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Allen R. Mescher Angella T. Walsh Arleen Anderson
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Carl D. Sanman Carl R. McNamee Carl W. Witter
Catherine M. Steffen Charles V. Plein Constance A. Schaecher
Daniel J. Dossey Duane J. Heiderscheit Edward T. Smothers
Elaine M. O’Brien Elizabeth O. Helling Elsie M. Babcock
Frances Dale Elwood Melvold Gary F. Harry Geraldine L. Fleege
Gunnar Ant James D. Newell Janet K. Wernke
Janice K. McCarthy Janice M. Decker Joe A. Smith
John L. Haberkorn Leona T. Breitbach Linda Ward
Margarete Mary Martin Mark A. Dalen Martha M. Burger
Mary Rita Zehentner Murial Y. Roberts Natalie G. Sanders
Patricia J. Cawley Phyllis E. Duhme Richard D. Rath Sr.
Richard F. Burlage Rita Ann Navigato Robert J. Andresen
Robert L. McCarron Russell L. Paulsen Sister Mary K. O’Brien, BVM
Theresa C. Hankemeier Travis J. Augustin William Jester

Elaine M. O’Brien


Elaine M. O'Brien, 87, of Farley, Iowa passed away Sunday, December 10, 2017 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Elaine may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:45 p.m. Services for Elaine will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, December 14, 2017 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa with Rev. Thomas McDermott Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.

She was born October 31, 1930 in Dyersville, Iowa, daughter of Emil and Marcella (Tebber) Klostermann. She is a graduate of the St. Francis Xavier School in Dyersville, Iowa. On October 20, 1951 she was united in marriage to Earl A. O'Brien at St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa. He preceded her in death on March 8, 2009.

Elaine did daycare for Farley area families for more than 30 years. She enjoyed embroidering, Bingo, and playing euchre. She was an avid CUBS fan.

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

She is survived by five children, Jeff (Lori) O'Brien and Jenny (Joe) Beringer both of Cascade, IA; Jackie (Jerry) Simon of Farley, IA, Jay (Lisa) O'Brien of Toddville, IA and Joan (Mike) Felton of Solon, IA; thirteen grandchildren, Kayla Wilson, Andy Beringer, Ben O"Brien, Molly Hoeger , Doug Simon, Brittney Leibfried, Emily Simon, Kaitlin Simon, Kali Harris, Taylor O'Brien, Sidney O'Brien, Alex and Olivia Felton; a sister-in-law, Julie Klostermann of Charlotte, NC; step brothers, Bob (Cathy) Wilhelm, Dave Wilhelm, Paul (Rita) Wilhelm, Merle (Sharon) Wilhelm; brothers and sisters-in-law, Mike (Joyce) O'Brien, Joe O'Brien, Terry (Delores) O'Brien, Ann O'Brien, Kathleen (Rex) Gogerty, Joanelle (Irwin) McDermott, Lois (Rich) Schlegel, Deb (Bob) Green, Maurna O'Brien and Mary Ann O'Brien.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Dale Klostermann; brothers and sisters-in-laws, George, Ralph, Pat, Steve and Monica (Urbain) O"Brien.

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



Catherine M. Steffen


Catherine M. Steffen, 96, of New Vienna died Monday, December 11, 2017, at Finley Hospital in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 3-7 p.m. Thursday, December 14, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Friday from 9-10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 15, 2017, St. Boniface Catholic Church, New Vienna with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate and Rev. Dan Knipper will concelebrate.

Catherine was born April 20, 1921, in Earlville the daughter of Thomas and Kate (Dunkel) Brunkan. She married Arnold Steffen on April 25, 1944, in Worthington. Together they farmed near Luxemburg until retiring in 1979, when they moved to New Vienna.

Survivors include her children: Merlin (Karen) Steffen of Peosta, JoAnn Potter of Holy Cross, a daughter-in-law, Jeanette Steffen of Peosta; 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren, 3 step-great-great grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Rosalie Brunkan of Worthington.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Arnold, one son, Roger Steffen, son-in-law, Robert Potter, and a brother, Joseph Brunkan.

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



Daniel J. Dossey


Daniel J. Dossey, 45, of Cascade, Iowa passed away, on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Daniel may call from 1 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where services will be held at 5:30 p.m. with Rev. Douglas Loecke Presiding.

He was born February 25, 1972 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Darlene Ennis Dossey. He is a graduate of Hempstead High School in Dubuque, Iowa. On October 1, 2002 he was united in marriage to Abigail Puccio in Anamosa, Iowa. He was employed at Medplast in Monticello, Iowa.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially his two daughters. He had also enjoyed hunting, working on vehicles, frisbee golf and billiards and listening to old country music.

Dan would do anything to help anyone. He was an organ donor, gifting organs to three recipients.

He is a veteran, having served in the Marine Corp.

He is survived by his wife, Abbie Dossey of Cascade; IA; two daughters, Skylar Dossey of Storm Lake and Kennedy Dossey of Cascade; his mother, Darlene Dossey of Worthington; three siblings, Linda (Sean) O'Malley of Bernard, Gordon (Wanda) Dossey of Dubuque, and Margie (A.J.) Jungwirth of MN; Mother and father-in-law, Tony (Kathi) Puccio of Farley; sister and brother-in-laws, Mandy Puccio of Dyersville, Kelly Puccio and Kara Puccio both of Dubuque, Shane Puccio of Dyersville, and Dan's best friend Loa of Hopkinton; and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his uncle, Bill Ennis and three aunts, Darlene Ennis, Colleen Elliot and Susie Goerdt.

The family would like to thank the staff at the University of Iowa Hospitals, especially Jessie, the staff of the Iowa donor network, the Mercy Emergency Room staff and Med flight staff, the Cascade Ambulance crew, Sgt. Pape and Jeremy Slight with the Dubuque Police Department for their help. They want to thank everyone for all the wonderful care and support given to Dan and his family.

In lieu of flowers and gifts the family would like memorials to be sent to Dutrac Community Credit Union in Dyersville to the Education fund for his daughters, Skylar and Kennedy.

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

"OOHRAH"



Gary F. Harry


Gary Francis Harry, 70, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital surrounded by family and friends.

Services will be at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, December 9th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Cathy Hedley officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery with Military honors accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Family and friends may gather after 8:00 a.m. Saturday until time of service.

Gary was born on November 11, 1947 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Lloyd E. and Harriet L. (Goerdt) Harry. Gary graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1965. Following high school, he entered the United States Marine Corps and served from 1966 to 1967 as a machine gunner. During this time Gary received two Purple Hearts while he was in Vietnam.

Gary returned home after his father passing with an honorable discharge. He then took over running his fathers Disposal Business and to help care for his younger siblings.

Gary has interest in motorcycles, stock car racing, hunting and a great love for fishing. He enjoyed time at the casinos with special friends Jim and Carl. He especially enjoyed all the time spent at the barge with all of his friends. Gary also enjoyed his time spent with Herbie canning, gardening, butchering and all of their road trips.

He is survived by his two children, Michelle (Ricardo Segura) Harry and Jason Harry. Four grandchildren, Daniel (Alex) Segura, Triston (Anna Farber) Harry, Brenden Harry, Miguel Segura, and his great granddaughter, Ivy Harry. His step-son Tony Harry; and siblings, Ted (Lynda) Harry, Jacqueline (Tony) Urbain, David (Myrna) Harry, Brian (Kim) Harry, Barbara (Hal) Burns, and Valerie Harry. Along with many nieces and nephews who he loved and adored.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, Duane Harry, Lloyd Michael Harry, Malcolm Grossheim, Karel Reinert, and Mary Kay Harry and Connie Dement mother of Jason Harry.



Phyllis E. Duhme


Phyllis E. Duhme, 82, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, December 8, 2017, at her home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Phyllis' life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery.

Phyllis Elaine Beck was born on September 14, 1935 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Oscar Jacob and Nora Elizabeth(Bliss) Beck. She attended Stoney Point Country Schools and attended Maquoketa schools in 1953, earning her GED in 1969. She married Everett Johnson in February of 1953 in Maquoketa. To this union one child was born: Arlett. Everett and Phyllis later divorced and she married Clyde N. Duhme on May 1, 1965 in Andrew, Iowa.

Phyllis had worked at various jobs throughout the years including, selling Stanley Home Products for eight years, working at Rocky's Cafe as dishwasher and waitress, serving as a cook at Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, and also as a cook and housekeeper at the Andrew Jackson Care Facility.

Phyllis was a member of the Pythian Sisters and TOPS, and was a former member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa and the Andrew Garden Club. She currently was attending God's Family Baptist Church in Grand Mound.

Phyllis enjoyed playing cards, crocheting, gardening, flowers, canning tomatoes, attending the farmer's market, dancing and traveling.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Gerald (Kelly) Duhme of Akron, OH, Shirley (Dale) Smith of Des Moines, IA, Arlett (Jim) Arterberry of Maquoketa, IA, Larry (Linda) Duhme of Central City, IA, Rich (Carol) Duhme of Maquoketa, IA, and Cheryl (Brian) Nordyke of Pleasant Hill, IA; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Bartels of Maquoketa, IA, and Norma Koch of Lansing, MN; 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Clyde on June 17, 2001, an infant sister, and two grandchildren Steven and Travis.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Phyllis E. Duhme memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Elsie M. Babcock


Elsie M. Babcock, 90, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday morning, December 9, 2017, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Elsie's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, December 14, 2017, at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa.

Elsie Mae Keister was born on May 10, 1927 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Art and Louise (Brokens) Keister. She was a 1944 graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Donald Lee Babcock on February 22, 1947 in Maquoketa. To this union three children were born: Ronald, Michael and Kathy.

Elsie was a homemaker and farm wife who raised a family and farmed with her husband in the Maquoketa area for many years.

Elsie was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa and the Maquoketa American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, serving as a past president.

Elsie enjoyed playing Euchre and going on frequent outings with her "Ladies Day Luncheon Club". She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Those left to honor Elsie's memory include her children, Ronald (Susan) Babcock of Monticello, IA, Michael (Julie) Babcock of Maquoketa, IA, and Kathy (Gary) Ihrig of Maquoketa, IA; a brother, Bill (Sharon) Keister of Monmouth, IA; a sister, Vera St. John of Calamus, IA; 8 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant sister, and her husband Donald on November 25, 2005.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Elsie M. Babcock memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Murial Y. Roberts


Muriel Y. Roberts, 81, of Kieler, Wisconsin, died Friday, December 8, 2017, at home surrounded by her family. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at Casey Funeral Home in Cuba City with Rev. Bill Vasey officiating. Burial will be in Shawnee Cemetery in New Diggings. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home before the service.

Muriel was born on September 23, 1936, in New Diggings, Wisconsin, the daughter of Clarence E. "Bigler" and Winnifred E. (Raisbeck) Teasdale. She married Robert H. "Bob" Roberts on October 27, 1956.

As an oncology nurse at Medical Associates, Muriel spent a lifetime providing the highest level of patient care for friends, family and neighbors. Their health and safety were always first and foremost in her thoughts and actions.

