthony Dudek, Quinton Kelley, Cole, Evan and Cooper Domeyer, Caden, Riley and Max Gotto, Delila Ludovissy and Baylen and Kylie Ludovissy;

2 great-great-grandchildren,
Jessie Johnson and Croix Kaiser;

her sisters,
Joanne Hefel, North Buena Vista, IA,
Jeanette Ludovissy, North Buena Vista, IA
and LaVonne Coyle, Epworth, IA;

and her sisters-in-law,
Joan Riniker, Dubuque, IA,
Mary Engling, North Buena Vista, IA,
Louise Ludovissy, Guttenberg, IA
and Laurie Ludovissy, North Buena Vista, IA.

Madonna was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Clarence Ludovissy; a son, Dana Ludovissy; 2 sisters, Geraldine (Tom) Hefel and Ivanelle (Celestine) Ludovissy, 2 brothers, Walter Frank (Judy) Riniker, and Aloysius "Junior" Riniker; 6 brothers-in-law, Mickey Hefel, Merlin Ludovissy, Robert "Bob" Coyle, Ronald Engling, Francis "Duke" Ludovissy and Walter Ludovissy; and a sister-in-law, Kathy Ludovissy.

The family would like to send their sincerest appreciation to Mary Eulberg and her staff at River Living Center; all the care providers at the Guttenberg Cornerstone Family Practice and Hospital; to Dr. Kyle Brown and Roxanne at UIHC; and a special thank you to Mary Engling for all of her love and care over the years. 

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

 



Lester J. Yutzy


Lester J. Yutzy, 93, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, July 16, 2018, at home. 

Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday, July 20, 2018, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., where friends may greet the family from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service.  Pastor Bill Rector will officiate. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. 

Lester was born on December 11, 1924 in Reno County, KS, the son of John and Susan (Mast) Yutzy. Lester enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 where he served in the Burma China India Campaign with the 209th Combat Engineers. He was a member of the battalion who became members of Merrill's Marauders for a final battle to eliminate the occupied territory of the enemy in Burma. He received the Purple Heart and other citations. He was a lifetime member of the DAV and American Legion. 

He married Eileen Anderson on April 28, 1958. Lester was employed in service and management at several supper clubs and at Sears and Montgomery Ward until his retirement. 

Lester volunteered as a driver for the Dubuque Cancer Society. He was a devoted blood donor, and also served on some organizations at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Dubuque. 

He enjoyed boating, snowmobiling, motorcycling, gardening,  and traveling. He was an avid fan of the Cubs, White Sox, and Chicago Bears. Lester loved being with his children and grandchildren. 

Lester is survived by his wife, Eileen; his children, John (Linda) Yutzy of Iowa City, Kathleen (Jim) Oldham of Chapin, SC, Robin Buchanan of Overland Park, KS, and Donna (Bill) Rector of Flower Mound,TX; his grandchildren, Emma, Olivia, and Nicholas Yutzy, and Katie, Kirby, and Charlie Rector;  his sister-in-law, Dorothy Yutzy of Sugar Creek, OH; and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Roman and Eli; and his sisters-in-law, Grace and Frances. 

The family requests no flowers. Memorials may be given to the Salvation Army or Hospice of Dubuque.

Lester's family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Cindy, and the Skilled Nursing staff at Mercy Medical Center. 

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

 

 



Brian S. Arnold


Brian S. Arnold, 58, of Key West passed away unexpectedly on July 16, 2018, while on vacation in Duluth, MN.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with the Key West Fire and Dubuque County Fire Fighters Ceremony of the Four Fives. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, July 20th at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Key West Fire & EMS and Dubuque County Fire Fighters will assemble at 6:30 p.m.

Brian was born on December 5, 1959, in Manchester, Iowa, the son of Melvin F. and Alice M. (Claus) Arnold. He married Annette Kramer on June 4, 1983, at St. John the Baptist Church in Peosta, IA, and they celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary this summer. Brian was employed with the State of Iowa Department of Transportation for 35 years, retiring on December 31, 2014.

Brian was involved with the Key West Fire Department for 39 years after joining the department as a volunteer firefighter in 1979. He served as Chief since 1999. Brian obtained his Paramedic Certification in 2004 and was instrumental in Key West adding emergency medical and ambulance services. He was the recipient of the IEMSA Volunteer - EMS Provider of the Year award in 2007. He was involved in various County committees including the Dubuque County 911 Board, Dubuque County Public Safety Commission, Emergency Planning Committee, and was a member of the Dubuque County Firefighters Association and Dubuque County EMS Association having served as past president in both groups. He was a member of the Iowa Fire Chiefs Association serving as a Board member and past president from 2008-2015, and was on the State Team of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Surviving are his wife, Annette; two sons, Nick (Kate Small) Arnold and Zach (Katie Schober) Arnold, both of Key West; four grandchildren Riley, James, Emma and Alice "Ali"; a brother Mark (Donita) Arnold, of Dubuque, a sister, Deb (Steve) Pascoe, of Beaver Dam, WI; nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews; and two sisters-in-law, Agnes (Steve) Steffen, and Jan (Larry) Phillips, of Peosta, IA.

He was preceded in death by his father on April 27, 1977; his mother on October 25, 2017; father and mother in law, Bernard Kramer on December 18, 1966, and Bernice Kramer on September 29, 1985, and a brother in law, Marty Kramer on February 14, 1993.

Family was very important to Brian and he enjoyed time spent with them at get-togethers, holidays and on fishing trips. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, taking Riley to school, giving tractor rides and just being "Grandpa". He enjoyed working in his garage on his tractors and his 1947 International antique fire truck. He also enjoyed planting and harvesting season on the O'Brien farm.

The family would like to thank the Fredenberg Fire Department, Tim Wagner from Hi-Banks Resort, the St. Louis County, MN, Sheriff's Department, and Chaplain Paule Barbeau for their expert care, compassion and kindness during this most difficult time. Also, thank you to the members of the Key West Fire Department for their support and to everyone for their kind comments on social media. The response has been overwhelming and appreciated.

A Brian S. Arnold Memorial Fund has been established.



Irene Hauber


Irene "Renee" (Regan) Hauber, age 71, of Richland Center passed away to be with our Savior on Saturday, July 14, 2018 following a courageous battle with lung cancer.

Renee was born in Dubuque, IA on September 14, 1946, the daughter of John and Veronica (Lex) Regan. She graduated high school in 1964 from Holy Cross High School in Holy Cross, IA. After graduation, Renee worked as a Dental Assistant for James McKay DDS. She married Thomas Hauber in 1969 and moved to Richland Center in 1983 after purchasing Center Lanes bowling center which she owned and managed until 1994. Renee worked as a manager at the Ramada White House and Dewey's Dugout until her retirement in 2016. 

The youngest of 9 children, Renee grew up an Iowa farm girl in Rickardsville, IA. She lived a generous and selfless life, always putting others before herself. She loved spending time with family and friends, especially her 6 grandkids.

Renee is survived by her two children: son, Erin (Stephanie) Hauber; daughter, Amy (Greg) Schoepp and by 6 grandchildren: Anna, Henry, and Charles Hauber; Treyton, Jayden, and Regan Schoepp. Renee is also survived by two brothers, John (Maureen) Regan and James (Sandy) Regan, and 5 sisters, Mary (Carl) Lange, Katie (Perly) Reeg, and Jeanne (LeRoy) Reeg, and Margaret (Kenneth) Kurth, and Alice (Jack) Rhomberg, and many cherished nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

Renee was preceded in death by her parents, John and Veronica (Lex) Regan, brother, Thomas Regan, and brother-in-law, John "Jack" Rhomberg and close friend, Al Spry. 

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, July 20, 2018 at Noon at the Clary Memorial Funeral Home in Richland Center.  Visitation will be held at the Clary Memorial Funeral Home from 9:00 AM until the time of service at Noon. Friends and family are invited to a complimentary lunch at Phoenix Center in Richland Center after Celebration of Life services. On line condolences can be made at www.clarymemorialfuneralhome.com

 

 



Janet G. (Link) Winn


Janet Grace (Link) Winn, formerly of Balltown, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 in Red Bluff, California. 