She enjoyed spending time with her many friends. When in their midst, the room would be filled with laughter and mischief. She will be missed by many.

Survivors include her husband, Bob; a daughter, Cynthia A. (Dennis) Birr, of Reedsburg, WI; a son, Doug (Ann) Roberts, of Hartland, WI; three sisters, Phyllis Harwick, of Platteville, Karen Farrey, of Northglenn, GA, and Mary (Jim) Bainbridge, of Benton; a brother, Keith "Whitey" Teasdale, of Galena, IL; four grandchildren, Daniel (Kiersten), David and Michael Birr and Jacob Roberts; and three great-grandchildren, Addison, Finnley and Bennett Birr.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Barbara Murray and Sandra Stoney; a brother, Gary (Grace) Teasdale; a sister-in-law, Stella Teasdale; and two brothers-in-law, Jerry Harwick and Carl Farrey.

A Muriel Y. Roberts Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the oncology department of Medical Associates, Dr. Kukla and the staff of Hospice of Dubuque for not only their high level of patient care but kindness and compassion to Muriel and her family

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



Constance A. Schaecher


Constance A. "Connie" Schaecher, 74 formerly of Cascade, Iowa and Graham, Washington passed away Friday, December 7, 2017 at 2:59 p.m. at Sunnycrest Manor in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Connie may call from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa.

Services for Connie will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke Presiding. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

She was born December 14, 1942 in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of Joseph and Leona (Breitbach) Menster. She received her education in the former St. Martin's School in Cascade. Connie loved her family very much; she always had a great sense of humor.

She is survived by five children, Virginia, Mark, Sandy Toni and Karen all of Graham, WA area; nine grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; eight siblings, Dick (Barb) Menser and Ed (Patti) Menster both of Cascade, IA, Jim (Jean) Menster of Springville, IA, Tom Menster of Monticello, IA, Patty (Jim) Leick of Cascade, IA, Bob (Sue) Menster of Monticello, IA, Mary Kay (Herb) Dolphin and Debbie (John) Howard both of Cascade, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents; a daughter Gwen Marie; a son Neal.

The family would like to thank the staff at Sunnycrest Manor for all the care and support they gave Connie.

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



Edward T. Smothers


Edward T. Smothers, 84 , of Dubuque, passed away peacefully  Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday,  December  9, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 1870 St. Ambrose St., where friends may greet the family from 9 a.m. until the time of Mass. Rev. Steven Rosonke will officiate. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Arrangements entrusted to Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

Eddie was born on June 3, 1933 in Iowa City, son of Dan and Hazel (Davis) Smothers. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, and later a devoted member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church. He was a devout Catholic who found comfort in his faith.

Eddie worked at the Dubuque Packing Company for over 30 year, and then at Swiss Family Dairy for 15 years. He enjoyed his retirement and filled it with fishing, hunting, and woodworking. His most treasured memories were the family fishing trips up north.

He served honorably in the U.S. Army from 1954-1956 during the Korean War. He belonged to the American Legion Post #6. Eddie was a Scout Leader for 10 years.

Above all else, family was Eddie's number one priority. His wife Marlene, children Bob, Vicki, Tim, and Kathi; grandchildren Mike, Kristin, Heather, and Ashleigh; great grandchildren Owen, Isabella, Gabriella, and Oliver were his world.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Marlene; his son Timothy (Vickie) Smothers of Salem, VA; his daughters Vicki Smothers of Dubuque and Kathi ( Tony Schlimmer) Domeyer of Grand Mound, IA; his grandchildren Mike (Carmen) Smothers, Kristin Smothers, Heather (Jay) Kluesner, and Ashleigh Domeyer; his great grandchildren Owen, Gabriella, and Isabella Kluesner, and Oliver Richter; and his sister-in-law, Jane Smothers.  

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Robert  Smothers on Jan. 18, 2014; his parents-in-law Robert and Lucille Kieffer; his brothers Marvin and Lonnie Smothers; his sisters and brothers-in-law Brenda and Delbert Haxmeier and Gayle and Bill Kruser, and his brother-in-law Thomas Kieffer.

Eddie fought the good fight, he finished the race, and he kept the faith. May God bless him and keep him safe in His loving arms until we meet again. No time on earth is long enough to share with those we love or to prepare our hearts for good-bye.

Eddie's family would like to express their sincere appreciation for the expert and compassionate care of Julie Ehlinger ARNP and nurse Lacey Millard (Medical Associates), Dr. Shannon Timmerman and nurse Deb (VA), and Scott C., RN  (Hospice).

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com  

 

 



Angella T. Walsh

Angella T. Walsh, 82, of Peosta, Iowa, passed away peacefully Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at Hawkeye Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Angella may call 9 to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 9, 2017 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa. Services for Angela will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa with Rev. Philip Mensah officiating. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Prairie Cemetery in Zwingle, Iowa.

Angella was born August 6, 1935 in Zwingle, Iowa, daughter of William C. and Catherine F. "Rena" (Murphy) Walsh. She received her education from the rural country schools in the Peosta area. She loved working on the farm and helping with the animals.

She was a member of New Melleray Parish.

She is survived by two sisters, Mary Ellen and Anna Marie Walsh; one brother, William C. (Karen) Walsh all of Peosta, IA; nieces and nephews, Pat (Toni) Walsh of Platteville, WI, Cindy (Ryan) Yoder of Lone Tree, IA, Bill (Michele) Walsh Jr. of Cuba City, WI, Carrie (Tyler) Schmidt of Rochester, MN; three great nephews Caleb and Wyatt Yoder and Sawyer Walsh; three great Nieces Taylor and Hanna Walsh and Emma Frain.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, Benedict, Francis, Clement and John Walsh; two sisters, Anastasia in infancy and Catherine Walsh.

The family would like to thank all the staff at Hawkeye Care Center and the Hospice of Dubuque for all the good care they gave to Angella.

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



Martha M. Burger

Martha M. Burger, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at Bethany Home. Private funeral services will be held at a later date. Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, 1640 Main St. is assisting the family with arrangements.



Theresa C. Hankemeier


Theresa C. Hankemeier, 91, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday, December 4, 2017, at her home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Theresa's life will be held at 2:30 P.M., Saturday, December 9, 2017, at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 1 P.M. to 2:15 P.M. at the church. Burial will be at the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery.

Theresa Clara Elsner was born on July 2, 1926 in Jackson County, Iowa, to August and Barbara (Jacklovitch) Elsner. She grew up in the Sugar Creek area and attended country school in Sugar Creek. She marred Albert Frederick Hankemeier on November 10, 1952 in Clinton, Iowa. To this union seven children were born: Allen, Jean, twins Dennis and Diane, Roger, Judy and Richard.

Theresa had first worked at DuPont in Clinton, Iowa, prior to her marriage. She then became a homemaker and farmed with her husband near Andrew for many years. Upon retirement in 1989 they moved to Maquoketa.

Theresa was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. She enjoyed spending time with her family and grandkids. She always looked forward to visits and phone calls from family and friends. She had a heart of gold and always wanted to help support the hungry children and others in need. She loved to sit in her chair and snuggle with her cats "Squeek" and "Smokey".

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Jean (Jimmy) Mayfield of Toronto, IA, Dennis Hankemeier of Andrew, IA, Diane Haylock of Maquoketa, IA, Roger Hankemeier of Iowa City, IA, Judy Hankemeier of AZ, and Richard Hankemeier of MT; 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Katherine Elsner of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Albert on February 1, 2001, a son Allen, a grandchild Jessica Joy, a great-grandchild Collin, two brothers Vernon and Raymond, and two sisters Laura and Rosemary.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Theresa C. Hankemeier memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Joe A. Smith


Joe A. "Red" Smith, 88, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on December 4, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 8th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Pastor Joshua Martyn officiating. Burial will follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 7th, 2017 at the funeral home.

Joe was born on February 24, 1929 in Donnellson, Illinois, the son of Cecil & Alta (Hampton) Smith. He married Bonnie Beresford on March 17, 1962.

Red was a carpenter all of his life until retirement. Most notably, he worked for Dick Loetscher Construction in Dubuque. He was member of the Carpenters Union and the Musicians Union for many years.

Red served as a Corporal in the United States Army from 1950-1952 during the Korean War, stationed in Port Whittier, Alaska.

Red grew up in a musical family and spent many years as a local musician, playing guitar and singing with several bands and musicians. He is well known as the leader of the Melody Makers, with his lovely wife by his side providing vocals. He also enjoyed fishing and spending time on the Mississippi on his boat with his family. The best of times was had at the River of Lakes Resort in Bagley, WI.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie (Beresford) Smith; his son, Joseph Smith of Nashville, TN, along with his son, Joey of Grand Junction, CO. His daughter, Karen (Roy) Mullins, of Smyrna, TN, along with their children, Leah, Clifford and Matthew; his son, Randy (Lisa) Smith, of Dubuque, along with their daughter, Randi (Kaleb) Bales. 6 great grandchildren, Noah, Jacob, Owen, Hatten, Eowyn and Violet. His sister, Phyllis (Doc) Dothager, of Powder Springs, GA; along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 3 sisters, Nelda Blankenship, Elaine "Tainey" Barth, and an infant Shirley; 3 brothers, Jim, Jack and an infant Carlton.

We would like to thank the nursing staff at Mercy Medical Center and Manor Care for their extraordinary care and compassion.



Patricia J. Cawley


Patricia J. Cawley, age 90, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 2:56 a.m., on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center where she was recovering from an illness. To honor Pat's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Pat's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, December 8, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Pat was born on March 15, 1927, in Chicago, Illinois, daughter of first generation immigrants John and Elsie (Leigh) Kiely.

Pat received a B.A. degree in English from Mundelein College, Chicago, Illinois (now Loyola University) and worked for several years after graduation as an assistant to the Public Relations director of the renowned Palmer House Hotel in Chicago. Pat was united in marriage to Edward Cawley on February 5, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois. The couple spent several years in Madison, WI where Ed completed his PhD in plant ecology before they moved in 1960 to Dubuque, where Ed joined the faculty of Loras College. They were blessed with 59 years of marriage, and five adored children, before he was called home ahead of her on April 3, 2014. Pat cherished her role as loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She also had a deep appreciation of English Literature and education, obtaining a Masters Degree in Secondary Education from Loras College and teaching at St. Anthony's School for 17 years until her retirement in 1989. Pat's faith was an integral part of her life; she was a faithful member of St. Raphael's Cathedral for over 50 years, where she and Ed volunteered on countless ministries. She felt blessed to profess the faith as a lector, often surprising those in attendance when such a powerful voice came from so petite a speaker, and to bring others to the faith as an instructor in the RCIA program. Pat also served the community through the Seven Sisters Apostolate, was a great advocate for the unborn through her work at Birthright of Dubuque, and the League of Women Voters, including a term as President in the 1970's. Pat and Ed for decades showed their devotion to Christ in the Blessed Sacrament through adoration at the Power of Prayer Chapel.

Pat was a gentle and wise lady whose life was defined by her efforts to fulfill the spiritual works of mercy. When circumstance and physical limitations kept her from carrying out these works in person, she relied on prayer and dedication to the Divine Chaplet of Mercy to support her family and others.

Those left to cherish Pat's memory include

her 5 children:
Michael (Linda) Cawley, Phoenix, AZ,
Teresa (Bob) Murphy, Midland, TX,
Daniel (Dominique) Cawley, Cedar Falls, IA,
Elizabeth (Mike) Sievers, Dubuque, IA,
and Genevieve (John) Coyle, Alexandria, VA;

her 13 grandchildren:
Ian, Ryan, and Morgan Cawley,
Steven (Melanie), Thomas, and Shannon Murphy,
Louis and Edward Sievers,
and Jack, Margaret (Zack), Michael, Elizabeth, and Joseph Coyle;

and a great-grandson,
Holden Cawley.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Edward Cawley; and a sister, Mary Kiely.

A Patricia J. Cawley memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities (St. Raphael's Cathedral, Birthright of Dubuque, and the Power of Prayer Chapel).

Pat's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the caretakers at No Place Like Home for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Pat, which allowed her to stay in her home until her death.

 



Janet K. Wernke


Janet K. Wernke, 69, of Dyersville passed away Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 7 p.m. Sunday, December 10, 2017, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2 pm.  Visitation will continue Monday from 9-10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Monday, December 11, 2017, St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Janet was born July 4, 1948, in Cedar Rapids the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Lerch) Middlekauff.  She married Robert J. Wernke on February 7, 1970 in Anamosa.  Janet had a soft smile and would do anything for anyone.  She was a strong fighter and never gave up trying.  In her spare time Janet liked reading, bingo, socializing, traveling and trying something new.  She also enjoyed gardening, flowers, yardwork, babysitting & decorating at the Ellen Kennedy Living Center.  She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Janet worked as a Customer Service Representative in banking in Dyersville for over thirty years.  She was an active member of the Dyersville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Dyersville Hospital Auxiliary where she served as treasurer for 12 years.

Survivors include her husband, Bob, children: Angela (Matthew) Trenkamp of Iowa City, Brian (Kristen) Wernke of Farley, Sara (Brad) Slater of Cedar Rapids; 9 grandchildren: Elizabeth, Anna, Brayden, Brynnleigh, Brooklynn, Brevyn, Max, Jackson and, Daisy; one brother, James (Clare) Middlekauff of Orlando, FL; in-laws: David (Bernie) Wernke of Worthington, Marian (Thomas) Noblit of Loretto, TN, Joan Klein of Durango, Ruth (Rick) Ruden of Cresco, and several nieces & nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, parents-in-law, John and Odelia (Zewen) Wernke, one son, Douglas Wernke in 2012, in-laws, Roger (Anna Mae) Wernke and Don Klein.

Memorials are preferred to St. Francis Xavier Basilica.

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

 

 



Robert L. McCarron


Robert L. McCarron, 89, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on December 1st, 2017 at Manor Care.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 4:00p.m.

Bob was born on May 14, 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Robert and Julia (Wolfe) McCarron. He married Hilda Simon on November 26, 1949 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on December 26th, 2010.

He worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company for over 45 years until his retirement. He was a member of the UFCW Local 150 A and St. Columbkilles Catholic Church. He enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs, but most of all he enjoyed his time with his family and especially his grandchildren.

Bob is survived by his children, Nancy (Terrence "Darby") O'Neill, of Aurora, CO., Barb (Bob) Hinz-Pfab, of Dubuque, Patrick McCarron, of Seattle, Colleen (Ron) Huseman, of Denver, Beverly McCarron, of Denver, Steven (Michelle) McCarron, of Dubuque, Douglas (Heather) McCarron, of Keokuk, IA, and Roger (Anina) McCarron, of Chicago, daughter-in-law Sue McCarron, of Dubuque. 23 grandchildren, Michael, Tony, Matthew, Luke, Megan, Molly, Brady, Katie, Brian, Nicholas, Natalie, Ashley, Jenny, Chet, Jessica, Brennan, Riley, Madeline, Brandon, Sydney, Nicole, Miller and Emmet; 27 great grandchildren. Siblings, Connie Kelly, of Dubuque, Therese Lampe, of Bettendorf, IA, Michael and Dan McCarron, of Dubuque, and Kevin McCarron, of Marion, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Hilda, a son Robert, son-in-law Tom Hinz, brothers Hugh McCarron and Patrick in infancy.

The family wishes to thank Manor Care for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Bob.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.

 



Natalie G. Sanders


Natalie Grace Sanders, 30, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on November 30th, 2017 at home following a sudden illness.

Funeral service will be at 7:00 Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Natalie was born on April 22, 1987 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Michael and Robin (Schumski) Sanders.

Natalie enjoyed boating on the mighty Mississippi, motor cycle riding and fishing. But most of all Natalie enjoyed watching Nathan and Letha's kids Jazlyn and Gage, they were the apple of her eye.

Natalie also enjoyed being with her Dad and the dogs, Tuna and Dozer.

She graduated from Hempstead High School in 2005 and attended NICC. She worked as a CNA at Sunnycrest for several years, and currently employed at Mary's Inn Maternity Home and Sedgwick.

She is survived by her father Michael, of Dubuque; siblings Nathan (Letha Mihalakis) Sanders, Shawn (Tom) Kohnen, and Jeremy Sanders, all of Dubuque. Her grandparents, Duane and Leanne Senne, of Fairmont, Minnesota; along with many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death her mother Robin Sanders on January 16, 2013; and her grandmother Grace Sanders on January 18, 2006.

In lieu of flowers a Natalie Grace Sanders memorial fund will be established.

Goodbye for now Natalie we will all see you again. We will love and miss you more than words can say.

 



Charles V. Plein


Charles Vincent Plein, 77, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on December 1st, 2017 at home from natural causes.
Family and friends may gather from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 8th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with military honors by the American Legion Post #6 at 7:00 p.m.

Charles was born on May 9, 1940 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Valentine and Luella (Fagen) Plein. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1958. He married Hannelore Roll on July 15, 1967 in Dubuque.

He served is the US Army from 1959 to 1965 and was stationed at Fort Knox, KY and Border Patrol at Bad Kissingen in Germany. He was a member of the 14th Armored Calvary Regiment 2D Squadron.

He worked at Ay McDonald, Dubuque Packing Company, Farmland and FDL. He served as president of Union Local 758 Operating Engineers.

Charles enjoyed hiking at the Mines of Spain, gardening, the Green Bay Packers, hunting, fishing and just enjoying nature; but most of all he enjoyed being with his family. He will be loved and missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his two children, Thomas (Danielle) Plein and Lisa Plein, both of Dubuque. Seven grandchildren, Alex, Alicia, and Jay Plein, Kalee Kerper, Megan, Colin and Jeffrey Niemer; and his brother Clem Plein, of Dubuque.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Hannelore; step mother; two sister Shirley Vosberg and Marian Stietz; and two brothers William and Richard Plein.

The family wishes to thank Shannon Timmeran, ARNP and the staff at the Dubuque VA Clinic; Dr. Janes; Dr. Ramabadran, Dr. Manzel, Dr. Sara Loetscher and their staffs for all their wonderful care they gave to Charles.



Bonnie K. Waller


Bonnie K. Waller, 55, of Zwingle, Iowa, passed away on Monday, December 4, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Bonnie's life will be held at 10 A.M., Friday, December 8, 2017, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 3 to 9 P.M., Thursday, December 7, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa.

Bonita Kay "Bonnie" Shelton was born on August 15, 1962 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Robert W. and Marjorie Lou (Rohlf) Shelton. She was a 1980 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School. She married Thomas Waller on October 4, 1980 in Zwingle, Iowa. To this union one child was born, Gregory.

Bonnie had various jobs throughout the years starting with working at the South Inn in Maquoketa, then the Leisure Lake Inn, Maquoketa Community Schools, Maquoketa Care Center, and Rite Hite in Dubuque. In February of this year she found her calling with a job she truly loved as the Food Service Coordinator at River Bend Retirement Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Bonnie was known for her cooking and baking skills with baked beans and pecan and coconut cream pies being family favorites. She also had an extensive pig collection, enjoyed country and old time rock and roll music, and western television shows. She had participated in bowling leagues at the Cascade Lanes where she served as the secretary, and also was the Bernard/Zwingle correspondent for the Cascade Pioneer Press newspaper.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Thomas Waller of Zwingle, IA; a son, Gregory (and his girlfriend Samantha Kluesner) Waller of Worthington, IA; her mother, Marge Shelton of Macon, GA; sisters, Kathy and her husband Jack Benny Smith of Columbus, MS, and Brenda Gibson and her husband Mitch Miller of Jackson, GA; her mother-in-law, Alberta Waller of Bernard, IA; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Rose and Randy Stoffel of Bernard, IA, Earl and Janet Waller of Bernard, IA, Allan and Tonya Waller of Bernard, IA, Barb Gantenbein of Dubuque, IA, Linda (Jerry) Hoftender of E. Dubuque, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents, her father Robert W. Shelton, and father-in-law Clarence Waller.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Bonnie Kay Waller memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Janice K. McCarthy


Janice K. "Katie" McCarthy, 70, of Dyersville, Iowa, passed away Sunday, December 3, 2017 at her home in Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Katie may call from 3 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Friends may also call after 8:30 a.m., Wednesday at the funeral home.

Mass of Christian Burial for Katie will held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the Basilica St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa with Rev. Dennis Quint presiding. Burial will be held in St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville, Iowa at a later date.

Katie was born July 15, 1947 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Clarence and Lucille "Toots" (Cunningham) Beckmann. She graduated from Xavier High School. She was united in marriage to Patrick McCarthy on August 2, 1985 at the Basilica St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, IA.

Katie was a very devoted grandmother to her three grandchildren. She was an avid bowler and had a life time hobby of collecting Dolls.

She was a member of the St. Francis Xavier Parish.

She is survived by her husband, Pat McCarthy of Dyersville, IA; one daughter, Karie (Fred) Bounds of West Des Moines, IA; three grandchildren, Delaney, Kameryn and Emersyn; three siblings, Pat (Richard) Vaske of Dyersville, IA, Deanne (John) Rubner of Ahwatukee, AZ and Joyce (Rob) Bannister of Asbury, IA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Tom ( Maureen) McCarthy of Sherrill, IA, Susan (Ed) Werner of Epworth, IA, Bill (Jan) McCarthy of Cascade, IA, Bob (Julie) McCarthy of Peosta, IA, Millie McCarthy of Milwaukee, WI and Ron (Judy) McCarthy of Epworth, IA
She is preceded in death by her parents; father and mother-in-law, Ralph and Loretta McCarthy, two sisters-in-law, Mary Jane McCarthy and Margie McCarthy.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Rob & Becky Bannister, Tom & Maureen McCarthy and Ed & Sue Werner for all their help and support.

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



Russell L. Paulsen


Russell L. Paulsen, 90, of Maquoketa, Iowa, and formerly of Charlotte, passed away on Sunday, December 3, 2017, at his home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Russell's life will be held at 10 A.M., Friday, December 8, 2017, at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Thursday, December 7, 2017, at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the visitation. Burial will be at the Rossiter Cemetery, rural Charlotte, Iowa, with military honors.