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 468 Balltown Road, Balltown, Iowa, on Friday, July 27. A Memorial Service celebrating Janet's life will be held at 7 p.m. with Br. Stephen Markham officiating. Burial will follow in St. Francis of Assisi Parish Cemetery in Balltown. 

Janet is survived by her husband, David D. Winn, of Red Bluff, California; mother, Alice Link, of Dubuque, Iowa; brothers, Allan (Alice) Link and Loras (Tammy) Link, of Balltown, Iowa; sisters, Carol (Ron) LeGrand, of Dubuque, Iowa and LuAnn (Steve) Small, of Madrid, Iowa; brother-in-law, Philip (JoAnn) Winn, of Monroe, N.C.; sisters-in-law, Nancy (Dennis) Alt, of Hudson, Iowa, and Janan Winn, of Iowa City, Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Sylvester Link; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Delbert and Jeanette Winn; sister-in-law, Christine Winn; and brother-in-law, Alan Winn.

The Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.



Eileen Pauly


Eileen Pauly, 98, formerly of 2035 Delaware St., passed away Sunday, July 15, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 23, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Rev. Steven Rosonke will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 22, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a prayer service at 4 p.m.

Eileen was born September 15, 1919 in Iowa, the daughter of William and Mamie (Klein) Lammer. She married Ralph G. Pauly Sr. in St. Joseph, Missouri. He preceded her in death in 1968.

Eileen's faith was very important to her, and she was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. She was employed for 25 years at the Dubuque Packing Company. Eileen loved to stay active, golfing, walking everywhere she could, square dancing, and taking trips to the casino. She enjoyed playing cards with friends, attending bridge club, and volunteered her time for many organizations. Eileen was very independent and made sure to live life to the fullest. She was passionate about traveling, and visited many destinations around the world.

Eileen is survived by her daughter, Pam (Wayne) Kilburg of Dubuque; her daughter in law, Jeannine Pauly of Dubuque; her grandchildren, Christian (Jolynn) Kilburg of DeWitt, IA, Craig (Mia) Kilburg of Jacksonville, FL, Laura (James) Pauly-Sievers of Kieler, WI and their children, Alyssa, Ryan, Olivia, and Xander, and David (Roxanna) Pauly of Iowa City, IA and their daughter Scarlett.

Eileen was preceded in death by her husband; her son, Ralph Pauly Jr. in 2005; her siblings; and her in-laws.

The family would like to thank the staff at Stonehill Care Center, and Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Roger A. Anderson


Roger A. Anderson, 81, of Delmar, Iowa, a follower of Christ, was received into glory by his Savior on July 16, 2018 at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Those left to honor Roger's memory include: his wife of 60 years, Elaine Anderson of Delmar, IA and his children Dave Anderson of Maquoketa, IA, Laurie (Jon) Thomsen of Oxford Junction, IA, Deb (Ken) Carr of Estero, FL, Steve (Laura) Anderson of Delmar and Jim (Terri) Anderson of Maquoketa. Also he will be lovingly remembered by 16 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and a list of friends too long to name.

Roger Andrew Anderson was born on November 18, 1936 in Preston, Iowa, to Andy Andrew and Bernice (Koch) Anderson. After high school graduation, he served his country in the U.S. Army as a carpenter. He married Elaine Calkins and they had five children. Roger had worked at Caterpillar in Mt. Joy for more than 28 years until retirement. In retirement, he worked for the Genesis Medical Center in DeWitt in the Maintenance Department for over ten years.

Roger was passionate about the outdoors and was an avid hunter and trapper, much to the dismay of the local raccoons, muskrats and squirrels. As a beloved father, he passed on his respect for nature to his children.

In the last year of his life, Roger became a follower of Christ. He enjoyed attending First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa and reading his Bible. We honor the man who honored God with his heart until he heard the call to heaven.

A celebration of Roger's life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 28 at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 - 11am at the church. Cremation has taken place and a private burial will be held at the Miles, Iowa cemetery. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Roger A. Anderson memorial fund has been established.

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



Michael A. Hanfeld


Michael A. "Mike" Hanfeld, 47, of Potosi, Wisconsin, died Monday, July 16, 2018, at UW-Hospital in Madison as the result of a sudden accident.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2018, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev. Bernard Rott and Rev. Richard Leffler officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center where the parish wake service will be at 1:45 p.m. Friends may also call at the parish center from 9:00-10:15 a.m. Saturday before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Mike was born on February 20, 1971, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Norm and Mary Jean (Brandt) Hanfeld. He married Tracy M. Westerlund on September 30, 2000, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler. Mike was a captain at the Wisconsin Department of Corrections in Boscobel, Wisconsin.

Mike loved camping, fishing, hunting and the outdoors. He enjoyed music and was a Chicago Bears fan. Mike was a wonderful cook and often cooked for large groups. A hard worker, he was kind, generous and always on the go. Mike had the heart of his mother and two grandmothers and the strength and determination of his father and two grandfathers. He spent the last 21 years putting Tracy on a pedestal. Mike lived to make her the happiest wife in the world.

Survivors include his wife, Tracy, of Potosi; two daughters, Meagan (Steve) Caron, of Winona, WI, and Abigail (Austin) Chute, of Marion, IA; a son, Blake Matthew, of Potosi; his parents, Norm and Mary Jean Hanfeld, of Kieler; a brother, Tony (Leslie) Hanfeld, of Monona, WI; two grandchildren, Raena Helen Chute and Emrys Caron who is on the way; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Richard and Linda Westerlund, of Moline, IL; a brother-in-law, Todd (Shelley) Westerlund, of Cordova, IL; a sister-in-law, Tamara (Lee) Ahern, of Racine, WI; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Donald and Elaine Brandt and Alfred and Clara Hanfeld, and several uncles.

A Michael A. "Mike" Hanfeld Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Junior B. Thomas


Junior B. Thomas, age 78, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully into the loving arms of Jesus at 4:50 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, 2018. To honor Junior's life, a Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, August 11, 2018, at Tri-State Community Church, 12937 Derby Grange Road. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Junior was born on December 15, 1939, in Birmingham, Alabama, son of Elzie and Ruby (Stone) Thomas.

Junior was born, raised and spent the first 37 years of his life in Birmingham, AL, before moving to Milwaukee, WI, where he put down new roots for another 24 years. He eventually moved to Dubuque, IA, 16 years ago, and thoroughly enjoyed discovering the quiet life as he settled into retirement. Junior was a welder by trade and worked for Denny Warnock for many years, before moving on to Supersteel, which would be his last stop before retirement. Junior was a man who continually had a kind smile and a warm heart to share. He loved nothing more than to spend time with his great-grandchildren. Junior had an undeniable special bond with his granddaughter, Zolabeth, and loved every opportunity she would come to visit grandpa's house and joyfully sit on his lap, or happily play with the horse and doll he lovingly kept there for her. He also enjoyed watching his great-grandchildren, Myla, Maverick, Zolabeth, Elsiemae and Violet, as they played with their continual collection of new toys which he so generously provided. Junior wished he could have seen his great-grandson, Josiah, grow into a young man, but was honestly thrilled to simply be able to hold him, and was honored to understand that Josiah Junior was named after him. He also loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom live out of state and was always excited to talk about their visits and phone calls. The family and friends of Junior, who know Jesus as their Lord and Savior rest assured that they will see him again soon, and that he is enjoying the glory and comfort of Jesus, awaiting the day when he will be reunited with us. We all love him so very much, and we rejoice that he is with his Savior in Heaven, though we will miss him greatly.