Russell Lee Paulsen was born on July 28, 1927 near Charlotte, Iowa, to George and Mamie (Schrader) Paulsen. He was a 1945 graduate of Charlotte High School. He started farming the home farm in 1950, and married Betty Andresen on June 3, 1951 in Charlotte, Iowa. In 1952 he was drafted into the Army during the Korean War. Part of his two years were spent in Verdun, France working in the Com Center as part of the Signal Corp. Upon receiving an honorable discharge, he resumed farming until he retired from that in 1990. In retirement, he drove school bus for the Northeast Community School District for eight years.

In 2003, Russell and Betty moved to Maquoketa. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, and a 50 plus year member of the American Legion. He had served in many different ways in his churches and was a Township Trustee for Waterford Township for many years.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Betty Paulsen of Maquoketa, IA; daughters, LuAnn (Mark) Zehr of Columbus, NE, and Kayla (Wayne) Denman of Vancouver, WA; 6 grandchildren, Joshua (Megan) Zehr, Jacob Zehr, Zachary, Nathaniel, Nicholas and Amelia Joy Denman; and 2 great-grandchildren, Ella and Eli Zehr. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Gordon, a brother Donald and a sister in infancy.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed First Lutheran Church, Hospice of Jackson County or a charity of the donor's choice.

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

 



Arleen Anderson


Arleen Anderson, age 84, passed away peacefully at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, MN, surrounded by family on Saturday, December 2, 2017.

Family and friends may gather from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 7th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a service will be held at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Arleen was born Sept 18, 1933 in LeRoy, NY daughter of Clifford and Catherine (Lynch) Brownell. She married Robert (Bob) Anderson on November 22, 1958 in LeRoy, NY. In 1965, she and her family moved to Dubuque, IA, where she spent the next 48 years of her life. After retiring as a secretary, she became a longtime volunteer at Birthright. She also loved to travel with Bob and her extended family. In August 2013, she moved to Rochester, where she made many good friends at the Shorewood and Homestead Senior Living Communities.

She is survived by her son, Bruce (Laura) Anderson of Rochester; her grandchildren, Claire (Levi) Teigen, Nick (Nicolle) Anderson, and Tim Anderson; her great granddaughter, Sloane Teigen; her sister-in-law, Hazel Brownell and numerous nieces & nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; her parents; and her brothers, Donald, Ted and Kenneth.

Memorial donations can be made to the Rochester Catholic Schools or Holy Family Catholic Schools of Dubuque, IA.



Bruce J. Noel


Bruce J. Noel 64, passed away Friday, December 1, 2017. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery with military honors accorded by the Tri-State Vietnam Veterans. Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

Bruce was born on January 11, 1953 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Carl and Kathleen (Palmer) Noel. He graduated from Wahlert high school, class of 71 and served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. Bruce was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church.

Surviving are his 2 sons, Joseph Noel of Dubuque, IA and Nicholas Noel of Ankeny, IA; 7 grandchildren; 1 great granddaughter; his parents, Carl and Kathleen Noel of Dubuque, IA; his siblings James (Melissa) Noel of Miamisburg, OH, Thomas (Kathleen) Noel of Dubuque, IA, Janice (Thomas) Dierickx of Bellevue, IA; several nieces and nephews.

A Bruce J. Noel memorial fund has been established.

Bruce's family wish to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at the VA, especially Dr. Jennifer West and Doug Bean, RN for their unending care and support.



Richard F. Burlage


Richard F. "Dick" Burlage, 78, of Oregon, Wisconsin, formerly of Kieler, Wisconsin, died Saturday, December 2, 2017, at UW-Hospitals and Clinics in Madison. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 7, 2017, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center where the parish rosary will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Thursday at the parish center before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Dick was born on June 9, 1939, in Jamestown Township, Wisconsin, the son of Leroy "Bud" and Arlene (Runde) Burlage. He married Ruth A. Jansen on August 23, 1960, at Sinsinawa Mound.

Dick was all about his family, immediate and extended. He was very proud of his kids and grandkids and loved learning about and sharing family history. He also enjoyed reading and was a huge sports fan, especially cheering on the Wisconsin Badgers. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church Choir, and the Knights of Columbus #765.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth; two daughters, Lisa (Mark) Pettera, of Prairie du Chien, WI and Michele (Dan) Ironmonger, of Oregon, WI; two sons, Kirk (Tricia) Burlage, of Oconomowoc, WI and Tim (Kim) Burlage, of Madison, WI; a sister, Jody (Orville) Brothers, of Kieler; two brothers, Harold Burlage and Jim "Moose" (Joan) Burlage, both of Kieler; sisters-in-law, Mary Jo Burlage, of Kieler, Mary (Jim) Rettig, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Lyn (Bill) Wagner, of Sun City West, Arizona, and Elaine (Jim) Droessler, of Cuba City; a brother-in-law, Ed Hendricks, of Hazel Green; eleven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Brian in 1971; his sisters, Jeannie Hendricks and Janice Smith; brothers, Tom, Jerry and "Jack"; and brother-in-law, John Smith Sr.

A Richard F. "Dick" Burlage Memorial Fund has been established.

Special thanks for BeeHive Homes of Oregon, WI for their exceptional care of Ruth and their loving support to Dick.

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



Gunnar Ant


Gunnar Ant, age 89, of Dubuque, was called home suddenly at 7:26 a.m., on Sunday, December 3, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Gunnar's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, December 7, 2017, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street, with Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. To celebrate Gunnar's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, December 7, 2017, at the Church of the Nativity. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Gunnar was born on April 29, 1928, in Paide, Estonia, son of Voldemar and Meta (Adelson) Ant.

Gunnar was very proud to eventually become a U.S. Citizen after spending time in a relocation camp in Germany. He would go on to honorable serve with his country with U.S. Army during the Korean War. Gunnar would meet and marry his wife, Iyla Ball, on October 14, 1969, and they were blessed with 48 years together, and 2 beloved daughters. He was a hard worker and earnestly applied his time with Feye Brothers Auto Body, and lastly with the U.S. Postal Service, until he finally retired in 1992. Gunnar was a devoted husband and father who valued the time he was able to spend with his family. He was also known for his positive attitude towards life, and the world around him, and also for his uncanny ability to lovingly agitate those he cared for.

Those left to cherish Gunnar's memory include

his loving wife,
Iyla Ant, Dubuque, IA;

his 2 daughters,
Ellen (Jeff Selim) Ant, Wichita, KS
and Susan (Eric Kirby) Ant, Bloomington, MN;

his brother,
Ulo (Sandi) Ant, Dubuque, IA;

and 3 brothers-in-law,
Jon (Diane) Ball, Eldridge, IA,
Dennis (Judy) Ball, Dubuque, IA
and Karl (Mary Gwen) Ball, Brainerd, MN.

Gunnar was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Evi Ant.

In lieu of flowers, a Gunnar Ant memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Gunnar's family would like to thank the doctor's, nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital, and Mercy Home Health Care, for all of their wonderful and professional care.

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

 



Carl D. Sanman


Carl Dale Sanman, 79, of Dubuque, died peacefully at home surrounded by family on Friday, December 1st, 2017.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 7th at Resurrection Catholic Church with the Rev. Joseph Hauer presiding. Burial will be with family on Friday, December 8th at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 6th at Egelhof, Siegert, and Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road, where there will be a parish wake service recited at 7:30 p.m.

He was born on January 20th, 1938, in Freeport, Illinois, the son of Richard and Christina (Linbeck) Sanman. He married the love of his life, Jeannine (Baker) Sanman on February 6th, 1958 in Freeport, Illinois and together they raised their four children with love and devotion until her passing in 2009.

Carl graduated from Freeport High School in 1957. With his wife, they owned and operated Little Red Hen for over 25 years. His chicken recipe is still the most prized family possession to this day. Upon his retirement from Little Red Hen, he worked at St. Anthony Catholic School as the beloved custodian simply to spend more time with his four grandchildren who attended school there. He retired completely in 2001. Upon retirement, Carl enjoyed spending his time traveling, especially to Arizona for the winter where he could always be found on the golf course.

Carl was a Cub Scout leader for his two sons, Randy and Mark. He was a devout member of The Church of the Resurrection. He was also a member of the Asbury Park Board.

Carl was truly one of a kind. His infectious smile and charming personality was beloved by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Green Bay Packers fan and had the joy of attending Game 3 of the 2016 World Series as well as Super Bowl XLV. His love of traveling found him spending many summers and winters in Colorado where he could be found skiing and enjoying the family condo in Beaver Creek.

Above all else, family was Carl's number one priority. His wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were a source of immense pride and he was never afraid to brag about all of them to anyone who would listen. Papa Chicken Man will be missed deeply by those who loved him most.

Surviving are his children, Randy (Teresa) Sanman of Ft. Worth, Texas, Mark (Heidi) Sanman of Las Vegas, Nevada, Cindy (Dennis) McInerney of Dubuque, and Nancy (Mike) Osterhaus of Jackson, Michigan; 11 grandchildren, Jessica (Michael) Thorpe, Matthew Sanman, Rachel and Julia Sanman, Patrick (Abby), Michael, Kelly, and Daniel McInerney, Ken and Ellen Osterhaus, and Neal Owen; 10 great-grandchildren; his brother, Bob (Anna) Popp; sisters Ruth Oswald, Mary Bedin, and Lorraine (Kent) Schumacher; his brother-in-law, Dalen Wickman and his special friend, Rosemarie McGiffin.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his cherished wife Jeannine, and his sisters June Wickman and Erma Sanman.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Resurrection Parish or Hospice of Dubuque.

The Sanman family extends a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and their staff, especially Edna for their wonderful care and endless support.

 



William Jester


William "Will" Jester, 51, of Dubuque, passed away on Thursday, November 30, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center. Celebration of Life Service will be 10:30 am, Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Tuesday, December 5, 2017, also at the funeral home.

Will was born September 20, 1966, in Bentonville, Arkansas, the son of Donald and Mary (Harshbarger) Jester. He was very liked by all who knew him. Will was an executive chef by trade and was employed full time by Magoo's Pizza of Dubuque. He enjoyed his profession and found great pleasure in serving those who enjoyed the food he created.

Will was also owner/operator of his own businesses; Cut-Rite Lawn Care, and most recently the The Court Jester (featuring Cajun cuisine). He and his wife, Kat enjoyed spending their Saturday mornings at the DBQ Farmers Market serving up the likes of Cajun Crab Cakes, Bananas Foster Crepes, and an array of other savory delights out of The Court Jesters Food trailer that William built himself last winter. On occasion, even their 4 children (William, Andrew, Cody, and Desiree) would have a hand in helping out with this much loved hobby. Will also took part in stock car racing, and the Demolition Derby for many years, achieving a 2nd place trophy in 2014. William sponsored and paddled with The Cut-Rite Dragons, and The Court Jester's dragon boat teams who compete here annually in the Dragon Boat Festival. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. So much so his wife took him to Hines Field to celebrate his 50th birthday at a home field game last year. Will and his wife Kat were high school sweethearts who reconnected in 2011, and were married in 2013. All who know Will and Kat know their love is one of a kind. Something most are never lucky enough to find.

Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Jester; children, Benjamin Benefield, William D. Jester, Andrew D. Jester, Cody Macias, and Desiree Macias; a grandson, Landon Benefield; siblings, Mary Ann (Kenny) Cotton, and Donald (Annette) Jester.

Will was preceded in death by his parents.

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

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com

 



Mark A. Dalen


Mark A. Dalen, 63, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at home of an apparent heart attack.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 4, 2017 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Pastor Jack Redmond officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Sunday and after 9:00 a.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.

Mark was born on April 25, 1954 in Dubuque, IA, the son of LeRoy E. and Adele A. (Jenaman) Dalen.  He was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, class of 1972. On August 23, 1985 he was united in marriage to Mary Jo Merfeld at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque.  Mark has been employed for 39 years at the former Apple River Chemical Company, N-Ren, Phoenix Chemical Company, and Ren-Tech, now known as East Dubuque Nitrogen-Fertilizer.  He is also a member and currently serving as President of U.A.W. Local # 1391.

He was a loving husband, father and friend, who enjoyed spending time and traveling with his family.

Surviving is his wife Mary Jo Dalen; two daughters, Melissa (Robert) Morley and Kaila (special friend Domingo Ramirez) Dalen; his mother-in-law, Mazie Merfeld; four brothers, Lyle (Pat) Dalen, John (Sue) Dalen, Frank (Cindy) Dalen, and James (Sarah) Dalen; a sister-in-law, Kristy Dalen; his in-laws, David (Joyce) Merfeld, Marcie (Steve) High, Donald (Joni) Merfeld, and Orland Merfeld, Jr.

He was preceded in death by his parents, LeRoy and Adele, and his father-in-law, Orland Merfeld.

The family wishes to send special thanks to the Menominee-Dunleith Fire Dept. First Responders, the Jo Daviess County Sheriff's Dept. and the East Dubuque Police Dept. personnel for their quick response and kindness.

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

 



Janice M. Decker


Janice M. Decker, age 63, of Sherrill, IA, passed away on December 1, 2017, at Sunnycrest Manor.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Thursday, December 7, 2017, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 468 Balltown Rd., Balltown, IA. Fr. Noah Diehm will officiate. Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, IA. Burial will be at St. Francis Cemetery, Balltown, IA.
Janice was born on March 26, 1954, in Dubuque, Iowa. She was the daughter of Alvin and Mary (Seiler) Decker.

Janice attended the Special Education program at Audubon School. After completing school, Janice was employed at Mercy Hospital, Pizza Hut, Metrix and Goodwill. Janice was able to keep her own home for many years. She enjoyed life and took many trips, including Washington, D.C., Disney World, and Niagara Falls, as well as many baseball games. Janice liked the Cubs, going on outings with Cozy Corners, boot scooting, Christmas and Diet Coke. Even with her disability, Janice was very independent.

Janice is survived by her mother, Mary; siblings, Kenneth (Lisa) Decker, Karen Nauman, Julie (Leon) Dupont, Jim (Nancy) Decker, and Allen (Lisa) Decker; also surviving are many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father; her brother-in-law, Daniel Nauman; great nephew, Brecken Dupont; and her grandparents.

A memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the staff at ARC, Cozy Corner, Sunnycrest, and Hospice of Dubuque.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hskfh.com



Elizabeth O. Helling


Elizabeth O. "Bette" Helling passed away Thursday, November 30, 2017. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, December 4, 2017 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK with Rev. Daniel Knepper officiating. Entombment will be in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum, Mt. Calvary. Friends may call from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Bette was born in Fillmore, Iowa, the daughter of Nicholas and Margaret (Hosch) Knepper. She graduated from the Visitation Academy. On November 7, 1947, Bette married Anthony A. "Tony" Helling Jr. at Scared Heart Catholic Church, Fillmore, IA. He preceded her in death on March 7, 1992. Bette, along with her husband, opened their first restaurant, "Tony's Café" in 1951. The two went on to own and operate the original three Sandy's Drive In's in Dubuque and the Dodge House Motel, Restaurant and Lounge.

Bette was a member of St. Anthony's Parish was an avid bridge and euchre player and enjoyed playing the slots at various casinos around the country with family and friends. The highlight of every year was planning and preparing for the annual Knepper family picnic at various parks in Dubuque.

Surviving are her children, Tony (Diana) Helling of Dubuque; Beth Hunemuller of Cedar Falls, IA and Sue (Kevin Caldwell) Helling of Surprise, AZ; her grandchildren Krista (Rob) Eckert and Nick Helling both of Davenport, IA, Wil Hunemuller of Des Moines, IA and Elizabeth Hunemuller of Cedar Falls, IA; her great grandchildren Owen and Noah Eckert; her sister-in-law Virginia Knepper of Cascade, IA.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her granddaughter Madison Rae Hunemuller; 2 brothers and 7 sisters.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Bette Helling memorial fund.

Bette's family extends a special thank you to all of her caregivers, especially Dianne B. and Allison.

 



Brian Joseph Kass


Brian Joseph Kass, 53, of Williford, Arkansas, formerly of Dubuque, passed away on November 26, 2017 in Arkansas.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Sherrill with Rev. Noah Diehm officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, December 4th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Family and friends may also gather after 9:00 a.m. Tuesday at the church until time of mass.

Brian was born on January 28, 1964 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Vincent and Mary Agnes (Urbain) Kass. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, and worked for Paul Curtis Construction in Arkansas.

He loved to fish, enjoyed antique collecting, gardening and canning, and working on his cars, especially his Mustang.

He is survived by his mother Mary Agnes Kass, of Sherrill; brothers, Duane (Kim) Kass, of Sherrill, Curt (Peggy) Kass, of Monticello, Jeremy (Barb) Kass, of Bellevue, Chad Kass, of Hazel Green, WI, Pat (Tina) Kass, of Sherrill, Marty Kass of Durango, Troy (Allison) Kass of Sherrill; sisters, Tina (Bernie) Miles, of San Diego, CA, Brenda (Jim) Kelly, of Ballinger, Texas, Karen (Drew) Greear, of Cedar Rapids, Angela (Brian) Staszewski, of Le Claire, Jennifer (Chris Schreiner) Kass, of Chandler, Ariz., and Kelly (Travis) Klinefelter, of Dubuque. Nieces and nephews, Conor, Ewan, JT, Josh, Megan, Michaela, Jaydan, Addy, Jacob, Claire, Evlynn, Cora, and Tyler.

Brian was preceded in death by his father Vincent Kass in 2012, a sister Katie Kass, in 1990 and a brother Jeff Kass in 2010, his grandparents Dolores and Billy Urbain and Theresa and Charles Kass.



Margarete Mary Martin


Margarete Mary Martin, age 89, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 3:35 p.m., on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To honor Mary's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Mary's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Mary was born on January 18, 1928, in Nürnberg, Germany, daughter of Wilhelm and Hedwig (Schaal) Bickel.

Mary was born and raised in Germany before eventually arriving at her final destination in Dubuque. She was a dedicated worker who diligently put her talents to good use at the Dubuque Packing Company for over 40 years, before finally retiring at the age of 70. She was also a long-time and proud member of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union 150A. In her free-time, Mary appreciated a good adventure and spending time traveling with Ken was always a joyful option. They ventured to Germany to visit family, headed down to Florida to enjoy some better weather, but their yearly excursions to Las Vegas to visit her son, Bob, were surely her favorites. Mary was a very loving, generous and modest woman who easily defined the essence of beauty both inside and out. Her presence in this world was an undeniable blessing to all who knew and loved her and we will definitely miss her deeply and dearly until we are all reunited once again.

Those left to cherish Mary's memory include

her son,
Robert "Bob" Martin, Dubuque, IA;

her 2 granddaughters,
Amy and Jenny;

a sister,
Helga (Petro) Celesti, Nürnberg, Germany;

her long-time family friend,
Dan (Jan) Smith, Dubuque, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert John Martin, Sr.; a daughter-in-law, Alberta Martin; and her long-time companion, Kenny Vander Meulen.

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

Mary's family would like to thank Dr. Kirkendall, and his nurse, Kate, for all of their kind, caring and professional care of Mary, and her family.

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

 



Richard D. Rath Sr.


Richard Duane Rath Sr., 90, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on November 29th, 2017 at home surrounded by his family.

Funeral Service will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday December 2nd, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Pastor David Barna officiating. Family and friends may gather from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery with military honors accorded by the American Legion Post #6.

Richard was born on March 5, 1927 in Manchester, Iowa the son of Henry and Nevada Grace (Fogel) Rath. He served in the United States Navy from 1946-1947 in Japan during WWII.

He married Esther Thomas on December 5th, 1948 and would have celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary next week.

He worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company until his retirement.

Richard was a master fisherman, which he taught his kids and grandchildren. He enjoyed being part-owner of the Eagle Point Fishing Barge in his retirement. He was also an avid Chicago Cubs Fan.

He always had a smile and helped anyone who needed it. He was called "Pops" by many that knew him. He loved his family and loved spending time with them.

He is survived by his loving wife Esther; his children, Gary (LaNae) Rath, Steve (Roseanne) Rath, Dixie (Bill) Waterman, Richard (Sue) Rath, Jr., Debbie (Mark) Hines, Becky (Bill) Welter, David (Ellen) Rath, and Tammy (Jeffrey) Robbins. 20 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, and 5 great great grandchildren. His step siblings, Judy Cottrell, Rita Cottrell, Ruth Rath, Denny Rath, Tom Rath, and Armand Rath.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother Henry (Eleanor) Rath, Cecil (Florence) Rath, and a grandson Marc Rath.

A Richard D. Rath memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Matthew Kirkendall, and his nurse Kate, Hospice of Dubuque especially Barb, Home Health Care especially Kelly, and to all the nurses who helped care for Richard.



Allen R. Mescher


Allen R. Mescher, age 101, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 1:05 p.m., on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at Bethany Home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Allen's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at St. Anthony's Church, 1880 Saint Ambrose Street, with his son, Rev. Michael Mescher, officiating. To celebrate Allen's life, family and friends may visit from 9:30 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, at St. Anthony's Church. Burial will be in St. Boniface Cemetery, New Vienna, Iowa.  Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Allen was born on October 19, 1916, in New Vienna, Iowa, son of Anton and Mary (Sandman) Mescher.

Allen honorably served his country as a pilot with the U.S. Army Air Corp. during WWII. He was very proud of his service and continued to celebrate every Veteran's Day by still wearing his original dress uniform. He would marry the love of his life, Violet Holl, on November 13, 1948, in Dubuque, and they would be blessed with 69 years together, as well as 4 truly adored children. Allen was no stranger to the value of an honest day's work and loyally devoted 37 years of his working career to Georgia Pacific, before eventually retiring as general manager. Faith was also a very integral part of Allen's life and he displayed it prominently, not only in his daily words, thoughts and actions, but quite regularly he could be found volunteering his time with his beloved St. Anthony's Church. Allen was very handy with a tool belt and was not only competent enough to tackle any task which was laid before him, but he is also one of the few men who can actually claim that they built their own home with their own two hands. When Allen was fortunate enough to find some down time, he always looked forward to loading up the family and heading out into the great outdoors for their next big camping adventure. Above all though, family was the most important aspect of Allen's life and he absolutely cherished every opportunity to spend some quality time with those he loved. Allen has surely seen many changes in the world around him during his 101 year journey on this earth, and we now pray, as his heavenly journey begins, that he's enjoying the perfect splendor of his new world in the companionship of his family members' who've been called home ahead of him. We will miss you dearly Allen, but we'll find peace in time while you rest easy in your Heavenly Father's arms until we are all joyfully reunited again one day.

Those left to cherish Allen's memory include

his loving wife,
Violet "Vi" Mescher, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Rev. Michael Mescher, Tama, IA,
Dr. Scott (Claudia) Mescher, Hibbing, MN,
Sally (David) Mescher Allen, Littleton, CO and
Alice (Fred) Altmix, Nashville, TN;

his 7 grandchildren,
Meredith (Colin) McCowan, Emily (Nathan) Wirkkula, Dr. Craig (Sara) Mescher, John Allen, Tatyana Allen, Caitlyn (Andrew) Boza and Evan Altmix;

his great-granddaughter,
Cora Boza;

his sister,
Rose Johanningmeier, Dubuque, IA;

his 2 sisters-in-law,
Fran Mescher, Dubuque, IA
and Marion Mescher, Melbourne, Australia;

his brother-in-law,
Eddie Maiers, Dubuque, IA;

and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Allen was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, Alma (James) Healy, Laura Maiers, Arlene (Dick) Southwell, Herbert (Irene) Mescher, Vincent (Lucille) Mescher, Edwin (Anna Jane) Mescher, Raymond Mescher, Robert (Peggy) Mescher, Elmer Mescher and Donald (Betty) Mescher; his brother-in-law, Elmer "Moe" Johanningmeier.

An Allen R. Mescher memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Allen's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Bethany Home for all of the kind, caring and professional care they have provided to Allen, and his entire family throughout the years.

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

 



Duane J. Heiderscheit


Duane J. "Harry" Heiderscheit, 74, of Holy Cross died peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, surrounded by his family at home following a courageous battle with cancer.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 pm Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, Holy Cross Catholic Church in Holy Cross.  Visitation will also be held from 9:30-10:30 am Saturday, Dec. 2, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at Holy Cross Catholic Church.  A private burial service will be held at a later date.  Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Harry was born May 2, 1943, in Holy Cross, the son of Harold and Josephine (Hefel) Heiderscheit.  He graduated from Holy Cross High School with the class of 1961.  He married Donna Mae Schueller on May 15, 1965, in Sherrill, Iowa.  Together they raised their family & farmed near the Holy Cross area.  Harry also ran Harry's Place in Holy Cross from 1998 - 2001.  After retiring from farming and Harry's Place in 2001, he began working for Steger Construction.  He was very active in the community, selling raffle tickets for the HC Athletic Club and Fire Department.

Harry was a family man who loved watching his children and grandchildren in their sports, and going on a recent family vacation to South Dakota, where Harry and Donna honeymooned and revisited upon their 25th Anniversary.  He was an honest and sociable person with a sense of humor which people of all ages enjoyed.  He played softball for many years, loved gambling, following the Hawkeyes and Cubs and a good game of Euchre. 

Survivors include his wife, Donna, 5 children: Patrick and Dave, both of Holy Cross, Steve (Desiree Pope) and Peggy (Tim) Stockel, both of Dubuque and Debbie (fiancé Phil Bemer) Klein of Ely, IA; 15 grandchildren: Billy, Clint, Danny and Sabrina Heiderscheit, Jake, Jordyn, Delaney, Devyn and Jackson Heiderscheit, Gage Heffernan, Shyla and Carissa Stockel, Alyssa (Quintin) Embray, Mariah Klein and Austyn Bemer; 1 great grandchild, Alivia Embray, who is expecting a brother in February; siblings: Lyle (Pat) Heiderscheit of Bankston, Ed (Myrene) Heiderscheit of Peosta, Linda (Jerry) Brenke of Dubuque, Laura Brokish of Cleveland, TN, and Roger (Judie) Heiderscheit of Holy Cross, Ron (Elaine) Heiderscheit of Dixon, IL; in-laws: Helen Heiderscheit of Dubuque, Dorothy Kennicker Crews, Diane Boge, Joe Schueller and Bonnie (Jerome) Garner, all of Dubuque, Ron (Doris) Schueller of Pflugerville, TX, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Daniel, parents-in-law, Joseph and Stella (Leonard Backes) Schueller; in-laws: Eugene Schueller, Leon Kennicker, Francis Crews, Ron Boge, Deb Schueller.

We would like to thank the Holy Cross Fire Department and Hospice of Dubuque.

Memorials are preferred to the Holy Cross Fire Department, LaSalle Catholic Church or Hospice of Dubuque.

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

 

 



Linda Ward


Linda Ward, 73, of Maquoketa, Iowa passed peacefully at home surrounded by her family on November 28, 2017.

A private service will be held by her immediate family.

Linda was born on March 27, 1944 to Henry and Elfrieda (Will) Feuss in Lost Nation, Iowa. She was the 7th if 11 children. She attended Lost Nation High School and graduated in 1962.

She married her first love, Richard Ward, on September 9, 1962 and moved to Monmouth, Iowa. She was a farm wife and homemaker and they were soon blessed with four children over the next 8 years. Roger (Anna) of Indio, CA; Sharon (Loren) Ditch of Branson, MO; Dennis of Ventura, CA; and Tammy (Eric) Brooks of Manchester, Iowa.

They moved to Wyoming , Iowa where they owned and operated a dairy farm and Linda worked at the Jackson County Pubic Hospital. In 1978 they settled in Maquoketa and opened Wa-Ka Restaurant, which she managed for eight years.

When their children were grown, Linda became active in flower gardening, bird watching, and RV travel. She also worked as a cashier at Wal-Mart in Maquoketa.

Linda was given the title of Grandma to: Elizabeth, Gabriel, Devin, Addison, Mackenzie, Aaron, Kobe and Michael. She enjoyed spending time with them and teaching them to sew, cook, and enjoy nature. She enjoyed watching their activities, zip lining, water tubing, paint balling and eating homemade ice cream.

Linda enjoyed her summers at Table Rock Lake as the families gathered for their vacations. She enjoyed traveling south for the winters and playing Dominoes with her fellow RV travelers. When Linda wasn't traveling, she was a volunteer with Jackson County Hospice and Master Gardeners.

Linda is remembered as having a kind and generous heart with a love for life. If she touched your life, she touched your heart.

Linda is preceded in death by her parents and one brother.

The family requests memorial contributions be directed to Jackson County Hospice in her honor.

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



Rita Ann Navigato

Rita Ann Navigato, 85, of Dubuque, Iowa and formerly of Wheaton, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, November 28, 2017, after a brief illness.

Those left to cherish Rita's memory include her children, Sheila (Ed) Adamson, Warrenville, Illinois, Cathy (John) Osweiler, Dubuque, Iowa, David (Debbie) Navigato, Geneva, Illinois, Dan (Cathy), Navigato, Geneva, Illinois, Ben Navigato, Fredonia, Wisconsin, 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date where she will be buried next to her husband Ben, at Assumption Cemetery, Wheaton, Illinois.

Local arrangements are being handled by Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd.



Geraldine L. Fleege


Geraldine L. "Squirt" Fleege, age 91, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:18 a.m., on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at Luther Manor. To honor Squirt's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, on Monday, December 4, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. To celebrate Squirt's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 12:00 noon, on Monday, December 4, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Squirt was born on October 27, 1926, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Henry and Hilda (Nachtman) Kohnen.

Squirt was a longtime resident of Dubuque and would eventually meet and marry her soul-mate, Ronald "Bun" Fleege, on September 4, 1946, at Holy Ghost Church. They were blessed with 61 years of marriage, and 3 adored children, before Bun was sadly called home ahead of her on March 9, 2008. Squirt was personally driven to devote her time and energies to nurturing her family and caring for her home, but she was also motivated to find the time to work outside the home at both the Battery Factory and Janlin Plastics for several years. Squirt was known for her sweet disposition and it was not uncommon to catch her breaking out into a joyful song at a moments notice. She also had a bit of a competitive side, which would playfully show itself during a spirited game of cards with family and friends. We are deeply saddened during this holiday season with the loss of our dear mom, grandma and friend, but we know that she'll be enjoying a most glorious of Christmas celebrations with her heavenly family now and that one day we will all be able to sit and listen to mom sing carols with the Angel's Choir. Thank you for making the world a better place during your 91 year earthly journey Squirt, and we are forever grateful that you have left such an abundance of beautiful memories for us to treasure as we continue along ours.

Those left to cherish Squirt's memory include

her children,
Sandy Dodson, Mesquite, TX,
Donna (Roger) Pfeiler, Dubuque, IA
and Michael (Patty Schissel) Fleege, Galena, IL;

9 grandchildren,
Ron Smith, Tim Smith, Julie (James) Dodson, Caroline (Saad) Dodson, Tracy (Don Hentges) Dillon, Kristie (Chad) Hefel, Dan (Terra Freese) Pfeiler, Willa Fleege and Josie (Jeremy Powers) Fleege;

7 great-grandchildren,
Morgan (Justin) Howe, Weston Hefel, Eva Hefel, Zach Dillon, Mallory Dillon, Asah Pfeiler and Koben Fleege;

a great great-grandson,
Brantley;

and a sister-in-law,
Pat Kohnen, Dubuque, IA.

Squirt was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Ronald "Bun" Fleege; and 4 brothers, Robert Kohnen, Merlin (Rosemary) Kohnen, her twin, Gerald (Helen) Kohnen and Richard (LaVonda) Kohnen.

In lieu of flowers, a Geraldine L. "Squirt" Fleege memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Squirt's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Kristin Nelson, her nurse, Joni, and the nurses and staff at Luther Manor, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the kind, loving and professional care they have provided to Squirt, and her family.

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



Frances Dale Elwood Melvold


Frances Dale Elwood Melvold, 94, of Maquoketa died Monday afternoon, November 27, 2017 at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa from complications of dementia.

Her body was donated to science at the University of Iowa Carver School of Medicine in Iowa City.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 11, 2018 at the Maquoketa United Church of Christ with the Rev. Stephanie Haskins officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 10, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa and from 9:30 a.m. to service time Jan. 11 at the church.

Frances was born August 28, 1923 in Elma, Iowa, the first of four children born to Francis Dale and Marian Lucretia George Elwood. She grew up in Cresco, Iowa, and graduated from Cresco High School. She attended the University of Iowa. She taught school in Norway, Iowa for about two years during World War II.

On February 19, 1944 she married Navy Lt. Cmdr. Robert Thomson Melvold of Cresco in the chapel of the U.S. Naval Base in New Orleans, La., where he was stationed at the time during World War II.