Those left to cherish Junior's memory include

his children,
Kellie Duffin,
Patrick (Penny) Duffin,
Holly (Brian) Massman
and Michael (Tammy) Duffin;

his grandchildren,
Amanda (Haeyong) Jung, Elisabeth (Isaac) Barrientos, Annalise Yogerst, Melissa (Brent) Petersen, Jessica (Thom) Scharfenberg, Joshua Duffin, Allisa (John) Corfman, Caitlin (Nick) Glennon, Leah Massman, Jimmy Massman, Jonny Massman, Aspen Duffin, Regan Duffin and Jaden Duffin;

his great-grandchildren,
Eloise, Benjamin, Korra, Brent Jr., Brayden, Kaylee, Kendel, Olsen, Ivan, Myla, Maverick, Violet, Zolabeth, Elsiemae and Josiah Junior;

his brothers,
Jesse Thomas, Arizona
and James Thomas, Alabama;

and his extended family,
Henry (Maria) Yogerst, and their boys, Anastasios and Joshua, Menasha, WI.

Junior was preceded in death by his parents; 2 great-grandsons, Benjamin Yogerst and Dallas Duffin; and a brother, Daniel Thomas.



Douglas L. Staggs


Douglas L. Staggs, 22, of Dubuque died Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 20, 2018 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Doug was born November 20, 1995 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of James D. and Susan (Hagerty) Staggs.

Doug graduated from Hempstead High School in 2014. He worked at Arby's for six years, serving the last three years as shift manager. He was excited about having just started a new job at Georgia Pacific.

Beloved by anyone who knew him, Doug was funny, smart, easy going, kind hearted, warm and genuine. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, was always respectful and caring of others, and was very conscientious and loving toward his parents. In his younger years, he was a talented artist and enjoyed drawing and drafting, as well as playing basketball and just shooting hoops with friends and family. Doug was a big St. Louis Cardinals fan and he enjoyed attending games with his family.

He is survived by his parents, James D. and Susan Staggs of Dubuque, and a brother, Dalton J. Staggs of Dubuque. Other survivors include his paternal grandmother, Juanita (Sagers) Staggs of Dubuque, numerous aunts and uncles and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by paternal grandfather, Douglas King Staggs, maternal grandfather Louis Hagerty Jr., maternal grandmother, Colette (Donahue) Hagerty, and paternal uncle, John Staggs.

A Douglas Staggs memorial fund has been established.

The Staggs family wishes to extend a special thank you to the Dubuque Police Dept., Dubuque Fire Dept. and the paramedics.



Rosemary Catherine (Nieland) Neumann


Rosemary Catherine (Nieland) Neumann, 86, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, July 16, 2018 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 19, at Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where friends may greet the family from 9 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. Rev. Andy Upah will officiate. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Friends may also greet the family from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at Church of the Resurrection, where there will be a prayer service at 2:30 p.m. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements.

She was born April 26, 1932 in Luxemburg, Iowa. Rosie grew up in a farming community and moved to Dubuque with a group of girls that she stayed forever friends with. She married Gordon James Neumann on April 23, 1960.

She worked at Dubuque Pack in the ham and bacon department, then after getting married stayed home to raise their three children. She later worked for the Dubuque Community School administration building before retiring.

Rosie was one of the most energetic people you could have ever met until May of this year when Leukemia took control. You often would find her on the golf course and on her 86th birthday she had a hole in one. There wasn't a card game that she couldn't win, change the rules on, or create a new version of. Some of her most enjoyable times were spent with her Nieland family playing a loud rambunctious game of Euchre with some twist or crazy version. Often times she would be found around the city playing euchre tournaments or bridge.

She volunteered at numerous places in Dubuque, the hospital, the mission, the grand theater and the museum. She was a people person and always seemed to get someone to tell her who they were or "who they belonged to". She bowled over the years and was a 600 club member and made many friends along the way.

Rosie had a garden every year that somehow managed to be ready way before anyone else's. There were no such things as straight rows in her garden, somehow everything landed just where it was supposed to grow. She shared the wealth of this garden with many friends and neighbors.

Golfing became her passion in the last few years; she sure would not like it when they would get rained out – she would say that "sure goofed up her day". She really looked forward to getting out on that course and she would walk the entire thing never settling for a ride in a cart.

Rosie had 5 grandchildren that would literally light up her face, from sharing Hawkeye games, or bean bag toss, or one of their sporting events which she rarely missed – and of course a game of cards whenever she could talk them into it. Josh, Monica, Ryan, Tyler and Amanda were her pride and joy.

Then came her great grandchildren and her legacy lives on – teaching them card games, and not letting them just win either, or reading a book, or just laughing with them she was always so excited to see or hear about their latest escapades. Charlie, Avery, Edith, Sophia, Lukas, Raylan and Crosby gave her hours of enjoyment and she couldn't get enough of them.

Rosie will be sadly missed by her friends and family, but we all know she is playing cards at the big table in the heavens surrounded by many family members and friends, and she has found peace.

Rosie is survived by her husband Gordon, daughters: Dawne (Joe) OMeara, Michelle (Wayne Schnier) and son Kyle (Kelly) Neumann. Grandchildren: Josh (Alice) Habel, Monica (Bart) Sitarski, Ryan (Haley) Schnier, Tyler (Lauren) Neumann, Amanda (Tyler) Menhusen.
Great Grandchildren: Charlie and Edith Habel, Avery Schnier, Sophia and Lukas Sitarski, and Raylan and Crosby Neumann, brother Ray (Dana) Nieland, brothers in law: Richard Neumann, Gene (Kay) Neumann & Jim (Bev) Neumann. Numerous nieces, nephews, and godchildren that she adored.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother Benjamin & Maria Magdalena Nieland, her in-laws William & Kathryn Neumann, her sister Armella Nuehring and her husband Kenny, her brothers LaVern and wife Coletta Nieland, Elmer and wife Adele Nieland, and Harold in infancy.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque during this difficult time especially Courtney, Amy, Peggy & Diane.

Mom you will forever take a part of us with you and a part of you will stay within each and everyone of us, until we join you in that card game in the heavens we will be smiling at the memories we have created together.

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



Mary Anne Kean


Mary Anne Kean, 96, of Stonehill Care Center, formerly of St. John Drive died Saturday, July 14, 2018.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 21, at Resurrection Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m., Friday, July 20 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road.

Mary Anne was born on April 18, 1922 in Gregory, South Dakota, the daughter of Mathais A. and Anna L. (Matthews) Crilly. She attended high school in South Dakota and was a Clarke College graduate. In 1946 she married James J. Kean at Immaculate Conception Cathedral Parish in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Mary Anne was a secretary for the Rapid City US Airforce Training School during WWII. She later worked alongside her husband at their family photography business, Mould Studio, until her husband's death on July 20, 1979. For 10 years she worked as costume director and cook with Sr. Mary Xavier at Clarke College. She was also employed as low vision coordinator at the Tri-State Blind Society.

Mary Anne was a longtime member of Resurrection Church and was involved in many church activities. She was a proud member of the Democrat Party. During the elections she worked tirelessly organizing election campaigns and volunteering at the polls.

She is survived by her sons, Jim (Joanne) Kean, of Dubuque, Pat (Josh Wallace) Kean of New York, NY., and Tom (Therese Ragatz) Kean of Dubuque; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her children, Joan Litzinger and John Kean; and her sister, Ellen McDonald.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Stonehill Care Center.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the entire staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate care.



Mark D. Oberhoffer


Mark D. Oberhoffer, 64, passed away Sunday, July 15, 2018.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Westminster Presbyterian Church with Rev. Marsha Wilfong officiating. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Centralia, Iowa. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

Mark was born on August 5, 1953 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Carl and Marilyn (Aliesch) Oberhoffer. He graduated from Hempstead High School in 1972. On August 22, 1975, Mark married Peg McGovern at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church.

His career in law enforcement spanned 33 years before his retirement in 2008 from the Dubuque County Sherriff's Department.

Mark was an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. He was a fire arms instructor for Dubuque County and volunteered as a hunter safety instructor. Mark was a member of the Dubuque Soccer Alliance Executive board, the Kiwanis Club and Masonic Temple Metropolitan 49.

Surviving are his wife, Peg of Dubuque, IA; his children David (Trisha) Oberhoffer of Adel, IA, Dana (Casey) Cooney of North Liberty, IA and Ryan (Kristi) Oberhoffer of Dubuque, IA; his grandchildren Caleb, Carson and Joshua Oberhoffer, Keira Cooney, Owen and Theo Oberhoffer; his brothers Jeff (fiance' Lori Cray) Oberhoffer and Jerry (Pat) Oberhoffer both of Asbury, IA; his sister-in-law Kay Oberhoffer of Dubuque, IA; his in-laws Fred McGovern, James (Susan) McGovern Ann (Loren) Dietrich, Mark McGovern, Kevin (Patty) McGovern, Loretta McGovern, Maureen (Rich) Smith, Patty (Cal) Zumbach, Michele (Ron) Bussan and Kristin (Dan) Doer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Michael and sister-in-law Paula Oberhoffer; and his father and mother-in-law Mark & Dorothy McGovern.

A Mark Oberhoffer memorial fund has been established.

Mark's family wishes to extend a special thank you to the Dubuque Fire Department and Officer Cross.

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



Darlene A. O’Connor


Darlene A. O'Connor, 86, of Dyersville died Monday, July 16, 2018, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 5-8 pm Thursday, July 19, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Friday from 9 - 10 am at the funeral home prior to Mass. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 20, 2018, at St .Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Darlene was born May 14, 1932, in New Vienna, Iowa, the daughter of Leo A. and Alvina (Bries) Meyer. She married Francis J. O'Connor on June 21, 1949, in New Vienna, Iowa, a marriage that lasted 65 years until Frank's death in 2014.

Darlene was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister who enjoyed cooking for her family and playing games with her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include 3 children: Judy (Bill) Engler of Dyersville, Tom (Yong) O'Connor of Katy, TX, and Kris (Clint) Toennies of O'Fallon, IL; 5 grandchildren: Tim (Lindsay) O'Connor of Seattle, WA, Jennifer (Craig) Borchers of Mt. Pleasant, WI, Lisa Engler of Oakland, CA, Samantha and Grace Toennies of O'Fallon, IL; 1 great grandson, Donovan O'Connor; siblings: Merlin (Kathy) Meyer of New Vienna and Mary Heinrichs of Dyersville, one brother-in-law, Bernard O'Connor of Mundelein, IL, a sister-in-law, Nancy O'Connor of Ankeny, IA, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, siblings: Leo (Virginia) Meyer and Alvin (Dorothy) Meyer, brothers-in-law: Bob Heinrichs, Dr. Lowell O'Connor, Louis O'Connor, and a sister-in-law, Jean O'Connor.

The family would like to thank the staffs of the Univ. of Iowa Hospital, Stonehill Care Center, and Hospice of Dubuque for the fine care and compassion provided.

Memorials are preferred to St. Francis Xavier Basilica and Beckman Catholic High School.

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



Betty Elaine Patrum


Betty Elaine Patrum, 84, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, July 15, 2018 at Luther Manor.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 19 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where friends may greet the family from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Rev. Josh Martyn will preside. Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Betty was born December 13, 1933 in Randolph, NE, the daughter of William Edward and Martha Jane (Pickering) Niday. She married James Patrum on June 12, 1953 in San Diego, CA. He preceded her in death in 1993. 

Betty managed the Carousel Snack Bar at the mall in Dubuque. After Jim retired, he and Betty retired to Plant City, FL. Betty made many friends in Florida, where she also enjoyed working at Beef O'Brady's. Her children and grandchildren loved going to visit Jim and Betty in Florida.

Betty was a 50 year member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Auxiliary, of which she was Past President. She enjoyed watching NASCAR and was an avid Jeff Gordon fan.

Betty is survived by two sons, Jim (Nancy) Patrum Jr. of Dubuque, and William "Will" Patrum of Monticello, IA; six grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and three on the way; her sister, Twila Horn of Indianapolis, IN, and many nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Harold, Frank, and Gene; and three sisters, Marjorie, Eunice, and Wilma. 

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque

Betty's family would like to thank the staff at Hospice of Dubuque and Luther Manor; Dr. Hermann; and Dr. Cao, for their care of Betty.

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



Doris E. Wills


Doris E. Wills, 85, of rural Elizabeth, IL, passed away on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at Serenity House, Oregon, IL, following a short illness.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Schapville, IL, with Rev. Mark Oehlert officiating.  Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Warren.

Visitation will be from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Schapville. The Miller & Steinke Funeral Home of Scales Mound is serving the family.

Doris was born on October 29, 1932 near Warren, the daughter of John and Esther (McKinstrey) Watson.  She was united in marriage to Eldon H. "Hank" Wills on May 3, 1959 at Apple River.  He preceded her in death on February 2, 2004.

Her hobbies included doing latch hooks, working in her flower garden, baking, traveling, and participating in church activities. 

Surviving are five children, John (Joyce) Wills of Galena, Goldie (Dennis) Foley, of Scales Mound, Thelma (Kevin) Busker of Rockford, Elmer Wills of Hanover, and Roger Wills of Elizabeth; 7 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. 

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband Hank; a daughter Joyce on May 9, 1985; and her siblings, John David and Marian in infancy and Howard Watson.

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

 

 



Marguerite Wichmann


Marguerite Wichmann, 83, of Dubuque passed away Friday July 13, 2018 at home.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 20, 2018 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating.  Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.  Friends may greet the family from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 19th at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a wake service at 6:30 p.m.

Marguerite was born November 12, 1934 in Victor, Iowa, daughter of Clarence and Mary Louise (Keenan) Dusterhoft.  She married Charles ‘Chuck' J. Wichmann in 1954 and they celebrated 63 beautiful years of marriage.  Chuck preceded her in death on April 5, 2018.

Marguerite sold Avon Products for 50 years until her retirement; she also worked as a precinct election official for Dubuque County for 30 years. She was a volunteer for the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop for a couple years.

Marguerite loved her family and enjoyed her home and especially liked to play with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was a member of St. Anthony parish.

Surviving are her children Judy (Rick) David, Kathy Meyer, John (Sue) Wichmann and Dennis (Colleen) Wichmann; 6 grandchildren, Chris David, Melissa (Tracey) Johnson, Derek (Cheri) Wichmann, Stephanie Wichmann, Crystal Chew, and Kaysha (Tyler) Schmitt; 11 great-grandchildren; sister Mary Aliene (Dick) Sadler and brothers and sister-in-law, Bob and Larry (Kay Beth) Wichmann.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Chad Meyer and brothers George and Paul Dusterhoft.

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



Robert L. Willenberg

Robert L. "Bob" Willenberg, age 87, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 5:05 p.m., on Friday, July 13, 2018, at Sunnycrest Manor. To honor Bob's life, private funeral services were held. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Bob was born on August 8, 1930, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Greg and Frances (Schmitt) Willenberg.

Bob was proud to be a life-long Dubuque resident, who put his love of drawing to use as his working trade. He had a great love of the golden era of film and enjoyed watching classic movies and admiring the stars of that era. Bob was also a very simple man who was able to routinely find pleasure in the more basic moments of life. Sitting down with a hamburger, fries and a rootbeer was all Bob required to consider his day a successful one. We will miss Bob, but we are definitely grateful for the memories he leaves behind and the light he shared while he was here with us. We will miss you Bob!

Bob is survived by

several cousins.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; and his favorite landlord, Joseph Wagner.

Thank you to the staff at Sunnycrest Manor for all of their love, care and support of Bob throughout the years, and also thanks to Judy Engleke for being a special friend and wonderful advocate for Bob.

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

 



Generose A. Conrad


Generose A. Conrad, 92, of Dyersville passed away Saturday, July 14, 2018, surrounded by her family at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 2-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Wednesday from 9-10 am Wednesday at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, 2018, St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Conway will officiate.

Jenny was born October 25, 1925, in Petersburg the daughter of John and Catherine (Nurre) Klostermann. She married Irvin J. Conrad on February 12, 1945, in Petersburg.  Together they farmed near Bankston for forty years until retiring in 1981.  She greatly appreciated her family and friends, and she liked a good game of cards.