After his discharge from active duty following the end of World War II, the couple embarked on their dream of owning and operating a community newspaper and searched for a newspaper to acquire. They came to Maquoketa and on May 1, 1946 purchased the weekly Maquoketa Community Press. Thus began a partnership in the community newspaper and commercial printing businesses that continued for nearly 60 years, until her husband's death in 2005.

On Jan. 1, 1952 they purchased the rival Jackson Sentinel and merged the two newspapers into twin weeklies and later, into a semiweekly. They acquired the DeWitt Observer in 1954, the Galena, Ill., Gazette in 1961, and the Bellevue Herald-Leader in 1972. Together with their partner in DeWitt, Robert Parrott, they founded the North Scott Press in 1968. They were active members of the Iowa Newspaper Association and were Heritage Club members of the Iowa Newspaper Foundation.

They also spun off the commercial printing activity of the Maquoketa newspapers in the 1950s and formed a separate company, Eastern Iowa Printing Co., later reorganized in 1973 as Tri-State Graphics. Frances was involved in the management of that business, which at one time had sales offices in all of the affiliated newspapers and operated quick-print shops in Dubuque and Cedar Rapids. She and her husband also owned a printing business, Englewood Print Center, for several years in Englewood, Fla.

Frances was active in the Maquoketa United Church of Christ, serving as Sunday school superintendent for many years and holding state-level positions in the church. She served on the Iowa Vocational Education Advisory Board, including a year as chair, as an appointee of Gov. Robert Ray.

She worked to provide services to people with disabilities and was instrumental in the founding of Area Residential Care in Dubuque and of the Jackson County Developmental Activity Center, later known as DAC Inc. and now Imagine the Possibilities, which serves individuals with disabilities.

She also was instrumental in the formation of the Jackson County Volunteers organization, which provided volunteer help to many organizations and projects. She was instrumental in starting the annual Thanksgiving Day community dinner. She was a 60-year-plus member and past president of Chapter BX of PEO Sisterhood in Maquoketa.

She held strong views on political issues and social causes. She actively supported causes for world peace, social justice, disarmament and conservation. She joined marches in Chicago during the civil rights movement and was an outspoken opponent of the Vietnam War.

She was an advocate of conservation of natural resources. She and her husband completed the Master Conservationist course through Iowa State University Extension. She was an active member of the Democratic Party.

She enjoyed reading and playing bridge and took up golf with her husband in their later years.

She enjoyed spending winters with her husband and friends at Boca Grande, Fla., where they owned a condominium for nearly 30 years. She also enjoyed family houseboat trips on the Mississippi River and summer family vacations at resorts on lakes in northwest Wisconsin. She and her husband took several trips abroad in their later years. Most of all, she enjoyed family gatherings for any occasion.
She resided in her home until April of 2017, when she moved to Clover Ridge Place.

Survivors include three sons, Douglas (and Mary) and John (and Mary McAllister), both of Maquoketa, and Robert "R.B." (and Beth) of Park Falls, Wis.; three daughters, Miriam (Mrs. William) Brown of Iowa City, Dr. Janis (Mrs. David Pesetsky) Melvold of Lexington, Mass., and Annette Sohl of Maquoketa; six grandsons, Tim (and Hillary) Melvold of Peosta, Tyler Sohl of Portland, Ore.; Noah Brown of Brookline, Mass., Benjamin Pesetsky of Somerville, Mass., Jonathan Pesetsky of Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Jacob Melvold of Orlando, Fla.; two granddaughters, Emily (Mrs. Levi) McClimon of Waverly, Iowa, and Rachel (Mrs. Eric) Manson of Maquoketa; one great-grandson, Landon Melvold of Peosta; two great-granddaughters, Valerie and Tessa McClimon of Waverly; one brother, Henry (and Carol) Elwood of Cresco, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 61 years on October 28, 2005; one sister, Mildred Butler; and one brother, George Elwood.

Memorials may be given to the Maquoketa United Church of Christ, the Jackson County Conservation Board or the Community Foundation of Jackson County.

The family expresses special appreciation to the staffs of Home Instead, Clover Ridge Place and Hospice of Jackson County for their attentive care to Frances during the final stages of her life.

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



Sister Mary K. O’Brien, BVM

Sister Mary K. O'Brien, BVM (Jean Catherine), 84, of Caritas Center, 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Nov. 27, 2017, at Caritas Center.

Visitation will be from 10-11:15 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed by a Sharing of Memories. Funeral liturgy will be at 1:30 p.m. Burial is in the Mount Carmel cemetery.

Mary K. taught elementary school in Sioux City, Iowa; Bellerose, N.Y.; and Grayslake and Chicago, Ill. Also in Illinois, she was elementary school principal in Chicago and Wilmette, and served as elementary school resource person in Mundelein.

She was born in Chicago on Oct. 31, 1933, to John Philip and Katherine Gilmore O'Brien. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1951, from Our Lady of Angels Parish, Chicago. She professed first vows on March 19, 1954, and final vows on July 16, 1959.

She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by a brother, John (Jack) P. (Mary Jean) O'Brien, Buffalo Grove, Ill.; a sister, Margaret (Peg) Connolly, Arlington Heights, Ill.; nieces; nephews; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 66 years.

Memorials may be given to Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, IA 52003 or online at www.bvmcong.org/whatsnew_obits.cfm.

Leonard Funeral Home, 2595 Rockdale Rd., Dubuque, Iowa 52003 is in charge of arrangements.



Carl R. McNamee


Carl R. McNamee, 70, of Delmar, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, November 28, 2017, at his home in Delmar surrounded by his family.

A celebration of Carl's life will be held at 10 A.M., Friday, December 1, 2017, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa with Rev. Dr. Leonard Ranson officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Thursday, November 30, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Evergreen Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa, with military honors.

Carl R. McNamee was born on October 27, 1947 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to James Arlo and Ruth Gladys (Carr) McNamee. He attended Chattanooga Country Grade School and graduated from Delwood High School in 1966. He was drafted into the Army in 1967 and served his country until receiving an honorable discharge in 1969.

He married Verna Lou Baker on February 4, 1970 in Delmar, Iowa. To this union three children were born: Mark, Tammy and Richard.

Carl had worked at Clinton Engines and then International Paper in Clinton until he was drafted. Upon receiving an honorable discharge he returned home and again worked for International Papers for 35 years as a Printer Pressman. In retirement he worked for Garien Salvage for many years until taking full retirement.

Carl was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club, Maquoketa VFW Post #3633 O'Connor-Regenwether and the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75. In August of this year, Carl went on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. and in November of this year he received a Quilt of Valor.

Carl enjoyed antique tractors, hunting, fishing, camping, mushrooming, playing cards every morning at McDonald's, and attending the Mt. Pleasant Old Threshers every year. He especially enjoyed seeing his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to honor Carl's memory include his wife, Verna McNamee of Delmar, IA; children Mark (Dana) McNamee of Wilton, IA, Tammy (Marty) Balliu of Maquoketa, IA, and Richard (Carla) McNamee of Mt. Pleasant, IA; 9 grandchildren, Eric, Andrew, Mathew, Reece, Gannon, Nicole, Miranda, Keelyn and Ella; 10 great-grandchildren, Ian, Landon, Mason, Keegan, Bentley, Eli, Isabella, Jaylynn, Aspen and Sophie; a brother James "Jim" McNamee of Delmar, IA; and sisters-in-law, Gaye Riches of Anamosa, IA, and Diane (Charlie) Carr of DeWitt, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Ione Starr, and 3 infant angel grandbabies.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Carl R. McNamee memorial fund has been established.

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



John L. Haberkorn


John L. Haberkorn, age 50, formerly of Dubuque, IA, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on Thursday, November 23, 2017, at his home in Middleton, WI. To honor John's life, funeral services will be held at 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, December 3, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon Jim Thill officiating. To celebrate John's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m., until the time of services at 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, at Behr Funeral Home. A private burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery on Monday, December 4, 2017, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

John was born, along with his twin brother Jim, on December 21, 1966, in Dubuque, son of Allan and Janaan (White) Haberkorn.

John spent his formative years growing up in Dubuque. He joined the U.S. Navy Reserves where he honorably served his country as a Corpsman. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Elmhurst College and spent most of his working career as a Quality Engineer. John became a proud member of the Middleton Fire Department, and soon discovered a special home among his fellow firehouse family. He also served on the Department's Honor Guard. John also found time to have fun with family and friends. Whether he was playing at the annual Loras College Alumni hockey game, watching his Cubbies "finally" win the World Series, confidently sporting his newest Batman t-shirt, or watching Smallville for the "Hundreth" time. His devotion and love for his children, Hannah and Noah, were undeniable. The world is definitely a lesser place today with the absence of John from our lives. We are forever grateful that his memory will live on in the hearts and minds of all who knew and loved him. It is comforting knowing that John, and his twin-brother Jim, are together once again.

Those left to cherish John's memory include:
his children,
Hannah Haberkorn
and Noah Haberkorn, both of Middleton, WI;

his mother,
Janaan Haberkorn, Dubuque, IA;

his brothers,
Richard White, Dubuque, IA
and Allan (Polly) Haberkorn, Canyon Lake, TX;

his nephews,
Michael (Rachael) White
and Grant Haberkorn, both of Dubuque, IA;

his nieces,
Theresa (Aaron) Dunn, Rota, Spain,
Jeana Owens, Dubuque, IA
and Michelle Haberkorn, Moncks Corner, SC;

John is also survived by many beloved aunts, uncles, great-nieces, great-nephews, and his loyal fur baby, Nux.

John was preceded in death by his grandparents; and his twin brother, Jim in 1989.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Dane County Humane Society, the American Heart Association, or to the Education Fund that has been established to benefit his children, Hannah and Noah, at Summit Credit Union, 5419 Blue Bill Park Drive, Madison, WI 537604.

There will also be a memorial gathering in January at the Middleton Fire Department, Middleton, WI.

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

 



Leona T. Breitbach


Leona T. (Ellerbach) Breitbach , 94, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday November 25, 2017 just one day short of her 95th Birthday. She was with family, her two daughters, Nancy Inserra of Utica, New York, Linda Olsen and son-in-law Gary Olsen of Dubuque, and her brother, Ray Ellerbach of Dubuque.  

Funeral Mass will be 12:00 pm, Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost  Catholic Church.  Family will greet friends 10:00 am - 12:00 pm on Thursday at the church.  Local arrangements  with Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd.

Leona was born in Sherrill, Iowa, November 26th on Thanksgiving Day, to John and Mary (Freiberger) Ellerbach. A neighbor, Mrs. Haberkorn, assisted in the birth.

Leona spent her childhood on a farm in Sherrill, IA, and like many families in the Depression era, they moved to Dubuque. She worked to help support the family at the Dubuque Battery Factory and Farley & Loetscher Manufacturing. She married Francis (Frannie) Breitbach in 1942.

Leona continued to work at the Dubuque Packing Company for 20+ years while raising her family. Francis typically worked second shift at John Deere while Leona worked a day shift so someone would always be home to take care of their children. Their goal was to provide their children with opportunities they themselves didn't have. Despite a lifetime of hard work, Leona maintained her trademark sense of humor.