Survivors include her children: Gary (Judy) Conrad of Dubuque, Wayne (Diana) Conrad of Davenport, Jean (Steve) Hoeger of Dubuque, Sharon (Bob) Roehlk of Bettendorf, Carmen (Ken) Jungling of Cedar Falls, Janet (John) Connolly of Bernard and Connie (Ed) Brecht of Cedar Rapids; 16 grandchildren: Alaina (Carl) Their, Tanya (Brad) Manternach, Emily (Tim) Lehman, Nic (Karen) Hoeger, Anna (Adam) Mueller, Stephanie (Tom) Emmons, Christine (Rich) Hoover, Janell (Eric) Jensen, Michelle (Jim) Work, Nichole (Matt) Nutz, Christopher (Jennifer) Conrad, Jenna (fiancé Eric Moberg) Connolly, Abby (Johathan) Green, Olivia (fiancé Cody Burger) Connolly, Amanda Brecht and Melissa Brecht; 24 great grandchildren, and a sister, Sr. Marian Klostermann, OSF of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Irvin in 1998; siblings: Everett (Bernice) Klostermann, Zita (Clement) Lansing, Helen (Charles) Wessels, Dorothy (Allie) Olberding, Walter (Helen) Klostermann, Mildred (Alvin) Schlichte, and Donna (Bob) Juran; in-laws: John (Hilda) Conrad, Angie (Marion) Trinen, Susie (Leander) Eike, Marcella (John) Recker, Viola (Kenneth) Streif and Alfreida (Dick) Loeffelholz.

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

 

 



Francis A. Libansky


Francis ‘Fran' A. Libansky, 77, of Peosta, passed away Saturday, July 14, 2018, at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 19, 2018 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating.. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 18th at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road where there will be a wake service at 8:00 pm.

Fran was born August 15, 1940, in Richland Center, WI, son of Rudolph and Julia (Delmore) Libansky. He married Bette L. Nolan, June 2, 1962 at Holy Family Catholic Church, Peosta.

He was employed for 42 years at John Deere Dubuque Works as a Supervisor/Environmental Engineer. He also served in the National Guard.

Fran was an active member of St. Anthony parish being and extra-ordinary minster and worked Emmaus weekends.

Fran also volunteered with the Dubuque Colts Drum and Bugle Corps for seven years, traveling with the corps and held the position of President of the Excusive Board.

Surviving is his wife, Bette, two sons, Richard ‘Rick' (Judith) Libansky, of Bettendorf, IA and Matthew Libansky, of Peosta, IA; three grandchildren, Justine (Cale) Williams, Kelsey and Riley Libansky; two great grandchildren, Cayden and Jarryd; brothers-in-law, Bill (Rose) Nolan, of Peosta, Rick (Sharon) Nolan, of Castle Rock, CO; and sisters-in-law, Anita Kehoe, of Dubuque and Jody (Lynn) Vorbrich, of Clive, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandchild, Richard Jon Libansky Jr; a sister-in-law, Patricia Heins, and two brothers-in-law, Jack Kehoe and Lloyd Heins.

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



Arthur F. Jones


Arthur F. "Art" Jones, 78, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, July 13, 2018, at his home.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of "Art" on Thursday, July 19, 2018, from 5 to 7 P.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Arthur Fredrick Jones was born on March 29, 1940 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Willie Harrison and Martha (Peters) Jones. He attended Maquoketa Schools. He married Judy Templeton on March 11, 1972 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union one child was born, Tim.

"Art" had owned the Cue in Maquoketa for several years, worked at General Thermal, and for many years at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa as a Shear Operator.

"Art" loved the outdoors, fishing, trapping, doing puzzles and especially spending time with his family.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Judy Jones of Maquoketa, IA; a son, Tim (Andrea) Jones of Maquoketa, IA; one grandchild, Kylie; sisters, Lavon McCarthy and Marie Cody, both of MN; a sister-in-law, Joann Jones of Charlotte, IA; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Janice Arterberry, and a brother Robert Jones.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Arthur F. "Art" Jones memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Donald J. Loeffelholz


Donald J. "Beanie" Loeffelholz, 76, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, passed away July 13, 2018, at home with family at his side. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 19, 2018, at the United Methodist Church in Cuba City with Pastor Hee Kwon Jung officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Platteville. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City. Friends may also call from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Thursday at the church before the service.

Beanie was born on January 1, 1942, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, to John and Colette (Staver) Loeffelholz. He graduated from Cuba City High School in 1960 and UW-Platteville in 1964 with a BS in Mining Engineering. He entered the Air Force as a radar controller and spent his overseas assignment in South Korea. After five years in the Air Force he was hired by the Peter Kewit Company in Omaha, NE, as an engineer to do cost estimates for bridges and tunnels. He married the love of his life, Betty J. Wilson, on October 9, 1971. He was co-owner of Loeffelholz Plumbing & Heating with his brother, Jim, until he retired. Beanie enjoyed computers and other electronics; he also enjoyed sharing his love of these with his kids and his grandkids. He created picture CD's for many of the weddings he attended, and he enjoyed working with the City of Presidents by creating historical CD's and helping at the caboose.

Beanie is survived by his wife, Betty J. (Wilson) Loeffelholz; children, Dana (Darron) Mitchell, of Cuba City, Mary Colette (Tom Stowell) Loeffelholz, of Dodgeville, Kurt (Mackenzie Arndt) Loeffelholz, of Galena, IL; grandchildren, Tristan Retzki, of Fort Bliss, TX, and Morgan Retzki and Kynan Mitchell, both of Cuba City; siblings, Joan Wright and Jim (Pat) Loeffelholz, both of Cuba City, Bob Loeffelholz, of Dubuque, IA, Susan (Paul) Droessler, of Stoughton, and Lynn (Ron) Deiter, of Ames, IA; and a brother-in-law, Bill Wetter, of DeForest.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Loeffelholz, Sr. and Colette (Staver) Loeffelholz; a brother, John Loeffelholz Jr.; and two sisters, Becky Wetter and Debbie Loeffelholz.

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



John L. Redfearn


John L. "Jack" Redfearn, 75, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Thursday, July 12, 2018, at home. Services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Pastor Kevin Tranel officiating. Burial will be in Union Grove Cemetery in Darlington with military honors accorded. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday and after 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Jack was born on September 17, 1942, in Galena, Illinois, the son of John and Marian (Alt) Redfearn. He married Mary Ann Pugh on July 11, 1964, in Webb City, Missouri. Jack served in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War. He retired in 2007 after a career in various roles in the transportation industry. After retirement he pursued his boyhood dream as a beekeeper at Hoch Orchard.

Jack liked tinkering in his shop and helping Mary Ann with her concrete leaves and was an active member of First Lutheran Church in Onalaska, WI. Most of all Jack spent his time loving his beautiful wife of 54 years and making everyone he met feel special, loved and appreciated. He was an amazing listener and a truly great friend, mentor and trusted confidante. Through his love of family and friends he became a surrogate dad and grandpa to countless lucky people that he encountered in his life's travels. As his extended family continued to grow Jack became very talented with Facebook, SnapChat and any other forms of social media that the "kids" were using so that he could stay up to date with everyone. He was truly the faster Facebook "liker" in history.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann; two sons, Kerry (Cyndee) Redfearn, of Maricopa, AZ, and Andy (Kateri) Mears, of Indianapolis, IN; two sisters, Marian "Kay" (Bob) Rutherford, of Cordova, TN, and Cheryl (Bob) Johnson, of Benton; seven brothers, Dale (Virginia) Redfearn and Wayne (Carla) Redfearn, both of Benton, Denny (Joy) Redfearn, Roger (Jane) Redfearn and Lewis (Donna) Redfearn, all of Shullsburg, Dean (Jennifer) Redfearn, of Elizabeth, IL, and Larry Redfearn, of Hazel Green; and seven grandchildren, Nicolas (Katie), of Holmen, Helen, of Indianapolis, Morgan (Adam), of Trempealeau, Isaiah, of Indianapolis, Zachary and Chanlyr, both of Holmen, and Thomas, of Indianapolis.

He was preceded in death by a son, Robert "Bobby", a brother, Lyle, and his favorite dog and wingman, Henry.

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



Agnes J. Wagner


Agnes Joyce Wagner, 82, of Dubuque, IA, died Friday morning July 13, 2018 at home, surrounded by her loving family.

Services will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 17, at Nativity Catholic Church in Dubuque, with the Msgr. Jim Miller as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery in Galena, IL. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, July 16, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, Dubuque, where there will be a wake service at 7 p.m.

Agnes was born in Denver, Colorado on February 11, 1936, and was adopted as an infant by Steven F. and Mary Connor Tesar. She attended St. Michael's school in Galena, IL as a child and graduated from the Academy of the Visitation in Dubuque. She then attended St. Ambrose College in Davenport, IA, receiving her RN degree in 1956. She married John D. Wagner on Dec. 29, 1956, at Nativity Church and they celebrated 53 years of marriage together. Before her retirement, Agnes worked for close to 30 years as a Pediatric Nurse at the Finley Hospital, Dubuque.

Surviving are her eight children: Steve (Bev) Wagner of Dubuque, Jeanne Petko of Dubuque, Joyce Wagner of Hickory, NC, Cynthia (Larry) Hoppman of Dubuque, Marian (Mark) Arthofer of Zwingle, Joseph (Deoli) Wagner of Anamosa, David (Kerri) Wagner of Kelley, Daniel (Angela) Wagner of Sarasota, FL, fifteen grandchildren: Phillip (Amy) Wagner, Rachael (Sean) Pankuch, Tara Petko, Mason (Laura) Meyer, Shana Meyer, Stacie Hoppman, Simon (Rachel) Hoppman, Shannon Hoppman, Ben Arthofer, Sara Arthofer (and fiance Zac Klostermann), Andrea Arthofer, Emily Wagner, Obie Wagner, John Wagner, and Hannah Wagner; 9 great grandchildren; and her brother, Br. Joseph Tesar who was also adopted. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Agnes was known for her loving and caring heart, always caring for others and helping those in need. She loved spending time with her family. She was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. She was loved by all and will be dearly missed.

The family wishes to recognize Mary Wand, Cathy Waddick and Mary Story, Agnes's regular caregivers, that have been her "angels" for the last several years and have become a part of our family. May God bless you abundantly!

In lieu of flowers, an Agnes Wagner memorial has been established.



David L. Barry


David Louis Barry, 84, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on July 12th, 2018 at home.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steve Rosonke officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Tuesday at the church until time of service. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post #6. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

David was born on December 28th, 1933 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of James and Ida (Brummer) Barry. He is a US Army Veteran serving during the Korean Conflict.

Dave was a longtime baker and master cake decorator at Rosheks Sweetheart Bakery, Randalls and Econofoods. He was a member of the American Legion, Pheasants Forever and Ducks Unlimited.

David was an avid hunter who led many hunting parties for more than 60 years in the tri-state.

He opened and was always the first one in the door at the Stonehill Fitness Center every morning.

David is survived by his brothers James F. Barry, and Bernard (Joan) Barry; and a beloved uncle to many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and a sister Patricia Strong.

Memorials may be given to St. Jude's Hospital in David's memory.

The family wishes to thank the City of Dubuque Police Dept. for their excellent help in their time of need.



Janice E. Rowan


Janice E. "Jan" Rowan, age 77, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 2:55 p.m. on Friday, July 13, 2018, at her home. To honor Jan's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 2001 Saint Joseph Street, with Rev. Tom J. McDermott officiating. To celebrate Jan's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at St. Joseph the Worker Church. Burial will be in Otter Creek Cemetery at a later date. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Jan was born on September 18, 1940, in Maquoketa, Iowa, daughter of Joseph Michael and Della Marie (Coakley) Rowan.

Jan enjoyed her youth in the small town life where she was surrounded by family and friends daily. She completed her primary education in Andrew, Iowa and went on to attend The Cradle Society of Evanston, Illinois, in 1961. She returned home to Iowa and proceeded to work in private homes for 6 years before moving onto Mercy Hospital in Davenport, Iowa, next to Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, and finally retiring from A.Y. McDonald's Manufacturing Company. In her free time, Jan enjoyed traveling and any adventure which involved a road trip, or a day-time boating excursions on the river. Jan was also known to occasionally try her luck at the slot machines from time to time. She was also a woman of faith, and her long-time membership at St. Joseph the Worker Church was always like a 2nd home to her. Although Jan never married, or had children of her own, she developed a special bond with all of her nieces and nephews, which brought her immeasurable joy throughout her 77 year earthly journey. We will miss Jan, and her simple beauty as a humbly content person, but we trust that she is enjoying her eternal family reunion and we hold her final thoughts dearly until we see her again. "Remember me with smiles and laughter, that's the way I will remember you all. If you remember me with tears, don't remember me at all."

Those left to cherish Jan's memory include

a sister-in-law,
Sally Rowan, Andrew, IA;

and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Jan was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Mary Jensen; 3 brothers, Arland Rowan, Jerry Rowan and Paul Rowan; a niece, Roxie Jensen; and 2 great-nephews, Daniel Nepple and Todd Tracy.

Jan's family would like to thank the Dubuque Police Department, and the Dubuque Medical Examiners Office, for their help, professionalism and compassion while assisting with her sudden passing.

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

 



Clay K. Johnson


Clay K. Johnson, 55, of Baldwin, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A celebration of Clay's life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the visitation and burial will be at the Pence Cemetery, rural Baldwin, Iowa.

Clay Kent Johnson was born on August 3, 1962 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Henry Eli and Vera Desire (DeMoss) Johnson Sr. He was a 1980 graduate of Midland Community High School, and married Peggy S. Paysen in 1985 in Monmouth, Iowa. To this union two children were born, Clay Jr. and Corey.

Clay first worked for Campbell's in Maquoketa as a mechanic and had also owned and operated Clay's KerrMcGee Gas Station. He then worked as a semi-truck driver for Schneider Trucking Company for over 20 years, and for the past six years for J.B. Hunt Trucking Company.

Clay loved working on vehicles, fishing, riding motorcycles, and spending time with his children, grandchildren, siblings and extended family. He especially loved family gatherings, and pets, "Dexter" his cat, and "Bowser" his dog. His love for his family and others was exemplified even further after his passing as he gave the greatest gift through organ/tissue donation.

Those left to honor Clay's memory include his children, Clay Jr. (Brenda) Johnson of Trivoli, IL, Corey (Brittany) Johnson of Maquoketa, IA, Nicole (and special friend Jake Parker) of IN, and Destiny (Nic) Schneider of Maquoketa, IA; 5 grandchildren; sisters, Phyllis Smith of Dayton, TX, Janice Johnson of Clearfield, UT, Ellen (Larry) Agnitsch of Baldwin, IA, and Mary Kay (Gary) Schmidt of Lost Nation, IA; brothers, Henry (Laurie) Johnson of Yuba City, CA, Larry (Jean) Johnson of Iowa City, IA, Rev. Harry (Barb) Johnson of Akeley, MN, and Stephen Johnson of Bonne Terre, MO; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a daughter April Sue.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Clay Kent Johnson memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Thomas E. Faulkner


Thomas Edward "Tom" Faulkner 78 of Dubuque passed away unexpectedly Friday July 13, 2018 at his home. Friends may call from 3 to 7 pm Wednesday July 18, 2018 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road with a memorial celebration service being held at 7:00 pm.

Tom was born on November 12, 1939 in Independence, Iowa the son of Ermol and Gladys (Howland) Faulkner. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a master's in education in 1972, and married Betty Wills on April 2, 1983 at the Lord of Life Church in Dubuque.

Upon his moving to Dubuque, Tom began his teaching career at Dubuque Hempstead High School where he was the Media Specialist for 19 years. He established Flick's Audio Video in 1980 and was a pioneer in audio video production in the Tri State area.