Leona was a wonderful cook and baker. Her caramel frosted hickory nut cake was legendary. Sunday dinners were epic. Standing rib roasts, amazing green beans, beets and tomatoes from Frannie's garden, creamed cucumbers, mashed potatoes and gravy made from the roast. There were fruit salads and her personal favorite orange Jello with mandarin orange slices suspended in the mold at first glance like little swimming gold fish. There were so many dishes and bowls on the table, it took a half hour to wash and put them all away! Everyone pitched in. "C'mon get a towel a whippin'!" she would say.

And when the family could afford to take vacations, it was all out fun. Fishing trips to Canada, tours of the American West. There are many fond memories fishing on Lake of the Woods, Sioux Narrows, Ontario. Fall hunting season she took to the fields alongside her husband with her own Browning "Sweet 16."

After she and Frannie retired, they bought a motorhome and toured the West, ultimately picking a favorite place, Spencer, Idaho, where they stayed summers mining opal for Frannie's jewelry making enterprise, fishing and spending time with friends. They had many great years out West.

Preceding Leona in death was husband Francis (2012), baby brother John, Joe, Harold and sister Eileen (Renkert). Particularly heart breaking, was the loss of her grandchild, Georgie, who died of leukemia in 1994. He was the son of Nancy and George Inserra. Brothers in-law Irvin, FL

Nephews and nieces: (Ellerbach) Merlin, Dennis (Julie), Joe, Sandy, Judy, John, Debbie, Richard, Sharon and Pam. On the Breitbach side are Jimmy, Timmy, Mike, Patty, Jerry (deceased), Darlene, Eldon, Gene, Melinda, Sharon, Mary Lou, Dennis and Danny.

Leona was residing at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque for the last four months, and the extraordinary and compassionate staff there took exceptional care of her for which her family is forever grateful.

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

 

 

 



Mary Rita Zehentner


Mary Rita Zehentner, age 96, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 11:57 p.m., on Monday, November 27, 2017, at Bethany Home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Mary Rita's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, December 1, 2017, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 2001 Saint Joseph Street, with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson and Rev. Dennis D. Juhl officiating. To celebrate Mary Rita's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, November 30, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Mary Rita was born on August 14, 1921, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Peter and Mary (Hillard) Herber.

Mary Rita was a proud lifelong resident of Dubuque who received her primary education from Sacred Heart Grade School, and went on to graduate from Immaculate Conception. She met the love of her life, Robert Zehentner, and the cute couple was united in marriage on November 3, 1943, at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque. They were blessed with over 60 years together, and 7 wonderful children, before Bob was sadly called home ahead of her on September 10, 2004. Mary Rita was a naturally meticulous and diligent worker who not only took great pride in raising her children and caring for her home, but was also the manager and buyer for Zehentner's Ski Shop for many years. As the manager of the family's Sporting Good and Ski Shop, Mary Rita had the distinguished honor of giving dozens of local kids their first "real" job while patiently teaching them many of the responsibilities and life-skills they could continue to employ throughout their careers and personal lives. She was also a very active participant in her children's education and was a faithful member of the Catholic Mother's Club. Mary Rita strived to find joy in everything she did; from making magnificent family meals with always an abundance of left-overs to share, to spending the afternoon on the slopes or the evening on the bowling lanes, to regularly chasing the little white ball around the golf course, and even relishing any opportunity for her and Bob to dominate a family friendly game of Euchre. But, at the end of it all, family was always the number one priority in Mary Rita's life; and her love for family gatherings, especially at Christmas time, were an undeniable pleasure which she always welcomed with open arms. We will definitely miss our dear sweet mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend; but we discover some comfort in the fact that she will once again be celebrating Christmas with her beloved husband this year, and that thankfully Mom's attempt at heavenly haircuts will be perfect every time she tries moving forward. Thank you for your 96 years of love, wisdom and positive role-modeling Mary Rita and may the Lord keep you and Dad safe in His loving arms until we all meet again.

Those left to cherish Mary Rita's memory include

her children,
Mary Louise (Richard) Lorenz, Dousman, WI,
Jayne Zehentner, Dubuque, IA,
Judy (Bob Griffin) Zehentner, Palisades, NY,
Teri Zehentner, Palisades, NY,
Bob (Andrea) Zehentner, Friendswood, TX,
Barb (Mike) McKinlay, Dubuque, IA
and Steve (Marina Ruiz-Molina) Zehentner, New York, NY;

14 grandchildren,
Gina (Yoann Taboyan) Lorenz, Lisa (Matt Helbing) Lorenz, Bob (Alison Andolena) Griffin, Dan Griffin, Tom Griffin, Gabriel Clandorf, Donato Clandorf, Livia Clandorf, Zoe Clandorf, Andrew Zehentner, Claire Zehentner, Sophie Zehentner, Jen (John Peterson) Becker and Jessie (Adam May) Becker;

6 great-grandchildren,
Henry and Theodore Helbing, Liam Taboyan, Layla, Ellee and Gracie Peterson;

and her wonderful sister and best friend,
Dolores Apel, Dubuque, IA.

Mary Rita was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Robert Zehentner; her son-in-law, Michael J. Becker; 9 of her siblings and their spouses, Peter (Dorothy) Herber, Art (Treas) Herber, Viola (Raymond) Nicks, Fred (Ann) Herber, Arnold (Eunice) Herber, Mildred (Fergus) Gallagher, Herb (Ruth) Herber, and 2 sisters in infancy, Evelyn and Eleanor; and 1 brother-in-law, Jack Apel.

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

Mary Rita's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Bethany Home, and Hospice of Dubuque, for the outstanding compassionate care they have provided to Mary Rita, and her family.

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

 



James D. Newell


James D. Newell, Sr., 68, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2017, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of James on Friday, December 1, 2017, from 2 to 4 P.M. at the family residence at 311 East Angus Court in Maquoketa. Cremation rites have been accorded.

James Dennis Newell, Sr. was born on June 11, 1949 in Dallas, Texas to Carl Wolf and Sylvia Amorio (Myers) Newell. He was a 1968 graduate of Herbert Hoover High School in Glendale, California and then served his country in the U.S. Air Force until receiving an honorable discharge in 1972. He later would serve in the U.S. Army National Guard. He married Claudia Jo Martin on August 3, 1974 in Paramount, California. To this union three children were born: Melissa, Cynthia and James, Jr.

James had worked as a truck driver for many years until retirement. He had lived in several states including Texas, California, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Utah before settling back in Iowa.

James enjoyed fishing, golfing and especially spending time with his grandchildren.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife Claudia Jo Newell of Maquoketa, IA; children, Melissa Newell, Cynthia Newell and James D. Newell, Jr., all of Maquoketa, IA; 4 grandchildren, Kelly, Chrissy, Lizzie and Michael Newell; and siblings, EB (Sharon) Whiteman, Wayne (Patti) Bell, Chuck Pointer, Les Paul Fowler, Ted (Judy) Bell, Sandra (John) Hunt, and Linda Lucas Tope. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Mary Ann Schaeffer.

The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

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

 



Robert J. Andresen


Robert J. Andresen, Sr. 71 of Dubuque reunited with his beloved wife Shirley in heaven on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at the VA Medical Center in Iowa City. Memorial Services will be 1:00 pm, Sunday, December 3, 2017 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd. with Military Honors. Family will greet friends 12:00 pm until service time at the funeral home.

Bob was born January 22, 1946 in Dubuque the son of Robert and Donna (Beast) Andresen. He served in the US Army 1967 - 1970 during Vietnam. Bob received a Purple Heart, Silver Service Star and Bronze Star Medal while serving in Vietnam. He married Shirley Mae Buchholz on April 15, 1972, she passed on February 3, 2017.

Bob enjoyed camping, playing cards, watching NASCAR, spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, and taking trips to the casino. He will be especially missed by his beloved cat Blue.

Survivors include children, Tina (Scott) Coulson, Donna (Darb) Blackburn, Sabrina Andresen, and Bobby "Rock-n-Rob" Andresen; 8 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a granddaughter, Tanya.

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

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

 



Travis J. Augustin


Travis J. Augustin, 33, of Dubuque passed away Friday, November 3, 2017 at home following a sudden illness. A private family service will be held at the Rockdale United Methodist Church.

Travis was born on December 9, 1983 in Dubuque the son of Dennis J. Augustin and Linda Lou Clarke. He enjoyed time spent with family and friends, a good book and cheering on the Atlanta Falcons.

He is survived by his mother Linda Lou (Gerald) Clarke-Fossum; his step mother Donna M. Augustin; six sisters Katherine (John Young) Augustin, Melissa Bremer, Jessica (Kevin Freiburger) Augustin, Amanda Augustin, Elizabeth Fossum and Emily Fossum; three brothers Michael Fossum, Matthew (Erin) Fossum and Christopher Fossum; paternal grand father Frank Augustin and maternal grandmothers Barbara Clarke and Carol Fossum; along with nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father Dennis in 2011; grandparents Helen Augustin, Jerry Clarke, Richard Fossum, and Andrew and Bernice Boll along with his aunt Jacqueline Schroeder.



Carl W. Witter


Carl W. Witter, 90 years old, of Bethany Home went to be in the arms of our Lord Jesus Christ on November 22, 2017 at 9:20 a.m. at Bethany Home with family by his side.

A private family wake and Christian funeral service will be held at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, on Friday, December 1st with a flag presentation by the American Legion Post #6. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Carl was born on June 23, 1927 in Dubuque, IA the son of Carl & Esther (Schoenbeck) Witter. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and attended the University of Dubuque. He went on to serve in the US Navy during World War II. Carl married Carmelita Till of Bellevue, IA on October 16, 1950 in Bellevue, IA. He began his career at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa, IA and then spent many years working as an Engineer for John Deere Dubuque Works. He ended his career working for Coors in Denver Colorado.

Carl was a member of the American Legion and The Church of the Resurrection. Carl was a man of great faith. He was a craftsman and taught all of his children work ethic, how to solve problems, and the power of prayer. He was a humble man with a witty sense of humor. He loved the art of aviation, which included building and flying model airplanes. He also enjoyed boating on the river and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his loving wife Carmelita of 67 years; 9 children, Bruce (Janet) Witter from Irving, TX, Gary (Sherrie) Witter from Marion, IA, David (Michelle) Witter from Dubuque, IA, Kathy (Mike) Knake from Bellevue, IA, Vickie (Robert) LaGrotta from Bellevue, IA, Cindy (Tony) Reed from Avada, CO, Jeff (Sarah) Witter from Springville, IA, Kristi (Jude) Sabers-Sullivan from Verona, WI, and Curt Witter from Arlington, TX, 29 Grandchildren and 27 Great Grandchildren; sister Dorthy Herzog from Rice Lake, WI; and sister-In-Law, Linda (Ron) Ruden from Dubuque, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents Carl and Esther Witter, his mother and father in-law, Louis and Loretta Till, sister Marilyn Grashorn from Bethany Home 3 days prior, her husband Dale; sister Rosemary and husband CO Lamp; and brother in law Bob Herzog and two grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to Bethany Home or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family wishes to thank all the wonderful, caring staff at Bethany Home and the services of Hospice of Dubuque.

Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com