He was devoted to the Boy Scouts throughout his life. From achieving the Rank of Eagle Scout at the young age of 14, to receiving the Silver Beaver Award, one of the highest honors among adult leaders. He was also active with the Dubuque Colts Drum and Bugle Corps and served as a Director in 1976. In his spare time, he loved to go fishing and camping, although his greatest passion was spending time with his family, especially his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Betty, his children, Christina Faulkner, in California, Scott (Susan) Faulkner of Dubuque, Jeffrey (Renee) Speaker of East Dubuque, Laurie (James) Rohner of Burlington, IA, Andrew (Pearl) Faulkner of Peosta, and Alexander (Mesha) Faulkner of Dubuque, 17 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Angela DeWilfond, his parents and 2 brothers Richard and Warren.

In lieu of flowers a Tom Faulkner memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dr. John Wahlen and the staff at Tri State Dialysis for all the wonderful care they gave to Tom.



Theresa A. Miller


Theresa Ann "Terry" (Leik) Miller; 65; of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on July 11, 2018, at Hawkeye Rehabilitation Center.

Visitation will be from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 15th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a funeral service will be at 4:00 p.m. Private family burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Terry was born on October 9, 1952, Dubuque, Iowa to William Leik, Barbara (Earnhart) Leik. She received her BA of Psychology from Clarke College. Terry worked as a Social Worker most recently with Mary's Inn Maternity Home in Dubuque, Iowa.

She married Phillip Joseph Miller on May 18, 1973 in Asbury, Iowa. Terry was a long-time member of Word of Life Church in Dubuque, Iowa.

Terry passed away peacefully with her family at her side.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband Phillip; 5 Children: Phillip Miller Jr. of Dubuque, Jesse (Brenda) Miller, of West Liberty, Jeff Miller, of Dubuque, Jamie Miller, of Dubuque and Nikki Miller (Towne) of Dubuque; 12 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter. Her mother Barbara Robinson, of Dubuque; her brother Gary Leik, of Tennessee; and sisters Valetta Voels, of Asbury, Kelly (Leik) Dolan, of Dubuque; along with many more extended family and friends who will miss Terry.

She was preceded in death by her Father William Leik.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque in memory of Terry.

The family would like to thank all of the doctors and nurses who took care of Terry.



Mrs. Mildred Jane (Elliott) Kalb


Mrs. Mildred Jane "Millie", "Annie" (Elliott) Kalb, 94, died at 5:15 pm, Wednesday, July 11, at home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff Street, with Rev. Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating and Rev. John O'Connor concelebrating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 17th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m.

Millie was born in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Cleophas and Hilda (Anners) Elliott. She attended Holy Ghost Elementary School and Dubuque Senior High School, graduating in 1941.

She was a member of Catholic Daughters of America, Court Dubuque, Dubuque YWCA and St. Raphael's Cathedral. She was a member of the Dubuque Historical Society, past member of Dubuque Women's Bowling Association and the 1941 Senior High Alumni Luncheon Group.

Millie married Dr. Anthony J. Kalb on October 22, 1949 in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on August 14, 1992. Together they raised twelve children: Dr. Tony (Susan) Kalb, Peter (Kathy) Kalb, Mark (Cheri) Kalb, of Dubuque, David Kalb of Brisbane, California, Dr. Ann Marie (Peter) Arrigo of Denver, Colorado, Mimi Kalb of Bloomington, Minnesota: Laura Rivisto of Prior Lake Minnesota, Martha Thomas of Onalaska, Wisconsin, Patrick (Pam) Kalb of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Paul (Myra Jo) Kalb, Andy (Becky Conlon) Kalb and Karla (Tom) Weber of Dubuque.
Before marriage, Millie worked as a private secretary at Western Auto Supply Company in Dubuque and was an official reporter and correspondent for the Western Auto Supply magazine with headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri.

Millie was a volunteer worker at Wahlert High School for many years and donated years of service to the YMCA/YWCA Swim Programs and Swim Team. She headed Boys' Scout troops in the early lives of her seven sons. She was a great all-around cook, leaving family members and friends to covet her secret recipes. She was an accomplished poet and short story writer. Many of her short stories and poems were published in our local Julien's Journal and several other journals and poetry magazines throughout the area. Millie loved nothing more than a good hand-written note to send or receive. Over the years she graced hundreds of people near and far with her beautifully scripted letters and cards. She enjoyed traveling, sewing, reading and following the Iowa Hawkeye Football and Basketball teams. She always enjoyed keeping up with the sports in which her grandchildren were involved. More recently she enjoyed her grandson, Matthew Thomas, playing on Iowa State's Basketball Team.

A loving wife, caring sister, precious mother, devoted grandmother and great-grandmother, Millie was a unique, vibrant woman with a huge capacity to love. "She was the one with the love and the comfort, and she was the first one there to put her arms around you. That was our mother." The world is clearly a much better place for Millie having dropped by for a while and we will all deeply miss her.

Millie's eleven surviving children, their spouses, and daughter-in-law Kathy Kalb, are left to lovingly cherish her memory, along with thirty-two grandchildren: Megan Kalb, Tara (Jon) Boyes, Gina (Cody) Page, Jayme Kalb, Rachel (Jason) Padilla, Katie Kalb, Lisa (Marty) Attea, Lynn (Jason) Breithaupt, Kelly (Darin) Mills, Alec Arrigo, Nicholas Arrigo, Samantha Arrigo, Heidi (Cory) Goblirsch, Nicholas Rivisto, Molly Rivisto, Mary Kate (Taylor) Case, Tony Thomas, Matthew Thomas, Josie Thomas, Tyler (Molly) Kalb, Courtney Kalb, Parker Kalb, MaKenzie Kalb, Frederic Kalb, Addison Kalb, Elliott Kalb, Sean Kalb, Jack Kalb, Christine Kalb, Jake Weber, Ryan Weber, Jenna Millie Weber and 17 great-grandchildren (including Millie Jane Breithaupt and Millie Sue Boyes), and twins due in September. She is also survived by a brother-in-law, Dr. Thomas J. Kalb, of Young America, MN and a sister-in-law, Sister Marie Therese Kalb, OSF, of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her husband A.J., her parents, Cleophas and Hilda Elliott, her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bert P. and Mamie Kalb, a son, Peter Kalb, a grandson, Lucas Kalb, three brothers, Cleophas "Bud" Elliott, Clarence "Mike" Elliott, Frederick Elliott, and six sisters, Genevieve (Kenneth) Lochner, Katherine Elliott, Delores Elliott, Marianne (Wilfred) Hemmer, Virginia (Bernard) Holzer, Jane Elliott, and Kalb in-laws, Rev. Bertrum J. Kalb, Rev. Robert L. Kalb, Rev. Howard E. Kalb, Richard J. (Bernadine) Kalb, John T. "Jack" ( Elizabeth) Kalb and Delores Kalb.

A Memorial Fund has been established in Millie's name. Donations will be given to Stonehill Care Center and Sisters of St. Francis.



Lila M. Tigges


Lila M. Tigges, 83, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on July 11th, 2018 at Bethany Home.

Funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 14th, 2018 at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the church until time of mass. Entombment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Lila was born on April 16th, 1935 in Springbrook, Iowa the daughter of Joseph and Marlena (Kilburg) Arensdorf. She graduated from St. Joseph's School in Bellevue, Iowa and married Robert V. Tigges in May 22, 1954 in Springbrook.

She worked at Sears Department store for 30 years and also for Dubuque Bank and Trust.

Lila was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She loved having her family over for dinner on Sunday nights. She enjoyed watching her grandchildren in sports especially playing basketball. She liked to travel, play golf and being a bus for her grandkids when needed.

She is survived by her three children, Steven (Jean) Tigges, Laurie (Marvin) Guy, and Michael (Holly) Tigges all of Dubuque. Six grandchildren, Christopher (Jenny) Tigges, Jeffrey (Jamie Unsen) Tigges, Stephanie (Brett Langkamp) Guy, Josh Guy, Jamie Tigges and Tia (Anthony) Boettner. Eight great grandchildren, Drew, Gwen, Nick, Riley, Nya, Kobe, Zach and Isaac. Siblings Norlan Arensdorf and Robert (Pat) Arensdorf.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Robert; sister-in-law Beverly Arensdorf.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of Bethany Home and to Hospice of Dubuque.



Stanley J. Steinhoff


Stanley J. Steinhoff, 74, of Benton, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at home.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 16, 2018, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Monday at the funeral home before the service.

Stan was born on April 11, 1944, in Watsonville, California, the son of Beauford G. and Beulah V. (Lincicum) Steinhoff.

Stan worked in the auto parts business for nearly 55 years and owned and operated his own store for over thirty years in Platteville.

Stan loved NASCAR and collected model NASCAR cars. He enjoyed polka music and bowling. Stan was a Hall of Fame Member of the Platteville Men's Bowling Association and a retired member of the Cuba City Fire Department. He loved and enjoyed his friends. A dedicated grandfather, family was important to Stan.

Survivors include a daughter, Diane "Sis" Steinhoff, of River Falls, WI; a son, Daniel (Deborah) Steinhoff, of Madison, WI; a very dear friend and close companion, Kathleen "Kat" Hines, of Benton; two stepdaughters, Melanie Alt and Terri (Rick) Wiegel, both of Cuba City; a stepson, Arnold "Bunker" (Linda) Alt III, of Durant, IA; two brothers, Donald (Marilyn) Steinhoff, of Cuba City, and James (Karen) Steinhoff, of Hudson, IL; seven grandchildren, McKaila and Michael Steinhoff, Justin Alt, Linzie and Logan Wiegel, and Beth and John Alt; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Stanley J. "Stan" Steinhoff Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Gerald D. Richard


Gerald "Jerry" D. Richard, 78, of Dubuque entered into eternal peace surrounded by his wife and six children on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. He fought a courageous battle with cancer and Alzheimer's disease for the last four years. He was able to remain at home throughout the journey because of the loving care of his wife and children.

Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Church of the Resurrection. Family will greet friends 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm, Friday, July 13, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home 3860 Asbury Rd. with a 7:00 pm Scripture Service. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Jerry was born September 7, 1939 in Marshalltown, Iowa the son of Joseph J. and Rosemary (Colligan) Richard. He married Patty Kehoe on April 28, 1962 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. They enjoyed 56 years together and were blessed with six children.

Jerry earned his high school diploma from St. Columbkille School. He went on to Loras College for his Bachelor of Art's Degree, and finished with a Master of Business Administration from The University of Dubuque. He began his career as a staff technologist in Radiology in 1961 and spent most of his career as the Director of Imaging Services at Mercy Hospital retiring in May 2001. Jerry was an active member in the American Healthcare Radiology Administrators (AHRA). He was elected to many leadership positions and achieved Fellow status in 1992. He was a servant leader fully committed to his employees and profession.

Jerry was deeply devoted to his Catholic faith and was an active member in serving the church. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus #510. Jerry loved working on cars and enjoyed the challenge of fixing most anything! As much as he enjoyed doing the work, he loved sharing his knowledge with others. He was a good and decent man; kind and gentle never hesitating to help a person in need. His work ethic was nonstop and only illness slowed his ambition. He cherished great joy in the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren and always prayed for their faith and safety. During retirement, he really enjoyed working at Richardson's Motors and all the people he met as a courtesy driver. He also enjoyed watching a variety of sports especially the Hawkeyes, Cubs and Bears and dabbled in playing golf and pitching horse shoes.

Survivors include his wife, Patty; children, Lisa Rains, of Marion, Iowa, Lynn (Jim) Verry, of Coralville, Iowa, Lara (Jeff) Dague, of Bettendorf, Iowa, Jay (Terri) Richard, of Bettendorf, Iowa, Todd (Tarra) Richard, of Urbandale, Iowa, and Katie (Matt) Burken, of Camanche, Iowa; 17 grandchildren; Brittany and Brianna Rains, Josh, Jacob, Joseph, and Anna Verry, Megan, Abby, Adam, and Avery Dague, Craig Richard, Sydney, Cameron, and Paige Richard, Ben, Emma, and Beau Burken; a brother, Robert J. (Kathy) Richard, of Tiffin, Iowa; sisters and brothers-in-law, Judy Dolter, Pam (Lee) Brandes, and Anita Kehoe, and many nieces and nephews.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Ann Richard (infant) and Mary Kirkpatrick; mother and father-in-law, John and Helen Kehoe; bothers-in-law, Jack and Mike Kehoe; niece, Denise Dolter.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Food for the Poor, The Dubuque Rescue Mission, and Hospice of Dubuque.

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

Our family would like to express our heartfelt appreciation for the kind compassionate care shown by Dr. Kukla and his nurse Jenny, Dr. Tom Sinsky, Dr. Fuller, Dr. Parker, and the Hospice of Dubuque staff especially Shirley and Ryan.



Bernard Tapke, Jr.


Bernard Tapke, Jr., 85, of Luxemburg, passed away Monday, July 9, 2018, at Guttenberg Care Center in Guttenberg.

Visitation will be held from 11 am - 1 p.m. Friday, July 13, 2018, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 pm. Burial will be at Holy Trinity Cemetery where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Bernie was born December 10, 1932, in Luxemburg, Iowa the son of Bernard Sr. and Hilda (Lueck) Tapke. He married Elizabeth "Betty" A. Rohner on May 22, 1954, in Garnavillo, Iowa.

Bernie had various occupations over the course of his life including farming, construction, tavern owner, and maintenance, retiring from the Ertl Company after 23 years.

Together he and Betty enjoyed wintering in Texas for over 14 years. He recently enjoyed spending time in Florida with his friend, Bev Shafer.

Survivors include his 5 children: Steve (Karen) Tapke and Alan Tapke, both of Dyersville, Mark (Audrey) Tapke of Peosta, Gary (Lori) Tapke of Waterloo and Diane (Rick) Steffen of Luxemburg; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; a special friend, Bev Shafer of Waukon, a sister, Doris Bierman of Epworth, and in-laws: Donald (Janice) Rohner of Guttenberg, David (Pat) Rohner and Dorothy Wendell, both of Garnavillo.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Betty, in 2010, a sister, Ann Soppe, and in-laws: Marcella (Dick) Dodge, Marie (Herman) Benskin, Dave Bierman and KeithWendell.

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



Gary John Weis


Gary John Weis, 71, Bellevue, Iowa died Sunday evening, July 8th, 2018 at Mill Valley Care Center.

Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 14th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Deacon Loras Weber officiating. Family and friends may visit after 10:00 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Bellevue, Iowa.

Gary was born on December 22, 1946 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Elmer J. and Marian (Rolling) Weis. Gary graduated from Marquette High School in 1965 and attended classes at Clinton Community College, with a very special interest in history.

He was an extremely dedicated and loyal employee and worked for many years as a HVAC technician, leaving no important detail undone or unexplained.

He was a proud member of Ducks Unlimited and The National Rifle Association - his love of hunting, fishing and nature went hand-in-hand and his family will be forever grateful for the many hours of patient shooting practice and hunting instruction he gave to them. He devoured books. He was a natural teacher and he was a wealth of information: guns, ammunition, animals, electrical fittings, sports scores and play-by-plays (particularly regarding the Hawkeyes or the Cubs) - Gary had an enviable memory and he was precise. His knowledge of American History and in particular, the Civil War, was awe-inspiring and all-encompassing - only surpassed by his completely generous and kind heart. He was a loving son, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend - giving selflessly of his time and talents and asking for little in return.

Gary attended St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Bellevue.

Surviving are his siblings Mark (Mack) Weis, of Durango, Iowa, Susan Corlis, of Wake Forest, North Carolina, Sandy (Doug) Schroeder, of Cedar Rapids; and many nieces and nephews who will miss him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his parents Elmer & Marian Weis, his brother Bill Weis and sister Julie Knake.

Special thanks to the staff members at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab Center, Mill Valley Care Center, and Hospice of Jackson County. Your care of Gary was appreciated and will not be forgotten.